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27 September 2010

Glory of Love

Musical Monday and Music Monday Blog Hop: Glory of Love, Beaches version
Amanda @ Bloggin with Amanda host Musical Monday & Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop
Of all versions of this song, this is what I like best. The pianist makes me chuckle; reminds me of audition time in school. I like the girl's confidence in her performance.


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Monday Mayhem: Ten Anyone? Meme
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Mayhem has been hijacked today by Thom. He was tagged recently by Bing at Of Living and Loving...and Coping. Mahalo Bing for the tag. Your mission is to answer the following Ten questions anyway you see fit.


1. Why do you blog? I want my life in readable form

2. Name your three best memories. my father and grandfather showering me with gifts and spoiling me rotten / my boys being happy together / exploring England. Just three? but thanks, now I know I'm more blessed than I realize

3. Name 4 of the best fiction books you've read. These are all I've ever read in recent memory: Pride and Prejudice, Da Vinci Code, Harry Potter, Twilight Saga

4. What are the 5 best movies ever made? (and that I love....) Sound of Music, Dead Poets Society, Harry Potter, Anne Shirley of Green Gables, Jane Austen movies

5. Name 5 things I can't live without. air, water, food, shelter, and one or two of those on the top rung of man's hierarchical needs

6. If you could change your name what would it be? something with a J, K, or V and a couple of A's

7. Tell us a unique and interesting fact about yourself. I once had a pink, pregnant buffalo

8. What do you love best about yourself? my metabolism

9. If you had a "Freaky Friday" experience, who would you change places with? Bella Swan

10. What is the best thing about being a woman. This is not mine. I'm borrowing a gay friend's observation - the best thing about a woman is her ability to use the power of her brains and vagina.

26 September 2010

Aweright

Our Weekend Memoirs: Getaway, Koh Chang
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My lair's got 24-hour security. Besides, it's a burglar's disappointment so without the slightest scruple, I shouted out on FB, "aweright, aweright paradise here we come!"

A city girl revels in her weekend luck: mountains behind, ocean in front.


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Sunday Stealing: The "I've Been Tagged" Meme


Today we ripped this meme of a blogger known as Kara at The Ramblings of a Marine Wife. We actually found the meme from Shius from the blog Addicted 2 Shius. Since this is a meme that has been going around for a while where you answer questions, and then add questions, we decided to use three sets. Kara explained that she was tagged by Life with the Lebedas. But it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Where are you from? from the Pearl of the Orient Seas

2. If you could live any place in the world, where would you live? Venice of the Costwolds

3. What's your favorite blog? I'll check them out of course! how about mine?

4. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve? 'silent' replies; but I don't really care anymore. If you don't comment back I won't bother either.

5. What's your favorite TV show this season? I need a new show! :) Downtown Abbey

6. What's your favorite 'down' time {nothing computer related}? brunch

7. Are you a parent? If so, what's your favorite thing to do with your children? tantrumless sightseeing and dining out

8. What about your blog, have you considered changing? templates - from time to time; content - not ever

9. What do you do for a living (if you work outside the home or if you work at home)?

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10. What is your favorite song at the moment? What is your favorite song ever?
The Glory Of Love, Mayim Bialik version

11. What is your favorite niche TV channel to watch? I rarely watch TV nowadays

12. If you could have any career, what would it be and why? something in forensics - I like the way the dead talks back

13. What is your favorite outfit? long summer dress with spaghetti straps

14. If you could tell your teenage self something, what would you say? snap out of it

15. What is your favorite recipe? my mother's escabeche

16. What is the funniest joke you've ever heard? submit to your (insane) husband

17. What is your favorite vacation spot and why? something like my OWM post above

18. What are you most excited about with fall here? no fall here

19. Did you envision yourself to be where you are today ten years ago? If not, what did you envision? My vision (living in a charming cottage) was hexed. Ten years after I'm still stuck in a freaking faculty office.

20. If money were no object, what would your dream house look like?

aerial view

21. What is your all-time favorite Disney movie?



22. What blog do you think isn't getting enough notice? those of bloggers who don't comment back. Lol!

24 September 2010

Butterfly Kiss

It's Friday and time for a look-back:

1. Paying attention to my nook on its wakey mode. Monday I arrived at work an hour early. Brown birds were chattering precociously on the still-empty parking lot. The gardener's dog was munching a rubber slipper behind the gate. The place smelt like it had never known pollution of any kind. I liked what I witnessed.

2. Multi-lingual multi-tasking:

- ears listening to an earphone song, nakalimutan mo na bang tumawa? (have you forgotten to laugh?)
- fingers composing a text message, nikaon na si CJ? (has CJ eaten yet?)
- eyes scanning a PR paper, "... government to mobilize resources for defense and military establishments"
- mouth clarifying instructions, mai ao tini; song akhan sippeht (I don't want it here. Send it to Bldg. 18)

*Three languages, one dialect lasting less than 3 minutes. I thought it was fun.

3. Apple pie with warm custard sauce; beef cheese tacos garnished with tomatoes and cilantro eaten over good conversation with a girl friend

4. A friend emailed how his little relatives 'came tearing through his house unannounced.' The upside was getting a butterfly kiss from 3-year old Olivia.

5. Bonus at the hair saloon. I was there for a routine shampoo and blow dry. But a saloon professional went the extra mile by giving me a head massage as well.

For more or to join, head over to Susanne's Living to Tell the Story.

Disney Magic

Relying almost entirely on milk and unless starving, CJ doesn't eat. So when I witness moments like this, I feel relieved. His recent snack choice is kechup or soy sauce. To make him eat something healthy I try these strategies simultaneously: coax, beg, threaten, set an example by eating the food myself or bribe.

"I'll let you play all you want with Winnie the Pooh, Lion King and Mickey Mouse if you eat," goes the motivating factor behind this episode. Ibbity-Bobbity Boo! a little mouth opens wide.

For a picky eater, this bite looks big enough to last him til the next snack time.

Snacks going on at the Mommy Journey.

20 September 2010

Test my sanity

Musical Monday: I hate myself for loving you

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Here's one of Joan Jett's popular recordings. Its "hard-edged, hard beat-driven rhythm" gets me moving today.



Amanda at Bloggin with Amanda hosts Musical Monday; and Denise at Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop.
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Monday Mayhem: The 5 on 5 Meme
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1. What are 5 things that you hope to accomplish this week?

- make sure e-exams are ready to go live by Monday next week

- finish those evaluation sheets
- read enough literature to put together a research inquiry

- email Dr T
- test my sanity by hanging up a poster of a shapeshifter


2. Name 5 reasons to sleep in

- internet addiction
- catching up on films
- online chatting with acquaintances I haven't heard from in decades
- pleasure reading

- insomnia


3. Name 5 of the 'interesting' things you've heard lately

- someone's been balmy and another one's been petulant
- my kiddo's occupational therapist finally called to arrange a session
- I've been a gooseberry
- Cebu Pacific continues to offer promo rates
- semester break is around the corner


4. Name and link to 5 bloggers.

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5. What are the 5 items that are always on your grocery list
a grocery list is not a feature of my civil status this time

Harriet hosts Monday Mayhem.

19 September 2010

Life goes on

Our Weekend Memoirs: Marang
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My former Education boss passes away. A couple of meters from the little church where her funeral was held, a wee stand of marangs beckons the wanderer in me.

Only in da Pilipins. Pinoys often say or hear that phrase. I'm not sure where else does this fruit exist.

The cortege inches out of the church yard. I whisper, "bye, Ma'am Arcon" and negotiate (read: haggle) the price of one of these marangs.
More at Our Weekend Memoirs.
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Sunday Stealing: The Threesome Meme
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Welcome back to Sunday Stealing. Sunday Stealing originated on WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud Weiser. Here we will steal all types of memes from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent memes. You may have heard of the expression, “honor amongst thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we also have our rules. First, we always credit the blog that we stole it from and we will “fess up” to the blog owner where we stole the meme. We also provide a link to the victim's post. (It's our way of saying "Thanks!") We do sometimes edit the original meme, usually to make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players, sometimes to select that meme's best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from either this new meme or recently asked questions from a prior featured meme. Let's go!!
Today we ripped this meme from three people! The first eight questions were ripped from a blogger and blog called Foxymoron (left). She explains that she stole it from The Harridan. The second part of this meme was written by some blog buddies of ours since WTIT: The Blog first published in '06. Mr Lance (right) from Solitary Views and Frank (bellow) from Foxxfyrrer's Honk 'n' Holl'r! They decided to do a “two blogs meme” by asking each other 5 questions each. One question they actually never even asked! It was because Frank's mom reads his blog and apparently the question was a bit racy. (See the post by clicking here. It's full of funny schtick.) We left one question out since it was really asked twice. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. At what time of your life were you happiest and why? Right now. I'm twirling freedom galore in my grinning, little fingers.

2. Where and when did you meet the love of your life? I have yet to meet him - excitement in the air, duh
3. Favourite item of clothing ever or most treasured possession? the memories and anticipation of happy things to come

4. Must-have makeup or beauty item? lipstick

5. What do you think is your worst vice or fault .. honestly? I work on not getting mad. And that means I get even.
6. Would you tell your friend, if you knew her husband/wife was cheating on her/him? if it's not necessary, I'll be happy not to get involved
7. What ambitions, wishes or desires, for your life, do you still hold close to your heart? when my heart opens up I'll let you know
8. Where do you see yourself five years from now? this again; but ok, anywhere as long I'm happy
9. If you had the choice of any talent with the penalty that you would lose a talent in exchange, what would you want to gain, and what would you be willing to lose? persuasion skill - getting anything more than I need
10. Name three things that you do want completed in your life before retiring? I prefer my games played while retiring
11. Of all of the people out there who would have been your fantasy date? Date, not romance... an ala-Jacob Black shapeshifter my age
12. Google put another spell on you, you have just changed genders for 48 hours... what are you going to do with your 2 days? behave accordingly

13. If you owned your own island, and got to make it your own country, what would you call it? And why? Isle Stasia, I like my college nickname, Anastasia
14. If you rubbed the lamp and got 3 wishes, what would they be? world travel, 3-year apprenticeship under one research scientist I admire and long-term residence in a snug cottage
15. What is your earliest memory of puberty? thought so this is it huh...

16. If you got banished to your Island alone and could only bring 5 things, what would they be? I'd be bare-handed. There's no point to Isle Stasia if it's not stocked.

17 September 2010

From the land of castles and crumpets

Less than 24 hours after sharing last week's highlights, my next set of faves was guaranteed. And weekend wasn't even over yet. I don't know what I did to deserve it but I'm thankful -

1. Church. I went. Really. A friend suggested it and I made a snap decision to go. Something became clear to me again: the reason I insist on having a day off work in a week is to calm down from it all. No matter how seldom, it's good to recharge spiritual batteries.

2. Hearty lunch at an elegant Thai restaurant with an international menu. We had lasagna, avocado salad with cantaloupe in oil and vinegar dressing, banoffee cheesecake, etc. The bonus? Stairs up for grabs: cost effective for calorie-burning.

3. Dasa is a second-hand book store with a coffee shop on its second floor. There were several titles I liked. It's gonna be a new haunt certainly.

4. Peterson Gallery. Priced from $2,000 to $163,000 - pianos galore! Once in awhile I wander into places like this. And I fancy another trip.

5. A call from the land of castles and crumpets. It came over dinner of fried noodles, chicken and shitake mushroom. While sipping my kiwi juice, an earlier mix-up of numbers was affectionately explained to me. Twas a sweet ending to a perfect beginning of a fab week.

See more faves @ Susanne's Living to Tell the Story

13 September 2010

What's up?

Monday Mayhem: Mayhem Returns
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1. What have you been doing on Mondays since we've been on a break? I just left my Mondays vacant

2. What is the best way to get people to play this fun meme? keep it short and sweet

3. Tell us about the kind of weather you are having today? sunny and warm

4. What is one thing that you would like to share with the rest of us about 9/11? This world is up to something. 9/11 was just a prologue.

5. Tell us something that you are predicting will happen this week? Stock markets will rise and fall... hah... seriously, here in my nook I'll be eating Statistics for breakfast starting tomorrow :(

6. What happens to rabbits when they grow old? they retire

7. What is your opinion about latest craze of Divorce Insurance? Would you buy some? If we had that sort of stuff here, I'd read it first before anything else.
Harriet hosts Monday Mayhem.
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Musical Monday: What's Up?
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"What's going onnnn!!!!" I didn't scream from the top of my lungs though. It was just that my extension plug broke on my low batt lappy. And you know how Mondays could be at work. So glad there's music to kick start this lethargic butt. I hope your Monday is a nice and easy one.


Amanda at Bloggin with Amanda hosts Musical Monday; and Denise at Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop.

12 September 2010

Tug o' War

Sunday Stealing: Sunday Stealing Player's Meme
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Today we ripped this meme not from a blogger but from you, our players and friends. We asked for original questions last week. And did you guys deliver! We believe we’ve got everyone in the credits. If we missed you, let us know! The star players who submitted questions were: Hooting Anni, Niko, Wendy, Melanie, Ace, Bambie, Zoan, Dixie Chick, Lynette from A Blog in the Rough, The Gal, Katie, Hazel, Me, Mark from An Erie Tapestry, Mamo Ko, Cat., Noelle, Kwizgiver, Shakaku, Catch Her in the Wry, Brandt, Debster, Zh3en22, Americanising Desi and Kathy. Head over to the SS headquarters for the grand theft.

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. :::sniff, sniff::: Is the dog in the house? he got sent overseas. you're just seeing his framed photo sitting prominently on the bookshelf

2. What is the best piece of advice you've ever received? There is always room for improvement. You only stop learning when you die.

3. What's the worst experience you've ever had involving alcohol? if I ever get myself drunk and sober right back, I can then slur a speech on this

4. What's the worst thing you've ever done to another person? execute a desperate decision on him

5. Who do you think started the concept of memes? someone creative with lots of time

6. Give a song title or line that describes how you are feeling right now "although it's been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you!"

7. What's your favorite search engine? Yahoo!, Google, Ask, Bing? or something else? Google

8. If Paul is the Cute One and John is the Smart One and George is the Quiet One and Ringo is the Funny One, which Beatle are you? I like the sound of 'George' best among the four

9. The democratic government decides that, not only do we have to share our money with people who choose not to work, we also have to share our children with those who do not want to ruin their bodies with being pregnant. Which child do you give up? absolutely none

10. When should you procrastinate - now or later? in my mind it's definitely later but....

11. What is your favorite fast food? Jollibee

12. What was your favourite game as a child? house and tug of war

13. Why terrible twos have to be terrible because they're double trouble

14. Describe your favorite family member. a handful. he calls me Mommy

15. What does your favorite breakfast consist of? coffee, fruits, corned beef with rice

16. What food is better the day after it was made? jack fruit with dried tuna in coconut milk, spring onions, ginger and lemon grass. everyone at home is suddenly hungry the day after it's made

17. What was your last big purchase? 96-hour holiday abroad

18. When was the last time you kissed someone and really enjoyed it? 17 years ago

19. Why are there memes? so there's something to feed the memesters

20. Described yourself using two words that rhyme. (i.e. fuddy-duddy) Anastasia Whatgotcha

21. If you were given the option of a "do-over" in life .. would you take it? nope

22. What movie makes (or has made) you cry? What touched you about it? anything that portrays a human being at his best, noblest, most selfless, most glorified

23. What is one big mistake that you did in your life? And what did you do to make it right? fell into a stupid pit; sealed the pit off after I got out

24. When Life Gives You Lemons, What Do You Do With Them? make a lemonade of course

25. How different are you in real life as compared to the online identity you have created for yourself? online is just an understatement of my offline

26. Do you know what your parents would have named you if you had been born the opposite sex? I sent a text to my mother for this. She replied: Jessie

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Our Weekend Memoirs: Tugging
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At Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok International Airport) on a recent out of town trip, I wandered round a bit before dragging my luggage towards departure. This reminds me of a game I enjoyed playing when I was a kid.


A three-headed dragon for the winner!

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09 September 2010

A little boy's tiara

It's a week abundant with life's little pleasures, and I'm enjoying such a great Friday mood with the FFF ladies over at Susanne's Living to Tell the Story. If you are dropping by from Mommy Moments, please scroll down a bit; thank you. Now the highlights of my week --



1. Birthday dinner at Cabbages and Condoms. A friend put up with my fondness for dining out and exploring restaurants. C & C supports social development programs of the PDA, an organization that complements the Thai government's effort to promote family planning.


2. Cafe de Tu. We took the sky train to get to a posh mall for dessert. There's a lovely ambience for a slice of chocolate banana cake and a long glass of iced lemon tea. It was sheer relaxation verbalizing ephemeral wishes. From the high ceiling pretty lamps cast off a warm, soft glow making the place conducive for twilight dreams.


3. Work over lunch at Fuji. Now comes a hard, raw bit. I had to carry work to one lunch but it helped that I like Japanese cuisine and cracked 80% of the job right there on the table. Thanks to the Giver of blessings: the untouched 20% spared me indigestion issues.


4."Everything smells so fresh after a storm." It's been raining on my nook. I've been musing over these words from one of my favorite films, Ladies in Lavender, starred in by two of my favorite actresses, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.


5. Mommy Moments. This is a brief account of some of my fave moments with CJ, integrated as my fifth Friday fave and entry for today's Mommy Moments theme, Wacky right below -


As I lamented CJ's stance against being photographed, I realized that my constant attempts to click away anyway have gained a few wacky results.



On board a yacht in Hong Kong, a weary single mom was hoping to experience a lovely night watching the famous Symphony of Lights while cruising Victoria Bay. Soft music, butter cake, mint tea, silver strappy heels, it was her moment.



Fat chance. A little brat decided to grab her crowning glory.



That's how my tiara ended up on his head...

It made me determined to snap more shots. But at The Peak the next day, CJ's stance didn't waver. Well, they say if you can't beat them, join them. I did and with Auntie Chette's perfect timing, we got this moment together.





Wacky Mommy Moments at The Mommy Journey.

05 September 2010

Personal

Our Weekend Memoirs: When old maids meet
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A friend on the other side of the world mentioned this place. I discovered it's right down my backyard when I googled it. Since a co-old maid was game for a little exploration we went there last night. The name of this restaurant is apparently its most attractive feature.

We punctuated the food with conservative-wild observations of 21st century old maidenhood. Ah, there's my Screwdriver. Reliable in penetration.
"Don't these things come with a man?," we teased the server who gave us condoms instead of the usual mint candies after we settled the bill.
More memoirs at Ebie and Arlene's Our Weekend Memoirs.
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Sunday Stealing: The Majorly Personal Meme, Part The Last
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Today we ripped this meme off a blog that is written by a group of high school students. The blog is called Eternal Fireworks. The writers are: Michael, Kynan, Alex, Kenny, Chris, Leo, Shelley, Athy, Bam, Tina, and Bnita. There is no statement as to where it came from. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. It is a long meme and we shall do it in parts. Cheers to all of us thieves!

41. What are your plans for this weekend? Saturday I had dinner with a friend at Cabbages and Condoms, and today I am bracing for machineless marking of university exams

42. Do you think someone might be thinking poorly about you? Why might that be? I don't know and I don't care. My life is good.

42. What features don't you have that you would like on your cell? umm... speech bubble that blinks "to be paroled in a heart beat"

43. How many people can comfortably sleep in your bed? two. three is crowded. I don't have room for a Camilla

44. What are you hoping happens by the end of 2010? another holiday

45. What was the last video you watched on YouTube? abandoned castles

46. Would you ever agree to an open relationship with someone? for now I'd rather case closed.

47. Is there something that you could never give up? whatever's in my velvet-padded bucket

48. Would you, (or did you) prefer a small, intimate wedding reception, or a big-scale, over-the-top reception? The Thai flag was waving at the in-laws' residence during my wedding reception. I didn't know 95% of the guests. So I'll try intimate if I ever attempt the institution again, and I'll have veto power on everything including the groom's color socks

49. What’s bothering you right now? my laundry

50. Do you hate anyone? I don't care

51. What were you doing at 12 am last night? re-reading Breaking Dawn

52. Was this summer a good one? How warm was it where you live? I traipsed 4 major cities in 3 countries this summer; my SPF remained at 20
52. Is the last person you kissed before your current situation mad at you? the last person I kissed does not impact my current situation

53. Can a man and woman be friends without having feelings for each other? why are 'feelings' always assumed in a man-woman friendship?

54. Do you think long distance relationships work? If you’ve had one, tell us about it. It depends upon what long-distance entails

55. Do you know why it’s called “Random Boredom“? no time to research; laundry is still piled up

56. Do you think that it’s always the man’s responsibility to initiate sex? no

57. Have you ever made love while you were in the same room with another couple? no

58. Tell us the best thing about your current or most recent S/O. revolutionary zeal for his beliefs
59. Tell us the worst thing about your current or most recent S/O. unmatched pigheadedness

60. Would you write one question in today’s comments so that we could have our followers allow us to steal their questions? We’ll need at least 15. When should you procrastinate - now or later?

More stealers at Bud's Sunday Stealing headquarters.

03 September 2010

This I give to you (pamana) and birthday week highlights

This is a 2-in-1 post today. I sort of incorporated the contents as they are related and fall into similar concepts for both memes which are equally significant to me. If you are dropping by from Mommy Moments, please scroll down. Thanks. Friday's Fave Five, hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story is right next -

It's probably a matter of orientation: I am used to uneventful birthdays. What I'm not used to is missing a few things. But I didn't and this week's faves are about what I'm thankful for the most:

1. Monday which was the day came and went peacefully. No issues at work, I ate what I wanted to eat, did a little shopping and I easily found the 'celebration' restaurant for tomorrow. I'm excited.

2. Greetings from good friends. I didn't expect anyone to call or email but they did and I appreciate that.

3. A promise in the sky, woot! See heaven's kiss on earth to boot.

4. Ticket to David Foster and Friends concert in October purchased with a 10% discount. My seat is not too close to the stage that I'd be having Peter Cetera's heels on my nostrils, and not too far that I'd be squinching for Natalie Cole's facial expression. I'm anticipating a lovely night with the Canadian Tenors, Ben Studdard and The Hitman himself.

5. Cj's progress. This has to be my best birthday present. While watching a second cousin fix my mother's dog's leash, he uttered, "oh, it's entangled." The other report is that he sang Into my heart and Bayang Magiliw (national anthem) by himself last night. He also minded his homework which involved reading. I like the reading part. Selective mutism now sounds a bit less daunting. Celebrating my birthday tomorrow will be yummier.

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No, I'm not bequeathing my son a bookstore. Although the idea is wonderful and if I owned one he'd naturally inherit it when I'm gone. As I am no rich Mama, Cj will just have to settle on books that I am accumulating. One goal is to instill in him a love for reading.

Not very long ago, my ex went pensive on me, "If I die suddenly there's --- for Cj from my ---. The lawyers will sort it out." I thought of the divorce mess that Cj is caught in and quietly realized, "no hon, you go pray to your Buddha while I drop on my knees to my own God and hope that our kid develops faith in a power that will help him rise above this adversity we caused him."

A long shot, I know. But despite the setback I'm banking on the value of non-material things for Cj to live a happy life he deserves.

See what Moms are passing on to their kids at The Mommy Journey.

02 September 2010

Anus Envy


Monday was not bad. Technology did 95% of my job and I was paid for warming a high-back swivel chair in a lab full of computer geeks. When I started noticing how 'alien' their language is to me, I explored their dictionary. These are 13 of what made me go like, oh, I see then is that so?... and in between, what? --

1. glambassador
a diplomat selected for his or her celebrity and appearance, not for any particular knowledge of foreign policy or international affairs. For example, "Linda Gray of TV's Dallas was just made goodwill glambassador for the U.N. Population Fund."

2. gutenburg
a person who insists on printing out everything available onscreen. "Keith is such a gutenberg. He printed out a 150-page manual just to read a few sections of it."

3. leetspeak
a.k.a. leet, lite, elite, eleet, 1337, 3l337, l33t, 3l33t
Leetspeak, or "leet" for short, is a type of online jargon in which a computer user replaces regular letters with other keyboard characters to form words phonetically. Though it was originally used by hackers and gamers ("leet" is a vernacular form of "elite"), leet is moving into the Internet mainstream and is also used by millennials.

4. QCD
Quarterly Charm Deficiency
an emotional disorder that arises in executives at the end of each fiscal quarter

5. anus envy
slang for the practice by fans of The Jerky Boys, Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, and others of trying to emulate - or outdo - their idols.

6. teergrube
German for "tar pit" this term refers to a server specifically designed to slow down spammers.

7. extremophile
slang for an organism that can live in conditions of heat, radiation, or toxicity normally considered inhospitable to life

8. kodak courage
slang for an extra dose of courage and the tendency to go beyond one's usual physical limits when being filmed or photographed (from action sports such as skateboarding, snowboarding, and extreme skiing).

9. angry garden salad
slang for a poorly designed Web site GUI with incorrect code behind it (so that if you click on one thing it launches another).

10. hacker ethic
a set of moral principles common to the first-generation hacker community. According to hacker ethic, all technical information should, in principle, be freely available to all. However, destroying, altering, or moving data in a way that could cause injury or expense to others is always unethical.

11. on velvet
slang for "sitting pretty," it means things are going very well. For example, "I saw Erin yesterday and she told me she finally got a Web sponsor, she was on velvet."

12. send storm
a deluge of private chat messages while one is trying to do something else online. "Sorry, I'm currently the victim of a send storm. I'll be with you in a moment." On AOL, this is called "being IMed to death."

13. technohedonist
people who always rush to promote the latest digital technology as the "next big thing" regardless of the appropriateness of that technology or its market

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