Wednesday, December 26, 2007

It's a Happy, Joyful, Wonderful Christmas

Who said that I was alone celebrated Christmas?

Thank you for the Claro Family who adopted me and shared their Noche Buena with me...
And for all the friends who kept my phone terribly busy...
And for Kuya, who made it more special...

I am happy that I was able to complete again, the simbang gabi... Wow! God really gave me a chance to visit Him regularly... with my worry-free schedule... no reason not to attend the holy mass...
Whether I am wishing for something or not... still a little sacrifice of missing my primetime telenovelas... is worth the exchange...

Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

And counting...

Christmas is just 5days to go...
2008 is 12days to go...
My assessment-panel interview is 27 days to go...
Valentines is 57 days to go...
My Birthday is 68 days to go...

Hahaha! I'm really counting the days...
But there's one event I'm most excited counting...
Someone is coming home soon...
Gosh! can't hardly wait!!! about 44 days to go...
Yipeeeeeee!!!! Yahooooooo!!!! Yeheeeeeeey!!!!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Bon Voyage!

Today, my dear friend, Joseph Tuazon's flight to the land down under...
Another milestone in his career and family life...
Five years of friendship built in working together here in Bataan...
Yes, so much to miss with this guy...
Wala na kaming service every Christmas Party, gimik, outing and etc...
Wala na kaming digital camera ni Weng... (hindi nya pinamana sa min eh)
Wala na kaming makaka-chikahan every breaktime and uwian...
at wala ng gwapo dito sa planta... (yeah!!!)
Oh well, that's life!
Seph, hintayin mo kami dyan ha...
Bibisitahin ka namin ni Weng...
Padala ka ng picture with the kangaroos...
God Bless!!!
Last Cristmas Party with Joseph
(Aura, Joan, Joseph, Rheena and Weng)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

PRII Christmas Party 2007: Filipiniana

December 07, 2007

Crown Royale Hotel, Balanga Bataan

Ronald Bolalin
Efren Gualdajara

Human Resource and Administration Department
VP-General Affairs

Maintenance Section

Engineering Department with

Director-Plant Operations

VP-Plant Operations

Logistics Department

Training and Development Department

Accounting Department

Production Section

Technical Department

Makati Office



Executive Vice President

Dorector-Corporate Affairs

VP Finance

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

Embracing Singlehood

MANILA, Philippines—An Open Letter to the Concerned Family and Friends (CFF) of late 20's to mid 40's something Single Women****

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Sayonara... QC!

Gosh! this is my last duty in this department... been with them for five nourishing years... expanded my skill, shared my talent, worked harder than ever, shed lots and lots of sweats, back and head-aches, debated alot, acquired more skills and learnings, and built friendships...

Saturday, December 01, 2007

I Agree!

"Kung nakaya ko, kaya mo rin. Naaalala mo nung ako ang nandyan? Oh eh, di ba't ikaw pa ang nagsabi sa kin na baka kaya tayo iniiwan ng mga taong mahal natin kasi baka merong bagong darating na mas ok... na mas mamahalin tayo, yung taong di tayo sasaktan at paaasahin... Yung nag-iisang tao na magtatama ng mga mali sa buhay natin... Nang lahat ng mali sa buhay mo." - Popoy (One More Chance)

I super-dooper-mega-over-definitely AGREEEEE!!!

enough said!!!

***Kuya, thanks for the call last night, take care always! (^o^)

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Ok, I admit the big grin in my face now is caused by a surprising message... Gosh! 10 0r more years later, I couldn't believe he even noticed me then... Naman!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Super blessed

The Kerygma Conference
November 23-25, 2007
The Philsports Arena

Day 1: November 23, 5pm-10pm

Opening Worship by Adrian Panganiban

Song: The Power of Love by Dulce
The Prayer by Dulce and Nolyn Cabahug

Holy Mass: Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD

Talk #1: Don't Burn Out - Burn Up!
(How to Fuel Your Soul for a Purpose-Driven Life) - Bo Sanchez

Happy to be accompanied by my very dear friend, Mon

Day 2: November 24, 2007 (830am-7pm)

Opening Worship by Carl Fontanilla

Holy Mass: Bishop Teodoro Bacani
Fr. Steve Tyler

Talk #2: When God is Sleeping in the Storm
(What should you do when crushing trials come?) - Bo Sanchez

Talk #3: You're More Gifted ThanYou Can Ever Imagine
(How to Discover, Develop and Deliver Your Gifting tot he World) - Arun Gogna

Talk #4: The Key To All Success is Attitude
(How to See Life the Way God Sees it) - Alvin Barcelona

Talk #5: Are You Fighting for Your Family's Future?
(How to Sow More Love inyour Relationships- and Harvest Abundantly) - Pio Espanol

Talk #6: Increase Your Miracles
(How to Conquer Giants and Move Mountains for God) - Mike Joseph

Talk #7: Chang Your Habits and Change Your Life
(How to Replace Destructive with Lifegiving Habits) - Obet Cabrillas

Kerygma Concert
K5, Nyoy Volante, Pinky Marquez, Reuben Laurente and Christopher de Leon

Mga Smiling- happy-Puyat!

Day 3: November 25, 2007 (830am-2pm)

Opening Worship by Fr. Joseph Skelton

Talk #8: Expand the Borders of Your Life
(How to Dream the dreams of God) - Bo Sanchez

Holy Mass: Fr. Joey Faller
Fr. Joseph Skelton

New found friends: Tita Rose and Tito Manny

With My Mama, on the 3rd day.

Fan sya ni Bo Sanchez

(Super typhoon Mina...nowhere! instead Super typhoon of Blessings!!!!!)

Monday, November 26, 2007

It's my old self...

This is one thing that I truly miss doing... And I miss the people I used to be with attending this kind of activities... Volunteer Catechists of Mary, Mother of God Parish, Bayanan Muntinlupa.

Been astray... been away... been a naughty girl... been there... done that... that is not me...

Thursday, November 22, 2007


I'm such an RnB listener, but once in awhile I got to listen to pop/rock music. I was glued on watching the American Music Awards 2007 last monday night. And one band really caught my attention... (sila pala yung kumanta nun...!)

The very first time I heard the song, I already memorized the chorus...


I'm staring out into the night,
Trying to hide the pain.
I'm going to the place where love
And feeling good don't ever cost a thing.
And the pain you feel's a different kind of pain.

Well I'm going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I'm not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don't regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old,
So I'm going home.
Well I'm going home.

The miles are getting longer, it seems,
The closer I get to you.
I've not always been the best man or friend for you.
But your love, it makes true.
And I don't know why.
You always seem to give me another try.

So I'm going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I'm not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don't regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old,
So I'm going home.
I'm going home.

Be careful what you wish for,
'Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all,
And then some you don't want.
Be careful what you wish for,
'Cause you just might get it all.
You just might get it all, yeah.

Oh, well I'm going home,
Back to the place where I belong,
And where your love has always been enough for me.
I'm not running from.
No, I think you got me all wrong.
I don't regret this life I chose for me.
But these places and these faces are getting old.
I said these places and these faces are getting old,
So I'm going home.
I'm going home.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Happy Bestfriend Birthday

Bestfriend who?
I am a self-confessed supladita-maldita, but blessed with great true friendships...
For one, with my college bestfriend, Christopher C. Cahello
a.k.a. Chris a.k.a. Xyre Ron Chris a.k.a Schrive a.k.a. whatever!!! hehehe (dami tawag eh!)
But for me, he is simply Chris.

It is not surprising that our wavelengths jived
I know, it is our eccentricities that binded us together... (hahaha!)
From the start, he treated me well above the others...
(biased talaga sya, pagdating sa 'kin)
He gave cards to the whole barkada but mine is bigger and more colorful,
He accepted drawing projects only from me,
and ako lang ang nililibre nya...

describe ko nga sya...
mabilis syang kumain kaya madalas masakit ang tyan...
mabilis syang maglakad na kala mo may humahabol sa kanya...
pero super galing mag-drawing at ma-art-e magsulat...
always mabango sya...
hindi marunong mag-basketball pero magaling sa volleyball...
laging nangunguna sa uwian...
mahilig mag-english...(yeah right!)
mahilig gumimik, mag-chat at matulog...
pero super sweet and thoughtful...(libre mo ko!)
ano pa ba?..... tama na baka lumaki pa ulo mo!

"Hey! Bestfriend, Happy Birthday! (I know I used to send you birthday cards, but this is more sosyal! hehehe!) I miss you very much. I miss our laugh trips, kulitan and asaran. I miss our movie time. I miss your libre. I miss your cards and little trinkets... I miss sharing our little secrets... Take care always... God bless you more...Love yah!"

Ocean Adventure April 2006

Saturday, November 17, 2007

My Train Moments: Part 2

Ang Philippine National Railways

Nakasakay ka na ba sa tren na ito?
Ito yung pinakaunang tren sa Pinas... (sa pagkakaalam ko, obvious naman sa hitsura ng tren...)
Bumibiyahe mula Calamba, Laguna hanggang Legaspi, Albay.

Nasa kolehiyo na ako ng unang makasakay sa tren na ito. Palibhasa ang eskwelahan ko noon ay malapit sa istasyon ng tren. Mula sa Alabang sasakay ako hanggang FTI station. Pero bihira ko lang gawin ito kasi tamad akong maglakad papunta sa istasyon, yung sa Alabang ay medyo malayo mula sa national road, at yung sa FTI naman ay may kalayuan din papuntang eskwelahan. At natatakot kasi ako sa mga bali-balitang may nagtatapon daw ng ihi o maduming tubig sa tren habang dumaraan ito (mula sa mga home along da riles). Pero ang higit kong kinatakutan, ng makita kong hanggang bubong ay may nakasakay... naisip kong pano kung nasa loob ako at hindi makababa sa bababaan kong istasyon eh di sa susunod na istasyon ako bababa (natural!), oh eh di sasakay pa ulit ako pabalik....haaaayyy! malaking abala!

Pero sa totoo lang masaya sumakay sa tren na ito... bukod sa higit na mas mura ang pamasahe (noon sa jeep ang pamasahe ko P4.50 Alabang-FTI Tenement, dito P2.75 lang, paminsan pa libre... hehehe!) ay adventure talaga, bukod sa feeling mong inuugoy ka ng taong galit sa 'yo eh parang mahihiwalay pa sa pagkakadugtong ang tren. Tapos lalakad kang parang lasing na sumusuray-suray sa gitna para tumawid sa kabilang carriage (pasensya na di ko alam sa tagalog!) Astig!

Pero ang pinaka-adventure sa pagsakay ko sa tren na ito ay noong bagyong Rosing (?)... 1997. yung bagyong nagpa-stranded sa mga sasakyan sa south expressway ng buong magdamag. binaha ang Bicutan ng hanggang baywang. Naalala mo ba yon? Hapon na ng kinansel ang klase at pinauwi ang mga empleyado. Kami namang magkakaibigan, napagod at nangawit na sa kahihintay ng jeep pauwi...
Mon: "Aura, mag-tren na lang tayo, hopeless mag-abang ng jeep..."
Aura: "Tren? hmmmmm di ba tatamaan ng kidlat yun?!"
Mon: "Sira! di yun tatamaan kasi hindi naman yun pula!"
Aura: "Ahhh! ok! sige, lakad na tayo..."
Mon: "Uy Au, ayun si ____ mukhang sasakay din ng tren..."
Aura: "Ano ka ba Mon, di ba sabi ko sa 'yo mag-tren na tayo?!"
Mon: "Oo nga! Bruha!"
Aura: "Bilisan mo, baka maunahan tayo sumakay.... hehehe!"

Makalipas ang dalawampung taon... dumating din ang tren... at hayop!!! sa sakay na pasahero, ga-tumpok ang tao sa bubong.

Mon: "Au, bilis, suot... dun.... dun... sige sumiksik ka dyan...kasya ka dyan... hawak naman kita!"
Aura: "Mon, wala kong makita eh..."
Mon: "Ah basta, isiksik mo sarili mo dyan... gusto mong makauwi di ba?!"
Aura: "Mon, hwag mo kong bibitawan ha... kili-kili yata tong nasa tapat ko...!"
Mon: "Wag ka ng maingay dyan...!"
Aura: "Mon, makakalabas pa ba tayo ng buhay dito?"

Mon: "Oo naman... by chance... hehehe!"
Aura: "Aray! paa ko yun! ano ba?!"
boses ng isang lalaki: "Hoy! kayong lahat walang bastusan ah, bawal ang umutot dito...!"

Nakuha pang magtawanan ng mga pasaherong animoy mackerel...

........ooooooopppppssss! nakauwi kami ng maluwalhati ni Mon, by chance... Amen!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Technical Gathering 2007

Technical Department Gathering:
November 09, 2007
Dinner at Tramway in Timog

Night out in Laffline Comedy Bar
with Vice-Ganda
Technical Girls
Starbucks, Timog...

Thursday, November 08, 2007

To the left... To the left...

Yep! I was there... with Weng and Richard...
It was my first time to watch a live concert of an
international artist...


The highest ticket price is definitely worth it...

(ahmmm, we we're on Patron B... hehe!)

2hours of nonstop booty shaking and fans screaming...

The crowd is just as crazy as you can imagine...

To the left
To the left
To the left
To the left
To the left
To the left
Everything you own in the box to the left
In the closet that's my stuff - Yes
If I bought it nigga please don't touch
And keep talking that mess, that's fine
But could you walk and talk at the same time
And It's my mine name that is on that Jag
So remove your bags let me call you a cab
Standing in the front yard telling me
How I'm such a fool -
Talking about
How I'll never ever find a man like you
You got me twisted
You must not know about me
You must not know about me
I could have another you in a minute
matter fact he'll be here in a minute - baby
You must not know about me
You must not know about me
I can have another you by tomorrow
So don't you ever for a second get to thinking you're irreplaceable
So go ahead and get gone
And call up on that chick and see if she is home
Oops, I bet ya thought that I didn't know
What did you think I was putting you out for?
Cause you was untrue
Rolling her around in the car that I bought you
Baby you dropped them keys hurry up before your taxi leaves
Standing in the front yard telling me
How I am such a fool -
Talking about
How I'll never ever find a man like you
You got me twisted
......Irreplaceable.... Manila!!!

Thursday, November 01, 2007


While most Filipinos have their own spooky tales to tell, well, I don’t. I guess my third, fourth or even fifth eye is blinded and my sixth, seventh, eight sense is senseless…

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Into the unknown

I believed people are given the right opportunities that'll prove themselves, their capabilities, their talents or test their individuality. It is on the choices we make that speaks off the difference.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Shopping... Sad!

I was horrified to hear the news yesterday... Explosion on Glorietta 2 at half past 1.

The mall I most love to shop, dine, to watch movies, meet up with friends, to walk around, to sight-seeing (so many beautiful people around), to night-outs, just about everything...

It was our college tambayan, lunch at Wendys, Burger King or McDonalds or Jollibee. Suki at National Bookstore.

And yesterday, it was sad... thursday morning I was supposed to go home (to my parents house in Muntinlupa) but opted to stay in my apartment here in Bataan since I was not feeling quite well... had I gone home, surely I will be in Glorietta friday afternoon... It is in my itenerary always... before heading back to Bataan to stop by in Ayala and do my grocery, or watch film or just window shop... I guess, it was not yet my time...

My prayers for the victims and their families.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Just About Anything...

1st stop:
Babyface Live in Manila!
October 13, 2007 at The Araneta Coliseum
- Obviously, I won't be able to watch it... waaaaahhhh! I so love his music... abangan ko na lang ang Live CD nito.

2nd stop:
The Beyonce Experience Live!
November 7, 2007, 7pm at The Fort Open Field
- I'm super thrilled about this concert....naman! 20K, SSVIP ticket price... Gosh! parang kelangan kong i-loan yun at bayaran for two years... hahaha! so, next ticket price please... 16k+SVIP, ano ba! next ticket price... 5,665.00 VIP... kahon!.... 2,575.00, Patron A... ahmmmm... ano next price?... 1,030.00, Patron B... ayan, affordable na... waaahhhh ayaw magpa-reserve thru internet... bakit ganon!!!... next price? 618, general patronage, eh hangin na lang ng music ni beyonce ang sagap dito...
- 2,575.00??? mahal pa rin!!! cge, pag-iisipan ko ito?... (sino kaya ang makikilan ko... ?hehehe!)

3rd stop:
Reservation for the Red Mug
- I received an email from a male friend, asking for a reservation with me on The Red Mug. With a note, kahit hindi ako umiinom ng kape.
- It made me smile... why not! I mean... just having coffee together...

4th stop:
Badminton Tournament
- The company's Badminton Tournament for this year had its championship last tuesday. With the Green Team winning on the Mixed Doubles category, (Mark hallar and Juliet Fabella, beating Efren Gualdajara and Lady Cruz of the Yellow team). Yellow Team on Mens Double Category, (Juniel Claro and Rhoy Barrera beating Jayne Jamboy and Joseph Tuazon tandem of the Red Team) and tan...tananan... Red Team on Womens Doubles Cartegory. It's me and our Chemist, Vanessa, grabbed the spot after defeating the Yellow Team, Jem and Irma, with their twice to beat standing...
- The cash price isn't actually the pot we're after, but the prestige, I might say, to go to Makati and play against the company's Makati office people... with the President. (hanep!) (schedule is on Oct.27... can't wait!)

5th stop:
Desktop Computer
- The company had it's Family Day Activity yesterday, with me leaving behind! huhuhu! I was schedule to work from 2pm to 10pm. The activity is from 3pm-7pm. It's an annual activity intended for the employees' family, while single employees can bring their parents or siblings but not their boy/girlfriends. With this year's theme Pirates of the Carribean. The children are encourage to wear costumes according to the theme, complete with props. (I made a treasure chest for Rheena's son, Raj, the night before). Of course, cash prize awaits for the most creative participant.
- Games for children and adults, groceries and raffle prizes are given away... Speaking of raffle prizes, on duty personnel are still included in the raffle (syempre naman!) 2 laptops and 3 desktops are at stake... (these are second hand, company used)
- I was not in the mood for any chit-chat since just right after the turn-over time, I was already working doubly fast, the first 3 hours drained me enough.
- And then, a ring on my phone... it was Rheena... "Uy, Au, nanalo ka ng desktop!", "Ha?! Talaga? ang saya naman!", then text messages follow through... from my Sir Randy, Edward and Mike informing me.
- Huwaw! I was all smile after... and Joan, Joseph. Ryan, Loreto and Tanggas, chorusly said: "Nakakausap na ng matino si Au ngayon, Yehey! hindi na masungit at mainit ang ulo!!! tambakan na ulet ng sample! hahaha!" "yung computer ng FOB dito sa DCS ang ibibigay sa 'yo! hahaha!"
- Whether an old model computer or to be junked, the fact that my name was handpicked in 100 other names of all the employees... I was considered lucky...
- Today, Efren, told me, "Ang swerte mo naman Au, talagang naniniwala na ko sa kasabihan, pag swerte ka sa raffle o carreer hindi ka swerte sa pag-ibig...!", "Hahaha! mukhang may tama ka dyan, pag nanalo pa ko ng grand prize sa Christmas party naten, yun na talaga yun! hahaha!"
- Teka ganun ba talaga yun? (sabay nag-isip tuloy ako...)

6th stop:
Politics or Showbiz
- Whether the ZTE deal issue or Ang Pagbubukas Muli ng Bahay ni Kuya for the Celebrity Edition 2 on sunday, ay naku busy na naman ang TV sa bahay for the 24hr live streaming ng Bataan Cable. (at dahil naka-cable kami, libre na 'to). Pero mas interasado yata ako sa Pampanga Quary Operation Tax collection na napanood ko sa Probe...
- To: Ysay: kay Mito ka na lang... or else akin sya! hehehe!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Case No. 6: Cute Past

It was surprising for me to received a text message from an old friend a week ago... I mean, not that I never expect the person to 'still' reach out to me but I think there's nothing more to talk about other than the plain kamusta ka.

There were things in my past that was left behind the doors of my memory. Not expecting anymore that'll knock in my head in due time. But true enough, after nine years...

The what if question suddenly tricked my mind.

Walked away from the idea of a romantic relationship with him. Not knowing the pain I caused him. Separated after graduation. Established our own careers. and after3 or 4 years, he settled down. Never it bothered me, I was still carefree...

And after all this time, his heart still sings for me...
"How can I tell you... that I love you.... I love you...
And I can't find the right words to say..."

The thing is: it is just bound to be a cute past in my memory.

I quote from a witness friend:
" Alam mo kahit ano pa man dapat wala ng effect ang mga sinasabi natin sa kanya. Cute lang balikan ang nakaraan lalo na those unsolve questions lalo na kung part na ng history na di na mababago pa."

Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Red Mug

I never get used to drinking coffee
Eversince I never liked its taste
Its that malt-chocolate drink that perks up my day... always
Until, I guess it goes with aging that... that malt-chocolate drink doesn't perk me up anymore...
It's energizing effect on me lasts only for about 30 minutes...
And so my tastebuds, accepted the bitter taste of coffee
And yes, eventually loved it!!!
Gosh! now I'm getting addicted...
It's not the espresso, frapuccino or cappuccino or whatever ccino...
In Starbucks, Seattles best or Bo's Coffee Club
Just the classic... coffee.

It's nice to share a cup of coffee with a someone...
Be it a friend, parents, or that "someone"
Sharing stories or just simple enjoying the hot coffee drink
That warms and relaxes the body in this cold-rainy season...

But for now, let me enjoy my own coffee moment...

'Til that "someone" share a cup of cofffee with me...

OT: I'll be delighted to have this red mug on Christmas day...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

I don't get it!

Friend: “Wow! Aura nice hair!”
Aura: “Thanks!”
Friend: “Alam mo gusto ko rin magpagupit ng maiksi, yung tulad kay Gretchen, kaya lang ayaw ng boyfriend ko…”

….and my eyebrows raised up hiiiigh in the sky…

Aura: “Bakit naman naka-big T-shirt ka dyan sa swimming nyo…? you can wear sando naman o racer back kaya tas shorts, if you can’t wear swimsuit.
Friend: “eh kasi medyo conservative boyfriend ko,ayaw nya masyado sexy na damit.”
Aura: “So kung halimbawa you were in Bora, magpapajama ka sa beach?”
Friend:“Hindi naman, masyado ka naman… T-shirt at shorts, pwede naman dun di ba?!”

….and I gave her a blank look…

Friend: “Uwi na ko, pinauuwi na ko ng boyfriend ko eh!”
Aura: “Whaaaat! Kakadating mo pa lang, wala pa tayong 30minutes nag-chichikahan… hellloww!”
Friend: “Eh kasi, may lakad pa kami eh!”
Aura: “Nyee! Di ba sabi ko sa ‘yo paalam ka na for today na magkakasama tayo... It’s only for today... eh araw-araw naman kayo magkasama ng boyfriend mo..”
Friend: “eh kasi…”

….and I looked far away…

Aura: “Sino yang ka-text mo? Mukhang hindi mo mapigilan magtext ng magtext eh?”
Friend: “Si boyfriend’”
Aura: “Ah ok! Sana sinama mo na lang sya para at least hindi na kayo magtetext-text dyan…tipid pa sa load..”
Friend: “Eh ayaw sumama eh.”
Aura: “Ganun ba?. Eh kasi parang hindi ka rin namin kasama, dyan ka sa cellphone mo naka-concentrate…di ka nga makakwentuhan eh…”
Friend: “Kasi tinatanong nya ko eh…:
Aura: “Can’t you tell him na you are having your time with your friends, tas te-text mo na lang sya later? Mga after 2hrs lang o kahit 1hr na lang para naman makapagkwentuhan tayo ng hindi naiistorbo ng pagtunog ng phone mo”
Friend: “Eh kasi…ano eh…”

….and I just kept my mouth shut …

From sporting a new hairstyle to choosing on what to wear or having curfews at the age of 27… I don’t get it…
Is it really is the norm in a relationship?
Do you have to ask for your SO’s opinion, oh not actually opinion, but permission, if you can have a new hairstyle, or if your can wear this or not, or if you can attend to a little get-together with old friends (of course provided with curfews he set!).

If this is so, then I must say in no time at all you can't hardly tell what is your favorite color…

…. No! I’m too pig-headed to settle on a compromise on these simple things…

Friday, September 28, 2007

Last Friday

Today is the last friday of September... (early payday!)
I am going home (to my parents house) after my shift.
My father is scheduled for CT Scan today...
He's been battling for an unknown skin disease for more than a year now... (tell you more on this on the following entries)
The week has brought old memories and fears back to life...
Paved away by the challenge in the badminton tournament...
Which is of course, temporary only...
Everything shivers at nighttime...
And the thought of having Kuya around calms me...
But the phonecall to a very dear friend kept my sanity...
The weather breathes a gloomy friday...
But I choose to rather be thrilled for the Octoberfest...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Friendster Friends

Have you noticed how many are there in your Friendster Friends List?

Today, I approved 2 friends to be included in my growing Friendster Friends List.
I didn't noticed the number of friends in my account... Gosh! 220 to date.

Wow! so many friendssssss....... Am I that friendly? (ang alam ko suplada ako!)

Hmmmm, then I thought of categorizing them one by one. From my younger-yearning days to growing-maturing years.

Here's the list:

Gradeschool/Highschool - classmates, schoolmates - 41%
(wow! existing pa pala sila, nakakakilala at naaalala pa ang good 'ol times)

College - classmates, peers, friends, teacher - 46%
(hanep! keep in touch pa rin!)

Katekista - 18%
(church friends!)

Work - 69%
(it's like a family!)

Relatives - 10%
(mas madami ang matatanda na sa pamilya)

Stangers/ Acquaintances/ Affiliations - 36%
(expanding my circle of friends)

I know some people even have 500+, (how many is the maximum number of friends in a friendster account?) that I need to check...

Anyway, it's fun to know from which area in your life is your most numbered friends.
Try it yourself! Wink!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Friendly neighbors

Dalawa lang kami ni Weng sa bahay dito sa Bataan, pero lagi kaming may bisita...

Gusto ko ng maniwala na super hospitable kami...
Kagabi pagka-uwi ko ng ala-onse, sinalubong ako ng bisita naming tahimik na nagmamasid sa isang sulok ng bahay... deadma ko lang sya... tumuloy ako sa kwarto at nagbihis. Aba kung hindi ba naman tahimik pero may kakulitan sya ay sinundan ako sa kwarto...
meet insy-winsy spidey....

Kumuha ako ng walis tambo at sinubukang walisin palabas ng bahay...
Ay susme!!! muntik ko ng maitapon yung walis tambo. Aba naman! imbis na lumayo eh kumapit dun sa walis at saka lumapit dun sa may hawakan ng walis...

waaahhhh! si insy-winsy spidey naman hindi na mabiro... welcome to your new home...
(next time na lang ulit tayo mag-sparing...)

Matagal na ring hindi kami binibisita ni Rat-atouille buhat nung lagyan namin ni Weng ng screen yung open canal sa likod... Pasensya na hindi ka namin nami-miss...

mga 2 days before dumating si insy-winsy spidey, naunang dumalaw sa kanya si froggie prince jr.
Kung anong nilaki nitong si insy-winsy spidey eh sya namang niliit nitong si froggie prince jr.

at ang paboritong tambayan nya sa bahay ay sa loob ng comfort room... (dun nya natagpuan ang comfort eh...)

Nakikisabay maligo sa 'min...

'Nak ng tokwa...swerte mo naman... huwag ka lang tatalon papalapit sa kin dahil sigurado mapipisa ka...
After 2days bigla na lang syang nawala... hindi man lang nagpaalam...
And of, course, kung may jr. may sr.

meet froggie prince sr.

Sya ang bisita naming hindi ko nakuhang i-entertain...
'Lumayo ka sa kin... kahit maging prinsipe ka pa... o kaya si derek ramsay...(teka, pwede exception to the rule si derek?) hinding-hindi kita hahalikan.....

At syempre ang aming loyalty award neighbor... ang alaga ni Manong dun sa unang apartment... na laging nag-iiwan ng bakas saaming veranda mapa-umaga, tanghali o gabi....

doggie 1 and doggie 2

Other regular visitors:

Freddie Cockroach and Family

Ms. Mosquito-pakipot

Mr. and Mrs. Black-Red Antz

Mr. Fly High

Sino kaya next visitior namin? can't wait! hehehe!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Smash, Drop, Loop

This year's badminton tournament at work began last September 4. Four color-coded teams vie for points and cash prize, (the event is included in the whole year company employee activities where at the end of the year the accumulated points from all the activities held will identify the grand team champion).

Three categories are lined-up: Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles, where no repetitions of player in categories are allowed, to give chance to other members of the team. For the last two years, I was playing in the Women's Doubles category. Lucky to emerge as champion always, (having a good partner is important! it's always the good teamwork that counts).

As I remember when the badminton mania hit the country like the storm Milenyo. Badminton centers sprouted like mushrooms on dead-wet woods. Here in Bataan, we used to have reservations first before able to play on the badminton court atop of a spa clinic. And we take turns to play on only one court there. After few months, the booming demand for badminton courts is spreading like a wildfire, a bigger badminton center was constructed in a vacant lot beside a bank in the city's capital. There are 6 courts available, but still not enough for hungry badminton players wannabe... from 8am till 10pm it was full... buying the rent for 200/hr for the concrete-semi-finished flooring... The owner had the two courts covered with rubber-flooring (nice!) but with 250/hr rent. Huh! People are still flocking the court...(including me).
After a year, another badminton court was constructed within a subdivision beside the highway. Better court, I must say, with wood parquet flooring and better ventillation. Only that it's not so accessible to ordinary commuters...

It became an addicting hobby... and a good bonding activity for friends and families... yeah! hours spend sweating, laughing, coaching, laughing, scoring, laughing, betting, laughing, posing, laughing... So much to benefit from the sport. But, what I like most when we play badminton is the after badminton... the dining out...haha! all the calories lost in hours gained in only minutes of a good meal with friends sharing endless stories together.

hmmmmm.... I don't play much now... it's quite hard to look for a badminton playmate now unlike before...

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Something new... Something old

'Akala ko ngayon na may notebook na ako ay magagawa ko nang mag-email everyday... di rin pala... siguro it doesn't mean na if you have something nor someone you'll get to change your priority in life... still you get to be the person who you were before...'
-This was an email from a former workmate who now works abroad.

We used to exchange emails almost everyday until he bought his own apple macbook and said it'll be easier and often for him to send emails since he will not borrow a laptop from an officemate anymore... but yeah! that's the irony of it...

Something new is what we always wanted: new shoes. new clothes, new mobile phones, new boyfriend/girlfriend (?), new partner in life (??), new work, etc

Accumulating material things, having upgrades in our lifestyle, does not guarantee anything... It may make our life more convenient and all... but what matters at the end of the day?

(OT: Sorry, still I won't erase the macbook in my wishlist! ("o,")

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Right Words

I'm currently writing my 6th article in the quarterly issue of our company official newsletter, (I'm assigned in the Featured Department Section).

Finding the right words to describe a person is a tedious task... Haha! don't get me wrong here, I don't write something that is isn't true... that's why the right words in the thesaurus is more often than not missing... Haha! (again)

I haven't finished the heading... and just started describing the first personnel included in the department, that my seemed to be sleepy brain screamed... I needed a little diversion... where my words don't need to be perfectly written, where my words don't need to be grammatically correct, where my words are casual and taglish... (in short, mag-blog muna ako!).

When I'm starting to get exhausted in forming sentences into paragraphs with elaborate adjectives, I stand up and take a walk... back and forth, back and forth in the aisle of QC building... hoping to find the right words in between the walls, doors, windows, and equipment... (I write when I'm alone in the building so no one will suspect that I'm getting insane...).

The readers will either believe in what I write or criticize my descriptions. Either way it will affect the person I described in the article.

"Aura, san mo nakuha yung sculpted body? Sya ba talaga yun?"
"Graduate pala siya ng ...... , eh bakit parang hinde?"
"Ahh! kaya pala ganun sya."
"What! good singing voice? well, haven't heard him sing"
"Ayos 'to ah, women of substance... Magaling talaga 'tong si...."
"Hanep super dad pala 'tong si...."
"Wow! ganda ng descriptions ah!"
"Ah! grabe talented na bata!"

I write from how I knew the person, somehow there should be a level of communication between me and that person not simply knowing the person just by his/her name. And every detail that I write is a labor of love...

Please, excuse me, I shall take a walk again...

Monday, September 10, 2007

Good Riddance

every journey has its new phase...
everyone has a choice to take the step forward
or be idle, or be lazy, or even move backward...

every adventure has its own unique memory...
the place, the food, the activities,
the scenery, the talks, but most of all, the people

you've met, you've entountered, you're with.

Me, James and Weng in Boracay last July 2007

good riddance to my friend, James dela Cruzhappy voyage and good luck to your new journey...
God be with you!

till our next adventure... in our Palawan Getaway...
we'll be waiting for you!!!
Our little despedida party for our good friend, James
last September 07, 2007