Saturday, October 29, 2005

Little Bit of This & That

It's been a rather crazy week. Jeremy dropped into town again on Monday and stayed through the week. Always fun to have him around. :)

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Josue and I have been playing tennis on a regular basis for quite awhile now. Lately some of our closest friends started picking up the game too and we've been playing together almost everyday for at least 2 hours each time. The ache in my body is wonderful feeling!

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Believe it or not, we started putting up our Christmas tree this morning. We're going non-traditional, and besides, we just couldn't wait to put our very first tree up! Call us crazy.

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I finally know what I'll be going as to our Life Group Halloween Party coming Monday. Details and pictures to come. I wonder if someone will be getting a prize...

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Came to find out that one of my bestfriends is about to quit her job in Washington and she hopes to move to Dallas in the next few months. I couldn't be more excited about this!

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And finally, yes, the Houston Astros lost. Because of Josue and Jeremy, I feel like I have to care some how. :)

P/S: Enjoy the extra hour of sleep tomorrow. It's going to be SO precious.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Okay, I'm having to dress up for Halloween when we attend our Life Group party on Monday night. None of those scary or gothic kinds, please. But I desperately need ideas, so I'm open to anything that you might throw at me. Be original and creative. I don't see myself going to the party store and buying any of those ready-made chessy costumes that everyone else wears.

So the one whose costume idea I decide to use might end up getting a prize from me...maybe. :)

Monday, October 24, 2005

Where Has Everything Gone?

Don't ask me how this past weekend was for us. It went by so quickly and it was so hectic that I don't remember much of it. All I know was that Josue's youngest brother Ernesto came to visit us for fall break from ACU. And for the first time, he brought his fairly new girlfriend Lotefa over to visit with us. We had a good time getting to know her. She seems to compliment him very well.

Anyway, one of the fun things we did this weekend was to go up the Reunion Tower downtown Dallas (the tower with the huge golf-ball-like dome thingie). It's usually one of the must-do when a tourist comes to Dallas because you can get such a fantastic view of the city from many stories up. There is also a restaurant and a lounge up there where patrons get to wine and dine while the area goes into a full rotation every hour. We went up to the Dome Lounge for appetizers and drinks (minors are still allowed in prior to 11pm) and got a fantastic 360-degrees night view of the city. It was beautiful up there. Josue felt a little nauseous (he's afraid of heights) but other than that did very well. See, we even have a picture to prove it!

Of course, this was just one of many other activities with we did with the 'kids' this past weekend. But like I said, I don't remember most of them now. I think I need another few more days to recuperate. :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

I Need Help

I'm tired of feeling tired. What's my deal? I'm having trouble falling asleep, and this has been a problem for the last month or so. I've been trying to keep myself in a routine: waking up early and going to bed early, but doesn't work when my brain insists on being so wired at night. I try falling asleep while watching TV, but I think that's been doing more harm than good because I end up being glued to it while watching something really interesting.

It's truly annoying how wired my mind gets. I'm a pondering person and I think a lot, sometimes overanalyzing. But must I do it even while I'm trying to sleep? It's like my body has no control over my mind and it keeps going and going. I kick and scream, I protest, I do whatever I can to stop, but it has a mind of its own and it's driving me insane. The worse thing is when a song keeps playing in my head over and over again; a particular song that I might have listen to that day and somehow got stuck in my head for the rest of the day. It gets freaker when the song even plays repeatedly in my dreams when I finally fall asleep. I know this because this happened to me last night, and it wasn't the first time either. With all these craziness going on, I wake up in the morning feeling more exhausted than I was yesterday. Insomniac, perhaps? Or am I truly going insane? Either way, I need help, and if you have any suggestion for me to be able to fall asleep or to sleep better in general, bring it on.

(On a random note, I'm thrilled that this entry marks my 100th post!! Hey, I have to be excited about something, right?)

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Getting Back Into The Groove

We celebrated my Indonesian friend Vella's birthday tonight at
Penang, my absolute favorite Malaysian restaurant in Frisco (making
this visit the 2nd time we've eaten there this weekend alone). I've known
most of these people for quite awhile since our time together at ACU,
but only recently found out that they were based in the Dallas/Fort Worth
area. I'm so excited to be in touch with them again because I've truly
been missing out on hanging out with friends of 'my own kind', if you
get my drift. :) And no, I'm not being discriminating towards my
American friends or anything of that sort, but as all of you know,
I don't hang out with Asian people on a regular basis. So it's a nice
'feeling' when I get to do so occasionally. Thanks for a fun evening, guys, and
thanks to my sweet hubby for being such a good sport and being the
'minority' tonight...haha....

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Pictures from the Week

Some of us from the team intensely watching the softball match
that was going on before our turn to play on Thursday night.
Coach Z getting ready to pitch...

One of our girls Renee getting ready to bat...

Went out to shake hands with our opponents after
the match. See our cool personalized shirts?

Ending our season (yeah, it was our last game on Thursday)
with a closing prayer led by our opponents.
It was quite an experience.

We threw a wedding celebration shindig for our ACU buddies
Heather & Emily and their significant others on Tuesday. Check out the
homemade cake--Josue did the icing part and it turned
out pretty good!

Stephen (Emily's fiance) was particularly excited about
getting his chip and dip dish set from the gang.

Heather & Alex with their first wedding present from us!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Road Block

I promise I'm fine. I just haven't had much to say, or perhaps too much to say. And I think there's more to life than just blogging, of course. Life is busy for us, the usual, but nonetheless wonderful. We have so much to be thankful for. Things aren't always peachy (otherwise we wouldn't be normal) but we're definitely more blessed than many others. So much going on around the world, and unfortunately there are usually the bad things: terrible earthquake in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, mudslides in Guatemala and some parts of Mexico due to Hurricane Stan, and of course the continual recovery for those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Not forgetting the war in Iraq. Quite depressing and heart-wrenching, I'd say!

With that aside, our household is slightly less-dramatic than the rest of the world, and we like it that way. Keeps us sane when we are bombarded by these kinds of news daily. We've had our fair share of football games (on TV, that is), ice-hockey game (this we saw in person), reunion with friends, dinner appointments, movies, church-related activities etc. Oh yes, and we still do work. And I'm doing the 'girly' thing most of the day today. I'll be cooking, baking and prepping for when we celebrate this evening with 2 good friends who are getting married in December and they're bringing their significant others to join us and some other friends for a shindig.

So I promise, I'll definitely have more to blog later. It's just the occasional road block, or blog block, I guess.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Tough Nut

We lost yet another softball game yesterday. When we started off in the beginning, losing was bearable. But after 4 games and a streak of losing later, it's really becoming annoying, at least for me. I know I've done mistakes that have cost the team, but come on, there are other players on the team whom I know can make up for that but yet aren't performing up to their standards. Actually I do have to give ourselves credit last night because I think we played a lot harder and better than previously, but we were 'jinxed' in some way or another. And yours truly got hit by the ball, AGAIN, this time behind my leg. I'm just thankful that it wasn't as bad as the other lady from the opposing team who got hit directly on her back while she was running from 2nd to 3rd base. It wasn't a pleasant sight and she was obviously in pain, but she continued playing afterwards.

Yeah, yeah, this is a church league and we play for the purpose of having fun and having fellowship together with fellow Christians. But I'd be lying if I said that I was playing purely for fun. Despite the fact that half the time I'm in limbo about the game and just do whatever the coaches tell me to do, there's still that competitive blood within me that can't be surpressed. It annoys me when we lose, and I hate myself even more when I make silly mistakes.

I swam all throughout my school years. As you know, swimming is very much a individual sport, unless you swim in a relay event. But most of the time, you're on your own and you swim to get the best timing possible. I'm used to that. That's how I was brought up. But I rarely compete in a multi-player team sport. (Except those times when I competed in intramural waterball back at ACU and one time almost drowned a Delta Theta opponent twice my size because of my "wanting to kick Delta Theta's butt" attitude.) So perhaps this is what I'm learning from this softball experience. It's not just about winning (although most of the time I still think it is), but it's also about team-effort, encouraging one another to do their best and understanding that each individual is a crucial element to the team as a whole.

Now let's just hope I can go back out there into the field next week and have an overall better attitude....

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Birthdays and Such

I like birthday surprises, and not just the ones that are for me. :) The planning, the cake-baking, the anticipation, the secrecy and conspiracy...we're talking about some pretty intense stuff here. Just last night we threw a surprise birthday party for a close friend from church, "B". Originally this surprise was also for another girl whose birthday also falls this week, but she was unable to turn up afterall. We were going to surprise the girls after our usual Monday nights Life Group meeting. B and her husband are on rotation all this month to be hosts for Life Group, so throwing this party in her own home without her suspecting anything was a little tricky. But her husband was very helpful all throughout the process and gave us a spare key to their house so we could sneak in the cake and present in the afternoon before she returned home from school. We found out later that it turned out to be a close call because while we were sneaking into their house, B had called her husband saying that she was let out of class early and that she was on her way home. He freaked out because he knew we were there. It worked out alright because Josue and I were in and out of the house in no time. And she was utterly surprised in the evening when we finally brought the cake and candles out. She had no clue until we explained how we pulled everything together.

The last surprise party we attended was also a blast. Super Mom Kyna wanted to surprise her hubby with a graduation celebration (he got his Masters from ACU this summer) while he wanted to surprise her with a birthday party--both on the same day (the time was an issue at first but it worked out eventually)!!!. And since they had emailed pretty much the same group of friends from both sides, we all showed up at one time and they realized that they had surprised one another at the same time. It was a classic scene, they really thought they were doing this for each other and had absolutely no clue about the other's intentions. It was hilarious. Thanks for those great memories, guys! :)