Thursday, December 17

Just Too Busy to Go Overboard

You Love the Holidays

You enjoy every aspect of the holidays, but you don't go overboard. You believe that it's important to relax this time of year.

You get into the holiday spirt, and you enjoy every activity - from baking cookies to shopping for personalized gifts.

That being said, the holidays are a lot of work. You're both happy to see them come and happy to see them go.

You're a bit of a traditionalist. You think the holidays start too soon and are a bit too commercial. You wish that people understood the true meaning of the season.


Friday, December 4

Happy 1st Weekend of December

As usual, we have a very busy weekend ahead of us. What's new? But we meant to enjoy every minute of it. We're invited to S 3rd birthday party tomorrow afternoon.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

A little update on Jens. He likes posing now and saying "cheese".

He's really getting quite good in his toilet training. He sits at small toilet at "school" (I'm not sure if they have Toto toilets) and he just uses his potty at home - I haven't bought a small toilet chair yet.

Long Weekend... Sort Of

I left work early today. A tummy flu virus has been going on around and I thought I had a tough tummy but it has caught up on me on a more uncomfortable level today. I've been feeling bloated yesterday but I just brushed it off. Today, I wake up with a headache. I've been thinking all the way to work that I just slept in an un-comfortable position and woke up in the wrong side of the bed. I felt the symptoms again at work but I thought, I was just hungry so I ate and ate and by lunch time I was not at ease anymore that I decided to leave for the day early.

It was good as I was able to picked up Jens early - a little bit different from what he used to. Have a little bit of rest and went shopping (not for glass tiles but for food)at night. It was a relaxing night for Jens and I, no cramming and and hurrying up to get to bed.


New Goals

My brother in the Philippines wants to buy a used motorcycle but he can’t afford it. Well, supposedly big sister should lend a helping hand. But I don’t have money to spare. Mcj told me last night, we could if I haven’t been shopping every weekend like it’s going out of fashion.

That struck home. I realised that. I have actually been thinking for a couple of weeks now and asking myself, why do I feel the urge to go somewhere particularly at the shops every week (but I haven’t bought any iphone accessories). That, despite our weekly shopping.

The answer? I’ve been tiresome and bored so I would drag Jens to any shops. Being a shopaholic has actually caught on Jens now. This all started when I know how to drive and owned a car.

With the realisation, admission and the resolve to change come alternative activities. Actually, not alternative but simply activities that have run out of fashion in my books. Things like sewing, cooking, baking, decorating, organising.

I am setting goals now so I will be inspired to do them. Like:
• Cook one new meal every weekend.
• Bake at least twice a month.
• Create, sew or mend one item once a month.
• Organise one drawer, cupboard or wardrobe once a month.
• Go to the park, pool or beach every weekend.

I have to do a series of tasks first before I can work on them but hey, I’m on the first step. I need to focus. Well, I suppose with the big holiday coming up, I can be excused if I’m a bit slack.

As for my brother, I have to mull over at least 50 times if his wish will come true.


Sunday, November 29

Good Karma

You Are Optimistic and Hopeful

You truly believe in all of your dreams. And you don't just sit back and wait for your dreams to happen.

You are active and even a bit stubborn. You are confident in what you do.

You can be a bit aggressive at times, to the point of being inconsiderate. But you never really mean to step on anyone's toes.

It's just that when your eye is on the prize, it's hard for you to see anything or anyone else. You're not malicious... just a tad careless.

I admit, I’m careless in every sense of the word but I’m trying to change that. But it’s true, I’m not malicious. I don’t wish anything bad will happen to anybody even those who “screwed” me. I believe in Karma, that’s why (that’s also why a ski vacation will be within my reach).

Talking of Karma, remember about a story of a so-called friend that let me down? I’ve tried several more tricks to get the money back from her but to no avail so I gave up a long time ago. Last week, I saw her online so I thought, I’ll say hi. Well, guess what? I never get anything back. I expected it though. I just want to thaw the ice, to let her know that we’re good. It may sound unrealistic but I don’t harbour negative feelings towards her. It was just money that I can earn and I have already earned to the nth power.


Friday, November 20

Change of Plan

We’ve booked our accommodation end of March this year for our Christmas holiday. I’ve been researching for tourist attractions and places to visit in Sydney. But we’ve been procrastinating our flight booking. I’m glad we did because last night we decided to drive instead of flying – which will take us at least 13 hours without stopping.

We’ve been chewing whether to drive or fly for a week. With plethora of transportation options we are spoiled for choice which makes it difficult to decide. I know there are downsides on driving but I also think that the positives will outweigh them. Besides we haven’t had any experience of a long drive – for more than 5 hours that is, so this is new for us.

We’re driving but we are not using our car. We’ll be renting. We booked it last night and we are also trying to book accommodation in Coffs Harbour – where we would stop and stay for two nights on our way back. Now, I have to update our itinerary for this change (as the original was for when we fly). Thanks to free directory submission and the internet, it is easy to do these tasks.


The Silly Days

One month more to go and it will be Christmas. I’ve been listening to Christmas songs and Jens has been singing “Jingle Bells” from time to time. Yet, I am not busy as mad as other people are – panic buying of gifts, that’s what I’m talking about. I’ve bought a few bits and pieces but nothing much. We will be celebrating Christmas in Sydney on our own so I thought of just giving away gift cards (sorry no equestrian apparel this time) and cash.

There are so many things to think about and to accomplish for our quick break. Plus the weather is not a help at all – really balmy and it’s not summer yet. We haven’t booked our flights yet – I’m actually scared that it will be fully booked now. We’ve been thinking of driving down there but I thought, it would be more hassles for us. I want this holiday to be stress-free.

Hope you guys are having fun preparing for the biggest event of the year. Though, despite the craziness of our schedule, let’s not forget the real meaning of CHRISTmas.


Tuesday, November 10


I’m talking about my weekend adventures in relation to driving.

Last Saturday, I decided to go to the Asia shop closer to our area. I just saw the place when I’m on the train but I decided to drive as it would be quicker for me. I didn’t know how to get there by myself so I printed the text map off the internet. It was a breeze although I got lost three times. I really appreciate the cruise control of my car – it made easy gliding at 80km/hr. I went home happy and with my hands full with all the food that I missed.

As a result of escapade on Saturday, the fuel light on my car came on. I didn’t notice when and because we used my car shopping, I felt I really need to fill up, scared of breaking down in the middle of the road. And so I did, on my own as well with Jens inside the car talking to me. It was easy enough and with all the reminders and tips that Mcj taught me, I am confident now to do it again.

It was a busy weekend, what with Mcj’s project on the roll – building a new entertainment unit that will house our new entertainment system. Plus, it was Jens last session on the swimming program. I am relieved of the pressure of getting up early on Saturday.


Sunday, November 1

Not Far From Reality

You Are a Discount Shopper

You love to get things as cheaply as possible. You live for sales.

It's partially because you like to save money, but it's also because you like the thrill of finding a fabulous deal.

Of all the types, you tend to shop frequently but rarely by. You keep an eye on prices.

Brand names are not that important to you. You know how to have style without collecting designer tags.

Although, at times quality matters to me most so even if it is dear and branded, I have to go with is if I know that it will give my money's worth. Maybe, except for weight loss pills, because I read that you can't really distinguish the effect of one from the other.


Thursday, October 29

Going Natural

How weird is it sometimes that we spend more time shopping for skin care products than any other things. Since Neutrogena phased-out the face moisturiser (something with about salicylic acid in it) that I was using about two years ago, I’ve changed brand at least 5 times. So far, I like the last three. My last one is the Garnier Pure Lasting Oil Control. I just discovered it accidentally when I went to the cosmetics shop. I was so surprised of its price, a little over 10 bucks only. I didn’t hesitate to buy one as it is 200% cheaper than what I was currently using. So I ditched the other one.

It is leaving my skin a matte effect but with a thickness feeling when you touched it. At least something different from the other brand which is good on phasing out blemishes but is very oily. Garnier is known for using natural products and I am leaning onto that type these days. I want to go for soap free and radical free substances. This moisturiser is my first try on going all naturals and I have just bought an all natural lotion.

I will just use up the products that I currently have and replace them with all naturals. I know, it will cost me but I want to try and see if it really makes a difference. I just could not rely on ads and reviews, as I have a completely different skin type from the others.


Sunday, October 25

Big Bang Theory

Does anyone like this comedy? I do luurve it. It's dry humour and really, what can I say. It does makes me laught hard.

Here have a sample:

My Monday night is occupied because of this. And now I'm resorting to You tube for some clips. I've had my fix, so far. Lol.

Tuesday, October 20


Plasma and LCD TV has been around for how long? I can’t remember but what I do know is that, it’s been here for more than a decade. We were not lured to get the latest – well, maybe just me, just I am not so keen of getting cable at home. But Mcj loves new toys and I know that he’s been coveting one for long now. It’s just that we can’t part with our old and trusted television – 25 years old and still has good pictures.

But last Sunday, we let it go. We gave in to the cravings of a widescreen telly. It was advertised that one of the appliance store has sale. We have a credit facility in that shop that will give us 2 years interest free period.

Mcj did a bit of a research online about the products at the shop. The shop attendant was very helpful and I know that we bought good quality but I realise now that we could have done more research on home theatre system buying guide. Well, at least on my part, it would be very handy as my knowledge on that department along with home movie equipment and television buying guide basics is next to nothing. I just want something that won’t eat so much space, has good picture, reasonable sound and with a hip-pocket-friendly price. I really ought to know the technical stuff so I am not overly dependent to Mcj when buying home appliances.

We won’t be buying any “investment” in the near future so I still have time to appraise my knowledge.


Monday, October 19

Our Weekend

Saturday went fine – did a load of washing and just chilled out. I was too lazy to do some shopping.

I planned on cooking something special for dinner as it is Mcj’s birthday today, sort of an advanced celebration. But the night before, Mcj saw in the telly add that one of the home appliance stores has sale. He decided, we’ll get a plasma or lcd tv plus a home theatre system, so when Jens and I went food shopping in the morning, I just dropped the plan of buying the ingredients for my recipe as we will be going to the other shops when we get home and heaven knows when we could come back to cook dinner.

We ended up buying what Mcj wanted (Sony Bravia and heaps of speaker boxes and an amplifier) – good thing it will have to be paid after two years, we have time to save up and use the interest free period. (If only homes for rent are like that). We finished shopping around three and I was hungry as we didn’t have proper lunch. We dashed to KFC and decided to buy something for dinner as well.

Mcj installed the telly right away so we can watch the Australian MotoGP in the plasma. We enjoyed the next to perfect picture quality and pigged out on chicken at dinner.


Happy Today, Dad!

Birthday Glitter Graphics

Here’s to good life and good health. And more chocolates to eat (and hopefully we won’t need the best weight loss pills – to trim you down).

We’ll just be cutting cake tonight. No more elaborate celebration – too busy to do it. We’ll just make up for that on our coming holiday. He’s in good health despite the middle age spread and he got his gifts.


How I wish, I can buy appetite suppressant
for Mcj and make him take them too. He’s just so good with sweets. He’s experiencing pain (he calls it cramps) on his right chest. It could be anything for all I know. I can’t get him to see a doctor.

I blame the chocolates that he’s consuming everyday. It’s his comfort food so I can’t take it away from him.

Oh well, I can only nag.


Sunday, October 11

Holden, Yay!

... that dominated the podium this year's Bathurst 1000. From 1st to 4th place.

I'm a holden fan and so is Hubs. It's a nice feeling that Holden bags it all.

The winners and their car.
Garth Tander from the Toll Holden Racing Team has made it back to back pole positions to gain the fastest time in Saturday's Top Ten shootout with a 2:07.9463, he and team mate Will Davison will start from pole in tomorrow's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Race.
2nd: TeamVodafone - Craig Lowndes
3rd: Mark Winterbottom - Ford Performance Racing
The atmosphere at Mt Panorama has reached fever pitch today with only one sleep to go before the Great Race.Strong crowds poured through the gates from early this morning and the campgrounds around the event are full house.
Event goers are eagerly anticipating this afternoon’s all-important V8 Supercar Top 10 shootout, after the final practice session was held this morning.
A highlight off-track today has been a meet and greet with Roary the Racing Car and Big Chris the mechanic, along with V8 Supercar champion Craig Lowndes who has a new role as Conrod in series two of the children’s TV cartoon. Hundreds of V8 Supercars youngest fans flocked to the paddock to meet their heroes.


Saturday, October 10

Thursday, October 1

4 Days Off

on December that is.

I was really adamant to ask for four days off from work as I just had 3-weeks off. I don't want to push my luck on that department. I was hesitant when I approach my boss – not bearing the leave form but I got a very positive response. I was ecstatic - feels like getting free web directory. Yay!

We’ve booked our accommodation around March this year. I am really hoping that it’s not crowded be it a holiday as people normally head to the coast instead of to the city during those days.


Tuesday, September 29

Friends: The Movie

Allow me to be happy, just for this one.

May it be rumour or fact, I am happy to learn that there might be Friends: The Movie. I can't get enough of it. I've been watching some episodes over, and over, and over...

It might be inspired by the Sex and the City: The Movie, this being a hit.


I was surprised of myself one time when answering a blogthing question if who is my favourite, I chose Joey. Really!? But I like him.


Beyond Words

At one point, I asked myself “why the Philippines”. I can’t avoid internalising, analysing and making prognosis on the disaster in the Philippines.

The deluge in Manila is really devastating.

Let’s pray that the storm is really over and those who are stranded at their homes are saved and all the victims have found refuge.


Sunday, September 27

I Did Get Two of Them

Just for fun, I tried to do this after readin some health stuff like colon cleansers.

Your Dream Engagement Ring Has an Oval Diamond

An oval diamond is classic enough to reflect your femininity...

While being unique enough to show off that individual style you've cultivated

Your creative side will be delighted with the amount of twinkle your diamond showcases

And your ring's unique design will go well with all that artistic jewelry you've collected!

What's Your Dream Engagement Ring?

I'm bordering on using simple and unique jewellery sometimes so I guess this is part true and part not applicable to myself.


This Weekend

we didn't do much. I enrolled Jens on a swimming lesson yesterday morning. That pretty much occupied us. Afternoon was shopping time. I went to the shops alone to look for a crystal report book but didn't find any. I ordered one from QBD - it is cheaper there than in Angus and Robertson. I can't resist doing some retal therapy for myself and Mcj. I bought a pair of earrings and something else.

Then, made another trip to the shops later, this time with Jens for food shopping. He had two rides in The Wiggles ride. We had early dinner and I got away from Jens for an hour or so and sorted out our winter clothes to keep away and took out the cooler ones (it's getting warmer here and sometimes we need the ceiling fan turned on in the lounge). I realised, I have clothes that I don't wear anymore. It's a shame, it cost heaps to ship to the Philippines for my rellies. Yeah, I gave hand me downs to my cousins back then.

I did some washing today and while Jens is asleep, I made fish cakes for lunch and now I'm blogging away after eating.

It's a sunny day but cool - brought by a gusty wind sometimes.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks.


Friday, September 25


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Friday, September 18

Brisbane River Festival

And so we went to Brisbane River Festival. It was first for Jens and I. We were pretty in time for the roulettes. It was the last time for the F1-11 to perform as they are being de-commissioned.

It was a record breaking 65,000 people flocked the river bank to see the fireworks and the planes’ exhibition.

We got there a bit early for the fireworks but we didn’t mind as the atmosphere was just so merry, it was fun just being an on-looker. Jens was a bit tired but it was just brushed off with lines like “I want to ride”, “I want to see changing lights”, etc. The ladies sitting next to us on the group were smitten. They had the turn their heads every few minutes to check on him.

The fireworks were spectacular. One can’t get enough. The buildings around the city have all come to life - maybe Panama City hotels look like them, also?

It was a long night but well spent.

I'm East

You Are East

Like many Asian cultures, you tend to be reserved and conservative. You don't believe that your internal emotional life is anyone's business.

People admire that you are together and responsible. You're the type of person who seems to be living a good life.

Sometimes you come across as a bit cold and humorless. You only show the easygoing side of yourself to people you know well.

You make a good judge of ethical issues. You see right and wrong easily, without letting emotion color your opinion.

In some ways, it has some truth in it.

What’s Up?

It’s been a while since I last updated this blog. I have no excuse. It’s just me. Haha.

Work has been as usual. Sometimes busy, sometimes not. I visited two customers – with colleagues this week. So far so good. I had lunch with my boss and another lady co-worker – catching up on our personal lives.

I’m getting confident in my driving though I haven’t driven as far as the shopping centre. I haven’t forgotten to turn my lights on at night for a couple of weeks now, so I think that’s a good sign.

Jens has been back to “school” after his sick leave. He had 2 ear bugs and the first medication only treated one bug and I wonder why it was taking so long to heal. A few weeks after he went back to day care, he’s starting to have symptoms of cold and flu. It’s like his been hugging every preschool furniture at school to get all the germs around.

We went to see the Brisbane River Festival last Saturday. That’s another story to tell. Just a recap – it was fun with a bang!

Thursday, August 27

Getting the Hang of It

Of driving that is.

When I was just learning how to drive, I often tell others that I don’t like driving. It makes me feel tired, pressured, stressed. In short, I don’t really like it. Little did I know that I would be influenced and have a change of heart when I have my own car – a car that I can manage and that is good and safe to drive.

I’m enjoying it now. Though, I still have to stop acting like a blonde and try to remember everything that I should need to do before I drive away especially turning on my light at night.

My checklist:
Seatbelt for me and Jens when he’s in the car
Check side mirrors and rear-view mirror
Temperature inside the car
Lights (when it is dark)

I practically changed all the settings in my car – seat pumped up, seat pushed forward, backrest pushed forward – all this makes it a bit awkward for me to get out of the car (as if I would need diet pills to get through) but these new settings allow me to drive comfortably.

I’ve been driving for 4 days now and so far, so good. I’m really looking forward to drive everyday so I can practise parking.

Wednesday, August 26


Alam ko August pa lang. Napunta ako sa video na to sa kakahanap ng video in Sarah Geronimo.

Naiyak ako ng marinig ko to. Miss ko na magpasko sa PInas. Maglilimang taon na akong di nakapagpasko sa lupang sinilanganan ko. Nakaka-miss. Sana sa sunod na taon. Kailangan kong kumbinsihin ang asawa ko na umuwi kami.

Working for home today. Have to spend half day organising the papers for my car.

Sunday, August 23

I Now Like Driving

That's the third time I drove my car including the test drive. I feel confident. I like this car, very smooth and quite. The size is so fit for me - manageable.
Notice how the seat is propped-up with a pillow - that even when it has already been adjusted to the max. Also, it is pushed forward and the steering wheel adjusted down. I'm just so happy that this car is quite flexible for my size.
Also notice my big fat belly? Do you think, I now need a weight loss pill? I don't think so. It's just that because my jeans are low waisted.

My New Baby

Oh, I am not preggers again. Nor I am replacing Jens. Hahaha.

Just this.
My OWN. In my name.

It’s used. I am practical. I can’t drive our car confidently – it’s a 4WD for crying out loud. All I wanted is something smaller that I can use so I won’t forget how to drive as well as the road rules. We were looking for a cheap one but also not a death trap.

This one has always been the car brand and model that we’ve wanted me to have. It’s within the price range that we are willing to pay. It’s cheaper compared to the internet rates.

Our 4th wedding anniversary is 2 days shy of the end of August. I asked Mcj if this is our gift to us. And he said, why does it have to be for something? Oh well. For me it is, so to always remind me how special this car is.

Wednesday, August 12

It's Holiday in Brissie

I'm at home, eating fish and chips for lunch while blogging.

Dropped off Jens to "school" around 9 this morning. I then went to the library and Mcj went home. The plan was, I'm going to catch the bus on the way home. It would be two rides and a few meters walk to get home. The bus was taking so long on the first leg that I just walked up to the shops. Did some retail therapy - bought a bag, two tops, organising tray and Jens' education board. And lunch.

Mcj was hold off the phone for at least an hour that he couldn't pick me up so my hot lunch was getting soggy but still hot - from the sun. After an hour wait for the 2nd leg of the bus ride, I rang Mcj and luckily, he was off the hook and told me to wait for him.

I tried to drive from the car park at the shop, I just got frustrated and gave up. You know, you can't concentrate when there is someone nudging you what to do and at the same time, the parking is very tight and you are driving a 4WD. I'm really going to push getting a small card - I'm eyeing for a Suzuki Swift. First, I have to get an online life insurance quote, err just in case, you know (knock on wood) and of course ring up some cheap car insurance.

I have a dental appointment at around 2pm. My day is busy but I'm happy - don't have to think of work for at least another 12 hours.

By the way, it's Ekka Day in Brisbane. We pass it up this year as Jens is just over of a nasty cold and flu. We don't want another health disaster.

Thursday, August 6

Going Green

I’m the first to admit that I am not a green person. I use disposable nappies for Jens. I seldom use biodegradable washing detergent – I choose baby friendly and hypoallergenic. I don’t use cloth bags when shopping. We left our computers, VCR, set top box (just like using Philips AED for some patients) going almost all the time. We use chemicals to kill the weeds around the house.

But I am working on becoming green. I use public transport in going to work. I don’t litter. As much as possible, we buy fresh food. Mcj have been reminding me to use cloth bags when shopping which I always forgot – actually, I forgot where I kept them.

Your Life is 72% Green

You live a very green life, and you're aware of how your actions help the earth.

Of course, it's hard to be totally green. But when you make a tradeoff, you know why you're making it.

Sunday, August 2

I am not Religious

I used to be when I was under my parents' wings. Everything changed when I moved out and started to discover the world by myself.

I stopped doing things like worshipping God religiously. But I haven't moved away. Infact, I feel closer even if I seldom commune with him - I just know it deep inside, He's in me.

You Are Super Spiritual

You are in touch with the world around you, and you find peace in connecting with others.

You believe that every life is special and that every life has a purpose.

You value harmony and understanding. You try not to judge, bicker, and fight.

As simple as it sounds, you truly think it's important to make the world a better place.

There's one question in this quiz that goes if I can see things happening in the future. Not literally that but there are events that happened and I felt like it had happened before and after a few days I would realise that I have thought about it or I have dreamt of it. It's like I have a very high frequency of satellite radios. I senses things. We'll I've read somewhere that I am clairvoyant - now that's not spiritual as it was in my zodiac sign. Hahaha.

Happy August 2nd

It should have been August 1st but I was not able to get online yesterday.

Anyhoo, time flies so quick. It's August! We will celebrate out 4th wedding anniversary this month. Soon!

What are your plans for this month? Us? Haven't made any. Everything is dependent on Jens' health and well-being. There's the EKA and Caboolture show coming. I also promised Jens that when he is better and when the Wiggles will have a concert here in Brissie, we will go and see. It's a promising month for us.

Have a great August everyone! Carpe Diem!

Monday, July 20

P Plater

Yes, I am now!

I took the exam this morning and I passed with flying colours. Well, I call it flying colours as I only have 2 minor mistakes - steering control and not turning off the indicator. My instructor said they were not really big M.

My effort (almost 10 months of practise) and money (I always have a driving lesson with paid instructor) have paid off. I'm thankful to my instructor for sticking around, to Mcj and Jens for being so patient and all.

Pardon me, but I am proud of myself today. Wahahaha!

Anyway, have to get back to work and do the pressure washers opp. I only have the morning off from work but at least, I'm working from home.

Friday, July 17

Life for the P's

We easily fall into our usual routine or non-routine after we got back from the Philippines. I went back to work as well as Mcj and Jens goes to day care everyday.

I do the laundry and cleaning and a bit of cooking on the weekends. Plus I’m back on the wheel. With the practise gap I had – more or less two months, my driving skill had dropped to a very low level. I’ve been working for it to come back and my instructor booked my practical exams on the 20th of this month. Hope I’ll make it.

All is back to normal except, I’m now addicted to the Filipino movies of Sarah G and John Lloyd C. I’ve seen the AVSL movie at least 10 times for the last 3 weeks. I don’t get online often so I’ve just seen the movie You Changed My Life twice so far. I’ve seen almost any video there is online. I know I’m late but when you’re living down south, being late to anything is normal maybe except for fat burning thingies. I liked Sarah even before so I’m not surprised of myself.

It was The Tatapilla’s birthday yesterday. I almost forgot about it. Maybe because we had the party in the Philippines. We push the boat out for him last Sunday by seeing the movie Ice Age 3. It was nice, highly recommended. Jens’ first and he age the popcorn before we got in the cinema and went to sleep before the movie started. We had birthday cake last night and as it was his day, he didn’t eat his dinner but just cake.

Winter is well underway. Sometimes it is really cold but I’m getting used to it. I still have to see snow which happens once in 20 years here in Queensland. Have to aim on going somewhere that snows next winter maybe.

Wednesday, July 8

Updates on The Lil Boy

The Tatapilla is now a bit better although we still give him puffer and his medicine. Although, the virus is not something that should really be classified as deadly (for me), who would want their child to get sick.

But we can’t wrap our kid in a cotton wool anyway. We can’t screen their air intakes. We just need to observe precautions as much as we can like washing hands properly and frequently. But isn’t it true that we need bacteria and virus in our body to boost our immune system? So how much is too much?

Jens is an outdoor kid and he “loves” for the lack of a better word, playing in the mud, stumping in the puddles, picking up stones, and any activities that will get him grubby. I don’t want to deny him the fun of doing those activities as much as I don’t want him to pick-up any unwanted organisms. It’s just catch 22.

Let’s just do the best that we can to take care of our kids and let nature do the rest.

Saturday, June 27


I am not a big fan but I was saddened by his death. God bless his children and family.


I saw an hour-and-a-half tribute show tonight in Channel 9 and I was inspired more than ever with his talent. I like him more when he was dark and young before all the eccentricities came in.

I believe his music will live forever. I need to add to my shopping list, one of his albums (and maybe copper sinks for the future?).

Wednesday, June 24

Fast, eh?

You Are A Train

You are a true romantic. You have big dreams about how life should be.

You take life at a slow and steady pace. You try to appreciate every moment you have.

You are a very visual person. You are always on the lookout for beauty and inspiration.

You are able to relax and let go more than most people.

Monday, June 22

I'm feeling like it sometimes :)

Your Gift is Intellect

You are a big thinker, and you're always playing with new ideas.

You are curious about the world. You enjoy learning and developing new theories.

You enjoy researching, analyzing, and solving problems. Thinking hard feels good!

You're the type of person who finds most mental tasks to be easy. You love to stretch your brain.

Getting late. Have to do Pleasanton motorcycle accident attorney opp.

Technologically Challenged

Last night, I was acquainted with the latest add for Nintendo. I’m not into games so I just get to know their names in the ads. I may know their name but I don’t know what they look like unless they look like what’s in the add.

At some point, I was rooting for a wii (with Wii accessories) but it faded as I am sure I won’t be able to use it.

I wanted to buy a new mobile phone before we went for a holiday. When we came back, Mcj said every time I desire for one, I should just look at my wrist. You see, he bought me a new Danish watch which is a lovey. :) I so love it. Thanks, Honeypie.

Internet Junkie

In our entire trip, we have visited internet cafes for more or less 10 times. They were necessary though. Mcj brought with him some stuff to do online like checking emails, banking, footy tipping, etc. They were just all saved in a flash drive including logon name and password for security purposes in case the cafe has no online security just like the one we visited in my hometown.

Major Accident

During our trip that is.

My parents have no patio sets but just concrete benches around the patio. On our 1st day there (we arrived night – so it wasn’t counted), Jens was already starting to feel at home. He sat on the bench trying to take his shoes off and when he successfully did, went out of balance and tumbled down the gravelly ground. The result, bruises from the forehead (just above the eye brow) down to the eye lid and below the eye. I was thankful the fall didn’t damage his eye.

If you want to know what Mcj and I were doing? We were there watching him.

Well, after that Jens had only few attempts to climb the bench. Lesson well learned, I believe.

The Snaps

Can you believe I’ve just taken 241 photos in our trip? No need for additional memory cards at all.

I was in a hype to snap on anything for sometimes but the novelty wore off. Plus, when you have a toddler who wanted to take-off every time you let go of his hand, taking photos wasn’t a priority anymore.

Anyway, they say the best photos or memories are in your mind. But, I will share you this.

Lobster in Harbour View

Andito Na Kami

The P’s are back from the Philippines. We’ve been here for... actually, but I am still on holiday mode. It’s really nice to be away from work and from our daily routine but sadly, we have to get back to reality.

The holiday was fun, fun, fun, fun. We met lots of family and relatives but not as much friends. There was not enough time to do everything planned. What with a toddler in tow, half of the time that we were out was spent on changing nappies, watching fountains, riding the escalators, looking for kids-friendly restaurants and amusing a monster.

I had my dose of Pinoy cuisine that will last me hopefully a year although, I haven’t eaten everything that I wanted to. Again, with two Westerners (and a quarter Chinese and a quarter Italian) in my company, there wasn’t much choices. No need for me to buy diet pills online as, if I have beefed up, I will be glad of it.

I will share more stories and photos as soon I have completely unpacked.

Wednesday, May 27

Sunny Side Up

Saw this meme from Leah and I thought I’d check it out. I’m surprised, it’s truly me.

You Are Yellow

You are bright, vibrant, and cheerful. Your energy can take over a room.

You look on the sunny side of life. You are able to avoid stress, anxiety, and burnout.

It's hard to get you down, and you've rarely been depressed in your life.

You tend to have a clear mind and an unburdened heart. You try to bring as much light as possible into your life.

Although, I’m a worry-wart, I am also optimistic. Isn’t it conflicting? But I am.

Yeah, sunny side up, like lighting bulbs.

What’s really true is I’m rarely get depress – I even can’t remember when? I cry, I sulk, I go EMO but that moment doesn’t last long. I don’t get bored either. I have very varied interests that there are so many things that I can do in my spare time. In fact, I don’t have spare time at all.

Bottom line? I am a happy-go-lucky person, on the positive note.


I’m sleep deprived these days. Maybe, even if we have a sleep number bed I would still be the same. I’m partly excited and partly stressed. Excited that our trip is three big sleeps more to go but worried that I am not finished packing up. Although, it’s just the last minute details that’s needed, for some reason they’re always the most important things that you should have attended to. And I think, what’s freaking me more is the fact that I want to be organised as much as I can and I put pressure on myself too much that there lingers the thought that I could have missed something.

Well, I pardon myself for being a worry-wart although I am trying to free myself from that negative habit. This is our first big trip with the little boy and having him means careful and tedious planning and execution.

But, ready or not... we are going! So I better be ready! :P

Monday, May 18

On Mothers' Day

I’ve been thinking to post this last Saturday. I thought it would be advanced but I got caught up with weekend chores that I wasn’t able to that day. Sunday is out of the picture.

Anyway, how was my 2nd Mother’s day? Just fine. I was down with cold. We went to visit my FIL at the hospital and bought Italian dinner on the way home. It was our first try in that cafe but we were not disappointed. I actually surprised myself to eat heaps.

My mother’s day presents would be shopping in the Philippines. And the Little Boy, brought home this on Friday.

This is what's written at the back.

This is what the back looks like.

And at the centre is Jens making this wonderful gifts.

My little boy has talent, you know. And he likes painting, writing, drawing. Hummm, he might be leaning on to art career. Too early to say, you reckon?

And, I got lovely set of jewellery from my MIL - a new addition to my collections.

Catching Up

There are lots of Pinoys in our suburb but I don’t really have time to socialise or join a club so I can’t say that I have friends or constant Pinay acquaintances here.

Then, after a couple of months working on the other side of town, I met two Filipinas while waiting and in the train. We have become classmates of sort now. We sometimes see each other on the way home. Nothing much to do rather than talk about our day and what-have-yous but it’s quite fun especially that we talk in Tagalog.

And what can you say when I instantly bond with another Filipina that I was saw in another train station. I usually swap trains on the way home and she was also waiting for the same train as me. I can see that she was tired but I blabbered away and so we talked from there up to til I got off the train. She lives in the next suburb from ours (not really like in the Outer Banks rentals). And before I got off, she gave me Korean food which has a similarity with the Pinoy Pichi-pichi. It was quite nice.

Thanks, Ate Lucy for them.

Thursday, May 14

The Trip

In less than three weeks time, we’ll be off to our long awaited holiday in the Philippines. It’s been almost 2 years since I last set foot to my used to be “home”. It’s Mcj’s third visit and Jens’ first. I’m really excited about it that it feels like I’m going on to Vegas vacations, even more.

I’m not excited as to packing though. I’m not ready in that department yet but I’m almost finished with the planning. Hahaha. I don’t count down as it means, I have to hurry deciding what to bring and what not.

Oh well. If ever I forgot something here, I can just buy it in Manila as we would be spending a couple of days before taking a boat to my parents’ place.

Here’s a rough idea of our itinerary:
Leave Oz on Saturday morning and will be in Manila at night.
3 days in Manila
11 days in Bacolod, Isabela, etc.
4 days in Manila again
Leave Manila Thursday night and back in Oz Friday morning.

We haven’t got a definite plan on what to do on those days but we’re hoping of spending more time with my family especially Jens as it is his first time to meet the clan.

Wednesday, April 22

Late Bloomer

Some of you may have seen the movie Twilight several times already. There is a DVD release of the movie. I am just currently reading the book. And boy, wasn’t I a convert.

My choice of books range on the rom-com, chick lit, adventure or any easy to read. Although some of the stories are predictable, I still love reading them. I can say that sci-fi or mythologies much more about vampires are not my thing. But I can hardly put Twilight down at night. Even at work, my mind was into it. I am looking forward to be free so I can read a few pages.

Why I like it? There aren’t many characters in it. I give credits to the author for writing it so simply. When you heard of vampires, it’s either you get scared or you brush it off as a myth. Reading this book, makes me not care about it. It seems more romantic for a vampire to be such like Edward. The book is very well written that vampires are seems not out of this world, that they exists now, that they could be mingling with us.

I just borrowed the first book at the library and I checked, the other three of the saga are all booked out for reservation. If I want to save money, I would put in my name in the reservation list but I want to read them soon. So, I scoured Ebay and found several for bidding. I bid on the three other books this morning. Hopefully, I win any of them.

I am mulling over if I want to see the movie though. Not seeing the movie would make me more creative and imaginative. And I also don’t want to be disappointed.

We’ll see. It’s not a hard decision to make as choosing auto insurance for a fickle minded like me.

Sunday, April 19

Weekend Adventures

Jens and I went to the shop on our own by bus one time and it was followed by many more trips. It is our little adventure and our sense of independence while I still haven’t got a licence to drive on my own.

We take the opportunity to ride a bus when I need something from the shop and Mcj is busy working. When I promised Jens to go to the park and Mcj is not available to take us, we would walk down the road with our baby jogger stroller to catch a bus. Even going to the library is fun. Jens likes it especially when he gets a seat of his own. He feels he’s one of the big guys. He doesn’t even want me to hold him.

I reckon, we would keep on doing the adventure and bonding time even if I can drive on my own – making it our own little tradition or date?

Thursday, April 2


It’s raining cats and dogs now. The pelting of the rain on the roof is like a background music for the day.

I don’t really much like rain especially when it floods but being here in the office and seeing the place around us from the top, it looks nice. If this is home, I would be cruising down memory lane or nostalgia. But I have no time for that. Though, the rain provides a comforting noise at the back of my head while reviewing the user manual of the scanner.

See, these days I can’t talk without ever saying anything about my work. I’m so into it now, emerged, soaked and drained. And I love it. I wonder if the lawyers in Mesothelioma feel the same.

Tuesday, March 31

Last Day

... of the month, that is. Time flies so fast. Where has the three months of 2009 gone? I suppose I am so busy that's why time flies so fast.

Nothing much happening on the family department. Same old. Same old. Oh, I have some exciting stuff to look forward to in December aside from "Christmas". We've booked a week holiday to Sydney from Christmas Eve to New Years Eve. Yay! (Clap clap - what will Jens do.) We are ditching Cairns as the days that we want to go there is "stinger season". Not good. I would be busy organising our itinerary when we get back from the Philippines.

On personal note, aside from being busy at work, I'm also busy shopping for pressies. Not finished yet.

The most exciting part is on Jens development. He is a parrot now. He can say a sentence and can mimick a word that he just heard once. We try to be careful with what comes out of our mouth. I have so much to tell but for now it will suffice to "he is now a certified toddler and in the terrible two stage although he's 4 months shy". And it's not easy. I'm bracing myself of what to come. He eats non-stop too. If he's an adult, I might think of getting him an appetite suppressant. He is a bottomless pit.

Sunday, March 22

Hunt for Empty Eggs

Here's something to ponder for the Holyweek:
Jeremy was born with a twisted body, a slow mind and a chronic, terminal illness that had been slowly killing him all his young life. Still his parents had tried to give him as normal a life as possible and had sent him to St. Theresa's Elementary School.

At the age of 12, Jeremy was only in second grade, seemingly unable to learn. His teacher, Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him. He would squirm in his seat, drool and make grunting noises. At other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the time, however, Jeremy irritated his teacher.

One day, she called his parents and asked them to come to St. Theresa's for a consultation. As the Forresters sat quietly in the empty classroom, Doris said to them, "Jeremy really belongs in a special school. It isn't fair to him to be with younger children who don't have learning problems. Why, there is a five-year gap between his age and that of the other students!"

Mrs. Forrester cried softly into a tissue while her husband spoke. "Miss Miller," he said, "there is no school of that kind nearby. It would be a terrible shock for Jeremy if we had to take him out of this school. We know he really likes it here."

Doris sat for a long time after they left, staring at the snow outside the window. Its coldness seemed to seep into her soul. She wanted to sympathize with the Forresters. After all, their only child had a terminal illness. But it wasn't fair to keep him in her class. She had 18 other youngsters to teach and Jeremy was a distraction. Furthermore, he would never learn to read or write. Why waste any more time trying?

As she pondered the situation, guilt washed over her. "Oh God," she said aloud, "here I am complaining when my problems are nothing compared with that poor family! Please help me to be more patient with Jeremy."

From that day on, she tried to ignore Jeremy's noises and his blank stares. Then one day he limped to her desk, dragging his bad leg behind him. "I love you, Miss Miller," he exclaimed loudly enough for the whole class to hear. The other children snickered, and Doris's face turned red. She stammered, "Wh-Why, that's very nice, Jeremy. Now please take your seat."

Spring came, and the chidden talked excitedly about the coming of Easter. Doris told them of the story of Jesus, and then to emphasize the idea of new life springing forth, she gave each of the children a large plastic egg. "Now," she said to them, "I want you to take this home and bring it back tomorrow with something inside that shows new life. Do you understand?"

"Yes, Miss Miller!" the children responded enthusiastically - all except for Jeremy. He just listened intently, his eyes never left her face. He did not even make his usual noises. Had he understood what she had said about Jesus' death and resurrection? Did he understand the assignment? Perhaps she should call his parents and explain the project to them.

That evening, Doris's kitchen sink stopped up. She called the landlord and waited an hour for him to come by and unclog it. After that, she still had to shop for groceries, iron a blouse and prepare a vocabulary test for the next day. She completely forgot about phoning Jeremy's parents.

The next morning, 19 children came to school, laughing and talking as they placed their eggs in the large wicker basket on Miss Miller's desk. After they completed their Math lesson, it was time to open the eggs. In the first egg, Doris found a flower. "Oh yes, a flower is certainly a sign of new life," she said. "When plants peek through the ground we know that spring is here." A small girl in the first row waved her arms. "That's my egg, Miss Miller," she called out.

The next egg contained a plastic butterfly, which looked very real. Doris held it up, "We all know that a caterpillar changes and grows into a beautiful butterfly. Yes that is new life, too." Little Judy smiled proudly and said, "Miss Miller, that one is mine."

Next, Doris found a rock with moss on it. She explained that the moss, too, showed life. Billy spoke up from the back of the classroom. "My Daddy helped me!" he beamed.

Then Doris opened the fourth egg. She gasped. The egg was empty! Surely it must be Jeremy's she thought, and of course, he did not understand her instructions. If only she had not forgotten to phone his parents. Because she did not want to embarrass him, she quietly set the egg aside and reached for another. Suddenly Jeremy spoke up.

"Miss Miller, aren't you going to talk about my egg?" Flustered, Doris replied, "but Jeremy - your egg is empty!" He looked into her eyes and said softly, "Yes, but Jesus' tomb was empty too!"

Time stopped. When she could speak again, Doris asked him, "Do you know why the tomb was empty?" "Oh yes!" Jeremy exclaimed. "Jesus was killed and put in there. Then His Father raised Him up!"

The recess bell rang. While the children excitedly ran out to the school yard, Doris cried. The cold inside her melted completely away.

Three months later Jeremy died. Those who paid their respects at the mortuary were surprised to see 19 eggs on top of his casket, all of them empty.

Have a great weekend guys. Have to dash to check this cad drawing and know if Jens is up to going to the park.

Monday, March 16

What Can I Say?

I’ve been working hard lately that when I got home, I am very tired. I’m in the middle of a project and as a first time lead consultant, it is taxing.

I can’t wait for our long awaited holiday to the Philippines. Less than three months to go and we’ll be off. Although on the organisation and presents side of things, I want the days to last. We’re not even half way yet. Good thing, I don’t have to book to several hotels (like New York City hotel) as most of the time we’ll be staying with my parents’ place for Jens to get to know them a bit as well as my nephews and niece.

With my driving lessons on weekend, doing household chores, having a rest and taking care of The Tatapilla, slotting-in time to shop for pressies is difficult. I think, I would need to schedule Mcj to take care of Jens one Sunday so I can go to the shop alone and accomplish more.

Monday, March 2

A Grim Weekend

For lack of a better word to describe how I feel or most of my co-workers, I use the word Grim.

We were called in an un-scheduled meeting this afternoon by our managing director. Not everyone was invited. I thought because we need somebody to man the fort. When everyone was seated in the boardroom, he dropped the bombshell. They are letting go two of my co-workers. Just like that. No more preliminaries or warning or sign or whatever. It was very abrupt. We were dismissed before the message even sunk-in – well for me that is.

One of the retrenched employees was from our team. We didn’t see any sign at all. We didn’t see it coming. It was just sad.

My first thought was, it should be me. I am the newbie in the group, apart from the two developers who belongs to the Dev Team.

The reason we were told was, the company can’t afford seven people in the dev team and I think, it has something to do with revenue generation.

I feel a bit responsible for losing my team-mate. You see, I’ve been doing some testing on the new release system which was her task. One time, she even said, that she might not be needed at all in the future.

I have something to mull over this weekend apart from considering if I’m going to buy some Luminox watches for presents.

Getting Active

I never owned an exercise machine ever though at some point I wanted to own a treadmill. And when I think of the reason why I want it is that, I just want to do running and walking stationery. Hahaha. Silly reason but true.

Now, I desired for something that will help me widen my hips. Giving birth hadn’t helped at all. I have an idea what to buy but as usual, I am not sure as I really know me, I don’t do routine so it would be pointless buying anything to do something routinary.

I get plenty of exercise just going to the office everyday. That'll do.

Sunday, February 22

Driving Update

I haven't been driving using our own car as it is really big for me. Mcj is I think, scared while I'm behind the wheel and him being a passenger. But, I still continue my lesson with an instructor every weekend - that I always forgot if he changed the time (I sometimes think that PDAs are invented for people like me).

D said, I'm getting better and I am ready for the practical exam. It is required here to hold the L permit for one year before you can apply for the P license but there are exceptions - work, taking kids to school or daycare, etc. All I need is an excemption letter and application for it plus approval and I would be behind the wheel with an examineer. Hopefully, I can pass it.

I don't have a lesson next weekend and I'm looking forward to a free day. Hahaha. No pressure, really!

Take Home

When I went to Melbourne, I thought I was really clever and organised everything that I need and packed them. Or so, I thought. I didn't realise that I didn't brought with me my facial foam until I was ready to wash my face. Good thing though, the soap that the hotel provided is quite good. Not the usual stuff that you get from hotels. I actually like the soap (not the for being the best acne treatments) that I took home one of them. Hahaha. I'm sure that hotel won't miss it.

Wednesday, February 18

Now in Melbourne

Arrived early yesterday and will be leaving tonight. All for business so I haven't seen much of the place especially that I am in the south.

Have a fun Wednesday, all!

Tuesday, February 3

Not Really Me!

You Are Silk Pajamas

You are a very sensual person. There's nothing you like more than indulging your senses.

You also love to bring others a new sensual awareness... whether it's through food, music, or intimacy.

You like to treat yourself. You spend a lot of money taking care of yourself.

You are likely to sleep on a luxurious bed with expensive sheets and pillows.


I wonder if a home theatre seating would keep us awake while watching telly.

Mcj and I are getting chronic on sleeping through the movie that we watch. I’m catching up on him. I’m always tired and sleepy.

Not that I’m thinking of getting them, we already have some. But, we watched in the room lying down, so what can I say? Very conducive for dozing off.

Crappy Day

It’s one helluva of a day for me today.

Mcj didn’t let me drive to the train station this morning as I might miss the train. There’s not enough time. I usually drive way below the speed limit, so I take more time travelling. I have at least a couple of minutes waiting time when the train arrives. I met my sister-in-law so we had a chat and sit beside each other.

The train was supposed to be express from Petrie to Bowen Hills stopping only at two stations. One station after Petrie, the train stopped and the driver announced that there is a short delay due to a signal light failure ahead of us. The waiting game lasted more than an hour. We moved out of that station and after a couple more, we stopped again because of the same fault.

As if that stuff up wasn’t bad enough, the train stopped at every station instead of going express. Then, instead of it continuing to its suppose destination, it stopped at the depot so I have to change train. Grrr.

I was late for at least an hour from our normal office hours but I usually arrive early.

And of all days, QR chose to stuff up on the day of my first meeting with the client that I will be the lead consultant. They surely know the perfect timing to rain on my parade.

I missed half of the meeting and I will be home later than usual tonight as I have to make up for the lost time.

But I am not angry. I don’t need Chanel watches to cheer me up. It’s just one of those days.

Tuesdays come early at my side of the world. This is my entry for:

Saturday, January 31

Australia Day - Skywatch

The sky and weather last Australia Day.

We delayed leaving for the beach because it rained real early in the morning.

Jens in the car on the way to the beach - with Aussie flag tat.

This was the weather on the way. It didn't look a promising day but we still went. If it rained, we will be wet anyway.

Mcj is always a back-seat driver.

This was the mood when we got to the beach. Very sunny and humid.

It went that way. I was glad.

Mcj and Jens having a dip.

At some point, the sky looked like this. I was blinded. :)

And this was the atmosphere just before we left. It was a fun-filled day.

See more skywatchers here.

Thursday, January 29


The phrase "working mother" is redundant. - Jane Sellman

How true! I just have to grin.

Quote of the day in

Friday, January 23

Friday Fill-ins

1. Oh, I am so full!

2. My little boy changes, big and little.

3. During ads while watching telly, I just fire Mcj with stories.

4. Life is easy; are you kidding me???

5. Right now I'd like to be home playing with my one-and-a-half men.

6. My T10 (while travelling) is my favorite gadget.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching Marcus Bagdhatis play tennis in the Open, tomorrow my plans include lazy-ing around and Sunday, I want to go to the Caboolture market!

She Defeated Venus Williams

She's Carla Suarez Navarro from Barcelona. 20 years old. 5 ft. 4 in. (1.63 meters). 137 lbs. (62.3 kilos). Career prize money - $353,875 USD. The farthest she reached in the slams was 2nd round in the Wimbledon.

Venus is 6 ft. 1 in. (1.85 meters) and 159 lbs. (72.3 kilos). Has 7 grand slam titles in her name. Career prize money - $21,940,096 USD. And so much experience and confidence.

But the 7 inches height difference and broad experience gap didn't matter. She created a big upset on the slam.

She has the winning back hand move, just like Justin Henin. And braces to boot! :)

Thursday, January 22

Tuesday, January 20

Mcj is a Cat ;)

You Are a Cat

You are very independent and reclusive. No one really understands you, and you like it that way!

You are quite clever and ingenious. You can get yourself out of any sticky situation.

You are confident and cool tempered. You know you have many advantages and resources to draw from.

No matter what life throws at you, things always seem to work out your way.

A Pig

You Are a Pig

You are very intelligent, and you enjoy being around people. You can trust others easily.

You have great reasoning skills, and you are quick learner. You are able to adapt to most situations.

You tend to be very territorial and picky. You don't like people messing with your stuff.

You have keen senses and reflexes. You can defend yourself well and quickly sense danger.

Sunday, January 18

How' It Going Here?

It's a lazy Sunday! I didn't get to sleep-in as Jens woke-up real early. Had one load of washing and we watched Mcj mow the grass around here.

Jens is now asleep.

We might go to the shop before lunch to do some shopping. Need to make that list as Mcj get's annoyed at me as we always forgot to buy something.

The sun is at its might but the wind is cool, just as well.

And I have to do some paid post like the diet pills.

Happy weekend everyone!

Home-made Icecream

I've been inspired by a fellow blogger to prepare a home-made ice cream so I search for a recipe and found this from
4 c. peeled mango slices, chopped fine
1 c. sugar
4 (13 oz.) cans sweetened milk, chilled
1/2 gal. Half and Half
6 eggs, well beaten
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract

Combine mango slices and sugar in a microwave proof bowl. Heat until sugar dissolves. Place in refrigerator to chill slightly. In a churn, combine sweetened condensed milk, Half and half, eggs and extracts. Add chilled mango mixture. Follow manufacturer's directions for making ice cream.

It's a mango ice-cream. It sounds easy to make but I reckon, I would be happier if I'll just buy a liter at the shop. The ingredients would cost me much plus the time to make it won't justify, I guess. It doesn't cost us much to buy 2 liters of our favourite brand and flavour. Downside is, I can't really be sure that the mango icecream that I can buy at the shop is not artificial flavour. Well, I think I'll just have to buy chocolate or something with chocolate as it is a safe flavour from additives. We might just need a diet pill if we'll make it a part of our weekly grocery list.