Thursday, November 24, 2005

picture of starvation... Posted by Picasa

end of thanksgiving day Posted by Picasa

i can touch the sky Posted by Picasa

glimpse of the rockies Posted by Picasa

fly me to the moon Posted by Picasa

dancing in the clouds Posted by Picasa

late bloomer Posted by Picasa

change of season Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

to believe or not to believe...

You are Agnostic
You're not sure if God exists, and you don't care.For you, there's no true way to figure out the divine.You rather focus on what you can control - your own life.And you tend to resent when others "sell" religion to you.


I've been tagged. Don't know exactly what that means, but I guess it'll require me saying 20 things about me, and try to get somebody else to do the same.

1. My children comes first, everything else is secondary.
2. I drink coffee so I can go to sleep.
3. I drink coffee to calm me down if anything stresses me out.
4. I eat McDonald's French fries almost everyday.
5. I'm trying to learn how to play the violin. I've learned 10 songs so far, yippee!
6. I was able to lose 40 lbs. in a week and 20 more in the weeks after that.
7. Took me a year to get 15 lbs. back.
8. I've watched Pretty Woman more than 30 times. I guess I believe in fairy tales.
9. I've watched Bridges of Madison County 6 times within 10 days when it first came out. Still watching it once in a while, my answer is still the same, get out of the truck!
10. I learned how to blog with the insistence of Ralline and with the help of a friend here. She helped me with technical stuff, in return I try to write what she feels but fails to express.
11. Read Nicholas Sparks' books at the insistence of another friend. I wonder if he'll write the same stuff if he wasn't happily married.
12. My friends tell me I can be brutally frank. I believe them.
13. According to my dream I will probably die an old woman.
14. I will not rest till I meet Pierce Brosnan :)
15. I like to buy trinkets with cats on them.
16. I love to write poems, now my daughter has taken over. I love that even more!
17. I love to watch sunsets.
18. When my son asks me for something, I always say, "bilugin mo muna ulo ko". Somehow, he found the right answer to that one... "Mama, bilog na ulo mo." And goes on to illustrate by drawing circles around my face with his fingers (this was when he was barely 5 years old).
19. I like winter and the snow, but it took me 4 years before I was able to go and see it for myself.
20. I'm going to celebrate Christmas with my kids! About time!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Presents time!!!!

Presents time!!!!
Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.


Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

Becky and Dorabella

Becky and Dorabella
Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

Roy enjoying the food

Roy enjoying the food
Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

Jean and Manny

Jean and Manny
Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.


Mom and Cindy

Mom and Cindy
Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

My cooking partner, Zeny

My cooking partner, Zeny
Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

Concert Time w/ the Nitrini's

Concert Time w/ the Nitrini's
Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

Isn't it fun that I don't have to pay to get to see an opera? I got a tenor, a soprano, a baritone and an alto.... Singing happy birthday sounded like a full orchestra!

My sis and nephew

My sis and nephew
Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

Mario, Uncle Pete, Mario V, and Isiah

Mario, Uncle Pete, Mario V, and Isiah
Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

Mario w/ grandkids, Jackie and Dorabella

Mario w/ grandkids, Jackie and Dorabella
Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

Playtime with the kids

Dex, Ate Beth, Cip

Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

Eat, eat, eat!!!!!

Uncle Pete and Aunt Pat

Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

Uncle Pete's enjoying himself while Aunt Pat watches to make sure he doesn't overeat...

Aunt Dot

Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

Taking a sample of the bounty...

Mario and Cip

Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

I do think they're trying to keep everyone from the food...

My honey at age 5...

My honey at age 5...
Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

Can you see the tiny candles around the big 5?

Happy Birthday Mario !!!

Happy Birthday Mario !!!
Originally uploaded by maria rachelle.

I love this cake! Too bad it's not my birthday... ah well... that doesn't mean I can't sneak a big bite out of it :)

Monday, November 14, 2005

party galore!

Had a party last Saturday for my honey. Turned our really great with lots of food and lots of family and friends to celebrate with. But man oh man! Was it ever tiring. I was the official cook of course. I decided on an all Filipino menu and hoped everyone will be happy with it. Turned out I need not have worried. I must be getting better with my cooking. And to think I hardly ever have time to do it :)

Ah well, it was the least I can do. Don't spend enough time with him as it is because of my work. All's well that ends well. Will be posting pictures, promise!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

9 Layers

Found this old meme... why not? This will fill in while I get some pics ready for posting.

-- Name: Maria Rachelle
-- Birth date: January 21
-- Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
-- Current Location: Los Angeles, CA

-- Eye Color: Dark brown
-- Hair Color: Dark brown
-- Height: 5'6"
-- Righty or Lefty: Righty
-- Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

-- Your heritage: Filipino, Spanish
-- The shoes you wore today: rubber shoes
-- Your weakness: curiosity
-- Your fears: not knowing
-- Your perfect pizza: pepperoni, sausage, extra cheese
-- Goal you'd like to achieve: further studies

-- Your most overused phrase on AIM: none
-- Your first waking thoughts: wake up...
-- Your best physical feature: my face
-- Your most missed memory: gee... how come I can't remember?

-- Pepsi or Coke: Coke
-- McDonald's or Burger King: McDonald's
-- Single or group dates: no preference
-- Adidas or Nike: none, they both don't fit right so I get Sketchers
-- Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: I'm not much of a tea drinker, I'd rather have coffee anytime, but I do like Chili's Iced Tea(in the Philipines, don't know why it's not the same here in LA)
-- Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate, don't know why I never liked vanilla
-- Cappuccino or coffee: Coffee!!!!!

-- Smoke: nope
-- Cuss: yep...
-- Sing: only in my dreams(and in the shower)
-- Take a shower everyday: yes
-- Do you think you've been in love: duh?
-- Want to go to college: already have, planning to go back to school again
-- Liked high school: what was left for me to enjoy, was too sick for most of it.
-- Want to get married: been there, done that.
-- Believe in yourself: most of the time
-- Get motion sickness: once in a while
-- Think you're attractive: I guess, I never give it much thought...only when I need to be.
-- Think you're a health freak: Definitely not! Couldn't do it, Ilove french fries too much and hate exercise :)
-- Get along with your parent(s): Only now that I'm older... but we still disagree once in a while...that's why they're parents.
-- Like thunderstorms: Yep! One that comes with heavy rains.
-- Play an instrument: Now I do! Still learning but I can play the violin.

LAYER SIX: In the past month...
-- Drank alcohol: Nope.
-- Smoked: Nope.
-- Done a drug: Nope.
-- Made Out: Dare I tell?
-- Gone on a date: yep.
-- Gone to the mall?: Once.
-- Eaten an entire box of Oreos?: Nope, not my favorite.
-- Eaten sushi: Yep.
-- Been on stage: Nope. I wish...
-- Been dumped: Nope.
-- Gone skating: Nope. No time to do these things...
-- Made homemade cookies: Not yet, I will before I go back to the Philippines, my kids love them.
-- Gone skinny dipping: Not in California beaches... I'll freeze!
-- Dyed your hair: Yep.
-- Stolen Anything: My honey's dessert(which I made myself...)tasted good so I figured I'm doing myself a favor.

-- Played a game that required removal of clothing: Once.
-- Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: Once. Unlikely to happen again since I've totally stopped drinking.
-- Been caught "doing something": Not yet... who knows, life is short.
-- Been called a tease: I hardly think this word describes me.
-- Gotten beaten up: Physically? Once, got a tiny scar to show for it... Emotionally? Yep... and that's all I got to say about it.
-- Shoplifted: Nope.
-- Changed who you were to fit in: Tried to, but it doesn't work. Doesn't make me happy so I just go back to my old self...better that way anyway.

-- Age you hope to be married: Again????? Gee! I hope not.
-- Numbers and Names of Children: 2, Kyla and Axel
-- Describe your Dream Wedding: Garden setting, sunset at the background...
-- How do you want to die: I already know... Old age.
-- Where you want to go to college: Went already... let's hope I can afford to go back.
-- What do you want to be when you grow up: Grown up. He, he.
-- What country would you most like to visit: Italy

-- Number of drugs taken illegally: None.
-- Number of people I could trust with my life: One
-- Number of CDs that I own: A lot...
-- Number of piercings: only 2... no wish to inflict more unnecessary pain...
-- Number of tattoos: None...yet. I've always wanted to get one but haven't found a design I really like or an artist to do it... maybe when I get older(I guess this is considered unnecessary pain, ah well...)
-- Number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper?: A couple, when I was younger...
-- Number of scars on my body: five from injuries and some scartch marks when I was pregnant.
-- Number of things in my past that I regret: 1