My HK loot!

Monday, July 30, 2007

For now - this photo...

... my shopping loot from my recent HK trip. I think this will last me for the months to come - hopefully!! Hahaha...

more posts to follow - need to organize photos (of the few I took!)

See you!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

In a few hours, I will be off to Hong Kong!! :)


See you soon Cubie! :)

Loved it!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I was skeptical when I saw the trailer, (uh, Mandy Moore again?!) - but managed to buy myself a copy hoping that since Dianne Keaton (I find her really really funny!) was starring in it - it would be nice... And it was!!

I was laughing and enjoying the movie!

How I wish I had sisters!! Theirs was the ideal mother and daughters relationship - they enjoyed each others' company but there were times they'd want to strangle the other.

I would looooooooove to watch it again, it's such a feel good movie!

It actually made me love and appreciate my mom even more!

Loved it! :)

By the way, Mandy Moore was great - she was sort of acting naturally and not overdoing it, and it was nice! I mean to see her act clumsily - it was effective. The tandem worked for me.. :) Loved it! :)

Georgia Rule, whaaaaaaaaat?!

Monday, July 23, 2007

I was quite excited when I bought the DVD. I hate to admit it, but I am a FAN of Lindsay Lohan - I've loved her since I saw her in the remake of Parent Trap.

When I saw the trailer - I thought the movie was a comedy, with a little drama. Truth be told, I did not laugh once - nor did I shed a tear. I was really confused on the story! Was she telling the truth? Was she lying? Did it really happen or didn't it? So many many questions...

In the end - I was more confused and I wanted answers! What happened afterward? Was there really a tape? How much money did they get?

My take: Probably just 1 Star * (toing!!!!!)

Was also very disappointed when I learned it was a Garry Marshall film - what a waste! But that's just me - I may have watched the movie on a bad day.. Hahahahaha!!

Down with colds..

I haven't been sick in a looooong time - the last time I remember was November of last year! Since I'll be travelling to Hong Kong - I'm quite nervous to ride the plane. My mom said that since I have sipon, my ears might hurt! Yikes!!

Anyhoooooooo... I'm counting the hours and minutes already,

Hong KOng! Here I come!!

How much of the Philippines have you visited?

Monday, July 16, 2007

Hmmm.. this is quite embarrassing!
But mind you - I would looooooove to travel around and about the Philippines!

How about you? How much of the Philippines have you visited?

My Lakbayan grade is D!

How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!

Created by Eugene Villar.

What American accent do you have?

Friday, July 13, 2007

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The South
The Northeast
The Inland North
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Am I cured?

Thursday, July 12, 2007

I hate chocolates - and everyone who knows me, knows that too!

But last night - well - here goes.

You see Jake - sent my Panget an Oreo Cheesecake for his birthday and after our dinner at the Cookbook Kitchen - we headed to my Panget's house to get some Hizon's cake for me. My Panget first took out the cheesecake and then proceeded to take out the Hizon's cake from the ref. When I looked at the cheesecake - I was sort of intrigued by it. It was black - covered with Oreo cookie bits. And then the next thing that happened - I was not entirely aware of until my Panget called my attention.

I took a piece and ate it! I can't believe that I liked how it tasted!!

Oh my gosh.............. Am I cured?????????????

Cookbook Kitchen

borrowed this image from Anton's blog
Last night I went to dinner with my Panget and his family - this was to celebrate his birthday the day before. I learned of this place from Christine (who learned it from Anton) - I was very eager to try it out, and my Panget and I finally did last month.

We picked this place for my Panget's Birthday treat because this restaurant is quiet, serves comfort food and at the same time it's not crowded (for Baby Elle's sake). It's tucked in a small street in Mandaluyong - if you're driving too fast - you just might miss it. (No kidding!)

When we arrived - we were the only ones there first - there were no other customers yet - and it was quiet, slightly dimmed - kinda homey. The servers were all smiling and attentive. The place is like a small living room that was converted into a restaurant - it was small but not that small - it can probably hold a function that would fit 40 people.

When the rest of my Panget's family members arrived - I was kind of nervous that they might not like the food there. Not that I think the resto is not so great, but I think they a high expectation of the taste of the food. We ordered the following dishes:
- Parmersan Crusted White Fish
- Fish Casserole
- Pork Steak with Honey Mustard
- Pan-fried Chicken
- CBK Chicken

20 minutes had passed and our orders haven't been served yet, my Panget's dad was starting to complain and asked the servers if they gave any free bread since our orders were taking forever. The smiled, apologized and said they didn't. I think maybe they should next time - as the baking time (if you're getting the Fish dishes) takes a little longer than usual. Good thing that after a few minutes - they our food arrived!

Parmesan Crusted White Fish

The verdict? THEY ALL LOVED THE FOOD! I loved the Fish Casserole, my Panget loved his Pork Chops, my Panget's mom, dad and sister loved the Parmesan Crusted White Fish! It was a runaway winner!

I was impressed with the food - everything they served us tasted magnificent. I'm not exaggerating but - they tasted so great that we had a second order of the Parmesan Crusted White Fish! Now, I know why this remains their best seller!

I can't wait to eat there again!!

Cookbook Kitchen
Socorro Fernandez Street,
Mandaluyong City
Tels. 724-3595

Here's the map below in case you're interested to visit them:

Container Van - hauling

Monday, July 09, 2007

We have this 40 foot container that we have been trying to get rid of for the past few months. It was only last June that we were able to sell it to a family friend. I was told that the container will be hauled out of our place today.

We all waited for it.

We all wondered how it will be hauled out.

At exactly 2:30pm - 3 vehicles arrived. 1 truck carried the forklift, another truck was for the container itself, and another was for the driver who led the 'team' to our place.

I think for about 30 minutes - all the work in our factory stopped. They all looked out and watched as the container was being hauled out.

I've never in my whole life seen anything like it! I thought that since I saw small forklifts hauling stacks of cases of San Miguel Beer - that, that was it - but it wasn't. It's a LOT different (and heavier!)..

Manong Operator - the choreographer

I admire and am impressed by Manong operator - the forklift operator who also choreographed the whole thing. Yes, apparently there needs to be a choreographer/leader who tells people what to do.

It was quite a tedious task. Since our factory was located in a not so big road - the challenge was how to have the truck - that will be carrying the container van - be driven inside the compound. Everyone thought it was hopeless - as they tried more than thrice to buwelta (maneuver) the truck inside. Then Manong Operator came up with a bright idea - he said that he will use the forklift - to lift the end tail of the truck - so it can move in easily. And it did! It was a sight to see!

Here are the pictures that I took - unfortunately - my camera's battery was dying and so the captures were somehow selective..

Bye bye container! We will surely miss you!!

**Pictures to follow

Wait for it... Wait for it!!

Barney Stinson

I just finished 18 episodes of How I Met your Mother's second season. And I am soooooo loving it to bits! I am so in like with Barney Stinson - he's hilarious! This has got to be my FAVORITE show now..

Everyone knows that I love Chandler Bing - (no one will ever take his place) but Barney Stinson - well, he comes the closest! I just love his humor - and the way he delivers the jokes!!

I can't wait to finish the second season - and I'm all excited for the next season!

If Chandler Bing has the line 'Can you be any......' - Barney has a more than one!

"It's going to be LEGEN-DARY!"
"What Up!"
"Suit Up!"

Yes, this show will definitely be legen-dary!!

Here's the link to Mindy's comparison with Friends.. - I have to say, Mindy - you've got it all!! :) Nice one! :)

Click here to go to Barney's blog


Friday, July 06, 2007

Hong Kong at night..

In 20 days - I will be off to the city of lights, Hong Kong ;with friends. Isn't this exciting? This will be the first time since we all became friends that we will be travelling together outside the Philippines! I am actually traveling with 2 separate sets of friends...


Although it's SALE season in Hong Kong - the excitement is drawn from somewhere else. You see, I have a friend who's based there that I have been wanting to see since late February this year. And finally, I will be seeing her at last!! I can't wait to see and finally give her a hug! I am so giddy with excitement - that there are days, I have a hard time sleeping!!

See you soon Cubie dear! I can't wait to see you and give you an enormous hug!!

Beijing Travel Bug

Monday, July 02, 2007

I was browsing through shobe Sophie's blog and a title caught my eye - Beijing Travel Bug. You see, I spent half a year in Beijing last 2002 - and with that, I fell in love with the city. Dirty, Filthy, Impolite, ruthless and backward - say whatever negative thing you can think of - I fell in love with the city. Since I spent half a year there - you can say that it somehow became part of me. I grew up there, I literally did. And I will forever be indebted to Beijing for whatever transformation it brought about in me. Memories shared will forever be treasured.

Since I love Beijng - and I'm super curious about China's history (ask my Panget how many Mao books I've bought and how fascinated I am with China) I clicked the link, and it literally brought me back to the place I sort of call home (I know! Icky, but true!)

For those of us who miss our Beijing life.... Here's a blog to take us back in time. Although I'm thinking that the place has changed dramatically over the years, it's still the same Beijing we know and love...

I will for sure be a lurker of this blog - I will also leave comments every now and then, feeling close! Hahaha

I actually have a theory. Those who have gone to Beijing to study, they have this bond with others who have also been there, despite the time and batch differences (in which they went) - Call me crazy but for sure - all of us who went to Beijing had experienced something in common - and that is what will start the bond in all of us. Beijing is just one of the common denominators - the experiences will be somehow the same, different in certain degrees but still the same.

I wish I can go back.... But for now - this blog will do.... :)

To the person who mans the blog... Thank you for sharing, you just don't know how much I miss the place.... Imagine - 5 years...... 5 long years...

Tagged by Mindy!!

A - Age: 27 and 6 months

B - Band: Listening To Right Now: None eh...

C - Career: My mom's assistant in everything! (Seriously)

D - Drink or Smoke: I drink lots of water! I DON'T smoke.. ((yelch...)

E - Easiest Friends To Talk To: My Beijing Gang, my HS buddies (K, K & S) shempre, my Panget! (of course!)

G - Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: Bears - definitely bears..

H - Have a Boyfriend: Yes! And he's my Panget

I - In love: Very much (yuck! I can't believe I said this!!)

J - Junk Food You Like: French Fries and Potato chips!

K - Kids: zilch!

L - Longest Ride Ever: Plane ride from Manila to Hong Kong to Beijing - September 2002

N - Names For Your Future Kids: I'm partial to Katrin (but my Panget doesn't like it.. :( )

O - One Wish You Have Now: To win the Lotto Jackpot!

P - Phobias
: Cockroaches and lots (and lots) of ants!

Q - Favorite Quotes:

* "Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer" - I have to agree with Mindy on this!

* "Everything happens for a reason" - No matter how cheesy it is - I believe this!

R - Reasons To Smile: My doggies - Jenna, Jacob and Zowee. My Panget of course! Listening to Gary V. songs pre-Born Again, seeing pictures of Brangelina (I know!)

S - Sleeping Hours: I try to sleep as early as I can but I doze off between 1230-2am

T - Time You Woke Up: 7:00-7:30am

U - Unknown Fact About You: I did a Chinese dance on GMA Supershow when I was little.

V - Vegetable You Hate: I can't stand the smell of Petchay Tagalog and Cilantro! Yelch!!

W - Worst Habit: Saying 'Tsk' when I'm pissed off.

X - X-rays You've Had: None..

Y - Yummy Foods: Potato anything, Pizzas!, and Chinese Food! Sisig! Soups!

Z - Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Instructions: Each player starts with 7 random habits/facts about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!

1. I love buying ballpens. Yes - when I go abroad, I go into a bookstore and go crazy over ballpens! Even here in Manila - that's my first stop - ballpen section!

2. I'm messy - Like Monica Geller! I love to organize other people's stuff but I'm quite messy with my own. As my brother would say 'Organized Mess'

3. I love to talk, I can't stop talking. If I do stop - there's something wrong.

4. I'm very good in remembering faces and names - why? I don't know! Hahaha..

5. I always bring Mighty Bond with me (in my bag) wherever I go.

6. I am a frustrated baker.

7. I am very resourceful and innovative! I fixed the drainage for the sink of our bathroom in our ghetto Beijing apartment! :) Hahaha.. This is what the whole thing looks like, and This is what it actually looks like up close

I am tagging: Kath, Jenn, Jake, Chris, Sophie, Christine, Char, John