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Me, myself, I and David Foster

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Our Weekend Memoirs: David Foster & Friends
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The Hitman, David Foster and his sidekicks finally performed live in my backyard last Monday. My ineptness at the camera has been a serendipity. I came up with halloween shots as well. Meet the ghosts of concert present: don't they shape up better than Casper?

Opening score: Theme of the Calgary Olympics

Mr Foster did his homework by remarking about the flood in the northeast. And here they are doing (Michael Jackson's) the Earth Song
David Foster, Peter Cetera, Ruben Studdard, Natalie Cole, Charice, and The Canadian Tenors

I went to this concert mainly for the household names and revel in memories of familiar titles: St. Elmo's Fire, Unforgettable, and many more.

Peter Cetera can't reach his high notes anymore =)

But it's okay. He's still The Inspiration. Besides I can't complain when someone half my age mistook me for a 20-something girl in the parking lot. But even if I did lo…

Ticked off creepy

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Musical Monday: It's Hard to Say Goodbye
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In 1993 Asia's songbird Regine Velasquez and Canadian singer/songwriter Paul Anka recorded what was then Laura Branigan's Foolish Lullaby. That looks like a creepy period drama going on while the song is sung. Can anyone tell me what's the title of that film? (if it's a film or what)

Amanda @ Bloggin with Amanda hosts Musical Monday

Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop

***************** Monday Mayhem: Are ya ticked off?
1. What ticked you off last week while you were on your way somewhere? attractive little fashion shops; they distracted me off my main purpose to browse antiques.

2. Who in your house really ticked you off and how did they do it? areading lamp that died on me without saying goodbye

3. What politician or political event really ticked you off last week? I stay away from politics because they tick me off all the time
4. Tell us what ticked you off on TV last week. the entire TV disa…

Classic Rust

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Our Weekend Memoirs: Mabuhay Restaurant
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A cousin and I went shopping in Pratunam this past weekend. There is a Filipino restaurant there where we had lunch.

I was thinking of fall colors. Look at that Bopis. I wonder what's that -

This one I know though: beef caldereta. At home I remember there's only one aunt who can cook caldereta well. The one who owns a carenderia, lol...


Our sinigang... Operation Tangigi. Slurp!

This buko salad is obviously imported. The ice cream taste is very pinoy.

Cousin Vi took home the rest of the sinigang and I took care of the caldereta. I still have some leftover in my fridge right now. (Along with the rest of the food I can't consume duh) I'll go heat the bahaw.
Ebie and Arlene host Our Weekend Memoirs.

*********** Sunday Stealing: The Presuppose You're Living in New England Meme


Today we ripped this meme of a blogger known as Wayfarer at Wayfarer's Journal. Wayfarer doesn't explain if he wrote it or st…

The Dead Sea for a backyard

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October means work break for me. A plan to head down Khao Yai National Park is in conflict with a friend's timetable. I am forced to socialize elsewhere. These are what I saw and did at Camp Facebook:

1. "Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is little like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian." -Dennis Wholey

2. A few acquaintances want to troop down some videoke bar, but have no idea which bar. I suggested Bangkok Hilton. The staff there tolerates the indignity of my off-keyness.

3. “Cases of involuntary disappearances are usually filed under kidnapping, murder .... Our laws should recognize this distinction from other offenses,” emphasizes Miriam Santiago, a Philippine senator. She eats death threats for breakfast. I like her. Minus her breakfast.

4. It's raining men hallelujah! Seriously I hope the floods in the northeast stay there.

5. Yeah, yeah, I'm so getting it..., my reaction to "Getting your PhD?…

Turn to page 331

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"So that's how it looks like," I thought as I stared at a blurred image on Cambridge U's 800th anniversary portrait. The page shows a document stamped S E C R E T. I leafed through and tinkered with the text mode of my camera. But the real fun was just setting eyes on things for the first time. It makes up for not having been to any museum in awhile. Besides, I'm not sure how easy or difficult some of these things are to view from anywhere other than the book. This is what I meant on my T13 last week when I said, "into my lap a treasure fell..."

1. Extract from the annotated first edition of Principia Mathematica, 1686

2. Undergraduate record card of Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine


3. A 3D silicon nanostructure fabricated using chemical vapour deposition


4. In the pages of the Blue Boy Magazine, err... the Varsity
5. John Milton's manuscript of Lycidas

6. Ernest Rutherford's notes on the structure of the atom


7. The Chancellor's Medal, …

Spirit House

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As a Buddhist country, Thailand has plenty of beliefs and practices arising from Animism or Spirit Worship. A major feature of animistic practice is the spirit house. Its purpose is to provide dwelling for spirits or celestial beings on land. Thais believe that spirits are either good or evil and most expect respect from humans, like being informed if humans would want to start a business in a certain spot. If these spirits aren't, they can cause disastrous interference to any venture. (Reference: Chiangmai and Chiangrai)

A Thai spirit house can be seen in front of homes, hospitals, company buildings, everywhere. You can see it "on a pedestal in front of every hotel. It dresses the corner garden area of a restaurant ... at outdoor food markets. They are built on the grounds of Buddhist temples, outside caves in the mountains, near fishing ponds in the valleys, and occasionally in the middle of an otherwise uninhabited forest." (Source: Uniquely Thai)

This is a spirit hous…

Peace, people

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Musical Monday: She Bop, Cyndi Lauper Scroll down for Monday Mayhem

You are most probably aware of the controversy behind Cyndi Lauper's She Bop. Allusion, sticker, it's not like we don't know whatever. I hope you enjoy the beat at least. I do. Guess I always will.



Amanda @ Bloggin with Amanda hosts Musical Monday

Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop

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Monday Mayhem: The 6 best pieces of advice Scroll up for Musical Monday

1. Someone playing this meme has music playing on their site and it is disrupting what you have playing on your computer while you play this wonderful meme. What's your best advice to people who auto-play music on their site? Make the turn off button easily accessible and functional.

2. What is your best advice to someone thinking about getting married? It's only the beginning so good luck.

3. What's your best advice for someone wanting to purchase a new phone? Check out iPhone

4. What's your best advice to offer to the younger gener…

Furry and juicy

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Our Weekend Memoirs: Roadside Fruit Stand
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Tupi is called the fruit basket of South Cotabato. It was only four months ago though that I really paid attention to the many fruits that I take for granted when I'm home. MG3, a pineapple label, is something new to me.

The is the fruit stand in Kablon, a barangay near Dole, the pineapple giant. I bought loads of avocados. They're quite pricey in Bangkok. Whereas in SC 5 USD go a long way.


We made several stops on our way home from the airport. This watermelon stand is in Gensan.

Luckily, people at home are fruit eaters. It's no fun to eat alone.

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**************** Sunday Stealing: Another 50 Questions Meme, Part One (perhaps)

Today we ripped this meme of a blogger known as Nigel Vanstone at Away for a Bit. Nigel explains that he was tagged to do the meme, but does not credit the blogger. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing b…

Firft in Englifh, of ancient liberty

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My reading pile is still a pile - book reviews, press releases, SEO pieces, but TGIF! I'm putting them all aside to have a look back at my week. Which to be honest has been a bit bumpy as far as work is concerned. Thank goodness there's personal life to run to and where we have better control over the happiness meter. I took my own sweet time enjoying life's little pleasures --

1. Cousin weekend. Being an only child, the closest person I have to a sister is cousin Vi. Her young sons are well-behaved, loving, brainy and they call me Auntie :-) Meals and chatter with them are quadruple the fun. I love them even more for agreeing to stay at home while Vi and I went shopping at a night bazaar.

2. Camera. When a hesitant techno-ignoramus finally approaches features on a gadget, the result is fun galore. This is Milton's justification of the blank verse of Paradise Lost. The literary legend used f for s, a strange character for c and so on. I found it fascinating.

3. Silent be…