VinJoiel

A suburbian soul living in the concrete jungle...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Sa aking kaarawan....

ngayong araw na ito, ako po ay trenta y nueve na!!!!
wahhhhh........

Sunday, June 25, 2006

June'06 Vacation Updates

My flight is delayed until 6pm today and while I sit here at departure area waiting for time, I sit and ponder in what has happened on my one week vacation. The only regret that I have is that I did not have enough time to eat some local fruits like avocado, atis, langka, Indian mango at gulay na bulanglang….I’ve only managed to eat santol, nilagang mani at mais…well there will always be a next time…

Okay, let me do a daily write-up of activities that we did for the last one week….

16-June, flight home. Arrived early at the airport and was on our way home by 3pm. Kasama ang mga peborit pamangkins so as usual daan muna kami sa meryendahan bago umwi, arrived home at 5.30pm

17-June, Saturday and whole day was spent at home with the peborit pamangkins, kakatuwa kasi si Vince at marunong ng magsalita ng lobo, yoya (lola), tuta (tita hehehe), batu (baso), atu (aso) at yayibee (Jollibee, of course..), Vince is 1.5yrs old…Si Ally naman ay super lusog din at panay buga ng laway hehehe (she’s 5mos old), Jolo at almost 7yrs old is super kulit at me monologue lagi sa dami ng kuento, si Iel ay nag bibinata na at tahimik pa rin and super tangkad for a 12yrs old…


At about 5pm went to attend mass service at barrio chapel and dinner was at Wena para
sa get together reunion naming magkakapatid, saya nun…

18-June, After lunch went to SM for much needed shopping and groceries, again with the kids and as usual laging gusto eh sa Jollibee kumain…hay…lakas talaga ng Jolibee sa mga bata…

19-June, went back to SM for my personal shopping.
I was only able to find Pugad Baboy 18 and can’t complete my collection (PG 2 & 9 still missed out).

Movie wise still no luck on completing my C. Montano movies, can’t find “Panaghoy sa Suba”, “Rizal”, “Bagong Buwan”; couldn’t find “Hihintayin kita sa Langit” at ang super tagal ko nang hinahanap na “Petrang Kabayo”…”Pagdadalaga ni Maximo” is not yet available and I was able to get only “Legal Wife”. I did not go to Manila so I don’t have any idea if all these were available there….

Music cd, I was able to buy one “Parokya ni Edgar” cd for my eclectic taste, andun yung peborit namin ni Papa Eric yung “Papa Cologne” hehehe..

Did also some Levi’s shopping for me and Eric as it’s much cheaper compared to Singapore.

20-June, meet-up with bespren Beth & May whom I’ve known for more than half of my life na yata..

Went first to Carmel for a visit together with Inay, Malou, Rigor, Vince & Ally…pray for petitions and as always for my case, ask for thanksgiving mass for all the blessings received. Then we went over to May’s place first for pre-chika and lunch was at Lipa Grill. Food was okay, crispy pata was good and the place is nice with small kubo scattered among the gardens, kay sarap ng hangin habang kumakain, nice change for usual eating out with the kids hehehe…

After lunch, went to Robinson for the meet-up, Inay & the rest went home ahead while I waited for May & Beth to show-up….Saya namin talaga, we just sat up at Pizza hut for some soup & pizza and while away the whole afternoon updating each other on what has been happening to each of us. We have covered lots of topics: amusing topics, amazing topics, health, life at late 30’s and goin’ forties, beauty rituals now that we’re aging, the kids they have, the kids that I don’t have, the husbands….whew kulang pa oras namin and hopefully the next time we meet we’ll have more time…We have to break-up early as Beth still needs to drive back to Manila and I have to take the bus ride back to Bauan…Imagine 22years of being friends and still the bond is there, we’re so lucky to have each other..

21-June, just stayed at home and went to palengke to buy some things, enjoyed watching Vince for his antics and Ally for just being so cute…

22-June, time for dental care then in the afternoon went back to SM and bought de latas to bring back. Bumili na rin ng boy bawang hehehe…

Settled also the menu for Inay’s 60th bday celebration…

23-June, Madir’s 60th bday…
Morning time was spent cleaning house and putting up curtains. Celebrations started at 2pm with Inay’s El shadai group doing a service which lasted until 4pm, enough time to set-up the catered food. It was a great time which lasted until 10.30pm kasi me videoke and sing to death kami lahat hehehe…This celebration was totally different from Tay’s last year celebration and I guess this suits Inay who have so many friends outside the family so reunion of sort is not possible…All in all I think she’s happy for the turn-out that day…

24-June, a post-celebration as we went for a swim at El Madero in Lipa city. Maganda yung place, farm and resort which have 4pools, 2 of which is private if you prefer, one big pool each for kids and adults. Enjoy ulit ang mga kids together with all pamangkin sa pinsan from Inay’s side of the family….enjoy na enjoy sa kaka swimming ang lahat….

My friends from AdU joined us on that day and we have great time catching-up. I was thankful that Dex, Ghe with their kids & Allan had the time to drive from Manila just so we can see each other as always during my short visit…every time umuwi ako they have time, super suerte ko sa friends…….

25-June, right now here at the airport, masakit na puwet, inip na inip na sa kakaintay ng oras and as usual with my suplada façade wala pa rin akong kachikahan, hay…9.30pm pa ko dating ng Singapore and I have to work tomorrow…All the days that I was home I was having a hard time to sleep restfully maybe because Eric was not there and naturally I miss him. Imagine I am in bed at 8pm and awake by 6am….whew…eto ako ngayon antok na antok but have to be alert at baka mapaaga pa flight (asa pa!!)…eto at me pakain daw….

Anyway enjoy naman ako and hopefully makauwi ulit sa December…(tagal pa nun)

Tapos na po!!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Leaving Home for the kids Future…

Is this always the case for most of the families back home, willing to suffer being away from each other so the kids will have better future??

As it is my brother in law will leave tomorrow for Libya on a commissioning job. He has resigned on his permanent post as supervisor in the process industry near our place to earn more. His earnings on the local job, though not that minimal is not enough for the increasing expenses of kids going to school and at the same time managing the everyday living expenses aside from house mortgages. Such is the life of middle class earner back home. And such are the cases of continuous giving-up of permanent positions and good pays to go out of the country and earn more, at least earn enough to have all the basic necessities covered up…..

What’s really sad to know is that my nephews will probably grow up without their father’s guidance. Their father will not be there to see the important events in their growing –up years, all the milestones on their schooling years, all the male bonding as they grow-up……
I hope someday Jolo & Iel will realize and appreciate the sacrifice that Imat did so that they’ll have a better future

Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Great Singapore Sale (GSS)

You wouldn't believe the crowd yesterday at Suntec City...
There was even a queue on the escalators..this was because of the GSS where some shops go at 70% off on their items..this is the right time to go shopping and normally all people here thinks the same heh...so yesterday we started at Orchard Road with the same crowded frenzy then move on to City Hall Interlink Mall where we bought some dvds, then on to Suntec City for Iel's school shoes...aside from the crowd I think we did have a good deal coz we got a Rockport shoes at only 60sd (original proce is 140sd)...see what I mean?! it's really cheap to shop during these times, just be prepared for big crowds and some dehydration hehehe...after that we rush to a taxi stand and yes there's also a long wait but still we are able to get one by just waiting for 10min, so home at last by 7pm...tired but happy to survive another outing during the GSS...

And now my sister sms that Iel size should be size 8 or size 9...grrrr...how to go back and change the thing...aiyohhhh.....

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Tapusan sa Sambat '06

Yap ngayon nga po ay isang mini-fiesta sa Sambat, well tapusan ng Flores de Mayo and normally me misa yan sa umaga, me konting palaro tapos sa dapit hapon ay me pursisyon ng Mahal na Birhen Maria kasama ang mga sagala at mga Reyna...Reyna Elena, Reyna Emperatris, etc, etc...dati alam ko lahat pangalan ng mga reyna kasi kami ang organizer sa events na ito, well that was during my teenage yeasr (tagal na nun...)
That time was one of the best time of my life, masaya kami nun...

So these days wala na yata masyadong sigla ang pagpupugay sa Birhen Maria every May....Normally this Flores de Mayo is to ask for rain kaso ngayon unpredictable na yung weather so it's now the least of the reason why we have Flores de Mayo..
I am glad anyway that this tradition still stays even though there's so much changes in the last years..at least FLores de Mayo for Mama Mary still remains...

Friday, June 02, 2006

Jolo and his pets....


My nephew really like to take care of animals..the only problem is at his young age those pets really didn't last long and he always get upset whenever his latest pets goes on...

Last time he has a couple of love birds, some fishes and a hamster. When the birds died, his papa got him some chinese chickens and he was happy..then he lost his fishes (which sometimes he feeds rice grains hehe..) and then lost his hamster too...So when he recently lost his chinese chickens he got upset and threw tantrums like why all his pets died...Just yesterday I learned that his father got him some fishes again ang a much bigger aquarium and he was telling Tita Chel that I will bring him oxygen daw for the fishes hehe..I have an extra aquarium pump here and i was telling Wena I'll bring it home for his fishes, so that's where he got the oxygen part..Now he was saying he wants a dog this small daw but he doesn't want the dog to grow big...mga kids nga naman....

Anyway Jolo is six years old and it's so endearing to know that he likes pets like us too...