week enders: miss u

“About week enders, I’ll give you snippets of the highs and lows of my week.”

09.12.2011 monday

– The “In the Mood for Love” tea that I drank with cheese fondue for dinner didn’t put me to sleep last Sunday night. Sorry, I was not even in that mood. My system shuts down, gala kasi nang gala!

– The Swiss adaptor didn’t adjust well with the eccentric current at the place we stayed in Paris. So, I bought a new one.

09.13.2011 tuesday

– Just because I’m back, I got 3 morning kisses.

Philippines won third-runner up from Miss Universe. Happy and proud!

Presenting, Ms Shamcey Supsup!

– There’s The Kite Runner book mystery going on.

– After dinner, I reminisced the life I had during my early days of stay in Switzerland and talked about the good-hearted people I met along the way. I feel grateful.

09.14.2011 wednesday

@perkyperps Facebook Wall: “Uhm, puwede pa kaya ako humirit? Roma? *grin* Isa itong malaking joke.”

– Finally, I’m done with my last week’s week enders! Super @___@.

– I enjoyed the last batch of fresh basil pesto from L’s garden, which I poured over my pasta for dinner last night. Pork spareribs are sweet and tasty! Busog na naman!

– And speaking of the garden, it’s been totally wiped out. You couldn’t find it anymore in Gland’s (Google) map. See it again next year.

09.15.2011 thursday

– After those hefty long walks in Paris (walked with heels on the second day, mind you), it seems to be that my legs are conditioned much better than it used to. I’ve been enjoying my jogging for two days in a row now.

– It’s been sent to everyone this morning. We are winers. Ano daw?!? *giggles*

– “Mr. Trump, if you could change one of your physical characteristics, which one would it be and why? I’m still waiting for his answer.”  Read on.

The World’s Best Cities list is worth to follow. So far, I’ve been to Paris and I admit, despite being quite disenchanted, it’s still a dream come true. If things go well, Istanbul, Barcelona and Rome will be my targets next year. If I get back home, I’ll definitely visit Bangkok, Siem Reap among others in Asia. Florence and Sydney could be interesting. It’s going to be a dream come true if I conquer Cape Town and New York. Bonne chance!

My gal liked our photo so much that she cropped me off from it and placed it as her FB profile pic. How sweet! Hehe. :b

– Next cooking assignment, it’s gonna be kare-kare. This is actually a “dry-run” cooking task, in preparation for the upcoming rendez-vous I’m about to set up. We’ve just bought stuff from the Asian store and la boucherie en France. I’m ready for the challenge in the kitchen once more.

09.16.2011 friday

– Yey, Friday! But then again, @perkyperps – “moi, relearning tolerance. haist!”

Let the tea time begin.

– I like the improved feature of Facebook and they called it Smart List. Now you can filter your news feeds according to friends group. So if I want to be entertained, I’d just go to ‘Drama Queens and Kings’ list.

In English, "Jean, the hairdresser who charges the delay of its customers" Time is gold!

– Bro’s seeking help and I replied (channeling the nerd in me):

if else statement. if B1 = 0, lock c1.

or do this:
if B1=0 or B1=””, or LEN(B1)>0, then lock c1.

i haven’t used LEN function.

– I was getting too annoyed at someone I needed something to perk me up. I didn’t like my usual coffee. Nice to find Mövenpick at the cafeteria so I bought Gruyère double cream and meringues. I got happy, in the meantime.

The silent sufferings of a newbie, I feel you, Brad. Now I smell blood.

– I just had a fascinating dinner tonight. I terribly miss Korea’s shabu-shabu or Japanese’s teppanyaki and this one’s such a great alternative! What a very nice TGIF.

La Charbonnade, it's a kind of Swiss indoor grill cuisine.

09.17.2011 saturday

– Four days of jogging in a row, I feel my legs are getting a bit tired.  One more weekend to go and I can finally switch to my jog’s regular programming.

– Happy to report that I finally cook kare-kare. Happy also to hear my dad, mom and bro over the phone. I didn’t call them, they called me! Yes.

– Mahal ko ang wikang Filipino (Tagalog), kahit gusto ko matuto mag-Pranses.  Ngunit para maintindihan ako ng nakararami, gagamitin ko ang wikang Ingles sa blog ko. Kung hindi ko man kayang pilitin ang sarili na maipahayag ang damdamin sa Tagalog, ipapaintindi ko ito sa’yo sa wika na alam mo.

In English…

I love the Filipino (Tagalog) language, even though I want to learn French. For everyone to understand, as a universal language I will use English. I must refrain from expressing in Tagalog in my blog but in case I couldn’t help it, let me translate for you then.

Read this article, How My Sons Lost Their Tagalog: Sulat kay James Soriano, interesting insights from journalist, Benjamin Pimentel.

– I’m glad that I installed instant wordpress at last. I find this tool pretty helpful so far. I’ve just got a web host and a domain name, too. The move out is getting near. I’m excited.

– AARGH.  I’m waiting for help from the Geek Council.

Parser Error Message: Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.Web.Infrastructure’ or one of its dependencies. This assembly is built by a runtime newer than the currently loaded runtime and cannot be loaded.

– We had our dinner outside the house and there, a heavy gush of rain kept pouring in. I’m not a big fan of rain, but this night, the pitterpatter sound of the rain and thunderstorm reminded me of home. Anyhow, we had Brunello di Montalcino, L’s favorite, to keep us company. We got pathetically poetic.

9.18.2011 sunday

– Rainy Sunday but we still went out for jogging. Thanks to the wind last night, we got lots of walnuts from the ground. I think we took more than a kilo, so we ended up walking on the way home instead.

I'm glad to see Dai and her big belly.

– I’m under the spirit of wine. Zzzz. I went for wine tasting at Tartegnin Pays du Bon Vin and bought wines for the upcoming fiesta.

RT via the cool hunter:
Someone asked the Dalai Lama what surprises him most. This was his response.

“Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived”

– I’ve just found my Italian wine. It tastes like butter! Oh gee, it must be me. I’m not claiming this, but they said that my wine tasting skill is just getting better and better (not weirder).

week enders: @____@

“About week enders, I’ll give you snippets of the highs and lows of my week.”

Sorry for the late post. I got stuck in Paris and also in bed the day after.

09.05.2011 monday

– I was a sleepy kid on my way to work, but a cool animated doodle from Google woke me up. It’s the birthday of Queen’s Freddie Mercury! He must be 65.

– In the tune of Bahay Kubo:

Bahay Condo, kahit munti, ang mga Gadgets doon ay sari sari…
Flat screen na TV, Blu-Ray DVD …IPOD, IPAD, IPHONE…
Laptop na malaki, Laptop na maliit at saka meron pa, portable MP3…
… …Digicam, Videocam, WIFI at HD…
Sa paligid – ligid ay puno ng…….Chargeeeerrrr! =))

@perkyperps: “F for effort! Fitness First, nkk-miss ang 2 sawa na drinks mo & ang les mills group workouts! i have to fly 2 Paris p 4 FF, e4t tlga if evr!”

– I need help. Fly with? Emirates? Etihad? Gulf Air? Qatar? Discuss.

– It’s “National Brother Week,” yay! I love you very much, brother dear. Muah.

Your Brother is your first male friend in life. No one will ever understand your crazy family like your Brother. Even if you don’t get together or talk as much as you could, he’ll always remain your friend. While people come and go in your life, your brother will be in your heart for a lifetime. Its “National Brother Week”, re-post if you have or had a brother that you love.

– I’m back to first page all over again. I have to. Sorry for missing you, Jung!

– Mark your calendar: January 20, 2012. 01.20.2012, WoW. I didn’t notice this until now! Seriously. I wonder what’s gonna be in store.

– 5 sleepless nights to go!

To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.-Victor Hugo

09.06.2011 tuesday

– The pantry terribly stinks! Here’s the culprit.

I need a gas mask.

– Or no, it must be 01.21.2012. Bongga pa rin ang date! Parang ikakasal lang. *wink*

– There’s a giant croc captured in Agusan del Sur creek, if only Steve Irwin is alive! Read on the story here.

– Dear Thai Lady, Are these chopsticks replacing the chili flakes? No way. Yours truly, Pad Thai Fan

– Out of charity for its fellow European countries, bababa muna mula sa heaven’s above ang Swiss francs. Read here. For us that means, balik below singkwenta ang palitan, waah.

Kulitan sa FB moment:

NH:  sabay tayo @_@

Moi: @___@ Rolls eyes pala ito! Ahaha. Akala ko nahiheelo. : ))

DG: Huy, hindi roll eyes ang @_@.

NH: diba? kala ko it is! lol

Moi:  Si Nikolai kasi eh!!!
(background music: batang-bata ka pa by Apo hiking Society)

NH:  hmmmp!  rolleyes!

Moi:  LOL!!! *rolls over*

Vatel Manila:  Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

– 4 sleepless nights to go!

“When Paris sneezes, Europe catches cold.” – Metternich

09.07.2011 wednesday

Early morning temptation, how tempting! No, thank you but I'll stick to the plan.

– R and I ate at G’s house for lunch. We ate pork sinigang and pork binagoongan, very yummy! I got another cooking idea. For pork binagoongan, add some tomatoes for a sweeter, more tangy taste. I like it!

– G gave me a book as her mini surprise. It’s The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Again, it’s a secondhand book that’s being sold for charity for only 2chf. Heaven. Oh, G gave me some dried mangoes, too!

– Except the week enders, coffee reads and spend a friday night, I’ll slow down from blogging (and snooping around too) until I finish my 2 major projects. It MUST be a deal. And I’m re-categorizing my blog entries. Clean-up is a must, too!

– There’s a pretty name I want to make a comeback, it’s PERPIE!

– Grilled duck. Baked potatoes. Cheeses. Wines. Eye cream to magic realism. Indeed it was a beautiful dinner. So I ate a lot again, jog 2x more the next day.

– Big 3 sleepless nights to go!

“Quarrels in France strengthen a love affair, in America they end it.” -The Paris Diary of Ned Rorem

09.08.2011 thursday

Wrong timing, it’s the start of the long weekend and a good chance to go the extra mile but I wasn’t at my top form. *hingal*

– Another cooking eureka, I got to know how to make croutons! No more buying from the supermarket, it’s terribly easy to make one.

– User cannot login. Invalid user name and password. Oh please, surfer, help me (to) get out of here! Hmprf.

– Login success, but wait, there’s more! 500 internal server error. Hmprf!

– I’ve got 2 apps installed, FileZilla and instant wordpress.

– 2 sleepless nights to go! Woot.

“There is never any ending to Paris, and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. Paris was always worth it, and you received return for whatever you brought to it…” Ernest Hemingway, in A Moveable Feast

09.09.2011 friday

– I looked at my notepad, reviewed the schedule, and jumped out of the breakfast table. Look where I got myself at after.

– According to Budget Travel magazine, Lake Annecy of France is one of the 12 most beautiful lakes in the world. Our very own Taal Lake is also one of the best.

– I, together with G and her mom, ate our lunch at one of the restaurants along the creek side. After that, we went around Annecy’s old town. It’s another beautiful village indeed.

– G and I had coffee and tea at La Boutique Folliet, which reminded me of an equally trendy (but quirky) coffee/tea store in Mall of Asia (so I heard, the now-defunct Chaikofi). I bought tea packets dubbed as “In the Mood for Love” and “Explorateur.” My id chose, I just followed.

my tea at Annecy

– Then we stopped by Le Pont de la Caille and an apple orchard at Nyon for another series of photo shoot.

moi at Le Pont de la Caille

– The big day begins:

“Paris…is a world meant for the walker alone, for only the pace of strolling can take in all the rich (if muted) detail…” Edmund White in The Flaneur

09.03.2011 saturday

– After waking up with only 10 minutes left to prepare before leaving the house, my gut feel’s telling me that the day’s gonna be slightly jinxed, but we’ll survive anyway.

– Midday, it was very hot in Paris. We visited Sacre Coeur and the artists’ village at Place du Tertre, Montmartre.  My experience with the street sketch artists was a booby trap.

– Parisians were too hot on that day. I don’t mean it in a flattering way. Some of them were snobs too, hrmpf!

– Oh, the grandeur of Galerie Lafayette! We’re off to buy the much-coveted Louis Vuitton handbag. At that time, the LV store was invaded by the Chinese, Japanese, and us. In Lafayette too my buddies had sushi and I had Chinese dumplings for quick lunch, so yummy! Wait, are we still in Paris?

– I almost gave in to buy one for myself, but I started singing like, No, no, no…

– The metro of Paris is more complicated and less tourist-friendly than the Madrid metro. Nonetheless the trendy Franklin D. Roosevelt station is LOVE.

Look at these lamps, my dear!

– I conquered the Eiffel Tower at last, from afar. Click! Click! Click! Also Arc du Triomphe, from afar, my camera’s in super zoom. Click! Click! Click!


– In almost every travel, you would come across an awful restaurant and taste an equally awful meal. My first dinner in Paris is definitely one.

– Crazy Paris, bonne nuit!

It must be the moon.

09.04.2011 sunday

– It was like a dream but it’s all real!

I'm channeling Sophie Neveu to get the Da Vinci Code drama.

– I am in heaven. I’m speechless.  I want to stay more. Oh Louvre, I’m in love!

– So this is THE Mona Lisa. You’re such a sought-after, my dear. It took me small, quick steps and giant leaps to finally meet you.

– I’m not keen with African art. At times, they give me the creeps.

This one is rather amusing.

– The Louvre Museum is only the beginning.


– At the Orsay Museum, it is such a great, great honor to finally meet you, Monsieur Van Gogh! (Curtsies)

– The best meal I had althroughout the trip, I had it at Post Café. Merci beaucoup!

– I felt like rushing towards home. I’m sorry but it’s a kinda dirty, smelly, crazy Paris for me. I just feel so sad for this ought-to-be perfectly beautiful city; but I’m gonna give Paris another chance.

10 Things I’m Loving Now – chocolates in my bag

Two boys used to go to school together. One of them had a bad habit of stealing the chocolates from his friend’s bag. One day he felt guilty about what he was doing… So he wrote a letter as he didn’t have the courage to confess directly. “I have been stealing your chocolates… I’m sorry for that…’ The other friend smiled reading it, and sent a letter back: “Don’t worry. I know about it… That’s why I keep chocolates in the same place in my bag…’.   – from Paolo Coehlo’s blog

From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!

 

1. Learning French

JUST CAME ACROSS. FrancoPhil, the 2011 French cultural season in the Philippines, is a play on the word “Francophile,” meaning a lover of French culture, and is a celebration of the ties that bind French and Filipino culture. Click on the image to learn more about this event.

Around two years ago, perhaps out of boredom, I decided to take French classes at Alliance Française de Manille, without any plan as to where and how I can apply what I’d learn. Little did I know that it is going to be a starting point to a rather bigger purpose.

I can’t take away the sly grin after reading my first blog post for the Apprendre la langue Française series. Goal A (write an essay in French) will always entail a battle between character accents and phonetic sounds. I was able to do Goal B (watch a full-length French film) and the film I watched, well, was to vivid for kids to enjoy. I’d just faint on the floor if I couldn’t keep up with Goal C (engage into long conversations in French).

When I am too lazy, I nonchalantly talk back, “Est-ce que vous parlez anglais, s’il vous (super) plâit?” English is still sticking out, apparently.

NEXT: Sipping English Breakfast of Tetley Tea

Coffee Reads of the Week–tips in a flash

Some of the articles I enjoyed reading over the net are worth sharing, too. Check out my weekly posts via the Coffee Reads series. I’ve got my google reader to back me up so do also check out my shared reads. Enjoy!

health & wellness: Six Tricks to Double your Calorie Burn by Diane Mizota

A plateau is a lovely thing when you get to it after hiking all day. It’s not, when describing your fitness efforts! Plateauing means that despite dragging your body to the gym every day, it’s gone into slacker mode. Your weight won’t budge, your muscles go into hiatsus. Bikini season is only three months away. This is no time for your workout to conk out.

health & wellness: 10 Simple Tricks for Eating Less

Drink first, then eat. Eat consciously. Eat less, more often. Take your time. Don’t wait your body to tell you it’s full. Follow your fist. Do not stock sweets. Drown food when you’re done. Allow yourself small indulgences.

health & wellness: The Health Benefits of Tea by Alyse Levine

The media has exhaustively publicized the numerous ways drinking tea is good for you: from fighting certain cancers, to decreasing the risk of heart disease and ALzheimer’s disease, to controlling cholesterol and even reducing tooth decay! Although most people are aware of tea’s health benefits, they are not aware of which teas are most beneficial. So, from a health perspective, are all teas created equal?

career: Teenage Entrepreneurs by Geoffrey A. Fowler

Here is one indicator of the allure of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial culture: Diane Keng just launched her third start-up – and she is still in high school. In March, the 18-year-old launched Internet company MyWeboo.com to help teens manage their digital lives and social-network identities in one place. She is now pitching the company to venture capitalists, and earlier this week presented at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.

love & relationships: The Science of a Happy Marriage by Tara Parker-Pope

Why do some men and women cheat on their partners while others resist the temptation? To find the answer, a growing body of research is focusing on the science of commitment. Scientists are studying everything from the biological factors that seem to influence marital stability to a person’s psychological response after flirting with a stranger. Their findings suggest that while some people may be naturally more resistant to temptation, men and women can also train themselves to protect their relationships and raise their feelings of commitment.

health & wellness: 10 best beauty timesavers to get you pretty in a flash by Sarah McColl

We’ll make this quick: you’re time starved, and you’re looking for ways to get out the door looking pretty and polished that take a hot minute. Or you’re just really, really lazy. Either way, we feel you. Here are 10 timesavers to get you gorgeous so you can save more minutes for living a beautiful life.

personal finance: 11 budget-planning mistakes to avoid by Ann-Marie Murphy

Whether you’re living paycheck to paycheck or you have a surplus of savings built up, learning to budget your money – and maintaining an ongoing budget planner – is vital to proper money management.  There’s no one right way to budget your money. Some people like to jot income and expenses down on paper, others keep a sophisticated budget spreadsheet and still others prefer using a free, online budget planner that does most of the work for you. It doesn’t really matter how you keep your personal budget so much as picking a method that makes sense to you and one that will maintain regularly. To make sure your budget does what it’s supposed to, be sure to avoid 11 budget planning mistakes.

personal finance: 10 Retirement Myths by Ryan Guina

There are many unknown factors when it comes to retirement, especially if your proposed retirement date is a decade or more away. Though we can’t predict the future, we can dispel some myths that make retirement planning seem more daunting than it really is. Here are ten retirement myths to look out for.

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