Tagged by Mavic

Got tagged by Mavic, since i've done the other list, i'll just do this one. (Click links too!)

The rule is: what are the things you enjoy, even when no one around you wants to go out and play. What lowers your stress/blood pressure/anxiety level? Make a list, post it to your journal… and then tag 5 friends and ask them to post it to theirs.

  1. Watch a Movie. Recommended: Gateway with the lazyboys

  2. Shopping
  3. Pretend-shopping with a theme in mind Recommended: Bad English-Rich Cebuana Taitai in GB4
  4. Go to the gym

  5. Chill out by the beach/pool

  6. Get all dressed up and pretty for a lovely dinner in a lovely restaurant. Recommended: Any place that serves Ribs, then eat with your hands. Whew.
  7. Do my groceries Recommended: Deli section

  8. Curl up with a good book in a café. Recommended: Starbucks @ Holland Village in SG, Malate Pension Garden.

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  10. Explore curio shops
  11. Try out all modes of transportation around a strange city. Highly recommended: Bangkok

  12. Walk in the park. Warning: Non-applicable in Manila
  13. Get pampered in a beauty parlor

  14. Go for a foot massage Recommended in Malate: Blue Moon.

I now tag:

  1. Pet
  2. Achi
  3. Dario
  4. Nelz
  5. McVie

Road trip

Friday last week, Pet and I went on a semi- road trip. We were in Mexico, Pampangga to do a client call.

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NLEX has turned into Luzon’s best highway I know of. Now privatized, it’s well-maintained, clean, convenient, and a joy to be in. Getting to Angeles City to meet up with Sigfred took us about an hour, with stops, and getting lost in Ageless included. Then we went to the client’s house that I had earlier mistaken for a clubhouse in a certain subdivision in Mexico.

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On the drive back, we took photos of the darkening sky while singing the theme song for The Apprentice.

OLIVE: *off-key* Munnymunnymunny---*pause*
PET: *on the wheel* MAH-NEH!

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It’s been awhile since I had a road trip with Pet. So it was fun. Only wish Nels was here too.

I bought a map of Luzon which I plan to log my road trips on at the back. So far, it’s got one entry.



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It was a Martian day for me, (term courtesy of Eddie) but since I wanted to see my favorite rugrat, Maxine very much, I went with my sister to babysit the little one for a couple of hours.

My 2 year old niece loves music, and likes to sing. She does a cute impression of Carlo Santana. She’d close her eyes, scrunch up her face, and bow her head while holding her mouth in a little O, shaking her head from side to side.

Her sentences have become complete and complex. At one point, I laid down for a while and closed my eyes, she went:

Maxine: What’s diko (Chinese term for 2nd auntie) doing?
She’s sleeping.
She’s tired.
…to?…*face a big question mark*

The little energizer bunny is a bit hard to capture on camera, she loves to move around while singing, and her little inquisitive mind needs answers right away. She’s only 2 years old and tall for her age.

She’s growing up so fast, she’ll be breaking hearts in no time.


John Cusack

This is why we love John Cusack.

It all began here.

A regular face in the 80’s teen movies, he used to play the girly-giggle-inducing sensitive sweetheart onscreen.

To date, this guy would count as my longest running onscreen crush. Big fan.*raising hand and waving arm frantically*

In Sweet Sering’s book, Wander Girl, she mentions him as her perennial major crush. (It was uncanny to read a book that seemed to be loosely based on my life. But I digress.)

Now he has a new movie with Diane Lane.

Anyway, here’s my little John Cusack Gallery. :)

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Got this little quiz from McVie's blog, obvious bang I'm in an experience drought?

Three names you go by:
1. Olive
2. Uleb
3. Olivia

Three screen names you have had:
1. olivjooz
2. Uleb
3. oily

Three physical things you like about yourself:
1. height
2. hair
3. butt (heeheeheehee...my grandma was proud that her girl-grandkids had them)

Three physical things you don’t like about yourself:
1. love handles
2. eyebags
3. arms (jiggly!!!)

Three parts of your heritage:
1. Chinese
2. Chinese
3. supposedly my mom’s grandma was a nonya hahaha

Three things that scare you:
1. earthquakes!!!!!
2. meeting my guy’s folks
3. hopelessness

Three of your everyday essentials:
1. coffee
2. celphone
3. water

Three of your favorite musical artists:
1. Madonna
2. Sara McLachlan
3. U2

Three of your favorite songs:
1. cherish by madonna
2. happy days are here again by maxie priest
3. kissing by bliss

Three things you want in a relationship:
1. mutual trust
2. love
3. mutual respect

Three lies and truths in no particular order

1. I’m comfortable with my body
2. I’m cool if you are
3. I hate all children

1. I’m an escapist
2. I like to have milk with a hint of coffee more than the other way around
3. I adore my 2 year old niece Maxine.

Three physical things that appeal to you:
1. very beautiful hands on a guy (go figure)
2. lips
3. 5 o’clock shadow

Three of your favorite hobbies:
1. books
2. yoga
3. photoshop (ya, I know I’m such a geek)

Three things you want to do really badly now:
1. drink cherry coke
2. take a shower (INIT!!!)
3. travel in some country I’ve never been to

Three careers you’re considering/you’ve considered:
1. sculpture/pottery
2. interior design
3. yoga

Three places you want to go on vacation:
1. maldives
2. bohol
3. nz or bc to see nelz

Three kid’s names you like:
1. Maxine (gave it to my niece na)
2. Tyler (as in Tyler Dundren in Fight Club, and Steve Tyler)
3. Thomas

Three things you want to do before you die:
1. Have a home by the beach
2. Enjoy Italy with Nelson and Pet
3. Go to a U2 concert

Three ways that you are stereotypically a boy:
1. I don’t like getting nagged at.
2. I like video games.
3. I don’t like to discuss why I’m angry when I’m still angry.

Three ways that you are stereotypically a girl:
1. I love makeup.
2. I love shoes.
3. I dislike any sport that make your arms assymetrical.

People I would like to see take this quiz:
1. my sister
2. nels
3. pet



Sometimes, when we least expect it, we find little gems that remind us of what is important.

Yesterday was a pleasant surprise, I joined the 8PM progressive yoga class offered by Fitness First. The yogi is Diane, a pretty redhead whose aura shines with clear brightness.

Expecting the usual 50 minute Hatha Yoga, I stumbled upon a REAL Yogi’s class. She reads off her notes in a charming accent I cannot place, but the message and lessons of yoga were pure and precious.

It bridged a gap that I was looking to fill in my 7-year on and off yoga practice.

Lessons I love:

1- We all operate in resonance with the cosmos. The big plan. We are all microcosms of the universe. The human body is a microcosmos.
2- The human body/mind/spirit is like a radio, tuning in to the frequencies that it is picking up. It’s up to us to boost up our consciousness, or to tune it out.
3- Specific functions of each chakra help us tune into the one frequency we want to be in.
4- The 7th chakra. The one that helps us feel detachment to the lowly earthly things. It is the gateway to receiving the grace of Life.

Overall, it was a beautiful set of teachings I have been dabbling with, but have never found guidance until now.


Taking the Edge off

Plans went awry tonight. Jerome, Steve and I were supposed to meet Vichelli and Jo (who's visiting from NZ). But due to whatever their conflict was, we had to call it off.

Daddy J and I went out anyway. He saw that I was obviously upset, so to relax, we decided to go to TimeZone to play some insanely violent video game. He knows this calms me down. Any game that involves shooting and martial arts always soothes me.

The thing that did the trick was Soul Calibur 2. As Faith puts it: "That's the NICE."

It has been years since I've played Soul Edge (Soul Calibur's early incarnation. I loved TAKI because she's a wild wild chick.) I played until we used up the load in the card that Jerome got. And DAMN! I was winning. :)

All that hostility came in handy. I feel so much better now.



Dear Twat,

So you want to play it like that? OK.

Here's my signature with my dna on it. *SPIT*
Watch your back. *evil laughter escalating*


Out and Lost

I'm out of words, but lost in thought. Got a forwarded site from a friend. It's from Steve Jobs' speech for Stanford U's Commencement Ceremony.

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