You already know how my car has been towed a number of times last year because it’s old and reaching the twilight of its life. Today, we got the renewal of our automobile association membership which provides free 24 hour towing services for its members and a whole lot more. You just don’t know how relieved I am to get my new card.

I’ve been told by some friends to just sell my car and get a new one. Of course, the family has discussed that before but it’s not my priority at the moment. It’s in the long-term plans list though.

As I think about my renewed membership, I have also thought about the renewed life I have right now. I may not have new things or big possessions at the moment but the mere fact that I’m still here and starting my life anew is already one big leap and blessing for me.


Sunday Stealing: The Clown’s Meme 2

Today we ripped this meme off blogger named Boppo from the blog Boppo the Clown’s Journal. She states that she grabbed it at Drgncrystlwkr. 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 is a long meme, so we will do it in parts. Today is Part Two.

34. What do you like about the summer?
** All the yummy refreshments you can find around

35. What do you like about spring?
** Cold breeze and the warmth of the sun; trees & flowers blooming again

36. How many states provinces have you lived in?
** 1 in Canada

37. What cities/towns have you lived in?
** Manila, Mississauga, Swansea

38. Do you prefer shoes, socks, or bare feet?
** any of the three

39. Are you a social person?
** I think so

40. What was the last thing you ate?
** hotdogs

41. What is your favorite restaurant?
** A lot – right now it’s

42. What is your favorite ice cream?
** Strawberry

43. What is your favorite dessert?
** A lot!

44. What is your favorite kind of soup?
** Mushroom

45. What kind of jelly do you like on your PB & J sandwich?
** None. I’m not a PB & J person. Just a PB person.

46. Do you like Chinese food?
** Yes

47. Do you like coffee?
** Yes

48. How many glasses of water, a day, do you drink on average?
** 12-15

49. What do you drink in the morning?
** Water and coffee

50. What non-banking related card in your wallet is the most valuable to you?
** My driver’s license

51. Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed?
** the middle

52. Do you know how to play poker?
** No. But I think I’m interested to learn.

53. Do you like to cuddle?
** Yup

54. Have you ever been to Canada?
** Yes.

55. Do you have an addictive personality?
** Not really

56. Do you eat out or at home more often?
** Right now I eat out often.

57. What do you miss about highschool, if anything?
** The people

58. Do you know anyone with the same birthday as you?
** Yes.

59. Do you want kids?
** Yup.

60. Do you speak any other languages?
** Trying to

61. Have you ever gotten stitches?
** Yes.

62. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
** No.

63. Do you prefer an ocean or a pool?
** Ocean

64. Do you prefer a window seat or an aisle seat?
** window

65. Do you know how to drive stick?
** Yup.

66. What is your favorite thing to spend money on?
** food, shoes and bags – these are non-negotiable. LOL!

Saturday 9: Don’t Stand So Close to Me

1. Who would you like not to stand so close to you?
** Someone from the office.

2. Which of the following aspects of your life would you think rates the highest: mind, body or spirit?
** I think it’s my mind.

3. What is your favorite movie line?
** “You can’t handle the truth!” – A Few Good Men

4. What is your favorite movie title?
** Sleepless in Seattle … heheheh!

5. What is something that has happened to you that you would consider a miracle?
** Every day is a miracle for me.

6. What do you try to stay away from?
** Negative vibes and negative people

7. What is it too late for?
** It’s never too late for anything for as long as you have the will and determination to do it.

8. Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
** For being my friend through thick and thin – my real friends, especially my best friends, Pam and Francis.

9. Would you rather be famous now & forgotten after you die or forgotten now & famous after you die, forever? And why?
** Forgotten now and famous after I die, forever — that means I did something good.

Travel Plans Blues

A kid’s 7th birthday party is one of the highlights of a child’s life. Parents really spend time and effort making this milestone memorable and special. I vividly remember how I spent my 7th birthday. I was terribly sick when I turned 7. After my birthday party, I was confined for a couple of days in the hospital due to a viral infection.

It was a bummer of a birthday so I wouldn’t let that happen to DS who’s turning 7 in November. I’m planning a trip away from home for his birthday in the company of very close friends and family. I thought it would be best to have this trip instead of throwing a party because I always believed that the travel experience he can get out of this would be more memorable.

I still have time to save for the trip and at least I’ll have enough for shopping and his toys. I’m sure he’ll enjoy this trip as much as I will. I just hope everything will go according to plan. I can make this happen.

Friday Fill-Ins

1. Johnny Weir I didn’t know him until I Googled him. Sorry I’m not really a huge sports fan.

2. Winter 2010 Olympics.

3. And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud happened.

4. Don’t act on it right away if you get an urge.

5. Having sweet dreams and remembering them in the morning would be wonderful to wake up to.

6. What does it take to move on after a bad experience?

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to get some rest, tomorrow my plans include going out and Sunday, I want to probably catch up on some work!

Indonesia from a Filipino’s Eyes Part 4: The Food Trip

My brother and his family was so kind enough to bring us to Bandung. Bandung is around 218 km from Jakarta one way. It’s one of Indonesia’s shopping havens, especially for those shopaholics out there who are out to get great brands and huge bargains.

Going to Bandung took us around 3 hours one way. It used to be a 6-hour drive but after the government made a road cutting through the mountains, the trip was cut into half. I was amazed that despite the infrastructure milestone, the government was responsible enough to reforest the affected areas of the mountains and you will see small trees growing on the mountainside. Impressive if you ask me.

And what better way to enjoy that trip would be to be in a car with my nieces, Priyanka and Alea. They just so love being in front of the camera.

We arrived in Bandung just in time for lunch. Kuya René and Muna brought us to a Sudanese restaurant. They call the place Bancakan which means feast in Sudanese. It had a variety of food items ranging from seafoods, fish, beef and chicken. I tried their grilled squid and the fried fish. Good enough for me!

We tasted their famous drinks called gorobok and cincau hijau. Gorobok is a drink made of coconut milk and gelatin that’s made of glutinous rice. It’s colored pink. Cincau hijau is made almost the same except that the gelatin is colored green as it’s made from cincau leaves soaked in water. Both drinks can be compared to our samalamig. They’re refreshing and it’s sweet. I give 2 thumbs up for both drinks.

We also got to taste the village cake which is similar to the Japanese cakes sold here in Manila. It’s made of flour and sugar and is a good dessert treat after having a sumptuous lunch.

We headed to the hotel after lunch and rested for about half an hour before checking out the outlet stores in town. In between our shopping trips, we had snacks at the Just Sosis, a sausage stand and at De’risol. We tried out the different homemade sausages being sold and there were not spicy, somewhat spicy and very spicy ones. The sausages were really good. Risol is traditional snack in Indonesia. It’s sort of a pastry dish deep fried and covered in bread crumbs. The one I ate had cream and potatoes inside and was really very good. Coke Zero and risol was actually a good combination for me. YUMMY!

It was my first time to see a Coke Zero 250ml can that was sold for IDR 6000 (roughly US$0.60). It was pretty cute I should say.

The kids had dinner at Riung Sari where they had their favorite Nasi Goreng. Riung means together and sari means variety so I would like to think that the name means together for variety. They do carry a variety of meals but we didn’t get to taste them since we’re still too full from the snacks we had. The place was pretty cozy and had a very traditional feel. I actually liked it.

We went back to the hotel so the kids can rest. Then the 4 of us went to a nearby Italian restaurant where we had spaghetti and pizza. I love Italian food and their spaghetti was just perfect for my palate. Of course, more than the food, we had a great conversation over dinner. It was also the perfect time to thank my brother and his wonderful wife for everything.

More food tripping on the next installment.

Thursday Thirteen: 13 Things I’d Like to Do With My Body

I’ve been thinking about my health lately so I’m doing and trying my best to actually get back in shape. Not only is my health involved but also my skin which has been breaking out lately, highly-likely due to stress. These are the 13 things (and there are probably even more) that I’m planning to do with this body of mine.

01. Get into a regular exercise regimen. I walk whenever I can but I should do so on a regular basis.

02. Eat healthy. I am guilty of binge-eating lately so I have to get back to have a regular eating schedule and to eat only healthy food items.

03. Bring back calcium into my diet. This is the reason why I’ve been buying milk during our grocery sessions. I cannot really swallow those big calcium tablets so I just buy milk which is tastier and more tolerable for my palate.

04. Load up on Vitamin C. Papa bought for us a huge bottle of Vitamin C so that I can protect myself from weather changes that easily catches up on me. I haven’t taken a single tablet so my aim for next month would be to be able to take it once a day.

05. Get enough sleep. My body has started to get used again to having 3-4 hours of sleep for the past couple of months. I can feel that sleep is trying very hard to catch up on me and I fear that I might just collapse one day due to lack of it. I’m thinking of getting the help of melatonin tablets but I have to know first whether it’s okay for me to take it.

06. My face has been breaking up so much and it’s probably due to lack of sleep as well. I didn’t have pimples when I was a teenager and I’m frustrated that I’m having it now. I’ll try to keep a cleaner face and visit my dermatologist for treatment.

07. My skin has become totally dry and it’s highly-likely due to less exposure to sun and more exposure to dry air-conditioned air at home and at the office. I have started to sparingly apply moisturizer again and even got a good stretch marks cream to apply on areas that have the stretch marks and are getting a bit dry as well making them very visible.

08. 8-10 glasses of water isn’t enough now to keep ourselves hydrated. I try to take at least 12 glasses in a day to keep me from dehydrating.

09. Get that doctor’s appointment. I have planned to see my doctor next month to update my lab results and see where the diabetes is going. I have been remiss in keeping up with the quarterly doctor’s appointments so I’ll do my best to have it done this year.

10. Avoid drinking soda. Or at least just have the Zero ones if I do. LOL!

11. De-stress whenever I can.

12. Keep a positive and happy disposition in life all the time – no matter what the circumstances are. Stay away from people who exude negative vibes.

13. Keep that smile on my face. It’s the best face lift one can ever get.

Happy Thursday!