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23 12 2011

WCC with some of his guests

TRAVEL IS the best teacher.  A lot of life’s greatest lessons are not printed on books, broadcast on TV, or streamed on the internet.  Sometimes, you have to change zip codes to feel how it is to sit on the lap and be under the tutelage of this thing we call Life.

My trustworthy Co-Chair in the “Committee” is off to the land where potatoes are so good they are the subject of a research body and are actually registered under a trademark.

Of course we won’t let him go without giving him a proper send-off.  And in my book, that means great food and a little present.  Ten of us – and three of his own personal guests – stuffed ourselves crazy with the amazing sushi, sashimi and à la carte offerings at SAKAE SUSHI at Bugis Junction Mall (one of my new favorite happy places!).  Wait, I guess I was the only one who did stuff himself crazy.  Hahaha!

As I told WCC – yes, I always have to say something in any gathering – living alone in a totally new place can make you gain a deeper realization of the truth that not only can you be truly independent but also that you have inside you the kind of strength that you probably didn’t know you ever had.

All the best, WCC!  We’re all just an IM, text message, or e-Mail away.  About all matters, you can talk to us.  Oh, except financial stuff.  Hahaha!  Kiddin’.

Waiting for the bus. We hopped on the 133.

SAKAE SUSHI doesn't have a long table so we had to sit in groups of three to four.

K, WH, KS

WCC and his friends

T, V, KL

eNTeNG, TY, YC

First round of sushi!

I love how the camera captured the stream of soy sauce as it hits the wasabi. Yes, that much wasabi.

Kani Sushi

Ebi Sushi

Unagi and Tamago Sushi

Unagi

Ebi Tempura

Cha Soba

Tofu

Mango Avocado Sushi

Wow soba!

Yey unagi!

T learned how to use chopsticks in less than half an hour!

WCC with eNTeNG MunchTime

Heading to The Windmill

Some introductions had to be made...

...and then some more.

They have no choice but to listen to me speak. Haha!

WH and KS listen intently.

 

 

 

 

 

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Send for Sendong

23 12 2011

Text messages from new friends alerted me of what was happening back home. I felt like I was living under a rock. (Photo by TY, taken with my brand new SONY NEX-5D)

IT TOOK a text message from a new friend, a Malaysian, for me to realize that another typhoon had hit the Philippines.  And hit it real damn hard.

I heard your country was hit by a storm.  So sorry to know about this.  Is your house affected?

Glad to hear your home is alright.  But the storm, it’s quite depressing.  Take it positively, at least it reminds us not to take anything for granted and (learn to) appreciate.

The following morning, I bumped into another new friend, a Singaporean, and he too asked about how my family was doing.  He was quick to add though that, “the typhoon is in Mindanao.  You live in the north?”

Then he said something like, “I don’t know how to say this, but I’m glad your family is alright.”  I got what he meant.  It’s all about feeling grateful you were “spared” because it’s just unimaginable for all of those affected.  And it’s even more unimaginable to think of all those lives that were lost.

International efforts are still well on their way to help the victims of this natural disaster.  I hope we could all do our share.  Here’s a link to Ms. Daphne Oseña Paez’s post on UNICEF’s emergency appeal.

I want to say THANK YOU to all my Malaysian, Chinese, American, and Singaporean friends who did express their concern.  It means a lot.

 

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