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30 November 2006

Old Wardrobe Revisited


There are some clothes which have been left in my closet unworn for over a year. These clothes simply didn't fit me anymore. I used to put them in a box and labelled the box "someday magkakasya" (someday it would fit). The last box I placed clothes in ended up being donated to charity since it's been kept in the box for over 3 years and became either fashionably passe or the cloth simply got worn out over the years.

Currently, I'm happy to have discovered that the 1-year old clothes that I stopped wearing cause they didn't fit anymore suddenly now fit and some are even a bit loose ! I was surprised that they fit me again. And so now, I feel that instantly, I have new wardrobe to mix and match.

25 November 2006

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day came and left but it's the things you are thankful for which should remain.

My mom told me that she was infuriated with Mike Enriquez' comment on the radio the other day that Thanksgiving is only celebrated by the Americans. I guess in the sense that they celebrate by cooking the celebrational turkey, is that other countries may not celebrate it that way. But the thought of giving thanks and acknowledging them doesn't need to be bounded by territory.

I have much to be thankful for. First, the business papers I've been working on for the past month are finally complete. Thank God. Secondly, I've been speaking with a lot of contacts who are interested and willing to partner with me for mutually beneficial business opportunities. I've also made a lot of new friends in the business who seem to have visited my website in the past and are grateful for my website's goal and purpose.

Personally, I have to thank the Lord for accompanying me through an emotional chapter in my life and guiding me towards a new chapter showing me what potential happiness can bring. To borrow a phrase from Jim Paredes' popular composition, "You gave me a reason for my being...and I love what I'm feeling."

Thank you too to all who's reading my blog as I've reached the 50+ mark in posting. May you not be bored with my posts. :) Take care everybody !

21 November 2006

Gift Certificates


The events that I attend usually give out gifts as appreciation for attending. Through the many press conferences I've been attending lately, I've been able to accumulate a substantial amount of gift certificates.

Not all though are easily usable as some include dental services, ear piercing, or a purchase requirement.
Food gift certificates though are always a treat as you just need to think about what you'll be ordering on the menu. I have certificates for restaurants, coffee shops, video arcades, health & beauty services, dental services and a department store.

I remembered The movie "For Love Or Money" staring Michael J. Fox where he worked as a concierge at a hotel and had lots of contacts where he traded gift certificates and tickets of all kinds (concert, baseball, basketball etc.) with other people to get the best deal ever. I wish I had some trade partners as well. Like trade my facial gift certificate for a coffee gift certificate or may be concert tickets for fine dining.

For now, I've decided to save these gift certificates and give them away this Christmas to those who I seem would greatly benefit and appreciate it. If you receive any of these next month, you're welcome.

16 November 2006

You Talking To Me ???

I've just experienced two cases of mistaken identity on separate occasions.

Last Saturday, I was at the Gateway mall. While midning my own business walking on the 3rd floor, I saw these 2 guys calling out my name. I didn't recognize them and even tried to recall if I knew them. I just didn't. Yet, these 2 guys were looking at me and I was just walking alone. It couldn't be someone else. I suddenly felt like being a victim of candid camera or being played a prank on. I also did feel that these two guys may have been tripping on me. But the name calling didn't seem like a coincidence.

What I did was go inside one of the shops and wait for a passerby to walk by so I could walk side by side and not be seen by the two. Once out of their sight, I hurriedly exited the mall.

I just found out this morning who they were. It so happens that one of the 2 guys is actually the boyfriend of a friend of mine. He's seen me through pictures and a couple of times in person but we've never been introduced to each other. So though he didn't know me personally, he called my name and perhaps was expecting I'd greet him back. Hell no ! I had no idea who he was even if he was the boyfriend of my friend. My friend (the girlfriend) asked me this morning if I was at the Gateway mall last Saturday and when I said yes, she laughed and told me who the two guys were.

The 2nd instance was during the album launch of Kjwan. I was at the center of the bar watching the gig when two girls passed behind me and one of them patted my shoulder and greeted me. I greeted back assuming I knew the girl. She looked like one of my friends, but afterwards when I glanced at her at the bar, I suddenly doubted who she was. Could have she mistakenly took me for someone else ? And I mistakenly took her for someone too in return ?

So in my mind, I'll just have to ask myself "you talking to me ???".

11 November 2006

The Search For The Ideal Laptop


I 've been wanting to buy a new laptop for the past few months but only now will it push through.

I headed to Gilmore near St. Paul Quezon City, where the Mecca of computers in the Metropolis are located. It's always a feeling a sheer excitement to visit that area since you'll be handed out brochures left and right plus most of the people you'll get to talk with really know much about computers to be able to answer event the most technical questions.

I was in search of my ideal specs for a laptop, a 12" screen, a black-colored exterior, a 3-4 hour battery life all on a 12 month installment plan to be financed by a credit card which wouldn't exceed a P40K budget with 0% interest. The rest of the laptop's specs were minor to me. I didn't care much for the CPU, CD Drive and other features. Basically, what I needed was a laptop to let me work anywhere for a long period of time.

I soon discovered that I can't have everything. So it boiled down to a debate within my head on which laptop to choose and which feature to give up. In terms of brands, I narrowed it down to the following in this order: MSI, Acer, Blue, Flextra. I also discovered that almost all of the brands regardless of where they are being distributed or manufactured, are assembled in China. I hope this translates to cheaper prices rather than sub-quality.

And so that final questions that lay in my head are the following: my ideal 12" or 14", keyboard layout (mini keys vs. fullsize), screen form (tv type or dvd wide screen type), color (black, white or gray), and processor (Celeron, Centrino or AMD Turion).

However, one of the huge factors is the budget and if I can find a deal with good installment terms. Because of this, I've been drawn to choose an Acer laptop even if it may cost more than the others. The battery life though is still a turnoff. I hope to have a new laptop by mid next week. Wish me luck !

One Unusual Day


Yesterday was one unusual day for me. Lots of things happened.

I started the day as early as 5am doing my daily online chores. I was preparing all the stuff I needed to bring since I knew I was going to be out the entire day.

First on my list was to drop by a friend's house to leave a package. It was so early in the morning though that I didn't realize that the shortcut to their village was closed. And so I had to take the long route there.

Next stop, Ortigas center, where I would meet up with Jhamie to pick up her digicam which she generously lent me so I could have my own digicam serviced and reparied for a week.

Next on my agenda was Pancake House along Pasong Tamo Extension. I used to work in the Pasong Tamo Extension area and I certainly didn't want to pass by EDSA that day. With the patience of my friend Tweet, she gave me directions on how to get there using Fort Bonifacio as a backroad. It was a nice change of scenery for me to see lots of trees, nice roads and men in army, navy and military uniforms. It reminds me of the years I've been regularly going to Subic Bay when the US bases were still here. The orderliness and cleanliness of their environment affects you in such a way that it'll make you feel a sense of goodness.

Anyway, I was scheduled to meet up with Aileen, the Google Philippines Country Consultant. I met her before when I was a resource speaker for E-commerce. It was nice to exchange ideas and insights with her. When she showed us pics of the Google grounds in Mountain View, it also sparked my long time dream of working at Google as well.

Next stop was Hard Rock Cafe to attend the album launch of Pinoy Pop Superstar Gerald Santos.

Take note, so far, everything I finished on my itenerary was just an hour's interval apart. So you can imagine what kind of sched I had.

I was a bit late but delighted to be greeted by my good media friend Dennise who was alone so I joined her. We had fun chatting while waiting for the program to start. We did get a more-than-usual amount of goodies at the desert table. My partner in crime Dennise, helped me, shall we say, prolong the buffet experience to after the event. :) During the launch, MTV was also present and approached us to ask if we could appear on their request show called "MTV Get Spotted". And so we got to request for a video and greet our friends on TV. It's gonna be shown next week.

By this time, I had 2 bags with me, 2 cameras and a laptop. Along with the additional prizes and freebies I got from the launch, my backpack was fully packed. I had a hard time opening and closing it just for security guards to inspect it.

Next on my agenda was the main office and service center of Fuji in Quezon City (near Sto. Domingo church) where I was going to have my digicam serviced. This is an hour's drive away from Makati. Good thing Dennise was also headed for that direction and so I had company during the long drive. This is where Dennise and I witnessed some unusual things. First, we saw a very sleek black Expedition which was severely degraded cause a metal container (similar to those tricycles that carry pigs in) had one attached to its rear. It was like a 2 million peso SUV was used to carry some jugs of water and trash. The next weird thing was that we saw a dog trotting along EDSA in the inner most lane. When we came closer to the dog, Dennise and I were both in astonishment that the dog had its face vandalized, almost as its face was tatooed. We jokingly made a silly assumption that the dog must be cool and "astig!" After dropping off Dennise along Quezon Avenue, I surprisingly saw the comedian "Palito" walking along the sidewalk with a lonely face. Nobody was noticing him as he walked towards the overpass. That was weird for me that nobody recognized him or couldn't care less.

After more than an hour of driving, I finally got to the YKL/FUJI service center. I left my camera there (with much grief) and was told that it'll be fixed within a week.

Next on my list was Sta Lucia East Mall where I was to meet with my assistant for a weekly report and turnover of materials. Getting here from Quezon City took me another hour and so I was really tired from all the driving for the day up to this point.

Although not on my agenda, I decided to hang out with my friends over there until mall closing time. Before going home, I had the car washed, cleaned and gassed up ready for today. By the time I got home, it was 11pm and I totally forgot to eat dinner.

The entire day was one of my jam-packed days but it was exciting as well. The moment I saw the tatooed dog, I knew this entire day merits a blog entry. :)

06 November 2006

What Time Is Lunch ?


I've been totally off time lately when it comes to lunch. I either had a late breakfast and am not really hungry when the clock strikes 12 or I'm too busy and out to have lunch at 12.

So what's my usual lunch time ? Either 2 or 3pm, which makes me eat a light lunch cause I want to leave space for merienda.

Lately, I've also been accustomed to making a cup of coffee to drink right after lunch. My favorite is the Nescafe Choco Fudge Instant Coffee Mix. It keeps me going (and awake) during the early afternoon where my energy seems to be at its lowest.

Oh yeah, and to be a bit off-topic, I'm surprised that I just lost 5 pounds. I have a feeling why. I just wasn't conscious of my lost for apetite lately.

05 November 2006

Practice Holding A Baby


I was in Paranaque the entire day today at my cousin's house who celebrated his birthday. Unexpectedly, My 1 yr and 3 month inaanak, Jeremiah, was also there. I wanted to have a picture with him since the last time I saw him was during his baptism.

One slight setback for me (and this is embarassing) is that I don't have any experience in holding a baby. I'm an only child so I never had any brothers and sisters to carry. It also follows that I dunno how to act properly in front of a baby... like how to make them smile, laugh or attract their attention for that matter.

So before attempting to carry my inaanak, I observed how his dad carried him. Then I attempted to carry him afterwards. It was embarassing that I couldn't seem to handle him. Eventually, out of frustration and fear, I sat down on the couch and had him sit on my thigh. It was okey for a while until he started moving and wiggling. It's a good thing that my inaanak is the silent type and didn't break into a whine or cry.

To make matters worse, I couldn't get him to look at the camera. How come it looks so easy with other people holding babies and interacting with them ? I think I need an Idiot's book on how to hold babies now.

04 November 2006

Creative Surge

Recently, I've found myself overflowing with thoughts, messages, lyrics, melodies and the like. I think my creative juices are suddenly flowing again. I've been taking note by typing and saving them as files. I've also kicked the dust off of my Roland keyboard and took a crack at the keys. Even though my fingers were kinda rusty at playing a song, it was such a joy to once again play. It's been a long while since I've played the keyboard and I suddenly remembered how enjoying it still is.

I made a quick composition playing around with my keyboard and sequencer and recorded a catchy drumbeat I played in real-time. This is a very short audio clip with me actually rapping. I heavily modified my vocals for this that I was surprised to hear myself saying "Freak-freaking way" instead of "Hey Which Way" which is the title of this dopey hiphop groove. Here's the link so you can download the mp3 sample: Hey Which Way

02 November 2006

November 1, A Day of Grief and Reflection


November 2 is actually the Day for the Souls but in the Philippines it's celebrated on November 1, which is actually All Saints Day.

I started the day early going to church as there was a special mass on this day.
The priest, after giving homily gave a special blessing to us all, called Plenary Indulgence, which was a type of special cleansing. It was a nice feeling to start to the day and month for that matter with this special blessing.

Today was also the day to visit our departed loved ones. We visited both of my grandparents in Loyola Marikina. It's been a long time since their death, yet I remember and reflected on the good times we shared. I was also with relatives which made the experience some sort of a reunion.

Towards the evening, heavy rains poured which reminded me of the special cleansing I had received that day. Though it was a day of grief and reflection in all aspects of my life, I feel it is one that I need to go through in order to find a deeper meaning to life as well as continue with my journey in this world.

To all my loved ones, you will always be remembered.
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