Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!
A handful October so it seems, a lot has happened and with all honesty, it was quite exhausting. I need another micro vacation in November, if possible.
October started great; the school my daughter was in, held their annual sports fest. Given my daughter’s physique, I was surprised that she was able to take part in some of the sports. She was underweight, much like me when I was a boy. I’m glad that she has grown confident and warm; able to make good friends and embrace life.
I asked the internet if I should go to the tailor or get my watch strap replaced and the internet answered! So, I took my recent haul to the tailor; it was a peach dress shirt which I asked to be shortened and tapered on the sides. I love going to the tailor as gives me a chance to strike up a conversation. This time we talked about how most people don’t go to the tailor anymore and how tailoring is becoming a dying art. It was an interesting conversation that I enjoyed to my heart’s content. I also got the chance to chat up the receptionist which was nice.
Last month, I’ve noticed that I’ve been wearing the same bracelet every day. So, I’ve decided to buy new ones; nothing expensive though. I’ve always been fond of accessories like sunglasses, watches, and bracelets. They’re a great way to spruce up a rather dull look, avoid going overboard and stick to a piece at a time. I love accessories so much, that it even influenced my daughter. This month she asked me to buy her first pair of sunglasses and a beaded necklace. Again, nothing expensive but I do envy her sunglasses. It was a Persol inspired folding sunglasses that Steve McQueen used to wear.
I finally got ink for my fountain pen, I had fun writing with it despite my terrible handwriting. Being a programmer and typing at a computer for seven years could mess up your handwriting.
I also got some new books from a very good friend. She was trying to get rid of some of her books and I was so happy to oblige!
October is filled with food as usual; I added another option in the recent poll I did on Twitter as a joke. I added, “get a hamburger” as the third option and Twitter seemed to like the idea. So, I went for a big ass hamburger one night with a beer.
Another thing I got in October is a McDonald’s Filet o’ Fish sandwich, which I love by the way. Despite what others say about it not being fresh, it’s always freshly made here. It’s light and tasty and great for those who are watching their calorie intake.
Since yuletide season is near, I got a puto bumbong which is a Philippine staple during the season. It is a steamed purple sticky rice cake topped with grated coconut and muscovado sugar.
I also had Sisig, which is a traditional Filipino dish made with pork ears and belly. It is boiled, fried, and broiled to a crisp; then chopped to tiny bits. It is served often on a hot plate and often as beer food.
And the highlight of the month, my daughter’s seventh birthday which we held at a local McDonald’s. It was my first time planning a children’s party and boy, it was tough; but I guess it all comes down in making her happy. We have tons of fun and enjoyed the company of the guests. It was no easy task and downright expensive, but I can’t help to feel that it was all worth it.
October, despite its challenges; is always a blessing. It was the month that I became a father, and the rest is history. Life is a series of ups and downs and it is indeed a journey of trial and error, and one must learn to take the good with the bad.
To Courage and Freedom, and October!
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