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).

Coffee Reads of the Week– face to face

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!

management: Project Estimation Using “Use Cases” by Samuel Prasad

According to the 2009 Report from the Standish Group, almost 68% of the project were canceled, delivered late, did not meet product specifications or were over budget.

business: 4 Lessons from Billionaire College Entrepreneurs by Michael Deane

Find a need and fill it. Think outside of school. Use your school projects for larger goals. Don’t let school get in the way.

entertainment: Our Favorite Vampires by Miss Cellania

Here’s a round-up of notable vampires from 2007 in mental floss: Vlad the Impaler, Nosferatu, Count Dracula, Vampira, Barnabas Collins, Count Chocula, Blacula, Elvira, Count von Count, Lestat de Lioncourt, vampire bats.

green living: Postscripts on Little Steps Forward by Chit Juan

Going green does not have to be boring. Going green is simply being thoughtful. How will I leave this world much better when I found it?

entertainment: Women with Balls – Top 10 Fierce Pinays by Amber del Fuego

One great thing about being Filipina is that our society is relatively progressive when it comes to gender equality. Recently, we even beat the US in the World Economic Forum’s list of countries for having one of the smallest gender gaps for women.  We are the only Asian country in the top ten list and praised for our “drive for smaller gender gaps in labor force participation and wages.”

entertainment: Lourd de Veyra gets down and dirty on TV5’s Face to Face by Lourd de Veyra

A flying shoe always makes for good show, be it in Iraq or Novaliches. This afternoon, a shoe flew in the direction of Melvin Tiplado, a tricycle driver accused of not returning things absentminded or drunk customers lose inside his vehicle in the dead of night. The shoe’s trajectory sweeps across Amy Perez, the host who protests, “Sandali lang! Sandali lang!” deftly premature confrontation between the tricycle driver and Joan, a woman in her early 20s. Her story: one night, she left her wallet and cellphone in Mang Melvin’s tricycle.

technology: WordPress looks to cure writer’s block by acquiring Plinky by Ben Parr

Auttomattic, the company behind WordPress.com, has acquired inspiration tool Plinky from Thing Labs, who are also creators of the Brizzly Twitter app.

career: Fun Ways to Beef Up Your Resume by Charles Purdy

Study a language. Enroll in an acting or improvisation workshop. Learn something new. Turn a a hobby into a business. Volunteer. Write. Get physical. Get social. Explore a new career. Be creative.

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My Top Everything of 2009 – iLike!

Here are the things I heart the most in 2009.

1. Social Media/Web 2.0

facebook + twitter

A Good Marriage?

I started with Friendster, and then came Blogger and Multiply few years ago.

This year I came to know Facebook and Twitter, and since then I got hooked!  At the same time, I have become a frequent user of apps like WordPress, Plurk, Ping.fm, Bit.ly, among many others.

the google

Lady Gaga-personified over Google

Of course, the wonders of Google. I am currently relishing Google’s toys like Google Reader, Google Docs, Google Picasa, Google Mail, Google Talk, Google Translate, Google Code, and more. Truly, I have gone gaga over Google in 2009!

Social media is just getting even better.

Coffee Reads of the Week – christmas and cadbury

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!

opinion: The Truth About Santa by the Editors of The New York Times
I think I was around 5 when my brother and I caught our mom bringing gifts from the man she called Santa. We were still in disbelief until I reached 8 when truth had to be told. I’m still not sure if I’d pass on this tradition with my kids or not. What do you think?

comic relief: 5 Ways to Reach with Santa on the Web by Amy-Mae Elliott
In case you aren’t fully convinced yet that Santa is a joke, you can still reach him, I guess. Here’s how.

personal: Quick, Cancel Christmas by Dayana Yochim of The Motley Fool
business: Consumers Plan to Spend a Little More on Christmas Cheer This Year by Kit Eaton
‘Tis the season to be prudent. But not being entirely Mr. Scrooge. It’s the time to go the extra mile in calculating your expenses, assessing your cash flow, and identifying what really matters to you and to your family. Seriously, yes.

following: All I Want for Christmas by Lourd Ernest de Veyra
A rather different, controversial yet wittingly funny wish list this year from Lourd.

personal: Free Christmas and New Year’s Eve WordPress Theme by Smashing Editorial
personal: Decorating Ideas from our favorite Christmas Movies via PointClickHome.com
personal: 5 Secrets to Wrapping the Perfect Christmas Gift via Nice Package
shopping: Apple 12 Apps of Christmas via YouTube
technology: Social Media and the Future of Christmas Cards by Catherine P. Taylor
Decorating your crib, wrapping Christmas presents, pimping your blog with a Christmas theme, sending Christmas e-cards, or giving away one of Apple’s 12 Apps of Christmas, it’s not too late yet to do all these. In the Philippines, Christmas is extended until January.

business: Cadbury: More Than an Iconic Brand by Gill Corkindale
Since Kraft has taken over my favorites, Oreo and Chips Ahoy!, these delights never tasted better than they were before. The works of commercialism, right? Now Kraft is trying to get my another favorite. I don’t think this should happen. Cadbury’s a classic, and yes, I have emotional connection to it!

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