08. August 2006

My Dear Mama, Friends & Family,

This Month I had the opportunity to get away for an 11 day Vacation with Ron in Vancouver. It was my first time to visit that spectacular city. I had so much fun! I also experimented with my hair and found out I had more hair than I imagined! *chuckle*

Here's myself with cornrow braids. After a week, I just had to have it unbraided & when they undid them, "POOF!!!!" my hair went. It actually looked to me like afro hair and I just asked the stylist to make it look like that instead of cutting it plain short.

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Vancouver, BC
Tuesday, August 01, 2006.

Big Hugs, & Much Love,

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Well after the hairstylist revised my suggestion about afro look, This is what she came up with. To me it looked so new! I've never seen myself with so much hair that it is actually fun! To think I was going to cut it really short minutes ago. Now I am glad I didn't. Oh! I am so Vain! I deserve it after nearly 2 years of not caring what I looked like!



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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Ron & I walked to this tower so I could have a look at Vancouver. I enjoyed looking at the city from above.



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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Inside the tower at the viewing area. Vancouver is so interesting



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Tuesday, August 01, 2006
From inside the tower



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Next day - went biking at Stanley Park! It was refreshing! lots of beautiful people just enjoying the summer. Loved watching people and the sights.



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Me and the Light House



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Stanley Park. Biking was fun. Ron took this picture after we had an ice cream break.



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
From left : David, Michael, Kerry (sitting) , Ron & Shawn. Photo taken after we had dinner out and just before we headed down to the bayto watch fireworks.



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
edgar and ron getting along just fine thank you



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
down by the bay people were waiting for the fireworks display. It was very dark when i took this picture. I had to take this photo at slow shutter speed so details could come up instead of just darkness. I couldn't quite get itt right. my hands were just too unsteady. The pics I took with the tripod was not as interesting.



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
I sat there looking up to the sky at this magnificent display of lighs for half an hourt. It was so beautiful with classical music playing in the background that it nearly made me cry. It was a good time to pray and be thankful to be alive.



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Wednesday, August 02, 2006
People watching the fireworks from their seaside apartments/condos



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Next Day - Ron and I Take the Ferry to Vancouver Island. Here is Ron looking out from the ferry to the ocean along with other passengers



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
First stop after getting off the ferry - Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC. Such gorgeous place! Loved it! Too many tourists though. Everyone taking photos!!



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Butchart Gardens - So Beautiful!!!

Here is their website:
http://www.butchartgardens.com/




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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC
Just another tourist today.



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC


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Thursday, August 03, 2006
Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC


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Thursday, August 03, 2006
The City of Victoria, BC
2nd stop : Dinner by the Victoria Docking Area.



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


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Thursday, August 03, 2006
City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


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Thursday, August 03, 2006
City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. 3rd Stop: Watch street performers by the bay. Just lovely. Just feels like today the world was specially made for me.



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Thursday, August 03, 2006
By the Parliament Building, City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


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Friday, August 04, 2006
City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Next Day - Breakfast on an outdoor cafe.



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Friday, August 04, 2006
City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Wax Museum - They look like dead people.



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Friday, August 04, 2006
City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Parliament Building That morning with Bag Pipes and Trumpets playing. Wonderful sunny morning!



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Friday, August 04, 2006
Next : Get on the ferry and get Back to Vancouver. Bye bye Victoria & Vancouver Island! Here you see passengers enjoying the sun.



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Friday, August 04, 2006
We enjoyed staying by the view deck as the ferry crossed the ocean. Out there you do not feel as dizzy. Loved the breeze!!



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Friday, August 04, 2006
A Lady Looking out to the sea.



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Friday, August 04, 2006
The Deck



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Friday, August 04, 2006
We arrived in Vancouver around 10PM. Walked around awhile and rested for the evening. Another wonderful day.



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Saturday, August 05, 2006
Next Day - Instead of biking - we went walking all around Stanley Park. Great exercise. We needed to burn calories from all the food that we've been eating!. Here is a photo from when we started our walk by the Bay



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Saturday, August 05, 2006
Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC


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Saturday, August 05, 2006
Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada (That's Vancouver City behind me)



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Saturday, August 05, 2006
English Bay, Vancouver City, Canada. Eric, Richard & Ron By the bay. People all over the city waiting for the fireworks display. THis will be the 2nd fireworks display that I will be seeing in this Vacation. By the time I took this picture, my feet were killing me. We walked 9 miles!



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Saturday, August 05, 2006
The Crowd by the sea. English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada.



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Sunday, August 06, 2006
Next Day - Gay Pride Parade. It was fun! Party Party everywhere. Vancouver City, BC, Canada




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Sunday, August 06, 2006
Vancouver City, BC, Canada. After the gay pride parade - had my picture taken with one of the parade entertainers



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Saturday, August 05, 2006
Edgar, Ron & Martin - sitting on a quiet city street eating take out chinese food. All the restaurants were packed with people. It was refreshing just sitting in the shade outside away from the crowd.



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Tuesday, August 08, 2006
English Bay at night



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Tuesday, August 08, 2006
English Bay, Vancouver BC, Canada


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Tuesday, August 08, 2006
English Bay, Vancouver BC, Canada. Sat by the bay and watched the reflection of city lights by the water. So beautiful! Oh! My life is brillant!



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Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Close to English Bay, Vancouver BC, Canada. 2:00 AM on the last evening of our stay in Vancouver. Tomorrow morning we will be on the road again - go visit Jay and Dennis in Chilliwack. Party (with Jay, Dennis, Mike, Ron and Kevin!!!) and Stay the night and leave the next day back to normal life. Kinda makes me sad. Vacation is coming to an end.



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Thursday, August 10, 2006
Chiliwack, BC, Canada. FRIENDS: (from left top row) Edgar, Ron, Michael, Kevin & The Hosts (seated) Dennis and Jay. We had a great party the night before. Ron and I didn't buy enough beer though. Hmmm. *chuckle* Thanks for a great party Dennis & Jay! It was fantastic!



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Thursday, August 10, 2006
Chiliwack, BC, Canada

Things to do today:

1. Leave by 2:30pm and Drive to Kimberley (11 hours).
2. Switch to "Get Back to Work" mode

I drove only 3 hours while Ron drove the rest of the way. Ron (with Mike) dropped me off in Kimberley at 2:30AM (I had to work right away) , and Ron still had to drive an Hour and 15 from there to Elko. We were all exhausted after. Back to reality.


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Thursday, August 10, 2006
Dog Saying bye bye



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Friday, August 11, 2006
On the road and back to the real world. It was an 11 hour++ drive. But we all had fun. Vacation is over. Now back to my old routine. Work Work Work.

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August 20, 2006 , 11:00 AM
Fernie, BC, Canada. Today we went to hike Mount Fernie. We started at around 10:30 AM. Here you see from the left Michael, Ron and Dino taking a breather.

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August 20, 2006 1:29 PM
Here you see Dino struggling (as we all were) to get up to the top.

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August 20, 2006 , 2:25 PM
This was the view from the top of Mount Fernie.

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August 20, 2006 , 5:00 PM
Midway going down Mount Fernie, I realized that I just have to take a shot portraying the hike. I had Ron look back at me to make it look like he was on his way up (but when this photo was taken we were actually on our way down the mountain)

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August 20, 2006, 5:04 PM
I just had to have this picture taken. Right behind me is the town of Fernie. That is where Ron was born and where Michael's house is. Going down is hard on the legs. Got to keep my balance. Because the climb is steep, I just had to focus on the ground ahead of me to keep from getting shaky.

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August 20, 2006 at 6:43 PM
Here is a picture of Ron ahead of me when we finally got closer to the base of the mountain. Here the mountain is no longer as steep as you can see, but I remember my legs were starting to buckle a bit. Those walking sticks do help when the legs are getting weaker. When we got to the bottom where we started off we were all so happy! It was a whole day's hike. Then we went for a beer, Dropped Mike and Dino off and drove back to Elko. What a great day off! Thank you God!

Send me an e-mail when you can ok?

Big Hugs and Much Love,

7 comments:

  1. And I .... ! ....sent you a...!!!!!.....reply...

    Hey Bro,

    Thanks for the continuous influx of pics. Looks as though you've been doing a lot of travelling. Nice scenery.
    It's been raining everyday, for the whole day, for around 2 weeks here in Baguio. We've had 3 typhoons affecting the CAR Region. Man, I hate this weather. Have a hard time going to work!
    As for work, what's new..I'm still busy as hell.
    I haven't seen Qryz and Antot for around 2 months. They're around, but it seems we (or maybe I just me..) are all too busy. Antot and Qryz texted 3 weeks ago that we get together and drink, but I had to turn them down coz I had a dinner appointment with my aunt and my father. But we text each other every now and then.
    By the way, there's only me, Beth, Patrick, and the kids left in the house. Tay, Nay and Julie have migrated to the US. At the moment, they're in North Carolina with Ate Angie. They're going to New Jersey next week to visit Venus.
    I think Venus is going to visit Canada next month. She's bringing Julie along. Maybe there's a chance you can get together or meet them.
    Anyway bro, keep at it. Live the life, enjoy it to the fullest! Beth says "hi". Regards to Ron!

    later bro,
    Marvz

    Sun, 20 Aug 2006
    02:02:39 -0700 (PDT)

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  2. Dear Ungga;

    The web has been a very wide playground for me for the past two days.
    Wala kasi
    akong nurse and I do not care about the monitoring. I seldom catch you
    at the
    yahoo messenger. You must be flying high with your love life (inggit).

    Got this one from my yahoo group. Pang-asar. Manhood should be
    replaced with
    "Machismo."


    The International Rules of Manhood

    1: Under no circumstances may two men share an umbrella.

    2: It is OK for a man to cry ONLY under the following circumstances:

    (a) When a heroic dog dies to save its master.

    (b) The moment Angelina Jolie starts unbuttoning her blouse.

    (c) After wrecking your boss' car.

    (d) One hour, 12 minutes, 37 seconds into "The CryingGame".

    (e) When she is using her teeth.


    3: Any Man who brings a camera to a bachelor party may be legally
    killed and
    eaten by his buddies.


    4: Unless he murdered someone in your family, you must bail a friend
    out of
    jail within 12 hours.

    5: If you've known a guy for more than 24 hours, his sister is off
    limits
    forever unless you actually marry her.


    6: Moaning about the brand of free beer in a buddy's fridge is
    forbidden.
    However complain at will if the temperature is unsuitable.


    7: No man shall ever be required to buy a birthday present for another
    man. In
    fact, even remembering your buddy's birthday is strictly optional. At
    that
    point, you must celebrate at a strip bar of the birthday boy's choice.


    8: On a road trip, the strongest bladder determines pit stops, not the
    weakest.



    9: When stumbling upon other guys watching a sporting event, you may
    ask the
    score of the game in progress, but you may never ask who's playing.


    10: You may flatulate in front of a woman only after you have brought
    her to
    climax. If you trap her head under the covers for the purpose of
    flatulent
    entertainment, she's officially your girlfriend.


    11: It is permissible to drink a fruity alcohol drink only when you're
    sunning
    on a tropical beach... and it's delivered by a topless model and only
    when it's
    free.


    12: Only in situations of moral and/or physical peril are you allowed
    to kick
    another guy in the nuts.


    13: Unless you're in prison, never fight naked.


    14: Friends don't let friends wear Speedos. Ever. Issue closed.

    15: If a man's fly is down, that's his problem, you didn't see
    anything.


    16: Women who claim they "love to watch sports" must be treated as
    spies until
    they demonstrate knowledge of the game and the ability to drink as much
    as the
    other sports watchers.


    17: A man in the company of a hot, suggestively dressed woman must
    remain sober
    enough to fight.


    18: Never hesitate to reach for the last beer or the last slice of
    pizza, but
    not both, that's just greedy.


    19: If you compliment a guy on his six-pack, you'd better be talking
    about his
    choice of beer.


    20: Never join your girlfriend or wife in discussing a friend of yours,
    except
    if she's withholding sex pending your response.


    21: Phrases that may NOT be uttered to another man while lifting
    weights:

    (a) Yeah, Baby, Push it!

    (b) C'mon, give me one more! Harder!

    (c) Another set and we can hit the showers!


    22: Never talk to a man in a bathroom unless you are on equal footing:


    i.e., both urinating, both waiting in line, etc. For all other
    situations, an
    almost imperceptible nod is all the conversation you need.


    23: Never allow a telephone conversation with a woman to go on longer
    than you
    are able to have sex with her. Keep a stopwatch by the phone. Hang up
    if
    necessary.

    24: The morning after you and a girl who was formerly "just a friend"
    have
    carnal, drunken monkey sex, the fact that you're feeling weird and
    guilty is no
    reason for you not to nail each other again before the discussion about
    what a
    big mistake it was occurs.


    25: It is acceptable for you to drive her car. It is not acceptable for
    her to
    drive yours.


    26: Thou shalt not buy a car in the colors of brown, pink, limegreen,
    orange or
    sky blue.


    27: The girl who replies to the question "What do you want for
    Christmas?" with
    "If you loved me, you'd know what I want!" gets an Xbox. End of story.


    28: There is no reason for guys to watch Ice Skating or Men's
    Gymnastics. Ever.


    We hope this clears up any confusion.


    Trumpet Lily
    4 Aug 2006
    09:27:43 -0000

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  3. anyangay bro kamustakan? long time no contact.
    so sorry nu hanak makaeemail kenka.
    anyway, what's up with you?
    i know you are having a great life there.
    well, i just had a drink with qryz a week ago.it was great to see him again after a couple of months. can you beluieve that. it was so bad marvz wasn't able to meet us. i hope next time kunpleto na kami.ganyan talaga...we are all busy with our own life ngayon...hahaha...basta lang walang nakakalimot.
    qryz is busy sa construction work nya.as usual, i and marvz are busy with work.

    anyway, i have to cut this short kasi may klase pa ako.break ko lang to.

    ingats bro...take care...be happy always...

    Antot
    Tue, 8 Aug 2006
    10:21:20 +0100 (BST)

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  4. what?!!!! your mom?
    i'm so sorry to know that. that's really deppressing,especially to your family.
    well let's just pray.i pray that your mom...and your fam...will have a stronger mind and heart about this. be strong...miracles happen...i do believe that.

    we will try to call you if we get together again. i hope this weekend with marvz.

    anyway, have to go...work ulit...sumasaglit lang ako dito sa school internet.hahaha

    well bro you take care...till next time...ciao...regards to your labidoods...


    Wed, 9 Aug 2006
    05:38:01 +0100 (BST)

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  5. dearest edgar,

    i really enjoyed reading your letter ngem ti disadvantage na ket lallo nga namiss ka ta adu ti kayat ko nga ibaga, you know, the kind of talks we often have which is serious then becomes silly then becomes hilarious that we cant stop laughing! where in the world can you find such dynamic conversations of two beautiful people who truly understands each other just by winking an eye?

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  6. hello there,

    thanks for the new pictures and the updates. I enjoy
    the pictures they're beautiful and they give me a
    glimpse of your life there.

    that is my new goal to buy a digital camera and learn
    how to take pictures and then learn how to send them
    through the computer. I regret not learning how to do
    this in the Philippines. It would take a little while
    but I think I can do it.

    before I forget, thanks a lot for telling me about our
    high school website. You're right I din't know it
    existed. I'll try sending it to Martha. Martha used to
    email me once in a while but when she had her daughter
    no more. I guess motherhood is taking all her time and
    is unable to email anymore. Nevertheless, I'll try if
    her old email address is still active.

    As for me, not much is going on. I missed very much
    hanging out with friends that is one reason I enjoy
    reading and looking at your pictures with your
    friends. I do not have that here. In the circle of
    group I belong to only my sister in law and my
    cousin's wife are the only ones who are close to my
    age. The problem is both of them have little kids so
    we share a different kind of friendship. You know how
    this kind of friendship works. Mostly only for their
    benefit. Their lives revolve with their kids so that
    is all they talk about. I can relate only because I
    take care of my two nieces so their parents can both
    go to work. The thing is I think fellow singles can
    understand that I long to hang out with fellow singles
    and talk nonsense not about husbands and kids of which
    I do not have. Don't get me wrong I love my nieces but
    sometimes I need to have some time for myself too.
    When I see you with your friends it makes me homesick.
    It makes me want to be in Baguio even for a day and
    hang out. Hay, I know I'll be able to find friends
    here in the future but right now,I miss old friends
    really bad.

    Right now, I am still taking care of my nieces. More
    or less live-in caregiver, just not being paid since
    family. These several months I let go I've been in out
    of depression and my body suffered. I gained thirty
    pounds and I can feel how different my movements are.
    I am sluggish and not as perky as before. I am at my
    heaviest in all my life. I really had to wake myself
    up and simply say STOP! What the heck am I doing? It's
    gonna be an uphill battle I know. Not only with my
    weight issues, careerwise as well. Hay, this is life
    isn't it? when you think you have everything figured
    out things just suddenly turn upside down.

    I figure I cannot expect to change everything right
    away but hopefully I'll continue to change what I can
    and not worry about things I cannot control.

    The first thing I started is going for a brisk walk at
    least one hour a day everyday, so far I had been doing
    it for a week now. I cannot do much with my eating
    yet. I still get so hungry so I have to eat. I cannot
    control my portions yet but I am aware of it and I am
    still trying to figure out the best method that will
    work for me.

    Your picture and note actually encouraged me since of
    course going for a walk is a constant battle for me
    right now simply because my body is protesting since
    it got used to sedentary lifestyle. I know I don't
    have to but I also know that it is a start to my way
    to recovery.

    You are looking good. The hair is still new to me he
    he he I guess it takes a little getting used to but
    you're right have fun with it. Why not?

    You take care for now. Keep on my friend.

    love,
    Marlind's

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  7. cows dealt magic by Magical Trevor....do u know a farmer who would enjoy this little ditty?

    http://www.starterupsteve.com/flash/html/magical_trevor.shtml

    Enjoy,
    Ron

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