07. July 2006

Dear Mama, Friends & Family,

Hope you are all doing well and good Enjoy the 1st entry to my other friendster account (I opened this just so I could post pictures for free). I Hope you enjoy this months pictures.
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Wednesday, July 05, 2006
This is one of my favorite food places. It is called 3 & 93 Dairy Bar. It is called that because its located right at the crossing of Highway 3 & 93.
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3 & 93 Ice Cream, Burgers & fries!~ Highway 93 heads down to the south of the border to Montana, USA. This place makes the best hamburgers and fries (I don't eat that much anymore though). This is a free commercial ad right here because I love the place!

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Calgary Moon



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Friday, July 07, 2006
Today we went to Calgary to Pick up Luke's friend from Nigeria. He never arrived.


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Travellers. Lives change in this airport

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Friday, July 07, 2006
This is what it looks like inside the Calgary Airport. The last time I was here was when I arrived from the Philippines back in late Oct 2004. Luke is the one wearing the red shirt.

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Friday, July 07, 2006
The Meeting Place for the passengers and whoever is picking them up in the airport

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Friday, July 08, 2006
Time to leave. Been waiting for hours. No show. It is 1:08 AM. Paying for the parking fee. Both tired and exhausted.

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Saturday, July 08, 2006
Today Luke wanted me to experience the Banff Gondolas. To ride it costs $23.50 per adult. He paid for my ticket. The thing is that Luke started to tighten up (he couldn't move) midway up to the viewdeck. It was all work after that. I managed to take some pictures though.

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Saturday, July 08, 2006
Midway to the top of the mountain!.
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Saturday, July 08, 2006

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

View from the top.
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Saturday, July 08, 2006
A photo I took as we were heading back to Kimberley


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Saturday, July 08, 2006
The viewdeck from the top of the mountain.


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Saturday, July 08, 2006


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Saturday, July 08, 2006
That's Banff right below.


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Friday, July 14, 2006
At the Kimberley Platzl. Accordion Festival 2006


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Friday, July 14, 2006
At the Kimberley Platzl. Accordion Festival 2006


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Friday, July 14, 2006
Walking today and saw this


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Friday, July 14, 2006
Took this shot when I went walking for my exercise


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Friday, July 14, 2006
At the Kimberley Platzl. Accordion Festival 2006


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Friday, July 14, 2006
At the Kimberley Platzl. Accordion Festival 2006


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Sunday, July 16, 2006
A Birthday party for Joann & Pam


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Sunday, July 16, 2006
A Birthday party for Joann & Pam


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Sunday, July 16, 2006
The Birthday Girls


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Monday, July 17, 2006
Went driving alone at dawn. My quiet moments with God


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Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I had no plans of swimming today. Just felt like going out for a drive. Saw this lake and thought I might just hang out there while I smoke my cigarette. The water looked so inviting. Since I had the place all to myself, I went skinny dipping! It was so empowering. So free and one with nature. You should try it sometime! Very therapeutic!


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Thursday, July 20, 2006
Taken as a front seat passenger in Ron's car. We were on our way to Fernie.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006
Kimberley Parade


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Saturday, July 22, 2006
Kimberley Parade


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Saturday, July 22, 2006
Kimberley Parade


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Sunday, July 23, 2006
I actually wrote an article for a Catholic Newsletter upon the request of Father Beloso. He asked me to write about my life as a live-in caregiver. My initial reaction was "father! Ako? isang makasalanang tao, hindi ako devout Catholic at church goer - magsusulat para sa isang Catholic newsletter? Ok lang kayo?" My article got published.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006
My very low moments. Sometimes I feel trapped. Then again don't we all? The truth is - It is sometimes very challenging being a live-in caregiver. (Jeez what am I saying? this is a very dis-empowering thought). I get these feelings sometimes.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Kyla & Edgar. I wanted to cut my hair short. Then someone suggested I should just have it braided. And so I did that. It was a brand new experience. It's so cool! Perfect for the summer. Kyla did my hair.


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Thursday, July 27, 2006
I lost about 10 lbs this month. Been watching what I ate. I thought, If I felt trapped, that meant I forgot that I had options. So my other options were now to choose to feel better, to lose weight instead of gaining more & have fun with my hair instead of getting tired of it! It's good to remember that I have options. So enough complaining and start doing something about it EDGAR!!!

I love you all,

06. June 2006

July 1, 2006

My Dearest Mama, Friends & Family,

I just learned today that my mom has colon cancer. PLEASE TAKE A QUIET MOMENT NOW TO PRAY for the SPEEDY recovery of my mother - Digna Evelyn Simpson that she may be healed from this illness. I love my mother so much. Finding out about this news was the most painful thing ever. Thank you. Your prayers will be appreciated. Take care Mama! I love you! You'll get through this. You have my love, support and prayers.

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Saint Marys Lake
Saturday, June 03, 2006
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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Joanne & Rossini wanted their pictures taken today. I drove them around looking for an ideal location and found this road by Saint Mary's Lake


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Saturday, June 03, 2006
Joanne Agabayani Model


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Cranbrook Airport
Sunday, June 04, 2006

Ron & Michael. Michael was off to Vancouver. We saw him off the airport. He was so excited.


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Cranbrook, BC
Sunday, June 04, 2006

This is a picture of Ron next to my 1993 Chevrolet Lumina (Luma na!)

This one replaces the other car I had lost this February when I crashed into a slushy road near White Swan Lake, BC.

It was Raining the day I got to drive my 2nd car for the first time. Nice to have my own car again!


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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Helen's Car - That same day, I returned Helen's car to her (this is where she lives). I had her car & gave her driving lessons. She passed! Great Job!


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Lake Wasa
Friday, June 09, 2006

It was a hot day that day. I decided to go to the park and Roller Blade. My feet were tired. I sat by a bench and decided that I take a picture of what was in front of me.


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Lake Wasa, BC
Friday, June 09, 2006

26 Quick Tips for Living an Inspired Life
(© 1991 Carol James)


01. Ask for what you want.
02. Be who you say you are.
03. Care about others.
04. Dare to live your dreams.
05. Ease through the day.
06. Find the best fit.
07. Give to another.
08. Hug a friend.
09. Inspire someone to greatness.
10. Jump over a boundary.
11. Kick a bad habit.
12. Leap across a fear.
13. Mention something uplifting.
14. Never say never.
15. Open your mind and heart.
16. Pursue your innermost passions.
17. Quit complaining.
18. Restore your smile.
19. Set your sights high.
20. Trust yourself.
21. Use all the day.
22. Value everything.
23. Wait until it feels right.
24. Xpress yourself.
25. Yank weeds from your mental garden.
26. Zoom into the now.



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ABC Restaurant, Cranbrook BC
Saturday, June 10, 2006

Frank Fisher - Waiting for Lunch


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Elko, BC
Sunday, June 11, 2006

Mr. Ronald Grant Fisher


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Elko, BC
Monday, June 12, 2006

It was on this day exactly a year ago when I met Ron for the first time. We have been together since. This is a 100 page photo album that I was working on that day (in secret) as an anniversary gift for him. Time flies fast when you are having fun. It was a photo diary of all the things we did together for the whole year. It was wonderful making it. Ron loved it.


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My Room, Kimberley BC
Friday, June 16, 2006

Pay Check. I don't make much money. But I am proud of what I do.

Faith is the ability to not panic.

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Pinoy Party, Cranbrook
Sunday, June 18, 2006

It was fun spending a few hours with the Filipino community. The food was great. Had fun Karaoke & Dancing. Feels like home.

The most important things in your home are the people.

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Pinoy Party, Cranbrook
Sunday, June 18, 2006

Frank and Ron meeting members of the Filipino community.

Growing old is inevitable; growing up is optional.

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Cranbrook, BC
Sunday, June 18, 2006

Ron Driving. Myself in the back seat. It was a hot day today. The party was great, but Frank was getting tired, so off we go. Home to Elko.

We do not remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments.

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Wycliff, BC
Sunday, June 25, 2006

It's all right to sit on your "pity pot" every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.

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Elko, BC
Monday, June 26, 2006

There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.

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Inside an Ambulance, Heading to Emergency
Tuesday, June 27, 2006

We were on our way to Edmonton to see the doctor. Luke got so tight on our way that we had to call 911. Bummer.... I've done this so many times - I think I have become an expert.



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Invermere Hospital, BC
Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A few hours later, Luke was ok again. Debbie came to pick us up. We then proceed to travel to Edmonton.



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On the Road Again, Alberta
Wednesday, June 28, 2006

When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. We must be still so God can untangle the knot.

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West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta
Wednesday, June 28, 2006

It was no different from the Malls in Metro Manila, except this one had Indoor water resort. Too bad I didn't have much time exploring the area. I was only there 1.5 hours.



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Edmonton Transit Center, Edmonton, Alberta
Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Dear God: I have a problem. It's me.

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Heading Back to Kimberley
Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Now Leaving Edmonton. Debbie Driving; Luke Navigating



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Big Horn Motel, Hinton, Alberta
Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Too long a trip for Luke. We needed to stop for the night.This picture was taken around 10:00 at night. This time of the year the sun set's really late on this part of the world. We plan to resume travelling by tommorow. It was a long day. We were all tired. It was Debbie's Bday today. We forgot. She didn't say anything.



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Jasper, Alberta
Thursday, June 29, 2006

Next day, we are back on the road again. I took this picture while we were having breakfast in Jasper, Alberta. It was a really warm day.

Nothing is real to you until you experience it; otherwise it's just hearsay.



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The Icefields Parkway, Jasper, Alberta
Thursday, June 29, 2006

Today we passed by the most beautiful road in the world. Debbie was rushing home - didn't care for the sights. She said she didn't like travelling. She who has the wheels has the power. Bummer. We couldn't slow down to enjoy the sights. That's not the way to live!

Do the math. Count your blessings.


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The Fairmont Chateu Lake Louise, AB
Thursday, June 29, 2006

SHE IS EITHER A JAPANESE FASHION MODEL/ACTRESS

They were doing a photo shoot that day on this Japanese Celebrity. A photography and fashion team that served as our amusement as we wait for our lunch to be served.



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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, AB
Thursday, June 29, 2006

A Golden Wedding Anniversary.

This couple so happened to be sitting there enjoying the afternoon. I so happen to be seated in front of them. This was a picture not to be missed. I got their address and will send a printed copy of their photo as a token of appreciation.

I was in a most spectacular place today. It was extraordinary.


for more info, check out:
http://www.fairmont.com/lakelouise/




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Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Thursday, June 29, 2006

I didn't even have time to put my feet in the water. Debbie was rushing. Such a heavenly place. Too bad I was with the wrong company. Next time I will make sure I have more time so I can smell the roses and breathe the fresh lakeside air. I hate it when people rush about and can't slow down. They miss all the good stuff!

But all was good anyway. I have nothing to complain about. I am lucky and I am thankful.

That's my update for now. Please pray for my mom. Take care! God Bless You! ( I Love you ma!)


Big Hugs,