Oct 2006

Manila through someone else's perspective
by missP on Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:22 am
I have never seen Manila like how Se?or Enrique showed it. I always thought that this place is just overcrowded with:

Vehicles- judging from the heavy flow of traffic daily;

Crooks- having experienced them myself, as I was robbed of bracelets and bags when i was still commuting going to school and later on to work;

Street Vendors – I have nothing against their way of earning money, it’s just that they make the streets looking dirty and chaotic.

Not to forget the pollution, heavy congestion of canals and the noisy pedicabs running at all hours. The place is simply too busy. So, each time I would go back home, I don’t really stay long in Manila, maximum a week or ten days. Then I would go to the provinces and really enjoy my vacation there. Where there is an abundance of fresh air, nice view, refreshing crystal blue waters and the likes.

Naturally, it comes to conclusion that each time the topic comes up if it is nice to visit my country, I would say proudly, yes! But I also never fail to add that they should rather go visit the islands rather than stay in Manila. Except of course for the Baywalk, The New Greenbelt Cluster in Makati, The Fort in Makati and Malate and Adriatico where I have been to for nightcaps. I always thought that Manila does not have much to offer to tourists during the day. Perhaps to businessmen, it does have a lot of potentials. These entries make me really feel guilty and ashamed of myself. I have been so wrong, and now, I plan to correct myself. From this day on, I promise also to promote Manila at a different perspective. Thanks to Se?or Enrique, for showing me Manila the way he saw it, I can now live without shame about the place.
A newfound freedom...
by missP on Sat Oct 07, 2006 9:05 am
It all started when I was invited by my classmates in college to go to Tia Maria's along Katipunan Road. Hell, that seems like a very long time ago already. I don’t even know if the old place still exists. Judging from all the road expansions and City beautificationof the current Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr., perhaps that once very popular place amongst the students from the schools within the vicinity has long been moved.

But it isn’t. Until now, it stands there like a monumental landmark. This restaurant/bar that serves authentic Tex-Mex cuisine has definitely gone along way. A lot of special events, I bet were celebrated here. Especially from the students who attend the schools in the area. I for one, have some memorable experiences in the place. I was baptized in smoking there. It’s the place where I first inhaled my very first stick of Marlboro Lights Menthol. It felt so cool, literally speaking of course. It’s also the joint where I first sipped my Zombie, actually, almost the first for everything else as well, including, well never mind that!

Anyway, Yes, I started smoking in 1991. Like any other old story, it all started with just a puff. Then it became one stick and two sticks, till I started buying my own pack of Marlboro Menthol lights.… and before I knew it, I was hooked. When I started working at Duty Free Philippines (DFP), it got worse. I became a chain smoker. I could finish like 1 ? pack per day. But hey, it was also shared between me and my dad. Don’t get me wrong though. He didn’t bring me into this. As a matter of fact, he didn’t approve of my smoking habits then. But, as my Uncle Boy would say it: he also believed that it was “my money I was burning and my life that I was wasting away”. I guess, he just thought I should know what I was doing. And probably even thought I am responsible enough to know that consequences that I would suffer in the end. To me, it was like I can decide what I want to do in my life. At my age, it was like FREEDOM!!!

I was wrong. A few months ago, I had terrible breast pains and a cough that never went away. Neither the many bottles of cough syrup I took, till I was feeling “high” nor the number of cough tablets that I took helped. It was then that I got afraid again. From one day to the next, I QUIT smoking. I am happily counting my newfound FREEDOM.

My name is missP and I have been clean for 3 months. Yeheyyy! It's time to celebrate. bananas bananas bananas I'm gonna go and smoke one! blackteeth bash (just kidin') *wink*
Ikaw, okay ka lang ba sa trabaho mo?
by missP on Sun Oct 15, 2006 9:47 pm
... Ako, well medyo hindi. Kaya heto. Naghanap ng bago. (May nakita na naman po ako - para doon sa mga interesado malaman ito Wink ). Pero, panoorin niyo muna ang PALABAS na ito.


Nung isang araw, kinausap ako ng boss ko. Dalawang bagay ang aming napag usapan. First, was about my sick leave which I filed last month. Apparently, it was not enough that I faxed the office my sick slip. Thing was, I didn’t go to work on a Sunday because I was not feeling well. I called my supervisor and informed her that I would not be coming to work on the said day and the following day which was Monday. I also informed her that I will just fax to them my sick slip on Monday after coming home from the doctor. Apparently, it was not enough. I was supposed to call them again to tell them how long I would be on sick leave. Of course I gave them a piece of my mind. Why do I have to call, when it is already clearly stated on the sick slip how long I should stay at home? Well, a stupid rule is a stupid rule. It’s not my problem anymore if they cannot check their faxes everyday.

Pangalawa sa aming kinlaro ay ang tungkol sa aking kontrata. I got an extension of my contract. I am supposed to go back and sign the extension of my contract in a few days time. Actually, I have no problems with the current job at all. It is the people who I have to work with that I cannot stand. These are big morons who hide behind the title “Managers” or “Supervisors” but in reality they are actually manipulators who have no sense of right morals and conducts. Not to mention the semi-morons or soon to be big morons as well who call themselves “Lead Agents” who doesn’t even know what they are supposed to do. The nerve of those people! It is really a shame, because I love the job.

Kaya, tinanggap ko ang bagong trabaho. Balak kong tapusin lang ang kontrata ko dito sa kasalukuyan at sa pagsapit ng Nobyembre ay magsisimula naman ako doon sa bago. Hay, ibig sabihin, wala na naman akong break nito. Pero okay lang. Mas gusto ko na ang ganito,dahil kung wala akong trabaho ay baka magka-ugat na ako dito sa kauupo sa harap ng computer ko.

Ang hirap talaga maki pag sapalaran sa ibang bansa. Araw-araw kailangan patunayan mo sa kanila kung sino ka at ano ang kakayanan mo. Oras-oras kailangan pangatawanan mo ang prinsipyo mo. Mahalaga din naman ang kinikita mo, pero, minsan, may mga bagay-bagay na mas kailangan pahalagahan mo. Tulad ng katuwiran at prinsipyo. Sa tuwing na pag-uusapan namin ito ng aking asawa, lagi niya akong tina-tanong kung bakit daw ba kasi pinahihirapan ko pa ang sarili ko? Lumalaki lang naman ang binabayaran naming buwis kung nag ta trabaho ako. Pero, ako kasi ang tao na sa murang isisp pa lamang ay nag ta trabaho na. Madali akong mabagot kung wala akong ginagawa o pinag kaka abalahan. Kung may anak ako, malamang pipirmi ako sa bahay, ngunit sa ngayon... magta trabaho nalang ako.
If...
by missP on Mon Oct 23, 2006 5:42 am
This one's a filler from my brother, Kally: Smile thanks!

If I were a month I would be:
-->October

If I were a day of the week I would be:
--> Sunday

If I were a time of the day I would be:
--> Evening

If I were a planet I would be:
--> Venus

If I were a sea animal I would be:
--> Mermaid

If I were a direction I would be:
--> West

If I were a piece of furniture I would be:
--> Loveseat

If I were a sin I would be:
--> Lust

If I were a historical object I would be:
--> An Urn used at ceremonial rites

If I were a liquid I would be:
--> Sweet white wine

If I were a stone, I would be:
--> A diamond

If I were a tree, I would be? :
--> A Willow tree

If I were a bird, I would be:
--> An owl.

If I were a tool, I would be:
--> A Hammer

If I were a flower/plant, I would be:
--> An Orchid

If I were a kind of weather, I would be:
--> Cloudy

If I were a mythical creature, I would be:
--> A Unicorn

If I were a musical instrument, I would be:
--> A Chello

If I were a color, I would be:
--> Orange

If I were an emotion, I would be:
--> Happiness

If I were a vegetable, I would be:
--> Brussels sprouts

If I were an element, I would be:
--> Platinum

If I were a car, I would be:
--> Volvo V70

If I were a song, I would be:
--> Crazy – Kenny Rogers

If I were a food, I would be:
--> Beef steak

If I were a place, I would be:
--> Eden

If I were a taste, I would be:
--> Sweet and sour

If I were a word, I would be:
--> Life

If I were a body part I would be:
--> Long legs

If I were a facial expression I would be:
--> Laughing

If I were a subject in school I would be:
--> Humanities

If I were a shape I would be:
--> Pentagon

Early to bed and early to rise, makes someone beautiful...
by missP on Sat Oct 28, 2006 8:03 pm
...and then feeling nice blackteeth blackteeth blackteeth


I have always been mistaken for an Indonesian, a Malaysian or sometimes even Indian, but never a Filipino. I definitely don’t like it. But I also cannot help it. The slightly longer nose that I have plus the very distinguishable bridge is somewhat not very typical Filipino facial feature. “Pango” daw kasi ang mga Pilipino. (The Filipinos have flat nose). Nor the big deep set eyes that for that matter. I am not complaining, though mind you. I am quiet happy with how I look. I just don’t like the dark circles under my eyes that I cannot seem to get rid of.

Way back in the late eighties (okay, i was only 12 then Wink ), I was tricked, into a game which I played one night with several “friends”. We were in one room at one of the friend’s house. We gathered around in a circle, all 8 of us, held hands while crouched on the floor as someone turned off the lights, prepared the candles that were rightfully arranged in the middle. Then the leader started to chant some sort of “prayer”. The "prayer" was supposed to help us get rid of anything in our body that we didn’t like. Anything or any unwanted part of our body was supposed to be banished or at least changed for the better. We were told to trust and just follow what was said. Of course, way back then, being just in my teens Wink (hehehe, let me cheat a little about my age) I was very much gullible and could be lured into any crazy thing. Name it, and for sure, I would have done it. Yes, I myself was once a stupid gal. So, naturally, it didn’t dawn on me to think that the dark circles under my eyes would just disappear when I sit there chanting the ridiculous prayer. Of course, if you tell me this now, I would say, "Heck! AS long as you have ten thousand dollars and a schedule with Dr. Bello, you won’t be able to get rid of the dark circles under my eyes."

As we sat there, holding hands, looking probably as foolish as a duck sitting on a pot propped on top of a fire ready to be boiled alive and be skinned later. We chanted continuously and hummed like the leader told us to do. I remember somebody touching my fingers or hands. Sometime in the middle of the ceremony, we were told to touch the part of our body that we wanted to get rid of or to change. Guess where I placed my hands? Well, of course, under my eyes. Vividly picturing in broad light where my dark circles are, I carefully traced them with my fingers while chanting religiously the “prayer”.

Then, suddenly the ceremony was over and somebody turned on the lights of the room. I was probably the last idiot who opened my eyes, really hoping that the dark circles would be gone. Alas! When I looked at the others, they were all laughing. Instead of the dark circles gone, I soon realized that I put coal on them therefore, making me looking like I hit myself against a protruded beam, or something. Now, thinking about the whole thing, I can only laugh at the incident. Whereas before, I was so upset when I saw the charcoal under my eyes that I swear, I could have killed Alma, the perpetrator of the whole gag.

Anyway, I finally found the next best thing to an antidote of the dark circles under my eyes… it is---- SLEEP! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I just found out that if I sleep early enough the dark circles under my eyes disappears without a trace. I myself didn’t notice it, but my colleague did. She noticed that the dark circles are gone and that I am even starting to look healthy. I tried to recall what I did during the last few weeks. If I indeed use a new eye gel product that helped clear the dark circles under my eyes. But, I can’t remember doing so. I don’t remember buying anything special for the eyes lately. What I do recall is that, after having realized that I would be freed from my current burden, I was sleeping properly again. Only then did I suddenly get the idea that it was sleep all along that solved my eye problems. Kaya, to those suffering from dark circles under the eyes, no need to undergo plastic surgery nor spend so much on products that swear would solve the problems. They never work, anyway, so don't bother wasting your last budget on those stuff. Just go to bed early.

bananas bananas bananas

Goodbye summer, goodbye old job & hello technorati
by missP on Sun Oct 29, 2006 9:16 pm

picture lifted from: Hunting Society Organization

Fragt das Eisb?rbaby: “Sagt mal, Mami, waren meine Gro?eltern auch schon Eisb?ren?”
„Aber ja.“
„Die Urgro?eltern auch?“
„Naturlich, mein Kleiner.“ Nach einer Weile der Kleine: „Ich friere trotzdem!“

(The Polar Bear baby asked: „Tell me, mom, were my Grandparents also Polar bears?“
“YES”
“My Great grandparents as well?”
“Naturally, my little one.”
After a while the Polar bear baby said: “How come I still feel very cold?”)


Last night, DST ended. Just when the clock ticked 03:00 am, we reset our clocks back to 02:00. Good thing is that we could at least an hour longer. But not for me, I was woken up by my cellphone. They were waiting for me at work. The supervisor said I was supposed to come in at 05:30 am. I told her that on my timeplan, I would only start work at 09:45 today. Not earlier. She insisted for a while that this is not correct. I told her that perhaps somebody changed my schedule again without informing me beforehand. This has happened already in the past and I am not surprised if they make the same mistake again today. A few seconds more, then she said that I was f*****g right! Then she continued that since I am already awake, maybe I should just come to work early. Well, since it is my last day of work today, I gave in.

On my way to the airport, I realized that Autumn is finally here. The weather is leaning towards wet and gloomy days. Pretty soon, it will be winter again. At least, I won’t be working out in the field during wintertime anymore. I don’t have to wear two pullovers and two jackets when I go to work. Well, I am no polar bear myself. And coming from a tropical country, my body is not used to stay long hours at below zero temperatures. Wink

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Its more than two years now since I started blogging. I honestly don't get it how people get their traffics elevated but hey, i think blogging is not only about net traffic, oder?

Anyway, I have decided to claim my blog. Mind you, this blog has nothing to do with politics, economics or current events in the real world. The articles here are all just about me, myself, my life. Fact or fiction? Sometimes I myself don't know which is which. But, we are not suppose to judge.. so please, don't judge me. I am not a book! (Sariling mundo ko lang po ang laman ng mga naisusulat ko dito).

Heto na po, aking-akin na siya: Technorati Profile
3/20 Nope, this is not the result of my exams in school
by missP on Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:37 am
... I’m borrowing a meme from Abaniko

3 smell I love:
1. That wonderful , nakaka gutom smell ng pandan rice
2. Fresh clothes
3. Boss Elements aftershave & deodorant

3 smell I hate:
1. Septic Tank
2. Raps
3. Blue cheese

3 jobs that I have had in my life:
1. Production Assistant
2. Marketing Assistant
3. Operations Agent

3 movies that I could watch over and over:
1. The Sound of Music
2. Sleepless in Seattle
3. City of Angels

3 fond memories:
1. Family Grand reunion ‘97
2. Trip back to Dipolog, December ‘99
3. Christmas spent with Family

3 jobs I dream (would love) to have:
1. Lawyer
2. Ambassador
3. International Flight Attendant

3 things I would like to do:
1. Loose some weight (10 kilos approx)
2. Learn another foreign language / refresh my French
3. Knit a pullover

3 of my favorite food:
1. Kinilaw
2. Caldereta
3. Kare-kare

3 places I would like to be right now:

1. New York
2. Milan
3. Philippines

3 things that make me cry:
1. Watching dramas
2. Reading Sad Novels
3. When I get terribly upset


1. How often do you blog?
Everyday I visit my blog but I only do updates every now and then.

2. Online Alias:
MissP

3. Have you ever stood up for someone you hardly knew?
Yes, actually more than once. I remember when an old lady was accusing the cashier at the supermarket that she gave the cashier 100€ instead of just 50€. I was right next to the old woman, so I insisted that I witnessed her giving only 50€. The old lady wanted to get more than she was supposed to be given as change. The nerve!
With the type of work that I was doing at the airport, everyday you get to experience typical arrogant people who try to trash down the meek ones. So, standing up to the meek ones is like an everyday task.

4. What do you do most often when you are bored?
Eat or nowadays, I go window shopping.

5. When bathing, which do you wash first?

Private parts.

6. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight?
Yes. I remember the days when I was still working at DFP. After work, my friends and I would party the whole night, go back home to change & shower and then go back to work again, after which, we would go somewhere and party again. Straight forty eight hours without sleep, you bet!!!

7. What color looks best on you?
I think red and yellow.

8. What’s your favorite alcoholic drink?
Vodka with tonic water (pref. Stolichnaya)

9. Do you believe in heaven and hell as real places that we go to after we die?
Yes and I also believe that I would go to heaven after.

10. Do you find that you have more online friends than offline friends?
No.

11. What was your favorite subject in school?

Sociology and Psychology

12. Are you a perfectionist?
According to my hubby, yes, but I don’t think so. I do try to give my best at the task at hand.


13. Do you spend more than you can afford?
No I only buy things that I can afford.

14. Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved before?
Yes. Definitely better to experience everything I life, including loving someone and heck, even loosing the one you love. You only live once. Use it to experience EVERYTHING.

15. Do you consider yourself creative?
In some ways, yes I think I am also creative.

16. Do you give yourself the credit you deserve?
YES! As much as possible, I don’t want to do anything that would only make me hurt myself, like let others step on me. I value myself too much for that. I would rather go elsewhere to widen my horizon.

17. Do you donate time or money to charities?
I donated blood to the Red Cross before, but honestly, lately, not much. I help some relatives whenever I can in some monetary ways. Didn’t they say “Charity begins at home”?

18. Have you recently done something to yourself that you’ve criticized others for doing?
Not that I am aware of.

19. What’s on your mind right now?
The new work that I will start on the first of November

20. Say one nice thing about the person who tagged you and the five people that you are going to tag:
Nobody tagged me or should I say I tagged myself…hehehe. So, should I say something NICE about me?

Halloween Generosity
by missP on Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:32 am
From where I live, we are actually a few houses short to a dead end (Talk about DEAD-end,huh?)! area. The only neighbors I see most of the time are the old folks who live a few houses ahead of us. But during Halloween, kids suddenly rush into our humble abode. Not that I have anything against them. I wholeheartedly prepare even a big bowl of sweets for them. I know that they will visit anyway, even if I don’t see them the rest of the year… hehehe.

My hubby, that darling nice man, he has no mean bones at all. But sometimes he makes fun of the treat or trickers. Once, he gave the kids just one candy bar each. The kids, seeing the whole big bowl of candy in front of them, just stared at him. Probably wanting to say: “You stingy old man!” But they didn’t. Good manners overruled. I asked him why he did this. He just replied, with a silly grin on his face: “The exercise will do them good. They can come back anytime.”



Last night, somebody came, too early treat or tricking. Wearing a long “Angel of Death” costume…

I over heard hubby saying to him:


First, you are too early this year.
Second, what do you want the candies for? You are dead anyway?!


I almost fell out of my chair over hearing this. Of course, he gave the lad some sweets but he was grinning all the time afterwards. He couldn’t erase from his mind the look of the boy in shock... ha! ha! ha!


Boooooooooo!