Monday, December 31, 2007

2008

Happy New Year everyone!

2008 na!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Of spiders, cars & choirs, and being a lazy blogger

Crap.

I've been going through some of my friends' blogs and, not surprisingly, they have been updating regularly for the past few weeks...gah... and I haven't.

I had actually planned to blog about the giant (giant!) spider I confronted (and eventually vanquished!) in my bathroom in Batangas on that fateful night when I arrived late and tired...

I was also going to blog about my new car (MY new car! still brings a smile to my face to say that! haha!) which I picked up from Honda just last week. It's a 2007 Honda Civic 1.8 S Automatic. I hope the license plate will arrive by Christmas (please make it my Christmas gift!) so I can drive it to Batangas on the 26th...

I also wanted to blog about the UPCC, some exciting news about a Switzerland tour and a competition, American shows putting choirs on the forefront and into the mainstream (google Clash of the Choirs and MTV Show Choir), and some less than exciting news about losing momentum and losing members...

Of course I also wanted to blog a Christmas wishlist (a 2-seater reading couch please :D)...
...and about our visit to Eastridge to visit our future resthouse...
...and about my horrendous 5-hour trip to Batangas...
...and about my first visit to Lola Oreng's grave...
...and so many other things.

I want to blog, but...
...sigh...

maybe later.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Boracay 2007




Boracay Vacation


Liz and I went to Boracay (my second time, and her first!) during that long Holiday weekend of Nov 1 (Thursday) to 4 (Sunday). We stayed at the 357 Hotel at Station 3. It was a beach front and was a nice, clean place. The beach was nice enough, quiet and clean. It would be great place to just relax, bake under the sun, maybe read a book, or get a nice massage on the beach.


We had dinner at 357 Hotel on our first night, and the food was okay too. But the best meal we had, I think, was our Greek lunch at Zuzuni Restaurant (or it could be because we walked from Station 3 to Station 2, past D-mall, and almost to the border of Station 1, and we were damn hungry! Rawr!)

Boracay Activities


On Day 1, Nov 1, we arrived at the hotel at around 1pm. Walked from Station 3 to Station 2, looking for a place to eat...blah blah blah...walked around D-mall some more then went back to Station 3. Swam in the uber awesome (yes, if you haven't gone yet, you have to go) waters of Boracay, then lounged around in front of our hotel in our swimsuits, taking in the sights, the sounds of the waves... :sigh: sinusulat ko lang, nami-miss ko na ulit... haha! We had dinner at the hotel that night, on the beach. :D


Day 2 was our activity day: First went on a day-long Island hopping/Snorkeling/Spelunking trip. The spelunking part consisted of a 2-minute half walk-half crawl inside a narrow and low ceiling passage to see Cave 2 of the Crystal Cove (and you have to pay a hundred bucks to get in!). We went to the famous Crocodile Island for our final snorkeling dip. We brought a small bread loaf to feed to the fishies, and were they ever hungry! It was really great fun to see and feel them "biting" your fingers. Liz said she also "Found Nemo". :D

Boracay Food and Transportation


Lunch was included in the tour package. We had a fill of seafood and bbq on stick, Boracay style (whatever that means). Naalala ko lang, on the tour with us was this Taiwanese lady who was by herself. She kept complaining about everything from the dead corals (coz she couldn't see anything daw), to the food, to the lunch venue... panira ng mood. Haha.

After that, we went back to the hotel and showered. We walked to D-mall again and had dinner there, shopped for souvenirs and pasalubong, & got our (cliche) Henna tattoos. We wanted to go to the Reggae party at Summer Place but still had our purchases with us, so we went to the other end of D-mall to look for a ride. Apparently, the trikes cost P100 each, one way, AND they won't take you up to the beach (so you have to walk). Then they suggested we take a (gasp!) a single motorcycle for only (tanan!) P20 each one way! It took us a while, but we eventually decided to take the motorcycle (gasp! no helmets!), with me reminding the driver over and over again (and over and over again) to drive slow. Needless to say, we got to the hotel and back to D-mall in 1 piece. :D yay!

The party was great! We had a couple of drinks, just enough so that we could dance without feeling silly. ;) I still can't remember the name of the band that played though. Maybe you can help me out, one of their songs goes like, "Marami ang namamatay-haayy...sa maling akala, ooh yeah!"

Boracay Photos


Day 3 was more swimming :sigh:, more shopping, more lazy walks on the beach, we attempted to make a sand castle to no avail, had lunch at a Thai resto and had ice cream in D-mall, we got a massage on the beach, and we watched firedancers perform. :D

On our last day, we swam in the Boracay waters one last time, we shopped around for last minute souvenirs and pasalubong, then we were off to Kalibo airport for our flight back to the real world. :sigh:

For more photos from our Boracay trip check out my Multiply page here - Boracay Photos!

Liz and I had a WONDERFUL TIME in Boracay! :D It was really worth all the trouble we went through to push through with the trip. Next year ulit! Hahaha!

Friday, October 26, 2007

On Duty

So here's the duty story that I will never be able to tell the people I should have told it about...

I began my "duty" in April. The schedule was tight, there were only 4 duty officers (with me still just sharing responsibilities) which translated to 1-week every month cycle. After several months and several cycles, I talked to my mentor if I could begin my solo duty in order to extend the cycle an additional week for all of us. We talked to several other people and then it was agreed: I was going to be allowed, although prematurely, to do my duty by myself...

I honestly thought it would do me and my co-duty officers good... but...

When the new duty roster came out, I discovered that I was scheduled to be on duty on Nov 2-9, Dec 7-14 and Dec 28 - Jan 4. That includes New Year, the company Family Day on the 8th of Dec, and the long weekend Nov 1-4, for which I already have tickets to go to Boracay with my girlfriend...

On the day that I got the new duty roster, I sent emails to all the other duty officers if I could swap schedules. I found a replacement for Nov 2 and Nov 4, but for Nov 3 I still had to be on duty. I've exhausted my options and am now desperate for a replacement.

My hopes lie in 2 people I will have to ask next week...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Glorietta Bomb

Theories have been flying around about the who and the why behind the alleged bombing of Glorietta Mall last week. Although maybe I shouldn't refer to it as bombing anymore, in light of new reports saying that it there were no bomb blast materials in the scene, and no bomb crater to support the bomb theory. They also said evidences are pointing towards an accidental gas explosion.

I had quite a discussion over lunch about it, before the new information came out and everyone agreed that it was indeed, a bomb. A friend of mine wouldn't dismiss the idea that it could have been the government behind the apparent diversion, what with all the talk about ZTE and the new Impeachment case they are drafting. Also, it did happen on the same day that those 3 bishops called for the President to resign, which I found completely absurd, by the way. I mean, they wanted to remove the President, but said they were not supporting any Politicians or other groups. So, if they got their way, what then?!?! We'll have a practically headless government!(Noli who?)

But going back to my lunch discussion, my opinion is this: I do think that those darn Politicians grandstanding and blaming the government for every little thing are over the top and should just be ignored. (Trillia-what?) I honestly think GMA is smart enough to recognize that the Martial Law tactics of creating chaos to be able to wield the government's controls against it is an easily recognizable strategy, and that she knows the Filipino people will not hear of it anymore.

In any case, 11 people died in that tragedy. One of them, the wife of Carlo Cruz, who's email has been circulating in our offices.

I pray for their souls and the families they left behind.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Countdown to Boracay

12 days to Boracay

We already have plane tickets and I just finished booking our hotel reservations today!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

News Bits Tidbits

One of the benefits of having Broadband at home is I get read the news before I go to bed. I'm not quite in the mood to talk about ZTE and GMA and ERAP and Clinton-Obama right now, so I'll just mention some newsbits that caught my eye in the past couple of weeks...

  • I'm sure you heard about Britney Spear's tragic excuse for a performance at the recent MTV VMA's. I honestly was looking forward to it, I suppose a lot of us are really suckers for Happy Endings, but then watching here walk around the stage (almost) dancing was just blah and blah. She could have done better to say the least. Haha. But check again. Her song "Gimme More" is #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the Hot Digital Songs.



  • And that Chris Crocker guy who was on YouTube crying over the whole Britney thing, and how almost every newspaper in the world featured her (horrible) comeback. I saw an article saying how amazing it was that you can have a nervous breakdown and the whole world can watch it. Haha. Seriously, I think people obsessed with celebrities are really creepy...


  • And did you hear about Christian Bautista's Lupang Hinirang blooper?



"...Lupa ng araw ng luwalhati't pagsinta, ang mamatay ng dahil sa'yo!"

Dumbass. 'Nuff said. Haha!

  • How about that racial slur against Philippine Medical Schools on Desperate Housewives? Where Teri Hatcher's character says "Before we go on, I think I wanna see his diplomas to check that they're not from some medical school in the Philippines!" (or something like that). I mean c'mon. That was really irresponsible of the writers. It's a reputation issue. Doctors who received their degree in a Philippine medical school is just as competent as any other doctor from any medical school in the United States. That comment was uncalled for.



Wednesday, September 26, 2007

IQ Tests and Such

I took a Personality Test and an IQ test. See the results below...

Testriffic.com


Kinda true. I had always thought of myself as an Idealist. I don't know about the wealth part, but it does really get to me...when people are not following rules. When I break rules, even when I know it is better to break them than not to, I always have a sinking feeling in my gut. Haha. My conscience must be in my gut then...

IQ Test Score


Now, for the IQ test thing, I got 127. According to the website, this is better then 77% of the people who took this test. Pretty good. Haha. But I do know people who scored so much higher than me in our high school IQ test. :p

Monday, September 17, 2007

11:11



A few blogs ago, I wrote about my weird affinity to the number 11 and the fact that I always see it on clocks. At the time, I was just mildly amused by it, not thinking that it was really anything at all. But then Stippy left a comment on that blog entry:

Stip said...
according to one book i've read, people with extraordinary cognitive abilities always catch double digits on their digital clocks without meaning to do so. "extraordinary cognitive abilities" includes abstract intuition (you somehow know that doing something is the best thing, but you can't explain it), premonitions, psychic and third-eye abilities. =)
So I looked it up on the internet, and true enough, there were several websites dedicated to 11:11! Akalain mo yun... And here's what they said:

These 11:11 Wake-Up Calls on your digital clocks, mobile phones, VCR’s and microwaves are the "trademark" prompts of a group of just 1,111 fun-loving Spirit Guardians, or Angels.

Once they have your attention, they will use other digits, like 12:34, or 2:22 to remind you of their presence. Invisible to our eyes, they are very real.Our earthly 1,111 Spirit Guardians, often called "Midwayers," have been assisting folks of all walks of life for many centuries.


I saw 11:11 again tonight on my car clock, just as I got in to go home. I don't really believe it, but maybe I'll try to see how often I catch 11:11.

Some points for argument: Why are people with digital clocks so privileged to get spiritual beings and such? How about the people who don't ever see digital numbers?

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Stuck


In Tabangao stuck
For the weekend. Buck
Naked, running amuck
In my bedroom. Struck
out of Tumble-bug
doesn't rhyme with: Pluck
a guitar, but, luck!
I don't play it. Luck!
I don't have one. Stuck,
Like a fly on a window. Yuck.

-reyjr

Friday, September 14, 2007

Moving On

A few days ago, a friend of mine (Ms. Q) received a message on her Multiply saying that she's ugly and it came from a guy (Mr. A) who used to be a trainee in our school organization but quit because of personal reasons (ehem..).

After much discussion on Ms. Q's site how Mr. A is a loser and hypocrite, etc., Mr. A apologized and claimed that his account was hacked into and that he wasn't the one who wrote on Ms. Q's multiply site. End of story.

The reason I'm blogging about it is this: Ms. Q sent me an SMS about the alleged message on her site and said, "To think ikaw ang nagpahirap sa kanya, at hindi ako!" In a way, that IS true...and so this got me to thinking, how many people out there would send me a hate message if they could, all those trainees who quit because of me? Off the top of my head, I know only about 4 people ("Hindi ako babalik habang andyan pa si..!!!"), but there could be others.

So, I thought, had my strict, perfectionist approach to performance arts become so overbearing that trainees crumbled and quit under my tutelage? Lalim. Haha! I knew that I was strict. But I also knew that if you wanted to attain a certain standard of excellence in performance, you have to work hard for it. I had a lot of trainees who quit during the process, but there were those who survived their traineeship and became really good performers, and really loyal members.

The thing is, the stage is a cruel place: it will not show your audience how hard you practiced for your song, or how many sleepless nights you endured to memorize your dance. When you're on the stage, all that matters is what you do there and then. No, it's not fair, but nothing ever really is...

I am not trying to justify that I had done in the past, I know I hurt a lot of egos. But I do hope that they have all learned from their experience and moved on. Hopefully I won't receive any hate messages anytime soon!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Losing Sleep


i was slowly falling into a routine,
losing sleep, i'm awake and its fourteen
minutes past 2 in the morning. Dreaming
while i'm awake, my mind keeps swirling
'round and 'round. Bean's bear on my bedside
table, i'm seeing my room from the inside.
unmade bed looks comfortable 'nough
but the aircon's noisy, that's why its tough
to get Silent Nights during Christmastime.
set my clock at 6, but wake up at 9.


xoxo

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pisay the Movie

I almost got lost on my way to watch Pisay. My friend Julz Oliveros (not related to Maximo) sent me an SMS saying the showing will be at Cinema 4 of The Block, and that The Block would be "in" SM North EDSA. I had, in my head, planned to just park in the open parking in front of SM North even though it was drizzling a bit. It was the only parking area I could remember...

When I turned right from North Ave, I was dumbfounded! There's a whole new building where the parking lot used to be! Anyhow, I drove (slowly) around the other cars who seem to be as lost as I was, and finally found the Parking Entrance to the SM Annex.

On to the movie then! Pisay is a heartwarming tale of a group of high school students, coming from different backgrounds, but all brilliant, all studying at the Philippine Science High School. What I liked most about the movie was its effective nostalgia. It may be that the movie was set in the 80's (when I was but a wee little baby), but it's theme's captured the essence of being in Pisay. But it's greatest asset may also well be it's worst flaw: It may tend to alienate non-Pisay people. I felt the audience deserved a tad bit more development of the characters. It becomes difficult to sympathize with characters you hardly know.

I loved that the kids acted very naturally, although there were some awkward moments, some dead air, it was forgivable. Dr. Casas was very effective (reminding all of us or a certain Pisay professor we will all sorely miss). The other adult actors, however, (I'm not sure if this was intentional) spoke in a "theater" voice, like a sing-song, Batibot style. I found it unnatural, even highlighted by the fact that the child actors were very natural with theirs ("Egis erp!")

The storyline was flawless. I found it strummed a different chord at every chapter. The freshman year told of a budding relationship ripped apart by a teacher, the sophomore year told of a small town boy kicked-out of Pisay for failing Geometry (and moving on to become #1 in the school he moved to!), the third year featured a girl who had move to The Netherlands because she and her parents were wanted by the government, and finally, the senior year which featured a morally ambiguous research project, a theater loving science school senior, and a terminally ill genius.

I was flooded with memories while I was watching the movie. I was especially moved by the first scene where they found out he got in Pisay. I remember we hadn't received a letter from PSHS yet so my dad decided to go visit Pisay himself to check if I had passed. When he got home, he calmly whispered to me that I had passed, and that was when I started going crazy. Haha! Good times.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Don't you? I do.

"You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime..."

-Eminem

I do miss singing.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Beautiful Girls

I just have to say that damn(!), that Sean Kingston kid is pretty lucky.

I saw him on MTV TRL a week ago singing his Billboard #1 song Beautiful Girls, and he's mighty fine...

NOT!

He was so extremely OUT OF TUNE, like he was singing the thing a whole tone higher than he's supposed to!!! Geez dude.

The WORST part is he has these 3 back-up singers who were echoing his lines but in harmony, and they were as lost as an ant in a beehive. I mean, at least one of them was TRYING to sing in the correct key, but the others were just plain gone.

It's amazing how far talent can take you. blah.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Weird thing #2

So here's my weird thing #2.

I have a thing with the #11. No, this is not about the hoax thing about the Twin Towers 9/11 bombing. I believe what happened there was unimaginable and the people who died there should be treated with respect.

My thing with the #11 is this.
11 is my birth-day. March 11, to be exact. At midnight.
Our car's plate has 11.
My phone extension at the office sum up to 11.
I was hired at my current job on the 3rd day of the 11th month.

...and the weirdest thing is I keep catching 11:11 on the clock.

Here's me singing Kailangan Kita (during my 25th birthday celebration). The audio is out of sync. Haha.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Photographic Memory

07/12 - This bird won't budge. It just won't.

Then after a few minutes, it pooped then flew away. It must've been too shy to do its business while i was there. Haha!



07/21 - The UP Concert Chorus bulletin board. Haha! Memories.
I visited them last Saturday. They were rehearsing some choreography for their upcoming UPBeat Concert. I remember those times when I was the one leading choreography rehearsals, tough but fun.

I will be watching on August 11 with my gf and also former UPCC, Liz, and also with a few more UPCC Alumni.

07/25 - (One of) Bryan's send off party(-ies). This one at the Ponte Fino Hotel with the MF Finance Dept. Bryan (who is also one of my housemates and badminton buddies) is the guy I'm pointing at. He's off to the land of the merlion to earn loads of Sing dollars and maybe learn a thing or two about GSAP. See you in December Don Bryan!

o7/26 - They say there's a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I still have to check, but this looks promising!

:D

Thursday, July 26, 2007

2 Partial Fantasy Book Reviews

I've begun reading 2 books.

One is WICKED. The story of the life of Oz' Wicked Witch of the West. The musical play was highly entertaining, that's why I bought the book. Surprisingly though, the book was of a different interest point completely. It humanized the characters of Oz, interestingly so, that you would forgive the slight inconsistencies with the original Wizard of Oz story. Elphaba, the wicked witch, was a nerdy, eccentric, sometimes bitchy, sometimes crazy protagonist. Her friendship with Glinda, and the other students, came very naturally, well, as naturally as it could have been for a green-skinned girl. The story is about politics and racism, animal rights and human rights. It was actually a very serious fantasy novel. I'm only up to around the middle of the book, and Elphaba hasn't actually displayed any super powers just yet (i'm actually beginning to think she won't be showing any), but I'm looking forward to finishing it.

Next is the new Harry Potter, Deathly Hallows. The first few chapters blew me away. Very cool. I won't give anything away, (and those of you reading this, don't tell me anything!!!) but I assure you, it's a great book, so far for me, at least. :D

On a side note: I'm on duty this weekend. x-p
Visit me in Batangas.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Grand Canyon


I have a Grand Canyon National Park mug on my desk. I got it from my UPCC Tour in 2003. We were in Arizona at the time, and our hosts took us on a road trip to see the Grand Canyon. We had a concert that finished late the night before, but we had to wake up early because the trip would take a couple of hours. I remember my roommate and I even had to sleep over another host's house. I barely slept that night with my adrenaline from the concert still going and my anticipation running high.

Our jaws dropped when we got there...The Grand Canyon.

I remember it well, the overwhemling enormity of it. Trees looked like specks of dust from where we stood at the edge of a cliff. A 2-lane road at the bottom of the canyon looked like a piece of pink string.

I remember the air was warm, but not scalding. I remember seeing whole cloud shadows on the walls of the canyon. I remember just staring, not believing my eyes.

I took a lot of photos of course. In hindsight, it was a bad idea to wear my then new orange shorts with that red long-sleeved Gap shirt. :x I looked like a Halloween pumpkin with a red stem. Haha! The photos were great but they were not able to capture the overwhelming size of the place. Pictures have borders. Damn.

Remembering the Grand Canyon. A nice getaway from the hustle ang bustle of daily life. I miss traveling.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Pisay

This year is the 8th year anniversary of my graduation from Pisay. I still remember my 5th year anniversary in 2004. I was really excited to go back and see how things have changed since I left. But not a lot of my batchmates shared this sentiment. A lot of them said they didn't want to go because they had nothing to show for the 5 years since they graduated. I was, at the time, still in school, not nearly finished with my Mechanical Engineering in UP, but I wanted to go. So I went.

I have only a few memories of Pisay, and I wanted to go back and try to see what else I could dig up from my subconscious. I suppose high school went by too fast for me...

I arrived in Pisay a small unknown kid from a small unknown private school in Pasig. The year was 1995 and I was the first and only kid from my elementary school to pass the entrance exams. High school was a challenge for me, especially the first year. I had to deal with commuting to Quezon City everyday (from just walking to school), the lessons (Algebra! waahh!) which everybody seemed to already know about except me, my not so popular status with my classmates, and of course dealing with the pressure to excel... "You're the cream of the cream of the crop!"

But it wasn't bad the whole time. I did make a lot of really good friends, some of which I have until today. And I did get to put in my resume that I graduated from Pisay. Haha!

I'm thinking of going to this year's Alumni Homecoming. I know that not a lot of my batchmates will be there, it not being our 5th or 10th year and all, but I still just want to visit anyway. What the heck.

Aureaus Solito, award winning Director of "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" and Pisay alumnus, made a movie about Pisay during the Martial Law era. It will be part of the Cinemalaya Festival. Here's the trailer:



Am I excited to watch it? Hell yeah. Hope I can, if not in CCP, then on DVD or something. Haha. Seeing the school uniforms in the trailer was enough to convince me that I needed to see this movie. :p

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

New Glass


I got my new eye glasses yesterday! What do you think? Haha!

Movies I haven't seen and want to watch:
1. Fantastic 4
2. Transformers
3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I'm excited to see Transformers. I used to watch it when I was younger. I also watched Visionaries, X-men, Voltes V (Red 1!), Daimos, Care Bears (stare!), He-man (By the power of Graceskull!), Thundercats (which I hear they're making a movie out of too), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Heroes in a half shell, Turtle Power!) and a lot of other cartoons... :D wow, I used to watch a lot of tv.
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I made an account on Livejournal, just so I can view Alva's blog, then made a link from there to here. Then I made an account on Facebook so I can keep in touch with Isaac. I'm also thinking of making MySpace or a Multiply for Julz and my sister Jett! But I can't manage all those sites! Grabe andami! Ayoko na!

I now have a Friendster, a Soundclick, a Blogspot, a Facebook and a Livejournal. Tama na po!


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Weird Things About Me

There's so many I don't know where to start? Haha.Actually, I don't really know what IS weird about me? I don't think there's any. Do you?

If I blog weird things about myself, that would be saying that I have compared myself to the NORMAL and found myself to be ABNORMAL...hmm...

...but what IS normal? Are YOU normal? What IS the boundary of normalcy?For example, are people who sing in public considered weird? What if you're in the privacy of your home...but there are guests? What if you sing in the gym? (Last week, there was this guy at the gym with headphones on singing "I'm all out of love..." in full voice, mind you...) What if I sing really well, am I still weird?


WEIRD THING #1
Well, this first one is more of unique than weird really. I'm a singing engineer. Weird because there's not a lot of licensed Mechanical Engineers who would sing the way I do (or did in college). See, I was part of a choir. And I'm damn well proud of it. The University of the Philippines Concert Chorus.

I think it is weird because while my classmates were studying about Thermodynamics, I was feeling the heat transfer from the stage lights and the flash bulbs; while they were studying Fluid Dynamics, I was studying music dynamics (forte! fortissimo!); while they were taking apart the pieces of an internal combustion engine, I was putting together music pieces for the evening's practice...

wanna see a weird thing? check out our youtube vid, unscripted! this was supposed to be a farewell song for a group of friends from the US... (I'm doing the solo!)



Monday, June 18, 2007

A Day for Fathers

First of all, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to my Tatay!!!

It was a tough one, there was recently a cyclone that passed by Oman, where he works. It was a terrible natural disaster, made even more so by the fact that Oman is not prepared for cyclones. They say the last cyclone that hit them was more than a century ago...

My Tatay is fine though. :D

I saw a feature in the broadsheet asking about the fondest memory you have about your father. Mine is the time when me and my older sister were just growing up. My dad would be away for long periods working abroad, so we would always be excited to see him again. I remember he would have us lie on our stomachs and massage us, pressing his palms on our backs while singing "pikil, pikil, madalas dumakil..." I forget what it means... haha!

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Liz and I watched Ocean's 13 last Saturday. Well actually, I just gave in to the fact that she wanted to watch Brad Pitt on the big screen...and then cuddle with the Brad Pitt lookalike after. Hah! Tough luck.
_________________ ...

On my drive back to Tabangao last night, I had an urge to sing one of our set opening songs in Korus... "Sing we are praises to the Lord..." then I forgot the words...

:(


Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Waiting for dinner


Why is "service" in the food sector bad in the Philippines? It's because Filipinos are more inclined to settle with what they have than to be confrontational. When we get Coke instead of the Sprite we ordered, we settle for Coke. When we get a chicken leg instead of a chicken breast, we settle...

I never really understood it. Well, actually I don't want to understand it. I want to change it. Because until people stop settling for bad service, we will never get anything better.

I mean you don't have to be rude to get what you asked for. You can say it in a nice way. And if the waiter or waitress is being a bitch, then call the manager. :D

Filipinos! Stop settling for bad service!

Please note, however, that in the photo, we are just waiting for our food at Max's SM Batangas, which is actually one of the few restaurants in SM Batangas that have fairly good service. Starbucks always has great service. Had really bad service at Greenwich and Flavors of China, but the latter has been improving...

I was at Gerry's Grille with my family one time, and I ordered a Melon Shake. When I was brought a Watermelon Shake, I told them I has specifically ordered a Melon Shake and not a Watermelon Shake. Guess what the waiter told me: "Sir, try nyo na lang po Watermelon, masarap naman..."

flip

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Monday, June 04, 2007

The Office


The office. Well, MY office. haha. There's my CPU on its side, my phone, my coffee mug (gotta have my coffee!) a couple of post-its to remind me of stuff I need to do...

...this is the place where I now spend most of my day, in front of this screen. :sigh:

but enough about that.

Liz and I already have tickets to Boracay, We'll be there from November 1 to 4. We also made a pact to try to lose some pounds before Bora, so that we can have Bora worthy bodies when the time comes. Haha! First step: no more softdrinks!

Our Tagaytay dinner at Leslie's last Friday didn't help one bit though. We had Kare-Kare and 2 whole buttered garlic crabs all to ourselves (well, some of the flying ants had some too). The moon was full and the sky was clear, perfect mood for eating out under the starts... and eat we did.
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"...maybe you don't need to be at the top of your class to be great at what your course makes you out to be... maybe you just need to be yourself to be great at whatever you choose to do.."

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Endorphins are wonderful


I just got home from my first Badminton Tournament. Haha! We got 3rd place (out of 5) in our category. But what the heck, I had great fun. :D I said before that I wouldn't ever join a Tournament because it takes away the fun in the game. When we played, we'd always be laughing our heads off and our stress away. Endorp
hins are wonderful. But this tournament was really fun and I did not for a moment feel over competitive.

Here's a photo of some of the players... Tabangao Badminton Club (Jourds, Mai, me, Jhayne and Kaye).
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"and we're warning the city, now that we're in here, you'll know we've been here before we are done!"
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So many people I know went to Bora! Geez. Liz and I already have tickets though. Hah! Nov 1 to 4. :D Hope it doesn't rain all 4 days. Haha..
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Here's the car that hit my car. Revenge!!! Haha!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Cure for Burnout

I've discovered a great new way to cure burnout from working too much and too hard. When you start finding yourself still in the office at 8pm everynight, missing lunch to meet deadlines, or worrying more about a mistake on your spreadsheet than about losing your hair...


...talk to a job applicant!


Applicants ask almost the same things: How much is the salary? How fast is the career progression? Are there trainings? What are the benefits? What will I be doing? How is it working here? What are the bosses like?


I've found that it reminds you of why you chose to work for the company you work for in the first place. And it is validated when you say out loud things like: "Yeah, it's challenging, but it's a dynamic field, very exciting, with brilliant people, great opportunities, and the pay is not bad." ;)


YES, i do like my job. Haha!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

New things - Old things

A couple of days ago I got my new cellphone. It's a Nokia N73. I'm not big on specs so I won't elaborate further. Let's just say it's a nice phone, and a bit pricey. I had saved my mid-year bonus to buy it. That's not to say I haven't saved anything else. Mag-impok, parang langgam...

I remember a story I read about ants saving food for the rainy season. That was way back when I was probably in Grade 1 or 2. It really stuck to me, that story. I remember wanting that day to open a bank account and be like the ants, mag-impok.

Some really weird things got stuck in my head from when I was young. I remember answering an exam when I was maybe in Preschool, and I cried because I couldn't draw a hammer...I remember there was a multiple choice question, the 2 choices were in drawings: a toothbrush with the full bristles having toothpaste, the other with just half. You had to choose which one is the correct way to put on toothpaste.
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Last week, i went on youtube and searched for Visionaries. It was so awesome that someone uploaded it. I saw the complete first episode on YouTube. :D

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Oh and yeah, it's Jordin Sparks, the new American Idol. Kelly Clarkson, Reuben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, that gray haired guy (I forget his name) and this year, it's Jordin Sparks.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Moving to BLOGSPOT

For no good reason, I am moving to blogspot.

my old blog on Xanga will still be there.

blah.

Clean House

I have been, for quite a while now, have been ranting about how dirty the house is. (Mind you, not my house where my folks live, but my house in Tabangao...) No one seems to care to keep tidy, everything is always a mess, and the floor is so gross I can hardly stand it...

But over the weekend, me and my housemates cleaned house! Yep. The house is now nice and dust free, no more molding leftovers and inch thick floor dust. I can now breathe in without sneezing and be able to walk around the living room in my socks and now worry about soiling them even before I put shoes on...

But it isn't complete yet. We have tons of plastic and glass bottles we have to recycle (or get rid of), and of course, maintain the cleanliness of our home away from home. :D
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I found this photo of me and Oble taken during my graduation ceremonies back in 2006. :D Ang galing mag pose ni Oble!

Random Thoughts and Raves and Rants

The Philippine Senatorial, Congressional and Local Government Elections 2007 had just been completed. Now they are counting the cast ballots, and the politicians are anxiously awaiting to see how effective their schemes were to increase their chances of winning. It's hilarious how some news websites are tallying the votes and classifying hopefuls as "neophyte", "from a political clan", and of course "celebrity". It's really amazing how much our political system has been penetrated by celebrities. My college professor had an interesting take on it. He said that politics is a play, and politicians are actors. They have to show that they care to get people to vote for them. They have to be endearing to the masses, so they sing, they dance, they show off their brains. It has become so much similar to movies and stage plays, musicals even, that we should anymore be surprised if it attracts the REAL actors, the REAL singers...

Monday, March 19, 2007

And... 25!


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It has been a tradition in my paperback journals that I begin a new chapter on a special occasion, be it an anniversary, a birthday...

It was my 25th Birthday last Sunday, so now I'm beginning a new "chapter" of my blogging on a different server! Moved to Blogger folks! Haha!