Monday, March 31, 2008

stolen from giscelle's blog :)

91 words
it's like typing tutor. i loved that program...they took paragraphs from nancy drew mysteries for practice runs and tests. speaking of which:
i started collecting them in grade 3 or 4 i think but stopped when i got to canada. i had wanted sweet valley twins from my parents but my mom thought that it would be better for me to read these instead. i loved sweet valley, twins and high. i remember when i used to borrow the svh ones from my aunt who was still in high school. i used to hide them from my mom because i remember being scandalized by the kissing scenes in them. you can't blame me though. they were really adultish compared to the sv kids.
other series i read as a kid were babysitters' clubs, goosebumps and some hardy boys. i also loved loved archie comics (although i prefer reading betty&veronica).
in grade two or three i think i started reading little women already. jo is and will always be my favorite. i hated amy because she was a brat and she ended up with laurie. and even worse she's played by kirsten dunst who i cannot stand. i also read hans christian andersen fairytales which were really morbid. of course the little mermaid that you know now is not the original story. (if you don't want me to spoil it for you, skip this part!) she does get her legs, but every step she takes is supposed to hurt like daggers. it all ends tragically too- she throws herself into the ocean and turns into foam. yes. i used to read those when i was a child.
in grade 6 i really loved katherine paterson's books...she wrote bridge to terabithia. that was the first book i had to study in canada for language arts. people in my class were shocked that i finished it right away. (yeah, i'm a nerd). my favorite one by her though is jacob have i loved. that one made me cry so much.
and then in grade 7&8 i attacked mrs. onody's reading corner and read almost every book. from horror stories, v.c andrews to charles dickens, victor hugo, charlotte bronte, among others. i used to read so much. now i can't read as much because there's way too much reading for school.
and then in high school, grade 9 to be specific, i discovered jane austen and pride & prejudice. :)
university came and i was exposed to a lot of novels...old ones, modern ones, dirty ones like lady chatterley's lover and white hotel. through my english lit classes i found sylvia plath, dorothy livesay who are a few of my favorite poets. i also found my love for menagerie, after the fall, i claudia, amadeus, cat on a hot tin roof.
and then there are the french ones that i've come to love: la cantatrice chauve, les belles-soeurs, littoral, a toi pour toujours ta marie lou, being at home with claude, provincetown playhouse. and now, believe it or not, i've come to love my french plays this year: tartuffe, le misanthrope, britannicus and phedre.

i can't wait for the summer though so i can read books that i actually want to read.
i will just have to stay away from depressing ones. this past summer i read anna karenina, tess of the d'ubervilles and the scarlet letter right after the other. my mom thought that i was depressed. haha.

now this one is from bmv in downtown. look at that loveliness:
now back to work. argh.

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

i need a cracking break.

writer's block will be the death of me. ergo, two surveys, stolen from jewlz :)

Say the first thing that comes to your mind :

1. You & your ex - hm
2. I am listening to – dido
3. Maybe I should – keep writing
4. I love - him
5. I don't understand – myself sometimes
6. I have lost my respect for - i try not to do that
7. I last ate – fibre flakes and banana

1. Is your hair wet? - non
2. Is your cell phone right by you? - oui
3. Do you miss someone? - painfully yes
4. Are you wearing chap stick? - no. i use burt's bees. chapstick makes my lips sticky.
5. Are you tired? - augh. yes, mothereffer.

1. Recently done anything you regret? - yes. like procrastinate.
2. Ever kicked someone? - nope. i haven't been violent.
3. Ever tripped over your own feet? - last week. pants with a hem+pointy heels=not a good idea

1.Have you cursed?- nope not yet. not out loud anyway.
2. Have you gotten mad at someone? - nope.

Q: Is there a person who is on your mind right now? - racine and corneille and all of their characters in their plays. augh.
Q: Do you have any siblings? -oui oui. 4 of them.
Q: Do you smile often? - yes but i also frown and pout often.
Q: Do you like your handwriting? - sometimes. i used to have your typical filipina pointy (bleh) writing. but now it's gotten all loopy and fat.
Q: What color shirt are you wearing right now? - my really ancient white i heart new york shirt.
Q: What were you doing at 7pm yesterday? - sitting in the car avec my dad on the 407 belting out beatles songs.
Q: I cant wait till? - the last day of school, california and the month of august :)
Q: What would you rather be called? - mel or melly by close friends
Q: Are you a friendly person? - yes but i can also be really bitchy.
Q: Do you have any pets? - yup, un chat
Q; Were you the one of those kids that cut their hair by themselves when they want? - hahaha. i used to have my sister cut my hair and bangs for me.
Q: What do you think when you see someone trip, and then try and play it off? - lol i just snicker to myself. i'd rather they just laugh at themselves.
Q: Would you rather work a boring job, or a fast pace exhausting one? - a fast pace exhausting one. i work better under pressure and for some reason like to fear tired at the end of the day. it makes me feel i've accomplished a lot.
Q: Know someone who just has way too many freaking aim screen names? - i don't have aim.
Q: Can you be trusted with a fragile object? - yes.
Q: Ever almost get run over by a car? -muahaha. yes. while jaywalking in downtown.
Q: Do your parents have home videos from when you were a baby? - yes, of my first birthday but sadly they forgot to bring it to canada.
Q: Whats your favorite Popsicle flavor? - orange
Q: Do you like your school? - meh.
Q: What time do/did you have to be in school by? 6:30 pm. but i like to be an hour early for it. don't ask me why.
Q: Whats the last movie you saw? a hilary duff movie.


1. Raised in: philippines & canada

2. Planned baby: very planned.

3. Birth date: july 26

4. Any siblings: 4 of them

5. Younger or older: the oldest

6. Hair color: dark brown
7. Hair length: augh. like really short. it's growing out though so it's ugly and nasty. i can't wait to have girl hair again.

8. first school: rosehill

9. Eye color: dark brown

10. Shoe size: 7

11. Mood: blah.

12. Smell: i always smell good. :)

13. Height : 5'4? 5'5?

14. Lefty/righty: right


1. Do you believe in love? but of course

2. Have you ever been heartbroken? oh yes

5. Have you ever fallen for a friend? oh yes

6. Are you afraid of commitment? no

7. Do you believe in love at first sight? hm not really.


1. Love or money? love

2. Hard liquor or beer? i don't like to drink.

3. One night stands or relationships? relationships. durrs.

4. Television or internet? internet.

5. Pepsi or coke? coke zero

6. Fun night out or romantic night in? both
7. Phone or in Person? it depends. some people are phone people some are in person people.

8. Aim or myspace im? i have neither


1. Have you ever been caught sneaking out? nope. i can't really sneak out because everything is so far away in fricking markham.

2. Have you ever skinny dipped? no

3. Have you ever done something you regret? a lot.

4. Have you ever been on a house boat? no

5. Have you ever finished an entire jaw breaker? yes, a mini one

7. Have you ever been streaking? no


1. Are you missing someone right now? yes

2. Are you talking to anyone right now? no

3. Are you German? no

4. Are you Italian? no

5. Are you French? no but omg i wish i was one!!! a french asian. haha.

6. Are you Russian? no

7. Are you Norwegian? no

8. Are you Indian? no

9. Are you Irish? no
10. Are your parents still married? oui oui


1. Do you get depressed about things easily? i try not to. but yes, when i'm pmsing.

2. Do you live life to the fullest? i'm not lazy, that's all i can say.

3. Are you comfortable with the way you look? oui.

4. How do you dress? i like skinny belts, skinny pants, oversized clothing and flats.

5. Are you scared of growing up old and alone? YES

6. do you smoke or drink? nope, thank goodness.

7. Favorite season? summer and fall

8. Are you a vegetarian? nope.

9. Current song your listening to? still dido.

5 Facts

1. Middle initial: D.

2. Astrological sign: leo

3. Eye color: Dark brown

5. Birth day (Monday, Tuesday, etc.): it will be saturday this year

5. Home state: ontario. hehe.

5 Favorites

6. Fave movie: a lot. breakfast at tiffany's, gosford park, serendipity, wicker park, devil wears prada, lost in translation, etc...refer to my collage ;)

7. Fave book: shopgirl, bridget jones, the jess darling series, and the rest are plays

8. Fave candy: coffee crisp, those chocolate cups from costco, kitkat, m&m peanuts, skittles

9. Fave makeup: bronzer and lipstick

10. Fave magazine: teen vogue, martha stewart (hehe), saveur, elle, flare

5 People

11. Newest friend: bah. i'm careful with the term "friend"

13. Longest-lasting crush: hm

14. Role model: audrey hepburn

15. Kindergarten teacher: miss mina

5 Things

16. My love's name is: john-eh

17. I can’t find my: peace until i have written this blasted paper.

18. My friends say that I’m: weird, sweet and loveable. :D

19. My parents were going to name me: golly i forget.

20. I would never eat: balut, dinuguan and those other weird filipino things.

5 Moments

21. I read my first magazine when: omg. the first magazine i ever read was cosmo at the salon. :O i didn't know it was bad...

22. The first time I lost a friend was when: lost in what way?

23. I had a really good laugh when: lots.

24. I was so proud of myself when: everytime i overcome myself.

25. If I could, I would go back to: march, june and october and live it forever and ever.

Five Places

26. My first kiss happened (or should happen) at: my first real one was in the gazebo at main street unionville. sigh.

27. I spend most of my time at: fricking work.

28. I used to hide my diary: under my bed or under my pillow

29. My favorite place to unwind is: my room or in the den

31. Morning or night: night

32. Cats or dogs: cats.

33. Computer or cell phone: both.

34. Pop or soda: i say pop. john says soda. haha.

35. Vegetables or fruit: i'm more of a fruit person.

5 Ifs

36. If I could move anywhere, it would be: france.

37. If I were an animal, I would be: a bird so i can fly.

38. If I could change one thing, it would be: time.

39. If I had one superpower, it would be: be invisible.

40. If I had a million dollars, I would: help my family, travel and then open my own business

5 Pasts

41. My first word was: i don't know...

42. When I played make-believe, I: would be the mother or someone's girlfriend. HAHA.

43. I used to watch, on continual repeat: omg. gosford park. for real.

44. I can’t believe I worried so much about: school and what other people thought about me.

45. I was so afraid of: what other people thought about me. i can't believe i did that.

5 Futures

46. When I grow up, I want to be: have my own catering and events business

47. Before I die, I hope to: to make a good difference and live how i was made to live.

48. I'll be friends with: real people, yes jewlz, real people.

49. I'll live: with my family

50. I'll make a difference by: the little and simple things.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

things i learned today.

(okay, yeah i said that i was going to take a break, but i can't)
1. there is no such thing as an organized mess: it's easier to work in your room when it's pretty and clean. it really helps when it's think much better.
2. heating up a pizza pop (pop, not pocket) for a minute and then heating it again afterwards for another minute produces better results than heating it up for a full two minutes. the cheese doesn't explode all over the plate.
3. professor berube is adorable when given simple things like chocolate. he blushes like a tomato. so cute!
4. it's better to keep quiet when your mother is mad. :D
5. it's best to not ask for everyone's opinion regarding your essay or you will feel lost and screwed afterwards.
6. that viva pink takes fricking long and that after 8:13 am they discontinue their green bus. ARGH.
7. the "brekwich" breakfast sandwiches at coffee time (at selected branches) are pretty good and very filling. i had one at 10 am and didn't need to eat again until 4 in the afternoon.
8. that the girls in my class are not catty and that they're actually nice. which brings me to the next point...
9. i should really stop judging people. girls in particular. boys are not bad. i get along with them just fine. sometimes girls can be soooo............augh.
10. that having a crucifix in front of you really helps a lot when you need to get your work done.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

adieu adieu, pour le moment.

i am going to try to go on a brief hiatus...just till next week. i am freaking out so much right now and every stupid little thing is setting me off. it's really nice how march rush (yes, reminiscent of the june rush for those who know) has coincided with my pms. augh. schoolwork in a small amount of time+pms=zits, sobbing spells and angry siblings (and bloated arms, stomach, legs. AUGH)
i feel like i've been doing work non-stop. i want out. now.

ha. and to dangle the bait even further...look what i got in the mail:
plus 7 more others.
you can't believe how stupid and idiotic i felt for every pose i made. but it doesn't look bad at all! the cheapest package is like $160.95. i don't want the really big ones...they're too tacky. but that's just me.
so i will try to not blog for a while (and stalk other people's blogs, for that matter). but if i come crawling back it's because i just can't take the stress anymore and need some comforting.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

happy easter!

ohmy. i literally spent 4 hours in the kitchen, preparing for easter dinner. i got nothing done, schoolwise, anyway. but now i know more things to make for next time.

scalloped potato gratin. this was a tyler florence original but i decided to add bechamel sauce.

herbed parmesan yorkshire popovers - a mini flavorful version of yorkshire pudding

mississippi mud cake. a paula deen original, except i didn't add nuts and didn't flood it with chocolate icing, and i stuck it in the warm oven for a few minutes so that the marshmallows get all crispy-ish on the top and gooey in the inside. the first pic is before it went into the oven the second time.
main course was horseradish-crusted prime rib with homemade gravy. that was from tyler florence too. hehe.

and that is all. i hope everyone had a beautiful easter. :)

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

the most depressing one.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

a true man romances the same girl for the rest of her life.

i am, always have been and will always be a romantic.
a movie didn't interest me unless it had some love story between a girl and a boy. my dad used to bring us home so many movies to watch. the following are videos of the most romantic scenes from movies i saw as a kid. do you remember any of them??? and come on, you've got to watch them :)

a dream worth keeping, from ferngully. my sister and i thought that this was pretty romantic too. but now that i look at it...jumping from puddle to puddle is quite cheesy. but it's still good :) and scandalous for little children to be watching...batting eyelashes...swimming in the a two piece. haha.

kiss the girl, from little mermaid. my MOST FAVORITE disney movie. the very first one i saw too. yes, call me lame, but i had a crush on prince eric. i blame this on my lack of exposure to guys, being in an all-girls school and all during my developmental years. ha. ariel, btw, is 16 years old while she was doing all this. she wanted legs, i wanted guys. muahaha. jk ;)

let me be your wings, thumbelina. i remember when my dad first took this home for us to was on beta. hehehe.

far longer than forever, from swan princess. :( sob. it's like my theme song. i saw the real ballet of it when i was young. i loved the part when odette transformed into her evil self. all they did was wrap her in this cloth and from a white tutu she emerged into a black one.

remember me this way, casper. the most romantic scene ever. except, the following doesn't really make any sense:

casper doesn't look anything like devon sawa. or sound like him either. and why did bill pullman look like bill pullman as a ghost? (i hated him for dying. if he didn't die, casper and christina ricci would have been together forever. (i had the hugest crush on him, btw. i loved him in little giants. i used to imagine that i was becky)

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Monday, March 17, 2008

these are a few of my favorite things

i came home and this is what greeted me:

john's package finally arrived. the presents are lovely, my love. :) je t'aime :x

cute bowl

card holder

pretty necklace

les chaussures

a box of playing cards from tiffany's!!!i actually just wanted the box (yes, the jewelry is not necessary). they're so beeyootiful!

more favorite things:

this is my mom's, but i've claimed it. it keeps me warm. it's kinda like a grownup blankie.hehe

this is from a shabby chic store in downtown. i couldn't resist...i had to take it home!

a pencil that i had since high school! this was A's first, then leslie took it and then i "borrowed" it from him. can't do my work without it.

i also fixed up my room a bit. my dad finally put up my audrey frames...i was worried that it would look like a shrine, but they're not bad at all.

and c'est tout. i should really do work now. argh.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

almost a year ago...

my friends left for rome on friday for the UNIV congress. i was fortunate and blessed to have been able to go last year. here are a few pics...i've been feeling really nostalgic, just because i was there for holy week, which starts today.

at the airport avec les autres.
first pic in rome! waiting for the bus to take us to the station.
wonderful columns. more columns to come!
palm sunday! with the pope! at st. peter's.
the amazing crowd at st. peter's. we love the pope.
columns at st. peter's.elephant trees, as i call them. they're so tall. i wonder if they existed in caesar's time. hehe.
narrow spaces between the rooftops.
romantic tables. perfect for dining al fresco.
even with the crowds, the vespas still manage to pass through. it's really dangerous walking in what we canadians might consider alleyways. hehe.
very brave spanish boy trying to get the pope to look out from his apartment window to talk to us. and he did! he was so awesome and it was so amazing i was in tears.
missed him! i thought i was going to be able to get a good one but...
augh! missed him again!!! next time i go to rome, i'm going to have a better and faster camera!
with nicolette in the background. haha. kinda freaky.

spanish steps.
i forget where i took this from. but let's just say that it's one of the last pictures that i took before raiya, natalie and i realized that we were lost. the other girls had accidentally left us. but it was a fortunate accident! it was exciting being lost in a city we've never been in. it was quite an adventure. we were able to find our way back home.
gelato! i had gelato everyday there. my favorite was avocado and nutella and hazelnut. this is not a good example though of the generous portions they give us. this is from a cafe at the vatican, so it's a really touristy serving. if you go to a further away from st. peter's, the ones that you'll find in the "alleyways", they serve them in big, gigantic mounds. it's sooooooo good.
the trevi fountain! i've been dying to see this, ever since classical studies in grade 9 and hillary duff's lizzie maguire movie. hehe. but yeah, natalie and i had the entire day to ourselves! i cannot believe that we went to a lot of the sites in rome without a grownup or a tourguide. all we needed was our metro pass, a map, camera and money.
market beside the trevi fountain. yummy fruit. everything in rome tastes better. i regret that i never took pictures of their coffee or the staple italian bread we had for breakfast every morning. because those were the best. i would have a roll of bread, a bowl of cereal and two cups of their coffee every morning. their coffee tasted sooooooooooooooooo good. once you have it, you can never go back to timmy's.
and italians have their own metro too (the metro newspaper)!
school of athens
vatican museum
more heads. or busts.
shoes that i got for...10 euros. i got a striped red and white one. sadly i've only worn them once in rome. i haven't worn them at all ever since i got back.
pieta. it was breathtaking. i turned to my right and this what i saw.
inside st. peter's.
in the coliseum. getting ready to use the washrooms. sadly the washrooms in bella roma are really dirty. or really busy. one time i had to resort to using the men's washroom because i really had to go. surprisingly this one wasn't so stinky.
where they did gladiator battles. they used to spray perfume in the air so that they could hide the stench that was emanating from the dead bodies in the field.
postcard-perfect. :)

burger king. i have to tell you, even though the italian food was good, i missed good old french fries and burgers. the combo came with a donut. haha.
at the roman forum. this was so national geographic. beautiful ruins everywhere, each with its own history.

look at the tops!they said that this is where they burnt caesar.
st. paul and st. peter were imprisoned here. this was the miraculous fountain that sprung up from their cell so that they could baptize the prisoners that wanted to be christians. beautiful, isn't it? st. peter and st. paul are some of my favorite saints.
mouth of truth. we wanted to be able to see it and we were in a hurry, so my friends and i actually ran on the circus maximus. i thought it would be something like the coliseum, but now it's just this one great long field.
last gelato in rome. :(with the other canadian girls from vancouver and ottawa.

so there it is. there's no better way to spend holy week but in rome. they make a big deal out of easter there, which they should. and on holy thursday, all you have to do is hop from one church to another to do the visits to 7 churches because the churches are all so close to each other...and it's so beautiful to see children, teenagers, older ones, people of all ages staying there late at night and praying.

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