BOO!!! happy halloween!!

Friday, October 29, 2004

You know Halloween, All Saint's Day & All Soul's Day are just around the corner, when every television program starts showing scary stuff. There's an abundance of ghost stories, scary apparitions, possesions, seances, exorcism, horror movies and everything else that could scare the crap out of anyone.

Honestly, even if I'm probably one of the world's biggest cowards, I love watching those shows. I like scaring myself. Hahaha! What I don't like is how my imagination runs wild when I'm alone in my room and about to sleep. Because of the hair-raising shows I've watched, I end up sleeping with the lights on. Heehee!

Maybe it's because I've had my share of ghostly experiences. I still can't explain it until now, but the most vivid experience I could remember happened when we were doing our thesis.

My thesismates and I were finishing the draft of our thesis and we pulled an allnighter at our thesismate's compound in Leon Guinto (it was nearest school). One of our thesismates, Chi, was very sensitive to ghosts. We were the ones tasked to type while the others rested (we worked alternately and had different assigned tasks). It was already around 2 am and we suddenly felt a hot breeze by our ears, like someone blew air at us. I looked at my friend and her eyes were closed and she was praying. I followed suit coz I had goosebumps all over and I felt chilly, inspite of the hot breeze I felt by my ear. We heard a voice we didn't recognize say something unintelligible. At the corner of my eye I could see a woman wearing a Maria Clara outfit by the door. As soon as I turned my head "she" was gone and I thought I imagined it. After a few minutes (though it felt like an hour), the chill was gone and I was shaking as I asked Chi if she saw what I saw. She said yes and that there was also a Japanese soldier standing behind her, looking menacingly at us. She could see him on the computer monitor, but when she looked back, she didn't see anything.

On another thesis cramming session, the boys were in the living room while us girls were in the dining room, finishing our assigned tasks. We decided to have a break and joined the guys in the living room. We stopped at our tracks when we saw one of our thesismates seated on the sofa, but there was space between him and the sofa. He looked like he was sitting but he was floating! Nyay! Chi said he was sitting on the lap of the Japanese soldier she saw before. Aaaaaaaaah!!!!

high school reunion

Tonight is our High School Reunion, but my friends and I aren't going. And from what I've gathered so far, quite a number won't be going either. It's not that I don't like my batchmates or High School for that matter, coz I don't. I loved High School. If I were to compare and choose, I'd choose it over College. I met my dearest friends in High School and we had so many (mis)adventures. I'm just not in the mood to be plastic tonight, and rub elbows with the cliques. Gawd! that sounded bitter. Hahaha!

Quite frankly, most of the people who are going are the ones I'd rather not see. I'm sure most of them have changed since HS graduation, but I'm not inclined to mingle. Besides, I bump into most of them everywhere. And the ones I want to see, I'm still in contact with and could see them anytime I want to. :)

murphy's law?

Thursday, October 28, 2004

What do you do when you're stuck in traffic, you're halfway home, and you desperately need to pee? Me? I prayed. Real hard.

It irks me how everything in the cosmos seems to be ganging up on you, when you're in a desparate situation. Everything that could possibly delay you happens, and no matter how you try to avoid it, it catches up on you. Gah!

Yesterday after mom's radiation session, we felt hungry coz we waited a long time. I was craving for a chocolate sundae so we went to the Jollibee drive-thru near St. Luke's. There was a mix up and instead of the regular cokes, which came with the value meal, we got the upsized cokes. That's where it all started.

By the time we were near NAIA, I had goosebumps coz I really needed to go. I distracted myself by singing along to the radio. Didn't work. Then mom said we need to get gas and I was somewhat relieved coz I could finally go to a restroom. Eeep! Didn't work, too, coz OC me didn't think that particular gasoline station restroom was sanitary. Arte talaga. It was only about 10 minutes to our house and I thought it was okay. Wrong again, Jen. The gasoline station attendant was as slow as a turtle and I wanted to curse him to move faster, but it would take too much energy. I decided to keep quiet, close my eyes and pray. Hehehe.

Pag minamalas ka nga naman, tuloy-tuloy. I don't know why, but all the cars in front of us seemed to be driving 10 mph. It was a good thing, ever-reliable driver Ricky can drive like a snake when needed. Hahaha! But goodness, every hump in the village added to my torture.

Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, we were home. I jumped out of the car, sprinted as fast as I could and thanked the good Lord I made it.

Kasalanan yun ng crew ng Jollibee. Nung hindi nila kami binigyan ng large coke, hindi ako magkakaganon. Nyahahaha! Nanisi pa :p

back to blogging :D

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

I didn't know when I posted the previous entry earlier that I would be able to blog tonight. YaY! Finally after days of trying to blog, I have time tonight. :)

Today was mom's 4th radiation therapy session. Every afternoon for 28 weekdays, mom and I will be at St. Luke's. The sessions last for less than a minute, but because of the adjustment settings, mom is in the linear accelerator for about 15 minutes.

As usual, it's the waiting that bugs me. Patience really isn't my virtue. hehehe... That's why I always bring a book with me, so I won't get bored. I finished 2 books already and I'm halfway done with the book I brought today. I won't read it tonight coz at the rate I'm going, I'll probably finish all the books I have at home that I haven't read yet in just two weeks. :p

Radiation Therapy is standard procedure now after chemotherapy. Specialists say that the chances of remission are increased after both procedures. Just a few years ago, it wasn't like this, and I am glad that through continuous research, the medical profession has many options now. And it's great that this treatment doesn't have the same side effects as that of chemo. This one is relatively easier. The only side effect I notice is fatigue right after the treatment, but it's alright coz after the treatment, we drive home and mom could rest. I hope and pray that the treatment will be successful.

cellphone canvassing

Last Saturday, mom and I accompanied my brother to his derma appointment at Cardinal Santos. Hehehe... even if he's turning 18 this Christmas, sometimes he's still like a kid. He didn't want to go to the derma alone. :p We picked him up after his Saturday classes and after his treatment we went to greenhills to eat. We ate at italliani's (hay.. sumuko kami pareho, ang laki talaga ng servings, pero ang sarap :D - obvious ba na favorite ko italianni's :p)

We decided to canvass for new cellphones (para mawala ang busog namin). After going to each stall, I've decided on what to buy. I want a sony ericsson k700i! I'll have to wait until after Christmas to get it. My patience will be tested once again, but I think it will be worth it. Hehehe!

I almost didn't want to let go when we went to The Hub. Nyahahaha! The whole time we were there, I kept going back to the unit sample that when I do get it, I wouldn't need the manual to know how each feature works.

I also looked at the other phone models, like the nokia7610, the samsung e800 slide phone, sony ericsson k500i (which has almost the same features as the k700i, but it has a smaller memory and has no bluetooth), and the P910. I wanted the P910, but I am not going to shell out P42,000 for it. It's nice to look at and the features are great, but it's still too much. It's still k700i for me. :D

channel surfing

Yes, I love my tv. :) My day isn't complete if I don't watch tv. :p And I think having a tv in my room is one of the reasons why I sleep late. I have this habit of turning it on before going to bed, and when a good show is on, I watch it. :p

These were some of the shows I watched over the weekend:

1. The Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix: I stayed up until 3 am to watch the live coverage of the last race of the season. JP Montoya won (booo!! I don't like him, he's a very arrogant driver), Kimi Raikkonen was 2nd (sayang, he was just 1.6 secs behind) and Rubens Barrichello was 3rd on his home race. Testings shall be done during the winter break and the new season shall start in March 2005, with the Australian GP in Albert Park, Melbourne.

2. World Series: I'm not a baseball fan, but the Boston Red Sox have been playing awesome games and I was intrigued if they could break the "82 year old curse". When I read that they had a come from behind win against the Yankees, I wanted to watch their next games and I was able to catch Game 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals. I was amazed at Schilling, the pitcher. He was playing with an injured ankle (which they said could only be healed by undergoing surgery), but it was as if he wasn't injured. He was all heart. It was a good game, but I'm still not a die-hard baseball fan ;)

3. Oprah Primetime: The stars of Ladder 49, John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix and Jacinda (oh, no! I forgot her surname :p) were there to promote the movie and to give tribute to heroes. It was a touching episode and I'm not ashamed to say that I shed some tears, particularly when I saw John Travolta crying unabashedly, when two heroic firefighters were given medals of courage by the firefighter they saved. I also cried when they paid tribute to Mattie Stepanek, the courageous poet and author of the Heartsongs books, who had a rare form of muscular dystrophy and passed away at the age of 14 last summer. My lachrymal glands were on overdrive. Mattie's mom spoke about the last moments of Mattie and I think only a person without a heart wouldn't feel choked up and cry, after hearing that.

4. Superfriends: Last night before we had dinner, I was in my room channel surfing and I saw my favorite show when I was a kid on the Cartoon Network. It was an episode of the Superfriends and the original Justice League! Hahaha! I remember when I was about 5, I loved the Saturday morning cartoons on Channel 9, coz it had the Superfriends, Captain Caveman, Astroboy and the Hannah-Barbera cartoons. It was fun to watch this episode coz Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, Hawkman, Aquaman, Green lantern, the Indian who'd turn into a giant (ack! what's his name? Colossus? ewan :p), and even the Wondertwins and their annoying space monkey were there. What was the name of that monkey? Gleep? Bleep? Nyahaha! I'm sure only the people my age could relate to this.

buh-bye Chie!

My sister is going to Bacolod tomorrow for work. She'll be gone for 4 days. Hay, sarap! Chay, pasalubong namin, ha? Uwian mo ako ng Ilonggo. Bwahahaha! Ingats!

to blog or not to blog...

haaaay... i haven't been able to blog lately. i'll find time soon. promise!

cellphone withdrawals

Friday, October 22, 2004

I left my cellphone at home. We were running a bit late and turning back to get it would delay our trip even more, so I said it was okay not to. Now I'm having withdrawal symptoms. :p I keep thinking how many messages I have, who sent them, if I had missed calls, etc. And it's only 11:20 am! I still have a few hours before I get home and hold my cellphone again. Haaay...

I was never like this before. I had my first cellphone when I was in my senior year in college and even then, it was only for emergencies. Now, the first thing I do when I wake up is check my phone. The last thing I hold when I'm about to sleep is my phone. When I'm waiting for something, someone or when I'm in line, I play games, check my email or listen to my radio with my phone. Or I text friends. My cellphone has become indispensible. A necessity. :p Sabi ko nga dati, "Maiwan na ang lahat, wag lang ang cellphone!"

a simple life

Since our cable provider doesn't carry the ETC channel (well, it used to, but *POOF!* it just disappeared one day), it was only last night that I got to watch season 1 of "a simple life", starring Hotel heiress Paris Hilton and her best friend, Nicole Richie. I caught the second airing of the first episode on StarWorld around midnight. I laughed my a$$ off, because they were absolutely clueless! And I don't mean the cute clueless like Alicia & company were in the movie. Sorry Clare, but Paris could give Jessica Simpson a run for her money. Hahahahaha! She didn't even know what Walmart was. "Walmart? What's that? Do they sell walls there?" Bwahahahahahaha!!!

I'll definitely watch the next episodes, but I gotta say, shows like this, dull the brain. :p

the day we ate leaves, petals and grass

Monday, October 18, 2004

Nyahahaha! Yes, you read the title correctly. We did eat leaves, petals and grass. The day was Saturday and I was with my barkada in Tagaytay. Technically, it's in Batangas already, but it was near Tagaytay Royale Estates. The place was Sonia's Garden - a bed & breakfast with really great ambiance, but for a meatlover like me, it wasn't the place to be. The garden was beautiful. There were flowers of every size and color everywhere. There were trellises and fountains, big ceramic pots with water and floating flowers. It was breathtaking. And there were several daybeds, with white curtains, at strategic places around the garden. A massage service was also provided, it was too bad we didn't avail of it. Sonia's Garden is a beautiful place, but I will always remember it as the place where I ate a petal. Now I know how goats feel like. Hahahahaha!

Backtrack a bit before I get to the petal-eating story. :p

My barkada & I (no boyfriends and hubbies included - girls only) were going on a trip to Tagaytay last Saturday. One of our friends, Elaine, flew in from California last week and we wanted to have another road trip. It was supposed to be her wedding shower, coz she's getting married in the US next year, but somewhere along the planning stages, it became a lunch trip to Tagaytay. Aimee, Arlene & Maita picked me up at the Jollibee branch, near the Sucat exit of the South Superhighway, while the others in Michelle's SUV went ahead.

We missed the Sucat tollplaza because I didn't have my eyeglasses on and I assumed Arlene knew where we would turn, so we were at the Service road until Fil-Estate Alabang. Hehehe. In fairness, the Sucat interchange is a motorist's nightmare. There were no clear road signs, most of the time there were no traffic enforcers and it was every driver for himself. If you're not familiar with the place, you'd end up at the service road.

Even if we were in the service road and it was slower that if we were at the South Expressway, it didn't matter coz we were all laughing. Arlene said her Toyota Revo should be rechristened Mitsubishi Adventure because of the adventures they had from the moment they left Makati, until the time we got to Fil-Estate Alabang.

The thing I love about roadtrips is the "car bonding". From the time I got in the vehicle, to the time we arrived at Sonia's Garden, it was non-stop conversation. Our conversation centered around food, how big our younger brothers and sisters were, and how older we feel when we see them. But mostly it was about food.

We knew we were eating organic veggies at Sonia's, but we didn't know if they served any meat dishes. Maita mentioned that when her Aunt ate there, Sonia, the owner, offered them a petal and said it was edible. At that point we were like, "Oh no! Why did we end up having reservations at Sonia's?" Aims & Arlene didn't have breakfast, and every food place we passed by were temptations, coz all four of us in the Revo were carnivores. We saw a bulalo restaurant and our reaction was, "wow bulalo, yummmm...". We passed by Josephine's and said, "sana sa Josephine's na lang tayo, o kaya Antonio's". Were were craving for meat and we haven't even arrived at Sonia's yet!

At some point I told a story about a friend mistakenly calling Burger King, Burger Machine, and Arlene started singing the old Burger Machine jingle. No, not the one by Eraserheads, but the one that goes, "Burger machine, the burger that never sleeps... you're never far from a burger, a burger machine" Wahaahaha! See what the thought of meat deprivation can do to a person?

Nearing the turn towards Sonia's, we saw two road vendors selling yummy crabs. We were thinking that if we end up eating an all-veggie lunch, we'd pass by mushroom burger, Josephine's, the bulaluhan, or buy the crabs and go to Arlene's house in Tagaytay, cook it and eat it there. I said, "It's okay if we eat veggies, I like it naman. Just don't make me eat damo and I'll be fine." We laughed and a couple of minutes later we were at Sonia's.

Elaine, Michelle, Monski, Mela, Bel and Michelle (Elaine's fiance Mark's sister) were already there and eating the salad greens. We exchanged pleasantries and started eating. I laughed when I got the salad greens and there was something grass like there. Maita saw it and said, "Hala, J, may damo nga!" There were some petals, too, by the way. Hahaha! It was actually good, coz I had lots of carrot & sinkamas strips, lettuce, parmesan & feta cheese, eggs, soya (soya nga ba yun? :p) and dressing. Then the pasta arrived and Arlene, Maita and I looked at each other and smiled as if to say, "Hallelujah! may pasta!" It was delicious. It was like a make-your-own-pasta-dish. You can choose if you want it with tomato sauce, white sauce, pesto. There were shrimps, mushrooms, anchovies. We tried all combinations. hahaha! It was filling because it was all-you-can-eat. :p

After eating we toured the place, went to the gift shop and of course the bathroom. The bathrooms were so nice. One was overlooking the hill below and the design was rustic yet the amenities were very modern. Yup, we're girls, we notice stuff like that. Hahaha!

After the garden we went to the massage area and the cottages. On the way, there was a cow mooing in the background. We laughed when Maita said the cow was telling the meatlovers that he was there and we could still eat him if we wanted to. Haha!

After Sonia's Aims, Arlene, Maita & I went to Calaruega. We wanted to check the place coz Aimee's boyfriend Eric's sister is going to get married there (and maybe Aims and Eric, in the near future). The others went ahead and we were just gonna meet them at Bel's house in Paranaque, on the way to Makati to have dinner (oo, kakain na naman kami ;p) with friends Ria, Abby, Mona & Jenny So, who couldn't join us in Tagaytay.

There was a wedding when we arrived and we decided to take a peek. We parked quite a distance from the church, and were on the way up when a boy around the age of 10, said something to us. We couldn't understand him coz he was covering his mouth with his shirt (don't know why, hahaha!), so we continued hiking up and talking.

"Ano yung sabi nung bata?"

"Ewan.. parang sabi nya walang daan dun"

"What if the boy is right and there is no way up there?"

"May daan eh. Look, may taong bumaba."

So we climbed the stone steps and a guard peeked and said, "Ma'am, di pwede dito." Ack! We should have listened to the boy (if we could understand him :p) Aims asked if it was okay if we just take a peek from where we were and that guard said yes. For lack of a better word, I'd say the place was beautiful. Just the right place for a romantic, solemn wedding. I was out of breath and not entirely because of the hike up, but because of the place.

On the way to the car, we were thinking of what to say to the boy when we pass by him and he says, "I told you so"

"Hindi mo naman sinabi, eh"

"Di ka namin naintindihan kasi nagtatago ka sa loob ng shirt mo."

When we passed by him again, he didn't say "I told you so" but something else we still couldn't understand. Nyahahaha!

We went to Arlene's house before going back to Manila, coz she had to give something to Mang Ambo, the caretaker. I've always loved that house (Arlene, *wink *wink. hahahaha!). The view from there was amazing. From the garden and from the balcony, you'd be looking directly at Taal Volcano. We hadn't been there in years and we said the small pond with the bridge looked smaller than we remembered it. But of course it didn't shrink, we grew up. :)

Before leaving Tagaytay, we went to 7-11 and bought supplies (water, gummy bears, chichiria, ciggies). We saw some Mister Donut Belgian munchies, the ones they called loveknots last valentine. It was divine! The chocolate just melts in your mouth. :D The stuff we bought at 7-11 totally negated all the healthy food we ate at Sonia's. :p

It was a Saturday to remember. A day with friends is always fun and I hope we can do that again soon. We all need breaks from our busy schedules, right?

can't think of a title :D

Friday, October 15, 2004

This week has been relatively busy, with 2 trips to St. Luke's for mom's consult with Dr. Ramos, last quarter insurance renewals and computation of profit commissions (wowee! :D). I missed two dinners with the Poste peeps, one at Rockwell last Wednesday and last night at Jennyso"s house. But that's okay, I'll see them tomorrow.

Yay! Excited na ako. It's been a while since I've seen them. Sigurado ako, sa car pa lang, non-stop na yung conversations.

My college friend, Yeye, texted me yesterday. She was inviting me to our friends, Jeff & Caryl's post birthday celebrations at her house. It would also serve as a reunion of sorts for our DLSU College Block. LC30. I wanted to go, coz it would be great to see them again. I started texting our other blockmates and even posted the invite on the friendster bulletin board. There's only one problem: the party/reunion will be held tomorrow. Yup, the same day I'll be seeing my high school friends for Elaine's wedding shower. ARGH! Kaines. What are the chances of having two reunions on the same day? Hehehe.. in demand ako (kapal :p)

When I realized that it would be on the same day, I immediately texted Yeye that I couldn't make it, due to a previous engagement. There will be other opportunities to see my college buds, especially since Anna will fly in from Washington D.C. next month.

I was about to sleep last night but I felt I had to turn my tv on. Bad idea, coz "Jerry Maguire" was on one of the Japanese cable channels and I ended up sleeping past 2 am again. Jonathan Lipnicki was soooo cute and Tom Cruise was simply divine. Grabeh! I fell in love with Tom Cruise all over again and I forgot Colin Farrell & Michael Vartan ever existed. Bwahahahaha!

It's been so long since I've seen that movie, and last night I realized how cheesy the dialogues were. I mean c'mon... "You had me at hello." and "You complete me.". Baduy, diba? Pero kinilig pa din ako. Wahahaha!


Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Yahoo! News - "Superman" Christopher Reeve Dies

My childhood hero died last Sunday. :(

Since I was a kid, I have always loved Superman. And there was only one Superman for me - Christopher Reeve. It didn't matter that there were Supermans before him, for me he was the only one.

I have lost count how many times I've watched Superman: The Movie & Superman 2 (my favorite). I, however, thought Superman 3 & 4 were corny.

When Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after a horseback riding accident in 1995 and he survived against all odds, I thought that he was a real life Superman.

Basta, favorite ko sha.

Goodbye Superman, Godspeed.

Here's a tribute to Chris Reeve, written by a fan.

I didn't know Rio Diaz Cojuangco personally, but I was saddened by her death. She served as me and my mom's inspirations, because of her faith in the Lord, even when she was diagnosed with cancer. We could relate to her situation and her triumphs and setbacks became ours.

Her death is a mixture of happiness and sadness. Happiness because she's at peace with the Lord now, and she's not in pain anymore. Sadness because she's gone.

I wish her family well.

monday na naman

Monday, October 11, 2004

I was deleting files from the mypictures folder when I saw the picture above. Aimee emailed it about a month ago, along with several pictures we had in high school and college, where everyone looked so innocent (?!). This picture put me on reminiscing mode again, which is kinda fitting coz I will see them this Saturday. YaaaY!

I was bloghopping and several of my blog friends have commented about all the hoopla surrounding Jasmine Trias' visit to Manila, and I agree with them whole-heartedly. Over exposure talaga! Yes, I cheered her on when she was on American Idol season three, along with another Pinay, Camille Velasco. But frankly, the attention she's getting is too much. Jas-mania, as others have said.

I am sick and tired of seeing her face on tv, plastered on the newspapers, and even the welcome banners she has along EDSA. I cannot turn my tv on, without seeing her Smart, McDonald's & herbench commercials (o free plugging pa yan, ha).

What is it with Pinoys getting so starstruck? Which reminds me, umpisa ngayon ng Starstruck at Star Circle Quest. Bwahahahahaha!

What irks me about the Jas-mania, is that she hasn't been vocal about being Pinoy before and it's only now that it was acknowleged. On American Idol, she had portrayed herself to be a Hawaiian with a mix of Chinese, Spanish, Filipino & Malay blood. Sure she was born in Hawaii, which makes her an American, but let's face it, her grandparents and her parents are pure Pinoys. Isang tingin mo lang naman sa kanila, alam mong Pinoy talaga.

On a recent TVPatrol interview, Jasmine said she was surprised that she was very popular in a country she doesn't know anything about. I felt sad when she said that. Didn't her grandparents and her parents tell her anything about our country? Yan ang hirap sa ibang Pinoy eh, nakatungtong lang sa ibang bansa, nakalimutan na kung saan nanggaling. And for the record, liking sinigang or any other Pinoy food, does not make one Filipino.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not mad at her, nakakapanghinayang lang na wala shang alam sa Pilipinas. But hey, maybe this visit would make her realize how beautiful our country is and how wonderful the people are, even if we do have lots of problems.

Yahoo! News - Major 6.4-Magnitude Quake Shakes Manila

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Fri Oct 8, 3:22 PM ET
By PAUL ALEXANDER, Associated Press Writer

MANILA, Philippines - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 shook Manila on Friday night, swaying high rises, knocking out power over a wide area and sending frightened residents into the streets. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
Full Story here

So where were you during the earthquake last night?

I was in the kitchen with my dad when the earthquake started. I thought at first I was just dizzy but everything started shaking, I felt the floor moving (funny, feeling ko nasa water bed ako :p), and I heard the reactions of my family. Hehehe... isa yata ako sa minority na naaliw sa earthquake (alam ko mga geologists natuwa din, di ba Jance? :p)

I hadn't felt an earthquake this strong and this long since the deadly 1990 (or was it 1991?) earthquake. I think this one lasted at least 30 seconds. This time I wasn't scared, maybe because I'm older and I felt safe coz I was with my family. Nagtawanan pa nga kami eh, kasi natawa kami sa reactions namin.

I was kinda worried though that there would be aftershocks when I was sleeping. I was worried that something might fall on me, like the lights or the dolphin chimes in my bedroom. Hehehe... it was a good thing, there were no aftershocks, or if there were, I didn't feel it. :p

Happy birthday, Arlene!

hehehe.. I remember during the 1990 earthquake, you were one of the people I was with. We were in the library, under the stairs going to the computer room. We thought at first someone was just jumping near us, until we saw the bookshelves swaying. Hahaha! Those were the days. :p


Thursday, October 07, 2004

This is where I get my weekly fix of Hollywood gossip: Ted Casablanca's The Awful Truth. I even subscribed to it so that I never miss an issue. Heehee! He can be catty sometimes, but his comments are bitchy in a funny way. Ted Casablanca just brings out the gossipmonger in me. Wahahahahaha!

I learned from a friend that Usher will be the next international superstar to have a concert here in Manila. Woohoo!!! He'll be here sometime in November. I visited his website last week, but the tour schedule there was only until the end of October, the next dates to be announced soon.

I bought his Confessions cd yesterday. When I showed it to my sister she said someone burned her the same cd. Ngek! I didn't know that she had a copy, but it was all right, buying it was worth it. :)

I was supposed to buy The Diary of Alicia Keys (to console myself coz I won't be able to watch her concert this Saturday), but it was out of stock. Gah! Asar. I'll just have to play the mp3s I've downloaded over and over. hehehe...

I was, however, able to buy Outside Looking In: The Best of Gin Blossoms. Yaaaay! Finally, I got my own copy.

I have to fix my schedule (nyarks! kala mo naman celebrity, hahaha!), coz I want to join my barkada on the 16th. Elaine is flying in from California, and we're having a get together in Tagaytay. I'm not sure if that would be a wedding shower (hehe, mejo out of the loop ako nowadays). Basta, I want to see the poste peeps again. I think the last time I saw them all was at Ria's & Wacky's wedding, when we were all bride's maids. Tagal na nun! Plus, I heard one of my closest friends in high school, Marvi, is going to be there. And I hadn't seen her since High School graduation! I'm so excited to see them. Even if we text, call, email, read each other's blogs (uy, update na kayo!), nothing still beats seeing each other. So, I hope to see you guys on the 16th!! ;D

Speaking of High School, Tabby texted last week and said our HS Reunion would push through on the 29th of this month. It was supposed to be held last year, in time for our 10th year (Gosh! has it been THAT long?!), but it had to be postponed coz of some glitches. I'm not sure if I'm going. I'm just not excited. Sure it would be nice to see everyone (okay, not everyone :p), but I bump into my batchmates everywhere. And frankly, I think most of the people who are going to be there, will be the people I'm not inclined to see. Wahahaha! Salbahe.

Clare, are you going?

road trippin'

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

"Road trippin' with my two favorite allies
Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies
It's time to leave this town, it's time to steal away
Let's go get lost anywhere in the U.S.A.
Let's go get lost, let's go get lost...

-- Road Trippin' - Red Hot Chili Peppers"

I miss going on roadtrips. I haven't been on a long roadtrip, since the last time we went to Baguio - and that was 3 years ago!

My family and I (along with several cousins), used to go to Baguio every summer. We would leave Las Pinas at 5 am, watch the sunrise while we're driving along North Expressway (usually we'd be in Pampanga by then), have breakfast at the Luisita mall in Tarlac and arrive in Baguio at 11 am, depending on what road we take (Naguilian Rd., Marcos Highway or the fastest way, Kennon Rd.).

We don't mind the long trip, other than having sore bums sometimes. We'd be so noisy in the car or van, several conversations going on at the same time, we'd play car games, eat, sleep (yup, kahit maingay may nakakatulog), and sing. Never a dull moment. Well, on rare times we'd be quiet, kasi either may mapipikon or may maliit kaming pinsan na mapapaiyak namin. But after a few miles, we'd be noisy again.

I remember one summer, my siblings and some cousins were so excited about our Baguio trip that we didn't sleep. Our parents were surprised to see us all dressed up and ready to go, when they woke up. We ended up sleeping in the van all the way to Baguio. Corny.

The next summer, we slept but got up very early, and ended up singing all the way to Baguio. If I remember it correctly, the Dawson Creek soundtrack (1st one) was on constant rotation that year, and even our parents memorized the songs. Haha!

I haven't gone on long roadtrips with friends, I think the longest was on the way to the beach in Batangas. Or was it Bataan? Hehehe.. di ko alam kung alin ang mas malayo :p It's always fun, pero bitin.

Hay... I wonder when my next roadtrip will be...

for girls only :p

Monday, October 04, 2004

I thought long and hard before deciding to post this here. But I am scared. Really scared. I have a nagging suspicion that I might have something that could lead to endometriosis, or that i already have it.

I still haven't thought about how to describe it without giving out too much icky information. Suffice to say that it's a girl thing. Whatever. Bottomline is I'm terrified. It's just one of the things I hate about being a member of the female species. I mean I love being a woman, but there are stuff that makes me wish sometimes that I am not one.

I still haven't gone to the gyno coz I'm scared that my suspicion would be confirmed, but I know I need to go, if only for my peace of mind. I didn't wanna tell mom about it coz 1. I don't want to add to her worries, and 2. she'd drag me to the gyno, for sure :p But I did tell her the other night, coz she kept wondering why I have fever every month.

I remember my cousin had something like this and her gyno said one of the "cures" is for her to get pregnant, which prompted my friend Ellen to say that I "should engage in hanky-panky". Nyahahahaha! I have no idea how it could be a cure for endometriosis. I'll have to ask the gyno about it when I do see her. On the other hand, when said cousin got married and got pregnant, she didn't have it anymore, so maybe there IS a connection. Kakaiba.

na naman?!

Sunday, October 03, 2004

I was going to blog about the two wonderful books I've read this week, Dan Brown's Angels and Demons & Mitch Albom's the five people you meet in heaven. But I was suddenly not in the mood to.

Crazy, stupid, infuriating neighbor strikes again. I'm still annoyed. I mean what awful thing did we do in our past lives to deserve such hellish neighbor?! Wish ko lang, lumipat na sila, coz all they give us is high blood pressure.