Monday, July 30, 2007

Doing a Julie Andrews

No, I can't belt out "... the hills are alive with the sound of music ..." but I can recite, sing-song, my favorite things. Here are a few of them:
Sudden rains tempering a sizzling summer day.
Scent of mangoes ripening, adobo simmering, bread baking, coffee brewing.
A warm corner, corn on the cob and John Steinbeck or Bob Ong on a rainy afternoon.
Sunsets on a picture window in the campus I work in.
Festive sunflowers on University Avenue.
My girls giggling over some deep dark secret and letting me in on it.
My boys looking at my girls with a silly grin and being overprotective with them.
Reading a good story or blog piece; writing one.
A "Q" on a blue and an "I" under and right of it, on a scrabble board.
So ...stand me up, let me down, steal my thunder, rain my parade (or even step on my blue suede shoes) -- I cope, I get by. Simply by thinking, what else -- favorite things.

By the way, what are yours?




77 comments:

rowena said...

Hi Annamanila, I love to hear my kids giggle, the scent of a newly opened balikbayan box, the sound of raindrops, read a very touching post, see blooming flowers in our garden and the smell of newly cooked tocino. Btw, care to exchange links? I would be doubly honored.

ScroochChronicles said...

Hi Annamanila!! Love those sunflowers too. Got caught, with matching sutsot from the univ guard, for picking some without permission. You know what I love, I love the smell of my kids' heads after they've been shampooed. I love the way a good cup of coffee makes me feel when I wake up in the morning. Loved this post!!

Annamanila said...

Rowena!

That sounds nice too -- a balikbayan box being ripped open. Except that nobody sends me BBBs. :)

Done. The deed (linking) is done. Pleasure/honor mine!

Annamanila said...

Rowena!

Omg, look what you made me do? I added you three times. hehehe Bayaan na lang muna ... I am so lazy to go back to my dashboard.

Annamanila said...

Cookie/Scrooch!

Actually, I was lazy to write a fullblown post. This is something already published in my internet-scrabble-club profile. And I guess I am feeling a bit let down. It will pass of course.

I linked you too. Link me din ha?

diogenes said...

All very noble indeed.

GreyMom said...

Hi Ms. Anna,
I've been wanting to write a post like this - my favorite things - for a long time now. Yours just inspired me. Thanks for posting!

Annamanila said...

Cookie!

Forgot to tell your PMN BUMP post will appear at exactly 12:01 midnight. Now na.

Annamanila said...

Diogenes!

That's a funny way to put it. Oh well, I guess some of the stuff may be high sounding .. like sunsets? hahaha

I dare you post your fave things on quasifictional ... :)

Annamanila said...

Greymom!

I would love to read your favorite stuff on your blogsite. Will visit one of these days!

SexyMom said...

if i didn't see your name as the author as you, i would have thought it was me--same list, though i still have a lot to learn on scrabbler, and yes, i don't drink coffee!

pining said...

"brown paper packages tied up in string..." yeah, really :-)
and a nice cuppa tea made by the husband :-)

Abaniko said...

Or a "Z" on a blue and an "A" next to it. :)

julie said...

I love the scent of mangoes and adobo too. Reading books, sunflowers (our placemats have sunflowers designs!), eating warm corn, sunrise and sunsets. And the highlight? My children of course.

The list could go on. There are so many things to be thankful for and so many itty-bitty things to appreciate that makes life more exciting.

Have a wonderful week, AM!

the philosphical bastard said...

is "Qi" a word? and is that 44 points?

Annamanila said...

Sexymom!

Ay, kindred spirit talaga! Up here.

houseband00 said...

That is so cute, Anna! =)

Have a great week! =)

Annamanila said...

Pining!

Cuppa tea made sweeter with TLC, yeah ...

Annamanila said...

Abaniko!

Only certified scrabholics know how a Z(or Q) on a triple with an A (or I) next to it and under feels like!

Play you soon.

Annamanila said...

Philo B!

Qi is a word (a new one). So is Za. If the Q or Z happens to be on a triple letter and counted twice, it goes for 62 points!!

This is how QI and ZA should look on the board, counted twice:

QI
I

ZA
A

Annamanila said...

Julie!

I know you love sunflowers too ... but they are so fleeting 'no. Short shelf life! But I guess that makes them so much more precious. Here's to fave things!

Annamanila said...

HB!

And what are yours .. besides spending quality time with D?

You too .. a great week for you!

Gypsy said...

Oh wow, this is a great idea! I actually have a half-done list of favorite things to post but never got around to it..:) I also love the second item on your list. :)

carlotta said...

i also love corn and the scent of mangoes, adobo and bread! =)

other favorites: listening to music anywhere (even while working, cooking, reading, etc) and listening to radio dramas (hehehe), sunsets, cold, cold water on a hot day and the list goes on and on and on. =)

intsik said...

hi!

john steinbeck is indeed on the list. my one month read of East Of Eden (that was intentional because I wanted to savor everything about the highly-praised book) has become an eye opener. na feel mo ba ang galit ko kay Kathy? :)

i can't sing also dear. kaya everytime magvideoke kami, super daming RH muna para makuha ko ung tono. hehehehehe

enjoyed this one. :)

ScroochChronicles said...

Hi Annamanila!! You just made my day!! I saw my article late na. Mga 8a.m. Wanted to do a funky jig when I saw it. Tenks!!!

BTW, you've been on my blogroll for some time na. In case you haven't noticed, madame :)

Annamanila said...

Gypsy!

So what are some of your fave things .. besides travelling?

Hope to see you before you leave. :)

Annamanila said...

Carlotta!

Yup, that's the wonderful thing about music -- you can enjoy it while doing other things. Inspires you to do your best whatever you're doing .. and happily.

Annamanila said...

Intsik!

Agree. Steinbeck has to be savored word after delicious word, phrase after exquisite phrase.

Hmmm ... i thought i sensed underpinnings in your blog pieces. I have questions to ask .. but I had better decipher answers between the lines. :)

Annamanila said...

Scrooch!

I have to say it here ... your BUMP piece is truly a good one, marvelously written.

Please start thinking of your Post No. 2 -- okay?

Ty for linking me.

ScroochChronicles said...

Dahlink, I linked you even before you knew me. Hehehe. The honor and the pleasure was all mine :)

Worry not, just gave my brain cells a break. I'm working on a new one already. Besides, you're the last person I'd like to disappoint. Till then... :)

the philosphical bastard said...

we should play scrabble sometime :)

Annamanila said...

Scrooch/cookie!

You're a cookie doll. The best there is. :)

Annamanila said...

Philo B!

Let's! :)

mitchteryosa said...

I love chocnut! ;-)

auee said...

"My boys looking at my girls with a silly grin and being overprotective with them."

I love the picture you drew in my mind
:-)

annamanila said...

Mitch!

Me too. Miss mo ba? Has Deye tried chocnut? You think she'd like it.

I also like chapati. Do you know how to prepare it? Was in Bangalore kasi for a month i think.

annamanila said...

Auee!

Kasi I had five boys, then two girls. When my bunso was born, the Kuya was already a high school senior. Grabe talaga ... nagka-cut ng classes kasi 'nangangasim' sa kapatid.

Those scenes are stamped on my mind too. :)

rhodora said...

Hay, naku! I was only a little kid when I saw Sound of Music. I used to imitate Julie Andrews. I would sing My Favorite Things, complete with curtain props, wrapped on my head. hehehe.

My fave things? Well, when I'm in a not so nice mood or situation, I would imagine myself sipping coffee in a cool, quiet place, with soothing piped in music.

intsik said...

sure dear... u may ask me if u need some "enlightening" on that post. hehehehehe

Mitchteryosa said...

Ay napatikim ko na sya, like naman nya!

I know Chapati, pero to make it? No. Eat lang hehehe!

kathy said...

Ohh, I love the scent of mangoes ripening...adobo...tropical rains...these are the stuff that really make me miss home.

My favorite things right now? My daughter's laughter, spreading out the mat on a park somewhere and gazing at the blue skies, traveling with my family to some unknown world. :)

lady cess said...

just last week, it was raining hard, ang lalaki ng mga raindrops. i suddenly had this tremendous urge to have the rain all over me. so i went out back and just stood there. ang sarap! ang gaan ng feeling! i remembered the first - and the last - time i did this was when i was 6 or 7 years old. pinagalitan pa ako ng nanay ko, kasi hindi naman dapat talaga diba. nilagnat pa ako nung hapon so tumatak na sa isip ko never to play in the rain.

a little while later, i encouraged my kids to do the same (a 6yo and a 2yo). ang saya-saya namin! thankfully none of us got sick. and my son now constantly talks about our "adventure." o diba, nakagawa pa ako ng memory with them, walang gastos yan :D

so that's my new favorite thing :)

chateau said...

Love the rainy days too, and appreciate them all the more here in manila...
Ooh, would love that Qi + Qi on scrabble too. I miss u on ISC na.. been playing a bit lately but have not seen you.
See u soon!

sasha said...

Hi tita! Ako I love the scent of freshly cut grass, pages of books... I love laughing with my siblings and hearing them laugh...

Have a nice day po! :)

Annamanila said...

Rhodora!

You were just a kid then, I know. If I remember right, Sound of Music played in the theatres for years. The first time it happened? Teka, The Ten Commandments din yata. Ay, tagal na talaga. I remember i could almost (not quite) relate with the young Von trapp girl singing "I am 16 going on 17 ... totally unprepared am I ..." Haaay

Annamanila said...

Intsik!

Talaga? Hmmmm ... first, let me go back to your post. :) Basta cool ka lang dyan.

Annamanila said...

If not chapati, maybe you know some nice spicy Indian recipe that doesn't need too exotic ingredients.

Annamanila said...

Kathy!

I know how that feels .. to be craving for simple linagang baka you can almost cry. Pero di bale, if home is where the heart is, then you're home.

Annamanila said...

Lady Cess!

Ay, oo nga ... thanks for reminding me of that simple pleasure. Maligo sa ulan. I should do it again soon with my children .. never mind that I am this old, never mind that they're all grown up.

Ang alam ko masama lang yan pag mahina ang ulan. But when its pouring ... its healthy! (I think. pero i guess nasa sanayan yan eh di ba).

A Pakistani e-buddy was telling me very recently ... they were so long without rain in Lahore ... their temperature went up to 42 centigrade (oooh can you imagine that?) and they were all praying for rain. At last, the rains came in torrents... and everyone, young and old, rich and poor bathed in the rain, laughing, and thanking the heavens. :)

Annamanila said...

Chateau!

Haven't played for a while. Partly because there's nobuddy! :)

I will see you Friday dinner!
omg, it's today. Bravo, Queen of the Day!

Annamanila said...

Sasha!

Oo nga, the smell of grass is nice too.

You too .. have a good week!

vernaloo said...

I am also doing that Z and Q on the blue but until now I don't know what they mean hehe

Anyway one of my favorite things or feelings is to see the heaps and heaps of my laundry gone.

Annamanila said...

Verna!

Just for you, I looked them up.

Qi (also ki, chi, or khi) -- vital life force (according to Chinese philosophy). For example -- tai chi, rei ki, qi dong.

Za -- pizza

Oh, ha.

Jigs said...

We have very similar tastes. and I'm so happy that we do. sudden rains, brewing coffee, sunsets, John Steinbeck, a good story (at the beach preferably) and scrabble. These are also some of my favorite things! :)

Rey said...

Having the best scenery unfolding before your eyes, lighting conditions and weather perfect... And I have my camera with me to take it all. :)

Jerry said...

Coffee brewing, bread baking -- i like to wake up to those scents too. Plus bacon (or tapa) frying!

Belle said...

i like the smell of the barbecue the old fashion way, i love to hear the children singing and playing piano, the sound of the rain...i love April crisp air...

Annamanila said...

Hi Rey!

You another camera buff! Maybe I see your photos real soon.

Annamanila said...

Jerry!

Omg, that's really nice to wake up to.

Annamanila said...

Belle!

Ah yes ... barbecue scents are yummy! Crisp April air ... that should be spring in AZ. Have a godo weekend ahead, Belle.

Leah said...

How lovely. I love those list. I keep going back to your profile to read them in scrabble.

I'm sad too but thinking of my favourite things brings a smile.

Reading my favourite bloggies is one of them. And of course, flying kisses, butterfly kisses and bear hugs from my daughter always.

Annamanila said...

Jigs!

Am so glad we have lotsa things in common besides being both anarchic. :)

Annamanila said...

Leah!

Ay, you're sad too -- pareho tayo. Hamo na. Ganyan talaga. We know enough naman about life that whatever goes down must come up. (Ay mukha bang naughty? hahaha).

Anyway, I owe you an email for my contact details. Will do it now. Called Salay Handmade na.

rowena said...

Hi Annamanila, thanks a lot for putting me in your link. Saw my name nga. Am so happy, you made my day...Btw, gave you an award. Pls visit my site.

Toe said...

Curling up on the sofa with a good book with just the perfect natural temperature and lighting and then falling asleep.

Annamanila said...

Rowena!

Ayyyy! Malapit na akong ma-convince that I really rock. Ty, ty.

Ilagay ko na yang badge. :) Lapit na. lol

Annamanila said...

Toe!

Yup, i can imagine you curled up --with Steinbeck too? did you ever get to read him?

dimaks said...

suddenly, i recalled the words QUEBEC and XI during our scrabble days. now i can only play with my PC.

Annamanila said...

Do you play online scrabble? Try the internet scrabble club (www.isc.ro).

quebec used to be a scrabble word? It's a proper noun, isn't it?

Gypsy said...

Hey Anna, would love to meet up! I heard from Abaniko that you are in my neck of the woods! That's great!

annamanila said...

"in my neck of of the woods" ... di ko getz. Paki-explain lol ... Lets plan something. You got a tentative departure date?

coffeefreak said...

i love the smell of freshly-mown grass, i love choppy boat rides and my two-year-old singing to julie andrew--or at least making up the lyrics. and i love your blog. certainly one of my favorite things :p

coffeefreak said...

oops, julie andrews

Annamanila said...

Coffeefreak!

Choppy boat rides! Hmmm .. you like a bit of danger ha.

And I forgot ... another fave thing is being told I am being read by fellow bloggers.

Thanks lots. Will visit you one of these days.

freeze said...

ooh! love the sunset too. i should add this in my existing list. :D

Annamanila said...

Freeze!

Thank you. I'd love to visit you some time ... now if if only ...

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