December 28, 2011

Flying Chronicles: The Situation; Day 1

Written on Dec. 21, was not able to post it though. Saved it in a draft.

So…

I am currently in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, staying at a hotel somewhere… I really don’t know where this is, but it’s really cute. Not really a luxurious hotel, but the rooms are comfortable enough and upon arrival super early this morning, I slept like a log. One problem that I have with the place is that there is no work desk so I have to work on the bed, a position I am not really comfortable with. But I will manage.

Anyway, the trip was not exactly as comfortable as well. See, I have colds and cough so I suffered from the difficulty of having ear popping-whatever-you-call-it sensations. I think I was THIS close to fainting from the pain, and all I wanted was to curl at the bed at home and be cared for by D because that is my idea of comfort.

I survived. Though my ears still hurt so bad.

~ Day 1 ~

So, since we arrived after midnight yesterday and we were able to be refreshed for a new “day” a few hours later.

Yesterday, we were able to visit the War Remnants Museum and spent a good hour or two checking out the display.

There were several things that somewhat served as reminders of how that war was. I don’t know how I can explain the feeling that I had during my visit, except that I think there was just too much life lost on both sides… Though I must admit that throughout my life, I always thought that the US troops were the ones who lost a lot, but now I understand so much more. And though years have passed since that gruesome time, I saw that what happened is still very much reflected on the following generations.

It’s just sad.

After the hours we spent at the War Remnants Museum, we went to the Zoo. I don’t remember the name.. I think there is just one Zoo in Ho Chi Minh City, but not sure.

We went there on my request so that I could see the animals and take pictures. For my kids, you know? 🙂

We really didn’t do that much there… just tried to see as many animals as we could.

My favorite, of course, was the LION! 🙂

We dined at the diner of sorts at the Zoo itself. This was my first meal in Vietnam! We had breakfast earlier at the hotel, but my mom brought Filipino food so we dined on the usual fare.

One of the dishes was Crab Soup. There was actually some other dishes, but I was not able to take pictures because the camera died.

And that, was Day 1.

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December 14, 2011

Moleskine 2012 Planner Giveaway

My friends and I have this thing about notebooks. I mean, we have this interest in notebooks that aside from the fact that we actually use the notebooks, we also have them lined up in a nice row where we can admire the sheer beauty of the notebooks. No kidding.

A notebook collection!

Anyway, Avalon.ph is hosting the Moleskine 2012 Planner Giveaway, where you can get a chance to win your own 2012 Moleskine Planner and all its gorgeous beauty! You can follow the mechanics specified at the page and just post the progress or what you did at the bottom. You can do at least one of the specified things to do, or you can do them all. Remember, it is a raffle/giveaway. Good luck!

For this contest, participants have to answer this question either in the comments section of the giveaway page or in their blogs. I chose to do both. The question is:

What are you thankful for this year 2011?

My answer:

There are a lot of things that I am thankful for 2011. I am thankful that I am alive, and that the good Lord has given me and my family the gift of good health. I am also thankful for all the blessings this year as God does provide especially in times of need. I am thankful for kind friends and kind people, as well as people who do care about the world and others. Lastly, I am thankful that I was/am able to live a full 2011, and that the promise of a fruitful 2012 is at my grasp.

Pebbles, Miss Feyoh, and my mom always tell me that it is always important to be thankful for the blessings that you have. And it is true, you should be thankful not just for one year as a whole, but for every day that is spent.

Slainte!

December 7, 2011

Your Evil Plan

Have you ever thought you were a supervillain? I have. I often dream that I am a superhero as well, with some villain tendencies. Say, the reluctant hero or something.. LOL

Anyway, my friends Peanut and Feyoh had a bit of fun via this website called DarkSites.com which has this Evil Guide Plan. I pray that you are even a little bit open minded and just don’t call exorcists or something because I don’t know, perhaps you might like it as well.

I believe there are two kinds of people in this world: superheroes and (super)villains. Still, it doesn’t really matter which kind of person you are, as long as you are a person and you are reading this blog post, then I am cool with that.

Below is what I got out of the generator. I am positively tickled! Have fun!

Congratulations on being the creator of a new Evil Plan ™!
Your objective is simple: destroy the earth.
Your motive is a little bit more complex: evil – it’s my nature

Stage One
To begin your plan, you must first incinerate a Superman. This will cause the world to sense a grave disturbance in the force, horrified by your arrival. Who is this Demon Straight Out of Hell? Where did they come from? And why do they look so good in a Supervillain Costume with Gimmicks?

Stage Two
Next, you must obliterate the Moon (ooh, tides!). This will all be done from a underground secret headquarters of doom, a mysterious place of unrivaled dark glory. Upon seeing this, the world will leap from the nearest window, as countless hordes of winged monkeys hasten to do your every bidding.

Stage Three
Finally, you must unleash your opening of the seven seals, bringing about an Unending Cacaphony of Screams. Your name shall become synonymous with fuzzy bunnies, and no man will ever again dare roll his or her eyes. Everyone will bow before your Mind-Boggling Insanity, and the world will have no choice but to make you their god.

 

 

 

 

Pinky: Gee, Brain, what do you want to do tonight?
Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky – try to take over the world!

December 1, 2011

Conversations with Life: Strategy for Life

Here’s a tough one.

The Post a Day question of the day is something that has baffled me and I presume most of the world as well. It goes:

Explain your strategy for life: Explain your strategy for life. Why are you here? What do you hope to achieve? What matters most to you, at work, at play, or at home? How did you come to develop your approach to living? Which parents, friends, aliens or spirits influenced your choices about how to live?

The questions here remind me of the book “Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder, which happens to be one of my favorites. The book has this main question “Who are you?” which Sophie tries to answer.

Who are you?

Why are you here?

What do you hope to achieve?

Explain your strategy for life.

???

Doesn’t that make your head hurt? More questions!! If I was interviewed and I had to answer these questions and more, I believe the conversation would go like this:

Who are you?

Well, I am a mother by day, superhero by night, lover by midnight, bookworm, movie addict, crackberry addict, technophile, watchamacallit-phile.

Are you sure?

Uhhh… yes?

Is that an answer or a question?

Uhhh… no?

So you’re not sure?

Uhhh… can we skip this question?

Okay, why are you here?

I… I… I was not supposed to be here, but my mother and father got carried away, and *poof!* I was conceived!

No, why are YOU here?

Uhhh… I am here to be a mother to my kids?

Is that another question?

Uhhh… no?

Are you still unsure?

I am here because I was created by God and I have a purpose in life!

Really? So, what do you hope to achieve?

World domination!

Are you sure?

Dude, that was just a joke. I just want to create a virus that would wipe out the whole World Wide Web. And help kitties and kids.

Really?

Why so many questions?

What do you hope to achieve?

Right now, I simply want to provide for my family, have a little nest egg or something, and eventually go to the mountains, be a hermit, raise goats, pigs, and chupacabras.

Are you sure?

Uhhh… not again! Next question please!

Explain your strategy for life.

Live.

What?

My strategy in life is to live.

Explain.

Uhhh… if I had a concrete strategy in life, I believe I would be focusing so much on the strategy and not in the act of living. So my strategy in life is simply living. Ride the tide, dude, make the most of my life as it is short. I wish to do all I can for my children and my family. Love my friends till their eyes pop. Laugh until I snort or until I faint from lack of oxygen. Love like I have never loved before. Read books. Watch movies. EAT. Travel when possible. Give back to the community. Make more friends. Touch lives. Help those in need. Be messy but organized. Write everything down. Accept mistakes past decisions and choices without regret.

Sounds like a tall order.

Well… I think that is just the half of it. I think.

So you haven’t written your strategy down?

Do I really need to write one word down? L.I.V.E.

All right! Thank you for your time. Please send in the next person to be tortured. Perhaps a Miss Feyoh, Jae or a Pebbles might be sitting outside. Thank you!

And that is all.

Now I go back to work. Cheers!!

December 1, 2011

EvilCon 2011

I had a great day today. It started off well with a refreshing bath, productive with work, did laundry, cooked lunch, and helped the kids with their homework. I even managed to head over to BDO to see if I could already get my new BDO Savings card thingie. Alas, due to the Bonifacio Holiday, I found the bank closed. I should have thought about that before I went there though. Then again, I guess staying at home means that I get all my holidays muddled up – save for the MAJOR ones.

So the first half of my day was very productive. I spent the earlier part of the second half bawling my eyes out because I am a sentimental fool. I do not know what is wrong with me but I am just so quick to cry these days. I hope I am not pregnant. I don’t think I am!

At around 3:30 p.m., I went out to meet with Miss Feyoh and Peanut (Jae) for our yearly EvilCon. It’s not really a gathering of evil people… we just like to call it as such. Anyway, this time we got together and dined at Mooon Cafe near Silliman University, and feasted on Beef Burritos, Beef Tacos, pizza, quesadillas, and drank something called a SunCooler.

This would be us, the three Caballeros:

Moi, Mic, and Jae (plus the table)

Mooon Cafe's SunCooler (alcoholic version)

The SunCooler was a mixture of vodka, grenadine, watermelon bits, orange slices, etc etc. I have no idea what else went in there, but it was a bit haphazardly done that I no sooner finished my first glass that I felt a wee bit buzzed. Of course, since somebody had more than 3 glasses, I had to have my share and added more to my initial glass.

The gathering was fantastic! I had so much fun my head started to hurt!

We then headed over to the mall where I purchased some goods that my kiddos and husband needed.

After giggling all over the mall, we finally set our sights home and went on our way.

Though I still feel a bit buzzed, the chat with Pebbles has splashed water on my face and now I am off to work.

Yes, sometimes a day in the life of yours truly can consist of more than just one achievement!!

Cheers!

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November 29, 2011

Books for 2011: The Magicians

I cannot recall where I came across the book “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman. I think it was because somebody commented somewhere that Allison Harvard of ANTM looks like Alice Quinn in the said series.

While I did forget about the comparison, somehow thinking about it, I do think Allison fits the bill. But one person is fictional, whereas the other is living and breathing.

At any rate, I started reading The Magicians two days ago, and although for some reason I find myself not exactly bored by it, but I am not totally enamored by it as well. Yet, I cannot seem to put the book / ebook down. It’s like, despite the fact that I do not care much about the characters, I still care enough to read. And it is not like i have nothing to read – because I do have other books to read – I keep on reading.

The writing is not bad, in fact, I believe it is quite good. Lev Grossman manages to describe something but not really describe it at all… it’s foggy. But then again, I guess that is what the book is all about, some place that is there but is not.

Right from the time I started reading, I decided parts of it were smelling like “The Chronicles of Narnia”. Though I have not read the books yet – and you can crucify me now – but I am familiar with the story, so this book has a layer to it that screams Narnia. But it’s really not the main story… and parts of it smell like Harry Potter, and even has references to Harry Potter, but it still isn’t it.

After a while, I just decided to continue reading and stop minding the references and perhaps just tag it as cool because the references are there but not really.

I am not sure if I have the stamina to continue reading though. But since I have this dislike for unfinished books, I think I shall keep on reading and hope for the best. Since it is interesting enough, I think I shall read on…

What do you think? Have you heard about or read this book?

Allison Harvard of ANTM

November 24, 2011

X down, Y to go: Protector Series

I know I have not been updating my 100 Books for 2011 list for MONTHS now, but that does not mean that I have stopped reading. I haven’t. But I also haven’t been writing down what books I have finished because too many things have been on my mind over the last few months.

It is a good thing, however, that I have somewhat broken free of those things that were binding me, so I can post now as freely as I want. I shall start with an update on my reading achievement. So, I just finished the Protector Series (also known as the Aphrodite Series) by Julie Kenner. This series is composed of four books that I started reading in June, but after reading the first three books, it took me quite a while to start the fourth.

I am truly a sucker for books with superheros, witches, romance, and most recently, dystopian themes. Yes, fiction.

The Protector Series features a group of Protectors (superheroes) who deal with their existence in the mortal world and battle evil Outcasts – naturally. The four books are the following:

  1. Aphrodite’s Kiss (2001)
  2. Aphrodite’s Passion (2002)
  3. Aphrodite’s Secret (2003)
  4. Aphrodite’s Flame (2004)

So far, my favorites in the series are the first and the last one. The first one, because Ms. Kenner was able to somewhat make my eyes explode with the senses that Zoe encounters. It’s kind of psychedelic… but that’s just me. The last one, because Ms. Kenner was able to fully close the story arc somehow and give one recurring character retribution. And the emotions, though not as intense as the first, were more vivid compared to the second and third.

At any rate, these four books are now going to add to the 100 Books for 2011 collection. However, I am quite afraid that I may not be able to complete such a goal, perhaps next year I will set my sights on a number lower than 100.

Have you read any interesting books today?

November 19, 2011

FAIL!

Today is going to be a very long day. Aside from a deadline, I also have activities at the kids’ school to attend to. The thing is that apparently the activity will take up a whole day, which means the rest of the world can kill me now. I just learned about it, and …. $#!@$!^!@$#$@

My friend says I am overly dramatic, fatalistic and all those other –ics, but that is okay. I guess we all need some color in our lives.

Like what I said in my previous post, I decided to join the NaNoWriMo and attempted to write my own novel. The sad thing is that I have been so busy lately that I was able to write for the first day, and then stopped completely! November 1 had a flourish of ideas, thoughts, and fire enough to light up a whole room…. a little exaggerated, but you get my drift. I felt like I could really DO IT! And then the whole shebang started to go up in flames and I am left with no more additions to the story, and it is now November 19. Still, I think I can make that story come alive later on.

Maybe I will post the story here, like a running update. But I am quite shy and I fear that it would be butchered to death. Truth be told, it was in gradeschool that I started writing stories, and it was there that I left my *cough* talent *cough*.

Maybe just for fun, I will post the story here. Unedited.

Whooohooo!!

Good morning, everybody! I wish you all a productive and happy day ahead of you. I wish your hands move like the wind and churn out work like you are SuperProductive!

Cheers!

October 31, 2011

Stretching my legs, and NaNoWriMo

I have a lot of writing to do. I do. That is why I am stretching my fingers and legs to somewhat get ready for the writing that I need to do. Good thing I was able to get some new opps, so I can still put food on the table after I say farewell to the place where I worked for over 2 years. It is okay, I will survive.

I also joined this November event called NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writers Month. Although I’ve never written any novels or done really story writing, I always wondered what it would be like to actually finish a story – or novel. Unfortunately, I still do not have a storyline, or a list of characters or even an outline of what’s going to happen. But maybe I will get around to come up with a rough sketch of what I am going to do.

Tomorrow is the first of November, by the way, and that is the official start of NaNoWriMo. Wish me luck!

Sometimes I wish I had the writing prowess of my friend, Mic at the Broken Coffee Cafe. She has a talent for weaving stories and an imagination to boot. I, on the other hand, am challenged. I do think I have an imagination, but I have yet to let things fly free.

We will see where this goes.

Anyway, I have words to weave, letters to string, and work to be done.

Catch you later folks!

October 28, 2011

At a cafe, and I am okay

I should be bored, bored, bored. Well, I am bored to a certain extent… but I don’t feel that much alone anymore.

This blog post came after another one that was peppered with loneliness during my previous trip to Cagayan de Oro. I am still here, however, but I am no longer as sad, bored, or lonely. I am tired. That’s just about it.

My brother graduated yesterday. Oh, what joy! That makes it two children down, and two more to go for my mother. Next year, hopefully, my sister is next.

I am pretty much just counting the days before I leave my current place of employment. Pardon me if I say this with glee, but I am soooo “FUDGING HAPPY!” It feels so liberating, and I haven’t even left the company yet. Despite not knowing what comes afterwards, I think I have just had enough. Enough is enough. And that is all there is to it. The people at work seem to think that I will not push through with it. But believe me, its just two more weeks and I am free!!! This is just a courtesy stay. I am not waiting for anything anymore. So tired.

This sucks because even when I am literally on another island, my thought still drift to work… meh.

In other news, I just had to purchase a book because I was bored. You see, my siblings’ apartment does not have a TV or a computer, and it is kind of far from any Internet cafe especially at night. So I just had to find something to help me ease my pain.

The book is entitled, “The Cuckoo’s Egg: Tracking a Spy Through a Maze of Computer Espionage” by Clifford Stoll. Actually, I had borrowed a copy of this book around 3 years ago, but I had to return it to the owner without being able to read it because I was a bit too busy. The book was published in 1989, and what I find interesting is that the hacking and the languages that were mentioned are quite old. It’s really nice. I look forward to finishing it before I go back to work.

 

Anyway, this is just a quick update from my end of the world. I think I shall write another post. Because lately I have been feeling the writing bug, and I want to write write write write write write. Weird huh? 🙂

Cheers!