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 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 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

Nostalgia (my 21st)

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STAMPS GALORE

Last year i received two packets of used stamps. One was from the USA (by Mommy Ebie) and the one I am sharing here is from Canada (Emarene).  Mommy sent by mail and Em sent it through the package she sent home I so love my friends who shared me their stamps to make my collection merrier.

I think i need a budget of P20,000.00 for stamp albums to contain all my collection.  I haven’t placed them in an album yet though they are already sorted into themes like (flowers, planes, animals, cars of which i wonder if auto insurance companies have insured them before they became a stamp model) but i also thought I would sort it by country.   I am not yet sure as of now.  I also plan before to make an improvised stamp album but i haven’t done it.  I need time.  My colleague’s collection is so nice.  Some were already in the album and some where still stack away in envelopes.

For now, my collection is stacked away in an envelope and placed in a box.  The packet from Canada was not yet sorted by themes because all of them are just from one country.

If you read this post and you love to share with me a duplicate of your stamp collection, please don’t hesitate to ask me my postal address.  I’d be very happy to give you. 🙂

Happy mid-week everyone!

Nostalgia (My 18th)

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I got this Christmas decor from a friend who went to England to study. When he came home to visit in 2004, he came to visit me in my apartment and gave me this. So cute and I still have it until now. What i find funny was that thing got a stamped with a sticker that says: Made in China. He bought it in England and brought it home to China to give it to me. 🙂

I find made in china exported stuff more durable than their products for local use.

Nostalgia (my 17th)

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DIMPLE’s Experience with Chicken Pox

She had it when she was in the 5th grade.  Good thing her fever was not worse and still can eat.  All she did was eat and rest and days later when pox turned black, she started playing with your cat.  🙂

She does not want me to take her picture, but i was able to take a photo of the biggest pox.

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The biggest on her her right side shoulder.

I kept coaxing her to pose for me.  She did finally when she has no more fever and few days before she went back to school —

and she did finally! But, look! can you see her?

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