Wednesday, 15 June 2005

What's with family?

The British has this fascination of searching their family history. What's amazing is that a lot of these 'researchers' really traced their ancestors born in the early 17th century, or even beyond that.

K even tried to trace his ancestors from his mother's side. When he stumbled upon some facts on his supposed-to-be bloodline, it was a gem of a find which amused his mother to no end. Google must have had a great time establishing connection between K and Prince William! Agh, imagine? K is Prince Charles' million-degree cousin? Great.

Anyway, why is this fascination at its peak? There was already a BBC TV series acompanied by a book titled Who Do You Think You Are. Hundreds of books claiming to be experts in tracing family histories are in libary and bookstore shelves everywhere. An old lady came to me at work asking how she could find details about Stavely iron works where her great grandfather used to work in the early 18th century.

I mean, i'm not against all these spending the rest of our post-retirement years searching about dead ancestors. But what about the cousins and other relatives who are still alive? K has cousins all over the world whom he has not seen for decades. Why not establish contact with them via email or phone, get to know them, visit them, and be like the family that they really are?

Ok, granting that it's good to know who our ancestors are, know what they did and learn their love stories...I mean so what??? How about our cousin in Wales who's got ten cats because she couldn't have children? How about our nephew in Tottenham who's got stomach cancer because of too much McDo? And what about that auntie in Scotland who bought the castle next door because she believed her husband's spirit resides in their. WHY not connect with them and forget the dead who doesn't even care how expensive your ipod is or doesn't wanna know why the f* you have 3 laptops at home?!

Now, nobody in this house is ever gonna pay for that historical society leaflet.

I know it's only 10p, but No.

Sunday, 12 June 2005

Dish washing

how to wash dishes the filipino way:

rinse dishes
soap each thoroughly, starting from glasses to plates to spoons & forks
rinse twice, with plenty of water
leave to dry

how to wash dishes the british way:

immerse all dishes in soapy water
dry with tea towel and put away


I posted it here.


Yesterday was Papa's first death anniversary. Very sad day. I wasn't there when he died. I spent the whole day thinking about it at work. Went home at 7pm. Got busy with zak, then Steve, K's friend came and stayed for the night.


Thursday, 2 June 2005


Bagan tag pul-an na ako ini na blog...

Below is K's entry to his journal which I like to add without his permission! Hehe.

plastic pegs are crap. getting the washing in today about three just snapped in pieces in my hand. whats that all about? why are they sold if they are just toss? why is plastic so abundant and moreso why do we all accept plastic as the done thing? plastic nappies, plastic bags, plastic food packaging and plastic toys. let's just say no more of this plastic crap which is crap and not good for our children or their children. why don't we campaign to our councillors to get supermarkets to charge £1 per plastic bag? then we would recycle, wouldn't we?my mum had shopping bags that she used to put all her stuff in; spuds. turnips, you name it, it all went in and those bags were used for years. Why can't our generation reuse bags? is it the look of carrying round a bag not so kitch? well don't be so fucking petty and ignorant. if they did it so can we, and what's more continue getting hundreds of plastic bags every year and your kids will suffer in the long run. if hundreds of us started pestering the supermarkets every day about not giving away free plastic bags and come up with a better solution, then i am sure things would change.
any good ideas?...

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