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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Myanmar (Burma) 2016


Yangon-Bagan Escape


 (Saturday night) June 18, 2016 

Checked in Esperado hotel and it cost me 79$ with oh well nice room, reasonable breakfast with Shwedagon Pagoda view. Min and Wai picked me up the next day (Sunday) and they helped me booked bus tickets to Bagan. They also took me to Shwedagon pagoda but first we had lunch and the boys bought me a traditional skirt. It was a lot of fun because I never thought I would meet CJ (my former Vietnamese student in Da Nang) in Myanmar after two years. I still remember the last time we saw each other two years ago; we were in the cafe in Dong Hoi and we promised to see each other someday somewhere perhaps Tokyo.  So, yesterday was amazing because both of us were surprised when we found ourselves in Yangon. 
In the evening I took the bus to Bagan from Yangon. We arrived in Bagan at 430am (Monday) and I just took a cab to Popa Mountain resort for 40,000ks. It was a 90-minute-drive. It was quite scary on the way because the road was pitch dark, the driver drove really fast, and looked like he was going to dump me anytime along the way while he made a few stops trying to convince me to take his sightseeing tour. Seriously, I had never been this brave. I know right? I usually travel alone... and I find it exciting but not that morning. 

Monday: (June 20, 2016) 
Yes, the driver safely took me to the resort and I checked-in. It costs me 75$ a night, and since I checked-in early morning there wasn't any breakfast included, so I had to pay $10 extra for a small Ala Carte. Anyway, staffs here are nice and somehow helpful. I took the sightseeing-taxi tour for 80,000ks. This is quite expensive but I understand because Mt. Popa is far from old Bagan. By the way, I booked tickets back to Yangon at 830am Tuesday. The sightseeing tour was fine except that I thought I've had enough of pagodas and temples from Vietnam to Siem Reap, anyway.

Tuesday: (June 21, 2016)
The mountain resort was kind of “nostalgic”, that on my last day, I just wanted to go back home. I had an early breakfast, made sure to take more photos of the view, the staff, and took the last sip of my coffee passionately. Honestly, I don’t like the resort’s breakfast because it’s way too expensive and too small for a huge tummy like mine, but it’s a perfect place to relax as there isn’t any wifi. Anyhow, the resort’s driver took me to the bus station and we left Bagan at 830am. I was sitting with a Burmese woman, and she didn’t fail to smile at me each time I tried to ask her if she wanted to turn on the A/C. On our first stop for lunch, I had time to check with Min and told him I was on my way back to Yangon. 
To make the story short, I arrived in Aung Mingalar Bus Station (Yangon) at 5PM. Since, I almost ran out of cash and didn’t have any idea which hotel to stay for a night; I went to the airport and got a room at Seasons International Airport Hotel for $60. Hmnn.. to me it was quite too much for the fair service and the breakfast. Then I met Wai, Min and CJ in Hledan centre for a short chitchat and to pick up some gifts. That was really nice of them, so thoughtful. Since they had to go back to work, I went to Myanmar plaza to kill the time and headed to the airport at 4PM.

Popa local market


Notes:

Guess what, 500 dollars won’t be enough for three days if you’re not wise enough to bargain with the cabs, and if you go there for the purpose of “treating” yourself for a holiday. I would be back, but to Inle and Mandalay for more travel photos and cultural immersion.
taken at one of the pagodas in Bagan
Shwedagon pagoda


Thursday, 19 May 2016

Who Am I To You?



Who Am I To You?


Am I tired of praying and hoping that sometime today you'd tell me 
that you want me.

Or am I just being too demanding and insecure for I don't want 
to be a "spare tire" again?

Perhaps what I'm thinking now is right...that I'm not the only one, 
that you don't see me in your future. 

Or I might be wrong and just feeding my paranoia with the thoughts
that I'm too scared of a dreadful fall, once again.

I pray that one day, you'd realise my worth, and value our
relationship because I do.

No matter how busy you've been, if you're willing to spend a few
minutes with me for a serious talk, then I'd believe that you're the one.

I asked you whether you like someone else now apart from me... but you
totally ignored me when you could simply say, "Yes" or "No".

Why? Is it because it's true that instead of working on our relationship,
you're working on how to get rid of me?

Or you're working on how to get that "other" woman you fantasize and dump
me after the long wait.

Why do you have to prolong my agony, when you can just tell me now?

You read all my messages but you didn't even bother. I hope you won't
leave me this way, because that's too harsh for me.

I hope you'd say something "real" and "honest" so I won't wonder every second
of the day who am I really in your life.


Friday, 8 April 2016

My Mood Swings



My Mood Swings



I want to write, but no words come out of my mind.

I want to sing, but the lyrics seem to be blurry.

I want to teach, but students aren’t in the mood.

I want to travel, but I’m stuck in the classroom weary. 



Thursday, 3 March 2016

Randomly Yes or No.

Randomly Yes or No.

"I said I wanted coffee, you said no because it was too late."
 and
"I promised not to drink coffee anymore."
"I said I wanted cup cakes, you said no...then I gave you
a not so grumpy look."
And... you said: OK get one if you want."


-Sue and Elder M.

Elderly Parents

Elderly Parents


"The most painful reality is to live miles away from your elderly parents."
"If only you had a choice...where would you be?
 Away from from  them or the career opportunities or making lots of money?"
"Oh maybe it'd better to spend the last few years of their lives
laughing, arguing and loving each other."


-Sue

The Drums Teacher

The Drums Teacher


"Believe me, someone special out there has been thinking about you,
 but he cant focus on you as he's busy teaching a kid the drums."


-Sue

Cherish Him

Cherish Him


If your being stubborn challenges him more, then
you'd definitely found your muse.
If he likes your being straightforward, then
you're with the real man.
If your extra fats, make him cook for you more then
you've got the one.
If he prays for you every night, then he's
God's choice.


-Sue

Five Years Ago

Five Years Ago


You were there five years ago with your drums and your guitar
and sometimes your piano.
I saw you as you walked down the stage with your eyes
wandering around somewhere.
I gazed at you leading the opening prayer looking innocent
with striped shirt red and blue.
You never noticed me perhaps because you were
in love with someone else.



-Sue

Sunday, 28 February 2016

The Blue Antler

The Blue Antler

We held hands at 10pm last night.
You were too fragile and I was harsh.
We crossed the crowded street with might.
There were strange cabs, but we didn't rush.

You carried her with extra care.
She pretended not to notice.
She told her heart not to fear.
As you continuously walked with grace.

"Soon you'd leave this place", she said.
But you'd be back as you promised.
Now,more poems she will write for you.
Would you love them? Yes or no?

Days will come and we'd be miles apart.
You'd be surely busy, I'm sure about that.
Please spend  quality time with your mum.
Later, tell me how you've been with a wham!

Saturday, 27 February 2016

The Flight Back

The Flight Back

You thought you weren't sweet enough and you never cared.
You took the flight back with the ego I once dared.
Dared if you'd call me babe in Viber while picking up my meds.
At the airport, you took a snap of what I asked you to purchase.

At Holiday Gold, I couldn't keep myself from giggling.
Jen asked, "Are you talking to your beloved man?"
I smiled, and gently nodded with the sweetest way if grinning.
Wait, I gotta go to the lake to read a good one.

Have you seen the photos I took to remember how great this day is?
Oh, I have almost forgotten you're still on your way back home.
If I had a chance to hug you tight and blow you a kiss;
I'd definitely own you-you're mine and only mine in that dim room.

You said you're heading to the Old Quarter.
I know you've been  tired from the long haul.
Thank you because tonight's escape would definitely matter.
So here I am, in front of the temple waiting for your next call.


Thursday, 25 February 2016

How it Started




How it Started


It started as soon as I… extended my hand to his fond, soft palm, one lazy Thursday morning.
I couldn’t remember his name but he looked familiar…”Have I seen him before?”
Sometimes, I hate thinking about the fact that he showed up without a warning.
I wasn’t prepared, and the only thing that I recalled was the white cotton shirt he wore.

He left taking my contact number with him, whilst me asking, “Would he even bother?”
In a few days, he gave me a ring, asking my day…then it quickly became his habit.
Deep inside me, I was hesitant, scared that he’d add up to the scars in the past.
It wasn’t long ago that my heart was broken; I thought that French man was no other.

Thick, copper walls were built as stronger as the warm hazy days passed by.
I made sure my soul was sealed, and made it difficult for him to make a move.
There were days when I had to stand him up, as my mind refused to comply.
Now that I’m his, the only thing I can do to keep him is to pray for his unfailing love.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Where Art Thou?

My 7th poem for him....


Where Art Thou?

Who would call me tonight?
Who would ring me for three nights?
It sounds so clingy though.
But what can I do-I miss you.

So bad, but be glad you got my heart.
I'd wait so patiently til the weekend comes.
No worries, none can tear us apart.
Even an herd of  gossip lambs!

Dream about me at dawn will you?
Under the  dim streetlights of Bangkok.
Read my last message, will you?
As I keep the spices from yesterday's cook.

Your hoarse whispers I'm about to listen.
I heard you said, "How are you my dear?"
Oh, I'm by the window peepin'
Til I hear your sweet voice clearer.

Goodnight Babe!
God bless you always.


Sunday, 21 February 2016

Late Night Dinner

My 6th poem for him:

Late Dinner Date

Last night was the sweetest date,
I've ever had with you.
Random stories, giggles and chitchats,
only us both know.
It seemed like seconds passed by,
so fast like a whirlwind.
Your hugs and cuddles for minutes are
so precious I didn'want to amend.

I'm blessed to be home where,
your heart longs for me.
The place where the scent of the
sweetest perfumes are found.
No, we're not in Paris nor Milan,
but our romance never goes ugly.
This is where our contented souls
are meant to bound.

You're not a man too sweet in words,
yet you've mended my broken soul.
And helped me bury my darkest past into,
the desert invisible even to a curious owl.







Friday, 19 February 2016

A Morning Call

My 5th poem for him... soon will be on the hard copy.



A Morning Call


You turned my literally gloomy morning,
Into the best "idiom" of the day.
Pretty eyes on my screen whilst ringing,
Gave me love as soon as you started talking.


I laughed when you said, "Oh, my gosh!"
"Couldn't see your name on my call list last night."
I knew you were tied up, so don't rush.
Baby, you've done enough more than a knight.


You've taught me patience, trust and faith.
Each day, I learn how to truly appreciate,
The simple, yet sincere things you do for me.
Thank you, for you never fail to value me.


If I had a song to sing only for you today,
I'd softly whisper the lines, into your ears.
"Yes, just listen, and tell me how's your day."
Did you just say, "Cheers, gone are your fears!"


Notes: Positive thoughts turn gloomy days into the brightest sun shining behind the Nimbostratus.






Await

This is my 4th poem for him.

Await


What if one day I'd wake up beside you for real?
Your face so close to me, as if something is to unveil.
What if one day, I'd wake up with only our memories?
Staring at our one and only "wefie" and your old messages.


Questions aren't clear enough for anyone to answer.
Only God knows what your heart desires.
Does it sincerely pray and fight for her or,
Still wandering around for sweeter pearls?

Pain, oh yes it must be a bit painful to think,
About what's the future behind this await.
You asked me once, "Will you wait for me?" with a wink.
I said, "Yes..." without anything to bet.


Prayers surely change things they say.
Would I stop kneeling to Him begging,
To be in your arms endlessly?
Oh, how I long to have our happiest ending.



Notes: Sometimes you have to be extremely patient to wait and keep the faith that the person you're into right now is the one God has sent you.









Thursday, 18 February 2016

Meet Me Halfway

This is my 3rd poem for him.


Meet Me Halfway


I sincerely apologise for being selfish.
As to compromise is more than a wish,
From the hearts that are deeply in love,
Along with respect, trust, and all of the above!

Last night, you were on the other line.
Been hours since waiting patiently in line,
To utter the words, “I’ve got something to tell you.”
You assured, “alright tell me what I need to know.”

Babe, I’ve been so self-centred, and careless.
Pardon me if I’ve forgotten I’m no princess.
I’m a woman, with a great man;
A man who loves his Almighty One.

My prayers for us are fadeless;
Even stronger than the tempest.
The songs I’ve written only for you,
Would be kept until we both say, “I do.”

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

My “Goat’s” Notes

Here's to the second poem for him. 


My “Goat’s” Notes

She wrote about you once.
Would you give her another chance?
Your notes might spice up her words.
So, she won’t run out of thoughts.

Hey, she hated your saxophone once.
Yet, wants to give you a wicked glance,
As you gently presses its keys.
Whilst secretly telling you, “one more please!”

You cook; she munches like a gold fish.
She annoys you, you give her patience.
You sing; she childishly smiles.
And she demands quick replies.

Sometimes, she asks…
“Has he thought about me today?”
“How about last night’s tasks?”
“Did he finally, dream about me, anyway?”

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

One Day


One Day...



I'm not special but not typical.
I don't conform to your norm,
because I have my own.
I'm rather realistic than radical.

I can't cook, nor strum any string.
I don't have a perfect body shape.
But I've got something to bring.
A cup of latte along with a crepe.

One day...
 I'd learn to cook.
 I'd run an extra mile.
 I'd learn to strum with my music book.
One day... I'd make you smile.

Tell your mum I'd be fine.
I'd have beautiful children,
their dad could call, "mine."
And granny's, "precious lil silken."




Thursday, 1 October 2015

Hello October

FPT University Hoa Lac
8:27AM
Room 205L


When was the last time I thought of taking a break from writing my random emotions in Blogger? No, idea..it just happened-something like "oh no..I'm tired of this sh*t"... I know...it doesn't make sense is it? 


Sometimes when your heart is broken, all you want to do is freeze, pray as hard as you can and hope that one day you'd get up feeling a bit better. Well, I'm fine now at least knowing that there are lots of things to be thankful for- life, friends, jobs, answered prayers. Life is uncertain of course and in a split second the wind could change its direction. But on one hand, there's nothing to worry about because if you've learned how to keep your faith to God, you'd eventually get into that amazing thing He has prepared for you. 


AND oh, two days ago I was more than honoured to be a part of my former student's wedding. He was a kid who always gave me sweet smiles in class way back November 2010 in FU-Da Nang campus...and he was beyond being nice and sincere. Before I moved to Ha Noi campus, I promised to visit him in his hometown one day...and so I did last year. Then, I also promised that as long as I'm in Vietnam, and he gets married, I'd attend his special day...AND it happened two days ago. I wish these couple luck and more blessings to come their way. 

This October I pray and declare a more blessed relationship, more answered prayers, healthier life among friends and family, success, and strength. 








Thursday, 20 August 2015

Princess MoMo

Momo is more than adorable...I would like to thank Bao Linh for having MoMo with me. She's a stress-reliever, the sweetest snow ball, and also a smart lady. 

Here are some photos of MoMo with almost the same angle but with almost different expressions. Hey, she knows when I'm ready with my shutter. 


We LOVE, MoMo!

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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Whale Sharks in Oslob Cebu


Had the chance to enjoy the sunny morning with the Whale Sharks in Tan-Awan Oslob Cebu Philippines. For locals who don't have voter's ID, it's 500 pesos if you go snorkeling and 300 pesos if you just stay on the boat and watch. But if you can show them an Oslob voter's ID, then 30 pesos for watching and 50 pesos for snorkeling. For foreign visitors and those from other cities, it's about a thousand bucks. Well, it was worth the watch. I suggest you bring your own underwater camera because it would cost you an arm and a leg for an underwater camera at about 550 pesos with one CD.
Rule of the Third
selfie time LOL   


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Blessed with Friends

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Yesterday night, Wardah and Razky dropped by my room and we had the best chitchat ever. It's been a long time since I've had a small talk with nice people like them. But before that, we made sure that we were able to take selfies in front of DOM A together with the rest of the Bruneians. They're not only happy people but also very warm and sincere. 

Well, at almost midnight yesterday, there was a power cut off so we gathered at the hallway in front of Masa's room waiting for the power to resume. Then as soon as the power was back,Hamiz, Wardah, Razky and I gate crashed Masa's room with all his Miso soup mix and so on. It was great!!!


But today is one of the most grateful days of my life. Masa's mom never fails to bring me happiness as she continues to send me her prayers and well-wishes. Last Christmas, she sent me a pretty handkerchief; and to me it was gorgeous. I bet you, this family is a great example of a devout Japanese Christian. Why? I've never met his mom, but she knew how to make me more thankful in life. Today, I got a very precious silver necklace with cross pendant from her. Tell you what, it's not about what it's made of, but it's about this feeling that this brings all the blessings from the family and they kindheartedly share them with me.  Maybe God bless this family more and more. Thanks again!!! (#teary-eyed)

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I also want to emphasize that I'm so thankful to the Lord for giving me my Pink Shrimp. He's one-of-a-kind and he will always be in my heart. He has picked up all my broken pieces and has made me feel that loving is one of the best feelings in a "used to be" broken woman like me. Now, I believe that there's always someone for everyone. You just have to be patient and never stop believing in the power of prayers. Lord, please take care of my love...each day. (I Love you my Pink Shrimp!)


From Sue with Love.


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Hmnn I bet, my mom has been wondering when exactly I'm going home...LOL! I'd surprise her. Wait, momma and Ming-Ming the cat, I'll see you both soon. I Love you!


Manila, Cebu, and the north, See you soon! 
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I declare a safe and blessed and hassle-free flight for me to the Philippines and for Masa to Tokyo. I also affirm that my June trip is safe, successful and would be a blessing to us who are going. No weapon formed against me, my family, My Pink Shrimp and my friends shall prosper, In Jesus' Name. Amen. 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Field Trip (Nature and Barbecue)

Location: Bavi National Park, Vietnam
Class PC_1006_P2
Date: Friday, April 17th, 2015

A motorbike ride up the lush, cool mountain was one of the best that we've done this block. Bavi offers the best gift of nature from the waterfalls, to the green forests, cool air and some temples as well.  The ascend included mouth-watering grilled  fresh water fish, chicken and pork. That was an amazing experience and it's worth sharing the photos here in my blogger before I head for summer in my hometown, Cebu Philippines. 

Here are some photos: Enjoy!

Will upload more tonight. 


































































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