Late Lunch in Tendon Tenya

Another work day done. It’s late in the afternoon and Bong and I haven’t had lunch. We find one that’s near the clinic and not too crowded. Tendon Tenya is on the 4th floor of SMMegamall Building A


Tempura is what they offer and so that’s what we got. Their tempura was good, batter was crisp and light. Nothing fancy, just your basic tempura. The serving portion for the rice was quite small. I wonder how similar this would fare compared to the tempura in their Tokyo branches.


Grateful Project Day 213: Pope Francis

There have been many times that I feel so disappointed with the priests that I see. There’s one who always name-drops society matrons and recounts stories of his travels abroad, the one who got disappointed when he dressed up “only to find” that he was being sent to a squatter’s area. There’s another who is assigned to a very poor parish, yet manages to buy himself an expensive and powerful motorcycle. Then there are the priests who are involved in corruption scandals together with their chosen politicians. Let’s not even go into the child molestation and other socially-relevant issues.

Pope Francis has given me hope, hope that these priests will not be the norm but the exception. This article on the pope is a refreshing change from the other articles I’ve read about Catholic priests.


Surviving the Crocs Mega Sale

Mega Leaflets 5.5X8.5inI thought we had a good battle plan for the Crocs Mega Sale.  I had made a list of the styles and sizes each one of us wanted.  Bong was to be there at the opening hour, look around, get what was on the list and be out with time to spare before his clinic hours.  But when he got there a few minutes after 10:00, there were around 200 people ahead of him in the line going in!  So I arranged to go there, take his place in the line so he can go to work.

I managed to get in at 12:30 pm.  It was chaos!  They were simply not prepared for the huge turn-out.  There was no way the 5 or 6 people they had at the children’s section would be able to cope with the throng of angry moms, each armed with a list of her own.  After waiting for 45 minutes for my order, the guy came back to tell me, “Ma’am, walang size 12/13”.  *#$%*  What a waste of time!  So I moved on to the women’s section.  By then, I guess the Crocs people realized that their manpower was not enough.  So they just left the merchandise in boxes, allowing the people to go find their own stuff.  After an hour of going through all those dusty boxes, I was able to get all the Crocs that I needed.  By then, the line at the cashier had snaked all the way to the back of the tent.  All told, it took me 2 hours 15 minutes to reach the cashier.  I was just so relieved that I was done!

I’m satisfied with my purchases.  The discounts were really substantial – I wouldn’t have gone through the ordeal if I thought it wasn’t worth it.  But I hope they get it right next time.  It would have been better to just arrange the Crocs by size, like this area for sizes 3 – 5, and so on.  That way, you would know what style and colors are available for that particular size.  The system of having 5 or 6 people to receive orders never stood a chance.

I felt so exhausted at the end of it all.  But armed it my plastic bags full of our new Crocs sandals, I had a smile on my face, especially when others drooled about the savings I made.

Meme Time

Got this meme from Gigi’s blog.

1. My uncle once: thought of sending me to a finishing school.  He thought I needed to be taught how to “walk like a lady”.

2. Never in my life: did I smoke or do drugs.

3. When I was five: I started going to a convent school where I would stay for the next 12 years.

4. High school was: pretty much uneventful.  My parents were strict and I wasn’t allowed to go out much.

5. I will never forget: the night Bong and I had to leave our rented apartment in the middle of a stormy night, carrying a 6 month old Chino, because the flood was getting too high inside.  The water was thigh-level, we had no clothes except those we had on, there was no milk for the baby. It took us a considerable length of time to traverse the 100 meters needed to reach our landlady’s house.  That was because of the very strong current (just to illustrate how strong the current was:  a car got carried away!).  Bong and I couldn’t have made it on our own.  Two big men had to walk with us against the current.  Bong lost his footing temporarily and I thought I would be found washed up in the Pasig River.  We made it to our landlady’s house okay.  She had an infant son too, so we were able to get some milk for Chino.  We lost a lot of things in the flood, though – books, shoes, appliances, photographs.  

6. Once I met: the vocalist of my favorite band in the middle of a schoolday.  I was in high school and it was the first time I cut classes but I wasn’t really afraid because more than half my class were there too.

7. There’s this boy I know: who thinks I’m the coolest (for how long that will last, I have no idea).

8. Once, at a bar: I realized that I was the only girl with about a dozen male classmates.  

9. By noon, I’m usually: preparing Trixi for her nap.

10. Last night: I sat in front of the computer.

11. If only I had: more patience.

12. Next time I go to church: I will pray for the soul of Amiel Alcantara, the Gr. 4 Atenean who died in a car accident.

13. What worries me most: is that I cannot protect my children from all the dangers in the world.

14. When I turn my head left I see: shelves filled with books and pictures of my loved ones.

15. When I turn my head right I see: the phone.

16. You know I’m lying when: I can’t look straight at you.

17. What I miss most about the Eighties is: med school – that was when I met some of my dearest friends, lived away from home,  learned to drink, joined a sorority, fell in love and realized my dream of becoming a doctor.

18. If I were a character in Shakespeare I’d be:  I don’t know too many Shakespearean characters to choose.

19. By this time next year: I hope to visit Jerick and his family.

20. A better name for me would be: no other.  Giselle is it.

21. I have a hard time understanding: why we can’t have good leaders.  Surely there must be someone out there who is capable of good governance. I also don’t see why priests should have a say on my reproductive choices.

22. If I ever go back to school, I’ll: enroll in culinary courses.

23. You know I like you if: I call or see you again.

24. If I ever won an award, the first person I would thank would be: Bong.

25. Take my advice, never: think that you can be on time if you have kids.

26. My ideal breakfast is: fatless tocino with fried rice and egg.  Yummy!

27. A song I love but do not have is:  Lovin’ You.

28. If you visit my hometown, I suggest you: brace yourself for the traffic.

29. Why won’t people: stop being greedy?

30. If you spend a night at my house: we could talk and enjoy some drinks.

31. I’d stop my wedding for: nothing.  

32. The world could do without: prejudice.

33. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: eat it.

34. My favourite blonde(s) is/are: Gwyneth Paltrow.

35. Paper clips are more useful than: staples.

36. If I do anything well it’s: being a mother to my 2 kids.

37. I can’t help but: feel bad for every child who gets hurt.

38. I usually cry: when I’m watching movies.

39. My advice to my child/nephew/niece: Don’t let anybody tell you what you can and cannot do.  Find out what you really what to do in life and go for it.

40. And by the way: take time to know a person before making a commitment.

Our Living Room “Library”

When we were just preparing to move into our house, I imagined that our living room table would have a pretty vase with fresh flowers, and there would be a couple of coffee-table books, maybe about art, around it.  But then again, with young children in the house, we thought that wasn’t practical yet.  Instead, this is how our living room table looks like…

Our living room "library"

Our living room table

Each one of us has his/her own pile of reading materials.  I used to ask the kids to have just one book on the table at a time, but they like to have a lot of their books around.  Right now, Chino is reading “The 39 Clues: Maze of Bones”.  His pile includes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, some Boxcar children books, his Pirate-o-Pedia, some books on animals and a Secret Seven book (handed down by Tita Niks).  Trixi is reading “Hiccups for Elephant”.  Her pile includes a Treasury for 5-year olds, some Blue’s Clues books, Stories and Rhymes, and even Kuya’s Pilipinas Kong Mahal from Prep.  They select which books to bring down from their shelves in the den.  

The living room table is also where the kids like to hang around.  They have a separate study table, but somehow, they just end up writing or drawing or coloring in the living room.  Just the other night, while I was preparing dinner, Chino and Trixi were writing their own books.

Trixi's masterpiece

Trixi's masterpiece

Chino's latest manuscript

Chino's latest manuscript

 So I guess that pretty vase will have to wait a little while longer.

Flickr Meme

Was reading Toni’s blog today and this was the mosaic I came up with.

The kids tried it out too.  Here’s Chino’s:

Here’s Trixi’s mosaic:

Go ahead and make your own mosaic – we enjoyed making ours 🙂

The concept:
a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste the html into your blog or Flickr stream. Or use the Mosaic Maker at fd’s Flickr Toys.

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Looked up your flickr name and see what pops up.

Have fun!