Marvelous mapcard of Montegro

This mapcard arrived recently and it sent me into a frenzy!


And why, you ask? I have this huge fascination with maps – always have. I could and browse through atlas books for hours on end. I don’t get bored at all.

Montenegro is a country with oh-so-unbelievable natural beauty that literally takes your breath away.  It is in my top 10 of dream destinations that if I only have lots of moolah right now,  I’d fly to the capital of Podgorica immediately, rent a vehicle with reliable curt hitches and venture on a cross-country road trip right away.

Okay, a bit of background about Montenegro here: Montenegro used to be part of the Republic of Yugoslavia till it gained its independence in  June 2006.  Montenegro is lying the Balkan Peninsula in Southern Europe, it has a coast that faces the beautiful Adriatic sea. As you can see in the map, it shares borders with its neighbours – Croatia to the west, Bosnia and Herzegovina on the northwest, Serbia to the northeast, and (although it doesn’t show) Albania to the southeast.

To me, the features I saw on the Internet, television and travel magazines are more than enough to convince me that Montenegro is one of the most interesting destinations today and I would love to go there. Wouldn’t you agree with me? Now, who wants to go with me? 😀

I want 011… a computer cabinet!

It’s been awhile since I last posted something for the I want… meme. It’s not that I don’t want anything anymore — it’s just I was busy with some projects in the past few weeks (one of them was the live webcam I posted earlier), mostly computer-based projects. My trusty old laptop was  on heavy-duty the whole time, and I wonder, if it needs some kind of “treat” just like we the users need after working hard. I could imagine it silently screaming for the much needed pampering after all those nights of tapping the keyboard! LOL.

And so I thought, if I were to put myself in my laptop’s “case”, what would it need? I racked my brain for some ideas – well, it’s not easy, ‘no? But then, the light bulb in my head just turned on. The answer is just there, in front of me. Simple.  I need a good computer cabinet – for my laptop’s protection, of course! Sounds silly but actually it is important to have some kind of protection to our laptops and desktops, for longer life, you know.

And this is what I found (see on the left) – looks good, isn’t it? It has a foldable “tray” and the colour looks nice. It seems to  have a space at the back for hard-copy files to store in and a place to clip your notes. I like it… how about you?

I want … 010: Gadgets and games

I missed last week’s I want meme so I’m going to double my entries today.

I was browsing through my friend’s Facebook photo albums and oohed and aahed over her photos. Unlike many others who have joined the digital photography bandwagon, she and a few others have remained analog. The pictures they took are so vintage-looking and the colours are quirky. And I have to admit, in this age of digital technology and ps3 games,  this analog photography love-affair kind of rubbed on me. I am secretly wishing to have a an instamatic camera (just like what my mum had back in the 80s), any lomo camera, or a Diana mini soon… like this one:



or this handsome Polaroid over here:



The cameras are so cute, aren’t they? Who said old-fashioned photography is out? In today’s world of digital imagery, it is still so IN and so COOL and churns out AWESOME photos with nostalgic, retro look!

Please, oh please… these are all I want for …errmm… my birthday?

I want… 009: A House-on-Wheels

Okay, please allow me to be a bit “dreamy” about my want this week. This “I Want …” post is partially the result of my daydreaming and of the discussions of my university batch in Facebook Groups.

Most of my batchmates have traveled around and the pictures they’ve posted not only served as evidence of their travels but also as “envy” points for some. I myself have traveled to various parts in Asia, and, unlike my batch-mates, I was fortunate enough to travel differently from them. While they travel by planes mostly, I traveled by buses, trains, boat, in addition to airplanes (when not traveling officially), to go to another country. How fun is that? I love traveling this way because I am actually immersing myself in the culture. True, planes can take you to your destination faster and without so much hustle-bustle… but to me it lacks the adventurous spirit that you have while traveling by land. There is so much excitement, thrill and anticipation when traveling overland. You can stop anytime you want to, have a look at what’s in the market, or have a walk in the village and exchange pleasantries with the locals. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me!

bus For this reason alone, when my husband and I have already settled somewhere and have kids, I want to have a motor home like this one, on the left. Awesome, isn’t it? It’s like a traveling house or a house-on-wheels! It’s called a motor home! We can travel together as a family and bring all  that we need without having to worry about excess baggage and such. *lol*  And, oh, what fun will it be? All it takes is a full-tank and several gallons of reserved gasoline. Plus, whenever the engine breaks down, there’s always a motor home repair available while on the road. That is, in Europe and North America at least. I think it will take some more time before R and I could own one, but there’s no harm in dreaming about it, ‘no?

I want 008… Bag-ged Thoughts

I have to confess, I am a bag-hag {coughs}.

I actually had no inkling that I am, but a friend pointed this out to me, in a nice way, of course. Funny, but I never really thought of myself as a bag-hag, honestly. I’ve never bought any designer blogs at all. One tell-tale sign my friend noticed is that I buy bags every time we go thrift-hunting. Those bags are mostly in canvass; they’re eco-friendly, and great to use as shopping bags – a good alternative to plastic shopping bags, if I may add.

So anyway… now that my being a  bag-hag is now in the open, you won’t be surprised that this is my I want … entry for this week:

All I want is a nice “everyday-bag”… like this, but with long handles 🙂

I am torn between the chocolate colour, and the classic black.  And the navy blue, and cream. Whatever, I like all of them! Also, while OWSS – that’s online window shopping/surfing – I found another Longchamp bags that I heart. These two:

I like the red Hobo Bag – perfect for traveling because I can wear it across my body. It has a flat back pocket, an adjustable shoulder strap, and two front pockets along with the zipped main compartment. The Hand Bag, just like the first one above,  is just so me – only one small front pocket inside the bag and a main compartment – swak na swak lahat ng gamit at once.

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I want… 007: Telling True Stories

OMG, it’s Thursday already tomorrow! It feels like Monday evening only to me. Why is that?

Anyways, I want to pick up on the I Want… meme. I can’t believe the last post I have of this was Dec 16 of last year. Well, starting this week, I resolve to carry on with this simple meme from Mumsified.

This week and the past weeks I have been searching on the net about writing non-fictions. It even led me to online degree programs on writing non-fiction and research that are interesting but too expensive for me. For some reason, I have this itch to continue on improving my writing skills even at my age.

So this is the book that I want…

telling stories cover

More details at
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Reading the reviews on Amazon makes me want this more! I want it… pronto!
This book is a practical advise, or a guidebook, for aspiring writers by  America’s most respected and most prominent journalists and non-fiction authors such as Nora Ephron, Tom Wolfe, David Halberstam, among many others. Now, how many of you have heard of the Nora Ephron? And Tom Wolfe?? Well, you better search these names on the Internet and find out about them. This book is a must-have for it does not only discuss the elements of storytelling but also deals with information gathering, thinking, and much, much more.

I’ll try to look for this at Monument or Boston bookstores and other secondhand bookshops in the city. Or better yet, I could get a copy from Amazon, if they accept PayPal. Otherwise, I think I know who to ask this from 😀 😀 😀

I want… 006

1. Naturally Upper Canada Peppermint Foot Soak

Naturally Upper Canada Peppermin Foot Soak

I walk a lot and have neglected to take good care of my foot – I want this peppermint soak to soothe my tired feet for starters. This product promises to smoothen, hydrate and soften the calluses of your hard-working feet. It’s about time I turn my attention to my weary footsies.

Available at


2. Lumen Oil Candle Shadow Projector

Shadow Wall Art Candles This oil candle casts an eerie shadow from a tiny, stainless steel tree. The shadow of the trees move slowly as the flame flickers giving you the impression of a rustling tree branches. If you look at the picture, the shadow of the gnarly  branches on the wall reminds me of Tim Burton’s movies.

It is perfect for me to use every time we have power cuts at night time, which occurred frequently this week. It comes in pairs of odourless, clean-burning liquid wax lasting 17hours each and in four different tree varieties – pine and bloom, cedar, nest and magnolia. This product is from Lumen Oil Candle company.  It’s available at Please click the photo for more details about the product.

3.  Sugar and creamer set from Uncommon



I so love this one – hand-painted ceramic pottery from Heide Fahrenacher with charming geometric patterns and colour combinations. Perfect to hold your sugar and creamer while adding special touch to your breakfast or tea time.

I want… 005

Dear Santa Claus,

UP Swatch Watch

I want this hip and trendy UP Swatch watch as a souvenir.  The idea of wearing the University seal and the popular Oblation on my wrist is exciting. I think it would also be cool to don my university colours once again.

Go macaroons, este, maroons!

P.S. Photo is from Sheryl Saupan-Pacer’s FB wall photos. Thank you, sis!

I want 004…

It’s already December – and that means Christmas is just around the corner.  Walang paligoy-ligoy (without further ado), these are what I want for this week:

1. L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Perfume

I am absolutely head over heels in love with anything “L’ Occitane. I first had a sniff of this fruity/floral smell when I was roomed in a hotel with a Thai colleague in Kathmandu. The smell is fresh and sweet and subtle and it lasts on her the whole day. I promised myself I’d get a bottle for me at the Suvannabhumi airport duty free shops but was out of stock when I inquired. Santa dear, just two bottles of this will do ^-^ L'Occitane Cherry Blossom

…  and while you’re at it, Santa dear, please include a tube of L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Lip Gloss!

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Lip Gloss

2.  The Moon Jar

I love the idea behind Moon Jar – simply place it on your window sill at daytime and it stores sunlight, and converts it to  a soft blue moonlight glow in the dark. Great for night light – especially for me who doesn’t like complete darkness when I go to bed.

It has a beautiful, comforting moon glow that makes you think it’s a piece of moon in jar! Fantastic, isn’t it? Moms, kids will surely love this unique gift. I know I do.

3.  And lastly, a Candy Floss Maker!

candy floss

… yes, because I love cotton candy (aka, cotton floss) so much. I love the pink ones, and the blues ones…  and the yellow and light green ones, too. I love them fluffy and sticky. I wanted to eat them everyday but my mother would only allow us to have some on occasions, usually at fairs or fiestas. How cool is it to have one at home and make candy floss in minutes? I bet my nephew and nieces will worship me for this! hahaha.  I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love this treat from heaven! How about you, what colour do you love best?

I want… 003

… a small, red Moleskine 2011 Diary/Planner.

Sure a Moleskine is a bit more expensive than an ordinary diary/planner, but who wants to be ordinary, anyway? tee-hee-hee.

Every Moleskine product is thread bound and has a has a cardboard bound red cover with rounded corners, acid free paper, a bookmark, an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket that contains the Moleskine history.

Moleskine website

Very trendy,  pocket-sized with red-hot cover.  It shows weekly appointments on the left and a note page on the right. Very handy but you won’t ever see me slipping this beauty in my pocket. ever.  Nice smooth writing surface. It’s been years since I last used one and it was love at first sight (and write). It’s about time I go back to my first love — you know what they say, love is lovelier the second time around.

I’d also want this to go with my Moleskine diary/planner, an Eversharp Tip-Wic pen:

Because I love vintage pens!

This vintage pen was made in 1950s by a company called Eversharp, and is a division of — guess what – the Parker Pen Company!