8 Days Before Christmas

Let’s talk about recent events, shall we?

Perhaps the world will end on Friday. But I was watching a NatGeo special last night and it was talking about how the whole end of the world prediction by the Mayans is actually very vague. The world ending on 12.21.2012 is just one of the interpretations of one of the writings that archaeologists found. So it could very well be wrong, and there are apparently other texts that say that the Mayans didn’t believe that the world would end because they believed in cycles, which meant that the end of something would just bring about the beginning of something else, much like how the 20th century ended and the 21st century began. Not that I ever believed that the world would end on 12.21.2012 but I’m not judging the people who believe/d it either.

I saw another show on NatGeo last night, which was about testing your memory and I’m proud to say that out of the brain games they did, I was able to get an above average score. Of course, they were memory games and there was no math involved. I wish my mind was more well-rounded.

And speaking of wishing for things I don’t have, I realized just last Saturday (I know, it’s very strange considering I’ve been experiencing it for my entire life, basically) that I apparently have “Insecurity Attacks”. At least, that’s what my friend R called it. Is it a real thing? But even if it’s not, I would say that that is the most accurate description for what I have. You know those sudden bursts of self-pity when you just uncontrollably spew out everything you hate about yourself? Yeah. It happens to me a lot, but quite embarrassingly it happened last Saturday just before our Christmas party. My friends put make-up on me and as if my discomfort about make-up wasn’t enough, some of the people in our house (those inconsiderate ones, including and most especially E) called me a clown and/or a Kabuki actor, which was so not what I was going for. Let’s see you not have an insecurity attack after that.

Anyway, my office friends and I eventually made it to the Christmas party. We were too late to qualify for the raffle and I regret that I didn’t think of a very good back-up plan in case the driver didn’t show up (which, he didn’t, and that’s why we were very late) but at least we weren’t late for the start of the program, the dinner, the dance number (which was my reason for coming to the party) and the video presentations, which were really quite interesting.

The party was at this new hotel at The Fort, which made me feel like I was back at my old job, because my previous office was only a few buildings away. My 4 years worth of work experience in that area came in real handy as I was the one who led the way to the places that we went to after the party — Kuppa and Keg. We just walked because we’re without private transportation, which made me think that it’s probably high time I learn how to drive. Alas, I really feel like I’m too timid a person to drive.

We did ask the guys what they wanted to do after not enjoying themselves in Keg. I asked if they wanted to a) go dancing at a club or b) hang out at my house. They replied with the following:

K: Do I look like I’m in a dancing mood?
R: Did you say “club”? NO.

Not that I didn’t agree. Between you and me (and by you, I mean, the rest of the world), I’m really not fond of clubs/dancing either. So we spent the wee hours of the morning at my house. We got there a few minutes before 4 a.m., just in time to hear the bells of the chapel in front of my house ringing, signaling the start of Simbang Gabi. It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen the Simbang Gabi happening. We didn’t attend, but I still sort of felt the Christmas spirit, even though we were hanging out at the porch, not paying attention to the mass.

When the sun rose, we had danggit and garlic rice for breakfast. And we talked about The Morning Rush until it was 8 a.m. and everybody had to go home. I slept as soon as they all left and didn’t wake up until 12 hours later. But all in all, I’d say it was a pretty good weekend. Insecurity attacks notwithstanding.

@ keg after the party
Don’t our smiling faces say it all?
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Half-Started, Half-Finished

It’s July 1. And half of the year is over. Or, half of the year is starting. Depends on how you look at it.

I sent my officemates this picture today, along with the words “Have a great 2nd half of the year!” in an e-mail. I included a picture of Jacob Black, just because I can. And because I have a semi-hangover from the movie Eclipse. Just in case you want my opinion, I’ll make it short: It was funny. And the best of all 3 movies. But I haven’t read the books and haven’t been paying that much attention to the whole “phenomenon” really so, what do I know? Anyway, I really wanted to talk about what’s been happening.

June

Obviously, if you look at the archives, June has been one of my quietest months. As in, I haven’t been posting much lately. I don’t want to be cliche and say it’s because I’m busy with work. Besides, if you have work, when are you ever not busy, right? I honestly don’t know the reason. There are still a million thoughts in my head, but I think I’ve fallen (again) into a bad sleeping habit that I lose my thoughts too quickly, or that I can’t think straight for a long time.

I really want to write. And not just in this blog, but fiction. Stories. The kind I used to write. I think I really need more discipline so I can actually finish writing a story. I’ve gotten so impatient now, that I can’t even write short stories. Hence, the silence in June.

The 365 Project

Of course, this could also  be the reason why I haven’t been writing here much. I started the 365 project last month, and today will be the first day that the number of day (i.e. Day 31) will not correspond to the date (i.e. July 1; as opposed to Day 2 –  June 2). Maybe it’ll be harder to track. And I can’t believe I’m running out of subjects to take photographs of, after only 30 days :cry:. But maybe when I’m really used to it, like when Day 100 comes, then I’ll be able to take really good pictures. Hopefully.

Buying Online

Right. This is nothing new. I’ve actually bought stuff online before. I bought a dress. And a lot of my friends have bought other stuff. More expensive stuff. More fragile stuff. But somehow, I’m still a bit paranoid about buying online. And I’m a little bit amazed at people who have enough confidence to buy lots of stuff online. Don’t they think it’s weird that they can’t see or touch or fit (in the case of clothes and shoes) exactly the items they’re purchasing? And it’s also kind of scary how easy it is. I mean, you just send an e-mail or a message about the item you want, give your address, deposit money in the bank, and viola! You get the complete set of Harry Potter books delivered to your doorstep the next day. I guess I really am an old-fashioned kind of person because I genuinely like having to go to the bookstore and look for a certain book on a shelf and line up to the cashier. Ok, maybe I don’t like lining up, but still, I think there’s joy in buying stuff, old-school style.

Anyway, the reason I’m mentioning this paranoia of buying stuff online is because I actually bought something today. And it’s not from, like a reknowned company like Amazon or anything like that. I’m just buying stuff from some guy who sells second-hand/slightly used toys on the internet. They’re way marked down from brand new original selling price, and my friend’s told me that the guy who sells is reliable. And when I called the shipping company to track the package, they’ve said that I can expect it by tomorrow. So there’s really no reason to be worried, is there? Well, it’s just me and my paranoia. You know me. Pessimist. I did at first think that July 1 means that the year’s half-finished. Time flies really fast.

Just a little trivia: Because of my somewhat OC behavior on tracking the darn package, I’ve memorized the 12-digit tracking number. And when I called the company to check and they asked me it, I didn’t have to look at my cellphone at the message that the seller sent me that contained the number. This should be a good thing because it shows that I’ve got great memory skills. But I think it also shows that I can be a real psycho.

New Theme

And since July is the official end of the summer season (I’m only basing this on beach resorts’ “summer rate” and “regular rate”), I’ve also changed my theme. Alas, I can’t change “In the land of summer” because I can’t find where I’m supposed to edit it. 😐 But the Philippines will always be a tropical country anyway, so it really is the land of summer. (And if Global Warming happens, the the land of summer will be everywhere.)

So many things are changing. Other than the very obvious, which is the government, I feel like this is a month for change. I’m not a big fan of change, as you probably know. But… changes for the better should always be welcome.

Happy 2nd half of 2010 to you! 😀

6AM. Monday. And a Holiday, Too.

Not the best time to be in the office working if you ask me. Or anyone. But the stars make me feel a lot better. What stars, you ask? Why, the Halloween decorations, of course!

We had a Trick or Treat Activity in the office last Friday and it was fun. 🙂 The kids in costume were cute and the candies were delicious. Oh wait, I wasn’t supposed to eat the candies. Hehe. But I also actually really enjoyed decorating our work stations. I got to work with my teammates on that, and I think we all had fun. We always actually have fun when working together on non-work-related stuff, hehe. Like singing contests, and lantern-making, and decorations.

This year, because they didn’t want the kids to get scared, they decided on a fairy land theme. So pastel colors and glitters all around. And there are stars hanging from the ceiling, and pictures of Tinker Bell, too. It’s really cute. 🙂 I kind of wish our office looked like this everyday, so it wouldn’t be so boring. Especially on Monday. And at 6 in the morning.

But I’m here anyway, because the time difference of our country from Australia requires me to be here, at 6AM. Well, I’m not really complaining all that much. I rather like working during holidays (if you can believe that). Because there’s less people in the office, and less traffic on the roads. And I get to go home earlier than usual.

So I’m posting this because look– it’s the 2nd day of November now! In no time, it’ll be Christmas, and then New Year, and then 2010. WHERE did all that time go? I still haven’t accepted that June has ended, and now it’s November?!?! The Theory of Relativity must be sitting with a pretty girl right now because really, time is just moving so fast. And if you don’t get that statement, well, it’s not really all that intersting anyway.

Happy November Everyone. Finish your Christmas shopping while there aren’t too many people yet. I believe the department stores have already displayed their Christmas stocks. 🙂