Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Book And Its Cover

"Don't judge my brother, he is not a book!" was what Melanie Marquez said in defense of her brother, Joey Marquez when caught in a scandal once.

We love to judge the book by its cover. Admittedly, I do it all the time ^_^ We tend to typecast people into certain groups such as "those call center people", "ahh, the weird ones a.k.a geeks", "them socialites", "oh, the pokpoks", etc (I particularly didn't put any adjectives coz I might get shot but you do know how we coin these groups *wink*)

But this doesn't mean I stick those labels on them forever. I learned to become more open about people when I knew Ms. VERONICA DE LEON, the then Ms. Gordo, a.k.a Ron, Bitan, Vero.

(How's that for an intro, Ron? *grins sheepishly*)

When I first met her, I immediately said to myself we can never be friends. She's the exact opposite of me. Downright gorgeous, fair, tall, SKINNY, has long, straight hair, sexy and oh did I mention SKINNY? :-D She's chic and elegant. She's just plain intimidating and I didn't like her. (I'll let you in on a secret. I didn't like her that much too coz the boy I had a crush on then had a crush on her. Potential rival. A VERY POTENT RIVAL tsk tsk tsk)

But then it's one of those protocols at the office where you have to get along with people, yada-yada-yada. And since there were few young ones at our office then, I was forced to befriend her. Surprisingly, she became a breath of fresh air to us. To me, especially. She opened me to worlds that I've never bothered entering to. Never entertaining the thought that someday... I just might be like her.

(Don't get me wrong. I might have dreamt of having her figure and height but I do know how to tell from daydream and reality :-D)

One of the best lessons this great woman taught me is never judge a person by the way he or she looks. She told me, I might put a label on that girl as a prostitute but do I really know what her past was? What hardship has she gone through and is going through? NO. All I see is the face she reveals to the world.

But then, there are also those nice-looking, pretentious people and yet deep inside they're just plain vicious, mean creatures. Oh, how these people hurt your expectation of them becoming a true friend :-P

While old habits die hard and I still love labeling people, I try not to close my doors on them when they offer friendship. Fortunately for me, I am Ms. Congeniality (yeah, right :-D) so it really isn't that hard for someone to be my friend.

Everybody deserves a chance. And in truth, we don't really have the right to judge someone even if we've come to know them personally. As Ms. Marquez had said, we shouldn't judge coz that person is not a BOOK.

**This article is dedicated to you, Ron. Thank you for gracing my life. Love you, friend *hugs tight*

Monday, July 02, 2007

Autobots, Roll-out!

The NEC losers went to watch TRANSFORMERS last Saturday, 30 June 2007, at the Power Plant Mall. Screen time: 7.50PM .

The first few scenes really dropped our jaw. The transformation was spectacular. Everything was as thrilling as we thought it would be.

We really laugh our assess off when Bumblebee was toying with Sam while he was trying to get Mikaela to notice him. Songs such as Baby, Come Back and Who's Gonna Drive You Home Tonight brought back the 80's babies (that's us) to their youth.

And who couldn't catch that humor when Sam said "it's probably Japanese", referring to the robots they just saw?

John Turturro who played as Agent Simmons of the Sector Seven gave the movie some laughs, too. He was the perfect agent for a top secret research organization. A guy who tries to play it cool but deep inside he's just a nerd playing with cool toys.  (The NEC pips can really relate to this :-P)

The animation was awesome specially when the bots transformed. It was really detailed. You have to give credit to the CG people who poured out their talents for this movie.

The fight scenes weren't that good, though. I would have expected it to be more dramatic. Unfortunately, whenever two bots fight each other, it just looks like a piece of metal coiled around. There really wasn't that much distinction between the body parts. It was hard to tell which is which whenever they engage in a close combat.

And there's really one thing I don't like in the movie. THE CHEESY PARTS! :-P Couldn't they skip the holding hands part and just focus into the action instead? It just destroys the momentum. Oh well :-P

All in all, I'd say the Transformers movie is a 4.5 out of 5. Even if the storyline wasn't really according to the original Transformers cartoons, they still made the 80's babies reminisce the old times.

"The parents are very irritating. Let's exterminate them."

Friday, June 29, 2007

Brighter Than Sunshine At YouTube

Thanks to YouTube I'm able to hear and watch my favorite song all the time ^_^

If you wanna watch it at YouTube here are two great links I found:
Original Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q536JTSe40M
A Lot Like Love OST Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py3qDjr99O4

This song is very special to me. I've been looking for an MP3 for quite some time now but I still haven't found one. Maybe I'll buy Aqualung's album instead. But for the meantime, YouTube will do. I hope you'll enjoy the song as much as I did. ^_^

@--: You'll finally get to hear Brighter Than Sunshine

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ayala Station Without MRT

At half-past six this evening, the MRT stopped operating for some strange reason. The ticket line was so long and the line going in was even longer.

Leo and I were on our way to the ticket line when I saw the Kahlel Shawarma stall. He convinced me to grab some food before going. I was quite hungry then. I thought the long line I saw was the line going inside the station.

At that time, someone announced over the speakers that the train might be delayed for a few minutes.

It took me just a few minutes to finish my shawarma despite the fact that it didn't taste that nice. At that time, Leo and I were standing near the CD-R King coz we were checking out some of the gadgets they have there. The line outside the station was pretty long, I just wasn't sure which line it was.

When I finished my shawarma I looked for a trash bin to throw the wrapper. Unfortunately, there wasn't none around so I went back to the shawarma stand to ask them to throw it for me. When we got back to the long line, I realized I was seeing the same faces at exactly the same spot. So I told Leo to go ahead as he had a long travel to UPD.

I just got in line to buy my ticket when the MRT people announced that the train will be coming in in 15 minutes. WHAT? At the moment, they are not selling any tickets because a lot of people are already trying to get in. WHAT? The ticket line at that time was already beside the Holy Kettle Corn stall.

Just a few minutes after, the MRT people announced again that they are not letting in people without any tickets yet. HUH? WHAT? So it would take me a while to get in?

Should I wait or should I ride a bus instead? Eventually, I decided to ride the bus. I think it would be faster. And who knows when they'll let people in.

As I was going through my way to get to the other side of the station, I saw how long and unorganized the line was for going in then. Those of use who were just passing by couldn't get through because the line was blocking the way.

It took me 30 minutes to get to the other side. Good thing there was this nice lady who led me around the line just so we can get through. Everyone was hot and pissed with so many people stuck here and there.

We thought we got a breath of fresh air. BUT NO. When we got to the other side, there was another line there. We asked if that line is connected to the MRT line. Ah, no, it's the line going down the overpass. OK...

It took me another 15 minutes just to get down those stairs. CRAP. I'm so late for my appointment.

Oh well, things happen. And that's how it was when there's no MRT around especially at the Ayala station.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

And Time Stood Still

Time stood still as I see you standing there
With that smile that I have come to know intimately for so long now

The emotions rush in me as I remember
Remember the day we first met
Remember the day we said hello
Remembering the years, days, minutes and seconds I've come to love you

The times that you have inspired me
The times that you have made me laugh
The times that you made me cry; yes, you did
But then also the times you just made me sigh and smile
Oh what contentment!

It was a great journey
That journey I shared with you
I thank you for all the great memories
The good and even the bad

But time stood still as we said goodbye for the last time
Unshed tears
Hands trying to reach out yet never really reaching out
Traces of that smile that never really showed on your face

And for the last time I'm going to say
I will miss you; I love you
You will always have a special place in my heart

See you when I see you.

Til then.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Scientist

This is one of my favorite songs from Coldplay. We sang this song while we were doing videoke at IO with the NEC Losers. Cheers, Jeff! ^_^

The Scientist
By: Coldplay


Come up to meet you, tell you Im sorry
You dont know how lovely you are
I had to find you, tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart
Tell me your secrets, and ask me your questions
Oh lets go back to the start
Running in circles, coming up tails
Heads on a silence apart


Nobody said it was easy
Oh its such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said that it would be this hard
Oh take me back to the start


I was just guessing at numbers and figures
Pulling your puzzles apart
Questions of science, science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart
Tell me you love me, come back and haunt me
Oh and I rush to the start
Running in circles, chasing our tails
Coming back as we are


Nobody said it was easy
Oh its such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard
Im going back to the start

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

In The Name Of LOVE

It's the month of June... People getting married, getting back together, finding that someone... Oh, it's the month of June. Oh, that month of June.

Love has always been a mystery to me. I often wonder what is it about love that makes people do crazy thing: from the insane like going after somebody who's not into you (uh-huh tsk tsk tsk) to the blah blah stuff (i just don't know what to call it) like running and hiding from something so perfect just because of, well, just because (uh-huh *sigh*). That's what love is.

And I often wonder what makes relationships work.

Like the couple who doesn't have anything in common. The one likes this stuff yet the other one goes the other way.

Or like the couple who doesn't really have commitment in mind and yet... they're committed.

Or the couple who just sits at home, sharing a quiet afternoon with each other's company.

Or the couple with all passion at every turn.

In the end, it doesn't matter whether they're suited physically or mentally. All that matters is that they made the decision to stay committed. You'd wonder why they made that choice.

Well, each of us have our own reasons. We don't really know. I think even they themselves don't know. It's just that they made that decision.

And just like every other girl that daydreams, I hope to share my life with a person with all that pent-up passion and still get to enjoy a quiet, solemn afternoon, just enjoying each other's company.

... some day.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Was Once Lost and Now Found

Isn't it great, how you once lost something and found it again? I'm just happy that I have somehow regained something that I have lost. Or should I say, someone. Someone who mattered to me once, someone who was there, someone who was and still is a friend, despite everything.

I'm just amazed at the power of forgiveness and understanding. How it righted everything and all those ugly memories fade to a shadow.

It is as they say, don't burn bridges. Instead, learn to forgive and forget. Learn to understand.

Just wanna say thank you ^_^

*kilala mo na ikaw. love you mwah! *hugs*

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Power Overwhelming

"power overwhelming" is a famous Starcraft cheat that is used to make a player invincible.

Well, I just experienced "Power Overwhelming" last week while I was on vacation at Iligan City for a week. I haven't become invincible per se but I have been overwhelmed by God's power and love as it out-poured on me every minute, every second. And for that, somehow I felt that I did become invincible.

A friend of mine told me before I left Manila to take time to reflect on what is happening in my life and to take time to sort out what I want in life; go to a retreat. As I was on my way to Iligan, I thought that I didn't have time to go to a retreat house. I'd rather spend it with my family and loved ones.

My, but was I proven wrong. Yes, a retreat house would be a great place to meditate and reflect but I was able to do it during my stay at home. I house-arrested myself for 5 days, if there's such a term LOL! I didn't go out. I just stayed at home. Maybe I was just too lazy to go out or that my friends were all busy with work or that my mom and sister had classes... Too many reasons.

And during this time, I have been reading my book The Road Less Traveled. I have come to reflect a number of things in life. More importantly, I have come to know myself.

But not only this. I was also blessed with opportunities professionally. So much that it came to a point that the opportunities became a challenge so overwhelming ^_^

I have also come to realize how my family has been my strength all this time despite the distance. They are the reason why I strive hard to achieve my dreams and why I wouldn't quit.

I have come to realize my value to my friends, as well, both here in Manila and at Iligan. I am surrounded with great and true friends. And that despite the distance, they make the effort of communicating by calling for 30 minutes or so, texting or even popping me up when I went online one time. How they made me sigh with a big smile ^_^

I'm one lucky gal ^_^

Through this experience, God has shown me that even if better opportunities come our way and we let it pass, life has still lots to offer. No need to build your life on regrets.

Resolve what needs to be resolved.

And I need to do myself a favor: self-closure.

[ENTER] power overwhelming [ENTER]

Friday, June 08, 2007

Truth and Justice Cries the People of Iligan

MOVEMENT FOR TRUTH JUSTICE AND PEACE
With
PEACE

(Peoples Electoral Alliance for a Credible Election)


 
Town

 

 
Voters Population

 
(2007)

 

 
Voters Turnout

 

 
Candidates for Representative

 

 
Certificate of Canvass (COC)

 

 
PPCRV / NAMFRL

 
As of


May 19,
   2007



 

 
Inside the Tampered Ballot Boxes

 

 


BACOLOD


 

 
13,712

 

 
10,657

 

 
BADELLES

 

 
1,676

 

 
439

 

 
BELMONTE

 

 
2,790

 

 
223

 

 
DIMAPORO

 

 
3,978

 

 
8,605

 

 
KAUSWAGAN

 

 
11,876

 

 
9,117

 

 
BADELLES

 

 
2,653

 

 
288

 

 
BELMONTE

 

 
2,568

 

 
325

 

 
DIMAPORO

 

 
2,725

 

 
10,225

 

 
MAIGO

 

 
10,581

 

 
7,965

 

 
BADELLES

 

 
2,956

 

 
498

 

 
BELMONTE

 

 
1,791

 

 
268

 

 
DIMAPORO

 

 
1,550

 

 
7,383

 

PEACE was
conceived by the civil society of Lanao del Norte as a movement by the people
of Lanao del Norte to ensure for themselves that their leaders is their choice
based on their will as written in the ballot.

Bakak vs. Tinuod (Lie vs. Truth). This is what the streamer in front of the Cathedral Church at Iligan City says. The people of Iligan City and Lanao del Norte municipalities protested over the COCs released by the Comelec-Lanao del Norte, specifically COCs from Bacolod, Kauswagan and Maigo. Results for the congressional candidate for District I of Lanao del Norte were apparently tampered. (Refer to the table above for the tampered results)

There were pictures taken of the COCs with erasures on it. Unfortunately, or rather fortunately, the true entries to the COCs can still be seen under the liquid eraser used.

The PPCRV, together with other organizations and concerned citizens of Iligan City have been holding rallies all over the city, appealing to the Comelec to disregard the COCs from the three municipalities. They have also initiated a signature campaign to help further push the Comelec to come up with a fair decision.

Until now, the Comelec hasn't made any decision on this matter yet.

The people of Iligan City and other affected populace of District I Lanao del Norte is fighting for their right to choose freely.

I am appealing to the Comelec to be fair and true in coming up with their decision on these election results.

Let truth and justice prevail. God bless us all.

How Long Do You Usually Last Without Net?

Just recently, Liza posted an email on the NEC egroup re testing one's self if one is an internet addict. I have to agree with Darl when she said she doesn't need to take the test coz she knows she's a net addict. Alan, on the other hand, mentioned that it's not about how long you stay online but rather how long will you last without an internet at hand.

The worst I ever came across without an internet was when Milenyo struck the DOST Compound and left us with no electricity, and therefore no internet, for one week. Our servers were wet from the rain coz the window wasn't airtight. And even the phone lines were dead. Everything was in utter destruction.

I have grown attached to the internet, for some strange reasons. Maybe because it keeps me connected with the people I care about. Or maybe I'm able to keep up some of my hobbies like writing (that turned later to blogging), etc.

For these reasons, I can't live for long without an internet. I'm currently on vacation at Iligan since Saturday. Come Monday, I was already itching for an internet. My Mom and I went all over downtown just to search for an internet card :p Unfortunately, we didn't know what to look for so we gave that up.

Just the other day, I discovered there's a net cafe near our place. So, here I am today, browsing and typing my way through the net hehehe As soon as I logged on to my Yahoo account, my screen was just flooded with IMs from friends. This is the life *wink*

Ahh... What would I do without the internet? The world would be a lonely place to live in then. ^_^

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A Pinch of Truth Hurts Doesn't It?

"If you think someone is keeping some information from you, say something today."

And so says my horoscope says today.

"Hearing the truth: is it good or bad?" has been an ancient debate among the PCHRD Jologs. Different opinions have been expressed such as what you know won't hurt you or the truth sets you free, etc. I remember that one debate we had at the canteen that it came to a point where personal issues have been raised and where some got emotional about it.

Just last Friday, I learned a very hard truth. I won't share it with you cause it's rather personal. And it did really hurt. Super. To the point that I couldn't keep my tears at bay that some of my officemate came to witness me cry. It's embarrassing, really. But hey, I'm just human.

I've always believed that you should know the truth however painful it is. I felt that you are not being realistic enough about the things around you that you kept on denying the truth.

Some say, I'm a saddist. I don't think so. I just prefer to get hurt rather than being lied at or made to look a fool.

I'm currently reading The Road Less Traveled and one of the disciplines mentioned there is Delaying Gratification. It says there that a lot of people want to get to the good part and try to do away with the painful ones. But this doesn't happen in real life. You can't do away with the painful ones cause it's part of life.

I have to be honest, I'm guilty of running away from my problems. But then there are some instances that we are faced with our problems/issues. This time I won't turn my back on it. This time I'll try to face it with my head up high. I'll get through this because I believe that even though knowing the truth hurts, it sets you free. This is what I look forward to.

Monday, May 28, 2007

1 John 2:19

On a very boring day at work...

From Lee:
When people can walk away from you let them walk. Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left. The Bible said that, they came out from us that it might be made manifest that they were not for us. For had they been of us, no doubt they would have continued with us. [1 John 2:19]

Just wanted to share this inspirational quote ^_^

Sunday, May 27, 2007

God's Blessings

God has a strange way of showing how life can be beautiful ^_^

I've been surrounded by great friends from high school, college, NEC, PCHRD and now ProV and new friends. These are the people who helped me get through the storms that came my way. Right now, I'm still struggling to get over some obstacles in my life, finding direction... searching... healing...

They say true friends are hard to find. I don't believe that. I'd just say, you haven't found the right friends for you, yet. Lucky me, I've found them at each and every corner of my life.

God never left me hurting for too long. Friends, old and new, are always there to be a shoulder to cry on (just like I did last Friday at the office LOL! Thanks Alds, Kix, Nerry) or just be an ear to a never-ending tirades of worries and problems in life (*hugs* to Wace, Ron, Bebe, Janjan, Kuya Domeng, Jojo "Kulot", Brian, Alan, Jon, Joe-e), or see me get a fair share of enjoyment in my life ^_^ (PCHRD Jologs, NEC Losers, Evangelista housemates and their better halfs, new and not-so-old OJT friends, Ross), or just be there ^_^ (Hi Yayang, Kikit, KC, Zarena, Noel, Jeremy, Eric, ProV teammates and "special" friends, Ley [dating ProV na nsa SG na hehehe miss you!], college friends)

You see, I'm a person who is surrounded with love and happiness. Although, I'm far away from my family whom I miss all the time, my friends are always there to comfort me and be my second family. Not to mention, my beloved Tita Cristy who has been my guardian and my second mommy for nearly 10yrs now. Love you, Tita! *hugs*

These are my God's blessings. They fill my life. They give a part of themselves to me just to make me whole. I don't know why God has poured out the best and real and true friends for me.

They are the reason why I love my life, why I love living and why I never gave up.

Thank you, friends! *hugs tight*


NOTE: To the jologs and losers, you're just too many to mention. I hope d kayo tampo why I didn't place all your names here ^_^ and anyway, alam mo naman kung sino kayo ^_^

Love you! ^_^

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Blocked

There are so many things that I wish to write about right now. But I'm experiencing writer's block *sigh* It's so frustrating. I just couldn't find the right things to say. Every line I write seems wrong; either it sounds too corny or doesn't make no sense at all.

The emotions that I want to invoke into my article just can't seem to find it's way through my thoughts. I guess it's just too jumbled in there right now, my brain I mean. A lot of emotions are swirling inside my head.

Oh well, it's one of those days...

Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Other Side

I like reading my horoscopes. I don't follow them per se, I just love comparing how my day went with what my horoscope has to say ^_^

Yesterday, I really had a rather... how should I put it? Interesting horoscope. For a few days now, a lot of changes have been occurring in my life. Decisions to be made, things that need to be accepted if not understood.

Somehow my horoscope assured me that what I'm doing is right. I've been looking for reassurances that I'm doing the right things. And I found that in my horoscope. Here is what it has to say:

May 19, 2007
Sun Sign: Virgo
Date Of Birth: August 26

Your general mood should be quite good today, LOUIE, and you will find that things flow smoothly for you in general. The one thing to be aware of, however, is people who might try to burst your bubble by making you think that the grass is greener on the other side. Sit back and realize that the grass is just as green as you need it to be on the very spot where you are sitting.

YES, the pasture is just as green on this side. I'll surely enjoy it *wink*

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Over My Head

Over My Head
by: The Fray

I never knew
I never knew that everything was falling through
That everyone I knew was waiting on a queue
To turn and run when all I needed was the truth
But that's how it's got to be
It's coming down to nothing more than apathy
I'd rather run the other way than stay and see
The smoke and who's still standing when it clears

Everyone knows I'm in
Over my head
Over my head
With eight seconds left in overtime
She's on your mind
She's on your mind

Let's rearrange
I wish you were a stranger I could disengage
Just say that we agree and then never change
Soften a bit until we all just get along
But that's disregard
Find another friend and you discard
As you lose the argument in a cable car
Hanging above as the canyon comes between

Everyone knows I'm in
Over my head
Over my head
With eight seconds left in overtime
She's on your mind
She's on your mind

Everyone knows I'm in
Over my head
Over my head
With eight seconds left in overtime
She's on your mind
She's on your mind

And suddenly I become a part of your past
I'm becoming the part that don't last
I'm losing you and its effortless
Without a sound we lose sight of the ground
In the throw around
Never thought that you wanted to bring it down
I won't let it go down till we torch it ourselves

And everyone knows I'm in
Over my head
Over my head
With eight seconds left in overtime
She's on your mind
She's on your mind

Everyone knows
She's on your mind
Everyone knows I'm in over my head
I'm in over my head
I'm in over...

Everyone knows I'm in
Over my head
Over my head
With eight seconds left in overtime
She's on your mind
She's on your mind

Friday, April 13, 2007

Bras and Cup Sizes

So OK. I know the title sounds kinda censored but try reading the article through. It has a moral lesson in the end :-D I just hope I don't place myself in a compromising situation though.

Last Tuesday, I went to shop for a bra that I could wear with my new tube top from Plains & Prints. I searched through one of my favorite undies brands, Triumph for different designs that would look somewhat fine and comfy to wear. I then asked the saleslady for a 36B so I could try it on.

Unfortunately, they didn't have a 36B black for that design. The saleslady asked if it's ok I try another design. Yeah sure, I said ^_^ So on I went to the fitting room to try it out.

The cup didn't fit right.

Now, wait. So does that mean I have to get a bigger cup size?! OH NO! I am getting fatter again *sigh* I told the saleslady about my problem. I said that the cup somehow didn't fit right. She got a tape measure and measured me. She said I was a C, after all. She'll go get a 36C.

I looked around for other designs while waiting for her. And the thought of being a C ran through my head. C? Me? Since when? huhuhuhu I should get some exercise and start dieting. I am getting fatter again.

When she got back, I tried the 36C on. Woohoo! It didn't fit that well, either. It was somewhat large for me ^_^ With a large grin, I went back to the saleslady and told her.

She recommended me another design, instead. She gave me a 36B for that. When I tried it on, it fit perfectly. The cup, the size... Everything's perfect!

Mind you, this is the first time that I bought a bra for myself. It has always been my Mom who bought me these. So it is an accomplishment that I was able to buy a perfect fit for myself ^_^

Moral of the story? Choose the design well. There are some bras that don't really fit you well even if it looks good. Make sure that it's comfortable to wear.

Oh well, why am I telling you this? Don't girls my age know this already? :-P Boohoo for me!

(HI TO RON! ^_^ She's my hot hot former officemate from PCHRD. Say hi to her, too. HI RON! ^_^)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

TMNT

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES!!!

Well, after our Tagaytay trip, we decided to watch TMNT. We were curious how it is compared to the TMNT we knew way back when we were kids.

Sesame Street and Bato Balani got beaten by TMNT as a familiar childhood trademark hehehe

The movie is OK. It's your usual TMNT, mushy and funny :D We were kinda confused at the timeline the movie's being shown. We thought it was after Master Splinter died. We were surprised when we saw him somewhat younger than the one being showed on TV before.

I loved the animation and the fight scenes. It wasn't as cartoony as I thought the CG would be. The humor is still funny but Michelangelo hasn't really shown his wacky side yet that much on the movie ^_^

We even debated about Master Splinter at the end of the movie. Wasn't he blind? I thought I remembered wrong but Ja said she did think he was blind. Hmm... I'll research on that.

In the end, everybody felt nostalgic. Those were the days when all your days are filled with just thoughts of ninja turtles and transformers and voltes fives and cartoons ^_^

Sonya's Garden Adventure

The NEC Losers went on a road trip to Tagaytay and had lunch at Sonya's Garden last Saturday, 31 March. As usual, everybody was late. We were supposed to meet at 9AM but everyone came in a little after 10. Oh well, some things never change :P

It was really hot that day. Apparently, summer has set on the country full blast. We were all red from the heat. When we got to Tagaytay, everyone in our car (Pete, Aldwin, Joe-e, Darl, and me) kept on asking the famous loser question "ARE WE THERE YET?"

We were tired and hungry. Some of us didn't eat breakfast so we can munch our way through the buffet at Sonya's.

As soon as we reached Alfonso, Cavite, everybody was on the lookout for the Sonya's Garden signs. As soon as we saw the first sign saying Sonya's Garden, we immediately turned right. The scenery was weird. The road was all bumpy and there were lots of barong-barong around.

(FYI: Barong-barong are houses that are somewhat similar to nipa huts but with a tin roof ^_^)

Then we got to a fork and we were like... Uhhh, are we really on the right track? It looked so deserted. And so... jungle-like... Somebody suggested we turn back. I think we got lost LOL!

When we went back, we met the other car along the way. (Regnard, Liza, Ja, Joey, Dan, Mario, Plog) They were behind us when we went another turn. We just couldn't find any signs of Sonya's so we decided to ask for help. I dunno if the guy there understood what we were talking about or he just felt like giving us a hard time that we got more lost. We turned and turned until we came to a dead end. Man, were we lost or what?!! :P

Everybody was laughing their asses off. Were we supposed to go through the hill then? :P

We decided to go back to the main highway. In the end, we realized we went at the wrong turn LOL! It was just a signage listing the spots at Alfonso, Cavite. It didn't say turn there or something. CRAP! :D

Amazingly, the turn to Sonya's is a few kilometers away still. The turn was right after the Royal Tagaytay Estate.

When we got there, the heat was really beating down on us. It was 1PM.

Goody goody! FOOD, at last! ^_^

I particularly liked the salad. I think I was already full with just the salad. Lettuce, carrots, radish, egg with salad dressing. They also served us with bread. We put on some cheese (called kesong puti here in the Philippines) and sun-dried tomatoes. And the ripe mangoes? Oh what heaven!

A little after, they served pasta. I had a combo of sun-dried tomatoes, salmon and mushrooms. YUMMY YUM YUM! I also had the white sauce with chicken a little later. YUM YUM too. Some of the guys didn't like it, though. I dunno why.

We had chocolate cake, turon and camote after. I can barely stand after the meal. Man, I was really full! ^_^

I also enjoyed some of the amenities and the garden. The CR was cool and comforting. That's what a CR should be *wink*

We had fun mostly at the garden. It was shoot time. We had group pictures and pictures taken for lovers. Pre-wedding pictures. We also had FHM-like shoots. I hope I can upload those, too hehehe

On our way home, we were so sleepy, we left Pete to drive alone while we were snoring away  ^_^ (We'll make it up the next time, Pete!)

Can't wait to go back to Tagaytay. We already have an itinerary when we return: Buon Giorno, take a picture of the wooden house, buy flowers, visit People's Park, etc.

Fun, fun, fun! ^_^

Monday, April 02, 2007

Megatokyo

The only manga I've ever read in my whole life is Megatokyo... Well, I think I read some before but I forgot about it already. So anyways, I used to read this while I was still bumming around at the NEC lab. Plog introduced me to it. I was looking then for a manga to get hooked on while waiting for an anime series to finish downloading. ^_^

But then I stopped reading. My net at home got really crappy and the pages were too slow to load so I gave it up. Then I got busy and had other hobbies, etc. Finally, I totally forgot about it. Until last Friday, 30 March.

It was one of those boring days at the office where everything's running smooth and fine... and you just wanna bum around for a time... and you feel you've deserved it after a few days' worth of hard work... So there I was at my workstation, finding myself reading Megatokyo again.

It's so fun reading it again. I missed Piro and Kimiko's cutsy relationship... and Largo and Erika's wacky relationship ^_^ And all the weird characters there ^_^

And as always, when you're in THE MOOD, you tend to think everything's related to you. Here's a strip from Megatokyo that really got into me: strip id = 833. This is not the typical Megatokyo mood, though. Read through the manga to see how wacky they really are ^_^

Good job, Piro-san! ^_^

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Cursed

I keep on doing the same thing over and over again... I stumbled too many times yet I find myself in the same situation once too many times.

I feel so weak, never learning, never finding the strength to stay away, never knowing what to do when stuck in the same situation. It's just the same, over and over again yet here I am, standing still.

Call me stupid, call me pathetic, call me crazy... idiot or better yet, moron. You can call me anything. I've been all that and more.

I wish it all to stop. I wish that I'll get to live normally for a change. To be truly happy. To be free from this stupid, pathetic, crazy, moronic addictive feelings.

When will a person ever learn? When do you say "I've had enough!"? When?

HOW?!!

I wish it all to stop.

Now I know why addicts have a hard time letting go. The withdrawal is just too painful.

But I just hope I'll be able to cross that mountain-high obstacle and finally say "I'M FREE!"

*sniff sniff*

After The Love Has Gone

Pagbigyan nyo na... I just feel like singing sad songs right now. I wonder why ^_^
(This song's for you..)

After The Love Has Gone
by Earth, Wind and Fire

For awhile to love
was all we could do
we were young and we knew
and our eyes were alive
Deep inside we knew our love was true
For awhile we paid no mind to the past
we knew love would last
Ev'ry night somethin' right
would invite us to begin the dance

Somethin' happened along the way
what used to be happy was sad
Somethin' happened along the way
and yesterday was all we had
And oh after the love has gone
how could you lead me on
and not let me stay around
Oh oh oh afterthe love has gone
what used to be right is wrong
Can love that's lost be found

For awhile to love each other with all
we would ever need
Love was strong for so long
never knew that what was
wrong oh baby wasn't right
We tried to find what we had
till sadness was all we shared
We were scared this affair would lead our love into
Somethin' happened along the way
yesterday was all we had
Somethin' happened along the way
what used to be happy is sad

Somethin' happened along the way
oh yesterday was all we had
And oh after the love has gone
how could you lead me on
and not let me stay around
Oh oh oh after the love has gone
what used to be right is wrong
Can love that's lost be found

Oh oh oh oh oh oh after the love has gone
what used to be right is wrong
Can love that's lost be found
Oh woh woh after the love has gone
what used to be right is wrong
Can love that's lost be found

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Burp

I think I shall never eat for this entire lifetime *burp*

I pigged out the whole day today. Yeah, yeah, I know it's gross but pardon me. It's fun to eat, you know. Especially when it's treats from other people ^_^

Aldwin got into the office early, well, 9 AM's early for him but that's beside the point. Anyways, as he was walking towards our area I saw him grinning widely. Then I saw... KRISPY KREME!!! wohoo! ^_^ We kept the box to ourselves coz we didn't wanna share it with other teams and bitches. Aldwin intended it for the Java team alone. Oh and well, some close friends of the Java team hehehe *burp*

We hid the box at my rack so it won't be seen. So when people want to get some donut, they would sneak beside me and sit on the floor. Sometimes it freaked me out seeing them there beside me without me noticing them there for some time.

All day, we've been eating Krispy Kreme glazed donuts *burp* Yummy yum yum! *burp*

Thanks, Alds, for the donuts *burp*

After lunch, we started opening the Choc Nut that Aldwin brought along with the donuts. So that was what we were munching on the whole afternoon *burp*

When Loida called us in for a meeting, I didn't know she ordered Pancit Habhab. I'm not sure if I've eaten it before but it really tastes good *burp* I let myself had two servings (with my teeny weeny soapdish-like container). The pancit was really kewl coz you had to put in vinegar to make it tastier *burp* It was really yummy yum yum! *burp burp*

And then around 6PM, our team got ready to leave the office. Erick was treating us to Starbucks. He promised that treat to our team when we stayed at 3AM in the office for the project one time. I had a tall Mocha Frapuccino *burp* I know it's not SBC but hey who's complaining? It was a treat, after all *burp* *burp*

Thanks, Sir Erick! *burp* Another treat for Phase 2, ayt? ^_^ *burp*

He also ordered two cakes, a strawberry and cheese cake, and a chocolate cake *burp* Who could resist such temptations? So we all dug in ^_^ *burp*

We got so hooked up with our banters and our bashing that Aldwin and I forgot we were supposed to meet Joe-e at Ortigas. Oopsie! ^_^ Good thing the traffic wasn't that heavy that we were there in 30-45 minutes, I guess.

We met Joe-e at Discovery Suites, 5th Floor. He was treating us for a buffet there :-D *burp* I had salmon, maki, salad, chicken balls, roast pork, seafood, beef salpicao, fish, steamed potatoes, and panini. One of the surprisingly yummy dishes there is the roast lamb. *burp* I've had traumas with lambs before because they tasted eeky but this time I actually enjoyed it ^_^ *burp*

(I'm trying to recall what else I had. The names were just too weird for me but everything else was yummy *wink* *burp*)

For dessert, I had those thingies... pastries that are placed on crusts? Forgot what they're called. Also, brownies, creme burlee (super to the max yum yum! I had two servings *burp*), mallow coated with chocolate... I forgot what else. *burp burp*

But of course, we didn't let our PhP800 each go to waste. We maxed out our tummy capacity. When we were finished, we couldn't move. It was just too much ^_^ *burp*

We went with Joe-e to his office after just to let the food go down. Man, were we full. *burp*

Thanks, Joe-e for the treat :-D *burp*

Yeah, I think I ate a lifetime of meals for today *burp burp*

Oh I was burping the whole time. Please excuse me *burp* There it goes again *burp* I'm still full and it's already 1.30AM :-P sleeeppyy... *burp burp*

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Compound by Will Fredo

"When I love the next time, I want it to be whole... not in bits and pieces..."

I've been wanting to watch Compound for some time now. I first heard of this film during Cinemalaya 2006. I tried to catch it lots of times at different cinemas but to no avail. Every time this film was shown on theatres I always have somewhere to go or better things to do. Until finally I was able to watch it tonight.

I enjoyed the film immensely. As always, indie films gave me a sense of freedom; a sense of individuality. The cinematography was great. I like how the angles of the shots were taken. Above all of this, I applauded the casts' performance on that movie. John Arcilla gave an amazing performance. I also have to give ode to Jake Macapagal and Marq Dollentes for a wonderful kissing scene. I really felt the passion in that scene ^_^ Cheers to Will Fredo for a job well done!

Reflections:
  • A lot of wives keep silent about their husbands' extra-marital affairs. They would want to keep silent and bear the situation. On the other hand, some women fight back (This, I understand. I would've done the same, probably). But then, some of them stay because of ambition. A dream to do everything and be the prima donna she dreamed she would one day be. Is this the result of our economy's decline? Or is it that we have reached the height of the age of materialism? Is this what our generation's going to?
  • "I need space from you... We are both in denial..." Needing someone to the point of losing your sanity. (This is heavy ^_^ Can relate?) It's so hard to let go of someone. But then what if your husband leaves you for another guy? Would you be in denial? That you think he's just after an adventure? I used to think that it's better if I'm left for another guy than with another girl but now I change my stand. I say being left for whoever is just as painful, whether it be male or female.
  • Sacrificing yourself for a loved one. We often do this especially for those who are close to our heart. Even to the verge of imprisoning ourselves to a cruel situation. Can we have the courage and strength to change it? Most probably they'd say, bear it instead. But I say crossing the other side may give us a different perspective and a breathe of fresh air.
The twist of the film was somewhat predictable but it was presented in such a way that you would still enjoy watching it.

By the way, it wasn't rated R18 just for the heck of it. Beware, the film was very vivid in its scenes and language usage ^_^ Sorry about that, Ross. I should've warned you about indie films and their themes. But it was worth shocking you, though LOL! :-D

You might want to check out the COMPUND website

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Third Wheel? Hmmm...

I was out shopping and had dinner with one of my favorite couples tonight, Kuya Jef and Ate Cecile. I really had a great time. As I was walking home, I tried to figure out why is it that some people, especially single ones, don't like to go out with couples.

Answer: A lot of people feel uncomfortable about being a third wheel. It felt like intruding on their private, sweet, enclosed world. And somehow it makes you envious of what they have and wish you have someone to cuddle with, too.

But then why did I enjoy my night out with Kuya and Ate? I've been trying to analyze the differences with those couples that I want to be with and those that I don't (those that would make me go BLEH!).

And it all boils down to this. You would want to be with a couple that doesn't make you feel left out. That both their attention are on you. But that doesn't mean they have to stop being a couple. They also cater to their being sweet and all the couple stuff they do but then they don't forget about you. They are aware you are there; that they both take interest in you.

Unlike some couples, they only have eyes for their partner and none of the people around. Now, these are the type of couples you don't want to go out with. You'll just feel left out and wish you're home instead ^_^

It's funny how small things take into detail when you're in a different status ^_^ but those little things do make life interesting.

Oh and if you and your partner are out with A FRIEND (I emphasized on the singular term), make sure that you both take interest on your third wheel. Otherwise, why bother inviting that person along if you can't take your interest somewhere else other than your partner even for a second? ^_^

Monday, March 12, 2007

Dexter - Love American Style

When you have so much time in your hands and bored, you do weird things... like transcript a portion of the Dexter series episode 5: "Love American Style"

It was funny. Just when I was contemplating on relationships, or rather, the lack thereof... well, romantically speaking, along this series came ^_^ It's amazing how every word, sentence, conversation affects you and relates it to things happening to you.

In case, you're wondering how I am, these excerpts might answer that ^_^


i like to pretend i'm alone. completely alone. maybe post apocalypse or plague. whatever. no one left to act normal for. no need to hide who i really am. it would be freeing.


i'm not the only one who enjoys isolation. my shadowed companion chose this place well. this was his sanctuary, for a while at least. all these people crawling over it, it seems disrespectful.


"Rita: have you ever longed for anything like that?"
she wants something from me. ever since the b**w j*b, she assumes we have taken it to the next level. she doesn't know yet i don't have a next level. it always comes to this once sex is introduced. small talk no longer cuts it. eventually she'll call me a science project, slam the door on my face.



"Rita: i'll go with her. she might need a shoulder"
she sensed i'm not a shoulder. bad sign. she's catching on.



that must be what love looks like. the inability to feel has its advantages... sometimes.


alone. no pretending. no hiding.


normal people dream of this: a new car, a big home, a boat at the reefshore marina, and a beautiful wife. too bad i never enjoyed making someone a widow. or so happy. she has no clue who she's with. maybe that's the key to a successful relationship.


Dexter: your wife, she's probably worrying.
Angel: she don't mind who i flirt with so long as i bring home la passione.
Dexter: la passione.
Angel: ei, it keeps the relationship alive
Dexter: what about communication? trust?
Angel: la passione!
Dexter: what if she wants something more?
Angel: then you reciprocate
Dexter: what if she wants something more emotionally?
Angel: no, don't go down that emotional road. just go down on her. it's easier. she'll be distracted



Harry: dexter, women are different from men. i'm saying they have a whole different experience of things. when they're with someone physically, they feel connected. they know when you're not. they can sense it. you're very exposed
Dexter: yeah, you're naked
Harry: i mean, emotionally. so this is gonna be very dangerous for you
Dexter: i can fake it
Harry: yeah, you can learn to fake a lot of things. this is a tough one



somehow it's reassuring to know that you're not the only one pretending to be normal.


maybe if i dont blink, my eyes will tear up. i hate this. i'm questioning every move, it's exhausting. i should just break it off already. unless i can pacify her, give her something. reciprocate. la passione.


Harry: you must be having fun
Dexter: nah, i pretended to
Harry: that's good, dexter
Dexter: dad? do you think that maybe one day i'll feel it? for real?
Harry: i hope so, son



alone. i'd be better off. relationships are too confusing


incredible. they're even a better match that i thought. a true partnership.


Dexter: i rarely deviate from a plan but i just didn't have the heart to split up such a perfect couple
Mr. Castillo: i love you!
Mrs. Castillo: i love you so much!
Dexter: how do you love each other? you're like me. you make it work. how?
Mr. / Mrs. Castillo: we want the same life
Mrs. Castillo: we want the same thing
Mr. Castillo: the same life
Dexter: you share the same dream
Mr. Castillo: yes, exactly!
Mr. / Mrs. Castillo: yes, that's it!



deviating from the plan may have been ill-advised. but sometimes you just have to take a risk. after all, isn't that what relationships are all about?


Dexter: do u ever dream for your life? your future?
Rita: of course. do you?
Dexter: i sound weird. i want someday to be content. just to feel comfortable like everyone else. i want...
Rita: a normal life
Dexter: yeah, a normal life
Rita: that's all i want. just that
Dexter: no fame or fortune, excitement at every turn
Rita: (laughs) no, i've had enough excitement, thank you. i'll take boring
Dexter: average
Rita: ordinary
Dexter: that's weird huh?
Rita: yeah (smiles)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

It's Good If It's Just Once in a While

They say drinking red wine a cup a night is good for your heart.

They say drinking beer is also good once in a while.

They say drinking tequila is fine so long as you do it once in a while.

So is brandy, only once in a while.

But then what if those once in a whiles happen all at once? Ending? D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R ^_^

That's what I did last Friday. I had a drinking spree with friends. I drunk all those while eating ice cream in between. Wasn't that fun? LOL! Beer was overflowing, tequila shots got passed around, red wine, shots of Fundador here and there... Fun! ^_^

When I felt like my eyes getting heavy, I started declining drinks. Just then, my head started spinning then I barfed and I passed out. When I became conscious I just couldn't move myself. I can't even open my eyes. I felt hopeless lying there. Pathetic, even :-P I felt really weird, too cause I can't sleep. My mind was so awake but my body just gave up. Is that really how hangovers go?

I had a terrible hangover the next day. Splitting headache, no appetite, grouchy... All you wanna do is just crawl to bed and sleep. I was only able to go home Saturday night hehehe (Maybe I should get drunk more often. Maybe it'll help me lose weight LOL!)

But even on Sunday and Monday, I still felt remnants of the hangover. That was really one big bang of drunkenness LOL! ^_^

It was an experience I'll never forget. But it's not something that I'd like to try again. I think I've experienced it enough for a lifetime hehehe

All the same, Kuya Jomark held one hell of a party. Belated happy birthday, Kuya Jomz! ^_^

Attention: This is an Emergency

(This happened last 29 Feb 2007)


There was a blaring sound on the building intercom followed by a voice saying, "Attention. This is an emergency... blah blah blah"


And we were like what the heck was that? Is that the fire drill then? Is that real or just an announcement thingie you just ignore and continue whatever it is you're doing? Unfortunately, it was real. One of our fire marshalls, Patrick, told us to vacate the area. *Sigh* It was one of those dreaded fire drills alright.

We were waiting for the fire drill to be conducted that morning but it didn't happen. We thought they already did the fire drill last weekend. We sort of forgot about it in the afternoon. At around 2PM that's when the siren came on.

We then headed for the stairs. There were a lot of people there already. I saw Accenture people carrying their laptops while going down the stairs. It's one of those few times that you're thankful your company doesn't provide you with a laptop.

I was really excited on my first fire drill. I've never witnessed or experienced a fire drill before. I was really talkative and laughing at us, the people around me... I was on a laughing trip. Aric and Lee kept on laughing at me.

10 floors after, Erick noticed I was becoming quiet. I was starting to get tired then. Gosh, was it just 10 floors? It felt like 20 floors already. We still have 27 floors to go. OMG!

Around the 20th floor, we were saying we're half-way through. Going down the stairs was becoming hell. Our knees are now painful from the trip down. And we still have a long way to go. Oh no, when will this end? I thought fire drills are fun. Now, I know.

When we passed by the 12th floor which is the lounge (a.k.a cafeteria), we opened the emergency exit. We wanted to sneak in. We were really, really tired then. Unfortunately, there were some guards stationed by the door so we weren't able to get in. Oh well *sigh* 12 more floors!

When we got to the ground level I was just so thankful I got to breathe fresh air. Even if we were outside for more than 15 minutes, our knees just can't seem to stop shaking. Whew! That was some fire drill! Imagine coming from the 37th floor? *faints* I hope I won't be in the office when a fire drill's going to be conducted again. Thank God fire drills happen once a year. Ahhh, right? Once a year? Right? :-|

Monday, February 26, 2007

Chewyl's I Wish I Could Go Back to College Blog

I Wish I Could Go Back to College... by Che

This is one of the coolest article I've ever seen in a blog. Chewyl has yet proven herself the artist that is in her ^_^ (By the way, Che, you're Ottie is very proud of you. He told me you have the best blog ever *wink*)

The article described how fun it was then during our ECR-NEC days. The pics there were of the lab at NEC, fair, grad party, gimiks... Of the days when nearly everyone looked like freshies and were kinda slimmer :-D

So many memories.

Lovers, they may come and go but friends, they're always there to stand by you.

Missing you, guys  ^_^

The Difference is Like Night and Day

I just spent 14 or so hours at the office today. We are trying to beat our end-of-the-month deadline. Unfortunately, we are so behind our timeline and we still have lots of deliverables to finish. So, we decided to go on OT.

The difference when working during the day and night is staggering. This evening, we felt so free. Yes, we may have chatted but we have accomplished a lot too. It was like we were really having fun working tonight. The time flew so fast that before we knew it, it was already 11 PM.

We finally decided to pack up after the gurus set up their code. As for me, I didn't get to finish my assignment but it's ok... I hope :-s I had a hard time setting up the things I need, you know. I'll just go in the office early tomorrow...

So anyways... that was how our OT went. It was full of laughter, fun, happy thoughts; and although pressured, we still got to enjoy it. It was also a plus that everybody was working hard ^_^

The difference is like night and day. During regular office hours, everything is dark... scary... quiet... eerie... *shivers*

But then during the night, it felt like we were basking under the glow of the sun, carefree, laughing out loud, kidding around... working while having fun.

That's how it should be. That's how work environment should be. Not living in terror. Not minding your actions all the time. Not being able to hear people gossiping around doing nothing all day. Work should be fun, 125% fun ^_^

Yeah, I wish :-P

The difference is like night and day, after all :-D

**Disclaimer: I'm not so sure if my teammates feel the way I did. So never mind the we, pretend it was I instead harhar!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Internet is Really, Really Great

Have you ever heard of the musical, Avenue Q? They have this fun song that I really enjoy. This used to be our theme song way back Warcraft days. Right, Losers? Here's a link if you wanna listen to the audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWEjvCRPrCo
Just don't mind the video, it's kinda crappy ^_^ Oh and turn it off once it reaches the credits :-P

KATE:                        The internet is really really great
TREKKIE MONSTER:    For porn
KATE:                        I’ve got a fast connection so i don’t have to wait
TREKKIE:                    For porn
KATE:                        Huh?
                                There's always some new site,
TREKKIE:                    For porn!
KATE:                        I browse all day and night
TREKKIE:                    For porn!
KATE:                        It's like i’m surfing at the speed of light
TREKKIE:                    For porn!
KATE:                        Trekkie!

TREKKIE:                    The internet is for porn
KATE:                        Trekkie!
TREKKIE:                    The internet is for porn,
KATE:                        What are you doing!?
TREKKIE:                    Why you think the net was born?
                                 Porn porn porn

KATE:                        Treee—kkie!
TREKKIE:                    Oh hello kate monster
KATE:                        You are ruining my song
TREKKIE:                    Oh me sorry, me no mean to
KATE:                        Well if you wouldnt mind please being quiet for a
                                minute so i can finish?
TREKKIE:                    Me no talkie
KATE:                        Good
                                 I’m glad we have this new technology
TREKKIE:                    For porn
KATE:                        Huh
                                Which gives us untold opportunity
TREKKIE:                    For por—oops, sorry
KATE:                        Right from you own desktop
TREKKIE:                    For ---
KATE:                        You can research browse and shop
                                 Until you’ve had enough and your ready to stop
TREKKIE:                    FOR PORN!!

KATE:                        Trekkie!
TREKKIE:                    The internet is for porn!
KATE:                        Noooo
TREKKIE:                    The internet if for porn!
KATE:                        Trekkie
TREKKIE:                    Me up all night honking me horn to porn, porn, porn!

KATE:                        That’s gross you’re a pervert
TREKKIE:                    Ah, sticks and stones Kate monster
KATE:                        NO really, your a pervert
                                 Normal people don’t sit at home and look
                                 At porn on the internet
TREKKIE:                    Ohhhh?
KATE:                        What?!
TREKKIE:                    You have no idea
                                 Ready normal people?

NORMAL PEOPLE:       Ready--- ready ----ready

TREKKIE:                    Let me hear it!

TREKKIE AND GUYS:    The internet is for porn!
PRINCETON:                Sorry kate
TREKKIE AND GUYS:    The internet is for porn!
PRINCETON:                I masturbate!
TREKKIE AND GUYS:    All these guys unzip their flies
                                 For porn, porn, porn!

KATE:                         The internet is not for porn!!

TREKKIE AND GUYS:    PORN!, PORN, P---

KATE:                        HOLD ON A SECOND!
                                Now i happen to know for a fact that you,
                                Rob, check your portfolio and trade stocks online

ROB:                        That’s correct.

KATE:                        And Brian, you buy things on Amazon.com

BRIAN:                        Sure!

KATE:                         And Gary, you keep selling your possesions on Ebay

GARY:                         Yes I do!

KATE:                         And Princeton, you sent me that sweet online
                                 birthday card

PRINCETON:                True!

TREKKIE:                    Oh, but Kate-
                                  What you think he do . . .after? hmm?

PRINCETON:                . .yeah

KATE:                        EEEWWWWW!
TREKKIE AND GUYS:    The internet is for porn!
KATE:                        Gross!
TREKKIE AND GUYS:    The internet is for porn!
KATE:                        I hate porn
TREKKIE AND GUYS:    Grab your dick and double click
                                 For porn, porn, porn!
KATE:                        I hate you men!
TREKKIE AND GUYS:    (harmonizing) porn, porn, porn, porn
KATE:                        I’m leaving!
TREKKIE AND GUYS:    Porn, porn, porn, porn
                                porn, porn, porn, porn
KATE:                        I hate the internet!

TREKKIE:                    The internet is for

TREKKIE AND SOME:    The internet is for

TREKKIE AND ALL:        The internet is for PORN!

TREKKIE:                    YEAH!

24 Hours of Fun

I literally spent 24 hours of clean, good fun since yesterday til tonight ^_^ Or was it really that clean? Comment, Alds? :-P

I arrived at Marina at around 8pm. It was the first time I ate there. Jan-jan told me Marina at Iloilo is better than the one at Glorietta.

I didn't like the oyster so much. It was Jan-jan and Alex who finished off the two buckets. They should have each paid for those LOL! A lot of people came like Misyel, whom I didn't expect to be there, and Gwency, high school friend.

I said in my previous post that I wasn't really that excited to go to the dinner date. Surprisingly it turned out pretty fun despite the fact that there were some people I wasn't really interested in seeing again.

After waiting for Wace to arrive, which took forever, we went to Greenbelt 3 for coffee, supposedly. The place was overflowing with people. So many people on Fridays. I suggested we go to Bizu instead and have some cakes there. I actually didn't suggest it, I forced them to go :-D I didn't know if they enjoyed the food there but I sure did. I know Wace did too. (Thanks, Wace for being supportive of me :-D)

I decided to go with the Lower Bicutan girls and stay there for the night. We just didn't have that much chance to catch up with each other's lives ^_^ And true, Mommy Erin and I talked from 1.30 am til 6 am. We talked about work, love and whatever it was we fancied talking about. It was really fun ^_^

I got home at 7 am then slept at 7.30 am. I was already awake for 24 hours then.

I woke up at 11 am to get ready for the NEC pips lunch date at Choc Kiss. It was a despedida lunch for Alan. By the way, Alan, thanks for the treat at Choc Kiss. Nestor was there whom I haven't seen for quite some time. And Je, too. Mario was also there, still with ADHD (I hope the girl Joey's been talking about can cure you, Mar. JK!). Li, Dan, and Jawie were also present.

We then had coffee at SBC. It's our fave coffee shop ^_^ The traffic jam at Katipunan was really terrible so we decided to take a detour thru Sikatuna but it seems a lot of people have the same idea as ours that we ended up being caught up with heavy traffic too. What's worse, we even went the long way LOL!

We headed to the 1st DCS Alumni Homecoming. One of the main reasons why we went there is to pay tribute to Sir Quiwa, a long-time legendary professor at CS Dept. He is a great mentor and was one of the best teachers I've ever had ^_^ I'm one of those lucky ones who were able to attend his class.

I also met friends from college, batchmates mostly, whom I haven't seen in a very loooonnnngggg time. (You get the idea. ^_^) PJ, Larla, Jinky, Larow, EJ... Our thesis group was almost complete except for Brian (hmph! :-P). We were the nosiest people there who kept on cheering people on stage LOL!

After the event, we decided to go to Libis to watch a movie. Apparently not all were that fond of watching the movies shown so they went instead at Darl's place to watch dvds and drink booze. The lazy ones stayed behind: Aldwin, Alan, Je, Nestor, Francis, Larow and I. We just spent 3 hours talking about Alan and you-know-who, Aldwin's stories of a bitch in his life (mine as well sshhhh...) and our professional life (really now?! ^_^).

When the clock struck 11 pm, everybody decided to go home. (@Je and Nes: I sure hope you slept when you got home. 2hrs is not called sleep. It's called NAP ^_^)

And here I am, dizzy from lack of sleep but with a smile on my face. It's fun to be with friends, to laugh and dine, to be pathetic and melodramatic, to be happy and gay ^_^ Looking forward to our next gimik.

(@ NEC pips: See ya all March 9 for the 300 movie)

Friday, February 23, 2007

Tired...

I'm sitting here at my workstation thinking of something to do. My brain has just shut down. It doesn't want to think of work anymore. It has quit. There's a buzz in my head whenever I think of SNMPs and Java ^_^

I'm tired and sleepy and I wanna go home. I'm still thinking whether or not to attend the dinner date set by my friends for us to get-together. It's supposed to be a post-valentines dinner date.

I stayed up late just surfing the net and doing whatever fancied me til 2.30 am. Blame it on my new laptop ^_^

Tired and sleepy... Why don't I just go home instead?  ^_^

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Can't Sleep, Thinking of You

I'm an addict. So addicted that I can't sleep.

I'm addicted to blogging. Uhh... blogging. Online journaling?

Ever since I started blogging, I just can't seem to stop anymore. Every idle moment, I look around and see what would be a good topic to blog about. Or when something funny, weird, annoying, anything out of the ordinary happens, I just start constructing it on my mind. This would be a nice point to make, this beginning would be catchy, etc.

I'm so addicted *sigh*

I confirmed this when last night even if I felt so tired and sleepy, I couldn't sleep. I just kept on turning and turning on my bed thinking I wanna write about Manny Pacquiao running for the elections, the Dove self-esteem commercial, the difference between the travel condition/time of going to DOST and my office at Ayala, featuring a friend (who I'm going to feature and what should I write about)... And the list goes on and on. Just imagine how thinking about blogging has kept me till 3am in the morning :-P

Now that I have internet connection at home, I'm blogging my way til midnight.

I'm such an addict. How does one stop from blogging? Is there any cure for this? ^_^ Try it sometime, let's see if it will drive you mad too :-D

The Fruit of My Labor

The past two or three weeks, I've been asking help from friends on the how-to's of acquiring a new laptop. At first, my specs were at the minimum 512MB RAM, 128MB video card memory and should have a Centrino processor. But I have only so much money for a meager laptop. Kuya Domeng advised me last weekend to check out ebay.ph or tipidpc.com. He said there are bargain laptops there and have even brand-new ones at a cheaper price.

Monday, 19 February, I browsed through tipidpc.com and voila! I found a

Toshiba Satellite 1.6ghz Core Duo 1GB 120GB HD DVDRW PhP50,000

And when I checked out the specs, all the more I said WOW!!!
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Toshiba Satellite A105-S4074

Standard features
• Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2050 1.66GHz
• 1GB of DDR II memory
• Intel 945 GM chipset with Intel GPU features using Unified Memory Architecture UMA
• Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 128MB
• 120GB 5400rpm SATA 2.5" Toshiba HDD
• 15.4" Diagonal Widescreen XGA TruBrite™ Display* (1280x800)
• DVD SuperMulti (+/-R Dual-Layer) drive*
• Intel PRO/Wireless* 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)
• USB2.0 (480Mbps), i.LINK™ IEEE-1394
• VGA and S-Video Out
• 1 Type II PC Card slot, 1 Express Slot
• 5-in-1 Media Reader, SD/SD mini, XD, Sony Memory Stick/Pro
• Windows Xp Media Center Edition
• Windows Vista Ready
• Primary 6 cell, 4700mAH Lithium Ion battery

Unit is Good as Brand. Complete with all documentations, manuals and recovery disc. No box.


I immediately contacted the seller, 8xspeed who by the way has great feedbacks at tipidpc.com. I asked him if I could check the merchandise first. And on we went to McDo BF that evening. It was worth the trouble coz the laptop was really cool. It was newly setup and it's "ohh, shiny...!" ^_^ Right then and there I decided to get the laptop.

Last night, 21 February, I met up with 8xspeed again to give him the money and at the same time claim MY NEW LAPTOP ^_^ When I got home I tested my toy, esp the Media Center and it was really great! ^_^ Everyone was like "oohhhh" and "aahhh". We were gawking at it the whole time.

I'm looking forward to doing many things on it in the future like you know play games and watch dvd and yeah... that's basically it. Just kidding! ^_^

I'm so proud of my new toy. All the more proud coz I got it  through hard work.

Watcha say? NICE huh? ^_^

Acknowledgements:
  • Kuya Domeng - for the advises, going with me to Sucat and helping me check out the laptop (I had no idea whatsoever what to check in a laptop teehee)
  • Aldwin - for lending me a laptop bag
  • Ross - for going with me to Glorietta and carrying the laptop around after we claimed it ^_^
  • 8xspeed - for a fun laptop and the great deal ^_^

Thursdays at Ayala

For some strange reasons, traffic on Thursdays at Ayala isn't really that jammed.  It's easy to get an FX compared to other days. You wouldn't believe how hard it is to get one on any other day. I'll blog about that one of these days. So anyway, as you go through Ayala Ave. you can see that the volume of cars is not that thick. You can even cruise along it somehow.

I've been trying to reason what is it about Thursdays at Ayala that makes this so. Aldwin mentioned before that HP people are allowed to work from home on Thursdays. But I don't think HP people are the reason why Ayala Ave. is that free on Thursdays, or is it? Are there really that much number of employees at HP to cause heavy traffic on a normal day? A better question, are there really that much number of employees at HP with cars to cause heavy traffic on a normal day? :-D

Anyhow, it all boils down to this: I love going to the office on Thursdays. ^_^

Monday, February 19, 2007

The Gimik that I Thought was a Nightmare

I really hate to admit this but my friends and I weren't able to get in the UP Fair last Friday *sigh* We got there at around 10pm and were told that there were no tickets available. They said to fall in line at the entrance instead, pay there and had ourselves stamped. Unfortunately when we were near the entrance, the organizers told us we wouldn't be accommodated at that line. They told us to go back to the ticket booth and had ourselves stamped there. My friends and I couldn't go through two other long lines again just to get in the fair. We asked the organizers to do something about our dilemma. In the end we just gave up. The organizers kept on ignoring our pleas for them to do something. Yeah well.

For the Beta Epsilon people: that was one disappointing thing you did.

So we decided to have coffee instead at SBC Greenbelt 3. Good thing the people I'm with that night were still set to enjoy the night ^_^ And so we did. After coffee, Jeremy (Padura, a high school friend) invited us to have drinks. We settled for Nuvo at Greenbelt 2. It was a little expensive for my taste, being a bottle of San Mig Light costs a hundred pesos a piece. I forgot what we talked about but I remember I was smiling so I guess I was having a good time then *grins widely*

Sometimes things turn out unexpectedly. I felt frustrated when it was apparent we won't get in the fair but well, everything turned out fine after all ^_^

Cheers!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Of Commitment

Forgive me for having the Hearts' Day fever still ^_^

Here's a text from Jan-jan on Hearts' Day. Thanks for sharing this, Jan-jan ^_^

"Can love really last a lifetime?"
Answer: Scientists found out that romantic love involves chemical changes in the brain that last for 12-18 months.  After that, you and your partner are on your own.

Love can absolutely last for a lifetime as desired to be maintained.  Meaning, it's both your choice.

Bottom line: IT WILL LAST, if you know how to COMMIT.
--Source: Reader's Digest May 2006.


I so agree with this statement. In the end, it all boils down to commitment. It's not how much you love the person, it's how committed you are to the person. You may have loved somebody more than anyone else yet didn't have the heart to commit, then it's nothing. ^_^