Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fined!

Ayesha's first day at infant care (6 months ago). She's sitting on the green bumbo chair.

So I was stuck in a massive traffic jam last night which made me 20 minutes late in picking up Ayesha from the Infant Care. The penalty - a 25 dollar fine! It's a 15 dollar fine for the first 15 minutes and after that 10 dollars for every 5 minutes. Haay. At least her teacher said she didn't cry at all and was playing and running around while waiting for me. I hope they won't start imposing this rule in my workplace or my salary will just be reduced to coins.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dada?


Simon is in India for a business trip since Sunday, that means I have to shower really really fast in the mornings and hope Ayesha won't wake up while I'm still in the bathroom. This morning, I was still brushing my teeth when I heard her voice. Muppet's awake! She's in a very good mood though and was just playing with the stuffed toys inside her crib. Once she saw me though she stood up and started pointing to Simon's side of the bed and asked "Dada? Dada?". Awww, she's looking for dada!

Monday, January 09, 2012

Tambay with muppet

Medyo huli na ko sa uso pero ngayong weekend ay sinubukan kong gamitin ang instagram. Ang instagram ay isang sikat na iPhone application kung saan pwede kang kumuha ng pictures at i-apply ang kanilang filters na magreresulta ng vintage looking photos. Cool sya, di naman kase kailangan palaging perpekto ang mga kuha at sumunod sa rule of thirds at iba pang guideline sa photography.

Malakas ang ulan nung linggo(akala ko pa naman ay summer na), kaya tambay lang kami ni Ayesha sa bahay kaya syempre sino pa ba ang magiging subject ko?

Paborito nyang silip-silipin ang washing machine (wala pang filter ito)

Eto may filter pero nakalimutan ko na ang pangalan basta ganito ang itsura ng mga childhood photos ko

Habang nagluluto ako ay nanonood sya. Sa kuhang ito, washed out ang kulay lalo na sa bandang mukha nya. Ok rin na effect kase naili-lead ang mata ng tumitingin papunta sa mukha nya
Naaaliw nyang umupo/tayo sa bumbo chair nya. Trip ko lang dito yung border atska naging warm browns yung kulay
Napagod din! Medyo grainy ang kuhang ito pero ok sya para sa kin, mas nagiging interesting ang ordinaryong kuha

Lalong sumikat ang instagram dahil madaling mai-share ang mga kuha sa facebook, twitter, at iba pa. Interesado sana ako kung paano diretsong mai-post sa blogger pero di pa ko marunong. Sa susunod na weekend, try namin ni muppet maglakad-lakad sa park at gamitin ulit ang instagram : )

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Habang naghihintay sa car wash

Nanggigitata na ang kotse, ilang buwan ko na syang di napapa carwash. Tag-ulan pa naman nitong mga nakalipas na buwan kaya talagang di mo na halos malaman ang kulay ng kotse - blue ba o gray o green? Kaya kaninang umaga minabuti ko ng dalhin sya sa talyer, napakahaba ng pila at sabi nung naglilinis ang dumi daw ng kotse ko kaya dapat yung gold package nila ang kunin ko - kinakailangan na ang matindihang waxing at polishing. Ok, 75 sgd ang damage pero sige na nga para makabawi naman ako sa kotse. 30 minutes daw yung waxing kaya tumawid muna ako ng kalsada at umorder ng Prawn Mee(5.50 sgd ang isang bowl). Sikat ang hawker** na ito, ang daming tao! Pag dating ng bowl ko, ang bango! Langhap ko agad ang hipon at chili. Napakalasa ng sabaw, pinapakuluan daw kase nila yung shell at ulo ng hipon (ganun din ginagawa ng nanay ko!). Tamang-tama ang pagkakaluto ng hipon at hinahati na nila ito sa gitna mula ulo hanggang buntot kaya di nakailangan kamayin, kagatin na lang mula sa chopstick at pagkatapos ay itapon ang shell sa table.

habang hinihintay ko ang prawn mee ko, tingin-tingin muna sa kapitbahay
Eto na!
Si Lee Kuan Yew ang ka-table ko

Ayun naubos ko agad ang Prawn Mee at nag takeaway pa ako para kay Jack, ang aking father-in-law at ang nag-aalaga kay Ayesha habang ako ay nagrerelax sa talyer.

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Ang ganda nga pala ng kotse pagkuha ko sa talyer. Ang kintab! Ang dulas! Ang gwapo! Kinagabihan night shift ako sa trabaho at naiwan kong bukas ang bintana, ayun umulan nang malakas at nabasa ang mga upuan at dashboard. Lintek.

** Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House sa East Coast Road (katapat ng Caltex)

Pa ikot ikot!

Yehey! Marunong na sya magpa ikot ikot! 1 year at 2 months sya dito. Sana di nya mamana ang pagka mahihiluhin ko.


Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Save the bookstores :)

Muppet's books

There's a new mall in my neighborhood, I only need to cross the road to get there. Anet and I and the muppet checked it out one night and we were impressed - they got Marketplace and Food Republic and restaurants and coffee shops and we found a lovely toy store selling wooden toys. The muppet even enjoyed walking and running along the carpeted floor. But one thing the mall didn't have was a bookstore, and I think that's sad. I thought I even saw one, a small shop named "Chapter 5" (or 2?) and I thought it's a specialty bookstore but it turned out to be a hair salon :(. Anyway, stupid name.

I remember something I heard from a radio station while I was driving a few weeks ago - that pretty soon bookstores will cease to exist. And I think that the dj is right, everything is electronic these days. Borders which probably was one of the biggest bookstore chain in the world closed down last year. I used to hang out a lot in Borders Parkway Parade, I can just sit there and see if the first few pages of a book I'm eyeing to read can hold my attention and convince me to buy it. Now, the nearest bookstore from my house is Takashimaya in Orchard which is a pain to get to. And I avoid Orchard like the plague, just too many shoppers and you have to drive into these spiral car parks which make me dizzy.

And okay I admit it, I am helping to speed up the death of bookstores. Currently I'm reading 4 books (all at the same time which I think is a bad habit) and 2 of them are e-Books:

1. A brief history of the future by Stephen Clarke - this is a paperback that Simon got me for my birthday last year. He wrote the "Merde" books which I love love love but this book is kind of slow for me therefore it has become my toilet book haha

2. Hard truths to keep Singapore going by Lee Kuan Yew - I've been eyeing to get this book from Borders but they closed down so I borrowed it instead from a very nice guy (local) I work with. I think it's a very good read though I've only read 1/8th of it (maybe we should give it to every government official in the Philippines?), he is honest and tactless and passionate and you can tell how much he loves his country hence this book. But it is hard-bound and it's heavy and I don't like taking it to bed therefore it's my living room book (when Ayesha's asleep during daytime on weekends).

3. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - this is a free eBook I got from an iPhone app. One day I went to the Singtel shop to get a replacement for my ailing iPhone (button wasn't working properly) but the queue was quite long and I forgot to bring a book so I started reading this. It's sort of a coming-of-age book narrated by a boy and it's got a pirate in hiding named Bones(cool name for a pirate!) and the promise of a treasure and it's a fun read. I was getting into the juicy bits when Bones was visited by another pirate named Black Dog(another cool name) but my number was called and Singtel told me they won't replace my phone even though it's still under warranty because they can tell that water touched the button's sensor. Bastards. I can pay up 350sgd to get a new set but I'm not willing to pay so much so Simon brought me to a small iPhone repair shop and they replaced the sensor for 80sgd.  The iPhone's been perfect since then. Anyway, this book is my queuing book.

4. A dance with dragons by George RR Martin - another eBook unfortunately. I've been waiting for years for this book to be released but when it did get released, I couldn't get it anywhere in Singapore. So Simon got this for me last Christmas and to be honest I like it that I can read it from my iPhone - I can read it in bed without turning the light on so Simon can sleep in peace. And I read it during my coffee break yesterday, and I've been sort of reading it when the red light is on on my drive to home haha. Anyway, it's the fifth book in the series and I've read the last one a few years back so I can't remember some of the characters anymore. I'll probably read the old books again :).

I hope if bookstores must die, then it will be a very very slow death. I hope it will not happen during my lifetime (haha how selfish!). Ayesha at 1 year and 2 months loves her books, every night I read to her "Are you my mother" by PD Eastman and she loves leafing through the pages and I think reading it from an iPad won't be the same (sometimes Simon will read it to her but he changes the story and adds a lot of side comments haha). Her Grandad Jack reads to her "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Peekaboo Zoo!" and "Peppa and George's Noisy Day" and a few more and she enjoys them a lot. So I'm hoping she'll grow up with real books, and that she'll still experience going to a bookstore and buy a book maybe because she fancies the cover or she loves the author or she heard that its good or she's buying it as present.

So if you don't want your favorite bookstore to close down, then don't be so lazy. Go visit it, open any book you feel like reading and get lost in the heady scent of crisp paper and ink and new adventures and whole new worlds.(This is just me psyching myself to drive down to Orchard)

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