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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Dreams are my reality

Our Weekend Memoirs and Pixel Bug Weekend: Disney Fun
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A note: Sassy Mom invited me to join her meme Pixel Bug Weekend. Thank you, Sassy Mom. I thought it would be fun. Since I'm on two other memes on Sunday and Monday, four in fact when two days' worth of memes are all added up, I am incorporating OWM with PBW as both have similar themes.

This post has today's Sunday Stealing theme rubbed off on it. I'm sharing selected shots from those Disney-ish outings we did last year.

A scene from Disney on Ice, taken early 2009
Dream World entrance; lots of dreams inside, mostly with a Disney feel
Some free-style dreaming: Jack's beanstalk is clinging up a castle
It's a bed of sunflowers below. I was seeing roses actually. Bon Jovi rocked my tired, kid-carrying muscles back to reality.

We also went to a children's museum where a large part is dedicated to showing kids a very good illustration of fairytales. So much budget seems to have been alloted for dreams everywhere. But to think of the way our world is behaving nowadays, it won't hurt to sometimes transport ourselves to a world where the beautiful always triumphs.

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Sunday Stealing: Harriet's Choice: The Disney Meme
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Today we are honored to have our very first guest host! Harriet, from the world famous Harriet and Friends blog picked today's victim. Harriet is also the host of Monday Mayhem a very clever meme. Harriet picked a meme from a blogger named Roger Owen Green from Ramblin' with Roger. He states he saw it at both SamuraiFrog and Jaquandor. 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.

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1. Which non-Disney Princess Disney Film is your favorite? can't think of any right now

2. Which Disney film makes you cry the most? I don't cry on any but there are scenes I thought were sad like Mufasa's death, and death of Bambi's mother

3. Which Disney film makes you the happiest? all their endings

4. Which Disney film has the best music? Fantasia 2000

5. Which Disney film has the best love story? The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement

6. Who is your favorite Disney Princess? Mia Thermopolis

7. Who is your favorite Disney Prince? Lord Devereaux

8. Who is your favorite Disney animal sidekick? Flounder and Donkey (just gotta have two. edit: Hootin' Anni noted Donkey from Shrek is not Disney)

9. Who is your favorite Disney main character animal? Roo. He's not main but he's my fave

10. Who is your favorite villain? No favorite at all. Some of them may be cute but as villains I don't like any of them. If you asked for a villain that I love to hate then it would be - Cruella de Vile

11. What is your favorite Disney song? Your Crowning Glory

12. What is your favorite Disney villian song? Again as something to do with villains, I don't have a fave. But if it's something that is sort of stuck in my mind for its Nazi feel, it's "Be Prepared"

13. What is your favorite Disney animal song? Hakuna Matata

14. What is your favorite Disney Princess song? A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

15. What is your favorite Disney Prince song? You'll Be in My Heart

16. What is your favorite Disney Prince/Princess duet song? A Whole New World

17. What is your favorite Disney love song? Love Will Find a Way

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Friday, 26 February 2010

Song from a mom's heart

Friday's Fave Five: Love will find a way
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Tension hovered over my week. It's related with preparations for a future endeavor, but then it's usually the way with such kind of stuff. I'm glad, like always, to reach Friday and engage in a healthy exercise of finding what is positive about the week. Once again, thank you, Susanne for Friday's Fave Five:

i. Story of strength and courage
I haven't been following the winter olympics, but the news story of figure skater Joannie Rochette made me reflect on life's beautiful attributes.

ii. This week
Final exams are going on - light work all week with lots of free time for us invigilating, not taking the finals.

iii. Cashing a check and saving it
When my gradschool transcript was released, I kept my ID card in my wallet and shifted my thoughts on stuff unrelated with studies. Maybe I was too happy to not think about research for awhile I also forgot that I still have some cash deposit left at the university. As getting back to research work got more intense this week, I remembered the money. But it is long overdue. I know claiming it two years after the deadline is ridiculous. But I was curious and I risked my face at the finance office anyway. The nice surprise? They issued me a check! No questions. No raised eyebrows. I love my alma mater :)

iv. Mango season
My workplace has hundreds of mango trees on its grounds. Branches are becoming heavy with the ripening fruits. The big boss allows us all - faculty, staff, birds and students to eat all we want. I'm busy and haven't eaten a single mango yet, but I'm enjoying the sight of pretty heels, sneakers and chirping feathers feasting on the luscious blessing.

v. A sweet theme
Mommies of the meme Mommy Moments are sharing songs they sing for or with their kids this week. Love will find a way gives me a break from hyperactiveness since CJ keeps still when it is played and he is prone to hug and kiss more than get into mischief.

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Mommy Moments: Song from a mom's heart
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Songs that I sing to CJ are say, more than a few and varied, but all short, mostly improvised and sometimes off-key. Those choir-singing days seem so far away now. Suggestive of his nickname, Baby Pooh, I pick lines I love from Little Mr. Roo, and sing them to him --

Little Ceejay Pooh (Mr. Roo), Let the stars shine over you, no one knows you like I do ... Don't grow up too fast, too soon. Save some time for dreaming. Settle in, settle down let me see that sleepy yawn on your face, Close your eyes I will love you completely and always...

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The entire lyrics were on a post-it note in my computer at work for a couple of years. Nowadays we listen and sing along to Love will find a way from Lion King, CJ's fave and mine too.



KIARA:
In a perfect world
One we've never known
We would never need to face the world alone

They can have the world
We'll create our own
I may not be brave or strong or smart
But somewhere in my secret heart

I know
Love will find a way
Anywhere I go
I'm home
If you are there beside me

Like dark turning into day
Somehow we'll come through
Now that I've found you
Love will find a way

KOVU:
I was so afraid
Now I realize
Love is never wrong
And so it never dies

There's a perfect world
Shining in your eyes

KIARA and KOVU:
And if only they could feel it too
The happiness I feel with you

They'd know
Love will find a way
Anywhere we go
We're home
If we are there together

Like dark turning into day
Somehow we'll come through
Now that I've found you
Love will find a way

I know love will find a way

Chris hosts

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Thursday, 25 February 2010

Anne with an 'e'

Orphans, governesses, novels and novelists. And yeah, an erring vicar's wife. What else... oh, beautiful, charming countryside scenes galore! These are stills from some of my favorite movies. I put what I remember about each movie. The images are apparently google; each link is provided to acknowledge the source. I guess you would know some or all of the titles.

1. A precocious orphan who insists her name be spelt with an 'e' (image)

2. "You take care of the swing, I'll worry about the hole" (image)
3. A children's storybook illustrator and a conservationist (image)
4. A governess who falls in love with her employer whose wife lives imprisoned at Thornfield Manor (image)
5. Another governess who falls in love with her employer. She's also "a nun who gave up her habit for a guy in the military" that's Vin Diesel describing the movie. (image)
6. "Don't go growing a big head. Your crown won't fit." (image)

7. If you need me but don't want me, I will stay. If you want me but don't need me, I will go." (image)

8. A british novelist who invites train bombing survivors to convalesce at her home in the Italian countryside (image)

9. A father who is convinced his son would become a huncback like him. *weird* (image)

10. A novelist whose 'greatest love story was her own' (image)

11. An old maid develops a crush on a young violinist (image)
12. An american novelist who loves terrible ideas (image)
13. You may call me "O Captain! My Captain!"( image)
See how did you do:
1. Anne Shirley of Green Gables 2. Keeping Mum 3. Miss Potter 4. Jane Eyre 5. Sound of Music 6. Ella Enchanted 7. Nanny McPhee 8. My House in Umbria 9. The Secret Garden 10. Becoming Jane 11. Ladies in Lavender 12. Under the Tuscan Sun 13. Dead Poets Society

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Monday, 22 February 2010

Rewrites

Musical Monday: Love is the answer
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Last time I checked, my civil status hasn't shrouded my perception of what is smile-inducing. Before signing those papers, I used to play this song while speeding on expressways. I may not completely agree that love is the answer to everything, but I certainly believe the tune helps fight off boredom on the steering wheel, even now that there's no wheel to steer and I'm using legs to go mobile. I cherish the pleasant; bury the b******. The thought moves me.



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Monday Mayhem: Write that headline
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Each of the following headlines appeared on Newspulse.cnn.com. Your task is simple: re-write the headline in as many words as the original headline was written. Enjoy!

Israeli cult leader charged with enslavement, rape
Your 7-word headline: Jesus mutant redefines Harriet Beecher Stowe's precepts

Greek PM slams European Union amid crisis
Your 7-word headline: Too much slamming wipes out hairy crisis

Officials: Don't sweat the warm weather
Your 6-word headline: Spectator bloods curdle in warm snow

Carrie Wilson: I need help
Your 5-word headline: Posing nude licks self esteem

Teen suspected of approaching Olympics air space in stolen plane
Your 10-word headline: Authorities reckon teen needs to place intelligence on unrestricted space

Has John Mayer been scared Tweetless?
Your 6-word headline: Guitar Man: silent twitting does it

Plans unveiled for world's largest yacht
Your 6-word headline: My horse will outrun yours


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Sunday, 21 February 2010

A recap and a clown

Our Weekend Memoirs: Valentine Recap
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Hearts day is over. I have blabbed about it in the last five days or so. This is a recap of the day. The Chinese new year celebrations aggravated the valentine traffic. It was pratical that we stayed put in one place, Siam Paragon. These are a trio of shots I intended for this post:

Chinese girls entertaining
The rose Mama Goose got from her gosling

Cj and friend, Gyanna sharing a laughBy the way, does anyone know which musical instrument is that? Zheng?

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Sunday Stealing: The Clown Meme 2
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Today we ripped this meme off blogger named Boppo from the blog Boppo the Clown's Journal. He states that he 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. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!
Cheers to all of us thieves!

Sunday Stealing: The Clown's Meme 2

34. What do you like about the summer? school's out! and beaches

35. What do you like about spring? the blooms

36. How many states provinces have you lived in? 2

37. What cities/towns have you lived in? Davao, Digos, and currently Bangkok

38. Do you prefer shoes, socks, or bare feet? it depends

39. Are you a social person? some of the time

40. What was the last thing you ate? oat patties

41. What is your favorite restaurant? japanese and french

42. What is your favorite ice cream? durian-choco-almond

43. What is your favorite dessert? halo-halo

44. What is your favorite kind of soup? Sakura miso soup

45. What kind of jelly do you like on your PB & J sandwich? dunno PB & J

46. Do you like Chinese food? not when it makes me hungry after an hour

47. Do you like coffee? love it

48. How many glasses of water, a day, do you drink on average? 6

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

50. What non-banking related card in your wallet is the most valuable to you? licenses

51. Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed? if you can call middle a certain side of the bed

52. Do you know how to play poker? no

53. Do you like to cuddle? of course

54. Have you ever been to Canada? no

55. Do you have an addictive personality? no

56. Do you eat out or at home more often? eat out more

57. What do you miss about highschool, if anything? nothing

58. Do you know anyone with the same birthday as you? yes, the author of Frankenstein

59. Do you want kids? if they're well-behaved, yes

60. Do you speak any other languages? yes

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? it depends

64. Do you prefer a window seat or an aisle seat? if the flight is more than 7 hours - aisle

65. Do you know how to drive stick? no

66. What is your favorite thing to spend money on? collector's edition books

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Friday, 19 February 2010

Books and roses

Friday's Fave Five: Valentine Edition
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Celebrating valentine's day without a romantic date is nothing new to me. What's relatively new is having Ceejay as my valentine date for two years now. It keeps getting better and this year it's even all that I wanted it to be and more. My faves this week are all about this year's love day.

How to be a Gentleman 101
The idea is to begin lessons on giving gifts to ladies other than Mommy or Grandma Philippines and Grandma Thailand. We hadd it simple but sweet: roses for my friend Chett. I was thrilled that Cj followed instructions and Chett was happy to receive the roses.

Red roses and a long, blue & white dress
I thought the blooms were riotous and I enjoyed looking at them. I also finally wore the dress I almost forgot existed in my wardrobe. Bought a year ago, it was lucky to have served its purpose on hearts day.

Little preferences for the day
The original plan was lunch at Fuji and then dessert at Cafe de Tu, but since Chett took along her niece, Gyanna who wanted chips, and Cj wanted the same, we went to Mos instead. What's important was we allowed the kids their choice. No Mommyish law to eat vegetables. Complete sanction to eat what they wanted.

A bookish valentine
We took five escalators up people-watching at the same time, past the Lamborghini and Porsche galleries towards Kinokuniya, a large bookstore inside Siam Paragon. Grand time amidst literature!

Bubbly laughter
Chett and I left Gyanna and Cj alone for a bit while we looked around for some light dinner before going home. About five steps away, I saw Gyanna covering her face with her hands and then flashing Cj a wide grin saying, 'hah!" I loved what I observed: they were both laughing. Gyanna is a sweet, adorable girl. Her vivacious personality worked well with Cj's shyness. This was my happiest moment.

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Mommy Moments: Roses and books
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On Valentine's eve I took Ceejay out buying roses. I told him that one was for Mommy and the three were for Auntie Chett. I was teaching him how he, as a soon-to-be-young man is supposed to act during love day. I heard myself saying flowers, Ceej are given by gentlemen to lovely ladies. While watching me remove the thorns he rehearsed, for Mommy... for Auntie Chett.

The notorious Bangkok traffic got even more intense on valentine's day with the Chinese new year celebrations. But we braved the jam and I didn't mind that it took almost forever to reach Siam Paragon. I was so glad Ceejay wasn't shy this time and actually handed the roses to Chett. On Facebook Chett commented, "made my day...."

Then we proceeded to our favorite haunt: Kinokuniya

Books, roses and a little guy learning how to treat women nicely: this was my idea of a fabulous valentine.

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Monday, 15 February 2010

I will if I could but I can't so I won't

Musical Monday: I Know I Need to be in Love (Karen Carpenter)
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There's this valentine joke among Filipino coeds that dooms those without a date on February 14th to a virtual firing squad. Venue for the 'execution' is always on a mountain peak, and those on 'death row' are required to hike up ala-Via Dolorosa. Well, yesterday I was on death row yet again, and like any law-abiding citizen, I climbed to the peak. In high heels and long dress. Old maid me had so much fun watching lovey-dovey couples along the way. Now let me see if "the price I paid" and am still paying "is high enough for me" or "let's keep it simple:" worth it all.


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Monday Mayhem: Have you or would you?
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HAVE YOU or WOULD YOU...
kissed a cow? touched one?
kiss - haven't, wouldn't; touch - haven't, but might

give your pet a valentine?The spoiled brat gets it all from me

do something odd with candy? If my breasts were like these, I would. Experiment anyway

gone out with somebody based solely on looks?
based on ugly looks, yes, I have

go out with someone just for the meal?
No. I haven't been that hungry :)))

fallen in love with 2 different people at the same time?no, I haven't but I think it would be exciting if I had time to love two

place anything before love?I have. In fact that's exactly what I'm doing nowadays

believe in true love?

I don't know anymore

How would you define true love?
True love is measureless, unfathomable

send another Blogger a Valentine?
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I haven't, but I greeted

do something really stupid in the name of love?

You tell me.... I even married someone I wasn't in love with. Can you beat that stupidity?

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