Tuesday, August 19, 2014

All you need is a bit of Angela Sunshine

It makes me happy to know that I've brought positivity in other people's lives. Over the past year, I've been told countless times of how much I'm missed---because of my smile, my (dirty) sense of humor, my cheerfulness and the dose of sunshine I apparently doled out unconditionally at work and to friends. Thank you for letting me know. It's that quadrant in my Johari window that's still a tad cloudy.

People who met me last year and became acquainted to the ^famed?^ but diluted Angela Sunshine, I'm glad you can still see my best side.

I was at my lowest point two years ago: I despaired of people not wanting to hang out with me or starting to avoid talking to me because of what I viewed as a vast change in my personality. While I regret to tell you (those who knew me then) that I'll never get that Angela back, present day Angela is just as good and as fun as she used to be. Perhaps better. Or trying. Being. 

"We don't really change. We become more of who we truly are."
 ---sorry I forgot who wrote this and I'm too lazy to google it


Saturday, August 16, 2014

10 Things I'm Missing Right Now

For the past week or so, I've been feeling a bit homesick. While it's a given that I miss my family and friends, I think a few things should also be mentioned:

1. Dirty ice cream
***sorbetes or ice cream sold on the streets in the Philippines. There's nothing quite like it, not even salted caramel chocolate cake, a quart of Snickers ice cream, or a brownie from a local cafe can make up for it.
2. Vietnamese street food
***anyone who has been to Nam gets this (except perhaps my mom). I miss the plastic chairs, beer with ice, tra da (ice tea), pointing at menus because I can't get the tone right, and muoi tieu (salt & pepper) with lime.
**seafood night with the Brogans 
3. Yoko and all the other bars with live music --- usually with bands composed of my friends
4. Malate and the gay clubs
***eye candy (I don't care if they're on my team) who smell and look good, dance well and give me compliments on what I'm wearing.
**music and general ambiance
5. Adobo, pandesal, polvoron and my dad's cooking 
6. Good movies, film festivals 
***my movie buddies and late dinners
7. Taxi meters
8. Riding Steve the scooter, I even miss my toi yeu Viet Nam helmet
9. Filipino songs that have double meanings
10. Speaking Vietnamese even though I suck at it