Friday, October 24, 2008

How Does One...

1. Right now, I'm feeling nostalgic; missing my Gramps.

2. "Where you are is where I want to be."

3. How does one solve a problem like Marita?

4. My faith and my friends keep me on track.

5. Please don't break my heart.

6. Good company, good food, good conversation, and shopping fill me with joy.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to doing something with the fam to commemorate my Gramps, tomorrow my plans include going to San Pedro and do some sightseeing, and Sunday, I want to slow down and rest!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wordless: Wicked

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

10 On Tuesday: Best Meals Ever

I love food; I love to cook (both bookmarked and freestyle) and more importantly, I love to eat. I even take pictures of it sometimes. Why? Because they're just too pretty to forget. Behold the best meals [that I recall] I've had (in no particular order)...

1. Dad's-Saisaki-Kamayan Buffet. You got American, Japanese, and Filipino cuisine; three glorious buffets in one. Always an awesome experience when I'm there. Always.

2. Sinigang "communion" at Daddy Lolo's. When I was a kid, I remember going to my grandfather's house on weekends and everyone would be there. First cousins, second cousins, aunts, uncles, pets, you name it. Come lunch and/or dinner, Daddy Lolo (that's what we call him anyway. Lolo means grandfather or elderly man in Filipino) would prepare a huge bowl of rice mixed in with a generous portion of pork sinigang. He'd round up all the kids, make us form a line, and feed us a spoonful of rice ala sinigang one after the other. The best part? We get a free play pass -- since there were quite a few of us, when it wasn't our turn yet, we'd roam around the house and do kids stuff, for as long as we're back in line for our turn. Food AND play. Oh, happy days.

3. Sunday lunch as a child. My dad would always whip up something good for lunch after Church on Sunday. When we had sushi and sukiyaki, we'd wear bands around our heads and use chopsticks. When we had steak, he'd serve them in individual hot plates. Sometimes, I'd help. Most of the time, I just eat -- that's the best part after all, right? The food was always good. Nothing beats a home-cooked meal.

4. Beef Pares. What is pares, you ask? Instant gratification, that's what it is. Express Filipino comfort food. It's more than just food really. It doesn't matter if you're the president of the Philippines or a mere commoner. You'll definitely want this stuff. Basically, it's a combo of sliced beef stew Pinoy style, fried rice, and soup. What I learned from my brother is to ask for extra lotong (stew sauce) and fried garlic then pour them on your rice. Cocoy's, Retiro....mmmm. OK, homesickness is starting to kick in. lol

5. Grilled pork Soriano Style. Grilling pork in the Soriano Family is an art. All you need are pork butt or pork chop slices, a grill, and coal. Absolutely NO electric or gas. Who needs marinade? Who needs salt and pepper? Definitely not my family. OK, I am officially homesick! LOL

6. Fat-camp at Wan's house in Tagaytay. I gained 10 lbs. in those three days. Don't ask how we did it...because I'm going to tell you anyway LOL. Two words: Spiked Brownies. That's all it takes to make anything around you edible and delicious. I popped potato marbles like nuts, I tell you. Mmm mmm good.

7. Claim Jumper 09-19-08. Appetizer Combo to start, 12 oz. Fillet Mignon with baked potato, onion rings, and zucchini, and the Motherload Cake for dessert.

8. Chicken and Steak Fajitas. Always a good meal, any time, any day, on any occasion.

9. Angelo's Adobo. The first (and only) meal my boyfriend had prepared for me at his house eons ago. I hope it's not the last. LOL

10. McD's Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese meal. Especially back home in Manila where they have 24/7 delivery. I can have the best meal ever in less than 30 minutes at any time of the day. I'm lovin' it.

Another One Bites The Dust


How long does it take you to get out of bed in the morning?
I rarely linger in bed when I wake up. If I absolutely have to be somewhere, I'm out of bed even before the alarm clock goes off. I hate late, how's that. :)

Do you usually sleep on one side of the bed or another?
My bed's a twin, so I pretty much maximize space usage on there. But, when I sleep in a bigger bed, I usually take the side that no one wants; I'm very giving like that lol.

Something you wish to accomplish before the end of the year?
Absolutely nothing. I'm on vacation for another 4.5 months.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Strawberry Fields Forever

My friend Curt sent me a link to this today. You cured my tooth ache, buddy. ;) Strawberry Fields, Tangerine Sky, forever.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day O8: Making Poverty History

Back in high school and all through college, my friends and I would b*tch about almost everything; our cars being 2nd-hand, our allowance wasn't gonna last us too long, we didn't have enough designer stuff. Even when reality got a little more "real" (after joining the labor force and starting our own families), we still didn't think we had enough. If I remember correctly, it was my friend Iris who said "at least we're not in Bosnia," which only meant that at least we weren't living in the midst of war or depression or famine. Just as my parents would always say during sporadic moments of gratefulness, "better than nothing" or BTN for short.

Truth of the matter is, there are people out in the world who have practically nothing and still consider themselves blessed. Those who have absolutely nothing compared to those of us who have roofs over our heads, eat up to 6 times a day (and still have leftovers for many days to come), work jobs that seem unrewarding but obviously pay for all our luxuries and vices, go under the knife not to cure a disease but to look younger and more attractive. It's not everyday I think about these things, but when I do, it makes me sick to my stomach. And a little ashamed, to be quite frank.

Poverty is more than just what it is to most of us -- a problem we'd be more than happy to ignore. Rather, it's a problem that we're all involved in no matter where or whom we were born to; a problem that won't go away until we actually do something about it; and, more importantly, a problem with a solution.

But the question remains: what can one person do? How can we, as individuals, make a difference? Precisely. By paying it forward and doing your part, which ever way you know or are willing to do, there will be results. There will be change and that's what we're aiming for. Change. If we all get involved, change becomes inevitable.

I know what you're thinking..."I'm not rich," "I can barely keep up with my bills," "I have my own children to feed," "I work AND I go to school at the same time," "I am taking medication," "I just don't have the time or energy anymore." Remember, someone has it far worse than you. Count your blessings and share them with others.

To learn more about what you can do about the fight against poverty, go to

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

10 On Tuesday: Great Things About TV Today

I'm going for the 10 TV shows/networks that's getting me scrambling for the remote, both real time and DVR...

1. History Channel. Who knew the past would be so much fun.

2. SciFi Channel. Yes, I take a peek once in a while, only to check if reruns of Doctor Who are on. But if the X-Files is on, I stay for a bit and watch anyway.

3. HBO. Gotta get my daily movie fix wherever in the world I am.

4. Dancing With The Stars. The only reality show that we don't have in Manila. Hooked on it now.

5. Ugly Betty, Samantha Who, Eli Stone, Entourage, Heroes, etc. Season premiers rock.

6. TV ads that bash other products.

7. Girls Next Door. I like the crazy show, so shoot me.

8. Food Network. Soooo goood.

9. Extreme Makeover Home Edition. The old house, the cool new house, the tragedy, the new leaf, Ty Pennington -- enough to stay home on a Sunday night.

10. Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, Project Runway, ANTM, Top Design. Loving the drama, fashion, and colorful people of reality TV.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Meet Me At My Window

What is one thing you admire about each of your parents? This is very timely 'cuz one of them is really starting to get under my skin (again). And it's not my dad. OK, so my dad's the best teacher I've had in this school called life. My mom, on the other hand...lemme think for a second here. Well, she's unwavering. She's tough and she's gone through so much that it amazes me to see her on her feet and laughing. In that light, she has been an inspiration.

Which parts of your home do you like best? My room and the terrace. One's closed from the rest of the world. Literally. Yeah, I probably have the smallest window in existence. But I love that. Then there's this huge open space with no walls that I love, too. Totally different rooms, but equally appealing and important to me.

Which would you prefer and why? To have every stoplight turn green upon your arrival for the rest of your life or to have one week of the best sex any person ever had? The latter. I've stopped at every intersection a gazillion times the last 12 years of my life, I can deal with a few more. But a solid week of crazy mind-blowing sex no one's ever experienced before? Absolutely no contest.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

It's Time

1. It's 10:00 AM Sunday and I'm usually still in bed at this time.

2. It's 3:00 PM On Monday and I'm usually out somewhere, doing some wallet damage at this time.

3. It's 7:00 PM Wednesday and I'm usually having dinner somewhere at this time.

4. It's Midnight Friday and I'm usually out with friends causing havoc in the streets at this time.

Friday, October 3, 2008

It Was A Dark And Stormy Night...

1. October marks my 2nd month in the States.

2. Things in this list scare me!

3. Leaves are falling all around, it's supposed to be getting cold now, but it isn't. Wish it was really fall already. My first real fall. Amazing.

4. My favorite horror movie is non-existent because I'm just not a big fan of the spook..

5. Friends + school years = good memories.

6. It was a dark and stormy night on the island of Noname...

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going downtown with friends, tomorrow my plans include spending the whole day with my mom and aunts and Sunday, I want to watch movies all day long!

October Fifteen Two Thousand And Eight

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wordless: Do Not Disturb

10 On Tuesday: Things That Give Me The Creeps

1. Heights. I have no problem going up (planes taking off, hiking up the mountain, taking elevators)'s the going down part I'm scared sh*tless of. So, I guess it's not height I'm really afraid of, but plummeting to a painful, inevitable death.

2. The dark. Sometimes.

3. Insects. Especially creepy crawlies. They bug me out (get it? lol). This can be a problem because my boyfriend is just FASCINATED by them. Why? I have no freakin' idea why.

4. Talking dolls. They're not supposed to talk. Come on.

5. Jelly fish. More than sea urchins or sharks. Thank God for Cortizone-10. And pee. ;)

6. Knowing my loved-ones are in harm's way.

7. Talks about the end of the world. I don't necessarily believe them, but they still send shivers up my spine.

8. Man-made and environmental catastrophes. Earthquakes and tsunamis are right up there with acts of terrorism and physical abuse.

9. The Hills Have Eyes. Most disturbing piece of nonsense I've ever seen.

10. Poverty and oppression. Seriously, this should be all our #1's (not that my list is in chronological order). Not the idea of becoming poor ourselves, but the idea that people out there are starving while some are throwing out leftovers, intentionally throwing up their food, and storing cans upon cans upon boxes of "emergency groceries" in storage rooms and endless pantries. We should all be conscious about that.