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What to say...

~ brought to you by Jori and Diane ~
It's not necessarily the lyrics but the rhythm that had me singing along with this Ric Segreto song since yesterday. The part that moved me in a way that I enjoyed very much is the syncophation after 'what to say...' I sang and swayed to this music repeatedly yesterday which annoyed my five-year old. He went, "Mommy! stop stop stop!" and tried to cover my mouth. I teased him and continued singing along, "Baby Pooh, what what what?!... to sayyyyy....."


The Ellie Bellie Meme

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger known as Ellen White from the blog Ellie Bellie Blog. She states that she has been "dragged into this new cult of memeing". She does not explain what blogger "dragged her". 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.

Cheers to all us thieves!

what are your most common nicknames? * Mae, Zel

what is today's weather?
* sunshiney with a dainty shower

where did go on vacation this year?
* Lopburi, Pattaya, Chantaburi

what did you do there?
* ruins in Lobpuri, night life in Pattaya, nature fun in Chantaburi

where did you stay?
* hotel in Lopburi, English inn in Pattaya, friend's house in Chantaburi

what job do you do?
* babysit monkeys

describe where you live.
* early in the morning someone speaks thru a megaphone, and the dogs howl, the megaphone man stops yakking, repeat. they are my alarm clock. the…

At the summit of Mt. Kitanglad

~ brought to you by Alicia of More Than Words ~
It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and we're elevated 9509 ft; at the summit of Mt. Kitangland. These are former college classmates. I could not remember the exact year this happened. I'm guessing this was around the time I finished my bachelor's degree, so circa 1992 -1993. We hiked up for 7-8 hours, spent two nights at the peak eating, chatting, goofing, and came down on Sunday. It was a blast! My first and last mountaineering experience and one of the best memories I have from college:
We also had a bit of serious time. We're actually having some worship when this shot was taken. We were singing what...oh, I've forgotten the darn song. Most probably "O the depths of the riches, the wisdom and knowledge of God..." or something like that. The two guys at the back and the classmate wearing a yellow top on the left are happily married. I have no confirmed updates about the second and the middle girls on the f…

Soapy Spell on a Name

Thanks to Pinaymama for the badge
Often I answer "CJ, that's it," to the oft-repeated question, "What is your son's real name?"
Months before Cj was born, I got hooked on an American soap called the Bold and the Beautiful. I was not even a bored housewife. I was a gradschool student for heaven's sake. But I was completely carried by the whole diversion. I realized I was on the verge of addiction when at work I strode across the Academic Affairs Office to drop hints of my wish not to be given classes at the time B&B was aired.
If I was unable to watch an episode, I made sure the maid watched it so she could narrate what I missed when I came home. It was very uncharacteristic of me. I couldn't believe it, but the lifestyle I was in seemed conducive to soap-watching. The fact that our next-door neighbor was a local film actress who pampered Mozart, our firstborn (read: poodle), and a little further down the ville another neighbor was an action star, k…

It's Raining Awards!

There was this warm-up game in an obligatory workshop I once had to attend years ago. It asked attendees to use an adjective which begins with the same letter as the first letter of their name to introduce themselves. As I wasn't exactly in the mood for a workshop that was scheduled on a Friday afternoon, I said I was Hazy Haze. They didn't approve it. "Heavenly Hazel then," I was itching to leave for the weekend. Today though I am Happy Hazel :-) Who wouldn't be cheerful with all these therapeutic blogging and the awards that come pouring in? Look at these!

Thom of Thom's Place for Well Whatever gave me these Triple Awards. Thank you, Thom.



Chris of The Mommy Journey gave me this Spread The Love award. Thank you, Chris.

Tetcha of Pensive Thoughts gave me this Your Blog make us Smile award. Thank you, Tetcha.

Genebei of Her and History gave me these Perky Blogger and Kreativ Blogger awards. Thank you, Genebei.



The Kreativ Blogger award requires you to say 7 things…

Duets

Header by Samulli. Play T13 here.
They are sweet, powerful, hauntingly beautiful, intense, cheeky cute, pleading, optimistic, lively, begging, sad, longing, magical, promising. In random order I listed famous duets that cover many moods imaginable. Any song or artist you like?1. A Whole New World (Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle) 2. I Know Him So Well (Whitney Houston and her mom Cissy)3. Can't We Try (Dan Hill and Vonda Shepard)4. I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You (Mark Anthony and Tina Arena)5. Especially For You (Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan)6. It's Hard to Say Goodbye (Regine Velasquez and Paul Anka)~ one of my faves ~7. Endless Love (Diana Ross and Lionel Richie)8. Beauty and the Beast (Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson)9. Something Stupid (Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman)10. Please Be Careful With My Heart (Jose Mari Chan and Regine Velasquez)11. The Day I Fall in Love (James Ingram and Dolly Parton)12. Somewhere Out There (Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram)13. We've…

Buddha Image at Krasae Cave

~ brought to you by Klaus, Sandy, Ivar, Wren, Fishing Guy and Louise ~
While waiting for the train back to Kanchanaburi, I loitered a bit in the mouth of Krasae cave, to keep away from the heat outside. This is a Buddha image inside the cave,


and the view from the cave. That's the death railway line and the same rail on which the train that was to take us back to town was going to pass. Down below is the River Kwai.

Sugar Plum Fairy Dances on Glass Harp

I was wired while I was preggy. An earphone was taped to my belly while its mate was plugged in my ear. Together my then unborn Cj and I listened to classical music. It was kinda difficult to choose a favorite as I loved all that were playing during those nine months. My favoritest is Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Nowadays I play it especially when I go a'neighboring in blogsville and Cj doesn't leave me alone. It's easier to send him back to his toys while I blog in peace.

Musical Monday is brought to you byJori and Diane. Head over to their sites to play along.

My Life According to Whitney Houston

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger known as Jodi from the blog MoodyBlue. She has tagged a bunch of folks on facebook to do it. She did not say where she got it from. 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!

INSTRUCTIONS: Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think! Post as "Jodi's Meme: My Life According to (BAND/ARTIST NAME)" The great thing is that if you have already done this meme, you can do it again with a different artist! Please do!

CHEERS TO US ALL THIEVES!
-Are you a male or female? Natural Woman

-Describe yourself
I'm Every Woman
-How do you feel right now?
All At Once
-If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
I Wanna Be Where You Are
-Your favorite form of transportation
Walk On By
-Describe Your Morning Routine
It's No…

Separate Cameras

Curiousity and obligation were two reasons I showed up for the first time at Cj's school last week. I am opposed to ex-hubster's idea of sending Cj to school at 3 years of age. If he had his way Cj would have started school at 2. "It's your game, dude. You play it all by yourself," was my quiet annoyance at what's happening. So it has been mainly ex alone involved. As Cj turned 5, I began warming up to taking part in our scholar's activities. When he told me that Cj and his classmates would dance especially for moms, I finally decided, 'ok that's my game now, I'm coming.'

The top of the main school building was ablaze with the peeping afternoon sun when I arrived
During the performance, I chose to take it all in rather than work the camera. After the dance the kids posed once more. Cj, far left, was all shyness We proceeded to a nearby Tesco for a late lunch at MK RestaurantThe little dancer is a picky eater; plays with his chopsticks. His ma…

You'll Never Find My Body

Blogger sis Genebei tagged me with what is called the Book Tag. The rules are:

1. Collect the book that you have most handy.
* There you go. Picture on the right. That's true crime. Copyright 2009. I was after the courtroom drama. Finished reading it three nights ago.

2. Turn to page 161.
* Alright, turn...

3. Find the 5th complete sentence.
* Found it.

4. Cite the sentence on your blog.
* "Vocals by the Beatles and the Bee Gees brought on the same nostalgic recollections."

5. Pass it on to 5 other victims (oops...bloggers)
* Here they are:


Thom
Brenda
Indrani
Anni
Americanising Desi

His Eye is on the Sparrow

~ brought to you by Amy of Signs, Miracles and Wonders ~
Here's Big Mama's take on a great gospel hymn. If you've seen them around, I'd love to know what you think. If you haven't, I hope you enjoy listening to them. (They just blew me away) Have a great Saturday, everyone!

A goofy, happy birthday

~ head over to Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for more faves ~ Another week. Another set of faves :)
1. Mozart. I rang Mama for a quick chat and my firstborn yapped loudly. I feel so happy when I hear him in the background during phone chats; it lessens the ache from missing him terribly.

2. Apartment restaurant. There are times I am just not into preparing meals. This week I am exactly that. The restaurant five floors below is only a dial away. Their staff deliver your order right to your door in a few minutes.
3. Clinic Clear. I seem to be forever looking for a shampoo that can command my hair soft and light. It's a positive surprise to notice my hair behaving in a way I want it to after experimenting with Clinic Clear. The price also made me smile - it's very cheap.
4. Birthday present. My friend and I spent a fair amount of time in a Malaysian cosmetics shop testing products. I noticed her admiring one particular tube, but put it back on the shelf. Then we proceeded to Hi…

At two

Today I join Friday Photo Flashback and give justice to these old photos on yellowing albums. First off I want to thank Alicia of More Than Words for hosting a meme where I join you in looking back and reminiscing the good olddays, certain that there is a past and opportunity to be in touch with personal history. I was on the phone with my mother yesterday, asking her how old I was in this photo. She said if she couldn't see it, she couldn't remember. Her guess was 2 years old. The fun part of looking at old photos is sometimes seeing things that (to me at least) are funny, i.e. I burst out laughing at my hairless head. "Your hair was just thin, but you weren't bald at all," Mama corrected. "Oh, it's bald to me, I teased, "but I understand you want to euphemize because she's your baby."

Mommy Moments: Rain

Thanks to Pinaymama for the badge
I love rain. I'm just not sure how Cj feels about it. Everytime it rains I see no indication whether he likes or hates it. He seems to be just observing subtly how I react to water dropping merrily down from heaven :-). One early evening weeks ago, Cj and I got drenched in a downpour while riding, of all vehicles, a moped, lol! (Ex-hubster is going to kill me if he finds this out, lmao) The best part should have been a photo-op. But since we didn't have a capture of that rainy-drenchy moment, I'm posting a photo of Cj from a slightly different rain experience. It poured that morning but when we came out of the auditorium the sun was shining. Still there were signs that it would rain anytime. I introduced him to an umbrella. True to my guess, he twirled the poor thing:

Another chance of experiencing rain was in May this year when we went to the province for a relaxing weekend with friends. We hiked up the picnic area on the hilly part of this…

The English Countryside in 13 Films

Header from Samulli. Play T13 here.
Mountains and lakes, quiet dirt roads, pretty meadows, rustic barns, beautiful gardens, quaint cottages or elegant houses, lovely fountains, farm animals - if they are anywhere in a film, whether shown for 1 minute or 10, I am certainly watching. Being a city dweller for fifteen years has not swayed my wish to one day live in a charming countryside. I am a country girl at heart! My T13 today are my favorite films that show the English countryside in some or most parts of each of them. Their stories are great and I love them; I also believe the setting adds a lot of impact and appeal:

1. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

2. Ladies in Lavender (2004)

3. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

4. Miss Potter (2006)

5. The Secret Garden (1993)

6. Nanny McPhee (2005)

7. Becoming Jane (2007)

8. Keeping Mum (2005)

9. Harry Potter I - VII of course (2001 - )

10. Vanity Fair (2004)

11. Elizabeth (1998)

12. The Duchess (2008)

13. Atonement (2007)
Bonus: Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Iris and A Beautiful Mind

Today is my first time to play a movie meme. I want to thank Tuesday CouchPotato host Kikamz of Just About Anything for the invite. My lifestyle doesn't allow me to be a couch potato, although sometimes I wish I could be. When I decide to watch a particular movie, I make sure I learn something from it and don't waste my time and money. Movies of value and significance go right to my DVD collection. The theme for this week is husband and wife.

You will notice that my choices are closely associated with my field - Education. Both depict lives of intellectuals in their 'natural habitat' - topnotch institutions of learning. As much as I admit I am working towards my goal of leaving the profession, my respect for the industry remains and I will always be awestruck by legendary brains. They are my inspiration and motivation to give an entire term my best shot as a university lecturer starting next month.
Did I just lose the husband and wife theme? (lol) Alright, the movies:
A B…

MCQ: Crazy is right

1. Last Tuesday which was good Friday we came to tell you something we know nothing about. You were asked to pull up a chair and sit on the floor. What do you make of this?
Since you don't know anything, sit back and relax. I'll take it from sitting on the chair, not the floor.2. The answer is YES...what is the question?Will you claim your $10B win?3. The cops are banging on your door late at night. What are you thinking they are there for?They probably want me for murder. The hottest star in the world asked for my hand in marriage and I refused. He committed a successful suicide. 4. Children learn what they live....so they say.. what would a child learn in your household??He will have guidance but he is responsible for the choices he makes 5. Tell us about 1 family ritual your family does every year.Sermon on the Mt. of Blessings (read: telling off on moral uprightness) on New Year's eve, and compulsory beach party attendance on New Year's day6. What is the favorite fo…

Just a silly phase

Lots to do in my nook nowadays. Falling or being in love is not one of them. Not that I'm cynical about love. I just need to put it aside this time. Maybe I'm using the lyrics to remind myself that there's a major target to work on. So if I ever get distracted, I listen to this song. And it refocuses me on the right track; keeps me moving on towards the goal.
Musical Monday is brought to you byJori and Diane. Head over to their sites to play along.

Sunday Stealing: Blame Tara

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger known as MelRoXx of the blog Life of a Mean Jean. She explains that she was tagged to do the meme by gaelikaa and she states that it's called The Blame Tara Meme. 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!Cheers to all us thieves!
Question 1: Who do you think is the hottest movie star?I love it when he winks at his godson Sirius Black by maponto

Question 2: Apart from your house and your car, what is the most expensive thing you have ever bought? a lot that has been idle for twelve years now (stupid purchase that was) Question 3: What is your most treasured memory?cuddling my two boys, the biological and the canineQuestion 4: What is the best gift you’ve ever received as a child?

books and piano lessonsQuestion 5: What is the biggest mistake you’ve ever made?

not asking my father and grandfather to send me to…

Mercedes Maybach

Except in the middle of Saturday when I took my son out to dine in a nearby restaurant, my weekend was complete hibernation. I had to emerge from my burrow only because I forgot to replenish my food cupboard and there's no excuse to undernourish a five-year old. That settled, I kept on with computer routines - exchanging Chikka Txts with my mother, peeping at my own blog and checking my email. No bomb. But there's one I can't delete without sharing it first with you.

You gotta love this
A Mercedes Maybach, baby!
It's wired
Electrostatic sunroof which turns from opaque to crystal clear depending on passenger preference

Party!

Reclining rearsNOW STOP DREAMING AND GET BACK TO WORK! Be happy with what you've got
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