MY 1st YEAR

august marks my 1st year here in singapore. i’ve been riding a fast car this past 12 months. seems like it was only yesterday when i boarded the plane to fly over here. now its been a year and i feel as if everything’s happening so fast.

what’s in store this coming year?

next week i’ll be in the us for a showcase – it’s more of a company conference really. so it’s a week in florida for a big world wide POWOW. then jet and i will be moving to a new flat in the east coast. the same time, our office is moving to changi. then manila in october – hopefully india as well. november in china for the asia version of the company distributor conference. indonesia as well.

december – vacation home! two weeks in the philippines and then… and then… and then its 2003 already.

ZOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!

JOLO, JOLOGS

Headline sa Singapore kahapon ang mga pinugutan ng ulo sa Jolo. The way the news is told minsan ay nakakainis. Ang portrayal ng mga balita (CNN included) is so – what’s the word: “sweeping”? akala mo tuloy, ang buong Pilipinas ay puno ng mga headhunters. HeadBangers, baka pa!

I AM A PATIENT MAN

sabi ni george bush kanina when asked about saddam… “i am a patient man. when i say i am a patient man, that means…well that means i am a patient man”.

sabi nga sa kanta ng guns and roses…”what we have here is a failure to communicate”. a pity i was’nt there during the time of JFK.

RED HOUSE

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kakadating lang namin ni jet galing sa labas. umaga na pala… init pa rin dito sa singapore, pero di tulad ng march to july. attached ay pic ng isa sa mga pinakamatandang coffee house dito. sikat ang kapihan na ito: the red house at east coast road ang tawag nila. parating may mga nag-shoo-shooting na mga artista dahil historical ang dating. masarap mag-kape dito, mura pa – 80 cents ang isang cup, may kasama pang history. kompara sa starbucks na $4.50, pag-yankee products talaga eh mahal.

FAVORITE TEACHERS

si mrs. capistrano (teacher ko nung grade 4), nagkita kami nung rally laban kay erap sa edsa shrine. kaya lang di na siya ST katulad nung grade 4 tayo. hehehe… medyo matanda na rin pero naalala pa rin nya ako. sabi ko – ‘maam, ako yung studyante mo nung grade 4, inapakan mo nga ang sapatos ko nun dahil bago!’. maloko yun eh – nasa mass sa gym, tinawag ako. sabi ko maam bakit? biglang inapakan ang sapatos ko, sabay sabi – “wala, bininyagan ko lang ang bago mong sapatos!”. nagtuturo na si mrs. capistrano sa st. francis sa may ortigas.

silang mag-asawa (mr. capistrano, grade 2) at si mrs. sa grade 4 – mga teacher na di ko makalimutan. siyempre, favorite ko pa rin sa lahat ay si mrs. chavez (asawa ni tibo) – teacher namin ng kindergarten at prep. hanggang ngayon naalala pa rin ang batch natin. si ms. redondo nung grade 3 at sino na nga ba ang teacher natin sa social studies nung grade 4 – si mrs. mandreza ata. lahat mga favorite ko.

NOSE PICKER

kakadating ko lang sa office. yung katabi ko sa bus, ang lakas mangulangot. gusto ko ngang sapakin eh! kakadiri… tinitingnan ko nga yung pantalon ko, dahil baka nahulugan ng tiny bits and pieces.

last friday, national day dito sa singapore – version nila ng independence day. parada ulit ang mga politica, led by LKY. good news: no decrease in our CPF (pension plan), no price increases on basic goods, pwede pa ring installment ang bayad sa taxes at tuloy pa rin ang $35/month rebate sa kuryente, LPG at tubig.

balitang singapore: may isang case na naman ng maid abuse dito… indonesian maid na-plantsa sa kamay ng amo. gusot siguro ang kamay.

balitang hongkong: filipina maid wins discrimmination case against amo. she was sacked because she only had 3 fingers.

balitang malaysia: one datu in malaysia wants to eliminate all the tigers in their province dahil it interferes with his rubber harvest. sayang…