Archive for May 2010

Why do I waste so much time when I always say that time is so short, we really need to live everyday like it is our last?  I just realized that if I am actually living this phrase, then I would’ve spent my last day on earth sitting in the dark in my pj’s buried in my laptop for half the day (or more like the whole day), mostly wondering what to post on my social networking pages  while trying to compose a decent piece of article or a blog or any write-ups needed for work. Not so fancy, I’d say.

I always try to maximize my time by ‘dovetailing’ – as my Homeroom teacher when I was a sophomore called it. She said it means multitasking or doing multiple things at once. I don’t know why that one particular scene in my high school days stood out of my memory after all these years and I find myself doing this ‘dovetailing’ thing over and over again as if it’s an activity which I’m gonna be punished for if I don’t. For more than a decade, I didn’t bother checking what dovetailing really means. And from what the freedictionary is telling me, it means “correspond, match, agree, accord, coincide, tally, conform, harmonize” – you get the picture.

It hit me – I wasn’t really dovetailing all these years. I was simply trying to juggle tasks, which often fails miserably. These tasks don’t fit together and so I end up wasting time instead of saving it. A classic example is, as I open my laptop, my tv is on. I’m not really watching but I feel like I am because I am glancing at it like every ten seconds (but I couldn’t really follow the story anymore of whatever is on). And within my computer, I am trying to read a blog, compose one, check my work and personal e-mails, attempt to answer one (but leave that reply page opened, sometimes with a finished e-mail but forget to click the send button, so it’s just there sitting idly), then I would have this sudden urge to download a movie or a song so I would open Limewire or uTorrent and Sidereel to check on what’s in the big screen, spend a huge chunk of time excitedly looking for movies and music to download and eventually forget what the real reason is why I opened this laptop in the first place.

I am such a screw up. I totally misconstrued what dovetailing is all about.  Thanks to some tips from Mr. Francis Kong, I think I’d be able to start fresh with this whole multi-tasking thing.

In 16 days, I’ll be working an 8:30 to 6:30 job again. And while doing so, I am still committed to a publication which we are trying to start up. I NEED to learn this time management thing if I want stress out of my way and my sanity, intact.

*drools*

I am seriously considering getting one but I don’t have the means and the resources how to get one. I’m not sure if this is available here in the country or if I would need to buy directly from Amazon. But then again, how am I gonna get it shipped, or how much is the shipping gonna cost me?I From my last check, the kindle costs around USD259 and I’m still kind of tight in my budget these days.=(

Oh well, there might be a miracle along the way so I’ll just keep on hoping I could get one.

PS: That girl’s nail polish is really nice too! =)

After months of bearing the summer’s wrath (the highest temperature recorded so far at 37.5 degrees Celcius), Mother Nature finally heard our cries of torment and pleas for mercy. Yesterday, the sky was a big tease when at around 2pm a whole mass of Nimbostratus clouds hovered above. But after a few minutes, it cleared again. I was almost celebrating but it was just  a huge pulse alarm.

Today, it finally gave in and cried its heart out.

the sky is weeping... and I love it! =)

I have never appreciated the rain this much, especially after typhoon Ondoy drowned Metro Manila and left thousands of people in despair. Well, I never liked the rainy season to begin with. I always preferred summer’s heat (and powdery sandy white beaches attached to it) over wet, cold, muddy pavements. But this summer is, by far, the meanest (the hottest temperature in Philippine history is at 42.2 degrees Celsius recorded in Tuguegarao in 1969) and I don’t like it one bit.

So what a joy to be seeing this!

raindrops keep fallin' =)

I think I’ll be sleepin’ like a baby tonight (for the first time this summer)

Nytie!

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I used to hate watching reality shows because they seem so phony and full of crap. But after some time of being a captive audience to some, which my family – particularly my unni – likes watching, I’ve come to enjoy watching them too. From singing and dancing competitions, to love stories dictated by a script, contests for a job, hot model wannabes, top chef wannabes, a peek at the life of celebrities, and my special favorite, heart-wrenching stories filled with human element (I’m a drama queen, ain’t I? hehe)

So, just for my amusement, I thought I’d list here my Top Ten Reality Shows:

10. REALITY HELL

Probably, all the genre has been taken and so, E! thought of something that would literally turn the tables and give 15-minutes of fame seekers a little slap on the butt. The show is actually a staged show where actors manipulate the whole show to the detriment of an unsuspecting victim. From a chaotic modeling competition to a wife swap gone extremey bad, here, fake is the new reality.

9. THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE

I never thought I’d be keen on watching Donald Trump but it’s kind’a funny to hear him say the infamous “You’re fired!” line (with his signature lip-twitch). It grew out on me actually. I never really liked the celebrities who competed on the show and I probably saw just one season – the one where Joan Rivers won and fought like crazy with Annie Duke. Man, what a show!

8. IRON CHEF AMERICA

I originally liked Iron Chef Japan because it’s kind’a old school and the dishes interests me more. But a spin-off with Bobby Flay and Mario Batali in it is definitely worth watching. I also like the fact that there are a lot of instances where a challenger beats the iron chef – somehow it gives me a feeling that it’s a real competition. Plus, I don’t know how to cook (but is definitely eager to) so it’s an instant guide for me to learn about ingredients and stuff. Although that Michael Symon and his irritating laugh really annoys me. But what the hell, he’s good. And who would pass up to see Mark Dacascos make a total fool out of himself when he does some martial arts poses when shouting (in the words of his uncle) “Allez cuisine!”

7.  AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL

No, I don’t really like Tyra Banks. I don’t hate her either. What I love about this show is seeing how a not-so model type evolves into a super model. Like a typical reality show, it’s full of drama (how a ghetto mum aspires to be a model and all, you know?) and color too (with that I mean aspiring model contestants come from different races. It makes me really proud to see an Asian competing.) And I always anticipate the part where they take pictures of the models and how the “best shots” come out. So, do you wanna be on top? =)

6. KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS

Okay,  I don’t believe this either. I used to hate the mere sight of Hollywood’s glamorous party girls. They’re mean, foul-mouthed, never care for anything except themselves, they’re brats and annoying creatures. But now i believe, there’s always an exemption.  I’m not saying Kim Kardashian is an angel but from what the show is telling me, she’s actually not that bad. And I never thought that watching the Kardashian/Gener family could be such an amusement. What I like about it is there’s a heart to every episode, a lesson learned, or something that would make you say, “Awww!” Try watching it!

5.  EXTREME MAKEOVER HOME EDITION

I am still hoping against hope of the possibility of this show being brought to the Philippines ‘coz our house seriously needs a dire makeover (I’ll be the first to send my video application). I couldn’t believe how much money the producers are throwing in on every episode (okay, I know they have tons of sponsors but still).  The chosen family being lucky is an understatement, with the show – aside from giving the house a total makeover – waives land amortizations, grants scholarship to kids, provides basic necessity supplies, and all things unimaginable. I can’t help but be touched every time they tell the heartbreaking stories of the families. Not to mention, Ty Pennington’s quirky attitude adds life to the show.

4. CHEATERS

Do you know who Joey Greco is? Whenever you see him walking towards you with a bunch of cameras around, beware – you have been caught in the act of cheating! But of course, if you’re not in the U.S., forget about it.  Cheaters is a syndicated series featuring detectives with hidden cameras following the unsuspecting “wayward and the amorous.” It documents the grief of people being cheated on while the host, Greco, helps him/her confront the cheating partner. I may be a little harsh and insensitive but I watch it because I find the “confrontation” part intriguing and funny at times, especially when the cheater denies his/her affair even if the evidence is staring him/her right in the face. I find myself shouting at my tv screen, “There, caught you right in the face, cheater!” And you may not get me on this but I always find Greco’s calmness in the midst of tension really fascinating.

3. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

I have always liked dancing but sadly, I wasn’t gifted with rhythm and I definitely don’t have that “snap.” So I content myself watching the pros. And despite Mary Murphy’s ear-blasting high pitch laugh and annoying voice, I totally love watching the show. Dancing is such an art and the contestants are definitely artists who just need a break. They’re so good, you’d wish they all win but of course, not possible. But unlike American Idol (which has definitely turned into a crazy fad these days), it’s hard to like and root for just one contestant. And what I like best about this show is the emotion that each dance brings to the viewer. Plus, I get to discover great songs! =)

2. AMERICAN IDOL

Who doesn’t watch this? okay, there are some who stops watching when their bets get cut off the show but still, as I’ve said, I believe AI is no longer just a reality show; it’s a crazy fad that has taken over the lives of people all over the world. Me personally, I reserve my Wednesdays and Thursdays for the show and watch re-runs every time I chance upon them. Just too bad, my bet Alex Lambert got cut off early on the show, didn’t even made the top ten. I started watching AI during Carrie Underwood’s season and instantly caught the bug so I started anticipating it every year. And yes, I love Simon Cowell and was a bit disappointed when Paula Abdul officially left the show (and Kara Dioguardi who I don’t like much got on board). Also, Ellen’s not much fun on AI as much as she is in her own show. So, I don’t know once Simon’s out if it’s still gonna be worth it.

1. THE AMAZING RACE / THE AMAZING RACE ASIA

I’m not a pusang gala for nothing so being the travel enthusiast that I am, I truly truly love this show for introducing me to places (albeit only in tv) that I didn’t know even exist. Okay, I admit, I started watching Amazing Race Asia when Marc Nelson was a contestant (with Rovilson Fernandez) in TARA Season 2 but I’m hooked ever since. I even watch The Amazing Race (International) now. I just can’t explain the excitement it brings even to the viewers – who’s first and who’s last and the tasks that they need to complete to move forward. I get literally tired watching because I shout while jumping up and down my seat every time. Grabe ang adrenalin rush!  I wouldn’t dream of joining this because I’m pretty hopeless when it comes to physical tasks and I certainly can’t do a lot of things that they do so I’ll just sit and watch. In fact, I’m really excited about TARA 4.. wonder who’s going to represent the Philippines this time.

Darn. It’s too hot!!! Thirty-three (33) degrees according to my Windows sidebar weather feed. Well at least it’s not 37 degrees this time. How can I work at home with this kind of distraction? Too darn heat makes everything dry. And dry weather makes all things dusty. And dusts (or dust mites according to the last EENT specialist who checked me up) makes my rhinitis worse. It puts me  in a very sorry state of sneezing every five seconds (my tissue’s all used up and it’s too damn hot to go outside to buy another pack!) Grr.

Okay, this is actually one of those moments when  I am missing working in an office. But apart from this, I don’t miss it at all. As much as I would want to turn on my A/C, the last bill I got more than restricts me from doing so. See, I only turn it on two hours before I hit the sack just to cool my room a little bit and turn it off and use the fan instead. But still (consider that I have no steady income at the moment), I find the last electric bill unjustifiably expensive. And I have vowed to turn it on only when I’m nearly having a heat stroke. Okay, I’m exaggerating but you get the point.

And because it’s so hot, I’d prefer staying in a mall or a coffee shop to work but getting prepped is double the effort (kakaligo mo lang, naliligo ka na ulit sa sarili mong pawis). Then you’ll have take a cab ‘coz walking to the jeepney terminal is like a kiss of death (full on the mouth!) and you’ll have to spend again for the frappe that you have to order so they let you stay or give you the wifi network key. Too much hassle and too much spending so I’d rather work in my bikini (of course, I’m kidding) with a blower for a fan and a bottle of freezing Coke litro in the not-so-comfort(able) working desk in my room. At least my bed is just two inches away from me if ever I pass out.

Anyway, even if this damn summer kills me, I still have tasks to finish and responsibilities to attend to if I want to get things moving… right about now. I’m done complaining for today.

Laters. =)

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Due to my current obsession with “The Pacific,” I am collecting all things related to it, starting with the books that made it possible – “Helmet for my Pillow” by Robert Leckie and the “With the Old Breed” by Eugene Sledge. Both told their stories – their experiences during the World War II.

As my colleague predicted, these books will be (a) very hard to find, and (b) reprinted because of the demand due to “The Pacific” fever. And boy, she was right! I scoured through different bookstores for copies and I almost gave up. Good thing when we were hanging out at Powerbooks Glorietta 3, she saw it in the bestseller’s list. The thing was that branch was already out of copies and had to call another branch to reserve the last two remaining copies. So without further thinking (sans the price – PHP699 lang naman =)) we reserved both copies.

And I got them this afternoon! Here’s my copy:

it' under my pillow for easy access! =)

Now, I gotta find this:

where can i find this?

Funny when something really amuses me, I can’t stop blabbing about (and spending on) it. I even saw that they already have a book version of “The Pacific” authored by someone whose name I forgot, which costs more than a thousand pesos. I’m just on a very tight budget these days so I mustered all my self-control and walked away without it. Maybe next time. =)

There was something hilarious about you being alone, sitting on a damn extravagant couch with the whole Makati skyline for a view and a dramatic, melancholy music playing in the background while the sun in the horizon spews fiery orange rays. I was trying very hard to suppress the urge to shout “Iiinnaaaayyyy, bakit nyo kami iniwaaaaaannnn??!?!?” with my arms outstretched to the skies (cue music, a-la ‘Gone’ by Jim Chappell). Para ‘kong tanga but I was smiling silly half the time just thinking about it.

Imagine clear blue skies with  and the sound of heels tapping on the marble floor as waitresses pass by, asking you every millisecond if you want something to drink. That was the problem with extravagant places like that, they feel like you always owe them something even if you don’t.

And there I was, five hours ago at the Tower Club in Philamlife building looking like I was stood up by a date. But it was far from that actually. I was supposed to meet a contact for a job prospect. Turned out there was a miscommunication and I was sitting at the wrong place at the right time. I felt kind of stupid but amused at myself for being sport about the whole thing… or just amused that I was able to amuse myself with a very silly and stupid thought.

Fast forward>>> I was able to meet my contact and we had a very fruitful discussion. – something that I will look forward to and dread at the same time. Details later.

So, I went down (after saying thanks and goodbye to the moody-looking waitress  who was staring at me the whole time  as if waiting for my ears to grow or for me to turn into a monstrous arachnid and eat all of them or something as inconceivable as that) and got a cab. This afternoon, the universe decided to give me the positive side of Murphy’s Law it bestowed upon me early this morning. I got a cab without even waving my hand (stopped right in front of me while a dozen others were fighting to get one) and I was at my contact’s office in less than a few minutes… himala, no traffic a few minutes before the rush hour! I even got an angel for a cab driver on my way home. That’s very rare these days.

These little things… these moments when the stars were aligned properly, make me insanely and genuinely happy. =)


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