Saturday, November 01, 2014

Halloween 2014


May the Force be with you!

Here's TheHusband's costume for the office Halloween Party. He only wanted to wear the mask and carry the Lightsaber, but you know me and my motto, GO HARD OR GO HOME...so I sewed him a cape, bought a pair of gloves, ruined a jacket to make a top where I attached Darth's circuit board. By the way, the mask has a mechanism that changes the voice to Darth Vader's, and there are buttons on the circuit board for Darth's heavy breathing. Got the mask with the circuit board, as well as the Lightsaber, from an ukay. Winner, ano?! I wanted to buy a pair of boots, but that's when TheHusband put his foot down (hehehe, pun unintended). Sayang daw pera. Oo nga naman.

Happy Halloween!

Meanwhile, Sharkteeth's outfit was a total dud. She was supposed to go as a mummy, and I wrapped her in bathroom tissue, but before the party could start, tinanggal na namin ang costume nya. Na-sense ko discomfort nya, pero ayaw nyang magreklamo kasi I told her na huwag syang mag-arte-arte pag suot na nya yung costume. Ayaw na ayaw nya ang "I told you so" [that is, pag siya ang sinasabihan. hehehe]. Tapos pinagtitinginan sya kasi sya lang yung ghoulish ang costume in a sea of Elsas, fairies, and superheroes. Na-self-consious. I asked her kung gusto na nyang tanggalin, and ayaw pa nung una. "But, Mymy, you already paid for the entrance..." So there, tinanggal na lang. I got a bit sad, kasi baka next Halloween she'd be too big for trick or treating na and might not join anymore. Haaaay...oh well.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Faltering


I attended mass earlier. Well, not really. I wasn't planning to attend, but since I was in the garden at the side of the church, I heard the homily. And what I heard offended me to the core. The priest said that homosexuals are an abomination. But before he uttered those horrid words, he first described homosexual acts as "ang mga bayot 'nag-e-espadahan'" and "ang lesbians 'clap-clap'" -- in front of elementary students attending the mass!!!

Mabalik tayo sa "homosexuals are an abomination." Di lang ako makapag-walk out kasi nasa labas ako! It was so awkward because a gay faculty member was there, listening to the homily. He took it in stride. Di ko alam if I can be as gracious if ako ang homosexual. A Facebook friend justified the priest's statement, saying "[h]e's just being consistent with what's written in the Bible." Then I think a major revision of the Bible should be done ASAP. For me, being homosexual is no different from being left-handed. It's what you are, and it's not something you choose. And I fervently believe that MY GOD has infinite and overflowing love and understanding, one who would NEVER call His/Her child an abomination.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Conversations Sa House KoKo


Sharkteeth: [to her classmate] Oh, go kill yourself!
TPS: What the heck?! Don't say that, that's cruel and mean and hurtful.
Sharkteeth: But he's so mean to me. He always disturbs me, even when class is going on.
TPS: Even so. Telling somebody to kill oneself is terrible.
Sharkteeth: I'm sorry, Mymy. 
TPS: Besides, it's possible that he has a crush on you and is trying to get your attention. Little boys have a stupid way of showing they like someone. 
Sharkteeth: Well, that's STUPID alright, because it's NEVER, EVER, EVER going to work on me. 
TPS: [in my mind] I hope so, anak, I FERVENTLY hope so.



TPS: [to TheHusband] Patuyuin mo mamaya yung skirt ni Sam. I washed it kasi walang skirt dun sa galing sa laundromat.
TheHusband: Yung katulad pagpatuyo ni Jackie Chan dun sa Drunken Master movie back in the 80s? [i.e., pinapagpag]
Sharkteeth: [incredulous] THERE WERE ALREADY MOVIES THEN?




TPS: [showing S a picture of Diane's new Fujifilm camera] Look at Diane's new Polaroid camera. So cute ano?
Sharkteeth: Is that the camera that POOPS the pictures?
TPS:
Yes, anak, it does. It does POOP pictures.





While playing Cut the Rope...
TPS: Anak, I don't know how to do this level.
Sharkteeth:
Here, let me. There. I've set it to an easier level. That's more UP YOUR SPEED.

TheHusband: You've been dissed.
TPS: Oh, shush, both of you. [Pikon-talo...]

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Uber Versus TradCab. And Versus LTFRB?!

Last April, when Sharkteeth was attending a writing workshop in Pasig, I stayed in a hotel in Shaw Boulevard and spent most my time meeting up with friends. To get around Makati and Pasig, I mostly used Uber cars. The very first one I rode had diplomatic plates, and the driver said that Anne Curtis was once a passenger. Therefore, nadikit ang puwet ko sa inupuan ni Anne Curtis. #MyBrushWithACelebrity Hahahahahahaha! 

I was quite impressed with the service because the cars were clean and mabango – walang Shaldan or California Scents. Most traditional cabs (TradCab) use air fresheners, which not so much freshen the air as pollute it. Parang tao lang na naliligo sa pabango, feeling ko ay may itinatago. LOL! Tangent thought: Back when we were living in Laguna, I take the bus to work. Minsan may sumakay na guy sa may Muntinlupa. Nasa may unahan pa lang sya ng bus, naaamoy ko na ang kanyang ultramacho-brusko-poging-pogi-ako perfume. I silently prayed: "Lord, huwag sa malapit sa akin umupo. Please lang. May migraine ako." Dun sa tabi ko umupo. What a sense of humor.

Mabalik tayo sa Uber. The drivers I encountered were all courteous and not too chatty. They even open the door for you and help you with your things. God knows kung ilang TradCabs na ang nasakyan ko na nagkukwento ang driver ang kanyang talambuhay. There was this one who was so bitter because his girlfriend had their baby aborted. Ramdam na ramdam ko ang poot nya. Medyo kinabahan ako nun kasi I was 3 or 4 months’ pregnant, and I was afraid that my belly bump might remind him of his loss and ako pa ang pagbuhusan ng galit. There was this fairly recent one, kasama ko pa si S, nag-ra-rant din ang driver kasi kinaliwa at iniwan sya ng asawa nya for a bum. It was so uncomfortable kasi S couldn't understand the things the driver was saying and was making me explain to her why his ex-wife took his phone and money.

And most importantly, I feel safe in an Uber car. In the USA, there were reports of abusive Uber drivers, with some threatening the life of the passenger, but so far, the drivers here in the Philippines are excellent. Meanwhile, ang TradCabs left and right ang reports of mugging, theft, kidnapping, at kung ano-ano pang kabalbalan. It's like you're half on your way to death pag sumakay ka ng taxi. Kaya pag sumakay ako ng TradCab, I text TheHusband the TradCab company and body and plate numbers.

Maikwento ko lang yung isang ride ko sa Uber that really impressed me so much, not only with the price but with the patience of the driver as well. I met up with friends in Magallanes, and the Uber car picked me up there. We went to Glorietta, passing thru the driveway of Glorietta 4 to hand some tax papers to Onyxx. On my way to the hotel, S sent a message that she wants some ice cream. So I asked the driver to find a convenience store and then proceed to St. Paul's Pasig. I asked him to wait while I find S to give her the tub of ice cream, after which hinatid na ako sa hotel. My total fare was 302 pesos only. Wala man lang reklamo driver sa dami ng stops ko. Kung sa TradCab yun, dadabog-dabog na driver if not outright nag-decline sa requests ko.

Ang hindi ko lang masyadong gusto sa Uber, the drivers are not as bihasa sa mga kalye-kalye ng Metro Manila, compared with TradCab drivers. I was expecting that they already know the streets and shortcuts, but a couple of drivers had to ask me how to go to our destination. It is understandable though, as it's not a cab company per se. Besides, meron namang Waze.

So you can imagine my disappointment now that LTFRB is hot on the trail of Uber and is cracking down on the Uber drivers, not really on Uber itself. I understand that Uber is operating without a franchise, hence incurring the ire of LTFRB. Gets ko yun. But what I didn't like was this part:


LTFRB said public safety is their primary concern, as it is their “mission to… improve transportation options and consumer safety.” LTFRB said they have also received complaints from taxi operators about competition arising from Uber vehicles [emphasis mine].

Ganun? Dahil nagreklamo ang mga TradCab operators? Para saan pa ang competitive market kung hahayaan na walang competitor ang TradCab companies, with their awful and very lousy service? With their shortchanging, if not outright mugger, drivers, their batintings, their choosiness pag peak hours, their garapalang paghingi ng tip. Services and goods improve when consumers have more choices, that's a fact. I think it's high time that LTFRB protect the interest of the people, not those cab companies. Buti pa MMDA, they understand the sentiments of the Uber-riding public, and their actions show that they are pro-people. Ewan ko lang ang ibang sangay ng gobyerno...nuninuninuninu...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Get A Hint, Buddy!

Male caller: Hello, pwedeng makausap si Princess?
TPS: Sorry, you have the wrong number. [putting down the phone]

 
He called again...

Male caller: Hello again. Are you sure you're not Princess?
TPS: Pretty sure. You must have dialed the wrong number.

Male caller: No, she gave me this number: 091_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _. 
TPS: Yeah, that's my number. There must have been a mistake in one of the digits.
Male caller: [Sounding desperate] But Princess gave me that number, she works in a call center. Her name is Princess Diana.

Princess Diana? Her name is Princess Diana?

Uhhhhmmm, buddy, you would need a +44 phone code to connect to the UK, and even then, I'm pretty sure you won't be able to talk to her. You can maybe try Kate Middleton.




Saturday, October 04, 2014

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: TPS, The Singer(?)

Kapag Semana Santa, may Pabása dun sa barrio namin. It usually starts on Holy Wednesday and closes on Good Friday. Pag closing na, may election ng next year's organizers and, well, may open mike.

Ako, alam naman ng lahat, kapal-fez talaga -- nag-volunteer akong kumanta!!! I was about 5 or 6 then. Ang kinanta ko ay Kapantay ay Langit, Sinta. Bigay na bigay ako. The thing is, alam din naman ng lahat na sintunado ako. Hihihihihihi!

Channeling Pilita Corrales...




Mahal kita, kapantay ay langit sinta
At lagi kong dasal sa Maykapal
Ang lumigaya ka
Kahit ngayon, mayroon ka nang ibang mahal
Hinding-hindi pa rin ako magdaramdam

It must have been a mortifying moment for my parents, fully knowing na isang pamilya kami ng sintunado.

I don't even remember how the crowd reacted. I'm sure may pumalakpak -- if only for my ka-bibo-han.
"Bibo" -- that's how we called mga batang makapal ang mukha then. Hehehehe. I think yun na ang last time na kumanta ako in front of (adoring???) public.  Ano daw sabi ng feelingera? 

♥♥♥

During my internship, may lull sa patients and bored ang mga volunteer PTs, so pinakanta nila isa-isa ang mga interns (damned fascists!). I tried to beg off, saying that my singing voice is awful.

Pinakanta pa rin ako -- what did I tell you -- they were damned fascists!

Channeling Ariel...
Look at this stuff
Isn't it neat?
Wouldn't you think my collection's complete?
Wouldn't you thi...
*SCREECHING HALT*

Hindi ko pa tapos ang first stanza, pinatigil na ako, saying, "oo nga, sintunado ka nga."

Well, that was humiliating. Hahahahaha!  

♥♥♥

I remembered all this because Sharkteeth will have her singing recital on Sunday. When I enrolled her in singing class, all I wanted was for her to learn a song or two, para naman pag pinakanta sa school, or during internship(!), she'd be able to sing without getting humiliated. Thankfully, parang natututo naman. Slight. Di pwedeng isali sa singing contest, true, but hindi na rin mapapahiya sa class.

*Madear, baka si S na ang sagot sa panalangin mo.*

Related story: When I told Madear that boyfriend ko na si TheHusband (obviously, TheBoyfriend pa lang sya nun), and she learned that he's Cebuano (who, in her mind, are stereotyped as good singers), she immediately asked, "Marunong kumanta?" Unfortunately, hindi.

Medyo ninenerbyos ako sa recital ni S kasi she just started last July, and I think she's still unprepared for this. Isip ko huwag muna syang pasalihin. But since she's not stressing or nervous about it, excited actually, okay fine, join na. I just hope the audience will be gracious to her if she murders the song. Hehehehe!


Break a leg, my dear girl! Do it for lola.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Killer Heels

I sent an SMS to Madear that I'm sending her a pair of ballet flats...

 
Sorry, hindi ko na na-crop.
Hemiplegia+Killer Heels=Disaster. 

True, hirap kang maglakad, but that darn stroke has never dampened your sense of humor.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"You're The Worst" Fangirling

I said my goodbye to The Good Wife when Josh Charles did, and after that, there has been a lull in my viewing habits. I love Garfunkel and Oates' videos in YouTube (The Loophole is particularly excellent -- biting, funny, irreverent, and daresay blasphemous), so I watched their show, Garfunkel and Oates, a few times. Eventually, however, the show seems to  have lost its center and is just swimming along. That left me without any show to watch. When TheHusband, who is the family's purveyor of TV shows, suggested You're the Worst, I wasn't at all excited to try it, especially because Jimmy kept on taking pictures of his "dingdong" in the pilot. BUT I'm so glad I did. It showcases the awkwardness of early relationships (and nonrelationships), and I'm almost tempted to say that it's a romcom, but it's much more than that -- it's raunchy and sincere and cynical and funny and charming and edgy -- all at the same time!!! The cast is perfectly matched, and the lines and banter are very witty and easy on the ears. You know what I mean -- much as I love the wit of Veronica Mars, its dialogues sometimes sound forced and cringeworthy.



You can just imagine how kilig I got when one of the actors, Desmin Borges ("Edgar"), and two of the writers favorited my tweet! I know, I know, it's not a big deal and they are most probably just looking for You're the Worst hashtags and favoriting (is there such a word, favoriting?) them. But still... I'm so kilig. So, so, so kilig!!! Yes, apparently, kilig enough to blog about it. So sue me. :)













Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Favorite Five: Pretty Porcelain


1. PiP Set Two Cup and Saucers Cappuccino Blue: Such a pretty and charming painting of birds. I think no other words are necessary. *Sigh* 





2. Royal Albert Cheeky Pink Vintage 5-Piece Place Setting: "Express your personality with this fun and light hearted pattern. Cheeky Pink will add charm and elegance to a fun afternoon tea with girlfriends. Romantic and playful, this 5-Piece Place Setting includes modern twists, such as polka dots and beautiful roses, charmingly fashioned in fine bone china. 22 carat gold lining completes the pretty vintage look for that perfect gift or indulgent treat."


3. Cath Kidston's Bird Tea for One Set: "A mini teapot with a matching cup. Make teatime special, even when it's just you."

Totally pretty, but
reviews are mostly bad on account of the height of the spout -- tilting it spills the content. 





4. The Macmillan Alice: With all the Alice in Wonderland characters beautifully drawn at the border of the plates encircling Alice, how can you resist?



5. Wedgwood Peter Rabbit: "Our childhood favourite hops into life in this Beatrix Potter pattern. This beloved collection is perfect for children and the young at heart alike."

Totally cute Beatrix Potter drawing, at the same time totally horrifying story: "'Now my dears,' said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, 'you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.'"

"Accident"? That's what Mrs. Rabbit calls it? Denial! :)





Note: In my bid to post regularly, I'm going, or at least try, to post every Friday five of my favorite things. They might be current or past possessions, though others might not be necessarily mine -- could be a wish for my fairy godmother (where are you, by the way?), could be something I saw and found interesting, but it will always be driven by beauty and functionality, hopefully both, but that's a tall order.

Weekend Report

*Sigh* Isang workweek na naman ang nakaraan. Ewan ko ba, I feel so tired. Kasi naman, bukod sa work, may housework pa, plus we have a new pet. Happily, Sabado na bukas!!! Finally, I can wake up late. Sana. Sana 10 hours of sleep. Sana quiet ang aking mga sintunadong neighbors. Sana hindi makulit yung hamster. Sana, sana, sana...

Oh, before I forget, meet Sir Ham Sandwich Kensington (aka Bacon), Sharkteeth's reward for learning how to swim freestyle.


He's so adorable -- we're all crazy over the little critter. Pati si TheHusband (parang nagbabalak pang bumili ng isa pa). We have yet to buy a "proper" house for him, and he's getting bored and tired of his tiny cage. He loves lettuce and Nutella. He's not as gluttonous as my beloved hammie (RIP), who used to stuff so much food in his buccinator that his face often looked like an angry puffed-up cobra. Bacon is a bit more moderate in his food intake. But he's so malikot -- ilang beses na syang nahulog dahil sa sobrang kalikutan.


TheDog is annoyed, understandably. He's trying to hide his annoyance by putting up a façade of indifference, but I caught him a couple of times eyeing the rodent with evil eyes. And he was licking his lips!!! Kulang na lang eh magpahid ng laway. Good luck naman kay Bacon. Hahahaha!

♥♥♥

It was a pretty hectic week for S. It's math and science week, may Girl Scout training, and sandamakmak ang assignments and projects. Sa totoo lang, I don't want to help her in her projects kasi baka maging dependent. Usually, I just give ideas and siya nag-e-execute. Kaso with the Girl Scout training, early evening na kami dumarating sa bahay, leaving us only a couple of hours to eat and do the assignments. So, much as I don't want to, I'm "helping" her na nga sa projects, and ilang projects ko, este ni S, ang 10/10!!! Hahahaha! Hopefully, pagpasok ng October, medyo lighter ang load nila kasi, hello, pagod na akez. May project pa sila where they will sew paper clothes and model them.

TPS:  So what dress are you gonna model?
Sharkteeth: I'm not going to model one. I'll help in the production.

TPS:  Why? Join ka na! Sayang naman. Please?
Sharkteeth: I don't know... [long pause] I find it UNDIGNIFIED.
TPS: ... [tameme]

"Undignified"? How can you argue with that?


When I was a bit younger, I liked watching beauty contests and didn't see anything wrong with it. Didn't see how sexist or demeaning it is. Pero nung magka-anak ako, I started feeling like the women in beauty contests are being treated like meat. Karne sa palengke. So I completely understood when S said that it is undignified. Kaya hindi ko na pinilit pa.

♥♥♥

I have a couple of "sewing" projects to finish myself, and I'll try to share the process and output with you. Sana may time...

We have a scheduled power interruption on Sunday, and I'm actually looking forward to it. Without electricity, I might be able to do my analog stuff. :) So may napipintong cleaning, reorganization, and redecoration sa bahay. Wish me luck! :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sweets For My Sweet

Sent TheHusband a few messages over Facebook...






Babe? Babe? Babe? Bakit di ka nag-re-reply? Baaaabbbbe?



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

UPDATE: Gay Gay Is Home

Dear  friends and readers,

Gay Gay passed away last weekend.

Prayers for Gay Gay as well as for the three children left without a mom are most appreciated. If you wish to donate, the family is still accepting donations, as they still need more than a million pesos to cover her remaining hospital bills.

Thank you for the prayers and donations.

Gay Gay is home...


Much love and gratitude,
TPS





Dear friends and readers, 

My friend M is asking for help for her husband's cousin, Guillan (or Gay Gay) Yalung. Gay Gay had a cardiac arrest and fell into coma last August 21. You can read the full story here.

Prayers and financial help are both welcome.

If you wish to donate, you can do so in the Heart Donor website. If you prefer BDO or PayPal, please let me know by e-mail.

Let's help bring Gay Gay home.

Thank you so much.

Much love and gratitude,
TPS




Friday, September 05, 2014

Twice The Glory



Back in April, Sharkteeth attended a writing workshop at the "mother ship" in Pasig. One of the activities was a quiz bee, where she and her teammates won. Being the youngest, the bunso, almost the saling-ket, of the group, I didn't think she really contributed much to the win, and said as much. *Boy, am I winning this confidence-building game or what?* Hahahaha! She was quick to point out that she did contribute and, in a couple of times, was the only one in the group to know the right answer. I stand corrected. 

Anyhoo, this afternoon, somebody was repeatedly calling me. I had just finished a call from Manulife about an hour earlier and I wasn't up for any more discussion on life insurance, credit card, loans, etc. I sent a message asking who it was and to just send a text. Turned out it was S's teacher. Jusko. Ayoko na tumatawag ang school sa akin. Feeling ko eh problema ang dala. But then, apparently, all they need is the medal S received for winning the quiz bee. There's a recognition/convocation day tomorrow and they will "re-award" those who won during the workshop.

I'll admit this na. The house is a mess. As it always has been, pero ibang level ng mess ngayon. Kasi naman after ng Manila-Baguio trip (for that workshop), we proceeded to Cebu, tapos we had to stock all our kalats nung birthday ni TheHusband, then Bacolod, then pasukan na, tapos luwas na naman sa Manila, then Cebu again. Also, I'm a hoarder and a pack rat. So what am I driving at? Wala akong time mag-organize. Yun lang yun. Ergo, hindi ko alam where that darn medal is.
 

♥♥♥

TPS: Do we really need to find that medal? 

Sharkteeth: Not really. Teacher said that she'll find something similar. But you know, I don't really want to do it.
TPS: Me too. Just seems silly. 
Sharkteeth: Yeah! I already had my GLORY! I don't wanna end up being swell-headed.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: Dermatological Travails

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have an [hopeless] obsession with clear and luminous skin, and I'm almost always willing to try anything, and I do mean anything, to have it. I'm almost embarrassed to write this post because it shows and proves my shallow concept of faith and spirituality back then. 

Back in college, I was suffering from acne. Actually, that's an exaggeration. I've had mild pimples, zits, if you will, not really huge ones, but pimples nonetheless. But suffer, I did. Alam nyo ginawa ko? Aside from the usual astringent, soaps, and Panoxyl and tretinoin creams, I went to St. Clare in Katipunan, brought eggs, and wrote a short letter requesting for prayers for my PIMPLES. Hahahahahaha! I don't remember the text of my letter, but it must have been something like this:

Dear Sisters of St. Clare,


Please, please, please pray for me that I will have clear skin. Thank you so much. 

Sincerely yours,
TPS


The nuns must have been like, "Mga sisters, yes, merong may cancer, may leukemia, may depression, may nag-re-request ng prayers para pumasa ng board exam, may gutom sa mundo, at may mga katiwalian sa lipunan na dapat nating ipagdasal, and heto ang isang ito -- ang dasal nya ay kuminis ang kanyang balat."

 *SWOOSH* TOSSES REQUEST LETTER TO THE TRASH BIN.

Hahahahahahaha!

♥♥♥

Coincidentally, I received a free trial pack of Belo's AcnePro line. I must say, it was beautifully packaged, as it should always be -- I mean, if you're marketing a beauty product, the product itself must be beautiful. Sa totoo lang, nakakawalang gana i-try yung mga products na ang balot ay parang ginawa lang sa backyard. Thank you, Dra. Belo. *Feeling close*


Eto na siguro ang sagot sa dasal ko...LOL!



Note: This is NOT a sponsored post.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Faux" Pastillas De Leche


I call this "faux" pastillas de leche because it's not the traditional way of making pastillas de leche. That doesn't mean it's actually fake and inedible. Masarap naman, but it's way too sweet for my taste. And for the remaining pastillas de leche purists out there, I have the recipe for the traditional one as well.

Faux Pastillas de Leche

Ingredients
1 medium pack of unsweetened powdered milk (~2.5 cups)
1 small condensed milk
0.5 c sugar for rolling


1. Mix the powdered milk with the condensed milk until it looks like a dough.
2. Form into half-inch balls, then roll into little logs.
3. Roll the logs on the sugar.
4. Cover the logs with parchment paper or even bond paper cut into 2x3-inch rectangles.
5. Wrap the paper-covered pastillas with papel de japon.

You don't have to decorate it -- it's just a wrapper after all. However, I'm a sucker for good packaging, and because it was Sharkteeth's Linggo ng Wika food contribution, I thought making it look nice wouldn't hurt. Instead of the traditional way of cutting the paper into lace-like patterns, I just used my old puncher to decorate the scalloped edges. Ganyan talaga ang mga harassed na nanays, kung ano-anong shortcuts ang natututunang gawin. Hahahaha! I was able to finish this in less than an hour, from the mixing to the arranging in a wicker basket. *Triumph for the harassed nanays!*

For the traditional way of making pastillas de leche, you need 1.5-2 liters of fresh milk and sugar for rolling. Just simmer the milk, stirring continuously until it is reduced to about a quarter or a third of the original quantity of milk. You'd know when it's done when it is starting to look like a ball of soft dough. Remove from the pan and let it cool, then follow steps 2 to 4.

My mother used to make pastillas the traditional way, which entails using the freshest milk from our mama cow. (
The fresh milk makes all the difference. It tastes so much better than the "faux" kind.) It's a labor of love -- it takes hours to simmer and reduce the milk, while stirring the whole time. It starts off easy, but when the milk is starting to reduce and ball up, it can be a drag, literally!

I might try doing this one of these days if I'm able to get fresh milk from the local dairy.

♥♥♥

Sharkteeth in her Muslim princess costume for Linggo ng Wika


Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Favorite Five: Luxe Girly Girl Edition


Yay! Finally, another Friday Favorite Five! I was supposed to publish this weeks back, but we were on our way to Cebu and I didn't have time to finish the post. For three obvious reasons (mahalia, mahalia, mahalia), these stuff are just dreams. But a girl can dream, right?!


1. Mansur Gavriel Rosa bucket bag. With their perennial unavailability, these totes and bucket  bags from designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel just seem more desirable. Remember when we all fell in line to buy Krispy Kremes? Ganun. Or perhaps more aptly, THE Hermès Birkin list. From what I gathered, you have to preorder and reserve the bag to get one. With the bag's simplicity and craftsmanship, any flaws can immediately seen, and that is where the bag wins -- its perfection in its simplicity. Another bonus point for not having any logos, just a simple inscription in gold, "Mansur Gavriel." [Tumatanda na yata talaga ako. I used to be so crazy sa logos.] Other designs have contrast lining, and the one in black with red shiny lining looks positively sexy and dangerous. The reservation list is the least of my worries though, as I would have to ask TheHusband to sell his right kidney in order to get this. Babe, pwede namang mabuhay kahit isang kidney lang...






2. Lenox dining set. I saw this in Rustan's Facebook page and swooned. The colors and design are sedate yet so visually catchy at the same time. And oh-so-feminine. I was supposed to check out the price, but as TheHusband remarked, "if you have to ask, you can't afford it." How true.



3. Reese Witherspoon's vintage Christian Dior gown. This was once worn by a princess, and the shop owner was at first hesitant to sell the dress to Kumareng Reese. He/she shouldn't have hesitated, for Reese did the gown justice and indeed looked princess-y. The gown appears to be made of tulle with strips of silk embroidered with golden thread and then beaded. I'm dreaming of making a similar one for Sharkteeth. For her 18th birthday perhaps? Or Sweet Sixteen? 


 

4. Guerlain's Météorites Voyage Exceptional Pressed Powder. With my [hopeless] obsession with clear and luminous skin, I'm almost always willing to try anything, and I do mean anything (will blog about this this soon, sa Istoryang Sinauna series) just to have that perfect complexion. Kasi naman, nung magsabog ang Diyos ng kinis ng skin, nagtatago ako sa kweba. According to Guerlain's website, "A blend of matte and pearly shades, an ingenious mixture of six correcting or light-enhancing colours to deliver the purest radiance to all complexions: pink to refresh the complexion, green to diminish redness, white for a brighter complexion, mauve to catch the light, gold and pearl to add a perfect touch of radiance to the face…The complexion appears even, radiant and luminous with a soft, light and matte finish." While their blurb might sound like a load of BS, I couldn't help but agree. I have the Météorite balls type, and it did make my skin look better. Not flawless, mind, but so many times better. And that's good enough for me.



5. Louis Vuitton Gloria loafers. These loafers are made from monogram-embossed leather with leather trim, knotted leather lace, bow with golden aglet, and rubber nub soles. I would have preferred pink patent Lomboks, but I don't think they still produce Lomboks. Mangangarap na rin lang, yung may shade of possibility na, right?!




Note: In my bid to post regularly, I'm going, or at least try, to post every Friday five of my favorite things. They might be current or past possessions, though others might not be necessarily mine -- could be a wish for my fairy godmother (where are you, by the way?), could be something I saw and found interesting, but it will always be driven by beauty and functionality, hopefully both, but that's a tall order.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: Feelingera Ever So Much

My friend got married in San Sebastian Church. Such beautiful Gothic-style architecture. Pero hindi yan ang gist ng kwento.

As we were approaching the church, I saw a guy leaning sexily near the door, SMILING AT ME. Ang pungay, yet welcoming ang tingin. Di ko kilala. Medyo nag-blush ako. Di ko malaman kung ngingitian ko rin ba or what.  He looked so familiar yet I'm sure hindi ko pa sya na-meet ever.

Muntik ko nang malimutan na kasama ko nga pala si TheHusband (then TheBoyfriend pa lang). Hehehe. *Joke lang, TheHusband! Mas pogi ka dun!* 

Nung palapit kami, I realized why he looked so familiar...

Picture credit: http://www.pinoystop.com/

Si Bobby Andrews pala! *face palm* Husband nga pala sya ng cousin ng bride. *face palm uli* And he was just being nice in an artista-like manner kaya sya SMILING AT EVERYONE.

Ugggghh. Whatever. Si Red Sternberg kaya ang crush ko sa TGIS.




Sunday, August 24, 2014

Still Alive! August Week 1

Yes, I'm still alive, like it or not. Hehehe. In fact, I celebrated my birthday just a few days ago. Yay for another year! *Thank you for all the greetings and gifts, so touched! Danke, grazie, thank you, gracias, salamat!*

This August, we've been so busy with travels and activities. I'm just thankful I was able to schedule everything before the trip. More importantly, I DIDN'T PROCRASTINATE *fist pump* *achievement* -- which means less stress for me. I don't like traveling with pending work -- di ako makapag-concentrate sa fun, fun, fun.


♥♥♥

During the first weekend of August, we went to Manila to celebrate Sharkteeth's birthday. We took the first flight out. Nasa Dumaguete airport pa lang kami, text na ng text si Madear. Pati si Auntie Dear. May bagyo daw sa Manila. Kebs. Dumaguete was bright and sunshiny naman. But during the trip, sobrang turbulent -- nahilo talaga ako. Meanwhile, ang aking dalawang kasama, tulog na tulog. Hmmmmppp...

Malayogenic
Malayogenic. Huwag nyo nang i-zoom. Utang na loob.


We hitched a ride with TheHusband's officemate. Pagbaba namin sa may Roxas Boulevard,  ang lakas ng hangin! As in feeling ko eh natatangay ako. We had so much fun walking, or rather, being pushed by the wind. Buti na lang may cab kaagad. Otherwise, I dread the amount of conditioner I would have to use on my heavily tangled hair. Mahihiya si Bob Marley sa buhok ko.


Love you, anak.
We went to UST for S's pedia checkup. Then kain muna sa family favorite, Pancake House. UST is soooo different na. Ang dami nang relatively upscale food places. Dati mga coop lang ang kainan (miss ko na ang yummy beef mami na amoy aso daw sabi ng friend ko, saka yung siopao meow meow *kidding* sa taas ng Main Building); pinaka-upscale na nun yung Janet's sa Dapitan and Shakey's sa España.




I brought TheHusband and S to the museum. It's on the mezzanine, and walking up the steps always make me feel sentimental (the reason is here). The museum doesn't have too many artifacts, but there are many preserved animal specimens.


Kalasag

Steampunk?


That is one long boa!

Fauna



In the poon wing

There are also a number of paintings from the not-quite-old masters.
 
Amorsolo

Amorsolo


Manansala

Manansala

Nuestra Señora de la Palona (unknown artist)

Portrait of a Young Balinese Girl (Locatelli)

  

Shady...

For a moment there, I briefly toyed with the idea of staging a heist and stealing that tiny Miss Virginia Grace painting by Amorsolo. Kaso may CCTV cams covering all angles. Hehehehe!

JOOOOKE lang!!!

Actually, yung Locatelli painting talaga gusto kong nakawin. Eh sobrang laki, mahihirapan ako.

JOOOOOKE uli! Baka may maniwala and makita ko na lang bukas ng umaga ay may pulis nang aaresto sa akin.


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The rest of the weekend was spent with my family, celebrating S's birthday. After the luncheon celebration in a Chinese restaurant (can't remember the name -- it's the one in Centris, Yang Cha? Yam Cha? Uggghhh, memory lapse...anyway, love the food, but the crew were all unsmiling -- little TIP for you then), we went to SM North EDSA, and I realized that it has been so long since we last went there. May mall-wide sale. Ang daming tao. I'm getting old and grumpy na -- wala na akong patience sa malls na napakaraming tao.

We spent the last night in Manila. Nakuuuu, bago kami nakaalis ng bahay, nagpabaha pa si Madear and S. Iyakan na naman ang dalawa. Lagi na lang. Sumasakit lang ang loob ko pag nakikikita sila. Hanggang makarating kami ng hotel, may shade of sadness pa rin mukha ni S. Buti na lang binigyan ng concierge ng back copies ng Total Girl. She brightened up. We were supposed to visit our home in Laguna, but TheHusband, a mallrat worse than I am, requested that we just go to the mall. Ang dami na namang sale. Got some Martha Stewart glass containers with pistachio green rubber/plastic cover for only 120 each. Sayang, di ko pa binili lahat yung nakalabas na stocks. :( Madami pa akong small anik-aniks na nabili, pero pinaka-value for money yung containers. Saka yung Black & Decker na plancha (500?). Nakakainis kasi yung old plancha namin, sobrang ikli ng cord. Although the new plancha isn't exactly inspiring me to learn how to iron clothes...

Our flight back was early. And per family tradition, muntik na naman kaming maiwanan ng flight. Well, hindi naman tipong nagsasara na yung pinto ng plane... It took us so long to check out because I stained the towel a bit pink, as I wrung my red dress with it. So I paid for the towel and the housekeeper took his sweet time bringing the towel down. And when we reached the airport, we queued on the last call line. Then a CebuPac ground crew told me to get off the line as it was for the last call passengers. When I told her that we're bound for Dumaguete, which was leaving in a few minutes, she said, "Next pa sa last call ang Dumaguete." So umalis kami sa line. A couple (literally) of seconds later, ni-last call na Dumaguete and we had to go back to the queue we were asked to leave. Uggghhhh... Anyway, eventually, with much running, naka-abot din, and we got home safe and sound.

Home, sweet home. TheDog was ecstatic.