meme: what were you doing ten years ago?

Saw this meme on (along with to-drool-for recipes for Southern biscuits and fried green tomatoes):

1) What were you doing ten years ago?
At around this time a decade ago (mid-June1998), I was in my last month of pregnancy with my youngest, Ik (born June 23), still living at the same house I do now

Alex (7) and Ik (6 months); Alex and Ik now

2) Five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today:

  • Edit and re-format the soft copy of Ortuoste Family Tree
  • Call up Luis (pen) Store in Escolta for their store hours (I need to have four fountain pens tweaked and repaired)
  • Go to Shopwise Supermarket along Pasong Tamo for groceries
  • Check on the Superlotto and Megalotto results; buy tickets for the next draws
  • Take Alex (my eldest) to Santa Ana racetrack this evening to go parkouring/freerunning

3) Snacks I enjoy
Since my blood chem test came back showing elevated levels of uric acid, cholesterol, and triglycerides, I can’t have my favorite chocolates, cakes, and chips anymore. Sigh. Lately I’ve been nomming mashed potatoes, popcorn, and pineapple.

4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire
Aside from the usual, like buy a huge house with a pool and a fleet of cars that run on ethanol? I would:

  • take a PhD in Mass Communication doubled with an PhD in Anthropology at alma mater UP-Diliman (no other universities in the Philippines offer these programs);
  • travel to far-off, exotic places like Kathmandu, Timbuktu, and Boracay;
  • buy a closetful of Hermes, Goyard, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, and Tod’s canvas and leather goods;
  • set up a scholarship fund for deserving students in the fields of Mass Comm/Journalism, Anthropology, and the hard sciences;
  • with the help of our church, put up a free Bible giveaway program.


Entrance driveway to UP-Diliman; Victoria Beckham with a pink ostrich Hermes Birkin; temples of Kathmandu

5) Places I have lived
Philippines (Manila, Bacolod City, Quezon City, Makati City); USA (California: Fremont and Van Nuys)

6) Places I have visited

California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fremont); New York (New York City, Oswego); North Carolina; Dubai, UAE; Hong Kong

6) Jobs I have had

Library assistant at UP-Diliman; Account executive (selling airtime for animes Voltes V and Daimos); Journalist/novelist/writer; Apprentice jockey; Public relations officer; Corporate communications officer; Magazine editor; Broadcast producer, director, writer; Live cable television sports (horseracing) commentator; Television show co-host, writer, segment director; Assistant racing manager of a horse racing club; Office manager; Government agency consultant; Romance novelist; Blogger


Morning workout at Santa Ana Park as an apprentice jockey aboard a colt of Alamat (1990); co-hosting “Karera 2000″ with basketball coach and now Pampanga Vice-Governor Joseller “Yeng” Guiao (1997); at San Lazaro Leisure Park hosting the live cable TV broadcast of Manila Jockey Club races (2007)

7) Peeps I want to know more about
“Gogirls” (strong, confident, empowered women); people in the news for either good or bad reasons; the people next door

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1 Comment on meme: what were you doing ten years ago?

  1. Robert Ortuoste
    24 July 2008 at 2:26 pm (4330 days ago)

    Dear Jenny,

    How’re you? I’ve photos for the Ortuoste family tree website you’ll die for. Here’s a sampling:

    (1) Ignacio Ortuoste’s funeral procession; (2) a young Lola Basila with her daughter, Lourdes; (3) Lola Basila in her later years; (4) the classic portrait of your Lola Carmen taken when she was 20; (5) your Lola Carmen’s sister, Concepcion, with the latter’s daughter, Teresita; (6) your Lola Carmen’s sisters, Encarnacion and Concepcion; (7) a group picture of your Lola Carmen, T. Ling, T. Che, and me when I was 8; (8) Concepcion and her daughter, Teresita; and (9) a group picture of the five surviving Ortuostes.
    Interested? Then give me a jingle

    I’ve been trying to get in touch with you electronically, trying both gogirl_media(AT) and gogirl_media(AT), but neither worked. Sorry I had to reach you here, only place I know how to get to you. Delete afterwards. So tell me to which address to send the photos, an email address that works. Erika looks like a nice everyday kid.

    Thanks a lot,
    Tito Bing

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