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    Happy New Year to all!
    Cheers!!!


    Year-end meme

    Pusa just meowed me with another tag.

    Here's the rule: Remove 1 question from below, and add in your personal question, make it a total of 20 questions, then tag 8 people in your list, list them out at the end of this post. Notify them in their chat box that he/she has been tagged. Whoever does the tag will have blessings from all.


    1. At what age do you wish to marry? Before I turn 35.

    2. What color do you like most? Black and blue.

    3. If you have the chance, what would you probably say to your beloved one? Just love me, truly.

    4. Where is the place that you want to go the most? Greece, the Mediterranean.

    5. Which part of you that you hate the most? Uhmm, can’t think of any.

    6. When you encounter a sad moment, what would you do? Cry.

    7. What are you afraid to lose the most? My family.

    8. If you win $1 million, what would you do? Quit my job.

    9. If you meet someone that you love, would you confess to him/her? Or would you keep it to yourself and observe from afar? Yes. I’ve learned not to keep it anymore.

    10. List out 3 good points of the person who tagged you. Pretty, Photographer!, meow!

    11. What are the requirements that you wish from your other half? Loyal.

    12. Till now, what is the moment that you regret the most? Too many!

    13. Which type of person do you hate the most? Ugly inside and out

    14. What is your ambition? Same as Pusa: To be a National Geographic photographer!

    15. What is the thing that will make you think he/she is bad? My instinct tells me so.

    16. If you had one wish what would you wish for? All corrupt politicians die!

    17. How would you celebrate new year? Sadly, be working on New Years eve.

    18. Name one of your body part your hubby/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend tells you he adores. Eyes, lips.

    19. It would be 2008 in a few days, do you have a new year’s resolution? Eat more!

    20. If your better half is cheating on you, will you forgive him or her? Never.



    Now I'm passing this to:

    Honney, Lolo, dorkzter, arjay, reyn, Abaniko,Eilanna, footiam


    addiction

    Got this tag from (the always beautiful) Pusa, a few days (or weeks?) ago. Finally posting it today. A hand written post of the three things that I'm addicted to.




    I love photography. I can see myself holding a camera for the rest of my life.

    Say cheese...! Yes, I can't imagine eating burgers, pizza and pasta without cheese. In fact, I eat anything with cheese.

    Movies, it's been my addiction since the first time I saw one.


    Now I'm passing this to:

    arjay, dorkzter, reyn


    Cheers!

    Enraged

    I received this message from an anonymous texter today:

    "Ikulong at parusahan si Trillanes! Please pass if you love your country."


    I texted back and said "Ikulong at parusahan si Trillanes at Gloria! Please pass if you love your country."

    Nagtextback ang gago "Long live GMA!"

    I'm not pro-GMA. Never. I voted for Trillanes last election. If he gets prosecuted, I believe Gloria should be punished too. She may be the tiniest president on this planet, but everybody knows she's the biggest cheater and a world leader in graft and corruption.

    All of them should go to jail!

    Anyway, I support
    Sundalo.



    September born



    The beautiful pusa tagged me again. The rules:

    1. Mention the person who tagged you and create a link back to them.
    2. Copy-paste the traits for all the twelve months (see below).
    3. Pick your month of birth.
    4. Highlight the traits that apply to you.
    5. Tag 12 people and let them know by visiting their blogs and leaving a comment for them.
    6. Let the person who tagged you know when you've done it!


    I was born on September.



    SEPTEMBER: Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.


    ==========================================================

    The Twelve Months

    JANUARY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Ambitious and serious. Loves to teach and be taught. Always looking at people’s flaws and weaknesses. Likes to criticize. Hardworking and productive. Smart, neat and organized. Sensitive and has deep thoughts. Knows how to make others happy. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Rather reserved. Highly attentive. Resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. Romantic but has difficulties expressing love. Loves children. Loyal. Has great social abilities yet easily jealous. Very stubborn and money cautious.

    FEBRUARY: Abstract thoughts. Loves reality and abstract. Intelligent and clever. Changing personality. Attractive. Sexy. Temperamental. Quiet, shy and humble. Honest and loyal. Determined to reach goals. Loves freedom. Rebellious when restricted. Loves aggressiveness. Too sensitive and easily hurt. Gets angry really easily but does not show it. Dislikes unnecessary things. Loves making friends but rarely shows it. Daring and stubborn. Ambitious. Realizes dreams and hopes. Sharp. Loves entertainment and leisure. Romantic on the inside not outside. Superstitious and ludicrous. Spendthrift. Tries to learn to show emotions.

    MARCH: Attractive personality. Sexy. Affectionate. Shy and reserved. Secretive. Naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. Loves peace and serenity. Sensitive to others. Loves to serve others. Easily angered. Trustworthy. Appreciative and returns kindness. Observant and assesses others. Revengeful. Loves to dream and fantasize. Loves traveling. Loves attention. Hasty decisions in choosing partners. Loves home decors. Musically talented. Loves special things. Moody.

    APRIL: Active and dynamic. Decisive and hasty but tends to regret. Attractive and affectionate to oneself. Strong mentality. Loves attention. Diplomatic. Consoling, friendly and solves people’s problems. Brave and fearless. Adventurous. Loving and caring. Suave and generous. Emotional. Aggressive. Hasty. Good memory. Moving. Motivates oneself and others. Sickness usually of the head and chest. Sexy in a way that only their lover can see.

    MAY: Stubborn and hard-hearted. Strong-willed and highly motivated. Sharp thoughts. Easily angered. Attracts others and loves attention. Deep feelings. Beautiful physically and mentally. Firm Standpoint. Needs no motivation. Easily consoled. Systematic (left brain). Loves to dream. Strong clairvoyance. Understanding. Sickness usually in the ear and neck. Good imagination. Good physical. Weak breathing. Loves literature and the arts. Loves traveling. Dislike being at home. Restless. Not having many children. Hardworking. High spirited. Spendthrift.

    JUNE: Thinks far with vision. Easily influenced by kindness. Polite and soft-spoken. Having ideas. Sensitive. Active mind. Hesitating, tends to delay. Choosy and always wants the best. Temperamental. Funny and humorous. Loves to joke. Good debating skills. Talkative. Daydreamer. Friendly. Knows how to make friends. Able to show character. Easily hurt. Prone to getting colds. Loves to dress up. Easily bored. Fussy. Seldom shows emotions. Takes time to recover when hurt. Brand conscious. Executive. Stubborn.

    JULY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people’s feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.

    AUGUST: Loves to joke. Attractive. Suave and caring. Brave and fearless. Firm and has leadership qualities. Knows how to console others. Too generous and egoistic. Takes high pride in oneself. Thirsty for praises. Extraordinary spirit. Easily angered. Angry when provoked. Easily jealous. Observant. Careful and cautious. Thinks quickly. Independent thoughts. Loves to lead and to be led. Loves to dream. Talented in the arts, music and defense. Sensitive but not petty. Poor resistance against illnesses. Learns to relax. Hasty and trusty. Romantic. Loving and caring. Loves to make friends.

    SEPTEMBER: Suave and compromising. Careful, cautious and organized. Likes to point out people’s mistakes. Likes to criticize. Stubborn. Quiet but able to talk well. Calm and cool. Kind and sympathetic. Concerned and detailed. Loyal but not always honest. Does work well. Very confident. Sensitive. Good memory. Clever and knowledgeable. Loves to look for information. Must control oneself when criticizing. Able to motivate oneself. Understanding. Fun to be around. Secretive. Loves leisure and traveling. Hardly shows emotions. Tends to bottle up feelings. Very choosy, especially in relationships. Systematic.

    OCTOBER: Loves to chat. Loves those who loves them. Loves to take things at the center. Inner and physical beauty. Lies but doesn’t pretend. Gets angry often. Treats friends importantly. Always making friends. Easily hurt but recovers easily. Daydreamer. Opinionated. Does not care of what others think. Emotional. Decisive. Strong clairvoyance. Loves to travel, the arts and literature. Touchy and easily jealous. Concerned. Loves outdoors. Just and fair. Spendthrift. Easily influenced. Easily loses confidence. Loves children.

    NOVEMBER: Has a lot of ideas. Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant. Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance. Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way. Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked. Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited. Well-built and tough. Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets. Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable.

    DECEMBER: Loyal and generous. Sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious. Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egotistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical.



    I'm breaking the rules. I ain't tagging only 12. I'm tagging everyone again!


    21 Questions


    I have three tags pending, two from pusa, and this one from footiam. Since I’m already 8 days too late for this meme, I’m gonna do it first.

    I have to answer 21 questions and the answers must all start with the first letter of my name, which is “E”. The answers must not be made up and I can skip if I can't answer. That's easy!


    1. Famous Singer: Elvis Presley
    2. Four Letter Word: envy
    3. Street: Elm St.
    4. Colour: E-indigo
    5. Gifts/Present:
    6. Vehicle:
    7. Things in Souvenir Shop:
    8. Boy Name: Ed
    9. Girl Name: Eva
    10. Movie title: Evita
    11. Drink:
    12. Occupation:
    13. Celebrity: Eastwood (Clint Eastwood)
    14. Magazine: E (?)
    15. U.S. City: El Paso (Texas)
    16. Pro Sports: e-sports
    17. Fruit:
    18. Reason for Being Late to work: Excuses
    19. Something you throw away: Everything that's useless
    20. Something you shout:
    21. Cartoon Character:


    uh, I failed to answer 8 questions. I’m passing this to...everyone!

    The oven toaster


    Ok. So I did not attend our account’s anniversary party last night. When I arrived at the office today, everyone’s asking me why I wasn’t there. The reason?



    I would have brought home an oven toaster. (laugh)

    There was a raffle draw and my name got picked, I should have won the prize.

    Well, I was sleeping at that time. That’s the only luxury I could afford and I won’t exchange that for anything. Not for the food, not for the free booze, not even for an oven toaster. LOL



    Perfectly faked


    Question: Aside from spending our taxes, what else could our traditional politicians do?






    Answer: Insult Mother Nature.


    Baguio City is known for its cool weather and for sure it’s not called City of Pines for nothing. The number of pine trees has drastically decreased for the past few years though, due to various reasons we are all aware of.

    Anyway, in the mid-90’s, the mayor of Baguio City came up with a “brilliant” idea to promote the importance of preserving trees and protecting them. And so, up at the middle of session road, he "planted" this pine tree:



    For two years, I was deceived by this pine tree’s perfect shape. Fooled, I didn’t know that this million-worth tree is made of concrete and plastic. How clever. To complete the outrageous insult, the mayor had these words engraved beside it:

    And notice the letter "V" at the left - that he claims to stand for "vision".
    All his projects has letter V on them. By the way, his last name starts with a V.



    I think someone should tell the mayor the difference of building from planting. And how many real trees could you plant with 1 million?




    Wallet


    I was about to tag her on a previous post when Honney tagged me with this. It took me quite awhile to do it because showing my wallet to the World Wide Web would be the last thing I’d like to do, but I’m posting this though.


    Old and worn out, it's a Christmas gift from my cousin Angela n years ago. I’m not into accessories so I never thought of buying a new one. Showing what’s inside:


    • Old and new ATM cards. Two personal, two from previous employment, two of my mom’s
    • Medicard
    • Credit Card
    • Company badge
    • Philhealth and BIR ID’s, some ID’s from a review center and previous job
    • bunch of papers, important receipts
    • some cash, pictures, college graduation picture

    OK. So I wanna see what’s inside your wallet. dorkzter, reyn, kingdaddyrich, I’m tagging you again. :P


    Amazed


    I was watching TV last weekend and got surprised to see TAR 12. I was so uninformed, I never knew it has already started. It was the second episode and I was quite excited since I never get to watch the show for a long time. I am a big fan of The Amazing Race.

    How it started...





    TAR 1-4: I never knew this reality TV show existed.

    TAR 5: I got addicted with The Amazing Race since I saw season 5. Who could forget Colin and Christie?!? I know they were hated by many but I was rooting for them since episode 1. The Philippine episode, when they were trying to get the carabao (ox) to cooperate in that mud field was hilarious.

    "My ox is broken!!!"

    I liked Chip and Kim, but I never favored them to win. Brandon and Nicole were ok. I hated Charla and Myrna here.


    TAR 6: The winners were ok. Here, the evils were Jonathan and Victoria. (I mean only Jonathan)

    TAR 7: Rob and Amber were like a Colin and Christie clones. Same is true with the winners, Uchenna and Joyce. Watching the top 2 was like watching TAR 4 final episode. I really wished Ron and Amber won.

    TAR 8: Family edition. My bet, Gaghan family finished sixth, that was too bad. I felt really sad when I saw Carissa broke in tears. I liked all the families, except for the Weavers. I can’t stand them screaming always, in fact I thought I saw them in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This time I was happy with the winners.

    Phil: "Gaghan family, you are the last team to arrive.."

    TAR 9: Busy with work. I missed more than half of the episodes. Not very familiar with any of the competing teams

    TAR 10: Finally, my bet won. My sentimental favorite was David and Mary. This was one of my favorites seasons.

    TAR 11: All stars. I missed the whole thing.

    TAR 12: Missed the first episode. I’m not rooting for anyone yet.


    WARNING: If you’re a fan of TAR Asia... STOP reading here.









    The (not) Amazing Race Asia.

    The first edition was no good. I tried to watch 3 episodes and I couldn’t stand it any longer. Bad editing, bad hosting, and shifting to different scenes every split second was agonizing. Hope they’ve improved but I’m not watching the second edition. This Asian version of the race sucks!


    Pfft!

    Ain't letting go

    I was tagged by ronnie.

    3 things i won't let go


    1.Friendship.

    I may not be very friendly but I treasure the friendship that I have with my limited, small circle of friends.
    Real friends. No fakes. No
    pretensions.


    2. My dreams.

    I am a dreamer, and when I dream, I dream big. Huge. Seemingly unreal. Dreaming is free anyway.
    It’s keeps me going and I’m hoping they will all turn into reality someday.


    3. Family.

    I would die if I lost them.


    Now I'm tagging: Lolo, makoy, Vince, reyn, dorkzter, Eilanna, pusa

    My old ROTC uniform



    After the 8 hour trip back home, it was nothing but exhaustion. I could not sleep while on the bus, I did not have the appetite to eat during stop-overs and so I arrived looking sluggish. I dozed off quickly after jumping on my bed.

    Knowing I have some clothes at home, I didn’t bring any pambahay with me. The next day I was digging in my mom’s baul for some old shirts. I was delighted with what I found, there neatly folded inside a plastic bag…my old ROTC uniform.

    Still complete with the belt and the beret.

    It reminded me of my first two years in college when every Sunday was never meant to be a rest day. ROTC was an absolute waste of time, energy and money. I was one of those who celebrated when it finally got abolished a year after I wasted two precious years with it.

    The last time I wore this, we were in a shooting camp. That must probably the only part of the program that I liked. ROTC back then was an ample source of extra income for some officials (military, or anyone involved); that was our last day and we’ve learned we paid twice the amount of the bullets we used, not to mention the “scams” that have been going on years before I even entered college. I enjoyed being in the shooting range anyway. It was my first time to aim a gun at a target. I scored 8 points out of 15. LOL

    Back to the uniform, it was just one of their money-making projects. I suspect we paid more than the normal price. Some even got theirs with missing patches, and notice how poorly sewn they were.



    Despite all these, I am still glad I was a part of this crap. It was no fun, but worth remembering. These are some of our ROTC memories I won’t forget:

    1. Hiding the un-prescribed haircut. Some of us would spend long time trying to fix their hairs with the aid of a hair gel. We always had to make sure it will look short enough and won’t fall when the beret is pulled off our heads.

    2. It’s hard to wake up on a Sunday morning. If you’re a student, it was like the best time to sleep, especially in the cool weather of Baguio. We would all look sleepy, trying hard not to yawn or at least not to be caught yawning.

    3. Our flight commander was as lazy as we were. He would bring us behind one of the college buildings, for us to get covered from the hot morning sunlight and stay there until we were asked to go to the classrooms, where we’re supposed to have lectures.

    4."Magbigay ng give way!" The official command at this driveway everytime a car needs to pass while we're on our formations.



    5. Tree planting at one of Baguio’s mountains. We trekked with our leather shoes (in our school, majority never used combat shoes for their entire ROTC years), up to that muddy hill about 5 kilometers away from the school campus. It was the only time our sensitive Baguio skins were exposed to direct sunlight (we usually spent most our time inside the classrooms if not on the covered court, or see number 3) . We had no tree-planting tools at hand; we had to dig the earth with anything we could get our hands of.

    We were there. I hope the trees we planted have survived.


    6. The snack worth 15 pesos. It was another profit-generating idea from them. A juice in tetra pack and bread. You could buy that in a sari-sari store for 10 pesos or less.

    7. Donations. In cash or in kind (aside from donating blood, which I never did). We would donate canned goods or some old clothes meant to be given to communities hit by calamities. Part of it of course went to their tables.

    8. Fixing the attendance record. For sure, nobody ever dared sign in behalf of someone on the attendance sheets. But the record-keepers can fix it. They were a group of gays who demanded exceptions and were given office works instead. I would sleep the entire Sunday morning without worries. And then spend the weekdays looking for them, and using all my charms, ask them the favor of editing my attendance record. At the end of the semester only 3 out of my 6 absences were recorded. At that time 4 absences means you have to take ROTC again the next year.

    9. We were always on the front line during the Panagbenga flower festival, with rope on our hands trying to keep the unruly crowd. It wasn’t an easy job, but being right there in front in full view of the parade was all worth it.


    Notice us, "men in uniform" at the background.


    Jeez, looks like this is my longest post so far. Old things do bring memories, and long stories…


    Credit Card Info




    Have you been stopped by someone at SM and asked:


    “Sir/ma'am, may credit card ka na ba?”


    I’ve been asked a couple of times by these ladies (in corporate attires, who look well educated until they talk) and it's really annoying. It’s supposed to be a marketing strategy. But it came to me as the most unethical question a stranger would ever ask anyone.

    (Almost three years later, today, I just found out that this is a part of the Philippine Prudential Life (PPIL)/DANVIL Dirty Marketing Strategy.)

    Anyway…


    I’m off to the province today…the thought alone is refreshing.


    Remote Controlled


    TV surfing would be much better this time.

    I just erased them.

    Deleted all the channels I don’t like.


    I never watch GMA7. I get to see their shows only by accident (while on the bus, office pantry) and them tooting their own horn is so not classy. I understand they’re winning the ratings race, but how they laud about their short-term achievement is an obvious sign of insecurity.

    I also removed those channels devoted for religious groups which are making billions of money by pretentiously talking about every verse they could get from the bible. An unprophetic way to make profit, don't you think?

    I like my channel list better that way. Its virus free.


    On Leave


    "Bakasyonista"

    The last time I used the word was n years ago, back in college. We were using this word to refer to someone who’s enrolled with 18 units or less, for no “valid” reason. The long hours of free time and breaks make them a bakasyonista.


    Excited. I’ll be on a week long vacation by the end of this month.



    The thought of having a 6-day off from work makes me feel better. This is the much needed break. For the first time in 5 months I’ll be breathing and cleaning my lungs with the freshest air again, eat healthy home-cooked meals and enjoy the comfort of being at home with my family.


    Also,



    I’m Baguio bound after the Halloween. I can’t wait to wear my jacket while on the streets, and drink HOT coffee once more. Uhmm...


    Deadly and Dirty



    Street Signs


    Medyo matagal na ang mga pictures na to sa camera ko, so para madelete ko na, post ko na lang dito. Naaliw lang naman ako at natuwa nung first time ko to makita. LOL (wala po kasing ganyan sa bundok).


    Narinig ko minsan ang dalawang babae sa MRT na pinag-uusapan ang “nakamamatay” na sign na to. May mali daw, pero hanggang ngayun di ko pa rin mafigure-out kung anu yung mali dyan.

    Eto, malinis na yung lugar pero mukhang hindi na matatanggal ang papel na to sa pagkakadikit. Mananatiling pangit ang lugar hanggat hindi yan tinatanggal.



    Just Me, Myself and I


    The most beautiful Pusa tagged me with this,

    The rules:
    1. List eight (8) random facts about yourself.
    2. Tag eight people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
    3. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.


    Eight random facts about me:

    1. I love the number 13. I consider it my lucky number.

    2. I love eating and I eat anything with cheese. My weakness: spaghetti.

        3. Been mistaken as a callboy many times. It’s flattering but a bit degrading, pffft!


      1. I was born and grew up in a remote town in the north. As a boy, the hills, mountains and rivers were my playground. Climbing trees was a daily routine. My toys were made of wood. Top, yoyos, sling shots, toy guns…all made of wood.

      1. I was an honor student from grade 1 to grade 6. High school? I was one of the "losers". I can totally relate with Jason Biggs in that movie.

    6. Calling me thin would make me feel bad and offended. I was skinny my whole life, and now that I’m gaining weight, I’d appreciate if you call me fat.


      1. When I’m stressed, I go for a walk, watch movies, and I don’t wanna be with anyone else. I feel a lot better after.


      1. My ultimate dream: to become a professional photographer. I’m totally into photography; I just get frustrated sometimes knowing that it’s very expensive.


    I'm tagging _dean_, dorkzter, Eilanna, footiam, Honney, IvanHarry, reyn, and Vince.

    DeSkTop


    I’ve been tagged by Vince, and because my computer is beyond my reach (uh, it’s seated near my bed back in Baguio), I don’t have my real desktop to show here.

    I will never know what happened to my computer at the office, but I did all trouble shootings necessary already but I can’t seem to put any wallpaper on my screen. It’s been like this ever since. Must be the damn IT people again!

    Bluer than blue...even my desktop is boring.

    I use to change my wallpaper all the time, depending on my mood. If my brother hasn't changed it since the last time I did, my desktop would still look like this:

    My nephew loves looking at his photos on my camera, so to avoid any damages on the unit, i set this as my desktop. He was so amazed looking at "his face on the computer screen".


    I'm tagging_dean_, dorkzter, Eilanna, reyn, and everyone reading this...


    Boring...


    Text ng boardmate ko: Musta po

    Reply ko: Ok lang, kaw?

    Reply niya: Ok lang din. Dito sa gym. San ka

    Reply ko: Ah, dito na ako sa house, galing ako jan SM.

    Reply niya: Ok. Gala ka n rin no

    Reply ko: Ndi naman, may binili lang.

    Reply niya: OK

    I’ve been here in Manila for 7 months now. I don’t go out too often. I get too exhausted at work that when I get home all I want is sleep. I never hang out. I don’t like going to the malls either, unless I need to buy something or when it gets too hot in my room (ain’t got AC) and I can’t sleep anymore, going to an air-conditioned place is my last resort.


    My boardmate probably noticed that. Since I work at night, we rarely see each other. Aside from Tine (also busy,we only meet at least once a month), he’s my only friend here outside of work.


    I just realized, I may be the most boring person on earth. I’m more of a loner and I’m not very friendly. I thought having 10 loyal friends is more than enough to complete my friendship needs. I listen but I rarely talk, I mean not a lot, that’s probably the reason why people think I’m shy. I am. I could be mistaken as the most timid person but I do have this don’t f***n-mess-with-me personality.

    For me it’s not an eye for an eye, its two eyes for an eye. So if you kill me once, I’ll kill you twice…and if you love me, I’ll love you more! LOL



    Epilogue: Halatang wala lang maisulat…

    Racism

    As long as it’s not about Philippine politics, I can endure watching news on local TV. Unfortunately, after the Erap saga, here comes the ZTE controversy which has made the Philippine government stink 1 million times more. Bad news on local TV makes me flip channels and I often end up turning off my TV set instead.

    The JENA 6, has been a hot topic on CNN recently, and it’s about racism (allegedly), in the US.

    Anyway, it made me recall about the racist me, years ago. Then young and uneducated, just like most Filipinos, I grew up with the notion that “black is NOT beautiful” and adored anything white. There was this young girl in our town that we used to tease because of her color. Her father (whom she had never known) is black. I remember she used to just shy away every time we call her names.

    Today she’s a tall, sexy lady often mistaken as an African-American. I’ve always wanted to tell her she’s very beautiful, I feel like it’s the best way for me to “apologize”.


    Asians are discriminated just like Africans, Middle Easterns and Latin Americans. Of course, white people are no exemptions. Racism exists anywhere in the world. In the Philippines, despite being called hospitable people, some tend to discriminate other races sometimes. But at least it doesn't go beyond calling someone ugly or "mabaho". I’m glad to say also that no one has died here because of racial discrimination. I hope that will never happen.


    Supot



    ...it's su'-pot not supot'.

    I’m just wondering why grocery store and shop owners are so kind in providing customers supot. When you buy groceries, everything, every item has its own supot. Yung pack ng tissue na may handle na, nilalagay pa rin sa supot. Kahit isang bote lang ng mineral water, may sarili ding supot.


    Wala lang. Pansin ko lang. Pag naggo-grocery kasi ako, gusto ko kasya lang sa isang plastic kasi ayoko ng madaming bitbit, pero yung mga bagger sa mga groceries, lahat ng items sine-separate, so imbes na isang supot lang I often end up having 3!

    Imbes na plastic, bakit kaya hindi na lang papel ang gamitin? It’s environment friendly! Yun naman ata ginagamit abroad di ba? Pero sa Pilipinas, mas pinipili ang plastic na mas mahal na, non-biodegradable pa.


    Ain't got no cake


    I never had a cake on my birthday. I never knew what a kiddie party is, in fact, I never had one. I never complained. Born and raised in a poor family where cakes and birthday parties were a luxury, I completely understand why...



    Anyway...
    My team leader, having the access to my files learned why 13 is my favorite number. She started blasting the news a few days back and before I knew it, everyone was asking for the treat. Umph!


    My Outlook got instantly filled with "happy birthdays" and for the nth time, they spelled my nickname with an “i”. Overwhelmed, I didn't bother to correct them.



    I just had the most number of birthday greetings received via email. My friend Joy just learned about it after she saw those messages. She was buzzing on my Instant Messenger nonstop in between calls, with this:



    Today I'd start my day with a mass (as per mom’s order). Probably be dining with my friend Tine tonight. No parties, nothing special. Just another day…I will be spending my (birthday) leave with my family and just the thought of being away from work for four days is a breath of fresh air, probably the best birthday gift I could give myself this time. Gimme that much needed break, no work and all play makes me a very very happy boy!

    JonBenet, British version...


    So, both Madeleine McCann's parent's are now suspects in her disappearance four months ago. Very sad. I understand why the Portuguese police are being ridiculed for pointing their fingers at the parents. They've already made a lot of mistakes and it looks like they just made their biggest's.

    I've been trying to follow the story since May, the first time i heard about it, it automatically reminded me of JonBenet Ramsey. And now that the parents are called suspects by the police, i thought it's becoming a British version of the JonBenet tragedy...(sigh)

    JonBenét Patricia Ramsey (August 6, 1990 – December 26, 1996)
    May she rest in peace.


    Eleven years later, JonBenet's death remains unsolved, I hope it wouldn't take more than a decade to find Madeleine...My prayer goes to these little girl’s families.

    Anyong Ha Se Yo...

    I’m glad to know that the Korean hostages held by the Taliban have finally been released last week. As a “former friend” to some Koreans, I felt happy that the ordeal is over although two of them were killed.

    I’ve got the chance to make friends with some Korean nationals last year. The friendship seemed to have last only for a couple of months as after their short stay here in the Philippines , they went back home, travelled to another country and went on with their normal lives. I have good memories with them and some weird observations that I noticed about their culture…as follows:

    1. They’re always in a hurry.

    2. They eat a lot. Ung pagkain ng isang tao sa kanila, good for 3 na yun sa mga Pinoy, at kahit kumakain nagmamadali pa rin, girls are no exemption.

    3. They’re very nationalistic. They love everything Korean. Karamihan sa kanila ayaw sa mga puti.

    4. Males are required to do military service for 2 years (ROTC sa Pinas). Pero sa kanila papasok talaga sila sa military for 2 years (kumbaga sa Pilipinas, para ka na rin nag-PMA ng 2 years).

    5. They love spicy foods. They could turn vegetables from green to bloody red with lots of chili sauce.

    6. They can’t survive a day without Kimchi. Their weekends are not complete without beer and Soju. Most of them love our San Mig light and Red Horse.

    7. They call ALL gays “transsexuals” (or at least that’s how their electronic dictionary translates it). One time this college guy told me, “I saw a transsexual yesterday." I was like WTF? How did you know he’s transsexual?!?”. Ang sagot; “He looks like a woman, with long hair, make up, wearing high heels”.

    8. Two people have to be of the same age to call each other “friend”. Even if they’ve known each other for years, share the same interests or see each other everyday, but if they’re not of the same age, they don’t call each other friend. In short they’re not friends.

    9. They count their money in millions. Pano kasi 1 Million Won (Korean currency) equals 50,000 pesos lang. So pagpunta nila sa Pilipinas at baon nila 1 Million Won for 2 months, they already feel richer than most Filipinos (sabagay malaki nga naman ung 50,000 pesos pocket money for 2 months).

    10. One of their questions na hindi ko nasagot: “What’s the difference of NO and NOT?” (sige nga, sagutin mo nga!)

    11. Line that made me really laughed “It’s catting and dogging outside!” (translated: It’s raining cats and dogs outside)

    12. Pag nagpapapicture sila, mga daliri nila laging nakaganito:




    I don't mean to make fun of them because generally they're nice just like Filipinos. Almost all of them are coming here to study English so if you happen to meet one, galingan mag-English para ma-impress sila. hehehe... Mataas kasi ang tingin nila sa mga Pinoy as "English-speakers".