Friday, August 19, 2005


I've been tagged by val.

Three names you go by:
1. Catherine -- for HS friends
2. Cat -- for relatives
3. KT -- college people

Three screen names you have had:
1. katie831
2. ice_violet
3. periwinkle_room

Three physical things you like about yourself:
1. My neck -- hahahahha! I think I'm the only person in the world who will answer this
2. my eyes
3. my wrist -- again, look at comment for number 1 answer

Three physical things you don't like about yourself:
1. my thighs
2. my legs
3. my hands and feet

Three parts of your heritage:
pure Chinese

Three things that scare you:
1. ghosts
2. drowning
3. being caught inside a burning room

Three of your everyday essentials:
1. Cetaphil
2. lipgloss -- my lips get really dry if I don't put it on
3. wallet

Three of your favorite muscial artists:
1. Kelly Clarkson -- love her voice. She deserves to be the American Idol
2. Bituin Escalante
3. Nyoy Volante

Three of your favorite songs:
1. For your babies -- Simply Red
2. A heart needs a second chance -- 38 Special
3. A love that will last -- Renee Olstead

Three things you want in a relationship:
1. Respect
2. Good communication
3. Loyalty

Three lies and truths in no particular order:
1. Karma
2. Blood is thicker than water --- hooo boy, don't get me started on this
3. Man is intrinsically good.

1. Masasamang damo matagal mamatay
2. Money makes the world go round.

Three physical things about the opposite sex that appeals to you:
1. Eyes
2. Teeth
3. Arms

Three of your favorite hobbies:
1. Baking and cooking
2. Reading
3. Organizing -- anything -- closets, to-do lists, events, gimmicks, files, drawers, cabinets, my mom's files, my dad's files... well, you get the point

Three things you want to do really badly now:
1. Organize my desk (both room and office)
2. Clean out my closet
3. Work out

Three careers you've/you're considering:
1. Wedding coordinator
2. Doctor
3. Restaurateur

Three places you want to go on vacation: (PAY ATTENTION MIKE!)
1. Paris
2. Italy
3. U.S.A.

Three kids' names you like:
1. Kirsten Gabrielle
2. Charlotte
3. ??

Four things you want to do before you die:
1. give birth
2. start own business
3. be filthy rich
4. live abroad

Three ways that you are steorotypically a boy:
1. I drive like a madman
2. I eat like a boy (before the weight gain and all)
I can't think of anything else

Three ways that you are steorotypically a girl:
1. I can window shop all day.
2. I bawl out at the most trivial emotional scenes.
3. I am kikay. At least, I think I am.

Three celeb crushes:
1. Ben Affleck
2. Ryan Agoncillo
3. Luis Manzano

Three people I'm tagging:
Hmmm.... hmmm.... We-ell, majority of my loyal readers have already been tagged, and the rest are not bloggers. :)

Thursday, August 18, 2005

The Countdown Begins

Saw this signboard outside Megamall a while ago -- Digital Photography (or something like that) -- August 19-21.

Hey, something I'm interested in. Pero malayo pa naman eh. I'll just schedule it in my organizer.


Wetaminit! August 19 is tomorrow!!!!

I can't believe it. Half of August is almost over!

Which means, there are only--

... a few days left before I turn 20 again. :)

... a few days left before the berrrrr months arrive.

... one more month to go before Mike comes home!! (His stay was extended by another month, ay naku.)

... two and a half months to go before our engagement.

... two and a half months to go for the next long weekend -- All Saint's Day

... four months to go before Christmas!

... six months to go before Valentine's!

... nine months to go before our wedding!

Looking forward to all of those!

Haiku craze

Rain, rain, clear as glass,
Said to be tears from heaven,
When the blue sky cries

A haiku I wrote in grade five. And now, because Val and Rory are posting haikus on their blogs, I posted mine too. I still remember feeling so proud of myself for making this haiku. See? Sixteen years later and I still remember it. :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Doing the deed

Jaded. Jaded, jaded me.

I went to Crossings to buy some last minute stuff for a cake I was supposed to make tonight. I noticed that there were only four cash registers open, so I went for the express lane instead, where the last person on the line left his basket and checked out some stuff in the aisle. I stood behind the basket and waited. The owner of the basket came back and smiled at me. I gave him my reserved-for-strangers-smile, which lasted all of... one second.

I placed my stuff on the freezer display behind me -- a jar of sour cream, two bars of butter and one bag of Kornets :) The man in front of me glanced at my items, and promptly headed to where the shopping baskets were stacked. Aghast, I looked at the other direction, pretending to be busy looking for some faraway item in a faraway aisle. Strangers offering to help me is not something I'm used to.

"Miss, eto o, para di ka naman mahirapan," the stranger said.

And that was it. No follow up conversation to sell me some insurance stuff. No pa-simple questions on where I live and if I'm married. He just handed me the basket and quietly stood in line. And he was friendly with the cashier and the bagger too.

I was still thinking about him when I entered my car. More importantly, I was thinking how stand-offish I had been to him. Maybe because during these times, it's hard to imagine anyone being nice just because they are nice. Usually, strangers are nice for a reason -- there's a hidden ulterior motive behind their actions.

The whole incident brought to mind that movie about doing good and passing it on to someone else. What's the title? Move it Forward? Pass it Forward? Pay it Forward? Oh well, whatever it is... I realized that it has been a long time since I last did a good deed. I remember how, when I was still in grade school, my goal was to do a good deed everyday, which I usually fulfilled by carrying a poor student's stroller up the stairs. Hehehehehe. Aaaah... life was so simple back then.

So now, one of my goals is to do a good deed, everyday.

I wonder how difficult this goal will be.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

A trip down memory lane...

The memory lane, in this case, is Hong Kong. The last time I was there was in 1996, I think, almost ten years ago. Okay, not entirely true. The last time I was there was last year, where we stayed in HK for a total of six hours only, so I guess that shouldn't count. Hong Kong has changed so much. The MTRs now have glass doors to protect passengers from falling down the tracks. The malls have grown bigger and grander. Most of the establishments we used to frequent have either closed down or moved to a different location. But our favorite restaurants are still there. There's the old noodle place with the bestest wanton dumplings ever. Then there's Cafe de Coral, with the best chicken curry dish. My latest favorite is their baked porkchop. I will stop with the food posts now, because I don't want to drool all over my keyboard. :)

Since it's August, the whole HK is on sale. Sadly, even with all items discounted, they were still too expensive for us. Tsk tsk. I remember before how HK used to be our shopping mecca because items there were cheaper. I see all these women in shops, hoarding shoes and lining up at the cashier to buy pairs of shoes priced at $299!! That's almost P2,153!! Am I just barat? Because I felt that that was too expensive a price for a pair of unbranded shoes. Cheap for me would fall around the P600-P800 price range, which means that in HK dollars, they should be around $83 - $111. Harharhar.

And the airport's check in counter in Central... whoa! Passengers have the option of going directly to the airport or going first to their check in counter in Central. Their check in counter in Central is enough reason to go to HK. There are two malls beside it that houses some of the more popular brands in the international fashion scene. There's Zara, Mango, Lancel, etc. There are a few coffee shops, a juice bar, and a gasp.... cinema!!!! So, if you have a long time to go before your flight, you can go there, check in, watch a movie, then take the train to the main airport. The train ride will take only 20 minutes.

Which is why when we landed here, I felt disappointed comparing HK's airport to ours. Upon disembarking from the airplane, harassed passengers have to travel down a flight of stairs, go through this (useless) footbath, which, by the way, creates a bottleneck to the main arrival hall, and fall in line for immigration purposes. If the passengers arrive too late, they will have to stand on the stairs because the lines reach up to there. It's like, the architect who designed the airport just designed the floor plan without taking into consideration the comfort of the passengers using it. Haaaay..

But, I will focus on the positive side of things instead. I am thankful that we had a safe flight. I am thankful for the bonding moment with my brother and my dad. I loved checking out the new malls. I loved the new food ideas we saw at the food fair. I am thankful for the brief 3-day vacation from my "new" family.

I would love to see Disneyland when it opens!!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Side A

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Side A used to be my favorite local band. In fact, it's the only local band that I like.


That was until today, when I learned that Kelly Badon, their guitarist, left the group to pursue his career in the States. He's the second guy from the left of the picture.

It's not confirmed yet, but Side A already has a new guitarist.

I last saw him in an MTV concert last July 30 at the Fort.

Good luck Kelly. :)


Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Pre-Pre-Wedding Jitters

Okay, Nine months to go before the big day, and what have I accomplished so far?

Make up artist -- I already posted this before. Si Madge Lejano na.

Video/ photographer -- Ariel Javelosa.

Cake- Cakes by Val

That's it.

My list of accomplishments looks so familiar. That's because, I hadn't done anything since Mike left for China.

Gymmed? No.

Booked florist / event stylist? No.

Booked couturier? Nope.

Musicians? Sound system? Lights? -- What? What?

Haaaay. Let's not even talk about the upcoming engagement party barely two months from now. No preparations made for it yet. Haven't bought clothes yet. Haven't bought anything!!! And the tinghun dress, I had made only because my mom insisted on it.

When I think of the upcoming big day, I really, really feel the chill running up my spine.

I feel and know in my heart that Mike's the one. But, I can't imagine myself getting married in less than a year! It's like, suddenly, I have so many things I want to do. Like study abroad and live independently for a year. Which is never going to happen after I get married.

Scary, really. There's my biological clock, ticking away on one hand. And on the other, there's the list of things I want to do, now, while I'm still single.

And, living with my cousins has made me realize how unready I am for children. I am so not ready for the invasion of privacy. I'm so not ready to be the oldest in a group of nine. I'm so not ready to be responsible for choosing which school my cousins should go to. And in this case, I have my parents with me pa. They're the major decision makers. I'm the assistant only. With our own children, there will be no one responsible for them except Mike and me.

Ohmygas. Is this normal? To have wedding jitters before the usual pre-wedding jitters, which, I understand, usually happens minutes before the wedding? Whenever I ask my married friends and relatives what they felt while they walked down the aisle / waited inside the church, the usual response was, "Wala, noraml lang." So what is normal? Is this normal? Is this desire to delay the wedding normal?


Tuesday, August 09, 2005


It has been a long time since I last raved about a movie I saw. Come to think of it, I can't remember raving about any movie I watched this year. But this movie, this really is a MUST SEE!! I watched it with Val last Saturday, and watched it again last Monday. That's how much I loved the movie. Loved, loved, loved it!

I loved the fact that the movie delivered a strong message about racial discrimination without being too boring and too documentary like. It sort of reminded me of Love Actually, where the characters accidentally cross each other's path at some point in their lives. Except of course, that in this movie, the characters discriminated against each other at some point in their lives.

The scene which struck me most is the scene depicted on the movie poster pic above. For the sake of my five loyal readers (one of them had already seen the movie with me :) ) The actor who played the Mexican family man was very good in that scene. Very believable. Very realistic.

Ah basta. Good movie. Watch it, watch it.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005


I'm always thrilled when it's the beginning of a month. Even more so now because it's August, for obvious reasons. Note: look at the countdown to my birthday. New month = new things to look forward to. As early as now, I have so many "projects" lined up already. Don't really want to list them down -- baka ma overwhelm ako sa dami.

The only bummer for this month is that there's a teeny weeny chance that Mike won't be able to make it in time for my birthday. Hay ya. I have to admit though, that I have been enjoying my weekends even without him. Not that I'm saying I don't miss Mike. It's just that, it has been a looooong time since I went shopping on my own. Well, last month, I was able to shop on my own, and eat out on my own. And I have to say, it's really a relaxing experience for me. To shop and not have to worry that I'm dragging someone along with me. To eat and just observe other people without having to carry a conversation with someone. It's not something I want to do every day. Siguro mga once every two months will do. Other people go to spas. Other people meditate. I go to malls alone.

Here's wishing everybody a fun-filled August!!!