one lovely blog award

i was given a one lovely blog award by pm of prinsesa’s anatomy.  i have to share seven things about me and nominate seven bloggers but since i do not have a lot of followers, i’ll just do the first instruction, lol! i have to do this or i might end up with pm’s feline paws on my face! 😀


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– finished two b.s. degrees but never attended a graduation ceremony

– related to the first, i do not have a graduation photo

– stopped eating pork that started when i was in high school

– suffer from health conditions – hypertension, bilateral nephrolithiasis and dextroscoliosis

– surgically corrected congenital alternating exotropia strabismus

– sleep with the lights on, dim light will do

– with slight ocd – i’m into an organized work desk, door knobs, hand washing and flushing the toilet

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thank you pm for the nomination and you also forced me to have a second blog post for the month, hehe!

10 things i have not done before

2011 was a year of self-fulfillment for me.  what started as a dare of travelling alone in another country has let me prove to myself that it can be satisfying doing a solo travel.  it is in fact a way to let you see the things around you in a wide-angled way, for what i fear before taught me to find a direction to overcome.  it was also a year that i spent better quality time with my loved ones when i am home.  there were no drama, my life was more carefree as a single person.

to start the year, here is my list of 10 things i have not done before.  these might not all get completed by next year as i did the last time (i missed three, but putting them again here!), but i do find it amusing to do such list that i look forward when i am about to be scheduled for a short vacation from work.  it gives me that adrenaline-pumping feeling that i have to accomplish something.  so.. here i my list for 2012! 😀

1.  visit indonesia (done), vietnam (done), singapore and india (done):  i am very specific this time on my travel destinations.  i want it this way so i’ll have more focus on planning to get there (i hope that i do! haha.).

2.  blog a day at work:  let everyone see how a boring workplace can be stressful!

3.  eat crispy pata:  believe me, i have never tasted this ever in my life.  i stopped eating pork almost 20 years ago – it won’t actually hurt me to eat some, for i’ve actually eaten a cricket!

4.  spend an out of town weekend with my high school best friend:  i have to force him to do this with me.  he is a workaholic, i think he has forgotten that there is word spelled as u-n-w-i-n-d!

5.  ride on a train:  i don’t mean the metro rail or a subway – it’s the choo choo train.

6.  have my blog domain:  always wanted to get one but i always change my mind.

7.  date my mom:  my ma and i always go out when i am home but i want this one to be special.

8.  sport a mohawk:  this became difficult to do last year.  i just wanted that beckham- style (ahem!) mohawk but i suddenly started to have thinning hair!  this can be a problem, tsk!

9. photograph a tarsier:  for the third time i am going to book a flight ticket to bohol to see this creature.

10. attend a yoga class:  the vouchers i purchased got expired last year.   i still want to try yoga and.. kama sutra?!

so that is my list.  last year, pm of prinsesa’s anatomy joined me on this meme.  she did had fun and she’s doing it again this year.  hope you join us too! 😀

7 things i have already done before

nearly a year ago, i have posted a meme entitled 10 things i have not done before.  one of my fave blogger, pm who joined me on this has updated her list today, so i’m hurriedly posting this entry for i almost forgot that we agreed to do this after christmas!  i was not able to do all the 10 things in my list (fail! haha!) for i lacked time (please do consider for i’m most of the time at work in the middle of the sea!).  so here is my results:

1. lone backpacking: i went to malaysia, thailand and hongkong  (posts to follow for hk!) – alone and loved it! 

2. eat an insect delicacy:  ate a mole cricket – i can’t put into words the taste till now.

3. drink camel milk:  pasteurized, flavored and bottled!  can’t find a mama camel willing to feed me, hehe.

4. set up a blog contest:  pm won this contest for she had no one to compete with, haha!

5. sport a mohawk:  failed!  i started losing hair this year i did not wanna do this!

6. do horse back riding:  i did this in kuala lumpur but was not documented.  hope to do this again.

7. attend a yoga class:  failed!  i bought a voucher for yoga class but really did not have the time.

8. spend a night in a historic hotel:  had a one night stay at manila hotel.

9. photograph a tarsier:  failed!  for the second time, cancelled a trip to tagbilaran. 

10. take a ride on a roller coaster:  screamed and shrieked like a bitch i thought i was about to have a cardiac arrest!

pm and i will post another ten things i have not done before list this coming year (will have to include my “failed” ones!).  i hope some interested bloggers will join us too.

merry christmas to everyone.  mwah, mwah!  😀

what’s in your bag

when i started working temporarily here in uae weeks back, i need to take a short bus ride from our accommodation to the shipyard where i work. it also meant that i have to carry my backpack with me. i know some people bring a lot of stuff with them in their bags, like some necessities that they cannot leave the house without having it with them. for me, the lesser i have, the better.

I have read on some blogs interesting posts on what people carry with them. it somewhat also gives one an idea the kind of person the owner is. so here’s mine!

how about you, what’s in your bag? 😀

10 things i have not done before

most often, i tend to stay in my comfort zone and forget that there are more things out there that the world has to offer.  i must admit, i have not done a lot of fun and challenging stuff in my life for i set too much limitations in myself when i was younger (yes, i’m in my mid-thirties!).  i think as you age, there comes a time when you play back the years you’ve had and ask a question to yourself – “what have i done these past years?” 

i told myself, when will i do these things that i’ve always wanted to try?  when i have lost my hair?  when i already suffer rheumatoid arthritis?  i felt that i need to do something about it and decided to make a list of some of them.  i know some of the stuff that i have in my list are too common for others and embarrassingly it may sound but i have not done it before!

so, here is my list of the 10 things i have not done before that i will tick one by one posted in my blog sidebar as i do it within the year.

1. lone backpacking:  it was my first time traveling alone for leisure purposes when i went to coron last year, this time i’m doing it outside the country.

2. eat an insect delicacy i am not sure yet on what subclass of class insecta it will be.  eeew!

3. drink camel milk:  straight from the mommy camels nipple?!  let’s wait and see!  haha!

4. set up a blog contest in gratitude to my readers, i am going to give away cool stuff and docgelo of beyond toxicity is not allowed to join – he knows me too well!

5. sport a mohawk:  while i still have a head of hair.

6. do horse back riding:  i have experienced it with a carabao!

7. attend a yoga class:  kama sutra is a form of yoga.  really?!

8. spend a night in a historic hotel:  maybe with a special someone.  like my mother.  lol!

9. photograph a tarsier:  you can imagine why nature did not let them grow as big as a gorilla.

10. take a ride on a roller coaster:  and scream like a bitch.  lmao!

i urge my blogger fellows, specially the ones who sometimes read my boring blog (calling docgelo, chyng, dyan, grace, pm, mordsith, everyone!) to join me on this nonsense meme, hehe.  anyway, anyone interested can join and please do use the title 10 things i have not done before and include a link of my blog post addy.  you don’t have to worry if you’ll be able to accomplish it, for it will take you a year to finish ten items in your list!

a christmas exchange gift

i just joined a christmas exchange gift for bloggers by pm of prinsesa’s anatomy entitled “all i want for christmas“. i found her blog from one of my favorite bloggers, kg of ang bahay ni kumareng grace thru one of her recent posts. well, all i have to do is make a post answering some things that i want for christmas for my ‘partner’ to have an idea of what kind of bullshit i am, lol. she will also give a ‘partner’ for me to send a gift to, and the gift will be based from her/his post like mine. so, here’s my list!

something small: metal rosary beads
something big: rag quilt blanket
something cute: orange scrub suit
something soft: cloth laptop sleeve for my vaio
something techie: digital talking alarm clock
something fancy: the body shop white musk for men eau de toilette
something white: i love manila shirt, size large
something wearable: trekking sandals, size 9
something you need: 2011 desk calendar
something you can use for work: usb thumb drive
something sweet: moniegold chewy tamarind candy

all i need for christmas: rayban aviators

to my partner, don’t worry about the last one, i’m buying it as a gift for myself! hehe.

i wonder who my ‘partners’ are? yay!

something fishy

as much as possible, i never whine about the food i eat here at the rig but imagine yourself eating the same prepared food every other day seems unbearable.  the thing is, i cannot complain for the only thing i eat is fish and seafood (i practice pescetarianism) and our catering’s food supply is limited.  people here don’t like eating fish – everyone are carnivores!

.. maybe i’m just missing my ma, i miss her home-cooked meals back home.