Thursday, September 30, 2004

Things I want to do during the sem break --

With the papers piling up, two things keep me sane: my J and the thought that sem break is in two weeks.

I was supposed to go home to Iloilo, but the enrollment sked of Ateneo wouldn't permit me to stay long.

So I'm spending my sem break here --

1. Clean and re-organize my closet. The clothes I wear when I teach are completely different from my usual clothes. I really need to fix up my closet so I won't have trouble getting ready for work na.

2. Go on a day trip out of town. My J gets Saturdays and Sundays free -- which are my days off also. The road trip last Saturday with friends was so much fun. Maybe we could plan another one for October. ^_^

3. Learn how to drive. I think 26 is a good age to learn. ^_____^

4. Update my closet. This will happen after I finish sorting through my clothes.

... but first, I have to check papers.

Bleh =P

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Bookbinding Workshop --

Natalie Uhing, a bookbinder with 10 years of experience, will be holding a bookbinding workshop toteach those seriously interested in learning how tomake a codex-bound book (that is the traditional bookwith sewn pages and rigid covers). She and her partner, Kristian Larsen, have been livingin El Nido, Palawan for the past 5 years, and the couple started handbinding one-of-a-kind journals and sketchbooks of recycled wood, fabric and leather, to support their simple lifestyle there.

Last year the couple decided that the time hadcome to move on, and are set to sail for Australia by the first week of December, 2004. The workshop stems from a desire to pass the craft of bookbinding on to those who take a serious interest in learning this fine craft.

The workshop will be held from Oct. 1 to 3, that's Fri. - Sun., from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at 37 Hill Drive, Beverly Hills, Antipolo, Rizal. The fee is P 5,000.00, (includes lunch and a light merienda) The workshop will cover the traditional codex format of bookbinding. It's one of the strongest bindings, and with small changes/variations (which Uhing will demonstrate) the format can be made with wooden or other rigid covers. The aim in teaching this workshop is to ensure that students will be able to continue making these books in a home environment with ordinary tools and do not require special bindery equipment. Uhing will also give a list of all her own suppliers, a bibliography of bookbinding references, a list of websites for bookbinding.

The class is limited to 12 students, on a first come, first served basis. For questions and to register, please e-mail Natalie Uhing at mobile : 0916 491 9078 or telephone: 658 4763.

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Journals! --

This same couple is selling some of their stuff. Check it out here.

I think I want to get one of the wood-bound ones. Very pretty. ^_^

Monday, September 27, 2004

I see color! --


I can see colors normally on my monitor -- and all it took was an updated driver that I downloaded from the online website.


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Three guys, a girl and a full tank of gas --

... will blog about the weekend adventure tomorrow. Will sleep first. *yawn!*

Friday, September 24, 2004

Nature --

A few days ago, while walking the path from Gate 2 to the English Department, I came across a felled tree --

I thought it would make an interesting subject for a photograph --

It was a good thing that I decided to bring my supersampler with me (with some leftover Ilford 1600 film inside) --

I stood there and started taking pictures of it --

Of the exposed roots --

Of the smaller plants still growing on the base --

Of the intricate pattern created by broken branches, twigs and leaves --

There was such beauty in its destruction.

There I was, with my Lomo Supersampler -- switching from .2 seconds to 2 seconds, creating movement where there was none.

A short distance away, was another fallen tree, much like the first one --

But this one had a white band of cloth around its middle, as though someone had tended to it.

I found an angle where I could take a shot with both trees in the picture --

Later that day, I saw a butterfly feasting on the carcass of a dead frog.
Weekend Adventure! --

My J has already written about how we plan to make the trip to Cavite for our friend's wedding in his blog -- we're lucky that our friends D and C agreed to accompany (and drive) us there. So, it's a mini-road trip.

Our first time "out of town" and it's our 6th monthsary pa.

We plan to visit Festival Mall and Alabang Town Center and perhaps eat at the original branch of Mushroom Burger in Tagaytay.

If we had more money, we would probably make the trip to Sonya's Garden -- but we don't. ^_^

It promises to be an interesting adventure.

And, yes, I will take lots of pictures along the way.

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I want this book --

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

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Countdown to Sem Break --

27 September to 1 October - classes
4 October to 8 October - classes

11 October to 16 October - Exam Week = no more classes

Two weeks left!

And I am drowning in papers to check! >_<>Aeon Books was in Ateneo --

And they were parked at the entrance of our building. We were so scared to go out because we knew we would end up finding something there that we liked and spent money for it.

I ended up getting a HC collection of the Brownings' poems (Robert and Elizabeth) and a collection of contemporary American poetry.

They are selling some of their literary books at a reduced price. I got those two books for about PhP580. (Which is a bargain, considering it's Aeon)

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...I found him whom my soul loves.
- Song of Solomon 3:4

Happy 6, dear.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Pretty pictures! --

Ah, what a great weekend for my J and I -- we have two nice new pictures to add to our collection of "us.jpgs" ^_^

The first one is a picture my mom took of us on the overpass -- yes, the overpass. It was after we went to lunch at Panciteria Lido with my parents. My mom still have some film in her camera and had been bugging us about taking pictures.

My J and I couldn't refuse and am glad we didn't. We look sooooo cute in the picture --

... too bad I can't scan it yet.

Here's the other one --

Last Saturday, I was interviewed for a newspaper article last Saturday and my friend Jing (sorry -- had to name you because people might confuse you for my J ^_^) took this picture of my and my J.

Hay naku, we look so serious kuno -- examine the picture and discover that I am actually reading the comics section (feeling ko, I was *ahem* browsing the horoscopes pa nga eh ^_^)

But it's a nice pic -- thanks, Jing ^_^

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Yes, another entry about food --

My parents are in town because my cousin (from my mother's side) got married. My parents brought batchoy from Iloilo.

It was such a thrill to have my J taste real batchoy for the first time. (And am glad he likes it)

And I'm really enjoying the Jollibee value meal for Chickenjoy and Palabok --

And their Mais Con Yelo ice craze.

~sigh~ So much food! >_<

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What's your name? --

According to this, this is my Hawaiian name: Kahalikine

And this is my J's: Iohana

Monday, September 13, 2004

Waaaah! Soooo lovely! --

This is my bro's office's website --

My bro got so tired of us asking him whether it will rain tomorrow or not that he gave us this site --

It has a link to a place that shows satellite pictures of the climate and weather in the Philippines and her neighbors --

It's like that aquarium channel, but better ^_^ -- check it out, it's so lovely! ^^

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And today's reflection --

You are always fatter than someone else and thinner than someone else.

Am ashamed to admit it, but I succumbed to it -- to that annoying part of me that looked at other people and compared my body to theirs.

My J always tells me he loves me as I am and I've always had a fairly healthy opinion of myself -- but there are these moments, when I just can't help but think that I could be thinner (= a better version of myself) --


My cubicle-mate actually asked me once if I was anorexic because he has never seen me eat --

I've realized that it's when I'm most aware of my weight that I gain the weight and, when I don't think about it at all, that I lose weight.

I really should just decide to be happy the way I am. ^_^

(I am, btw -- happy, that is. I love my life -- I love that I have my J and my sibs and my friends and my work and my friends at work ^_^)

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Bleh! part 2 --

It is so hot!


Was planning to go to church at 10 am -- but it was so damned hot.

Went to the 11 am mass instead -- bad idea.

Couldn't concentrate on the mass because of the heat.

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I want this --

At the dept, we have one PC with a working printer.

There are times when I think of an activity on the fly and I need to type it up and print it out -- it's really hard to wait for that one PC to be available.

It is at those times that I wish I had a laptop and a printer with me.

This is the laptop I want -- the Dell Inspiron 700m

Friday, September 10, 2004

Bleh --

Today sucked -- big time.

It is 7:09pm and my day has gotten progressively worse.

And it's all in my head.

Fuck this.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Milestones --

1. Today, one of my favorite couples is celebrating their second anniv -- Happy 2 to Rikrik and Tintin

2. This is also a milestone month for me and my J -- on the 25th, we would have been together for half a year now. ^_^

^_^ <-- one more because the second bit of news makes me really, really happy

^_^ <-- and one more just because.

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Mushroom Burgers! --

My J is hooked! (and, by default, so am I! ^_^)

We decided to try it out last Saturday and made the trip to West Avenue. I think the lady at the counter was surprised when I ordered *ahem* 10 burgers (5 mushroom burgers and 5 mushroom sandwiches)

Ah, and they have yummy sago gulaman and black gulaman drinks there.


(What makes these experiences extra special is that I get to share these with my J ^_^)

Friday, September 03, 2004

o_O --

So my J and I watch Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle last night and this left us with an insane craving for burgers -- at almost 9pm.

Not just any burger, mind you -- we wanted White Castle burgers. (Oh yes, we are so susceptible to advertising ^_^)


Since there are no White Castle burgers in the Philippines, we discussed alternatives. My J and I were ready to go to Mcdonald's already (because we also love the fries there) but we ended up at Wendy's.

Earlier that day, my J and I passed by a Mushroom Burger outlet in Quezon City --

This Saturday, my J and I are going on our own adventure to get mushroom burgers -- he is Kumar and I am Harold and that Mushroom Burger branch somewhere in Quezon City is our White Castle.

Ah, I have so much fun with my J. ^_^

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Late-breaking news! Discovered that White Castle also sell their burgers frozen and you can just reheat it.

~Oh, the possibilities...~

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

This is interesting. Check it out: Da iGhetto-Jive Translator

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From N's P's LJ:

If you could live in any time period where would it be?
Now ^_^

If you could be any historical figure who would you be?
Joan of Arc -- but she got burned at the stake -- hmmm... ^_^

If you could be any fictional person (Male and female) who would you be?
Male: Roland Michell (Possession) / Winnie the Pooh (AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh)
Female: Cassandra Cain (Batgirl)

If you could've written any work of literature what would it be?
AS Byatt's Possession / WH Auden's The More Loving One / Jonathan Larson's Rent