Monday, October 31, 2005

Monday Madness
1. Name 1 comedy movie you've seen.
50 First Dates

2. Name 2 black and white films you remember seeing.
I hate the fact that are "colorizing" every single black and white movie - they lose their appeal!
The Grapes of Wrath
The Maltese Falcon

3. Name 3 dramas you thought were worth watching.
Hotel Rwanda

4. Name 4 television shows you watch on a regular (or semi-regular) basis.
Desperate Housewives
The West Wing
CSI: Miami

5. Name 5 things that, in your opinion, are advertised on television too frequently.
  • Toothpaste - too many flavors to choose from.
  • All those whitening products - let's face it we are Asians so why do you want to be fair??!
  • Shampoo - my hair will never be that straight besides I love my curls.
  • Dishwashing Detergents - I don't think I will wash that many dishes in my entire lifetime
  • Corned Beef - Come on, do you really believe that celebrities like Aga Muchlach, Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino eat corned beef every single day? I don't think so!
  • Friday, October 28, 2005

    Guilty Pleasures
    I did something, last night.
    Something I haven't done in ages.
    It felt good.
    A nice stress reliever.
    This morning.
    I woke up with a stiff neck and a sore back.
    Hmmm, I figure it is just PMS.

    Maybe not.
    Who knows?

    One of life's many mysteries.
    Such as:
    Why is the sky blue?
    Why I only have first dates with guys?
    Or why do I still get acne at my age?

    Questions without any concrete answers.
    Blistered contemplations of my blemished mind.

    Friday Fiver
    3 x 5
    1. What's the last item you mailed?
    The renewal of my Time Magazine subscription.

    2. Who has made you smile recently?
    Karl, my drinking buddy.

    3. What's the weather like outside?
    It has stopped raining.

    4. Do you consider youself a good judge of character?
    I believe so, yes

    5. What's your favorite photograph?
    It is a picture of my family while we were visiting Israel/Palestine on a religious pilgrimage. It was taken on a wooden boat on the Sea of Gallilee, March 2000.

    Thursday, October 27, 2005

    Yes, women are complicated!

    click on picture for larger view

    Get over it, already! Hehehe :P

    Sunday, October 23, 2005

    Lately I've been dreaming about ...
    ... Leaving on a jet plane ...

    Air Philippines

    ... Staying in hotels ...

    Legend Hotel, Palawan

    ... Visiting exotic temples ...

    Golden Buddha Temple, Bangkok Thailand

    ... Sailing on the deep blue sea ...

    South China Sea

    ... Getting lost in the urbanity of a city ...


    Then I wake up to realize it was merely a dream.
    I must be hallucinating.
    Too much cough syrup in my system.
    I wish this wretched cough would go away!

    Arghh =(

    Friday, October 21, 2005

    "Turning Japanese"
    The day I turned 37, we had to go to the airport to fetch my sister who returned from Davao. Then, we all had lunch at a Japanese restaurant, Misato at the Metrowalk. We feasted on beef Teriyaki, Ebi Tempura, Tonkatsu, Yaki Udon, Grilled Salmon, assorted Sushi, Miso Soup.

    Misato, Metrowalk

    Next, we went to Greenbelt 1 to watch a Japanese movie.
    "Hidden Blade" is part of the ongoing CineManila international film festival. God granted my wish to allow the organizers to show a few of the films at the Ayala Cinemas.

    Hidden Blade by Yoyi Yamada

    We ended the day with a sumptuous dinner at the Seafood Club by Red Crab also located at Greenbelt 3. By then, we were all really exhausted from the long day so we skipped the picture taking part. So just imagine us munching on King crab paella with big yummy red crabs. Simply delicious!

    My gifts
    I wasn't really expecting anything this year.
    So I was pleasantly surprised when I received these pressies from my wonderful parents and my adorable sister.
    A book I've always wanted.

    Kite Runner

    A choker & bracelet set from Davao for my green outfits.

    choker set

    A Fuchsia linen blouse.

    Vida Doria Linen blouse

    My gratitude
    "It's nice to wake up when you know
    you're being loved by God,
    you're being needed by your family and
    you're being cherished by your friends."

    I like to thank my real, blogger, online, imaginary friends who greeted me on my birthday:
    Adam, Aoff, Arvin, Bebs, Carr, Collie, Donna, Dennis, Girlie, Karl, Joel, John, Manolet, Marian, Mark, Nick, Olive, Philippe, Pinky, Ruby, Selina and Toni.

    Merci beaucoup, mucho gracias, maraming salamat, shokran jazeelan, thank you very much. =)

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005

    Happy birthday to me!!!

    Memories light the corner of my mind.
    Misty water color memories
    Of the way we were.

    Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind,
    Smiles we gave to one another
    For the way we were.

    Can it be that it was all so simple then,
    Or has time rewritten every line?
    If we had the chance to do it all again,
    Tell me? would we? could we?

    Memories may be beautiful and yet,
    What's too painful to remember
    We simply choose to forget.
    So it's the laughter
    We will remember,
    Whenever we remember
    The way we were.
    The way we were.

    My first birthday

    4 years old at the airport on our way to India for my father's first overseas posting

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    A charcoal portrait done by an artist along the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France 1998.

    Tuesday, October 18, 2005

    I recently became a member of blog explosion.
    Just for kicks.
    To relieve my overwhelming state of boredom lately.
    Now that the Spanish Film Festival is over.
    And my assignment center is closed for this month.
    I have more free time.
    To just park my butt in front of the computer.
    Blog hop. Chat. Browse. Download mp3s.
    You get the lazy picture.
    It is fascinating to discover a whole world of blogs out there.
    Some are boring. Others are too technical.
    Yet others are really interesting.

    My 3 favorites, so far are:
    1. An internet romance - This is so sweet! Me want one too :D
    2. Dating tips - I learned a few tricks from this site.
    3. The discerning cineaste - I love to read movie reviews.

    Enjoy! =)

    Sunday, October 16, 2005

    And so it goes ...
  • That my sister just left for Davao - but hopefully will be back here just in time for my birthday!

  • That Daniel Craig is the new James Bond! Hmm I don't know what to make of that for now. I have to admit I grew up watching James Bond flicks. Mostly starring Roger Moore. They were quite the novelty back then with all those futuristic gadgets, bad ass villains and curvaceous Bond girls. But nowadays with modern technology, those films lost their appeal. I think I didn't watch a single Pierce Brosnan as 007 movie. Even though I am one of his biggest fans since Remington Steele days. But let's see what Daniel Craig has to offer, at least give him a fair chance to prove himself.

  • That Katie Holmes is carrying Tom Cruise's baby. Owwws? And all this time I thought he was simply impotent. I guess not!

  • That I have yet to watch any of the foreign films currently showing at CineManila. I am just not in the mood to haul my big behind all the way to Manila and venture into unfamiliar malls. I am still hoping they will feature a few films at SM Megamall.

  • That I watched a total of 10 movies at the Spanish Film Festival which concludes today. My favorite is "All about my mother". Pedro Almodovar is a genius!

  • That in my infinite boredom plus the fact that I am now alone in this loft with a million things to do (but am too lazy to do it right now) - decided to give this blog a new look, yet again! Teehee! =)
  • Saturday, October 15, 2005

    Name 3 schools you went to:
    1. Holy Child Auxilium (New Delhi, India)
    2. Ecole de Saint Joseph (Brussels, Belgium)
    3. UST (Manila, Philippines)

    Name 3 favorite vacation spots:
    1. Paris, France
    2. Florence, Italy
    3. Tagaytay City, Philippines

    Name 3 favorite fastfood chains:
    1. Jollibee
    2. Burger King
    3. McDonald's

    Name 3 usual things found in your wallet:
    1. Money
    2. Credit cards
    3. Pocket Calendar

    Name 3 favorite hang-outs:
    1. Movie theaters
    2. Bookstores
    3. Figaro

    Name 3 favorite sports:
    (to watch, since I'm not into sports, ok)
    1. Tennis
    2. Soccer
    3. Gymnastics

    Name 3 things you should be doing right now:
    1. Sleeping
    2. Dreaming
    3. Snoring away

    Name 3 most valuable MATERIAL possessions:
    Aside from life's basics
    1. Mobile phone
    2. Computer
    3. Digicam

    Name 3 things you are addicted to:
    1. Internet
    2. Chocolates
    3. Books

    Name 3 career choices:
    1. Interpreter
    2. Interior designer
    3. Animator

    Name 3 main goals in 2006:
    1. Travel
    2. Travel
    3. Travel

    Name 3 plans for next week:
    1. Nothing
    2. Nada
    3. Zilch

    Name 3 favorite drinks:
    1. Water
    2. Diet Coke
    3. Margaritas

    Name 3 childhood superheroes:
    1. Candy
    2. Goldorak
    3. Heidi

    Name 3 favorite highschool friends:
    (I have no freaking idea where they are now)
    1. Aurea
    2. Maybelle
    3. Mayette

    Name 3 favorite movies:
    1. City of Angels
    2. Amelie
    3. Before Sunset

    Name 3 favorite colors:
    1. Blue
    2. Orange
    3. Brown

    Name 3 brand of clothes that you like:
    1. G2000
    2. Kamiseta
    3. Lhasa

    Name 3 crushes:
    1. Johnny Depp
    2. Edward Burns
    3. Jon Stewart

    Name 3 last song syndrome LSS:
    1. Blind - Lifehouse
    2. Sunday Morning - Maroon 5
    3. Inside and Out - Feist's version of the BeeGees hit

    Wednesday, October 12, 2005

    My current theme song

    Blind by Lifehouse
    I was young but I wasn't naive
    I watched helpless as
    he turned around to leave
    And still I have the pain I have to carry
    A past so deep that even
    you could not bury if you tried

    After all this time
    I never thought we'd be here
    Never thought we'd be here
    When my love for you was blind
    But I couldn't make you see it
    Couldn't make you see it
    That I loved you more
    than you'll ever know
    A part of me died when I let you go

    I would fall asleep
    Only in hopes of dreaming
    That everything would be
    like it was before
    But nights like this
    it seems are slowly fleeting
    They disappear as reality
    is crashing to the floor

    After all this time
    I never thought we'd be here
    Never thought we'd be here
    When my love for you was blind
    But I couldn't make you see it
    Couldn't make you see it
    That I loved you more
    than you'll ever know
    A part of me died when I let you go

    After all this time
    Would you ever wanna leave it
    Maybe you could not believe it
    That my love for you is blind
    But I couldn't make you see it
    Couldn't make you see it
    That I loved you more
    than you will ever know
    A part of me died when I let you go
    And I loved you more
    than you'll ever know
    A part of me died when I let you go
    My favorite team on the Amazing Race: family edition got eliminated! Hmm why does it seem like they would just be traveling within the United States? Strange!

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    I've been totally immersed with the Spanish film festival.
    I've been watching one movie almost daily.
    It makes me forget my troubles.
    Today, the CineManila film festival begins.


    Kaya lang, the movies are showing at SM Manila, SM San Lazaro and Robinson's Manila (Ermita).
    Places which are totally out of my way!


    Sunday, October 09, 2005

    Sunday Morning
    Maroon 5

    Sunday morning, rain is falling
    Steal some covers, share some skin
    Clouds are shrouding us
    in moments unforgettable
    You twist to fit the mold that I am in
    But things just get so crazy
    Living life gets hard to do
    And I would gladly hit the road,
    get up and go if I knew
    That someday it would lead me back to you
    That someday it would lead me back to you

    That may be all I need
    In darkness, she is all I see
    Come and rest your bones with me
    Driving slow on Sunday morning
    And I never want to leave

    Fingers trace your every outline
    Paint a picture with my hands
    Back and forth we sway
    like branches in a storm
    Change the weather still
    together when it ends

    That may be all I need
    In darkness she is all I see
    Come and rest your bones with me
    Driving slow on Sunday morning
    And I never want to leave

    But things just get so crazy,
    living life gets hard to do
    Sunday morning, rain is falling
    and I'm calling out to you
    Singing someday it'll bring me back to you
    Find a way to bring myself back home to you

    And you may not know
    That may be all I need
    In darkness she is all I see
    Oh, come and rest your bones with me
    Driving slow, driving slow
    (all I need, all I see)
    oh yeah yeah oh yeah yeah
    oh yeah yeah (bones with me)
    I'm a flower in your hair
    yeah yeah, yeah yeah

    Saturday, October 08, 2005

    Ever since
    I uploaded this picture on my Friendster profile.

    I have been receiving messages from many guys.
    Although the attention is flattering, I don't really relish it.
    The whole bunch includes guys half my age, weirdos, perverts and DOM types.

    Yikes, ewwwww icky really!

    I figure it is best I revert back to the old picture.

    Arabian Art

    Maybe not!
    My twisted sense of amusement prevails!
    I'll keep the picture on.

    For now.

    Wednesday, October 05, 2005

    In two weeks time
    I will be adding another year to my age.
    On the 19th to be exact.
    Thanks to all who've wished me in advance.
    I appreciate it. =)
    Age for me is just a number.
    For the past 4 years, I've noticed that I feel calmer once October begins.
    No more freaking out about getting older.
    This year I am just keeping a low profile.
    No out of town trips. No party.
    Not really expecting anything at all.
    But it doesn't mean I won't be happy.
    In fact, I've always been a 'birthday' girl.
    I love waking up on the 19th of October, every year.
    With a big smile, the sun shining amidst blue skies. Ready to commence a new year.
    Hopeful promises, desires and wishes.

    On another note, someone I met just recently celebrates his natal day, today.
    Even though deep in my heart, I feel it is fated that we finally meet. I just have a strange feeling about it. But I rather not expound on it too much.
    Happy Birthday M =)

    Tuesday, October 04, 2005

    Ten on Tuesday

    10 Best Movies You've Seen Lately
    1) Sideways
    2) Phantom of the Opera
    3) Hotel Rwanda
    4) 5 x 2 (French)
    5) Strip Search (HBO Original film)
    6) Wicker Park
    7) Crash
    8) Manderlay (Lars von Trier)
    9) Gilles' Wife (Belgian)
    10) Closer

    For this list, I rummaged through my movies Blog. I chose 10 movies within the January - September 2005 time period.

    Monday, October 03, 2005

    Monday Madness
    1. What's on your computer desk?
    My computer, speakers, Canon Printer, bottles of water, a desk calendar, Cds, bills, glue, pens, things for my hair, Cloud 9, hand lotion, chewing gums, nail polish - yes it is a mess!

    2. What does your computer desktop background look like?

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    3. What's on your agenda for the upcoming week?
    Work, watch movies at the Spanish film festival, errands,pay bills, house chores, hear First Friday mass, meet up with a friend if our sked eases up a bit.

    Sunday, October 02, 2005

    To my sister
    My 'ate' even if you are younger than me.
    My chauffeur/bodyguard/alalay.
    My strength.
    My rock.
    My soul.
    My everything.

    Happy Birthday!

    I Love you!
    Mucho hugs and kissos =)

    Saturday, October 01, 2005

    My quote for this whole month
    [My Birthday Month]

    "Always think of one happy thought each morning. Once a happy thought gets started, you can't help but feel warm hearted the rest of the day!" =)

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    February 2005, Tagaytay City