Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
it took me 3 hours before reaching our home in novaliches, grabe! the traffic wasn't so bad, but the volume of people and the load that i needed to carry kept me from moving the way i wanted to. well, i needed to carry all my laundry to novaliches coz remember, i just moved in my new place. plus, all the presents that needed to be wrapped were all handcarried by me. poor me! hehehehe! i promised myself last year to bring all necessary holiday stuff to novaliches in batches, so that i won't have to get 'em all home in one go. but i never learned my lesson, i guess.
when i got home, time to start wrapping all the gifts. before i knew it, it was already 10 pm. i quickly did a sampling of tita jo's beef caldereta and then freshened up a bit. liezl and her family were in charles' place, but ate ne and jel were the welcome addition this year!
during noche buena, our table wasn't oveflowing with food, which is definitely ok. what kept us glued in our seats were the horrid but funny stories from ate ne, especially their everyday travails with jeepney & bus drivers who frequent their sari-sari store & mini-resto in bulacan. of course, all the tsismis in and around capri are still there.
when i woke up around 10 am, troops of godchildren were already making their rounds. almost all of my siblings, papa and tita jo have literally tons of inaanaks and most of these children don't fail to pass by our house. then, it was time to go to t'yang charing's place. after some 2 hours, we left for trinoma. this was by far our biggest trooping to a mall. normally, we'd be malling in small groups. it was different this time. there was papa & tita jo, ate she's family (4 of them), liezl & izhi, kuya bob's brood (5 of them) and myself - 14 all in all! ang saya! we had a quick dinner at dencio's, before nice & utoy went to look for jeans. after that, the older men had coffee and off went home.
on the 26th, we went to ate ne's place in bulacan. some nice huntahan and kainan again.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
anyway, kapitana kang awards was great! we had lots of food... due to our patak-patak. what's good this year is that we had a new comelec chair in bianca, who was fair and unbiased, unlike mylene who i think got a rigorous training from garci on how to rig election results! anyway, one of day's highlights were her "snatcher of the year" special award and the winning snatchee (who's very much connected with kap)!
this was definitely a nice way to close 2008. great food + lots of laughter plus or either due to "issues" + gifts = aydisi krismas 2008!
When a disguised king visits a poor village, what he sees through the window of a house changes his life.
By Paulo Coelho, translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
On Christmas Eve, the king invited the prime minister to join him for their usual walk together. He enjoyed seeing the decorations in the streets, but since he didn’t want his subjects to spend too much money on these just to please him, the two men always disguised themselves as traders from some far distant land.
They walked through the centre of the city, admiring the lights, the Christmas trees, the candles burning on the steps of the houses, the stalls selling gifts, and the men, women and children hurrying off to celebrate a family Christmas around a table laden with food.
On the way back, they passed through a poorer area, where the atmosphere was quite different. There were no lights, no candles, no delicious smells of food about to be served. There was hardly a soul in the street, and, as he did every year, the king remarked to the prime minister that he really must pay more attention to the poor in his kingdom. The prime minister nodded, knowing that the matter would soon be forgotten again, buried beneath the day-to-day bureaucracy of budgets to be approved and discussions with foreign dignitaries.
Suddenly, they heard music coming from one of the poorest houses. The hut was so ramshackle and the rotten wooden timbers so full of cracks, that they were able to peer through and see what was happening inside. And what they saw was utterly absurd: an old man in a wheelchair apparently crying, a shaven-headed young woman dancing, and a young man with sad eyes shaking a tambourine and singing a folk song.
"I’m going to find out what they’re up to," said the king.
He knocked. The music stopped, and the young man came to the door.
"We are merchants in search of a place to sleep. We heard the music, saw that you were still awake, and wondered if we could spend the night here."
"You can find shelter in a hotel in the city. We, alas, cannot help you. Despite the music, this house is full of sadness and suffering."
"And may we know why?"
"It’s all because of me." It was the old man in the wheelchair who spoke. "I’ve spent my life teaching my son calligraphy, so that he could one day get a job as a palace scribe. But the years have passed and no post has ever come up. And then, last night, I had a stupid dream: an angel appeared to me and asked me to buy a silver goblet because, the angel said, the king would be coming to visit me. He would drink from the goblet and give my son a job.
"The angel was so persuasive that I decided to do as he said. Since we have no money, my daughter-in-law went to the market this morning to sell her hair so that we could buy that goblet over there. The two of them are doing their best to get me in the Christmas spirit by singing and dancing, but it’s no use."
The king saw the silver goblet, asked to be given a little water to quench his thirst and, before leaving, said to the family:
‘Do you know, we were talking to the prime minister only today, and he told us that an opening for a palace scribe would be announced next week.’
The old man nodded, not really believing what he was hearing, and bade farewell to the strangers. The following morning, however, a royal proclamation was read out in all the city streets; a new scribe was needed at court. On the appointed day, the audience room at the palace was packed with people eager to compete for that much-sought-after post. The prime minister entered and asked everyone there to prepare their paper and pens:
‘Here is the subject of the composition: Why is an old man weeping, a shaven-headed woman dancing, and a sad young man singing?’
A murmur of disbelief went round the room. No one knew how to tell such a story, apart, that is, from the shabbily dressed young man sitting in one corner, who smiled broadly and began to write. Based on an Indian story.
Based on an Indian story. Paulo Coelho is the best-selling author of 'The Alchemist,' 'The Zahir,' and the recent book, 'The Pilgrimage.'
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
sa wakas, nakasumpong din ako ng mahusay-husay na lugar kung saan ako maaaring manirahan pansamantala. nitong mga nakaraang araw, naaalarma na ako kung saan ko dadalhin ang sangkatutak na mga abubot sa lumang bahay na naipon sa mahigit 8 taong pagtigil namin sa macabulos. ngunit, inalihan pa rin ako ng buwenas at heto, may bahay na akong lilipatan.
sakripisyo. abut-abot na sakripisyo ang inabot ng katawan ko sa pag-iimpake ng lahat ng mga kagamitan. kailangang iimpake lahat ng gamit; tupiing maayos ang mga damit at ilagay sa mga bagahe, ayusin ang sangkaterbang babasahin, ihiwalay ang mga patapon at ihilera ang maari pang pakinabangan. at hindi roon nagtatapos... kailangang ibaba ang mga ito sa sala (harap ng telebisyon), nang sa gayon ay maiayos ang naglulumaking sofabed, maihanda ang lahat ng dadalhin para sa paglisan.
pagkatapos ng makabaling-gulugod na prosesong ito, sa tulong ni manong minyong, nakahanap ako ng mauupahang pampasaherong dyip na magkakarga ng lahat ng bagahe patungong san antonio village. siyempre, kailangan din ng mga taong magbubuhat ng mga ito! sa halagang 200, nakakuha rin kami ng 2 lalaking tagabuhat. sa kabuuan, 700 ang nagastos ko para lang maglipat ng mga gamit.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
it now can be said: showbizjuice tsimis was indeed true... jc is the first pinoy sole survivor, hehehehe! for me, the series was well-handled, except for the leakage from the now a very reliable insider source. even if the series was posting some really high ratings, the "powers that be" did not cash in on the show's popularity to do an overkill. while the text voting introduced last thursday was kinda off (coz it reminded me of abs-cbn's reality tv style), i think the excitement was maintained up until thursday's episode. this "jury strikes back" episode somewhat gave me a feeling that the castoffs were conditioned to grill the 2 remaining castaways ala pinoy big brother. it could have been more exciting if charisse and jc were the final 2 coz we might see a naak vs. jarakay vote split. plus, it was already a given that rob won't win against jc coz of the "ampaw" issue. anyway, i think jc deserves it coz he gave his 100 % to each and every challenge, be it reward or immunity.
when will the season 2 be shown? i hope that gma has already learned their lesson - put a strict gag order to all staff involved in the series. coz although the leakage has somewhat helped in upping the publicity, it'll definitely lessen the impact of the supposedly suprising ending.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
salamat, cath! (",)
Jealousy: Once upon a time, roses were either red or pink. In the 19th century, yellow ones were discovered growing in the Middle East. Originally, yellow roses were a symbol of dying love or jealousy.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
2008. krisis. walang umento sa sahod. walang bonus maliban sa nasa batas na 13th month pay. sabi ng kalendaryo ng mga intsik, masuwerte raw ang bilang 8. pero hindi ito naramdaman n'ung 2008, lalo na ng huling semestre. kaya naman, hanggang ngayon, ni wala pa akong regalong nabibili... maliban sa mga maliliit na bagay para sa aking mga ka-aydisi. nag-divisoria kasi kami ni liezl nitong nakaraang linggo, kung kaya't nakapulot na ako ng maaaring ibigay sa mga katrabaho ko.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
haaaaayyyyy... makahanap na sana ako!
Friday, December 5, 2008
malimit na sahog ang tema ng pagpanaw sa mga pelikulang pinoy. ngunit ang paghalaw dito ay lagi lamang palabok sa pagtalakay ng pag-iibigang masalimuot o di kaya'y katatakutang sa mga kakatwang pelikula. maliban sa pahiram ng isang umaga ni ate vi, itong 100 ang isa sa mga huling pelikulang uminog sa kamatayan. direkta nitong inilahad ang istorya ng isang babaing sa gitna ng kanyang matagumpay na karera ay dinapuan ng kanser at may halos 3 buwan na lang itatagal sa mundong ibabaw.
bago ang talakay ng pelikula, walang mga pang-soap operang matitinding iyakan. malimit ang mga nakatatawang hirit mula sa mahusay na si eugene domingo. ang kemistri sa pagitan ni eugene at mylene dizon ang isa sa mga bagay na nagdala ng pelikula. bagamat uminog na lamang sa mga post-it ang nalalabing buhay ni joyce, pinilit niyang gawin ang mga nararapat, ang mga hilig ng katawan, ang mga di pa nagagawa tulad ng paliligo ng hubo't hubad sa dagat at pagkain ng sangkatutak na sorbetes at krispi pata. maging ang balikan ang lipas ng pag-ibig ay sinubukang gawin ni joyce, pero may isa pa palang sorpresa ang buhay sa kanya, pari na ang kanyang unang lalaking minahal!
matagumpay ang 100 sa paglalarawan ng kontemporaryong mga karakter: si joyce ay tipikal na yuppie, nagyoyosi, may masalimuot na lablayf. si ruby na di kagandahan ay nakapangasawa ng isang 'kano, tipikal ding nangyayari sa ngayon at nagiging tampulan ng tukso dahil sa kanilang pagiging "exotic". dahil sa direktang lapit ng pelikula, maaaring di malugod ang karamihan sa pinoy na manonood, pero ang tuwirang personal na karanasan ng bida ay makapupukaw ng damdamin na muling suriin ang bawat balakin sa buhay dahil maikli nga lamang ito at maaaring huli na ang lahat bago mo malirip ang tunay na dahilan ng iyong paglagi sa mundo.
maayos ang kabuuan ng pelikula, kaya nga siguro nanalo ito ng maraming parangal. pero kailangan pa ring tutukan ang teknikal na aspeto. maraming eksenang madilim, lalo na ang mga eksena sa hong kong. kulang ang pag-iilaw, marahil dahil sa maliit na badyet. madalas sa mga aspetong teknikal pumapalya ang mga pelikulang indie at hindi ito naiwasan ng 100. medyo mahaba rin ang pelikula, mas maigi siguro kung iniklian ang mga piling eksena.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
sapat na nga kaya ang mga puntos na 'to para di ka mawalan ng trabaho? paano kung di umepekto ang pagpapabango ng pangalan at pag-epal? dapat siguro bumili ang bawat isa ng anting-anting na magtataboy sa kamalasan at mang-aakit ng suwerte. hehehe!
By Patrick Erwin, CareerBuilder.com writer
Recent news about the economy and the job market hasn't been encouraging. Companies are taking a much closer look at their operating expenses, especially their payrolls.
Writer Stephen Viscusi asserts that in this atmosphere, "You must understand that your job is your most valuable asset -- and your primary objective is to protect it."
That's just part of the advice he outlines in his book "Bulletproof Your Job: 4 Simple Strategies to Ride Out the Rough Times and Come Out on Top at Work."
Viscusi's book discusses tactics for being visible, easy, useful and ready in order to keep one's job.
In terms of bulletproofing your job, one of the biggest priorities is to be a visible part of the team. "The invisible guy is the first to go," Viscusi observes. "What you need to do is create a perception that makes you more visible, more notable and ultimately more valuable to your company."
Viscusi has several ideas on how "invisible" employees can increase their visibility:
- Arrive early and stay late. Let your boss see your commitment to work, rather than your clock-watching abilities.
- Pay attention to your apparel and your appearance. Make sure your office attire is appropriate. Take note of everything from your hair to your shoes, because everyone else in the office (including your boss) will.
- Develop an eye for the small details.
- Listen up and, when appropriate, speak up. Introduce yourself. Prepare your 30-second personal pitch, or "elevator pitch," that explains who you are and what you're all about.
- Introduce yourself with eye contact and a strong handshake -- a personal, warm greeting that Viscusi calls the "Viagra handshake."
Being an "easy" employee doesn't mean you need to be a passive nodding machine who does your manager's bidding. What Viscusi is suggesting is that employees be easy to communicate and interact with.
Workers can take the "easy" way by keeping these ideas in mind:
- Don't gripe, especially if the issue is inconsequential. If there is a serious challenge, communicate without complaining. Stay clear of personal gossip about co-workers and managers.
- Watch what you say and how you say it at work. Neutral language doesn't matter if it's delivered with a sarcastic tone.
- Avoid obvious touchy subjects (race, sex and religion) as well as the not-so-obvious (your salary). If you do talk with co-workers, Viscusi says "Discuss, don't argue."
Every employee is expected to be useful, but as Viscusi notes, "You have to actively look for ways to do more." Exceeding expectations sometimes requires an investment of time and effort, but just as often you can impress the boss with creativity and efficiency.
Viscusi recommends these approaches to be "Mr. or Mrs. Above-and-Beyond" at work:
- Find ways to be a mentor at work. You can reach out to new workers, as well as share your knowledge with executives and CEOs. (They'll remember you for it.)
- Be a "utility player" -- the multifaceted worker whom the "coach" (your boss) can pull off the bench and put in the game when another worker is injured (or quits without notice).
- At the same time, cultivate a role as a specialist on the job (or in some of the tasks that you perform).
- Add dollar value to the company by keeping customers happy and minimizing expenses.
Viscusi suggests that being prepared for any outcome instills an air of confidence and calm that looks good on you. "When you're ready for anything," he says, "you behave with a certainty that you'll succeed when all is well and land on your feet if you hit a bump in the road."
Viscusi suggests that workers can make these preparations:
- Have money in the bank.
- Keep your résumé current and establish a relationship with a recruiter in your field.
- Establish and enhance your network.
- Be a part of professional organizations and reach out to help the contacts in your professional circles.
- If possible, publish articles or make presentations on your specialized subject matter.
- Be aware of what your peers are doing.
- Avoid getting stuck in a rut. Continue your education, and strive to learn new skills at work.
Though Viscusi warns against indulging in personal gossip, "Company gossip is gold and can help you bulletproof your job." You can set alerts on Web sites like Technorati and Google with your company's name. He also suggests setting a Google alert with your boss's name (though these should be sent to your personal e-mail accounts).
And while you're busy building your professional networks online, see if your boss and co-workers have a profile. You can stay on top of what's happening with them, and stay informed if there are any problems or issues happening that might affect you at work.
Patrick Erwin is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com. He researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.