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I have decided to move my Sky Watch post to my main photoblog.  Hope you’ll follow me.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

I Am A Believer

Six years is a long time.  No amount of watching old dvds of the  series is  enough to curb or curtail the appetite of a one that ended too soon.  Yes, I thought it ended too soon.  There was so much more topics to tackle.  But when the main character leaves, the excitement somehow follows his/her departure. 

So six years after the season ended and ten years after the first movie, the cult tv show X-Files second movie I Want To Believe comes to loyal fans who believes the search for truth by one Fox Mulder is not over yet.  Not by a long shot.  Gross estimates for the weekend, its first, is 10.2 million.  Not bad really.

How can I objectively write a review when I am a loyal fan?  I am not an avid fan, not one of those who can recite by heart what Mulder said to Scully in season 6 on a certain episode.   But I am a fan, loyal enough to own the complete series, which we bought at one time, and loyal enough to continue watching it on syndication, eleven at night on Sci-Fi channel and midnight certain days at TNT. So how can I write objectively?  No way I can do that.  So I will write subjectively.

WHAT I LIKE:  Scully has moved on, left the bureau and continued to pursue and practice medicine.  And has moved in with Mulder, which I really enjoyed.  Yay, I thought I’d never see the day when they would act a little romatic towards each other. 

Mulder has kept his belief despite being an outsider now.  But agreed to help the bureau when his help was needed, inspite of a little hesitation at the beginning.  I like how Mulder continued to be true to the Mulder I knew.

The surprise appearance (at least to me) of Skinner.  Outside of the two main characters, X-files won’t be complete without Skinner. 

I enjoyed the story line.  Yes, it’s true there is less paranormal and more CSI-like story line, but this is the bureau you know and they work on these cases more than x-file cases.  I find no boring moment.  As a matter of fact, I exerted extra efforts I never knew I had to control my bladder.  Same is true with hubby who kept whispering he needs to use the facilities but had never once motioned to stand up.  For us it was that exciting.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE:   It ended too soon.  The movie was too short.  I could go on watch them all day.  Gosh, I miss X-Files.

For objective (?) review, read this.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2008 in personal, tv

 

Sky Watch #5

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Originally uploaded by airam94564

This happens to be one of my favorite shots which I took a few years ago. This is somewhere in Northern Arizona enroute to Las Vegas. Those were the days of pleasurable road trips when the cost of gas was the least of a roadtripper’s concern.

For more skywatchers, check Tom’s site.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2008 in meme, sky watch, Uncategorized

 

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Stray Thoughts on Stray Bullets

I think my my juices only flows when I do a listing.  I believe I need to make an appointment with the conjunction family before I could truly come up with one cohesive paragraph.  Anyway, here are my thoughts:

  • Did anyone see No Reservations last night?  Of course you did.  This was the Saudi Arabia show where at the beginning of the episode Tony showed how he narrowed down his choice of places to visit to three places: Saudi Arabia, Buffalo, NY, and the Philippines.  He interviewed these three people whose video submissions he chose.  The guy who voted Philippines was in my opinion not the right one to accompany Tony to the country he obviously knew nothing about.  While I would love for Tony to enjoy my homeland, this was not that time.  The Saudi episode was great I thought. 
  • It was not the tomato???? Really? So now it’s the poor jalapeno pepper huh!  The salmonella outbreak that pinned tomato as the carrier now has a new source, the real source?  Anyway, despite the seriousness of the threat of salmonella, our household did not stop buying and eating tomato.  Too bad for the tomato industry for all their lost income.
  • American Idol summer auditions were conducted here in San Fran last Thursday, July 17.  Was this the first for the summer?  Had I known it way in advance I would have taken a day off and had a field day photographing all those wannabes.  Sayang! 😛
  • Girl shouting match at the tracks?  Danica Patrick and some girl were shown yelling (okay the other girl was yelling, per Danica interview) at each other.  While I don’t mind girls driving and racing, this is a consequence when there are girls around.  Sometimes, girls can’t get along.  And I don’t want to see that in a Nascar setting, even on the sidelines.  It kills the experience for me.  (I am not a Nascar fan, I just watch sports highlights :D)
  • Last Friday, darling husband and I took a day off, a much needed rest from work, plus hubby’s vacation cap is getting full.  He must use his time off or lose it.   Use it we did.  I too have plenty of vacay time available so it was easy to request a day off at a day’s notice.  So what did we do?  Nope, we did not rest, did not stay at home and vege out on the couch watching dvds.  We went for a drive, inspite of the high gas prices.  The sacrifices you do for your passion really.  It was a beautiful day, cool, typical of the summers here in the Bay.  Our destination was Stinson Beach in Marin county.  We always go to Point Reyes and drive by Stinson Beach, but never really took time to stop and go to the beach.  Wow! No wonder it is popular.  It is so gorgeous.  And crowded for a Friday.  I overheard one lady say that the idea of taking a day off must not be novel. It sure looked like a lot of people took the Friday off.  We ended our day in Marin county by driving 13 miles to Olema for a very late lunch.  Overall, Friday was a fun day.
 
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Posted by on July 22, 2008 in list, personal

 

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Six Pack

I have not been doing a six pack in so long, so with yet again a bout of writer’s block, I thought I’d share some “intimate” details about me. 😛

  1. Wednesday is my garbage day.
  2. I get all my news from the internet and 11 o’clock news but I have the local newspaper delivered every day.
  3. I hate horror movies, but I love watching Stephen King movies.
  4. I can’t stand dusting and vacuuming and sweeping, but I enjoy ironing and doing the laundry.
  5. I prefer JC Penneys over Macy’s.
  6. I could spend hours playing Bejeweled.
 
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Posted by on July 20, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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Sky Watch #4

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Originally uploaded by airam94564

Happy Skywatch again!

Here’s my contribution this week showing the glorious sky overhead. I took this while waiting to board the Grand Canyon Railways. Yeah, this one goes to the Grand Canyon NP.

For more skywatch participants, visit Tom’s blog.

Please click image to for larger version.  Thanks.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2008 in meme, sky watch, Uncategorized

 

Random Answers to Random Questions

I have been tagged again, this time by my lovely cyberpal/blogging bud G at Mirage As Usual.  Truth of the matter is I have seen this tag do the rounds of blogs I read and somehow I had sensed it would reach me sooner or later.  So here are my random answers:

1.  WHAT WAS I DOING 10 YEARS AGO?

I can’t remember much of what 1998 was about.  But there is one date, June 28, 1998, that stick out like a sore thumb.  It was on that day that I started my employment here at the same company where I presently work.  Which means, I have just marked my 10th year anniversary with the same company.  10 years!!!!! Talk about staying power.  On June 28, 2008, my husband and I went out for Mexican food (my perennial celebratory food) to celebrate the date.  He asked if I was celebrating my entry to this company and why???? My reply garnered a chuckle and a big hug:  I was not celebrating my entry to this company.  I was celebrating the fact that from this day on, I won’t be working with _____(my former employers) in a job that sucked to the high heavens.  He chuckled because he knew I was telling the truth and that the celebration was reasonable and well deserved.  He worked there too at the same time I was there.  That was where I met my husband. 

2.  WHAT ARE THE FIVE THINGS ON MY TO-DO LIST TODAY?

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    1. Decide on the specific cake I want to bake.
    2. Fold laundry.
    3. Make a grocery list for Friday’s trip to Costco.
    4. Upload pictures to costco.com for prints.
    5. Update blog

3.   SNACKS I ENJOY:

Green mango with bagoong, chips (who doesn’t love them?), watermelon seeds, cornick, ukoy

4.  PLACES WHERE I LIVED:

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    • Guerrero Street —-Tarlac
    • Buencamino Alley, San Sebastian Street, and MH Loyola Street —-Manila
    • East Bay—-San Francisco Bay Area (California)

5.   THINGS I’D DO IF I WERE A BILLIONAIRE:

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    • Buy houses for family
    • Travel
    • Set up foundation to send needy children to school
    • Give to charities (red cross, foundations for the preservation of parks, i.e. Yosemite, Kings-Sequioa, etc.)
    • Buy the San Francisco Giants team (hehehehe, totally selfish side of me)
    • Build a totally rad rec center in my hometown equipped with the latest gadgets for kids and teeners to have a place to learn and play

6.  PEOPLE I WANT TO KNOW MORE ARE:   Geri, LizzaMr. Baker, Rachel,Megamom, and BW.

 

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2008 in list, meme, personal