Archive for January, 2011

31
Jan
11

IT’S LOVE MONTH AGAIN!

For hopeless romantic people like, ehem, I am, Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February is such an occasion not to be missed.

Last year, I remember I took my wife, Tina and our kid, Gabby to a movie, dined in one of our favorites, and I never failed to give her a bunch of 3 roses of course (Click this for the blog post).

Valentine's Day 2010 : Early Dinner at CIBO, date-movie and a bunch of roses!

Apparently, flowers are synonymous with expression of our love to our special someone. And when it comes to love, boundaries and limitations are often times meaningless, if not, taken for granted. Not even distance can hinder how one can show his affection and care to his dearly beloved.

This year, because I am thousand miles away from Tina on V-Day, I thought of sending her a bunch of  red roses via online purchase with FREE delivery. Knowing my wife that she would not appreciate expensive gifts particularly from me, the offerings from this online gift shop called www.IslandRose.net perfectly fit what most people like me (and my wife) look for in almost anything : quality and practicality.

I did the online purchase of 3 stem red rose from www.IslandRose.net with only few clicks! It’s easier than munching and finishing a bag of your favorite chips!

Here’s how:

1. Go to www.IslandRose.net website

and sign up for an Island Rose Peso Rewards Club.

 Fill out the Sender and Recipient’s data…

2.  Click on the “Buy Now” on any of the 3-stem (red or white) Love Note under Bouquets.

3.  After completing the order, complete with personal message to your love one, click on the checkout button. Check the summary of order.

4.  Finish the order by putting the credit card details and tapping the “Continue” button.

Disregarding doing reservation and buying airfares, it was my first time to do an online purchase and it was such a hassle-free!

Incidentally, Awesome.ph in coordination with Island Rose is offering those 3 stem rose (red or white) with note with FREE delivery anywhere in the Philippines at 52% off (from P643 to P309). Now that’s a steal!  Other beautiful Valentine’s Day gifts are also available at www.IslandRose.net.

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30
Jan
11

AMANDA

“It is never too late to begin. Remember that you always wanted to play the piano, paint, write poetry, start a journal, read that challenging book, begin stargazing, learn a little Spanish, take up yoga or qigong, build something special. There will never be a better day to begin than today. Just do it.” –Jonathan Lockwood Huie

At 34, I know it’s never that late to learn new things and pursue other fields of fascination.

I never thought that homesickness and boredom out of living and working abroad would lead me to do things I wanted to do since God knows when.

This beautiful sunny Sunday morning, I went to Jalan Raja Uda in Butterworth, a 5-minute-bus-ride and a 10-minute walk from our place in Taman Robina.

The Chinese owner of the music school and her receptionist were both amazed that I came on the dot at 9AM as I have committed over the phone yesterday.

I cannot hide my excitement to meet her; that’s why! :D I cannot wait to take her home!  My wife, Tina already gave her nod for me to have an affair with my new love.

Meet Amanda, my new love…

Isn’t she gorgeous?  I just hope she’ll love me back! *wink*

She’s brand new; they ordered for me from their supplier and did not come from their display…

I scouted a music store in a mall yesterday and also google the web to compare prices, the cost is still cheaper and more affordable in music school.  

I will join 3 other MD-lecturer-colleagues in a beginner class for violin on 09 February when the music school reopens after the long Chinese New Year holiday here in Penang (CNY celebration starts Feb 3-4-5-6) and every Wednesdays at 6:30PM (after our office hours end at 5PM) thereafter.  Our class is scheduled an hour per week; 30-min theoretical, 30-min practicals.

Like a kid who wanted to explore and try new things, I am extremely excited to learn the basics of violin.  Little by little, I believe I can pull it off, who knows, after few months time, I’ll be able to play The Corrs’ Runaway and other beautiful music that Amanda and I will enjoy.

I’ll keep you posted. 

Do you know how to play any musical instrument?

For anyone who knows how to play this string instrument, would you mind giving me some tips and pieces of advice about its care, and whatnot?  Do you have any songs to suggest for me to play someday soon? *naks!* :D

Enjoy your new week, everyone!

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AKADEMI MUZIC NEE.  13 Tkt Mawar, Taman Mawar, Jalan Raja Uda, 12300 Butterworth, Seberang Prai, Pulau Pinang, West Malaysia. It’s only right across my senior colleagues’ place, Kondominium Cassia Their website here –> CLICK!

PS : I’m planning to enrol my son, Gabby to play+learn any musical instrument of his choice after he arrives here in Penang on late March with his mom.  It’s nice if we can play the violin together but when I asked him on Skype last week, he prefers piano at this early.  We’ll see.

28
Jan
11

SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

Last year, I celebrated Chinese New Year here…

I strolled this charming street of Manila called  Binondo with a bunch of fellow bloggers; was my first time to appreciate dancing lions and dragons with people of common interest.

This year, I am excited to witness how Penang people observe such occasion. And who would not be excited if there will be a very loooooong holiday next week because of the event?

It’s holiday here in Penang on February 3, 4 (Thursday and Friday next week), and of course the fun, definitely will be carried over to the weekend, Feb 5 and 6! *hooray for paid holiday!*

Those dates will be perfect to see cultural shows on the streets and to be delighted with those ornaments of red and gold. Indulging in some dimsums and dumplings would be so apt too for the occasion.

Other than going to Georgetown next week, my colleague-friends and I will try to explore more of Pulau Pinang (Penang Island).  I just wish the weather will continue to cooperate (FYI, we only experience very occasional rains here unlike in Pinas; no storms for the past 6 months here for Malaysia is located outside typhoon-risk areas).

But more than anything, I am looking forward to PAYDAY (we only get our salary every end of the month).

Can’t wait to send remittance to Tina+Gabby.

Do you have plans on celebrating CNY?

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Be blessed and be safe! :D

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25
Jan
11

LOOKING AT MY SON’S PHOTO

6 months of homesickness is well worth this short sigh of contentment…

taken at Aquaria, Suria, Kuala Lumpur, Dec 25, 2010

If only I can pull the days to March to be with them again here in Penang, I’ll do it in a heart beat.

25
Jan
11

AS CHEESY AS IT GETS

Call me the biggest cheese ball on the planet, but it’s one of my favorite movies. Not because of anything but the lines on this film cut through me.

And times like this that I am alone in my room and when Skype isn’t enough to melt my homesickness away, surfing the web for quotes of movies and TV series I like might seem torture but surely is one effective way that helps me kill time.  Get it?!  If not, it’s OK! hehe :D

So here’s a couple of those lines from this 1996 movie that I like.

“Hey… I don’t have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I have failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my life. I love my wife. And I wish you my kind of success.” -Dicky Fox.

“I am out here for you. You don’t know what it’s like to be ME out here for YOU.
It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, ok? ” -Jerry Maguire.

Do you like watching movies? I do. I like it better than TV.

What are your favorite films and why?  *sounds like a trivial question*

C’mmon, amuse me!

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

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23
Jan
11

THIS ONE’S WONDERFUL!

I never thought blogging can give me so much pleasure. From gaining loyal virtual friends (of whom I met a few already) to receiving comments and opinions on my posts that they generously share, to a few perks of being invited to events, receiving gift certificates and freebies, to earning a few amount from exchange links and whatnot.

Yesterday, I got a go signal from my inbox to claim from any Western Union branch the payment for the little online transaction I engaged into, after someone bought exchange links from my blog.  After which, I went to the mall and grocery to shop for my baon (and a couple of shirts for office!)  to work for the new week. :D

This beautiful Sunday morning, my housemate-friend knocked on my door to give me this…

Now that you know my present address in Penang, you can send in fan mails, pre and post holiday gifts, pasalubong, etc. LOL!

Someone from Burbank, California spent USD 10.31 on postage just to send me a copy of his materpiece of which I have a very little contribution…

Call it trivial but for me this one’s amazing. I have never been so humbled with such appreciation…

A US-based Filipino author emailed me few months ago and asked permission if he can use one of my blog photos in his then soon-to-be-published book…who am I to say no?

This was my photo of Quiapo Church I posted on this entry –>My 15-minutes in Quiapo

With my watermarks and proper credits, my photo of Quiapo Church taken by an old-school digicam landed in Mr. Percival Cruz’s book; I am truly honored!

More credits for the contributors…

May Bagwis Ang Pag-Ibig At Iba Pang Kuwento by Percival Campoamor Cruz and Alberto Segismundo Cruz is available also via Amazon.com; here’s the the link.

To Mr. Cruz, thank you so much, Sir! Good luck on the book and More Power!

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21
Jan
11

THEIR HOME AWAY FROM HOME

I considered myself lucky for working in Penang where diversity of 3 races – Malaysian, Chinese and Indian usually comes with festivities and holidays. Yes, January 20th, Thursday was declared a holiday here for Hindu’s Thaipusam celebration. (Google translate : Ang daming paid holidays!)

My fellow Pinoys here and I heard from our Indian colleagues that thousands usually troop at Hindu temples and venues where Thaipusam festivities are held. So most of us feared to be caught in traffic decided to spend our day off differently.

While most of the Tamil community here observed Penance and prayers by as simple as carrying a pot of milk to as daring as  mortification of the flesh  by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with vel skewers, I got curious about the ‘homes’ of 2 of our colleagues so I joined our friends in the plan to explore it.

Kondominium Kassia, Butterworth, Penang

The units have 3- 4 bedrooms, with 2 toilet and baths, veranda, washing area, the works!

And if you think our swimming pool in our condo is awesome…

We're at one of the penthouses of Wira Court, Butterworth for more than 6 months now.

think again…This is Kassia’s impressive pool for kids…

and the massive pool for kids at heart both located on the condo’s 2nd floor…

A simple yet inviting gazebo with squirting fountain separates the adult pool from the kiddie…

Don’t you wish to live here?

And look, there are more reasons for kids to love living here…

There are sauna rooms inside shower/toilet rooms too; everything is located just by the pool.

For health buffs,

The cost of rent of 2 of my senior colleagues ranges from RM 800 (or PhP 11,200 unfurnished) and RM 1300 (or PhP 18200 fully furnished with flat screen TV, fridge, washing machine, kitchen and sink, toilets etc). Their rent includes the use of all amenities –swimming pool, the gym, etc and did I already tell you that the place offers free wi-fi too?

More gym equipments that can be use at your most convenient time…

I didn’t take a dip (I don’t like swimming; read: I cannot swim!) but my friends did. According to them the pool’s great but the water’s cold.

That holiday was bitin (we felt short) because it was sandwiched in between 2 working days. Nonetheless, it was a nice day for me to forget boredom and homesickness.

Kondominium Kassia is beautiful, reasonably priced but require a bit of walking to and from the bus stops for most of us who don’t own cars here.

By August, our contract with our own penthouse in Butterworth will expire, and Tina and I are planning to get our own unit at the Island near her future work site and Gabby’s possible school. So help us, God! :D

Other than location, accessibility to everything, comfort of course, what else do you need in an urban living (make that living abroad away from true home)?

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