Sunday, May 1, 2016

Roomba meets the Croods

Swe-cha: "Off you go, little robot!"

It's nice to see that Roomba is making new friends by giving them a ride.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Out with the old...

Today is the day we say goodbye to an old and faithful friend.

For 13 and a half years, you've brought us places and kept us safe.

Thank you, Impreza, for the good service.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Six Flags Great Adventure

Given that Swe-cha enjoyed the theme park rides when we went to Sea World & Universal Studios last December, we decided to splurge and go for a season's pass to Six Flags Great Adventure this year.

It also seemed like a good deal because with the following price matrix, we figured that if we went twice, we'd already be ahead with the Season Pass. What cinched the deal was the additional free Season parking pass that we were able to get. Sobrang sulit na to get the season pass because we'd already be saving ourselves $50 (cost of 2 days' parking) by our 2nd trip.

Daily tickets (gate price)$69.99
Daily tickets at discounted price from SixFlags website$44.99
Daily tickets from Working Advantage$41.99
Parking (gate price)$25
Parking (pre-paid online)$23.75
Season Parking$65
Season Pass$81.99

We went for the first time this morning. The weather was great, temps were in the mid 60s so it was just the perfect day (for us) to be walking under the sun. The only fly in the ointment was that the allergy index must have very high today because we were all sneezing and suffering itchy eyes and runny noses before we even got there. Hubby and I we a bit luckier because I had an emergency stash of Claritin (allergy meds) in my bag. I didn't have any for kids (note to self, bring some!). It didn't take long for Swe-cha to become slightly sungit because he was very uncomfortable.

When we looked at the time when we were leaving, we were surprised that we had stayed there 3 hours - it was exactly what I had predicted that morning when hubby asked me how long we planned on staying. I had told him "3 hours, maybe. we'll just play it by ear"

Rides taken:
- Carousel
- Skyway (cable car)
- Air Safari
- Road Runner Railway
- Taz's Tornado
- Bugs Bunny Camp Carousel
- Runaway Mine Train
- Blackbeard's Lost Treasure Train (soon to be renamed the Harley Quinn Crazy Train)

I think there are one or two more rides that we did which aren't on the website,

Looking forward to our next trip, we plan on getting on Skull Mountain, The Dark Knight and the Safari ride.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Insurance costs

So we're trying to decide what to do with our older car - it's the very first car I purchased, a 2003 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport Wagon. At 136,000 miles, it works great as we do maintain it religiously.  Being that it's well-maintained, we also have a hard time letting it go.

Yun nga lang, the value of the car is down to maybe $2k-$3k (if we're really lucky) and it costs us $1k in insurance every year. Parang hindi na sulit. No wonder, I see a lot of cases on court tv involving uninsured motorists. Used cars are so cheap, you could get one for several hundred bucks, but insurance costs so much so they just opt to drive uninsured.

Ano kaya ?

edit* nasa $5k+ pa pala yung value. Merong hindi nag research nang maayos, wag na natin pag usapan kung sino. Grrrr.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Frosted glass doors

We have these sliding pocket doors that separate the foyer and the den / family room.

They have clear glass panes and sometimes, it drives me nuts when I imagine how people standing just outside our front door can peer inside and see all the way through our house.

I've been looking at different window-frosting solutions and found a roll of window film from DC Fix which you can use to cover glass panes and make them appear frosted - there's different designs available. Each roll cost me around $7, a roll covers up to 12 panes and each door as 15 panes - to save you a bit of calculation, I bought 3 rolls to cover both doors.

Now, when I hang out in the den and want the place to feel open, I just slide the doors open and when I want a bit more privacy, I close the doors.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Let's Keep It Real

So the internet has been buzzing about Manny Pacquiao's statement about the LGBT community.

All sorts of people have given their opinions and syempre, may comments rin ako:

- Tama ba namang icompare ang LGBT to animals ? Napaka harsh naman nun. Mas masakit pa kung iisipin mo kung ano si Manny. Kala mo kung sinong napakabanal na tao na walang kasalanan, e kalat na kalat naman yung infidelity nya. Hindi ba ipinagbabawal sa bible ang kumaliwa sa asawa ?

Kunsabagay, am sure na tinawag rin siyang hayop ni jinky nung times na kumakaliwa siya ;)

- Some people say that Manny is a hero, he's done so much for our country and he's even bled for our country - napaka super duper OVER naman nito. Yes, he excelled in his sport and has given our people so much to be proud of. Pero di naman tama na i-compare siya sa mga servicemen whose lives are on the line every day.

Boxing is Manny's sport / livelihood, it's not a service to his community/countrymen.

He is NOT a hero.

- In fairness to Manny Pacquiao, I have to admire his commitment. He apologized for his words but he remained committed to being against same-sex marriage. He's surely lost a lot of votes already, he even got dropped as an endorser by Nike, but he remains steadfast in his resolve.

- It's true that the Catholic Church is against homosexuality but it's also true that the Catholic Church tenets have been around for a long time, baka dapat nang ma-update ?

One time, I had a discussion with a friend about same-sex marriages. Sabi ni friend, against raw siya dahil "Katoliko ako eh and bawal sa simbahan yan". Immediately, I pointed out, "e diba ipinagbabawal rin ng simbahan ang IVF ? bakit nag IVF ka ? " Natahimik at napaisip si friend. Eventually, nung nakapagsalita na siya, "you have a point" ang sagot nya.

- May relative ako na feeling ko LGBT pero hindi naman siya nagladlad pa. Siguro ayaw rin bigyan ng sakit ng ulo ang parents/family nya. Sana someday, may chance rin siya ilabas ang totoong pagkatao nya in public. Can't be easy having to keep your real self a secret.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Maki Mi

I've been craving Maki-Mi for the longest time but we can't seem to find any restaurants in our area which has it - I don't remember seeing it in any of the Chinatown (NYC) shops either. My Aunt in CA makes it and so does my bro-in-law (in CA too) but I've never gotten the chance to ask them how to make it.

Today, the stars came into alignment. I had extra lomo (pork tenderloin) left over from a dish I made a couple of days ago. I wanted something maasim and got a pack of sinigang mix from the Asian store. Then, thinking that it is also Chinese New Year, I went back and got black vinegar too. The black vinegar really pulled everything together and made me think maki-mi.

I started browsing through the net to look for some interesting recipes. The actual cooking process took me a bit longer than usual so we didn't get to sit down for dinner till around 9:30p or just past that but this was so worth the wait.

Honestly, na surprise rin ako that it turned out great. Somewhere in the middle of the process, I tasted my maki soup and medyo nagduda ako and started worrying that I was wasting food.

Hubby loved it so much, he even asked for seconds, nagluto pa ulit ako ng noodles. Nag request pa siya ng wonton noodles for next time (sabi ko sure, sa next Chinese new year ulit).

*pats myself on the back*