Ruby Tuesday#56 Want A Drink?

It was a very hot day and I saw this guy juggling bottles of brandy to attract attention by the beach in Bluejaz Beach Resort. I think, their stall is already an attraction enough for its vibrant colors.



Rereading The Eclipse

Try as might, I can't help but get excited with the coming screening date of Eclipse. The third installment of the Twilight book series by Stephenie Meyer.

It's just unavoidable not to get excited when all I can see in the news everywhere are about the movie and its starts: Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.

In the States, people were camping out waiting for its premiere night last week but here in our city, the premiere night will happen this coming June 30.

I have started rereading the book even if I'm also midway in reading the online book of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, a book about one of the vampires out to kill the Cullens and Bella. I just want to recall the scenes before I watch the Eclipse movie.


Sunday Stealing#50 The Eighty Meme, Part One

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Heart of Shou of the blog named Musings of an Absent Mind. Shou explains that she ripped it from a blogger named Erro. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. It was originally 80 questions, hence the name. We chose 44 of them and we'll do it in two parts! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The Eighty Meme, Part One

1. What curse word do you use the most?

2. Do you own an iPod?
No, maybe when they get to iPod 10 or iPod 20. I'll be able to get it.

3. What person do you talk to on the phone the most?
My mother.

4. Do you still remember the first person you kissed?
Very much. Sweet kisses *grins dreamily*

5. Do you remember where you were on 11/9/01?
It was a working day so I was probably working.

6. What was the last movie you watched?
I watched Knight and Day (Tom Cruise with Cameron Diaz) last Friday night. That movie is funny and there's really a good chemistry between Tom and Cameron.

7. Has anyone ever called you lazy?
No. Well, only when I was a kid.

8. Do you ever take medication to help you fall asleep?
No, even if I can't seem to sleep early enough on some days.

9. Has anyone told you a secret this week?

10. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
The smile and the eyes.

11. What are you looking forward to?
A vacation to Europe *crossing my fingers*

12. Do you own any band t-shirts?
Not that I can remember.

13. What will you be doing in one hour?
I'll be taking a bath and will be playing tennis.

14. Is anyone in love with you?
Shouldn't the one in love with me answer it?

15. Last time you cried?
Just very most recently.

16. Are you on a desktop computer or a laptop?
Desktop computer even if I have laptop.

17. Are you currently wanting any piercings or tattoos?
Am good with my ear piercings for now.

18. Would you ever date anyone covered in tattoos?
Yes, why not if I like him enough.

19. What were you doing before this?
Sleeping soundly.

20. When is the last time you slept on the floor?
Can't remember.

21. How many hours of sleep do you need to function?
Six hours of sleep is good enough.

22. Do you eat breakfast daily?
Yes. My mother taught us to eat breakfast as often as we can and I grew up doing it.


PhotoHunt#94 Purple Flowers

After almost two years, I still don't know this plant's name. I just found them near Shanghai Science & Technology Museum in Shanghai and find them intriguing.


And this one, I found in the ampitheater of Camp John Hay in Baguio City. I think, it's called the million dollar flower. Commonly, we have the blue colored ones but this one, I found to be in purple:)


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Too Much Hype in Apple iPhone 4 and Droid X

The past few weeks had me seeing a lot of hype about Apple iPhone 4. A lot of people I know want iPhone 4. I dared to ask some about why they chose iPhone over another upcoming cellphone, Droid X. Surprisingly, a lot of them just did not know the features but only knew that it’s high-tech. Funny, really as it sounds like they’re just riding with the bandwagon. I wonder if they had read this.

Sometimes, too much hype creates unnecessary wants. Me thinks.

As for me, I can’t afford both phones right now. I might have to wait until iPhone 10 or Droid XYZZ to come or maybe not at all.


Litratong Pinoy# 101 Ang Pagbabalik(The Return)

I keep asking myself when I could return to El Nido, Palawan. A place so beautiful I can't get enough visiting it again and again. I wish it'll be soon. I miss it already.

Laging nasasagi sa aking isipan ang pagtatanong kung kailan ang pagbabalik ko sa El Nido, Palawan. Hindi kasi siya nakakasawang balik-balikan. Sana, sa mas madaling panahon. Nami-miss ko na siya.


Kim Hyun Joong In Cebu

Kim Hyun Joong is somewhere in Cebu right now. As what the rumors from the internet are circulating. A lot of fan accounts are coming out but I have yet to see a picture of him. Am actually curious why did he chose Cebu. Probably, somebody recommended the place to him (could it be his former TV wife, Hwang Bo? hehehe!)  Sure, Cebu has a lot to offer but I was expecting more like Boracay or Palawan as his choice. Anyway, it'll be interesting to see any pictures of him in Cebu.

It's interesting to know that even if it's his first time here in the Philippines (is it really first time?), he already donated one million pesos to


Ruby Tuesday#55 Kids At People's Park

I saw these kids sitting atop sculptures of farm animals at the People's Park. They look like they are part of the rural scene being depicted by the clusters of sculptures. The sculptures done by Kublai Milan are part among many scattered all around People's Park.

Details of the park is here.



Are Chemotherapy Drugs Really Without Senior Citizen’s Discount?

Finally, I was able to get the needed vials of Oxaliplatin for my father. A helpful lady told me to try this little known pharmacy store near a hospital. Thankfully, they had stocks of Oxaliplatin when I got there. However, when I asked if I could avail of the senior citizen discount, I was told that it was already discounted and the discount is already unnecessary. Curious with the question, I asked what would the Oxaliplatin’s price be if I don’t ask for a senior citizen’s discount. The answer was it would be the same price. Imagine that.

The batch of Oxaliplatin I mentioned will be used for my father’s second chemotherapy session. The first batch was bought from his doctor. Similarly, when I asked for a senior citizen’s discount for the first batch, I was told that chemo drugs are without Senior Citizen’s Discount. I was about to argue that medicines no matter what kind are subject for the said account but my mother prevailed on me to stop.

How on earth are chemo drugs not included in the Senior Citizen’s Discount? To think, these drugs are quite expensive and only a few people can actually sustain buying it for several sessions without any help at all. My parents advised me to just let the issue pass but cancer treatments already cost an arm and a leg (no pun intended) with the cocktail of drugs needed to help treat the cancer patient. The Senior Citizen’s Discount would have been a big help.

I really hope the proper authorities will look into this. They will help a lot of cancer patients and their families if this issue will be addressed immediately.


Nursing Assistant

I am scouting for a private nursing assistant nowadays. I need one that will help my mother care for my father while I will be on a trip.

I wish my aunt were around. She is a registered nurse now but started out as a nursing assistant. She said, her decision in getting cna training was one of the best decisions she did in her life. She was having second thoughts about getting into nursing for a lot of reasons but was determined to get a job with good pay and better opportunities. Becoming a nursing assistant was a good step for her while she’s earning and evaluating her options. She was actually encouraging me to go the same path and check out CNAboard.

CNAboard is a good source of information for anything about certified nursing assistant. It has information about where to find the good schools with the best can training programs, where to find workplaces that offer better opportunities and even information about how to be a better certified nursing assistant. It’s really a helpful site to check.

Sunday Stealing#49 The Oh My! Meme, Part One

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger and blog named Greeding Ruler. He does not state where he ripped it from. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. It's a long one, we'll do it in two parts! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The Oh My! Meme, Part One

1. The phone rings; who don't you want it to be?
Somebody who's borrowing money from me or my mother or some obscene caller.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?
No, it's really not customary here in our country.

3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener?
Am more of a listener and observer.

4. What was the last compliment that someone gave you?
That I took very nice pictures.

5. Do you play the lottery?

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, who would you want with you?
My bestfriend. I'll have somebody to talk with and help with in how to survive the wilderness.

7. Do you like to ride horses?
Yes, just a bit.

8. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?
No. I wish I did.

9. What is your favorite party game?

10. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew he/she was married, would you go for it?
Nah. Too complicated.

11. When was the last time that you lied?
Gee, can't remember.

12. Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you?
Yes, if I like him enough.

13. If you have a S/O, who pursued who? If not, do you like to pursue or be pursued?
I like being pursued. A little flirting may have started it all but I don't like to be the one who's pursuing.

14. Use six words to describe yourself.
Female, Learner, Hardworker, Frank, Loyal, Hungry

15. Name a song that could make you cry?
It would really depend on my mood but there's an ancient prayer song, Anima Christi, that I always find touching.

16. Are you pleased with your education?
Yes, I've had a good one.

17. How do you feel about gun control?
It should be stricter.

18. If your house was on fire, what thing would be the first thing you grabbed?
My bag.

19. How often do you have a romantic weekend?
Nowadays, none. nada. zero. zilch.

20. Do you think more about the past, present or future?
All of the above.

21. What was the last adult magazine that you have read?
Reader's Digest what the last adult magazine I've read.

22. What are you told about your eyes?
That they are cute:)

23. How tall is just right?
Tall for ?

24. Where is your dream house located?
Overlooking the sea, by the beach or if not by the beach, on an elevated ground with the sweeping view of the sea.

25. Do you have a secret fetish?
If I have one, it'll remain a secret.

26. Have you tried bourbon? If yes, what type?

27. Have you ever seen a male or female stripper?
Yes, it was long ago. We got bored though and left early hehehehe!

28. When was the last time you were at TGI Fridays?
Years ago in US. There's no TGIF here in my city.

29. When was the last time you were at Church?
Last Sunday. I hope I can go to church today.

30. Where was the furthest place you traveled today?

31. What was your favorite job?
As a gift wrapper but it only lasted for a few days because I was transferred as a cashier after the previous one suddenly resigned.

32. What condiments do you like at your BBQ?
Soy sauce, catsup, lemon.

33. Bud is hosting Thursday Thunks this week. Will you play?
Maybe, we'll see.

34. Do you look like your mom or dad?
Some people say I look like my mother, others say I look like my father. So, I think, I look like both.

35. Who was the last person that you showered with (it's okay to leave out the name)?
A friend. It was a funny thing to do because the bathroom was really small and we just decided to try how small it was.


PhotoHunt#93 Six

Six ingredients to make a yummy halo-halo! The red-colored jellies, two kinds of beans, sweetened jackfruit and macapuno. Just add some shaved ice, milk and icecream or sugar and you're good to go. Perfect for cooling down during summer days.


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June 30 Holiday It Is

Thankfully, the inauguration day of incoming President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III is a special nonworking holiday. June 30 is a holiday and it is a Wednesday. I would prefer it to be a Friday but Friday or not, there’s no work! I could sleep late and I could wake up late! Hallelujah!

Anyway, it will be interesting to watch the inauguration on TV. I wonder how both the outgoing and incoming presidents will feel about being in the same limousine going to the inaugural place. Probably, they would feel antsy and awkward but would still remain civil.

Interestingly, P-Noy as the incoming president prefers to be called, is the only single president in the Philippine history to be installed in Malacanang. All of his predecessors were married and this is why his sisters are taking part in a lot of activities to help him out.


Litratong Pinoy#100 Pagsusulit (Exam)

There was an ongoing Math quiz contest when we passed by inside the elementary division of Ateneo de Davao. We watched for awhile and we were surprised how good the kids were. We tried answering some of the questions which were being announced by microphone. The kids were able to answer them correctly before we could. Awesome!

May ginagawang patimpalak ng pagsusulit sa aritmetika nang napadaan kami sa loob ng elementaryang paaralan ng Ateneo de Davao. Nanood kami sandali at nakakagulat ang kahusayan ng mga kabataan. Sinubukan naming sagutin ang mga tanong na sinasabi sa mikropono. Naunahan pa sa pagsagot ng tama ng mga batang partisipante. Galing!



Not World Cup Crazy

World Cup 2010 has started and the frenzy that comes with it is escalating as days go by. The funny thing though, it’s very rare that I would see World Cup games on TV in houses and commercial establishments here. Filipinos are more NBA crazy than World Cup crazy especially now that the NBA finals are getting more intense.

Filipinos love basketball more than any other sports. Ironically, the average height of the Filipinos is usually the main hurdle of getting the worldwide spotlight. Sure, we can play well but going against those giants in international games are really too much for the height-deficient Pinoys. I wonder, if we should just shift to being World Cup crazy instead of NBA games crazy. We might have some chances of winning by emulating the World Cup players more than the ones in NBA.

In Search of Oxaliplatin

The first time my father had his chemotherapy session last month, I walked the streets until almost midnight looking for Oxaliplatin, one of the drugs he needed for his chemotherapy. I came up empty-handed so I turned to the phone directories that ended up with the same results. I googled with the same results too. I yahooed and yes, with the same results.

While I was walking anxiously in the streets at that time, I kept wondering about how can a cancer drug be unavailable from all pharmacies and drugstores, even Mercury Drug (considered as the largest drugstore in the Philippines) did not have it in stock.

By all indications, cancer stricken patients are increasing in numbers if I could based it on the people I know and on the survey results I’ve seen in the news. However, it seems that only a few people could get the cancer drugs. Because they are quite expensive (Oxaliplatin goes by almost P10,000 per 50 mg vial) and commonly unavailable from drugstores (as what I had experienced and as what was said by the drugstore staff/pharmacists), it is just no surprise that the number of cancer fatalities have increased over the years (with a lot of contribution of course from the unhealthy environment and lifestyles) even with the much-touted advances in medicine technology.

I wonder now what has the medical field have done so far to alleviate this. I wonder if the doctors ever get worried how their patients could take hold of those precious vials for their treatment. I wonder now until when would I walk the streets until midnight searching for Oxaliplatin.

For the sake of my father, I will have to. Again and again.


Ruby Tuesday#54 Film Shooting At Hongkong Disneyland

We were in Hongkong Disneyland when we saw the colorful balloons. They looked so pretty. They would have looked just that if not for the guys who were busy  with the electric fan trying to make the balloons move, it was really hilarious. When we saw the camera, we knew that there was a film shooting going on and we were walking right into it. Good thing, the director was still doing some instructions with his stars and I hurriedly took a photo of the stars which included a little girl.




Jovit Baldivino: The First Champion of Pilipinas Got Talent

Big things come in small packages. Jovit Baldivino is one small package with a lot of surprises up to his vocal chords. With vocal range similar to another powerful Filipino singer, Arnel Pineda of the American band, Journey, it's no surprise that he became the first champion of Pilipinas Got Talent this weekend.

I also liked his choice of songs. Not only they magnified his singing prowess but they also were my favorite songs from years ago. I especially like the audition song, Journey's Faithfully, the chosen song for the semi-finals that was Carrie and the amazing song of Queen, Too Much Love Will Kill You.

To the world, Jovit!! Congratulations!


Sunday Stealing#48 The Dark Side Meme

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Dana at the blog Amid Life's Questions. Today is a special meme. Dana explains why! "Let's see, this started out as Jay doing Savannah's “Questions” meme - a meme with a twist. This meme is constantly evolving - I answer the 10 questions that Jay posted and then post 10 questions of my own for anyone to answer on their blog or in comments. Jay asked some great questions - I couldn't resist the pull to the "dark side." So, in the same spirit, at Sunday Stealing we've added ten of our own questions! Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: The Dark Side Meme

1. You’re building your dream house. What’s the one thing that this house absolutely, positively MUST HAVE? (other than the obvious basics of course)
A garden and a balcony.

2. What is your dream car?

3. What is your favorite website that isn’t a blog?
Yahoo or Google.

4. iPhone 4 or Droid, which do you want?
I haven't had both but am curious with Android now.

5. When you’re feeling down or lonely or just generally out of sorts, what do you do to cheer yourself up?
I usually go to a movie or read or do work-out or clean/organize my things.

6. Tell me about something or someone that you love that most people seem to hate.
Reading. It seems that there are more Filipinos texting than reading. They are everywhere. They even bump into you because they're too busy texting. In a lot of cases, the text messages can actually wait til they see the one they're sending to. Sadly, most heavy texters are students or at a young age when they are supposed to be reading something to improve themselves than texting their friends with nonsense.

7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I'm all grown up now and am at a stage where I have patience in accepting what I can or can't have.

8. Would you go on a reality show if given the chance?
Nah. Too frivolous for me.

9. Who was your favorite teacher when you were growing up. (Grade school, Middle School, Jr. High or High School only.)
Grade school, they were my Grade 5 and Grade 6 advisers. High school, he was our math teacher and 4th year adviser. College, I don't have a favorite teacher.

10. You get one pass to do something illegal or immoral. What are you gonna do?
Climb Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty for free!

11. What were you doing 10 years ago?
Probably, I was working. I don't have a blog at that time. So, probably if it was a Sunday like today, I'd probably be in bed or already at the tennis court playing some tennis.

12. By this time next year, I ...
would like to be on travel somewhere far away.

13. Do you think the United States will elect a female President in your lifetime? Do you think this would be a good thing?
Sure, it's the country might need. It would be interesting to see.

14. Which fictional, TV show character you would shag anytime?

15. What is your greatest pet peeve?
People who smoke quite close to me and those who borrow something from me and forget about it altogether without so much as an apology. .

16. Tell me about your most recent trip of more than 100 miles?
Last March, I traveled with friends in northern part of the Philippines. We visited the Caleruega which is located on a hill with its sweeping, magnificent view of Tagaytay and Batangas, then we proceeded to Banaue to see and walk on the famous rice terraces, then to Sagada to see the Batad with its ampitheater-like rice terraces and its Sumaguing cave, then we trekked Mt. Pinatubo and did boating on its crater lake and lastly, visited the Capas National Shrine, a memorial for the World War II soldiers who did the Bataan Death March.

17. Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?

18. Do you have a nickname? What is it?
With friends, we call each other bayot (gay) or tiguwang (old one).

19. What are you dreading at the moment?
My father's cancer.

20. Do you worry that others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
Sometimes, but what the heck.

21. In two words, explain what ended your last relationship.
Complacency. Immaturity.

22. What were you doing this morning at 8am?
Answering this meme and reading yahoo news.

23. Do you have any famous relatives?
None, it wouldn't hurt if Madonna is a relative.

24. How many different beverages have you drank today?
I haven't started yet. I'd probably have Nescafe 3-in-1 coffee within an hour.

25. What is something you are excited about?
My European trip with friends this year.

26. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group?
Months ago.

27. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
Am getting old and I need to do the gym more hahahaha!

28. What were you doing at midnight last night?

29. What’s a word that you say a lot?

30. Who is your worst enemy?


PhotoHunt#92 Bubbles

Bubbles of water frothed down as they cascaded on the waterfalls at Finlay Park, Columbia, South Carolina.


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Shakira's Waka-Waka

Am having fun with Shakira's Waka-waka music video right now. It's quite interesting and the music beat is infectious. Check out its youtube video here .

The song is the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup which is being held in South Africa. Nelson Mandela was supposed to attend World Cup opening ceremonies but his great granddaughter's accidental death stopped him.


Litratong Pinoy#99 Pag-asa (Hope)

Hope is what makes things happen. Change as what promised by the new President of the Philippines, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino, can only happen if we have hope and if we all could help. If everybody will do good for the country  not just for personal happiness and gain.

On the 112th Philippine Independence day this June 12, let us all start the change that we need for  our Mother Country.


Pag-asa ang siyang nagbibigay buhay sa mga mangyayari. Mangyayari lang ang pagbabagong ipinangako ng bagong presidente ng Pilipinas, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino, kung tayong lahat ay aasa at tutulong. Kung tayong lahat ay gagawa para sa kabutihan ng sambayanan at hindi lang para sa ating personal na kasiyahan lamang.

Sa ika-112 Araw ng Kalayaan ng Pilipinas ngayong ika-12 ng Hunyo, umpisahan nating lahat ang pagbabagong kailangan sa ikabubuti ng ating Inang Bayan.


The New President Elect of the Philippines

Congratulations to the new president-elect of the Republic of the Philippines!

This afternoon, the 15th President of the Philippines has been declared. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, a scion of the democracy icons in the country  won by landslide. The election was the first automated and the fastest by far in the Philippine history.

Aquino's running mate, Mar Roxas, lose his bid for the vice-presidential seat to Jejomar Binay, the former mayor of Makati City. 


Ruby Tuesday#53 The First Filipino Saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz


Took this glass mosaic by the entrance door inside of San Juan Bautista at Calamba, Laguna. The mosaic is of the First Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz.

The church was where our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, was baptized. It is just a stone's throw away from the house our national hero, Jose Rizal.

Source: http://www.laguna.net/jbilchurch/jubilee.html#calamba

In 1759 the Jesuit Missionaries purchased a big portion of land called Hacienda de San Juan, but the parish was established only in 1779 by the Franciscan Friars. In this church, Fray Rufino Collantes baptized our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal, on June 22, 1861. the original altar was burned in 1862 but immediately rebuilt by Fray Leoncio Lopez. the first Filipino priest, Fr. Angel Villaruz, served this church for 43 years since 1901.

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MTV Awards Shocker

Have you seen Tom Cruise dance? I haven't seen him jiggle on Oprah's couch while declaring profusely his love for Katie Holmes years ago. So, when I saw him dance during the MTV Awards with the dance diva, Jennifer Lopez, my jaw dropped. Oh boy, he can dance!!

Another shocker for that awards night was Sandra Bullock winning the Best Actress Award. No, that's not the shocker but it Bullock kissing Scarlett Johansson after finishing her acceptance speech. It's quite obvious too that Scarlett was shocked.


Sunday Stealing#47 Another Question Meme

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Garamond Bophin at the blog Garamond Bophin's Journal. She states that he took it from Sally Maria. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Sunday Stealing: Another Question Meme
 1. It's 2AM and you are not home.
You are more than likely: with some friends on a date, eating and talking and hopefully, dancing.

2. What's the last thing you spent more than $100 on?
Antibiotic medicines for my father.

3. What do your bank checks look like?
It's light blue-colored and got my name and check number on it :) I guess, it looks like any bank checks.

4. Where did the shirt you are currently wearing come from?

5. Name something that will be on your Christmas wish list:
DSLR and better health for my father.

6. What color is your toothbrush?

7. Name something you collect and tell us about it.
I collect postcards from postcrossing.com. I came across postcrossing.com thru a blogger that I frequented. Since, I really like postcards and usually buy one or two from the places I've visited I decided to try it and see what I can get. So far, I have received about 85 postcards since I've entered postcrossing.com and a day with a postcard is a day that got me smiling.

8. Last restaurant you ate at. Who were you with? How was it?
I went to Pizza Hut with my mother yesterday. We had Pizza Hut supreme. I had four slices. hehehehe! Yummy!!

9. Who was the last person you bought a birthday card for?
Bestfriend Michael.

10. What is your worst bad habit?
Not sure if it's a bad habit, but I am an impulsive book buyer.

11. Name a magazine you subscribe to?
I used to subscribe to National Geographic, Time and Reader's Digest magazines but I stopped after I got so busy and cannot keep up in reading them.

12. Your favorite pizza toppings?
Cheese..cheese..pineapple..mushroom, barbecue, cheese, cheese.

13. Whose number were you looking up the last time you used a phone book?
Pizza Hut.

14. Other than family, who is the person that you love most?
My bestfriend.

15. What is the last thing you cooked?
Hotcake, just this morning

16. Name something you wouldn't want to buy used?
Undies and hankies

17. Which shoe do you put on first?
Right shoe first.

18. What is the last thing you remember losing?
My mind? :D If it's a thing, my hanky.

19. What is the ugliest piece of furniture in your house?
Our dinner table. It needs to be replaced. Better if it's as soon as possible.

20. Last thing you bought and ended up returning?
DVD of some movie.

21. What perfume/cologne do you wear? If none, why?
I don't wear perfumes often but when I do, I prefer Clinique Happy.

22. Your favorite board game?

23. What was the last board game you played?

24. Where did your vehicle come from?
I don't have one, thank goodness.

25. If a movie was made about your life what would the theme song be?
Aw...too many to choose from.

26. You're sad, who can cheer you up easily?
Hm..a friend who has an ear for listening.

27. What was the color of the bridesmaid dresses of the last wedding you went to?
It was pink with green accents.

28. What house cleaning chore do you hate to do the most?
Ironing the clothes. I'd rather do the laundry please.

29. What is your favorite way to eat chicken?
Fried or adobo.

30. It is your birthday. You hope the cake is?
Red Ribbon's Ube Macapuno Cake or Goldilock's Mocca Cake.


PhotoHunt#91 Sparkle(s)

Like rainbow beacons, they sparkled colorfully in the dark. I couldn't make out their shape as we got nearer the entrance of the cemetery. Definitely, their sparkle caught the attention of the kids passing by the roadside. When we got there, I stopped and that's when I saw that they were colorfully lighted toys for the Halloween :) The red ones were plastic horns on the headbands while the multi-colored sparkly long ones were plastic swords. I heard two kids begging their moms to buy some as we moved along.


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Pag-IBIG Fund's International Directory

For Filipino overseas workers who are interested in becoming a Pag-IBIG member or want to know more about Pag-IBIG Fund, here are the email addresses of the Pag-IBIG Fund's International information officers that could help you:

Abu Dhabi –  popabudhabi@pagibigfund.gov.ph
Alkhobar –  popalkhobar@pagibigfund.gov.ph
Athens –  popathens@pagibigfund.gov.ph
Bahrain –  popbahrain@pagibigfund.gov.ph
Brunei –  adfpop23@yahoo.com
Dubai –  popdubai@pagibigfund.gov.ph
Hongkong –  pophongkong@pagibigfund.gov.ph
Kuwait –  mahmoudbkhalil@yahoo.com
Milan –  labo_jr@yahoo.com
Qatar –  popdoha@pagibigfund.gov.ph
Riyadh –  popriyadh@pagibigfund.gov.ph
Singapore –  popsingapore@pagibigfund.gov.ph
Taiwan –  lersabest@yahoo.com.tw
United Kingdom –  ukpagibig@aol.com

For their complete addresses, click below:


Middle East and Asia Pacific

Pag-IBIG Fund’s official website is http://www.pagibigfund.gov.ph/

Inquiries may be addressed to publicaffairs@pagibigfund.gov.ph


Litratong Pinoy#98 Pagbabago (Change)

Somebody called me at work one morning. I was called laughingly as "Maria". There are just a few people who can call me that name. I was surprised. I was happy. It was because it has been more than two decades since I've seen him. I thought, he transferred to another planet but when he called, his voice was the same and I knew instantly that it was my high school classmate.

Pilipino: May tumawag sa akin isang umaga sa trabaho. Nakatawang tinawag akong "Maria". Kokonti lang ang mga taong pwedeng tumawag sa akin ng ganyan. Nabigla ako. Natuwa. Paano kasi, sobrang dalawang dekada na kaming hindi nagkikita. Akala ko, lumipat na siya ng ibang planeta pero nang tumawag siya, halos walang pagbabago ang kanyang boses at nakilala ko kaagad ang klasmeyt ko sa hayskul.


There have been so many changes in our lives since we finished high school. We already have our own lives and dreams. When we decided to get-together after more than two decades, there were just a few changes that I can see from them. Whatever they achieved in their lives, my high school classmates stayed the same. It seems like nothing changed-we are still persistent, happy, smart and we treat each other like siblings. I was really happy when I saw them again. I hope we could get together again.

Pilipino: Marami nang pagbabago ang naganap sa mga buhay namin sumunod nang pagtatapos sa hayskul. May kanya-kanyang buhay at mga pangarap. Nang napagdesisyunan naming magkita pagkatapos ng ilang dekada nitong nakarang taon..halos kokonti lang ang nakita kong pagbabago sa hitsura nila. Anuman ang natamo nila sa buhay, ganun pa rin ang mga kaklase ko sa hayskul nakalipas ang maraming taon. Parang walang pagbabagong nangyari--lagi pa rin kaming makulit, masaya, maalam at parang kapatid ang turingan. Ang saya ko nang nakita ko sila ulit. Maulit pa sana.


Kim Hyun Joong in Manila

Looks like Filipino fans of Kim Hyun Joong are in for a treat this month of June. The immensely popular leader of South Korean band, SS501, will be having a show in Araneta Coliseum on June 19, 2010 at 8pm. He will be performing with another South Korean group, B2ST.

Kim Hyun Joong became quite popular in the Philippines thru his role as Yoon Ji Hoo in Boys Over Flowers. He was already popular as the leader of SS501 but his quirky personality was noticed in the South Korean reality show, We Got Married. His funny and natural interaction with his partner, Hwang Bo Hye Jung led him to get the role of Ji Hoo in Boys Over Flowers.

Tickets for the show are at P7840, P6720, P4480, P3360, P1680 and P784.

Tickets available at all SM Ticketnet outlets and at the Araneta Coliseum. For ticket inquiries, please call (63) 02-9115555 or Viva Concerts and Events at (63) 02-6877236 and Abiertas House of Friendship at (63) 02-7243969.


Ruby Tuesday#52 Jose Rizal's Laguna Home

June is the birth month of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. So, am posting here a picture of his ancestral home in Laguna where he spent his childhood days with his siblings.

We visited this place last year and it was really interesting to see how he lived with his family. The Spanish-styled house was built the way it was typically done during the Spanish occupation with consideration to the tropical climate. The house has wide doors, high-ceiling windows to maximize air ventilation.


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