Monthly Archives: June 2004

buhay abroad!

this adsl stuff so soooo cool. imgagine whole day yata naka-online ang pc ng lola mo pero tipid sa bayad!!! tipid ba? heheehehe…ala lang akong maisulat kaya kung anong nasa mind ko yon lang po ang mababasa nyo. medyo lately, may tupak ang lola nyo. naku! di ko alam kung bakit ako nagkakaganito ito ba yong side effect ng pills o sadyang pagdi kagaano nakakalanghap ng oxygen ganito ang mangyayari sa iyo.ang hirap kasi namang lumabas ngayon, masyadong mainit di pwedeng umalis ng bahay pag umaga o kaya hapon kasi masyadong humid tsaka di pa rin tapos ang ginagawang kalye sa harap namin mahirap maghanap ng taxi. ayoko din namang lumakad pa kami ni munchkin hanggang may grocery store para lang makalabas at doon mag-abang ng taxi no? kelan kaya matatapos itong underpass sa harap namin para naman minsan makagala kami sa umaga o di kaya hapon.
di naman pwede na parati na lang kami sa mga kapitbahay no? ba’t di kaya yakagin kung lumabas si ate liza (pinay naming neighbor)? eh, kaso naman dalawa-dalawa din ang bit-bit yang babies, papano kaya yon?
mas lalong di naman pwedeng makajamming si mommy monica, saan nya isasabit yong kandamakmak nyang mga alaga no? haaay!!! buhay abroad mahirap na masarap!!! mahirap kasi wala kang katulong sa bahay. ayoko din namang kumuha kami ng katulong tapos yong ahensya ibang lahi ang ibibigay sa yo. ano yon? magdudusa ako lahing indonesian, sri lankan, o di kaya indian? naku! wag na mahirap kausapin, halos lahat sa mga yon di gaanong marunong mag-englis. mahirap din palaging parang may nakabuntot sa yo. mas gusto ko yong walang nakiki-alam sa buhay pamilya namin. baka mas lalo lang uminit ulo ko pag ganon.

masarap ang buhay abroad kasi mabibili mo halos lahat ng gusto mo lalo na sa bansang ito halos palaging may sale. tapos isa pa mas may panahon din para sa pamilya kumpara sa pinas, matataas na nga mga bilihin sa tin, buhol-buhol pa ang trapiko lalo na sa kamaynilaan tapos marami pang mga drug addicts pati madurukot aabotin ka sa bahay mo na magkadikit na ang yong mga kilay. sabagay, dito may sarili kang wheels, kahit ano ng klaseng sasakyan pwede mong mabili yon nga lang, mag-ingat ka din sa mga pilosopong mga arabo lalo na kung magpalipad ng mga sasakyan kala mo mawawalan sila ng kalsada o kaya ng roundabout. at wag ka din minsan mapapatili ka sa mga pagiging primitibo ng mga ito kulang na lang mag-inuman sa mismong roundabout! oo! ganon sila pagmakakita ng kakilala o kaibigan kahit nasaan, nasa gitna man ng kalsada o sa gilid ng roundabout walang pakialam sa iba basta makikipa-usap at kumustahan sila.

ba’t kaya ganon sa atin no? sobrang hirap ng buhay. magtratrabaho ka ng walong oras minsan sobra pa kaso ang bayad halos pambayad lang sa ilaw at kuryente, upa ng bahay, pagkain, pang-araw-araw na pamasahe dagdag mo pa ang mga luho mo sa katawan. saan napunta sahod mo? parang di mo rin yata ramdam. pagkatapos ng isang buwan simula na namang bunuin ang isang buwan papano na kaya yon yong pamilyang tig-sasampu ang mga anak. kawawang mga bata!!! tsk..tsk…sana man lang mga tao sa tin magbago na. isipin ang kapakanan ng kanilang mga anak, di na anak lang sila ng anak di man lang maiisip na ala na pala silang maipakain sa kanilang mga supling.

ang sarap maging isang lokal, ang yaman yaman ng bansa nila, ito na yata ang pinakamayaman na bansa sa buong gitnang silangan. sa ngayon meron na namang panibagong oportunidad ang mga taong ito, andaming mga benepisyo na galing ng gobyerno at binigyan pa sila ng pautang mula sa mga bangko na walang interes para ipatayo ang mga bahay nila. sobra naman nilang swerte. kelan kaya mangyayari ang ganito sa atin? lubog-lubog na nga tayo sa utang pati yata apo ng apo pa natin ay may utang …di yata yon kaylan man mangyayari. masyadong malayo sa katutuhanan o realidad.

pero kahit ganon pa rin ang ating bansa mas gugustuhin kung doon manirahan at yumao sa sarili kung bayan. bangon pinas…bumangon ka…

Happy 9th Months Princess

Your first birthday is getting closer… You changed a lot! From a quite newborn now a dynamic grown-up baby girl. I’m trying my best to cope with your remarkable changes and be able be as a good father as always, but I’m afraid I’m not able to do so. You are moving too fast. You are learning a lot. You are growing faster than me.

Princess, I love you so much.

12 hours sale!

got hooked again with the discount fever. we went to city center for our groceries but found out that there’s a 12-hour sale in debenhams. well, not bad! 25 percent discount is bearable than nothing so princess shopped again for pink stuffs: two piece suit, two pink shoes and blouses from mothercare shop. this is the first time that we spent longer hours in this mall imagine we left city center at nearly 12 midnight.
dinner ar nando’s resto was great. dada craved for a a fried bangus fish but unluckily florian cafe was near to its closure when we went to this italian-filipino restaurant so we decided to head to another restaurant but not a fast food again. their chicken espetada was great, now i learned my lesson from our past date in this restaurant (that was i think when we’re just starting out w/ our relationship that we used to eat and hang out here in nando’s with ninay faye)never to order the hottest one!
princess was in deep slumber while we’re in nando’s but when we reached home she got up and played til 2 a.m. it was really bad! we wanted to go to sleep but we can’t. little munchkin was into her latest game, again stand-and-fall. she mastered also her pincer grasp to the point that she can take everything to her hands but most of the times she’s like a monkey in her crib with her swinging arms always on the go for reaching higher stuffs.

happy birthday dada!!!

what a wonderful day! friday is a luxurious day of the week. started the day a little bit late, syempre day off ni dada kaya we can stay late in bed. we went to corniche and bought those live “momsy” crabs and fresh hammour, no time to go to fish market, eventhough mom is craving for big prawns and lobster, oks na kasi meron namang crabs. dada cooked the crabs while mom made something first to eat kasi tomguts na talaga sya and fed also palangga with her pear and yogurt. afterwards kain to the max, sobrang sarap talaga ng crabs lalo na pag fresh pa. mas masarap din ang breakfast kasi we had dried fish and dried squid ( pasalubong ng bagong dating naming neighbor from pinas) and dried mangoes for dessert with momsy’s apricot gelatin with milk. o di ba?
lunch is heavy also may sweet and sour na hammour na ginawa si momsy kaya pati si palangga na pakain na rin pero rice lang muna.
dada wants to celebrate his birthday with the pinas time kaya we went to a bangkok thai restaurant for dinner and it’s great! momsy had her favorite chicken shiomai adn dada his siopao and some thai pancit. their iced tea is also different from the usual iced tea in other restaurant.
what’s good also with this thai restaurant is you can have also a massage for just a hundred riyals. we waited for dada for one hour. sobrang tagal ng masahe and princess can’t stay put in the female waiting area. this thai massage is different in the sense na binabaligtad ka talaga but very relaxing pagkatapos.
the date is not yet over, we went to our favorite place to hang out — it’s the corniche, and we walked for about 2 km. the weather is fine , not too hot at hindi rin humid. here, in this place you can find all the different nationalities of expats. some are just friends who enjoyed the sea breeze with the bustling road beside it and others are families with babies and toddlers. kaya mga bata dito lalo na mga locale halos lahat may mga eyebags! palaging nasa labas til wee hours. princess enjoyed our walking while she’s inside her stroller. i kept on bugging her to put on her cap pero matigas talaga ulo!
corniche is the place where we brought her to when she was just 1 month with grandpapsy and grandsmamsy. it was winter then pero malakas resistensya nya nakaya nya ang lamig. ma and pa we miss you here!!!
to you nath, we love you very much, love na love ka namin ni princess…happy birthday…wishing you great health and more success. you have our love and support. love you forever!!!

tenk yu!!!

got myself to making birthday invitation for my munhkins party,well, ulead photo express is a user-friendly software, really nice and madali. it helped me a lot than using adobe photoshop. dada naman kasi i don’t want a lot of readings gusto ko madaling gawin just some clicks and then voila– tapos na!!! o di ba pipili na lang kayo ni andrea kung alin ang gusto nyo sa mga ginawa ni momsy of course in accordance with munchkin’s b-day theme. pero, di pa rin tapos lahat i want another set of pictures, may picturial bukas ng umaga kaya andrea stop playing overnight with your new-found game na nakakaloka!!! tama ba namang magtumbling ang 8 months na baby??? and she got crazy with her new activity (another milestone)– standing. pero ayan na naman tatayo sya tapos after 5 seconds she’ll let herself fall, buti na lang di pa tumatama yong ulo nya sa headboard ng kama, inuuntog lang niya sa semento…tama ba yon?
auntie baby liked munchkins video clip, pauli-ulit daw nya itong piniplay as well as uncle nonoy. miss na talaga nila si palangga. i promised to her that when she reach 3 years old pupunta kami sa kuya alsan niya sa london and princess will go to disneyland. kaya anak bilisan mo na ang paglaki, eat more carrots, brocolli, fruits, yogurt, chicken and drink more milk and stop spilling your vitamins, sige ka yong bib mo ang magiging malaki hindi ikaw.