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ADDICTION

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SHESH KABAB TASHREEB SALAD WITH HUMMOUS TAHINI BON - BONS YOUGURT

Music is my Life

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My love affair for music started when I was still a few months old. Apparently, according to my mom ,my dad used to put a transistor radio that would play music near our crib and it would lull us to sleep. This was a habit that my dad did for me and my older sister. I am thankful for this because till now music is very important to me. Between TV and an iPod, I will choose the iPod any day. So my house mates could never comprehend why I chose to be in my room all day rather than lounging in the entertainment area watching in our 50 inches surround-sound theatre system. Currently, I have 1,000 plus songs in my iPod. I had an iPod shuffle before but I decided to invest in iTouch with 32 gigabytes of memory because I am a music lover. My music is eclectic. But my constant favorites are as follows based on their ranking the first one being the most: 1. Bob Marley ( Who doesn’t love him?) 2. Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong

Personal Finance and Savings

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I would like to share my thoughts on something very important and integral most especially to young professionals and not so young professionals like me (aguy!accepted na jud nga tigulang na heheheh). How many of us actually cared about saving or starting a business while still in college? For some either they have great influence from their parents or close relatives but other than that entrepreneurship or personal finance has never been inculcated in any of our curriculum or school subjects in the Philippines. Well, this may be a generalized statement because I have no clue as to what the curriculum now in high school is but if it were up to me, I would incorporate personal finance as a subject in high school or a minor in college because it is very important most especially when we begin to earn money not only as a salaried employee but also if we want to start our own business that we know how to handle our finances wisely. When I started working at the age of 22 which is by the

Teddy & Edward

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Meet Teddy & Edward.... Don't ask me how they got their names. They are my bed mates and they occupy 20 % of my bed space. Lately though I needed some space because I feel crowded and suffocated so I am sleeping alone in my bed for a few days. They on the other hand are sitting on top of my shelf cabinets. But aren't they adorable? Now if you ask me who keeps me warm during the nights. Now you know ;-)

Gastronomic Delights

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Below is a collection of gastronomic delights since I came here: Banana Split Beef Biryani, Mixed Salad with Hummous Tahini (Chickpea Paste) & Oriental Beef Oriental Beef Beef Biryani Pancit (Kurdish Version) Chicken Adobo with Boiled Eggs Chicken A La King (Hotdog Version) Dolma Sojuk with green pepper and tomatoes Nachos with Jalapenos and cheese spread

Shanidar Cave Adventures

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When I first arrived here in Kurdistan, someone brought me and my friend Vevey to Shanidar Cave. Below are the interesting facts that I have read from wikipedia about Shanidar Cave. Source -- Wikipedia The cave site of Shanidar is located in the Zagros Mountains of Kurdistan in Iraq . It was excavated between 1957-1961 by Ralph Solecki and his team from Columbia University and yielded the first adult Neanderthal skeletons in Iraq, dating between 60-80,000 years BP .The excavated area produced nine skeletons of Neanderthals of varying ages and states of preservation and completeness (labelled Shanidar I - IX). The tenth individual was recently discovered by M. Zeder during examination of a faunal assemblage from the site at the Smithsonian Institution. The remains seemed to Zeder to suggest that Neandertals had funeral ceremonies , burying their dead with flowers (although the flowers are now thought to be a modern contaminant), and that they took care of injured individuals

A Kurdish Engagement Party

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I was invited by one of our staff to an engagement party that was quite an experience for me. They were Kurdish Moslem. What fascinated me was the myriad of colors they were wearing in their traditional costumes and my God the gold ornaments must have cost like $3,000. The family of the girl which includes the cousins and aunts stayed in one living room. The men were staying in the other part of the room. Then the boy’s family came with sweets they call paklava and softdrinks for the event. Then they started this loud howling and dancing outside the house. It’s like tarzan’s howl when he swings in the jungle. I asked them why they do that and as what I understood from their smidgens of English it was to like a call to parteyyy. Pictures attached.

My Mom, the Survivor

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(St. Therese of the Child Jesus is my mom's patron saint since she was a nun) She was so near into making her permanent vows and this was to marry God. But God must have other plans for her. Instead, she traversed into a different path - a path she thought she would never encounter. And with this path of life she took, never did she feel any sense of regret despite all the opportunities she had lost when she decided to walk away from having a religious life, no chance could compare with the joy she had when she became a wife and a mother. Born in a big family, Susana Abarcar lived a typical girl's life. She was the youngest of the brood of seven. She was spoiled with attention from her parents, brothers and sisters. But she never became arrogant for theirs was a simple family who tilled the soil for rice planting. Her family were migrants from Iloilo. They migrated into several places but settled for good in the town of Compostela, Davao del Norte they were pioneers of the p