Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy

Merry Christmas everyone :)

I'll be enjoying the Christmas break in HK (as usual). Can't wait to have dimsum at City Hall!

P.S. I know I haven't been posting often. Recently I've been using my offline diary more.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Just read:
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I was first intrigued by the character of Dorian Gray because of the film - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I liked the film so much that it became the topic of one of my English class projects. I digress. After watching, I impulsively decided to buy the book (The Picture of Dorian Gray) when I saw it on a shelf in Natio. And on my bookshelf it sat for about 5 years.

Much like the painting, my book looks older than when I first bought it! I finally finished reading it today. Passing the first part proved to be a real challenge. I even found myself skipping a lot of parts in the middle. Too many words, too little action - I guess that's a good way of describing books I DON'T like. Articles are okay for discussing ideas but to read about a philosophizing character in the middle of an increasingly interesting story isn't my cup of tea. (This blog entry sounds so... English...)

As you may have noticed, I'm experimenting with the Amazon Associates program.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

ICAn stars in Award Winning Musical - Hairspray Nov 28

The acting bug bit her when she was in the 7th grade. Madel's love for performing in the shower prompted her to try out for the Children's Theater club. Since then, she hasn't looked back. In High School, she became a member of the prestigious Dramatics Guild (DG) where she learned to love theater in its entirety - helping out as prod, being a performer, and feeling fulfilled during curtain calls. With such deeply-rooted passion, it's not hard to imagine how much energy she brings with her on stage.

In college, her story continues. She joined Ateneo Blue Reportory and was part of the High School Musical production. That was her opportunity to work with Ma'am Chari (Arespacochaga) who encouraged her to take voice lessons and audition for the role of Tracy Turnblad. Madel recounts, "It really was my first professional audition, so...It really took a lot of courage for me to try out pero naisip ko, hey, if I don't get the part, it'll be a learning experience. Luckily, nakuha ko naman!"

Madel's why-not attitude makes it easy for her to relate with her character's positivity and spirit. She especially connects with Tracy's belief in a small-town girl's ability to make big-time changes. And no wonder - she's iCAN.

Madel Ching (ICA 2006) will be starring as Tracy Turnblad in the award-winning Broadway musical, Hairspray.

For TICKETS to the Nov 28 show, contact Daph Uy (09178913589) or Ria Go (0917-8867968 / 09234526309). A regularly updated copy of the seat plan is available at


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Since my last post, I've celebrated my 23rd birthday. Very quiet get togethers - with the family, barkada, and the executebs. Should be quite an interesting year ahead.

Jane, one of my closest officemates, has been reassigned abroad. I was crying more than she was during her despedida! Such a cry baby.

I also have a new boss now. Very different style from my first and second bosses. I like how she's really taking me through things one step at a time. It's easier to take many little steps than few leaps and bounds.

CYCLE, the extra curricular org I've been spending some time on, is moving steadily enough. I'm not quite sure if it is what I'm looking for but I'm having fun and learning a lot so that will do for now.

Taima, the matriarch of the family, died last August. I'm not quite sure how much that will change the dynamics of the "clan." Maybe not so much since for the last how-many-years we haven't even been allowed to enter her room (they fear we might bring germs in with us). According to the older ones, she's the last from her generation.

My cousins and I decided to be semi-entreps so... I'm selling tickets to Hairspray! November 28, 8pm show. The lead role will be played by Madel Ching. Having seen her in action, I know she'll be a terrific Tracy Turnblad. Tickets are priced at P600, 800, 1000 and 1200. Seat plan is available at:

Speaking of cousins, my cousin just gave birth to a healthy baby boy. They say he's a splitting image of his dad, my cousin's husband. Can't wait to be able to play with him.

Summer is as fiesty as ever. Last night she refused to sleep because we forgot to bring her bed inside the room. She went straight to sleep as soon as we got her bed for her hahaha

And speaking of bed, I think I'll go to bed myself :)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Last week one of our colleagues died. He was only 24. I wasn't very close with JP but I do particularly remember one night at the office when he was asking for some relationship advice, a very future linked concern. So it really came as a shock that he passed away already. During the wake, his father was also saying how he never imagined that it would come to this. Life really is unpredictable. Have to make sure that we worry about the things that really matter.

Priorities and values vary from person to person. I've attended / sat in workshops recently that asked for mine and I think my top 3 are: brilliance, relationships and happiness. Not necessarily in that order.

Being brave enough to stand out, stand up and fight for something that one values by being creative and resourceful.

Recognizing that everyone and everything, no matter how small, are inextricably linked and leveraging on that powerful truth to make things happen.

Using presently available information to make just in time decisions and act for the benefit of long term dreams.

What are yours?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Fast forward to the present.

Almost one year and happy to say I'm still loving my job. It's scary sometimes because the expectations are so high and I've never even attempted to take on such a large-scale project. Celadon, with its 600 members and strategic partners, was tiny in comparison! But if there's anything they keep telling me to do - it's to start with the end in mind. So I shall. And I shan't look at how high the mountain still is.

Yesterday, Erik Weihenmayer gave a talk. Who is he? He's the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Yeap, you read that correctly. It's hard to believe but he actually did it. Not only that, he has climbed corkscrew rock formations, scaled frozen waterfalls and even gone skiing down mountains. That's what impossible is nothing means. You can read the wikipedia entry about him and visit his website.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

From Neil:
Share 8 things that your readers don’t know about you.
Then at the end you tag 8 other bloggers to keep the fun going.
– Each blogger must post these rules first.
– Each blogger starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
– Bloggers who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
– At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
– Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

I disclose a lot to my readers so I'm not sure if these are all new. But they're random facts and habits.

1. In my father's side, all of my cousins (including my brother and I) have two first names.
2. On my google home page, I subscribe to Garfield, Calvin & Hobbes, BBC News and Yahoo! Odd News. I exchange odd news with Borgy a lot.
3. I used to be a Pepsi fan. ]I was somehow converted and I now prefer Coke. I still like regular Coke. In my creative college grad pic, I'm holding an open Coke can...
4. I often find myself craving for Zaragosa sardines (mild hot), KFC fun shots, Nissin beef noodles, and chewy Chips Ahoy.
5. I only eat orange, green or yellow jelly. I only drink orange gatorade. Grape juice (I like grapes when they're not made into juice), strawberry and/or raspberry remind me too much of medicine syrup. When The Body Shop had their raspberry craze, I couldn't stand in/near their store.
6. I used to have braces. And way back (I don't even remember), I had to wear corrective shoes too - but I still have two left feet.
7. Typing fast and accurately without looking at the keyboard are skills that I learned with the help of mIRC triv bots. I can accurately type about 88 words/minute.
8. I have a one-hour massage every Tuesday night at home.

Lainey, Borgy, Charlotte, Julie, Luj, Sheena, Pinky, Shinyi

Sunday, March 30, 2008

It's been one year since graduation.

Since then, what have I been up to? I've been blogging less, obviously, but that doesn't mean there's less to blog about.

I didn't get to go to London but I did quite a bit of traveling.

Locally - we went to Dos Palmas (Palawan), Taal Volcano and San Pedro Cutud, Pampanga. I also had a month in the field at Antipolo for work.

Outside the Philippines, I got to go to Europe for the first time. Exquisite France, marvelous Rome, intriguing Vatican, magical Monaco, scenic Switzerland, quaint Austria, gentle Germany and memorable Netherlands. I'll be back, count on it. Then there was my Dragon 100 tour at Henan, China. That trip gave me unforgettable memories and priceless friends. So I was very much excited to meet up again with them in HK last November. I was also given the opportunity to see the Singapore Dragons when I had to attend a training for work. Singapore was another first for me.

Definitely another big change that happened since graduation is being employed.

Most of the things I've handled were exciting in their own way. And so different from each other. Had to speak with retirees and make the children of employees happy, had a crash course on how expensive healthy eating is and have spent time with the kids in our Gawad Kalinga villages. Diverse, much?

Stress, yeah sure, that's there. But not the horror-story stress that some people would expect. Did you know that there are two kinds of stress? Distress and eustress. In a nutshell, not having any kind of stress is bad too. Golden mean, everything in moderation.

I've almost been with the company for 10 months. 2 more months until the first year ends. Time flies so quickly. Before I know it I'll be old and gray.

Am I happy as a clam? Can I imagine myself having similar experiences in the coming months, maybe years? For now, I think so.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Did you know that...

St. Patrick's Day is generally celebrated on March 17. But the date of the feast is occasionally, yet controversially, moved by church authorities when March 17 falls during Holy Week; this happened in 1940 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on April 3 in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday, and happened again in 2008, having been observed on March 14. March 17 will not fall during Holy Week again until 2160.

Taken from
Historical. Unfortunately, I find out about this after the fact. Whatever. Everyday is a reason to celebrate life. ~*~

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I ran yesterday but the nike+ device stalled towards the end of my run so the data wasn't captured. Anyway, that was about a 50min session. Running 10 and walking 1. It's intimidating to think that a 42.2km distance will probably take me 7.5 hours to complete.

Yesterday, a finance team prepared an easter activity with the GK kids. It was really fun to see them paint the eggs and then go on a hunt afterwards. I'm still figuring out how to make the program more sustainable, without taking the fun away.

Between work and running, guess one could say that I've been busy. I've also been reading in my spare time. The last book I finished was Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada and currently I'm halfway done with The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.

But I have yet to find something that will spur the same passion I had for Celadon...

3 years or forever.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Year!

I don't get to do this every year :D

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Was busy mulling about a couple of no-closure hopes (unanswered prayers?) just a while ago when I read the April 4, 2008 entry of Our Daily Bread, a daily devotional book (I just flipped the book open to a random page).

It was a story about a little boy who threw a tantrum in a shop so that his mom would buy him a certain toy for Christmas. In the end, he got what he begged for. BUT his older brother told him that their mom had originally bought an even better version of the toy. She had it exchanged when he begged for the smaller one.

That struck a nerve haha

Random Trivia: I made at least two blog entries per month from November 2003 until December 2007.