Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Off to the movies! --

Yesterday --

Attended the premiere of Sa Aking Pagkakagising mula sa Kamulatan, which a friend edited. (His name is Carding and he is very talented. ^_^)

It's a very interesting film. My J and I had a really in-depth discussion about it during the cab ride home. On Y!M this morning, the group that watched the movie had a fun discussion about it as well.

And we made plans to watch Kingdom of Heaven on opening day.

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Yesterday --

We finally ordered our invitations. Grabe, I really am getting married. w00t! ^_^

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Today --

My J bought me a book from Goodwill in North Edsa -- The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle.

Discovered a wonderful, wonderful surprise from Mase on her blog. ^_^

My J and I also tried Selecta's Banana ice cream, which comes in their 3-combo tubs. Yum.

Also watched Bo sing "I Don’t Want To Be" and his performance gave me goosebumps.

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The song --

I Don't Want to Be by Gavin DeGraw

I don't need to be anything other
Than a prison guard's son
I don't need to be anything other
Than a specialist's son
I don't have to be anything other
Than the birth of two souls in one
Part of where I'm going, is knowing where I'm coming from
I don't want to be
Anything other than what I've been trying to be lately
All I have to do
Is think of me and I have peace of mind
I'm tired of looking 'round rooms
Wondering what I've got to do
Or who I'm supposed to be
I don't want to be anything other than me
I'm surrounded by liars everywhere I turn
I'm surrounded by imposters everywhere I turn
I'm surrounded by identity crisis everywhere I turn
Am I the only one who noticed?
I can't be the only one who's learned
I don't want to be
Anything other than what I've been trying to be lately
All I have to do
Is think of me and I have peace of mind
I'm tired of looking 'round rooms
Wondering what I've got to do
Or who I'm supposed to be
I don't want to be anything other than me
Can I have everyone's attention please?
If you're not like this and that, you're gonna have to leave
I came from the mountain
The crust of creation
My whole situtaion-made from clay to stone
And now I'm telling everybody
I don't want to be
Anything other that what I've been trying to be lately
All I have to do
Is think of me and I have peace of mind
I'm tired of looking 'round rooms
Wondering what I've got to do
Or who I'm supposed to be
I don't want to be anything other than me
I don't want to be

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Time to swoon ^_^ --

A friend's sister makes these. Check this out.

I want! >_<

Monday, April 25, 2005

I like --

Brie. It's a new thing for me. So now, when we go to the grocery, I actually look at the wheels of Brie available. I'm looking for other ways to enjoy it so I checked out and found this:

Fettuccini with Basil and Brie
Prep Time: approx. 25 Minutes. Cook Time: approx. 10
Minutes. Ready in: approx. 1 Hour 35 Minutes. Makes 8 servings.
Printed from Allrecipes, Submitted by LISA DELANNOY

12 ounces dry fettuccine pasta
4 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups cubed Brie cheese
3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 In a large bowl combine chopped tomatoes, minced
garlic, brie, chopped basil, olive oil, vinegar, salt and
pepper. Mix well. Cover and let stand at room temperature to
marinate for 1 to 2 hours.
2 In a large pot of boiling salted water over high heat,
cook the fettuccine until al dente, about 12 minutes.
3 Drain the fettuccine and toss with the sauce. Sprinkle
with grated Parmesan cheese.

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I also like --

Mustard. Lots of it on a hotdog.


Friday, April 22, 2005

Day 2: --

So I did get sick -- my throat hurts and I have a cold. Imagine that, a cold in this heat.

I've been productive, though -- finally finished Wicked by Gregory Maguire and I also finished Mary Poppins. I'm reading the second book in the series, Mary Poppins Comes Back.

I finally pulled out my copy of my Chapter 1 (Thesis Proposal) -- I'm glad I set it aside for a while. My experiences as an instructor for the English Dept and having been a reader for a Senior thesis gave me some insights on how I can further improve on my Proposal. I'm also getting ideas on how to proceed with the next 5 chapters.

Wow -- can't believe I'm talking about this again.


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Consumer Complaint --

I love Wendy's. I think they have really great burgers and I absolutely LOVE their Shrimp Sandwich.

Their delivery service sucks, though.

A few weeks ago, we had some Shrimp Sandwiches delivered and it took them 2 hours to deliver it. Granted that I live in San Juan and the closest Wendy's branch is Megamall and Aurora -- but 2 hours?!?

Today, my bro was interested in trying it out so we ordered Shrimp Sandwiches again. Anticipating that it would take them 2 hours to get here, we ordered at exactly 10. Like the previous time, the order did arrive at 12.

And then we discovered that they gave us the wrong order.

We called them to inform them of the mistake and they offered to replace it.

Our original order of Shrimp Sandwiches finally came at 1. 3 hours after we had made the call.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Fun Links! --

THE popcorn site <-- I love popcorn. For me, that's part of the movie experience. ^_^

Elsie Hooper by Robert Krzykowski <-- really nice black and white sketches. What caught my attention is this one.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

I love my J --

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If you want to see me jump, click here. ^_^

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Bleh --

I think I'm coming down with tonsillitis -- my throat hurts. =(

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

April 19 --

Busy, busy day --

Had to go have my trial make-up done in E. Rodriguez. After that, my J and I decided to walk to Tomas Morato for lunch and we tried Steak MD, which was recently featured in the Inquirer -- read article here.

The place is known for its really affordable steaks with yummy, yummy rubs.

My J had the t-bone with Ang Charub rub -- a combination of sweet and spicy. I had the liempo, which was also recommended.

In a word? Yummy.

And, because we're silly enough to actually take pictures of our food, here:
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We also had our prenuptial pictures taken by Pilar Tuason and that was a fun experience. (Will post more about it tomorrow with pics ^_^)

And I made these this evening --

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(My J helped by holding down the silkscreen while I ran the squeegee through the frame. ^_^)

Tomorrow promises to be just as hectic.
1. Pick up the CD with the prenup pictures from Makati.
2. Meet with coordinators for update.
3. Go to Katipunan in the morning for errands.

I'm really glad I decided not to take classes this summer. ^_^

Monday, April 18, 2005

Hot off the silkscreen! --

Couldn't figure out how to cut Elphaba and Galinda -- so I cut and made this instead ^_^

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I like cutting out letters -- (except for D and I think I won't like the letters "o" or "e" or "p" or *shudder* "b") I did this in about 5 minutes and am happy with the way it turned out. ^_^

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Guess what I got today --

My bro sent us a copy of Avenue Q and the Garden State OST. ^_^

Yay! New things to listen to. ^_^

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On Sahara --

My J and I watched Sahara today. So-so movie. When I checked out IMDB to look for a particular photo, I saw that there was a link to Memorable Quotes from the movie and I thought, "There were memorable quotes?!?"

Anyhoo, the highlight for me was the scene when Penelope Cruz comes out wearing a bikini and a beach cap --

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The cap in question reminded me so much of this.

I couldn't stop laughing.

Out loud.

Thank goodness it was the first show and we were the only people in the theater.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Discoveries --

A nifty online shop called Super7 and an amazing artist by the name of Manny Silva. Of his works online, this is my favorite --

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Weekend --

Saturday --

I baked the chocolate crinkles which I mixed and chilled the day before. This is how it turned out:

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There's a bit of discoloration on the sugar -- I think this is because our oven gets really hot really fast. It was really thrilling seeing the first cracks appear. ^_^

My J and I also met up with some friends at Megamall. Powerbooks is on sale, btw -- 20% off on books. My J and I had dinner at Yoshinoya. I tried their Yakitori (new on their menu) -- I didn't like it. It looked different from the picture in their counter. Our friend Pacoi treated us to Dairy Queen and then we sat with him and Abi as they had their dinner at Wendy's.

Fun, fun, fun. ^_^

Oh, here's the Amelie-esque stencil --

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Sunday --

Met up with my J in Makati. I promised him that I would go with him to visit the Goodwill branch in Glorietta. I ended up getting a copy of John Updike's Gertrude and Claudius.

We stopped by Powerbooks in Greenbelt and I got a copy of Gregory Maguire's Lost. I also got a copy of the latest Fables TPB.

We also visited the Large TV Expo at Abensons -- we were drooling over the Plasma TVs and the Super Wega. ~haaaay~ So expensive.

We took the MRT to Megamall to check out the last day of the furniture fair. So many lovely pieces. We had fun imagining all of the pieces that we liked in our imaginary future house. ^_^

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And then --

One of my absolute favorite professors from Ateneo is Emmanuel Torres. My sister and I took up the classes he offered for 3 semesters. We even delayed the completion of our course work because the schedule for one of our pre-requisite classes conflicted with his class. (We took his class and had to wait an entire year to take the pre-req course. ^_^)

He retired about two years ago and we've been keeping touch ever since. We finally arranged to meet today -- my sister and I visited him at his home.

It was a pleasant afternoon visit. We talked about EVERYTHING. This is one of the things I love about talking to him -- I learn so much after and I walk away wanting to know even more.

When he found out I was teaching in Ateneo, he set aside some of the books that he used when he taught there and he gave them to me today. I was so, so honored.

We made plans to meet up again for lunch/dinner some time soon and I am really looking forward to that. ^_^

Friday, April 15, 2005

OMG! part 2 --

But for a different reason --

BelovedFablesandBatgirlcoverartistJamesJeanhasawebsite! And he sells his art on this website!

Expensive stuff. Pero I will get one before I turn 30.

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Today --

Cookie dough in the fridge.

Found Hanes 100% cotton t-shirts at (what I think is) a bargain and I silkscreened the Amelie stencil. It didn't come out as nice. The image looks a bit off. My sister says it looks a bit pop art-y and that it would have been nice as part of a set of the same images (a la pop art talaga).

Will make the Wicked stencil tomorrow.

I have two more shirts to play with. ^_^

Thursday, April 14, 2005

On Finding Neverland --

The word that comes to mind is spellbinding --

I was crying through most of the movie.

I'm glad I waited to watch it on the big screen.

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My luck amuses me --

My J and I decided to go watch Finding Neverland in Theater Mall.

I cried through the movie.

I come out of theater and bump into a group of my students.


And then we head off to The Shops, and then I bump into another student.

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Today's activity --

I decided to cook lunch for my sister and my J -- simplest thing to prepare is pasta.

My J and I discovered this absosmurfly delicious cheese sauce in Shoppesville called Kesovore. We've spread it on crackers and even used it as cheese in tomato-based pasta. (We're contemplating using it as dip for chips and as a filling for jumbo shells (conchiglioni) or cannelloni or even lasagna).

Decided to play with it today -- had bacon and button mushrooms available and a bottle of extra-virgin olive oil. I was supposed to mix everything together in olive oil and toss it in a bit of Kesovore but, while taking off the stems of the mushrooms, I got the idea to just stuff the mushrooms with the Kesovore. I cut the leftover stems and mixed it with the bacon in a bit of olive oil (fried the whole thing) and tossed the pasta (fusilli) in it.

I placed the stuffed mushrooms into the oven and waited for the Kesovore to start melting.

It was yummy. ^_^

re: the names for pasta -- I had help from this website. ^_^

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Tomorrow's activity --

Chocolate Crinkles II
From Allrecipes, Submitted by Ingrid

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

1 In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, white sugar, and
vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the
vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into
the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hours.
2 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line
cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into one inch
balls. I like to use a number 50 size scoop. Coat each ball
in confectioners' sugar before placing onto prepared
cookie sheets.
3 Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand
on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to
wire racks to cool.

... let's see how it turns out. ^_^

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I love brie --

Tasted really good brie during the Mandarin food sampling and bought a small wheel of brie for the house from Unimart. Yum!

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OMG! --

I visited the Count Your Sheep website and I looked through the archives. I usually check out the post for my birthday and for our anniv --

This was the Count Your Sheep post for March 25, 2004 --

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"I know. But then I reconsidered. 'Cause I figured out what I really wanna do with my life, what I want to do for a living is I wanna be with your daughter. I'm good at it." - John Cusack, Say Anything

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Guess what happened to me yesterday --

Think red ants.

Think red ants large enough that they are visible 5 feet away (my height -- so when I look down, I can see them clearly).

Think lots of red ants swarming a concrete square about 2 feet long and 2 feet wide.

Think walking into concrete square with lots of red ants.


I've been trying to get in touch with the grad school coordinator since Friday --
1. I needed an advisement slip so I could enroll in that 4-day Educ workshop. (I wasn't able to because she came in too late and classes started yesterday.)
2. I needed to discuss my thesis schedule with her.

I called at around 8am and she wasn't in yet. I called again at 930 and the secretary informed me that she was there na.

So I rushed to Katipunan. The travel took longer than expected -- I got to Ateneo at around 1115 and I gave myself until 1130 (because there's a lunch break at 12noon).

Walking, walking, walking -- texting at the same time, I didn't notice what I had stepped into.

Shit, sobrang daming ants! At first, I tried to just shake them off, but they were persistent little buggers. I took off my sandals and walked barefoot for a few feet and then started to just brush them off my barefeet and from my sandals.

Those things can jump pala -- I think one of them went up my skirt -- the perv.

There were passers-by and I'm sure they thought I was insane. (When I told my sister this, she asked me if people saw me and if people thought I was insane. I said yes. ~sigh~)

I got to the department on time, but I was so sweaty and frazzled na. Met with my coordinator and we discussed my sked.

Thesis Proposal defense during the first semester -- I could do it this summer, but we haven't found the readers yet and they have to read the proposal.

Thesis defense by December.

Graduate by March.

So my plan for the summer is to write as much of my paper as I can so that I don't have to attend to it during the first three months of the semester.

I had to walk the same path back and, from a distance, you could really see that that particular square of concrete was darker than the rest (because of all the ants) -- I walked around it.

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Today is Wednesday! --

Which means it's movie day! Yay!

I checked ClicktheCity for the movie skeds and I was so happy to see Finding Neverland on the list of new movies this week.

I know the original DVD is out and there are fake ones around, but I resisted them because I really, really wanted to see this on the big screen.

Finding Neverlang
Theater Mall Cinema 2
11:10 1:25 3:35 5:45 7:55


Oh, my J and I also want to watch Sahara. O_o;;

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Cuuuute! --

Jin introduced me to this strip:

Count Your Sheep

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

I love Wes Anderson! >_< --

Finally got to watch Rushmore on Star Movies last weekend (for people wanting to see this, it will be shown again on Tuesday April 19 at 1:25pm on Star Movies) -- it is an amazing movie! Now, all I need to do is find a copy of Bottle Rocket and I would have watched all of his films. ^_^

While watching Rushmore, I got a sense of the movement Anderson's films go through -- the word that came to mind is parabola. It always begins at a certain point and then proceeds in a downward curve, but you never quite hit bottom before rising up again. I also vaguely remember that parabolas never touch lines and that seems to be the case with Andersons's stories -- it is a limitless inching-towards-something and where he ends is the point of resolution but it is also not the resolution.

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Activities --

I don't have a teaching load this summer. I was supposed to take some classes at Ateneo but that plan has been slightly derailed.

I still have wedding preparations to attend to so I guess that will keep me busy.

This is interesting:
Contemporary Bookbinding Workshop

It's from May 7 to June 11 at the Lopez Museum.


Sunday, April 10, 2005

Books to Read for the Summer --

1. Wicked by Gregory Maguire <-- am halfway through this.
2. The Adventure of English by Melvin Bragg <-- purchased this a long, long time ago and I haven't even bothered to take it out of its shrinkwrap
3. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay by Michael Chabon
4. Slick
5. Urgent 2nd Class: Creating Curious Collage, Dubious Documents, And Other Art From Ephemera by Nick Bantock <-- which my youngest bro got for me a long, long time ago
6. The Stars Dispose by Michaela Roessner
7. Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins Comes Back by P.L. Travers
8. The rest of the Jasper Fforde series

I'm reading at a slower pace now -- I think my attention span has gotten shorter.

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Book Sale! --

Goodwill Bookstore is on sale! 80% off on paperbacks. The Roessner book was originally priced at 229.50 and I got it for 45.90 --

Even the saleslady had to check to see if she was punching the right numbers. ^_^

It's until the end of the month.

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What Else? --

1. I'm compiling a list of all the DVDs that I want to own. It's a long, long and very, very expensive list.

Will post it when I'm done.

2. I also had a pleasant stroll down memory lane when I found a burned copy of a FLCL fan-made music video -- it's the one with "Shimmer" by Fuel --

What made it even nicer was that I played it on the Skyworth so I watched the whole video on my television instead of on my monitor.

3. I'm addicted to Chippy.

4. I'm contemplating whether I should get my hair cut or whether I should grow it long for July.
I want! --

CHOCOHOLICS, brace yourselves. The Manila Peninsula is bringing back its chocolate buffet!

Get ready to taste chocolate crepes, cakes, ice cream, truffles, drinks and more! Executive Pastry Chef Berndt Beitmann will serve chocolate in every imaginable form. Seventy percent of the menu is new, so if you loved the Chocolate Nights Buffet last year, you'll love this even better.

It's pricey at P495, but true chocolate lovers will definitely not pass up on this one. Get your fix of everything chocolate and eat to your heart's content beginning April 8.

The Chocolate Buffet will be held every Friday and Saturday night at The Lobby of the Manila Peninsula from 8:30 pm to 12 midnight. P495 for adults and P295 for kids, including coffee and tea. For
reservations and inquiries, call +63 2 8872888.

<-- got this info from one of M's LJ friends.

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I like this poem --

Variations on the Word Love
by Margaret Atwood

This is a word we use to plug
holes with. It's the right size for those warm
blanks in speech, for those red heart-
shaped vacancies on the page that look nothing
like real hearts. Add lace
and you can sell
it. We insert it also in the one empty
space on the printed form
that comes with no instructions. There are whole
magazines with not much in them
but the word love, you can
rub it all over your body and you
can cook with it too. How do we know
it isn't what goes on at the cool
debaucheries of slugs under damp
pieces of cardboard? As for the weed-
seedlings nosing their tough snouts up
among the lettuces, they shout it.
Love! Love! sing the soldiers, raising
their glittering knives in salute.

Then there's the two
of us. This word
is far too short for us, it has only
four letters, too sparse
to fill those deep bare
vacuums between the stars
that press on us with their deafness.
It's not love we don't wish
to fall into, but that fear.
this word is not enough but it will
have to do. It's a single
vowel in this metallic
silence, a mouth that says
O again and again in wonder
and pain, a breath, a finger
grip on a cliffside. You can
hold on or let go.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

The Book Quiz --

You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451. What book do you want to be?
The Oxford English Dictionary -- all 20 volumes.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?
Griffin from Bantock's Griffin and Sabine set -- I wanted him to write to me and send me those lovely postcards and letters.

Roland from Possession -- and then they had Aaron Eckhart play him in the movie adaptation -- yum!

The last book you bought is...
Hehehe, it's still in its Goodwill plastic, The Stars Dispose by Michaela Roessner

Five books you would take to a deserted island:
1. Possession by A.S. Byatt
2. Tikim by Doreen Fernandez
3. the latest edition of This Diary Will Change Your Life
4. Matilda by Roald Dahl (or James and the Giant Peach)
5. From Hell by Alan Moore <-- it will give me a chance to read the endnotes

What are you currently reading?
Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Who are you going to pass this stick to and why?
My J becase he loves books and has been reading a lot more than me.

Gabs and E, but they've answered this quiz already -- because they have great taste in books.

My bro -- curious ako what 5 books he'd bring.

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Fill in the blanks! --

My journal is titled ____ because ____.
My subtitle is ____ because ____.
My friends page is called ____ because ____.
My username is ____ because ____.
My default userpic is ____ because ____.

My Answers:
My journal is titled "Serpent Beneath the Flower" because I like the idea of "what lies beneath."

My subtitle is the quote from Macbeth that inspired the title for my blog because, during my one semester of Shakespeare, this was the line that stuck.

My friends page is called "Blogstops" because that's what they are -- blogs I stop by to visit and read. ^_^

My username is kiteflying because, back in college, for Philo class we had to come up with a pseudonym to guarantee an unbiased grade for our papers and I was Kite.

I can't answer the last one because I don't have a default userpic. ^_^;;

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The Music Test --

a. Post the names of 20 of your favorite musicians.
b. See who can guess which is your favorite song by each.
c. Once someone guesses right, bold that row and include the song.

A lot of people with LJs have been doing this quiz -- I guess it's just a bit more difficult for those of us using Blogger --

Anyhoo -- I just want to see if I can even name 20 musicians. ^_^

1. Tori Amos - Taxi Ride
2. Dave Matthews Band - Crash Into Me (Say Goodbye is a close 2nd)
3. The Corrs - Intimacy
4. Kajiura Yuki - Salva Nos <-- Yay! Cupkeyk! ^_^
5. Mark Mothersbaugh - Motherbaugh's Canon (from the Royal Tenenbaums OST)
6. Kohei Tanaka - the theme from Sakura Taisen
7. Sting - Fields of Gold <-- Cupkeyk!
8. Yoko Kanno - Platinum (from CardCaptor Sakura)
9. Counting Crows - Colorblind
10. Green Day - Time of Your Life <-- Cupkeyk!
11. Cyndi Lauper - True Colors
12. Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
13. The Cranberries - Dreams
14. U2 - Beautiful Day <-- Yay! Mahar! ^_^
15. Nico - both her songs from the Royal Tenenbaums OST: "These Days" and "The Fairest of the Seasons"
16. Yuko Sasaki - Pure Snow
17. REM - Shiny Happy People
18. Westlife <-- Yay! Boy Band! - Obvious
19. from RENT (Jonathan Larson) - One Song Glory
20. from Wicked (Stephen Schwartz)- Defying Gravity

April 14, 2005 -- decided to fill in the answers to the music quiz ^_^

Friday, April 08, 2005

I am today's "crazy woman" story --

My J and I are house-hunting. My mom is also looking for a place for my brothers. She was going to look at some units available in Prince David along Katipunan and I decided to tag along to check them out also.

We were told that the key to the unit would be with the guard. When we got there, we made inquiries with the guard and the guard told us the key was with the admin office.

The guard gets my ID and gives me a visitor pass and then opens the door that leads to the stairs and tells me to go down the admin office. I proceeded down the stairs and checked each floor for the admin office and couldn't find it. I had gone straight through to the third-level basement (where it was really poorly-lit and scary) without finding the damned office.

The stairs system to the basement of Prince David is very odd -- it's one way down and then you exit and go through a different door to go up. On my way up, I couldn't get any of the doors open -- I reached the 2nd floor stairs (from Basement Level 3) and that's where I exited. I went back to the lobby to inform the guard that I couldn't find the admin office and requested that she have the key brought up to the lobby. She told me that the procedure was to have people proceed to the admin office to get the key there. I then asked to speak to the building manager but he refused to talk to me -- from what I could hear from his conversation with the lobby guard, he seemed annoyed that I got lost and was asking me to go down again. At that point I just asked if they could someone to accompany me down to the office.

A guy comes in from the elevator to bring me to the admin. I was already opening the door to the stairs and the guy pushes the button to the elevator. Of course I knew that the elevators go all the way down but I had to act ditzy just to get my point across. I told the guy that I wasn't aware that I could take the elevator down and I wondered out loud why they had me take the scary stairs.

The elevator took a while. As an act of spite, I told the guy that we should take the stairs going down to their office. When we got there, the manager rudely asked me what my business was with the unit I was looking at and I told him that I was a prospective buyer. I asked him why people had to go through that to look at units and he told me it was a security measure.

It's a valid reason -- but it's bad service. I don't think you should drag prospective clients to the nether regions of the basement to get a key. I don't think it's a good business practice to direct prospective clients to go down a scary stairwell to an office that isn't marked or visible. I thought it was bad form for admin people to take the elevator when they let prospective clients take the stairs.

(And to think they get a commission from the sales -- they really should treat people better.)

The manager then asked the guy who brought me down to escort me to the unit. Siyempre, guy pushes button of elevator again. Siyempre, spiteful me tells him that we should take the stairs.

I didn't like the unit -- which added to my annoyance, considering all the trouble and rudeness I had to put up with. My mom and I had a few more units to look at, but the people who owned the units were a bit late. So I was there, sitting at the lobby of Prince David swearing in a mix of Chinese and English.

There were some people who were also at the lobby -- they probably couldn't understand what I was saying, but they could understand the sentiment. I didn't even try to hide my annoyance.

I was in a bad mood na, so I decided to get a drink at Seattle's Best. That made me feel better. During the time I was gone, my mom asked our yaya to go to the admin to asked for the key of another unit that she found out was also available. The same thing happened to my yaya -- she went all the way down to the bottom and went back up to the lobby.

The bright side? I didn't know I could be that fluent in Chinese.

The other bright side? The two other units happened to be gems.

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I want a copy of this! --

Eros, three films by three directors -- two of whom I love: Stephen Soderbergh and Wong Kar-Wai (the third director is Michelangelo Antonioni).

Here's the Yahoo! Movies page on this movie.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Yum! --

I wanted to be sisig...

Lechon Baboy: Roasted to a crisp. The main act on
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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

More cute art --

Miki Amano's website

(She has a frog movie in her "Products" link)

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If you want to know what I did yesterday --

Click here.

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Hurrah! to me --

After several weeks of obsessing over silkscreens and crafts and stuff, my bro finally dragged me to National Bookstore and helped me purchase green film, a silk screen, the squeegee and paint.

I have this really cute design ready using the green film, but we couldn't figure out how to transfer the image to the silkscreen.

Last night, I decided to do it the old-fashion way -- with a transparency film.

So I found this image:
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And turned it to this using Adobe Photoshop:
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I cut out the stencil this morning, during Internet time (while waiting for pages to load, etc.) and made this:

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Whee! ^_^

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Future Projects --

I want to make my J a shirt with this image:
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But I will make this one first:
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And if I still have the patience, I will make this:
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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Lookie what I found --

Roald Dahl figurines!

Look at how cute she is! ^_^

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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Where You Lead
perfomed by Carole King (Theme from Gilmore Girls)

Wanting you the way I do
I only want to be with you
And I would go to the ends of the earth
Cause, darling, to me that's you're worth

Where you lead, I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead

If you're out on the road
Feeling lonely, and so cold
All you have to do is call my name
And I'll be there on the next train

Where you lead, I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead

I always wanted a real home with flowers on the window sill
But if you want to live in New York City, honey, you know I will
I never thought I could get satisfaction from just one man
But if anyone can keep me happy, you're the one who can

And where you lead, I will follow
Anywhere that you tell me to
If you need, you need me to be with you
I will follow where you lead

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I never talked about sitting through the 9-hour marathon of Gilmore Girls on Studio 23 during the Holy Week.

Well I am now.

So there. ^_^

Really good show.
From Joan of Arcadia --

(Thank you ETC for this show ^_^)

"Whatever you do, don't play the other person's game. Play your own."


"Prayer can never hurt, as long as you understand you may not recognize the answer right away. Most miracles occur in hindsight."