Monday, 31 January 2011

Undecided

For the past months am thinking if I will buy Black Berry Bold 9780 or Black Berry Torch 9800. Reading all the reviews made me decide to have Black Berry Bold 9780. But now am still thinking if I really want it or I can still live with my iPhone. My issue on my iPhone is the battery life and keyboard. Since its touch screen, I find it difficult to send mail and SMS using the touch-screen keyboard. I’ve been using the iPhone for almost two years now but still I can’t handle it. That’s why I normally call.

I also learn that it’s a must to have BIS (Black Berry Internet Service) and its additional cost on top of the plan. By the way am on a post-paid plan and that I don’t need to worry since my company is paying for my usage. But still am thinking if it’s cost efficient and effective. Still need to do my homework. Research and read and compare. And as they say you can’t have the best of both worlds.

As it has been raining for the past two weeks here, my mode goes with the weather and my decision is clouded. I don’t know. I can’t decide. Still undecided.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

The Meaning behind the Name

Two months before I gave birth to my son, my husband and I were busy choosing and preparing for his name. We prepare sets of name both for male and female. Though the ultrasound says we are delivering a baby boy but we don't want to be complacent. 

We agree to have two names and it should start with our initials, R for him and A for me. So we end up having combination of names. It’s very important for us to rightfully choose their names since they will carry that for the rest of their lives. We want it be meaningful and significant. With a long list, alas we have agreed with for this name, for my handsome and loving son. He’s name is Ralph Amiel.

Similarly with my daughter’s name, it undergo a rigorous process. A process of combination and elimination with contradicting and agreeing in-between. We end-up having the most lovely and sweet name (that we know and think of) for my precious and pretty daughter. Her name is Ria Ainna.

And here’s the meaning of their names.

Ralph \r(a)-lph, ral-ph\ is pronounced ralf, rafe. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ralph is "wolf counsel". The wolf is an animal with a reputation for being crafty. Rolf is a German form.
  While Amiel \a-miel\ is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Amiel is "God of my people". (Source  www.thinkbabynames.com)

The name Ria is a baby girl name. The name Ria comes from the Spanish origin. In Spanish, the meaning of the name Ria is: From the river's mouth. From Antiguan word which means, "Gods beautiful gift." In Malay and Indonesian language it means "joyful".


The girl's name Aina \a(i)-na\ is of Scandinavian origin, and the meaning of Aina is "forever".
  (Source : www.thinkbabynames.com and www.babyhold.com) I make it Ainna to make it more unique.

I enjoyed doing this actually. Designing their nameplate or identity or whatever you may call it. So if you’re planning your child’s name, better do it before you give birth. There are a lot of choices in the web and books that you can consider. Or you may also end up mixing and matching your name or favorite names.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Planner 2011

Last Monday, my husband arrived from his five days vacation in Davao. With him are some gifts from our relatives (both from Davao and Manila). One of which was the planner that I waited for days since then. I like the planner made by Starbucks. It's a limited edition. This planner is so special, you can't just buy it straight away in Starbucks coffee shop. You need to earn the stamps, before you can have the stamp you need to buy their coffee.  Not just simply coffee but the special one.  You can only buy this in the Philippines. Also, every time you purchase you got to donate a certain amount to Spark Hope.  You can read more of the details here

I have the 2008 edition and after that none. So I personally requested my cousin to buy it for me or should I say, give it as a gift to me. Which he did. Luckily I have cousin that I can count on, yes! He choose the metal color. I like it! Let's see what I can plan and accomplish for this year.


Singing my heart and mind out, "I got a feeling that this year is gonna be a good year"  Happy 2011 everyone and may the force be with you!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Macau Trip : Venetian Hotel

This is the first place we visited. It's one of the popular places there. Venetian Macao Hotel was opened last August 28, 2007 having 40-story hotel and casino. It was build by Las Vegas Sands and was built the same as Venetian in Las Vegas.

You can also see the San Luca Canal inside. I got to know  one of the person who sings in the gondola. He is a Filipino and he sings Italian songs, cool!

The structure is built with all grandiosity and style.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Life, Love and In-Betweens

Facebook and blogs are two of the social networks that I am using as of this writing aside to multiply. And millions of people are also using these media to socialized on-line. People can instantly post pictures, videos and write something on any possible topic that you can think of. Friends and readers can comment on the pictures and posts. 

For me, since am living outside of the Philippines I used Facebook as a tool to get-in-touch with my friends and family back home. And blogs to write anything my mind wants to share. Seeing my friends and families’ updates and pictures posted, how they are and exchange of mail makes it even more easier. Getting in touch with the my favorite people is more rewarding and bonus for me.  Good news makes my heart glad and unruffled. But every time I hear or learn people's misery and what-not makes me poignant.

Today, I learned from a blog that I am following that her fiancĂ© died. I don’t know them personally but I got to know them through the blog of the lady which I am following more than two years now. I have been an avid reader of her blog. They are both living on the other side of the world but through internet I got to be updated. She writes about her traveling life and adventures. And her day-to-day events. I love reading her post and giving comments on her post as well. She also reads mine and gives comments as well.  I can hear and feel how she loved her fiancĂ© until the end. Her determination and hope despite the situation.

And I came to realized indeed, people running on a cycle. People experience same things but on a different situation and environment. With a different perspective and views. People experience life from conception to death with pain and love in-between.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Looking Back on 2010

Last year was not a good year for me and my family. We've been thru the so-called "roller-coaster" ride from start til the end of the year. But forever grateful and thankful for all the blessings we have received.  And the happenings in-between.

The start of 2010 we were greeted with a not so good event. I didn't write any post regarding my son's confinement in the hospital here in Singapore. Only my closest friends knew about it for it was so so heavy for us. But am sharing it now. When we arrived from our vacation in the Philippines my kids got sick, oh let me correct that statement, days before we come back to Singapore kids were already sick.  We thought it's just ordinary fever, cough and flu with vomiting. But it's more than three days and nothing happen even though they took medicines. My son got worst each day. We immediately gave antibiotics as per instruction of my brother-in-law who happens to be a doctor but still the fever hasn't gone down. We arrived in Singapore safe and sound but still kids has fever, chills, flu and vomiting.

For my son, his weight drops by five kilos for two weeks and it alarmed us. We decided to go to ER of Raffles Hospital and the doctor immediately run tests and referred us to a paediatric specialist.   He has gone x-ray, flu test, urine test and last was a blood test. In which the paediatrician immediately told us to confine my son after she received the blood test result. And initiated 1000 mg of antibiotics through intravenous. It's only the day after the doctor explained in thorough details to us what was the result of the blood test. My son got blood infection, his white cell was 100% more than the red blood cell. She mentioned that my son was so clever because it didn't show in his physical appearance for he was still strong and looks fine when she checked my son.  She also relay that normally kids of his age immediately proceed to ICU and is very weak.  But thank God, my son is strong to hold that sickness. He was confined for 6 days and the antiobitics for 7 days with a follow-up medication. And also we are thankful that my husband's company shoulder the hospital expenses.

The hospital bill was a whopping 7,000SGD or a 420,000PHP, though we did pay a certain amount (7% government service tax-GST but it is still minimal compared to the total amount). So we didn't worry the finances. Thank God my son was able to surpass that. As for my daughter the doctor gave oral medicine and was fine after taking the medicines given to her. Two weeks after we brought them back to the doctor for pneumococcal  and flu vaccination. Truly God is always at our side.

Come middle of the year, my father-in-law got sick and eventually laid to his final rest. My husband was so devastated and so the rest of his family. By God's grace family are moving and together over-coming the difficulties.

And early December somebody had played tricks to my mother. Which left me unhappy and disappointed. But again I need not to worry much since it's only material things. What's important is no one was hurt.

Amidst this unhappy events I am more grateful for what had happened.  This makes us more stronger and resilient.  More inspired to do better and become better. 

This year also gave me and my husband the opportunity to travel to Phuket, Thailand & Macau and also the whole family with my mother to Hong Kong. We were able to give something to our favorite charity institution. Transfer to our new place. Shared our blessings to our family and friends. And also completed the "simbang gabi" here in Singapore in which I did for the first time.

Looking back, 2010 was indeed a roller-coaster-ride. So how was yours?

The Box

Last November 27, 2010 I've send a balikbayan box to my family back in the Philippines thru LBC Cargo. I was able to send it on the date they set so it will be able to reach Manila before Christmas or in time for Christmas. But to my dismay it didn't.  I called LBC customer service here in Singapore but they say it already reached Manila last Dec 15 and was set for customs checked and expected to be dispatched three days after. And so I was hoping. But came Dec 25 still it didn't. I was so so disappointed with service. I got a message from my cousin that they received the package only last Dec 30.  Good thing it reaches before new year. It's been a month since I shipped it. I should have get the service of a local post office, it will only take 11-17 days. Last Dec 2009 LBC failed to do good service to me and I ended up getting Singpost, I have wrote a post on this, on Our Christmas Box.

Am not angry at LBC or whatsoever but I'm disappointed with the service. They could have improve their process since this season is peak and people are expecting from their service. I know they can do better but to be honest I'm not in confidence to them anymore. Just airing my sentiments.