meme time

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Meme time muna. I want to block out what's happening to the world around me for now. This one's from Clare:

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.
The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it. (from The Dictionary of Quotations from the Holy Bible - hehe, parang ang bait no? Honestly, di ko pa nababasa yung book.)

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can.
Nothing but air.

3.What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

4.Without looking, guess what time it is:
4 pm

5.Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
4:15 pm

6.With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
occasional vehicles passing by

7.When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
I went to the 47th floor of PBCom Tower for an interview.

8.Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
Apple.com

9.What are you wearing?
blue shirt & blue shorts

10.Did you dream last night?
I know I did, but I can't remember what it's about. I should've written it down when I woke up this morning.

11. When did you last laugh?
A few minutes ago as I read my best friend's text message.

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
I'm facing the windows, the white walls are bare.

13. Seen anything weird lately?
Not really.

14. What do you think of this quiz?
It's all right.

15. What is the last film you saw?
Finding Neverland on cable tv

16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
Hehehe.. madami akong gusto. First, I'd ask my family what they want and give it to them (as long as I can afford it :p). Then I'd buy the lot next to our property and renovate our house. Then, I'd buy a unit in SoMa (South of Market), a house in Canyon Ranch and an SUV. Even if I want a BMW Series 7 or a Mercedes Benz SL500, I'd rather not get it coz I'm afraid it will just attract carnappers and such :p. I'd also buy techie stuff like the new Apple MacBook Pro and the PalmOne Treo 700W. Ang dami, no? Di kaya maubos agad yung money ko? Haha!

17. Tell me something about you that I don't know.
I used to be a cheerdancer in fourth grade. Bwahaha!

18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
Eradicate poverty.

19. Do you like to dance?
I used to in grade school. Now you'd have to bribe me, if you want me to dance. ;)

20.George Bush:
I'd rather not comment. :p

21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
I made a list of names before, but I forgot where I placed it. All I can remember are Meredith, Samantha, Bernice & Alexandra.

22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
Benedict or Nathaniel

23. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Yes, I'm actually mulling over it right now.

24. What do you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
Welcome home (ako din! I want God to say that to me :D)

25. 4 people who must also do this meme in THEIR journal:
I'm not tagging anyone. :) Whoever wants to do the meme is more than welcome to do it.

state of national emergency

Friday, February 24, 2006

What the heck is happenening to the country?!! I woke up this morning to the news that classes in all levels had been suspended because of an alleged failed coup attempt. And now PGMA goes on air and declares a State of National Emergency. Hello? Paranoid much?

The key players of the EDSA People Power Revolution were set to celebrate the 20th Anniversary today. But now the crowd is being dispersed by water cannons because they think this celebration is part of the coup attempt. Ewan. Naiiinis ako!

Here's PCIJ's take on the situation, and CNN's Breaking News.

I got incensed with what Presidential Chief of Staff Mike Defensor said during a press briefing. I got the impression that his description of the State of Emergency would curb certain civil liberties. Ano ba? I don't want to jump into conclusions but I also do not want another Martial Law. Hindi na ba natuto ang mga Pinoy? When will this ever end?

Sus! Balak ko pa naman mag-blog about AI. Nawalan na ako ng gana.

I'll go watch the news first to monitor this developing story.

friday trials

Saturday, February 18, 2006

My Tita Belle called me around 11 am yesterday morning to ask if she had the correct cellphone number of my cousin. I could feel from her voice that there was something wrong, so I asked her about it after I gave her my cousin's number. She told me that she's concerned that her 2nd eldest sister (my cousin's mom) might have had a stroke, because her speech was slurred and her left hand couldn't grip anything. I got alarmed because we all know how dangerous strokes are, and that was how I remember dad was when he had a mild stroke 6 years ago.

Tita Belle and I were texting my cousin as we were talking on the phone, and thankfully, Kuya got there in less than 15 minutes to take his mom to the hospital. My tita's doctor told my cousin that it was a good thing he was able to bring Nanay to the hospital immediately because her stroke was still ongoing, and her blood pressure had shot up to 200/70.

I visited Nanay in the afternoon and I was glad that she was standing up when I got there (coz she just came from the CR). Aside from the slightly slurred speech, there doesn't seem to be any other indication that her condition was serious. Thank God! She was scheduled for a CT Scan, to check which parts of her brain, if any, were affected by the stroke. I left before she had the scan, so I don't know yet how it went. I hope the results would be favorable.

We still don't know when she will be discharged, because the doctors were still observing her. A second stroke is even more dangerous and that's what the doctors are concerned about.

I admit that it was still hard for me to visit someone at the hospital because the last time I was in a hospital room was when mom passed away. But I know it was harder for my cousins, because they just lost their father almost two years ago. Things seem to be looking up though, coz I woke up this morning to the ringing on the phone and Nanay was at the other end of the line (from her hospital room). She asked me to text her youngest son to bring the medicines she left behind. Hehehe.. hindi pa daw sha sanay magtext. :p I hope she gets better soon.

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I was on my way to pick up my sister from work, when I learned about the tragedy that happened yesterday morning. Another natural disaster struck the country, as mudslides buried a whole village in Southern Leyte. Nakakatakot!

Two weeks of non-stop rain and the denudation of the forest due to illegal logging, loosened the soil and boulders which caused a side of the mountain to descend upon the unsuspecting villagers. The village of almost 2,000 people was buried by 10 - 30 feet of mud. The only indication that there had been a village there was a handful of rooftops and uprooted coconut trees.

As of this writing, these are the figures released by the Office of Civil Defense: 1,420 were missing, 117 survivors, and 23 bodies were pulled out from the rubble. From the news reports and video footage of the disaster, I've lost hope that more people have survived. :( Even sadder was the news that an elementary school was also buried, with least 206 students and 40 teachers. Grabe. Rescue efforts are further being hampered by the continuous rainfall, lack of equipment, destroyed infrastructure, and the danger to rescuers because of another possible landslide.

After the 1991 Ormoc flash floods at the same province, we had hoped people would learn their lessons and stop illegal logging. Apparently, the loggers are still there. Shyet. Will they ever stop? Or do they need another tragedy like this to happen again? Sana naman, this time the illegal loggers would learn their lesson already, and that they think about the effect of their greed on other people.

* Photos from Reuters and the Associated Press

happy 2nd blog birthday to me!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I cannot believe I forgot my 2nd blogspot anniversary last Feb 12! I was wallowing in my (hopefully temporary) sadness too much that it completely slipped my mind. :p

Happy 2nd blog birthday to me! Hehehe... baduy man sabihin, salamat at may blog ako, kungdi pumutok na siguro ako kung wala akong outlet sa lahat ng nararamdaman ko.

God forbid, if I didn't have an outlet for my rollercoaster of emotions, rants, raves, quirky moments, etc, one might find me talking to myself at all times. Hehehe.. nabuang na. :p

Heartfelt thanks also go out to the people who bloghop and read my posts, to those who never gets tired of reading (even if I write melancholic posts, as of late), and the lurkers (hehehe... meron ba? paramdam naman kayo :D) who keep coming back.

My wish for my blog birthday? (ahahaha! nyak, may wish pa, ang baduy ko talaga! :p) more happy posts. :)

late night with conan o'brien

Monday, February 13, 2006

I love watching Late Night with Conan O'Brien. It never fails to make me laugh. I honestly like it better than The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. I mean, I like Jay's "every man humor" and Dave's sarcasm, but Conan's sense of humor appeals to me more.

Lately, Conan has this running schtick about how he found out that he's REALLY BIG in Finland. The reason: He bears a strong resemblance to the newly re-elected Finnish President Tarja Halonen. And yes, she's a woman. :D


Separated at birth?

Conan is so big in Finland, it was even said that he may have helped Pres. Halonen win the election, by the mock campaign ads he made on his show. [Source] Hahaha! How great is that? Here's a video clip of the mock campaign ad.

He's now in Finland to receive an award and to meet the Finnish President. I can't wait to watch how it goes.

Thanks for always making me laugh, Conan. :)

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Happy Heart's Day, everyone!

life goes on

Thursday, February 09, 2006

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." - Robert Frost

I have been trying to blog for days but I didn't have the heart to. I don't know why but I also didn't want to write just for the sake of having an entry.

This morning, I was checking my Gmail and I found the quote above. It brought a smile on my face because it brought me hope. I've been feeling a bit depressed lately (don't know if it's PMS, valentine's day is near, or something else), but the quote made my day.

It's been almost nine months since mom passed away and left a big hole in my heart, but it's true, life does go on. I still miss her everyday, but I also know that there is so much to live for. Mom wouldn't like it if our world stopped revolving because she's gone.

She may not be with us physically, but I know she's with us in spirit. I just have to remind myself that everyday. After all, her memories live in our hearts forever. All I need to do is to close my eyes and she's here again.

wowowee stampede

Sunday, February 05, 2006

I woke up Saturday morning, to the agitated voice of our driver talking to my dad. For a split second, I thought, "Oh, sh*t! Nabangga na naman yata kami." When I woke up completely, I realized he was talking about the terrible accident that happened earlier that morning.

Like most Filipinos, I was glued to my tv yesterday, because of the horrible stampede at The Philsports Arena, for the Wowowee anniversary show. What was supposed to be a celebration, turned into a tragedy.

Nakakalungkot talaga. :( Especially when you think that most of the people who died were old women. It was gut-wrenching to see the relatives grieving for the loved ones they lost.

It's an unfortunate accident, one that clearly shows what is wrong with our society today. Nakakalungkot isipin kung gaano kadami ang mahirap dito sa atin, at kailangan pa nilang pumila ng matagal para lang makasali sa isang laro, na hindi naman sila siguradong mananalo sila. Ang liit ng probablility na sila yung mananalo, dahil sa dami ng gustong sumali, pero pila pa din sila, hoping na sila yung mananalo.

Naiinis lang ako nung makita ko yung news footage. Madami na nga yung namatay, yung mga taong nasa pila, kaway pa ng kaway at ang lalaki ng ngiti, habang nagpa-pan sa kanila yung camera. Hello? Napaka-insensitive.

Hindi ko din maintindihan kung bakit may mga tao pa na nagdala ng mga bata. Hindi ba nila alam na delikado pag madaming tao at limitado lang yung tickets?! Na laging "one man for himself" pag may ganyan?

I don't know if this is true, but I got a text message yesterday that one of the hosts of the rival programs said this: "Dito na lang kayo sa amin. sa kabila…(and then he did a hand gesture that mimics the slashing of the neck, a way to say people die there)". Grabe diba? It's very inappropriate to say the least. It's insensitive and cruel. I hope it's not true. But even if it's not, this text message is still cruel, and the person who started this is a world class a-hole!. Tragedy na nga, gagawa pa ng ganyan. Sheesh!

It's good that the broadcast network said that they will shoulder the funeral & medical expenses. I could see their efforts, both in recovery and transporting of the dead and injured. One can see in their faces that they did not want this to happen and how badly it affected them. It's easy to point fingers, as to who's at fault. But now is the time for prayers and lending a helping hand. If there's one good thing brought about by the tragedy, it's how people were able to set aside their differences (or maybe it happened because of what was allegedly said by one of their hosts? Hay).

on R-VAT & the perfect man

Friday, February 03, 2006

Don't you just love it when you've written a long entry and then suddenly something happens and goodbye entry? Hehehe... can you feel the sarcasm? Hay, I hate it when that happens, but I never learn. I still don't write my drafts on Word.

Should I attempt to recreate what I wrote earlier? Hahaha! Good luck na lang, if I'll remember what I wrote. :p

I actually have 4 posts on my draft box: one finished, but I'm still thinking if I should publish it, and three unfinished drafts. I don't know if I'll finish it, delete it, or consolidate it to one long entry. :p

Anyway, it's only the 3rd of February, and I already feel the effects of the R-VAT, which was effected on the 1st of the month. Kaines! I actually don't mind if I pay more on taxation, as long as I know where my taxes go. I want tangible proof that my taxes go where they're supposed to. You know, like on new school buildings for public schools, better health care, improved infrastructures, and generally better basic services. Sadly, I doubt if that's where it will go. It pains me to say this, but I think it will just go to the pockets of corrupt officials. It just goes to show that I have a dreadful perception of our government. I sincerely hope I am wrong.

Yup, I'm a disgruntled taxpayer. :p

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I almost forgot, I was tagged by Louis:

The sex of the target: Male

Eight Different Points of my Perfect Lover Partner:

  1. He should be someone whom I can talk to about anything under the sun. A smart cookie is definitely a turn on. Someone I could have meaningful and intellectually stimulating conversations with, as well as silly, inane ones.
  2. Someone who would get along well with my family & friends. They're very important to me, and if my special someone gets along with them, I'd be a happy camper.
  3. He doesn't have to be drop dead gorgeous, but must be neat and presentable. Yung mukhang mabango. :) Ay mali, dapat mabango talaga sha, hindi lang mukhang mabango. Hopefully, he'll be taller. I'm only 5'2", and if he's also small, I can just imagine how little our children would be. Hahaha!
  4. Someone with a sense of humor, and can make me laugh until tears fall down my cheeks. Wit and sense of humor is very attractive.
  5. He must have loads of patience. I'm quick tempered, so he should be able to get my moods (not that I am always moody :p) and gives me space until I cool down.
  6. He should respect me and my opinions. Chauvinist pigs and condescending males need not apply. Rejected agad.
  7. He need not be sappy sweet. But he should be able to express his feelings. I don't need constant validation, but showing me how he feels about me would be really nice.
  8. He should have passion: in his beliefs, his craft/work, in life.

I'm tagging chie, missP, clare, raissa, jeanny, toni, tin, and dinah.

The rules:

1. The tagged victim has to come up with 8 different points of his/her perfect lover.
2. Need to mention the sex of the target.
3. If tagged a 2nd time, there's no need to post again.

Happy weekend!