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Travelling to San Francisco

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On a trip to San Francisco aboard Philippine Airlines.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are landing soon in the San Francisco International Aiport. We hope to see you soon in one of our future flights. We hope you enjoyed your trip and thank you for flying Philippine Airlines."
a slight pause...
"Para sa mga Pilipinong Pasahero, malapit na po tayong lumapag sa Paliparang Internasyonal ng San Francisco. Paalala lang po na ang unan, kumot, kutsara, tinidor, plato at ang life jacket ay hindi po kasama sa listahan ng mga pasalubong. Maraming salamat at sana ay magkita pa tayo ulit sa mga darating naming paglipad."


Note: The picture was taken on a recent flight to Malaysia aboard Malaysian Airlines. I've never been to San Francisco.

Portrait Collection - Friends

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Ed and Tonette, HGSFrom friends portr...


Tonette and Ron, HGSFrom friends portr...


Yvette and Maritess, HGSFrom friends portr...


Ron, Argao



Merle and Yvette, HGSFrom friends portr...


Tessie, HGSFrom friends portr...



Young Sil, HGSFrom friends portr...


Lean, HGSFrom friends portr...


Merle, HGSFrom friends portr...


Yvette, HGSFrom friends portr...




Yvette, HGSFrom friends portr...




Kat, Young Sil, Sydney
HGSFrom friends portr...

Ang Liham ni Boy Patola (",)

Dear Kinchai,

How are you doing? How is you? Am fine thank you.

Teka anak, nasa amerika ka lang pero pinoy ka pa din, kaya tagalog na lang ha? nahihirapan na din ako mag-isip ng ingles.

alam kong medyo hirap ka sa pagbabasa, kaya eto, babagalan ko na din ang pagsulat.

anyways, ok naman kami dito ni mommy mo pero balita ko lang, lumipat na kami ng bahay. kasi tong si mommy mo, kung ano ano ang nababasa sa mga lintek na libro na yan... sabi kasi daw, "most accidents happen at home", ayun, natakot sa bahay natin kaya gusto lumipat.

oo nga naman, mahal magkasakit at maaksidente ngayon etong si first gentleman nga eh gastro terriritis ba yun eh nauwi sa cardiac aneureysm? ang galing ng sakit nya ano? sosyal ang dating, sabi pa ni glory eh hihingi daw sya ng second opinion. haay nako, kung buhay lang sana si ate luds, e di sana nakahingi sya ng adbays - e heart burn lang naman yung tao (pareho lang ba yun sa heart ache? ah ewan). problema nga dito sa pilipinas eh, lahat may opinyun wal…

Sunday Beauty Tips (",)

just by chance i got to scan what's on tv on a sunday morning and caught cory quirino in "the good life" and she was recommending a milk bath to keep her skin soft.

"it doesn't have to be expensive, you can always buy milk in a can."

uh, will alaska condensed milk work? somehow, the idea of using nido powdered milk doesn't seem appealing as well. magmukha pa kong espasol.

speaking of milk, her program got an email from an avid follower:


------- email follows -------
From: miky way [mailto:milkyway@yahoo.com] Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2007 3:26 PM
To: Cory Quirino
Subject: Need Advice on Milk Supplements

Dear Ms. Quirino,

Hope you’re having a wonderfully beautiful day.

May itatanong lang po sana ako, kasi sabi nyo pwede naman hong gamitin ang gatas ipahid sa katawan, tapos nun pwede rin hong ipunin at inumin.

Tama nga ho kayo, gumanda ang aking balat pero medyo sumama ho ang tyan ko sa gatas na ininom ko… mayroon po ba kayong ibang brand kay sa Nivea Skim Milk? Kah…

Crash and Burn

Microsoft recently released updates for the Windows XP that caused two dynamic link libraries to conflict with each other and caused some error message to pop up every time you boot your computer (click this link for more details and how to resolve this issue). For the non-techies out there, bottom line is: Microsoft made a boo-boo, big time.

In any case, I had to re-install a lot of my applications and during the process, it asked me to either copy the installation files locally or run it from the DVD installer. Hoping to make my life less miserable, I chose "locally".

What I didn't realize was that it detected my EXTERNAL hard drive instead of the internal storage, formatted, and loaded the installation files.

I can hear the groans and moans of people who understood what happened.

There goes four years of accumulated knowledge, documents, trackers, music, pictures, porn... ah i didn't mean to include that, but I have to be honest about missing the knowledge... ok, ok, …

Samsung Digital Life - Structures (Part 2)

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...Pictures taken using the Samsung SGH-E310 Mobile Phone...
I love reading, it allows me to create images in my mind's eye. But as fast as the words register in my mind, so does the images fade from my memory. My digital eye allows me to remember places and images frozen in a single moment.

Here's a collection of some striking visuals that has caught my fancy.

Angels in Heaven.

I stayed in Bambalipitiya, Colombo and the stretch behind the house is the bay walk that faces the Indian Ocean. The sunsets are amazing specially those from Galle Face. This image reminded me of Angels soaring high in the heavens.


Colombo features a very interesting variety of cultural influences - from Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, English, Dutch and it reflects in the architecture. Here's a couple of interesting structures - the one on the left is a Hospital (inspired by the Dutch settlers) with amazing brickwork in vivid yellows and red whereas the stark plain white of the mosque to the right with the do…

Samsung Digital Life - Portraits

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...Pictures taken using the Samsung SGH-E310 Mobile Phone...
If a picture paints a thousand words, then my trusty Samsung SGH-E310 has painted a good part of my life. The only thing I hate about it is that it also records my bloating waistline. Arrrgh.

People in My Life...

To the left of this picture is Zaroff, well, the eyes of Zaroff. He has this fascinatng deep-set eyes - and I've always wondered if it is because he lacks sleep or he is the reincarnation of Dopey (of the the Seven Dwarves) in this lifetime. To the right are good friends Asif and Raidah. Asif is in London right now while Raida is off to medical school in China. And yeah, we all met while I was based in Sri Lanka.


Abdullah (left) and his brothers own a restaurant in Colombo, Sri Lanka that serves the best submarine sandwiches (beef is the best) - they owned a franchise in Maldives before it got flooded by the tsunami that hit South Asia 2004. Ramesh (right) is a software developer for (...) and is part of the eating …