bus advetures with shelay

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I didn't go to work today and I am bored out of my wits. I woke up nauseous and had an overall eeewy feeling (for lack of a better word). And since it's already summer, it's very hot and humid at home. That’s a good combination, don’t you think? Hahaha!

It’s a good thing that I had downloaded a lot of ebooks lately (huhu, I still remember the ebooks I had before the pc crashed, but that’s another story.) and I've already finished reading two in two hours. :)

I almost pulled a double shift yesterday. My shift starts at 4am and ends at 1pm but I was able to leave the office before 7pm. Soulmate Shelay, Memon and I still had to fix the Communications Wall in preparation for the Board of Director's meeting last night. I was so sleepy that I was already cranky (hehe, sorry naman Shelay and Memon, pagod lang) and I didn't like the thought that the opening shift would already be there by the time we got home. As a matter of fact, as we were packing up, Yveth arrived followed by TL Ziggy (who I saw when I got to the office at four am). My gaaah! Nakatulog na sila nandun pa din kami! We met our co-SME, Reji by the lockers and he looked like he just woke up from a long, restful slumber. Nainggit ako. Hehe.

Hay, the next time this happens, learn to say no. Di naman utusan ang Champs eh. This happened twice already. I actually wouldn't have minded doing that (Comm. Wall) if I was given ample time to do it and not at the last minute. Soulmate, next time, uuwi na talaga ako. hehehe.

On the way home, I felt hungry. I normally just ignore the manongs who board the bus and sell food, but last night I couldn't. Sabi ko pa,"ay, bibili ako soulmate, pangtawid gutom din yan." Wahahahah! Parang line sa cheesy Tagalog movie. Shelay and I just had to laugh at that. Come to think of it, Shelay and I have a lot of bus stories to tell. It's certainly isn't boring when we're on our way home.

One time we were seated at the back of the driver and the conductor just changed the dvd. We were curious what movie would be next and as soon as the first scene played, Shelay exclaimed, "Ay! Anak ng Kumander yan!" I was like, "how could you know?" "Basta, soulmate, yan yun." Tawa na kami ng tawa. at I'm sorry, ang lakas talaga ng tawa namin nun pinakita yung title ng movie. Anak ng Kumander nga! Manny Pacquiao's movie. Shyet.

We had no choice but to watch it. As much as I wanted to ignore the movie, it simply cannot be ignored. Pigil na pigil yung tawa ko habang pinapanood ko si Manny Pacquiao umarte. Sorry talaga, pero magboxing na lang sha. Umiiyak na ako kakatawa, si Shelay naman hinihika na. Needless to say, it was an unforgetable bus ride.

The next day on the way home, the bus that we were riding also had a "video on board" The movie? Tataynic, Dolphy's movie that was set at a cruise ship (shades of Titanic?). Okay lang yung movie, typical Dolphy film, pero ang panalo sa bus ride na yun ay yung ale na katabi ko. Hagalpak talaga sha kakatawa. At yung mga reaction nya kaloka talaga. She was so into the movie, she almost missed her stop. Hahaha!

The most memorable bus rides would have to be the times we rode the ordinary bus. When we boarded the bus, there were 2 groups of gays (as in screaming fags - no disrespect meant) on the bus one group was near the bus driver and the otehr group at the back. Shelay and I were in the middle. They were really loud during the whole bus ride but I didn't mind it. Some of their comments were actually amusing. Then the driver suddenly braked hard and yung gay na nakaupos sa harap tumilapon sa upuan nya and landed on all fours. I was trying to stiffle my laugh and it was hard specially when the gays at the back commented. Turns out they knew each other and were actually together. Haha!

Riding an ordinary bus while cruising Macapagal Avenue is certainly an adventure. Sa lakas ng hangin kulang na lang matanggal mukha ko at ang buhok kung saan saan napupunta. I had the misfortune of sitting by the window and I didn't know how to keep my eyeglasses and my big hoop earrings from flying off, while trying to keep my hair from flying all over the place. Imaginin mo na lang kung ano ichura ko nun. Hehehe.

Bukas kaya, anong klaseng bus story meron kami? :)

wow. where's your brain, man?

Sunday, March 23, 2008

I'm watching the news as I write this and I can't help but say, "Waw. Where's your brain, man?"

John Estrada was detained last Maundy Thursday at the airport, on the way to watch the Malaysian Grand Prix (Commercial: Yey! Kimi won!). Why? Because when Mr. Peabrain's luggage was xrayed, 17 bullets for a 9mm gun was found.

When interviewed, Mr. Peabrain said, "It was an honest mistake."

Honest mistake?! In this day and age how can you not know that it is illegal to bring bullets/ammunition at an airport?

Susmaryosep.

ang init!

OMG ang init.

Sobra.

I feel like I'm melting.

I can't think straight. The heat is making me feel so sluggish.

Summer outing na!!!

nyar.

Monday, March 17, 2008

I woke up feeling sad today. Ewan. Ang panget ng feeling. Parang tanga pa coz a few minutes after I woke up I just burst into tears. Shyet talaga. Hormonal? Hehehe.

It must be the heat. Pucha, summer na nga. Kahit yung hangin mainit. Swimming na!

on patience

"Patience is a virtue."

Unfortunately, I don't think I have that virtue. Hehehe. See? Im being honest. :) I've always said that patience is not one of my virtues. Believe me, I have been trying and for the most part, I think I'm suceeding.

I've learned to count 10 times before blurting out anything, I always have my stressball with me, and I think happy thoughts (hehe). But there are days that no matter what you do, it just makes you snap.

Last Saturday was one of those days. And I was on full biatch mode the moment I entered the Ops Area. Well, maybe about after 30 seconds coz I was still perkily greeting my co-SMEs when I entered the room.

Then one of the agents I was handling ruined it for me.

For the past three weeks that I've been handling them, she always asks me the same question when she arrives. "Jen, saan tayo nakaplot?" And I understood that the first two weeks coz they're TL was still in learning lab and I was the one in charge of them. Add the fact that by the time they arrive for their shift, the workstations plotted for them are occupied because there's a shortage of workstations. So I had to look for workstations for them. But after talking to the TL who does the plotting, they're always plotted on the same quadrant and I told them the day before that they're still plotted there the next day.

So when she asked me the same question last Saturday, as I was about to log in, my patience wore thin. I answered, "Honestly, do I look like a workstation plotting to you? Girl, for a change, can you check the plotting posted?" Ang baaaad ko!!! Pero ikaw di ka ba mapipikon if everyday for the past 3 weeks yun ang tanong sa iyo, eh pwede naman nya icheck? Pero tinuro ko pa din naman sa kanya kung saan sila.

Then as I was approaching their quadrant, another girl from that team screamed, "Jen! wala akong amplifier!" Anong gusto nyang gawin ko? Ako pa maghanap ng amp for her? Eh 10 minutes na after their log in time nandun pa din sha hindi naghahanap? Waw. Pumaparaan na naman sha. Ay nakoh, nakakaloka sila!

I told her, there are a lot of ws with amps, you can set up there or if you can't find one, you can go to the security office and ask if they have extra amps. One of her teamates said, "Kaw naman, di naman natin secretary si Jen" OMG! Thank you! I could have kissed her when she said that. Di naman nila ako utusan. I'm there to help them improve their Issue Resolution, language skills and assist with calls but I am not her slave. Mabait naman ako eh, wag mo lang abusuhin.

Hay... nakakapagod magbitch mode.

I need more patience, Lord.

I wish I was there

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Four years ago, i had this blog entry about Incubus's first concert in Manila. Nakakatawa. What a difference four years make. Parang ewan yung entry ko. First thought when I was rereading it earlier was, "Yii! Ang juvenile."

Too bad I wasn't able to watch their concert last Sunday. But I can still remember the 2004 concert vividly and I still have the music clip I recorded. Sayang walang video, low tech pa phone ko nun eh. Hehe!

Next time na bumalik sila, promise manonood na ako uli. Sana lang hindi uli four years after noh.

Bb. Pilipinas blooper and the Manila concert season

Monday, March 10, 2008

Over the weekend most of the blog posts were about the disastrous BB. Pilipinas Q & A portion with eventual Bb. Pilipinas - World titlist, Janine San Juan. I won't post the video anymore, kawawa naman sha eh, but you can find it in youtube if you haven't seen it yet :p

Di ko talaga kinaya si BB. Pilipinas World. Paki-explain nga kung paano sha nanalo? Nakakahiya na nakakairita panoorin! She succumbed to the pressure. Nawalan ng poise. Sana gamitin nya yung time until her pageant day to improve her grammar, pronunciation and poise. Di na ako mag-eexpect na manalo sha, or masali man lang sa "tof ten". Ayan na. Lumabas na naman ang pagka-mean girl ko.

Speaking of youtube, have I told you I love that website? Hehehe. The main reason is that I'm able to watch snippets of the concerts I missed. It's concert season here and I haven't been able to see any of the artists live (huhuhu!) but I got to watch their concerts in Manila on youtube. Buti na lang. Hehehe, kuripot mode kasi eh. But at least, even if I was unable to watch Vertical Horizon, Ne-Yo, My Chemical Romance, Maroon 5 and see Incubus again in the flesh, I was able to catch them online. Okay na din. Hehe.

Next artists on the list are Toto, Mandy Moore, Harry Connick, Jr and Duran Duran. On the rumored list are U2 and Justin Timberlake (although Justin already wrapped up his world tour and has announced that he will not be going on tour in 2008, I'm still keeping my fingers crossed). Ano kaya ang pwede ko ibenta para makapanood ng U2 concert, if ever? Wahahaha!

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it's survey time! got this from cher:

1. Who was the last person to put their arm around you?
- JR

2. Do you still talk to the person you kissed last?
- what kind of kiss? wahaha! If it's that kind, then, No. If it's the beso-beso kind, yes

3. Who was the last person you couldn't take your eyes off?
- hehehe, wag na lang.

4. Are you a morning person or a night person?
- depends on my shift ^_^

5. What would you do if you opened up your front door to a dead person?
- Inaaang... I'd probably scream first and then faint

6. Are you there for your friends?
- of course

7. Are you a forgiving person?
- no. matagal

8. Do you drink every weekend?
- nope

9. Are you talking to anyone while doing this?
- talking to myself, hahaha!

10. What do you want right now?
- new shoes :D

11. Three actual feelings at the moment
- sleepy. bored. anxious.

12. The highlight of your week?
- last saturday when I finished uptraining the modules and checking their quizzes, certification na lang! Highlight yun kasi i was able to meet the deadline. pero yung totoong highlight ng week ko, i'll keep it to myself na lang. heehee!

13. Who is the last person you talked to on the phone?
- s0ulmate shelay

14. Who was the last person to text message you?
- ish

15. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celeb?
- hehe, can't remember

16. Name someone with the same b-day as you:
- 4 HS batchmates, mildred, eleanor, sunshine and karina; found out that we were all born in the same hospital

17. Ever had a drunken night in Mexico?
- di pa nga ako nakarating mexico eh. - ako din di pa :p

18. What are your plans for tonight?
- sleep. my shift starts at 4 am eh

19. Where’s your top 3rd friend in your top friends right now?
- sa friendster? I think she's at home

20. What's the last piercing you got?
- waw. ears pa.

21. What would you say if somebody told you they were in love with you?
- If he's the one I was in love with too, then of course I'd be ecstatic.

22. Do you want to be married right now?
- not really

23. What were you doing at 4am this morning?
- texting

24. What do you usually do first in the morning?
- before getting up, i'd check my phone for messages first.

25. What did you do last night?
- watched cable, listened to the radio, surfed the net, slept

26. How many different beverages have you had today?
- 2. coffee and water

27. Any plans for Friday night?
- wala pa

28. What is your favorite flavor of JELLO?
- violet ay grape pala. hahaha!

29. Do you want children?
- yep

30. Do you smile often?
- yes :)

32. Name one thing about the opposite sex that automatically turns you off.
- one lang? yung mukhang mabaho. wahaha! eewwy!

33. Name one thing about the opposite sex that automatically turns you on.
- smile

34. Do people underestimate you?
- i don't know

35. What do you hope to have accomplished by the end of the year?
- sana tuloy - tuloy na yung level up sa work

36. Are you named after a grandparent?
- no

37. Is your birthday on a holiday?
- nope. pero malapit na, hehe

38. Name things that you love?
- my cellphone, anything purple, bracelets, hoop earrings, books

39. Who was the last person who messaged you?
- sa friendster? I think it was Chres

40. Are you taller than 5'6?
- waw. wish ko lang

41. Favorite fruit?
- grapes, mangoes, banana

42. Does it bother you when someone says they'll call you and they don't?
- It used to bother me, but not anymore. Kung tumawag o hindi, it's fine ;)



tuesday afternoon survey

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Di ko talaga kayang hindi sumagot ng survey. Hahaha! Quick entry lang to, kasi i still have to review the modules as I will conducting an uptraining session later.

Hehe, bukas na starbs sa baba ng office. Magagamit ko na yung mga GCs na naipon ko sa commendations/prizes. Hehe. Ang layo kasi ng Starbucks dati, ngayon bababa na lang at meron na. Yey!

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Survey from cher:

1. Name one person who always texts you.
♥ ay one person lang? madami sila eh :) si soulmate shelay, kitkat, mitch, jat, ellen, bonbon ni shelay

2. Name two negative things about you?
♥ procrastinator. pos pag ayaw kita, sorry na lang, ayaw talaga kita.

3.What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
♥ talking to globe customer service

4. Sport you wanted To learn?
♥ gymnastics (waw. grade school pa ko nun, patpatin pa ako)

5. Ever tried gymnastics?
♥ oo nung grade 4. believe it or not, cheerdancer ako nun. ahahaaha!

6. What was the last thing you bought?
♥ cinnamon roll sa starbs

7. Do you talk a lot?
♥ oh yeah ^_^

8. Where is your brother?
♥ probably on his way home from work.

9. How was your day yesterday?
♥ it was okay, it was my off day

10. Are you an optimistic one?
♥ yes. or at least i try to be

11. People describe you as....
♥ friendly pero mataray. ahaha! weird combination

12. Contented in life?
♥ mejo

13. Do you skip meals?
♥ yes :(

14. Are you happy with the love of your life?
♥ i dont have a love life. but i love someone. haha -> ako din!

15. Do you consider Yourself smart?
♥ okay lang

16. Are you typically a jolly person?
♥ yep

17. Name one enemy of yours:
♥ wag na lang ;)

18. Name one close guy friend:
♥ kulot

19. Whos the first person in your phone list?
♥ abby antonio

20. What did the last text message you received say?
♥ message from soulmate saying she sent me a voice message.

21. Do you go to gym?
♥ waw. ako pa?!

22. Song playing at the moment:
♥ not listening to music eh, but KC's commercial is on TV. "more energy, mas happy!"

23. How do you cope with stress?
♥ eat, sleep

24. Ever broken someone's heart?
♥ yata

25. What makes you happy?
♥ mababaw lang kaligayahan ko, maalala mo lang ako masaya na ako :)

26. What is the last thing you said aloud?
♥ "nanalo sha ng kotse!"

Engk.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Last week, one of my closest friends at work texted me asked me if I'll be free on Mar. 1 (last Saturday). I told him I'll be on leave and asked him why he had to text, when I was on the same floor a few meters away from him. He just said, "Wala lang".

I got intrigued so I told my team I was going to the ladies' room (hehe) and walked to his workstation, which is actually on the way to the ladies' room. So I didn't entirely lie to my team, I was gonna go there, but after speaking with my friend.

I called his name as I approached him, and asked him why the cryptic text. He smiled sheepishly and seemed uncomfortable. He was about to tell me why when my least favorite person in the world (who happens to be his favorite person) passed by, to go to the ladies' room. Typical me was just deadma. I didn't even look at her but I saw him trying to steal a glance of her. Then it hit me. Whatever it is he's trying to tell me has something to do with her.

I looked back at him and was a bit startled that he was looking at me with those big sad eyes. He held my hand and said, 'Jen, if I ask a favor from you, would you grant it?" Fully aware what he was asking me to do, matigas-na-pusong-Jennie said, "As much as I love you my friend, I cannot do what you're asking me to do."

He looked even sadder and I felt for him coz I know he's torn. He just asked me why. And I told him I don't think it's the right time to patch things up. He said, "Not even for me?" I told him, "If I talk to her just because you asked me to it wouldn't be sincere on my part and I don't want that. If and when I'll talk to her, it has to be because I want to, not because someone asked me to." I know it sounded a bit harsh but I'm not a hypocrite.

Then he said, "Can I ask why you're mad at her?" I told him there are a lot of reasons why and I'm not comfortable telling him that because I know he'll get hurt. He asked if it had something to do with him and their situation. I told him it's part of it but it's something deeper than that. He kept asking me what the reasons are, but I couldn't make myself tell him so I tried to change the subject. "Baket mo tinatanong kung ano gagawin ko sa leave ko?" He still couldn't tell me and then he tried changing the subject back to her. So I said, "Okay, whatever it is that's happening on Mar. 1 & 2 has something to do with her, right?" He just nodded and said, "Punta tayong Galera."

Ayun. Finally, nasabi din nya. Hehehe. Kaya gusto nya ako makipagbati para sama-sama kami sa Galera. Engk.

I told him I couldn't go for a number of reasons. And no, her being there is not one of the reasons. I actually couldn't care less if she's there. Bitch na kung bitch, pero kahit naman sa office or even if nasa cr kami pareho okay lang sa ken. Deadma. Salbahe nga ako kasi di ko na talaga napapansin if nandun sha. Non-existent. Napapansin ko lang na magkasama kami sa isang room pag nilalakasan nya boses nya na parang nagpapapansin. Even then, deadma pa din. Bad ko no?

Sorry, I digressed, hehe. I couldn't go because 1. I'm on kuripot mode. No trips, frivolous purchases until further notice; 2. It was mom & dad's anniversary; 3. I just wanted to sleep because I've been rendering OT for the past 2 weeks. He said he understood but I know he's still a bit hurt.

After our talk, we went back to normal, like nothing happened, but as I was on my way home, I thought, "Is he right? Should I patch things up with her already?"

I was bothered but I didn't dwell on it. When I woke up, I had several text messages from friend #1 asking me again if friend #2 and I could follow them to Galera. I told him I can't and wished them a good time. The other text came from friend #2. He got the same text and was asking me if we'd follow. I told him I couldn't. He said he's not going to follow as well because like me, he's also on kuripot mode . Then he asked me if I'm really on kuripot mode or is it because she's there. And I told him, "C'mon, kelan ba ako umiwas sa kanya? Deadma naman ako lagi." He agreed and said he remembered an instance we were about to go out but she said she couldn't go when she heard I was gonna be there.

Then I asked friend #2 if our situation is making things difficult for them. He said for him not really, but it is quite difficult for friend #1. I told him sometimes I tell myself to talk to her already bu tI can't make myself do it. He said it was just my pride. I don't know. Maybe he's right. Pero di ko talaga feel.

Bato.

Ampotah.

happy anniversary, mom & dad

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Thirty-three years ago today, our parents, Ben & Divine, got married.

In this day and age, 33 years is an accomplishment and I am happy that my parents stayed together for 30 years, until mom passed away in 2005.

There have been lots of ups and downs but it only made their bond stronger. It was evident when mom got sick and all throughout her chemo sessions.

It was a bit weird greeting dad earlier. I can tell it still hurts that mom not here anymore. Naisip ko, if it's still hard for me, what more para kay daddy?

I greeted him while we were having breakfast. Then he had this wistful smile on his face and he closed his eyes. I knew that he's remembering the good times they had together. Ang ganda ng smile nya. Pinigilan ko lang umiyak, kasi alam ko kung nakita nya na umiiyak din ako, maiiyak din sha. And I didn't want him to lose that smile on his face.

wolfmann+

I haven’t watched MTV in a long time. With the schedule I keep (there goes that line again.. :p). I rarely have time to sit down and indulge myself in watching TV.

By the time I get home, I’m so tired I’d rather sleep than watch TV, although I must admit I sometimes force myself to stay awake so I can watch my favorite shows. Hehe.

Today, I was fortunate enough to have my leave plotted. I had planned on sleeping all day (Jason mraz moment :p) or get in touch with my couch potato self.

I was surfing channels and when I got to MTV, I saw the video of the Tribute song Wolfmann+ the Group, did for Wolfmann the Person. The title of the song was, “Walk Slowly”. I had goose bumps watching the video. You see, Wolfmann or Wilfrid as I knew him was a college classmate. He passed away almost 3 years ago due to an aneurism at the age of 28.

Kinilabutan ako while watching the music video because there were pictures and videos of him there. He was so full of life there.

I have a feeling that he’s probably making great music in the afterlife.

people power?

I’ve come to a realization that I've become apathetic to the current political situation in the country. I'm not really sure if it's because of my schedule or it's because I've been disillusioned. Ang sad pakinggan, whatever the reason may be.

I can blame it all on my schedule and say I know nothing about what's happening because I'm asleep when the rest of the country is awake. Sure, it has something to do with it but it's not the real reason. I think that if I look deep inside myself, I’d have to say I’ve become apathetic because it seems like we’ve always resorted to people power whenever we don’t like something about the government.

I’m not saying that this current scandal is trivial. Far from it. I am outraged that the very people we placed in power are the same people that are screwing the country over. What I’m trying to say is that it we’ve become too into the people power movement.

I am very proud of the 1st people power revolution and even if I wasn’t in EDSA during that time (I was at home watching from the sidelines, and I honestly would have loved to be there but I was too young.) It’s a part of our history that every Filipino should be proud of. But when we, as a nation, think it’s always the solution to everything wrong with the government, it makes me wonder. When will it stop?

It’s probably unrealistic of me at this time, that we should change the way we solve things. It would probably take another lifetime for us to change the way things are run here, but we should start somewhere.

Yesterday, I was on my way home when the bus I was riding passed by the thousands of people marching to Ayala. I felt sad because you know what I first thought? “Hay, rally na naman.”

And it is sad, believe me. Especially if it came from a full blooded Scholastican. My whole grade school and high school life in St. Scho, taught me to fight for what I think is right. To be part of a movement that will change the world. Since I can remember whenever there’s a political issue plaguing the country, I’ve been part of it. I’ve been to my share of rallies with our school officials; I’ve marched from school to the Senate. Even when I studied in DLSU, I brought that socially aware Kulasa in me. When I used to work in the Makati area, count on me to be there whenever there’s a big rally.

Kaya nalulungkot ako sa naging reaction ko kahapon.

When I was watching the news and I saw the throngs of people in Makati, I thought maybe if I was still working in the Makati area, I would have had a different reaction. Because there’s a different kind of rush when you’re in a situation like that. And I felt proud when I saw the banners of St. Scho and DLSU. I was especially proud that Sister Mary John and Bro. Armin were in the forefront.

Yes, the ZTE/NBN scandal is an outrage. It’s at par with the Garci Scandal. And it’s infuriating that the people in power are involved in it, screwing us over, while there are millions of Filipinos who are hungry, living hand to mouth, no healthcare, no education.

Natatawa ako sa sarili ko. As I write this, I’m beginning to feel differently. I’ve become furious how people like that stay in power. Maybe I just needed to wake the sleeping, indignant, activist in me. ;)