Monthly Archives: February 2009

Mood for disclosure

I’m in a disclosure mood today and I thought heck why not do a list again of things on my mind.  

  1. If the dad on My Big Fat Greek Wedding has Windex for a cure-all remedy, my mom has Vicks Vapor Rub.  She swears by it, but so far no one in the family is following suit. 
  2. I hardly know any of my cousins and aunts and uncles on my father’s side. 
  3. I never met all my cousins, aunts, and uncles on my mother’s side. 
  4. The first time I met a cousin from my mother’s side that’s closest in age to me (4-5 years my senior), she asked me to help her with some documents she needed.  I took her to this guy who handled this doc (town official) and she flirted with him openly.  The guy is a family friend, very much married and I know and was friendly with his wife and their kids.  I was red faced when I left the office with her.  I have never seen her again after that first and only meeting. See you never get to choose your family.
  5. Off hand, if money and time were not a hindrance, my top three weekend vacation spots are: Quebec City, Albuquerque, and Sedona.
  6. My favorite story teller is Billy Crystal.  He cracks me up. Timmy C (my niece) comes in a close second. 
  7. I simply love David Letterman.  I only go to sleep after his monologue.
  8. If and when I get a cat, I’ll name her Matilda.

Happy Weekend.


Posted by on February 28, 2009 in Uncategorized


Watery Wednesday #3: Capitola, California

Sunset Magazine‘s March 2009 issue has named this quaint little seaside community one of the 20 Best (Small) Towns.  Capitola-by-the Sea is 6 miles south of Santa Cruz and is a favorite day trip of ours.  We love to walk around town enjoying the wharf and looking at in the sea and the surfers.  Here are two pictures I took the day after Thanksgiving of 2008.

Fishing Pier

Getting wet

When we were there in  November, there was a lot of surfers waiting for the right timing for the Maverick contest.

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Posted by on February 25, 2009 in Watery Wednesday


My World #18: Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

The bay area is home to a handful of bridges.  The outside world knows two, the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridge.  I would like to introduce you to another one: the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge that connects the city of Richmond in the Contra Costa County and San Rafael of Marin County.

The sign says Richmond Bridge and that’s what the San Rafael side calls it. It is offiically called John F. McCarthy Bridge.  I don’t know who he is honestly.  But on the Richmond side, we call this bridge San Rafael Bridge. It is a mystery why on our side we call it San Rafael Bridge and on the other side they call it Richmond Bridge.

The bridge is double decker.  The upper level is San Rafael Bound.  My husband and I often cross this bridge to go to Point Reyes National Seashore.

This is a closer look at the upper deck.  The bridge measures 5.5 miles, and just finished some retrofit work.

This is the shot on the lower deck on the way back to Richmond.

This is taken from Point Molate on the Richmond side looking southwest toward Marin County.  San Quentin Prison just beyond the bridge on the left side when San Rafael bound.

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Posted by on February 23, 2009 in bay area, My World, photo meme


A little preview

You all know that the long-awaited No Reservations show about Manila is going to be on Monday, February 16th.

Here’s a little preview:


And with this post, I will take that much needed break from blogging.  See you later!


Posted by on February 13, 2009 in Uncategorized


Watery Wednesday #2: Sea Day

Sea Day, originally uploaded by airam94564.

Every cruise has a sea day where the ship is sailing all day. I take this chance to take photos.

Taken from my second cruise (Alaska) in May 2008.

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Posted by on February 11, 2009 in Watery Wednesday


My World #17: Fresh Sugarcane Juice, Anyone?

Fresh Sugarcane Juice, Anyone?, originally uploaded by airam94564.

I am aware that I told every body last week that I was intent on going to Napa/Sonoma Valley over the weekend. It did not happen. My husband was busy with church meetings/retreat. I was busy with chores. Then we had dinner with friends to finalize some travel plans for next week.

Anyway, let me tell you that California is my adopted home. It is also my husband’s adopted home. I was born and raised in the Philippines. He was from Bangladesh. We met and fell in love at work (yeah!).

In January of last year we had to go home to Bangladesh.  While there one day we chanced upon this ambulant cart selling fresh sugarcane juice. I thought it was very unique. We did not have this in the Philippines; well at least when I was there.  One day last month as I was cleaning out my archives I found this video/clip and husband suggested I share it with you all/blog about it.  Enjoy the video.  Nope I did not have any.  Now I wish I tried it.

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Posted by on February 9, 2009 in My World, photo meme


Friday’s Foto

I have a posted five straight days this week, yahoo!


Posted by on February 6, 2009 in Uncategorized