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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.

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.

Posted by on July 20, 2008 in Uncategorized


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Hangers, corned beef, and a weekend of fishing

Something mysterious is going on in my household.  My hangers, yes clothes hangers, are one by one disappearing.  Every time I do laundry, I find myself in need of a hanger.  I checked every where for the missing hangers, up and down closets, garage where a clothesline is in place, and even garbage bins just in case they broke and had to be thrown away, but no, there is no sign of the missing hangers.  I have the same amount of clothes, but I keep needing hangers.  As a matter of fact because I needed more hangers (I fold those that I never had to wear that week), I donated more clothes to the Salvation Army, earlier than I needed or wanted just to free up more hangers.  And did it?  Nope, I just did my laundry and yes, I find the need for more hangers again.  Where did all these missing hangers go?  Did they go to the same place where missing socks go?  Help!!!!

Compounding my distress is the blatant unfair practices of our cafeteria cashiers.  Right in my face, a paying customer and co-worker of sorts, they had the gall to not only give the lady behind me on the line an extra slice of corned beef, but to charge her a dollar less than me!!!! This is why the caferia needed to raise their prices.  They are losing money because of discounts given by the cashiers. I don’t think the spike in gas price had everything to do with it.  Seriously, I am offended.  I am sure that there are more people who are friends of these cashiers that go by having lunch for a dollar.  Here it really pays to know people in the right places. 

This is not the first time I have seen this.  I guess today is the last straw for me.  I had to speak up.  I don’t want anyone to lose their job because of me so I rave here. 

Last weekend I learned to cast.  I don’t know how to thread the line or to hook the bait, but I did learn how to cast.  A lady who’s fishing with her husband even stopped to chat with me about fishing.  I told her tis my first time, and probably the last time fishing here in this river.  While none of us caught anything, I did help my little 3-yo niece pick blackberries from the bushes that grow next to the river.  She was so cute with her Barbie fishing gear. I did  not know that Barbie sell tackle box, fishing rods, etc in cute pink and purple colors. 

Upon our return from the fishing trip, hubby asked if it’s okay if he gets an annual fishing license. I said sure thing.  I guess we’re gonna do a lot more fishing this year.  Maybe I’ll catch my first fish before the summer ends.


Posted by on July 15, 2008 in Uncategorized



Cruise Chronicles Part 8

June 3, 2007


     Eighth day and last day.  After showering, we found out that dirty clothes take more space than clean ones and our baggage could not accommodate the souvenirs we bought.  Hubby said we should stop by Metrotown to get a cheap hand carry, so we did.  It took no time to accomplish that.


     Of course it was raining; the whole time it was raining, both in Alaska and here in Vancouver.  We had two things to do today before catching our plane; one, go to Lyn Canyon Suspension Bridge and two, eat at Chinatown.


     Raining heavily at times during the entire visit to Lyn Canyon, we joined kids on school trip and random tourists like us walk the suspension bridge.  It was cold and wet, but it was fun.  I of course had pics to show.  I should say more about this experience but I simply have nothing sensible in my gray matter at this time.


     The Chinatown experience was very limited.  We parked on the street and went to eat, sampled a bit of Chinese cuisine, which is nothing new to us really.  Here too we bought some souvenir shirts.


     I was getting worried that we might miss our flight.  We had enough time, however, as there was enough time to even shop at the duty-free shops. 


     Finally, boarded.  The flight was a bit bumpy in the take-off and a little rough.  But by the grace of God, we landed safe, sound, and relieved in SFO.



Here ends the Cruise Chronicles.

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Posted by on July 14, 2008 in personal, Uncategorized


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Six Pack

Sometime ago, Geri asked the question, WHO’S YOUR SEXY?  I am ready to answer.  Here’s my sexy in no particular order.

1.  Wentworth Miller

2.  Matt Damon

3.  Piolo Pascual

4.  Shahrukh Khan

5.  J. T. Snow



6.  The Eagles, collectively.  Still yummy  @ 60, aren’t they?



Posted by on June 17, 2008 in list


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National Donut Day

(photo borrowed from here)

I did not know there is such a thing as a National Donut Day, but apparently there is, and today it is.  When was the last time you had a donut with your java?  I don’t usually pair donuts and coffee together.  When I used to still eat them at a regular basis, I would pair it with a Coke.  How do you eat it?

When healthy eating entered my subconscious and conscious mind, I have decided to let donut off my list of “safe” foods to eat.  I do however put it as a twice-a-year food.  Last year, I had it once, at Krispy Kreme, never liked it.  I still crave for the Dunkin Donuts kinds; I can’t find them anywhere here.  Here being East Bay.   My favorite was the gooey Boston Creme.  I have never been back at Krispy Kreme so I dont know if they make Boston Creme. 

Okay, maybe it’s time for a donut eh?  Let me scour the neighborhood for something less nauseatingly sweet kind.

Happy Donut day and Happy weekend.


Posted by on June 6, 2008 in Uncategorized


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Many Firsts

I am back from my Memorial Day road trip and as expected I am at a loss for posts.  I do have a couple in my draft folder, but they are still waiting for pictures that I have yet to upload.  And the rule of when at a loss for posts, go with the meme applies here, except that the memes I have been reading lately are not applicable to me or simply uninteresting I thought.  So, let me make up my own in line with my recently celebrated first wedding anniversary, I thought I would list some of my “firsts”.

FIRST CRUSH:   Atoy Co, I was in grade school and I thought he was cute.

FIRST ENVY:   I experience the green monster at age 5 or 6 when my mother’s friend’s daughter while visiting us for the day brought her toy doctor kit.  I was jealous a lot.  I never experienced that kind of feeling again, at least not that intense.

FIRST PRESENT FROM A BOY:  In grade I, a boy named Danilo (don’t remember his last name, went away after the first grade) presented me his tooth that fell off his mouth that day in school.  I jumped out of my seat and chased him around the classroom.  I guess he liked me 🙂  Anyway, I never seen him again until I was 17 during my father’s funeral.  I was a mess and I knew I didn’t look all that pleasing, but he remembered me and we just exchanged hi.

FIRST BOY I SLAPPED:   Let me first say, I don’t go around slapping boys.  This would be the first and last time I did it.  It was my cousin Arnel who sat behind me during 4th grade.  Our row used to have a lot of fun and we talked a lot during class, but one day I guess he pushed my button and slapped him in front of our classmates.  I was sorry.

FIRST COCKTAIL:   Screwdriver, Tia Maria’s Greenhills, just us girls chilling after the exams and to celebrate Anne’s birthday.  After a couple of sips, I gave my drink to another girl who wanted to drink some more.  It took me a while to develop a taste in alcohol and cocktail, thank heavens!

FIRST CONCERT:  Yanni, Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA.  I am not a concert goer, but hubby (then bf) wanted to see Yanni, plus tickets were free   🙂  I totally enjoyed the concert; Yanni was a seasoned performer.

FIRST ROADTRIP:  Then bf (now hubby) and I took the first of our many road trips taking a day trip to Half Moon Bay, CA.

FIRST BOY-GIRL PARTY:  I threw a boy-girl party at the end of the summer when the entire community of boys and girls in my block had that wonderful summer vacation spent by playing games and boys and girls did not do a lot of fighting, which was really surprising.  That was the one summer, I believe the summer of my 11th year, where I had the most fun playing shatong, tumbang preso at moonlight, and patintero among other things.  There was music and dancing, but no food.  I sprang the idea to my parents a couple of hours before all my playmates showed up at our house.

FIRST TIME I PLAYED MATCHMAKER:  Gilbert and Jojo.  High school.  I wrote love letters to Jojo from Gilbert who paid my services by buying me snacks, particularly cornick with spicy hot vinegar, dirty ice cream, egg pie and coke at Queen’s and by adding to my collection of stationery.  They have been married for years, two boys.   🙂

FIRST DORM:  Thaddeusian Ladies Dorm, Buencamino Alley, CM Recto Ave.  It was the location for Pop’s first movie.  I thought that was the selling factor for that dorm. 

FIRST ASIAN COUNTRY VISITED:  Singapore, four days.  Great food, clean, orderly, but way too hot and humid for my taste.

FIRST MOVIE SEEN IN USA:   Sleepless in Seattle.  Remains one of my fave chick flicks.

FIRST FENDER BENDER:   A big rig hit me during rush hour, luckily we were in a jam and the traffic was moving about 15 mph, very minor damage.  Driver pulled over,  said he was sorry that he fell asleep!


Posted by on May 29, 2008 in Uncategorized


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One down!

Hubby caught me staring at my wedding band (band, not diamond wedding ring set) one day and asked what I was doing. Without taking my eyes off the my finger, I replied, “Every time I look at it, all I can think of is what a rip off”.  Without missing a beat, hubby replied, “Me too, honey, me too”.

That sums up our first year as a married couple.  Happy one year, honey.

Note:  Early post, exact date of anniversary is May 25.  Will take a short break for Memorial Day weekend.  If you live in the USA, have a pleasant, peaceful, relaxing, stress free, and safe holiday.


Posted by on May 21, 2008 in Uncategorized