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.