Share Your World – Week 21

A week late sharing my world with you all, but here it is!  Once again, thanks to Cee for the wonderful questions!  It’s been a crazy week for me, with my teaching schedule in summer swing again and the little one with only four more days of preschool before he’s unleashed to the world for the summer (one is never prepared for that!).  I’m also at 95K words of a modern-day novel that I need to finally wind down – so my  mind as always is elsewhere but where it’s supposed to be.

Anyway, for now, it’s here, sharing my mundane world to you and hope that you join in, too!

If you could make a 15 second speech to the entire world, what would you say?

Life is what you make of it. Don’t wait to say what you want to say till it’s too late – do it now and love often, if not always.

If you could take a photograph, paint a picture or write a story of any place in the world, what and where would it be?

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been enamored of the British and Irish isles, whether it’s the bustling cities,  high cliffs along the chilly coast, or the rolling hills and valleys where one stumbles upon standing stones of the past.  I love listening to the accents rolling off people’s tongues, immerse myself in the stories of the Celtic gods and goddesses who walked the earth, and wonder just how such a world smells like.

Image from National Geographic Expeditions
Image from National Geographic Expeditions

If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single store but could remove nothing, which store would you pick?

Ikea.  They have beds and everything I need to keep myself comfortable and even a cafeteria where I can gorge on Swedish meatballs all weekend.  And when the weekend is over, I can get up and leave.  Unfortunately they don’t have any books – other than those fake ones – which would probably make my weekend stay a living hell.

If you were given a boat or yacht today, what would you name it?  (You an always sell the yacht later)

I’m not a boat person at all, yacht or whatever you can throw my way.  But should I receive a boat – though a yacht is more my thing – then it’s got to have only one name.  Mischief Managed.

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Share Your World Week 18

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Here we go – sharing my world with you, week 18.  Thank you, Cee, for the wonderful questions every week!  As usual, I’m late in posting this although I had answered it a week ago – and promptly forgot to post.

Oh, by the way, I changed my theme temporarily because something wasn’t working with the other one – as much as I loved it.  The left sidebar when viewing the main page wouldn’t show up, which made it seem weird.  But it did show up when one clicked on the individual posts.  Go figure…anyway, thought I’d have this on for now, and see how it goes.

What object do you always have with you when traveling and why?

That would be my iPhone, I guess.  Although in lieu of anything electronic, it would be my Alunsina leather journal, and a pen, of course.

What subject would you like to study in depth, if given the time to do so?

The mind.  I think the body is just amazing.  We all originated from one cell that became two and so on.  Our body’s cells are always doing what it does best to keep us working in tip top shape – and then there’s the mind, which can adapt to certain circumstances (to a point), has been found to regrow its cells, and so much more.

Neuroplasticity – that’s where it’s at.

Or maybe I just wish I could bend metal with just my mind, or read other people’s minds, controlling their actions and their thoughts, who knows?  After all, X-Men does open this coming weekend!

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Which would you prefer:  a wild, turbulent life filled with joy, sorrow, passion, and adventure–intoxicating successes and stunning setbacks; or a contented bordering on happy, secure, predictable life surrounded by friends and family without such wide swings of fortune and mood?

My life has been anything but contented bordering on happy, secure, and predictable although these days, it sure looks like it – which makes this question a tough one for me to answer because I want a balance of both.  I’ve been through the turbulent life with their extreme ups and downs and there’s something that can be said about that – never a boring moment.  So, can I have a balance of both?

What are your favorite spices?

Chinese five-spice powder is not exactly a favorite but it’s one of my favorites, and the only one I can remember off the top of my head that is a spice – or a collection of five spices.  It’s a blend of star anise, cinammon, cloves, Szichuan pepper, and fennel seeds and when brushed with sesame oil on chicken wing drumsticks (without the wing tip part), wrapped in foil packets and deep fried or broiled, is just amazing!

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The Hungry Escavator does Chinese Five Spice chicken drumsticks right!

Share Your World: Week 16

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Hard to imagine how the weeks are just flying by! At least I’m done with taxes (last minute!) and now it’s the birthday month in a two weeks time and in lieu of presents, I’m hoping to raise money for charity: water when the time comes without chasing anyone away from my blog!  Thanks, Cee, for these wonderful thought-provoking questions!

How many places have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.

I’ve lived in only a handful of places.  In the Philippines, we lived in Davao City, Cebu City, and Manila.  Then it was off to Los Angeles for me, with the briefest of stays in New York and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Inside my head, I’ve lived in so many more places like London, Paris, Madrid, and Dublin.  Unfortunately that’s just inside my head…

What type of music relaxes you the most?

I love Buddha Bar type music the best – a mix of lounge, chill-out and world music as well as certain relaxation classical music and soundtrack pieces like this one from BBC’s North & South mini-series, composed by Martin Phipps.

If you’re wondering what ‘world music’ is, well I like songs like this one from Ekova, called Starlight in Daden played to illustrate the wild vintage fun of hooping.  I dare you to sit still while listening…

This version of the song appeared in the Buddha Bar II CD set, which I unfortunately no longer have 😦

If you could instantly become fluent in another language, what would that language be and why?

I could say Khuzdul, because if I get pissed at someone, I can say a few curse phrases and they’d never know what I was saying – unless they were a Tolkien Erebor dwarf.  But for a real world language, I’d pick Spanish.  I’m only 1/8 fluent in Spanish before my mind shuts down listening (since I understand written Spanish more) and trying to catch up with what everyone is telling me.

If you could fly or breathe under water what would you prefer?

I’m no water baby, and I’ve always dreamed of sprouting wings and flying, swooping down with the wind against my face so hands down, it’s flying.

However, when Man from Atlantis aired when I was younger, I really thought I could breathe under water.  I sure was in for a shock when that didn’t quite work out…

Patrick Duffy as Mark Harris, believed to be the last survivor from Atlantis and Belinda Montgomery, as Dr. Elizabeth Merrill (I had a major girl crush on her because she was a doctor!)
Patrick Duffy as Mark Harris, believed to be the last survivor from Atlantis and Belinda Montgomery, as Dr. Elizabeth Merrill (I had a major girl crush on her because I just loved that she was a doctor!)

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

This week went by so fast and the little one was with me the entire time because he’s on spring break (but school starts again this Monday – hooray!) so it kinda flew past me in a blur.  But I’m definitely grateful that we are all healthy and doing well.

As for next week, well, May is coming up which means it’s my birthday month, and charity: water just reminded me that I can start fundraising for my birthday starting today (in lieu of receiving gifts) to help provide access to water in developing countries.  I’m looking forward to another week of slowly getting back to exercising and being healthier, and hopefully without allergies, which have been plaguing me with the high winds we’ve been having here lately.

Share Your World – Week 15

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It’s that time of the week again, when I share my world, thanks to Cee’s lovely questions that seek to pry the answers from my perennially distracted brain.  Here are the answers that I’ve managed to lasso so far this week.

For your blog do you basically use Windows or Mac, laptop, desktop, pad, or phone?

Except for Mr. M’s kindle, we have an Apple orchard in the house.  I usually write on my Macbook Pro, and when that is turned off, I continue on my iPad.  When I am on the go, I often continue the craziness on my iPhone.  I used to be a Dell girl for the longest time, till my brother convinced me to buy a Macbook in 2005.  It took me a year to warm up to it, but the moment I did, there was no turning back.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to own a business like my father.  I loved hanging out in his office as a little girl, and I loved playing with the check imprinter and all the other cool things on his desk.  I loved how everyone looked up to him for everything they needed.

Vintage Paymaster
Vintage Paymaster

But when my parents divorced, and we lived next to my maternal grandparents, I decided that I wanted to be an archaeologist or a geologist.  I had a favorite book on geodes that I read every night, and I was also obsessed with mummies, especially Tutankhamun.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

I grew up in a big city – at least for the Philippines, it was a big city.  Cebu City was the first Spanish settlement and the oldest city in the country.  But it was also very crowded.  We lived in a nice house, but because we lived close to a medical university, we were surrounded by boarding houses, and anyone who was smart rented out their rooms to the students needing room and board.  There were no sidewalks on the narrow streets and so you basically had to watch yourself as you walked to the convenience store (which we called sari-sari store) though there was one that was just across the street from the compound where we lived next to my maternal grandparents and my aunts and uncles.

I guess I liked it.  It was the only world I knew, and while we did go on vacation to less crowded places, I learned early on it’s not the place that matters, it’s the people around you.

(From top, left to right) : Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Magellan's Cross, Ayala Center Cebu, Globe Innove IT Plaza, Cebu Taoist Temple, Cebu City at night
(From top, left to right) : Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Magellan’s Cross, Ayala Center Cebu, Globe Innove IT Plaza, Cebu Taoist Temple, Cebu City at night

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

Probably 30.  Old enough to know better, but young enough to still get away with crap I wouldn’t be able to get away with now.   30 was also the time that I had the best time of my life being single – playing beach volleyball, hanging out with friends and discovering myself.

So there you have it – my world for the week!

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Share My World – 2014 Week 12

Wow! Is the week over already?  I usually look forward to weekends but tomorrow I teach 2-day workshop and already I have 16 students and I can just see myself hobbling back home on Sunday, wishing there was a massage therapist handy to take care of me when I get there.  But anyway, before that workshop starts and sucks the life out of me, it’s time to share my world (so far!) with you, courtesy of Cee’s Photography.

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What is your most favorite smell/scent?

My most favorite scent would have to be a baby’s scent, like little puppies and kittens – and of course, little babies like my son, when he was literally just a little bundle in my arms.  His smell has certainly changed now that he’s four, but I still take a deep inhale of his hair whenever I can, even though that baby smell is long gone.

I do like the smell of certain colognes on a man.  But for now, I’ll stick to babies…

How do you write: computer, longhand or other?

I write much faster on the computer, but sometimes when I don’t have one close by, then by hand will have to do, especially when I have all these bright ideas for my novel.  Thankfully, I’ve started writing in journals again, and as long as I stick to the muse and my novel ideas, then I’m fine – the journal is safe from the next moment of anger that might strike me and I rip every page to shreds – like I did every single journal I kept in the last 20 years.  Sad, I know.

That’s why sometimes writing on the computer is much better.  I write so much that I don’t remember what file I’ve put what in…

Your favorite blog post that you have written? (add link)

You can’t ask me to name only one!  I can, however, name three:

In His Study – a short story about two of my novel characters long into the future of the story I’ve set them in.  It started out as a writing challenge, but I think it’s really not anymore – because it’s long….really long.

Lucas North on Line One – A daily prompt challenge about receiving a phone call from a stranger, and in this case, I chose to receive one from the muse I was writing about then, Lucas North.

Elevator – A writing prompt that places you stuck in an elevator with a stranger.  I wrote this with vintage small elevators in mind, an old unmarked can of Mace that used to be in my purse for years, and a tall, dark and handsome man with blue eyes – and hopefully no murderous tendencies…

What’s one of your favorite books from childhood?

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  It was one of the books that was already in my room when I was little, and I read that again and again, not exactly understanding why it was so sad, for a children’s book.  I recently just acquired my very own copy.  This was printed in 1943, and I am just so excited to read it again.  Hopefully I’ll understand the true meaning behind his words now, so many years after I last read it as a child.

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Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for spring.  At least now, the days are longer and I get to do more around the house, even though I wish I could do more but with each chore I do, that’s one hour taken away from my writing unfortunately.  It makes me realize just why it is there are more male poet laureates – they didn’t have to worry about dinner or the laundry or the PTA.

I am looking forward to teaching tomorrow’s Thai Yoga workshop, and in a way, getting it over with.  Teaching something to that many people can be stressful, and introducing them to an Asian bodywork technique that is so new, and so different from what they learned in Swedish massage can be a challenge.  For what I teach just about breaks almost all the fixed rules they learned, but it is what it is.