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Pictures from our Italy Vacation / Babymoon

I’ve finally uploaded our pictures from our latest trip to Italy on my multiply site.

Before we went to Italy, I’ve been waking up early mornings from feeling so hot even with the air-conditioning on. So I dumbly assumed that my increased body temperature can easily take on Italy’s temperature. Plus I wanted to justify that I needed to pack lightly because we were going to do a lot of moving around and I have to be able to carry my own load. So I just packed a light jacket, and I didn’t even bring jeans (well, that’s because I don’t have jeans that fit me and I haven’t gone shopping for maternity jeans yet.) I was so wrong. It was still freakin cold when we got there specially in Venice. I thought my fingers were going to just drop off.

The plane ride to and from Italy was great.  It wasn’t a full flight so we each had a row to ourselves so we can stretch out.  I could snugly fit in three airline seats, Jorey needed more space than that.  The perks of travelling while your pregnant is you get to skip most of the lines at the airport.

Our jet lag served us well because we woke up early and went out early (and yes braved the cold) so we hardly got caught in the crowds.

We did a LOT of walking. We walked so much that one of Jorey’s socks got holes from too much walking. I, on the other hand, didn’t notice until we got back that I had friction burns on my legs from my boots which I felt served me well until I saw those marks. I’m kinda proud of myself because I was still able to take long walks. The long walks though didn’t keep me from gaining weight. I think my body coped with the temperature by storing fat. Tsk.

We even had to run for the train one time on our way back to Rome from Venice. Those trains didn’t wait for anyone, and we sure didn’t want to waste the 30 Euros we paid for compulsory reservations on top of our Eurail tickets (which is more expensive than budget flights). It was probably a funny picture – there’s this pregnant lady running with her luggage trying to catch the train.

In Rome, we rented an apartment that was located right in the area of the Colosseo. That’s why we have a lot of pictures of it because it’s the first thing we saw when we go out of the apartment. The bed and breakfast we stayed at in Venice was very charming and we’ll surely stay there again when we go back.

We got to see a lot of sights but we still didn’t get to see everything because some days we were busy checking out the flea markets looking for “cheap” Italian shoes for the parents. Cheap, meaning around 40 Euros which translates to about P2500 – well that’s cheap if you compare it to buying the same exact shoe in the store for 100+ Euros (P6000). The same goes for the bags. Quality leather bags go for about 60-100 Euros which is half its price in stores.

We went back to Rome during our last day in Italy and stayed at this cheap 60 Euro/night hotel at the Termini area.  It was a backpacker’s hotel and it was definitely not for the finicky.  The rooms were dimly lit and the lights on the reception hall was flickering (as if there was a ceiling fan blocking the light but there wasn’t).  It was a scene out of a horror movie.  What was funny was the receptionist asked me to put down my age.  I think he thought I was underaged.  I was more comfy sleeping on the plane than in those beds.  I woke up (I hardly even slept at all)  with a sore tailbone because the bed was so used it was sagging in the middle.    Good thing we only stayed there our last night.

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Thanks to everyone who remembered me today.

Yes, today is my birthday! Days before, Jorey’s been asking me what I want to do because he wants to do something big for my birthday. There’s so many things I want to do like go to Bali, or Bangkok, Europe, upgrade my dSLR, or get a decent lens with IS, (buy lens or get an alpha 350?), buy an iMac, eat french food. So many things that it’s hard to choose just one. So we ended up deciding to try the buffet dinner at the Ritz Carlton. That’s so typical of me to end up with buffet dinner. I fear I may end up hungry if I go for a french dinner. As for my techie gadgets, I have till the next IT show in September to think it over.

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Updates and pictures

Yeah, I haven’t been updating my nook lately. Probably because there’s nothing really new – everything is pretty much same same.

But while I’m pondering whether it’s worth it to get a pro account at Flickr, I’m keeping my new pictures at my Multiply account.

Just want to share with you guys some pictures I took of Singapore – the place I’ve called home for a little over a year now. Some are old pics but I’ve added some new stuff recently.

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I’m off to Bangkok next week

So I’m off to Bangkok next week.  I’m not really sure though if I’m excited because I’ve been there before.  I say, you’ve seen one temple, you’ve seen them all and Buddha basically looks the same too except sometimes he’s in the meditative position (indian sit(?) seat(?)) and sometimes he’s lying down, sometimes he’s big, sometimes he’s ginormous, but mostly he’s gold.  And how can I top my last Bangkok experience of watching girls do antics with their vajayjays in Patpong with my whole family?  That was classic.  Welcome to Bangkok!

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Malaysia Trip – not so good

View of Petronas from the KL tower taken on a previous tripIt didn’t go quite well as I expected. First, because there was supposed to be a nationwide Grand Prix sale but the malls I’ve been to didn’t look like they were having any major sale at all. Second, the day we were supposed to go to the Eye in Malaysia, I got sick. It’s the third time I’ve been to Malaysia and I either get constipated or get LBM (loose bowel movement, I learned recently that the term “LBM”, like “CR”, is only used in the Philippines). So I was pretty much confined in the hotel since I couldn’t be any more than 100m away from the CR (comfort room). Jorey couldn’t find any medicines so the hotel recommended this chinese herbal pellets that looked like fish food and smelled like an old chinese man.

My LBM got worse the next day because it became LBM and puking and LBM and puking. Imagine having to sit in the toilet, wash your hands, then hug the toilet, then sit again. Eeew, I know! But when you’re sick like that “eew” doesn’t even occur to you. I wonder where I got it from since I’ve been eating mostly hotel food. And in fairness (probably another phrase only used in the Philippines) to Sheraton, Subang, their food was delish. Maybe there’s some herb in Malaysian food that just doesn’t sit well with me. What’s worse was that morning I had to catch my bus ride back to Singapore.

The bus ride back was like eternity. It was full and I was seated next to a very chatty Korean guy (and I thought I was madaldal!). I would’ve probably enjoyed our conversation had I not been sick. He was talking the whole 5 hour-trip and I needed to conserve my energy because I didn’t eat anything at all since the day before so nothing would come out.

He did make a few interesting points though like how Malaysians keep correcting foreigners for pronouncing chicken as /chick-en/ instead of /chick-un/ and how they use top-up for anything that means adding or putting in. My friend Claire was telling me the exact same thing the day before! It was funny. He also said that for him, each country he’s been to have their own specific smell and that the Philippines to him smells like lime and Malaysia smells like detergent which was exactly how our hotel room smells like after housekeeping went through it. The hotel shampoo also smells like the Tide detergent bar with blue crystals.

Sin-KL trip

I took the bus to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore since I didn’t want to spend S$4xx on airfare (and even if I did, I’m a bum with no means). The bus wasn’t bad. I’ve taken a regular bus before when my tita, cousin and I went on a Malacca tour but the bus I took this time was the Aeroline bus.
aeroline bus
The trip was about 5 hours, and I know I said I was going to enjoy the view this time, but I still ended up spending most of the travelling time in dreamland. I couldn’t help it! Anyways, the view was all green and highway, nothing really spectacular. What I liked most about the trip was that it wasn’t full. The seat next to me was empty so I had it all to myself. The seats could be reclined more compared to an airline seat so it was hard to stay awake. Eating though took a bit of skill. Even though, the seats had trays in front like the airline seats, eating on a moving bus was like eating in an airplane during tubulence.