Thank You for my new hobby...:-)

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I LOVE to travel!.. And this led to my new hobby - photography. I enjoyed taking pictures of my travels and other special events in my life.. Capturing 1) the places I've seen, 2) the things I've experienced, 3) the people I was with, and 4) the emotions felt at that time.. Trying to save those moments in pictures (or in videos).. and also so that I can share each and every one of them with you..:)

My first digital camera was a Canon Powershot A60. I was able to take lots of out of town gimmicks with that camera. I also used this one on my first ever trip to Singapore last 2004, and the 2nd one in 2005, and my USA trip also in 2005. During the later I first experienced the thrill of getting something SOOO memorable on (digital) cam. Check out my US trip pictures here to know why...:)

My second 2nd digital camera was still a Canon: a Canon Powershot S5 IS. It was a gift from pAnts. He knew how much I loved taking good pictures and was looking for a better camera, so he got me one.. This camera was also able to capture some memorable travels and events like 1) our family trip to Bohol, 2) my bestfriend Debby's wedding, 3) my cousin Jhoanne's wedding, 4) my sister Joymari's school concert, 5) Outrigger Anilao with Grace and Louie, and lastly 6) my "despedida" karaoke party with TSFI friends..:)

When I got here in Singapore, pAnts and I thought of taking our interest in taking pictures to a different level.. It became a hobby. pAnts got us DSLR cameras (Nikon D300/D80/D50).. and now we FIND stuff to shoot.. like landscapes, or models or events (sports). We learned (and still learning) more about photography and photo editing. We want to develop our skills more, and eventually be good at it. Do we want to be pros in the future? Can't say yet. But for now, just enjoying the shoots is more than fine with me..;)

So far, the only travel I made with my DSLR is w/in Singapore.. and our visit to PH for pAnts' bday, where we went to Subic (to view some of my pictures check my Flickr and Multiply account). That is why I am SO looking forward to our Rawa Island (Malaysia) trip this weekend!.. Hopefully, I'd be able to have lots of pictures to share with you guys next week!;)

So, again, stay tuned!;)


Thank You for my new "toys"...;-)

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"Hello, I'm a Mac!" :)

Yes, I watched ALL the TV ads Apple has on their site.. and most of them are really funny.. and true...;) ahaha!!.. The one entitled "Security" (2007) is my favorite!:)

The iPhone 3G - I didn't really plan to get one.. But pAnts was one of those people who lined up at Singtel just to get his iPhone.. and while he was there he called me to ask if I'm sure I didn't want one.. but then, he would NOT put down the phone until I agreed and let him get me one..*sigh* so there goes..:) and he's generous enough to offer to pay for the phone first.. ehehe.. :P

The MacBook - well... I offered to give my old laptop to my brother and sister back in PH (since my mom paid for that one anyway;)).. and decided to buy myself my very first laptop..:) I didn't have any specific model or brand in mind yet.. all I know is that I wanted a BIG RAM.. since I will be using my laptop mostly for photo editing (Photoshop CS3 & Photomatix).. In my old one, it takes a looooong time to do some stuff with the picture, esp. when it has a high resolution..!:(

Good timing because there was an I.T. show that time.. and they have a promotion for Mac.. By just adding a few $$, you can get a RAM upgrade from 1GB to 4GB!!!:D sweet!..:) plus they accept 0% interest installment terms (special thanks to my bestfriend, Jajah for the lending her credit card)..;)

I've read quite a few forums, and some say Mac is really good for photo editing.. others suggested other PC laptops but they were more expensive than the MacBook.. so, i guess it was a pretty easy decision to make..;) hehe! My only (small) concern is that Mac OS is quite different from Windows, so I know it would take a while to get used to the shortcuts and all...:P To date, I'm still learning and adjusting... still installing some programs... and enjoying every minute of it!..


After 6++months... AT LAST!

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After more than 6 months our TYCO project has finally come to an end!...:) THANK YOU, Papa God!:D

I've had so many good and bad experiences from this project... And I guess we can say I've learned a LOT!.. I am just
so happy I won't be needing to travel 2hrs everyday just to get to work!...

Of course our last day was last Friday, soooo... NTU lunch!!!..:D Of course, I had my usual Friday meal... and savored every bite... I will surely miss our Friday lunches at NTU!...:'(

AHAHA!!.. Proof of how much I love the food there, I already started eating before I remembered I had to take a picture first... ahaha!!!

And this is where we buy those cheap and delicious western lunch (left picture below):

See that stall on the right corner?..:) And then, just to make the most of our last lunch at NTU, my TL and I bought Mua Chee (right picture above) for snack:..:P

I am hoping that my next project would give me better challenges and experiences!.. and that it'll be located closer to my house...;) ahaha!! I'm really praying for that...:) But for the meantime, I am here at our Head Office in Bugis.. and loving the 30mins travel time!...;) ahaha!!!:)


Thank You for friends...

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Since coming here, I have met a LOT of pAnts' friends and new people from work... The later you have already seen pictures of from one of my previous blogs..

I'm happy that now I have some sort of "social" life.. lol!..:) I get to watch movies in cinemas (a lot!), eat out (a LOT too! that's why I gained a lot of weight since getting here!:( ), go (window) shopping, go to parties, meet up with both old and new friends.. and the best part of it is that I get to do it with pAnts, of course..:)

It gets busy.. and tiring sometimes.. not to mention the strain on the pocket..:P what can I say, I'm a homebody.. i prefer staying in than going out...;) ehehe.. but I'm happy to have met them all..:)

So again, thank You, Papa God for the "social" life..;) Haha!!


Thank You for my "new" home...

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Since arriving here in SG, my sister and I have relocated a couple of times... and it's good to know that (for) now, we've finally settled down..;)

We are currently staying with an ex-colleague from PH.. I definitely like our room!:) It's not a master's bedroom, unlike our previous one (hence we have to share the bathroom with a housemate).. and the location of our condo is not very accessible to public transport.. BUT, it is nice and quiet... and we feel comfortable in it.. even if we, literally, live just across a prison (it was said that Flor Contemplacion was executed there)!.. My sister and I joke that we wouldn't mind a prison break as long as the convicts would look like Linc Burrows and Michael Scofield..! kidding! LOL!!:)

Here are a few pics inside Ballota Park:

Meet our neighbors: Mr. BMW, Mrs. Volvo, Sir Jaguar, and the Benz twins!.. AHAHA!!:) I don't actually know the people who own these cars.. ehehe.. just thought of taking a picture of them.. since they are so pleasant to the eyes...;)

And this is our block...

and the view from our unit..

Nice, eh? More pictures (like inside our unit, etc.) to follow...


Thank You for my work..

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I went to Singapore looking for work.. I know I haven't had a lot of experience as a SAP consultant yet when I left my previous company.. So I wasn't expecting anything... I was hoping to get work in the same field.. BUT I came here fully prepared to take whatever job Papa God gives me..

And then He showed me how much He loves me...

I got work as a SAP Consultant, no less, and in a short period of time.. It's a HUGE blessing from Him, and not for a second do I forget that and appreciate what He's given me...:)

Of course there are both good and not-so-good things about my current project.. And I know I complain about the not-so-good part a few times.. ok, a LOT of times..;) ehehe.. like how my work is 2 hrs away from my house!.. so that's 4 hrs of commuting for me everyday!.. and how because of this, I've never taken so much sick leave in my lifetime as I have this past 6 months.. BUT I still know that I'm lucky to have a job.. And I'm still hopeful that sooner or later, I'll find the perfect employer for me..;)

And there are (of course) good things that came with my new work..:) like I'm happy to get a job in SAP.. and despite the other issues at work , I LOVE the ABAP-related challenges I get.. As early as my 1st month at work, I have learned so much already.. and I am so looking forward to learning MORE!!!

I'm also happy to have met new acquaintances from work..:) Despite the occasional nose bleed.. lol!!.. it's good to meet people from other countries (Malaysia, Indonesia, India), not just the locals here in Singapore... We could model for the united colors of benetton, huh?.. ehehe!!

Our work place is located in an industrial park here in Singapore called TUAS.. So the company I'm currently working for has a bus service taking it's employees to different places everyday to eat for lunch... Usually, I just bring my own baon, and eat in the office.. but I always look forward to Fridays!..:) we eat at one of the canteens inside Nanyang Technology University, where they have this Western stall and the food is great and cheap!..:) I used to order lamb chops for just $4, but then it takes a long time to cook lamb chops, and we have limited time to eat before the service bus arrives to take us back to our office... so I tried ordering chicken chops.. and it was great too!:) so since then, every Friday I have chicken chops for lunch, which costs $3.50 only!.. Looks good, huh?.. it tastes even better..:) Then just this Friday, I tried this dessert called Mango Mania.. Yummy!;) so I think I'll add this to my usual Friday lunch...;) ehehe!

So, that's my "new" work life here in SG..:) well... at least until we finish our project here and I get assigned to a different client... or I find a new employer..;) lol!.. Will keep you posted for updates!;)


I'm back!

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I planned on doing a blog, listing the things I've been wanting to share with you guys since I've been here in Singapore.. But then, I realized the blog was getting very loooooooong (and boring?)..;) and I wasn't even finished yet!..:) And at the rate I was going, I thought it might take me another day? week? month? before I complete it to my satisfaction.. ehehe!.. and so.....

I'm not sharing it anymore... ehehe! just kidding!

I'm writing a lot of small blogs instead...;) at least, it will not only be easier and more fun or you to read (hopefully;) ), but will also be easier for me to write.... since it's shorter... lol!!!:)

And so.... I'm back!!! (",)

After 6 months (yeah, it's been that long already since I got here in Singapore) I'm finally able to share with you guys my "new" life here.. so please stay tuned and will keep you posted... very, VERY soon!!:)


Simple pleasures..

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It's been a while since I've written something in this blog... But I guess right now, I just want to give thanks to the simple pleasures of life..

Every weekend it has become our habit to buy taho from our suki... Simple joys we sometimes fail to notice... I will surely miss this weekend "tradition" that we have... Hopefully, I'd still be able to enjoy simple things and start new traditions in my new "home"...:) I'm praying for the best... Please do pray for me too...;)


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