Sweet sweet Coco

A Pet

It may be a cat, a bird, a ferret, or a guinea pig, but the chances are high that when someone close to you dies, a pet will be there to pick up the slack. Pets devour the loneliness. They give us purpose, responsibility, a reason for getting up in the morning, and a reason to look to the future. They ground us, help us escape the grief, make us laugh, and take full advantage of our weakness by exploiting our furniture, our beds, and our refrigerator. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life–they can be trusted, they keep us safe, and they sure do smooth out the ride.

Sweet sweet Coco

Sweet sweet Coco

Philippine Vehicle Innovation

Last Friday, on our way to Ulm…while flipping Auto Bild magazine, I found a picture which looks so familiar to me. The image was featured under Leserfoto ((reader’s photograph)) column. Underneath was written “Please count: One (!) bicycle with twelve (!) passengers discovered by our reader Dennis Schoof in Manila (Philippines)”.

I want to ride a bicycle…I want to ride a bike.
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I can imagine how amused the photographer was as he saw it. O siguro laking mangha niya nang makita niya ito dahil walang ganyang sasakyan dito sa Germany. It can’t be possible too dahil hindi ito lulusot sa TÜV (Technische Überwachungs Verein) ((Technical Monitoring Association)).

Hehehe, hindi lang nila alam tayong mga Pilipino ay super innovative in different fields. But let us stick to the topic “vehicle innovation”.

What about this one here? Well I think the image below is very common to us. Yon bang may isa o dalawang taong aangkas sa motorsiklo. But you know, in the most outback part of Butuan or maybe some parts of other provinces, where jeepneys only travel once a day…a single motorbike as public transportation is a hit for locals and day-trippers.

Get your motor runnin’ head out on the highway, lookin’ for adventure, and whatever comes our way…
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Last but not least, this is something you might have not seen yet. A skylab. Or sky love? I am not really sure of the name, but what the heck. I saw this one on our way to Butuan City last May 2008. I was wondering how passengers got on to it.
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The driver needs or requires great balancing act. Di ba? Haven’t experienced riding a vehicle such as this one yet. But I think I’d rather walk than catch a ride on a Skylab. Not because I am maarte, pero natatakot ako na baka ito ay bumalintong. Paano nalang ang aking high heel shoes (charing), my false eyelashes, my whatevah? Ay basta’t akoy maglalakad nalang.

O, anong say niyo sa mga sasakyan sa probinsiya???

The Gala(an) and Who's Who Night in Freiburg

Life has been busy lately, but things are starting to settle down – just in time for me to attend the Charity Gala last Friday, October 31, in Freiburg (organized by my kumare and best friend Jojo). But long before the said Gala, I was sure I could not attend dahil nga busy kami sa clinic and the event was scheduled on a working day. And besides, Freiburg is 735.75 kilometers away from our place. Kahit gustuhin ko man hindi pa rin ako makating on time dahil almost seven hours ang biyahe by car. Last Tuesday, October 28, nagtaka kaming mag-asawa kong bakit walang pasiyenteng naka schedule for Friday. We asked our med. secretary why and she told us that its a holiday, the Reformation Day to be exact. It is the day on which in 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, criticizing certain aspects of the Catholic Church and thus starting the Reformation in Germany.

Well anyways, natuloy din ako sa madaling salita. Hubby made it possible for me to travel but not by car but by plane. I flew from Schönefeld, Berlin to Basel, Switzerland and arrived on time in Freiburg for the Gala. There I met several familiar faces from good old days and people whom I did not expect na makakadalo doon like Mr. Andy Pador, the President of Bicol Varsitarian in Cologne. As usual, nadoon yong beso-beso at picture taking. Para baga kaming true celebrities (ngehehehe). But the real celebrity that evening was Archie or known as Matt Ranillo III with his lovely wife Linda Tupaz. He was invited to co-host the beauty contest show with Joyce. Joyce was a former fashion model in the Philippines and now an Ambassador’s wife. The Gala was successful and well attended.

It is a very long story mga kapatid kaya hindi ko nalang isulat ang mga detalye dito. I decided to let pictures speak for themselves this time, so that you can get your own impression.

With my compadre Reverend Luis, the President of Works of Mercy Association in Offenburg.

A stage pose with some of the beauty contestants.

An awardee? Nope hindi akin yan kundi sa kaibigan kong si Tessie (hehehe).

Ayan na sila…

With Linda Tupaz this time.

Past midnight na kaya some are getting ready for the Halloween.

This was taken the next day as we went to Baden-Baden

Simply Yummy

Hindi ba’t nakakagutom tingnan? Some German said na ang pagkain natin ay walang kalasa-lasa compared to Thai, Chinese and other cuisine. Well, that is their opinion and besides they don’t have to eat it if they don’t like it…di ba? Ang importante…ito ay malasa para sa atin.

By the way, your Tita Poorshya is not really back to blogging yet. Ang mga previous entries ko ay mga “KUNO” lang. I will be posting real entry about my real come back soon kapag natapos ko na ang mga pinaggagawa ko dito.

But before leaving, I would like to thank everyone for visiting and leaving a comment. I owe you guys a lot. Thank you with all my heart.

The Opposite Of What We Are Or What We Have

Generally, lahat nang tao sa whole universe (lalong-lalo na babae) ay gustong-gusto makamit ang opposite nang kanilang let say APPEARANCE. Okay, let me give you an example: SKIN TONE

In Germany:
Noong nagtrabaho pa ako, during summertime kapag lunch break namin. My office mates and I always spend the rest of our time outside the building. Madalas akong nakaupong mag-isa sa isang bench na nasa ilalim nang kahoy. Habang ang mga kaopisina ko naman ay nakaupo lantad sa araw. Kinantiyawan pa ako nang mga ito bakit daw ako nagtatago. Aba eh, wala akong balak na maging nognog ano? Imagine, kong ang balat ko ay kulay uling, ngipin ko nalang ang makikita sa akin sa gabi. Di vah?

During wintertime, madalas na hindi lumalabas ang araw (nakakadepress at nakakaputla) kaya karamihan ng mga Aleman and other Europeans ay pumupunta sa tanning studio. Talaga naman pong ang kinalalabasan ay mas brown pa ang mga hinampak sa akin. Take note may mga tao doong sumobra ang gamit nang tanning bed (addicted na), kaya nasira ang balat nila. Nagkaroon tuloy sila nang balat elepante, gone is the balat porselana. Most people using tanning booths or tanning beds are not aware that it can lead to skin cancer and premature aging of skin.

In the Philippines:
People here admires white flawless skin. Kaya dito, may sangkaterbang produkto na pampaputi ang tinitinda. You can see/buy them in the malls and pharmacies. May mga sabon na pampaputi, lotions like Block & White, facial creams at take note may tabletas pa noh? Nung dumating kami dito last March, I was so mestiza looking talaga (ubo ubo). Hoy huwag niyo akong taasan nang kilay at ako’y hindi pa tapos magrelate. Mestiza looking lang ako pagdating sa skin tone. Flawless as in talaga at umaamag pa kamo sa dilim (ngehehe). Pero matapos akong mag scuba diving nang ilang beses (kinarir ko na talaga ito), wild water rafting (exposed sa araw whole day) at magdrayb-drayb sa malalayong lugar. Guess what happened to my snow white skin (kuno)? Dark brown na po! Hindi na ito umaamag sa dilim (aside from my teeth and my bum). ‘tsaka alam niyo bang kapag lumalabas ako nang bahay sa gabi, kinakahol na ako nang mga aso nang kapitbahay namin dahil akala nila isa akong maligno. Teka, maitim nga ba ang maligno? Anyways, basta’t hindi na nila ako nakikilala.

I was so frustrated na talaga ano dahil pati aso eh gusto white skin lang. So what your lola did is pumunta nang mall and bought the complete Belo Essentials face and body whitening products, kasi whiter skin in seven days daw eh. So ayon, kuskos dito kuskos doon ako at pahid dito pahid doon naman. Aba eh, two weeks na ang nakalipas…wala pa rin akong epektong nakikita noh? My mother scolded me dahil reklamo daw ako nang reklamo samantalang paano naman daw ako puputi kong halos sa dagat na daw ako tumitira. Ayon, tama nga naman siya. When I look at myself, parang may tumutubong kaliskis na nga sa legs ko…I’m almost a mermaid na sa kakasisid sa dagat. Kailangan ko na lang magpahaba nang buhok para mas bagay. Di vah? Ay teka, napalayo na pala ako sa topic. Okay, balik tayo sa pampaputi. Yong ginawa ko ay subok lang naman ano? I can not keep a fairer skin if lagi akong naarawan. Kaya hindi na ulit ako bibili nito. I promise to do my best and to love God and my country and to obey the girl scout laws.

The Opposite Of What We Are Or What We Have

  • Ang mga puti ay gustong magkaroon nang darker skin.
  • Ang may dark skin (na katulad ko) ay gustong pumuti.
  • Ang mga kulot ay nagpaparebond (kagaya ni Kathleen).
  • Yong mga straight naman ang buhok ay nagpapakulot.

Hay ang labo! Bakit nga kaya ano?

German Lottery Jackpot Now Reach 43 Million Euro

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Lotto fever outbreak – Ilang milyong Aleman at iba pang mamamayang nakatira malapit sa border ng Germany ay nahawaan sa lotto fever na ito. Kasama na dito si Misis Lukresya Gayagaya. Wala sana akong planong makisali sa masa, pero kahapon nang pumunta ako sa tindahan para bumili ng office supplies. Nasulyapan ko ang monitor ng Lotto Computer, 43 million was boldly shown on the screen. Aba 38 lang yon nung Sabado, so ibig sabihin walang tumama sa jackpot last draw. I was waiting for my turn dahil may mga nauna sa akin, kaya nagkaroon ako ng panahong magmuni-muni. Para akong na hypnotized ng figure na nasa monitor kaya nung kausapin ako ng may-ari ng tindahan…hindi kaagad ako nakasagot. Frau Gärtner greeted me again…and I think she guessed what I have in mind. She said: “Oh Frau Hafner do you really need that amount?” hindi kaagad ako nakasagot. Then I said “ay aba oo ah, alam na alam ko kong saan ko gagastusin ang halagang yan”.

She asked: So tell me, how are you going to spend the money in case you win? My answer: Well, I’m going to give 3 million to my eldest. Two (2) million to my daughter and 1 million to Gillian (as savings of course). 20 million will be deposited in our swiss bank account and the rest ay para sa mga plano naming mag-asawa. We will leave Germany for good and we’ll go back to I love my own my native land Philipayns. There, I’m going to build my own charity institution para sa mga street children. Then I’ll buy a bahay kubo, para walang magkamaling kumidnap sa amin. She laughed dahil ako ay nagbibiro ika niya.

Kahapon, hindi ko nakuhang tumaya dahil hindi ko dala ang aking eyeglasses. Kumuha nalang ako ng isang lottery ticket para sa bahay ko ito gagawin. This morning as I was checking my emails, nasulyapan ko ulit ang papel naito na nakalapag sa tabi ng aking laptop. Parang nagsasalita na, sige na sige na tumaya ka na. Super lakas ng tukso kaya hayon pinuno ko na ang 12 boxes at dinala ko na rin kaagad sa lottery outlet para makahabol sa draw bukas.

Oh well…I am sure I’m not going to win dahil ang iba ay grabe kong makataya…libo-libo. Walang binatbat ang nag-iisa kong ticket kumpara sa kanila.

Kong hindi ko ma hit ang jackpot, hindi na rin ako maglotto…magastos eh tsaka sayang…dalawang pack din yon ng Marlboro. Mag stick nalang ako sa panaginip at pangarap, libre pa :).

The Face Behind The Blog

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Itong tag na to ay nagmula sa isang serenang nakatira sa Munich. Sori madlang pipol and sorry to the original author of this tag but I wanna dudadaa write my version in my language which is “Kauderwlesch”.

Hope you don’t mind at all, but if you do mind it…mahala na kayo sa muay niyo.

According to Cheh:
The very purpose of this assignment is to find out what a person looks like and gives you (readers) a better insight & gives you chance to actually see who’s writing to you.

David Airey says:
Putting a face to the name of someone you haven’t met helps recognition and adds a more personal feel to your conversations. What photograph shows you in a light we don’t often see through your blog?

NOW IT’S MY TURN

It’s my turn to see what I can see, I hope you’ll understand this time’s just for me because it’s my turn…la la la lala…

Gusto ko nalang sanang kumanta dahil para sa akin, there is no need to describe myself since you all know me already, diba? Hindi ko na kailangan pang sabihin sa inyo kong saang sulok ng mundo ako galing at saang lufalof ako ifinadfad ng aking kafararan. Hindi ko na kailangan pang sabihin sa inyo na ako ay super ganda dahil sa picture ko sa baba, kitang-kita niyo na (araaaay, huwag niyo kong irapan). Kakatapos ko lang sumulat ng tungkol sa sarili ko so it should be enough actually. :thinking

Opps! Teka teka paki tabi po ng dyip mama, nagbago ang isip ko makalipas ang ilang sekundo. O sige na nga isulat ko nalang…pero maigsi lang ha? temang talaga ano?

DA PIS OP A BISDAK LUKARET DRAG QUEEN
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My name is Bond ah este Beng. I’m a queen – a (not so genuine) drag queen from Davao City – I’m bisdak/bisaya (soo proud of it) at kong ano-ano pang tawag nila diyan sa aming mga tega south. I espik bisaya (siyempre) and op kurs tagawog, then litol Hilonggo, litol Ilocano, beri litol inglis pero ay espik beri flwint aleman.

I studied Business Management in Siena College, Quezon City and I got married to a German Frog Prince after I graduated in 1983…blah blah blah. Yadda yadda yadaaah tralala.

The first Frog Prince became so malabo after several years of their marriage. The drag queen got extremely pissed, so she sent Frog Prince into the desert. Few years later, drag queen met a manggagamot na knight with his not really shining armour. After a short moment of pakunwaring pakipot, they finally decided to get married. And now, they live happily ever after…

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Ang parteng “KNIGHT WITH HIS NOT REALLY SHINING ARMOUR” ay may karugtong. Scart tagged me three times and the one I’m going to comply next is a wonderful meme about “the better half”. Knight With His Not Really Shining Armour would be the title :). Abangan ang susunod na kabanata…

This tag ends here!

German And Holidays

Today is October 3 and it is a national holiday here in Germany. We (dahil german shepherd dog na rin ako) are celebrating “The Day of German Unity”. Anong ginagawa namin sa araw na ito? Wala! Pero malamang na ang mga high ranking officials at invited guests nila ay may party doon sa Berlin. Ang mga maliliit na tao na nakatulad ko o namin ay nasa bahay lang. Ay! Yong iba ay umaalis pala pero kami ay nandito lang sa bahay, nakapajama pa nga ako hanggang tanghali. Nakapajamang nakatunganga sa makulimlim na langit (at may hawak na isang tasang kape), nag-iisip ng wala. I was in the state of mental blankness ng bigla akong sinundot ni mister sabay sabing “magbihis ka na meme (tulog) queen, we go shopping”. Hah? Shopping where? Sarado lahat ngayon ah. Hubby: “But not in Netherland”. Oh yes, how can I forget that…malapit lang pala kami sa border. Then I said: “Oy magaling na lalaki, baka nakalimutan mo na ang naging experience natin last time as we went to the outlet store in Roermond. It took us three hours to drive there dahil halos lahat ng German ay naisipan ding pumunta doon.” Hubby: “Nah! Hindi siguro ganun katraffic papuntang Venlo.” Okay, Venlo is just 3 Kilometers away from our place so we took the risk. Haaay nakuuu, pa exit palang kami papuntang Autobahn nakita ko na ang haba ng pila ng mga sasakyan. Since nasa exit lane na kami, wala ng chance pang umikot…so ayon sige tuloy maneho.

Oh my holly goat! Nakaidlip nalang ako, nakanguya na ng tatlong chewing gum (napanis na kasi ang laway ko eh) hindi pa rin kami nangalahati sa tatlong kilometro. We left home around half past one and we arrived in Venlo at quarter to three. Naalala ko tuloy ang traffic sa Maynila na bumper to bumper, ganun din kanina sa Autobahn. Sa loob ng Mall kong wala lang kaming dalang shopping cart, siguro ang labas ay nguso to nguso dahil sa dami ng tao. Halo-halo pati ang amoy na hindi ko ma identify. It was not “Axe”, hindi rin “Charlie” at lalong hindi :devious “Jo Malone” (ngehehe, remember Malu Fermandez?). Majority ng mga shoppers ay german siyempre noh. Noon at ngayon ay walang pagbabago. Tuwing may darating na holiday, kahit isang araw lang yan…ang mga ito ay nag i-stockpiling. Para bang takot na maubusan at magutuman. Para bagang last chance na nilang mamili bago lulubog ang mundo. Basta’t yan ang impression ko sa kanila. Sa loob ng 24 years na pagtira ko dito ganun pa rin sila.

Napilitan lang kaming umalis dahil naubusan kami ng kape para sa coffee maker na ito. Bumili kami ng sako-sako na para sulit ang biyahe at saka mura lang kasi. Price comparison: one kilo Lavazza or Segafredo caffee, in Germany it cost 18.00 Euro, in Netherland we only pay half of the price. O di ba at cheaper sila? Pero sa susunod kong maubusan na naman kami ng kape (at nataon na holiday), mas pipiliin ko pang magsangag ng mais (pwede na kahit pang popcorn) at yon ang ilalaga ko kaysa makisunod doon sa crowd ng mga alimango.