Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Single Ladies

So fun seeing Justin making a fool of himself.... whaaha!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Of Wings and Small Things

To continue off my adventure in my home province, we decided to check out the new rave in Cadiz City, Balay Alibangbang, or Butterfly House. My cousin hse been telling me about Balay Alibangbang even before I was still in Manila. So out of curiousity or not having anything to do, my family loaded the car and head up north to Cadiz

Our first stop going there was Balaring at Silay City. It has been a usual stop for lunch when we head up north.  It was an iodine loaded feast as fresh oysters and assorted fish are brought in to our table.

It was quite a tough ride going to Balay Alibangbang as some parts of the roads going to the northern part of Negros Occidental is still under construction.  Yet, the nice scenery of vast sugarcane fields enveloping you at both sides would be your consolation.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Ruins of Talisay City

I am from Talisay City. But though a native of a once small town, I never got to set foot at The Ruins until I came home for the Christmas Holidays
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The Ruins

The Ruins is once a mansion of the late Don Mariano Lacson, built after the death of his wife DoƱa Maria Braga. It is in this grand mansion that Don Mariano continued to live together with his unmarried children.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Missing in Action

I have always been eager to attend parties, small get togethers, meet-ups of friends etc. This holiday season, reunion have been non-stop... our batch's reunion is tonight... the SILAK-SILAB reunion in Il0ilo is also today, and so is my birthday (damn!) and yet I am at home just becuase I hate going out in the heavy rains...It has been pouring non-stop and I desperately hate it. It feels like a typhoon has hit at our place.

What a way to spend my birthday... didn't eved do something special. =(

I'm Adding 1 Again

And so I should have asked for a good weather on my birthday... but I didn't and now big clouds and non-stop rains greeted me this morning when I woke up. It seems like a storm came to visit me on my special day.

I could vividly remember when I was small and on the same date a long time ago, a storm hit Negros that we have to cancel my birthday party. Electricity was out that night too. The only visitors who came amidst the typhoon were my 2 set of god parents who lives just a few blocks away from us. I can't recall disappointment though... =)

Now there's no birthday party to be cancelled. But I planned to go out on a date with myself to have a good escape at Mambucal. So much for a well thought and well planned activity, I have to forgo due to the not-so good weather.

Now I'm stuck at the house with family members who seem to forgot it was my day. Well the day hasn't gone by yet, they have all the time to make up for it.. wahaha!!! But really it is ok... I seem to make a no big a deal everytime I add 1 to my age.

Basta happy lang... =)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Thank you for a great 2008... hope to have a blast next year with all of you!!!
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sky-Rocket

Exag!!! I just checked how much the fare would be for Cebu Pacific for a flight on Monday (my scheduled flight) and it is P6076.48 one way!!! Super!!!!

Daig ng maaga ang masinop! At Maaga ako!

And I would just like to note, Cebu Pacific is way expensive than Philippine Airlines!!! For a flight going to Davao on the 23rd, the price difference is 2ooo! While going to Bacolod, it has a variance of almost 1k. I thought all the while that Cebu Pacific is way cheaper than PAL... hays!

Friday, December 19, 2008

E-V-I-L

Today, I ended up work with bringing home 12.5M worth of cheques. Unfortunately, these checques are not named for me but for the company....if only we could encash the said amount, or deposit to our own accounts, I would just run away and disappear... never to be seen by Manila Water again.. I know... this is evil... hehehe!!! Just purely wishful thinking.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

EK High

I didn't regret going. Thanks to Chase for organizing this gimick for the TPat Cadets we were able to release all the tension and forget about the demands and problems we have with work. It is unlikely of Chase really... since he doesn't really go out and attend to whatever activity we have at the office... he misses Christmas parties and Summer outings so I was up to joining the group as this may never happen again... it was after all Chase. wahaha!!

We met up at Market! Market! at 1PM... despite being almost late, I still pursued dropping by Mercury to get a tablet of Bonamine to control dizziness which I always have when riding attractions at theme parks. When I met up with the group I was greeted with the question of whether I packed with me some extra clothes... which I don't have... So Chase, in his true nature, bombard me with how silly I was for not bringing anything inspite knowing that we would get wet with the rides... so much for the encouragement to buy new clothes... hmmm but then, I'm sure glad that this is still Chase that I know... wahahah!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

EK High

I didn't regret going. Thanks to Chase for organizing this gimick for the TPat Cadets we were able to release all the tension and forget about the demands and problems we have with work. It is unlikely of Chase really... since he doesn't really go out and attend to whatever activity we have at the office... he misses Christmas parties and Summer outings so I was up to joining the group as this may never happen again... it was after all Chase. wahaha!!

We met up at Market! Market! at 1PM... despite being almost late, I still pursued dropping by Mercury to get a tablet of Bonamine to control dizziness which I always have when riding attractions at theme parks. When I met up with the group I was greeted with the question of whether I packed with me some extra clothes... which I don't have... So Chase, in his true nature, bombard me with how silly I was for not bringing anything inspite knowing that we would get wet with the rides... so much for the encouragement to buy new clothes... hmmm but then, I'm sure glad that this is still Chase that I know... wahahah!!!

So after going through the mall for the last minute shopping, we loaded three cars (Carlo, Chase and Ferdi, na ngayon ko lang nakilala kasi wala na siya sa Manila Water bago pa dumating ang batch 15) and raced our way to Enchanted Kingdom. We dropped by SLEX to meet up with the other group and we finally set foot at the front of EK by 2:30PM. Out came the money for the tickets... and Mr Organizer, Chase, took incharge of going in queue and buying the tickets and calling other cadets of where they are... so responsible!!! Wahahah!!!

When we entered the place we were so eager to get a group picture and then proceed in groups to wherever ride that is enjoyable and of course challenging... we have to be divided since 3 of our co-cadets have their kids (ages 4-6yrs old) with them. The kids have only limited rides.

It was a blast. Got the feel of the heights at the Flying Fiesta. Then we were in line to see the role-play video at Realto while eating 3 flavors of cotton candy. Dodgem (bump cars) was great for individual game of racing and just bumping our rides with one another. It was actually my first to take the wheel at a bump car when usually I'm just a passenger. And then everyone was up to the challenging and the most dreadful Space Shuttle!!! Yikes!!! If not being with them, I might chicken out. I've tried the shuttle and after going through it I wasn't able to enjoy EK because I was not feeling well. So I guess, my Bonamine will do its part here. What was so bad was that I went with the guys, Ferdi being my partner. We were with Lawrence and John who were very eager to ride at the backmost of the Shuttle. And surely it was a thrill and I can't quite fathom until now how I endured such a ride... it was a minute of hell afterwhich I don't have anymore energy to stand let alone pull my seat lock so I can move out of my seat. Wahaha!!! I was a little dizzy while walking but after a while, the ground was steady and I was up to the next ride.

I don't know but everyone seemed to find their way to the Rio Grande Rapids... we don't have cellphone with us but we have converge at the vicinity of the wet and wild ride and then were in line to get our chance of the experience. We divided the group into 2, with seven members each at one rapids boat. It was such a bliss actually...we were with Sophie, Chase's daughter who had a bit of a laugh because of a dose of the much awaited shower... bad thing was getting all wet from 3/4 of your body down. And worse getting 4 of the members wet, among them is you!!!! So I was actually freeing cold when I was out of rapids... After the rapids we grabbed something to eat just to fill our hungry stomachs. Our next attraction is SRRX(Shake Rattle and Roll X), a haunted house worth 50Php... It was actually funny because we are all afraid or just pretending to have the guts to be in that house.... Entering, we were all holding each other promising we will not let go whatever happens inside... Leading the pack was Jalil, then Tina followed with Ferdi and I next. Then Chris and Rolly was next to me, then Bles and Cons. Carlo and Di who we thought are following us didn't enter SRRX. I guess Di chickened out since she doesn't really fancy horror houses.

Since we are still wet and it was so cold, we headed to Jungle Log Jam... and it was such a hell too!!! It was my first so I didn't know what to expect. Going up is such a crazy agony.... I bet I have called on to God or to my mother to pull me out of that log ride and save me. And while doing that, Ferdi was laughing at me!!!! I think hedious spells Jungle Log... Shuttle is way better, I think since you are locked at your seat at Shuttle, with Jungle Log, you'll be clinging to the log to save yourself!

After eating and watching the fireworks display, we decided to enjoy one last final ride and join those leaving at closing time...where else is the culminating ride but the grand and stunning Wheel of Fate. Funny thing is... after lining up for almost 20 or so minutes, i had the urge to pee. Remember I have wet pants from the Rapids and the Log jam and cold air is enveloping us that night, on top of the fact that I gulped a large iced tea during dinner. What else would by body do??? So we were almost there, but the urge is as strong as my want to be in that ride. So I let go of the idea, but before leaving, I have my pic taken in one of the cart and then rushed towards the exit to find my way to the nearest CR. Hehehe!!!

It was closing time when we went out. Some of our officemates went ahead. What was amazing was that Chase really waited for us. So responsible!!! Wahahah!!! I think it has been 30 minutes or since we received his text that they'll be at his car at he parking lot. We were lining up for Wheel of Fate then...sinulit talaga namin!!!! We didn't change clothes anymore since we are half dried. We hitched a ride with Ferdi and then raced our way back to Taguig. I went with Ferdi to Cubao so that I could easily ride a jeep home. The guy's a non-stop talker... wahahah!!! Nakakaaliw! Ubos antok!

This EK trip was a total blast. It was tiring, cold but very enjoyable. Sa uulitin!!!! Sana makapag-Anchor's Away!

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Hep Hep Hooray for the Taguig BA

So far, last week was the most hectic at the office. Everyone seems to be running to and fro to get things done and on top of the chaos, we celebrated our Christmas Party to strengthen camaraderie among the employees and contractors of TPat. Along with that it is our time to be thankful for the wonderful year that we have worked for.

Last December 9, we had a Christmas Party with my colleagues at TPat BA. It was actually a not so planned party as our target schedule for the party is on the 11th... but the management have other commitments for that night that they have to move our party so that they could attend to both. Since there was a memo from the main office that there would be no liquour in the office premises, we brought the celebration at Napindan in West Rembo, Makati.

Just like last year, TPat was divided by team color according to what business one we are part of. This year, we are assigned blue (that's the best color of Manila Water in terms of performance). Business operation is still ongoing despite the Christmas party in the afternoon. After coming back from fieldwork, I found my team worried since we are to perform a cheer for the party and still we haven't cooked anything yet. All the other teams were already practicing theirs.

Good thing most of our team members were there, from TMs, meter readers, field assistants, collection support, etc., to put in all our best and wackiest efforts to come up with the cheer. We then transferred to Napindan as we are the last team to leave the office due to the on the last minute brainstorming. As soon as we arrived, we hurriedly took our positions at the back to secretly practice our cheer while we add the fitting choreo. Come the cheering competition, we brought home the first prize!!!

The party proceeded to eating the catered dinner. While the hosts tried their best to keep the program lively. It was actually disastrous since there was no program so they didn't know what to do the next....Hays!!! Good thing Sir Darwin grabbed the mic and started the games with Hep Hep Hooray which started all the fun!!! More games followed which spiced the party a bit. Then came Sir RDA, our Business Group Director who joined in the party which even gave a whole laugh to our party as he gave us his wackiest at Paint Me a Scene game.

Raffled cash and gifts added to the anticipation of those present. I for one is very eager to hear my phone ring. We put in all our celphone numbers which is our entry to the raffle. Then during the raffle, the hosts will miss call the winner... poor thing if you have an empty battery or you don't have signal...hehehe!!! But I wasn't able to bag anything from the draw. Good thing Sir Bob gave out his rewards for the AR reduction... Ahem! Ahem!! I was one of the top performers in AR reduction!!! Weeehhhh!!!

This year was quite different. Maybe the party was a bit unplanned... "parang minadali"... we are not at our own vicinity, the party was not exclusive to the employees, but despite all that, I think the party served its purpose... that we would enjoy each other's company, get to share our blessings to others... This year was quite a pain for Taguig BA, many has gone and transferred... but for that night, they have come home to celebrate. Despite the bad numbers for the year, there are still reasons for celebrating... afterall, there are a lot of lessons and experienced gained. =)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kwentuhan Lang... Pasko na Naman!

Christmas!!! Malapit na ang Pasko! My most favorite time of the year! At masyado na namang busy ang mga tao... Naghahabol ng Christmas shopping ang mga may pera. Pampasikip naman ang nagwiwindowshopping (hehehe!). Naghahabol din ng mga tatapusin sa work dahil ngaung taon, mahaba ang bakasiyon!!!! Amen to that...makakauwi ako at makakapagpahinga ng mahaba. Speaking of which tiyak na nagtataasan na ang mga pamasahe lalo na sa eroplano papunta nang kung saan. Buti na lang at nakabili na kami ng aking kapatid ng ticket November pa lang. Weeeh!!! Excited na akong umuwi!!!

Ang masaya kapag Pasko, maraming Christmas parties at get-togethers. Tiyak, maraming food!!!! Overflowing for sure iyon...Meron sa work, minsan company wide, at meron din per department lang. Sa amin ngaung taon, walang company Christmas Party, nagtitipid ang kumpanya dahil sa economic crisis ng buong mundo. Kahit necessity ang tubig, nagtitipid naman ang mga tao..kaya apektado kami...Kaya Christmas Party na lang sa Taguig Business Area. May plano pang Christmas get-together with Batch 16. Ngaung day pala kami grumadwyet.. parang kelan lang un na nagkakandarapa kami para sa management presentation at preparation for the graduation... At si "changed man" Chase, nag-organie ng EK Christmas gimik kasama ng mga cadets ng TPat! Isa ka talagang batang Henyo!! Ang saya! Idagdag mo pa ang Christmas Party ng C5 Supply Zone na may GK Christmas Party sa Pinagsama... sana makasama ako dun.

Sa SFC naman, maagang Christmas Party ang naganap noong December 6. Isinabay na doon ang Lord's Day celebration and Graduation naming mga bagong pasok ng SFC. Besides doon, may isang get-together pa kami ng aking mga kasama sa discussion group. Hahaha!!! Parang hindi kami nagsasawa sa isa't-isa...Dadalo din ako sa Christmas Party para sa mga bata ng GK Sagip. First time ko ito kaya hindi ko pa alam ang mangyayari...

Pati mga college friends ko, nagbabalak din kaming magkita-kita!!! Dinner lang sa labas at kwentuhan lang ng kung ano-ano... hmmm Christmas time lang ata namin to nagagawa mula nang naghiwahiwalay kami.. busy na kasi masyado ang mga buhay-buhay! At of course, ang mahal kong Abyans at Sisses ay magtitipon-tipon din for a Christmas Party bago magsiuwian sa kanya-kanyang probinsya... aagos na naman ang alak... patibayan na lang ng atay!

Reunion ng walang sawa. Manila get-together pa lang yan ha... Ang dami pang pending na parties sa Bacolod pag-uwi kasama ng mga mahal sa buhay at mga highschool beerbuddies... Isama mo pa doon ang annual reunion ng batch at reunion din ng SILAK at SILAB. Phew!!! For sure, ang taba ko na pagkatapos ng Pasko...

Sana di kami sing taba ni St. Nick... mahirap na!!! hehehe!

Monday, December 8, 2008

One More Long Weekend

I am blessed of another long weekend, having an extra day off for self. =)

Saturday was spent with the Lord as I attended "The Lord's Day" celebration of SFC. I have so much fun with the group. Food was great and splendid and performances are very enjoyable... My team even won a game, the only game in the party. The best part of it all is the praises and worship, it is like conversing to the Lord alone. I don't know, that is what I always feel.

I went to work Sunday. It is not actually work perse... I just went to Taguig for the Global City Fun Run since the event is to be held in my area. We are giving water through tankering to the participants of the run. Bad thing was, the event starts at 6AM and I went home super late due to the SFC party thus I woke up pretty late too. If not for Bernie calling my 2 phones, I haven't gotten out of bed. I arrived at Taguig 8AM with the event being over. =(

So I just went home to prepare for my, ahem, self proclaimed other half, Manny Pacquioa's fight. Poor as we are, we settled ourselves to a very small tube. Can't even get a better glimpse of my Manny! Hays.... and I wasn't able to finish watching the match. I left by 5th round to catch on a play at UP.

As I've said, went to UP to meet up with Kat and watch the production of Dulaang UP, Atang. Superb play. I'll make a better review in a separate blog since it deserves one. Afterwich, Kat and I went to SM North to find a blue blouse/top for the BA's Christmas party. Kat was also searching for a newsboy cap for her own company Christmas celebration. Ellainne met up with us and had dinner at Kenny Rogers before we all said goodbyes to each other and separate ways.

I had an extra free day today. It is Taguig City Day so we've got no work. But I wasn't out of the house, I just did my pending laundry and was browsing at the internet all day just watching movies and tv series.

Now I'm reading Twilight. I remembered that Sis Icile sent me electronic copies of the four books... So I better play Santa to myself and feed my curiousity with the intriguing Edward Cullen. Sadly, I'll settle with reading it from my laptop until someone will give me a copy of it either in paperback or hardbound. But I prefer the latter, hehehe!

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Straight non-stop typing what's in my head... :P

Atang

I was only about three years old when she was proclaimed National Artists by former President Corazon Aquino. She lives in Tondo, have two children and is married to Amado V. Hernandez. Atang de la Rama, is known to be the Queen of Kundiman and Queen of Sarswela.

Personally, I don't know her nor have I heard about her. I came to watch Dulaang UP's production without reading the synopsis nor reading any reviews. I am totally an Atang-ignorant.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Kilala niyo ba si Atang?

I was only about three years old when she was proclaimed National Artists by former President Corazon Aquino. She lives in Tondo, have two children and is married to Amado V. Hernandez. Atang de la Rama, is known to be the Queen of Kundiman and Queen of Sarswela.

Personally, I don't know her nor have I heard about her. I came to watch Dulaang UP's production without reading the synopsis nor reading any reviews. I am totally an Atang-ignorant.

atang_posterFor its 33rd year, Dulaang UP presented Atang, Ang Dulang may Musika. Written by Floy Quintos and directed by Alexander Cortez, Atang showcase an excerpt of the life of Heronata de la Rama or famously known as Atang de la Rama.

The play started during the year when she was to be awarded by the former President Cory as National Artist for the Arts. During that year too, the story of her life will be featured in a film with Gia, an up and rising star to play her role.

Gia, wearing a terno (which is very Atang), paid her a visited at her home in Tondo to get to know Atang and to study her so that she would portray her role well. At first, Atang thought that Gia was all superficiality... she's doing the role for the sake of her fame and the opportunity of portraying the legendary Atang de la Rama. Atang thought of it as shallow with Gia not having the heart for what she is doing. As she is trying to mold Gia into her role, reviewing Gia's research of her life, and going through the script, Atang realized that at her age (84 yrs old) it is not rightful anymore to bring up the pasts. She thought that the film will distort events, exagerate stories, and give an unrealistic message to its audience. To Atang, what is essential is her dignity and she give most importance to life's mysteries. In the end, she requested Gia to say no to the producers in doing the film. She asked her not to push through with the movie at all.

atangAtang depicts of a star who's light has gone dim and has died. People have forgotten her. But amidst that, she displayed grace and maturity, accepting that her fame and beauty has come and gone. She has enjoyed her fame and adorations long enough to have numerous memories, of which she will always bring with her, mysterious and unknown to her audience.

Once again, Dulaang UP, has not failed to leave its audience imprints as each play gives a concrete message to its viewers... Hep hep Hooray for DUP!!

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The wife of Franco Laurel, Ayen Laurel, played Gia, and have a very good voice singing all the kundiman popularied by the great Atang de la Rama as she is playing the young Atang too as the old Atang reminisce. The 84 year old Atang dela Rama was played by Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino who is a veteran in theater. Sobrang galing niya talaga!!! Kat and I were actually crying at the end of the play as she reminisce her past and how much she wanted to preserve her memories. Joining the cast too is Bituin Escalante appearing as the Queen of Vaudeville, Katy dela Cruz.

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In the house too, was Franco Laurel, doing the pre-play rules and advisories. hehehe!!! Stage husband? Spotted too was Cris Villonco with Nicolo Manahan sitting side by side (Gossip girl, ikaw ba ito?!?!).

Sipalay At Last

Diane and Bebe are back from the States. I'm home for the weekend from the stress of Manila. Ads planned out the whole thing way way back it only materialized now.

It wasn't a breeze going there. Issues have came up before all of us agreed to go. The early call time was also a highlight of the trip. On top of that is the radiator's leak which cause us stranded in the middle of nowhere (hehehe!! I just could not remember where) and me hording on cheesedogs out of boredom while waiting for our rescue.

But seeing the resort and the food that Ads had prepared for us had made all the struggles worth it. But we were not spared when we reached Sipalay. While going boating and island hoping, tides are high that we can't even go near the islets and the caves for pic taking. And going back to the resort, we were showered by heavy rains...

But the trip is the most memorable since it is the first out of town trip I had with my friends. We just don't have the time before... been busy with school, we only seem to be fine with just get-togethers over some beers at Boy's or coffee at Cafe Bob's which is followed by a whole lot... =)
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