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31 Thank Yous And More

As I type this post (10:30 PM), I could hear a poor soul shoveling snow outside. I could hear the crunch of the shovel hitting the 3 to 4 inches of snow that dropped for the past 24 hours. After the shoveling, he has to apply ice melts, hoping that the freezing rain tomorrow won't refreeze them - again. My prediction last night was on point. It snowed the whole night, and I woke up to winter wonderland. I felt a mixture of delight and agony; delight because the kid in me loves the snow, but agony because the adult in me did not like walking on the slippery pavements. I turned on the TV right away and watched intently which firms, schools, government offices were closing. Alas, my firm wasn't one of them. I dragged myself to the shower and protestingly got dressed for work.

The walk from my apartment to the Metro took forever, but I made it anyway carefully trudging through the icy sidewalks. When I got to the Metro Station, I found out that there was an hour delay due to mecha…

It's All About "ME"

I had an early birthday celebration when I was in Hawaii. My parents and I had a big lunch at Max's of Manila (Waipahu). We feasted on Pork Sisig, Max's Chicken, and Chopseuy. Now that I've mentioned about Sisig, I am starting to crave for it. This was my first time to go to Max's, as the restaurant opened in Hawaii about two years ago. I really like the place. Anyway, I decided to make a small celebration of my birthday today. My real birthday is in two days, but I'd be busy with work by then so I decided to make this day all about - ME.

The small Boston Cream Cake was a license to eat sweets, dates, and my favorite Melting Moments cookies.

Why four candles? Because 3 + 1 = 4.

Blog Award

Thank you, Witsandnuts, and you do know that I do find your blog brilliant in design and content as well.

***This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog’s content or design is, in the giver’s opinion is brilliant.

The rules:

When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to said person so everyone knows he or she is real.

Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have 7 friends. Show the 7 random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with “Honest Weblog.” Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten honest things about yourself. Then, pass it on!

Here's 10 random honest things about me.
My hair has been "really" short for the past 10 years. I am th…

Sour Wednesday

I have a love and hate relationship with winter, but today, I am starting to hate winter much more, not to mention that we have a month and a half more to go. I know hate is a strong word, but this morning was so cold I felt like a frozen meat that needed serious thawing. It doesn't matter how much lotion I've been using, my skin still looks and feels dry. My nostrils sting from inhaling the chilly air, and my cheeks numbly burnt from the wintry breeze. But then again, I chose to live in this area, so I'll just suck it up and take it.

Seasons like these make me consider moving some place warmer, possibly changing my job and engaging a new way-of-life. But from a pure economical standpoint, this is not the right time to be switching jobs or even consider changing careers. These are tough financial times, so I'll just suck it up and take it.

Then again, I'm probably just pissed because someone in the office ruined my morning, and I can't find a way to appease my …

Six Quirky Things About Me

I was tagged by Little Miss Firefly to list six quirky things about me.
I could be a clean freak for one day then totally become a slob the next.I sometimes wear flannel pjs while out shopping - this usually happens during winter.
I "was" a drama enthusiasts, but now, I only watch comedy and action adventure.I have a potted Calamansi in my apartment, which I'm hoping will start bearing fruits soon.I am crazy about anything cute. I'd go into a Sanrio store and spend hours there. If you want me out of a stationery store, you have to drag me.
I don't own a microwave just because I don't want to.
* I'm not tagging anyone, but if you like this tag, please feel free to do so.

O'ahu Postcards

Ko Olina Resort at Kapolei. Disney's planning to build a resort near this beach. I hope it will not change the beauty of the area.

Ala Wai Harbor.

Another view of Mokolii Island.

Statue of Duke Kahanamoku (Waikiki), the legendary surfer and swimmer of Hawaii.

Off to beautiful Kaneohe.

The famous Waikiki beach. It's too crowded for me.

Ala Moana Beach near Ala Moana Shopping Center, Hawaii's largest open-air shopping center located in Honolulu.

Rough waves of the famous North Shore.

Let's Go Holoholo

Before holoholo: My Take on "Tuyo"

While reading everyone's comments on my post about "tuyo," I'd have to agree to some extent that there's some demeaning behavior towards the cooking of "tuyo" and indirectly towards the Filipino couple involved. We also have to take into account that they've been warned several times about breaking apartment rules, but I do know that the Filipino couple were just exercising their freedom to be who they really are - like any other Filipino who loves to eat dried fish. I'd like to believe that the Nuns just couldn't "tolerate" the smell due to numerous frying of the dried fish, but their reasoning that the smell of tuyo is "potentially dangerous to life and health" has no burden of proof. I think they just wanted a reason valid enough to take to court in order to stop this incessant frying of tuyo. Has there been any death cases in the Philippines, where I think people are often e…

It's "Tuyo's" Fault

Let's take a break from my Hawaii posts.

I almost fell from my chair when I read this on the GMA News website. Apparently, a lawsuit, filed by Manhattan nuns against a Filipino-American couple claiming that the smell of "tuyo" could be “potentially dangerous to life and health." As a person who gets the occasional craving for dried fish, I found this interesting. I do know by experience that to other ethnicities who aren't used to the smell of dried fish, the smell is challenging and offensive to them. Is there a way to cook dried fish so that the smell is minimized? The story is available online at: GMANews.TV - OFW Microsite - In Manhattan nuns’ lawsuit, the smoking gun is Filipinos’ iconic ‘tuyo’. (Posted using ShareThis)

Highlights from the story:
In this particular housing, there's a rule that states, "Cooking smelly food is not allowed." (I think this is the key here.)
The nuns are seeking $75,000 in damages, and made it clear that they have no…

New Year in Hawaii

Inauguration is the word in DC. The city is preparing to welcome millions of people, so imagine the preparation involved. It's a mixture of excitement, nervousness, and happiness. I am a bit worried how the city will handle such a huge number of people. While a lot of out-of-towners are settling into the city, a lot of DC residents are planning their I still haven't decided.

Here's a continuation of my holidays from my homestate. Enjoy the photos.


New Year's "Must Have" Food

It's been known that "malagkit" or "kakanin" should be prepared for the New Year, so that the family remains close together and that the round shaped "kutchinta" signifies wealth. Yes, my family follows all these beliefs. Mom and Grandma prepared all sorts of food - pansit, macaroni salad, a bunch of rounded fruits like oranges, mochi, and more.

Fireworks Lighted the Path for 2009

The women in my family held sparklers to light up the …

Christmas in Hawaii

Please note that there'll be several posts about my vacation in Hawaii. I'm in the midst of settling into my usual routine because when you go out-of-town for two weeks - things do pile up. I finally renewed my driver's license today, so that's a relief. I still have to pick-up my mail at the Post Office, as I've put a two week stop of mail delivery. I can't wait to sift through my mail.


Traveler's Itinerary

My flight left at 7 AM on December 23. I wasn't looking forward to the long flight and two stopovers (Phoenix and Kona), but my heart swelled up with the thought of being with family and being at home. On my flight from Phoenix to Kona, the girl who sat beside me happens to be a Filipina local (meaning she's Filipino but born in Kona). We ended up talking about how we missed Hawaii, the Filipino culture transplanted in the islands, and about our favorite local plates. Our conversation made the 5 hour flight bearable and the next thing I …

I Am Back

I trust everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. It was 7:39 PM when my flight landed at DCA last night. It was such sorrow and delight to feel the chilly 32 degrees, while my system adjusted back to the cold weather here. As soon as I got out of the airport to catch my train home, my two weeks in Hawaii felt like a dream. As I rode the train, my mind raised through memories of warm weather, wearing slippers, the white sandy beaches, light t-shirts/shorts, swimming at Ewa Beach, playing with my dog, hunting for stranded seaweeds, the sweet taste of malasadas and so much more. It was a wonderful two-week vacation.

I really feel like a zombie today, as I'm trying to catch up on paperwork. I should have taken another day-off to get my system adjusted to the five hour difference, but I did miss working "a little bit." We're quite busy as we prepare for Mr. Obama's Inauguration. It's a bit of a hustle, as the city's closing roads and blocking parking l…