Category Archives: friends

Movie marathon

Watched King Arthur, Ring 2 (not worth watching), Ranma, and My Little
Bride with Marcelle, Grace, Ranulf, Peppy, and Sean at my house. It
was a lot of fun hanging out with them. My Little Bride was so cute!

妻は独眼の猫を見て身震いした。 My wife shuddered at the sight of a one-eyed cat.

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PARTY TODAY!

Ack ack ack. Three hours to go. Anyway, the party’s at the Enrique
studio, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. =) We’re next to Mercury
Drug. Map: 2005.07.06#5 Time: 1 – 5, program at 3. Bring your 2-year
plan. =)

If you’re reading this blog, consider yourself invited.

私はコンピューターに興味がある。 I am interested in computer.

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Settled in and ready to watch my birthday video

For my birthday and send-off party, a bunch of my friends got together
and made a video that I could bring with me to Canada. I haven’t
watched it yet. I thought I shouldn’t do it while I was still settling
in, while I still wasn’t quite sure that this was a good idea.

I’m going to watch it later. I think I’ve gotten the rhythm of things
and I’ve found little sources of joy here.

I can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with. =)

ここのパソコンはシステムを変えることができないので何もできない。 Because the personal computer here cannot change the system, anything cannot be done.

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You’ve got a friend…

I’ve just finished watching the video my friends made for my birthday
and send-off party, and now that I’ve recovered my
breath from laughing so hard, all I can say is… wow!

Here’s a toast to a totally amazing group of friends without whom I
would be missing out on so much wonderfulness.

やめとけやめとけ。それより薬局に性能の良いコンピューターがあるんだよ。 Don’t do that!!! There’s a computer at the drug store.

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Being Filipino

Saturday night’s barbecue with Sol Laforteza was _the_ best evening
I’ve had in Canada so far, and I owe so very much to Dr. Oposa for
introducing me to their wonderful family.

It was amazing how quickly they took me in and made me feel welcome.
Upon hearing that I’d graduated from Ateneo, no fewer than three
Atenistas started chatting with me about our alma mater. Then there
were questions about high school, grade school (turns out a number of
them had also been associated with St. Scholastica’s College), the
diabolo I brought… And of course, the brownies were a big hit.

What really made me melt, though, was how they repeatedly referred to
the Philippines as home. Even those who had moved as far back as 1988
still had very active connections with the Philippines, still thought
of retiring (or at least skipping the Canadian winter) in the
Philippines to teach. With all of our tsk-tsk-tsking over the
political messes the country gets itself into, there was still that
underlying pride in our country.

And oh, how Filipino we were last night. From discussions of
traditional delicacies to musings on the lyrical properties of deep
Filipino, it was an evening celebrating our culture. Top it all off
with truly horrendous puns (like the name of an actual salon: Scissors
Palace), another Filipino specialty, and you’ve got a night to
remember.

I had a lot of fun teaching Gretchen how to do the diabolo, and by the
end of the night both she and Leslie could get it spinning pretty
quickly. Tito Gil made very passable and amusing attempts. He’s a
natural comic and performer, positively twinkling with energy and joy.
I’d like to be like that when I grow old! It’ll take me years to gain
the kind of ease and confidence he had, though… Amazing, really.

What a fantastic group of people! I’m really, really glad I had an
opportunity to meet them, and I hope to get to know them better over
the next couple of years.

そのコンピュータはかなり時代遅れだったので役に立たなかった。 The computer was so outdated that it was good for nothing.

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Rest of my day

I actually woke up early today: 7:30. (Okay, 7:35, really. And 7:40.
Yeah, 7:40.) I had a quick bowl of oatmeal, heaping far more sugar on
it than is probably nutritionally advisable. And then I waited for
people to come online. Waah! Look! I was up on a Saturday morning! And
people were missing!

Naturally, people started coming online maybe twenty, ten minutes
before I had to leave. Still, it was really nice being able to briefly
chat with Dominique and my mom. =)

Then I was off to the Science Centre (see blog post before this one),
and then to a whole day of fun. =) Calum was really nice. Over salmon
sashimi and California maki, we chatted about Japan. He’s planning to
go there in September, so I told him about things he must not miss:
okonomiyaki, street food, that nifty deep-fry place Dave Brown told me
about, rush hour in the train system, the hordes of photographers in
Meiji Temple on major festivals… He told me hilarious stories about
lay-off season at Nortel. Heh. Crazy.

Then he showed me what suburbian entertainment is like: basically,
shopping at big box stores like Sam’s Club and Future Shop. ;) I told
him that we had warehouse supermarkets in the Philippines too
(Pricesmart, Shopwise), but yeah, Sam’s Club is _way_ bigger than
Pricesmart. Mom would have a lot of fun going through that place. =)

He showed me Lake Ontario, too, bemoaning his lack of a real camera
that day. I told him about Papa shooting stock shots while on
vacation, Kathy’s instinctive protection of camera equipment when she
slipped… See, I grew up around photographers. ;) I might not know
all the jargon, but I can relate.

Lake Ontario is pretty! And it has geese! =) Nifty…

We topped a fun day off with soft-serve ice cream. (I told him about
the time I did Linux support for ice cream, and Peppy and I ate ice
cream until the world turned funny colors… ;) ) It was great!

Much better than trekking around and figuring things out on my own. =)
Excellent day!

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