Archive for January, 2008


Iffy weekend

I just had one of those weekends that you can’t conclude whether it’s a good or a bad one.  Saturday was a lazy day…with a headache in the afternoon.  Sunday started with a tension-filled morning that had me thinking of some once-tightly knit relationships unraveling.  But cliche as it may, blood is indeed thicker than water and we had a very pleasant lunch interjected with some ‘will they or will they not’ moments.  I miss our family gatherings now that we’re scattered all over.  Later in the afternoon, we headed to Antipolo to visit one of my favorite relatives, Lola Menang.  I could have enjoyed the whole thing better, but the cold that plagued me a couple of weeks ago came back with a vengeance.  Half the time, all I could think of was just heading home and sacking out.  It was good though that I had a nap at my uncle’s house before we went to Antipolo.

My tita’s staying with us for a month before she goes back to New York, so I wonder what the next few weekends will bring.  I hope it won’t drive me so crazy that I’m screaming at the end of it all.

The Pasig City Traffic Police just f*cked up Makati/South-bound motorists at C5-Bagong Ilog this morning.  They closed a 50-meter stretch of road for no apparent reason.  No accident, no event, no VIPs…they probably just felt like doing it.  No wonder the traffic leading to that portion was horrendous!  Vehicles had to make a left turn at some corner, wind through narrow side streets that are definitely unfamiliar to most, and end up at another corner where you are unsure whether to turn right and find a u-turn slot or make a left turn back to C5.  Our driver saw a car turn left earlier so he figured it was ok since the traffic police also weren’t signaling motorists to turn right.  We also couldn’t see a ‘No left turn’ sign.  We were halfway through the left turn when the traffic police suddenly stopped us and arrogantly asked the driver, “Bakit ka kumakaliwa?”  What the…

The traffic police pointed to a ‘No left turn’ sign, which was not easily visible to motorists from our side of the road.  Our driver missed it, so did the two of us in the passenger seat.  Three people who actively searched for it missed the sign – I guess you could safely say that it wasn’t anywhere near visible.  Almost all the passengers in the FX argued with the police to just let us through since it was an honest mistake, which really wasn’t even the driver’s fault.  It was pointed out that they closed the road for no evident reason and rerouted traffic with no advance notice whatsoever; they should have had the decency to provide very clear directions, or at least excuse motorists who unwittingly make wrong turns.  Everyone was already on a short straw since we were already late for work due to a stupid, senseless scheme.  Then again, try being logical to the Philippine traffic police.  They don’t even know the meaning of the word.

It gets worse.  When the passengers argued with him, the traffic police said that he’ll just let the driver off with a warning.  He just wants to see a license.  He also addressed our complaint that he wasn’t apprehending the other vehicles making a left turn after us.  So he stopped another FX.  Well and good, right?  Supposedly.  But the driver of that FX was in prime fighting form.  He argued loudly and quite rudely so I guess the policeman lost his temper and decided to ticket both drivers!  Worse, he processed the second driver first – filling out the ticket VERY slowly!  And from his mien, he did it intentionally to piss us off, the passengers who dared argue with him.  I had a good view of all the proceedings from my front seat so I tried to sneak a picture of this asshole of a policeman.  Though he was engrossed with his task and I was very subtle about it, he seemed to catch on and quickly turned his back and moved away, to an area where no one could photograph him easily.  The picture of guilt.

We were finally able to drive away after 15 minutes (it actually felt longer).  Getting apprehended and ticketed for a traffic violation shouldn’t have taken that long!  Motorists passing through Pasig, beware of a chubby, dark, chinky-eyed traffic policeman.  He is every bit as arrogant as he looks.  A grade-A asshole.

From the looks of it, there was a grand scheme this morning.  Close a portion of a major thoroughfare during rush hour, make motorists take a detour through unfamiliar streets, don’t give advance warning and don’t provide directions, and let them exit through an intersection with no clearly visible signs.  Many are then bound to get confused and make wrong turns…then go for the kill!  It’s rush hour, people want to just get it over with and head to work, so they’ll most likely pay up so they can quickly go on their way.  That takes care of the day’s earnings.  For those who choose to reason out or argue with you…well, harass and delay them even further just for kicks – because they dared question you.

And I thought we lived in a democratic, civilized society…

Finally, a movie for us and about us.  It’s a tongue-in-cheek narrative about a Machead’s life and the obsession with everything Mac/Apple.  I saw the trailer and found it funny…and scary.  The obsession level of some Macheads just border on disturbing, haha!  The key is to not take it seriously.  Watch the trailer.

Actor Heath Ledger, dead at 28. 😦 One of the better-looking and better actors of my generation. The one who made 10 Things I Hate About You a step above a usual teen flick.  May he rest in peace.

I feel like I’m wasting time if I repeat myself” – Heath Ledger

U.P. Survey

I seem to be on survey mode today. Well, here goes….this one’s from Bulletproofvest.

Para sa mga Iskolar ng Bayan sa ika-100 taon ng UP

1. Student number?
93-10492

2. College?
UP Manila College of Arts and Sciences

3. Ano ang course mo?
Organizational Communication – 2 lang ang math subjects, hehe…ay, 3 pala (may major subject kami na Statistics – at nag-removals pa ako para makapasa!)

4. Nag-shift ka ba o na-kickout?
Sinubukan mag-shift sa MassComm sa Diliman, pero nag-enjoy na ako sa Orcom sa Manila eh

5. Saan ka kumuha ng UPCAT?
Malcolm Hall (College of Law building)

6. Favorite GE subject?
Comm I, II, III

7. Favorite PE?
PE 2 BD – Badminton
8. Saan ka nag-aabang ng hot guy sa UP?
Sa tambayan sa may parking lot ng AS, PGH (College of Med) at sa Gary’s sa Taft

9. Favorite prof(s)
Sir Timbungco, PR prof
10. Pinaka-ayaw na GE subject.
Math 1, Math 11, Soc Sci I (nasagad ko ang allowed cuts dito) Nat Sci I

11. Kumuha ka ba ng Wed or Sat classes?
Walang choice kasi maraming major subjects na Saturday lang classes, corporate professionals kasi ang mga prof

12. Nakapag-field trip ka ba?
Yep

13. Naging CS ka na ba or US sa UP?
CS, isang beses lang
14. Ano ang Org/Frat/Soro mo?
UP Orcomsoc

15. Saan ka tumatambay palagi?
Orcomsoc tambayan at 3rd floor hallway ng AS (sa DAC pag mainit, kasi aircon dun, hehe)
16. Dorm, Boarding house, o Bahay?
Bahay – nagtyaga ako mag-commute ng 2 oras!

17. Kung walang UPCAT test at malaya kang nakapili ng kurso mo sa UP, ano yun? (Given ang mentality mo nung HS ka)
MassComm

18. Sino ang pinaka-una mong nakilala sa UP?
Hala…hindi ko na matandaan, hehe
19. First play na napanood mo sa UP?
Hindi ko na din matandaan…pero hindi ko makalimutan na pinapanood kami ng Romeo and Juliet opera sa Abelardo Hall sa Diliman

20. Name the 5 most conyo orgs in UP
Sa UP Manila: BSS, TOM, Sigma Delta…hmmm, ewan…sa tingin ko lang

21. Name 5 of the coolest orgs/frats/soro in UP.
Ewan din…di kami masyado involved sa campus life

22. May frat/soro bang nag-recruit sa yo?
Wala

23. Saan ka madalas mag-lunch?
Walang kamatayang Wendy’s o kaya Gary’s

24. Masaya ba sa UP?
Oo naman. Walang uniform at hindi dictated ng school rules and regulations ang bawat galaw mo, hehe

25. Nakasama ka na ba sa rally?
Hindi

26. Ilang beses ka bumoto sa Student Council
Hmm…hindi ko matandaan…baka never o siguro isang beses lang

27. Name at least 5 leftist groups in UP
Hehe, UP Manila ko, hindi masyado active dun…sa tingin ko. Medyo dedma talaga kami sa campus life.

28. Pinangarap mo rin bang mag-laude nung freshman ka?
Oo naman

29. Kanino ka pinaka-patay sa UP?
Ayoko nga sabihin….

30. Kung di ka UP, anong school ka?
UP or nothing ako nung high school. UP and Ateneo lang ako nag-exam, pero yung Ateneo, just for kicks lang.

(From Tricia’s blog)

Copy the list and then “bold” everything you’ve done.

1. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
2. Swam with dolphins
3. Climbed a mountain
4. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
5. Been inside the Great Pyramid
6. Held a tarantula
7. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
8. Said “I love you” and meant it
9. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped (sort of)
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne (just a little)
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was s*** faced
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. Visited Japan
54. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
71. Taken a martial arts class
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an expert
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Eaten fugu (pufferfish)
89. Had a one-night stand
90. Gone to Thailand
91. Bought a house
92. Been in a combat zone
93. Buried one/both of your parents
94. Been on a cruise ship
95. Spoken more than one language fluently
96. Performed in Rocky Horror Picture Show
97. Raised children
98. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Ridden a bike
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one important author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair (do highlights count?)
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

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I accidentally deleted all messages in my cellphone this morning, including the archives.  That’s quite a catastrophe considering that I’ve had my phone for three years already, and I’ve stored some important details in the archives folder.  As of now, what I can recall that were deleted were my PhilHealth number and the username and password of my Internet connection.  Those are retrievable, but what a hassle.  Not to mention the irretrievables, like the beautiful messages from loved ones.

Though I had a moment of panic and a sense of loss after the accidental deletion, there is also a positive side to it.  It only seemed to reinforce my feeling that this is the year that I’m really beginning on a clean slate and filling it with wonderful new things.  The tail-end of last year and the beginning of this one have brought a lot of changes, some by design and some purely accidental…or maybe incidental to the changes I’ve made myself.  New job, new people, new haircut, evolving fashion sense (I’m finally weaning myself – but not completely – from the old fallback jeans-t-shirt-sneakers combo), two practically booked trips within the first half of the year, reinventing rediscovered clothes buried in my closet, new clothes (dresses and a skirt).  Some are trivial stuff, but they just seem to indicate a different, interesting year ahead.  Come to think of it, leap years have actually been good to me.  I think I had a good 1998, and 2000 and 2004 were definitely great years.

Maybe having all the old messages in my phone deleted also signifies the deletion of unnecessary details in my life, the ones that have held me back.  I wish all of us would always have year-openers like this.

The Saturday girls’ day out started ominously.  Barely 15 minutes into it and smoke was coming out of the hood of Tintin’s car – overheating!  Of all days, it had to be the one when the water container in the trunk was empty!   We were very near the intersection of C.P. Garcia St. and University Avenue in UP Diliman.  We stopped on the side of the road and mulled over what to do.  Our choices:  reverse a few meters to where Tintin thought she once saw a faucet; make the car limp (and pray very hard we make it) to the Shell service station about 100 meters away (via a straight line, but the thing is, we have to make a rather far u-turn); or head to the checkpoint 25 meters away to beg, borrow or buy water from the guards.  We picked the last option.  They had no water but directed us to ISSI, the nearest building, which had a faucet in the parking lot.  To cap our ‘kawawa’ feeling, it was also raining!  At least we were not alone.  The ISSI parking lot seemed to have turned into an emergency bay that morning.  Another car pulled up shortly and the driver got out to check his left front tire.

After the emergency water treatment, we brought the car to the Shell service station (Commonwealth Ave.).  The mechanic checked it and said that a part (forgot the name already) had to be replaced. The nearest auto supply store was at Ever Gotesco, a good 10-15 minutes away!  We were ready to take a cab going there and back to the station, when another mechanic checked the car, tried several ways to get the fan (the one on the right) running and finally declared that it was shot – a motor problem.  According to him, the car could still make it home to Marikina.  So that’s what we proceeded to do, only we kept missing the u-turn slots at Commonwealth since we were not familiar with the area, and we ended up on the Tandang Sora flyover!  You could just imagine the cursing and the screaming inside the car.  Worst possible timing to get lost.  We finally got on the right road, taking the Tandang Sora Ave. route back to Katipunan.  However, we got caught in really bad traffic and had to turn back to the talyer that we passed a few meters back.  Blessing in disguise – they had the part that the car needed!  So, after almost an hour in the shop, the fan was replaced and the car was running perfectly again.  Really hungry (it was already past one in the afternoon), we drove on to Trinoma, our original destination.  But that killed our planned “mall tour” – Trinoma, Rockwell, then dinner at Serendra.  We only had enough time left to comb through the shops at Trinoma (our first time to do so at that mall).  Perhaps the overheating car was a message for us not to spend too much.  😀

I’ve been looking for the perfect short, black, preppy skirt for the longest time. I finally found one at Promod in Trinoma. And I got it on sale – less than P500! And it fit me perfectly! That made me one happy lady and erased the stress of the hassles earlier in the day.

Promod (originally from France) is one of the newest stores in town and it only has branches at Trinoma and at SM and Ayala Center Cebu. I like their clothes and I like their sale prices even better 😉 Check out their website.

…at Bubba Gump. It’s been a couple of years since we last ate at one of our favorite restaurants, so the time was ripe. We had our usual Bucket of Boat Trash (shrimp, lobster and Dory) and we tried out the Penne Pasta with Shrimp and Scallops. Yum! I don’t know if we’ve just been lucky or we really just adore seafood in any shape, size, style, etc., but no Bubba Gump dish has disappointed us yet. We ordered the Alabama Mud Pie for dessert, cough be damned! 😀 It was the first time we ever used a knife to eat ice cream! The ice cream in that pie was just so…not even a little melted (at least in the beginning). We also got a shaker glass each as souvenir.

We had fun taking pictures of the food and of ourselves. It felt great to be silly, goofy and child-like. You can’t be anything but in a Forrest Gump-inspired restaurant. I’m just waiting for Tin to upload the photos, then I’ll edit this post to include them.

(Edit, 1.25.08 – Ok, here are the photos)

Before…

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Knifing the ice cream

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…and after, or what’s left of the dessert – nothing!

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