Saturday, May 3, 2014

random act of kindness

aawwww... ambait ng office boy namin!!

seeing how busy I was - and most probably looking frazzled, our office boy voluntarily made me a cup of special tea with fresh mint leaves!!!! ambait!!!

thank God for random acts of kindness!!! hopefully I can pay it forward!!!!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

after Yolanda, what now?

days after Yolanda left a debris of crumbled structures; lost lives and hungry and cold survivors feeling helpless and hopeless in its wake, we see the sad truth about the situation in the Philippines.

I won't deny that the Philippine Government has its shortcomings - heck! even I feel frustrated at the lack of organization being done to aid the victims of typhoon Yolanda. We hear donations in cash and in kind being pledged and given by other countries which are yet to reach those affected. 

Where are our government heads? what have they done? In my opinion various Non Government Organizations have already done a huge part in collecting, sorting and repacking out relief goods and more help are coming from all over the world - medical teams, food supplies and others the least the government can do is 'pave the way' so to speak for these operations to be carried out.

I an not in a position to know how difficult the process can be but I guess the first thing the government should have done is to put ORDER and ORGANIZATION so that relief operations can be done.

As a Filipino Citizen, I love my country but I could not deny feeling frustrated with it's government. Where are the politicians that we have voted? have they set foot in those affected areas? have they smelled the stench of rotting corpses? have they seen the hopelessness in the eyes of the survivors? felt their pain and anguish? sometimes I doubt if they even watch the news. I mean who in their right mind can stomach pocketing taxpayers money upon seeing the desperate and miserable condition the country is in??? yet you STILL hear news of corruption in the midst of crisis - customs bureau attempting to tax help coming from Germany?? WTF??!! I admit to not knowing what government officials are feeling, what they are doing or not doing but how I wish for government officials to have heart, go out of their way and make themselves visible (as they were at elections) and HELP their people.

Anderson Cooper reports the harsh reality:



Days before typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda was expected to enter Philippine's area of responsibility, evacuation of families and other safety measures were done by the local government in preparation for what was expected to be the (unofficially) strongest recorded tropical cyclone to make landfall. 

When the storm hit, telecommunication lines were broken and it wasn't until about a day after since the last broadcast of news correspondents stationed in the southern part of the country that we began seeing live newsfeeds on TV.

Nothing could have prepared us from the images that we saw. Structures were crumbled as if they were a house of cards; tall tress were toppled and uprooted; countless of lives were lost and the survivors were left confused, aimless, cold and hungry. It was heart wrenching to watch the news and the only immediate help you can give is to say a prayer for the victims to find courage, hope and faith in the midst of the chaos.

Devastating though was typhoon Yolanda's aftermath, one can not help but have faith in humanity and faith in God who acts thru them as we volunteers put their efforts into helping our country.

In time, I pray for the Philippines to rise from the devastation stronger and more united. Bangon Pilipinas!

images from BBC;CNN;ABS-CBN NEWS;GMA;FACEBOOK and the World Wide Web

Saturday, July 20, 2013

spritz of freshness

... truly, every time I go out - there would be something new in the streets of Abu Dhabi...

... the latest thing I have seen are these 'spritz' machine that gives you a spray of water by a push of a button...

... what a perfectly cool way to refresh you a bit when you are walking along the corniche after a stroll or afternoon jog...

a spray of coolness


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

brain freeze

cooling off the summer heat with the sweet creaminess of ice creams... ahhhhh.... I could live on ice cream everyday if only the calories evaporate like water on a hot summer day...


Sunday, June 9, 2013

hello summer!

kick starting summer with barbecue Friday!!!

wow look at those grill marks!!! am a grilling pro!

shrimps kabobs


gotta have some veggies too!!

how about some snacks while doing all the work??!

grilling at the park

what is nice about Abu Dhabi is that there are a lot of parks you can go to for picnics and most have designated grilling places so you can just rest, relax and have fun

Saturday, May 11, 2013

the beautiful one

.... imagine being so beautiful that you had to be kicked out of a festival for fears of people falling madly in love with you...
... I could not even begin to imagine... oh the vanity!!!
... I chanced upon a news telling of three Emirati man being deported from Saudi Arabia because of their handsomeness, the story didn't include pictures and I was intrigued of course - I mean who wouldn't? I heard of people getting thrown out of parties and festivities because of bad behaviour but because you are deemed to beautiful? that person I have got to see!
... and so here it is...