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I would just like to interrupt my blogging break…

To announce that my blog…

turns 2 today! Woo-hoo!!

With 167 posts (including this) and 38,069 hits so far… OMP gears up for hopefully more and more years of happy blogging ahead.

Happy 2nd Birthday, OMP!!!

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~~photo credit: richard forward

I’m back from my solo backpacking trip abroad…

tired but gratefully alive…

I have yet to blog about it though. I just needed some more time before i get back into the blogosphere…

so I’ll just leave this picture of one of the places i visited…

be blogging soon… ^_^

i’ll be going away for awhile…

so i could do something i’ve been dreaming to do…

and that is… to embark on a new adventure…

and a personal journey…

to a far-off land away from home… (yet not really that far…)

i don’t have a clear-cut plan of where i’m going…

but it is something i needed to do…

maybe to allow oneself to traverse unbeaten paths…

and be lost…

in order to find oneself again…

still…

for every trip i make…

there is some feeling of excitement as well as apprehension…

so i pray to  God for guidance and courage…

and a safe, and peaceful travel…

and to thank Him as well…

for a chance to once again…

reconnect with old friends…

to rejuvenate a tired mind and soul…

to immerse in the diversity that makes mankind great…

and to revel in the beauty of His creations…

be back soon… peace! (^_^)

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photo credit: ISS for flickr

On this day…

Naruto Shippuuden’s episode #133 (“The Tale of Jiraiya The Gallant”) was shown in Japan (and worldwide on the net).  With heavy hearts, anime geeks all over the world (including moi) shed tears as we watched this painful episode that showed Jiraiya’s final battle and of his demise.  It is strange to be affected by the death of an animated fictional character but you wouldn’t understand if you haven’t penetrated and dwelled inside this realm called the Narutoverse.

As a way of tribute, here are pix of him I gathered that were made by his fans…

Jiraiya as a little kid… (photo source)

…as the crazy, fun-loving sensei (photo source)

…and as the lovable, dirty old dude that we know so well… (photo source)

As deserving of a great Shinobi, Jiraiya went down fighting and died with his boots on.

We will miss you… Farewell, you big Pervy sage.. *Sniffs*

(last pic source)

、ヽ`、ヽ`个o(・_・。):`ヽ、`ヽ、

As I predicted, 2009 is so far the wettest, most rained out year thrainyat I have ever experienced.  We had a wet Christmas and a wet summer; ergo, it’ll be wet all year round.  Classes have been suspended since yesterday due to heavy rains and flood (even if there was no signal number raised in Metro Manila).

I think PAGASA should rethink how they classify or modify what makes a signal number one, two or three.  These had always been a perennial issue that never seems to get resolved, considering the global climate changes and all. The only major changes PAG-ASA have made for the past years is to come up with new names for typhoons. What a bunch of dumbasses. ダ━o(`・д・´)ノ━!!

Anyway, it may be raining hard but it’s not at all that bad. This is a perfect time to reminisce about what we all enjoy during a cold and rainy weather–Soups!

I don’t actually take pictures of all the food I consume but sometimes they can be handy for a blog topic such as today.  Here are some of my top favorite hot, hot soups I enjoyed for the past year:

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My Dad’s nilagang baka (beef broth with vegetables) for Sunday lunch.  Adding rice into the broth, and let it absorb the soup while it’s piping hot – that’s the way I like it.

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Naruto’s favorite: Ramen! This is Shio, a clear broth ramen from Rai Rai Ken, in Southmall, Las Pinas City. It was my first time to order ramen from a restaurant and found it similar to our Chinese-Pinoy soup dish mami.  It was fine until I suddenly had the sudden yearning to eat it along with siopao (Chinese meat bun) which of course was unavailable in a Japanese resto.

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I have always been fascinated with Vietnamese food.  This spicy beef curry soup from Pho Hoa, (Alabang Town Center) is no exception. So deliciously hot–tanggal ang sinusitis mo dito.

bulalulaluOur unforgettable jaunt to Tagaytay last year included a taste of this bulalo dish (beef bone marrow soup with vegetables).  I remember eating this on a cold rainy long weekend at the bulalo eateries located in the city’s Mahogany Public Market — sarap matulog afterwards!

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Another perfect soup to eat in a cold weather like this is Arroz Caldo (literally translates as ‘hot rice’). This is from our Sagada vacation last Holy Week.  It is a Cordillera version of rice porridge with pinikpikan chicken, boiled egg, and dayap juice.

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At Little Big Store, a Chinese store and eatery at Gilmore St., Quezon City, I ordered this strange thick black soup with some cubed cuts of fish fillet. They call it Maki. I say it’s strange because I can’t seem to identify the ingredients that make it become so black (seaweed?) and gooey (cornstarch?).  Oh, well, enough with the wondering at kainin na lang

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And just today, what we had for lunch is this macaroni soup with mushroom, cabbage, and bits of hotdog and chicken. Home-made, tasty and warms the heart and soul. Ayos!  Siesta na muna ko, ha?

ヾ(=_=)ゞ hohum\(〃^0^)-C<*_ _)。o○ zzzz…

…or so it seems.

I’m telling you… The purchasing of a UP Centennial jacket is like getting a US Visa during the 80’s…

If you experienced what it was like getting a US visa (when you had to wait in line unlike now when you can set an appointment via phone call), you would know what I’m talking about…

After 2 months of waiting, I was able to get my UP Centennial jacket which was bought from UP Diliman.  I thought it would take up to UP Biennial before I would be able to get one.  The supply couldn’t keep up with the demand. You had to reserve for one (but then, they say it still wouldn’t be a 100% guarantee that you’ll get one–what the heck??–why reserve then?), and you’ve got to give your UP student number to prove that you’re an alumni and so that you’ll be given priority.  A friend of a friend bought the jackets for us because we’re too busy to do it ourselves.  She waited in line for it (bless her soul!) — a line which they said would stretch from “the CAS parking lot to the CAL” at times.

When I finally received it (bago naman magBiennial–hay salamat!), I wore it immediately and of course, proudly:

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The black jacket with hood costs 800 pesos (the other jackets with different colors cost 700 pesos).  It has a “UP 1908-2008” printed in gold on the front. The number ‘100’ for UP’s 100 years is also printed at the end of the right sleeve.

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The UP oblation draped with the Sablay and the name of the University is printed at the back…

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…while the UP logo is printed on the left side of the hood. Kung di ka pa makilalang taga-UP niyan, ewan ko na…

A Word of Warning: Better to carefully hand wash your UP jacket than use your washing machine or else the precious printed designs on it (since these are the only parts that make it valuable) will be stripped off (according to a stuff-083friend whose boyfriend’s jacket became an unfortunate guinea pig)…

The UP  Centennial celebrations will officially end on Dec. 31. I may not have participated in the activities, I was still able to give my support through purchasing the jacket and t-shirts (at right).  I have also come up with tribute article on it for my public art blog, featuring flickr pix of the different Oblations across the Philippines.

Maligayang Pagdiriwang at Pagtatapos ng Isang Daang Taon, sa lahat ng mga kapwa kong Isko at Iska!

WordPress 2.7 started last Dec. 10–with a huge improvement on user interface which now has a new sophisticated elegant design.  I had wanted to comment on it but was too busy lately at work…

So here goes…My comments on wordpress 2.7 are: Ooh! Aah! Love love LOVE it!

And by the way, I just turned on my virtual snow! It’s now snowing on my blog! Finally figured out how to do it…haha!  Looks great with my header shot of ceramic snowmen, ya?!!  Lived all my life in a tropical country… so yeah, I get a big kick out it…hehe! or should I say, hohoho?

Great job, guys!  WordPress is the best! ♥ ♥

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