When a day of such importance arrives in your life that every other consideration is shoved to the back of your mind, such as the U.S. Government is closed? It’s of no importance to me. So there is Pork Barrel Corruption in the RP? Again of no importance to me, but I had thought some people liked pork?
Why you might ask is this day of such importance? Because it’s my Granddaughter Heather Colleen turns eleven on 3 October 2013 now that is important to me! As I look at my newly minted eleven year old I can only say that that it seems like just yesterday when she was ten. (Nobody on Face Book got this joke)
She and I have a tradition going back to when she was quite young that she informs me what she desires for a present. In this way I can never get it wrong, and always be her “Lolo Daddy Paul”, hero extraordinaire. True the surprise is missing but getting the present right is more important.
And if I involved her mother in the selection process I would be told the young lady needs a new car. Now you know I’m joking. But almost not!
So the “cella” phone rang and Colleen wanted to speak with me earlier in the week and she informed me that as she was on the Swimming Team, she would like a Digital Camera that snapped photos underwater. Since she still has all my other presents from a few years ago, that I’d got for her and they were still in perfect working order, I knew she had the maturity to take care of her things.
Off with Mayang we go on our quest, Ocampo’s dept store in Olongapo, I approach the electronic section and ask the young man, if he had the item I was searching for. He said yes and showed me a Cella (Smart Type) Phone with a nice camera attached; I asked will it also text underwater? He scratched his head and gave me a look, and asked why I thought it would do that? Because if the camera was waterproof would not the phone be too? Oh sir you want an underwater camera. I just nodded in the affirmative and he said; “Not in stock”
Off to the Harbor Point mall with electronic stores galore, I went into nine of them, one showed me the right camera but it cost PNP 19,000.00 Na Lang! Whoa Nellie she’s only eleven, and does not work for Nation Geographic. Out the door once more, the next store had just what I was looking for as they described it to me but they had to go to Manila to retrieve it, many more disappointing attempts, when I walked by the Sony Emporium. And there in the window was a camera within a large tank of water, calling to me. I met a knowledgeable salesperson, who heard what I wanted and showed it to me. That is so refreshing.
First it took pictures and High Def videos both regular and pan-o-ramic size with sound and a lot of other stuff, is was a whiz-bang, super-duper do it all type of camera and good for two atmospheres underwater or 33 feet, 10 meters or one hell of a lot of inches. .
While explaining the warrantee he told me the Camera was covered for three years, and the Memory Card (8gb) was covered for five, so I asked if the camera went out first do I still have to hang on to the memory card for two more years?
Oh the camera is also shock proof, but the young man advised me not to drop it until it was paid for. I saw his grin, and knew he was sharp.
It’s a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TF1 PNP 8,698.00 online but with free memory card and camera case I paid PNP 7,689.00. Which for once made me feel good?
Did you think we’re done? With new camera in the bag Mayang and I go to lunch, I want TGIF and she wants the California Café, for their Singapore Shrimp. Guess which one we went to? While at the California Café the young man seemed very happy to see me, I was surprised as I never felt we had got along that well, and then he explained that six weeks prior he had forgot to have me sign the Credit Charge slip. So I looked at him and said; who are you I’ve never been here before!” Then I stated to laugh and signed it for him. With that I had made his day.
The night before her birthday party Miss Colleen came by the house to pick up her present and have a small (Incy Wincy, sorry that’s a Boston term) pizza party, of course the regular party would be the next day, with her school mates, I didn’t attend as it was for kids and they don’t want old folks hanging around. Well it was raining hard and we didn’t want to drive down to town.
So my little girl is a: “Tween” now and becoming a little lady, I know she has to grow up, but does it have to be so fast? I’ll keep Jayden, my little Dude small for a few more years and his birthday isn’t until May. Oh damn Christmas is next. (Am I allowed to say Christmas?