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Happy 2010- Halina't maki Fiesta!!!
by missP on Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:41 am
It's 2010. A new year, a new leash in life, a new beginning! However we look at it, or even say it, the year brings change to us. A chance to start a new. A time to correct whatever wrongs we have done or do better at any chance we get this time. Chance and opportunity.

How has it been so far? After 25 days into the new year, I can't complain so far. It looks like it will be a nice year. Hopefully no more Ondoy-like tragedies for our kababayans in the Philippines. As for me, I went back to work on a slower pace this time. I think my schedule next month will be more heavier than this month. But then again, I just got back from the Philippines middle of January. This means, I haven't really started working full-scale officially.

Here in Germany, well, some friends of mine I are now preparing for the next event specially organized for the street kids in Iloilo. A Barrio Fiesta is scheduled to take place on June 26, 2010 in Griesheim-Frankfurt am Main. Lease on stalls where one can sell regional Philippine delicacies is possible. There is also a "Little Miss Philippines" contest scheduled during the said event. Mothers or Parents interested to let their beautiful little girls join the contest, please you can contact any Philippine Mission Charity Foundation (PMCF) organizer around Frankfurt am Main area or leave a note here or email me at missp.99@gmail.com.

Those who are interested to sell during the Fiesta, you can also contact any PMCF orgaizer or just leave me a note at missp.99@gmail.com. I will be happy to refer you to anyone of the organizers. Please take note that, due to space limitations of the place where the event will be held, the stalls are limited and are only offered on a first come-first serve basis. The sooner you and your group will book a stall, the more chance of you getting one. "Kung interesado po kayo, paki lagay lang po sa lihim niyo, kung galing sa anong rehiyon ang mga putahe na inyong iluluto at ibe-benta sa ating Barrio Fiesta. Maari po kayong kumontak sa mga miyembro ng PMCF at pwede din po kayong mag iwan ng mensahe dito sa website na ito o kaya ay sumulat sa akin sa missp.99@gmail.com. Ipapaalam ko po kaagad sa mga organizer ang request niyo".

Magkita-kita po tayo sa June 26. Maaga pa kaya pwede niyo nang ilagay sa inyong kalendaryo ang event na ito. Everybody is invited to join the Barrio Fiesta in Griesheim-Frankfurt on June 26, 2010. The event is open to the public.
Happy long weekend to all.
by missP on Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:21 am
Laugh at life...a good way to kick off a long weekend for some of us. Sa Pinas, holiday daw sa Lunes.. AB day... Hindi AB(normal). Andres Bonifacio Day. Alala niyo pa siya.. Andres Bonifacio, atapang atao, pagsapit ng gulo... una takbo! Hehe, lagi ko yang naririnig noong nag aaral pa ako. I think sa EB ko yan actually unang narinig. PAkana nina VST & Co..

Eto naman, share ko lang, before I disappear again, but this time only for the weekend. Pwamis! Smile

Over dinner, a woman said to her husband, "I met this horrible and rude man in town this morning, and right away I knew he was a trouble maker. He started insulting me and used really bad language. Do you know, he even threatened me!"

"How did you meet this fellow?", asked the husband very concerned.

The wife replied, "By accident really. I hit him with the car."
PINOYS & PINAYS BORN IN THE 50's, 60's &, 70's !
by missP on Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:23 pm
As an ice breaker after such a longggggggg silence, I want to share this with those who grew
with a more simple childhood. We were very lucky indeed to have experienced how it is to be real kids na lumaki sa kalye? (...on the block? hehe).

First, some of us survived being born to mothers who did not have an OB-Gyne, who smoked and/or drank San Miguel Beer or Syoktong, while they carried us. The manghihilot was the cheapest way to deliver babies. Dinala ka ba ng nanay mo sa pediatrician for DPT? While pregnant, they took cold or cough medicine, cortal or medicol, ate isaw, and didn't worry about diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after all that trauma, our baby cribs were made of hard wood covered with lead-based paints, pati na yung walker (andador)natin, matigas na kahoy or rattan at wala pang gulong.

We had no soft cushy cribs that play music, no disposable diapers (lampin lang), ( noon cloth or rattan duyan lang tied to the posts or ceiling, babies would fall asleep sa sobrang hilo ) and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, no kneepads, sometimes wala pang preno yung bisikleta.

Take-out food was limited to Ongpin's pansit or Aling Toyang's pre-cooked ulam in kalderos. No pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Jollibee; and, coffee was just kape hinde ga-mahal as in Starbucks.

As children, we would ride in jeepneys libre pag kandong,hot un-airconditioned buses with wooden seats (yung JD bus na pula), or cars with no airconditioning & no seat belts (ngayon lahat may aircon na)

Riding on the back of a carabao on a breezy summer day was considered a treat. (ngayon hindi na nakakakita ng kalabaw ang mga bata) Did you make your own saranggola and pasted bubog on the strings?

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle purchased from 711(minsan straight from the faucet or poso) walang711noon, sari-sari store ni Mang Akong to buy sarsi, suntan, RC cola or choco-vim

We shared one soft drink bottle with four of our friends, and NO ONE actually died from this or contracted hepatitis.

We ate rice with star margarine, pampatangkad daw, took raw eggs straight from the shell, and drank softdrinks with real sugar in it (hindi diet coke), but we weren't sick or overweight kasi nga.......


WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, and get back when the streetlights came on. Sarap mag patintero, tumbang preso, habulan at taguan. hindi uso ang kidnap-kidnap na yan, safe maglaro sa labas.Tandaanmo ba PIKO, step-no-step- yes, trumpo, garter & mala-ahas sa haba na goma? Kung naulan, jackstones, pick-up sticks or sungka, bahay-bahayan, tinda-tindahan, titser-teacher- an or swimming sa baha or kangkungan.

No one was able to reach us all day (di uso ang cellphone, walang beepers). And yes, we were O.K. Sipol lang ni tatay ang meron noon!

We would spend hours building our wooden trolleys (yung bearing ang gulong) or plywood slides out of scraps and then ride down the street, only to find out we forgot the brakes! After hitting the sidewalk or falling into a canal (sewage channel) a few times, we learned to solve the problem ourselves with our bare & dirty hands.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 100 channels on cable, no DVD movies, no surround stereo, no IPOD's, no cellphones, no computers, no Internet, no chat rooms, and no Friendsters, Facebook. MSN etc. ........ ...WE HAD REAL FRIENDS and we went outside to actually talk and play with them!TV viewing was a treat, kilala mo ba si Popeye, Gumby, Betty Boop & followed the bouncing ball in Melody Tunes? That was karaoke then, LOL!

We climbed walls and trees (to get aratiles and catch salagubang & tutubi - tied them on the neck or buntot with a string),fell out of trees, got cut or "bukol", broke bones and teeth and there were no stupid lawsuits from these accidents. The only rubbing we get is from our friends with the words...masakit ba ? pero pag galit yung kalaro mo,,,,ang sasabihin sa iyo..beh buti nga !

We played marbles (jolens) in the dirt , washed our hands just a little and ate dirty ice cream, fish balls & inihaw sa baga We were not afraid of getting sick or getting germs in our stomachs.

We had to live with homemade guns, gawa sa kahoy, tinali ng rubberband , sumpit , tirador at kung ano ano pa na puedeng makasakitan, pero masaya pa rin ang lahat. We made up games with sticks (syatong), and cans (tumbang preso) and although we were told they were dangerous, wala naman tayong binulag o napatay... paminsan minsan may nabubukulan lang.

We walked a lot, rode bikes, or took tricycles to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them to jump out the window!

Mini basketball teams had tryouts and not everyone made it to the team. Those who didn't pass had to learn to deal with the disappointment. Wala iyang mga childhood depressions at damaged self esteem ek-ek na yan. Ang pikon, talo.

Ang magulang ay nandoon lang para tingnan kung ayos lang ang mga bata, hindi para makialam at makipag-away sa ibang parents.

That generation of ours had produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, creative thinkers and successful professionals ever! They are the CEO's, Engineers, Doctors and Military Generals of today.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas....

We had failure, success, and responsibility. We learned from our mistakes the hard way.

Two-liners
by missP on Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:33 am
I love my friends, I keep in touch with them as much as I can. I definitely miss them whenever I don't get to see them. Therefore, I am always happy when I get a little note, a letter or even a forwarded mail from them. Anything! --- Okay, some of the forwarded mails can be annoying and I like neither the scary ones nor the threathening mails. But every once in a while, i get those that make one smile, too. Reading them never fails to put that silly grin on my face.

THESE ARE ENTRIES TO A WASHINGTON POST COMPETITION
ASKING FOR A TWO-LINE RHYME WITH THE MOST ROMANTIC FIRST LINE,
AND THE LEAST ROMANTIC SECOND LINE:


1. My darling, my lover, my beautiful wife:
Marrying you has screwed up my life.

2. I see your face when I am dreaming.
That's why I always wake up screaming.

3. Kind, intelligent, loving and hot;
This describes everything you are not.

4. Love may be beautiful, love may be bliss,
But I only slept with you 'cause I was pissed.

5. I thought that I could love no other
-- that is until I met your brother.

6. Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you.
But the roses are wilting, the violets are dead, the sugar bowl's
empty and so is your head.

7. I want to feel your sweet embrace;
But don't take that paper bag off your face.

8. I love your smile, your face, and your eyes
Damn, I'm good at telling lies!

9. My love, you take my breath away.
What have you stepped in to smell this way?

10. My feelings for you no words can tell,
Except for maybe 'Go to hell.'

11. What inspired this amorous rhyme?
Two parts vodka, one part lime.

WHO SAID POETRY IS BORING?

A night of cultural difference
by missP on Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:10 pm
Been craving for champorado the whole day. Unfortunately, I don't have "tabliya" (cooa tablet - made from pure Philippine cacao) stocked in my pantry. Kaya nag tiis nalanag ako. The worst part was i could smell the champorado from somewhere. Don't ask me from wherever the aroma was coming from, but boy, I couldn't escape it the whole day.

Hay, anyway... perhaps tomorrow I will drop by at the Asian shop and try to get that champorado mix imported from the Philippines (of course!).

Oh yes, the whole day! First time ever in months that I actually stayed at home. I have several days off which started yesterday. To kick it off, I went to the city after lunch and mingled or should I say got lost in the crowd of Thailanders and Germans and other Nationalities who attended the 3 days Thai Festival at the Hauptwache in Frankfurt am Main. Tagging hubby along, I met with my friends in the city and together we went on food trip. Visiting tent after tent, checking out the delicacies that was offered. Actually, except for hubby and the partner of another Filipina, we three girls were on food trip. We tried the Thai soup, but it was too bland for our taste. After the soup, we watched a bit of the Cultural show that was prepared for the event. It was very interesting, really. But our stomach was still grumbling so we we then went on with the Rice with chicken, shrimps vegetables in yellow curry sauce and then the Thai salad. Somehow, we were not really satisfied with what we ate so we went looking for sweets for dessert. We went through all the tents from one end of the street to the other end and finally found one tent selling not rice and viand but assorted stuff from Thailand.

They had fresh "buko" juice (young coconut juice) and in can. They also had some Mango juice from the Philipines in can and the a lot of other delicacies from Asia. Dried fish, vegetables and other canned goods (preserves). There were also some prawn chips, fried banana chips, sweet twisted bread sticks, spices and fresh vegies. The highlight was the fruit stand: Mangoes, Rambutan, Mangosteen, and Lanzones! Even hubby almost shrieked at seeing them here in Germnay. He tasted the fruit during our visits to the Philippines, so he was acquainted with them already. I didn't have to think twice about getting them. It just took me longer to choose "good ones". Paid and thanked the lady selling, we all started attacking our treats. It was heavenly. The lanzones' is sweet. The mangosteen was lovely. I must admit I really missed those fruits. I brought some home as well and was happy with my goodies.

Around 7:30 pm, one of the girls had to go home because she had to wake up early the following day for work. I was happy that I didn't have to go to work, so when the other one declared that she and her partner were going to the Australian Bar just a block away from the fest, I convinced hubby to join them. After all, it was the first time I had a night life after several months. The good thing was the place serves great food plus they have a karaoke later in the night. That was IT... the deciding point for me.

When we got there, I immediately ordered for Grill platter for two! Yes, still on food trip... ahem! I ordered some drink and when my food came I just dived, hehehe. After dinner, we went down to the lower level of the area where the Karaoke would be held. We waited for about an hour and a half until they would open the stage for the karaoke. Finally, got rolling at around half past ten, whereas it was supposed to start at 10 pm. Much to our disappointment, the accoustics was very bad. The songs were okay, but it was not really a place for karaoke. Actually, it was probably karaoke but more like chorale-oke. The guests were always singing in groups. Finally there was one girl who had a very good voice and sang really well. She was with the group, but somehow, she managed to give justice to the song that her voice was standing out from the crowd. Bravo to her, I thought.

When it was my friend's turn to sing i went with her to the stage to be able to see the TV monitors. Since from where we were seated we couldn't see anything. Just the heads of some guests and backsides of some girls... hehehe. After my friend did her number, the girl who sang earlier said something that sounded like "salamat". As I turned to look, i saw that she is also a Filipina. Then I thought no wonder she could sing well. Despite the bad sound effects and terrible microphones that they had there. Afterwards, the group singing started again. It was probably fun but it didn't really give justice to the Karaoke concept that I knew.

So much for a night of different cultures. Thai food, Australian cuisine and Japanese ( or is it Korean?) entertainment European style.
Sapatos
by missP on Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:55 pm
Unang post ko ito sa pagsali ko sa Litratong Pinoy. Nakaka aliw ang mga topic dito. Matagal ko nang pin-lano na sumali pero talagang kulang lang ako sa oras noon. Ngayon, medyo maluwag na ang schedule ko sa trabaho, kaya siguro mapapanga-tawanan ko na ito. Bakit nga ba hindi? Mahilig din naman akong mangodak eh, hehehe.

Sa linggong ito ang thema ay SAPATOS. Teka, Pilipina ako. Babae ako…kaya hindi kataka-taka kung marami ang mga sapatoses ko Wink. Hindi man ito tatlong libo, pero higit pa sa isang dosena ang koleksiyon ko. At dahil sa LP, iba blog ko ang pangalawa sa huling karadagdagan sa koleksiyones ko (hehehe, parang ang dami talaga nila). Hindi naman ako masyado magya-yabang, pero tuwa ako sa mga sapatos ko. Yung iba, pagka bili, isusuot ko ng ilang beses tapos, naka kulong na lang sa shoe cabinet ko. Pero meron din naman akong mga pares na halos hindi na makapag pahinga sa kaga-gamit ko. Tulad ng mga bota ko. Anim na klase, pero lahat sila pakiramdam ko, overused, hehehe. Tapos siyempre, anjan pa ang mga pang trabaho ko na puro itim. Flat, or high heels, meron din casual ang dating, meron naman din formal. May seksi at meron din parang pang madre—ooooppssss, no offense meant ha.

Alam niyo, ito: ilalantad ko na ang sekreto ko. Masarap ang pakiramdam ko kapag bina-bati ako sa sapatos ko. Tumataba ang dibdib ko kapag may nagsasabi sa akin na ang seksi ko tingnan sa sapatos ko. Lalong-lalo na pagka sa unang tingin pa lang sa akin, diretso agad sa paa tapos sa legs ko ang tingin nila, hmmmm… nakaka --- ahem!


Nagpapa ka deep daw ako?!?
by missP on Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:38 pm
Uy, kamusta na kayo? Ako eto, maganda pa rin, hehehe. Sabi kaya yan ng mga nanay at kapatid ko sa akin. Lalo naman ng asawa ko. Kaya, huwag na kayong kokontra, pwede kung ayaw niyong ma bash bash ?! Wink

Anyway, so what have I been up to? Wala lang naman. I have been balancing my life with two jobs this year. Well, it is very challenging. I learned a lot of new stuff. Although money wise it has not been very rewarding, in terms of development and self improvement-- it has been quiet overwhelming.

I remember as a child, to learn to draw and scribble letters was already a big success for me. Especially since, I can't draw and my handwriting is just terrible. Then I learned to read, and never stopped since. It would have been nice if we could say, "Okay, that's it. I don't have to do anything anymore. I have reached already the ultimate goal in my life". Honestly, don't any of you wish that, that's all there should be to life? Unfortunately, life is not as simple as just learning your ABC's and counting 123's.

Life means growing old, getting into relationships, taking on responsibilities, achieving more than what is expected of us. As we grow older, we also get dictated by the necessities of change. We get molded into, go with the flow or go against the flow of evolution. Depends which path we take as an individual. It's a long, hard and bumpy ride. One thing I noticed though, once we have achieved a certain level of difficulties, we can't seem to stop moving on to the next more difficult challenge. But what about the little mundane things or projects that gets left behind or forgotten? Well, eto, nakalimutan ko na nga ang blog ko and all my plans for it. Kasi nga, nagpaka-karir woman daw ako. Chuvanes lang naman talaga ito!!!

O, akala niyo very deep and profiound itong entry na ito anoh? Nagpapa cute lang po Wink

Have a great week every one!

In a trance...
by missP on Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:11 am
I was tired tired after coming home from work yesterday. I could barely keep my eyes open through dinner. During which, hubby and I watched a film, "The Mummy". It's the latest serial of the movie with the same title. Of course, the original is much better just like any other film with second or third parts. It never gets any better, only worse.

After dinner and the film was finished, hubby went to put on a different one. Something exciting, I even suggested. But before he even got back to settle with me comfortably in our sofa, I was already snoring like a pig. Wait, do they snore? Well, I don't really know, hehehe. I just know that I do, but sometimes I don't admit it because somebody once said to me that "ladies don't snore"... or i must have read it from a woman's magazine. Basta!

I woke up at 2:30 in the morning. I was sweating from my dream but couldn't quiet remember what the dream was about. I just had a feeling that it was a bout dead generals and mummies. Anyway, I went to change into my comfortable sando and went to bed. But then I started tossing and turning. I was only disturbing hubby, so I got up again and moved to the computer room.

I started composing this entry, but again... in th e middl...........df-cfsköldsss...