Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A break

Our little family is looking forward to a few days of break this coming long weekend. We're not going far, just nearby Tagaytay where we could enjoy a few days of not working and a change of scenery and, hopefully, a respite from the Manila heat.

I don't think we're going for some swimming, because with the expected cool temperature (keeping fingers crossed), we might need to make sure that the pools there have pool heat pumps because we don't want to catch a chill. My children would definitely not want to go into the water if it's cold. I remember my little girl refusing to take a bath the last time we were there, while in Manila, she actually enjoys it.

We're hoping that we'd have time to bond as a family, since work and other things will be set aside, even if it's just for a few days. I am truly looking forward to it.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


My brother has an ipod nano 8Gb which he won in last year's Mooncake Festival dice game and which he used when he went to the gym. Now that he doesn't get the time to go "gymming", it's pretty much unused. When I look at it, I marvel at how far techonology has progressed. I was a kid when the Sony Walkman was THE gadget that people wanted to get their hands on. I used to bring a tape recorder to school to record lectures. Now very few kids of this generation has seen a cassette. And they would probably laugh at how many songs can be stored in it. Well, I still have cassettes at home, and my car can still play tapes aside from CDs. The car is an old model though, so I would not be surprised if the newer cars do not have tape players anymore. Gosh, I feel old!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Family on ATV

I've seen a whole family here ride ATVs here inside our subdivision a few years back. Whenever they do that we are always amazed about the 5 ATVs and the fact that each member of the family rides his/her own vehicle. It's a sight to behold and it's a nice, albeit unique way for the family to bond, methinks. However, we haven't seen those in quite a while. I wonder why. Has the family moved away? Went abroad perhaps? Or maybe the novelty simply wore off and they decided that maintaining those ATVs and looking for ATV Parts can be quite difficult so they sold them? I really do not know. Or maybe they have simply moved those vehicles to a vacation house where they can better utilize them. Your guess is as good as mine. I think it's a splurge, but that's me. If you enjoy doing it, go!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


My dad used to tell us about the time that he and my Uncle W went camping. According to him, it was so cold that they had to close the sleeping bag around their heads. They didn't want a tent because of the weather, and decided to just rent a motorhome (they didn't want to buy because it was a one time thing and they didn't want to bother with motorhome repairs and maintenance. Despite the cold, they enjoyed the trip and my dad never tired of telling the story. They were even able to bring my grandmother to the trip since it's like a small house. I wish we had something similar to these motor homes that we can use to enjoy camping with our kids. However, sadly, we do not have parks where we can safely enjoy the great outdoors with our families. That's why we only got to experience camping when we had our school activities like scouting or the CAT which we really did not enjoy that much. Oh well, I'm at the age when I enjoy my creature comforts, so a hotel room is good enough for me!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

No me time

I hardly have any time for myself lately. There are so many things I want to do which I couldn't. There are so many obligations that I needed to meet but I couldn't . Sigh, double sigh and triple sigh. It's probably the lot of a mom to put other things and other people before herself. I wish I could split myself in two or even three so that I can do all the things I need to do. And the things I WANT to do? I can't even blog regularly nowadays, never mind the conference call free trial I was wanting to avail. Forget it, there's really no time at all. I really long for the day I could get back some "me" time, but for now that seems like a fantasy. Sigh.