Monday, December 24, 2007

Monday, December 3, 2007

I miss having blond hair. Dark red doesn't work as well, even if more people say they like it better. In Psychology, we're taught not to believe all the pop psych sayings, many of which contradict each other anyway, unless tests have been conducted. For example, "absence makes the heart grow fonder" vs. "out of sight out of mind" (latter won) and "birds of a feather flock together" vs. "opposites attract" (former won). No scientific test was conducted but both my brother and I agree that "blondes have more fun." But I won't have my hair dyed again soon. Next project: long hair (yeah, I know I just had it cut a few months back... I'm bored with it again).

CAUTION: HELL MONTH AHEAD

Sunday, November 25, 2007

"It's surely the height of vanity to assume anyone will want to read about your petty, unimportant little life a hundred years from now."

- Phantom by Susan Kay


Saturday, November 10, 2007

The opposite of chronologically.

Was supposed to have dinner with the angels tonight but it didn't push through so I was free to do nothing this afternoon and evening. It's a welcome respite. I even declined watching a movie with Elaine, not exactly because I want to do nothing / I don't want to. I just need a rest, that's all... which means that I've been surfing/chatting since this afternoon.

Omg. I know I'm usually in front of the computer (duh) but I only realized now that when I'm at home, I don't do anything else. What else is there to do anyway? Sure I play with Summer for a few minutes. Or... I go and have lunch/dinner. Or I sleep. Agh fine, I'm going to.... scrapbook. Change the pictures in the frames? But that's hardly something I can do everyday. Fie. I should learn how to cook. But I've tried that and I don't think it's particularly challenging to follow recipe cards. Here I am, inventing excuses eheheh

Moving on. Today was Day 3 of the basketball tournament. Picked the nurse up, went to Urda, bought milk for Summer, bought ice (in case there might be any injuries that require ice treatment), went back to Urda, took pictures during the games, ordered lunch for me and the nurse, took pictures during the games. Well yeah, that was how half of my day went. Special treat was Macy visited the court. At least I got to see one angel today (out of ... ilan na ba yung andito pa...). And just so I capture this, today, someone asked me "may asawa ka na ba?"

The past week was spent preparing for Christmas. I am not kidding. Everything was about Christmas. Sure there were some car and software concerns but bulk was Christmas. So much Too much time spent on it. I promise to concentrate on other things in the coming week. Like that's going to happen. I spent a whole day preparing the email and FAQ's for the Christmas events. At least I got to go to the interns 06 dinner at Italiannis. Mico planned it over a month ago but only 5 of us could make it - Virge, Mico, Eloi, LA and myself. Still glad we didn't cancel it altogether.

Monday evening was the start of the new season of Amazing Race. I actually waited for the replay at midnight since I missed the 8pm run. I'm not sure which team I'm rooting for but I'm not sad about the team that got eliminated.

Went to HK over the weekend. It was supposed to be a trip with mom's aunt/s but their trip didn't push through. Mom was just looking for an excuse to visit my brother haha and I was willing to go along so I could meet up with the Dragons.

We arrived Friday. Encountered a very rude visitor from Mainland China. He wanted to be served first by the immigration officer but he was behind me! I was so tempted to snap at him (Dude, what is your problem). Anyway, went to Justin's dorm, helped him tidy up a bit and then took a bus to Central. Met Sauwai at a Starbucks there. He wanted to meet earlier than the rest because he had to attend the birthday party of his piano teacher's kid (what a long winding excuse hahaha). I was surprised that the Starbucks didn't have seats at all. I find that amusing. Anyway. Got to go up the Bank of China building - it's the cool looking building with angles. Afterwards, we had nothing else to do to kill time so... someone smart (not me) decides.... that we would WALK to Causeway Bay. So that's how we spent an hour and a half.

Arrived at Times Square just in time to meet Katie, Man Yin and Winky. We hadn't decided where to have dinner at so we settled for a small cafe at the 2nd floor of a random building. It was pretty good but nothing special. The drinks were interesting though. There were 5 more who joined us: Ariel, Bel, Clive, Joanne and Catherine. Prof. Paul was at an event and Dickei was in London but I got to speak with the both of them on the phone. We ended past midnight already - yes, this explains why I got sick haha

The next day, I had lunch with Ariel at a dimsum place and then I just slept during the afternoon. I got to buy 2 pairs of pants though. Had a quick dinner at Genki Sushi (because the other more popular sushi place was packed!) and then I finished reading Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Sunday was basically lunch at Lawry's (mmm prime rib and cream corn) , a short stay at D-E's place and then we were once again at the airport. I was recalling that the last time I was at the airport was for the Dragon program...

The day before we left for HK was the family's annual trip to Manila Memorial. Or should I say the nation's annual trip to the cemeteries. We go to visit my grandmothers and my great grandparents. For my dad's side, the only guys who went were from the Sy family. There wasn't much to do - I just read an Archie, listened to some music and watched card games. And eat of course. That was Nov 1.

October 31 and 26 were the Halloween parties for both sites. Though far from the amount of planning needed for Christmas, that took some time and effort too - even got me walking around Divisoria to look for prizes. Wacky the host from Strings of Fun was a BIG help. Jollibee staff were, honestly, rather useless. But the children loved the mascots. Anyway, there were approximately 120 children *whew* I will see them again in a month or so.

The Wednesday before... so the 24th I think, went to Rockwell to watch Stardust with Eloi. I enjoyed the movie! That's why I borrowed the book from Nis. Which version did I enjoy better... I haven't decided yet. I do know that Claire Danes was not the best person for the role. They could have picked someone prettier!

This post is long enough as it is. Good night.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Yesterday was a wasn't-home-the-whole-day busy. That's why I wasn't able to post earlier about what happened on Friday.

It was a normal enough Friday. Except for having breakfast at Circles with my mom, brother, grandfather, aunt and cousin. Yum, did you know that drinks are included already? I just walked over to the office afterwards.

There were a lot of things to finish for the week. I had a meeting until noon so I ate lunch a bit late. The HR people wanted to eat at Glorietta but I brought lunch so opted to stay in. I had just finished eating when... { shudder } The building gave a strong shake. Honestly the first thing that came to mind was: Godzilla is coming. Only my boss seemed as concerned as I was which made me feel that my reaction was valid. In psychology, the reaction of other people during an emergency matters a lot (see bystander effect). Soon enough it was confirmed that there had been an explosion at Glorietta. We could see a bit of smoke near Gerry's Grill from the pantry window. By then we had to make sure everyone was accounted for.

Mom already SMS'd to ask if they were calling off work for the rest of the afternoon. At first, the explosion was supposed to have been caused by an LPG leak so everyone went back to work, albeit slightly rattled. It was too close for comfort. After a few minutes though the police trashed that explanation and said that it was a bomb. So we got permission to evacuate. Dad YM'd me to say he was picking me up and we were walking home. By then traffic was already building up and they weren't letting any cars enter the area. And that's how dad got to tour around the newly renovated floor.

Mom wanted to have dinner out so we went to La Nova. Justin was able to join us after his Rockwell gimik. And that was Friday.

Yesterday (Saturday) started early. On the way to Baseco, we passed by a dead body on the road... creepy. And then we got to be part of a candidate's election campaign parade. Definitely an eventful ride. The kids were at the Sibol school instead of the youth center so I had to go pick them up. We had storytelling, coloring, trick or treat and a few parlor games with the children. It was tiring even though there were a lot of volunteers and only 60 kids. We toured the village after lunch.

After an oxygen-tank-refill errand, I was at Ateneo for the Exceladon sports fest. I'm really amazed at how the project has grown. It used to only be at the Greenhills West courts (3 courts?) and now it's at the cov courts (6!). We had participants from all the AFICS schools playing basketball, badminton, volleyball and dodgeball. Yes, they got me to play dodgeball - can you believe it? It was an EB vs. managers game, just for fun. The organizers did a really good job. Many alumni like Chinatown, and most of the executebs went, even someone who was losing her voice (ahem)! Got a chance to listen to what's been going on and what the plans are for the next semester. Hope everything goes well.

Comach won the volleyball match while UP took 1st runner up. Ateneo didn't have a team! But Terry, Char and Ted played just for fun. I stayed to watch the basketball finals game between Team B (Xavier team) and Sexyback (Gelo and Micah's). I'm a big fan of the latter team so I'm sad they lost. I'm still a fan! :)

Headed home to shower and change my "costume" for dinner at Gai's. Got lost on the way because the village guard gave wrong directions. I was expecting many of the angels to be there but I guessed wrong. Oh well, the food was delicious, especially the siomai. Plus I got the chance to catch up with schoolmates I hadn't seen in months - particularly Dar, Lynds, George, Kiki, and Wes. It's so weird that most of us are working already. The students can't wait to graduate while the employees miss college days. Such is life - the grass is always greener on the other side. I left before cars turn into pumpkins but I slept a bit later because I was busy... I can't even remember what I was busy with!

Today started early too. Went to divisoria to buy prizes for the Halloween party on Friday. Aside from that, I got to buy two blouses, from a stall with a nice store owner (some are real characters). I had wanton mami from the food court but I still ate again at home. I'm surprised that I haven't lost or gained weight since starting work. Everything cancels each other out I supposed. Then I fell asleep until 5pm. That's how I've been spending free afternoons recently! I remember that that's how I spent freshman year afternoons as well. Guess I just need to adjust to the new normal brain temperature for working me. C'est la vie.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

It's Saturday! Time for another post from yours truly. Really, why do you bother to read my blog? For the bored, for the curious, for the random surfers, these posts are for you.

The week's theme was "We're getting old."

It started last Saturday at the barkada dinner. We invaded my friend's office (The Picture Company) and welcomed ourselves to a pop photoshoot. Of course in doing so, we remembered the last time we did this. Aside from the usual barkada picture for the yearbook, we also went to the exact same studio and had our pictures taken. It was ages ago! We even had a yellow background. Moving back to the recent, we had fun choosing props and being shuffled around the floor, coached to strike certain poses, some more difficult than others. By a stroke of luck, we were all wearing different colors that day. There was red (me), orange, yellow, green, blue, pink and gray. Hopefully when Ther and Tinee get back we'll get another shot at being shot at (by a camera, ok).

Then on Sunday, my family ended up discussing the Ninoy assassination and how strange it is that our parents remember that period in history! hehe My aunt even recounted how she intentionally ran up the bridge outside our house to wave goodbye when his funerary procession passed. These are things we only read about. And what would our kids say next time when we tell them we were alive when EDSA II happened? From there it moved to the "Do you remember... / Naabutan mo pa ba yung..."
1) Records
2) Rotary dial telephones
3) Beepers
4) Typewriters. Believe it or not, I still took typewriting classes when I was in 3rd grade.
5) Touch N Go correction fluid
6) not having remote controls
Technology sure moves quickly. Faster than a speeding bullet.

My cousin and I are also thinking about attending the ICA homecoming. It's been 5 years (for my batch)!

At work, the story's about how was this particular project executed before. Of course my key resources have to be the folks who've been with the company for a while. And last week I discovered that some of my colleagues who don't look like moms are actually moms already. Must be Olay.

Then I had a spur-of-the-moment dinner with Celadon alumni. Can't believe we're talking about work / med school / post-grad studies.

Yesterday (could be a song), mom and I watched the APO Hiking Society perform at the Music Museum. They've been performing for 38 years already and that was their 2015th concert! A lot of jokes about needing a makeover from Ricky Reyes and needing to bring their sound to the new generation. It was a really fun show. If you're lucky, you can still get tickets for their concert tonight (still at the Music Museum). Do you know that they're from Ateneo? I just had to say it.

As we were slowly making our way down to the parking lot, I heard this lady say that she watched Bituin Escalante (who opened the show and promoted her new album) in "Once on this Island" two years ago. I watched that same show. Has it been 2 years ago already??

And just to prove, without a doubt, that I'm getting older, I'll be attending the 1st birthday party of my colleague's daughter later. I'm attending children's birthday parties... Yeap.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

I'm still reading The Athenian Murders. I hope to finish this weekend so I can start with The Thirteenth Tale.

Notice that I've been blogging on Saturdays only. I don't really have much time to blog during weekdays. Anyway, what went on over the week.

One eureka moment I had last night: although I have this new world in front of me, the past continues to exist! OK, so that's a no-brainer but I just wanted to call it out. The week was about seeing Ateneo / Celadon peoples, whether over lunch or just accidentally. For the past few months, I didn't really go out during the week so the people I would see are colleagues. New friends, of course. But it's still comforting to know that there are old friends around the neighborhood. (Weirdest place I bumped into TWO Ateneans - at the lobby of Gold's Gym.)

Next week will be pretty hectic. I have to share a powerpoint, meet with...
Purchasing
Christmas Party Group A
Halloween Party Team
Wellness Team
at the very least. Too many meetings-la! When will I have time to actually work hahaha

One problem I keep having is planning and holding meetings. I'm used to holding meetings for Celadon which I'm totally familiar with. After all, I had a lot of time to learn its in's and out's. Now though I'm still struggling to remember historical data and numbers. I hate having to flip through my notebook or look for an obscure file during the meeting. It makes me look unprepared. And in all honesty, I don't even have time to prepare. While it usually takes me an evening to make sure everything is covered in the agenda, I can't afford that luxury now. So I really feel that meetings (the ones I hold) are very inefficient. Darn it, I miss Celadon so much.

Later today I'll be meeting up with Dragons! Aww I miss them. Surreal experience, that one. Then I'll be having dinner with the Angels. But we won't be complete because at least two are in China. I'm excited about the week after next - Celadon time! haha wala na ba akong sinabi kundi Celadon. I don't recall being this attached to the past before.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Reading: The Athenian Murders by Jose Carlos Somoza

A lot of my friends went to the office today to take one of the qualifying exams. Here is how one friend described the experience:

friend: i couldn't answer anything
friend: parang i knew how, pero i just couldn't concentrate because of the time pressure!
friend: so i ended up just guessing the answers

Funny enough, that's exactly how I feel about my job... so I guess it makes sense that if you pass the test, you can deal with the job. Theoretically.

Physically, let's see. Last night my fever was as high as 39.5 C! I haven't had that high a temperature in a long time. It's my body telling me to rest... So I did. I slept from 6:30pm to 12nn. And then again from 4 to 6 today. I'm taking "doing nothing" to a different level.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Oh shit. *Jellyfish*

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I had a very musical weekend. On Friday night I attended a small party. I was impressed by how smoothly the event ran because everyone was pitching in, everyone knew what to do/bring. There was a sound system, microphones, amplifierS, musical instruments... I loved it. OK maybe I felt a little out of place and more than a little bit shy. Thank goodness Harry was there to keep me company. Anyway, my feelings weren't the point of the evening. The performances were just wow. Who woulda thunk? I really saw another side of people that I didn't really expect. I left at 11 already but that's not even late compared to the next day.

I started Saturday early - because I had to go to Gawad Kalinga. Mico's a dear for leading the visit even though it was his birthday! The rain had us worried but thankfully everything worked out well. The volunteers were amazing - they taught the kids how to make lanterns (that look complicated!) and rosaries. Even the younger kids were able to make paper boats and airplanes. I was a bit scared that they wouldn't be able to follow the instructions. Tsk Daph, thou shall ask not why but why not. The children are so independent. Makes me remember that yaya's are a luxury, not a basic necessity.

Moving on, I watched Avenue Q with mom, Lu Jean, Elaine, Mic, Da and her friend. I knew that Vincent, Hannah and Richard were watching the same show but even Momer, Tungyu, Bianca, Poe and Paul were there. What a small world. The play was great!! It was funny but meaningful, liberal but not vulgar. The songs are so creative! I can't decide which one is my favorite although I really enjoyed Joel Trinidad's performance as Trekkie Monster/Nicky/Bad Idea Bear. It's a bit different for a musical actually. I'll quote from The Daily Tribune:

Honestly, this is the only show on Broadway that is playing right now, that you can bring anyone, especially those who are virgins when it comes to watching musicales. You can bring them to watch and I can guarantee that they will laugh their heads off and they will have such a good time. That is why I picked it out of the so many plays to take my boyfriend to. He had not seen a Broadway musicale before and he is straight, he is into basketball and the rest of the macho stuff. I was really scared that he would not like it and it would hurt me if he does not enjoy musicales because I am such a musicale buff, right. So, I decided to take him to the show and he just loved it!
Oh, and the lead guy (Felix Rivera) is hot, at least on stage. Lyrics here, sample of songs here.

Luj, mom and I went home to watch the ADMU-NU game. Mic, Lainey and Da followed afterwards. That was one frustrating game. It's more fun to watch with fellow Ateneans than to watch alone though. Then again, it'd be more if we won. Oh well, at least there are ADMU-DLSU games coming up! Those are always fun.

I was late for a dinner I planned because the game went into overtime. It's a good thing the restaurant (Polu Kai) didn't forfeit my reservation. Dinner was great, I hope that even Jason and Tristan liked the food. Mong came! I haven't seen her in years!! She gave me "Happy Birthday To You!" by Dr. Seuss. I wish I could give gifts that were as meaningful and unique. I also hope that Mong and Luj didn't feel too out of place with my Celadon friends. We shared the mango cake that Tang, Fuzz and Tristan bought (at Conti's!) and were surprised when the waiters suddenly brought some ice cream with banana and syrup. Free dessert for birthday celebrants, they explained. Who's complaining? Just the health-conscious guys haha To top it all off, Luj bought me cupcakes from Cupcakes by Sonja. Is this some sort of conspiracy to make me gain more weight? Just kidding :)

After dinner we walked around at Bonifacio High Street. It's only my 2nd or 3rd time to be there. We bumped into Geof and Tiff! Even BriDee, Gab and Nats were there. All of those are Celadoneans LOL We just talked about whatever came to mind until Joyce fetched Julie. Then we (Mic, Lainey, Borgy, Mike, Da, Jason and I) just stood on the sidewalk and resumed talking. I'm not even sure anymore how much time we spent there. By around 11 we reached Fully Booked and looked around. It was my first time to enter the big multi-level shop. It reminds me of the large Barnes & Noble stores in the US. Will that model work here in the Philippines? I wonder. Right now they're giving a discount card for a P2000+ single-receipt purchase. I didn't buy anything but the others did. I got home by midnight already (thanks Mic!).

So that I don't have *too much* fun over the weekend, today was a lazy day. Spent a lot of time uploading pictures to my multiply account. Aside from picking up food from Conti's (for a really delicious Salad-Salpicao-Lengua-Mushroom and Shrimp Pasta-Choco Overload dinner) and then showering at MPC (almost no water here at home!), the highlight was watching High School Musical 2 with my cousins. Some scenes looked silly but what else can you expect from musicals - people have to break into song every so often. But some musicals are able to make the songs come smoothly instead of awkwardly interrupting the story. Nevertheless it was nice and made me miss being in school (and having breaks during the year!!). But as the Ave Q song goes:
NICKY:
But if I were to go back to college,
Think what a loser I'd be-
I'd walk through the quad,
And think "Oh my God..."

ALL:
"These kids are so much younger than me."

Monday, September 10, 2007

It's been a wonderful year. The past 12 months went by way too quickly. There was

ATENEO


Having grad pics taken, working on the thesis, horror film class,


Shakespeare in performance, immersion

Blue Roast, graduation.

2006 UAAP Finals Game 1 Ateneo vs UST , 1st ADMU DLSU game for 2007 UAAP and yesterday's game vs. DLSU (thanks for the early birthday present Chris! haha)

COA*
Being with brilliant people who are passionate about changing society. The Halloween party and super project, even KSDC (which never pushed through), are always fun to remember.


CELADON*


The executebs, worrying about the MidAutumn Gratia / Gratia on d'Ice, LDP, preparing for re-accreditation, preparing for COA/LS awards, the Celadon Ball. Movie outings!!!

P&G
Getting the offer, starting work. Immersion - for a month (a lot different from Ateneo immersion)

EUROPE
Enough said - although I would've liked to visit the UK.

DRAGON 100 2007
Surreal. Was the Dragon 100 program just a dream? That's what I thought when I woke up in the plane on the way back to Manila last Aug 31. I did not expect to have so much fun and to make so many new friends!

If anything, I was worried that the trip would be b-o-r-i-n-g. Back in May, I had no idea who else applied for the program. Since the application period just started a few days before my trip to Europe, I even had to ask my cousin to help me collect some documents from school. I also knew that I'd be working already and that I'd be skipping work... Besides, everyone knows how bad my Chinese is.

Now I know that those worries and inconveniences were all worth it. I have no regrets that I joined the program. I had the best, craziest group (Lam sek! - blue), my seatmates helped translate what the tour guides were saying for me and Nieke, I got to visit amazing places like the Longmen grottoes, six-horses royal cart museum, and _the_ Shaolin monastery. And a bit of icing on the cake: accommodations, transportation and food were all covered by the Dragon Foundation!

It was quite an ego-boost / humbling experience to be with so many accomplished people. And they were not the least bit boring (which was another worry)! Delegates came from all over the world - HK, Taiwan, UK, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, US, Japan, even Peru (he was just there for a few months). But what we all had in common was our Chinese ancestry. So it was cool to visit the Yellow Emperor's temple. I still remember my grandfather telling me that I'm a princess because my last name comes directly from Huang Di. Yea, we even visited "my" river haha (Yes, I know that ALL Chinese people are descendants of Huang Di).

My crazy group
The blue group is actually comprised of two teams: 7 & 8. We got coach 3 to ourselves while the other coaches carried 3 teams each. We bonded so much that we had a hard time remembering that we were from two different teams. In the bus, we played cards (Big 2 is the English name for Pusoy Dos apparently), sang songs (Disney did a good job because only Disney songs were familiar to most/all of us) and national anthems (they said that the Philippine anthem is so happy), taking pictures of people in the other buses, or just talking about our different lives. Oh and we listened to the tour guide too... sometimes hehe During one dinner (water banquet), my tablemates and I were sooo noisy. I was laughing so hard at the comment Kathy made about the sea cucumber (guess...) that I was laughing soundlessly and my cheeks started to hurt.

*jellyfish!*

There was one time when Shinyi and I wanted to be less cliquish so we decided not to sit at the table one of our groupmates chose. Other groupmates ended up sitting with us anyway (while others sat at the other table I mentioned earlier). That happens when a group is composed of 26 members hahaha Of course I got the chance to interact with other non-Blue dragons, many of whom are friends of Blue dragons anyway. By the end of the trip we had even adopted some non-Blue dragons already.

Goodbyes
After only spending a week and a half together, we were all teary-eyed at the HK airport when it was time to say goodbye. Mic compared the experience to his Taiwan study tour and how they grew so close that they went to each others' proms, and still get-together every so often. The significant difference between that and the Dragon program I guess is that, even if we Dragons do bump into each other again, it will be almost impossible to get everyone reunited. We're from too many different worlds. Our little Dragon bubble helped us pause our lives and forget everyday worries but that was our little Dragon bubble. We don't have that luxury anymore :( Welcome back to the real world.

Keeping in Touch
Now that I have friends from all over the world though, I've changed my opinion about traveling. I used to complain that my family goes to HK much too often but now I'd jump at the opportunity to go and meet up with Ariel, SauWai, Bell, Joanne, Queena, Dickei and Clive (if they haven't left for some other country yet). Singapore wasn't very high on my list of places to visit but now I do want to visit Gui Deng, Chuan Seng and Zishuang (aside from Charles, Patet, Jaryd, Ryan, etc). I also didn't get to visit Indonesia when my uncle was stationed there but at least Nieke's there! I've always wanted to go to Australia - now, Adelaide's on my must-go-to's so I can see Yuan and Neil...Lainey/Vern, will visit you guys too hopefully haha The same is true for the US. If my family's visiting Justin next year, I really will make it a point to have time to visit some if not all of the American dragons - Jia, Toni, Derek and Shinyi (if she's still there). UK is still definitely at the top of my list. If I didn't mention someone, it's not intentional >_< Main point is, can't wait to see you guys again - visit the Philippines!!

In the meantime, I've downloaded MSN. I'm also happy that I got Facebook prior to the trip. At least I was able to tinker around with it already. I still prefer Multiply for media sharing because FB has a maximum of 60 pix per album.

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Net, I had a really fun year. This will be one of the best years ever (along with the time I was 16) Thanks so much everyone. Hope 22 is another good year.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Dragon100 2007 - The Dragon Foundation

I miss the Blue Team so much :(

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Aggh there's that sinking feeling again. Do you guys know what I'm talking about? I feel I should be doing something. Other than staying right where I am...So many great great people did so many grand things before they hit 18. Mozart started composing at the age of 5.

I feel so restless but lazy at the same time.

-- November 19, 2003 post (slightly edited)

What can I accomplish, what legacy can I leave.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Reading: Letters to a Young Gymnast (Art of Mentoring) by Nadia Comaneci

So I've been working for two months. Half of that time was spent on the field. As expected, being in the office is a totally different experience. For one, I think a lot more. It's not just thinking about what to do but thinking about how to say that I'll be doing something. It takes me extra long to make sure that an email I'll be sending to some big boss is purrr-fect. Because welcome to the world where the hierarchical order of things matter a lot (even when they're not supposed to). Actually, it hasn't been this important since adolescence. My first days were better because I had no idea that I was talking to a big boss already. As I got to know that so-and-so is the god of this and that department, well, things become a little more complicated than "I'm sorry, what's your name again?" And that's been my favorite line lately.

Unlike my internship, I have to know more people, remember their names and faces longterm, and recall what they handle. My favorite way of meeting people is in the elevator on the way down after work. That way I have some time to memorize what the person looks like. I know I'm supposed to be good at memorizing names but in Celadon I had the benefit (?) of manually encoding those RecWeek application booklets - and I had digital pictures to help me.

I'm getting along fine with some people but I'm having a hard time penetrating the more seriously busy looking folks. Perhaps it's because I'm so used to being the more/most serious and then now I'm surrounded by more serious peoples. Twilight zone!

Another queer experience is not experiencing the happiness that suspension of classes used to bring as a student. There's no such thing as work being suspended because the policies are so principles-based. I mentioned that in one of my intern-time blog posts. Simply put, employees can choose to go home if they feel that they're safety will be compromised if they don't. Employees can think for themselves kinda reasoning. It makes sense but I live just around the corner from the building so I can't really say that I'll get stranded when the others aren't going home and they live much farther!

Actually I don't really know how hard the rain is when I'm at work. At home, I know it's raining cats and dogs outside because I'm not shielded by uber thick glass windows. It's a good thing we rescheduled our GK outreach. There's a chance that it will still be raining this hard tomorrow morning. Yes, it's typhoon season - two months late.

Electricity is fluctuating right now. I think I should go to sleep.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Eating: Chips Ahoy! Chewy
Just Read: Every Boy's Got One by Meg Cabot (Thank you Ther, I enjoyed it!)
Just Did: Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (practically sold out)
Still unfinished: European Tour scrapbook (but I just bought some material to use as background)

Yesterday, Andrea B. was born. Congratulations to her parents! Maybe she and Ira S. will grow up together and become best friends. Anyway, I hope you grow up to be a beautiful, intelligent and good person.

Andrea and Ira are respectively the daughters of the truck driver and salesperson I spent a month with during my immersion. Along with the other crew members, we talked about a wide range of topics. Ten examples:

  • God - from Martin Luther to Iglesia ni Cristo
  • grammar - I'm impressed by the way they memorized definitions of nouns, adverbs, etc. Conversed about proper vs. common nouns too.
  • geography - Mayon volcano
  • girls - basic initial questions to ask a girl that you're interested in (can be done more subtly but subtle is not recommended): "may boyfriend ka ba?" and "ano yung ginagamit mong number?" (I assume the latter question is a guard against girls who give random numbers or a number she doesn't use)
  • guys - how there's no such thing as "torpe;" and it's not enough to have a job, what's more important is "may mapapakain." This is probably because jobs in the Philippines do not guarantee enough money to be able to support someone else.
  • gold - I don't know how I feel about their perspective: if everyone's rich, who's going to do manual labor? Everyone will be a "senyorito".
  • gratification (immediate) - "mahirap magtipid," "basta nabibili yung gusto"... an observation that is consistent with my Ateneo immersion experience
  • group - it's so important for them to say "kain tayo" even when they don't really have much to begin with
  • guillotine - well not exactly, but we did discuss the death penalty in passing
  • Ginebra - what is it with guys and drinking? It wasn't Ginebra they drank, I can't recall the brand. I do remember that a fly decided to do a deep dive and drowned inside the half-empty bottle.
I still hear from them occasionally, which is why I know Andrea was born yesterday. Anyway, "G" has no significance. I just thought it'd be cute if all of the items started with G. Like God, gold and glory were the reasons the Spaniards decided to colonize the Philippines.

Moving on, today I gave my very first presentation (not counting presentation as an intern). I'm excited!

-- distraction--
Haya... mom carried Summer up even when the trainer told us explicitly to stop spoiling her. Summer's having an identity crisis - she doesn't know if she's a dog or a little girl. She's so cute.
--end of distraction--

As I was saying, I'm excited. I'm not sure if I'm stating that because I know that the cognitive dissonance will get my mind working to cover up for any discrepancies. You see, perception may not be reality but it's real in its consequences. At least I'm starting to bond with my colleagues, something I missed when I was on the field last month. I appreciate how accommodating they are despite their busy schedules.

Two days ago I ate lunch outside the office with two strangers (officemates actually but they wanted me to write that). Of course I brought my packed lunch with me (saving money? haha!). It was raining but we managed to cross the street when it semi-stopped. I also had dinner with some nice people last night. Congratulate me for that burst of spontaneity. And my chatmate for actually getting me to go. Apparently they eat there every Thursday night... that's frequent enough to enjoy a 10% discount. I had fun, even if I don't drink. I'll have to get used to being with a lot of drinking people.

Tomorrow I'll be back on more familiar ground - Celadon territory! Gosh I really miss the org feeling. I also miss the AIVs because it's Debed's birthday today so I greeted him via email and he replied with a link to the australs 2008. It looks very well-planned. I think what I liked most about the AIVs project was being able to handpick my team members. It's great to work with people one trusts. Although I didn't handpick the executebs, we had to work double time to develop trust among ourselves. At work, the rigorous screening process and the big deal trust is given assures me that everyone's trust-worthy. And rather crazy in the same way.

It's 10:30pm and I'm sleepy. I'm getting old or something.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Hello weekend!

Yesterday was great grandmother's 100th birthday so a big happy birthday to her. It's so easy to know if a Chinese person's birthday is being celebrated. Red, ya know.

I was supposed to have dinner with the ex-interns but of course family first. It was unfortunate that they decided to leave early since I made the effort to get them to eat at Banana Leaf Curry - the same restaurant that COA0607 planned to have dinner at. If they didn't leave so early, I would have attended the COA0607 dinner and I wouldn't have missed the ex-interns dinner. Sneaky but at least I wouldn't have had to make horcruxes of myself...

But the COA0607 dinner was interesting. We were a mix of people in different worlds. One is a stressed law student/DJ, another travels to Bohol and Boracay for the family business. One teaches college students - and has appeared on TV to talk about lightnings and iPods, another teaches pre-school kids - who sing "The Coconut Nut." One works for Company X while another works for the competitor of Company X? Private banking, advertising, the list goes on! In a way, a diaspora.

Today was spent with the angels4lyf. We were supposed to meet at 11 but as usual, everyone was fashionably late. It was nice to hear what everyone's been up to also. I'm glad I was free to join them today because I had missed the last get-together. One more miss and they'll probably be mad at me already. Thanks Ther for the transpo :) We had lunch at Dencio's then we split up. 3 of us watched License to Wed while 4 watched Ratatouille. L2W was a bit too hard to relate to, very American, liberal. It was still sweet though. For a Robin Williams film, I was disappointed by the lack of real laughs. Cutesy patootsy.

Until next weekend I guess. Not much excitement slated for tomorrow anyway. The week ahead? Busy-ness as usual.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

I had a feeling that it would be harder to update my blog when I start working because a lot of working friends also don't update their blogs as regularly as they used to. Maybe it's because work takes up a lot of time and thinking power or because there's nothing new to write about. An inhibitive blogging policy is understandable but it is also another reason.

July 27, 2007 - Welcome to the world Ira S.! I hope you grow up to be a beautiful, intelligent and above all good person. As your dad can personally attest, hard work pays off.

After work I went to Ateneo to join the Celadon HR and Externals night. Congrats Jasper, I'm really proud that you're handling the project overall now. You did a great job last year and I hope the next 3 nights turn out well.

Many managers and the visiting oldies invaded Shakey's afterwards. We were introduced to the game Jungle Speed, the objective of which is to get rid of all your cards while preventing others from getting rid of theirs (like Speed and Uno). It's fun and potentially violent but it requires concentration, alertness and speed. I had been awake since at least 5am that day so those weren't exactly my strong points. Apparently it's the other game aside from Mahjong that they currently play at the new C Room.

I gave up my seat at the game table so that the younger ones could play (one round was enough for me) and I transfered to the longer table - where most of the food was served and conversations were taking place. It's great to be back with college students. Made me feel younger!

Everyone has concerns that feel serious at the time but it's different when one looks back. Like a 4 year old can be concerned about not having a blue crayon (for the sky/clouds!) but an 8 year old knows that there are bigger problems to deal with. While it took some effort to adjust to college life, there were other people who were adjusting at the same time with me. Right now it's pretty much just me the newbie and, although there's a process, it's more learn-as-you-go. Better grow up, think quick and learn fast.

Saturday morning - Gawad Kalinga time. It was organized chaos. What else would you expect from 120+ kids? The day before was nutrition day for them so that fit in nicely with our healthy topics and activities. I had to rush home, shower and then go to Rockwell for the 2:50 Ratatouille showing. I arrived just in time (although they left my ticket at the cinema entrance already). We had fun - more fun because it was Vince's treat! It was great to hear about what everyone's been up to.

It's also becoming a tradition to call someone and put them on speaker phone. Last time we called Trina to greet her a happy birthday and Vince to bug him while he was at work. This time we called Za to greet her happy birthday in advance. I can't wait for our next get together. As I mentioned in my Multiply post, it takes some effort to coordinate schedules but it's really worth it to go through all the trouble. These things are planned at least a month in advance and even then, not everyone can make it.

I was asleep from 1-5pm today! Immersion's over so *maybe* I won't be so tired. Let's see... for all I know, working might be even more tiring. My calendar's already filling up. Hopefully I'll be in Henan, China in a few weeks from now. I just have to get my visa! This isn't for work so when I get back, I'll have to move fast to catch up. I'll be swamped... I just pray that my decision to pursue this isn't a foolish one.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I know I should be sleeping (really I should take my own advice sometimes) but I feel that I've neglected my blog. It's been 10 days since my last post (sounds too much like it's been x days since my last confession), not because there's nothing to write about but because none of the topics seemed to be motivation enough for me to actually stop and think. The flow of this entry will be runny and jumpy.

HP7 was great. While reading, I found myself remembering Jose Rizal, the Bible, and even some of my own life experiences. Thus for me the book is a strong mix of classic and personal. I'm happy to say that the ending did not disappoint me as I expected it would (the opposite of Animorphs). It's been a long time coming and HP has made its mark well in this world. Always nice when something exceeds expectations. So how does one balance setting high standards but not having unrealistic expectations?

Such as: don't expect me to look the same after my month-long immersion. I'll talk more about immersion next week. I've grown several shades darker because of it and because of yesterday's MILO marathon. I didn't actually run but I was part of the support group making sure that the runners had what they needed. Some new things I learned:
1) When buying running shoes, get one size larger than your real size.
2) Put petroleum jelly everywhere especially on body parts that rub against each other or against clothing.
3) Have extra socks.

Dare I join the marathon next year? Balk. It would be nice to run again though. How about 10k. Who am I talking to.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Did you know that today is Ernő Rubik's birthday? I heard that bit of trivia on the way home from work a while ago. He was the inventor of the frustrating cube that I've been trying to figure out for some time now. I was wondering why Facebook suddenly offered a Rubik's cube "gift" ... took me long enough to figure that one.

Anyway, since I mentioned it already, another toy I've been playing with is the popular social networking site Facebook. I stumbled upon its Wiki article (I'm not sure when/how/why since I frequently Wiki-hop from one topic to another) and decided to try it out. While Friendster focuses on testimonials and Multiply has a media-sharing approach, Facebook capitalizes on networks/groups. Sadly, Ateneo can't get a network since students don't get an ADMU email address. I guess faculty members can create a work network though. I like the events feature, complete with RSVP tracker. Can't wait for the first "Facebook" group movie outing tomorrow although only a little less than 10% of the people attending actually used the site. I wonder if/when the Ateneo orgs will start using it to promote projects. Last school year, we had discovered that publishing a list of attendees' names prior to the event can boost attendance (LDP participation increased by 40% compared to the previous year!). I'm hoping I can attend HR Night but that'll depend on what time we get back from Antipolo on that Friday.

We ended by 5:30pm today, which is normal. Thursday was a surprisingly light day - I was home in time to watch the 4pm ADMU-UP UAAP game (yey we won). I'll post pictures of my immersion experience next time, maybe at the end of the month. Suffice to say, my body clock had to adjust a lot. I have breakfast at 5:25am, have lunch at around 11:30 or 1:30 (depends). Dinner is at 7 if I'm lucky but I've had to wait until 9pm like last Wednesday when I decided to drop by the office after immersion for some important matters. Crazy. At the end of the day, I really feel happy to see Summer waiting for me by the front door. She's a lot bigger now but still very playful. Have to remember to buy her food.

Anyway, I'll go sleep now. Yey I don't have to wake up early.

Friday, July 6, 2007

What have I been up to? Work, of course. I've been coming home early these past few days (earlier than 6pm) but am more tired than usual. That's because I'm on immersion. This involves being at Pasig by 6am, riding a delivery truck to who knows where, checking stores, selling, getting orders and delivering products to sari-sari stores. It doesn't sound so bad but the heat makes it exponentially more difficult. Thank goodness it was cloudy today. Remember the Mary Poppins saying I love to quote? In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. Today I found the fun - pagbabasta! Plus, I made my very first sale without Kuya Ferds' help. It also feels great to meet/exceed the targets. Wahoo.

Ateneo ALTP? Immersion? Fiddlesticks haha This experience really taught me to respect blue-collared workers. I don't think I can complain about work ever again without feeling guilty. After all, this is something I'll be doing for only a month while they've been at it for 5-10 years! They work 6 days a week, 8-12 hours a day, starting at 6am. I'm glad that my IM isn't requiring me to work on Saturdays too. Types of communication? Psych persuasion techniques? They don't need a college degree to learn something best taught by experience. Kudos.

Three more weeks. I'm already looking forward to another round of pusit at the nipa hut carinderia we went to last Wednesday. This time though I'll remember to wait for the RC before I attack a viand bathed in chili (a.k.a. baby carrots) sauce.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

It was an exciting week. I met a lot of new people whose names and faces have blurred together. Pero wow I've learned so much in such a short time. Like how to bite an apple hanging by a string without the help of hands? That and a lot more. Playing what-does-that-acronym-stand-for with my mom when I was younger is a big help! Even the Transformers movie gives this sound piece of advice: Keep up with the acronyms.

Yesterday was the wedding of Winston and Stephanie. My cousins and I agree that this wedding felt different. Steph is just so much nearer to our age compared to our other married cousins (I hope they never read this). It was pretty much an all-day affair since I had to have my hair, makeup, and nails (I love my nails) done in the morning and then arrive at the church early because I was part of the entourage. Although the church had air conditioning, it was still a bit warm cause there was so many people. My parents' wedding was held at the same church 23 years ago.

Achi Sarah couldn't be the Matron of Honor because she just found out that she was pregnant. Superstition dictated that she couldn't participate in the wedding because the baby and the married couple would be fighting for good fortune. Ria took over the role of maid of honor. Rachel was complaining about having an itchy gown. I remember hating being a flower girl myself. Itchy gowns should be outlawed.

We had a short pictorial in front of the American cemetery and then proceeded to the reception at Crowne Plaza. Basically, I was at that hotel for more than half the week since I attended a convention there from Wednesday-Friday. There were around 100 tables and we had the usual Chinese menu. The noodles were too hard - Sam thinks they were undercooked. Jacob loved the three desserts - fruits, banana balls? and red beans.

David Pomeranz (Got to Believe in Magic, Born for You) attended the wedding and reception and sang a never-before-publicly-performed song for the newlyweds. That wasn't the only starstruck moment of the week though. Last Tuesday, Paeng Nepomuceno and Nadia Comaneci gave a talk to the company about how they managed to achieve so much. I super love Paeng! You can read more about him here. Wow. His speech really deserved a standing ovation. We got autographs from both star athletes and will be receiving a copy of our pictures with them. Also saw Richard Gutierrez at Max Brenner when we went to have dessert there a while ago.

Transformers was a great movie! It was funny, it had action, it didn't have a cheesy romance (although this is sometimes good), and it didn't require prior knowledge. I still remember the Optimus Prime toy that my cousin used to play with. I wonder where that is. Did you know that the voice actor for Optimus Prime also does the voice of Eeyore? haha Perhaps I liked it all the more because it didn't try to sell itself as a start of a trilogy although I hear that the next 2 films are being planned already. My brother and his best friend say it was clearly Chevrolet (Autobots) vs. Ford (Decepticons). Of course I didn't notice but I think it's another fun tidbit to add to this entry. Ah, I thought the Hoover Dam was boring when I went there many years ago on the way to the Grand Canyon.

I wonder when new movies of other rather old but missed shows will be made like Jem and the Holograms and G.I. Joe. Maybe even Rainbow Brite, He-Man and She-Ra, Shazzan and the Wacky Racers (and Penelope Pittstop). Speed Racer will be released next year according to IMDB.

Tomorrow will be the start of another week. It's also the start of what promises to be a tiring month for me. Wish me luck and pray it doesn't rain so much.

Monday, June 25, 2007

What. a. Monday. It's not a bad Monday, just a very busy one. Meetings, meetings... one meeting was rescheduled but I managed to plug in two spur-of-the-moment meetings. Don't get me wrong, it beats thinking by myself. There's just so many things to think about! Information overload. But right now, just to get it over with, let me say this: I love my job.

Had lunch with Ace, a cup of Starbucks with BD and dinner with the "imported relatives." So at least my social life isn't dying. I had Starbucks with BD... Ok my social life is kinda bad haha jk Christian is so cute! He can talk now but his favorite words are Yah (like a German), Why? and Train. We brought him to Timezone and he was still too short for most of the games. That didn't stop him from hitting the crocodiles, bopping the bulldogs and shooting some hoops. Maybe he'll grow up to be an engineer. He was connecting his straws to see if he could drink milk with a 3-straws-long straw (findings: no, he couldn't). "Why?"

Tomorrow's gonna be a long day. I'm bringing my mom's bathroom scale to work. Show and tell. Just kidding. But I was serious about the bathroom scale. And the dining room bell. Will actually miss my cousin's bridal shower. Some cousin I am.

Yes, I love my job. If I had a great Monday, then Friday should be terrific.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

My mother's side had a family reunion today at Century Seafood near Sheraton. It was a big gathering but it was still incomplete. Just to give you an idea of how large their family is... my grandfather has 8 sisters and a brother. Each are married with at least 4 children. This means my mom has around 50 cousins. Most are already married. Many have children - some are older than I am while others are still babies with their yayas. It was interesting but there wasn't that much interaction. Each family had their own table/s so it felt just like an ordinary Sunday lunch. With abalone.

Next week will be another large gathering (wedding). Brother and one cousin already arrived and more relatives will arrive in the next few hours. I'm excited to see them but I'm also aware that I can't maximize my time with them because of work. The next three weeks are going to be tiring but I'm looking forward to learning a lot.

Summer starts "school" tomorrow. I'll be paying for 40% of her "tuition" haha She's still so cute even though the haircut she had last month lightened her coloring. My hair color has also changed. Mom wanted it darker for the wedding so goodbye ash blond, hello red-violet! I enjoyed having a light hair color, thanks Birdie! I know I wouldn't have done it if it weren't for your offer.

Growing my nails long is such a chore. Pero minsan lang naman. Feeling Cat woman. Rawr.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Past few days were a blur. I've officially started work. Today was my "second" day. Second is in quotation marks because, as I mentioned in my last post, I already had a transition meeting before my first day of work - which was Friday (the 15th). It was in that meeting that I found out I had to work on Saturday (the 16th) but more on that later.

On the first day, I chose a workspace beside a window. For lunch, we ate at CPK - mm..salad, pizza, pasta and dessert - and then everyone speed-walked back to work. I attended a training for trainers (sorry about that) which was interesting because of the personal experiences that the speaker added to make his points. The day ended with the interns' graduation night. I didn't stay anymore but I got to speak with Dr. Macapagal (the new Psych chair) before I left.

I had to leave because I had a dinner and sleepover with the executebs (Celadon EB 0607)! Dinner was OK at Everything at Steak, even though the service was really bad. We all ordered what Peter got (T-Bone), but chose different side dishes. Anyway, the night wasn't about the food - it was about the company! Allow me to quote Char, "It's really very very nice seeing my friends and feeling like I'm back in college once again (minus the acads)." We spent a long time just catching up and talking about life after college so far.

I already told them before that if I had to start my own business, I would like to start it with them. The diversity of interests and a nice mix of working styles allowed us to have fun while working with each other. I think fun is a super important part of working. Important part of anything actually. The others then played with the squeaking pigs while I got ready for bed (sofa to be more accurate). I had to sleep early because I had to be at Makati by 7:30 the next day (urk)... so I missed around 2 hours of kwentuhan :(

I arrived a bit early but the (very good looking) expat and his (equally beautiful) girlfriend arrived soon after. We had to wait for a few more people before we could meet the others outside Manila Hotel. After a very quick breakfast, we finally got to Baseco, Tondo. Imagine the usual Ateneo outreach, only with 120 kids. And that's why I had to work on a Saturday morning, with less than half a week's notice. There was storytelling, arts&craft and games. I think the children had fun although I've forgotten most of their names and faces already. I know it will take time to get to know them so I'll excuse myself first.

I was supposed to go to Greenhills for lunch but the local leaders wanted to give me a tour of the village. I got home later than I planned and so missed Tang's birthday treat :( I got back to GH by around 4:30 already. The others were still playing with the squeaking pigs haha We bought tickets for Fantastic 4 at Promenade. It was the first weekend so most of the good seats were already taken. We got 8 seats on the 4th row from the screen and 3 on the 3rd. Each ticket was P180! It was unfair the way the film's sound was damaged at the start and the screen wasn't aligned. I was halfway to the exit to complain when the screen just blacked out. When I returned to my seat, the mischievous EB decided to say aloud, at the count of 3, "Ang cute cute ni Vince!" whehehe We didn't have anything better to do anyway. The movie wasn't very nice. The visual effects were good but the story was lacking and cheesy. Plus they were destroying London!! hmph.

When the movie ended, we walked to Kamay Kainan for the alumni dinner. It was great to see the others. We occupied around 2 and a half long tables. Even Jared, Sherwin and Mark King attended. I was also happy to see Chok, who's been busy with med school. Twin, Mic, Borgy and Jacky went too! Rensi just passed by at Che's house to get his pasalubong (and to see me haha). I gave everyone the Swiss chocolate I bought at Luzern and they said it was good even though they were already melted (after staying in the car for most of the afternoon...).

Yesterday was Fathers' Day. A belated Happy Fathers' Day greeting to your dads! We celebrated at Peking Garden where I saw Borly, Rensi Pua, Ryan Chua and even Leanne Tan. I spent the afternoon asleep.

Today was tiring too but I was able to meet with my immediate manager and talk about what I'll be doing over the next few months. Honestly it sounds like a lot. There are essentially two main things so I can just think of it as similar to having (1) acads and (2) org. Hopefully the time management skills I developed at college will suffice. Helpdesk also got my tech stuff running today! For now I'm glad I don't have any homework. Let the fun begin ;)

For corresponding pictures, go to my multiply or Peter's.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

OK maybe I'm a little bit excited. I had a meeting this morning (even though work still officially starts tomorrow) and one of the projects that I'll be handling is something I'm really interested in. In fact, I took an internet introduction course about it way back in 2003 and just recently attended another talk about it at the Ateneo School of Business. Coincidence?

I love the way life can be so... ordered. I didn't even have to ask and it was assigned to me. Some say it's a matter of perspective (i.e., Life is beautiful IF you look for its beauty). Some attribute intelligent design to a grand architect, yes God. Maybe others will look at it as some sort of pre-destiny. I guess all of that's true for me although I never once felt that my free will was being limited because I was pre-destined to do something I didn't want to do.

After the meeting, I visited the LS campus. The Celadon room last year is the new ADS room. The old SPEED room is the new Celadon room. This means more space and a nice view! It'll be the last time in a long time that I'll be able to visit school. Geo-ann, who I regard as my batch's most outstanding individual (actually, she was officially recognized as most outstanding individual during the LS awards), is now working for OSA. I was able to see Ate Sabs, Ma'am Mhir, Ate Ginger and Ate Julie too.

Since my last post, I already watched the Heroes season ender. It was so disappointing! I'm halfway done with the Harvard Business Review. Also, I'm not quite sure how to proceed with my scrapbook. I don't know what background to use for the title page of each country. Jacky gave me great ideas for the other pages though. Dad should be done processing his pictures by tomorrow and I can have the ones I like printed already. That's about it for now. Tomorrow is another first day of the rest of my life!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

I'm enjoying myself far too much to be in a hurry to start working. Can't stop the inevitable though so I'll use what time I have now to soul search and release pent up creativity.

Soul Searching
Maybe not my soul exactly, just my psyche. I'm a very high monitoring individual - acting and debating are two hobbies high monitors can excel in since they require much flexibility. While I'm all for doing the "right" thing and not caring about what other people think when I do so, doing the un-right thing or even an I'm-not-sure-if-it's-right thing bothers me a lot. I hate not knowing the correct answer and it irritates me when I'm forced to say "hindi ko alam!" Although of course no one has all the answers.

But there are field experts, key resources, that I can extract invaluable information from. There is the direct method of ASKING them. For example, I love consulting with Aims about the appropriateness of doing something or failing to do something. Then there is the indirect method - modeling. For example, I associate the word thoughtfulness with Ther and CharLao. Now, being thoughtful is something I want to be, something that I think is right. That's why I try to guess what they'd do if they were in a similar situation and do it myself. The same concept applies to the popular "What Would Jesus Do" (WWJD) motto. In both cases, who I ask/model is hinged on how much I like someone. Naturally, I don't want to be someone I don't particularly admire.

Bottomline is, I'm trying to be more patient (and failing miserably) and more thoughtful/generous (a little progress?). Maybe I'm fighting a genetic battle... let's see though. To be able to dictate what I am (e.g. thoughtful person) is a very "Sartre" framework.

Creating
"Wala kayo magawa sa watermelon 'no?" That what Ivan said when he dropped by the house a while ago to give me the last three episodes of Heroes Season 1. (See my multiply). It wasn't anything that required a lot of unheard of materials. I just noticed we had a watermelon and decided to give it a smiley face. It was fun, a little bit messy, but fun.

I'm also in the process of making a scrapbook. Key words: in the process. I've finished... 4 out of 30 pages. I got the idea from CH's blog. She wrote about other people not understanding her hobby. It seems like a fun pastime! No wonder we were in the yearbook board together. Being serious about it is a bit expensive if all the acid-free rules are to be followed but it forces me to be more resourceful. As a last resort, I guess there's always archival spray.

Last few days before work will be dedicated to catch-up lunches and dinners with friends, spending time with the extended family from out of town, and finishing the scrapbook!

Besides those, there are things I want to strike out of my list soon... such as the Harvard Business Review I bought in HK... Yes, I know it sounds geeky but so far it's a good read. A bit heavy to digest everything in one go but it's expensive enough to make me want to finish it from cover to cover. The book I borrowed from Polo, the Heroes episodes, some DVD's I bought (like Babel), ... hm. Whoa I didn't realize I have so much to do! Wheee

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

I'm elated! I just watched Ocean's 13 with Mic, Elaine and Jacky and I loved it! We had a pizza "party" at my place before going to Rockwell so that set the mood well. It's the best movie I've seen recently. Better than Ocean's 12 but just a little less brilliant than 11. It was funny too. Go see it, you can read the rest of my long blog entry afterwards.

Warning: Greenbelt 3 tickets now cost P180-190 (depends on the cinema). I know because my parents and I just watched Shrek 3 there. Definitely not as good as the first and second part. It was a bit annoying how the characters were giving pep talks. And the frog king having to die three times? As Ocean's 13 said, don't run the same gag twice. Although stealing from a casino... sounds familiar doesn't it? Money talks, which is probably why there are so many trilogies in the first place.

Another third of a trilogy. I liked Pirates too but the story was too twisted for those who've forgotten the first two installments. I was the only one in my family (whom I watched with) who more or less understood the story. The love thing between Calypso and Davey Jones was off-tangent. While we missed the post credits scene (which I got to watch via YouTube anyway), we were just relieved that the cinema didn't play a dubbed Cantonese version (the trailers were in Cantonese). Free tickets made me think that there must be something wrong, wouldn't you? But the promo was legit - and extra sulit because the film ran for almost 3 hours.

It would make a great in-flight movie since it'll make 3 hours go faster. During my flight to and from Europe, I was able to watch Blood Diamond, Charlotte's Web, Music & Lyrics, The Pursuit of Happyness, even Aladdin and The Lion King. I'm just sad I wasn't able to catch The Holiday.

Blood Diamond reminded me of Lord of War and Titanic. Lord of War because it's a political film, Titanic because Leonardo DiCaprio [spoiler: dies].

Charlotte's Web, hm, we all know that story. Nothing fantastic.

Music & Lyrics was great! I missed the film when it was showing in theaters but I forget why. Made me wanna rhyme... all the time... maybe earn a dime... or maybe not. I'm not a big fan of Drew Barrymore but the movie made me forget my bias against her.

The Pursuit of Happyness was another rags to riches inspirational true stories. I'm glad that it emphasized the importance of both numbers (technical knowledge) and people (emotional competence). Personal competence was present but implied. I think this is also why Rubik's cubes are so popular these days. I got a small one for free (I'm such a sucker for freebies) and I plan to figure out how to solve it. Allan's blog has a how-to-re-sticker your rubik's cube tutorial in case the colors are fading.

The Disney movies are old Disney movies so the magic's still there. Incidentally, it was the Hakuna Matata cap that I brought with me to Europe. Weh I know I haven't started working but I'm already wondering when I'll be able to get back to that continent. I'm not as bad a workaholic as everyone else might think hahaha I put "don't be a workaholic" on my status message for Borgy cause he's been doing a lot of overtime. Here's what I get:

enzote: are you talking to yourself? haha
charlenecamillalao: ahhhh kala ko ur telling urself not to be a workaholic
bjdy: sino kausap mo sa pagiging workaholic? sarili mo?
frids2002: are u talking to urself?

Some people know me too well.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

I'm back :) I won't bother to write about my trip in detail since what I wrote in my notebook is too long to transcribe. This is where we went:



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France, Monaco, Italy, Vatican, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Amsterdam!

Some highlights:

  • Got to enter the Louvre
  • Got to visit Notre Dame cathedral and Anne Frank's house
  • Were at Cannes on the first day of the film festival
  • Chanced upon a fireworks display at Austria
  • Got a FREE picture in a traditional Dutch costume
  • Won 160 tokens at Monte Carlo
Don't wake me up, I'm still dreaming.

I did miss my dog and my laptop (ah Daph's priorities). I should take them with me next time ;) But "next time" might be years away... What are dreams for.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

At Boppard right now (Germany), just got off a Rhine River cruise. Am immensely enjoying the tour and although I'm still here, can't wait to return again! Missing you all :)

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Oh wow. I dunno what it is with this year but I'm very thankful. It's been one cool experience after another. You know how they say, "you're so low, you can't go anywhere else but up?" Maybe that's what happened so I'm dreading the next turn of the tide. For now though, I'll soak up the warmth of blessedness.

After receiving a call from Company X because they got my resume from Ateneo and Jobstreet (I submitted my resume last year!), I decide to just go and have that preliminary interview (besides, I love their products). It goes well but I do feel a little bit guilty. A few days afterwards, I get a call from the office telling me that I'm needed sooner than they thought - and that I'll be working in Makati (instead of at Cabuyao). Aims might even work at the same building! Although I was almost resigned to working in Laguna, I was still praying... And there you go, prayer answered :) Goodbye Company X, sorry for the inconvenience. I look forward to saving the world soon. Too bad there's no comic book I can follow.

Aside from rushing to complete the pre-employment requirements before I leave, I went to an angels4lyf dinner last night. The main topic was their recent trip to Boracay. It reminded me of the summer camp days - we talked about it for weeks after the trip, recounting every detail, everything that was said and done. Uh oh, trip to memory lane, again. Let's stop now.

Here's some nice lyrics... It's from the soundtrack of a movie my mom and I just watched, "Flicka."

"My Little Girl" by Tim McGraw

Chorus:
Your beautiful baby from the outside in.
Chase your dreams but always know the road that'll lead you home again.
Go on, take on this whole world.
But to me you know you'll always be, my little girl.

Verse 1:
Gotta hold on easy as I let you go.
Gonna tell you how much I love you,
though you think you already know.
I remember I thought you looked like an angel wrapped in pink so soft and warm.
You've had me wrapped around your finger since the day you were born.

Verse 2:
When you were in trouble that crooked little smile could melt my heart of stone.
Now look at you, I've turned around and you've almost grown.
Sometimes you're asleep I whisper "I Love You!" in the moonlight at your door.
As I walk away, I hear you say, "Daddy Love You More!".

Verse 3:
Someday, some boy will come and ask me for your hand.
But I won't say "yes" to him unless I know, he's the half
that makes you whole, he has a poet's soul, and the heart of a man's man.
I know he'll say that he's in love.
But between you and me. He won't be good enough!

I've been watching a lot of stuff lately, especially since I've been keeping my 4-year old cousin company while her family's out of town. Dekada 70 was such a big disappointment even if I cried a bit. I'm not wondering why it didn't work. Also caught the Amazing Race All Stars marathon. Can't wait for the final episode. I'm rooting for the Beauty Queens! I don't want Chmirna to win simply because Charla annoys me. I re-watched Devil Wears Prada too. I want the unpublished HP! The QT's predict I'll become a Miranda Priestly in the future. Who knows, maybe I'll chuck my cellphone in a fountain too.

Like the blog's new look? I'm still not totally sold. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Last night was another big movie outing for Celadon (+ family & friends) but it wasn't able to break the record. 22 of us watched Spiderman 3 at Rockwell (occupied 2 and 3/4 center rows), 9 people short of the 31 who watched Narnia last year. Nevertheless, thanks Vani for organizing the gimik, Jic for reserving the tickets, & Mic for the ride home :) More interesting movies are coming up so there are still many opportunities. Some of these are Pirates of the Carribean 3, the sequel of Fantastic 4 and Shrek 3! Notice that a lot of movies coming out are sequels. Transformers will be out in the US on July 4. Does that mean it'll be out by June 12 here? I'm just being cheeky.

Dinner was at the restaurant of choice for most (kids): McDonalds. That was for half the group. The others opted for Kenny Rogers. And the three who decided to have dinner at a later time almost didn't eat because the stores were closing by the time they felt hungry (everything was closing earlier since it was Labor Day). It was Jollibee for them!

I'm planning to have a haircut in the next few days... either at Razzle Dazzle or Tinette. I think I prefer Tinette's more conventional cuts but the former is known for its "Hong Kong hairstyle" specialty - simply because Sir Louis is from HK. The hair I have now, minus the color c/o Birdie, is a Razzle Dazzle product. Anyway, I'm not after any particular style, I just don't want to have a hard time with my hair during my upcoming trip. Hmmm. As for color, I really would like to have it a little bit more red (not Ferrari red!) but mom wants it darker (back to original). I'm fond of the light color now though - even if it makes me look pale? My cousin requested that I keep it the same color for her wedding in June so that might be the deciding factor. Shoe shopping for that stint will have to take place before the 8th.

Speaking of which, I can't wait for my relatives to arrive! I miss Lotta most but seeing 4-ko, 2-ko, Uncle Ben (like Spiderman!), Achi Liana, Christian, Ahya Joe, Achi Mitch and Alex is always a treat. The rest won't be coming :( One's studying in Spain right now - if only we could visit! :)

My VL re-organization plan is almost complete, I guess. I received 130 replies (thank you!) but I've only added 36 people... because I'm still trying to figure out what categories to use! I don't want too many categories, but I don't want too many people in one category either. My problem actually are the ICAns who are Ateneans who are Celadoneans (they belong to too many categories) and the IRCer who is Xaverian who isn't Atenean. Blimey. So for those who haven't received the notification requesting permission for me to add you to my list, I probably still haven't added you. hehe. I'll figure it out, eventually.

My digital photos are more organized too so I've been adding the "naligaw" photos to their respective albums. I've been lazy to do backup via an external hard drive (cause I don't have one yet) so I've been using Multiply. I'll get around to it soon... Sheesh all this procrastinating is really bad. I need to muster up enough discipline to actually accomplish something worthwhile. Remember the sinking feeling I mentioned back in 2004? Probably not but it's there again. So many younger people have accomplished so much more than I have.

Summer news... she can now climb down the stairs on her own and climb up from the second to the topmost step. She's due for 2 more vaccination shots before she can venture outside.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

From 28% full, my gmail account is now 0% full! From 102 Yahoo groups, I'm now only part of FIFTEEN. From almost always "Almost full," my cellphone only has 60 msgs. From 380+, my YM list now has 0 contacts haha

Friends, please message me with your full name, email address, cell# and birthday (with year). It's part of my virtual life re-organization :)

I'll add those who message me by Friday I guess. So far 50 people have replied! (thanks for making me happy!)

Other things I've been occupied with...
Visa matters. Went to the Swiss embassy yesterday for the interview. Accompanied grandfather earlier to pick up his Schengen visa. The UK visa is a lost cause already - guess that means I'll get there later rather than sooner.

NUTS! by Kevin & Jackie Freiberg. Dad wants me to read and summarize a book that a friend lent him. It's a fun read!

Food stuffing. Yesterday was Ama's death anniversary so we ate at Gloria Maris. The day before that, we ate at Gourmand for Jesi's grad (3rd in her batch!). And before that, we ate at Conti's for dad's birthday.

Summer! I took her to the vet last week for vaccination shots. Guess who we encountered... haha I was too starstruck to remember to ask if I could have a picture with them - Lucky and Flo! They're quite big but more playful than intimidating. Summer also got her first haircut before she was injected.

KSDC. If you know any 4-12 year olds who have nothing to do yet on MWFs of May, invite them to register and learn a lot of fun things. Website is at http://summerdaycamp.reallyrules.com

Monopoly. I've been playing with my cousin and whoever else is bored enough to agree to play with us :p Uncle Wes will be playing over the weekend! Message me if you want to join us.

Quotable (at Palawan)
Aunt: Wow Carrie look so many stars! Can you count them?
Princess Caroline: No, there are so many!!
Aunt: Can you try?
Princess Caroline: Maybe 12!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

RIP Sabie Wong

God looked around his garden
And he found an empty place
He then looked down upon this earth
And saw your tired face
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest
Gods garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again
He saw the road was getting rough
And hills were hard to climb
So he closed your weary eyelids
And whispered "Peace be thine"
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn't go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home

I don't know who wrote that poem but it was the same one I recited during my grandmother's wake 7 years ago. I don't want a repetition of that year (2000). Please lang po.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Updates about Sabie

can be found at this forum.

At this point there are a lot of if only's. Anyway, there was some discussion about choosing a public hospital in Singapore and a private one in the Philippines. Those who live here will undoubtedly prefer being treated in a private facility. However, I learned that in HK (not sure if the same goes for Sg), only public institutions can afford the more expensive hi-tech equipment necessary for critical operations. How funny - I'm surprised by government-run hospitals that are running well.

As Julia Campbell (the peace corps volunteer whose body was found just recently) put it, we live in a world that's baliktad / topsy turvy. Her blog here.

Thy will be done. Thy strength for everyone. Daph rhymes sometimes.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Gummy worms. Shelves. High school batchmates. Yellow shoes? Dreams can be bizarre. And lately, I've been remembering a lot of mine, maybe because of the extra sleeping hours. Do you know that one of Mark Twains' works is a dream journal entitle "My Platonic Sweetheart?" I also remember reading about a book whose author dreamed up the story. Suffice it to say that there is a commercial interest in other people's dreams.

I've been planning my London tour - scouring the internet for discounted ticket prices. I'm excited to say the least :) It's a good thing we're going during the off-peak season because otherwise everything's more expensive. What worries me right now is our visas. I hope we get them on time else all my planning will be in vain.

My break hasn't turned boring yet. Just came back from Palawan (darker me again), been busy doing the Kids Summer Day Camp website* (but that's pretty much finished already except for some of the writeups that I'm still waiting for), and playing with Summer. I still have to go to Rajo's tomorrow for first fitting and then take Summer to the vet for her vaccination shots. Summer, by the way, receives more visitors than I do haha

*Learned something new! I just discovered that FTP is possible through IE. Is this old news? No matter, it's nice to think that my brain is still active haha

On a more serious note, we're all hoping that Sabie will be okay. She underwent an open heart surgery at Singapore last Thursday and right now... it doesn't look good... Would appreciate your prayers for her and her immediate family. Pray for a miracle.

Monday, April 9, 2007

on a whim, i downloaded irc again, connected to irc.skyinet.net and looked for the old chatrooms. they're gone.

even The Heart at Cybertown has been demolished. It's been replaced by "Spirit."

a lot has changed in ICA too. And Ateneo has at least one new building coming right up. good bye to the Psych dept I know.

my home hasn't changed though it wasn't always beside a train station...

In My Life

There are places I'll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

Senti huh. The mood was caused by a monopoly game with Gibbs. And just to show how some things never change, I won haha just kidding

Time to let go of a lot of old things.

I don't know when, I don't know how
But I know something's starting right now
Watch and you'll see, someday I'll be :)

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Got tagged by Julie-la and I don't really have anything better to do. Tomorrow's Easter!

Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things/little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names. No tag backs.

1. I "flick" continuously when I'm nervous. (index finger and thumb form a circle then I release my index finger)
2. I sleep with my eyes partially open.
3. When I'm bored, I rub the bridge of my nose.
4. I tilt my head when I type.
5. Before I leave for school, I run a mental checklist of five must-brings: my wallet, my watch, my phone, my ID, my hanky. And I still forget to bring my ID sometimes haha
6. Since I can't eat rice alone, I make sure the viands don't run out before I finish my rice.
7. When I was in first grade, I did NOT know how to use a skirt hehe
8. I cried when I watched Dumbo, not when I watched Land Before Time.
9. Used to hide in my grandmother's attic and pretend I couldn't hear them looking for me.
10. I do "cold shoulders."

Tag - Lainey, Mic, Hannah, Jacky, Mike, Charlotte, AL, Luj, Hal, Cu

Friday, April 6, 2007

It's Good Friday. I just got home from Polo (one of the very few places open today) after having merienda with the family of one of my dad's business partners. After living in San Diego for a couple of years, the company transfered him to Manila along with his wife and two sons. His wife and elder son will be having horseback riding lessons (they already know how). I should like to join them but their lessons are more advanced. I might at least persuade my dad to finally allow me to take a beginner's class.

Time to write about the Celadon Rouge - last Celadon project of 2006-2007. It was a blast! Great way to end the fantastic year :)

12 Plaques for the 12 executebs: special CFA treat to commemorate the year

I had planned to go to Valle Verde early to help setup but I couldn't leave Makati without the EB plaques (had them made at Angel Arts). And of course I crammed making the awards and special citations ehehehe Suffice it to say, I actually landed in V6 at 4:30pm already. The decorations committee had just finished painting - next challenge was to find a way to make the styro pieces stand, nothing that can't be solved with a LOT of tape and extra styrofoam.

The food catered by Amara (our sponsor) was great, the chairs had pretty yellow ribbons, the lights added to the fun factor and the sounds matched the mood (although the microphones could be less sabog). Madel finally hosted an org event haha I interviewed her during Recruitment Week and knew she'd be great but she was always busy with BlueRep or had other priorities.

Claire's video really brought back a lot of the year's memories. Especially the EB dance during the 1st GA... Mikes and Gino gave a great performance. Bands don't usually fare very well with the Celadon crowd but they're the exception. The dance troupe revival was a success! Welcome back ballroom dancing! (watch their performance)


They gave me a dozen roses!! That was so sweet - thanks everyone ^_^ The night ended with the induction of the EB members 07-08, a lot of picture taking and even some dancing.

I still have a bit of paperwork left to do. I still PLAN to update and print a copy of the YES report and have it hardbound. Para cute. And then there's the matter of going to Child's Play and picking up our group pic. Whee Celadon Celadon Celadon. I'll miss working with the executebs, one of the more cliquish EBs haha We have our plaques, the photoshoot, lunch at Heat, our pouches,... and a whole lot of memories. All our efforts to address "the needs of the group" paid off! Thanks OGSM.

Anyway, good luck CEBo! Am excited about what you guys have in store for the org. Am also looking forward to hearing about MISA and AJMA next school year under the leadership of Yvette and Queen respectively. Your plans look very solid and promising so I wish ya'll a lot of strength and luck! :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Palm Monday

This is a fictional story that takes place on the day after Palm Sunday. Its main character is the donkey that Jesus rode on when He entered Jerusalem.

The donkey awakened, his mind still savoring the afterglow of the most exciting day of his life. Never before had he felt such a rush of pleasure and pride.
He walked into town and found a group of people by the well. "I'll show myself to them" he thought.
But they didn't notice him. They went on drawing their water and paid him no mind.
"Throw your garments down," he said crossly. "Don't you know who I am?"
They just looked at him in amazement. Someone slapped him across the tail and ordered him to move.
"Miserable heathens!" he muttered to himself. "I'll just go to the market where the good people are. They will remember me."
But the same thing happened. No one paid any attention to the donkey as he strutted down the main street in front of the market place.
"The palm branches! Where are the palm branches!" he shouted. "Yesterday, you threw palm branches!"
Hurt and confused, the donkey returned home to his mother.
"Foolish child," she said gently. "Don't you realize that without him, you are just an ordinary donkey?"
Just like the donkey who carried Jesus in Jerusalem, we are most fulfilled when we are in the service of Jesus Christ. When we lift up Christ, we are no longer ordinary people but key players in God's plan to redeem the world.

Taken from http://dailywisdom.gospelcom.net/archives/old/1999/03/dw-03-29-99.html

The story above was shared by Pastor Steve last Sunday and then I shared it during my opening speech at the Celadon Ball. Our recent achievements can mean a whole lot to us now, and I'm sure it will continue to mean much on a personal level, but time has a way of mellowing down the significance of some events. Newer accomplishments will overshadow the old.

I was chatting with a friend the other night about the world records. When they report that a person just broke a record, they never report the person whose record was broken by the person whose record was just broken. OK, that was too wordy... person C hold world record. Person B broke person C's record. Person A broke person B's record. Person C will not be remembered anymore --unless he was the first to do something (like Armstrong being the first man to walk on the moon). Accomplishments mean little as a static statistic but they mean a lot as a dynamic motivator - always do your best, and all for Someone time does not have an effect on.

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