Wednesday, September 23, 2009

September Quicky

Last Saturday, 19th of September, I made a quick visit in Manila for three major reasons. First was to visit my grandmother as I have been hearing news that she is suffering from health complications. My lola is almost 90 years old and she is still fighting for her life. Her eyes problem resulted into her blindness and most of the time, she is sleeping. She is very weak but her medications are still on going. We still want to fight for her life even if many are saying that since she is so old, we should prepare ourselves for something bad. But we will always be by her side until the end. The second reason for my surprise visit was because of my youngest sister's birthday. There were foods when I arrived, my mother cooked mostly chicken meals and pansit bihon. My other sister prepared tiramisu for dessert. It was raining hard when I arrived at home but I was very happy seeing them again. We went to Enchanted Kingdom the next day to celebrate more her birthday. My mom was in the "kiddie mood" and was acting like a little kid and enjoyed every rides. It was such a lovely day as it did not rain and we all had a great time. Finally, the last reason was that I really miss them. On my last day, I had a date with my mom and my favorite auntie who used to take care of me when I was a kid while my mother was at work. We first had lunch then we watched a movie and can you believe that they wanted Kimmy Dora? Hehehe... It was such a funny movie anyway. Afterwards, twas time for some grocery for their household needs. It was a very quick visit but I made sure that those days are only family days...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Tourists: Misys Friends

On the last week of August, dear friends from Manila who were also my former officemates in Misys came to Singapore to spend holiday and to forget the world of fixing even for just few days. The whole cast were Harold, Ryan, GJ, William, Tamie, Shelley and Megi. I picked them up at the airport at around 5:30 in the afternoon on a Saturday. Also present that day to pick them up was Tamie's brother JP and was in charged of the accomodation of the girls.

I brought them first at the Esplanade and Merlion parks. We spent almost 2 hours on that place as three of them were included in the massive era of photography and as expected, there were almost a hundred shots on a single spot... hehehe... After a while, Louisa showed up (supposed to be included in the group but went ahead of them with her other close friends) to spend special times with Harold. We were all hungry afterwards then we headed to Clarke Quay to have our dinner in Jumbo Seafoods Restaurant. We ordered a lot so in return, we were all satisfied with the foods and the main meals that we had were Chili Crab and Black Pepper Crab.

We spent the rest of the night by roaming the vicinity of Clarke Quay and their curiosity was awaken by these two rides namely GMAX Ultimate Bungy and GMAX Xtreme Swing. Since I had this headache (wushu palusot), I decided not to join them on riding these machines. In the end, the brave ones who had the courage and strenght to face the challenge were Shelley and the lovers in Clarke Quay Harold and Louisa. I saw on their face that they really enjoyed it while the "matatakutins" (I'm not included since I had a headache) were just sitting and staring at them. It was so late so we decided to call it a day and took a rest. The boys stayed in my room and thank God walang naghihilik!

The next day was a rainy morning and we were supposed to hear a mass but the boys woke up so late. So we had breakfast first in McDonald's and moved towards to Chinatown where we waited for the girls. When the gang was complete, they had a quick shopping around the place. They took some souvenirs and "pasalubongs". The next mission was to have lunch and our feet took us to Funan Digitalife Mall and it's food court was the answer to our cravings. The very rich kid Ryan bought a laptop after the meal and we went to JP's flat to leave some things and of course the laptop of the very rich kid Ryan so that touring the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari will be comfortable for them. I left them on the bus stop took them to the animal kingdom and as for me, I took a nap in my house as I was very very tired. I met with them again at around 9 in the evening and had a late dinner at McDonald's Lucky Plaza. I was informed that Harold did not enter the zoo and safari, instead he met his love of his life Louisa and they became lovers in Orchard.

On the third day, it was a short stint with the gang as most of them went again to JP's place to leave some things and we all met (with the exception of Louisa) in Vivocity. I treated them in this restaurant called "Bosses" and at first we were all intimidated as most of the people there were wearing formal suites and dresses while we were in shirts and jeans. Also, we kept on taking shots inside the place but it was not allowed and we were advised by this certain order taker. We ordered a lot compared to others who were very solemn on their small amount of foods. Well, we don't care, we enjoyed the food and the heck, we don't know them. After that super busog lunch, I accompanied them on the ticket booth for their Sentosa adventure then we parted ways as it was time for me to rest as I'm not feeling well that time. After that Sentosa moment, it was time for them to leave Singapura.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Good Enough

1. The Hangover - The movie is really funny! I have to say that the story was pretty good, creative and exciting! This movie was designed to be an adult comedy and it excels. The acting was greatly delivered, those comedic acts were really convincing. I have to say that I really loved the ending credits. The compiled pictures were perfect for the finale and up to the last minute we were all laughing inside the cinema. It can be considered as a great classic comedy as the ideas, expressions and phasing of the movie were really fresh. Watching this movie was really addictive and I was wishing that this is the hangover that I would wish never end... :D

2. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra - This was the movie that I have watched in Brunei during my visit on the Gadong Mall. On the special effects department, I really enjoyed it. The action scenes weren't that full packed but it was still entertaining as some of them were mixed with some comedic scenes. The twist was quite surprising but I found the overall plot as not that really good. The phasing technique was also weak but on the other hand, the actors were really good, they did deliver. Overall, it was still an enjoyable movie. I heard that there will be a sequel and I am hoping that it will be filled with actions!

3. The Proposal - With these times of crisis, comedy films are really the best cure. It's been a while since I have watched Sandra in a movie and she was still beautiful on this clip. Anyway, I can say that they did had a good chemistry and they performed well on their role. The moral lesson of the story was the importance of family. On the other side, the plot of the movie wasn't that interesting as you will know what will be the ending. Nevertheless, the movie was really funny, I was laughing out loud in the cinema. This is a feel good movie.

4. The Final Destination - I have watched most of the series of this movie and I can say that the previous ones were better. This time, some of the scenes were quite unrealistic like how a gas was just beside with explosives at the back of the cinema? Also, is it that powerful to suck a person in a pool? Maybe I just need some explanation. On the other hand, the movie was still frightening and the effort to scare the viewers was appreciated. The main characters were the same to previous ones like a couple who survived and in the end being chased by their own death. The writer should have made new lead characters.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Brunei Trip - Day 3

Travelling alone is quite exciting as you have to be on your own, you decide on what will matter more, time management will be your ultimate duty and for every failure, you can only blame yourself. On my last day in Brunei, I thought it will be more relax but I was absolutely wrong! It was so hot and was so tiring! Anyway, after I had my breakfast I went directly to the bus station to check on the bus that will take me to Jalan Istana Nurul Iman.

Istana Nurul Iman Palace is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei. I think it is the equivalent of Malacanan Palace in Manila. It's name was taken from Arabic, meaning Palace of the Light of Faith. It is the largest residential palace in the world and was designed by Leandro V Locsin, a Philippine National Artist for Architecture and it was built by the Filipino firm, Ayala International. Tourists are only allowed to go inside during Ramadan - this info was told to me by a guard on the gate who was very friendly and accommodated me near the palace. I was also able to saw a prince entering the palace but I don't know who it was.

After that short trip, I returned to Bandar bus station to check on a bus that will bring me Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque in Kampong Kiarong. This mosque was built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of His Majesty the Sultan's reign. This mosque is the largest and arguably the most significant in Brunei. When I arrived there, there were buses filled of tourists that also checked out the place. I was wearing shorts that time so I was required to wear this black long cloth as sign of respect to the place. The mosque was quite indeed a huge one and was beautifully built. The praying room was also big and can accommodate 3,000 people.

I made a quick lunch and proceeded next to Jerudong Park. It is an amusement park and the largest and most expensive amusement park in Southeast Asia built and funded by the Bruneian government for $1 billion. It is currently larger than the phase 1 of Hong Kong Disneyland. But I was told that the number of visitors slowly dropped for the last few years and due to this, the maintenance of the park was quite forgotten. Based on the latest updates, there were plans of upgrades and development and hopefully this will be pushed through because as I saw the place, it really needs attention.

The last place that I visited was the National Museum. The entrace was free and yeah, it was jam packed with golds! There were guards on each room and numerous cameras. The museum displays expensive jewelries from their great history. On the second floor was an exhibition of all ASEAN nations and I was delighted to see it because on my next trip, I will be completing ASEAN nations. To summarize my first solo trip, I learned a lot of tips and lessons that I will able to apply on my next trip. Brunei is such a nice place and if there's a chance, I will visit again this country.

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