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When Couples Play Wii

I am sitting here watching my sister and her husband play tennis on the Wii - and I marvel at how familiar the husband-wife dynamics is. Is it because my sister and I are so much alike?

There are the encouraging times:

Hubby: Wow, that was a nice serve!
Wife: Thanks.

And there are these times:

Hubby: Quit choking when you play with me. You don't have to impress me.
Wife: Whatever! Quit trying to distract me.

Hubby: Why don't you stand up so you can play better?
Wife: Why don't you move so you don't block the sensor?

Hubby: Usog ka dun! Wala akong space. (For the nth time.)
Wife: Lumayo ka sa akin sabi!

Hubby: It's not that fun being that smart and not being good at video games, is it?

Hubby: OUCH! (Wife accidentally hit him with the Wiimote.)

Wife: Aray. (Wife gets hit on the head due to an over enthusiastic swing.)

All the bickering and irritation melt away, though, when Sam starts screaming for attention. It's been a great weekend. :)

When Your Hair Starts Thinning

They say that baldness is pretty much a male problem but the way I am shedding hair, I think that maybe I should be concerned about this as well! I am not seeing any signs of baldness but I really do shed way too much hair. Maybe it is normal? I don't know but in any case, I found myself looking for Hair Loss Product Reviews on the Internet.

I have seen and heard some ads on various hair loss treatments but I really am not knowledgeable in this topic. That is why I found this site on hair loss products quite informative. It features different products that are available on the market and provides intensive information on them.

The good thing about this web site is that it has consolidated information on a wide variety of hair loss products. This means that consumers (like you and me!) do not need to visit the individual web site of the product. This makes searching for information very convenient. From one location, you can compare the features of each hair loss product as …

Seafood Craving

I don't know why but since last night I have been craving for seafood. Fish, shrimps, mussels, crabs - I don't care as long as it is seafood. There are a lot of options but I am leaning towards going to the market and buying fresh seafood and cooking it at home. I just might do that since Sam's coming over for a visit.

Of Coffee, Obama, and McCain

I write for this other blog called Brewed Coffee and I have to tell you, it is a blast! I love coffee, I thrive on it, and reading up on everything and anything about it is just so much fun.

Like today, I read a news article on how your coffee preference dictates your choice for the next United States President. BIGResearch is the company that conducted the survey and these are their findings:

A recent survey found people who get their coffee from Starbucks prefer Barack Obama (44 percent) over JohnMcCain (37.8 percent), while McDonald’s coffee drinkers favor McCain (45.4 percent) over Obama (29.2 percent).

Um, haven't these guys heard of demographics coming into play? It's kinda ridiculous but it was an amusing read. I prefer Starbucks for the taste but McDonald's will do for me as well. Does this mean I prefer Obama but will settle for McCain?

What is your favorite coffee?

To Grill or Not to Grill?

I was watching Bobby Flay's Throwdown last night and the theme was barbecued ribs. He challenged this guy from Richmond and as I was watching the show, I couldn't help but want to have barbecued ribs. Actually, I just want anything grilled.

The thing is, we do not have a grill. I am now thinking of getting one but the really nice ones are quite expensive. I saw an electric grill at Shopwise for a reasonable price but I am not sure if it will produce the same results as a charcoal grill. Anyone have some tips?

Casual Game Review: Farm Frenzy 2

I promise you that if you start playing this game, you won't want to stop. Farm Frenzy 2, as the name implies, is the second installation in this farming casual game series. There has been a spate of farming "rush" games wherein you have to manage your time and tasks but I have to say that the Farm Frenzy franchise is the best.

So what makes FF2 so addictive? I honestly do not know! Perhaps you can blame it on the cute animals whose behavior is kinda weird. Imagine a cat picking up farm produce and storing them (no, not in his litter box). Then imagine bears - panda bears, polar bears, and brown bears - dropping out of the sky and eating your pigs, chickens, cows, etc. if you do not cage them in time.

Seriously, FF2 is so much fun because there are more levels than the first one. I think this game is harder as well. However, the basic game play is still the same. You buy animals to get their "product" and buy buildings to manufacture other items, which …

Weird Couple? Maybe We Just Really Like Video Games!

Our "spending time together" these past couple of days has been really weird and, I think, amusing. You see, Jerry and I do not get to spend too much time together because of work. So we try to make it a point to talk for a bit at night before going to bed and spend time on the weekend.

Last night, though, I was struck by the strangeness of our together time. I got home and he was playing our new PC game - Farm Frenzy 2 (might post a review later). I have been itching to play it as well so I installed it on Koryu. I sat down on the bed beside him and we ended up playing the same game, on our own computers, side by side until the wee hours of morning.

Yeah we bonded. We even made comments from time to time. And the most important thing is that we had a lot of fun. Oh yeah, by the way, we are doing it again tonight.

The Interview

I was all ready for the "hearing" with the lawyer even though the day was not starting out so well. We didn't get much sleep and I was up at 6 am to make sure we would be there by 10 am. Our cab didn't arrive till 9am and we knew the traffic would be bad so we were a bit tense. The driver was awesome, though - he got us there with 5 minutes to spare!

We didn't know how long things would take but we were pretty sure that we would be at the Immigration all day. So we ran up the four flights of stairs and presented our hearing notice to the clerk. We were sent to the lawyer's office where we were treated to weird stares and several questions.
Lawyer: What do you do?

Jerry: I used to work for a company called BLEEP but they closed down so I am looking for one right now.

Lawyer (to me): Eh ikaw? (And you?)

Me: I work for a company that teaches English to foreigners through a distance learning platform.

Lawyer: How did you meet?

Jerry: On the Internet.

Lawyer: Wh…

The Acne Fixation

I shared something about my young cousin who was asking for advice regarding her acne problem the other day. On the way to Immigration today, for some reason, I got to thinking about this particular topic again. Our culture seems to be fixated on this problem. From ads to movies to TV shows - it's much like weight loss - we see and hear about it.

Then again I think it is understandable. After all, it's your face we are talking about here - it's not something you can hide from public view. Oh well, anyway, I'll be posting about the Immigration trip later on.

Big (Immigration) Day Tomorrow

It's a big day for us tomorrow - we have the last hearing for Jer's permanent visa and I am a bit anxious. Though I can see no reason for us to be denied, you never know what might happen. I still remember the first hearing we had to go through - that's a story for another post.

I just hope that everything goes smoothly and that we will be able to get his visa approved. After this, we will (hopefully) be done with this Immigration stuff...I hope I can sleep.

My Love Song

Learned about the quiz from Vicki's blog.

Your Love Song Is

Your Body Is a Wonderland by John Mayer

"One mile to every inch of

Your skin like porcelain

One pair of candy lips and

Your bubblegum tongue"

Why go out... when so much fun can be had indoors?

What Love Song Are You?

Umm...never really liked this song. And me, I thought I was a prude!? The last line though - why go out? Ha ha, totally me!

The First Step to Solving Problems

What do they say in programs like AA? The first step is to admit that you have a problem. It sounds simple and easy but we know that in reality, things are not so simple. You can always "admit" something. That is, you can utter words to that effect but it does not mean that you actually believe it.

I admire people who are able to really admit that they do have a problem. That is indeed the first step. But I have more admiration for those people who can actually take things one step further and do something about their situation.

I hope to God that I can see some of this kind of action soon.

Giving Teenage Advice

I realized just how old I am getting this morning when my teenage cousin sent me a text message asking me how to get rid of acne. I don't think that I am the best person to ask about these things but I had to be a "good older cousin." So I told her to do two things:

1. Visit web sites that provide in-depth information on this problem.
2. Find a good dermatologist.

I think she'll be satisfied with the first as there are so many resources online that could help her. Not only will it not cost her money but it will also give her an excuse to spend more time online.

This Was NOT In The Handbook

Not that there was any handbook in the first place. I never knew that I would actually experience something like this. I am at a total loss.

On the one hand, I have a vague idea of what I SHOULD do. On the other hand, I feel that the right thing to do would be to give support.

It is going to be a rough night.

The Genius of Jakob Dylan

The name Dylan should be familiar enough. Jakob Dylan is the son of rock icon Bob Dylan. He is better known, though, as the front man for the band The Wallflowers.

I have been listening to their album Bringing Down the Horse and as old as it may be (it was released in 1996), I still can't stop listening to it. A lot of the songs are depressing and yet there are some that just make you want to sing along. I think Jakob Dylan's a genius just like his dad was (is).

I keep hearing these lines from One Headlight in my head:

Hey, come on try a little Nothing is forever There's got to be something better than In the middle But me & Cinderella We put it all together We can drive it home With one headlight Well this place is old It feels just like a beat up truck I turn the engine, but the engine doesn't turn Well it smells of cheap wine & cigarettes This place is always such a mess Sometimes I think I'd like to watch it burn I'm so alone, and I fe…