Thursday, March 27, 2008

Nokia N95 8GB

Category:Computers & Electronics
Product Type: Cell-phones
Manufacturer:  Nokia
My cellphone provider called a few weeks ago to notify me that I qualified for a free phone, and the lovely operator gave me a list to choose from: the Nokia N95 8GB, the Nokia E90 and a new Sony Ericsson (I couldn't remember the model number). I chose the new N95. I told my husband about the offer, and he was excited for me (techie that he is). I then started poring over whatever I could find: official reviews and user opinions alike.

The phone was delivered yesterday... and I was floored.

First, the feel in the hand is one that is rich... not at all plasticky or flimsy. However, taking the battery out when I need to is a little difficult... I need an actual tool to remove it.

Now, turning it on.

The phone itself is very responsive. My previous Nokia was an N73, and I found that to be sluggish and slow at every turn, so I lent that to my mother who really didn't need any of the fancy features. Worked for her just fine, but not for me.

The best part of the phone for me is its Mac syncability. It syncs beautifully with iSync (I now use iCal and Address Book because of this) and -- thanks to Nokia Multimedia Transfer -- I can also sync photos and music directly from iTunes and iPhoto. Suhweet!

One last great application I found is a beta program called Conversation. As a former Treo user I really liked threaded SMS messages (or chats), and Conversation allows me to organize my text messages into threads that make my SMS chats easy to follow. Awesome!!!

My other complaint has to do with the built-in media player (slide the phone down instead of up, and you expose special buttons to play your multimedia content). The screen orientation goes from portrait to landscape, but once you slide the phone back into neutral, the orientation doesn't change. Hopefully Nokia will find a way to fix it, but it's a really minor thing compared to the great things I get out of the phone.

I... love... this... phone. Everything I want in a relatively light device. Let's see how long it'll take before I run it into the ground.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Back to Black

Genre: R&B
Artist:Amy Winehouse
I approached this album with apprehension (I mean, she's been on the news for matters that have nothing to do with music), and OH MY GOD!!! Her album is absolutely fantastic! She brings us back to the days of Motown with her sound as well as that beehive and painted eyeliner. Her voice is steeped in the 1960s. Sometimes it's as if I'm listening to Martha and the Vandellas.

She deserved every single Grammy she got, her detractors be damned. If you haven't yet, get yourself a copy.

No, I'm not glorifying her lifestyle... only her music, which is excellent. Fantastic, fantastic music.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Black Saturday in the city

Since we spent the entirety of Good Friday at home, we were a little stircrazy, but looking forward to the day.  We had an invitation to lunch at our friend Yvette's home, along with other friends Lisa and Berck (who are expecting their first child in a few months) and Stevie and Ana (who toted their beautiful ones Agustin and Felicia).  Yvette and Lisa attended Columbia University together... Yvette was actually my Matron of Honor, and we are a pair that have seen each other through a lot in our lifetimes in New York.  She's seen me through a few breakups (and I've seen her through a few as well)... when I was still single and on the few times that I didn't want to be by myself in my apartment, I'd head to her place, even if I ended up staying awake the whole night.  There were very few friends I was comfortable enough to do this with... she was one of them.

First we headed to Greenbelt 3 to check out of the Macbook Air, something Rob has been eyeing lustfully for a while now... unfortunately they were out of stock at the PowerMac Center.  He was thwarted... for right now... it's something he has his sights set on, so we'll just have to wait a while.  After that, it was off to lunch at Yvette's.

Lunch was delicious, and taken really slowly... beef, lasagna, chapchae, salad with a honey vinaigrette dressing, plus rum cake, ube halayan, sans rival and ice cream for dessert.  It ended with a delicious cup of coffee, and plenty of laughter and conversation.  Lunch started at around 12:30 and ended close to 4:00, most of it spent chatting over the latest goings-on in Manila.  Of course all good things must come to an end, so after lots of hugs and kisses goodbye, we were off to Power Plant.

Of course we paid a visit to PowerMac and then walked around for a bit... got some crayons and paper for Nic... a few items at the grocery store... a few escalator rides as well for the little one, and it was off to Alabang.  We stopped first at Alabang Town Center for Rob to check on something before we went home.

It was a fun Saturday spent with friends and family. 

Friday, March 21, 2008

More pictures...

I thought to post these too... the first group is of her just hanging out in our bedroom, and the other is of her in her cheerleader outfit. Daddy graduated from SC. Now if only Ateneo made an outfit like this...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Love means never having to say you're sorry... sometimes.

I woke up with Ali McGraw's face in my mind as she uttered those words to Ryan O'Neal in Love Story.  Kinda made me stop and think...

I've found myself on the offensive and defensive sides of arguments in the course of my lifetime... some arguments and disagreements never finding resolution... and without even the slightest trace of an apology.  Either by me or by my nemesis-of-the-moment. 

With one best friend, all it took was for time to fix things... we picked up where we left off (well, from the most recent pleasantness preceding the less pleasant moments).  We no longer talk about what it was that caused our most recent strife (since it really wasn't one of us that started the mess in the first place).  For another... I go off into a binge of overthinking and waffling back and forth over whether to ask for an apology since my feelings and my pride were injured.

At the end, I decided, "nah".  We love each other anyway... to the death.  Forgiveness comes always.  Always. 

In both cases, we've become more than just friends... we've become family.  And sometimes, there are things that don't even have to be said for the sake of finding peace and balance. 

Sometimes, all it takes is time... the forgiveness will always come.  As will the love.  For sure that will never leave.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Nic Pics

These were taken at Abu's house, and then at home in her brand new hula outfit... which is still a little bit big for her.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Logan, the Sky Angel Cowboy

I just thought to post this here, including the description off of the YouTube page that contains this video...

I chanced upon it (thanks, Gigi), and it made me cry... God is truly amazing, and works in wonderful ways. Far more powerful than a million homilies... it's a great reminder of God's infinite love for us.


(A Production) Little did I know when I was given the audio to this phone call that it would become SO HUGE. When I produced this video, I knew it was special to ME, but never would I have guessed when typing the text and editing the music that it would literally touch MILLIONS. I am proud to have put this video together for the world to see and hear. We have had a lot of requests to replay the phone call that Pastor Mike shared during our church service on Sunday, Nov. 11th, 2007.

Here you'll find the video clip that I created just for you. After our church service I placed the video on YouTube so that you can watch it and share with family and friends.

Logan is a 13 year-old boy who lives on a ranch in a very small town in Nebraska. Logan listens to Christian Radio station 89.3FM KSBJ which broadcasts from Houston, TX. Logan called the radio station distraught because he had to take down a calf . His words have wisdom beyond his years.

Since airing the audio of the phone call and now the making of the video clip, it has taken on a life of its own. People are forwarding it all over the world. We encourage you to share the love of Christ with anyone you can.

(**Sky Angel is a family safe broadcasting service that is offered on satellite. KSBJ is a local Houston Christian music radio station. Video clip produced with love by me, Hear the entire message at

Friday, March 7, 2008


1.  If you don't have anything nice to say (no matter what the circumstance), keep it to yourself.  It won't help the situation any to let someone know that someone else doesn't like them, or has something uncomplimentary to say.  I'd rather live in ignorant bliss.  At least I'll be in bliss.

2.  Gentlemen, in apologizing to your wife/girlfriend/female friend, it's enough to say "I'm sorry that what I did or said hurt you... I'm sorry for how I made you feel."  You uttered the words she was waiting for without sacrificing one ounce of pride.

3.  Ladies, if your man seems to withdraw, let him be.  All men need to be alone with their thoughts in order to think situations thoroughly.  Nag him, and he'll get confused.  And an utterly confused man is akin to the Incredible Hulk.

4.  It's better to think and think hard and well before speaking.  I've uttered enough FU's in my lifetime without so much as a single thought.

5.  Don't forget to say "I love you," if you truly mean it.  We ladies LOVE to hear it, be showered in it, enveloped by it.  Don't hold back on us, please, and we won't hold back on you.

That's all I have for right now... when I have more, I'll add more.  Good night.

And now ladies and gentlemen... KEN LEE!!!

Oh wow. As in... oh wow.

The Difference Between Men's and Women's Brains

I spotted this on a friend's blog and immediately found it interesting...

For spouses and couples, what you'll read may help to foster a fundamental and basic understanding between the sexes, and enable us to communicate more effectively.  Additionally, knowing how men and women differ in their thinking and feeling, perceptions and expectations is great for even friendships and business dealings.  Women cannot ever expect men to think the way they do, and vice versa.  Once we get past that, I think we can then have more harmony at home, at work and in social situations.

One part below that stood out for me: While men’s conversations tend to focus on facts, women’s conversations tend to emphasize the feelings behind the facts.  I have to remember this whenever I have an argument with a member of the opposite sex... hopefully he won't be too stubborn a jackass and understand that though the facts are relevant, the feelings behind the facts are just as, if not more, important.

Another book to consider: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.

Have fun!


His Brain, Her Brain: How Divinely Designed Differences Can Strengthen Your Marriage

Whenever you spouse says or does something that baffles you, you experience one of the many differences between men and women. But once you understand how differently God has designed male and female brains, you can learn how to use those differences well in your marriage.

Then the gender differences won’t alienate you and your spouse; they’ll complement you both to strengthen your marriage. Here’s how:

Realize just how profoundly men and women differ from each other. Male and female brains are dramatically different anatomically, chemically, hormonally, and physiologically. Those differences cause fundamentally different ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.

Appreciate and honor those differences. Recognize that it was God who designed men and women to be different – and to accomplish good purposes. Instead of being frustrated by the gender differences, decide to respect them and learn how to work with them instead of against them.

Understand the differences in how men and women process information. The male brain is highly systemized, with a high ability to compartmentalize, a low ability to multitask, a high ability to control emotions, a low relational orientation, a high project orientation, a high ability to “zone out,” a tendency to act first and think later when faced with stress, an aggressive response to risk, and a tendency to compete with other males. The female brain is highly empathetic, with a low ability to compartmentalize, a high ability to multitask, a low ability to control emotions, a relational orientation, a low project orientation, a low ability to “zone out,” a tendency to think and feel before acting in response to stress, a cautious response to risk, and a tendency to cooperate with other females.  

Understand the differences in how men and women communicate. While men’s conversations tend to focus on facts, women’s conversations tend to emphasize the feelings behind the facts. Men solve problems best by thinking about one issue at a time, usually on their own. But women generally need to talk through problems with someone else to process their thoughts. Men approach situations with a strong desire to make decisions and take action, whereas women sometimes just want to talk about how they feel about those same situations. Men tend to speak directly and use words literally, while women tend to speak indirectly. So, wives, give your husbands the time and space he needs to think through issues on his own, be willing to work with him to find solutions you can both act on, and speak to him in direct ways he can clearly understand. Husbands, listen to your wives when they’re sharing their thoughts and feelings about the issues you face, and ask questions to clarify the meaning of what they’re saying.

Understand the differences in how men and women approach sex. Men tend to be physically oriented, whereas women tend to be relationally oriented. Men are usually stimulated by images and sight, while women are stimulated by feelings, smell, touch, and words. Men can often initiate sex at any time and in any place, whereas women usually initiate sex less frequently. Men are quick to respond sexually and difficult to distract during sex, while women are slower to respond and easier to distract. Husbands, keep in mind that women respond to what they feel, so make frequent deposits into her emotional bank account to maintain a close relationship that will encourage her to connect with you sexually. Wives, keep in mind that men respond to what they see, so pay attention to your appearance to maintain an attraction that will encourage him to connect with you sexually. Recognize the sex is critical to a happy marriage relationship, because sex causes reactions in both the male and female brains that strengthen the couple’s bond.

Understand conquest versus nurture. Men are motivated by conquest. They tend to define themselves by their work and accomplishments. Women are motivated by nurture. They tend to define themselves by the people for whom they care. So husbands, realize that your wives have a strong desire to nurture you. Wives, realize that your husbands have a strong desire to succeed in their pursuits, and to know that you admire their efforts.

Understand provision versus security. Men are wired to provide financially for their families, while women are wired to provide the emotional security of a peaceful home. Husbands need to know that their wives are doing their best to provide an orderly and inviting home even when they’re also contributing to the family financially, and wives need to know that their husbands are doing their best to provide financially for the family even when they’re also helping with household duties. Both husbands and wives need the emotional security of knowing that their spouses truly love them and their children.

Understand respect versus love. Men need their wives to respect and admire them and their efforts and accomplishments, and to take a genuine interest in their work and hobbies. Women need their husbands to express love for them frequently through words and actions. Husbands want their wives to respect their judgment and abilities, and to express that respect in both public and private. Wives want their husbands to love them by paying attention to them, pursuing them, holding and hugging them, helping them with the children and household chores, and telling them they’re beautiful.

Serve instead of seeking to be served. Decide to meet your spouse’s needs without demanding that your own needs be met, and be willing to make the necessary sacrifices. By keeping your focus on serving rather than being served, you’ll improve the dynamic of your marriage relationship, and inspire your spouse to freely serve you. In the process, you’ll both discover that you’re stronger and more effective together than separately.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Lea Salonga In Concert

Start:     Mar 8, '08 8:00p
Location:     Neil Blaisdell Center

Lea Salonga In Concert

Start:     Mar 8, '08 8:00p
Location:     Neil Blaisdell Center

Lea Salonga In Concert

Start:     Mar 7, '08 7:30p
Location:     Maui Arts and Cultural Center Castle Theater

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Hi there!

Just wanted to announce that a Sunday matinee performance of my concert has been added.  Neil Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.  It'll be at 2:30 pm.  The Saturday night show has been sold out.

Thanks!  See you!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Prayers for Freddie Santos

Please say a prayer for Freddie Santos... he's in the hospital because of a subdural hematoma.  Thank you very much.

Kindly pass this on to whomever wasn't on my list.

* A subdural hematoma is a pocket of blood in the space between the brain and the tough membrane that surrounds it (the dura mater).


This is one of those mornings when I regret not bringing my digital camera... the view from here is so beautiful...

It's pretty early in the morning (far earlier than I'm accustomed to waking)... the air is cool and smells so sweet... I actually woke up before the sun.  Strange, because that's when I usually turn in.

I'll be here a week for shows, after which it'll be time to head back home.  Although a week in paradise is always wonderful, it doesn't beat a lifetime at home.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

To get you through a breakup

One Facebook friend wrote on her status update: "still crying after a year... pain pain go away..."

When I read that, it made me seriously think about what could possibly help someone like her going through something like that.  Probably nothing... consolation, kindness and morale boosting have most likely already been given and generously.  But how about a figurative kick in the ass?  (I would have considered burning an effigy, but that would have taken too much time.)

I'm a pragmatist.  Oh, I'm a romantic too at heart, but when I've needed to, after I was done feeling sorry for myself, I'd kick my own ass and give myself a wake-up call.  Here are a few lines that I can think of to do this for someone else (and hidden in them are some lines I've used on myself).  Boys, go ahead and change the gender of the nouns and pronouns if any of the following applies to you:

- Why are you wasting your tears on that loser?  Snap out of it.  There are better men out there.

- You are not a slave to any man.  Don't act like one.

- You've changed, and for the worse.

- He would've cheated on your ass anyway... cut your losses and run for the hills.

- He can't even take care of himself, let alone you!

- You're growing, he's not.  Move on.

- And what in God's holy name did you ever see in him???  Woman, get your eyes checked!!!  Stat!!!

- In the end he would have destroyed you.  He almost did.

- You collided with a fist.  And you're still with him?

- You can't even respect him!!!  How can you say you love him?

- After all he's done to you, you remain true.  Why?  The sex can't have been that great.  And even if it was, it's not worth it.

- Martyrs are so archaic.  Don't become one.

- He tore you down piece by piece, taking away your self-esteem, self-respect and self-confidence in the process.  If you still love him, then he also took away your intelligence and common sense.

- He clearly doesn't love you... and who knows if he ever did?

- All he wanted was sex.  He got what he wanted, and now he's gone.  Asshole.

- Get rid of his photos.  Destroy his love letters.  Put away everything he ever gave you.  Stop texting, stop calling, stop chatting, stop writing.  Remove him from your Facebook/Multiply/My Space/Friendster/Live Journal/Blogspot/Yahoo Messenger/AIM/MSN Messenger/etc. contact list/s.  Erase all contact information from your PDA/cellphone/address book.  He's not worth even one single thought.

- You fell in love with a troll.  We all make mistakes.

- Why?  Is he that handsome???  Is his d*** made of gold???  Helloooooo!!!!! (rough translation of one of the comments below)

Yeah, I love a good ass-kicking, when it's absolutely needed.

Saturday, March 1, 2008


What do you do when you're irritated with someone or something?  An event or circumstance... something uttered by someone you don't already like... a behavior... a revelation... sometimes, the mere tone of the voice or presence...

I've found myself wanting to hurl a coffee mug or water glass at the closest human being.  However, I always exercise restraint.

So... how do I deal when I find myself irritated at someone/something?

I take a deep breath... find something else to amuse or distract me... read... talk about it out loud with myself to objectify things... write...

Whatever... so long as the end result is a diminished level of irritation.

Distractions usually work... and I'm able to go about like normal again.

Until my goat is got.