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Sendong’s Wrath

In Weather on December 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Cagayan de Oro,which means River of Gold is now a river of cold,dead bodies.It’s Crisis-mas in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan after storm Sendong (international codename:Washi) lashed into parts of Visayas and Mindanao.It is now considered as the world’s deadliest storm for 2011 with death toll rising up to more than a thousand plus the total number of displaced families.The cities are running out of coffins and cadaver bags and funeral parlors could no longer accommodate the bodies,hence forcing the city government to just bury them in mass graves.

Truly a heartbreaking sight.Too much for us,Filipinos to bear.But seeing these kids,their awareness and willingness to extend help and reach out to our less-fortunate countrymen,in their own little way,can’t help but feel optimistic,even in this dire situation.

Filipinos are known for their resilience.Our strength,courage and great faith will pull us through.We will overcome this.

God,have mercy on us…


I Survived Quiapo

In humor, Photo Blog on December 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

CNN PRODUCER NOTE: Aileen shot these photos of some hectic holiday shopping on the colorful streets of Manila, Philippines. Despite the huge crowds and breakneck pace, she managed to find most of what she was looking for on her list. -jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

With just a week to go before Christmas and looking at my kilometric to give gift list,I know I have to do my last minute Christmas shopping.But there’s a big problem…my dwindling finances.I can only scratch my head.But hey,Christmas is about giving,so just like the lyrics of a Jessie,”It’s not about the money money money,we don’t need your money money money,we just ‘wanna make the world dance,forget about the price tag…” Whew! That’s a good motivation.I’m sure the receivers of my gifts will understand that it’s austere season.But I’ll make sure I’ll change identity after I’ve handed them the gifts,to save myself from impending embarrassment. πŸ˜€ Counting my moolah (Gee,it took me split second to finish it!),I know it won’t get anywhere if I go to the mall,no choice but to go to one of the busiest areas in the metropolis….Quiapo!
In full battle gear,(yeah,you heard it right. I’ll be entering a warzone!)braved the maddening crowd of Quiapo. Your visit to this area (well,that is if you’re a devout Catholic) will not be complete if you don’t stop by the Basilica of the Black Nazarene. .“God,I thank you for all the blessings and please put me under the mantle of your protection.Spare me from pickpockets,guide me to the best buys and lastly,I know you have the ability to multiply things,can you double my money so that I can buy everything on my list?” πŸ™‚
Where did all these people come from?! Wow,thought of backing out,but thought of my godchildren (there are a hundred plus of them,no exaggeration!) who are eagerly awaiting for my Christmas presents,slowly inched my way through the crowd.
This is really the place for the budget-conscious shopper.Here you can find blouses and kids’ clothes for as low as 50 pesos and you have a wide variety to choose from.Clothes,shoes,caps,jewelries,accessories,toys,kitchen wares…just about anything.And if you’re thinking of changing or trading your spouse,think they offer that here too! πŸ˜€
As I approach the finish line,saw an interesting group of tarot card and palm readers,”fortune tellers”.Just for the hang of it,I decided to try this,I have nothing to lose,anyways. This old lady held my hand,then told me “You’re 26 right?” Wow,she couldn’t tell my age,that I’m way older than that,now that’s a fortune! πŸ˜€ Then she went on,“All your life,you have experienced nothing but hardships,BUT when you reach the age of 30….” Excitedly,I asked her,“I’ll become rich???” Then with a straight face,she replied, “No,by that time,you’re already used to having a hard life,so nothing will change!” Dang!

A zany Christmas to all! πŸ˜€


In food on December 16, 2011 at 4:55 am

As I was browsing over the net,came across this interesting pic.A nativity scene made of what do you know? Ham.

Sacrilicious! πŸ˜€

No Christmas This Year-And It’s My Fault

In humor on December 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

To:Saint Nicholas
North Pole

Dear Santa,

Happy Ho Ho Holidays! Just a short note to tell you that I’ve been a GOOD girl the whole year! πŸ™‚ Waiting for my gift.


To my surprise,got a reply e-card which says:

Giving It Away

In Uncategorized on December 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Bed weather.But instead of lazying around,spent my day rummaging through cabinets for old clothes and toys.Need to unclutter.I’ve become such a rat pack! Original plan is to sell these items in a garage sale and the proceeds will go directly to a less-fortunate person…ME πŸ˜€ With clothes and toys piling up,I know I’ll make good profit. As I go through my things,saw this old stuff toy,a puppy with a Santa hat and a scarf. Remember receiving this from an uncle who’s based in Australia. Obviously,I got this a Christmas gift (duh!)
Then a question just pops inside my head,What’s the real essence of Christmas? It’s about giving and sharing. Hey,I’m not even close to the word rich but I have a lot to be thankful for.My family,my friends and an angel,masquerading as a human being. πŸ™‚ (you know who you are,shhhh) In short,I know I can depend on them when things get rough.I’m not alone in this world. But what about those who see nothing but just a doggone world? I’m not trying to be some goody two-shoes here,but Christmas is the perfect time to show selflessness. Make these poor souls feel that they too are part of these blessed and joyous season.Not outcasts in a place called oblivion. Looking at this cute and cuddly stuff toy,I know this will put a big smile on a child’s face.

Polyglotting Thanks!

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Salamat,Thank you,Gracias,Obrigada,Arigato gozaimasu,Kamsahamnida,Tosha,Grazie,Merci,Selamat daka,Danke,Hassalam malaikum,Multumesc…for visiting my site πŸ™‚

Country Unique Visitors Last New Visitor
1. United States 56 December 3, 2011
State Unique Visitors Last New Visitor
1.1. California 16 November 29, 2011
1.2. Texas 10 December 1, 2011
1.3. Illinois 9 December 1, 2011
1.4. Oregon 2 October 31, 2011
1.5. Iowa 2 October 31, 2011
1.6. New York 2 November 27, 2011
1.7. Arizona 1 October 25, 2011
1.8. Indiana 1 October 25, 2011
1.9. Washington 1 October 31, 2011
1.10. Ohio 1 November 27, 2011
1.11. Pennsylvania 1 November 28, 2011
1.12. Connecticut 1 November 30, 2011
1.13. Virginia 1 December 1, 2011
1.14 Nebraska 1 December 12,2011
1.15 Florida 1 December 10,2011
Unknown 8 December 3, 2011
15 out of 51 collected.

2. Philippines 31 December 5, 2011
3. Romania 8 December 2, 2011
4. Brazil 8 November 30, 2011
5. United Kingdom 2 December 3, 2011
6. Netherlands 2 November 20, 2011
7. Belgium 1 December 3, 2011
8. India 1 December 2, 2011
9. Greece 1 December 1, 2011
10. Indonesia 1 November 30, 2011
11. Hungary 1 November 26, 2011
12. Vietnam 1 November 24, 2011
13. Venezuela 1 November 22, 2011
14. El Salvador 1 November 12, 2011
15. Colombia 1 November 10, 2011
16. Australia 1 November 5, 2011
17. Egypt 1 November 4, 2011
18. Argentina 1 November 2, 2011
19. Russian Federation 1 November 1, 2011
20. United Arab Emirates 1 October 31, 2011
21. Japan 1 October 29, 2011
December 10,2011 Hongkong
December 11,2011 Italy
December 11,2011 Sweden

Fog Or Smog?

In Weather on December 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

iReport– Metro Manilans woke up to a foggy Monday morning.Thick fog enveloped the metropolis causing limited visibility and delayed domestic flights.
But conflicting statements were issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST),with the latter saying that it’s more of a smog.But whether fog or smog,we sure welcome a cooler weather this morning (22 degrees celsius) and in the coming days.

TAGS: weather, fog, smog, Philippines
GROUPS: CNN International, Weather

Of Pear-Shaped Ham and David Beckham

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2011 at 4:36 am

What’s Christmas without our most fave Yuletide dish,the Ham.It comes in different shapes and sizes.But this doesn’t have to be expensive.You can enjoy easy to prepare home-made hams,the economical and traditional way. Here’s how:

Pear-Shaped Ham with Fruit Sauce

1 pc Pear-Shaped Ham

1Β½ c fruit cocktail syrup

Β½ c brown sugar

ΒΌ tsp ground cloves

Β½ c water

2 tbsp cornstarch

2 c drained canned fruit cocktail

Peel off wrappings of Pear-Shaped Ham, slice into ΒΌ-inch thickness. Arrange on a shallow baking pan; bake in a preheated oven at 325ΒΊF for 20 minutes.

Arrange ham slices on serving platter.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, boil together fruit cocktail syrup, sugar and cloves.

Blend in water with 2 tbsp cornstarch.

Simmer till sauce thickens slightly. Add drained fruits. Simmer for one minute.

Pour fruit sauce on arranged ham slices. Serve remaining sauce in a bowl.

Enough of pear-shaped hams,let’s talk about another December treat and thrill in my country,David Beckham (oh what a beefcake!) πŸ™‚ Just like the pear-shaped ham,this guy comes as a total package. A father,a husband,a celebrity endorser and a great athlete,not to mention a very goodlooking one at that.Coming off a successful US stint (his football team,LA Galaxy brought home the bacon in the recently concluded MLS (Major League Soccer)Tournament.(Bacon..beefcake..ham.. oh I’m a real carnivore!) πŸ˜€ Beckham and company is in Manila for an exhibition match against our national team,the Philippine Azkals,and also to conduct a football clinic for young kids which will be held today at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. And the friendly match (with not-so friendly ticket prices,ranging from two to fifteen thousand pesos.whoa!) πŸ˜€ is set for tomorrow,Saturday,at 7pm,same venue.So to all Beckhamaniacs out there,this is your rare chance to see Victoria Spice’s flaming hot hubby. πŸ™‚

Eatocracy: Beef And Dumplings Ramen

In food on December 1, 2011 at 4:09 pm

“CNN PRODUCER NOTE: Aileen has been eating ramen since she was a child, but as she grew older she wanted to experiment with interesting variations of the dish. She learned this specific recipe from her father, who she says is a great cook. She says that if she had the opportunity to do so, she would like to visit Japan and ‘have a taste of their authentic ramen dishes.’ -jne2013, CNN iReport producer GROUPS: Food

This is my version of beef and dumplings ramen.The ingredients are beef,dumplings ( Dumplings are cooked balls of dough,based on flour, potatoes or bread.I put shrimp and meat fillings,then steam it ) spring onions and seasoning. And to add flavor,I prepared chili sauce.

Itadakimasu! (Happy Eating!) πŸ™‚

Do They Know It’s Christmas Time At All?

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Traffic isn’t moving,non-stop honking of horns.I consider Manila roads now as a real battlefield.The best driver always wins.You must know a lot of side streets to get past this chaotic state.Good thing I was a former cab driver. πŸ˜€ It’s all because of one thing,the Christmas rush.Malls having big sales here and there and how can I forget the tiangges (small stalls being set up all over offering items at the lowest prices.While stuck in traffic and contemplating on the thought of what to give my loved ones this Christmas,got jolted by knocks at my car window,saw this little boy begging for alms.I often hear this from friends,”Don’t give them,they’re just part of a syndicate,and they’ll just use the money to buy solvent”. I tried to ignore the knocks,but when I looked at him,saw an empty plate and a starving soul on that boy’s face.Heck,what’s 5 pesos,it won’t make me rich.So decided to give him,plus my sandwich and drink.We often complain about so many things.What’s for dinner,the gifts we’re going to buy,the clothes we’re going to wear,etc. No problem with that,we work hard to earn so that we’ll have money to spend.A live and let live world. But have you tried going around and just observe the things that’s been happening around you? You will see this sad facet of life.
The faces of poverty.When I got home,looked at my well decorated haven,then thought about their impoverished abode.I have no right to complain. When you get busy wracking your brains thinking how you’d use all of these ,these people only have lints in their pockets. We’re going ga-ga over the Yuletide season,but to them,do they know it’s Christmas time at all?