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Wish fulfilled!

Posted by Abi Kwok on April 10, 2009

The fam and I went to Baguio on Thursday…one of those spur-of-the-moment type of things our family is very famous for. Despite planning the trip on the last minute, we were able to book a great, cheap hotel located in downtown Baguio City, and we were able to convince our great driver to take us there! We only stayed there for a day but it was really, REALLY worth it.

Visiting Baguio — even if it is jam-packed with tourists like us — was a stress-buster. It took my mind off things at work and it made me appreciate my family, my life, and my environment better πŸ˜€ I wish everyday was a vacation where I can just escape to a faraway city and be my wacky, old self πŸ˜‰


More pictures on my Facebook and Multiply accounts. Friends only, though πŸ˜‰


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Posted by Abi Kwok on February 26, 2009

One of our daschunds was officially diagnosed with leptospirosis today. Euro, the usually happy, playful, sweet dog suddenly became so sick. He refused to come to our calls and just lay on one corner. The vet said he must have gotten sick when he ate or drank something that was contaminated by either rat feces or urine. The condition is highly contagious, even to humans. The doctor said the condition is potentially fatal, but if the dog is strong enough (age and physical condition-wise), he’ll live. The bacteria that causes leptospirosis will be excreted through the urine, so everyone (us and our dogs) have to be careful NOT to touch his urine or other wastes.

Anyway, Euro has been confined in the hospital for almost a week now. I visit him everyday, kiss his nose, and assure him that everything will be ok. I tell him to hang in there and to get well for me, for my mom. My mom has developed a strong liking for Euro, one because he sleeps beside her, and two because she treats him like a little kid and cares for him so much.

Then he will look at me with his almond-shaped eyes, his tail wagging, his paw reaching out to me as if saying, “Please take me home now.”

For the firstΒ  three days at the vet, Euro refused to eat. He would cry whenever I would get up and leave and his cry was so painful to hear.

The good news is, the doctor said there was an improvement in his condition. He’s eating and drinking now, he has stopped vomiting, and he has become more active — not the usual hyperactive Euro, but it is definitely an improvement.

We decided that we will bring him home either this Saturday or Sunday, after we shop for a good quality, comfortable dog cage on my day off. I know it will be hard taking care of himΒ  and nurturing him back to his old healthy self, but I will do everything I can to nurse him back to health. The doctor assured me that he will be able to be 100% better if we just consistently give him medication.

It’s been a depressing week for me because of this. It may seem shallow to some, but I have grown attached to our dogs in a level beyond the master-pet relationship. I can’t explain to you how good it makes me feel going home everyday and being welcomed by smiling, happy dogs who will lick your face, jump to your lap, and act as if they’re SO happy to see you back home.

To end this:

“A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.” –John Grogan, Marley and Me.


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Geek alert!

Posted by Abi Kwok on January 6, 2009

I’m a pseudo-collector of Stephen King books. To date, I have 35 Stephen King novels, including the classics “Carrie,” “Pet Sematary,” and “The Green Mile.”

I’ve sifted through almost all book sales in the metro looking for his books. Although Zen has told me time and again that it’s not a good idea to be buying other people’s junk or hand-me-downs, but you know what they say, there’s always treasure in other people’s junk πŸ˜€


Of all the King novels I’ve read so far, I have to say that “The Green Mile” remains to be my favorite drama from King. I also love, love, love “The Road Virus Heads North,” and “The Mist.”

King’s the only storyteller I know who made me lose a sleep because of “1408” (not the movie, mind you, although I am a John Cusack fan).

Sadly, of the 35 books I have, I still have around 15 pending books (don’t hate me!). Now I am reading “Blaze,” King writing under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. It’s an okay book. Not good, though, but just okay πŸ™‚

I also love King’s non-fiction book, “On Writing.” This book is a guide to writing. It’s been mentioned in several of my writing classes in college, and after reading the book, I am not surprised why πŸ™‚

I’ve also seen a couple of King movies, like “The Green Mile,” “1408,” “Pet Sematary,” “Children of the Corn,” “It,” and “Dreamcatcher.”

(OMG. I just heard news that they’re doing a movie of The Dark Tower series!!!!)

The end. πŸ˜€

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My thoughts on Dela Paz

Posted by Abi Kwok on October 27, 2008


I have to be honest. The whole controversy on theΒ Moscow incidentΒ has got my head spinning, and NOT in a good way. The story broke less than two weeks ago and already I’m bombarded with a WHOLE lot of information that I can’t possibly process in one or two seatings.

I have to say, though, that high-ranking police officers really are rich. The disparity between the non-commissioned police officers (=PO1 to SPO4) and the generals (two-star up) are so huge that a newbie reporter like me is nothing but overwhelmed.Β 

The sad truth is, these generals are richer than me. Huhu 😦 but that’s OK. I know that their job is way difficult than mine so no worries πŸ˜€

But I digress.

It has been a week since Eliseo dela Paz, former PNP comptroller, appeared before media to formally apologize for the incident that, he said, caused an “international embarrassment.” To tell you the truth, I really don’t understand why such a small contingent should bring a huge amount of money. Yes, the costs of living in Russia are high, and yes, contingencies such as medical emergencies do happen in such cases, but still.

I’ve always told (more like ranted. LOL) my fellow reporters that there would be no problem in the first place if Dela Paz just declared that amount. But the damage has been done, as the cliche goes.

I’m sharing some unpublished photos of Dela Paz during his first media appearance last Tuesday:

Anyway, I’m really glad that PNP chief Jesus Verzosa finally stepped up after his major boo-boo at the Senate hearing last Thursday. This time, I’m sure he made a good decision, albeit not enough, as Senator Mar Roxas said.Β Mistah or not, rules are rules, and the same applies to Dela Paz.Β 

I know this incident will never end, even though Joc-Joc Bolante is set to arrive here tomorrow. I’m sad for Verzosa because this incident hit his administration less than a month when he assumed the role of PNP chief.

I’ve always told myself: I like to believe that there are still good policemen around πŸ™‚

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Posted by Abi Kwok on October 14, 2008

I was browsing through some old Multiply albums (=college albums) a while ago and I couldn’t help but feel a bit sentimental as I thought of how things were then. Everything was so simple, so carefree. Yes, we do worry about some big problem or two, but in the end, we all just slept through it. Most of all, we were YOUNG.

Now, though, everything seems so heavy. Each task we’re assigned to do comes with a heavy weight and screwing up is always not an option.

I remember writing in my last column for The GUIDON, now we can’t say “Sorry sir, I screwed up. Can I rewrite my paper again?”

I miss being young, being a student, and being carefree. I wish life is still as simple as they were back then.Β 


So while I’m being emo, I decided to put together a before and after photo, which I grabbed off Multiply. πŸ˜€

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Finding Teehankee (late post)

Posted by Abi Kwok on October 9, 2008

It’s a given that, being a journalist, I have to being on my toes ALL the time. That’s why I was a little less surprised when, during a dull day at Crame, I was told by my editor to rush to the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City to stake out Claudio Teehankee Jr., the pardoned convicted murderer, reportedly living inside the NBP Compound for almost a week.

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Ah, they grow up so fast ^_^

Posted by Abi Kwok on August 23, 2008

Less than a month after my hamster gave birth and her babies are looking food good πŸ˜€

There are 10 babies left. Honestly I dunno if I counted it wrong from the start since I initially counted 15 babies. Anyway, I’m glad that the babies are looking well and healthy.

Progress report! πŸ™‚

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Today in pictures

Posted by Abi Kwok on August 22, 2008

Today was a tiring day. I got home at 9:30 p.m. after being stuck three hours in traffic; my legs are aching because of a 1 hour walk (total); and my stomach is killing me. But I got pretty pictures πŸ˜€

Today I was at Roxas Boulevard for the 12-hour ‘Truth Fest’ there. You read it right, 12 hours. No, I did not finish the entire event good Lord o_O.

Anyway, I tinkered around (again) with my SLR and here are some photos I took:

If I must say so myself, my photography skills have greatly improved *gloats*. πŸ˜€

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What if…

Posted by Abi Kwok on August 21, 2008

Today we celebrate remember the death of a patriot. Twenty-five years after former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino passed away, many claimed the country was back to square one; that all of Ninoy’s efforts were in vain

. We were, as some said, at the brink of another martial law, at the brink of another dictatorship.

All of these have led me to wonder: what if Ninoy hadn’t passed away. Would things have been different?

I was born three years after Ninoy’s death last 1983. I was born after the People Power Movement. So I was never a part of history, but how I wished I was.

But I digress. If Ninoy wasn’t assassinated that day, would he have been a better president than his wife, Cory? I

f Ninoy was alive today, what would he have called the people to do?

My mum said that if Ninoy was alive, he would’ve been just like any other politico: corrupted and insincere. Actually no one can really tell, right? But I really wish Ninoy was alive today. He would’ve made a greater difference alive than dead, IMO.

Some shots taken from the mass remembering Ninoy:

I am honestly shocked at how Cory’s physical disposition has changed SO MUCH. I’m happy though that she’s on the road to recovery.

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This is what our place looks like in times of heavy rains…

Posted by Abi Kwok on August 20, 2008

Knee-deep floods closed down the stretch of N.S. Amoranto Avenue and at the corner of G. Araneta Avenue in Quezon City Wednesday noon as heavy rains spawned by typhoon 'Karen' caused the nearby stream to overflow. The flood caused heavy traffic along Quezon Avenue as motorists were forced to look for alternate routes. Kwok

KNEE-DEEP FLOODS AT ARANETA AVENUE. Knee-deep floods closed down the stretch of N.S. Amoranto Avenue and at the corner of G. Araneta Avenue in Quezon City Wednesday noon as heavy rains spawned by typhoon ‘Karen’ caused the nearby stream to overflow. The flood caused heavy traffic along Quezon Avenue as motorists were forced to look for alternate routes. Kwok

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