A Post for Pam

(Too cluttered to make my own New Years post...so while I think of my own, I decided to put a blogless friend's holiday experience....)



yung umalis kami nung cousin at kuya ko, nag star city kami.
ang cheap no. haha! di bale ang saya naman. haha! ang daming papables.
ang daming gwapo!!! alam mo ba, yung iba nakyukyutan sakin. haha!
alam mo naman.
haha! yung iba tinitignan ako, syempre ang gagawin ko na
tignan din sila.
haha! mga cute naman eh :))! tapos meron dun,
sila. mga may
Chinese blood. tinitignan din ako. haha!
minsan nga nahuhuli
ko pang nakatingin
eh. tapos malayo-layo pa sila sa
amin, pero tingin parin
ng tingin kahit
magkalayo kami. haha! tapos
meron pa. may isa na
naka-braces. grabe ang gwapo
rin! haha! syempre
tumitingin na naman. ako
tinitignan ko rin siya. kasi ang
gwapo talaga!
kamukha niya yung
tiga-philscie na naka-braces din. grabe sobra!
ko tuloy yung
tiga-philscie (well, ndi mo nga cguro alam yuns itsura nun
pero sila julie,
maan alam nila kung gano kagwapo yun. haha!) GRABE!
yung nga
nakikipagtinginan din ako. tapos may kuya niya yata yun, ang gwapo
ang saya nga kasi ang lapit lang namin sa kanila. tapos
parang may
foreign blood
sila, kasi ang ganda nung eyes nila. haha!
ehem! world class
talaga ang beauty
ko. haha! ang vain! haha!

ayun. basta. sobra nagdo-drool na ako. haha! alam mo naman na
weakness ko ang hott men :D haha! dahil dun, mas lalo akong naghahanap ng
hott guys. haha! yuck! haha!

Year 2008

Happy New Years all...

I'll write about my New Year some other time....probably when I'm not reeling from miles of travel and about half a bottle of red wine...

Ciao for now...

A Cup of Joe

Coffee. The word means different things to different kinds of people. For a few, it means the luxury of enjoying exotic flavors from around the world. To some, it means the chance of pretending to afford and enjoy this luxury. To others, it means daily fare to keep them awake and alert for their daily labor. Finally, for a steadily growing number of Filipinos, it equates with their very survival. Coffee is more than a mere beverage consisting of alkali, sugar and other compounds. It is a symbol of social and economic status, of prestige, and of power. In every stir and sip, and in every drop is the story not only of the person drinking it, but of the society as well.

Drop by a classy café or restaurant. Chances are, you would see at least one person drinking coffee at any given time of the day. The coffee there comes in many different flavors, with a variety of syrups, flavoring, toppings, cream and other add-ons to create a vast combination for drinking pleasure in different sizes. Imagine that you’re modestly well-to-do, if not filthy rich. Take your pick. Order your cup. Read a book and enjoy the comforts of a relaxed lounge atmosphere. Pay your bill: use either cash or credit card for your purchase. Then drive off, feeling better with that one dose of sheer pleasure to make your day.

Now imagine you’re not really rich or well-to-do. Remember: You had to save for this trip to the café, so make it count. You approach the counter and give your order with enough élan and sophistication to shame any high-browed socialite. You find a seat closest to the door where everyone can see you sipping an expensive cup. A friend comes in, and you feign surprise. You invite her to order a cup and join you. Three hours pass, and amazingly, your cups aren’t even half empty. The coffee’s cold, but you don’t mind, as you wave to your acquaintances passing by outside. Yes, that was good, wasn’t it?

It’s midnight, and you have to beat a deadline. Hours pass without much productivity, so you cram. Finding the nearest cup of warm water and a sachet of instant 3-in-1 coffee, you pour everything in and stir. Satisfied with that brownish tinge, you chug it down in one gulp. Now, that ought to perk you up, for the fourth time in two hours. Minutes tick by and your deadline comes closer. God, the stress is killing you. But hey, there’s still one more sachet left to calm you down. You finish a few minutes before deadline, you prepare that last cup and drink it. You feel like passing out, but you’re wide awake. Your head hurts, and it’s driving you mad.

You have a family of seven. You have a job, thank God, but it’s not enough to cover the costs of daily living. At least you have enough to buy rice. Cooped up in the four walls of your flimsy shanty, you prepare another mix of rice and instant coffee powder. That would be enough to keep your children’s stomachs from grumbling, at least for another day. They ate batchoy yesterday anyway, so a little sacrifice today wouldn’t hurt. You mix a little condensed milk for extra flavor, with some water to spread it. You don’t complain – better to eat once than not eat at all. Dinner is served.

In the simplest of things, like coffee, we can see the grim realities of Filipino society. It’s appalling how some could casually spend for their luxuries, while others are at the brink of starvation. A friend once told me how guilty he felt when a street kid asked him for alms when he left a Starbucks. Whether he gave the poor thing anything, I don’t really remember. What’s sad is that many of us don’t really care. I don’t know if apathy and indifference are side effects of caffeine overconsumption. To some extent, there is blood in your coffee. I guess what’s important is that even when we enjoy coffee as a creature comfort, we do not forget those among us whose very survival hangs on a thread. Everytime we perk up, our social consciousness should also get a jolt.

Smell the coffee and wake up.

Lucky Bastard

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- For nearly seven years Melina Salazar did her best to put on a smile and tend to the every need of her most loyal and cantankerous customer.

She made sure his food was as hot as he wanted, even if it meant he burned his mouth. And she smiled through his demands and curses. The 89-year-old Walter "Buck" Swords obviously appreciated it, leaving the waitress $50,000 and a 2000 Buick when he died.

"I still can't believe it," the Luby's cafeteria employee told Harlingen television station KGBT-TV in an interview during which she described Swords as "kind of mean."

Swords, a World War II veteran, died in July. But Salazar learned just a few days before Christmas that he had left her the money and car.

The Holidays...

...are a headache.

I've been desperately trying to balance vacation time and annoying-homework time. There's this cool new game called "Company of Heroes" that I've been desperately trying to install in my computer to no success. It's such a great game.

Anyways, I just came from yet another party (the fourth for this month). The last party was actually a class reunion. Actually, it wasn't even my class. It was my grandfather's class of 1955 during his time in the Philippine Military Academy. It's sad to admit but partying and dancing with a couple of old veterans was actually much more exciting than our Christmas Party in school...

For the moment, I am fooling around in my dad's workplace with my brother. This place feels like an extra large computer shop with its own studio. I love messing around my parents' workplaces. It's great to be out of the house. We're actually just waiting for my dad to finish his shift so we can all go to Gerona to visit my grandparents. I managed to finish the movie report and parts of the chemistry portfolio but I'm still not sure what's the exact date we go back to to school. I guess when you think about it long enough, you find out what really matters most. I even managed to think of one line that sums it all up:

"To hell with it all!!!!"

The True Dark

The dark is generous, and it is patient.
It is the dark that seeds cruelty into justice, that drips contempt into compassion, that poisons love with grains of doubt.
The dark can be patient, because the slightest drop of rain will cause those seeds to sprout.
The rain will come, and the seeds will sprout, for the dark is the soil in which they grow, and it is the clouds above them, and it waits behind the star that gives them light.
The dark's patience is infinite.
Eventually, even the light of the stars burn out.

The dark is generous, and it is patient, and it always wins.
It wins because it is everywhere.
It is in the wood that burns in your hearth, and in the kettle on the fire, it is under your chair and under your table and under the sheets of your bed. Wal k in the midday sun and the dark is with you, attached to the soles of your feet.
The brightest light casts the darkest shadow.

It's like a damn virus...

Ack...I can't get the damn song out of my head. I've been humming Erasure's "A Little Respect" ever since I heard it at the ice skating ring. As the Christopher Turk once said "It's like a damn virus!"...

I hate those people who play their music out loud in computer shops. There's a reason why headsets were provided...so the rest of us can be spared from your crappy taste in tunes.

Holday Headache

Oh my god...the chronic headaches have returned...

Our class Family Day/Christmas Party just finished today. Then again, it isn't actually finished yet. I just had to leave early. That's pretty much why is in such a bad mood for the rest of the day. The incompetence of others has compelled me to stay up late last night as it has forced me to leave early today. Don't get me wrong, the Christmast Party wasn't much fun (about as fun as going to the movies with my family) but I was planning something special afterwards. Anyway, I hate going to the airport...T_T

I HATE IT...maybe I'll just tell everyone I went to the mall so I won't be reminded of this horrible afternoon


This the record of my spectacular 2-0 victory over a person who will for now, be unnamed. What really disappoints me is that it took too many moves before I moved in for the kill...


You suck...

25. Me: e2 - e7
24. Her: g1 - h2
23. Me: h8 - f6
22. Her: c8 - d7
21. Me: e1 - d2
20. Her: d7 - d6
19. Me: d4 - h8
18. Her: g8 - e7
17. Me: e3 - d4
16. Her: e5 - d4
15. Me: c1 - e3
14. Her: g7 - g6
13. Me: a3 - b4
12. Her: h1 - g1
11. Me: a2 - a3
10. Her: e4 - h1
9. Me: d1 - e2
8. Her: h4 - e4
7. Me: g2 - g3
6. Her: f8 - b4
5. Me: d2 - d4
4. Her: d8 - h4
3. Me: b1 - c3
2. Her: e7 - e5
1. Me: e2 - e4

47. Me: c1 - c8
46. Her: c7 - b8
45. Me: a1 - c1
44. Her: f7 - f6
43. Me: h4 - g5
42. Her: g7 - g5
41. Me: g2 - h3
40. Her: d8 - c7
39. Me: d4 - h4
38. Her: g8 - h6
37. Me: d1 - d4
36. Her: c5 - d4
35. Me: c2 - d4
34. Her: c6 - d4
33. Me: c3 - d4
32. Her: e5 - d4
31. Me: d2 - d4
30. Her: b8 - c6
29. Me: a3 - c2
28. Her: e7 - e5
27. Me: b5 - a3
26. Her: d7 - d6
25. Me: c7 - b5
24. Her: e8 - d8
23. Me: d5 - c7
22. Her: a5 - b5
21. Me: b2 - c3
20. Her: b4 - a5
19. Me: c3 - d5
18. Her: b5 - b4
17. Me: b1 - c3
16. Her: d3 - b5
15. Me: c1 - b2
14. Her: c2 - d3
13. Me: e2 - d1
12. Her: f5 - c2
11. Me: b2 - b3
10. Her: e5 - f5
9. Me: d1 - e2
8. Her: d6 - e5
7. Me: e4 - e5
6. Her: c7 - d6
5. Me: f1 - g2
4. Her: d8 - c7
3. Me: g2 - g3
2. Her: c7 - c5
1. Me: e2 - e4