Watery Wednesday ~ The Zen of Water

I was visiting a lot of Ten on Tuesday players this week and most of us loved the sound of water, so I thought I'd post this one. This is a man-made waterfall out front of a hotel lobby in Tagaytay. Everytime I see fountains, I'd stand next to it to feel the shower touching my face and listen to it for a while...

Ten Favorite Sounds

  1. The sound of rain pelting on the roof or window pane
  2. sound of cicadas in the night, everytime I go home in the province
  3. JV's voice, when we talk or make love
  4. belly laugh
  5. Kurt Cobain
  6. acoustic guitar
  7. crash of water waves against the rocks or sea wall
  8. sound of cooking
  9. wind chimes
  10. silence

to join, or visit other favorite sounds of my friends, see here!

Quote of the Day ~ July 29, 2009

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks
outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."

– Carl Jung

About Carl Jung
Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist who originated such well-known psychological concepts as the archetype and the collective unconscious, has provided inspiration to people ranging from Joseph Campbell to Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. He was born in 1875 in a small town; he studied with Sigmund Freud before parting ways due to the radical difference in their views of human nature. Jung is considered second only to Freud in his influence on modern psychology, particularly in the area of dream analysis. He died in 1961.

Quote of the Day ~ July 22, 2009

"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose
which it shall be."

– Groucho Marx

About Groucho Marx
Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx was the wisecracking central figure of the Marx Brothers comedy team, waggling his eyebrows in movies like Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera. He was born in New York in 1890. His mother organized the family into a vaudeville act, which didn't become successful until Groucho began ad-libbing jokes and insults. In the forties and fifties, he hosted the wildly successful radio and TV quiz show You Bet Your Life. He died in 1977.

Thursday Thunks ~ I can't think of a catchy title

It's the July 23rd version and I can't think of a catchy title

Welcome to the July 23rd version of Thursday Thunks!

(which we always seem to post on Wednesday)
Where we make you think a little bit before you blog!

This week we will answer some crazy questions brought to you by
Berleen, the number 22 and the color of the last road kill you saw.

1. You walk into a store and the cashier is being held up by a robber. The robber's accomplice is dead on the floor at your feet with a shotgun laying next to him. The robber does not see you, but the cashier does - what do you do?

~I'll signal to the cashier to be quiet and be heroic. I'll creep up on the S.O.B. and chug him with the fire extinguisher. ;)

2. We go to an ice cream shop for an ice cream cone. You say you are buying and I am going to stay in the car. You ask me what I want and I say "surprise me", what kind of ice cream cone am I going to get?

~fudgy chocolate with pecans and almonds. Well, I think I'm going to eat it myself!

3. You have a dream that your co-worker, friend or whoever is hit by a garbage truck after they back into a ladder with a black cat on it. The next day you see that person standing by a ladder with a black cat on it and there is a garbage truck driving down the road.... what do you do?

~I'll wait if my dream would come true...haha. Kidding aside, maybe I'll warn tht person to get out of the way. Or maybe I'll stop the truck instead.

4. What is the most money you've won on a lottery or scratch off ticket?

` I haven't won in any raffle contests, much more on lottery. I think I'm unlucky on that part...

5. A neighbor kid down the street comes to your door and offers to wash all of your windows outside for $10 - do you have him do it?

~ I don't have $10 at the moment.

6. Go to Google Images. Type in the name of the last movie you saw. Post the first picture that comes up.

7. Your local animal shelter calls you and says there are 3 dogs that need an immediate foster home for 3 days. If you do not accept, the dogs are put down that day. Do you take them in?

~Yes. And I'm sure my landlady will throw the dogs , and ME, out because she hates pets of any kind. Thanks God, She does not live in the building!

8. What is the messiest room in your home?

~Kitchen. It seems there's always something cooking / warming on the stove. There's always dishes on the sink, food on the table etc.

9. Have you ever been to a wedding that participated in a strange tradition that you had never heard of?

~ I haven't been into any weddings lately.

10. Name one sport that you just don't get.

~GOLF. You swing the ball, chase to wherever it lands, and try to put in a hole?

11. What was the last email that came into your inbox about?

Work related: For Follow-up with MCARL/Tube Recycling Concerns - RE: AAD- DDPI

12. Have you ever purchased anything from a sex shop? Extra points if you tell us what it was....

~No. I haven't tried yet. Sex shops here in the Philippines is not so open to the public.

13. Go back to that Google Images link... type in the last food item that you ate. Post the 2nd picture it comes up with.

14. Got any bumper stickers on your vehicle? What are they?

~No bumper stickers.

15. What meme question do you wish was never asked again?

~What meme question do you wish was never asked again?

Ten Favorite Places to Eat

1. Ding Hao Restaurant, Calamba City

For Chinese food cravings!

2. Dampa sa Parañaque

For fresh seafood, this is the place! You buy it fresh and pay extra for cooking it in any way you wish. "Dampa" literally means "poor man's hut" and it is a collection of little restaurants that offer their freshest catch of the day.

3. Kenny Roger's Roasters

Best chicken!

4. Saisaki/Dad's/ Kamayan Ultimate Buffet

Three restaurants in one place! Kamayan is traditional Filipino cuisine. I love Japanese food and saisaki has the best sushi in town. Dad's more on western/american cuisine. This place is great for large get-togethers, and if you're lucky, you'll be serenaded with the song of your choice!

5. Shakey's Pizza

I so looooove pizza!

6. Gloria Jean's Coffees

A WiFi Hotspot and great coffee for quiet conversations.

7. Okavango Restaurant (Marikina Riverpark)

If you're out to listen local bands, have a beer with your close friends , dine one good asian-african cuisine, this is the best place for double dates! From Okavango, you'll have a great view of marikina.

8. Baywalk's quaint restaurants

The best place to have a relaxing evening with friends and co-workers. The view of the Manila Bay is spectacular at night.

9. 7-11

If you're on the go and rushing around the metro.

10. Anywhere, as long as among friends!


Quote of the Day

"All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience."
– Henry Miller

About Henry Miller
The bohemian American novelist Henry Miller is best known for his sexually daring autobiographical novels, Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, and for his love affair with benefactor Anaïs Nin. He was born in 1891 in New York. His writing blossomed after he moved to Paris in 1930 but was banned in the United States for its erotic content. Miller eventually won the right to publish in the U.S., becoming an icon of the sexual revolution. He died in 1980 in California.

Unconscious Mutterings ~ Week 338

  1. Banter :: Fun and friendly conversation

  2. Amazing :: grace

  3. Towel :: Dry

  4. Cinema :: Bigscreen

  5. Newspaper :: boy

  6. Not good :: Defective

  7. My type :: of man

  8. Twinkle :: Star

  9. Actress :: make believe

  10. Daft :: confused

Join or to see what others muttered here.

Sunday Stealing: The Heretic Meme

Today we ripped this meme off a blogger known as Arnab Chakreborty from the blog The Heretic. He does not say where he got it from. 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. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all us thieves!

Sunday Stealing: The Heretic Meme

1. Who was the last person of the opposite sex you lay in a bed with?
My beloved Teddy who stayed 4 days last week.

2. Where was the last place you went out to eat?

3. What was the last alcoholic beverage you consumed?

4. Which do you prefer - eyes or lips?
Can I have both?
5. Medicine, fine arts, or law?
6. Best kind of pizza?
Pepperoni with lots of mozarella cheese
7. What is in store for your future?
I live my life a moment at a time. We can only wish, or work , for it, but we never really know.

8. Who was the last band you saw live?
I haven't seen any local concerts in a long while.
9. Do you take care of your friends while they are sick?
My flatmate Anne. She ran a fever last week, and her boyfriend did not want to come because he was scared that it might be AH1N1...
10. How many songs are on your iPod?
11. Where is the last place you drove to?
At one of our client's office in Sucat, Bicutan.
12. Where did your last kiss take place?
At my appartment's door Tuesday last week.
13. What were you doing at 11:59 PM on Monday night?
I guess, sleeping already?
14. Are you a quitter?
Sometimes.. I may quit on something today and take it up again tomorrow. Or not. Depends.
15. Who was the last person you had in your house?
My sister and her bf, last night.
15. What do you think about people who party a lot?
I live and let live!
16. Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable?
Generally, no. Dirty talk with the BF could be fun, but
17. What was the last CD you purchased?
A compilation of Alternative/Acoustic Rock
18. What are two bands or singers that you will always love?

Guns N Roses

Red Hot Chili Peppers

19. Which of the seven deadly sins are you guilty of?
I think I have been guilty of everyone of them at one time or another. lol
20. How is your last ex doing? Don't know and don't care!

Friday Fill Ins ~ Canned Tuna and Rainy days

And...here we go!

1. Canned Tuna in brine and omellette make a quick and easy dinner.

2. Black Market by James Patterson is the book I'm reading right now.

3. July brings back memories of hot coffee on a rainy day back in the province.

4. Telling you I love you, JV, is stating what was so obvious.

5. They say if you tell your dreams it won't come true.

6. Give me time to think it over.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to having JV at the house, tomorrow my plans include finishing the book and Sunday, I want to do my laundry, sleep, and basically be a couch potato!

Skywatching at Tagaytay, Philippines

The view of Taal Lake at Tagaytay, Philippines.

Skyline at Tagaytay Highlands.

Thursday Thunks ~ Heterochromia, A Haunted Earth and The Dungeon

Welcome to the July 16th version of Thursday Thunks!
(which we always seem to post on Wednesday)Where we make you think a little bit before you blog!
This week we will answer some crazy questions brought to you by
Kimber, the number 15 and the color of windows.

1. Do you know anyone with heterochromia? Does it freak you out or do you think it's interesting? Huh? Now I have to google it! ...I think that would interest me!

2. Should a 5th face be added to Mount Rushmore? If so, who? Hello, aren't we in recession?!

3. If you could live on any planet other than earth, which one would you choose and why? I'm fairly ok here, thank you!

4. We're going to spend the night at a reportedly haunted location, are you going with us?If so, which reportedly haunted place are we going? The Blair Witch project?

5. Did you play The Queen's Meme this week? If so, was it fair of The Queen to put Berleen in the dungeon by association with Kimber? (We all know Kimber deserved it, but Berleen?!) I'll do next week.

6. What color is the towel(s) hanging in your bathroom? Green for me, Blue reserved for JV, and Red for my flatmate Ann.

7. Tell us something funny that happened to you recently. Nothing that I can think of. But certainly, I found other people amusing and funny.

8. We just bought you a cow. Do you kill it & grill it, feed it & milk it, or sell it? After I fed and milked it, I'm going to kill it and grill it and then, I WILL SELL IT!!! ;)

9. It's 115 degrees outside (46 degrees Celsius), are you able to go without Air Conditioning? Are you kidding me?

10. When you visit the zoo do you wonder which animal tastes better with a bit of butter & spices? Blair Witch project?

11. Dog ate your homework/work papers. Does it crap out Shakespeare, quantum physics, or just crap? Absolutely, crap!

12. We are taking you to a broadway show, what are we going to see? Ms. Saigon, where our very own Ms Lea Salonga played the part and maybe Lion King?

13. Gunshots in your neighborhood. Pop, pop, pop. Do you go out to take a look, or hide? Hide, then look, the hide again???
Other thunkers are here!

Never Let You Down - The Verve Pipe

Im trying to keep my feet on the ground
Im getting to like this feeling Ive found
Im getting to love the thought of
Having you around and I will
never let you down
Your friends were all well-meaning
When they said no one is good enough for you
But if they play with your emotions
Dismiss the notion
And do what you have to do
Cause people dont take chances
with their hearts
Since Ive met you I am past the hardest part
So remember one thing
I will never let you down
Im trying to keep...
Sometimes you feel defeated
But its ok...
You're not the only one
And all the complications,
The bad situations - happen to everyone
It doesnt matter how it ended or began
Sometimes the best that you can do is change your plans
I hope you understand that
I will never let you down
Im trying to keep...

:teddybear by danbri

Rememberin Whensday ~ MFI days in Baras, Rizal

That's me in black shorts holding my shoes. This was in 1995 when a couple of my classmates in Meralco Foundation Institute went over another classmate's house in Baras, Rizal. I remember there was Typhoon Rosing (Supertyphoon Angela) coming on but we still elected to go. This was our first time to have an outing.

As you can see, even in the rain...

That's me again, in white shirt. We didn't mind that there were dark clouds and heavy rains. We didn't mind that we were the only people in the playground and in the pool. We were just happy. I think this was in October, 2 weeks before our FINALS for the last sem in school.
Unfortunately, we were stranded for 3 days there with no electricity, the phones were down and there were no buses to get us back to the city. Anyhow, it was fun in a way. We had bonfire outside.The "bangus" (milkfish) and tilapia fishponds lining Laguna de Bay flooded so there were fish everywhere!
As soon as the sun came up, I went home with lots of fish as my "pasalubong" to my mom. As soon as I showed my face at our door, I heard my mom's angry admonition and left my ears ringin for days on end. ***sigh***

TMI Tuesday #195

Feelin' naughty today!

1. Have you ever attended a group masturbation party? Same-sex or mixed?

>>Nope. Never been in a group. Why would you masturbate if you're in a group anyway?
2. When masturbating, as you reach orgasm, do you continue to stimulate yourself without interruption, or do you stop and apply pressure until your spasms subside? Or?
>> I stop and just enjoy the ride.
3. Have you ever video’ed yourself while masturbating (solo)? Where are they now?
>>*snicker* Nope. Bluetooth is the fastest way to find yourself on the net...
4. Have you ever look at porn online? Have you ever posted at porn online?
5. Do you send/recieve dirty email jokes and pictures?
>>Sometimes I receive dirty email jokes and send the ones I find amusing, otherwise you'll find it in my recycle bin. For pictures, no one has sent me yet.
Bonus: Have you ever told someone they were good in bed when they weren’t?
>> If they asked, I just smile for tact and if they don't, I just keep my mouth shut!!!

Other naughty answers here!

10 Favorite Songs of the 80’s

  1. A-ha /Take on me
  2. Soulsisters/ The way to your Heart
  3. Eric Clapton/ Wonderful Tonight
  4. Bryan Adams/Heaven
  5. Patti Austin & James Ingram/Baby, Come to Me
  6. Basia/Time and Tide
  7. John Cougar/Hurts So Good
  8. Eurythmics/Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  9. Guns N' Roses/Patience
  10. Journey/Faithfully
  11. Prince/When Doves Cry
See other lists of best songs of the 80's here.

souls and sadness

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." ~Emily Bronte

This I realized in the last 4 days that JV was here.

Actually, when at 7pm last Friday I haven't heard his knock at my door, I just resigned myself to an "alone" weekend. I was playing my favorite Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert at Slane Castle on my dvd when he arrived at around 10. At that moment I saw him smiling on my doorstep, I knew in my heart that this person is THE special one. The first thing he said, "Are you playing that for me?" with a naughty grin. And I said, "What do you think?" Sometimes, we play hide-and-seek games like this because it gives us time to recover from that initial unsure footing of our feelings for each other. But despite the warmth, I sensed something's wrong with him, he sounded sad. I did not press, though. We talked till 2 in the morning of Saturday, catching up with our separate lives in the past two weeks we haven't seen each other. This is a good exercise for us, I think, when we pick each other's minds in the course of our conversations.

We slept a good part of Saturday morning then I cooked him "Nilagang Baka"( Beef Stew) for lunch. I like cooking for him. Then we talked some more, had a couple of beers, then he goes back sleep again. He just wakes up to eat or to drink water, then goes back to sleep again. But I let him be, I know something's bothering him and he needs to be alone.

It was Sunday when he spoke of it. He was talking of his little girl, he says he's excited to see her this coming weekend, on how he misses her. That made him sad, being apart from her. He talked about his family, about his life in Iligan and all his college experiences. He says that now, there are only two people in this world to whom he can open up his real feelings. That's his mother, and me. For the first time, I saw him shed silent tears and my heart went out for him. I asked him what is it and he said he doesn't know. He's feeling blue, that's all. I know that showing his vulnerability is hard for him...pride is a foolish mask, but don't we all wear them?

Ah! If I only could carry his burden for him, but I know he won't let me. I know him so. All I can promise is that I will always be here.

Heads - "Pile"

This is the pile of San Miguel Beer cups that my friend and I drank last Oktoberfest 2008. We had great time!

Heads Or Tails

The theme/prompt for THIS week, July 14, is:

HEADS - "Pile"

Bloghopping ~ 3 things you don't know about me

1. I have several sets of friends, who haven't met each other.

This here is my friend Iya (in the middle). We met 3 years ago at work though she stayed for a while in Malaysia to accompany her husband,she came back this year to complete her Accounting major. We have a lot of plans of going into business together.

This is Bing, she's in Singapore now. We've known each other since MFI days. The beauty of our friendship is that even if there were long periods of silences, we still have this strong bond.

My friend Kat. My best supporter.

This is JV, a.k.a Teddy. He is my dearest friend. I love him with all my heart. He makes me believe in a lot of things, that there is more to life and we have to make the most of it.

2. I've been to many schools. 2 in grade, 3 in highschool.

3. I'm a fan of animated movies. From Lion King to Ice Age and everything in between! I like comic hero movies, too! Batman series, Spiderman, Superman, the Marvel heroes, Daredevil and Hellboy too, you name it, I've watched it!

MckLinky Blog Hop

Skywatching in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

A must stop-over in Northern Philippines. I remembered this picture from 2 years ago and I know I have to post it on Skywatch Friday!

Check this beautiful place here!