Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012: The Year That Was(...,!!)

The mouse cursor keeps blinking in front of me.... I'm finding it harder to gather my thoughts and have something post-worthy here. It's taking it longer than expected. :(  Not that I'm pressured or anything. 

Adjustments. Adjustments. 
You see my last post is dated __________ August 12. 

Oh wait August 12? Wow that's so like long long time ago. :( Time really flies!!!! 

Apologies guys for the lack of post. I dunno I feel like I've been too busy and yes LAZY for the past few months. Will tell you more about that on a different post. hihihihihihi 

Anyway, why I am typing this now is because it's almost the end of the year. And of course, that calls for a year-end post or something of that sort.  I remember I had one for 2011.  

Hmm.... 2012. 

It would be an understatement if I say it's my best year so far.  

I've had the best days, minutes and seconds of my life this year and I can't thank Him enough for all the blessings. I feel like it would be a crime not to share them. 


My year started off with disappointments and heartaches that I dreaded the months to come for I thought they were bad omen. My request for leave of absence wasn't granted and then came the bad news that I would be transferred to another team. There's a big BUT here.  

I also got to meet my dear friend Tina. :) 


BUT the transfer to another team prompted me to just leave the company and now I consider it the best decision I've made so far. REALLY. I got the time to land a job at a  'rare company'. Have I said I love the job so much?  

It was February 15, 2012 when I started with the 'rare company'. 


-- The first ever company event that I helped organize. 

-- My first out-of-town business event. T'was in Baguio. 


Hundred Islands adventure!! 


Company Outing ala-Amazing Race.  We were the champion!!!

Team Green Mantis 

That's me climbing the ___ ft wall. I was nervous at first but knowing it was a race, I had to set it aside for the team.


-- RJ Phils Shuttlers  was born. The group is composed of colleagues who share the same passion for badminton. We've been having regular game schedules since then.   


-- 3 successful Tutor Gatherings! 

-- Been to Dumaguete!!! - First time to ride a plane. I know it's a pity. :)


At Florentina Homes Dumaguete City

Right after the event. 

-- Celebrated my 24th birthday at work in Iloilo City while I was on an important business duty. Had a surprise birthday cake from Kuya Mars. (yipee)

-- Been to Guimaras Island. 




Started hmmm... dating? I guess it's around this time. ♥




My first ever mountain climbing adventure at Pico de Loro. 

That was me at the monolith. 


-- 3 successful Tutor Gatherings 

-- Been to Cebu & Davao 

-- Year-end party 

With all the blessings I received, all the wonderful people I've met, all the hardships I've overcome, all the wisdom gained...I can say I owned 2012!!! 

2012 was my year...... 2013 can you top it up? It would be hard but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :) 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Badminton Mania

The recent turn of events enlivened my long-concealed passion for sports. Although I know that I have a lot of physical limitations, I still do my best. 

The most recent one is my passion for BADMINTON. A friend & I started this group in the office & I am happy that our game schedules have been regular since then. 

Way to go team! hehehe

You know I find it kind of weird because I know I'm not gong pro or anything but I've been researching a lot about this sports. Like for instance, I've been stalking badminton super stars liek Lin Dan & his wife Xie Xiang. I also watch a lot of videos nowadays..-- how to improve this, how to improve that. My colleagues/badminton buddies also say that I'm a monster in the court. Not because I'm good but because I can play for straight hours. It's weird in a sense that I've never found myself this interested in anything. Sometimes I question myself if this is still healthy..hehhehe...and when I find out it's not..hmmm.. I don't think I would really care. 

I would like to take this opportunity to share what I've researched so far.

1.) CoachingBadminton - If you are looking for free videos, tips & instructions about badminton, then this is the best site to visit. 

2. Lin Dan - He is the best badminton player of all time and is now married to his long-time sweetheart, compatriot and fellow badminton player Xie Xiang. 

3. Kalayaan Badminton Center - this is where we regularly play. 

78 Kalayaan Ave., Central District, Q.C.
2 rubberized painted & 2 taraflex floorings
Contact: 4361522 | Membership: None
Peak hrs: 4pm-12mn P250 taraflex P160 rubberized | Offpeak hrs: 6am-4pm: P120 rubberized P210 taraflex
Court hrs: 6am-12mn  

That's all so far. 

I'll let you all know when I start competing. (fingers crossed) 

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Weekend To Remember

July 15, 2012 @11:48PM

Hmmm… what is there to write about? …..hmmmm…. I guess that shouldn’t be a long thinking time since I think a lot of interesting things have taken place this weekend.

Let’s start with Saturday.

Part 1 – A Trip to the Hospital

As usual, the first few hours of my Saturday was spent in running errands; fixing my things, cleaning up my space in the dorm, bringing my used clothes to the laundry shop and buying groceries. At around 10AM, I decided to keep my word about donating blood for a colleague’s friend’s mother who was in the hospital. It so happened that my blood type is A and they needed an A+. Though I wasn’t sure if our blood types would match I defied my lazy self, kicked my butt out from my comfy bed and went out for it. We went to San Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Tayuman which is more than
45 minutes away from where I reside. I was a little bit nervous since it would be my first time, but I knew I would be doing the right thing plus there would also be some health benefits for me… or so I convinced myself.=)

Upon entering the hospital premises, I was shaken by what I saw, heard, smelled & felt. Everyone seemed like carrying a very heavy burden, like ‘I’m in so much pain right now. Please don’t talk to me.’ was plastered all over their faces. Although I could see a few hospital staffs smiling, I could feel the negative aura oozing from the patients’ watchers. I don’t know if I was just imagining it but I could feel the calmness and silence in people’s gestures betrayed the chaos lurking inside them just waiting to explode. I genuinely felt bad. It was so painful to see panicky faces while the other side of the street, the other side of the country, the other part of the world was partying & celebrating. I thought & felt it was utterly unfair. That while they are worrying about hospital bills, while their loved ones were on the brink of death, while their worlds seemed crashing down, others…others…others (painful but true) like me worry about mundane problems. It was a very poignant feeling I couldn’t shrug off. I felt like I wanted to cry for them, though I knew it wouldn’t make any difference.

How could life be so unfair? T.T Ah…how could this be? Is my laptop monitor wet? Why are my eyes leaking again? [I-cnt-see-clrltt]

I felt a little relieved knowing that somehow I could help someone through blood donation. Unfortunately, the hospital blood bank was closed so they couldn’t accommodate me. I was like WTH? I heard that the patient I was donating blood for direly needed the blood or else her condition would get worse, why couldn’t they be considerate?

Grrrrrrrr… I couldn’t do anything. We were very disappointed. My colleague who accompanied me was a little embarrassed by the inconvenience the trip has caused me and I couldn’t hide my disappointment either. I couldn’t reassure her that my disappointment was for a different reason so I just stayed quiet.

On my way home, as I gazed at the Quiapo area from a jeepney window, it was the first time I saw the beauty in the slums, the traffic, the noisy people and the different kinds of pollution around me.

I felt the world outside was…a pure bliss.

I didn’t get paranoid of ‘holdapers’. I just felt a very unusual peace inside me while I was in a spot I considered extremely dangerous. It pains me so bad to admit that I felt it after seeing others’ misfortune. It is the truth I wanted to burry.

Part 2 – “I’m going back to school… well sort of.”

Have you ever realized how lucky we Filipinos are for being bilingual? For aside from our mother tongue, we also know how to speak & write using the English language?

If your answer is no, then please welcome me to the club! –or should I say “You should have welcomed me to the club”?

I have taken for granted the fact that I can speak another language aside from my mother tongue. Pompous and racist as I may be, I honestly thought that it should be part of our nature as a human being, not English per se but at least another language. I thought it’s as natural as breathing so I didn’t quite get it when some of my classmates before – (elementary to college) had a little hard time grasping the most important things about grammar. I didn’t understand why most of my online students before couldn’t clearly distinguish the difference between the long and short ‘e’ sounds. I’m not saying I’m very good in English. It’s just that we should have at learned the basics.

Typing the previous paragraph, and realizing I honestly thought and felt this way before made me berate my old self for having been so narrow-minded.

Well at least I can say now that this is in the ‘past tense’ right?

Yes it WAS!

Realizing it took me 23 years. Well at least it isn’t too late thanks to a Korean Language Class I signed up for.

Last Saturday, I joined this class in UP Diliman. It’s organized by an org named UP Arirang which aims to promote the Korean culture to Filipinos and vice versa. Though our teachers aren’t as fluent in the language as I expected them to be, I didn’t regret I decided to spend few hours of my Saturdays in this.

In the class, another painful realization hit me. I came face to face with my mockery when I found myself in the shoes of people whose intelligence I used to question. I found it absurd not to pronounce ‘kamsahamnida’ without emphasizing the letter ‘k’. I heard my previous thoughts berating me… hehehe this is karma punching me in the face but I like it. I feel good being figuratively masochistic sometimes.

Anyway, I think I’m done with the realization stuff and back to the class.

The class was a group of more than 50 ‘18 to 20 somethings’ and would be regularly held in the campus’ Palma Hall. We will be divided into 2 groups since some already knew how to write and speak a few words. I am very proud to say that after almost 4 years of following Kpop…… I still belong in the Super Beginner group. (Hahaha) That’s what I got from just relying on subs and just staring at my favorite Kpop idols. But to be honest, though I like Big Bang so much, they weren’t the reason why I decided to learn this language. Well, maybe a little bit……Okay yes. I’d be a hypocrite if I’d say they didn’t influence me somehow. But knowing more about the culture that fascinated me… and the fact that the lessons were for free…(well who wouldn’t grab that opportunity right?) wouldn’t that be enough?

Kidding aside, I just really like the sound of people speaking in Korean. It’s like music to my ears. And who knows? I might be able to put it into good use someday. 

I guess that would be all for now. But before I end this post, let me share a few Romanized Korean words/phrases I know.

1.     [hal-mo-ni] – grandmother
2.     [harabussi] – grandfather
3.     [noona] – older girl to a boy
4.     [kamsahamnida] – Thank you
5.     [song-saeng-nim] – Teacher
6.     [jilmuni] – question
7.     [ta-ra-ha-seyo] – Repeat after me
8.     [tara-ha-jima] – Don’t repeat after me
9.     [op-seoyo] – not have
10.  [i-sseo-yo] – have

Yey! Congratulations to me. Considering how short term my memory is, remembering these words & phrases is already such a very big accomplishment.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Different Kind of Beauty

I just realized by now one of the factors why Filipinos' mentality of beauty connoted white skin, blonder hair & blue eyes.  It must be because of Barbie! 

Yeah the one we grew up with believing she was the epitome of beauty. However, I wondered why I didn't get too fond of it. I remembered playing with it once in a while but unlike other kids my age who couldn't go anywhere without it. 

What's wrong with Barbie? 

Nothing right? She's perfect. Little did I know that I was not looking for this kind of beauty.  

That I realized just last night when I saw 2 of my colleagues carrying a present from our Japanese guest. 


Japanese Dolls 

I got too fascinated with it so I ended up taking a lot of pictures. 

They are now displayed in the reception area of our office. Some colleagues cringe but some smile & get amazed at the sight of them. 

Aren't they pretty? In their own way? 

I like the demure one, the one in the middle. She looks like the a really dignified, demure & traditional Japanese woman. 

Go on.. you can stare. 


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Meet My Blogging Friend

I would be betraying Suzzanne if this post won't be about her. Ooops. Sorry. I think I haven't introduced you to Suzzanne yet. 

Guys meet Suzzanne, my new blogging friend. I guess I'll be more motivated to post anything from now on. 


 Pardon my being so giddy about this but I'm just too excited and happy to write my blog post from my own laptop. Yoonoo this is the first time ever that I own one. I feel like a child who just bought her most-cherished toy. 

So pagbigyan niyo na lang po ako ha? hehehehe 

Before I forget, let just share a few details about my baby. 

She is a HP-Pavilion dm-1 4000. For more information about it, you can click this link

Her monitor is just 11 inches but I think the size, structure & features are custom-made for me. Not too small/light and not too big/heavy. When I first saw the model from my colleague, I immediately fell in love with. 

Friday, June 29, 2012

Wider WWW Horizon

Later, I'm going to purchase a netbook and I feel so giddy just thinking about it. This will be the first time ever and I can just imagine how often I can blog, write, watch movies and all. 


haym so excited & happy!!! 

A Lazy Balik-Hometown

Home. It was the nearest to my heart but the farthest from where I am. But last June 21-24, after 3 years, I've decided to come back home. But for what? Usually people would come home if it's fiesta, vacation or if there's something special to celebrate. I don't know. I just felt like I needed a break--and so off I went to my  hometown Sorsogon City

Nothing special about those dates but I knew it was just perfect for what I intended my trip to be. I wanted to experience life as it was. Idle & lazy afternoons. See my younger siblings off to school, give them baon, breathe fresh air, see the stars,  watch the bright blue sky, feel the salty wind rushing through my cheeks. That simple. Nothing more. And that's what I got. 

Though broke from this trip, I feel happy & satisfied. 

My mom in a pedicab.

@the Bacon Beach 

With my mother. 

Gumamela in the garden

My youngest brother. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

FanGirling Suzanne Roces

I've been hearing the term 'fangirling' from my friends who like KPop or JPop idols. 

"Okey..."-- that's how I would usually react. They are like crazy people, literally jumping for joy, blushing & screaming when they see their favorite idols on pictures and video. So that's how I pictured 'fangirl' in my mind. 

But it was only  til last Sunday when I actually had the 'feel' of it....but not to a Kpop or Jpop idols. (though I actually like some of them) 

I watched the Shakey's V-League Season 9 Finals Game at the San Juan Arena last Sunday and I knew right then and there, when I saw my volleyball idol Suzanne Roces that I would turn into a fangirl. (yeeee) 

The ubiquitous color of the day...--YELLOW

There she is..#4 Roces!!!!

During their warm up! 

..and the crowd goes wild!! 

That night, when the game ended...I waited at the gate taking my chances of seeing her from a close distance. I felt that somehow it would turn futile..but still I persisted. I knew that I couldn't contain the surfacing of the 'fangirl' in me. I scanned the different exits...and waited. Finally, there!! I saw her!! 

I didn't know what to do when I got very close. uhmmmm.....I can't remember if I froze or stuttered. 

When I was finally able to gather courage, I approached her who was then busy in accommodating a lot of fans. I dreaded that I would be turned down, coz I knew for sure that she was tired from the game. Surprisingly, she was all smiles! And another blink I already had pictures of/with her and an autograph. 

I couldn't contain my happiness!!!! I wanted to jump but I didn't have anybody to share it with. Sadly, I went to the games alone. :(

Anyway, my happiness outweighed that fact so I was able to do what a fangirl should. Below are some of the proofs.

Our picture together. Yeah a little blur but as long as her face is was totally fine with me. Who was I to complain? 

(Ayun naputol. Kainiss. ) 

And this was her autograph!!!!


I wanna...



These are some of her official pictures from the game. (They are not mine) 

She didn't have much chance to play but I think she did well when she was inside. 

I'm not sure if this will be the last of my fangirling moments. 

By the way, anybody here who wants to watch volley games next season/conference?