Friday, February 20, 2009

Pre-Departure Sentiments

So, I'm leaving L.A. for Manila in 1 week. Has it really been 6 months already?!? Time flies so fast, doesn't it.

All in all, I had an awesome time here in the US of A. Was with my aunt during her chemo sessions and only yesterday we found out her bone marrow's clear of cancer (amen!). Been to 10 States -- 5 on each coast -- and they were all fabulous. Got to spend time with family and friends. Rode on the most insane theme park rides, witnessed snow fall for the very first time, touched real snow for the very first time, had my first thanksgiving, went to the site of the first ever thanksgiving, met Ms. Liberty, walked the mall parking lot where they shot Back To The Future, wept at the sight of the Grand Canyon, witnessed Obama make many good memories. 6 months worth of them.

Big thanks to the Sorianos and Dorados for their hospitality and generosity. To my friends, old and new -- I wish I had more time to spend with you. When I come back, I promise you'll be sick of me. :)

Now, I'm off to Vegas to celebrate my pre-birthday send-off. Cheers! ;)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wordless: Torrance Sky

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

10 On Tuesday: Songs That Describe Me/My Life

These are my # 2 through 10. Feel free to click on the songs, you might just like them. You'll find my #1 when you scroll further down the page.

Music Playlist at

And the #1 song that describes me best (quite literally, in fact) is...

Sing with me now...

I'm broke but I'm happy
I'm poor but I'm kind
I'm short but I'm healthy, yeah
I'm high but I'm grounded
I'm sane but I'm overwhelmed
I'm lost but I'm hopeful baby
What it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be fine fine fine
'cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five

I feel drunk but I'm sober
I'm young and I'm underpaid
I'm tired but I'm working, yeah
I care but I'm restless
I'm here but I'm really gone
I'm wrong and I'm sorry baby
What it all comes down to
Is that everything's gonna be quite alright
'cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is flicking a cigarette

And what it all comes down to
Is that I haven't got it all figured out just yet
'cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving the peace sign

I'm free but I'm focused
I'm green but I'm wise
I'm hard but I'm friendly baby
I'm sad but I'm laughing
I'm brave but I'm chickenshit
I'm sick but I'm pretty baby
And what it all boils down to
Is that no one's really got it figured out just yet
'cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is playing the piano

And what it all comes down to, my friends, yeah
Is that everything's just fine fine fine
'cause I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is hailing a taxi cab

What, No Candy?

I just read somewhere that in Japan, they measure your waistline once you reach the age of 40 to ensure no one is, well, fat. If you go beyond the ideal measurement, you pay a fine. Wow.

In Great Britain, they pay obese people to enroll in weight-loss programs. WOW.

I seriously need to lose weight, get fit, live healthy, all that jazz. A fine or a government-sponsored effort would definitely be good motivation. Sadly, we don't got those back home. You're on your own. Crap.

Oooh, a Twix bar! :-|

Monday, February 16, 2009

On Rockstars, Addictions, And Talking Crabs

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Be mine :: I'm Yours.
  2. Ecstatic :: About going home. :)
  3. Orderly :: Caregivers.
  4. Sebastian :: Ariel's crab friend.
  5. Sore :: Throat. Yeah, I have it now.
  6. Don’t need :: be anything other than a prison guard's son. ~ Gavin DeGraw
  7. Rockstar :: Energy drink. (so hard to pick just one real rockstar)
  8. Tinfoil :: Grill.
  9. Addiction :: Chocolate.
  10. Where? :: What? Who?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Serenade

You breathe out and I breathe in...

I ache...

I miss the sound of your voice

the loudest thing in my head...


Hold on...

Everything works in your arms.

Happy 4th, baby.

Always & always...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Stick It To Me, Mommy

A little game I cooked up for my cousin's baby shower. Sorta like pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, but with pacifiers and a baby. This photo was taken post-game. Interesting, no?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

10 On Tuesday: Good Old Songs Of Yore

An official 10 on Tuesday list wasn't published for today, so I'm improvising. This one's actually something I missed, thought I'd revive it. I'm sure most, if not all, of the songs on this list are pretty lame. So, be warned. I'm actually chatting with 2 of my friends who I've known for like forever (Wan, Myks -- you are my ambassadors of lame-ass 90's songs). They inspired me to write an entirely different post about how cool (NOT!) early 90's music was and how it, err, molded us to the cool (you better believe it!) people we are now. But that's reserved for another day.

In the meantime, here are my top 10 songs that bring back memories of the first 20 years of my life...

American Pie - Madonna (2000). First song I "recorded." Just a little background on that, I did ghost/cover singing for a good...5 years. What does a cover singer do? Well, I'd lend my voice to an artist with much less, uh, skill. That, and do back-up for less pretentious artists, and also re-record popular songs for karaoke (you know, when you want to sing along with the CD/tape and not just go on your own, you have the option to play the vocals? Yeah, that would be me. Or at least what I did back in the day).

Angel - Sarah McLachlan (1999). If I was a melody...

All My Life - K-Ci & Jojo (1998). Reminds me of college road trips with friends. We'd drive to Mimosa, Subic, Fontana, and wherever else our wheels would take us. Cut class if we had to. From the start of the school year and all through the summer. Booze fest, hysterical laughter, wandering off at night, nightswimming, boyfriends and girlfriends, single belles, instant cup noodles, bogus field trips, sneaking out the car, sneaking out the back to ride in someone else's car. be young and carefree again...

Your House - Alanis Morissette (1997). It was an inter-collegiate Battle of the Bands, and we lost (in fairness, we were the only ones in high school, and at least one of the bands who played that day are pretty big in the Philippines now, so it was an honor losing to them lol). It was held in the middle of a busy mall and during our set we had like 3 minutes to spare so I went a capella on their asses. I did this song. And for 3 minutes, the entire mall fell quiet. It was a great feeling. After our performance, I went to buy soda at the McDonald's right behind the stage, and everyone was like "were you the one who was singing just now? You totally rocked." Well, no, not in those words exactly. In Filipino, sure. And a little less dramatic. lol It was one of my finest moments yet.

Open Arms - Mariah Carey (1996). One word: prom.

Plush - STP (1993). 7th grade. It was one of those teen, angsty years. Pearl Jam was a big hit, too, but just the first 10 notes of Plush is more than plenty to bring me back to that time in my life. (there are a bunch of other songs that my friends and I came up with, but I'll save them for another post lol)

Papa Don't Preach - Madonna (1989). I was in the 2nd grade and I joined this talent contest in school. I was up against the daughter of a famous local actress. Stressful, right? Anyway, so I lip synced this song WHILST I danced (choreography c/o, who else, my mother). I had a yellow tank top and a pair of green P.E. shorts on. I remember it was spur of the moment, so I had to improvise my, uh, "costume." Anyway, so, I won. And I won all talent contests after that. I skipped the dancing part though. lol

One Moment In Time - Whitney Houston (1988). The official anthem for that year's summer Olympics turned out to be my official talent-showcase anthem as well. I remember my family would ask me to sing in front of everyone, in frilly dresses and bows in my hair, no doubt. And I would, without fear. I wonder how/why I lost that fearlessness.

Bayan Ko - Kuh Ledesma...and every other Filipino who celebrated their liberation from the Marcos regime (1986). On the day before my 6th birthday, then-dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the first family were forced out of Malacanang Palace (our version of the White House). The People-Power Revolution, frontlined by peaceful rallyists -- politicians, celebrities, priests, nuns, and commonfolk alike -- offered prayers, flowers, and food to the military for them to step aside and completely overthrow the tyrannous government they sworn to protect. This song was sung from every corner of the archipelago, echoing the joy of the people for the whole world to hear.

Chiquitita - Abba (1982-85). My grandmother would always play it on the piano. I learned to sing along with her (I was only 2 or 3 when I learned the song, mind you). One of my earliest memories.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Ruffle My Feathers

Here's something I wouldn't be caught dead wearing. Like ever. Ever. And yes, even if they paid me.

I don't know. It's just a tad bit frilly for my liking. lol Seriously, where, oh, WHERE does one even wear something like that? It doesn't even cut it as sleepwear. You use the pillows, not become them.

I loooove fashion, but I've always considered high fashion to be a little...pointless. They're insanely expensive, uncomfortable, snooty, and certainly unflattering on the average Jane (and/or Joe). I simply don't have a clue what all the fuss is about.

On Snack Packs, Doctor Who, And Rebels

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Cups :: Snack Packs.
  2. Brilliant :: Doctor Who.
  3. Disobey :: Rebel.
  4. Abstain :: Sacrifice.
  5. Daily :: ...Globe.
  6. You make me :: ...feel like a natural woman.
  7. Hurl :: What I can do when I watch The Hills Have Eyes 1 & 2.
  8. Intensify :: Love.
  9. Fuck! :: A word I have to eliminate from my vocabulary. But can't.
  10. Race :: The Amazing Race. Woohoo!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Brazil! Brazil!

We were supposed to drive to Long Beach last night for the ultimate lobster buffet (@ Khoury's), but the rain was relentless so we didn't want to take our chances on the slippery freeway. What we did was we called and moved our reservations for the 13th. Instead, we opted for the next best thing -- meat, meat, meat.

Ended up having dinner at this Brazilian buffet place called Samba in Redondo Beach.

The Brazilian beef was just exquisitely done. The scallop salad, among other delectable sides, sure helped purge the strong meat after-taste (I kept tasting and tasting anyway haha). So so good.

The lamb, too, was just delish. And the tritip, and the top sirloin, and the...whole freakin' cow, how's that. Even the staff thought so. Just look at that smile. Yummy, too, no? lol

And after dinner...a little samba by my mama. You go shake what grandma gave you!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Please Don't Tell...

1. Please don't tell her that I've been meaning to miss her. ~ Jason Mraz

2. Can you dream in the morning?

3. The color blue makes me want to get my feet wet!

4. I have a craving for anything with liquor in it.

5. If my life had a pause button, I'd pause it every time I'm with Obie.

6. Eyes are the windows to Jaundice.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a lobster buffet at Khoury's, tomorrow my plans include attending/helping out with my cousin JJ's baby shower, and Sunday, I want to stay in bed the whole day!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

25 Random Facts About Me

Was tagged on Facebook. Thought I'd share them on here as well. Here we go...

1. I am addicted to fiction.
2. To me, music is just as important as atmosphere.
3. I sleep with the oldest pillow in existence.
4. I secretly like free stuff. Can't appear too eager, you know how it is.
5. I find the cold comforting.
6. I know in my heart I was Irish in a past life. Ireland rocks my socks off.
7. I wrote the first draft of my last will and testament when I was in high school.
8. I had a basset hound named Molly which I later changed to Leigh. She died. And although I find ALL dogs adorable (yes, even those small, shaky ones), I've always been afraid to have another.
9. I am in-love and in-like with Angelo.
10. My heart breaks like nothing else in this world -- silent but deadly. That brings me to my 5,325,366th life now.
11. Nothing ticks me off more than arrogance. And cruelty.
12. I take too many pictures of myself, it's unhealthy.
13. If I could sing for a living, I would.
14. I can eat steak/shrimp/chicken fajitas for days.
15. Once I walked by a homeless, shoe-less guy propped up on one of those street pole platform things, and as I bent over to give him some money, I MANAGED to accidentally touch his feet with my hand. I felt completely wretched...for the both of us. But, believe it or not, more for him.
16. Fast forward to a few years later, I end up in the same place and this guy (a totally different guy) spits over his shoulder and it lands dead smack on MY feet.
17. I'm a spit/germ magnet.
18. I would rather touch that homeless guy's feet again and be spit on than eat lychees.
19. I have a serious case of stage fright. Seriously.
20. I hope to stumble upon the cure for all diseases someday. And host the grandest food fight party in Africa.
21. I've never done laundry in my life until June of last year.
22. I used to drink like a dude, ask anyone. Now, I look at a bottle of Patron and I feel dizzy.
23. Confession of the century: The first time I got in an accident while I was driving? Totally my fault.
24. I get by with a little help from my friends.
25. There is no place like home (to those who don't know where home is, it's Manila).

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wordless: Hope Floats

10 On Tuesday: Fave Movies For Kids

This list is STRICTLY kids stuff; none of those Rated PG space-age modern-day (or middle-earth...or middle-sea) storytelling intended for children of all ages, but really what they are are brilliant sci-fi motion picture epics by adults for adults (e.g. Star Wars, Back To The Future, The Lord Of The Rings, X-men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Superman, Spiderman, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Transformers) because those are just too cool to mention. And none of this High School Musical mumbo-jumbo either. Zac Efron is so hot though, isn't he? So not healthy for pre-adolescent girls.

What is the basis of my answers? I guess it's how many times I've seen them (I even have some of them on VHS...maybe even BETAMAX), plus they're just super [effortlessly] funny.

And now, in no particular order...

1. The Mighty Ducks Trilogy. "Flying V!!!" Always gave me goosebumps. I remember fantasizing about flying to Maine and joining the team. Especially when the 2nd one came out; the one with all the "imports?" Oh, man. Good times, good times.

2. White Fang. The first one with Ethan Hawke. Didn't really care for the installment, although I still saw it. Without Ethan, it wasn't really appealing to me anymore.

3. Aladdin. The Disney version, of course. It's my absolute favorite Disney animated movie of all time. Princess Jasmin's singing voice was done by a Filipina (Lea Salonga, who also played the original Kim in Miss Saigon). AND Aladdin looked a lot like my prom date, which only made it harder not to like (the movie, I mean). The prom date I loooooved. lol I hope he never reads my blog. Ever. lol

4. The Little Mermaid. Also the Disney version. "Someday I'll beeeeee....part of yooooouuur...woooooorld." I know all the songs/dialogue by heart (yes, even Sebastian's). Freak much?

5. Shrek 1&2. The third...enh, not so much.

6. Kung Fu Panda. "There is no charge for awesomeness." Priceless! Obie likes this one, too. A LOT.

7. Chronicles Of Narnia. What can I say, I'm a sucker for fantasy (and when I say fantasy I mean Ben Barnes).

8. Finding Nemo. Who can resist Dora, the aDORAble fish with early-onset Alzheimer's who spoke "whale." Plus, I loved that a lot of the animators were Filipino and they used a few Filipino touches in the movie -- that was really thoughtful and nationalistic.

9. Monsters Inc.

10. Harry Potter. All of them.

Those that didn't make the list, but are also kick-ass movies for kids, include the Never Ending Story series, Enchanted, Labyrinth circa 1986, Ratatouille, Ice Age 1&2, Toy Story 1&2, and The Incredibles. I just couldn't help it, could I. lol

Monday, February 2, 2009


Today's Manic Monday is brought to us by the word cloud. "Clouds" also happens to be one of my favorite (sure, I may have quite a few) songs. The melody is far from fresh, but it's probably the familiarity that makes it very endearing to me. And Marty Casey rocks. Big props to Lovehammers, too.

God, I love this song.

Music Playlist at

Marty Casey & Lovehammers

I am just like you
I wish for more in this life
I need so much more
Lost all hideaway
You were there
To save me from everything
And everyone I could not see

Turn my blind eyes blue
One kiss from you
Like white light
Feel you shining through
So much more to see
But you're too scared
Trust me with everything
'Cause I'm the one
I give you strength when you're weak

So sorry she said
You'll never find out anyhow
So sorry it's over now
Go on back home

Falling through your clouds I
Hope you can catch me
Never leave you alone
Falling through you now I
Hope you can catch me

Never leave you alone

Sunday, February 1, 2009

On Beer, Pureed Food, And The Big Apple

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Take :: ...though 'tis better to give.
  2. 350 :: # of times I fantasized about eating real, solid, yummy food today.
  3. Stand :: ...By Me circa 1986.
  4. Raspberry :: Ah, beer.
  5. Turnstile :: Pay as you enter.
  6. Infomercial :: "But wait, there's more!!!"
  7. Dejected :: Lost hope.
  8. What’s the word? :: Sale!!!
  9. Awestruck :: New York City.
  10. Smashed :: Perfectly describes the kind of food I've been eating.


~One Word To Start A Sentence Or Statement~

1. She is everything I need that I never knew I wanted, she is everything I want that I never knew I needed, she is everything.
~ The Fray

2. He is make-it-alright-to-get-you-through-the-night, the soul defender of anything I fear, the pain remover, bad-times-undoer, the joy-bringer, the love-giver, he is. ~ Heather Headley

3. We will we will rock you. ~ Queen

4. They are a-changin'. ~ Bob Dylan, on "the times"