Just getting rid of the virus, oh, not in my computer though

I should probably stop FBe-ing and should start doing some real work, but I keep getting sidetracked by messages from my chat board. Darn, I should close it now. Anyway, haven’t had much fun these last couple of days since I have been down with the Flu. I think it may have been caused by a virus that I caught from one of the party guests, but what the heck. At least I am feeling much better now. I’m just worried that the virus would catch hubby as as well.

Anyway, now that I am feeling much better, I decided to get up early and start disinfecting the whole house. Toilet and bath, kitchen bedroom and living and dining room. Changed all the bed sheets with fresh ones and towels as well. The trash has to be thrown out. I have to make sure that not a single tissue paper would be left behind. The bins themselves has to be sprayed with disinfectant as well. I don’t have OCD but better to be safe than sorry. Actually, I am in the middle of this overhaul at home now. I just sat down in front of my laptop again to rest for a while. Of course I said to myself that I would only sit down to rest for 30 minutes, but as I have mentioned earlier, FB is keeping me from the more important tasks at hand. Oh well, blame it on someone or in this case something else, hehehe.

Picture from Common colds slideshow…

Parties and events in Frankfurt am Main

Hubby and I got invited to a friend’s birthday party. It was a blast. We got home after midnight and I fell flat on my bed even before I could get out of my clothes. Well, it’s not uncommon knowledge that I just fall on my bed without changing into my pyjamas ;). I tell you it has happened several times before. Especially when we have an event coming. But it was the first time I got home drunk and fell on my bed immediately. I found out the following morning that I walked up to the flat barefoot after our neighbor brought my step-ins over to our front step, buwahahahaha!

The following day, Sunday came and went without me noticing anything at all. I stayed in bed the whole morning. I only got up to prepare some lunch for hubby and myself. Even then, I felt like a walking Zombie from the bedroom to the kitchen. Hovering around there preparing for something to eat. After having lunch, I immediately went to our sofa in the living room, covered myself with my fleece blanket and fell asleep like a baby. I woke up around 7 pm feeling hungry, thirsty and disoriented. Oh my! The effect of drinking Tequila sporadically is terrible. This means I should really rather do it more often, lol!

If my memory serves me right, back in the old days when I used to go out each night after work, I never had any hangover after. No vomiting, no dizziness, nothing. Nil! Zit! Nada! Which is actually the main reason why I like Tequila much better than any other drink. But, I used to drink it almost every night then. Furthermore, I haven’t had a shot of Tequila for more than a year. Last time I had more than 1 shot of tequila was in August last year. I guess, that’s the reason why the alcohol went up to my head faster the drink going down, hahaha!

Anyway, at the party, everybody had fun. The kids, the young ones and the young at heart, too. One could see it in their faces and party behavior. Food was plenty and the drinks was just pouring. For a while there, it felt like there was an alcohol spring somewhere near the area.

It was actually a surprise party for Mr. Ballmaier. A party planned by his wife Marie who is a very good friend of mine. Of course there were several of us who were busy before the event. Decorating the hall, cooking and transporting the drinks. There you go, I must admit that the drinks did not actually come from a spring, hehehe.

At the end of the day, it was all worth it. The facial expression of the birthday celebrant as he came into the hall was that of real surprise and he was really touched by the gesture. All in all, the event was a success.

Next one to be ready for is the “Philippines Got Talent” in Frankfurt, Saalbau Volkshaus Enkheim on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 5:00 PM. This is not a private party but another event of the Philippine Mission Charity Foundation, e.V. (PMCF) in Frankfurt. It’s time to show off your hidden talents guys! Come and share it with us and in doing so, win some interesting prizes. Willing applicants can already register through any PMCF officer.

Well, that’s it for now. I will be busy with helping in the preparations for the said event. So, forgive me if this blog will be sleeping again for some. 🙂

Puto Maya

I’ve been craving for this Filipino sweet rice delicacy for some days now. My problem is I’ve never done this myself before. My mom used to serve this for our merienda or breakfast way back when I was a child. Yes, this rice recipe, like most of the Filipino rice delicacies in the Philippines, can be eaten for breakfast or merienda (snack).

Thing is, may it be for between meals (merienda=snack), or for breakfast, I always had this with the good old sikwate (hot chocolate drink). Perhaps, later on in my growing up years, I also had this with ice cold coke. Well, that’s how kids are, always experimenting.

Apropos, experimenting. So I have been craving for the “puto-maya” of my mom. Thing is, she now lives thousand of miles away from me. So unlike before, now I very seldom have the pleasure of eating this delicacy. Nowadays, I just content myself to eating puto maya at parties where I get invited to. Of course, provided that a nice Pinay would prepare it… hehehe.

Today, I couldn’t help myself anymore though. I finally decided that I would experiment myself. I went out to the nearest grocery and got the ingredients that I didn’t happen to have in my pantry.

I need:

500 grams pilit (sticky / glutinous rice)
3 cups coconut milk
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup of ginger sliced thinly

I guess there are several ways to cook puto maya. But I remember that my mom used to make it the complicated way. Oh, you have to understand that for me, if one is cooking using several pots and pans, then I assume it is already a complicated recipe that he/she is preparing. The way i cook my stuff, is to heat the pan, put the first batch of ingredients which is normally composed of onions, tomatoes and garlic. Saute them and put the rest in, whatever they may be. Most of the time they turn out okay :). Alas, this simply won’t work with the Puto Maya.

I first prepared the rice. Rinse the rice with cold water. I did this two times. I don’t know why, but I just seem to remember that when I was young I was always told to rinse it twice. Or at least until the water is not cloudy anymore. Later on, I found out that the more you wash the rice, the less nutritious it becomes. Or so, somebody told me again. But again, somebody said that this is only true to enriched American rice. Anyway, I digress.

I cooked the rice separately. On another pot, I poured in the coconut milk keeping it to boil. Slowly i poured in the sugar while continuosly stirring the boiling coconut milk. Once it became sticky, I also put in the ginger strips that I prepared. I continued stirring it until the mixture turned a bit brownish. At this time, the rice already cooked, is slowly cooling down a bit. I scooped  it out of the pot and transferred it to the coconut mixture. I folded and mixed like beating a batter.  While doing this, I could already smell the rich aroma of rice and ginger. I took it out of the stove. Let cool down a bit. Then I started molding using one of my dessert bowls. Since i don’t have banana leaves, I had to content myself with eating it directly from the breakfast plate. Oh, I almost forgot to take a photo of my creation. To make it look more presentable, I put in two fresh basil leaves.

A few minutes later, hubby came into the kitchen sniffing. He actually said, the blending smell of the ginger, coconut milk, rice and basil made him feeling hungry. I hurriedly poured him a cup of fresh hot coffee with cream but no sugar since the puto maya to my standard is already sweet enough. Well, actually, I drink my coffee most of the time black so it goes well with the puto maya. No hot chocolate for me today, as I am following a strict diet regime. Maybe, tomorrow morning for breakfast I can have my puto maya with my hot chocolate.

These boots are made for walking…

It’s great to be back. I was up in the Austrian Alps. I didn’t have internet connection for one whole week. Okay, I know that even up there one can stay connected online. Heck, perhaps even at the peak of the highest mountain in the whole world, one can still be connected to the WWW nowadays. Thanks to the people who contribute to the advancement of technology. My being offline though for the whole week was actually by choice. It was a chance to be reunited with mother Nature. A time to experience life again without any phone calls, emails. The chance to embrace the primitive way of life of our ancestors. It went okay in the beginning. At least until one day, hubby and I lost our trail and ended up at a cliff 1889 meters high. Then we decided GPS is important. It took us longer to get down. At which point, my right knee was already getting really uncomfortable. I could hardly bend it. Imagine going downhill without bending your knees. Terrible. We finally managed to find the clearing.

It was fun. Everyday we took different trails. Each day was an adventure on its own, depending on how difficult the trail was. Really, every trail was different from the other. From light and fun to hard and adventurous. The trail where I had difficulty with my knee was not the hardest, but it was the highest and longest trail we took. It felt like the wandering would take forever that day. Amazing how one could walk for hours and still after some point you find that you only walked 300 meters away from the last point. Of course, when one is suffering from discomfort and pain, then this happens which was for me the case. But, in the end it was also a very good trail.

We also took a really light trail, where we just went through the towns and the altitude of the place was not too high. It was in this wander trail where I found my boots. Two, even.

I saw the high cut soft leather boots from the window outside the shop. I went in, tried a pair on and I fell in love with them. It was a bit too much for my normal price range, but they are really good and comfortable. I decided to close an eye and paid for the pair.

As I was on my way out of the shop, a low cut pair of boots caught my attention. I thought, nah, maybe I don’t need it anymore. I went already way too much my price limit with the other one. I sure should not look at more. But then hubby urged me to try it as well. See, my problem is that I always have a difficult time shopping for shoes. I could go from shop to shop the whole day and simply come home empty handed. Hubby knows this already and he always thinks that if I find something which I really like, I should already grab it immediately and not think twice about it. Otherwise, If I leave it overnight and then go back another day, I would find that the thing is already sold out and would end up getting something that I only half wanted. Of course, each time this happens, I always reprimand myself. I don’t know why, but It keeps happening to me anyways.

Oh, by the way, I don’t plan, of course to use any of these two new boots for wandering, hehehe. For that, a special one was ordered. It actually didn’t matter to me before what shoes I wear for wandering as long as they were comfy enough to walk in for more then 3 hours. But, I soon realized that if one is really serious about wandering, then one also needs to be properly equipped for it. Since I got my wandering shoes more than a year ago, I never had problems with feet nor ankles. Not to mention if we have to go through really rough trails, I am confident enough that I wouldn’t just slip or loose my balance. I tell you, it pays! Curoious? Here they are. Not so impressive or extravagant looking. But they are my three favorites at the moment.

Pag-ibig:pinag halong sarap, sakit, tamis at pait!

Kausap ko lang ang kaibigan ko kaninang madaling araw. Nag long distance call siya. Umiiyak. Nalulungkot. Broken hearted daw siya. Nagpa kalasing siya, ngunit kinaumagahan ay ganun pa rin daw ang sakit na nardarama niya.

Kung naiintindihan ko daw ba ang nararamdaman niya. Oo naman. Alam ko yan. Sino ba naman ang hindi dumaan sa tamis at sakit na dulot ng pag ibig. Naaalala ko tuloy nung kabataan ko pa. Nagmahal din ako ng todo. Higit pa sa pagmamahal ko sa sarili ko. Higit pa sa naramdaman kong pag mamahal para sa pamilya ko. Ultimo career ko at sideline na negosyo ay pinakawalan ko alang-alang sa pagmamahal ko sa isang lalaki na akala ko ay habang buhay kong makakasama, sa hirap at sa ginhawa, sa tuwa at sa saya, sa drama at sa komedya. Siyempre, dahil sa hindi naman isang pelikula ang buhay ko, hindi ito nag tapos sa “happily ever after” ikanga sa libro ng mga kuwentong engkantasya.

Pero, masarap din namang balikan ang mga masasayang alaala ng pag-iibigan na iyon. Mga araw na tila ayaw na naming magkahiwalay. Mga gabi na malamig at tila ba sa haplos ng kanyang mga kamay sa aking palad ay napag iinit niya na ang aking buong katauhan. Mga malalagkit na tinganan na parang nagdadala ng awit at sumasayaw ang aming damdamin sabay sa tugtog ng musika ng pag ibig. Mga panahon na lahat ng problema ay nahaharap namin ng buong tapang dahil sa alam namin na anjan lang ang bawat isa sa aming tabi. Kagabay sa paglutas ng anumang suliranin na aming hinaharap.
May mga araw din na parang masikip ang mundo namin at tila ba gusto kaming paghiwalayin ng tadhana. Lahat kino kontra ang aming pag iibigan. Lahat ayaw na magkasama at amging masaya kami. Kahit ano mang pilit namin pa ipakita sa kanila at ipadama ang aming tunay na nararamdaman para sa isa’t-isa ay siya namang pag sara nila sa pinto sa aming harapan. Na waring pinapahayag na ayaw nilang makita at maintindihan ang aming pagmamahalan. Sa mga panahong iyon ay lalong nagtibay ang aming pag ibig. Lalong kaming naging masigasig sa isa’t-isa. Walang bagyong sumalnta sa amin na hindi namin kinaya. Hanggang sa isang umaga ay gumunaw ang mundo naming dalawa.

“Oo” sagot ko sa aking kaibigan. “Alam ko na lahat yan dahil pinag daanan ko din yan”. Sister, ang maipapayo ko lang sa iyo, kahit na ilang bote ng Tequila Cuervo ang banatan mo, kahit pa magpaka lunod ka sa Johnny Walker at Jim Beam o magsunog ka ng iyong baga sa Fundador at Tanduay Rhum, sa pag gising mo kinabukasan, hindi mo pa rin maaalis ang sakit ta pait ng iyong nararamdaman sa ngayon.

Panahon at pani-bagong pag kakataon ang nakatulong sa akin sa pag limot ng sakit. Pero ang peklat ng sugat ko ay hindi naalis sa aking puso. May mga araw pa ring dumadaan na nahahaplos ko ang malali na marka ng sugat sa aking damdamin.

Sa laking malas, ang ganitong klaseng peklat ay hindi naaalis ng cebo de macho. Hindi rin ito natatakpan concealer make up at lalong walang bisa ang whitening creams dito. Kahit mga Doktor ay hindi kayang tanggalin ang peklat na ito. Wala pa yatang surgery na naiimbento ang Syensiya at mga doktor para dito.

Mabuti nalang at si panahon ay nakikisama. Ang pagkakataon ay mahabagin at mapag bigay. Sa ngayon ay okay lang naman ako. Namumuhay ng tahimik at kontento. At sa totoo lang, hindi ko na maisip at maalala ang dahilan ng aming pag hihiwalay. Hindi ko na rin matandaan kung ano ang aming pinag awayan. Ni hindi ko na rin maalala kung nagkausap pa ba kami ng maayos bago kami tuluyang nagkahiwalay.

Kaya, oo, naiintindihan ko friend ang dinaranas mo. At habang nakikinig ako sa iyong pagdadalamhati ay tomotoma din ako. Baka sakaling mapawi din ang alaala ng sakit na dating naramdaman ng aking puso.

De Vossemeren Village, Centerparcs…

How time flies. Just a few weeks ago we were in Belgium then we had to come back to Germany for a few days to finish some business. Tomorrow, we are going back to Belgium. But not to Brussels this time. We will be driving straight to De Vossemeren village in Lommel, a town in the province of Limburg, situated Northwest of Belgium.

Centerparcs is a recreational Park for the whole family. There, one can have fun with the indoor wave pool which is equipped with several theme slides. Plus, go snorkeling or diving, wall climbing, bungee jumping, boating or cycling around the area. They have several lakes where one can also just laze about the shore and get some tan, if mr. Sunshine is generous enough to shine on the whole day or play beach ball, volleyball and lawn tennis. Otherwise, one can also enjoy the Indoor recreational sports like: table tennis, badminton, some rides for the kids, explore the Pirate Ship wreckage, etc. At the marketplace, they have also several activities programmed for the children. Courses like painting, cooking for kids, or parlor games are offered with their scheduled activities. For the adults, towards the evening they have live music or dancing. Bowling, pool and computer games can also be enjoyed inside the Village behind the Bar.

The Village itself is already at the border between Belgium and The Netherlands. I remember, the last time we were there, hubby woke up early one day and said he would go out to buy eggs… in Netherlands. I mean, talk about crossing border to the next country to have lunch, dinner or buy eggs!

The Centerparks is like one little vacation town. The cottages that they offer has a fully equipped kitchen. For parents who prefer a home-cooked meal during their stay at the park can do this. Or they can also eat out at the food court available in the market. Special services can also be arranged ahead. They also have hotel and business center available. I guess almost everything necessary in our everyday life. Oh, yes, everything is within walking distance. Or one can also take a bike tour around the whole village. Hubby used to cycle outside the Village. He went either towards The Netherlands or ride through Lommel and its neighboring towns.

Last time we were there was only for 3 days. This time we booked two cottages for one complete week. Hopefully all 4 kids would enjoy the stay. I know i will as I did last year.

Bagong simula…. ulit!

Galing lang ako sa isang job interview kanina. Nakita ko sa internet ang job opening na ito at dahil sa mukhang maganda naman ang alok nila, nag desisyon akong magpadala ng aking resume. Isa pa, isang malaking kumpanya ito dito sa Frankfurt am Main, kaya sa palagay ko ay malabong mag sara ito. Nitong mga huling dalawang taon kasi, maraming maliliit na kumpanya ang nagsara o di naman kaya ay nabili ng mas malalaking kumpanya. Oo, mahalaga na din sa akin ang laki at katayuan ng isang kumpanya ngayon. Dati kasi, okay lang kahit anong kumpanya, basta gusto ko ang trabaho ko at ang mga ka-trabaho.

Kaso, karamihan sa mga kumpanya ay hindi na nag re regularize ng employees. Puro extensions lang ang binibigay nila. Yun namang na-tiyempohan ko na nag re regularize eh sobrang dadaan ka naman sa butas ng karayom… este, talagang masahol pa sa pang aalila ang ginagawa nila sa iyo. Talagang inaabuso nila ang employees since iniisip nila na takot mawalan ng trabaho ang mga ito.

Bakit kaya di naman sila maging fair sa empleyado?

Habang pina pa-kinggan ko ang  interviewer ko kanina sa kanyang pag e-eksplika paukol sa benepisyo na matatanggap ng isang empleyado, iniisip ko na rin ang mga kailangan kong ipaalam sa kanila at mga opinyon ko. Nagkasundo naman kami.

Sabi ko interesado ako sa isang alok nila. Kaya lang sa katapusan pa akong ng taon pwedeng mag simula. Okay tatawag o susulatan daw nila ako kung kelan mag sisimula ang training for the job. 3-4 weeks training daw ang kailangan kong gawin. Tapos dapat, maipasa ko ang exam pagtapos ng training. Kung pasado naman daw ako ay saka pa ako pipirma ng kontrata sa kanila. Habang nag te-training may suweldo na rin daw akong matatanggap. Not bad. Kaya pumayag na ako.

Sana, maipasa ko ang lahat ng pagsubok nila. Sana maging masaya ako sa kumpanyang ito. Sana, okay rin ang mga maka ka-trabaho ko. Kung hindi man, basta, sana maka tagpo ako doon ng mga matitinong ka trabaho. Sana din, magustuhan nila ang performance ko. At ang pinaka malaking sana, pareho SANA kaming (ako at ang aking magiging amo) maging masaya sa isa’t-isa.

Ang daming “sana”. Pero ganito talaga. Kasi, bagong simula na naman ito para sa akin.

Sana….

Martin Nieverra concert in Stuttgart

I just found out that he is coming in October for a concert. Friends of friends of friends are inviting if I want to join them watch Martin Nieverra. Thing is, if it was the Martin Nieverra-Gary Valenciano tandem like their “AS 1” concert in Manila, then I would have immediately said YES!!!!. It was such a big hit that they also went on a concert tour to the USA. Then, they made a repeat of the concert this time entitled “AS 1 Repeat” last July 16, 2010. Bakit hindi nila gawin dito sa Europe yun?

Anyway, sabi ko nalang pag iisipan ko pa. Medyo matagal pa naman yung concert mismo. At para naman doon sa mga interesado at nandito lang sa malapit sa Alemanya, ang concert po ay gaganapin sa Kultur-undKongresszentrum Liederhalle-Saal, Stuttgart.

The concert will start at 19:00 Uhr (7:00 PM). For more info please contact Ms. Jermina Lepke, of JEL Internatinal telephone numbers: 07156/31976   and   0171/4479859.

Si Ms. Regine Velasquez

I am a fan of a lot of Filipino artists. Pero admittedly, I’m a die hard fan of Ms. Sharon Cuneta and Regine Velasquez. I never miss any film of these two. I keep track of their television shows, love life and concerts.

Tapos dumating na rin sila Juday, Kristine Hermosa, Sarah Geronimo, Bea Alonzo at Angelica Panganiban. I like these ladies. Sa buhay ko dito sa Alemanya, sila ang nagpapaalala sa akin ng mga kilig, iyakan at gimikan days ko sa Pinas. Yung kahit walang pera at puro problema ako, masaya pa rin ako. Isang tawag lang ng kaibigan ko okay na ulit. Kahit tuma-tambay lang kami sa Malls at nagpapalamig, masaya na. Kahit lumuluwa na ang mga mata namin sa mga nakikita naming magagandang bagay sa Malls na di naman namin kayang bilhin, ay okay pa rin.

Don’t get me wrong. Masaya ang buhay ko dito sa Alemanya. Pero, komo nga Alemanya ito at hindi Pilipinas, pakiramdam ko may kulang pa rin talaga. Kaya, even si hubby ay very supportive sa pagta tangkilik ko sa mga telenovelas at Filipino movies. Minsan nga siya pa mismo ang nakakahanap ng mga bagong palabas online at siya na rin ang gumagawa ng paraan para mapanood ko rin ang mga ito.

Madalas, ino-order niya sa mga ka trabaho niya sa Pinas o di naman kaya hinahanap nalang namin online. Pero may time din talaga na mahirap maghanap ng mga kathang Pilipino na ginagampanan ng mga nabanggit kong artista. Sa pagkakataong ito, binabalaikan ko nalang ang mga luma nilang pelikula, telenobela at walang kamatayang mga Filipino love songs nna kinanta nila.

Malaki din ang pasasalamat ko sa You Tube kasi madami akong napapanood dito na mga nakakaligtaan ko sa ibang sources ko.

Tulad nalang nito. Promise, winner si Ms. Regine Velasquez dito.

At dito naman… in fairness kahit medyo may sakit yata si Ms. Regine V. powerful pa rin siya!

I’m going to be a Ninang…

Again! I’m fine with that actually. I have no problems being a Ninang to kids. But this time, Ninang daw ako sa Kasal! Nyekk, does that mean matanda na talaga ako? Huwaaaaaaaaahhhh !!! 🙁 :worry: 🙁 :worry: 🙁

Had a message from my cousin a few weeks ago. Asking if I would be in the Philippines sometime around September. Said no, since I just got back from there January of this year. He wants me to be one of the Major sponsors to his wedding, he said. He asked me if I could come home for the event.

I had mixed emotions.

Malungkot – ibig sabihin matanda na talaga ako. Akala ko kasi Ninang sa anak ng cousin ko. Okay lang sana yun. Yun pala Ninang sa kasal niya, bhuhuhuhuh!

Natutuwa – ibig sabihin, i must have done something that makes my cousin think I am a good role model and someone he can turn to for advices. Ahemmmm!

Anyway, I said I would have to see what I can do about it. You see, I love to go back home to the Philippines as often as I can. But, due to the very high plane ticket prices, my pockets/wallet only allow me to go home every two years or so. Since I just got back mid January this year, this means my next scheduled homecoming should not be later than end of 2012.

I checked for tickets anyway. I searched and looked at the websites that i often visit and even those that I haven’t visited as well. The cheapest I could find is with Etihad Airlines for 480€ roundtrip inclusive of all taxes. Hmmm… a bit expensive, still. Maybe I should wait for last minute offers. I heard that it is also good to wait at the last minute to get good deals. Maybe I get lucky. The wedding is on September 4, 2010, this means I still have almost 4 weeks to look around. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

Amerika…

Ah, hindi Amerika dito sa Alemanya ha. Kundi yung totoong USA ni Uncle Sam.

Noong katapusan ng Mayo, lumipad kami ng kaibigan ko papunta Merika. Pumunta kami sa San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey at Atlantic City. Teka, may nakalimutan pa ba ako? Feeling ko kasi meron eh. But it will come back to me pag nasilip ko na ulit ang aming photos na ginawa namin sa bawat lugar na aming nabisita doon.

Nakarating nga kami sa Chicago ng kaibigan ko. Nakaka-tawa kasi, di namin akalain na talaga palang magkalapit lang ang housing galore ng sisterets ni prendo ko sa flat ni madir ko. Sinundo kami ni sister Bheng at kanyang janakis an boylet kasam din siyempre si hubby niya.

Paglabas namin sa airport, ang innniiiiiit!!! Susme, parang nasa Pinas kami. Tulak-tulak namin ang aming mga push carts habang hanap sa car rental stations. Kasi, nag reserve kasi kami ng sasakyan from Alemanya pa sa isang rental agency via the net.

After a few minutes of asking, going back and forth and finally talking to someone on the car rental service hotline doon sa airport, napag alaman namin na ang kotse pala ay dapat naming kunin sa Chicago Midway Airport. Eh, ang problema nasa Chicago O’Hare kami!

Sinagest agad ni hubby ng sisteret ni prendo na ipa transfer nalang ang car rental order na yon para sa San Francisco. Tutal may extra car naman silang ni reserve para sa amin din. Di na daw kailangan. Kaya ayun, nag decide kami na umuwi nalang muna at doon na lahat i organize sa bahay nila ang pagpapa transfer.

Pagdating namin sa bahay ng prends, naka ready na ang lafang. Afternoon na kasi at may plano pala silang mag grill party para sa aming pagdating. Ang daming fud. May problem, ang aking no carb diet regime for dinner. PATAY! Nasira ang diet ko sa unang pagdating palang sa Merika. Pero, okay lang… kasi bakasyon naman diba?!

Maya-maya lang ay pinag uusapan na ang aming IT while there in the Chicago area. May mga suggested places na silang pu-puntahan namin. So, off we went to the Botanical Garden, Old Orchard at Chicago City by night. Wisconsin area, Holy Hill at ang paboritong puntahan ng mga Pinoy tourists doon: Kenosha at Guerney outlet shopping areas.

Summer…

Yes, it’s here. When I got back from the great US of A., the weather was again a bit chilly as opposed to the time before I left. But come late June till early July, I felt it already when the temperature reached up to 38 degrees celcius. That was awesome. Hot but fun!!!

I am now in Belgium visiting. It’s not as hot as in the beginning of July. Still, I feel like its summer vacation for me too, since I am now with my sisters, nieces and nephew. Cool!

LP: “Tawid” – To cross

The Litratong Pinoy weekly challenge for this week is “Tawid” or “To cross”.

London bridge is falling down…ahhh, actually NOT! I don’t really know because I went to London to visit the Queen … este, see the Golden Gate in San Francisco, California last June. Just so you know, (even if you are not interested, hehehe), this famous bridge is in “my list of places to visit before I die”. So when my friend invited me to go to the USA to visit her relatives, I couldn’t say no to her. Our IT included San Francisco, Chicago and New york/New Jersey. I already have another entry prepared for the whole duration of the trip. It#ll be up soon, pwamis!

For now, I can proudly say, I crossed the Golden Gate bridge on foot. It was not just a windy day but actually a chilly day. In any case that didn’t stop me from walking along the bridge. Of course the hordes of tourists attempting to cross the bridge motivated me also. My friend thought we would just walk a bit towards the middle part and take some pictures before going back to the car. But I insisted to go all the way to the other end. “Di ba nga, cross the bridge when you get there?!” Yan ang palagi kong naririnig sa ibang tao eh, hehehehe… Kaya ayun… naki tawid na rin ako.

It was really fun hanging on to the railings of the bridge. Imagine yourself trying to pose for a nice picture, while the wind is blowing your bondocs off, not to mention your hair flying in all directions! I managed anyway. Thanks to my friend and her nephew.