Hello again, world!
A lot of things have happened since the last time that I wrote an entry, and yeah, one would be surprised at just how much can possibly happen within the span of a week or so. Some of those things that happened have been nice, happy things, while others are things that I think I'd rather discuss another time.
For the happy things, I'll start off with ducks.
In the newly-renovated Macea/Washington Sycip Park here in Makati, right across the street from the Union Church of Manila
, I've been visiting eight, large, white, fluffy ducks almost every morning. I don't care what people say, but ducks will always be funny little creatures to me. Anyway, almost every morning after work, I pass by the convenience store to buy a 17-peso pack of crackers, and I'd then crush the crackers, walk up to the bank of the man-made pond that the ducks reign over, and proceed to feed them.
I like to think that I've somehow managed to train them to come to me when I click my tongue, and so far, I've been able to hand feed them as well. This is a daily source of joy for me, and I don't mind the walk from my office building to the park, or even those occasional times when the ducks get my shoes and my jeans wet, when they decide to scramble out of the water and waddle around at my feet.
Oh, and yeah, the ducks share the pond with a whole school of large, beautiful koi fish who eat the crumbs that the ducks ignore. It's all lovely.
Next piece of good news is that I finally, finally, finally managed to get myself a camera! Yes, after more than half a year struggling to get a new one, plus bucketfuls of blood, sweat and tears, I finally did it!
I managed to get myself a brand new Canon Powershot A430
. The retail price for that model posted on Canon's website
is Php 9950.00, though I don't know just how old or new this information is (don't worry though, I got mine for much, much lower than that). It's a slightly older model, as compared to the A460, but it serves its purpose and it fits my budget well. It's an entry-level point-and-shoot digicam that works great for an amateur like me, and it also takes beautiful shots! And dear Lord, the Super Macro feature is a thing of beauty.
2272x1704, unedited version can be found in my Multiply album.
I also don't mind that the camera only has a resolution of 4MP, since I mainly use the camera for photos that I can post online, and I don't really intend to make prints that are larger than 4x6 anyway. And the best thing about getting a branded digital camera? I can actually take a warranty on it this time around, which is always a welcome thing.
Also, as you may be expecting, the 16MB MMC card that came with the camera is already full of photos of ducks and more things to put up on eBay. And I just received the camera in the mail last Monday afternoon! I need new SD cards soon, haha! ^__^ I'm considering getting a 2GB card next payday, but Lem has promised to get me one for Christmas, so I may just end up buying myself a set of rechargeable batteries, and/or a mini-tripod. Or another 2GB card. Hehe... though I'm now wondering if it's possible to actually have too much spare memory... Is it? O_O;;
Sigh. I'm just happy to get myself a camera, PERIOD. I've been feeling particularly... handicapped
since my old one broke down, and I'm just glad to have this new one.
Next piece of good news is that I just got regularized last Monday, which officially completes Phase 4 of my Grand Plan (TM). And yeah, besides that, it also means that I'll have a job this Christmas and the upcoming New Year, which is GOOD, right? It also means that I'll be getting a raise soon, on top of the incentives and bonuses that I've also been getting. Yay! ^__^ In any case, this all seemed to have come faster than I thought, and I'm rather startled by it. I know I still served the requisite 6 months to get to this point, but it just seems so much faster! I remember that in my previous job, it seemed like forever before I could become regularized, and staying for a year seemed like such a difficult task.
So yeah, a lot of good things have happened within the span of seven days or so, and I have much to be thankful for despite everything else. :D