table mountain

One Winter weekend in 2013, the VendAsta troupe embarked on another exciting trip to unwind and make the most of the weather. 🙂 The continuous banter and laughter kept our minds off the hour and a half drive to Table Mountain aboard our chartered bus.

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inside the bus…

Jack and Bella
Jack and Bella… my playmates…

Some opted to ski and… I decided to take snowboarding lessons with some of the other VendAsta peepz… (click here to check out how the lessons went… it’s sooooo…. :p).

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Jeff & Violet… getting ready to ski!

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Scott & Dan want to snowboard!

Bella and Jack
Bella & Jack… on top of Table mountain… TheCuriousMe is soo jealous…

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Aussie Alan and TheCuriousMe… nervously waiting for our snowboarding lesson

After a very eventful day, all of us met up in the chalet for a chillaxin’ moment with the VendAsta bear before going back to Toon City. See below for the snapshots:

allan and bella kushal and rebecca
bear with tony bear with thecuriousme and jellybean
bear with scott and brent bear with jeff guy and dan

Until next adventure… I’m lovin’ Winter! Woot! 😉
(Except in -45 to -50 degrees Celsius weather… 😦 )

skating

One Friday afternoon in 2013, with zero knowledge and background on skating, I excitedly joined the VendAsta troupe on the public ice skating rink downtown in Toon City.

skating allan - delta bessborough
nice background Allan… ok.. and also the pose. 🙂

skating - thecuriousme
scared mouse!

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Scott showing off!

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glide… glide… glide…

I grabbed a chair in order for me to get movin’ which also helped me balance and not stumble while skating. The most challenging part for me was climbing a REALLY tiny hill to get up to the rink… I got stuck on that spot.

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Alan also doesn’t know how to skate!

skating -thecuriousme-no chair
my ice walker… :p

Nathan P had to help me tighten my skates so I could skate “better” and gave me a push to get me over the hill.

skating nathan and thecuriousme
with Nathan P
skating -thecuriousme-trying hard

After my first lap, I decided I’d had enough skating for that day and opted to hang out and chat with my colleagues.

skating - no chair
standing without ice walker 😀

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with Cody and Andreas

In any case. watching Michael Christian Martinez* and Kim Yuna** effortlessly glide, spin, jump and do other complicated techniques on the ice skating rink makes me wonder… how in the world did they do that?

MichaelChristianMartinez KimYuna

P. S.
* Michael Christian Martinez is the only figure skating athlete from South East Asia in the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 and the Philippines first Winter Olympics representative ever. Coming from a country without winter, he’s absolutely amazing! More support from the Philippine government please… Michael deserves it!

** Kim Yuna is the figure skating representative of South Korea. She took home the figure skating gold and silver medal in the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010 and the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 respectively. I had goosebumps while watching her perform. Such passion and grace!

East Coast

East Coast  is definitely an excellent place to detoxify in Singapore after a long and taxing work week. It helps clear the mind and pacify the restless spirit.

Although, I don’t know how to swim (click here to understand why), I still love to hang out in places that reunites the land and bodies of water. Whatever that is. :p

Aside from watching people and staring blankly in the horizon (click here to read “Boat Quay” article), I’ve done some cool activities in East Coast that I don’t normally do. Check it out:

  • Drink a bottle Heineken or Tiger beer and eat a bag of chips and fruits while watching the sunset
  • Roller blades (I learned by watching YouTube videos. -_-)

i can stand! LOL

i can do it! 😀
  • Jog at the crack of dawn

  • Bike

In this side of the world, the good spot that I could think of is Lake Louise (click here to read road trip article) but it’s too far from Toon City. I need to find my official “stress reliever spot” near or within Toon City.

Once the winter season is over, I might check out some places. Any suggestions?

 

“warm” weather

It looks like the clouds are tired of floating in the sky… decided to go down… and evolve into fluffy snow. Oh la la!

Come to think of it, I’ve been blabbering how I love the snow when I first arrive in the Toon City (click here to read the snow article). And now… I still love the snow… however, the bulky winter wear is driving me nuts! Waaaah!

The weather is bloody chilly (-38 degrees celsius.. so far)! Brrrr! At this time, I want to recall how a warm weather feels. Ha!  Check out below the river cruise  sunny moments and let’s all relive the summer season  😀 :

the route

Now, back to reality. -_-  Enjoy the chilly weather and share some warm winter smile everyone!  Wohooo!

barcamp

topics

I know this is an awfully late post but…  it’s better to be late than later!  I  want to commemorate the day when I tweeted like crazy and “freeze” the divine moment when I’ve mingled with such exceptional and groovy geeks!

It’s definitely a learning experience for me… It is quite similar to the Youth I.T. Congress in the Philippines but the barcamp is more intimate due to the limited number of participants. Thus, there’s a greater interaction between the participants and the speakers. And most of all, the registration was free  as well as the food and drinks plus a souvenir shirt! Love it!:D

briefing with Ginger

registration

The topic that caught my attention the most was Chris Morix and Ryan Smith’s, How to Create an Award Winning Blog in 6-months. Yeah, I’m a blog fanatic.  Moreover, Chris and Ryan were really hilarious speakers and their chemistry was absolutely terrific!

award winning blog presentation

Ryan & Chrix

Anyhow, my twitter handle is @krungkrung4u (it means crazy for you).
If you are bold enough, follow me. Ha!

This was my most precious tweet:
@krungkrung4u I can’t believe it! This is the first time i’ve tweeted so much in my whole twitterlife! LOL I can’t stop blabbering about #barcampyxe @VendAsta.

And more snapshots:

with Phoenix & Mariatta

Andreas, Guy & Nathan R

Allan

with Jeff R

with Nathan R

with Nathan P

with Andreas

with Blair

topic board

I can’t wait for the next Barcamp! Woot!

Toronto

Toronto is an improved version of Metro Manila (Philippines) and somewhat a bigger Singapore. The malls remind me of Megamall in the Philippines and Ion (and the mall near Somerset -forgot the name- is it 316?)  in Singapore.

Toronto  is an ideal place to do some “tourist-ty” things (check out the Ontario article for more photos). My trip there did do me good because aside from completing my errand without a glitch, I was able to relax, walk around and do some fun stuff like:

  • ride the train once again (I love trains!)

with Fritchie

waiting…
  • check out Dundas Square close to old city hall
Dundas Square
  • drop by at Eaton Centre (a big mall downtown Toronto with 365 stores)

Eaton Centre
  • visit the CN Tower

CN Tower

view from the CN Tower
  • drink hot chocolate in Starbucks (fyi. i’m not a Starbucks fan)
Starbucks @ Finch
  • hunt for Korean soju in  Yonge street (dubbed as the longest street in the world!)

“Korean” Mart

Korean Resto
  • and stopover in other scenic spots!




The most memorable one was the bonding moments with my long time friend Genevieve and my little sister Fritchie (both my fellow Lormanian).

with Genevieve

with Fritchie

No matter how exciting Toronto is, I still prefer the beautiful and serene Toon City… Ha!

My Beloved Toon City 🙂