MARIELLE WAS apprehensive when she learned (at the last minute) that her mom enrolled her in a TRIAL mermaid swimming lesson at Crimson Hotel in Alabang.Â But as soon as her blue mermaid flippers hit the water she started loving every moment of it, however.
Watch her slideshow-video:
MarielleÂ became more relaxed and confident both on and underneath the surface of the water. She even learned the proper breathing technique for long and deep swims.
Now here’s the problem: she wants me to find and buy her own mermaid flippers.
FIRST, I have to give credit to Marielle for creating this cheesy but quite appropriate photo art (using Photofunia, I assume).
Marie is actually complaining about this photo. She said that to be fair, MarielleÂ should have also used her college graduation photo. But that would not have made the photo right either, because although MarielleÂ used my graduation photo (According to her it is the only decent enough photo of me that she could find. Ouch!), it was actually taken during my MBA graduation just about 5 years ago.
Setting aside our frivolous complaints, MarielleÂ actually made a photo that perfectly captures the very essence of the last 12 years. Yes,Â it’s been 12 years that Marie and I have been stringed and attached together. As far as I can tell neither of us is complaining. Or maybe I should speak only for myself, LOL.
Our life together isn’t perfect and between the two of us there are still many dreams that are yet to be realized. But our own personal dreams have now been set aside in favor of our dreams for â€“ and the personal dreams of â€“ our two wonderful kids, MarielleÂ (9) and JohanÂ (7). I guess you can say that MarielleÂ and Johan are the strings that bind us together, forever.
I WAS married for just about half a year when I went to see my very first PAHIYAS Festival in Lucban, Quezon in May 2001 with my former girlfriend and now permanent ex-girlfriend, Marie. So I guess you can say that PAHIYAS was a big part of our HONEYMOON.
As you can see from our photos, the PAHIYAS seems an ideal event for honeymooners to go and see. At least it seemed that way to us some 11 years ago. Read more
I DIDN’T really understand all the excitement about Oktoberfest until I saw these photos from an article on The Telegraph (via FlipBoard on the iPad) announcing the opening of Oktoberfest 2011 in Munich, Germany.
Now I at least have a little appreciation of why men from all over the world are drooling to experience it.
As for the ladies… well, I guess they love the idea of drooling men. After all, beer possesses this wonderful effect of making all women look uniformly gorgeous. That’s not to say that the ladies going to Oktoberfest are not gorgeous, however. Judging from these photos lots of them are, in fact, blissfully gorgeous.
What is still fuzzy to me, however, is the significance or connection of cleavage to beer during Oktoberfest. Surely, for something that’s been going on for ages there must be a scientific explanation to it.
After downing a few bottle of beers I guess I’m ready to give it a try (postulating a theory, that is). Read more
JUNE 26, 2011. Â Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP. Â My xxGF managed to see one of the only 13 runs of The Music of Andrew Lloyd WeberÂ for the Manila leg of its Australia, New Zealand and Asia Tour. Â As of this posting I believe the show just wrapped up its Singapore leg.
Which means that I can now write about it. Â I try to avoid blogging about a show while it is still running so that I would not unnecessarily influence other people’s decision to see it or not.
So what do I think about The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber? Read more
Exactly a month ago today, I attended a rare and almost impromptu reunion with former colleagues and good friends from my ACI/IBM days. Â A very dear friend, Dyk Raymundo, was to leave the country for New Zealand in less than two weeks. Â He’ll be joined there by his wife Jen shortly after and, together, they’ll try and establish a new life for themselves in the land of the Kiwis. Â For good. Read more