New Pix on my Multiply account

8 10 2008

Well, not really new photos… I am archiving the My Pictures folder in my laptop so I decided to upload them to Multiply before I move them out.

Here’s the first series: 





The Early Bird Catches The Early Plane

6 10 2008

Last Friday, our female co-workers requested that we accompany them to the airport for their trip the following day. Although we are usually gentlemen *ahem* we were a little reluctant because their flight was at around seven in the morning. This meant that we had to be at the airport at around five… and it is almost close to impossible for my two housemates to wake up that early on a weekend. Still, our gentlemen instincts took over and we ended up saying “Yes”

At first, they wanted us to pick them up at five but, being the pessimistic guy, I told them that we need to be there a little earlier in case “something crazy” comes up. It took us awhile to get their stuff loaded into our cars. Boy, did they go on some shopping sprees… As we were leaving, I motioned for them to go ahead of us since they still have to return the rental car. 

I drove around the airport thrice before I asked Franz (who was in his sleeping clothes) to get out and start looking for them… and I still had to drive two more times before I finally saw them. Apparently, there were some issues with the paperwork of the car rental. I dropped off their luggage and asked my housemates to accompany the ladies to their respective airline counters (since they had different routes) and that I would go around one more time. 

Three more rounds and still no sign of my housemates. I knew something was up. Finally, I saw them… but still with one of our ladies. At first I thought that her flight was canceled but apparently, she had some issues with her luggage (thanks to those shopping sprees I bet). The airline was asking her to pay a whooping $600 for excess weight. Whoa! I pulled up the car but since this was a no stop zone, we just starting grabbing things out of her luggage and throwing them into the trunk. 

This time, I told them that I’d give them a good fifteen minutes before I circle back. I found myself a gas station and grabbed a bottle of Starbucks Mocha because I was just so sleepy. I picked them up, who had a couple more items in their hands (from the luggage), and we finally left the airport at almost seven. 

All I can say is, good thing we decided to shave off those couple of minutes… Whew!

Note: Apologies for the corny title. =P





Tagaytay 2007

30 12 2007

Tagaytay2007 About two months ago, Alaine and I celebrated our three year anniversary. Although we were not able to do everything we had planned (like going to Taal and other places), we still ended up having a great time… visiting new places and just simply having some quality time together.

Our first stop was Buon Giorno @ Cliff House. I read about their Opium Bed from “Our Awesome Planet” and made reservations for it a couple of days before the trip. We then tried looking for the Flower Garden but ended up in Paradizoo instead. We went on a quick tour, checking out the farm animals there, before heading over to their affiliate resort, Residence Inn, to check out the exotic animals. Yey found the guts to have her picture taken with the baby tiger. =)

Next, although we were running out of time, Yey convinced me to take her horseback riding. She has never done it before so was really excited to get on the horse. She did not finish the allowed time though as her bottom started to hurt. Haha…

Finally, we headed over to Sonya’s Garden. We’ve heard lots of things about this place so we just had to check it out to see what the buzz was all about. The massage service and food were good but I don’t really think it was worth the amount of money. Still, it was a good experience for both of us.

Our final stop at Tagaytay was Rowena’s for their famous buko tarts. =) Just some pasalubong for our loving families.

All in all it was a great trip… not because of the new places and food but because I got to spend it with my GG. Thanks, Yey!

Check out http://ryansalvanera.multiply.com/photos/album/29 for more pictures…





New York! New York!

12 11 2007

I’ve already posted a couple of entries about my first trip to New York but never found the time to post any pictures.

Here goes:

 New York Trip

Plus the video that made Dids want to jump off the Empire State Building 😉

Other NY posts:

Blogging From Google New York
Worst thing about GTAC?
I Love New York!!!
I Love New Yorkers!!!





Camiguin Getaway

4 11 2007

Last week, we went to one of the places that I have been wanting to visit for the longest time, Camiguin. I have heard a lot of good stories and was really excited to finally experience all the hype.

The trip was planned a couple of months ago (five to be exact) and was supposed to be a family (cousins) reunion of sort. Unfortunately, Chokie had to back out at the last moment and Jit was not in Butuan at that time. Still, we found ways to have a blast.

I have uploaded some pictures on Multiply from Kuya’s Rebel XTi.

Camiguin Sights

Faces of Camiguin





Manila..

1 09 2007

Manila.. I’m coming home to Manila!

Yup, after more than 160 days, I am finally coming home. Although I am not too thrilled about the 27 hour trip home, I am pretty excited about surprising Alaine. She actually thinks that I am on an another business trip to Dallas. =)

I guess this is the perfect time to look back and get mushy on the trip. Yes, it was hard being away from family and loved ones for an extended period of time, but somehow I was able to have fun along the way.

The best part, of course, was all the traveling I did. I was able visit some new (and exciting?) places. The “legendary” [Chicago trip] will go down the history of Navitaire as the craziest road trip done by Manila employees on an onshore project. I was also able to visit LA and see Universal Studios, though the best part was seeing Chien and Nick again. Sure, we’ve all changed since the last time we actually hanged out together but it was still great meeting up.

I was also to go to [Dallas] on a business trip to [Southwest]. Well, I did not really go around but this was the first time I went on a client visit so it was pretty cool. The nice thing about it was that our Service Account Manager told us that the client thought the trip was worthwhile. Yet again, the best thing about the trip was meeting up with Sharon, a high-school buddy of mine whom I have not seen in 13 years.

The last trip was the [New York] trip which I have already talked too much about so I will leave that as is. =) The only bad thing of course is that I did not get to meet up with the rest of the people I planned to meet, [She, Joy, Manre and more.]

I guess all that’s left is to thank the people who helped make this a good trip. My family and loved ones who supported me in this trip, especially Alaine who tirelessly called up and sent me load when I needed it. Our tour guides in Chicago, LA, Dallas and New York for taking us around. My roommates Jeremy and Dan for the late night chit-chats and farting competitions =) The Austin team (special mention to Susan Benites and Mike Arguello) who made me feel welcome. Last, but definitely not the least, I’d like to thank Dids and Lei for letting me hang out and bug them nightly, trusting me with their driving lessons and trusting me with their secrets.

Thanks y’all and see ya soon…





A jet-setting week

18 08 2007

Hmm… Ok, I don’t think I really fit the description of being a jet-setter, but I’ll stick with it for lack of a better term.

Anyway, the next two weeks will be a lot of traveling for me. Here’s how my itinerary looks like:

  • Aug 20 – 22
    • Fly from Austin to Dallas, TX
    • Official business trip
    • Hopefully meet an old buddy from high school
  • Aug 22 – 26
    • Fly back to Austin at noon; Fly to New York in the afternoon
    • Attend a conference – this is worth another entry
    • Meet with Michelle
    • Hopefully meet other friends (She, Joy, Manre, etc)
  • Aug 27 – ?!?
    • Tentatively another official business

Fine, this may be a regular thing for most people but my line of work does not really entail a lot of traveling so this is pretty exciting to me.

For my friends who are in Dallas and New York, let’s meet up…