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Morrissey live in Manila May 20, 2012

I know it’s over, still I cling…

Sure, I wrote down “See Morrissey live” in my bucket list but to be quite honest, it was one of those things that I doubt would ever happen.  Last sunday, May 13, I got to cross that off the list.  It really was a dream come true.  The best concert I’ve ever been to…and dare I say it, the best concert I’ll ever see.  I’m sure that those of us who love Morrissey do so for various reasons.  Many of us have waited years for this moment.  Truly, the man did not disappoint.  There have been many articles recently in the local papers written by fellow fans sharing their experience of that day.  And I, like them, would like to say the same thing: Thank you, Morrissey.  Thank you for being you and thank you for your songs.  They make me feel so loved.

What goes through your mind when you hear an audience sing along to the darker stuff?

Morrissey: I’m absolutely electrified. Because I live alone with those songs, and they came from the absolute edge of the emotional cliff. When a crowd sings something that really means something…for me it’s stirring. Well, it’s not stirring, no. There are no words. It’s just getting it out. And even if it’s only just for that moment when you’re in the audience on that night, you’re not alone. (2004)

If you’d like to see some beautiful photos from the concert, you can visit splintr.com , philippineconcerts.com , and the Morrissey live in Manila facebook page.

 

Birthday Bonanza in Bangkok – Day 1 & 2 April 6, 2012

I told my good friend Ava last year that I’d like to do something different for my birthday this year.  That’s when Bangkok entered the picture.  I made travel arrangements, researched on the hotel, the train systems, the currency, listed places to see and shop at and picked up a few useful phrases.  I also attempted to make an itinerary…”attempted” because with so much information, I pretty much gave up on the idea and decided we’d just wing it when we got there.  We were already ticketed a month and a half before our March 15 departure and I was crossing off the numbers on my desk calendar until finally the big day has arrived!

Day 1: We arrived at PAL Terminal 2 pretty early–about 3.5 hours before our 1030am flight.  It left on time and it was actually smooth flying–so smooth that I dozed off after the meal was served.  Ava on the other hand spent the hours watching Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill on the flight.

Di plane! Di plane!

Upon setting foot in Thailand’s Suvarnumbhumi International Airport (I can finally spell it without googling it!) we were totally floored at how big and beautiful it was.  Took a while to get past immigration (long lines!) and find my suitcase so our tour guide had already been waiting for us for a good 30 minutes before we showed up at the exit.  In the van, we were also joined by a Filipino doctor and his Spanish wife.  They were pleasant people and even if we weren’t billeted in the same hotel, we would see them throughout our entire stay.

That’s my buddy Ava leading the way…though admittedly we both didn’t know where to go to at first so we just followed the flock of people heading in this direction.

Once outside, this was the first thing we saw…colorful Bangkok taxis!  According to our tour guide, each color corresponds to the company of a particular taxi operator.

While waiting for our van, the doctor’s wife was kind enough to offer to take our picture.  This was the first of only 2 pictures of us during the entire trip that was taken by another person.  The first few minutes of travel from the airport was pretty fast.  There were hardly any bumps or cracks on the road so it was a comfortable ride.  When we got to the city proper and near our hotel, that’s when the bumper to bumper traffic appeared.  It gave me a chance to look out the window and take in the surroundings.  Bangkok reminded me so much of Manila–the traffic, the motorcycles that weave in and out of it, the little eateries along the road, the signs on the shops (they look the same except I don’t read Thai), the graffiti on the walls, the laundry hung outside of windows and yes, even the occasional man walking shirtless inside his property haha!  Though I must take my hats off to Bangkok for being a very clean city.  Even the markets, when they’ve already closed shop for the day, seem cleaner.

We arrived at our hotel, Citin Pratunam about 4 in the afternoon.  Pratunam is a shopping district located in Ratchathewi.  Who needs a 5 star hotel when this budget hotel is just as comfortable?  It’s clean, quiet and the staff are all smiles and always very helpful.  You can read about my review of this hotel here or you can visit their website.

When we finally settled in and did a quick freshen up, it’s time to explore the streets!  As soon as we stepped out of the small street where the hotel was located, we went wherever our feet took us.  There were so many street vendors selling clothes and some knick knacks that it’s hard to focus your attention on just one stall in particular.  Amongst the throngs of shops selling clothes, we finally found some vendors who sold food.  Apart from the shopping, we were really looking forward to the food!  And what better way to start the food adventure than by trying this:

Crickets.  Yes, crickets.  When Ava first whipped out her camera to take a picture, the lady vendor violently refused so my friend said, “If I buy, can I take a picture then?”  The vendor still refused.  She probably didn’t understand the question so another vendor nearby explained it to her and eventually she smiled when she realized we were buying.  There were all sorts of crazy insects on her basket…but these came highly recommended.  She was also pointing at the worms and giving us the thumbs up sign (which Ava wanted to try) but we ended up not buying it.  To be quite honest, it didn’t taste bad….it tasted like barbecue flavored chips actually.  The pandan leaves that it was cooked with gave it some flavor and good aroma too.  The only thing I had a problem with is that when you scoop them up on the spoon, some of them had their eyes on you which creeped me out a bit.  So, my eyes were always closed every time I’d put the spoon in my mouth.  This entire bag costs 10 THB.

A few stalls after the insects, I found some dumplings…fresh off the steamer!  You get 5 pieces also for the price of 10 THB.

We walked some more down the small street until we reached the intersection with the main road.  Across we found the Platinum Mall.  This was taken at the foot bridge as we made our way towards the mall.

After going around the mall for about an hour, we got hungry (crickets can’t really make you feel full after all) so we went up to the food court and ordered veggie dumplings and a plate of pad thai.  This is the first of 3 pad thais that we’ll eat during the trip and honestly this first one only gets a bronze medal from me.

After a long hot day, I couldn’t resist the urge to open a very cold can of coke.  We later on found out that Thailand is a “Pepsi Country” so finding a can of coke was hard to come by.

Day 2: The tour that came with the package was scheduled on this day.  Our guide picked us up at 8:30am and first on the agenda was Wat Intharawihan or The Temple of the Standing Buddha.  Here you’ll find a golden Buddha statue that stands 32 meters tall and 10 meters and 24 inches wide.  The place also had other versions of the Buddha statue.

Lotus flowers sold at the temple entrance

To enter the plaza where the giant golden Buddha stands, you’ll have to pass by a blue and gold gate with marble walls on each side.  These walls are also used to hold urns though I’m not quite sure who gets the honor of being laid to rest here.

The craftsmanship on these doors is really amazing.  It makes the entire structure pop even if you’re still some feet away.

Next we went to Wat Traimit or The Temple of the Golden Buddha.

Here is our friendly tour guide No. 1 Lok.  At the time we arrived, monks were still praying inside.  People can go in and stay in the back while they pray.  Although make sure you read up on the rules of temple etiquette.  Lok mentioned that her son, who is about 20 years old will become a monk in a few months time.  I asked her how she felt about it and she smiled and said that she’s truly honored.  Even if her son will leave her and can no longer experience the comforts of home, she considers it a blessing.

The last stop was at Gems Gallery, which according to their website is the “world’s biggest jewelry store”.  It was a pretty interesting place.  I’d never seen so many shiny things I can’t afford in one go…but they truly are very pretty (albeit some of the pieces bordered on “too much”).  After some welcome drinks, we were ushered into a small theater where a short film was shown about Thailand being known for their sapphires and rubies.  After the 15 minute film, you’ll be taken into another room where you’ll be shown how a raw stone is turned into something you’ll readily see on the red carpet at a Hollywood event.  Think of it as a small assembly line for jewelry.

Now, Ava and I are also fans of Kpop and we were delighted at the news that one of the groups we liked, Super Junior were also in town for their Super Show 4 tour.  We didn’t buy tickets online so we decided to take our chances and see if we could score some at the Impact Arena.

We finally made it!

It was way past noon, the weather was extremely hot and we were terribly hungry.  We saw a McDonald’s but it was still closed so we just took pictures of Thailand’s Ronald McDonald doing a gesture one does when greeting someone. We ended up eating KFC instead.

There were fan booths and sponsor booths.  Here’s Ava posing with characters from a local soft drink commercial.

This is probably the closest we’ll ever get to the boys…

Ava with Cardboard Kyu

Me with Cardboard Siwon & Donghae

While waiting for the show we hung out at the airconditioned food court and tried this.  I’m not sure what it’s called but it’s got crushed ice, syrup and gelatin.

We enjoyed the show (which lasted for about 4 hours) and luckily got a cab that agreed to take us back to the hotel.  The sad part was that the driver was asking for 600 THB which, if converted to pesos would make it THE.MOST.EXPENSIVE.CAB.RIDE.I.EVER.TOOK.  But it was late, we were tired and the hotel was very far…oh well…  It had been a long and eventful day but we’ll only get a few hours sleep (just 2 actually) before we had to be up and ready again for Day 3!

 

It’s my wedding…let’s rock! January 26, 2011

Previously I’ve mentioned that I’ve been asked by a good friend to be her Maid of Honor for her upcoming April wedding.  This reminded me of a list which I’ve been trying to put together for some time now–my wedding playlist!  I’ve attended many-a-wedding and even if the bride picks the usual list of love songs, I really don’t mind.  To each his own.  I may have heard those same songs countless of times but if it means something to the couple, then it’s all good.

One of my best friends married her wonderful hubby in Boracay in 2006 and I was one of her bridesmaids.  Due to a late flight, another friend and I weren’t able to attend the wedding rehearsals.  When we arrived at dinner time for the Despedida de Soltera, they were all raving about her wedding song…the one that would be played when she enters the church.  Nobody wanted to tell us what it was and we (the other friend who took the same flight with me) had to wait until the actual ceremony to find out what it was.  It was Eva Cassidy’s version of Sting’s “Fields of Gold”, which was so beautiful it made me cry!  And that was it…that was the moment when I started to seriously think about what songs I would like to hear on my wedding day.

Of course I’m a rock fan (even though I may not look the part) so most of my inspiration comes from the bands/artists that I love.  So kindly indulge me now as I share with you my wedding playlist.  This is still a work in progress because I’d also like to use the usual love songs and even love songs sung in the local language…heck, I’m also a kpop fan and I’d be willing to use one of the songs from the dramas that I’ve watched as well…but until the big event, here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • Once In A Blue Moon – Sydney Forest (this is what I want played when I enter the church)
  • Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  • Just Say Yes – Snow Patrol
  • All I Want Is You – U2 (the first dance…and with fireworks!)
  • This Is The One – The Stone Roses (I’m glad I watched “Eagle vs. Shark”)
  • Love Remains The Same – Gavin Rossdale
  • With or Without You – U2
  • This Never Happened Before – Paul McCartney
  • Yellow – Coldplay
  • Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice
  • Your Song – Elton John
  • Stellar – Incubus
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • The Wild Ones – Suede
  • Lucky – Bif Naked
  • The Only Exception – Paramore (I’m not a huge fan, but I love the lyrics of this song)
  • Your Guardian Angel – Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
  • Ready For A Fall – PJ Olsson
  • Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band
  • Feels Like Home – Chantal Kreviazuk
  • Woman – John Lennon
  • Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
  • You and Me – Lifehouse (Thanks to Ginny for introducing this song!)
  • Now My Heart Is Full – Morrissey
  • There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
  • Slipping Through My Fingers – I liked the Merryl Streep version in Mamma Mia…this isn’t for me…it’s more for my mother. I’d like her to have some part in the event. Come to think of it…yes, to some degree, I guess it’s also for me.

So that’s it so far…hmm… does it seem long already?

Before I go, let me leave you with a quote from Chris Martin of Coldplay talking about the song “The Scientist”:

“That’s just about girls. It’s weird that whatever else is on your mind, whether it’s the downfall of global economics or terrible environmental troubles, the thing that always gets you most is when you fancy someone.”

note: photos not my property

 

Me?! Maid of Honor?! January 24, 2011

Filed under: friends,personal,something about me,tales — fizzywoohoo @ 9:12 am
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Who, me?

I’ve just been told, exactly 39 minutes ago (as of this writing), that my friend has chosen me to be her Maid of Honor for her upcoming April wedding.

My immediate reaction was, “Huh?! Me, your maid of honor?!” When she first told me a few weeks back that she was getting married and that I’d be a part of her entourage I thought, “Ok, bridesmaid…sponsor…cool!”  But now that I”m officially maid of honor…wow!  That’s a whole new level for me….this is a first!

I was so touched that she thought of me.  I mean, I’ve never been “honorable anything” ever so for someone to say that they’d like me to have a special role in her special day, it really does give you a heartwarming feeling…and then afterwards I felt nervous…and panicky…and I told myself to go on a diet…and I wanted to throw up…haha.  All the worries and concerns and responsibilities are starting to flood in.  I’m so excited!

To my “kapatid” and dear friend…thank you so much for letting me be a part of your life..and a part of your family’s life.  I’m so happy for you.  It’s going to be a kick ass wedding…and your rocker friend will be kick ass maid of honor!

 

Read. Write. Speak. January 17, 2011

Filed under: personal,something about me,thoughts — fizzywoohoo @ 4:02 am
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"I resolve to write, read & speak more this year."

That was something I promised myself I’d try and do more of this 2011.

READ – I love reading books.  I love buying books.  Unfortunately last year, it seems that I only did a lot of buying and not much reading.  I think I’ve only read a total of 2.25 books last year.  The. 25 count went to a book I started but I never even made it to chapter 5.  I’ve already started reading a new book last week and so far I’ve been able to read a few pages each night.  Good.  At least I’m on the right track.

WRITE – So far I think I’m doing well in this department.  It’s only the middle of January and I’ve put in 6 entries (7 including this one) already.  Not bad at all considering I’m always struggling to find topics on what I could write about.  There’s things that I always want to write about but then I’d figure, “Would anyone even bother to read them?”…even the 3, 4 or 5 friends of mine who do follow me?  Haha.  But I have to tell myself that the writing is for my own fulfillment and the fact that I can put it down on paper or on this page is an achievement in itself.  I’m happy to be able to share it.  If friends or other people get to read it and say something nice about it, then that’s an added bonus that I’m thankful for.

SPEAK  – Oh dear.  Here’s the road bump that I’ve been avoiding.  I’m not much of a talker.  I mean, I do talk and tell stories to friends and all but when it comes to sharing my feelings and giving opinions, I pretty much keep my mouth shut.  Maybe I’ll open up a little…but mostly I just take everything in like a sponge (“who lives in a pineapple under the sea!” haha).  I prefer listening to be quite honest.  Ultimately, it’s the possible rejection or judgement that I might get that scares me.  I’m not made of steel, so sometimes even the littlest thing can break me.  Friends tell me to leave my comfort zone once in a while.  I even have one particular friend who says she’ll “take out her hammer and bash me on the head with it” because I sell myself short sometimes…ok, most of the time.  This is something I really have to get rid of.

Like the heroines of the dramas that I watch, may I chant the word, “Fighting!” and really mean it.

2011, here we go.

 

 

 

Another round of meme October 11, 2010

Filed under: something about me,thoughts,whatever — fizzywoohoo @ 5:52 am

Thanks again to Kamikazeegirl for another meme to answer.

It’s a great way to give answers to questions you haven’t been asked…or have probably not asked someone.

1. Where are you from?
Manila, Philippines.

2. If you could live any place in the world, where would you live?
I’ve always loved England ever since my high school English Literature classes…but my recent fascination with Japan and South Korea has made me add them on the list too.

3. What’s your favorite blog? I’ll check them out of course!
I don’t follow much…mostly those of my friends: www.kamikazeegirl.wordpress.com,   www.jodiesmommy.wordpress.com. Oh but these 2 I stumbled upon when I started getting into Kpop: www.bunnybissoux.blogspot.com, www.nunasknowbest.blogspot.com

4. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve?
Rude and hurtful comments from strangers…and wrong grammar!

5. What’s your favorite TV show this season?
I don’t watch a lot of “normal tv”. Even my tried and tested music channels (MTV & Channel V)  have been disappointing recently. Right now I’m enjoying 2 Korean channels, Arirang and TvN.

6. What’s your favorite ‘down’ time {nothing computer related}?
Reading….but does going to the mall count? Or watching movies?

7. Are you a parent? If so, what’s your favorite thing to do with your children?
Not yet but I imagine I’d play a lot of music for my children which we could sing and dance to. I think that would be quite enjoyable. Oh and also spend time talking with my children…I didn’t have much “talking time” with  my mother and I’d like to have that with my own kids.

8. What about your blog, have you considered changing?
No…I’ve only just started and I still feel weird about putting things out there.  I considered stopping because the idea of subjecting my thoughts and feelings to people who don’t know me is a bit scary. I don’t mind friends reading it though. Thankfully, most comments from strangers have all been very comforting, inspiring and encouraging.

9. What do you do for a living (if you work outside the home or if you work at home)?
I work as an Executive Assistant (for 2 bosses) at one of the country’s top Broadcasting Companies.

10. What is your favorite song at the moment? What is your favorite song ever?
Song of the moment:
“Bonamana” – by Super Junior (I am so addicted to this song even if I can’t understand it)

Favorite song ever: (I have a couple so please indulge me on this one)
“Don’t Look Back In Anger” – Oasis
“There is a light that never goes out” – The Smiths
“Wish you were here” – Incubus
“You’ve got to hide your love away” – The Beatles
11. What is your favorite niche TV channel to watch?
TvN, Arirang, Discovery Travel & Living…I’d love to put in MTV and Channel V but they’ve been disappointing recently with all the influx of ridiculous “reality” type shows you just want to scream out “Aren’t you a music channel? Where the hell is the music?!”

12. If you could have any career, what would it be and why?
I’d love to be a travel host ala Samantha Brown on the Discovery Channel or someone like Anthony Bourdain…or work with / for my favorite band.

13. What is your favorite outfit?
Plain black or white shirt + jeans + converse shoes.

14. If you could tell your teenage self something, what would you say?
“You can do it…but hang on tight!” and “Don’t be too hard on yourself…you’re worth it”

15. What is your favorite recipe?
Anything involving pasta is always good to me.

16. What is the funniest joke you’ve ever heard?
Hmm…I can’t recall but Stephen Colbert and Conan O’Brien always make me laugh.

17. What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
I’ve only been abroad once but I’d love to see England, Japan and South Korea. I’m not much of a “beach-y” person either but I think visiting Bali or the Maldives would be great too.

18. What are you most excited about with fall here?
Sadly, there’s no fall in the Philippines…but I think the imagery of fall is both sad and peaceful.

19. Did you envision yourself to be where you are today ten years ago? If not, what did you envision?
No. What did I envision? Married.

20. If money were no object, what would your dream house look like?
There’s 2 houses I discovered on 2 different Korean dramas which I found very beautiful. The first one is from the drama “Full House” and the second one is from “Personal Preference”.

21. What is your all-time favorite Disney movie?
I like old school Disney …so my choice is “Sleeping Beauty”.

22. What blog do you think isn’t getting enough notice?
Like I said…I don’t follow too many so I can’t say..but I’m sure there’s a lot of good ones out there.

 

Time for some Q & A October 8, 2010

Filed under: personal,something about me,thoughts,whatever — fizzywoohoo @ 3:03 am

 

Rock On!

I miss answering these types of questions!  My friends and I used to forward to each other a whole list of random questions and we’d just answer it.  It gave us a chance to get to know each other a little bit…and it was always fun knowing their answers.  Thanks again to kamikazeegirl for the blog idea!

Here we go…

 

1. What’s your middle name?
Romana Kristina

2. What’s your favorite magazine?
I used to buy a lot magazines but not anymore. They’re all ridiculously expensive and yet the magazine seems to get thinner and thinner. My favorites in the past were SPIN, Rolling Stones, Details, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, and Q.

3. What are you wearing right now?
Red polo shirt, navy blue jeans, bronze mary jane shoes

4. What color are your bed sheets?
Right now at home it’s all shades of violet

5. Who was your third grade teacher?
If I remember correctly, Mrs. Bocalbos was the name of my homeroom teacher.

6. What is the weather like right now?
*checks out window* Sunny

7. Do you know how to ski?
No. I have yet to see snow!

8. What was the last thing you drank?
P10 Nescafe black coffee from a vendo machine.

9. Dream vacation?
England and Japan!

10. Favorite article of clothing?
Do shoes count? I love my shoes! Hmm..but if it’s clothing per se…I like wearing polo shirts and plain black or white roundneck tees.

11. Do you prefer baking or cooking?
Baking! My friends envy our old-school oven at home.

12. Is your hair above or below your shoulders?
Way above my shoulders..it’s so short you can’t tie it.

13. What drink do you order when out?
Red iced tea, watermelon shake or regular coke

14. What book are you reading?
Started Kazuo Ishigiro’s “Never Let Me Go” but got stuck on chapter 3…it’s a pretty good book… I’m just lazy with my reading this year.

15. What did you dream about last night?
Last night I couldn’t remember…but the night before Jang Geun Suk was in it!

16. What was the last movie you went to?
Inception

17. Any injuries at the moment?
Does a broken heart count? *cough*baduy*cough*

18. What color is your bathroom?
Very old and fading type of mint green

19. What’s the state of your laundry right now?
I don’t do laundry. Someone else takes care of that.

20. Do you take vitamins?
Yep centrum…and I’ve started taking vitamin E.

21. Where do you love to shop?
SM! They’ve got it all for you…as well as Marks & Spencer, Bench, Debenhams, Giordano, Hush Puppies

22. How often do you buy groceries?
Once a month…usually on the 15th.

23. Do you have a pet/pets?
Do imaginary pets count? haha…none…

24. If you are married, when is your next anniversary?
Not married yet.

25. How do you take your coffee and/or tea?
Coffee: Hot with cream & sugar..though I’m trying to take it black nowadays to avoid the sugar. Tea: The english way! With milk and sugar.

26. Mac or PC? Desktop or Laptop?
PC. Desktop.

27. Favorite month of the year?
I have a love-hate thing with December. I can’t think of any other month I like though.

28. Do you have a hobby?
Wish I had a normal hobby like a normal person…but I mostly surf the net and stalk my celeb crushes especially on youtube…I also watch korean & japanese dramas..and have been know to be “totally addicted” to them.

29. What salad dressing do you prefer?
Ranch & Ceasar

30. Did you walk or take a bus to school?
Took the bus until 3rd grade even though my house is 5 mins away from school. After that, I was always brought to school (up until college) by one of my uncles but I always commuted going home.

31. Do you have any phobias?
I dislike insects, reptiles, heights (even if I’m just in a mall), carnival type haunted houses and dark water.

32. What’s your favorite snack food? junk food with ice cold regular coke.

33. When do you take your shower/bath?
At night. I can’t stand going to sleep without bathing. I’ll take a bath at 2am if I have to!

34. What time did you get up this morning?
5:15am because of work.

35. What’s your favorite animal?
cats and dogs

36. Have you ever broken a bone?
Yep. Twice on my left arm…in a span of 1.5 years…it never went back to it’s original position.

37. Do you wear makeup?
A bit…but I really don’t know what I’m doing. =)

38. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I wish..but I’d like to learn how. The extent of my foreign vocabulary is limited to those words I learn from watching my dramas and listening to kpop!

39. Have you ever played a sport?
Yep in high school..and then a few years ago, I did badminton. I miss those days! At least I got some form of exercise.

40. Your last UPS package contained …
Have not received any.

41. What’s on your desktop?
At work, it’s a pretty picture of Mt. Fuji with cherry blossoms & a Japanese temple…and at home its’a photo of a burned down Hogwarts…a poster for the last Harry Potter movie.

42. What is your home page?
Google courtesy of Mozilla Firefox

43. Extrovert or introvert?
INTROVERT!

44. Favorite board game?
As a kid…cluedo, pictionary and aggravation.

45. What class did you like best in high school? In college?
In high school I liked English Literature and in college I loved my Psych classes plus Art Appreciation.

46. What would you do with an extra hour each day?
If I’m tired, I’d sleep but if I’m not, I’d love so more TV time…or a time to read.

47. Do you have allergies? Yes! I’ve had rashes 3 times…but I still couldn’t pinpoint the cause…it’s either alcohol or itchy textiles.  (I hope it’s not the alcohol..hehehe!)

48. Are your nails painted?
Nope…only my toes.

49. Where are you right now?
Sadly at work…