Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Glass, Cups, Saucers

WHAT FUN! Self loves Glass, Cups, and Saucers. Just in general. Thank you, Cee Neuner!

Good morning, Silay! Hometown of Dear Departed Food Writer Doreen G. Fernandez: Self visited in September.

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Gamboa House, Silay: September 2019

Hello, Ateneo Classmates! Reunion Dinner

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Makati, September 2019

Hello, Prague! At the Globe Bookstore/Coffeeshop. Self was in Prague with her niece, Irene.

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May 2019

What a year 2019 was!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree 2

Self left Bacolod in November 2012 and hasn’t had a chance to return. So she was so happy to meet these cousins and two of their children, who are vacationing in California. YAY!

Relatives From Bacolod, After Dinner at Hotaru in San Mateo

Relatives From Bacolod, After Dinner at Hotaru in San Mateo

Bacolod changed self's life.

Bacolod changed self’s life.

So, what these pictures really show is Happiness!

So, what these pictures really show is Happiness!  Which is not all that different an emotional state from being Carefree!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

The After-Christmas Party to End All After-Christmas Parties

The young ones chat outside while the old ones sit inside and eat themselves senseless.

The young ones chat outside while the old ones sit inside and eat themselves senseless.

An Armenian neighbor of Irene's.  Self had no idea that Glendale had a large Armenian community.

An Armenian neighbor of Irene’s. Self had no idea that Glendale had a large Armenian community.

Self found out from one of the cousins that Kim Kardashian is planning to run for mayor of Glendale.  Then will there be more Kanye sightings, self wonders?

This is a HOME-MADE Brazo de Mercedes (Self had two servings) made by niece Melanie's husband, Joey Fermin.

This is a HOME-MADE Brazo de Mercedes (Self had two servings) made by niece Melanie’s husband, Joe Fermin.

More desserts!  From Porto's, a hole-in-the-wall that's now expanded to three branches, in Glendale and thereabouts.

More desserts! From Porto’s, a former hole-in-the-wall serving only bread, now expanded to three branches, including Burbank.

Self met, for the first time, her Niece Valen, sister of the Manila designer Camille (Self's partner in crime at Mesa, Greenbelt 5, last month!); The other human is Mike V, youngest son of Tito Mario Villanueva.

Self met, for the first time, her Niece Valen, sister of the Manila designer Camille (Self’s partner in crime at Mesa, Greenbelt 5, last month!); The other human is Mike V, youngest son of Tito Mario Villanueva!

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The photo above is of self and Llana, self’s niece and 1/2 of the fab creative team of LLAVA, which just came out with their first line of tops.  Self is wearing the $30 grey top, isn’t it SUCH A STEAL???  Self never felt so glam!  Even after 2 hours of eating, she still felt slim in this top!

Here’s a link to the top self is wearing, in a darker grey.  And here’s the LLAVA Facebook page.

The eating continues.  Self must have gained five lbs. today.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Self’s So-Called Solitary Life

Self realizes her life is strange, strange because it is so solitary. Which makes her feel so very un-Filipino.

Dearest Mum’s life is the real life. The real Filipino life. But she grew up in New York and self grew up in the Philippines. Go figure.

Daly City aunt’s life is also a real Filipino life. More people invite her to Assumption alumni events than invite self, although self is also from Assumption, and perhaps closer in age to the people doing the inviting.

Ex-Assumption classmate Connie’s life in San Gabriel is also the real life. She bakes cakes for her elderly neighbors and, in spite of not having a job, has many friends, most of them from her parish church.

Self has received one invitation to the next Assumption gathering, and this one involves wearing a red and green outfit (because November is practically Christmas), bringing two $30 gifts for exchange (if hubby chooses to accompany self, which he very well might, since self has discovered he is so fascinated with these glimpses of another life, the life self had before she got married), and bringing further $30 for the food. At this party, self will be forced to participate in a contest to judge who has the “best outfit”, and will further be made to sing karaoke.

Anyhoo, that party is still nine days away, and yesterday, after returning from her one class of the day, self spent the day entirely alone (except for the beagles, of course). This was happiness. For instance, self was able to buy The New York Times. Even though she wasn’t able to start reading it last night, she has it beside her this morning. And, because she was all alone, she bought “Boo” Chips from Whole Foods and no one witnessed her scarfing down the whole bag. And she even found time to affix a whole row of lighted pumpkin heads on the picture window in the living room, which she thinks is the reaason so many kids came to the door last night — almost 70 — and why the huge bag of candy she bought from Costco weeks ago now has only a half dozen pieces left in it.

And this morning, self does not wake up thinking of anything that happened yesterday, but is instead looking forward to her day, and now she is reading Linh Dinh (or re-reading, she should say), whose Blood and Soap is turning into one of her favorite books, and she re-reads the first story in the collection, “Prisoner with a Dictionary,” which begins this way:

And so a young man was thrown in prison and found in his otherwise empty cell a foreign dictionary.

A couple of sentences down, self reads this:

He was far from stupid, however, but had an ironic turn of mind that could squeeze out the joke from most tragic situations. He could also be very witty around certain women.

Which suddenly reminds self that her horoscope for the day is:

You definitely know how to create a good time for everyone around you.

Stay tuned, dear blog reader, stay tuned.

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