Hello ! That handwritten signature makes it more personal, don’t you think so ? I’m going to make that my intro from now on.
Oh, gosh, I don’t even know where to start. First off, it’s Nov.21 today. Hmmmm, a significant day for me. Last night the family had dinner at our favorite Chinese – Filipino restaurant, after which we went to watch a movie ” A Very Harold and Kumar 3 D Christmas ” . As usual, it’s about the misadventures of 2 idiots, Harold ( a Chinese investment banker ) and Kumar ( a medical student Asian Indian ) . I’ve watched the other 2 H and K movies. I know not everyone appreciates the humour, but I get it and love it. Oh, in fact, I had a zombie overload this week. For the first time, a Friday with no work and school! ! I got to watch the first season of Walking Dead ( loved it ! ) and the last Harry Potter movie. Of course I didn’t just sit in the couch and did nothing but watched…. …I made my free time more productive by ironing clothes as I watched the movies. And while taking a break from all these zombies and ironing, I did the laundry. Then before I went to bed, I managed to read and finish a 200 page book , The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. ( Uhm , supposedly a book recommended for Thomas Pynchon beginners ) Thomas Pynchon received a National Book Award and he was regular contender fot Nobel Prize in Literature. Seriously, this book……….@___@….. I know I’m shallow, and all that, but not totally stupid, you know ? but, to be honest, I didn’t know what I just read. Well, it’s about the main character , a woman, who’ s investigating or trying to get proofs that Trystero, a private mail delivery company exists and is trying to dominate the world. She sees its logo everywhere, even under a bush. While investigating, she meets people who are even more weird and paranoid than her. There seems to be no resolution, the story ends, just like that, no hee, no haa . WTH ! I don’t get it. You know what, I don’t care if he’s a literary giant, I didn’t enjoy reading his book. Period. And that’s what’s important, right ? To enjoy a book ?
I just bought the last book of Eragon series, Inheritance. My sister is reading it first…. ooooh, I can’t wait to read it. It’s awesome ! Now, this is what I consider good read, LOL.
It seems my post on serenades generated a lot of interest. I wish I could add some more info about it, although one commented that it is probably of Spanish influence. I’m sure it is. The Philippines was under Spain from 1521 t0 1898, so I assume majority of its customs and traditions are Spanish in origin. The country is the odd man out in Asia, they say. 90% Catholics, with customs and traditions that are more similar to Spain and Mexico rather than its asian neighbors. Asians , for example are aloof and non- demonstrative, but in the Philippines, they hug and kiss when they greet relatives and friends. Filipinos are a boisterous lot.
So, okay the serenades…. nothing much there…. except one anecdote from Dad. When he was 17 or so, he had a friend who was crushing on this one girl ( he mentioned the name of the girl, because, later on, Dad was the one who crushed on her… but that’s another story, he he he ). Another friend suggested they serenade this girl, and so they did. But before that, they had a drinking party first, then, around 10 PM, they got around to serenade the girl. But they were so drunk the song they sang sounded horrible. And instead of the girl coming out to talk to them, it was the father and a brother who came out, and they even let the dog out. So, the guys said sorry and hastily retreated, then ran off . The dog chased them off the property. LOL Oh, another one….. one guy serenaded solo, but used a boombox instead, and played a tape recorded song. I don’t know if the girl opened the window. Ahahaha. Oh, here’s another image of serenade.
Take note of the grandpa behind her. He looks annoyed. Anyways, if the couple have mutual feelings, the girl will let the guy or guys , if it’s a group, to come into the house. Maybe they will be served hot coffee or whatever is available…. meanwhile, the family will be lurking in the shadows, listening in to the conversations , and when it’s time for them to leave, the grumpiest in the family, the grandma, will spread a sleeping mat on the living room floor. That means, she’s going to sleep, right there, and it’s time for the guys to go. And the girl of course will blush and get embarassed… Grandma ? That;s the movie on my mind.
About the girl my Dad’s friend serenaded…….. The friend gave up on her. Years later, it was Dad who crushed on her. It was also the same time Mom had met Dad. Well, suffice it to say, Mom turned out to be the evil rival…. if this was a manga story, LOL ! Wanna know the story ? Post a comment and let me know.
I wrote on the post, ” My Vehicle was Stolen” that I was cited for not stopping at a STOP sign. So, the court appearance was on Nov. 15. Dad came with me, and told me to plead NOT GUILTY. So I stood before the judge and he asked ” How do you plead? ” I said Not guilty. I was asked to take a seat again. I waited for the clerk of court to call me back, … waited for 1 1/2 hours, then she called me and said I should come back on Dec 12, present evidences why I think I’m not guilty, blah, blah…. At that point, I was already at my limit. It was a hopeless case. Everybody else just pled guilty and paid the fine. So I told her I’d change my plea to Guilty. So the judge called me again, and said ” Ms. Iglesias, you’d like to change your plea, so how do you plead,” I said “Guilty, Sir. ” ” So, the sentence is either community service or fine of $ 236.00 ” ” I’ d like to pay the fine, sir. ” So, that’s it, my court saga. Ugh. Lousy experience. I swear, Traffic court is California’s money machine. There goes 1/4 of my monthly wages.
There you go. The picture is making an L sign. I am a LOSER. LOL !
Oh, hey ! Thanksgiving Day on Thursday ! HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY ! !
Uhm, here are some random pics ….
Street at my school. I just love Fall colours !
And that’s moi going to school…. busy texting…..
And this next one… I painted this using colored pencils.
This is all for now ! ! Good day to all ! ! PEACE !