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.

Feb 26, 2009


Okay. Just now, I conclude that it's the week for exes. Yes, plural. The ghosts of my past are seemingly saying "hello". :)

First, I ran into one last Monday. Was that Monday? Uh, yeah. He was going to take a laboratory exam. I think. I wonder why. Well, maybe, he's pregnant or something. It was uncomfortable, so I ducked and pretended that he was not breathing the same air that I was breathing at that precise moment.

It reminds me of the time, I run into an ex (P) at the mall and he was with his then girlfriend, his wife now, and I was with my niece. I ran into common friends who kept telling me that P was there.

I was thinking, "That's just great. Fuck." You see, I was not dressed for the occasion. I knew I should have worn a freakin' gown and had my make up done. :)
But unfortunately, that was not the case. I was wearing ripped pants and tattered shirts. It would have been different if I was with a Brad Pitt-lookalike. Anyway, when I finally saw them, I ducked! I was crouching all over the floor with my niece -- and I mean literally crouching. I told my niece that we were going to play "let's pretend we're little people and let's see who can walk faster".

Anyway, I digress.

So, as I was saying -- another ex emailed last Tuesday. 'Twas unexpected but welcomed. He was missed.

And then, just now, another ex sent me a message on Friendster. Hilarious.

Conclusion: I have lots of exes. Just great! Just Effing great! :)

Feb 25, 2009

Paige and Cori

This is my all-time favorite video of 1-1/2-year-old Paige and almost 1-year-old Cori.

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Tickles Before We Sleep

or at least try to sleep... :)


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Paige Singing to the Beat of Lola

My mother will make such a great stage mom, I swear!


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Playing with Paige


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The Thoughts of a Vampire

It's 3 in the morning which sucks. I suddenly have grown a Cullen tendency. I have only slept for 3 hours and I keep thinking, "Fuck. I have not finished my 8 hours of work yet."

I was floating in and out of consciousness until I finally gave in to the nagging thought calling me to get up. This irritates Erbe who woke up and said, "Ba! Dai ka pa baga nagtuturog."
As usual, lots of things in my head.

Fortunately, I have Tinay reading this crap. Well, I guess she's just paying back the favor. I read her ramblings as well. Tinapay, I have just finished reading your post about
Boy Abunda and Vicki Belo's war. You made it sound interesting though.

Leo said that it's fairly easy to see if I've written something new. The link is just right across my name on his messenger. It just occurred to me then that anyone -- just anyone in my yahoo messenger list can just click on it and they'd have an access to my thoughts. That includes my boss. Damn. I'll just cross my finger then and hope that he has YM 8, right Lei?

As I've said lots of thoughts, so you don't have to read unless of course you find my ramblings interesting which I sincerely doubt. I really am just rambling.

I have been thinking of Bimbo's revelations to me. Mark Muroda (your batchmate) once metioned something like that to
Sussette and Bessie Tin. I think he was one of "those guys" and I think it happened right after your graduation or something. I faintly recall what he said, but I just remembered it now after you told me. Gosh! I'd kill for the girl's name. Who the hell is she? A name keeps popping but nah... Bimbo, how much do you want for the information? :) That is like the juiciest information ever -- well, a bit outdated, but interesting nonetheless. Who would have thought, right?! And you thought everyone's a saint in that effing school. Jinx, help me out here!


Someone came back from the dead. Well, he was dead to me for all intents and purposes. Harsh, I know. But what do you expect after a decade of not talking to each other or me, pretending not know him whenever a common friend would mention his name, right?

Well, I should have known better. I'm friends with people in Facebook that I don't even know, so it's just fitting that I'd be friends with "old friends". I'm glad he got in touch with me, but a part of me wish he hadn't. Still, I'd rather that he did. After all, we were good friends.

You know how it is with "people from the past". You cringe when you remember some, but there will always be that someone who you'd think of fondly. He or she inspires the thought, "Does he/she still think of me?" I think I've read from your blog that you have this someone, Jinx.

Anyway, this guy falls into the latter category. That's all I'm going to say about that. I've blogged about him before. You kind of have a label for him Jinx and I told you about him Tinapay.He kind of knows about my blog, but I doubt if he'd be reading, so I'm blogging about him! Oh, the beauty of blogging!

Well anyway, I can't wait for Saturday. Gawd. I need Saturday. I need it to come soon. Come Saturday...come saturday...come saturday.. What's on Saturday? Relief. Rest. We're treating Daddy and the whole family to an outing. It's his birthday and it's my "much-needed" rest day. Paging Kris! You gotta help me with Daddy's birthday gift! Gimme your share! :)

By the way, read this Valentine entry of Bimbo -- I gotta say he puts me to shame when it comes to writing. He even puts Settie into shame - and that's saying a lot!!! This entry is hilarious. He really had to tell them to masturbate first, huh? :)

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Feb 24, 2009

Just Cause

Status: Damn sleepy. I haven't slept yet and I mean since yesterday. Seriously! I am forcing myself to work. I am way past deadline. I have to hit the sack now. I'm freaking sleepy. I'm weird I know. I'd wake up at 1 in the morning and I'd feel ravenous. I really need to fix my hours. Gawd!

Wondering: Should I resign or not? I'm really exhausted. I don't think I can keep this up.

Feeling: Happy. Someone from the past got in touch with me. He mattered a lot, so yeah, I'm happy. If you are reading this, I'm so glad to hear from you.

Can't wait for: Saturday! I can't effing wait for Saturday!!!

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Feb 23, 2009

He's Just Not Into You Review

I remember watching this episode of Oprah where a guy, one of the authors of the book, He's Just Not That Into You, was telling a woman in the audience that her guy is simply not just into her.

That caught my attention and I sat through the whole episode -- which of course, is not a rarity considering the fact that I am Big O fan.

Anyway, I loved that episode and I like how that guy saw through every excuse in the book. Of course, I was not in complete agreement with him. After all, everything has its shades of gray and it is absurd to paint things in either black or white and nothing in between. I agree though that if a guy likes you -- really likes you -- he will do everything in his power to be with you. You really wouldn't have to even ask if he likes you or not. But then again, as I've said, there are shades of grey.

Anyway, when I learned about the film, an adaption of the book, I was really excited. But I wasn't really expecting that I'd love the movie after seeing it.

I loved it!

L-O-V-E-D it!

I swear! I am going to keep this movie and have Paige watch this when she starts crushing on boys, so she won't make the same mistakes I did! Gosh, the number of times I asked, "Is he into me?" and I'd find myself crying over some stupid schmuck.
And there were several stupid schmucks that broke my heart.

The movie is a "girl's night out" movie. You should grab a couple of your girlfriends and watch this! You totally can relate. There were scenes that brought back painfully awkward memories.

The ending is great too. There were a couple of characters who found the man of their dreams, someone finally caught hers, someone lost hers, someone still hasn't found hers... I think no matter what your status is in life -- single, married, or "it's complicated" (as your Facebook account has it) -- you will enjoy the film. You will see yourself in one character and you will appreciate what you have. Erbe got some big kisses after I've finished watching the movie.

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Feb 22, 2009

Five Things

The five things I'm thankful for:
a. Really kind and appreciative boss who doesn't treat me like an idiot.
b. Amusingly talkative and precocious daughter.
c. Money. :)
d. Repaired aircon. Finally!
e. MOmmy's 12 little piglets.

The five things I'm thinking of right now:
a. Exes and how I wish they'd find another planet to live on
b. Monsters - that we all have our own
c. First loves because I've just realized who was mine.
d. "Mauli kaya sina nene sa April?"
e. "Ano kaya nangyari kay Sam?"

What I need right now:

a. Beach

b. A break
c. 3 days of doing nothing
d. Long sleep
e. No work

Damn. I'm exhausted.

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Feb 19, 2009

A Boring Story of a Witless Shark

Earlier today, we decided to eat Lunch at Oysters because we were near the place. Anyway, we ordered pork steak. You'd think, we would get this --

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But the waiter came out carrying this --

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and when we opened it, we got this --

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The word disappointing is an understatement, but it was delicious. Anyway, I got this video of a shark locked there. It's a boring video. I think the shark has been driven to the edge of insanity because of boredom. They should have at least placed little Nemo's there for the baby shark to torture.

The waiter said,
"He's one year old. He's been like that the whole year. He doesn't stop at all." :)
It's a boring video. I'm warning you!

Still praying fervently.

I am still praying for it. It's all up to him NOW.
please, please, please LORD.

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Feb 18, 2009


Have you ever heard of the word "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"?

In case, you don't know what it means. It actually means, great or fantastic. (Cue in Maria singing with the rest of the Von Trapp brats).

Earlier this morning (which sucked because we don't have electricity AGAIN during the day and this is going to be so for the rest of the week) Erbe and I volunteered to get the lab results of Mama's "chicken grill boys". One of these boys is Robert whose exams turned out well.

Anyway, I wanted to get a Gardenia loaf, but I was too lazy to go downtown, so I decided to text Robert to ask him to buy me a loaf, but I suddenly thought of messing with his head, so I told him I got his exam results back and he is suffering from "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".

His answer was predictable but hilarious. He was so worried and he texted me to ask, "Te, di mauli na po plan ako?"

By this time, my equally devious mother was in on the fun. She was goading me to tell him the disease is cancerous, so I promptly told Robert, "dai pa Bert ta kaipuhan mong magpa-doctor ta cancerous daa ang supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."

He texted back and said, "pero ate, maray man ang mati ko daw. mayo man akong namamati."

By this time, I was hysterically laughing. I know it's cruel to let him worry, but it was just so funny. Anyway, I left it at that, but then later on I texted him to take it all back and said that he's fine.

UNFORTUNATELY, he already texted his family and informed them that he has cancer! His sister, Hazel (who is like one of my favorite people in the world), texted him and asked, "Anong namamati mo? Sisay nagsabi na may cancer ka?" He wasn't receiving her calls, so she called me up. I was laughing like a hysterical hyena. After I told her that I was just kidding, she kept cursing at me which prompted another bout of hysterical laughter from moi.

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Oh, it was cruel, but it was funny. If you don't think so, well, you should have stopped reading, damn it! :)

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Feb 16, 2009

Praying Fervently

please God.
please God.
please God.

please God.

please please God.

sana po...
at wag naman po sana...

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Feb 15, 2009

The Horrors of Confession

Do you still remember your sins back in October 1988?
I do!

Let me see.

  • I did not pray my morning and night prayers.
  • I did not hear mass for several Sundays.
  • I got things which were not mine.
  • I spoke bad words.
  • I cheated in class.
  • I told lies.
  • I quarrel with others.
  • I look at bad pictures.


Those are the sins that my 2nd grade class adviser taught us to confess in preparation for our First Holy Communion. I studied in a Catholic School, so that basically explains why we had to confess in the first place.

Earlier this evening, I remembered these sins. In truth, I have never forgotten them. I have been using them for years every time I need to confess.

It just occurred to me though that I was made to confess that "I looked at bad pictures" when I was 8 years old. Effing Perverted teacher! Really? Looking at bad pictures?! I'd bet that was her sin! :)

I also remembered how scary it was back then to say our confession. We usually would queue and wait for our turn. I would find myself praying that I don't end up queuing for the horrid priests or the deaf ones.


You would have a priest screaming at you for not speaking out loud. It's embarrassing because you could end up confessing not only to him but also to some of your classmates who are all standing behind you -- gleefully waiting to hear something interesting.

You could also end up confessing to a priest who would really get mad when you say, "I did not hear mass last Sunday."

You would have him screaming and waving his cane at you as well. You would also get a good scolding -- that everyone would hear. What I would do then when I end up confessing to this particular priest was to leave that piece of sin off the list (which was always written on the palm of my hand).

Unfortunately, this means that I'd be left with a mortal sin (yes! we were taught that not going to Church is a mortal sin).

Now, the dilemma comes when I would once again fall in line to receive communion. You see, if I take communion with a mortal sin, it would mean eternal damnation - hell! hell! hell! I could not even sit out the communion part because I'd be left conspicuously alone on the seat while everyone else falls in line to receive their bread of life.

I'd then find myself worrying about burning in hell for all eternity -- and all this trouble started with a deaf and scary priest.

Scary memories. :)

By the way, you can confess or read other people's shocking and interesting confessions here.

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Feb 14, 2009

Valentine Day Sucks!

As the English would say, "Oh, bollocks to Valentine's Day!"
Oh, well, have a happy one.

Earlier I greeted Erbe with, "Happy Valentine's Day...whatever the hell that means for you."

His answer was this, "Motel kita, ba?"
Seriously?! Seriously?!

Not even an effing hotel.


There goes my "romantic" valentine.

He laughed his ass off when he saw my reaction.

I don't know why but I have never been a fan of this day.
I've always thought that Valentine's Day sucks!
Valentine's day sucks!
Valentine's day sucks!
Valentine's day sucks!
Valentine's day sucks!
oh, well you get the idea...
I've never really celebrated this day.
I think it's Hallmark's propaganda to dupe more suckers to buy Hallmark cards.

I remember commiserating with my friends, Nette, Tin and Che back in High School/College every V-day. We were always together celebrating our loveless state. I guess this is probably why I particularly abhor this day. I was always loveless every freakin' valentine's day.
Oh, well --
Well, anyway, happy Vee to anyone who cares!

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The End of the Rainbow and Alfie

I got pregnant when I was 10 25 - and I thought I was in big trouble.
When did babies start making babies?
On second thought, these are old stories here.
I have an old friend/former school mate who got pregnant when she was 13, so...

Anyway, check out Alfie's story here.

On a different note...

Have you seen this picture yet?

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It's beautiful, isn't it?
The end of the rainbow.. found!
Anyway, I've just been disillusioned once again. I really thought that there are gnomes guarding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
I'd skillet those gnomes along with Santa Claus.
What's next?
There's no Tooth Fairy?
And here I am ready to pull another tooth!
Damn. :)

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25 Random Things about Erbe

You have probably been tagged by someone in Facebook to do the "25 Random Things" meme. I was by Nette. But since I have been writing "Me" meme's, I am bored with myself, so I will get around to writing my 25 Random Things later.

Meanwhile, I was inspired by A Filipina Mom Blogger's entry. I decided to write my own version of 25 Random Things, but this time, I'd be doing 25 Random Things about My Hubby. You see, he's not the type to talk about himself, so I'll do it for him.

So, here goes --

1. He loves chicken! It's the only thing he orders in every fast food joint. He especially loves Jollibee's Chicken Joy.

2. He has a sweet tooth. He loves ice-cream, cakes and chocolates.

3. He likes to have midnight snacks.

4. He is a soap opera addict. He likes ABS-CBN's Betty La Fea which I personally abhor.

5. If men have their fetishes -- his are thighs.

6. He has the corniest sense of humor.

7. His middle name is Teodoso but his family calls him Pat

8. He can definitely pull a "Britney Spears Umbrella" moment on you.

9. He can do a mean "Moon Walk".

10. He is a closet "singing and dancing" King.

11. He loves the color blue.

12. He doesn't like wearing slippers. He prefers shoes all the time.

13. He doesn't snore but he talks in his sleep.

14. God has been answering his prayer for almost 2 years now.

15. It seems like God has just answered another prayer of his, but he is still crossing his fingers for another one.

16. It's really difficult to make him mad.

17. He doesn't get mad at Paige -- at all. He likes everything she does.

18. He is an artist. He received the Artist of the Year Award when he graduated from College.

19. He loves farting. I swear he does! He says that it feels good. This is often a cause of quarrel.

20. He can be really mean when he wants to be. He has the sharpest tongue.

21. He is stingy. Really!

22. He loves street foods and 'turo-turo'.

23. He is a family man. Family is the most important thing to him.

24. He is the kindest person I know.

25. He loves me.

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Dunkin Donut's Choco Wacko - Orgasmic!

Seriously! Seriously!
You. Have. To. Try. This.

It's mind blowingly delicious.

It's positively orgasmic!
I swear!

I'm talking about Dunkin Donut's
Choco Wacko
. :)

I am not being paid for this. I just so loooooooove this!

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