Sunday, 31 May 2009
Aung San Suu Kyi was on my mind when I ate mangoes this week. It's not her predicament on the news these days; nor that framed picture resting askew on the wall, which I remember I bought in Myanmar. I am reminded of an article I read around the time before her husband died. It mentions that she likes Thai mangoes, this variety:
The article also describes something I have never read anywhere else and at any time - a rare moment in which the nobel laureate burst into tears when her strictly monitored, very limited phone conversation with Michael Aris oceans away, was cut midway. Ok that sounds rather melancholic. These Thai mangoes though are divinely sweet. Whether you're in Asia, Europe or the US, pro-democracy or whatever, chances are, you will love Thai mangoes.
Have a great week, everyone!
1. Name one person who made you smile today: my son
2. What were you doing at 8am this morning? it's six to seven a.m. here
3. What were you doing 45 minutes ago? sleeping
4. What is your favorite candy bar? ask me about chocolate
5. Have you ever been to a strip club? no
6. What was the last thing you had to drink? water
7. What was the last thing you ate? ripe mango
8. The last sporting event you watched? not a sports person
9. Do you go to church every Sunday? not even on Saturday, Friday, Thursday...
10. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza? I tend to
11. What are you doing tomorrow? work so-so
12. What do you think of when you hear Australia? a childhood penpal named Natalie James (I wonder where could she be now), an auntie who sent me barbie dolls, and Keeping Mum :-)
13. Biggest annoyance right now? people at work who pretend to know what they're doing; and the result is very pathetic and embarrassing
14. Last song listened to? Elton John singing Abide With Me
15. Do you have a maid service clean your house? hmmm...I used to have a live-in maid, moi; now I am Cinderella
16. Are you jealous of anyone? nope
17. Is anyone jealous of you? none that I know of
18. What do you usually do during the day? lecture my Business Administration males to focus every time the pretty Marketing females flirt by...tsk... windows of the presentation rooms should be plywood, not glass
19. Do you hate anyone that you know right now? nobody is worth growing wrinkles for
20. Are you thinking about someone right now? no one in particular
Saturday, 30 May 2009
There's a ritual at home that my mother imposed: family worship. It's the time when we sing hymns, read the bible, recite verses and pray. We did it morning and evening. My parents, although both christians, come from different religious backgrounds. Papa didn't attend worships 98% of the time, so it was mainly just mother, I and the pets.
It's the very Abide With Me we used to sing at home! I clicked around and found other arrangements like Elton John's, but this is nearest to the way we sang at home, usually to close those worships. I used to memorize this, we all did. Mother's cat, Velvet (rest in peace, Sweetie) knew that when this song was sung, it's bedtime. She yawned and purred. Things were simple, life was quiet and we were all at peace with the world.
On my latest trip home I dropped by at a cousin's residence. The first evening I arrived, the family gathered to worship as usual. I sat in a corner of the living room slightly jetlagged and impervious. No, I wasn't about to become an instant church or worship returnee. It was christmas and I was thinking of all the food I was going to enjoy. Then everyone poised to sing the closing hymn. Out of the blue I signaled a nephew who was on the piano to play the intro to Abide With Me. A hint of astonishment swept through my loved ones's faces. But whether I imagined it or not, I'm sure they didn't mind the suggestion.
The singing was superb cuisine for a famished soul.
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1. Do you mind people to show up uninvited?
~ Yes, but as long as they don't ruin whatever I'm hosting, I quickly forgive
2. Last person you talked to on the phone?
3. Last person on your missed call list?
~ someone not on my call list
4. Who calls you the most?
~ nowadays, a girl friend
5. What is your favorite song about breaking up?
~ I don't have a favorite, but I like listening to The Jets's You Got it All on youtube, and I agree with a comment there that says "bad lovers are replaceable."
6. If someone sent you an unexpected gift, what would you like it to be?
~ a charming cottage in rural England, with a piano and a library in it and a Ferrari in its garage (lol)
7. Your classic rock station plays the top songs of all time. What is number one?
~ I don't have a classic rock station, but I do like listening to some from to time
8. Do you live for today or tomorrow?
~ both. I love living at the moment and I enjoy looking forward to the future
9. What movie villain scared you as a kid?
~ I was fed storybooks as a kid; (can't remember movies) I was scared of wicked witches, their relatives and a raven that my mother made up: if I didn't share my toys or whatever goodies I have with kids who do not have what I have, I would turn into a raven
Friday, 29 May 2009
Mother's text message read, "Mozart caught a huge rat from the edge of the yard this morning. He wanted to munch it but I didn't let him. Now he is a cat."
I replied, "Not letting him eat the rat is a good decision. After all a rat is not his diet."
Back in the pre-divorce days Mozart caught a bird from our tiny garden. With his mouth bulging, he ran to me. He was very pleased with his catch. I had to tell him firmly, "Mozart, drop the bird." He obeyed and I ended up nursing the poor maya until it was ready to fly again. That earned Mozart a stern lecture about things he can play with and creatures he should leave alone. I emphasized the importance of being himself - a dog, not a cat.
Hours later I discovered death in my shoe rack. I was stunned: it was my favorite pair of Nine West. I was also proud: Mozart understood my lecture.
When cut badly, Cj's hair grows like the way JK Rowling describes Harry Potter's hair. Only Cj's must be worse. It's so bushy on top sometimes I feel like grabbing my kitchen scissors and just mow off the bush. Last week I took Cj to Kidkut for his second haircut in less than two months. This time I didn't ring the ex. I was shown a catalog at reception and I told the stylist to just tame my son's hair. Tame it; as in give it a lesson!
My cousins once joked that if Cj threw a bad mood, the explana- tion is simple: It's an aftermath of global warming. To me it's his hair. I'm glad this guy (or gay?) is so fast and efficient. I hardly was satisfied with these phone shots and he was almost done.
It was Cj's 5th birthday last Saturday, so I call this his birthday haircut. I booked the 4 PM slot at McDonald and I was happy to see him go through his party minus a bouquet of carabao grass adorning his head.
Happy Mommy Moments, Mommies!
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Thursday, 28 May 2009
While looking for piano sheet music for Not a Sparrow Falleth in what is formerly known as World Trade Center Bangkok, I ended up instead in a stack of books for sale at half their original price. My eyes widened. Books are what I love to buy besides shoes. I picked one which held my interest longer than any of the rest on the pile. It is titled, You Don't Say! (see, even the name of that award I received earlier and passed on to fellow bloggers must have come from somewhere if not this book :-))
This blurb finalized my decision not to go home without the book:
"The urge to quote is born in all of us. The tendency to misquote is equally innate. Some quotations get bowdlerised or corrupted as they pass by word-of-mouth. Others get vulgarised. You Don't Say!, written with a sharp wit and happy iconoclasm, contains them all."
This is one of those reads that tell you what actually was or wasn't. Jonathon Green endorsed, "...unimpressed by the authorised version of the world's most popular quotations, Barry Phelps has tracked down the things people really said - and the people who actually said them."
These are images, famous and oh so familiar, from whom the misquotes, out of the many listed in the book, are explained why or how they came to be. Despite familiarity, I'm not sure I can name each of them correctly. Maybe you can.
1. Winston Churchill
2. George Washington (or Benjamin Franklin?) or not
3. Benito Mussolini (again, or not)
4. Abraham Lincoln. I'm sure that's him
5. Erma Bombeck?
6. Margaret Thatcher certainly
7. Napoleon Bonaparte?
8. JFK of course
9. Jesus of Nazareth no doubt
10. I don't know the lady next to Thatcher. But I'm sure she doesn't look like Marilyn Monroe
11. Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit? (below the lamb)
12. I can't name the lady above Rabbit's ears
13. I can't name the man below Thatcher
And is it just coincidentally Thursday Thirteen or are there really 13 of them on the cover? Hmm... This week I'm listing down 13 quotes about misquotes from the author's introduction to the book on xi - xii:
1. The urge to quote is nicely matched by the tendency to misquote.
2. Quotations are often coded recognition symbols between people of similar backgrounds - whether classics scholars or football hooligans.
3. Quotations bring notable reinforcements to help in debate. It may be no more than showing off - and a harmless piece of one-upmanship.
4. The tendency to misquote is unequally innate. Journalists, especially sub-editors writing headlines, seek brevity: sometimes this is an improvement on the original, often it rubs it of any nuance, balance and subtlety it may have had.
5. Perrenial quotations change from one era to the next.
6. Gresham's Law applies to quotations but not consistently: the bad drive out the good, but ocassionally, the better drives out the worse.
7. Prominent wits - Rochester, Sheridan, Wilde, Shaw, Woollcott, Parker et al. - are apt to have any current witticism ascribed to them in order to give the orphan quotation parentage in a censorious world.
8. Politicians and churchmen have always been the worst offenders (greatest adepts) at twisting or counterfeiting their opponents remarks.
9. The same people are similarly adept at taking remarks out of context and reading into them meanings which are not there. They are of course mere tyros at the game compared with publishers' publicists culling laudatory phrases from condemnatory reviews.
10. There are dying words. These can often be a powerful legacy, but most people don't leave any - so market forces meet the need. Not only are dying words invented but they are invented to please the buyers; the bereaved and the unbereaved heirs.
11. An apt quotation at the right moment enhances conversation.
12. The correct quotation of something usually misquoted scores bonus points. If something's worth quoting it's worth quoting accurately.
13. And if something's worth misquoting it should be done with malice aforethought.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Floating guesthouses on the River Kwai taken from a train window. That structure in the middle is the restaurant. The upper level is usually used at night by guests who want natural air conditioning while dining. It also serves as a dance floor:
The 'Bridge on the River Kwai' (taken late in the afternoon). You may be familiar with this caption as also a title of a novel. The film of the same title is, according to the link, "deemed 'culturally, historically or aesthetically' siginifcant and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry."
An old train crossing the bridge over the River Kwai:
Here are blogs I think deserve this honor more than I do:
WTIT the blog - They say he who laughs lasts. If you want to last or just laugh and exercise your heart, go read WTIT :-)
KARELTJE en ikke !!! - Even if you're not a cat lover, you'll find Anya's blog a heart-warmer too :-)
Carver's Sight or is that Site - You want to be thrilled by nature's wonders? This is the site to visit. The posts never cease to amaze me!
You could have guessed by now that these blogs I mentioned are more than just interesting. They are also full of things to learn about life.
Saturday, 23 May 2009
1. Is summer your favorite season? Why? ~ yes, it is when I forget work and have so much fun with people outside work
2. Do you exercise more in the summer because you wear less clothing?
3. Do you enjoy tanning or are you more concerned about the dangers of basking in the sun? ~ more concerned about dangers of basking in the sun
4. You are on the beach when a waiter appears for your drink order. What do you ask for? ~ an ice-cold fruit
5. Do you camp in the summertime? ~ I used to. Once I was about to camp with other tourists in a national park, but the crown prince was spending the night there too, and we were asked to 'behave.' Great place, not so great timing.
6. What was your favorite summer vacation as a kid? ~ being a farm princess every summer to a grandfather who spoiled me rotten; gave me a pinkish, pregnant buffalo for a pet
7. Do you enjoy sleeping outdoors? ~ when it's with people I like, yes
8. Do you throw a summer barbecue every year? ~ not every year, but when I'm home it's 'eat all you can' for family and friends
9. Have you ever been to a nude beach? If yes, what did you think? ~ no; but if I ever get to one, I'm sure I will learn something
Friday, 22 May 2009
Note: I have to edit my ex-FIL's cause of death. This morning I wrote car accident. Tonite I remembered it was leukemia. It was ex-MIL who figured in a car accident a month after the funeral. Sorry for the mix-up.
Thursday, 21 May 2009
1. Party schooling. That's how I described gradschool while chatting with a friend last night. She says she's jealous. I assure her she doesn't need to be. Medical school is a different story. "...the torture of preparing for exams, horrible memories of sleep debt," she said so herself.
2. But I know that when she says 'jealous,' it was in response to my tale of spiriting ourselves in high heels to the corner coffee shop in a BMW after doing routine research. "Coffee in medschool was a necessity, not pleasure," the poor doctor lamented.
3. My classmates and I didn't really learn much from that carefree chatter in one of Bangkok's classiest coffee shops.
4. Forget the brainwork during 1 or 2-question, 3-hour exams where you do nothing but almost cripple your fingers writing and hoping that your essay pleases the professor enough to let you pass the subject.
5. The real party to me is when overseas scientists come to the university to speak. And then it was not a party when I missed one nobel laureate's speech;
6. The leisure readings in the library and the live action right from the classrooms.
There are courses I enjoyed very much:
(Preliminary) 7. Principles of Communication
~ A study of the developments, definitions, significances and processes of communication; the factors, their form and type, which enhance or obstruct effective communication, including the consequences of communication in regards to the influence mass communication has on interpersonal communication, including the social responsibilities of mass communication and its usefulness to national development
Reception to the required paper I wrote for this course was polite but didn't wake up classmates to a debate. Only the professor was firing questions. Maybe my classmates were itching to have another cup of coffee. Coffee it was then.
8. Principles of Advertising
~ An investigation of the advertising theories and methods; the roles and influences of advertising in economic and social system; advertising planning; consumer analysis; an analysis of motivation which influence the consumer in his decision making; market research that affects advertising; selecting of media; budgeting; evaluation; laws and etiquette concerning advertising matters.
I had fun with tobacco advertising tactics. Such ads are banned in Thailand by the way.
9. Principles of Media Production
~ An introduction to the basic concepts, processes and techniques of the print and electronics media production for communication purposes, including an investigation of forms, characteristics, technology and impact with emphasis on analyzing and evaluating each medium.
We made a little movie branded by the professor as crap. "I am disappointed, class. I expected something much better," the professor declared. "Agh!" classmate Ms. Former- international-flight-attendant groaned. We braced ourselves for another reshoot.
(General Core) 10. Communication Theories and Application
~ Covering law theories, including examples from communication research. Study a variety of specific theoretical perspectives including systems theory, information theory, rules theory, and critical theory. Emphasize on the application of these theories to analyze and understand current issues of the society.
Even before gradschool or anything, I've always worried about a lawyer's final appeal to the jury when either watching it in a movie or reading about it. I always thought that if I were a lawyer, I would prefer to be the last to be heard before a verdict is reached. I couldn't verbalize an explantion but that's what's playing in my head. Meeting Recent Effects theory in this course was an affable, albeit partial solution to my crazy worry.
11. Communication, Culture and Media
~ Application of a variety of analytical/critical tools to a range of texts, including, for example, public speeches, broadcast news, television programs, films, public documents, and artifacts of popular culture and advertising.
It only made me read more about archeology.... Life.
5. Political Communication
~ Nature of communication as applied in the political contexts, along with strategies and tactics deemed effective in a variety of political campaigns. Focus on related theories and case studies.
He naturally sprung out repeatedly as example in class discussions - Thaksin Shinawatra, the premier who 'vacationed' in England while Thailand sorted a coup-de-etat. I fancied photographing those tanks. I regretted not doing so. Lazy bones had too much technological determinism in one day.
12. Relational Communication
~ Research and theory of communication in the initiation, development, maintenance, breakdown and repair of social and personal relationships; open communication and self-disclosure; communicative skills in a relationship; process models of relationships
This course was taught by Professor Beautiful: daughter of a Thai diplomat, raised in France, educated in the US; there was never a dull moment with her. She's a formidable combination of beauty and brains. It was like looking at a goddess for 3 hours once a week. I wished constant beholding was taking effect as quickly as just one term.
13. And in International Negotiation, we were given the promise of learning how to:
~ Conduct principled negotiations that result in wise agreements * Incorporate a process approach into negotiation skill set * Formulate communication strategies based on various situations * Develop a confident negotiating style to deflect "hardball" tactics * Apply psychology principles to negotiate effectively * Enhance negotiation skills by applying best practices in a real-world setting
Hardball tactics, wowowee! I'll face that only if I have to, or if forced, or coerced. Just don't forget to remember that when you are negotiating with the Japanese, never ever mention World War II.
Ayako, the Japanese classmate, smiled and nodded when asked to confirm this.
Happy Thursday, everyone :-)
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Sunday, 17 May 2009
They're not afraid of humans. No wonder my friend wants to pet them :-)
~ Crowd near the waterfall - feeding, swimming, chatting, some were just watching the activity, and I was wondering how to wade in without stepping on them because they swish through people's feet freely:
~ Friends throwing them a string beans party:
~ Delicate pink - I saw this while hiking deeper into the forest. It's growing on fissures between the rocks. Does anyone know the name of this flower?
~ A moss-covered chedi made from laterite, built to commemorate King Rama and Queen Sunantha's visit to the park in 1876. Queen Sunantha drowned when the royal boat capsized in the Chao Phrya river. A Wikipedia entry describes the drowning, "despite the presence of many onlookers, they were forbidden on pain of death to touch the queen - not even to save her life." There is a sign near this chedi that says do not stand near if you are not properly dressed. We took this shot using a Nokia phone from a distance:
This is one of the houses available for rent if you want to stay the night:
Needless to say we had so much fun. I honestly didn't want to go back to Bangkok right away. Next time I want to have a quiet weekend, breathe fresh air, or frolic with the fish again, I know where to go. Have a great week, everyone!
I blogged because I was bored. When comments started arriving, I noticed I like it. Then I found interaction with bloggers, and I like it too. Now it's obvious that comments are a major reason why I'm still blogging. I love the responses. It's nice to visit other blogs and find out what's going on in their part of the world. I enjoy the learning I get from blogging. The socialization is a delight.
Genejosh passed me this Super Comments Award. Thank you, sis for your online friendship. You don't know how pleased I am by your visits and comments on my posts.
Bloggers whose comments I appreciate may have received this award already. Nevertheless I want to mention them here. They are beautiful people who practice blogging etiquette by visiting or visiting back, and leaving nice comments. Their observations are apt and (in Black Cat's case) helpful. It's a pleasure to have them as commenters on my posts.
Saturday, 16 May 2009
1. Who do you think is sexy? Journey's new frontman
2. When does it become love? when you know how to forgive and/or let go
3. Are you a good dancer? I have two left feet
4. What magazines do you read? Time, Reader's Digest, National Geographic and several others
5. If you could have any name, what would you call yourself? the same, Hazel
6. Have you ever ridden in a limo? If yes, when? If airport limo counts, then yes, a few times
7. What is something you really like to do? live in a quaint cottage in an English village but holiday in the tropics at least once a year
8. Last chance: Who wins Idol, Kris Allen or Adam Lambert? It's been years since I watched Idol, so I don't know
9. If you had to, what animal would you choose to be? an eagle or a dog owned by a wealthy dog-lover
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Friday, 15 May 2009
This is the easy way and the fastest way to :1. Make your Authority Technorati explode. 2. Increase your Google Page Rank. 3. Get more traffic to your blog. 4. Makes more new friends.
1. Start copy from “Begin Copy” until “End Copy” to your blog.
2. Put your own blog name and link.
3. Tag your friends as much as you can.
1. Picturing of Life 2. Juliana’s Site 3. Hazel-My Life, My Hope, My Future.4. Jeanne-The Callalily Space 5. My Family is my Life 6. The Simple Life of a Baghag 7. On A Wonderful Day Like Today 8. House Everything 9. The Creativity in Me 10. Travel and Photography 11. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 12. You Are My Sunshine 13.Song to Remember 14. Super Blog 15. Philiippine Tv Marathon 16.Simply Blue 17. Breaking the Boundaries 18. Top Five 19. A Simple Life 20. Simple Happy Life 21. Mom's Special Diary 22. The Mommy Journey 23. Mom Writes for a Cause 24. Trust.Loyalty.Bliss. 25. Delineating Des 26. You are next!
Now, I'm passing this on to chubskulit of Etcetera, ryliej of Rose's Obstacles and Glories, Arlene of Joys in Life, Dancing in Midlife Tune, Willa of PixelMinded, Dora of DORA alMONd, Karen of My So-Called World, Marites of Pinay Heart Wanderings and Musings, Kaka of kA2X, Khitara of R...E...B...E...L...?!?
Thanks to Beth Moreno for this tag.
1. If we had no winter, we wouldn't see the magic of spring.
2. An English castle... drab, abandoned and eerie but adorned by Nature's flowers in very distinct colors is to me a perpetual astonishment.
3. If I had my life to live over, I would dwell more on the cheery side.
4. Tuck action plans for priorities inside of four and twenty hours.
5. If you've never been thrilled by anything, you're missing something somewhere somehow.
6. To be interested in the changing seasons try witnessing them in other countries.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to chatting with D, tomorrow my plans include Japanese brunch to precede Angels and Demons, on Sunday, I want to get ready for my son's birthday party next week!
Most of the time Cj is just his normal self, but when he goes silly, he really is silly he turns into a monkey. Here the monkey goes into hiding:
That's before he lost his incisors. A silly grin after his great loss:
BB. Pilipinas-Monkey World contestant no. 1 in evening gown:
Mommy Monkey celebrated Mother's Day last Sunday playing with comrades in Kingdom Animalia at one of Thailand's most fantastic national parks. Naturally, Baby Monkey tagged along:
OMG, Mommy Monkey is so getting busted. Where are my bananas? Gotta feed Baby Monkey now... :-)
Thursday, 14 May 2009
1. People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than for being right.~ Hermione Granger on Dumbledore, p. 96
2. Why are you worrying about You-Know-Who?You should be worrying about U-No-Poo- The Constipation Sensation that's gripping the nation.~ Sign on the Weasley Twins Joke Shop, p.116
3. It is impossible to manufacture or imitate love. When you have seen asmuch of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of obsessive love.~ Horace Slughorn to Malfoy and Nott, p. 186
4. We teach you not only to use magic but to control it.~ Dumbledore to Riddle, p.273
5. Stop bossing me around.~ Ron to Hermione, p. 293
6. The important thing to remember when Apparating are the three D's: Destination, Determination, Deliberation.~ Twycross, p. 384
7. We all think our subject's most important.~ Professor Slughorn to Professor Trelawney, p. 319
8. Jinxes go in and out of fashion like everything else.~ Lupin to Harry, p. 336
9. I prefer flying.~Harry to Ron, p. 386
10. It's important to fight, and fight again and keep fighting, for only then
And the following do not have page numbers because I got them from the net.
11. Is a man alive if he can't be killed?~ Cornelius Fudge
12. Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure~ Albus Dumbledore
13. Don't count your owls before they are delivered.~ Albus Dumbledore.
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