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I probably don’t fall under Glee‘s target demographic because I really can’t seem to sit through a whole episode.   While I think the cast is unforgivably talented, I think that same talent could also be poured into creating original music, don’t you agree?

What I did find amusing was last night’s Emmy Awards opening performance. I doubt you caught it as you are busy eating and shopping in Hong Kong.  So here it is.  I must say, Jimmy Fallon did an awesome  job on this one.

Louis

Posted on: August 27, 2010

I don’t know if you remember the world renowned pianist, Cecile Licad.  I only remember watching her in the 80’s in those random episodes of Concert at the Park…Paco Park, that is!

Apparently she’s been busy touring with jazz musician, Wynton Marsalis (pictured below) for the “Silent Movie”, Louis.

They’ll be in town on Monday, August 30 to premiere the movie at the very historic Apollo Theater.  (Side note: The same Apollo where my graduation was held 3 years ago, cool huh?).    Louis is a silent film with live musical accompaniment by Marsalis, Licad and a 10 piece jazz band.   The film pays tribute to Louis Armstrong and the birth of American music with turn-of-the-century New Orleans as its back drop.   It follows a young Louie dreaming of playing the trumpet when he meets a young woman that interrupts it all.   Interruption, thy name is woman!  (Heehee!)

I’m going to try to watch this and feel mighty proud to have one of our own whip out her “jazz hands”.  I’m also curious to see the marriage of the silent film and live music.  What an novel idea, right?  Plus listening to live jazz music in the lovely Apollo should be a new and  interesting experience for me.

Yogurt and fruit is my dinner staple. Its a great protein source especially after an intense bike workout, plus it’s not heavy on the belly. I recently switched brand from the typical non-fat Dannon to this non-fat organic brand called Chobani.

Oh My God…delish!   I’ve never tasted yogurt so silky.   Greek yogurt has been hitting mainstream groceries lately so I thought I’d give it a try and see what the buzz was all about.

So what is Greek yogurt and why the hype?   Compared to your typical American produced yogurt, Greek yogurt is creamier and thicker in texture.  This is because after the milk is heated and cultured, it sits in a muslin or cheesecloth type of filter to eliminate the whey in the milk.   This makes the yogurt creamier and devoid of the liquid that settles on top of yogurt looking like this.

Phot credit: Mother Jones

Nutritionally, Greek yogurt is also packed with more grams of protein per serving because the product is more concentrated now.    It’s also lower in sugar and carbs as the lactose is filtered out with the whey.    If you have some Greek yogurt in your nearby supermarket I suggest you stock up on it.  I prefer this Chobani brand as I found this to be silkier than the others.   Yummm!

The Age of  The Jetsons might just be around the corner.   Check out these very futuristic kitchen and appliance designs fresh out of the Electrolux Design Lab.   I found this in a design site called Yanko Designs.  The objective was to design appliances that address the space crunch issue.  Here’s what they came up with.

The Community Fridge.  I know it sounds out of this world but the idea is to eliminate the personal fridge and just have 1 for each building.  Each house gets its own space in a large community refrigerator that takes charge of the refreshments and groceries. Punch in your personal code as well as the details of what you want to snack on and your personal fridge dispenses the goodies via the common dispensing shaft.

The Clean Closet.   This not only stores your clothes, it actually has a cleaning facility built in.  When you hang your clothes, the internal scanner scans it for dirt and cleans it.  At the end of the cycle you got clean, pressed and hung clothes in your closet!

The Fishwasher = Dishwasher + Composter + Pet fish.   The pet robotic fish cleans up the dirt and grime from the dishes, changes it into biofuel and filters the dirty water to make it clean again.  Unbelievable.

The Biorobot Fridge.  No doors and drawers needed because it has some kind of non-sticky, odorless gel to hold and store food.  The fridge can be oriented vertical or horizontal depending on your space requirements.

The Modular Kitchen Appliance =   Kettle + Toaster + 2 piece induction hub.  Nuff said.

And if you are not impressed by that check out the QUMI.   A  fold out universal kitchen set that can be used for heating, frying and steaming a wide variety of food types.  It has no display or control panel, and all instructions are supposed to be processed via mobile devices in the network ready home of the future!

I’m still waiting for the shower stall that bathes and dresses you on days when you are just too lazy  (Read: Hangover).

Since you have your Rocio-isms and Mikel-isms series, I thought I’d come up with my own series too.  As I spend a good deal of time walking on the street, I get to see and hear some of the most priceless sights and sounds worth sharing.  So consider this my first of a series of interesting, funny and quirky things I see and hear on the street.  Here we go…

I was walking alongside a man as I was entering the subway station.  We were met by another man talking on his cellphone with his voice on vuvuzela mode.

Man talking on cellphone:  YEAH I WATCHED THAT MOVIE TWICE LAST WEEKEND

Man alongside me (to himself):  Well that’s a boring weekend…

Me: Hahahahaha!

Here’s another…

I was seated in the train travelling through World Trade Center  when a lady waddles in with her entourage.    This lady reminded me of Estelle, Joey Tribianni‘s chain smoker agent in Friends.

Waddling Lady (extra loud voice) to a man standing by the train door:  THIS GO TO PAVONIA NEWPORT?!!!

Man by the door(using inside voice):  Yes.

Waddling Lady (extra loud voice) to another man: THIS GO TO PAVONIA NEWPORT?!!!

Everybody inside the train in unison: YES!!!!!

Waddling Lady (using inside voice): Thank you.

I love this city!

As much as I try not to be, the fact is, I AM a stage mother.

So having confessed that, here is a fun, candid picture of my progeny. It was taken late last year for a special bookazine produced by SM and ABS-CBN Publishing for the benefit of Bantay Bata 163.

The publication called Special Moments features photos of moms and their kids with a little write up by the mommies. All the families did the shoot pro bono. The irony is, the beneficiaries of Bantay Bata don’t often have moms like those in the book, who can care for them and give them all the love they need. Being made up and photographed was the least we could do to help.

Here’s what I wrote:

Despite the wealth of motherhood and parenting books there are on the market these days, I don’t think anything can really prepare you for being a mom. It’s all about on the job training. And who’s to say that experience isn’t the best teacher?

My kids are definitely experts at throwing me situations which aren’t often written about in those ubiquitous parenting manuals. How for example, do you deal with a two year old in a corner on time-out who apparently enjoyed the experience and cheerfully greeted anyone who walked past her? What about when she was four and asked me, “Mom, if God wants people to be good, why isn’t it working?” And what to do with my sensitive little boy who – following the mildest of mild scoldings – has his face crumple up and eyes well up with tears?

In parenthood, everyday has the potential of bringing you joy, fulfillment, frustration and worry. I am thankful everyday for what comes our way because, good or bad, I like to think they help me become a better mom. It’s really an adventure that you can only plan so much for but having openness, flexibility and a sense of humor can help! No one in my life has tested my creativity, patience and faith in myself more than Rocio and Mikel. And certainly no one has inspired me more to be the best version of myself.

Photo credit goes to Philip Sison 🙂

Landslide

Posted on: August 17, 2010

I first heard this song in college when Billy Corgan covered it. When I heard the original by Fleetwood Mac I instantly liked her version better. I never really knew what this song was about but for some reason I always had a strong emotional connection to it and I always thought of my pops even when he was well and alive. Subconsciously I always knew that we were going to lose him early. And for most of my life before he died I always lived shadowed in that fear singing this song.

Fast forward to many years later and I found this video. Watch it and be amazed how unknowingly I related this song to my dad without really understanding what it was about.

These lines especially:

Oh, mirror in the sky – What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
I don’t know, I don’t know

Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’
Because I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder, even children get older
And I’m getting older, too

So subconsciously I knew it was gonna happen soon, but who is ever ready?

I wanted to share this with you to show you how these things just come full circle. Pretty cool huh? And yeah it’s just one of those days, I miss dad : (


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