Gone to Houston for the Day

I drove 9 hours round trip to Houston last Thursday for a hearing. Hearing lasted an hour. Still, it was a nice break from my routine. Too bad my Houston friends were busy at work and I could not stay past 5pm because I have work the next day.

I almost finished the audiobook for DEFENDING JACOB. Made it to chapter 32, but then my loan period expired. I will have to wait to get it back and listened the rest of the way. Was Jacob pronounced “not guilty”? I do not know because I did not make it to the verdict part of the story. So, is there really a murder gene? And the book mentioned that once you’re accused of murder, you might not be found “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” but there is no finding of “NOT guilty or innocent beyond reasonable doubt.” What you have is the prosecution unable to prove that you are “guilty beyond reasonable doubt.” So unfair. The stain stays.

That’s me below, in my daughter’s car because it was my carpool day to pick up 7 boys. My husband had to do it because I am pretty sure I would not be back in time for my carpool

Below, my 10+-mile detour from highway 45 because of an hour slow down. What a scenic route it was. I might drive there around fall to see if the leaves on those trees changes color. It was handy because once my detour put me back on 45, it was the exit to Bucees. Gas, beef jerky, and roasted cashew. Clean restrooms too.

After my hearing, I went to this shopping center where there was 4 Filipino stores. Went to all four, got lots of goodies, ingest tons of calories…Gold Ribbon and their fantastic carbs. Jollibee is next to it – Chicken Joy, peach mango pie, and adobo rice. My daughter’s boyfriend Joey was thrilled I carted those things back to Dallas.

I left Houston with these skyline and much traffic on the highway. Still, it was a fun drive and a productive one. I hope I won that case. It is right at the edge of yes/no, I am curious how the judge will decide.

Came home to Dallas with these skies and an almost empty fuel…also with much traffic.

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First of September

A month of mix blessings. There was a death of a beloved son 2 years ago and 5 birthdays – 2 of which are my children. Two years ago, it was a death, a 19th birthday, a funeral, and then a 15th birthday. To say that it was a difficult month of 2016 is an understatement of epic proportions.

Back in late June to Early August, we went on a family trip of five-thousand-plus miles. Visited and drove through 11 states, walked around and visited at least three National Parks.

Walked and swam in the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco.

After Mount Rushmore, Rocky Mountains, and Yosemite stops

At Sutro Baths — beautiful day for walking

Hiked and got bitten by freaky huge mosquitoes in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite – hike through the re-planting forest – where we took turns taking pictures. Our Abba flew back to Texas for the Yosemite portion of our trip.

Drove up Rocky Mountains National Park where I was a little scared of the railing-less mountain road. Going off-road up there would mean a certain death or at least very mangled.

Abi and Yossi at the highest part of Rocky Mountains. We could not persuade Yoash to climb up the last few feet to this peak.

Saw Texas version of Stone Henge – not bad at all.

Last stop before home — we had fun with sunset silhouette shots

We saw beautiful land formations after visiting Mount Rushmore. We saw a lot. Even cows who huddled together as if it is a mortal sin to stay further than a tail-length away. This from the states of Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Cows were scattered away from earth other in Wyoming and Colorado. We did not see cows in Utah or even Nevada.

A very nice lady took our picture when we were at Mount Rushmore. First stop we did…we had to sleep at North Platte Nebraska before making it here. We drove through Oklahoma and Kansas. It was still worth the drive

Empress Ki – A Korean Drama That Spoiled Me

Ji Chang Wook, Ha Ji Won, Joo Jin Mo, Kim Ji Han

The top names in this drama whose characters I enjoyed the most. Even the villains are oddly compelling. I cursed and cussed my way through this drama.


I watched last year the first half, but then Hulu stopped airing. I could not find it anywhere.


Last week, I saw that Tubi app was airing it. I marathon watched the show so I could finish it this week.


I lost a lot of sleep over this drama. I had 2 hours of sleep last night, and I finally finish this show an hour past noon.


I will add more to this later, but just now, I am gutted out.

I need to recover and think what show I am going to watch next. I hope it will be as engrossing.

Misty: Korean Drama (I have to Blog)

I just finished RADIO ROMANCE and it was a nice sweet story. I thought I am through with Korean Drama for a while because it took me a whole week to find another one. It was refreshing because I was able to read books. I was not watching Korean Drama and I had time to read. I tried MOTHER with Lee Bo Young and it is very good, but it was not the kind of show I wanted to watch now. I am currently also trying to finish PLEASE COME BACK MISTER with Rain and Oh Yeon Seo. Same deal – great drama, not what I wanted. She was also in HWAYUGI with I got into around episode 10. I guess I just like my story intensely romantic and a little hard to get.

Then, I started Misty two hours ago, and I am about to start on episode 3. This one is about an estranged husband and wife. Wife is Kim Nam Joo and husband is Ji Hin Hee. The KNJ’s character starting thinking about the one who got away, played by Go Joon. GJ’s character seem into sex – awesome sex, judging from KNJ’s fragmented recollection. She appeared to have broken up with him because he’s got nothing to offer in terms of fame and fortune. Then, the one that got away came back. He’s a famous golfer now and married to an old school friend. Frankly, the wife was lucky to have gotten away when she did. This ex/golfer is a man-ho. What’s the fun in good or great sex if you as the wife and every other woman who captures your man’s attention is getting it, too? I am just not into sharing.

So, the story captured my attention. Not to mention that I have the hots for Ji Jin Hee. I really enjoyed watching him in DONG YI and in I HAVE A LOVER. He is what probably what draws me in this show. I HAVE A LOVER, it is not a genre that I usually watch. I did because of JJH. And here I am again…in MISTY. I like how it’s all finished airing. I can binge-watch it to my hearts content. Work gets in the way, but it looks like I will be taking my lunch ( I usually skip it) this week and the next. That’s a whole episode I can watch.

There’s a secondary character, played by Jin Ki Joo (SCARLET HEART, RYEO) offered to drive GJ home and end up sleeping with his. In his car. Of course, there were pictures. I have no sympathy for JKJ’s character. She made her choices and was caught. Now, she has to deal with it.

Twenty-Six Years in Dallas and My First Karaoke Here

My sister’s brother-in-law celebrated his 40th by watching as many Broadway Shows he could fit in a week-long trip to NY. Then he stopped by overnight in Dallas…and we get to share him. We had Mediterranean buffet lunch, then museums, Klyde Warren Park, the Steel Cattle drive, and driving around downtown Dallas. Then it’s up north to ice cream dessert at Paciugo. By the way, Paciugo got this awesome Texan Sea Salt Caramel flavor. Sooo good.

And best of all, I finally made it inside a karaoke place. I wasn’t sure if it was a good one because I can feel the floor being sticky to the soles of my Jessica Simpson Ankle boots. But, we had fun singing our hearts out. I had no clue my little sister is such a rapper. I am she danced and RAPPED to songs I never even heard of! And my little niece Adi was singing to ROAR like she’s a pro. Of course, my nephew and niece from Bohol ruled with their awesome voice and even better dancing.

Thank you for stopping by Dallas, Ted. I wish some of m kids made it but my kids like their weekends spent at home with their electronics.

I Am Itching

I am itching. So much. The only thing that changed in my “diet” these past few days: eating pop chips (ate about 7 since Thursday), KitKat and snicker bars (about 5 since Thursday) and then half a dozen Nilla wafers. And since I went all out, I am now suffering for it. Took Benadryl. Still itching. It is moments like this that makes me swear off junk food forever. I just forgot because I have been feeling great lately. I itch and I am miserable.

This must be how my late son, Yoel feels every single time he inhale something that he was allergic too. It not fun. At all. This is my Eli below.

Time Keeps Marching On


I took my children to Six Flags one Sunday afternoon. But I ended up with one nephew and one child and my sister, Happy, and my brother, Winston. Happy took this picture of me as I was looking at a little girl who siddled next to me. The little girl amused me.

As of today, I just finished 23 weeks in my new job. It almost never have a down time in this type of law. Not a single moment to be bored or yawn my way through the day. It’s always going and always hopping. I am wondering why I haven’t screamed “Uncle” and quit. I am enjoying it quite a bit. I have a few hiccups here and there, but puting it into perspective, it is a small ripple in the lake of my work.

Last Sunday, Yoash and I went to Kroger to grab a birthday cake for my little sister, Number 1, who turned 40 the following day – March 12. Yoash thought it was a great idea to give daffodils along with the cake too. And then he got himself those white tulips because he likes tulip and white in particular. I have to say, Kroger makes great cakes lately. Not too sweet. Bad for my waistline because I can eat a lot because it is not too sweet.

Last Sunday, we stopped by White Rock Creek trail. A part of it. It was fun just hanging out there and flirting with the cliff that drops into the waters edge. A good 8-9 feet drop. Ops. I think I will take my daughter to skate there.