Archive for October, 2007

17
Oct
07

GABBY’S CROCS

It has been a custom for myself, my wife and our son Gabby to go out once or twice every three months with our friends whenever our good friend Rob comes home for his 4-week vacation from remote area in the mid east. Rob, is not only a friend of FOURTEEN YEARS (and counting) who works as a nurse-paramedic in a rig but he’s also a dutiful (flurry) god father to Gabby. Rob, together with my other college friend, LG usually treats us for some dinner and coffee. His last vacation (which will last this Saturday with his return to his duty) is remarkable than the others because it took him some days of delay before coming home again due to unforseen circumstance – his reliever didnt make it to the area as scheduled.  Nevertheless, he joins us again with our mall-tripping.

Last night, we had dinner in Mann Hann, Trinoma & had some frap in Starbucks. We went around, I bought a white-based black striped tie in Merger (it was the last piece of its kind, so I asked the salesman to get it directly from the display rack hehehe, and my wife bought herself a pair of shades.  These gave Rob the reason to call us IMPULSIVE buyers, hahaha, (hindi naman po, we beg to disagree)… But prior to that, he himself already decided (suddenly) to buy Gabby a birthday gift…

It was Gabby’s first and only (to date) Crocs

From this wide variety of colors & sizes,  Image Hosted by ImageShack.us  Gabby had GRAPE colored CROCS quite perfect to match his Holloween costume for Trick or Treating in malls on the 31st.

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Thanks Ninong Rob !  Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
And thanks too Ninong LG  Image Hosted by ImageShack.us  for your monetary gift to Gabby, sa uulitin po hehehe…

   
                    

14
Oct
07

GABBY’S BIG DAY

We celebrated Gabby’s 3rd birthday this year with no party at all. We just wanted to go to a mall and eat out with him and have fun.  Since October 5th fell on a week day, we asked his Lolo Benruh and Lola Tessie to join us and fetch Gabby from our place and accompany him to Trinoma since we’re coming from work. 

It was a heavy-traffic Friday night. It took myself and my wife to walk a distance from the Nursing school we’re working to the area where we caught an empty cab.  Good for Gabby that he was already enjoying Timezone with his grandparents a couple of hours before we came.  Everything was ok except for the choice of place to dine. Since every restaurant in that mall was full at that time, we selected a resto where there was no queue. We we’re initially excited for it will be our "first" on that restaurant. But our excitement and hunger yielded anger when our ordered foods came in too late. The service in that resto was the poorest compared to any place we had eaten before. Sobrang bagal ng service ! What pacified us was the fact that we should be celebrating our son’s birthday. Buti na lamang we had bought 3 slices of different chocolate cakes with 3 little colored birthday candles from our favorite BREADTALK.  It deviated our despise to the resto back to what we should be enjoying at that time. Syempre, we took some pictures and captured the moments of Gabby’s 3rd year of life…

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                            happy birthday GABBY !  WE LOVE YOU VERY MUCH !   

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10
Oct
07

RANDOM THOUGHTS

 

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  This is me at work.
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It’s FINALS week again for this semester.  I just hope my senior Nurisng students have   prepared well enough to prove themselves that they are worthy of marching the aisle of the graduation venue come April next year and that they are ready to be in the same play ground where  we should be playing.

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My wishful thinking commands me to see EUROPE…

My life won’t be complete without touring that part of the globe.

Can’t get enough of it on my mind…

I and my FAMILY HAVE TO BE THERE, SOOOOOON…. ( sigh ! )

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I confessed to all virtual citizens, that I am a sucker for Oriental foods. 

Here are few proofs of my GUILT beyond RESONABLE DOUBT…

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      teriyaki boy, gateway           penang hill, promenade         super bowl of china   
 

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                                              MANN HANN, megamall

                            

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09
Oct
07

HALAGA

‘Saktong dalawang linggo na ang nakaraan nang makatanggap ako ng tawag sa telepono mula sa aking kaibigang si Coni. Tinanong nya ako kung libre pa ang iskedyul ko para sa magkasunod na Sabado’t Linggo, at nang ako ay umo-o, saka nya sinambulat ang kanyang magandang balita noon.  Inimbitahan nya ako na magbigay-review sa mga estudyante ng eskwelahan nila ng Nursing sa Caloocan City. Ang adres ay Caloocan City ngunit dulo na ng FAiRview at bago mag-San Jose Del Monte sa Bulacan ang lugar ng naturang eskwelahan.  Malayo. Malapit lamang sa La Mesa Dam.

Ang trabaho –  Walong oras isang araw, sa dalawang magkasunod na Sabado’t Linggo; Isang libong piso bawat oras. Suma-tutal e, treinta y dos mil  sa apat na araw. Hindi masama ! ‘Saktong pambayad sa katapusan sa mga inutang sa credit cards.

Ang imbitasyon ni Coni para sa naturang part-time job ay dumating dalawang araw bago ang iskedyul na trabaho, kaya ako ay halos walang panahon para maghanda. Wala na ring panahon para kabahan at mag-alinlangan kung ano, saan, sino ang mga aking tuturuan sa eskwelahang iyon. Ang inisip ko na lamang, hindi lahat ay nabibigyan ng ganitong pagkakataon. 

Isang gabi bago ang unang Sabado ng review, tumawag si Coni sa bahay at sinabing hindi nya ako masasamahan sa una kong araw sa eskwelahang pinagtuturuan nya sa kadahilanang walang mag-aalaga sa kanyang anak.  Kaya tinuruan nya na lamang ako ng mga palatandaan sa lugar kung paano makararating sa lugar ng review.

Kinabukasan, maaga akong umalis ng bahay, sumakay ng taxi na suot ang kulay lilang-neck tie at kulay-tsokolateng jacket. Maulan. Umuulan noong mga panahong iyon. Wala pang tatlumpong minuto ay narating ko na ang lugar ng review. ‘Sakto sa desktripsyon ni Coni ang lugar. Pamilyar ako sa adres dahil kami ay nagsisimba sa Grotto sa San Jose Del Monte noon pa mang araw. Nagbayad ako ng P250 sa taxi (kasama na ang tip) at pumunta sa gate ng paaralan. Hiningan ako ng ID ng sekyu at tinuro sa akin kung saang opisina dapat muna ako tumuloy.  Halos mahigit isang oras din akong naghintay bago pa man dumating ang mga tao na tatanggap sa akin sa eskwelahang iyon.  Maulan. Ngunit magiliw naman ang mga staff sa pagtanggap sa akin. Sinamahan na ako ng isa sa kinauukulan sa lugar na pagddausan ng review.

Nasa ika-limang palapag ata ang lugar ng review. Halos hingal-kabayo ako sa pag-akyat ng bilding. Ang iniisip ko na lamang noon ay ang sweldo matapos ang trabaho. Nang tumambad sa akin ang lugar na pagdadausan, nakita kong may mga naghihintay na sa aking pagdating. 

Lahat ng estudyante sa review na iyon ay ikalawa o ikatlong kurso na nila ang Nursing. Halos lahat sila ay nakatakdang kumuha ng board exam sa Disyembre.  Halos lahat ay propesyonal na sa kanilang larangan.  Higit sa sampu na naroon o isang section pa sa kanila ay binubuo ng pawang mga kagaya kong doktor. Karamihan ay mas may edad na sa akin. Hindi naman ako kinabahan. Wala pa ding alinlangan.

Ngunit ng tumambad sa akin na hindi pa naka-set-up ang lahat ng gagamitin ko sa aking pagre-review, medyo kumulo ang dugo ko. Walang LCD projector, wala pang computer, wala ding extension cords. ‘Sakto sa pananabik ng mga reviewees nang ako’y pormal ng ipakilala ng kanilang opisyal doon.  Ang kawalan ng gamit at set-up ay hindi pumigil sa aking gawin ang naiatas gawin. 

Sa bawat pagtuturo ko, nilalaan ko ang unang sampung minuto sa pagdama ng aking mga taga-pakinig o estudyante. Sa oras na malaman kong nakuha ko na ang interes ng aking publiko, tuloy-tuloy na… Masuwerte ako at ultimo mga doktor na di hamak mas may edad sa akin, mas eksperyensado sa akin, mas maalam sa akin ay naupo at nakinig, ang ilan pa ay nagsusulat habang binibigay ko ang review.  Nakinig sila ng review hanggang alas singko ng hapon.  May isa pa sa kanila na abogado, may ilang medical reps, may tapos ng Turismo, at kung anu-ano pang propesyon bago pa man nilang maisipang kumuha ng Nursing. Lahat sila ay may-kaya sa buhay. Magagara ang kanilang mga kotse na nakaparke sa harap ng eskwelahan nila. Halos lahat ay mas may edad sa akin. Ngunit lahat sila ay nakinig.

Kinagabihan, bumili ako ng sarili kong LCD projector. Kinabukasan, dinala ko din ang aking laptop.

Sa loob ng dalawang weekends, umuuwi ako ng hingal-kabayo ngunit may ngiti sa aking mga labi.  Napakasarap ng pakiramdam ng pinapalakpakan matapos ang isang pagtuturo. Lalo na kung ang nagbibibigay halaga ay taos puso sa kanila. At nadama ko iyon sa kanila. Sa apat na araw o dalawang magkasunod na Sabado’t Linggong kasama ko sila, naramdaman kong nakakatulong din ako sa kapwa na higit sa akin, di lamang sa edad kundi sa estado ng buhay. Alam kong may naidagdag akong kaalaman sa kanila na naway magamit nila sa pagpasa sa boards.  May kababawan man sa iba, pero masaya sa pakiramdam na nabigyan ako ng  HALAGA.

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