Thursday, September 24, 2009

an early wake-up call

Last Saturday, I woke up at around 9:30 a.m. If it was any ordinary Saturday, I'd be getting up much later, except on that particular morning, the fire alarm was ringing like mad!

I hurriedly put on my shorts, ran to the living room and opened the door of our condo unit. Outside, along the corridor, two of my neighbors' maids were screaming at each other in panic.

"Where's the fire?" I asked one of the maids. She pointed to the fire indicator (see right), shouted, "Sa 10th floor!" and disappeared into the fire exit. We were on the 17th.

I dashed back inside my unit, stood in the middle of the living room and thought hard. "Okay, okay, calm down, you can't bring everything with you!" I told myself.

So I just grabbed the bag nearest me – my leather Nike carryall designed by Carol Davidson (creator of the Nike "Swoosh" logo) and stuffed it with the basics: my wallet, checkbooks, car keys, house keys, mobiles phones, iPod, camera and chargers.

Next was my laptop which I always toted inside a lightweight nylon bag.

Then I went into the bedroom and got my valuables: watches, jewelry, passport.

After that, I grabbed the dog carrier and shoved my pet chihuahuas Kenzo and Hogan inside.

Finally, I was ready to go. But first, I went to the main electrical switch and turned it off. Before locking the main door, I stared at my condo for a brief moment, trying to make sure I didn't leave anything...

Oh. My. God. The Bearbricks! F___ing s__t! (Freeze frame.)

But I decided – there was no time left to pack them. So I took a deep breath, stepped outside and locked the door.


As I made my way to the fire exit, the elevator doors opened and my neighbor from Unit 17-C walked out, wearing only house robes and clutching her Louis Vuitton Speedy bag to her chest. "False alarm!" she blurted out.



For me, that morning's alarm was an important wake-up call – I should keep my bears in friggin' rolling luggage!

(Top pic) If I were to save just one of my Bearbricks from a fire, it would be my BWWT Bearbrick designed by Nike CEO, Mark Parker. For me, it's the most inspired Bearbrick creation ever. It's interesting how the bear's body is engulfed in flames, isn't it?


Carol said...

This post is so funny... I can just imagine you :D

Anonymous said...

Which reminds me, it's about time you have your passport renewed.;-) I could see Hogan's face peering through his bag. He looks sleepy, not scared. Haha said...

Carol, I didn't even pack any clothes! Had the fire been real, I'd have gone straight to the mall to buy new ones! LOL said...

J, I already had my passport renewed this week. Will get it in ten days.

Hogan was scared, he just looks sleepy as always. :-)

Unknown said...

Big congratulations! You're a finalist again at the Phil. Blog Awards! Yehey!

Anonymous said...

Been reading about all kinds of Mother Nature inspired madness out there in Asia etc. Hope all is well. We'd hate to miss out on one of the more human-relevant blogs (e.g. not a blog about the latest bear to obtain.) said...

Anonymous2, yes, it's been a hell of a week for us out here. People's lives, property and means of living have been lost to the last typhoon. But me and my family have been spared, thank God. Unfortunately, this weekend will be another test – as another "super typhoon" is just around the corner. :-( Pray for us. said...

Jun, just lucky, I guess. :-)

Raid said...

I didn't have anyone else to ask, so don't mind me asking you a question about bearbricks since you seem to be the authority. :D

I was wondering how much less would a Bearbrick cost without the card? (In that case of the normal series bearbricks that is.) Or does it not matter that much for the much rarer Bearbricks? How about the box?

Sorry for asking so many questions, thanks for all the help! :D

(Your blog pretty much inspired me to start collecting bearbricks seriously. I really like your pictures!) said...

If a Bearbrick that's part of a series doesn't have a card, I'd pay 25% to 35% less for it. But that is my own opinion. In the end, it's up to the seller to decide how much he wants to sell a bearbrick for. Personally, I am willing to buy a rare bear even without a card. Sometimes, buying a bearbrick is like buying leather shoes. You don't need a certification of authenticity coz you can tell between real leather and fake anyway. :-)

Raid said...

Ah I see. Thanks so much for the help! I'm asking cos I found 3 series 1 bears in an old toy store for insanely cheap prices. Perhaps I should upload a photo once I get it! :D