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Saturday Musings

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I bought a security camera for our house.  Just one camera . I’ll add more later. It’s not cheap. ( $200 ) . It’s wireless,  130 degree angle, HD , night vision, illuminates up to 25 ft., audio, ( speaker and microphone) , and there’s a built – in siren

 

So, why did I buy a security camera?   Most of you have read my 2 previous posts.   This week,  my car’s window had been smashed,  and my dad’s  had been egged.  We have no proof who the culprit is, that’s why I   can’t file a Restraining Order against  my ex.  At least, the culprit didn’t key my car.  Thank goodness for small mercies.  Even though my car is 10 years old (  a 2008 BMW , my mother’s originally ) it’s in mint condition. It’s so clean it sparkles. lol  Just kidding.

 

Oh, yeah, I went hiking  last week with my co-workers.  Photo taken in Auburn, California. That’s yours truly in the photo.

 

 

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My mother and I are planning to visit Japan in Oct. 2019.   Well, when we went on European tour  years ago, we bought our tickets and tour package  9 months earlier.   I wonder why our 30-day packaged Euro tour is so much cheaper than the 10 -day Japanese tour, though.  I mean, almost the same price ! !  Is Japan really that expensive ? Anyways,  I’m already excited to see Akihabara  shopping district , the center of Japan’s manga/anime/otaku culture.

 

This is all for now.  I hope this will be the last post re that troublesome   person. No news is good news, right ?

 

And please check out my manga/anime/video games blogsite @ https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/           I have a new post….. an original Netflix anime, BLAME!

 

Thank you for reading and peace !

 

My Sunday ramblings

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Nothing to see here, folks. Move along…….. * just kidding *

 

To be honest,  today, I’m just winging it.  Let’s  see where this post goes.

 

I’ve been reading blogs from The Reader , and that means I cannot read those that get posted from 11 PM to 6 AM, (  sleeping time ) and from 12 PM to 9: 30 PM ( I’m at work ) . Also, I’ve been busy   doing  some yard work in the morning, and that means, I  don’t get to read any blog , at all.   Yardwork and gardening  are no laughing matter in my book. Remember these photos  that I posted 2 years ago ?

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The amount of yardwork  isn’t as bad  this year  .  Our lawn was rehabilitated after California’s 4 year drought ( back then,  our water use was monitored …. our front yard lawn was brown but not dead, but at the backyard, the lawn was completely dry, except the weeds that grew vigorously with little rain, completely overpowering the lawn ) , but there are still a staggering  amount of weeds to manually pluck out this spring.  Anyway, the photos above speak for itself.  I’m not exaggerating this time, folks…….. as I wont to do.  Ha ha ! * sweats *

 

We just gave a goodbye pot luck party for a co-worker  who’s moving  to another state.  I brought  baked macaroni. My co-workers were a bit disappointed that it wasn’t an ” ethnic”  food.  I told them it was a Filipino style baked macaroni, and they were like, ” Yay, Filipino style ! ”  o_O   They loved my macaroni dish . It was cleaned out in one go, and those that came in late didn’t get to taste it.  Some of them asked for the recipe.  I usually  balk at giving  away  ” original ” recipes ( my mother’s ) .  My mother had a successful catering business in the Philippines, and you know, one should not ask  the caterer for the recipe of the dish that one likes, for obvious reasons.  In fact, a former co-worker ordered  from me  4 kinds of food for her Christmas party (  she’s Muslim, by the way ) …….. baked macaroni, spring rolls, potato salad  ( she got to taste test my salad, and loved it ) and turrones  (  wrapped fried banana with jackfruit ). Just a favor given, guys, ( with mini monetary compensation for my efforts, a few dollars and some change ). This isn’t a business.

 

Back to my co-workers……………… I do plan to give them the recipe, if they ask for it again. It seems they have forgotten about it, he he.  Anyways, how is my recipe different from  other baked macaronis ?  Well, I add fish sauce ( Filipinos call patis )  and soy  sauce,. Fish sauce is a South East Asian favorite condiment.  It’s a basic ingredient in their dishes , particularly Thai , Indonesian, Malaysian and Filipino  dishes.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans use fish sauce in their dishes.  It’s really a Southeast Asian thing.

 

I’d like to end my post at this point ( it’s almost 500 words now ),  But I feel I need to say something. Political, I’m afraid.   ( ~ .~ )  I try not to pay attention to news  re  Trump and Liars , Inc. It was hard at first, but I’m getting better  at it.  Nowadays,  I  just wait for Trump and Liars, Inc. to implode, then start from scratch when this nightmare is over.  I call this a Susan Sarandon syndrome.  ( He”s not going to be impeached, but who knows . The alternative is worse, in my opinion. VP Pence ?  He talks to God, and more importantly, God talks to him. But I don’t know  what kind of God he talks to .. not a compassionate and moral  God, that’s for sure…….. maybe a gun- toting God who kicks beggars off the streets, and , definitely not Jesus ) I’m sorry for my harsh words.

 

This is all for now.  Thanks for reading, and Peace ! !  \(^w^)/

 

Check out my manga/anime/video games blogsite @  https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/

 

Bye ! ! !

 

 

 

Musings

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My parents just sent out  the last mortgage payment on our house this week.  They’re  ecstatic. They now truly own the house, and there will be extra cash in their bank account  from now on.  However, there’s still another house they’re paying for, but no problem…. it’s being rented out  and therefore, it’s paying for itself.

 

I had an enlightening conversation with a co-worker from Afghanistan.  He said he had a hard time finding a job here in the US ( he used to work as an airplane mechanic at a US air base in Afghanistan ). He felt  that because he was a Muslim he was always viewed  as  potential terrorist.  He also joked about him coming from a  sh*thole country.  I blurted out , ”  Me, too ! ”  Then, I suddenly had a mental image of the city where I was born.  Hmmm,  is it really a sh*thole, or just a sh*thouse ?

 

Here’ s a video of  the capital city of  Manila, Philippines .  It doesn’t really look like a sh*thole , does it ?  But then, that’s just my humble opinion.

 

 

And why did HE build a Trump Tower in Manila , and plan to build another one at Clark City, Angeles, Pampanga,  about 4 hours from the metropolis , if he now thinks immigrants from terrorist countries, like the Philippines  are ” animals” ?  Yep, he did mention  the Philippines as one of the   terrorist countries.  Ha Ha Ha !   Who gave him that idiotic,  ridiculous  information ?

 

Below is the Trump Tower in Manila ( the one on the right )

 

 

About Clark City….. it used to be US’s Clark Air Force Base.  It was on lease from the Philippine government  for 99 years, the largest US base /territory outside of the US. When Mt. Pinatubo erupted, the whole base was covered with ash, and since the US was then downsizing all its  military bases outside the US,  the US government  decided to just  bail ,  without renewing the lease which was about to expire , instead of spending billions of dollars to clean up the base .  Now that the Philippine government  has started the conversion of the base to  a  modern, futuristic, green, city ,  we were all surprised to learn  that piece of US property was about 1/2 the size of Metro-Manila. They will also build an international airport to relieve the one in Manila which is already bursting at the seams.  In fact, there’s already an existing excellent international airport at Clark….. it was a US  airforce base, for Pete’s sake. The runway is so long and so well-made that it is actually an alternative landing runway for a space shuttle.

 

Now, for a bit of fun…..

 

There’s a town in Angeles near Clark  base named Sexmoan, I kid you not. Well, you know, where there are US soldiers  =  Red light district, strip bars, etc. You know what I mean.  But, that’s been its name for hundreds of years, Spanish colonial era, and it’s pronounced  Ses-mo-wan.  I’m guessing the origin is from Bilbao, Spain. When I was in Bilbao, I saw a lot of letter X in signboards over there.  ( Here I go again, I’m making theories,  he he he , but it makes sense, yeah ? Besides, the Philippines favorite chorizo/sausage is Chorizo de Bilbao…so,  there you go. ) ~_~

 

Okay, this is it for now.

 

Please check out my manga /anime/ video games blogsite  @ https://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/     I have a new entry, RWBY, Penultimate Episode, Chapter 13.

 

Bye ! Thanks for reading. Peace.

 

 

Chopsuey

Hi !  Renxkyoko Iglesias here , hello !  * waves *

 

I’m calling this post chopsuey because I have nothing specific in mind…… just a mixed bag of  stuff  that’s on my mind at the moment. So , here goes….

 

I went to a 99 cents store to buy kitchen rags and sponges and my favorite scented soap, Palmolive. Of course, we inevitably get to buy other things that do not have to be expensive, such as seasonal Holloween decorations. Then, I saw this……..

 

It is  furniture polish wipes,  but its Warning  states ” Do not use on furniture “, or as personal hygiene , such as  “baby wipes.” Made in China.  I hurriedly left the store. Goshdarnit.  I’m assuming some people over there use this as baby wipes, hence , the warning.

 

The dairy plant where I work is huge. Employees have to drive through 3 gates ( using a remote control ) with road spikes to stop illegal entry. We do allow a few visitors to get in, like the one I encountered at the parking lot.  Please watch video down below ( I’ve done everything to post this video  on its proper place, but it seems it always goes down below. The old WordPress features were easier  to work with. I don’t even have a Preview now. So , yeah, I just   gave up fixing this. )  Anyway, the video shows a light brown fox  near where I parked my car.

 

I finally met a person (  a co-worker ) who thinks he had been abducted by aliens. He acts normal, though….. just don’t let him talk about his alien abduction experience.

 

I’ve been watching on You Tube anything on North Korea for over a year now. To me, the worst thing that these dictators’ family has done is to make zombies and robots out of  their people . Zombies are the undead. They may look human, but they don’t act like one. And the children …..  The way the children smile and act is uniform and robotic. . They look so creepy.  So, Ren, what exactly is your point in saying all these  ?  I won’t tell because you’ll hate me if I do.

 

There is a North Korean video of New York City in nuclear ruins , with the song ” We Are the World ” playing in the backround,….. and North Korean audience applauding gleefully as they watch the video.

” Ah, I love the smell of napalm in the morning. ”

 

And with this, I say, adieu, sweet dreams, and peace and goodwill to all men.

 

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Filipino Cuisine atbp.

Hello !  Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

 

Ah, Philippine  cuisine  !  Where do I even begin ?  Last week,  a friend of mine  ” ordered ”  lumpia  (  meat eggrolls ) from yours truly, good for 20 people.  She’s  Guatemalan.  The truth is,  friends and co-workers have been ordering  trays of food from me for several years now, including 2 Persian friends whom I have been cooking for, for  their Thanksgiving, and believe it or not , Christmas parties.  The Persians  usually order  fried , vegetable rolls, beef stew ( caldereta ) ,  chicken adobo, leche flan ( egg custard ) and  a few desserts and salads.   It’s my underground business, but I don’t think  the government will be interested  in taxing  my  $ 75 earnings.  I do it as a favor. In fact, I don’t want to do this anymore. It’s labor intensive,  And if it’s just one tray of dish,  forget it.  I mean, after deductions, I get  what, a $ 5 profit ?     I    loath myself  when that happens.

 

Oh, wait, before anything else , here’s a video that I hope you can watch. I find it funny because I noticed it too when I was in the Philippines.  Just 3 minutes, folks, so please click, and be educated.

 

 

Compress ! !  I often heard that word in the Philippines. Ha ha ha !

Anyway, this is not what this post is all about. It’s Filipino cuisine.  Again, where do I begin ?

 

To start off……. I’ve been wondering why there are so few  Filipino restaurants  here in the US.  Filipinos are the second largest immigrant minority group in California,( after the Mexicans,)  and the third largest in the US, so where are the restaurants ?  My mother and I  have been discussing  the possible reasons and have come up with 1 million reasons for this anomaly.

a)  Filipinos who come to the US are not risk takers.  They do not come here to the US to open restaurants, in the first place.  I can say with almost 99 % certainty that Filipinos who come here are mostly professionals and college educated……. doctors, nurses, engineers, accountants, healthcare professionals, chemists,  etc.  Filipinos do not consider being  a ” chef ” as a career or a profession. Besides that, even with considerable savings at their disposal, Filipinos do not like to lose it all  on a venture that has a short lifespan,  5 years at most , if you’re lucky.  It’s preferable to toil away at a safe 9 to 5 job for a house, 2 cars, the kids’ education,  maybe for some rest and recreation in Rome and Paris , and a lifetime pension where they can spend the rest of their lives  smelling  roses ………….instead of worrying  about their restaurants  going under,  for  the rest  of their lives.  Filipinos are what my mother calls ” segurista ” ,meaning a person who makes sure things happen according to plan………… which is, oddly enough, the complete opposite of  the more common trait of Filipinos, the ” bahala na ” attitude, which means, whatever, come what may, if it will happen, it will happen.  (  this comes from Filipinos ‘ response to numerous  yearly natural disasters….. volcanic eruptions, eathquakes,  off- the- chart typhoons, floodings, dictators, colonizers, (  Spain and US ) you name it, Filipinos get it.   It’s fatalistic, but at the same time, having a positive attitude. Filipinos do not mope ! I guess Filipinos accept events that they cannot control….. but segurista for things they can .

 

Where was I ?  Oh, yeah, Filipino food…..

 

b)    Filipino food sucks.   Not true, not true at all.  Filipino food can be a bit funky,  but  oh, so flavorful and savory , umami ! !  The taste is bold and  audacious.  Example :  Chocolate soup, or blood soup.  I mean, who will order that in a restaurant, besides Filipinos ?  Filipinos eat that with  gusto, with, of course, rice or , believe it or not, bread . They dunk the bread in the soup, folks.  Oh, do I hear , Eeeeeew !   My breakfast in England for 3 days included  blood sausage,  and in Spain,  morcilla  .  In Romania, they also have blood soup, just like in the Philippines which  Bizzare Foods show’s Andrew Zimmern duly noted. Oh, wait,  they eat  blood in Romania ?  Just kidding.  Thumbs up to you, Romanians.

 

c)    Filipinos prefer to cook at home, and family home-style cooking.   Why will they go to a restaurant to eat food they  cook at home , everyday, and swearing, their moms cook it better, anyways ? They prefer to eat something different.  Don’t get me wrong…. Filipinos love dining out…. in fact , in the Philippines, restaurants are always full,  diners wait to get seated, or  they just make reservations ( 2 weeks at Vikings ) if they don’t want to wait.. Food courts are everywhere,  not to mention, the ubiquitous  street food , and numerous ” carinderias “. ( Carinderias are low – tiered eateries , usually located  at  low- income areas , schools and universities,  where customers point at the food they want to eat. They also call them ” turo – turo“……… turo means point, so it’s point-point . ( Have I mentioned Filipinos like to repeat words ? ) Unfortunately,  most Filipino restaurants here in the US are turo-turo style, with food Filipinos cook at home,  and  to be honest,  they don’t look appetizing , especially to non – Filipinos.  Blood soup, anyone ?  What in the world , is that mud-looking dish ?

 

Below is a carinderia in the Philippines. Not much to look at, but the food is soooooooo delicious ( and cheap !!!!!!! )

 

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842 words…… time to sign off, and to be continued …… 9, 997 reasons to go.

And please check out my anime/manga/video games blogsite @ http://2megaworthitwordpresscomblog.wordpress.com/    I have new entry, a review of RWBY, an anime created by an American developer, Rooster Teeth.  Yay, homegrown.

 

Thanks for reading. Peace.

 

 

 

 

Answer to puzzle and other stuff

Hello ! Renxkyoko  Iglesias  here .

Something’s wrong with me.  It’s just 3  days since my last post, and before that, 2 days.  And here I am again !

 

The reason I’m posting again is ….. well, I want to give the  answer to the puzzle  that I posted  last time.  I don’t want to keep some people hanging. Heh.  ^^

So, anyway, here’s  the answer.  Where’s the iPhone ?

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It took a lot of time to draw it, y’know.  My masterpiece.  Check out the original photo.  It’s easy to see coz it’s waving at you.

Cheryl  Wright  has sent me a set of questions ( Liebster Award ) and I’ve decided to answer them here. Thanks, Cheryl !

What inspired the name of your blog ?

Renxkyoko’s  Space…… Ren and Kyoko are the names of the main protagonists of what used to be my favorite manga, Skip Beat.

How long does it usually take you to write a blog post ?

Depends…….  if there are photos, it takes a few hours. Otherwise, 2 to 3 hours, with long breaks in between.

Can you write anytime or do you need to be in the mood.

I need to be in the mood.

What Social Media platforms do you use to promote your blog post ?

Just one……. WordPress

What punctuation mark best describes you ?

[  ………  ]   dot, dot, dot, dot

Do you have more than one blog ?  List below.

YES ! ! My manga/anime/video games blog,  HERE   ! !

Do you see the glass half full or half empty ?

Half – full

If there were no Internet, would you still be writing ?

No,  I’d be reading instead…… not just manga….. you’d be surprised at what books I read. I’m a freakin’ walking encyclopedia, so much so that I can give correct Jeopardy  answers  90% of the time.  ( I’m bad at questions about old, old American TV shows. I don’t even watch the current ones. )  I read books on Archaelogy,  History, and currently reading Calculus for Idiots.

When was the last time you wrote a handwritten letter ?

Last Christmas, I sent out  real Christmas cards to relatives and friends, with short handwritten notes.

Have you ever met in person a blogger that you are following ?

Uhm……..   When I was on vacation in the Philippines in 2010,  I wanted to meet this Filipino blogger……… he declined.   It was clear I was totally rejected,  ~_~  .     Oh, well, his loss.  T.T

Okay , this is all for now.   And check out my  manga/anime blog HERE.

 

 

 

 

Amusing Musings

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Hi there !

Okay, I’m sure you’ve heard  of  this Miss Universe fiasco already.  I’m surprised  the media had taken notice of this  inane and anachronistic  event  * sings and dances *  I feel pretty , oh so pretty, I feel pretty, and witty and gay,  And I pity any  girl who isn’t me today, lalala….,  but  hey,  we do need to lighten up, right ? Well, I have to be honest and say it got me interested , too, because,  *  cough , cough * the new Ms.U  is from the Philippines.  Not that it’s such an earth- shaking event  to me, or to the Philippines,  for that matter. After all,   she’s  now the Philippines’ 4th Ms. Universe.  The Philippines has been winning  at most of  these international beauty pageants, big and small… in fact, some  complain that  it seems   Ms. Phil is automatically included in top 10, top 5 , or the runner -up.

So what exactly was the brouhaha all about ?  The host, Steve Harvey announced the wrong  girl, Ms. Columbia. They handed her the bouquet of flowers, placed the crown on her head, she started waving, then Boom !  You ain’t the winner, Ms.  It’s Ms. Philippines.  Wait, what, waaaaaaa !   Yikes !  Stupid host…..

You’d think the Phiippines would  feel  pretty blasé about this  kind of thing already, right ? .  Well……. no, not really . I’m sure they’re jumping for joy.   Filipinos love beauty pageants. There’s this Miss Barrio San Jose,  Ms.  Del Monte Street,  Ms. Boracay, Ms. Manila…. yep, there’s a Miss for every freakin’ occasion and place.  Oh, there’s a Miss  Gay Philippines, too.  Do you know  the Philippines is among the top 10 most accepting, gay -friendly countries  in the world ?  # 9, but would rank higher  if the strict Catholic country would allow same- sex marriage.” Oh, you’re gay ?  Let’s open a beauty parlor.  ”  Aunty,  not all gays go into beauty business.  I’m in college and majoring in Computer Science. Perish that stereo type. ”  This dialogue really happened.

So, where was I…….

By the way,  the very first Miss Philippines was my mother’s aunt.

I also need to mention my new Manga/Anime blogsite  Here.

This is also one of those posts that I wish I hadn’t written, ha ha…. Better get this published pronto before I change my mind.

This is all for now.  Happy Holidays to you all, and Merry Christmas.