Monday, December 19, 2011 Jonette 2 Comments

Thanks to thatfriendlyblackguy's post, here are a few points I'd like to write down to get a load off my chest. I'll write whatever fundamental hits me at the time, so no chronology here. Just thoughts.

1) Forgive and let go -- because humans can do really stupid things that hurt others, and it's part of their being human. Forgive anyway; they sometimes can't help themselves, and might not know any better. That doesn't mean you need to carry that load around with you all your life. Growing will be doubly difficult to do with all that weight on you.

1.1 Everyone is human -- even you. Humans fart, get petty or jealous, and are susceptible to doing terrible things when angry, frustrated, and so on. Humans are also capable of creating beautiful and moving art, climbing to dizzying heights of knowledge and philosophy, standing up for what is true and just, and being very loving. Like it or not, this terrible and magnificent melange is in you. Own it. Be responsible for it.

2)  Change yourself, because change is good for you. This will also entail that you learn from previous decisions. This can mean changing certain attitudes you had, or taking on new measures to protect yourself, or becoming more selective of people you spend time with.

3) You are in control. You don't always have to respond in kind to whatever bullshit, ass-hattery, whininess or passive aggression is thrown your way. You can always choose to ignore it, and walk away. This also means you are in control of your emotions, and you are responsible for your decisions.

4) Without action, you aren't going anywhere. High time you started fleshing out those story ideas. And stop moping, Jonette; you're not making dresses that way. And Persist. Persist, persist, persist.

5) Take care of this moment. You are right where you need to be right now, and learn whatever lesson you can from the situation.


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Hello, 28.

Friday, October 14, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

hi everyone!

Sorry to have been so quiet for a good amount of time. I attribute this to:

1) Super-busy work-home sched!


2) No Internet at home.(I'm looking at you, PLDT.)

I just dropped in to check how's everyone,. Keep healthy and happy, folks.

Oh, and It's my birthday this Sunday. So Yay!

Thank you everyone for the love, support, and for just being plain awesome. Have some chocolate cake on me. :)


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Hey Mr. Taxi Driver

Tuesday, September 06, 2011 Jonette 2 Comments

[Caveat: Gentle readers and friends alike, this is a potentially angry-ranty post. If reading about non-belief is not your thing, I'm cool with that. There are other fine non-charged posts on this blog which I'm sure you'll enjoy. but if you do decide to stay and read, please remember this is me being human below... and that I thank you for choosing to sit this out with me.]

I will say it now, and have it be over and done with.

Mr. Taxi Driver, I like you. You’re a pretty cool dude, I appreciate your great command of English, and that you’re quite the charmer.

But please please please, for the love of rapport and all that is swag about the common commute, do not cry over the fact that I am an atheist. 

Most specially not in front of me.


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Brown eggs make me happy.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 Jonette 4 Comments

Hi, everyone. I have so many stories to tell and so many blog posts to write about them, but I'll make this real quick -- I'm craving for chicken, and James and I need to catch up on our geeky couple viewing schedule.

  • Recipe posts due: Homemade French Onion Soup on a budget, and Vegetable Crumble in Creamy and Stir-Fry versions.
  • I've been going on a vegetables-and-fruit binge lately. The above two recipes are rather telling. Plus, I find myself never going for a day without at least one or two pieces of fruit. Current poison of choice: ponkan oranges and sweet pineapple slices. 
  • James and I have been currently enjoying Game of Thrones, Gundam OO (yes, that's Double Oh), and Gundam Unicorn. We caught the GoT bug just recently, and good grief, why didn't we sooner?! As for Gundam OO, James never said it better -- "It's essentially Leo Tolstoy's War ad Peace, in space, with mecha." What I found gripping about the series thus far is how close it actually hits to home in terms of present day politics and world events. When the first scenes of the first episode depicts an Afghan conflict and it feels real, among other circumstances, you sit up and pay attention. Or at least, I did. 
  • I am now a redhead. I'll be writing about dying my hair by myself with Revlon Colorsilk Luminista in due time.
So, there. Right, chicken. 


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Life is fragile

Saturday, August 13, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

Hi, everyone. It's good to be back. 

It's funny how it'll take almost an entire shift of doing nothing just to prepare just to write about what made your past few weeks so far. 

Alas, I am also starting to get rather sleepy. 

To be honest, we still don't have our Internet up and running at home right now, and best James and I can do for now is to simply enjoy what we have on both our hard drives as we slowly plot our next steps to getting back online. 

The past month has been a month of kindness. Kindness, for me, came in the form of:

  • Tremendously sweet surprise goodbye notes from colleagues you had no idea would have you on their radar. 
  • Another good colleague of mine sharing his written masterpiece with me, and threshing out ideas and approaches to his story. His work and the stoutness of his heart has lit a fire under me, and makes me want to revisit my writing. 
  • An old writer-friend who has made a name for himself in the arena and who I greatly admire wishing me well and hoping I keep writing. 
  • A great girlfriend and sewing buddy encouraging me to just keep pursuing and polishing whatever craft or art Life is pushing me toward right now -- all my other interests, she says, will not be jealous, never be jealous. 
  • A loving man who wants to spend time with me more than anything. 
I'll keep these thoughts and glow for a while over here. I'm a sleepy, happy woman, and I can't wait to head home and cuddle up to my man over the weekend. Life is fragile, but lovely.  


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Dusty dusty

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

Poor blog, I've missed you.

Home life has been nothing short of ...happy. Happy. Hectic and crazy and all-day-plan-y, but overall very happy. (and not a photo to show of it for now. Sorry, guys.)

Instead here's a lovely art installation from the talented Jin, China, Kat, Sandra and Miguel:

Always name names when possible, specially when they make lovely things.

From the Facebook Wall of a good friend of mine --

"You feel the love of a woman through the food she cooks for you. Some food says, 'Take care' others may say 'Stay strong' but there are those rare times when they say 'Hurry home to me.'

In my mind, it seems that our days are now measured and charted in three ways -- the anime shows we watch, the DOTA and Magic: The Gathering matches we play, and food.

Oh, food. Good, home-cooked food.


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A week at a time

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

Week 1 at the new apartment has gone, and we 're taking it a day at a time for Week 2. I'm happy to say the kitchen, pantry, refrigerator, and kitchen station look pretty decent and ready for some hardcore homemaking.

Yep, that kitchen station right beside the fridge.

The table and computer section still need a lot of work, but all in good time.

You'll see what a mess the apartment's been -- and still is --, but I love how the light bathes everything in this warm, cozy, golden glow. The room is happy.

Mink looks quite settled on the three-inch window ledge. Just don't grab at her, or make any sudden movements around her. 


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Dear friends,

Friday, June 10, 2011 Jonette 8 Comments

It's been over a month since you've last heard from me. Thank you for sticking around so long. It's been a month, but it feels like more.

A month, indeed. A month with a lot of changes and stepping-up to do, and here we are.


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A quick hello from Donsol

Saturday, May 07, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments


Mik and I say Hi all the way from, uh... Rainy, cold Donsol. It's Signal #2 now, and most of our travel group are keeping our fingers crossed for the storm to lift. The sooner Storm Bebeng lifts, the sooner we can enjoy swimming with Whale Sharks.

Wish us luck, guys! I'll do my best to take pictures.


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Bertrand Russell on the clarity of thinking.

Saturday, April 23, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

I should like to say two things, one intellectual and one moral. The intellectual thing I should want to say is this: When you are studying any matter, or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only what are the facts and what is the truth that the facts bear out. Never let yourself be diverted either by what you wish to believe, or by what you think would have beneficent social effects if it were believed. But look only, and solely, at what are the facts. That is the intellectual thing that I should wish to say. 

The moral thing I should wish to say to them is very simple.  I should say love is wise, hatred is foolish. In this world which is getting more closely and closely interconnected we have to learn to tolerate each other, we have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like.

We can only live together in that way and if we are to live together and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.


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hajimemashite little tokyo

Friday, April 15, 2011 Jonette 4 Comments

About three or so weeks ago, James and I got bitten by the adventure bug one Sunday afternoon. He felt it would be best to show me the route to their office building so I could join them for early morning departure to Quezon. After a long ride from Cainta to Makati, walking down blocks, taking the underpass, and huffing and puffing up stairs, we soon found ourselves in front of his building. Hurrah! 

(Come to think of it, he did mention he would walk from the MRT station to his building everyday -- which meant he walked an uneven kilometer, popping over and under the street surface everyday. Now think of how he must've managed carrying all the weapons we constructed back then. Oh dear.) 

Hurrah! What now? 

We were on this adventure anyway, so we decided, in for a penny, out for a pound!  We hailed a cab, and asked the driver to takes to Little Tokyo, just behind Makati Cinema Square and along Chino Roces avenue, whichever route he felt more familiar with, thank you kindly. Luckily, the driver was quite familiar with the place, as he told us he'd delivered many Japanese nationals, food trippers, and couples like us to its torii

And here we were. Couldn't wait to get inside.

The long walk along a quiet, right-angled Japanese open-air corridor soon opened up to a courtyard of tables, seats, the low buzz of cooking, Japanese television, and restaurant staff chatting away as they prepared for the evening rush of eager diners.


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Thursday, April 14, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

Hi, everyone. 

James and I have been on vacation two times(!) in the span of a week, in two equally distant locations within the country.  

We had fun, took a ton of pictures. Boy, are we tired. 

Just a heads-up for all you lovely people. Nope, haven't fallen off the planet, gravity's made sure of that. 

There's another looming over the horizon in a few weeks(!!!), So it's best I start posting about our adventures pronto. Human long-tern memory, don't fail me now. 

Stay tuned for lots of pictures and stories. 


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Ganbatte, Nippon!

Monday, March 21, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

Dear Japan, 

It's been a couple of weeks since you were first hit by the earthquake and tsunami. We saw the pictures, heard it and watched it on the news, kept abreast of it on live translated newsfeeds. We gasped in horror and cried in pure sadness for you, and prayed and hoped, hoped, hoped everyone within your shores would be fine. 

And to our surprise and utter amazement, they were. We saw your kids calm and collected, and making sure everyone else was alright -- both for people and animals. High school kids and fashion deviants helped in their own way; truly, there is generosity and a sincere desire to help even in places where you least expect it. Artists have lent their craft to help refugees stay cheerful throughout the calamity. Shops and offices constantly shouted "Please help yourself to our bread; it's free! Please use our toilets, sit in our lounges! Rest a while, we're all in this together." 

And so we are. 

A few days ago, a fifteen-second earthquake shook my office building, and I thought of you, Nippon. I believe we here in the Philippines could learn a thing or two from you on peace in the face of panic. After the disaster, time to get on with life. 

It's been a few weeks since the earthquake, since the tsunami, and now, kamusta na? Dou deska, Daijoubu? I'm sincerely hoping you and your kids are alright. I do know for a fact that as long as you keep on keeping on and everyone looks out for each other, you'll be fine. Ganbatte! 

I just hope we can measure up to that too someday. 


Japanese TV Anchors -- this is true professionalism. 

Dog Won't Abandon Injured Friend -- there is precious lesson to be learned here. 

A simplified version of the situation in Fukushima. It pays to know who the real heroes in this situation are.  


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The weeks that were. (Part 3)

Monday, March 21, 2011 Jonette 2 Comments

On the other hand, it seems James' work has opened an opportunity for me to flex my time management and crafting muscles.

His work holds a dress-up theme every Monday, and he sometimes asks me for advice on what to wear, how to do it, and so on. Last weekend was something of a crash course for him on making props and headgear. they had an Angels Vs. Devils theme, and he was assigned to look for weapons. He was quite set on the devil tridents that sold so well on Halloween. Alas, Toy Kingdom was fresh out of them, since there were no stocks.

Some imagination and resourcefulness was needed, stat.


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The weeks that were. (Part 2)

Monday, March 21, 2011 Jonette 2 Comments

as I mentioned last post, I've been doing my best to keep our meals healthy with plenty of variety and experimentation. (read the word Experimentation as "tossing random stuff together and hoping it tastes decent".) 

So far, the past three weeks' packed lunches were: 


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The weeks that were. (Part 1)

Monday, March 21, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

Hi, everyone. I've been away from the blog living life and getting lots of action and fresh air. It's been great, really. 

In a nutshell, I've been doing my best to keep being mindful and inventive of what I cook and what lunches I pack. I've been making more home-made versions of store-bought snacks and desserts. I've been playing Facebook games a lot less (and if you see any activity on my end, that would most likely be James.) 

I've been budgeting, planning and mapping my goals for the year, getting the house in order bit by bit, giving work its due, with a number of shenanigans and surprises on the side. 

Meet Mama Grizzle. Mama Grizzle is a queen who decided to give birth under my computer window. I found her nursing her kittens on a Thursday afternoon just as I was heading off to work. Dino, a plurk buddy, said she's one protective-looking mama. I do agree -- she certainly didn't survive the streets and carry her babies to term for nothing.

She was wary of James and I at first, but later on agreed to take a bowl of kibble we offered her. We figured that as a mom, she can only get so much nutrition from scavenging through trash bins, and her kittens will certainly need all the nutrients and anti-bodies in her milk if they are to survive. Way later on, she started letting us pat her on the head. She was amenable enough to let me lift one of them and follow her baby with her gaze.

Here she is a week and a half later. She's been eating her kibble well, thus James said the fur on her face was regrowing. Can you spot her three babies?

Here's two of them. 

Alas, two weeks after, Mama Grizzle decided it was time to move on with her kittens in the dead of night. Next morning, I was surprised to find she was gone, but I suppose it was all for the best. From time to time, we still hear the mewl of her babies although we can't find them. She also visits us on occasion, and when she cares to stay long enough, we set a bowl of kibble out for her. We hope she and her family are okay and are being treated well by whoever's nest she chose to nest under.

 More to come. stay tuned for Part 2. ^_^*


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Handwritten meme

Saturday, March 19, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

... as tagged by Mai. 

Incidentally, Mink has developed a taste for ripping paper. This list was rendered to shreds within a few minutes of laying it on the table after taking the shot. This cat.


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A long overdue Valentine's Day story

Friday, March 11, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

Featuring FOOD!

Thus goes the rom-com of me and James, where Com is definitely bigger than the Rom most the time, and it still turns out into a kooky-quirky kind of Rom altogether in the end. We're kind of awesome that way.

So! I am quite happy to say we absolutely did not go anywhere to celebrate this Valentine's Day, and with very good reason. Why go out and spend big bucks to celebrate when you can pretty much do the celebrating at home? 

Nnnnnnno, not just that way, and I'd appreciate it if you could put the hur-hur-hur-that's-what-she-said away, thank you very much. 

We were both at work on Valentine's eve, but since I got off work earlier, I wondered: what would be a quick, easy, and fitting way to celebrate Happy Hearts Day without breaking our budget?

Banchetto is a midnight food fair that happens every Friday night/ Saturday early morn. A portion of Ortigas' Emerald avenue is closed off, and three long columns of tent-sheds are pitched. Soon, the sounds and smells of excited chatter, lively hawking, and sizzling, grilled, steamed, what-have-you food waft above the silence of the sleepy business strip. Here, one can very much feast on almost-gourmet food for less. Angus beef kababs? check. Freshly-chopped lechon? Check.Salads and freshly-made fruit juice and smoothies? Check. crepes made right before your eyes? Check. Cakes, macarons, and local bonbons? Check! Customers are free to sit on tables, plant boxes and stone steps and enjoy their meals al fresco.

My many thanks to great galpal Jicel for taking me here, urging me to try a crepe, and giggling over sweet treats with me.

Pictures! I wish I'd taken more, but you can only do so much with a sputtering battery.

If you think the Oreo cheesecake is mouth-watering, wait 'til you try their Ube cheesecake. 


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Dad homework

Thursday, March 03, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

Have you ever tried making clothes for your parents? I do. 

And I'm stuck. Sorta. 

One, I'm glad I can finally say the pair of cotton drawstring pants my dad requested already has its front panels cut and "serged". 

The rest of the pants will follow. I promise. 

I think I may have mentioned in a previous post that my dad handed his most well-loved pair of Kamuning-made khaki drawstring pants for me to deconstruct and clone in black. If there's anything I've learned so far, it's (1) I'm more comfortable with drafting patterns from scratch, and (2) the tailors in Kamuning build their menswear with industrial-strength reinforcement. I now have a new-found respect for their diligence, foresight, and industry. 

I'm still stuck, though. Oh dear. Maybe starting a simpler project might  make things come easier. I do want these pair of pants ready to wear before the first quarter of the year ends, though! 

And of course, I do want these pants to fit my dad well, and for him to feel comfy in them, no matter where he takes them. It's the very least bit I could do for him. ^_^ 


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Wednesday, March 02, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments



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Video time: Prague Astronomical Clock - 600th Anniversary Show

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

this video's been around ever since the beginning of 2011, and I wanted to share it with you all. It never fails to blow my mind.


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Superficiality, the pursuit of fashion, and coming to terms with myself.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Jonette 2 Comments

(Taken from my Tumblr)
I think this is going to be the first time I've written a Tumblr text post. If not the first, this will be a first in a really long while. Allow me to thresh out a thought I've been carrying in me for quite a while. Perhaps, you could say this is my way of exorcising demons, coming to terms with myself and my art, and seeing things through a fresh perspective.

Let's begin.


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Cook It! Sago-Mango Custard/ Ice Cream

Sunday, February 20, 2011 Jonette 3 Comments

Back to more appetizing things.

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to find plump, ripe, and delicious-smelling mangoes from the wet market I frequent. I had been meaning to create a mango-flavored version of the sago-cheese custard recipe, and this was pretty much the biggest GO!-signal for me. I took three of these babies home, just to make sure.

This experiment was meant to follow the same steps and ingredients for the original recipe mentioned above. I only had to substitute the grated cheese for pureed mangoes.


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Murder Presents.

Thursday, February 17, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

Hi, everyone. I've a few blog posts I need to start writing, but I'm currently nursing a cold and am light-headed, so please do bear with me. I'm still knitting my frayed nerves back (just a bit more) after an evening of shock and morbid fascination.

I was about to doze off and try to ignore my giant cold when Mink clambered down from the roof and through the window. She oh-so-lovingly laid something beside me. my fingers found it -- furry, slightly bony, and stiff.

Ye gods, this cat.


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Dear Universe,

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

You pull the best surprises on me. 
And the best challenges. 


All big firsts, 
all with their own kit-n-caboodle of risks, 
fears to conquer, 
hard work, 
and a ton of perseverance. 

But I do believe my experiences this year will be all worth it.

You make my heart thunder in my chest,
and in my head.

You've conspired to make all this happen, 
now let's make it happen.  


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Resolutions I can Keep

Thursday, February 03, 2011 Jonette 6 Comments

Ginisang Baguio Beans with garlic longganisa, flanked by other ingredients for Beef Stew.
(Remind me not to put so much Soy Sauce next time. Ergh.)

Resolution 1: Make trips to the palengke a weekly or bimonthly habit. (Make it weekly, which leads to...)

Resolution 2: Include more greens, other veggies, and fruits in my diet.

Resolution 3: Get more creative with cooking. (And when I say get more creative, I mean using what I already have in the pantry or refrigerator and whipping up something tasty and healthy.)

Resolution 4: Save money.

See where this is going?


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Bohol on my mind

Saturday, January 29, 2011 Jonette 4 Comments

This year, I will make big things happen for me. 

It all started with a whim and wishful thinking. A trip to Baguio? Why not? It's been quite a while since I've been up north. There was not much rhyme and reason to it, save for the thought that James' trainer had a good nose for ukay-ukay shops (or ridiculously low-priced thrift stores), and could  point us in the right direction.

That, and crisp mountain air, strawberries, and chocolate-covered cornflakes from Good Shepherd Convent. You can never go wrong with treats from Good Shepherd.

But that was on a whim, and whims born from very little time, money, and foresight make for poor thought fodder.

So, a friend of mine recommended, why not Bohol?


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Science Saved My Soul.

Friday, January 28, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments


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Cook It! Gambas a la Plancha

Friday, January 28, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

Here's another recipe that's easy, great for entertaining guests, and can be prepared even a day in advance. Originating from Spain, this delightful Tapas works just as well eaten with a side of rice as a meal. One bite will pretty much help you determine whether or not you'll still be up for seconds -- but you'll probably have them, anyway.

The secret is gin. And a lot of patience.


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Cook It! Sago-Cheese Custard

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Jonette 2 Comments

Hi, everyone. Here's one particular recipe I tried my hand at last week, and one I'm raring to experiment with the next chance I get. The ingredients are pretty simple, and this requires no special machinery to work with. (I had to jimmy up my cookware for this, but I'll explain in a bit.)

Plus, I get to work with sago. Fun, tiny, jiggly sago. Heehee.


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Ooh-la-La Senza!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Jonette 4 Comments

Hi everyone! Here's one long overdue story I've been keeping inside me. It's one of my happy thoughts to start the year.

Last, last Friday, AJ and I got it in our heads to wake up really early and head over to Bonifacio High Street to make the most of the La Senza sale!

(By the by, La Senza was also repsonsible for this wee, cheeky, holiday titilation here.) :D


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Palengke morning!

Saturday, January 15, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

Good morning, folks! I came back from some heavy palengke-shopping in the wee hours of the morning. (Heavy... can you say 7 kilos of fresh ingredients getting lugged around?) I'm super-happy that I managed to buy about two weeks' worth of fresh meat, produce, and cleaning items -- two weeks! Makes for a lot of cooking -- all for P1,500! (that's around $34.27.) I know it might sound a bit silly squeeing over this, but does rather feel like an achievement of sorts for me. ^_^* All the same, I do think I ought to keep better tabs of the prices, and not to be afraid to ask, compare, and shop around. 


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steampunk music can make things better

Thursday, January 06, 2011 Jonette 2 Comments

I finally finished my first bag commission! I owe my thanks to Meream's tute. 

This baby (cat not included) will go to Guia, officemate and chum. Marching birdies!

Here's a view of the lining. I put in two pockets for pens. 

I was truthfully quite surprised to discover how easy these bags were to make. I reckon I'll make more and experiment with them in the future. 

This bag would also not have been possible without the music of Jordan Reyne. I discovered her just an hour ago, and I am hooked. Her music reminds me of Paula Cole, if only edgier and graver. Here, have a listen for yourself. This would certainly be great music to sew to when I start trying my hand at making steampunk-inspired apparel. 

iTunes get music on


Now! Sleep!


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Video time: The Stop Motion Art of Barry J. C. Purves.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

Stop Motion. I'm glad to say that I grew up on stop motion as a kid. I remember relishing the movie The Golden Voyage of Sinbad for its stop motion sequences -- a stone statue of Kali coming to life and dancing, Sinbad's battle with the creature, and the rivetting death match between a cyclopean centaur and a griffin. I cheered for Pegasus and held my breath with Medusa and the Kraken in Clash of the Titans (1981). When I later discovered Operavox, Stop Motion meant the light-hearted, happy-endinged Barber of Seville.

with Rigoletto, however, things were different. Very seriously different.


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In the papers!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

As promised in a previous post, I'm very happy to present a number of articles I've written (and one I've been written about) in our company's December edition newsletter! 

In goDIY, there a few handy DIY gift ideas from me, and a bushel of tips from Jib on what to do with Christmas dinner leftovers. 

In goMEET, Mardie writes about my crafting, and I write about AJ's. Such a lovely chain that makes. Be sure to read up on the rest of the creative, crazy-talented people on spotlight! I feel honored to share the same space they're in on this cyber-page.

In goWATCHandREAD, our guest writer reviews two flicks for the holidays, and we're posed the question: What's on your Christmas reading list? 

and in Meet the Newsletter Team, we spill the beans from our preferred stocking-stuffers,  who we want at our Christmas dinner table, and who we'd nab and smooch under mistletoe! 

Thanks for reading and being happy with me!


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Little, little sea people, and other stories

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 Jonette 2 Comments

At present, days at the office have been rather slow. (Can you say four students or less a day?) That pretty much makes up for a lot of idle time. I decided to start a Sea Monkey Tank at my workstation, just to see how well they survive in an office environment. I used to take care of them as a kid, and I'm glad I found a kit just before Christmas at half the regular price. Huzzah! 

What exactly are Sea Monkeys, you say?


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Formspring flood

Monday, January 03, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

What's your favorite piece of clothing? How long has it been with you and are you still wearing it?

I'd say my converted jeans skirt. It's been with me ever since '07 or '08, and it still serves me well.

If your clothes could talk, what would they tell you?

"give me a rest already!"


Care to leave a comment? I'd love to hear what's on your mind. :)

Holidays 2010: The Season That Was

Monday, January 03, 2011 Jonette 0 Comments

The events that defined this past year's holidays for me:

-- Taking a trip to far-away Aduana to have the sewing machines repaired.

-- Seeing my articles and interviews published in our company's newsletter. More on this in a latter post.


Care to leave a comment? I'd love to hear what's on your mind. :)