Monday, October 31

today is my birthday

two good things about my birthday are.. its a holiday and monday.. they said, monday is a good day to start anything. well, the celebration is just very simple... an sms from my housemate woke me up... around 9AM. i really dont have a plan as to how am i going to celebrate my birthday.

i also woke mini (housemate /college friend) to accompany me to shop for food that same day. hehehe.. ohhh well, we're going to cook spaghetti, my all time favorite, buko salad, mini's fave... and food for lunch.

ohhhh, this is the first time that i celebrate my birthday with family (my brother) since i work here in manila.

well, i had a "tampo" scene with chris over the phone this morning.. hehehe.. we're going to chat later this afternoon.

two weeks ago.. chris gave me an idea what will be his gift to me.. though i haven't received it yet. he wanted a necklace with locket heart pendant where we can place our picture together. hummm, i have been to lots of jewelry stores.. even to ongpin but i cant find the type that he likes. well, you know he's a perfectionist and always perfectly wants to have what's in his mind for a certain thing. so i cant receive my gift... hummm, hopefully when the gift arrives... it is worth the wait.. hehehe!

below are the the styles of the pendant that chris wants to buy for me... would take ages to find them.. hehehe

Sunday, October 30

Honey, Shall We Dance??

We need a witness to our lives. There are billions of people in the planet - what does one life really mean? In marriage, you're promising to care about everything: the good, bad, terrible and mundane things... all of it, all the time, everyday. You're saying, "You're life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. I will be your witness." - Beverly Clark - - - - Shall We Dance.

This passage really caught me. It helps you realize many things. It reinforce your role as a wife to your husband.

When was the last time that I watched a movie in the cinema house? If I remember it right, the movie was, The 40-year old virgin. Not too long ago... Just one month, I guess. But with the increasing movie fee with the one-level thing of the MTRCB, you wont be surprise if I wont watch a movie in the cinema house anymore. Hehehe! Anyway, there are low-cost VCD is the store these days. Just VCD because we haven't upgraded our player yet. Hehehe! Cost cutting measure =).

Well, I was actually planning to watch a movie with my bro when I have spotted the Shall We Dance movie in the Astrovision. P100 is not bad and all the people at the house can watch it. It is an old movie, yeah, but I missed it in the cinema... hummm, but it was worth the wait. Hehehe! I enjoyed it watching with friends at the house.

I like ballroom dancing.. and maybe, it will be our leisure when my husband and I retire for good or if we just have free time. Hehehe! My husband actually is a very good dancer, if you may ask. But I haven't seen him dancing much. He showed a tape of his brother's square dancing club, but the sad thing is, he's not in the video because he's in charge of the cam. Geeezzzz.....

Saturday, October 29

OUR SONG (Insatiable)

You would ask why we called this OUR SONG? Simply because, the lyrics tell OUR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER!

When moonlight crawls along the street
Chasing away the summer heat
Footsteps outside somewhere below
The world revolves I let it go
We build our church above this street
We practice love between these sheets
The candy sweetness scent of you
It bathes my skin I'm stained by you
And all I have to do is hold you
There's a racing in my heart
I am barely touching you
Turn the lights down low
Take it off
Let me show
My love for you
Turn me on
Never stop
Wanna taste every drop
My love for you
The moonlight plays upon your skin
A kiss that lingers takes me in
I fall asleep inside of you
There are no words
There's only truth
Breathe in Breathe out
There is no sound
We move together up and down
We levitate our bodies soar
Our feet don't even touch the floor
And nobody knows you like I do
The world doesn't understand
But I grow stronger in your hands
Turn the lights down low
Take it off
Let me show
My love for you
Turn me on
Never stop
Wanna taste every drop
My love for you

Turn the lights down low
Take it off
Let me show
My love for you
Turn me on
Never stop
Wanna taste every drop
My love for you

We never sleep we're always holdin' hands
Kissin' for hours talkin' makin' plans
I feel like a better man
Just being in the same room
We never sleep there's just so much to do
Too much to say
Can't close my eyes when I'm with you
Insatiable the way I'm loving you
Turn the lights down low
Take it off
Let me show
My love for you
Turn me on
Never stop
Wanna taste every drop
My love for you
Turn the lights down low
Take it off
Let me show
My love for you
Turn me on
Never stop
Wanna taste every drop
My love for you

Foot Prints in the Sand

One of My Favorite Poems!

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed
he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand: one belonging
to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very
lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he
questioned the LORD about it:

"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow
you, you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life,
there is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why when
I needed you most you would leave me."

The LORD replied:

"My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffering,
when you see only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."


Just like the seasons in western countries, which are four (many), LIFE has also seasons. We have to experience all the seasons so we can understand and appreciate all God's creations.

Source: Forwarded Email

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge
things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look
at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in
summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe
what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son
said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so
sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping
with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they
had each seen but only one season in the tree's life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season,
and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come
from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring,
the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.


Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
Don't judge life by one difficult season.
Persevere through the difficult patches
and better times are sure to come some time or later


I must conquer my loneliness alone.
I must be happy with myself, or I have nothing to offer.
Two halves have little choice but to join;
and yes, they do make a whole.
But two wholes when they coincide . .
That is beauty. That is love.

Source: Chicken Soup for the Soul (A Romance of the '90s for Those in Their 70s)

These lines were shared by the woman in the story. Very touching and TRUE!

I have kept a copy of a poem with almost the same meaning..will search for it and update this entry.

Pieces such as this inspires me more in everything that I do.. especially in LOVE!

Happy 2nd Monthsary Honey!


Honey, the greatest thing about being your wife is to realize that I could love another human being this way - too much that I ache just thinking of you.

Iloveyou! Mwahhhhh!


PS. Bounce Junior Bounce Bounce!!!!

Friday, October 28

Australian Slang

For the benefit of those who want to learn some Australian Slang. Aussies have their own unique way of saying things.

Source: Forwarded email

Ace! : Excellent! Very good!
Aerial pingpong : Australian Rules football
Amber fluid : beer
Ankle biter : small child
Apples, she'll be : It'll be alright
Arvo : afternoon
Aussie (pron. Ozzie) : Australian
Aussie salute : brushing away flies with the hand
Avos : avocados
BB & S : Bachelors' and Spinsters' Ball - a very enjoyable party usually held in rural areas
Back of Bourke : a very long way away
Bail (somebody) up : to corner somebody physically
Bail out : depart, usually angrily
Banana bender : a person from Queensland
Barbie : barbecue (noun)
Barrack : to cheer on (football team etc.)
Bastard : term of endearment
Bathers : swimming costume
Battler : someone working hard and only just making a living
Beaut, beauty : great, fantastic
Big-note oneself : brag, boast
Bikkie : biscuit (also "it cost big bikkies" - it was expensive)
Billabong : an ox-bow river or watering hole
Billy : teapot.
Container for boiling water.
Bingle : motor vehicle accidentBities : biting insects
Bitzer : mongrel dog (bits of this and bits of that)
Bizzo : business ("mind your own bizzo")
Black Stump, beyond the : a long way away, the back of nowhere
Bloke : man, guy
Bloody : very (bloody hard yakka)
Bloody oath! : that's certainly true
Blow in the bag : have a breathalyser test
Blowie : blow fly
Bludger : lazy person, layabout, somebody who always relies on otherpeople to do things or lend him things
Blue : fight ("he was having a blue with his wife")
Blue, make a : make a mistake
Bluey : pack, equipment, traffic ticket, redhead
Bluey : blue cattle dog (named after its subtle markings) which is anexcellent working dog. Everyone's favourite all-Aussie dog.
Bluey : heavy wool or felt jacket worn by mining and construction workers.
Bluey : bluebottle jellyfish
Bodgy : of inferior quality
Bog in : commence eating, to attack food with enthusiasm
Bog standard : basic, unadorned, without accessories (a bog standardcar, telephone etc.)
Bogan : person who takes little pride in his appearance, spends hisdays slacking and drinking beer
Bondi cigar : see "brown-eyed mullet"
Bonzer : great, ripper
Boogie board : a hybrid, half-sized surf board
Boomer : a large male kangaroo
Booze bus : police vehicle used for catching drunk drivers
Boozer : a pub
Bored shitless : very bored
Bottle shop : liquor shop
Bottle-o : liquor shop (originally a man with hessian bags goingaround picking up beer bottles in the 50's and 60's)
Bottler : something excellent
Bottling, his blood's worth : he's an excellent, helpful bloke.
Bounce : a bully
Bourke Street, he doesn't know Christmas from : he's a bit slow in thehead. (Bourke Street is a brightly lit Melbourne street)
Bowl of rice, not my : not my cup of tea; I don't like it
Brass razoo, he hasn't got a : he's very poor
Brekkie : breakfast
Brick shit house, built like a : big strong bloke
Brickie : bricklayer
Brisvegas : Brisbane, state capital of Queensland
Brizzie : Brisbane, state capital of Queensland
Brown-eyed mullet : a turd in the sea (where you're swimming!)
Brumby : a wild horse
Buck's night : stag party, male gathering the night before the wedding
Buckley's, Buckley's chance : no chance ("New Zealand stands Buckley'sof beating Australia at football")
Bull bar : stout bar fixed to the front of a vehicle to protect itagainst hitting kangaroos
Bundy : short for Bundaberg, Queensland, and the brand of rum that'smade there
Bunyip : mythical outback creature
Bush : the hinterland, the Outback, anywhere that isn't in town
Bush bash : long competitive running race through the bush
Bush oyster : nasal mucus
Bush telly : campfire
Bushie : someone who lives in the Bush
Bushman's hanky : Emitting nasal mucus by placing one index finger onthe outside of the nose (thus blocking one nostril) and blowing.
Bushranger : highwayman, outlaw
Butcher : small glass of beer in South Australia - From the theorythat a butcher could take a quick break from his job, have a drink andbe back at work
BYO : unlicensed restaurant where you have to Bring Your Own grog,also similar party or barbecue
Cactus : dead, not functioning ("this bloody washing machine is cactus")
Cane toad : a person from Queensland
Captain Cook : look (noun) ("let's have a Captain Cook")
Cark it : to die, cease functioning
Cat burying shit, as busy as a : busy
Cat's piss, as mean as : mean, stingy, uncharitable
Chewie : chewing gum
Chokkie : chocolate
Chook : a chicken
Chrissie : Christmas Christmas : see Bourke Street
Chuck a sickie : take the day off sick from work when you're perfectlyhealthy
Chunder : vomit
Clacker : anus (from Latin cloaca = sewer). Also the single orifice ofmonotremes (platypus and echidna) used both for reproduction and forthe elimination of body wastes.
Clayton's : fake, substitute
Cleanskin : Bottle of wine without a label. Usually bought in bulk bycompanies who then add their own personalised label and use the wineas e.g. gifts to clients
Cleanskin : cattle that have not been branded, earmarked or castrated.
Click : kilometre - "it's 10 clicks away"
Clucky : feeling broody or maternal
Coathanger : Sydney Harbour bridge
Cobber : friend
Cockie : farmer
Cockie : cockatoo
Cockie : cockroach
Cockroach : a person from New South Wales
Coldie : a beer
Come a gutser : make a bad mistake, have an accident
Compo : Workers' Compensation pay
Conch (adj. conchy) : a conscientious person. Somebody who wouldrather work or study than go out and enjoy him/herself.
Cooee, not within : figuratively a long way away, far off - Englandweren't within cooee of beating Australia at cricket
Cook (noun) : One's wife
Corroboree : an aboriginal dance festival
Counter lunch : pub lunch Cozzie : swimming costume
Crack a fat : get an erection
Crack onto (someone) : to hit on someone, pursue someone romantically
Cranky : in a bad mood, angry
Cream (verb) : defeat by a large margin
Crook : sick, or badly made
Crow eater : a person from South Australia
Cut lunch : sandwiches
Cut lunch commando : army reservist
Cut snake, mad as a : very angry

Dag : a funny person, nerd, goof
Daks : trousers
Damper : bread made from flour and water
Date : arse[hole] ("get off your fat date")
Dead dingo's donger, as dry as a : dry
Dead horse : Tomato sauce
Deadset : true, the truth
Dero : tramp, hobo, homeless person (from "derelict")
Dickhead : see "whacker"
Digger : a soldier
Dill : an idiot
Dingo's breakfast : a yawn, a leak and a good look round (i.e. nobreakfast)
Dinkum, fair dinkum : true, real, genuine ("I'm a dinkum Aussie"; "ishe fair dinkum?")
Dinky-di : the real thing, genuine
Dipstick : a loser, idiot
Divvy van : Police vehicle used for transporting criminals. Namedafter the protective 'division' between the driver and the villains.
Dob (somebody) in : inform on somebody. Hence dobber, a tell-tale
Docket : a bill, receipt
Doco : documentary
Dog : unattractive woman
Dog's balls, stands out like : obvious
Dog's eye : meat pie
Dole bludger : somebody on social assistance when unjustified
Donger : penis
Doodle : penis
Down Under : Australia and New Zealand
Drink with the flies : to drink alone
Drongo : a dope, stupid person
Dropkick : see 'dipstick'
Drum : information, tip-off ("I'll give you the drum")
Duchess : sideboard
Duffer, cattle : rustler
Dummy, spit the : get very upset at something
Dunny : outside lavatory
Dunny budgie : blowfly
Dunny rat, cunning as a : very cunning
Durry : tobacco, cigarette
Dux : top of the class (n.); to be top of the class (v.) - "She duxedfour of her subjects".

Earbashing : nagging, non-stop chatter
Ekka : the Brisbane Exhibition, an annual show
Esky : large insulated food/drink container for picnics, barbecues etc.
Exy : expensive

Face, off one's : drunk ("He was off his face by 9pm")
Fair dinkum : true, genuine
Fair go : a chance ("give a bloke a fair go")
Fair suck of the sav! : exclamation of wonder, awe, disbelief (seealso "sav")
Fairy floss : candy floss, cotton candy
Feral : V8 ute (q.v.) sporting large heavy bullbar, numerous aerials,large truck mudflaps and stickers almost all over the rear window andtailgate. Sometimes seen with a Mack emblem on the bonnet and alwayswith large (multiple) driving lights
Feral (n.) : a hippie
Figjam : "F*ck I'm good; just ask me". Nickname for people who have ahigh opinion of themselves.
Fisho : fishmonger
Flake : shark's flesh (sold in fish & chips shops)
Flat out like a lizard drinking : flat out, busy
Flick : to give something or somebody the flick is to get rid of it orhim/her
Flick it on : to sell something, usually for a quick profit, soonafter buying it.
Fly wire : gauze flyscreen covering a window or doorway.
Footy : Australian Rules football
Fossick : search, rummage ("fossicking through the kitchen drawers")
Fossick : to prospect, e.g. for gold
Fossicker : prospector, e.g. for gold
Franger : condom
Freckle : anus
Fremantle Doctor : the cooling afternoon breeze that arrives in Perthfrom the direction of Freeo
Freo : Fremantle in Western Australia
Frog in a sock, as cross as a : sounding angry - a person or your harddrive!
Fruit loop : fool
Full : drunk

G'Day : hello!
Gabba : Wooloongabba - the Brisbane cricket ground
Galah : fool, named after the bird of the same name which flies southin the winter - a bloody silly thing to do in the Southern Hemisphere
Garbo, garbologist : municipal garbage collector
Give it a burl : try it, have a go
Gobful, give a : to abuse, usually justifiably ("The neighbours werehaving a noisy party so I went and gave them a gobful")
Gobsmacked : surprised, astounded
Going off : used of a night spot or party that is a lot of fun - "theplace was really going off"
Good oil : useful information, a good idea, the truth
Good onya : good for you, well done
Goog, as full as a : drunk. "Goog" is a variation of the northernEnglish slangword "goggie" meaning an egg.
Greenie : environmentalist
Grinning like a shot fox : very happy, smugly satisfied
Grog : liquor, beer ("bring your own grog, you bludger")
Grouse (adj.) : great, terrific, very good
Grundies : undies, underwear (from Reg Grundy, a television person)
Gutful of piss : drunk, "he's got a gutful of piss"
Gyno : gynaecologist

Handle : beer glass with a handle
Heaps : a lot, e.g. "thanks heaps", "(s)he earned heaps of money" etc.
Holy dooley! : an exclamation of surprise = "Good heavens!", "Mygoodness!" "Good grief!" or similar
Hoon : hooligan
Hooroo : goodbye
Hotel : often just a pub
Hottie : hot water bottle

Icy pole, ice block : popsicle, lollypop

Jackaroo : a male station hand (a station is a big farm/grazing property)
Jillaroo : a female station hand
Joey : baby kangaroo
Journo : journalist
Jumbuck : sheep

Kangaroos loose in the top paddock : Intellectually inadequate ("he'sgot kangaroos loose in the top paddock")
Kelpie : Australian sheepdog originally bred from Scottish collie
Kero : kerosene
Kindie : kindergarten
Knock : to criticise
Knock back : refusal (noun), refuse (transitive verb)
Knocker : somebody who criticises

Lair : a flashily dressed young man of brash and vulgar behaviour, todress up in flashy clothes, to renovate or dress up something in badtaste
Lair it up : to behave in a brash and vulgar manner
Larrikin : a bloke who is always enjoying himself, harmless prankster
Lend of, to have a : to take advantage of somebody's gullibility, tohave someone on ("he's having a lend of you")
Lippy : lipstick
Liquid laugh : vomit
Lizard drinking, flat out like a : flat out, busy
Lob, lob in : drop in to see someone ("the rellies have lobbed")
Lollies : sweets, candy
London to a brick : absolute certainty ("it's London to a brick thattaxes won't go down")
Long paddock : the side of the road where livestock is grazed duringdroughts
Longneck : 750ml bottle of beer in South Australia
Lucky Country, The : Australia, where else?
Lunch, who opened their? : OK, who farted?
Lurk : illegal or underhanded racket

Maccas (pron. "mackers") : McDonald's (the hamburger place)
Mallee bull, as fit as a : very fit and strong. The Mallee is veryarid beef country in Victoria/South Australia.
Manchester : Household linen, eg sheets etc.
Mappa Tassie : map of Tasmania - a woman's pubic area
Mate : buddy, friend
Mate's rate, mate's discount : cheaper than usual for a "friend"
Matilda : swagman's bedding, sleeping roll
Metho : methylated spirits
Mexican : a person from south of the (Queensland) border
Mickey Mouse : excellent, very good. Beware though - in some parts ofAustralia it means inconsequential, frivolous or not very good!
Middy : 285 ml beer glass in New South Wales
Milk bar : corner shop that sells takeaway food
Milko : milkman
Mob : group of people, not necessarily troublesome
Mob : family or herd (?) of kangaroos
Mongrel : despicable person
Moolah : money
Mozzie : mosquito
Muddy : mud crab (a great delicacy)
Mug : friendly insult ("have a go, yer mug"), gullible person
Mull : grass (the kind you smoke)
Muster : round up sheep or cattle
Mystery bag : a sausage

Nasho : National Service (compulsory military service)
Naughty, have a : have sex
Never Never : the Outback, centre of Australia
Nipper : young surf lifesaver
No drama : same as 'no worries'
No worries! : ___Expression of forgiveness or reassurance (No problem;forget about it; I can do it; Yes, I'll do it)
No-hoper : somebody who'll never do well
Not the full quid : not bright intellectually
Nuddy, in the : naked
Nun's nasty, as dry as a : dry

O.S. : overseas ("he's gone O.S.")
Ocker : an unsophisticated person
Offsider : an assistant, helper
Old fella : penis
Oldies : parents - "I'll have to ask my oldies"
Op shop : opportunity shop, thrift store, place where second handgoods are sold.
Outback : interior of Australia
Oz : Australia!

Paddock : see 'long paddock'
Pash : a long passionate kiss; hence "pashing on"
Pav : Pavlova - a rich, creamy Australian dessert
Perve (noun & verb) : looking lustfully at the opposite sex
Piece of piss : easy task
Pig's arse! : I don't agree with you
Piker : Someone who doesn't want to fit in with others socially,leaves parties early
Pink slip, get the : get the sack (from the colour of the terminationform)
Pint : large glass of beer (esp. in South Australia)
Piss : beer. Hence "hit the piss", "sink some piss"
Plate, bring a : Instruction on party or BBQ invitation to bring yourown food. It doesn't mean they're short of crockery!
Plonk : cheap wine
Pokies : poker machines, fruit machines, gambling slot machines
Polly : politician
Pom, pommy : an Englishman
Pommy bastard : an Englishman
Pommy shower : using deodorant instead of taking a shower
Pommy's towel, as dry as a : very dry - based on the canard that Pomsbathe about once a month
Port : suitcase (portmanteau)
Postie : postman, mailman
Pot : 285 ml beer glass in Queensland and Victoria
Pozzy : position - get a good pozzy at the football stadium
Prezzy : present, gift

Quid, make a : earn a living - "are you making a quid?"
Quid, not the full : of low IQ. [Historical note: 'quid' is slang fora pound. £1 became $2 when Australia converted to decimal currency]

Rack off : push off! get lost! get out of here! also "rack off hairylegs!".
Rage : party
Rage on : to continue partying - "we raged on until 3am"
Rapt : pleased, delighted
Ratbag : mild insult
Raw prawn, to come the : to bullshit, to be generally disagreeable
Reckon! : you bet! Absolutely!
Reffo : refugee
Rego : vehicle registration
Rellie or relo : family relative
Ridgy-didge : original, genuine
Right, she'll be : it'll be alright
Right, that'd be : Accepting bad news as inevitable. ("I went fishingbut caught nothing." "Yeah, that'd be right.")
Rip snorter : great, fantastic - "it was a rip snorter of a party"
Ripper : great, fantastic - "it was a ripper party"
Ripper, you little! : Exclamation of delight or as a reaction to good news
Road train : big truck with many trailers
Rock up : to turn up, to arrive - "we rocked up at their house at 8pm"
Rollie : a cigarette that you roll yourself
Roo : kangaroo
Root (verb and noun) : synonym for f*ck in nearly all its senses: "Ifeel rooted"; "this washing machine is rooted"; "(s)he's a good root".A very useful word in fairly polite company.
Root rat : somebody who is constantly looking for sex.
Ropeable : very angry
Rort (verb or noun) : Cheating, fiddling, defrauding (expenses, thesystem etc.). Usually used of politicians
Rotten : drunk - "I went out last night and got rotten"
Rubbish (verb) : to criticize

Salute, Aussie : brushing flies away
Salvos, the : Salvation Army, bless them
Sandgroper : a person from Western Australia
Sanger : a sandwich
Sav : saveloy (see also "fair suck of the sav!")
Schooner : large beer glass in Queensland; medium beer glass in SouthAustralia Scratchy : instant lottery ticket
Screamer : party lover; "two pot screamer" - somebody who gets drunkon very little alcohol
Seppo : an American
Servo : petrol station
Shark biscuit : somebody new to surfing
She'll be right : it'll turn out okay
Sheila : a woman
Shit house (adj.) : of poor quality, unenjoyable ("this car is shithouse", "the movie was shit house")
Shit house (noun) : toilet, lavatory
Shonky : dubious, underhanded. E.g. a shonky practice, shonky businessetc.
Shoot through : to leave
Shout : turn to buy - a round of drinks usually ("it's your shout")
Show pony : someone who tries hard, by his dress or behaviour, toimpress those around him.
Sickie : day off sick from work (chuck a sickie = take the day offsick from work when you're perfectly healthy!)
Skite : boast, brag
Skull/Skol (a beer) : to drink a beer in a single draught withouttaking a breath
Slab : a carton of 24 bottles or cans of beer
Sleepout : house verandah converted to a bedroom
Smoko : smoke or coffee break
Snag : a sausage
Sook : person or animal who is soft, tame, inoffensive. Hence sooky(adj.)
Spag bol : spaghetti bolognese
Spewin' : very angry
Spiffy, pretty spiffy : great, excellent
Spit the dummy : get very upset at something
Spruiker : man who stands outside a nightclub or restaurant trying topersuade people to enter
Sprung : caught doing something wrong
Spunk : a good looking person (of either sex)
Squizz (noun) : look - "take a squizz at this"
Standover man : a large man, usually gang-related, who threatenspeople with physical violence in order to have his wishes carried out.
Station : a big farm/grazing property
Stickybeak : nosy person Stoked : very pleased
Strewth : exclamation, mild oath ("Strewth, that Chris is a bonzerbloke")
Strides : trousers
Strine : Australian slang and pronunciation
Stubby : a 375ml. beer bottle
Stubby holder : polystyrene insulated holder for a stubby
Stuffed, I feel : I'm tired
Stuffed, I'll be : ___expression of surprise
Sunbake : sunbathe
Sunnies : sunglasses
Surfies : people who go surfing - usually more often than they go towork!
Swag : rolled up bedding etc. carried by a swagman
Swaggie : swagman
Swagman : tramp, hobo

Tall poppies : successful people
Tall poppy syndrome : the tendency to criticize successful people
Tallie : 750ml bottle of beer
Taswegian : derogatory term for a person from Tasmania
Technicolor yawn : vomit
Tee-up : to set up (an appointment)
Thingo : Wadjamacallit, thingummy, whatsit
Thongs : cheap rubber backless sandals
Throw-down : small bottle of beer which you can throw down quickly.
Tickets, to have on oneself : to have a high opinion of oneself
Tinny : can of beer
Tinny : small aluminium boat
Tinny, tin-arsed : lucky
Togs : swim suit
Too right! : definitely!
Top End : far north of Australia
Trackie daks/dacks : tracksuit pants
Trackies : track suit
Troppo, gone : to have escaped to a state of tropical madness; to havelost the veneer of civilisation after spending too long in the tropics.
Trough lolly : the solid piece of perfumed disinfectant in a men's urinal
Truckie : truck driver
True blue : patriotic
Tucker : food
Tucker-bag : food bag
Turps : turpentine, alcoholic drink
Turps, hit the : go on a drinking binge
Two up : gambling game played by spinning two coins simultaneously

Uni : university
Unit : flat, apartment
Up oneself : have a high opinion of oneself - "he's really up himself"
Up somebody, get : to rebuke somebody - "the boss got up me for beinglate"
Useful as an ashtray on a motorbike / tits on a bull : unhelpful orincompetent person or thing - "he, she or it is about as useful astits on a bull" etc. etc.
Ute : utility vehicle, pickup truck

Vedgies : vegetables
Vee dub : Volkswagen
Veg out : relax in front of the TV (like a vegetable)
Vejjo : vegetarian
Vinnie's : St. Vincent De Paul's (charity thrift stores and hostels)

WACA (pron. whacker) : Western Australian Cricket Association and thePerth cricket ground
Waggin' school : playing truant
Walkabout : a walk in the Outback by Aborigines that lasts for anindefinite amount of time
Walkabout, it's gone : it's lost, can't be found
Weekend warrior : army reservist
Whacker, whacka : Idiot; somebody who talks drivel; somebody with whomyou have little patience; a dickhead
Whinge : complain
White pointers : topless (female) sunbathers
Whiteant (verb) : to criticise something to deter somebody from buyingit. A car dealer might whiteant another dealer's cars or a real estatesalesman might whiteant another agent's property
Wobbly : excitable behaviour ("I complained about the food and thewaiter threw a wobbly")
Wobbly boot on, he's got the : drunk
Wog : flu or trivial illness Wog : person of Mediterranean origin. A milder insult than the sameword in the UK and perhaps elsewhere.
Wombat : somebody who eats, roots and leaves (see also root)
Woop Woop : invented name for any small unimportant town - "he livesin Woop Woop"
Wowser : straight-laced person, prude, puritan, spoilsport
Wuss : coward; nervous person or animal

XXXX : pronounced Four X, brand of beer made in Queensland

Yabber : talk (a lot)
Yakka : work (noun)
Yewy : u-turn in traffic ("chuck a yewy at the next traffic lights")
Yobbo : an uncouth person

Zack : sixpence (5 cents) - "it isn't worth a zack", "he hasn't got azack"

Chris Coffee Grinding Experience!

Oh... akala mo naughty noh? Hehehehe!

Chris is really a notorious coffee drinker. He drinks coffee more or less ten mugs, I repeat, 10 mugs... not cups, a day. He's coffee should be black and with one teaspoon sugar in it. Well, the sugar keeps Chris energize for the whole day of activities.

So, when we visited my parents in Isabela, Negros Occidental; we bought almost 2 kilos of coffee beans for ground coffee. I warned him beforehand that, my parents, only drink ground coffee. He volunteered to ground the coffee that we bought since, he will be drinking most of it during our stay. And it turned out, that he just ground one eight of the two kilos and got blisters in his hands right away. My poor husband.. Hehehe! He was so fascinated on how we do things back there that he though he'll be able to do all of them the first time as well. Well, he did, yeah... but you know the first times, right? Hehehe! It hurts! Well, he didn't finish grinding the coffee beans.

Talking of drinking ground coffee, he got a severe headache when we were on our Honeymoon because of the lack of it. I dont know if its just psychological effect, but Tatay had been warning him not to drink too much ground coffee coz his system will have an abnormal reaction with the lack of it. Huummmm... well, he didn't listen.. yan ang nakukuha mo pag-hindi ka nakikinig sa mga nakakatanda...=)

The Legend

The Legend Of The Prince, His Stallion And The Princess and Her Filly.

Wife's Note: This story was written by the Husband on the 29th of March 2004, dedicated to His then Fiance, now His Wife. (Guess who's the wife and the husband =) Hehehe)


It is from times long since past, times before the written documentation of events, from a by gone era where myths and legends were born and upon those myths and legends that time honoured traditions have been established.

The legend has been told since time immemorial, of the destinies of a certain Lady who did wait upon to be courted, betrothed and wed by a gallant and charming Prince in whom she trusted and believed would come and whisk her away to his far off palace where together they would live happily ever after. And the Lady in waiting’s mount was the finest of all fillies and the Lady’s honour was to be not astride her filly but with legs to one side with a firm grip on the bridle to ensure the filly remains so for it was to be her wedding gift to her Prince and the foundation of the prosperity of the Prince and Princess’s future. Also it was, that the Prince’s mount was the most magnificent of all stallions which the Prince proudly went forth astride thereof. The essence of the Prince’s mighty charger was to be united by husbandry with the filly of the Lady in waiting after the celebration of the Prince taking the Lady in waiting by way of marriage as his Princess and wife. For the seed of such a magnificent stallion coupled with the finest of fillies would produce the greatest prosperity and blessings in which they would both luxuriate in and share in thereafter.

‘Twas but a little season before the Prince arrived and met up with his Lady in waiting and before long the Prince in the presence of many who were gathered about, descended on one knee with a proposal to the Lady in waiting asking for her hand in marriage. Upon the Lady’s acceptance of the Prince’s proposal they then became engaged in the process of planning for the wedding. During this time they noticed that whenever the stallion and the filly were brought into close proximity to each other, that the mighty stallion filled with great desire to have the filly reared and rose up which frightened the filly greatly for such behaviour she had not witnessed before. It was then that the intrepid Princess Elect took hold of the reins of the mighty stallion and with her many natural charms subdued the stallion’s feisty and aggressive desire for the filly. Whilst the Princess Elect was subduing the stallion’s unwavering desire for the filly and assuming the control of him, she had passed the responsibility of keeping the bridle of the filly held fast in the hands of the Prince and with his natural charms, calmed the trembling and frightened filly and tended to all the filly’s needs. So it was thenceforth up until the night after the Prince and Princess Elect’s wedding that whenever the stallion and filly were in close proximity to each other, the Prince tended to the needs of the filly and made sure that her bridle was secure and fast and the Princess Elect took over the handling of the stallion keeping him subdued and calm and grooming him up to the eve of the marriage.

And it was so deemed, that because of the purity and as yet unmolested nature of the Lady in waiting and now Princess Elect’s bridled filly to her Prince, that on the eve of the marriage she was to be adorned in all manner of the finest White raiment so that all that were gathered round about and at the wedding would know and honour her for special nature of her wedding gift to her Prince. At the height of the festivities of the marriage there was a ceremony performed during which the Princess Elect and the Prince vowed their undying Love for each other and marked the occasion and placed an all encompassing band of the most brilliant material on each other’s wedding finger as a sign of their pledges for all to see and regard. Following their pledges and exchanging of the bands, it then was announced the new names of the roles they will play in each other’s lives thereafter. It was also to be, that after the wedding that the Prince would lay the White garment beneath the filly, carefully make loose the bridle of the filly and in a husbandly manner assist the stallion to unite with the filly and become mated to each other.
During the mating of the stallion and filly the once Pure White garments were soiled by the filly during the loosing of her bridle and subsequent mating with the Princes stallion and were displayed to all that sought to see, that the gift of the Lady in waiting was indeed a bridled filly right up to the time she was mated to her Prince’s stallion.

And for as long as there shall be a Lady in waiting, so shall the Legend Live on…

Era's Secret Garden =)

Ever think of being in a paradise? Where there are lots of green, luscious and flowering plants! Lots of space to run, whirl around, dance with your BELOVED, or just bathe in the sun. It is a place where you can find serenity in your heart and mind. That place plus the comforting presence of My Honey, makes it more special and memorable.

That's where and how I am feeling right now.

With MY BELOVED taking my picture (he wants to preserve my youthfulness) and this flowers around us... ahhhhh! It is heaven!

If you want to know where this place is, just let us know =). It is not a secret place though.


Photography Hobby of My Hubby! This picture was taken by Chris as one of his entries for the photography contest. You wouldn't ask, but, photography is My Husband's hobby next to ME! Hahahaha! Not bad, hey!

Actually, Chris just want to share to people the product of his interest. He's been studying and learning photography online. He wishes to pursue a career in photography in the future.

Well, still I am his NO. 1 OBJECT OF INTEREST!

By the way, Grevillea_banksii_Albafolia is one of the flowering plants that Garoyda Nursery is selling.

Lettuce with Strawberry Dressing


200 gms. assorted lettuce greens
1 cup fresh strawberries, trimmed & sliced into halves
1 (200 pkg.) honeycured bacon, chopped & fried
½ cup almond slices, toasted

½ cup corn oil
½ cup olive oil
½ cup red winevinegar
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup strawberry puree

Wash lettuce and pat dry.
Cut into serving pieces. Set aside.
For the dressing:Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until well blended. Toss salad greens in dressing. Place in a serving plate and top with strawberries and fried bacon bits. Sprinkle with toasted almonds. Makes 6 to 8 servings

Tuesday, October 11

The Boracay Creature and My Hubby's Tale!

It started out as a pleasant Summer’s Day, not too hot and barely a cloud in the sky at the Fairways & Bluewater Resort Golf & Country Club, Newcoast, Boracay, Philippines. My Wife and I had just finished a leisurely round of Golf and had a relaxing drink at the resort’s Bar. We then decided we would take a stroll down to one of the secluded resort beaches on the way back to our Villa at the resort. We wandered by the swimming pool and descended down the track that leads to the beaches and decided to continue on to the second beach. Upon arriving at the beach, we found it was deserted of any people and the only company we had were some goats, well at least that was what I thought until I decided to take a photo of my Wife looking out across the sea. Then just as I was about to take the photo, suddenly! In a blink of an eye from the surrounding bushes it sprang. Without a thought for my own safety I pounced upon my wife and swiftly dragged her from almost certain death. It wasn’t until later that I discovered that before rescuing my beloved I must have pressed the shutter button on my camera and had a photo of the illusive creature that the native people warn visitors to be wary of. It was indeed a very close call for us, but we survived to tell the tale and furthermore have the photographic proof to verify the existence of the Boracay Creature.

A very long absence!

It's been a while that I have not even glimpsed here. Have been busy for the past two months or so. With my hubby around, I was indeed very busy. Hehehe! He arrived August 6, we got married last Aug 29.. and between that dates, we were busy running to and fro for the CNI, marriage licence, extension of stay visa for Chris, etc.

We went to Fairways and Bluewater Resort Golf and Country Club, in Boracay. Quite a long name for resort, hey! Hehehe! The place is so nice and quite. We spent an indeed quality time with each other =) Chris, had a leisurely round of golf there and had an enjoyable swim in a sunny day. I got really tanned, ohhhhh... almost black.. hehehehe!