I Want Wednesday #75

It’s about this time of year that I want to start planting flowers in my yard. This year I’m thinking about trying to grow some tomatoes and strawberries too.

This weeks question is:

What do you WANT to grow?
** I do not have the green thumb like my father but I’d like to grow some orchids or probably some red roses. Good luck!

Wednesday Woes
Today’s the start of my 5-day weekend for the Holy Week. By far, this would be one of the longest “vacation” I’ll have for the year. As was our yearly thing to do, we had a reservation for a hotel stay in Tagaytay but opted to cancel it the last minute in lieu of the luxury of staying home and just do nothing.

It was a pretty long day today having to go and do some last minute errands I needed to work on and for The Don as well. I was surprised to read an e-mail coming from an insurance agent with a proposal for their life insurance rates that I have inquired about a long time ago. Apparently, she still had my contact details and the e-mail address I gave her. This time, I had to decline her offer due to financial considerations.

Anyway, after working quite hard to reach my numbers this month, it’s a good break for me to be waking up later than the usual and not worrying as to whether what coffee variant I’ll be buying from 7-11 to keep me awake or even worrying as to whether traffic will be bad upon going home. For a couple of days, I can relax, sit back and just let time pass without worrying too much as to whether I was productive or not.

The Holy Week is a time to reflect on the passion and death of Christ. But just like Valentine’s Day or Christmas, we should do this not only during this week but every single day of our lives. He gave up His life for our sins and if we keep this in our minds and hearts, we will be able to live better Christian lives and be a source of inspiration for others to renew and keep their faith strong and intact.

With this, I’ll end this post with a prayer for our Church to be strong in the light of the recent scandal rocking its integrity and that she will be able to endure and surpass this test of strength and faith in time.

TMI Tuesday #230

1. Have you ever broken something in someone’s home unknown to them and never told them? If yes, explain.
** Luckily, that hasn’t happened yet.

2. What’s one sexual guilty pleasure that you wouldn’t openly tell your friends about? Why?
** That I am lusting over Hugh Grant 😀

3. Take a peek over any celebrity’s shoulder in the bathroom…who are they and what are they reading?
** Hugh Grant – a good book

4. Roses are red, violets are blue…[finish this line with your own rhyme]
** Can’t think of any at the moment.

5. Do you believe in ghosts or other supernatural activity? Why or why not?
** I do. I already had an experience with this type of activity.

Bonus (optional): How many times have you thought about sex in the last 24 hours? What triggered it? Who did it involve? Provide as much details as you like.
** I guess we all think about it one way or the other especially if it’s been a long, long while. That’s the most info I could provide for now. LOL!

Manic Monday #205

How do you feel about couples that share an email address?
** Even if you are a couple, I still believe that each person is entitled to his or her own privacy. Probably there can be an e-mail solely for the 2 of them and still they have their own.

How open about your life are you in the various online arenas?
** I’m pretty much open.

On average, how many hours a week do you spend online? Do you think it’s too much?
** Too many hours. And others think it’s too much.

Sunday Stealing: The 35 Questions x2 Meme Part One

Today we ripped this meme off blogger named Chibi Pon from the blog Please Don’t Stop the Music. She states that she grabbed it from a friend on Nettby XD. 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 two parts. Today is part one. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

1. How far away is the last person you kissed?
** Quite far away from me right now.

2. Has someone ever told you they would be with you forever?
** Yup but failed. LOL!

3. Last person you were in a car with?
** My father.

4. Any plans for tomorrow?
** None that I know of.

5. How long does it take for you to take a shower?
** 15-30 minutes

6. Best friend or close friends?
** I’m lucky to have both.

7. Is tomorrow going to be a good day?
** I’d like to think so.

8. Did you kiss anyone friday?
** No.

9. Ever thrown up in public?
** No.

10. What’s on your mind RIGHT NOW?
** The long weekend coming up.

11. Who was the last person you talked to?
** My Dad.

12. What is the WORST subject they teach at school?
** Physical Education.

13. Have you seen anyone lately that you don’t get along with?
** Yup.

14. What is your favourite colour top to wear?
** Black

15. Have you ever been in a car accident?
** Yes.

16. What’s the closest thing to you that’s green?
** a plastic bag

17. Where would you like to be right now?
** With my son.

18. Write down some lyrics to the song you’re listening to?
** Don’t stand…don’t stand so…don’t stand so close to me…

19. How many dogs do you have?
** None.

20. Is anything bugging you right now?
** None at the moment.

21. Is life going right for you now?
** Yeah I think it is.

22. Is there someone you care about more than yourself?
** My family.

23. What made you laugh today?
** A funny article.

24. What was the last movie you watched?
** Alice in Wonderland.

25. Whats the last conversation you had about?
** My mom and sisters.

26. What were you doing at 7:00 this morning?
** sleeping.

27. Do you like your hair long or short?
** Long.

28. Do you want to see somebody right now?
** I wish.

29. Do you like the rain?
** Yes.

30. Did you have a valentine this year?
** No.

31. The last person you kissed needs you at 3 am, would you go?
** Depends on where I am.

32. Would you honestly say you’d risk your life for someone else?
** Yes.

33. Honestly, if you could go back 1 month and change something would you?
** Yes. There are a couple of things I’d like to change.

34. How do you feel about boys smoking?
** To each his own.

35. Could you see yourself with someone forever?
** I’d like to believe that.

Why do there have to be doors?

Summer time is a great time to repair old houses such as the ones I currently live in. In the neighborhood, you’ll see a number of houses being repaired so that when rainy season comes along, the houses are well-equipped and built to sustain the drastic changes in weather.

The doors in our house could sure use some repairs for now. There are so many type of door hardware stuff that we could choose from to upgrade the handles and hinges.

Doors are important in a home. It shields it from the weather changes and from other elements that could damage the property. In life, doors are symbolic of things that come and things that go away. These are the stuff that we need to deal with in every day life.

Michael Johnson once asked in his song, “Why do there have to be doors?” I used to not accept the reason why. But while you’re growing up and learning along the way, the doors in our lives will need repairing and even replacing just like the doors in our homes. These doors allow us to make choices behind them and close them when necessary to make way for new ones. The opening and closing of the doors in our lives help us to become better and wiser persons.

Kopi Luwak in Town

Remember how I raved about the first time I tasted Kopi Luwak in Jakarta? Well, I can now enjoy this tasty coffee treat 15-20 minutes away from home.

18 Days Coffee located in Cash and Carry Makati offers 100% authentic Kopi Luwak (called Coffee Alamid here) without having to travel so many miles away from home. It’s quite expensive though since a small cup already costs Php260 for their Coffee Alamid Cappuccino.

What I tasted back in Jakarta was only 2% Kopi Luwak. Now I know what my brother told me about how the 100% variant could keep me awake. It’s very strong but it’s not really bitter. Papa and I had a hard time sleeping because we made the mistake of drinking it after dinner and just a couple of hours before we needed to sleep. LOL! Now we know 🙂 I will try the plain brewed variant the next time.

100% Kopi Luwak rocks! Now, if only this store could be put up near my work place, that would totally rock my world with caffeine 🙂

Sunday Stealing: Judd’s Merged Me

Today something Is a bit different… Finding memes every Sunday is a challenge. We automatically eliminate a meme that originated on another meme site. We hate yes/no memes. But we recognize that the way we do this accounts for it being the most played meme in the blogosphere. Today we found two memes that we liked but were both rather short. So we simple merged them. The first eight questions were ripped from a blogger named Ian from the blog Team Ian 4ever. He does not say where he ripped this off. Questions 9 through 20 were stolen from Terence from the blog Long Ago and Not True Anyway. He states that he grabbed it from George. 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. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
** Going through a tough time with a former significant other.

2. Five snacks that you enjoy in a perfect, non weight-gaining world
** frozen yogurt, fruits, soya milk, soda crackers, cheese

3. Five things you would do if you were a billionaire:
** set up a foundation for the homeless and street children, secure the future of all my family members, travel around the world, relocate to Canada, buy a hotel/resort in Las Vegas

4. Three of your habits:
** Twitter, playing games on Facebook, sleeping very late

5. Five jobs that you’ve have had:
** nanny, customer service representative for a US bank, home manager, executive assistant, fraud investigator

6. Five places that you’ve lived:
** Makati City; Quezon City; Parañaque City; Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Swansea, Wales

7. Five things that you did yesterday:
** finished backing up a friend’s files from his busted laptop; backed up some of my files; did drafts for my blog entries; stayed inside my a/c’d room to escape the heat; caught up on some snooze time

8. Five people you would want to get to know more about:
** Raffy, Lyna, Becca, Bethel and Happy

9. Abortion: for or against it?
** Against

10. Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
** No.

11. Do you believe in the death penalty?
** Yes.

12. Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
** No.

13. Are you for or against premarital sex?
** Not 100% for but let’s just be realistic about it.

14. Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
** I wouldn’t mind.

15. Do you think it’s wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?
** Maybe we should look into the reasons as to why this is happening.

16. Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
** No.

17. Should the war in Iraq be called off?
** Yes.

18. Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
** Assisted or non-assisted, they’re both illegal

19. Do you believe in spanking your children?
** No.

20. Do you worry that others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
** Not at all. We’re all entitled to our own opinion on things.

Saturday 9: Gimme Three Steps

1. Are you the type of person who jumps into new ventures or do you prefer baby steps?
** I’m both. There are instances when I just like to take the leap or just take it one baby step at a time.

2. Who do you feel believes in you the most?
** My father.

3. When was the last time you were on a stage?
** March 12th – when I placed the gold medal award on my son and his other 2 awards during their moving up activity in kindergarten.

4. Tell us about the worst boss you ever had.
** Someone who’s forgettable.

5. If the NCAA Men’s or Women’s Final Four basketball tournament was played in your hometown arena or within easy driving distance from where you live, would you try to attend one the three games?
** Why not?

6. Of all the clothes you own, what do you feel most comfortable wearing, and why?
** Shorts and whatever plain cotton shirt there is available. They don’t go out of style and they can be worn in or out of the house.

7. On what television show—either past or present—would you like to make to make a guest appearance, and what role would you play?
** I’ll probably want to be in How I Met Your Mother and be friends with Barney. 🙂

8. St. Patrick’s Day is on Wednesday March 17th. Do you celebrate and wear green? Drink Green Beer? Ignore it?
** It’s not a big deal here in the Philippines.

9. If a leprechaun told you that you could have any amount of money from his pot of gold but it had to be a specified amount for a specified item, how much would you ask for and what would it be for?
** I’ll ask for like $50M for a bank account in a secured location.

Friday Fill-Ins #167

1. I am so looking forward to stop binging on delicious food? LOL!

2. Pay bills later.

3. When you get to the point of no return, you’ll know it for sure.

4. My phone is a big part of my life.

5. If you need anything work for it.

6. I could sure use another vacation or a trip.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to fully download the rest of How I Met Your Mother’s Season 5, tomorrow my plans include watching some DVDs and Season 5 of HIMYM and Sunday, I want to be able to sell my laptop!

Gold Medalist

Another school year has ended and it ended great for Basti.

He didn’t tell me that he will be getting awards. He said he wanted it to be a surprise and definitely I was.

It was the kind of happiness and pride I’ve never felt before. It was a different kind of high so to speak.

Basti got a gold medal for being first in his kindergarten class. He was also given the Best in Filipino and Most Industrious awards.

And yes…I’m one VERY PROUD MOMMY!

Congratulations, DS! Keep up the great work 🙂 Your efforts will be highly-rewarded by Mommy real soon 😀