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My very good friend Norman Malcat released a local Christmas album the first of this month here in Nueva Vizcaya. It has 12 songs with original lyrics adapted to traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

So Igorots out there, esp. Kalanguyas, you can order this Christmas cd from me... just text me at 09269441970.

Here's a sample but I'm sorry that the views do not have anything to do with the song. I just threw in some pics and music together in Windows movie maker so I can upload it here. ;)

Wil's Tag

Hello! Thanks for the tag, Wil. .. saves me from forcing my mind to think of something to blog about. ;)

Here's the rule: Remove 1 question from the list below, and add your own personal question to make it a total of 20 questions. Tag 8 people, list them out at the end of this post. Notify them in their chat box that he/she has been tagged. Whoever does the tag will have blessings from all.

1. At what age do/did you wish to marry?
I promised my 2nd (or maybe 3rd?:) bf that I'll marry the guy who will ask for my hand when I turn 27. I did! :) And it wasn't him. hehe

2. What color do you like most?
Blue (Thanks Wil, I didn't have to type that, although I had to type this longer line.:)

3. If you can have a superpower, what would it be?
The power of Persuasion... then I can influence all people :)

4. If you can travel anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
Egypt during the BC years, Ancient Rome, Carthage, Constantinople (Byzantium), First Century Israel, Medieval Eu…


UN-FREAKIN'-BELIEVABLE!!! That's how the fandom of Twilight would say it!

I should have listened to wits and nuts when she advised me to not start reading Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga unless I really have free time in my hands. Well, I was just gonna take a tiny peek on the first chapter but when I started reading, there was just no way I could put it down until after three days later when I read all the books; I mean that's not even surprising, what with the obsessive grip of books on me (yes, blame the books:) but you see, the story was something I would have enjoyed reading in late high school or maybe early college but 'goodness, did I read for days on end, all four books and the first 12 chapters of the fifth book (Midnight Sun) which I accidentally stumbled into while checking out the author's site! And then after I gobbled down all the books, I flipped the pages again and again to read my favorite parts; not yet satisfied, I went online and check…


The shadow was crying in the front yard
Ringing the bell forcing to come forward
Her eyes are trying to look Heavenward
But the lights were put out by the blizzard.

Yet the sun will smile, when he comes tomorrow
Hope, pierce this shadow with your sharpened arrow
Storm, calm down! Or leave and let her be
Be gentle with your chase, or you'll blow her away.

Breathe, Oh day, life into this specter's lungs
Hold out your hand, help this wraith to stand
Stay away, Oh night, do not come with your shroud
Or come with your full moon, keep watch of this phantom.

(Been talking to a friend recently and my mind was stumped and can't come up with any encouraging or profound advice to give to her. After the talk, this is the only thing I could come up with... a prayer. Btw, just in case i am misunderstood, you are not the shadow or the phantom,or the specter. rather, your love is. And you know what I mean. Again, thank you for the inspiration of your life. iloveyousis)


an underlined phrase on a yellowing page of a book
a word scribbled on a dry leaf pressed between the pages of an old journal
a cluster of stars as you look up the midnight sky
a scar on your left elbow, a scene in a movie
a scent worn by a stranger who brushed past you at the mall
the back of someone turning a bend
stories in your heart, memories.

a place that brings back happy times
a picture that fetches lonely tears
a thought that lights up your countenance
a laugh that reminds you of a face
a song that leads you back to the past
a love that has left you, memories.

finished, done, over, ended
no going back, no redemption
dead, wrecked, terminated, through
cannot love, yet cannot unlove
so live, thrive, in my memories

I think this is beautiful

These pictures are of an albino peacock. It was forwarded to me in the mail. Some commented that it's like a giant snowflake... I'd say it's like a huge cotton candy... (cuz I have yet to see a snowflake, that is.) hehe... but ultimately, this albino peacock is rare and amazingly beautiful!

The Big Yellow Flower Outside my Window

I was awakened this morning by the sound of raindrops falling from an overcast sky on to the tin roof of my borrowed house and the gentle breeze that makes the flimsy curtain dance as it hangs on my window. I looked outside and saw a big yellow flower with drops of rain in its beautiful petals glistening in the morning light. With all that, I breathe a short thanks to Heaven for the cool morning and promised myself that this is going to be one beautiful day; it will be one of the best days of my life. Oh, could I be more wrong...

Someone was at the door. No, there were two people knocking at my door. I stood on the tips of my toes and try to recognize who they were. When I went to open the screen door, I was astonished. There standing before me was my niece whom I haven't seen for what, 11 years? The last time I saw her, she was 5 years old. Now standing before me, all grown up, 16 years old. I let my eyes linger on her face. The moon-shaped forehead and the droopy eyebrow…

In Case (and I Thought) You Want To Know

I was tagged by kayni

I am: sleepy... hehe
I think: I'm losing my edge... maybe my mind too :)
I know: that God's love in everyone's heart is the only thing that can make this world right.
I have: a dream, to write a bestseller... (a bestseller in my tribe)
I wish: I'm home with my lovey...
I hate: strange men seatmates on a bus seat who are inconsiderate of your discomfort.
I miss: my lovey...
I fear: sugar and acne
I hear: the neighbor's puppy barking
I smell: my laptop overheating
I crave: for my husband's inihaw na tulingan, and kilawin na yellowfin
I search: for long lost friends (and x-bfs (hehe) in yahoo,, altavista, google, etc. every now and then.
I wonder: if i will ever be a mom...
I regret: losing my patience over trivial things with people that I love
I love: reading and translating.... and you!
I ache: whenever I miss B :)
I am not: taking my health for granted anymore.
I believe: that all things work together for good for those who love …


It seems to me that August 1st came centuries ago and yet here you are still holding on with five more days to go. Not that I wanted you to end because your end will surely find me wanting--wanting in the things that I should have accomplished many weeks ago. As I look over my shoulder at the days that had passed, it seems that all I did was beat deadlines. But August was an interesting month too, no doubt.

The last of my aunts, my best friend in grade school finally got herself a husband and so last weekend we were all fired up preparing for the wedding. The ceremony went well except for the part that my sister and I had to hunt for candles (again...) when we thought all was ready.

It was also a nice time catching up with family especially seeing new additions to the clan... an assortment of baby cousins, nephews and nieces that I don't get to see very often.

You also brought an evening of relaxing dinner with blogger friends Bill and Wil. (Thanks, you two...)

Now, August, you ma…


Thanatos, I learned from my Greek vocabulary last week, means death. You're familiar with Thanatology of course--a term derived from two Greek words 'thanatos' and 'logos', which means the study of death.

I don't know why this week, I have been kind of obsessing with death. I jokingly told my husband that when I die, and he wants to marry again, he cannot and should not marry another Igorota.

In one of my classes, a professor said that everyone she knows whose about to die kind of know that their time is near. I don't know how, but the expert said, intuitively they know. (I don't know if even those who are killed by tragic accidents had some sort of a premonition about their impending death.) Anyway, my recent brush with death has reminded me so strongly of my mortality. It had me thinking and made me write my last will and testament. Well, my will includes the selection of songs to play during my wake, what the living should do (e.g. try to have m…

let it die

I heard one lady from a minority tribe down under in NZ told a Hawaiian presenter to let the art of hula dancing die peacefully rather than having people who do not belong to the culture, and who do not understand the heart of the art, perform it for the sake of entertaining foreigners and tourists at hotels. She said that performing an art outside of its original context will not revitalize the culture but rather it is short of turning the art into something like a dead piece of stone on a shelf in a museum. That comment made me wonder, is that what we are doing with our culture? In our effort to preserve our dances by performing them at school and other festivities, are we actually uprooting these dances from their meaningful place in our culture and history?

Much of the Kalanguya (and probably other Igorots) dances are performed in a specific occasion, for a particular purpose. Much of their meanings are associated with our animistic religions except probably for our wedding d…


For countless times last week, I blurted out the phrase, "...and I'm an Igorota!"

Then one insomniatic night I thought, "Ain't I becoming too proud of my ethnicity?"

Is that possible?

(I'm just wondering... cuz I didn't get to hear my classmates say, I'm Ilocano, I'm Tagalog,.. except for the Japanese, the Korean and the Mongolian.)

(It so happened that last week consisted of first days in class so every time you get into a room, or meet new people, there was a need to intro the self.)


I'm at school again! Yes, I am! I like school! :-) One of my courses this semester is Greek I. Last Thursday was our first day, and Greek 1, being my last subject for the week was a breath of fresh air. Last Thursday, we learned our alphabet. It wasn't too different from the way our teachers taught ABC in first grade. So Greek is my favorite subject so far, although the professor likes to pick on me just because I am a Bible Translator.

Funny thing is, there are only two ladies in the group and we seem to be more linguistically inclined than the rest of the male population of our class. Of course I am biased because I am one of the two. My only worry is that our professor is one of those who like to talk a lot; lots of ad libs and sidetracks on every other Greek letter we learn, when all I wanted to do is to plunge right into the subject matter. It's hard enough to learn a new ABC where the P is read as R and the V as N.

Another subject which I decided to be my se…


Last Monday, my sis, myself, and a few colleagues from the NPMTTA (Northern Philippines Mother Tongue Translators' Association) flew to Bangkok for the Conference on Language Development and Multilingual Education. It was jointly sponsored by UNESCO, UNICEF, SEAMEO (Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization), SIL, Mahidol University in Bangkok, and a few other notable international organizations.

Other than the fact that I did not get to see any of the Bangkok Sights, the conference was a success as far as I am concerned. I came home with lots of plans and acquaintances that would help make a go of those plans. Well, just one plan actually, but it entails a lot of workforce and more planning. We were able to network with people from the Philippines (people whom one can't just approach readily here in the country) especially key people from DepEd who can help us kickstart the 'correct' multilingual education; i.e. first language first education in my tribe. I sa…

Leann Rimes and Brian Mcfadden - Everybody's someone

Everybody's Someone
Artist:Leann Rimes/Brian Mcfadden

And every day begins the same
Get up, go out, come back gain
Same old, same old

A thousand faces pass you by
You never look into their eyes

You feel so ordinary
They feel so ordinary

Everybody's someone
No matter where you come from
there's light in every single star
You're more than who you think you are
And hey
Everybody's someone
And when it's hard to hold on
Remember you are not alone
This house is everybody's home

And every day we seem to chase
The perfect smile, the perfect face
Same old, same old
Same old

For every one who gets to shine
A million more are left behind
They feel so ordinary
You feel so ordinary

Everybody's someone
No matter where you come from
there's light in every single star
You're more than who you think you are
And hey
Everybody's someone
And when it's hard to hold on
Remember you are not alone
This house is everybody's home

From a king to a common man
We're all part of a greater…


A few days ago, I was tinkering with my friend's camera and I saw a picture that almost made me cry. It was a picture of a horse. A dead horse. The horse looks very familiar, no doubt because I used to ride that horse.

Her name is Dusty. She used to be UB's horse until he gave her away some years ago.

When I first came to CFM, I felt like an outsider from my own friends and cousins because of being away too long. I have had to reestablish the friendships that I had back in grade school but it took a little bit of time before I was able to get kind of accepted again as one of them. Bringing friendships to the same page can be draining for an introvert like me, and so those times when I feel washed-out, I would saddle Dusty and let her take me up and down the river that runs alongside our compound. Her gallop is very steady, effortless and graceful. Her hooves stirs up the water and splashes it on to my face and all over me. With her racing the wind, you can feel the cool…


Very Interesting

This is all true. Check it out.

A sliced carrot looks like the human eye .The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... and YES, science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers.

All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and

all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrum…


Pasyente: Dok, apay no uminomak ti Coke ket agsakit tyan ko? Ngem no libre ket saan met!

Doktor: Ay, talaga nga kasta! Ngamin, naimpis ta bitukam,
Ngem napuskol ta rupam!


Amo: Inday, may pulubi sa gate, paalisin mo nga!

Inday: Right away, Ma'am!

Inday to Beggar: "Hey you! Yes, you putrid-smelling beggar with the diverse ambiance of scented junk that assails everybody's nostrils and poisons everyone's fresh and carbon-free lungs, go away now!"

Beggar: What?!!! Who do you think you are?? You pathetic, trying hard nanny!!! How could you, a social climber and a low-grade mammal, underestimate a high class beggar like me? The hell with you!

Inday: Oy, nakakasakit ka na ha!
Ma'am oh! Ayaw umaleees!


dati ay isang saglit ng kahapon
dagling nilimot, sa ala-ala ibinaon

dati ay hangin na takot nang umihip
ngayon sa likuran ng mga ulap, araw na pilit sumisilip

kaya di makapangyari, tuldok man
wakasan ang walang hanggan

dahil nais ng magpakailanman
ay kailanman ding hahandugan...


... malay mo...


Last Saturday, my friends (who are also family) went up to Mapayao village to attend the closing ceremonies of the Children's Vacation Bible School that was held there. There were 90 children listed and a few more. It was great to see so many children being taught about the Lord Jesus that early in their life.

On that Sunday morning, at breakfast, I did not have the usual cooked rice, but I did eat a lot of cooked ampalaya leaves. Everybody actually shoved all the leaves to my plate telling me that it's good for me. Days before, I have been roving the net like crazy trying to find out natural means to lower blood sugar and of course ampalaya was there, as well as cinnamon and other things. So I have been taking my coffee, tea, etc. with some cinnamon powder. I've also been acting like ampalaya is the best vegetable in the world, what with eating them with almost every meal I take.

That morning, as I was looking at the children rehearsing for their closing program, I st…


By Fr. John Catoir

Guide to Contented living

The famed German writer Goethe offered a list of nine requisites for
contented living. They are as timely now as they were when he wrote
them 200 years ago.

"Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your
needs. Strength enough to battle with difficulties and overcome them.

"Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough
to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some
good in your neighbor.

"Love enough to move you to be useful to others. Faith enough to make
the real things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears
concerning the future."

Goethe showed wisdom in these thoughts, perhaps especially in the use
of the word "enough." Often we seek something more, when contentment
could come with gratitude for having enough.

There is great gain in godliness with contentment; for we brought
nothing into the world, and we cannot
take anything out of the …


1. Hindi lahat ng PARTY ay masaya...
3rd Party

2. Hindi lahat ng 13 ay malas...
13th month pay

3. Hindi lahat ng negative, nakakalungkot...
Pregnancy Test

4. Hindi lahat ng POSITIVE, ipinagsasaya....
HIV positive

5. Hindi lahat ng hinog ay masarap...



I have been waiting forever for inspiration to hit me right between the eyes but I guess I will just have to make do with rambling and babbling away or else I will have to wait for another forever for that inspiration to come. Do not therefore expect words that are constructed ever so carefully and said nicely because whatever comes to my frazzled mind will my fingers obey to put down.

Not that I have been having bad times, No! To the contrary actually. Well, I haven't been having a blast either but the last few days have been good. What about the many weeks you were invisible, you'd ask! Well, those were a blur so let's not go there. :-)

I was invited to attend a confab out of town so I started looking for my passport. I knew I put it in the safest place possible but now that I'm gonna need it, I can't find it. I searched in all the nooks and cranny in the house, the neighbor's house even; I scanned pages of books in the shelves, and took out contents of f…

Cancer and You

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size. 2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime. 3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumours. 4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors. 5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system. 6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the b…


After my OBGYNE proclaimed that she will not put me on the table, she started writing my prescriptions. Being the doctor that she is, we expected the barely legible handwriting. She gave at least six prescription papers to my husband and told him to go and buy them at the hospital or to go to other pharmacies if the hospital apothecary does not have them. Bong and my younger bro went out to do just that. After a while my husband rang me up asking me to inquire about a particular prescription because the pharmacy peoples never sold nor heard of any med called Zolnox as written in the prescription. I sent my younger sister to ask the doctor and she came back saying that the doctor wrote Zolrox, not Zolnox. After half an hour of searching, my husband & my brother came back and reported that they've been to all the pharmacies in town but was not able to find any Zolrox. They went back to the doctor and reported the same. She said, "I'm sure they have plenty of it at…


MISIS: Bakit dinala mo pa sa bahay ang trabaho mo?
MISTER: Sorry, rush 'to, kaya dito ko tatapusin!


Not too many days ago, I started checking out friends' blog pages again after a long reprieve considering how net surfing for me is given more precedence than breakfast. In doing so, it necessitates that I go into my own page beforehand for the obvious reason that all the links are there. Then I noticed how old, bored, and pitiful my last entry was; like a vagabond in someone else's family reunion--so out of place, trying hard, strange and different. I scrolled down and saw that every other title before it were of the same kind: words that were from another person's thoughts, originally typed in by fingers that aren't mine.

For the last two months after my surgery, my life's music has somewhat become a series of discordant melody that no world-class conductor would even attempt to orchestrate into something beautiful. The notes were all garbled up and confused that no Beethoven would try to array them into a playable piece. Yet in spite of the unsymphonic orchestra …


Here's more of those forwarded stuff that I think some of you would love. It is claimed as a true story but who knows...A lawyer in Charlotte, North CArolina purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost 'in a series of small fires.' The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The lawyer sued and WON!
(Stay with me.) Delivering the ruling , the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer held a policy from the company, which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure …

Ways to Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity

Author Unknown
1.At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down.2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't Disguise Your Voice.3.Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, Ask If They Want Fries with that.4.Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label It 'In.'5.Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks Once Everyone has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch to Espresso. 6.In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write 'For Smuggling Diamonds'7.Finish All Your sentences! With 'In Accordance With The Prophecy.' 8.Don't use any punctuation.9.As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.10.Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face. 11.Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is 'To Go.' 12. Sing Along At The Opera13.


(Another one of those forwarded emails floating around. I think it's funny, but be forewarned... in a criminal way! hehehe)
I am writing to say what an excellent product you have! I've used it all of my married life, as my Mom always told me it was the best. Now that I am in my fifties I find it even better! In fact, about a month ago, I spilled some red wine on my new white blouse. My inconsiderate and uncaring husband started to belittle me about how clumsy I was, and generally started becoming a pain in the neck. One thing led to another and somehow I ended up with his blood on my new white blouse! I grabbed my bottle of Tide with bleach alternative, to my surprise and satisfaction, all of the stains came out! In fact, the stains came out so well the detectives who came by yesterday told me that the DNA tests on my blouse were negative and then my attorney called and said that I was no longer considered a suspect in the disappearance of my husband.

What a relief! Going throu…

What Do Retired People Do All Day?

(I got this from an older friend. I didn't ask if it's his own story or just one of those funny stories that circulates around. Anyhow, I think it's funny so I'm sharing it:)

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.
Well, for example, the other day the wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes.
When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and I said, 'Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?'
He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a dumb@$%%.He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires.
So Mary called him a s*%#head. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for 2o more minutes. The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.
Personally, we didn't care. We came into town by bus.…


Author Unknown

I have always had a special love for words. Words have such power in them.The right words can uplift, inspire, heal, and create endless joy andlove in our lives. The wrong words can depress, discourage, hurt, and bringus endless misery and pain. It is so very important then to try andchoose the right words in our lives. By choosing the right words I don't justmean saying the right words or writing the right words either. I also meanthinking the right words. It is amazing the garbage that so many of usallow ourselves to think each and every day of our lives.

In order to live a truly blessed life we must haul away the garbageand start to plant words that will grow into a garden of joy and light inour minds. Start today then to make the words in your life work for youand not against you. Do away with "can't" and "no". Try "can" and "yes" instead.Say, " I can be happy, I can choose joy, and I can share love.&quo…


Unlucky me! I was messing around with my music folders and at the same time chatting with my sis D of Me, Myself and I when she told me that she's doing one of these tagging things and that she's gonna tag me. I ignored it :) and went to visit with my neighbors. When I got back to my pc, and refreshed my Mozilla, there's D's blog and tag staring back at me, so I don't have a choice but to do it, right? :)

She talked about All In, a Korean serial drama that she borrowed from a friend of hers. I remember a few days ago when I went online at around 1 or 2 in the morning and found her online also. I told her to go to sleep already. I asked her-- like three times, why she's still up and what she's doing but I didn't get a good answer. :) Was that because of this All In drama? Hmm, probably... I can relate to that though, I've done the same and worst when I watched Prison Break Season 1 and 2 in August of last year and House 1-3 last month for thre…