Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

One reason my mom is happy during Halloween season: she can finally bring out this hand towel again! At this very moment, it is already hanging by the toilet sink. Oh joy! =)

Happy Halloween!

church-hopping on Halloween

Nuestra Senora de Gracia Parish Church, Guadalupe, Makati

Christ the King Parish Church, Green Meadows, Quezon City

Our Lady of Pentecost Parish Church, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Nuestra Senora de Gracia Parish Church again
at 5:28 p.m.

Our Lady of Consolation Parish Church, Tandang Sora, Quezon City

I had one thing to finish today, which entailed visiting one church. I ended up having to church-hop, and in the end, still was not able to get the document I needed. We'll see pa after a week. Haay.

Was tired and got a bit stressed after all the driving and waiting for nothing, so when I got home I beheaded and ate a chocolate bunny. :D Treat!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

random October food

hard, biscocho-like multi-grain bread which my officemate gets for free in the gas station he goes to

ampalaya (bitter gourd) with egg

peanuts from our household help - her family grows them in Masbate

dinakdakan in Panggo's

breakfast in Atsugi: homemade sausage and cheese "pizza"

ice cream mochi

ramen dinner in Asakusa

takoyaki balls in Yoyogi Park

DL 172 breakfast: sausage, eggs & potatoes
DL173 dinner: beef teriyaki

back home in Manila! tinolang manok with malunggay leaves

merienda of Good Shepherd ube jam (Thanks, Erica!) and milk

I ♥ chocolate! I ♥ IKEA!
(also love how Swedish words are so fun to pronounce)
Pasalubong from Ronjie - bilis naubos nito! I think I finished all three in a week!

instant noodles (from Japan) for merienda

hotcakes and tsokolate :)
(with orange marmalade or raspberry jam)

P.S. Right after I uploaded this post, I snacked on toasted wheat bread with cheese. :D

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


from 'Lost in Translation':

"The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

household tips

(from a forwarded e-mail)

For ant problems: Ants hate cucumbers. Keep the skin of cucumbers near the place or ant hole.

To get pure and clean ice: Boil water first before freezing.

To make the mirror shine: Clean with spirit.

To remove chewing gum from clothes: Keep the cloth in the freezer for an hour.

To whiten white clothes: Soak white clothes in hot water with a slice of lemon for 10 minutes.

To give shine to hair: Add one teaspoon of vinegar to hair, then wash.

To get maximum juice out of lemons: Soak lemons in hot water for an hour, then juice them.

To avoid tears while cutting onions: Chew gum.

To remove ink from clothes: Put toothpaste on the ink spots generously and let it dry completely, then wash.

To skin sweet potatoes quickly: soak in cold water immediately after boiling.

To get rid of mice or rats: Sprinkle black pepper in places where you find them. They will run away.


I recently came from Tokyo, where I visited the Ueno Zoo, hoping to see a panda. But this was what welcomed me when I got there:

And so I settled for this photo:

Lessons learned:
1. Quit encouraging animals in captivity by not promoting or going to zoos. Haay. Tigas kasi ng ulo. (Related blog post here.)
2. Do better research; don't rely on just one (obviously outdated) brochure/ travel guidebook. Researching well pays.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Saw a baby snail on my way to the office

somewhere along Soliman Street in Salcedo Village, Makati City

P.S. (10/4/10, 12:33 am)

A snail is born with its shell! From Wikipedia ("snail"):

As the snail grows, so does its calcium carbonate shell. The shell grows additively, by the addition of new calcium carbonate, which is secreted by glands located in the snail's mantle. The new material is added to the edge of the shell aperture (the opening of the shell). Therefore the center of the shell's spiral was made when the snail was younger, and the outer part when the snail was older. When the snail reaches full adult size, it may build a thickened lip around the shell aperture. At this point the snail stops growing, and begins reproducing.

A snail's shell forms a logarithmic spiral. Most snail shells are right-handed, meaning that if the shell is held with the apex (the tip, or the juvenile whorls) pointing towards the observer, the spiral proceeds in a clockwise direction from the apex to the opening.

At tignan mo nga naman! May math pa talaga sa shell ng snail! Amazing!