Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sitting Duck Attracting Good Vibes

One thing with the corporate world is that for most of the time you sit down. Well you sit when you eat (unless there are lots of people in the pantry), sit when you use the computer, sit when you take calls, sit when you're trying to change the Facebook or Y!M status of your teammate who forgot to lock his/her laptop, sit when you read a book or some training materials, sit when you pretend you're working (not me because I really work teeheehee), sit when you attend trainings and meetings, sit when you poop, sit when you eat AND poop (sweet baby Jesus, please don't do this at the same time), sit while chatting with your teammate who's not doing anything, and the list would still populate with "Stuff I Can Do While Sitting".

The heavens have conspired for me to stand up and start moving again. I'm a pretty active person. Pretty and active. Mwahaha. I used to run/jog, swim, do yoga, futsal, and tennis. Pretty active.

I've been putting off all possible opportunities to exercise because there are no sports centers in the vicinity and I can make really good excuses. However, I'm going to have access to the swimming pool from my mom, there's a tennis club in the company now, and I got a gym membership - all I have to do is sign up. -_-

Then my call for tomorrow got cancelled which means I can go watch Ateneo's game without feeling guilt, I also got into the list of volunteers for the build, and I'm getting discounted Malcolm Gladwell books.

Have I told you that it's Britney's episode on Glee today?

I'm really nervous with this. Maybe Ateneo will lose tomorrow's game. Noooooooo!!!

MORAL: When you're up, you're really up there. When you're down, climb the hell back up! Watch Britney Spears on Glee. NOW.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Dear Diary,

A while ago, I opened my eyes and realized I woke up! Hallelujah! I'm alive! I'm currently blinking right now. I checked my body, I still look great! I held my hair, it's still nice! How many exclamation marks have I typed? A lot! I know! I'm still continuing to type-in so many bangs! I wasn't able to see the sun because I heard staring directly at it can cause blindness. Not yet, I am not yet ready to go blind because I am not yet ready to love. You know, love is blind? Yeah, cliche. Where were we? Ah. Diary, I took a bath! I shampooed and lathered well. I have to rinse, too, duh. Have I told you I have been breathing since forever? Uh-huh! Inhale.... Ex....wait for it....hale. Also, I consumed 500 calories for breakfast! I chose peanut butter and jelly instead of that corned beef drowning itself in oil. I took a bite from my wheat sandwich, then chewed. Of course, I swallowed it. Drank a lot of coffee, iced tea, and orange juice, too. What a wonderful breakfast. Then brushed my teeth afterwards, 300 strokes up and down for each side. Up down. Up down. Left right. Left right. Feels good, you know. I'm off now! Later again. :)

Annoying Me

Some people document their lives in full detail. I don't judge and mind like it's the reason I can't sleep at night. However, there's what we call Too Much Information (TMI) and just sharing too much. This is evident in photos and blogs. Taking 400 photos in just one hour is a regular feat now it's like we're setting a world record on the most number of photos taken in the shortest time possible. Check your friends' photos in Facebook and Flickr. You could make a gif of them blinking, the movement of their esophagus (if you have x-ray camera), or even check the way the wind blew their hair. Too much. Well, if you don't want to see it, you don't have to scroll through everything TMI-ers (such a trite term) post. Though every now and then you can find a treasure amongst the sea of information available.

You know what? Data mining should be a hobby now. And I can feel knowledge management is going to be a necessity real soon.

Like they say, "Kanya-kanyang trip lang yan. Walang basagan ng trip." :)

MORAL: Sometimes, take heed of "quality over quantity" and do your friends/contacts a grand favor. Do us a favor. Please.

She Ain't Dead Till She's Dead

This is a complete and total repost of Cracked's article on Michelle Rodriguez. Just so you know, I adore Michelle Rodriguez and she's the reason I got hooked on the Resident Evil movies. Haha. This is both funny and sad because it's true. She always get freaking killed! When I hear that she's going to be part of a new movie, first thing I would think of, "How long until she gets killed or written off?"

START: (click the photo for a complete and total Michelle Rodriguez experience)

Just The Facts

  1. Michelle Rodriguez's closet is filled wall to wall with nothing but black tank tops.
  2. Michelle Rodriguez is always a cop. Except when she's a Marine.
  3. Michelle Rodriguez has a nasty habit of getting herself killed all the time.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What the Duck?!

I apologize about this in advance. I really just had to share it so I could get it off the back of my head although I know this cannot be undone.

Yes, you will never look at a duck the same way again. You would wish you didn't move your eyeballs downward and check the photo out.

MORAL: Things are not always what they seem to be.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Just another perfect mistake. This ain't goodbye, this is just where love goes when words aren't warm enough to keep away the cold.

Oh no, this ain't goodbye. It's not where our story ends but I know you can't be mine not the way you've always been.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Temporarily Suspended

I think it's because I have been using Seesmic Web in the office that my Facebook account got temporarily suspended due to "suspicious activities" which I don't know about. Haha. I had to take a test to prove my identity, online identity at least. I had to correctly choose the name of the person whose photo was flashed on the screen. There were a lot of choices and I may opt to skip the photo if I don't know the answer but may only do so twice or else I'll flunk the test.

Since I don't add people I don't know, nor accept them, I can feel that it would be easy-breezy. I just have to answer 5 out of 7 items correctly.

In the order they were tagged/shown, Zel, Lance, PPM, Merryl, and Igop were the chosen ones. Haha.

Just like that, I'm back with my Facebook account! Woohoo! Time to party with this song.

MORAL: I guess I should stop typing status messages, changing their birthdates, etc. when my friends forget to lock their laptops or when they're not looking. -_-

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Transitioning from Sept 11 to 12

As the title suggests, all of these transpired from 11pm-1:00am. So it covered me saying goodbye to September 11 and welcoming September 12.

I'm supposed to write an entry about something important in my life like eating me-friendly siomai again after how many years. Ingredients include shrimps, turnips, oatmeal, onions, mushrooms, and cardboard. Yum yum. I was just supposed to taste-test it but then went on to devouring 6pcs. Life is good.

However, I saw two YouTube links and smiled. And when anyone mentions "smile" what I think of is..

When I see your face, there’s not a thing that I would change. Cause you’re amazing just the way you are. And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while. Cause girl you’re amazing, just the way you are.
- Bruno Mars

So the first YouTube link is...

Roger Federer being his usual elegant majestic self. A cool commercial for fans of Roger and Swiss chocolates. Yum at both. Wahaha.

And what my sister told me to search for:

Which made me want to say something but I won't instead. :)

I also learned that there's a Cine Europa 13 at Shang from Sept. 10-19, a Manila International Book Fair at SMX on Sept. 15-19, and an Adidas End of Season Sale on Sept. 15-17. Also talked to a friend that when your eyes are tired and you're too lazy to wash your face and remove your eyeliner, use the damp method. She called me a genius. What's new? Hahaha. We even shared how we group our music and naming conventions as well. And how downloading and fixing our virtual music library can take up a whole chunk of our time. That' I transitioned from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12. Very interesting and action-packed, I know. You don't have to rub it in that I missed watching Resident Evil Afterlife in 3D and my college didn't win the last round of eliminations in collegiate basketball. Second placer into the semis.

And oh, oh, I learned new terms as well!

layogenic = attractive from a distance

likogenic (likod-genic) = looks good seen from the rear

giligenic (gilid-genic) or tabigenic = looks good on profile

pangagenic (panga is jaw) = looks good just because of the jaw

MORAL: A lot of things can happen and can be learned in a short period of time. Really, there are a lot of things we can learn from reading, watching, or even just breathing.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Whatever Makes You Sleep At Night

Do you believe in "everything happens for a reason" or that "when it's really for you, the whole world conspires for you to have it"?

I hope it's true. And that it also works the other way. If it's really not for me, maybe the whole world will conspire for me not to get it. I might be a little vague in this. I apologize for nothing.

1. I became committed. You called me after Holy Week. I was really thinking of ditching them for you. They all pouted at me. That did the trick. Stuck with them. Bye, you.

2. We really just can't get a working schedule together, no? Seriously, we were cheating each other for the whole summer.

3. Considering number two, I went on. Got settled. Then you called me. I said STFU, no, I just asked why only now.

4. You came to me again. I responded. We talked. Not a match even though I really want you.

So what is it? We never got to come up with a common ground.

When will you know if it's just challenge or when it's really not meant to be?

Maybe not today. Not in this lifetime. I'll wait. We'll see.

MORAL: We feed ourselves with hopeful statements just whatever we want, that can make us sleep at night. We force ourselves these are truths. Just, whatever that make us sleep at night.

You know I've got to go. Lord, I wish it wasn't so.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Save Tonight

We know I'm going away
How I wish....wish it weren't so
Take this wine & drink with me
Let's delay our misery

Save tonight
And fight the break of dawn
Come tomorrow
Tomorrow I'll be gone

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I’m so afraid to love you, but more afraid to lose.
Clinging to a past that doesn’t let me choose.

Once there was a darkness, deep and endless night.
You gave me everything you had, oh you gave me light.

And I will remember you.
Will you remember me?

Don’t let your life pass you by.
Weep not for the memories.

Monday, September 06, 2010

White Beach - Puerto Galera, Mindoro

When you're studying, or part of an academic institution, storm signal number 2 is your best friend. Half-days or no classes. Suspension is not for rowdy students anymore. It also applies to classes. How fun. Well, when I was still in school I was not really fond of suspension of classes because it translates to no allowance. My dad became wiser and ditched the weekly allowance scheme back in high school because I won't return the "excess" allowance from suspended classes.

Where were we? Oh yeah, since there were no holidays for July and we just learned that August is going to have just one holiday, long weekends are becoming pretty rare these days. Prior to the announcement about the end of Ramadan, there were no holidays set for September and October. That means no long weekend for 2 whole months!
Aside from the no-holiday issue, June was the last time I went to a beach. Out of town trips that involve just passing by resorts or company-related offsites are not included. So what do we do? I was really determined to go out of town or pretty much anywhere else for the long weekend of August 28-30, 2010. Rain or shine, I told myself, I will go somewhere else. Yes, I am somewhat stubborn. Plan A still involves the beach trip and Plan B is praying that Plan A would still work. Oh, Plan C has museums on its list.

What were the usual reasons we got when we tried organizing trips back in college?
"I don't have the budget, I'm sorry!" - Grand Champion
"My parents didn't allow me, but I really want to go!" - 1st Runner-Up

Those are the top 2 suckiest, most overused reasons that are usually presented to organizers. However, being out of college and into the responsible world of adulthood (wth?!), can you think of any other excuses? Not so much. Except if the person doesn't really want to attend.
White Beach, Puerto Galera
Since I'm not into persuading people, I told those who wanted to come that I won't really care who would come with me, as long as I have 2 or 3 more people joining I'm really going for it. Puerto Galera has been a famous beach spot in the country. It's cheap and very accessible (bus + ferry only with hourly trips and no need for reservation!). Budget is not an issue here as my brother gave me contacts with pretty cheap accommodation. If you don't want to spend a lot, bring your own food! Transportation, accommodation, and water activities are the only things you want to think about. Yes, I brought noodles and food filled with preservatives. Don't judge. The budget problem? Solved.

If you're planning to go to Puerto Galera, be sure to drink a lot of Mindoro Slings, ride the banana boat, and go snorkeling. Also, don't forget to go tumbling in the sand. It's not everyday you could eat sand. Let's go, Mindoro!

MORAL: If not now, when? Excuses are for the weak. We are not weak! One place at a time. See the country.

Tanduay, the main star of the Mindoro Sling.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

EPS: Express Poohrita System

Working in a company who does a one-time big-time monthly pay can make you go crazy. At first it's a really cool thing because you see good numbers in your account. Yet, as time passes by, the challenge is on how to budget it wisely. You just can't go splurging one day because you'll be just drinking a lot of Milo or coffee to fill your stomach the next day. Or you'll be scrounging for food pretty soon and will have a "countdown" to the next pay day.

What is EPS? According to ever-reliable sometimes-dubious Wikipedia,
"The Express Payment System, more commonly known as the EPS, was the EFTPOS system originally of the ATM cards of Bank of the Philippine Islands and its subsidiaries, BPI Family Savings Bank and BPI Direct Savings Bank. Today, it is the EFTPOS system of the Expressnet interbank network in the Philippines. The system is the most popular EFTPOS system for ATM cardholders in the Philippines and is accepted nationwide. Rivals of the network include MegaLink's PayLink and the similarly-named BancNet Payment System (BPS)."
In short, it's a debit card. Sorry I had you read all those words. Reading is healthy you know. See, I'm not just educational, I'm also uhmm.. medical?

What is Winnie Poohrita? Gay lingo has been a very entertaining escape from the use of normal, very much used everyday words, so instead of going the distance using eloquent words or highfalutin ones, gay lingo makes life funnier but not necessarily easier. It just means poor. I know, I know, I typed too many words again wherein I could've just said it means "poor."

One thing I dislike is waiting. So whenever I see a lot of people lining up to withdraw in the ATMs, I call it "blockbuster" or that they're lining up for free food "may libre bang chili con carne ngayon?". So I just go on walking and decide to procrastinate withdrawing money. A while ago was different, there were only 2 people lining up but really, I don't want to wait. I went to a bookstore and had the biggest dilemma around 5PM. Which book to buy? One book only because I don't want backlogs. I have been thinking about which one to buy that I went out of the bookstore and didn't get anything. I don't want to stress myself over thinking which book to buy. So I got into a clothing store and checked out their cardigans. As usual, they didn't have my size there, the shop assistant prompted me to go Megamall instead. Gee, thanks.

Where's the EPS there? Oh yeah. Saw something else and told myself, that since my ATM card hasn't been working for quite some time, if it works on the EPS, I'll purchase it. Whaddup! I'm poorer now but the experience of having my first purchase through EPS was memorable.

The Culprit.
"On September 5, 2010, I purchased something using EPS."

MORAL: Having more options sometimes make things more difficult in life. Or is it supposed to make it more convenient?

Musical Tadhana

I have been a fan of local acts and bands. I watch gigs and concerts when I feel like it or when someone invites me. Just last night, I had one of the best spur of the moment gigs ever. It's because of the music and the company. I went to Conspiracy Bar along Visayas Ave with newfound friends. I was thinking if I would feel OP (out-of-place) when I go with them, but heck who cares, a friend said Kitchie Nadal's back from the grave and will be playing again. So if I feel OP, I still have good music to keep me company.

And I was mistaken because they made the night really fun and entertaining, even when the artists were behind schedule. It's not usual that I'm incorrect, as I am always right. (Shut your trap if you're having violent reactions over there. Haha.) Even though I am kind of an introvert, I think I managed to get along well with them. They were really friendly and the best part is the line-up for the night! Doki, Delara, and Kitchie Nadal were playing! Super worth it. I knew the bands and their songs, and tried (really) hard not to sing-along so they won't dub me as a super fan or groupie or karaoke queen. Hmm, I know they won't call me anything like those anyway. But if they sang along, I will give them nicknames. Haha.

Kitchie Nadal back from spreading the Gospel.
Two out of four were fans. However, the best description of how Kitchie looks like now, came from the non-fans.

"Para siyang college student na mukhang katatapos lang magthesis."

HAHAHAHAHA. Well, it's true! Kitchie doesn't really give time or effort in fixing herself such as make-up and all the girly glitz people do. I don't care if she has panda eyes. Pandas are awesome!

Too bad Kitchie Nadal didn't sing this song, it was one of her songs that got imprinted in my head for more than 4 hours.
Minsan nagbiro sa iyo ang tadhana, o bakit pa ibinigay sayo kung babawiin lang?

MORAL: Good times with good music and good friends (yes, there are bad friends just so you know haha) are tough to beat.

All photos courtesy of Doki's page.