Sunday, December 28, 2008

An Evening at Aliw Theater to Watch Ballet Manila

My cousin Dana takes up ballet and is part of the cast of Ballet Manila's recent production: "Tatlong Kuwento ni Lola Basyang".

Aunt Hilda had invited everyone who attended the Christmas reunion to Ballet Manila's last show for the year ... and even offered to buy our tickets.  Which is why Mariel, Kayla, Lauren, Chel, Carl, a friend or relative of Chel, Mark, Mae, Jon and I showed up outside the Aliw Theater at the Star City Complex yesterday afternoon.

The others came in early to get their tickets then eat at a nearby fastfood.  Jon and I had been looking up the Cyberzone exhibit then stopped by Starbucks, so we showed up about 20 minutes before showtime.  The funny thing was although we were relatively late, we were able to get in at once without falling in line because we followed Aunt Hilda through the door.  The others were not able to do the same because by the time they got back, the people in line were getting impatient and the ushers didn't want to appear unfair by letting more guests/relatives of the performers bypass the line.

The show opened late than expected, and we had to deal with an irate old man when we tried to save seats for the others.  Jon and I got middle seats.  The others ended seating a few rows back.

Jon had brought a camera, hoping he could film the performance, but we were told that photos and filming the performance is not allowed.  I suppose the person in front of us with the camera on a tripod is the official cameraman.

We weren't able to wait for Dana to come out of the dressing room after the show, and we parted ways with the others who planned to enjoy the Star City rides til midnight.

Jon and I checked out the restaurant row by the bay and ended up in another Starbucks cafe.

There was a big nativity scene in the middle of the strip and I decided to take some pictures:

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Jon and I went to Makati because it was easier to catch a bus ride home from there.  Since it was already late and there were few people about, we thought it was a good opportunity to take pictures of Rustan's window display before the store changes it at the end of the holiday season:

Saturday, December 27, 2008

2008 Chistmas Loot

Christmas is over, and it's time to take inventory of the gifts I got this year.

Food stuff from counterparties/brokers/officemates:

What's left of the food basket my cousin Jeff and family gave our family. 

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This table is where I stacked the other gifts:

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From officemates/brokers/counterparties:

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I got these from the Family Reunion:

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I think I'm gonna start using the backpack.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Fajardo Family Reunion

Jeff and family hosted this year's family reunion which was held at his house in Villamor. The reunion officially started at lunch.


Christmas Eve 2008

Took some pictures of our parish church last night:

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Today's Dose of Randomness

Spent lunch yesterday walking around Mall of Asia and noticed this near McDonald's:

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I think I'm going to check Cyberzone out another day.

It's hard not to think of buying fireworks for New Year's eve if the stalls selling them are just a block away from home, but my mom didn't want me to, so I guess that would be a "no".

Friday, December 19, 2008

This Week's Summary

Dec. 15: Met Bee at Park Square 1.

Dec. 16: Realized a lot of people in the dealing room and the backroom got food poisoning from the pancit yesterday. And I thought it was just a bad reaction to the Thai food I ate last night.

Dec. 17: The FX Group had lunch at the Hong Kong Chef.

Dec. 18: Boss Dan submitted his application for the early retirement program.

Dec. 19: PNB's Christmas Party

Friday, December 12, 2008

Treasury Christmas Party

The Treasury groups of Allied Bank and PNB held a joint party at the PNB dealing room yesterday evening. Following are photos and video clips I took from the party:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

This Year's Carolers

A clip of the carolers that visited the Dealing Room this year.

Fireworks stall

A number of tents were set up in a vacant lot and now they're used by people selling fireworks. They'll probably stay there until December 31.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

ICAP Charity Day 2008

This year's guest brokers were Billy Crawford, Iliac Diaz, Tweety de Leon and Asi Taulava. Rey couldn't get over how tall Asi was. Adie wanted to have a picture taken with Billy but he was gone by the time she thought of it.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Cristy Visits the Dealing Room

Cristy took a short vacation early December and passed by the Dealing Room to give out Christmas presents.

Cristy's Visit

I got this t-shirt ... which she bought during her Europe trip.

Jus heard she was around and dropped by the Dealing Room. Everyone remembered the sardine mix-up in Singapore.

Cristy's Visit

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