Thursday, December 31, 2009

It was Fine, 2009


After a four-month hiatus, maybe I should write a short tribute to 2009. After all, it did bring lots of great things for me. The thing is nothing really comes to mind when I try to think of one. Was 2009 that awesome that I forgot how it passed by?

To sum it all up, 2009 was a very eventful year. Totally eventful as I’ve been into numerous events that made me more awesome than I already am. I promise to do a year-end review before I go back to my normal self after the Holidays and maybe the top 10 awesomest events and parties I’ve been to.

Wasn’t even able to write that much and I blame it all to my busyness as a Mayan Party God. LOL! That’s why I’m thankful for my Tumblr account. I kinda gave updates about me the last two months through pictures and one-liners.

Five memorable words about 2009: PARTY. CAREER. WEDDINGS. DEATHS. MOVIES. (--,)

PS: I just realized that my 2009 goal was to gain weight. Idiot! Setting goals that are not achievable. LOL!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

August

The start of August was devastating for all free Filipinos worldwide. Our beloved Ex-President Corazon Aquino passed away leaving behind a legacy no other Asian might achieve for a long time. Wrote a separate entry here. But, aside from Tita Cory’s death, August made 2009 fun and worthy again. August boasts of awesome parties that included a contender for Event of the Year, memorable nightouts, a glorious wedding, birthdays of important people, et cetera. Trust me, I loved it.

August 1, 2009 | Ex-President Corazon Aquino Passes Away
Related entry: Thank you, Cory

August 1-2, 2009 | Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific
If there was another event other than the sad one above that I was not jumping for joy for, it was this one: a mandatory visit to Dad and his new career in the Marines. The campus grounds were seriously awesome. State-of-the-art equipment and Eastern technology, so for a very, very, very brief moment of disillusionment, I actually considered enlisting for the Marines. I’d probably die on my first day of training. Dad seems to be really adjusting with provincial life so that’s good. In conclusion: I will not survive provincial life!

August 5, 2009 | Ex-President Corazon Aquino Laid to Rest
In a ceremony similar his late husband and unofficial National Hero, Ninoy Aquino, Cory Aquino was laid to rest with over half a million people following the procession from Manila Cathedral to her final resting place that is Manila Memorial Park, beside Ninoy. It took almost 10 hours but she reached there peacefully. It was a fitting end for another National Hero.

August 7, 2009 | T&C General Assembly
& Third Year Anniversary
I know not much about the general assembly except that I was awarded a Certified Captionist plaque and that they played some sort of game and there were free donuts. My superior decided to speak with me one-on-one because my superior feels there’s something wrong and I need to share. Fine, I did. I was honest and I couldn’t care less. We’re fine now, at least I think we are. This day also marks my third year in the company. Big whoop.

August 8, 2009 | Home Depot Session with the Mean Boys
What a memorable night. Never would have I ever imagine that I will forget my ATM pin, thus, making me moneyless the whole night. What’s worse? It was before we started our session making me sober and alert. Sheer stupidity on my part. Went to this bar in Home Depot, Ortigas, too bad I forgot the name of the place. We did win a bag full of condoms and other Frenzy swags. Awesome! Transferred to Sidebar Café at El Pueblo after and met with old friends, but still without any funds, we weren’t able to go to the “after-after-party” which would make all one’s woes go away. “I Never” was introduced in this session.

August 14, 2009 | Registered Voter
Because I am such a responsible citizen of my country, I have decided to register for the upcoming 2010 elections. That, and because the registration committee decided to personally visit our village and allow residents to register in the convenience of their own area. Never thought there are so many unregistered people. Just think how much vote these people are.

August 15, 2009 | G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra
This day started with me scouring the northern area of Metro Manila for the perfect formal coat, or at least a coat that will fit me. I did find one in SM Megamall, it was like it was tailored for me…so yay for that. Finished early so I decided to pick up O and we watched G.I. Joe in SM Mall of Asia. Yes, it solidified my undying love for Sienna Miller and that movie might actually the movie of the year for me. We’ll see. Ate dinner at Roasters afterwards with some shocking revelations for dessert. LOL!

August 18, 2009 | Enterprise Breakfast with Mamee and Diana
Well, I got me meself an iPod shuffle just for eating breakfast with Mamee and Diana. Woohoo! Thank you, Mamee. Never knew there were some very interesting and hot patrons in that building eating very early. Must meet and dine there more.

August 20, 2009 | Authentic Korean Haircut
After like two months, I decided to have my hair cut. It needs volume and shape and I also need to look presentable for the upcoming wedding that I am attending. I did not want my usual style so I decided to try out this Korean salon near our office. When I say authentic, your hair stylists are really Koreans who I had a hard time communicating with, because they only respond to yes and no and hand gestures. I liked the result though. And it’s cheaper than my regular stylist, so.

August 21, 2009 | Makeshift MeanBoys Session
at Pier One, The Fort

With the weather really bad and no plans whatsoever, I decided to dial up some friends’ digits hoping for a night of drinking and hooking up. Indeed, we got together to drink. As expected, just to drink. Like I said, it was short-noticed so not much happened, just exchanged silly stories and went home earlier than usual. We did not win condoms that night and there aren’t any after-after-parties.

August 29, 2009 | Roi and Maricar’s Wedding
Months of preparations but years in the making. Uncle Roi (as I fondly call him) ties the knot with his long-time love, Maricar. Surprised as I am for them asking me to be a part of their entourage, I was really excited and totally grateful. They chose Mary Immaculate Nature Church at Las Piñas as the place to exchange vows. The road to the site was known for its heavy traffic, which made my supposed less than one hour trip to be two and a half. I did not make the pre-pictorials for the entourage, which I am really apologetic for, Uncle. Anyway, the wedding went off without a hitch and it ended well. Met some interesting Southern people and discovered that a real uncle of mine is a very famous individual in their province. Cool! Enjoyed the wedding. Now, I’m off to the second part of this epical day: VanessaPalooza 2009.

August 29-30, 2009 | VanessaPalooza 2009
As if a grand wedding isn’t enough, it’s also Vanessa’s 25th birthday party and she decided to throw a party of ultimate proportions. Why the ultimate proportions? Because the party was held in her and O’s hometown: Cavite, the one place I try to avoid for reasons that Cavite is a different region and bad things happen to me when I travel there. But, in the spirit of camaraderie and just because I wouldn’t miss an event such as that, armed with Vanessa’s personalized map, I drove there, from Las Piñas to Cavite, all by myself, and I only got lost, like, a couple of times? Made it in one piece. My arrival was grand, of course, as I was wearing my wedding clothes. The guys are already there but it was only when I they felt my presence that they decided to kick off VanessaPalooza, at least, according to O. Great food, free-flowing drinks which is unusual for me because beers were the first one to go before the Cruisers. Swanky! We played “I Never...” a drinking game O and I were dying to play with friends. Lots of revelations and some friendly bantering which ended up into some controversial alienation. LOL! Vanessa’s rented videoke machine comes with a mic stand, it added drama. Anyway, most of us slept there because the party lasted until breakfast, thereafter, a long drive home. Thank you, Vanessa. See you in the next VanessaPalooza 2014! Hahaha!

August 31, 2009 | TriNoma Lunch and Merienda with Parents
For some reason, yet again, Dad’s been itching to spend his money on us and we are more than happy to oblige. It’s just that we were so busy the whole month that even long weekends (which does to not apply to my loser job) are luxuries. Finally, we found time to be with him. We ate at Gerry’s because he loves ‘em native cuisine and I treated them to Five Cows Resto and Ice Cream Bar. Awesome way to end an awesome month.

My word of the month is “Awesome,” obviously. I’m purposely including it in every sentence or phrase that I say. It’s gonna be big, I tell you. Awesome. Awesome August. Yeah! I did miss Bino’s birthday session start of the month…that sucks! And on the same night as VanessaPalooza’s, August-born Mean Boys threw a huge party and Paul O. called for a session/meeting with the old bankers for night of seafood and cocktails. Obviously, I cannot split myself into 4 so I wasn’t there. But as you have read, there were other marvelous celebrations that compensated for that.

Shoutout of Happy Birthdays to: +Papa Pedro. T.Lisa, Bugal,Tonichi, Loti, Soffy, Kimi, Anita, Paolo G., Val, Jio, Cuyeg, Tatz, Don J., Biboy Chris, Nyce, Nikoy, Vanessa, Eunice, Talla and to my loving cousins: Bea and Angelo

So those were some of the best moments of August 2009. I hope people enjoyed the month as much as I did. Funny, August always seemed boring to me. Nothing much happens. And it never tops the following month, which is my favorite of the year, the month that lots of life-changing things happen, where only three days of this month I know no one of celebrating their birthdays, marks the start of the “-Ber” season: September. (--,)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

July

True enough, June was but a fluke in this glorious year. July was not as worthy as the first five months of ’09 but it will do. All in all, the proper adjective for July is…bittersweet!

July 3, 2009 | Neng’s 24th at Music Match
Okay. So the King of Pop died on Neng’s real birthday but she contests that the since we are one day ahead of the Western Civilization, the world was not mourning the day she should be celebrating. Anyway, great way to kick off the month: sing, sing, and singing. Solos were performed, duets were sang, people were emotional after hearing certain tunes (LOL!) but all in all, good times! Happy Birthday and Thank You, Diana!

July 5, 2009 | Maggie’s 11th Birthday
My ultra smart and cartoon-loving cousin celebrates her 11th year on earth in a very unusual way: ice skating. Just because we love her so, the whole family gave in to her demands and there we were in SM Mall of Asia’s skating rink. But before the kids go all smooth and slippery, a hearty and another unusual lunch…at Hooter’s. Would you believe? Yes, it is possible. Well, my Ninong, Uncle and I enjoyed the meal very much. LOL! After lunch, Maggie’s plan commences. I, of course, was too chicken to step on the ice so it was Camille’s job to accompany the birthday girl whilst we stayed on the stands, waved stupidly and took pictures. I love you, Maggie. Happy Birthday!

July 7, 2009 | Pepper Lunch, Rockwell with Odette
Ever since Odette and I found out that we follow Ms. Chuvaness’ blog posts, we decided we will eat at her resto: Pepper Lunch at Rockwell. As this day was one of them rare voluntary time offs day, we felt…it’s time. The meal was pricier than your average restaurant, but, I’d definitely say it’s worth it. If only I had time and energy to write a review, Ms. Chuvaness would be proud of my pitiful attempt to praise her food spot. I found a new term of endearment for O = Honey Brown! :)))

The title is pretty much self-explanatory. Did I stutter? Do you seriously want to hear my experiences or just ogle at 100 lovely ladies? Thought so.

July 12, 2009 | Iya’s 76th Birthday
We’re celebrating Iya’s birthday this year with a theme: simplicity. LOL! Last year, it was her 75th so we went all out and threw her a glamorous luncheon. The family was contented with just being together and eating great food. So long as we’re all there. Happy Birthday, Iya. Ü

July 16, 2009 | Stranded Home
My first unplanned leave of the year. To play hooky? To go meet up with friends? To go out of town? Not even close. Try being stuck at home because all exit points of Parañaque: Nichols, Bicutan, Moonwalk…all flooded. What can I do? It wasn’t my fault but the office made me feel that somehow it was. Great people, they really are.

July 17, 2009 | Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince with Talla
One of the most anticipated movies of the year, and I have a real live person to watch it with. I liked it. Piece of advice: do not watch a 2-hour and 30-min movie sitting in the front row. It’s not that I did not enjoy it, but the splitting headache afterwards begged to differ. Thank you, Maika for taking time out of your busy schedule and going with me for movie night. I kinda hoped it will be the start of many more to come.

July 18, 2009 | Lola Vir’s 90th Birthday
There was a mass before the party started and in the homily, the priest asked a series of questions. Who among here are 10-20 years of age? Then 20-30, so on and so forth. And then, only one hand was raised when he got to 90 and above. Seriously? 90 years old? I’d be thankful if I reach 40, with the rate we’re going? Lola Vir was as bubbly and strong as a 50-year-old. One can’t help but admire her outlook in life. Fun night and delicious dinner. I got to wear nice threads too. That’s always worth mentioning.

July 21-22, 2009 | Home/Sick
When it rains, it pours. After calling for work the week before, my reason for absence for this one: sickness. Finally, after weeks of preventive measures to keep myself healthy, I succumbed to a flu-like state but nothing grave. I wasn’t feverish but my joints all hurt and I had a serious cold where I was so close to throw my nose out the window. I got well, obviously, or I wouldn’t be writing this, would I? Two days of no work, sitting or lying all day in front of the TV and laptop…probably the best two days of this month!

July 25, 2009 | Accomplished Physical Exam
Before this day, it was the worst 50 days or so of the year for me. Always been vocal about hating medical and physical exams and I personally believe that they are useless. But I got by, like I always did. There’s a separate entry for this (it was that huge). Click here: ReAPEr.

July 25, 2009 | A Wedding
Somebody got hitched. Congratulations!

July 29, 2009 | Chef d’Angelo with Mamee, Neng, Zelle
Monthly thing. Dinner with Ces, Neng and Zelle at Chef d’Angelo. Zelle just left the company making me and Neng the only surviving two in this group. Godspeed to her.

July was pretty eventful. I just realized that most of I mentioned are bordering on a little off-putting to downright negative. But I survived, didn’t I? 100 Sexiest Women of 2009 more than compensated for my sickness and being stranded home. Time with family was more than enough to give me strength for my greatest fear ever. So, I must say, good times.

Shoutout of Happy Birthdays to: Iya, Maggie, Viveca, Bams, Nikka Bianca, U.Caloy, Bino, K.Winston, Kibi, Carmi, Antonella

Seventh month of the year. One more and we welcome the “-Ber” months. August promises to hold lots of parties and a sort of appetizer for the extravagant that is September. I love the number eight and August is the eighth month, which means basically nothing. But I know thy shall deliver. I should know. Why? Look how late I wrote this entry! (--,)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thank You, Cory

We are running out of icons.

Last Saturday, August 1, 2009, I was not generally eager for my weekend as I was obliged to visit my father in Bataan. The depressing weather and leaving very early that day did not help at all. It could not get any worse. It definitely could. It was all over the news: Ex-President Corazon Aquino passes away. I was devastated.

Thank you, Cory! Thank you!

I could write about her achievements and how great she was…but I would rather not. If you are a Filipino, you know what made her who she was. I will say this though: no death of a person affected me this much. Which is weird for an EDSA Revolution baby on grounds that it is obvious that back then, I was not yet aware of what was happening in our country. Maybe because she was the president I grew to love when I was finally coherent. Or maybe because she was that lady who always wear bright yellow outfits and never failed to smile on her every image. I also have the utmost respect for a female commander-in-chief and heads of states, so that may very well be it.

I cried when I was watching this documentary about her. I cried when they shared the love story of her and Ninoy. (A Scholastican and a Bedan…perfect!) I cried when they showed clips from the People Power Revolution back in ’86. I shed a tear and saluted when her remains passed by Ayala-Buendia. I cried when her family and close friends gave their eulogies. I cried when the AFP gave her the funeral honors a former commander-in-chief deserves. Like I said, I was devastated.

After five days of serious Philippine mourning, things are back to normal. Filipinos are mostly back to not caring about anyone or anything than their own selves. Crimes and negativity are yet again apparent and main themes of news reports. People are enjoying themselves by discussing showbiz gossips. Politicians are using Mrs. Aquino’s death for their own political gain. Individuals waited for her to be laid to rest before writing negative thoughts about her. Blah, blah, blah.

President Maria Corazon “Cory” Sumulong Cojuangco Aquino was, is and will always be my favorite president. Thank you, Cory. Thank you!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Record Breaker

A couple of days ago, whilst preparing for my return to the office, I was scanning the radio and came across a catchy party tune. Cool! Must be a new Lady GaGa single. Very fitting too as she’s going to be performing here two Saturdays from now. Or maybe even Britney getting her magic back and actually coming up with a proper dance song. It was that appealing and engaging that it’s definitely going into my playlist. Imagine my surprise when the radio voiceover said it was the latest jingle of this local brand of shampoo and it was sung by a local but very popular artist.

The song Record Breaker is the latest single by Sarah Geronimo. Weird, huh? Well, like I said, I was surprised that it was OPM but not really with the one who came out with it. I may find her a little corny at times but one cannot deny the pipes of this girl. I’m impressed, really. Now, if only she keeps making this type of music and staying true to the pop persona, she might even gain the same success in the international scene.

The problem with our society is that we get too comfortable with subtleness and are easily satisfied with what works. Perfect example would be singer Kyla, dubbed as the Philippines’ R&B Princess. And yet, she keeps coming out with ballads and mediocre revivals. When she released MJ’s Human Nature as a single, I had it on continuous play for a long time. Sure, it wasn’t original but the song still falls into the R&B genre. And she was totally awesome in that song. Recently, she released another song, Back in Time, a duet with colleague Jay-R. It had what I was looking for…that R&B flavor. She really needs to keep doing this kind of songs and hopefully, not losing her R&B swagger. Methinks she’s the only one who can really pull it off.

Going back to Record Breaker, I seriously wish Sarah considers doing this kind of music from now on. Of course, she cannot drop her hosting duties in that Sunday afternoon variety show at it helps in her success but she may want to stay away from those group performances where singers are made to sing contemporaries. She’s much better than that. She needs to be true to her moniker of being the Popstar Princess. Dedicate your talents to pop, nothing wrong with it.

Watch her “Record Breaker” birthday performance in ASAP ‘09
from her official website...

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...and Kyla and Jay-R’s Back in Time performance
in the 2009 MYX Music Awards:

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

ReAPEr

Do not mistake my confidence with courage. I’m not some little sissy girl but if I can avoid physical conflicts or any conflict for that matter, I shall! I can probably talk my way out of most things, again, not involving courage; definitely attributed to confidence. So, it’s just normal that I have phobias. Never really gave it much thought and just try to get by it if need be. But for the past 50 days or so, this being terrified of sharp objects reached gigantic scales.

A visit from GREAPER2

Annual Physical Exam, what else? Some things I dread annually: that random two weeks I will be seriously sick, my birthday (reason being I age but I love the festivities), and the worst: company physical exam. I hate sharp objects, okay. It’s not the pain nor the blood; it’s the whole thought of being poked by a needle and your precious blood extracted. Gory and uncomfortable, I tell you. But, as the law applies to all or none at all, I have to comply. Every year, I get by fine. Good, right? You’d think I’d be jaded by it after all these years. Well, I thought so too. It’s different as the deadline approaches.

It was announced early last month, June, that we have to undergo the damn thing. What can I do? Simple: prolong my agony by procrastination, which is actually stupid because it prolongs my agony. So, for almost or beyond 50 days, I was terrified mentally, exhausted physically, and seriously ill-tempered. I would say that it was worse this year than the last two as I felt like it really affected me personally. It’s over though. I had accomplished it this morning. Like last year, a few seconds and my dilemma is effing over.

What do you know, two of my most dreaded annual moments happened within the month as I also had that “very sick state.” Wow. I must have really pissed off those people in-charge or someone who dictates my fate. I may be skeptic about you, destiny, but nevertheless, I’m sorry. Please do not stick sharp metal objects into me again.

P.S.: and someone important got hitched this afternoon.
Well, that’s that. Congratulations!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sickening

Second blog in less than a week, something must be really wrong with me. Oh, yes. I am stuck home yet again. This time around, I am sick. Gots to give meself credit. I have dodged viruses and disease-stricken teammates for a month or so. Thing is, once I come down something, I’m useless, well, more than usual.

Sore effing throat matched with dry cough is never fun. I usually dismiss these petty ill feelings by thinking that it’s nothing and I’d be well in no time. It will need much more than some minor sickness to make me miss work day. (No, not loyalty. Please! More concerned with the repercussions I will suffer after as companies such as ours does not really care that much about the health and welfare of their employees, well, at least if they don’t follow SOP). Not today.

I followed SOP. It’s just that I missed the “call-two-hours-before-shift” rule by nine measly minutes. And with that, it’s my second insubordination in less than a week. I feel honored. But what can I do? Our work force people were born to annoy and make matters worse for us. So do not give me that “just-doing-their-job” thing. In Jamie’s words, “I do not give a flying fuck.”

I miss my past superiors. I feel they care more and handle the team properly. One of us gets sick and you actually believe they genuinely care and will do everything in their power to make sure this sickness of yours is not used against you. That’s a leader right there. Nowadays you get sick and it’s your fault that you did not anticipate you being not well and you should’ve followed SOP and you should do this and you should do that and you should follow this…again, not giving a flying fuck!!! Hate being sick so much, it sickens me!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Stranded in Merville

Wow. Actual free time write to something. And wouldn’t you know it, I have nothing interesting to share. So I’m stuck home, on a work day. Here’s why. All Parañaque service road exit points: Nichols, Bicutan, Moonwalk…flooded! And I mean ridiculously flooded. I was already in the comfort of a Besta van shuttle along West Service Road, for an hour and a half, to no avail. Even trucks are not risking it. Chickens! So I just went home. Why is it that every time I wear my light brown socks, they always get wet from water pools and flood?

I think I saw a bald monk running towards the bell tower...

Lots of people are envious of my situation as I get to rest or watch DVD the whole day. Damn straight I can. But then again, I can already feel the memo and reprimanding of the T&C council members tomorrow. We all know how sucky BPO policies on emergency leaves are. You’re already bleeding to death or your legs decapitated and you still ain’t excused, unless you call! “It is not our fault that you did not anticipate what you experienced!” I wonder. Let’s say you work in the outsourcing business, same rules and policies apply. For some reason you’re a suspect and is detained. You only get one phone call. Do you call your attorney or your company’s workforce? Obviously, your lawyer. But admit it, for a split second you were considering calling your office, right? Bah!

So I just wasted a perfectly normal working day doing nothing. Ah, yes. Exactly how absentness should be spent.

I just realized. Heaven forbid, there is a zombie attack on where I live, and there’s a massive storm like now, I’d die! We’re trapped. Like I said, all points! I’d be eaten. Tsk!

EDIT: It’s already 5:00 pm and only an hour left before my supposed shift ends and our work force is still busy! Impressive, most impressive!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

June

June may be the first disappointment of 2009. Yes, harsh, but it’s the truth! This month even includes one of the worst days I have ever experienced in my 23 years of existence. I spent most days complaining and moping than actually enjoying. Weekends were especially terrible as I was a prisoner of my own rest days.

Maybe it’s them Gregorians telling me I had too much fun last May and I need to cut back on all the fortunes and blessings I have been receiving. But of course, I am not taking away everything from good ol’ June. It had its moments. Inconsequential but still noteworthy.

June 1, 2009 | The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien Pilot
Starting one’s month highlights with a TV show is a sign of doucheness. Regardless, it’s Conan and I am a devoted fan! Conan O’Brien finally moves to the West Coast and took over The Tonight Show. Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam were his first-ever guests.

June 2, 2009 | Uncle Alex & Tita Gee’s
19th Wedding Anniversary

Their family was supposed to go to Palawan this year for their annual out-of-town celebration but for reason I do not know, they did not push through. They opted instead for a hearty and heavenly dinner at their house complete with grilled foods and cold treats. 20 years next year, interesting!

June 5, 2009 | One of the Worst Days Ever
June marks the beginning of the rainy season. Morning of this day, Mom was suffering from her usual chest pains and fatigue, so she went to Makati Med to have herself checked up. The shuttle driver going there did not help as he was really, effingly slow! Counting his money over and over again. It did not stop there. Chocolate souvenirs are to be picked up by these customers that are family friends so it should be okay, right? Wrong. They are not familiar with Makati and we simply cannot agree on the time and place. That’s two boxes of fragile treats! The least they could do is make it easier for both parties by being able to compromise! And as if the day could not get any worse, by nighttime, I was stranded in the office because the stupid and useless rain flooded Parañaque service roads which made it hard for shuttle services to return to Ayala terminal for second and third trips. I got home around midnight too drained, felt like going through the seven circles of hell. But...I did get to fulfill one goal of mine: I was able to leisurely walk in the city amidst the pouring rain. Just like one of ‘em music videos or coffee commercials. LOL!

June 12, 2009 | Sir Olidan’s Homecoming Dinner
with Classic ABE

Olidan was our junior year adviser and tax professor back in college. He tried his luck in Dubai and just recently went home to fix some things. Good thing he had time to meet up with his former students and share stories and reminisce. Mind you, these are Classic ABE, not the usual Mean Boys. Nevertheless, it was great catching up with these guys! Oh, and the food, awesome and epic! Best of all: they’re free!

June 14, 2009 | Vince’s Life: The Next Chapter and Shopping
So I finally got my much anticipated adjustment, one of the better things to share this month. Mom said that I need to buy something to remember this “momentous” time. Bah! I hate shopping for pants but I need pants so I bought pants! What? You think I’m wasting my earnings with a new gadget that I will hardly use nor need? Best purchase of this day: Vince’s Life: The Next Chapter. I had waited for four long years to the sequel for my favorite book of all-time: Vince’s Life. And yes, it delivered because it affected me and made me think. Just like what the first book did way back in 2004! LOL!

June 17, 2009 | aVeneto Dinner with Diana and Mamee
Simple dinner. We were supposed to go Chinese but Z wasn’t with us as usual so we scrapped the Asian cuisine plan!

June 26, 2009 | Goodbye Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett
Okay. The month may have sucked for me but it was nothing compared to what the world felt and experienced with the surprising demise of the world’s greatest entertainer, the King of Pop: Michael Jackson. Yes, I am a fan so the news was hard to accept. As of this writing, speculations surrounding the death of MJ are still being discussed. Also, four hours before the world learned about the tragic news, another pop icon, Farrah Fawcett, succumbed to her battle with cancer. Two icons in one day is just too much for mankind to handle.

June 27, 2009 | NCAA Season 85 Opening Ceremonies
The Red Lions’ bid for Four-Peat begins on this day. As reigning and defending champions of the league, we are still tagged as the team to beat and the Lions solidified that title by massacring the Mapua Cardinals by 33 points in the opening game. Making sure the collegiate world knows that even with the Big Three: Ekwe, Menor and Escobal’s departure, the Red Lions will not miss their services as their replacements are more than capable to bring home another championship trophy to Mendiola. Photo credit: RedLens

June 29, 2009 | Transformers II: Revenge of the Fallen
I have said before that Transformers II: Revenge of the Fallen may be the only movie that stood a chance against Star Trek for 2009! Regardless of the harsh criticism the movie is getting, I stand by my decision that I was, as expected, correct. They said the flick was the highest grossing B-film ever made and people should check their brains at the entrance of the theaters. Okay, critics! You’ve made your point. Now, do you have $400 million for profits? Will you ever have a chance of scoring with Megan Fox? I pray that these people realize that this film was made for entertainment, not to go against Benjamin Buttons and Slumdog Millionaires, or they meet Devastators. By the way, I still say this film should be titled: Megan Fox and Transformers II: Revenge of the Fallen.

June did not sound that bad after all. I just did not enjoy it that much. I missed one of the concert events of 2009: Pussycat Dolls Live in Manila, and the annual and most social event party event was postponed!

Shoutout of Happy Birthdays to: Kads, Ma-Anne, Kimberly, Vince, Uncle Man, Nina, Neng, Ronn, Ta-Ta, Tito Paul, Bobby

The H1N1 virus reached the Philippine shores and spread very rapidly, making our country having the highest victim count in the Southeast Asia. Another thing, several wedding announcements were made this month, which led me to the conclusion that there are two “in” things right now: get sick or get married. I think six people from the office are getting married this year. Isn’t there a law that makes these ceremonies not okay? Sukob, anyone?

Hey, June. You made it bad. Took a sad song and made it worser.
Remember to let her into your heart. Then can you start to make it better.

Good riddance! I only hope that July delivers better. I have several plans and maybe even resurrecting my urban wanderings. Family birthdays celebrations are guaranteed so that’s something to look forward to. And I’m resisting the urge to have a haircut! Peace! (--,)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Intelligent Scorpio Thinker

Perfect afternoon: the sun shining brightly, people treating their fathers to malls because it’s Dad’s day, lots of things to do...and yet, I wasted three hours of my “rest day” Facebook-ing. Sheesh! Answering pointless quizzes, commenting on posts of friends, exchanging stupid nothings with online people, yes, it actually kills precious time. But the afternoon was not a total waste. I refuse to see it that way because that is three hours of precious life I will never get back! LOL!

Facebook quizzes are generally senseless but one has to admit that it’s actually fun and sometimes, it kinda makes you think. Let me share two of them quizzes I decided to take a while ago. If I had known better, I would say the explanations were taken from my own thoughts.

Timmy completed the quiz “Who is your “perfect match”?”
with the result: Intelligent Thinker.

Your perfect match is someone who is kind, creative and quiet. This person is a thinker, someone who enjoys observing and analyzing the world. This type of person is content to let you do all the talking, yet is intelligent and bright and can contribute a wealth of knowledge to any conversation. While this person might seem aloof or even shy, once you get to know them, they are incredibly interesting, full of life and their serious side will compliment your more out-going nature. The top traits they are looking for in a mate include someone who is supportive, compassionate and understands their introverted nature. While this person might be somewhat skeptical that love exists because they are not big risk-takers and they choose their friends cautiously, deep down they are ready and eager to fall in love and will fall deeply for you, forming a deep and eternal bond.

I don’t know about quiet but calm and collected, I would take. Sounds like the perfect girl for me. I guarantee that we will have loads of fun together. And yes, I know it’s only a match and matches may mean a lot of things, but hey, who knows, we might actually hit it off! Honestly, I have someone in mind!

...and...

Timmy completed the quiz “Who is your lifetime match?”
with the result:
They are born between 24th October-22nd November.

People sometimes find you cold and reserved. They don't know you well enough though because in reality you're warm and passionate with sensitivity to nature and natural beauty. But you hide your feelings. You're a natural worrier and as soon as you fall in love, you're afraid of being deserted. It's this fear that too often prevents you from committing or doing what feels right deep down: for example, leaving someone you love through fear of them abandoning you one day. But over time, you gain confidence in yourself and your relationships have a better chance of lasting. Hidden agendas don't exist with you pair, as you both expect honesty and loyalty from one another no matter how brutal it may be. You complete one another, with these people you are able to have an intellectual debate or those deep intellectual conversations which you crave. The sexual chemistry between you to will last a lifetime and you only improve with age. They respect your reserved nature as they are a big believer in privacy themselves and will allow you to naturally come out of your shell. Finally, you would have met someone who matches your stamina in and out of the bedroom...but not just in the bedroom of course. They will go the distance with you. Just listen to your heart more instead of doing the most sensible thing all the time. Listen with your heart.

Cold and reserved...two adjectives that I will put beside the brand name if ever I was being sold in boxes as products. This explanation is right on the money. People keep asking why I do not share my life with someone, well, here you go. Read it! It may not rationalize the whole thing (believe me, long story) but you get the gist of how I go about my life. Notice the commitment dilemma? Nice, nice. Call me stubborn, but I do not want to listen to what my heart says! No good will come to those who let their hearts take over! Maybe in time, God forbid! And importantly, I do not know any prospect who was born between the said dates! Damn!

One more thing. One of the questions from the second survey had this line as an answer and I am officially turning it into one of my identity psalms:

You are a free spirit who enjoys the chase
more than the prize…”

So effing true!!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

If You Seek A You!!!

If I ever get to be an old person, I mean just like those old guys who smell funny and have loads of stories, I think I’d be the totally grumpy kind. My mother says I got my petulant trait from my Lola Tits and probably from Uncle. I get irritable easily that little petty things tend to annoy me so much. Ever since forever, I distinctly remember being ill-tempered for no apparent reason. I’m not impatient. At least, not anymore. I used to be really intolerant of whatever situation I am in. But I got over that. Then again, impatience is very much different from annoyance.

For the last three weeks, my irritableness just reached gigantic proportions. “With great power comes great responsibilities!” F*You, Spiderman’s Uncle! I do not have great power, just added responsibilities. When they finally gave me the opportunity that was rightfully mine for the longest time, they think they can do anything they want as they have me on leash. Hah! Apparently, they can!

You see, I am very much grateful for believing in me but that doesn’t mean I will be happy with whatever it is you people deem necessary and good for me. This is about my schedule, yes! Bumping me up for a later shift and actually moving me to weekdays, what the hell were they thinking? Are they even making their noggins work? For 25 days I’ve been ranting and hating thinking about it, trying to accept it to no avail. It’s becoming a problem actually. Small and feeble instances will tick me off even if I understand that I shouldn’t be reacting that way. I fear it might put strains to whatever relationships I may have with those who care.

I believe that...
...their decision-making sucks big time!
...the weather’s making everything worse.
...people need to ask me out on weekends as boredom is depressing!
...commuting was invented by the devil to make people suffer!
...people are generally bad individuals because they are not good!

Stop being a bitch, Tim! There are far more major problems people are facing everyday than your pathetic feelings towards your schedule!” “Well, fuck you! First of all, I do not give a damn about other people’s problems as I have my own dilemmas to tend to. Secondly, I just seriously don’t care.”

SON OF AN EFFING BITCH!!! If I could, I would seriously shout nasty words at the top of the tallest building in the city. If it’s possible, I would gladly throw and break freaking dishes as they say it is actually therapeutic. I just know these things will help big time. Do I need anger management? No. I am still in control. But do I need to take it easy? Definitely. All these resentment: not good for the health! I swear, my rage will do me no good!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

May

Action-packed is the adjective I will use to describe May. I honestly believed that it would take a couple more months before April gets unseated as “the” month of 2009. Family-wise, April still holds that honor but on a personal level, May deserves the recognition. And...so much happened in May. That I never expected in a month that is of no importance to me that much.

May’s highlight would be this life-changing opportunity and some unforgettable events were held within the span of 31 days. The month also marked finales of my favorite TV shows, which I shall include in this list just because I consider them huge deals and also, they provided momentarily excitement. Of course, I probably forgot some minor noteworthy days but the special ones will surely be written. Here you go...

May 1, 2009 | “ME” Day
I remember Kristine telling me that for me, everyday is “ME” Day! And I of course I agree because it’s true. But there are certain days that are better than most...like this day. It was Labor Day and I decided to go ahead and avail the holiday option. Had my haircut and treated myself to Mexican lunch (amidst the swine flu scare).

May 3, 2009 | Sleeping Hitman
This day marks the first time I’ve ever watched a boxing bout. I never really appreciated boxing because I feel they’re too violent. Wrestling is different since they’re fake and scripted. Oh yeah, the fight was between Manny Pacquiao against Ricky Hatton, with Pac-Man knocking out Hitman in two rounds. Waste of time, really.

May 4, 2009 | Sbarro
Just one of them dinners after shift with Mamee and Diana. We were really hungry but we still did not finish what Sbarro had to offer. Tsk! Z’s already in the morning shift but she’s “busy” so she’s not in this one.

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May 10, 2009 | Mother’s Day
Initially, my plan was to take Mum and Iya out to lunch on some Italian restaurant. Was worried though that lots of restaurants will be full of celebrations. Good thing Mum thought that inviting my Ninong and Ninangs over for lunch is a better idea. It is. It saved me from an expensive bill and it’s always fun to have my cousins over. Happy Mother’s Day!

May 12, 2009 | Star Trek
It’s official. This day made me a Trekkie. Never really much cared for Star Trek because I felt it was too complicated as it had too many series and characters. But the latest movie, oh wow! One just has to watch it to understand. I can honestly say that Star Trek will be “the” movie of 2009. Only Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen stands a chance against the awesome Spock!

May 13, 2009 | Mangan
Yet another after shift dinner, this time though, Z is present. Starbucks Coffee after because we had coupons. Hooray for coupons.

May 13, 2009 | Kodak Easy Share C913
Okay. This is totally unexpected. Sure I wanted a new camera but I never thought of getting one. I’ve never hidden my trait of being a caveman when it comes to technology, and if my current gadget is working, why replace it? But I will never refuse a free treat! I may not know the special features or how awesome my new toy is but it takes pretty shots. Thank you to my Ninang for this magnificent gift! Woohoo!

May 15, 2009 | Special-ish
A general meeting was called by the boss to announce the latest happenings in our team. We welcomed two new additions, top performers were honored (ehem, ehem) and they announced newly promoted “Specialists” (just a fancier word for Editors). Two years and eight months and four IJAFs later, finally, overlooked no more! It would have been better though if I get to share this honor with two special individuals.

May 15, 2009 | Angels & Demons
Friday Night is Movie Night. The movie gave me a new dream job. Symbologist or physicist, you might say. I was thinking, more on the lines of being the Holy See or at least, the Camerlengo. LOL! Very cool movie. Not much historical references and some major points from the novel were left out but no one could have done it better. Action-packed and fast-paced for a controversial flick is nothing short of a miracle.

May 17, 2009 | Lola Internment and Visiting Tits’ Resting Place
Caloocan...is far but we have relatives living there and so we have obligation to visit them once in a while, especially, when one of them dies. Lola is with the Lord now and is guaranteed everlasting happiness, I’m sure. We also had the chance to visit Tits’ ashes in Our Lady of Grace Columbarium.

May 21, 2009 | New American Idol
I would not have requested for my schedule to be changed on this day had I known the conclusion of American Idol’s eighth season would be the most disappointing and shocking moment of Idol history...ever! Kris Allen pulled a major upset against the hyped and sure bet Adam Lambert. How he did that, people will never really understand. Not to take anything away from Kris, but even he was expecting and hoping for Adam to take home top honors. Do not crucify the guy. It was the voters who are to blame! Oh, well...

May 21, 2009 | RoNyce
An after shift session with my new favorite couple: Ronn and Nyce. Yes, you heard it right. After almost three years, our favorite supposedly platonic couple suddenly became not-so-platonic anymore. This may come as a shock to most people, even I had an OMFG moment when it was confirmed, but we were kinda expecting this will happen...just not this soon, right? Nevertheless, we’re all rooting for you two! Hihihi!

May 22, 2009 | Renee’s Lola’s Internment and Mendiola Tour
Most of the time, Renee’s the most annoying friend we have. But I also have the utmost respect for this bozo! Amidst all the trials he is going through, he still manages to have that sunny disposition and continuously entertain/annoy everyone with his antics. That’s why it is just proper that we pay our respects to his Lola Maria. Without her, we wouldn’t have met this idiot! Hehehe. And it just so happens that the wake took place near Mendiola, one of my favorite places ever. Together with Diana, we toured Rai around the consortium and even ate at one of our hangouts during our college days. Missed my beloved school!

May 24, 2009 | Night at the Museum II: Battle of the Smithsonian
The first movie was a success, and it will stay that way. Don’t get me wrong, the sequel is still worth the ticket price and I still say you should watch it. It introduced new characters and had much more historical reference than the former. Still, I very much enjoyed my movie experience with the first one that I probably expected too much for its sequel. One good thing I got from this: I now appreciate Amy Adams. Such an awesome red-haired woman!

May 29, 2009 | Binsent’s Homecoming at Jay-J’s, Ortigas
What’s not to love about this night? I can think of one thing but I’m not letting that spoil this wonderful session with the Mean Boys. Vinchy’s officially stationed in the metro again, so he decided to round us up to celebrate. Turn out was unexpected as lots of my college friends made it on such short notice. Felt like we are really getting old as Teri’s already in the second trimester of her pregnancy. But what really surprised us that Boyds’ new girlfriend (whose name still eludes me) is also in her second trimester and a month ahead of Teri. Okay! Shocking news it was. Long story, but it still is actually. Again, what’s not to love? There were seven of us, Mean Boys, but all-in-all we were 13. Gets?

May 30, 2009 | Bowling and T.G.I.Fridays’
A month would not be a success without an event with my beloved teammates. It’s been a while since the last time we participated in any sporting event as a team and we felt that we needed to go bowling immediately, so we did, with Diana taking Kads’ spot. Had a lousy game perhaps due to my gimik the night before, thus, giving Anthony top honors. Boo! As promised, I would bring the team to T.G.I.Fridays’ to celebrate my being special, but not to pay the whole thing. We all know the similarities of pickpockets and Fridays’: they leave your wallets empty. But we did have fun and I could not think of a better way to end May.

Wow. It’s still about May, right? I feel like I’m writing about December, being lengthy and all. But I am not complaining and I am definitely thankful for it.

Shoutout of Happy Birthdays to: Johann, T.Joey, Camille G., L.Diegs, U.Mon, Nathan, T.Josette, Butch, Karen M., N.Rey, Shaila, and Lolo Angel +

Season finales were one of the main themes of this month. My favorite shows ended and people are to wait for months to know what happens for those who chose to end their seasons with cliffhangers. Supernatural, Lost, Heroes, Chuck and Gossip Girl. Prison Break had the best ending from all of them, probably the best finale since F.R.I.E.N.D.S ended five years ago. I would have included it in the list but I have already shared my two-cents worth and because it deserves a separate entry.

Okay. I just have to mention this. This was taken from the Mean Boys’ session. Like I said, there were seven of us but our total headcount were 13. Still don’t see my point? It means everyone had plus ones and I was the only single bastard in that group! A head’s up would be nice, Vince! Big deal! Yeah, I know. I should not be bitchin about it, but one can’t help but feel something when placed into those kinds of situations. Solution: might not go out with kada anytime soon! LOL! What? You think be with someone? Please!

To conclude my April entry, I was thinking twice about May. I honestly thought it wouldn’t deliver. Hell, it more than delivered! Maybe I should be discourage myself with June too. But, June holds the annual and most social party event that I am invited to. The kind of event that one needs new threads and probably another haircut: Paulooza 2009! Can’t freaking wait! Thank you, May! (--,)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

We’re All Free...

It’s been exactly five years since I felt this way. That’s when Ross turned around from his answering machine, opened his apartment door, and seeing Rachel outside with her uttering these very words: “I got off the plane.” I distinctly remember somewhat feeling dehydrated and soaked Kleenexes all over my room. Now before you worry, the reason behind my “hagulgol” was not a matter of life and death. It wasn’t even directly relative to me. And no one close to me died, just so we’re all clear. I just, you know, watched the final four episodes of the TV show “Prison Break.”

Series over. Season four was the final season, which gave the great show its conclusion and wrapped up all the loose ends from all those years. I don’t want to go into details on how it all went down because you should watch it to truly appreciate it or, in my case, cry like a damn little girl from all the drama. But I must say, the writers outdid themselves by serving us a spectacular finale. We got to see familiar faces and old favorites that made the show impossible to miss! My viewing experience went from total excitement from every scene to, well you know...

I still stand with my belief that the show kinda went downhill after its sophomore season and even on some parts of its final season. And it’s about time we end all of this breaking from prison! But, after giving us the conclusion, Prison Break will go down in history as one of the best shows ever. And I firmly believe that I am not the only person in this lifetime who feels that way.

Right about now, I should be writing my “May” entry and believe me, it’s gonna be a long one. But instead, I’m still sniffing ridiculously and my chest feels like someone decided to play drums inside it. Fitting will be the word I shall use to describe the ending of Prison Break! Michael, Sara, Linc and all those involved...thank you for giving four years of action-packed, drama-filled entertainment.

We’re all free...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dear You’s

Let’s thank/blame my favorite cousin, Hannah, for introducing me to the wonderful, dramatic, somewhat emo world of “Dear You’s.” It is supposed to be very therapeutic for the mind and heart. Tidbits of feelings expressed in short sentences directed to individuals concerned. Beer makes me sleepy so let’s see if this one works.

Five… four… three… two… one…

Dear You’s.

• My very first “you” is dedicated to you just because you used to be the most important person in my life. And who knows, someday you might regain that title. I’m pretty sure you will.

• Right now, “you” are the most important individual for me. Taboo? I don’t think so. I have weird taste, I know. But there’s something about you that is bringing out the fool in me.

• I missed “you.” I’m sorry I overthought things. I really thought we could be something special. But of course, I did nothing and now you are happy. I’m okay now, by the way. I really am happy that you are happy.

• So, a ghost returns. Do I turn “you” away? If you’re bringing something I want, then I certainly won’t.

• I need a new secret-keeper to replace “you.” Sure I have people in stock but what do you know? I value your opinion and your perspective. I can’t just kick it with them left.

• “You,” I am thankful for. Like I said, we’re not so much different when it comes to these things and I know you understand silly old me. You still scare me though!

• I admire “your” fighting spirit. I secretly wish I have it. Your foolishness may not be a match to my confidence but it certainly will put up a good fight. Prove to them that situations such as yours also happen in real life.

• And lastly, you know I love “you” and you’re one of my favorite persons in the world that’s why I don’t want you getting hurt. I trust that you know what you’re doing even if you’re inexperienced. I got your back s’long as you’re happy.

Surprisingly...it does help!

Bien à vous (--,)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

April

Before I ended my March blog, I specifically said April will deliver big time. As expected, it did. It held our family’s event of the year, which I think won’t be topped by anything soon. And our office summer get-together transpired within the month that jumpstarted several epiphanies.

The days leading to the start of the month, I promised I’d record every moment worthy to be included in my monthly recaps but I should have known better than to trust myself with such responsibility. Again, I know I’m missing some events that I attended but then they must have been sucky for me to forget them! So without further adieu, I present to you the best month so far of 2009.

April 2, 2009 | Hannah’s 18th Birthday Dinner
This day makes it official…Hannah is of legal age. Scary! I was actually already comprehensive when she was born so that means Father Time’s has his eyes one me now. Intimate family dinner and the chocolate cake that night was totally awesome; all digested after several walks around the village.

April 4, 2009 | Hannah’s 18th
Said it before, saying it again…this was the Ventura’s Event of the Year. How could it not be? We were all dressed up (even Ninong) to celebrate Hannah’s debut at Dusit Hotel. Program was great, food was great, the guests were great, her friends are awesome, so I guess the only word to describe this one is…awesome!

April 6, 2009 | Family Day at Trinoma
Last month, I mentioned that it was my father’s birthday but we did not meet up or did anything to honor that day. This was the day that changes that. Trinoma kinda sucked though. It was really far and not conducive to those who lack sleep. Eat-All-You-Can at Cabalen highlights this day.

April 10, 2009 | Black Saturday Street Foods
Okay, the occasion actually fell the day before this one, Good Friday. But as our bosses are minions of the man downstairs because they do not honor Holy Week, I wasn’t able to attend the annual Siete Palabras (7 Last Words). Picked up Iya though and they served kwek-kwek (egg fritters) and fish & squid balls whilst we used fondue sticks for dinner.

April 17, 2009 | Uncle’s 50th Birthday Dinner
Who would’ve thought siomai and a barrel of KFC’s original recipe chicken will make the absolute perfect dinner combination?! These people really know how to throw a dinner party. Uncle is golden…solid!

April 18, 2009 | T&C Summer Partehy
Close to two months in the making, our so-called “outing” turns out to be a party instead. Well, we can’t really object and we were so close to not going. But gotta hand it to our superiors for making a good case. Good food, fresh drinks, bitchin music, one wild boss sums up the night.

April 19, 2009 | Uncle’s 50th Birthday Celebration
If the night before didn’t deliver much, then it’s a good thing that Uncle decided to throw a major party for the family at our clubhouse. Oh yeah, Spanish menu was served and free-flowing beer, makings of a great party. We actually made an AVP for him, which he actually enjoyed. LOL!

April 27, 2009 | Fast & Furious
It was eight years since the first film came out, it is only fitting that I watch the movie that brought all of them back together. I almost missed this one because theaters nowadays pull out movies after two weeks or so. Whew! Movie was great, not as “whoa” like the first installment but it’s worth it.

Something tells me I’m forgetting something. Damn it! What and when it could it be? If it comes up, I shall include it.

Shoutout of Happy Birthdays to: Hannah, Uncle Alex, Heidi, Lola Des, Tita Cookie, Reg, Tita Odoy, Tita Ginny, Kevs, Cyrus, Ralph, Lawrence, Ter, Jay-M and Aries.

The one event that I missed was Kevs’ Tabu Bar birthday session as it fell on the same night as Uncle’s dinner party. In the 15 years or so that we knew each other, this is actually the first time he invited me to his birthday party, so I really am sorry and disheartened that I wasn’t able to go.

May, I don’t know about May. I’m sure it will hold some crazy nights and maybe even an outing or two. But I always hated rainy season and May marks its start. The annual MeanBoys summer getaway is schedule in the first week of May but due to avoidable circumstances, it was moved to God-knows-when. Bah!

April also presented a lot of surprises. I appreciated hip-hop this month and actually preferred dancing to singing. All thanks to Hannah’s debut. But what’s really surprising? First, well it’s not really a surprise and I kinda expected it but I wouldn’t know its impact would be that epical. Secondly, now the second was a surprise. Who would have thought it was still possible? Is it good news? We’ll find out in May. (--,)