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Chocoboy discovers frisbee

Charcoal's day out

all seasons in one day

Every Saturday ang football practice ni TSA. Dahil dito, tuwing Sabado nasa UP Sunken Garden kami.

Maganda sa UP. Mahangin. Relaxing. Napag-usapan nga namin na dapat isama ang mga doggies para makapag-unwind din sila. Kaso, parang mahihirapan kami kung sabay sabay silang lima na dadalhin namin. Kaya, isa-isa muna. Unang sumabak si Charcoal.

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Heto sya sa bus...

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Enjoy na enjoy sya..

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Nagrerelax sa damuhan...

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Feeling nya kanya ang Sunken Garden...

Nakakainis lang kay Charcoal, sumasama kahit kanino basta may pagkain. Sabi nga ni Chocoboy, mananakaw si Char. Worse, baka malason.

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Tulad ng grupo na ito. Pinagpasapasahan si Char. Mega-picture taking. Payag naman ang hitad na tuta dahil binigyan sya ng adobo.

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Eto naman sya sinasalubong si TSA...

Seryoso na ang practice nila TSA. Panay ang takbo nila. Exercise drills. Banggaan. Kaso si Char, tuwing water break, nakikisali.

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Si Chocoboy naman nakahanap ng kalaro mag-frisbee. Magpapakamatay masapo lang yung frisbee.

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Pag-uwi namin sa bahay, eto ang eksena:

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Knocked out si Char...

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Pasa-pasa si TSA...

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Si Chocoboy sinuot ang padding at helmet ni TSA at nagpapictorial...Mega-emote ang mokong.

Ako naman, hanggang kinabukasan, pagod pa rin. Di ko na napuntahan si Richard Poon.

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Pinanood ko na lang sya sa ASAP.

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My Sister's Keeper

"In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who loses a child."

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Synopsis:

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate - a life and a role that she has never questioned… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister - and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable… a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life… even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less?

Here is an excerpt from the book:
When I was little, the great mystery to me wasn't how babies were made, but why. The mechanics I understood – my older
brother Jesse had filled me in — although at the time I was sure he'd heard half of it wrong. Other kids my age were busy looking up the words penis and vagina in the classroom dictionary when the teacher had her back turned, but I paid attention to different details. Like why some mothers only had one child, while others seemed to multiply before your eyes. Or how the new girl in school, Sedona, told anyone who'd listen that she was named for the place where her parents were vacationing when they made her ("Good thing they weren't staying in Jersey City,"my father used to say).

Now that I am thirteen, these distinctions are only more complicated: the eighth grader who dropped out of school because she got into trouble; a neighbor who got herself pregnant in the hopes it would keep her husband from filing for divorce. I'm telling you, if aliens landed on earth today and took a good hard look at why babies get born, they'd conclude that most people have children by
accident, or because they drink too much on a certain night, or because birth control isn't 100%, or for a thousand other
reasons that really aren't very flattering.

On the other hand, I was born for a very specific purpose. I wasn't the result of a cheap bottle of wine or a full moon or the heat of the moment. I was born because a scientist managed to hook up my mother's eggs and my father's sperm and come up with a specific combination of precious genetic material. In fact, when Jesse told me how babies get made and I, the great disbeliever, decided to ask
my parents the truth; I got more than I bargained for. They sat me down and told me all the usual stuff, of course — but they also explained that they chose little embryonic me, specifically, because I could save my sister Kate. "We loved you even more,"my mother made sure to say,"because we knew what exactly we were getting."

It made me wonder, though, what would have happened if Kate been healthy. Chances are, I'd still be floating up in Heaven or wherever, waiting to be attached to a body to spend some time on Earth. Certainly I would not be part of this family. See, unlike the rest of the free world, I didn't get here by accident. And if your parents have you for a reason, then that reason better exist. Because once it's gone, so are you.

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I have yet to read the book. The excerpt convinced me to buy it though. I heard that it has a different ending. Will update you guys once I am done reading.

With regard to the movie, I saw it last night with Chocoboy and I cried buckets of tears. Chocoboy, even if he won't admit it, also cried.

I have seen a lot of movies that tackle families and the situations that bind them. I have to say, this is one of the best. As a parent, I was able to relate to Cameron Diaz's character (the mom). She will do anything to make her child live. Unwilling to let her child go. Anyway, I don't want to start crying while writing, so here are some of the best quotes from the movie:

“When I first became a parent I used to lie in bed at night and imagine the most horrible succession of maladies: the bite of a jellyfish, the taste of a poisonous berry, the smile of a dangerous stranger, the dive into a shallow pool. There are so many ways that a child can be harmed that it seems nearly impossible that one person alone could succeed at keeping him safe. As my children got older, the hazards only changed: inhaling glue, playing with matches, small pink pills sold behind the bleachers of the middle school. You can stay up all night and still not count the ways to lose the people you love.”

“But kids don’t stay where they are supposed to. You turn around and find her not in the bedroom but hiding in a closet; you turn around and see she’s not three but thirteen. Parenting is really just a matter of tracking, of hoping your kids do not get so far ahead you can no longer see their next move.”

“My mother moves so fast I do not even see it coming. But she slaps my face hard enough to make my head snap backward. She leaves a print that stains me long after it has faded. Just so you know: shame is five-fingered.”

"There are stars in the night sky that look brighter than the others, and when you look at them through a telescope you realize you are looking at twins. Thw two stars rotate around each other, sometimes taking nearly a hundred years to do it. They create so much gravitational pull there's no room around for anything else. You might see a blue star, for example, and realize only later that it has a white dwarf as a companion- that first one shines so bright, by the time you notice the second one, it's too late."

“Mom, do you remember when I took that trip to camp and I was so afraid to leave you? You told me to take a seat on the left side so that I could look back and see you. Do you remember?…………. Now it’s your seat.”

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TSA's 32nd

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TSA celebrated his 32nd birthday yesterday. Simple lang, sa bahay lang kami.

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Nag-ihaw ako ng liempo at nagprito ng talong.

Syempre, iba-iba kami ng sawsawan...

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Si TSA, may nadiscover na Datu Puti sukang kurat. Parang dinikdik na sili na hinaluan ng konting suka. Amoy pa lang, masakit na sa ilong. Super anghang.

May nakakatawang istorya pa nga sya. Nung kumakain kami, sabi ni Chocoboy, yung suka daw ni TSA kay Randy Santiago. Tawa talaga kami. "Anak, kirat si Randy Santiago hindi kurat", sabi ko sa kanya.

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Ang paborito kong suka. Spiced vinegar from Datu Puti. Sukang puti na tinimplahan ng bawang, sibuyas, sili at kung ano-ano pa. In fairness, mega-promote kami ng Datu Puti ah.

Si Chocoboy, mahilig isawsaw ang talong sa halubaybay. Halubaybay ang tawag sa ginisang bagoong isda tapos pinigaan ng calamansi. Sayang at hindi ko na nakunan ng litrato.

Para sa mga friends ni TSA sa village, umorder sya ng isang malaking bilao ng palabok at nagpakain. Dahil hindi naman sya mahilig sa inuman, yun lang ang binili nya. Nagulat na lang sya at biglang may inuman. Parang potluck ang nangyari - pero panay alak ang dala. Syempre, nakiinom na rin sya.

Happy birthday honeykoy!

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Bad Idea

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Kahapon ko napatunayan na hindi lahat ng magagandang ideas ay okay pag inapply mo na sa totoong buhay.

Inatake na naman ng mga flaky friends (dandruff) ang aking anit. Siguro kasi stressed na talaga ako sa work, sa bahay. Nakakairita talaga. Itchy, dry scalp.

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Kinulit ko si TSA na ibili ako ng virgin coconut oil. Yun kasi isang gamit lang, goodbye dandruff na, lumambot pa buhok mo.

Halos isang oras nawala si TSA. Pagbalik, walang coco oil. Out of stock daw, meron pa syang pahabol. Dadating daw stock ng Mercury Drug sa Tuesday. Napakamot ako ng ulo. Di ko na kayang hintayin.

Hinarap ko ang aking kikay kit. Tinignan isa-isa ang mga kikay products.

Nagkaroon ako ng "lightbulb moment" pagkakita ko sa petroleum jelly.

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"Kaya nitong imoisturize ang dry skin, pati kalyo. This can surely moisturize my scalp", sabi ko sa sarili.

Ang ending? Nakakasampung hot showers at shampoo na ako, panay petroleum jelly pa rin ang ulo ko. Ang lagkit. Hay... para akong binuhusan ng minatamis sa ulo.

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Movies I am looking forward to watching....

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Ewan ko ba, pero nagccrave talaga ako para sa paella. In fact, kung ano-anong website na ang tinignan ko, kahahanap ng easy to make paella recipe. May isinulat na akong isa. I will try cooking it on my rest day. To take my mind off food, I will just write about the movies I want to see this year.

Bring out the popcorn!

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Syempre, Breaking Dawn. The 4th installment of the Twilight Saga.

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Favorite character namin ni Chocoboy si Puss in Boots sa Shrek. Excited na ako kahit sa November pa ito.

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Matutuwa si Chocoboy dito.

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May anak na si Mumble at Gloria.

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Sexiest man Ryan Reynolds. Yun na!

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Si Harry Potter na nasubaybayan ng buong mundo ang paglaki...

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Akala ko sa tech lang may alam si Panda. Marunong din pala mag-martial arts. Chos!

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Mahilig talaga ako sa ganitong type ng mga movies. Comedy.

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Syempre, hindi mawawala ang horror. Yehey, may exorcist-themed movie na naman.

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Saw the trailer for this movie when I watched Dalaw. Horror-comedy.

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Patron Saint ni Antacid Gurl

Immaculate Lady of Coke

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Skype Potluck

Kalatog-Pinggan Club

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Syempre pa, sinalubong namin ang bagong taon ng madaming pagkain. Nag-potluck kami nung January 3, 2011. Unang Lunes ng taon. Pasensya na at nahuli ng post, may kabagalan kasi ako mag-upload ng pictures. Ayoko namang panay salita lang yung post ko. It won't do the event any justice. (event daw o) hehehe

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Absent nga pala sa event na ito si Antacid Gurl. Sinalubong nya ang 2011 na naka-confine sa hospital dahil sa pagsumpong ng gastritis nya. Sayang talaga. Sya pa naman ang mahilig kumain at nakatokang magdadala ng Pixie's sinugba.

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Leche flan from Miss Malaysia

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Walang kamatayang sisig ni Cruz-not-Poon

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Special chicken ni Poleng

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Palabok ni Lipgloss

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Coke ni Reechang...

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Ang aking secret recipe embutido

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Galing kay Caramel at Firestarter - Ang official cake ng Skype. Tuwing may potluck kami, ito ang cake eh...

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Official Skype loveteam...

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Any Given Saturday

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Kahit sino ang tanungin mo kung paano madedescribe si TSA, lahat sila sasabihin na mahilig sya sa sports. Baseball, basketball, swimming, bowling, boxing at kahit ano pa yan, hindi ako mapahiya pag tinanong mo sya. Sigurado may trivia syang alam. Laging updated sa stats ng mga players at sa team standing.

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Di na ako nagtaka nang binanggit nya sa akin last December na nadiscover nya na may American Football League dito sa Pinas at interesado sya magtry-out.

Last Saturday, ang aga naming lahat gumising para sa try-out ni TSA. Nag-almusal kami. Pagkatapos, pahinga. Si TSA nagdecide na manood kami muna ng football movie. Ang napili nya - The Replacements.

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Pagdating namin sa Sunken Garden sa UP, nakakatuwa at ang dami ng mga athletes. May mga naglalaro ng football, soccer at pati frisbee. Nakaka-inspire.

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Nagtaho agad si Chocoboy...

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Excited si TSA. Hindi maipinta ang ngiti sa mukha. Agad na nag-warm up.

Pagkatapos ng isang oras..game na!

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Kinabahan ako sa laki ng pina-tackle kay TSA... Hindi sya kalakihan noh?

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Mega huddle ang team nila TSA...

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Deadma lang ang kalaban...

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Water break!

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TSA is now part of the Defensive Line-up for the Wolves Team. I am so proud of you hon!

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Eggy Day

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I am so sleepy. If I felt that there was a chance for me to sneak out without Doby seeing me, I would have snuck out already. I am craving for paella. But that is so out of reach for me right now. The only restaurant I can think of with the passable paella is La Tienda at Makati. And Makati is too far for my 1 hour lunch break.

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So, my thoughts wander to eggs. I am extremely fond of eggs. I think I eat around 5 to 10 every week. Probably more if we have ripe mangoes at home.

Saw these egg cartoons, extremely cute.

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For more egg cartoons, visit Natalie Dee's site.

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Sari-saring kemerat lang

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Touched kami kahapon ni Reechang at dinalhan kami ng isang box na pagkain ni Kuya Roger. Bravo talaga!

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Nagkasakit si Miss Malaysia. Na-food poisoning. Pero isang araw lang hindi pumasok. Dedicated sa trabaho. Tinanong namin sya kung ano huli nyang kinain. Double Down daw sa KFC. Ngayon, ma-imagine nya pa lang daw yung double down, nasusuka na sya. Ayaw na nya sa KFC. Di na daw sya kakain dun ever. Takot na sya. Pero kung libre, pag-iisipan daw nya.

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Na-late ako ngayon. Yung nasakyan ko kasi na bus, parang pagong sa bagal umandar. Hindi naman kumukuha ng pasahero. Ganun lang talaga magdrive si Manong. Napansin ko lang, 2010 pa itong sipon ko, hindi nawawala. Masyado na nya akong mahal.

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Na-late din si Reechang. Inisip ko agad, malamang nilalakad na naman mula Philcoa hanggang dito sa Technohub. May fear of heights kasi si Reechang. Mas gugustuhin pa nyang mag Alay Lakad kaysa mag-overpass.

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Si Antacid Gurl, masaya kami at nakabalik na. Naconfine sya nung New Year dahil sa hyperacidity nya at kung ano ano pa na hindi ko kaya ipaliwanag. Bawal na sya ngayon kumain ng matataba at uminom ng paborito nyang Coke. Last week nga, inaaya ko sya pumunta sa Sunken Garden. Oo daw, marami daw kasing isaw dun.

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"Diba bawal na yun sayo?", tanong sa kanya ni Miss Malaysia.

Eto ang makasaysayang sagot ni Antacid Gurl: "Mataba lang ang bawal, hindi yung madumi".

Si Firestarter naman, takot sa aso. 2 beses na daw kasi sya nakakagat.

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Sabagay, kung ganito hitsura ng aso, malamang matakot din ako. Aso yan ni Crypt...

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Pansinin nyo, magkamukha silang mag-amo.

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