May 2007

Why Do I blog? (revised entry from last year)
by missP on Wed May 02, 2007 9:06 am
On a sunny day, like this, it is such a waste to just sit in front of the PC and vegetate, but what the heck! Hubby is away again to some far off place. And since I only work part time now, I have actually, plenty of time to do whatever I may want to do. Perhaps, I will even go to visit my sisters over the weekend. Till then, I am going to vegetate here as long as I want!

I have been tagged by Eydyeyey with the topic: Why do I blog?.

Eyds, actually, having the gut feeling that i posted already something similar before, I checked my archives and indeed, I have already answered this last yearl. So, Eydyeyey, I hope you don't mind me re-posting the article with some modifications.

After doing my normal rounds of blog hopping, answering mails and catching up on the reading, I thought I should also answer the question: clapping “Why Do I Blog?”

I started blogging almost four years now. brainwash I know, in my archives it’s only been a little more than three. That’s because, I did not include the entries that I made with e-bloggy (now blogspot) and Diaryland. After a couple more months, I discovered other blogs. Blogs that were very interesting and so popular. Bloggers with their attitudes and such high falluting words made me feel like mine was too bland, simple and uninteresting. Insecurity settled in and I lost the appetite for blogging. Although I still blog hop every now and then, believe you me, the “then” sunked in more often until I discovered the community of Filipino bloggers. I got motivated again. I started another blog with Upsaid Journal, having learned that they give out blogging space for free accounts. After two or three articles, Upsaid closed their basic accounts. I then moved on to Movabletype, where I lasted for some months. By this time, I have become a frequent visitor to the other Pinoy blog sites. I have also gathered up enough courage to leave a comment or just let the owner know that I dropped by their site. My first blogging intrigue came. I was accused of flaming someone who has been blogging for years. That was quite an interesting experience. I let go of the issue and avoided it like one would a plague or something. I lost a friend though in the process. We said hurting words to each other and eventually lost communication, but all that has come to pass. I have already talked to that lady again after some months, yes, it took us months to patch up, with the help of some other bloggers namely Elaine and Thess.

After all the chaos, why do I blog? I blog for several reasons.

1. ) It’s to pass the time away. I was new in this country where hubby and I have to settle in for the time being. With no work and still learning the language, I needed something else to occupy myself with. Although, in the beginning I was not that of an enthusiast, I still managed to do it. Writing, second to math is my waterloo. Contradictingly unbelievable & untrue because when I was still studying, I used to join the National News Writing Conferences in the Philippines. I was also a member of the journalism club in High School. Well, in fairness, I did have the talent, as what my advisors told me then, but I didn’t have the zest for it. I was too lazy to put words into sentences, paragraphs or compose something. Though I was good in Essay writing I only wrote one if necessary, like for example, so I could pass a subject. I have my English teachers who can attest to that given the grades I got. Then again, I also stated somewhere that I am a journalist-wannabe, but that was only because I had a very big crush on the newspaper editor at school then. Yes, now it can be told! I used to stay longer hours at school just to be with the guy who didn’t seem to notice me. Who’s mind seemed to be so pre-occupied with only two things in general: the love of his life, Jessica and the things he would do or make in his lifetime. He had big plans. Well, he was the Valedictorean of his batch, so, what else could one expect of him. Anyway, when he graduated, I suddenly lost interest in journalism and switched to Drama. And that was the end of my journalism years but not for blogging Wink!

2.) I blog, because it is so interesting what other people think, what they feel in certain situations, how they react to some actions of others. It’s like doing Psychology and Sociology 101 experiments. I blog because I am a sucker for other people’s stories. Yes, admittedly. I could sit down and read or listen to other people telling me their life stories and later break it down to cause and effect situations. What I learn from it, will stay with me, for sure. What discourages or disappoints me from the stories, I simply forget. bouncenburn

3.) I blog because I know that some people come to visit me in my blogsite. There are days, when I feel so down or so upset and they would feel it in the entry I made and they would leave me comforting words and things to laugh at to ease the heavy heart I have. No man is an island. Not one can survive alone. I first learned that from my grandmother who has repeatedly instilled it in us. Living in a foreign country with no real family except for my hubby who has put up with all my crazy ideas and cheered me up on some days when depression sets in on me, I need others to tell me comforting words and give me constructive criticisms. So, I Blog. overclocking

4.) Another reason why I blog is because this is my way of reflecting on myself. I was also once a brat, immature, self centered person…and blogging has helped me to open up my mind and widen my outlook into things, ideas and situations. It is nice to read about the old self and then realize that I have changed. That I have learned to let go of the bad me and in it’s place is now a responsible, God fearing, mature adult trying always to reflect to others the Lord’s goodness and wonders in my life. I am not saying that blogging changed me. I am stating that reading what I have written in my blog helped me get to know myself better. blush

5.) I am not really a very materialistic person, duck but in blogging , as I have mentioned before helps me widen my horizon…(to the point of being Vain), to find new things, new ideas, when it comes to fashion as well. Try to bloghop and find out that half if not most of the bloggers would feature some new cellphones, camera, bag, dress, make up powder, lipstick eyeshadows, etc., etc. The list could go on and on…It really is quite fun. I crawl in the web looking out who is reading which book, who went on vacation to Timbukto and whoever had a fight with the bosses at work. Silly little things? Well yes maybe. But it helps me unwind as well as heals my aching heart when I am blue, lifts up my spirits when I am down in the dumps or brings out the best in me as a writer, there's a laugh! bananas bananas bananas

I should also tag 5 persons on this, according to the rule so, I am tagging:

1. ) Loloy
2. ) Coco
3. ) Curacha
4. ) Dae Darlene
5. ) YOU yes, please post your answer in your blog.

Guys, it's possible I know that you may have already posted something similar before, like in my case, but let's join the fun and just try to repost your entry. Perhaps some reasons may have changed already or you may have some readers or visitors who are new and therefore have not read your past entry. Admittedly, it is very seldom that a blogger would dig for no special reason in one's archives. Just feel free to edit and repost it.

Have a nice day to all!
I will let the pics speak for themselves
by missP on Fri May 11, 2007 7:44 pm

A sickly old aunt went away,
To see her niece and nephew for a day.
So, the sickly aunt invited Jane,
She invited Lene
And both said yes, they are happy to join.

They had fun, running around Brussels,
Visiting the spots.
Places that tourists and locals alike love.
Then the day turned into two,
Boy, they almost didn't want to bid the magical place adieu!

But the aunt had to go back for a measely interview,
An interview with an old mamoth in the zoo.
So she did the least she could do
She took some pictures to look back to.

Some shots here and some poses there,
Solo and with the group.
The souvenirs were not forgotten,
Heaven's forbid, they were surely bought.

They left Brussels via Liege through Leuven,
They stopped somewhere to have some pralines,
They tried the Belgian cracker and some waffles, too
An Lene just couldn't help it, she had
some authentic Belgian beer to go.
A remembrance of her trip to Brussels with Jane & the sickly aunt, too. Wink Wink Wink

I look like a woman...
by missP on Sat May 19, 2007 12:44 pm
... sometimes i act like a man. But hey, who am I kidding? Im really just a weed.

Your Brain is 53% Female, 47% Male

Your brain is a healthy mix of male and female
You are both sensitive and savvy
Rational and reasonable, you tend to keep level headed
But you also tend to wear your heart on your sleeve

What Gender Is Your Brain?

... see, even the type of sandwich that i am has to be with grass.

You Are a Ham Sandwich

You are quiet, understated, and a great comfort to all of your friends. Over time, you have proven yourself as loyal and steadfast. And you are by no means boring. You do well in any situation - from fancy to laid back.

Your best friend: The Turkey Sandwich

Your mortal enemy: The Grilled Cheese Sandwich

What Kind of Sandwich Are You?

Or perhaps I am just a confused turkey???

Hungry??? Food is just a click away...
by missP on Fri May 25, 2007 10:51 am
...only, you won't get your stomach full after the visit... Or, perhaps you will.

There it is. Finally, we have sent a ticket for an upgrade of my contract with our current web space provider. For a while there, I though I would be discontinuing the contract. I didn?t have enough time and lust to do more of the site anyway, but then, hubby said he also wanted to have his own domain. So, instead, we made a request for an upgrade to a package with two domain names.

Bigger space, unlimited bandwidth and of course, more features on top of the usual (POP3 accounts, mail forwarder, 2000 sub domains, mp3 and video possibility, GD2 Graphics Library, etc.) like:

software package:

Joomla! ? Professional CMS
Mambo - Content Management System
OSCommerce ? Profi shop system
xt:Commerce ? Profi shop system
phpBB - Community & Forum
PHPProject ? Groupware
Wordpress - Professional Blog software
b2evolution ? High End ? Blog software
PHPOpenChat / X7 Chat - Community Chat software
Deluxemailer - Professional Contact form
WebCalendar ? Date planner
PhpBB Guest Book - Guestbook

I don?t pretend to understand all of them, but to my novice ear, they all sound really good. Besides, hubby confirmed what my novice ear was hearing. So we finalized the request.

After sending the Ticket, hubby and I spent time checking out domain names. It has to be short (four letter word), funny and unique. Boy, I didn?t realize how difficult it can be. Most of the words we wanted to use are already taken.

What?s funny is, ?sinigang? is still available. Who would want to have ? for a domain name? Well, my hubby!

I begged him not to, but he just replied with ?WHY NOT??

Oh, heck!