COoOL!!

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Being the leader in technology, I was looking forward to a high tech experience in Japan. But due to unexpected and understandable circumstances, we only experienced limited technology. Here are a few and some of my embarrassing face off with technology:

1) Bicycle Parking – It was so cool!  Sister and I were at awe. Para kaming sira. Japan is a biking community. Everyone rides a bike, to the mall, to do grocery, when off to work… Tama lang na may bike parking. But electronic? Kewl!! 🙂

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2) Electronic “LED” Vendor Machine – There are countless vendo machines in the streets of Japan. And when I say countless, in every turn of the street, there are vendo machines. Literal. Bawal mauhaw sa bansang ito. But what makes this particular vendo cool is that its a big touch screen! O dba, a notch higher than the regular ones.

3) Heated Toilet seats – 2 challenging facts about the toilets in Japan. First is the “squat-type” kind of toilets. Most public toilets are like that. It requires muscle strength and precision. Second, when its not squat-type, the seats can get very cold. Its actually the coldest part of Nanay’s house, the toilet seat. Haha! :p

So when we saw the heated seats on our trip to the Bank, we were grateful. Genius!

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4) Automated Taxi doors – Our mistake to open the door without telling the driver. Nakakahiya. Automatic pala.

5) Vendo Order & Cashier – Ordering your food with a vendo looking machine is whats in. They don’t like personally taking orders, eh?

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6) Electronic Doors – I’ve been victimized with electronic doors. Boo! We’re used to automatic opening of doors right? Well, in Japan even small stores and restaurants have electronic doors, no not automatic, just electronic. So the newbie a.k.a me, doesn’t have any idea how to open doors. Eh sympre, hindi naman english ang instruction so di ko mabasa, just press the red thing lang pala. (defensive much :p)

P.S.
Writing this entry, I feel like taga-bundok na nag-iisip kung ano meron silang kamangha mangha na wala tayo. Hehe 🙂 This entry is nothing without pictures, I know. But then its with sister. And when its with her, it can take forever til I get a hold of it. So bago pa makalimutan, I’m going to post kahit incomplete 🙂

My Lil Fashionista

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Although we dress her up, Sachi knows what she wants. If she doesn’t want what we prepared for her, she’ll throw a fit.

So yes, maarte na sya. She is to take credit for her outfits 🙂

Pics from January – March 2011

Rocker Chic
Taken at Bonifacio High Street, February 27

Party Girl
Taken during Nanay’s 60th Surprise Birthday Party, January 23

Posh Kid
Taken at Posh Nails SM Marikina, Feb 5

Birthday Gal
Taken during her 2nd Birthday Party, January 29

P.S.

Notice the shoes? Super sulit! Its from Gingersnaps. She likes this pair very much. Good thing its bagay in almost all of her outfits 🙂

Playphonics Recognition Day 2011

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Before Moving Up, Sachi and the whole Playphonics class of Tumble Tots had their Recognition day. I was on an unforgettable trip so I wasn’t able to attend. According to Daddy, Sachi was very good. She did her “big stretch” and “bow”.

So proud!!!

Sachi got a “MILLION DOLLAR SMILE” award

Why? Because her smile is worth a million dollars, she doesn’t smile when you prod her to.

She’s happy and active and fun… in her own time. Bawal i-pressure. Haha!

Love you, Sachi! We’re proud of you 🙂

 

Moving Up

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March 18, 2011, a few hours after I landed from Japan, I was at the ICITE auditorium at Eastwood for Tumble Tots Moving Up Ceremony.

I’m so glad I was able to attend! (Our Japan tour was cut short because of the Earthquake) Its a blessing that we were able to rebook our flight just in time for my little girl’s first ever BIG Day.

Our little bunch ♥♥♥

CONGRATULATIONS SACHI!!!

Congratulations for waking up early and for always being eager to go to school on schedule; Congratulations for participating in art activities; Congratulations for being friendly to your classmates; Congratulations for climbing, crawling, balancing, on the play gym. Congratulations for doing your big stretch in time for your stamp; Congratulations for being the weather leader; Congratulations for loving school!

We love you!

I couldn’t imagine not being here.

More pics during the ceremony:

Mommy & Ms. Sachi-taray-look with our black & white bags

With very supportive tita Ayee

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Shaken

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My dream to go to Japan came true… Sadly, the dream was a nightmare.

An average of 9.0 magnitude shook our world. We were inside the Tokyo Tower, 150m above ground.

About an hour before the earthquake

We were scared. Earthquakes are inescapable. And to be in the location we were in? Oh my gosh, my imagination ran wild. As I prayed out loud with panic-stricken voice, I was expecting the worst. I was just waiting for the steel to rumble, the nuts & bolts to fall apart (just like falling steel towers in movies).

With God’s blessing, nothing like that happened.

This was our view, 150m-250m above ground

In that kind of situation, there really is nothing else to do but hold on to your faith. Wala talagang ibang gagawin but to ask help from Him and plead to spare your life from possible catastrophe.

After what seemed like hours, we were able to walk down from the 150m level observation deck. While on our way down, there was a second quake that really made me panic. It wasn’t over. Nakakapanghina ng loob.

Our plight down the stairs of the Tower

Little did we know that it really isn’t over… and up until this writing, eight (8) days after the massive earthquake, we don’t know when it will all be over.

We walked more than 6 hours from Tokyo Tower to Edogawa

Every day after that earthquake, we felt never ending aftershocks — morning, afternoon, and mostly at night. It didn’t’t feel like an after shock. It felt like a regular earthquake. Aren’t after shocks supposed to be of small significance, or better yet insignificant? These were not.

Once we saw the images on TV, we realized how blessed we were. It wasn’t that bad in Tokyo. There were a lot of blessings still. Sendai is 200+km away. We were far from the Tsunami, but that earthquake alone was trembling enough for us.

The following days after the earthquake, large establishments are closed; 24-hr convenience stores don’t operate at night; shelves on the grocery stores are empty; trains and bus stations are paralyzed; queue for gasoline are streets away

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Add the fact that our television doesn’t have English channels, we don’t understand the news. We were blind. We get news from the US and the Philippines, but never on that soil we were standing.

Frustrating scenes — we don’t understand a word character

 

I’m grateful that we are back home, safe and sound. But it has changed me. At the back of my mind, I am scared. I fear of what can happen.

 

Never a day (most especially at night), that we weren’t lulled to sleep by a swaying motion.

It was a scary world to be in.

 

What if it happens to us? We cannot handle a quake like that. Or maybe we can. I hope. I hope it doesn’t occur to us — earthquake, tsunamis, any other catastrophe. I hope for the best.

Let’s continue to pray. Pray for Japan, for the Philippines, and the world.

 

P.S.

Lord, have mercy on your people

Cool & Unfazed

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It’s among the best-prepared countries when it comes to disaster, and for good reason. Japan has played host to some of history’s worst calamities: the 100-foot tsunami that killed 27,000 people in 1896, the 1995 Kobe earthquake and the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima during World War II.

Who knew the 9.0-magnitude quake, the most violent on record to shake the island nation, could combine these catastrophes into one, leaving 126 million people struggling to anticipate the next temblor, rush of seawater or burst of radiation into the atmosphere?

Many were thinking about their weekend, watching the clock at work when the ground began to shake at 2:46 p.m. It wasn’t a quick fit like many past quakes. This one lasted about five minutes — an eternity to those on the ground.

– CNN

I’m reading CNN’s report and it gives me the shiver. I was there when this happened. Although its not that bad in Tokyo, I still feel for what’s happening.

Really, “the nation seemed cool, unfazed even”, thats how it felt a few minutes, (hours, days) after the earthquake. If you look at the people and how they act, theres not much of a difference. Parang walang effect ang nangyaring earthquake.

But the environment, the surroundings, is a different story.

Manila Bound

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A call for help

Our Japan tour was cut short. Massive & multiple earthquakes.

Happy to be home, sound and safe.

Lets continue to pray for Japan

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