Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bangkok and the 3 budget travellers

Of course its not only the new cam thats my indulgence for missing the christmas holiday. I have to have a some sort of christmas holiday! So I contacted 2 of my well travelled (takaw byahe) friends : Maricar and Mai-mai, we discussed several options and then booked the trip to Bangkok. Maricar and I availed of Cebu pac's promo seats for Php 5800+ round trip airfares for Mnl-Bkk, while Mai used her mabuhay miles also forking around Php 6k for the taxes.

We were blessed with good weather for the entire trip. Bangkok was hot, but very interesting, very exotic, and a wannabe's photographer's delight. The traffic is as horrendous as manila's. Only few of the locals knew good english but they are very accomodating with any enquiries. The streetlights at night is a kaleidoscope of colors. And the fruits and local delicacies is a gastronomic experience.

My New Baby...Canon SX10 IS

This is going to be a marathon blogging since Im going to be making several posts today...or until the desire/muse left me.

Naturally since my Christmas holiday was spent working, I have to indulge myself with a new pasttime...and I discovered a new hobby - photography. I have a somewhat new canon ixus 870IS (bought last November when my old cam surrendered to exhaustion after being borrowed by somebody). I was lurkring in several photography forums and became fascinated with macros, bokehs, street photography, night photography, etc. the old baby (canon 870is) limited my exploration to these fields. So I decided to invest in DSLRs, however the thought of dragging a big bag for the big cam and the lenses somewhat diminished my desire until i discovered the bridge cameras...a bridge between the pocket sized point and shoot cameras and the DLRs. My research lead me to these ultrazoom camera. The test photos shown in several review sites sold me to Canon SX10is. Thus the hard earned money parted with me, and my love affair with photography begun.

My Christmas Gift

I was not able to enjoy the Christmas holiday because I was given given a surprising gift for christmas, and on christmas eve no less: a 32 week premee (with a Ballards' score of 29 weeks)from a G3 mother with incompetent cervix. . . . pressure!!! In short, I spent the better part of the holidays and most of january in the nicu working on giving this mom the best christmas gift ever. He is a tiny bundle of energy during the first week that I thought..." is this going to be a benign, crisis free nicu stay and just concentrate on gaining weight, or is this the lull before the storm?" I prayed it would be the former because i intended to have a stress free beginning of the New year, however problems soon appeared on the the 2nd week of life. Apnea and neonatal sepsis sets in, and the supportive mother and I took turns staying awake to keep on stimulating the baby. Our hard work and prayers were answered, the little prince recovered, gained weight and was discharged weighing 1900 grams at 37 weeks corrected age.