Missed out on updating this for a while again, since we got pretty busy. I'm currently typing all of this out from my brother's apartment: it's our last day in Toronto before the last Vancouver run, and my folks have gone off to do some last minute shopping things. Peter and I are done packing, so we're chilling out and waiting for them.




May 26

This was our last day in Washington do to whatever we could, so after sleeping in and eating brunch at our leisure, my family elected to hit the Mall again to cover the Museum of American History. That place had some of the coolest exhibits I've ever seen, and one incredibly impressive exhibit on America's involvement in the different major wars along with some of their own on the home front. Military history and the like are among my favorite topics of interest, so you can only guess how much time I spent bouncing around in there, gawking at everything.

(Have I mentioned, on a related note, that we caught field trip season while we were in Washington, so we've been constantly swarmed by crowds of irritating children? I sometimes wonder if I've ever been so unappreciative of heritage and culture at those ages.

Shut up, I'm an old woman.)

We spent most of our morning and afternoon there, and then we split up to check out places we were interested in. Mom hit the art galleries; dad, Peter and I wanted to take a look at the Museum of the American Indian. Everything about that place was amazing, and my only regret is that we really, REALLY didn't get to see a lot of it before closing time. I was hoping to pick up a good book on Native American beliefs - something like a general reference on systems of religion, worship and philosophy - but there doesn't seem to be one in existence. That saddened me greatly, because the one exhibit we really got to go through tackled that topic, and was so fascinating. ;;

My feet were smarting from the collective pain of constantly walking since Toronto by that period. I think I spent most of the remainder of our last day in bed.


May 27

We got kicked out of the hotel by 12 because of check out times, and since our flight had been pushed back into the evening, we were left to stroll a bit around town and lounge in the lobby until it was time for us to head off. That was the start of all the shit, I believe.

Because of horrendous weather conditions and lots of air traffic, our flight was pushed back at least seven times, which resulted in my family and everyone else waiting for flights coming from New York waiting in the departure area for over four hours. The long delay made us miss our connecting flight to Buffalo (and, subsequently, an extra afternoon and evening with my brother Philip in Niagara on his birthday), so after riding a plane that smelled of piss (no joke; I don't want to think about whatever went in there before we came around), we were forced to putter around for a hotel at 2 in the morning upon our arrival to spend an extra night in NYC. We nailed one, but they dinged my parents for a crapload of money that didn't quite add up to the services and room quality of the place we were stuck with. It was one of those hotels that used to be really classy but is now falling apart all over the place.

At least the shuttle driver who took us over to our hotel was really cool.

In retrospect, the situation really wasn't so bad because I had my family with me. I think I would have been a lot angrier (and maybe a little insecure) if I had been traveling alone. The last delay I had to go through was back in LA, when I flew off for a conference. That wasn't very fun. :\


May 28

Our flight to Buffalo was, thankfully, NOT delayed, and we managed to get our suitcases upon landing without a fuss (they had been checked in the day before and had gotten to the airport way ahead of us). Philip was there to pick us up, along with Russell, one of my white brothers. The road trip going to Niagara was fun. XD

Russell accompanied Peter and I on the Maid of the Mist tour, which was so damned awesome... the last time I had been to see the Falls, I had been very young, so encountering them again at an age where I could truly appreciate their beauty and power was something else entirely. After that, we all spent a night out on the town, checking the place out. They really built a tourist town on the Canadian end! It made me miss the company of my friends back home.

The only solution, it seems, is to come back there with them someday.


May 30

Did some last minute touring of Niagara (Russell, Peter and I hit the Journey Behind the Falls this time and got thoroughly soaked) then went for a pit stop at Niagara-at-the-Lake (lovely little town; got to eat Canada's best ice cream, or so the sign said) before heading home. Didn't get to see Geoff since we arrived pretty late, which kind of sucked. Blame it on all of those damned delays...

Attended Mass with Phil and his family in the evening, then spent the rest of the time settling down and bonding. The little bro and I were dragged out early the very next day to go around the Greater Ontario area, checking out some of the universities that my folks are aiming to send my brother to. I went, of course, because these are the places I will have to seriously consider myself, since we might be moving.

Phil, Peter and I picked Liza and Liana up as soon as we were home so that we could catch Kung Fu Panda 2, which was pretty damned good for a sequel. After that, we picked up ginormous sandwiches for dinner, and the bros and I talked on things - family, growing up, moving out - while waiting for my parents to get home.




This trip, it seems, has been all about thinking back, looking forward and wondering where the hell I am now, in more ways than one. I am occasionally surprised at realizing how I really feel about things, and I'm also becoming increasingly aware of the fact that there's only so much time to do everything I need to do, and all of the other things that I simply want to do.

Interesting, really, this process of getting older.

On other news, I'm on my second (and heaviest) day of my period. I will be in transit. Fun.
izkariote: (zen.)
( Jun. 2nd, 2010 01:47 pm)
For those of you who didn't know, I just spent the last four days in Coron, Palawan.

Took lots of pics and wrote a lot, so I'll be splitting the entries up to save everyone's browsers. orz

May 29 to June 1. )


Part Two is over here!
That was a pretty crazy weekend.

I also attract creepy stalker things.





Anyway, uh.


ADMU things: Puttered off to ADMU to see if I could hook up with the Faura crowd (AND I DID AND IT WAS MARVELOUS), so I figured I might as well pick up my report card. Good thing I did too, because it turns out that I totally aced my second semester. FLAT 4.0 QPI, BB. ...But all good things come hand-in-hand with HOSHITFREAKOUT stuff, and I'll have to go back to school tomorrow to meet with the Chair. Idk why, it's supposed to be routine, but... yeah. @_@

Family things: Going to Batangas over the weekend since Older Brother #1 is having his wedding ceremony there - he and my sister-in-law Yas have been legally married for the past five years, so this is a really big thing, finally getting to see them walk down the aisle in church and all. That also means I'm internet-less for a while, but I think I need the break anyway.

House things: I know I only mentioned this in passing, so I suppose I ought to announce it now... I've been camping out in my brother's room along with all my stuff for nearly two weeks now because my own room is being renovated. We're getting rid of the furniture, repainting, remodeling and yeah... so far, so good, so I promise I'll have pictures up once everything is set. I also demand a room-warming sort of party thing when all is ready!

Fangirl things: SLKDHG;HSADHGHSAD SO MANY FUCKING SERIES TO WATCH AND GODDAMNIT FMA Y U DO DIS AND ALL THE NEW ANIMU IS SO SHINY BUT THANK GOD I'M DONE WITH ONE PIECE BUT I STILL HAVEN'T PUT A DENT IN MY MANGA BACKLOG ALTHOUGH THE MARATHONING WITH THE OTHER STUFF HAS ME SORTA UP TO SPEED aaaand I think I'll shut up now. orz

Girl things: Cramps this time of the month were terrible, but thank god it hit before I had to go out of town. Also: mom and I went to the mall intending to go home with just the underwear I needed for the gown, but we ended up buying under wear, sleep wear, every day wear, random wear, and... iyeah, you get the picture. Suddenly, I'm a woman again. o_o

Writer things: This post is supposed to have shiny fic things since I've been accumulating finished stuff over the past few weeks, but... uh. B-BUT I PROMISE TO HAVE STUFF NEXT TIME. /twiddles

RP things: Srsly thinking of dropping stuff in favor of other things and more time to the stuff that matters, but [livejournal.com profile] theskytides is marvelous, as always. Also, I am having way too much fun playing Roy Mustang. Srsly.


Not-so-randomly, I seriously miss the koushien people. Summer's been good to me in terms of reconnecting and I know I've been hanging out with you guys as much as I can, but I feel the need to maximize the time before school drags me off. ;;


18456 / 50000 words. 37% done!

Might not make the desired word count today since I came home brain-fried, and I'm STILL kinda out of it. I am also fighting off the urge to fix images again, but this has been struck out, so let's pretend that I'm not slacking off. I'm trying to stick with the habit of writing 1,700 or more each day this month. orz Still, knowing how I can't sleep unless I accomplish what I want to, I'll probably end up hitting it later on tonight or something. That, or I fall asleep on my keyboard. Whatever comes first.

No excerpt with the word count this time... I'm too lazy to post an excerpt this time. 'Sides, I must be flooding your flists with too much TL;DR.




Registration for us graduate people down at ADMU really IS faster and more efficient. o_o Must be because they're really careful with handling professionals, and because there are less people to shuttle around. Am still finding it some kind of cool how I don't have to sit down and enlist myself -- they just whisk my form off and do it for me. Lulz.

Mandatory Next Semester Talk and Brother Shit on the Side. )

Talked with lots of people while I was popping in and out of the English department today. Was supposed to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] anothermiyaw after registration shenanigans, but Mom came over to school because she forgot to sign her check (uhihihi, Senior Moment! ♥), and then we had to swing over and pick my little brother up. orz Next time, bb?

I got my chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream though. Tastes just the way I thought it would. I have to admit that it's hella expensive and I actually prefer the one that Magnolia came up with, but this is good enough for constant comfort food. X3

Randomly: November really DOES make one post on one's LJ more. Must be the NaNo Effect.
izkariote: (crazy.)
( Nov. 5th, 2008 09:52 pm)
NaNoWriMo Official Status Report Number Three


Lifted the following points of information from the report:


  • Will attempt to do status checks and NaNo-related rambling in bullet points from here on. o/
  • STILL WRITING LIKE CRAZY. REGISTRATION TOMORROW. FUCK. SCHOOL STARTING ON MONDAY. SO FUCKING SCREWED sadlkhg;lshad;lgh;lhasdhgad
  • I now firmly believe that my creative juices can be fueled by a healthy combination of good online company, RP shenanigans, spite over pretentious fanfic writers and generous servings of ice cream. If in case ice cream is not available, cigarettes are a good substitute.
  • I'm past the 15,000 mark and they're STILL not in Italy. orz
  • Am 40% sure that this is going to exceed 50,000 words, but it may still be too early to tell given the fact that after Chapter 5 or so, I'll sorta be winging it for the first part. ...I kind of want to shoot myself now. u_u


I'm trying to seriously make it a report, y'know, and not just an excerpt-dumping thing. orz






15718 / 50000 words. 31% done!

HEY GUYS I'M STILL WONDERING ABOUT THAT FILTER I'M MAKING FOR MY ACADEMIC PAPERS. WHO WANTS IN AND HASN'T COMMENTED ON MY PREVIOUS POST YET?


...S-sorry, been capslock spazzing the whole day. I blame the food. And maybe my hormones. @_@;

Might stop writing soon and turn in early for the night, since it's registration shenanigans tomorrow. Will anyone be in the Katipunan area? Text me~ I'll be looking for company!

Lastly: Congratulations, Mr. Barrack Obama, for making the presidency. You've got a lot of hopes and dreams riding on you, man, and while I doubt that whatever policies you do will be able to go through the AT FIELD OF SHIT AND CORRUPTION that we seem to have around my country, I'm sure that if you're awesome enough, you'll do good for America. That, in itself, is fine by me.
izkariote: (flail.)
( Aug. 15th, 2008 05:11 pm)
I'm back to posting memes again. o_o )


SO I WAS SUPPOSED TO POST THIS STUFF YESTERDAY, but I got caught up in saving icons. *now has 8-10 new communities to follow* The prettiness was so excessive that I actually gave up on my usual practice (going through the backlogged entries of each new comm and saving indiscriminately) in order to be productive in other things! D:

Anyway, back on topic. See, because of sites like PlurkMania, I seem to be picking up a lot of people randomly adding me on my Plurk account -- I've even got a few who have attempted to friend me, just because we're from the same country. I will NEVER understand it.

My displeasure, let me show you it. )

That is all. I ranted out the rest on Plurk, and I don't really feel like replicating it.




Am ridiculously hyper today -- I have a feeling that the hormones are to blame, along with the fact that my period is nearly over. No period = no bleeds = no cramps = HAPPY ME. I have, however, proven to myself that I am Awesome: I can teach while cramping up. IT IS AMAJING.

Spent both my En11 periods wrapping up my discussion on Argumentation and bitching about That Old Issue raised by the Manila Standard's so-called Sassy Lawyer. Spent my Lit13 period attempting to Plurk until the connection went down and sending messages through a text file on Notepad to [livejournal.com profile] hamster_friend, who joined me just because he wanted to watch my students take their midterm exam. He says he missed the feeling of Unadulterated Terror. Wat. XD

Randomly: my 1:30-2:30 time slot has been blocked off by Smoket Time. The people who go there go there so regularly that it's practically a class.




LONG WEEKEND, I CAN HAS IT!
♥ ♥ ♥





It's going to be eaten up by the papers I have to check though.
izkariote: (pretteh.)
( Aug. 12th, 2008 07:36 pm)
Before I forget, have some meme results!

Everybody has been doing this one on my flist! )


So anyway, much was accomplished today! I decided to do my work immediately in order to have the rest of the day free, and everything worked out wonderfully because of that decision. I notice that the sooner I do my work, the longer and more pleasant my day feels afterward. I still haven't put a real dent in all those papers I have to check, though... will probably attend to that during the long weekends that are coming up. August is full of vacations and holes!

Other things accomplished:


  • Checking back to the songs I queued up and filing them properly into all the new mostly KHR fanmixes I've been working on. I can finally go back to the proper playlists now!
  • Recover my brain enough to teach all three of my classes tomorrow.
  • Reread a few more chapters of KHR for my paper~


...Ahaha, a short list is short, but IT MEANS A LOT? Something tells me the list would be longer if plurk had been down for longer today though.

My mood appears to have stabilized for realz, now that the monthly visitor is in. [livejournal.com profile] yukitsu, we have synchronized, for serious!
izkariote: (such so gay.)
( Aug. 9th, 2008 10:02 pm)
...You know that teaching has eaten you alive when you're taking student papers with you to the dinner table or into the bathroom rather than your PSP or your favorite novel. o_o

On that note, though, I seem to have recovered from that slump I've been suffering from for the past two weeks -- last week was especially bad, complete with violent mood swings, Real Nicotine Jitters and regular physical system reboots. NOT COOL TO HAVE OVER-FUNCTIONING HORMONES OKEY.

The nicotine jitters may have been a result of the fact that I was smoking Vogue menthols rather than Gudangs for most of the week. Vogues taste pretty decent all, but the aftertaste it leaves in your mouth is some kind of nasty and after you've been on strong cloves for as long as I have, Vogues kinda feel like... well, nothing. ._. At least they were light. I think I gave my lungs time to heal a bit while I was on them.

Research Methods class was a free cut this time, but Development of Fiction extended for over an hour -- my brain was fried from thinking about D18 sexy taimu a lack of sleep and a dire need to leave and hook up with the girls, so I didn't appreciate that extension as much as I should have, given the fact that Sir DM's my professor and I love that man to death. Zipped over to Gateway after the session ended to meet with [livejournal.com profile] yukitsu, [livejournal.com profile] ficcentricity, [livejournal.com profile] kitsune_jade, [livejournal.com profile] kye_kestrel, [livejournal.com profile] lonelybusiness, [livejournal.com profile] innocentlyjaded, [livejournal.com profile] lethologica, [livejournal.com profile] newpersia and [livejournal.com profile] embai -- BHEX, YOU WERE THOROUGHLY MISSED. BTW, I THINK CAR BREAKDOWNS ARE EVIL. Anyway, much was achieved by fangirling and not really achieving much at all! ♥

It was some kind of funny though. I didn't realize it at first, but the meeting sort of became a Vongola Family gathering and a chance for some of the players to meet each other for the first time(?). I mean, all of the Vongola Family RPers on my KHR Plurk Crew were present.

MM and Meann had to leave pretty early, and Kat, Yukeh and Lynffles left sometime after dinner, leaving the rest of us to chill out at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf for another hour of so. It's kind of refreshing, talking about literary stuff without the frills and this sniggling feeling that YOU MIGHT BE DOING IT WRONG! and all. Also, I introduced Tin to the love of clove cigarettes! *proud*

Might get a bit of work done before I go to sleep. I've got a midterms exam to make, papers to check, lesson plans to prepare and advisory grades to submit!

BEFORE I start Plurking SIGN OFF, LET ME SHOW YOU MY FUJOSHI POWERS.

Me: *during Development of Fiction class*
Professor: *discussing the aesthetic principles of Japan and the preoccupation with beauty*
Me: *quietly giggling to myself, listening to the lecture and relating nearly everything to D18 sexy taimu*
Classmate: *to me, while we're taking a cigarette break* You know, Pam, it's kind of amazing to watch you in class! I mean, you're multi-tasking and all, but you always come up with a good answer for Sir DM! And like, I can see how you seem to get epiphanies and ideas with whatever our teacher's saying! :0
Me: .... *EPIPHANIES? AHURHUR YES. GAY ONES AT THAT* Ahaha, really? ^^;


...Coherent thought process, I think I lack one.








No, I didn't make this post to prove that Plurk hasn't completely eaten me alive, okey. ...Not really. Nah-uh. STOP JUDGING ME. B|
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