Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 2011!


Time really runs fast! I can't believe that it's the last day in the calendar! 365 days had gone like a breeze. My 365 days filled were with different adventures and lessons to learn. This year, I took some leaps, went through ups and downs, witnessed milestones and went through life-altering changes.

It was a 52-week discovery about life and witnessing wonderful changes not just on my own, but to the lives of others as well. It was a period where some people left and other people came back when I least expected.

A year filled with laughs, tears, elation (not to mention stress too ), people and enriched friendships. While I am closing the year with this post, I am looking forward to a brighter, happier and meaningful year ahead.

I wish you a very and safe Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

We Got Mail!

Better late than never!

With the advent of technology, postal mail service nowadays seem to be scarce, if not about to reach the state of extinction. For sure everyone has been enjoying the convenience of sending e-cards for the holidays over cyberspace; no fuss waiting for three to ten days as you can easily receive one within minutes.

So, imagine my dumbfounded-slash-surprised look when I found this one sitting just above the TV set this afternoon. A belated card for Christmas from my aunts living in Canada.

Mr. Postman, thank you for taking time to deliver this mail to our doorstep. Your efforts despite the holiday rush is very well appreciated. While cyberspace E-cards are more convenient, nothing still beats a personal note like this.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Somebody Made My Wish Come True

Yesterday, just before the official holiday break, I got to join my team mates for our after shift Christmas party. It was a typical one except we had it at the early hours of the day (who parties at 6:30 am, right?). After logging off from our Cisco phones, off we go to Rufo's Tapa first (though I came there last because I waited for my seatmate Tish to finish her after call work) and it was one hearty breakfast -- with yummy food and lots of laughs.

I was able to fulfill my "baby's" wish on what she wanted, but I also got my own share of unexpected astonishment as my office mate Chin A. surprised me with this:


At first, it never dawned on me what the gift was. But as she handed me the envelope, lo and behold in its yellow glory in front of me were not just one but three Starbucks gift certificates. My teammates actually got surprised because the said gift made me scream (all right, just a bit). Talk about being shallow, I actually included a Starbucks day in this post and shrugged the whole thing off after writing it. When the morning of the 21st came, Chin passed by my station with those strips of paper asking each of us at least three things that we want on our wish list. But because the list was needed by 5:30 am and I was busy with after call work, I just scribbled there a GC, a teddy bear and a DVD of Up!

While I wanted any of the tree things, days before the party I was silently wishing that I'd get the GC. So imagine the giddy excitement when I really got my wish.

Another teammate commented saying that my wish was actually easy to find. Actually, that's among the reasons why I wanted just this stuff -- I don't want to give my secret Santa further inconvenience in scouting for the gifts, given our schedules. The second, there is actually a special purpose and reason for this gift. But I'll have that reason for me to keep. All I know is that some wishes, do really come true -- and that's for real!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Not a (Party) Newbie Anymore

Last Friday, I attended the office Christmas party held at Metro Concert Bar in West Avenue. And actually, it's one event that to me has a lot of "firsts".


I know I still haven't evolved in the subject of "outfits", I still remain in the usual semi-formal if not smart casuals. But anyway like what I mentioned, an event of firsts, this is actually my first time to really attend a Christmas party as a full-time employee. I was a bit hesitant to attend days prior to the event. But with mom urging me to go, telling me that I need some "real" social life (read: meet people without using Facebook and go out), I decided to give in. And that's despite not getting sleep. This is me with my best friend Apple.



It was also my first time to go bar hopping and party till the wee hours ( I know Cinderella has a curfew of 12 midnight but for this purpose, the fairy godmother extended the curfew to 2 am and I think I knew the reason why :-p). And while bars and partying also spell overflowing mugs of beer, I'm proud to say that I was able to come home whole and without the hangover. That's because I still gave an adamant decision to not drink at all. And another thing I realized, the term "wallflower" is not exclusive to the ladies, because during the party, I found out that the term applies to guys too.

Over all, the party was fun. The entertainment was great as our bosses showed their talents and we staged our version of Pilipinas Got Talent too complete with generous prizes. And by generous, the company also raffled cool gadgets to the employees. And while I did not win any of those, the experience was all that it took for me to enjoy the whole night. Thank you Jam Castro Mamaril for the photos and for the great company with your team.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

What I'm Looking Forward To on Christmas

It's Christmas in less than a week. Parties are everywhere (I just attended one last night) and shoppers had started flocking the malls for gifts. As for me, I haven't made any trips to the mall for my presents except for the one I purchased for the office party.

But if you'd want to know what I'd love Santa to deliver on my doorstep next week, I'm giving you a peak on them:





A 2011 planner. This has been one of the items that I tag as essential." Despite the presence of gadgets and mobile phone calendars, I still prefer writing them out just so I think it's the safest way to keep the reminders on track. I'm not really particular with designs though I am enticed with the color red and lately, the shade of pink.





Books. Being and knowing the bookworm that I am, this is one thing that keeps my sanity. My mom has been telling me that I already had enough as my bookshelf is being filled to the brim with paperbacks but then, I just want to prevent my braincells from shrinking so I keep on learning by experience and by reading. In a recent project in the office where we were asked of our wishes, it was actually what I indicated. I specifically wrote there The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and Three Little Words on Life, On Love, On Laughs.





Teddy Bear.
I am a huge fan of this fluffy creature. I've been eying on that huge white teddy from Bear Cuddler hoping that I can adopt it eventually. Mom thinks I'm too old for that but as someone says, it's never too late to bring out the kid in all of us.







Movie DVD's. I was particularly eying for Schindler's List that started when I saw an episode of GMA 7's Pinoy Meets World where they featured Germany and being a history geek, browsing about Nazi regime and the Holocaust, it actually increased curiosity on my part. I'm also wishing for Toy Story 3 and Up!




Starbucks Java chip Frappuccino.
The last time I had this was during a lunch date with my former editor-in-chief for Highlights. I'm not really a coffee house patron as I'm conscious with their prices (one tall size is already equivalent to the price of three litters of gasoline) but I guess one-time indulgence won't hurt.





Somebody to date, fall for, and fall in love eventually. I know this is too frivolous but I suppose I also have the right to wish this for myself. In Bo Sanchez's book, he mentioned a prescribed period of six months before entering a new relationship; something which I decided to prolong for myself. For nearly two years, I lived by the "if in doubt, don't" philosophy by not dating anyone, because back then I was really having a lot of doubts and fears. I have never been happier in my single state, learning new things and lessons on love and life. As I do this entry, I am just four weeks away from finally ending that prescribed two-year period and the good thing, I finally realized that the doubts and fears are no longer lingering around. If that's a sign that's telling me to take that leap, I would probably know that later on. But right now, I am happily taking things one day at a time. If the time is right, I know I'll eventually jump into it.

Enough of being cheesy. Now, will you be my secret Santa?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Heartaches, Disappointments

I know that I am supposed to be in bed right this moment after eight hours of being at work. However, there are two things right now that has been keeping my mind far from being rested. It's a mind that's full of questions more than anything else.

At the start of the week, I chanced up with my former editor-in-chief who, after exchanging a few hi's and hellos with me over YM, broke a news that has kept my heart a bit blue -- this quarter's magazine issue might be the last release. While she got to answer a few of the why's that I had, I cannot disclose everything. All I knew was there was this wandering thought inside and a little of that sadness knowing that the place where I got "the break that I wanted" in my writing career would eventually bid bye-bye soon.

And just when I thought that's all, yesterday evening, I woke to the news that again, flooded my mind both with questions and frustrations. Hearing the acquittal of Vizconde massacre suspects and seeing a devastated father and widower, I can't help but shed a tear of disgust and disappointment too. Why not, for one, I practically and literally grew up hearing all about a crime that jolted a nation. I was just seven then, almost the same as the youngest victim when it made the front page of newspapers. And yet, whenever years pass without a trace, I was among those who are also thinking how it would eventually end. As the verdict was released and reported yesterday, I can't help myself from having this huge feeling of disappointment and disgust. Until now, I can't help but think that for 19 years, there was someone who was trying to live his life day-to-day alone by himself when he should be spending his old age happily with his family. That there was a man who, for almost two decades, decided not to celebrate Christmas as he kept searching for justice. With the hope that in due time, it will be righteously served -- only to reach this point, that after years and decades, things would just end to a futile endeavor.

And as I read the newspaper today, I find it hard to believe that one would dare to remark, "now, he (Mr. Vizconde) is free to find the real killers of his family." The nerve of that person to say that to someone who is already in his old age.

While I feel so disheartened, part of me is saying that, something is undoubtedly wrong in our (judiciary) system. Not just wrong but undoubtedly and terribly wrong.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Catching Up

It's another Sunday and likewise, today's another work-free (or should I say training-free) day for me. Back home, my PC still isn't working, thus I am tinkering this from another location. I am hoping that it will be functional once I get home later, after my brother, J decided to have it repaired by someone else (I can't find an IT expert do it anyway).

So, what is new? Save aside the internet-less life at home,( but thanks to the computer kiosk we have at the office, I am still able to check out my updates on Facebook during lunch breaks at 2:30 am), I am doing fine with it. Just before the week ended, I was able to catch Richard Poon perform at the venue just ten minutes from the office. I am now on my fourth training week at work (if I am not mistaken) and my body was able to adapt with the 10pm-7am schedule which has been running for that duration. Some people though find it weird that we call our recess at 2:30 am as lunch break. I've been so used to it, I was able to beat Mercury Drug with their slogan Gising 24 Oras -- because yesterday I was up for like 26 straight hours.

I made it that way because lately, I have been sleeping in excess especially during weekends, like up to 13 hours like I've been on a sleeping marathon. I used the whole Saturday for errands including a consultation with the doctor to have my grandmother's tests interpreted since she can't make it, her being 90 years old.

The afternoon was spent with me checking out Sta. Lucia East mall to scout for the ideal unisex gift for the company's Christmas Party on Friday. I luckily found one and just before lunch today, I already had it wrapped complete with a bow.

I am also catching up with the other things, from browsing the newspapers to watching TV. My grandmother and I share the same sentiment when she remarked that it's been a long time since she had seen newspapers, broadsheets in particular, at home (thank you Jollibee for that complimentary copy of Philippine Star this morning).

Tonight, I am off to catch the episode A Very Glee Christmas of the TV show Glee. I'm quite in an LSS mode with one of the songs they performed, and I'm actually playing it right now.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Planning for the Gifts



If there's one more thing people look forward to when it speaks of the holidays, it's the gifts for the never-ending Christmas parties. I'm sure people will agree that on occasions like this, some money is allocated to something wrapped with a bow on top.

I am one of those people. As of this writing, I am on the lookout Googling for unisex Christmas gifts that are not limited to Starbucks or bookstore gift certificates. Just over the weekend at the end of my shift from work, my best friend Apple and I dropped by this store named Clipper in Ever Gotesco Ortigas. The finds are actually fun and unique. I was able to locate a branch of the said store in Sta. Lucia East yesterday and I might purchase one of the items in the said store. Although, I am still hoping to try other alternatives like scouting the tiangge and Christmas bazaars for other items. I even thought of making a gift by myself.

If you do have suggestions for unisex Christmas gifts, please drop me a comment, because right now, I still haven't thought of what to get yet.


photo courtesy of Google.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

No More of the What Might Have Been




While this is actually my current "Last Song Syndrome", there's something behind this. But that's one thing I am reserving for another post. if there's one thing I am sure right now, quoting the lines from the song itself, "I'm ready this time. I know that I'm no longer undecided."

As to the question of "for what", I will have that one on hold. Please keep yourself posted by visiting this blog for future details.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Keeping New Things That Way

I am currently on a long weekend. This is actually the second long weekend I had since I got into a new job weeks ago. And well, let me see, how are things going?

I still don't have my computer at home; making me inactive with all the techie tasks leaving this blog, my Twitter page and Facebook status without recent updates. And since I have the time today, I am taking the most of it.

For two weeks, (entering three by tomorrow) I have been working at night from 10pm to 7 am in a posh business district (and sorry people, it's not in Makati). I'd like to think that I am getting used to it. The distance and proximity of my current work location is absolutely convenient -- to the point that I even get to squeeze some minutes to watch a concert before coming in to work when I arrive early (I just saw DJ Alvaro as well as the Bloomfields days ago) but save for some inconveniences in my internal clock, nowadays, it's making me a winner -- both when it comes to sleeping marathons and being an early riser. With my current schedule, I am already used to sleeping at 9am till 6:30 pm and when I don't have work on the weekends, I am normally asleep by 8pm and up at 4m.

My schedule made me more of a homebody. I never even cared about the recent town fiesta or even when people told me that my ex was in town. Since I work the night shift, it's been so long since I last read a newspaper, watched evening news and those kinds of routines. I resort to the online broadsheets whenever I am on my break. Yestrday, I got my copy of OK! Philippines magazine's December 2010 issue with Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement on the cover to catch up on the news that stopped the presses. Love indeed makes the world go round.

And though I am learning new things at work, there are some things that I admit to be weak at. Because I'm dealing with a different stint (it's actually journalism and IT combined), I face a new system and a different program which confuses me lately. But then, I am trying to work on it -- understanding the whole kit and caboodle. And while I have expressed my concerns and fears to a friend, I hope to conquer the whole thing. As I see it, I am blessed to be given with the opportunity in a good company, the perks are nice and the people I work with are good too (I have a colleague whose laughter and American accent reminds me of Alex Compton and Sam Milby -- but he's Pinoy).

Luckily, I can still retain some of my social life by chatting to someone over YM at least for 10 minutes or so. Talk about priceless moments.

And since I mentioned the word priceless, when I saw the happy faces of mom and dad yesterday when I treated them on a simple blowout with my first paycheck, I'd thought I would like to keep it that way. Seeing them happy in knowing that I am now earning on my own is one thing that I want to see over again, besides it's one thing that I wanted -- to help out even a little and for them not to worry about me because I am bumming around.

Life's good! Awesome and legendary even (just like someone's favorite expression). I'll finally catch up an episode of Noah on TV tonight. I kinda missed Piolo Pascual :-D

Saturday, November 20, 2010

I am on a Techie Diet

Hi folks! Just dropping by for a quick post. I know it's been a (long) while since I last made an update. Unfortunately, by PC at home is down (again) so there's no mail checks, no Facebook and no blog post.

Things are doing pretty well for me. As I type this, I am at the mall and I am in the process of scouting for a new mobile phone (one that's Wi-Fi ready) because despite being able to browse Facebook with my conventional mobile phone with WAP access, it's (so) slow.

I'll try to blog again as soon as the PC surgeon gets to overhaul my gadget. I hope you're all having a great weekend! :-)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I Failed on a Protocol

I know that I mentioned a very strict protocol that writers and journalists seriously adhere in this post about a year ago. For the longest time that I am writing, I have tried my very best to follow this very important rule.

But I suppose despite extreme caution, sometimes it (or I) should fail. Caution isn't always fool proof in some senses. That was what I discovered last Friday -- yep, on my birthday itself. I was watching my managing editor as she replied to an email. Upon reading the name of the recipient and the word "apologize" I already sensed that there was something wrong.

And I was indeed right. I misspelled an important person's name. And while I tried to remedy the problem by emailing my editors the correct spelling, I think it did not arrive on time.

Of course, upon learning that, I admitted my mistake and was really apologetic for it. My mom, upon learning that the incident reacted, even thought it's too shallow but I understand.

Thankfully, while my offense could have cost me an arm and a leg, my bosses are forgiving. Yes, it's such a shame on my part and I hope and will try that this will be the first and last time it's going to happen.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Morning After


I'm happy to say that my PC is now back which means one thing: back to blogging. I am writing this post to say THANK YOU to the following people who have remembered my big day.



Muchos gracias goes out to the following people: My dear family from mom, dad, lola, my dear brother J., Tita Mely R., Tita Fe and Tita Vinda O., Tita Vicky R and my dear nephew Androuze O., Jay J. (who was the first to greet upon seeing my status at past midnight -- from Bangkok!), Ogie A., Erika E., Sig C., Rochelle S., Ma'am Jo J., Ms. Wawet SF., Sir Matt M., Sir Richard G., Mark U., Jared J., Maricar F., Anthony L., Mafz D., Barbie AC., Abby TS., Joy C., Lhaine C., Aldrin S., Ravelle MB., Grace N., Cielo S., Queenie C., Januver T., Carlo T., Diane R., Noelito C., Rowell V., Roievim S., Eileen T., Darcy R., Apple M., Joana V., Jayson T., Hermil I., Josua P., Mela V., Scarlette FS., Glen V., Mikhaela DL., Sophia S. and Ron L.., Elizabeth C., Alex P., Excel D., Jeff Z., Ms. Agnes F., Ms. Peng Y., Ms. Angie T., Sir Ariel V., Sir Niño S., Ms. Paz P., Ms. Bot A., Sir RJ C., Sir Noel A., Apple S., Sherwin R., Helen AB., Cath M and Rhea S.

While it was really rainy yesterday, these people's words were enough to really warm and melt my heart.


photo courtesy of Deviant Art.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Today, I am Now 26!

The new day began and I am another year older. I was indeed in a daze as I have no idea how to celebrate or even how to do so. Maybe that is just the ironic part of getting a bit older.

Just like the past year, I felt that I will be celebrating my birthday today in a simple way I know. While I just asked mom to cook one request, I bought my own cake. But before that, I decided to do the ritual that has always been a must during birthdays in the family -- attending the Holy Mass. This year, I decided to go up to MMLDC and attend the Eucharistic celebration in the Residence Hall chapel as my big day fell on a First Friday.

All I know is that despite of a deteriorating eyesight, to wake up to a bright morning daily is already a blessing. Being able to do so is enough reason to celebrate.

My wishes remain to be that simple. More and more days of light, a blessed career and hopefully an opportunity to work at MMLDC -- for good.

Today, I woke up to a bunch of greetings from friends, colleagues and bosses. While I can't seem to come up with a way to celebrate, those were all enough to make my heart melt.

Just like last year, I'm still single. While I am planning to extend it a bit longer, I am not closing my doors to the possibility of letting "it" in and welcoming someone. Nowadays, I am starting to believe that pain really has a purpose. A relationship has to end because there's bound to be a better one that will come. Just like what someone said, ang tao, parang kaldero yan. Lahat sila ginawa ng may kasamang takip.

It's raining greetings and blessings. For that I am thankful.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tell Me It's Not November Yet!

And although I don't like to believe, I suppose it is now. The calendar on the upper right portion of this blog reminds and will forever do so.

Speaking of reminders, set aside the big day these things I am looking forward to fulfilling in the next few days:

1. A new hairstyle. I've been wanting to have my hair done again and I've been meaning to do it months ago. But with the onset of things from my resignation at work and the arrival of writing projects for the magazine, I decided that I need to finish them first.


What will be this year's winning piece?

2. My article for this year's issue of the literary folio. Being a former chief scribe, I know I have promised current Petroglyphs editor-in-chief, Aldrin Sausa that I'll be a contributing editor for my alma mater's annual literary book. And with this pending stuff, I'd like to agree I'm going to work by Friday.

3. A Photo shoot with my brother. Probably another reason why I badly wanted and needed a hair makeover is for this one. Aside from being an artist, brother J is one of those "kinda gifted" photographers I could have (okay I'm biased -- again). And while he denied me of a painting, I just hope he won't say no to this one -- at least for my birthday. I'll just prepare his TF :-p


His trademark? This :)

4. To meet the person behind this message. Okay, but I believe this one would have to wait. I'll allow the suspense kill me for the meantime.


Friday, October 29, 2010

I Want that Trip to Le Soleil de Boracay!

I haven't been to Boracay. As is not even once. Second to Hongkong Disneyland, this trip is one that I am really looking forward to have. And because I'm a blogmonger, I chanced upon the Free Boracay Packages offered by Boracaypackages.com through one of the blogs in my list, Mapanuri. And because I have the certain belief that I'm a bit lucky as a rabbit's foot when it comes to contests and promos, I got enticed to try my luck and join. Enter this Contest for a chance to Win A Free Boracay Vacation Package to LE SOLEIL DE BORACAY only from - WOW Philippines Travel Agency, Inc.


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My choice is Le Soleil de Boracay. I've heard and seen the place but just on TV, through sitcomes and TV programs. At least I had a few ideas of what to see and where to go through the help of my brother's then beau April who once went on assignment in the scenic spot. Ironic though, the prizes will be awarded during the rainy months. But like what one said, it's Boracay, not to mention that the roundtrip flight will be through Philippine Airlines.

Oh please, I hope my dream trip will soon come true.



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Two Things on My Birthday Wishlist

As of the last count, I am about to turn another year older in about a week and two days. Unlike the previous birthdays, I don't actually feel so excited to be honest. Though feeling a bit frightful when October started to settle in, I didn't really gave becoming another year older much thought.

My best friend Apple had been asking me about my plans for that day since two weeks ago. Actually, that part has remained blank until now. I'd like to think that it's reality. You'd reach a period where you tend to prefer celebrating in solitude, if not in the simplest way possible. And contrary to last year where I came up with a wish list here and there and celebrated my birthday over an informal blind date that I eventually ditched, I only have a thing or two for this year:


Flowers. I've long had a penchant for roses particularly the red ones. Even this blog's background has that design. More than giving that lady-like feeling, this is already enough to make my day -- breezier and brighter. This was from the website of Holland Tulips on Multiply, thus there are yellow and peach ones. As for me, I'd prefer the red variety.



Despite being in the office sometimes days in succession, I haven't been to MMLDC's The Pavilion lately. And so, among the things that I am missing is my ultimate favorite, strawberry banana smoothie. Though I have my own set of comfort food, this one tops my list when I am at the office. The last time I had a dose of this was with my friend and co-writer Beth. Second to cakes and ice cream, this is one that can win me over.

These are just a few shallow birthday wishes. The rather serious ones I am yet to reveal until maybe the night before the 5th. I might probably be working on some projects when that day falls.


photos courtesy of Google and Holland Tulips.










I'm Cheering for Jeff and Teng!

That's because these two guys joined the Great Migrations photo contest of National Geographic Asia. Now, I'm while I am not that good at photography (despite trying to befriend my brother's Canon EOS 400D), I still opted to vote for their entries (with or without the messages :-D).

To vote, click here.


Like this? Then, click here.

These are just two of my top picks among their entries. With themes Born to Move, Race to Survive, Feast or Famine and Need to Breed, you can show your support to your favorite entries by becoming a fan of National Geographic Asia on Facebook and click on the like option found on the photo entry's page.

While I don't have any entry to the contest, I suppose that this simple act of participation would already enable me to do my part. Being a conferred member of the National Geographic Society for ten years now, participating on this activity in a simple act as this would be a thing, if not the least that I could do to as the society puts it, diffuse geographic knowledge.

If you get to chance upon this, I urge you to vote too. Jeff's other entries can be found here while Teng's photo entry is in this link.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Obligation


Today, I went out to cast my vote for the second time -- for now, it's the Baranggay Elections. I had to check out Comelec's Precinct Finder for last minute confirmations on changes; and indeed there was. I was transferred from my old precinct number to a new one. But the good thing there, my name is now on the voter's master list.

Now, the only silly, little concern I have is the photo above. I'll be bound to the office tomorrow with a significant dirt on my fingernail. That's going to be there in a few weeks-- if not a moth.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blog Hopping

Second to books, blogs are among my penchants. And though I am busy with articles one after the other for our fourth and Christmas issue at MMLDC Highlights, I still find a few minutes to browse and skim the pages for their latest blog entries.

So, what are my blogs of note? Here are some of them:

Kwentong Barbero.com - My friend Mikhaela first introduced me to this blog back when I was still an ESL teacher in Ortigas. This blog is actually a chronicle about the misadventures of the author named Badoodles (who chose to remain anonymous) in the Philippines and that of his humorous experiences in the Land Down Under -- all written in native Pinoy style.


Strange Fruit - If you're an avid listener of Chico and Delamar's The Morning Rush on RX 93.1 you might as well be familiar of their segment Morning Rush Top Ten. This blog of RX DJ Chico Garcia never fails to make me laugh. I normally don't get to listen to their radio program in the morning so this compensates the deal, at least.

Hearty's Haven - Before I had the chance to personally meet Roch through a blogger's event early this year, I have been reading her blog for some time. It was through Nuffnang that I first found out about her when she was chosen as Nuffnang's blogger of the month last year. If you're into lifestyle, movies and a foodie by your own right, I recommend you guys visit her site -- she writes so well about those topics and more.


Topaz Horizon - Contrary to the simple design, this blog has lots of things in store. I first discovered this blog at the time I was following the now-defunct blog Disparate Housewife owned by former Cosmopolitan Philippines editor Ianne Evangelista. This blog is owned by OK! Philippines editor-in-chief Frances Amper-Sales filled with wonderful topics from fashion, Hollywood, the world of magazines and her life as a wife to Vince and a brand-new mom to Vito.


Jessica Rules The Universe - If you've been amazed with her Twisted series, wait till you read Jessica Zafra's blog. Filled with witty posts and creative illustrations too, among my favorites were her entry about an appeal inspired by a controversial boo-boo and above all, my favorite creature in the world -- cats!


Mapanuri - The author says he can't come up with such a catchy title to name his blog. But ask me what comes first to my head and I'd say Kim Atienza :-p The entries are bilingually written and again fit for foodies (complete with photos that will really give you that hungry feeling). Oh, before I forget to mention, it's written and owned by one of our newbie writers at MMLDC Highlights, Jeff Zapanta.


Fishball Perceptions - This goes last on the list. Fishball Perceptions has been my original online journal when I first got into blogging through Friendster five years ago. And a journal indeed as this blog contains five years worth of different stories about me, because while I have Zone of Solitude, this one housed the cheesiest events that I felt shy (if not embarrassed) to share. I have kept the site semi-private (so you can't really trace it in Gogle) and I just got into the habit of updating it lately after receiving comments for an avid reader from the Big Apple. Yes, from someone in NY.

There are so many blogs I'd love to read but then I got just so little time -- for now. Cyberspace has a lot of emerging blogs and hopefully, I can visit more of those new pages to add to my blog roll.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

They Did It...and So Do I

Aside from the rainy days and becoming busy with projects, there are two other things that is making my October:

That's what LEVEL-UP means!

From receiving a bronze award in 2006, MMLDC moves another notch higher. This year, they won second place in the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan of the Department of Labor and Employment. Such award just proves that the company is serious when they mean business -- including the initiatives on the aspect of occupational safety and health. Not all of the institutions in the country are fortunate to have been conferred with such award and to the company and its people, being awarded with one is an absolute bliss while being motivated to continue the value of excellence.

The other would be this:



The third quarter issue of MMLDC Highlights is out! And what's causing the giddy excitement? One, recent LP senatorial candidate Atty. Alex Lacson is one of our feature wirters with a very interesting article on the Filipino today and two, I just did the two "prominent" sections. Ever since I wrote for the magazine four years ago, I never believed in transforming wishful thoughts to reality. But now, I come to realize, I unconsciously made it -- again. Back then, I thought of the idea that time shall come when I'll be doing the cover story, and shrug the whole thing off my head, reasoning out that it's too ambitious and simply moved one assignment after the other. The themes nowadays are far different but I still find it challenging. We're now on our last quarter issue for 2010 and we're in the process of filling it with lots of ideas about preparing for the holidays and suggestions for the travel junkies out there, in case you plan to spend the season away from home for a change.

How about you, what is making your month? Drop me a comment, I would love to know.


photos courtesy of MMLDC fan page on Facebook.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Jay-Ar's First Art Achievement

Just before the past week came to an end, I found these items at home. This was actually my brother's prized possession after becoming one of the finalists in the 43rd Shell National Students Art Competition.

Weeks prior to the announcement of winners, I remember him telling me that he has a feeling -- that he qualified for this competition. Just a month ago, he also qualified as a finalist for the Maningning Miclat Art Awards. The previous weeks were hectic with me helping him out on his school requirements so we never talked about this.



This is the (backside) of the medal that he received for being among the finalists. I remember telling him, "iba ka; yung tatlong medal ko sa competition ng CHED, isa lang ang katumbas sa yo -- sa Shell pa!" (You're different. Compared to my three medals from CHED, you got one -- but from Shell!). This is one of the biggest achievements my brother had just before he graduates from the university. Last year, his friend Francis Jerome also qualified as a finalist for the oil/acrylic painting category.



I'd like to happily think that his hard work paid off -- and like what he said, Batman is on his side. Before Shell, he tried his luck thrice for another competition, ArtPetron, but this has to be where luck and talent really brought him; out of the 1,000 entries, they're just picking 100. So it must really be a huge stroke of luck to get in. Now I know, I have something against artists. But just for this time, I will be biased. After all, the one who has this moment is my brother.

For those interested, the 100 winning entries will be on exhibit at the ground floor of the Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue cor. Dela Rosa St., Makati City until October 30, 2010.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Quarterlife Syndrome

Quarterlife crisis. It's a thing no scientific nor thorough study has ever dared to explain.


A few weeks ago, one of my friends O, confessed through a posted status on his Facebook wall that he might be going through this syndrome now.

It was a relief for me that I (hopefully) had been way past this stage. As early as January 2009, when I was still 24, I had started manifesting the symptoms of this emotional turmoil. I remember whining to my other friend JT about these dissatisfied feelings I had as if nothing "functional" has been happening in my life.

The feeling worsened as I neared my 25th birthday last year. It was then I confirmed without further consultations that indeed I'm going through quarterlife crisis. But weeks ago, going a year after that confirmation, I sat with the book Floundering at 25 by Michelle Meneses and I am now smiling my heart out. Before you reach quarterlife age, you tend to be IDEALISTIC. Just like the author, I confess I planned my life so much without anticipating that changes are inevitable. I, just like others hoped what they call "a healthy adult life" -- a prestigious career in a posh office, fat paycheck and with a fiance and Tiffany solitaire to boot.

Funny but what and who I am now is the exact opposite. Thankfully, I was able to surf through the syndrome well (I think). So, what did I learn from this point of my life and from the book that made sense? Here:

ON CAREERS AND DREAMS:
  • If you have dreams to realize, don't postpone them until much later.
  • If you're doing what you have always wanted to do, regardless of a tiny paycheck, be proud of it.
  • There is no such thing as a perfect job or a perfect career. You need to lower your standards and make the most of what you have.
ON MONEY:
  • Four wise advice: Sacrifice. Be real. Be smart. Be practical.
  • While we tend to use the paycheck as a measure of our worth, most of the time, it is the reality check that evidently matters to us.
ON FRIENDSHIPS (AND THE GAY FACTOR) This my dear college buddies R, G and H should read!
  • Gay men are much fun to be with because they have a different sense of humor -- without trying hard to be.
  • There's a safety factor. Being with them feels safe (if not so safe); it's like getting drunk with a man with precisely no fear of being taken advantage of (and you already know why).
  • They provide perfect platonic relationships.
ON DATING:
  • When dating, behave like a chooser and not a beggar. Dating should be about selecting and not just settling. You should not compare a girl or a guy to a pair of Levis jeans that's on a 70 percent off -- you just grab and go as if it's the last pair on earth!
  • Date with ZERO expectations.
  • You really have to kiss a few wrong frogs before finding the prince.
  • Enjoy the moment. Dating should spell fun and not a roller coaster ride or else, you'll get really tired of it.
I suppose, quarterlife crisis is something that is actually a rite of passage some, if not all, of us wo through. For those who seemingly didn't mind or felt, lucky you. But if you're just like my friend who is presently going through it, keep your cool. It's just a phase and just like everything else, it will come to pass.


photo courtesy of this site.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

And I never thought we're doing it so early! These photos will prove it!


A Christmas wreath with two pairs of holiday stockings welcomes you to our home...


A small shelf still adorned with stockings, mini Christmas trees and stuffed bears...


In our home, it's not the elves that sit side by side Santa. We have Christmas teddies as his bodyguards!

And this is the one that I love to bits. As if we're not that much excited for Christmas!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

How About a Business?

What can I probably do with these?

This just came as a sudden thought to me last week. -- on my way home while inside the jeepney. I have been fond of keeping wedding invitations and wedding giveaways for the longest time I know. And for such a long time, I have been doing freelance stint which means I have the luxury of time to do other things.

It could be a good idea, right. I thought probably, I can venture in starting in this business of designing wedding invitations considering these reasons:
  1. I can do it at the comfort of my home;
  2. Despite the digital age, wedding invitations are still a staple part of such occasions.
  3. Gadget wise, I've got almost anything I need at home (though I need to have that Epson printer fixed).
  4. It does not need too complicated software to create one.
  5. Most of my friends and people close to me are getting married one after the other.
Right now, I'm going to need advice while I try to figure out the logistics of this kind of venture. Oh, and tons of wedding and bridal magazines (for trends and styles) too.

A single lady off to try something that includes weddings and couples? That's not bad after all.




Friday, October 8, 2010

The Countdown Begins

Just when I was busy juggling with projects and articles one after the other, this one thing still made its way to my list of reminders:

I'm turning 26 in 27 days.

Yep. Since October came, I was a bit scared or kinda worried (just a bit, promise). But contrary to my move last year, coming up with a weekly wish list (I actually got one of my wishes, so not bad after all), I don't have any plan/s drafted yet on what I want to have or even to do for my 26th birthday next month. With my busy schedule, I need to attend to and finish them first.

And one more thing, I am having fun with the erratic time and assignments. Enough to keep me so occupied to think of it.

I might just post one wish that I would want on my birthday. And I promise, it's not going to be pricey. Curious? I'll be revealing that in my future post so you better be reading this blog to know.

I'm returning to my articles now. Have a great weekend everybody.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sentisabado: First Love and Courtship Stories

And comments were pouring in, huh?


Sentisabado has been a trending topic on Twitter every Saturday. Created by Gang Badoy, it's all about reminiscing Saturday memories with different themes every Saturday. For the past week, I've been trying to dig from my treasury of thoughts for something to Tweet about.

Yesterday's theme was about love and panliligaw. Just when we all thought it's another trending topic, it sadly wasn't so. The photo above was the screenshot of my status and was also my contribution to yesterday's subject.

I'd say that I've got some of those fondest memories of being courted; from receiving love letters in my doorstep, surprising me with breakfast in bed on a Saturday morning when I was in sixth grade, to having our love story published in the newspaper and eventually in a book. All of those make me feel giddy and ladylike of course though there are times I feel that it's too much.

Then came this guy who I thought would be able to make such a huge sacrifice -- by sacrifice which meant even if its inflicting himself with so much effort that I could not imagine of doing. What I wrote above was my entry to Sentisabado yesterday. Yes. That guy actually did that. Walk from my house in Angono all the way to the Antipolo Cathedral in the scorching 12 noon heat. At first, I did not feel happy about it. Upon knowing that, I even snottily said, "sinabi ko bang maglakad ka mula dito hanggang Antipolo?"

But don't get me wrong. Of course I felt sorry too especially when friends and people we both knew came up to me and testified that the act was for real. Yes, you read that right, there were witnesses who verified the seemingly crazy move that he did. We became a couple (as boyfriend-girlfriend) for a time being --five years and two months. He's now an ex and I'm now single again. Yet, when I think of it now, I still can't help but ask; why in the world would a guy like him do such things?

It could be that a girl is a precious being worthy who deserves something worth having thus guys are willing to endure sacrifice. I want to ask was I that special to him then, for him to do that one, but that's a question I can't verbalize nor think of in my head.

They say it is love can make any person do even the most outrageous things. Would you really agree? Maybe you could convince me with your opinions.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Dreamcatcher in Me



To be able to recall dreams. If superheroes have innate powers of having x-ray vision, this is my version of it. Regardless of how long my dreams in my sleep are, I am able to vividly get back to it (in detail) the following morning.

And it's the same whether the dream is funny, simple or even weird. Case in point: I once dreamed about this guy I have a secret crush on, getting married to someone at 3 AM in a church. He had people including a Makati traffic aide, in uniform, as a witness. The oddest part? Just as the ceremony ended, I saw him and his bride being kidnapped by ninjas and being brought to separate vehicles. It's weird really, that I woke up dazed the following morning.

These days, I have been crossing paths with one of my friends who I have not seen in years. This friend left for a worthy cause and while I was sad upon knowing the unexpected departure, I tried not to show it. Then it was on this dream that occurred to me years ago that I was able to tell him the disconsolation that I was feeling. But there, in that same occurrence he told me not to be sad, because my friend will be back.

While it gave me a weird feeling in the morning, I dismissed it thinking it was just like any other figment of imagination in my sleep. I documented that dream on an old journal just like the others. And few nights ago, out of nothing, I decided to browse on that journal. And as I try to sew everything, it just hit me -- what was in that dream came to happen.

If my friend owed up to his word and fulfilled his promise of if this is just a mere coincidence, I still don't know and I can't tell. All I know now is this:

My friend is now back. And I am more than happy.


*Image: Deviantart.com

More Reasons to Be Happy

Dropping for a few minutes to blog about my weekend. Well, things are doing great. I'd like to say that there are a lot of things to be happy and thankful of. While it has been a busy five days, I'd like to say it was all worth it as I was able to accomplish pretty enough important things.

What are those? Let me give you a rundown:

The membership application and my accommodating ophthalmologist. Since I was diagnosed with glaucoma last year, I've been taking my prescriptions seriously. The thing though is the price. The medication costs almost an arm and a leg and my Pfizer membership card expired a few weeks ago. Early this week, I received the membership form (which I requested last August) and all I needed was to have my doctor sign the form (to which he gladly obliged) and for me to have it mailed back to the manufacturer's office in Makati and I can use my card again.

Health insurance and Social Security premiums. Somewhat related to that first item as I will be needing them too, I started paying for my Philhealth and Social Security contributions early this year which I neglected for long. Being able to furnish both is really an accomplishment especially nowadays.

My articles for the third quarter issue of Highlights. I thought of returning to the magazine on the fourth issue but as I do this entry, I have finished two articles for the third issue and we're eagerly awaiting for its release, and I'm off to mark a milestone too -- but I'll have the detail on hold for now.

More assignments. Together with the magazine, there are a lot of writing projects too. And I don't mind spending even the weekend drafting articles and tinkering on the keyboard for that.

Green tips debut! Tentenen! :-p


My contribution to the MMLDC's Facebook page starts today. I was blessed with another project and while it's not part of the job description, these days, it has been part of my morning routine to watch out for the number of fans. It makes me giddily happy (just like everybody) whenever I see it increasing. Right now, we're eagerly awaiting for the 1000th fan mark which could be reached anytime today -- the lastest within the week. At the same time, MMLDC is giving away a prize for a very lucky fan. Click here for the mechanics or visit MMLDC's page on Facebook now. Who knows, that lucky fan could be you.


I'm going back to catch the movie on TV now. Have a great weekend folks.

*photo courtesy of MMLDC Foundation's Facebook account.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Sunny and Stunning Performance




Finally! The three-month long wait was over with yesterday's premiere of Glee's second season. I don't regret having waited this long, and of course one of the reasons (aside from seeing Rachel and Finn back on the screen) was Charice's performance.

While I've been a Gleek for sometime now, I guess there's going to be another Gleek in the making in the household -- my mom. She too was asking me of the whole program yesterday; from the airing to the duration of the program. And likewise she too was happy seeing Charice on the show.

Quoting Lea Michele's statement, "because you were from the Philippines where it's sunny everyday", I'd like to say that despite the chaos the country has been through lately, Charice's performance and participation on such a famous show as Glee is giving the country due justice and a huge pride.

Indeed, there are lots of good reasons to invite the sunshine in!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Instant Foreign Language Lesson

It's almost midnight as I type this. I am in multi, multi-tasking mode (as I have one earbud on my left ear playing a song by Soapdish, my phone's earplug on my right ear for the radio and on my screen are five different tabs of websites) and had just finished sending out one of my assignments to my boss's webmail.

So, you might be wondering what's with the can of mushroom soup. I just wanted its special appearance on my post. As I was working on an assignment hours ago, I just realized why not? After all, part of the topics being mentioned in my current task is food -- champignons.

What made me want to include this photo was when I remembered that word as I saw it in one of the materials that I have now in my messy table :-p More than just the comfort food (yup, just add boiling water for midnight snack) that saved me from the pangs of hunger at midnight, the can of mushroom soup is among those things that taught me to in a way understand French. As crazy as it seems, because of the things sent by my two aunts living in Canada, I've gotten to reading and a bit of translating words from English to French and vice versa just by reading the labels.

And I never thought l'apprentissage du français pourrait être amusant. Mais je continue à parler anglais ( learning French could be fun but I still speak English).

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Funny Way Toward the Weekend


This was an accidental ad lib while watching the showbiz news tonight on a local channel with my mom, dad and my nephew, A. The news was about the bachelor's gathering of a women's magazine.
Me: Awww!!!! Si Sam Milby!!!! (complete with that girly, giddy reaction)
A: Ang pogi!!!!

I can't believe he was able to beat me at it! Hahaha!




Thursday, September 9, 2010

Homework

Aside from being a writer, another thing that keeps me sane is the penchant for teaching. Together with being a scribe, I spent a year and a half of my life as a teacher and it gave some sense in knowing that the trivia geek and bookworm in me has some use at some point.

I love checking out notebooks and stuff for reminders and assignments. Now, while my younger brother is just doing his thesis in the university for his degree (so, not much of the homework), there's the toddler nephew in kindergarten. Since his mom has duties at the office, I try to take time whenever I could, to check his school stuff for homework and even test results as well.

The teacher in me works its magic at some point. In a way, while I hate to say that bumming around after leaving my corporate job helped me do something productive, in this case, it actually is. I try to teach my nephew how to do his assignments even review the lessons for the next day. It just makes me cringe because he's got lots of subjects in school to think that he's just a toddler -- in kindergarten

However, for my part, I realized that I really am getting older. How? Because I am already having a hard time solving one kiddie assignment -- connect the dots!


photo: Google.com

Monday, August 30, 2010

Defining Humility

I was not supposed to write an entry on this if not for an incident that in a way caused me to feel irked and disappointed. It was actually a scene while I was falling in line at a fast food chain in the mall yesterday, where there is this lady who was almost shouting her heart out angrily complaining to a lady service crew in the middle of a busy place filled with people waiting for their turn.

The reason for her disappointing behavior? One word. Ketchup.

Yeah. I'd say that being one of those people who witnessed such stuff, a woman really behaving badly in public is utterly disappointing. I was both mad and terribly disappointed with the woman (I'd rather use the word because her action was not actually ladylike so to speak) that if I was not that calm, I would gladly want to confront her right there and then to make her know that her act is so wrong and uncivilized. I can't help but mutter, "ketchup lang, ang babaw na dahilan para mag-eskandalo siya at habulin pa niya ng sigaw yung crew (it's just ketchup. How shallow of her to be that scandalous and shout after that service crew)

I suppose, I can't blame myself for feeling that way against the woman. After all, what she just did was really wrong -- too uncivilized even. It's such an irony but don't you find it true, when a person is right no one seems to remember, but when a person is wrong, no one, as in no one really forgets?

Sadly to others, even the slightest mistake like that of the service crew seemed unforgivable.

When I told that story to my mom last night, I was also thinking, why are there bitches like that woman in the world? In defense to the service crew, she does not deserve such humiliation. I'm not bragging or what but people like her; service crews, security guards, janitors and even food court attendants are among those people that I do have a thing for. I admire these people for being humble enough to serve and be of service despite that there are these mean people who look down on them as lowly ones.

And I feel utmost disappointment for such creatures who look down on them. What further irked me was seeing the woman pointing her fingers on the crew (despite the girl apologized and turned her back) and shouting, "hoy, ikaw bumalik ka nga rito, ano'ng pangalan mo?" Frankly, I felt like wanting to explode in anger seeing and hearing that. I really wanted to burst and tell that bitchy woman right on her face "why not trade places with her right now, at least you'd have a taste of her job and the idea of the humiliation you're causing her?" Just so she knew how it feels.

I myself am a customer. I've known and felt how it is to be waiting in line, even mistakenly addressed as "sir" when I should be addressed the opposite of it and other annoying incidents. But then, instead of complaining, I simply say "it's okay" instead. Why? because it's too petty to complain. Yes, there were also times I got bitchy but not to the point that I needed to yell and humiliate people. I believe that there are better ways to air out a complaint. Ways that are more decent, classy, even humane.

It disgusts me to see people being treated in a bitchy manner by someone in front of others. Probably, because I knew how it felt as I experienced being like that at a certain point. I admit, there are also times that I, out of being impatient, wanted to complain with angst to these service crews and fast food attendants but then, it always dawns on me that I am not in any higher position to humiliate another person -- regardless of the nature of his or her job. That instead of complaining, I look at the bright side of it. I am an ordinary person too so to speak, and so, who am I to be served, by another person? When I think of it, maswerte nang pinagsisilbihan pa nga nila ako to think na pwede namang hindi na, because I can do it on my own. But these people gladly oblige.

Thus, instead of complaining, I just try to give back with two words: Thank you. Yes, I know it is just plain, small and simple. But I know that for all that these people does, from the guard who greets me at the mall, who opens the doors for me in the establishment where he is, to a crew who helps me out in carrying the food I had to order, even cleaning the table before I put them down, a simple, yet sincere thank you is what I could give.

It could be that small. But then, I know that for these people, it's already something grand. Something worthy to let them know that their assistance and effort was greatly appreciated.

Too bad, that woman doesn't seem to know what that word is for the same way that she seemed to have forgotten what the word manners meant.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ang Tsinelas, Bow!

Ikaw, nahanap mo na ba ang tsinelas mo?


First time sa blog na ito na magsusulat ako in Tagalog.

Ang pag-ibig daw ay parang pares ng tsinelas.

Ito ang isa sa mga cheesy pick-up lines na napupulot ko sa paagmu-movie marathon kapag weekends. Gusto kong sabihin na may sense naman yun pero at a certain extent, parang hindi ko yun nararamdaman.

Pero hindi ito ang unang beses na na-encounter ko ang ganitong analogy. Nung college, isang schoolmate turned manliligaw (na sa basted rin nauwi) ang may ganito ring analogy. Pero sa kanya, ang girlfriend ay "manika" instead of tsinelas.

So, balik tayo sa usapang pag-ibig at tsinelas. Paano nga ba nangyari yon?

Parang tsinelas at sapatos daw ang relationship. Kahit buong araw kang nagsusuot ng iba't ibang style at klase, tsinelas pa rin ang kasasabikan mong hanapin at isuot pag-uwi mo sa bahay. Kahit ilan pa ang substitute GF or BF (as the case may be) meron pa ring isa na lalabas na mas pabor para sa yo -- sa pantaha ko, kumbaga sa tsinelas, merong isa na kumportable ka at paborito mong isuot

Kapag nakita mo na ang taong mamahalin mo, ibig sabihin nahanap mo na ang kapares ng tsinelas.

Habang isinusulat ko ito, natatawa at napapa-isip ako. Isa't kalahating taon na pero parang deadma lang. Oo. I suppose, bukod sa hindi ko pa nahahanap yung kapares ng tsinelas ko, ay merong isa pang rason.

Pwedeng tinatamad akong maghanap at ang isa pa, sanay kasi akong walang tsinelas. Literal and otherwise. Natatawa akong isipin kasi sa totoo, hindi ko ugaling magtsinelas kaya siguro it follows even sa ibang aspeto.

Komportable naman ako nang may tsinelas, pero yun lang, inaalis ko rin agad. Ang alam ko, mas sanay akong wala yun sa katawan ko.

Kaya siguro kahit sa relationship, ganon rin ang siste. Aaminin kong mas sanay sa wala kaysa sa mayroon. Oo, masaya naman ako na nakaka-appreciate na maganda ang tsinelas, na nakakakita ng magkapares, na masarap isuot pero iba pa rin yung pakiramdam ng kung anong nakasanayan ko.

Sanay na nakayapak, na wala o kung hindi man eh madalas maling pares ang suot.

Okay, mas mabuti pang masanay na walang suot at nakayapak kaysa masanay na maling pares ng tsinelas (o ng relasyon) ang suot.

Hindi ko pa kasi iniisip na bumili o maghanap ng pares ng tsinelas sa ngayon. Pero sana, meron ding naghahanap ngayon ng kapares ng tsinelas niya.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Just Before Another Weekend

Finally, my wish was granted. It was all worth the wait.


I am writing this down just a few minutes before weekend morning. Another week has gone by with a lot of challenge and loads of comfort from people. I'm home trying to figure out things and mapping out my plans as I had been busy with work over the week. I should say I still got a ton of things to do. And I'm also eagerly awaiting to witness something tonight. But then, let me leave you with these words, sharing with you such an inspiring Serbian Proverb.

"Be humble for you are made up of earth. Be noble for you are made up of stars."

Wise words indeed.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

On Closing Case No.1

If I were to count the duration, I've been a legal editor for a month already. Despite the odds and the uncertain thoughts, I seemingly had made it.

I want to use the word seemingly. After all, things do change and it's something that's constant on earth. And lately I have been pondering about how things had been. Prior to being in this job, I had been hoping and wanting for some feasibility in my life. Searching for feasibility was a thing I included in the "cases" that I planned and hoped to win.

In the middle of the battle, a friend gave me his encouraging words by telling me, "whatever those cases are, just do you best to win them." When I look at it now, I'd like to think that I have conquered a greater part of the first case. Nothing is permanent. It's a given fact. As I write this down, two of my batch mates were assigned to another account and I was left to stay in the team.

It seems to work. That when I feel like wanting to quit, given the difficulty, the adjustments and the set backs that appear along the way, I just tell myself three words: ONE MORE DAY. Since I went through the training stage, those words together with that wonderful thought of what and who motivates me seemed to do its magic. Yes, it could be that I am still conquering some parts of my life's "first case". Yet, I'd like to think that because I am here now, I have already won the battle and that this case is closed.

On the question of moving to Case No. 2, there's still six months before the year ends. I hope that I will also win that. After all, I have anticipated the reality that the second one may take long to win over.

But likewise, it's just a matter of being open to a lot of possibilities.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Devotion



How do you really define devotion in the context of romantic relationships in your own words?

It was a question that was running at the back of my head that provoked me to write this down, together with what I saw days back. FACT: I'm not a big fan of PDA. I feel uneasy with having my relationship status very much declared. Not that I'm embarrassed, but I'd rather say that I wanted to keep things like such to be a private matter.

Talk about invoking the right to privacy at some point and to a certain extent.

I believe then and I still do now, that love rarely lasts once revealed. While I went through the "usual" practices of panliligaw 101 Pinoy style and despite of the belief that I mentioned, I knew I was able to show devotion in my own way.

I mainly define devotion with three words. Know your limitations.

It was my choice not to be exasperatingly malambing (to the point that it seems annoying than sweet) as I am really not that showy to begin with. For one thing, just a hug and holding hands are what it takes to conciliate me.

And while I'm not the I may not be sweet, showy or revealing about my relationship stats, when I tell people that I am exclusively dating someone, I declare that verbally for once and my actions (READ: well-behaved) would follow to illustrate so. Relationships, after all, are sensitive issues that has to be treated well and dealt with caution, in respect to another individual and I do adhere to the word another word -- responsibility.

Yes, tangible things do matter I've been there and did those things too. Synchronizing my calendar to remind me of birthdays, anniversaries and weekly Sunday dates that's normally going to church for the mass and having lunch and/or dinner at home. Conversations over coffee at 3a.m. as well as preparing and having breakfast together despite that I only had few hours of sleep.

But the thing is, we have our own ways of doing and showing it. In my case, it was both significant deeds and selfless sacrifice.

Don't get me wrong. I am not against couples having photos and screen savers of them on their gadgets. That's nice. It's just that for me, there are other ways to show devotion. The same way that to prove that you love each other is not limited to just the three letter word about intimacy.

And maybe, you have your own way too.