Miss Universe 2007

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 The Miss Universe crown goes to Miss Japan, Riyo Mori! This marks the second time Japan has won the world beauty title. The last time Japan won the pageant was in 1959 when Akiko Kojima became the first Miss Universe from Asia. The pageant was held in Mexico where ontestants from 77 countries around the world competed in three categories: swimsuit; evening gown; and personality interview.  The other lovely ladies made it to the top are:
Miss Brazil- 1st Runner Up
Miss Venezuela- 2nd 1st Runner Up
Miss Korea- 3rd Runner Up
Miss USA- 4th Runner Up

Special awards for Miss Photogenic was given to our very own Miss Philippines (Anna Theresa Licaros) and the MIss Congeniality was given to Miss China.

Miss Japan’s winning answer to the question:  “What is the one lesson you learn as a child, that still affects your life today?”
I have been dancing since I was a child, I live my life growing among fellow students and teachers, I learn how to be always be happy, to be patient and to be always positive and I want to teach this to the next generation. Thank You. – Miss Japan Riyo Mori

Indeed, she truly deserves the crown! She looked dazzling in a black gown with coloured lapels. The incredulous expression on her face was priceless when her name was announced and when last year’s winner Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico laid the crown on her head.

I always knew watching Miss Universe would be this exciting. The contest was marked by controversies. A week before the pageant, Miss Sweden withdraws from the pageant. Now, people are talking about Miss USA’s falling and being booed. Miss USA, Rachel Smith slipped during the evening gown competition. But then, she recovered admirably. She is also massively booed by the audience in Mexico during the interview segment, because of the issues towards illegal immigrants. But she carried it well and responded with “Buenas noches Mexico. Muchas gracias!” 


Birthday Bash at Seaside

Our family had lunch in celebration of Jalysa’s 7th birhday at Seaside along Macapagal Blvd. I made a tarpaulin for her containing a hundred pictures and we also ordered a Winx Club cake for her. It was just a simple family celebration, but i’m sure that she was so surprised and so happy that day!

For me, this Seaside Dampa is far better than the other “dampas” here in Metro Manila, the original one is located in Paranaque. The first time I had my tastes of Dampa was way back year 2001, the time when I was still working at APPI. The other “dampas” are located in Libis and Ortigas, which  has a limited number of parking spaces, too crowded and has an awkward ambiance because of its location. Whereas this Seaside Macapagal is really beside the sea. You can have the choice to dine here in an airconditioned restaurant or in the open air space. This Dampa concept is where you buy the ingredients in the wet market and have it cooked. Or you could choose the “wet marketing style” where you won’t buy it yourself but you have to pay for additional fees, usually Php 100/food, but it also depends on what you ordered. We opt for the latter one. We ordered sinigang na hipon, buttered shrimps, tempura!!!, calamares and asparagus. We really indulge ourselves in eating shrimps! Even my kids enjoyed munching on those tempuras! Ang sarap talaga!

Whew… I’ve eaten so much! I’ve also gotten myself huge servings of the cake! How I love to eat cakes!…  So when will I start my diet?

On Forgiveness

How could you forgive someone who have broken your trust and hurted you?

I received this text message from a person I don’t want to mention. Just a person who seeks attention… a person who bothers me from time to time. She needed another dose of my words. I replied back saying… “If the person haven’t done anything wrong to you, then there’s nothing to forgive. But if there’s something to forgive but if you’re not willing to forgive or you can’t. then let God do the forgiveness. A person who TRULY forgives frees himself from hatred and bitterness”.

Life is good and it really is. Why does she keeps on putting complexities in her life? Why does she keep baggages? Why can’t her heart be at peace?

Before I Was a Mom

This is just a part of the forwarded email message I had just read a while ago.

 Before I was a Mom…
I didn’t know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body.
I didn’t know how special it
could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn’t know that bond
between a Mother and her child.
I didn’t know that something so small
Could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Mom…
I had never gotten up in the
middle of the night
Every 10 minutes to make sure
all was okay
I had never known the warmth
The joy
The love
The heartache
The wonder
Or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn’t know I was capable of
feeling so much before I was a Mom…..

Election Day

It’s National and Local election today. People would write their votes on the ballot. Drop it in ballot boxes and await for the results. With hopes that their votes will be counted. Let’s see who would make it in the Senate.

Mom’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all mom’s! I appreciate my mom, my being a mom and all those people who  greeted me today!

What’s On My Mind?

What’s on my Mind?

In my mind, I can create stories. I am fond of starting a story, ending it, with a lot of twists and chapters in between. In those stories, I make myself as the main character. Maybe it’s just my way of separating myself from reality. It’s the world that I had wanted and the person I had dreamed to be. Just mere fantasies. These are the stories which exists only in my mind and no where else. Stories that only me and my shadow knows. Maybe I would be a great story writer. But I guess I’m not. I’m not good at expressions, let alone play with words. It’s better if I leave those stories in my mind. I felt stunned when similar situations in my stories are happening to someone else’s. A chapter that I created is becoming real, though not for me. It makes me wonder and it made me asked, why? Is there such a thing? Hmmmm… maybe those are just coincidences.

May 14 Election day countdown: 4 days to go
Whew, and I have really wriiten those words! Possibly it stems from what I just heared from the radio a while ago. And at the same time, seeing all those posters and radio and TV campaign ads. Usually kids don’t mind watching political ads. But now, they could recall some of the candidates political jingles and ads. My children enjoys the commercial ads of the senatorial candidates- M.Villar, C.Escudero, E.Angara, P.Pichay, C.Montano, among others. People around me are starting to talk on whom they are going to vote. And I don’t have a stand. I am not politically involved.

Random What’s and Blahs

It took me quite some time to blog. Nothing much to do.
Been lurking around. Constantly surfing and surfing.
My mind keeps on dreaming. Wandering.
Creating fantasies and stories. Just there.
Out of track. Without a goal at hand.

Random Blahs, What’s and What Else?
+ indulge in ice cream
+ mom already have a Smart Broadband internet connection
+ husband’s company outing at Montemar
+ kuya’s pasalubong: Good Sheperd Ube (yummy!)
+ Alkaline (?) water at the office dispenser
+ tried other ways of going home (jeepney-MRT-jeepney-pedicab)
+ not feeling productive, everyday’s work is routinary
+ needing change, growth, opportunities
+ leave from work
+ a chance at a new enviromment
+ crossing my fingers, thinking twice
+ realizing I have no corporate outfit anymore
+ making digital scrapbooks and collages
+ wishing I had more time and resources
+ budgeting, payments, groceries
+ leaving just a few hundreds (or lesser) in my wallet
+ have to wait for payday, which is a few days more
+ how to have more money?
+ a new household help
+ hate the sun’s burning heat… hotness
+ now I’m getting darker
+ thankful for the aircon at the office and at home
+ been late 3 times already!
+ watching PBB2 lately, keeping myself updated
+ someone sending me lots of cellphone business cards
+ my phone is not compatible to receive those
+ it was Her “lang” pala! (gotcha! she’s not using her head)
+ not much really.