Dec 15, 2008

The one with the fun times

For someone who's been unemployed for almost a month now, I've been busy.

TOP 10 FUN TIMES from the last few weeks (delayed updates to my so-called life):

1) seeing the plush forestry in Loboc River, Bohol, while my century-old buddy and I were on top of a floating raft/restaurant
2) smelling the fresh air with "some" photo shoots and videos on Tops and Mountain View, Cebu with COB
3) staring at the Tarsier's eyes and realizing it's not the same eyes on the souvenir wallet; simply breathtaking although I was scared at first
4) staying in a cheap hotel then switching rooms due to numerous problems; never thought it would be fun at that time but the aircon was so "futuristic" that my friend and I had to move the bed right in front of it!
5) people-watching while sipping some coffee with our knees bent sitting from the stairs in Ayala Center, Cebu
6) played bowling w/ Dad and some close friends from work
7) driving lesson w/ Dad in a strip near Mall of Asia
8) neverending talk about food/service of restos and latest gossips during dinner w/ dear cousin and the rest of the family
9) watching my cousin M sing at the top of her lungs on a choir contest in Lipa - won 2nd place!=)
10) walking the streets of Batangas with the cold wind caressing my face and then stopping by to buy the famous puto bungbong and bibingka-missed it!

Now I can go back to hating the One Tree Hill DVD that can't be played from the laptop...that's why I don't expect a lot-it prevents disappointments like this one. Okay, it's a sign for me to sleep.

Nighty night!

Nov 20, 2008

The one with the first day of freedom

I'm finally free from being a slave of my company! Hooray!

To celebrate it, my bestfriend and I are going to Cebu.....our first trip together outside our safe worlds.

To be honest, I'm really excited about it...on all of my trips (usually w/ a family member/relatives), this is the first time that I packed the day prior to my flight with a checklist in hand to make sure I don't forget anything. 10% of me is a bit nervous-- well, because both of us are not big fans of "directions".

I'm sure we'll get past it though, because we're blessed with luck and a great deal of patience. And of course, a lot of excitement is running through our veins so whatever happens, I'll just cross my fingers and hope for the best!

Wish us luck! ☺

Jul 4, 2008

The one with the commendation from a stranger

I'd love to do a kangaroo-jump right now. I can't-- so let's just settle with that little picture as a visual aid. It had been a long time since I was insanely HAPPY.
Well, I'm a simple person who can be pleased by simple things. Whoever said that money can't buy happiness is a genius.
I received a commendation from a stranger that I've talked to for an hour about the installation of a security software on his PC. I honestly don't know what I'm doing but it somehow worked and he asked to speak to my boss about it. I didn't even notice the time because while I was waiting for him (almost the entire time), I was chatting with a friend of mine at work about the usual stuff -- meaning: the latest gossips about who resigned, how many hours will be required for OT, who dates who, who ruined your day and who made you smile like a cat when he walked your way.
Another big surprise, a guy from work posted a big smile to me on the general chat tab. Well, it was noted right after I made a "hate" remark about my missing personal drive because I am a damsel in distress without it (or rather all of the content of the precious drive). I transform into a mad woman when I can't find the toll free number for this and that in a minute so it's not very hard to imagine. Time is valued greatly in my line of work so every minute counts, even seconds!
The last surprise was...
I saw him while my friend (same one that I've been chatting with earlier) and I are waiting for a cab. My ever-lucky friend saw him first; he smiled at us and I guess I almost froze where I was standing because I looked like a stressed workaholic waving my cigarette in the air in mid-sentence. I almost lost my composure and memory while I was telling a horrific tale (from one of my unavoidable calls) to my friend.
He's nice and helpful at work (it's his duty and obligation to help us when necessary given his position) but I don't really like him because he looks arrogant and self-absorbed. When I saw him with his friends (creepy guys) in the elevator, he looks like he's part of their gang. They're the type of guys who can undress you with a wink. He fits the part- he's bald and has a goatee. No offense to those people who look like him but this is a simple observation of a simple girl.
DISCLAIMER: I'm not saying that all guys who are bald and has a goatee are evil. I don't discriminate people based from looks- let's just say, this is my initial impression of him based from his physical appearance and their behavior at work. I am not a judgmental person. I'm a great believer of people having their own good qualities concealed and buried on their inner being. It may only require a lot of digging for some but it's always there to be discovered in due time.
Let's move along...
In addition, I'm no longer late for work for the last couple of days -- a vast improvement on my very appealing attendance record. This calls for a celebration. My cellphone's ringing and friends kept texting me to come over and have a drink but I'm almost asleep so I'll book that for the next earliest opportunity. Okay, I forgot I'm so thirsty...
My aunt called and being the tech support gal in the family, I always help her with her internet connection. I adore her deeply which eliminates all possible excuses of not paying her a visit since we're both in Manila. Tomorrow would be soon enough. I need some sleep.
So much for a relaxing afternoon without using a phone. I'll settle with juice for now. ☺

Jun 29, 2008

The one with my unplanned absence

I'm absent today due to my own carelessness. I didn't hear the alarm or my sister who kept telling me she woke up before she got to work. I blamed her but in reality, I'm blaming myself; I just can't admit it to her because I was upset with the situation that I could have avoided in the first place. A friend wanted to come over and I can't say no to her after a hard day's work. I slept late instead of going to bed early for the early shift. My big mistake.

My new boss is the total opposite of my previous one. He even laughed at me and had made a joke of my absence thru text. Refreshing but I missed the usual treatment given by my original boss. I was used to the text that says, "Call the attendance hotline. Please go to work although it's late."

I like my boss, I do. He's the most lenient person I've ever met. I wish he'd sent a rude reply or even a hint of disappointment so I wouldn't feel this guilty. I would've appreciated it if he told me to go to work even on a half-day so I'll know I'm valued or something on the team.

He said he doesn't want to lose me on the team just because of attendance and I felt even worse. Guilt is a feeling I'm not that used to. Lying is another that I rarely do unless it's a necessity. As much as I'd like to lie earlier, I told him the truth. I woke up really late. Simple, straightforward and really lousy on my part. I just can't bear to come up with lies after having my 4-day vacation that was noted as SL.

Why is it that when you plan to do the right thing, you always end up doing the wrong one?

Why do I have a body-clock that doesn't stick to the schedule?

Why didn't I hear my alarm clock the entire time that it's ringing?

Am I that deaf to the sound or is my subconscious telling me something I'm not aware of in reality?

I can post as many questions here but I don't think any of those will solve my problem. The biggest question right now is--am I gonna be suspended for the additional point on my already messy attendance?

Feb 4, 2008

The one with droplets and heartbreak kid

~Colbie Caillat and Jason Reeves
I'm leaving you
I'm not sure if that’s what I should do
It hurts so bad
I'm wanting you but cant go back
Trying to find, to find
That all elusive piece of mind
Stuck here somehow
Shrouded beneath my fear
And now I don’t need it
Cuz I'm walkin down this road
Alone and figured all I'm thinking bout is you,
Is you my love
And my head is in a cloud of rain
And the world it seems so far away
And I'm just waiting for
The droplets, droplets
You left a mark
I wear it proudly on my chest
Above my heart (above my heart)
To remind me that I feel the best
When I'm with you
When I'm with you
To me everything is effortless
You know its true
My eyes are painted with regret
And I don’t need it
Cuz I'm walkin down this road alone
And figured all I'm thinking bout is you,
Is you my love
And my head is in a cloud of rain
And the world it seems so far away
And I'm just waiting
To fall and sink into your tears
You are like the raindrops,
The raindrops falling down on me
You left a mark (you left a mark)
She left a mark (he left)
She left (he left)
And I don’t (I don’t)
Need it (Need it)...


This song reminded me of that scene. A deserted place with just the rain and your memories clouding your vision. I'm in one of my moods wherein I enjoy being alone...remembering the good and the bad times of my life. I'm sad and I don't have a clue. Maybe because I got to thinking about this line in one episode of a TV series: "Being content about being single is one thing. But being happy for being single is another." Well, I used to think it was the same. I am happy. There are times when I want to jump for too much happiness that no one is waiting for me at home or that I don't need to text or tell someone where I am all the time. Yet, there are times that I wish someone can pat my shoulder and hug me when I'm so fed up with work that I want to bury myself in bed for 24 hours. I happy or what? I know..I'm a confused person. What's new?

Let's change the topic before I go crazy--I just watched "The Heartbreak Kid" earlier and it didn't leave a mark. At the end of the movie I thought Ben Stiller changed after realizing his mistake when he got married to the wrong girl.
I was so disappointed. Maybe some guys will always be like that.
I feel bad about Ben, he should sign up for other movies with a better script and stimulating story.
I know he's a good actor. Signing to be a lead in this movie may be considered an impulsive decision. Well, he may have his own reasons that we will never know.
He can be a star in an action film, like a detective/cop/fbi kind of thing. I hope he gets a film like that to make life more interesting.
Before the day ends, I hope whoever reads this can listen to the song from Spring Waltz. It's a love poem that the guy played in his piano to show his feelings for his childhood friend. It's really sweet. I downloaded it from the ever-reliable Limewire. Simply type spring waltz piano on the title and voila, you'll find it.
Sit back and relax to this classical song (I'm not a fan, but I loved it).
It will relieve you from the stressful day, promise. ;p

Jan 28, 2008

The one with my name and my friend's wedding

What MY NAME Means

You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.
You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.
You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are very hyper. You never slow down, even when it's killing you.
You're the type of person who can be a workaholic during the day... and still have the energy to party all night.
Your energy is definitely a magnet for those around you. People are addicted to your vibe.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

Hmmm...something to think of for the night...


Yesterday was my college friend's wedding. It was one of those days that will stay in my head for a very long time. Why? Let's name some of them:

1. Our "barkada" was complete for a change-- so it's like a reunion for all of us.
2. It was one hell of an event-- like wedding of the year for the lavish food, festive decorations, soothing music from the quartet, touching videos of the bride and groom and awesome treats for the guests (keyword: games!).
3. I saw my friend's glowing face while she's looking at her husband and I've never seen her THIS happy since the world began.
4. We saw Basil Valdez (he sang during the mass), whom I thought passed away. So sorry for that!
5. Traffic jam which consumed more than 2 hours of our time going to the reception. (ranked 2nd place compared to the flood last year which took 3 hours!)
6. Most of the songs played during the reception are the ones that were played zillions of times on my phone which remind me of too many memories.
7. I got my hair curled-- which was my plan for years that had gotten buried somewhere in my busy head.
8. Touching speech from the groom's family...2 words: quotable quotes. I want to cry but then I never cry in public so I just cried in my imagination.
9. We were so full from the 6 or 7 courses of food brought by waiters who did a number of parading the food prior to serving them to guests. (almost like strippers walking in a single line without getting naked after the show)
10. Lastly, I wouldn't forget hugging my friend like I'm never seeing her again. Well, not really, it's like the end of her looking like a girl to me because she's a woman now. I just didn't think she'd get mature that fast...time really flies.

I'll definitely miss her. To give you a brief summary of our friendship, she was not my usual friend. She was the studious type who never forgets to get her homework done. You see, I'm the laidback type as mentioned above so I get my homework done when I need it or I cram for it or copy it right before class when we were in college. She's never absent or late in class unless we influenced her to it (rarely happens). She's gifted with great hands (can draw anything she can think of), with a genius-like brain (like a sponge in absorbing anything she watches or reads), with a weird but funny sense of humor (something that makes you think about first before you get the gist) and with a pure heart (a friend who never judges you for what you do and sticks like a gum by your side esp. during tough times).

I'm so glad she ended up with a man like him. Someone who can make her laugh. Someone who will treat her like a princess because she deserved to be treated like one. Someone who will understand her better than we do. Someone who will be there for her because she has a fragile soul that requires constant protection.

She'll always be the great friend that once upon a time inspired me to make things happen and she did.

I used to hate weddings. They make you dream of happy endings which only happen in movies. I never got fond of attending them because I used to think they are full of pretension. I've seen different kinds of weddings but it's not even close to the feeling I saw from them yesterday.

Thank you for being such a wonderful friend. Thank you for sharing your happiness with me. Most of all, thank you for making me see that a love like you guys have still exists in this world.

Hope you guys will have a fun, exciting and long life ahead.

Jan 20, 2008

The one with the ME time

The year started out right. I decided to go home and stay away from work for a change. After my unforgettably gloomy Christmas and New Year last year, it was time to choose between being stuck in a cubicle or spending time with my undeniably ecstatic and weird family and relatives.

Unfortunately, due to the stressful life in Manila...I slept during the media noche. I was really upset when I woke up because this is the first time I didn't jump exactly at 12 midnight. Even when I was at work last year I was jumping like a frog while taking calls. Hmmph.

Anyway, I just want to share some of the latest events of my usually dull life. Well, this year is totally different than the previous ones. We had a shower party for a friend and it was definitely more than I expected. It's like a kiddie/green kind of party for a bride. We had freebies (from chocolates to disposable underwear to condoms), games and lots of games which lasted for about 4 hours or more. At first, I thought it would be awkward for everyone because we came from different groups of the bride's life. Somehow, it ended with a blast with the groom arriving at the end of the party with his friends to judge this "penis made of clay" game. Some party huh?

Last Friday, we planned a surprise party for my boss which turned out great after the last-minute plans. Like I'm going to spend weeks for it. Well, you know me too well. I'm the buzzer-beater girl at work. You're definitely expecting me to plan for a party within 24 hours only. Take note: I was at work 40 mins early which is a world record-- just to prepare the set up and think of an impromptu way of giving my boss the flowers. Whew! I'm not in for any party soon. That's for sure.

Next week is my college friend's wedding so I guess I'm left with no other choice. She's one of the most genuine pals I've met in this life and I'm not going to miss the walking-down-the-aisle scene which will only happen this Sunday.

At this moment, I'm relishing my ME time with lots of noodles for breakfast, lots of sleep during lunch and sweet banana courtesy of Tapa King for dinner after the meal. I'm planning to spend some quality time with HBO and Maltesers later.

Nothing gets any better than this.

Oh and I'll also have a date with my books...Bought some that are still lying somewhere and didn't have time to read them...I'm sure they're thinking "Why am I stuck in this drawer?".

Yeah I know...wait ok?