Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Random Mid-week Ramblings

I don't have anything in particular to write today but again a lot of random thoughts pop into my head that instead of posting it in Facebook I think I will just post it here, so at the very least I have something to post as I don't want to break the momentum I have right now.. Enjoy!

- The heat has been really oppressive lately that it is really difficult to do anything and to make matters worse is that it is expected to get hotter in the next few days. Taking a bath has never been so satisfying as ever before.

- Of all the household chores doing the laundry is my second least favorite, since it is so time consuming to do.

- I wish I could talk about Maria Ozawa on social media but I am friends in Facebook with my parents and talk to them very often so I can't. I don't think I want to experience them asking about her.

- Cooking is a stress reliever for me and that is why I will never start a business with me doing the cooking. I might end up hating it.

- Sometimes I think that I should have taken a business related course.

- I haven't played a video game in a very long time now. That needs to be corrected.

- I see that I am a good looking person when I am not wearing glasses.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


I had a very busy and mind draining day, and I don't think I have enough energy to give my opinion on a lot of things happening around me. There is one thing that has been bothering me for past few days, and that is to satisfy my craving for pickles.

I am half-Ilocano from my mother side and have developed a taste for vegetables over the years, but pickles will always have a special place in heart. My parents know how to make pickles and I have resolved that I have make my own batch before the end of May. Here are some of the pickles I plan to make:


I love Japanese food especially sushi and sashimi and my friends can attest to that. The tricky part of this pickle is finding young ginger to get that beautiful pink color.

Pickled Mustard Green:

Now this is an old favorite of mine, thanks to my parents and grandparents. I remember them buying big batches of these stuff and stinking up the fridge.

Pickled Mangoes

This classic is another favorite of mine. I remember a family friend who makes them every year and personally gives me my own bottle aside from the one she gives the family.

Pickled Ampalaya:

This one is tricky because I have tasted both ends of the spectrum. On one side the bitter taste has totally disappeared which is kinda disappointing, but on the other end the bitterness has been exponentially intensified that I have great difficulty eating it.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Birthday Ma!

Today is my mother's 63rd birthday in this side of the world. Thankfully technology has let us talk and see each other quite often, though nothing still beats having my parents here but I am still grateful. I want to take this opportunity to share my gratitude and love to my mother.
  • Thank you for carrying and giving me life, even though I will only have a vague understanding of it 9 months is no joke. 
  • Thank you for working hard everyday to provide for us and my siblings when we were growing up. All your sacrifices for us has not gone unnoticed
  • Thank you for being there for us through the best and worst time of our lives. I know we haven't always seen each other eye to eye but you never gave up on me.
  • Thank you for showing that all woman are worthy of respect. That your gender is strong, independent, and are our equals.
  • Thank you for teaching me the value of perseverance, hard work and dedication to one's task or responsibilities. That we should never give up.
  • Thank you for teaching me that integrity and the value of a good name is one of the most precious thing a person could ever have.. 
  • Thank you for challenging me, for seeing my full potential even though I could not see it myself.
  • Thank you for teaching that family is important
  • Thank you for loving me.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Juggling Act

If you are fortunate to be one of friends in Facebook, you know that my son Castle has started summer classes in preparation for the coming school year as recommended by his teachers. I don't know if it's a good thing or not but he gets to skip the Nursery level and will be Kindergarten 1 when classes. It does help us a lot financially but I am worried if he will be ready. The school staff assured me though that he will be okay.

Since most of my work can be done at home, it is my responsibility to bring and pick up Castle to school. Though it puts a strain on my house husband and business owl duties, it does give me some free time to write and do some errands like bank runs or mini-grocery trips while waiting for class to end. I have also learned to prepare things in advance, like cooking early so I just need to do some finishing touches on our lunch before we eat.

Sometimes when I think of all the things I need to do, I get a bit overwhelmed but I realized I just need to do it one at a time so it isn't that bad as I imagined it. I am doing this for my family and I also enjoy doing everything despite the craziness of it all, I get to spend time with my kids, I am my own boss, and I am not too tired to have some quality time with my wife.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spoiler Rules and Guidelines

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron started showing in cinemas yesterday here in the Philippines, and by some blessing or curse by the One Above and All is ahead in other places in the world. The movies was very entertaining to say the least, and I recommend it to very everyone even to those who find pleasure in finding fault in any body of work.

Stare into my eyes and be disturbed!
Weirdly though, this post is not about my thoughts about the movie but something that is very important or sensitive during such things. This post is about SPOILERS, and no I am not talking about that car accessory whose purpose still eludes me. I am talking about sharing things about a movie, series, book, or game that might ruin the excitement to others.

Spoilers as define by my friends Merriam and Webster is information about the plot of a motion picture or TV program that can spoil a viewer's sense of surprise or suspense,  also a person who discloses such information. A couple of decades ago spoilers was rare as a dark brooding loner hero with a tragic past during the golden age of comic books, but with the birth of the Internet it became as common as pouches in Rob Liefeld's characters in the 90's. It saddens me to see the lack of empathy and the blatant disregard to the pleas of no spoilers, and the weird, disturbing, and sometimes hurtful things people do to avoid them. Now as dad, it is my in nature to make rules and this my attempt to bring a sense balance to this whole kerfuffle.

1. RESPECT EACH OTHER. I feel this is the most important thing we should all have regardless on which side of the fence we are in. Don't wait for me to put on my Aretha Franklin wardrobe and start singing in your bed while you sleep.

2. Warn others first, if you like to share something or if you like to keep yourself in the dark, a simple warning is necessary. Remember most of the mutants have been de-powered so telepaths are very rare these days.

3. Read the room (thank you Kimmy!), if you are only one who finished the book and everyone is still in chapter one don't tell everyone that Christian Grey is killed by Edward Cullen when he cheated on him with Tauriel in the last chapter. Likewise, if you are the only one who hasn't read that awesome story I just shared inform everyone and ask them nicely not to spoil it for you.

4. If you want to share in the Internet give people ample warning, and with that I mean a lot. I think something like this is enough:

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5. If you see a warning like the one above, please do not tempt fate. You loose all complaining rights if you still read the post and who wants to do that.

6. This post is not appropriate at all times:

Friday, April 3, 2015


So I took an online personality test based on the Myers–Briggs Type assessment test developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers from the typological theories proposed by Carl Gustav Jung. I have been consistently getting the same result over the years. So I like to share it to you guys and I ask if you can tell me if it's accurate.

"ISFJs are true altruists, meeting kindness with kindness-in-excess and engaging the work and people they believe in with enthusiasm and generosity."

According to the site I am an ISFJ (Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging) with a Turbulent variant. It is also known as the Defender, known to be very dedicated and and warm protectors, always ready defend their loved ones. I am not gonna bore you with rest of the results since it is a couple of pages long but here's the link for the full explanation:

These personality exams can be good because they help us know more about ourselves and can be guides on how we improve ourselves, but we shouldn't let these control our lives as we are free to be anyone we want to be.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Letter to My Future Self

I have been listening to a lot of Silent Hill songs lately and I want to share to you this eerily beautiful song from Silent Hill 3. It is not my favorite (It is still 'I Want Love Studio Mix') but I think it is something I want to share with my rare readers and children.  

A letter to my future self
'Am I still happy?' I began
Have I grown up pretty?
Is Daddy still a good man?
Am I still friends with Coleen?
I'm sure that I'm still laughing
Aren't I? Aren't I?

Hey there to my future self
If you forget how to smile
I have this to tell you
Remember it once in a while

Ten years ago your past self
Prayed for your happiness
Please don't lose hope

Oh, oh what a pair, me and you
Put here to feel joy, not be blue
Sad times and bad times, see them through
Soon we will know if it's for real
What we both feel
Though I can't know for sure how things worked out for us
No matter how hard it gets you have to realize
We weren't put on this earth to suffer, and cry
We were made for being happy, so be happy
For me, for you, please

Oh, oh what a pair, me and you
Put here to feel joy, not be blue
Sad times and bad times, see them through
Soon we will know if it's for real
What we both feel

We were put here on this earth, put here to feel joy
We were put here on this earth, put here to feel joy
We were put here on this earth, put here to feel joy
We were put here on this earth, put here to feel joy

The whole point of the song is about one's happiness. Regardless of one's beliefs, a person happiness is one if the not the most important thing in our lives. So in closing, I want everyone to find their happiness.