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Just finished the body of the right-hand mitten, and the thumbhole is on the right side \o/

(Technically, the thumbhole is on the left side, which is finally right).

I will probably stay well away from any cables for the next $x projects. Well well away -- I had to redo rows several times, more often than I've ever had to redo them before. Doing cables is hard enough: undoing (and then redoing them) is so much more pain. Was trying to finish the mitten by March 18, which is probably why I ended up having to undo and redo several rows' worth of cables over and over again (oh row 48 *fistshake*)

See, this is the mitten for my friend who asked me for one, and I wanted to finish it by March 18 because that is the day she discovers whether she's going to make doctor (she did).

I just need to knit the thumb, which is barely anything, and block it and then arrange a time to meet up and celebrate. I am going to be a day late, but \o/ anyway.
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foxfirefey> I CUDDLE YOU

Thanks ♥

Busy Busy Week

Sunday, January 9th, 2011 12:15 am
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This week I:

* helped my sister's boyfriend with his website, earned pizza. It's a good deal, since I'm not actually doing much work/design. Just need to point him in the right direction when he gets stuck, and he takes it from there. Also, he doesn't take it out on me when he gets frustrated by technology, unlike most people I help (most people I help only once).

* went out to watch RPG Metanoia with friends on the last day of the Manila Film Festival. RPG Metanoia is the first 3D fully-animated Philippine film. I still can't tell if they're boasting about it using 3D-glasses technology, or if they're boasting about it being entirely in CGI. Maybe both!

It apparently took five years to make, and it is so Philippine-flavored I am ahahahhahaha :)

more about the movie )

* went out with my friend J to a factory outlet for skin care products. Stuff I usually find at PHP 800 branded, is less than a hundred here. Possibly a bit smaller, but not eight times smaller! So I'm trying it out and I hope that the quality is okay. (Supposedly, this store supplies many of the derma clinics, so!)

Dropped by SaveMore to pick up crackers for if some random person knocks on my car window. Somehow ended up buying baking chocolates and honey.

We ended up along T Morato and randomly picked Sentosa, a new Singaporean Chinese restaurant, for dinner. It's so new, it hasn't even officially opened yet, ahaha :) So we got a ten percent discount. Win!

Sentosa is pretty good. We ordered the xiao long pao (a bit smaller than I'm used to, but xiao long pao is usually so heavy, this was a welcome change), pad thai, and fried catfish with tamarind sauce.

And then next door to Dezaato Pan for some ice cream that tastes like Ferrero Rocher. Along the way, we talked about medicine, food, and then somehow the topic of fat shaming came up. LET ME JUST SAY I am relieved at how well that conversation went.

Now we're just hanging out, trying not to fall asleep, and looking at local coupon (groupon?) sites, so we can plan our next outing together :D

Dinner on the 15th

Sunday, July 11th, 2010 02:23 pm
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We're doing dinner on the 15th; feel free to join us. Please comment so we can keep a head count *G*

* July 15, Thursday, 7:30
* Cafe Zitouna, at 1201 Sutter
* The neighborhood is Tendernob; the 19 Polk bus stops in front of it, which connects to Civic Center Bart. The 2 Clement and 3 Jackson also run by it, and those stop at (maybe) Montgomery Bart.
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I have realized that I have a ton of crap that I don't need/don't use, and that these are so many that by now they're actually preventing me from finding the things that I really want to try out, so I have been cleaning up everything.

This weekend was cleaning out all the apps I've downloaded. While doing so, I decided to create an account that's all my own (I have my own credit card now, which wasn't the case when I first was trying to download apps, so I needed to share an account -- even though everything that I wanted was free. Bleh!)

Anyway, it turns out that it is possible to combine the contents of different itunes accounts into one on my computer/whatever gadgets. Yay. However, if I wanted to update the apps in the future, I'd need to sign onto the account I'd bought it as. Bleh.

So! I've been transferring over those applications that I've been interested in to my new account, by deleting from the old, then redownloading to the new. Some of them, the ones where I want to keep my data, I'm keeping on the old account. I'll deal with them another day. Since I'm already auditing my accounts, now also seemed the perfect time to delete stuff I don't want.

And now things feel so clean! And as an added bonus, I may be able to start looking at paid apps, and eventually maybe even buy something if I really want it. I haven't wanted to before, because I haven't been able to *g*

Speaking of buying stuff, I got a box set of 64-color crayons. I was in the toy store with friends, and I saw them and they are only like 160 pesos. Based on how unattainable I used to consider them, I thought they'd be closer to, what, 500 pesos or something. So aaaaah I have crayons :D :D :D And I feel ridiculously fulfilled. (Ability to buy stuff that you used to fantasize over as a kid, for the win ;-) I had crayons, but they were inherited from my older siblings. These are new! And feel so good)

Spent most of Saturday out with friends. Had lunch ([ profile] habeo's treat -- belated happy birthday to you :p), wandered the mall with a substantial chunk of that time spent in Toy Kingdom and Cyberzone, and then ended up at [ profile] iruka11's house eating pizza, playing foozball (the last game was epic \o/ we had our own sports-announcer type commentator \o/ who managed to kick my ass even as he was doing the commentating >_<), hitting Bob (the practice dummy) with fists and padded arnis sticks, and playing Rock Band / Band Hero / etc until past midnight.

I managed to get past beginner level to easy on the guitar, and to medium on the drums (it's embarrassing, but it was the first time I'd played either so I eased myself in XD I only managed to kill us like five times the entire night...)

So that was my weekend :) And now it's Sunday, so I'm with family again, trying to ignore the sweltering heat, and cleaning up the crap on my computer. (Phew.)

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Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 07:03 am
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This past week (past two weeks?) I've been sleeping at ridiculous times. I've been tending towards 4am as the norm, sometimes heading to 6am. That's even when I pull myself offline early, so that I can (try to) wind down before bed.

Last night, in the absolute height (depths!) of ridiculousness, I managed to snatch like ten minutes of sleep, but otherwise I just kept going and going in zombie mode.

Heading out today for a friend's birthday lunch. I should have a sticker on my forehead warning for possible incoherence.

(Ah well, this is the group of friends from college, so they know me in this mode from cram sessions / project deadline workathons)
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I don't get flak about losing control over my English when it's late at night. (I mean, I can still talk and stuff, but I have to channel it into specific contexts, otherwise I start speak handwavium

And it feels great to not have that be an issue :))
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I'd been struggling with a block with several issues that had been brought up in the update page. Did a mockup of one solution in GIMP. That turned out uglier than ugly, but it led me to figure out how I *should* solve two of the issues that had been holding me up the most.

Now* to see if this works \o/

* more properly, will do that tomorrow


I met [personal profile] thorfinn for brunch/coffee. I think I had a bit too much coffee (said in the same tones as "I think I had a bit too much to drink"). Then, when we got home, I accidentally kinda sat on Anekin (who is perfectly all right, I mostly sat on the blanket covering him, not on himself) and uh. I blame it on the coffee.


Australia in general seems to have great food. Melbourne in particular has food culture.

I had dinner with [personal profile] juin on Wednesday. Had a lot of catching up to do, so we ended up at her place and talked/watched anime until 2? 3am? We both had a cough; she introduced me to horse piss ammonia-based cough syrup which frightened most of my cough away. Had instant pancake mix the next morning for breakfast; her mom makes great pancakes. [personal profile] juin makes great doodles with golden syrup on pancakes. Nutella, even expired, is kinda okay (we had Nutella). Vegemite is yick (we didn't have Vegemite).

That makes four times in four countries (twice was kinda coincidence, twice was kinda planned). How many years did it take us to meet this often? We should meet at least one more time, and that time it'll be my treat :-)


Ookiku Furikabutte is all springtime of youth and blushing it is all about PASSION and it is AWESOME. (I have a weakness for sports anime that is all springtime of youth and passion and awesome).


Hetalia is very... surreal? Gintama as well. I should try to get my hands on more of those and see what happens.
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I keep getting sucked into coding the entire day! Sans the afternoons when I usually take a break and head out for errands into the summer heat -- I think there may be something wrong with this plan. OTOH I usually go from my room which only has the electric fan to places with aircon, and I avoid the blackouts that way so this plan is somehow accidentally completely okay!

I have 75 tabs open right now, and I really need to cut down, so I'm taking some time tonight to knock things down a bit. Here, have some links:

  • [site community profile] dw_mobile: New official community for the mobile page, headed by [personal profile] dreamatdrew; mobile brainstorming post in [site community profile] dw_biz

  • Animal Reviews blog: Humorous reviews of animals. Science and snark!

  • Dreamwidth swag, eeeeeeh! I am plotting :-)

  • jQuery Widgets tutorial - I've been doing a lot of jQuery lately. jQuery is seriously *gorgeous* as far as frameworks go. I love it. Hmm, I just realized I'm not doing a proper widget though, but that can wait until later. I'm still pretty happy with the shape of my code

  • chocolate ice cubes, via [community profile] omnomnom

  • Typewriter sound effects for the mac. Not going to grab the application, but that brings up memories of our typing class in high school, where we learned to touch type, occasionally blindfolded, on actual typewriters. Mine broke during final exams -- one moment I'm typing away, the next, ball bearings are flying everywhere. I may or may not have learned to type in Dvorak to wipe away the memories of that class from my mind.

  • jQuery developer guide - some good medium-level tips. These do assume you're familiar with basic jQuery concepts.

  • Information on packaging Perl modules; was useful to background information which helped me in figuring out how to install GTop (asdfghhjklklk;;lgh) in Ubuntu 9.10: Hints for Distributors from the Perl Foundation, Debian Perl Packaging Policy. Long story short, there are three main places for packages to put perl modules. For personal installations, you'll want to be using "site" (not "perl", or "vendor". I think that "vendor" is the default of some packaging tools), and that most of the issues I've run into when installing are because the installer tool or the perl module metadata assumes that you're wanting to install into the vendor location

  • Knitted hanging planter! Nifty intersection of [community profile] gardening and [community profile] knitting *g*

  • Keratosis pilaris a fairly common skin condition(?). I apparently have keratosis pilaris alba, (just rough bumps, less scary-looking than the picture). I used to try to "fix" it, but gave up when lotions had no visible effect.

    Apparently there are whole lines of products that can be used against this. Most are marketed as anti-acne, but may help with this as well. Whole lines. I am excited!

  • Filipino version of the Voltes V theme song (with english translations). Went to karaoke a couple of days ago, to Chicago (near Metrowalk), which has a pretty big selection of non-English songs. The big winner for me were the lyrics to the Voltes V theme song (Filipino version -- which is not a translation of either the Japanese or the English theme songs). Voltes V against kidnappers, carnappers, dognappers, snatchers, hold-uppers --- ahhahahhahahah. So much a sign of the times, yes

In other news, working on Dreamwidth has been very agreeable to me. I've come to think of my days as ten half-days, not as five whole days. That gives me a lot of flexibility, and means I have my afternoons free go take care of business for offices that are only open during the daytime (or else to take a siesta. Mmm siesta).

NTS: Take driving exam, get driver's license

It's been a bit odd because I feel that I have a lot of free time even though I've been working a lot, but I've tallied up hours roughly and everything seems right. It's just that the two-to-four extra hours I'd spend on DW stuff after my dayjob is now free time? Plus, I no longer have a one-hour commute (two hours both ways) eating up my time. Will take some getting used to.

I've been playing with Charlie (our minischnauz) a lot. I think he likes my being home about as much as I do *g*

Other things -- my fingernails are now black, my toenails are pearly white, and I somehow ended up in Divisoria (cheap clothes *G*) and came away with five pairs of shorts, two summer dresses, and a skirt. I have never had a summer dress before *G* (Used to think I wasn't girly enough to try these, but they feel great in the summer heat, and they look pretty too *G*)

Avenue Q! Whoo!

Saturday, March 13th, 2010 03:58 pm
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Whoo! Managed to (finally) find (a) Ticketworld, and bought three tickets to Avenue Q for next weekend. I was hoping to be able to put it on my credit card, but sadly, something was down or slow, so I went to struggle with the ATM to get cash.

I swear guys, I know how to deal with code and software and various other things but put me in front of an ATM and I act hit by stupid.

In the category of "things that make me feel stupid", Trinoma confuses me. That's one mall that seems to make it deliberately hard to move around its fourth floor. On the other hand, the architecture that splits up the middle and makes it hard to find a way to get from one side to another does guarantee lots of nice cool wind, so at least I was cool and ventilated even as I was very very lost.


I got tickets, and I'm meeting up with two very good friends to see a play together \o/ So yay!

(Neither sleet nor snow nor confusing mall architecture... etc etc)


Saturday, January 9th, 2010 06:08 pm
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I will likely be in Australia with my family end of March/beginning of April. Must figure out when / if I can split off. (Mom's made a fuss about my wandering off on international trips before; grumbles that I don't want to spendtime with family.

Not true!

I wonder if I could extend a day or two and come home later than everyone else? Would that solve it?)

Sorting circles

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 12:03 pm
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Think I've finally gotten my circle sorted out! I've been putting it off since before Open Beta. Noticed a few people who added me but I lost in all the other stuff in my inbox, so added back (think I got you all?)

The Access/Subscribe list makes me feel much more open to linking up to new people. I can subscribe without needing to decide whether I also want to grant access to locked entries, or at least, I can put off that decision without causing any hard feelings. So much less stress over decision-making!

I am in favor of anything that means putting off decisions -- and now that I've settled on a default mode, which is to subscribe to pretty much anyone who subscribed to me, I can do just that. Granting access is done almost randomly, probably happens if I know you from somewhere else or we've commented at each other somewhere.

But I tend to suck at linking up people with context, so I may not actually figure out who people are for some time (this is, um, a distinct possibility. I tend to place people based on name shapes, so if the name changes between contexts, or sometimes even the font or color, I tend to blank out).
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So [ profile] foxfirefey did this nifty program for generating visualization of network linkage from fdata. I volunteered to be a guinea pig, and got this! (I LIKE IT)

per-cluster close-ups behind cut )
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Juju I got your postcard <33 <333 So cute <33 <333333

I am dutifully ignoring the space <33

PS. Sea otters!!
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I'm cleaning up my friends list, but only to remove abandoned journals, for people with multiple journals.

If I delete real-you by accident, let me know!
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Got together with my friends tonight, as an early birthday celebration for [ profile] cherubelle (or was it just a normal get together? No, I guess it was an actual celebration, because we bought her a Happy Birthday cupcake, and Hello Kitty cupcakes as well).

[ profile] cherubelle, Your face just before we brought out the HK cupcake for you was priceless <3 Sorry <3

I feel guilty because there was a miscommunication in the food order, where I cancelled my first order which was a set meal -- Hawaiian Chicken something -- and ordered something else -- a burger steak, where the burger steak turned out to be more than four times bigger than a normal one from Jollibee Granted, I canceled my order before the first waitress walked away, but I guess I wasn't clear, or something.

After dinner, we headed for Starbucks to sit down and talk over a smaller table (cozier, less need to shout). [ profile] iruka11 had to leave early, but she at least left with coffee! I had peppermint mocha, decaf; I think the only coffee I've ever drunk with any sort of regularity. Mmm.

I kind of miss college, and yet it is good to be working and to have some money in my pocket that I earned (even if I sometimes feel like I'm not productive enough to justify being paid for what I do. But having money feels good, so shh.)

Eventually, talk turned to elevator horror stories (I feel for you guys. I thought I had it bad -- after work, I choose to run down the twenty-five flights of stairs rather than have to wait for the lift, but I have nothing on you D:) Oooh and apparently my "thing" is that I squee when I'm excited, bounce when I'm happy, and laugh all the time.

(Speaking of elevator horror stories and laughing, I spent the trip up after lunch, laughing for no particular reason, and desperately failing to contain my laughter. Managed to control myself long enough to get off the elevator, but then staggered across the hallway, half-bent over with laughter, in front of the CTO. Probably looked crazy. Maybe actually was.)

I have tried to be calm, dignified, poised. Not happening, sorry, sorry. Sorry!

No geek talk today, but it's okay. Earlier today, I wrote out "function form() {" and thought to myself Mmm, that's right, because form must follow function. Immediately felt terrible. STILL DO. So I guess I needed a break?

I still bring up how good it feels to earn money every opportunity I can. I don't particularly care how much or how little I'm earning. I'm just happy I am.

out with friends

Saturday, January 12th, 2008 11:05 pm
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Went out with friends to Shangri-La Plaza today, and watched National Treasure. It was pretty good. What I liked most about it is... (cut for spoiler) )

I liked it; it was interesting.

Speaking of things that I like because they're interesting, check out this gorgeous take on the Cinderella story (not a fairy tale; not for kids. Warning, contains sex. I would babble on about it, but I don't want to spoil it for you. Also, words fail me). I've linked to part ten, as it links back to parts one through nine, so do take care not to scroll down that page until you've read the first parts. Originally found via the wonderful [ profile] keilexandra.


I was late to the movie because I accidentally left my wallet at the office last night and had to drop by there first to search for it. Found it in my jacket pocket, untouched. After the movie, I handed out boxes of chocolate truffles (my pasalubong from Hong Kong!). Some milk, some dark, some white, some hazelnut. I hope you guys enjoy them ^_^

Discovered an easter egg for the mall -- a set of out of the way restrooms. No lines! Woohoo!

I felt ravenous after the movie, so I suggested dinner (Pho Hoa; Vietnamese noodle place. Never eaten there before. Flank+brisket+tendon noodle soup is quite good.) Kinarir ni [ profile] habeo ang hoisin sauce ;) Kinarir ko naman ang bean sprouts at basil. Wanted to have some mango crepe, which apparently was infused with pandan, but I was too full after the noodles.

Dinner conversation revolved around various languages, including English in the Philippines, PHP, Java, Lisp, Erlang. A few quick dips into load balancing (which sadly I know little about), and the rules governing domain names and valid email addresses rounded out the small talk nicely.

[ profile] jan247 had to leave early! Sad! But okay, we understand. Some things are more important than friends ;p And then it was just me, [ profile] habeo and [ profile] iruka11. Headed to PowerBooks, right next door to the restaurant. There was a sale! Everything was at least 20% off, so I bought four books: silly book about being a Filipino (You know you're a Filipino if...), The King of Attolia and The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (I've read The Thief, set in the same universe, and liked it, so this seemed a good gamble), and then bought Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley.

I just remembered that someone may have recommended that last book to me last year (before it was published), though that wasn't in my mind when I picked it up from the shelf. Hmm. Aha, found it.

I love the smell of books, the feeling of covers under my fingertips (matte, glossy, smooth, rough, everything), the fonts and colors as they sit there on the shelf. I have a hard time keeping my fingers and my eyes away from them. I tend to get dizzy when walking past shelves of books, especially long ones, because I'll be trying to walk forward to get to the next set while my eyes (and occasionally fingers) are still trying to read everything behind me.

I'm still revelling in the feeling of having money in my pocket. This is the first major thing I've bought for myself since I started earning*. I mean I've bought books before, but I didn't have to pay for them or anything.... It feels good to own my books completely utterly entirely.

*lunch and treating my family to dinner do not count!

Had on a blouse that was cut lower than I usually wear. The deep V has an amazing slimming effect, but it meant that I had to take care that I didn't accidentally flash anyone when I crouched down to get at the books on the lower shelves. I also had on my sister's sandals so I could walk tall (the things I will do for more height ;-)), and I keep forgetting how much I like the crisp click-clacking of hard heels against tiles. So nice. Tried not to be too obvious that I was enjoying walking so much, but so nice.

January 2 Dinner

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 12:19 am
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Just came back from dinner out with my younger brother's close friends and their families. My brother's death has brought us all together, it seems. There were about thirty of us tonight, split across three tables: one table for the dads, one table for the moms, and one table for we the younger generation.

Had fun! Friends are a blast! The dads' table was the rowdiest. They had the most wine and beer on hand. So :p Almost went out for a Wii party with the guys (the guys, not the dads) after, but my sister and I have work tomorrow and no way home tonight, so we decided (regretfully) not to go with.

Dinner was amazing. Lots of normal Chinese banquet fare which, though I've had them many times, I never get sick of, especially not when from a good-quality restaurant: asado, chicken cold cuts, jellyfish, century egg, lumpia, crab ball or fish ball or something, sharksfin, duck+wrapper+hoisin sauce (peking duck?), abalone+mushrooms, steamed fish, noodles. The best thing of the night was definitely the crab fried in its own fat. So sweet on the tongue. I had three pieces, where I'd normally only have space for one.

Ended the night with taho which you could mix with sago and the sugar-sauce to taste. Street taho is still the best, though.

One hazard of being in a Chinese restaurant in a relatively small population is that you're likely to bump into your relatives there. Pretty much assured of seeing an uncle or an aunt or a cousin or a grand-uncle's son's family or something. Tonight we saw my mom's third-sister's family there, sitting at the same table with the family of the girlfriend of one of my cousins. I sense a wedding in the works :-)

psst [ profile] jan247

Saturday, December 29th, 2007 09:13 pm
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Jayvs (can I call you "Jayvs" just like I call Jaime "Jaims"?):

Ngayon mo lang ako in-add? La ka talagang kwenta :P