Showing posts from August, 2009

Sumptuous Lunch....

...and if you're like me who have been missing the food I grew up eating, a sumptuous lunch [or any other meal for that matter] does not involve steak or any of those 'fancy' sounding meals you only read about. Rice, tomatoes, [fried] fish and kamote tops [talbos ng kamote]. That's S-U-M-P-T-U-O-U-S lunch for me...and that's what I just had for lunch. I have not been 'harvesting' my greens for the last few weeks so you can only imagine how much leaves they have on them. I didn't forget about them though. I just thought I'd let them 'flourish' a little more....and flourish they did in about 2 weeks. I actually had to cut several of the stems already because they're getting quite long. The result? I probably have 2 more 'sumptuous' meals in the days to come. Woo hooo..... Here's a photo [again] of my lovely greens ....teee heee....

The BIG Switch....

Since we moved in this house, we’ve always had cable TV because we just transferred here what we had in the old house. Moving is always a stressful time so we chose to lessen it by just sticking it out with the old provider. We even got the bundle plan so we would only deal with one company. That didn’t work out well so a few months ago we decided to switch our phone and internet with another company but kept the cable with the old provider. As days went by, we’re getting more and more frustrated with our cable provider primarily because of the over the top charges from them. So we’ve decided to go back to Direct TV Satellite ASAP. We used to have them but for some unknown reasons, we went to cable. I know we didn’t have problems with them when we had them before so I really can’t remember why we chose to go with cable in the first. Anyway, we ordered that flat screen TV that we’ve been planning to get since moving here. We wanted to wait for the armoire that we ordered before we

Google Translation....

Have you tried using Google Translation ? I've seen it before when I would do some searches but I've never really tried using it...until today. To say the translation is inaccurate will be an understatement. But it's HILARIOUS to read nevertheless. It's like BAROK talking [writing]. Still remember Barok??? Strangely enough, when I copied and pasted the 'translation' [below], it showed both English and its Tagalog translation in one post. Not quite sure how that happened. Odd but it just made it more interesting to read. Anyway, have fun reading it because I definitely had the time of my life while doing so. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Nawawala ang aking 'Nanay' [Missing my 'Nanay'] It's been 9 years today since she passed. It's been 9 na taon mula sa araw na siya ay lumipas. I've been thinking about her for days now thinking about the ' what ifs '. Ako ng pag-iisip tungkol sa kanya para sa araw ngayon pag-iisip tungk

On a Roll!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Yes, I am. I'm posting non-stop this morning! If you checked the time stamps of the last few posts, they're just minutes apart. Don't be surprised. It seems that it helps to calm my nerves one way or another. I guess it's true that 'writing' [blogging maybe?] is therapeutic. I'm still a wee bit nervous but it's a little better now. After this post, I may just do surf the net again. I've been doing that a lot as well. I'm trying to look for Christmas presents already so I won't be cramming come December. I also have to look for some stuff for the house. We're still looking for the TV mount that we need. The husband is also looking at ping pong tables because he wants to teach the little one how to play, yes, ping pong. I also want to learn how to play it. I really don't play any kind of sport and I think this may be the one I will actually enjoy doing. Maybe...

What to Do?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In about 3 months, an event that my high school classmates and I are very much looking forward to will take place. Our Silver Jubilee. Understandably, everyone [I think] in the batch is excited about this great event. I am too although I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it. There's a few of us in the batch who are out of the country. Even if that's the case, we make sure that we are all informed of everything that's being planned. Thanks to the wonders of technology we're able to update each other almost instantly either by emails, texts and/or our batch's blog. Yes, we have a blog which I started primarily for our Silver Jubilee. Last night, a friend in California called me while she was driving to work. She is married to another batch mate of ours. They're the only couple in the batch who ended up being married to each other. When we started planning early last year, they were definite that they will attend the jubile

Funny & Catchy Business Names...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ***Some of these may only funny to those who know Tagalog.*** • A parlor in San Juan : Cut & Face • A wholesaler of balut in Sto. Tomas, Batangas: Starduck • A small Internet cafĂ©: Cafe Pindot • A laundry in Manila : Summa Cum Laundry • A noodle restaurant in Pampanga: Mekeni Rogers [this is really funny to me since I'm from Pampanga....haha] • A restaurant in Pasig : Johnny’s Fried Chicken, The “Fried” of Marikina • A boxing gym in Taguig: Blow Jab • A tombstone maker in Antipolo: Lito Lapida • A copy center in Sikatuna Village , Quezon City : Pakopya ni Edgar • A kambingan: Sa Goat Kita • A salon somewhere: Curl Up And Dye • A store selling feeds for chicken along Sucat Road : Robocock • A shoe repair in Marikina : Dr. Shoe-Bago • A shoe repair shop along Commonwealth Avenue , Quezon City : SHOEPERMAN (We will HEEL you, save your SOLE, and even DYE for you) • A petshop: Petness First • A flower shop: Susan’s Roses • A taxicab: Income Taxi •

Online Auctions

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It's Thursday already? I know that it comes every week but it still catches me by surprise whenever it happens. I'm waiting for it though especially this week since I'm having a nerve-wrecking one. It's my fourth day [technically] with the new gig and I'm still trying to get used to it. I'm not sure how long it will take before I get used to it but I'm guessing I will always be a little nervous since there's no way of knowing what I'll get until I pick up the phone. I'm trying to calm my nerves though by being prepared and by surfing the net for free online auctions . It's fun to check out these auction sites because there's a bunch of stuff that are being auctioned at very affordable prices. I even found one that doesn't require any fees to register and no fees for buying or selling. I'm trying to take it easy though because I might end up buying something that I don't really need at the moment.

Obsolete Tech Words?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I am not a 'techie' person so some of these words I haven't heard until today...and they're not 'in' in the tech world anymore? Poor me.... Anyway, here are the '12 words that 'you can never say in the office' anymore'. I wonder what will happen if they're used though. Will there be a fine or a penalty or maybe a punishment? Hmmm.... 1) Intranet 2) Extranet 3) Web Surfing 4) Push Technology 5) Application Service Provider (ASP) 6) Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) - I thought this meant ' public display of affection? ...tee hee... 7) Internet Telephony 8) Weblog 9) Thin Client 10) RBOC 11) Long Distance Call 12) World Wide Web [aka Information Superhighway] - really? There 'ya go. So if you're still using these words, better think twice. Those 'techie' people may give you 'the look'....

Flat Screen TV

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We've been planning in replacing our old TV set since we moved here in our house. The husband already picked out the flat screen TV that he wants to get. Unfortunately, it's still all that for now...a plan. Actually, we can afford to get it now [I think] but here we are still using the ancient TV we've had since who knows when. Why you may ask? The guy we commissioned to build us the armoire [that will hold all the other stuff that an entertainment center needs] is still working on it. A lot of things happened to his personal life which unfortunately led to his shop being shut down for a few weeks. We're trying to be patient but we already gave him an ultimatum since it's way past the agreed upon delivery date. In the meantime, we are looking at mounts that we will need for the TV. Looking for that perfect mount is proving to be not so easy. There are a bunch of choices out there that we keep changing our minds which one we really want.

End of Camelot?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ That's what the headline [in some news] is saying today. This was brought by the death of Senator Ted Kennedy who was diagnosed with brain cancer a few months ago. He was 77 years old. A couple of weeks ago, his older sister Eunice Kennedy Shiver also died at the age of 88.

What's Next?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It seems to be the question I'm asking myself quite a lot these days....from trivial to very important things. The phone situation pretty much gets me all stressed out. It's hooked up already but I've been experiencing static as well as cross-lines while I'm using it. It's crazy because I need to concentrate on the call and with all the voices I'm hearing, that's impossible. A repairman came yesterday. Hopefully that fixed the problem. I won't know that for sure until I get calls in that phone. After this, I wonder what's next? Since I asked to be taken off the schedule from work yesterday, I suddenly had some free time on my hands. What did I do? I went online to read more about what Gonzaga University offers as far as an Online master degree is concerned. I'm really serious about pursuing a masters degree and I would love to do it online. This is why I'm reading more about this university. So far so good as the

Who is MORE Sincere???

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tingin nyo????? Disclaimer: I just got this from an email forwarded to yours truly and I just want to spread the 'laughs'....tee heee!! Bwa ha ha ha ha....

The "Appendix"....

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ While browsing the news online last night, I came across a news article [study] that disputes what we've always believed..that the appendix is a useless organ in our body. That's what science books are telling us anyway with the help of Darwin's Evolution theory of course. Darwin believed that our appendix is just a "vestgial organ" that served its purpose and is now a useless "remnant" of the past. Apparently, that is not the case at all. Aaccording to this Yahoo article anyway, the appendix is actually a useful organ and that it's showing some great potentials in the field of medicine. Here's an excerpt from the news article and I quote: ..... Parker and his colleagues recently suggested that the appendix still served as a vital safehouse where good bacteria could lie in wait until they were needed to repopulate the gut after a nasty case of diarrhea. Past studies had also found the appendix can help make, direc

Another Day...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here's hoping today will a better day than yesterday. Ha! That's always a wish I make when my day starts regardless what happened the previous day. It can only get better, right? Or at least that's what I wish for anyway. Nothing much happening around here. Right now I have a load of laundry in the dryer. The little one is doing her school work. I'm sitting here typing away while waiting. I'd leave it at that. As usual, I got my daily dose of ' Joke of the Day ' so I'm again sharing the jokes here. If these jokes make even just ONE person smile, then my job here is done. Tee we go. Health Care In These United States, Part 1... These were actual hospital patient reports! Enjoy. 1. The patient refused autopsy. 2. The patient has no previous history of suicides. 3. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital. 4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very

New Adventure

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ That's what I want to call my new work-at-home job. It's an adventure alright since it's something entirely new to me. I'm still adjusting to it and trying to learn how to do it right. I know it will take time to get used to it but I'm hoping that I'll get the hang of it as soon as possible. Truth be told, I've been a nervous wreck since last week but most especially today. I don't know how tomorrow will go but I'm praying that I won't be as nervous. Speaking of adventure, I've been thinking of going back to school. Well, going to an online school that is. I've been checking Masters degrees online for the last few weeks. I am not sure yet what I want to take but I may have found the school for me, Gonzaga University. Several of its masters degrees are offered online so that's really convenient for me. But that's not the only reason I like it. It's ranked third [yep, number 3] in the west by
He Is Watching You... A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables. He picked up a CD player to place in his sack, when a strange, disembodied voice echoed from the dark, saying, "Jesus is watching you." He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more after a bit, he shook his head and continued. Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard, "Jesus is watching you." Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot. "Did you say that?" he hissed at the parrot. "Yep," the parrot confessed, then squawked, "I'm just trying to warn you." The burglar relaxed. "Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?" "Moses," replied the bird. "Moses?

Incompetent, Unreliable....

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Two words I'd use to describe our phone provider. If we have a choice, we would have ditched them a long time ago...but we don't so we're sticking it out with them...much to our dismay. We only have 2 providers in our area. We already tried the other one and they're not any better than what we have right now. When I landed my new WAHJ, we decided to get another line dedicated for it. We contacted our provider as soon as we could and ordered the new line. We went over our present plan and modified it to accommodate the additional line and scheduled the 'hook up'. We thought it's all settled...NOT! Originally, a tech was supposed to come over last Friday, no one showed up. When we called they said the order was on hold. Fine. We told them to take it off the 'on hold' status and we're proceeding with the order.We went over the terms of the new plan [again] and they even provided us with the new number. The tech was

Love and KIDS!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ from Joke of the Day ... HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. -- Alan, age 10 No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with. -- Kristen, age 10 WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED? Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. -- Camille, age 10 HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED? You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. -- Derrick, age 8 WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON? Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8 WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE? Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here, there and everywhere. I've mentioned numerous times here that my high school batch is celebrating 25 years this year. Silver jubilee if you may. I still don't know if I can attend that one although I would love to. My batch mates back home are very busy now since it's only a few more months before the big day. Hopefully everything goes well. Aside from that reunion, another reunion is in the works as well, a family reunion that is. A cousin is organizing this one. I don't have a lot of relatives here in the US but the reunion is planned around an Aunt's birthday who resides in New York. Just like my high school reunion, I'm not sure I can attend this one. I just told my cousin that I'll help with the preparations. She already asked me to look into different places that do Syracuse catering . My aunt is turning 85 already so it was decided that the venue for the reunion/birthday party would have to be where she is. Hopef

Joke Time!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ from: Joke of the Day ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Airplane Mode, Part 2... The in-flight "safety lecture" and pre-flight announcements on airplanes are sometimes spiced up a bit at some airlines. Here is the second part of some real examples that have been heard or reported: "And from the pilot during his welcome message: "Delta Airlines is pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!" ******************************************** "Heard on Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City: The flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump, and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault. It was the asphalt." *******************************************

LIFE's calling....

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ... that's why blogging has to take a back seat for a while. But it does not mean I am going to stop blogging. Not by a long shot. If you've been visiting here the last couple of weeks, you probably noticed already that I have not been blogging 'as much'. Part of the reason is what one blogger friend calls "BO" [hey, C!]....'burn out'. Yep, I am now at point where writing something for my blogs has become some kind of a 'drag' right now. I guess I'm too preoccupied to concentrate as I have a million other things going on in my life right now. Anyway, aside from the 'million things' that I need to do before I embark on this new 'adventure' of mine, I am also busy looking into getting a life insurance for me and the husband. I only have this week to do this so it needs to be done ASAP. I used to have a few life insurance policies when I was still single but I wasn't able to continue them

My Poor Blogs...

I've been neglecting them for the past few days. I was supposed to update yesterday since I wasn't working but.... Anyway, I'm around. I'm not as busy but I will be in the near next week. Any guesses? Here's a clue . Yep, I did it!!!! In the meantime, I have to hit the hay. It was a busy day today because some work was released unexpectedly. Thanks for dropping by...

It's the Weekend but....

Yep, still busy. I just had to do a post real quick but I'll be off the blogging land at least for a day or two more. Hope everyone's having a great weekend!

Help is Available...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For the past several weeks, even months I think, the husband has been toying with the idea of buying a property in the Philippines. This is nothing new to me because he already told me when we first got together that there’s a big chance that we will retire there. Life there is so much cheaper and less stressful compared to life here. But we’re not retiring yet so what’s up with all the searches online that he’s been doing lately? A couple of things brought this on actually. Not too long ago, we learned that a Filipina and her husband bought a house there recently at an unbelievable price. They’re moving there as early as mid of next year or after his compensation claims go through anyway. He was in an accident not too long ago and he may not be able to go back to work anymore so they’re planning to maximize whatever they get from the claim they are waiting on. Compensation Claims are unheard of to me before I came over here because we just don’t