With my new Filipina friend, who found me through friendster. We live on the same town. Notice her good tan, which I was soon to have by hubby's wish during our vacation. :-)

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Let's Get Technical

Hubby gave me a T1-89 Titanium from Texas Instruments on my birthday last February. It's the most powerful T1 graphing calculator allowed on many AP exams and other College Board tests. It is also in preparation for my Masters Engineering course. So powerful and advanced it has a dummy's guide book in addition to its manual. "Reference for the rest of us", for "dummies" as it is, it dashed some humor and fun amidst the complexity of the technicality of it (be going into details later on). This one is very funny I can't help but laugh my laughter-producing laughter every time I open the book. Let's get technical:
Dang! :D

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Got My Indian Visa!

I got my tourist visa for India today! So glad. We have been waiting for my passport, though we had submitted it just last week; we are just excited; we will be needing my passport also this week for yet another important documents. So far everything is fine, although we (I) applied for one year validity, they gave me (by mistake?) just six months, but of course it is multiple entry type. It is still fine, but guess we will be getting me another visa this year, maybe. Next trip over will be a very memorable, productive, funny, (etc.) one, that I will make sure of. :-) Prepare ye, India, Lotis is coming back, hehe, :D .

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It was a pretty half day business downtown today. We had a lot of errands before going to my belly dance class. Hubby got me a new pair of eyeglasses for me to wear "something sexy" while mowing the grass. See my eyes blinking? joke joke joke.. :D

Belly dance gets better and great! Know it all now with all confidence, so glad, and having fun with the choreography. Two weeks from now we will be dancing in front of an audience like real :D . Excited for the show. In the weekend I got in the mail all what hubby bought for me for my belly dance attires/costumes and also the belly dance jewelries and accessories straight from India. Darn, wish I could wear them not just in belly dance, but they're designed really for just belly dancing. But they're great. I love them all, just perfect for me!

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A Nice Gift

I got a very nice gift from a very good Indian couple Mr. and Mrs. O.P. So thoughtful of them. It is a nice pen that I will use when I go to University later on for my Masters course. The last time they gave me jewelry. Very nice and good Indian people that hubby works with. We had been to their house for dinner full of Indian delicacies that his beautiful wife prepared for us. I'm looking forward to seeing them again.

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7 Things About Me

Miss Yenny tagged me; I need to write 7 things about myself.
1. I don't like to listen to people to talk and talk without sense.
2. I love belly dance. :-) My next time in India, I'm planning to go to a Belly Dance class there :-).
3. I love horses. I love to horseback ride, on white long-sleeved shirt, jeans and riding boots, hayy. I think it is classy :-D
4. I am independent person. As much as possible I won't depend on anyone, except my husband.
5. I had handled in my construction team men who were rejects from other projects (what a headache). I can be rough when necessary.
6. I like to see different places and do my own photographic captures.
7. I am happily married for 8 months now. Looking forward to our idyllic 1st wedding anniversary somewhere in the world. :-)

tag from darlene. my favorite cellphones that I have had:

1. Nokia 5110. It's from my sister. I had it for long without damage until it left in my hands. It was my favorite, kind of "ALIAS" service phone. I've been an avid fan of the 'agency'. I still love that stuff.

2. Nokia, I forgot the series name. It was cute. From my sister also.

3. Motorazr.

My husband is coming. I will 'sober up' a bit from this "tag-tags". =)

Be Well...

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I Think That I Shall Never See

The poem crosses my mind as I was mowing the grass today. Elementary life :-)

...I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the sweet earth's flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day,And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain;Who intimately lives with rain.Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.
- TREES, Joyce Kilmer. 1886–1918

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Belly Dance Formation

It was hot on the dance floor today. We had our first and maybe final arrangement today for who will be on the front row and on the back row. I am in the middle :-) We had quiet a scene there. Glad I'm almost there, almost conquered it; it's just easy. So much fun dancing that time seemed so short again. Really enjoyed the class; got new friends while doing the shimmies. Mmhhmm, I feel so good. The whole class is doing great we are all perspiring, great exercises!

Mmhhmm, I didn't intend it to be like it, just wrote something about the book of the Grahams. I did not expect I would get new books because of that. Thank you mylove. :-* It's always a pleasure learning the secrets and advices of matured people. I like it. I love you honey. :-* :-)

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Ruth Bell Graham

The headline says, "Ruth Graham buried at N.C. library". I didn’t know she died Thursday at age 87 following a lengthy illness. I don’t know her that much but I had read "Just As I Am" before. It is a biography of her husband the most famous evangelist Rev. Billy Graham. I enjoyed reading the book, especially the part of their courtship :-) and their lovers' correspondence there. One thing she said that I will never forget, in fact I kept quoting it to my husband, is that:

"It is better to rest awhile above the ground than to forever rest beneath it... But as far as your present usefulness is concerned, you might as well be, useful." - Ruth Graham
Isn’t that something? I left the book in the Philippines; wish I had it with me now. I don’t know if she had an autobiography also or any other book, but if she has, especially about being a wife, of a minister, I definitely would want to read it.

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A Happy Father's Day


Father's Day




In response to Rainel's tag:

1. What is your father's favorite color?
He does not care so much about colors.

2. When was the last time you told him you love him?
Today. I called.

3. Your first gift for him?
Material gift, maybe it’s a shirt. My husband has just given him a very good gift, paying our loaned house. Hehe.

4. Describe his personality in 1 sentence.
Serious; funny. Does everything with precision.

5. His greatest dreams?
He wants the best in everything that he does; it must be a good house.

6. As his child, what have you done to make him proud?
My college graduation. He cried for pride and happiness.

7. Message for your dad.
What you’ve done to us will live forever in my heart, when times get tough, the ones I’ll most remember are your words of wisdom. I love you pa.

I have high respect for my father-in-law. I came on a four-wheeler to their house with the card I made and two roses I pruned from the garden. He has a happy father’s day.

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Be preparing. Be well...

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The Poetic In Me

...I was once lost but now am found.... school bags lying around.... rain kisses are a retro bikini!..

I got these tags from Darlene and I had the drafts maybe three days already, but they're here now da.


1.Have you dated someone older than you?
Yes, I had. One was 6 months older than me, too young for a man for me then. Had some in certain place but they’re all younger than me. Sorry guys, it is not in my life list. Never dated that much, until I met my darling husband, just right for me.. :-)

2.Unforgettable high school memory?
Almost every noon break, my close friends/classmates with my leading would walk in the noon heat toward the almost 1.0 km far post office. That’s unforgettable. I got them mailing letters too, to different book authors and subscription magazines. Sighing, those were the days….

3. Ever hated someone so bad?
Yeah, so bad it took me long time to get rid of it. Unsaon man pud, when I wanted to make amends, the person would always do things that would really provoke me. But it was long over.

4.Have you ever failed a subject at school?
No. But I lost my scholarship by being 2 points below the required, huhuhu. Aggravating. That teacher was trying hard in his student life that he was making it up on us, crap was, we couldn’t contact him anymore for the college fired him.

5.When was the last time you said I love you and meant it?
Today, to my husband on the phone, though as always. Of course I mean it.

6.What's the last thing you purchased?
Perfumes for my siblings, and then I found out hubby just purchased some for me in Dubai. Smiling while sighing.

7.Longest phone conversation?
with my husband. But I admit bulak might have made it on the record, long talks on the phone.

8.Ever put lemon in your hair?

9.Stolen anything?
Childish adventures.

10.Had a crush on your neighbor?
I was in grade school, but it was just a few weeks span.

11.Lost a friend?
I think she’s kind of lost, but I don’t care enough to be affected, we’re just new acquaintance anyway. But I still have contact with her. No more contact with me. Never heard from her again.

12. Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by?
Yes, with school bag lying around, with fellow school buddies in the afternoon sun, after climbing the trees we passed by along the way from school. hehe. Watching the clouds and all other beauty of nature brings out the poetic in me.

13.Felt an earthquake?
Many times, and will always be that scared.

14.Touched a snake?
Don’t recall, but I had eaten one.

15.Gotten in a car accident?

No, God forbid!

16.Had a party in your house while your parents were away?
No. And will not have one too unless my husband is around.

17.Used a fake id?
That’s terrifying, no.

18.Been lost?
Yes, but am found.

19.Kissed in the rain?
No, I just rain kisses on my husband.

TAG NO. 2:

You Are a Retro Bikini!

You prefer a bikini that's flirty and feminine, not flashy.
You look sweet and sexy - a rarity on the beach these days!

You Are Strawberry Kiss Lip Gloss

When it comes to life, you want the best of everything:
The best clothes, the best friends, the best guy - and you usually get all three.

You impress most people you meet with your genuine class and style
Strawberry is a classic, admired flavor that goes with many things. Sound familar?

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It's 46.40 Today

Yeah, it's the Philippine Peso against the US Dollar. Looking at its one-year graph, it has been increasing its exchange rate from 52.3 Pesos to a Dollar July last year (I remember it plunged to 55), to 46.40 as of today (June 15, 2007). This is "good" for the Philippines because it is a sign that the Philippine economy is catching up; the Philippine Peso is doing really strong against the US Dollar. They say this is caused by the millions of Dollars worth of remittance sent by Overseas Filipinos and the Government says it’s also because of President Gloria Arroyo’s excellent service (even though she is / deemed as "fake president") in handling our country’s economy. But honestly, selfish might it be to say, but for the sake of those in abroad and all Overseas Filipino Workers sending bucks home, wish the rate is higher; one peso or even few cents over it will make a big difference; it really hurts Filipinos working abroad and the local people who are also earning dollars because the value of each dollar is getting really low every day. Break-even, the Government who relies heavy on remittances from OFW's are only too much aware that they are losing remarkable percentage on the total remittance value. If it is good for the economy and the Philippines as a whole, so be it and be it, as long as they don't fall into some people's pockets.

The graph below from shows historical exchange rates
between the Philippine Peso (PHP) and the US Dollar (USD)
between 7/31/06 and 6/15/07

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And The Angel Flies

Come rejoice with me!!!!! :-):D Words cannot contain my heart’s exultation, gratitude and pride that expressing them in the blissfulness of the moment of rejoicing are not enough. If I am so happy now, how much more is my family back home Philippines? Yes, yes! Yes!! That something that I had been on a verge of these last few weeks is finally released today! If I could hug my angel right now I would not let him go off my embrace and soar high with him. God has been so much more.... than good! He works in wonderful ways we cannot see, and will always make a way for us. Though sometimes we judge things that happen the way they do, in the end we will always see the blessedness of God’s plan for us. I must admit I almost give in to the bad-feelings side when things seem not to favor us that I almost resigned from it. And I must admit too that it was because of hubby that I learned to trust it, and be patient. After all, it was not just for me, but it concerns him dearly too. And it pays off. Our house in Tagum City has its own story to tell. It is an average-sized house that I will always be proud to show off. After all, it is home. But it is really a beautiful and nice house. How did it come to be that lovely? “She” is mortgaged, against itself! Champagne and a goat are what we only asked of them to at least celebrate Monday. Hubby, a man who sees the burden of family even when you don’t show it, is paying it. Transfer was a success despite the events that has to go with it. We consider it a great blessing since we didn’t expect it. Some might be critical to this but then who cares? I never asked him or any of my family for him to do it, he’s just a big-hearted man who loves me and I love with all of my heart. But most of all, my happiness is derived from the fact that because of and through him, our church is being built, for, and all the glory to God. So rejoice with me! :-):-D

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Visa For India!

Ilotis at gateway of indiareceived the application form for visa for India last night from the visa service and I am sending it now to Houston, FedEx has just picked it up. We are going to get my passport stamped with another visa. I am excited! I love to travel around! It will be a multiple entry type. The additional requirement for the visa applicants other than US Citizens is just a photocopy of resident alien/ temporary residence/ thumbs upemployment authorization card or a copy of approved US Visa petition. It's great! :-) ;)
A picture of me on Lonavala province (The Duke's Nose) and on the Gateway of India grounds June 9, 2006, I just realized it was just a year and five days ago. But I'll be back there soon! anyway.

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I Am Nature's Greatest Miracle!

I am not on this earth by chance,
I am here on a purpose,
And that purpose is to grow into a mountain!
And not to shrink into a grain of sand......
Within me burns a flame,
That has been passed from generations uncounted,
And its heat is a constant irritation to my spirit,
To do better, and I WILL.

I just wrote this from memory, but I see now that the original scroll of Og Mandino contained more than that, but this is what my high school English teacher taught us as a poem that I will never forget. This is just so powerful, and has been on the back of my mind since then, that every time I automatically recite it silently, I will always hold my head up, for I indeed, am nature's greatest miracle. And so are you... Be well.

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Save The First Dance

Wishing we had more time today. I still feel like dancing, to dance more and more. We finally made it to the last part, and three more weeks of mastery we will be dancing in the public, the first time. This day is different. I feel so good and adrenaline active. Belly dance, belly dance, you awaken the goddess in me, toink. Just so alive, alert, awake, enthusiatic. Be well..

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World Naked Bike Ride Day

The world seems to be getting warmer these days. People come out naked!!!! Well, World Naked Bike Ride Day, June 9, 2007: to highlight the damage caused by car dependency, to promote cycling as an environmentally-friendly form of transport, thus to promote the use of bicycles, to bring attention to pollution caused by cars, to protest against the dependency on oil and the car culture. But do they need to be naked to be heard? With all the shakings of the head, oh how the world is continually getting weird. :O ...Photos... :D

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Jewel In The Palace

So the legend I will always love was born. Dae Jang Geum, sometimes known as The Great Jang Geum, or Jewel In The Palace, is a 2003 TV series produced by South Korean TV channel MBC. Dae Jang Geum was shown by GMA Network in the Philippines under the title Jewel in The Palace and is rated as the highest rating Korean novela in primetime from November 2005 to March 2006. I consider myself lucky to have seen it, though that was not enough with me that I had to make ways to have my own copy of the show DVD. The drama is full-packed with emotions, beautiful culture, history, royal cooking, native medicine and a very inspiring love story and rise of a legendary girl(Jang-Geum) who became the first woman to be the supreme royal physician of her times, when Korea boasted a rigidly hierarchical and male dominated social structure. All aspects were beautifully balanced. Even how many times I watch it, it still has the same effect on me, just so beautiful. The soundtrack is one reason why it is so successful. The fusion of Korean and Western music produces a uniquely mystical sound, without alienating those who may not enjoy traditional Korean music. Below is the making of the DJG soundtrack. Isn't it nice?

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Blog Archive

It was just a preview but to my surprise, the Archive months are in Spanish! Somehow they are translated by previewing. There must be something underground. Anyway, maybe you have noticed it too. Not a big deal. Just have been editing something to my taste. Whew, everyday there are surprises, and so is a learning experience. Check you blog archives, he he he.

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Nehru Planetarium

If I could go back to India, the place where I will definitely see again is the Nehru Planetarium. The Nehru Planetarium is another major attraction I had visited on my Mumbai travel. I had enjoyed the very educational and amazingly beautiful shows in the sky that I want to go there again someday.

Mumbai Pages by ashishasharThe air-conditioned sky theatre has a dome-shaped screen made of fibre glass with 26 curved segments and one million hand-drilled holes for clear acoustics. The sky theatre with a capacity of seating 270 people is essentially meant for screening taped and live public shows on various aspects of astronomy. Inside, various cubicles estimate your weight on each of the nine planets of the Solar System while in the domed interior; daily shows uncover the timeless mysteries of the cosmos. It recreates an image of the sky as seen from anywhere on the earth, at any time- past, present or future. Some of these include our cosmic heritage, the solar system, Halley’s Comet and the life story of a star, the famous sky theater show 'Hide and Seek in the Sky'. The Planetarium is currently running the 31st sky theatre programme "AWESOME UNIVERSE”. So awesomely amazing. No wonder everyone, adults and children love the organized taped shows on topics that is of interest to the general public that is why it is on great demand.

In the centre of the theatre is a well, housing the Carl Zeiss Spaceflight Master projector placed on a hydraulic lift which enables it to come up during the shows. The gallery around the sky theatre helps in locating the slide and special effects projectors. Besides the sky theatre, the Planetarium also has an exhibit area that displays many interactive models and pictures. Visitors have the rare privilege of looking at the historic space module Soyuz T-10 which carried India’s first cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma, to space along with his space suit and mission journal. Event-based photo exhibitions are also mounted from time to time.

In the meanwhile, the technology marched at a growing space bringing new ideas and means. To keep abreast with the new technology, Nehru Centre has installed Digistar-3 Planetarium equipment replacing Carl Zeiss Universal Projector, purchased from Evans & Sutherland, of USA.

This new equipment is basically a bank of eight computers that have the latest database of the sky loaded onto them. All the advantages of digital imagery are thus brought to the fingertips of the operator. The computers send the information to six high-resolution video projectors that cover the entire dome. Digistar-3 system has 5.1 channel surround sound.

Isn't that an amazing experience?

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Sense Of The Ads

I can see this! So it is successfully moved to my new account! Moving my blog was successful despite the crawling access. One day, hopefully soon, we will figure what causes it. I finally get tired of my multiple email addresses that I want to make just one finally, or two at least. I deleted one already, anyway it’s a dummy, still one left to manipulate; at least it is getting organized.

This morning my mother-in-law and I went to a Yard Sale just near the house about 3-4 minutes ride. It was supposed to be opened to the “looking for cheap” eyes by 7am. Due to Sis, we made it at 6:34 in the morning that no one was around we wondered if the one we stopped to was the right place since there were no signs except the one far down the road. My mother-in-law always go on time, even so much before on time, hours before. It is good, but sometimes I can use the spare minutes with something else, and don’t want to end up waking up anybody, which we were “able” to do. But her instincts were right, we went to the right place, it was just way too early for the owners to open. So it was. Quiet few good things we bought. And we left early too, and maybe get back some sleep. I did not, but have a good day.. And speaking of good things today, so glad they go my way.

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Some More Tags

Question questions. Interview.

1. Single or married?

2. Have kids? How many?
Not yet.

3. Ever kiss your bf/gf/husband/wife's lips in public? Where?
Yes, in the airport with so many people around, it feels like the world turned in slow motion and everyone else around disappeared. Very unforgettable moment.

4. Guilty of not liking someone's gift for U but still smiled and says 'it's very nice'? Be honest now ;-)
Not guilty. Yes, the gift is really nice in itself, but I don’t like it personally.

5. Any weird plan for the future? Confident enough to share what is it?
Not really weird, but it’s too early to share it yet.

6. Have dared to do something that makes you feel great after 'accomplishing the mission'?

7. Danced on the public & caught a lot of attention not because you dance gracefully but because your tipsy or drunk?

8. Ever cheated in your exams?
Yeah, it was in high school, every one else were, so it turned out to be open notes type.

9. Kissed a picture of a celebrity? Who?

10. Liked someone (in the past) that can't like you back?
I might have, but can’t recall it.

11. What you think is your greatest asset (physically)?
I don’t see it but because people say, I think it’s my eyes. I count my mole a great asset and my “power” hehehe.

12. Got a birthmark? Where?
Yes, since I have have it since birth.

13. Ever have a kissed mark from an ex?

14. Done some laundry lately?
Yes, yesterday.

15. What do you wear usually at bedtime?
Sleeping gowns, sometimes when alone, the big t-shirt hubby gave me when he first came to our house.

16. Ever been involve in shoplifting? When?

17. Seen a porn movie or read a porn mag?
Not a porn mag.

18. Earned money before the age of 18? (Either won a lotto, job, and prize...) If yes how & how much.
My cousin and I did laundry for a couple in the Bible School while on conference; it was more than 40 pesos. We were so young then.

19. What did you buy in your 'first earning'?
A 40-peso worth watch, weewewew.

20. Did you thank God today before you answer this tag?
Just said upon waking up.

tag from rainel.

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Things That I Love

There are many simple things in life that make us happy, and give us joy in each day, in fact it's the simple thing/s that is more meaningful, what makes life worth living and each day an adventure.

1. I love God.
Though I have fallen so far, I'm still a woman after God's own heart.

2. I love my Husband.
My partner in life.

3. I love my Family
the people closest to me, and also my new family, my husband's. As there is no place like home, there are no people like family, those that are of sound judgment.

4. I love my cat.
This sometimes-naughty feline have done so much to make my days occupied and funny and not lonely, she's a companion.

5. I love relaxation
lying on the ground, watch my cat, and just enjoy the late afternoon sun.

ooppss6. I love solitude.
I don’t mind to be in the crowd though, but I cherish my quiet time with myself.

7. I love reading.
Give me something interesting to read and I will do it straight. But sometimes I won’t finish if I quiet disagree with the contents.

8. I love to laugh.
Mind; if it’s really funny, just watch me laugh!

9. I love to cry;
sometimes I feel I need to cry once in a while, it always feels okay after tears come out.

10. I love being with matured people
and learn things from them.

11. I love writing
even before then. Now this web logging is an outlet, I still want to be a litterateur though.

12. I love smelling the roses.
It’s amazing, different colors, different fragrances.

13. I love pruning the roses
and learn to let go things that are still ok.

14. I love planting things and watch them grow
it’s a pleasure.

15. I love to sing
while cooking, while cleaning, while mowing, even while on the car that my mother-in-law was kind of wondering what she heard, it was just me humming some music, it just comes automatically, hhmm hhhmm, ha ha ha.

16. I’m interested in different kinds of wines
and also the ways of a formal social gathering once in a while.

17. I love flute music.
I love to play the flute. Music is relaxing to the inner self.

18. I love to massage my husband
and interested in the techniques, the more primitive the better.

19. I love to see different places around the world, ha ha ha.

20. I love spring
not so hot, not so cold.

21. I love fall.
and watch the different beauty the trees turn into.

22. I love belly dance
awakening the “goddess” in me, also intersted in ballroom dancing.

23. I love the countryside
see and be in the natural featuring beauty, feel the fresh breeze.

24. I love road trip
and see different things where else, but along the road, hehehe.

25. I love good country music and instrumental pieces
noisy sounds give me headache.

26. I love being me
the way I look, and the way I live!!!!! (Nesvita, hehehe)

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Made in China

Have you noticed that? Majority of all the products I see has that tag, “Made in China”. Every time I see those tags, I always say to myself, “it’s all about China”. Well, labor force and resources are much cheaper compared to its competitors’. Could they also be the next world power almost finished in the making? Who knows what surprises tomorrow bring. But don’t be surprised. A poisonous antifreeze chemical, diethylene glycol (DEG), is discovered in Chinese-made toothpastes seized at border and later in the products sold at three locations in Miami, the Port of Los Angeles and Puerto Rico by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the advice last Friday. The officials have not yet discovered any case of poisoning by such toothpastes but warned the product has “low but meaningful risk of toxicity” among children and people with kidney and liver disease that the US health officials have asked consumers to stop using and throw away the tubes they might have already purchased. The seizure of tainted toothpaste was the most recent in a series of scares over the safety of locally made products, that have put China’s food and drug exports under scrutiny around the world. More on Fox News Health

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Anne of Green Gables

Mlotis's collectiony eldest sister has a wide collection of Anne of Green Gables book series. A pretty good read. Anne of Green Gables is a book written by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery; it was first published in 1908. It was written as fiction for readers of all ages, and it really captured my heart. Hubby bought me Anne of Green Gables Trilogy Box of the movie. It arrived in a nice box and in excellent condition that included all three of the movies: Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Green Gables, the Sequel, and Anne of Green Gables, The Continuing Story, each being double sided (back-to-back). They have these movies restored and neat and fun extra features like the making of the movie, missing scenes, cast biographies and commentaries were great! After receiving the DVD Trilogy Box I started to watch the first one in Amanda’s room for the main player was reset. I could not wait to watch the second, then the third. I watched them in one night and one day, because it was just so gripping. What a delightful story from start to finish. I kept watching it over and over again, and am carried all over again. So refreshing to see something with depth and meaning as well as a little humor thrown in. The story is just humbling and touching, can call it so simply basic, I cried several times, just couldn’t help it, and even laughed on simple childish things. The setting is beautifully nostalgic that I remember the old place I grew up on. This is the best by far in the way of a feel good movie I have every seen. And the sound track! The acting draws you into the movie as if you were there. All the characters made a rush of excitement return as we see Anne learn to love Marilla & Matthew and come to realize her real feelings for Gilbert Blythe like it was the first time. Anne Shirley really is a kindred spirit of mine. I loved reliving all the adventures with that "Anne girl" "carrots". Watching Anne with an "E" brought me all the way back to being 16 years old again and made me feel all the wonderful memories of being young and innocent and remembering and feeling the time when we are “in-love” all over again especially every time Anne Shirley had that encounter with Gilbert Blythe. On the third DVD I had been waiting for Marilla to be shown, then I found out she died before the movie was finished. Another chord struck there, so sad, it will just make you miss the characters. These movies belong to the best movies ever made, and will always be a classic to those who have youthful hearts. This is truly a classic! As timeless as it is, I will always love and draw inspiration from this movie. Speaking of the movie title in relation to my blog's, hehehe..

the real Green Gabled house in the story; photo from wikiThe Plot: Miss Marilla Cuthbert and Mr. Matthew Cuthbert, middle-aged siblings who live together at Green Gables, a farm in Avonlea, on Prince Edward Island, decide to adopt an orphan boy from the asylum as a helper on their farm. Through a series of mishaps, what ends up under their roof is a precocious girl of eleven named Anne Shirley. Anne is bright and quick, eager to please but dissatisfied with her name, her pale countenance dotted with freckles, and with her long braids of red hair. Being a child of imagination, however, Anne takes much joy in life, and adapts quickly, thriving in the environment of Prince Edward Island.The rest of the story recounts her continued education at school, where she excels in studies very quickly, her budding literary ambitions and her friendships with people such as Diana Barry (her best friend), Jane Andrews, Ruby Gillis, and her rivalry with Gilbert Blythe, who teased her about her red hair and for that acquired her hatred, although he apologized many times. They compete in class and Anne one day realizes she no longer hates Gilbert, but won't admit it. Then the love story continues..

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The Oriental Dance

Since I'm alone, not quiet literally since I have my cat, half of the times, most of the Filipinas here think that I'm bored or homesick being "new" here. I'm still the "newest" one here despite being here for almost 9 months now. I'm just glad that I'm not, just have to teach myself for it's not easy to go back, and besides, this will be my home here. They've been asking what I do to keep me from being bored. Aside from blogging :D =) hubby enrolled me in the belly dance class. Does it sound like "ballet"? "Why you take ballet dance?" Hehehe. "It's belly, with matching pointing to my belly, not ballet." "Oh, ok." But I see much confusion in them. Well, if I could show them, here is the belly dance video. Let's dance!

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Belly Dance in Public

indiadark blue set

I still had good time in my belly dance class today though the few classes I missed made me turn right instead of left, and step right instead of left, ha ha. A bit difficult at first but it was not that hard after all. I was glad I got it all this time, but I still have to master it. Just have to reinforce it with my instructional videos. We will be having a public show in few weeks I am so excited! My very funny teacher is an idol. She kept me laughing with her skits, and I learned a lot from her. Many in my class dropped out! I will not. It is one of my passions, I discovered, and I like it and enjoy the class as well, it is just a great feeling to be involved and having fun. I met many Americans that share the same interest with me in belly dance. I'm just proud of it. I told my instructor that hubby is getting me those belly dance things and accessories for the arms, head and hands, and ankles and she said my husband is so excited! Yes, he is, he is all out support for me in that class! I have to really master it so we will not be embarrassed, when in public show, not embarrassed in the class though. We are all learning, and belly dancing.

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The Sound of Music

7 songs that I am currently listening to.
Tag from Darlene wafa. Thanks da.

1. Onara, the Jewel in The Palace soundtrack.
2. Anne107, Anne of Green Gables soundtract, very nice sentimental piece.
3. Cherish, by Kool and the Gang, it’s just so nice.
4. Do That To Me One More Time, by Captain And Tennille. Very nice, hubby and I like it.
4. Edelweiss, Sound of Music Soundtrack.
5. You’ll be in my heart, Phil Collins
6. Anyway, Martina McBride, very nice song.
7. Amazed, by Lonestar. Very beautiful song. Our "theme" song, mwahhh..

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A Few Of My Favorite Things

5 things I love, a tag from Julai wafita.. ug kang darlene pud.

1. I love pens. I always bring ball pen with me.
2. I love microphone. It's really good to sing with one than with a spoon.
3. I love perfume samples in the beauty magazines, cute collections,
4. I love "kodak moments" (hehehe) ie why I always bring camera with me.
5. I love notebooks, just to see that I have something to write on is satisfying,

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Instances When Cheating Is Forgivable

Celebrity interview with myself 3.
Tag from Rainel.

1. Are you smiling?
Yes, I am. But can be isnabera too, he he.

2. When was the last time you met someone new? And who?
Saturday. I met Ate Rose, a Pinay med-tech, in the house of another Pinay when I went with a Pinay, oh, puros Pinay ha.

3. Do you drink wine?
Yes. I love it in the hot tub with hubby.

4. Tell us when was the last time you were annoyed & why?
The other Sunday. Two people called that they’re coming to my house in 5 minutes, that short notice, lectured me on phone, grrr, and asked if I have and cooked chicken, he he, was just busy outside. When alone, I just cook when I like.

5. Did you ever say bad words like f*** etc.? When was the last time you did?
Not in a swearing way, ha ha ha.

6. Do you have any friends who are famous?
My friends must be famous in their own places, locally.

7. Last thing you do before going to sleep?

8. What is your favorite facial moisturizer? Using it now?
Let me see what I have here.

9. Besides your computer, what is your favorite gadget?
My digital camera.

10. How many divisions does your parent's house have? Kindly enumerate them.
Living room, dining room, 3 bedrooms, verandah, that’s all, but it’s really a pretty house. How many how much in how many? ha ha, just count it.

11. Did you ever get drunk, to the extent you throw-up? How many times?
I don’t ever drink liquors, never ever tried, and glad my husband does not drink and smoke too, I'm so grateful for that.

12. Describe your dream bedroom, size, color of the wallpaper & furnitures, etc.
Just a spacious room with large windows over-looking a natural view, with light color mood, as long as I can feel fresh air, i’m ok with it.

13. Your most favorite part of your house?
Bedroom, my abode, the place I rest, and hide, hehehe.

14.How many hours you spend on computer everyday?
If I’m up to something, sukol ko mag-24 hours until I get it the way I want.

15. For swimwear, one-piece or two-piece?
Two-piece, hundreds of pictures of me in those, just for hubby, ha ha.

16. What gift (materially) you want to receive on your next birthday?
Let me see what is in my life list, lappy is next.

17. If you can afford, what luxury car you want to own?
Not much particular on car types (as long as maau ug dagan ha ha), hubby is, he knows what’s in.

18. The last time you bought underwear?
My husband is net shopaholic, keep buying me things, sexy things that is, just got package last week, and still a lot more under wears coming this week, ha ha.

20. Where did you meet your bf/gf/spouse now?
Or how I met him? By God’s introduction made possible by using one person for us to meet.

21. Do you believe that there are instances when cheating is forgivable?
If you have a big heart, all things are forgivable, and cheating is cheating, before that deceitful moment you always had the better option.

22. What is the most expensive piece of clothing you have? How much it cost?
Compare compare hehe. not sure now.
23. Do you own a boat?
You want to ride? My husband has one.

24.Your most favorite viand. (Just one)
Anything with monggos and kamuggay and tangad.

25. When was the last time you make love?
Let’s rephrase it; I love to make love every time. It will last. hahaha.

26. If ever, you'll be given the chance to run for a position, what would it be?
Chief Structural Engineer, but it's not "run", it will be reached.

27. Ever joined a beauty & brain contest? Specify.
No. But been to battle of the brains and quiz bees.

28. If you have to answer the unforgettable final question of Lara Quigaman, (Ms. International 2005) what will be your answer? "What do you say to the people of the world who have typecasted Filipinos as nannies?"
There’s nothing wrong in being a nanny, it’s a noble job to care for others’ children like your own, to show love they can’t do personally. Just the tone of that phrase “Filipinos as nannies” is negative, when in fact it’s not, just that there are still more good things that Filipinos contribute to the world.

29. Any particular thing you want to buy for you father/husband/bf this father's day?
Yes, but too confidential to mention, sorry, just have to blog it when fulfilled already. Promise.

graveh, daghan kaau ko assignment, naa pa ko isa answeranan dai.

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Do you call your parents by their first names?

Celebrity interview. An interview with myself, 2.
A little peek to my soul.

1. Does anyone know your password to your email?
Yes, my husband does.

2. What was the last thing you ordered at McDonalds?
Something for breakfast.

3. Are you an emotional person?
Yes, I am, but can be unemotional too when needed, hehe

4. Do you like your name?
I came to like after carrying it for as long as I have lived.

5. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Love is learned, developed and grows. “Love at first sight” is not a real love, but good thing is that it can be developed into a real one.

6. Ever felt jealous of your friend?
Before. We feel jealous when we see any hidden agenda, but I learned to fight my way; on the other side, I’ve been cultivating to be happy for other’s gain.

7. What was the last thing you did @work?
The last thing I did in my last/previous work was to lay-off my men, sa construction, hehe, grabeng ka mga badlongon, gipangpapha nako oi. Hehe, gi-transfer lang sa ubang project.

8. Who is right next to you?
My companion, my cat Lady Gishi.

9. Who was the last person you ate with?
My husband.

10. What song are you listening to right now?
None. Was listening to “the Potter’s hand” a while ago.

11. How's the weather right now?
Pretty day outside. Been raining these last few day here.

12. Last person who called you today?
My mother-in-law, when I was talking to my husband on the phone.

14. Last song you sang?
Blue Bayou. I’m going back someday, come what may on blue bayou, nanana nanana, hehehe.

15. Last time you danced?
Yesterday. Practicing my belly dancing combination choreography.

16. Lost a friendship over something stupid?
If I lost them, then they’re not really my friends. I have not lost friends, much less on over something stupid, but we just have separate ways in life.

18. Last thing you ate?
Crawfish ettouffee, ready made, I just heated it up for my meal.

19. Been really depressed before?
Yes, but everything worked out for my good, after all.

20. Faked being sick to miss school?
Not really, just took advantage of a slight feeling, then that was it; my English teacher kept chuckling over my excuse letter, sayang daw ko.

21. What time did you wake up today?
10:04; I’ve been experimenting with my template, made it dance to my pleasure, slept so late. I’m not yet finished, hehehe

22. Current taste?
Not so much appetite.

23. Who is the person that posted this survey?
Eh. Si dai Ivy. Murag daghan xa source sa mga questions of this sort, hehe.

24. What are you wearing right now?
Jogging pants and small shirt, just a jacket more and am ready to mow the grass outside when the ground permits kay basi mangagisi ang yuta inig liko nako if humok pa ground. Hehe.

25. Are you too shy to ask anyone out?
No. Anyway, I will not ask, only when it’s my treat then who would be shy?

26. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
His leadership, but if not shown, it was the way he brings himself. But I have my husband now; i'm not looking at them in any way that way.

27. Where are you right now?
In the computer room of course, hehe, and inside the house too, hehe, jokjokjok.

28. What date and day is it?
I answer this today, Monday, the 4rt of June.

29. Did you go anywhere today?
No. But be going to town later for my belly dance class.

30. What did you do there?
Be attending my belly dance class.

31. How old are you?
Old enough to see the depth of life and what’s more important. But not old enough for the trees to grow on my back,

33. Are U mature/ immature?
Everyday is a learning experience. My mind is founded but still continue to grow. Just take that.

34. Do you call your parents by their first name?
My culture and family values taught me to call them as they are for me, i.e., respect their position and authority over me. If I ever call them by their names, it means I cut out the connection I have with them and establish a gap, I will be cursed by being so dishonoring and insulting them.

35. Are you an only child?
No. I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers. It’s a lot of fun to have many siblings!

36. Where do you go shopping?
Internet. But if we go to town, just to where the mood for store will be, just anywhere where quality products are sold.

37. Do you like books?
Yes, I like books, have been dreaming to write some someday. But don’t have much time for book reading these days. I will just let me cat do the reading, hehe.

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Just Hold It!

I don't want to be disappointed but some things are really meant to be in the way they are happening off our side. And so be it and be it. As I am not perfect, so we can't fully trust other people too. Just the way it is, one word we let go, we can't get it back again, like a feather in the wind, it will be somewhere beyond our reach for repair. Sometimes it just takes fraction of a moment to hold it back but sometimes we can be real weak human to think of just what we think may please us. But we still have some within to hand to mend the patches. There is always a second chance. And tomorrow is mine.

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Hurricane Season Begins Today

There’s about a 50-50 chance that a hurricane will hit Louisiana this year. There’s a nearly 100 percent chance that one will disrupt the offshore oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico for at least a few days. Forecasters across the globe say the hurricane season that begins today will be more active than normal (though not nearly as active as the fateful 2005 season) and that the Gulf of Mexico will see more activity this year than last.” Whether there will be 17 storms this season with 5 to 10 hurricanes, chances are and chances are, there will really be activity in the raging sky and seas and on land. What the 2005 season produced the petroleum industry has not yet finished rebuilding the significant damage to the 113 of the Gulf’s 4,000 platforms and damaged 52 others, pipelines and onshore refineries that produce about 25 percent of the nation’s oil and 15 percent of the natural gas consumed in the United States”. Storms both damages tremendously what’s on land and what’s off shore, but waves do more damage than wind. “Noble Drilling, for example, reported spending $30 million each to upgrade the moorings systems that tie rigs to the ocean floor on six deep water rigs. This company and others have added monitoring devices to track wind speed, wave height and other things to protect themselves against big storms and during a storm. How the 2005 storms changed different oil companies’ thinking”. Hope each of the people's too. Each of us has to fight for our own, no matter how the predictions and forecasts conflict, no matter how selfish, there is a fact that there will really be activity whether be on seas or and upon the land that can be as treacherous. “Rita and Katrina are now part of what can happen — not a possibility, but a probability.” Just hope it will never come that way again, if it must really come.

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