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The UK Experience July 30, 2013

Filed under: Others — beabots @ 7:45 PM

As promised. I am posting select photos taken during our trip to the United Kingdon in May 2012. It was a great experience. It was a dream come true. I hope to visit again soon and go as far north as Scotland, as far west as Ireland and as far south as Cornwall AND see our friends again!

The first internet friend we met in the UK - Jane - with her cute daughter, Rosie. The first internet friend Max and I met was Allyson who hails from Suffolk, VA. Jane's partner, Will, (not in the picture) is half Filipino and half British. And man, he knows Tagalog phrases!

The first internet friend we met in the UK – Jane – with her cute daughter, Rosie. The first internet friend Max and I met was Allyson who hails from Suffolk, VA. Jane’s partner, Will, (not in the picture) is half Filipino and half British. And man, he knows Tagalog phrases!

 

With Bags and Cas at the Caernarfon Castle. I have to google the castle's name and spelling every time I have to refer to it.

With Bags and Cas at the Caernarfon Castle. I have to google the castle’s name and spelling every time I have to refer to it.

It was a dream come true being in that place.

It was a dream come true being in that place.

Where to?

Where to?

The beautiful Westminster Abbey where monarch live monarch are crowned and dead royals buried.

The beautiful Westminster Abbey where monarch live monarch are crowned and dead royals buried.

Entrance to Buckingham Palace. Beware! Horses may kick or bite. Thank you.

Entrance to Buckingham Palace. Beware! Horses may kick or bite. Thank you.

How else to enjoy the London attractions than via riding a double-decker bus!

How else to enjoy the London attractions than via riding a double-decker bus!

Coats of Arms

Coats of Arms

Street art

Street art

Men and canons

Men and canons

The Caernarfon Castle

The Caernarfon Castle

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FFORRD!

FFORRD!

Walking in the streets of Wales

Walking in the streets of Wales

Dee, John, Flemo, Max, Cas and Bags

Dee, John, Flemo, Max, Cas and Bags

With Jobeans!

With Jobeans!

The Tynemouth Lighthouse

The Tynemouth Lighthouse

The Gateshead Millenium Bridge, Tyne and Wear, UK

The Gateshead Millenium Bridge, Tyne and Wear, UK

Yes another Filipino store in central London!

Yes another Filipino store in central London!

Pimp thy cab!

Pimp thy cab!

An Irish bagpiper

An Irish bagpiper

Big Ben

Big Ben

 

I figure…

Filed under: Others — beabots @ 7:09 PM

I figure I owe my blog an update on what I have written on January 18, 2012.

*I am listening to Your Imaginary Friends‘ Silence is a Villain album while writing this*

I fucking procrastinate a lot. Like I didn’t know.

On the UK trip: I am proud to announce, my imaginary readers, that I (or we) made this happen. My better half and I were able to finally meet five of our internet friends. We went as far north as Wales and as far south as Salisbury – Wales, where them beautiful old castles are and Salisbury, where the Stonehenge is located. But no, I did not perform the pub crawl. I will post a separate blog entry for this trip.

On the baby-making: Unfortunately, due to a number of reasons, I have not tried conceiving for a child in 2012. I am now🙂 The number of reasons: (1) Home before conception.  There is no way I am to raise a child in this little apartment that we live in. (2) *Insert relationship issues here*

On the owning a home: Yeah, yeah. This did not happen in 2012. But we are making this happen now! Like right now! We just completed the house walk-through today and should be closing on the home PRETTY soon! I ARE VERY EXCITED! There are boxes lying around the apartment right now wishfully waiting to be moved to its new home.

Soon!

Soon!

On the masters education: Well, education in the US is expensive so I did not enroll. But, I have just reached the minimum work tenure requirement at the CU to be able to take masters classes and be reimbursed for fees. I am intently looking into this. I won’t start in the coming school year as I will be busy beautifying the new home.

And, oh yeah. I fucking procrastinate a lot!

 

Whoa, 2012! January 18, 2012

Filed under: Others — beabots @ 8:40 PM

*I thought I was able to paste the picture that came with my post titled “Before You Read This”. Oh well. That was an attempt to blog after my husband made a milestone by initiating to make a blog after my failed attempts at making him express his thoughts through written words*

2012 should be an interesting year. Never mind that I am crazily busy at work right now and will continue to be so until the end of April. It will pay off, I hope.

In May, we are scheduled to take a trip to the UK and take a much-earned vacation. We are shooting three birds with one stone by celebrating our second year wedding anniversary (yes, my imaginary readers I will survive a second year at marriage!), making a visit-to-the-UK dream a reality and meeting friends we’ve been speaking to online since 2008. There is excitement at both ends. I have been (or trying to) staying away from drinking but when we get there, I will challenge my husband and Bags to a pub crawl. With no (less) practice, I might literally crawl getting out of the pub. That will be a one-night happening for me because I intend to savor the UK. I am still sold to the insane thought that my tourist visa was approved because in my narrative, I have mentioned that I am a big fan of British TV shows and to be where these shows were shot will be a dream come true for me.

It is also in May that my husband and I are to take a shot at proving our procreational abilities are effective. Max has been shoving it to my throat (no pun intended) that we should have a baby soon. Arg. Am I ready to puff smoking goodbye? Am I ready for motherhood, sleepless nights, swollen/lactose-discharging breasts, and listening to a baby’s wail as I lull myself to sleep (if I get any!)? Am I also ready to finally book an appointment with a ob-gynecologist (and a general practitioner)? I honestly do not know. When I think of pregnancy and delivery, I think of my mother who died after child birth. Be that as it may, I think it is worth a shot. Funny as it may sound, I think parenting will do our relationship good. It may be time to bequeath our bratty thrones to a real brat. Yeah.

We are also looking at owning a home. Contrary to the fact that buying a home entails a lot of financial and practical planning, the thought of owning one actually excites me. No more walls that you cannot punch a nail into. No more annoying immediate neighbors. Lots of good pictures to frame, paintings to buy. Space. Space.

This last one is just wishful thinking. I want to virtually go back to school by completing a Master’s degree or a BS in Forensics Accounting degree. Max actually likes the idea. But the fees, man, the fees. I do not have the privilege at work yet of getting tuition and book fees reimbursed yet because I am only six months old in my position. This is again related to one of my wildest dreams – being a CSI sans the gory/chemistry stuff.

So many plans, so little time in 2012. 2013, maybe?  

 

 

Before You Read This January 16, 2012

Filed under: Others — beabots @ 12:54 PM
 

Bon Voyage August 12, 2011

Filed under: Wordplay — beabots @ 9:24 PM

To jump on a cruise to forgetting

And swim with careless dolphins.

Only to be brought ashore and remember…

To fly the blue skies and cottony clouds;

Like turbulence for ease of doubting.

Only to descend and disbelieve again…

To hike the tallest of mountains

And reach the peak of acceptance.

Only to slide back down to rejection and disdain…

This wandering is no vacation.

–08.12.2011–

 

Grapevine April 14, 2011

Filed under: Wordplay — beabots @ 7:24 PM

Whispers are waking alarms

for the slumber-hungry slaves.

Bullets of demean rippling

in the stream of busy-ness.

The tongue, a weapon.

A spear, sharpened

by its ever loyal bearer

to curse the unaware,

to drive the guilt

into a journey of paranoia.

‘Heard from the grapevine yet, chica?

 

Vultures March 20, 2011

Filed under: Wordplay — beabots @ 2:10 PM

the vultures are starving
i sense their famine
they want to feed on me
is there no more flesh
from yesterday’s kill?
i desire to feel scared
well, i should be
i could make for a hearty meal –
the cuisine to whet their appetite
like yesterday never happened
and tomorrow will come no more
full like a loaded gun, they’d feel
after feasting on my parts
they’ll burp their way to death

02.28.09