at about this time i'd love to be in new york, what with the weather being so nice and lovely and of course the tribeca film festival kicking off this week. but i have to spend my weekend working, which is a bummer. times like these, i remember my sister, who i know would enjoy watching those foreign films with me. in a way, it's a good thing i'm busy with work because i don't have a movie buddy to enjoy watching with.

speaking of movies, i am excited to see the movie united 93 ever since it stirred a lot of talks after it was previewed at the tribeca film festival. i heard a lot of people were speechless and in tears after seeing the movie. i'm going to try and catch it after the weekend.

i am currently keeping my fingers crossed that G's schedule will fall into place so that our planned florida trip would happen. i have already set aside six days for the trip and hoping that i'd have enough budget to spend those six days on what they call the happiest place on earth. ano pa nga ba, eh di disneyland! the possibility of not going still looms on the horizon and i'd be totally disappointed if we wouldn't be able to go but the money i would save by not going would be most welcome.

so, whatever happens...happens.



it's been weeks since i came back from my davao vacation. ngayon lang ulit ako nakapag-blog ng matino. kumusta naman yon?

anyways, i thought that 4 weeks of vacation was enough for me. was i ever wrong! this vacation made me realize that i could use up all my PTO's, my holiday time offs and add to that the days on my extended sick bank and it would still not be enough for me. i am like torn between wanting to stay in davao and yearning to be back to the life that i'm beginning to get used to in america. *sigh* i guess we can't have the best of both worlds.

now on to the things that i miss...

i miss playing with my nephew. i miss when he would convince me to stay in their room and play with him and his numerous toys and when i'd get tired of playing, he would become this relentless little boy who would convince me to play some more as if i was the best playmate ever.

i miss the pandesal nights when we would be trying our hands out at piling pandesal dough on trays and the days that en-en and i would spend tending the mini bakery thinking of hilarious names for breads such as "choco something", "pan de cheverlu" and "cheesy chuvaness", among others.

i miss hanging out with my cousins be it at the beach playing labo-labo billiards.

at the arcade hogging all the bumpcars for ourselves and irritating the guy manning the controls.

or even at the memorial park hanging out with our departed "mamay".

i can't believe how grown up some of my cousins have become. some have actually graduated from college and have their own jobs now, while the others have moved on to college. these guys are the ones that used to hog our computer playing counter strike and starcraft whenever we have family gatherings in the house. now they talk about their lovelives or the lack thereof over redhorse and chichacorn.

these little things i miss. the constant interaction with the people i've grown up with and the people who are growing up, with me missing the fun of it all. i guess it's the principle of giving up one thing for another. we can't have it all. that best explains it.

i believe i am getting senti again, so i better end this post now.


ang utan na kayang bayaran

we were walking around matina town square one night looking for bargain finds at the mini tiangges that somehow came about like mushrooms in the area when we suddenly felt like eating at TAPS.

when i was in high school, the only TAPS i knew was the one on ilustre street or what is now known as duterte street. when i got to college and during my stint in davao medical center, more TAPS came about on different streets in davao city. i never knew that there was a branch now in matina where MTS is located and things haven't changed much.

anyway, TAPS has been serving "silogs" way before kiddie meals and happy meals were available in davao city. wala pa'y jollibee og mcdo niadtong mga panahona. that is why eating at TAPS that night kinda made me remember my high school days when we would troop over to the ilustre branch and order whatever "silog" we fancy just right after window shopping at gaisano ilustre.

so while waiting for our orders of lekasi (lechon kawali at sinangag) and primasilog (pritong manok, sinangag at itlog), my sister and i amused ourselves at the rest of the "silogs" on their menus.

me: miss unsa man nang tatosi?
waitress: tapa, tosino at sinangag.
sister: aw, abi nako'g naay libre tatoo samtang gakaon ta'g sinangag.

(katawa pud mo uy!)

digression aside, the thing that caught my fancy while we were dining at TAPS was their ad poster for what they call "ang utan na kayang bayaran". the intended pun surely didn't miss me.

the poster read:

Sweet Pikol Express

P10 lang - ang utan na kayang bayaran

Ang bag-ong pampagana sa TAPS nga tag-P10 lang: Pickled cucumber, onion, ampalaya, carrot & ubod. Tam-isun ug aslumun... makapaspas ug kaon!

things like these crack me up, but it surely makes me wanna be home more often.

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