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Month: July 2011

ONE YEAR

On the same date last year, I left Manila to Penang and became an expat, or as most people from my country would call, OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) or OCW (Oversease Contract Worker). A lot of things changed since I decided to become one of the medical lecturers in this side of Malaysia. One year…

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OUR SPLENDID AFTERNOON AT THE BLUE MANSION

With Feng Shui perfection, this magnificent dwelling that fused aesthetics and opulence was built with the doors fronting the sea and its posterior on a mountain slope, the Penang Hill, described as “house on the back of a dragon” figuratively. Its front doors have Chinese inscriptions that read, “Dancing Phoenix and Flying Dragons” which, according to Chinese beliefs…

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EVERYTHING JAPANESE AT 2011 PENANG BON ODORI FESTIVAL

16th July 2011, Saturday.  My family and I spent our late afternoon in Esplanade, George Town, an open-space-park by the bay and soaked ourselves in Japanese colors. As you may know, dusk falls in Malaysia later than other Southeast Asian skies due to its location so the sun was still up at 6PM when the…

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MAMY’S BIRTHDAY @ G CAFE, G HOTEL, PENANG

All we wanted was to see my mom 3 years after she left for work in Middle East but the good Lord provided more! 15 July 2011, Friday.  It’s my mom’s birthday and she decided to celebrate it with us here in Penang! After 3 years of working in Middle East, she’s having her much…

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BLESSINGS KEEP POURING IN

We’re counting blessings, however simple and remain grateful.  Gabby’s probably the happiest grandchild in the entire universe after his lolo and lola arrived in Penang for an unexpected family reunion. On the first week of July, my dad (who had been an OFW for almost 2 decades in KSA) came from Manila to be with us and watch over Gabby while Tina…

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GEORGE TOWN FESTIVAL 2011 : TAPESTRY OF CULTURES

 I have stated it multiple times that I considered myself blessed for having a chance to work in a place regarded as melting pot of cultural diversities. Fate has been more generous when I was able to bring my family to Penang and together, we’ve been immersed in the vibrant and fascinating colors of Penang.…

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YENG KENG HOTEL : A GEM IN THE HEART OF GEORGETOWN

Amidst backpackers’ inns and travelers’ rooms along the busiest street of George Town called Lebuh Chulia, lies Yeng Keng Hotel  a quaint 19th century old Heritage Chinese mansion that was beautifully restored into a tourists’ haven. Having a facade with a gate similar to what you see in Chinese temples, it struck me as such initially. I…

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LOLO BENRUH ARRIVES IN PENANG

09 July 2011. Saturday We left our home in Butterworth at half hour past 11 in the morning. It was another memorable weekend for my family. After knowing that Transformers is only showing on 3D in one of the cinemas here, we decided to pass on the movie because my wife doesn’t want to watch anything that may trigger and…

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WELCOME TO OUR OWN SPACE!

It’s our third day in our new humble abode since we moved in last Friday, 1st July and Tina, Gabby and I are so thankful for having our own space finally! It’s almost indescribable living with just your family; with no other people who have less concern, consideration and sensitivity. The feeling is tantamount to independence, liberation, freedom. Simply surreal!…

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