Last weekend was very busy for me. Last Friday, I went out with Basti to the Mall of Asia and I bought him his birthday present from Toy Kingdom. He wanted to eat at McDonald’s so we went there and had snacks. We even saw Ralph Souquet, The Kaiser of Billiards, and I was able to get his autograph. I have a picture taken by MH while I was waiting for him to finish signing the piece of paper I handed him. He was very gracious and very accommodating 🙂 Just pardon the photo of my humongous butt! LOL!
Friday night, we had dinner at Dad’s in Glorietta to send off my brother and my SIL back to Jakarta. It was a night full of jokes and laughter. They went back to Jakarta last Saturday and I really miss them a lot. Here are photos from the dinner.
Saturday was Basti’s 3rd birthday. I’m financially-challenged right now so I wasn’t able to give him a great party this year. My in-laws gave him a small party in Malabon and shouldered the food and cake and I shouldered the ice cream. It wasn’t a grand party for him but what’s important was that he was able to enjoy it and he had so much fun. You can find the photos here. The first couple of photos were from Jela’s (Basti’s cousin) first birthday. The rest of the photos were taken in Malabon.
It has been a terrible week for me to begin with. I lost the contents of my backup hard drive that contained 6000+ photos and other important files. It crushed my heart and I have been bugging people to help me try to recover the files that I lost.
So what happened? Monday morning, I have already planned to backup my drives on DVD because I was just too busy to do it last weekend. I turned on the monitor and there was a prompt asking me to restart my computer because there was a Microsoft update that was installed. I restarted the computer but to my shock, I was being asked for a password to enter my user account and I don’t have one for it to begin with.
I panicked a bit and phoned MH to look for that Microsoft KB article about the error I’ve been getting when I try to login to my user account. It was caused by a certain security update that was installed on my computer. I was able to resolve the issue but when I tried to access all my files, it’s all been gone. I really couldn’t breathe and when I gained composure, I started crying.
I was given hope by Aggie, a digiscrapper from the Philippine Digiscrappers Forum, when she pointed out to me a file recovery software that I can use for the humongous and almost seemingly impossible task. I tried out the tool and my hope was strengthened when it saw the files that it can recover. It can even recover files from way back!!! As I write, the software is still searching for more files and it’s been almost 24 hours since it’s been doing it. But I don’t really mind the long wait because I had the settings search for all kinds of files it can find. If I can recover even just the photos, I will be throwing a mini-party and I owe Aggie big time!
Basti, MH and I watched Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause last Tuesday and I was impressed with the movie. It’s a great movie for kids. It just reminded me the Christmas is just around the corner.
That night, we had dinner at Icebergs Harbour Square and capped the night at Starbucks. I’m just a few stickers away from getting my 2007 planner!
And now for my Thursday Thirteen for this week:
Basti was very goofy and playful that Tuesday night and I had the chance to take quite a number of photos showing how he was. Here are 13 of Basti’s most goofy and funniest photos taken on the 14th of November and the rest of the photos can be found here.
I just hope today will be a much better day, though it’s gloomy outside of this cold room.
Credits for TT Banner this week: From the SS5 New Beginnings Mega Kit
Sandpaper by Terri Walsh; Striped Paper by Dawn Webb; and Plaid Brown Paper and Butterfly Element by Sammy Davis; Font: Minion Pro