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A Visit to HO

I was fortunate enough to be sent to our Head Office in Bergen, Norway for a training.  Yes, I hate flying, and just the fact that the distance I have to travel (based on the office map) is enough to turn my head upside down,  I admit that I am curious and excited.

The travel was a blast, I have never seen a more exciting airport.  The training as a whole was OK, if not a little boring.  The place looks like a Christmas Card complete with the mistletoe smelling air.  The people are great, the sights are refreshing to my senses. The food though, needs improvement.  In all my travels, I am always excited in trying out the food.  However, for this one, I was slightly dissapointed.  I line up in the canteen and all I see are breads, cheese, ham, tuna, milk, etc. Appetizers right?  So I was looking forward to the main course but I was informed that the main course usually is either a soup or a salad.  Yes, just those two, in alternating schedule.  Thank God there was Burger King there!

We went to the Santa House and also bought some pasalubong.  Not so much Asians there.  In fact, I haven't seen any other Filipino.  But as we were boarding the plane back home via Amsterdam, we met a couple of Filipino seamen who insists that we were either domestic helpers or nurses (really?  and we thought discrimination is done by other races).  Still, it was a very educational experience for me.  Plus I so looooove the chocolates there...


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This movie has "the movie lines" to die for.

Almasy to Katherine:  "Swoon, I'll catch you"
If only this statement can be trusted. If only guys are all like this in real life.


Singapore is so much like Makati -- tall buildings, fast people & talkative Filipino yuppies. Not so much sights but then again, we were there to overspend on pasalubongs and go retail shopping. I don't want to brag, but between here and Manila, Manila wins hands down (on my own standards). :-)

Our hotel was located at Orchard Rd. and it has (thankfully) Starbucks at the groundfloor. We went down one night only to realize that coffee (as with cigarrettes) is so much more pricey there.

Athough, I must say, the air is worth breathing and the streets are super clean. Thank God for countries who respect the rights of non smokers to nice, clean air.

March 8: International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated across the world on March 8th each year. The day is about celebrating the vital role women play in enhancing economic security for their families, communities and countries as a whole while recognising that significant barriers to achieving women's economic security and equality continue to exist.
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Just want to share this quote to all the ladies out there: 

A man wears the pants in a relationship but the woman tells the man which pair to put on. 
- Unknown