Friday, December 28, 2007

Horton Hears A Who

I'm sure everyone is getting excited with Blue Sky's latest animated movie - "Horton Hears A Who". I've been sooo excited about this since one of the guys who graduated from the same animation school I am going to go to worked with Blue Sky in this movie. Kinda cool :o)

Jim Carrey's character (the elephant) reminds me so much of our own Chewy, especially at the last part of the trailer when he's crossing the wooden bridge, haha. Both of them have big butts that for sure, heheee! The details of this movie is just impeccable. I wonder how long did it take for them to render the whole thing? Totally an eye feast dude! Can't wait to see this on the big screen!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

iLove Justin Long!

So even if Justin Long (Hi, I'm a Mac!) is a cartoon character, he's still dang cute :o) First time I really noticed him was when he co-starred with LiLo (Lindsay Lohan) in Herbie. Well, his role there was a uber cutie mechanic so how can I not go gaga?

Anyhoo, I just love Apple's Christmas ad these days with Justin still ruggedly handsome in his straight cut jeans and casual shirt :o) Go mac go mac go mac go!!!




There's a bunch of Apple ad's that I really really love cuz they're just hilarious. One of my faves is the one with Gisele Bundchen. Soooo funny and soooo true :o)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

How's Your Christmas?

Ours was nothing grand. We just had some pancit and lumpiang shanghai, some gigantic cake and vanilla ice cream for dessert after the Christmas mass. Then we went to checkout Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo after the sunset. I have lots to be thankful of - my santa, santa's little helper and a giant snowflake :o) I am just so blessed. Merry Merry Christmas everyone!!!





Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmassy!

Yahoo!!! We finally got our Christmas tree setup over the weekend. I know, kinda a bit late already. It's just a simple tree with not so much ornaments in it yet. We plan to collect ornaments throughout our lives together every Christmas and hang it on our tree :o) I already got hubby an ornament for this year. I hope he wouldn't forget to get one for me :o)

Since we're feeling Christmassy, we decided to drive around the neighborhood to enjoy the Christmas lights display in front of the houses. Last year, we came across these 2 neighbors a few miles from our house who had this uber nice display of inflatables. Sooo cool we decided we'd check them out again this year. Checkout the video we took :O)



Merry Christmas everyone!!

Bayang Magiliw

Errr, Lupang Hinirang pala :o) While we were in the queue for the boat to the Statue of Liberty, we came across this elderly guy playing the Phils National Anthem on his violin. Interesting, isn't it? He knew we're Filipinos so the instant he saw us, he started playing the song. Pretty cool. Left him some tip for that, of course :o) Galing!


Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Rescue Dog's Christmas Poem

Happy Holidays everyone! I'm sure most of us had been bitten by the holiday bug already and it's just so easy to get tangled up with hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.

I, for one, made sure that I got everything done in time before Christmas. Got all the cards sent, gift shopping done on my list not forgetting some little gifts I have for my 2 waggly tailed "babies".

While I was surfing online for some cutie holiday stuff for the "kids", I came across this poem that touched my heart. It's a poem written on a rescue dog's perspective. I know for sure that there's a lot of people out there who might be giving pets as gifts this Christmas and I am definitely not a fan of that. There are countless homeless/rescue animals waiting for someone who love and be a part of a family.

Chewy, our sweet giant, is a rescue dog. I dunno how a charming and loving dog like him ended in a pound. Imagine what could have been his fate if nobody paid attention and just left him there. Skye is also a rescue dog before we got her from her previous owner who migrated to UK. They are good dogs and it saddens me whenever I think of other animals like them who are no longer wanted and were just left in the shelters.

I hope this serves as a reminder to us that if you're considering a new pet, please adopt. One animal rescued from the shelter is one life being saved from the thousands of unwanted animals being euthanized each day.

Please people, let's give these homeless animals a chance to live and be loved again. Merry merry Christmas!




A Rescue Dog's Christmas Poem

Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full - we are lost, but not found,
Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
we hope every minute that someone will care,
They'll come to adopt us and give us the call,
"Come here, Max and Sparkie - come fetch your new ball!!
But now we sit here and think of the days...
we were treated so fondly - we had cute, baby ways,
Once we were little, then we grew and we grew
now we're no longer young and we're no longer new.
So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
they reacted so quickly - why were they so rash?
We "jump on the children:, "don't come when they call",
we "bark when they leave us", climb over the wall.
We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.
If only they'd trained us, if only we knew...
we'd have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.
We were left in the backyard, or worse -let to roam-
now we're tired and lonely and out of a home.
They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye...
"Maybe someone else will give you a try."
So now here we are, all confused and alone...
in a shelter with others who long for a home.
The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
with so many to care for, they can't stay to chat,
They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer...
we know that they wonder how long we'll be here.
We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads...
of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.
Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears -
our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.
If you can't adopt us and there's no room at the Inn -
could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?
We count on your kindness each day of the year -
can you give more than hope to everyone here?
Please make a donation to pay for the heat...
and help get us something special to eat.
The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
and more of us will, if more people will give.

--Author Unknown

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ups and Downs...

Downers:
When I came back to work from vacation last week, I was greeted with hallways of empty cubicles and workmates who were eager to tell me what happened. Our company just laid off some 80+ employees just here in Chandler, plus some more from other sites (Israel, Santa Clara CA, Austin TX) when I was gone.

From our department, only 1 was let go - my previous boss. Even if he's not the best boss, I still feel so bad that they had to let him go. I dunno who and how they hand picked who's going or who's staying.

Today, all of those who were let go, came back to the office for their exit interview and to pack-up some of their personal stuff from their cubicles. I swung by when I heard him in his cube and I said hi. I felt that he's on an emotional state as he packed his stuff. He and most of the guys who were let go served like more than 20 years when we were all with Intel. Imagine how it could be like to be out looking for a job again after all those years.
Sigh.

This is the 2nd time for the life of me that I've personally witnessed downsizing this close. We've been spoiled by Intel being so stable for so long and we got comfortable with it until one day Intel decided to sell our whole group to Marvell. A name I've always associated with comic heroes. I never heard of it as a semiconductor company until that day that Intel made the announcement that shocked the world.

A little over a year after the transition to Marvell is over, they decided to downsize by 7% and our site here in AZ was badly hit.

Sad. Sad. Sad.

Uppers
:

I get to hangout with some of my girlfriends at work Thursday last week. There's 5 of us girls who kinda bonded after working together while we're all with Intel. Though one of the girls, K, moved to Folsom in California a year ago and the other one, D, moved to a new job early this year. So for this get together, there's just 4 of us who could make it as the other one is in California.

It was fun hanging out with them, good food, good laughs. Some needed time out of work after all the stress from the recent downsizing.
When we're about to bid our goodbyes, one of the gals - S, who's the youngest and the easy-go-lucky-party-gal from our group, had some good news to tell us. She broke the news that they're 15 weeks pregnant!! It was sooo funnny cuz she always jokes about things so the first thing we had in mind was she was just messing with us. Haha, of course until she showed us her belly. We'll she's been skinny and she can always hide from oversized sweaters she's been sporting for the past month or so. Maaan, she's just not a mommy material to us. Haha, she always tell us that she never wouldnt want to have kids until much much later. Then here she go, 15 weeks on the way! About time to hear some happy news :o)

Sunday, December 2, 2007

I'm Back!

Hey, it's December already and I'm back, still alive and kicking after our Thanksgiving vacation :o)

We've been all over and it's been a bit crazy trying to squeeze in so many places to go to with so little time we've had in our hands, heee.

So I brought my sister and her friend, George, to Sedona and Grand Canyon for a short trip on her first day here in the US. It's good that we had an awesome weather here in AZ during fall so it was not too warm and not too cold either when we checked out these tourist-y spots here. Grand Canyon, as what its name says, is just sooOOOoo grand and majestic. The colors of the canyon differ during the day so we had tons of awesome photo shoot opportunity. There's no word fitting enough to justify its beauty. Best is to see the canyon in person.




Sedona, has its own beauty and personality to boast about as well. But for me, going there for a day trip is good enough. Anything longer than that could bore me to death.




The following day, my sister and G flew to New York. Hubby & I flew the day after. We stayed at the city for a couple of days, with our hotel a few blocks from where Ground Zero is (see picture below taken from our hotel). The empty lots at the back of the 2 buildings in front of the pic is Ground Zero.



We gushed through Times Square, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller and the Empire State Building in less than 2 days!!!! We have tons of pictures I can't even begin to think which ones to post here. I'd just probably choose 1 picture for every place we visited :o)

Times Square's awesome with everyone getting ready for the Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Sooooo beautiful at night!!!



It was super late at night when we decided to go checkout the Empire State Building. Good thing we came at the right time since there's no queue at all! What usually takes 2 to 4 hours to line up for the tickets and then go up the building itself only took us less than 10 mins! Awesome view at night man... and not to mention, it's kinda chilly up there too! Here's the view from atop.



We also went to the Rockefeller Center but we didn't get to enter the building. It was kinda late already when we got there. They were currently setting up a huge Christmas Tree that they're going to light up a few days later. As usual, there were a lot of people on the skating rink. Sooo romantic, heee :o)



St Patrick's Church is also a must for us. The architecture of this church never fails to leave me breathless. Ganda talaga.



Of course, anyone who goes to New York would always have the Statue of Liberty in their itenerary? I never thought I would ever see her in the flesh! She's gorgeously green!!! I guess the 2 hours of wait was definitely worth it! We had to take a boat to get to the island. It was some experience alright, seeing the Manhattan Skyline as the boat moves towards the Liberty island is just fantastic! When we got there, we didn't get to go up to the top because there's only so much people per day that they can allow to go up and sad to say, we didn't make it on time. But hey, all is cool :o)





Central Park is huge!!!! I soooo love it, if we only had more time, I wouldn't mind going back there to checkout the rest of the park. Autumn is indeed a big thing in NY with most trees in sight turning from green to orange, burgundy, brown, yellow. Soooo beautiful. Can't see those from where I came from that's for sure, haha!




Our visit to NYC wouldn't be complete if we didn't get to try an original NY pizza!!! As hubby was craving for some, George's cousins brought us to this pizza place with the most mouth watering pasta and pizza I've ever tried. Seriously, everything tasted soooo dang good!! Yum! Thanks Di & Erika the bunso!




We were going to visit the Serendipity cafe (you know, that restaurant that became famous because of the movie Serendipity?) Too bad we got to know that it was shutdown a week before we got there because of some "health concerns" brought up by the guests. Apparently, there were rats and roaches found in the restaurant so the health inspector ordered for it to close down. Ewwww.

On Thanksgiving day, we drove upstate to Red Hook to visit our uncle and auntie. It was our first "break" after 2 days of going around the city. It's the very first Thanksgiving I've ever had with real family so it's something I would always remember.



Next day, we drove further up to Niagara, Canada side. But I'm going to write all about it in my next entry :o) It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip - seeing our niece Aeya and our ate after almost 3 years!!! It's going to be the blog entry I would want to spend time documenting every detail. Isn't she the most adorable pink fur ball ever?


 

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