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...

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,

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,

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,

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."




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

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:

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. 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.



That is one long boa!


In the poon wing

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




Nuestra Señora de la Palona (unknown artist)

Portrait of a Young Balinese Girl (Locatelli)



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.


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. 

Friday, August 08, 2014

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: Schadenfreude

Ilang taon na pala since I passed my physical therapy board. That was in, oh, never mind na lang -- magkakabukingan pa na thandercat na ako. Naalala ko lang kasi around the first week of August ang examinations and not even a week later, lumabas na ang result.

I have one bad memory of the examinations. On the last day, half day lang ang exam, and around noon, on my way out of UE, where the exams were held, nasalubong ko yung isang volunteer physical therapist sa isang military clinic where I was assigned for a month. I don't know why sabay kaming nag-take ng board exam eh ahead sya sa akin a year or two. Full disclosure: For some reason or another, medyo contentious ang relationship ng batch namin with her, and she didn't go with us sa grand duty. ["Grand duty" refers to a celebratory out-of-town trip or merely eating out together at the end of the month of internship.] Enjoy kaya ng grand duty namin -- sa La Union, free food and accommodation!!! Four days kaming nagbabad sa beach. Di ako nakilala ng parents ko pag-uwi ko kasi ngipin at mata lang ang maputi sa sa mukha ko.

Anyway, here's the verbatim exchange when we saw each other after the exam:

TPS: [cheerily, akala ko naman kasi wala na syang sama ng loob sa amin] Hi, Ma'am! Sabay pala tayo nag-test. Kamusta test mo?
Volunteer: Okay lang.

TPS: I hope pumasa TAYO.
Volunteer: Okay lang sa aking bumagsak sa test BASTA BAGSAK KA RIN.
[WTF, right?!]
TPS: Okay lang sa aking pumasa ka BASTA PASADO AKO.

Come Thursday, both our wishes were only half-fulfilled.


Sorry, I'm all too human.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Love Actually Is All Around

A mom was waiting in the arrivals gate of the airport earlier. When she saw her daughter, she was so overjoyed -- she squealed a little and shot like an arrow to her daughter, hugging her tight. I saw the daughter wiping tears from her eyes while hugging her mom. I got teary-eyed myself but choked up the tear. Mukha naman akong tanga na makikiiyak pa sa kanila eh di ko naman sila kakilala.

The scene reminded me of the British prime minister's opening line in Love Actually:

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Omnipresence and Irreverence

As we were about to leave school kanina, Sharkteeth went to a statue of a saint (or was it Jesus) and made the sign of the cross.

TPS: Why did you do that?

Sharkteeth: Do what?
TPS: Touch the statue.
Sharkteeth: I prayed.
TPS: Well, you don't have to touch the statue. You know, God is everywhere. You can pray anytime, anywhere, and you don't need to touch a statue for your prayers to be heard.
Sharkteeth: ... [noncommittal]

Moments later, as she was playing with her friend and they were kicking rocks...

Sharkteeth: Oh no! 
TPS: Why?!
Sharkteeth: I'm kicking! For all I know, I might be kicking God right now on his crotch!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mga Kwentong Sinauna: Nung Ma-Deads Si Uncle

Iisa ang uncle ko sa maternal side, and he had Down syndrome. They didn't realize immediately that he had it. Madear said that they were delighted kasi he was extremely flexible nung baby pa, pero medyo nagtaka sila, and only then did they seek a doctor. He didn't attend school, pero he was relatively independent. Mabait yun, although kung minsan, pag tinopak, maghahalo ang balat sa tinalupan. I remember once hiding in the wardrobe with my cousins kasi nagwawala sya. Pagkatapos naman nun, okay na uli. Marcos loyalist yun -- he would spend hours just watching Marcos' speeches. He must have been mesmerized.

Isa sa mga health problems ng may Down syndrome is congenital heart defect. And yun ang kinamatay ni Uncle, pero relatively matagal din ang buhay nya. Syempre, being the panganay, punong-abala si Madear sa lamay. Hindi halos natutulog. Pagod na pagod. Parang adrenaline na lang ang nag-po-propel sa kanyang kumilos. Nung araw ng libing, before ilabas ng bahay ang patay, may padasal muna, led by the oldies, along with Madear and her other siblings, my aunts (umuwi din si Auntie Bebeng).

Salamin ng katwiran...
Luklukan ng karunungan...
Mula ng tuwa namin...
Sisidlan ng kabanalan...
Sisidlang bunyi at bantog...
Sisidlang bukod na mahal na makusaing sumunod sa
Panginoong Diyos...
Rosang bulaklak, na di mapuspos ng bait ng tao ang halaga...
Tore ni David...
Toreng Garing...
Bahay na Ginto...
Kaban ng Tipan...
Pinto ng langit...
Talang maliwanag...
Mapagpagaling sa mga taong makasalanan


Bigla na lang si Madear, while sitting, slumped on the wall against her.

Sigaw ang oldies, "NAKU, SI NENE. INATAKE SA PUSO!!!" Nagkagulo ang mga tao. Nakalimutan for a moment si Uncle. Nakalimutan ang tore ni David, toreng garing, bahay na ginto, kaban ng tipan...

Siguro dahil sa sobrang ingay, biglang tayo si Madear. Nagulat na naman lahat kasi nga, diba "SI NENE. INATAKE SA PUSO!!!" Turned out NAKATULOG lang si Madear sa sobrang pagod.

Heart attack kaagad? Di ba pwedeng exhausted lang muna?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favorite Five: Anik-Anik Edition

Matagal na pala akong hindi nakapag-post ng Friday Favorite Five. Sobrang busy kasi lately. I have new client, and I'm still not used to their editing requirement. Light editing kasi. As in feather light. I still haven't found the right mix of sweetness, tartness, and saltiness, in a manner of speaking. Plus nagkasakit pa ako ng sunod-sunod. So here I am, and here are my current favorites.

1. Palmolive Olive and Milk Body wash, ~80 PHP. "Infused with 100% natural milk proteins and olive extracts. Olive is known for conditioning your skin for that Ultra Moisture. Its rich formula will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth while its delicious scent lingers."

I wasn't really on the hunt for a new body wash, but I like smelling bath products whenever I'm grocery shopping, and I found this. It smells so good -- not quite Amazing Grace-good, but very good nonetheless. Ewan ko kung psychological yung effect, pero feeling ko my skin was so soft and smooth after, which lasted till the morning. Very reasonable yung price, ~80 PHP, and a little goes a long way. I hope they'd make a bar counterpart with matching lotion and/or body butter.

I just had to add Angel's picture as well. Isn't she gorgeous?
I don't think it is something a body wash, no matter how moisturizing, can give you.
Lest I get into some serious jologs fan war, I must say that I like Marian's beauty too, especially with her sunshiny, happy smile. *Defensive*

2. Giggles Baby Wipes, ~90 PHP. "Giggles Baby Wipes are silky soft and extra thick like a soft wash cloth. With moisturized aloe lotion contents. Alcohol-free. Gently formulated to clean and moisturize baby's delicate skin. Gentle enough to clean baby's face and hands."

I don't know how parents in the olden days survived without this. Seriously. We started regularly purchasing wet wipes when Sharkteeth was born -- she's almost a tweener now, and yet it's already part of our regular grocery purchases. One for each of us. We don't go on any long trip without it. Aside from its use on the body, I also use it to clean my leather bags because it's gentle and mild. Further, it's unscented and hindi sya malagkit unlike other wet wipes. Compared with other reputable wet wipes like Johnson's, Wet Ones, or Nivea, Giggles is the cheapest (per sheet).


3. Fossil Tree Jewelry Stand, ~2000 PHP. "Branch out with our vintage-inspired Tree Jewelry Stand. Use this multi-branched, antiqued brass-tone tree to organize all of your accessories--it's as functional as it is whimsical. Multi-branched brass ox-tone jewelry holder tree with chocolate brown wooden jewelry tray base."

I've been hankering for this for a couple of years na. Yes, ganun na katagal. Nag-sale sa Fossil USA kaso naubusan ako. Still haven't found one, even something similar. Malamang ay idi-DIY ko na lang. I like that it has a number of branches where I can hang rings and other accessories and that it is accented by a charming solitary bird. Update ko kayo pag nai-DIY ko.

4. Bonne Maman Apricot Preserves, ~250 PHP. "Bonne Maman Apricot Preserves glow with the orange-yellow luster of fresh, ripe apricots. Each jar of these 100% natural preserves is filled with pieces of apricot, which add sparks of acidic brightness and refreshing flavor. Deeply succulent, Bonne Maman Apricot Preserves is stimulating on toast and pastries and ideal for enhancing entrees."

I love this most with honey yogurt. Not too tart, not too sweet. Just perfect. I will try their grilled apricot chicken skewers, parang madaling lutuin and easy to pack for Sharkteeth's baon.

5. Tory Burch Jelly Reva. "The classic Reva, now as an adorable jelly. Rubber ballet flat with cutout logo disc at vamp. Vents at side. Logo-textured rubber sole."

I almost forgot about my pair na, pero naalala ko because of the recent storm and rain. These won't protect you from the cooties like a pair of rainboots would, but if you're not wading into a flood, they're okay. They have the right amount of pliability, but I had blisters when I first wore them. They dry easily, and if not already obvious, stylish enough to wear even during sunshiny days.

Picture credit to I don't wanna take a picture of mine kasi madumi pa.

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.

Another important note: None of these items are ads or sponsored.  Pero if Palmolive will give me a lifetime supply, o sige, kahit a month's supply, okay fine, kahit isang bote lang, hahahaha, ng
Palmolive Olive and Milk Body wash, I'd be most grateful. *Hint-hint*