Monday, March 29, 2010

Back to Swimming and My Palm Sunday

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Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010

Back to Swimming and My Palm Sunday
Last Saturday, I finally returned to Yishun Swimming Complex to do an hour of swim. It was past 5 P.M. since I had to do my laundry first. Before heading to the pool, I went to Old Chang Kee to buy the chicken and mushroom empanada. They are still cooking it so I opted for the squid on stick. Yummy!

The pool was crowded as usual and there were a lot of kids with their swimming instructor. I was honestly exhausted from an hour of swimming. I should make it a habit now to swim every Saturday. Anyway after that, I went to Fair Price to buy the ingredients for my chicken with tomato sauce recipe. That was yummy by the way.

Sunday morning, I woke up around 8 A.M. to get the OEC at Lucky Plaza. I was early so I can catch the morning Palm Sunday mass. At Lucky Plaza, it was as usual crowded with Pinoys. At iRemits stall, the queue was long especially the OEC collection. With me are my passport, my employment contract, airline tickets and my employment pass. It was nice that Pinoys helped me when they saw me that I don't know the process. I was told to get the form and sign it then queue with my documents. After filling up the form, I went to queue with my documents. After "nanay" checked my documents, she placed my documents on queue. It was annoying that some are unprepared with their requirements. They should have researched first or asked friends. Some are even unsure if they want a multiple or a single OEC.

When it was my turn, I asked for a multiple OEC since I am going to the Philippines on April and July. My employment pass is only valid until June this year so I brought my contract with me. I was surprisingly annoyed with the other lady when she told me that she can only give me one. That their basis is on the validity of my employment pass. I told her that why my other friends can get beyond their pass validity in the premise of them presenting their employment contract. She again repeated her line with the validity of the pass so I just said okay so I can leave.

It was past 10 already when I left Lucky Plaza. I think I arrived in Yishun past 11 already. Since the mass is 11:45 A.M., I strolled the mall first. At G2000, I realized that it was already 11:45. I rushed to the bus terminal and hoped that I can still make it. The bus arrived late so I have decided to just attend the 5:30 P.M. mass. I went home and had my lunch. Before 5:30 P.M., I was on my way to the church. At the church, I was given two palm leaves. I then wondered why the doors are closed. I then realized that they have moved the mass to 5 P.M. Isn't that great? After the gospel, they opened the doors and I was seated on the third row. Darn, I missed the blessing of the palm leaves. I should have attended the morning mass even I was 15 minutes late.

Let us be reminded of the Holy Week.

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