My Archives: July 2004

Thursday, July 29, 2004

WHAT IS IT ABOUT? The story is about different groups of animals who are all rushing to get somewhere. Where is that? You'll find out at the end of the story. [more]
05:55 PM GMT+8

Monday, July 26, 2004

"Angelo de la Cruz is home..." So went the first part of President Gloria Arroyo's SONA or State of the Nation Address just about an hour ago. Looks like it will be quite awhile till Angelo de la Cruz gets his wish of regaining his privacy back. It will probably take awhile, at least until the next big issue comes up. [more]
05:36 PM GMT+8

Friday, July 23, 2004

Today, we begin a series of articles on our experience with Kawasaki Disease. This series is not meant to replace professional medical advice. It is merely a re-telling or a sharing of what we/Ali went through from June 13-June 30 in the hope of informing more people about the disease, encouraging other people who may be going through the same thing, and maybe getting enough people interested in the disease so that eventually, we may be of help in assisting indigent/needy patients with Kawasaki. Considering the cost of the medication and the possibility of cardiac complications, proper and timely diagnosis is key. Much of the information you will see here and in the coming days will have come from our own readings and our talks with Ali's doctors - whom we shall not identify - until we get their permission. We are writing everything down as best as we can remember. [more]
01:25 PM GMT+8

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Starting this week, as often as I can, I will try to review 1 kiddie book a week. I got to look at our book shelf at home and decided that all those books can be used as writing material for the web. Anyway, parents out there, watch out for our kiddie book reviews weekly. It may just push you to get hold of another book for your kids! And I'm sure that all of us agree that reading beats X-box, Playstation, or Gameboy anytime. [more]
12:50 PM GMT+8

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Angelo de la Cruz has been released by his captors and the whole country rejoices. We Filipinos may not have agreed on whether or not to pull the contingent out of Iraq earlier than scheduled but am sure each one of us prayed for Angelo's safety and wished him and his family well. [more]
01:30 PM GMT+8

As we end the Jeju Island, Korea series, let me write about two side topics which I encountered during the said trip. Not too unrelated, I suppose, considering how dirty politics can get in our country. [more]
12:52 PM GMT+8

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

We tried to go around as much one Sunday and we first went to Yeomiji Botanical Garden. Entrance costs 6,000 won or about USD 6 or about P336. You should allot about an hour to an hour and a half to go around the place where the plants are divided into sections. You can see tropical fruits, flowers (nice, bright colorful ones), jungle plants, cacti, water lily, etc. etc. Kids may also enjoy seeing images of the Teletubbies in some displays. There's also a viewing deck where you can see the "Bridge of the Seven Nymphs" - a rust-colored bridge with an interesting design - of what else but white nymphs! [more]
06:01 PM GMT+8

Friday, July 16, 2004

I have been around Asia and one thing I usually notice when there are bands playing in hotels is that the bands, more often than not, are Filipino. Filipinos are just naturally talented, generally. I remember when we were out on a business trip before in KL (this was in the early 1990s) and our hosts brought us to a karaoke bar. Most of the Malaysians took their turn at singing and when they finally asked us to sing, my officemate and I declined at first and said that we didn't know how to sing. Our hosts then responded by saying: "Of course you know how to sing. You are a Filipino." [more]
06:05 PM GMT+8

Thursday, July 15, 2004

This is one interesting place where one can be a child again. I've never seen so many bears in such creative poses/costumes. The museum is divided into several sections: one focusing on art (and where you find bears ala "Mona Lisa" or even The Last Supper); another on historical events; and a third, tracing the evolution of the Teddy Bear from the early 1900s to the present. [more]
05:53 PM GMT+8

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Still at the Korea House, we were lucky to meet Mr. W. J. Kang, a friendly artist who said that there were still about 30 artists like him in Korea who practiced "pictorial calligraphy." [more]
05:33 PM GMT+8

Monday, July 12, 2004

When I got back to the office after Ali was discharged from the hospital, my boss gave me a card with an inspirational verse on it. I share it here now as I know that once in awhile, we all get our share of difficult times. It is during such times that we often turn to more heartfelt prayers and I suppose, after sometime, things work out. So, may this touch your heart and give you strength: [more]
05:51 PM GMT+8

Friday, July 9, 2004

During our stay on Jeju, Island, we visited the Korea House at Jungmun Resort Complex for an afternoon of Korean Art and Culture Immersion. While there, we were treated to seeing different art forms from making ceramics, paper, kimchi and even seeing traditional Korean games. [more]
06:05 PM GMT+8

Thursday, July 8, 2004

Now it's time to start the Jeju Island, Korea travel series. In the next few days, I will be recounting some memorable things during my visit to Jeju Island sometime May 2004. [more]
06:08 PM GMT+8

Tuesday, July 6, 2004

On our last night in Kuala Lumpur, we went to the KL Tower to see all of KL from its observation deck. You can take an audio tour - which you can go about at your own pace - with the headset and contraption that the staff provide you with. [more]
05:50 PM GMT+8

Looking for a place to take the kids in Kuala Lumpur? I'm sure they will enjoy going to the K.L. Bird Park, said to be "the world's largest walk-in free flight aviary." I'm 37 years old already and spending about 2 hours in the bird park was still very enjoyable. [more]
05:43 PM GMT+8

Monday, July 5, 2004

I wish I could say that my long absence from the net was due to writer's block. Or a trip for work. I suppose you've seen the hubby's entry about Ali, our 2-year old daughter who was hospitalized (for about 2 weeks) for Kawasaki Disease. I will be writing about the whole experience in a few weeks so stay tuned. [more]
06:31 PM GMT+8

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