Friday, December 31, 2004

Posting instead of studying. Good Daphne...

The following entries taken from my real life diary:
December 26, 2004
I'm in room 1325 now - told mom I wanted to sleep and maybe I will later. Slept past 12 last night after last minute packing. As I told Ace, I didn't feel much excited. I think I'm still holding on to those "good ol' days." --fell asleep-- Woke up at 4am today, surprisingly didn't feel groggy. Got dressed, packed last minute stuff and then off we went to my grandfather's house. We convoyed going to the airport. It is so annoying when I hear people feeling they're "too good for the Philippines." Ate a nice crabstick salad (baguettes) breakfast with mom from Delifrance at the airport. Hot chocolate too. By around 6:20, the massage center opened. P300/30 mins. It was good! As I told my dad, my vices are simple: chat, massage and earrings haha BTW, I wore the earrings Macy made and gave me this Christmas. Even the security lady at the airport said they were cute and asked me where I bought them. As soon as I boarded the plane, I smelled that hateful airplane smell again. I fell asleep as soon as I sat down and totally missed the safety guidelines part as well as the takeoff! haha I woke up because of the noisy meal time. Slept again. We arrived at around 10 but the luggages took so long we had to stay at the airport for some time. We had a big bus just for the 12 of us to take us to the hotel (Park Lane). I'm roomed with mom, dad with Jus, 2-ku's family, A-ku's family and Angkong had a room each. We went to City Hall to eat dimsum yummmm Hakaw is really good and chicken feet! After lunch, me, mom and 2-e started on our mission to have OFWs answer a self-actualization survey. Some refused because they thought we were with the Phil. gov't. Others answered graciously. They appreciated the chocolate kisses we gave afterwards. They didn't really like the very tiny pencils hehe We got 95 back out of 100 but only around 70 are complete. Not bad! We bought more chocolate kisses then hurried to Victoria Park. The Indonesians were a lot harder to ask. The language barrier was really hard to transcend. Interestingly, my aunt told me that Indonesians working here generally know how to speak Cantonese because they are trained before coming here. Well the older ones were easier to explain to because they already understand more than the basics (I assume). The more educated were also faster in answering for obvious reasons. It took us around 2 hours to get a little more than 30 surveys answered. Many shook their heads before we even had a chance to explain what the survey was for / that it was a survey in the first place! Thank goodness 2-e was there with us! Many (most) had little knowledge of English. Was very tired after and that's why I ended up napping. Apart from my dreary life, an earthquake with a record magnitude of 8.9 on the Richter scale caused many tsunamis that flooded Sri Lanka, Maldives, S. India, Thailand and Indonesia. Around 3k+ were killed. The devastation is just enormous. After my nap we went to Wing Wah for dinner - lobster with noodles, duck, goose, etc. YUM! Saw 2-e and Uncle Simon's hi-tech phones in action - streaming video conferencing! There's a time delay but it's a really cool start right? Also visited their newly furnished newly renovated home - WOW. So sleek and modern looking. Was watching a game between Arsenal and Fulham. Nathan's so tall already, still shorter than I am but taller than before. He's a big Arsenal fan - and the SECOND in his batch last school year. Am watching Mighty Joe Young at the hotel now with mom and 2-e (sleeping over). I plan to meet Julie and maybe Cassie and whoever else on Tuesday night. We'll see.

December 27, 2004
Woke up at around 10. Mom and 2-e went to Sogo so I was alone til 12. Watched Relic Hunter while eating the asado and bread chong fan (sp?). Showered then Thelma picked me up for lunch with mom, 2-e, Justin and Angkong at Maxim's. On the way I saw a nice brown pleated skirt. I told mom afterwards but wasn't sure if the term "pleated" was correct (get mixed up with the word plaid) but it turns out my instinct was correct. Also on the way to the restaurant saw two ladies fighting loudly. One was threatening the other with a stalk of pechay. Go figure. Ate white chicken meal - complete with soup, rice and tea. Anyway, tried a couple of stores for the skirt. Found one nice brown skirt with buttons running down. Tried it on and it looked good. It felt good too cause the cloth underneath was silky =) Another skirt (pleated and plaid) was cute, cheaper too but way too short. Anyway, the skirt was 30% off of HK$490 - bargain! Went to SuperShop (tama ba) after - mom and I had ice cream. It's a different kind with a unique texture (see picture). Then we went to 2 different watch shops to buy Justin's HK$4k+ watch. I bought the yummy bread / waffle circles then went back to the hotel alone. 3-e and J arrived. I lounged around and flipped channels. Nothing much - more news about the tidal waves, documentary on polar bears and lions... We ate at a restaurant called Delicious Kitchen - not so delicious. We took a ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui to watch the light show. It was OK, just cool that so many buildings involved. Stephen and Sherwin were somewhere there but didn't see them. Took ferry back then went to Santa Town. Passed by Mistletoe Boulevard. What a name. There was a huge Christmas tree with a train circling around it. Lots of littler Christmas trees with wish cards hanging. Also a "mail center" - pay to have your wish displayed on a large TV screen. Many bf-gf messages as can be expected. Took MTR back to Causeway Bay and am now in hotel again. Might have dinner with Julie, Cassie and twins tomorrow. Dunno if J will be in Hong Kong already.

December 28, 2004
We had lunch at the InterContinental Hotel - buffet. It was delicious - salmon sashimi, cold noodles, snail, fish, wanton noodle soup. At around this time I think I received a text saying Sharky - my Celadon HR marketing partner and her dad are missing because of the tidal wave that hit Phuket, Thailand. That certainly shocked me. Even tried calling her on her cellphone but of course I couldn't reach it. After lunch we went to Ocean Terminal. This is where the giant Toys R Us store is and where the Disney store is too. I saw the pretty princess picture frames again. Maybe I'll buy one or two when I'm older. Also saw a really cute walking Pooh toy. At one point, a guy started talking to me and when I turned around, he was as surprised as I was. He excused himself saying he thought I was his wife! He was a Fil-Chi too (heard both fil and chinese words when he was talking to me) but looked rather young to have a wife. Mom saw a cool model of the upcoming Disney HK. Accdg to the text accompanying it, it will take 10 mins to get to the theme park from the airport. This means it's gonna be in a rather secluded place like Ocean Park. To be expected. The park opens next year so probably will be coming back. We took a ferry back - it was WAY too cold. We went shopping after. Got really nice brown pants at Giordano but luck ran out when we went to Bossini - no more pretty skirt in my size =( Went back with J to the hotel at around 5:30pm. Julie said she'll try to catch up but wasn't able to anymore. I had just enough time to drop J off at A-kim's rom then I called Cassie. Turns out the twins and their friend Gats were already waiting at the lobby. We ended up walking all the way to Maxim's for dinner. I had soyed chicken with rice (lots and lots of rice) + Coke. Either Cassie and I were too slow or the twins were too fast, us girls weren't halfway done when the guys decided to order yet another meal. Takaw talaga! Only Stephen bought anything - shoes and hair clips LOL I bought food - my waffles and ice cream. Sherwin bought ice cream too. HK$29 for single scoop in a cup. Cassie and I had a nice long catching-up chat. Should do that more often. So we went back to our respective "homes" and that's how the day ended.

December 29, 2004
Woke up earlier than usual because had lunch in City Hall again (same as lunch on first day). We arrived early - the restaurant was still closed. That gave me time to look at the various awards the place has received - one gold, one silver, 2 best dimsums. Eventually it opened and we had hakaw, ha chong fan and chicken feet again. Mom insisted I take the Chinese pills. They were large, even my brother agreed they were hard to swallow. Plus we couldn't take big gulps of water - too hot from the teapot. We rode the ferry back again and went to Sogo. It was here I received the news that Sharky's body had been found =( My never-was-very-high level enthusiasm for shopping reached an all-time low. I had just talked to her last Dec 18 when she helped man the Trip to La Salle booth for the InterDept Race. I was just with her! Talking about her ASQ project, her plans or lack of plans of being a Celadon manager next SY, why she doesn't swim anymore these days,... I'm still in shock. Mom and 3-e bought shoes. Mom bought another pair at Adidas soon after. Just to buy a pair I just chose a black and silver one. Sogo over, we went to Giordano to buy two more pants of the same style I bought previously cause I liked it OK - big pockets and sorta loose fit. Back at the hotel - slept for an hour and a half. Whether this was becuse of the medicine, my not-feeling-very-well state, or being just plain tired is unknown. Corinne talked well and fine when she thought I was asleep but quickly clammed up again when she noticed I was awake already. She's 11 years old for crying out loud! Which is why we ate dinner at Yung Kee - her fave food is Peking Duck and the birthday girl got her wish. Achi Michelle was there too - she's pretty, the picture of an ideal HK girl. She got assigned to HK from Canada where she moved to when she was 10. The birthday cake was yummy. The birthday candle started whistling the birthday tune when it was lit. Same as last year. Took a taxi back to the hotel. This trip, I only took the MTR once, the bus never, the ferry and taxi many times. This point I make because in previous trips we avoided riding taxis as much as possible (expensive!!). Our excuses this trip - we're so many, it's cheaper to take taxi, Angkong's leg hurts and running late all the time. At the hotel tried on another pleated skirt mom bought for me. Grey this time, from G2000. Really beautiful. See, that's why I leave shopping to mom. Still went out even though it was past 10 already. Went to Wellcome (sp?), the 24-hour convenience store. After, went to the "eskinita" beside Giordano. There we bought hair clips. I got a pretty beige one that's worn vertically. We'll see if it works eh? I get too lazy to dress up (as in still think of what accessories to use) for school. See, it's too boring if I wear the same funky hair clip over and over right? Need variety but also consistency. What a dilemma. Don't dress up at all and problem is solved. 3-e bought around 6 hair clips for her 4 daughters. The shopkeepers are a lot more accommodating whenever she tells them she has four daughters because she has bigger market value whahaha The shopkeeper was very talented in terms of styling her hair. She definitely deserved to take a little bow after showing us how to use a unique kind of clip. We stayed there til midnight! I saw a really cool necklace pendant - a small sword like *drawing* but I decided against buying it. Was tempted thought! Just the right size and weight. We passed by Giordano on the way back to the hotel, surprised that it was still open but we didn't buy anything anymore. Slept at around 1:30 already, kept thinking about Sharky. After all, she's my batch. She didn't get to enjoy the joys (and pains) of working, motherhood, old age and all that... My mother had her first child (me) when she was 24, my aunt when she was 24.5, my other aunt 27. Average of 25. So. Just a few more years. It's just really sad news. Reality can be overwhelming.

Not anymore from the diary...
December 30, 2004
Not much, basically we went to the airport. OK fine so I bought lunch with mom - chicken, sushi, beef, diet Pepsi for dad and apple tea for me! Then we went to the airport. (AFTER packing but packing started since we started shopping so not really too much to pack except stuff like toothbrushes,etc). Interestingly, while at the airport, this mom was calling her kid. Know what the name/nickname of the kid was? Sharky. Very creepy. Saw an interesting gadget, hard to describe. Anyway, got home - safely.

Toto, there's no place like home.

Today was the mass for Sharky at the Gonzaga chapel. The place was full but not overflowing. Grabe lang talaga. Fr. Dy was the main priest (or whatever term is correct), yes, the same guy who was the high school dance date of Dra. Meng if I remember right (of course I had to squeeze in trivia here). Fr. Nebres was there too. Sometimes I just feel like maybe it would have been better if I were the one instead of Sharky. If I feel that, how does the mother feel?? The Celadon choir sang, nakisali lang ako. My status in the choir is unknown whehehe But will have more time for the harana if ever. No more ADS! Hurrah. After the mass, we (12) went to eat at Chicken Bacolod - I wanted to try the Squisig but got the sizzling sisig instead (shared with Vincent whehhee). Php 139. Also got garlic rice. Php 20. And Coke Php 32 I think. Eep. Should've just bought from the vending machine. Went home. Watched Mano Po 3 with my mom and brother. I thought it was better than the first two. Cried hehe I'm such a sap. Anyway, went to Taima's house after that (no Hal it's not a restaurant). YUMMMYYYYY. There's a new baby in the family, Auntie Karla's (Carla's? sister of Uncle Timmy, blockmate of Vincent whaha), her name is Sabina and she is soooo cute. New life. Food was delicious. Shrimp and the sauce was perfect. Will write about the rest of my interesting new year later. Or tomorrow. This post is way too long already as it is.

P.S. Happy New Year everyone, and Happy Birthday Mike!

Saturday, December 25, 2004

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Last Night
I wore my blue polo-dress and the earrings Macy made and gave me for Christmas (so light and pretty!). We were off to watch the Christmas eve service of UCM. Pastor Carol told us the story of the Candymaker's Gift - The Legend of the Candycane. Our church is so high tech already! Then there was the live Nativity scene - they brought a real baby to play the role of baby Jesus hehe started crying when the children were offering gifts. Then there was offertory - the powerpoint presentation of the orphanages at Afghanistan was ... for lack of a better expression, nakakakilabot (funny word hehe). The sermon of Pastor Alex following that was just as strong.. It's one of those email messages that go around but it's more effective when it's in church, Pastor Alex is reading it, the lights are turned down low and everyone's solemn. The mood matters a lot.

A newly arrived soul in Heaven was met by St. Peter. St. Peter and the soul took the A-tour around Heaven. They walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. St. Peter stopped in front of the first section and said, "This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received." The soul looked at the section, and it was terribly busy with many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

They continued on until they reached the second section. St. Peter told the soul, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." The soul noted again how busy it was. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest corner of the room, the soul stopped at a very small station. To the surprise of the soul, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section," St. Peter told the soul.

"How is it that? There's no work here?"

"So sad," St. Peter sighed. "After people receive the blessings they asked for, very few send acknowledgments."

"How does one acknowledge God's blessings?

"Simple," St. Peter answered. "Just say, "'Thank you, Lord'."

"What blessings should they acknowledge?"

"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep ... you are richer than 75% of this world.

"If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish ... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

"And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."

Also . "If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... you are more blessed than the millions who will not even survive this week.

"If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... you are ahead of 700 million people in the world.

"If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death ... you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.

"If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very rare.

"If you hold up your head with a smile on your faceand are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

"If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer God's healing touch.

"If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all."

The service ended with the traditional Silent Night song. All of us had candles. Pastor Alex lighted his using the Christ candle in the advent wreath and then he lit the candles of the ushers. The ushers in turn lit the candles of those sitting near the aisles who then lit the candles of those beside them until the entire congregation's candles were lit. We sang Silent Night with our candles raised and it was just awesome.

Afterwards we went to Tower Club where we had dinner. It was a buffet with cream of pumpkin, salmon parfait, penne, ox tongue, pork loin, mussel, fish, etc. Ria and them just came from Baguio and they were sharing ghost stories. There was a particularly creepy one (certified true story)... The husband of their friend just passed away. He was very fond of using his cellphone so they buried the phone with him. A couple of days after the burial, friend's phone starts ringing. The number registered on the phone was... the husband's (naturally, it is a ghost story after all). Creepy? Our theories: someone stole the cellphone before the coffin was closed or maybe the mice already got into the coffin and pressed the phone around. Ew. What else did we talk about. Ah the slinky bracelet haha hard to explain. There was a also a foursome playing instruments at the place - flute, bass violin, piano and violin. A lot of the caroling songs were also played. Anyway I'm not really saying much anymore, just making you read and read and read.

Before I go, I'll leave a link to the dinosaur game I was playing last night : The Big Al Game
Yes, that is how I welcomed Christmas day... eating dragonflies and centipedes. Oh, and patting doggie while he tried to scurry away hahaha Peace!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Since I've only been making general comments about general things, let me write about more particular details.

Wednesday night
Taima's place looked the same, someone was making barbeques again. There were many grandaunts and uncles, most I do not know. They would ask who my mother was and when I told them they'd go woww so big already. Angkong and one of the ladies were comparing how many grandchildren they had already. Of course, the more sons / daughters you had, they said, "the more factories" for grandchildren also. Went in "the room" - i.e. the airconditioned one with the TV. This is where most of the younger people stay. Dinner was delicious - noodles, dumplings, corn on the cob, etc. I was seated on a table with two grandaunts (my grandmother's cousins) who teach at I.S. Incidentally, one of them was the teacher of the de Venecia girl. She made a pretty surprising comment but I'll only tell you if you ask cause I don't want to write it here. Uncle Wes (who hates being called uncle since he's only 1-2 years older) was late cause he came from church. Funny guy, he really does remind me of one of the Singapore delegates. We were trying to block / push each other out of the family picture haha Now that's a point of interest. The family pictures were all lined up on a table and it's so interesting to see the way people have grown up. At first I was still being carried by my mom... as time progressed I would be sitting in the front... fast forward some more and I'd be standing at the back already. Carrie didn't cry at all. Auntie Annabelle gave her a light thingy from China - it's pretty and cool for a toy, just in time for New Year's.

Thursday night
I was still deciding that morning if I wanted to go caroling or not. Well I ended up going. Met with the choir people in school where we practiced. Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night (with Chinese version), Carol of the Bells, Pasko Na Sinta Ko, Hope is Born Again (new), Imanuel, Noche Buena, and the Medley (Winter Wonderland, Silver Bells, ...). Dad Rensie volunteered himself (jokingly but it stuck) to do the Pasko Na Sinta Ko solo. Elaine volunteered to both of us to solo the first (me) and last (her) stanzas of Hope is Born Again. Of course I could hardly recall the tune on my own. @.@ We went to Da's house with three cars - mine, Tim's and Mic's. Everyone headed to the CR hehe must've been the weather - or the anxiety, there were so many people! I think we sang well - except I kept forgetting the lyrics I just memorized some minutes before. The food was great! Noodles (my all-time fave haha), dumplings (hm starting to sound like the dinner I had Wednesday night), cold cuts, lemon chicken, etc. They served fruits and cake too! I didn't like the strawberries and the only fruit Borgy ate was the mangoes. Borgy couldn't stop singing "gayly they ring while people sing songs of good cheer" haha that's the part where the sops try to max. their soprano-ness cause that part goes really high. Then they were teasing Colynn about the cake because (from the bits and pieces I gathered) she ate a lot of cake the last time they went caroling. King (Queen's brother) was playing with his lego car. He put it on the lazy susan and started turning (the lazy susan). Faster and faster until the car overcame its inertia haha King just stated simply "the car flew." 'Twas simple when we were younger. Then us oldies started talking about how math and physics are just concepts used to brainwash us. Well anyway, Borgy didn't want to pasa-poke so the only time we completed one circle was clockwise. haha As we were leaving, we couldn't find Trisha (Rensie's guitar) so Rensie was panicking. But Mic was just teasing him hehe Anyway, most of them still went to Timezone / play billiards. I decided to go home already but dropped Lippy off at his house first. In the car we were talking about regrets and making decisions and prioritizing things. Who can say what to prioritize.... Only time will tell if you made a "good" decision or a "bad" one, if an event that happened was "good" or "bad." Right after, it's hard to say.

Parting from the story, I remember thinking about pre-emptive action (US-Iraq war issue) after killing a mosquito that was flying around. Is that the same? The mosquito wasn't biting me and I had no proof that it bit me or was going to bite me but I killed it anyway. The things I think about diba... Was also thinking about "crying over spilled milk" saying. And figured that we don't cry because the milk was spilled (only partially because of it) but we cry more because we were already expecting to drink the milk and got disappointed. But is it so wrong to expect? So stupid to dream?

Will post about last night later. After I eat lunch :D

Friday, December 24, 2004

My spare keyboard's disconnected, I have an IE window open and ready to play the egg song (, there are random stuffed animals in random weird places, my cell phone's on the upper shelf and it has so many pictures of Carrie! But she's keeping me busy ^_^ Lots of things have been keeping me busy lately. I haven't been home for dinner since...Monday. Will be out again today o.O First it was the Celadon Christmas party, then it was Queen's house, then Christmas party at Taima's house (made me miss the Amazing Race *sniff*) and last night was Da's house (Starlight falling on the snow lalalala). During the day time, I've: had lunch with my kabarkada's, played Sims2, gone to voice lessons, finally gotten the order of magic wallets, blogged, chatted, taken care of Carrie, started researching for History, photocopied the survey I have to give to the OFWs... not that unproductive right? But I still have to: buy pencils and candies for the OFWs, talk to BJ about that dev psych paper, finish history research (maybe today), fix my messy messy messy table, buy a scrapbook, go to the Christmas Eve service later than have dinner with family afterwards... Tired na! hahaha

Thanks again for the gifts! I won't name all of you cause I might forget someone and that would be a sin. I'm hungry. But I can't eat raisinets (self-restraining order haha) cause I'm trying not to get sick, which might happen really soon LOL Otherwise, I'm not feeling too bad, but I could feel better. *pause*

Starlight falling on the snow
Fire glows within
Celebrate the joyful news
Hope is born again

*play* Maybe tonight I'll feel more Christmas-y :)

Thursday, December 23, 2004

me and cousin... she loves my phone and calls it "mayl" (smile) haha and then after taking a picture she'll say "misi" (me see) then she says "achi, cari" (achi, carrie) hehehe
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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Is it becoming obvious that as long as I'm at home I'm in front of the computer? Since I have no papers to write (clarification: none due tomorrow), I have not much to do. My cousin's so cuteeeee. Anyway, this one's from my friend's symbiotic entity.

TEN Random Things About Me:
10. I love raisinets.
09. The teddy bear that comes with my cellphone is named Joyce.
08. I have a magic wallet - and sell them!
07. I have "apo's" who call me "lola" and a semi-apo who calls me semi-lola.
06. I am a psych major.
05. I am the oldest grandkid in my mom's side of the family.
04. I am going to have a haircut later.
03. I don't mind not going abroad.
02. I am closer to my mom - even though she confiscates my raisinet jar sometimes.
01. I love noodles.

NINE Places I've Visited:
09. Hong Kong
08. Florida
07. China
06. Baguio
05. Canada
04. Michigan
03. Minnesota
02. San Francisco
01. New York

EIGHT Things I want to do before I die:
08. Visit the Tower of London and the Louvre
07. Watch the Phantom of the Opera
06. See the pyramids (Egypt)
05. Make a 2-hour movie
04. Write a book and have it published
03. Learn how to do cross stitch and make yummy desserts
02. Go bungee jumping
01. Have a family of my own

SEVEN Ways to win my heart:
*out of order*

SIX Things I believe in:
06. love? miffed
05. money - it makes the world go rounddd
04. curative powers of coke, noodles and chocolate
03. ohana - it means family and family means no one gets left behind, or forgotten
02. angels
01. God

FIVE Things I'm afraid of:
05. lizards
04. being forgotten
03. getting hit by a basketball or volleyball
02. the people i care about getting hurt
01. dying alone

FOUR of my Favorite Items in my bedroom:
04. raisinets
03. bed
02. books and notebooks
01. laptop!

THREE Things I do everyday:
03. eatttt
02. think
01. talk

TWO Things I am trying not to do right now:
02. think
01. eat raisinets cause it's almost lunch time

ONE Person I need to see right now:
01. partner for psych project. well not really need to see, need to talk to lang.

My cousin! She's staying with us for a few days cause her parents went abroad. Posted by Hello

Cookie-pop land! haha You can buy these at Art Cakes (somewhere in Glorietta). Posted by Hello

my christmas stocking cookie-pop! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, December 21, 2004


Knew the signs
Wasn't right
I was stupid for a while
Swept away by you
And now I feel like a fool

So confused, my heart's bruised
Was I ever loved by you

Out of reach, so far
I never had your heart
Out of reach, couldn't see
We were never meant to be

Catch myself from despair
I could drown if I stay here
Keeping busy every day
I know I will be OK

But I was
So confused, my heart's bruised
Was I ever loved by you

Out of reach, so far
I never had your heart
Out of reach, couldn't see
We were never meant to be

So much hurt, so much pain
Takes a while to regain what is lost inside
And I hope that in time, you'll be out of my mind
And I'll be over you

But now I'm
So confused, my heart's bruised
Was I ever loved by you

Out of reach, so far
I never had your heart
Out of reach, couldn't see
We were never meant to be

Out of reach, so far
I never had your heart
In my reach, I can see
There's a life out there for me

Yesterday was another busy day. So woke up, showered, decided on what to wear for the entire day - had to be good for lunch and dinner (as would not be able to change attire anymore), went to the salon, went to lunch. Lunch was interesting. Been a while since we got together. We being the angels4lyf. Haha what a name. It was amusing to think "gaggle of giggling girls" LOL it was so... movie-ish. A group of college girl friends having lunch together. Next time it would group of working girl friends... and further down the lane maybe it would be group of mothers. Gah.

Points made throughout the conversation: "smart din pala mga profs," "masyado malaki barkada natin" (referring to the exchanging gifts part, all of us had two shopping bags full just to give away presents and get presents too, there are twelve of us total but two are abroad), "Congrats Macy!" (she just learned that she passed accounting), "Tinee and Lali are smart" (they decided to get dessert first), "Santa has no children (you don't wanna know why this is part of the convo)." I forget the other highlights. The food was good. We had lunch at Paseo Uno (Mandarin). The dessert was the best. Mmmm... one of my goals in life: learn how to make really good dessert.

After lunch (around 3pm!), we decided to go to Rockwell. We took two vans, Tinee and Macy didn't go anymore. My car arrived first since I live in Makati and the village sticker allowed us to enter villages and cut through other traffic areas. First stop was Mango, then FCUK, M&S, Bass (met up with the others here), then Fully Booked where we spent the bulk of our time. Funny shirt at FCUK which had "Sex is like snow" written on it. Why? Um go to the store and check. Anyway went to McDo before leaving with KLee (she lives in Pasig and the Christmas party is in Pasig). She bought twister fries and the royal float. I decided not to buy anything. Went home, got table and extension cord then hurried off.

After dropping KLee off (had the little bonding session in the car of course), arrived at the place. Coincidentally, I arrived at the same time as the triplets (i.e. twins + Jared). They didn't know what floor the pool was either. So we pressed buttons... Someone said 20 but it wasn't the floor we were looking for. Then someone said 34 but the door wouldn't open so we figured better choose something else. Finally we went to the ground floor and someone asked the guard where the pool was. 3rd floor hehe Maybe it's a Xavier thing (Earl and KO also keep getting lost in the elevators LOL) but then again I was there lost with them. The party was OK. I guess I enjoyed last year's more because had no skeletons in my closet yet last year. But it was a good party.

The only time I cried (during the party, after is another story) was when they were doing the Break the Egg game. I couldn't catch my breath from laughing so hard. It was absurd! hahaha And then I remembered they were teasing Ivan about being a chicken and there he was with an egg hahaha and Jules haha Now that's entertainment LOL You had to be there to really understand what in the world I'm talking about right now LOL I'm also glad I got to bond a little with Lyndy, meet Bea (Andrew's friend), chat with Lippy and host with Robin. I really appreciate the card Mike gave me, and the gifts from Mic and Lainey.

But you wanna know something about life? It can be very very ironic.

1. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?: carpenters working next door


3.WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?: donut! from twinnie


5. WHAT DO YOU DO DURING YOUR BREAKFAST TIME?: eat, read the front page


7. THE FIRST THING YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU SEE THE OPPOSITE SEX?: i shall try to observe my thoughts next time

8. AUTO OR MANUAL CAR?: driver

9. FAVORITE DAY/s OF THE week?: Saturday

10. FAVORITE PLACE/s?: Right here in front of the comp, my bed, Celadon room

11. FAVORITE SPORTS?: surfing pa rin...


13. Why? Because.

14. THE COOLEST WAY I HAVE DONE TO RELEASE PRESSURE?: Coolest? erm. Got a coloring book and started coloring.

15.PEOPLE I HATE MOST: creepazoids

16. WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A GIRL/BOY?: I'll have to agree with Bambs: "Dressing up, having an excuse to be masungit when you have your period" Not having to do the manual labor stuff hehe

17. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY?: Depends on my mood. Dad's side cousins and I are planning to watch Feng Shui on the afternoon of the 25th hehe

18. MY BEST FRIEND/s IS/ARE: Ria? ^_^ It's her birthday today, do greet her :) Other friends: my other cousins (lotta, nissy, melis) and relatives (unca wesh!)- but not all, Celadon people esp quadruplets and "family", angels4lyf, the other nameless barkada, etc

19. CHOCOLATE OR FLOWER?: chocolate!!! or the fake tickles flowers

20. WheN I'M STUCK IN A JAM: I sleep

21. IF YOU COULD TURN BACK TIME, YOU WOULD..: what's the point. live life with no regrets whehehe

23. IN YOUR WALLET, YOU HAVE: money, cards, receipts

24. FAVORITE SMELLS?: noodle soup.. fresh air

*got survey from bambs*

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Hm hm. What an eventful day. First ate lunch at Kimpura (I had udon again of course), went home then left right away for RCBC to watch Merrily We Roll Along with Addy and Birdie. Nice nice play. I really enjoy musicals. Left the place with a good happy feeling - even though as Birdie's friend said, it technically wasn't a happy ending (cause the ending was the first part of the play and the play was chronologically unfolded from end to beginning). The end (first part of the show) introduced successful but unhappy people and broken friendships. The beginning (last part) showed the characters still enthusiastic about the future - singing about changing the world. It was supposed to end at 5-ish but I guess not. I saw Gene again! My mentor while I was doing the layout for the Footloose programme. Enzo (bluerep) was the lead, Macky (the guy who played the lead role for Footloose) was there too and he played supporting role, Gabs, Pineds, Tony, Reg and Jed were all there also. Louise, Da and Queen watched too! Anyway, went home, didn't even get off the car yet and we were on our way to church already. Arrived late by around 10 minutes. The Christmas cantata really is amazing. They achieved an eerily medieval look. The aisles were full of candle stands and the costumes were very well-thought of. The tenor who sang O Holy Night was incredible!!! Think Josh Groban haha With the curly hair LOL Kudos to Carminda Regala, UCM Choir and the Philharmonic orchestra. I took a picture but I was too far back.

Afterwards, we all went back home - we being me, my brother, my cousins, and my aunt. We got McDo and ordered Pizza for dinner! LOL how healthy. So we had our dinner at the long dining table. Conversation with them is always so amusing. We were talking about the latest ICA-XS acquaintance party cause my cousin's in first year HS. It's so early already!!! They started at 2pm and ended at 7pm. Gah. My batch's acquai was just starting at that time. Plus, girls exited at one gate while guys exited using another gate. How strange. But my cousin said she enjoyed. She saw her rep-mate Aldo who played the role of Pippin. That guy can sing really well! But she didn't dance with him. Aunt said "mga totoy pa mga yan." And then cousin goes "it's not the age that makes them totoy, it's the school!" LOL All throughout the dinner convo, someone would start singing O Holy Night (super LSS haha) or That Lovin' Feeling cause it was the last song on the radio we heard.

I'm sleepy and not making much sense. Or if I'm still making sense, my sentences don't flow very well. Tomorrow I'll be having lunch at Mandarin with my barkada, going out with them afterwards then going to the Celadon Christmas party. Wah. Tiring tiring day. I wonder if I should go to Queen's Christmas party Tuesday evening. Well why not. Haven't even heard a peep from Fran yet. Probably will be going out with her, Tin and Theresa soon. Dang. Have to start promoting for the next interdepartment race - January 8. And then have to start reading the books I borrowed from the library. And doing the 3 papers :'( Maybe I won't bring my cellphone to HK but then it has become such a necessity. I probably won't nominate IVs for the awards anymore. It's just more work and it will lessen Celadon's chances of winning.

Mom and dad aren't home yet. They were supposed to sleepover somewhere but when dad found out it was just a nipa hut with no airconditioning, it was an automatic "we're definitely not staying" decision. So I'm still awake waiting for them to get back.

This was written by Cez. Here are my thoughts after the tournament.

Dbt104: Tournament Management

Someone once told me that when you’ve organized a tournament successfully, you can organize anything. And it’s true—successful tournament management isn’t impossible, but it’s not easy either. Convening a good tournament takes a lot of effort, commitment, and patience, and it can seem like an uphill battle on some days. The reason why people continue to organize debate tournaments year after year after year, though, is because convening a tournament isn’t only a learning experience, it’s wicked fun besides. It's fun afterwards IF the tournament ran smoothly and everyone else thinks so too. During the tournament when you don't know how it will turn out, it's just a big headache. Organizers reserve the right to laugh at and bitch about all the mistakes that debaters, adjudicators, schools, committee members, and they themselves make, and watching the drama unfold during the tournament proper can be like living in your very own soap opera. And, at the end of everything, nothing beats the relief you feel at finally finishing all the work and almost having everything go perfectly. (What I mentioned earlier.) So, really—putting together a good tournament can be as rewarding for the organizers as attending one is for the debaters and adjudicators; as Convenor, you just have to remember a few things to make sure that you don’t go crazy with stress.

First, get good people to help you. Set up an appropriate Organizing Committee (OrCom) based on the kind of tournament that you’re aiming for, and pick competent, responsible, bearable people to head them. Make sure that each one knows the extent of his or her duties—Finance handles budgeting and keeps an eye on your accounts, Marketing finds the money that you’ll be spending note on this: if you have a very generous sponsor, that may be all you need but remember, budget with a lot of possible price changes in mind - if the current price is 475, it's OK to put 550 on the budget sheet, will save you lots of trouble. Would also be nice to get a sponsor who's willing to give an x-deal (i.e. Summit or Absolute), Secretariat handles all business pertaining to registration, Logistics takes care of looking for venues for the debates, Food finds the food, Socials throws the parties, and Accommodations and Transportation (I called this committee Hospitalities) helps out-of-town participants with lodging and transport. Of course, those are very general job descriptions and it’s important to break those down to more specific duties at the start of the planning process. As Convenor, it will be your job to facilitate this, and to coordinate with the various committees and figure out how to deal with the hundred and one other little duties that need to be done but that don’t seem to be the job of any specific committee besides. Don’t forget to find a Tournament Director to run tabulations and match-ups for you, and—pay attention, this is very important—find volunteers. Find lots and lots of volunteers, to act as timers/runners, to staff your various committees, to help serve food or to run other errands on tournament day itself. Chances are, the more volunteers you have, the more smoothly your tournament will run, because you’ll have enough people to do everything and won’t need to overextend your self and your OrCom. Runners, in particular, are important when you’re putting together a large tournament, because they’ll help with the speedy generation of match-ups. Usually, runners fall under the charge of your Log Head, but some Tournament Directors prefer to handle runners/timers themselves. Regardless, network for volunteers extensively. Make it a point to make the volunteers feel extra special simply because they are.

The second thing to remember is that: communication and transparency are very important. It's good to explain why you're doing what and what else needs to be done. You’ll need to follow-up and keep an eye on the progress of your committees regularly and in a non-suffocating manner non-suffocating meaning allow them to have their own ideas and encourage them to find areas that might be problematic, and OrCom meetings are a good way to do this. Not only will you be updated about the goings-on in your various committees, they’ll also be able to make arrangements with each other directly for matters like registration fees (your Secretariat and Finance committees will need to make a joint decision about this), saving you copious amounts of misunderstandings, stress, and sleep-deprivation. Having more people listening to the same ideas will also—note the hopeful, optimistic tone of this sentence—lessen the chances of little details getting overlooked or certain things—like how do you deal with vegetarians?—being taken for granted. It’s also important to keep the communication lines between your self and your committee heads open and to impress upon them the importance of transparency and asking for help when they need help so that problems can be dealt with quickly, directly, and resourcefully, before they become serious catastrophes and bring the entire tournament down with them. It's nice if they prepare a list of issues or questions before the meeting so that they don't forget and the issues get addressed. Online meetings very handy for quick one-on-ones.

Another good idea for throwing a successful tournament is to know what has to be done by when. See, the list of things-to-do for tournaments is extensive, and remembering to perform specific activities too late can be a major source of stress and problems. So calendar early, calendar with your Organizing Committee, and set up realistic deadlines to prevent panic, stress, and burnout. Actually setting unrealistic deadlines is good and then extending them if totally impossible. Cover important questions like when does registration start and when does it end and when you will finalize agreements about food, accommodations, venue, transportation, and other matters with memoranda of agreement (MOAs) if necessary, and clear up who has to produce what when so that there are no misunderstandings. At the same time, you have to remember to be flexible, primarily because the OrCom’s idea of a large enough timeframe for registration rarely jives with debaters’ and adjudicators’ ideas of a sufficiently lengthy period for registration. Yes, debaters and adjudicators are habitually, notoriously late creatures, so set early time limits—you never know when a miracle might happen—but be prepared to push them back and then back again and back again still. Don't I know it. Just try to finish everything that you can beforehand because, as a correlation of Murphy’s Law says, you will forget something and crises will arise during the tournament despite all your preparations, so getting as many things done beforehand will give you more time and energy to deal with those when they come.
I don't know how Cez ended the article but I do know I suggested something cheesy and Cez said "ya know it just might work." Will ask her for a copy.
Other tips:
For food, have a pay-for-seconds policy. Also, have waiters be the one to serve the food so that certain gluttonous people do not get too much (i.e. half the tray).
Give food to the manongs (guards, janitors, technicians).
Confidence. When faced with a particularly sticky situation, straight face, no-nonsense attitude is required. This is how the guy finally agreed to iron man in round 5 when his partner had dysmen and he just wanted to skip debating. Pshaw.
No money, no join. Even for Ateneo people. Especially for Ateneo people.
Find a way to make them come on time.
Add little extras here and there. Details count. A woman's special touch LOL
Be there the whole time as much as possible. You are the convenor, if anything goes wrong, you have to be there.
Ask friends to help out. At the same time, learn how to identify volunteers with initiative. They're the best people to work with.
Ho hum time for lunch. Kimpuraaaaa wheeee

Friday, December 17, 2004

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I am frustrated. 2 more points. I needed 2 more points to get an A for the Sci10 LT. Considering sir is considered a terror teacher I guess that's fine. But still! Well OK, I'm excused because of the test was right after the debate tourney and I didn't get to study very well... sigh. Rationalization. But I'm still alive anyway. What a consolation. Don't you ever wonder sometimes what it would be like if you died? I do sometimes. Not what it would be like for me, but how much the world would change if I ceased to live in it.

De Venecia's daughter died.. Accdg to my mom, the fire was caused by faulty Christmas lights. The carpet caught fire, everyone evacuated but they weren't able to check all the rooms. Because the daughter was very "magala," they thought she wasn't even home. She called her sister who only heard something like "help help" but the call was cut off. She got blankets and wrapped herself up and got in the bathtub. She died of suffocation. She was only 17.

Anyway, enough of the sad sad tales and let's move on to the sad tales. I'm such a nerd >.< I borrowed 8 library books today. The maximum number of books for a Dean's Lister to borrow is 10. Gosh so many books to read during the break. And I won't even be here for the whole break. And I'll be interviewing OFWs even if I'm going to HK. The paper bag I brought to school was so heavy!

Almost time to go to grandfather's house. By now most if not all of my kabarkadas and their coursemates are taking the accounting test. Good lucks to them. I will eat a donut hehe I'm so mean.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

This is written on the white board at the 3rd flr of Gonzaga. No idea why it's there. But anyway, look! It's eggy! P.S. thank you eggy for agreeing to be part of the interdept race for managers on Saturday. Posted by Hello

A resto and bar called Moksha. Very timely as I just had my history test that day and part of it was about the concept of "release" (moksha) from whatever suffering. Kinda like nirvana I suppose. Posted by Hello

A taxi named "BORGYPING" I just couldn't resist taking a pic haha was stuck in traffic anyway. Doggie has a taxi ^_^ arf Posted by Hello

All ready for Christmas. Dad's side of the family will be opening gifts on the 25th. Mom's side will celebrate tomorrow. Celadon choir will be caroling. Posted by Hello

Me, pretending to work... I was actually just making the certificates... or maybe I was looking for the Beauty and the Beast movie I have in my laptop. Posted by Hello

Pretty convenor, tournament director and log deputy ^_^ haha jk lookie, all ICAns! Posted by Hello

My Finance and Food committees - notice all Xaverians! F5? whehe Posted by Hello

My wonderful secretariat committee - notice, still all ICAns! except Cucu monster of course who's also a Xaverian. What an ICA-XS world. Posted by Hello

Twins! Wyndale and Hal. Wyndale isn't Xaverian but he sure looks like one haha Posted by Hello

Been meaning to post about names and signs. Anyway, I've been photo-happy and it's quite obvious. Aside from the Moksha, Tang and Borgyping, I've also noticed that one of the signs along Makati Ave has the name Manuel Colayco. Just an interesting bit. Plus I really enjoy figuring out how company names are invented. For example, another sign reads YENOM - MONEY backwards. In Harry Potter, one of the objects is called the mirror of erised and, although I figured it out on my own, it was only the second time I was reading the book when I noticed that erised is desire backwards. I love playing with words. I've always like writing actually. There's this card I gave mom when I was just a kid and scrawled were three letters: I L Y. haha it's obvious what I wanted to say and interesting how i didn't write I L U instead but ... whatever.

Today was a not very productive day in school. Just a party for Personality - got a 59/65 in my Long Test *wahhhh* so close yet so far to an A. Damn. If I just got ONE MORE NUMBER right. Gr. Or if I got a bonus question right. Stupid. I was careless. It said the day BEFORE Adler's birthday. Not the day of Adler's birthday. Enough enough enough. Maybe I'll catch up. As in the striving for superiority theory goes, must first feel inferior so that I become motivated.

For Dev Psych we talked about TEMPERAMENT. Of course I forgot the only notebook I had to bring today (psych notebook). It's just about how easy babies, difficult babies and slow-to-warm up babies usually grow up to be easy sociable fun-to-be-with adults, antisocial aggressive adults, and cautious & shy adults respectively. Only around 10% of babies are difficult, 15% are slow to warm up, 40% are easy and the rest are a bit of everything. Mom says I was more of an easy baby but my brother was probably a slow to warm up one.

Interdepartment race for managers is this Saturday already. Good luck to us. And maybe it'll go smoothly.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

picture of me on a river tour (Guilin, China) Posted by Hello

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

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You wanna know something about life? It can be very very ironic.

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

Monday, December 13, 2004

I'm DDD - drained, depressed and totally dependent on Alaxan now. IVs is finally over. Fun Run is finally over. Long tests not yet over. Everyone kept saying how great IVs was - I'll just keep whining about how much greater it could have been if it weren't for:

a) late people
If the other participants and volunteers could make it on time, why couldn't they?
b) messy people
c) gluttonous people
Not only do they get a mountain full of food, they're so so so rude to the waiters.

Basically, burn all inconsiderate people. The total opposites are really angels - people like Steph Co (my favorite adj), the SMU people, my orcom, etc.

My AIVolunteers really are Amazing and Incredible.

Email from the president:
"congrats congrats to the fantastic aivs (fine, amazing and incredible as daph says) orcom!!! people couldnt stop coming up to me last night about what a great tourney it was! and i kept telling them i had nothing to do with it, and that the ivs orcom did everything well on your own. =)"

How was my Sci10 long test? polyamide polyethylene polyvinyl polystyrene WHATTT I hope i did well even though I didn't study.

Fun Run time: 27 mins. 12 seconds for 3km - me proud of self. Even though I was probably the third to the last girl in my class to finish. Not bad - considering I had been running around the entire school since Friday and my legs were aching like crazy. I was limping yesterday. That really hurt.

Fell asleep during Eco class today. What I like about me - I can totally recharge through power naps, just let me doze off for say 5 minutes and I'll be pretty alert for another hour and a half.

I think I better start studying for Perso Long Test tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

You Are a Life Blogger!

Your blog is the story of your life - a living diary.
If it happens, you blog it. And make it as entertaining as possible.

Pretty obvious hehe my day today? Productive :) I finished the certificates for the volunteers in the morning. Then, I went to Jack's Loft to have lunch with mom. The mushroom soup and carbonara are really delicious. Salpicao is heavenly - too bad it's expensive or I would have included it in the menu for IVs dinner too. So the final menu is mushroom soup, gambas, stir fry chicken, carbonara, four-types-of-mushroom pasta, and chocolate decadent cake. This is what I'm looking forward too. After lunch, tweaked my Personality Paper (Alder) and finished my history paper on Indian textiles. I have yet to make an outline for History reporting about Women in Chinese History. I also finished the letter for OSA to approve the MOA with Jack's Loft. Hopefully no snags there. Gosh the tournament is so close I'm getting tense. I have to remember to meet Hal for the change tomorrow and Glenn for the rest of the money. It's sad I can't attend the HR department gathering or George/Sherwin/Stephen 's birthday blowout on Friday. Maybe I can drop by for a while. I can't just leave the tournament hahaha Tomorrow is a Thursday - running again. Fun Run only a few days away too.

Not to mention the long tests...
On Friday - Eco 102
On Monday - Sci 10
On Tuesday - Psy 104
On Wednesday - Hi 16 and Fr 1

An anecdote.
Mom had the driver bring the parol to the shop to replace some bulbs. The shop replaced it with defective ones so mom told him to go back and have them change it. Since it's the shop's fault, mom did not give money to the driver anymore. Their cellphone conversation -
Driver: Ma'am 100 pesos daw para palitan un mga pundi
Mom: Hindi na, sila naman naglagay nun. Sabihin mo wala kang pera.
Driver: Kailangan may bayad daw. Eto kausapin nyo.
Shop person: Ma'am sige na ho, Pasko naman.
Mom: Walang dalang pera un driver tsaka kayo naglagay ng mga pundi, binayaran ka na dati.
Shop person: 100 pesos lang ma'am.
Mom: Kausapin ko un driver.
Mom (to driver): Sabihin mo walang kang dalang pera.
Driver: Ah may dala ako ma'am. (someone's really smart huh?)
Mom: Hay naku shempre narinig na nya. Sabihin mo singkwenta lang dala mo.
Driver: May 100 ako dito ma'am. (someone's a real genius)
-- the end --

PS. the new lightbulbs? they died again.

Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Banner has been picked up (thanks Mic!!), downpayment for dinner has been made, rooms have been confirmed. So many preparations. And this is only for half of the targeted number of participants!

My voice lesson today went pretty well I think. I have to make it sound more dramatic, to really feel the songs (On My Own and I Dreamed a Dream). Not so hard to do considering... Tonight watching Christmas with the Kranks ... at Rockwell. Sheesh I've been avoiding that place but... sooner or later, ready or not, now or never... I'm gonna have to go.

I made a mistake in the French seatwork awhile ago. :( Long test for Economics is on Friday - same day as IVs start.

Lord give me strength. Help keep me from burning out before and during the weekend. Guide me as I run both races. Amen.
And He will raise you up on eagle's wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun... and hold you in the palm of His hand.

Monday, December 6, 2004

Things I accomplished today:

  • Had tarp for IVs made at InterMatrix, paid downpayment
  • Met Melissa for Jack's Loft arrangements
  • Found Economics notebook and do well in quiz
  • Was brave enough to tell Sir Marquez the class didn't know what he was talking about and understood the lecture after that
  • Met with the best co-managers for Contact AIR
  • Posted sign-up sheet for Dec. 18 Manager's Contact AIR
  • Got birthday cards for my flockies back from Cla
  • Agreed with SOSE week person about arrangments on Friday for SEC B and C
  • Had sponsor banners approved by OSA
  • Got project proposal for Contact AIR from OSA
  • Took a 30 minute catnap
  • Met Mic and Borgy's friend and forgot his name (uh oh)

And it's only 4:30! Things I have yet to do:

  • Run
  • Practice voice
  • Study French
  • Finalize Logan's accommodations
  • Chat with Cez about IVs
  • Chat with Tahnee about IVs Jack's Loft dinner
  • Chat with Earl about payment system for IVs meals
  • Chat with Robin about ISO downpayment for IVs participants
  • Feel sorry for self
  • Get downpayment for Jack's Loft
  • Fix transpo schedule for tomorrow
  • Text AIR members about meeting tomorrow --> And ya know what really sucks? The mass is during my break *sob*
  • Prepare payement for IVs tarp for pick-up tomorrow

So many things I still have to do and it's already 4:30...

Nice something from my friend's blog... (click here)

Sunday, December 5, 2004

What did I do this weekend... Let's see.

The only thing I really did yesterday was go to the MAD Concert Party. It wasn't bad. But it wasn't really good either. I enjoyed MYMP and Out of the Box's performance. I also recognized two songs - "Mr. Postman" performed by BloomField and the song by Kitchie Nadal. Oh I also recognized the Footloose song by OOTB. Loose, footloose, kick off your Sunday shoes... I ate BTIC cookies and cream (chunky) and bought one of those glows when you crack the stick bracelets. They were expensive, considering I know how much one stick actually costs (my aunt just went to divisoria and bought a whole bundle). They were selling it for P10... o_O Well I still bought a pink one to match my uhh "outfit." Got home at 12:10ish cause I wanted to watch OOTB perform.

Apart from the concert, I finished the certificate design for those volunteering in THIS COMING WEEKEND's debate tournament. I so hate this tournament already. With a passion. Can't wait til it's over. I have to miss the 2nd HR Dept Gathering of Celadon just for it. Not that I wouldn't be dropping by every so often. Maybe during debate rounds. The tournament's this coming weekend naaaaaa *run around panicking* This is driving me nuts.

Today. I woke up and ate spam omelette. Fixed some gifts. Ate lunch - chicken (curry sauce). Fixed banner for the IVs. Texted (via chikka mostly) people for the iDG meeting on Tuesday. Exercised on the treadmill for an hour. I can't believe exercise is part of my life now. Thought about a topic for my Dev Psy mini-project 1. Hopefully she approves the topic about signing babies (website). Had dinner - yummy egg with brain, peaches for desert. And now I'm just typing away on my blog. Study? sigh... I didn't study at all.

7 out of 8 members of Out of the Box. They performed in last night's MAD concert party. 2 cute guys that look alike 3rd and 4th from the left hehe Posted by Hello

my study table Posted by Hello

Friday, December 3, 2004

So tired. But I enjoyed volunteering today for the most part. The conveyor belt was fun and so was the trick or treating hehe Conveyor belt is when all volunteers form two lines facing each other like \\ and then we pass the many garbage bags full of clothes from the storage hallway to the truck outside. Trick or treat is the term I coined for the packing of the relief goods. It's like an assembly line. First, get plastic. Second, get two canned goods. Third, get one sugar (bag of). Fourth, get four noodles. Fifth, get coffee. Sixth, get a kilo of rice. Last, hand it to the person at the end of the line for inventory. I also had fun with the water bottles actually. We had to get the donations out of the truck and into the building. We formed a line too. There were so many! Each pack had 12 water bottles with 500 mL of water. The theory was, the water was just taken from all the floods the typhoon brought haha After a long time, they finally announced last 5. Everyone joked: "last 5 trucks" hehehe Thankfully they really did mean last 5 cases. The jobs I didn't like the most were sorting the clothes (hard to sort since they aren't exactly labeled ADULTS or KIDS and we had to guess). I didn't like throwing out the trash either hehehe

I went with CharLao, Ria, Nissy and Melissa. This morning Pinky invited me but I told her I would probably be busy with ADS stuff (which is driving me straight to the asylum). But Ria called me and I have a very hard time saying no to Ri-ri. Birdie, KLee, Enzo and Mic helped out also. My blockmate Kimmy was there too! At one point, a lady suddenly asked "Daphne, you don't remember me na noh?" And I'm like ohhhh Ma'am... and then she says "Mrs. Tan." Yes I was going to say her name, I swear it! hahaha but it's hard to forget her, she'd been my teacher for quite a while in GS (music teacher). She transferred already to Ateneo GradeSchool. Her kids were helping out a while ago too. It's so nice to see so many people helping out. Accdg to the guy there were 140-150 volunteers today. Anyway TASK FORCE NOAH still needs your help! My friend says they need cash and sugar donations. You can drop your donations at Loyola House of Studies.

Just a week more til IVs. So help me God.

Thursday, December 2, 2004

i am stupid

After the IVs meeting, everyone left already except for me and three of my friends. One was talking about elastic curve, another was talking about elastic wood. My other friend and I were just watching the two of them ramble... So there it was, an insane economist, an insane phycisist and two psychologists. OK fine not so funny when I narrate it here but it was funny yesterday.

My new song for voice lessons: (I don't know if my teacher just happens to pick the songs for me to sing but there's something very fishy about what she's picked so far - first On My Own and now this one.)

I Dreamed a Dream

I dreamed a dream in days gone by
when hope was high and life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die.
I dreamed that God would be forgiving.

Then, I was young and unafraid
and dreams were made and used and wasted.
There was no ransom to be paid,
no song unsung no wine untasted.

But the tigers come at night
with their voices soft as thunder ->> I really like that phrase.
As they tear your hope apart,
as they turn your dream to shame.

He slept a summer by my side.
He filled my days with endless wonder.
He took my childhood in his stride.
But he was gone when autumn came.

And still I dreamed he'd come to me,
that he would live the years together.
But there are dreams that cannot be,
and there are storms we cannot weather.

I had a dream my life would be
so different from this hell I'm living,
so diff'rent now from what it seemed.

Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

Monday, November 29, 2004

The weather is so not conducive for classes. And definitely not good for running. Please let classes be suspended tomorrow.

It's so fun to tease my apos. I have some kind of immunity cause I don't really share much with them. It's fun to listen to their problems, remembering how I used to be in similar situations (only from a girl's point of view), try to give them advice... but I'm learning at the same time they're learning. It's not like I'm the all-knowing lola, just a little older, maybe a little wiser. Maybe.

Had two online meetings for IVs today. Everything is in full swing. It's only.. 11 days away! And it's now 11:00 so time for me to go. It's the last bus back to my home planet.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Mother's Revenge... too bad the glass was reflecting the light. It shocked me when I realized what the dog was biting - and why. Posted by Hello

Went to the National and Metropolitan museums today. Bumped into students from Ma'am Nazareno's other classes too! The most thought-provoking part of the trip was a terracota figure called "Mother's Revenge." I took a picture of it and will post it soon. At first glance, it looked like a labrador picking something up from the ground. A closer inspection showed that the dog was biting the neck of a crocodile / alligator who, in turn, had a puppy in its mouth :( sad. I wonder if Jose Rizal was the one who made the figure since his name was under the title of the work. Mother's Revenge... was this a symbolism perhaps for Mother Spain? And the crocodiles would be the friars while the puppy is the Philippines. I remember in Noli or Fili there was a part about feeding the crocodiles. Then again, maybe the mother refers to Inang Bayan? Or maybe it doesn't refer to anything at all!

This sem I think I'm getting a full work-out. Aside from my PE class (Running), I was also assigned to be the beadle of my Economics class - I have to erase the board before and after class and lemme tell you, my prof loves to use the blackboard. Still, my notes in his class are super neat because his structure is just amazing - he has an outline everyday! My brain's also getting some good exercise because of Sci 10. My prof always looks for a very specific term. He won't move on until one lucky student guesses the exact word he's looking for. We're still in chapter 1 of the book. Skillwise, definitely. The IVs is the most... what's-the-word... ambitious project I've ever headed. Experience will be my prof there.

I guess I better run, I'm having dinner at my kabarkada's house. Hope the Battle of the Bands is a success. Good luck to the dance troupe! I'm looking forward to the MAD Concert on Dec. 4. I heard Out of the Box and they were good. My friend says MYMP is good too. And yes, I'm proud of my back whehehe

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

I am allergic to the tape they use in the hospital. The area where they stuck the cotton using tape, aside from having an ugly bruise, has very itchy red spots. My luck - probably inherited from my grandfather. He has the weirdest reactions to medicine... one time he was given something to calm his nerves but his body had different plans, he was kicking and shouting and biting the nurses and everyone else. Just recently he was operated for a biopsy tube... had to do that twice because the blood vessel that was supposed to be going one way was apparently going the other direction. Just weird.

Voice lessons today was OK. I didn't get to watch Aling Lahi because of it but I don't mind. My current song assignment:

On My Own (Les Miserables)
On my own, pretending he's beside me.
All alone, I walk with him 'til morning.
Without him, I feel his arms around me.
And when I lose my way I close my eyes and he has found me.

In the rain, the pavement shines like silver.
All the lights are misty in the river.
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight.
And all I see is him and me forever and forever.

And I know it's only in my mind
that I'm talking to myself and not to him.
And although I know that he is blind,
Still I say there's a way for us.

I love him, but when the night is over,
he is gone, the river's just a river.
Without him, the world around me changes.
The trees are bare and everywhere the streets are full of strangers.

I love him but everyday I'm learning
all my life I've only been pretending.
Without me his world will go on turning.
The world is full of happiness that I have never known.

I love him, I love him, I love him, but only on my own.

Monday, November 22, 2004

My friend volunteered online through this site It's really interesting and maybe I will too, when I have more time (and when will that be, hmmm). I have nothing to do today... Cause I'm procrastinating. Slept the afternoon away and now I'm chatting. And it's not even vacation time. This is the life...

Saturday, November 20, 2004

They say that ignorance is bliss and sometimes I do wish that I were still ignorant. On the other hand, now that I'm not, not knowing and waiting to know is just making me anxious. Knowledge is power, after all... And I'm the type who can't just sit still and do nothing. I had my blood test today - so many vials... Even the intern said, "ang dami ah." At least the guy was a "sharpshooter" and didn't have to keep poking me. One poke was all it took. I'm praying that what I have is just a localized form of Scleroderma - that's what the doctor said I might have. Systemic Scleroderma is scary but we can't rule it out just yet. Needless to say, I'm scared. I will be having a biopsy too - hopefully during the Christmas break.

Enough about that... that's just making me tense. I watched National Treasure yesterday with Jacky, Elaine, Mic and Lihan. It was a really really nice movie!!! *spoiler* I'm just really glad that the place didn't suddenly cave in as is the case in most treasure finding movies. I'd watch that movie again. It certainly was an improvement from my ACP class (Da Vinci Code) which turned out to be a total waste of time. Gah. The speaker wasn't even talking about the book! Argh.

Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough (Don Henley)

Now I don't wanna lose you,
but I don't wanna use you
just to have somebody by my side
And I don't wanna hate you
I don't wanna take you
But I don't wanna be the one to cry

That don't really matter to anyone, anymore
But like a fool I keep losing my place
And I keep seeing you walk through that door

But there's a danger in loving somebody too much
And it's sad when you know it's your heart you can't trust
There's a reason why people don't stay where they are
Baby sometimes love just ain't enough

Now I could never change you
and I don't wanna blame you
Baby you don't have to take the fault
Yes I may have hurt you
But I did not desert you
Maybe I just wanna have it all

It makes a sound like thunder
It makes me feel like rain
And like a fool who will never see the truth
I keep thinking something's gonna change

And there's no way home
when it's late at night and you're all alone
Are there things that you wanted to say
Do you feel me beside you in your bed
there beside you where I used to lay

Baby sometimes love - it just ain't enough...

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Yesterday was revolutionary. The idg team held 4 consecutive meetings... why? (a) so that people with classes that ended early didn't have to stay in school until late (b) so that people with no classes at a certain time won't have to waste time and (c) so that more people can attend. Surprisingly, 32 people attended! Minus the project heads and HR AVP, that's still a whopping 27!! Previously, only 2-4 people would attend the 4:30-6 meetings. Asenso na! By the end of the second meeting I was already getting tired but I managed. Actually, I noticed that the 2nd and 3rd meetings were faster. I do not know whether to attribute this to the enthusiastic 1st-meeting volunteers or to experience haha I didn't have to look at the agenda anymore by the 4th meeting - I practically know it by heart. The minutes of the meeting(s) report is 4 pages long. I think the project is promising.

Today, I tried the same tactic with ADS. The problem is that I don't have much common time with the rest of my organizing committee so I only got to meet a few of them. Cecille met with the others but she's practically the head and I'm just a puppet. There was a not-so-straight guy badgering me to offer guy participants free lodging at his house... right... Plus, another guy was saying something like "we (ADS people) don't claim that ADS is the best organization but we do say that we're the most awarded" blah blah blah put a sock in it. At least I'm working for ADS for free ohkay??

According to my friend's friend, the Amazing Race 6 has begun with teams starting off in Iceland. Have to make space in my schedule for that. I really enjoy that show. But my schedule is pretty tight - even though I supposedly get off at 1:30. Aside from org meetings, I was assigned team leader for a French Christmas caroling project. I have to find common time for the team to meet and practice. Pronouncing French words is a problem - singing them is gonna be an interesting undertaking. I have to allot time to practice for my voice lessons too. Teacher assigned "The Prayer" song ("mom" version) which I'm not very familiar with. Well practically the only songs I'm familiar with are those played often on 94.7 anyway.

ACP is tomorrow... I guess I'm looking forward to the Da Vinci Code talk... Sort of... I mean, who doesn't want to have the whole long weekend free right? And it's hardly free. I must force myself to go running on Saturday. I'm still not used to running even though we've been running long distances (at least from my POV) every TTh. I'm really happy about the change in schedule - where Nov 25 and Dec 7 classes will follow Monday schedule. It means no PE! Of course I would be happier if the admi just decided to make those dates holidays too. After all, the only reason why they're changing sched is because MWF teachers were complaining about TTh classes not being affected by the holidays. Students would be happier too!

Sunday, November 14, 2004

If / When I become a mom, I wanna be like mine. I'm doing a project for my Developmental Psychology class and found an old album... I'm pausing my work to share with you some stuff in the album (all of the info were written by my mom):

The world as it was when baby was born
News Headines: Thai Military Coup Fails
Fashions, Fads, etc: U.S.A. for Africa T-shirts, Coca-Cola T-shirts (yes, my addiction for Coke is finally explained hehe jk)

Baby's first day home was September 14, 1985. There's a picture and I look like a... I dunno haha I'm smaller than the pillow!

Baby's Growth Chart (age - weight - height)
1 month and 4 days - 10.5 lbs - 20.5"
5 1/2 months - 20.02 lbs - 25"
1 yr and 2 months - 27 lbs - 32"

Dental Chart
Central incsiors: lower - March 27, '86 (left); May 5, '86 (right)
upper - July 9, '86 (right) and July 14, '86 (left)

Achievements (I don't really know how I compare with other kids but I don't really care)
Turned over at 3 months
Slept all night at 8 months
Smiled at 1 month
Laughed at 3 months
Recognized people at 10 1/2 months
Sat alone at 6 months
Crawled at 7 1/2 months
Got a haircut on March 14, '87
Walked on Aug. 4 '86

Religious Training
Nov 1986 - started going with us to Union Church (that's still where I go to church now), stayed in the nursery
Nov 1987 - stayed with the 2 yrs old class, they sing, color and paste
June 1988 - went by herself to her classroom (Sunday School) but was scared and didn't want to go again
Favorite Early Prayer:
Dear God,
Thank you for today. Take care of Angkong, Ama, Mommy, Daddy, everybody and me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

So to end this blog entry, let me do so with a prayer:

Dear God,
Thank you for today. Take care of Angkong, Mommy, Daddy, shoti, everybody and me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Friday, November 12, 2004

note to self: thou shall not use elevator to go down when alone.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

I killed a mosquito... overkilled it actually, first I just whacked it but then its legs were still moving so I got a ruler and flattened it. Bloodsucking bastards. Maybe I'm just sadistic.

It's gonna be a long weekend... literally, figuratively. Anyway, just wanted to share some of my more recent adventures...

Had running class again today... we were supposed to make 5 rounds around the covered courts (as in behind, where a part of the ROTC finals were held, and in front, around the parking area). I only finished 4 rounds - I was walking already the entire fourth round... at least there were three of us at the end of the group. I finished all my water - which is surprising cause usually I don't.

I was so tired afterwards I think I was hallucinating... but not really seeing things - more like smelling things or maybe feeling things. You know the "overwhelmed" feeling that's a bit like drowning? I swear I could smell the chlorine.

Ate breakfast part 2 with Lu Jean - waffles for me, pancakes for her. I probably will eat waffles more. First time for me to buy waffles (previously I just asked other people - like Mike - if I could have a piece or two)... I didn't like the bacon bits too much though. But the meal was worth the 25 bucks.

20 mins before class, I wanted to buy Coke (cause no more water) so got out a 20 from my magic wallet (I'm selling!) . But then it was raining so I thought maybe there's a vending machine in Bel so I'll just buy there. I opened my umbrella and started walking to the building. I was about to reach it when I remembered - uh oh, where did I put my 20?? Agh, I lost my bandana and then I lost a 20 - in less than three days! Isn't that terrible? So I was telling my blockmates how I lost something (again) and lo and behold... one of them asks, did you lose it on the way coming here? and then I said yes and I said it was still new and crispy too. She got something from her bag and handed me... my twenty! A bit wet because of the rain but it certainly was my new and crispy 20 nonetheless.

I never got to buy Coke cause it was time for class. I figured maybe there'd be water in the car. No such luck. Took an hour getting home but I finally got to drink water. Tada. My day.

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

I'm probably running a low fever and I can't even rest properly - 4 hours of sleep, on and off, and I was staring up at the ceiling for 3 hours. Not to mention the PE class - pure hellish torture. No pain, no gain? More like no pain, no loss (of weight). If there's a will there's a way I guess. Top it all off, I lost my bandana... I probably dropped it somewhere... I don't know anymore... I really liked that bandana, my mom bought it for me and now it's gone... I just decided to wear it today spur of the moment. Sometimes you wonder if little actions like those really matter and then something big and bad happens and you know that little actions really do matter. Actually, I even almost lost myself because I forgot my classroom number. Tres stupid.

Voice lessons went well thankfully. I've been pronounced not tone deaf.

Sunday, November 7, 2004

It's only going to be the 4th day of 2nd sem tomorrow but I feel so tired and uninspired/unenthusiastic. Of course there's the AIVs coming up - my first and LAST ADS project Dec 10-12... Dec 10 (Friday) also being the first long test for Sci10 (and they say I have a terror teacher, uh oh) and Dec 12 being the midterms for my PE - running, that is 5km in 25 mins... And then afterwards, I have to run the last day of the tournament (hopefully will not require literal running or legs might fall off). How I'll pull that off is a mystery. Why did test week have to coincide with the IVs? I shall attribute it to the bad luck called ADS. My friend texted me yesterday referring to the tournament she's in charge of and said that it would be the first and last project she'll do for ADS (hence, I borrowed her words). I'm super excited about my project in Celadon this sem though! Hope it's a success!

Saturday, November 6, 2004

An email:
Subject: Important Newsflash - Pls. Read

The Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) issued this call yesterday to Metro Manila residents following a study showing that a 7.2 magnitude earthquake could hit the metropolis anytime and could kill at least 147,000 people in seconds. In an interview, PHI-VOLCS Director Renato Solidumsaid the study was conducted and sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency in cooperationwith the Metro Manila Development Authority andPHI-VOLCS. The study was done in August 2002 until August this year.

Better safe, than sorry.

Take care, people!
The contents of the email have not been verified. If you feel/felt a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, leave a comment so we know the email is not a hoax.

Friday, November 5, 2004

Today is ama's (dad's side) death anniv. I had to stay in school til 4 so I didn't go with them to memorial. I remember when she died a few years back, it was exactly the end of sem break - then all of us cousins had to absent ourselves the first few days of the new quarter. That was one helluva year.

Anyway, we all had dinner here - yummy fish! And the cake was good too. At one point, aunt dropped a pill and everyone was looking for it and crawling on the floor. Well not everyone, just three of them - I was busy taking videos in my phone which I'll upload if I find a way to. What's funny is she asked my uncle with the smallest eyes to help her look and she kept saying it was color green. When she finally found it, she was "oops di pala green, pink pala" haha video format funnier.

Am stuck on level 7 of bounce but I'm progressing. Know how to get through the two blue square spikes... Don't know how many more I have to get through - but I do know that I have to get through at least two more. Hmmmm...

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

First day of the second semester.
Woke up at 7-ish.
Went to school.
Consigned my books (3 of them).
Went to Sci 10 class - No room for mediocrity. I have the book already. No room for mediocrity.
(got lost) Went to French class - sounds fun!! Am borrowing the photocopied pages of the book.
Reserved venues (3) for Dec 1 meeting - for orientation of AIVs volunteers.
Got more magic wallets to sell (5).
Sold 1 magic wallet.
(got lost) Went to Economics class - became beadle of quite a demanding teacher. Have to make seat plan, attendance report every other Monday, collect P3.00 per student, etc. Will get book, maybe tomorrow. Bought the other book at the Book Buy.
Went to History class - sounds fun too! Already borrowed book.
Ate merienda - pasta! hehe
Went to ADS meeting - not much happened.
Ate quail eggs - gahh cholesterol... did you know that one quail egg has three times as much cholesterol as a normal chicken egg? eep.
Got readings for History class.
Went home.
Ate dinner.