Sunday, August 2, 2015

Also busy Sunday...



Another long day just like Saturday. Haha!

Today started a bit late compared to yesterday. First agenda this morning was Pump at 321 Clementi. Thankfully, there is now a 10AM class at an FF my side of the island. Westgate has a 9AM but I think it's too early even for me. There is also a 12NN class but it's a bit late for me today. Yay that 321 Clementi has a 10AM! The teacher is also quite good.

Afterwards, I took 106 to head to Bras Basah for work at the museum. I was scheduled to do the 2PM tour. My voice is not at its best since there seems to be some bug going around. Still, I'm glad the tour turned out okay. I started out with just about 10 people but the group grew to about 20 people. Tired after the 90-minute tour.

The last agenda for the day was movie at Westgate. JKT Boy and I planned to watch Ant Man. Initially, I suggested watching in the city but I think he was lazy to head to the city. In the end, we settled for Cathay JEM. It was also good because the timing was just nice - 7PM.

I was able to drop by the house first to shower and change before heading to Jurong East. JKT Boy arrived 2 minutes before 7. It was fine since movies never start on time in SG. Haha!

Ant Man was actually enjoyable... except maybe for the kid next to JKT Boy who kept on talking loudly. I think he got shushed by JKT Boy. It should be the dad that needed scolding since he doesn't teach his kid proper conduct. Le sigh. Anyway, I'm just glad I'm not the one sitting next to the kid. Hehe!

Movie ended around 9. I got home not too long ago. I'll just rest a bit more and then probably zzz...

Weekends are too short. But this week is also going to be a short one... Yay!

Busy August 1...



Can't believe it's already August! Time is flying by so fast!

The first day of the month turned out to be a very long one. I hope it's not a sign of how the rest of the month will be. Haha!

I left the house around 730 to attend the last lecture for the National Gallery Docent Training. I have to admit I am amazed that we have reached the final lecture. The first lecture was some time in late January. Now, here we are several months later equipped with information and (hopefully) ready to guide when the museum opens this November. I just need to write two papers and pass my assessment tour. After that, I'll be officially a docent of NGS. Yay!

We had a whole day lecture today. During lunch, my team mates and I headed to the nearby Din Tai Fung. I'm going to miss seeing these lovely ladies every Saturday morning. Hehe! I hope we do stay in touch even after we start guiding.

From Bras Basah, I took the bus to River Valley to attend the sunset Mass at St. Bernadette. I figured I might as well attend Mass today since Sunday will also be packed with activities.

After Mass, I headed back to Orchard and spent a good hour at the library at 313 Somerset to work more on my tour paper.

When the announcement came on that the library was closing in five minutes, I packed my stuff and just headed to the MRT station for the journey home.

Tired and exhausted now. I'll just rest a bit before hitting the shower and zzz...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bye, July... Hello, August...

I have not been posting, but I have a lot of things to post.

The past two weeks have been very busy and that's why I haven't had the time to post. Haha!

Uhm, it's the last day of July and I just couldn't bear to let August to come in without making a last post for July.

So today was also quite busy but also exciting. In the morning, I went to the office because I was meeting Bernard, Hui Chen and Jackie for lunch. After that, I headed back home to continue work.

The highlight of the afternoon was receiving a package that was supposed to arrive yesterday. Unfortunately, I was out yesterday so I asked that the package be delivered today. Yay!

In the evening, I went to the library to continue working on my museum paper. It's about 75% done. Tonight, I did good progress since I finally finished the section on Contemporary Art.

To cap the night, I had a random meetup with JKT Boy at Holland V. He's still the same guy. I'm still the same guy. I did miss him though. Haha!

Got home about twenty minutes ago. I'm going to crash after this. Tomorrow will be a super long day at the museum.

Buhbye, July...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Our Lady's boy...



Perhaps it was because I went to a Catholic dedicated to Our Lady. That's the main reason I can think of why I have always been a devote of Our Lady.

When I was still in grade school, my younger brother and I would always pass by the church right next to our school to say a little prayer at the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.

It was quite common for almost all the students at our school, since our school is named after the holy place where Our Lady appeared to the young Bernadette Soubirous.

At the altar of Our Lady of Lourdes, there is a pile of stones encased in a glass box. It is believed that Our Lady actually stepped on those stones. Every day, we would pass by the altar and kiss that glass case. (Thinking about it now, the germophobe in me is a bit grossed. Hehe! Just thinking of all the others who have kissed that glass case... shivers... hehe!)

Also, my own Mom taught me how to pray the rosary. I did not have the best respiratory system growing up. I made a lot of trips to the Emergency Room because I needed my nebulizer. Probably because of that, my Mom always prayed to Our Lady. When I was old enough, she taught me how to pray the rosary. That was a habit I brought with me up until today.

This devotion to Our Lady got me started in somewhat collecting unique kinds of images of Our Lady. Last year, I naturally bought a Pieta piece when I visited Vatican.

When PG Boy and I went back to Amsterdam, a thought came to me. Since The Netherlands is known for Delftware, maybe there is one of Our Lady. While we were walking along the canals one afternoon, we passed by a store specializing in Delftware. True enough, I found a beautiful, beautiful piece of Our Lady. It was quite expensive but it was the best souvenir I got from the trip.

During Tipz's trip to Spain and to Belgium, I asked him to find and bring back a Black Madonna and the Bruges Madonna for me. True friend that he is, Tipz got me the two pieces.

Most recently, I found another beautiful and unique Our Lady image in... drumroll please... Siem Reap. Thankfully, we managed to find the only (?) Catholic church in Siem Reap and we were able to attend the sunset Mass. While checking the shop, on display was a beautiful Cambodian Madonna.

Just like the Delftware piece, this one was also quite expensive. Maybe because it was carved out of a single piece of wood. Maybe because the details are very intricate. It is beautiful.

Hmm, I found another unique piece from a friend. It is Our Lady in a kebaya! A Peranakan Madonna, how unique is that?! However, I haven't gotten it yet because it is quite tall (about 9"). I want to stick to the current sizes that I have. Maybe I will find one soon.

I am also quite excited for my trip to Japan. I'm hoping to find a Japanese Madonna and child piece. I know that there's a possibility because I have previously seen a Chinese Madonna and child... at the Asian Civilisation Museum. Hehe!

Still, there might be a chance...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Last week with I-van, Edsel and Moi...



What a great week the past week was!

Wednesday. Dinner at Lau Pa Sat. Dessert at The Landing Point One Fullerton.

Thursday. Dinner at Pappa Rich. Drinks at Out and May Wong. Supper at Maxwell.

Friday. Lunch at Toss & Turn. Shopping. Window shopping. Dinner at Korat Thai. Dessert at PS Cafe Palais Renaissance.

Saturday. Shopping. Window shopping. Dinner at Long Beach Dempsey. Dessert at PS Cafe Dempsey.

Sunday. Breakfast at CBTL Paya Lebar. Dinner at Toss & Turn.

Monday. Dinner at Soup Spoon. Dessert at TWG MBS. Shopping. Window shopping.

Earlier, Edsel already flew back to Manila. Moi, on the other hand, flew back last Sunday. I-van will be flying back to KL tomorrow night.

It's back to regular programming for me, Richie and Mon. Richie and I were talking about how tired we were from last week (I have been sleeping at 130AM every night and waking up at 7AM... LOL!) but it was definitely super fun having the vharkadings around.

Friday, July 17, 2015

The week just got better...



Well, the week just got better.

The other day, the SG-KL-MNL Whatsapp group chat was having its usual conversation. I then sent a photo from Timehop that showed a group photo from 15 July 2013.

Edsel then sent a photo of the "To city" MRT sign. I wondered why he was sending that photo. I thought it was a stock photo from a previous trip. Then he sends another photo in the MRT, and another one. The next thing we know, the group just goes alive because Edsel is also in town! Hehe!

So, yup, the week just got a lot better. Wednesday night, I met up with the gang for dinner at Lau Pa Sat and from there, we headed to One Fullerton for coffee, desserts and hangout at The Landing Point. Gad, One Fullerton has the best interiors, I swear!

Last night, it was another nightout with the guys. Edsel and I had dinner. Afterwards, we met the rest for drinks then late dinner then drinks then supper.

Today, the plan is to accompany the shoppers. Haha! I dun intend to buy anything seriously. I need to save for two trips end of this year.

Tomorrow, Moi is also arriving. Unfortunately, Vic and Richard couldn't fly in. Otherwise, it would be one big reunion. Haha!

Nice weekend, it'll be.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Thanks for the box...



So it was Whatsapp'd. So it shall be done.

Thanks for the box. Lol!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I-van is in town...




Monday started out on a very good note.

I worked from the office. The reasons for this were the following: morning meeting with manager and team mate, and in the afternoon I signed up to help with prepping for a company volunteer activity.

From the office, I headed to Mon and Richie's place to hang out first while we wait for I-van to land in Singapore.

He'll be here for a week; Moi will also be flying in this Friday night. So, this week will be for I-van and the coming weekend will be for Moi and I-van. Hehe!

When I-van finally messaged that he was on his way to his hotel, Mon, Richie and I also made our way to Clarke Quay to meet up with I-van. Jon was also free to join us, so yay!

After checking in, we just walked to the nearby Robertson Quay and had dinner at The Wine Connection. I swear, the place never fails. Food is good, wine and other drinks are not that ex, the environment is nice for gathering with friends.

Our party of five parted ways just before 11. By the time I reached home, it was almost 12. It was good because CD Guy also gets home from work around that time. I managed to wait for him to get home and chat for a bit before saying good night.

Good Monday!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Tired and sleepy at 9PM...



It's been a long day and I am thankful that I am finally back home. Haha!

There is no doubt that I will be sleeping by 10PM or even earlier tonight. The reason for this, aside from having a long day today, is not enough sleep from last night.

After I was done with work yesterday, I headed to Orchard for dinner with Mon and Richie. CD Guy and I made plans to watch a movie at 930PM. Since he had dinner plans with his cousins, I made plans with Mon and Richie as well. However, Richie was only getting out of work at 8PM.

With time to kill, Mon and I checked out the sale at Zara before heading over to Richie's workplace to wait for him. We still had 40 minutes to spare so we ended up going for drinks at CPK.

When we reached the Thai place, it was packed but we quickly got a table. The only problem was the food took a long time to arrive. One of the wait staff told us that our food was still third in queue. It was already 9PM so I apologised to Mon and Richie that I had to go. Hehe!

On the way to Cineleisure, CD Guy thankfully asked if I wanted to snacks. I replied that I wanted a hotdog sandwich, or maybe chicken nuggets and drinks. I was starving!

I saw him waiting for me with a lot of food, LOL, and looking very cool at the spot where he chose to wait. The good thing about movie screenings in Singapore is that it really doesn't start on time. The tickets we got was for 9:30. I knew it would only start around 9:45. That gave me enough time to wolf down the food that CD Guy bought.

We watched Far from the Madding Crowd. There are no other movies to watch. It was a good choice though as I enjoyed the film. CD Guy said he also enjoyed it. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to talk about the film afterwards.

It was already 1140 when we got out of the cinema and I had to rush to catch the last train to JE. I only had less than 15 minutes to reach the station. CD Guy, sweet boy that he is, even walked me to the station. It's nice to be the one who's looked after for a change. Haha!

I reached home around 1AM. When I got home, my new flatmate and his partner were still up. I know it because the light in their room was still on. My flatmate also came out of his room and was about to shower. He asked me if I wanted to shower first. I said I want to rest first and he can go ahead. Lol! It took him a loooong time to finish! The good thing was he knocked on my room after 48 years to say that he was done. I thought that was really nice and considerate of him.

It was 130 when I finally fell asleep.

Because of a training today, I had to wake up at 7, and be out of the house by 8. Training was from 930-12. I had a leisurely lunch at Plaza Singapura afterwards and debated whether I should head home to take a nap or go to the library as I had originally planned.

The spirit triumphed. Yay! I went to the library and spent a good few hours to work on my museum paper. By 5, I made my way to church for the anticipated Mass.

Then, it was time to head back for dinner and now, I'm just going to finish this and I'm going to get ready for zzz...

Tomorrow, it will be a somewhat busy day. I want to go to the gym at 10AM for Pump before heading to the museum for my guiding duty. I only have one schedule for tomorrow but a fellow docent needed help. I was free so I agreed to do an extra shift. Good luck with that! Haha!

Okay, that's it.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Photos from the Cambodge trip..






Here are some photos from the trip to Cambodge with Mom and my best friend in Manila, Tey. I haven't really posted photos from the trip except on Facebook.

A few days ago, one of my good friends messaged me that she was somewhat "inspired" by what I do for my Mom (i.e. bring her on an annual overseas trip.). She told me that after seeing the trip photos with my Mom, she decided that she will bring her Mom and her brother on a holiday early next year. She was excited because it will also be her brother's first trip outside of the Philippines.

I was really happy to hear this from my friend. I told her that I plan to give my Mom holiday trips while she is still relatively healthy and since I can afford it. Hehe! Hmm, there's a tiny part of me that kind of wishes that I was also able to bring Dad on an overseas trip. However, I don't dwell too much on that thought since it's unhealthy. I do believe that Dad is with us on the trips that Mom and I go to.

I do want my two younger brothers to come to Singapore to visit me as well. However, my condition is for them to buy their own plane ticket. Anyway, we're all working and earning. I am sure they can afford to buy a plane ticket.

Hopefully, they can visit me soon. I have to keep on badgering them to book their flights.

Okay, that's it for today. It was a good day. I started my day with a fitness activity (went for a run around my neighbourhood this morning) and ended the day with a fitness activity (Pump class at Westgate).

Tomorrow, I have to go to the office to attend an HR briefing. That means I have to wake up early to avoid the MRT crowd. Haha!

Night, night!