Tuesday, April 24, 2007

From 28% full, my gmail account is now 0% full! From 102 Yahoo groups, I'm now only part of FIFTEEN. From almost always "Almost full," my cellphone only has 60 msgs. From 380+, my YM list now has 0 contacts haha

Friends, please message me with your full name, email address, cell# and birthday (with year). It's part of my virtual life re-organization :)

I'll add those who message me by Friday I guess. So far 50 people have replied! (thanks for making me happy!)

Other things I've been occupied with...
Visa matters. Went to the Swiss embassy yesterday for the interview. Accompanied grandfather earlier to pick up his Schengen visa. The UK visa is a lost cause already - guess that means I'll get there later rather than sooner.

NUTS! by Kevin & Jackie Freiberg. Dad wants me to read and summarize a book that a friend lent him. It's a fun read!

Food stuffing. Yesterday was Ama's death anniversary so we ate at Gloria Maris. The day before that, we ate at Gourmand for Jesi's grad (3rd in her batch!). And before that, we ate at Conti's for dad's birthday.

Summer! I took her to the vet last week for vaccination shots. Guess who we encountered... haha I was too starstruck to remember to ask if I could have a picture with them - Lucky and Flo! They're quite big but more playful than intimidating. Summer also got her first haircut before she was injected.

KSDC. If you know any 4-12 year olds who have nothing to do yet on MWFs of May, invite them to register and learn a lot of fun things. Website is at http://summerdaycamp.reallyrules.com

Monopoly. I've been playing with my cousin and whoever else is bored enough to agree to play with us :p Uncle Wes will be playing over the weekend! Message me if you want to join us.

Quotable (at Palawan)
Aunt: Wow Carrie look so many stars! Can you count them?
Princess Caroline: No, there are so many!!
Aunt: Can you try?
Princess Caroline: Maybe 12!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

RIP Sabie Wong

God looked around his garden
And he found an empty place
He then looked down upon this earth
And saw your tired face
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest
Gods garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again
He saw the road was getting rough
And hills were hard to climb
So he closed your weary eyelids
And whispered "Peace be thine"
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn't go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home

I don't know who wrote that poem but it was the same one I recited during my grandmother's wake 7 years ago. I don't want a repetition of that year (2000). Please lang po.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Updates about Sabie

can be found at this forum.

At this point there are a lot of if only's. Anyway, there was some discussion about choosing a public hospital in Singapore and a private one in the Philippines. Those who live here will undoubtedly prefer being treated in a private facility. However, I learned that in HK (not sure if the same goes for Sg), only public institutions can afford the more expensive hi-tech equipment necessary for critical operations. How funny - I'm surprised by government-run hospitals that are running well.

As Julia Campbell (the peace corps volunteer whose body was found just recently) put it, we live in a world that's baliktad / topsy turvy. Her blog here.

Thy will be done. Thy strength for everyone. Daph rhymes sometimes.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Gummy worms. Shelves. High school batchmates. Yellow shoes? Dreams can be bizarre. And lately, I've been remembering a lot of mine, maybe because of the extra sleeping hours. Do you know that one of Mark Twains' works is a dream journal entitle "My Platonic Sweetheart?" I also remember reading about a book whose author dreamed up the story. Suffice it to say that there is a commercial interest in other people's dreams.

I've been planning my London tour - scouring the internet for discounted ticket prices. I'm excited to say the least :) It's a good thing we're going during the off-peak season because otherwise everything's more expensive. What worries me right now is our visas. I hope we get them on time else all my planning will be in vain.

My break hasn't turned boring yet. Just came back from Palawan (darker me again), been busy doing the Kids Summer Day Camp website* (but that's pretty much finished already except for some of the writeups that I'm still waiting for), and playing with Summer. I still have to go to Rajo's tomorrow for first fitting and then take Summer to the vet for her vaccination shots. Summer, by the way, receives more visitors than I do haha

*Learned something new! I just discovered that FTP is possible through IE. Is this old news? No matter, it's nice to think that my brain is still active haha

On a more serious note, we're all hoping that Sabie will be okay. She underwent an open heart surgery at Singapore last Thursday and right now... it doesn't look good... Would appreciate your prayers for her and her immediate family. Pray for a miracle.

Monday, April 9, 2007

on a whim, i downloaded irc again, connected to irc.skyinet.net and looked for the old chatrooms. they're gone.

even The Heart at Cybertown has been demolished. It's been replaced by "Spirit."

a lot has changed in ICA too. And Ateneo has at least one new building coming right up. good bye to the Psych dept I know.

my home hasn't changed though it wasn't always beside a train station...

In My Life

There are places I'll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

Senti huh. The mood was caused by a monopoly game with Gibbs. And just to show how some things never change, I won haha just kidding

Time to let go of a lot of old things.

I don't know when, I don't know how
But I know something's starting right now
Watch and you'll see, someday I'll be :)

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Got tagged by Julie-la and I don't really have anything better to do. Tomorrow's Easter!

Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things/little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names. No tag backs.

1. I "flick" continuously when I'm nervous. (index finger and thumb form a circle then I release my index finger)
2. I sleep with my eyes partially open.
3. When I'm bored, I rub the bridge of my nose.
4. I tilt my head when I type.
5. Before I leave for school, I run a mental checklist of five must-brings: my wallet, my watch, my phone, my ID, my hanky. And I still forget to bring my ID sometimes haha
6. Since I can't eat rice alone, I make sure the viands don't run out before I finish my rice.
7. When I was in first grade, I did NOT know how to use a skirt hehe
8. I cried when I watched Dumbo, not when I watched Land Before Time.
9. Used to hide in my grandmother's attic and pretend I couldn't hear them looking for me.
10. I do "cold shoulders."

Tag - Lainey, Mic, Hannah, Jacky, Mike, Charlotte, AL, Luj, Hal, Cu

Friday, April 6, 2007

It's Good Friday. I just got home from Polo (one of the very few places open today) after having merienda with the family of one of my dad's business partners. After living in San Diego for a couple of years, the company transfered him to Manila along with his wife and two sons. His wife and elder son will be having horseback riding lessons (they already know how). I should like to join them but their lessons are more advanced. I might at least persuade my dad to finally allow me to take a beginner's class.

Time to write about the Celadon Rouge - last Celadon project of 2006-2007. It was a blast! Great way to end the fantastic year :)

12 Plaques for the 12 executebs: special CFA treat to commemorate the year

I had planned to go to Valle Verde early to help setup but I couldn't leave Makati without the EB plaques (had them made at Angel Arts). And of course I crammed making the awards and special citations ehehehe Suffice it to say, I actually landed in V6 at 4:30pm already. The decorations committee had just finished painting - next challenge was to find a way to make the styro pieces stand, nothing that can't be solved with a LOT of tape and extra styrofoam.

The food catered by Amara (our sponsor) was great, the chairs had pretty yellow ribbons, the lights added to the fun factor and the sounds matched the mood (although the microphones could be less sabog). Madel finally hosted an org event haha I interviewed her during Recruitment Week and knew she'd be great but she was always busy with BlueRep or had other priorities.

Claire's video really brought back a lot of the year's memories. Especially the EB dance during the 1st GA... Mikes and Gino gave a great performance. Bands don't usually fare very well with the Celadon crowd but they're the exception. The dance troupe revival was a success! Welcome back ballroom dancing! (watch their performance)

They gave me a dozen roses!! That was so sweet - thanks everyone ^_^ The night ended with the induction of the EB members 07-08, a lot of picture taking and even some dancing.

I still have a bit of paperwork left to do. I still PLAN to update and print a copy of the YES report and have it hardbound. Para cute. And then there's the matter of going to Child's Play and picking up our group pic. Whee Celadon Celadon Celadon. I'll miss working with the executebs, one of the more cliquish EBs haha We have our plaques, the photoshoot, lunch at Heat, our pouches,... and a whole lot of memories. All our efforts to address "the needs of the group" paid off! Thanks OGSM.

Anyway, good luck CEBo! Am excited about what you guys have in store for the org. Am also looking forward to hearing about MISA and AJMA next school year under the leadership of Yvette and Queen respectively. Your plans look very solid and promising so I wish ya'll a lot of strength and luck! :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Palm Monday

This is a fictional story that takes place on the day after Palm Sunday. Its main character is the donkey that Jesus rode on when He entered Jerusalem.

The donkey awakened, his mind still savoring the afterglow of the most exciting day of his life. Never before had he felt such a rush of pleasure and pride.
He walked into town and found a group of people by the well. "I'll show myself to them" he thought.
But they didn't notice him. They went on drawing their water and paid him no mind.
"Throw your garments down," he said crossly. "Don't you know who I am?"
They just looked at him in amazement. Someone slapped him across the tail and ordered him to move.
"Miserable heathens!" he muttered to himself. "I'll just go to the market where the good people are. They will remember me."
But the same thing happened. No one paid any attention to the donkey as he strutted down the main street in front of the market place.
"The palm branches! Where are the palm branches!" he shouted. "Yesterday, you threw palm branches!"
Hurt and confused, the donkey returned home to his mother.
"Foolish child," she said gently. "Don't you realize that without him, you are just an ordinary donkey?"
Just like the donkey who carried Jesus in Jerusalem, we are most fulfilled when we are in the service of Jesus Christ. When we lift up Christ, we are no longer ordinary people but key players in God's plan to redeem the world.

Taken from http://dailywisdom.gospelcom.net/archives/old/1999/03/dw-03-29-99.html

The story above was shared by Pastor Steve last Sunday and then I shared it during my opening speech at the Celadon Ball. Our recent achievements can mean a whole lot to us now, and I'm sure it will continue to mean much on a personal level, but time has a way of mellowing down the significance of some events. Newer accomplishments will overshadow the old.

I was chatting with a friend the other night about the world records. When they report that a person just broke a record, they never report the person whose record was broken by the person whose record was just broken. OK, that was too wordy... person C hold world record. Person B broke person C's record. Person A broke person B's record. Person C will not be remembered anymore --unless he was the first to do something (like Armstrong being the first man to walk on the moon). Accomplishments mean little as a static statistic but they mean a lot as a dynamic motivator - always do your best, and all for Someone time does not have an effect on.

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