Sunday, January 21, 2007

I've been tagged!

Ok, ok, our wedding photographer, Fol Rana, tagged me last week. By tagging, I mean that I'm the "it" girl and it's my turn to do what he was "tagged" to write about in his blog. Since I'm new to blogging, I didnt know these kinda stuff exists in the blogworld. Ha! I remembered seeing this though from some of my friendster buddies whenever they post in the bulletin so it's a bit familiar in some sense.

Hee, I was actually tagged to list down 5 things about me that a few people know about. Hmmm... toughie. I had to ask sweeps what he thinks about me that he feels that not much people know about me. Aint this getting interesting??

Ok, I think I could think a few... here we go, let's give this a shot..

5 Things People Didn't Know About Me

1) I eat Oreos in a weird way. When everyone that I know loves the cream in the middle of every oreo cookie, those same sugary cream disgust me big time! I would either scrape them off with a knife and leave them off piling on top of each other until I can form a cream-based-snow-ball! Ha! Or even sometimes, if I'm too lazy to pick up a knife, I'd split open the cookie in half, leaving the other half with most cream stuck on it, and put it back in the bag. So sweeps would always end up eating the other half with all the creams. Heee! Yeah, super weird me.

2) All of our clothes in our closet should be hung using white-colored hangers only... period! No greens, yellows, red, what-nots. Hangers had to be white, white, white and nothing else. I'm not sure if this is part of my OC-ness (Obsessive-Compulsive)... but I usually gets too fidgetty if I see any hangers in our closet that are not white! I dont know how to explain it but it just have to be white! Sweeps had to deal with this from day 1 and I'm glad he understands without asking too much questions. I dont know the answer either so what's the point of him asking anyways, heeee :o)

3) I am a right-brainer engineer. Yeah, I am not sure why am I in this field wherein it would be beneficial that the left brain is more dominant than the right. Oh, don't get me wrong, I love math, calculus, chemistry, solving problems etc etc (though, I hate programming!) However, my passion is inclined more on the artsy, creative part of me. It didn't occur to me until I get a chance to think about it seriously a while back. During elementary & highschool days, I would be getting awards on some posters/art projects that I did and I didnt even know I did them well. I pay so much attention to every detail when it comes to artsy stuff. It's like something that's within me. Oh well, maybe I'm wrong.

When we were working on our DIY's for our wedding, I surprised myself for coming up with such ingenious idea of making our own cocoa bottle as well as our kissing bells. What amazes me is that the idea just came without me looking up for anything similar. They just came popping in... yeah, on the fly! They turned out pretty good, in fairness! Hee, love your own! Or it could be that the bridezilla in me came out that everything has to be nice and perfect! Har!

And oh, in relation to this, I betcha nobody else knows (aside from my husband) that I'm a post-production (video-editing, that is) junkie. I didnt have the high tech tools just yet, but that's my next project. This is something that I can imagine myself doing for the rest of my life. This is one of those "jobs" where it doesnt feel like work for me. So ironic in some way bec I dont like watching TV. The only reason I sit in front of the tube is either to watch Smallville or CSI and occasional loveydovey chick flick movies. But then I make use of that time to observe the shots & transitions of interesting frames. Would you believe I like observing even the ads just to see the different editing styles of the people who work behind the camera? Yeah... one day, I know one day, I am going to make it happen... very cool!

On my free time, I always make sure I visit Jason Magbanua's website and other popular videographer's websites in the Philippines. You know, so I could get a knack of what's new, what's hot, what's cool, what's not.

4) I didnt have any toys when I was a kid. Sad as it sounds but yeah, I never had one. I matured early in life that I know the value of money since I was 5. I never asked my parents to buy me toys even if I was dying to have the doll of my dreams... just so because I know it would add up to their expenses - yeah.. I was 5 yrs old then... and I still remember. When other kids were having fun enjoying their toys... I was studying and saving up every cent that I have.

When I was in kindergarten, my teacher asked us to bring our favorite toy in school the next day. I wasn't worried a bit because I know I can borrow my baby sister's squeaky rubber doll. Those cheapskate dolls kinda like doggie toys when they bite it, it squeaks. So, the next day I had it in my bag. Of course everyone brought their toys so even before the class starts, I know what kind of toys they had. One girl has this nice baby doll in a basket - it can cry, it can laugh, it can even pee.. like real water coming out from her bottom making her diaper wet so her mom can change it. There's one boy who has this super cool battery-operated gigantic robot that could speak, walk, lights blinking, etc. All sorts of toys I've never seen before. It was such a slap on the face for me... how come everyone had super cool & nice toys and the only thing I had is one tiny rubber squeaky doll. Yep, I was heart-broken.

The teacher asked each one of us to show what toy we brought and show the whole class what it can do and why it was our favorite toy. When it was my turn, I lied, I told her I forgot to bring mine. I was soooo embarrassed and ashamed what the other kids would think if I show my rubber doll. It doesnt have anything special. It's not even mine. I was sooo sad I kept the feeling to myself. I didnt want my parents to feel sorry for me and be obligated to get me some toys so I never shared what happened that day to anyone until I met sweeps.

I got my ever first stuffed toy when I was in 3rd grade and made it to the top 10 of the class. My mom asked me what prize I want since I was able to make it to the honor roll. I even remembered how much it was, a P90.00 worth stuffed animal (sheep) that makes this "baaaaa" sound when I lean it on a certain direction. I love this toy and I still have it in my closet back home in the Phils.

I have some more heart-breaking experience when it comes to having toys when I was a kid. But it's gonna be another long sappy story and I didnt want to bore whoever is reading my blog with stupid details.

Hmmm... now I know why everytime sweeps and I go to the mall, our first stop is either the pet store or KB toys :o) We both enjoy going through the toys in every aisle of the toy store. I'm glad sweeps has the patience to be with me enjoying and playing the toys from the shelves. There's always these kiddos inside our hearts that we both just can't let go... aheeee!

5) I am a walking drugstore. Not because I know a lot about meds and all, but because if I count the amount of meds I took since I was a kid, then maybe I can build my own drugstore/pharmacy. No kidding!

I was a sickly kid when I was growing up, all sorts of things but mostly respiratory issues. My mom used to tell me how my dad had to run to the nearest hospital (a few feet away from our house back then) realizing he forgot to wear his slippers when he got there because I was in convulsion. I can't even count how many times I've been admitted to the hospital. It's definitely more than 30+ through the life of me.

I got used to it that I already know from the very first prick of the IV whether the nurse is gonna mess up my vein or not. I would know if after a few hrs my hand would be swelled up bec she poked me on the wrong vein. So much so I had a favorite nurse which I usually request to put my IV on. I was popular in that hospital, a regular customer for that matter. My mom used to tell me that I made that hospital rich... since I'm a regular. Good thing everything went pretty well after I went through college. Whew! I guess I was high-maintenance after all when I was a kid. Heee!

So there, I had my share of "What 5 things about me that people didnt know about". I have to find 5 people who I could tag and pass the torch onto. Hmmm... lemme think... aha.. I have 5! Roll the drums please... I pass the torch to the following gals... heeee... sorry gals, I just got to tag you :o) Hugs.. hugs...

1) Ann
2) Weng
3) Polly
4) Mayzelle
5) Jean

Monday, January 15, 2007

Ice Ice Baby!!!!

Skye was making some noise in her kennel kinda like telling us she's up and wanted to go outside. I peeked through our backdoor to check if the backyard is dewy since it was pretty cold last night (it was the coldest temperature drop in Phoenix since 1990!). I wanted to make sure she wouldnt be too soggy after she goes out and run around our backyard.

I noticed this clumps of white-ish substance by the ground - I was stunned! It was ice!! Ice on our backyard... in Phoenix... where it reaches 120F during summer and I'm seeing ice on our backyard?? How cool is that?!!

Got too excited we decided to drive up north to Prescott to checkout some snow. We'd tag Skye along with us so we can see how she'd like running with snow all over! Heee! It took us about 2 hrs to get to Prescott, but to our dismay.... there's no signs of snow at all :o( Waaaahhh!

We've been seeing trucks and cars passing by covered with ice on their roofs and windshields... so we know we should be close by. Sweeps continued driving north and we ended up going to Flagstaff, like 200+ miles away from Phoenix. Yeah, as crazy as it sounds but for some reason, we get to pull off a good break if we don't plan it, just do everything on the fly, spontaneous escapade! Heeeee!

Anyhoo, as sweeps was driving I was shooting every single angle that I can remember for snow - by the trees, by the road, by the cars on the freeway, by the mountains we pass by. Haa, it could be so shallow for most people up north but again, it's Arizona... and this is something that people would make a big HUWAA out of... heehee! So, pardon my excitement :o)

This was also Skye's first ever long drive. Looking at her, she's bored to death. She didn't get to eat that much until we come back home.


Finally, after almost 4 hrs of driving (we took the long way) we finally found "our spot". There are a few ski resorts but we didnt have to be there. We just wanted to feel the ice on our feet and be able to play and run with Skye. So we parked by the gasoline station in front of their convenience store. I noticed that there's a whole line of cars parked. I'm sure these guys were like us who would want to stop for a cuppa coffee or hot cocoa. The moment sweeps pulled the handbreak, Skye and I got out from the car and we run off through the thick fluffy snow by the road. Har! It was really cold alright, but it's definitely priceless to see Skye shivering but enjoying at the same time. Heee...







It was definitely a short "snow-stop" - 30 mins or less for a 4 hr drive. We left our place a bit late so by the time we got there it was almost 5:30pm. We had to leave around 6pm-ish to get back home just in time so we can still grab some groceries for the week. Thank goodness for 24-hr Walmarts!

I like this kind of getaways that we get to have occassionally... very spontaneous. We really had a lot of fun! Being super OC when it comes to planning things, going out without any clue where to go and what time, this I should say is a milestone to mark! Ha!

Well, as of this writing, we're still in the high 30's in the morning. I guess I can't complain as I know a lot of other states had been waaay below 0F's. Dang. I can survive the hot desert but there is no way I can survive ice cold weather...

We're still saving up for a ski trip sometime, maybe next year. It's been 8 yrs since I last ski'd. It was fun tumbling and making fun of your own stunts, trust me. But it could be dang scary too! Maybe next time I'd try snow boarding... heeee... let's see!!!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Artbook Layout

Ei, we got our Artbook layout from Fol Rana last week! We are really impressed with his lightning fast service. I know some other couples complain that they don't get their pictures/albums until much much later from their photographers. We're really lucky that we were blessed with very professional & efficient suppliers on our wedding :o) Super screened out kasi most of them... aheee... see... Fol Rana is a classic example of professionalism... heee!
Oh, by the way, this comes with 2 parents album & the Artbag. How cool is that??!!
Now, this made me realize that it's been over 2 months already since our wedding... my goodness!!

In general, we really like the layout, very refreshing indeed! We might just need to adjust a few photos here and there.. just so we have our fave pictures part of the album :o) Super nice noh? Heee, I'm pretty sure Fol is already waiting for our feedback... I just can't find the time to complete it... I think we're already past our deadline.. uh-oh...

I'd post here some of the 30-page layout he sent me (I didnt include the front & backpages)... take note, these are still subject for revision... comments are of course welcome!









Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Past & Future

Happy New Year!

Yeah, I know it's kinda bit late for me to be greeting everyone... heeee, it's almost like halfway in Jan already!

I know, i know... I've been delinquent updating my blog too... maaan...

Whew, 2006 is such a memorable year for us. What can I say, I think both of us became 10 times wiser and stronger. Before we move on to the promise of 2007, I thought I'd recap what had happened last year - truly an emotional year for me & sweeps. There are times of happiness, weariness, disappointment, excitement, exhaustion, joy, etc etc. All these contributed to one heck of a year we'd always remember.

Here's a picture of our 2006...
  • We met each other's respective families for the very first time.
  • My first time in Hawaii.
  • Sweeps' first time in the Phils.
  • I got my greencard! Yey!
  • Sweeps joined Toyota.
  • I got my first ever root canal treatment! :o(
  • Skye turned 2
  • We made it to our first civil wedding anniversary!
  • We bought our first house.
  • We moved.
  • Sweeps' autoimmune disorder went to remission, thank God!
  • Our house in the Phils got flooded for the very first time bec of the typhoon Milenyo.
  • We finally had the wedding of our dreams!!
  • Finally set our foot to Bohol for the first time!
  • Had a quick vacation in Maui.
  • Witnessed sunrise at 6:30am on top of Haleakala mountain!
  • I left Intel after 9 years of being a product engineer!!!
  • I started blogging.
  • We lost a dog.
  • Sweeps' first time in San Diego.
  • Our first Christmas on our own as husband & wife.
  • I tried my first ever jello shot

I think I still missed a few of items, but it's surely is one year that we're blessd of since our respective families are complete & healthy - we had the basics we needed to live a thankful life.

Now for the coming year. I've listed down the things sweeps & I had discussed a few weeks ago. This would serve as our guide on how we planned our year to be....

  • Bring my mom & dad to the states end of the year.
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving in NY.
  • Disneyworld vacation!
  • Sweeps to graduate from his automotive school.
  • Prettify our yard.
  • Prettify our bathroom.
  • Get an imac*
  • Learn Spanish*
  • Enroll in dance class *
  • Enroll in a digital video editing school.
  • Sell the truck

So there, just a short list, I have other personal lists I have to take care of this year but these are the major ones that needs some planning so we could begin the baby steps needed to get to our goals! Heeee.. pretty exciting na! Can't wait to get my own imac! I can imagine the wonders I could do with it... it's going to be my new best friend... heeee!

Ta-ta!

 

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