VinJoiel

A suburbian soul living in the concrete jungle...

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Hazy Singapore with Monsoon rain

About a month ago the haze started again here with the worst record of PSI 100+…that happen on a Saturday and no wonder we all have trouble breathing. Currently with the monsoon season almost here and it’s been raining almost every afternoon the haze sometimes persist with PSI reading of 50+. This is the only hitch now of living here, being near Indonesia who keep on burning palm plantations on a yearly basis hence the haze over all of Singapore and Malaysia….

Monday, October 30, 2006

Pasyalan ng berks

Ngayon lang ako naka update dito ng aming pasyalan, super busy kasi ang lola…grabe ang naging backlog ko sa trabaho sa hindi ko pagpasok ng isang araw at isang sabado pero sabi ko nga sulit naman sa dami ng aming kasiyahan…

eto na po ang breakdown:

Oct 26 – hintay ko sila up to 1.30am then kumain pa kami and kuentuhan hangga 2am..

Oct 27 – siempre kasi puyat gumising ng medyo late na kaya naka alis kami ng bahay mga 10am na papuntang bird park, ikot ikot ng nakakapagod sa bird park hangga alas 2pm then we took the train again to Bugis area para sa mga mumu na souvenir shirt, we had lunch at Bugis then afterwards took the train again and went to Orchard area. First sa Lucky plaza then we went over to Takashimaya at dun na energize ulit ang mga lola kasi nakakita ng sangkatutak na sale sa gitna ng Takashimaya…branded clothes and bags ba naman at 50-70% off, o di ba!! Hataw sa pamimili…at nagutom din sa wakas kasi almost 8pm na so hanap hanap ng makakainan and we went to Seoul garden for steam / grill dinner which unfortunately they did not enjoy much, siguro because of food choices or too much food…anyway sa pagod na yun dumiretso pa po kami sa Mustafa shopping complex at sus nabuhayan ulit ng mga dugo ang mga lukring…shopping to death ng mga pabango with matching conversion pa to pesos….imagine first day pa lang 12hrs kami na nasa lamyerdahan…super ang pagod talaga that I have to rent the whole van to send us back to my place…harok naman si Luis eh hahaha…

Oct28 – siempre sa pagod ulit, nagising alas otso pasado na then we still manage to go to Causeway Point Woodland for another shopping spree sa Giordano, some toys and Ayds luggage (yes birhinya, sa dami ng binili sa Mustafa they required to buy new luggage)...Then we had lunch at hawker center and they all tried the chicken rice which they say they much prefer than our dinner the night before…afterwards on to Harbour Front for the cable car to Sentosa and while waiting for my hubby who went back first to the house para dun sa mga napamili nila, we still had a few minutes spared shopping again at that mall, mapepera talaga ang mga lola….then we went to Sentosa by cable car and since it’s a bit late did not really see anything much except the Underwater world, Siloso beach, the Merlion of course and the Fountain show. We also managed to meet our other AdU classmates Ferdie and Tom with their family. Dinner was at Vivo city (a new mall near Harbour front) and that took time because Tom & Ferdie still went around and look where to eat. I finally suggested Thai Express and at least they like the food there lalo na yung mango salad….and off we go home again around 11pm…

Oct29 – again woke up late and after breakfast went to Sun Plaza (near my place) so Espie can meet her friend and others can shop again hehe…Lunch time idea was suppose to be at Sembawang shopping center cause there’s a very nice Thai restaurant there but it’s already closed serving lunch so we had lunch instead at Burger king heh…then took a cab to the zoo on which we stayed for only 2hours I think coz we had to rush back to Wengs’ place for dinner, anyway that two hours is worth it coz they manage to ride an elephant and see some relatives heheheh. Took a cab to Bukit Batot, had few kuentuhan and dinner at Weng place again with Tom there, took some photos and then has to rush back home because they all need to pack for their flight that night…we had to leave Luis and Eric and the plan was for them to follow maybe one hour later. Anyway on the way back home Ayds & Balot still manage to shop some more at Woodlands heh…at home finally they had to pack and I have to download all the pics and copy to each respective thumb drive, book a maxicab for them, call Luis where they are and finally off they go to the airport at 10pm (flight is 12.45am)…Luis and Eric has to go directly to the airport themselves with Tom….

Whew…. that was a marathon of pasyalan and super talaga ang pagod and ang super hitch: all of us had to work that Monday morning….

Anyway enjoy ako pati ang mga lola pati na si labs and thank you friends for your visit….

Friday, October 27, 2006

Waiting...

It's nearly midnight and I am just here waiting for the group to arrive..
Opo tiya, ang akin pong mga kabarkada at kaeskuela sa universidad ay bibisita sa amin dito sa little red dot...tyak hataw sa pasyal at walang humpay na kuwentuhan at higit sa lahat mangangawit ang mga panga sa kakatawa...

Ang aking bisita po ay sina: Ayds and her sis Lou, Balotski, Espie at si Luis..

Updates ng happenings to follow..
Sa ngayon, hintay hintay ko muna sila...hhhmmmm, ke tagal din naman, antok na lola nila...ay sus! ngayon lang yata ulit ako nakapag puyat..(puyat na daw yun hehe)

Monday, October 16, 2006

Book buying binge….

I was on buying spree this week-end and mostly bought books, I was at borders yesterday evening and as usual when I am around these shelves and shelves of various books I am completely done. Anyway, now I really have to do some catch-up reading coz I ended up buying about 8 books (not that many but to me it’s a lot already…)

Here’s what I bought:
1. Maid in Singapore – by Crisanta Sampang (got curious because she worked as a maid here and ended up as a filmmaker based in Vancouver – interesting huh?!)
2. Adrian Mole series – 3 books series by Sue Townsend (I find it funny)
3. Three books by David Sedaris (SantaLand Diaries, Naked, Me Talk Pretty one Day) – as recommended by sis Wena, she said he is funny like Jessica Zafra kind of funny
4. One book by Mitch Albom – forgot the title, something to do with relationship with mothers…

So now I have lots to read before going to bed and during my train ride…pahinga muna ipod…

Friday, October 13, 2006

Trivia for TODAY

Friday the 13th
abs-cbnNEWS.com

If we are to follow superstition, today is not the day to do anything. Today is Friday the 13th.

Both Friday and the number 13 are considered unlucky, and their combination is potent. The belief goes back to centuries ago and can be traced to several origins, some of which carry with it overtones of gender issue.

It is believed that Eve tempted Adam to eat the forbidden apple on a Friday, sealing the link between women and the causes of man’s failure.

David Emery, in Urban Legends and Folklore, cites pre-Christian cultures who took Friday as their day of worship, the sabbath. Emery links this to the belief that brings ill-omen to embark on a journey or start work on a Friday. When Christianity came, Sunday (or Saturday, depending on which version of the Bible you read) became the day of worship (when God rested) and Friday became the “Witches’ Sabbath.”

Friday is said to have taken its name from Frigg or Freyr, a Norse goddess of sex and fertility, which corresponded to the Roman Venus, revered on the sixth day of the week and from which our Biyernes can be traced. But the Roman machos came to power and Frigg was recast as a witch, her day associated with evildoings.

Similarly, the number 13 is important among pre-Christian civilization. There are 13 full moons in a year, something significant to the goddess worshipping cultures. It also corresponded to the number of menstrual cycles in a year. But the lunar calendar faded away with the rise of Christianity who brought with it its 12 male apostles (as against 13 members of a witch’s coven) and 12 months. The number 13 became a symbol of restlessness, as Judas was the 13th guest in the Last Supper.

The most documented connection would have been the decimation of the Knights Templar upon the order of King Philip lV of England on October 13, 1307, a Friday. Hundreds died after being heavily tortured or burned at the stake, a practice used in the persecution of suspected witches in the Dark Period.

By the way, it is no coincidence that the heavy metal band Black Sabbath released their self-titled album, their first, on Friday the 13th, February 1970.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Patawa muna....

Lakas ng aliw ko dito hehe, forwarded email:

I am passing this on to you because it definitely worked for me and we could all use a little more calmness in our lives. By following the simple advice I heard on Dr. Phil's show, I have finally found inner peace. Dr. Phil proclaimed, "The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you've started and never finished."

So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn't finished, and before leaving the house this morning, I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of White Zinfandel, a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream, A bottle of Kahlua, A package of Oreo's, the remainder of my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the chocolate brownies, some Doritos and a bag of M & M's.
You have no idea how freaking good I feel.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

ChE_blues

Meron isang kaklase sa Adamson na nagkusang loob na maging moderator at nag create ng group para sa mga Chemical Engineering graduate from Adamson University..

Nakakatuwa yung grupo kasi ngayon lang yata nagkabalitaan ang iba simula nung mag graduate sila...nakaka aliw at halos araw araw ay me email sila, ay sus parang bumabaha ang email..

Buti na lang yung grupo ko constant ang communication, halos every uwi ko nagkikita pa rin kami...matatag ang friendship...

So, yung mga di pa nakaka alam na mga Chem Eng from AdU, check this link...

http://us.rd.yahoo.com/evt=42879/*http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ChE_blues

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Malapit na ang mahabang bakasyon, 75dias na lang…

Opo, kami po ni labs ay mahaba haba ang bakasyon sa disyembre kumpara sa mga nauna naming mga bakasyones, ang tanda ko na pinakamahaba naming bakasyon ay nuong ikasal kami sa simbahan, sus taong 2002 pa iyon…

Eniwey itong nalalapit na paskong bakasyon ay halos di na ako makahintay, tyak masaya ang buong barangay. Aprubado na ang aming bakasyon mula 15disyembre hangga 6enero ng susunod na taon. Nakapag unang bayad na rin kami para sa aming flight pa uwi sa bayang magiliw…

Ngayon ang kelangan ko na lang ay ang extrang oras para ako maka pag plano ng maaga sa pag uwi na iyon. Siempre kelangan sapat ang budget at naka detalye ang mga gagawin pag andun na sa pinas…ganyan ako ka oc….

See you soon Ambe, Iel, Jolo, Vince & Ally danda…

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Philippians 4:13 --- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.

-received from a friend...

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Oktubre na...

Sa Germany, October fest na...dami na naman beer...
Dito sa Singapore, coming holidays ay Hari Raya for Malay Community and Deepavali for Indian community..Long week end para sa aming mga walang community hehe..

Makapag Star Cruise kaya or Bintan Lagoon?? bahala na...or stay na lang sa house at makapag spring clean ulit, asar tyak si taba hehehe..

eto ang maganda, my friends from Adamson will come for a short visit so enjoy tyak ang mga lola...can't wait for that day...