Ramblings and Purgings

Friday, December 24, 2004

Feliz Navidad

A quick entry to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Have a safe and jouyous season and remember to be nice to everyone!

The sunshine of Sydney beckons...

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Day 2 - Food

At this restaurant we ordered some yummy tortillas with shredded cheese and sliced avocado and a salsa called Chirimol. Note how our tortillas are a little thicker than Mexican tortillas. Still made from the same maize flour though.

Tortillas

We all ordered different plates and friend Carolina ( friend I grew up with and had not seen in over 16 years!) ordered this delicious plate of mussels in tomato sauce. They were delicious!

Mussels

I ordered a delicious seafood soup. Which was the entrée size!

Crema de Mariscos

After such a delicious meal, we really needed to move around. So we took a walk to the end of the nearby pier and watched the sun set.

Perfect sunset

What a tough life…

Day 2 - The Beach

On Sunday, our second day in El Salvador, we went to the beach. One of Steve’s friend’s kindly lent us his beach house near Puerto La Libertad.

Beach House

By the time we got there I was so ready to feel the dark volcanic sands under my feet. And the place did not disappoint!

Happy Gal

The water temperature was just right and the small waves so pleasant. We swam for a couple of hours until we were too hungry to stand it any longer. Why is it that a day at the beach makes you so hungry?

At any rate, we all then went to a restaurant about a 10 minute drive away from the beach house. The view from the restaurant was of a popular surfing beach.

Restaurant View

Day 1 - Continued

I think it has to do with being born in a Tropical country but one of the first things I did as soon as I arrived in El Salvador was stop by the side of the highway and buy myself a coconut. It tasted so good….

Coconuts

Once we got to my cousin Steve’s house, the gang and I decided to freshen up and have much-needed showers before we headed out once more. This time to catch the match between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

We went to Steve’s friend’s place and it was a gorgeous afternoon. Here’s the view from the balcony. It is a small part of San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador. Also known as El Valle de las Hamacas which means The Valley of the Hammocks. This is due to the fact that San Salvador is built on a valley surrounded by volcanoes. Needless to say, there is a fair bit of seismic activity there.

Balcony

Actually, as a welcome to me and the gang, there was tremor that lasted almost 10 seconds! It was not so scary as it was just such a novelty. Tremors are ok but earthquakes I am not keen on. Especially since my experience with the big earthquake of 1986. Nothing compared to the 7.1 earthquake of 2001 that lasted almost 40 seconds and killeds hundreds of people.

Despite the bloody history of my country of birth, it was good to be back home.

The people do not change, always optimists and always ready to lend a hand.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Intermission - Rude people

Ok, I know I have a particularly good memory and tend not to forget things. Most of the time this is a gift - particularly when I am competing in Trivia Nights, however sometimes it is a pain in the neck. For example, if someone does or says something that I am not too impressed by, I do not forget the comment easily...Which is why I am writing this entry - to get a little thing off my chest.

Yesterday morning, I took a message for a work colleague from some Auto parts place. I said I would pass the message on. Now, my colleague works in a call centre environment which means he does not exactly get a chance to call people privately until he is on a break.

Anyway, at around lunchtime I took another phonecall on his behalf. This time, it was a woman calling from the same auto place. Unfortunately, he had just gone out to lunch. When I informed her of this and asked as to whether she would like to leave a message she started to become extremely rude - towards me!

She started to tell me that he "better" call her back because she had gone to a lot of trouble to get his parts and that he should have the decency to respond to phone messages, etc - I mean, this woman was practically screaming in my ear. I tried to get a word in but she was going full steam. Anyway, when she paused for a breath I told her the following "Excuse me but you have no right to speak to me that way, you are being extremely rude", she was about to say something else but I said "Goodbye" and hung up on her. As I soon as I did that I said "bitch!", which is one of my least favourite words in the English language, even when used in jest.

Now, you must understand something about me - I am extremely patient and I seldom swear BUT when I encounter rude people like this I do not tolerate such behaviour. I just cannot understand why people feel they should be rude to get their message across - the world is a much nicer place when everyone is polite to each other. Even savages like this woman should be taught that. AGH!

Anyway, that is my rant for the morning.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Trip to El Salvador - Day 1

On Friday 19th of November, I set out on a special holiday. More than just a holiday in which I could relax and forget about work for a while, this was an opportunity for me to visit my country of birth since I left it behind in 1988 - almost 17 years ago...

My flights first took me to New Zealand where I had a short layover. Whilst there I saw one of the jets that had been decorated in Middle Earth images. Here is one with the lovely Legolas and the Awesome Aragorn.


Middle Earth Posted by Hello

After many hours I arrived in San Francisco for a long-ish layover. I arrived in the morning but my flight to El Salvador was not due to leave until midnight. Because of this, my aunt Martha and cousin Norma came to pick me (and the rest of my travelling party comprising of my sister, her husband Jason and my friends ellen and Carlo) up from the airport. She took us to her home in Richmond where we were able to freshen up and rest.

The time eventually came for me to get on the plane that would take me back home. I was a little nervous but very excited. I would be arriving in San Salvador at 7am. My cousin Steve was due to pick us up and I could not wait to see him again - it had been over 17 years since I last saw him.

Below is the first thing I saw from the plane. Great huh?


El Salvador...at last Posted by Hello

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Back from the wilderness

My Goodness!

It has been over a month since I wrote in this blog.
I have so much to talk about but today is my first day at work and there is so much to catch up on. My boss is already cracking the good ol' whip, which is just fine because from Christmas onwards I get 10 days off - woo hoo!

Anyway, just to give you a quick idea of what I have been up to in terms of my life:

- Got a big promotion at work with a significant raise in salary (and responsibilities ...yikes!)
- Went back to home country of El Salvador at the end of November...it was my first time since I left the country almost 17 years ago
- Went to California for a couple of weeks to spend time with the family and to give my credit card a nice workout.

Now, I am back and trying to determine what items my fiance and I have to complete in terms of wedding things. Looking forward to designing our menu as it involves a free meal at our reception place - well, hardly free if you know what I mean.

Oh, and it looks like we will be booking our honeymoon on Saturday...

Anyways, back to the rat race!