Countdown Tag

8:01 PM Thursday, July 31, 2008

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Ten movies you’d watch over and over:
:: My Bestfriend's Wedding, My Big, Fat Greek Wedding, Titanic, Monsters, Inc., Ice Age, Finding Nemo, Love Actually, Grease, Sound of Music, Mac and Me

Nine people you enjoy the company of:
:: Husband, Yakee, sister, Libet, Lota, Fuz, Allee, Te Gang, Len

Eight things you’re wearing:
:: Shorts, undies, top, smile or frown depending on how kulit my son is... and when I go out, I wear a bra, my engagement and wedding rings and shoes

Seven things on your mind:
:: School work, paid blogging, my baby, my husband, my nephew, upcoming outing with cousins, keeping the peace at home

Six objects you touch every day:
:: Computers, cellphones, diapers, remote control, electric fan, orange glass

Five things you do everyday:
:: Breastfeed, eat, go online, text and read

Four things that you see when you turn your head to the right:
:: play pen, diapers, books and plastic chests

Three of your favorite things that are red in color:
:: my son (because of his name), Skittles and underwear!

Two people who have influenced your life the most:
:: My sister and my husband

One person who has been nice to you today:
:: My sister, because she keeps on taking care of my son for me :)

Now, I am tagging Nick, Ghee, Mari and Tin

Kids say the funniest things right?

My SIL recently got braces. She told me that she was scolding her three-year old daughter for being extra-spirited one afternoon when the girl piped up, "OK na Mommy, OK na, wag moko duraan!"


And isn't it funny sometimes how they'd twist our own words to use against us... or other kids? Same child, when faced with a two-year old playing with a toy she wanted, was heard saying... "Sophia, sharing is good!"

Favorite Quote

12:43 AM Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I have many favorite quotes. I am not really that eloquent anyway, and I tend to be verbose so quotes help me get sentiments across.

One such fave is this:

It's my personal battlecry when I find myself having to make difficult decisions. And of course, my standards of PURE LOVE are high indeed. At least, I get to remind myself to shake off any self-serving motivation. And generally, I can live with myself... and have no problem looking at myself in the mirror.

Anyway, I am sharing this now to you guys... just in case you find yourself in similar thresholds, or crises.

Starbucks and Sungit

2:07 AM Monday, July 28, 2008

I am properly ashamed that instead of investing on better things, I have been spending on my favorite Starbucks cream chip drink (grande, with extra whipped cream, hold the chocolate syrup, and extra caramel drizzle) served in a venti cup so the whipped cream won't overflow, with a straw that has a sort of spoon at the end of it so I can scrape up the choco bits and caramel, if I wanted to.

Anyway, sometimes, to save... hubs would have the whipped cream on his drink just put in mine (and the chocolate syrup on mine put in his). That's still P15, you know.

And usually, baristas would find the order amusing, if initially confusing, but they're usually more intrigued. And it doesn't take them long to get it right. And they chat and engage while the orders are being made.

Now, we try for the first time to order the same at that Starbucks along Macapagal Ave (not the one at the Blue Wave Mall area). Not only did we have to repeat our order at least two times to three different baristas, not one smiled at us during the (their) confusion. And heaven help me, I got readily annoyed and expressed my frustration over their inability to get what we want. And the more I took a deep breath and employed the use of cups to more easily get the idea across, the more we weren't being misunderstood. What's more, nobody was even smiling at us, or apologizing for the slow uptake, or just chatting us up.

Not one of them even smiled at my son... who was pointing at the pastries over by the glass display case, which would have been cute for most people.

Hay nako talaga!

I admit to having low tolerance but I am actually far from war-freak. And I really don't think it's wrong of us to expect a more satisfying service from them in terms of interaction because their frappes average P150 per friggin' cup! It's not like you're buying Nescafe 3-in-1 from a sari-sari store no!

Spoiled Angelina

8:22 PM Sunday, July 27, 2008

I have not been watching much TV lately. So it was only recently that I have enjoyed this... however, it's really not something kids should be allowed to watch since they are likely to immitate it...


Meanwhile, the Pinoy Parenting Blog Carnival is asking parents everywhere what type of parents they are. Care to join us?


Oh... and I have consolidated the most common ways I know how to earn from home so you might want to check it out.

It Must Be The Top

10:24 PM Thursday, July 24, 2008

Because two complete strangers tried chatting me up in two different malls today.


Talk about feeling violated.

Maybe it's because one was this foreigner guy, and both of them are old. Way older than me. Ugh.

You Would Have Been Five Today

2:16 AM Monday, July 21, 2008

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. ~Thomas Campbell

I find myself unable to browse your pictures still... or mostly. But since I had to look for a picture for the layout I was making for you, I couldn't help but notice that your brother actually looked like you when you were younger. So I guess Ice will be super cute as well.

You know Andie, your former playmate here? She's already in Grade 1. Remember how she used to refer to you as her boyfriend? Anyway, now she refers to your cousin as that. I hope you don't mind. I guess she's really just missing you.

Please continue looking out for us from where you are... and do inspire your parents to be better parents for Ice. Oh, and I always tell those I encounter who've recently suffered a loss that you'd be welcoming their departed and making them feel at home in heaven. I trust you're doing a good job.

Sigh. I guess, in order to live in people's hearts, we indeed have to die first. But you were loved, darling Py, and thus will always be.

credits: and

Maybe because of my insecurities about being a Mom and ability to comfort my child, as well as frustration over my inability to manage my time, and thus struggling further with schoolwork... I decided to dig myself deeper into mess by taking time off the whole weekend and spending it watching Charmed.

I only got to finish Season 1 though. My gosh, it was around 20 episodes, 40 minutes each. And I realized that not only did I miss some 4-5 episodes, Prue and Phoebe actually used to wear clothes back then. Maybe it was in Season 2 that they started the skimpy war, and when Paige came into the scene, she was just as skin-baring.

And by golly, I love Prue. Maybe because i'm also the eldest and like being bossy. Paige never did give the same fire to the trio, so it was really a surprise too that they got to Season 8... when Prue was only around for three seasons.

I dared not start Season 2 lest I really don't meet my assignment deadlines. And if truth be told, I would actually be surprised if I finish all seasons because I am expecting I will lose interest around Season 4 or 5, just like when it was being aired before.

Meanwhile, I heard there's going to be a 90210 spinoff and that they're even bringing Brenda Walsh back. Yey.

Shall it Quake tomorrow?

2:23 PM Thursday, July 17, 2008

Am sure some of you have probably read the e-mail already about some Indian seer who prophesied that a big earthquake is going to hit the Philippines on July 18, 2008.

And although I am generally cynical about prophesies, I also cannot turn a blind eye to recent earthquakes in Asia and our country being smack dab in the Ring of Fire zone, I wouldn't actually be surprised if we do get an earthquake or some volcanic explosion. Obviously, something has been shifting down there. It's just a matter of when we too will be hit by catastrophe again.

A Pastor with Guts

7:03 PM Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I have actually been looking for this prayer for so long now... I cannot explain how or why I was touched by it but it does give me pause as to those things I've started believing were MY options...

Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children, and called it building self esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography, and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin, and set us free. Amen!'

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India , Africa, and Korea ..

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'one nation under God.'

Maybe I like this prayer so much because I am aware that we are so governed with the pursuit of convenience... and it is far easier for us to rationalize things, and seek alternative explanations and push the envelope in everything just to avoid sadness, growing old, broken hearts, boredom, illness, etc.

Are people happier and enjoying more love and richer relationships today? I don't know. But what does the fact of childhood and teenage suicides tell us?


And in the meantime... what kind of society is America coming to be where prayer is deemed offensive just because there could be non-Christians around? Where you can't even pray openly anymore lest it offends someone who doesn't (even in schools, kid are becoming less tolerant of religion)? And why would non-Christians and atheists get offended when somebody else prays?

Feeling Sexy Again

11:03 PM Sunday, July 13, 2008

I am currently around 125 lbs, depending on whether i've slept or how much i've eaten.

Anyway, last Friday, I went to my old office because it's the company's anniversary. I won't be ashamed to say that I dressed up nicely in my most flattering outfits and that I basked in the illusion (because they all said I was thin when am not) it created that made former colleagues compliment me (and some, green with envy). I even wore thongs again (ugh, it felt weird to be feeling breezy down there, lolz).

For a moment or two, I wanted to be back. See, I discovered that they've installed bidets in the comfort rooms. I know, that's so babaw. But I have a thing for bidets, see. And since I always wash even after peeing only, bidets would have been appreciated in those days when colleagues would see me carrying a huge TABO (because I didn't want to be bitin when I wash) and tease me about it.

And then there's the fact that we now have this huge ref in our department... which, had I still been working, would probably be filled with my snacks. We had to make do with a personal-sized ref for years and now, my former colleagues have this huge refrigeration space they're not maximizing. Sigh.

But apart from these things, I don't really miss the work I did there. I've done my bit with the bureacracy and really do not want to be part of the corruption of the higher-ups anymore.

But back to feeling sexy, I was utterly shameless in projecting and smiling at old faces. Hehe. And for a moment, it was really very nice to be all dolled up and having appreciative male attention cast my way again... from people other than hubs.

It made me feel my former kind of 'human'. So now i'm bent on making sure I buy new clothes (that fit) and avoid looking homely. But maybe I should make sure to go out weekly too, so that I would at least run a comb through my hair.

Where to get Cheap Glasses

10:28 PM Saturday, July 12, 2008

Incredible Stylish New Frames From Zenni are now being offered at really low, low prices. Even if you're fussy with the frames style, Zenni Optical $ 8 Rx Eyeglasses are definitely un-shabby options.This way, you can even get yourself a second or third pair, which you can leave in your car or in your office. That would certainly save you rummaging time.

Prospective clients also need not wonder about the quality just because its cheap. It is, after all, a very trusted brand. And just recently, Zenni Optical was on FOX news! That explains the number of peple wearing shades and glasses in the coolest possible ways these days.

Interesting Tag

2:26 PM Thursday, July 10, 2008

Yup... I am breaking my silence here thru a tag by Sheryl :D

Have fun!

Have you ever gone on a blind date? Nope
Skipped school? Yes, in college.
Been on a plane? Yes.
Been lost? Not really, but I always feel lost in a new place.
Swam in the ocean? Yes.
Cried yourself to sleep? I cry, then I sleep. But I don't think i've ever really cried myself to sleep.
Played cops and robbers? Yes, I think. :D
Played dolls? I did... but I didn't enjoy it as much as I did just reading books.
Recently colored with crayons? Nope.
Sang Karaoke? Yes... despite everybody complaining.
Paid for a meal with coins only? Yes... i've had my share of living from allowance to mouth :D
Done something you said you wouldn't? A lot, and it's a good thing you're not asking me to list them down :)
Cheated on a test? I tried many times but it never happens really.
Made prank phone calls? Yes. One time we called a friend and I pretended he got me pregnant. Can't help laughing in the end though.
Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Not yet...
Danced in the rain? Nah... played in the rain lang!
Written a letter to Santa Claus? I think I did when I was very young.
Watched the sunrise with someone you care about? Weirdly enough, I think I have... does watching the sun rise with an ex count?
Been kissed under the mistletoe? Nope
Gone ice skating? Yes.
Been skinny dipping outdoors? I wouldn't have the guts!
Favorite drink I'm allowed on a regular basis - water! :D
Tattoos? None and never!
Body piercings? Ears.
Vacation spot? Bring me back to El Nido and i'll be happy.
Eaten cookies for dinner? Yes, but i'd still eat proper meals after.
Ever been on TV? Yes... some speech ekek in school.
Ever been in a car accident? Yes, when I was a lot younger.
Favorite number and why? 13 and only because of the stigma to it.
Favorite movie? Titanic. Love it forever.
Favorite holiday? Christmas, eventhough am still trying to reconstruct the Christmases I loved growing up.
Favorite smells? My husband and son. Vanilla.
What do you do to relax? Read Harry Potter.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Mother of 3 and still as happy as can be.

Now am tagging MommyBa, Toni, Baker Boy and Jeanny


Oh and it doesn't have a picture but I swear this No-Bake Walnut Brownie recipe of mine is great.

I Owe Bloghops

2:53 AM Sunday, July 06, 2008

Forgive me... I know I owe bloghops big time.

But apart from school, my son and I have also been sick... and i'm losing sleep again. And I shall stop giving excuses.

Hopefully, I will darken your doorsteps this week.

Hurrah for Manny Pacquiao!!!

12:18 AM Thursday, July 03, 2008

A tad late, I know.

I actually just watched the fight (pirated DVD sold that same afternoon of the match) this afternoon.

I hated that Manny is such GMA's puppy. And that his ego usually gets the better of him. And that he ran for office (good thing even his kababayans know the other one was really doing a great job). And that he released an album/single (?).

And I am not a big fan of boxing, I know.

But something still has to be said for him for having achieved much in a sport that is bloody at best. And he is really known for his training discipline (my gosh, four basketball games every day?!) so whatever he accomplished, you know he deserved it. So I guess you can actually excuse/forgive some of his failings (as he's only human after all). I mean come on, we elected a President to power when we know how many women he kept... so his love child with someone shouldn't be that unforgivable. And he earned the money he uses to gamble!

So hurrah Manny. God indeed seems to be on your side :) But do consider retiring early to save some of your brains.


I'm bad but am blogging because I don't want to do my assignments. Yikes.