Probably the Bossest Thing I’ve Ever Done

•March 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Tara recommended us going to Pagsanjan Falls.  What a brilliant idea!  It was so amazing.  We drove to Laguna (windy, bumpy roads–I can’t believe I didn’t ralph) and made our way to a trustworthy place to charter some boats.  This thing is a trip.  Gillian and I got in one canoe and Justin and Becky in another both with 2 boatmen.  We traveled upstream, up rapids, up rocks, up danger to the falls.  So amazing.  Our boatman pointed out a Kingfisher.  So cute.  Check out some pictures.  It was seriously one of the greatest things I have ever done and I want to do it again so bad!  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Gillian, Rensey, Fecky, Mr. Fecky.  Merry Christmas!

This is how they do it.  Paddle paddle then when there are rocks, they run on the rocks and push off.  It is so awesome!  They’re so nice and funny and skilled.  I want to be them kinda. 

Boatman!

50% of the Batangas Spice Girls.  Heh.

Are you seery-oous?

The photo doesn’t do it justice.  Then you can board that raft and they pull you back behind the falls.  Awesome.

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Elsa Claire

•March 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Hey, another big life event that I got to miss while in Manila was the birth of my niece.  It is ok, she lives in San Diego so rather than being 1500 miles away, I was closer to 8000 miles away. 

She’s super cute and I can’t wait to meet her.  Sophie will be such a good big sister!

Wait, So What Are You Doing There?

•March 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’m helping training people on stuff.  The company decided to open an office over here and hired a ton of people and they need to know how to do the job.  So, I wake up every morning, hop in a van at 5:30am, come to the office, and sit in a classroom with a bunch of noobs and help them learn stuff.  They’re so nice and funny and they sing and they’re eager to learn.  Here are some photos of the office and the class.

At the end of the day, van is back at 3pm, head back to our home sweet hotel to throw on my swim suit to soak up some afternoon sunshine.  Then maybe hit the gym.  Perhaps do some laundry.  GTL, baby.

Batangas

•March 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

On Saturday we jumped in the van to head to the Outrigger Resort in Batangas.   We kayaked, snorkeled, sang karaoke, and did a lot of relexing. 

Erik and me checking out the water.

Kayaking!

Nemo was out there.  And a big blue starfish.

Watching …

..this!

Resort at night.

Weekend, I Prefer the Weekend!

•February 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Another work week came to an end.  Fridays are pretty fun.  The class told us that they were going to eat, sleep, and drink…water for their weekend plans.  Oh, and someone had a date and was going to buy a new dress.  Oooooh!

For my plans, I was going to go meet Erik at the airport!  Becky offered to come with me which was a brilliant idea.  Getting into a cab in a strange foreign city without a cell phone could be dangerous!  It took forever to get a cab outside our hotel area.  Friday nights are busy here!  We managed to get to the airport and found our way down to the arrivals after a few security guards said no and pointed to where we should go.  After a tinge of panic started to set in, suddenly I saw Erik standing there!  Oh, phew.  Now when Becky’s husband comes, we’ll be old pros at this.  We hopped in another cab and made our way back to the Ascott.  Hooray.

Saturday.  Erik and I woke up and went to SM so I could show him mall protocol.  After that we went to the pool and had some brews.  Summer is starting here and it is really really hot.  And I am NOT complaining!

San Mig.  Ahhh.

I took Erik out for some Filippino cuisine for dinner.  Yum.

Sunday.  We met up with the group in the morning and hopped in the van.  Our first stop was Chinatown.  It was very different.  Lots of sights and smells that were new.  Next stop was Rizal Park and Intramuros.  So much history!  Last, we traveled to the MOA (the A stands for Asia this time) to see the Pyromusical.  SO amazing.  The UK show was my favorite.  I loved the songs and I saw some fireworks that I’ve never seen before. 

“Chinatown my Chinatown, where the lights are low.  Hearts that know no other land, drifting to and fro.”  That was in my head all morning.  How could it not be.

Lots of history with the purple firetrucks.  Goog the deets.

Rizal Park.  José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda is super duper interesting.  Look into it maybe.  And we went to Intramuros but I really didn’t take many pictures there because I’m lazy.

Philippine International Pyromusical.  So fun!  The UK presentation was top.  It was aces.  Brilliant.  Brill.  Glass of water for Mr. Grainger.  We saw the show from a restaurant balcony at the MOA overlooking Manila Bay.  So awesome.

Oh, looky.  Some dudes took our photo and it is now on the http://www.pyrophilippines.com/ website.  They totally superimposed those fireworks in.  I’m not going to lie.

Grandpa Bob

•February 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

My grandfather passed away this past Friday morning.  It makes me sad that I have to be here and can’t just teleport home to be with my family and attend the funeral.  He wasn’t alone and wasn’t in pain as he passed.

Grandpa Bob:

4th of July parade 2009:

I’m happy that my grandfather can be with my grandmother again.  He lived a very good life and was a very sweet man.  Check out these nice articles:

http://www.stpeterherald.com/news.php?viewStory=2485

http://mankatofreepress.com/local/x1765865091/Wettergren-was-St-Peter-through-and-through

One of my Thomson Reuters Eagan co-workers had some beautiful flowers delivered to my room yesterday.  So very thoughtful and kind.  Thank you, Karen!

A Touch of Home

•February 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I like it here…but I miss home and Erik and all the little things that I’m used to.

Thai tofu pizza.  I make this at home ALL the time…well, using chicken instead of tofu, but I tried it this way it boy was it good.  I bought some pre-made crust, plum sauce, monterrey jack cheese, a red bell pepper, tofu, peanut butter, soy sauce, green onions, carrots, and some Thai hot sauce since I can’t seem to find sambol anywhere.  And presto, I’ve got homemade dinner!  I’m getting really tired of eating out all the time.   I have a full kitchen, why not stock it and cook for my dang self? 

While enjoying the pizza and thinking of home, guess what song came on the music station?  Faithfully!  So precious.  Steve Perry is amazing. 

And most nights before bed time, I have a nice cup of Aveda tea.  I love it.  It also tastes like home.  Aw, that’s super nice.