Monthly Archives: October 2007

Just no time

You’d think that the weekend would’ve given me time to catch up with blogging here. Instead I am still left wanting in terms of making up for the token posts I managed.

In between thinking about the scarves I want to knit, the books I am in the middle of reading and mulling the question of whether or not I will upgrade to a paid blog to better customize my corner of the blogsphere, I did manage to put away a few things for giving away, and I’m tidying up my corner. What’s more, I’m seriously considering starting my holiday list. (“Considering” being the operative word there.)

In the meantime, I’m in the middle of planning a winter holiday with my boys. Phoenix the weekend of December 6-9 didn’t pan out because of the lack of flight choices. (I wouldn’t mind doing a connecting flight late in the day alone, but to do it with my 3 1/2 year old by myself to me, is plain crazy.). We’re also considering doing Orlando between Christmas and New Year but not only are the flights priced like crazy (again), but worse, there aren’t that many seats left. Hmmmmmm…

Of course the original plan was for us to try and fly home. Again, crazy fares plus while I might be able to manage a flight out before the holidays, I wouldn’t be able to make it back within the two-and-a-half to three-week window I have. As you can see, thinking about flying these days is not a welcome topic for me as I keep getting stumped at every turn.

I am trying to keep my goals simple so let me make a list of three things I hope to accomplish this week:
1) Get the storage bins for Angel’s summer clothes and store them away;
2) Repack the balikbayan box and get it scheduled for pick up by the door-to-door courrier:
3) Begin writing my holiday cards.

I’m tempted to write an additional 2 to-dos, but that will mean 2 more things to worry about. Let’s keep it simple.

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Sunday Banana Bread

I have just under an hour until my banana bread is done.  Thanks to THE JOY OF COOKING, I have a very reliable recipe that I can always fall back on when there are over ripe bananas that are still good to cook but not great to eat.

We’re staying home on this sunny but windy Sunday.  It gave us the chance to catch up on some work that needed to be done here at home.  I’m not even done — I’m just on break.  I’ve been cleaning up in the kitchen, putting Angel’s report file together, trying to rearrange a few things to make room for more, and hopefully at the end of the day I would’ve accomplished something. 

I managed to grab my halloween candy yesterday (5 bags of it!) and I have my plastic “cauldron” which I bought during our first halloween here where we now live.  (And to think Alan wanted to get rid of it one time without thinking that it can be used and reused which we have been doing..)  I just need to wash it and put the candy there.  The little boy has an orange pumpkin bucket which I decorated with spooky felt letters which are now on clearance sale at Target.  I saw them a couple of weeks ago but there and then decided I would wait until they went on sale from $4.99 to what I got them for at $2.48!

(The house smells of freshly baked banana bread.. yum!)

I look forward to Halloween each year but something always comes up making it impossible for me to join Angel go trick or treating.  This year, the new job has me staying to facilitate a dinner for the boss.  Even she is saddened by the fact that the meeting has to coincide with Halloween, but I guess I don’t get a reprieve until it lands on a weekend.  Next year?  Yup, Halloween lands on a Friday..I cannot wait!
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The blog that never was

I received a comment from someone who stumbled into one of my blogs that never was — a project I had initially hoped would take off but which, realistically, I am not able to pursue for lack of time.

Back when I started Motherhood, etc., I created a second blog like I have here at Pinay Francophile.  I put up Pinoy Blog Review since I was enjoying surfing other blogs and was so surprised to find quite a number of readable blogs by young teens.  (The adults and older bloggers, I expected to write as good as they do!)  However, due to time constraints and other things in my life like work and motherhood, I have been confined to this main blog — although I have mirror sites in blogger and friendster.  I am also a contributor to a mom’s blog where I cross post entries in my Motherhood blog above.

So there it is, Ding.. I guess it’s time to take that fourth blog down.
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Lurk mode

I can’t believe my last post here was the “meme” from Jher. I must’ve attempted a post three or four times and now I see none made it here. Been too busy, that’s why.

The days are literally getting shorter with the sun bowing out on us much sooner. The rains have not helped to ease the transition into fall, but it’s an unavoidable consequence of the departure of summer.

It’s raining as I make my way home. The skies have been grey all day, and there is word that the weekend will just be as bad. At least it’s the weekend.

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Meme from Jher

 Tagged by Jher, here’s a rather long meme but how can I refuse?

  1. Name of the person who made you laugh last night? Alan, my hubby.
  2. What were you doing at 0800? Watching Extreme Makeover Home Edition and doing this meme.
  3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Bathing Angelo and getting him ready for bed.
  4. What happened to you in 2006? i went to Paris for the second time and witnessed the lighting of the Champs Elysees.
  5. What was the last thing you said out loud? Meme na kayo. (To father and son) 
  6. How many beverages did you have today? Glugs of soda.
  7. What color is your hairbrush? Silver and black.
  8. What was the last thing you paid for? Two bags of Halloween candy for the office and a plastic Jack O’lantern to put it in.
  9. Where were you last night? Home.
  10. What color is your front door? Black.
  11. Where do you keep your change? In my bag.
  12. What’s the weather like today? Unbelievably sunny and warm for a fall day.
  13. What’s the best ice cream flavor? Butter pecan!!!
  14. What excited you? Seeing Angelo pedalling on his bike for the first time.  (He couldn’t quite get the hang of it and just plodded along with his toes..)
  15. Do you want to cut your hair? I’m actually growing it.
  16. Are you over the age of 25? Definitely..
  17. Do you talk a lot? Yes.. even now that my voice is so hoarse because I’m suffering another asthma attack.
  18. Do you watch the O.C.? Nope.  I tried it once or twice and I just couldn’t sit through it from beginning to end.
  19. Do you know anyone named Steven? Several..
  20. Do you make up your own words? Nope.. not that creative...
  21. Are you a jealous person? Extremely.
  22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. Ann
  23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. Kate
  24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? Alan
  25. What does the last text message you received say? We’re all safe.
  26. Do you chew your straw? No.
  27. Do you have curly hair? I have a wave.
  28. Who’s the rudest person in your life? This person whose job I now have. 
  29. What was the last thing you ate? Korean beef stew which I slowcooked through the afternoon.. yum!
  30. Will you get married in the future? I’m happy with the one I’m married to.
  31. Where’s the next place you’re going to? Back to the New England Coast if not Phoenix sometime early December.
  32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? Reign on Me on DVD.
  33. When was the last time you did the dishes? An hour ago.
  34. Are you currently depressed? I don’t have time to get depressed. 
  35. Did you cry today? No.
  36. Why did you answer this? How can I refuse Jher?

I’d hate to let this Meme die but I’m confident others will take it up.  I don’t mind doing memes but hate sending them out.  Thanks, Jher…

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Dinner at Buddakan, Drinks at Gansevoort

One thing that we don’t get to do as often as we used to before Angel came into our lives is go out without feeling like Cinderella.  These days, we still do it, but rarely do we ever stay out late like we used to.  I don’t mind dinner, maybe a drink or two, but bar hopping is now out of the question.

Last Friday, Alan and I went out with a favorite couple friend, Jeff and Jackie to try out one of the hotspots in New York City — where reservations are always challenging but somehow Alan managed to get one.  (They aren’t on OpenTable for one, so you have to call the restaurant directly.)  He’s been talking about taking me to Buddakan for a while now but as I said, the reservation can be difficult to pull off.

We started the meal by having Edemame and General Tso’s Dumplings which was good enough for four of us.  The edemame was very mild and the filling pureed, while General Tso’s Dumpling had the sauce inside which was a tad bit spicy.

The food is essentially a single serving but can be shared, so each of us picked an entree.  I had the Sze Chuan Aged NY Strip, Alan the Sizzling Short Rib which didn’t arrive on our table sizzling but which was falling-off-the-bone tender!  Jackie had the Sweet and Crispy Jumbo Shrimp which was a serving of 5 individual prawns with a creamy sauce which was just heavenly, and Jeff had the Cantonese Steamed Sole. 

We ordered two types of fried rice: the Crab Fried Rice and the Chinese Sausage Fried rice but they ended up giving us the House Special Friend rice instead of the latter, then they gave us the original order so we ended up with three different Fried Rice varieties.  How lucky can we get?

The top picture shows the ground level seating and we were on the tables on the right most side.  There is a spacious lounge, and communal seating is available in the area pictured below.

The food was reasonably priced and very good.  The portions were not overwhelming — and we all ate hearty.  We got a tip from our waiter that although the reservations were difficult to get, management has a set number of tables on hold for walk-in customers but mostly for parties of 2.  Otherwise, you’ll have to fall in line and call.

We didn’t have any room left for dessert, though, so we just hied down to Hotel Gasenvoort a few blocks away for a round of drinks.    The bar is on the penthouse and gives a spectacular view of the city.  A place to see and be seen in, it’s worth a visit if you’re into the bar scene.  Don’t go unescorted, though, security is very particular about that.  Dress code isn’t too strict as long as you are dressed decently (i.e., no shorts, must wear shoes..)  We arrived before the major crowd started coming in so we went straight up.  The place tries to keep itself from getting overcrowded so there is a line out in the street when the bar is already filled to capacity.


 This is what I love about New York — so much to explore and see..  it never ends.

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In the aftermath of Glorietta 2

I was putting Angel to sleep but I had my blackberry on hand.  In the darkness, I surfed to the the online version of Philippine Daily Inquirer where I clicked on the GLORIETTA BLAST banner and landed on the first story/article featured in this subsection, Things Fall Apart by Patricia Evangelista.  There was no enumeration of the dead and the injured, and there were no new facts given — but there were snippets of bits and pieces of this tragedy which made for one big heartache.

I cannot help but be reminded of how things were in the aftermath of September 11 in 2001.  Although this is by no means of the same scale, it reeked of the same senselessness.  I was just settling down at work when I thought I’d check the headlines back home and saw the latest update online. I immediately texted my sister whose office was in the area.  She was home and was away from the locale of the blast when it happened, but my six-year-old niece was in Glorietta 1 watching a play. 

I couldn’t help but think about the grief we felt here in New York six years ago.. and how violated we felt that others took it upon themselves to decide the fate of so many innocent people. In the pain and enormity of the loss, even if it wasn’t a personal one, you couldn’t even start to point fingers on who did wrong.  The grief was so huge among us who did not lose anyone personally, and we cringed at the thought of how much it hurt for those who suffered a loss.

I have read that there are offers of assistance to investigate the crime — I hope the government sets aside its pride and accepts this if only to expedite getting to the bottom of this and pinpoint the ones who are responsible for this atrocity.

I offer a prayer for all those who have been hurt and affected by this sad incident one way or another.
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Flower Power on the NYC Cabs

What are they about?  Here’s the answer…
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Impeachment for the Nth time

Browsing the local news in Manila last Monday when I saw one headline to the effect that the opposition was going to “boycott” the latest impeachment complaint. Rather than give my two cents worth on this, I recommend this piece by Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ, one of our foremost constitutionalists. That opinion is shared by many 0in the legal / judicial profession, and you would do well to take a moment to read this. Take my word for it.
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A splash of color on NYC’s Yellow Cabs

I noticed these colorful decor on some of our yellow cabs.. Still trying to find what it’s all about… Great eye candy, though…

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