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Me, myself, I and David Foster

Our Weekend Memoirs: David Foster & Friends
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The Hitman, David Foster and his sidekicks finally performed live in my backyard last Monday. My ineptness at the camera has been a serendipity. I came up with halloween shots as well. Meet the ghosts of concert present: don't they shape up better than Casper?

Opening score: Theme of the Calgary Olympics

Mr Foster did his homework by remarking about the flood in the northeast. And here they are doing (Michael Jackson's) the Earth Song
David Foster, Peter Cetera, Ruben Studdard, Natalie Cole, Charice, and The Canadian Tenors

I went to this concert mainly for the household names and revel in memories of familiar titles: St. Elmo's Fire, Unforgettable, and many more.

Peter Cetera can't reach his high notes anymore =)

But it's okay. He's still The Inspiration. Besides I can't complain when someone half my age mistook me for a 20-something girl in the parking lot. But even if I did lo…

Alice Cooper's Bucket Seat

Saturday 9: Elected
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1. Many of my friends have commented they cannot discuss politics with co-workers, family, friends and others without conflict rearing its ugly head. Do you feel you can talk with your family and friends about this particularly divisive election? yes but with a unanimous attitude like 'is that so? oh... duh' the topic shifts quickly

2. Do you know who you're voting for in next week's election? How did you decide? this election's not for some of us

3. What do you think is the most important issue in next Tuesday's election? no idea

4. Can you go a day without laughing? hardly

5. Do you think that you can chose who you want to love? in my case nowadays - yes absolutely

6. Have you ever been on stage? For what? all the time. to make a fool of myself

7. Would you ever live in a different country? If yes, where? Fairyland

8. Any plans for Halloween? I'll celebrate it with Harry Potter 7

9. The last costume that you wore,…

Ticked off creepy

Musical Monday: It's Hard to Say Goodbye
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In 1993 Asia's songbird Regine Velasquez and Canadian singer/songwriter Paul Anka recorded what was then Laura Branigan's Foolish Lullaby. That looks like a creepy period drama going on while the song is sung. Can anyone tell me what's the title of that film? (if it's a film or what)

Amanda @ Bloggin with Amanda hosts Musical Monday

Denise @ Run DMT hosts Music Monday Blog Hop

***************** Monday Mayhem: Are ya ticked off?
1. What ticked you off last week while you were on your way somewhere? attractive little fashion shops; they distracted me off my main purpose to browse antiques.

2. Who in your house really ticked you off and how did they do it? areading lamp that died on me without saying goodbye

3. What politician or political event really ticked you off last week? I stay away from politics because they tick me off all the time
4. Tell us what ticked you off on TV last week. the entire TV disa…

Classic Rust

Our Weekend Memoirs: Mabuhay Restaurant
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A cousin and I went shopping in Pratunam this past weekend. There is a Filipino restaurant there where we had lunch.

I was thinking of fall colors. Look at that Bopis. I wonder what's that -

This one I know though: beef caldereta. At home I remember there's only one aunt who can cook caldereta well. The one who owns a carenderia, lol...


Our sinigang... Operation Tangigi. Slurp!

This buko salad is obviously imported. The ice cream taste is very pinoy.

Cousin Vi took home the rest of the sinigang and I took care of the caldereta. I still have some leftover in my fridge right now. (Along with the rest of the food I can't consume duh) I'll go heat the bahaw.
Ebie and Arlene host Our Weekend Memoirs.

*********** Sunday Stealing: The Presuppose You're Living in New England Meme


Today we ripped this meme of a blogger known as Wayfarer at Wayfarer's Journal. Wayfarer doesn't explain if he wrote it or st…

Impressions

Saturday 9: I'm so proud
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1. What are you proud of? moving heavy furniture ten times my tiny size for exercise

2. What is the best thing you’ve ever won as a prize? How did you win it? a plastic ring in a pack of salted corn - it was either for jumping into a garden pit or dancing the best Ring a Ring o' Roses

3. Tell us about something you've done that in retrospect was a waste of time. answering silly memes and shopping

4. How old were you when life changed the most for you? How did it change? 25; things purged me into becoming wicked, optimistic, 50% cynical - 50% objective

5. Tell us about a place [you that] you've been to that you considered to be very tranquil. The fells of North Yorkshire

6. Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter? Why? No one. Some CNN anchors laugh silly...

7. If you were to have the opportunity to name a new town or city, what would you call it? Why? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Charles Dicke…

The Dead Sea for a backyard

October means work break for me. A plan to head down Khao Yai National Park is in conflict with a friend's timetable. I am forced to socialize elsewhere. These are what I saw and did at Camp Facebook:

1. "Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is little like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian." -Dennis Wholey

2. A few acquaintances want to troop down some videoke bar, but have no idea which bar. I suggested Bangkok Hilton. The staff there tolerates the indignity of my off-keyness.

3. “Cases of involuntary disappearances are usually filed under kidnapping, murder .... Our laws should recognize this distinction from other offenses,” emphasizes Miriam Santiago, a Philippine senator. She eats death threats for breakfast. I like her. Minus her breakfast.

4. It's raining men hallelujah! Seriously I hope the floods in the northeast stay there.

5. Yeah, yeah, I'm so getting it..., my reaction to "Getting your PhD?…

Tears are a language

To me there is a difference between crying and shedding tears. Maybe I think that way because I say I never cry. But I do shed tears. This video is not what I planned to share on my first TSMSS from a hiatus. But I visited a bloggy friend today and I just went, 'Oh no!' Before I realized it my was face breaking. Tears fell. I know I will never be able to picture Anya's heartbreak . I can only choke, and having lost a loved one too, feel the pain with her.

To Anya, her daughters and Kareltje, I hope this song helps assuage your grief.

Amy Wyatt hosts Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Nine spooks and a funeral

Saturday 9: Spooky
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1. Does anything about Halloween “spook” you? nothing

2. What is the favorite costume you have ever worn for Halloween? none, never wore any
3. What is your favorite thing about Halloween? shopping

4. What one topic is (or was) the most painful to discuss with your parents? Why? it was too painful we didn't discuss it

5. What was the happiest day of your life? Do you think you'll ever top it? the day I set foot in fairyland.

6. What animal would you like to be able to communicate with? any animal that Jacob Black shifts into

7. In what way do you come nearest to perfection (as you define it)? forgiving my debtors?

8. Do you have any recurring nightmares? no

9. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be and why? nothing. There would be no thrill if my volatile relationship with my mother was altered.
Crazy Sam hosts Saturday 9.
************* Weekend Funnies: Academic Humour
I wonder what chance does a…

Turn to page 331

"So that's how it looks like," I thought as I stared at a blurred image on Cambridge U's 800th anniversary portrait. The page shows a document stamped S E C R E T. I leafed through and tinkered with the text mode of my camera. But the real fun was just setting eyes on things for the first time. It makes up for not having been to any museum in awhile. Besides, I'm not sure how easy or difficult some of these things are to view from anywhere other than the book. This is what I meant on my T13 last week when I said, "into my lap a treasure fell..."

1. Extract from the annotated first edition of Principia Mathematica, 1686

2. Undergraduate record card of Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine


3. A 3D silicon nanostructure fabricated using chemical vapour deposition


4. In the pages of the Blue Boy Magazine, err... the Varsity
5. John Milton's manuscript of Lycidas

6. Ernest Rutherford's notes on the structure of the atom


7. The Chancellor's Medal, …

Spirit House

As a Buddhist country, Thailand has plenty of beliefs and practices arising from Animism or Spirit Worship. A major feature of animistic practice is the spirit house. Its purpose is to provide dwelling for spirits or celestial beings on land. Thais believe that spirits are either good or evil and most expect respect from humans, like being informed if humans would want to start a business in a certain spot. If these spirits aren't, they can cause disastrous interference to any venture. (Reference: Chiangmai and Chiangrai)

A Thai spirit house can be seen in front of homes, hospitals, company buildings, everywhere. You can see it "on a pedestal in front of every hotel. It dresses the corner garden area of a restaurant ... at outdoor food markets. They are built on the grounds of Buddhist temples, outside caves in the mountains, near fishing ponds in the valleys, and occasionally in the middle of an otherwise uninhabited forest." (Source: Uniquely Thai)

This is a spirit hous…