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Take One: Airport Scene

I could barely see the clock on my work desk. My vision was blurry but tried hard to make out what time it was. It was 5:30 AM. There was already clamor in the kitchen, something I wasn't used to. I've been on my own for quite a long time. I kept telling myself it's too early to be getting up, but I have to. Dad's flight is at 9:15 AM, and we have to be at the airport at least two hours early. En route to the bathroom I glanced at Mom and Dad having a cup of coffee and enjoying the orange scones I brought home yesterday; they were keeping their conversation low as they didn't want to wake me up.

Dad arrived about three weeks ago, and I was so happy that he's finally taking the time off. Since we moved to the US, Dad's been working six days a week. He's a stubborn man. I kept telling him to cut down his hours, so that he can at least take two days off, but he insists it's for the family. Stubborn indeed for his love for us.

Looking back, I couldn'…


This is my entry to this week's PhotoSharks' challenge.
Theme: Freeze
This photo was taken on February 2007 (Maryland, USA).

In Case (and I Thought) You Want To Know

I was tagged by witsandnuts.
I am: in a state of restlessness - so many things going on at work
I think: that I'll soon understand why certain things are happening in my life
I know: that we can always begin where we are
I have: a dog named Basset and I love him to bits
I wish: I was on vacation
I hate: the smell of cigarette smoke mixed with humid weather...yak
I miss: my older sister and brother
I fear: losing my parents; they're now in there 60s
I hear: my colleague's typing
I smell: no scent except for the cool air (AC) going through my nostrils
I crave: for pastillas de leche, suman, lechon rice, and bibingka made in the Philippines
I search: for Filipino movies and TV shows online =)
I wonder: if there's life after death
I regret: not giving my best in college
I love: chocolates, stationeries, and teddy bears
I ache: whenever I leave our family home
I am not: fat, I am just healthy
I believe: that every thing happens for a reason
I dance: when it rains and when I like the music
I si…

Bucket List

I was tagged by Miss Firefly.

**List 8 things you would like to do or accomplish before you die.
travel around the world, eat all sorts of ethnic/traditional food, meet people, and experience different cultureswrite my grandfather's World War II experiences as a guerilla fighter, and I also want to write a children's storyfinish graduate schoolown a house in Hawaii and Maryland
make my parents happy, and I'd like to take them to a European trip
build a bed and breakfast in Sagadasee my two older siblings settle in a comfortable life
live my life to the fullest - be it with someone or not I am tagging anyone who wants to do this meme.



(2007 Tam-awan Village, Baguio City)

Journey to the Sweetest Place on Earth

I took Monday off, as I wanted to rest and also needed to take my car for a wash and oil change. I thought that after our weekend trips, my car needed some care and attention as well. We arrived from Hershey, Pennsylvania yesterday, and until now, we couldn't help talking how scenic and beautiful Pennsylvania's Dutch Country is. Going there, we took the scenic route, and drove through quiet-looking farms, lustrous corn and wheat plantations, refreshing rolling hills, and grazing cows and horses. I was mesmerized and soon forgot about how busy life can be in DC. This was my third trip to Hershey.

We visited Hershey Gardens, a 23 acres display of spectacular theme gardens and an outdoor Butterfly House. The garden was funded and inspired by Mr. Milton S. Hershey, who in my readings and studies was a brilliant and great person, not because he invented Hershey chocolate, but because of his charity work and good deeds. As we stepped through the gardens, we were surrounded by all kin…


Spiders really scare me. I would be terrified if they're as big as this "Maman" sculpture by Louise Bourgeois. It is now at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). What about you? What scares you the most? Ghosts? Insects? Darkness? Do tell.

Taken on January 2006, Ottawa, Canada.

I Would Make an "Okay" 1930's Wife

You have some of the attributes of an ideal 1930's wife but you probably didn't intend it to be that way.You don't buy into retro gender roles, though you do embrace your femininity at times.A 1930's man may find you passable, but you probably wouldn't want anything to do with him.I am tagging: Kero, Caryn, iMom, Witsandnuts, and Daphne

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Jamestown Trip

Our trip to Jamestown was so much fun and relaxing at the same time. The GPS really made driving a lot easier, and I wasn't as stressed as I used to reading from printed directions. The TomTom GPS was so precise that even if I had intentionally taken a wrong turn, it recalculates itself in a matter of seconds and takes me right away to the right road or direction. I'd give this GPS two thumbs up.

Our first stop was Historical Jamestown, where we explored the original Jamestown settlement. We gazed at James River and imaged how the first English settlers arrived to an unknown and untamed wilderness. What were they feeling? What were they expecting?

We were met by the resident archaeologist, and he patiently took us around the settlement and lectured about what they've found and what they've discovered. One of the most interesting find was a bag of 350 year old seeds from one of the digs. They planted the seeds, and amazingly it grew. According to him, this was a perfect o…

New Acquisition

Lately, my attention has been on my new acquisition - a TomTom 3rd Edition GPS. It's supposed to be the "most" user friendly GPS around, or so I'm told. I've done a lot of research before finally making the decision on this purchase. I'll be testing it's capabilities this weekend, as my parents and I are going on a road trip to Jamestown and Yorktown, Virginia. Of course, I'm the sole chauffeur again, but this time, it will be a lot easier with the GPS' guidance. In the past, especially on my first solo trip from New Jersey to DC, I depended solely on maps and MapQuest. It was so stressful driving on the freeway while looking at the map at the same time. I do hope that the GPS is a good investment, since before this year ends, I really want to do more weekend road trips.

We will be staying there for a night, so it will be a nice weekend to relax and explore both Jamestown and Yorktown. For the past few days, I've had this yearning to get away …

Book Tag

I got tagged by Kero.

The Rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating!
2. Find page 123.
3. Find the first five sentences.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag as many people you want.

Book:Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

Meggie soon gave up counting the doors they passed before Basta finally stopped outside one. But she did count the black clad men. Four of them were standing on the corridors, looking bored.

* I am tagging: little miss firely, wits and nuts, and Toni.

Not My Friday Either

On Friday, I finished my department's report at 3 PM, so my day should have been done, right? Wrong. (Every week, I compile reports from every department.) I was in the office until 6:50 PM waiting for department L's report. L department has this idea that they should be waited upon every single freakin' week. I was furious and complained to my director that this is getting worse. One time I waited until 6 PM, but apparently, they went home without even bothering to send me their report. Imagine how angry I was. Well, my director went over and talked to them, so we'll see next month if there'll be some changes. The report went out at 7 PM.

At 8 PM, Mom and I were already at the airport to pick up my Dad. Dad's flight from Hawaii was on time, and we were happy to see him. He looked tired, but cheery as ever. We boarded the Yellow line, and we were to stop at Gallery Place to transfer to the Red line en route to my apartment. Unfortunately, the National's (…