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29 May 2006

Unexpected Purchase


I was just told by a client to renew their expiring corporate domain and so I did.

Not really thinking about searching around after renewing their domain, I checked my name and was surprised to learn that it's available ! I remember not seriously checking for my name's availability on the net and it was taken.

It took me around 5 minutes to finally decide that it's such a good opportunity to miss. And so I have a new domain: http://www.jaydejesus.com

I kinda have an idea of what I want to put there. But for now, I'm just placing my online resume just so there would be something to see if you visit.

Now I'm pondering on the idea of switching my primary emails to this. Hmmmmm....

26 May 2006

Pleasant Coincidence

Earlier today, my colleague in the media Dennise, told me that she met someone yesterday who knows me.
I asked who and how. She was in Philcoa getting an ID, which took longer than expected. She was beside this guy and they started chatting. They talked about the education system cause he's currently doing a paper on that and Dennise could relate cause she handles biddings for textbooks in public schools.

Anyway, as they conversed more, she told him she works for a music magazine. And that's when the guy told her that he had a student who put up a music website. Since Dennise knows me and my website, she mentioned my website to him and he immediately mentioned my name to her. She was surprised to know that he knew me.

Okey, to cut the suspense short, the guy is Mr. James Esguerra, my former Electronics teacher in college.

It's such a pleasant surprise to hear about these kinds of stories and more pleasant to know that your teacher still remembers you. It feels like he's proud to have had me under his tutelage. It makes me proud to have stood out enough for him to remember me.

Thanks Dennise for making my day and to Mr. Esguerra for remembering me. :)

24 May 2006

A Mall I Couldn't Handle


Last May 21, 2006 was the opening day of the SM Mall Of Asia, one giant mall divided into 4 buildings with lots of everything... food stores, clothing, entertainment, you name it, they got it.

My folks and I decided to visit the mall. It's the first time I've visited a mall on its first day and I tell you, it's hell ! Of course everything is new so it's a new experience. But that's not really a plus. People didn't know which was where and how to get from point A to point B. We got lost inside and went in circles. You couldn't rely much on the janitors to direct you much less the other people since it was everybody's first day. I couldn't figure out their cryptic map of the mall either.

To make matters worse, every restaurant and fastfood joint was jampacked due to the tremendous surge of people wanting to see the new mall for the very first time. This translated to long lines of hungry people. And to top it all, electricity fluctuated around this time forcing these restaurants to close and not accept people inside. That was a real bummer. This left a lot of hungry people angry and frustrated. I guess the mall didn't go through an trial or demo stage to simulate if the mall could handle the enormous demand for electricity.

So we finally found a restaurant which did allow customers despite havin no electricity and so we ate in an unlit restaurant with the heat slowly picking up.

Lastly, I hated their parking structure. You have 6 levels of parking for a 2 storey mall and so you need to go down from the parking to get to the mall. There are three elevators but it would take you years before you could get on one. Most of the people took the stairs but I should point out that this is torture for the unphysically fit and elderly.

There were still lots of activities lined up for the day in the mall but we decided to call it a day at around mid afternoon and go home. We were so tired from walking in that huge mall. Everything is so far from one another. I don't think big is best.

19 May 2006

Meeting Cyberfriends


I was at this MTV Party the other night. I had 2nd thoughts in going since I was already running late. But when I learned from a friend that 2 people who I only know on the net were in town and would be there, I didn't hesitate to go despite being late.

They aren't really friends that I know on a personal level. I actually just know them from listening to their podcasts. They're more popularly known online as Obet & Chika of http://www.putanginamo.com. Now before you raise your eyebrows, it's only the site's name that's a shocker to grab attention. But they do make regular podcasts about being Pinoy and been on the net for a while too.

Anyway, they maintain some level of anonymity since their online names aren't their real names. So it was kinda weird talking to them referring to them with the names I'm accustomed to while their personal friends were referring to them in their real names. Kinda like a split personality... but I can relate since I maintain a slightly different (but not opposite) online personality than I do in real life. But it was cool to be able to chat with them.

15 May 2006

Old News Is Still News With Jay Gnu


Okey... I modified a phrase I borrowed from a muppet character named Gary Gnu from The Great Space Coaster. Remember him ? If you've watched him say this at the end of every news flash he reports, you know how he says it. *wink*

Anyway, it's really about me buying a newspaper on a Monday or Wednesday morning but actually get to read it 1 to 3 days after. I do have the utmost intention of reading it on the day it was bought. After all, that's when the news is still fresh and new. However, due to the myriad of things listed in my "to-do" list, reading the newspaper gets a backseat and my only incentive then for reading the 2-day old paper is that I want to buy another newspaper and I can't afford to have them pile up (although this did happen before).

Trivia: At the earliest, I usually read the daily paper after dinner.

13 May 2006

Ebay, I'm baccckkk !!!


I've been upgrading some PC parts and gadgets that I happen to have some of them left unused after taken out or placed on a forced retirement plan.

I've made a simply inventory and it seems I have the following gadgets which work but I don't use anymore: 64MB MP3 player, CD Writer, 2.5" Hard Disk Portable Storage Device/Card Reader, and some spare xD memory cards.

Ebay to the rescue ! I haven't sold anything on Ebay for the past 3 years. So the thrill of selling again came to me like a newbie once again. It's exciting to see people bid (and sometimes declare war on other bidders which is good for me) on my items up for auction.

With the money I'll be getting from selling these gadgets though, I may end up buying a newer (and better) gadget and may repeat the cycle of selling newly retired gadgets.

Rains cause Traffic. Traffic causes Exhaustion.


I was in a terrible traffic jam due to the unexpected sudden heavy rains. The first typhoon of the year (named Kaloy) is here and I'm not missing it one bit. I got stuck in traffic for almost 3 hours and the rains caused it. I exhausted my mp4 player... listened to 2 1-hour podcasts, all of my remaining mp3 songs until my player displayed the low batt icon. I tried stretching and turning from side to side while in the car to stretch and relieve my sore butt from sitting. Good thing I had a hunch I'd be stuck in traffic and passed by Caltex's Starmart convenience store to get an instant Nescafe Capucchino and some bread. I got to eat that plus an additional bottle of mineral water while in traffic as well. Good thing I didn't have to deal with any flooded roads.

Looks like the rainy season is here to stay... and the only thing I like about it is that it's not that damn hot anymore... but that's just about it.

10 May 2006

Beakfast by the Bay


I had to go to Manila this morning for business, and from our place, that's a 1 hour drive. I didn't want to choose between the regular breakfast joints such as Jollibee, Burger King, Chowking or McDonalds. So I cruised the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) area and discovered this new place called Harbour Square. It's right beside the place where you book for Corregidor Tours.

Upon checking out the places to eat at that early in the morning, I found Tapa King, Starbucks and Pancake House. Of the three, it was Pancake House that had the best view of the Bay.

It was a pleasurable and calming experience to have breakfast by the bay. I got to see the Manila Yacht Club, some Philippine Navy ships, people exercising along the bay stretch, the rowing team and the Corregidor Sun Cruiser leaving for their daily trips to the historic Corregidor in Bataan, while enjoying a continental breakfast consisting of sausages, eggs, hash browns and toast. For a change, I chose to have tea instead of coffee.

Sad to say this was the highest point of my day as everything afterwards went downhill. But this particular trip to Manila was worth taking, even if it was just for breakfast.

09 May 2006

Whodunnit ?



We have 3 lovable but terrible terriers, namely, Yoda, Potter and Dixie. Dixie is the girl among the 3.

Dixie is now on her way to motherhood and we have no idea who the father is.

If it's Yoda, then we have a master jedi dog in the making. If it's Potter, then we have a master magician to arise.

Oh, these three dogs eat and munch on anything, from leaves to our Toyota Corolla, that's why they're terrible. But they all will give you a good licking of loyalty.

08 May 2006

Outdated Jay on Comics


I was at SM North EDSA yesterday and had no intention of spending much when suddenly, I happened to pass by Comic Quest and I realized that I hadn't been updated in my Transformers Comics collection since February 2006.

I was surprised to learn that there were new series, issues and reissues that I didn't have yet.

I ended up buying 4 out of 6 comic books I didn't have yet. I would've bought 6 but my budget didn't allow me to. Actually, it's not a matter of whether I'd buy or not... it's a matter of how much I'd have at hand and what could I buy with that. LOL!

I got Transformers vs GI Joe new series and 2 reissues from 1986.
Now I'm happily broke. hehehe !

05 May 2006

What if Doogie Howser blogged until now ?


If you know who Doogie Howser is, then chances are we're just about the same age. :)

For those who have no idea who he is, he was the character in the 90's tv series Doogie Howser MD, a genius doctor at the early age of 16 I think.

He had a computer journal which was the highlight and ending of each episode. It was a simple text journal on a blue screen background.

I was inspired by this at the time that I created a program that would simulate this. I even placed an authentication system so secure that even I eventually couldn't get it. I remember I maintained this for more than a year. However, it's gone forever... trapped forever in a 5.25 floppy diskette which got filled with molds due to old age. I do remember that unlike the genius doctor Doogie, I on the other hand placed very simple entries, most of them being about a crush I had from another school at that time.

If Doogie were still around now, his "then" journal wouldn't be that spectacular, as blogs are everywhere on the net now.

And so, to pay tribute to my old journal 15 years ago, I present my online blog.
And by the way, I can also be an MD - Mr. DeJesus for that matter. ;)

04 May 2006

Bad Habits are hard to break, New Habits are hard to form.

Upon pondering on the concept of habits, I realized that a bad habit is formed by repeatedly doing something wrong. It's either break the bad habit or change it with a good habit.

One of my bad habits is staying in front of the computer in a pitch dark room with only the monitor glare lighting up my face. I'm lucky to have 20/20 vision and not wear glasses even though I've been using the computer for the past 15 years. I do hope it doesn't take its toll on my eyes though.

Good thing I'm far sighted and my face is at least 2 feet away from the computer. :)
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