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Singapore GP Fever? Forget That!

Fever? That word is so not the right word. The first time I heard the sound of the F1 cars earlier, I just couldn't help but let out a squeal of delight (which happened again and again and again and again). I had to stand there at the corner with my eyes closed - just letting everything sink in. Yeah, maybe I may be overreacting. SO SUE ME. I had the time of my life this evening - and it wasn't even Race Day yet!

Some pics from today.
This is the bridge where the cars passed. Definitely one of those OMG-worthy moments.
Sure needed that coffee to steady myself. After a while, we headed towards the Swissotel to claim my ticket for Race Day.

And this is what an ecstatic Numi looks like after getting her hands on the ticket that she's been dreaming of for years.
Am so thankful...

Singapore GP Fever

Practice is on going..and I am sitting at Starbucks. BAH.

I only have tickets for Race Day, but I should be near the track in bit and at least hear the heavenly purr of those engines.

Photos from the other night when we could still walk in the circuit.


Yup, there's someone who is beside herself with excitement. Another dream come true in 2010!!!

T Minus 5 days

Or is it 6? I am just beside myself with excitement.

SG Day 2 was all about work and meeting a good old friend of mine. I also think I've found my spot in the nearby mall. For now, I shall go back to work so that I can sleep and dream about Sunday!F

Numi Does SG - Day 1

I really really need to learn how to pack well before I have to leave for the airport. I also need to learn how to actually get some sleep the night before going on a trip. Then again, I have to learn a lot of things - things which I can't seem to get around to doing.

Current trip: Numi Does Singapore!

This is my first trip outside of the country alone. I love traveling, but I never really pay attention to directions - I guess I got used to travel companions doing that for me. So yesterday, I had to repeatedly mentally give myself a pinch to remind me that I was alone and had to figure out how to get to the city center by myself. How many times I had to pull myself out of my music-induced reverie, I don't remember. I actually had to take some time to peruse the train maps! But you know what? I liked it.

One thing I can say about this city - there are signs every freakin' where about every freakin' thing. It's perfect for me! It's kinda hard to get lost he…

It's in the Air

Here in the Philippines, people start celebrating Christmas at the beginning of September. Well, not everyone does it, but expect to hear Christmas songs over the radio (and at the malls!) on September 1. If you're on Twitter, you'd know that #MerryChristmas was a trending topic on that day.

September's almost over now, and for the nth year in a row, I have failed to uphold a promise I made to a learner many many years ago. This learner is one of those whom I will never forget - let's call her Virginie. She was an older woman who taught me a lot of things - maybe more than I taught her English. One thing she told me: we create our own traditions, traditions that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

She asked me to promise her to always decorate for Christmas. It was a trivial thing, in my mind. My mom never really put much stock on decorating for Christmas (the most we had I think were C6 led christmas lights). I decided to give it a try, but I never really…

Flying Eye Hospitals, Food, and Family

Those are the highlights of my weekend. In the last post, I shared a poem that really struck me. My current work set up is such that I can pretty much arrange my own work schedule - as long as I get things done. For the most part, this works perfectly for me, as I like working at my own pace.

I think that sometimes, I do tend to bite off more than I can chew, and I end up working more than I should. That's normal for a lot of people, though, isn't it?

Anyhow, after reading that poem over and over again, I decided to chill a bit this weekend. Chill as in just sit/stand and stare and not go out. I think I kinda succeeded.

I enjoyed spending time with my sister/brother-in-law, cousin, and of course, Sam. I enjoyed watching TV (yes, I did!) - even silly shows that I will probably never watch again. I did get to see this feature on a flying eye hospital called Orbis, and I regret not hearing about it before they got here. I am amazed at the work they do - providing eye car…

Leisure by W.H. Davies

WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Isn't that just beautiful? Here's to a weekend that will not be "a poor life full of care; with no time to stand and stare."

Fly, Flew, Flown

I wish I could fly to some far away place where I don't know a single soul. (As long as it's near the beach.)

I wish I had flown away earlier. Maybe I could have spared myself of all the crap.

Then again, merely wishing about the past never did anyone much good. Now I look to the future, and boy, will I fly to destinations that I only used to dream about. Never mind that it's not gonna be one of those Branson vacation packages. As long as I am free to do what I want to do - all I need is my backpack, my laptop, and a couple of good books.

Things are really shaping up, and I am determined not to let anyone capitalize on my overactive sense of right and wrong. Gone are those days when people can manipulate me into doing what they want simply by playing on my conscience. Yeah, I was - and still am in some ways - a wuss. But, I am my own person now, and I shall go find my own path. Happy trails to me! :D

Monday Pick Me Upper: When People Play with Food

When we were growing up, I remember our elders telling us repeatedly NOT to play with food. I wonder what the parents of the artists behind these works of art told them?

(I got these images from a friend who sent them to me in an e-mail. Some of you might have seen these already, but they are just too cute!)I think I'll call them penggplants.
Poor third wheel!
They remind me of papooses (not sure about the pluralization of that).
And for the clincher - one kick ass apple!

Have a FUN Monday, everyone!

Apple iPad: New Tool for Children with Special Needs?

The other day, Sam went to see Paul Beleen, his therapist. Paul is from Belgium, and he only comes here once or twice a year to see his patients. Paul is a blessing in so many ways - he works wonders with Sam, and he lends Sam equipment that can help him in his development. The last time he was here, he left AFOs (support for the feet so that Sam can work on standing up). After this last session, Sam went home with a new "walker."

It's a special contraption that is much like the regular walker that kids use, except that it is fitted for children with special needs. It's bad-a@# actually, and we're all thrilled that Paul is lending it to Sam for a while. Maybe sooner than we think, Sam might actually be walking on his own!

Anyhow, Paul also mentioned to Mark and Hannah that they ought to consider getting Sam an iPad. Whoa! THE Apple iPad?

Yup. THE Apple iPad.

Of course, we've (Mark, Hannah, and I) been lusting after the iPad for quite some time now, but we…

Operation GR: Couch for Sale!!!

Time to set Operation GR in motion! I am selling some stuff that I will no longer need in the near future, and this is the first (well actually second - have a prospective buyer for the poker chip set) to go: the couch.

I hate to sell the couch, but really, what would I do with it? It's not covered with matouk linen, but it is very very comfy - ask anyone who has had the chance to sit on it. I think practically everyone who's used the couch has fallen asleep! It does have a few tiny holes:
And that's why I am selling it for less than half the price I paid for it. It's 1 year and 3 months old, and I'll be ready to hand it over first week of October.

If you know anyone who's interested (and lives around Metro Manila and its suburbs), please let me know.

Up next...dining table. I just need to take photos and it's not very organized right now. ;)

Not Yet

I was reading my friend's latest blog post (you know who you are), and what she wrote struck me. She mentioned something about answers to some prayers being "not yet."

I hate that. I really do. I am an impatient creature, and if I can get away with not waiting, I will. Yeah, look where it got me.

I suppose that this is one of the things that I am supposed to learn. I need to learn how to wait. I need to learn how to pass that darned marshmallow test. Will I ever?

What do you guys do to practice being patient? Maybe I can get some tips. ;)