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Yay for much-delayed and image-heavy posts!

First, some intermissions:

* GameLoft will be opening an office in Manila, and I am kicking myself as to why I do not have the qualifications nor the portfolio to try for the vacancies that they have recently posted. I am thisclose to emailing Vincent Ricot to beg him to let me work for them as... I dunno... a receptionist? Person who makes photocopies and coffee? Gargh. I KNEW I should have insisted on taking up Fine Arts back then... T_T

* As ganked from [livejournal.com profile] ruk, Epson has launched their recent photography/graphic arts contest. Prizes include a 2-day trip to Japan in order to attend the awards ceremony, 2 million Gil Yen, and some Epson goodies, of course. So, if you want to join, just check out Epson's site for complete details. I've been considering joining, but I realized that the world is not yet ready for my greatness... Yes, that's the caffeine talking. Pay no heed.

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Anyhoo, last July 6 was a very full and busy day. In the morning, we met up with [livejournal.com profile] magiqa whom we haven't seen for SO VERY LONG. Apparently, ribbon and lace was necessary to coax her out of her work schedule and spend some time with us, as she dropped by to purchase that loli headpiece that I posted about some time ago (my first customer! WHOO!). She's already written a better and more complete entry about that day, so I'll just leave it at that and let you guys go to her post if anyone's interested. :D

After spending the first half of the day with Elea, Lem and I then trooped over to Mall of Asia to meet up with my high school friends. A member of our group celebrated his birthday, and we were lured with the prospect of free food.

Hehe... seriously though, we WERE there to celebrate James' birthday, and I suppose it also served as a sort-of-going-away-party for Kate who, as of July 15, has already gone off to Singapore to work and live there for the next 2 years. James will also be following suit by July 24. I'm gonna miss them pretty badly, and I promised to write them letters once they're done with job-and house-hunting, and they figure out what their new mailing address will be. Sniff.

Anyway, moving on... we met up at Powerbooks and debated until we were finally able to make up our minds as to where we would be having dinner that night. We finally settled for Super Bowl of China, since it's one of the places that the celebrant really likes. When we got there, we were relieved to find that the place had plenty of available seats despite the fact that the mall itself was jam-packed with people (this is why I make it a point to avoid malls whenever they hold sales...). We then started ordering food and the celebration began! :D



Dinner at Super Bowl of China )

After gorging on all that food, James was apparently still not content with fattening us up, so we took a cab to Serendra (The Fort), and he also treated us to dessert at the much-hyped specialty shop, Cupcakes by Sonja.

I was pretty excited to finally get to try one of the famed cupcakes, since I've never had the chance to do so since the shop opened in late 2006. I've read a lot about it, and though the merchandise has received rather mixed reviews, I've always wanted to at least see the venue ever since I saw the photos from Jin Joson's Death Note cosplay shoot.


Cupcakes by Sonja. More, yes? No? Maybe? )

And that was how James' birthday went. Bow.
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First off, a couple of things:

* From magnetic_rose:
A FINAL FANTASY VII: CRISIS CORE screenshot where an NPC (aptly named "Sephiroth Fan") professes that "Just thinking of the great Sephiroth stripped to the waist makes me dizzy."

Oh yeah. Me too, lady. Me too. Mmm... *thinks* *faints*

* World Pyro Olympics 2008
Yep, after we thought that we'd never see the Pyro Olympics again since the event was absent last Christmas season, it turns out that it's been moved to summer. The third World Pyro Olympics, 2008, will be from April 5 to May 3, and will be held at the Esplanade in SM MOA, as usual. ^__________^

* I also just wanted to say that I'm currently at a net cafe here in Makati, and it is GORGEOUS. A cozy atmosphere, recessed lighting, super fast PCs and internet connection, huge LCD screens, and ultra-comfy, high-backed leather recliners. And all for 20 pesos an hour... Mmmm.... Oh, and they serve cake and coffee (for an additional charge, of course).

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Alright, now with THAT out of the way, here's the photos taken during our trip to Tagaytay last week! ^__________^


Hehehehe... sorry. I HAVE mentioned before, specifically during last year's trip to Puerto Galera, that the ultimate symbol of a vacation for me is being able to sit in a comfy spot with a view, while sipping a cold drink that has a fruit wedge on the rim, and a little paper umbrella in it.

Well, the paper umbrella was absent, but then it's just an accessory to the essence of it all. That photo above, would serve as my exclamation point to mark that day. ^________^

Now, enough of the camwhoring, and on with the actual trip photos.

First Stop:
Josephine Restaurant


Paella, lechon kawali and lumpia, oh my! )

And then comes dessert:
Bag of Beans


My sweet tooth fell in love at this point. )

A side trip:
Caleruega


And after ten years, I finally get to see it. )

Last but not least:
Mushroom Burger


Because NOBODY leaves Tagaytay without passing by Mushroom Burger )

Full set of photos can be found in my Multiply Album. ^^

That was a FUN day, and I just wish that a.)Ian was able to come along, and b.)I had more money to buy more burgers, or go back to Tagaytay, or treat our families to Bag of Beans.

I can't wait for a chance to go back! XD
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Yesterday, me and some of my very good friends from high school decided to take a quick trip to Tagaytay for a nice lunch and a small get-together. It was almost a spur of the moment thing, since the whole thing was only decided about two days before the day of the trip. It being my day off, and still feeling rather brave because I've just gotten my salary last weekend, I decided to give it a go since opportunities for stuff like this don't come my way very often.

So, after they picked me up from our condo building here in Makati at around 9am, we kept going down South Super Highway and made our way to Tagaytay! We got there at around 11:30am, which was just in time for lunch.

I love that place. The air is so fresh, and the whole area seems to be significantly cooler than Makati. The sight of beautiful trees, and lush, rolling hills also always puts me at ease. Oh, what I'd give to own a nice house in Tagaytay with a view of the lake!

Anyway, moving on with the story...

We only managed to decide where to spend our lunch after driving up and down Aguinaldo Highway several times. We then finally decided to eat at Josephine, since their portions seemed big, and we were already hungry from the long drive, and the fact that none of us had breakfast. Hehe. We settled ourselves at the tables in the al fresco area of the restaurant so that we can enjoy the cool breeze, as well as the view of the Taal volcano.

I know that Lem and I have been to Josephine's last year, during my cousin's wedding, and that this sort of contradicts yesterday's collective desire to try something that we don't normally get to try out when we're in the city. However, I discovered that it's one thing to be part of a wedding reception and eat whatever is served to you at the buffet line, and it's really something else to be able to sit down with your friends and order from the menu.

So, we ordered a plate of seafood paella, lechon kawali, some fried chicken that makes use of the restaurant's special recipe (it WAS rather yummier than most chicken I've tasted), and some fresh lumpia. As for drinks, I had a banana smoothie which had some lime juice in it.

After enjoying our lunch, we then headed to this place called Bag of Beans for dessert. The panna cotta and the chocolate mousse were AWESOME! Sinful, and it practically killed my diet, but AWESOME. We were supposed to try their famed coffee alamid, but they were out of the stuff by the time we got there. We also didn't bother with the meat pies and other pastries since we were completely stuffed from the lunch at Josephine.

After gorging on sweets, we went to Caleruega for some sight-seeing and picture-taking. It was pretty special for me to visit the place since I first missed my chance back in high school (I wasn't able to go since my parents wouldn't let me. Out of the entire high school, about 5 of us couldn't go. One was an AWOL stident, one was me, and the other three were down with Hepatitis, I think...). It was pretty cool to see some of the things that my friends have seen before. As for them, it was a chance for reminiscing, and a chance for filling me in with some of the details about what happened during our senior year retreat back then. Hehe.

We were so tired from going up and down Caleruega on such a hot day, so we decided to go home. However, we of course refused to leave Tagaytay without stopping by Mushroom Burger. I bought a couple of burgers to bring back home for Lem and me to have for dinner, along with some fresh greens that I also got from a vendor in Caleruega.

When I got home, I was tired from the travel itself, and from laughing so much throughout the entire day that I can only assume that I was snoring the moment my head settled into our pillows.

I love trips like this and I wish it happened more often! XD I also wish that I get paid more so I can actually afford such trips often. Haha! XD

Pictures to follow. ^___________^
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FINALLY. I've finally managed to get my hands on a decent PC and actually have enough time to sit down and type away. Anyway, there's been a LOT of things that I've been wanting to post about, but a sudden lack of resources have prevented me from doing that.

The last half of December 2007, and the first week of January 2008 has been particularly eventful, and I'm actually quite glad about it all, even though some of those events weren't exactly pleasant. Anyway, I'll try my best to make this short and sweet:

- Currently reading:
* Katekyo Hitman Reborn (dammit!! The next chapter is taking so long!!)
* Hatsukoi Limited (NEXT CHAPTER PLEASE!!!)
* Genshiken

- Currently watching:
* Girls Bravo (Just finished it this afternoon. Ecchi comedies, FTW!)
* Howl's Moving Castle (Just managed to watch it last week, for shame!)
* Busou Renkin (Halfway done. Disc c/o Jyli)
* History's Greatest Disciple Kenichi (10 episodes and counting)

Hehe... I've been pretty much out of the loop when it comes to anime and manga, that I'm just glad that I've been having more chances to enjoy them recently. I still have a lot of catching up to do!

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Because of a recent incident, I still haven't been able to edit and upload some of the pictures that I've taken during the UST 2007 Paskuhan, and nor have I been able to work on all the photos from our barkada's Christmas party last December 22-23. I've really been wanting to put those pictures up since I know that my high school friends would also like to see those photos online.

But then again, I guess I should just be thankful that I still have the photos to work with at all. ^_^;; Maaa... I guess just one regret that I have is that I wasn't able to back up some of the files that we had on the laptop, including some old photos from my old phone which I haven't been able to store anywhere else. Sigh.

Oh well, I guess I'll have to wait until I manage to go to Ian's house in Fairview to do all that since there doesn't seem to be a single, reasonably-priced net cafe in the city which has Adobe Photoshop installed on their PCs... I guess the photo updates will have to wait.

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More on updates, as a continuation from the previous list:

- Christmas was spent at work. Then you guys know what happened next. XD

- New Year's Eve was spent at work... and then after work, Ian picked me up and we headed for TriNoMa so that I can treat my parents to lunch.

- Watch out world, I learned how to make sansrival, and I've been making and giving away trays of it...

- January 2: jylichan dropped by our apartment to feed us FRIED SNICKERS BARS!! ^__________^ Photos of glorious food item to follow.

- Been using the office gym, FINALLY, and so far I've been able to keep it up. An hour and a half four times a week should be okay for starters, right? Considering that the last time I actually did any serious workout was back in 2001 (?) when I played soccer... I've also been changing my eating habits, so I hope I'll be able to maintain this momentum for the whole year. I figured it's best to start out slow and steady instead of burning myself out immediately.

- January 6: went to The Spa in Acropolis with Rosa, Mitchiko, and Tin. Mitch and Tin treated me for the spa and for dinner with a whole bunch of Hill People at Serye Eastwood afterwards, since I'm currently broke. ^_____^ I still can't stop saying THANK YOU!! The trip to the spa was so goooooooooood. ~_______~ Tin also gave me a small box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates which is now carefully stashed away in our fridge (Ian knows better than to breach my supply of chocolates though...). Photos taken at the dinner to follow.

- January 8: Met up with Rosa at the new JFMO library in Pacific Star. That library is so gorgeous now!! The last time that I was there, they were still at the 12th floor, but the new one... bean bags in one corner, high windows, ipods loaded with Japanese songs, a mezzanine... WOW!

- When I met Rosa, she brought along miss h_matsumoto with her, so I finally got to meet her in person. ^_^

- Ian's mom and sisters gave me a cute corduroy bag which I now use, and Rosa gave me a 2008 Starbucks planner (YAY!!!!!)

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... Ehe... everything seems incoherent back there. Sorry. I can't seem to think straight right now, especially when there's A LOUDMOUTH WOMAN WHO JUST LEARNED TO USE SKYPE SITTING RIGHT BEHIND ME, SHOUTING AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS TO SOME KOREAN DUDE ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE WHO CAN'T UNDERSTAND A WORD SHE'S SAYING.

I miss having my own desktop PC.

I better close here for now before I stuff my mouse down her nose... ^_^##

Eitherway, may 2008 be good for everyone.
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!! PEACE, PROSPERITY, WISDOM, GOOD HEALTH... and have I mentioned PROSPERITY??


Been meaning to make an image greeting as my measly replacement for actual greeting cards, but the past week has been hectic, and I'm not exactly known for my stamina. As for what I've been up to lately:

December 18 - Hair Rebonding Day
December 19 - UST Paskuhan (7pm to 12am)
December 20 - Familiarization Tour (work-related, 9am to 1pm)
December 22 - Ian's younger sister Kaye gave birth to a baby boy (2-3pm-ish)
December 22 - High School Barkada annual Christmas Party (5pm to 1pm on December 23)
December 23 - made sansrival (5pm. Thanks for the recipe, Noreen!!)
December 23 - Work (11pm to 9:30 am this morning, December 24)

And later, I'm headed for... more work. Sigh.

Anyway, I'm still busy with trying to get all the photos and the videos from those events together, and I still have to edit them and upload them, but you can bet that there will be posts about them soon enough. :p
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One of my friends from high school has recently introduced me to this song, and the first time that he made me listen to it, it pulled at my heartstrings. In fact, it stirred up so much in me, that it hurt.

Since that moment, days ago, a lot of things have been going through my head. A lot of the questions that I've been trying to put away at the back of my mind suddenly came rushing to the surface before I could even understand what was happening. Before I knew it, my knees were putty, and my chest felt like it was about to explode. My eyes stung, and I only managed to keep it together because I was seated at the time, and someone cracked a joke.

A few hours after that moment, we then attended early morning mass together as a group, and the priest gave a homily about second chances. Again, something stirred in me.

And so I've finally decided that this coming 2008, I'm going to try to defy gravity.

Something has changed within me, Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules Of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing, Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my instincts, Close my eyes and leap


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So if you care to find me, Look to the western sky; As someone told me lately - Ev'ryone deserves the chance to fly... (Lyrics) )

(and all thanks to the glory that is YouTube, by the way...)

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Hehe... yes, my little trip to the salon turned into a full-blown pilgrimage which spanned three cities and about 10 full hours or so. ^_^;;

I was originally supposed to go to Greenbelt and have my hair fixed at Piandre, until I managed to get one of my gay friends to accompany me to another salon in Robinson's Malate which he recommends.

So that's two cities: Makati and Manila.

Upon getting to the now-gorgeous Faura wing of Robinson's Malate, and after a meal at Chaikofi, we headed for Bench Fix. Unfortunately, Fix, as well as all the other salons in the mall, all refused to give me the curls that I so desperately wanted because of the glaring fact that my hair was rebonded.

Apparently, rebonded hair can never be permed as the chamicals needed for the job simply can't "stick" onto the hair for it to be actually effective. Had I insisted, they COULD have gone on with the operation, only for me to lose all that work the moment I showered. So, not only will the chemicals go down the drain, but my money along with it. They recommended that I either have my hair rebonded again (hence turning it into a permanent, vicious cycle), or I can wait for another year or so for more natural, untreated hair to grow out, all the while keeping my head a big, confused mess.

I swear, at that point, I felt like crying.

Thankfully, my friend James suggested that we try another mall in Manila to try to get one of those rotating hair brushes. He suggested that I can just get my hair rebonded again, and then just curl it as necessary.

It took two malls and a couple of hours for us to concede to the fact that the damn brush was not being sold anywhere, just when I needed it. Not completely giving up though, he showed me how to use benders and those curlers with the elastic bands on them in order to get curls into my hair if I wanted it. I bought a set and I'm waiting for a chance to try what I learned.

Anyway, as I was about to submit myself for another rebonding session at one of the mall salons, I backed out completely when I was informed of how much they will be charging me for rebonding EVEN IF I CROPPED MY HAIR REALLY SHORT. Now, I know that I said that I was willing to pay for some expert to perform a miracle on my hair, but I'm not THAT gullible.

Desperate, I called up Ian who was then in Fairview and asked if the original hair dresser who rebonded my hair back in May is still available. He made a quick check with his mom, and hallelujah, I got the go signal, and I immediately dashed for their little shop in Fairview, Quezon City.

I started my salon search at 9:30 am that day, got to Fairview by about 4pm, and had to stay in the salon chair until about 9pm.

Oh yeah. All for the sake of vanity, I tell you.

Peek-a-boo )

All in all, despite that whirlwind of a day, I got a new haircut, and I got rid of the problem areas which was my main goal anyway. It's still a shame that I couldn't get the exact style that I originally wanted, but I guess beggars can't be choosers, ne? ^_^;;

PS.
I got to pass by Ian's house in Fairview again, after a LOOOONG time, and have I mentioned that they've been adding a second floor to the house? The place is HUGE!!! And I absolutely love the fact that the rooms on the second floor all have access to this wide, common veranda which is big enough to accomodate a small coffee table, seats, and much more, now that I think about it.

Oh, and their local cat population has also now grown to four, with more on the way. XD
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Finally, here's the last batch of photos from our trip to Puerto Galera (that's right, you'll just have to bear it a little while longer...). And the highlights for those days? Henna tattoos, shopping for souvenirs and then the return to Manila. :D


Day 3: Ink, ink, ink! )

Day 4: Bye, bye, Galera. T_T )

As always, more photos are up at my Multiply account, for both Day 3 and Day 4. :D
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Picking up from where I left off yesterday, I did mention that our second day in Puerto Galera was spent island-hopping.

I have to admit that so far, that has been one of the most tourist-y things that I have ever done. Lolz. Anyway, we arranged for the resort to get us a boat that would take us all around the place. For the entire day, we ended up going to random rock formations in the middle of the sea, a tiny cave (which someone was apparently planning to use for a barbeque), the town of Muelle, and White Beach, among many others.



Blue Water, Blue Sky )

The rest of the pictures for day 2 are all at my Multiply account. ^_^v
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Hehehe.... I've been raving about going to Puerto Galera last month, but I never really managed to post the pictures... until now! Har har har!!

So, here's photos and stories from day 1 of the trip. ^_^

Maaa~~ just looking at the pictures is making me want to go back there already. :p

Oh, and yeah, GET TO SEE MY NEW HAIRCUT! Mwahahaha!!! Lookie!!



Hello, Galera!! )

(We took A LOT of pictures that day, so I only posted some select ones here. The rest of the photos can be viewed on my Multiply account, in case you're interested. :D)
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Yes. I am infinitely happy with myself right now, and it almost seems that nothing can upset me. (This is a very rare thing. Let's relish it for a moment. .... .... Okay, moment's over.)

Oh yessssssss. On Thursday, I'll be enjoying sand and sea at a resort in Puerto Galera with my high school friends. This is a vacation that we've been planning for more than a year now, since we wanted to celebrate the 10th year of our little group of friends (and yeah, we needed a fairly good excuse to go to the beach). I've never been to Galera, but can you tell that I'm really excited? Canyoucanyoucanyoucanyoucanyoucanyou????

Wheee!! For four days and three nights, we'll be staying at a private beach, so yeah, we'll have the place to ourselves. The place is also close to the Galera restaurant strip, so food is still easily accessible.

My goodness... I haven't been on a real vacation since high school! I guess I just wish that my boyfriend can come with us, but he said that we should have a real girls' night out, so he offered to stay behind... Maaa~~ because of that, I promised myself, that I'll save up again so that next time, he and I can go on a vacation, too. Just the two of us. ^___^

Sun, sand, surf... palm trees... tall, cold drinks with little umbrellas in them... here I come! ^__________^
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My boyfriend [livejournal.com profile] idle_eidolon directed me towards this article on Digg, and I have to say that I am very impressed. Kevin Rose has guts and therefore also has my love and respect.

This is what happens when you try to think you can control this little thing called the internet... XD XD

09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0, FTW BABY! Haha!!

Ya digg that?? )

Lolz. The whole thing even made it onto BBC News. XD XD

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On to other things, I haven't really been able to update this blog as often as I'd like since we've lost internet connection at home. We're using a wireless service, but its minutes have apparently already run out. Now, we have to somehow dig up both time and money, and run to the service provider's office to have our service topped-up (so to speak...). Lolz. We've actually been expecting the service to stop by February, but it's been running all the way from early December 2006 to almost May 2007, so it isn't so bad. XD XD

Plus, considering the amount of time that Lem and I actually spend online, the 1000 pesos is still the better deal as compared to having to pay at an internet cafe each time we wanted to get something done.

On that note, guess where I'm typing this post. Hint: it's free... hehehe.

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Yesterday, Ian and I managed to catch an evening screening of Spiderman 3 in Glorietta. I say "managed" because it was actually a difficult affair and we were lucky to get tickets at all as almost everything was sold out.

Oh, and we also finally went to that hotpot place that I've posted about before. It was just this morning, and I have photos to prove it.

Will post about the movie (Hint: WE NEED SPIDERMAN 4, DAMMIT!!!) and the trip to Hong Tai Yang later.

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Yes, I'm still confused as ever, and besides all the stuff about crossroads and such that I mentioned in my previous posts, new doses of drama have also popped up, which is just annoying me more and more.

Yes, in case you were wondering, I am still currently filled with rage (I really can't help it if I'm allergic to stupid...), but I'm proud to say I've been putting that rage to good use. You'll see what I mean soon enough. :)

Meanwhile, I look forward to anything and everything that will help relax me, so I'm just glad that I get to see my friends, we can afford to watch movies, and there's a vacation coming my way. ^_________^

I'm saving my energy for something that may actually be worth my while, this time around.

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I've been seeing my high school friends quite a few times recently, and as usual, meetings are filled with karaoke, lots of food and tons of gay moments. Lolz. I love those guys. We're going on vacation soon, to celebrate the 10th year of our group (yes, we're sentimental folk) and I can't wait.
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The past two days have been good since these have been spent getting back in touch with people whom we haven't seen in a quite a long time.

After the end of my shift last Tuesday, I met up with Kate, my high school friend, at KFC at Peoplesupport. It's been a long while since we actually got to hang out so I was really looking forward to the meeting. We had to wait for Marlon as well who informed us at the last minute that he would be joining us, so since I had one of those buy 1 take 1 Starbucks coupons anyway, we decided to get some coffee since Starbucks was right beside KFC anyway.

I was hoping to stay at the coffee shop, but the place was just FULL of people that day for some reason, and it was also really noisy, what with all the chatter melding with the sound of blenders and the espresso machine. We retreated back into the quiet of KFC where Kate then treated me to a burger and fries. ^_^

Marlon arrived by the time we were done with the burgers and the coffee, and after some time spent chatting, we eventually decided to hang out at Waltermart since it was closest. The day was then spent ogling books in Bibliarch, plasticware in Japan Home Center, and cute fluffy creatures in Bioresearch. It was fun. Kate walked away with a romance novel which she has been looking for (she collects the stuff), I got something for our mattress at home, and Marlon was most probably brewing ideas on what to come back for, come next payday.

Have I mentioned we're just a shallow bunch? XD
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First off, K's... um... Evangelion-...esque? bento?
Clicky the piccy!



Day off today, or at least the end of my day off anyway. Not feeling particularly uppity right now, but at least there's not much to worry about since all bills and the rent have been paid for and are now out of the way.

I also forgot to mention that we received a letter from PLDT several weeks ago, stating that the dispute that we have filed regarding our missing June payment has, well, not exactly been resolved, but that due to our "excellent payment history", they've credited the amount back to our account. Yayness. Thanks to everyone who helped pass this particular issue of mine along (Uncle Benjie!). Hehe. We're not sure if strings got pulled or what, but we're just glad that it's over since when the letter arrived, we were just about ready to give up and just pay up, just to get rid of it once and for all.

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On other news, Lem lost his phone last week due to a case of shallow pockets, so if you have his number, please scratch it off your phonebook since it's now gone. I suppose it's about time he got a new phone anyway since the one he had was really broken (the mic doesn't work anymore so if you called him, you'd never hear him on the line even though he could hear you fine). We'll try to see if we can get him a new phone this coming week... just one of those cheap models, and maybe one of those strap-thingies so that we can make sure that his phone stays strapped on him somehow at all times from now on.

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Next up, I just got word that my high school friend James would most likely be staying in the US for a whole year instead of just the two weeks that he planned. He left abruptly last September since his grandmother died and his mom dragged him along even though their flight was two weeks earlier than what they initially scheduled. This morning, he texted me and said that his company now wants him to work at their head office in the US, so he may end up spending the holidays there.

It's sorta weird since if that's the case, this would be the second year that our circle of friends would be incomplete by the time the UST Paskuhan event comes along (it's a university-wide christmas party in the college that we all came from, and it has a free concert and fireworks show. The first time that we were incomplete was last year when Ian and I were moving from one apartment to another). I'm also slightly frustrated since we were supposed to have a group studio pictorial at one of the nice studios here in Makati to sort of celebrate our tenth year together (courtesy of a gift certificate from that studio which James has somehow managed to swipe...), and we've already worked out a theme and all. Sigh. Oh well. So much for that.

Anyway, James promised to send me some books, so we'll see how that works out.

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Speaking of books, I have to remind myself to save up for the copy of Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things which I've asked Jyli to ask his mom to get for me (his mom won a thousand-dollar gift certificate to spend on books! WOW!!). He said his mom would be back in the country by this December, so that should give me some time.

Sigh. If only shipping to and from the US wasn't so expensive... T_T Shipping a book via 2GO's next-day delivery around the country only costs 48 pesos (less than a dollar!!), so I've gotten used to just receiving and sending stuff via courier... And then I see all those lovely one-dollar books on eBay... which would most probably cost me 2000 pesos ($40?) to have it shipped via FedEx. I've also heard horror stories about books being lost in transit or being heavily taxed by customs if they're sent via EMS, so that's a no-go, too. Meh. At least there's still the secondhand bookstores around. It's just difficult to wade past the romance novels and boxes of National Geographic to find something that you want, that's all.

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And by the way, Ian's Uncle Benjie shared this baby video with us which featues no less than their year-old baby boy, Teo, who has bounced right back into action after open heart surgery.

hee hee! Cuteness. <3

And yeah, I'm a bit annoyed right now that LJ only allows embedded videos from YouTube and nowhere else. :/
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At this point, I think I will have to start apologizing to everyone for spamming everyone else's friends list with various what-nots. For the past week or so, it has turned out that it was the only way to announce that I was still alive.

In any case, the week has been fun, among other things.

work is still work, except that we just recently found out that our team leader will be transferring to another account. That makes me sad since I like her, and I'm also very apprehensive about who will get assigned as our next TL.

One good thing though, is that the chance to be a mentor which I missed the last time because of the conflict with my duties with the Recruitment team, is coming back.

First, my stint with recruitment will be over soon, and second, I was requested to take the mentorship qualifying exam last Friday even though I haven't applied for it and I haven't expressed any intent to join so far. I've been told that I passed the exam, but what exactly happens after that is still something that we'll need to find out by Monday.

After all, for all I know, they may have just been trying to find out if the exam is too easy for Mentor applicants, that an agent can get a passing score on it. :/

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This Saturday was spent with friends whom I haven't seen in a long time.

Me and my high school friends got together, and this time, the outing included James, Marlon, Myself, Dette, Kate, Ging, Liz and Dennis. They wanted Lem to join us too, but he had to go to work, so he just dropped me off with them and let us have our girls' day (except for Dennis, we were all females, one way or another). :(

We ended up in SM San Lazaro a few minutes later, where we spent a good three hours in a karaoke room, laughing our heads off at our own performances.

Before heading for the Karaoke room though, we passed by a Comic Alley branch where I picked up a trinket that I could give Lem when I get home (a thank you for being the gallant boyfriend!). The store right beside it was a wonderful treat as well. It's called CoolMax which sells cute trinkets, accessories and gift items for low prices. I bought cellphone accessories for James and Kate (the two whom I was with at that moment) as tokens of my appreciation and as a sign that I was VERY happy to see them. ^_^

Kate had to leave early though, and wasn't able to join us for dinner at Congo Grille.

After dinner, we headed back to Ging and Liz's house on P Noval where we hung out until almost midnight. After that, we all went home, and I took a cab back to Makati.

Hehehe... I'm so glad I took some time off for that. It happens so rarely, and I'm happy I didn't miss it. :)

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Speaking of P. Noval, on the way to the meeting spot, Lem and I were inside a cab, watching the world outside. As the cab went down the length of Dapitan, we couldn't help but excitedly point out which shops we used to frequent were still there, which ones have disappeared and what they have been replaced with. Lolz. I felt like it's been aeons since I've worn a school uniform and had the luxury of draining my allowance on knick-knacks and food. Hehehe. I told James and the gang about this later on, and they expressed that they felt the same way.

Lolz. We're getting old, alright. :p

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Upon being in the UST area though, I did find something that irked me.

I discovered that UST has decided to squander more of its money on useless things again: they placed this huge TV screen at the intersection of Lacson and Espana.

I think it's dumb because:

1.) I believe that the funds could have been used for other things such as maybe the repair of all the broken toilets on campus, or the improvement of some of the laboratories, or the purchasing of more books for the library, or the upgrading of the computer facilities, or the re-organizing of the school's database, or the refurbishing of the sports field or swimming pool, or as adittional funds for the University scholars and working students, or funds for student researchers, or funds to support campus organizations or publications...

2.) It was placed at a major intersection, and I think that a lot of drivers are distracted enough as they are, and they really don't need yet ANOTHER distraction glaring at them.

3.) The students will be suffering because of the administration's caprice. By the next schoolyear, the tuition fees will AGAIN be raised to ridiculous levels and the students will be forced to swallow the bullshit that is fed to them which states that the admin was forced to raise the fees because of the amount of necessary improvements that they have made for the sake of the students. I STILL do not see how a big-ass TV that's pointed in the direction AWAY from any of the students is supposed to be for their benefit. On top of that, it shows nothing of interest anyway.

Even if they do say that the TV is meant to generate income since ads from local companies will be shown (as they did with the previous not-as-big TV that is situated beside the main campus gate), the said income has never been known or recorded to have actually benefited any of the students or staff.

Once this huge, useless TV has generated the so-called income, I think I have an idea what the money is going to be used for.

They're going to buy another huge-ass TV.



My Alma Mater has disappointed me, as usual.
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Ladies and gentlemen, this will officially be the first post that I have ever written in the comfort of our own home, on our bed, but not necessarily in my underwear.

Hehehe... no, we haven't exactly gotten DSL connection yet, and I'm typing this on Lem's family's old laptop since the video card of our PC has recently died, but at least the phone line is up, we have a landline, and we could at least make do with our dial-up settings for now. I never thought that the sound of the modem dialing could ever sound so good. Lolz.

Oh, and we can now have food delivered, so all is well.

In any case, on with the post.

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The past week has been particularly difficult because both Lem and I caught the flu at the same time. We were both coughing and sniffing and dragging ourselves to work, and it was a pretty pathetic sight whenever we had to check eachother's temperature. Thankfully, Lem managed to bounce back first so that at least one of us was in proper functioning condition to take care of the other. I've been recovering slowly, and I still have a cold which is a major hindrance when you have to take calls for the whole week.

Thankfully, though, Lem's mom gave us some money to buy some really strong orange juice CONCENTRATE to keep the Vitamin C levels up.

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Speaking of work, some time last week, there was a minor earthquake in our area. It was really small, but when you're up on the 25th floor, it really doesn't seem like it.

I was in the middle of a call when it happened, and I thought that I was just really dizzy since I haven't eaten yet and I was very tired. It wasn't until I caught the look on the face of the people seated around me that I realized that it was an earthquake. It lasted a couple of minutes.

The funny part was that throughout the entire thing, we were all communicating via hand gestures and facial expressions because we were all in the middle of delivering quality customer service (naks!). I later learned that during the entire time, the thoughts that were crossing our minds were unanimous:

"a) Should I crouch under the table and keep talking to my customer? or

b) Should I tear the headset from my head, scream like a ninny and dash for the fire exit? or

c) should I politely ask my customer to call back after an hour since we are currently experiencing some major technical problems, and THEN scream like a ninny and dash for the fire exit?"

We had a rather slow reaction time on that day, however, and the earthquake ended before we could make up our minds. O_O

Lem, being the doggie that he is, slept through the entire thing. XD

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Lem and I treated my parents to Avenetto's last Sunday, March 5. It's officially the first meal outside of our house in Novaliches that we had.

In any case, it was an early celebration of my dad's birthday which isn't until the 24th, but my dad has been craving for white sauce on pasta pretty badly recently, so Lem figured that it's okay to arrange to have the meal at a pasta place.

We ordered the platter with the potato balls, chicken wings and fries as an appetizer, an then we also ordered Nut Pesto for Lem and myself, and Ham and Bacon Carbonara for my parents.

Lolz. It was my parents' first time to eat at Avenetto's and I think that they were a little overwhelmed with the amount of food set on the table. They only managed to eat half of their pasta and took the rest home (since they enjoyed the appetizers a little too much and left little space for the pasta, hehe), while Lem and I finished all the Pesto.

Conversation was okay and I would have enjoyed everything thoroughly if only my mom stopped talking about me. During moments like those, I could only exchange tired looks with my dad, and Lem had to endure and listen as my mom talked about me when I was six months old.

To cap off the day, we later bought my dad a t-shirt which says "Jaworski, Toyota, #7" on it which he proudly wore later on.

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The day before we had lunch with my parents, March 4, I had dinner at Gerry's Grill with James and Marlon, two of my gay high school buddies. James and I have met previously since we now both work in Makati, and Marlon has recently joined us on his first week of being part of the Makati workforce.

We went on yet another binge and finished ALL of the food we ordered, and now I have to think about how to lose the weight that I may have gained from all the lunches and dinners that I've been going to.

Anyway, I've just been particularly happy to see these people as I lost touch with them for over a year. I only managed to get back in touch with them around the end of February when, by some stroke of luck or coincidence, James walked in Avenetto's with his officemates while Lem and I were waiting for our food to arrive. We talked a little, exchanged numbers, and then later that week managed to arrange for a late lunch at Super Bowl of China where I was properly updated on everything that has happened to everyone while I was gone.

Apparently, in the year or so that we all sort of drifted apart, everyone in our circle of friends underwent some form of major upheaval, and now that those changes are over and we're moving on, here we are being brought together again. Lolz. I find everything to be timely and proper. I think that we've all just finished our trial-by-fire stages for this half of our lives.

James has also informed me that June of 2007 will mark the 10th year anniversary of our group. I reeled at the number and I marvelled at how much has happened since we first all got together. I feel rather proud about it. ^_^

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Speaking of anniversaries, me and my friends from my Convergys days will be getting together at the end of this month to celebrate our first year anniversary.

Lolz. I know, I know. Too many dinners, too redundant a theme for this journal post.

I dunno.

I just feel happy and very, very thankful that I've managed to make friends along the way. Here's to more. :)

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After work yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] evang1982 and I met up at the Internet cafe that I usually go to and waited for Lem to get out of work at 5am. So, in usual tambay fashion, we later went to McDonald's at his building where his company ID had some available perks and made a couple of large fries last longer than it should.

Lem later joined us and we figured that with our awkward schedules, the clock of the world was just all wrong.

For example, considering my normal work hours, I can call home and say that I'll be staying up late today. During the time that I'm making that call, the sun will be just rising over the horizon and birds will be tweeeting about.

Oh well. So much for the concept of going out and getting drunk after work on a Friday night. XD XD

We all just ended up hanging around a park near RCBC where the guys discussed their decision to buy a M:tG Booster Box (possibly the Ravnica block) and I fed the resident cat.

Later, we went to our apartment where they twinked out after Evang found our copy of the RPG Big Eyes Small Mouth (BESM) on our shelf, and we also showed Evang the first two episodes on Stripperella as he has not yet seen the show.

The two boys later on went to Makati Cinema Square to scout for their beloved cards while I slept.

Sigh. Days off are precious. ^_^

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