Jun 22 2013
Today’s morning run…
May 28 2013
Water comforts me. I don’t mean the water for drinking, although I’m sure life would be uncomfortable not to mention threatened without that, but bodies of water. I like seeing water – the sea or ocean, rivers, lakes. I was lucky enough that for the past years, I have had views of waters from my different apartments such that when I wake up first thing in the morning, I can look out from the bedroom window and see water.
In Manila, I had a marvelous view of the Manila Bay. I would watch the sun set from my bedroom balcony every chance I got. In Moscow, I had a magnificent view of the Moscow River, which changes with the seasons, from icy glass to large flowing blue. But in KL, though I have a front row view of the majestic Petronas Towers, I kind of miss seeing water everyday (okay… there’s the swimming pool, but that doesn’t quite count).
May 20 2013
Must be a message… my office mates decided that I should spend my birthday at the zoo (Animal Safari at A Famosa in Melaka). I guess it’s to make the “you belong to the zoo” version of the birthday song more applicable (see this post).
Sung to “Happy birthday to you!”
Happy birthday to you!
You belong to the zoo
May 13 2013
Although I live alone, because of the crazy work schedule in KL, I haven’t had time to myself at all in the eight months I’ve been here (and I apologize also to the unanswered queries and comments of my dwindling blog readers). But today is Election Day. Finally, an office activity which doesn’t involve me. So sweet sweet Monday holiday (though I did work Saturday and Sunday).
So I did a little window shopping (impossible to afford to buy anything when there are no sales), and now, a healthy vegetable wrap dinner at the KLCC Park. That’s a welcome respite from all the longanisang lucban and chami I had in Lucena recently.
A fresh breeze, soft jazz, and a front row seat to the dancing fountain show. Precious solitude. Loving KL.
Jan 13 2013
My heart is full…
But not so full that I cannot speak of love;
I see no other way,
I see no other way but that;
I see no other way but love.
Angus Lordie in “The Unbearable Lightness of Scones” by Alexander McCall Smith
Jan 03 2013
Mmmmmmm…. I smell sooooo good! I just got my Christmas gift from Honey from Moscow – Chanel No. 5 eau de toilette. Now I’m wondering why have I never ever used perfume before. I mean never – or at least after my Yaya stopped showering me with Johnson’s baby cologne (Remember? Parang bagong ligo ang feeling?). Oh yes, I know now. First, I couldn’t afford perfume (beyond Johnson’s baby cologne). Second, I’m terribly allergic to it. I descend to fits of sneezing whenever I sit in the same car as Mommy, who always wears floral scents. Third, I always have this idea that people who wear perfume only do so because they’re too lazy to bathe and would want to disguise their stench.
So why wear perfume now? And why Chanel No. 5? It’s not because of Brad Pitt’s smokin’ hot commercial of it (google it… promise… he’s soooo hot! It’s also the first Chanel No. 5 commercial featuring a male, and did not make mention of the perfume). And it’s not because I stopped taking showers ha. It was because I read that Coco Chanel said,
A woman who does not wear perfume has no future.
Jan 01 2013
I’m ending the year 2012 being one of the handful of people in the entire universe who hasn’t seen the video of Psy’s Gangster Style, or whatever that is. It’s not really because I have moved to KL… in fact, I just read in the newspaper that he is extremely popular here, and will visit soon for a concert. Nor is it because I claim to have sophisticated taste. The reason is quite pathetic… too much work (and Energizer Bunny boss who keeps on going and going and going and going… this I say with much affection).
Four months in KL, after moving from Moscow, I have finally adjusted in almost everything… work (especially the unbelievable work load), apartment, the city, living away from Honey for the first time (he’s posted in The Hague… yey… I can visit the Netherlands)… so I’m celebrating 2013 with a bang. Yey…. no more -30 Celsius 6 month frigid winters! I just love my apartment… the view, as you can see from the picture above, is fabulous. Yes… drool with envy… I took that picture from MY balcony! I’m running again (stopped so many times). And maybe, just maybe, I’ll blog again.
After all, I haven’t reached this point yet.
Happy New Year everyone!
Aug 04 2012
…so said the little girl as she and her friends smiled and stared at me as I
ran waddled along the hills outside Pugad, Sixter‘s beach house in Mabini, Anilao, Batangas. I smiled at them through my huffing and puffing and laughed at the thought that yes… this is the Philippines… where people state the obvious.
I remember when I was a little girl. I would come home from school and kiss Lola Antonina who would wake up from her slumber and say, “Nandito ka na pala“. Vice Ganda would have replied, “Hinde. Wala pa ako… anino ko lang to“. Lola Antonina would have wallopped Vice Ganda.
Jun 11 2012
There is a sweet tradition in Russia where newly-married couples pick out a padlock, engrave their names, lock it on a bridge, or on trees made of padlocks. Hear is a row of such trees right by Bolotnaya Ploshad in Moscow.
After the lovers lock the padlocks, they throw the keys into the river to symbolize their unbreakable love. I wonder how many keys are in this river. And I wonder if any ex-lovers have actually dived down this river to retrieve their keys. Beautiful fountains with pastel-colored buildings starting to light up as the sun is about to set…
Another one of the dozens of trees along Luzhkov Bridge.