My European tour Pt. 27 Louvre Museum, Paris France

Hello, comusta, Renxkyoko Iglesias musing  !

There are tons of current issues I’d like  to write about, but I promised  I would  wind down my European travelogue, so here it is, as promised.

My lovely, regular readers know my family is  building a vacation house at Boracay island in the Philippines. We thought construction would be finished in March  but  a super storm happened, unfortunately . It is a 3 level house with 7 bedrooms, and yes, we do plan to rent out the whole house or individual rooms to tourists.  Although it’s now  almost 99% finished, we still need to furnish it, and you know, we have no investors, everything is out of pocket,  our pockets,  and I guess, we are already at our limit, as far as finances go.

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That’s how it looked  in November.  ( That’s my dad in yellow shirt )  I wish I could show here some recent photos , but our aunt is so computer -challenged she doesn’t even know how to email  pictures. * shakes head *

We’ve already sent  5 boxes of stuff to the Philippines, via Door to Door delivery. (  dozens of towels, Ikea curtains, chafing dishes, etc. … omg, bottles of wine ! !  )

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We originally planned to go to Japan and some Southeast Asian countries , but I guess that ‘s cancelled  now.  I’m very disappointed.  Oh, well.  It’s okay….. I don’t  think a one-month   Philippine vacation is enough, anyways….. there are so much to do there and so much to see, and I’ll   take tons of pictures.  Oh,  by the way, my brother and his girlfriend are coming too, but they are going to France first, and from there,  fly to the Philippines.  We don’t know  if we’ll get to meet up with them, though.  We hope not. My mother said it would be troublesome to take care of 2 more people. Ha ha .

Speaking of France……Paris  is the last leg of our European tour.  We’ve been to Nice, Carcassone, Poitiers, Bordeaux, Amboise, Avignon, ( all in France) and I’ve already  posted some pictures of Paris.. and the photo below of the Eiffel Tower.  I’m posting it again because I look very happy  in it.

So without further ado….

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The following photos are those of The Louvre Museum’s .

Below is the back entrance. The size of European cars fascinates me because my eyes are used to big, American cars.  Guess what,  Mini cars are already being advertised on TV here in the US. I just watched  a commercial  for a Mini a while ago,  a cute yellow one.

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Below is the entrance to the Museum.

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That triangle structure looks kind  of  out of place in front of the imposing  palace.

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Now for the awesome art objects inside Louvre.

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* stares*    I’m wondering about the pose.    Or maybe not.  Maybe that was just the way they posed.  Cool.

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There’s a lot of movement in these later Roman statues. Gorgeous.

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You can feel the movement of those muscles.

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* stares *          Oh. my. word.     He’s beautiful ! ! !

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Alright, enough of the nekkid male statues.  Below is Venus de Milo, goddess of beauty.

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I bet you haven’t seen Venus’ behind.

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Photo below is Athena ( not sure )

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This is all for now, folks.  Next post is still Louvre Museum. The place has thousands of art objects !  Stand by for the Mona Lisa !

Oh, yeah, Manny Pacquiao , a champion Philippine boxer just won over Bradly.  We watched it a few hours ago on paid HBO special.  Okay, I didn’t watch it.  I don’t like boxing.

So, bye for now. Good day and PEACE.

Malaysian Airlines 370

Renxkyoko Iglesias here, hello !

Oh, my gosh ! One post in March ! I need to get this done today, March 31 .  Last week was  Spring  break, no school for one week…. ( and no school today, Monday, either. It’s Cesar Chavez day, here in California ). I could have posted at least one more or two, but work  got in the way.  I have 2 jobs, you know.  I barely worked since the start of  semester,  and I’m grateful my bosses have not let go of me, yet.   When I told my supervisor about my one month vacation in the Philippines  this coming June, she gasped and said Nooooo !  She thought I was resigning.  Well it was nice to see that reaction.  I am their best stylist and sales clerk , after all. ( pardon me bragging….I have my sales stats as proof ) As for the other job at Baskin and Robbins…. I’m the manager, too, and yep, I  do the schedules of  my co-workers, go to the bank to deposit the  sales money, and scoop ice cream.  I can go on vacation whenever I like.

So, has anyone of you still following up this Malaysian Airlines tragedy ? I still do… almost obsessing  on it, actually , so much so that I’ve become quite familiar with aviation lingo. Thanks, CNN.   To date, the Malaysian officials had changed the last words of the co-pilot, from Alright, goodnight to Goodnight, Malaysian 370.  What the heck ! Couldn’t they even get  that right ?  My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the passengers,  but it doesn’t mean I have no empathy for Malaysia and Malaysian Airlines. Who wants that to happen ? After all,  my  father worked with Philippine Airlines for 20 years.  Dad’s first cousins ( a couple with 3 small children )  died in a plane crash.  And I heard  my brother’s girlfriend  is emotionally affected by this plane tragedy.  Her own mother died in a plane crash here in the US, leaving behind 2 small kids,  and a husband ( her dad ) who was not able to get over her death, and died a broken man. ( a Harvard Law graduate, still very young, and could have remarried and have had a successful , productive law practice… but none of that happened. )He  left Boston to live in San Francisco, with  his daughter ( lived in his daughter’s apartment for a while, together with my brother , but passed  away 2 years ago. )  That’s eternal  love, I guess. ……. ponders ………  My brother’s GF looks exactly like Charlize Theron, like an identical twin, I swear. In fact, she was a former model ( with Ford modelling agency ) and was a magazine’s cover girl once.  My bro was transferred to LA last year, and we thought, oh, oh, long distance…….. but lo and behold, GF  went with my brother to live in LA.  Her apartment is now for rent, at $ 4,500 a month, lol.  I mean, she owns it. Their landlady in LA thought she was Charlize Theron, and found out she wasn’t when she saw her signature on the rental contract.

As usual, I’m digressing again.

Where was I ? Oh, yes, Malaysian Airlines 370.  I cannot imagine what the families are feeling now.  Losing an only child ( China has One-Child policy ), a parent, a spouse….  ”  My son…. my only son, where is my son?”  , cries a motherThe husband of the flight attendant says he hasn’t told his 2 kids…. a young couple are gone too, leaving behind  their 2 very young children in Beijing. They’re not coming home.

This is so gut – wrenching.  However, I hope the grieving families stop saying  the Malaysian authorities are murderers.

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You know, I don’t know if I can  write about this… maybe it’s too private…… CNN just featured a documentary  on survivors of plane crashes and emergency landings that caused fatalities.  A close relative  was a survivor when the cargo plane he was on  crashed in the sea…..* think Tom Hanks and the cargo plane of FedEx *  ( good thing it was near  the  shore ) and  our relative  managed to swim to the  shore. But he’s not the survivor that I want to write about here.  She was a young girl , about 5 years old when it happened.  It was an emergency landing on the runway. Her mother died.  The young girl survived,  with a scar in her hip to remind her of  that tragedy. I guess that’s a hint .

This is it for now.  My next post will be the last  on my Euro tour.  France.  I know….

Good day, and PEACE.

 

 

I Guess I’m Left of Center ?

Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

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What is the last thing you do when you post here……. that is, before you click  Publish ?  Do you already have something on your mind?   Do you have a title and topic ready, and you go from there, and stick with it?

The last thing I do before I click Publish is to write  the title of  my post. …. which is troublesome because I come here with no specific topic  in mind.  I write down whatever is  on my mind at the moment, and just hope I can manage to tie this hodgepodge  together into one coherent  thought….. and I fail.  I guess that is the way I am, and I accept it already.  I figure my long time readers have accepted it as well.  * looks at Ate San and  Andy *

Oh, in fact, I don’t even know who I am and what I really stand for.  Like, sure, I am a card – bearing  Democrat. The question is, what kind of a Democrat   am I ? Am I a  liberal or a centrist Dem ?  Some “tests” that I had taken, one of which was the Pew Research Centre’s , had  categorized me as a  Solid Liberal . In fact, I’m on the Far Left.

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I’m between VERY LIBERAL and LIBERAL DEMOCRAT, according to Pew.

Another poll , though, has given me a score of 5.2 /10 Liberal on social issues, and just 3.8/10 Liberal  on foreign policy, and a mere 2.8 on cultural issues.  Overall  category= a  LEFT SOCIAL MODERATE,  and a  Moderate  Pacifist  vs. Anti-war activist.

There  was  another poll given by Time Magazine that  made me LOL.  It was based on the person’s personality,  and likes and dislikes.  According to the  Time’s poll, I’m 66 % CONSERVATIVE  because………

1. I like dogs more than cats.  Dogs , they say, symbolize obedience and loyalty.  Well, I like dogs because  a) they are loyal  b)  give us unconditional love  c ) their poop doesn’t smell as much as a cat’s

2.  I like a neat and organized desk.  LOL   This is a joke, right ?  Do an absent minded professor, a nerdling,  academic intellectuals , a  scruffy scientist , a disheveled  tree hugger and a hippie  with dirty and unorganized desks scream liberal ?

3. I am an Internet Explorer user.   lol   I’d like to add that my homepage is still AOL. ( America On Line , ha ha )  I wonder, what browser do liberals use ?

4. I don’t think  my * future * husband or BF should be looking at pornography.  Huh ?  That makes me Conservative ? Does it mean, liberal women allow their partners to look at porn ?  I don’t think so.  I think liberal women would be the last ones to tolerate this.  Libs are not Stepford Wives  who will just go  in one corner and cry to preserve their ” family”..  These porn lovers’ faces would meet these women libs’ fists in no time. I know my fist would.  I know karate…… I’m kidding , of course. I won’t resort to violence.  There is a reason why Democrats are also called  :” bleeding heart liberals.” Too soft, they say.
On the other hand, Time also says I’m 34 % Liberal.   According to Time poll,  I’m a  bit Liberal because ………

1.  I prefer to watch documentaries over action/ sitcoms TV shows.   That’s true ! ! !  But, is that a liberal thing ?

If I want action, I watch the Military Channel. I think I’m already an expert on WW2 history.  And , oh, what a treat……. There’s COSMOS on National Geographic Channel. It’s a remake of Carl Sagan’s 1980  Cosmos series. And you can believe this or not, but I haven’t watched any TV sitcoms for years ! Not. a. single. one. Do you believe me ?  Well, I just bought the 3rd season dvd of Walking Dead.  I don’t even know on what channel  it’s showing and at what time.  I’m trying to catch up. I really am.

* ponders*

I did manage to watch The Oscars, from beginning to end.  Sorry, my mind is  starting to wander  again……..

Back to topic……

2. I’d rather go to New York’s Metropolitan Art Museum than to Times Square. And  I’d rather go to archaelogical diggings than go partying.

* shakes head *

I need to publish this now  before I get depressed . I mean, I would rather go to archaelogical diggings  than party ? What’s up with that ?

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Tomorrow, I’m going to resign  from my school clubs….. Go Home Club and Knitting/Embroidery Club.

How the heck did this post end up like this ? Well, it’s 3 AM . G’night.

*clicks Publish *

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THE GEEKY ME

Hello ………Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

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It’s been awhile, huh.

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I feel so bad for not posting  (  45 days AWOL ) that I’m almost embarassed to show my face on WordPress .

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Well, I’d  been busy. I worked full time all thru the holiday and semestral vacation.  However, I spent my free time playing video games and reading mangas. There are over 10,000 mangas to read online, and I read them alphabetically. I’m now on letter K.  And my frantic reading does not even include this ( photo below ) …. hundreds of volumes we own that I haven’t even read yet.DSCN2275

I also bought 3 video games.  God of War Ascension ( the prequel to the GOW trilogy ), Skyrim, and The Walking Dead.  I had already played GOW trilogy , on HARD MODE.  But , oh, gosh, GOW Ascension was insanely difficult. It took me weeks to finish this game, no kidding.  At first , I played it on Hard Mode. I was already halfway through when I gave up and switched to Normal, and started a new game . It didn’t help that the game had a glitch.

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So, anyway, my brother came home from LA  one weekend, and watched me play the Final Boss battle.  “ So, Ren, how many hours have you been playing that part ? ” [.........]  ” Uhm, since Thursday? ”  O_O?       Okay,  I let him play, and , it took him just 10 minutes to win the battle. WTF !

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Ha !  That was my game, and I wasn’t going to give up  and disappoint Kratos ! Kratos, fight-o ! !

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So, I replayed the Final Battle  , and , at last, I did it ! ! I won ! !

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For every battle won, the player is given  a trophy.  I did receive one for this final battle …….  A trophy  for having my ass kicked a hundred  times. How rude.

Anyway, if you want to see where I had my  butt handed to me over and over, click this.

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If you clicked it and watched, you’d think it was freakin’ easy.  But as I said, the game had a glitch. In a battle, I couldn’t get out of situations, like getting strangled  or turned into stone, and I couldn’t use my other “powers” fast enough.  I was like, ” get out, get out ! Oh, shoot ! Why isn’t this workingggggg ! ! ! ” I  went to the GOW forum to see if other players had the same problem. Sure enough, they had. Some were able to return the game at Best Buy ( they know about the glitches), but I bought mine at WalMart. lol.  And the posters over at the forum were sarcastic.. Questions like  “what should I do ” got a response of ” Spit in your hand and  lick it.”  Freakin’ rude. It wasn’t as if I was a lame player. I did play the other GOW games on Hard Mode, and this one wasn’t even the hardest. ( so they say… GOW 2 was )

So, I’m a geek.  But, don’t look down on me. Geeks are chic, too. We rock !

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.* turns off Geek button *

I’m at school now. I’m taking  Physical Chem., BioChem., Reproductive Biology, Cancer Biology, and Forensics Biology. Forensics Biology is sooo interesting. I don’t know if I heard it right, but our professor told us we were lucky to study this course this semester. This is offered only to students taking masters degree in Criminal Justice. And guess what, there are only 8 students, all Microbiology majors, like me. Do yuo know that the head of CSI ( original ) TV show is supposed  to be a Microbiologist ? I took Criminal Justice last year. The two courses tie up very well.  I wish I could have Forensics as my Minor…  My Minor is automatically Chemistry.  Not bad, but Forensics is more interesting, don’t you think so? Reproductive Biology is interesting, too. I don’t know if you’ve heard of “The Death of the Frenchman ?”  It’s interesting to see that my male classmates are the ones either looking down or blushing.  C’mon, guys. He he he.  As if.  I guess they’re not used to hear something so  straightforward about their stuff from a woman.

Hey, I already have this stuck in my car. Is it too early? That’s a $ 25 sticker. lol.

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This is all for now. Oh, wait, this is the LOVE Month !

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Good day to all . PEACE ! !

Just thought I’d re-blog this, lol ! !

Hey, hey, hey ! I’ve got new pics to share !
First off……. my 15 minutes of fame, so to speak…… here they are…… oh, these pics were taken uring Jason derulo’s concert. I was picked from the audience, and went on stage and he sang to me ! Woot ! I was tickled pink ! I have the video of it, but it looks like it cannot be shown here. Well, I don’t know how.
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This is an old post. I was surprised  jmount found this today and commented… the one and only comment. lol  So, I thought, hey, why not…. REBLOG ! !
MERRY CHRISTMAS ! HAPPY HOLIDAYS ! !

Holiday Musings, 2013

Hi  ! ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here again ! ! !

I’ve been busy  ( as usual ). Next week is exam week, my finals, and also the last week of  my school semester.

So, okay, I know I’m late for the party, Thanksgiving party, that’s what, but I ‘ve had this post written just after Thanksgiving, and kept on my folder, and I know it’s now stale and lame,  but  I’m  posting it, just the same.  Well,  mainly  pictures, anyway,  so  I hope you don’t get too bored.

To start off…….  look closely at the pic below. There’s a baby turkey  up there . It was taken about 3 months ago at our frontyard. Can you see it? It’s a little above center.

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Well, here they are again, just a few days before Thanksgiving Day.  My, how they’ve grown.

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On Thanksgiving day…… RIP Turkey

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We didn’t have guests on Thanksgiving Day. Just family, all  6 of us,  so we didn’t cook much. In fact, the roast turkey pic was last year’s. We had decided not to have turkey this year. We had ham , though. I cooked my specialty, Paella, pic below.

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I also cooked  vegetable wrapped in eggroll wrapper, with brown sauce.   Sooo delicious.

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Shown below is Kare-kare,  baby back ribs , stewed in peanut sauce. Peanut sauce ?  It’s actually very delicious.   Well, I guess it’s an acquired taste.  But, believe me, it’s good.

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Below  is cassava cake.

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There’s also turrones  ( banana wrapped in lumpia wrapper )  The banana  Filipinos use is not the common banana, nor plantain. We use  Saba.  Below is a pic of saba.

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.Chicken macaroni salad and fruit salad.

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.Above is almond jelly and lychees.

That’s it. Our Thanksgiving spread. Oh, there’s pumpkin pie too.  Our dishes were purely Philippine, though.  No turkey, no mashed potato, no green bean casserole.

After dinner, I went to work for this  Black Friday madness.. 10 PM  on Thanksgiving Day up to 7 AM Friday.  There was already a long line of shoppers  at the store when I arrived.   Crazy. I guess I was just as crazy. I shopped  after work. I  had been  eyeing a few items at our store but couldn’t buy them. There were only 6 of each item so  I was happy there was one left for me.  It’s a $400 coat  but because employees get 75 % discount….. *wink *

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.Then I went to the next door store to purchase this nice Bebe sweater, then off  I went to Nine West to buy this pair of leather boots.’

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.I also bought  a few toastie scarves. I came home  exhausted, sleepy, but  a  happy , contented cow.

Then, on Dec. 6, my parents and I went to see  the Fab Four concert.  This  is a Beatles look-alike, sound -alike band.   Oh. my. gosh,  they do look and sound like the Beatles.  My Mom sparkled !  And sang. And clapped  * Hold me, clap, clap, love me, clap, clap…. lol * and swayed . Mom?  . LOL !

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.I wonder, how and where did  they find a guy who looks and sounds exactly like Paul McCartney ( or John Lennon), plays the piano, harmonica, drums, bass guitar, and LEFT HANDED, to boot. ! ! !

My Mom did  watch a real Beatles concert when she was in  Grade 6. She also knows and can sing all the Beatles songs ( we have an Anthology,  a complete collection of Beatles songs), and in high school , was  obssesed with Paul McCartney. She had a shrine of Paul McCartney in her room.   Maybe  with candles, too ? Now , that’s creepy.

Three  years ago, I watched an Eric Clapton concert with my parents.  Great guitar playing ! !  I love classic rock !

This is all for now.  Happy Holidays, folks ! Be good, be nice, and Peace to all !

Boracay Island, Philippines & other stuff

Hi, there ! Renxkyoko Iglesias here !

My father arrived from Manila , Philippines , Friday evening . He has tons of stories to tell because he was right there in the Visayas islands in the Philippines  when the super storm happened.  Fortunately, Boracay Island wasn;t  hit hard. For a few hours though , it felt like the end of the world , Dad said.

My regular readers know we are building a vacation house in Boracay. A fellow blogger friend, Dead AnarchistPhil  had asked about the house… was it damaged or not?  Luckily, no. And here are some pics of the house, nothing much as you can see.

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.It looks like a building but when it’s done, there’s going to be a nice roof, French windows and doors, verandas, etc.  It’s  3 floors with a roof garden, 7 bedrooms,  4 t/b.  It ‘s gonna look like a house, not a building.LOL ( We were disappointed too when we saw the pictures. )

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Heh , There’s dad in yellow striped shirt.

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That’s the back of the house… Dad going up the hill. Landscaping is part of the contract , so , I guess  they’ll make the backyard nice too. It does look like a jungle.

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.A relative’s restaurant, beachfront.  The whole place was blown away by the storm, except the flooring.  Our  cousin managed to take out all the  restaurant stuff before the storm… to be honest, I hope he left those pink heart thingies hanging from the ceiling. Ugh.  The place needed a serious make-over, anyway. Just kidding !!!   I love the open space, bamboo materials, and thatched roof !

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Dad at the beach., 2 days before the super storm.

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.Tourists unaware a super storm was coming.

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.Those structures were blown away, too, Dad said.

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.Such blue sky ! Who would have thought…….

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/Nightlife at the beach.  This is the ” busy ” part of the island. Ours is very quite and private, which I think is nicer, imo.  Tourists can go to that place at night  if they want fun.

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Dad safe at our house in Manila, the capital city, far from the storm devastation.

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You can see the French door on the left. We’re going to install exactly the same thing at Boracay, but the squares will be made of  steel, not wood.  Oh, do you notice the unusual shape of the window ? It’s a quarter moon, and it’s repeated outside , at the main entrance. Neighbors say it reminds them of The House at Elm Street. he he he

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There you go… the other window.  Outside.  And that’s my aunt…. and what the heck , why is there a mirror outside?

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.Okay, this is the French door I’m talking about. It’s on the second floor, and that’s the veranda. The house at Boracay will have verandas all over. Oooh, that’s my bedroom door.

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.I’m showing you the water tank. Now I understand  why we have it.  We’d have water , just in case.  When we were there 2 years ago, there was a huge storm, too, and there was no power for  3 days.  In our subdivision, no power=no water.  It was fun at night, though.. We had candle lit dinners, and a few childhood friends would come over, brought snacks,  and  talked about ghosts…….. and how our house was called a haunted house for several years when we immigrated to the US. You see, nobody lived in our house for 5 years  (until my aunt who was a Singaporean resident retired and  is now living in our house.) Anyway,  we only had a caretaker who came in 3x a week to clean  and water the plants.  Some neighbors swore they would sometimes see a woman walking around in the house at night. No, not the caretaker. She didn’t have the key. Our relatives, who live next door, had the keys. And it wasn’t our relatives, either. After listening  to these  stories, I slept with Mom through the remainder of our vacation. LOL  I’m a scaredy cat.

Speaking of which….. I post 2x a month, that’s all I can manage…. I’m too busy, especially these past few weeks, and these coming few days before Thanksgiving Day.  We’ll have exams just before Thanksgiving vacation.  But, guess what,  I found time to guest post here.  C’mon, click this , guys. I won’t tell ya what it’s all about, but it’s a true story.  He he… Oh, it’s not political ! =_=”

another pic …

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.A small nice backyard.

So, that’s it for now. It’s a tour of our house in the Philippines, and an update on construction of our vacation house at Boracay Island.

PS… The engineer and the 13 workers are all from Tacloban City, the center of  typhoon Haiyan’s destruction . The engineers house is gone, but thankfully, his father managed to secure all his stuff, especially his 50 inch Sony TV, his prized possession. 0_0 ” All the rest of the workers had damaged homes…. but they all came back to Boracay . They say now is the time to work. They need money. In fact, some people there are begging to be taken in and work there, too.  The engineer has enough workers, sadly.

Have a good day, folks !  Next will be my Paris tour.  Aaargh, I know…..

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