I'm Single and I'm Happy

Wednesday, January 31, 2007


The title has nothing to do with my personal life, rather it's the title of a song preview I'm listening to right now. The reason why there's a smile plastered on my face and it's about time.

I've been feeling down since Monday when I heard some sad news about the loveone of a dear friend. I feel her pain because I see her almost everyday and I know how emotionally tiring it has been to hope and pray for things to get better only to hear otherwise. I can only help her pray and that's what I've been doing for days now. She feels guilty when she saw me cry and I feel guilty that I added to her depression. So thank you to the song "Lover", you managed to uplift me and hopefully it will last till the end of the week.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Thought For The Day #2

We can love someone and just be happy about it
even if we know it won't last forever or it may not even start.
It is not about having someone,
it is not about having a relationship.
It is just about being happy by the mere thought of him
and knowing that you have loved someone.

There is a purpose and meaning behind all events
and this purpose and meanings develop us as a person and a lover.
It's not important whether or not the feeling is mutual.
What matters is the happines that this person brings every moment of our lives...

Friday, January 26, 2007

Little Children

Charity and I were intrigued by the poster of the movie when we saw it in the entertainment section of a local paper last Tuesday and decided to catch the last full show last night at Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas.

Little Children is based from a novel of Tom Perrotta about the lives of married couples whose lives intersect on the playgrounds, town pools and streets of their small community .

Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly and Patrick Wilson stars in the movie. The movie title is not about the children but on the lives of their parents and their behavior as told by an unseen narrator giving the movie a different feel.

Sarah Pierce (Kate Winslet),who has a degree from a graduate school is seen through the movie as living the life of a typical american suburban housewife who takes her daughter to the park every afternoon to play with other kids and mingle with the women in her neighborhood.

She is married to Richard (Gregg Edelman), whose profession is marketing and getting sexual release from masturbating to internet pornography. Sarah caught him in the act one time and for a woman who is already having insecurities about herself, such an act just fueled her desire to reclaim a life that could have been if she has chosen another path.

She found herself having an affair with Brad Adamson (Patrick Wilson), the only weekday dad at the playground, a handsome former athlete known to the other playground moms as “the Prom King.” Brad who is married to Kathy (Jennifer Connelly), a documentary filmmaker, and has an easy rapport with their son, Aaron, whom Brad cares for while Kathy is at work. The movie provides a glimpse of how stay-at-home dads feels about themselves and how society as a whole really percieve them to be.

Though the topic of infidelity was already used in movies like American Beauty, Little Children presented it in a different way. The actors were able to portray the emotions of those who are trapped in a relationship gone sour. Their struggles with what they can have and what they will lose if they let their feelings loose.

I have a feeling these movie will make rounds in various film festivals so do catch it if you have the time.

One Proud Mama

My daughter came home last night happy after bagging two silver medals in their school's annual Brainquest. She competed in four categories and won in Biology and English. The winning will increase her chances of making it in the top two of their grade level by the end of the term.

She also competed last Saturday in a Biotechnology and Genetics Competion sponsored by the country's premier state university, University of the Philippines against students from science schools and private schools around Metro Manila. It was the first time that their school participated in the annual quiz so they were not as prepared as the other school. She did not win but I'm proud of what she has achieved. She even got the answers to physics questions right when it was not even part of the curriculum for second year students.

Her achievements make me proud because it's hard raising a kid alone. Just getting her into a good school is a constant struggle with the cost of education so high in our country. I know she's aware of the situation so she makes up for it by getting good grades. I just hope things won't change for us.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Shaken But Ok

I've been taking an fx (mini van) going to work every morning and nothing untoward has ever happened to me until this morning. While we were on a designated stop along Buendia a bus hit us from behind. I was seated at the point of impact but thank God no one sustained major injuries. I just have a slight bruise on my left shoulder and my head bumped a little but nothing that needs immediate medical attention.

I was late for work though because it took time for them to open the door at the back so we can get out and take another ride. It's a small price to pay though, I'm just thankful I'm still alive.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Laugh Time

Who doesn't get forwarded messages in their inbox nowadays, I normally delete them but there are times when I wanna say thank you to the sender for making me smile. Here's one sent by my friend Judy.

In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods.

On a Sears hairdryer -- Do not use while sleeping.

(That's the only time I have to work on my hair.)

On a bag of Fritos -- You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside.

(the shoplifter special?)

On a bar of Dial soap -- "Directions: Use like regular soap."
(and that would be???....)

On some Swanson frozen dinners -- "Serving suggestion: Defrost."

(but, it's just a suggestion.)

On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom) -- "Do not turn upside down."

(well...duh, a bit late, huh!)

On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding -- "Product will be hot after heating."

(...and you thought????...)

On packaging for a Rowenta iron -- "Do not iron clothes on body."

(but wouldn't this save me time?)

On Boot's Children Cough Medicine -- "Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication."

(We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5 year-olds with head-colds off those bulldozers.)

On Nytol Sleep Aid -- "Warning: May cause drowsiness."

(...I'm taking this because???....)

On most brands of Christmas lights -- "For indoor or outdoor use only."

(as opposed to what?)

On a Japanese food processor -- "Not to be used for the other use."
(now, somebody out there, help me on this. I'm a bit curious.)

On Sainsbury's peanuts -- "Warning: contains nuts."

(talk about a news flash)

On an American Airlines packet of nuts -- "Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts."
(Step 3: say what?)

On a child's Superman costume -- "Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly."
(I don't blame the company. I blame the parents for this one)

On a Swedish chainsaw -- "Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals."
(was there a lot of this happening somewhere?)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Hail To The Globe

I watched the replay of the 64nd Golden Globe Awards last night. What could go wrong with my fave George Clooney being first to present an award.

Now for my fave moments. Hugh Laurie, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama Series for "House, M.D." For someone who did not prepare an acceptance speech, he did an awesome job of making us laugh with jokes done in his trademark acerbic sense of humor.

Meryl Streep praised her colleagues, playfully dissed costar Stanley Tucci and—channeling her Prada-clad character—silenced a heckler grumbling about the length of her speech with a blunt, "Oh, shut up. It's not that long."
I love the tribute Tom Hanks gave to Warren Beatty, the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, “What balls this man has,” Hanks said, citing Beatty’s work. “And by ‘balls,’ I mean artistic vision.” Yeah sure we got the joke Mr. Hanks, even Annette Benning had a few good laugh too.

Now I have to hand it to Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat for making the weirdest acceptance speech I have ever listened. “I saw some dark parts of America, an ugly side of America, a side of America that rarely sees the light of day. I refer, of course, to the anus and testicles of my co-star, Ken Davitian.” After which he proceed “When I was in that scene, and I stared down and saw your two wrinkled Golden Globes on my chin, I thought to myself, I’d better win a bloody award for this.” And still he continued “And then when my 300-pound co-star decided to sit on my face and squeeze the oxygen from my lungs, I was faced with a choice. Death, or to breathe in the air that had been trapped in a small pocket between his buttocks for 30 years. Kenneth, if it was not for that rancid bubble, I would not be here today.” He made too many references to the genitalia of his co-star he had to rush with his real thank you speech with music already playing in the background.

For my worst dress, I have to go with Cameron Diaz. Girl I don't care if you are wearing Valentino, that gown has too much of everything...ruffles, bows and ribbons all in one dress spells disaster.

And for my best dress, it Eva Longoria. Love the intricate details of her navy Ungaro gown. It accentuates her curves and makes her look taller.

photo credits: eonline.com and
golden globes official website

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Scattered Thoughts #4

My still unstable network connection is prompting me to compress my blog entries into just one entry so bear with me dear readers as I rant about my week starting last friday.

I postponed buying a bottle of Tanduay for my fave uncle till the last hour because I assumed I can get it from the supermarket near my office but boy was I wrong. The wine store inside Landmark ran out of stock but I just shrugged my shoulder, there's still Rustan's Winery and SM Wine Section, just a few minutes walk from my first destination. But after going to those two places and getting the same reply I was getting nervous. Did everyone in the city suddenly had a craving for Tanduay Rhum making the popular liquior unavailable just when I needed it. I was running late for a meeting with friends so I decided to check out the other wine stores tomorrow morning and just beg Charity to pick it up before heading for the airport for her trip to Australia. Good thing we decided to pass-by Timog because both Cha and Pau remembered there's a wine store in that area. Boy was I lucky, the store had one bottle left on their shelf though I was hoping to get two. We then had our usual after dinner coffee and headed home for a much needed rest.

Week-end was the same as the last one, waking up late and doing housework before parking my butt infront of the television for another round of korean drama marathon viewing. First up was Rude Wowen, highly recommended by Charity because "it reminded me of your life" her words not mine.
Inspired by “Desperate Housewives”, Rude Woman tells a story about Mi Joo, a divorcee who seeks revenge on her ex-husband, Jung Suk, a surgeon who had remarried with his beautiful wife, Eun Young and their daughter Ha Na. Mi Joo then meets Rookie, eight years her junior, a former baseball player who happened to be the owner of the house she rents in Korea upon her arrival after 10 years living in U.S with her son, Joon.

It was an interesting drama to watch even though I was not familiar with the stars except for Lee Kiwoo who played the role of Rookie. I can see why Cha thought of me when she watched it because my ex left me for another woman but I survived. Now what is the chance of me meeting a younger guy. I finished watching up to episode 14 up till 4:00 am then finished the last 4 episodes late in the afternoon.

Next up was another korean drama Go To The Beach that stars Charity's dream boy Junjin. This drama is about a hotel’s lifeguards. The story will be based on the love between an illegitimate son, Jang Tae-pung and his half brother (different mothers), Jang Tae-hyun and the hotel owner’s grand daughter, Yoon So-ra.

It felt like an attempt to copy the feel of the US series Baewatch with a more wholesome take. So skimpy bathing suits here for the lead females stars just the rudementary shirt and shorts. I just finished five episodes so I can't tell if it's good but so far I'm entertained enough to pop the next dvd and find what happens to the characters being portrayed.

I have no energy to go out and eat a proper meal today so here's what I had for lunch.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Scattered Thoughts #3

Happy New Year, Happy Epithany and all the other celebrations that I've missed when I wasn't online to everyone! I swear I intended to post my greetings at the start of the year but my server won't allow me to do so. Still better late than never right.

Four pounds and one inch bigger from all those sinful food that I ate during the holidays, I'm now trying to be a good girl by eating right starting yesterday. I was thankful for those pounds I shed when I was sick a month ago or else I'll be having a hard time fitting into my clothes.

I just had a massage last Saturday to releave me of my aches and pains from making (halayang ube) yams for christmas and new year. Thank God I'm only obliged to make them during the christmas holidays because it's very tiring to make. A batch of five kilos takes me about six hours to make, from boiling and grating the yams to stirring them continously in a mixture of coconut milk, condensed milk and sugar until they are so thick you can't hardly take them off the wok. Talk about labor of love.

I did watch another filmfest entry, Mano Po 5. A movie about the love between a chinese lead character falling for a filipino guy. I've enjoyed the first and second installment but the latest saga was too bland for me storywise. The veteran actors did a good job but in the end it's the movie showcasing the country's hottest young stars and acting wise they have a long way to go.

Did another marathon watching during the holidays, these time it's Forbidden Love (korean drama) starring Jo Hyun-jae and Kim Tae-Hee. It's about a nine tailed fox (KTH) warrior falling for an ordinary mortal (JHJ) and the complications of their relationship. The story was engaging enough though the first scene was gory, the nine tailed foxes eats human liver to survive. Now I know why my good friend Charity fell for the second lead Junjin, he looks good and his character was so ideal for a boyfriend.

Then last weekend it was a Taiwanese drama "It Started With A Kiss" that had me glued to the screen. I'm not usually fond of love stories where the lead actors are in their teens but I'm making an exception on these one. The actors are so cute together (talk about chemistry) and the supporting cast are funny too. The only letdown was the poor english subtitle, sometimes even the names of the cast were translated literally but whose complaining when I just borrowed the copy, I can no longer wait for the local dubbed broadcast to finish, I had to know how it ends.

Now it's back to work for me ~ shala!

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