birds, beer, baby

Had an eventful but tiring three days that can be broken down into the following statistics: 18 San Mig Lights, 20 hours of travel, five hours of sleep, five new CDs, 12 new “friends” including a town mayor in Pampanga, a pack of cigarettes, two skipped meals, and one banged up body.

Sometimes I wonder why I’m still alive and functioning.

The two-day seminar on avian flu that I attended last Thursday and Friday went well. I met a lot of  interesting folk and even drank overpriced beer with them in this swanky place called Copa’s inside Holiday Inn in Clark Field. Also learned a lot about the topic that could be useful in my trade in the future. Friday morning I found myself in Candaba swamp gawking at – but not exactly admiring – migratory birds.

Back in Manila I got invited by my office-mates to drink at Tonio’s Grill along Timog Avenue. I arrived there late and was surprised that more than half of the office showed up for the gig. It was fun. Stories and jokes flew like birds (haha!) with every bottle. Even the music was good: mostly 90’s alt-rock sang by a singer who reminded me of Lisa Loeb. I ordered one beer after another until I forgot that I just came from a swamp and totally lacking sleep. I wasn’t home until 6  a.m. Saturday.

My wife is handling her pregnancy pretty well. At the CD sale in Quezon Avenue she bought music designed for expectant  mothers – cool, relaxing stuff with a lot of piano, flute and Spanish guitar in it. She has also developed an appetite for sweets and is sleeping a lot lately. We agreed to name our child either Layne Elrick (if boy) or Raven Lee (girl).


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jam
    Dec 16, 2008 @ 17:28:20

    nice names 😀 also, good to know everything’s okay with the pregnancy. yey!

  2. Karl
    Dec 16, 2008 @ 21:59:06

    Yey, indeed. Thanks 🙂

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