Monday, August 30, 2010

An Accident One Fine Sunday

Everybody loves Innova. So goes the tagline of one of Toyota’s commercial vehicles. I would like to own one, too, until last Sunday.

It was past 10 a.m. and the kids and I were on taxi going to church when I heard a loud screech. It was too late to even look where it was coming from because the source, a Toyota Innova, collided with the taxi we’re in. The first thing I did was ask the kids if they were okay. Gabby was flushing and Sunday looked dizzy. They were hurt!

I saw the driver of the Innova approached us and said something. The traffic officer said something about “going to Traffic Makati” but their words were just mumbles that didn’t sink in until I felt okay later. I didn’t care about filing a case against the driver; I was more worried with my kids so I decided to bring them to Makati Medical Center, the nearest hospital.

Gabby and Sunday with ice packs on their head and knee.
After check-ups and x-rays, the doctors said Gabby and Sunday were okay. I just need to observe them for 24 hours, and watch for some signs of internal injuries: sleepiness, vomiting, and headache.

After paying the bill, I had second thoughts in going to the precinct where the taxi and Innova drivers were. I just wanted us to eat lunch and rest. But my conscience told me otherwise so we headed to Makati Traffic Management Office, near Makati City Hall.

There was a short argument because the sister of the Innova driver were kind of arrogant and immediately demanded for the hospital‘s receipt. I wanted to tell her that I wasn’t really there to reimburse what I spent on my kids’ check-up. I just wanted to go home! But I only thought of the taxi driver who is not allowed to go home by the police officers until the victims appear and settle the case.

I decided to make things easier for the rest of us. I just got what I paid for my kids’ check-up. The driver, I think, felt relieved. I just hope he learned his lesson. If he victimized a more unforgiving person, he either would have a case filed against him or pay a substantial amount for damages.

The Toyota Innova's damage
I talked to the taxi driver for a while and left the precinct grateful that we were all still alive and okay.

The taxi's damage
On our way home, I looked back at all the things that happened two hours ago. I thought, what if the taxi was also in a hurry? The Innova would have hit the taxi‘s body and gravely hurt us. I just can’t imagine! It was so evident that the Lord is taking care of us. The kids said a thank-you prayer when we ate our late lunch.

And though Toyota claims everybody loves Innova, I don’t think I would like to own one. Don’t think that I hold grudges against tangible things! It was, after all, the driver’s fault that Innova was introduced to me in a very unkind manner. Id’ rather have Honda CR-V or Hyundai Tucson. I love their features better!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Something New and Something Free!

Something new. This pic was taken several days before July 26, my birthday.
I am wearing a pashmina, my new love! :)

Still something new. I now have my own domain! :) After contemplating for the longest time, I finally decided to buy one. And honestly, I don't like my new dotcom name.

I really like the but somebody already owns it. I was too sleepy that night when I registered the :( And I regret that I didn't wait another day to think of a better name.

Ever wonder how I arrived on such identity which I would have to bear with for a year? Since my posts are mostly about my travels and my activities as a working mom, I decided that it should have the word "wander". And when we wander, and discover and see new things, we wonder, right? And wonder in means : that emotion which is excited by novelty, or the presentation to the sight or mind of something new, unusual, strange, great, extraordinary, or not well understood; surprise; astonishment; admiration; amazement. So there. My reason for that homophonic domain name. :)

I wanted to buy another domain exclusive for me and my family's discoveries of places, food and things. But that can wait. For the meantime, this blog will remain as it is. It will be used to post our food and place trips, to join online contests -which I love to do!, and do paid advertisements, if I have opportunities from pay-per-post sites.

And speaking of online contests, I just won P1,000 as a consolation prize from Jehz. I didn't win the Android phone but that is so alright. The grand winner and the runner-up deserved the prizes. :)

PS: I lost my blog roll when I customized my domain. Please bear with me while I update my list. Let me know, too, if you want to be added to it. Thanks! :)