Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I took a cab home from our team party last night. I had the cab drop me off at a supermarket near my house in Katipunan because MG asked me to get something for him on my way home. At the supermarket, I tried calling MG twice, but his phone didn't even ring. I figured the networks were having problems again .
As I was walking home to my house, my phone rang and I saw it was MG calling so I answered my phone. For a few seconds, I couldn't hear anything and I just kept going "hello?" several times. Still no answer. I checked my phone to see if the call connected or disconnected. The call was still active and the timer was still running so I put the phone back in my ear thinking it was just a bad connection.
That's when I heard a voice on the other line saying "Tulungan mo ako..." (Help me) before the line went dead. I froze. I heard the voice clearly. The voice didn't sound like MG's but it sounded like whoever it was was in pain and was having difficulty speaking. I tried calling MG's number but the his number can not be reached anymore. I panicked for a few seconds and started running towards my house until I realized someone else might be at the house with MG and I wouldn't be able to do anything alone. So I backtracked and ran towards the police patrol car stationed near our house every night. I told the police about the call I received and asked if they can accompany me to my house. The 2 officers offered to take me in the car but I told them I just live nearby and started running back towards my house again. One of the policemen followed me on foot and the other followed driving their patrol car.
Then my phone rang again. It was MG. I answered my phone and heard MG's voice this time.Clearly. He was asking why I called him earlier. I asked him where he was and told him I'm on my way home with the police. He sounded confused and asked me why. I told him about his call earlier, and that I heard someone on the line asking for help. He said he did call me earlier and he heard me saying "hello" over and over but that it seemed I couldn't hear him so he hung up. I told the police that the caller was my husband and they said they'd accompany me to my house anyway because someone might be there and was just forcing MG to call me to tell me everything was fine. I was confused already because MG sounded really normal.
When we got home, MG met me at the door and we explained to him about the call. The police asked him the regular stuff, if he was ok and if someone was inside the house. MG looked genuinely surprised and told us that everything was really ok. So we thanked the officers and went into the house.
The call still scared me. The voice sounded like it really needed help. MG kept telling me that it might be a cross line since the network seemed to be having problems all night. I want to believe that it was a cross line. But it if is, then there was someone calling someone else asking for help and I was the one who got the call. I still think it's really weird that I only heard one phrase, and that phrase was "Tulungan mo ako" (Help me) before the line went dead.
I called my mom's house to see if everyone there was ok. They were, and I told my mom what happened. I think it scared her too because she has been calling and texting like every 2 hours asking if MG and I were ok. Then I called my officemate Leah, since she was the last person I was with before I got the call. She said she was already home and she was fine.
I couldn't sleep last night thinking of the voice I heard. If you heard it, you would understand. I can only hope that whoever that person was is ok now.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
A closer look.
Textured board in Ivory (for embossing)
Gold rice beads (optional since I only used 6 beads per envelope)
Printed image of a poinsettia (at least 3 images per envelope for layering).
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tickets for the ball are available at one thousand five hundred pesos (PhP 1,500.00) per head. A table for twelve (12) persons is available at eighteen thousand pesos (PhP 18,000.00). Interested parties may contact the UPAA Secretariat at the Ang Bahay ng Alumni, Diliman QC.
Inquiries may be sent through telefax number (632) 920-6868 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
She's ok now.
This morning, I got into the back of a cab, and tried to lock the doors immediately after getting in. The front seat was pushed far back so I couldn't reach the front door lock from where I was sitting. I asked the cab driver to lock it. He just looked at the lock and sighed loudly and did nothing. That annoyed me, but just a little, maybe he just didn't understand me the first time. So I asked again. And this is when it got really annoying.
He tried to reach for the lock from the driver's seat without leaning a bit to the side. Of course he won't reach it. He then turned to me looking annoyed and said...
Driver: Ikaw naman, ang aga-aga eh... (It's still early)
(turned his head back on the road, WITHOUT locking the freakin' front door, and then in an angry tone...)
Driver: Bakit, na-hold-up ka na ba? (Why, have you ever been robbed?)
I snapped. Either his cab company name suits him really well (Simplemind) ir he was planning to rob me that's why he wants the front door left unlocked.
Me (in an equally angry tone with a look that says he will disintegrate if he doesn't shut up soon): Hindi pa, pero bakit ko ir-risk? Kailangan ko pa ba hintayin na ma-hold-up ako? Paki-lock. (No, but why should I risk it? Do I have to wait until I get robbed? Please lock the door.)
As expected, that shut him up until I reached my destination and he finally did lock the door.
Was that so hard to do? Of course, he didn't get a tip.
Phone Number: 277-30xx
Here's one more thing. I tried to call the number painted inside the cab door. The lady who answered told me that the number I called is not a cab company and she has never heard of Simplemind. That's why I hid the last 2 digits. Before I hung up, I just told the lady that her home number is painted inside some cab roaming around Manila.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Up to that point, riding the MRT has been an integral part of my work week. Morning and night, for 4 years, I have taken the MRT, Line 3 (the one that traverses EDSA). And if you live in Manila, you know what that means.
Long lines... an endless sea of humanity... and then me in high heels, all packed inside a train compartment where you almost can not feel the air conditioning anymore. But you endure. Because the MRT is still the quickest way to get to where you want to go within the vicinity of EDSA.
Until 2 years ago.
Nowadays, my work area is outside the route of any line of the MRT. I now take a cab to work, and then an airconditioned "FX" (a van that has been converted into a form of public transportation that travels on a fixed route, usually without a permit to operate from the local government) to go home. More convenient, more comfortable... less stressful. I have grown complacent.
Last Monday, I found myself needing to take the MRT again. I attended a 3-day training in Makati which started last Monday. That morning, on the way to the venue, I took a cab. I was also planning to take a cab on my way home, but by that time, it was 6 PM... in Makati. Think RUSH HOUR, in capital letters. Therefore TAXI = IMPOSSIBLE. It's off the MRT station for me.
And then suddenly, everything I managed to forget in 2 years came rushing back to me:
I have forgotten that it was a long walk from where I got off in Glorietta, to the MRT station... when you are wearing high heels.
I have forgotten that the escalator from the ground level to the station does not work most of the time so it's like taking 2 flights of stairs up... on high heels.
I have forgotten that only the trains are air conditioned... the station is not. I must have lost a quart of water from my body through sweating the 30 minutes I was in the station.
I have forgotten how tightly packed a train compartment can get during rush hour.
I have forgotten that it's actually a long walk from the MRT station in Ortigas to Megamall... when you are still wearing your stupid heels. I lost about another 5 ounces of water again walking.
I have forgotten that I used to wear flat sandals on my way to and from work. I leave my high heels at the office so I won't actually have to walk in them for long distances. That's how I survived.
And then I remembered... this experience was one of the reasons why I left Makati 2 years ago.
PS: Brends, thanks for deciding to take your car on the second and third day of our training!
NOTE: And yes, after all these years of having a license, I still can't drive. Scares the hell out of me. But that's another story for another day.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Yey! Tita loves any legitimate excuse to go footwear shopping!
At SM, I had about 8-10 pairs in my basket because there were so many to choose from and the baby socks were so cute. I decided to call my mom to ask exactly how many pairs they need.
Janelle: Mommy, how many do you need?
Mommy: Just get one.
Janelle: What do you mean one??? One piece???
Mommy: No, one pair!
Janelle: I know that! But what do you mean one??? I have about a dozen here in my cart already.
Mommy: Ok fine make it two. We already have 3 pairs of socks plus her booties. We just need a few extra until she can wear her booties already.
Janelle: Just two??? What colors do you have already? Baka wala pang ka-terno yung ibang outfit nya.
Mommy: What outfit?? (Janelle: hello, mom?? small onesies + blanket + mittens = outfit!! duh!) Hindi pa sya madunong nun. Ok, bahala ka na nga. Don't buy a lot, she won't be able to use them when she gets any bigger.
I managed to trim my purchases to 6 pairs, making sure that each of her cute onesies has a matching pair of baby socks, plus a few headbands and ribbons which Irene told me she can't use just yet... sad :(
Monday, November 3, 2008
A few days after I bought the bag, it finally dawned on me where I saw that bag... from an online blog about purses. So I decided to check it out again and saw a photo of the Prada Fairy Bag (top photo).
Looks the same right? So Celine copies designs... interesting.
Friday, October 31, 2008
And no, I am not being biased. She IS the cutest baby there ;) I overheard a bunch of people talking as I was walking along the hallway on my way to the nursery, "pinaka-cute yung De la Fuente ano?". Yey!!! Proud tita *wink*
We actually first saw her at 3AM, about 4 hours after she was born, while we were waiting for news of her mom outside the delivery room. My mom buzzed the nursery (which is just in front of the delivery room waiting area) every hour asking if we can see Helaena already until the nurses finally agreed. And then during the first nursery viewing schedule at 11AM, Helaena was still in an incubator so we were only able to see her from afar.
It was long wait for 5PM when the nurses told us that they will be putting Helaena at the nursery with the other babies. And then there she was... a bit red, a bit wrinkly with little hair... but cute just the same!
I hope she looks like our side of the family *snub*. Hahaha! She is a Mendoza-Serrano AND a De la Fuente after all ;)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Times Higher Education and Quacquarelli Symonds recently released the top university rankings for 2008 where, though both UP and Ateneo rose in rank from the previous year, Ateneo got higher marks.
Then today, Mg forwarded this email to me:
From: sergio cao <firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 10:34 AM
Subject: [Faculty] For your information and guidance
For Immediate Release
Isabelita Reyes: Asst. Vice President for Public Affairs
Director, UP System Information Office
Contact Numbers: xxx-xxxx*
UP DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THES-QS UNIVERSITY RANKINGS
In the 2008 university rankings recently released by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the University of the
This is the third year that such a survey has been conducted and its results given prominence by local dailies. But according to UP Vice President for Public Affairs Cristina Pantoja
What she did receive was an email message from QS Asia Regional Director (Asia Pacific), Mandy Mok, informing her that UP had "gone up in the rankings" for 2008. The email also contained an invitation to buy "an attractive package" from THES-QS. The "package price," which includes a banner on topuniversities.
Since UP was not invited to participate and therefore had not provided any data, UP officials do not know where and how the figures were obtained on which the ranking was based,
"UP can hardly be expected to spend more than 2 million pesos on publicity for itself involving a survey conducted by an organization that refuses to divulge where it obtains its data," she added.
In 2007, UP was invited to participate in the survey, but when THES-QS refused to explain where it obtained the data used to determine UP's rank in the 2006 survey, university officials decided not to accept the invitation to be part of the 2007 survey. In 2006, UP was ranked No. 299, and Ateneo was ranked No. 500.
UP wrote THES-QS in July 2007, informing them of UP's decision not to be a part of the survey; and again in September 2007, requesting the organization to respect UP's decision. In response, research assistant Saad Shabir wrote back saying that if it did not receive the information it would be "forced to use last year's data or some form of average."
Surveys and rankings obviously have their usefulness. But, as the National University-status officially granted to it with its new Charter on its centennial year-UP feels that before it agrees to participate in such an exercise, it must carefully examine the indices by which it is to be evaluated. It also needs to be convinced about the reliability of the methodology used in the exercise.
The THES-QS ranking is supposedly meant to serve as "the definitive guide to universities around the world which truly excel." In evaluating institutions it computes half of the index based on its reputation as perceived by academics (peer review 40%) and global employers (recruiter review 10%). Since it does not specify who are surveyed or what questions are asked, the methodology is problematic.
In an earlier statement released in August this year, and carried by several national dailies, UP said: "Even peers require standardized input data to review. But according to the International Ranking Systems for Universities and Institutions: A Critical Appraisal, published by BioMed Central, the Times simply asks 190,000 'experts' to list what they regard as the top 30 universities in their field of expertise without providing input data on any performance indicators (http://www.biomedce
Moreover, the survey response rate among selected experts was found to be below 1%. In other words, on the basis of possible selection biases alone, the validity of the measurement is shaky." (See Pano, "Only Two RP Unviersities Made It..." UP Newsletter, August 2007, p. 5.)
According to the statement, the other half of the index is based on such indicators as student-to faculty ratio, the number of foreign faculty and foreign students in the university, and the number of citations in internationally accredited publications. "Data for these indicators depend on the information that participating institutions submit. An institution's index may be easily distorted if it fails to submit data for the pertinent indicators, or if it chooses not to participate."
Sergio S. Cao, PhD
Professor of Finance
University of the
*numbers and email addresses were removed. If you receive the original forwarded email, the details are there.
Then I came upon this site and I think some people took creativity a bit too far.
Monday, October 20, 2008
O sige na nga... chismosa na ako.
Subalit sa paglipas ng panahon, medyo matagal kong nakalimutan ang Friendster. Bawal kasi ito sa mga naging opisina ko. Kahit naman dito. Kung maitatanong nyo kung paano ako nakakapag-Friendster ngayon... sabihin na lang natin na magaling kasi ang mga ka-opisina ko ngayon.
Palibhasa ay Lunes ngayon, likas na nakakatamad magbalik-trabaho pagkatapos ng dalawang araw na bakasyon. Idagdag mo pa na wala ang boss ko, at mamaya pang alas singko ang pagtitipon namin, sinubukan kong buksan ulit ang Friendster at tingnan kung ano na ba ang mga nagbago sa aking limang daan syamnapu't apat na ka-Friendsters. Ang mga ito ay ilan lamang sa aking mga napansin.
1. Sa unang tingin ay hindi ko na makilala ang karamihan sa inyo hindi dahil nag-iba ang itsura nyo kung hindi puro litrato ng sanggol ang nasa profile nyo. Matatanda na nga yata tayo dahil karamihan sa aking mga kakilala ay nagsipag-asawa at may mga anak na.
2. Sa unang tingin ay hindi ko na makilala ang iba sa inyo dahil parang nag-iba yata ang pangalan nyo. O maaring nagkaroon lang siguro kayo ng alyas. Samantalang ako, Kinder pa lang ay Janelle na. Hanggang ngayon, Janelle pa din. Apelyido lang ang nabago. Pero ok lang, pag nakita ko na ang mga litrato nyo, naaalala ko pa naman kayo.
3. Sa unang tingin ay hindi ko makilala ang iba sa inyo dahil... sa madami pang tingin, napagtanto ko na mukhang hindi ko talaga kayo kilala. Inalis ko na sa aking listahan ang mga iyon. Sa lahat ng aking limang daan syampnapu't apat na natitirang ka-Friendsters, kilala ko pa kayo lahat.
At sana ay nasa mabuti kayong kalagayan.
Yun lang po
*also posted on Friendster Blogs
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Ateneo ranked higher than UP in the Times Higher Education - QS (THE-QS) World University Rankings 2008.
Though both universities rose from their previous year's ranks, Ateneo overtook UP by securing rank 254 in 2008, from 451 in 2007, while UP ranks 276 in 2008, from 398 in 2007.
I remember my professor from one of my graduate classes who was always ranting about the lack of research and published articles produced by UP faculty, when those are things being considered when ranking a university.
Oh well... I hope my alma mater does better next year
Friday, October 10, 2008
Though this article discusses the Circle in terms of it's application in Project Management, I think the concept can be used in our daily lives.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I used it for the first time last night to design the bookshelf and entertainment center that I plan to have custom-made for my living room. It is easy to use. I was able to come up with a 3D model of my future entertainment center (drawn to scale, mind you).
I haven't mastered it yet, and am still having difficulty with the arcs.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I love this! The world truly is just awesome!
Click here to watch the video: The World is Just Awesome
I was surfing Facebook earlier when I was hit with a sudden desire to check if this particular person has an account there. I tried to search for her using her last known email address and this was the result*:
*note: The email address shown is not her real email address.
Facebook just sent an invite to the email address of the person I was secretly stalking!
Well, not really. So she will know I was stalking her as I know she was stalking me. (I saw her checking my profile on Friendster a month back. In fact, that's what put her back on my radar after all these years.)
Yes, dears, I do have too much time on my beautiful hands .
But that's not the point! The point is I think Facebook's page has a bad design . Hmph!
2. Read the fine print before hitting any buttons.
3. If you can, stalk in a platform that can not be tracked back to you.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
BLACK is my color.
Nothing can stand between you and your demand for a calm environment. To be free of conflict and disagreement is the only way to live. In fact, it’s this philosophy that probably allows you to be comfortable in conditions that would normally bother others. Your ability to focus is undisputed, and while you enjoy attention, you still have problems understanding how to handle it. No other color out lives by the golden rule as much as you do.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I was working on something I had to complete for work earlier when I was hit with a strong compulsion to check one of my old email accounts. It was a feeling I couldn't shake and kept bothering me until I couldn't work anymore until I did.
I created that email account in 2005, before I left my first job. The primary purpose of that account was to back up the personal emails that I wanted to save that were sent to my work email account, before it was disabled.
(Lesson learned: never, ever use your work email for personal correspondence... but I was young then and I was proud of my first work-related email account so I used it a lot to email my friendly friends back then)
I haven't opened that email account in a long time and I have long forgotten the emails and most of the people behind those emails. I decided to close that account and forward the emails I wanted to keep to my now-with-unlimited-capacity primary web email. So I started reading through them...
How could I have forgotten you?
Most of you have heard my horror stories.... the reasons that pushed me to quit my first job. Due to the poignancy of those events, I guess it was easy to overlook the small things.
The small things that kept me there for a long time, and in spite of everything that happened, made it difficult for me to leave.
It was all there in the emails I kept.
How could I have forgotten?
The small jokes and how we managed to laugh after a meeting gone bad (...really bad, I think). Small discussions with my boss who had a big part in shaping my professional values (until now, I still have his words of wisdom in my head... and I like to think I'm living them). Stories, small talk, and angst bouncing back and forth between floors when we couldn't talk out loud because we had people breathing down our necks (literally for some of us, haha).
My last few months were the most tumultous, but your old emails reminded me that there were good times. There were friends and good things worth remembering.
I remember now. And I hope I never forget again.
My mom thinks it's cute. She should... she was the one who gave it to me Someone gave it to her as a gift after she expressed her admiration for this bag when she first spotted it. But since my mom belongs in the corporate world, she feels she won't be able to use this bag so she gave it to me.
MG hates it. I used it once when I went to the office. Then before heading home, MG and I dropped by the supermarket. When we got home, he was so mad at my bag, saying that people at the supermarket were all looking at my bag with dread He wants me to throw it away. And he won't stop bugging me until I promise that I won't use this bag ever again.
I told him I can't do that because I need a brown bag. I will only get rid of it when I get another brown bag...
...you can all guess where this is heading...
I'm holding this bag hostage until MG gives me a new one.
NOTE: This post sounds so shallow!!! Why the hell am I worrying about brown bags? But you know what...right now, I'd rather be thinking about dead rat brown bags than other things so please indulge me.
Friday, September 19, 2008
for a reason...
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Ok, I exaggerate.
I came home from work yesterday with a bad case of stiff neck. I don't know how I got it. I was fine all day. I only felt the pain when I got home. The only thing different about yesterday from any other working day was that I had my hair on a ponytail.
I haven't been able to tie my hair since May when I had my hair cut short. It's now at that awkward-shoulder-length length that makes it difficult to manage and I've been waiting a long time to be able to tie my hair into a neat ponytail. So yesterday, I did.
And this is what happened. And it was hell trying to sleep last night because I couldn't move my head without pain shooting up my neck. And it still hurts now.
And I still blame the ponytail .
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Upside-down House Opens in Germany
BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - A house that is entirely upside-down opened its doors to the public on the northern German island of Usedom this week.
"We didn't do it for a reason (Janelle: that's good to hear). We just wanted to do something different," Mikiciuk told Reuters on Friday.
Over 100 people have inspected the house since it was opened on Thursday.
Upon entering the construction, visitors have reported feeling dizzy and disorientated. Although the house is safe, Mikiciuk said nobody would inhabit it permanently (Janelle: you think??) and it was meant purely as an exhibit.
"It was very difficult to make, and we financed it ourselves without the help of sponsors," Mikiciuk says. They were inspired by a range of similar buildings in Spain and America, in which the exterior of the house is upside-down, but not the interior.
(Reporting by Josie Cox; Editing by Matthew Jones)
A woman standing inside the upside-down bathroom
A man standing inside a room in the upside-down house
Another view of the upside-down house
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
You either love them or loathe them.
Some people say they are extremely comfortable, while I know a few who told me that Crocs are the most painful shoes their feet ever landed on. Some say they are fashionable, while some say they are extremely bulky.
I alternate between the two ideologies.
Going on vacation last July occupied me, driving thoughts of candy-colored plastic shoes from my head. I totally forgot about it and when I did remember, I couldn't understand what I saw in them.
Until it started raining. No... specifically since last Monday. It was raining hard when I went home from work. The short walk from my stop to my house was very uncomfortable as water was swishing and sloshing in my shoes, water running down my face as my umbrella was doing nothing to keep me dry, and thoughts of the new bag that I was carrying getting drenched was running through my water-befuddled mind. My 2-minute walk seemed to take forever!
Come Tuesday and I was smuggly celebrating while walking home as it started drizzling, thinking I can beat the rain before it starts pouring. That was until I reached the front gate and couldn't find my keys. I can hear the sky rumbling with laughter as I desperately searched my bag for those friggin' keys when it finally poured. For the second day this week... I was dripping wet when I entered my front door.
That's 2 pairs of shoes out of the running.
Hence, the idea of buying Crocs started playing around in my head again. I checked their website and they have new designs. My current favorites are the Cyprus, Juneau, and Lena. I hope to find something this weekend.
Today is Wednesday and it started raining early. I decided not to take my chances since I'm wearing felt-lined sandals that I really love and which I just bought (don't think me stupid for wearing something like this on a rainy day... the sun was shining when I left my house). In the hopes of getting home dry for the first time this week, I just asked MG to just pick me up from work.