"Miss You Like Crazy" is the much awaited follow-up movie after "One More Chance" of John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.  I was not much into romantic Tagalog movies but after I saw 'One More Chance' way back in 2007, I became a fan.  Add to that 3 other girlfriends of mine...such that yesterday, being the first day of showing of "Miss You Like Crazy", we sneaked out of the office at 4:30 to watch it at a nearby theater.  Yeah, it's another tearjerker and very realistic movie.  Yeah, we cried a lot while watching it.  But I think I liked their first movie better. 

And so I'm adding here the full movie "One More Chance" so I can watch it whenever I like.  Honestly, i've seen this several times already, but each time i watch it, it still makes me cry. waaaahhh!!!

One More Chance movie, watch here!

Adel Tamano, the son of the former senator, is currently running for the same position as his dad.  I remember voting for the old man, being a better representative of the Muslim sector.  But Adel here is a very modern Muslim guy, with a very good-looking face to boot.  And don't underestimate his credentials - he's a Harvard law grad... i'm so impressed.

Yesterday Adel was a guest in my favorite radio show, but I wasn't able to listen to the entire program coz I was in the office already.  Luckily, I got a copy of the segment...

Basil Valdez
Basil Valdez is one of the great singers I grew up to.  Although in my younger years I didn' t really sang much of his songs... and then... now that I'm old, whenever I hear his songs, I feel like I'm transported to those good old days.  But then again, when you dig deep into the meanings of his songs, it's another story altogether.  For adults lang talaga pala siya.

Click here to listen to "Minsan Pa Nating Hagkan Ang Ating Nakaraan".
I did not cook much during the weekend.  It was my eldest daughter Alexa's prom (she's in junior high) last Friday night and I was busy with bringing her to the parlor for her hair and makeup, preparing her prom dress and accessories, driving her to the venue, etc. etc.  Then the next day it was my scheduled market and groceries day, and in the afternoon, Pauline asked me to drive her and her friend Kim to the mall.  Aaargh I was so exhausted that night,  I slept like a log...(singing the Beatle's song on my head now...") 

Sunday afternoon I was back on track.  I prepared Indian Mango shake for lunch then cooked banana fritters (maruya) for snacks.  Kids loved the banana fritters so probably next week I'll cook that again.  At night Alexa was reminding me of a dish we ate in a Chinese restaurant that she loved -- it's dish with eggplants and garlic and maybe oyster sauce on it.  I told her I'll look for the recipe in the net and will try cooking it next week.  For the meantime, here's what I found, the authentic chinese way of cooking stir fry.  I said authentic because it's a chinese guy doing the cooking. hee-hee.
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So I was listening to this internet jazz radio station a while ago.  Then a commercial was played...

A lady was speaking:  "What is HSDD?.... HSDD is blah-blah-blah-blah "  And she goes on for a few seconds.  Then she continues... "Do you have the same symptoms?  If you think you have HSDD, then call us at 1-800-xxxx"...

Man, for me that was a scandalous commercial.  Well, you can hear that only in America.

So next time, instead of a headache, you can now say, "Oh no, I can't, I think I have HSDD."

I am so in the mood to listen to jazz music today.  Makes me feel relaxed and soothed.  Just right for the state of being I am currently at. 

This is the jazz radio station I recently discovered online.  Love it.

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!!!
The Dragon Dance in the malls.  Ang-pao.  Eng Bee Tin Hopia.  Tikoy.  The fireworks.  It's that season again.  And what would Chinese New Year be without the horoscope forecasts.  So here they are, beginning with my year of course.  Oh, but before that, the year overview first:


The year of the Metal Tiger brings the energy to begin activity and the determination to follow projects through to the end. Business ventures and endeavors that have started slow, especially those started last year, may pick up speed this year. There may be a lot of opposition and negative vibes from rivals, however. This year will be filled with confrontations, adventure, and many wild parties, with frequent positive and negative highs and lows. It’s definitely not going to be a peaceful year. Your best bet is to always have faith and believe in miracles, as making the impossible possible can happen.


An extremely cheerful and optimistic creature, Horse can be a refreshing breeze in times of trouble. She’s rather slapdash and happy-go-lucky, however, so don’t expect her to stick around for long periods. She seeks adventure, the thrill of the journey, the breathtaking spotlight, the sound of laughter at wild parties. To tie her down could make her very sad. Love to her is a gamble, with many moods, many changes and a lot of fiery passion.

What’s in store for you in 2010

Overall Luck

Aside from Dog, you may have more luck this year than the other zodiac animals. There may be many positive opportunities in store this year, and to add to all the goodness, you’ll enjoy your endeavors. You’ll have a wonderful year with practically no unfavorable months. Go ahead and pursue your dreams, your goals, your ambitions! It’s the perfect time to get off the side bench, warm up and get on centerfield. Adventure will call every so often, so always take caution with you, as you tend to get that reckless streak in all the excitement.

Love Luck
This is a lucky year for you in all of life’s aspects, including love! You are a cheerful and optimistic creature, and that’s a great attitude to have, especially if love was unkind to you last year. The good thing about you is you don’t lose hope so easily. This year promises many social events and adventurous escapades, which are perfect for meeting other bachelors or bachelorettes. On the outside, you’re brimming with exuberance, which could also be a façade for a few insecurities. Don’t be afraid to show a lover your vulnerable side. Single Horses may have more luck this year than married ones, as singles have more freedom to roam and play. Still, married Horses may have their share of luck, but their popularity may leave little time for private life, which may be the number one cause for conflict in their married life.

A very funny and cute video. 
Happy Valentine's Day.  To set the mood for this occasion, here are snippets of some of the most romantic movie lines. 
'Wish someone told me "I love you" yesterday.  But there was none.

'Wish someone gave me even just a Valentine's card yesterday.  But there was none.

'Wish someone sent me flowers yesterday.  But again, there was none.

So I just picked some roses from my garden.  And what do you know, the flowers somehow perked me up.
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Welcome to my Kitchen
So I have this long weekends happening every week.  From Friday to Sunday, I get to be at home except when I go shopping, do the groceries or buy DVDs.  Since I'm starting to get bored by these long weekends, I set my mind to do little experiments that involve the kitchen.
Salmon sashimi
This is half of the salmon fillets I bought last week from the wet market.  At first I was hesitant to buy it because I was afraid that the fish is not fresh.. or clean.  But I saw several customers buying so I went ahead.  The owners of this fish stall is a Japanese and his Filipina wife.  The jap hubby is the one personally taking care of preparing the salmon sashimi and he even gave me free wasabi. 

Verdict?  Salmon was fresh and delicious!  Even tastier than those from the restaurants!  And no bum stomach after.

Pesto (in bottle)
I was so clueless as to what's in my kitchen, that I discovered only recently that I have a blender.  I immediately thought of making pesto because I really love pesto in my pasta.  Forgot to take a picture of the spaghetti I prepared last week, but I'm planning to cook again this weekend.  Good thing I still have leftover pesto.  Yummy!

Papaya Salad
This is the papaya salad I made just a while ago.  I haven't eaten my lunch yet and since I am in the mood to write this post, I'm already having the salad while typing away.  I had the complete ingredients - papaya (of course), lemon, fish sauce, nuts, brown sugar and coriander (wansuy).  It tastes just how I remembered during my Thailand days!  Well, except it's kinda on the sweet side because the papaya is almost ripe.  And there's no chilis.