Sunday, October 30, 2005

Update --

Had to delete the last post because it was ruining the layout of my blog (and I am an OC person who needs everything in order)

Surprisingly, I've been absolutely busy doing nothing -- when this sem break ends, I will have nothing to show for it -- no completed Chapter 1 and definitely no completed Chapter 2 ready for defense. (I am still trying, though and I gave myself November 1 as "official start date")

It is just amazing how there are so many nothings to fill one's day with -- for starters, there is the Internet and Y!M and the many blogs I visit every day and the ML I frequent. Then there are computer games and I am currently addicted to Stronghold and Stronghold Crusader, both of which affect my sleep. There is Television -- and Oprah and Celebrity Poker and all those lovely shows on Lifestyle and ETC and last, there are books and comic books -- we recently took out Johann's collection (a fraction of it -- there are still boxes left at his house) and I have been enjoying Castle Waiting and the old JSA and X-Men titles. (It irks him when I read lines from the comics in a mock heroic voice ... and I enjoy irking my husband. ^_^)

And in between, there have been dinners and VtES games and trips to Gateway for Breadtalk and more dinners.

And there are still more things I want to do!
- meet with friends
- watch more movies
- read more books
- exercise (which I will start doing on Monday)
- organize the house (getting there!)

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You're never too old to learn something new --

When it comes to purchasing crabs, getting them in crab form is still infinitely better and will prove to save one more time than purchasing shelled, shredded crab --

I wanted to make something with crab for one of our meals and I didn't feel like boiling and picking out crab meat so I decided to buy the pre-packaged already-shredded crabmeat ready for cooking.

Turns out, you should never do this -- Johann suffered a really, really, really bad allergy attack and we had to hie off to Mercury at around 8pm to buy antihistamine and then wait to see the GP the next morning at the Healthdev and then go off again to Mercury to buy another medicine the doctor prescribed to help with the rashes.

Time saved making crab omelette = about 30 minutes (time it would have taken to boil and shred it myself)
Time wasted making all those trips to Mercury and seeing a doctor and worrying senseless in the middle of the night about whether my hubby was going to be okay = more than 30 minutes

Sunday, October 23, 2005


They featured Karen Mok (who will be playing Mimi) in the Singaporean production of RENT on Channel News Asia --

It's from November 22 to December 4!!!

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You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 9/10 correct!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Reunions --

Yesterday, I bumped into so many old acquaintances --

- a friend from college and his wife (my best memory of this person is being groupmates with him for a project in history and we met at my house to work on the project and his sideview mirrors got stolen... twice!)

- a friend from the store (bumped into him in my building -- strange, but it was nice to see him again ^_^)

- two friends from the store, who are more than acquaintances -- when I saw her (the taller one), I ran towards her and gave her a hug. Odd, no?

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Today --

Johann and I visited the Powerbooks Warehouse Sale -- bit disappointed -- thought it would be bigger and the discount also a bit more, but we did manage to find two books which we needed and 20% is still 20%.

We are also completing the house -- our shelves our up and we went to Handyman in Pioneer to get some shelves for the bathroom.

It's nice to see the place slowly take shape. ^_^

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Tomorrow and the rest of the weekend --

Komikon tomorrow. Plus a quick visit to the Salcedo Weekend Market.

And then rest, rest, rest --

And buy Breadtalk and watch more episodes of Yakitate Japan.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Busy --

It was a really busy weekend, starting with Friday when my parents arrived from Iloilo and culminating in a wedding last Sunday -- in between, there was a VtES playtest, a VtES tournament and a birthday.

And there were still some things we wanted to do --
the Powerbooks Warehouse Sale
Confessions of a 40-year old Virgin
Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Breadtalk and then episodes of Yakitate Japan

Today, there are papers to check, parents to entertain (they're visiting me) and a dinner with relatives.

Tomorrow, I have a 9 to 4 meeting with the English Department.

This weekend, we'll be out of town with friends (it is a first for the group to "vacation" together so we are all very excited ^_^) --

The sembreak is shaping up to be a busy one and I am worried that I would get lost in the whirlwind and forget to do some things, which I really want to do --

I really shouldn't be whining about this -- it would have been worse if I was bored out of my mind --

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Some cute things --

This egg hatches on October 1, 2005! Adopt one today!


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Friday, October 14, 2005

Sem Break! --

I just have a few papers to check and then I'm uploading my grades on Monday or Tuesday and then I'm done, done, done for the semester.


It's a long semestral break for us -- almost a month and I'm making sure that it's going to be a productive vacation:

To do:
- finish reading AS Byatt's Angels and Insects
- get a copy of Nick Hornby's Long Way Down <-- why do you have to be in hardcover? =(
- learn how to make good arroz caldo (yesterday's experiment sucked big time)
- go to Sonya's with hubby
- go shopping for new clothes and shoes
- do our Christmas shopping
- get a massage

To do (house-related):
- get our bookshelves installed (they're here! they're lovely! now to get them on the walls...)
- get mirrors
- figure out what to do with kitchen cabinets

Thursday, October 13, 2005


From today's issue of Business World:

"Eastwood City is taking a shot at beating the Guinness World Record for the longest buffet. Eastwood City's Director for Commercial Services Kevin Tan says, 'Where else can people have sheer delight digging into 350 meters of fantastic food from over 30 different restaurants in a sprawling outdoor cobblestone-clad patio?' The buffet
costs PhP350. Slots for the world's biggest buffet are limited.

Tickets can be secured at the ERA office at the 3rd floor of Eastwood Cybermall. 687-6770 to 74."

I contacted them na and here are the details:
Date: October 22, 2005 (Sunday)
Time: 7pm to 1am
Place: Citywalk 1 and 2 of Eastwood City

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Bad Day by Daniel Powter --

Where is the moment we needed the most
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost
They tell me your blue skies fade to grey
They tell me your passion's gone away
And I don't need no carryin' on
You stand in the line just to hit a new low
You're faking a smile with the coffee you go
You tell me your life's been way off line
You're falling to pieces everytime
And I don't need no carryin' on

Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Well you need a blue sky holiday
The point is they laugh at what you say
And I don't need no carryin' on

You had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
The camera don't lie
You're coming back down and you really don't mind
You had a bad day

Sometimes the system goes on the brink
And the whole thing turns out wrong
You might not make it back and you know
That you could be well oh that strong
And I'm not wrong

So where is the passion when you need it the most
Oh you and I
You kick up the leaves and the magic is lost

Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You've seen what you like
And how does it feel for one more time
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

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Happy 2 to my Blog! --

Realized it was October already and my blog turned two last October 5. H'ray! ^_^

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Not looking forward to today --

Spent yesterday afternoon in a cramped office meeting with students who were consulting about their first drafts. It was painful and I came home with a bagful of yucky vibes -- Johann gave me a backrub, but I think I'll need a massage after this week is over.

I'm dreading this morning and tomorrow because I'm having consultations again. Ugh.

Some of my students' works are really nice -- they just need to review their spelling and gramma, but some of them need a major overhaul.

I was also running out of analogies yesterday (to make them understand certain concepts) -- the last analogy I remember giving to one of my students was about window blinds made of synthetic materials. God help me.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Saturday adventure! --

Last Saturday, Johann and I finally got the chance to visit the Salcedo Weekend Market. We were so excited -- we woke up early and formulated our plan of attack. We had a really light breakfast in anticipation of all the goodies that we would buy at the Market --

We got there at around 9 and it was bustling!

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We went around once just to familiarize ourselves with the layout and a second time to try to see what we would be having for lunch.

There was so much to choose from! >_<

We settled on the Cebu lechon because it looked so yummy --

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We also bought maki, which we munched on while walking around.

I fell in love with the organic mushrooms and tomatoes! I wanted to purchase a bag of each, but we still had a number of errands after Salcedo.

We purchased this bread right before we left and served it to friends when we got home:
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Johann and I are definitely going back (and we might drag my youngest bro with us) --

On our list of must-try:
- Angus beef (PhP150 for every 100g, served with all sorts of goodies)
- Pork Barbecue (which smelled sooooooo goooooooood)
- hot dogs (unlimited condiments and relish -- yummmmm)
- bagels from the New York Bagel Company
- hummus
etc etc

After Salcedo, we took a cab to Mile Long because my brother was craving Melonpan (curse those episodes of Yakitate Japan) -- there's a Japanese food store there called Co-Op where everything is PhP75. They didn't have Melonpan, but we did get a really great selection of bread for my brother.

Our errands took us to Makati Cinema Square and to Greenbelt (we got a gift certificate to a Foot Spa from The Spa, unfortunately, they were booked until late that afternoon and we didn't have the time to wait) and finally to Handyman in Pioneer.

The Handyman branch in Pioneer has a carpentry center where you can have furniture (wooden pieces) made -- you pay for the cost of the materials and labor and *poof* in a week or two, you will have a piece custom-made according to your preference.

We had our bookshelves done there -- and we're getting them in a week. (Finally! T_T) and it costs 1/6 of the last quotation we got from a carpenter. (Yay to the pennypinchers!)

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Finished Reading --

Audrey Niffeneger's The Time Traveler's Wife today. (Thanks Gabs for lending it to me) --

Funny thing was, I decided to read it while I was proctoring the En10 exam -- I started getting teary-eyed as I was reading and I had to contain myself because I was in front of my class.

It's a lovely book -- ^_^

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Lookie! --

The cutest, cutest things!

Pancake Meow

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Rainy weather --

There's really something about the rain and seeing the world all hazy and gray --

We listened to REM, cooked pasta (hungarian sausage with tomatoes), washed dishes, had dessert, currently heating some water for hot chocolate (which we will drop a dollop of peanut butter in) --

Life's wonderful. ^_^

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Been cooking --

Monday evening, Johann and I fell in love with the produce section of the Galleria Supermarket and we were even considering ditching the event (see previous post) just so we could buy groceries and go home.

Tuesday, Johann and I went to Shoppersville, hoping that their produce section would be just as nice -- it wasn't, but it was better than the one at Fresh. We got tomatoes, lettuce and ham. We got the Gardenia Foccacia and went home to make paninis.

I don't have a panini maker so we improvised by flattening the bread with another pan stacked with soup cans.

It was yummy. I love tomatoes! >_<

Wednesday is movie night but we wanted to save money (it's also part of our promise to live healthier) so we ate dinner at home. Prepared pizza. Before anyone gets impressed, I used ready-to-bake pizza crusts which you can purchase at Fresh. Had tomatoes and bacon on mine and I loaded Johann's half with leftover ham and bacon and tomatoes.

Today, I did our grocery at Fresh (missed double points day >_<) -- they had mussels! So I bought a bag and made baked mussels for lunch.

Friend T (D's girlfriend) shared a really easy pasta sauce recipe with me, which involves hungarian sausages and canned tomatoes -- that's what we had for dinner.

Here's the recipe:
Hungarian Sausages (we got the one at Fresh for PhP115 for a pack of 7. we used 4 of those sausages for this recipe)
Canned tomatoes (we found a really cool can of Del Monte Diced Tomatoes with Jalapeno at Shoppersville)
Garlic (3 to 4 cloves, finely chopped)
Olive Oil

Pasta (any noodle, but we used linguine)

Heat the oil, cook the garlic. Toss in the hungarian sausages until the edges are curling. Pour the entire can of tomatoes and simmer.

Add salt (just a little) and pepper (one or two turns of the mill).

The sauce won't really thicken, so we scooped out the cooked tomatoes and hungarian sausage with a slotted spoon.

Toss with the pasta. Serve.

It was yummy!

We had excess sauce so we tried it on rice -- yummy as well!

(Next time, we're going to try it as a baked rice. Ooooh~ can't wait for the cheese!)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Conversations --

I've written and rewritten this post several times now -- each time, I feel as though I did not do justice to the experiences -- this, I felt, would.

Things we talked about --
With Gabs, over Gayuma's Moreno and fresh mango shake:
- the present is a tricky place to be in
- mike gayle's books
- the time traveler's wife
- a cake called 'better than sex'
- love deceives us into thinking that it is simple, when it is, in fact, complicated
- shoes
- missing school

With Mahar, over Cibo and then over Breadtalk:
- pink candles
- the powers of retail therapy
- bangkok traffic
- theater
- good books and good bread

With V, co-faculty and program head for Lit majors in the caf, over food bought from the Ateneo Co-Op:
- Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber's time as space
- Time as flow, Alan Lightman's time and how to teach tenses
- dark sides
- glass towers and flaneurs
- photography

More people to have meals with please? And bring good conversation onegai. ^_^

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*Rub rub* & *drop drop*: Elbows & names --

Attended a function last Monday to honor Manny Pacquiao, Brian Villoria and Boomboom Gonzales. (They're boxers who currently hold WBC titles for their divisions.) It was really surreal to be in the same room as Noli de Castro, Chavit Singson and other high-ranking government officials.

While the rest of the room clapped after the hosts proclaimed Pacquiao a "National Hero," I cringed and started working out the critical implications of that label. The best and most interesting part was when the dinner was over and people started swarming to the VIP tables. I could imagine breastpockets full of calling cards and able hands that can whip out one in less than a second. Camera phones were ready in hand as well.

Ah, don't you just love _____? <-- fill in the blank with the appropriate word ^_^

Oh, the other interesting thing was when Manny Pacquiao and Brian Villoria performed songs on stage. Guests of honor brought their own entertainment. Curious.

The food was great, though and I was at a table with really wonderful people. ^_^

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Mostly for me --

But go ahead and click if you're curious --