Tuesday, January 23, 2007

This should really be on Johann's blog --

But he is currently frustrated with Blogger. Apparently, he wanted to post an entry (after months of no updates) and Blogger kept failing on him plus our internet connection is still wonky. =(

My hubby has realized one of his lifelong dreams -- to build Gundam kits. Even before Seth, we loved visiting toy stores and Johann would always make a beeline for the Gundam/Model kits section. When we were on our honeymoon, he was so tempted to buy one of those small kits for children (the one that comes with candy) but he decided to get a Naruto figure at the last minute.

This Christmas, my youngest bro decided to get him a model kit from Japan. You should've seen Johann's face light up when he saw what his gift was for Christmas.

The next thing he had to do was to find a place to work -- a work nook -- he couldn't have one in our room because of Seth. (He might grab on to something small and swallow it. O_O) So Johann took over a table in my sister's room.

He completed the Gundam in two nights -- this is with Seth-related interruptions.

A few days after Christmas, he told me that he wanted to go shopping for "tools" -- a cutter and something small that he can use to stick the decals on the finished kits. He also needed something to sand the edges to make them smoother.

So we went out and bought a cutter from National Bookstore, a pair of tweezers and a nail file. The last two being unconventional tools to use when building Gundam kits, but it really does the job. ^_^

My youngest bro got him the Abyss Gundam. My sister bought him the Sword Impulse Gundam for his birthday and he bought himself the Duel Gundam Assaultshroud.

When I asked him if I should start building a cabinet for this growing collection, he told me that he's stopping after he gets the Gundam kits from the Gundam Seed Stargazer series.

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Franken-Fish Update (final) --

The fish is alive. Really and truly alive. When the cook tried to get it from the aquarium, it wriggled out of her hands.

So it is there now, merrily swimming away.

Damned creepy fish.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Life update --

I have a job now. Well, I've always had a job -- I work for the family business. But now I have a job job -- one that requires me to get out of my pajamas and out of the house and actually go to a place to work.

I tutor Koreans. It's apparently the winter break in Korea so many of the students come here to learn English during the 2 1/2-month break. I teach for 4 hours everyday. This is the school's busiest time and they can't handle the work load with the regular group of teachers so the boss asked me to teach. (They are our tenants.) They actually invited me months ago but I refused the job because I wanted to spend more time with Seth. Seth's almost 7 months old and we have a very good care system together with the yaya so I felt it was okay for me to be gone for 4 hours every day.

I started last Monday and I was really grumbly about the whole deal -- I wanted to linger over breakfast and have a nice long bath but, no -- I had to be at work at 8 in the morning.

I realized then how spoiled I've become (and lazy) --

It's my 3rd day on the job and I'm enjoying it. It's a rewarding experience seeing my students' faces light up when the lesson makes sense and they're able to speak about the lesson in near-unbroken English. ^_^

And I've been invited by the administrator to give a short talk on Grammar to the other teachers. I had to warn her that my experience with Grammar is limited to grade school stuff. I couldn't say no to my new boss so I borrowed the book she suggested and I told her I'll read through it to see if it's something I can manage.

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New link! --

Reviews by P

Very interesting reviews about a lot of things. ^_^

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Franken-fish Update --

It was alive again yesterday -- stuck to the side of the aquarium and, even when it was flat on its back, it's mouth continued to suck the water clean. (Johann's theory is that it's always been alive -- that it was really just cleaning the surface of the water. Riiiiiiight. O_o)

Today, I asked the maids to get it out of the aquarium. It's just so creepy not knowing whether it was alive or dead.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Frankenstein Fish --

My dad maintains an aquarium. I usually bring Seth to watch the fish inside the aquarium. A few days back, we noticed that the janitor fish was on its back and we told the housekeeper that the fish was dead. We had to wait 'til morning to ask our driver to get the dead fish.

The next day, the janitor fish was alive and cleaning one side of the aquarium. (I'm not kidding and, no, we didn't replace the fish overnight.)

The day after, we see the fish floating on its back again.

This morning, the fish disappeared. Seth and I couldn't find him (and it's a small aquarium).

This afternoon, the fish is floating on its back again.


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Been a while --

Haven't really felt like blogging because of the bleh internet connection. Been spending my time watching a lot of Grey's Anatomy and Supernatural and "chasing" after Seth who is now more often awake than asleep and extremely mobile.

My high school batch had a get-together last January 3 and we discussed plans for my schools 95th Foundation Day this coming February and we also started making plans for our Crystal (15) Anniversary in 2009. I'm the batch secretary so I'm busy trying to update and compile everyone's contact information.

There's also a lot of events that's been keeping me busy --
January 5, we had a pre-birthday dinner with our Korean friends. We treated them to our favorite Japanese buffet at Grand Dame Hotel.

January 6, we had our birthday dinner with my sister and my parents. We were a merry party of five enjoying the yummy Chinese food at David's Tea House.

Last Tuesday, Janaury 9, we watched the advance screening of An Inconvenient Truth at SM. It was hosted by the environmental group RISE of CPU. They also showed a slideshow of the Guimaras oil spill and that was frightening to watch. The ground was black and, at first, I thought the photos were shot in black and white --

This Saturday, we are attending my friend's wedding reception at Summer House (yummy Chinese food) and on Sunday, another friend's daughter is going to be baptized.

Seth also got invited to his first birthday party on Sunday and he'll be attending that with his Gwa-kong and Gwa-ma.

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A belated thank you --

Thank you to everyone who texted me their Christmas/New Year/birthday wishes.

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I like this song --

Chasing Cars
by Snow Patrol

We'll do it all
On our own

We don't need
Or anyone

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

I don't quite know
How to say
How I feel

Those three words
Are said too much
They're not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that's bursting into life

Let's waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads

I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that's bursting into life

All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes, they're all I can see

I don't know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things will never change for us at all

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

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Oh, and one more thing --

I'll be in Manila from the 25th to the 29th.

Yes, another quick trip -- am attending a friend's wedding and Johann's Gwa-kong (Seth's great grandfather) is arriving from Canada.

And, yes, we're bringing Seth. ^_^