Monday, December 19, 2011
Emirates was changing air crafts in the Middle East. I was in Dubai learning things by the minute.
The officer who confirmed my flight number and arrival time in the UK, was good-looking, as many Middle Easterners are or so I like to think.
Space from the sofa I sat on extended to the surface of the glass table on my right. The PA System was echoing "O-whayyy..." now and then. An Arab guy, X, sat next to me on the left. Another, Z, came by, chatted with X and soon Z sat on the table on my right. I didn't mind the seating arrangement at first. Their conversation was animated and I quietly enjoyed the foreign audio.
Their wide faces inched closer to each other. The proximity was making me uncomfortable. Two large yakking males sandwiching a 38-kilogram, Asian female. Such sight must have looked strange in that part of the airport lounge. And then these men made it clear that they didn't care what someone they deliberately flanked was feeling. Their breaths clashed in front of my eyeballs threatening my nostrils. What a show of psychological civility!
Their language no longer piqued my curiosity. I stood up and dragged my bag to find a seat as far away as possible. And that's when I had my first taste of Arab attitude. X and Z jeered in my back. For a moment Dubai International Airport transformed into an opulent, post-modern jungle.
Behind a smooth composure, I wrestled against turning and giving them the main reason why I extracted myself from their midst. Their body odor was an olfactory assault. Other than that their behavior hardly was overwhelming actually. For one who has survived a nasty divorce two, rude men behaving like they were intimidation heroes were pink cupcakes, albeit rotten.
Arab profile in my books hasn't changed much. I still think they are mostly handsome. I just don't think I'll be transiting the dessert when I visit Europe again.
Friday, December 2, 2011
My mother didn't think it was right, and asked them to stop immediately.
[caption id="attachment_8480" align="alignright" width="300"] CJ in the dark[/caption]
So far I haven't noticed signs in my son being afraid of the dark. We try to behave in it the same way we would in bright daylight. If someone scares him though, chances are high he will react accordingly. For the record I am strongly against teasing children into being unnecessarily scared of anything.
The trick I see reminds me of that nursing professor back in college, "you know class, it depends upon the orientation."
What was your experience with the dark while growing up? Any similarities with or differences from the way your kids now act toward it?
Chris hosts Mommy Moments
Thursday, December 1, 2011
1. Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) directed by Michael Todd
2. The Killing Fields (1984) Spalding Gray 3. The Ugly American (1963) Marlo Brando 4. The Deer Hunter (1978) Robert De Niro
5. Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) Robin Williams
6. Alexander (2004) Collin Farrel
7. Rambo, First Blood Part II (1985) Sylvester Stallone
8. The Beach (2000) Leonardo DiCaprio 9. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Pierce Brosnan
10. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) Roger Moore
11. Hangover Part II (2011) Bradley Cooper, Zach Gadlifianikis
12. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth
13. Bangkok Dangerous (2008) Nicholas Cage
Megan and Janet host Thursday 13.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
A trip to Davao from Gensan would usually take 2.5 -3 hours. As a kid I remember happily observing the passing scenery or munching snacks while riding this bus with my family. If I didn't fall asleep, I was impatient, "are we there yet?"
The dust swirling around our nostrils and vision was normal. Arduous. But that was then. Now you may want to carry your tech thingies if you are on board one of their premiere buses as wifi has been enabled.
What are your buses called in your province?
Rose hosts Nostalgia.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Quite an anniversary, indeed. A celebration, I declare.
Blogs regarding the publication anniversary of this romance novel picture Jane Austen's engagements whilst making the final touches of her manuscript from Sloane Street. In letters to her sister Cassandra, Jane gave accounts of her shopping for muslin, the party that their brother Henry and SIL Eliza gave; mentioned several acquaintances, and referred to her book as S and S.
As a fan I wonder which between sense and sensibility did JA deem more important since she portrayed both attributes equally well. I'm obliged to enthuse over my S & S reading experience. Alas, I only managed fourteen chapters before getting sidetracked by another novel, the very first that JA wrote. I will resume and complete my affair with the celebrant before 2011 ends.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Living in the tropics, I have been in close proximity with only three fireplaces in my life. There was an unused one in the home of my college professor in the Philippines. The other one from which I could feel the heat and see the fire dancing was in a hotel lobby in the Yorkshire Moors. Picture taking was quick. Two old ladies were having tea by it, but that was my first ever real fireplace experience, and I loved it. The latest I have touched is the one in Jane Austen's imaginary Northanger Abbey.The Rumford is a much more efficient way to heat a room than earlier fireplaces....(Wikipedia on Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, designer of tall, shallow fireplaces which are now known as the Rumford, was an Anglo-American physicist known for his investigations of heat)
The fireplace, where she had expected the ample width and ponderous carvings of former times, was contracted to a Rumford, with slabs of plain though handsome marbles, and ornament over it of the prettiest English china.Fireplaces. What charming spots they are!
Monday, November 14, 2011
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
1. qadi - an Islamic judge
2. qat - leaves chewed like tobacco or used to make tea
3. qabala - an esoteric or occult matter
4. qi - circulating life energy in Chinese philosophy
5. qiang - the Tibeto-Burman language spoken in Sichuan
6. qepig - 100 qupig equal 1 manat
7. qabalistic - having a secret or hidden meaning
8. qibla - direction of the Kaaba toward which Muslims turn for daily prayers
9. qatari - a native or inhabitant of Qatar
10. qing - the last imperial dynasty of China
11. qaid- Muslim tribal chief
12. qiviut - musk-ox wool
13. qanat - underground tunnel for irrigation
More here and on crosswordsolver.
Thanks to Megan and Janet for hosting Thursday Thirteen
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
That, claims, Wikipedia, is the first time quixoticism is mentioned, giving Pulpit Popery, True Popery as the source. Urban Dictionary defines quixoticism as unattainable idealism.
Let's take ism from quixoticism and we have quixotic. Anyone who knows Don Quixote would have an idea what the adjective is about. Merriam Webster defines it as foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action.
This post is linked with ABC Wednesday.
Monday, November 7, 2011
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Friday, November 4, 2011
This is Jesus. He said to his Father, why did you forsake me but he did not answer. Oh, what a pity to Jesus.
The wrong grammar and shaky semantics amused me. Detaching my rigid academic head off lay stuff was a learning moment. All those fine scholarly writings I encounter at work and I get to witness a child's cute opinion. Don't you just love life's bonuses?
Yesterday my mother rang. It was to worry about me and the current flood situation in Bangkok. A couple of minutes in:
CJ: (rambling in the background) I can't ride it anymore... (then butting in to address me) Mommmyyyy! why did you tie my swivel chair?
Me: Why, what did you do in church?
Am I not so deaf?! (nakakaloka ang buhay na to)
Ma then explained that she told CJ it was my order to have his swivel chair tied in a corner to prevent 'improper traffic' in the living room. With CJ's ongoing speech and occupational therapy sessions I am grateful his mind is functioning and he is behaving normally.
[caption id="attachment_7742" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Summer watching Ultraman in a makeshift corner; he would later discover another way of riding wheels - like yesterday's incident"][/caption]
This post is linked with Mommy Moments at The Mommy Journey.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
In Pride and Prejudice, obsequious Mr Collin declares, "she (Lady Catherine de Bough) is perfectly amiable, and often condescends to drive by my humble abode in her little phaeton and ponies."
Two ladies in a high perch phaeton. The owners of these sporty, open-air and lightning fast carriages actually drove the vehicle, as there was no place for a coachman. Phaeton seats were built high off the ground, the sides of the vehicle were open to the elements (a top could be pulled over as a screen from sun or rain), and the back wheels were larger than the front wheels. However, these light, airy, well-sprung vehicles were prone to tipping over when turning around corners too fast, thus a driver had to be skilled in order to move at high speed. The phaeton, therefore, was extremely popular with the rakish set. (Vic, Jane Austen's World)This post is linked with ABC Wednesday.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
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Monday, October 17, 2011
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
1."Which would you rather be...divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?" - Anne Shirley
2. What is real happiness?...It is when you feel fine even if there is nothing left in your pocket...It is when you enjoy life inspite of the problems you have...And most of all,when you still know how to smile and thank God for His blessings even if you are the poorest person and has the least important job on earth...
3. ♥ Before Marriage ♥
Boy: At last i can Hardly wait!
Girl: Do you want me to leave?
Boy: No don"t even think about it!
Girl: Do you love me?
Boy: Of course, always!
Girl: Have you ever cheated on me?
Boy: No, why are you asking?
Girl: Will you kiss me?
Boy: Every chance i get
Girl: Will you slap me?
Boy: Hell no, are you crazy?!
Girl: Can I trust you?
♥ After marriage - Just read it backwards!!
4. Money cannot buy happiness but it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.
5. To all the girls who are in a hurry to have a boyfriend or get married, a piece of Biblical advice: “Ruth patiently waited for her mate Boaz." While you are waiting on YOUR Boaz, don't settle for any of his relatives; Broke-az, Po-az, Lyin-az, Cheating-az, Dumb-az, Drunk-az, Cheap-az, Locked-up-az, , Goodfornothing-az, Lazy-az, and especially his third cousin Beatinyo-az. Wait on your Boaz and make sure he respects Yoaz...
6. Hope is hearing the melody of the future. Faith is to dance it.
7. October 2011 has 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays and 5 Mondays. This happens once every 823 years. This is called money bags.
8. “I have reservations with the results. If the only basis is the Q and A portion, after having been trimmed down to 5, Ms. Philippines deserved to win. What made her different from the rest is that she had no seconds to rethink of her answer as she had no interpreter to break the ice. The rest had their interpreters and having breaks on seconds to think about their answers. Hands down, Ms. Philippines answered straight to the point.”
9. Don't take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.
10. How to please a woman:
Love her, die for her, take her to dinner, buy her jewelry, be interested in what she has to say.
How to please a man:
Show up naked. Bring beer.
11. Facebook should add a "who cares" button beside "like"
12. Officiating priest to newlyweds: I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now update your Facebook status.
13. Welcome to Facebook. The place where relationships are perfect, liars believe their own bullshit, and the world shows off they are living a great life; where your enemies are the ones that visit your profile the most, your friends and family block you, and even though you write what you are really thinking, there is always someone that takes it the wrong way.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
where the bride is hassled
for a campaign tagline.
~ Hazel, Stasia Desiderata
Has anyone seen Melancholia yet? I haven't. My coffee and movie meetup group sent me an invite to watch this film which is shown this week in Bangkok. According to summaries around Lars Von Trier creates psychological devastation. The sooner we get over it, the better: nobody survives. "In a way, the film does have a happy ending," remarks Trier. Everyone perishes and there's a happy ending(?). That might send me to the theater to find out how true, how come and why. There are beautiful scenes in the trailer. Watch.
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Monday, October 10, 2011
Quite international: about 16 other locations are referenced on Enya's Orinoco Flow which topped the charts for weeks in the 90s. The mention of Cebu brings me to the summer of 1990. I was 18, traipsed Cebu and said to myself - one day I'll go look at what's beyond this old city. That is not the only reason I like Sail away (incorrectly thought of as the title). The arpeggiated harp intrigues me as well. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I do.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011
You would expect me to fidget while trying to leave some for a friend who was coming to dinner. The AC machine became the next table. And then a thought struck. This plate is royal bone china. It falls and hits a sedan on the parking lot below and I'm going to mourn my loss for a long time. Neurotic, old maid.
A tip: Use quick cooking oats, not instant, for patties.
1. Reading blurbs @ Dasa Book Cafe. February 2011
3. Untitled / Lauren Treece
5. Beauty of childhood / via ver2go (tumblr)
6. Sisters / Mig_R
7. 163 / 365 - Felix Felicis / Noukka Signe
8. Books to Read
9. Charles Edward Perugini, World Gallery
12. Pietro Magni’s marble statue The Reading Girl
13. Book of Fairy Tales... by *louvre89 on deviantART
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