Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy 6th Birthday Benjo!

Benjo turned 6 last March 1! I know this post is late but I was kind of exhausted during that time and other thoughts seem to have priority over writing this. Benjo had at first wanted to go to the beach, which I'm sure meant the one in San Juan, Batangas which we've been to several times in the past. But he and Joselyn said that they wanted to go to the "swimming pool in the beach" ?? The last time we were at Laiya Beach we stayed at Kabayan resort and there was a swimming pool which they enjoyed along with their cousins Gregory and Jordan. So I thought a swimming pool party is really what they want.

We had our party at Cableway resort, with relatives from Binangonan along with Ate Ludy, Mavic, Ferdie, Caroline, Zoe, Katherine and her son who convoyed with us from Quezon City. Almost as soon as they got their clothes off, the kids headed for the kid's pool. The water was cold but the kids didn't mind.

We got there at around 10am. Our other guests started coming after 11am. Other people thought it was a great day for a swim and soon the pool was full of kids and adults alike trying to cool down from the heat. The kids hardly got out of the pool, only to pee or eat or drink. The only reason why Benjo did decide to call it quits was when the sunblock lotion got in his eyes and it began to turn red and sting. When I took off his swimming trunks, it looked as if he was still wearing something since his bottom was whiter than the rest of his dark body. All who this had a good laugh. When Jojo's cousin CheChe came with her kids at around 3pm, Benjo and Joselyn (who were already dressed) wanted to go back into the pool after seeing their other cousins go back in. I was reluctant but we let them go back in and they stayed for another hour or so.

Unfortunately I didn't have new batteries for my camera, but am thankful for Ate Luds taking shots using Caroline's camera. It was great having them all along - their first time to be in Binangonan.

Happy Birthday Benjo! My first-born, my little man. You aren't so little any more. Whenever I look at you, I still see you as the infant whom I cradled, the toddler who started to walk. Time sure does fly and now you're already 6! Happy Birthday, anak ko! We love you!

Going Back To Basics

My goal when I set up this blog was to relate our experiences while living here in the Philippines. There are some posts or thoughts that I've written that have been on a more personal level - my random thoughts in a way - and not really related to this goal. I was contemplating on just adjusting this one blog so that I would not have to maintain several blogs. But since I plan on writing more of my thoughts - the ones that have sometimes kept me awake, I have decided to just write these on my other blog - My Thoughts Runneth Over. So now I will keep this blog letsgopinoy.blogspot.com for our specific experiences - events, places, foods, etc. -related to our lives here in the Philippines.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Expressions in Writing

I am currently reading a book that I purchased at BookSale some months back. I was looking for books for the kids and happened to look in the bargain bin, and the title of this book got my attention and with the tag of P10.00, I added it to our purchases. It's only now that I'm finding the time to read it. The book is "I Gotta Crow: Women Voice and Writing" by Jill Hackett. It seems timely and many of the things I read I can relate to. I do not call myself a writer, though it has crossed my mind many times to get more serious in my writing. Not just blogging, but to really write... many times before I fall asleep I think of things that I want to write. It's as if I have already written many words, paragraphs, pages... stories - in my mind.

I have never been eloquent, not orally anyway. I will stumble with words and think twice, three or four times before I give my opinion. I was always known to be a quiet person, especially in my young years - I kept my opinions to myself. It was only when I put my thoughts in writing that my opinions, my thoughts, all those that I had kept within me started to take form - to find expression, to become alive. When I took the international english test a few years back as a requirement for our Canadian immigration application, I scored my highest in the writing test, the lowest in my listening and oral tests. Looking back at that test, we were asked to write on the topic of the affects of rumor on persons or society,or something to that effect. I felt nervous throughout that test and with the time limits, I had expected to come out blank. But a story developed and I just began to write and write. It was a story of someone who was adopted, but wasn't told about it until the news spread and reached this person. It was totally fictional, but for some reason it just came naturally and when I ended the story, I looked at it and felt satisfied.

Maybe this is why I like blogging. For the months when I was too busy or tired to blog, I only imagined my words to be put in writing. But with the book I'm reading, it encourages writers or would-be writers or wanna-be writers like myself to "train" as if an athlete, and to train, practice and look for the time to hone one's art. I still have much to learn but with books like this I hope to find my voice and write what is in my mind and heart...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

On Networking and Gadgets

We recently joined Facebook and are having fun "seeing" and "hearing" from friends and relatives, especially those whom we haven't seen or talked to in a long time. Networking and communicating has become a lot more fun with these online network sites. First there was just plain email, then yahoo groups, then blogging, then we joined Friendster after being invited by some friends and now it's Facebook. We know Facebook has been around for years and I was hesitant to join another networking site, but I don't have regrets. We've been getting invitations to others like Tagged, Multiply and another which I can't remember at this time. But for now we'll stick with what we've got. They serve their purpose - to get updated on the latest news, events, to tell others what we think and to read what others are doing and thinking . . .

Which ones do we prefer? For now we like Facebook and we can see how they're trying to update their style, much to some users dismay. Friendster too is trying to catch up with a more user-friendly look. I used to upload my photos on Yahoo Photos, until they got rid of that and we were forced to find another album in Kodak and Flickr, which has limited capacity. Now, we upload to Friendster and sometimes to Facebook.

We still have the same digital camera that mom bought back in 2002, a Canon PowerShot A200 with 2 megapixels. This, at the time, (and still is) a very handy camera. We took countless pictures of our first-born and eagerly shared it online with our friends and relatives. And through the years it's captured the children's growing-up years - maybe some even too embarrassing for them to share. It has video - about 10 seconds or so per recording, but no audio, which we see in so many new cameras. So words and descriptions still has to accompany each video.

Of course, today's camera and gadgets will soon be outdated. What new feature or new gadget will they think of next? I'm not one to go with the latest when what we have still works. Oh, while we're on the subject, my laptop which we bought before leaving the States back in 2002, seems to be outdated. We used it for maybe like 5 years, having to change the hard disk once, and now it needs a new screen driver, which we can't get a hold of. Neither here in the Philippines, nor in Korea (where this one computer shop gets its supplies) or in the US. It cost me $2000 back then and I paid probably another P7,000+ for parts/repairs through the years. So I think this one gadget was not worth the total of what I paid for it.

I used to be a techie, or maybe I thought I was. Maybe it was because I had a Computer Science degree that I thought I had to be knowledgable to the technologies of the times. But as the years go by, I find myself falling behind ... but to be honest, I don't really want to catch up.

It's still wonderful receiving that old-fashioned letter in the mail every once in awhile - no matter how seldom it comes nowadays.