Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2005



This blog entry has been sitting on my draft posts for almost a week. And it took me almost 2 hours before I could add a single word to it. Must be a serious case of blogger's block. :)

Christmas at our house was hectic, but it was fun. It was also my brother's birthday, ergo, family reunion time.

We were already preparing for the celebrations, two days before Christmas, because I thought it would give us enough time. Was I ever wrong! Sure early preparation helped, but there were just too many things to take care of, that we almost ran out of time.

At around 9 am, Christmas Day, I was already in a state of panic. And dami pang lulutuin! It was a good thing that our aunt and cousins from Laguna came early. Not long after that, our other relatives arrived. It eased some of my panic, pero sabi ng cousin ko, halatang ngarag na daw ako. :p

Happy naman ako at hindi disaster ang lunch namin. :D At one point, my cousin, Ate Weng (who gave birth 5 days before Christmas!), said that the dishes I cooked (it was a potluck lunch) tasted like the dishes mom used to make. Aww.. Natuwa naman ako dun. Of course, I was also teary-eyed when I heard that. :)

Christmas this year was a rollercoaster of emotions for me. If I didn't know better, I'd really think that I'm bipolar. Hahaha! I'd be happy one time and a few mnutes after I'd think of mom and I'd feel my tears falling down my cheeks. Case in point: after lunch nag-videoke kami (a staple at all Teodosio clan gatherings), and one of my cousins was singing Valentine by Jim Brickman. The moment I heard it, my years just fell, prompting my Tita Belle to ask what was wrong. And I told her that it was one of mom's favorite songs. I had to excuse my self to stop the tears, coz I could see that their eyes were beginning to water. I knew that if I stayed, the reunion would turn into a bawl fest. :)

It was an exhausting day, but I thought it was worth it. It was great to see our relatives again, and although there were sad moments, the happy exceeded it.

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It will be 2006 in 3 days, and I honestly can't wait for it to end. This year wasn't a good one for me and I am looking forward to the new year. I am hoping that it will be a better year in all aspects. :)

Ang galeng! Mr. Brightside is my favorite song for the year, and when I answered the meme, I got this:

Your 2005 Song Is

Mr. Brightside by The Killers

"It started out with a kiss
How did it end up like this
It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss"

Let's just say you're happy to be done with 2005!

Wishing you all a Happier and Prosperous New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

On Winning & Christmas Parties

Friday, December 16, 2005



photos from the Amazing Race homepage

At last, the team I was rooting for on The Amazing Race, finally won! The teams I used to root for on the previous editions of TAR always wind up second. Not this time, though, coz the Linz Family from Cincinnati, Ohio won over the Bransen Family and the Weaver Family.

I actually wouldn't mind if the Bransen's won, as long as it isn't the Weaver Family. But it was still great that the Linzes (Nick, Alex, Megan & Tommy) won. I think they deserve it.

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Our Christmas Party will start in a few hours. To be honest, I'm not excited. I have a feeling that it won't be as fun as the previous years. Why? Because I feel the preparations were haphazard. The date of the party wasn't even finalized until 2 days ago, that's why I thought we wouldn't have a party this year. Plus, the party will be held at the office and not at El Cirkulo (like the last couple of years) or any other venue. Ooh! The party will be catered by Coquina though, so that would be soooo good. :)

But, thinking it over, I guess a stripped down party would be nice coz sometimes less is more.

I know deep inside why I don't quite feel our Christmas Party this year: Mom isn't going to be there. This is the first time, since I joined the company a few years ago, that she wouldn't be here. She worked for the company for 33 years and the Christmas Party had been her baby. She's been the organizer, the host, the one incharge of the entertainment and games, the raffle. Every aspect of the party. You name it, she's done it.

Sabi ko na nga ba, Christmas would be hard for me this year. Kahit pa sabihin ko sa sarili ko na dapat masaya, shempre may oras na talagang malulungkot ako kasi wala na sha. Di naman ako eternally depressed. Life goes on at hindi naman araw-araw malungkot ako. Minsan nga lang, hindi maiwasan na malungkot at maiyak pag naaalala ko si mommy. Tulad ngayon, nagsimula ako ng masaya, tapos biglang eto na, ngumangawa na ako sa harap ng computer. Hahaha! Bipolar na yata ako. :p

On a lighter note, I'm happy coz we're almost done planning our Christmas reunion. Mejo alam ko na kung ano iluluto ko. Good luck na lang sa Pasko kung masarap. Hahaha!

dsl rocks!

Saturday, December 10, 2005

DSL rocks! I so am loving it :D I've lost count how many songs I've downloaded (oops!) since yesterday. Hehehe.. mauubos na yung nasa listahan ko.

I thought our dsl line would be connected next week because when we applied, the girl at the counter said it would take about 5 working days. We were pleasantly surprised when that same day, we got a call from pldt (uy, plugging!), and they said they were going to connect it the next day (which was yesterday). Woohoo! Ang saya! :p

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Last Sunday, my family and I went to the 2nd birthday party of our nephew Keane. Even if was a children's party, I enjoyed it. I was able to see my cousins again and the mascots, Jollibee and Mr. Yum, were funny. Lumabas na naman ang pagkaisip bata ko. Heehee!

I was going to post the pictures from the party, but I forgot to charge the digicam's battery. I'll post it asap. :)

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I was tagged by Giannina:


List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

My seven songs are:

1. Smile Like You Mean It - The Killers
2. Mr. Brightside - The Killers
3. Huwag Mo Nang Itanong - Eraserheads
4. When I'm Thinking About You - The Sundays
5. I'll Do It Anyway - The Lemonheads
6. Helena - My Chemical Romance
7. More Than Anyone - Gavin deGraw


I am tagging: Chie, Dinah, Clare, Mud, eLa, missP and anyone who wants to do this. :)

Happy weekend!

Ultraelectromagneticjam

Sunday, December 04, 2005

DSCP1 002DSCP1 003My siblings and I went to the mall last Friday, before going home. We were going to buy a gift for our little nephew, Keane, who is turning 2 today. :)

After picking out a gift for Keane, I also got the latest issue of Cosmo Mag (monthly staple for me), and the Eraserheads' Tribute CD, UltraElectroMacneticJam*the music of the Eraserheads, for myself.

UltraElectroMacneticJam features some of the biggest names in the local music industry today and their rendition of some of the Eraserhead's classic songs. If you're Pinoy and you don't know who the Eraserheads are, kawawa ka naman. :p Go to the nearest branch of Tower Records or any music store and find out who they are. :)

The Eraserheads stormed their way into the Philippine Music scene in the early nineties and captured the hearts (and ears? :p) of the people. Pare Ko, Toyang, and Tindahan ni Aling Nena will forever have great memories of freshman year in College for me.

I know I kinda suck at reviews, coz I tend to gush. Hahahah! But really, I think the E-heads are amazing. It's a damned shame that they disbanded a few years ago.

Since I don't see a glimmer of a reunion anytime soon (I hope I am wrong!), I'll content myself with listening to their old cds and the tribute cd, Ultraelectromagneticjam.

As a whole, I liked the CD. I think it's worth my P300. The best tracks for me are: Tikman by Sugarfree (kaboses ni Ebe si Ely :p), a very soothing Huwag Kang Matakot by Orange and Lemons, Huwag Mo Nang Itanong by MYMP (my all time favorite Eheads song); and Huling El Bimbo by (hold your breaths) Rico J. Puno. Astig! Nakaka-aliw. Alcohol by Radioactive Sago Project was so funny. They made it sound like their hit song, Astro. It was so good, I even forgot how the original sounded like. :D

Magasin
by Paolo Santos, Overdrive by Barbie Almalbis, and Ligaya by Kitchie Nadal, were so-so versions. I mean, they were ok versions, but there was nothing remarkable about it. Parang madaling makalimutan. Pare Ko was performed by Spongecola, and Yael sounded like he really enjoyed singing the chorus - ang lutong! :p

The other songs on the album are: Spoliarium by Imago, Torpedoby Isha, Superproxy2K6 by Francis M, featuring Ely Buendia, Maling Akala by Brownman Revival (hehehe. funny yung video nito) and Para Sa Masa sung by everyone in the album. It must've been an enjoyable recording session, judging from the way they sounded and the by the pictures that were in the sleeves of the cd.

Actually, I like all but 3 of the songs on the cd. Let me rephrase that, I like all but 3 of the renditions of the songs on the cd. I didn't like South Border's take on With a Smile. They re-arranged it and made it an R&B song. I dunno, but it sounded awful to me. They should have thought of this before doing a different arrangement: IF IT ISN'T BROKEN, DON'T FIX IT. The song is perfect the way it is, when they toyed around with the arrangement, the song didn't sound any better. It sounded pilit.

The reason for disliking 2 other songs, Alapaap and Hard to Believe, is kinda mababaw. I don't like it for the simple reason that I didn't like who sang it. At the risk of getting the ire of their fans, I think 6cyclemind (sorry DK) and Cueshe ruined the songs for me. Alapaap by 6cm sounded like a rocked out April Boy version. Everytime I hear it, a picture of April Boy pops in my head, and believe me when I say that it's not a pretty picture. :p

Don't let me get started on Cueshe, please. Pero, Nampoocha naman! Anong ginagawa nila dun?! Nasira talaga yung kanta. Let's just leave it at that. Haha!

Despite the three songs I disliked, UltraElectroMagneticJam (the first album of the Eheads was UltraElectroMagneticPop) is a keeper. You're going to enjoy it, but if you're a die-hard Eheads fan, I suggest you just listen to your original cds, coz after all, nothing's better than the original. :)

on cheating and sourgraping

Friday, December 02, 2005

It's a good thing the Thai sports officials apologized for the remarks of their Prime Minister. But, I'm still disappointed and outraged that the PM said there were incidents of cheating in the Sea Games.

Thai sports officials apologize for “inappropriate, baseless” report
By Edwin Rollon

THAI sports officials Thursday apologized to the Philippines for the negative issues brought about by a Thai newspaper report which they called “inappropriate and baseless’.

Chaiyapak Siriwat, vice president of the Thailand Olympic Council, said he was surprised when informed about the issues and extended his apologies to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose Cojuangco and other members of the Southeast Asian Games Federation Council (SEAGF).

“The report was inappropriate and I feel sorry for this. On behalf of the Thailand Sports Council I apologize for whatever inconvenience brought about by the senseless report,” said Siriwat during the SEAG Federation Council meeting at the Hyatt Hotel.

read the full news report here.

Just because their athletes aren't faring as well as our athletes, it doesn't mean that there was cheating involved. Talk about sour-graping. Ininsulto naman nya yung kakayahan ng atletang Pilipino. Nakakainis. Our athletes are doing their best to perform well and bring honor to our country and they do not deserve these baseless, inappropriate remarks. Neither does the international pool of judges and referees, whose abilities were indirectly questoned. Hindi ba nya alam na ayon sa IOC, ang isang referee o judge ay hindi pwede mag-preside sa isang laro kapag kasali ang kababayan nya, para siguradong walang bias? For example, sa taekwondo match ni Donnie Geisler at ng Thai jin, hindi Pinoy at hindi rin Thai ang referee.

Hay nakoh, basta ako bilib sa kakayahan ng athetes natin. GO Pinoy!

Pero natawa ako sa news reports kagabi na may kumakalat na teaxt messages na nagsasabing si Garci ang "umayos" ng resulta ng mga laro. Hahaha! Kaya lang naisip ko, dahil kaya perceived na nagcheat ang pangulo sa nakaraang eleksiyon, kaya pumasok sa isip ng iba na nation of cheaters na ang Pinas? GRRRR!!!!!!!

Lord, wag naman sana.

high school life

Sunday, November 27, 2005

I've always considered my High School Life as special. Even if there were more restrictions, as compared to College, I enjoyed High School more. Maybe it was because I was more serious with my studies in College and I had carefree, mababaw-na-kaligayahan fun during High School. That is not to say that I didn't have fun in College. I did and I had lots of it. But High School will always be more special to me.

Everytime I think about my High School years of St. Scholastica's College, Manila, I remember it fondly.

I got this survey from chEr's friendster bulletin:

FRESHMAN YEAR
1. Section: 1-I
2. Adviser: Mrs. Bascon
3. Subject Taught By Adviser: Social Studies
4. Best Memory: my barkada, our class play Florante at Laura, which was done Grease style, Gng. de Vera (ibilot ang papel!); initiation week (nakakahiya yung mga pinagawa sa akin ng Senior master ko, pero looking back, it was fun!) I enjoyed it. The Yawn!!!
5. Worst Memory: getting my first failing grade in Algebra (my excuse? my seatmate was very talkative and I wasn't able to grasp the subject because of her incessant talking. buti na lang next quarter, I passed na :p); PerDev and the orange make-up of our PerDev teacher (woohahaha!); facing Ms. Salazar everytime I'm late.
6. Favorite Subject: English Lit with Ms. Asa, advanced swimming class
7. Least Favorite Subject: obviously, Alge101, but in my defense, since I was in the Honor's class (keyword: WAS :p) our Alge101 was College level Algebra; Speech class

SOPHOMORE YEAR
1. Section:
2-O
2. Adviser: First, it was Mrs. Villarosa, then, middle of the school year, there was a teacher's strike and our new adviser was Mrs. Eguaras
3. Subject Taught By Adviser: Mrs. Villarosa: Biology Mrs. Eguaras: Foods (cooking class)
4. Best Memory: hmm.. the formation of the poste posse; going to class and doing nothing because of the strike (haha! ang the best dun, kasi may baon ako); my class was eating pancit during Afro-Asian History class and Mr. Fuentes didn't know what to do with us (yup, mga maldita yung nasa section ko :p); Mr. Malonzo and his/her spiky hair that could kill a lizard if it falls there; Mr. Malonzo fantasizing he/she was Madonna and doing the "Vogue" dance steps during Bio class (the best kasi creepy haha!); I was the class' resident forger of Ms. Salazar's signature for the temporary IDs (until I graduated, hala! :p )
5. Worst Memory: We lost some of the best teachers and we didn't learn much during the 3 weeks the strike was ongoing; the big earthquake which happened while my friends and I were in the library (although, madaming nakakatawang stories about our experiences during the earthquake); facing Ms. Salazar everytime I'm late.
6. Favorite Subject: Bio, English Lit
7. Least Favorite Subject: Alge102; Afro-Asian Literature; Speech class; advanced swimming class (ang baduy na kasi may synchronized swimming)

JUNIOR YEAR
1. Section:
3L
2. Adviser: Ms. Amy Tumagoy
3. Subject Taught By Adviser: Geometry
4. Best Memory: Madami! I think 3rd yr was the best year. poste posse, SEA Games: My friends and I always watched the Swimming and the Diving competitions (Leo Najera and his ripped trunks, Anatalio Ubalde), tennis, and taekwondo, coz it was held at Rizal Memorial, which was walking distance from St. Scho; playing tennis near Gate 4 using a starapple as the ball (haha, fun ito :p); rollerblading near St. Cecilia's hall, until we were forbidden; College Fair and my barkada & I handled the Dedication Booth with 99.5RT as our station; hanging out with Boo Kyler & Marc Cross; NKOTB concert (oo, inaamin ko nanood ako nun :D); intrams; class recollection.
5. Worst Memory: my ID was confiscated for the first and last time because I was shouting my hellos to a teacher in the 1st floor from the 4th floor and I was caught by the principal. the Faded Family (hahaha!)
6. Favorite Subject: Visual Arts elective with Ms. Kanapi (i got my first 100 final grade :D); English Lit with Ms. Arboleda; English Grammar with Kina J (not because of the subject, more of the teacher); Noli & Fili with Ms. Mina, Arnis & Taekwondo
7. Least Favorite Subject: Geometry with Ms. T, Religion class with Ms. Diamante, Chemistry with Mr. Pulmones


SENIOR YEAR
1. Section
: 4-O
2. Adviser: Ms. Dindin Brotonel
3. Subject Taught By Adviser: World History
4. Best Memory: Winning the class song competition; 2nd place at the interclass debates; handling the college fair's dedication booth again, still with RT as our radio station. Intrams. Visual Arts class. During Ms. Cababat's Religion class, we were asked to sing "Walk in the Light", one of my classmates stood up and led the "train", tapos lumabas kami (as in yung buong class) ng classroom habang kumakanta. Ms. Cababat didn't know what to do, and the other sections were looking at us and even the teachers were laughing coz they knew we were pranking Ms. Cababat. Buti na lang hindi sila nagalit.
5. Worst Memory: CAT and the bivouac when I twisted my ankle while going down a hill; Freshman initiation, with the Seniors being the Masters. Ang boring, madaming restrictions kasi takot sa batch namin yung mga Freshmen. Trolls
6. Favorite Subject: World History, Visual Arts elective, Music with Mr. Reyes, Philosophy with Atty. RB Pascual (may the force be with you!)
7. Least Favorite Subject: Physics and Trigo (coz of the teacher, not the subject :p)
8. Class Accomplishment: winner, graduation song competition; 2nd place, interclass debates

HIGH SCHOOL
1. Best Thing About It:
my friends and our "adventures"
2. Worst Thing About It: Math subjects (it's always been my waterloo)
3. Canteen Price: I think it was reasonable and within our meager student's budget (hehehe, maliit na allowance :p)
4. Memorable Line By A Teacher: madami!

Mr. Vista, during the Earthquake: "Girls, don't panic!" pero habang sinasabi nya yun, naka-sandal sha sa blackboard, arms wide open tapos tingin sha ng tingin from left to right. hahahahaha!
Eco teacher: "Class, don't eat JANK FUD, it's not good for your health."
Mr. Malonzo: "I love Madonna coz she looks like me." Oh my goodness! Nakakakilabot!
5. Rule You Don't Like: I don't remember ang tagal na kasi nun. hehehe...
6. Weirdest Rule: no colorful hair accessories (blue, white, black or brown only); but this was re-implemented only when I was in my Senior year. From Grade School to 3rd yr HS, wala yung rule na ito
7. Comments: The renovation of the school, addition of new facilities started the year after I graduated. Kaines! I haven't seen the new St. Cecilia's Hall (great acoustics daw), the new building and the new gymnasium.

Christmas thoughts?

Monday, November 21, 2005

Christmas is definitely in the air.

Four days straight na akong nagigising ng nakatalukbong at nakabaluktot, and sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night to turn the fan off coz I was having chills. The other day it was 18 degrees celsius at around 4 am. 18 degrees isn't cold for the people living in the northern hemisphere, but it is cold for people used to 34-40 degrees celsius days.

The colder days may indicate that Christmas is near, but I'm honestly not in a Christmassy kind of mood yet. I've actually been dreading Christmas coz this is the first year that we're celebrating it without mom. It's her ultimate favorite time of the year, not only because it's the symbolic birthday of our Savior, but it's also my brother's birthday.

Our Christmas reunion here at home will definitely push through. I know mom wouldn't like it if we don't continue it because she's gone. My aunts and I have also talked about it, and although it will be great to see the family once again, there's definitely going to be a void coz mom isn't here. October pa lang nagpaplano na si mommy kung ano ang gagawin namin sa Pasko. Ngayon malapit na ang December, hindi ko pa din alam kung ano ang iluluto ko. Yung mga luto ni mommy, yon ang ilan lang sa namimiss ko.

But even if I'm sad this season, I know it won't be depressing. Mom may not be with us physically, but she'll always be with us in our hearts and in spirit.

Tama na nga... ayoko na ng sad post.

happy birthday, daddy!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Happy birthday, daddy! I may not say it often, but I love you.

Sayang, sira yung scanner namin, ipo-post ko sana yung pinaka-poging picture nya, which we got from lola's box of pictures last Nov. 1. Hehehe, hearthrob pic pa naman yun, which I think was taken when he was betweeen 15-17 years old. :)

harry potter and the goblet of fire

Wednesday, November 16, 2005



I loved it!!!

This is by far the best Harry Potter movie for me. I will not go into details, lest I spoil it for anyone, but lemme just say it again: I LOVED IT!

Why are you still reading this? Go to the cinema and watch it now. ;)

on TAR8 and trigger-happy TMG

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

I take it back. The Godlewski and Paolo families aren't the most annoying team on The Amazing Race. The Weavers are.

I cannot believe how hypocritical they are. They say they're the only family on TAR8 living a Christian Life, but they also spew negativities about the other teams. Sure they pray a lot, but they also badmouth the other teams, specially when they were yielded.

When tragedy struck the Schroeder family during Hurricane Katrina, all teams except the Weavers offered assistance.

On the latest episode, where one of the roadblocks was to race 50 laps, one of the Godlewski sisters were reassuring them (the Weaver patriarch died, almost 2 years ago at the Daytona Racetrack during a NASCAR race, when he was accidentally hit by a race car, as he was clearing debris). Instead of being thankful for the Godlewski's good gesture, the eldest Weaver daughter said to the camera, "I hate the Godlewskis. They're so annoying and they're liars." (And they wonder why the other teams don't like them?)

I think instead of saying they're Christians, they should act like good Christians.

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Earlier tonight on TVPatrol, I was appalled by an exclusive video footage of the "encounter" between the police and "suspected carnappers". It was gruesome, to say the least.

Contrary to what the police said about the "shoot-out", the video shot by UHF station UnTV, didn't show a shoot-out, but an execution. No one was firing back at the police from the car. All of the TMG personnel involved in the shooting, were not in uniforms and they kept shooting the "carnappers" at close range, even if they were already slumped inside the vehicle. It's a clear violation of the rules of engagement.

Iba-iba din yung sinasabi ng pulis kung ano talaga ang nangyari. May nagsabi na may checkpoint tapos hindi tumigil yung Nissan Exalta, kaya hinabol pos nakipagbarilan. Meron naman nagsabi na siguradong carnappers yung mga yun dahil sa surveillance daw na ginawa nila. Ano ba talaga?

Nakakatakot isipin na yung mga pulis dito sa atin, mga trigger-happy.

my current LSS

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

LSS. Last Song Syndrome. Also known as earworm. It's exasperating when it happens, most especially if the song is really annoying (like an April Boy song. grrr!). Fortunately, the song I've been singing in my head for days isn't one of those songs. But it's still quite frustrating coz I can't get it out of my system.

Staring at the Sun
by Rooster

Daylight on my shoulder
Makes me feel alive
You kept me standing in your shadow
And it’s a cold cold place to hide

I’m running away from this messed up place
I’m breaking free, yeah yeah

I’m tired of staring at the sun
Can’t stand the way you burn my eyes so I can’t see
Stealing every breath I breathe
You push me into overdrive
And I don’t need this kind of light coz now I’m done
You took everything while I was staring at the sun

I know you won’t let me
But just turn and walk away
I’m tired of when you kick me around
Trying to kill my dreams and break me down
But I won’t hang around

I’m running away from this messed up place
I’m breaking free, yeah yeah

I’m tired of staring at the sun
Can’t stand the way you burn my eyes so I can’t see
Stealing every breath I breathe
You push me into overdrive
And I don’t need this kind of light coz now I’m done
You took everything while I was staring at the sun
I was staring at the sun

Daylight on my shoulder
I know its time to run
Yes I know its time to run

I’m tired of staring at the sun
Can’t stand the way you burn my eyes so I can’t see
Stealing every breath I breathe (stealing every breath I breathe)
You push me into overdrive
And I don’t need this kind of light coz now I’m done
You took everything while I was staring at the sun
Yeah, yeah staring at the sun
You took everything while I was staring at the sun.
Does anyone know what the cure for LSS is? :) I need HELP!!

new blog?

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Fickleminded me, got a Wordpress Goldenticket last month via email.

Aside from this blog, I've been tweaking my wordpress blog. Yup, I signed up. :p I've lost track what blog number that is, sa dami ng sinign-up-an ko. Heehee!

I haven't figured out how to transfer my blogger entries there, but I'm seriously thinking of making my wordpress blog my permanent one, specially because I couldn't figure out how to fix this template for Internet Explorer. Hay.. lumabas na naman ang pagka-OC ko. :p

the week that was

Saturday, November 05, 2005

The past week was eventful, which was why I haven't blogged until today. Hehehe, okay, that's not entirely true. It was eventful but I also didn't feel like blogging. :-p

October 30, 2005: My family and I went to Loyola Memorial Park in Paranaque, to vist mom. We decided to go earlier and not on All Saint's Day, because we didn't want to go with the crowd. We arrived at 7am and compared to the people we see there every Sunday, the people visiting their loved one's graves has significantly increased. We also noted the increase in flower & candle vendors along Sucat Road and the number of food establishments set up in Loyola.

Although I was already used to visiting mom's gravesite, last Sunday was different because it was the first All Saint's Day holiday that we're visiting her. :-(

When we got there, it felt like my heart was being crushed, but after a few minutes I felt normal (whatever normal is for me :-p). We had our usual breakfast picnic and observed the people around us.

We left before lunch and realized we made the right decision in going to Loyola early. As we left Loyola, we saw the traffic jam on the southbound lanes of Sucat Road. Had we left the house on our usual time, we would probably have been caught in that traffic jam.

October 31 was rest day for us. There was no trick or treating this year, because the president of our homeowner's association passed away 2 months after mom. I guess with her gone, the other members didn't feel like continuing the tradition. Sayang. I'm sure the kids in our neighborhood missed that, too. Aside from the usual TV show Halloween presentations, it didn't feel like Halloween, coz I didn't see little ghosts and ghouls shouting "trick or treat".

All Saint's Day: My family and I went to Rizal to visit our paternal grandfather's and great grandparent's final resting place. I hadn't been there in years and I was pleasantly surprised that our more than 2 hour drive, was now reduced to an hour and a half.

It was drizzling when we got there, and although there were already a lot of people there, we were able to find a parking spot. Since we hadn't been there in a while, we weren't sure where our family plot was. My siblings and I had already walked quite a distance when we looked back and saw dad waving at us, indicating that he found it. To our surprise, the famly plot was exactly where we had parked the car. As in, katapat lang. Hahaha! Kakaiba, kasi parang nireserve yung parking space just for us, tapos katapat pa mismo ng puntod nila lolo. :-)

After that, we went to our lola's house. Nakasalubong pa namin sha, dahil pupunta din sha sa libingan nila lolo. I don't recall when we last went there, I guess it's been 4 years, and it was nice to see the changes. One thing that hasn't changed though was the usual, "uy, ang taba mo ngayon" greeting from my lola's sister-in-law, who lives in the same compound. Gah! Sana nagbago din yung greeting, kaso hindi eh. Hahaha!

DSCP1_005 It was the first time I saw our niece, Gwen, who's already 7 months old and is starting to walk (altough not on her own yet). She is so cute! Pink-cheeked and wide eyed. Nakakagigil!!

At first she was wary of us coz it was, after all, the first time she saw us. You could tell she was curious though, coz she kept looking at us. After a while, she let me carry her already. :-)

I haven't uploaded the other pictures I took of her, yet. But I will post it as soon as I do.

November 2: My sister and I went to the new 168 Mall in Divisoria. I have been wanting to go there since I saw it featured a couple of months ago on the show, F on Studio23.

We picked up my friend, Ria, at Mcdo Taft, beside my alma mater, and we proceeded to DiVi. It was almost 10 when we arrived, so traffic was already slow-moving.

168 was like DiVimall, but it was cleaner (maybe because it just opened), the aircon was cooler and there reletively fewer people. There was still quite a number of people there, but we could still walk without much difficulty.

Ang daming mabibili and if you know how to haggle, you'll get your money's worth there. Pero please lang, kung pupunta ka ng Divi, don't dress up like you're going clubhopping. Dress comfortably and low-key, and don't expect to get good bargains if you talk like this: "Manong, how much is this? Wow, it's so mura." Natatawa na lang ako at napapa-iling pag nakakakarinig ako ng ganun sa Divi.

The foodcourt on the 3rd floor was a mix of Chinese, Filipino and Japanese cuisine. Although there's more Chinese food there (kasi puro Chinese yung stall owners :-p)

After lunch, we went to Landmark, Makati, because we decided to wait for my brother's class to end. It's funny how I was able to buy more things there than at 168. :) But at least I was able to buy what I needed to buy at Divi. :)

On Halloween

Saturday, October 29, 2005

It's that time of the year again.

Halloween.

The day when I lose whatever courage I have. The day I revel in watching the Halloween presentations of local shows, horror movies on cable tv, reading horror books and exchanging horror stories. The night I sleep with the lights on, because all the scary stuff that I absorbed, makes my over-active imagination go over drive.

I can't help it. Even if I'm probably one of the world's biggest cowards, I enjoy the scary things associated with Halloween, All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day. I've never missed a Halloween episode of Magandang Gabi, Bayan. Ever. In fact, I look forward to it. But it's a different story when it's over. Mega-duwag na ako, pag tapos na yung mga nakakatakot na palabas. :p

Oftentimes, I tell myself that I shouldn't watch those shows, but I never learn. I still watch it. I'd just have to sleep with the lights on or magtalukbong kahit init na init ako. Hahaha!

Happy Halloween and enjoy the looooong weekend!

Hectic Saturday

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Hay, I obviously haven't finished tweaking my new blog template yet, and I am getting frustrated. It looks fine on Mozilla Firefox, but it's not on Internet Explorer. I'm still trying to fix it, but I can't figure it out. I need more patience. :)

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Last Saturday was a hectic day for me. I was out of the house most of the day, and I just came home to take a quick shower, change clothes and go out again. I missed doing that, coz it's been a while. :)

My dad, Lola (dad's mom) and I went to San Jose, Batangas, last Saturday morning. Dad's sister, Tita Charit, invited us to her mother-in-law's 85th birthday celebration. It only took us an hour and a half to get there, thanks to the Startoll. There were a handful of vehicles traversing the Startoll with us, and it was wonderful to travel at 130 kph!

I had a feeling that there were going to be a lot of people at the celebration, but I still wasn’t prepared to see just how many. As in, ang dami talaga! Tita Charit said even the people from the next barangay attended the party, along with the local politicians. Gah! At some point, I felt suffocated coz of the number of people there. Thanks to my Tita Belen, who arrived earlier, we were able to find seats (and I held on to it, until it was time for us to go home. :P

It felt kinda weird going to a party where everyone knows everyone else and I only know less than ten people (all relatives, at that). When we first got there, I had a bout of paranoia, coz I had a feeling that everyone was looking at me, wondering who the heck I am and what I am doing there. It didn’t help that the birthday celebrator asked who I was when I greeted her. Hehehe, feeling OP (out of place) talaga!

There were lots of food, I felt full just looking at the huge buffet table. Haha!

We left around 2:45 pm, so I’d have ample time to get ready for dinner with friends. In less than an hour, we were in Alabang, but the two lanes approaching the Sucat Interchange were slow-moving, and there was a vehicular accident along Sucat (Dr. A. Santos Ave.), that we arrived at the house at 5:30pm.

I was able to get ready in less than an hour and was just in time to go to my friend’s house in BF. We were on the way to Makati City, by 7:00pm and got there after 15 minutes because there was no traffic along the South Superhighway. Whoo! That was fast. :)

A few minutes after we arrived at the restaurant, our friends arrived and the non-stop conversations started. It was great! :) I missed going out with my friends and the night was made even more special because one of our friends, whom we hadn’t seen in years, was there with her husband.

Needless to say, I had a wonderful time. We picked up where we left off and it didn’t matter that we rarely saw each other, what mattered was the foundation our friendship was built on, and how our bond just kept getting stronger over the years.

work in progress

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

I suddenly had the urge to change my template again. :p Hopefully, I'll be done before the weekend.

BEST VIEWED ON MOZILLA FIREFOX. It looks weird on Internet Explorer, I'm still trying to fix it. :)

on balikbayans and water cannons

Saturday, October 15, 2005

I missed blogging.

A lot.

And that's an understatement.

It's ironic that I come up with possible blog entries in my head when I'm about to go to sleep. :p Ideas and most often, entire paragraphs, are composed in my head, when I am half-asleep. The sad part about it is, I don't remember much when I wake up. Hahaha! I just know that I thought of something before I went to sleep. Kawawa naman.

I haven't been able to blog lately because Lola Fracing (mom's aunt) arrived from the US and stayed with us. Technically, she's been in the country for 3 weeks, but the first two weeks of her stay was spent in Aklan, to attend the wake of her brother-in-law.

The past few days, I've been waking up at 5 am, so I can accompany Lola to the 6 am mass. Ok lang, hindi pa naman ako natutunaw. Hehehe! Pakiramdam ko, nabawasan din ako ng timbang, kasi nung unang araw, nilakad namin mula simbahan hanggang bahay. Form of exercise daw, sabi ni Lola. :P

I was Lola's constant companion during her stay with us. On the first day, we had a mini-reunion at our ancestral house in Manila. I felt a twinge of sadness when we got there coz mom's sisters were complete. She was the only one not there. But, it was great to see my aunts and some of my cousins again. The last time I saw most of them was during mom's funeral almost 5 months ago.

Lola's flight back home was scheduled for 12 pm today, but she had to be at the airport at least 3 hours before her flight, so we left the house at 8:30 am. Miss ko na agad si Lola. She reminds me of mom kasi. They were really close, and I can see mom in her. Ay, tama na nga, emote-mode na naman. Pero ok lang yun, Lola said she'll be back this December for one of our uncle's wedding in Aklan. Boracay, here I come! :D

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Hay... what is happening to our country? Are we going back to Martial Rule? I'd hate to think so, but last night's water bombardment of prayer rallyists, which included former Vice President Tito Guingona 3 bishops, priests and nuns, was a scary indication for me. It was overkill, the way the police bombarded highly pressurized water to the the prayer rallyists who wanted to cross the Mendiola bridge, to get to the next site of their prayer rally. The rallyists may not have permits (sus, do they really need permits to cross a bridge?!), but I believe a dialogue between the police and the rallyists would have been a better, if not, safer option. Grabeh. Even now the police are pointing fingers, as to who gave the orders. Any excuse they say will not, in my opinion, justify what they did.

tv fare

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Last Thursday was a real heartbreaker for the DLSU community, when the FEU Tamaraws clinched the UAAP Men's Basketball Championship. A few minutes before the buzzer, we had the lead, but there was a reversal of fortune and FEU won. ]

But the Green Archers have nothing to be ashamed of. It was another nail-biter of a game, and I believe it could have gone either way. They played their hearts out and they made the DLSU community proud.

Congratulations to the Tamaraws, enjoy the victory coz we plan to take it back next year. Hehehe!

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Last week, our cable tv provider changed the channel line-up. The 5 movie channels dissappeared, replaced by crappy channels. Wowow Japan is gone, and so are the 3 DSTV movie channels and the English movie channel from China. BOO!!! I hope they bring it back. And fast.

On the upside, they brought back JackTV (hello, comedy central shows!) and ETC. Yay! Now I can have 2 doses each of The OC and One Tree Hill in a week. I now also have my daily doses of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien. Woohoo! Last night on Conan, U2 was the guest for the whole show. Wow! So glad I was able to watch it.

Hehehe.. couch patatas time!

The Amazing Race and Survivor are back. Whereas, I can't get enough of TAR, it doesn't matter if I don't get to watch Survivor:Guatemala. It's so lame.

On TAR, I'm rooting for the Gaghan family (mom, dad, children Billy and Carissa), Linz family (siblings, 3 boys and 1 girl) and the Aiello family (father and sons-in-law). I'd be glad if any of them win. On the other hand, I hate (yes, hate not dislike) the Godlewski family (4 sisters, called the Desperate housewives by the other teams) and the Paolo family.

The Godlewski's are so noisy, I can hear them in my head even if the TV's on mute. Their voices are grating to the ear. Sobra. The Paolo's on the other hand, cannot stop bickering, it's annoying. I especially hate the way the sons treat their mother. Ang sarap dagukan.

Looking forward to the next episodes.

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That's all for now folks, have a fabulous weekend!

children who act like adults

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Last night as I was about to go to sleep, I had several ideas on what to blog about today. I thought about writing it down on the post-it beside my bed, but I was so sleepy, I decided not to.

Bad idea.

Now I can't remember what I wanted to blog about. Hahaha! Goodness... I think age is catching up with me. That or I have too many things in my head that it's all jumbled up. I wonder if it's time to take memory enhancers? :p

Oh, please pray for my friend Clare. She hasn't been feeling well lately and she's due for a colonoscopy tomorrow. I do hope the results will turn out well. *HUGS* to you, my friend.

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I've been rereading some of my latest posts and I've realized that I've become serious. Not that it's a bad thing, I was just surprised. I guess I'm finally maturing. (Hehehe!). I just don't want the child-like (childish? :p), crazy side of me to disappear. I'd like it a lot if it would emerge from time to time.

Mababaw lang naman ang kaligayahan ko eh. It takes so little to make me laugh. Lately I've been enjoying the local children's gag show, Going Bulilit. Ewan ko ba, basta, tawang-tawa ako. Kahit luma na yung joke, bentang-benta sa akin. There's something about how these cute, little kids deliver the jokes that makes me laugh out loud. Maybe it's the way they try to act like adults and how they show how silly adults can be sometimes.

There's also the Purefood's tender juicy hotdog commercial that I absolutely love. It the one with the kids dressed up and acting like adults on a neighborhood. I love the kid who plays the barber. He looks like a younger Dolphy, with all his make-up on. It just makes me laugh, everytime I see it. My dad loves that commercial, too.
Natatawa na sha, makita lang nya yung batang barbero. Nyahaha!

Like father, like daughter.

UAAP Finals Game 1

Friday, September 30, 2005

Yesterday's UAAP Championship Game 1 between my DLSU Green Archers and the FEU Tamaraws, was a nail-biter. It was, in my opinion, one of the best games ever, but it turned ugly at the end of the game.

DLSU's Joseph Yeo and FEU's Arwind Santos were exchanging words on court after FEU won (on TV it seemed harmless enough, coz they were both smiling, pero mukhang nag-aasaran.). At first, it looked like DLSU assistant manager Manny Salgado was breaking up an impending fight between the two. But as he was walking away, he clipped Santos at the back of the head, which resulted into a commotion between the teams and their supporters, and a debris throwing incident.

I was appalled at Mr. Salgado's action, which I'm sure the whole LaSallian community is condemning. It was very unsportsmanlike and shameful, especially for someone of his age and stature. It was a cheapshot.

Nakakahiya talaga.

Unlike in professional basketball, team managers and assistants in UAAP are not employed by the schools, but are alumni. That makes it worse. What he did not only reflects on his person, dinamay pa nya ang buong LaSallian community. Nakakaines. Sinira nya yung reputasyon ng buong school dahil sa ginawa nya.

He completely forgot that as a representative of the school and it's alumni, he should set a good example. It was just a game. Sure, school honor and pride are at stake, but I think it's more important how people react after they've lost. A person's true character emerges during failure. Too bad Mr. Salgado didn't choose to show his good side.

Good luck to the Green Archers. They've worked too hard to get to the Finals, they don't need a controversy like this hanging over their heads.

ANIMO LA SALLE.

on blogthings

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

For lack of anything substantial to write about, I decided to answer some quizzes from blogthings:

Your Life is Like

Say Anything...


Your Inner Retro Girl Is

1960s City Girl


Your Vibe Is Somewhat Sexy

On a good day, you're the sexiest woman in the world, but on a bad day, you can't help but feel a little average. Try to remember the times you've felt the sexiest... And keep that attitude even on the worst of days


You Are An Iris

You are a unique woman who needs a lot of novelty in her life.
An inspiration seeker, you often have to change scenery to recharge.
You don't deal well with structure or rules. You need to do it your own way.
Your ideal relationships are free and flowing. No one can tie you down.


You Are a Skin Deep Sweetheart

You may be supermodel gorgeous or a plain Jane.
It really doesn't matter, because you're confident and secure.
You don't go out looking like a slob, but you are low maintenance.
You have better things to worry about than whether your nails are the right shade!


Your Fashion Style is Classic

You like what's stood the test of time...
Simple, well styled clothes that don't scream trendy
You stay updated and modern, but your clothes stay in style for a while
You wouldn't be caught in animal prints, fake fur, or super bright colors


You Are a Normal Girl

You are 40% Good and 60% Bad
Sure you've pulled some bad girl stunts in your past.
But these days, you're (mostly) a good girl.



Your Blog Should Be Purple

You're an expressive, offbeat blogger who tends to write about anything and everything.
You tend to set blogging trends, and you're the most likely to write your own meme or survey.
You are a bit distant though. Your blog is all about you - not what anyone else has to say.


You Are a Chick Rocker!

You're living proof that chicks can rock
You're inspired by Joan Jett and the Donnas
And when you rock, you rock hard
(Plus, you get all the cute guy groupies you want!)


Your Inner Child Is Surprised

You see many things through the eyes of a child.
Meaning, you're rarely cynical or jaded.
You cherish all of the details in life.
Easily fascinated, you enjoy experiencing new things.

Your Hidden Talent

You are a great communicator. You have a real way with words.
You're never at a loss to explain what you mean or how you feel.
People find it easy to empathize with you, no matter what your situation.
When you're up, you make everyone happy. But when you're down, everyone suffers.

seeing the world in a new light

Saturday, September 24, 2005

My emote mode last Thursday didn't last the whole day. Around 5:30 pm, a package arrived for me at home. Yes! Finally, my Friends 'Til the End: The One with All Ten Years book arrived. It was a gift from my friend in the US, but I didn't get to see her when she was in the country, so she asked another friend to send it to me. And on Thursday it arrived. Woohoo! Thanks, MY for the book and thanks Janis for sending it to me. :)

I had this big grin on my face as I was perusing the book. It was great! I absolutely loved it. It was wonderful to look at the pictures and see how they've changed throughout the years, and it was even better to get a behind-the-scenes look and read the thoughts of the stars and producers of the show.

The book is perfect for Friends fanatics like me.

Friends started when I was 17 and I've never missed a single episode. I've probably watched each episode at least 4 times, thanks to syndication. :p Next plan is to get dvds of all 10 years. Ayayay! Madami-dami yun.

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My sister and I went to Megamall yesterday to check out the Philippine Star - Jobstreet Job Fair at the Megatrade Hall. It's good that this event was conceptualized, coz it's very helpful for job seekers - newly graduates and those who feel they need a change in work environment. There were at least 20 big companies that participated and lots of job opportunities.

IT courses and call center opportunites are very in demand, judging from the companies that were there and the peolple they were looking for.

The jobfair was very helpful, in fact, I already have a schedule for interview next week. Not bad for an hour's stay at the Megatrade Hall.

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BIG NEWS (for me :p): I finally got contacts. Yey! For the first time since I was in the 6th grade (Gawd! That's a looooong time.), I can see the world clearly without eyeglasses. :D

I was on my way to Bodyshop to buy a gift for someone, when a girl appraoched me about getting a free disposable contacts trial. I was intrigued and so I went to the optical shop to try it out, after I got what I needed at Bodyshop.

It was freaky at first, while I was trying to put the lens on my eye, but after about 15 minutes, I got it. Hehehe. The optometrist told me to try it on for at least 30 minutes and come back if I liked it. They held on to my eyeglasses (pang-hostage :p), while my sister and I went around the mall.

A minute after putting the lens in my eye, I couldn't feel it anymore. Wow. It felt great to walk around without glasses and see the world clearly. :D

After 30 minutes, we went back to the optical shop and I decided to get contacts. I got 2 pairs of Acuvue Soft Lens Contacts plus cleaning solution for P300, and I got to keep the pair I used during the trial period. Not bad. :) I could use each pair for at least 30 days, so I have a 3-month supply. Yey!

The tricky part is putting the lenses and taking it out, but in a few days I'll be so used to it, I could do it faster. It took me 10 minutes to put it in this morning. Hehe. But it's great. I love seeing the world without my eyeglasses. :)

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I just found out it was
chocolate day yesterday. :D How cool is that?

emote mode?

Thursday, September 22, 2005

I've been trying to blog for days. In fact, I have several drafts saved on blogger. I haven't published them for the following reasons: 1. I don't feel good about the entry, 2. I decided not to post another entry because that particular entry could make a situation worse, 3. It's not worth it to post my views on a certain person - suffice to say, she's not worth writing about (mwahaha!) 4. I'm bored out of my wits and I am overthinking my entries again. :p

I decided to just type whatever comes to mind. No proofreading before publishing. If I don't feel right about this entry, I could always delete it. Hehehe.. but knowing me, I wouldn't. I probably won't publish it, but I'll keep a copy somewhere on file. Siempre, manghihinayang naman ako sa sinulat ko. :p

I went to St. Luke's this morning to get Mom's Medical Records, which I need for something. I decided to read it on the way to the office. After reading the first page, I found myself tearing up again, which turned into a mini-bawl (much to the discomfort of our driver :p) I couldn't stop myself no matter how I tried, coz the things that happened on May 29, 2005 replayed in my head. In fast forward. Weird.

I finally stopped crying as we were traversing the Makati-Mandaluyong bridge. The tears stopped so abruptly, I had to laugh. I have a feeling our driver thinks I was going nuts this morning. Nyahaha!

It was a good cry, which I hadn't done in a while. I mean, I miss mom immensely, but I haven't cried like that since a few days after her funeral.

When I got to the office, I could feel all their eyes on me. Di ko maexplain, basta, pakiramdam ko lahat ng mata sa akin nakatingin. :p My ninang asked what happened to me. That's when I realized that I wasn't able to conceal the puffiness of my eyes and my nose was still quite red. Kakaines! Bale-wala yung pag-retouch ko, halatang-halata pa din na umiyak ako. What made it worse was that I was wearing a pink blouse, which emphasized the redness of my nose and the puffiness of my eyes. Heehee! Mukha siguro akong maga, kanina.

Gawd, I hate PMS. Uh... too much info, sorry. But that's the most plausible reason I could think of, why my tear ducts went on overdrive earlier. :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

One of my absolute pet peeeves is backstabbing. More than that. I hate backstabbers, who have already been found out (concrete evidences and all), yet still denies it or passes the blame to someone else. If there's a heirarchy of cowardice, I consider backstabbing to be or is near the top level.

Contrary to popular belief, I don't like to fight. I don't start fights, I just react, specially when my family is involved. You can say whatever you want to say about me, but the minute you drag my family into it, you better pray I don't find you before my temper simmers down. I'm an Arian, a Fire Dragon at that. Go figure out what that combination could do to you.

I also don't like people who have selective memories, who forget the times you've helped bail them out of trouble. I'm not saying that people I've helped should have "debts of gratitude" (utang na loob), because that's not why I've helped them in the first place. A simple thank you would suffice and the thought that one day they remember fondly that you've helped them out. I'm not asking for anything in return but respect.

book heaven

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Don't you just hate it when you've written quite a long entry and then your PC hangs or restarts? That's what happened to me earlier. Grrrr! Now let's hope I remember even half of what I wrote. :p

I've finally satisfied my crepe craving last Sunday. Yehey! It was worth the wait, even if my first crepe looked horrible. Hehehe! The first crepe had a hole in the middle because it stuck to the pan (obviously, hindi na non-stick yung teflon pan na nagamit ko. :p). The rest, however, were perfect. I filled the crepe with peach slices and whipped cream, rolled the crepe and topped it with chocolate syrup. Yumm... Gah! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. There goes the diet. Uhh.. what diet?! :p

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My sister and I went to the 26th International Bookfair two Fridays ago. It was book heaven! The country's biggest book stores (National, Powerbooks, Fullybooked, A Different Bookstore, etc), publishing houses, distributors and University Presses (DLSU, AdMU, UP & UST), were there to showcase the latest books and bestsellers at discounted prices (20% - 70%).


There were so many books at discounted prices to choose from, I couldn't decide which ones to get. If I only had more moolah, then I wouldn't have had a hard time, but I had a budget and I decided to stick to it (because last year at the same book fair, I got so many books, I haven't even finished reading all of it up to now).

All in all I was able to purchase 5 books during the recent bookfair. First was Kokology: The Game of Self Discovery, by Japanese psychologists, Isamu Saito and Tadahiko Nagao. It features around 55 psychological questions, which "aim to delve into your subconscious, revealing how you truly feel about work, love, family, sex, and much more."

Grab a copy of Kokology (koh-KOL-oh-jee; from the Japanese kokoro, meaning "mind" or "spirit") if you enjoy quizzes and discover more about yourself. It's quite expensive for a small book, but it's worth it.

The second book I purchased was Holly by Jude Deveraux. It's a no-brainer for me. The second my sister handed the book to me, I didn't think twice about getting it. Especially since from P650.00, it was down to P195.00. I love Jude Deveraux's novels. It's one of my guilty pleasures. Hahaha! I've read all but two of her books and I'm 4 books shy of owning all her books in publication.

I have no idea what it's about, but I don't really care. I've never been disappointed by Deveraux, and I doubt I will be this time. Walang magagawa, favorite ko sha eh. :p


I loved Jeffrey Eugenides' first novel, The Virgin Suicides, which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola, a few years back. It starred Kirsten Dunst, James Woods, Josh Hartnett and Kathleen Turner. When I saw his next novel Middlesex, I grabbed it before anyone else could. It was on sale at A Different Bookstore, down to P95.00 from P395.00. That was a steal. :D

Buti na lang, mabilis ako. Kung hindi, mauunahan ako nung isang girl. Pero, ako naman talaga yung unang nakakita nun eh. :p

There were two other books I bought from local publisher, Anvil. These were trivia books, which I really like. I got those for 32 pesos each. I'm thinking we could have trivia games during our Christmas reunion, and we could use it :)

There were a gazillion books I wanted to buy, like the Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell book, a behind the scenes look at the award-winning series. I also liked The Historian, and the music coffeetable books at fullybooked, but I'm going to have to save up for these.

Hay... if only I was a millionaire....

on crepes and sesame street

Saturday, September 10, 2005

I've been craving for peach crepes since Thursday, because I watched a cooking show at BBCFood, and I remembered the peach-mango crepes my friend Eloi and I used to have at Aristocrat DLSU. I texted my best friend, Maita, if she knew a place where I could buy crepes and she texted back with an easy crepe recipe. That's why when I did the groceries yesterday, I bought Maya Kitchen Fluffy Hotcake mix (coz there's an instruction at the box on how to make crepes), canned peaches, all-purpose cream and Hershey's chocolate syrup. Yummy... I have to eat peach crepes before the weekend ends or I'll drive myself batty!

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I was flipping channels this morning and when I reached the Hallmark channel, Sesame Street was on air. Hehehe... yep, I watched it and I kept laughing because I was singing along to all of the songs they sang on that particular episode. It's a relatively new episode coz Maria & Luis were older, but it was the Sesame Street that I grew up with.

Big Bird and Elmo sang "Sing" (sing.. sing a song, make it simple to last your whole life long...), Bob sang "People In Your Neighborhood" (Who are the people in your neighborhood? in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood...), and Ernie sang "Rubber Duckie", lyrics below, which I found at the Sesame Street Lyrics Archive.

Rubber Duckie
sung by Ernie (Jim Henson)
Written by Jeffrey Moss


Rubber Duckie, you're the one,
You make bathtime lots of fun,
Rubber Duckie, I'm awfully fond of you;
(woh woh, bee doh!)

Rubber Duckie, joy of joys,
When I squeeze you, you make noise!
Rubber Duckie, you're my very best friend, it's true!
(doo doo doo doooo, doo doo)

CHORUS:
Every day when I
Make my way to the tubby
I find a little fella who's
Cute and yellow and chubby
(rub-a-dub-a-dubby!)

Rubber Duckie, you're so fine
And I'm lucky that you're mine
Rubber duckie, I'm awfully fond of you.

(repeat chorus)

Rubber Duckie, you're so fine
And I'm lucky that you're mine
Rubber duckie, I'm awfully fond of -
Rubber duckie, I'd like a whole pond of -
Rubber duckie I'm awfully fond of you!
(doo doo doo doooo, doo doo)

When I was a kid, I had a Bert & Ernie radio. I loved that radio, even if it was kinda hard to get a clear signal. Hehehe... Can you tell how much I love Sesame Street? I'm pretty sure it's still here in the house somewhere.

Sunny Day, sweeping the clouds away
On my way, to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street?

Where do we go from here?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

There you have it, after almost 24 hours in session, Congress has officially killed the impeachment complaint. I am disgusted at the mockery that I saw on TV.

I try to refrain from commenting about the political situation in the country today, but this time I want to. Watching the Congressional session since last night made me sick to the stomach. "Distinguished gentlemen" notably, Rep. Marcoleta (he with the Eddie Gil-like hairdo) was anything but a gentleman when he attacked former DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman personally, by comparing her height to Mahal & Mura. What kind of Congressman is that?

The others were clearly grandstanding, delivering kilometric speeches when all they wanted to say was that they vote Yes to the hurried Justice Commitee report junking the impeachment complaints. Why did I say that? Because the proceedings were televised and they started their speeches by saying hello to their constituents watching TV. Ugh.

I believe that the chance for us to know the truth behind the Garci tapes and the alleged cheating during the past election was stopped today. The impeachment trial was the perfect venue to prove or disprove the allegations, but sadly it will not happen anymore.

Please add your signatures to the Black & White Movement, if you want to show your disgust at the recently concluded Congressional Session.

September na!

Friday, September 02, 2005

Wow... The -ber months are here and that means Christmas is just around the corner. :D

Ever wonder why time seems to fly faster when the -ber months start? I have no idea why, but it's always been that way since I can remember. That may be one of the reasons our Christmas season is considered the longest celebration in the world. Hehehe... Today I heard my first Christmas song on the radio. Nice :)

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Booklovers, it's that time of the year again! The 26th Manila International Book Fair is ongoing and will last until Sept. 4, 2005. Visit the World Trade Center, Financial Center Area, Gil Puyat Ave., cor Roxas Blvd., Pasay City, and feel like you're in book heaven.

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Your power is: Clairvoyance

Explanation: Your power is that you can look into the future and see what is coming. How far and long you can look is all depending on your skill level. This can, as all powers, be used in both evil and good. Even if it may seem like a boring ability it is a huge responsibility for the carrier, becase they are constantly tempted with doing the wrong deeds (e.g. cheat on a test). It takes high morals to not be brought down with it.

Therefore, you fit with this power quite well. You take responsibility and do the right thing. This does not make you a saint, since you're only human after all. But it makes a trustworthy person and you are loyal to comrades and/or team mates. In school you were probably a good student. If you were socia,l varies from person to person, but most clairvoyant people tend to prefer their own company or that of close friends and family. That is because you are wise and knows how to treasure the reliable in your life, since you know popularity can be a false element. You are also not that big on taking risks and prefer what is already explored. That is because you don't like suprises, they can turn out bad and then you won't be in control.

Negative aspects: Since you're always doing the right thing and being trustworthy all the time you can become frustrated. Also, all that you carry on your shoulders may stress you out. You need to relax to be in good mentalshape.

What Power is Compatible With You? [beautiful anime pictures + 12 detailed results]
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tagged again :)

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

We recently upgraded our computer at home, but it kept restarting on it's own, so we decided to take it back to the computer shop and have it checked.

The problem?
There was something wrong with the new hard disk and it had to be replaced. All 80 GBs of it. The files were unrecoverable. Boohoohoo! Goodbye files. See? That's why you always have to back up your files, which I didn't. The last time I backed-up my files was a few months ago, and God only knows how many files I've had since then. I thought all my files were still on my brother's ipod. Unfortunately, he already transfered it when we upgraded. Waaah! Even my old blog templates were gone. Oh my! Adieu mp3 files... Nyay! It's a good thing I transferred my picture files on flickr, photobucket, multiply and friendster photos.

It's probably a good thing - me losing all my files. It's a chance to start anew. On a clean slate. :)

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I was tagged by the lovely Tin. Hehehe.. she knows how much I love answering these. :D

SEVEN THINGS


Seven things that scare me:
darkness, losing a loved one, ghosts, needles, blood, snakes and other creepy crawlies, dying alone

Seven things I like the most:
family, sunflowers, good conversations, roadtrips, summer outings with my cousins, our Christmas reunion, CHOCOLATES! :D

Seven random facts about me:
I'm a chocoholic; my family & friends are very important to me; if I hate a person (hmm.. hate is such a strong word, dislike immensely might be a better term), I cut that person off my life (as in, no communication and, i delete all contact info - ang bad ko no? :p); i used to draw and paint a lot in high school, but I rarely do that now; i want to start scrapbooking; i'm very transparent - you could see from my face how I really feel; i use mayonaisse as a dip

Seven important things in my bedroom:
My bed, my 12 pillows, my books, TV, stereo, kikay stuff, clothes

Seven things I plan to do before I die:
travel to Ireland; travel to Tuscany, Italy; get married; have children; own a business; skydive; bungee jump

Seven things I can do:
sing; draw; paint; multi-task; cook; put make-up in a moving vehicle (hahaha!); swim

Seven things I can’t do:
dance in public; play the guitar; sleep with all the lights off; sleep unless i'm on tummy; do cartwheels;

Seven things that attract me to the opposite sex:
eyes, height, smile, sense of humor, intelligence, respect for others (especially women), voice (singing or speaking)

Seven things I say the most:
Nyarks! Ngek! Ay, shyet! Di nga? Owws? Ano ba? Ayus!

Seven celeb crushes (whether local or foreign):
Michael Vartan, Chad Michael Murray, Brad Pitt (before Angelina), Tom Cruise (before Katie), Colin Farrell (before he became scruffy looking, hehehe), Tom Welling, Aga Muhlach forever (nyahaha!)

Seven people you want to see take this quiz:
Diwata, Dinah, missP, Rianne, Raissa, and anyone who wants to answer.

quiz time uli :)

Friday, August 26, 2005

Yesterday was my mom's birthday. She would have been 56 if she's still with us. My family and I went to her grave in the morning to bring flowers and offer our prayers.

The weather was lovely. The sun was shining but it wasn't hot and there was a gentle breeze. Just the way mom liked it. :)

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I've always been a cheerful person (except when I'm PMS-ing, so hide from me on those days. hehehe!). Lately I've been having bouts of melancholy, which is understandable, considering the circumstances. :)

Gah! Nakakapagod pala talaga ma-depress.

I thought I'd answer some quizzes from Quizilla, until I return to a happier disposition. :)

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Rose is your inner name because you are elegant and passionate. You are also beautiful and you are very independent.

What should your name really be??? (for girls)
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Hmm.. incidentally, I was supposed to be named Rosemarie. Nyii.. buti na lang hindi... no offense meant to the Rosemarie's of the world. It's just not me. I can't imagine myself being called Rosemarie :)

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April, Active and dynamic. Decisive and haste but tends to regret.Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people's problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving. Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their lover can see.


What does your birth month reveal about you? (read memo)
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The Notebook. You are a hopeless romantic and love movies that make you cry!! You love to have fun and are very emotional!!

What Movie Is Perfect For You?
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Your theme song is Accidentally in Love by Counting Crows! You're willing to try new things, even if they seem a bit odd at first. Maybe you've fallen in love enough times to know not to take it at face value.

What's Your Theme Song?
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wolfmann

Monday, August 22, 2005

I received an email notification from Friendster that a college buddy sent me a message, but I didn't get to open it until tonight.

The first thing I did as soon as I got in front of the PC was to open the friendster message: 1. because it's been years since I heard from him, and 2. the message subject was about another college buddy, who's making a name as a great music artist.

I was surprised at the message. My friend Ahlee said that our friend Wilfrid, aka Wolfmann of Wolfmann+ passed away yesterday, at St. Luke's, due to an aneurysm. He was in a coma for two days. I had goosebumps. I didn't expect the message to be that. He's too young to die.

We used to call him Hero Bautista in college, because he bears a resemblance to him (although, shempre lamang naman si Wilfrid ng madaming paligo dun :p). Hindi sha napipikon, everytime we teased him. :) We had a 3 day trip to Zambales for one of our major classes, and we had to stay with an Aeta community. We had to walk 4-5 hours to get to the place (our bus couldn't go there), but we had fun coz he kept telling jokes. We were dead tired when we arrived, but we weren't grumpy. On the last night of our trip, we had a "cultural night" and he played the guitar, while we all sang along. Those were fun times.

He was one of the guys who pulled me out of quicksand when I accidentally stepped on it and was stuck to my waist, on our way home. But not before he was bent over laughing. Kasi daw nagulat sha bigla na lang ako lumiit. Hehehe... ang payat-payat pa naman nya nun.

Sayang... he had so much going for him. His dream was turning into a wonderful reality, only to be cut short.

Wilf's remains lie in state at Funeraria Paz Manila Memorial Park along Sucat Road. A Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday night and Funeral rites will be on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Rest in peace, Wilfrid.

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I hope my next entry is going to be a happy one. I'm tired of depressing posts.

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Ooops! I just found that although my blog looks fine on Firefox, it's not on Internet Explorer. Walang right margin. Nyii.. I'm still trying to figure out how to fix it. So far, no matter how I try to fix it, there's no difference. Change your browsers to Firefox na lang. (hehe)

Psalm 23

Sunday, August 21, 2005

I promised myself a few days ago that I would refrain from writing melancholic entries. Sadly, I can't keep that promise, because to do so would mean I'm suppressing my feelings. That is so not the purpose of a blog - well, my blog, anyway.

I write because I feel. I write about my life, my hopes and dreams, my successes and failures, my family, and everything I hold dear. Writing is also one way of dealing with my pain. I write because it's cathartic for me. Cliche, but true.

The past few weeks, I found myself coping better with mom's passing. The past few days however, it's been quite tough. I guess it's because Mom's birthday is just a few days away. She would have been 56 on Thursday.

I'm trying to put up a brave front, acting as if everything has returned to normal, but it's far from the truth. I heard my titas and mom's friends saying (on different occasions), that I'm probably the one most affected by mom's loss, because, not to take anything away from my dad and my siblings, I was the one with her during her chemotherapy treatments. Maybe. Maybe not. We may not talk about it, but I know my family and I feel the same way. We're all grieving mom's passing. I'm just the one vocal about it

This morning while we were at Loyola Memorial Park (where we're at every Sunday morning), my brother and I were discussing what we're going to do on Mom's birthday. We'll definitely go to Loyola in the morning, and we'll probably eat out for dinner. We used to have parties/get togethers on mom's birthday with close family and friends. That's not going to happen this year, obviously. It's just going to be the four of us celebrating mom's extraordinary life and strength of spirit.

When we got home from Loyola, I went to mom & dad's room and something caught my eye. It was one of mom's books protruding under some clothes. I don't know how long it has been there, but it was the first time I saw it. I got it, with the intention of putting it on the bookshelf. Then I saw the title: "Getting Through the Going Through Stage" by Robert A Schuller. And I thought to myself, "Wow, how fitting."

Psalm 23 was written on the first page of the book:

The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me to the path of righteousness
For His name's sake.

Yea, though I walk to the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod, and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Forever.
In the words or Robert A. Schuller:
"Everyone experiences difficult times in life... we're not dumped in the valley. We're going through the valley. The difficult times will not last.

The way we get through our valleys is determined by the vehicle we choose... the best vehicle for me was the 23rd Psalm. I don't think there is a chapter in the Bible that speaks more beautifully or more eloquently to someone who is experiencing difficulty."
I'm not a religious person, even if I was educated at Catholic schools. Strangely enough, reading the above brought me real comfort. Maybe all I need is stronger faith.

I am halfway done with the book and with every turn of the page, I am comforted.

And I thank the Lord for it.