Friday, November 30, 2012

Did you know that cigars need to be stored in a box or room with constant humidity to keep its freshness? Yes, humidors for cigars is necessary to preserve the cigar's taste. In the days of old, humidors were cedar boxes as this particular wood absorbs more moisture. Modern desk humidors are still made from cedar wood and include a humidifier and hygrometer. Cool huh?
Posted by desperateblogger On 11/30/2012 04:36:00 PM No comments READ FULL POST
D2's bestfriend finally tied the knot with her boyfriend of 7 years. She chose a Filipiniana theme and a beige color motif for the whole entourage.. She wore a beautiful  pina  gown in a modern Maria Clara style. The mother of the bride wore an ecru terno which  made her look regal. The wedding service was beautiful, made more so with the couple's vows. Congratulations and Best Wishes Janus and Welly!
Posted by desperateblogger On 11/30/2012 04:08:00 PM No comments READ FULL POST
I have been so occupied with "life" for the past year that I have neglected my backyard garden. I took a good look at it the other day and I noticed that most of the plants are overgrown. The grass needs to be reseeded. The mango tree's top had to be cut. The climbers have "climbed" over the neighbor's roof and the small pond is filled with tadpoles! Can I possibly spruce up the garden before Christmas? And while I'm at it, would a thinking man statue near the pond bode well? Whatever, I seriously have to tend to my garden.
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I helped D2 with some props for the school's up and coming musical play. I was tasked to do a "piano". Equipped with a styropore board, a cutter, white glue, black latex paint and some barbecue sticks that I used as pegs, I made a one-and-a-half octave piano! Here's me, trying  the "piano" for size. Sounds a bit scratchy.
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Friday, November 23, 2012

In view of our coming church anniversary and Yuletide Season, we have decided to spruce up the church by repainting its interior and exterior. The colors chosen were in shades of cream, sandy beige, mahogany brown and black. The church is now very much in order except for the table right up in front side aisle. This regular table holds the mixer, computers and monitors for the church's sound and video system. It certainly looks "sorry" enough that I have suggested that we need an omnirax force 12 workstation to hold all our video and sound system gadgets. I wonder how much it costs?
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A greater percentage of my father's siblings migrated to the USA in the late 60s and 70s. That was eon ago! Thanks to technology I was able to rekindle my relationship with some of my cousins based in California. Last week, I met up with a male cousin who I last saw way back in 1973. He was only 7 years old when he and his family trooped to the USA. With two of my girls and Tabby, we met up with Manny in GB5. I was able to recognize him at once when he went inside Chili's (thanks to FB).We had a two-hour non-stop talk and it was quite sad that he had to leave for home the following day. There was  lot of catching up to do and it made quite sad that it took me decades to reach out to my father's relatives.
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Did you know that DNA testing for US immigrants is required now? Well, I didn't until a week ago. A friend's US petition finally came through and one of the requirements is a DNA test. The rationale is to prove the "blood" relationship between the beneficiary and the petitioner. I asked my friend where she plans to have her DNA tested and she said at an established DNA testing center in the US.  She said that at all she has to do is send a copy of the USCIS/U.S. embassy paperwork and full or partial payment of the test for DDC to send the concerned US Embassy. The embassy will be the one to schedule the collection of specimen and its return to DDC for testing. The results will then be sent back to the embassy for consideration. Sounds easy to me.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The :LRT Santolan incident between a certain passenger named Paula Jamie Salvosa and  LRT lady guard Sharon Mae Casinas that occurred on November 13, 2012,  was partly captured on video by Gregory Paulo Llamoso. On the same day, Llamoso uploaded the video on Facebook and on YouTube (for his 15 seconds of fame and glory.)

The video went viral. It was trending in social networking sites more so in Twitter with the hashtag AMALAYER,  which was deduced from the way the lady passenger pronounced  "I'm a liar".  The media,  social networking sites and other microblogging sites had a field day, all at the expense of Paula Jaime Salvosa. She was finally pressured into defending herself  as she granted GMA News an interview. According to Miss Salvosa, it was the lady guard who first raised her voice and grabbed her arm. Salvosa claimed that she would not have acted that way if the lady guard was courteous to her in the first place. You can read the story and watch the video here.

My two cents?  The video taken by Llamoso did not show the whole incident though. The LRT admin should have watched the incident recorded through the LRT's CCTV system. . The lady guard's back faced the cellphone camera of Llamoso that it was impossible to hear what she was saying.  Paula Jamie Salvosa was quite articulate in expressing her thoughts. The video clearly showed that she was pissed by the action of the lady guard. True, she could have handled the situation in a more tacit manner but who am I to judge her actions?  I think I would definitely blow my top too if a guard grabs me or my personal stuff. Truth be told, there are plenty of guards in establishments in Manila who feel that they have the power over  lowly commuters (LRT & MRT) and consumers (SM & Puregold). I'm sure we have all had our less than stellar "episodes" with security guards. I am not irked with Miss Salvosa. She is actually a victim all because she was articulate enough to express her displeasure with the lady guard. The lady guard was also a victim for she took the ire of Salvosa. 

Why do Filipinos love to "judge" and express sympathy to someone based on a video that does not present all the facts? I think Paul Gregory Llmoso was irresponsible in uploading the video as it did not show the flow of the incident from start to finish. Because of his video upload, the safety of Puala Jaime Salvosa has been compromised. She said she is now scared of commuting via LRT as there might be some persons who feels compelled to hurt her. Both the lady guard and Ms. Salvosa have been humiliated by the video too. I would not be surprised if Salvosa files a case against Llmoso. 

Beware, people of the Philippines. Do not blow your top when in public places. Thanks to smug vigilants and technology, your tantrums could be caught on video then uploaded on the internet before you can say "yoralayer". Wait, ism't this a case of invasion of privacy?

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Calling all Frabelle food products consumers! Frabelle's 1st Foodie Chef  cooking contest is open to all! The mechanics is pretty simple. All you need to do is come up with an original recipe using any of the following Frabelle food products: hotdog, cheesedog, pork ham tocino, longganisa hamonado, honey ham and hickory smoked bacon.

The contest is from October 22 to November 30, 2012. Just click on the link for the mechanics of the contest. The price? It's 20,000 php plus a culinary class! 

I wonder if  I can I join.
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Our church has a different kind of fellowship last Sunday. In preparation for the coming Advent season, we held a "work" fellowship. Everyone was invited to clean the church after the services. The day before, the church custodian already bought the cleaning products and supplies needed. I also gave a swatch of colors for gallons of paint. As I scanned over the list of things to buy, I was stumped with the item cross blocks. Now, why do we need cross blocks in cleaning and repainting the church? I asked the custodian and he laughed. His bad. The item was for his personal list of things to buy.
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Semestral break is over. The last few days of the semestral break coincided with a a four-day weekend because of the Philippine All Saint's Day observance on November 1, which fell on a Thursday. Since November 2 is a Friday,  the government thought to make it a no-work holiday too! I woke up at 6:00  this morning. I was feeling lethargic and lazy but I had to wake up as Ethan has school already. I went to the kitchen to check on breakfast and Ethan's lunch pack. Breakfast wasn't ready! There was no packed lunch either! I was ready to explode when my daughter asked me what I was doing up so early.

"It's Ethan's first day of school after a 2-week hiatus!", I quipped. My daughter smiled like a Cheshire cat and told me that school starts on November 7 and not November 5. 


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