Monday, April 28, 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008


(Thanks to Chris V for the photo.)

What were they thinking? See, even their company driver is ashamed. Hehe.

Creed Bratton Rules!

Creed is one of my favorite The Office characters aside from PBJ (pam and jim! yay!), and Kevin.

Here are my fave Creed Bratton quotes:

(on breast implants) "I find it offensive. Au naturale baby, that’s how I like ‘em. Swing low sweet chariots."
"I’m a pretty normal guy. I do one weird thing. I like to go in women’s room for number 2."
"The only difference between me and a homeless man is this job. I will do whatever it takes to survive…like I did when I was a homeless man."
"I’m not offended by homosexuality. In the 60s I made love to many, many women – often outdoors in the mud and the rain – and it’s possible that a man slipped in. There’d be no way of knowing..."
"I know exactly what hes talking about, I sprout lung beans on a damp paper towel in my drawer, very nutrious but they smell like death."

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Cookie Crumbs

"Me love my cookies."
- Cookie Monster

I was battling the blues yesterday and from my experience, the only way to beat them blues is to write about it or to putter in the kitchen instead. (NOTE: I only bring out the 'TORI' if the problem is over matters of the heart.)

So, I put out a stick of butter. I softened (not melted!) it and mashed it with a fork.

I added a medium sized egg and mixed them to my heart's content.

And for moms who have a demanding infant, this little bag here is God-send. (Yeah, yeah, yeah! I cheated because I just don't have the luxury of time to measure and sift and fold and whip)

You just dump the contents on the butter and egg mixture.

Mix it up real nice...

...until it looks like this.

Scoop them up, form little balls and place them on an ungreased pan about an inch an half apart and bake for about 15 minutes.

And you'll get something like this. =). Impatient me. I should've made a batch of six first. They're all so smooshed together. (>.<).

I don't care if these cookies are delicious or not. But at least the smile was back on my face.

And another thing...

This sleeping punk here is guaranteed to chase any blues, any day.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-ho...

...and back to work I go. Feels weird being back and chained at my desk. I had to wade through hundred of emails and resisted the urge to dump everything in the Trash Bin.

But I'm back. Yeah.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tagged by Ardee/Pheebs

Post on Entry:
a. Go to Flickr.
b. Type in your answer to the question in the "search" box.
Use only the first page.
d. Copy the html and paste for the answer. OR save as the picture

e. tag people

1. What is your first name?

2. What is your favorite

3. What school did you go to? (in reverse order)

4. What is your favorite color?

5. Who is your celebrity crush?

6. Favorite drink?

7. Dream vacation?

8. Favorite dessert?

9. What do you want to be when you grow

10. What/Who do you love most in life?

11. One word to describe you?

12. What do you dream about?


Thursday, April 17, 2008

And then there were six...

Oh yeah! Goodbye Kristy Lee Cook! You should've been booted out when you butchered that Beatles song.

Okay, I'm still a little pissed that Michael Johns was eliminated before he was supposed to but atleast there's only one other irritating person left in the finalists (HINT: Initials S.M.). My prediction, the title is going to be between the two Davids.

Mariah Week was last night, and I love David C's version of 'Always Be My Baby.' Well done.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Happy Birthday, Mahal!


Chel and Wolfie


I watched this bit of news last night on TV. It really got to me. I was furious beyond words. Those HORRIBLE MEDICAL IDIOTS. They should never practice medicine again! Talk about lack of respect and propriety. Having a degree and license doesn't keep one from being an ANIMAL!

Video scandal grips Cebu hospital

Man’s surgery posted on YouTube

By Carine M. Asutilla
Cebu Daily News

CEBU CITY, Philippines – A Cebuano male florist in his 30s was teary-eyed when he saw the video of his surgery for the first time.

The emergency operation last January was already traumatic.

Having a spray can removed from his rectum after a night of sex with a stranger was something he regretted.

Danilo (not his real name) was horrified to see images of the surgery three months later circulating on the popular video-sharing website YouTube.

Danilo said he felt violated and would file charges against medical personnel at the government-owned Vicente Sotto Medical Memorial Center (VSMMC).

He said his rights to privacy and confidentiality were violated. He was also offended when he saw in the video how medical interns and workers jeered and laughed when the metal can of Black Suede body spray was pulled out of his rectum.

The can was inserted by a man he had casual sex with last New Year's Eve. Danilo said he was asleep when it happened.

“Mao nay confidential nga nikatag na man diay (This is what they called confidentiality when they spread it around),” lamented Danilo. “Mura man sila'g di mga graduhan oi. Sakto diay na? Gioperahan na gani ka, gisakitan ka, unya igo ra ka pistahan (They act as if they are not educated. Is this right? They operated on you, you were in pain then they feasted on you).”

Danilo said he had heard about the Black Suede Internet scandal but he never realized it was about him until Basak Pardo barangay (village) Captain Dave Tumulak showed him the video.

Cebu Daily News checked the video on YouTube, but the website said it had been pulled out.

Doctor Gerardo Aquino, VSMMC medical center chief, formed a committee last month to look into the violation of confidentiality after he heard about the video and without waiting for a complaint, said Dr. Emanuel Gines, the hospital's committee chairman on media.

“We believe that there was a break in the flow of procedure during the operation,” said Gines.

The investigation would determine who posted the video on the Internet and who should be held liable for the breach of operation procedure and confidentiality, said Gines.

He said results would be known this week.

He said the probe also aims to review hospital policy, especially since it was the first time that such an incident happened in the VSMMC.
Since there were nursing interns inside the operating room at that time, their schools had been informed about the investigation.

“I heard they were also conducting their own investigation,” said Gines.

Normally, only eight medical workers are allowed inside the operating room. But based on the video, there were more than eight inside the operating room.

The hospital does not take a video of all operations but only select cases for academic purposes, Gines said.

He stressed that this is done only when there is consent from the patient and that the record is treated with utmost confidentiality and with respect for the rights of the patient.

According to Danilo, his trauma started on December 31 last year when he met a man in the streets who offered to have sex with him for P100.

Danilo, who said he was drunk, brought the man home and had sexual intercourse with him.

But he recalled bruising the man's ego by criticizing the size of his sex organ.

Apparently challenged, the man told Danilo to have sex with him again, but this time using the canned body spray he found inside Danilo's room.

“Ingon ko di ko, unya nakabati na lang ko nga sakit (I said no, but later I felt something painful),” he said.

Danilo said he then fell asleep.

The man was gone when he woke up. Danilo said he felt something painful inside his body. It was even more painful when he tried to urinate.

He said he started to get scared when he remembered what the man last told him and when he could no longer find his body spray.

Danilo, however, decided not to inform his family so as not to ruin the New Year's celebration. He only came clean on January 2. His family then brought him to the hospital for a check-up.

When doctors discovered there was a foreign object in his body, Danilo said he noticed that the doctors and nurses kept asking him how it felt and why they had done it.

He was scheduled for operation the following day.

Danilo complained that there were too many people inside the operating room before he dozed off due to the anesthesia.

“Gayaw-yaw ko, oi. Naingon man ni’g Carbon, kadaghan ba sa tawo (I kept on complaining. I said it looked like Carbon market in there because there were so many people),” he said.

Danilo was discharged from the hospital January 5. He thought his trauma would end there but on January 18, he went back to the hospital to get his medical records.

A doctor then informed him that they had videotaped the operation and kept the body spray.

“Nangutana pa man gani to siya nako kung mangayo ba kuno ko'g copy, ingon ko dili (He asked me if I would ask for a copy and I said no),” said Danilo.

He said the doctor promised him the video and other records would be treated with confidentiality.

About two months later, Danilo said he was surprised that barangay captain Tumulak sought him out and showed him the video.

In the video, as the canister was being pulled out of his body, people inside the operating room were heard laughing while someone shouted “baby out, baby out...”

When the can was fully extracted, the same person screamed: “body spray” followed by laughter and jeers.

The cap was opened, then returned. Then the can was held up like a trophy before it was wrapped in surgical gauze.

Barangay captain Tumulak said he was willing to help Danilo press charges.

He said he recognized the operating room in the video because he had been in VSMMC before. That was when he started tracing the identity of the patient and was surprised to find the patient was a resident of his barangay.

On Monday, Tumulak wrote to Dr. Aquino, asking to change some hospital procedures to prevent a similar incident from happening again.

He said the posting of the video in the Internet violated several provisions of the Patients Bill of Rights, including the right to be free from unwarranted publicity and to good quality health care and professional standards.

While Danilo’s face was not seen on the video, Tumulak said his right to privacy was violated because many of his colleagues knew it was him. Because of the video, Danilo stopped mingling with his friends, he said.

Monday, April 07, 2008

The Two Month Old Wolf Cub

We're not sure when he would actually start getting control of his facial muscles because he only smiles and laughs a little while he's asleep but he does frown a lot. Kinda grumpy like his dad, noh?

The family Dugyot. (Wolf: Is that my mom's arms or a narra tree limb?)

Uncle Jot tested out his brand new Canon S5IS

Got milk?

I baked these cookies from scratch and I got the recipe from Yummy magazine. I added whole macadamia nuts on top and my mom commented that they looked like boobies with white nipples. Eh, didn't matter because theses babies didn't even reach tomorrow.

The Pizza Master

Showing off his handiwork.

Wolf's second month celebration spread.

See y'all next month!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Swimming Across the Universe (a review)

Across the Universe is one of the two films that I've been anticipating for quite some time now. In fact I blogged about it last year. The other one is The Air I Breathe which I've been waiting for since 2006. And due to my husband's connection, he was able to procure a copy of these two movies which made me spontaneously combust with glee!

I have already watched Across the Universe, and man, I love, love, love it and in my opinion, it's way better than Rent (sorry Pheebs!).

I have to admit that my Beatles knowledge was limited which is probably why I appreciated this movie because they used a lot of popular Beatles songs and a few songs which I'm not familiar with that made me want to delve deeper into the Beatles Musicology.

The story is simple enough: set in the Hippie sixties during the Vietnam War.

Jude, a young man from Liverpool, went to the US to find the G. I. father that he never met and along the way met Max and Lucy, siblings from a very conservative and well-to-do family. Max is raring to break free from his conservative upbringing and Lucy was engaged to his high school sweetheart that was sent to 'Nam early on in the movie. Max and Jude moved to East Village New York to live a bohemian life there as a taxi driver and freelance artist respectively. They were living in a rented room in an apartment owned by aspiring singer, Sadie (are you seeing the Beatles reference now?). Jo-jo, an awesome guitarist whose little brother died in a riot, moved in eventually and became Sadie's professional and romantic partner (hmm...seeing a Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix allusion here). Prudence, a lonely and bisexual Amerasian from Ohio, completed the main cast. Together, they led an idyllic, bohemian life in Sadie's apartment.

Jude helped Lucy move on after her fiance's death and they soon fell in love. However, Max gets drafted into the war and everything started to unravel. Lucy gets more and more involved in a radical Anti-War group while Jude remains apolitical and removed from the entire scene. Sadie and Jojo had a falling out after Sadie decided to sell out and sign with a record label. Prudence left and joined the circus after getting her heart broken (she fell in love with Sadie).

All of the scenes were interspersed with numerous Beatles references and there were cameos from Bono, Eddie Izzard, Joe Cocker and Salma Hayek.

The film was visually awesome although the Bono and Eddie Izzard scenes were a bit Luhrmann-esque in style but the music and choreography was amazing. The actors all sang their bit and although some of them weren't professional like Evan Rachel Wood, they were able to hold their own. Dana Fusch as Sadie was really, really good- I could see her playing Janis Joplin. T. V. Carpio was downright good and I pegged her as a Filipino the moment I saw her and I confirmed it via Wikipedia.

What I loved about this movie was it made me sing along. It was kinda like listening to your favorite album while watching a movie. I'd give it a 4 out of 5 stars. The movie exceeded my expectations and it was worth the wait, I must say. I hope I could say the same for The Air I Breathe which I'll be watching this weekend.

Here are my fave bits from the movie:

Let It Be
Nice vocals by the young boy. Cried a bit here.

Oh! Darling
Love the irony when Sadie was singing this when in fact she is intending to ditch her band and going solo.

I Want To Hold Your Hand.
Everybody who 'knows' me will know why this scene is close to my heart.

Come Together
Very nice arrangement and Joe 'you-are-so-beautiful' Cocker still has it!

Strawberry Fields Forever
Love the symbolism. Bloody red.