OMB reader meet up11:58 PM Tuesday October 21, 2014 |

I am lucky to have a very thoughtful and kind reader by the name of Bessy.  I didn’t know how she found my blog.  She must have been my reader for two years now. It’s been her wish to meet up with me.  She and her husband live in Sta. Clara, 15 minutes away from… read more

Shopping in Alameda11:02 PM Tuesday October 21, 2014 |

The most popular flea market in the Bay Area is the one in Alameda.  Held every first Sunday of each month at the sprawling former US Navy airport runways over looking the San Francisco skyline,    the Alameda Point Antiques Faire is the largest in Northern California with over 800 vendors selling  home decors, clothes,… read more

Lost Photos03:58 PM Tuesday October 21, 2014 |

Many new OMB readers are wondering how come my old posts, mostly in 2011 didn’t have photos.   Oh My Buhay site crashed a few times before and the photos disappeared.  Some posts were erased by one of the web developers who was trying to restore my blog site.   I have no more time to go… read more

Flea Market Queens10:07 PM Monday October 20, 2014 |

Len woke me up Len———“Ate, may flea market ngayon sa Chabot, magbibihis lang ako, punta tayo”. Omb——– “Ow?” Len——- “Tuwing third week of the month. tanghali na tayo”. Omb——- “Yehey”. Ubos na ang parking, it’s already 9 am. Bong said how come we’re so fond of chickens, pigs and ducks. Eh kasi nga nung araw,… read more

Nakakaaliw10:24 PM Sunday October 19, 2014 |

hi annie! nakakaaliw. that’s how i’d describe your blog and the way you write stories. probably because i hate drama and you tend to infuse humor in your daily dealings. i’m so fond about your comments about maids and drivers and employees. halakhak to death. i’ve been putting off my gallbladder removal operation for some… read more

Frontyard Coffin07:48 AM Saturday October 18, 2014 |

Halloween is big here.  There are stores selling 100% Halloween decors. I don’t like scary decors. They get stuck in my consciousness and end up in my dreams. I prefer cute The Kalabasa. Someone in our neighborhood  takes Halloween seriously.  Two years ago,  they had a life-sized skeleton, pumpkins, spiders and aliens in their front… read more

My Pocket Money08:49 PM Friday October 17, 2014 |

My pocket money was only good for one week because I was really supposed to stay only for a week. Something unexpected happened (#goodbyegallbladder) so I am stuck here in California. I was supposed to have flown out on the 28th of September. That means I’ve so far overextended for more than two weeks. My… read more

Baked goodies from Bessie05:56 PM Friday October 17, 2014 |

OMB reader Bessie Yap-Sarmiento spent her morning today baking chocolate brownie pecan cookies, pumpkin butter bread, etc. specially for me. Bessie and her saintly husband Allen (according to her)  live in Sta. Clara.   They both work at night (graveyard shift) and I could just imagine  she had to wake up so early today to bake… read more

Hayward Living09:04 AM Friday October 17, 2014 |

1. I noticed Bong’s spiky hair. Omb—— “Nagpagupit ka ba?” Bong—– “Naiinis nga ako, napaikli”. Omb—— “Next week mahaba na ulit yan”. 2. It was Aileen’s first year anniversary in her new job position. During her lunch break yesterday, she ordered three boxes of pizza and some cinnamon sticks. It took Pizza Hut awhile to… read more

15 months to pay09:12 PM Thursday October 16, 2014 |

I thought the $4,621 + $28.80 were my final bills from Kaiser Permanente hospital. Hindi pala. I went back last Monday morning to pay for my account and also to  request for a medical certification I need to submit to Philippine Airlines. Aside from the no show and re-booking fees for my SFO-Manila ticket dated… read more

Heavy Balikbayan Boxes09:05 PM Wednesday October 15, 2014 |

Bong didn’t have work because it’s Columbus Day. I was ready to drive to San Leandro but he offered to drive for me. Pinilit ko ng impakihin yung mga na-shopping ko, mostly from the flea markets and a few supplies from Costco, merong pang sangkalan for Antonia, and lots of new towels for our family…. read more

Horatio’s08:08 PM Wednesday October 15, 2014 |

Bong and I had lunch at Horatio’s restaurant located in San Leandro’s Marina last Monday, Columbus Day. It’s very near the Kaiser Permanente Hospital where we came from that morning. He actually liked to eat hotdog inside Costco pero gusto ko tahimik at medyo relax ako. Masarap nga hotdog sa Costo pero magulo sa loob… read more

French Antique Market08:20 AM Tuesday October 14, 2014 |

Sunday, October 12, 2014 My sister in law Dimple, Len and I, drove for almost an hour to San Rafael, Marin county to see their once a month French-themed antique flea market. It was my first time to go to this place. We crossed another long bridge, $5 toll fee. I could see the Golden… read more

Blogging with music08:10 AM Tuesday October 14, 2014 |

I am so ignorant. I only discovered recently that I could listen to music, online, while blogging. Oops Edmund was calling.

Isla, Cemetery, TK Noodle10:38 PM Monday October 13, 2014 |

We had lunch again in Isla. Bong met with two of his acquaintances, Raffy and Vic. They’ve been inviting him for so long and it’s only now that they’re were able to dine together. They asked me what I am doing here. I told them I am just hanging out, jobless in America. Raffy took… read more

Ohlone College Flea Market09:25 PM Monday October 13, 2014 |

I was out the whole Saturday. I didn’t want to go out in the morning so I could rest but Bong and Aileen insisted that we go to the flea market as we originally planned. We first went to the Ohlone College Flea Market in Fremont. It was such a beautiful morning. We were there… read more

Wife always shouts at him08:37 AM Monday October 13, 2014 |

Simple advise for an anonymous Oh My Buhay male reader: Having a well educated wife, affluent, with a flourishing career, with a very strong character BUT with bad ugali are loud warnings : go find your own job, be your own man, earn your own living. You will become a better person and a happier… read more