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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

100

After I wrote my post about singlehood, I noticed that it was my 99th post. I spent my whole shift thinking how I will write my 100th post. The 100th article should be something different, something epic, and something that must celebrate my kaartehans drive in maintaining Orange Wit.

I just started blogging, again, last July and never in my wildest dreams have I thought that I will enjoy it. It started when I discovered Google Reader. I was so bored in the office and to kill time, I read blogs. Reading became my motivation to write again. I was inspired by other bloggers who were able to express themselves freely. There were nights when I was excited to go to work not because of my job, but because I will be able to read again Teacher Mot’s blog, I will learn something from Robbie, Glenn will make my day because of his stories, Gelo will introduce a new movie or book, and I will be inspired by the Sole Sisters’ travel. Along with other bloggers, they made me write again.

It was never easy writing. There were days where I felt that my blog wasn’t good enough to even exist. Sometimes, I thought that I am just wasting my time because no one was even reading what I have written. I don’t even know how to edit my blog’s appearance. I still remember that I used to settle with black, white and orange because it was easy creating them. Haha. I don’t even know if I will write in English, because I know my grammar isn’t nice, but whenever I write in Filipino, my posts tends to be lengthy. Most of the time, I doubted myself.

Thanks to Elmer who pushed me to keep and writing, and to Chester who keeps on reading and commenting on my entries, all my doubts subsided.

While I keep on writing, I kept on blog hopping in the office. I learned some tricks. For people to go to your site, you have to visit them as well, give a comment, and tell them how they made your day or how great their post is. Some say that you have to write something that is socially relevant, that way people can relate to it. However, that will be hard for me because aside from I am really socially awkward; I am really not into things that other people like. Blame it on my weirdness, guys.

That was the time I just relied on the things that I love and I enjoyed doing. Reading stuff was one, surfing the net was another, third will be the things that I usually do, and last will be my life. Thankfully, I started having followers and it amazed me how my stats started to increase. I know it was not as good with the blogs that I have on reader, but for a beginner like me, these were the things that made me go back to blogger every day. These were the things that inspired me more.

And now, I am writing my 100th post. Isn’t that lovely? I never thought that I will be able to write this much. It’s crazier thinking that I have people who  read my posts, or even make comments. I feel so blessed, and if you are reading this, with all sincerity, THANK YOU.





Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Single

Exactly a year ago, I broke up with someone. I caught him with his ex on the same bar where my friends and I went to party. It was something that I never expected, because that same day my Ex told me that he will render OT. To cut the long story short, he lied to me.

I value honesty and trust in every relationship. I knew that things will be okay if he have told me, but the fact that he said one thing and did another just irritated me. That same night, I deleted his number, promised myself that I will never talk to him again, and then the morning after, I blocked him from FB. That was my way of saying goodbye to someone.

My friends told me to give him another chance. Probably, he has a reason for doing what he did that night. Well, we talked about it, I learned how to forgive, but giving another chance will be impossible. It’s hard when trust is already broken. Now, we are just friends, he still invites me to his birthday party, which I never attended, we sometimes text (yeah, after he texted me, I saved his number, haha), and the last time we met was when I went to his Mom’s birthday party.

I am now single for a year. I should have a lot of reason to be depressed. However, I am not. Maybe I just learned to adapt to singleblessedness or probably, I just matured a lot. My friends even started setting me up on blind dates and started introducing so many people, but, I just failed them. Sometimes, I am not interested, and most of the time, I am preoccupied with so many things.

Believe me, I am happy being single. I love that idea that I have more time for myself. I can make decisions on my own. I can stay up all night reading a book instead of texting with someone something that we’ve talked about this morning. Now, I go to malls without the need to wait for someone to fit on clothes or window shop. I can listen to my favorite songs without even explaining myself why I love them. I don’t have to repeat the same things over and over again. I can stay out of the routine of having to watch a movie on a Saturday afternoon, then go to somewhere to have dinner and a couple of drinks, have sex, next will be to sleep, and then wake up on a Sunday just to go to church and have lunch with the rest of his family. I don’t have to adjust with someone else’s schedule and time. Being single provided me freedom and a lot more time to just enjoy myself, my family and my friends.

In one of Paulo Coelho’s book he said that, it’s not enough that you want something, you must also understand what you will do once that thing is already in your possession. I guess that is the reason why I stayed single for this year. Though I want to have a partner, I am still not sure what will I do with him. Hence, while I am still not sure, it is better to stay this way.

Please, don’t get me wrong. I am not giving up on love or even planning to stay single forever. Sometimes, things just need proper timing. Its better being single than staying in a complicated relationship. I’d rather stay alone than be with someone who will make me lonely. I will choose to be happy with the company of my family and friends than to be with someone who will make me sad. I know that love will just be around the corner, all I need is patience, at siyempre, konting landi. Haha! But for now, I am single and not available.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Five People You Meet In Heaven

Last week before I took my off, my officemate send me the PDF file of this book. I know Mitch Albom sounds familiar, so I immediately looked for more information about him. Thanks to Wiki, I found out that he was the one who wrote Tuesdays with Morrie, a book I’ve read when I was still in High School.

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

I know that the book will teach a lot of lessons. Basing it on what I’ve read about Tuesdays with Morrie, I know that Albom’s new book will be well written, and it will be a book about life.

The Five People You meet in Heaven focused on Eddie, a Circus Maintenance guy who died on an accident. After he dies, he met five people, the blue guy, his Captain, Ruby, his wife, and the Filipina Child, Tala. Each person will teach him five important things, how human beings are connected, sacrifices, forgiveness, the essence of true love, and our purpose here on earth.

What I love the book aside from the lessons that it will teach you, some part of it was set here in the Philippines. I love Tala’s character and her importance in Eddie’s life. There were also parts of the book that really shocked me, like when the Captain died. I never see it coming. After I read the part, I immediately went on break just to smoke, it was just too much.

The five lessons that Eddie learned while he was on heaven is very important. I’ve realized that there are certain things that we will be things that we will learn as we grow however it is important to know these five things. We have to understand how our faith is intertwined; we have to know that sometimes, what is beneficial for us might be heartbreaking for someone else. We must not be selfish. In life, we also have to learn how to sacrifice and forgive. Love encompasses everything, even death, so it is important that we always show sincerity when we love somebody. Lastly, no matter how tough things can get, sometimes we will get fed up with the things that are happening around us, we must not fret. One way or another, we are beneficial to somebody.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven really started my week right. It gave me that boost of positive energy to welcome the week with such optimism and glee.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Breaking Dawn

I am really not fond of books being turned into movies. Like what I’ve said in one of my posts before, books will always be better. But when you have to wait for a friend for three hours on a mall, and if that is the only movie available to watch, it is already a different story. Now, let us talk about Breaking Dawn.

All I can say is… I LOVE IT! I can’t wait for the Part 2, I guess that is enough said.

Breaking Dawn really stick to the book. They were able to show how painful and miserable Bella can get, how sad Jacob and Edward can become and what will the Cullens do just to save her. Every thing is just the way I wanted it to be –- concentrating on the story and not on the fight scenes. :)

I still prefer the book, there is no questioning that. However, the movie amazed me in a way that it was able to really show what the book was all about.

Chester is probably laughing now. He will keep on saying, and “I told you so.”

The Valkyries

The Valkyries is a book about Angels. So far, it is the best literature I’ve read about them.

But before we proceed, do you believe in Angels?

the-valkyries-paulo-coelho

I do. I grew up believing that someone was always watching my every move. He keeps me safe, he wanted me to always stay on the good side, he protects me from harm, comforts me through all of me fears, and he makes sure that I get through every trials. I first thought that believing these things were crazy, good thing that the book enlightened me.

What I used to have growing up was a Guardian Angel. Sweet!

There are several types of Angels – The Angel of Death, Angels that destroy, Angels that are bad, and Guardian Angels. Angels have different purpose, they are friends, and they will always be there.

Paulo’s goal in the book was to see his Guardian Angel and to talk to him. He went to Los Angeles to meet the Valkyries, who will teach him how to connect to him. In order to talk to his Angel, he must do three tasks: He must break a pact, learn to forgive and make a bet. Seeing an Angel is tough, that is for sure.

If there is one thing good about the book, it really makes me believe that Angels Exists. That is the main goal of the book, I guess, to make its readers believe and have faith on them.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Dear Santa I’ve Been Good: Wish list!

Thanks to Dormboy, I will be able to write something today. It was an idea by another blogger that I just discovered, and definitely I want to join.
If you want to be part of this awesome activity, just click this.
Here we go, ehem, All Orange want for Christmas:
Something small:  Key Chain. :)
Something big: Natawa ako dito, haha. Something big, Bagpack, with emphasis with the word BIG.
Something cute:  Anything Doraemon, I always find him cute. If you can get the real one, I will love you long time
Something soft: Pillow
Something techie:  Memory Stick.
Something fancy:  Neck Tie.
Something Blue Orange: Baseball Cap.
Something wearable: Boxers. Ayaw mo pa?
Something you need: Planner, though I don’t have much plans in life. I think a planner will change it.
Something you can use for work: Pen Holder.Photo Credit
Something sweet: Cotton Candy, yeay!
 
Dear Santa I’ve Been Good and I really, really, really want: Laptop, damn, I need a laptop!
Ayaw ko ng Orange, haha. This was fun. :D

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Promises


I know that I don’t have a single reason to be upset. But, I know I do, because I am too stupid to believe something that easily. If there is something I am upset of, I guess that will be I am gullible, I trust easily, that is why I get upset.

Reality is really amazing.

All it takes is just to believe something and when that falters, all will change. You will no longer have the energy to continue on. Everything will start to irritate you to the point that it will be better not communicating, because for sure, you will either say or do something hurtful. You will either end up quiet or ranting on how stupid you can get because you believe someone that quick.

Proper setting of expectations, a blogger friend once told me. Well, that is true, I expected much, so right now, I’m more upset. I learned my lesson, now, we moved on and charge everything to experience. 

Damn, I hope it’s that easy. But every fiber in me wants to scream because of the frustration that I am feeling. All I did was to believe in someone’s words, and those words ended up me feeling this way.  Upset, frustrated, and Irritated. 

Words. Promises. Disappointments. It seems all three words are now synonymous to each other.

Hence, tomorrow is another day. This post is too much for all the frustrations that I am feeling. I guess I am just having a bad day, because of someone, because of something, because of words, because of promises, and it is all because of him

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christmas Na!

Papa Jack is already playing Christmas Songs -- The kind of songs that will make you sad about Christmas, who wants to listen to Sana Ngayong Pasko,right? But yeah, Christmas also has a heart warming magic on it that will make you smile though how depressing the music is.

 Photo Credit

Christmas has always been the time of the year where I start to reflect on all the things that happened to me in the past year. Every December, I try to remember all the things that I’ve learned, lost, accomplished and succeeded on while I concentrate on all the things where I also failed. Christmas has always been good to me. I will always love the season of giving.

Our office is now decorated. There are several Christmas tree in the reception and the office of our bosses, garlands with red Christmas balls draped behind my station, and my officemates also started displaying their blinking Christmas tree on their desktops.

Since our building is located in a hotel, the decorations are grand. On the reception of our building, there are three Christmas tree in three sizes, small, medium and of course large. They placed it in a way that it creates an illusion that it is a big Christmas tree from a far. Beside is a house that is made of bread and cake icings. The aroma of cinnamon is everywhere the moment you enter the building. It’s sweet and delicious. I love it.

I am still not ready for Christmas. I haven’t even written my Christmas list, well, I am not used to writing lists. Because all these years, I am so used to the people I am celebrating Christmas with. They are the same people that I am giving gifts every time the season came – my family, god children, some friends, and some of my relatives, they always get something from me. But this year, I think I need to create a list. As I grow older, but not that wiser, I’m starting to realize that there are more people who needs to receive something from me. If all else fails, I will just send them a message saying “Merry Christmas.” It’s the thought that counts, right? Haha!

Christmas is already here. Are you guys ready for it? If not, you are not alone. Let us enjoy the rush together.

Merry Christmas!

The Power of Six

Fine! I am now addicted to the Lorien Legacies.


Two days ago, Chester and I were chatting about my recent post. I told him how good “I am Number Four” was and that I am planning to get a copy of “The Power of Six” this weekend. Then, I just told him that he can give me one as a Christmas gift. An idea popped into my head, all of a sudden I ask him if he can get a PDF file of the book and send it to my email address. That will work as a Christmas gift.


Chester was crazy, after a few minutes, he just told me that he was already downloading the book. He sent the file via SKYPE and after I thanked him, I started reading it. I finished the book in a day. Whew!


Before I read the book, I thought that it will be all about Six, Number Four’s ally. I know that it will be the continuation of the first book but on a different point of view, concentrating on Six rather than on Four. However, the book begins with number Seven. Haha!


Four and Six were on a mission to find the remaining Gardes. They know that they were stronger together. Henri also left a letter to Four about his past. Four also opened his chest that contains his inheritance.


The second book was way better than the first one. The story is more interesting, a lot of things happened, more questions being answered, and more kicked ass characters. It’s nice seeing the other Lorien Garde’s on the book. The story of Seven and Six were tough, I thought that they were as fortunate as Four because he has a good Cepan, but that is not the case. Seven needs to suffer and live in an orphanage while Six has to be alone because of her Cepan’s tragic death. Nine was also introduced on the book, and his legacy, Antigravity. Seven can heal and swim underwater without drowning. Now, I really want to be an alien. Haha.


What makes me upset about the Second Book was Sarah and Sam. Sarah turned Four and Sam to the police. While Sam got lost, maybe taken by the Mogs, because he was in search of his father. Nine and Four continue without Sam, while Six went all the way to Spain to save Seven then they will go back to America. Six left a note for Four however when Sam got lost, the note also disappeared. I wonder what they will do to find each other.


The series is really getting interesting. Too bad we still have to wait until August next year for the new book to be released. I am pretty sure that five and eight will be introduced. Though I know that they were already introduced in book two, they were the guy who moves object in India and the other is the girl who saved someone on the earthquake, I can’t wait to hear their stories.
I also want to know more about nine, what will happen to Sarah and John’s relationship, and what the hell happened to Sam. I just hope that Sam will not be the bad guy. But, who knows right? Pittacus Lore said that the events are still taking place somewhere in the planet, so we are still not sure what will happen.


But, damn, August 2012 is still too far.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

I AM NUMBER FOUR

(Pangalawang beses ko ng isusulat ito, nagbrown out kasi, lesson, I save ang Drafts! Pak! Haha.)

Okay. I am really not into books being turned into film. After I watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I stopped watching all its movies. I also ended my fascination with The Twilight Saga after I read the series. Books will always be way better.

Earlier this year, I watched this film on DVD.

Here is the trailer.

Pretty interesting, right?

I love the movie, there was no doubt about it. Effects were great, fight scenes were superb, the story is nice, and Alex Pettyfer is way too fine! :)

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diba? Haha. :)

However there were a lot of questions. What was Lorien? Why were they fighting? And the most intriguing, WHY DO THEY HAVE TO BE KILLED IN ORDER?

After searching the web, and failing to get the answers that I needed, I just decided to buy the book.

I Am Number Four is the first installment of the Lorien Legacies. It still doesn’t say how many books will the series have, according to its echuserang author, the events are still taking place here in our planet. Haha. Cool, right? Somewhere in Earth, there are aliens fighting and searching for their legacies.

According to the Book, before, there were other Life Sustaining Planets in the galaxy – Lorien and Mogadore. Lorien was smaller than Earth and richer in natural resources. They also have Cêpan which were individuals that possessed legacies (special powers). Mogadore on the other hand became too industrialized, that their planet became a bunch of waste which make it lose its resourcing. Thus, they invade Lorien.

Lorien got defeated. But before their planet became something that has nothing but barren land, they sent Nine Cêpan, together with their guardians to Earth to protect their legacy. The Lorien Elders placed a charm on the kids – they can only be killed in order. If someone will attempt to kill them, and it’s not their time yet, whatever you will do on that kid will happen to you. Bangis!

There you go, questions answered! Yeay!

As usual, the book was way better than the movie. Everything that you need to know and understand about the film was there. Its more dramatic, and its way different than the film. Even though I know it’s just fiction, it’s more realistic. In the film, they killed the Mogadores in a wicked fight scene, however in the book, they just escaped, Six and Four were badly hurt, then they start looking for the others. Which was really believable, they were outnumbered so though they have all the Legacies that they need, they still run. However the film just showed how kicked ass they can get.

Some parts of the book were boring though. Part like Number Four thinking about Sarah for almost three pages was boring. I don’t like it, or maybe I’m just jealous of Sarah. Haha. :)

Rating will be a 10! The book is nicely done, easy to read, and its addicting. I can’t wait to read the other Lorien Legacies. So far, Book Two (The Power of Six) is already out, and from what I found out on Youtube, Book Three (The Rise of Nine) will be out on August next year. Ang tagal pa, amp!

It also teaches a good story – hope. When all else fails, never give up on hope.

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Veronika Decides to Die

When Veronika decides to die… Her journey starts.

The story is definitely a masterpiece. Something that is way too different from all the books I’ve read. Who would’ve figured that a girl who wants to die and play the piano will change so many people’s lives?

The story started when Veronika drunk five sleeping pills to kill herself. Unfortunately, her planned fail. After taking the pills, her heart gets weak, which will eventually make her die in five to seven days. In that short span of time, her views about life and love definitely change.

Since committing suicide is considered a psychological problem, she has to be treated in Vilette, a place for insane people.

While in Vilette, Veronika met a lot of interesting individuals -- A depressed woman, someone who is suffering from panic attacks, a schizophrenic who has his own vision of paradise, and a doctor who is writing his own thesis about the cure of psychological problems. All four of them will be touched by Veronika’s presence in the facility. How? By playing some good music!

The story’s ending is shocking and amusing from what I’ve expected. Will Veronika die? You have to read the book to find out. Hehe.

If there is really one thing that the book taught me, it will be that sometimes, it’s okay to be insane. Getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing new things is fun. Sometimes, you have to set your own adventure, stay away from routine, and do something different.

It will also make you understand that sometimes, all you need is tolerance, all you need to do is embrace someone else’s difference and learn from it.

The book is very enlightening. Of course, I will give it a 10. Haha! A book where you always learn something deserves the best recognition possible.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

You’re Making My Dreams Come True

 

I really don’t know why I am so into this song. I’ve been playing it on repeat for quite a while now.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards 2011

I am a blog hopper! Every time I am at work, to kill time and to stay awake, I read a lot of blogs.

Nuffnang already presented their list of Nominees for this year’s blog award, and to show my support to all my Idol Bloggers, I am posting their links below!

All you have to do is go to this website and click the following Blogs. I got the list from Nina, one of the nominees, I’m sure she won’t mind if I will post it here. Hehe!

BEST FOOD BLOG – thefatkidinside.com
BEST TRAVEL BLOG – justwandering.org
BEST FASHION BLOG – itscamilleco.com
BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG – lantaw.blogspot.com
BEST GEEK BLOG – geekout.ph
BEST GEEK BLOG – yugatech.com
BEST PARENTING BLOG – themisischronicles.com
BEST LIFESTYLE BLOG – jenniepperson.com
MOST ORIGINAL BLOG DESIGN – blog.ditz-revolution.net
HIDDEN GEM – googlygooeys.com

So, Friends, what are you waiting for? Start voting! Well I just did. :)

The Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards will be on December at Malaysia. Congrats to all the Pinoy Bloggers who are already winners for me. Represent!

Veronika Decides to Die/I am Number Four

I haven’t finished IT, and I already lend it to someone because lately, I am feeling lazy don’t have much time to read. I also bought two new books over the weekend, and of course, I will talk about it.

Read on!

Veronika Decides to Die By Paulo Coehlo

I know I own too many Paulo Coelho books already but I just can’t help it. It also upsets me that this book is too popular and I haven’t read it. I also read on Wiki that this book has an adaptation where Sarah Michelle Gellar played Veronika. You can finish the book in one sitting however I don’t want to do that. Haha! Lately, all I want to do was to make sure that I will finish a book a week. Books may get pretty expensive, and Paulo Coelho books are not on book sale.

The book is about a girl who commits suicide, which failed. Then because of the pills that she took, her heart went weak to the point that she will die in five to seven days. I am already in the middle of the book, and to my surprise, it doesn’t talk much about Veronika. Yeah, she may be the lead of the book but the general idea revolves not only on her but with the other people she met at an asylum.

The Book deals about insanity, craziness, and doing something out of your comfort zone. It also talks about death in a very different way. You have to read the book to figure out what I am trying to say here.

I Am Number Four By Pittacus Lore

I am really not fond of books being turned into movie. Movies are sometimes deceiving; sometimes they just remove the important parts of a novel.

However, when I saw this movie l was pretty much intrigue with the idea. Aliens killing another alien in an order – that is pretty weird, right? The movie doesn’t explain much behind the story of Number Four and his clan. All it said was Number Four was from some planet that was invaded by Aliens who looks disgusting and they are now being hunted here. Number Four, together with Number Six, will definitely fight their enemies. Their next mission will be finding the remaining “numbers” in order to be stronger.

Pretty Interesting book I may say.

There you go. Two new books for two weeks!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bad Day.

“Male, po.” I said in a shy and timid manner, while looking at the Spa’s vinyl flooring.

The lady across the reception did her thing, then took a quick glimpse of me. I already know what she is thinking. This guy is gay because he wants to have a male masseur, and he wants to have a massage in 4:15 in the morning. I kept my stare at the vinyl flooring, then give her an impatient smirk, who cares what you think? I am not here for your masseur. My body aches and I think a massage can help me.

Finally, someone assisted me. I was slightly taller than him, slightly darker than him, and slightly heavier than him. He then guided me to the well lighted hallway, then the staircase that will lead us to our room. The scent of oil was all over, rooms are separated by thick black curtains that smell like cobwebs already, and the bed, well, its good for massages. Hehe.

Massages are relaxing. But it will really depend on the person who will take care of you. My masseur, a while ago, he was not good. Everything he did was not cool. He started small talks that I am not interested. Aside from that, his hands felt like rocks on my body. The massage was verging on uncomfortable and painful. I kept on telling him to mellow it down, which he did, then all of a sudden his hands will feel like hell again.

After the massage, he then offered me something, which shocked me because I never expected a Spa in Shaw will have such thing. I told him that its expensive, however he said that it will only be for 1500 bucks. No way! No effin’ way! Instead of getting irritated, I just gave Aljur the Masseur a condescending smile then started to get dress. I hate upsetting people so I just said, “maybe next time.” If there will be a next time, which I doubt. I know I’m unstraight, and I am proud of it however not all gay are as gay as what people think. Sometimes, we will not do such stuff.

Talking about a bad day, right?

Heart to Heart

One of my all time favorite songs. I cannot sing it though, haha!

Which is a better live version of Heart to Heart, Kenny Loggins or Kyla? Comment on…

 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Seven New Wonders of Nature

Everyone is celebrating because The Underground River in Puerto Princesa makes it to the New Seven Wonders of Nature. But when I checked their website, it seems that the list is just provisional. Eventually, votes will still be reviewed and a final list will be announced next year. Well, let’s just hope for the best.

Friends, here are the new seven wonders of nature, in random order! (As if I know the order, haha!)

The Amazon Rainforest – Brazil

Known for its piranhas, carnivals, diverse ecosystem and its lush rainforest, the Amazon represents over half of the forest remaining rainforest. Beat that! Its river is also the largest in the world, and a fun trivia, not a single bridge crosses the Amazon River, maybe because of the piranhas, crocodiles, and the other creatures lurking on its waters.

Halong Bay – Vietnam

 

The bay is known for its limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. I cannot find a picture on the web that doesn’t have a boat on it, haha! I still prefer El Nido and Caramoan, though. Love your own, bakit ba?

Iguazu Falls – Argentina

Definitely, my favorite on the list. It is one of the largest waterfall on the planet. This beauty has 275 waterfalls all in all, and the tallest one of them all is 80 meters in height.

Jeju Island – Korea

I love Korea, and I also love Jeju Island. I know that Spring Waltz was shot here. It has Korea’s tallest mountain/a Dormant Volcano. What is a Dormant Volcano? Think Mount Pinatubo. Hehe

Komodo Island – Indonesia

Komodo Island is known for its rainforest and Komodo Dragon. A Komodo Dragon is a carnivore – meaning eating meat! Hehe. I’ve read somewhere that there saliva are deadly.

Table Mountain – South Africa

 

This is the only natural site on the planet that has a constellation named after it. The flat-topped mountain has withstood six million years of erosion and hosts the richest, yet smallest floral kingdom on earth with over 1,470 floral species.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park – The Philippines

Super Duper Like and Love! Hehe. I’m planning to go here next year, its is the longest navigational underground river in the Planet. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea.

I am just hoping that our Underground River will still make it on the list next year. Well, something as beautiful as our PPUR definitely deserves to be on the list.

Btw, all photos were from Google. Ciao Everyone!

Now on Nuffnang!

Last night, I read Hannah’s post about how she started earning money through her blog. I really love her blog because she introduces new things in an easy way that you will understand it right away. There are times when I just envy Then all of a sudden, I just realized that it is about time to try something different. Why not sign up for Nuffnang?

Nuffnang is a blog advertising community that helps bloggers earn money thru their blogs. I’ve seen the Nuffnang logo in most of my favorite blogs so I know that it is something that is really big. Then I read from their site that they are in four countries in the whole Asia Pacific. Shala!

Eventually, I signed up. The process is easy. What just bother me though are the codes that you have to copy then paste on your blog. Though the blog has a good tutor that will help you go through the process. It also has screen shots which is really cool and helpful for those people who are not a techie as I am. Goodluck nalang sa kin tomorrow. Haha!

The website also has a knowledge that will try to answer all of your questions about Nuffnang. If the site doesn’t help you, all you have to do is just send them an email. That is super!

Well, I know that my blog is just new and that the traffic thing that most bloggers are talking about is really not that nice. I am also aware that I don’t write as well as the bloggers that I look up to, but a big mile always starts with a single step, and a life without taking risk is boring.

‘Nuff said. :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Soulmates

The Book Brida will give you an understanding what soulmate is. When I was still in high school, the idea excites me, having someone that is really meant for you. Reading the book answers all my questions.

What are soulmates?

"We are eternal because we are all manifestations of God.

That is why we go through many lives and many deaths, emerging out of some unknown place and going toward another equally unknown place. You must get used to the fact that there are many things in magic which are not and never will be explained. God decided to do certain things in a certain way and why He did this is a secret known only to Him.

The fact is that this happens.

And when people think of reincarnation, they always come up against a very difficult question: if, in the beginning, there was so few people on the face of Earth, and now there are so many, where did all those new souls come from?

The answer is simple.

In certain reincarnations, we divide into two. Our souls divide as do crystals and stars, cells and plants.

Our souls divides in two, and those new souls are in turn transformed into two and so, within a few generations, we are scattered over a large part of Earth.”

How will i know who my Soul Mate is???

By taking risks.

By risking failures, disappointment, disillusion, but never ceasing in your search for Love. As long as you keep looking, you will triumph in the end.

Another thing strikes me, YOU CAN HAVE MORE THAN ONE SOULMATE IN A LIFETIME.

The essence of Creation is one and one alone.

And the essence is called Love.

Love is the force that brings us back together, in order to condense the experience dispersed in many lives and many parts of the world.

We are responsible for the whole Earth because we do not know where they might be. Those Soul Mates we were from the beginning of time. If they are well, then we, too, will be happy. If they are not well, we will suffer, however unconsciously, a portion of their pain. Above all, though, we are responsible for reencountering, at least once in every incarnation, the Soul Mate who is sure to cross our path. Even if it is only for a matter of moments, because those moments bring with them a Love so intense that it justifies the rest of our days.

We can also allow our Soul Mate to pass us by, without accepting him or her, or even noticing. Then we will need another incarnation in order to find that Soul Mate. And because of our selfishness, we will be condemned to the worst torture of humankind ever invented for itself: LONELINESS.

There you go. Everything about soul mates. Now, I believe that you just have to wait – wait and take risks. Eventually, that special someone you are waiting for all your life will be knocking on your doorsteps soon.

How about you? Do you believe in soul mates? Or are you together now?

Officemates

 Sa Department namin, 15 kami. 15 magkakaibang tao na pinagsama sama sa isang magulong department. Mahirap ang trabaho namin, it involves a lot of thinking and guts. Guts kasi madaming bagay na kailangan ng desisyon agad, hindi pwedeng mabagal kang mag isip o tatanga tanga, hindi rin pwede mahina ang loob mo. Dapat kaya mong tagalan ang maiingay ng callers, o ang mga pasaway na email, dapat din matigas ang loob mo na lahat ng gagawin mo kaya mong panindigan.

Ang post na ito ay hindi tungkol sa trabaho ko, nakagawa na ako noon, hehe, tungkol ito sa mga kasama ko sa team namin.

Kung ididiscribe ko ang mga kasama ko sa trabaho, tatlong bagay lang, ang mga kakampi ko, ang mga hindi, at ang mga wapakels.

Hindi porke kakampi ko na ibig sabihin lahat ng gagawin ko, tama sa kanila, o lahat ng sasabihan ko, sasangauyanan nila. Walang ganoon sa company namin. Kakampi ibig sabihin lahat ng mga hinaing ko pakikinggan nila, though may mangyari man o wala, andiyan lang sila, makikinig. Ang sarap ng buhay na may nakikinig, minsan, yun nalang talaga ang mahalaga pag sobrang pagod ka na sa trabaho at ayaw mo ng makipagcooperate ka. Sa 14 kong kasama sa team, ng inisip ko kung ilan sila, siguro mas madami pa ang mga daliri ko sa isang kamay. Nakakalungkot, diba?

Pangalawa, ang mga hindi ko kakampi. Hindi sila kaaway, iba pa yun, sila lang ang mga hindi nakikinig sa iyo. Pag may point ka, its either sisirain nila yun o magbibigay sila ng point na madadamay ang tahimik kong buhay sa opisina. Kunwari nung nagbigayan ng schedule, since madami akong gimik ginagawa kapag weekend, nagrequest ako ng Friday Saturday off, isang meeting na inopen ko ang topic na yun, hindi pa ako nakakapagsalita ng bongga, may kumontra na agad. Ganoon ang mga officemates ko na hindi ko kakampi, its either ginagawa nilang hell ang buhay ko o nakikipagplastikan ako sa kanila. Sila ang mga dahilan kung bakit ko gustong magresign minsan, o bigla nalang gumawa ng kalokohan habang asa opisina. Madami akong kateam na ganito, haha!

Ang mga wapakels, simple lang, wala silang reaksyon sa mga nangyayari. Wala silang say sa mga importanteng bagay na nangyayari sa team. Andoon lang sila sa office para sumweldo at hindi makipagdiskusyon. Hindi ko nga alam bakit andoon pa sila we. Haha.

Ang mga officemates ko -- weird. Haha. Minsan pakiramdam ko bakit nagkaroon ako ng mga officemates na ganito pero habang tumatagal ang panahon, siyempre, matuto ka na ring makasama sa kanila. Makisama lang, hindi magtiwala, hindi ibuhos lahat ng oras na iniindi sila, hindi ako nagpapastress at hanggang ngayon, pinipili ko lang ang mga bagay na shineshare ko.

Since mas madami akong hindi kakampi, most of the time, nagiging wapakels type lang ako.

Hindi naman ako ganito sa mga dating company ko, pero since okay naman ang trabaho at company ko, mas mabuti nay yun. Ang mahalaga ay ang kumita! Kaya kahit kamote man ng mga office mate ko, pagsweldo na, wala na akong pakialam sa kanila.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Zahir

 

“All you have to do is to pay attention: lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step”

Kung mayroon isang bagay na I am passionate about, siguro, ito ay ang pagiging busy. Hindi ako mapakali ng walang ginagawa, hindi naman ako workaholic kasi hindi naman ako mahilig sa work. Pero, napapansin ko, hindi ako makakatagal ng gising ako at nakatunganga lang, dapat kapag hindi ako nagwowork, nagiinternet ako, o nagbabasa ng book, o nagtetext, hindi ako makakatagal na bum kasi mapapraning ako. Haha!

Nasabi ko ito dahil ang last book na nabasa ko ay tungkol sa obsession and passion – ito ang focus ng “The Zahir.”

Ang Zahir, bow. Ito daw ay isang bagay na sobrang gustong gusto mo. Sobrang gusto mo ito na to the point na ang buong pagkatao mo, hinahanap ito, ultimong kaluluwa mo, ito lang ang hinahangad, pinapangarap at parang ito lang ang rason mo na mabuhay. Pwedeng maging mabuti ang Zahir, at pwede ding maging masama, depende kung paano mo ito tatratuhin.

Sa book, may isang writer na iniwan ng asawa niya. Worst, iniwan siya na hindi siya sure ang dahilan. Alam lang niya, everything was doing well in their relationship, tapos one day, bigla nalang siyang iniwan. Umikot ang story sa paghahanap ng writer sa asawa niya, and while doing that, narealize niya na ang mga bagay sa pagitan nilang dalawa, ay hindi kasing perfect ng inaasahan niya. Habang hinahanap niya ang asawa niya, mas marami siyang natutunan sa sarili niya, sa pagmamahal at higit sa lahat, sa buhay.

Nakita ba ng writer ang asawa niya, hindi ko sasabihin, haha!

After kong mabasa ang book, siyempre nagreflect ako kung tama ba ang Zahir ko. Yeah I know na hindi ako makakatagal ng walang ginagawa pero siguro dapat mag slow down din. Ienjoy ang bawat sandali, lalo na ang mga petiks moment. Naisip ko din na siguro may mga bagay akong hindi naeenjoy kasi ginagawa ko lang siya for the sake of doing it, though nagiging busy ako, nagiging bugnutin naman ako. Once in a while, kailangan nating idisperse ang Zahir sa mga buhay natin, dahil kasi dito, nakakalimutan na natin ang mga mas importanteng bagay, lalo na ang maging masaya.

Kaya ngayon, kahit na nangangati akong tapusin ang mga bagay na sinimulan ko, hindi ko siya minamadali. Narealize ko ng simulan kong dahan dahanin ang mga bagay bagay, mas naeenjoy ko siya. At sa buhay nating puno ng pighati, siguro iyon na ang mahalaga, kahit gaano kadepress tayo, ang mahalaga enjoy pa din!

Salamat po sa pagdaan, ingat parati ha.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Three New Books

Addict na ba ako sa libro kung sasabihin ko na tatlong libro na naman ang binili ko? Haha. Sa tingin ko, hindi pa po.

Ayun nga, bago ako umuwi sa province, bumili ako ng tatlong books. Here you go.



Kung hindi ako addict sa libro, pero addict ako kay Paulo! Haha. Pakiramdam ko nga macocollect ko na lahat ng   libro niya, iniisip ko na nga kung anong gagawin ko sa mga libro pagkatapos kong basahin we. Hindi ko rin alam kung saan ko sila ilalagay sa napakaliit kong bahay. Nabasa ko na ang The Zahir, tinatamad lang akong magkwento about it, siguro next post. Haha!


Considered a classic, nadiscover ko ang IT from Wikipedia. Sobrang intruiging lang nung book at ung reputation niya sa literature. Ito din daw ang inspiration sa Jeepers Creepers. Well, ito ang binabasa ko ngayon, makapal siya, 1000 pages tapos sobrang liliit ng mga font. Haha! Goodluck talaga. Kapag nagkataon, ito na ang pinakamakapal na libro na nabasa ko. 

Next time ulet, ingat parati. 





Corby


Hindi ako mahilig sa gadgets.

Ang cellphone ko dati ay isang nokia 5310 xpress music na sobrang mahal na mahal ko. Ito ang kauna-unahang mamahalin kong phone. Four years ko na siyang gamit, sobra na siyang nagdepreciate, at nakailang beses na kaming nagpalit ng housing. Gustong gusto ko siya kasi okay ang sounds, manipis sa pants, at higit sa lahat, mabilis magtext ng mga messages.

Pero sabi nga, “all good things must come to an end.”

Kaya ngayon, bumili na ako ng touch screen na phone, yeay! Hirap na hirap akong gamitin siya, pero siguro it will need a lot of getting used to. Okay naman siya so far. I love how slick and entertaining it can get. Okay din ang camera kaya for sure, malalagyan ko na ng mga pictures ang blog ko, hehe.

Bored na ako sa office, haha!

Candles


Kagagaling ko lang sa bakasyon. Two days akong nanatili sa Sariaya dahil ayaw ko ng dalawin ng aking lola. Ngayong naranasan ko na kung paano maparamdaman ng isang namatay na nilalang, lalong tumibay ang paniniwala ko sa mga bagay na supernatural.

After ng work, deretso na sa Sariaya. Hindi ko na tinaon sa mismong araw ng Undas ang pagbisita, alam ko kasi an magiging crowded na ang mga sementeryo noon at sayang naman ang double pay sa 31 and 1, hehe. Nakarating naman ako ng Sariaya ng matiwasay, pagod at sobrang puyat nga lang.

Dumeretso na ako sa sementeryo baka umuwi sa bahay ng pinsan ko. Okay naman ang panahon na yun, walang araw, maulap at feeling ko hindi uulan. Pagdating ng sementeryo, bumili muna ng kandila para sindihan.

Ang daan mula sa kalsada papuntang sementeryo ay isang eskenita na pataas. “Himlayo” ang tawag ng mga kababayan ko sa sementeryo na iyon, kasi sa sobrang layo niya sa kalsada, pakiramdam mo hindi matatawag na himlayan ayun. Kinabahan pa ako kasi ako lang ang naglalakad paakyat. Pormado pa naman ako kasi kagagaling ko lang sa work, pero bahala na, masyado na akong pagod at puyat para intindihin pa ang pag-iisa.

Ng makarating ako sa puntod ni lola, dumilim ng konti ang langit. Sinindihan ko ang kandila, at biglang umambon! Yeah, ang maaliwalas na araw ay naging ambunin. Sumilong muna ako, since ambon lang naman yun, anytime, alam kong hihinto din siya. Kinausap ko nalang si Lola from a far, humingi ng sorry dahil ngayon lang nakadalaw, humingi rin ng gabay para sa mga desisyon, at higit sa lahat, humingi ng protecksyon para sa mga susunod na araw.

Humina ang ulan, at sinubukan ko na namang sindihan ang kandila. Hindi ko pa nadidikit ang lighter ko sa mismong wick ng candle, bumuhos na ang ulan. Yeah, kung kanina ambon, ulan na ngayon. Pinilit kong sindihan ang kandila, kaso ayaw na talaga, basa na siya kaya nga nga nalang.

Tinanong ko ang lola ko, kung bakit ayaw niyang magpasindi ng candle, siyempre hindi na akong umasa na sagutin ako. Kaloka kapag nakasagot pa siya. Sinabi ko nalang wag na siyang magtampo kasi babalik ako anytime soon.

Ang weird lang talaga ng nangyari. Hindi ko maisip kung saan ako magsisimulang isipin kung bakit nangyari yun.  The universe is really weird, hence, I love being a part of it.