Saturday, June 25, 2005

I'm a Millionaire!

I am worth $2,236,566 on
Don't know how they did the math on this one, but either way, I'm priceless. Over 2mill baby. Booooyah! Check it out and let me know how much you are worth. I'll try not to let this get to my head.

Moving right along, I just saw Coach Carter today. It's a real life story of a modern day hero. Very poignant, very moving, very very good. If you are a big fan of Remember the Titans and Lean on Me, then this is another one for you. Good job Samuel Jackson.

The only sucky part to the movie was Ashanti. I could have done a better job and I'm not even a pro. What is up with her? I'm sick and tired of singers trying to be actors and vice versa. Stick with the talent that you know and stop trying to be a wannabe. Or in your case Ashanti, go fine tune what little talent you do have. Cos we all know that you can't dance, you can't act and you can barely sing.

Ok, I'm going to leave you with this thought. It's a line from the movie, and I had to google it to get the full quote. It's attributed to Nelson Mandela, he used it in his inaugural speech in 1994, but it was infact said by Marianne Williamson...(girl power!).

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the
same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Man, that's deep!

Friday, June 24, 2005

Monthly Visitor

Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month that I can be myself. - Roseanne Barr

Ok Roseanne....whatever! I was reading an article in some women's magazine a few months ago, and they asked a question on whether getting your period was:
(a) a joyful culmination of your feminity
(b) confirmation that you aren't pregnant
(c) a royal pain in the ass

I would have to go with B & C...that joyful culmination is stretching it. There is no way that cramps, bloating, snack cravings, lethargy, all the bloody mess, and the taking of a midday nap can be associated with anything joyful. But maybe that is just me. What do you guys think?

Moving right along, I decided to take Tamira's advice and expand my social circle. It really sucks that currently it consists of less than half a dozen people on the West Coast (and that's stretching it).

If you are reading this cos I invited you too...Welcome! And Please, PLEASE be my friend!!! (Ok, was that desperate or what?) Let me be cool, super cool. "How YOU doing?" *imitating Joey*

Listening to: Let the Worshippers Arise by PCD
Mood: Crampy but Happy

Tuesday, June 21, 2005


There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. - Countess of Blessington

Thanks to the good people at Oreo for coming up with the Peanut Butter Creme Double Stuf Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. Although each serving packs a whopping 140 calories, it's sooooo good that your palate will thank you. For the Reese's Pieces lover out there, I highly recommend this cookie to add to your collection of favorites.

Moving right along, I think the mail-lady has a crush on me. Seriously! We have a mail slot and so she doesn't need to knock on the door all the time to deliver the mail, but she does anyway. Promptly, between 1pm and 2. Must be because of my stunning smile, showing all my pearly whites. Even though generally I'm in my sweats and a T. Ok, maybe she doesn't. Maybe I'm just delusional because I'm now on the West Coast and half of the people here are fruity.

Ok, sorry to diss the East Bay like that, but everytime I have the opportunity to people watch, I'm stunned by the level of fruitiness. They are all just soooo darned sweet and friendly over here, it's depressing.

Say a prayer for me tonight. I'm supposed to go watch my boyfriend practicing Muay Thai at his gym. Pray that I don't get conked out by some flying knee kick. Or get elbowed by accident by some flailing guy that got thrown by someone else. Defying gravity is against the laws of nature, and with my luck, I'm bound to get hit. *fingers, arms, legs, eyes crossed* I'm a lover, not a fighter...I leave that to my younger sister, aka the Dragon.

Listening to: Fantasia, BABY MAMA.
Mood: Relaxed, sipping on Raspberry Soda!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Breaking News

The law is bigger than money - but only if the law works hard enough. - Thomas E. Dewey

By now everyone in the whole world has probably heard that Micheal Jackson was fully acquitted of all charges brought against him for child molestation and conspiracy to commit a felony. Most of us watched the breaking news on TV yesterday in passive acceptance. Some were probably quite incensed, not believing that he managed to escape the noose of the law again.

For all the MJ fans out there, I know that you guys must have been seriously pleased. As for me, I was ambivalent at best, going from both sides of the fence ...(hey, I'm a Libra, it's what we do best!) Anyway, big ups to MJ for doing what every other celebrity has managed to do, pay big bucks and get away from the long arm of the law that casts a shadow on every other mediocre bloke out there.

The 13 week trial was more than just a trial, it was a circus that the nation watched quite avidly. I'm sure that the re-enactors from E! really loved the steady paychecks they got for over 3 months. With all we all recall the Pajama Appearance, the Peace Sign, MJ standing on the SUV, Jesus Juice, the gag was a circus. I'm sure that the people of Santa Clara are really glad to have their town as theirs once again.

Actually I was avidly reading the news on the Internet yesterday. I prefer to get my news via the web so that I can selectively filter out whatever I don't want to know about and click only on the stories that intrigue me. The power of the 21st century...tres magnifique!

Destiny's Child announced that they were going to split up after their World Tour. Nooooooooooooooo! Where else will we be able to get our Girl Power songs from? Only DC can come up with such songs as Survivor, Bootylicious, Independant Woman and make it the national anthem of women everywhere.

TLC is gone, DC is on it's way out as well. I guess it's up to P.Diddy's Making the Band 3 to furnish us with the new generation of girl bands. Good luck with that.

Listening to: Cater 2U by DC Mood: Mellow

Sunday, June 12, 2005


A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it. - Alfred Hitchcock

Guess what? Mr. & Mrs. Smith rocked the box office this past weekend. I'm sure most people went to see it just to gauge themselves the level of attraction of Brangelina. Gosh people...get a life! They are ACTORS, they can portray anything they need to in order to get the emotion across. That is why they are paid the big acting bucks. So you all that bought the ticket on that appeal alone got jipped and made the movie rise to it's $51 million mark. Good job.

Personally, I don't do opening weekends. I need my 2 feet of personal space, thank you very much! I probably won't even see it until you all are lining up for some other blockbuster.

What's up with Hollywood and every single remake movie they keep bringing out? If it's not a remake it's a prequel, sequel or something that has been done before. What happened to all the original plot lines and twists? Have we seriously made every single possible movie that we can and are stuck with these insipid clones?

If you need inspiration, I'm sure that the general public has a few movie ideas for you. You could do a movie about my life for starters. That should give you enough fodder for a trilogy at the very least.

Please, please, please Hollywood, get original or else we all will just quit watching movies altogether. Then were will that leave you?

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Victoria's Secret

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"To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself." Henry Ward Beecher

So I'm checking my email today and voila, a flyer for Victoria's Secret catches my eye. For those VS shoppers out there, they are having their semi-annual clearance sale. Ok, so I ended up heading to the site and putting innumerable items in my shopping bag. I'm still deliberating whether to actually purchase 48hrs to think about it!

I came to the States in 1999, I discovered VS in 2000 but scoffed at the idea of paying sooooo much money for such a frilly garment. Three times more expensive than anything I owned at that point. Being the thrifty spender that I am, I couldn't get my mind over the atrocity. What is Victoria's Secret anyway?

My birthday in 2003 was when a certain someone decided that a VS gift certificate would be a good idea. Even then the voucher sat in my wallet unused for several months. Sometime around Christmas after spending weeks buying stuff for everyone else, I decided to buy something for myself and went into the gilded entryway at my local VS joint.

I had entered a boudoir! Was my first thought as I scanned the large room. Of course I had to act like I belonged so I grabbed the first frilly underthing that caught my attention. The silky garment was pure fluff but the stuff of dreams, cool to the touch yet at the same time very sensual. Next the perfumes caught my eye, with names like Very Sexy, Angel...etc, how could I resist?

I used to work at Bath and Body Works in college, and I thought that I would be immune by now to anything that appealed to the sense of smell. Twas not so! I tried every single sample they had out, and found myself in the beauty shop sampling lotions and scents with names like Secret Crush and Love Spell.

By the time the saleslady approached me for a bra fitting, I was feeling so enamored of the shop that I couldn't even say no to a stranger measuring my bodice. I found my perfect bra size...No, I'm NOT advertising that, and ended up spending WAAAAAaaay too much money at this store designed to wrap every fantasy in sensual delights.

However, since then I've managed to curb my appetites to the occasional splurge. Splurge meaning every 3-4 months...hehehe. I still have a whole stash of aromatherapy stuff from my last buy. If my mother knew what I was spending my money on, she would totally flip. Although, maybe if I took her to VS, she might understand.

So what is Victoria's secret? Everyone has pondered this at one time or another. My answer...

"Victoria's Secret is that EVERY woman is sexy and desirable." That's it, plain and simple. I'm sexy, my mom is sexy, even my grandmother who is 80 years old is sexy. We all have the power of Eve in us... the feminity to send a tantalizing thought through every single guy in our domain. The reason it's a secret is because most women don't know they have the sensuality of a goddess; they think that only the skinny models can conjure up fantasies.

Not so. As long as you have the double X chromosome, you are in honey. You are the hottest female walking around, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Once you know that, it will only take a moment for everyone else to figure that out too.

And a diva is born.

Saturday, June 04, 2005


WOOHOO!!!! Finally here!

Ok, so the journey was a BIG hassle--those of you that know me will understand why. Let's just say that for me, the skies aren't so friendly anymore. No, I didn't get into don't start thinking the worst.

Anyway, I'm here now and there are some things that I noticed that I simply must share to my East Coast peeps.

1. Gas Prices: Okay, we bitch when the price dips above 2 bucks a pop. In Cali, it has never fallen below 2 bucks since before ...noone can even remember. Right now it's 2.39 a gallon and people are thinking that is pretty cool. In my head, I'm still spending East Coast money, so I think it's atrocious!

2. Governor: Yep, the Governator is Scharwznegger (sp). It's hard to believe that such a teeming locale of diverse people could all come together and vote a movie star as the governor. Jeeez! Kinda like how it's hard to believe that 51% of America voted for U Know Who.

3. The Crazy Chicken aka El Pollo Loco: Is officially the coolest fast food chain around. For 10 bucks we got 2 chicken breasts, 3 flour tortillas, a serving of mashed potatoes and gravy, corn on the cob, black beans, rice, a drink and then there was a salad bar that you could choose what toppings you wanted (jalepenos, salsa, sour cream etc.) All for a whopping $9.97. Needless to say, me and my date gorged ourselves on the tasty repast. You know a Mexican restaurant is great if you see Mexicans eating their full. We did and I'm glad we went there. Muchas gracias!

4. PanHandlers and Chatterboxes: We actually went to the city over Memorial Day weekend. I have never been so talked to in all my life just walking down the street. In Bmore, you hear conversations around you, but unless you actually make eye contact, noone talks to you. In NY, you don't make eye contact and no stranger talks to you. However, in San Fran, everybody talks to everybody all the time! It was quite shocking to me. We were having a conversation trying to decide where to get a bite to eat, and a guy walking down the street actually suggested a place to us. A stranger butted into our convo and conversed (sure enough, the place he suggested had great food, but that is beside the point!) We got chatted to by panhandlers, street artists, people selling all manner of wares. It was a total confabulation of the senses.

5. Supermarkets: There is not a Walmart or Giant to be found anywhere. Trust me, I've been looking. I miss having Giant around every single couple of blocks, I miss having Walmart in every district. Most Californians have heard of Walmart but haven't been to one. HOW CAN YOU NOT HAVE EVER BEEN TO WALMART? The equivalent of Giant is Albertson's...which is pretty decent. They still have alot of Safeways around. My friend says that there are is a Walmart around here, but you have to get on the highway to get to it.

6. Curvy Intersections: At most intersections, they have several lights. Besides the usual NWSE routes, they also have another street or sometimes two, that cut diagonally across the quads and curve off to somewhere else. At the intersection! Sometimes it's hard to remember which way you are supposed to go when the light turns green...

7. Taxes: 8.75%. Enough said.

8. Frye's Electronics: Think 10 times bigger than Best Buy, and yet half the cost. The tech lovers dream. Every single gadget and accessory you want can be found here. It's where the people who designed your computer actually go to get their wares. I got a bunch of current DVDs for 9.99 each. Man, I love Silicon Valley!