11. November 2005


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Winter is Here
Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I see winter the second time around. Wow. Its hard to believe that I have been here more than a year now. It seemed like it

was only yesterday!




I've been saving up for this dream to see 20/20 again. This is a photo of my JAR from a few months ago. !

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Last Day of Wearing Dorky Glasses!
Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Everything was a blurrrrrrr! All that blurred vision will soon be sharp. Ron & I go up the elevator to the 9th floor. My eye

surgery. Can't wait!




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Highway to Calgary
Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Seeing the highways this time of the year, with snow. Sure makes everything look different.

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Huh?
Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Stop sign? What's going on here? Huh?

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Dr. Richard Leger, MD
Wednesday, November 09, 2005

I asked my Doctor If we could have our picture taken together just before he did the surgery. The nurse took this for me. Dr. Leger has performed 20,000 lasik procedures. He has dedicated his career to refractive surgery & laser vision correction.

I spent about 4 hours in the clinic (Filling up forms, Getting re-examined, eye testing, etc. The actual operation took only about a minute per eye) Those 2 minutes changed my life. Right after the actual procedure, he checked my eyes and made sure there were no debris left. I could see, clearly!! 30 minutes later , I felt burning sensation in both my eyes and I had to have them kept shut.

They asked me to wear THE MATRIX like sunglasses everywhere I go. Even at night. Lots of eye drops & I was instructed to do nothing but sleep in a really dark room as soon as I got home.

Ron brought me to Bill's . I was so exhausted. I didn't know that that 2 minute procedure could drain so much energy from me. I slept 12 hours straight. Was just dead tired.

Next day, I opened my eyes. I could see!!!! Everything was clear!! NO Contacts, No glasses!! The surgery was a success!

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Lasik MD Staff
Thursday, November 10, 2005

Taken the next day. I had to keep wearing those shades for 2 weeks!!! My eyes were really sensitive to light. But I could see clearly now! No contacts! No more glasses! What a wonderful feeling! 16 years I was dependent on glasses and contacts. Now, no more. Yey!!!

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Mr. Ronald Grant Fisher & Myself
Thursday, November 10, 2005

Enjoying SEEING the world for the first time without glasses. I could cry for joy. A new start. A new Life. A new love (Ron is my BF - Boy Friend).

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Ron's Friends
Saturday, November 12, 2005

Any friend of Ron's is a friend of mine .... ughmmm, well, not necessarily, but these guys were great. New friends. How nice.

From left: John, Paul (front), Fred (back), Ron & Me behind the Camera

Paul is an excellent cook. He served us a tasty, juicy Rack of lamb that took all day to prepare. When paul makes dinner, Expect the finest. It was just Great!!! By the way It was Fred's B-day that day. So Wonderful!

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My 1st B-Day Cake!
Sunday, November 13, 2005

All my life, I never had a birthday cake. It was just something me and my brothers (and sister) did not grow up with. We were poor. We were practical. The Filipino Community in Cranbrook, lead by Joan & Rossini gave me my first cake & 1st B-day party in Canada. Last year, when I first got here. I had nothing. No friends, No Family, No money, No celebration. Just text messages from home wishing me well. It was the loneliest B-day ever, It was only my prayers to God that kept me company.

A year later. A party, A Cake, So many new friends, A car, My Life back on track and me emerging as a better version of myself. Thank you God!

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The Party!
Sunday, November 13, 2005

From left: Rossini, Tet, Jessica, Marivic, Marcel, _____ , Joanne (She did all the cooking & Preparation! Everyone loves Joanne), Dillon, Pam, Roseminda and Helen.

I don't know how to thank you all so much!!! God Bless you!!! What wonderful people! What wonderful friends! God loves me!

(I'm a bit teary now. boo hooo) I'm so happy.

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Ron's work mates
Monday, November 14, 2005

Ron gave me a tour arounf the saw mill where he works. He introduced me to some of the people he worked with. Here is Mr. Chris making funny faces. He's a cool guy isn't he?

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Ron's B-day Cake for Me!
Monday, November 14, 2005

My 2nd B-day cake! Wow! 2 B-day cakes in 1 a year!!! How lucky can I be? On my B-day, Ron and his Family (His Dad & Brother) took me out for dinner at the Curry Bowl Restaurant in Fernie, BC. The restaurant staff even sang me a B-day song! He he he!

So happy!!!! Can't believe I am 30!!

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Happy B-day to Me!
Monday, November 14, 2005

From left : Frank (Ron's Dad), Erick (Ron's Brother), Myself & Mr. Ron Fisher - my boyfriend

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Winter!
Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Ron took this picture just before we went in at Kelsy's in Kimberley for a Caesar Salad treat!

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Chatting with My Mama
Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thank Goodness for technology! This is a picture of me taking a picture of my computer screen as I was chatting with my Mom & Jerry in San Diego. Sometimes I am also able to chat with my brother in Japan and My friends & Family in the the Philippines.

The webcam is really wonderful isn't it?

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A Car Accident
Friday, November 25, 2005

The small golden Toyota Echo sped past our car right after we went past a curve at about 110 kms/hr. It swerved, turned and slammed into the side of the mountain and then suddenly found itself back into oncoming traffic. Our car was heading straight at them. I was at the back seat, frightened and saying "Oh my Gosh! Oh Shitttt!!!! Ron slammed at the brakes and pulled over to the side. We both got out the car. Ron to the male driver and me to the Lady.

Lucy & Ken. They were on their way to Sorrento, BC. Lucy was so shaken that when I got to her, she was just standing outside the car holding back tears and hardly breathing. I tried my best to console her and let her know that she's going to be ok. I

thought she was going to have a heart attack! I gave her a hug and when she started crying on my shoulder, I had a feeling she was going to be OK. I'm glad I was able to help her feel better in a way. Accidents happen.

It was a snowy day. Ron, Frank & I were on our way to Kamloops to visit Ron's sister Carmen and his nephew Steve. It was an 8 hour trip from Kimberley, BC.

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Ron, Ken & Lucy
Friday, November 25, 2005

Ron was talking to Ken & Lucy.

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Carmen's Home, Kamloops, BC
Friday, November 25, 2005

From left: Steve, Frank, Carmen (Ron's sister), Me & Ron

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Carmen's Balcony
Friday, November 25, 2005

We were out smoking - Carmen & I. This was the view. Kamloops at night, after an afternoon of heavy snow.

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The Hallway
Friday, November 25, 2005

Ron & Frank heading to Rm. 204 at the Thompson Hotel, Kamloops. 2AM

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A View of Kamloops
Saturday, November 26, 2005

All this snow! I would easily get lost in this city at this time of the year. Every place just seemed to me all the same.

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Canadian Geese - Migratory Birds
Sunday, November 27, 2005

Ron & I were walking by the park on a cold afternoon right after having coffee. I got excited when I saw these birds by the side of the lake. Glad I had my Camera handy.

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Canadian Quack Quacks
Sunday, November 27, 2005

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Winter! Snow Snow Snow! Beautiful!
Monday, November 28, 2005


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I hope you liked the pictures. Big Hugs,