Friday, November 06, 2015

Live Another Day

Caption from Sharkteeth: "Don't go towards the light!"

As you might have noticed, I was exceptionally quiet last October. For the entire October, I only posted thrice, two of which were about my blog anniversary promo. Well, aside from my Instagram business picking up faster than I expected (thanks to a great stroke of luck on my part), my dear doggie got sick. And I can't stand it when a part of my family, human or not, is sick -- it paralyzes me with worry and makes me lose sleep, making me irritable and horrible to be with.

Two Mondays ago, I noticed a soft lump on dear doggy's right side, on the ribs, near the scapula. It was acute, as it wasn't there when I gave him a bath the Sunday before. I initially thought that it might just be a case of aural hematoma. He had it a year or two years ago, and with proper medication and wound care, he survived it. (My other dog didn't and died of it years back.)

Come Tuesday, the lump got bigger and I decided to bring him to the city vet, who prescribed high-dose vitamin C. Googling "high-dose vitamin C+dog+lump",  I learned that it is used for canine cancer.

I was crestfallen.

When Friday came, it seemed like the lump was much bigger and firmer. I brought him back to the vet, but she was blasé about it. I suggested excising the lump, but with TheDog's advanced age, she said that it's going to be risky. She told me to wait it out till the following week, and if the lump isn't getting smaller, I should have him X-ray-ed. But last Saturday, the lump was almost as big as my palm. Hard, yet with fluid at the bottom part near the chest. Add to that was his general lethargy, which at any other time I would have attributed to his old age, but that time, it just made his condition look darkly ominous. I sat beside him, and while I stroke his fur, he tenderly rested his paw on my thigh, and I all I could think of was, "Syeeeeetttt, nagpapaalam na yata sa akin ang bruho." That was it -- I couldn't wait anymore for Monday and brought him to a vet near our home. When we got there, he seemed to perk up and looked happier. He even had the strength, and guts, to bark at an English bulldog brought there for checkup. He was very taken with one of the crew holding him down during the examination, licking his hand and asking for tickles. Turned out the crew knows him because TheDog sometimes go near the clinic to loiter around and look for bitches in heat. After some blood tests, he was prescribed some antibiotics and corticosteroids.

His medications and vitamins are given thrice a day, and after I gave him his meds for the umpteenth time, he went to me, rested his chin on my thigh and wagged his tail, and I immediately recognized it as his sweet "thank you." *'re welcome, dear friend. So very welcome.*

When Monday came, the lump was already significantly smaller. By Wednesday, there was no more palpable lump and he seemed more upbeat. Everyone in the family is so happy, even TheDog's fierce nemesis, TheHusband. I'd hazard a guess that even TheHamster is happy, well, only because we'd have more time for her again.

Speaking of TheHamster, she sure is one lucky rodent! Sharkteeth cleaned TheHamster's cage and left her running around, not realizing that TheDog was inside the house. Good thing TheDog was sleeping; otherwise, we would have been burying a dead animal, and it won't be the one I was afraid we would.


I can safely say that he's out of the woods. I left the gate open when we left yesterday and here's what came bounding to me from the fields when I got back:

Who are you and what have to done to TheDog?!
He looked like a dugyot Dalmatian. He must have fought again with the village dogs. Either that or rolled inside a kiln. Tssskkk... Oh well, I'm just thankful his canine hedonism is back.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Christmas 2015 Preparation

Malapit na Pasko. Remember last year? Never again. So I'm preparing gifts na. Unahin ko na sa list si TheHusband.

He has a thing for Rayban shades. As in. Kaso naiwala nya yung isang pair nya, mind you, he lost the entire package: shades+case+fabric cleaner. *Ang swerte ng nakapulot!* That was years back, when he was still working in Parañaque.

What did I say earlier? That he has a thing for Rayban shades. So he bought another pair. Same design lang. Last year, during preparation for Halloween sa office, nabitawan nya sa isang table. The entire package uli: shades+case+fabric cleaner. Pagbalik nya, wala na. Obviously, may numakaw. Grrrrrr...freaking thieves.

Tangent thought: When I was working at the same company in Parañaque, I used to hide my bottle of Clinique Happy Heart sa loob ng spine ng binder. [It was a huge binder.] I love Happy Heart kasi I was using that scent around the time I gave birth to Sharkteeth. And the scent reminds me of the happiness her birth brought. Aba, may numakaw! Akalain nyo yun? Tagong-tago nakita pa rin. Freaking thieves! May isa pang "perfume story" sa office na iyon, but I'd rather not kwento it anymore kasi (1) it was soooooooooooo disgusting, (2) I know the victim, and (3) I have no way of verifying the truth.

Anyhoo, ang haba na ng tangent thought ko. :)

So malamang TheHusband will be getting a pair of Rayban shades this Christmas. It's alright -- he doesn't read my blog. May element of surprise pa rin. Hehehehe. I've been looking through Ray Ban Wayfarers at Zalora, 'cause last August, I purchased something from them and I was extremely pleased. Brief kwento: I received my payment from an online survey company, and I have a personal tradition of buying a little something whenever I finish a job with a particular company/client. It was so little lang naman. Like 15 dollars. Anyway, I bought a gold Ezra watch with pink nylon strap from Zalora. It was discounted at around 500 pesos or so. Sobrang cheap, right? So cheap that I wasn't expecting anything pretty. You can imagine my delight when it was delivered the next day. I was on my way to pick up Sharkteeth and nakasalubong ko lang yung courier. Eh wala akong EQ. Nasa trike pa lang, binuksan ko na yung parcel and I was so happy because it was so pretty. Pink! Gold! Sobrang tuwang-tuwa ako and I was smiling by myself. Tapos akala nung katapat ko sa trike eh siya nginingitian ko. Smile din sya sa akin. Hahahaha!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

TPS 10th Anniversary Contest Winners

The following joined my blog anniversary contest:

  • Ms Grey
  • Marichu
  • aggiedala
  • edelweiss_19
  • Rose
  • Onyxx
  • cheekeegirl
  • Sheryl Burwell
  • Amor
  • Dbrightspot/Leah
  • Ba-an
  • blahblahblogchef
  • MyleneL
  • Nheng_28
  • Antonette
  • Anonymous 1:14
  • Biker Chic
Thank you for joining!

And the winners are...[drumroll, please]

Marichu (The Little Prince)
Amor  (Cath Kidston)
Antonette (Mrs. Winterbottoms)
Congratulations! I've already sent you an email. Please confirm your address and I'll send your prize within the week!

UPDATE: Amor and Antonette, this week ko pa ma-send ang prizes nyo ha? Nagka-ubusan ng bubble wrap!

Special thank you to my FAVORITE DAUGHTER (hehehehe), Sharkteeth, for helping me pick the winners!

Friday, October 02, 2015

TPS Turned Ten!


Gosh!!! I forgot my blog anniversary yesterday!


I had to ship so many parcels yesterday kasi. (Nakalimutan ko pa yung isang buyer! Nakakahiya! So mortifying!)

Unfortunately, di pa rin ako nakakapag-decide kung ano ang prizes. Di bale, the contest will run throughout the whole of October. Siguro naman, by the weekend eh nakapag-decide na ako till October 17. [Inip na inip na kasi ako!] I've already decided on the prizes:

1. Butlers Mrs. Winterbottom's utensil caddy and vinegar dispenser and Royal Houseware sugar bowl

2. The Little Prince undated planner (this is my favorite), Secret Garden coloring book, and French-chic tin can for your stuff

3. Two Cath Kidston Stanley mugs (red spot and red buttons) and two red polka-dotted bowls

1. Leave a comment in THIS ENTRY with your specific username.
2. E-mail me your username, real name, address, and phone number (complete info, okay?*).
3. Only entries submitted until 11:59 pm of October 17, 2015 (PH time), will be included. 
4. Three winners will be drawn on October 18, 2015. I will post the names of the winners and contact them on the same day. Winners have until 11:59 pm of October 21, 2015, to contact me and confirm their data. If I don't hear from you, I will have another draw on October 22, 2015.

Hayan ha? Ang dali lang ng mechanics. Walang "follow me on FB, IG, Pinterest, Google, Blogger, etc." or take a selfie while doing cartwheels and singing "Your Lips Are Moving."

Sali na!

*I will delete the info from my email and literally burn the list after all the prizes have been sent.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: My "Career" As A "Concert Pianist"

One thing about me -- sobra akong ilusyonada. Marami akong feeling kong kayang gawin. Feeling lang. Feelingera nga kasi.

Back when I was in elementary, the school offered piano lessons for students. It was extracurricular and not covered by the tuition fee. But the tuition fee wasn't exactly cheap in the first place, so the piano lessons were out of the budget and out of the question. But I so wanted to learn. So much.

Nung mag-college ako, medyo nakaluwag-luwag ng konti, kinulit ko si Madear na i-finance ang piano lessons ko. Kakakulit ko, napapayag ko rin. So nag-enroll ako sa Conservatory of Music for four lessons. Parang "starter set" ba.

As I was walking to my very first ever piano lesson, with my piano for beginners book, I was full of optimism and was already imagining myself in the middle of the stage, playing the piano in front of an appreciative audience. Star na star ako in my daydream!

Pagdating ng piano teacher (he's a famous pianist and poet) sa piano room, he said, "Okay, show me what you know."
Uhhhhmmmm...I don't know any.
I did do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do.
I was NOT joking.
The professor was NOT smiling.
I think, in his mind, he was all, "Bwisit na registrar yun ah, sa akin pa ni-assign eto."
"O sige, practice-in mo yang pages XX-XX," he said.
I did.
Natapos ang isang oras.

Second lesson na...
"Did you practice?"
"I did, yes."
"Okay, let me hear it."
Fingers to the keys. Piano-ing like my life depended on it.
"Your rhythm is off. Here's the metronome. Gamitin mo."
I didn't even know how to.
"Maybe you should learn how to dance muna para matuto ka ng rhythm." 

DANCE?!!! RHYTHM?!!! DANCE?!!! DANCE?!!! If I have to learn how to dance in order to learn how to play the piano, then it's a lost cause.

Hindi na ako bumalik!

Kyeber na sa natitira kong two more lessons. There goes the concerto, the star, the diva in my mind.

Hindi nakakalimutan ni Madear 'yan. Makakalimutin na 'yun pero di nya ako nakakalimutang asarin sa aking failed "career" as a concert pianist. She's always quick to snark pag napag-uusapan ang piano or music in general, "Eh di ba pumasok ka sa Conservatory?" *Eyeroll*

At dahil dyan, favorite app ko ang Smule Magic Piano. Kasi feeling ko ang galing-galing kong pianist when I'm playing, especially my favorite, Handel's Messiah.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Kwentuhan Time: Anik-Aniks And Anniversary Contest

Hello! Hello! Hello! Buhay pa akez! Busy-busy-han lang.

The Instagram response to my Cath Kidston mugs has been overwhelming and I had pretty good sales last week. *Sana tuloy-tuloy!* I was so busy packing mugs last week that I'm sure the neighbors were annoyed already with the sound of packing tape being pulled and Styrofoam being cut. Maski ako ay ngilong-ngilo na. ***Marami pang available, bili na kayo!***

Uggghhh, two mugs from two different parcels got broken! That was after layers upon layers of corrugated cardboard+Styrofoam for one and bubblewrap+Styrofoam for the other. Walang sinasanto ang Abest or ang Cebu Pacific cargo or kung sino mang Poncio Pilato na naghahandle ng parcel. Ibabato kung ibabato, kahit na marked "FRAGILE"! Huhuhuhu. Hindi tuloy ako mapakali dun sa isang shipment going to Zamboanga -- hindi pa dumarating and I'm worrying that they might get broken. Ang dami pa naman nun. *crossing fingers*

I'm fairly new at Instagram selling, and I am INCREDULOUS (and of course thankful) at the trust people have on online sellers. I mean, they don't know me at all, yet they trust me enough with their orders. Sa Ebay kasi, you at least have some form of security that you will get your money back if you transacted to the letter. Sa IG and FB selling, walang ganung reassurance. Admittedly, I myself have bought from IG sellers as well, and I did put my trust on them blindly. One of the things I bought was sort of a dud, but it wasn't exactly a loss. I learned a lesson, didn't I? I'm just thankful na wala pa akong naka-transact na mandurugas. Huwag naman sana.


Sino hindi pa nakakarinig sa AlDub? Aba, kung hindi nyo pa narinig eh lumabas na kayo sa kuweba nyo!

I was initially dismissive of the the love team and I had to ask Derdo to explain it to me. Hindi ko kasi ma-grasp kung reality show ba yun or make-believe. Plus hindi naman ako nanonood ng TV. Eh minsan napanood ko sa YouTube yung AlDub day 1, aba, ramdam na ramdam ko ang kilig ni Maine, so pati ako kinilig din. Saka it doesn't hurt na cute si Alden and looks like a good boy. I still couldn't pinpoint kung ano ang charm nung show. Basta kilig. Ang hirap pang ipaliwanag kasi walang direct translation ang "kilig".


Eh heto pa, pinalabas ang Heneral Luna. Ang dami kong nababasa kesyo tigilan na daw ang mga pabebe at AlDub na yan at panoorin ang Heneral Luna, either implying or directly saying na huwag magpakabobo sa mga "shallow" shows na ganun. Ang tanong ko: Is it mutually exclusive? Pag ba nanood ka ng AlDub eh bobo ka na? And likewise, pag ba nanood ka ng Heneral Luna eh matalino ka na? Essentially, both shows are the same -- they are both propagandas. Can't we just watch those shows for what they are, entertainment? Sa dami ng problema ngayon, why begrudge others of joy, of kilig, albeit fleeting?


Come October 1, this blog will turn 10 years old! One decade sure flies fast! Dahil dyan, magpapa-contest ako!!! I'll announce kung ano ang prizes on October 1 na lang as well as the mechanics (don't worry, hindi nyo kelangang mag-tumbling or cartwheels!). Sure na may Cath Kidston mugs, Little Prince diary planner, etc. Hindi ko pa maisip kung ano ang ibang prizes at saka wala pa akong budget ngayon.

O sya, till then!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

For The Loverless

Onyxx posted this video in her Facebook page, and I suspect it was because of George, the very adorable cat perched on the the singer's guitar. Admittedly, I myself went to the YouTube page because of the cat, but I stayed because of the voice. Ayleen O'Hanlon is a singer from Melbourne, and she's an amazing songwriter as well, matching her hauntingly beautiful voice with soulful lyrics. Loverless is her debut single, and it's a beautiful song about finding ourselves in solitude: "I think it’s time we talked to ourselves a little more...And it’s time we held our own hands a little more. Our hands."


Out in the pouring rain
The bending trees
Salute the wind
Do they hear me singing

I’m calling out
To the ends
Of the earth
Do they see me dancing
I’m swaying side to side
Holding on to nothing
I am loverless
And light

Countless are the days
Of the year
The year gone by
And so time stands still

While the colours
And the lovers that I’ve known
Blend and spill
But they’ll wash out with the tide
While I’m

Swaying side to side
Holding on to nothing
I am loverless
And light

I think it’s time
We talked
To ourselves a little more

And it’s time
We held
Our own hands a little more
Our hands

I’m a strong believer
That the soul won’t defeat us
And the rain
It will clear up
For the loverless

Out in the pouring rain
The bending trees
Salute the wind

Because how can we share ourselves, our love, with another person if we haven't found or don't love ourselves first?

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ghost Month Extravaganza

Warning: A lot of whining up ahead.

Sabi ghost month daw from August 14 to September 12.

From Wikipedia:
As the ghosts and the suffering spirits will come out from the hell to visit their homes during the 7th lunar month (the ghost month), many things should be avoided during this month including the ghost day.
1. Don't stroll at night. Guilty.
2. Don't swim. It is said that drowned evil ghosts might try to drown people in order to find victims for them to rebirth. Guilty. Thankfully, hindi kami nalunod.
3. As the month is considered to be inauspicious, don't move to a new house, start new businesses or marry.
4. Don't hang clothes outside at night. Guilty.
5. Do not pick up coins or money found on the street and if one does, never bring any home.
6. Do not step on or kick the offerings by the roadside. If one were to step on any offerings by accident, he or she should apologize aloud to ameliorate the situation.
7. Do not wear red because ghosts are attracted to red. Guilty.
8. Don't sing and whistle as these may attract ghosts. Guilty. Kahit hindi ghost month, pag kumanta ako, maglalabasan talaga lahat ng multo.
9. Keep away from the walls as it is believed that ghosts like sticking to walls.
10. If someone is born during the ghost month, avoid celebrating birthday at night. It's better to celebrate during the daytime. Guilty

 Kyeber lang. Hindi naman ako superstitious. 

Episode 1: After we came back from Manila, sunod-sunod kaming nagkasakit. First, TheHusband. Next, Sharkteeth. Grand finalé, yours truly. To think fully vaccinated ang entire Team KoKo against the flu, well, except TheDog.

Kyeber lang talaga. Hindi ako superstitious. 
Episode 2: Three joybidders and three complete a**hole buyers in Ebay. I was supremely peeved. Ikukwento ko na lang ito in another post solely devoted to my (good and bad) Ebay experiences.
Hmmmm...not so kyeber anymore...could it be true?

Episode 3: My freelance client is cutting outsourcing by half. It took me by surprise and I was so shaken -- to the core. You might think I'm being overly dramatic (again!), but you have to consider that they pay well and are very consistent in sending me work and that I have a very good relationship with my production editor/contact. In short, mahirap humanap ng ganyan na client. The client emailed me minutes later, saying I won't be affected by the cut. Which didn't comfort me much. For me, it's a cold reminder that all this work is fleeting. All the world is fleeting, if I might add. Boom! Anyare? A simple email brought out not only pragmatic concerns but philosophical as well, and I don't like thinking philosophical (and existential) thoughts -- they make me sad and I was downtrodden for days.
Teka lang ha...parang naniniwala na talaga ako sa ghost month eklavu na yan.

Episode 4: When the weekend came, TheHusband got ill, and upon checkup, he was admitted due to dehydration. His stomach was cramping so much and his temperature very high. We all slept in the hospital, which was not comfortable at all and I woke up all sore. Thankfully, he was discharged last Tuesday.
*Kapit lang, TPS.* Teka, teka, teka, si TheHusband ang may sakit, yet ako pa ang mas emote. Hehehe. Me, me, me, me, me. *Glad you're well na, TheHusband!*

Episode 5: But no, it ain't over till it's over. On the morning of our last day in the hospital, I briefly went home to get Sharkteeth's stuff for school, and on my way back, TheHusband and Sharkteeth called me, saying that S's schoolbag got wet. I was wondering why they had to call me for that and I snappishly replied, "Eh di ilipat nyo ang gamit sa ibang bag." Well, pagdating ko sa hospital room, I understood. The entire room was flooded with ~1 inch of water. S was under the shower for about 30 minutes and the water overflowed. *Anak!!! Hindi eto hotel! Not exactly the time or place for luxurious baths!!!* Basa ang bags! Basa ang chargers! Basa ang laptop! Basa ang shoes! Basa lahat! *I think you need more training, my dear Katara. Water-bending skills aren't learned overnight.*

May isa pang particularly bad na pangyayari, but it's not my story to tell. Needless to say, I was saddened by it immensely. Haaaaay. Saturday, you can't come fast enough. Pagod na pagod na ako.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: Oink, Oink, Oink

From Jumanji. Thank you!

As I've mentioned many times in the past, I grew up in a farm -- you know, with cows, pigs, rabbits, chickens, numerous dogs, a cat that kept on returning to our house despite my parents' best efforts to get rid of it. My parents used to raise pigs for slaughter. What a tragic life for those pigs, right? Well, those pigs supported my education. *Hats off to you, dear piggies.*

Anyway, at the close of the high school freshman year, I got chicken pox. It was awful, not only because of the terrible, terrible itchiness and scars it brought, but also because I transmitted it to everybody in the family. By the time I got well, Madear and Fadear were in their heights (or depths?) of the illness and had severe rashes all over, so I was tasked to care for the dear piggies. If memory serves, there were ten -- five on each pen.

They were a cute, yet very rowdy lot. Come feeding time, nag-uunahan sila sa food. Mga dayukyok. I bathe them after feeding, and one time, while showering them using a water hose, I turned my back to them and next thing I knew, my shorts were down the floor. WHAT. THE. EFF? Apparently, one of the darn pigs bit and pulled my shorts down. I SWEAR, each and every one of those pigs were LAUGHING at me.

Here's my final word on the matter: Ang sarap ng bacon!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Cooking and Sewing With TPS: Filipiniana

Last Friday, Sharkteeth's school held the culmination activity for the Buwan ng Wika. From what I remember, it was only Linggo ng Wika before, but now, it's apparently a month-long affair that is combined with other Filipiniana activities.

Ang tagal ko nang tinatanong si S if she needs a Filipiniana costume, and wala naman daw sinasabi. Come Wednesday, "Mymy, I have bad news. We need a Filipiniana costume." Arrrggghh. "And Pinoy-themed food," she added. Arrrggghh. Arrrggghh. Kasalanan ko rin naman. Ever since she started school, lagi namang kailangan ng costume. Di ko na dapat hinintay pang i-announce. I initially thought of just buying a costume from the mall, but aside from the flimsy material and very common designs available, it's a bit expensive as well. An expense that is not only out of the budget but is also going to waste after the activity. Mag-re-rent sana ako sa Noelle West (a gown rental  boutique here in Visayas), but the remaining dresses are in black (di feel ni S ang color), green (same reason), or black and yellow (di ko feel ang color -- bubuyog ang peg?!). Idagdag pa ang Pinoy-themed food. I suggested we just purchase from Red Ribbon or Goldilocks, but S insisted I make pastillas. "But my classmates LOOOOOVVVEEED the pastillas you made last year." So I made pastillas. *Uto-uto* Hay, puro gastos. So I did what I'm good at -- improvise. I have a two-meter-long bolt of eyelet lace over sheer fabric that I was supposed to make into Roman blinds plus another cream fabric lying in my stash and turned them into this:

Not too shabby, right? I'd even dare and say that I did a good job sewing her Filipiniana dress. And I'm glad I did because nobody had a similar dress -- especially since S doesn't like having an outfit similar with others'.

Well done, me! *Hehehe, purihin na ang sarili. False humility what?!* 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sharkteeth's Birthday Celebrations

She turned twelve this year. Twelve. I can't believe it. I can still remember how she looked when I first saw her -- a tiny sleeping bundle with a full mop of hair. I was incredulous. I mean, aren't newborns supposed to be bald? Or at least wispy hairs? Well, not this one.

I remember falling asleep on the couch with her on my chest. She was a generally happy baby.

And now she's growing up fast. Too fast, if you ask me. She grew two inches over the summer break. Hay.

Anyway, off to the celebrations.

Yes, celebrationS. *Comatose na naman wallet ko*

The first was with her lolo and lola and the rest of the family. Mawawala ba ang spaghetti, hotdogs, and ice cream for the kids? Syempre hindi! Our closest relatives were there. Her favorite cousins were there. Her young friends were there, and despite the short notice, they came bearing gifts. Dresses, headbands, shirts, candies, cologne -- S was tickled pink! My aunt brought cakes (for me and for S). Fadear cooked my favorite sinampalukang manok. Ang saya-saya!

When we got back to Dumaguete, I asked S if she wanted to treat her friends to pizza and movies or I can just give her money so she can buy more books. I was expecting she'd choose the latter, given her LOVE for books, so I was quite surprised when she chose the former, saying that her friends will be so happy if they go to the movies together. On the day of her birthday, she also brought snacks for the entire class and was so pleased because her classmates made her so many cards and sang Happy Birthday for her. We also had a dinner at her favorite café.

Now let's move to the all-exciting pizza and movie treat. TheHusband and I chaperoned the kids, seven kids in all. It went swimmingly at first. We ate lunch at Shakey's. The kids, being kids, were so makukulit and maingay! I was pretty sure the blue-eyed French lady at the next table was on the brink of yelling at the kids. When we were leaving, I apologized for all the noise, but she was cool about it. A teacher, as it turned out. Bless her heart. TheHusband got the tickets and chips and off we went to the cinema, where we watched Mission Impossible 5. The kids loved Benjie! We weren't able to watch it from the start, so after the screening, I told TheHusband to just stay and watch the start while I bring the kids to World of Fun. It was quite hard to keep track of all six kids (one went home after the movies), but I just stationed myself near the two doors so I can see if someone leaves.

Two of the boys asked me to bring them to Globe where their parents were waiting, but when we got there, the parents weren't there yet. We went back and asked S to pack it up and told them we were getting ice cream. She came back to me, saying that one, J1, was missing. *Bumagsak ang puso ko* I immediately called TheHusband and then I asked the counter girl to look over the CCTV videos. took us a bit before being shown to the CCTV room. She rang a sale first and the guy who was supposed to assist us had to set up something first. Meanwhile, aatakihin na yata ako sa nerbyos. I brought the two boys inside the CCTV room to look over the videos.

J2: "Dude, my mom's never going to let me join any party again. Ever."
C: "Right, dude? Never again."

*Mga dudes, hanapin nyo si J1 sa video, please.*

And they did, those two dudes did. Apparently, after S went back to me saying they couldn't find J1 and I went inside to go to the counter, J1 wasn't really missing at that point and nakasalubong ko pa, albeit I was looking at the other direction. The thing is, J1 left the play area, turned left, with no indication where she was going. In my mind, I was thankful that at least she wasn't kidnapped. I was all too ready to accuse a seedy-looking guy who had been looking intently at me as I was pacing outside the CCTV room. I belatedly realized that maybe he was looking intently at me because I looked like a raving lunatic and he was keeping an eye on me in case I suddenly attack him.

After the TheHusband came back from searching around the mall, I asked him to stay with the kids, lest we lose another one. I went to all exits and informed the guards and went to the mall's customer service to have her paged. It was a tad irritating because they wouldn't page her unless I give the surname, which I didn't know. I know it might become confusing if were many girls by that name who'd come to the customer service, but I asked that she give my daughter's full name as the one paging her. Ayaw pa rin. Jusko, may nawawala nang bata, protocol pa rin ang problema nila? It was useless arguing with their impertinence so I just left and looked around again.

Grabe, inikot ko ang buong mall! Ikot, ikot, ikot. On my way back to the group, I saw J1, watching ironed-on T-shirts being made. Coolly, calmly, not feeling nawawala at all. Good Lord. Sa totoo lang, gusto ko syang batukan. Kaya lang hindi ko anak eh. And I was just so relieved to find her. When I asked her why she left, "I don't know." Yun lang ang sagot nya sa mga tanong ko, "I don't know." Bwiset. It was as if she was oblivious to all the brouhaha she caused. Naiyak kaya si S kaka-worry sa kanya. No ice cream for her! When their driver picked her up, I told him she left the group and we thought she was lost, but he was only laughing. I related the story to one of the parents when she picked up C (dude 2), and she said, "Ay, ganyan talaga si J1. Bigla-bigla na lang kung saan-saan pumupunta." Goodness. Never again will I invite her. Aatakihin ako sa puso dahil sa kanya. A few weeks before her birthday, S got lost in the very same mall. I didn't even worry much because I know S, unless under some sort of duress, God forbid, will do the right thing, and true enough, after a few minutes, we were being paged to the customer service, where S proceeded when she couldn't find us.

So there. Alam nyo na kung bakit exciting ang celebration ni S. Alam nyo na kung bakit hindi na invited si J1 next time. And according to S, "No wonder she's very good in hide and seek."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The World According To Madear

This is the continuation of The World According to Madear that I posted last year. I remembered a number of other stuff and added them here.

"Huwag kang magtatahi ng damit habang suot mo. Pag nagka-anak ka, walang butas ang puwet."
Oh-kay! Let's overlook the short-term problems of poking myself with a needle and focus on the distant future. Thank goodness Sharkteeth has a perfectly working butt hole. 

"Huwag kang kumanta habang nagluluto, hindi ka magkaka-asawa."
Always defiant, I deliberately reserved my singing for the few times I cooked when I was young. In my mid-twenties, boyfriend-less, there would be moments when I'd quietly ask myself, "Could it be true? Nah... But..." 

"Huwag kang mag-aalaga ng cactus, hindi ka magkaka-asawa."
No, hindi ako nag-alaga ng cactus dati. Not out of fear na hindi mag-asawa, more like, "Gosh, nakapagpatubo ako ng peanuts, orchids, roses, daisies, dahlias, etc. Walang challenge magtanim ng cactus." Naisip ko, parang takot na takot ang magulang kong hindi ako mag-asawa.

"Nakasimangot ka dyan. Baka mahipan ka ng hangin, hindi na babalik yan."
Mother, natural resting bitchface lang talaga ako. Don't blame me, blame genetics. Ehem.

"Huwag kang maliligo or magbabasà sa gabi para di ka mapasma."
For years, hindi ako naliligo sa gabi. One stinky childhood. Lately ko na lang na-realize na baka naman ang totoong reason eh until I was 10, wala kaming indoor plumbing and we had get our water from a manual water pump. Well played, Madear, well played.

Monday, August 24, 2015


Minsang breakfast ni Sharkteeth (before school), I was browsing Solenn's Instagram...
Me:  I'm such a fan of Solenn.
Sharkteeth: Why?
Me: Well, she's beautiful and very confident.
Sharkteeth: What else?
Me: She's very talented. [I showed her Solenn's paintings.]
Sharkteeth: Now, I too am a fan. 
Me: She has a very handsome fiancé.
Sharkteeth: But you have Deden. 

You have to agree, she KNOWS which side of the bread to butter. :)

Minsan sa mall, after eating...
Me: Can we browse in the department store a bit?
Sharkteeth: Sure. C'mon, you can choose a gift for your birthday.
Me: Well, in that case, let's go to the second floor where the jewelry shops are.
Sharkteeth: Oh, no, we're just going to the clearance aisle. 

So, you know now that I'm not the side of the bread that is buttered.

Again, usapang birthday...

Sharkteeth: What do you want for your birthday?
Me: Not much. Just a clean and organized house. Maybe you and Deden can...
Sharkteeth: I said a birthday gift, not a MIRACLE.

Am I asking for too much? Am I?
Related note: May bago kaming helper. She's very masipag, may utak, may kusa, hindi chatty. I love her. I did get my birthday wish, after all. Huwag sanang mausog.

Overheard, after kong utusan si Sharkteeth for the n-th time that day...
Sharkteeth: [mimicking a Nat Geo voice-over] The Samosaurus will surely face the brink of death and extinction because of the never-ending orders from the growling and terrifying Bossy Rex.

Am I terrifying? Am I? I'm such a Care Bear kaya...with fangs.


S and I were chatting yesterday and she said that everybody's spoiling her with gifts. *Thank you all for the kind gifts and greetings. So grateful.* I said, "I hope it won't turn you SELFISH."

Upon hearing the word selfish, hayun na. Lumabas ang lahat ng hugot.

Eto ang soliloquy...

"You know, when I don't lend my iPad to J, he calls me 'selfish'. He once told me, 'I haven't done anything bad to you, why are you treating me this way?' And I said, 'EXCUUUUSSSEE ME, I have a list of all the things you did to me!' [may matching nanlilisik na mata] And he replied, 'Let's not talk about the past. Forgive and forget.' But I can't forget. It's all in here [points to her head]."

Hays, there are times when I look at her, seeking a reflection of myself and don't find any. At all. Yet there are times when hints of little habits and mannerisms, and unfortunately bad ugali that I vainly try to hide from her (like being vindictive and unforgiving), faintly manifest, reminding me that she is her mother's daughter. We're both works in progress.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

TPS Does Drama Queen

Every time we get back from Manila, may baon kami pagbalik. Sakit, that is! TheHusband was the index case sa House KoKo. Medyo masama ang tama kay TheHusband, kasi, aba, um-absent ang lolo! Hindi naman yun nag-a-absent unless may trip kami. Even after he got better, he was a bit lethargic.

Then Sharkteeth. Minsan tumawag sa akin ang secretary sa school. Nasa clinic daw si S, nilalagnat. Juskopo. But when I got there, she was feeling better na daw. Nakahinga ako ng maluwag. Nakuha pang magpunta ng National Bookstore at bumili ng libro. But come Saturday and Sunday, all-out trifecta na: cough, cold, and fever. Naturally low ang temperature ni S, and even without taking her temperature, I know when she has fever. Others get feverish at 37.5°C, siya, 36°C lang, lagnat na. Thank goodness she got better by Monday.

Then yours truly. Ang yabang ko pa. I said, "ako lang ang hindi tinamaan ah!" Hubris. Come Wednesday afternoon, I kept on sneezing na. Not the allergic rhinitis type of sneeze. Tapos ang sakit na ng throat ko.

Hindi pwedeng magkasakit!

Paracetamol, check!
ConzACE, check!
Green tea, check!
Turmeric tea, check!
Lemon water, check!
Pineapple juice, check!

Tapos hirap na hirap akong makatulog. Nakakatulog naman ako ng maaga, but I'd wake up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back to sleep. You must know by now that sleeping and my relationship with my bed are things I hold most sacred. So, grumpy akong maghapon. Come Thursday, ang dami kong deliverables -- editing files and IG sales alike. Had to refund somebody and with my old Nokia phone out of commission (where my BPI app is), I had no choice but to go to the bank. I tried so many times depositing the money in the automated deposit machine, but it just won't accept the cash. Akala ko problem sa account. I had to return in the afternoon. Pagbalik ko with new bank details, ganun pa rin. Apparently, ayaw ng machine ng crisp bills. Kailangan medyo luma. *Eyeroll* Grabe, pagod na pagod ako.

I spent Friday and Saturday lying on bed, watching films and shows, feeling sorry for myself. Sorry, drama queen lang ang peg. Pero ang dami kong napanood na films -- Little Boy, About Time, Mamma Mia, Game of Thrones, Friends, etc. So it wasn't so bad after all, kasi I rarely get to relax. Heto, Sunday morning na, and I'm feeling better, pero like what happened to TheHusband, lethargic pa rin. At least, may panglasa na ako. I made some egg drop soup earlier and I can taste it again. Unlike last night when TheHusband got me a bowl of lomi and wala talagang lasa.

Feeling ko kasalanan eto ng flu shot ko eh. I felt something off with that shot kasi I don't usually get a fever sa flu shots, but this time, not only was the shot very painful, but I got low-grade fever and swollen lymph nodes as well. Tsk, tsk, tsk. I just hope to feel better soon.

Monday, August 17, 2015

TPS Kitchen: Raisin Scones

Seeing all these women collecting teacups and saucers made me hanker for some scones. I don't know where to get some decent ones here so I just made them myself. I used Ina Garten's recipe, with some modifications. I think my modifications led to a cakey scone rather than a flaky one.

    2 cups flour
    1 tbsp sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
    1 tbsp baking powder
    1 tsp salt
    half a bar of butter, frozen and grated (using a frozen grater)
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1/2 cup cold sour cream
    1/2 cup raisins
    1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons milk or water, for egg wash
    Makes ~20 two-inch-diameter scones

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Ina recommended using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, which I don't have. I just used my rubber spatula. Pwede naman, nakakapagod nga lang. Blend in the cold butter. Combine the eggs and sour cream and add to the flour/butter mixture. Combine until just blended.

2. Add the raisins.

3. Place the dough onto a floured surface. Flour your hands and the rolling pin and roll the dough out to 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick. Cut into circles with a cookie cutter.

4. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the scones with the egg wash and sprinkle with sugar.

5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the outsides are crisp and the insides are done.

*Nigel! Bring me my tea! And some clotted cream and jam.*

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Vintage Love: Gucci Top Handle Bag

I think it was in the early to mid-nineties when my mom clipped a Gucci ad of a top handle bag and showed it to me. It was very lovely -- from the rich and warm caramel brown tone of the leather to the impeccable craftsmanship. It was also very, very, very, and if I might add, VERY EXPENSIVE. How she wanted to buy it for me, or at the very least, I get to buy it for myself. But much as I love bags, when you spend so much time thinking long and hard when considering buying, say, an Esprit bag, Gucci bags, or any other luxurious bags, are definitely out of the question. 

So years passed. I kept that clipping in my stash. For years.

Then we moved here in Dumaguete in 2011. One day, I took one last look at the old Gucci ad and threw it away, along with my other clippings and stuff.

Then November 2011 came. I visited a popular flea market here, Aly Mae. And there, among other bags, standing out from the rest, is the Gucci bag I coveted. Complete with the shoulder strap and the hangtag, but in black. The lining was sticky because of the paint, but nothing I can't repair. When I asked the tindera for the price, I thought she'd quote something close to a thousand, and I was prepared to get it, if only for my mom to know that I, we, finally have the bag, but she gave it for THIRTY PESOS! I very nearly fainted. I paid immediately, lest the tindera changes her mind. 

See? Dreams DO come true.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Victorious Manila Trip August 2015

It was Sharkteeth's birthday a couple of days ago. We flew to Manila for an advanced celebration  with relatives. Our flight to Manila was a bit delayed. What's new? When we reached T3, the traffic near the airport wasn't moving. At all. So ang Team KoKo naglakad. Then we rode a trike going to EDSA. Buti na lang I shipped most of our stuff ahead and didn't have to carry much. Grabe lang ang traffic. We wanted to go to Makati but cabs didn't want to go there. Unfortunately, hindi updated ang Uber app ko and I couldn't book a trip. :( Parang maiiyak na kami ni Sam because of frustration. Eventually, we got a bus and reached Makati past nine. We had dinner in Glorietta and I briefly went to SM to pay my respects. Hehehehe. Ang ganda na ng SM Makati. Dati it was looking almost dingy na, being near the MRT station. Ngayon shala na. I felt out of place. You know naman, moi is a card-carrying member of hoi polloi.

It was almost 2 am when we got to my parents' house. Pagoda Cold Wave Lotion! 

The next morning, I went with my college friends-roommates to Pampanga to visit our other friend. *Hindi naman sya masyadong prepared.* Parang fiesta lang -- jambalaya rice (super sarap), salmon (favorite ko!), babyback ribs, mashed potatoes, etc. Grabe sa kabusugan. I wanted to buy some spaghetti sauce and pasta, so we went to S&R. It was my first time there. Parang may seraphims and cherubims na kumanta ng Handel's Messiah. *Aaaaaa-lleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleeeeeluuuuia!* Nalula ako. Spaghetti sauce and pasta lang dapat bibilhin ko, pero nadagdagan ng white coffee, stuffed toy, chocolates, marble cakes, chips, etc. Nagpigil lang akong bumili ng mga EOS lip balm packs. They have so many flavors. Napakarami naming nabili, punong-puno ang trunk. Hahahaha! Para kaming mamumundok.

Next day was Sharkteeth's celebration with her lolo and lola, and our other close relatives as well. I'll post about her celebrations (yes, plural, jusko, luhaan ang bulsa ko) next time.

Come Monday, we left for Manila na. It was TheHusband's annual checkup and he went ahead of us. On our way to GoHotel, we went to Derdo's home to drop off something. I have her address but it was my first time to go there. By then, updated na Uber app ko and was able to successfully book a trip. Sharkteeth was quite alert and immediately saw Derdo's house number. Success! Walang kahirap-hirap on our part kasi we just booked again the same Uber car and he brought us to GoHotel.

Eto ang eksena sa GoHotel.

S is obsessed with vendo machines. She wants to go to Japan, where there are vendo machines that dispense plushies. 

After TheHusband finished his executive checkup, we went to Glorietta and Landmark. Tamang-tama, sale ang Landmark. Yung mga pillowcases na ~100 each dito sa Dumags, 70 each lang sa kanila. I bought four blue+white ones with illustrations of birds. They turned out to be part of Laura Ashley's 2015 spring-summer line. Sayang walang matching na bedsheets. Pagbalik namin ng Dumags, I just bought a flat sheet with the same blue shade. #ImprovisationQueen :)

From Laura Ashley
Finally, nakakain na ako ng cheesecake sa Kumori! I bought both chocolate and cheese variants. Sharkteeth didn't like it. TheHusband took a bite but I didn't offer him any more bites. #Shellfish  Hehehehe. Ang sarap kasi. Mapapatirik ang mata mo sa sarap. If you haven't tried it yet, try nyo na. As in ngayon din. Then send me a box, 'kay? Hahahahaha!

Later in the evening, I met with Diane sa Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. Absent si Leah. *Ako lang ang perfect attendance, ha?!* Sandamakmak na kwentuhan na naman. *Shhhhh...password protected* Ayokong mademanda, makulong, or ma-salvage. Basta our kwentuhan ranged from bloggers worse b*tches than us (ang pait, teh, hahahaha!) to politicians and public "servants". Hays, kulang ang kwentuhan, kasi our flight next day was so early.

Of course, takot na kaming maiwan ng plane. Alas-kuatro pa lang gising na kami.

We got to the airport with one and a half hours to spare.
Meron kaming baggage allocation.
Hindi kami naiwan ng plane.
Tama ang destination.
I call it a family victory.

Go Team KoKo!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fountain Of Youth

Fair warning to vegetarians: Close the browser and visit another time. Maybe then we can be friends again. For the meantime, this post is for meatatarians.

Sorry, hindi maganda pagka-picture ko. Gutom na eh.

Ginaya ko lang kay Neri Naig yan. Madali lang lutuin. Oooopps. Wait. Madali as in easy, not quick. Mabuti nang klaruhin. Baka mamaya eh may uuwi na gutom na gutom and think na mabilis lang eto maluto. No.

Soooo...I modified Neri's recipe a bit. Instead of marinating the baby-back ribs for an hour in olive oil, salt, pepper, I prepared it in the morning and kept it in the ref for ~7 hours. I also added paprika and chili flakes. I baked it in low heat for ~2 hours then in high heat for ~15 minutes to properly crisp the skin.

It was very TENDER and JUICY and so FLAVORFUL. *Yes, kailangang all-caps.*

Isang bandehadong rice pa nga!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Name Wreath By KT

This is a sample of Kessa's art.
I didn't use Sharkteeth's because it has her name.

If there is anything I truly envy, it is talent -- whether in performing arts, painting, design, body contortion, etc. Anybody can buy the latest gadget, shoes, bags, cars, and what-have-yous, but it takes someone truly talented to make something beautiful. Last weekend, an IG user posted a beautiful wreath of flowers with her name in it. I followed the e-trail, which led me to @ktnielsen24. KT, or more popularly known as Kessa, an artist, makes them and gives them away to very lucky winners. She usually holds the contest during weekends and sends you the *.jpg file after. I requested for Sharkteeth's name and it was stunning. I'm beyond happy with it and so thankful with Kessa's graciousness. And she truly is gracious. Other contest holders will make you jump through hoops for a chance to win, but Kessa just asks you to comment the name you want in the wreath. She doesn't even ask you to follow her IG. I don't think the word contest is even appropriate. :) This isn't a paid post or an ex-deal. I'm just so happy with it and thought you might want to have yours too. Head over to her IG and wait for her next contest. She accepts commissioned work if you want something unique and personal. You can contact her through her Instagram or through Viber (09175778432).

Friday, July 24, 2015

Yellow Fingers

I noticed an increasing number of people planting cacti. I was rolling my eyes, muttering to myself, "Hello!!! Cactus?! Eh super-daling alagaan yun. Saka sabi ng mommy pag nag-alaga daw ng cactus TATANDANG-DALAGA." *I know, right?*  Fast forward last weekend, may isang ale na nagbebenta ng stargazers and cacti sa sidewalk. The stargazers were so expensive, PHP650 for a flowering plant. The cacti were being sold for fifty pesos. Long story short: nakiuso ang lolah nyo. 

Yesterday, the first flower opened. I'm calling it Pinky. Well, the plant looks like it has five fingers, hence the name.

This morning, three flowers opened: Thumb, Ring, and Pinky, and the last seemed to be in a foul mood and closed its petals.

Thumb, meanwhile, is fully opened. So gorgeous, right? Perfect shade of yellow.

Apparently, prickly pears (Opuntia sp.), as they are called, are edible, high in dietary fiber, and are used in folk medicine to regulate blood sugar.

I'll just continue this tomorrow. I'm so sleepy na.


Hayan, alive, alert, awake, and enthusiastic na naman ako.

By the way, Index blossomed na. Late bloomer yata si Middle. Si Pinky, sullen pa rin. Teens nowadays...

As I mentioned last night, prickly pears fruits are edible as well as the pads and the petals. Careful though. They have tiny thorns, aside from the needle-like ones, that are so prickly. But being so tiny, they are difficult to remove using tweezers. A wiki tip is to cover your hands with glue then remove when dry. It should function like those nose masks that take take away the blackheads along with the dried glue. Perhaps when my cactus grows large enough, I can try cooking some pads and adding the petals to salads. *Salad? Who are you and what have you done with TPS?*

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Back To The Grind

It's tea o'clock!
Walang lang. Mema.
Pasukan na naman. I'm still adjusting to Sharkteeth's early schedule. Gising na naman ng maaga ang huwarang(???) ina para magluto. Nauubusan na ako ng easy recipes. The latest I've tried was chicken piccata. Masarap naman and madaling gawin, kaya lang nagrereklamo na si S -- sawa na daw sya. Kasi ang baon nya ay either chicken cordon bleu or chicken piccata. Tutubuan na yata sya ng feathers. Hehehe. Any suggestions?

Maalala ko. I had a nightmare minsang madaling-araw. I was exorcising evil spirits daw. *Delusion of grandeur na naman ako.* I got scared a bit kasi saktong alas-tres ng madaling araw. Eh diba ang sabi-sabi ay start yun ng witching hour? Paggising ko, I felt itchy all over. So I'm guessing the evil spirits I was exorcising were actually mosquitoes feasting on my fat, juicy flesh. Or could it be that I'm the Slayer? Ah, I forgot that bit about being "young". Okay, fine, not the Slayer then.


Pagdating ko kahapon sa school, I saw S, luhaan. I worriedly asked her why. Pinapanood daw sila ng teacher ng Hachikō. Nasabay pa sa early stages ng cold. Hayun, malungkot na malungkot ang bebeh gherl. She wanted to hug Kelly daw. Chika lang pala. Pagdating namin sa bahay, hindi naman ni-hug yung dog. Mabaho kasi. Hahahahaha! Hug pala ha?! Walang tibay na maasahan sa iyo ang aso.

Eksena sa bahay...
Sharkteeth:  [shaking a can with coins] Palimos po...
Me: Why?
Sharkteeth:  I need to save money to buy a book.
Me: [jokingly] Go ask your classmates for 1 peso each everyday.
Sharkteeth: Nooooooo...
Me: Hehehe, that's extortion.
Sharkteeth: Of course not, there's no threat. YET.

O baboosh muna. S has cough and colds. Saka slight fever. Medyo naglalambing. Will post my flea market find next time -- a structured Gucci bag.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Snorkelin' In Dauin

UPDATED: Added "how to get there"

Hello! Sorry for the uncharacteristic lack of inane chatter here. I was struggling with a book. Again. Well, it wasn't so much as difficult as long. Pero nakuha ko pang makapagsingit ng isang getaway in the middle of the week. KG visited Dumaguete for the first time, and Sharkteeth and I tagged along when she went snorkeling in Dauin. The marine sanctuary is just a few meters away from the beach, and at a depth of 4 feet, there are already numerous colorful fishies swimming around. Four feet na nga lang, lunod-lunoran pa kami ni S. She didn't wear a life vest. Ang lakas ng loob. Kaso nung medyo natatangay na kami ng tubig, biglang binabatak na ako pailalim. Nag-panic naman ako. *Tanga lang, nakalimutan kong naka-life vest ako, hehehe.* Buti na lang, KG helped bring S ashore. You'd think na we learned our lesson, but no. After KG returned to the resort, naiwan pa kaming mag-ina -- we went snorkeling again. Natangay na naman kami ng water. Good thing I was able to get back my bearings, and S and I were able to swim back ashore.

Sadly, we didn't find Nemo. :(

All the pictures were taken by KG.
KG, balik ka ha?!

How to get there:
1. From Dumaguete airport (which oddly is in Sibulan, not in Dumaguete), ride a trike and tell the driver to bring you Dauin terminal. Dauin terminal is at the side of the old bell tower, near the fruit market. The market is called tiangge here, not palengke.
Tip: The fare inside the airport compound ranges from 100 to 150. To cut on fare, you can go out to the main highway and get a trike there, which costs ~15 to 20 pesos to go downtown.
2. From downtown, if you prefer, you can rent a trike to Dauin for 250 pesos. Multicabs charge ~18 PHP/person. From Dauin public market, you can walk to the beach. However, we rode a trike. We asked the driver to bring us to Alar's, but he brought us to another resort. We paid 40 PHP (which, I belatedly realized, was kinda expensive, oh well).
The resort was okay. Chair and table rental was 100 PHP (includes use of shower and restroom -- Alar's charge 10 PHP, I think, for restroom use). But it's a long way from the marine sanctuary -- around half a kilometer. Vest rental was 100 PHP as well. We brought our own snorkeling gear, but they rent out gears as well.
Tip: A guy from the resort learned that we brought our own camera, and he said that we should have registered it in the municipal government, which charges 150 PHP. I'm not sure about that. Best research on that before bringing your own gear. I hardly think it's necessary though -- I mean, it was a GoPro, for goodness sake, not an Aquabotix Hydroview.
3. For the trip back, we trike driver picked us up and brought us to the public market, where we rode a multicab going to the city.

Oh, by the way, we witnessed a motorcycle accident on our way home. The driver tried to overtake another motorcycle and lost control. He crossed to the other side of the road and tried decreasing speed with his right leg. He lost his balance and the motorcycle fell, pinning his right leg. Motorcycle accidents are sadly a usual occurrence here in Dumaguete. Just a couple of months ago, an employee in a local BPO, together with her brother (a recent high school graduate) died in a motorcycle accident. Ironically, having recently resigned, it was her last day in that BPO. Saddest of all, they were the only kids of their parents. Drive safely, okay? Wear a helmet when riding a motorcyle. A couple of years back, I was so tempted to buy a Vespa. There was an introductory promo and I really wanted one in pink or mint green. Good thing sense prevailed that day. Ayan na naman, kung saan-saan na naman napunta kwento ko -- nawala na sa Dauin. O sya, visit Dauin, okay?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pabebe What?

Mga kampon ni mamon
Posted by Senyora Santibañez on Friday, June 12, 2015

Unang sumagi sa isipan ko: "'Nyeta! Pag nakita kong nag-upload ng ganito si Sharkteeth, suspended na ang no-sinturon policy until further notice!"

Then, "Ano ang pabebe?"
From TagDef: pabebe: "used to describe narcissistic girls or boys (mostly girls) who tries to act cute that they tend to be annoying. They usually tries [sic] to talk like a baby; squeaking their voice to the highest annoying pitch you'll ever heard."

Next thought: "But you love sass!"
Yes, I do. Pero may limit. Saka may age range. Sabi nga nung isang nag-comment: "Kwento nyo sa baby bra nyo."

Ang ending thought ko: "'Nyeta! Pag nakita kong nag-upload ng ganito si Sharkteeth, suspended na ang no-sinturon policy until further notice!"

Sharkteeth, huwag na huwag mong masubukan!!! KTnxBye!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kwentuhan Pa More

Kakatapos lang ng fifth season ng Game of Thrones.

Pagod ako, mga teh.

More tired and beaten in spirit than Cersei walking naked on the streets of King's Landing. It was emotionally draining. Maraming namatay. There were more questions than answers, and having to wait for 10 months is unbearable. Meganon? Speaking of questions, haven't you wondered why Cersei's "carpet" didn't match the "drapes"? Or why she even has "carpeting" for that matter? I mean, there was a scene in season 2 (or was it season 3) where Bran's wildling yaya (Osha?) seduced Theon (or was it his guard?) and she had what seemed like a Brazilian, and now here's the queen mother, as bushy as the Amazon. Ewan ko. Baka iba ang body hair convention sa Westeros.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Public Service: Transferring Money Online

Public service, dear readers. Because I love you all. Char.

Seriously, online money transfer is one of the best things about having an online account, well, aside from bills payment. This is especially helpful (and cost-saving) for me in my online buying and selling. Take BDO, for example. If you deposit over the counter to an account in another province or city, you'd be charged an interbranch fee of 50 pesos -- minimum pa lang yan; the fee increases with increasing deposit amount. Ano nga tagline ng BDO, "We find ways"? We find ways, alright, ways to get more money from you, that is. Hahahaha! Seriously, at this day and age of online transactions, naniningil pa sila ng interbranch fee? I didn't even know dati na pwede palang mag-transfer ng money to an unenrolled account using my BDO online account. I've asked BDO tellers bakit may charge ang deposit, they only say na "interbranch fee", but NOT one responded, "Ma'am, actually, you can just transfer money online for free." Buti na lang a friend told me. *Thank you, Atty. R!*

I only have three accounts, BPI, BDO, and Unionbank, so I can only tell you about these three. If any of you have other accounts, feel free to share on how to transfer online in your bank.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Pet Love: My Little Bacon

My demure little fluffball, Lady Ham Sandwich Kensington, aka Bacon.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Kwentuhan Time

Kaka-download ko lang ng Instasize -- masyado akong nag-enjoy. :)

Parang ang tagal matapos ng May, ano? O dahil napakarami kong activities -- TheHusband's Cebu birthday trip, na-hospitalize si Sharkteeth, I finished a book, McDo Kiddie Crew ni Kulet, Ebay-ing full time, trying to be fit (failing miserably, hehehe)...parang feeling pagod, pero hindi naman sobra-sobra. Just right.


May nabili akong 1 liter of fresh goat's milk. Ang mahalia pala nun, ~130 pesos. It's very good in boosting immunity, so bumili ako for S. Kaso ayaw nya, may odd taste daw, ayaw inumin. Sayang naman. Goat's milk is very good din daw for the skin, hence the influx of goat's milk soap and lotion.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Vintage Love: Lady Dior Patent Cannage Pochette

Let me get this straight, di ako brand conscious. Kahit ano, pwede sa akin. BUT it must be pretty and sturdy. And most of the times, yung mga branded ang pretty and sturdy. Bakit ba ako defensive? Hehehe. Pasakalye ko lang yan kasi I wanted to post one of my precious Baguio ukay finds: Lady Dior patent cannage pochette.

I mistakenly referred to the stitching as "cannelle" -- mali pala, it should be "cannard." Anyway, when I saw it in the flea market (ukay), I was immediately taken because of the high-quality patent leather with lambskin lining as well as the even and straight stitching. I have an obsession with even stitching. Ewan ko ba, di ako matahimik pag pangit ang tahi. I know, I know, may gamot ang mga ganitong conditions. Hehehe. While the cannage stitching reminded me of Dior, I wasn't expecting it to be one. So I was pleasantly surprised when I was cleaning it and turned it inside out. Wow! Just wow! It's marked "Christian Dior Paris"  on one of the card sleeves, and the serial code and country of origin are stamped on another sleeve. Bongga!!!

It's similar to this, but mine has a north-south design, instead of east-west. If only I can capture the softness and suppleness of the lambskin leather (*sorry, little lambie*) or the high-gloss shine of the patent cowhide. Ganda 'no? While the bag itself is flawless, it was missing its chain strap and Dior charms. I easily fixed the former, but the latter is a bit difficult to find online. Nevertheless, paying 100 pesos for a 500-dollar bag is not a bad deal anymore. Even with its charms missing. Besides, I'm charming enough for the both of us, right? Hehehehe!

Ayan, di daw brand conscious, pero kilig na kilig sa find.

Pwede na akong mag-donya-donyahan. Hehehehe.