Thursday, May 21, 2009

An Overbooked Weekend

The weekend of Mother's Day 2009 was definitely one (fun and) overbooked weekend.

Planning for this weekend was started a couple months back, when we thought there were only the Youth Retreat to go to. We were part of the Youth Group for a long time, and even though we are past university age, we still would like to support their program. The place for the retreat was 3 hours away

No problem, it was only from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Plenty of time to sleep off the tiredness, and be fresh for Monday morning works. So we signed up without second thoughts.

Pemberton - our destination for Spring Fellowship 2009

Then my mom came and decided to stay until just after Mother's Day. Which meant that her flight was leaving on early hours of the Monday after. Which meant that we needed to get her to the airport around Sunday midnight.

Okay, going to the Retreat would mean leaving my mom without us for the whole weekend. But then my mom encouraged us to go. Yuli wasn't planning on going anyway, so she would be okay.

As for us, it would be a bit tiring to go to the airport after the long drive home from the Retreat. But it was not a bit problem for us. Our second plan for the weekend was booked.

GII mothers

When Vina emailed and said that she was having her wedding on Mother's Day, we knew our planning skill was put to a test. We would be 3 hours away from the city on Sunday morning. With her ceremony starting at 2 pm and her reception at 6.30 pm, we had just enough time to catch our breath before continuing on with the next part of the day. But we love Vina and would not miss her wedding for the world.

Vina and her sweetheart, Edward

After shuffling things around, we figured out that the only thing we could do to attend everything, was to leave the camp at 10 am, which would take us to the chapel in downtown in time for the ceremony, then rushing to church Sunday service at 4 in Burnaby (just in time to get those kids ready to sing for Mother's Day), and drive back to the reception area at 6.30 pm. Then we would drive to the airport straight from the reception. Yuli and mom would bring the luggage when they left the house Sunday morning.

Sunday School Choir sings "Cooperation" for Mother's Day

That was exactly what we did.

I am so glad that we attended everything we promised to, and all events were kinda fun (except the part where my mom had to leave us). It's been a while since I jam-packed so much activities in so little time.

It was an overbooked weekend, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Those times were too precious to miss.

Btw, reports on each of the event won't be here. I will post it on Chris's blog once he uploads all the photos necessary.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Free Tim Hortons Iced Coffee Tomorrow!


For all coffee lovers (or Tim Hortons' Iced Coffee lovers), go and get your coffee shot of the day at Tim Hortons tomorrow!

On May 21, between 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, get a FREE small Tim Hortons Iced Coffee!

Hmm... now I need to find out the nearest Tim Hortons around my office.

By the by, I am so glad this time the offer is for Canada, instead of the usual "USA Only" promotions.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Kindle DX Announced!

As the rumor suggested, the new Kindle DX was announced this morning.

I am drooling over the big screen (still in the middle of reading a manga). It's also a good thing that they finally support PDF files.

But the almost-USD-500 tag price is working against it. I knew I wouldn't buy it before, but now I know with deeper conviction.

On another note, the Spring Fellowship is coming. I am so looking forward to it. And of course, Vina's wedding is up next after that. Do.. mi.. so... I need to make sure I hit the right notes when it matters.

In the meantime, Sony, hurry up and release a bigger screen e-reader, please!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Rumored Amazon Kindle DX

Since yesterday morning, the internet has been buzzing with the rumored new Kindle DX that supposedly will have a 9.7 inch screen among other things. Engadget even has the leaked pictures (shown here).

I am not a big fan of Kindle, BUT a 9.7-inch-screen sounds wonderful. I wish Sony would release one that size as well.

Why would I want a 9.7-inch screen?

Well, for one, think about all those mangas I have downloaded (and printed on to PDF for reading on my Sony PRS-505). On 6-inch screen, it is a bit small to read especially when I am sleepy. I need to change the display to display only half a page at a time to read comfortably.

A regular manga has 4-12 volumes, at 130-190 pages per volume. That's a lot of page turns, especially at half-a-page a turn. The waiting time to turn sometimes exceed the reading time. A 9.7-inch screen will enable me to read my mangas comfortably again.

I have also started to collect technical books for my work and other managerial books. On a bigger screen, it will look just like it's meant to be.

In conclusion, I can't wait for Amazon to announce or release this device, if only so that Sony would hurry up and do it too.