Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Little Miss Nerdy Me

I just finish reading White Oleander this morning. I know its been a long time since i started reading the book. I got the book in August last year at Goodwill bookstore, Manila for a bargain price of 20pesos. Its not that im a slow reader, its just that the only time i read the book is at night when i go to bed. Sometimes i dont read at all.. i just dive into my bed and doze off.

I find White Oleander to be somewhat dark and tragic. Sometimes too tragic i dont want to keep on reading. But somehow the curiousity of whats going to happen next to Astrid keeps coming back to haunt me. So i open up the book and start to read where i put off.

I am now starting to read a novel by Elizabeth Berg entitled 'Open House'. I read a couple of pages during breakfast. Unlike White Oleander, this one's a love story. The reason why i bought this book (considering that im not a big fan of love story novels) is because it has the 'Oprah's book club' tag on it. As ive mentioned a thousand times before, im collecting books under Oprah's book club, or just books mentioned on the show. I have a few here.. and in my opinion they're all of good quality readings.

Ok.. now im starting to sound like a nerd. Books are my treasured assets..i have plenty of 'em (excluding my schoolbooks, that is) and im still collecting. I have this dream of having my own little library in my own house..one day. I think it'll be cool to have something like that.

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1. Are you dating the person you textmost?
->> I hope so hehe

2. Whats your favorite color[s]?
->> purple, white, black

3. What do you want?
->> i want to get better.. i so want to eat icecream now!

4. Who was the last person you shared abed with?
->> I share my bed with no one hehe

5. Do you talk to yourself?
->> only in my head

6. Do you drink milk straight from thecarton?
->> sometimes :-P

7. Who knows a dark secret or twoabout you?
->> oyo

9. Do you like Batman?
->> yes. he can save me any day lol

11. Who did you last hug?
->> cant remember. its been a while

12. Do you swear at your parent(s)?
->> nope

13. Do you like anyone now?
->> yea, i do like someone :-D

14. When was the last time you lied?
->> dunno. i dont like to lie by the way

15. When was the last time you cried?
->> a coupla weeks ago

16. Is your birthday on a holiday?
->> no

17. What instant messaging service doyou use?
->> ym.

18. Last thing you cooked today?
->> i only cook in the evenings

19. Did you have a nap today?
->> havent napped yet. its only 9.12am lah.. just woke up an hour ago

20. Who's house did you go to last?
->> Oyo

21. What are you currently listeningto?
->> Paramore songs

22. Why is the sky blue?
->> because it is hehe

23. Do you like green beans?
->> no

24. Do you swear a lot?
->> somewhat

25. Where did you get the shirt you'rewearing?
->> from my sister

26. Have any regrets?
->> yes

27. Do you use an alarm clock?
->> yes

28. Where are you?
->> home

29. Do you ever snort when you laugh?
->> no

30. Whats the first thing you notice onthe opposite sex?
->> the shoulders baby..

31. Is cheating ever okay?
->> NO

32. Do you want someone you can't have?
->> none at the moment

34. Are you white?
->> im fair

35. Who/What would you like to seeright now?
->> him :-D

37. Are you a social or antisocialperson?
->> social

45. Are you afraid of the dark?
->> not really.. no.

47. Do you miss someone today?
->> yes. like, all the time

50. Last person who told you yourproblems were going to be okay?
->> shar

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Infrared Saunas

I recently have started going to sauna. I like the one at City Mall, Zazen Health Solution. What makes the sauna at Zazen different from other saunas is that it uses far infrared (FIR) thermal system. Infrared ray is a form of light energy emitted from the Sun that is essential for the well being of all things. As FIR rays penetrate the skin layers, light enerfy transforms into heat energy and causes the blood vessels to dilate which promotes better blood circulation as the heat rids the body of toxins through sweating. Consequently the body naturally metabolises and heals itself which leads to improved overall vitality. Apparently, there's a whole lot of benefits that FIR can offer:

1. Fitness - improves cardiovascular system & tones muscles

2. Improve Skin Texture - Cleanses skin & induces a healthy glow

3. Detoxification - Purges toxic waste products through the skin & aversion of future cancers

4. Anti-aging - increases mental clarity & restores energy levels

5. Weight Management - Reduces cellulite, and speeds up the metabolic process of the body's vital organs & endocrine glands which results in substanstial loss

6. Preventive Health Care - Humans are bio-accumulators of toxins which interfere with the body's natural healing. FIR therapy significantly removes those toxins and allows the body to heal.

To read more about Infrared saunas.. you can do so by clicking here.

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Outing with the family

Last saturday, me and the whole Liew clan went to Lagoon Park, Karambunai right after church. We had lunch there next to the beach and stayed there until sunset. I forgot to bring extra clothes, luckily a cousin of mine was generous enough to lend me hers. It was a great day.. lots of yummy food, great company, good weather & fun activities. It was a perfect saturday. Ok, I'll stop talking now.. it's picture time!!

Sarah, Megan, Amanda & Darren
Fung, Oyo, Beevy, ME, josie & Andrea
Peace ya'll
Yours truly..hehehe
Cousins and nieces
My sister, josie

Funng & I

With Oyo
Before getting on the Banana boat
..Ok, we're ready

For more pixies on the outing, check out my multiply page.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Only a Friend

This is just one of the many songs that i love from the great Gary Valenciano

You called me on the phone lat last night
The rain was pouring down as you cried
You said he hurt you bad
And that he broke your heart
Like all the others did
And so you though
You just needed to talk to a new friend

Coz only a friend can mend a heart
That’s torn and broke in two
And only a friend can keep your trust
And love you (just for you/for just being you)
Only a fool can overlook
The way I look at you
But it doesn’t really matter after all
Coz I’m only a friend to you

I told you life’s like that and it’s okay
I know he didn’t love you that much anyway
And I say, “Just look around
Who knows somewhere, somehow
Someone’s waiting to be found
So just let him go, then you will know
The one who’s loved you most
Is now the one who’s loving you back

Will it matter if I told you
Just how much I long to
Be more to you

Ang ganda ng song

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Oxygen suckers.

It's just so sad to see how some people are constantly trying to keep up with you in every aspect of life. I know some people who are doing this. I mean, its not like im prohibiting them to better their lives..not at all. Its this thing, where they dont want you to be better than them...totally unacceptable to them. Its their little annoying ways of pretending to want to know whats up with your life like they're concern but in actual, they just want to know so that they can compete with you. Well compete all you want coz i the last time i check, i never signed up for any competition. I dont believe in living your life in a constant mode. I believe that we should constantly be advancing ourselves but not in the dispense of others. You dont need to prove that you're better at doing this and that than this person or that person and that go tell the world about it. Thats just bragging.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Peanut Cookies

What you need:

300 gms groundnut, fried/roasted and grinded til fine
200 gms castor sugar
250 gms flour
250 ml of oil
1 teaspoon salt
Mix the dry ingredients (sugar, salt, nuts & flour) in a big mixing bowl with finger tips until they are well mixed & crumbly.
Add oil bit by bit & knead the mixture. Once you can roll up the mixture into a small ball without the surface crumbles, don't add anymore oil. Roll the dough into small balls & place them on a baking tray. use a circular tube like a cover of a ball pen/ marker pen & press gently on the top of the balls to make round indents. Glaze with egg before baking. To glaze, just beat one egg & brush on the cookie.
Temperature: 200 deg. C
Time: About 15 - 20 mins

My friend gave me this recipe that she found on the net, since i got all the ingredients at home i might as well just try doing it. The final product looks like this:

I gave some to my dad and said i baked it just a while ago. I think he didnt really believe me because he asked me several times whether i really made it. hahaha..
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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Boys Don't Cry

Ive recently watched the movie "Boys don't cry" which stars Hilary Swank. This is the movie which earned her an oscar for Best Actress in 99'. After watching the movie, it was surreal to think that this really had happened to someone in the past. Hilary Swank's performance in this movie was outstanding. She so deserves the golden globe and oscar that she won way back. When the movie ended, I came away from the movie realizing the courage you have to possess to be different, the dangers from it are real and we must admire those brave enough among us to be.

This movie made me think about the sexual differences and what it means to have a sex change (or want one) or being trapped in a gender you dont want.

Here's a plot summary i got from imdb.com :

Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana. However, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart by betrayal, humiliation, rape, and murder.

Obviously this movie is not for kids as it does contain quite graphical scenes. It will make most viewets uncomfortable (well, at least i was uncomfortable) but its the kind of story that i think needs to be told.

Here's a picture of Hilary Swank and the REAL Teena Brandon:

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Bleeding <3

I am currently listening to Leona Lewis' Spirit album. Ok, i admit i wasnt really interested in her music. Some friends have recommended me to check out her bleeding love song and ive heard it one time for like, 10 seconds then i stopped it and deleted it from my pc hehehe. I didnt like it.. at all! But just recently in this week i was fudging with the radio in my car and the same song was playing. I didnt recognize it at first because it was already playing half way. When the dj announced that it was Leona Lewis, i then went "OOhhhh."

The album, out of 10..i would give it a 9. The album is on repeat mode on my player hehehe ive been playing it since i got it this evening :-D

This album is not for those with an acute dislike of ballads.. every variety of ballads you can find, from soft to loud to intimate, weeping, and triumphant..you name it, its all in here but of course with good beats, great melodies and intelligent arrangements.

Closed off from love
I didn't need the pain
Once or twice was enough
And it was all in vain
Time starts to pass
Before you know it you're frozen

But something happened
For the very first time with you
My heart melts into the ground
Found something true
And everyone's looking round
Thinking I'm going crazy

But I don't care what they say
I'm in love with you
They try to pull me away
But they don't know the truth
My heart's crippled by the vein
That I keep on closing
You cut me open and I

Keep bleeding
Keep, keep bleeding love
I keep bleeding
I keep, keep bleeding love
Keep bleeding
Keep, keep bleeding love
You cut me open

Trying hard not to hear
But they talk so loud
Their piercing sounds fill my ears
Try to fill me with doubt
Yet I know that the goal
Is to keep me from falling

But nothing's greater
Than the rush that comes with your embrace
And in this world of loneliness
I see your face
Yet everyone around me
Thinks that I'm going crazy, maybe, maybe

But I don't care what they say
I'm in love with you
They try to pull me away
But they don't know the truth
My heart's crippled by the vein
That I keep on closing
You cut me open and I

And it's draining all of me
Oh they find it hard to believe
I'll be wearing these scars
For everyone to see

Keep bleeding
Keep, keep bleeding love
I keep bleeding
I keep, keep bleeding love
Keep bleeding
Keep, keep bleeding love
You cut me open and I
Keep bleeding
Keep, keep bleeding love

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Random Pictures of Home

Most of the pictures above were taken at the back yard. Except for the fourth pic, which was taken in front of the house after the rain.
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As some of you already know, my birthday fell on the 14th of January. A BIG thank you goes out to those who wished me a HAPPY BIRTHDAY, be it sms, comments on my friendster and facebook accounts, calls (near and far), emails and through ym. I didnt went out and celebrate like the previous years, instead i stayed home and had a quiet dinner with my family.

Ok, so what did i cook? well, after much thinking of what to cook..i end up making spagetti with jumbo meatballs, and chicken salad. Dad came home with fried chicken and pizza. For desert, we had supermoist choc cake, which mom baked the day before.

The pics..

Food.. glorious food

Spagetti with jumbo meatballs

Chicken Salad

Fried Chicken

im getting hungry now..

the only night i allow myself to pig out



Happy 26th to me..

Elsa insisted on having her birthday too.. so we took 6 candles out of the cake and left just 2 for her.. But i blew it too coz she doesnt know how to blow hahaha.

I didnt make the filipino leche flan :-( because i found out that my condensed milk was already being used and it was too late to go out and buy another one. Maybe i'll try it sometime in this week. Will blog about how it turns out later.

Oh by the way, my ym is so gila-gila now. i couldnt log in. Its been that way all night last night. Havent tried today.. will try later after breakfast. Im hungry..

Have a nice day ya'll!

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