Saturday, April 30, 2005

I'm so glad this week is over...

Well, while I won't really go into detail today, let's just say that a big responsibility in my life has finally been resolved and I can start moving on with my life.

But suffice it to say, trying to put out a forest fire with only a garden hose is NOT fun.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Happy anniversary baby!

So today marks 8 years that I've met my wonderful, wonderful husband, Howard Hing Wah Kwong. One of the interesting things that I've always wondered about us is that it surprises me that we've been together for so long and we haven't killed each other yet!

We've been through a lot together. From that first magical kiss at the infamous and now defunct Buddah Lounge down in WeHo, we've matured, fought, loved, cried, laughed our way through the most amazing things. It hasn't been all joy and laughter since I've been with him, and we've worked really fucking hard to get to where our relationship is now. He's been there through my triumphs, and when I was at my lowest; and he's stood by me. I've also been there with him through all of his tribulations, and let him know that he's never alone.

There's just something about the way that he holds me, kisses me, tells me he loves me, and that's sometimes the only thing that gets me through each day. I know I'm truly blessed to have him in my life, and that I will love him with all my heart, no matter what.

And I still get dizzy when he kisses me.

If that ain't love, what is?

Happy anniversary, baby. I love you!

Pic from Diving Swallow's opening party earlier this year

This is a pic from Diving Swallow, the tattoo parlor where I got my fabulous tattoo done last Tuesday. From left to right, my friend Melissa; my husband; me; my friend Pauline; and Christopher Lee (sorry I wasn't able to talk on Tuesday while I was getting all these needles poked near my crotch, but glad you stopped by while it was all happening!) Posted by Hello

Saturday, April 23, 2005

itchy! itchy! itchy!

oh my god...

my tattoo is starting to heal on schedule...

so it means i'm itchy like a &*(&&(%^!!!

god, someone, make it stop!

Friday, April 22, 2005

happy birthday baby!

It's my baby's birthday today! We went to Chouchou, this faboo French restaurant by Laguna Honda/Forest Hill today, and had yummy foie gras, a classic French cassoulet of lamb daube, and a chocolate-mandarin tart for dessert, plus we had the waiters sing Happy Birthday to him in French.

I love you baby!!!!!

Oh yeah, this coming Sunday is our 8th anniversary too :) Not sure where we'll go for dinner yet then though....Any suggestions?

Thursday, April 21, 2005

A view of the head of the milkfish Posted by Hello

This is my new tattoo that I got on Tuesday of a milkfish. I still haven't figured out what I want to put on the ribbon, but I'll figure it out. Eventually.  Posted by Hello

Friday, April 15, 2005

What would YOU do with a record-setting home run ball?

So the husband and I watched a movie premiere last night for Up For Grabs, a movie about the struggle between two fuckwits who fought over who caught Barry Bonds' 73rd homerun back in 2001.

While I usually avoid baseball like the plague (though I'm surprisingly knowledgable about baseball in general), the movie was done pretty well. The scandal was pretty well publicized, so I'm not going to talk about it (and if you don't, it's more of a reason to watch the movie). Everyone gets portrayed in a complex manner, and at its heart, the movie is about what greed can do to people. You start realizing how sleazy everyone who's intimately involved in this lawsuit is throughout the movie, while the rest of the world wonders what the big deal's about.

I personally found the whole struggle distasteful since it happened one month after 9-11, so to see the motivations behind the lawsuit and the extreme nearsightedness of the guy who filed the lawsuit really made me feel glad that this guy got what he deserved. You don't really feel sorry for anyone, but it just really makes you wonder how people can obsess over something that really wasn't worth obsessing over.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Kreatibo in Dalagas & Tomboys (April 28-30)

You guys gotta check Kreatibo out...I love them!

Does anyone wanna go with me and the husband? :)

Bindlestiff Studio presents
Dalagas & Tomboys: A Family Affair

April 28-30, 2005, 8pm
Thurs-Sat 3 NIGHTS ONLY!
Bindlestiff Studio
505 Natoma Street (btwn Howard & Mission)
San Francisco
$10-15 sliding scale,
$8-10 students (w/ID),
disabled and senior citizens (60 and over w/ID)
No one turned away for lack of funds.
Reservation and phone: 415-974-1167

**drama, comedy, drag, musical fantasy and video from
the creative minds of queer pinays**

Directed by Michelle Bautista
Cast: Maiana Minahal, Lolan Sevilla, Patty Tumang,
Jinky de Rivera, Tina Bartolome, Aimee Suzara,
Morningstar Vancil, Cynthia Blancaflor, Nedjula Baguio
and Geene Gonzales!

*KREATIBO is a queer Pinay artist collective born out
of the need to take our stories out of the margins and
into the spotlight. Using music, movement, words and
images to tell these stories, we are a defiant fist
held up in the face of violence and oppression
targeting our communities. We are dedicated to the
preservation and creation of our collective memory and
use artistic forums as a means of cultural activism.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Most recent annoyance (out of many)...


I can't get Debbie (or is it Deborah?) Gibson's 1980s song, "Foolish Beat" out of my head.

I made the stupid mistake of singing it at karaoke with the husband and our friend on Saturday and for some reason, it keeps popping up in my head.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

And I thought this shit happened only in San Francisco...

So some people are waiting in line for the new Star Wars movie that's opening up in a few weeks in LA.

There's just one problem--they're waiting in the wrong theater.

Here's the link on the story, from my good friend jozjozjoz.

Woohoo! I'm getting a new tattoo!

Oh my God, I'm so excited! After getting my first tattoo 3 years ago, I'm finally getting another one. I won an hour's worth of free tattooing time from my husband's tattooist, Leslie Mah, over at her new tattoo parlor near Oakland Chinatown, called Diving Swallow. Yes, the Leslie Mah who was in Tribe 8, the famous lesbian punk band, years ago.

What I plan to do is to have a milkfish right below my speedo line. The picture will be a bit stylized so at least it won't look like a fucking Japanese koi fish, with a banner around it. I haven't decided what I want to put on the banner, but it'll probably be the word love in Ilokano, my mom's native language. There's going to be lots of cool blue and grayish scales on it, which will be cool since the milkfish is a fairly nondescript fish in real life.

So why a milkfish?

Well, when I was growing up, my mom used to cook milkfish a lot, since it's a fairly common fish that's eaten in the Philippines (and apparently in Taiwan, which I had no idea about, but makes sense given the geography). The word for milkfish in many Filipino languages is "bangus." My mom's familiar name was "Ostang." In my own twisted sense of humor, I would often say, "Ostang is cooking us-bang!" while my mom would laugh or roll her eyes, depending on her mood.

It's a weird way of commemorating my mom, but I think it works. I know my mom is laughing at it even as I type. Given that she passed a couple years ago, I wanted to commemorate her in a tattoo, but in a way that makes sense to me. All the cheesy "mom" tattooes didn't work for me.

I still miss her, especially if I have sinigang na bangus, this sour-tasting stew that's cooked with the milkfish. She used to always go for the portion of the fish with the stomach, since that was her favorite part. Even now, when I eat that portion of the fish on the rare times I order it (ain't no way it tastes better than my mom's version), I think of her.

Dang, I miss her.

Woo hoo! 52 out of 60 from 30 yards!

This was when I scored 52 (out of 60) from 30 yards out. It was a pretty good day, though I don't know how the hell I got that good for that one end. About an hour earlier, I had done a Robin Hood (one arrow split the top of another arrow). An hour later after this pic was taken, the mole on my tummy was removed. Lovely, ain't it? Posted by Hello

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Grammar test

For those of you who know me really well, I'm a stickler for correct English grammar, which is part of the reason why I do transcription part time. I also taught writing to college students when I was a graduate student at UCSB and a lecturer at San Francisco State University. It annoys me to hell when people, especially professionals like doctors, use incorrect grammar and spelling, especially in professional documents!

Anyway, here's the link for the test.

Here are my results:

English Genius
You scored 100% Beginner, 92% Intermediate, 100% Advanced, and 94% Expert!
You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!

Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog:

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

You scored higher than 65% on Beginner

You scored higher than 29% on Intermediate

You scored higher than 81% on Advanced

You scored higher than 99% on Expert
Link: The Commonly Confused Words Test written by shortredhead78 on Ok Cupid