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just bcoz i wanted to post something other than a meme

So how about some random thoughts?

  • When I bloghop, I never read the author’s profile. I’m not interested on what she/he says about herself/himself.  I immediately read the entries or gawk at the photographs.
  • I watched ‘NEW IN TOWN”, a Renee Zellweger-starrer last night on DVD.  Predictable plot, uninspired dialogs, but I liked it.
  • Haven’t gone on a “shooting” trip in a while, but still plenty of materials on archives.
  • Rick Bayless, one of my fave chefs, won the Top Chef Masters crown. Of course he went up with two of my other faves too, chefs from the bay area Michael Chiarello and Hubert Keller.  I would love to eat at these three master chefs restaurants some day.

Happy weekend every one!

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2009 in list, personal

 

Six Pack

I haven’t done a Six Pack in a long time so I am excited to do another one.

Here are six Christmas traditions of my growing up years:

  1. We did not wrap gifts nor open presents.
  2. We always got new clothes for Christmas.
  3. Attending the midnight mass was a must.
  4. Noche Buena consisted of nilaga, queso de bola, and hamon.
  5. We jumped from anywhere high as soon as the church bell rings on both Christmas Eve and New Years Eve in the hope of getting taller.
  6. Brother #3 always gives out a stick of gum for Christmas. 

Happy Holidays every one.  Peace.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2008 in list, personal

 

How to Lose Weight Without Exercise

With the upcoming Holiday season and all the eating we are going to do, I thought I’d post this reminder or tip to lose all those calories we are surely going to inhale.

Proper weight control and physical fitness cannot be
attained by dieting alone. Many people who are engaged
in sedentary occupations do not realize that calories
can be burned by the hundreds by engaging in strenuous
activities that do not require physical exercise.

Here’s the guide to calorie-burning activities and the
number of calories per hour they consume.

Beating around the bush. . . . . . . . .75

Jumping to conclusions . . . . . . . . 100

Climbing the walls . . . . . . . . . . 150

Swallowing your pride. . . . . . . . . .50

Passing the buck . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Throwing your weight around (depending on your
weight). . . .50-300

Dragging your heels. . . . . . . . . . 100

Pushing your luck. . . . . . . . . . . 250

Making mountains out of molehills. . . 500

Hitting the nail on the head . . . . . .50

Wading through paperwork . . . . . . . 300

Bending over backwards . . . . . . . . 75

Jumping on the bandwagon . . . . . . . 200

Balancing the books. . . . . . . . . . .25

Running around in circles. . . . . . . 350

Eating crow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

Tooting your own horn. . . . . . . . . .25

Climbing the ladder of success . . . . 750

Pulling out the stops. . . . . . . . . .75

Adding fuel to the fire. . . . . . . . 160

Wrapping it up at the day’s end. . . . .12

To which you may want to add your own favorite
activities, including:

Opening a can of worms . . . . . . . . .50

Putting your foot in your mouth. . . . 300

Starting the ball rolling. . . . . . . .90

Going over the edge. . . . . . . . . . .25

Picking up the pieces after. . . . . . 350

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2008 in list, meme, personal

 

Midweek Chuckle

Love and Marriage as seen through the eyes of our kids.

 

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

“Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other.  Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.” Lynnette, age 8

“On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.” Martin, age 10

 

WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?

“I’d run home and play dead.  The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.” Craig, age 9

 

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?

“When they’re rich!” Pam, age 7

“The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t mess with that.” Curt, age 7

“The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them….It’s the right thing to do.” Howard, age 8

 

HOW DOES A PERSON DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?

“You flip a nickel, and heads means you stay with him and tails means you try the next one.” Kally, age 9

“You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff.  Like if you  like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.” Allan, age 10

“No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry.  God decides it all way before, and you got to find out later who you’re stuck with.” Kirsten, age 10

 

WHAT IS THE PROPER AGE TO GET MARRIED?

“Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then!” Cam, age 10

“No age is good to get married at.  You got to be a fool to get married!” Freddie, age 6

 

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

“Married people usually look happy to talk to other people.” Eddie age 6

“You might have to guess based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.” Derrick age 8

 

HOW TO MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

“Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck!” Ricky, age 7

 

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?

“There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there? Kelvin, age 8

 

WHAT PROMISES DO A MAN AND A WOMAN MAKE WHEN THEY GET MARRIED?

“A man and a woman promise to go through sickness and illness and diseases together.” Marlon, age 10.

 

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR A YOUNG COUPLE ABOUT TO BE MARRIED?

“The first thing I’d say to them is: Listen up youngins, I got something to say to you.  Why in the heck do you want to get married anyway?” Craig, age 9

 

THE GREAT DEBATE:  IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?

“I don’t know which is better, but I’ll tell you one thing.  I’m never going to have sex with my wife. I don’t want tobe be all grossed out.” Theodore, age 8

“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys.  Boys need somebody to clean up after them!” Anita, age 9.

“Single is better for the simple reason that I wouldn’t want to change no diapers.  Of course, if I did get married, I’d figure something out.  I’d just phone my mother and have her come over for some coffee and diaper-changing.” Kirsten, age 10

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

” Both don’t want no more kids.” Lori, age 8

 Hoped you have a chuckle.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2008 in list, personal

 

Six Pack

After a month here I am with another six pack list.

Autumn events I am excited about:

  1. Leaf peeping
  2. Thanksgiving turkey carving
  3. Sweater wearing
  4. Must See TV viewing
  5. Hot toddy drinking
  6. Holiday shopping

What do you look forward to during this season?

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2008 in list, personal

 

100 Bullet Points for 100th Post (fingers crossed), part 1

Since this happens to be my 100th post, something that I had never imagined when I started this blog, I thought I’d do some bullet points again.  Just random thoughts about anything under the sun.

  • I cooked ginisang opo [sauteed opo squash] for the first time in my entire life and hubs loved it.  Scooooore!
  • While eating dinner last night, hubs asked where was the olive in our food.  I told him we were eating chicken afritada and not kalderata.  He said so that’s the difference between those two dishes, one has olives, and the other one doesn’t. 🙂
  • Don’t believe a child who boldly declares, NAPS ARE RARE with him because within the next breath he’d be far into dreamland.
  • Ever had iced coffee from Micky D?  Neither have I, all I got was cream and ice.  WHERE’S THE COFFEE?
  • The leaves have turned brown and fell onto the ground and I just noticed it yesterday.
  • Hurray, BevMo has that 5c sale again. 
  • Went to four places to get dust pan with handle last weekend, none carry them.  What happened?
  • My little nephews all four of them have a YouTube account and I just visited their site.  Calling their moms, see what your kids are posting online.
  • I hardly have time to visit my Friendster page.
  • Ever been here, it’s a fun read.
  • Here too.
  • Boy am I glad that the marine layer is back.  A week of 90-degree temps is enough to last me a whole summer.
  • I like Katherine Heigl as a movie star, imagine that.
  • I missed the yoyo competition at the Exploratorium last week, tsk.
  • And the Ethiopian Festival at Lake Merritt.
  • I better not miss the Chocolate Festival.
  • And the Solano Stroll.
  • I am listening to TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART right now, blast from the past.
  • Is September the season for babies?  All the inserts, fliers, and ads from Sunday papers have baby stuff sale.
  • Attended one baby shower from work on Friday.
  • Will attend christening on Sunday.
  • Yeah, there must be baby boom.
  • I finally found my fave deli meat—Sopressata!
  • Two summers in a row, we had tomatoes from the garden.
  • I love Kid Rock’s song ALL SUMMER LONG.  Reminds me of John Mellencamp sound.
  • And Nickleback’s ROCK STAR, love it love it love it.
  • I am starting to like Leo di Caprio, help.
  • Had the misfortune of answering the phone when someone from a credit card company was calling.  She’s asking why I wasn’t using my card and what do they need to do to make them my primary card.  I told them to give me a low single digit interest and if they’re ready to do that to call me again.
  • I realized that in real life I know more REBECCAs than any other name.
  • I missed doing my cross stitch projects.
  • And my scrapbooking too.
  • I never had that dream where I was out in the streets naked, but I did have one just recently where I was almost topless.  Yiiikes.
  • Not really a Sex and the City fan, but I thought that Samantha and Smith are cute together.
  • I need to rent the first season [and probably the second too] of MY BOYS.  I constantly forget what day/time it’s on.
  • Excited about the 4th season of PRISON BREAK?  I dont know.  Gimme a couple more episodes to feel how this season’s going to fare.
  • My soul could use another trip to MENDOCINO.  It’s been awhile.
  • Still debating whether to open a Multiply account.  BFF has one and wont get Friendster.  I have the former and she’s begging me to join Multiply.
  • When is the new David Cook song going to come out?
  • I’d rather email than call.
  • Massages must be considered basic needs.
  • Pinot Grigio is my fave wine.
  • Oh I like Merlot too.
  • I miss receiving catalogs [junk] from mail.
  • Santa Fe is one of my dream destinations; the list keeps growing.
  • My pet peeve?  Dogs in sweaters/hoods/hoodies.
  • I very recently lost a long-time pet fish TUCKER.
  • Another fish is showing signs of sickness, oh no.
  • I love taking pictures of the cloudscapes/skyscapes.
  • And I have reached the middle ground.  Will continue this post.
 
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Posted by on September 8, 2008 in list, personal

 

Six Pack: Destinations On My Mind

With the arrival of autumn just around the bend, the summer holidays have seen their end.  Most people take their holidays during the long summer break in order to spend time with their school kids.   I have not particularly liked going out in the summertime.  One reason, the weather.  Heat bothers me a lot.  It irritates me.  Not fun for me at all.  Another reason is that most spots from national parks to theme parks, from beaches to local fishing holes are jampacked. And I hate crowded places that’s why I seldom go to the malls. 

When the crowds had thinned out and the days had gone cooler, I go.  My favorite time to go away is just after the New Year.  Most places offer discounted rates for off season travels.  Cruises have good deals at this time.  But since there is nothing in the near horizon for me to look forward to and I sit here working my butt off (how could that be if I’m blogging), I’d give in to the call of daydreaming.  And because I have not done a six pack post in a long while, I would like to list my desired destinations.   Here they are in no particular order:

1.   Machu Pichu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.   Banff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.   Galapagos Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Arches National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 5.   Denali

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Yellowstone National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 What about you?  Do you have a dream destination?   I love the outdoors, nature, and photography.  I think all these destinations suit me just fine.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2008 in list, personal