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Travel: Pisa Album

I studied in Rome during my junior year in college. Rome is the perfect place to study ancient and art history. For a History major like me, it is the p-e-r-f-e-c-t place to study. Nothing beats having the city as your classroom, as a few of my class lectures took place on-site - the Roman Forum ruins, the Colosseum, and museums including the Vatican Museum. During my stay there, the weekends and holidays were spent exploring Italy and other countries in Europe. I will be sharing my photos in some of my entries, and I hope you'd look forward to them. My travel entries won't be about specifics, but about my personal experiences.

From Rome's Termini station, I took the train bound to Siena. Siena was actually the final destination, but since Pisa was on the way, I thought this was my chance to see the famous La Torre di Pisa (Tower of Pisa). Pisa is one of the places I've dreamt of seeing since I was a kid. The train was full and since I didn't reserve my seat, I had…

Bloody Monday

The room looked all too familiar, as I've been here countless times before. Mom was at the waiting room, while I waited for my doctor in one of those tiny, cold, examination rooms. I was reading E magazine, when I felt a warm fluid oozing through my left arm. I panicked. The gauze covering the blood test area was soaked. I ran to the lab and asked the nurse, "Is this normal?" She exclaimed, "No." She immediately took me back to the examination room, cleaned my arm, applied pressure, and put on a new gauze. I kept looking at the bandage in case it gets soaked again. I was relieved, but my body felt cold and weak. It was the shock wearing off.

Since I found out that I have low platelets, I've always been very careful about being cut or being injured in any way. I've been poked and prodded for the past two years but nothing conclusive has come out on what's causing my condition. Finally, Doctor H came in with my chart. He and the nurse talked as he cam…

Color Me Fall

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
as I have seen in one autumnal face.
(Quote by John Donne)

The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you
like the leaves of Autumn.
(Fall poem by John Muir)
(Photos taken: Montgomery County, MD, Fall of 2007, Kodak Z650)

Hodgepodge of Thoughts

Fall is definitely here. As summer activities begin to wind down, the trees are changing colors and leaves are falling to the ground. The apartment complex held a pool party this weekend, signaling the seasonal closure of the swimming pool and giving everyone their last chance for a pool splash. There were lots of games and freebies like ten-minute massages, on-site caricature and airbrush tattoo artists, and food/drinks etc. Music was in full blast and apartment residents came out to party. Mom was a bit hesitant to mingle, but I was able to convince her we'll just walk around to see what's going on. We managed to get a caricature of ourselves (photo), pink and purple balloons, two bags of cheese popcorns, magnets for the fridge, and we both got our ten-minute massages. I was thinking of getting an airbrushed tattoo but decided not to. I laughed at myself because the line was loaded with kids taller than I am. I can't believe how tall kids are these days. I was just think…

September 11

let us remember
where we were
where we were going
what we were doing

let us pause for a few moments
to remember
the first responders
for those who didn't make it home that night

whether in NY, PA or across the Potomac River

we will never forget

Happy And Sad

I was tagged by Artemis.
Here are the Rules:1. List the things that make you Happy and those that make you Sad.
2. Tag other online friends you know.WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY?
my family
living "my" life
seeing the world, travel
letters - real letters from family and friendsmy blog and my blogger friends
fulfillment and success in my career
reading and to be surrounded by books
blooming flowers
being comfortable with who I am
sweets - chocolates and cakes
a home cooked meal
WHAT MAKES ME SAD?departures, separations and goodbyesunfulfilled promises by me or someone else
when my mailbox is emptya quarrel/fight with someonesicknessseeing someone crying and in painI am not tagging anyone in particular, but if you like to do this meme, consider yourself tagged. Have fun!

Quiet Weekend

Work is stressful these days - a lot of things going on, so I'm not even going to talk about it (sigh). Last week was one of those weeks you just want done, finished, finito. I was so happy when the weekend came, but Saturday was a soaker as hurricane Hanna dumped a lot of rain and wind in the area. I actually didn't mind the rain, as I curled on my couch and watched my Sandra Bullock favorite movies.

In the afternoon, I was in high spirits as I collected my mail for the week. I received letters from friends and pen friends. I am so happy whenever I see cute and colorful letters in my mailbox.
I also received really cute surprises in the mail - a miniature fan from Japan, and a "lucky pouch" from S. Korea. Inside the "lucky pouch," there was this traditional Korean drum key chain. I just think the pouch and key chain are so adorable. So while the wind howled and the rain poured, I sat by my desk and wrote letters to my friends. I wrote my heart out.


Nonconformist Heroine

I was NEVER fond of TV dramas before...until I saw "Ako si Kim Samsoon." Lately, I've been finding myself eager for the next episode and hoping for Cyrus, a rich and good-looking guy, to finally admit that he is in-love with Samsoon. I find the show entertaining and capable of delivering good laughs, but what struck me the most is that - Kim Samsoon is old and overweight. Does that sound familiar? I can't help but notice. Sh*t, that's me!

What I really meant to say was, she doesn't fit the typical heroine of Philippine movies or TV shows. I do know that this show is a remake of a Korean drama, which I still have to see, not for comparison, but just for the sake of watching. Samsoon is poor, a stress eater, a loud mouth, somewhat neurotic, and a poor dresser. But what I like about her is that she fights back and that she is upfront. I like the part where she looks Cyrus in the eye and asks him if he loves her or not. I was taken aback and shouted, "You go…