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English Trainer Chronicles: Bath

She really had a good laugh after she realized her mistake--the first one I heard from her. A typical Monday warm-up is: "So how was your weekend?" Her: The weather was perfect! I went to my parents' swimming pool and had a bath. Me: ... Her: (Continues) It was my second bath in a year! Me: What do you mean "it was my second bath in a year"? Her: The water has been cold, but now it's warm. Me: So you went swimming? Her: Yes. Me: It's better to say "I went swimming" because when you have a bath, you have soap... Her: Oh! In a shower! (Starts laughing). Me: (Laughs with her). Your parents wouldn't like that, I think.

What are you doing this weekend?

I'm doing this on Saturday. :) Good day fellow travelers! As the rainy season pours, we invite you to join us in our famous Pampanga Food Tour called Viajeng Cusinang Matua or Old Kitchen Tours. This will be on July 26, 2008, Saturday, from breakfast to dinner, we will just enjoy the company of food trippers and learn more about why Filipinos love to eat. Bring your family and friends or if you have guests from abroad, just bring them in and prepare for a one of a kind and fun-filled gastronomical experience! For reservations, you may reach us at 09209235615 or email us at alquimistatrails@ See you! Tracey Santiago Alquimista Trails VIAJENG CUSINANG MATUA The Kapampangan cuisine is highly regarded as one of the most delicious variety in the Philippines. Discover the secrets of the locals and explore the rich culture of Pampanga through this one of a kind cultural culinary experience. We will bring you to an extra special tour...we bring YOU to some of th

English Trainer Chronicles: Grass root

A few minutes before this, my student told me, with a laugh, that he had asked his secretary for help with his English homework. We were talking about idioms related to money. Grass roots . The term "grass roots" refers to the ordinary people who form the main body of an organization. Him: For example, my secretary is a grass root. Me: Oh, noooo... when you say it that way, the meaning becomes literal. Him: Oh. (Laughs out loud.) I will not be mentioning this.

English Trainer Chronicles: Birds and (the) Bess

Two amusing stories today, one from Evreux and another from Douarnenez. Evreux (in Normandy) My learner told me about the bridal shower and stag party they planned for her fiance's brother and his bride-to-be. The girl had to wear a cow costume and sell marshmallows. If she met someone with the same name as her groom-to-be, she'd be required to kiss him on the cheek. The cow costume was made up of a top en dentelle (lace) and a soutien-gorge (bra). The groom, in turn, had to dress up as a rabbit (once described by another student who was telling me about the rabbit stew she ate as "a very cute animal") and run around in it at a rond-point (roundabout). One motorist called out, "Don't do it!" What I would have given to have been there! :D New French words for me! :D She said this originated from the north of France. I'd have to ask another student about this, but he's on vacation. :P Meanwhile, in Douarnenez Seagulls are protected there; if yo

Dear Universe/God:

Thank you for the past few days' blessings: 1. The Attracting Wealth seminar last Saturday, which helped me deal with the negative thoughts I've been having, thanks to news media. (Thanks for the discount!) 2. Weekend with the family, which included a free Gary V. concert and a yummy, yummy meal at Kanin Club . 3. Mommy and Ivan being safe home. 4. The stuff Ivan and Auntie Tita bought for us in the US. 5. The Naked Bar by NanWell (naughty name, healthy stuffy) Donna gave me.

N songs

You've probably seen this by now. You reply to this post, I'll assign you a letter, then you list five songs that begin with that letter. Paul assigned me the letter N. 1. (The) Nearness of You - I first discovered (and fell in love with) this song in an ice cream commercial. Leave it to me to associate sexy with food. Now I associate it with that scene in that Hugh Grant-Sandra Bullock film, Two Weeks Notice , where Nora Jones has a cameo singing her own version. 2. Never-ending Story by Limahl, lead singer of Kajagoogoo(!). - I love this song because it stirs up giddy magical feelings from the first movie I ever saw on Betamax. I can still remember the exchange: The Childlike Empress: Bastian. Why don't you do what you dream, Bastian? Bastian: But I can't, I have to keep my feet on the ground! The Childlike Empress : Call my name. Bastian, please! Save us! Bastian: All right! I'll do it! I'll save you! I will do what I dream! [Climbs to the window an

I believe in angels

I have a dream, a song to sing To help me cope with anything If you see the wonder of a fairy tale You can take the future even if you fail I believe in angels Something good in everything I see I believe in angels When I know the time is right for me I’ll cross the stream - I have a dream. And my dream has always been to marry someone like Pierce Brosnan! Loyal, dapper, funny, artistic, sexy... I know he paints, he acts, and now I know he sings! Listen to the whole song here . My other love, Colin Firth, is a pretty good singer too:

English Trainer Chronicles: Nutshell

The language of IT is English, so it no longer surprises me when my IT students can talk about their jobs pretty well in English. What tickles me--and them, I think--is when they use technical terms to describe not-so-technical things. We were talking about the expression, "In a nutshell." Me: So, what does this mean? Student: I get the meaning. It's like "in short." Me: Right! But what is a nutshell? Student: I don't know. Me: Well, what is a nut? Student: (Thinks.) Squirrels eat it. Me: Right, right. And if it's the shell of a nut, what is it then? Student: (Thinks, then laughs a little.) It's the interface of the nut. :)) P.S. Another learner told me he watched Hot Fuzz in English. I'd never heard of it before, so I looked it up. Tonight, I saw it was showing on HBO and watched it. Hilarious stuff. :P

Dear Universe/God:

Thank for the lovely surprises of the past days. 1. Saturday's flowing open bar at Sophie's Garden with my colleagues, where I had my first taste of Tequila Rose. Picture from Marchie's camera. 2. My initiation into SEx-- Sinangag Express , that is. Picture from Marchie's camera. 3. Sunday birthday snacks for Dr. Bau, with lots of sugar-free goodies. I have pictures... to follow! 4. Monday's relaxing sked. 5. A learner's funny Facebook message. 6. The baked tahong Marchie gave me today. I'd been craving for it for days! 7. The small piece of Romana peanut brittle I got from Joanna. I know it's mostly sugar and peanuts, but I only got I small piece. :) I have a request. I'm craving for really good Cebu lechon again. Just a small bit, for what's left of my suka pinakurat . Please.