Originally, Texas wasn't part of my itinerary in my trip to the US (actually I didn't have any itinerary at all--it was anything goes hahaha). But when my tito called up to say that my tita in Texas (she was also vacationing there and staying with her son--my cuz) had to have an emergency operation and needed someone to help take care of my nieces after the operation, I jumped at the chance. And oh, how I jumped at the chance! I practically pounced on it like a tiger, I was that excited. =) Though I was going there mainly to help out, it still seemed like a good idea as I haven't seen my cousin and his family for quite some time. Besides, it would be my first time to go to Texas. ;-)
Here are some pictures of my nieces:
Kate and Ella at the play/media room. This is where they play in the afternoon while my tita and I keep an eye on them--and while trying to watch a movie at the same time--mostly Kate's countless Barbie and Disney Princesses flicks! I did more kid-watching of course, as Ella might cry and needed a nap or Kate might suddenly ask for milk (or ask me to play with her or answer her countless questions or...). Quite tiring, yes, but fun.
Tell me, who can resist this cute little girl's charming smile? Certainly not I! :-) This was one of those rare times she smiled at me. Ahh, priceless. Most of the time she just stared at me with a funny/wondering look, probably thinking, "Who is this crazy lady trying to be funny?" Hehehe. Honestly, I didn't even know how to hold her properly the first time when she was crying. It took me a couple of days to get the hang of it as it has been a long time since I held a baby. But hey, I became an expert in putting her to sleep after those couple of days! Take note that I'm an expert in putting her to SLEEP, not in making her LAUGH. ;-P
Kate et moi fooling around at Herrmann Park in Downtown Houston. My tita was a whole lot better by this time, and my cousin had the day off so he had the opportunity to show me the sights. Oh yeah, the pool behind us is called the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool.
In the days that followed after I arrived in Houston, I saw that the land seems to stretch on forever. There are a lot of new subdivisions springing up just outside of downtown Houston, and even more ranches surrounding them. With all this space, we can easily fit the whole of Metro Manila in the state of Texas and still have more land area to spare. No wonder Texas is one of the biggest states in the US. And even the sunset there is big. This was taken at the parking lot of Wal-Mart on a rare sunny day.
I am posting this now as most probably I won't be able to go online on Sunday.
The songs here are mostly from the '50s and '60s, during the time of my pa's youth (naks! ü). I remember him bringing home tapes of artists such as Ricky Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Beatles, etc. whenever he gets back from his flights when I was younger. My brothers and I grew up listening to those songs and we (I) even used to imitate how they sang (you just gotta love Frankie Valli's lovely shrieking falsetto ü). Now it's only me and my pa who do. Hehehe.
And so to my beloved pa and all the fathers out there, here's to you. Happy Father's Day! Love you pa! =)
Name 13 songs in ur mind and answer the following questions.
1. nothing in my way - keane 2. romance for journey - daishi dance 3. put a little love away 4. i'm no angel - dido 5. stranger in paradise - sarah brightman 6. abot kamay - orange and lemons 7. hanggang kailan - orange and lemons 8. para sa akin - sitti 9. for your eyes only - sheena easton 10. if i didn't care - jack lawrence/the inkspots 11. somewhere only we know - keane 12. bad day - daniel powter 13. honneur à tous - mulan
who do u remember when u hear no. 4? erm... secret
does no.8 make u happy? - of course, it relaxes me as well and i don't get tired of listening to this song.
has no. 3 made u cry? nope, but it gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling
in what occasion did you hear no. 9? when i looked it up on youtube hehehe. the first time i heard this was when i listened to sitti live! CD
do u miss no.10? this song was released in 1939 but it was only last week that i first heard this song, from my cousin's oldies tape that he gave me
which lyrics do u like the best from no.1? it's just another day, nothing in my way
do u imagine something when u hear no.2? i imagine something warm and fuzzy
who do u remember when u hear no. 6? this question should start with "what"... i remember manila.
when was the last time u heard no .11? i think that was last month
who told u about no. 8? just heard it on the radio
do u often sing no.11? only when i listen to it
have u sung no.7 to anyone? there's no one to sing this song to =)
does no. 10 inspire ur life? it inspires me to learn more about the past
does no. 5 tell about ur feelings? heehee i think so... take my hand, i'm a stranger in paradise... =)
what do u feel wen u hear no.7? i really love old manila
do u smile when u hear no 11? not really
when was the first time u heard no.1? earlier this year
if u could dedicate no. 9 to someone,who would it be? my goodness, this question hits the mark... i'll just leave this to the imagination of whoever reads this hehehe. ;)
does no 7 mean a lot to u? of course
what’s so special about no 2? it makes me dance
would u sing no.1 to anyone? to whom? no, and anyway there's no one for me to sing this song to.
does no.8 remind u of someone? nope
what memory comes to ur mind when u hear no.5? when i watched sarah brightman in june 2004!!!!!!!! yaaayyyy!!!!!!!!!!!
do u want to hear no 12 right now? maybe later
can u remember clearly the first time u heard no 13? sometime last year in the office on youtube (on breaktime, dearies, on breaktime. ü). oh yeah, this is the french version of "honor to us all." (Chers ancêtres, aidez-moi! Je ne doi pas faire un seul faux pas! lalalala...)