Monthly Archives: January 2011

Loving the weekend

Just a quick post here.

I just LOVE weekends!!!  Why?  Well… for a couple of reasons.

1. Culmination of my workweek

2. Last day for workout (especially on Fridays)

3. Basketball with the guys!! (I’m the only girl playing though…)

4. Night outs!!! (Uhh… just occasionally…)

5. Hang out at my favorite spot (my beanbag chair)

6. Hanging out with my friends (depends if I get any invites though).

7. Freedom!!!

Ok, that was just a few things I could come up with right now.  How about you?  What’s great during your weekend off? 🙂


Definition of a Friend

I should have posted this last Sunday.  But due to a number of “distractions” I failed to do so.  It may have lost it’s original thunder but I still feel like sharing my own views.

Friends have always been special to me.  In life’s ups and downs, the presence of a friend is a welcome comfort, a cheerful laugh, and an encouraging smile through and through.  I could think of several ways I could define a friend but I doubt my own words would do it justice.  To help me instead paint a better picture, I chose a couple of quotes and sayings that best fit (based on my own set of friends).  To start with:

“A friend is someone who can see the truth and pain in you even when you are fooling everyone else. “

I’m an open book.  Or rather, my eyes are too expressive that just by looking you would know if I was happy or if something was wrong.  Which is why I keep a close guard on my thoughts for my eyes not to betray me.  But then, glimpses of my feelings escape from time to time.

Real friends always have their special way in being in tune with every nuance  of your personality – either when your happy,  joyful, or in pain and in sorrow.

On a sidenote, it’s not just their ability in seeing you through your disguise, but the fact that you can let your defenses down without fear of being rejected.

“What is a friend?  A single soul dwelling in two bodies.”  – Aristotle

It’s SO amazing that two totally different persons get along very well with each other and compliment each other.  For my case, it’s not only between me and another friend but with a bunch of my closest friends.  When we all come together, it’s a cacophony  of laughter – a perfect harmony.

And my favorite definition is:

“Friends are siblings that God forgot to give us.”

I’ve been raised as an only child.  I don’t know the exact feeling of having brothers or sisters to grow up with (although I have a couple of half-brothers, but that’s another story).  Growing up, I turned to my friends for sibling affection.  I always feel like the odd-one-out with my friends.  All of them have siblings to relate with and that is one feeling I will never experience.

Thankfully though, my most prominent circle of friends have always treated each other as siblings.  Even their biological siblings have “adopted” us at some point or another in their family circle.  It’s a really nice feeling and though it’s not written in black and white, our bonds with each other are the closest proof of our strong friendship.

To all my friends: THANK YOU!  Your presence in my life is INDEED a present. One that doesn’t fade out with time, but gets better through time.

How about you guys, what’s your definition of a friend?

I’m Still a Leo!!!

Astrological signs

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I’m not really a follower of the zodiac.  But I am aware of my star sign and have felt compatible with the description of Leo.  I may not memorize the exact dates where a specific zodiac sign falls into, but I can draw the 12 symbols in the order of the zodiac just fine.

I even remember at one point in my young school days (during the boom of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers), I, together with some of my friends, would pretend to be Zodiac Rangers (me being the leader of course since I was a Leo).  At some point in my young life I was into astrology but it eventually mellowed down over the years.

So why the sudden interest?

I”ve heard it in passing over the news that there is a new zodiac calendar and a new zodiac sign has been added.  A 13th zodiac – Ophiuchus, the snake bearer.  Never cared about it much but it was worth checking out.

The Zodiac Calendar which I’m familiar about is this:

Aries: March 21 – April 19
Taurus: April 20 – May 21
Gemini: May 22 – June 22
Cancer: June 23 – July 22
Leo: July 23 – August 22
Virgo: August 23 – September 23
Libra: September 24 – October 23
Scorpio: October 24 – November 22
Sagittarius: November 23 – December 21
Capricorn: December 22 – January 20
Aquarius: January 21 – February 19
Pisces: February 20 – March 20

One new school of thought has this as a new assignment of zodiac:

Capricorn: January 20-February 16
Aquarius: February 16-March 11
Pisces: March 11-April 18
Aries: April 18-May 13
Taurus: May 13-June 21
Gemini: June 21-July 20
Cancer: July 20-August 10
Leo: August 10-September 16
Virgo: September 16-October 30
Libra: October 30-November 23
Scorpio: November 23-December 17
Sagittarius: December 17-January 20

And another school of thought, has added the 13th zodiac, thus coming up with this:
Capricorn: Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18 – May 13
Taurus: May 13 – June 21
Gemini: June 21 – July 20
Cancer: July 20 – Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10 – Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16 – Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30 – Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23 – Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 – Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17 – Jan. 20

When I checked, they had this chart for Sidereal astrology:

Constellation Tropical date Sidereal Date
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Aries.svg Aries March 21 – April 19 April 15 – May 15 April 17 – May 13
Taurus.svg Taurus April 20 – May 21 May 16 – June 15 May 14 – June 19
Gemini.svg Gemini May 22 – June 22 June 16 – July 15 June 20 – July 20
Cancer.svg Cancer June 23 – July 22 July 16 – August 15 July 21 – August 9
Leo.svg Leo July 23 – August 22 August 16 – September 15 August 10 – September 15
Virgo.svg Virgo August 23 – September 23 September 16 – October 15 September 16 – October 30
Libra.svg Libra September 24 – October 23 October 16 – November 15 October 31 – November 22
Scorpio.svg Scorpius October 24 – November 22 November 16 – December 15 November 23 – November 28
Asclepius staff.svg[dubious – discuss]/Ophiuchus zodiac.svg Ophiuchus N/A November 29 – December 17
Sagittarius.svg Sagittarius November 23 – December 21 December 16 – January 14 December 18 – January 17
Capricorn.svg Capricorn December 22 – January 20 January 15 – February 14 January 18 – February 15
Aquarius.svg Aquarius January 21 – February 19 February 15 – March 14 February 16 – March 11
Pisces.svg Pisces February 20 – March 20 March 15 – April 14 March 12 – April 16

Quite confusing, I bet.  Most especially for those who are in constant guidance of their daily horoscopes.  I noticed a couple of my friends have been “bumped” off their originally known zodiac signs and they’re not happy about it (Yes Rai, I’m talking about you!).

But seriously, if you’re not into your daily horoscope, then it wouldn’t affect you much.  For me, I’m still glad I’m LEO. <growl>

How about you guys?  Has your zodiac sign changed?

Can’t Hardly Wait


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What are you looking forward to this year?

I’m looking forward to a couple of things.  Such as: a new and stable job, my own small-scale business, to be free from my debts, and be at peace. Not specifically in that order, but altogether closely intertwined.

December of 2009 was a financial blow to our family.  My dad got hospitalized and underwent Exploratory Laparotomy due to the sudden enlargement of his general abdominal region.  He was diagnosed in having a cirrhotic liver by the end of his surgery.  So Mom had to pawn my heirlooms, so to speak.  As for my part, I took out a couple of loans to help out in keeping making my dad comfortable when he got discharged that year.

Seeing my dad getting better on the early quarter of 2010, I took out another loan for personal means, not considering that we still had a large amount to pay up for hospital bills (since our company HMO didn’t shoulder the maximum benefit limit for my dependent).  I guess I still believe in fairytales and happy endings; that mom and dad would just make things okay, and everything will be alright with me just tagging along for the whole ride.

Dad’s speedy recovery had a bad turn by the middle of the year and it was only last November, when he got admitted again that I learned the truth.  He was dying.  Cancer of the liver.  What a blow!  You would never expect it of him.  He was still able to drive his car, enjoy his favorite pastime (Bingo), and was as ever stubborn as a mule.  I wasn’t ready to lose a father.  A lot of things were still not in order and stuff to be shared– unpaid bills, unfinished business dealings, music, long-lost father-daughter hugs, butterfly kisses, and belly-aching laughter.  But seeing him fight on for his life, his struggle with his pain, the sleepless night he endured while in the ICU squeezed my heart all the more.  That’s when I told him to rest.  We’ll be fine and take care of everything.

My dad died on the second day he was hospitalized, with his immediate family surrounding him – me, my mom, my half-brothers, and his siblings.  Until now, I can still feel the palpable silence of his last few hours, and the quiet sobbing of my aunts.  I had to be strong.  If not for myself, then at least for my mom.  The impact of losing my dad’s presence at home was not something I was prepared for that day.  I wasn’t even able to hug his remains before being transported to the morgue.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not blaming my dad for leaving us in a financial hole.  I would rather be stuck in that hole than losing him.  But it couldn’t be helped.  Mom and I just need to work out a lot of things to end out financial worries.

If that wasn’t bad enough, my work life took a turn for the worse before 2010 ended.  My new female boss (FB) has, in her not-so-obvious way, hinted that I should resign.  I’m still not open for this discussion on this since I’m still processing this.  I’ve already had a few interviews but no takers yet.  I just hope I’ll be able to land a more stable position with a more satisfying compensation and benefits package.

There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

When I was about to turn in my resignation earlier this week, my FB didn’t accept it.  We convened at my new male boss’s (MB) office to discuss about it.  My MB didn’t want me to resign at all but his hands were tied since our head office managers were calling the shots.  He asked for an extension.  And so far, that has been a great sigh of relief on my part.  Honestly, I didn’t want to exit if I had nowhere else to go.  So I’m still staying (for a few more months) until I find a new job.

Planning a Business

I’m looking forward to a recent business venture I’m planning on.  My best gay friend (BGF) and I are in cahoots in setting up a mini walk-in beauty parlor at home.  Bgf was talented in this area but he claims not having a passion for it (probably due to lack of funds and tools).  So I offered him our house as a venue, I’ll provide the equipment, and spread by word of mouth (and perhaps “model”) his works for any possible customers.  Nothing big yet, but just a few heads to start the business running.  If this comes to reality, I’ll be able to get a head start in my financial stability issue.

Another business I’ve been planning on for quite a few years now: Book rental.  I’ve got tons and tons of pocketbooks all gathering dust in our attic.  It would be a shame to throw them out.  I love books after all.  Since most are used books, I’ll just have them leased for a small price, gain members, get popularity, and see what happens next.  I’ll even branch out in researching and other clerical skills I can throw into.  Who knows, it just might click.  After all, we’re in a neighborhood close to a couple of schools.

I’m pumped about these ventures.  Can’t hardly wait!

In a Nutshell

Financial stability (if not free of debt) is what I’m gearing towards this year and for the succeeding years.  I’m working on landing on a better job and starting up my small-scale businesses.

I just need a few jumpstarts and motivators to get me moving.  I hope you’ll help me along the way.  If you’ve got suggestions or ideas that would somehow improve my plans, feel free to comment.

Well… I’d better get back to work!

An Hour To Live

If you only had an hour to live, what would you do with those 60 minutes?

Hmm… Thought-provoking.

What came to my mind were memories of school years wherein teachers and selective books taught that “if you knew you were dying, how would you spend your last few hours…” the ideal way to live those last few moments is to spend it the way you spend your everyday life.

I guess that would be the case for some people.  But I’m not so sure if I’ll go for THAT approach myself.  I mean, if I knew I had only 60 minutes to live right now, being stuck at the office in my last hour wouldn’t be a nice way to go.  Besides, it’ll be a field day if that ever happened.

If this were my final hour, and I knew about it, I would be living it!  No plans, no second thoughts.  I’d rather be spontaneous!

I’m Posting Everyday in 2011!

I’ve decided I want to blog more.  So, rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog once a day / once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy.  I’ve attempted to do it last year but I didn’t get satisfied.  So I’ve signed up in a “thought-inspiring” blog to get me started.  It will be quite a commitment, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful.   Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way.  This includes actively participating in writing, asking for help when I need it, and encouraging others when I can.

If you have already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments, likes, and good will along the way.



Great Things Come In Small Packages

I couldn’t agree more!

I mean, take a moment and think of the wonders of the iTouch.  A small package, but packs a wallop in giving loads of entertainment for the young and old alike.  My bffs ‘ day probably wouldn’t be complete if they can’t play Tap Tap Revenge, or Cut The Rope. Add to that listening to their favorite tunes and playlists, watching videos, taking pictures/videos (for 4th gen), PLUS being able to browse the internet in some Wifi hotspots!  Talk about multi-tasking!  Never a dull moment for those who have this baby.  (And loads of sleepless nights too!)

I’m itching to have one too but that would not be a reality anytime soon (unless if I win millions).

Moving forward…

Another small package is the mobile phone.  Depending on your preference, mobile phones have come a long way from what I was able to witness in it’s evolution phases.  From big, bulky, manly-type mobile phones to small, hand-held phones that vary for it’s functionality, fashion statement, “social statement”, and uniqueness.  One is ever at a constant quest on the “perfect” phone that would encompass all the most sought after functions.

But what I will never tire of mobile phones is it’s capability in connecting two (or more) people who are worlds apart.  Just this morning I was able to keep in touch in a number of people I rarely see.  There’s also one bff who’s inner desires she expressed through text.  I love being able to receive photos of friends from far away on things that have happened, or something new they’ve seen.  To borrow Smart‘s tagline: SIMPLY AMAZING.

And I’m down to my third item.  The main reason why I’m making this blog.  Well, just before break time, an officemate who i could say I’m not that close to (but get along with just fine) surprised me with his pasalubong for me.  A bag of Krispy Kreme doughnuts!!!  Just two pieces actually.  But I was truly touched since he gave me a separate package from what he gave to one group in the office.

It may have been a small package (not even a box) but it truly made me smile.  It wasn’t just the content or its wrappings, but the thought, the gesture, the effort made that made me feel special.

My Krispy Kreme Surprise

On a sidenote, one contractual worker offered me his small box of raisins which I gladly accepted.  What’s nice about it was that I was just expecting the treat of raisins when I noticed that the box housed a cardboard cut-out for a raisin paper doll.  Sweet! 🙂

Raisin and Paperdoll all in one

Another small package – FRIENDS.

They all come in different shapes and sizes.  Each differing from one another.  But each one offering more than what you would expect.

My year 2010 ended with a bittersweet note.  The first Christmas without my daddy, and welcoming a new year without his comforting presence.  But nonetheless, I’m thankful for celebrating the last days of 2010 with my friends, and enjoying the first few days of the New Year (2011) with the comfort of my closest friends.

Cheers to you guys!  And thanks for being my small packages in life that I could always grab on and carry with me – memories and all.

couldn’t find a group picture that was complete. Settling for this instead – A “Big Top”

A New Year Opens

Nothing much to say really.  Except,


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