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 http://www.onlinevolunteering.org/ 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)

Homecoming
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:
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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!
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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.

Monday, November 1, 2004

Long day... woke up at 5 and am still up (it's 21:45) - that's 16:45 hours running. So let's write about it. Left around 5:30 for the cemetery. Practically no traffic. Arrived 6-ish. Swept the floor - for both amas. It's really convenient that my ama's place is only a short walk to my other ama's place (we don't really use the guakong, gauma terms). Plus, in between is taima and taikong's place. Not surprising that it's one big family reunion.

Introduced my cousin to Bounce, the cellphone game. I still haven't figured out how to finish level 7. Also taught some cousins to play Bridge - mom's idea since I taught her over the sembreak and she wanted to try it out. At home, the best I could do was teach her two-player style.

Me and Tep were partners, playing against Achi Sa and Ri. Before lunch, we decided on a best of 5 game. Score: 2-2. Lunch time break. After lunch, Achi Sa declared that the losers would need to cluck like a chicken complete with flapping actions in front of the whole extended family. We agreed. Then the older ones started saying "let's go home already" so we had to cut our game from a best of 5 to a best of 3 - winner of the next game wins.

Tep started the bidding with 1 clubs. Achi Sa challenged that with a 2 clubs. I conceded. Ri conceded. We needed 6 wins, they needed 8. They were on a roll it seemed. But we caught up. We had 5 wins, they had 7. Last cards would determine the winner. I put down a queen of spade. Ri was jubilant - she put down the ace of spade. She and achi sa exchanged hi fives already. But Tep still had the queen of clubs! We won haha and missed having to cluck like chickens by a card LOL

They talked a bit about how to do their consequence, complete with mini choreo. It was all very funny - except Achi Sa was flapping around saying "quack quack quack" instead of clucking hahaha

Achi Sa's version of Chicken: quack quack Posted by Hello

So they left, I transfered to my taima/taikong's place to chitchat with my uncles and aunt (they're really just in their 20s and 30s). My aunt is getting married already next year! With her HS sweet heart (awww). They've been together for 11 years can you imagine! Even though the guy had to move to Canada, he still kept in touch, calling almost every week. Email and chat made everything a lot easier. So exciting. Her older brother is getting married exactly a month before her so she'll still be in Phils. to attend the wedding. She'll be moving to Canada already after her wedding :(

Got home around 1:30. I just spent it... chatting. At least I finished the project proposal's first draft. So excited for that project. Went out to have dinner - I just ate crabsticks cause I had a huge merienda. Watched Before Sunset with mom while dad, Justin and Angkong watched Cellular. They said their movie was great. Ours was so-so... it was basically a convo between a girl and a guy. I'm surprised I wasn't bored / didn't fall asleep.

Am looking forward to watching that treasure hunt movie starring Nicholas Cage, I forget the title. Darkness starring Anna Paquin is tempting (cause Paquin is GOOD) but it looks scary haha Nice if can cling to someone LOL

Sleepyyyyy -_-zZ