Thursday, February 26, 2009
This is a story of the moral degradation that we continue to see and experience around us.
Different workplaces, different cultures. When I started 2 years ago at my new workplace, I did not immediately notice the different dress code, the more casual way people address each other (no ma'am's and sir's here), the different way they hold meetings, and the many other things that are different. What I first clearly noticed and felt, was that people don't hold the door open for other people. Where I used to work, when you open the door and see that someone is approaching and about to enter also, you wait and hold the door open for them and smile, and the person says "thank you". Man, woman, boss, staff... it didn't matter. It was how things were. Very trivial and something you might hardly notice until you start living without that common courtesy.
Here, people flash their ID's, open the door, and release. It doesn't matter if you are closely following at their heels. You just have to be alert to keep the door from slamming into you. There have been few exceptions, mostly if the person ahead of you is someone you know, and a few strangers. You get used to this after a while. The only people here to consistently greet you and hold the door open for you are the security guards (who are extremely courteous and polite in this place).
Well, people may not hold the door open for you, but at least they hold the elevator doors open. There are only 3 main elevators that serve the general population of 6th-30th floor offices. Hence, it has been the general courtesy to hold the doors open until the elevator is either full or you are sure that no one else is trying to get in. Which brings me back to the guy at the elevator.
I took the elevator after lunch earlier. As people were getting in, I saw a guy inside standing a bit to the back but leaning forward punching the elevator buttons frantically. I initially thought he was holding the elevator doors open for the others until I got in and took the space slightly in front of him. He was forced to release the elevator button and that was when I saw that he had been punching the "Close" button all along! He was trying to close the elevator doors as people were trying to get in! I glared back at him and he was trying hard not to look at me and stared at the ceiling. Stupid guy really. Didn't he realize that the elevator doors have sensors and won't close as long as there is something blocking it? I kept looking back and glaring at him the entire time it took the elevator to reach the 9th floor where he got off. The entire time, he was never brave enough to meet my gaze. If he had, I was planning to ask him if the elevator belongs to him.
What that guy did was completely selfish. He probably wanted to get back to his office immediately. But the elevator does not exist for his personal use, other people needed to use it. Maybe he was busy? Probably. But can you really be busy enough that you can't take a few seconds to practice common courtesy?
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
On the note circulating around Facebook, the first item is to look up your name. So I looked up "Janelle" and this is what I got:
The most Beautiful Australian name that ever existed, usually given to beautiful Australian females. common nicknames include Nelly Nel Jan.
Wow... I love my name! :D
Monday, February 23, 2009
Not sure which one is real, I sent my cousin a message on her phone to ask her about it and she confirmed that she was the one who sent me the message on Friendster. I deleted the fraudulent account and asked her about her Multiply account. She said she doesn't have one.
I already deleted that account from my contacts list as well.
I don't know anyone who is sick enough to pretend to be someone else. It worries me since I restricted access to my online accounts to my friends only and I only add people I really know. By adding those fraudulent accounts, I gave a complete stranger access to the stuff I uploaded online.
I guess this is another reminder to everyone to be careful about what we post online. Because that fraud probably got my cousin's details and photos somewhere on the internet and he/she was able to get enough to fool my cousin's closest relatives (her brothers also added that fraudulent account) and friends into believing that was her.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
So I will wait. And hope you get it right before the time comes when your path crosses mine.
For now, I will simmer at the injustice in silence.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I ordered Pepsi Max at a restaurant last night and this was written on one side of the can. I get the joke. I just hope people are not dumb enough to believe it :) It actually takes more water to produce that can than the 1 glass it would take to quench your thirst.
Monday, February 16, 2009
After the hot air balloons disappeared in the horizon, the airshow started. It was my first time to see an airshow live.
Can you see the pilot? This was taken with MG's telephoto lens. In the original hi-res photo, you can zoom in and actually see the pilot's profile. Amazing! It's good to know that those expensive lenses actually do have a purpose. I had to resize the photos for faster uploading though.
Friday, February 13, 2009
I was able to find a video of his interview with the judges though.
I hope he makes it to the Top 12 as well... and the Top 4!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
*** paano kasi, laging sinisigaw ang pangalan mo..
2. Ikaw ba may-ari ng Crayola??
*** ikaw kasi nagbibigay ng kulay sa buhay ko..
3. Uy picture tayo!!
*** para ma-develop tayo!!
4. Kung ikaw ay bola at ako ang player, mashushoot ba kita??
*** hinde, para lagi kita mamimiss..
5. Can i take your picture??
*** coz i want to show Santa exactly what i want for christmas!!
6. Exam ka ba??
*** gustong gusto na kasi kitang i-take home eh!!
7. Lecture mo ba ako??
*** lab kasi kita..
8. Centrum ka ba??
*** kasi you make my life complete!!
9. Miss pwede ba kita maging driver??
*** para ikaw na magpapatakbo ng buhay ko..
10. Mahilig ka ba sa asukal??
*** ang tamis kasi ng mga ngiti mo..
11. Pinaglihi ka ba sa keyboard??
*** kasi type kita..
12. I hate to say this but... You are like my underwear..
*** coz i can't last a day without you!!
13. Ibibili kita ng salbabida..
*** kasi malulunod ka sa pagmamahal ko..
14. Pwede ba kitang maging sidecar??
*** single kasi ako eh..
15.Me lisensya ka ba??
*** coz you're driving me crazy eh..
16. May kilala ka bang gumagawa ng relo??
*** may sira ata relo ko.. pag ikaw kasi kasama ko, humihinto ang oras ko..
17. Grabe nakakatawa yung mga pick-up lines noh?? hahaha! May alam ka pa
bang iba?? Wala na akong maisip eh..
*** coz all i ever think of is you..
18. I'm a bee..
*** can you be my honey??
19. Nakakatakot diba ang multo??
*** pero mas nakakatakot kapag nawala ka sa buhay ko..
20. Am i a bad shooter??
*** coz i keep on missing you..
21. May lahi ka bang aswang??
*** ang pangit mo kasi eh..
22. Naniniwala ka ba sa love at first sight??
*** O gusto mong dumaan ulit ako??
23. Mabilis ka siguro sa mga puzzle noh??
*** kasi kakasimula pa lang ng araw ko, pero nabuo mo na agad..
24. Excuse me.. Are you a dictionary??
*** because you give meaning to my life..
25. Bangin ka ba??
*** nahuhulog kasi ako sa'yo..
26. Pustiso ka ba??
*** kasi, can't smile without you..
27. Pagod na pagod ka na noh??
*** maghapon at magdamag kana kasing tumatakbo sa isipan ko eh..
28. May butas ba puso mo??
*** kasi natrap na ako sa loob, can't find my way out!!
29. Anung height mo??
*** ha?? pano ka nagkasya sa loob ng puso ko..
30. Hey, did you fart??
*** coz you blew me away!!
*** para i'm always right next to "U"
32. Are you Jamaican??
*** kasi Ja-maican me crazy!!
33. Nde tayo tao..Nde tayo hayop.BAGAY tayo.BAGAY tlga tayo.
34. Ako ay isang exam.kaya sagutin mo na ako...
1. Michael Castro got eliminated. I can't really say if he deserves to be or not. Why? Because we never saw any of his performances for Hollywood Week. It was really a letdown for me because I was really curious about him. I was a Jason Castro fan last season.
2. Tatiana Del Toro is really annoying. I mean, I already noticed last week but she was particularly annoying last night. Her wide-eyed, scared-to-death, crying-in-the-corner look was so over-the-top. Drama queen. Wasn't she initially assigned to the room that got eliminated? She should have been. But I read on another blog that she made it to the Top 36. What????
3. So far, my favorites are Scott McIntyre (of course!), Danny Gokey, and his bestfriend Jamar. I already saw Scott and Danny on the list of the Top 36 but what happened to Jamar?
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I know summer is approaching when I start receiving text messages asking me how to go to White Beach, Puerto Galera. Every year, I never fail to receive at least one inquiry. And sure enough, I received the first inquiry for this year this morning!
I gave most of you this spiel before. I decided to just write it down to save myself the P1.00 per text message that I spend replying to all your inquiries. I think my total text spiel is about 5 messages long right? Now, the next person who asks is getting a URL, and I save P5.00 (sorry Smart).
By the way, let me first clarify that my last trip to White Beach, Puerto Galera was in May of 2005 so I'm not sure about rates anymore. A friend of mine who went last year told me they haven't changed much.
How to go to Puerto Galera from anywhere in Metro Manila and surrounding areas:
Step 1: Take a cab and tell the cab driver to take you the JAC Liner station in Kamias.
I know there are other bus lines and stations but this is the only one I know (so JAC Liner, thank me for the free promotion.)
Step 2. Take the bus going to Batangas Pier.
Bus rates from Kamias should be around P200 I think, I am not sure) one way. Travel time is between 3-4 hours if you start out early (and by early, I mean before the sun rises over Metro Manila).
Step 3. When you get to the Pier, look for the ticket counter for M/B Brian or M/B Natividad.
These 2 will take you directly to White Beach. I STRONGLY suggest you take only either one of these 2. They have the most boats going to and from White Beach. I think during peak season, either one will have a boat leaving the pier every 30 minutes. I think fare is around P300 one way. I really don't remember.
When you get to the pier, there will be other people who will offer to take you on different boats to White Beach. What most of them really mean is... you will get to White Beach eventually. Other boats dock somewhere "near" White Beach where they tell you you can take a "shuttle" to White Beach. And when they say "shuttle", they will not always mean airconditioned vans... it can mean any vehicle that will not offer you protection as you traverse the dustiest roads imaginable (I exaggerate, but trust me, the experience was not pleasant). There are other boats that will really take you to White Beach directly, and at a cheaper price. I don't know. What I do know is I have several friends who got waylaid because they took those boats. One of my friends took a boat that they overloaded probably hoping they won't be inspected but they were so they had to let other passengers off... passengers who paid because they wanted to leave at that time and will now have to wait for the return trip of that same boat (4 hours wait?) fron White Beach.
So if you're my friend, I STRONGLY suggest you just go with M/B Brian or M/B Natividad. If we're not friends, you can be as adventurous in your choices as you want, I don't care :)
Step 4. Make sure you are near the loading dock a few minutes before your scheduled departure so you are one of the first in line to board the boat.
You can choose seats with the least probability of getting wet. I'm joking... sit anywhere you want, it doesn't matter, you will probably get wet wherever you sit anyway. But if you are near the front of the line, you and your friends can choose seats where you will all be together. You can start taking pictures on the boat. Pang-Friendster/Multiply/Facebook din yun.
Step 5. When you get to White Beach and you don't have room reservations, you will have someone offering to get you a room the moment your feet touch sand.
So don't worry. Just tell your guide you want a room on the beach front. You can check out as many resorts as you want along White Beach until you find one that suits you. When your guide tells you there are no vacant rooms along the beach front, he is just probably affiliated with another resort farther back :) You can choose to eithrt ditch your guide and walk along White beach and inquire along the many establishments lining the beach front, or whine and wheedle and insist to your guide that you really, really, really want a room along the beach front and you might get lucky. Either way worked for me :)
Step 6. But before you go looking for a room, make sure you look for the M/B Brian or M/B Natividad booth along the shore to buy your return ticket first. As of 2005, you can't buy return tickets from their ticket booth in Batangas Pier. Not sure if they do now. But if they don't, make sure you buy your return tickets immediately. Especially if it's a weekend.
And there you go. You are in Puerto Galera.
Oh before I end this post, I have one more tip: Start your trip early. I am usually the sadistic b1t*ch in the group who suggests that everyone be at the bus station by 3:30AM. Yes, 3:30 AM. I have been to Puerto Galera several times in the past and I have learned to time my arrival on the beach perfectly ;)
My itinerary usually goes like this:
3:30 - 4:00 AM Bus station
4:00 - 7:00 AM Trip to Batangas Pier
7:00 AM Arrival in Batangas Pier but by this time, the earliest available ticket for boats is around 8:30 already. If you arrived much later, then you get a ticket for a later trip.
7:00 - 8:30 AM Wait for boat in Batangas Pier
8:30 - 10:30 AM boat ride to White Beach
10:30 - 11:00 AM look for accomodations. When you find one, you can't check in until afternoon yet so you look for somewhere to eat first.
11:00 - 1:00 PM lunch
1:00 PM walk back to your resort and check in
2:00 OM take a nap, because some b1t*ch made me get up at 3:30 AM! Oh wait... that was me :)
Enjoy your trip!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
It actually arrived around 4PM last Sunday but I was too lazy to take photos.
Looking at the photos, my living room looks a tad... empty... don't you think? But when I'm actually there, it feels cramped. Oh well, I think I need a set of drawers to the left side of the sofa, a new armchair/lazy boy, and new curtains. The walls are still empty. We plan to hang the frames after we complete the furniture set-up (March! I swear to me it will be complete by March!)
Monday, February 9, 2009
It's as if the time I spent in Smart did not exist... the black hole of my existence
A little exaggeration there. There are other photos in between that I never took the time to upload. I was just too lazy to go through our old photos to see which ones I should be uploading. But the recent scare with losing some of our photos made me take the time to sort photos and upload a few selected ones here. After all, I did pay for this account to serve as my back up. So in a few minutes, I will be uploading photos from the time I was with Smart. Then next week, I can upload other old photos as well.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I'm not really an American Idol fan. Last season was the first time I watched... and I watched because I was rooting for Jason Castro. I stopped watching religiously after Jason was voted off.
Anyway, last night's episode (February 5) was the group round. My favorites among the performances aired were the first group's performance, and the performance of the group that went a capella. I was hoping Scott's group's performance would be aired but... oh well.
Watching that episode was stressful. All that drama! It really is difficult working with other people. You have to consider that you have different strengths and ways of doing things. What's important is that everyone understands the objective and that you find a way to accomplish that objective given your team's unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Working with a team, you can not insist on doing things just your way. And I think that's why some of the participants struggled.
So far there are still 75 contestants left. And they all know that only 36 (I think?) will make it through Hollywood week.
Oh, again, I tried searching for videos of Scott MacIntyre on YouTube with disappointing results. There were, however, a lot of videos of his brother Todd singing, with Scott on the piano. Todd is good too. Maybe we will see him next season. Here is one of those videos.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
In preparation for the arrival of the "queen" of our living room, I started buying small items that will reinforce the yellow-and-blue color scheme. I replaced the table cloth in the dining room with one in deep blue and had the dining chairs reupholstered in a close-matching color (MG also did the reupholstering, another one of his DIY projects... photos to follow). Then I bought a couple of vases in yellow and blue.
This corner table is still a work in progress. I still have to work on the flower arrangement. I was actually aiming for a different arrangement but I couldn't get the flowers to bend the way I want so this is what I ended up with. I initially wanted to hang a painting in this area but those darned light switches are in the way! :(
This is my other corner table, but the entire thing has to go because I'm replacing the coffee table set in this area with either an oversized armchair or a lazy boy. It's too bad, I kind of like the way this table turned out. The pink curtains will also be replaced.
I'll be posting photos of my living room with the new couch next week :)
Last night, I watched as AI season 8 contestants sang their hearts out in round 1 of Hollywood week. Scott's performance wasn't aired but it was mentioned that he made it through. Yey!!!
I hope he makes it through Hollywood week at least.
I've been trying to find videos of his audition but couldn't find any (I'm an amateur user of YouTube). I found this video though.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I remember that before we got our external hard drive, I was backing up all photos in CD's. From what I remember, we had 21 CD's: Volume 1-20 already had printed covers (I print covers which lists all the files in that CD so I'll know what's in them) and the last one. Volume 21. had no cover and no marking but it was inserted in the sleeve right next to the 20th CD. When we got our external hard drive, I know I migrated all the files in our laptop and in those CD's.
I checked the laptop and as expected, I already deleted all photos earlier than June 2008 from the hard drive. I uploaded some of those photos in our Multiply account but those are no longer high resolution copies. I can live with losing most of those photos but I wish my brother has a copies of our photos from New Year 2008 in his PC :(
If you have been to my house, you can not have missed this metal monster.
I have been trying to redecorate the house for the longest time but MG has been opposing me for reasons I will never understand. What could you possibly have against a nice house??? So I've been trying to do it little by little, corner by corner, so he won't notice so much. We already had the downstairs area re-painted, courtesy of MG's parents . I already succeeded in getting a kitchen cabinet for the dining area corner (getting rid of the green plastic shelf that stood there for the longest time). I also succeeded in getting a new center table to replace the big wooden one that takes up a lot of our small living room space.
Getting a new bookshelf was not that easy since there were so many things we had to consider.
1. We both have to like it (BIG problem already since we have different tastes);
2. It must be able to accommodate as many books in different sizes as possible;
3. It must fit in a space where it won't obstruct the delivery of my new sofa this weekend (so definitely not in the hallway leading to the living room where our metal monster used to be);
4. The tone of the finish must match, or be close, to the tone of the current furniture we have.
These and other things. Number 1 already was a big enough obstacle. Everything I chose MG didn't like and what he liked I don't like. So we decided to make our own.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits or goals about yourself. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged, including the person who tagged you.
To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner) then click publish.
1. The first items in my computer's taskbar must always be in this order from left to right: Outlook, Work document folder, My Documents folder, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo Mail. I can not work if they are not in that order.
2. All items in my desk have to be arranged in straight lines before I can start working but the mess in my bedside table and dresser at home never bother me.
3. I can not sleep without a fuzzy blanket.
4. I can not start working until I have read every unread email in my mail box. Seeing unread email bug the hell out of me.
5. I drink Coke Light every day (but trying to break the habit).
6. I still think about my lolo every now and then.
7. I have been brainwashed into environmentalism.
8. I like watching shows on the Disney channel.
9. I can't go out without a lip balm in my bag.
10. Lip balm and lotion are scattered around my house. They must always be within my reach.
11. I have several pads of Post-It in my desk in different shapes and colors. I rarely use them.
12. I have a difficult time remembering names and faces.
13. I remember birthdays.
14. I think my house is messy and I believe the only way to clean up is to throw stuff away but MG won't let me.
15. I want to paint our bedroom red but MG won't let me either.
16. I want to buy a yellow green armchair but again... MG won't let me! Grrrr... (hehe)
17. I keep gift tags. I never throw them away.
18. My hobbies are all temporary. I can never stay interested in something for more than a year.
19. All the pets I had when I was younger died within 3 months (except for my first dog that I got when I was 5... she lived for years). I don't know why.
20. Come to think of it, I can't keep plants alive either... even the cactus that Cecille gave me back in college :(
21. I saw the movie Twilight 7 times in 2 weeks ;)
22. I have a collection of Philippine coins. I started collecting them when I was about 10 years old.
23. Sometimes, I miss living at my mom's house.
24. Asian and Spanish soap operas on TV never interested me.
25. I took me 3 hours to come up with 25 things.