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My First Musings in 2017

 

 

Renxkyoko Iglesias here…  Hello, 2017 !

 

I’ve been very busy these past 2 months, so pardon me for being AWOL  from  your blogs.  As you know,  I work at a dairy company,  and  the demands for our products  this past holiday had kept me insanely busy.  We have our own brand, of course, but for your information,  we also produce  for at least 50 other companies, different labels, from just one dairy manufacturer, and that’s us.  Delivery trucks from Wal-Mart (  we make their Great Value dairy products, their house brand ) , McDonald’s, Target, and so many others  came  at least twice a day during the holidays. My eyes were kept glued to the microscope , checking out for microbes from samples every 15 minutes ….. with engineers  breathing down my neck,  to hurry it up. ( production is stopped while I check for microbes ) The heck ! The pressure was so exhausting. There is  a constant struggle between production people and the Quality Control staff.

 

Of course,that’s not the only reason why I haven’t been reading blogs. My brother ‘s  X’mas gifts to me are   a PS4  and 4 video games…. Ratchet and Clank, Bloodbourne, Doom, and  Batman.

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The gamer in me has been  resurrected, so instead of reading blogs, I spend my free time playing nowadays.

“ponders”

 

You know,  I watch how other gamers play on You Tube……  their style is chaos and mayhem, they charge forward and shoot, shoot, shoot….. it’s awesome .Mine is quite different, it’s boring, actually.  My style is stealth.  I check out  the area, look for  a place where I can take cover, check out my weapon and ammo inventory, strategize,  then, slowly but surely, take down  the enemies one by one .   I wonder,  does the way I play  reveal something about my own personal character ?  I mean, I’m a sniper, but  , I don’t really like snipers. (  in movies, they are usually the bad guys, that’s why )

 

Also, I promised I’d post a pic of our Christmas food.

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Pancit Malabon  (  noodles ),  Paella ( rice with mussels, chrimp, chicken, pork ),  pork barbecue,  roasted pork,  fried chicken, ham, stir fried vegetables, sweets, cakes, etc. (  cassava cake, fruit cake,  almond jello /lychees , rice cake, red velvet cake,  and desserts/cakes  from our favorite Filipino bakery, like ….

Ensaimada ( sweet bread with cheese on top )

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Pichi-pichi  ( steamed cassava with grated fresh coconut )

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Ube Roll (purple yam cake )

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Cuchinta (  steamed rice ?  I don’t know why it’s orange in color ….. that is so yummy !)

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Mocha cake with coffee butter icing (  what’s with Filipinos and mocha cakes ? he he  )

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And  now for the best part….Tadaaaa !   My Christmas haul from the family … ( besides the PS4 from brother )

From my mother, a Marc Jacobs watch

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From my sister, Sperry sneakers and Michael Kors handbag

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From my cousin, a Hillfigger handbag and assorted make-ups

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Ahhhhh, how juvenile of me…. showing  off my gifts.  Ha ha ha !

 

So, what else …… okay, I got a good job in 2016…. thank you….. otherwise , 2016 to me, is such a disastrous year  , what  with Trump’s election as President of the United States of America .    My good friend blogger @Cassie  (  Hi, Cassie ! !  ) says some of her friends feel suicidal  with Trump’s election…..  And I thought no way a person could feel suicidal about Trump being President…. then ,  I realize  I feel that way , too. Don’t get me wrong….. this is just a  a figure of speech….. but my feelings are definitely visceral, and the thought of him and his wife living at the White House, and Trump taking charge of  the US ‘s  national security , and being the Chief of the Armed Forces make my  stomach churn.  America, what have you done ?

 

This is all for now….sheesh.  Anyways,  may 2017 be an interesting year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GEEKY ME

Hello ………Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

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It’s been awhile, huh.

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I feel so bad for not posting  (  45 days AWOL ) that I’m almost embarassed to show my face on WordPress .

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Well, I’d  been busy. I worked full time all thru the holiday and semestral vacation.  However, I spent my free time playing video games and reading mangas. There are over 10,000 mangas to read online, and I read them alphabetically. I’m now on letter K.  And my frantic reading does not even include this ( photo below ) …. hundreds of volumes we own that I haven’t even read yet.DSCN2275

I also bought 3 video games.  God of War Ascension ( the prequel to the GOW trilogy ), Skyrim, and The Walking Dead.  I had already played GOW trilogy , on HARD MODE.  But , oh, gosh, GOW Ascension was insanely difficult. It took me weeks to finish this game, no kidding.  At first , I played it on Hard Mode. I was already halfway through when I gave up and switched to Normal, and started a new game . It didn’t help that the game had a glitch.

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So, anyway, my brother came home from LA  one weekend, and watched me play the Final Boss battle.  “ So, Ren, how many hours have you been playing that part ? ” [………]  ” Uhm, since Thursday? ”  O_O?       Okay,  I let him play, and , it took him just 10 minutes to win the battle. WTF !

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Ha !  That was my game, and I wasn’t going to give up  and disappoint Kratos ! Kratos, fight-o ! !

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So, I replayed the Final Battle  , and , at last, I did it ! ! I won ! !

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For every battle won, the player is given  a trophy.  I did receive one for this final battle …….  A trophy  for having my ass kicked a hundred  times. How rude.

Anyway, if you want to see where I had my  butt handed to me over and over, click this.

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If you clicked it and watched, you’d think it was freakin’ easy.  But as I said, the game had a glitch. In a battle, I couldn’t get out of situations, like getting strangled  or turned into stone, and I couldn’t use my other “powers” fast enough.  I was like, ” get out, get out ! Oh, shoot ! Why isn’t this workingggggg ! ! ! ” I  went to the GOW forum to see if other players had the same problem. Sure enough, they had. Some were able to return the game at Best Buy ( they know about the glitches), but I bought mine at WalMart. lol.  And the posters over at the forum were sarcastic.. Questions like  “what should I do ” got a response of ” Spit in your hand and  lick it.”  Freakin’ rude. It wasn’t as if I was a lame player. I did play the other GOW games on Hard Mode, and this one wasn’t even the hardest. ( so they say… GOW 2 was )

So, I’m a geek.  But, don’t look down on me. Geeks are chic, too. We rock !

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.* turns off Geek button *

I’m at school now. I’m taking  Physical Chem., BioChem., Reproductive Biology, Cancer Biology, and Forensics Biology. Forensics Biology is sooo interesting. I don’t know if I heard it right, but our professor told us we were lucky to study this course this semester. This is offered only to students taking masters degree in Criminal Justice. And guess what, there are only 8 students, all Microbiology majors, like me. Do yuo know that the head of CSI ( original ) TV show is supposed  to be a Microbiologist ? I took Criminal Justice last year. The two courses tie up very well.  I wish I could have Forensics as my Minor…  My Minor is automatically Chemistry.  Not bad, but Forensics is more interesting, don’t you think so? Reproductive Biology is interesting, too. I don’t know if you’ve heard of “The Death of the Frenchman ?”  It’s interesting to see that my male classmates are the ones either looking down or blushing.  C’mon, guys. He he he.  As if.  I guess they’re not used to hear something so  straightforward about their stuff from a woman.

Hey, I already have this stuck in my car. Is it too early? That’s a $ 25 sticker. lol.

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This is all for now. Oh, wait, this is the LOVE Month !

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.Oh, well.

Good day to all . PEACE ! !

Musing on girls confessing, and other stuff

 

Renxkyoko Iglesias musing here………

…….. Second week of school. So far so good. Epidiomology looks like an an interesting study that I can share here.  We’re now studying about STDs, syphyllis, and gonorrheas.  Cool. (^__^)

…… My mom is like me. We’re both techie challenged, but she’s worse.  Dad gave her a nice cell phone, but she has never used the text feature. She doesn’t know how.  I think mom would be comfortable with this kind of cell phone.

………… Ah, Dreamsending….. it’s okay to be turned down. Haven’t we been talking about “No guts, no glory?” Ahahaha !  Dreamsending and I are both manga ( Japanese comics ) readers, and,  from our manga reading, we’ve learned so much about Japanese culture.  My name  Renxkyoko comes from my favorite romance ( shojo) manga  Skip Beat where the main characters are Ren and Kyoko. (^_^)”  Anyways,  correct me if I’m wrong,  but it seems it’s okay for a Japanese girl to confess  her  love for a guy. In fact, on Valentine’s Day,  the girls are the ones who give chocolates to guys they like . And, 30 days after,  they call it White Day, well, that’;s the day of reckoning……the girls find out if they are liked back.  Read from right to left.

 Oh, yeah, it definitely would be a blow to a girl’s ego and pride to be rejected.  ( tears )  Still,  no guts, no glory, yes?  On to the next one, until we girls hit the jackpot. LOL  Well, at least we get to choose . Now, question…… have I ever confessed to a guy ?   (@___@)  * sweat *  Ehrm,   didn’t  know the guy had a GF, waaaaahahaha.  

 

 Oh, well, ( flicks hair), better luck next time. \(^_^)/

Oh, finally. Finally ! I’m done with God of War 3. Whew! Awesome game !  I’m supposed to be play it on Hard Mode now ( I played it on Normal ), but I decided to play another one, Unchartered 2.  Aaaargh.  It’s stealth and aiming and shooting and I ‘m really bad at aiming, but I swear I’m gonna finish this even if it takes me months and months.

Here’s where I ‘m at  at the moment….. I love the game.

This is all for now. Be good, be happy. Peace !!!!

 

 

 

Vacation over, back to saltmines

Back to the saltmines!

First day of school…………. I’m majoring in Molecular Microbiology, and the courses I’m  taking this semester are Chemistry ( my third  Chem., which is Inorganic Chem. ) Histology, Genetics, and Music ( which is actually Intensive Writing, my last non- Science course ). I really don’t know if I can squeeze in my part – time job this semester. My classes start at 10 AM and ends at 6:15 PM, with at least 3 to 4 hours of break in between.  Why can’t the university offer more science classes ? I’m supposed to graduate this year, but there were at least 2 semesters when I couldn’;t get the courses that I needed, and these courses were pre-requisite courses, that is, I have to take these courses before I can proceed to the next level. What’s worse, some of the courses are offered every other semester. And that means, if I missed one, I have to wait one year before I could take it. And that means, it would further delay my graduation. And that means, it would take a few more years before I could get a real job. And that means, I’ll be broke ’til then. ( =_=) My parents promised they’d take care of everything, my daily expenses, etc. and not to worry anymore. But, I really can’t ask for every little thing, like cosmetics, ( ^__^),  that cute shirt, and most importantly, lunch money. I can’t skip lunch coz I get dizzy and have terrible migraines when I’m hungry.

My brother just got assigned to work in San Francisco and he starts on Feb. 1. He’s now frantically looking for a place to live, one that is inexpensive and close to the jobsite.  San Francisco is one of the most expensive places to live in the whole of USA.  A  relative  pays $1,700 a month for a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco.  My brother is a Mechanical Engineer who graduated with honors (  I never saw him study when he was a student, but still got straight A’s ), and has a high-paying job, but he says his salary’s not enough to live comfortably in Frisco. For him, $9,000 a month is not enough. Aargh.  Some people are happy to get half of that.  

About my video game playing time…. ouch !  I didn’t get to finish God of War 3 this weekend.  But, I’m happy that my friend, Phio-chan, has started playing Persona 3 . I’ve been nagging her to play this game since forever.   I played that game for 600 hours ! LOL  I so loved that game  I actually crushed on the main character. Hahaha

Ahh, what else can I say? First  week of school! I wonder what’s in store for me.  Some girls are recruiting me to join a sorority. I don’t know. I asked my mother if  it was okay. Mom was a sorority girl in college, too. Anyways, she says it depends on the rules of the game. She doesn’t know how things are here in the US. Back in the Philippines, she says, it was a master- slave situation, and there were ” physical ” tests. One time , she had to eat a handful of these little chilies that were at one time, the hottest chili on Guiness Book of  Records. Mom said she almost passed out. The ” masters” also had a candle melt on her back.  (@_@)  Uhm, I don’t think I’ll join, though a classmate has been pestering me to join since last year. I don’t think I need more friends and as a future microbiologist , I don’t think I’d need ” social ” contacts. Mom said it would better my prospects if I joined Microbiology associations. Birds of the same feather and all that stuff.

Well, this is all for now. Be happy.

First random thoughts of 2011

…………It was Karaoke time on New Year’s eve.  The guest  who suggested  karaoke for the party , surprisingly,  had the best singing voice. No wonder, hahaha.  The other guests who were initially less enthusiastic about the karaoke session started hugging the mike after 3 bottles of beer, but I managed to sing Led Zep’s Stairway to heaven and Sting’s I’ll Be Watching You.  But  they sang with me, and darn, their voices were even louder than my own with the mike. (=_=) Anyway, it was the most fun and merriest new Yera’s eve party we have had so far. Thank you, karoake !!!!

………..I started writing this post on Jan. 2, and it’s only today, Jan. 5 that I have managed to post this……. there were just too many stuff to do after the New Year celebration. My boss is now giving me more work hours, which is a good thing because the holidays totally depleted my bank account, and I just finished doing the most dreaded chore after the holidays—-> taking down the holiday decors.

…….. I’ve already enrolled for the spring semester and will go back to school end of January. Although I still have more than 2 weeks of vacation left  before school starts, I’ve pushed the panic button and have started multi -tasking. < laughs> I’m now on my 14th volume of the 18 volume graphic novel Monster, and  more than halfway through with video game God of War 3.  And after Monster, I’m going to start reading Bourne Deception, a continuation of Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne mega franchise, and although Robert Ludlum  is dead, I think the new author, Eric van Lustbader is more than capable to continue Mr. Ludlum’s Bourne legacy. Mr. Lustbader has , in fact, already written 3 other Bourne novels, The Bourne Sanction, The Bourne Betrayal, and The Bourne Legacy. Mr. Ludlum wrote the first three…. The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Ultimatum, and The Bourne Supremacy. So, okay, these are not literary classics and books that inspire and teach us about life. Call me shallow or literary lightweight, but,  I read books to please and entertain myself. To be honest, ” inspirational and philosophical ” books bore me, because, you know what, I already know what these books are all about,  anyway.  I follow the Ten Commandments, I follow the Golden Rule, I try to be kind, polite, nice, courteous, and selfless.  I know all about that.  Now, what I don’t know are the mysteries of the universe, what those archaelogical finds tell us about the ancients, did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone when he assasinated Pres. Kennedy, what will happen if there is no more oil left on the planet, what will happen if an asteroid hits our planet, and how will Pres. Obama’s health care reform affect our day to day lives?  These are the stuff  that I love to read. Oh, and by the way, I’m also avidly reading this book ” Queen of Clean , A Complete Cleaning Guide.”….. a very useful book if we want to use natural cleaning products, such as vinegar and baking soda. (^___^)

………. Speaking of which, I came across a ” test ” on a person’s geekiness. There were maybe a hundred questions and choices, and I checked the appropriate boxes. The result was , I am a “total geek “.  Actually, there are 7 gradations of geekiness. Number 1, if I recall correctly  is “, showing some characteristics of geekiness”, No. 2 is just ” you’re a geek “. No. 3 , where I belong,  is ” total geek “…. but wait, the hierarchy is up to No.6, where it says” You have a problem.”  Well, I have long suspected I am one, and this test just confirmed it. LOL  Well, I love Star Trek, so what ?  However,  I am the classic example of  the saying ” Don’t judge the book by its cover”. In high school, I was the first one to wear ” The Skirt “. (^_^)””  Don’t ask me what it is. It’s still hanging in my cabinet.

…………I’m off to play GoW3, and hopefully I can finish this today. I ‘m hoping to play Persona 4 or Prince of Persia 1 after this. I guess I ‘ll play PoP next. We have the series up to PoP4.  And i hope I don’t get stuck on ledges anymore.

……… Laters….. so be nice then, be polite, be courteous. Peace !