Sunday, February 22, 2009

my philippine bucket list

abigail tagged me on FB re: things i've done. this is my local bucket list. i've done most, and i'm sure there are other things that you guys think should be part of it. so, i'm appending my bucket list to the list abigail tagged me to do, and i'm tagging you!

(x) Walked in a flood
(x) Eaten balut (and penoy)
(x) Eaten kambing (goat), ( ) aso (dog) or ( ) bayawak (giant lizard) or (x) wild boar or (x) wild deer or () palaka (frog)
(x) Eaten adidas (chicken feet), ( ) helmet (chicken head) (x) or isaw (chicken intestine)
(x) Rode a Tricycle
(x) Rode a caritela
( ) Rode a trolley by the houses along the riles (railroad)
(x) Been to the Rice Terraces
( ) Been to Star City
(x) Been to Enchanted Kingdom
(x) Been to Shooting the Rapids
(x) Eaten with your fingers from banana leaves
(x) Eaten taho (soft bean curd with caramel sauce peddled in the street by vendors)
(x) Eaten aratiles or macopa - straight from the tree
(x) Attended Simbang Gabi ( Midnight Mass )
(x) Played patintero
(x) Played Tumbang Preso
(x) Played Piko
(x) Played Sungka
(x) Played with Spiders (Gagamba derby)
(x) Played Chinese Garter
(x) Played Chinese Jackstones
( ) Climbed a coconut tree
(x) Danced the Tinikling or any other native dance (itik-itik!)
( ) Got on a Jeepney where you had to stand (sabit)
( ) Rode top load on a jeepney (mayroon niyan sa probinsiya)
(x) Got on a jeepney
(x) Rode in a banca
( ) Caught fish in the canal during a rainy day
( ) Participated in Ati-Atihan
(x) Had a salagubang (beetle) for a pet
(x) Eaten fish head
(x) Got drunk from Lambanog (coconut wine)
(x) Attended/participated in any religious procession (e.g. flores de mayo, block rosary, salubong, etc.)
(x) visited an inmate at Bilibid prison
(x) Attended an inuman (drinking session)
(x) Gone to the beach in summer
(x) Gone to Baguio
( ) Gone to Sagada
(x) Gone to Palawan
(x) Gone to the the Visayas
( ) Gone to Mindanao
( ) Gone to Angkor Wat in Cambodia
( ) Gone to see The Grand Canyon in Arizona
(x) Lived in any other part of the Philippines, other than hometown
(x) Cut class (OF COURSE!)
(x) Told manananggal, aswang, capre stories during a brownout or rainy night
(x) Slept under a mosquito net
(x) Slept on a banig (mat)
(x) Polished the floor with coco husk (bunot)
(x) Tasted durian
(x) Eaten pandesal filled with condensed milk
(x) Dunked pandesal into hot coffee
( ) Rode a kalabaw
(x) Took a bath under a "poso" or by the "ilog"
(x) Took a bath in the rain
(x) Used a pumice stone when taking a bath,
(x) used gugo for shampoo
(x) Tumulay sa kawayan (walked on a bamboo pole)
(x) Kept Vigil at the Cemetery for Nov. 1st
( ) Had their first date in Luneta
( ) Gone inside Malacanang Palace
( ) Gone shopping at 168 Divisoria
( ) Was punished by kneeling down on rock salt or monggo beans
(x) Gone shopping in Quiapo
(x) Eaten champorado with tuyo
(x) Eaten Dirty Ice Cream,
(x) fish ball sa kalye
( ) Watched horse races at the karerahan
(x) Rode horses at Wright Park in Baguio
(x) Drank Batangas barako coffee
(x) Cordillera coffee
(x) Eaten pinasugbo, (x) otap, or (x) piaya, (x) buko pie,
(x) Greeted your grandparents or elders by kissing their hand or having them touch your forehead
(x) Seen Taal Volcano
(x) Called anyone "pare/mare", "tol", or "bos/bossing"
(x) Watched the sunset by Manila Bay

my very own places to visit and things to do:
()go to batanes
()spelunking in sagada
(x)go to the underground river in palawan
(x)visit callao caves in tuguegarao
(x)make a pilgrimage to manaoag
()join the sinulog in cebu
()go to pahiyas in quezon
(x)swim in the hot springs in calamba
(x)go rafting in pagsanjan
()go rafting in cagayan de oro
(x)strawberry picking in la trinidad, benguet
(x)have coffee in the cafe by the ruins in baguio
(x)eat pinikpikan (hehehe. apologies to animal lovers)
(x)watch a canao
(x)visit the banawe rice terraces
(x)swim in hundred islands
(x)horse back riding in wright park, baguio
(x)go to the chocolate hills
(x)touch a tarsier
(x)take the loboc river tour
()surf in siargao
()visit the pearl farm in davao
()go house to house and eat with strangers in a fiesta
(x)snorkeling in palawan/boracay/bohol
(x)sleep in a bahay kubo
()tabon caves in palawan
(x)have your picture taken with a crocodile in palawan
(x)watch the sun set in any of the beaches in the philippines
()take the taal lake boat ride
()ride topload on a jeep
()sumabit sa jeep
()ride a skylab
()ride a pugpog/kuliglig
(x)hang a sampaguita on your rear view mirror
(x)ride a boat in burnham
(x)ride a bike in burnham
(x)go to tam-awan village
()swim with dolphins/whales in camarines
()climb mt. pulag
(x)visit banahaw
()wind surfing in boracay
(x)go up taal basilica
(x)go to enchanted kingdom
(x)watch the silent drill in PMA

places and things to eat:
(x)royal bibingka in laoag
(x)vigan longganisa
(x)pastel from camiguin
(x)curacha from zamboanga
(x)sisig in pampanga (along da riles)
(x)puso or rice in banana leaves in leyte
(x)drink barako coffee
(x)have bulalo in tagaytay
(x)butterscotch and pinasugbo in iloilo
(x)batchoy in iloilo
(x)fishball/isaw/kwekkwek sa kalye
(x)balut (pati sisiw ha, pero minsan lang. nahilo ako)
(x)pan de sal and star margarine with sugar
()tuba in the south
(x)lambanog from quezon
(x)basi from ilocos
(x)tapuy from the cordilleras

---i'm sure i missed out on a lot, so please feel free to append. WOW PHILIPPINES, sabi nga. :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

what recession?

amid all the doom and gloom of the "global recession" i would have expected that all newspapers would have headlines related to it. but no. this made me grin so wide i almost split my lip:

again, what recession? :)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

bucket list (tagged by bernadette on FB)

Things you have done during your lifetime:
( )Gone on a blind date
(x) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
( ) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Mexico
(x) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Hawaii
(x) Been on a plane
(x) Been on a helicopter
(x) Been lost
(x) Gone to Washington, DC
(x) Swam in the ocean
(x) Cried yourself to sleep
(x) Played cops and robbers
(x) Recently colored with crayons
(x) Sang Karaoke
(x) Paid for a meal with coins only
( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch.
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't.
(x) Made prank phone calls
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
(x) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
( ) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(x) Danced in the rain
(x) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(x) Watched the sunrise with someone
(x) Blown bubbles
(x) Gone ice-skating
(x) Gone to the movies by yourself
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
( ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
( ) Gone snowmobiling
( ) Lived in more than one country
(x) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(x) Seen a falling star and made a wish
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
(x) Seen the Statue of Liberty
( )Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
( ) Been on a cruise
(x) Traveled by train
( ) Traveled by motorcycle
(x) Been horse back riding
( ) Ridden on a San Francisco CABLE CAR
( ) Been to Disneyland OR Disney World
(x) Truly believe in the power of prayer
(x) Been in a rain forest
( ) Seen whales in the ocean
( ) Been to Niagara Falls
( ) Ridden or petted an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Saw and heard a glacier calf
( ) Been spinnaker flying
( ) Been water-skiing
( ) Been snow-skiing
( ) Been to Westminster Abbey
(x) Been to the Louvre
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
( ) Been to an NBA game
( ) Been to a National Football League game
( ) Been on a TV show
( ) Sang for a meal
( ) Seen Jerusalem
(x) Learned a foreign language
(x) Shot a gun
( ) Kick Boxed
( )Water skied or Gone tubing
(xxxxx!) Had your heart broken by a failed relationship
( ) Written a book.
(x) Gotten in a fist fight
(xxx!!) Driven over 100 MPH
( ) Been arrested
(x) Been in a Car accident
( ) Been to the Desert
(x) Been on a Mountain top
( ) Drunk from a mountain stream
(x) Spoken publicly
( ) Gotten a Tatoo

hmmm. this list is distinctly american. must make a local bucket list. but must work first.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

isang beer para kay noe

nami-miss ka pa rin namin, san ka man.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

you talking to me?

hmmm. so one day i was waiting at the bus terminal, killing time before i had to take the bus home. i got a call from my sister and she informed me that i had a notice of hearing from the dotc, for allegedly hitting a car, and driving without a license AND driving an unregistered car.


how is that even possible? 1-- i NEVER drive without a license (i feel naked, for some reason) 2-- i NEVER drive an unregistered car 3-- the car they said i was driving was kojak (my ever beloved kojak), whom i have not seen, much less driven in almost 2 years.

of course i was pissed. who wouldn't be? i called my dad since he was the one who sold the car. and then he made calls and then those idiots who bought my car said they couldn't register it for some reason or another. argh!

well i fixed it. i would show them wall-sized copies of my passport to indicate that i was not even in the country when the thing happened!

oh well. i eventually got my temper under control, and let it pass. and then yesterday, while i was checking mail, i got mail from a website asking to confirm my email address. it was addressed to JENNIFER Q.

again, HEYNG! if i were to use a pseudonym it would not be jennifer. no offense to the jennifers out there, but do i look like a jennifer to you?

thought so.

so who the hell would be using my email address? i accessed the account and changed the password. let her figure out how that happened.

it just bugs me. i'm sure it would bug you too.

all i ask is that they let me be me. if they want to be me? well too bad, tough sh*t.

(and before you make any scathing remarks, it's my blog after all. :D)