Jun 2006

i do belong to a collective, but i'm not a borg, so please..
by missP on Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:00 pm

image courtesy of google image results for seven of nine


*Things to do today: *
* Breathe
* Exhale
* Relax
(advice of the day is lifted from Feng Shui almanac)


Kaya pala! Pagdating ko kanina sa trabaho, medyo maganda naman ang timpla ng mood ng Boss ko. Kaya, naging magaan ang kalooban kong gawin ang project na pinapagawa niya sa akin kahit hindi pa talaga ako opisyal nagsimula ng duty para sa araw na ito. Dumating kasi ako ng maaga. Subalit, pagbalik ko galing sa gate ng isang airline, binulyawan niya na agad ako.

"Saan daw ako galing?"

"Eh, di sa pinagawa mo sa akin doon sa gate B45", sagot ko sa kanya.

Bakit daw ang tagal kong naka balik? Dapat daw trenta minutos ko lang ginawa yun.

"Eh, yun nga... 30 minutes project. Pero para makarating ka sa gate B, mula sa opisina natin, aabutin ng mga 10 minuto papunta doon. Minsan pag malas at mahaba ang pila sa security check mahigit pa. Pero sigurado ang pabalik mo, 10 minuto ang mawawala sa oras mo. Ibig sabihin, makukuha mo ang isang proyekto sa loob ng 50 minutos
at pinaka matagal na ang 1 oras. Nakuha ko ito ng 50 minutos. Anong problema nito?" Sagot ko sa kanya.


Sa puntong ito, tumabi na kami sa isang sulok sa opisina. Sabi niya sa akin, gagawa daw siya ng ulat patungkol sa pangyayaring iyon. At isa daw sa pupuntuhin niya ay ang pag sagot ko sa kanya ng ganoon sa harap ng ibang empleyado. Hello? Eh siya nga itong nag taas ng boses sa akin sa harap ng iba. Tsaka, alam ko, sinabi niya na lang yun sa akin kasi napa hiya na siya. Tama kasi ako. Hindi ako namasyal, nag telepono or kumain muna pagkatapos ko sa project ko. Ang iba kasi, ganoon ang ginagawa nila. Pero para sa kanya, nagtagal pa rin ako. Kung saan-saan pa daw ba kasi ako dumaan? (Eh, kung hindi ba naman bruha at kalahati ang mangkukulam na ito?)

"Kung gusto mo akong gawang ng report tungkol dito, sige, bilisan mo. Pero asahan mo may counter report din ako. Unang-una, hindi ako namasyal pa kung saan-saan pagkatpos ng project ko. May time sheet akong dala. Anjan lahat ng detalye. Pangalawa, sa susunod na pa pupuntahin mo ako sa gates B at nagmamadali ka, ipadala mo sa akin ang buggy. Para maka save ka pa lalo ng 10 minuto sa oras na bina-bayaran ng kompanya sa mga empleyado. At pangatlo, hindi ako sumagot sa iyo ng pabalang sa harap ng kasamahan ko. Inexplika
ko lang sa iyo kung gaano katagal madalas umaabot ang isang proyekto. At ito ay wala sa tao, kundi nasa daloy ng trapiko sa SC..." sagot ko ulit sa kanya. Tinitigan ko siya habang binitawan ko ang mga salitang ito.


Hindi daw sapat na rason ang huling punto ko, dahil may sarili naman security check ang mga empleyado. OO nga, pero kung mapapasabay ka sa mga airline crew na, aabutin ka pa rin ng siyam-siyam bago ka makaka-lusot sa security check. Pero , para sa kanya, "irrelevant" pa rin daw ang reason na ito. At "futile" na daw kung hihirit pa ako.

Kung mahilig kayong manood ng Star Trek Voyager TV series, kilala niyo tiyak si Seven of Nine. Gusto ko ang character niya sa Voyager. Maganda siya, matalino, matiyaga at walang kiyeme. Diretso at palaging rational kung mag analyze ng sitwasyon. May pagka stubborn din siya, pero yan ay dahil alam niyang tama siya. Idol ko si Seven. Sa lahat ng oras kasi, palaging cool lang siya. At hindi niya hinahayaan na madala siya ng kanyang emosyon lalo na sa mga oras ng pagsubok sa kakayahan niya. Itong boss ko, feeling niya yata si Seven of Nine siya. In fairness, maganda din siya, pero yun lang ang katangian niya. See more of Seven of Nine from here...

"Okay, fine! I submit mo nalang ang report mo at ibibigay ko din ang counter report ko about this incident. Usap nalang tayo sa opisina
ng amo natin", sabay kindat sa kanya. "Pwede na ba ako bumalik sa location assignemt ko?" tanong ko sa kanya.


"Sige, punta ka sa Hall A", sagot naman niya. Pero, bago pa man din ako naka labas papuntang halle A, sinalubong ako ng isa
namin supervisor at sinabihan ako mag short break muna. Ika nga ng mga Borg bago nila i assimilate ang prey nila: "resistance is futile". Kaya, breathe... exhale... relax!

I can't believe this to be happening...
by missP on Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:01 pm
While chatting with my sister the other day, she told me that she had pain on her breast. When asked what was wrong, she describe the pain and that there is some kind of excretion coming out. Little did she nor I expect that it was blood. It was only when my niece asked why "it" referring to the breast was wet, did my sister finally saw clearly that there was blood secretion from her right breast.

Panicking, I told here immediately to take Antibiotics. I have no idea why I said that. Now, I realized that it may just have made things worst for her, since we didn't even know what exactly was going on in her body. Just the same, I told her to rest and that we should just chat again the following day, after work. I was worried, but I didn't think about it too much. Not that I don't care, I just couldn't imagine the worst case scenario. No, delete that, I DIDN'T WANT TO THINK that the problem was that bad. The shock was worst when I received the text message from my sister at work the following day.


<<sister>>Ate, nagpunta na ako kay G.P. kaninang morning (went to see the doctor this morning) and she asked me to go right away to the hospital for mamography kasi di siya maka gawa ng diagnosis just by doing physical check up.

<<sister>>We went to Saint Michael hospital and the result is that there are two big cyst on my right breast. Abscess around the breast is causing the blood to come out... they need to be removed urgently...

<<sister>>G.P. recommended a Gynecologist but he is not availble till July 11, according to the secretary.
We are still trying to contact the doctor and talk to him directly.


<<me>>Has G.P talked to the attending physician at the hospital about the result of the mamography? What's their findings? Do you need to undergo operation? If so, how soon? Can you ask G.P. to talk to the specialist about it?

<<sister>> yapyap, according to G.P., it has to be operated as soon as possible. Palala na yung blood na lumalabas eh, lumalakas na... makahadlok biya, sa tinuod lang. Auntie Etta talked to the wife of the specialist about my case. She promised she would tell her husband to call the hospital and ask them to send the results to him so he can have a look at it. We'll just have to wait.

Although she tried to make it sound so casual, I still couldn't help myself but be worried all the time. No matter how tired I was (after doing a double shift at work) that day, I tried to stay up and chatted with her via google talk. It didn't matter that I had to go back to work very early the following day either. She explained to me in detail what I can't even begin to imagine. I have heard about it from other people, heck even from distant relatives. I have read about it a lot of times in magazines. I have seen some ugly pictures from my Harvard Family Health Gide Book, but I never imagined that one of my sisters would experience it, actually go through the same ordeal and suffering I have heard so often that others experienced.

That night, sleep wouldn't come, no matter how hard I tried to summon it. I prayed and cried that everything would get better. That the Lord would guide us to th eperson he deemed to help us in this situation. I prayed for his guidance and for his gifted son to help us. Somewhere out there is a doctor who is blessed by the Lord with a set of healing hands. That most of all, he would find time to squeeze my sister in his very tight schedule. I pray that this would soon be over.
Weekend in Switzerland
by missP on Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:38 pm
Guilty as charged. I went gallivanting in the land of the Alps. I had several reasons why I went to Switzerland over the weekend. First was to meet my friend Maribelle and hubby Leonick. They flew in all the way from Manila to hold a presentation during the Independence Day celebration there. I promised them last year that I wouldn't miss to be with them when they come to visit Europe. So, actually, it was more of a project, than partying. It was short and hectic, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Second reason was to finally see a part of Switzerland, namely Zurich, Bern and Geneva since I have never been there. I have heard and read so much about the land of Fondue, Swiss Knives, the Alps and of course the famous Swissmade watches.

I had the opportunity to experience original home made cheese Fondue with a very sweet and hospitable family on the mountains of Bern overlooking the Brienzer See (Brienzer Lake). It was an amazing experience. The Fondue was superb and the view was fantastic. But the most unforgettable part, was the hospitality of Clemens' family. I never imagined the Swiss can be as hospitable as them. I have Tita Rosie (our sponsor) to thank for that. We had a wonderful chatter amongst us the whole time, because we (the guest) felt so comfortable with them. They made us feel like we are just at home visiting our own relatives, except for the food and view of course! Totally different from the Filipino food that I am accustomed to. Two things I learned about Fondue. First: never underestimate. It looked to me at first like it was not enough dinner for me. Like, hello, what would I do with tiny bits of bread. I had not eaten anything the whole day. I thought I would end of still hungry after eating Fondue. Apparently I am wrong. I had a few bread and I was full the hwhole night. I couldn't even eat anything still the following morning. Second, never mix it with water. If you don't want stomach problems later on, have it with wine or tea.



Going down the mountains again late that night, we promised ourselves to drop by Geneva and do some shopping there the following day. One member of the entourage from the Philippines had to do some shopping since he was scheduled to fly back home the day after. There, we found some really good stuff, meaning the finest quality of watches. Sadly, I had to promise myself that I would someday go back and get my favorite, this
Tagheuer Ladies Collection, which is at the moment too expensive for me.



photo lifted from the Collection


And the last reason was to get away and escape, away from the hustle and bustle of Frankfurt Airport. With the Football World Master Cup that kicked off last June 9, we at work have been expected to give in more overtime. Double shifts and off days converted to working days has been rampant. I expected this would happen and so, I thought I should go away for awhile and relax before facing the warzone, hehehe. I'm just glad I did. I came back with a mountain top feeling. I left Switzerland with a promise to myself: That I would return perhaps during winter and experience the Alps at it's white glory.

Now, I have to sign off and go to bed since I have again a very long day ahead of me tomorrow. Lord give me strength.
I am normally an optimistic person...
by missP on Thu Jun 15, 2006 7:32 pm
...but this time, I think I'll pass!

I have a heavy heart. I wonder if it is better for my sister to rather go back home and get treatment in Manila instead. I think we also have very good hospitals and doctors naman there. I am just worried that she would not be able to manage on her own in Belgium. A single parent, working fulltime and being sickly just doesn't go well together. These ingredients, mixed together would mean a flat cake, a hard bread or sticky pasta.

I told her about it but she just laughed. She is strong. She's not showing her fears. I really don't have any clue as to what will happen and I am being pessimistic about her situation. I know this will not help her at all. But somehow, no matter how hard I try to think that she will be alright, I can't help to be the older sister that I am. I am just so afraid for her.
pearl farm and freebies
by missP on Fri Jun 16, 2006 6:20 am
I am chatting with my friend who hails from Davao. Limang tulog na lang kasi, I'll be home na again for a short visit lang. My parents are celebrating their birthdays. Mabuti na lang same month... para isang uwian lang, buwahahahaha! My father will turn 60 on July 2 and mom will be 56 on July 13. Pagkatapos ng celebrations sa Manila, we plan to go down south. We'll be visiting Davao this time. Plan is to stay at Pearl Farm. Pero, grabeee! Sobrang mahal.

Isn't it sad? Kapwa Filipinos who can't afford it, cannot even enjoy the treasures of the Philippines. Yap, kayamanan natin ang ating mga magagandang dagat at iba pang natural resources. But once this places gets developed and marketed to foreigners, etsa pwera na ang mga Pinoy na mahirap lang. Unless they work as staff in such places, they can't even get to see this world re-knowned resorts in their own land. Schade!!!

Anyway, with three big bags and two really heavy handcarry luggages, one would think hindi na kao babalik dito sa Alemanya. But, so far, yan ang estimated ko na luggage. What with all the stuff we have to bring back home, naks, as if! Actually, I'm just bringing old stuff that I won't be using here anymore. Better to give them to those who would really appreciate them. Marami tayong mga kababayan sa mga probinsiya na naghihirap. Kahit ano ang ibigay mo sa kanila, ina-appreciate nila ito ng husto. You see it in the gleam of their faces. Naranasan ko ito nang una akong mag iwan ng mga gamit sa atin, mga apat na taon na ang nakalipas, kasi nag "excess baggage" ako. Tuwang-tuwa sila kahit mga lumang damit lang iyon ng asawa ko. Mag mula noon, tuwing uuwi ako, ginagawa ko, dala ko lang lahat puro old clothes, sa skin at sa mister ko. Tapos, iniiwan na namin ito sa mga tao dun. Tuwa din naman si mister ko. Tuwing lalabas daw siya, everday, familiar sa kanya ang suot na t-shirt ng ka-baryo na nasasalubong niya, hehehe. Tuloy, pag nagpapadala din ako ng balikbayan box, hindi din ito nawawalan ng lumang gamit na extra pang pinapadala sa probinsiya. This is my own personalized way of helping out. Hindi nga lang mga brand new ang pinamimigay ko, dahil hindi naman po ako mayaman, but just the same, I feel good kapag nakikita ko ang saya ng aking kababayan. I try to think of it as some sort of "Ukay-Ukay" pero free. They don't need to pay for the stuff. "Ukay-ukay" is cheap kaya good na rin, but freebies are even better, don't you think?
Lumitaw na po ulit... sa Manila
by missP on Tue Jun 27, 2006 3:42 am
After a very hectic week of packing, work and squeezing grill parties in between, finally, im sweating it out even by not doing anything. Feels like I lost 10 kilos in just a week despite the almost daily grill invites after work. With three huge bags weighing more than 90 kilos and two hand-carries weighing fifteen kilos each, hubby and I finally made it to the gate on time to board the aircraft bound to Manila at 10:05 pm last June 22nd.

Though, since I got here 5 days ago, I feel like I gained 20 kilos in lieu. Non-stop eating is what I have been doing. Having missed so much the Filipino cuisine, (unlike most of you out there, I am a bummer when it comes to cooking Philippine cuisine...) hence, I feel like I have not eaten in several decades each time my sense of smell is alerted of the cooking aroma that father is making up in the kitchen.

The constant declaration of my dear bro that he wants to gain more wait is not helping me at all, much more, when I see him all the time sitted at the dining table. I wonder what happened to him. A few years back, it was so difficult to make him eat anything. He simply didn't have any appetite. But now, boy!!! You can't even stop him from finishing alone a big platter of fried rice mixed with Swift Hotdogs and eggs. Nevertheless, I am so happy to see him like this rather than before, when mom, my sisters and I were constantly nagging him to eat more.


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We went to Fort Bonifacio - The Global City two nights ago. Was so curious as to how the place looks like after two years. Basically, still the same. Except, there are more restaurants now. When I went there a couple of years ago, the place was not yet totally developed. Although some restaurants were already in operation then. The crowd, composed mostly of teenagers were all too busy with their handy's and outfits. Weird combination?? Yes, I think so, too. As a teenager, I remember, when I went out to discos and and bar's back then (without the knowledge of my parents of course), the most important thing was to enjoy the night. Never mind the scolding that I would get later on if caught. The outfit didn't matter as much. Of course handy's were non-existent then. But pagers were discreetly hidden in the bag. When the first ever wireless came out, (remember those mobiline and alcatel cellular phones that looked like you need to carry a car battery with you all the time as well?) yap...they were too big to carry in small purses, so they were a burden instead of an accessory to look cool. I guess, I am really getting old now. Hubby and myself ended up having pizza at Gourdo's at 2:30 in the morning while watching the football match of Mexico and Argentina. The pizza was really good paired with beer for hubby ?t mango shake pour moi.

Here's a funny one though. While at Gourdo's, three teeners came into the restaurant and sat at the table next to ours. The two boys took charge in ordering their pizza while the girl was busy taking pictures from her handy. In between she was either telephoning or texting. When their order finally came, they started taking their slices from the Pizza. It was not only after one thay have tasted their pizzas, that they noticed they got the wrong order. They called the attention of the waiter and asked him to bring them their right order. So far, all went okay. It was of course their right. The waiter took away the pizza which seemed to me either it was some kind of margherita or hawaiian. It had no olives on it. When their right order came, it was with olives. They must have ordered super supreme or something similar to it. It was only later that I noticed something strange. On the sides of their plates were the olives. Not one of them ate olives. Why in the world would, somebody who doesn't eat olives, order pizzza with olives on it? Much more, make a fuss about having been served the wrong order. Yakyakyakyak... Pa-C?

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I had planned to go to Davao with hubby this month. The Pearl Farm to be specific. But I will have to cancel that. As it turns out, we don't have enough time to visit two places this time. I actually thought that since my parents are celebrating their birthdays at the same month, it would be economical for me, kasi isang uwian lang.) But then, I just found out that I would need to allot minimum of six weeks to eight, of vacation time. Nonetheless, the celebration will continue. Pearl Farm will have to wait till the next scheduled vacation. For next week, hubby and I will be visiting Balicasag Dive Resort in Bohol instead.

For now, I bid you adieu!