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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Scrapbooking SNL Parody

I found this on Bethann Salaika's SCS blog, Freckled Fun. It's too funny!

And You Said You Couldn't Learn The Words!

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Ikaw ang aking (x2)
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Ikaw ay

Filipino!!! Filipino!!! Filipino!!! Filipino!!!

Hoy pare pakinggan nyo ko
Eto nang tunay na filipino
Galing sa baryo Sapang Bato
Pumunta ng LA nagtrabaho
Para makatulong sa nanay
Dahil sa hirap ng buhay
Pero masaya parin ang kulay
Pag kumain nagkakamay
Yung kanin, chicken adobo
Yung balot, binebenta sa kanto
Tagay mo na nga ang baso
Pare ko inuman na tayo

Filipino!!! Filipino!!! Filipino!!! Filipino!!!

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Ikaw ay

Filipino!!! Filipino!!! Filipino!!! Filipino!!!

Masdan mo ang magagandang dalaga
Nakakagigil ang beauty mo talaga
Lambingin di nakakasawa
Ikaw lang ang gustong kasama
Yung bahay o kubo
Pagibig mo ay totoo
Puso ko'y laging kumikibo
Wala kang katulad sa mundo ko
Pinoy ka sigaw na, sige
Kung maganda ka sigaw na, sige
Kung buhay mo'y mahalaga, sige
Salamat sa iyong suporta

Filipino!!! Filipino!!! Filipino!!! Filipino!!! Filipino!!! Filipino!!! Filipino!!! Filipino!!!

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pinoy ka sigaw na, sige
kung maganda ka sigaw na, sige
kung buhay mo'y mahalaga, sige
salamat sa iyong suporta, sige
pinoy ka sigaw na, sige
kung maganda ka sigaw na, sige
kung buhay mo'y mahalaga, sige
salamat sa iyong suporta

...Filipino ...Filipino ...Filipino ...Filipino

La la la la la la la la la la la la loooooooooooo [x2]

Friday, January 05, 2007

Filipino!

Now I have that song stuck in my head! Since MarthaSue is in the Philippines, I was curious to see what it's like down there. So I did some checking. By the way, it's 29 degrees Celsius as I type this! I Yahoo'd Manila, Philippines and this is what I got:















1. The tourism site is interesting. The music is a real treat to the ears. But you can check out info on parts of the Philippines. If you're searching for Manila, it's under the NCR region.

2. The CIA has a "factbook" on the Philippines .... but then they have one on every country, right?

3. The Philippines Consulate General in Toronto ... why not Ottawa?

4. INQ7 ... a news site that was down the whole time I was doing this ... owned by the parent company the Inquirer.net ... hmm, any relation to that Holiest of rag sheets?

5. The Department of Trade and Industry ... snoozer. It's not all pretty and stuff and it doesn't play that beautiful music like the tourism site.

6. ClassBrain.com - it's actually an interesting one. Specially for all you parents of school-attending children. They have country reports ... categorized info on various countries ... wish I'd had that when I was in school. Hell, I wish I'd had the internet when I was in school.

7. Wikipedia ... blah, blah, blah ...

8. An ad trap... avoid it.... waste of time.

9. Ahhh... the US State Department on Foreign Investment in the Philippines ... wow! they encourage it. Shocker! Not.

10. The last site is called The Philippines and really, the best was saved for last. It's beautiful! The pictures, the info, it's amazing!


Holy crap! There are 18 active volcanoes! Nothing really super close to you though, Sue! I love this site ... have to bookmark.

Departures

Well this was a sucky week!

Susan left yesterday for Manila.

Anita and the kids leave this afternoon for Victoria.

So! Anybody else leaving, huh?

Oh, oh! I checked Westjet and they have a sale on til Jan 10th. I can get to Victoria for $690. As soon as I whip that out of my ass, I will get my tickets. Freakin Jan 10th. Just happened to check the site this morning. Hoping there is another sale later, or I will be travelling through the states.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Conflict Diamonds

Does everybody remember Sierra Leone and Conflict Diamonds? Way back in in the late 90's? I remember it quite clearly. It made headlines for a while, but was never really brought home to most people. Not unless you went to university in the 90's. If you did, you may have known people from Sierra Leone. If you did, you knew that people had their hands amputated, were murdered, or were forced to work diamond fields in Sierra Leone by rebel forces to fund their conflict with the government. Young boys were brainwashed and turned into killers to further the rebel cause.

This was how my disgust of diamonds was born. I hate diamonds. The years passed and I forgot why I hated diamonds, but the disgust never left. It's still there. For me, they are cold, soul-destroying rocks. My sister would always ask me - if you were to get engaged, you wouldn't want a diamond engagement ring? My response was always absolutely not!

Sarah and I went to see Blood Diamond tonight and the why came rushing back to me. This movie is stomach-turning and heart-wrenching, and most of all, thought-provoking. It's set in Sierra Leone, late in the 90's, when the civil war is about to occur. It follows two African men from opposite ends of the spectrum - Danny Archer (DiCaprio), a South African mercenary and diamond smuggler, and Solomon Vandy (Hounsou), a Mende fisherman, who end up working together to reach their own goals. While the names and storyline are fiction, the struggle is not. This movie brings attention to the horror these people have lived through, the corruptness of the diamond industry, and our own willingness to turn a blind eye to bloodshed that will garner us a cheap, sought-after commodity.

So what to do? You can insist that the diamond you buy be conflict-free. But in all reality, it may not be, even if they guarantee it. Unfortunately, conflict diamonds are still bought and sold today, even though it is illegal to do so in many places. They pass through the right hands so that they are 'clean'. They are then mixed with the rest of the diamonds companies sell and you can never tell the difference.

Just think about that the next time you are looking at a flawlessly cut diamond.

When It Rains...

Everything has been going well, money-wise, for the past few weeks.

So what should happen? We have to call in a plumber. Blood suckers! This is going to cost a fortune.

They are coming tomorrow afternoon, because guess what? One of our 40-year old copper pipes has sprung a leak. And it's not just any pipe. Like a cold or hot water pipe. Nope. It's the elbow to the main drain. And not just any elbow. The one that carries waste from the bathroom!

When Lauren and I were downstairs, I just happened to notice a drip as Mum drained the sink. Don't worry, it's in the unfinished washing room, so the play area is just fine. Uncontaminated! So, a nice bucket is under the pipe and we are avoiding the sinks and toilet. And really, it's not that far to the Ultramar.

It was just a drip. But the hole is getting bigger everytime something goes down the drain. When it rains (or flushes), it pours!

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Monday - took the Christmas decorations down. If you have been to my house at Christmas, you know how much I have spread around the house. To bed early - this is hard since I have gotten used to going to bed after midnight. Ok, so today wasn't so rough. But it was my last day of Christmas holidays.

Tuesday - Work. Fit in Committee discussions when I could. Went to Amanda's for supper at 6pm - didn't even have it started when we got there. Went to see Charlotte's Web at 7pm. To bed early.

Wednesday - Work. Clean basement. Rotate toys. Fit in committee discussions when I could. Went to Williamsburg at 6:30 to visit with Anita and the kids. Poor Em was sick. Cuddled her for 15 or 20 minutes before she went to sleep. Home by 11, in bed shortly after.

Ok, I am exhausted already and it's only Thursday. I seriously don't understand how "those" families do it. You know the ones. Mom and Dad work. Kids go to school all day. After school and on weekends, it's one extra-curricular activityafter another that parents chauffeur their kids to and from.

Oye, I just want to crawl back into bed.

Monday, January 01, 2007

New Year's Resolutions

I never really make New Year's resolutions. Mainly because they are doomed to fail. When you rely on willpower to get you through something, you always fail. I know this well, from experience. I've tried many a time.

This year, however, I am going to make two resolutions. I am going to try to change two habits. I'm starting smallish - in the sense that I am tackling one thing at a time. The first one I am starting today. The second I will start in a few weeks. That way I won't be too overwhelmed, get frustrated, and give up.

Resolution # 1
  • I will eat healthier food. Those foods need to be more "colourful" i.e. fruits and veggies.
  • I will start drinking diet pop. And I will cut down on the number of glasses of pop I do drink.
  • I will drink more water.
  • My snacking habits have to change. When I do eat 'snack foods', they need to be low-fat options like Baked Lays/Cheetos, Crispy Minis, etc..
  • My chocolate habit has to change. In no way am I saying that I will stop! HA! I want to change my eating habits, not go insane! In all seriousness, I have to start going with lower fat options, like Junior Mints, Pal-o-mine, Cadbury Thins, etc...
  • I HAVE to eat breakfast. This will be a hard one for me. I will eat it if it's made for me. But, more often than not, if left to my own devices, I simply don't go to the bother. That's an absolute no-no.
  • And finally, I ahve to start keeping a food journal. This was the greatest tool that I discovered at WW years ago. It really does help.

Resolution # 2

  • I will become more active. Major groan! I am a couch potato. But not just for TV and movies. I love to read, do puzzles, and do crafts. All very sedentary past times. I ahve to make an effort to get out and get active.
  • I will walk 3 times a week.
  • I will do Aquacise once a week. I love going to the Aquacise classes. They're fun, they're full of people like me, so it's less intimidating, and it's an 'easy' activity. If anyone is ever interested in going, let me know. I can guarantee you'll have fun.
  • Another big groan! I will start doing my Pilates DVD once a week. After my first experience with it, contorting myself into near-pretzel shapes, I gave up. (see my second post ever if you don't know what I am talking about)

And that's it. I hope it works out. I will work at it. It will be difficult since I don't have an organised support group. That always helps. Going it alone has a high probability of failure.

I'm going to throw out a suggestion to all those people (from my circle anyway) that have resolved to eat healthier and excercise. Why don't we become each others support group? If we're having a problem or a success, we can talk to each other. Any thoughts on that?

Sunday, December 31, 2006

One More Thing

This was probably the biggest irritation of the evening. And even if T and J read this, I am not going to apologize. It's the truth and perhaps it will be a wakeup call for them.

Last night, when we were doing the gift exchange....I completely missed seeing Sarah open her gifts from me, well, I actually missed everybody opening their gifts. Why? Because L-A was constantly trying to get into the gifts that were in two gift bags beside me - both addressed to me. She kept digging into them. No matter how many times I told her to wait, to be patient, to let everyone else open a gift before giving out more gifts, etc... she just wouldn't stop.

And what were her parents doing? Sitting there. Doing nothing. Taking turns ignoring it and looking like they had the brain cells sucked out of their heads. That's harsh, but the truth. They let L-A run wild. They didn't once try to speak to her about manners or patience. They just let her do whatever she wanted. I don't know if they just don't see the behaviour or if they don't want to accept that she's that rude or maybe they just think that kind of behaviour is acceptable.

Now, some people may think that, oh she's just being a kid. But I feel I should mention that K and E were there too and certainly weren't exhibiting such boorish manners. Unfortunately, this kind of behaviour has become typical of L-A and it makes visiting with her unenjoyable.