Saturday 9: Dancing With Myself

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billyidolWelcome to Saturday: 9. What we’ve committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do “random questions,” so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don’t have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today’s meme!

Saturday 9: Dancing with Myself (1980)

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is one of Billy Idol’s biggest hits. Can you name another?
Nothing comes to mind, sorry. 🙁

2) When is the last time you danced around your home?
I do the silly dance with my dogs on occasions.

3) In this song, Billy says he dances with his own reflection. Is there a mirror in the room you’re in right now?
None.

4) Dancing with Myself is also the name of Billy Idol’s 2014 autobiography. Let’s say you’re going to write your life story. What do you title it?
“The Four-eyed Missus”, and I would love Sandra Bullock to play me. It’s because, like her, I believe in harsher punishment for parole violators… and oh, world peace. *smile, wave*

5) This month, Billy resumes his 2014-15 concert tour in New Orleans. Have you ever been to Louisiana?
No.

6) In 1980, when “Dancing with Myself” was first popular, VHS players were all the rage. Do you still have yours?
No, I don’t have the VHS player anymore but I have several VHS tapes in my possession. In them were copies of programs I produced way back when I worked as a producer for a TV station in the Philippines. I’m thinking of converting them to digital copies if it won’t cost me a limb to do so.

7) In 1980, The Love Boat was getting good ratings. Have you ever taken a cruise?
No, but I’ve sailed via ships from one island to another (in the Philippines). Back then, there were no budget airlines yet and the cheapest form of transpo was by ship.

8) Sally Field won her first Oscar in 1980 for the movie Norma Rae. Five years later she won a second Oscar for Places in the Heart and delivered one of the most quoted acceptance speeches in Academy history. Do you remember what she said?
Was that her “You like me, you really like me!” quote?

9) In 1980, People magazine named Stephen King one of the most intriguing people of the year because he had two big paperback bestsellers — The Dead Zone and The Shining. Do you have a favorite Stephen King book?
I’ve read a lot of Stephen King books when I was younger and I think the one I remembered the most was The Pet Sematary.

Blue Monday: Fancy

Some months ago, out of boredom, my husband and I set out to see what goes inside a local market. That day we went to Psah Olympic, or the Olympic Market. To my blogger-friends who haven’t been to Asia yet, shopping is quite an adventure in Asian markets. Cambodia is no exception. It is quite a treat to the senses!

I just might write some more about this market tours in my future blog posts, including photos. For the meantime, let me share you one of the sights I managed to capture inside the Olympic Market.

On the third floor of the market is where you will find fabrics of all kinds and, of course, Cambodian silk. Aside from the many shops selling fabrics and ready-to-wear dresses, there are also shops where seamstresses make these custom-made fancy clothes.

Cambodian wedding dress
Fancy dresses for Cambodian women on display at Psah Olympic. These are actually the traditional ones women wear during weddings. The more glitters there are, the more fabulous the wearer thinks it is.

The colours are splendid and the glitters even more fabulous.

These are the recent styles and are becoming more popular and preferred by the modern Cambodian woman.  It lis still
These are the recent styles and are becoming more popular and preferred by the modern Cambodian woman. The dresses are still bedecked in glittery sequins and the colour vibrant but, compared to the above photo, look more “subdued”.

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Saturday 9: Marshmallow World

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cover170x170Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we’ve committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do “random questions,” so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don’t have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today’s meme!

Saturday 9: Marshmallow World (1963)

Unfamiliar with this week’s song? Hear it here.

1. This song likens fluffy clouds to marshmallows. What does the sky look like where you are today?
Today, Phnom Penh sky is covered with thin, wispy clouds, as if someone had pulled a bigger cloud apart into smaller pieces.

2. The lyrics refer to snowballs. Have you ever been in a snowball fight?
No, never been in one.

3. Chionophobia is fear of snow. What phobias do you have?
I have a mild fear of falling. Being inside a viewdeck of a tall building is such a difficult experience – I could not even go near to look at the view. I get a clammy feeling.

4. In 2004, Canadian school children raised money for charity by setting a new world record: the most snow angels made in 24-hour period. Have you ever participated in a fundraising stunt?
Yes, I did. I helped organise the Charity Bike Ride for Operation Smile Cambodia last March. It was fun, albeit a lot of work. And I also joined the bike ride, of course.

5. When marshmallows were first introduced, they were used for medicinal purposes. Specifically to soothe sore throats. What do you take when your throat is bothering you?
I take warm ginger tea with a dash of lemon. Very soothing.

6. Marshmallows are an important ingredient in the Rice Krispies Treat recipe. If you were asked to prepare something for a bake sale, what would you make?
Chocolate chip muffins!

7. Darlene played Danny Glover’s wife in the Lethal Weapon movies. Do you enjoy action movies?
Sometimes 🙂

8. Darlene’s father advised her to always, “shoot for the stars.” Share some good advice you’ve received.
Someone wiser advised me to speak only when spoken to. Fair enough, tee-hee-hee.

9. Will you be returning/have you returned any holiday gifts?
No, I’ve not returned any gifts. I don’t know, but I think it would be a shame to return gifts of any kind. I’d thank the giver and keep it so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Blue Mondays: Sun-drying

We have been lucky to have a nice, cool, sunny weather these days.

And one day last week, my neighbour thought it was a nice day for sun-drying their cushions. I saw their helper lay out their giant, colourful cushions on their lawn to air and dry them out in the sun.

Giant cushions on display. I want one of those for my living room!
Giant cushions on display. I want one of those for my living room!

I also do this. Sunlight and air, according to my mum, kill mildew and mould spores that build up on the pillows and cushions and freshens them, too. I do this for a few hours and only once a month – and when the weather is perfect for such. However, I do fluff my pillows daily while making the bed. More when I’m particularly frustrated and needed to vent some bottled emotions *wink-wink*

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Saturday 9: Happy Holidays!

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Sam_&_SantaWelcome to Saturday: 9. What we’ve committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do “random questions,” so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don’t have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today’s meme!

Saturday 9: Happy Holidays!

1. As you can see, Sam loved giving her annual wish list to Santa. Yet some children are reluctant to climb into Jolly Old St. Nick’s lap. Did you enjoy the tradition or were you shy? Or did you by pass it altogether — either because you wrote him a letter or because your family didn’t celebrate Christmas?
Christmas indeed is the most anticipated time of the year for most children. I remember counting the days! I enjoyed the Christmas tradition when I was a wee one but we never climbed on to Santa’s lap. My mum was probably too impatient to wait in line.

2. Are you currently on the Naughty or Nice list? How did you get there?
I am most probably in the Nice list. I’ve been very patient this year and have watched my spending, too. Also, I’ve successfully avoided individuals who were vexations to my spirit by pretending they don’t exist in my universe.

3. Did you ship any gifts to friends and family this year? If so, which one traveled the farthest?
Cards, yes to family and friends, but gifts only to family back in the Philippines.

4. Did you buy yourself a gift this year?
Yes, I did! I bought myself a calligraphy tool set which I was salivating on earlier this year. I decided to take up calligraphy again as my handwriting has deteriorated, of which I blame entirely to computer use. I love writing letters and I also give special attention to the envelopes 🙂 Yes, I’m one of those crazy people.

5. What’s your favorite holiday-themed movie?
Home Alone (the original).

6. Thinking of movies, Christmas is lucrative for Hollywood. Have you ever gone to a movie theater on Christmas Day?
As far as I can remember, I’ve never been to one on Christmas Day. Christmas Day was (still is) spent with family. We have this huge party, as my grandma’s birthday fall on the same day, and all the aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives are present.

7. Have you ever suffered an embarrassing moment at the company Christmas party?
Thank goodness, no! I count myself lucky! lol.

8. What’s your favorite beverage in cold weather?
Tea masala. I also go for hot chocolate.

9. What will you remember most about 2014?
Mostly personal and family milestones. My marriage had a lot of ups and downs this year but we got through them all and are moving on. Just excited about what the new year will bring.

And please, allow me to greet you, my dear blog-friends, a very Happy Holidays!

Blue Monday: Thankful

Today is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception in my hometown in the Philippines. However, the week-long celebration supposedly culminating today was cancelled due to the arrival of typhoon Ruby (international name: Hagupit) in the province.

Thankfully, our province is not in the direct path of typhoon Ruby, and the destruction was not as massive as during last year’s Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). Still, it was strong in other provinces, wreaking havoc in most-affected towns. We were lucky that my hometown was spared this year, and for the other provinces that were not, my heart goes out to them. Hopefully, they’ll be able to bounce back from this natural disaster in no time.

I have been worrying since yesterday but my sister assured me that they are all okay. According to her, the weather today is good – no more rains and winds. What they’re busy now with is picking up the pieces left by the typhoon. Cleaning up and drying out things under the sun. But only after they’ve come back from hearing mass today. And yes, there are so many things to be thankful for today. Typhoons and other disasters come ago but the faith of my countrymen is very much alive and unwavering.

A statue of the Immaculate Conception at the Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral, in my hometown. Photo by my sister-in-law, Minmin.

This is the altar of the Immaculate Conception church, photo taken by my sister-in-law. This is where I was baptised, as my father and other siblings were. Although the church is newly-renovated, it still is the same altar that I remember, and the same statue of the Virgin Mary cloaked in a blue robe and golden trimmings.

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Saturday 9: Lucky Star

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Madonna-Lucky-Star-132302-1-Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we’ve committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do “random questions,” so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don’t have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today’s meme!

Saturday 9: Lucky Star (1983)

Unfamiliar with this week’s song? Hear it here.

1. Have you ever wished upon a star?
Oh yes! I’m forever a dreamer.
When I was in highschool, did I wish for a lot of things, which included a nice moog sub 37 synthesizer that I thought was cool and useful for the music enthusiast in me. I was in a youth club way back and we have this weekly activities that included sports, music, and the arts. It was just a passing fancy for a teenager like, as were most in my wishlist at that time.

2. In the 1980s, Madonna considered her wrist bangles one of her fashion trademarks. What’s one of your fashion trademarks?
I like wearing tribal bracelets. Plus, I have three piercings on my left earlobe.

3. Though she got good grades, Madonna could be disruptive at school, known for turning cartwheels in the halls between classes. Can you do a cartwheel?
I still can do cartwheels plus front and back walkovers, handstands, and many more. But never in between classes nor in halls. Always in our uni’s gymnastics room.

4. Her high grade point average earned her a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan, home of the Wolverines. Do you follow college football?
American football – no.

5. Madonna co-starred in the movie version of Dick Tracy. Do you enjoy comics?
Yes, very much so. I first got hold of Archie (Andrews) and I was hooked. Then, of course, others followed like Superman, Spiderman, Xmen, Constantine, you get the picture. There is a geek inside of me 🙂

6. She played Argentinian First Lady Eva Peron in the biopic, Evita and directed a movie about Wallis Simpson. What famous 20th century woman do you wish you could meet/could have met?
Hillary Clinton. I just would love to listen to her talk covering many topics and see what goes on in that mind of hers.

7. Madonna authored a children’s book called The English Roses. Tell us about a book that had a big impact on you when you were a kid.
Okay, I read this when I was in university – so technically, no longer a kid. The first thing that came to my mind was this book by a Filipino writer, Lualhati Bautista, who is a feminist through and through. It’s called Bata, bata… Paano ka Ginawa?;  Loosely translated to Child, child… How Were You Made?  The title might give you “scandalous” thoughts but it actually refers to how a child is shaped or raised in society. The story revolves around a strong, liberated single mum, Lea, who defies society’s conventions (having two children with two different men, double standards against women) and how she addresses her marital and familial concerns in the context of a flawed and judgmental society.

8. One of Madonna’s “vocal idols” is Ella Fitzgerald. Who is your all-time favorite female singer?
No one in particular.

9. Madonna once did a Pepsi commercial. What beverages are in your refrigerator right now?
There is a bottle of low-fat milk and a carton of organic, unsweetened hazelnut milk. And of course, water.

Blue Monday: Toy logging truck

As per usual, I was blog-hopping and came across another photo meme called Blue Monday. I followed the link and I arrived in the mother-ship of Blue Monday meme. There I read the mechanics, which is very easy, and decided that it is doable. So here I am, on my first Blue Monday meme. Hope to find new friends as well 🙂

My first photo is a toy truck I found in a toy store in Phnom Penh. To most of you, it’s just an ordinary toy truck carrying logs.

This toy truck carrying logs is actually thought-provoking.
This toy truck carrying logs is actually thought-provoking.

Illegal logging is a major problem in Cambodia. Not only does this activity degrades the forest and other natural resources, it also promotes corruption and human rights abuses. So, to see this toy truck sold in a toy store really struck me considering I live here and for years have worked with many local farmers depending on the forest and land for their livelihood.

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Saturday 9: Paint It Black

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paintitblkWelcome to Saturday: 9. What we’ve committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do “random questions,” so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don’t have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today’s meme!

Saturday 9: Paint It Black (1966)
Not familiar with this week’s song? Hear it here.

1) This song was chosen because yesterday was Black Friday, the traditional day of sales. Have you begun your Christmas shopping?
Yes, for a bit. I saw a fantastic sale online and the next thing I know, I was already checking out my cart! LOL.

2) Are there any Thanksgiving leftovers in your refrigerator right now?
We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Cambodia.

3) AAA says Thanksgiving is a big travel weekend. Did you venture far from home for your holiday dinner?
Same as above.

4) Keith Richards likes France but, alas, the French authorities haven’t always been fond of him and his criminal record. Have you ever been to France?
Not yet, but I would love to visit! I heard the French countryside is even more beautiful.

5) Mick Jagger jokes that, to be polite to fellow hotel guests, he always finishes trashing his room by 10:00 PM. What kind of hotel/motel guest are you? Are you rockstar rambunctious, or are you quiet? Are you neat? Have you stolen any towels, bathrobes, etc.?
I’m the quiet one. I make sure my stuff are not lying around (even though there are hotel staff to tidy the room up) and my valuables are securely hidden/kept away. And on several occasions, I have nicked a toothbrush and toothpaste, and also shower caps! LOL.

6) Mick Jagger got his financial savvy as a student at the London School of Economics. Are you good with money?
Apparently not. If I was, I would already have fat bank accounts and properties to boot.

7) In the early 1990s, a then little-known actress named Angelina Jolie appeared in a Rolling Stones video (“Anybody Seen My Baby?”). Name an Angelina Jolie movie.
I’ve seen one of her earlier movies called Hackers.

8) In the early 1960s, the Stones nearly avoided tragedy when their tour bus skidded off a bridge. Tell us about a near miss you’re thankful for.
Not concerning me but my father. It was days before Christmas in 1989. He was set to board a ship to come home for the holidays. On the day the ship was scheduled to leave the port, there was a typhoon but the ship still sailed. We knew he was on that ship but he wasn’t able to call us as he would normally do once the ship left the port. The following day, very early in the morning, my mum heard the news on the radio that the said ship sunk! We were all very frightened, and crying as we all huddled together in the living room listening/watching/waiting for news. My mum tried to telephone my dad’s boss the whole morning but was unsuccessful. It was only later in the day that my dad called us – he missed the ship due to traffic and had a hangover the next day so he was unaware of what happened. So many thoughts were in my head that day, the wait was agonising. It was the first time I’d seen my mum so helpless and afraid in the face of a harrowing situation.

9) In 1966, when this week’s song was popular, CBS telecast How the Grinch Stole Christmas for the first time. What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss story?
My favourite is “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” even though I’ve not read this from cover to cover. It’s a story about life’s adventures and about taking charge, written – with readers from age 1 to 100 in mind – in a typical Dr. Seuss style, very childlike and playful. I also thought that Dr. Seuss books are much fun when they’re read out loud!

Saturday 9: The Main Event

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BabsWelcome to Saturday: 9. What we’ve committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do “random questions,” so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don’t have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today’s meme!

Saturday 9: The Main Event (1979)

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.

1) This is the theme from a romantic comedy set against the backdrop of boxing. Sam admits she’s not crazy about boxing. What about you? Do you enjoy boxing, martial arts or wrestling?
I was in our university’s judo club way back 🙂 It was great fun! Also knowing a little self-defense is useful so it was all worth the body pains and bruises (due to sparring).

2) If you went to a dance club on a Saturday night in 1979 or 1980, you might well have danced to this. What are your plans for this Saturday night?
Saturday night is barbecue night! I’ll make a potato salad as well as mango salsa while my husband takes care of the meat for the barbie.

3) Gilda Radner was one of the original Saturday Night Live performers and in 1979, she parlayed her TV popularity into her own one-woman show on Broadway. Who is your all-time favorite SNL cast member?
I haven’t seen the old SNL cast so my favourites are immediate past cast members, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

4) Sally Little and Nancy Lopez were at the top of the LPGA in 1979. Do you golf?
No. I think it’s a boring sport (pardon me, golf-enthusiasts). You whack the ball as hard as you can and then walk a fair distance to pick it up. Not my thing, really.

5) The movie The Main Event co-starred Ryan O’Neal. He is better known for Love Story, and saying the line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” When did you last apologize?
About a week ago. For acting stupid and saying stupid things. Maybe, it was due to the raging hormones, lol.

6) O’Neal got his big break on the nighttime soap opera, Peyton Place. He played Rodney Harrington, the handsome golden boy that all the girls dreamed of dating. Tell us about your big high school crush.
My biggest crush was when I was in university! He was in senior year and I was in junior year. He was skinny but tall and was a varsity basketball player. We were staying in the same boarding-house. He was nice and oh-so-cute. One day, we got out of the house at the same time and walked to school together. I was the happiest gal that day! I could not stop smiling. My classmates, who knew about him, teased me no end when they saw us entering the campus together.

7) In researching this week’s Saturday 9, Sam discovered that The Main Event is a popular name for sports bars all across the country. Do you enjoy sitting at the bar or do you look for a booth or table?
I prefer having a table, having a bit of space for conversation without getting disturbed.

8) The Mane Event was the salon Sam went to for years. She switched when it got too hard to get Saturday appointments. As a consumer, what’s more important to you — convenience or price?
I’d say convenience.

9) More than 50 years after her first million-selling album, Streisand recently had a #1 hit with her current CD, Partners. What’s the last song you bought/downloaded?
There’s this brilliant group of musicians on YouTube called the Postmodern Jukebox which I recently discovered. Oh how I adore them! They produce covers of pop songs in the style of jazz, ragtime, swing, among others. I downloaded their songs, of course! More details from from this website:

Postmodern Jukebox. Check out one of their videos on YouTube: