Archive for October, 2010

31
Oct
10

AND I AM HOMESICK AGAIN!

With only PhP 250-worth of facepaint and a taxi-cab-fare, my wife and our kid enjoyed trick or treating in TriNoma Mall in Quezon City this afternoon. And of course, my OFW self  became homesick again! :(

Can you blame me for missing them so much on fun moments like this?

Look how my talented wife, transformed Gabby into a TIGER CHEF in this year’s Halloween…

nice, ano?

via skype : “honey, napagkamalang halloween display si gabby sa triNoma sa ganda ng facepaint na ginawa ko; dami nagpapicture sa kanya when we’re trick or treating kanina.” …*imissmyfamily!*

I miss sharing plates with my son! Anak, sarap ba ng pizza+macchiato frap?

I also miss those food places in Manila.. Gelatissimo (mayroon din dito sa Penang but it aint yummy without you!),

I miss CIBO! It’s one of our favorites!  :)

FORTY ONE DAYS left and we’ll be together for your holiday vacation here in my work place in Penang.

I love you, honey+Gabby! See you soon…

28
Oct
10

VOTE DOCGELO, NOW NA!

My dearest blog buddies,

Do you believe in the cause of Overseas Filipino Workers?

Do you trust the fact that OFWs and expats’ sacrifice is all for their families?

Do you care to support me in Pinoy Expats Blog Awards (PEBA) International Photo Contest (open for amateur photographers, expats/OFWs/bloggers and non-bloggers) ?

If you do, then follow these steps :

1. Click the photo below (my entry to the contest) which will link you to the PEBA fb site.

2. Click LIKE in the PEBA site.

3. Look for my photo entry in the PEBA site and click LIKE. Comments are so appreciated.

I need tons of VOTES, people! :)

TERIMA KASIH (thank you!) from Penang, Malaysia!

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Photographer : Angelo Nino M. Santos, MD
Location: Penang, Malaysia
Profession/Job: Medical Lecturer
Interpretations/Short Explanation: Reason For My Being OFW : To Restart & Rebuild My Family In His Time.

27
Oct
10

TRICK OR TREAT 2010

One of the agonies of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) like me is being physically absent in those moments that are supposed to be shared with the entire family.
But thanks to modern technology, those memories can reach you in a blink.

my 6-year-old son, Gabby is second from right, geared up as a scarecrow

This morning, my loving wifey, Tina immediately posted photos of our kid, Gabby in her facebook account. The pictures were taken from Gabby’s preschool Halloween Party.

She told me that they woke up at 5 in the morning, set up Gabby’s make up and dressed him up to the part for the 8AM kiddie party.

so there were ninja, pocahontas, glam girl, Gabby as scarecrow and lady vampire at Twinkle Toes Academy Inc. preschool Halloween Party 2010

And guess who won MOST CREATIVE HALLOWEEN COSTUME AWARD?

PANALO !!! Gabby with his preschool teachers, Teacher Ofie (Nursery) and Teacher Janet (Prep); not in photo Teacher Claire (Kinder)

Of course, GABBY!  He’s been winning it for 2 years in a row!

Last year, he was the coolest Ninja…

Even Mr. Edu Manzano commented, “You look good!” 3x when we spotted him at Greenbelt 5 last year.

Can’t blame the guy; my son’s really cute, right? he he he :D

Way to go, Tina+Gabby!

Victory Party at 711? LOL!

I love you so much! Miss you!

See you in a month and half time here in Penang!

25
Oct
10

UNUSUAL DINING AT T.BOWL

Back in 1997 when we were still on our first year in Med school, we did cadaver-dissection in our Gross Anatomy laboratory per group.  More or less 10 medical students were assigned to one specimen to study each systems beginning with Integumentary or skin down to the skeletal; that means, from removal of the skin, each muscle, each nerve, each blood vessel wasn’t left unnoticed.

We went through the course without feeling disgusted about the requisites. We even developed tolerance to sneak in and eat sandwiches, chips or anything to munch even in front of our laboratory tables amidst the strong scent of formalin. I didn’t remember feeling nauseated; it was like nothing for us compared to the gut of an ordinary individual.

If having few bites in Anatomy laboratory wasn’t an issue for us then, eating inside a toilet-themed restaurant seems nothing but fun. 

Dining for some is such a sacred thing. But for others, it can be a whole lot of adventure.

I have not explored eating exotic foods yet and have no intentions of doing so in the near future. For now, my friends and I have tried eating at concept restaurants available here in Penang that serve nothing beyond I cannot eat.

Few weeks ago, we enjoyed Clinic Cafe, and just last Saturday, we tried T.Bowl for lunch…

My lunch last Saturday :

Would you dunk your spoon and fork on a cheesy chicken chop rice served on a miniature toilet bowl? I did! :)

Some may find it so weird, but that’s precisely the theme of this food place.  The ambiance may be unusual but the food certainly delights the palate. Sarap! :)

Because we usually crave for pork dishes (in a predominantly Halal community), my 2 friends (Drs. Alvin & Ronnie) ordered plates with what else but pork…

CHINESE MAMBO PORK RICE (RM 11.90+ /PhP 166.60)

JI LIE PORK CHOP SALAD (RM 7.90 /PhP 110.60).  Oh yes, instead of the usual croutons, there were those equally crunchy pork chop cubes, sinfully d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! :)

While we all shared DEEP FRIED DUMPLING (RM 5.90 / PhP 82.60).

And for dessert, docAlvin tried T.Bowl’s MANGO SAGO (RM 5.50 /PhP 77) served on a mini bath tub. :)

The mango slices weren’t that sweet as Philippine mangoes. :(

When we asked for iced water to wash down, they served them on unique ceramic glasses…

And I almost forgot to show you the ambiance…

We didn’t sit on toilet bowls but on these benches with backrest, adjacent on the shower area. :)

All in all, food was nice, the place is quite a must-try for curious diners like us.

Question now is, would you dare eat in a toilet resto like this ?

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T.Bowl, Queensbay Mall, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.

24
Oct
10

MUCH ADO ABOUT SATURDAY

23 October 2010. Saturday–With my backpack and few gadgets in tow, my 2 friends and I occupied different tables to plug in our laptops and availed of free wifi at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Queensbay Mall.

Been lazy the whole afternoon downloading movies, some TV series and CD-albums from a website; watched few episodes of CSI : Miami series which I copied to my external drive from a friend’s downloaded goodies;  sipped CBTL’s Iced Double Chocolate, wished to be intoxicated with Cafe Americano+Fruity Yogurt Swirl (a steal combo at RM 12.50/PhP 175; all in!) but was delighted instead, ha ha! :)

I also had my haircut done via a vendo-barbershop for the first time (last time was from a different salon) at the basement of the said mall; I mean I paid RM 15 for the 10 minute haircut on the shop’s vendo machine, queued for 20 minutes and handed in the numbered card to the hairstylist who barely speaks English. How great was that? Luckily, she didn’t ‘murdered’ my locks, ha ha ha! :)

Bought some non-halal yummies (read : few grams of baby back bacon, minced pork) for baon at work next week.

This going-to-the-mall/s-@-the-Island-almost-every-weekend has become a habit that’s hard to break. You cannot blame someone who’s trying to relax from work and forget homesickness for a while, can you?  *defensive*

Yesterday we enjoyed a bit; for today I’ll be busy ironing clothes and doing little chores :(

Ugh, the agony of an OFW! …I’m not complaining though.

What’s your typical weekend like ?

Happy Sunday, everyone!  :)  Have a blessed new week!

:) PS : We had our d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s lunch at another affordable themed restaurant that deserves a separate post.  After that unique experience at  Clinic Cafe, do you have any hint what concept restaurant we tried yesterday? …abangan!

23
Oct
10

ON MY 86TH DAY

It has been nearly 3 months since I’ve left Pinas for work here in Penang and I can say that I have adjusted already;  hmm, well, almost. :)

I have embraced the fact of being exposed to diversity of cultures, religions, colors, foods, public transpo (including taking a 15-min ferry ride just to enjoy weekend at the Island) and to anything you can think of.

There are a bit unexpected hassles in between but what matters most to me are the things to be grateful for.

I’d like to say Terima Kasih / Thank You / Maraming Salamat  to :

  • my employers who have been so warm and humble in welcoming us to their office and to their community.  We’re blessed to work with the most approachable, down-to-earth and goal-and-people-oriented bosses. :)
  • my Filipino colleagues : the 23 other MD-lecturers who continuously and tirelessly exert efforts in trying to lighten up our daily moods amidst our individual homesickness, personal concerns and other issues. I am so fortunate to have met all of you and it’s indeed a great pleasure to be working with you.  Special thanks goes out to my 4 housemates –docAlvin, docCarlo, docDante and docRonnie; you guys have been naughty and nice! he he he… :)
  • our PreMed and Med students who mostly are government scholars; may your dreams of becoming physicians someday come true with your dedication to your studies. :)
  • to the lady who facilitated things for us from the day we got interviewed in Makati to orienting us to bits and pieces about Penang, our work site and whatnot, you know who you are--Maraming Salamat! :)
  • and of course to my loving wife, Tina and our bundle of joy, Gabby, Thank you so much for everything. I know it isn’t easy raising Gabby alone despite my remittances, but honey, you’ve been doing a great job too for our family. I miss you+Gabby, ILOVEYOUSOMUCH! See you here in Penang on December 11.
  • to the few readers of this blog who have been following my adventures from Manila to Penang, thank you po!
  • All glory and praises to our Lord and Savior, we cannot thank You enough!  We love You so. :)

What are you grateful for this weekend?

Have a blessed new week, everyone! :)

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19
Oct
10

UNTHINKABLE

These strawberries were completely clueless of their fate.

They didn’t have any idea whether they will be eaten wholly, bit by bit, crushed, blended, mashed, or juiced.

Alas, I forgo with the whipped cream and dunked a pair in my oatmeal+condensed milk.

Apparently, no one is certain in this so called life.

Every single thing we do has risks.

Either we go for it or we don’t.

Truth is, life is indeed a gamble.

We wouldn’t know best until we take a great leap.

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