Monday, December 31, 2007

Ending 2007

This is not how I have imagined myself to be as the New Year starts. I have just realized something and now I am in turmoil, battling with my own self to accept the things as they are. I am quite morose as I end 2007--but in high hopes that things will be better as the new year starts.

Happy New Year everyone.

Checkered Green

Another photo taken at the Blue Wave Marquinton in Marikina City. It's a wall in a lousy restaurant.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Four-Cheese Pizza


My four-cheese pizza from The Old Spaghetti House in Galleria. Yes, I ate it all myself! Yum!

My 2008 Starbucks Planner


After gulping down 24 fraps and lattes, I finally got my Starbucks 2008 Planner! This is my third planner from Starbucks--I also got the leather-covered planner from last year and the hardbound one from 2006.


I love the classy look of this new planner but I am scared that the garter might be a "bacon" already by the end of next year. I also wish there are bigger spaces for Saturdays and Sundays--that's usually when my schedule is jam-packed. And I miss the "Treat a Friend" coupons they used to have. Other than that, I am loving it!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas at Starbucks

My tall Praline Mocha latte from Starbucks. Only this holiday season. I love it!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Back to Virtual Reality

I haven't been online recently because we lost our internet connection at home. We were subscribed to Digitel's DSL since June 2005 and after a mixture of bad service and overcharging, we decided to opt out. We then bought Globeline's Broadband wireless internet and phone package but it was an even worse nightmare than Digitel.

A few days after we submitted the application, a crew of testers came to our house to test if it really works and since it's wireless, to make sure that there is a signal/network that the wireless modem can connect to. Needless to say, we were impressed at how fast the internet connection was, we were even able to download a song via Limewire. And so they promised to have the router and the wireless phone delivered in a couple of days. Those couple of days turned into a week or two, and when it finally arrived, the delivery man just left it and said he doesn't know anything about installing it: "Taga-deliver lang po ako." (I am just the delivery man.) I called the customer service but all they could say is that everything is in the manual, and that the internet will be activated in 24hours. To our dismay, my dad and I tried to figure it out ourselves--the modem was to be plugged to the PC's USB port, and we had to install the software/driver that comes with it. We complained about a hundred times because of the very slow internet connection. Well, it was barely a connection--we can't even access the basic google page!

After weeks of hounding the Globe's customer service hotline (who just kept promising that they will escalate the problem), my dad finally went to the Globe office in Blue Wave Marikina to return all the stuff and guess what--they did not accept it! They promised, however, that they will send someone to check and fix the problem. Someone did arrive to check but it was never fixed, until our first bill came! I was annoyed because they are charging us without making sure they are giving us the service we deserve. I called the customer service hotline (again!) that day and he finally admitted that our modem barely receives any signal at all that's why we have a very poor internet connection. It was alarming because it was the opposite during the test run, and the agent said that they used a different modem to test. And then that was it. I told them I won't pay for something I didn't use and to cancel my account. The agent even told me to just go to the Blue Wave office and return the phone and the modem! I told them I won't because they have caused us so much trouble already, and that if they want it back they should get it. Nobody ever came to get it, and we received our 3rd bill this week. It's horrible! I was and still am utterly disappointed.

Last weekend, I went to a Smart Wireless Center and applied for a SmartBro. I received a call the same day I applied (which was a Sunday) and confirmed that they will visit our house on Tuesday to test. I was a bit skeptical about this--I asked them if there's a possibility that what happened to Globe will happen again--they said it won't. What they tested was the same thing they installed on that same day, and they didn't leave until it worked perfectly fine. A day later, someone called to check if the engineers came over to install the internet and if it works. I should say that I am impressed--they never left us hanging and made sure they did what they promised. I hope they will be able to sustain this. Kudos to Smart!

So I am back to virtual reality and will be able to blog more often!

Yellow and Pink Sofa


This is another chair/sofa I came across with last month. It's in Bacolod Chicken Inasal, if I remember correctly, in Blue Wave Marikina. The color reminds for marshmallows.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Santa For A Day

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Jane and I were invited to the Coke Caravan launching at the Araneta Center. We were gonna dance with a group of other girls, and little did we know that we have to dress up in Santa costumes! It was horrible, but heck, I'll just dance away and pray that nobody I know would recognize me. Well, it turned out to be a pretty fun event plus the moolah after the show. Hehe. And like I always say, it's another story to tell!

Happy Christmas!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Coin Slot


I was at the LRT Purple Line V. Mapa Station when I noticed this sign on the ticket vending machine. I took this photo using my camera phone when I realized that "Hulog Coin" doesn't quite justify "Coin Slot". Don't you think?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Thrilled with Tumblers

We found these Halloween tumblers at Starbucks Emerald. We loved it and can't help but take our pictures with it. And no, we didn't get them as well. Just drooled on it. Ewww! =p

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Real Birthday Post

I am a year older and wiser, I hope. I had a great birthday--I would like to take this time to thank everyone who has made this year extraordinary.

My family

A great thanks to Mama who did most of the cooking and preparations for my birthday dinner, and to Papa who fried the lumpiang shanghai. Hehe. (Special thanks to myself too for grating the cheese for the spaghetti.) I am so grateful for my parents for taking good care of me and my brothers, always trying to give the best for us. It has been a different year, with my new job and one of my brothers living away to study. It felt as if I have spent more time with parents than before. I am also thankful for my brothers, who make my days funny despite smelling their stinky shirts.

Jon and I

A very special thanks to a very special person--Jon, who bought me a pair of Nike Jordan rubber shoes. Hehe. Seriously, he was with me during the toughest days and is loving me with no questions and despite my sometimes haughty nature.

MIST High School Friends

ACTS Team

And where would I be without my friends? The ACTS Team, Stylettos and my high school friends. They shared my laughter, tears and even farts. My officemates also shared some of those, and I am happy to know they can be part of my family.

I can't wait to spend another year with these wonderful people that God has given more. I couldn't ask for more.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Birthday Post

I just had one of the most interesting birthdays ever. A lot of unexpected things and some little surprises came up--it was a lot of fun!

Thanks to everyone who remembered and sent text messages, emails and gifts (hehe). I am really tired and sleepy right now but I will definitely write a better thank you post to everyone who made this day extra special for me. Besides, my "birthday" is not over yet--I have the rest of the weekend to celebrate and only after that will I write a decent birthday post.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Sunset in Zambales


Another one of my sunset photos. Taken on April 2006 at Iba, Zambales. On the photo is my boyfriend's 13 year old nephew attempting to swim through the waves. Fun, yes?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Starbucks Tumbler


I love orange things. I love Starbucks too. And so i looooooove this Starbucks tumbler I found at the Blue Wave Branch last summer. I took this photo using my camera phone. But no, I didn't buy it. Budget constraints!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Gots the Flu

Well, I am actually over the flu but I'm still coughing.

The recent long weekends have got me up and about the city. I took advantage of the time to indulge in dance training, parties, events meetings, unlimited late night internet surfing, dates and dance training again. The first long weekend (Aug 18-20) was an all out physical activity weekend for me. My throat was already feeling funny and it was aggravated by a scoop of ice cream I so happily ate at the Fun Ranch in Tiendesitas on Monday night.


I woke up the next day not wanting to move again ever in my life and wishing I could sleep for 100 more hours. I could barely walk that whole week.

Of course I still went to work and looked forward to another long weekend to rest. BUT! We have booked a gig that Sunday for an event in Eastwood thus I went to dance practice again. And since I did, I thought I'd party anyway and attend a couple more event meetings and go to another dance training. I was drugged that following week at the office and still struggled to walk.

After taking Bioflu, Decolgen, Solmux and Ventolin--I am still alive! And coughing. Promising never to abuse my body ever, ever, ever, ever again. Promising never to abuse my body ever, ever, ever, ever again. Promising never to abuse my body ever, ever, ever, ever again. Promising never to abuse my body ever, ever, ever, ever again. Promising never to abuse my body ever, ever, ever, ever again. Promising never to abuse my body ever, ever, ever, ever again. Promising never to abuse my body ever, ever, ever, ever again. Promising never to abuse my body ever, ever, ever, ever again.

Innocence


Obviously, I like taking pictures of sunsets by the beach. This is my boyfriend's nephew as he plays by the beach of Iba, Zambales. Don't we all wish we could be playful and innocent like this again? Taken on April 2006.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Mood Rings


After a nice dinner at the Fun Ranch in Tiendesitas, my friends and I bought mood rings for ourselves. For only P20! We felt like we were kids again! Taken on August 2007.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Poor Kitty


I found this cat at a pet shop in Tiendesitas. It was a heartbreak for me not to have taken him home. Look at his eyes! It says, "Take me home!" Taken February 2006.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Wedding by the Pool


Taken at a clubhouse in Alabang during my cousin's wedding. (June 2007) For the full scoop about the wedding, visit my online journal Bridesmaid the 2nd Time Around.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Lame Lamp


This is just a silly lamp I found at Tiendesitas. It's inside a washroom! Sometimes, waiting for a friend to get out of the loo can be boring... so meee take peekchurr! Weeee

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Casa Manila


Casa Manila in Intramuros. (View from Barbara's restaurant). This place allowed me to experience the ancient Manila that I have only read about in Noli Me Tangere. I would've loved to live in that era.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Coco Beach


Shore of Coco Beach Island, Puerto Galera. June 2006. I spent the Independence Day weekend on a trip there with my friends a few weeks after we spent the Labor Day weekend at the very busy White Beach. Coco beach was a far cry--it was so peaceful and serene! I blogged about our adventures in my online journal: More Today Than Yesterday.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Small Boy, Big Sea


My nephew as he plays by the beach of Laiya, Batangas. Taken on Summer of 2007 using my cousin's overpriced Sony Alpha dSLR camera. I absolutely had no idea how to use it, but it was fun and I'd definitely put that on my wishlist. ;)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Fake Flower


This is an artificial flower from an artificial tree. Lol. I found it at Barbara's Restaurant in Intramuros Manila. The food there, by the way, is definitely worth coming back for!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Strawberry Margarita


TGI Friday's Ultimate Strawberry Margarita. Yum! Took this photo using my old Nokia 1.3 megapixel camera phone. The photo is tricky--the glass looks small but this is more than enough alcohol for one small lady like me! :)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Battleground


Ruins of Mile-Long Barracks at Corregidor Island. I took this photo on June 2007 during a company-sponsored trip to the Island with my officemates. I have blogged about this trip in more detail in my previous post: Trip to Corregidor Island.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More Today Than Yesterday

I have noticed on my site stat reports that quite a number of people who stumbled upon my blog were those who typed the title of this song on the Google search box. I bet they were disappointed that this is not a site about that classic-Spiral Starecase-revived-by-Goldfinger song.

Because I am relatively young, I haven't heard of this song before until I watched The Waterboy again quite recently. I didn't even know it was a remake! I don't like mushy songs much--in fact, I don't like anything mushy at all--but this is one of the songs that give me these mushy feelings. (YUCK!) I have then decided that it's the perfect title for my blog. So much about creativity and originality! Haha.

Anyway, I have uploaded Goldfinger's version on my Multiply account should you want to listen to it or download it. You may want to sing along too. =D
More Today Than Yesterday
- Spiral Starecase/Goldfinger

I don't remember what day it was
I didn't notice what time it was
All I know is that I fell in love with you
And if all my dreams come true
I'll be spending time with you

Every day's a new day in love with you
With each day comes a new way of loving you
Every time I kiss your lips my mind starts to wander
And if all my dreams come true
I'll be spending time with you

Oh, I love you more today than yesterday
But not as much as tomorrow
I love you more today than yesterday
But, darling, not as much as tomorrow

Tomorrow makes springtime's just a day away
Cupid, we don't need ya now, be on your way
I thank the Lord for love like ours that grows ever stronger
And if all my dreams come true
I'll be spending time with you

Oh, I love you more today than yesterday
But not as much as tomorrow
I love you more today than yesterday
But only half as much as tomorrow

Everyday's a new day, everytime I love you
Everyday's a new way, everytime I love you

Puerto Galera Sunset


Since I am on it, I have decided to post another sunset photo. I took this using a humble Nikon digital camera on the Summer of 2006 at the White Beach, Puerto Galera. And boy, I am already missing summer!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Boatman


I can't remember if it's me or my brother who took this photo. It was taken during our 15-minute boat ride from the Coral Gardens back to the White Beach (Puerto Galera). This was just taken using a Sony Ericsson camera phone. Nice, yes?

Monday, August 13, 2007

I Love Starbucks


A hot Peppermint Mocha and a Mocha Frapuccino from Starbucks. I love my coffee--hot or iced. :) This was taken Christmas last year, using my beloved camera phone. Starbucks Christmas = Warm feelings. Yum.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Orange Chair


This is an upholstery of a seat at a new steak house in Blue Wave Marikina. They are the most horrible steak house ever (I won't mention their name) but I like their chairs anyway. 

Update: the steak house finally met its doom and has closed. Lol.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Stranded

I did not go to work today. I am stranded inside our house because once again, Karangalan Village's streets are flooded with water. Due to the heavy rains that's been pouring nonstop since yesterday morning, it's now impossible for me to go out without getting soaked. Thanks to the internet and the television, I think I can entertain myself for a day. I am so glad this typhoon did not cause power outage, at least not in our town.


I am over-indulging myself with Friendster and Multiply profiles of people I know. I have also tried to do some work from home but I can only do so much without my work phone and Outlook. It's even more difficult to do that when I smell food cooking every couple of hours and knowing that my bed is just a few steps away.

This is fun, just bumming all day and doing no-brainer tasks. However, another day of lounging around like this and I am sure I would go mad! I certainly hope that the weather gets better and that the flood would subside so I can go back to my normal, geeky weekday.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Out of Place


When my friend, Jane messaged me last Wednesday that we are to perform at an event in Makati that same night, I didn't think twice anymore about going. I was in the office when she told me this and I had on a dorky top, flared khaki jeans and black flipflops. The event was a hip hop night so I knew I wasn't dressed for it. I asked my dad then to bring me loose/nice clothes (hehe).

I didn't bother to change before I left the office because I just wanted to get there real fast. I thought that I would have time to change when I get there.

However, it was way different when I arrived.


It was quite a small venue, and the place was packed with people who were definitely dressed for the occasion. (Dorky note: I was also clutching a huge paper bag and a leather purse on top of my dorky clothes--can you imagine a lost kid now?) None of my friends were picking up their phones--they must've left it in the dressing room already or something. In short, I had to parade my under dressed self through the whole floor and the hip hop crowd before I finally found familiar faces. I was right on time to catch the AllStars perform their piece for the World Hip Hop Championship '07. It was awesome. I didn't know they'll be there too.

Being under-dressed and perhaps out of place didn't stop me from having a fine time with my friends.

With my group Stylettos

With Maui of Cross Effects

With Dianne and Kuya Froilan--ay!--Jhong of AllStars

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Bridesmaid the 2nd Time Around

I have recently blogged about one of my friend's wedding held last December. It was my first time to be a bridesmaid then and I am happy to say that I have been a bridesmaid again at my cousin's wedding last month.


I am the same age as her, and we literally grew up together. We are more like sisters to each other since we both have two stinky younger brothers. We are also the first grandkids from my mom's side (well, she was born three weeks earlier than I was).

It was also very nice to see the whole family gather in one place. I used to go into a state of panic whenever my parents announce that we are going to our grandparent's house that coming weekend. I know I will be seeing my cousins there and we can run around as much as we want, climb all the trees that we possibly could, and pick all sorts of fruits that we can reach. And so I wake up way too early on days that we are supposed to leave for the province, making absolutely sure that I wouldn't be left home alone. Things have changed as I grew up, my weekends are now filled with dance rehearsals, business meetings and night outs so I rarely go with my parents now when they visit, except maybe during Christmas!

I believe more than ever now that we are already grown ups, with responsibilities and jobs and real relationships. A fact that I so tried to run away from for quite some time now. As I see my grandma wipe tears of joy from her eyes while my cousin walked down the aisle I can't help but be moved by it as well and again look forward to the day that I would walk that walk too. I was even more stirred up when my grandpa asked me when I plan to get married. I just smiled at him and asked him to just stay alive so he can see me walk down the aisle too.

I know that it is not my time to get married yet--I would be the bridesmaid of the year (and maybe next year's too) but I hang on to God's promise that he has not only planned a special wedding day for me but also a beautiful marriage and a loving family that's definitely worth waiting for.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Attachments

My brothers sold my old Sony Ericsson T230 cellphone at Greenhills the other day. He honestly thought I allowed him to do so when he has mentioned to me that he is selling his phone too. He sold it for P500.

I have recently blogged about how I give sentimental value to this old, ugly phone. I was in so much disbelief that I even tried to convince my brother to tell me that he was just joking. He wasn't.

The next day, I went to Greenhills with my brother to buy the silly phone. I paid P800 for it.

So now my whole family thinks I am odd or even crazy that I went out of my way to get the old, ugly phone back. No, I am not going to let it go just like that. Not again.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Trip to Corregidor

My last hurrah for this summer happened to be in a very interesting island. Not in Boracay island as I would have wanted it to be, but in Corregidor, which is not too bad anyway. The British company I work for sponsored this trip to celebrate our second year of operation here in the Philippines.

My workmates and I met at around 6:30am at the port at CCP complex because we were told that the boat leaves at 7am. We started boarding at around 7:30am. I was relieved to find out that we were boarding a ferry boat, not the usual outrigger boat that we ride from Batangas port going to Puerto Galera. It has air-conditioning, nice cushioned seats and a decent restroom. I just despised the fact that we had to wait for another half an hour or so after boarding. One of the crew members announced that they were finalizing some accounts (which I think is rubbish). I should have gone to Starbucks during that wait and grabbed my dose of caffeine before leaving civilization. I was so hungry that I just took advantage of the one hour boat ride to catch up with some sleep.


We arrived at around 9:30am. We were welcomed by a pretty cranky tourist guide who insists that our group is not supposed to be on his bus. I realized later during the trip that he didn't mean to be mean. We still ended up riding with him and he turned out to be a nice old man who probably has seen history for himself. He actually narrates the war stories as if he's been there the whole time, as if he watched history unfold before his eyes.



We explored the island for the rest of the morning up to around 2pm. I had an extremely bad lunch, I was so hungry that I ate really fast and ended up having my usual acidic stomach ache. I wasn't able to enjoy much of the afternoon tour because I was in excruciating pain (okay, that's a bit exaggerated). I am posting some really nice photos here, but if you want to see the rest of them I have posted them here.

This building used to be a cinema. They were at war, Corregidor is quite a popular base at that time and they have still managed to build a cinema! Soldiers know how to have fun after all...



At the light house. It was a breathtaking view from up there. One thing you shouldn't miss when you visit the place.


Inside Malinta Tunnel. It was my favorite part of the tour.



According to our tour guide, this was the longest barracks in history. I haven't decided yet if I should believe him, and I am too lazy now to look it up. Hehe.


As soon as the tour was over we were asked to stay at the recreation hall where there is a bar, a billiards table, a videoke machine, and a COUCH. I friggin sat on that couch the moment I laid eyes on it! And I slept. I slept on a couch in front of a billiard table inside a public, open air room, where all sorts of strangers can so freely see me. I was in so much pain that I wasn't really thinking of anything else but sleeping it off--it only hit me when I woke up and found three more of my colleagues sleeping on the same couch. It was so embarrassing. I really hated the fact that we had to wait for two hours before we can check in to our hotel rooms.

It was a great relief it when we have finally checked in. We decided not to join the scheduled "ghost hunting" trip to the hospital ruins (it is not a very good idea for a wimp like me) so we chose the funNERER activity, which is to go for a swim. We found out later that night that frogs like visiting the pool during sundown. Eeww!

Marielle and I spent the rest of the night and the following morning snuggled on our beds watching the 2nd season of Grey's Anatomy (yes, I brought a DVD player with me!). We figured that this is our type of vacation: lying down and thinking of nothing. Just bumming.

We had a fancy dinner at Barbara's in Intramuros to conclude our trip. Of course, Marielle and I dropped by Starbucks first before going to home to satisfy our cravings that started just before we left for Corregidor.


Silly as it may sound but it was an educating trip. Corregidor is quite a popular historical place and it's a shame that I was only able to visit now (thanks to my British boss who I'm starting think is more Filipino than me). Hopefully, I will write about Boracay or Palawan islands next year.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

When I Grow Up, I Want To Be A Doctor!

I have been neglecting sleep for the past few days because I am very busy not only with work and dancing, but also with watching Grey's Anatomy.

I started to be interested in this series about a month ago when I noticed that my mom gets so engrossed every time she watches it from a cable channel and she even patiently waits for the next episode the following week. I began watching it with her whenever I am at home, but because of my irregular schedule I barely watched two consecutive episodes. Everyone knows how I get squeamish at the sight of blood and wounds and medicines (*faint) but I seem to have gotten a bit used to it by now. Thus, when I had the chance to buy the whole 1st and 2nd season, I grabbed it right away.

Thus the eye bags and an overwhelming crush for McDreamy.

This series brought back all my mushy childhood feelings of dreaming and wanting to be doctor. I remember that I was considering it when I was in college and after dissecting those real brains (sorry to be morbid), I though that perhaps I would be a brain surgeon if I am to pursue medicine. But no med school for me after college. I took AB Psychology which is not a pre-med so it would probably take me another year to take all the science labs I missed. No, I did not want to spend the next 7-10 years of my life studying and working 16hour shifts like what the interns do at the series.

And on that note, I should go back to watching now if I want to catch up with the current season. I just realized, Grey's Anatomy is the only series I got hooked into after Meteor Garden.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Pink Phone

I have said goodbye to my SE T230 mobile phone.
Flashback
On my way home from my small group meeting, I was mugged in Katipunan on September of 2004 where three men pointed a butterfly knife at me and took my humble Nokia 8210 cellphone. This was the second time I lost a phone, I misplaced my first one during my freshman year while I was strolling at the Galleria. I was hesitant to ask my parents for a new phone so I decided to buy a new phone for myself instead and I did so--I got a Sony Ericsson T230.
I held on to that phone for the longest time. Despite the fact that I have dropped it countless of times, it is still working perfectly fine and I found no reason at all to replace it. Add that to the sentimental value that I give to this phone since someone very special to me helped me buy that phone. I have ignored the temptation to purchase the newest walkman phone and settled for my beloved T320.

It was only recently when I took a new job that I had a nagging voice in my head (and some few voices outside, too) that I should replace my phone with a new one. I still hold this phone dear to me, so I did not "swap" it with the new phone that I got at Greenhills.

And so when I have achieved a specific target at work, what better way to reward myself but to finally buy a clamshell phone, with a 2 megapixel camera and music player. A Sony Ericsson Z610i. And it's pink. Not bad for a not-so-expensive phone. (Big grin on my silly face.)

I am known to my friends and family as a lazy texter, one who would usually reply to texts after four hours (or days) later. Prior to knowing that I bought a new phone, they noticed and commented that I actually respond way faster now. Hehe. Text me?

Friday, May 04, 2007

Blog Break

I haven't written anything for a month and I have a VALID reason. I have been very busy. In fact, this very reason still applies now so instead of writing a bunch of words, I am posting pictures of what I have been busy with.

Became a director/switcher/PA in one.

Took the role of an extra.

I did some babysitting, too.

And tried to formulate a brilliant plan while eating red gummy bears.

That's all for now! (Haha laziness on the loose...)