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24 December 2010

Technoperfect Christmas


Mommy Moments is where Moms muse about motherhood and show off their kids. Joys, worries, disappointments, hopes, challenges and successes are shared. Chris hosts this meme every Friday at The Mommy Journey.

With the way things are going for me I know I will not be celebrating Christmas normally. This year though I got a wonderful surprise. People at home did something they rarely do and I was ecstatic! Cj did not face the camera long enough but it was okay. A boy's got to go play I know, I know :)

"I am eating mani (peanut)," Cj stressed when I asked him what was he doing. He swayed his glossy hair muttering quietly 'Mommy, Mommy...' before he went out of the bedroom to play with cousins. My mother then took over the keyboard. Blimey! my 69-year old mother finally chatting with me online? Do I really get a rest now from expensive overseas calls? I hope Cj's computer gets a rest too from the dust or cobweb.

Technology does a perfect job of bringing us closer to loved ones. I appreciate it more than ever.

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21 December 2010

Christmas in Buddhist Land


December is when Thailand almost does not look like a Buddhist country especially in commercial areas. You just have to go out and see how business works with a Christian tradition.

This is a tree inside Central Mall, Bangna

Sky rail tracks on the right and Siam Paragon on the left. Christmas arches in the middle are abuzz with picture-taking.

Inside Siam Paragon. That star rubs shoulders with Emporio Armani.



All ready for the Countdown. Merry Christmas from Bangkok!


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20 December 2010

That time of year

Musical Monday: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, EHSS
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Right. Good-looking. Talented. Cute. And I'm supposed to believe life is fair? *Kidding* Take note of the final score - powerful thoracic diaphragms belting on. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.


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 Return of Lola's Holiday Meme


1. What is your favorite holiday show/animated show? I know there are so many out there, but my life is riddled with work right now. It also is no help that this country I am in does not recognize Christmas except for commercial purposes.

2. What holiday character do you think you're most like? -pass-

3. What holiday character does your spouse think you're most like? Spouseless me. Even if I had any most probably he'd be too frozen to think of this stuff this time

4. Favorite Christmas/holiday song? 'Although it's been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you!'

5. Most hated Christmas/holiday song? I may not like some but I don't hate any

6. If you have an all holiday music radio station when do you start listening to it? As soon as the music is available in the airwaves

7. If you have an all holiday music radio station do you love it or hate it? I would love to love it

8. Have you ever wrapped yourself as a Christmas/holiday present? Come on...you can tell!Nice idea... but DHL will probably not ship me

9. Who is Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer's father? No idea

10. Do you drive your neighborhood or one near you at night to look at other people's holiday decorations? If I had time I would do it

11. When you see a heavily decorated house do you think, 'oh that's lovely'? Or do you think, 'oh criminy, that looks like Christmas threw up all over their lawn'? I prefer the first reaction.

12. Are you counting the days to Christmas/Holidays with excited anticipation or dread? Anticipation if there were plans. I make no room for dread.

13. When was the last time you had your photo taken with Santa? Did you sit on his lap? I may try this kind of photo shoot one of these Christmases.

14. Do you make a Christmas/Holiday list for your spouse or significant other or do you rely on them to pick your gift(s) without a clue from you? I used to drop hints... until I gave up.

15. When do you put up your tree and/or menorah/and or anything else? Four Decembers ago I put up one and once about two weeks before Christmas. That tree was packaged to me from the other side of the world.

16. If tree- Real or fake? Real

17. When do you take your tree/decorations down? At home the week after New Year's day

18. Do you shop the day after Christmas sales? What do you shop for? After Christmas I am usually too lazy to shop

19. Is your work/office having a holiday party this year? Will you attend? Yes and no

20. Do you have your New Year's Eve Plans set yet? Not yet but the plan is taking shape

Harriet hosts Monday Mayhem

07 December 2010

Chili commerce

Mai sai prik na ka, (no chili, please) is what I always say when I buy a short-order meal. Sometimes the instruction is followed; sometimes I just have to sip ice cold Coke all the way. Chili is major in Thailand. Where fruit chunks are what you normally see on your blender, it is chili here. You have to watch what you sniff or look at if you pass by street food cooking or you sneeze and tear up as some aroma finds its way to your eyes and nostrils.

Biting red and dry, these quiet chilis are practically harmless... until they are stir frying in the wok. What could be next...

Ingredients beyond what makes up ketchup or mustard are on display too.
It is early Sunday market in Saraburi. This tent finally sets me in the mood for commerce.

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06 December 2010

Holiday rock

Musical Monday: Jingle Bell Rock, Charice
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It was Josh Groban I saw on similar Rockefeller Center events kicking off the Christmas season. It's great to see a fellow pinay taking the stage this year. And for the first time I really listened to Jingle Bell Rock. Maybe I need a lively beat to survive another Christmas alone. Not that going absolutely solo is new to me... lol .... Alright. Enough emote. Let's rock...



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 Holiday Reader Poll

Today our meme is based upon several reader's poll's including the current issue of InStyle Magazine.

1. Do you RSVP to all of your invites over the holidays? Yes, more so if the catering involves high costs

2. What's your best excuse for not attending a holiday function? 'Unable'

3. Have you ever had 'a little too much' of anything in front of your boss at a holiday celebration or done anything else that may come back at you to haunt you in the future? Just one and once, the boss asked me to sing impromptu. Knowing I could not sing and hoping he was drunk, I laughed it away.

4. How many cards do you send via 'snail mail' (regular mail)? none anymore

5. How many cards do you send via email? None. I greet family and friends via phone

6. What is your exercise routine during the holiday season? I hand wash clothes, move heavy furniture to dust them shiny and ready for the next party

7. What is your least favorite thing about the holiday season? When it's time to get back to reality

8. Tell us what is your regifting policy? Only if the receiver would appreciate the gift

9. Ever been the recipient of a re-gift? Not that I know of

10. What is your basic 'fat outfit' to wear after you have been sampling too much of the holiday festivities? Some thin, loose fabric. Always gives off the illusion I want to project

05 December 2010

Remains of the day

Sunday Stealing: The Dwight Twilley Meme
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Today we ripped this meme off not from a blogger but from a website that does (among other things) celebrity interviews. On Friday they asked 20 questions to recording artist Dwight Twilley. The site is called Pop Matters and you can read the original interview here. We enjoyed the questions so much that we decided to steal them! We only did very slight editing to make a couple of the questions more universal. We hope you enjoy latest our and greatest! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

1. The latest book or movie that made you cry? Miss Potter

2. The fictional character most like you? Tinker Bell. Or so my Ugly Duckling cousin believes

3. The greatest album, ever? My Single Life Album

4. Star Trek or Star Wars? Why? I don't know either of them

5. Your ideal brain food? Cashew nuts and raisins

6. Everyone is proud of a certain accomplishment, which one for you?? I'll leave this blank until the son I am raising single-handedly becomes self-sufficient, happy and successful

7. You want to be remembered for ...? Being a friend who keeps secrets safe

8. Let's talk about recording artists. Who do you find the most inspirational? Can't think of who really, but there are many whats, inspirational, their works are

9. The creative masterpiece you wish bore your signature? Da Vinci Code

10. Your hidden talents . . .? Inner strength against the bull**** of life

11. The best piece of advice you actually followed? Longfellow's 'behind the clouds the sun is shining'

12. The best thing you ever bought, stole, or borrowed? Lappy duh

13. What is the most comfortable clothes that you wear? Nightdress

14. Your dinner guest at the Ritz would be? My hero, and he/she hasn't come along yet

15. Time travel: where, when and why? Prince Edward Island, late 19th century. Anne Shirley of Green Gables must be fun to interact with

16. Stress management: hit man, spa vacation or Prozac? Sightseeing

17. Essential to life: coffee, vodka, cigarettes, chocolate, or . . .? Late night thrills

18. Environment of choice: city or country, and where on the map? Country in the tropics

19. What do you want to say to the leader of your country? We heard the talk. Now bring on the action.

20. Last but certainly not least, what are you working on, now? Getting into the hang of something I have difficulty getting started on

Bud Weiser hosts Sunday Stealing

CHEERS TO ALL US THIEVES!

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Our Weekend Memoirs: Remains of the day

We left the sunflower field with gold in our eyes. With a fresh gait we moved on and briefly explored a roadside vineyard.

Then we dropped by a private university where a faculty member (a cousin) read untraceable wherever she was. The campus is huge. We reckoned taking a turn around was best after deciding not to bother with details.

Our final stop was Farm Chockchai.

It was probably the first time for most of us to taste the farm's signature milk ice cream. Yummy yes and it did its job hydrating thirsty palates well.

God I so didn't want to return to Bangkok.

Ebie and Arlene
host Our Weekend Memoirs.

29 November 2010

Shopping gets in the way

Musical Monday & Monday's Music Moves Me: Words Get in the Way
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Something's whirling in my head. It made me stall in the middle of a wide space between university buildings yesterday. Thank goodness I am blogging as it helps me realize this insanity is hardly rocket science. Here's Gloria Estefan moving me, "there is so much I want to say but it's locked deep inside..."




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

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Monday Mayhem: Give us your shopping tips!
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, we want to hear your shopping tips for the situations below.

1. You mention to your neighbor, with the body odor, that you are heading out to the mall in the morning. Neighbor asks to go with. What do you say? Tell him/her that there's been a change of plans.

2. You go up and down every aisle in the parking lot until you finally scope out that perfect place. You patiently pull over to the side and put your signal on to wait for the person pulls out. Someone snags your spot before you can pull in. What do you do? Breathe deeply. Count 1-100. Let it go. I'm not growing wrinkles for low people like that.

3. You find that perfect sweater for grandpa and it's the last one in that size. Some lady with three screaming kids approaches you and asks for the sweater for her husband who is deployed in Iraq. What do you do? I will give it up for her. She's the one with screaming kids and a husband far away and in constant danger, not I. Grandpa will understand.

4. You found the perfect gift for your best friend and you notice that there are no less than 100 people in line in front of you. Unfortunately, you just drank 3 cups of coffee before you entered the store. What do you do? Find another perfect gift elsewhere.

5. You're within 10 people of the checkout after waiting in line for 40 minutes and the person in front of you lets three people in line- he was just saving the spot. What do you do? They better get ready for a howler.

6. You get to the check out and your card is declined. What do you do? Use cash, always carry enough cash.

7. Oops...you forgot to buy something for Aunt Edna. Do you regift the fruit cake George from next door gave you? Brace myself for a mouthful and let it pass thru the other ear. I'm a patient niece if Aunt Edna revises her will in my favor. Ops, kidding.

8. Are you planning on doing most of your shopping in the stores or online this year? If I haven't made this clear yet, well, I love shopping. But I'm doing something important right now. And if I don't get it done before Christmas, I'm not shopping at all.

Harriet hosts Monday Mayhem

27 November 2010

Into the gold

Sunday Stealing: The Baker's Meme
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Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Reymos at the blog My World is Getting Smaller Every Day. He states he got it from Carl Dorsey at Iron Cook: American. (and Carl stated it was written by Thomas Baker, thus today's title). 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!

Note: There were a bunch of rules and mandates that we were suppose to give but Bud lost them. Or hid them, either way it is his bad.

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. If you could interview anyone on your blog (alive or dead) who would you chose and why? Perhaps JA. I want to know what she thinks of the evolution of her fave subject

2. What do you feel is your strength as a blogger? answering memes (lol)

3. Can you share a little bit about yourself that you have not already mentioned on your blog? I am brainlessly managing a ballistic digital divide right now

4. If you were forced to change the name of your blog, what would you change it to? Why? Something that reflects what I want to keep blogging about

5. What do you think is the most fulfilling part of being a blogger? reading myself

6. What would you do with your last day if you found you had only one more day to live? Spend it with loved ones

7. You’ve been doing medical research for decades and have finally found a cure. What was it that you found a cure for and why did you choose this particular ailment? a cure for neurosis, a neurotic speaking

8. What is your most guilty pleasure? late night thrills

9. Answer only one. What is your favorite book, movie or TV show? too constricting duh

10. What do you think is the very best smell in the world? The one smell that can take you back to a time and place of a very vivid memory in your past? I forgot the name of that scent but once a well-dressed guy walked by me in a hotel lobby and the smell wafting was exactly the perfume a date wore some 17 years ago. I mentally whirled.

Bud Weiser hosts Sunday Stealing

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Our Weekend Memoirs: Sunflower Field


So the Pacman and Margarito match went down in history. That was all the signal we needed to get cracking towards the sunflower field in Saraburi. The sun was at its brightest.

Along the road we made a stop at a stand selling big sugar apples.

We were practically spilling out of the car like beans from a sack when we arrived. Tractors would take tourist to the middle of the field for 10 baht per head. Here the ohs, ahs, wows, and whoas were starting....

I have never been this happy and thrilled with nature in quite awhile!

Big Miss Sunshine

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL LIFE!


Ebie and Arlene
host Our Weekend Memoirs.

25 November 2010

So big

Mommy Moments is where Moms muse about motherhood and show off their kids.

Joys, worries, disappointments, hopes, challenges and successes are shared.

Chris hosts this meme every Friday at The Mommy Journey.


Today's theme got me debating if these punching bags would do.

Maybe HK skyscrapers would count. Three of the world's tallest buildings felt lofty across the horizon. So big too.

They dwarf me much like the way challenges of mommyhood do. But then life is bigger than all these biggies. And good too.

22 November 2010

Thanks and tricks

Musical Monday & Monday's Music Moves Me: Thanks to you - Tyler Collins
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T is for thanks, thanksgiving and Thanks to you. This video provides lyrics. I hope you enjoy this song of thanks.



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


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Monday Mayhem: PONDERISMS Part II

10· In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal. So, what is normal? Monday Mayhem

11· How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire? Anything could go up in smoke with carelessness

12· Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze these dangly things and drink whatever comes out'? Thought it was the calf

13· If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him? Dunno

14· Why does an OB-GYN leave the room when women get undressed if they are going to look up there anyway? 'Up there' is their business, not what else is covered

15· If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests? Testy

16· If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from? ask Johnson

17· Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup? Reading is spelled differently from slurping

18· Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster? Try it

19· Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle? Same as epoxy doesn't stick to the inside of the tube

20· Do you ever wonder why you gave someone your email address? No. I'm not unconscious of who I want to be in contact with.

Harriet @ Harriet and Friends hosts Monday Mayhem

21 November 2010

a la Randomness

Our Weekend Memoirs: Palenke de Saraburi
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Those sunflowers I posted on Tuesday's My World meme was a bit of a long, full Sunday I had with friends last weekend. I'm sharing snapshots on an installment basis as parts of the day held different descriptions.

We went out to explore Saraburi Market in the morning. It was windy and our hats were in danger of being blown off our heads. We wandered between stalls and found strings to fix the flying hat situation. There! 3 baht a piece and the hats stay put.

Manao taw rai ka?
(How much is the lemon?)This is our Pacman-Margarito breakfast. Munch, swallow, brace for the punches. Now if I could have the abs of those cheerleader trio I would be glad to skip this yumminess.
But I don't so I'll settle for a low pitch Philippine national anthem. I wonder who is she....
Pacquiao and Margarito are not roosters jabbing each other's guts out, but neither can I stand blood sport. It was quite a relief when the match was over.

Ebie and Arlene host Our Weekend Memoirs

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Sunday Stealing: Questions a la Randomness, A Meme


Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Kimmy from the blog The Smug Cloud. She doesn't state 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. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!


Cheers to all of us thieves!

What was the last thing you put in your mouth? cappuccino

How late did you stay up last night and why? a quarter past 12

If you could move somewhere else, would you? in a heart beat

Have you ever been kissed under fireworks? no

Do you believe ex’s can be friends? yes

When was the last time you cried really hard? duh... can't remember. I'm not a crying type

What items could you not go without during the day? water

Who was the last person you visited in the hospital? a cousin who gave birth

How do you feel about your life right now? saint-like (I just watched HP7, I)

If we were to look in your facebook inbox, what would we find? unread messages

Say you were given a drug test right now, would you pass? with flying colors

Has anyone ever called you perfect before? yes

Someone knocks on your window at 2:00 a.m.: who do you want it to be? pizza delivery

Do you think too much or too little? somewhere in between

Do you believe in fairy tales? of course

Have you ever licked the back of a CD to try to get it to work? no

What’s the largest age difference between yourself and someone you’ve dated? 3 years my junior

Have you ever been on a blind date? no

Do you have any friends that you’ve known for 10 years or more? yes

Have you ever had a crush on a teacher? no

What song do you want played at your funeral? Be Thou the Glorious Answer to All My Questionings

Would you tell your parents if you were gay? if it won't give them a heart attack I would

What would your last meal be before getting executed? you

Do you walk around the house naked? when I do I'll let you know

What do you do as soon as you walk in the house? whatever I fancy

Who is the person you can count on the most? at the end of the day - myself

What is your favorite Holiday? a blue sky holiday

Would you ever get plastic surgery? I'd rather spend the money on travel

Have you ever caught a fish? no

What is the first thing you notice about people? eye expression

What is the farthest you’ve been from home? 14 hours on an airbus

How did you meet your spouse or significant other (or most recent one)? thru my boss

Where was the last place you drove (other than home/school/work)? mall

Bud Weiser hosts Sunday Stealing
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