Wednesday, October 31, 2007

One Day... at the Podcamp...

I love listening to podcasts, watching video blogs and such. I get to learn so much about the specific topics I'm interested in... best of all, they're free!!! My favorites mostly comprise of video-editing software how to's as well as animation-related podcasts. So I subscribe to a few and whenever I get some free time, I watch them (if there's video prez) or listen to them with my ipod and that's it! Tons of ways to learn new things beyond books these days :o) LoOOOooove it!

This coming Saturday, Nov 3, Podcamp AZ will be held in Phoenix. Podcamp started in Boston, Massachusetts sometime last year and is now widespread among several US states and around the world. There, you can get together with fellow techie geeks who are passionate about the internet videos, blogging, new media, etc etc. Good networking opportunity if I may say.

There are 2 things in there that I know I wouldn't want to miss. First, iJustine is going to be there (you know, the iPhone gal who had her viral video all over the internet because she just got her 300 page iPhone bill from ATT??). I've been a fan of her website even before she became an internet celebrity because she's a mac fanatic as well. So, I would get to meet her there if ever! Then this video genius guy of Izzy Video whose website I usually checkout because of his awesome tips and tricks on video editing and such. He's one of the presentors and it's an opportunity of a lifetime! Goodness gracious great balls of fire!!!!

What's holding me is I dont know anybody there and I dont know who can I tag along with me so I wouldn't look too pathetic that I am coming just by myself. I mean, what if they're all snubs? Hmmm.

Anyways, I still have sometime to think of it and get registered. Should I go?????? If I don't, I know I might regret it!!! Bummer....

Monday, October 29, 2007


Today marks our 1 yr church wedding anniversary!! Yahoo! Well, technically, we've been married for a little over 2 years now but we decided we'd celebrate both anniversaries :o)

Hubby gave me a bouquet of flowers 2am-ish on Sun (cuz he thought our anniversary was Oct 28). I thought I should feel bad about it that he didn't remember the exact date, but for some reason, I was ok with it. Not a big deal. Maybe it's going to be a big deal if he forgot the exact date we got married legally, haha :o)

We didn't do anything fancy though. We just went to Benihana's for some Tepanyaki action and some sushis since hubby was craving for some.

Sometime last year, I remembered we were in Bohol with my sister, brother & future sis-in-law, heeee :o) Right afte
r our wedding, we flew in the wee hours of the morning to Bohol. Maaaan, it was tiring alright, but we needed some well deserved break. We had a great time!

Wow, I realized that we had so many things going on that we didn't realize how fast a year had gone by. We adopted Chewy, we were able to iron out our career goals, we realized how it's like to become homeowners with all the house-related maintenance we got to do ourselves... hmmm... I wonder how we would be like 5 or 10 years from now? Would we be living in the same house? Would we have kids? Would Skye & Chewy be as rambunctious as they are? So many uncertain things. But you know what, however scary it is, I know that so long as we have each other, with God's grace, we can conquer whatever lies ahead.

Happy anniversary sweeps!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Automatic Pet Feeder Update

And so we finally got the most awaited automatic pet feeder I ordered online the other day :o) Well, I did a little explaining here and there and thank goodness for my wits and wifey charms (heeeheeeee) that I was able to convince hubby that we really needed it :o) Though I ordered 2 units, I am happy that hubby ok'd for us to get even just 1. So the "kids" might share (no choice for now since 2 is too pricey for us).

We just started our little "experiment" to see if they would like it so now they're still adjusting. Skye didn't like Chewy to be eating close to her so what happens is we let Skye eat her share first then Chewy. It's a little confusing but hopefully, they'd get used to it.

Anyhoo, I did a little video when we tried the Perfect Petfeeder for the first time after we charged up the batteries :o)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

A Day at the Park

It was a nice today, not too cold, not too warm (mid 80's). We were really scheduled to go out with the dogs as we were invited to the annual adopters picnic sponsored by R.E.S.C.U.E where we got Chewy from :o) So we stopped by to say hello to the volunteers who took care of Chewy before we adopted him.

It was held in a super cool park not too far off from our place. Good thing we came or else we wouldn't have known that it ever existed. It's a huge park but what I like the most is the lake. You can boat, you can fish, you can stay there for some bbq action or picnic with family. Soooo nice!

I didn't get to snap that much pictures but checkout what I've got here :o)

the kids were actually staring at this little creature here

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Hold That Leopard!!!!

One more day and Apple's latest Mac O/S X is here - the Leopard!!!

I've been waiting for months and months... sooo near yet soooo far. Tomorrow is the day it would be officially become available to the mortals like moi! Wooohoooo!

I know a lot of mac users out there have been waiting for the day we can all take a bite of this sweet stuff. My personal favorite is the new SPACE feature as well as the TIME MACHINE. Space reminds me of Solaris' feature where I can divide the screen into how many windows I want and put all my work that are related to each specific "space". It's somewhere along 14:00 from the video. TIME MACHINE allows me to automatically backup my files and go directly to the backup of a latest version of my file for retrieval if needed. Sooo cool!

To my friend O, who is one of the first ones I know who upgraded his PC's OS to uhmmm whatchamacallit... Vista, is it? Heee, checkout Leopard's video tour below and I'm sure you'd want to go get a Mac pronto :o) Peace my friend... haha!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Animator Wannabe...

These, my dear friends, are the stuff I'm going to learn at the animation school I enrolled at :o) SooOOO cool!! I can totally see me doing this forever!!!!

animation mentor student showcase - fall 2007

animation mentor student showcase - winter 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I'm a Dead Meat!!!!!

When sweeps finds out what I got myself into, surely, he's going to go nuts! Waaahhh!

I'm super stressed out lately because there's so many things we had to take care of in preparation for our upcoming vacation. For the most part, it's the "kids" that I'm worried about. Who's going to take care of them while we're gone? I didn't want to leave them to the vet's boarding kennel because they only have a small cage to share together for the entire time that we're out. They only get to go out when they use the bathroom, it's going to be stressful for them as it is for us thinking about it.

I also thought the petsitter idea would be great, however, hubby is not too comfortable letting some stranger come in our house to feed the dogs. Although they're insured and bonded, we still don't know what could possibly happen, right?

I already talked to some of my friends if they can come over to our house twice a day to feed them in the morning and in the evening. I'm so relieved and thankful with this when they agreed but then I still feel I need to do something on top of that so I have more control over how they're being fed. I know I would end up thinking about what's going on at home while we're out (sheesh, what a control freak!)

Then I thought there should be an automatic pet feeder out there that could save me from some anxiety attack!! So in my quest for looking for a quality automatic pet feeder available in the market, I came across with The Perfect Petfeeder website. After reading review after review for the past several weeks... I was sold!

The features are great, I can program this robot to dispense whatever amount of kibble I want several times a day. I'm excited that finally, I wouldn't have to worry about coming home late and not being able to feed the "kids" on time. Plus, that means we can go out of town whenever we decide we want to without having to plan like months ahead. We have no choice ever since we had pets because we have to consider boarding them when we leave so we haven't really gone out of town right off the bat as how we're accustomed before.

Now, why am I a dead meat????? Because the price of this thing is waaaaaaaaayyyy expensive - a whooping $499!!! For a dog feeder?????!!!!! I'm really nuts buying it but I got this forward looking of what it could cost us in the long run. I know at the end of the day, it would save us money and stress.

As of this writing, I got an email that they already had it shipped. When my hubby finds out how much I've paid for it, I know I'm going to get some serious "talk". I might be the one sleeping on the couch this time... uh-oh :o(

Well, it has a 35 day money back guarantee, so we can always return it back if we end up not liking it at all.

Goodness, what the heck is wrong with me???!!! Dang it!!! For the love of the dogs....

Sunday, October 21, 2007


I didn't get to go out today cuz of the list of chores I had to do at home, bummer :o( So while I was doing the laundry and taking some break from cleaning up the entirety of our house, I sat down in front of my computer and worked on our wedding artbook and made a photomontage sorta thing out of it.

So, here's the result of my boredom and thanks to Colbie Callait for her "Bubbly" song! I just really love this song a lot! I hope they wouldn't have to play it too much on the radio. It's actually where I got the "crinklynose" thingie I am thinking of using as my online alias for my future 3D projects end credit, heheee. Why? Cuz I realize I do always crinkle my nose whenever I see things that make me happy and smile about. Just like the way I feel whenever I get to work on my animations and such. Heee :o)

*photos and artbook layout courtesy of fol rana jr.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Sending Money to the Philippines

I know a lot of Pinoys overseas can relate to this. I think it's more of like a Filipino thing, like we take the responsibility of sending money to our loved ones in the Philippines because we know that life is hard back home and a little cash could help a lot. One time I went to WU online (Western Union) and they even have a separate drop down menu for Philippine transfers. So I'm guessing it's really a Filipino thing :o)

Anyways, I am one of the many Filipino subscribers of Happy Slip from Youtube. She came out with this funny ad for - a faster and cheaper way of sending those hard earned funds to our loved ones to the Philippines. I haven't tried this yet but I've heard about this for quite sometime now since a lot of my Pinoy friends here use it.

Anyhoo, here's the latest viral video of Happy Slip about Xoom in the Filipino community from Youtube. Hilarious!!! Great job Christine!!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007


July 18, 2004, it was a Tuesday, he came and brought me flowers after my badminton game. He dropped me off to my apartment and before he left, he told me he liked me a lot. That was the first time sweeps & I kissed. And time stood still. I've been waiting for the time he would finally ask me if I can be his girlfriend. So can you imagine the sparks and all that time when he said he wanted us to be more than just friends?

It's been a little over 3 years after that kilig moment and I still feel the bolts and thunder every time he kisses me (that is if I'm not mad at him or something, haha). This super cute song from Dentyne Ice tv ad always reminds me of that first kiss with my hubby. I've been searching hi and lo for thi-thi-thi-thi-this so-so-so-song and i'm so i'm so i'm so ecs-ecs-ecs-tatic to finally fou-fou-fou-found it! Haaaay.... kilig pa rin :o)

Stutteting by Ben's Brother

[Verse 1:]
It's been, it's been, it's been, it's been
su-su-such a long time, long time, long time
since anybody touched me, touched me, touched me
the way that you touch me
So if I stutter, stutter, stutter
and I feel so so so unsexy
so maybe I'll just keep my mouth shut at least until you kiss me

So kiss me again
Cause only you can stop this stut-stut-stut-stuttering
Kiss me again
And ease my su-su su-su su-su su-su-su- suffering

[Verse 2:]
I know I know
it's sy it's sy-sy-symbolic of everything
Everything that's wrong with me and you
So tell me what I'm supposed to do
Oh it's been ages since we've been really honest
but I can make ch-ch-ch-changes if you really want this

So kiss me again
Cause only you can stop this stut-stut-stut-stuttering
Kiss me again
And ease my *su-su su-su su-su su-su-su- suffering

Kiss me again
Cause only you can stop this stut-stut-stut-stut-stuttering
Kiss me again
And ease my su-su su-su su-su su-su-su- suffering

Kiss me again
Cause only you can stop this stut-stut-stut-stut-stuttering
Kiss me again
And ease my su-su su-su su-su su-su-su- suffering

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Whatever Happened to the Philippines?

Today I got an email from my DLSU-ECE batch yahoo group about this disturbing "Gang" thingie going on sabotaging motorists in the Philippines.

Pls take some time to read this series of emails passed around to warn people about the severity of this issue. I forwarded this to my family and my friends back home. The more I see things like these happen, the clearer it is to me that I should start doing something to keep my family away from these kinda stuff. I just got to bring them somewhere safer... somewhere closer to me...

Whatever happened to our country? Very saddening indeed. I feel so helpless...

Friends, read on and please take care always...

For the general commuting public, maging driver ka man o hindi....


Three days ago my driver had an encounter in this area. After
dropping me off at work, the driver was on the south bound lane of
South Super Highway near the home along the riles housing (near
Sunday Machine Works and Designer Depot). As he came to a full stop
at the San Andres intersection stoplight, a man approached the
car's rear passenger side, grabbed the car's antenna and broke it.
The man remained beside the car, apparently waiting for the driver
to get down and confront him.
Fortunately, the driver remembered my dad's warnings regarding
these types of M.O.s and remained in the car. As the driver sped
away, he noticed a group of men on the center island. It pays to be

Yes, I have witnessed a similar incident, maybe about a month
ago, and reported it immediately to Police 117. A young man tried
to open the passenger door of the taxi in front of me. About three
or four girls were inside the taxi at that time. Fortunately, the
door was locked. I pass this route coming from Malacanang every
night. Fortunately for me too, my car is heavily tinted so I am not
easy prey. I shall call 117 again. I suggest you do the same.
Although I don't know if that would really help.
Atty. Dara C. Acusar Assistant Secretary
Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel

A similar incident happened to me along Quirino Avenue
somewhere between the Flying V gas station and Iglesia ni Kristo. 3
men approached my car IN BROAD DAYLIGHT! and SLOW TRAFFIC! and
tried to open the back doors. Bumusina ako ng tuloy tuloy to BR
ward them off. It's scary 'coz that area has no patrolling
policemen. When they failed to open my car, they tried the other
cars naman. I don't know kung may nabuksan sila.
Then yesterday, while the PMAP rally was going on along Buendia cor.
Ayala, as I was about to cross that intersection, two of the
rallyists tried to open my car doors again. Again in BROAD
DAYLIGHT! WITH A POLICEMAN AROUND! Hay, what the world has come to.
I suggest you lock up and make a lot of noise to at least rattle
those thieves.

mga tsong this really happend last wednesday, September sept.
10.... and i hope u would take time in reading this........ I came from
makati and was driving along south super highway (osmena hiway)
going towards manila area, nung dumating ako sa maliit na bridge
before the DESIGNER DEPOT, ung maliit na bazaar of clothes (corner
quirino ave and osmena hiway) , if ur coming from makati and u took bu endia or pablo
ocampo, mauuna ung bridge before DESIGNER DEPOT ung nasa harap ko
is a gold honda civic, all of a sudden may mga lumabas na around 6
or 7 guys who obviously look like squatters who reside along the
riles and biglang tinambangan ung civic, pinagsisipa, pinagyug-yug,
pinagkukutkot ung susian and they were successful in opening the
doors, tapos nagulat na lang ako isa isa nilang nilabas ung mga
gamit na nasa loob nung civic cds, bags, etc. im not sure kung ung
driver is a girl or a boy , pero ung driver tinutukan ng
kutsilyo... in short parang kinuyob ung civic, btw, ako and ung
civic during that time(mga 830 - 9 pm) ay nasa right most ng
lane... meaning right side lang namin ung lakaran ng tao.....
after robbing... they immediately jump off the bridge and went away.....
dami nakakita nun pero isang taxi driver lang ang tumigil to check
ung condition ng driver.... nga pala, may oner na nasa harap ng
katabi ng civic, sakay ay mga pulis, 2 lang ata yun,,, naka purple
na uniform (manila police)...... i dont know kung nakita nila yung
incident na yun....pero sa tingin ko naman makikita nila yun...
natakot lang dahil 2 lang sila eh and their rusty pistols.... just
a friendly warning mga tsong..... kung mag-isa kayo and mejo kita
kayo sa loob ng kotse nyo (kahit ano pa yang kotse nyo, luma or
bago) try to avoid muna if possible ung osmena hiway at night or
better yet try to have another route kasi mejo nagpaparamdam na
naman ung mga modus operandi na tulad nun dahil pasko na ulet. if
any of u guys have contact sa manila police, paki inform naman sila
or just spread this news.... its for all us naman eh... peace!

Ingat kayo when passing through south super highway cor quirino ave.
On our way home from Makati, we took buendia then turn right to
south superhighway, it was only 8pm and it was drizzling. we were
cruising fine but it was a slow moving traffic. right after san
andres st, there are these buildings which are modern version of
home along the riles (near the designers depot), my wife screamed
because somebody was trying to open the car from her side. sensing
that it was locked he moved to the back door and tried to open it
likewise, we were stocked in traffic and i was stunned that i could
not think of anything to do but just look at him. so when finally
the traffic moved he also moved away casually tucking the gun in
his belly and staring at me as if saying you are lucky you locked
your door. thank GOD my wife is so makulit in reminding me to lock
the door evertime we go. kaya to all you people beware of that
place. Actually you should be alert & be cautious when passing
through south superhighway all the way to nagtahan.
Karla Vanessa M. Redor

Always better safe than sorry... forewarned is forearmed... mga
bro ingat kayo run, malapit lang ako nakatira dun kaya talagang
totoo yung mga sinasabi rito, karamihan ng mga tarantado diyan nde
mismo taga ilalim ng tulay (tapat ng sunday machine works) ginagawa
lang nila taguan yun at takasan, mostly ng tulisan diyan mga taga-
riles from Fabie, taga-Texas, taga-Muñoz, taga-Mataas na Lupa at
mismo taga-riles (batangas line). uso rin ang agaw cellphone jan
tsaka holdapan sa jeep lalo na sa riles ingat din kayo sa parking
lot ng Designer's Depot kse yung iba doon naghahanap ng biktima
(kase talagang madilim dun!) yan din ang isa sa mga reason kung
bakit walang nakatira dun sa mga housing project na malapit dun dun
sa tawiran sa kabila ng designers depot (yung maraming bata at
totoy na nakatambay at yung iba nagbebenta ng
sampaguita) wag din kayo tatawid dun dahil puro rugby boys and
girls ang nakaupo run! ang masakit, walang ginagawa yung police
detachment diyan! sana makatulong ng konti

Almost Fall...

It's finally in the low 70's early in the morning whenever I get up. This means that fall is almost here... here in the Valley of the Sun, the Grand Canyon State where it's always sunny and summer means you can fry an egg on the pavement under the scorching heat of the mighty sun. Haaay.

Time indeed flies soooo fast. I love autumn. It's my favorite time of the year - lotsa colors, lotsa nice clothes to wear, haha! I remembered this time last year, we were preparing to fly back to the Phils for our chruch wedding. Can you imagine, it's been almost a year already???!!! Goodness! I didn't realize that actually until one time I went shopping and all the decor around is autumn-y... harvest-y.... orange-y.... wow.

This time last year I was going gaga last minute to find autumn details that could add to the feel of our wedding... gosh... it's been a year na pala... another year had come and go, why so fast huh? Shoot, I'm getting old. Dang.

This is one of those days when I didn't want to think of anything else... with no worries on my mind... me leaning on hubby's chest and the dogs are just behaved happily contented lying down beside me....

I need some serious break.... can't wait for my sister to come over for Thanksgiving.

Monday, October 8, 2007


Hubby forwarded me this article from GIZMODO about this guy collecting everything Apple for the past 5 yrs or so. He has a showroom full of Apple treasures he got through the years. I'm totally impressed.

For Apple fanatics, I'm sure everyone would go ballistic when they'd see this :o)

Photo grabbed from

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

To Siops & Siops

3 years ago, when hubby and I were still just going out, he text'd me a part of the lyrics of this particular song to me:

How did you know
I needed someone like you in my life
That there was an empty space in my heart
You came at the right time in my life
I'd never forget how you brought the sun to shine in my life
You took all the worries and fears that I had
I guess what im really trying to say
Its not everyday that someone like you comes my way
No words can express how much I love you

I thought it's kinda familiar, but I also thought that there is no way we're thinking of the same song firstly because I know it's an OPM. There is no way he could have randomly heard it somewhere and just thought of sending its lyrics to me unless he did some researching. Hmmm. I didn't get to think too much about it since I can't remember at the top of my head what was the title of that song. I thought I'd figure it out later as me and my friends were heading off for lunch to that Filipino house whose owner cooks for us Pinoy relocatees here in Chandler.

During lunch, we got together with one of my friends who just came back from the Phils and he brought with him a movie with Aga Mulach and Kristin Hermosa so we decided to just watch it while we were there altogether. The moment he popped in the DVD cold chills ran up and down my spine as the song that's being played was the same song as what sweeps had just text'd me that morning. It was INSANE!!!!! Was that just a coincidence or what? I thought it was a sign. Goodness, super kilig ako nun! From then on this song have had a special meaning to me. Now, as I type this entry to my blog, I am listening to the same song by Gary Valenciano. I still feel like crying, it never fails to touch me.

So you might proabably ask what the title of my entry for today has got anything to do with this song. Heee, it's because I know a pair of loveydoveydoos whose term of endearment with each other is "Siops" (don't ask me why) and I would like to dedicate this song to their budding relationship :o) Kilig kasi e. So to Team Siops, here's Gary V's rendition of this song "How Did You Know". I really wish the best for you both. You deserve to be happy. Cheers!

I remember so well the day that you came into my life
You asked for my name
You had the most beautiful smile

My life started to change
I'd wake up each day feeling alright
With you right by my side
Makes me feel things will work out just fine

How did you know
I needed someone like you in my life
That there's an empty space in my heart
You came at the right time in my life

I'll never forget
How you brought the sun to shine in my life
And took all the worries and fears that I had
I guess what I'm really trying to say
It's not everyday that someone like you comes my way
No words can express how much I love you

How did you know
I needed someone like you in my life
That there's an empty space in my heart
You came at the right time in my life

I'll never forget
How you brought the sun to shine in my life
And took all the worries and fears that I had
I guess what I'm really trying to say
It's not everyday that someone like you comes my way
No words can express how much I love you..

Desenvolvido por EMPORIUM DIGITAL