Monthly Archives: December 2014

Family Surprise

I surprised my family today. Here’s the video:

I shared it on Facebook and my two sisters in Japan got envious. They also did not expect it. Ate decided to comment:


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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Uncategorized


Goodbye 2014: A Summary

2014 was a year full of challenges. Mitch’s board exam, Nanay’s operation, marriage proposal and other additional responsibilities. I fought but never gave up. Some were fulfilling while other battles are still being fought.

I can summarize the past year with a few of hashtags that just pops on my mind. #OrChelleYes #London #Barcelona #Amsterdam #Belgium #Marclee #CVCCouncil #Marathon #ArkiMitch #Nanay60th #BoracayForever. Here’s the thing, though, hashtags will trend but the memories will last forever.

As for Funny Side Up, here’s just a few blogs that I find memorable from this year. Enjoy!

10. United States of Mimi
09. Will You…
08. Batang Api
07. Atong: Ikea Model
06. Wedding Gift for Rollie
05. Groom’s Good Man
04. RemitTEMce
03. Anonymous Text
02. 6 Hours Making Up
01. Food Tasting Nanay

See you on the other side! 2015 here we come!



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Posted by on December 30, 2014 in Lists


OC Music Cake


“I can’t eat this!” Kuya Pat, my Philippine Choir Conductor, “Kulang ng isang line.”

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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Choirboy


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I’ve Been To Your Country

StonedAfter seeing a Britton colleague after my Europe Leave, I told him, “Hey! I’ve been to your country.”
“Really? Where there?” he asked.
“Everywhere!” I said proudly. “London, Edinburgh, Loch Ness…”
“Oh! I’m from South Africa.”

*awkward silence


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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Journeyman



Food Tasting Nanay

Nanay and Tatay“Tem, kayo ni Nanay ang mag-foo-food tasting sa caterer, ha? Kasi wala naman kami dyan,” I told my sister.
“Talagang kami naman,” she answered.
“Kailangan kasama ang Nanay. Alam mo naman yun, napaka-sensitive ng dila,” I told Tem, “Palibhasa nagluluto, eh lahat ng ibang pagkain hindi na masarap: kesyo lasang ihi ng daga o kaya tae ng ipis,” Nanay uses the worst adjectives on food she does not like.
“Bigyan mo na lang si Nanay ng benefit of the doubt, baka naman nakakain na talaga sya nun nung kabataan nya.”

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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Wedding Runner with a Price

Tem, my sister, is Mitch and I’s go to girl when it comes to checking the venues for our upcoming wedding.
“Tem, check mo naman yung church sa Tagaytay kung maganda nga,” I told her once.
“Kuya, sige bukas.”
“Sino kasama mo?” I asked.
“Kuya, kumpleto kami lagi. From lolo to apo, package deal kami.”
“Ah ok. Sige ingat kayo. Sana maganda yung church, no? Tell me kung magian downpayment. Pa-gasan ko na lang yung kotse.”
“Pano ba yan, kuya? Kakain din kami.”

The next day, “Kuya tapos na yung church. Kakain na kami,” Tem told me the next day.
“Ayus. Sige daan kayo ng drive thru,” I told.
“Ay! Naka-order na kami. Eto ang receipt,” she then attached a photo of a receipt for Php 1,500.00.
“Bulalo lang Php 1,500 na?!”
“Thank you, kuya!”


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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in It's All Relative


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Buti Na Lang Cute

Learning the daily chores of little tots, I told Angela and Mitch, “Grabe pala yung mga bata. Wala naman pala talaga silang mga silbi sa buhay.”
“Bakit?” they both asked.
“Gigising, kakain, maglalaro, dedede, kakain, maliligo, matutulog, repeat lang sa hapon,” I complained.
“Ganun talaga.”
“Buti na lang cute sila. Kasi imagine-in mo kung pangit ang mga bata. Aayawan mo alagaan.”
“Siguro pag-tatrabahuhin mo yun, Kuya Orlee,” Angela said.
“Oo. Yung tipong, ‘Hoy tulog ka ng tulog! Magtrabaho ka nga,'” I answered.


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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in Dubai Friends


Wawee’s Sample Interview

1964932_10204433165821850_185921509932004160_nLast night, the Basses decided to take advantage of the local holiday and drank our body weights. JD’s and Absolute was served and we all were satisfied.

One topic from last night’s bonding was Wawee’s pending job. Since Bhenny was working as an HR for a local company, I asked him, “Ayan Wawee, bakit di ka mag-apply kina Bhenny?”
They all screamed, “Sample interview!”
Bhenny could not think of a question so I asked, “Wawee, if you will suddenly vanish from the face of the earth, why not now?”
We all laughed.

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Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Choirboy


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