The Benefits of Oregano

Oregano (Scientific name: Origanum vulgare) is also known as Wild Marjoram, Mountain Mint, Origanum, Wintersweet and Winter Marjoram.

Hand of Hope: Samuel Alexander Armas

A picture began circulating in November. It should be "The Picture of the Year," or perhaps, "Picture of the Decade." It won't be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the paper, you probably will never see it.

Tracey Connelley, Baby P's Evil Mom, Shows NO Remorse

I have never been affected by any story as much as Baby P's story has affected me. Yesterday evening, I found myself sobbing twice! I just can't get over the sheer horror of the story.

Baby P's Murderers -- Why Are They Being Protected?

In my country, it has never happened before that the media and the people have been forbidden to actually reveal the names and faces of TC and SB, the murderers of Baby P.

That Winter The Wind Blows Finale: Did Oh Soo Die?

Over the holy week break, I spent the entire four days just watching the 15 episodes of this Korean show. Yes, I am a self-confessed Korean drama addict. I already have my favorite actors and actresses; albeit, I don’t know their names.

Nov 28, 2006

peaceful in lagonoy

Erbe has been posted in Goa for a 2-week teaching stint and we are staying in Lagonoy.

I still love to look at Mt. Isarog as much as i loved to look at it when I first traveled to Nato with the fellows for an overnight swimming (Although I did not stay for the night).

I noticed that Lagonoy is not so far from naga after all...

I noticed that I could be a small-town girl.

Except when McDonalds beckons... hehe.

love ko to!

at this very moment...
this is what I am dreaming of.

Nov 19, 2006

Looking at the opposite side of the mirror

Like everyone else, I rooted myself to the tube today waiting for "The Fight".
I suffered the scared and irritating efforts of the Hawaiian Punch while waiting for the BIG FIGHT. Hawaiian Punch? Hah! Why was he even there when all he did was wait for the punches to come! It was really, really painful to watch him and extremely irritating. It was boring which made the hype and anticipation for the Pacquiao-Morales fight more real as I knew that would be far from being boring.
I was right.
It was one great fight and I was screaming, jumping on the bed, with heart pounding the first minutes.
Pacman knocked out Morales the first time.. Aagh! There! I screamed with sheer satisfaction.
Pacman knocked him out the second time. Suddenly, it wasn't as fun anymore as Morales suddenly became nakakaawa.
But since he got up and started aiming for Pacman's face, I was back in the game.
And then Pacman knocked him down the third time...
You could see his face. Beaten. Shaking his head. Refusing to get up.
And although I rejoiced for Pacman's victory...for my country's victory... I just can't help what was passing through Morales' thoughts at that exact moment. As if his whole glorious career cumulates to that exact moment -- him sitting, beaten and tired, refusing to fight, stunned, shaking his head.
I couldn't believe it ended in just three rounds. As if there was no fight left in Morales. Was it because he lost so much weight? Did he lack the stamina? Is it because he has grown old?
Yes, we are all rejoicing but I couldn't help feeling sorry for Morales and his family, but especially the man who was once a legend.
Reduced to what he was --- once again beaten by a knockout.

Nov 17, 2006

the faces of ikay

and she grows...

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and she makes us proud...

Rye! Just giving you the UPDATE

I discovered something about me.
Contrary to Tinay's feelings.
I discover I love teaching.
It's actually pretty fun.

Ikay is growing up pretty fast now. She's going four months old now and she is Mama's "mutya". She's looking more and more like me, only prettier. She looks nothing like her papa, which is fine with Erbe. Because he loves her to the point of I think he is going to spoil her. He can't bear to hear her cry or even whimper!!! But nobody can beat mama... The other day, Mama came home, pretty excited that she was able to get the 6-hectare piece of land in Cabusao and she was telling my daughter, "nene, may papamana na naman ako saimo!"

My mama thinks that Kris is getting a little bit jealous of the attention Mommy pays on Paige.

Kris actually thinks that Mama loves Ikay more than her...

I was joking to Hazel that Mama should ask Kris whom she loves more, "Brendan or her". I mean, she's deadset on marrying Brendan by next year while Mama is absolutely against any thought of Kris marrying. I understand my sister but I think she's a little bit young to get married. She hasn't even experienced being on her own and being independent. I told her that marriage absolutely changes everything. I guess she has to find out on her own, huh?

Anyways, I was talking about Ikay, right? Running thoughts again...

I am still working in RC, but I am actually confused as to what is my position is -- I thought it was clearly defined. But apparently not. Oh well...