Saccharine Irony

This site is a compilation of fluid thoughts, a collection of poetry, random glimpses of humor and tragedy, spontaneous notions of an extremely sensitive mind.

Weekends with Bentot! February 25, 2010

Filed under: Faves,Love — Aimee @ 4:00 am

We mish you langging! Hope you could spend a weekend with us soon! 🙂

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gamely playing with the blanket!

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this is what laughter is 😀

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dramatic. hahahaha!

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i am not to be disturbed. this is very important.

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gotcha!!!

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The Highschool Reunion I Shan’t Forget February 22, 2010

Filed under: Events — Aimee @ 3:32 pm

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It was at Ghana, on the 29th of December 2009, and everyone who came looked fab and gorgeous. After ten years, it was high school all over again. The Moffats, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, and No Doubt were blasting from the speakers.  On the wide screen were videos and pictures of wide-eyed teens in uniforms and socks and black shoes. Of classrooms and sports fields and bonsais. There was a copy of the black yearbook right at the registration booth and all you needed to do was flip the pages to remember the bittersweet days of high school – Shakespeare and Chemistry experiments, prom dresses and cheering competitions, tempura and slushy fruit shakes.  The pangs of disprized love.  Of Romeos and Juliets. Ah. It was sweet high school at the Little School House all over again and for a few seconds you are transfixed.

Buy you find that something else transfixes you. Almost everyone you knew during their zit days and bad hair days and puberty days are suddenly right in front of you, dressed in lovely cocktail dresses, sporting sky-high stiletto heels, or wearing dapper collared shirts. Of course they were lovely back then, but looking at them now, you realize how time makes everything more beautiful. Gone are the awkwardness, sloped shoulders, slouched backs, unsure smiles. You are actually shaking hands and making beso with lawyers, artists, doctors, nurses, investors, chefs, successful entrepreneurs – young urban professionals, all. Trading jokes with people who have found their places under the sun, sharing tables with those you literally grew up with, squabbled, chatted, and cheated with, but people nevertheless who knew you ten years ago and are still interested in knowing you better, now. Nothing could be sweeter and you wish these sort of things happened every year. Just for the sheer fun of it.

The food was great and an unlimited bar opened right after the program, rambunctious laughter included, was over. Margaritas, Bailey’s, beer, and tequilas — everything was neon lights and alcohol, dancing and conversations straining to be heard over loud music.

So here are some of the best pics.  Some are from my camera, while a few were taken by the official photographers for the event. I was wearing a strapless number, 3-inch heels, and dark eyes, but in my heart of hearts, I am sixteen all over again, laughing and posing for pictures with my bosom best friends, knowing that these things are the very things that keep us young.

The night had been magical, at the very least. :}

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sora, me, estee

margaritas, anyone?

pretty party girls

hamming it up!

Senior year! 4-U

year-end fun!!!

 

Can You Give Me The Rosette Nebula? February 10, 2010

Filed under: Faves,Travel — Aimee @ 12:31 pm
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The Rosette Nebula. Just breathtaking.

This is the lovely Rosette nebula, a cluster of large stars forming near the tip of a gigantic molecular cloud found in the Milky Way Galaxy. The distance of this cluster or nebula from the Earth is 5,200 light years (with one light year equivalent to a little less than 10 trillion kilometres), and its diameter is about 130 light years.

The emission of the nebula is perpetuated by the radiation coming from the young stars in the cluster, which in turn stimulate the atoms found in the nebula. This is what causes the strange but beautiful Rosette nebula, often seen clearly through binoculars and telescopes.

I could not stop staring at this photo of the Rosette nebula for about three minutes. One day I hope to witness it in all its breathtaking glory, whenever or wherever that maybe. So for this Valentine’s season, I’m dreaming of nebulas and star emissions, and far-away gaalxies, where everything is complex but beautiful.

And yes, I still have to watch Avatar for the second time and enter the lush universe of Pandora. Can’t wait to be blown away, again.

 

Clean Slate: Turning Over a New Leaf February 9, 2010

Filed under: confessions,Life — Aimee @ 2:34 pm

So, my first post for the year 2010.

I apologize for not writing in here for more than a month, but I promise to write in here more often, what with the summer just around the corner. I expect to have more than a few out-of-town trips, beach camping, river trekking exploits and other outdoorsy stuff in the next few months so I guess I will have to make more time for blogging. For posterity’s sake.

Anyhoo, the past month has been grueling, but fun nevertheless. We had a send-off party for Brinee, who left for Dubai for work on the second week of January. The videoke party was fun, more so because we chose this new Korean videoke bar, with gorgeous wallpaper, flat screen televisions, and tambourines. We all had our send-off gifts for Brinee, wrapped the party up at 1am, and woke up the following working day with just about 4 hours of sleep.

I was also working on weekends, trying to catch up on lost work during the long Holidays, and in one of those weekends when I was working at home, I fell in love with a toddler. I have gotten pretty close with my brother’s girlfriend’s family, with Carla (the gf) and Mik (the gf’s sister) spending Christmas,  going out on beach and swimming trips, and sampling new restos with the rest of us. Mik works for a hospital, and one of their co-employees is the single mom of a chubby toddler named Bentot (sounds funny, yes, but the kiddo is just disarmingly cute). Since they are quite poor and could not afford a nanny, Bentot would be deposited in various nurse stations all over the hospital, including the pharmacy station where Mik works, left to be cared for and fed by whoever is on duty at that time. Sounds a bit tragic yes, but you’d be inclined to think otherwise if you’d see Bentot in the flesh. She has this huge tummy that keeps peeking out of her tight shirt, big black eyes, stubby fingers, and the biggest appetite you’ve ever seen on a 2 year old. So when Mik brought her to the house one weekend, I fell in love. Sigh. I wish I could have my own toddler, like, right now. Haha.

our new baby! 😀

Then on the 30th of January this year my cousin Tanya got hitched, finally, to Julius.  The entire event elicited a sigh of relief from me and perhaps everyone else too, especially since the wedding had been postponed once due to some very sad complications. Thankfully the wedding pushed through 5 months after the original wedding date. I was the one who took the pre-nuptial photos, along with my creative cousin Coy Fuentes, and I was also part of the liturgical entourage for the Mass. The wedding was lovely to say the least, the food was yum, the wine was divine, the chocolate fountain worth going gaga over, and the entire event happy and dreamy. Sigh. Don’t you just love weddings.

the sweet serenade

My 2010 kicked off pretty well, and I’m looking forward to more fun in the coming months. Well, don’t ask about my heart, it’s still bruised and blue in most places, but I’m coping. Things always do get better in time. Isn’t that enough cause for celebration?

Yeah. \m/

Divine Mercy Shrine sunset