Thursday, April 23, 2009

cellphone detox

It's been almost four months since my cellphone conked out. That SE w880 that I loved so much. I brought it to a Sony-Ericsson center to have it repaired, but they said they had to look further into its "possible hardware problem" (that's service jargon for "We don't know what's wrong with it") and it may take a while. Well, it took a while. It's still taking.

The first couple of weeks without it were the toughest - I felt disabled without my pet phone and kept wishing for it's quick recovery. Eventually I grew used to the situation and stopped hoping. I realized that I could manage to live without a cellphone - in fact, I didn't really need one - and decided not to redeem my SE w880.

When people ask me about when I intend to buy a new phone, I tell them that I really don't - at least not right now. I'm actually enjoying not having a phone. Not having to answer calls at awkward times, not even having a choice to make an "urgent" phone call (Thot: Since technological advancements have made things faster and easier for us, everything seems to be urgent these days, but not necessarily important). I think of it as an unplanned detox from all the techno-stress.

Monday, April 20, 2009

bliss in blue

I've once again had the sublime priviledge of breaking away from the busy city and taking refuge where there are vast blue horizontals. It was three days with the Hubby and the bunnies, at Laiya this time.

No TV, to computer, no internet. If it weren't for the sea and the sky, it would have been boring. A lot of quiet (we were quite fortunate that there weren't many people then) - too quiet, actually. We aren't used to doing nothing, but that's exactly what we needed: doing nothing. We slept most of the day sleeping and eating and splashing in the water.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

amen to that!

Friend B and his brilliant shirt at the brilliant modern Stations of the Cross.

Monday, April 6, 2009

butterscotch syrup

A quick and easy defense against those sudden sweet-tooth attacks. :)

You will need:

  • 1 can of cream or condensed milk
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

  • Combine all ingredients in a pan over low heat.
  • Stir constantly and bring to a boil.
  • Let cool and store.
Really simple!

  • Top over ice cream for a nice sundae.
  • Drizzle pancakes, waffles or crepes.
  • Use as a dip for fruit or pretzels.
  • Try it with bananacue or turon with vanilla ice cream - a real treat!
  • Pour over a nice, moist chocolate cake or apple pie (oh, just thinking about it makes my mouth water).
  • Eat it as is, like I often do. :)
  • Store in a pretty jar and gift to a friend.