Sunday, October 28, 2007

SF 49ers vs. Saints

Monster Park.
Went to see the SF 49ers play against the Saints today. I noticed the same people in our row, probably have season tickets. That's what Pangga said. We were hoping the 49ers would win this time. We were disappointed. The Saints scored a touchdown right away in the first quarter, plowing through 73 yards with just 4 plays! OMGosh! It didn't stop there. The 49ers fans witnessed several painful moments, as the other team's score rose to 24. The starting QB for the 49ers, Alex Smith, did not perform well. I guess he hasn't fully recovered from a separated shoulder sustained weeks before. Bummer! We left at the end of the third quarter: Saints 24, 49ers 3. It was depressing to watch.

Went for a walk in downtown San Francisco before going home. Metreon park, beautiful and refreshing behind the waterfalls. Quick kiss and smiles. We felt much better after. hehehe. Bought food in Jollibee. It's like McDonald's but it's a Filipino-owned food chain. Love pancit palabok and buko pina pie!

When we reached home, looked up the final score. Apparently, 49ers got a touchdown. Hurray! At least they scored again!

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Ah! I love getting flowers from my Pangga. Can't stop smiling and a few lines from a sonnet came to mind.

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light."

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning-

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

San Francisco Fleet week

It's been awhile since I've written here. Got caught up writing in Helium. It's addictive there too. But this is the place were I post my photos. So, here I am. Fleet week in San Francisco was last October 4 to 9. We joined in the festivities to see the Blue Angels fly, of course!

It was my first time to watch them fly, that's why I was very excited! We got a nice view right at the edge of pier 39. I knew that some residents didn't look forward to having the Blue Angels fly, saying that its very noisy and that accidents could happen. We didn't belong to this group but we were glad no mishap occurred.

After taking so many photos, I told my man just to savor the experience. We kept holding our breath as the Angels did amazing formations! We all clapped in glee, adults and children alike.

It was very crowded that day (Oct 6) and people were determined to get a good view, some stationed themselves at the hotel roof. I couldn't resist taking a picture of them. hehehe.

It was a very enjoyable day with my Pangga.

The next day we went to Monster park to watch the football game: 49ers vs. Ravens. We thought the Blue Angels would fly over the ball field like they did years back. Well, they didn't but two huge helicopters did. It was still awesome after the fireworks display, before the game started.

The final score was: Ravens 9, 49ers 7. I believe that 49ers had an opportunity to win that game but they just didn't come through. Anyways, we still had a lot of fun!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

yellow and orange hues...

my love has for me a surprise
wrapped in transparency,
nestled in green and white
tied in pink and and violet ribbons:
one perfect red rose
petals of yellow and orange hues.

I love my surprise!

NFL Football : Monster Park

My man and I went to Monster Park last Sept.30 to watch an NFL football game : San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks. We knew that the Seahawks is a good team but we didn't expect a very disappointing 23 - 3, in favor of the Seahawks. We still had so much fun cheering at the top of our voices when a successful play induced it , watching a Latina dance during halftime , observing a lot of "crazies" (hehehe) and enjoying the nachos. A year ago ,I would never have imagined that I will understand and enjoy football. I enjoy different sports such as playing volleyball, watch boxing ( Manny Pacquiao..YEAH!!) and basketball. Now, football has been added to my list and I can hardly wait to see another game!


It's been awhile since I've put my thoughts into writing and it finally overflowed today. I've finally reached my limit of just staring into space , crying my eyes out and/or ride out my depressing imaginations in dizzying speed.

I allowed a recent failure to immerse me in bouts of depression. I didn't want to drown so I struggled upward with the determination to leave the "feeling-sorry -for-myself" routine. I'm aware that I have a penchant for melodrama but there is a part of me that doesn't want to put up with it anymore. I'm not saying I am safely in the beach yet but I'm treading towards it.

It is a continuous struggle but when I stop to think about it, I'm not that unfortunate. I have still full use of my physical self. What of those physically challenged: without eyesight to appreciate the beauty of the world; without arms or legs? What about those who have no home, no family, no food? When I think of these,it helps me realize that what they are experiencing right now is much worse.

I'm fortunate because I have love and support from my partner Eric and from people who care for me and for that, I am very thankful.

San Francisco jaunts

Golden Gate Bridge

A suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. It connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County as part of US Highway 101 and California State Highway 1. It was completed in 1937.

Pier 39
jan 28


Palace of Fine Arts

Golden gate Park

Japanese Tea Garden

by Daniel Schwen

Jack London Square, Oakland

Champaign-Urbana, ILLINOIS to Laredo, San Antonio and Curpos Christi, Texas

Eric's sisters: Julie and Deni

Pangga and I went to Illinois ( March 29- April 2) in order to attend Jim's funeral service (his elder brother died). A very sad occasion, another story. His sister Deni, had to fly to Illinois from Palo Alto and Jim's kids: Daphne and Stevie Ray were flying from Austin, Texas. Tara (who's pregnant), Jim's oldest child is living in Champaign with her husband Will. They said it's a bit sad to have a family reunion because of a dear one's passing, but they were still happy to see each other.

It has been a long time since Pangga went home. We stayed at Julie's (his older sister) and met the rest of the family. They were so nice and friendly, I'm glad I went with him. I admit I was nervous at first but they made me feel so welcome. I enjoyed touring around Eric's old neighborhood while he recounted his jaunts and mischiefs, hehehe. His sisters couldn't resist showing me his baby photos and were so nice to have it scanned for me, for copies. I would love to go back someday and not because of a sad time, but just to visit and enjoy.

Eric's family in Champaign

L-R: Stevie Ray, Deni, Eric, his mom, Julie, and Jim (poster)
Please click photo to enlarge.

L-R: Mallory (Julie's daughter), Julie, Tara, Daphne, Brooke (Julie's daughter) and me

L-R: Brooke, me and Mallory at their home

Pangga at sister Julie's home

Mike (Julie's husband), Eric's dad "Wick" and Eric

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Began in 1867, chartered as the Illinois Industrial University. Renamed the University of Illinois in 1885, it is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862.

The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana (total population 180,000) in east-central Illinois. Situated about 140 miles south of Chicago and 125 miles west of Indianapolis.

Produced nobel laureates and pulitzer prize winners and a member of the BIG TEN in the MidWest.

My man (it was drizzling)

Pangga's apartment when he was in college.

pink magnolias in the campus.

At his dad's place in Philo. Their fishpond was featured in a local calendar for the month of March. The beautiful irises are in full bloom during summer.

Eric's dad,"Wick" with his 1974 model- Corvette

Their dog Sorok, a Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound) Sorok is Russian for woodchuck.


Time to go to Texas and show up because my employer (Laredo Medical Center) wanted me to start working already. It was my first time flying interstate, on my own. I cried hard when I left. It was a difficult time to be separated from my love.

I had two stopovers: Las Vegas and Dallas, Forthworth before finally landing in Laredo. The stopover at Las Vegas was brief but I got to play the slot machines at the lounge for up to $5, hehehe. Rochelle, my housemate would meet me at Laredo airport. I wasn't afraid to fly alone because I'm used to traveling but I was still on guard and anxious. I was careful not to lose my permanent resident ID and my airline tickets.

Laredo is a very small city with a huge land area. It was hotter than the Philippines most of the time, one naive enough couldn't believe he/she is in the U.S. The Mexican border was just blocks away. I never got to go to Mexico like Rochelle, but I've seen the border.

There was a Filipino community of nurses there which helped alleviate the homesickness a bit. But I was missing my man. I never learned to like the place much but I think I matured more for the experience.

Semper (one of my closest friends) and her husband Alex, finally arrived in Laredo. We had the same employer- petitioner. This was on our mini- reunion with our nursing schoolmate, Jane, her husband, Ate Ann and family, Cathy and family.

Laredo Medical Center

Laredo and Mexico Border



(L-R)Rochelle,me,Geraldine,Cathy,Kuya Andy

UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures
is San Antonio's cultural experience museum, dedicated to enhancing the understanding of cultural history and its influence upon the people of Texas.

"here be dragons"

inside a jacal hut

Studebaker wagon

I went to Corpus Christi with my friends, Rochelle and Alex last July 15 of this year. This is the USS Lexington, WW II aircraft carrier. You can check it out :

After that we went to the Texas State Aquarium to watch the dolphins. I loved going there. There website is