I Hope to See These Places Before I Die

Oct 31, 2008

Reading other people's blog and seeing their pictures, here are just some of the places in the Philippines that I wish to visit before I die. They are listed in no particular order and will be updated every time na may makita pa ako :-)
  • Anawangin Cove in Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio,Zambales -Undiscovered paradise talaga, parang hindi sa Pilipinas ano?
  • Caleruega in Brgy. Kaylaway, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas -I pass by Batulao every time I go to my hometown in Putol, Tuy, Batangas but I never had the time to visit this place! Even Pink Sisters nga e.
  • Sagada-Ang tagal ko na gusto mag-Sagada pero di matuloy-tuloy.
  • Puerto Prinsesa-Vangie, sama ka na ha! You should hear Vangie gush about the caves and the beach. Yaan mo, next year.
  • Batanes -All storm passes through Batanes! Parang Marlboro country. Hirap lang, what if ma-cancel ang flight mo?
There are a lot more places in the country waiting for us to visit. Huwag maging banyaga sa sariling bayan and with promos left and right from Cebu Pacific, every juan can fly!


Serendipity, as defined in Wikipedia, is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely.
And early today, it was indeed serendipitous that I found this lovely poem by Ezzard R. Gilbang at emanilapoetry.
Very apt for this site, me thinks.

A Day at the Park: Quezon City Memorial Circle

Oct 30, 2008

Our family loves the Quezon City Memorial Circle. On weekends, we would cook breakfast at home, lug our trusty banig, ready our running, badminton and basketball gears and head off to the park at 5am on Sunday mornings. There are lots of activities for the family. We picnic. We run. We play badminton (there are lots of badminton nets all around). There are chess boards and various group activities like aerobics and exercises. There are bible study groups, the boxing enthusiasts, stuntments and Chinese groups doing their exercises. There are also lots of bikes for hire. The playground, which my kids thoroughly enjoy, was designed by the National Artist Napoleon Abueva.

I truly applaud the Quezon City goverment headed by Mayor Sonny Belmonte for their effort to continually improve the park to make it enjoyable for the whole family.

Here are some of our photos, taken during two consecutive Sundays. For really good quality pictures of the QC Circle, check this out. Oh, and for great information, useless or otherwise, go ask the Batang Kyusi.

Disconnection Notice

Oct 28, 2008

Did you get to see Ely Buendia and his band Pupil perform in Eat Bulaga last Saturday? If not, hell, you missed a lot! Ely was wearing his shades and he was so payat, and for a while there I was thinking, baka mag-collapse na naman. He he. I did not like the song Disconnection Notice when I first heard it. Did you? Maybe, it will grow on me. But seing Ely perform, kinikilabutan talaga ako. (I don't really care whether there's gonna be a Part II of the reunion concert, because I was there during the first. It was bitin, all right pero iba ang yabang when you got to watch the first reunion concert e. He he. And if his health and the band's respective dramas would permit, the part II would just be an icing to the cake. I digress!)
Then, when Francis M sang Superproxy with Ely, W-O-W! Seeing these two perform together, you have to thank God for giving them another chance to do what they do best, make people happy. I was. I think Julia Clarete was as happy as me. People from Eat Bulaga's back stage all looked pumped-up. Seeing their very own Francis M. make a comeback at EB after a fight with Leukemia made them more appreciative of the guy. Same with Ely, knowing that he did not make arte lang during the reunion concert(as rumored) and that the guy really has heart problems, you tend to appreciate him more. The talent, the devotion to the craft. Hay, i know, I sound like a groupie . He he, but what the hell, e fan talaga and proud of it :-)
To Ely and Francis M, healthwise, keep up the fight!
Oh, and elsewhere, other Eraserheads song were played last Saturday. The songs live!

A Loose Power Cord...

Oct 26, 2008

wrecked havoc to my PC. He he. I know, elementary, my dear Watson. Next time, don't think of the worst. Sometimes, its really just a loose cable. And thanks to my hubby for lugging the effing things to our friendly neighborhood computer shop and testing the damn things. Tapos, nag loose lang pala yung power cord (blush, blush).

He he.

Gagambino Revisited

Oct 24, 2008

We watched Gagambino again last night because exams were over(yey!) and nothing good was showing on HBO. After 4 days, I was surprised but still unimpressed. They finally changed the lines of the song from "Gagambino, Gagambino" to "Gusto mo ba talagang maging Superhero". I told Drex, maybe because I blogged about it (he, he!). The lines are more catchy and na-LSS na nga ako, I was singing it on the way to the office. Anyway, enumerated below are my latest comments:

1. They killed Zoren (sorry, missed whodunnit and why, he he).
2. Bino the kid is still mayabang. On the preview of the next night's show, as Dennis as Bino is still maangas! Drex said mayabang na siya bata pa lang so paglaki nya, mayabang din siya.
3. Why dont they shoot the giant spider while it was running away with Bino?
4. Why dont they give the spider a nickname? Bino is calling him Gagamba, why not Gagam or Spidey or sumtin? He he, I asked my kids what they will call the giant spider it it was their pet and they both said "Gagamba!". He he, such unispired kids!
5. I was not comfortable with the kid Harold holding that gun and fighting with his mom for it. Okay, maybe it was needed to show his beetle-like powers, but the kids watching the show are impressionable. I was quick to shout, Bawal Humawak ng Baril! and my kids were looking at me like, hello, may baril ba tayo? Toy gun nga ayaw mo kami ibili o pahawakin e. But still.
6. Preview for coming episodes shows the very sexy Katrina Halili (no problem with here, she really is sexy). I know, I know, why do I keep watching the darn show e ang dami ko naman palang comment? Maybe becasue its, well, new? He he.

I am seriously thinking that last night was the last time we will watch the show because the time slot is a little past their bedtime (though Kris still wants to watch La Lola) and because it is not really suitable for young audiences. I am still looking values it would teach my kids. Actually, I think no GMA show after 24 Oras is suitable for young audiences.

The Great Baguio Adventure

Oct 23, 2008

We went to Baguio last year with the superfriends and family. It was my first trip to Baguio and I was very excited then. Some places we visited were a bit disappointing (Mines View, especially) but the company was The Best. I wont bore you na with the details because I cant remember all of them right now. Maybe, I will write about it sometime. What I can vividly remember about that Baguio trip was the longganisa. I can still imagine the flavor. Yum! All in all, it was a very fun and enjoyable trip.

Enjoy the travelogue ,and excuse the amateurish quality :-) Yaan nyo, gaganda din yan pag maganda na camera ko. (Note to self: buy that camera soonest!)

When Ishi Cries

Oct 22, 2008

I cant remember what it was that made Ishi cry in these photos but I really love the pictures.

Oh, and this was inspired by this, and this although I already posted these photos in my multiply account some months ago. Alam nyo naman, frustrated matuto ng photography e wala pa namang camera :-)

Did You Enjoy Gagambino's Pilot Episode?

Oct 21, 2008

We didn't and here's why:

1. The song really suck. My husband said it was also Dennis Trillo who sang it. It was just Gagambino, Gagambino over and over again. Wala bang ibang lines na puedeng iparining? I heard some more lines on the closing credits but I can't even remember them.
2. Way too many commercials after only very short scenes. My son was like, ano ba naman yan, wala pa namang nangyayari a!
3. The effects were bad. My son again was, nye! Hindi siya napabilib.
4. I didnt like the line delivered by the boy Bino to Zandro (Leo Martinez) when he saw him again. Parang bastos sya. But on the following lines, he used Opo naman na.
5. I can't sympathize with Bino kasi mayabang ang dating nya.
6. One of the commercials that aired was for the brandy Dennis Trillo was endorsing. Not in good taste considering that the target audience were kids.

Here's what I liked:
1. I like Leo Martinez when he is not doing comedy.
2. I like Zoren Legazpi kahit bad siya.
3. Glydel Mercado is cruel. Effective siya.
4. Ganda ng katawan ni Dennis Trillo (drool, he he)

Since I dont usually watch teleseryes, I made an effort to see this one since my kids may want to watch . However, after the pilot episode, I dont think they liked it much.

But let's wait and see. Or just read a book.

*photo from GMA-7 website.

The Robinsons Appliance 3-Day Supersale

Oct 17, 2008

Even Robinsons Appliances is having a 3-day super sale. Get as much as 10% off on various items, double discounts on Sanyo TV's and Free MP3 Players for every purchase of Samsung LCD TV!

Grabe, I wish our 13th month-pay coincides with these crazy sale para makabili naman ako at hindi puro post lang sa blog. He he.

The Robinsons October Super Sale

Oct 15, 2008

Yes, I know. The temptation is just too much!
Up to 70% off on selected items from October 17 (till midnight) and October 18-19 in all Robinsons Malls.
Do your Christmas shopping early!

My Favorite Books List

The list is not exhaustive. They are just the books I can remember on top of mind and they are listed here in no particular order:

  • Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer (hello, obvious ba!)
  • Harry Potter Books by J.K. Rowling, but my favorite is Order of the Phoenix
  • Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon (i love all his books, actually)
  • Love Story by Erich Segal
  • The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King (i cant read this book again!)
  • The Bourne Books by Robert Ludlum (not so much the movies, though I love f****** Matt Damon)
  • The Runaway Jury by John Grisham
  • The Cedar House Rules by John Irving
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini(hu hu hu, ang bigat sa dibdib)
  • Angels & Demons by Dan Brown ( and the other more famous book, which I cant recall right now!)
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas(I also like the movie!)
  • The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver
  • The Godfather by Mario Puzo (I have the movie DVD collection :-)
  • The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth( I dont like Bruce Willis in the movie)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien(ang hirap basahin, pati yung Hobbit. Nose bleed!)
  • Bata, Bata Paano ka Ginawa by Lualhati Bautista (started reading her works in high school pag walang magawa, pati Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag pinapatulan ko nun :-0)

And I have a looooong way to go.

College Admission Essay

Oct 14, 2008

Forwarded emails galore! I also read this recently here.

College Admission Essay
This is an actual essay written by a college applicant. The author, Hugh Gallagher, was admitted to NYU.
Essay: In order for the admissions staff of our college to get to know you, the applicant, better, we ask that you answer the following question: Are there any significant experiences you have had, or accomplishments you have realized, that have helped to define you as a person?

I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row.
I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.
Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of charge.
I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don't perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last summer, I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat .400. My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust me.
I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I have performed several covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.
I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I participate in full-contact origami. Years ago, I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to write it down. I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a toaster oven. I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.
But I have not yet gone to college.

Hell Explained By A Chemistry Student

Again from our forwarded emails department, here is one of my all-time favorite college essays. I first read them at Renaissance Girl and I read it again here.

Ang galing no?

Hell Explained By A Chemistry Student


The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid term.

The answer by one student was so “profound” that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well :

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:

First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let’s look at the different religions that exist in the world today.

Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle’s Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

  1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.
  2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, “It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,” and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct……leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting “Oh my God.”


The Best Thing About Working Near A Mall...

...is also the worst thing about working near a mall! Haaayyy!
All Robinsons Malls are having this fantastic sale and the only thing stopping me from enjoying this is ... money, or the lack of it :-)

Twilight Ebooks

Oct 13, 2008

I have e-books of the Twilight series. Well, they are actually all over the net.

If you want a copy, email me :-) or leave a comment here with your email address.

I will still buy the books though(they are on top of my Christmas list). Like my Potters, I have both the books and the ebooks :-)
Yeah i know, addicted much.

To plan or Not to Plan

Oct 10, 2008

Remember that Bohol trip? It seems like its going to be Plan A after all -big big thanks to Cebu Pacific's very crazy seat sale. I was able to book us tickets (all 5 of us!) for only a whooping Two Thousand pesos! Yes, crazy!

But should I start planning now(its only 60 days to go)? I have been scouring the net already for resorts, tour packages, ferry, etc, etc. Excited much? He he. You bet!

The plans are still a-changing because Ehms and family (they also have tickets!) may not be able to get a leave from work. Rona and family, on the other hand still has to arrange the kid's school schedule (well yes, i don't know if you can re-schedule first communions?) So you see the dilemma?

I am itching to start the planning and stuff but I cant get to it yet because I don't know my final headcount yet. And how to you get quotations if you do not have a head count? (insert long-suffering sigh here)

Yes, to plan or not YET to plan. He he he.

Rainy Days and Stupid Insensitive Jerks

It looks like today is going to be one of those days when nothing can go right. David Cook had to sing four times and extra louder this morning to get me out of bed. My husband had to shook me just so I would stop the alarm. When I was about to cook our baon, there was no oil for frying the Tilapia! Then Danniel again took his very sweet time eating his breakfast. Ishi asked me to carry her out from the bed and when I refused(I was doing the dishes!), I had to say I'm sorry (think Nido Commercial) in three versions before she would give me a goodbye kiss! Then when we were ready to leave the house and drop off Danniel to school, the rains fell down! Yeah, its one of those days.

So, we were on our way to work on our motorcycle. The hubby had his raincoat on, and I had his thick motorcycle rider jacket. Traffic was more heavy than the usual. But I'm used to this so this doesn't bother me as much. The rain had turned into a drizzle by this time. When we reached La Salle in Greenhills, the rains were heavier and the traffic, worse. There are people kasi who cant read the NO PARKING SIGNS! And are not even scared of the MMDA CLAMPING AREA SIGNS! Yes, I'm shouting. Stupid, insensitive jerks! You think the road in front of that school is your own personal parking area?!?

Then, when we crossed EDSA, my husband slowly moved to the left lane, cutting off a car who signalled left. My husband waved an apology. Then the stupid, stupid insensitive jerk in the maroon Toyota Vios plate XSX (forgot the numbers, damn!) rushed forward effectively showering me dirty rain water from the puddle in front of Crowne Plaza!!! What the f#@#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I gave him THE FINGER of course!!! We thought he was turning left so we slowed down but the jerk drove straight ahead! I was so prepared to have a shouting match or a boxing match right there in the middle of the road!

Grrrrrrrrrrrr, some people can be so insensitive!!!!!!! There he was, dry and cool as can be on his car while we were wet as chickens on our motorcycle and he had the nerve to do that to me! Me! Dang! Sure, sure, my husband cut him off but it was so slow, he didn't even have to step on his brakes! And I was the only one who got soaking wet!!!!!!!

What a nice way to start the day, eh?

How to Get The One (or Someone) to Like You

Oct 7, 2008

What do you say to people who have never been into a romantic relationship since birth? Well, nothing, really. It is their life, ergo, their choice. And there is nothing remotely wrong with that. There is Blessedness in Singleness and don't let people tell you otherwise. A relationship involves work and commitment. You don't just jump when the first man asks you out just to get out of NBSB society. There is a science and art to getting the opposite sex like you:

  • Its you. Yes, not them, its you. Love yourself. Highlight your beauty. Pamper yourself. That way you will feel confident and and your moves will show it. Nothing exudes an aura of sexiness more than the confidence that you feel in yourself.

  • Be seen. I mean, how will people know you exist when your daily life consists of the house-office-house routine? Only your neighborhood tambays will get to see you! Why don't you go out with friends and get to meet friends of friends, cousins of friends, you know, other people?

  • Be nice. Sometimes, all it takes for a person to like you is your attitude. Be easy to talk to, be funny(do not overdo!), be nice. Dont be snarky and nasty. Remember that an effort is being made so make it easier for the other person by being nice and approachable.

  • Go for it. When you think you find the one, why dont you go for it. Dont be obvious, just simple nuances that could get him thinking. Subtlety is the key.

Remember, you dont need a man/woman to make you feel good about yourself. Only you can make that choice. Dont ever settle. You can do a lot better than that. There is no sense in getting trapped in a meaningless relationship just to have one. One thing is for sure though. Someone out there is waiting for you.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Oct 6, 2008

I am currently reading Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer and I should say, I am very impressed so far! I cannot put down the books, anymore than I could stop myself re-reading my Harry Potters! I love vampire stories, although I was'nt overly impressed with the The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (maybe due to my impatience!) I felt the pacing is too slow for me! I want more action! My favorite vampire movies are Queen of the Damned (yeah, gory!) and Interview with the Vampire(I love Johnny Depp!). I was already intirgued by the book having heard some people gushing about it.

One of my favorite lines in the book:

Edward: And so the lion fell in love with the lamb...
Bella: Stupid lamb.
Edward: Sick, masochistic lion.

The story is about Edward and Bella. The first, a vampire and the girl, human. Of course, vampires suck the blood of humans whether according to books, movies or legends, and Edward is especially attracted to Bella's scent. This is a love story so you see where the problem lies.

The 4-part series is made up of Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. I am now about to start reading Eclipse :-) And I am so loving the book covers, dont you?

I wont give you anymore spoilers but I am really loving it right now. The book is written for young adults (they are in high school at the start of the book) but hey, Harry Potter was supposed to be for kids :-)

And oh, a movie is in the making, coming out in November! Excitement!

Instructions For Life Or Words of Wisdom

Oct 2, 2008

Coming to you once again, from our Forwarded Emails Dept, the tried and tested, Instructions for Life or Words of Wisdom or Pearl of Knowledge (whatever works for you!):

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R’s: Respect for self, respect for others and responsibility for all your actions.

  4. When you say "I Love You", mean it.

  5. Memorize your favorite poem.

  6. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

  7. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

  8. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

  9. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

  10. When you realize youve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

  11. Spend some time alone everyday.

  12. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

  13. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer

  14. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time

  15. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life

  16. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

  17. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

  18. Be gentle with the earth

  19. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

  20. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

  21. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it

  22. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

  23. Believe in love at first sight.

  24. Never laugh at any one's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.

  25. Read between the lines.

The origin of these instructions are debatable, though some claim they were written dwon by the Dalai Lama. But whoever wrote these, he sure is a smart guy!

Getting these emails, no matter how many times I receive them gives me a sure lift. It means to me that though the www may be vast, we are all human seeking to give each other a little joy, a little wisdom.


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