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preschool. big school. graduate. repeat.

Posted by Au Lim On Wednesday, June 18, 2008 0 comments
yup, this is my 5th time around starting preschool with my babies. first day blues again... hehe...amusing actually :-D

here comes the waterworks!....

i thought Raj would be as okay with being left inside the classroom as Reine was on her first day. Reine wa really cool then. so cool it was mama who had separation anxiety. and to think, Reine is my shyest child. Raj, however, is the most precocious yet he just wouldn't let me go! at first, he sat on the mat with me then as i pulled away, he crawled out almost in tears.

Raj wouldn't stay inside the mat.

i was already sitting inside the classroom but Raj was really being cautious. he just wouldn't stay inside the mat. after a while, he relaxed a bit, especially when they were asked to do some coloring with crayons.

furiously coloring...

they were mostly asked to color shapes: circle, triangles, squares, but then we got to the rectangle, he drew a face instead. i asked him who it Di-Tsi daw...hehehe...

our first masterpiece

ito si Di-Tsi...kamukha naman, di ba?

Reine was pretty relaxed in school as could be expected since she's now in kinder 2.

Day 2: smiling brightly now...but still, paparazzi mama has to be IN the classroom with him.

Day 3: teacher convinced Raj to stand and draw on the board...

pretty sun drawing by the little boy with teacher's help

coloring with full concentration complete with protruding "nguso" :-D

happy boy... BECAUSE mama is IN the room... tomorrow is a different matter.
no parents allowed already...we'll see...

fellowship of fire

Posted by Au Lim On Wednesday, June 04, 2008 1 comments
there's something about watching fireworks that is absolutely wondrous and doing so with a crowd of people just as awed as you are seem to make it even more exciting. maybe it's why they so aptly called the event the "Fellowship of Fire".

i planned to watch this: the World Pyro Olympics at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) as soon as i heard it was happening again (it's an annual event!) maybe a couple of months ago. however, as the date neared, i almost thought i wouldn't be able to make it due to either heavy rains or schedule conflicts. luckily, nephew Jasper was having birthday and planned to do dinner at Hawaiian Barbecue which was right by the bayside at MOA. and why not? wouldn't it be the coolest to have spectacular fireworks on your birthday? May 31 was smack on the last day of the weekly pyro event.
people here, people there...

but geez!...i think maybe about ten thousand or so other people planned to be at the same venue that last day of the Pyro Olympics. MOA was teeming with people! thank goodness i happened to score some free tickets for the special lounge area under the auspices of the Photographers' Club of the Philippines (PCP) and Sir Ross Capili. otherwise, i think just finding a place to comfortably set a tripod would be quite problematic.
people everywhere...

i arrived somewhat early but i had to seat my family first at the restaurant. when they were set in, Jasper and i tried to find the entrance to the VIP viewing section and found it almost at the other end of MOA. the cool breeze by the bayside was relaxing and the sunset was spectacular so i attempted to shoot that too. will post them maybe tomorrow.

birthday boy Jasper

Jas left after i settled in and daughter Gabey came in to accompany me. as i waited for her, it occurred to me that should have studied up first on shooting fireworks before that day. however, it was too late so i just sent out a prayer to the shutter gods and hoped to luck in with the correct camera settings. i didn't even expect it would be quite difficult to catch fireworks! they're so unpredictable!!! and i couldn't decide where to aim my camera seeing so many spectacular bursts of light. next year i hope to be more prepared, less overwhelmed and hopefully get better photos. below are my catch for the day. the album may also be viewed here for faster loading.

Photo Essay