VinJoiel

A suburbian soul living in the concrete jungle...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Intrams ni Iel…

Intramurals in the school is a good thing for the kids to practice and honed their skills and more so they will have the time to enjoy being playful for awhile in school. So this being the week that Iel’s school is having their annual intrams I’m sure that Iel is enjoying himself participating in all kinds of sports that he is good at in his school. Naturally some sports and events he will have to lose but that will just build his character. The important thing is he has the motivation to participate in whatever events he feels will do him good.

So Iel, enjoy your intrams, good luck on remaining events and keep your head up….see you soon, pasyal tayo and eat out kung san mo man gusto, promise yan..…

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Saturday hunts...

Well after a very early wake-up call to go to our clinic appointment, hubby and I ends up at Orchard Road even before all the stores are open. We did have coffee and kaya toast first and then went around and bought lots of books on sale at Lucky Plaza lobby. He bought a book on Wars, I've picked up Jane Austen & Roald Dahl's book collection and some children books for our nephews and that's not even 11am yet...All along we are thinking not to go home to an empty house and cook lunch and just pass some time going around and have lunch there, anyway what happened was we went over to Tang's and they have a big sale on-going so ano fah, eh di shopping galore kami ni fafa....bumili si labs ng shoes and some slacks. Ako naman ay khaki pants and shirts. Sus me nakita pa akong Jane Shilton bags on sale kaso I have to restrict myself hehehe.....pero after pay day makabalik kaya hahaha!!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Do it anyway

(Author Unknown)

People are often unreasonable,
Illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,
People may accuse you of selfish,
ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,
You will win some false friends
and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

People may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building,
Someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
They may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
People will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
And it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
It is between you and God;
It never was between you and them anyway.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Malalaman bukas....

Opo, bukas malalaman kung magkakaroon ako ng pagkakataon na makuha ang isang magandang oportunidad. Sana nga at ng magbago muli ang aking pananaw sa buhay trabaho....Sana ay ipagkaloob ito sa akin.
O sya, at ako ay magbabasa muna para sa aking usapin bukas ng umaga....

Friday, September 16, 2005

Jogging…jogging ..jogging in the evening...

Yap, dalawang araw na po na pinipilit ko ang aking sarili na mag jogging to be fit. Dun lang naman sa perimeter ng block namin, nung unang araw ay wala pa yatang 100mtrs ang natakbo ko at kelangan ko na tumigil dahil kanda hingal ang aking byuti, pero pinilit ko na lang mag brisk walk hanggang maka dalawang round ako..kahapon dahil sa medyo ginabi ako sa katagalan lumambot ng aking nilulutong hapunan ay halos 7.30 na nang ako ay lumabas para mag jogging ulit and medyo lampas na ng 100mtrs ang natakbo ko and as the previous day dinaan na lang ulit sa brisk walk ang remaining perimeter. Naka isa lang po akong round kasi medyo afraid na si lola at madilim na hehe…mamya sana maka takbo ulit ako…kelangan ko na talagang mag reduce kasi daw ang taba taba ko na……so ikaw labs, kelangan ka mag uumpisa mag jogging??

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Today's Quote - Thurs., Sept15

"Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are." – Henry Van Dyke

Monday, September 12, 2005

Mid Autumn Festival and the ubiquitous Mooncake…

Dito sa little red dot every year ay me celebrasyon ng mid autumn festival, as if me autumn sila heh…anyway eto rin ang panahon na bumabaha ang mooncake dito sa opit, halos araw araw me namimigay ng mooncake…kumbaga sa atin para itong hopya, pero dito napaka special ng tinapay na ito kasi nga once a year lang siya available. Bale ang filling nya ay lotus paste then yung mga special me pula ng itlog sa gitna, halos nag evolve na rin itong mooncake na ito kasi ngayon ang dami dami flavor na lumalabas, andyan ang yam (ube) flavor, meron din pandan, etc, etc….pero sobra kasing tamis kaya ang kapiranggot na mooncake eh solve ka na unless kaparehas mo si pinsang Ariel na gustong gusto ang mooncake hehehe…

Ayon sa aking kebigan na local dito, ang mid autumn festival tsaka ang mooncake daw ay ukol sa rebolusyon nang kanilang ninuno against the Mongolians. They used the mooncake to pass information and messsages para sa kanilang pagkaka-isa. And then on the 15th Aug they had the revolution. Yan ang isang bersyon, at eto naman ang isang bersyon:

One of the most popular is the story of Hou Yih, an office and bodyguard of an emperor in the Hsia Dynasty (2205-1818 B.C.), and his beautiful wife, Chang-O. As the legend goes, Chang-O stole from her husband an elixir said to ensure youth and immortality. Upon swallowing the drug, she soared to moon, where her youth and beauty were preserved. As punishment for the theft, however, Chang-0 was doomed to stay in the firmament forever. The legend easily comes to mind when you gaze into the sky on the 15th night of the eighth lunar month and behold the lovely, shining moon.

Sabi din ni friend sa beliefs nila ang Aug15 ang mayroong pinakamalaking full moon out of twelve months…kung alin mang bersyon ang tunay ay di ko rin alam basta kain na lang ako ng mooncake…tsalap din naman sa kape…...

So kami nakiki-mid autumn festival din at sa darating na sabado ay pupunta dun sa Chinese Garden para sa Lantern Festival...

Sunday, September 11, 2005

A song of inspiration...

This is one of my favorite Josh Groban song, it befits what I feel sometimes:

You Raise me up....
When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary
When troubles come and my heart burdened be
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit a while with me

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders
You raise me up.....to more than I can be.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

My dear friend from Canada…

I called my friend yesterday and even though we've been apart for almost 7yrs already the camaraderie is still there. We still laugh out loud as if we just saw each other yesterday. She's now based in Canada and I don't think our schedules will make it possible for us to see each other quite too soon. We've been in touch through email and occasionally I'll have the urge to call just so I can hear her laugh. Whenever I think about her, I have always this image of our constant kuentuhan every Friday after work dun sa ilalim ng puno ng kaymito sa bahay nila, yung tipong kinakabagan na kaming dalawa sa kakatawa.….

Each of us had gone a long way from our simple days of lazing under that tree and still the friendship endures. Great friends really are for keeps.

Wala lang, miss ko lang sya and our walang humpay na kasayahan before…..
Labyo sister!!!

Friday, September 09, 2005

New Ipod mini..

Just read about this yesterday. Apple will launch this new ipod nano:



I can't wait to see this. Currently I have the Ipod Shuffle and I'm enjoying it so much that even at the office I am still using it. Buti na lang di ganu mahigpit dito sa opit.

Ipod sounds quality compared to other mp3 player is great. This is a birthday gift from darling hubs, ambait no?!...alam kasi nya maka Apple ako eh. Right now I have on it an eclectic mix of Eraserheads, Josh Groban, Alanis Morissette, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli , extreme - extreme huh?!

But after reading about this latest nano I have to restrain myself not to buy by impulse. Panu kaya hehehe…...

Thursday, September 08, 2005

October or December???

I am planning to go back home by Oct this year but then now I am thinking that it would be better to go by December. One of the main reasons will be our kampung fiesta. Normally this only occurs every five years and I vividly remember that I and my barrio friends arranged for the very first fiesta in our barrio. That was in 1985. So many changes and so many years have gone by and it's about time to have a reunion again.

I've heard that almost all my kababaryo who moved to other countries to settle will be going home also for this event. Ethel, my childhood buddy and neighbor will fly from Italy. Some cousins from Canada will probably be there too. Belen will arrive from Taiwan. Most of these people I haven't seen for quite a number of years already. This will be a good time for reunions and catching-up since we last saw each other.

Now here's the hitch, the fiesta will be just two days after Christmas and we are not suppose to spend this season home so my hubs really was not into going back this year. I keep on convincing him to go but he won't budge saying he has some conflict with his work schedule. Then he told me it's okay for me to go home myself but then we will not be able to be together this Christmas…hay pano ba yan?....so I am thinking of this: fly from here on Dec 26 so we'll be together at least on Christmas day and stay on until after New Year…OR go back as originally plan by this October…hay pano…hay…hay…

Too early to plan, you might say but the oc in me wants to finalize this travel plans before end of this month so financial planning can follow hehe...

Monday, September 05, 2005

Week-end at Sentosa & Chinatown




Saturday was spent at Sentosa with cousins & their parents. Did not get around too much though, we went only to the Underwater World, rode the cable car, rode the Viewing Tower then watched the Musical Fountain show. While aunt, uncle and one cousin were inside the Underwater World, me, labs & other cousin just laze around one of the umbrellas in Dellifrance, sipping coffee and taking mid afternoon snack….okay din natuwa naman mga oldies sa mga isda dun…as usual this was our nth trip already.





Sunday was spent at Orchard Road and Chinatown respectively. They had a lovely time finding good buys at Chinatown…ayun sa kaka 3 for 10dollars ay naka 200plus din sa total cost hehehe, at least enjoy naman. Compared to Orchard it was really cheaper there…and the place is so nice, has an authentic old feel about it. It's one of the main tourist attractions here.

Tomorrow I'll try to get them our corporate pass for Jurong Bird Park. I'm sure the oldies will enjoy the sight there, not so sure about cousin Teddie though hehe…lakad lakad for exercise….

Saturday, September 03, 2005

They're singing Christmas songs already…

I can't help but laugh out loud when last Sept 1st I saw on TFC morning channel the Company singing christmas carols and all of them including the show host were wearing santa's hat…Trulili malapit na ang pasko sa pinas..."ber" months na nga pala..time really flies. Pasko na ulit, masaya na naman sa lupang hinirang. Sadly we are not planning to go back for Christmas this year. We'll see, but if we are to go I have to start planning now, what with all the expenses, we really have to plan ahead.

Right now I am into going back by last week of Oct until mid Nov, by then parang pasko na rin ang kapaligiran. I'm thinking it's about time to be at home during All Saint's day, I haven't been home for this for about six years already. Kakamiss ang fishball sa cemetery hahaha!!...

Friday, September 02, 2005

Goodbye Ms. Blums…..

Yesterday was her last day at the office. I will surely miss her because we've been together at work for quite some time already. Even back home we were working at the same company. Six years was spent in Batangas, two years was spent together in Malaysia, and four years here in Singapore. I was in Malaysia because of her and at my current job because of her. I will always be grateful for all the help she has given me. We have our own misunderstandings at times but she will always be a friend to me no matter what. I just hope we'll be able to see each other around in the near future.

Today it seems strange not to go over her cubicle early in the morning for some talks, and through out the day I missed our conversation in tagalog and all our kalokohan in this office specially if we are both fed-up with people and with work. We have the same type of job and whenever one took a vacation the other one will take over the scope but now I wonder how will I cope with all my load if I want to go back to pinas for short breaks…..

Bye blums and all the best to you dear friend….kuhanin mo na lang ulit ako dito hehehe….
Take care and see you around…….

Thursday, September 01, 2005

On MC today..

Tagalog tayo...
Anu ba yung MC sabi ng iba, eto ay Medical Certificate na kinukuha sa isang doctor dito sa little red dot kung me nararamdaman ka...sick leave sa atin, pero ayon sa obserbasyon ko hindi lahat ng mc ay para sa sakit lamang, malimit din itong gamitin ng mga tao dito na tinatamad pumasok, kagaya ko ngayon hehehe...ayon sa kontrata ko, mayroon akong 14 na mc sa loob ng isang taon at pag hindi ko ginamit ay wala na ito sa susunod na taon, entonces pag ayoko gamitin ang leave entitlement ko ay mc leave ang ginagamit ko para sa mga araw na tinatamad ako o para sa mga araw na masuka-suka na ako sa trabaho...relax muna ika nga...pero minsan mahirap humanap ng dahilan para kunyari ay me nararamdaman ka so kagabi ang dahilan ko ay yung vertigo ko, sabi ko ilang araw na lagi akong hilo, ang nangyari tuloy binigyan ako ng referral para magpatingin sa EENT specialist doctor, okay na rin para malaman ko na talaga ang dahilan ng aking vertigo at kung me gamot ba silang maibibigay....

Anyway, this time ang mc ko ay para masamahan ang aking esposo sa kanyang annual check-up.

Yan lang po muna at birthday nga pala ng Tita Tessie ko today, andito sila so we will probably eat out later this evening...we'll see how it goes....