Friday on a Tuesday

Grabe, sa sobrang dalang kong mag-update dito, minsan nakakalimutan ko na mayroon nga pala akong nitong blog na ‘to. Sorry na. Sobrang busy lang talaga sa work. (Naks! Career-oriented na’ko ngayon?!) Ayan tuloy, hindi na’ko makapagkwento. Samantalang ang dami-daming nangyari. Nag-teambuilding kami sa Tagaytay! Nanood ako ng Here Comes the Bride! At basta marami pang ibang nangyari. Pero for now, eto na muna ang kwento ko dahil ‘yung iba (particularly ‘yung tungkol sa teambuilding) ‘eh kailangan ng mas-maraming oras.

Going Up, Part 2

Actually, wala namang koneksyon ito sa Part 1, wala lang akong maisip na ibang subtitle. Pero tungkol rin ito sa North. Sa North! Akalain mong umabot nanaman ako sa North kagabi. Parang pang-3rd time ko pa lang sa SM North ever. Hahah! ‘Eh kasi naman ‘no… Bakit naman ako mapapadpad ‘dun ‘eh meron namang ATC/Festival/Southmall, or Glorietta kung sakaling sawa na’ko sa ATC/Festival/Southmall? Besides, super love ko ang South. πŸ™‚ But alas, we all have to make compromises for the people in our lives (what?!! may ganun?).

Birthday kasi ng friend kong si N, so ininvite niya ko sa dinner with her officemates. ‘Eh saktong sa may Fairview ang opisina nila at lahat sila ‘eh within the QC vicinity nakatira, so parang ang kapal naman ng mukha ko kung sabihin kong sa Makati na lang ‘yung dinner, diba? Hindi naman ako ‘yung may birthday anyway. And, nakakahiya na rin tumanggi, kasi supposedly sa UP Ayala Technohub ‘yung dinner, kaya lang, dahil sa’kin ‘eh naisip nilang sa SM North na lang para madali akong makapunta. So nag-adjust na rin sila. I had to go. Pero actually, I didn’t mind all that much. Masaya kasi. πŸ™‚

Kumain kami saΒ Tender Bob’s — cheesy fries, pasta, ribs, pork chops, buttered vegetables, and lots and lots of iced tea πŸ˜€ Syempre mas-masarap for me dahil libre. πŸ™‚ And then afterwards, we went to Gerry’s Grill and drank beer. On a Tuesday night. Ang labo. Pero nakakatuwa rin. Hindi masyadong maraming tao so mabilis-bilis ‘yung service and sakto lang ‘yung ingay. Nakita pa namin si Bentong. At nalaman kong, hindi pala mapait ang draft beer. I mean, not really. So, hindi naman talaga ako umiinom ng beer. Actually, first time kong uminom ng more than 1 sip kagabi. Ok lang naman pala. Naka-apat akong baso. Yata. Haha! ‘Di ko na rin maalala. -_- Basta marami-rami rin akong nainom. Nabilib sila sa’ken. Hahaha! So maybe, I just think that my tolerance for alcohol is low because I used to always just drink hard drinks, pero kapag beer, ok lang kahit marami?

Well, hindi naman talaga ako mahilig uminom. Ayoko lang maging KJ sa inuman. Although it occurs to me now that this really makes me, um, hindi dalagang Filipina. Hahaha! Last night, after my 3rd/4th glass, E said for me to stop drinking. I said I could probably drink another glass before I feel dizzy or anything, but he didn’t believe me. Still, when they took my glass and filled it up, I drank all of it. (Don’t worry, it’s a small glass, anyway.)

I think this is maybe one of E’s biggest frustrations about me. That I don’t follow him, or that he can’t “control” me? And I know we’re not supposed to control other people anyway, but I think there are people who get a certain sense of satisfaction when they know that someone else will do what they ask. Take, ordering food at a restaurant for example. There are some people who hate it when other people order for them. And there are some people who like it when other people order for them. I’m the former. I hate it when another person orders for me, but ironically, I absolutely love ordering for other people. I guess it all comes down on who wants to be followed more. And because I’m somewhat bossy, well, there are people who get frustrated at me. Am I still making sense?

Anyway, we left SM North at around 10:30PM and had to take the bus because the MRT was no longer operating at that time. The fare was P65 each. Ouch. I got home past midnight to a semi-angry dad and a sleepy albeit curious mom. So many things to consider when I’m going North. But at the same time, it’s kinda fun. As long as it’s not too often. I don’t think I can take traveling 40kms or more on a daily basis.

(I actually took some pictures. Perhaps I’ll put them up when I have more time.)

Distracted from my Distractions

There’s so much to do!

At this point, I think I’m going to believe that we all have different definitions of what being “productive/unproductive” is. Take playing computer games, for example. I’ll bet that to a mom, a kid playing games is a kid being unproductive. But to a graphics designer, playing games is just like research, right?

So what brings me to this line of thinking, you ask? Only the fact that I have so much stuff lying around, which I always think I’ll get to do when I have free time, but then another thing comes along, and I end up neglecting them. 😦 Why was I born irresponsible, anyway?

The thing is, the tasks I leave lying around aren’t even “work” at all. They’re hobby-related fun stuff. But I get distracted to easily, I don’t know which fun stuff to do first!

1) Scrapbook – I bought a scrapbook from the bookstore, along with some accessories for it, colored paper and other art materials, planning to finally arrange all the memento I’ve collected from the places I’ve been to (e.g. ticket stubs, boarding passes, receipts — yes, I’ve kept those, too). I actually find things like that fun, but because my room is a mess right now (well, it usually is), I don’t want to make it worse by spilling glitters on the floor or whatever other accidents that might happen (I’m really clumsy) while I’m doing this project. So at the moment, the empty scrapbook is still in the plastic bag it was put in when I first bought it.

2) Books – I’m really unreliable, aren’t I? I start reading a book, but stop reading it in the middle and start reading an entirely different book before I finish it. The result is, I have about half a dozen books with bookmarks in the middle, and I’ve almost completely forgotten what the story is before those points with the bookmarks are. 😐 I’ll have to start them all over! It’s not that they’re not interesting that’s why I get distracted in the middle of reading them. It’s just that, the other books are really really interesting as well.

3) Computer – So I bought a computer and had my friend install the programs I said I wanted, but now comes the hard part: I have no idea how to use it! I mean, I haven’t had a computer for so long that I feel that the only thing I know now is how to check my e-mail and how to blog! I know that knowledge on the other programs will come around after exploring them, but I’m worried that I might do something idiotic that’ll cause my hard drive to crash or something. And I just can’t find the time to read all the tutorials on the net! I mean, I have fun exploring the programs but it’s really hard sometimes when you have no idea what’s going on, or how to repeat an action you did for example.

4) J-Drama – I’ve finished downloading Orange Days already and have seen ’til Episode 2. I’m loving it so far, but I can’t watch it consecutively, which is weird, considering watching dramas isn’t like homework. It’s something people do to relax or unwind, but somehow I’m not doing that.

5) Nintendo DS Lite – So I’m really happy about it and all, I’m enjoying playing the games and stuff, but between reading my books, watching the J-dramas, surfing the net, blogging and talking to my friends, I can’t find the time to play it either! Even if I really really want to.

6) Fanfiction – Here’s another thing distracting me from reading my books– there’s just so much fun stuff to read on the net! And there’s also my sister’s story that she asked me to read. And I want to read it, too. But at the moment I’m blogging, which takes me to

7) Blogging – Oh yeah, I’ve been updating this blog nearly everyday. But guess what, I have several more entries in the Drafts, which I didn’t publish, because people might tell me I have way too much free time because I blog everyday. It’s not like people check on me everyday, so if I blog everyday, naturally, the people who read are bound to miss some entries. And I don’t want that to happen because, well, because entries deserve their time to shine. They should all be treated equally. I’m not saying everyone reads all my entries, but for me personally, I like it better when an entry stays more than one day on the main page, because it gives me more time to absorb what’s in it, as opposed to if the entries change too quickly, then you barely have time to think about or react to what the blogger has said, right?

8 ) Out-of-Town Getaway – My officemates and I are on our way to Cagayan De Oro this Friday. We’re leaving really early in the morning, and I still haven’t packed single thing! I can’t even remember what time our flight is! It’s not that I’m not excited, it’s just that I’m so confused as to what to think about first, that I’ve somehow neglected getting excited for the trip. @_@ Does that make any sense?

9) Fangirling – See, I can’t even research about NEWS and Tamaki Hiroshi and Takeshi Yasutoko anymore because I have the DS games and Harry Potter fanfiction and House episodes and the Bernie Rhodenbarr Mysteries and Speed Racer (I haven’t seen it yet T_T) and writing to think about. But… but… I miss them!

10) Puzzles – I just received some puzzles from my sister. She sent me a package (all the way from NZ!) with the card game that I like and a jigsaw puzzle of the world map with pictures of the flags of different countries behind it. (Yeah, she’s a nerd. Haha!) And I want to try it out– so I’ll know if the world map in my brain is accurate. And I want to play the card game, too. But who will I play with? And, where will I build the puzzle? I’ve run out of empty surfaces in my room. O_O

There’s actually a lot more, but I’m really too tired. Isn’t it just a little weird that I’m having a hard time picking between the activities that are supposedly what make people “unproductive”? It’s not that I don’t have free time, it’s just that I don’t know what’s the first thing I want to do with it. This is also why I’m lacking sleep, by the way. Because I watch J-dramas ’til the wee hours of the morning, and then play games after, and then read the Battle Royale novel after that. My eyes hurt, and I’m already dizzy as hell, but I’m just so curious what will happen next, how I can get to the next level, and what the lyrics are to that Asian Kung-Fu Generation song…

And I haven’t even begun thinking of all the anime I want to watch.

Photo Shoot & Farewell Party

Lots of stuff happened in the office today, in fact it was so busy, I think I spent more time standing than sitting, although I think that makes me luckier than the others, who spent nearly the whole day sitting down, processing as many documents as they can, while they still can.

Okay, a little background: Our team in the office uses a special software that’s unique to the company. Let’s call it Program X. Anyway, Program X is being upgraded to Program Y. And today was the last day for it. By Monday, Program X will be un-usable, and we should all be using Program Y. Hence, everyone today was trying to do as much as they can in Program X, so that by the time Program Y comes, there wouldn’t be any unfinished documents left.

It’s a little hard for us, letting go of Program X, since we’ve been using it for several years. I think that’s why some of us have got a slight case of separation anxiety. Hehe. Anyway, one of us suggested we should have a farewell party for Program X. It was really just a joke, but come 4PM, we realized we were all hungry, so we called and had some pizza delivered. And just like how we normally are when there are parties, we all ate at one table in the pantry. Sometime in between the meal one of us said, “Hey, the farewell party for Program X came true after all!

Okay, if you’re not my officemate, you probably won’t be able to relate, but anyway, the reason I’m telling the story here is because I just want to remember these moments that happen in the office, as they don’t happen often. I don’t know, call me sentimental, but I feel really lucky to be working with such a friendly bunch. Although I know we all have separate personal lives, and that inevitably we’ll have issues with each other that’s work-related, I mean, nobody can always agree with everybody all the time, right? Still, I’m happy that there are at least times like these where we’re all getting along and having fun, which brings me to the next part of this post, our mini-photoshoot!

Don’t tell anyone yet, but I’m planning on submitting an article for our monthly department newsletter. I don’t even know if it’s going to be accepted and published, but I’ve showed it to the team and they liked it, so hopefully the people behind the newsletter will as well. Anyway, the article is really just a self-introduction of our team, containing our names, our designations, and a few sentences about our personalities. To make it look nicer, we decided we should put our pictures in as well, we’re introducing ourselves after all. And so, earlier today, we had a mini-photo shoot at the break-out room (it’s like an informal meeting room, with red couches, and a low glass table).

We took solo pictures of each member, and then one with the whole team in it. We just used my officemate’s cellphone camera, but I think the pictures turned out nicely (I hope. I haven’t actually seen them yet on the computer). Especially because coincidentally, the colors of our clothes complimented each other, and so did the red couch that we were sitting on. πŸ™‚

Just like the with the Farewell Party (although the photo shoot actually happened first), we had a lot of fun just goofing around with our teammates, as if it was a team-building activity. I’m glad to know that we get along enough that we don’t really have to go out of town and hire some other company to organize “team building activities” for us just to get us to spend time with each other. Not that those out of town trips aren’t fun, too. But I’m happy we get to bond with each other, even within the limited space of our office building.

I really do hope that the other people in our department will view my article as our way of reaching out to others (we’ve been accused of being snobs -_-), and not some form of vanity, though. I guess we can be easily misunderstood since we’re not really all that friendly, but in my case, well, it’s just because I’m shy! I mean, why would I talk to somebody who doesn’t even know me, it’s not like he/she really cares what I have to say, right? And okay, I guess you can say that blogging is the same thing–why write, when the people out there probably don’t care about who you are and what you think about things, right? But I think blogging is different in the sense that, because you have to deliberately read what’s written, then you have more control of what you’re going to do. Like, if you get bored with my post mid-way, you can just close the browser, or click on a link that gets you out of here. But if we’re talking with each other face to face and you decide I’m a boring conversationalist, you’d be rude to just suddenly stand up and walk away, right?

Anyway, I just wanted to post something before I go on my 2-day vacation (which probably isn’t really a vacation, considering it’s just for 2 days hehe) to the beach. πŸ™‚ Although that means no internet, no computers and no TV (can you believe it, the resort doesn’t have TV sets in its rooms? hehe, well, it’s supposed to be a getaway place after all), that’s really fine with me since there’ll be sun, sand and the vast ocean that connects us to the entire world.

Happy weekend everyone! πŸ˜€

Because I’m Finally Going to the Beach!

Well, I actually won’t be going until this Saturday, but I’m already excited. So I’m writing this entry. πŸ™‚ I’m unfortunate enough as to have this Saturday’s trip be my first summer trip of the year. And it’s a company outing, too. 😐 Hehe, no offense to my friends in the office–they’re a blast to hang out with, and I really enjoy spending time with them. I’m just not too crazy about the idea of going to the beach with 100+ other people (from the other departments) who I’m expected to socialize with, and I’m not too keen on the fact that we’d all have to follow the same activities, too (As in, we have to eat lunch whenever everyone’s eating lunch, and we have to stay within resort premises and all that stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve no problem with following rules. I think rules are great. But I’d pick the laidback type of vacation where only a few people are going and you make your own schedule, and no one will force you to be friendly, any day. Hehe. 8-} ). That aside, I’m still quite excited, because I haven’t been to the beach we’re going to–La Luz Resort in Batangas. From what I heard from my other officemates who’d already gone (they just got back yesterday), and what I’ve seen of their pictures, it’s pretty promising. πŸ™‚

Anyway, this entry is really a recommendation:

Summer Holiday (2000)

Starring:
Sammi Cheng & Richie Ren
Directed by: Jingle Ma Chor-Sing
Nationality (as in, where this movie is from): Hong Kong

I saw this a few years back (2005?) and it’s one of my favorite summer/romantic comedies ever! Okay, quick summary: Sammi Cheng plays a city girl named Summer, who loses her job, and so goes to the beach that she and her cousin owns, planning on selling it, so she’ll have some money whilst she’s looking for another job. But when she gets to the beach, she finds out that her cousin’s already sold his half to Momocha (played by Richie Ren), a beach bum who has no intentions of selling the beach, ever. So Summer tries to convince him otherwise, and of course the two of them eventually fall in love.

It’s really predictable, I know. But it’s just so cute, that I still like it, even if it’s got a typical story. πŸ™‚ Plus, it’s meant to be a light comedy, that doesn’t require too much thinking. What I really like about it is that despite it being light and the events somewhat far-fetched (how much of a coincidence is it that the guy who owns half of the beach happens to be — oh no wait, I can’t tell you. That’ll spoil the ending πŸ˜‰ ), it’s not at all stupid, or ridiculous (or, it’s a little ridiculous, but in a good comedic way). So I think it’s perfect the way it is. Besides, the scenery is just amazing.

The place they shot at was Laguna Redang Resort, Malaysia. Wah! I’ve only been to Kuala Lumpur (and for only 2 days 😦 ) so I didn’t know (until this movie) that Malaysia had such great beaches like these! Look!

Laguna Redang Resort
Lovely water color! (Haha, water color :P)

So, for anyone who’s looking to see a nice, fun, and cute movie this summer, this is highly recommended!

Although I’m not really sure where you can get a copy of this. Maybe it’s in YouTube, or it’s probably in those places where you usually find other Asian media stuff (i.e. movies, dramas, music, etc.) since both main actors are pretty famous in the Asian entertainment scene anyway. If I know you personally, I can lend you my copy if you want. πŸ™‚

Happy Summer everyone! πŸ˜€

As for this, I just wanted to post it because their expressions are so cute! Hehehe.

Momocha (Richie Ren) and Summer (Sammi Cheng) in Summer Holiday
Momocha (Richie Ren) and Summer (Sammi Cheng) in Summer Holiday