Monthly Archives: July 2011

Letters To Juliet


I didn’t go to him, Juliet. I didn’t go to Lorenzo. His eyes were so full of trust I promised I’d meet him and run away together because my parents don’t approve. But, instead, I left him waiting for me below our tree – waiting and wondering where I was. I’m in Verona now. I return to London in the morning and I am so afraid. Please, Juliet tell me what I should do. My heart is breaking and I have no one else to turn to.

Love,

Claire

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Dear Claire,

“What” and “If” are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if? What if? What if?

I don’t know how your story ended but if what you felt then was true love, then it’s never too late. If it was true then, why wouldn’t it be true now? You need only the courage to follow your heart. I don’t know what a love like Juliet’s feels like – love to leave loved ones for, love to cross oceans for but I’d like to believe if I ever were to feel it, that I will have the courage to seize it. And, Claire, if you didn’t, I hope one day that you will.

All my love,

Juliet

– Letter Correspondence of Claire and Sophie (Juliet’s Secretary)

If you’ve seen the movie, Letters to Juliet then you’ll probably remember these lines that started the whole story.  My outward appearance doesn’t seem to resonate a “romantic” bone in my body.  But just like the next girl, I too hope that one day,I will find my dark knight in tarnished armor.  I couldn’t care less if he’s not perfect as long as I can be myself when I’m with him and him with me; we could both be strong and vulnerable with each other; and simply grow old discovering every nuance of ourselves.

Hopefully… soon… I’ll find a “love to leave loved ones for, a love to cross the oceans for.”  (Or he’ll find me!)  And that I will have the courage to seize it, own it, and be empowered by that love.

Okay, I’m getting sappy here.  Not befitting. LOL.  Forgive the momentary loss of [in]sanity.

Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.  Or if you’ve seen the movie, care to share your thoughts? 🙂

Have a fun-filled Friday!

Time To Shine? Nuh Uh…


It’s been 2 weeks since my manager went on leave and never reported back to work.  2 weeks that my working world has turned upside down once again.  Not barely a month did I have a constant companion under my department.  The good thing was that when he jumped on board, there was little adjustment on my side since we were on the same wavelength.  Though a bit bossy, his work ethics and capabilities are worth commending.  The changes we’ve begun cascading in the Company was a team effort.  He would willingly guide me and in more than a few times, have mentioned that whatever process he will be undergoing, will also be a learning process shared with me.

2 weeks.  I feel like I’ve been on a bubble.  I’m simply skating over the waters with the number of things I need to work out on.  The project we started has left me groping for air and a lifeline to hang on to.  Paper works here, legal cases there, vacancies to be filled, reports for submission, clerical tasks all around, and not to mention the frequent impromptu jobs that need immediate attention have been bombarding me day-to-day work life.

I’m shutting down.  Sleepless nights thinking on what should be done, how to get things done but never actually handling it.  I SUCK.  I feel so useless.  I’m ACTING USELESS.  Sometimes I wonder why I get myself into these things.  Why couldn’t I just be in a steady, organized, and amazingly setup company?  I guess I just don’t have the confidence in myself.

I’m not blaming my former manager.  He left in a haste due to family reasons.  Just a brief background, his 6 year old son had a nephrotic kidney that needed continuous treatment already.  And he feels his salary package here wouldn’t suffice to support his family.  I’m blaming myself. I’m spreading myself too thinly.  But I can’t help it!  I’m only one person with a number of things that need immediate attention.  I’ve requested for an OJT to assist in encoding and filing, my request was disapproved.  I’m losing my energy and interest in working here.  Sure the company’s fine but like I’ve mentioned in my previous post on work, there are a FEW things I’m not ecstatic about.

Anyway, I was able to keep in touch with Mr. HRManager asking for referrals on who could possibly take his post.  In his own words, he texted me: “Like what I said to you previously, as per my assessment in my short stint in …, they do not need to hire an HR Manager.  Naa na man ka (You’re already there).  All they need is to hire 2 HR Assistant.  Ang dapat lang buhaton ni owners is to support you (all the owners need to do is support you).  Ayaw lang pud pataha sa mga tang-an (Don’t be intimidated by the “veterans”).  Kaya naman nimo. (You can do it). Time to shine.”

Truly inspiring.  When I read that, I felt a sense of pride reinvigorating my spirit.  Finally, an immediate head who could vouch for what I could do.  Very empowering too.  Too bad the owners wouldn’t know about that.  I mentioned it to one of our heads here that I could handle the department as long as I could hire 2 assistants.  I’ve even plotted out our work assignments but sad to say, the owners had other things in mind.

So now, I’m staring at a large pile of paper works, not to mention the large amount of email that has been steadily streaming my inbox.  I’m really not in the mood to work.  Not yet.  I’m so bad.  I should be proactive and no amount of “buts” and “ifs” could justify my lack of interest.

Time to Shine?  I guess… not.  I sound so pathetic!  Sorry for a bad read guys.  I’m trying to put a positive note here.  But I’m really down.  -__-

Fine-tuning My Blog


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I’m currently trying to incorporate a few things that have been piquing my interest for quite some time now pertaining to my blog.  So I thought about placing a few widgets here and there to truly personalize my “niche” in the web world.

I’ve posted my Lakbayan Grade already – a map of the Philippines highlighting places I’ve visited around the country (still a lot of ground to cover in my travels.

Then I’ve put up my badge for “Post A Week 2011” just to remind me of my mission. 🙂

I’ve also uploaded my vodpod site (no updates since I last placed it).  I think I’m way over my head here though.  I’m not the type to share videos.  Soon I guess.

And for the recent addition: The Flag Counter.  Yap!  That’s wishful thinking on my part.  I doubt though I’ll get many hits.  But it’s worth putting up.  There’s a certain sense of satisfaction discovering that someone from the other side of the world gets a glimpse in my tiny corner of the world.

I’m still looking for a means though of putting up a chat box just for real-time questions that I could answer.  I tried Cbox but it’s not working.  But I’m not giving up yet!  So if you got any suggestions, I’d truly appreciate it!

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Food Trip Friday: Blue Carabao Diner


[A bit late in posting but… here goes…]

Finally!  After two weeks of not meeting up, Macks and I had dinner last night at… BLUE CARABAO DINER!

Ok, it’s not exactly a new diner or any of those buffet or fine-dining restaurants that are a bit exclusive in their ambiance, but more so of an open-to-the-general-public aura.  It’s an eatery with food ready to be served.  You just need to take your pick with their appetizing menu selection.

Aside from the delectable food courses, prices were also affordable, and the servings were also quite big enough to share with two.  So Macks and I ordered a cup of rice each, then shared a bowl of Pochero, a serving of Humba, and a serving of Sweet ‘n Sour Fish (I think!  Macks ordered the last one).  Since we were one of the last few customers at the diner, there wasn’t too much hassle in finding a place to sit and enjoy our meal (during their peak periods, they’d get a full house!).

My Humba

I’m trying to find the right words to describe the experience, but my mind’s not cooperating.  (Too much stress I think).

Till next Food Trip Friday!

To know more about Blue Carabao Diner, click here.

Food Trip Friday: Leylam’s Shawarma Rice


Another Friday has passed and another fri-date preempted.  All the other psych peeps were busy with their own things – work, overtime, canvassing and etc.  So I ended up lounging around at home instead.

6PM was too early a time to turn in and I felt that I needed to do something different.  Sometimes it sucks being single.  You would probably know how it is – no immediate buddy to drag along in going out even for the simplest things; not having someone to talk to while walking (or argue with); and nobody to carry heavy stuff for you (not that I couldn’t handle heavy loads).  Hmm.. I think these were the reasons I mentioned that won me a gift pack from a radio contest a few years back.   Mom was out too so rather than cook for myself, I went out.

I went to pay my phone bills first before entering the grocery.  And after buying a few choice purchases, it was time to be true to my self-dubbed tradition for Food Trip Fridays.

Not quite hungry but eager to have my fill, I ordered one (1) serving of Leylam’s Shawarma rice with egg.  It’s not a new find and have already tried it a couple of times.  In fact, it was my bff Rai who introduced me to Leylam.  The Shawarma rice consists of one cup of rice, sauteed vegetables (carrots, corn, green peas, lettuce), shawarma beef, mayonnaise, and sauce.  An order is prepared right before your eyes.  So you can basically see the process.  The consumer has the option of having it plain or have it hot.  And if you like to make it really special, add an egg.  One order of Leylam’s Shawarma Rice is Php 55.00.  If with egg: Php 65.00

If you’re in Davao, you can find Leylam’s Shawarma Rice at the following malls:

SM City Davao (Ecoland) – Ground floor fronting the grocery

Gaisano Mall of Davao (Bajada) – Ground floor fronting the grocery

Robinsons Cybergate (Bajada) – Ground floor fronting the grocery

Abreeza Mall of Davao (Bajada) – Ground floor fronting Robinsons Grocery and another that is still to open at the 3rd floor open food court

Not bad for a full dinner.

Leylam’s Shawarma Rice

Since there were no tables provided, I ate my meal at the waiting shed close to Davao City Water District (DCWD) main office.  People passing by and commuters were staring at me but who cares.  I was having my fill.  I enjoyed the “laziness” of my night while everyone else was rushing along (especially because of the traffic caused by cars bumping each other earlier on).

Tune in next week on my next adventure!

Escaped Thought: Work at the Moment…


So it’s a Friday again and I’m a bit pressured.  From what? From the idea that I should be keeping busy instead of just thinking about what I should be doing to BE busy.  I’m partially blaming the heat outside and my sleepiness.  I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep for quite some time now.  Mostly staying up late and doing nothing of great importance.

I’m restless.  Yes I’m enjoying my work but I feel being inside the office 8 hours a day, 6 days a week can be quite boring.  No, scratch that.  It’s not boring (with the tons of work and general overhaul my department’s making, it’s anything but boring), more like stuffy.  Being constantly bombarded by new problems day in and day out, plus all the cascading we’re continuously doing and encountering a few resistance on the way isn’t good on my nerves.  The good thing about it is I get to go out of the office once in a while.  Beating the monotony.  Add to that the occasional basketball practices I’m volunteering on joining…  I guess I’m still adjusting.  Too many differences from my previous work with my current one can be very… DRAINING.

I’m thankful however that my week started well.  Dyed my hair, had bangs.  Received compliments from our boss on a job well done, and complimented as well with my new look.  I got to sweat off a few calories while playing basketball with the guys (and gained them back while eating dinner).  I had my hair cut back into my “cobra” look (slash style). Painted my nails (an event I rarely engage on).  Then for last night, watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with my bff Rai and bff Ditse’s cousin Alex.

Maybe it’s just me.   I’m over-thinking it.  I just hope though that tonight would be another night for relaxation.  Maybe to even get a little perspective back.

Forgive my lack of introspection and insight, just a bit slow right now.

Food Trip Friday: ???


Two Fridays have passed since I posted about our last dinner date at Krua Thai.  And it has been two Fridays since that I haven’t eaten out on a new (or unfamiliar) restaurant.  I was kind of hoping that yesterday would have been different.  Due to certain “preset” appointments by the others, I ended up going home for dinner instead.

I feel quite ashamed though.  Just when I was about to have planned topics (at least during Fridays!), I ended with null. *sob*  Anyway, just to get into the theme, I’ll be talking about food still for my “Food Trip Friday” Series.  Since I got home early (and the meals I ate earlier on that day was far from satisfying, but it was healthy though), my mom cooked dinner for me and her guest.  The menu?  Well nothing fancy.  Mom opted to cook misua and I went out to buy some street food (since our home was located near a school).  What in particular?  They called it “Patatas Twister” a variation of the famous “Twistix” that’s currently the rave in some prominent malls in Davao.

Patatas Twister

When I got home, the rice was almost cooked so I chowed on my patatas first.  Dinner was satisfying with a mixture of bittersweet memories flashing back.  You see, my dad was our official house cook.  And aside from his many other specialties, his talent includes making plain food recipes into delectable surprise dishes.  That includes misua dishes.

*SIGH*

I guess nothing beats home-cooked meals after all especially coming from a hard day’s work.

Till next food trip adventure!

Food Trip Friday: Krua Thai


It’s the first of July and it’s a Friday!  I’m looking forward to our “Fri-date” this evening.  Although I doubt there’ll be any additional classmates joining us tonight.  Nevertheless, I’m excited where we’ll be eating out tonight.  But before that, I’ll share last week’s “date”.

Krua Thai

We had dinner at Krua Thai.  It’s a Thai restaurant serving Thai specialties.  It was my first time to be in a Thai restaurant.  And a first time in tasting Thai food.  So Macks was sharing her experience with me and Sarsky her adventures in Thailand – the sights, tastes, and culture that is Thai.  It was fun having conversations with old classmates.  Although the same old personality of our young selves were still present, there’s a touch of knowledge and wisdom of years that have passed makes the listening and talking all the more fun.

And eventually, our food came:

The Soup (So Hot!!)
Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs
Veggies!
Egg Something and Garlic Rice

And for dessert:

Sticky Rice with Mango… sa Bisaya pa – Puto Maya with Mangga

Too bad though there were only 3 of us eating out.  We couldn’t finish off ALL our food.  But thankfully though, we ate the most of it.

So I better get on to finding our dinner restaurant for tonight! 🙂  Happy eating everyone!

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