Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sea Urchins

On my morning walks along the bay, I usually bring TheDog to the water, trying to coax him to swim or at least get used to water touching his fur. Giving him a bath at home is always like a farce -- me trying to get him near the water hose by tugging on his leash, him lying down trying not to move. He always gets up and acquiesce though when I use "the" tone, but not a moment too soon. Happily, he's now at least dog paddling.

Wait, wait, where was I?

The sea urchin roe, yes.




Sunday, May 24, 2015

Not-Quite-Smooth Criminal

Nakalimutan ko pala ikwento ang Manila leg ng vacation namin last April.

Sharkteeth attended a writing workshop in Pasig, but before the event, she wasn't feeling well na. Tuesday after we arrived from Baguio, nilagnat sya. I thought it was just fatigue from the trip, saka naulanan kami nung last day namin dun, pero pagdating ng Thursday, she was all poopy as well. Good thing she wasn't vomiting. She thought na baka dahil sa carinderia food nung last day namin sa Baguio. Possibly. I was a bit hesitant to let her go sa writing workshop, but since she seemed to be doing better by Friday morning, gora na kami. We were supposed to meet her ninang before the workshop, pero naka-ilang rescheduling din kami.

Anyway, we ate at Robinson's Forum before I checked in sa hotel. Aba, di pa kami tapos kumain, sumasakit na naman tummy nya. Poor bebe. After I checked in, we proceeded to the venue and signed up and all. She was feeling better naman na daw. Whereas last year her school had may delegates to the writing workshop, this year, they were only three, and she was the only girl, so sa dorm, isinama na lang sya sa mga delegates from the North.

I then went to Makati to meet Leah, who treated me sa isang pasta place sa Glorietta. (Thank you, Leah! Ano nga name nung restaurant?) It was so yummy. Dapat kasama si Diane, eh wala. D-R-A-W-I-N-G. Hehehehe! Joke lang, dear Diane! Matagal-tagal din kaming nagkwentuhan ni Leah, then lipat naman kami sa Vanilla Cupcake. Then Sharkteeth suddenly sent me a text saying she wasn't feeling well. Alam nyo naman ako, may hypochondria na, may paranoia pa. Hahahaha! Nagmadali talaga akong umalis. I was not even sure kung nakapag-goodbye ba ako kay Leah. Kahit surge rate ang Uber, pinatos ko. S didn't wanna leave sana, pero I couldn't let her be alone that night. Baka hindi lang ako makatulog sa pag-aalala. Pinilit ko syang mag-stay with me sa hotel.

Nung madaling-araw na, balik na naman sya ng balik sa restroom. I decided to bring her to the hospital na lang. Buti na lang, malapit lang ang Medical City. It was our first time there, and maganda yung place. Still, hospital pa rin. Kahit gaano kaganda, I'd rather na hindi pumunta dun. Very efficient ang staff. Pagka-submit ko ng health card namin, ni-admit kami sa rehydration room sa ER. Thank goodness she wasn't vomitting, so there wasn't any need for an IV. She only had to take oral rehydration fluid. And oh, I had to catch her poop for examination, para ma-determine kung viral or bacterial. If the latter kasi, she would need antibiotics. Eh para namang tukso -- kung kelan kailangan, saka wala. I was LITERALLY waiting for shit to happen. Tawa kami ng tawa ni S kasi whenever she felt like going, we'd troop to the restroom, with me crouching by her side, my hand extended, waiting to catch her poop. Ah, the *privileges* of being a mom! Alas, shy type yung poop. Nung una, kami lang sa rehydration room. Then, another child was brought in, appendicitis-suspect. The mom was freaking out. As in sinisigawan na yung nurses. Afraid kami ni S. Eventually, ni-admit na kasi nga parang appendicitis. We couldn't decide if we should check out na, kasi nga no poop pa rin for examination pa. Then may dumating uli, a toddler naman. Same case as S. Then the toddler pooped. As in projectile yata. Kalat-kalat sa bed. *Sorry, TMI.* Di kinaya ni S, naduduwal, lumabas ng room. Seconds later, di ko na rin kinaya. After that, we decided to leave na lang. The hell with poop. Like I said, TMC's staff are very efficient. In less than 15 minutes after I asked if we could leave, they prepared our bill and we were able to leave na. Pinabaunan na lang kami ng container if case may makuha kaming stool specimen.

I brought S back to the school and nag-stay na lang ako dun for the rest of the day, just in case may, uhm, "repeat performance". That night,  nakitulog kami sa Quezon City, but she seemed to be better na. I brought her back sa school in the morning, and I went home to my parent's place to rest.

Come Monday, I picked her up, and in the evening, we met with her ninang, my dearest friend M. Kulang yung kwentuhan namin -- happy news, sad news, commiserations, triumphs. So bitin! You know how it is with good friends, right? You don't see each other for a very long time, and yet when you see each other, you just pick up from where you left off. Kilig na kilig si S kasi binigyan sya ng autographed copies ng Alice-Miranda books and a signed poster. #HappyKid


♥♥♥

On to our trip home.

Alam nyo naman ang Team KoKo -- laging may sablay pagdating sa trips. Hehehehe. Diba I bought ceramics? Well, as expected, overbaggage ako. The day before our trip home, I asked TheHusband to buy for us 15 kg of baggage allocation. Nagkaka-problema sa communication kasi he left his phone with me. There was a lot of going back and forth. Then sabi nya okay na daw.

Pagdating namin sa T3, we had five bags with us. I thought I'd check in the two biggest ones. Nung i-issue na ang boarding pass, wala daw kaming baggage allocation, according to the ground steward. She was asking if I was going to purchase baggage allocation. But it was so much more expensive than prepaid allocation.

"Ma'am, bibili ba kayo ng baggage allocation? Kasi excess baggage na kayo," she repeated. Hehehe, I LIED.  Me (airily, trying to be nonchalant): "Ay, no need na. I'll just have them picked up and shipped via CebuPac cargo." *Liar, liar, pants on fire.*

I wasn't about to shell out a ton of money para sa baggage namin. But I couldn't leave them either. Sayang ang mga cutie ceramics!!! I toyed with the idea of throwing out some of our clothes, but didn't. Shipping it with CebuPac cargo was out of the question kasi gipit na sa oras. Saka sobrang traffic! (Ibang level na ang traffic sa Manila! Di ko kinaya! #Dumaguetefied)

Punta kami ni S sa isang corner and repacked everything. I don't know how we did it, but we were able to fit five huge bags into four. (#Talent) Sabi ko kay S huwag syang mag-rekla-reklamo or magmukhang nahihirapan sa buhat-buhat nyang backpack and maleta pagdaan namin sa guard kasi baka ipa-offload yung gamit namin. Eh na-conscious si Kulet. She plastered a fake smile on her face that will only make you suspicious. Hahaha! Thankfully, nalagpasan namin ang final check, even with a 15-kg overbaggage. Grabe. Pinawisan ako ng malapot. Parang kriminal lang. Saka, grabe ha, parang matatanggal ang braso ko sa buhat-buhat kong bag. Pati maleta ni S, buhat ko.

Suspect 1
So there. Lagi na lang, lagi na lang...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: Milagro Sa Agoo

Sino sa inyo nakakaalala kay Judiel Nieva? Itaas ang kamay!
Eh sa Agoo Apparition? Itaas ang paa!
Joke!

Well, apparently, it was all a big joke lang daw. Quite frankly, I don't know what to believe. On the one hand, it was declared as Constat de Non Supernaturalitate (Latin, "clearly evident to be not supernatural") in 1993 by a theological commission, taking into account the financial corruption of family and Judiel's transsexualism, but I hardly think transsexualism is mutually exclusive with apparitions. On the other hand, purporting pig's blood to be divine blood does raise a red flag.

Oh, I'm straying from my kwento.

Si Madear, member sya ng DMI, and they organized a trip, and excursion if you may, to Agoo. Syempre, moi is the dakilang alalay. Ewan ko ba kung bakit lagi akong isinasama ni Madear sa mga excursion nila -- I'm not exactly the extroverted sort, wala halos akong peers na kasama, tapos usually big groups talaga yun, kanya-kanyang reklamo (maiihi, matatae, bibili ng buko pie, bibili ng bagoong, etc.). Dutiful daughter that I am, sumasama naman ako.

Mabalik tayo sa kwentong Agoo. So we rented a bus, brought food, and trudged on to Agoo. We got there mid-morning. Akyat kami sa bundok (or was it a hill?), even the old-timers and Thandercatz. Napakaraming tao. Napakainit! Glamour ceased to exist that day. (Ang tanong: Meron ba in the first place?!)

Tingin kami sa kalangitan, hoping for a miracle. Then, biglang nagkagulo!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Peter Rabbit Love

Thank you, Derdo.

How I love this. Not only is it utterly cute, it also came when I wasn't feeling particularly cheery -- the thoughtfulness that came along with it was the perfect pick-me-up. Sharkteeth has since exacted a promise from me that we're gonna SHARE the present, although truth be told, she's using it exclusively and it is I who have to ask HER permission when I want to use it. Tsssskkk...I'm such a doormat. :)

Thank you so much, Derdo.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: Usisera, Beta Version

Bata pa lang ako, may mga senyales na ng aking, uhmmm, inquisitive nature. Read: usisera. Back when I was in Grade 2, ninakawan ang simbahan sa tabi ng school that I was attending. The thieves (I assumed na plural kasi mahihirapan kung mag-isa lang) stole the ornate silver panels decorating the altar. See the gilded gold altar? That's where the silver panels used to be.

Source: Wikipedia


Saturday, May 09, 2015

Cutie Baguio Ukay Finds

As promised, here are a few of my Baguio finds. I still couldn't find the others, so hindi ko ma-post lahat. I don't remember exactly how much each cost, but the price range was 35 (Peter Rabbit [PR] bowl) to 250 pesos (PR dessert cup+saucer boxed set). Ang dami ko nang PR stuff. I am not even actively collecting...napansin ko na lang, dumarami na sila. Derdo gave me a Peter Rabbit plate+bowl set in a quilted basket, and it's so adorable and charming. *Thank you, Derdo!* I'll post it in the future -- it needs a post of its own kasi nga super cute.

My Melody ceramic trinket box
For Sharkteeth

Friday, May 08, 2015

Easy And Filling Ham, Egg, And Cheese Bun

I'm a fan of the One-Pot Chef, and he inspired me to make these ham, egg, and cheese buns. I swear they're very easy to make.

1. You'll need some buns (something big and preferably crusty/flakey on the outside), ham slices, eggs, cheese (I used orange cheddar), pepper, and onion stalks (for garnish). I added a couple of pepperoni slices per bun (not in the picture, it was an afterthought).



Thursday, May 07, 2015

Hellooowww!!!

Hellooooowwww!  How are you all? I hope you all had a restful weekend. Especially all laborers like me. You know, if there is one holiday that I always celebrate (by not working), it is Labor Day. 'Cause not doing so seems sadly ironic.

It was TheHusband's birthday last weekend, and we were supposed to go to Bohol for some R&R, but apparently, Oceanjet's Bohol schedule has been moved to late afternoon and it's not worth going there paying for a whole day of hotel accommodation yet arriving early in the evening. We decided to go to Siquijor instead.

BUT WAIT, it ain't over till it's over!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Reese's Bread

With Sharkteeth home 24/7, I am constantly being badgered for food. As in kakatapos lang ng breakfast, "Mymy, do we have some spuds? Can you make me some chips?" "Mymy, what's for lunch?" "Mymy, Mymy, I'm so hungry na..." Kaya heto, ilabas ang talent sa improvisation. As always, I need something easy to cook or make. I saw this being featured online and instead of making something savory, I decided to make something sweet.

I sliced a batard, making a crisscut pattern. I then spread peanut butter between the slices and added chocolate chips. You can add as much choco chips as you want, I won't stop you. Heat in the oven at around 350°F till the chocolate chips soften. Boom panes!

Say bye-bye to the bewang!

Sorry, I haven't posted my flea market finds. Sharkteeth and I got cough and cold after we got back home and I wasn't feeling so good last week. I finished the book I was working on, and it really drained me. I spent the rest of the weekdays and the weekend resting. Hopefully, I can get on with it this week. For the meantime, feast your eyes on this delicious Reese's bread.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Baguio Sojourn Summer 2015

I know, I know, I promised I would never, ever, ever go to Baguio during the Holy Week, but it was a pretty long holiday, sayang naman. Plus ang init na sa Dumags. So gora kami.

Our bus ticket to Baguio was for April 2, 8 am, pero evening of April 1 pa lang, nasa Manila na kami. Our flight to Manila, although delayed, was uneventful. I actually thought na cancelled na yung flight. Puro day flights lang dito sa Dumaguete kasi may sunset limitation. Buti na lang we have longer days and napilit pa rin na makapag-take off ang plane. During the flight, Sam was the first to win in Cebu Pac's in-flight contest; ako na sana ang tatawagin for the next question, but oddly, inabutan ako ng hiya and I asked na iba na lang ang tawagin -- mukha naman kaming dayukyok sa prizes. I only want the glory. Hehehe. Truth be told, we have tons of Cebu Pac prizes na. Since our very first flight together, madalas na kaming manalo. I still remember the first time we won -- it was then-TheFiancé-now-TheHusband who gave the right object for the "Bring Me" game. The flight crew asked for 1000 diez (10 cents). I took the question at its face value, and I was thinking of literally 1000 pieces of 10 cents. Meanwhile, TheHusband whipped out a 100-peso bill. Yay!

Oh, nawala na ako sa kwento. Anyhoo, since we are about 12 hours early for our bus trip, we decided to queue sa chance-passenger line. Around 3 am, nakasakay na kami. Tulog kami during most of the trip, except for food and bathroom breaks. We arrived in the city around 11 in the morning. We decided to purchase our return tickets, which was a great idea kasi ubusan ang Sunday tickets to Manila. We proceeded to eat, and when we got to the hotel (Bloomfield), tamang-tama lang sa 2 pm check-in time. 

Burham Park seems to be undergoing beautification. They now have a rose garden, which, although still not very lush, has a profusion of color. I can't wait to see (and smell!!!) them in their full bloom. There are also gingerbread houses and some new gazebos.

Cuter together


Friday, April 17, 2015

Alive, Not Quite Alert, And Definitely Unenthusiastic


Hey! Hey! Hey! Sorry for my long absence. Just got back a couple of days ago from our, uhm, long "vacation" and I'm still trying to get my groove back. I'm still struggling with a job that I've been doing since March, but I hope to start chatting again next week. I have a ton of stories that I want to tell, but most are, in Diane's parlance, password protected. Oh well. I will share my Baguio flea market finds (so many cute stuff!) and a couple of tips when traveling. Till next week!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Nothing Much Happening Here

Busy-busy-han muna ako, dear friends. I'm editing a book, and my sanity is at the breaking point. I want to cry na sa hirap, pero I can't. I physically cannot cry over such stress no matter how much I try. So when a Twitter notification came, I was over the moon. Hehehe, I'm shallow that way.

Uuuuuuyyyy...kinikilig
The thread is here.
I can't pretend to to understand quantum physics mechanics and parallel universes, but there's one thing I am sure of --  I'm soooooo kilig. Hehehe. To celebrate, I will re-watch Wimbledon and Knight's Tale.

♥♥♥

I'm so excited for our Baguio trip and at the same time terrified at the possibility of being stuck in a giant traffic jam. Ticket pa lang sa Victory Liner, pahirapan nang kumuha. I can only blame ABS-CBN and their Forevermore series for the resurgence of people's interest in Baguio. For the longest time, friends seem to find it odd, to say the least, that we always return to Baguio. Then suddenly I noticed my FB feed filled with pictures of friends and relatives going to Baguio. Yung series pala ang dahilan. Boo. Hehehehe. I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures, my favorite veggie dishes, and syempre ang pag-uukay (I'm still a bit upset for not getting a boxed pair of Tiffany goblets and YSL and Sonia Rykiel teacup+saucer sets). Pero malamang magtutulog lang naman ako. Hahaha!

♥♥♥


May your holidays bring a bit of rest to the body and the soul. Laterz!



Friday, March 20, 2015

Practical Happiness



You know the feeling...may mga araw when you simply don't feel positive or happy. When you feel like Charlie Brown or Lady Edith. When all you want to do is curl up in your bed.

Pa'no bang maging masaya? 

Much as I want to dish off my usual crappy banal lines, like "The fact na nagising ka kaninang umaga is a reason for happiness" or "Having [insert something obvious, like kids, wealth, roof over your head, food] is happiness in itself", we all know that doesn't work. If you're anything like me, self-help books never help either. Pagbukas ko pa lang ng book, my eyes glaze over and my mind flies. Motivational seminars neither work. I'd get so pumped up at first, but the glow of the inspirational talk seems to fade as quickly as the seminar is over. Plus paying for a pep talk seems stupid for a kuripot person like me.

Paano nga ba?


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: Ipiseseseses!

Derdo shared this in Facebook a couple of days ago.

Please ignore the completely unrelated background.
It was either this or a picture of an ipis. No contest, obviously.
From Femina
So true, right? Why does it fly to you when you're trying to murder it? Burst of bravado? Or perhaps a bluff? Which usually works, by the way! And why are the so hard to kill? They're terrorists, I tell you.

Back in college, we had to dissect those damned insects for our Invertebrate Biology class. We were teamed up in twos, and fortunately, I got teamed with my best friend. Afraid na ako sa simula pa lang, but I thought na kakayanin ko naman. Walang kalaban-laban yung cockroach -- it was pinned to the dissecting pan and there was no chance of it flying.

I was feigning bravery and failing in each passing moment, PERO once I sliced it open, it emitted a smell so foul!!! I retched. My friend, who had been so patient with my kaartehan, took over and did the rest of the dissection. Grabe, I owe her my life. Friends forever, teh!

Anyway, hindi yan ang main kwento.

I was living alone in a one-room apartment in a seedy part of Parañaque near the office. Before sleeping, I noticed a tiny part of the ceiling fell. I didn't pay much attention, thinking I can tell the owner the next day.

So nakatulog na ako. Around midnight, I heard more pieces of wood falling. Kebs lang. Back to sleep. 

THEN NAGISING AKO, WITH A THOUSAND COCKROACHES SCRAMBLING ALL OVER MY FACE AND BODY. ALL OVER THE ROOM. And the all-too familiar foul smell permeating my room. I was living a nightmare. I was screaming. And I thought I'd pass out.

Thankfully, I was able to take a hold of myself and I tried to kill as many as I could and I opened the windows and the door and let the living leave (take no prisoners!) and then I swept the rest out. Di na ako nakatulog after that. I closed the hole in the ceiling. I inspected every nook and cranny and washed every surface with disinfectant. Deodorized the room. Buti maliit lang yung room ko. I felt violated. Took a bath twice. Or was it thrice?

Still traumatized till now. Seriously, can you give me one positive contribution of cockroaches to our ecology? No, I didn't think so. And whoever eradicates cockroaches deserves a Nobel Prize. But until then, I'm keeping my bug spray with me. #LoveYouBaygon! :)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Favorite Five: Kate Spade Love

Matagal na pala akong walang Friday Favorite Five post. Coincidentally, a week ago, Derdo sent me a link to Kate Spade's new collection. Lahat maganda! I want them all, pero I'll limit this post to five. And believe me, nahirapan talaga akong i-trim down to five.


1. Spring forward flowerpot crossbody, $328.00: "For our spring forward line, our designers embraced their inner eccentrics, creating a collection of whimsical handbags that celebrate the season; this witty flowerpot-shaped cross-body, for example, brings the delights of the garden to any ensemble."

I love this the most in the entire spring collection. Imagine, a flower pot bag? Quirky and functional. I can imagine Zooey Deschanel carrying this.


2. Blooms fit and flare dress, $398.00: "Spring is (finally) in the air, and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than by donning a pretty dress. our flower-covered fit-and-flare certainly fits the bill—in fine cotton, with just the right amount of stretch, it’s perfect for garden parties, brunches and picnics in the park."

Nothing like flowers to perk up your day, right? Well, except for coffee, that is. Marian Rivera ang peg ng dress na ito.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Gourmet(?!) Tuyo In Oil

Madear and Fadear sent us so many packs of tuyo and tinapa, but the former was so salty, medyo naawa ako sa kidneys namin. Ayoko namang itapon. Waste not, want not. And you know me, Ms. Make Do, Ms. Improvise, Ms. I-have-a-solution-for-that. My (delicious) solution? Gourmet tuyo in oil.

1. Lightly fry the tuyo in corn oil. (You can use canola or sunflower or any other oil that doesn't taste nutty). After frying, let the tuyo soak in oil. I did that to get as much salt off as possible. Then I drained the oil.



2. Remove the scales by firmly holding it by the tail and running a knife just underneath the scales from above the tail going up toward the head. If properly fried and soaked, it should be easy to remove. After removing the scales, fillet and remove the bones. Arrange the fillets in a bottle.

 

3. In a saucepan, add a bit of oil and sauté minced garlic. When the garlic is transluscent, add sun-dried tomatoes, chili flakes, ground pepper, whole black pepper, and olives. You can add capers as well. Be sure to wash the olives to remove the saltiness. Turn down the heat to avoid burning the garlic.  Add half a cup of corn oil, half a cup of olive oil, and one-third cup of vinegar. Let this simmer for a few minutes. Turn off the fire and let the mixture cool.



4. Pour over the tuyo fillets. Let it rest a bit to let the flavor of the oil seep through the fillets.



Et voila!




I was supposed to give away the other jar, pero sorry, masarap eh, and naubos agad namin yung isang bottle and wanted more. :) Soweeee... Di bale, pag-uwi ko sa Bulacan sa April, I'll buy lots of tuyo and make one na pang-giveaway.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Remembrance Of Youth

There's a forest near our home. Actually, "forest"   is too generous a term. It's just a piece of land with a few trees and overtaken by decaying fallen leaves and weeds. Sharkteeth was complaining that we have stopped going to the fields, and when I asked her to go to the forest with me during the Chinese New Year break, she was of course excited. So off we went -- moi, TheHusband, Sharkteeth, and TheDog. TheDog, with this usual bravado, charged ahead of us. I saw a foot path leading to a cacao tree. There are a number of fallen cacao fruits, but most were worm-infested and I didn't dare open them further. There are others that were sliced open and with pods spirited away, perhaps by the noisy kids who visit the forest every so often, collecting dry wood and fruits from the trees. There's also a breadfruit tree, but I didn't go anywhere near it. There are lots of decaying leaves around it. In short, takot ako sa ahas. Sharkteeth was agitated because she didn't expect the place to be so littered with dry leaves. And she shares my fear of snakes. So we didn't stay long. Just long enough to take pictures. I was calling out for TheDog, but he was nowhere to be found. After we left the forest and crossed the field, I saw TheDog, waiting for us outside the field. Loyalty-schloyalty. Hmmmppp...

I thoroughly enjoyed going to the forest however short it was. It reminded me of the simple and careless days of my childhood when I would go to the forest near our home, picking up guavas, cashews, duhat...then sitting on a low-lying branch of the old mango tree, munching on my finds. I can still remember when that old mango tree fell. It was a humid summer night, and it made a big, loud boom when it fell. Apparently, the huge trunk of the mango tree was already hollow and gave, and inside, there were numerous bee and wasp colonies. We collected honey and a number of orchid-like plants with flowers. Come to think of it, my childhood was so privileged. I mean, how many can say that they rode a paragos or planted corn and peanuts or got chased by a hot-tempered carabao known to have impaled someone. Well, okay, the last one isn't really a privilege. But let me say this, it has got to be the fastest run I've ever done or ever will. [I'm so sorry, Auntie P, but when that carabao was stolen and butchered, I chuckled a little.]  

Needless to say, I'll be back. Besides,  I'm waiting for a cacao pod to ripen. :) Hopefully, it would still be there when I come back.

Munchies

Lantanas?

I think this is a lantana flower. I think lang ha?


Beauty everywhere, even in decay

I'd like to imagine this as the portal to the forest

Canopy of the palm "portal"


Tree canopy


Orb weaver spider

Cacao tree with fruit


Bread fruit
Click this one to enlarge the picture. It's a beautiful tree.
My faithful steed. Weh? Di nga?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

2015 Feeling PiP Semi-DIY Planner

For the first time in years, I didn't buy a planner. At first, I thought of buying refills for my old planner, but TheHusband implied, or rather led me to believe, that he was getting me a Kate Spade planner. Kasi I manage all our bills, and I saw he charged something sa Kate Spade. So I told him that I already know he was getting me something from Kate Spade for Christmas and I asked if it's the journal I liked. Oo daw. Ako naman, si uto-uto, naniwala kaagad. So hindi na ako bumili ng planner. By the time I realized na hindi planner (it was a Gramercy locket watch, if you're curious), it was a bit late to order refills na, kasi it's coming from Taiwan pa and takes like a month. Although Derdo gave me a mom planner [thank you, Derdo!!!], which I solely devoted to my mommy duties, I still needed something that I can bring along with me everywhere.

TheHusband gave me one of the planners he got last Pasko. I don't wanna sound ungrateful, pero di talaga appealing sa akin ang hitsura nung planner. Sorry. I mean faux ostrich in plastic? So not me. I want it flamboyant! Colorful! Bright! Happy! Not brown. In short, KSP.


No recourse but to DIY the "prettification." I downloaded this charming PiP wallpaper and printed it on a textured low-grammage board. I used a low-density paper because I'm retaining the original cardboard cover of the planner and I don't want the extra weight or bulk. Unfortunately, it can only cover the front part of the planner, but it's okay, I can live with that. I used another piece of textured board for the back cover. I then pasted them together over the planner's cardboard cover using contact cement (rugby). I didn't want to use water-based glue, as it might seep into the paper board and ruin the print. Hayun, amoy-rugby yung planner pagkatapos.*High*


I first mitered the corner of the cover to remove extra bulk, then proceeded to round them out using my ever-trusty Carl corner rounder to go with the rounded corners of the pages. Seriously, it's one of my most favorite crafting tools, along with my hammer-on punchers, super-cheap self-healing cutting mat, and Carl and Fiskars cutters.

I then covered it with iron-on flexible vinyl. It was a flea market find, and I hoped there would be more rolls available. Alas, it was the only one. So ngayon, tipid na tipid ang gamit because I'm reserving the rest for another project. I then covered the inside with another low-grammage board, but non-textured this time. I first folded it into two and cut its sides (except the side attached to the spine), but a bit smaller in dimension (by ~2 mm) than the cover. Then I attached one of the folded leaf to the inside cover. I did the same for the other cover.


It looked bubbly at first, but when I ironed it over, it molded itself to the texture of the paper.


So here's the finished product. I'm so happy how it turned out. Happier still that I didn't have to buy a planner.

et voila!




PS: I promised Baan that I'd post this last night, but I had my annual eye checkup yesterday, and the doctor did a further test, a test that involved dilating my pupils. So for about four to five hours yesterday afternoon till the evening, my eyesight was blurry and the lights seemed to glare harshly. Back in the doctor's office, it seemed okay, but going home, it felt a bit disconcerting. Sus, ang haba ng paliwanag ko. Punta na nga lang ako sa presinto. :)




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mga Nakaraang Kabanata

Hectic ang lola nyo these past weeks. Stress Oreña-Drilon levelz.

Actually, January pa lang medyo stressed na ako. May book kasi akong ine-edit na medyo sabog-sabog, plus I was preparing for Fadear's 70th birthday party. Nagkasakit aso ko. Then bumabalik ang headaches ni Sharkteeth (stress-related yata). Buhay ang Ebay sales ko nun (kailangan ng moolah eh). Saka may hinihintay akong shipment ng Cath Kidstons. So there.

Happily, dumating naman yung Cath Kidston loot before we left for Manila. The transit time was very long (~25 days), but that was the only problem I encountered. Claiming at the Customs Office was a breeze. Wala ka-proble-problema. "Claiming at the Customs Office was a breeze. Wala ka-proble-problema" -- sa akin nyo lang yata naririnig ang ganyang linya, ano? Kasi when I check comments [rants?] online, seems everybody's complaining about exorbitant and unfair charges, long lines, rude clerks, etc. It's the opposite here. Everyone is polite and walang hidden charges. Everything is above board.


The pink bookbag is mine, in honor of the Cath Kidston sisterhood. [Sorry, Leah and Diane, di ako mahilig sa dark blue eh.] Yung iba, orders nung dalawa and intended gifts. Ang ku-cute! Pero last na ito for a long stretch. Waley na akong pera. 






Masaya yung party ni Fadear. Andun ang mga friends and family. Ang daming food. As in sobra-sobra. May pa-take-home pa sa guests. :) Pagdating ng hapon, puro thandercatz na ang guests. Tumakas na ako sa party. Niyaya ko si TheHusband mag-Trinoma. Got some stuff in Japan Home.



Aside from the Hello Kitty stuff, I got some window stickers and other anik-aniks. I wasn't planning on buying anything, pagdating ko sa counter, 700+ na ang bill ko!!! Anyare?  Daiso happened. Hehehe...

I met with Diane para iabot yung Cath Kidston bag nya. I would have wanted to stay and chat about our own "Charantia moments," pero medyo excited si TheHusband sa Uniqlo sale, so hit and run lang ang siste namin ni Diane. [Thank you, dear Diane, for the pastries. So sweet of you! Perfect medicine for bitterness.] Pagdating sa Uniqlo, wala namang nabili si TheHusband. :( But he bought me a pair of pink patent loafers sa Forever 21. [Thank you, babe!] So comfy ha?! Di ako umasa ng fabulous na quality (because Forever 21), pero I used them for two days straight, walang breaking-in period, sabak agad sa lakaran. Happily, I didn't get any blisters or foot pain. Yay!

When we returned to Manila, Sharkteeth and I had our annual physical exam in Medicard. The process was okay, but some areas can be improved on. After our checkup and checking in sa GoHotel, TheHusband and Sharkteeth went for some [window] shopping sa Megamall. Naiwan na ako sa hotel to work. ♪♫ All by myself...don't wanna be all by myself anymore ♪♫ Hirap na hirap naman akong mag-work kasi hindi ako sanay sa laptop and only finished a chapter.

On the day of our flight, we went to the wake of the husband of our ninang (sa kasal). :( He was only 71. Too young, if you ask me.


On our way to the airport, nasabak kami sa todong traffic, and surprise, surprise, naiwan kami ng eroplano. SO NOT FUNNY! Well, technically, hindi naman kami naiwan, nandun pa naman ang eroplano, but the passengers were boarding na and they didn't allow us to board anymore. :( Sadness, kasi ang mahal ng bagong tickets, aside from the fact that Sibulan's airport has sunset limitation and the next flight to Dumaguete will be on the next day na. We decided to fly that night to Mactan, Cebu, then take a bus going to Liloan, then ferry to Sibulan, and finally, trike to Dumaguete. It was exhausting. Awang-awa ako kay Sharkteeth kasi she really loses her head pag kulang sa tulog or naiistorbo ang tulog. But what can I do naman, diba?

TIPS: If you are in Terminal 3 and your flight is in Terminal 1 or 2, you don't have to go out to get a connecting ride. Dun sa may elevator bank sa right (if you are facing the airport), there's a hallway marked "Transfers," which leads to a PAL counter. After presenting your tickets, they'd fix you up with a van free of charge. It passes inside the airport complex. No need na makipag-unahan at makipagsisikan sa van sa labas, and you can avoid traffic as well. I'm not sure though if it is only available to PAL passengers or there's a different counter for other plane companies. Also, while I rarely fly with PAL because their fares are expensive, for urgent flights, PAL is your best bet, because, as I mentioned in another post, even if you are taking the next available flight, their rates do not change, unlike CebuPac, whose rates increase exponentially as your flight date approaches.

Also, napansin nyo ba, parang mas refined ang crew (both ground and flight) ng PAL -- they are all well-dressed, polite, poised, and proper. Meanwhile, ang dalas kong may nakikitang crew ng CebuPac, huddled together over their phones or what-nots, nakasalampak sa floor ng Terminal 3. Most likely, they have already clocked off, but still, they were wearing their company's colors -- medyo turnoff pa rin. Even the interiors of PAL planes seem better, more spacious, cleaner. Pagpasok namin ng plane, Business Class ang tumambad sa amin. Sharkteeth was so impressed with the wide and plush seats. She thought, or rather hoped, na dun ang seats namin. Crestfallen ang bebe ghel when we were relegated to the economy seats together with the rest of hoi polloi that we truly are. Hahaha! Sus, basta makarating ng maluwalhati sa Cebu, okay na ako. And maluwalhati, it indeed was.

Liloan Pier
You can hardly see it, but the water was so clear that even in the darkness, you can see the bottom.

I like night flights. Manila, while in darkness, is lit beautifully. It's quite a sight. And it brought a certain amount of peace and calm to my cray-cray day. The flight was on time, and it was past 10 pm when we landed at Mactan International Airport. We got a cab to get to South Plaza in Cebu City, where the bus terminals are. We initially thought that the first trip will be around 2 am, but apparently, there are trips leaving every hour, and we were able to leave before 1 am. Ang bilis ng byahe namin going to Liloan, Santander, the southernmost part of Cebu and closest to Sibulan and Dumaguete. Parang past 3:00 am, nandun na kami. But the first ferry ride leaves at 4:30 pm, and we slept in the port terminal. The ferry ride from Liloan to Sibulan was pretty short as well, ~15 minutes. We then rode a trike going to Dumaguete, and after 20 minutes or so, HOME SWEET HOME! Poor bebe ghel and TheHusband, they had to go to school and work, respectively. Meanwhile, moi, ang sarap ng tulog, despite the work awaiting. Mag-a-alas dose na ng tanghali ng magising ako. :)

Ayoko nang maiwan uli ng eroplano. It's so expensive kaya! Plus I'm so thanders na to be doing these plane-cab-bus-ferry-trike transfers all in one night. I'm not even the adventurous sort. Although I gotta admit, I'm proud to say that I didn't lose my patience at all in our "adventure." Admittedly, I was a bit sad kasi nga dagdag expenses, but then, as TheHusband said, we should just be thankful we can afford to buy new tickets. Silver lining, yeah, we should always look for it.



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Little Bars Of Happiness And Sunshine


I admit, in the ignorance of my youth, I turned up my nose on lemon bars and other lemon-based desserts. I mean, it's a baked treat, for goodness' sake, why muck it up with tartness? [Silly me, what's sugar for?!] I remember buying a tiny bar in the office cafeteria, you know, try-try lang. Boy, was it SOOOO GOOD!!! So good that I bought four or five more. Okay, fine, aaminin ko na, seven bars! Seven more bars of  happiness and sunshine! But it was pretty expensive for something that was smaller than a matchbox. Fifteen pesos, if I remember it right. I saw a recipe in a local daily and tried it. It was by Crukitchen, and it was so easy to bake, and delicious, of course.



Crukitchen Lemon Bars

2 c all-purpose flour
1 c powdered sugar
1 c butter, melted
4 medium eggs
2 c white granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ c all-purpose flour
½ c lemon juice
Additional powdered sugar for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan and line with waxed paper. Grease waxed paper. (Or use nonstick baking paper.)
2. Combine flour, powdered sugar and butter in a bowl. Mix until very smooth and evenly yellow in color. Pat into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly golden.
3. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, white sugar, baking powder, flour and lemon juice until fluffy. Pour over the hot crust.
4. Return crust to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes more or until light golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack. Dust the top with powdered sugar then cut into bars.
  


Sunday, February 01, 2015

Mga Istoryang Sinauna: Ang Alupihan At Ang "Ibon"

Ikinuwento ito kay TheHusband. Hindi pwedeng hindi ko i-share kasi super funny.


♥♥♥

Bumisita ang mga magulang ng magulang ni G, i.e., kanyang lolo at lola. Nakapangbahay lang ang kanyang tatay, at dali-dali nyang hinubad ang kanyang shorts at sinuot ang pantalong nakasabit sa dingding. Nagmadali niyang pinapasok ang kanyang mga in-laws.

Di pa nagtatagal sa pagkakaupo ang kanyang in-laws, may naramdaman syang gumagapang sa kanyang binti, sa loob ng pantalon. Sa takot nya, dali-dali nyang hinubad ang kanyang pantalon!

Sa palagay nyo sobrang nakakahiya na hinubad nya ang kanyang pantalon sa harap ng kanyang in-laws?

Perhaps. 


BUT WAIT!

Sa sobrang pagmamadali nya, di nya napansin kasama palang nahubad ang kanyang BRIEF!!!


Out came the centipede, out came the bird.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Overheard

May injury si Kelly, yung aso ko. Quietly moping around the house.

Sharkteeth: How are you, Kelly? Still feeling down?
Kelly: ...
Sharkteeth: Silent treatment, eh? I can play that game...
Kelly: ...
#HindiKaMananaloDyanAnak

On the way to school, may nasalubong sina  Sharkteeth na Army truck with soldiers...

Sharkteeth:  Oh, no! I've been found.
#PugaSaBatas

Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 And The Promises It Holds

It's almost the end of January, and I haven't done much really other than work. I'm not saying working isn't important, because it puts food on the table and, of course, it can be argued that work gives me the wherewithal to feed the soul, to be happy, if you may. Just that I want to do more in my pursuit of happiness. And this year, this 2015, I promise to be more proactive in pursuing it. Go! Go! Go!

I want to do more arts and crafts, sewing, and DIYs. I have a ton of projects, and I want to finish least one a week. I've already started refurbishing bags again, and I finished two last week. Not bad at all. Slowly but surely. I want to try my hand at dyeing and recoloring bags as well, and Sharkteeth wants a new quilt. Sana.

Another thing that I want, that I've been trying (emphasis on trying) to do for years now, is living light. I want to lessen my frivolous expenses and be in a better financial state. Some of you know that I have a bit(?) of hoarding and impulse-buying tendencies. It's something that I've come to terms with and accepted, but I don't equate my acceptance with justification or a license to continue wanton spending, neither would I contradict it with single-minded thriftiness or extreme frugality. Faced with a potential purchase, I now ask myself the following questions:
1. Do you already have one (or two, three) at home?
If the answer is yes, stop, just stop. Do you want to be THAT relative whom nobody wants to visit because of all your clutter?!
2. If you tire of it, would you be able to sell it?
If the answer is no, put it down. Ang dami mo nang kalat sa bahay.
3. Does it fit you now, not tomorrow, not next month, not after you shed those pounds, now?
If the answer is no, put it back on the hanger and return. Exercise and diet, then let's talk again when you lose weight.
4. Do you have a particular person in mind if you're planning to give it as a gift?
If the answer is no, then don't get it. Buy a gift shortly before sending it.
Of all these challenge questions, it's the fourth that I am having trouble with because I don't like scrambling for a gift. But for the sake of my goals, I will at least try. Try.

Still on the topic of light living, I will be more active again in Ebay, selling stuff. I'll be shooting two birds with one stone: I can clear my inventory and earn at the same time. Cha-ching! Cha-ching! Cha-ching!

I also want to apply light living on relationships. The end of 2014 brought me so much stress, Facebook being one of the sources. There were so much petty, and otherwise, high school intrigues (I know, right?! ) and cliquish behavior that went on and on and on, and I'm assuming, still going on, that I just up and left our FB reunion groups and chats and unfriended tons of high school classmates. I don't have anything against those classmates I removed, but as THE Tina Tagle said, "I just don’t see any point why you’re in my list and we don’t talk. I feel like I’m being stalked." It's one of the best things I've ever done so far this 2015 in service of my pursuit of happiness. I felt so relieved after. Parang pigsa na natanggal yung "mata" -- sorry for the kadiri analogy, but that's the closest I can come up with. Can you just feel the sense of relief?

To 2015 and its promises!  Cheers!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Stress Oreña Drilon

You know it's never good when a call is opened by, along with crying, "Mymy, please keep calm. Don't panic!"

I was on my way to pick up Sharkteeth when she called and asked me to come get her ASAP because she tripped while walking down the ramp and hurt herself. Imagining horrible scenarios, I was screaming and panicking, which made her cry even more. When I arrived at the school, she was alone and crying. She has a huge bump on the forehead and numerous abrasions on her arms. I wanted to bring her to the doctor, but she didn't want to. She's terrified of doctors and hospitals. Lagi kasing nagkakasakit, and her checkups turned to hospitalization one time too many. Si Dr. Mymy na lang ang nag-treat sa mga sugat. Which took, like, two hours kasi takot sya sa Betadine. I was rolling my eyes na. "Mymy! Stop rolling your eyes! Can't you see I'm in pain?!" Soweeeeee....

She's okay now.

I'm not. Napakahirap maging nanay. I don't think I would ever stop worrying about her. Every little cut, every little bump, every little sadness hurts me hundred times over. If only I can kiss away the hurts like when she was a baby. And she's not exactly the dainty sort. One time I kept looking for her around the campus grounds but couldn't find her. Then across the basketball court, I saw a kid at the back of the basketball board. I thought, "Naaaah, it can't be Sharkteeth...that board is too high for her." It was Sharkteeth. Hay. I will always worry. 




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ang Papa, Mga Papa, And Everything In Between

May papal high pa ba kayo? Ako, almost back to normal programming na. (Ang Rappler, parang hindi pa. Hehehe.) I only watched the youth encounter ('cause, you know, I'm young, hehehe) in UST and the pope's, and his entourage's, departure, which brought me a tinge of sadness, dunno why.

It's remarkable how the visit of the pope, which brought millions of people together, unwittingly became an object of discord. After a former colleague posted some particularly biting criticism about the arrival of the pontiff, the Internet bit back (which is an understatement) and gave him the equivalent of electronic fire and brimstone.

Honestly, I wasn't surprised naman sa sinabi nya, in fact, when I saw the screencap of his infamous statement, I just shrugged my shoulders. Although, I admit, kahit nakakahiya, at the start of the brouhaha, I did have some "fun" about it. Alam naman siguro ng lahat how I love, ehem, "information" (read: gossip -- naku! magagalit ang pope sa akin), and pinag-chismis-an talaga namin ng mga friends and former officemates ko. Pero as the day, and the weekend, progressed, palala na ng palala -- it got posted in a number of websites, including Fashionpulis and PEP. *Shudder* Hateful Facebook sites were made for him as well. *Double shudder* There were death threats and ugly words. *Triple shudder*

Like I said, it's the Internet's version of fire and brimstone.

I guess, along the way, he rubbed some people the wrong way, whether coworkers or friends, and some did get some joy over his difficult situation. Schadenfreude. It's something I completely understand. We're humans, we have our frailties. If my enemies would derive joy from my difficulties (and, boy, one/some really did, LOL!), I would understand. Surely, it will both sadden and anger me, but I will understand and perhaps even respect, however grudgingly.

But you know what I don't understand? The people who posted their vitriol in the comment sections -- people hiding behind their anonymity, with not enough balls to tie a name to their [hateful] message. People who know not a thing about him yet passing judgment about him. People making fun of his weight. People who wished for his misfortune, his death, his downfall. Those indignant people, thumping their chest, contradicting his, daresay, hateful message with the same level of hate, if not more. Those who passive-aggressively implored for prayers for his soul yet said hateful words in the same breath. Good mother of ironies! What a great study on society and morality this could be.

I hope the pope's message of mercy and compassion, along with his humility, makes an impact not just on the millions of people who sacrificed and sweated to see him but also on bashers and cyberbullies. Admittedly, cynicism brings out the worst in me, making me bitter and critical, but seeing his humility and his bravery in accepting that there are things he doesn't comprehend either reminds me to be gentler to myself and others. 

Uuuuuuy, serious. Hehehe.

On lighter news...have you seen the very "papable" papal contingent? Teka, meron pa bang hindi nakapansin sa kanila? If hindi pa, go, head over to Chuvaness' comprehensive list. LOL! All that dizzying pulchritude. Whew. However, it's a travesty, I tell you, that the pope's interpreter wasn't included in that list. Msgr. Miles, the interpreter, is just so easy on the eyes! And with the perfect voice to match. How many languages does he know, by the way? Ma-review nga uli ang Spanish ko. *Perdóname, padre, porque he pecado...*


Dreamboat much, Msgr. Miles? JOWKE!!!
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Isama pa yung mga Swiss guards. Papahuli ba yung UST seminarian? Guapo na, talented pa. Teka, para naman akong cougar. Also notable is Father Felloni, who serves in Caloocan and can give some models a run for their money.

Again, forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. *And babe, mas guapo ka dun, all of them combined.*

Oh, napansin nyo may UST lanyard and ID ang pope?



From News Around the World
You know why? Aside from UST being a pontifical university, strict ang guards dun. Talagang "no ID, no entry"! Hehehehe.