Archive for October, 2007

winner ako!

a little backgrounder… most of the time, during weekends, my cousins and i would play poker. sometimes, with a couple of beers or a cup of coffee. but in all my poker playing life, i’ve never won. there were times i end up head to head with one of my cousins, or my brother, but never did i win. we play poker for fun. to join, you need to shed 50 pesos. it’s good if there are many players. last night there were 6 of us. even at the start of the game, i felt that it was my lucky night. i keep on getting good cards. even if the cards i had were something you’d fold with, luck was really on my side, they’d win. surprisingly enough, i won! my cousins were really excited for me and they took a picture. i left the camera at home, so we ended up using my fone to capture the moment. we played another round but i lost in that one. still, winner pa rin!



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Was tagged by selvo. So here goes…

Instructions: Each player starts with 7 random habits/facts about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 7 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!

Seven facts about me: loves to sing.loves eating out.only daughter.very talkative.very mataray.tactless.future bride.

A – Age: 30 something
B – Band Listening To Right Now: none at the moment
C – Career: chemical engineer
D – Drink or Smoke: yes to both.
E – Easiest Friends To Talk To: dada, rhods, mayen
G – Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: bears
H – Have a Boyfriend: yes
I – In love: very much
J- Junk Food You Like: potato chips
K – Kids: none yet (soon, i hope)
L – Longest Ride Ever: on the road – ilocos trip
N – Names For Your Future Kids: i’m thinking of carmen or maybe ysabel (hehe, i’m wishing for a girl)
O – One Wish You Have Now: nothing really. but if i really think about it, maybe enough money for my upcoming wedding (hehe).
P – Phobias: lizards
Q – Favorite Quote: what goes around comes around, or the golden rule
R – Reasons To Smile:worry-free day.chikahan with my friends.sunshine-y day.traffic-less travel to & from work
S – Sleeping Time: 9pm (or 8am when i’m on night shift)
T – Time You Woke Up: 8:00am
U – Unknown Fact About You: i was wetting my bed until grade 6. eeww di ba?
V – Vegetable You Hate: nearly almost everything
W – Worst Habit: smoking
X – X-rays You’ve Had: chest
Y – Yummy Foods: sinigang na baboy, crepe vesuve at breton, oreo madness at tgif’s, manggang hilaw with bagoong. yaya’s lumpiang sariwa with mom’s sauce, kuya keats’ spaghetti made with fresh tomatoes, kujules’ carbonara and chicken rosemary, mom’s steak or roast beef with kuya keats’ gravy, mom’s leche flan, ninang’s macaroni soup or sotanghon soup, crinkles & brownies from becky’s kitchen, kenny rogers’ muffins & mac & cheese, baked zitti, cibo’s lemonade, mc do’s pink lemonade (sayang phased out na)
Z – Zodiac Sign: aries

hmmn. i’m tagging… nina, rach, odette, joji, chilli, randomdemeanor and maldito

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kids say the darnedest things #3

my nephew visited us again this afternoon. he was his usual bubbly & energetic self. our neighbor was building an extension to their house and i showed it to him

me: look yohan, they’re building a house.
yohan: where? how can you say they’re building a house.
me: you see that man on top? he’s putting on the roof.
yohan: let’s go there.
me: we can’t.
yohan: why?
me: cos it’s dangerous. the roof might fall on us

he kept on insisting that we go nearer the construction. and i was steadfast in telling him that we can’t. and i left him talking to my cousins. after a while he called me.

yohan: ninang chona, come. i have to show you somethin’.

so i went with him. he stood just outside our house. he pointed at the ceiling.

yohan: you should fix your roof. it might fall on me.

i laughed so hard. he was actually talking about our ceiling, which is almost coming off (our house is old and in bad need of repairs). i told him to tell his mama (that’s what he calls my mom)  about it. and he actually did. he pulled my mom and told her the same thing. hahaha.

my uncle’s family were also here for lunch. we can’t stop but be amazed at my nephew. he’s so talkative. we talk to yohan in english cos that’s what he’s used to.

tito boy: totoy, baket ga ika’y ingles ng ingles. baka ika’y mapagkamalang mayaman. ika’y ma-kidnap.
yohan: i’m a good boy. they only kidnap bad boys.

hahaha. he understands tagalog but speaks in english.

tita myrna: you know yohan, he drives an airplane (referring to tito boy who’s a pilot)
yohan: oooh, he’s a pilot (clapping his hands gleefully)! he’s going to bring me to the states! that’s where we could buy lego.

i learned from his mom, rach, that once when yohan wanted one set of legos (apart from what she just bought him), she told him that it’s wasn’t available locally and can only be found in the states, hence the comment of wanting to go to the states. hahaha.


one of my fave pics of yohan, taken during our lolo’s bday.

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If you were a dog, what breed would you be, and why?
Mini pin (miniature pinscher) – i think this breed is just like me… tiny, loud,  strong-willed

What does the color purple make you think of?
uhm… eggplants.

Approximately how long does it take you to get ready each morning?
About an hour & a half. I spend way too long in the bathroom, i love the feel of strong warm water on my back. hehe.

Main Course
How many cousins do you have, and are you close to them?
i have 17 first cousins on my mom’s side. and a lot on my dad’s side (not sure about the numbers). yes, i’m close to them. usually we spend the weekends together. i’m also close with my 2nd cousins.

Take your initials (first, middle, last) and come up with something else those letters could stand for. (Example: SFO = Sweet Funny Otter)
CTY =  cheerful, talkative, yummy (hehehe)

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october and i had always had a good relationship. i’ve always loved october. this is when i really feel the christmas breeze, esp. at night. my dad’s birthday is on october. i have a lot of friends who were born in october, hence… a lot of birthday celebrations during october… sembreaks are usually on october…

but this year… it seems we’re not in a good relationship anymore… we’ve had tons of breakdowns/downtimes on the machines (at work)… my pc crashed… my atm got captured… and this week — another week full of machine breakdowns… we’ve spent the week at work a little relaxed… no production operations (too bad for the patients)…

monday, i came to work and found that not one unit was produced… the machine was down… during our shift, conditions were the same… tuesday… we were told to report later than usual, they were trying to fix the problem… only to find that the problem still hasn’t been fixed (and it might take a while)… forced leave for everyone… wednesday night… late schedule again… but still production was down… then i got a text message from a friend… one friend of ours, who we haven’t seen for a while is home (from the states)… and is gathering everyone on thursday night (which was a few hours ago) for a dinner, at makati… his treat. yes! i was hopeful (and praying so hard) that there will be a forced leave for everyone again (selfish me!), so that i could join them…

thursday afternoon, i asked my boss if the machine was fixed. she told me to inform everyone to report at the normal hour. they’ve fixed the problem. naman! of all the days that it would get fixed. i texted my friend and told her: hindi ako malakas sa diyos. need to report to work. or maybe, mas marami nagdarasal na sana magkapasok na kami.

in other words, i won’t be able to make it. i was advised to call in sick. or switch schedules with somebody else. or file a half day leave. but alas! duty calls. i know i was needed. the machine might need trouble-shooting, and i should be doing it. haay. can’t really be irresponsible. esp. at work. so i went to work.

naman! when i got there, still no production. no RM available. the equipment that produces the H2O that we’ll be using is showing some signs of trouble. we were supposed to start at 1900H. start production, that is, and not start generating the RM that will be used. 2000H came and went. still a no go. i was really feeling frustrated here. i should’ve listened to my friend and took a half day leave. i texted them and asked how they were doing (masochist!). they said, that i shouldn’t ask. i’ll only get pissed. well, i was feeling that already.

how did this story end? we started at a little past midnight. grrr. really should’ve listened to my friend.

but looking at the bright side, no more forced leaves!

then again, week isn’t over yet. we’ll probably have to work on saturday. after this week’s output. that’s almost a sure thing (what a downer!).

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her friend has this contest k’se and i really think she deserves to win this contest. kindly, please help? major sooper thanks!

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kids say the darnedest things #2

i love weekends. most of the time, my nephew and nieces go to our house during weekends and i love playing with them. i love hearing them talk. saying anything. here’s part of what happened last saturday…

mama (nanay ko): yohan, we bought something for you yesterday. we bought you a mask.

yohan (my kuya’s son): oh, i have a scary mask to scare you mama.

fast forward… we got the masks and showed them to the kids…

yohan: oh, i don’t like that one (pointing to the 1st pack). that has hair. that’s for girls!

so he took the next mask. put it on…

aunts/uncles (pinsan ko): ooohh, we’re scared. (shempre, pretending lang ano)

yohan: it’s just me! it’s just a mask! hahaha.

but when tisha came up to him (wearing her own mask), he started to slowly walk away until eventually he ran to his dad and held on to him tightly. (akala ko ba: it’s just me! it’s just a mask! hahaha)

i didn’t really see what happened next. but according to my mom, they continued playing with the masks. until one of my cousins wore the mask and tried to scare him. for the 1st time in yohan’s history (i think), he was the first one to ask to go home. whenever they would visit us and it was time to go home, he’d cry and refuse to go home.

before going home, he needed to tidy himself. my kuya removed yohan’s sneakers…

uncle: oh, your feet smells like chicken manure (kidding yohan).

yohan: leave me alone. stop embarrassing me!

really. to think he’s only four. i am amazed, most of the time, at what my kids say (my nephew and nieces. wala pa ko sariling akin eh).

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