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By: Linnor Marie

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Thursday, 27-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Morning with Jake

After my grueling task of poring over the contents of the antique chest yesterday, itâ??s now time to take a breather by doing an easier task, that of snapping another subject â?? Jake. Allow me to let you in on how his morning today went.

As most toddlers tend to do, Jake, at 10.5 months old, spends most of the day alternately sleeping, eating, watching Sesame Street or playing.

When he watches Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Ernie and Bert and the rest of the gang of Sesame Street, itâ??s like he is being transported to a different world. His attention, thankfully, is one that shows genuine interest to the caper of the showâ??s characters. I hope heâ??s learning from it though.

When he is all engrossed watching, he looks like thisâ?¦

I also mentioned about him spending his time playing. By playing, I mean doing other activities apart from enjoying his toys. Today, I was lucky to snap a picture of him looking at a grasshopperâ?¦

And just before lunch, Jerry chanced upon an empty crate with lid and decided to put Jake inside, together with his stuffed frog and turtle. Aw, he seems to enjoy being there, lookâ?¦

JAKE IN THE BOX! Hahahaâ?¦

Wednesday, 26-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The Antique Chest

Itâ??s been around for the longest time. It probably existed long before my parents were even born. It has stood the test of time judging from the beaten look on its surface. I couldnâ??t help but wonder where it came from, where it has been, who previously owned it or what it was used forâ?¦ what it used to contain. I could only imagine old linens, personal journals, or small treasures, perhaps?

Five years ago, I bought this antique baul (chest) at a flea market and it now sits in my living room. Occasionally, it gets pushed out of the way when the helper is dusting or when Jake needs more space for using his walker. But most of the time, it just sits on its spot, silently stares me in the face when I am watching my favorite shows on cable or when Iâ??m in front of the computer. Even if I do other things, it sits there seemingly begging me to at least touch it. And what do I do? I abuse it by using it as a foot rest or as a catch-all of things that could have been put somewhere else.

Yesterday Iâ??ve gotten the drive to continue with my de-cluttering. I took a good look at my antique baul and then took a deep breath. Iâ??m finally doing this, I kept telling myself so as not to lose interest. Then I emptied it.

I sorted its contents - design books, travel albums, travel books, scrap books of the kidsâ?? school certificates and report cards, and magazines. Oh yes, there were lots of magazines â?? parenting, home, gadget reviews, food, fashion, health and even gossip magazines all dating from as far back as year 2000 to 2003. These were finally relegated to the trash bins. Yey! I chose to keep the good ones though not for future reading but as a source of pictures to be cut-out for school projects. Itâ??s probably the first time Iâ??ve looked into its contents that I wasnâ??t surprised to see lizard eggs. Ugh! Anyway, the travel albums, scrap books and all the rest, were put back in the chest, neatly piled in two rows.

It took me the whole morning to get done. I was pretty amused poring over old articles and features. One was about the latest cellphone for 2002, the bulky monochromatic Nokia 5510. I think they donâ??t even make that model anymore. Funny, the camphone was then unheard of. What a piece of history. Then thereâ??s the fashion trend from years back saying that the in thing to wear was peasant or baby-doll blouses. Ew? Then I read about the love story of Rico & Claudine. Really tacky but it was all over the spread I couldnâ??t help noticing. Heheâ?¦ Well, we know now who died and how it all ended, donâ??t we? Haayâ?¦

Sorting the baul was akin to the mind remembering the past. We choose to keep the good and the ones that matter. After the major cleanup, the antique chest probably looks the same on the outside with its distressed and beaten surface, but I feel good now that itâ??s empty of all the obsolete crap. It was actually therapeutic, not to mention amusing. So I guess Iâ??m doing this regularly from now onâ?¦

â?¦every five years, that is.

Monday, 24-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A Good Day

Last Saturday, Jerry flew to Manila to attend the Gulf Distributorsâ?? Meeting at the Holiday Inn Clark, Pampanga. While he wowed his counterparts from all over with his no-nonsense presentation (aw, he didnâ??t have to but he thanked me for teaching him a few tricks on powerpoint), I was back home enjoying my time with the kids. Thankfully, Matt and Kyle have recovered from last Fridayâ??s bout with vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and mild fever. I felt it was okay for us sans Jerry to join my in-laws for my sis-in-lawâ??s birthday dinner at Mayi (City Sports Club).

Since we were informed in advance of the formal restoâ??s dress code, we were all decent in polo shirts, long pants and shoes. Even young Jake conformedâ?¦

Matt & Kyle looked good while Jake looked, er, funny...

Earlier today, after bringing the kids to school, attending the 7am mass and saying my rosary and novena, I drove to the airport for Jerryâ??s arrival. Since the last time I went, there were already a few changes to the airport premises particularly the arrival area. Enough reason for me to miss the new entry point, to overshoot and to drive for a few hundred meters more.

On my way back, I saw from my side mirror a familiar blue Altis speeding behind and towards my rear. My suspicion was correct. It turned out to be Edâ??s (pls refer to Oct 21 entry in the archives) and he was like a mad driver trying to overtake me from the right lane. Heck, no wonder he gets into car mishaps every few weeksâ?¦ Crazyâ?¦

Let me not deviate and go back to the changes in the airport. I was pleasantly surprised that they now allow waiting cars to park inside the arrival area - a very good improvement indeed. Well, there goes the revenue of pay parking areas (in the airport's periphery) that charge exorbitant fees for 10-15 minutes of parking time.

So there I was enjoying the free parking as I waited for Jerry to come out. I stayed inside the car, opened my door, looked up to the clear blue sky and turned up the summer (reggae) music I was listening toâ?¦ Ah forget about that crazy driver earlier, Jerry's back and I just knew it was going to be another good day.

looking up from my free parking space...

Saturday, 22-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Got the Cards!

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General averages for the 3rd grading period
Matt (Grade 5) = 95
Kyle (Grade 2) = 97

Got the kids' report cards from school today and we're all happy at the results! Weee!

Wednesday, 19-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Good Mood Food

When Jerry is out to attend a special function, I don't wait up for him to arrive. On these occasions, he usually comes home a little past midnight. Thatâ??s quite reasonable. However, a few days ago, he went over the edge by coming home really late. I was beside myself the whole morning and thought that somebody seriously needed a scolding. Hmp!

Part of me wanted to blow the situation up by relenting to my bratty tantrums and a good part of me wanted to just make him accede to my special wishes for the day. Thankfully, the latter prevailed. One of these â??demandsâ?? was a good lunch in a restaurant of my choice. It didnâ??t take me long to arrive at a decision. Shortly, we were off to La Gondola at the Waterfront Hotel for my favorite salmon and scallop with risotto. The perfect ambiance, impeccable service and heavenly food distracted me in a positive way.

Yeah, I am very easy to appease.

now you see it, now you don't...


a mural of Venice with the Rialto bridge makes for a good copy of eating al fresco in Venice

As an aside, I would choose La Gondola of Waterfront at all times if Iâ??m craving for some authentic and reasonably priced Italian or fusion food. La Buona, La Tegola, Roma Mia, and other Italian resto wannabe donâ??t even come close. Not even Tinderbox, which the A diners frequent, is comparable. They are either more expensive or they lack the ambiance or service my favorite resto indulges me.

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