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Showing posts from March, 2011

Women's Month

March is the International Women's Month and I wouldn't be true to my feminist core if I didn't blog about it. 
To celebrate this month, I decided to write about the most influential women in my life.  These are the women that I believe embodies the best in being a woman. 
Oprah I grew up watching Oprah at home.  When I was younger I was so inspired by Oprah's achievement from being a poor black woman to being one of the most influential persons in the world.  Oprah made me believe that you don't have to be beautiful to be a celebrity.  On the contrary, you can be all those that they tease little children about (fat, poor, black and yes, ugly) but if you have the talent and the guts, you can still be successful.
I also loved that she tackles a lot of women issues in her shows and that she has remained one of the most charitable celebrities in all of Hollywood.

Meryl Streep You would not believe how beautiful this woman is.  She is a goodlooking, sensitive and talented…

Earth Hour

We celebrate Earth Hour in our house.  For us, its one hour of darkness and of eating and chatting and simply enjoying a moment free from lights, television, internet and music. 

At this time, we celebrate earth hour for a differenct cause. According to their website:
"At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour. With Earth Hour almost upon us, our thoughts are with the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging and sad time for their country."

Death of a Legend

I have just posted earlier about life.  Now I feel so sad posting about the death of someone loved and idolized by a lot of people.  Ms. Elizabeth Taylor, the star of "Cleopatra" died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre on March 23,2011 in Los Angeles at age 79 after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

She lived a full life...She's had 8 marriages to 7 husbands.  She made a lot of memorable films, won acting awards and spent the latter part of her career as a social activist.

She is a legendary woman and I will miss her.


Congratulations to my favorite girl DELAMAR.  I just learned that she is pregnant!

When I was younger, it was Del who taught me that its OK to be a girl and to be smart, independent and opinionated.

And now, she taught me that its OK to be a young, career oriented, unmarried pregnant woman.  This for me is the ultimate example of girl power.  Its having to choose the option we think is the best for ourselves regardless of what society thinks. 

Our life should not be dictated by people who think they know better.  As my favorite line from a Bon Jovi song goes:
"It's my life. 
And its now or never.
I ain't gonna live forever,
I just wanna live while I'm alive"

But now, I'm just looking forward to seeing her pregnant :-)

Pick Your Cupid

Just last month, I posted a quote about Cupid on Valentines Day.  This morning, I saw this picture from the Opinion pages of the New York Times and found it amusing.  Which Cupid works for you?

I found the "Desperate Cupid" so funny, see the many arrows?

Disasters and Heroes

Let us all pray for Japan. A friend emailed me these pictures and I found them sad and devastating.

In this time of earthquakes and tsunami, I can't help but fear for the Philippines. However, somehow I feel at ease that what we lack in preparation and resources, we have more than made up for heroism, resourcefulness and positiveness.

We even rescue pets...

But while it is noble to be a hero, I think that we should be guardians in the meantime.  We should all put our collective efforts in taking care of this planet.  Afterall, there is no one like this in the whole universe.

Read: Life of Pi

I love animal stories. But this book is not just about that. This is a story of adventure, ship wreck, animals, miracles and survival.

Yann Martel titled this Man Booker Prize winning book “Life of Pi”. Normally, I distance myself from books with mathematical concepts and titles. But for this, my love for the animal featured in the cover exceeded my irritation to the word “Pi”. Interestingly, the main characted Piscine Molitor Patel was named after a pool not the equation.

Life of Pi is the story of a teenage Indian boy lost at sea for 227 days with only a dangerous Bengal tiger for a companion. Pi Patel's narration of survival through the use of his wits and sheer determination, grabs you and never lets go. You are fascinated and at the same time doubtful of the outcome. It makes you want to believe the unbelievable.

It was not until the middle of the story that the animals appear as central characters. In the beginning, Pi talks about religion and family and Indian culture. …

Is Narcissism the Norm?

Being exposed to the world of psychology, I have at many moments blurted out some out of the blue psychological terms that could almost... well almost, make me sound like the psychologist I dream to be. Words like "dysfunctional", "separation anxiety", "risk averse" not to mention the ever famous "penis envy" are enough for any sane person to get away from me for fear of being diagnosed of any personality disorder.

Just last night I came across this article which mentions that  "Narcissism" has been taken out from the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (due out in 2013, and known as DSM-5).  Actually, they have taken out 5 personality disorders but the Narcissistic personality disorder is arguably the most well-known of the five, and its absence has caused most issue among psychologists and common people.

For the sake of clarification, let me just define "Narcissism"  according to DSM:


Summer Dream

I know its not yet summer, but I am a summer opportunist. Meaning I like to turn every occassion into a summer chance to binge on my favorite sweet and cool desserts.

While I am fondly known as the "coffeelady" (there was even a time that I requested for coffee while on a mountaintop), I don't really play any favorites on desserts. Anything sweet...and cool and creamy and dreamy...To sum up my philosophy on desserts, "I do not discriminate".

So my dream summer dessert for now is:

I have never tasted this one. But since my friends and I have a penchant for food tripping, I know that it will not be long till I get my hands, tongue, tastebuds, all senses really, on this fantasy dessert.

Btw, this is listed in Time Asia's "Best of Asia" edition as the "Best Legal High" and I quote:

"With its gridlocked traffic, appalling shantytowns and intermittent threat of a coup d'├ętat, Manila is not the easiest city to be in. You have to take ti…