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A Lesson From MacGyver

We have been on a MacGyver rush for the past few weeks and over the weekend, we watched a few episodes of the first season. We are aiming to finish the whole series within the next few months.

Anyway, as I am sitting here this morning just thinking, I am realizing a few things. We can actually learn life lessons from MacGyver. Like that episode where he was inside a car in a junkyard. He was trapped and had nowhere to go, no way to get out. The machines that crushed the cars were in operation and ready to get the car Mac was in.

The average person would have panicked or maybe would have crouched in a corner and waited for the inevitable to happen. Not Mac. He kept his wits about him and somehow got into the trunk and forced his way out.

Don't you sometimes feel trapped in the same manner? With time running out and nowhere to go (seemingly), do you panic or simply give up? Ask yourself, what would MacGyver do? ;)
(LOL, or maybe, what would Chuck Norris do?)

Wondering About the What Ifs

I know that doing this is not really productive. There is no point in going back in time (mentally, at least) and wondering what could have happened if only I did things differently. I can't help it, though. Sometimes, I just can't stop myself from wondering.

What if I had summoned enough motivation to go back to ECE? Would I have been an engineer now? (And so what if I were one, by the way?)

What if I had stuck to my direction/purpose in life back then? Would I have been more fulfilled spirituality?

What if I had practiced my profession? Would I have been better off?

Oh the what ifs of life. Sometimes I think that I should have been more cautious. I should have been more purpose driven. I should have known better.

Then again, who is to say that my life would have been better if I had chosen different paths in the past?

Time to forget about the what ifs and deal with the "what now?"

Someone Glued the Scissors "Shut"

We have this really nice pair of kitchen scissors that my mom gave to us. Yesterday, I was making dinner and need to use the scissors when I got stumped - they wouldn't "open." I thought that maybe I was just feeling weak, so I tried again - harder. They still wouldn't budge!

I hesitantly called in reinforcements...The hubby tried once and then suddenly burst out laughing.

"I think I glued them shut because I cut the tip of the Super Glue to fix the fan and I didn't clean up...I'll figure out how to fix it."

All the while laughing at the whole situation. Despite my mood, I found myself laughing at him. I guess if there is one thing I can say about him, he can make me laugh despite everything that has been happening. That is a good thing, isn't it?

Good Read: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I have been told that I think too much. I never really thought otherwise and it doesn't really bother me. I like thinking.

Sometimes I think about whether other people are just like me; whether they get lost in thought for hours on end. I think I found my answer in this book - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

I only found out about this book an hour or so ago. I was browsing my friends' blog when I saw Livi's entry which had this line: "We accept the love we think we deserve."

Considering the day that I have been having, it is but understandable that my mind went on overdrive again. I then searched for the source of that quote and discovered The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I haven't gotten far in the book. One thing I know - this kid, Charlie, thinks like nothing else but I bet his mind can't keep up with mine right now. So we accept the love we think we deserve, huh?

Goodbye Earl

WARNING: Post may be a bit emo.

We held a despedida party for Earl on Friday at Rory's Bar in Katipunan. I would go as far as to say that Earl is one of the best friends that Jerry and I have. He's weird. He's quirky. He's smart. He's Earl.

I first met Earl when I interviewed him at ITI. I am normally a keep-to-myself person but I don't know what happened. We ended up being good friends. And I know that despite Jerry's picking on him so much, Jerry cares for Earl like anything else.

So anyway, Earl has to leave because his father is sick (in case someone we know gets to read this by chance). We are going to miss you Earl.

Pictures from Friday.



Pink No More

Koryu's ready to go out in her new skin. I am glad that things turned out this way.

We met Alfred, the guy who runs Pimp My Laptop, at the Shang. I found them online when I was looking for an alternative to G-mask, which charges ridiculous prices. The skin I got for Koryu was only P500! Compare that to G-mask's P2500 (or thereabouts).

I have to say I am quite satisfied with the skin although the application is not that perfect - Koryu's curved edges made that hard. If you're in the market for a skin, get in touch with Alfred. You can even give him your image and use that for your skin.

So, here goes...the "new" Koryu unveiled.





Feeling Responsible: Me and Life Insurance

I used to NOT think about insurance. I never really thought that I would have need for it. And then I grew up - at least I think I did.

I don't know if I have written about it before but I have taken out a life insurance plan that doubles as a retirement plan. It hasn't been long since I took that policy out but I think that it was a really good decision.

For the past month, I have been thinking of other types of insurance policies that I could take out - for my own sake and my family's as well. One thing that I have realized as I have been doing my research is this - you can get a wide variety of life insurance quotes so it is really important that you do a lot of research.

I feel like a "real" adult now. I feel that I am finally being responsible! ;)

Claw Daddy @ The Shangrila Plaza

[UPDATE: More recent visit to Claw Daddy]
We went to the mall this afternoon to meet the guy who made Koryu's skin for me. (Yup, Koryu has a new look. I'll write a separate post about that later on.) We were also planning on watching The Dark Knight but our plans kinda changed so we just hung out at the mall. We weren't really planning on eating there - remember our budget? Being the easy people that we are, we got enticed by a flyer for Claw Daddy.

Though I had heard about it before, I hadn't tried the restaurant yet. The food looked good, the prices decent, and we were craving seafood so off we went to give Claw Daddy a try.

This was not really in our budget so we decided to go for their seafood platter (it has another name I just don't remember what it is). Basically, it was a huge tray of crabs, lobsters, shrimps, prawns, mussels, and clams. They also threw in a large grilled sausage, marble potatoes, and grilled corn on the cob.

Included in the price were …

Quickie: Seems Like a Good Weekend

Weekends are normally lazy for us and nothing really happens much. This one looks to be different. We got the freebies we were waiting for from Globe - printer, web cam, and head set. We're set to meet the guy who made the new skin for Koryu. We're meeting Lt. to watch Dark Knight. Here's to hoping that it really is a going to be a good weekend!

Keeping Valuables Secure In Transit

We haven't been on a trip since May and as Jerry was telling me the other day, it feels kind of weird. After all, we should have been on another road trip at least. I guess the budgeting idea has changed things a bit, not to mention the additional expenses that we have to deal with.

Maybe a road trip this August would be good. I have really been hankering for the beach for the past month and with the workload that I have, I think that a break would be good - however brief it is.

One consideration that we have to pay particular attention to is how to keep our "valuables" secure when we travel. Before, we didn't really bring along valuables because they just add responsibility that could lessen the travel experience. This time, though, I think I shall bring Koryu along - not to mention Garcia.

How would I keep them safe? I found a manufacturer that specializes in travel security. Pacsafe has a lot of products that would come in handy when we travel. I am looking a…

Am I a Nag?

I honestly don't think I am but I have heard it said (by a certain person I am not naming) several times. I found this quiz from Miss Zoot and I thought that I'd take it and see for myself.

1. Have you told your husband that you wished he made more money?
No.
2. Do you frequently remind your husband to pick up after himself?
Yes. Wouldn't you if you found 3 shirts in the living room, 2 pairs of shorts on the bedroom floor, etc.?
3. Do you dislike your husband’s family or close friends and tell him about it?
No.
4. Do you frequently criticize your husband for his bad habits?
No. I may tell him how I feel about certain habits but I do not criticize.
5. Do you contradict your husband in front of the children or your friends?
Yes. I think it's one of my weak points - not believing others easily.
6. When you and your husband are with others, do you ever “joke” about him being less than romantic?
No.
7. Do you tell your husband that he rarely lifts a hand to help you?
Sometimes - I gu…

My American English

I am by no means an American but this quiz at Blogthings caught my eye as I work with a company that deals with the English language. I thought it would be interesting to find out what kind of "American English" I speak.



Your Linguistic Profile:




55% General American English



20% Yankee



15% Dixie



5% Upper Midwestern



0% Midwestern

What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

Makes sense...I think the 15% Dixie is Jerry's influence.

Struggling with the Budget

When we decided to come up with a budget and implement it, we knew that it would not be an easy thing. However, I didn't really realize how hard it can be. It seems to me that the moment we came up with the budget, extra expenses just started pouring in!

I am not blaming anyone - it is all my responsibility. I might as well pay for what needs to be paid for and get it over with.

Some examples...Dad has been on a home improvement streak - roof repairs,fence installation, and the like. These things are totally reasonable - they are needs, in fact.

How about this - I ordered a skin for Koryu and made a mess of the measurements and now I had to order a new one. Kinda stupid, no?

This budget thing is hard!!!

Mythbusters (Almost) Killed MacGyver

Just like any other child who grew up in the 80s and 90s, MacGyver was part of my childhood. You have to know that we didn't have a TV set in our home while we were growing up. Our parents did not believe that we needed one to learn and to keep ourselves busy. We read instead.

However, during the summer vacation, my grandma's TV was brought to our house so that we could watch a couple of select shows. And when I say select, I mean select. Sesame Street, Batibot (the Philippine Sesame Street), and - you guessed it - MacGyver were the only shows we were allowed to watch.

Watching the show was a family affair. I still remember everyone gathering around the TV on Saturday night, 7:00pm. My dad would turn the key to switch the TV on - can you believe that, the TV had a key?!

Anyhow, you can just imagine how highly I revered (and still do!) Angus MacGyver. We looked up to him so much that we called our dad MacGyver - yup, he could solve anything. ;)

So when Jerry got ahold of th…

Koryu: My Pink Baby

So the secret has been discovered. Thanks to Jer, who wrote it in his blog. My new baby is PINK. I know I declared (quite passionately) that I would never buy a pink laptop. But oh well, there was no other color available and I wanted one badly that day. After all, the specs are still the same. I still get what I want - but in PINK.
I was going to get her a skin immediately but as Mika said "Why? Pink is cute, especially for girl!"

ARRRGH. What the heck is wrong with pink anyway?
Oooh, I know now why I have this unexplicable affinity for that song by Aerosmith:

Pink it´s my new obsession Pink it´s not even a question Pink on the lips of your lover, ´cause Pink is the love you discover Pink as the bing on your cherry Pink ´cause you are so very Pink it´s the color of passion

LOL, I can't make myself like pink but I do know one thing - Koryu is worth all the picking and teasing.

Birthday Gift Ideas

August is a big month for my family. My mom, my sister, and my brother all celebrate their birthdays in August. As early as now, I have to look for gift ideas for the three of them.

I already have something in mind for Silas - a boxed set of The Chronicles of Narnia. I have been giving him video gaming stuff for the past year and I think it's about time that he gets books. He loves to read and I think that the video games have distracted him from this activity.

For Hannah and my mom, it's a bit trickier. Since mom loves trinkets, I have been looking into Tahitian pearls. I saw some really nice earrings made of these pearls and I think that she would love them. She's always had this penchant for pearls, I don't know why.

As for Hannah - who is the only one among the three who reads this blog - I am keeping it a secret. :p

Grocery Shopping: I Stuck To Our Budget!

This afternoon was the first test for our budget. We do our grocery shopping every other week and more often than not, we would overshoot our limits. Today, though, I am proud to say that we passed!

We made a list together yesterday so that we could prioritize what we wanted and what we needed. That really made things so much easier for me although I have to admit, I still got a few things that were not on the list. Still, I was a couple of hundred below my allotted amount.

If there weren't so many people at the supermarket, I would have enjoyed myself more. Another good was that I didn't have any trouble with the cab driver at all! In fact, he was so nice and even helped me with the bags without my asking. I realized that sometimes, being without Jerry is a good thing (sorry, Jer).

Anyhow, let's see how we do this week with regard to the budget.

Tough Luck

Sometimes I really think that I have the worst luck in the world - at least when it comes to customer service. You know how I have been whinging about my Internet connection for the past weeks. I thought that my troubles were over when the guys from Globe came over yesterday and hooked us up. The connection was great.

Until around 4:30 this afternoon, that is.

The connection went down. I called customer service. They did basic trouble shooting which I already did before I called them. They couldn't fix it. They said the cabinet was probably down. They will file a report. Follow it up.

I called again a few minutes ago. Same thing. Tech will work on it and it should be up in 24 hours, 5 days max.

I don't believe this, really. Why does it always happen to us? I am on the slooow Smart Bro now. Should I keep it as back up?

On a positive note, we worked on our budget and it looks pretty good. We just need to stick to it and we're already running into rough waters. ;)

God of War 2 and Weird Random Thoughts

I am sitting here in our living room working on Koryu and watching Jer play GOW 2 again. It has been a long time since he last played this game. I suppose that after seeing the GOW teaser on the Internet the other day, he felt the urge to play the game.

I have to say that this is one of the best video games I have ever played/watched. The main character Kratos is awesome - both the "person" and the graphics. I find it really weird how his body is "painted" white by the ashes of his wife and child. It is weird but in a way, it looks awesome. I was wondering, what would happen if he got a blemish or pimple on his face? Would blemish acne cream work? What if he got a rash? Would he be able to use topical ointment?

LOL, I know I am being weird thinking this way but believe me when I say that you have to play the GOW series.

Learning to Budget

My Mom was a stickler for budgets. When I was a child and I asked her for something, she would oftentimes tell me, "It's not in our budget." Way up till I was in college, I didn't really understand that sentence. The way I saw it, if you have the money, why not use it if you found something that you wanted?

Little did I realize that it was her budgeting that got my sister and I through the long years of college. Now that I earn money and am responsible for what I earn, I understand better the concept of budgeting. Realizing and taking action are two different things, though.

Though I have a rough idea about how much I earn and how much I spend (and should spend) I never really sat down and listed these things down. It's about time I did. That's why later today, Jerry and I are going to do just that.

We're going to try to create a budget. This part's easy - it's the sticking to the budget that's going to be excruciating.

Wish us luck!

No Leaf Clover

Have you ever found yourself in a situation wherein you have this sinking feeling that it is headed nowhere? A business, a relationship, a job, or any other endeavor - it doesn't matter what kind of set up it is, you just somehow know that sooner or later it would all blow up in your face.

Of course, being the "fighting" person that you are, you would do all that you can within your powers to try and get things straightened out. You would try to convince yourself that you could work things out. That's the idealistic person in you, the college person who thought he could change the world.

Then there are times when it hits you. There are some things that you can change but there are some things that you can't. You can only control your actions, what others do, what others think, they are all beyond you.

During these times, I bet you feel like that guy in Metallica's song No Leaf Clover. "Then it comes to be that the soothing light at the end of your tun…

Homemaking Headaches

I never really realized how much of a headache maintaining a home or apartment could be. As a child, when problems such as plumbing, electrical wiring, and the like arose, my dad would take care of everything in a flash. As such I do not really recall having to deal with these kinds of inconveniences all that much.

Since I started living in apartments, though, I have had more than my share of clogged sinks, toilets, and busted lighting fixtures. This week doesn't seem to be my week.

Our kitchen sink got clogged up on Monday so I poured some liquid into it. It was supposed to melt whatever was clogging the pipes. Unfortunately, it also melted the aluminum tube! Our maintenance guy replaced it immediately but it seems that the sealant he used did not work so the sink is now leaking AND is still clogged. How can that be?

Apparently, they constructed the sinks in our apartment and the adjacent one in such a manner that the pipes are connected. Now, our next door neighbors have a c…

How Do You Know That You've Made the Right Choice?

Well, at least until it is too late to do anything about it. This is really one of the hardest things that I have learned about being all grown up. You are expected to make your own decisions and you are never really sure that you are making the right one.

For what it's worth, you can believe with all your heart that you are doing the right thing. That is, until your decision bites you in the butt later down the road.

Just thinking aloud...

Bed Weather

We're well into the rainy season and I just really now realized it. I set my alarm for 8 am but I could not make myself get up no matter how I tried. I looked out the window and it was (still is) overcast. There was (and still is) a light drizzle. Perfect weather for staying at home and sleeping in.

How I wish I could do just that today!

Gadget Cravings Extremely Satisfied

If you've been reading my blog, you would know that I have had this strong cravings for new gadgets in the past month. I am glad to say that it is finally over. After Koryu, I don't think I would want something else for the meantime.

Of course, there are always other things that I could get to enhance her performance but since she has everything I need, I do not really see myself running around to go shopping. If I had gotten the Acer Aspire One, which I was actually tempted to do, I would probably be looking around for flash memory in order to augment the 8G SSD storage device that it comes with.

Lucky for me, the MSI Wind has an 80G hard drive!

One last thing - I ordered a skin for her top. You'll see it soon enough when it arrives. ;)

I'm On a High

Yep, I am definitely on a high. We set out to do 4 things today.
Get approved for a Globe landline and Internet connection bundle.Get my NBI clearance renewed.Go to UP to get some things done.
Maybe get a new toy.I got 3 out of 4 PLUS we got to visit Sam.

We weren't able to go to UP because we ran out of time. It took us several hours to get the Globe thing done, not to mention the NBI clearance. After that, we just went around Megamall looking for my new toy. Unfortunately, we didn't find any. They all had Acer Aspire One units and Asus Eee PCs.

So off we went to SM North, meaning to look around and then visit Sam. We found ONE unit of the MSI Wind at this litte store called Micro Station. They had it for 0 percent interest on my card for 6 months! Needless to say, I just had to get it.

Here's my new baby (which, by the way, I am using to write this post).
At the store
Her box
At home

I have decided to name her Koryu, this little dragon from the anime Inuyasha. It is also…

Let Me Take the Trash Down

Don't get me wrong - I am not complaining BUT I am thinking that aliens had abducted my husband and substituted someone else that looks like him. Now why do I say this?

Let me see...

One, I have not had to do the dishes for a WHOLE WEEK.
(This is normally Jer's task but I usually end up doing them anyway because he hates doing the dishes. Since I went to the doctor last week to get her to remove *something* from my finger, though, Jer has been so diligent in doing the dishes. I'm not saying that he has not complained - boy, he HAS complained a lot - but he gets the job done.)

Two, Jer was on his way downstairs to get cigarettes a few minutes ago and he was at the door when he did an about face and mumbled, "Oh wait, let me take the trash down!"
(Again, this is his task but I normally have to remind him.)

Three, Jer actually took the mop and cleaned up the floor a bit.
(I think this is the third time he has touched that mop!)

That shot up there - it's blurry beca…

Smart Bro Woes

I was planning on working for a couple more hours but the speed of my Internet is just not making it possible. I am getting some work done but at a pace that is just making me irritable. I would be better off getting some sleep. BUT before that, let me let off steam...

There is no excuse for rudeness. I wonder if that guy from Smart Bro knows all about customer service.

You see, we have been having problems with our connection for 2 or 3 weeks now. I have called several times to complain but it was only last Wednesday that someone actually came over to fix things. Unfortunately, they did not do any good. True, they changed the antenna. They said they increased the parameters gave me all that technical drivel but the fact is that the we still have to wait several minutes for a single page to load!

So the technicians called the RG office of Smart Bro - whatever that means. Unknown to the guy they were talking to, he was on loud speaker and I could hear every word that he was sayin…

Really Needing Glasses

My disposable contact lenses seem to be failing miserably. I was thinking of holding off on buying new glasses but I just might have to get them soon. As you may know, I have been looking at Incredible Stylish New Frames From Zenni in the past few days.

I first heard of them from another blog which advertised Zenni Optical $ 8 Rx Eyeglasses. That is really not a bad price for eyeglasses, isn't it? In fact, if you think about it, that is really really cheap. I think the main reason they can pull the prices down that low is the fact that they conduct business online - reaching us customers directly. So there, I think that with my tight budget, this site is my best bet.

By the way, Zenni Optical was on FOX news!

The Mystery of the Moth

It's been a lazy Saturday - we woke up late, there was a drizzle going on, and the sky was dark. We had originally planned on going to the mall to apply for wired Internet (Smart Bro woes for another post) and look at sub notebooks but we decided to stay in instead.

So there I was making coffee when a tiny moth caught my eye. It was on the wall opposite the dining table and it was just really beautiful. I took Garcia and tried taking a close up picture but it was all fuzzy - thank God for Macro Mode, which took me a while to figure out how to use.

I wish I could have gotten a bigger picture but this was as close as I could get.

The moth stayed in place all afternoon and throughout the evening but in between watching Legally Blonde 2 (yeap, it's not me but it is a fun movie to watch) and preparing a late dinner, I suddenly noticed a black smudge on the wall and the moth MIA!

I eventually saw it on the floor. It had met the fate that most creatures of its kind meet - it got squ…

Would You Rather Be Beautiful or Appealing?

Friday nights at the office are always wacky. Yesterday, it was just wackier than most Friday nights. (Perhaps the wine had something to do with it.)

Anyhow, Livi started asking her questions. She does have the silliest - but fun - questions sometimes. One thing she asked was "Would you rather be beautiful or appealing?"

Appealing won - only Livi and I chose beautiful.

I think beautiful is better because you can always work on being appealing. For example, you can be beautiful and then have things ruined by something like acne. You can still fix this with the best acne product in the market, though. You can do something about it and become appealing again. On the other hand, if you are inherently not beautiful, you really can't do much about it, can you?

What do you think - beautiful or appealing?

(Yup, not a very serious topic but it makes for good conversation.)

Landslide...

We're out here in our balcony just talking, enjoying the night air, and the music. Landslide by the Dixie Chicks just came on and I am feeling wistful...

"...children get older, I am getting older too...the landslide brought me down..."

Certain events these past few days are making me realize once again that growing up is a continuous process. It is not all about age. It's the happenings in your life and how you deal with them.

I used to think that I could solve every problem that came my way, my family's way. Now I am realizing that there are problems that you cannot solve, that there are problems that you just have to weather. There are times when you cannot always make things right the way you want them and when you want them.

It is a hard realization. A large part of me doesn't want to acknowledge it, makes me want to fight back and gain control of everything. And yet some part of me knows that I can only do so much.

As Steve Tyler sang "I'm sa…

My First Tag

Livi tagged me. I've never done this before but I guess I might as well. ;)
Here’s the game: you have to answer the question with ONE WORD only and then you have to tag 4 people.1. Where is your cell phone? OFFICE
2. Your significant other? FUNNY
3. Your hair? WAVY
4. Your mother? FAITHFUL
5. Your father? MACGYVER
6. Your favorite thing?
7. Your dream last night? RESTLESS
8. Your favorite drink? WATER
9. Your dream/goal? CONFIDENTIAL
10. The room you’re in? OFFICE
11. Your hobby? WRITING
12. Your fear? POVERTY
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? HAPPY
14. What you’re not? PATIENT
15. Muffins? BLUEBERRY
16. One of your wish list items? SUBNOTEBOOK
17. Where you grew up? LOS BANOS
18. The last thing you did? SEARCH
19. What are you wearing? JEANS
20. Favorite gadget? LAPTOP
21. Your pets? DEAD
22. Your computer? LENOVO
23. Your mood? DEPRESSED
24. Missing someone? SILAS
25. Your car? NONE
26. Something you’re not wearing? EARRING
27. Favorite store? NONE
28. Like someone? JERRY
29. Your favorite color? BLU…

Music Is My Aeroplane

Music is something that I cannot live with. It picks me up when I am feeling down (or grumpy) like I am now. It keeps me company when I am miserable. It helps me focus on the task at hand.

Of course, you need good speakers or headphones in order to fully appreciate what you are listening to. I am currently using Jerry's Sony headphones for his PSP and they are really good. But I don't really want to end up destroying them since I use them all the time.

It's time to go shopping for headphones maybe? Buy.com has some really good deals on the best brands. One thing that I have learned it's better to pay a little extra for a reliable brand than to save a little on off brands. Good thing with Buy.com, the good brands can come cheap also.

Going Gadget Crazy - HP Mini-Note and Acer Aspire One

This rarely happens but when it does, I can't stop till my craving (for lack of a better word) is satisfied. These past few weeks, it seems that a gadget craze has gotten hold of me. It started with the NEO Roadshow at work.

Then I began to discover other better options in the mini laptop range. I am now down to three options and all of them are looking good. I already posted about the MSI Wind. The other two are the Acer Aspire One and the HP Mini-Note.

Specs for the Acer Aspire One:

8.9-inch 1024 x 600 LED-backlit display1.6GHz Atom N270512MB DDR2 SDRAM (expandable)1.3 megapixel camera, SDHC and multi-format media readers802.11b/g, Ethernet, three USB 2.0, VGA, and 3.5mm audio outOne free mini PCI slot for WWAN80GB hard drive (with XP) or 8GB solid state (with Linux)2.5 or 5 hours on 3 or 6-cell batteries in XP model, 3 or 7 hours on Linux1kg (2.2 pounds)Isn't that a beauty? I would really love to have the blue one. I called Acer Philippines yesterday and the guy said th…

Lucky Me

Waking up early in the morning makes me think. I don't know why but as I sit in front of the PC and try to work, my mind wanders off and all sorts of things pop up. That's why I had the post earlier on my not-so-dysfunctional family.

I just suddenly remembered what Livi said the other day. After meeting her high school friends the night before, she said that she realizes how lucky we are with our husbands. "Though you may have complaints, they are still little things as compared to the bigger picture."

She's right. Jer and I may have our share of issues but at the end of the day, we have a healthy relationship.

(Yeah, Vicki, mushiness does happen!)

My Not-So-Dysfunctional Family

Always thought my family was a bit more dysfunctional than most. Looking back now, I think that I might have been wrong. We all have our quirks and I guess we're not that bad at all. I took a quiz (again) and the results seem to support my idea.




Your Family Is 35% Dysfunctional




Your family isn't perfect, but everyone's pretty good at working things out.

There's probably been a bit of family drama in your past... and who's to say it's over?

As long as your family communicates openly and respects one another everything should be fine.

Everyone in your family does love one another. They just may not be so good at showing it.

Is Your Family Dysfunctional?

EPL-English Premier League

I used to play sports a lot when I was in high school and even today, I don't think I have totally outgrown my love for sports. Though I am sure I would not be able to play, I still enjoy watching sports on TV. My favorites are basketball and soccer. I have kept myself updated on basketball (NBA) but not really on soccer.

That is why I have been browsing blogs on this sport. I know it is called football in England - but that's about it. I like this blog called EPL-English Premier League. It gives you a whole lot of information on the League - from the squads to the upcoming matches and even live scores!

Surprisingly (or maybe not), you can also find other kinds of information within the blog. I think that though the blog is mainly about football - or soccer - it is refreshing to read about other bits of information from time to time so it's all good.

I Want To Ride With The Wind

I have heard of the brand MSI before but apart from the low price, I was not really attracted to it. Yesterday, though, I accidentally saw an ad for the MSI Wind, a purported Asus Eee PC killer. As you may know, I have been wanting to buy a small laptop. Well, let's just say that the Wind has captured my heart.

More info from PC Corner:
Intel® Atom™ 45-nm CPU @ 1.6GHz
1.0Gb DDR2 667MHz
80Gb SATA HDD
10in. WVGA Wireless G with 1.3MP camera
BlueTooth
4-in-1 Card reader
Li-ION Cell Battery (upgrade to 6-cell approx. +PhP 4.5K)
Note . . .2.5hrs. Battery !!!!!! (for 3-cell)

It looks really nice - more "mature" than the NEO eXplore. What really sold me on this idea (to get the Wind) is the fact that it has an 80G HDD. It also weighs in at about 1Kg!

Remember my post on being easily hooked on things? Well, I really want this laptop and I can't get it out of my mind. I am trying because I know I can't get it right now. PC Corner only has the pink version and they want cas…

Definitely NOT A Morning Person

Just a quickie before I start working.

I set my alarm to wake me up at 8:00am. That's real early for me as I normally go to bed around 2:00am or 3:00am. I have not gotten up this early on a weekday for a long time now and I feel so grumpy.

I don't even feel like getting coffee, which just finished brewing.

What makes an individual a morning (or a night) person? I am definitely not one. Grrr...

P.S. Maybe my mood is being exacerbated by the fact that my last dream of the night was that I was Barb in Big Love and Bill was somehow Jerry and the whole situation pissed me off so badly. You know how weird dreams can be!

Thanks to Intangible Art for the photo!

Why Are Video Games So Addictive?

Sometimes I think that I have an addictive personality (not sure about the term). What I mean by this is that when I get to like something, I tend to depend on it a lot. Take writing. I think I am addicted to it. My jobs. I can't sit still for long without working. Then there are video games. Once I start playing, I find it hard to stop for sometime.

We already have a PSP and a PS3 and we also play PC games. Yet sometimes, I still find myself wanting to try other consoles. Maybe a Wii for Christmas? Or how about an xbox 360? I am sure that as great as the PS3 is, these other consoles have other unique things to offer - and to get addicted to.

Oooh, did I mention that there is this new mini laptop that has caught my attention? (More about that in the near future.)

Poached Salmon With Broccoli

Though it was not time for us to do our bi-monthly grocery shopping yet, we decided to go yesterday since we might not have enough stashed in the fridge to last the whole week. Going to the grocery is something that we both like to do because we find it relaxing and fun going up and down the aisles - until we run into throngs of people and until we have top pay. Still, doing the groceries is one of the things that we like doing together.

So there we were, deciding what we would need for the next two weeks. Normally, I have a list but I was too lazy to make one yesterday. We ended up buying a couple of treats - some salmon and blue marlin steaks. Surprisingly, the price of fish was down! (Anyone know why?)

I suppose the salmon was a perfect ending to our weekend of good food. I don't really know many ways of preparing salmon so I stuck to my tried and tested recipe - salmon poached in butter. I just seasoned the steaks with some salt and pepper and I added some garlic to my pi…

Death By Cake

I've heard of death by chocolate but death by cake? Well, I almost experienced it last night when we ate at TGI Friday's. You know by now that when I write about a dining experience, I normally cover everything from the appetizers to the dessert. This time, though, I'm going to cut through all the motions and go straight to the most astounding piece of pie that I have ever had. For details about the whole meal, do visit Jer's blog where I have a guest post.

So, what is this cake all about that you can die from it? We were actually done with the meal and were almost ready to go when I saw this small ad at the end of the table. The picture was just irresistible and knowing that it was Dulce de Leche, I knew that I had to have a slice.

Going against my nature, I ordered the cake without looking at the price. I still can't believe that I did that but all thoughts of not knowing the price disappeared when I took a bite of the cake.
Just look at that thick layer of c…

My Ideal Rec Room

For some reason, I could not sleep tonight. We spent most of the day watching TV and just being lazy. Around 5pm we went out for a post-July 4th dinner at Friday's (yup, Jerry got his wish) and then we went back to a still lazier evening at home. It's now 3 am and I have been doing nothing but trying to get myself to fall asleep - obviously to no avail.

I just remembered how much I liked to play The Sims and how I used to design my dream house in the game. The main room in the house would be my own rec room. So tonight, I imagined designing it once again. It basically has the same elements - a home theater system, a ping pong table, a pool table, and a bar. I have a new addition - a beer pong table. I recently "discovered" beer pong while watching Beer Fest the other day. I wonder if there are any places here that sell beer pong tables? I have seen portable ones online that seem good but I have no idea where to get one in Manila, do you?

West Side Story in Manila

I am not a very "cultured" person but I do appreciate music and theater. Jerry, on the other hand, is not really into theater. That is why I had a bit of a hard time convincing him to watch Avenue Q with me when it ran last year. I hate saying "I told you so" but he did enjoy the show a LOT.

So when I told him that West Side Story is going to run here in September, I was not expecting much of a reaction. Needless to say, I was surprised that he was actually excited. As it turns out, he saw it when he was younger and he liked it.

Anyhow, if you are interested to watch it on its opening night, here are the details from Minnie Fong:
I am selling tickets to the opening night of West Side Story and a part of the proceeds from the play will be donated to Kythe (http://www.kythe.org), a foundation whose primary cause is children with cancer.
Touted to be the best musical of all time with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and original choreography by …