Saturday, September 22, 2007

Blogworld Saturday

Bet you thought Blogworld Saturday wasn't coming back anymore. Well, it's back, so boo for you.

Seriously, I hope you enjoy the following posts/blogs that I did the past few weeks. You guys are so talented, it blows me away sometimes. There were so many that I enjoyed reading, here's just a sampling of them.

You just never know.... Marlayna finds several things she has in common with someone she met. It's uncanny sometimes how we relate to other people, share common experiences with them, when at first glance they seem to be inhabiting a universe different from our own.

Daydreaming at the car wash. Debo Blue's posts aren't the bells-and-whistles type. She writes straightforwardly, which draws me in. I identify with a lot of her posts. Like this one: making up stories in her mind about the people she sees. I wonder, though, if she gets the strange stares I get whenever I do that.

Duct tape, 9-11, and coffee kiosks. My friend Victor and I were talking earlier about things we missed about working in a regular workplace (since we both work from home), and I remembered Scott's post about some conversations he had with a colleague at work. Interactions like the one Scott has with the wigged guy sure can brighten one's day.

The Unintentional Question Effect. Stu's blog posts always make me laugh. This Englishman has been living in the Netherlands for a few years now, and I enjoy his witty descriptions of how he adapts to various aspects of life there -- like learning the language. I took a few foreign language courses many years ago; Spanish, Italian, and French were fun to learn, but I had trouble with German. And Dutch is similar to German, isn't it? Nevertheless, still a very interesting language to learn.

You shall tremble before the meme-wraith! Diesel doesn't like memes, so what did he do to deal with the memes that were extended to him? He chickened out from doing them himself, and hired Grundir, one of Tolkien's ring-wraiths, to do the dirty work for him. But....a ring-wraith who can tell a good knock-knock joke seems so hot somehow. I just hope Diesel doesn't forget to remind Grundir to take showers regularly.

Hot haiku redux. Naughty Turnbaby invited everyone to participate in her sizzling haiku experiment. A whole slew of bloggers rose to the challenge. One of Turnbaby's hot haiku offerings:

His finger slips in
Hot wet heat enveloping
A touch of heaven

Now how the hell can one top that??? It has to be five, seven, five syllables. So let's give her Hot Haiku experiment a go:

Uh, uh, uh, so deep
Oh, God. I'm coming honey!
Oh oh yes! Uh uh

I know, that sucked. But accurate, eh? ;-)

Sidney's Quiapo series. There are places in every city that are so full of character they pulsate any which way you look at them. Quiapo in Metro Manila is one such place. Sidney's photos of Quiapo are most enlightening: the fortune-tellers, the mystics, the religious processions. It's been quite some time since I've been to that place, but revisiting it through Sidney's site is a treat.

Something smells fishy. Christine is a gypsy soul, and she's been to almost everywhere and back. Her travel itinerary doesn't pass up these lovely islands of ours -- and the local culture. In this post, Christine talks about a delicacy beloved by many Filipinos: the dried fish known as daing or tuyo. It isn't the most pleasantly aromatic of dishes (the smell of it being cooked has been likened to that of unwashed pekpek (I'll leave it to you guys to figure out what that means) but eaten with garlic rice, a fresh tomato and perhaps a freshly-fried egg -- sunny side up! -- it's a culinary masterpiece in its simplicity.

Have a rockin' and rollin' weekend, everyone! See you all next week.


Mimi Lenox said...

I'm so glad Blogworld Saturday is back. I really missed it. Thank you, Lizza!

nursemyra said...

thanks for kicking off my day to a great start

Sidney said...

Thank you for the plug. I am happy you like my Quiapo series.

I can relate to the Englishman's woes.

Enjoy the weekend!

Daddy Papersurfer said...

You can't write a haiku like that and then say "...that sucked".
Haiku usually combines three different lines, with a distinct grammatical break, called kireji, usually placed at the end of either the first five or second seven morae. In Japanese, there are actual kireji words. In English, kireji is often replaced with commas, hyphens, elipses, or implied breaks in the haiku. These elements of the older haiku are considered by many to be essential to haiku as well, although they are not always included by modern writers of Japanese "free-form haiku" and of non-Japanese haiku. Japanese haiku are typically written as a single line, while English language haiku are traditionally separated into three lines........ blah blah blah............*snore*

Lizza said...

Mimi: You're welcome. Hope you enjoy these.

Nursemyra: You're welcome too. Have a great weekend!

Sidney: I always enjoy looking at your photos.

Yeah, right. I'm sure your Tagalog is very good by now. Happy weekend too!

DaddyP: Okay, you've been drinking too much coffee again.

Debo Blue said...

I like these because it introduces me to new readers.

Thanks for taking the time to bring this back.

H said...

Turnbaby's hotku - Immensely enjoyable. in this very vicarious way ;-)

Debo Blue has me nicely involved in her day dream about the muppies and their buckish spy.

Stu describes the language butcher question inflection very perfectly. that's exactly how I speak Kashmiri [which is my mother's mother tongue - it's complicated, I'm a mongrel - my parents come from different parts of the country]

And i want all that fiiiiiiish! dry or not.

thanks Liz, nice nice Saturaday breakfast of blogposts.

Kiyotoe said...

Debo's straightforwardness scares me. That's why i call her Big Sis. I imagine if i had a big sister, she'd scare me like Debo.


Glamourpuss said...

The haikus were bitchin'!


Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

The blogger has returned to the scene of the crime. Seriously it is a great feature. We welcome i back!!

kyels said...

Happy Sunday Liz!


I loved Sid's Quiapo series, fond memories!

Turnbaby said...


Lizza and hotku!!

Thanks for featuring me sugar and thanks for popping up in my reader!! It's always a joy to see you


Lizza said...

Debo: Thank you for continuing to enjoy it.

H: Glad you liked them. It's not like I'm rushing you or anything, but...when are we going to see a new post over at Shout again? :-D

Kiyotoe: Scare you in a good way...make you toe the line!

Puss: That they were. Dirty minds, these bloggers have. :-D

Bud: Thanks! So good to read your "welcome back."

Kyels: Yes, it's great, isn't it? Come back to make new Philippine memories.

Turnbaby: It's always a joy to see you here, you naughty wench.

Invader Stu said...

Thanks for the kind comment and the link :)

Lizza said...

You're welcome, Stu. :-)

CS said...

Glad this feature is back - I always enjoy it.

Grundir the Implacable said...

Many thanks, Lizza. I hope to be dispatching more memes in the very near future.