To Officially Kick-Off Summer

It’s March – oh, end of March. If this month sets the theme for summer, then, we are in for a long, hot, and lovely one πŸ˜€ Brace yourselves, don your swimsuits, and let’s have fun!

I LOVE summers! For a person who’d grown up with chocolate-colored skin, I am supposed to hate summer because it makes my chocolate skin darker – but like Jaymez fondly says, “Don’t care!” πŸ˜€ Summer appeals a lot to me because I was brought up in a family who loves to go to the beach every opportunity we could. My earliest memories of the beach were the summers when my father would bring us all to Silliman Beach in the morning, leave us siblings and our mother for work, come back with fish which we roast for lunch, get back to work, then collects us at 4 PM. All summer we would be dark chocolates but we LOVE it. Well, I miss those summer days.

Also, back when I was still in college, Bobby, me, and our friends would spend summers at the beach so that we had pictures of us so very dark that we perfectly match the dark bamboo sala set at their house πŸ˜€

And since I have never cared about how people see me, I indulge myself with summer and don’t care about making my chocolate skin darker.

So, what’s in for summer this year? To kick-off summer, I had a hair cut teeeehhheeeeheeee I’m now sporting a semi-short hair, courtesy of the beautiful salon near Hypermart called Marquez Beauty Salon or something similar πŸ˜€ I’m not good with names. Anyway, the hair cut actually came after a double outing with my co-workers and my girl cousins.

Okay, to sort that out, the outing with the co-workers came first. This is a long overdue victory party for our team – the Green Geeks – who were the Champions of last year’s sportsfest. It was sad that my friends were also busy with other activities for Sunday – church and family just had to go first, of course. Plus, the activity was sort-of announced just this week so that we didn’t have much time to re-arrange our Sunday schedules – which is the only day that we are free from The Company {sigh}. Lots of nice people are there, of course. Jeffy – aka Alvin # 2 – was there, too. And since he (partially) took over Alvin’s usual place in the barkada, then the party was alright πŸ˜€ However, there really was nothing to do except talk and eat. So, when my cousins called to inform me that they were at JVD, I had no second thoughts to leaving the outing πŸ˜€ I think they must have rented a videoke machine after I left but I’m not sure.

Anyway, I hurried to where my cousins were hanging out – and it turned out to be an all-girls day out. Wow, we had not done this in ages – just me, Sandy, Inday, PitPit, Darly, Divine, Mary Ann, baby Stefi, and the yaya (sorry, I always forget her name). It was still all talk and eat but the food was more delicious πŸ˜€ no lechon here but we had salad, humba, tuyok manok, and lots of chips. mmmmmm delicious. We talked and talked and talked and talked until it was already very late in the afternoon and Bobby was already reminding me that I did not go to church uh-oh. Anyway, I was already very late for church, so, once again, I skipped on church.

After that girls’ bonding, I idly went to town in search of a salon to have my nails cleaned. I remembered seeing a new salon setting up near Hypermart some days ago so I went to investigate. Wow, the prices are really, really low! Php49 each for manicure, pedicure, and haircut. They also have neat little packages that would appeal to every girl’s budget. I just had to get their package of manicure, pedicure, foot spa, hair spa, haircut, and back massage all for Php350! Cool.

That’s how I started my summer. Now, what about my plans for the summer?

  • April 5 ~ me and my friends at work are going Dolphin watching plus swimming at the Sand Bar weeehhee! Hope the weather will be absolutely perfect.
  • April 8 or 9 ~ me and my girl cousins are planning an overnight retreat at the Forest Camp or somewhere cool enough to match the weather.
  • April 26 ~ lunch party at our house to celebrate my birthday and our wedding anniversary πŸ˜€ all friends are welcome to the party.
  • April 27 to some time that week ~ Bobby and I are going somewhere – tentative venues are Boracay, Bohol, Dakak… can someone suggest a good place to go? πŸ˜€
  • May 16 ~ spend my cousin’s birthday at Cebu and experience the sky walk chuva there – don’t know what it’s called πŸ˜€

Plus, we are going to kulit Jeffy into treating us with tuba and butong at their house in San Jose one of these Sundays πŸ˜€ And Mommy Len, too, for a trip to Bacolod – maybe at the end of May.

Wow, summer’s already getting more and more appealing. So, can someone please give me a job with two days of weekends instead of one? So I could savor the flavors of summer? πŸ˜€

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The Relativity of Success

Everyone wants to be successful. That is a fact. But what does success mean?

Most people think that success means being rich, famous, and on the top bracket of the job. However, there are also a lot of people who would agree with me that success means being able to achieve your goals – be it monetary or be it love. Confused? Here’s my take

I am a licensed Chemist. Does that mean I am successful? Well, considering that I now work as a copyeditor, I am not successful in being a chemist – but does that mean that I am a failure? Well, a lot of people think so {sigh}. Rewind some two to five years ago…had someone told me then that I will NOT be working as CHEMIST, I’d laugh at their face. Yes, the past me would have concluded that I AM a failure today. So, am I? I don’t think so.

Yes, I may not work in my professional field but I did find a decent work in Dumaguete. Oh, I don’t love the job but it really is decent. Then. I have an online job that gives me the same salary as my real job minus the stress and in a much relaxed time. Yes, no matter what people might say, I am successful. I see my hubby every few days and he goes to work every few days. We have fun. We go swimming. Stuff.

My point here is that I do not have to work in my field to be successful. And yes, if I quit my real job at the end of the year, I’d still consider myself successful. I may not be able to buy a car right now but I’m saving for my dream house πŸ™‚

A girl cousin thinks that I married early (at 24) that’s why I am sadly not successful πŸ˜€ But then what is the RIGHT age for marriage? Is being single a guarantee that I’d be successful? Maybe, but then I’d go back to what success might really mean. Yes, I could still be single and working as top Chemist in some company – like in the cement company that I left – but if my heart wants me to be with Bobby and live a simple life, that is SUCCESS to me. Yes, I am successful πŸ™‚

P.S. According to the PorkChop Duo, Success is relative…More success, more relatives. LMAO

Busy, Busy, Busy, Busy…

These past few days had been extremely busy – I had so many assignments in my online job that it was a wonder that I was still able to squeeze in some nap time in the afternoons. It was a good thing that I was in the 6 AM shift.

Today marks another change in the shifting schedule {sigh}. However, I am torn between loving the fact that I can wake up any time I want to but hating the fact that my “extra” time is very limited so that if I do have online assignments, I have to wake up considerably early for my usual wake up time. That means that instead of waking up at 10 or 11, I have to wake up at 7 or 8 {sigh}.

Sleep experts will, of course, tell me that what I am doing is wrong. I read somewhere that for the body to adjust to the shifting schedules of today’s working generation, the waking up hours should be at about the same time of the day. So does that mean that I have to wake up at 5:30 each day? No way! The experts fo know better but if I wake up that early everyday – even on days when I am on the afternoon shift – my body is going to fight and scream all the way so that I will be dragged to sleep even when I am at work. Uh-oh! Major memo at The Company πŸ™‚

Speaking of memos, I am expecting one to be handed my way in the next few days uh-oh. It’s just that I’ve had some really major errors which are considered a huge NO-NO at the company (aka front matter errors). And yep – before you all open your mouths and laugh at me – I admit those were my fault. Let’s just call it a major error of not looking if the article title was styled as article title {sigh}.

I was actually thinking that they would suspend me but Miss A and Mr D said that first offenders are sort-of excused – a bit. Well, I was actually secretly (haha) hoping for about 3 to 5 days of unpaid vacation from The Company so I could catch up on those assignments and those zzzzzzzz LOL Guess I can’t have a punishment that is not a punishment at all πŸ™‚

power nap

power nap

Constant Power Outages in my Barangay

The electricity line in my barangay is really crazy – there are almost always power outages at least once a month. This month, they certainly outdid themselves with brown outs almost every night or day! The outages can last for as fast as 2 seconds or as long as 12 hours (or longer)!

Who should be blamed here? Perhaps there are a lot of people to blameΒ  – the electric company would be top on the list. They would surely be followed by whoever it was that cut off the power – that means that it’s still the electric company πŸ˜› Plus whoever it was that created the wirings and stuff, etc. Grrrrr I am just mad so I am blabbing πŸ˜€ blah blah blah

And to think that I have assignments to pass! I do have an online job Mr. Power Outage!

p.s. Mr. Xavier, don’t you dare comment on this!

Warning to Parents: Children’s Havaianas being Recalled in the Philippines

Havaianas, an expensive but very popular line of flip-flops, issued a recall on the following painted children’s wear:

β€’ Baby Estampas
β€’ Baby Pets
β€’ Kids Apple
β€’ Kids Fairy
β€’ Kids Flores
β€’ Kids Lighthouse
β€’ Kids Monsters
β€’ Kids Surf
β€’ Baby Letrinhas
β€’ Kids Sports
β€’ Kids Candies
β€’ Kids Fun
β€’ Kids Love
β€’ Kids Sereias
β€’ Kids Speed
β€’ Kids Lucky Bug
β€’ Kids Pets
β€’ Kids Rock
β€’ Kids Slim
β€’ Kids Wonder Woman
β€’ Kids Small Flowers
β€’ Kids Tropical w/Kit

The slippers are recalled because of the possibility of lead paint affecting the children who would be wearing them. The flip-flops were made in Brazil.

Parents should take the slippers away from their children as soon as possible and contact the suppliers so that these can be replaced.

Francis Magalona, Goodbye

I grew up to the beat of Francis Magalona. What kid my age does not know his songs? Even though we don’t sound good while we rap, we rap because of him. “Mga Kababayan” is one of his most popular and well-loved songs – if you are a Filipino and don’t know this song then it’s shame on you because the song speaks of our heritage, our values, and our appearance.

He also collaborated with other rappers and singers to produce songs that also becamepopular in their own right. A good one is “Bagsakan” with Parokya ni Edgar and Gloc 9.

He had a long battle with leukemia. There were times when he’d be gone from the regular shows he was in because of the illness. The thought that he’d pass away soon or could have died during those bouts made him work harder on his relationship with his wife and eight children. One can even think that his eldest daughter is just his sister.

Sadly, he passed away at 12:00 noon today. My favorite Noon Time Show, Eat Bulaga, allowed a minute of prayer for the eternal repose of his soul. Kiko, as Francis Magalona is fondly known, is well loved by the public – he will surely be missed a lot. He is one of those figures who never seem to grow old in our eyes {sigh}.

Manny Pacquiao as 2008 Filipino of the Year

The Philippine Daily Inquirer awarded Manny Pacquiao one of the most sought-after titles in the country – PDI’s (2008) Filipino of Year. Actually, this is already the second time that Pacquiao was honored with this title. Does he deserve that distinction? Does he deserve to be chosen over politicians, business-people, and other big time personalities? Yes!

My point of view had changed over the years. I don’t like boxing – well, a lot of girls don’t. Just imagine seeing your favorite hero punch another hero while getting his face rearranged in the process – that’s literally bloody! Also, I couldn’t see why of millions of people would gladly leave everything that they had been doing to focus on the TV screen or boxing ring to watch 2 people try to beat each other up for huge sums of money. To me, it was pointless.

One Sunday in 2007, I was forced to watch the match because my hubby wouldn’t stop talking about Pacquaio and how he would beat his opponent (I’m not even sure who it was that Manny had beaten up!). When the fight started, I started feeling proud to be a Filipino – every punch that Manny throws cements my confidence in him so that at the end of the match – when he won – I became a fan. Since then, I gladly stop whatever it was that I was doing and sit closest to the TV. πŸ˜€ Hey, even during his fight with de la Hoya, there were a of de la Hoya fans who became Pacquiao fans at the end of the game – so I was not being melodramatic.

Anyway, back to being Filipino of the Year, well, he is the Filipino of the Year. On the day of any Pacquiao fight, people can dance on the streets – even highways – without being hit by a vehicle because people are indoors watching the fight. Heck, if you want to travel then you can arrive really fast to wherever you want to be because the streets are practically empty – that is, if you have your own vehicle. Because public utility drivers watch the fight, too!

The police are also happy when Pacquiao has a fight because for some time now, the whole country has ZERO (or almost zero) crime rate during the hours of the Pacquiao fight. Cool! I wish he has a match everyday LOL.

Also, no matter how wealthy he is, he takes time to share it with his “kababayans”. He remains humble and does not boast much about all the guys he had beaten – after a fight, he’d often attribute that success to God and the people who prayed for him then takes some of the credit. Yes, Manny Pacquiao deserves to the Filipino of the Year – in PDI or anywhere else. He makes almost all Filipinos proud of being Filipinos.

Knockout: Solis on the Floor

Knockout: Solis on the Floor