Monday, May 19, 2008

We Lost our House

May 16, 2008, around 5:30pm

The beams of the 3rd floor of this building broke, resulting to the fall of its ceiling, the damage of its terrace and the stairs of the building. The fall of the ceiling caused injury of two residents and a death of an 11-year old boy.

This building is the place where my family and I live for five years now. We availed of one unit at the second floor on a rent-to-own scheme. After this incident, our family does not plan to go back to live there anymore. The damage of the building is caused by structural defects.

Thankfully my mom and my sister did not get hurt from this incident. Upon hearing about this, I was at Antipolo on a retreat. Had to leave from the retreat to attend to this very pressing concern.

As of the moment the building is cordoned and we are still waiting for engineers to inspect the building's safety, if it will be safe for us to get our things. My mom and my sister only got some clothes and important papers, and most other important things are left at the building. Hopefully we can come back there soon to get our things.

God is really good because he is really taking care of us and have provided for us in this time of need. We found a place to stay temporarily at my grandfather's house. We also found a new apartment where we'll be moving in a few days. And now more than ever I felt the love of my family and friends.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cruiser Bike

Cruiser bikes are balloon-tired bikes with heavy duty frames, has simple mechanicals and a coaster brakes. These bikes are suited for riding on flat, sandy beaches, which is why they are also called "Beach cruisers." It was America's standard bike from the 1930s up to the 1950s. Cruiser bikes have also been the inspiration of early edition mountain bikes of the late 70s/early 80s.

Schwinn, one of the older and popular bike companies, produced the original cruiser bikes. I chanced upon a classic cruiser at the 10th Tour of the Fireflies. Here is a photo of the bike:

And here is another cruiser bike, which I also saw at the exhibit, but made by Murray:

Cruiser bikes were also used in the "Fooled by a Smile" music video by the Swing Out Sister:

My boyfriend also made some project cruiser bikes. He bought the frame and used old parts to build this bike

By the way, he is selling this for Php 4,000. More details about this bike at this link. If anybody's interested you may call or send an SMS to 09192558266.