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28 February 2011

Listen to your heart, frog

Monday Mayhem follows

It's the final week of the love month. Here's Listen to your heart by the Swedish pop duo Roxette.



Amanda @ Bloggin with Amanda hosts Musical Monday


XmasDolly of XmasDolly, Lori of Shewbridges of Central Florida, Larry of Cakeblast, and Callie of JAmerican Spice host Monday's Music Moves Me

Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop

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Monday Mayhem: Viral Monday F***

Look how she tried. I never would have guessed it's something that hops. Poor baby.



Harriet hosts Monday Mayhem

24 February 2011

Desperado

"Sawadee krap!" the Eagles greeted Bangkokians Sunday night. Exuding cultural cognizance Tim Schmit spoke a whole sentence in Thai and the Impact Arena erupted. Woe is me. I've been in Thailand 13 years and I didn't even know what Tim said. Anyway I felt like I got back a decade younger being happy and thrilled at their performance. A trumpet played the intro to Hotel California. I never heard that before. These are 13 Eagles hits that I love:

1. Desperado
2. Seven bridges road
3. I can't tell you why
4. Take it to the limit
5. Life in the fast lane
6. Best of my love
7. Take it easy
8. Busy being fabulous
9. Love will keep us alive
10. In the city
11. Long road out of Eden
12. Lying eyes
13. New kid in town

Megan and Janet host Thursday 13

22 February 2011

Bangkokian on the rocks

Sunday morning, Elephant Island. The sun had a hard time coming out which was perfect for the skin of this visiting Bangkokian. It was her last day on the island. Very soon it was back to reality. Back to work, skyscrapers, crazy traffic. These quiet rocks and the general calm would help her recharge and face the capital again.


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21 February 2011

Best of my love

The Eagles went live in Bangkok last night. I swayed on my seat and let snippets of a recurring reverie harmonize with "...oh-oh-oh...sweet darling, you got the best of my love..." Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy Schmidt, and Joe Walsh thrilled deeply. My mind wandered around powerful concert lights flashing inside Impact Arena. It must have headed later towards one direction....

This video features the song on the band's 1974 album On The Border. I was then only learning Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Fast forward thirty-seven years, I relate well with the song. So does one beating heart faraway in the vast, cold blue. It's timelessness.



Amanda @ Bloggin with Amanda hosts Musical Monday


XmasDolly of XmasDolly, Lori of Shewbridges of Central Florida, Larry of Cakeblast, and Callie of JAmerican Spice host Monday's Music Moves Me
Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop

17 February 2011

It's not what it seems so don't wander

Lazaruz Vault by Tom Harper tells of knights and castles; a 12th century poem kept deep in a Scottish forest. The star character, a gradschool student lured by old world affluence, is wondering about what lies on the 6th floor of her employer's headquarters as much as I furrowed my brow over some words in the story. There could be more as I haven't touched chapters 20 - 53 yet. I make each vocabulary simple with just the obvious term of the definition and reminders intended to warn my mind against wandering off.

1. hauberk is a shirt not a partner in crime

2. bittern is a bird not a betel nut

3. fascia is tissue not a hue

4. vavasour is a tenant not a sour guava

5. breton is a horse not a variant spelling of briton

6. brigand is an outlaw not a brigadier

7. declension is an inflection not necessarily a decline

8. donjon is a keep not a dungeon

9. seneschal is a butler not Senegal in the 2000 FIFA World Cup

10. fewter is a holder not Harry Potter's cauldron

11. letch is a satyr not the grub in Lion King

12. tannoy is a loudspeaker not a tan alloy

13. proscenium is a wall not "Mr Van Helsing, your reputation precedes you."

Megan and Janet hosts Thursday 13.

14 February 2011

True love's kiss

Musical Monday: True love's kiss
Monday Mayhem follows

goodness gracious! my students are smooching in front of me. i have to turn my silly swivel chair towards the window where all i see are speeding cars on the expressway. scraping off some cynicism against february 14th... lol!

That's my latest FB shoutout. The ensuing conversation had been fun.

From a friend: i thought that only happens in the kg and primary level!
2 hours ago .
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Me: it's rather intense among undergrads. the guy happens to be the most goodlooking and smartest. and guess who did he kiss? the plainest, academically bottom girl in class. that's why i still believe in fairytales. THEY ARE HAPPENING LIVE BEFORE MY CRITICAL VISION lol!
2 hours ago ·
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Friend: fairytales are better in movies, u reckon? Of course films present stories better [that] than what we see around. If not corny, nakakainggit! (making me jealous!)
about an hour ago ·
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Me: the lecture room scene i witnessed hours ago could compete with the magic of disney portrayals. for the first time in my tattling career i was speechless. my sometimes machine gun mouth really had to stop at what's unfolding.
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Friend: oh...gracious prof! It's vd anyway.
about an hour ago ·
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Me: yeah but i didnt expect anything like that to happen. i must have gotten this cynical over the years whoa! lolxxx
about an hour ago ·

Before all this though I already decided which song to feature in my Valentine MM post. I separate fairy tales from my cynicism against real life love. The FB chat simply coincided with this earlier choice, and Facebook friends probably do not know that my belief in fairy tales extends to music like this. *smiles*



Amanda @ Bloggin with Amanda hosts Musical Monday


XmasDolly of XmasDolly, Lori of Shewbridges of Central Florida, Larry of Cakeblast, and Callie of JAmerican Spice host Monday's Music Moves Me


Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop

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Monday Mayhem: The Valentine Meme

In honor of Valentines Day, today's meme is all about the things that we love. For each prompt, name something you love.


1. Name a food that you love. chocolate-coated almonds

2. Name someone that you love. son CJ

3. What kinds of ice cream do you love? chocolate

4. What would you love to receive for Valentines day? roses

5. What meal would you just love to eat for dinner? guacamole, enchilada, cadillac margarita

6. What is something that you learned to love? playing the piano

7. Tell us something that we would love. Despite absences from Monday Mayhem and Musical Monday due to professional commitments, I plan to continue doing these memes whenever I can *color me a tinge of shy*

8. What is your definition of love? a harmony of brains and the heart

9. What is it that you love more than anything? travel

10. Name a Monday Meme that you love. this one today

11.Would you love to write a Monday Mayhem? I've always fancied it....


Harriet hosts Monday Mayhem

10 February 2011

As long as there is imagination


The second clinical impression on my son has just been forwarded to me. It is PDD (pervasive developmental disorder). Through the daze I decide to tackle it with optimism, and with as less drama as possible. In an effort to find something to kick start work on this challenge I find inspiration in the words of people who had learning difficulties and disabilities. From Tourette's syndrome to dyslexia, to OCD, to stuttering, they have been there, done that, got the T-shirt. I am going to get my T-shirt too.

1. Adversity leads us to think properly of our state, and so is most beneficial to us. Samuel Johnson

2. Courage is fear holding on a minute longer. George S. Patton

3. If you are going to go through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

4. Passion is the great slayer of adversity. Focus on strengths and what you enjoy. Charles Schwab

5. We think of children as vulnerable. In my experience, they’re giants. Their bodies and souls are amazingly resilient. What we often mistake for fragility is their openness…. Fred Epstein

6. Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul. Somerset Maugham

7. If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. Lewis Carroll

8. How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children. Charles Darwin

9. Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. Robert A. Heinlein

10. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein

11. Discontent is the first necessity of progress. Thomas Alva Edison

12. A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends. George Washington

13. Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world. Walt Disney

Megan and Janet host Thursday Thirteen
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