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.

Sep 28, 2009

Facebook Status Updates Irritate Me

I am addicted to Facebook. It's not just the games -- I also love reading people's updates or status. However, that's not always the case. Sometimes, some people's updates make me want to scream bloody murder. They irritate the hell out of me.

For instance, do not post status updates addressing someone who is in the same room with you! For god's sake! A post like "Hon, can we go to sleep now" is vastly irritating. Why don't you just fucking turn your head and ask him?! He's right there with you in the room! It's not cute, I swear!

And if you miss your boyfriend, why don't you just send him an email - or better yet, call him up! I don't think all of your 348 friends (by the way, how did you manage to get that many friends?) are eager to read about your deep longing for your effing boyfriend. Seriously! If I read another status update about your boyfriend, I'd freaking delete you from my list! Okay, I know, that's not really a scary threat, but it works to my advantage. So there.

Updates about what you ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner are not cute. We don't care about what you ate for breakfast. On second thought, perhaps, I should consider writing, "Tinggay Garchitorena ate tuyo, balaw, sugok and Lucky Me mami for breakfast" as well. I wonder how you'd feel every time you'd read my freaking food updates.

And for god's sakes! Don't chat about your love life for all your 276 friends to read! I don't really care if your boyfriend loves you more than you love him. This can be riveting if I don't find it weird!

These are just some of the things that irritate me about people's Facebook status. I have more, but I don't dare write them here, lest these friends find my blog and read my post. After all, I don't want to end up with only my sister, Paulo Coelho and Oprah as my friends. :)

Sep 25, 2009

Last Thing On My Mind

Sep 24, 2009

Pirates and Helpers

My problem with Mamu has been resolved. Oh, it took about an hour or groveling before she finally deemed to grant me her forgiveness. Anyway, I can finally reveal the cause of our discourse. It was actually Yaya, Paige's - oh, well - yaya!

Anyway, Mamu was pissed off that I was always taking Yaya's side every time she's pissed with the latter. We had a major misunderstanding yesterday. I didn't give it much thought, but apparently I pissed off Mamu big time. She was complaining about Yaya sleeping. I took Yaya's side - and Mamu blew off her lid.

Anyway, even though everything is okay now, it occurred to me to let go of Yaya. I mean, Dadi almost hit her once - and I had to intervene. Mamu is always mad at her, and so I considered letting go of her. And I actually talked to a friend about this. It was a thought but nothing was definite because we still have no replacement. I didn't know that my friend would actually call up Yaya and pirate her from me outright! She did not even talk to me about it. I know I asked her to take Yaya IN CASE we'd let go of Yaya. Again, nothing was definite.

I'm pissed. Seriously, I am freaking pissed.

Now, Yaya is set to leave on the 11th of next month, and she'd be working at my friend's house. She is just going to finish her last month here and get her wage. I am pissed. What kind of friend does that? Pirate your helper right from under your nose! She didn't even consider that I have no replacement for Yaya, whereas she has two helpers already!

And I am so pissed at Yaya, I actually asked her to leave now. She still hasn't. This is really pissing me off. And to think I got into a major argument with Mamu over her. Talk about fucking loyalty.

Seriously, I am majorly pissed. This is petty, but I am pissed.


I am not doing well. Holding on though. After all, nothing lasts forever. This, too, shall pass. It's not life or death, so yeah, I'll be okay. The fuck up thing about this is that it's my fault.

I could have finished the book a month ago!

I could have just shut up and avoid the argument.

I could have done these things and I would not have been in this predicament. See? It's my fault. That's what sucks big time!

Enough of my pity-party. I need a pick me up and a slap in the head - a reminder of the things that I have. Okay, here goes. 10 Things That Made Me Smile or Happy:

1. Paige's impromptu kisses, hugs, "i love you's" and "mama ko's"

Now that takes the top of the list. In Paige's little world, I take the top spot. I am her superman. I can kill monsters by just staring at them. It's a big responsibility and it's scary, but at the same time, it's liberating - because it allows me to be more than what I thought i can be. After all, here's this little person depending on me. It's the thing that pushes me to never give up.

Now, what's next? Geeze.

2. Oh, yes, a new digital camera from my sister.

Oh, well, what can I say, she loves me to bits. In truth, it's during these times that I miss her badly. Her fights were mine and mine was hers - and now, I have to go through things alone. Okay, I'll 'fess up, I'm in a fight with Mamu. And Kris is the only one who understands how it is like. *sigh. This is supposed to be a happy list. I am depressing myself to a kill-me-now coma.

3. Erbe.

I'm thankful for him. If I can bottle up Erbe's love, patience and kindness, I'd be freaking rich. His stillness calms me. His kindness humbles me and his unconditional love comforts me.

4. Seeing old friends.

Although there is a lot of drama behind it, I am happy I saw Lala. It was fun reminiscing. She has changed. She's more sure of herself. She's not the Marla I used to know, but between laughters, I'd see a glimpse of the old Marla - and we'd be 15-year-old girls once again.

5. Ryan. He's not mad at me.

I'm glad about that. I can't risk losing anymore friends. I seem to have lost a few along the way. My fault, their fault - it doesn't matter.

Now, what else?

6. US Shows.

Finally, they're back! After waiting for several months, I can now enjoy the drama and witty repartee.

7. Sunrise.

Another day to correct mistakes and yes, apologize. I will have to apologize to Mamu. I am not at fault. She misunderstood and blew things out of proportion. In fact, I should be mad. However, things won't be resolved if I don't apologize. You see, for them, parents do not bend. It's the way things are. I like sunrises though and all the promises that come with them.

I am struggling. I wanted to write 10, but I can't think of anything else to be happy about.


Sep 23, 2009

Spot Paige

Lala Came Home

Sep 21, 2009

10 Words

Reminiscing. Just suddenly, I remember Reality Bites. I saw Winona Ryder in this film, The Ten Commandments or something like that -- I forgot the title.. Anyway, she was having sex with a puppet.


Remember when she was hot and you had a huge crush on her? Well, we all did. Anyway, I remembered her 1994 film. And so, I'm downloading it right now, just so I'd be able to relive her pre-klepto-puppet-screwing days.

Cruelty. I made two people cry yesterday. I was not even making an effort. Talk about Cruella de Vil.

Irony. We had lunch at a friend's house yesterday. The couple (both my friends) met and started dating when they were 12 years old. They didn't like me telling their 10-year-old daughter about that. They fear that she'd start dating at 12 as well. I bet they didn't think about their age when they were 12 years old and they started dating. I should know - I was their freaking chaperon.

Humor. Paige's school is going to hold a program, and they would be performing at Avenue Square next month. We weren't able to attend the meeting because Erbe and I were snoring ourselves to Kingdom Come. So guess who went to the meeting? Paige's yaya, whose nickname happens to be Yaya as well. During the course of the meeting, the teacher asked for a volunteer to teach the parents and the children a dance that they would perform. No, I am not going to dance and neither is Erbe. It's our dear Yaya who volunteered to take our place. She also volunteered to teach the children and the parents the dance steps of "Nobody". She's fairly handy to have around, eh?

Grateful. I am happy that I finally received a response to my emails. All I can say is, "I'm back on the game!"

Amused. I find it amusing when people think that what I write is about them. I even find it pathetically amusing when they respond to it.

Liar. I am going to lie big time this afternoon. I have to because I can't risk hurting a friend. I am not the only one who is going to lie.

Tired. I seem to be so tired all the time. I really have to fix my working hours. I cannot do this. I am becoming extremely grumpy. I don't even like to be around me!

Missing. I am missing a lot of people. if you are reading this, then you're one of them. Bes, if you log on today, I am sorry for not being able to receive your calls. I know you tried several times. It wasn't deliberate.


Listening to: Adam Cohen's Cry Ophelia

Sep 20, 2009


Happy fiesta. bleeh.
It was not happy. I am not happy.
I am fucking irritated, miserable and worried - and all because of an unanswered email. No, scratch that, unanswered EMAILS!
i am so close to doing something really, really, really stupid.
I'd give it another couple of days.

Sep 17, 2009

Ramblings at 3:56 A.M.

Mood: Sleepy, stunned, depressed, worried, melancholic

Running thoughts...trying to catch up.

  • Who the hell hacked my accounts?
  • What the hell is this world coming down to?
  • I can't get enough of David Gray.
  • I am so sleepy.
  • When the hell am I going to be able to finish this?
  • When is he going to respond to my email?
  • I'm getting so worried.
  • I fucked up big time. It's Erbe's fault.
  • Swamped with worries. I am not doing well.
  • Friendster's bulletins are stupid. People are actually fighting there.
  • Talk about going viral.
  • "Wo ay ni chu di" means "I love you, Erbe".
  • After all these years, I still love Dawson Creek's music.
  • I am so tired. Why is that? It's these hours I'm keeping, I presume.
  • It sucks when the boss does not respond to my emails.
  • All my emails have been deleted
  • Clean slate is good.
  • "Old friendships fade away... Love falls apart. And you've not spent a single day outside my heart.." good lyrics. cheezy lyrics.
  • I'm a Korean soaps addict. It's embarrassing.
  • "kiss me beneath the milky twilight..." good lyrics. good memories.

Sep 16, 2009

Preparing for Naga City Fiesta Civic Parade

This is a really amateur video. Erbe and I usually walk to Jollibee Centro for breakfast at 5 or 6 in the morning. We burn fats and then we gobbled our way to Fatdom Come again with Jollibee's breakfast meals.

Anyway, with the Civic Parade looming, we'd see kids from various schools practicing and strutting their stuff at the plaza. I thought it's fun to capture a minute long vid.


Photolog: 5 A.M. Walk

Sep 15, 2009

Bato Bato sa Langit ang Tamaan Wag Magalit

You irritate me.
You really do.
You used to just amuse me, but lately your antics have become irritating.

Do you have my blog bookmarked as well?
Do you regularly visit just to check up on me?

Don't you have a fucking life to live?
Why don't you just get a freaking rope and tie him up next to you because god forbid he'd break loose!

You're pathetic really.

You're not even significant.

You both DO.NOT.MATTER to me at all.
If he thinks otherwise, he is only deluding himself.
It's just so sad that he ended up with you.
Go away! Shoo!

Sep 13, 2009

This Year's Love

This song rocks. Click play. Check it out!

This Year's Love
by David Gray

This years love had better last
Heaven knows it's high time
I've been waiting on my own too long
But when you hold me like you do
It feels so right oh now
I start to forget
How my heart gets torn
When that hurt gets thrown
Feeling like you can't go on

Turning circles and time again
It cut like a knife oh now
If you love me got to know for sure
'Cause it takes something more this time
Than sweet sweet lies oh now
Before I open up my arms and fall
Losing all control
Every dream inside my soul
When you kiss me on that midnight street
Sweep me off my feet
Singing ain't this life so sweet

This years love had better last
This years love had better last

Cause whose to worry
If our hearts get torn
When that hurt gets thrown
Don't yuh know this life goes on
Won't you kiss me on that midnight street
Sweep me off my feet
Singing ain't this life so sweet

This years love had better last
This years love had better last
This years love had better last
This years love had better last
This years love had better last,whoa yeah
This years love had better last

Sep 10, 2009

Too Many Chickens

I swear! Owning chicken grills turns you off from grilled chickens. It doesn't matter if they are just taken off the grill.

We can't sell every freaking chicken, so when the boys come home at the end of the day, you can bet your ass they would have several unsold grilled chickens. So, they won't get spoiled, we have to eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Imagine eating grilled chickens almost everyday for the last 3 years!

It has come to that point where our distaste of grilled chickens has reached a certain level of absurdity - humorous absurdity.

Me: Ma, maluto akong lumpia. Pero sarong kilo lang dai kabali si mga para-manok.
Ha? Ay! di bale na lang, si manok na lang sainda.
(A pause) Ne, sabi ko daa, si manok na lang sainda. Isipun mo yan.


Nana Viol: Manay, may mga tada pa pong manok.
Pira pa?

Nana Viol: Lima pa po.
Dai na naman lang yan kakarakanun, ipanao mo na lang dian sa kataraid.

The neighbors were very happy indeed.


Me: Nana Viol, ano po ulam ta?
Nana Viol:
Si manok tere tig-paksiw ko.

Arin pong manok? Si lechon?

Nana Viol: Iyo.
Aay.. habo ko na po kayan.

Nana Viol:
Ay, may tuyo pa dian kung gusto mo?

Ay, iyo na lang po ito. May lemon po?

Who would have thought, right?

Thanks Jinx!

This one made my day.

Sep 8, 2009

8:14 AM Ramblings

  • I wanted to write about our experience with the faith healer yesterday, but I am so freaking sleepy. I do not have the energy to do so. Just trust me, watching a woman, repeatedly spitting on her hand and rubbing the god-awful spit on your daughter is not a pretty sight. I wasn't expecting it. I am just grateful she did not see my face when she poured a handful of spit on Paige. Pure shock and sheer disgust are thoroughly underrated in comparison to my reactions.
  • I am really praying that Paige will be better when she wakes up.
  • I still have lots of work. What to do? What to do?
  • There are some friends that are really not worth the crap that they put you through. I am this close to saying goodbye to one. Push comes to shove, I'll shove back. Damn it.
  • The phone rang. I bet it's Cheryl. I can't answer it. Erbe and Paige are still asleep. She's one of my friends though who I consider my sister. Just the other day, there was something wrong with our toilet bowl. I needed to do #2. What did I do then? We went to Che's house at 6 in the morning to say hello to her toilet bowl!
  • I am worried about Bes. She hasn't emailed me back yet. I think I really should get some phone credits, so I can call her. That girl hasn't called me in years! What's up with that Bes, huh?!?!
  • Actually, I am worried about lots of my friends. I am worried about Settie, Netay and Tin. I am really crossing my fingers for them. I hope Set won't get her heart broken. I hope Net will find peace. I hope Tin will find her freaking sanity - wherever she left it!
  • One of my friends is coming home. She has invited us to meet her and her daughter. Unfortunately, she did not invite one of our friends. Now, it's either I lie or I do not just say anything. But what if she finds out?!
  • I'm sleepy. I think I should get some sleep now. I really hope Paige will be okay when she wakes up. Otherwise, off to the hospital we go.

Sep 2, 2009

Growing Up Beautifully

Cori at 11 months

2-year-old sassy Cori

Early Xmas Wish for Kris

Dear Lil' Sis,

This is what I want for Christmas.

Yeah, it's for kids, but I still want it!



I love how she says Garchitorena. Brings the lolz.