Nostalgia (my 29th)

 

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I dunno if i have already shared this photo her in nostalgia.  But since it’s spring time in many parts of the world today I’d like to share this.  This is my favorite spring photo.  Taken in spring 2004 at the Chinese Botanical Garden in Shijiazhuang City.

I am glad i was taken a happy smile here but during this time I was sad because I was missing someone terribly.

Nostalgia (my 28th)

 

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This is Frank. He was one of my favorite one-on-one tutorial student in oral English. He is a manager of his own textile company which does business in Europe. He was introduced to me by his secretary, Mayra, who was one of my students in my adult class.

 

This is Myra.  She speaks English very well.  She just enrolled in my class so that she got the chance to interact with a foreigner in flesh.  =)

 

Frank’s Daughter

I think i named her Amy if not Sandra.  I already for got.

 

Anyway, we met twice a week.  We often have our meeting in big and nice restaurants.  We do free talk as our means of practicing their oral english then later, we order the food.  Aside from free food, They also pay me by the hour.

Nostalgia (my 27th)

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This is one of my “DURING SARS” photos.

I was in mainland China when SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) broke out there.  It was one of my unforgetables of that country particularly Shijiazhuang City.  We were out of work for 3 months.  Our employer , Paul, was so pathetic that he cut our contract 3 months before it was to expire and then he also did not pay us those months.  Good thing China food is very cheap we survived.  We continued staying in the apartment until the end of the contract because we won’t go back to our home country.  Liza (the cute girl in white beside me) and I agreed that we really won’t be going back to the Philippines for two reasons:

1.  We don’t have enough money saved that will support us if we have to reapply from the home country.

2.  We don’t like the thought of being quarantined in Manila.  Though we were not sick but am sure we will be quarantined because we would be flying in from Beijing or HK.

3.  We were positive we could find work in other schools of which our employer did not ever imagined that we could do it.

4.  SARS is not a reason for us to be sent back to the home country because we were not sick (though we had cough those times but no fever) and there was no circular that foreigners must leave the country.

Well then, Liza and I did not leave and just as we were allowed to go out, we went to the PSB or Police Security Bureau (an office that will issue a residence visa/working visa/ and or business visa and in just a few days, I had a call that a school would like to hire me.  Of course I was accepted.

I gained weight so much during the SARS   period because no work but we eat 3 times a day and if possibly we were not allowed to go out.  But you can see locals doing daily exercise morning and evening.  The only little game i do those times was badminton. :D

This photo was taken on a Saturday.  We were going on to the park on the height of spring time.   We decided to spend the Sabbath at the park.  The flowers were just so beautiful.  A neighbor, Cindy and her son went with us.  In this photo, there were 4 of us teachers, all Filipino and the others were our students.  They were the brave ones who visit us daily as they are bored in their homes too.  2 months were declared NO CLASS.  Good thing these guys were not sick of anything so they were welcome at our apartment anytime.

Nostalgia (my 26th)

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Jeorgene and Me on my 24th birthday

One of the photos of my 24th birthday. This was taken in July 24, 1996. Me and my ex-bf. Good guy and i know he loves me so much because he really took effort in trying to make this birthday memorable for me. This birthday became extra special because of his effort – when we were already separated. I guess people do realized how much they value a person when he or she is already gone. hehehehe

Anyway, this birthday was celebrated with one of our buddy friends, Bebbot & Ampoy. This was a double celebration – my birthday and ther wedding anniversary.

Bebbot and Ampee so sweet!

They should be! I was so civil towards JM that day. I was so overwhelmed of his effort. Maybe if we did not broke up, i will never experience this sweet birthday treat from him.

My 24th birthday was very memorable. I spent the weekend in Cebu at my relative’s place and my boyfriend (Ulee) celebrated the whole day Saturday with us. Sunday early morning, he sent me off to the bus station for my 8 hrs trip back to Bacolod City. I was carrying a big teddy as a gift from him. When i arrived in Bacolod City, this was the surprise for me. A Birthday celebration with my barkadas.

As am making this post, am wondering what if we can move back the time…i wonder if i would dwell there or i’d love my time now.

FAST FORWARD…2011

Me – with two kids. Married turned single. single parent.

Jeorgene – 4 kids. Married to a nurse

Bebbot & Ampee – separated. Divorced.  They have 2 kids. Ampee in Oman. Bebbot just in Bacolod. (oh i miss her)

Ulee – in Canada. Married. with 1 kid.

Nostalgia (my 25th)

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GRADUATION DAY!

My College graduation day was the last day of October 1994. I tried to look my best that day and this is just my best. I did not buy any new dress because it won’t still be appreciated because we will be wearing a toga.

Closing exercises begins Friday evening for the Consecration evening then the Baccalaureate Saturday morning and followed by Tribute to Parents Saturday afternoon. Graduates and parents and friends witness this special program of ours. The big day then is SUNDAY.

The photo above is a remembrance of “i already look my best” shot.” After this shot, i took my toga and went to the Alumni Church.

I have a separate album for my College graduation but i can only share a few here. I took a photo (macro settings) of my photos so please the picture is not really at its best.

Here are some more photos:

Me with Ma’am Melgar.  My ever kind shorthand teacher.
She is our shorthand teacher from basics to intermediate.

That is her grand daughter with her, Lorena.

With some business office ladies.

On my left is Melody Jumantoc and Ate Indai Caballero
They are my inspiration these times as my bf and I broke up during my last semester in College
On my right is Arlene Toledanes.  We have same names.
We worked together in the DSF office (me for my work education grade and hers as an SA)

With Vanni (Giovanni)

Thinking back, we were close during my last semester because we were classmates in one of the Bible or Health subjects.  He and Dexter Nermal were my buddies.  One thing i can remember about this time, i don’t eat so much because i was heartbroken so, Vanni used to borrow my meal ticket.  I really did not mind.

All the above photos were taken before the program started and after the program started.  I have many photos that day.  I was officially single but i thought that my heart still belongs to someone.  Feeling high though in spite we were not on because we have talked Thursday night before my parent’s arrival.

I have photos taken with my roommates, with my teachers, with my first love (he was there as his brother also graduated), the above guy, my buddy that time but turned out the father of my first child and also JM – the guy whom i thought my heart still belongs too.  Taking photo with JM was so funny.

Graduation memories — all nice except one.

Nostalgia (my 24th)

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That’s me under the oldest stone arch bridge in the world – The Zhaozhou Bridge. I thought my boss was joking when she told me that we are off to a place that holds a world title. THE OLDEST IN THE WORLD. And i remember that long time ago, i searched for more info of the bridge and indeed this bridge is really ancient.

My boss, Alison planned this trip for me. She did not plan a big trip for me after my yearlong contract because i decided to go home for a short break. She shouldered my fair back and forth. That’s the nice thing about working there and finishing a contact. I was not her only foreign teacher that time but when i contacted my companions they declined as we left for Zhaozhou county on a Sunday morning and my companions thing it is still a holy hour (sleeping time).

It was just me and Alison and her little son. I enjoyed the trip. I felt so lucky working and staying in Shijiazhuang City because it gave me the chance to see this bridge.

More about Zhaojou Bridge, check out Wiki.

Nostalgia (my 23rd)

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With the upcoming Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), there is that feeling deep inside me makes me feel I am missing China so much. I miss the food, the places to see, and of top most, my friends.

So i hope that this month i can religiously post for nostalgia and I am gonna share with you some random photos i had while working there.

Today let me share a couple or some photos I had during my first visit to the great wall. The school that hired us treated us for a trip to Beijing after the very busy summer work. We travelled late at night and went straight to The Great Wall which is located in Badaling northeast direction from Beijing.

Here’s me and Liza taking a pause for a photo. Our destination is still way way up beyond that wall seen behind us.

The 3 of us relaxing at the museum lounge after the hike in The Great Wall. Napoleon (that only guy) is holding our Great Wall Certificate – certifying that we have conquered the Wall. Not the whole length but at least we have walked more than a kilometer up to reach the nearest highest point and we have to buy this certificate. I forgot how much was it but each of us bought one.

The trip was not only to the Great Wall but after the great wall they brought us to The Summer Palace. And the next day at Tiannamen Square and then the Forbidden City. I had lots of photos. I think I used up half a dozen roll of films. Sadly i lost more than a hundred in the mail as a friend mailed it from Lanzhou where he is teaching. Mailing with with non-chinese characters address, it is not a 100% guarantee that the mail reaches you especially when it is mailed just within the country.

Anyway, i still hope i can visit The Wall again.

NosTalgia (my 22nd)

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I saw these couple birds at the Paradise Island Resort in Davao City. Me and my bff stayed overnight in that wonderful place. We were walking towards our cottage and these two were so busy flirting with each other that they did not realized that we were around. They did not flew far away when we got near there.

Taken August 2006
Paradise Island
Davao City