48 Hours in Manila
A memento from my previous trip to Manila. My birthday week celebrated with the family.
Had my trans-v ultrasound yesterday (for those who are not familiar, this is not the ordinary routine pelvic ultrasound) and found out that I was 8 weeks heavy with a new bundle of joy.
My last pregnancy being 7 years ago, during a time when ultrasound was only done on the 2nd half of a normal pregnancy, yesterday, I was quite impressed with the new technology I subjected myself to. At this very early stage, it's incredible seeing my baby's tiny but clear image on the monitor with its heart beating really fast at 175 beats/min.
Life is really growing inside of me now. What an honor...
No particular reason why I took this shot. It was just an urge to roll down the car window and to snap a foto of my two sons as they walked to the school's gate, confident and prepared, and ready to face yet another day of learning.
I have long been amused by this structure along one of the interior streets near Capitol Site, Cebu, which we pass by everyday on our way to school. I finally got the chance to take a shot of it even while inside a moving car.
The choice of colors may not be my personal favorites, but it succeeds in calling attention to itself, if this is what the owners intended.
It started with pink urinals, now colored buildings and other structures. Is this goodbye to drab grays and whites. Why not? It just got me to think. If this becomes a trend... Ayala Avenue and other business districts will look like stacks of Lego blocks. Cute.
I knocked-off early from work today (Aug. 19) to give my boys the time to be reviewed by Jerry in Chinese before he attends his 5PM meeting for ASPAC.
Bring on all the other subjects and I'll willingly assume the teacher's role, just keep me away from Chinese. Chinese conversation and language are two subjects where I'm completely useless.
Kyle insisted that I post this shot of his new pet, Nemo, which he took yesterday. He positioned Nemo against their sky blue wall and on the printed blue sofa bed in their room. Very clever, Nemo looks like he is underwater.
My boy is so attached to his new toy that he even requested me to allow him to bring it to school.
Since we didn't make it to the late morning mass (thanks to the confusing exit at SM mall), we just went to Ayala Center to catch the mall tour of the musical play Song of Mulan.
The colors onstage were really nice. In fact the short musical performance was surprisingly ok. I didn't realize Nancy Castiglione and Greg Turvey could sing well.
Right after the show, we went to Grand Convention for the buffet lunch birthday treat for John. I personally enjoyed the Peking duck and the scallop dumplings among other things.
Well, after packing the calories in just one meal, I seriously think my diet starts tomorrow!
I learned from Jerry early on that the kids' Uncle Junnie had a (belated) birthday gift for Matt, so I bought Kyle a little something to keep him distracted before Jerry hands Matt the gift.
Kids normally get envious when one receives a gift and the other does not. Buying Kyle a small Nemo stuffed toy was just to pre-empt any incident. It turns out that he loved his new addition to his zoo so much that he didn't mind Matt's new Kobe shoes.
(Thanks Tito Ninong! Matt tried calling you during lunch but you sounded like you were in a moviehouse or something.)
While waiting for Jerry's flight arrival, the kids and I spent a few hours this morning in SM. We passed by National Bookstore to have our gift for John wrapped, then spent the rest of the time in Toy Kingdom.
Speaking of SM, it was my first time to drive going there as most of my driving trips are to Ayala Center. I noted that parking was a breeze (of course at 9:30 am) but looking for the exit was such a hassle. Whose bright idea was it to re-route the traffic without clear signs directing the motorists? Got to the airport late because of this.
Peeking from my laptop at 4PM, this is how Kyle looked from across the table while reviewing for his Filipino. The kids are still busy preparing for their exams which by the way keeps me busier too. I've made them their questionnaires and will probably be going over their answers when they're through.
That's me on the phone in my office after a long drive from the airport and after supervising a general cleaning of my cubicle. Matt took this stolen shot while I was on the phone with Mama and Papa for a quick update. Jerry at this point was on his way to their house.
Lookie here! This is what I found when I turned on my cellphone a few days ago... Both Matt and Kyle claim they took this shot- of their mini zoo. Believe it or not, their stuffed pet inventory consists of: 6 dogs, 3 turtles, 2 reindeers, racoon, fox, monkey, elephant, rhino, hippo, rabbit, polar bear, tiger, duck, bear, and a dolphin.
Friday, at EJ's birthday celebration, I caught our 89 year old Lola Meding eyeing the homemade ice-cream.
Saturday, Jerry took the family to a special dinner at the much talked about Isla Foods Restaurant on Nivel Hills overlooking the city of Cebu. It looks more like an eatery than a restaurant to me but it beats the well-known seafood market in Mactan which is popularly called as Sutukil. Isla Foods is really like a "turo-turo" but a cheap and really yummy one at that. We had a big slab of grilled tuna belly, scallops, squid adobado, generous helpings of rice, and mineral water all for P420. Darn, I forgot to take a pic of the food before cleaning it off.
After enjoying a healthy seafood dinner, we all went to Jerry's temporary Jaycee office at the Waterfront Hotel Lahug where the kids had fun playing a few rounds of billiards. As Jerry had a short meeting for ASPAC, I busied myself having a tete-a-tete with Monica C.
Matt and Kyle were pretty tired after a really long day and couldn't help but fall asleep in the car on the way home.
Saturday morning and Sunday morning (right before attending the 11AM mass), Matt and Kyle hit the books in preparation for the 1st quarter exams this coming 20th.
After diligently working on their review, the kids deserved an afternoon break at the pool with Jerry. As for me, I had an uninterrupted session of channel surfing between two local tv talk shows.
(This post is image intensive, I hope my free image host doesn't go offline.)