My original purpose of this blog was to keep track of all of my "Things To Do" before my life expires. You know... stuff to do before you kick the bucket. Well people - here's my Bucket List or shall I say "Tabo" List. You only live once, so don't think twice. In addition to my "Tabo" List, you'll find me sharing how it's like to live the life of the wonderful share-bare. Happy Reading! ENJOY!

(inspired by the 2007 movie, The Bucket List )

1.) Pet a Tiger Cub
2.) Hold and Wrap a Snake Around Me
3.) Raise Money for a Good Cause

4.) Run a Half Marathon
5.) Run a Full Marathon

6.) Attend an Oprah Winfrey Show

7.) Meet Drew Barrymore in Person

8.) Go Dog Sledding in the Colorado Mountains
9.) Get Rock Hard Abs

10.) Write My Own Book and/or Sitcom

11.) Be in a Professional Photo Shoot
12.) Compete in a Bus Surfing Contest
13.) Step Inside of Grand Central Station in New York
14.) Cross the Golden Gate Bridge by Foot
15.) Adopt a dog named him Chaw-Lee <--I mean, Bam

16.) Learn to Swim so I Can be a Surfer Chick

17.) Enjoy a Special Brownie

18.) Hale Down a Yellow Cab
19.) Lie in a Hammock with Someone Special
20.) Apply for a Library Card
21.) Get a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate
22.) Get Kissed by a Hottie on New Year's (Strike of Midnight)

23.) Learn to be a Voice Over Artist
24.) Attend a Superbowl Game
25.) Sing the Song 'Killing Me Softly' at a Karaoke Bar
26.) Go Skinny Dipping

27.) Be on T.V.

28.) Go White Water Rafting in the American River
29.) Run up the "Rocky Steps" of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
30.) Marry Mr. Right

31.) Work Out So Hard That I Puke
32.) Go Stand Up Paddle Surfing (or Hoe he'e nalu) somewhere tropical

Sunday, January 31, 2010

25 ranDUMB Things About share-bare Part I

This is an oldie but total goodie.  Actual publish date was January 29th, 2009 on Facebook.  I crack myself up sometimes:

01. I can't sleep right now
02. I'm a slow reader but I'm glad that I'm reading a 'real' book these days.
03. I'm a cheap date. 1 beer and I'm dunzo
04. I read magazines backwards, too!
05. I super self conscious about my nose. I hate it and my sister loves to tease me about it.
06. My nicknames while growing up were Skeletor, Dracula, Bugs Bunny, and Fern
07. I wonder why my big toe likes to make holes in my socks.
08. I miss living in an apartment that has FREE water!!!
09. It's been well over 3 months AND 3,000 miles since I got an oil change.
10. My baby pictures DO NOT look like Benjamin Button, damnit! LOL
11. I'm just finding out that we are heading for another drought in California...UGH!
12. Still can't believe my mom almost got herself into a catfight in a BART train last week. Way to go Mom!
13. Wants to look cute like Janelle and dance to Beyonce's Single Ladies song via YouTube, too!
14. I crack my back, neck and shoulders every day. It feels good! Yeah! (like Tony Toni Tone)
15. I don't know what side of the bed I like most. 4 months ago it was the left. Now it's the right. Why can't I just lie smack down in the middle?
16. I used to love John Starks back in 1995. Don't ask why!
17. I still wish Eagles made it to the Superbowl. Too bad, so very very sad!
18. I'm not liking the Waldorf salad from CPK anymore. The hype of it is dunzo.
19. Where the heck is my Duffy CD?!
20. I want to go to the Ne-Yo concert next week.
21. I'm addicted to Sunday morning exercise infomercials. I want an iron gym and a P90X just because it looks cute!
22. I want to kick it with Angela and Vanessa Simmons one day...Daddy's Little Girls....whoahoowhoah
23. I had a brain fart today and didn't know if a P&L was the same thing as Income Statement. Don't tell my boss. She'll disown me!
24. Just recently, I started to color in my eyebrows and I feel so guilty!
25. Lil Mama from ABDC irks majorly! She's sooo not cute!

I decided to make this an annual thing.  Keep a look out for Part II.  =)

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Tomorrow is Sunday.  Sundays are my long run days.  I'm not looking forward to Sunday.  Why?  Because, I ate a whole lot of sushi from Isobune on Friday.  Because, I ate a whole lot of General Payumo's chicken on Friday.  Because, I scarfed down 2 chocolate cream puffs from Beard Papa's on Friday.  Because, I ate another chocolate cream puff from Beard Papa's on Saturday.  Because I had a whole lot of bacon on Saturday.   

I have a feeling it is going to be a very sluggish 3-mile morning run for me on Sunday.  Sunday is tomorrow.  Did I mention that already?  I'm planning on doing hills sprints and stair climbs, too.  My body is going to pay for it on Sunday.  Tomorrow is Sunday.  Regrets, regrets.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Adam's Apple

It's a Friday night and my sister is over my apartment.   Whenever she and I hang out and be sloth, we always have these random conversations.  Like, really random.  Tonight's topic originated from watching the 10 o'clock news on Channel 2.   We were watching a mechanic talking about the worldwide Toyota recall and how it has affect 9 millions vehicles.  Anyway, this mechanic happens to be an Asian.  Coincidental, you think?  Moving we continued to watch I could not help but notice his protruding bone out of his neck better known as his Adam's apple.  It was abnormally huge!  For the record, I can't stand seeing men with skinny necks because all I see is their Adam's apple.   Cover up needed, thank you very much.  That's when a turtle neck or scarf would be acceptable and suitable for men (so that they can disguise that erection poking out of their neck) 

So, we began to talk about how I feel a huge discomfort seeing men with extremely obvious Adam's apples.  I can't look at it for a long period of time.  I need to look away.  It's so repulsive.  Like, really.  I'm pretty upset with Adam.  It's all his fault that some men have these clearly visible Adam's apple that oddly freaks me out.  Was it because the fruit got stuck in his throat as a punishment?  I don't get it.  I wonder what would have happened if he had NOT ate the forbidden fruit!  Like, if he didn't eat the forbidden fruit then maybe there wouldn't be an Adam's apple to begin with, right?

Totally random blah-g, which of course is totally typical of me, but I just had an urge to release my thoughts.  I feel like I'm blah-gging under the influence of alcohol.  Because, once again I'm making no sense what so ever.  It's just another boring, lazy Friday night talking about nothings like the Seinfeld show.   Oh bother. 

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bad Boys

Ladies - "You Can't Deny it" (like Fabolous), you love you some bad boy.

I came across this new website,  It's a pretty cool poll site full of random questions.

One question, I came across was asked by GetliveRo:

Do women really like bad guys?

Someone of the name, icestorm replied:
"ALL women like bad guys. Even girls who say they like nice guys, like jerks. Simply put, girls like to be slapped around and be called a "bad girl" in bed. Women like this. It's our job as men to put women in their place. I understand this now. Just for the record, I'm really a nice guy."
Pretty funny, I thought.  Maybe partly and sadly true for some.  I then replied:
"Bad guys tend to look hotter but it's always a BIG mistake. Women take a while to get it and learn. Good patient. We're dumb farts, too."
OK kidding aside. Let's look into this issue more deeply.  If only more guys would have the same mentality as icestorm, this world would be a better place.  Have a little humor towards this bad boy theory, would you please?  Men are so caught up with this idea of giving up being the good guy and joining the bad boy band wagon.  Don't do it, I beg of you.  Just keep in mind of my Year of the Gentleman blah-g post.  Stop focusing on the negativity.  Watch "The Secret" or something for some positive encouragement.   Or maybe, you need some confidence booster of some sort.  Tell me what you want and I'll make sure to relay it to my fellow chicks. 

OK seriously now.  On behalf of most single ladies out there, I admit we make this mistake over and over again.  It's a learning process. Bad choices lead to bad consequences.  Bad consequences lead to a lesson fully learned and hopefully not repeated.  Sure enough, our initial taste in men will soon change and no longer be fans of the "Bad Boy for Life" (like P Diddy) because they even say, "We ain't going no where, we ain't going no where..." Let that be a hint, chickadees.  I'd like to say I've learned and I'm much wiser.  So, now it's my duty to spread the word.  There's no future behind the Bad Boy.  Trust me!

OK so what was my point of this post again?  Did I even make any sense?  Ha-ha!  Moral of the story:  Bad = No Good.  Now go have a nice life!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My New Inspiration, Mrs. Ames

This morning I came across a very inspiring article by Kathy McCormack, Associate Press Writer (Tuesday, January 26, 2009 11:30pm):
CONCORD, N.H. – It was Harriet Richardson Ames' dream to earn her bachelor's degree in education. She finally reached that milestone, nearly three weeks after achieving another: her 100th birthday.
On Saturday, the day after receiving her diploma at her bedside, the retired schoolteacher died, pleased that she had accomplished her goal, her daughter said. Ames had been in hospice care.
"She had what I call a 'bucket list,' and that was the last thing on it," Marjorie Carpenter said Tuesday.
Ames, who turned 100 on Jan. 2, had earned a two-year teaching certificate in 1931 at Keene Normal School, now Keene State College. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse in South Newbury, and later spent 20 years as a teaching principal at Memorial School in Pittsfield, where she taught first-graders.
Through the years, she had taken classes at the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth Teachers College and Keene State to earn credits for her degree. With her eyesight failing, she stopped after retiring in 1971 and was never sure if she had enough credits.
Her wish for a degree became known when a Keene State film professor interviewed her a couple of years ago for a piece on the college's own centennial, which the school celebrated last year.
The school decided to research her coursework and see if it could award Ames her long-sought diploma. The offices of the provost, registrar and other departments worked quickly in the last month to determine, that indeed, it could.
"She wanted to be the best that she could be," said Norma Walker, coordinator of the Keene State College Golden Circle Society, an alumni group for classes that graduated 50 or more years ago.
Walker said when she mentioned to Ames during a recent visit that the college was working on the degree, Ames started to cry and said, "'If I die tomorrow, I'll know I'll die happy, because my degree's in the works.'"
College officials, including Walker, drove the document to Ames' bedside on Friday.
Walker, who first met Ames in 1997 at an alumni gathering, said she enjoyed listening to her talk about her students and how she encouraged them to read.
"She's the kind of person that every parent would want their first-graders to have as a teacher," very loving and caring, Walker said. She will read Ames' diploma at a memorial service this Saturday, "if I can do it without crying."
Paula Finnegan Dickinson of Gilford, who was Ames' student back in 1956 and became an educator herself, regarded her as a mentor and dear friend.
"Mrs. Ames, along with Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot and Puff, became our friend," Dickinson said, recalling the "Dick and Jane" series that was used in class reading groups. "With her enthusiasm, these characters came to life. ... Mrs. Ames showed us how reading opened the doors to other experiences we in Pittsfield might never have known."

Pretty darn cool, right?   May you rest in peace Mrs. Ames.  I hope to live a long happy life full of determination just like you.  I'm glad to know that a 'bucket list' can be accomplished in real life and not just in the movies.  You are truly a new inspiration for me (real life inspiration at that) and I will put more heart and effort into my version of the 'bucket list'.  Thank you for making my day filled with joy.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I Want a Hamply

Laundry - I don't enjoy doing it but it's one of the requirements for a life of cleanliness and good health.  I especially hate it when I don't have a washer/dryer unit in my apartment.  Oh, I miss my old place.  Currently, I live on the second floor and the laundry room is a located on the ground floor in a small detached building .  It's not that far but it's just a hassle when I procrastinate and end up doing more than two loads.  Lugging a basket full of clothes can be uncomfortable.

Originally, I thought I had solved this inconvenience by purchasing a 2-Tier All-Purpose Wheel Cart from Target  Later, I realized that it doesn't necessarily fall into the "all purpose" category.  I tend to take alot of things literally and gosh darnit this wheel cart from Target was one of them.  Boo!  Try stuffing this wire cart full of clothes including underwear (<--for the record, I hate using the word panty) and socks.  Those can easily fall out during my trip from Point A to Point B.  Embarrassing, right?  Plus, who really wants their dirty laundry visible and exposed for everyone to see?  Don't get me wrong.  I do like this cart.  It's very resourceful when I have tons of groceries bags to carry.   It saves me one or two trips of going back and forth between my car and my apartment.

Two or three weeks ago, I was doing laundry on a rainy Sunday morning.  I had about four loads to transport all the way down to the laundry room.  Since my laundry basket reached its capacity at two loads, I had to make two trips back and forth between my apartment and the laundry room.  It was very frustrating and time consuming.  But then, I spot another resident coming in with this beautiful looking thing on wheels.  It was far more better than my Farmer's Market wheel cart.  It was literally a hamper on wheels.  What a god sent!  As if a dolly and a hamper gave birth to this gorgeous baby named Hamply.  OMG!  "I want one of those!", I said to myself during the deep admiration.   She started to unload her laundry from this hamper with wheels into the washer.  Once her washer was up and running, she left the laundry room without the hamper with wheels.  I was so tempted to steal it and jet but that was just too mean.  I'm sure if she kept that up, some evil resident would have the guts and balls to steal it one day.  She should be careful in the future.  Just looking out for you neighbor chick....just looking out.

So, I finally had the time to look for it online this week.  I was so determined.  I found a similar one at Target but it was like $40.  That's way over my budget.  I looked some more and then.....I found it!  Ain't it pretty?  And what do you know!  It's actually called a Hamper with Wheels!   A tremendous thank you goes out to The Container Store for having this product available.  The best part is that it only cost $16.99.  What a bargain!  I'm purchasing this ASAP!  Life is good.  Who knows.  Laundry can one day be a fun chore for me now that I will soon be an owner of a Hamper with Wheels!  =)  Gotta love life's simple pleasures, right?

**** Blocked

...Enough said  =(

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Seven? Really?

It's been 7 years since my daddy left planet Earth.  He's resting up in heaven right now.  Hopefully, he's having lots of fun.  I just wanted to take the time to tell the Blogger world that I miss him dearly.  Dad, you are greatly missed.  You are always in my thoughts.  I hope you are well taken care of up above in the clouds.  Love you!

09.03.52 - 01.24.03
My dad with all of his 3 grandchildren

Saturday, January 23, 2010

"For the First Time...

I am looking in your eyes...."  <--- this is actually a love song by K.C. Concepcion (an actress from the Philippines, also known as Sharon Cuneta's daughter)

Today marks the first time I fell in love with something totally inhuman.  If I've known that purchasing an Apple computer would be this invigorating, I wouldn't have waited 8 years to do this.  But, as the old school Mariah Carey would to say, "Love Takes Time"

I am having a bit of an issue.  I've inherited this weird habit of using the letter "i" before any application and/or notebook created by Apple. (i.e.  iMac, iFinder, iMail)  For some reason, I keep referring my brand new MacBook as an iMac.  Totally not the case.  Maybe my mind was sending me a subliminal message during the whole PC to Mac conversion to spend twice as much for an iMac.

I'm so happy though.  Thank you Twinks, JayJay, RoRo, and Ryree. especially for helping me make this most difficult decision.  I know I can be a bit of a cheap ass, but owning a Mac has been the best thing that has ever happened to me so far this year.  I can possibly go anywhere with this.  I'm no longer limited to the my bedroom when I need to access my personal computer.  I guess this means more blah-gging.  Yippee!!  Ever since we got back from the shopping mall, I've been on it.  M.A. and I decided to do a little bit of iMac, I mean, MacBook bonding.  Literally, side by side.  iChatting - side by side.  She has the MacBook Pro though.

I'm so looking forward to many more enjoyable moments with my 1st Love of 2010.  I love you Maddy!  (Believe it or not it has a name)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Six Pack... or Four Pack

I've been pretty content so far this year. I haven't disappointed myself yet. I love eating, I love my family, I love my friends, I love my puppy, I love running, I love eating.

But after thinking for a couple weeks...I really need to attack this Tabo List of mine. Full marathon is a no go this year. I'm aiming for that NEXT year...promise! What else. Well, one thing for sure is that becoming an audience member for the Oprah Show has been so freakin difficult. I might just have to forfeit that if I don't get a reply this year. Especially since her last season is 2011. That's a pretty small time frame. So, guess what I'm going to choose to do next? Nope, not skinny dipping. Nope, not singing at a karaoke bar. I guess my blah-g title gave it away, huh? Yeah, I'm going to give it a shot - Rock Hard Abs! I need to get rid of this jello tummy once and for all. Good-bye love handles! Farewell muffin tops! It's been holding me back for the past 11 years of my life. So, if any of you readers have any good ab exercises that provides fast results, let me know!  Keep in mind, I'm not going to focus on weight loss.  I'm pretty content with that, as well.  No more weight scale while tackling down this to-do item.  But if it happens during this transition process, then it happens.  More power to me!

My goal (and Sulie's) is to wear just a sports bra and some skimpy running shorts to the San Francisco Marathon this year. Watch out now!! I'm debating whether or not I should post a 'before' pic. LOL! Might be a little too much for the viewers. I seriously wouldn't want to scare my readers away. We'll see...

6 MONTHS = 6 PACK! (umm...maybe 4 depending on the genetics)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Run SF

The 2010 San Francisco Marathon will be my third half-marathon if I finish it this year.  Of course, I'm going to finish it!  I'm really looking forward to it because 3 of my family members are down to do it with me!  Hopefully that number grows but I personally doubt it.  Most of them prefer to be loud cheerleaders.  I absolutely have nothing against that.  Jess, Mikey, Nate, and I will need all the encouragement we can get on race day!  Get ready for us on Sunday, July 25th, 2010.

Let the training begin (next Monday)!!

Goals, Goals, Goals

Instead of having it called a New Year's resolution, I'm going to change it up and refer it as a goal.  Resolutions are meant be broken but goals are meant to be accomplished!  So what are my goals, you ask?  Hmmm...not sure. I'll have to get back to you on that.  Here are a few goals that I'm currently pondering on:

  • Wear make-up when I leave the house:  This is a tough one and will require me to make some accumulating expenses at M.A.C., Benefit, and Sephora.  I'm not really looking forward to that.  I'd rather spend it on an expensive sushi dinner.  
  • Go for long runs at least once a week with my new puppy:  This is gonna be super challenging considering I can't walk a few feet without a leashed, thirty-four pound (and still growing!), active Labrador Retriever dragging me behind him. Let's start with obedience training first, shall we?
  • Dress age appropriately:  Totally dreading this one.  But the after effects of the family's field trip to Milpitas' Great Mall yesterday is leaving me pretty optimistic about this one.  I love the dresses I purchased- yes dresses and yes plural!  Am I really going to start to look like a girl on a daily basis?  Possibly.
  • Lower the volume on this bad temper of mine:  My most challenging goal of them all.  This includes decreasing the use of profanity.  This also includes smiling a bit more.  For every situation that sets me off, I'm going to pause and put on smile on my face as a mental distraction.  It sucks that math does not fit into this equation.  Two negatives will not turn into a positive this time around!  I've never tried this technique, which by the way, I just made up just two minutes ago.  I so hope it works!