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Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Jonette 2 Comments

Hi everyone. sorry for the long, long bout of blogging silence. You know how it with life: when you're not blogging, you're living, and boy, I've been doing a lot of living lately.

Mostly of the domestic persuasion, but yeah, still living. :)

To be honest, I'm not sure how to begin. What do I tell you?

I'd like to say I'm lucky that May is a month full of French holidays. This means I get to rest at home --- "rest" translating into "cleaning and refurbishing the house and forgetting to relax all the same."

Oh no. Yours truly has been a chronic homemaker this May.

Here, let me show you.

Meet _____, the crockpot. I still haven't named him yet, but I am deadly sure it's a him. He doesn't look like a Gordon, nor an Emeril, nor an Alton. Here his being christened with my first slow-cooked chili, recipe made on the fly. Ditas and Irl had a taste of it, and said it was dee-lish. *curtsy* I'm on a roll right now with cooking my fourth crockpot dish, and wow!

I'll also write post recipes and my own exploits with the crockpot, so please stay tuned.

(A-ha! We shall name him Cooking Master Boy! 

-- such decisions are made when one needs to stay up late, getting nostalgic over episodes of the anime of the same name, and watching Stephen Chow's God of Cookery. Yep.^_^*

The past few weeks have also brought some unexpected chaos to the house.

One, the main water pipe leading to my apartment exploded. Again! It's specially tough when the pipes go all 'round the main house before they reach our apartments, and with some crafty placement of the water meters, it seems the repairs for my bused pipe are my sole responsibility. *sigh* Ah, well. I'm just glad Mang Julio once again came and put a stop to my waterwork woes once and for all. Instead of having to constantly repair and rely on the weak old pipe, he  decided to dig a shorter path from my water meter to the apartment, and installed a brand new PVC water pipe route. We now enjoy hot bath water in the afternoons and cold water in the evening, courtesy of the cement surrounding the pipes. And to think, he just did all this in three days!  If he's not a wonderworker, then I don't know what he is!

Err, second.

I've finally upped and gone done rearranging and cleaning the bedroom, for the sake of mobility, breath-ability, and my own personal sanity. Right now, the room still has much in the way of order, but I'm glad with the progress it's made so far.

This excavation attempt, the first of many to follow, have also not been without its treasures. Again, pictures and an exposé to follow.

I also took a leave to celebrate my dad's birthday last Friday.

A brief background, if I may.

For the past two years, I've always had the strange experience of getting all excited for Papa's birthday -- and then missing it by a week, either earlier or later. *sigh* I just have this terrible tendency to forget dates.

Now this year, I made it a point to be right on the dot, show up on his doorstep, large confectionary gift in hand, and surprise him. Wow! I actually and unbelievably got it right this time!

And it turns out the entire family's out and about, packed with work to the gills, and have left the front porch  to the supervision of my dad's two birds.


Well, more to this narrative in a few posts to come.

Then there was meeting up with Mikhal and George for for a grand file-swap escapade that started in Starbucks Eastwood Mall, to SM Marikina, to Mikhal's House, and home again home again, jiggety jig.
Comics scans and episodes and movies and documentaries galore! Right now, I snuggled quite comfily into issues of Alan Moore's Promethea, Thank you, Mikhal, for helping me fall in love with comics all over again.

Then, of course, there's the shirt-to-grocery-bag tutorial I've still to write up. Que Barbaridad! 

So there: three recipes, and two stories promised.

I now leave your with Tombe the Cockatoo, and Noddy the Sun Conure, with matching videos to entertain. enjoy.


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Video: Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Jonette 2 Comments

Let's take a break from election mode for something totally different, and just as awesome and politcal-minded. ^_^*

Now, if that wasn't enough... release the kitties!

Many, many thanks to laulan for these goodies. These totally made my late-late-night Monday. ^_^*


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A Belated Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 10, 2010 Jonette 0 Comments

Here's to all the moms out there,

The traditional,
The accidentals,
the forward-thinkers,
the workers,
the stay-at-homes,
the independent,
the committed,
the long-suffering,
the protective,
the supportive,
and so many more.

If it were not for you,
we wouldn't be where we are
and who we are today;
we wouldn't realize what we wanted to be,
and we wouldn't make the best mistakes
we'd best learn from.

We learned the lessons we'd need to get through life,
became as strong,
as weak,
as fragile,
as creative, 
as determined,
as confident,
and as happy
and as loving as we were meant to be.

You weren't perfect.
You didn't know everything,
you and I both knew and know that,
but it was the best you could give us,
It was the best you could do,
and how you'd give it all to us,
and that means everything to us.

And we're learning new things everyday,
by the second,
and becoming better people for it.

Aren't you proud of us, Mom?
I bet you are,
and we'll make you even prouder.

So, once again, we say,
Thank you, mom,
for bringing us into this world,
and making us the champions
from a long line of winners.

You're a winner!


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Go out and vote! Every bit helps.

Monday, May 10, 2010 Jonette 0 Comments

Hi, everyone. I'm writing this post from James' PC. Right now, I'm waiting for James, Ate Aimee, and Kuya Jessie to come back from the voting center. It's been an hour since they left, and I hope all is well. This most likely means I'll have to start taking a bath and prepping if I intend to leave early and vote in my own municipality. 

Every little bit helps. 


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Saturday, May 08, 2010 Jonette 2 Comments

Hello, everyone. Pardon the teeny-tiny posts; I've been busy living life as best as I can, and man, it's bliss.

To bring the work week to a beautiful end, I wanted to share this little gift with you. Ditas sent this to me, and I'm now giving this to you. Yes, you.

I see your true colors, and that's why I love you.

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone! Keep being beautiful, and stay true!


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Video: Torn by Johann Lippowitz with Natalie Imbruglia

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 Jonette 0 Comments

An old favorite of mine, this one's just too good to not share. ^_~* Enjoy!


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Your cheeks are beautiful with ornaments; your neck is lovely with strings of jewels.

Sunday, May 02, 2010 Jonette 6 Comments

Oh, you are beautiful, my darling!
Oh, you are beautiful!
Your eyes behind your veil are like doves.
Your hair is like a flock of female goats
descending from Mount Gilead.
Your teeth are like a flock of newly-shorn sheep
coming up from the washing place;
each of them has a twin,
and not one of them is missing.
Your lips are like a scarlet thread;
your mouth is lovely.
Your forehead behind your veil
is like a slice of pomegranate.
Your neck is like the tower of David
built with courses of stones;
one thousand shields are hung on it –
all shields of valiant warriors.
Your two breasts are like two fawns,
twins of the gazelle
grazing among the lilies.
Until the dawn arrives
and the shadows flee,
I will go up to the mountain of myrrh,
and to the hill of frankincense.
You are altogether beautiful, my darling!
There is no blemish in you!

--Song of Songs, Chapter 4, Verses 1-7.

This pearl necklace was James' gift to me from his trip to Palawan. How it makes me quiver.  


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Video: Tim Gunn Strikes!

Sunday, May 02, 2010 Jonette 0 Comments

Hello, hello! My, what a week! I've been prepping a number of blog posts for all you lovely people, but alas, the Internet can be quite a fickle friend. Well, all in good time, I think. :)

For now, I want to share with you another reason to love Tim Gunn. If you thought he was amazing for donning the Iron Man suit (Yes! Yes, he did!), these two videos will make you flip. Fashion design + comic books = Total Win!


Is there a superhero or heroine whose outfit you love? Or hate? Why? :)


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