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Three years ago, I found myself crying every single day because I had to drag myself to work.

And I think I’m now approaching that stage again.

This workplace had been my fortress for the past eight years. But now I see it tumbling down.

Reasons of staying are disappearing one by one.


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Where was I?

It’s so unfortunate that every time I want to write, I have to ask for a password reset because I couldn’t remember it.

So where have I been the past two years I wasn’t writing here? I was prolly writing somewhere else.

But this blog feels like my hometown.  I love coming back to it.

Hopefully I could come home more often.

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Earlier last year, I said to myself that I’ll never buy a pair of Havaianas again.  It was because of the short-lived Slim pair I bought in 2007.  But then, everything deserves a second chance…

Late last month, a friend and I went to the mall looking for her Havaianas.  She was gifted with Havaianas gift certificates for Christmas so she was very excited.  She was supposed to get a Slim pair in graphite, the exact replica of my now dead slippers.

Fortunately, the store didn’t have her size for that style.  So she went looking for another style.  She wanted to get a Slim pair badly, but I talked her into NOT getting slims.  The Havs slims actually have a bad reputation when it comes to strap sturdiness.

After scouring the entire store, she (actually, we) finally settled for this glow-in-the-dark pair.  I ended up buying a pair for myself, too!  We were torn between this and a black pair with the white logo (which wasn’t a glowie).  But I was sure it was the glow-in-the-dark I wanted.  The straps are a bit loose, which is something I like.  I have wide feet and snug straps make them look swollen.  dsc05753You’re not seeing double.  I just don’t have steady hands.  Hehe.  More than half a month later, I’m still loving this pair.

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My first dream ever was to become a broadcast journalist.  But somehow, I wasn’t able to totally overcome my shyness.  I grew up in a small town, which probably was the reason for my naiveness.  I had a passion for writing, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be read by other people.  Only one of my two bestfriends had the privilege of seeing all my works.  He had been my mentor, editor, and critic.

After finishing high school, I thought I was determined that I wanted to be a journalist.  So I planned on taking up Journalism in college.  I promised myself that I would do my best to gain more confidence.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it because the available slots were limited.  I ended up taking a completely different course, which my mother chose for me.  I was too frustrated that I haven’t even thought of shifting to journalism.  That was really pathetic.

Anyway, I finished the completely different  course, and ended up in non-writing jobs.  In my heart, I knew I wasn’t happy.  And for a while, I have tried accepting that I would never be happy, careerwise.  Until a friend of mine filed her resignation.  She filed her resignation when I was away from the office due to my mother’s funeral.  She was with the Public Relations department.  When I returned to work a week after, her boss talked to me and offered me the postition.  I was hesitant for a while because I actually urged my friend to leave her job because she wasn’t very happy doing what she was doing.  But then she assured me that I didn’t have anything to do with her resignation.  She actually even endorsed me for the position.  To make it short, I accepted the offer.  For the longest time, I had been wanting change.  And this might be it.

The role’s relatively challenging but I am willing to take the risk.  This might be now or never.  If I don’t measure up to management standards, I’ll carry on from there.  If I do, then I would be really proud of myself for taking the plunge.

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After the scene that Senator Trillanes and his group created in Makati last week, everything now is back to normal.  It’s December, and what else could be bigger than Christmas? Every blog I look into already talks about it.  So here i am, joining the bandwagon.  🙂

I’m supposed to be doing some stuff here at work, but i think procrastination is part of the Yuletide season.  The lower temperature must be the culprit.  It feels so good to bum around when it’s cold.  Speaking of cold weather, it must also be the culprit behind the baby boom next year.  Ha ha.   Three nights ago, I met with two of my college friends.  One of them is pregnant and is getting married on the 15th.  Then the night before last night, another friend sent me a message saying that she’s also pregnant, after 3 years or so of waiting.  A month ago, one of my friends, who’s supposed to get married in March, discovered that she, too, is pregnant.  In all,  I am being surrounded by seven pregnant women (two work colleagues + two former work colleagues + three friends).  I think it’s cute.

Anyway, I still haven’t done my Christmas list and it seems that the list is growing every time i try to put it aside.  I hope Santa gives me some shopping money.


I don’t know if other people do this, but it’s been my tradition to gift myself on christmas.  The gift doesn’t need to be expensive.  It just has to be something i really like.  This year, i’m planning to get myself the antique ring i saw at a stall in St. Francis Square.  I swear I am going back for it this week.  I just hope it’s still there because if it’s not, I am really really going to regret not getting it last saturday when i first saw it.  But after regretting it, I would probably just buy a book.  For the longest time, I’ve been putting off buying a book because I prefer receiving it as a gift.  Here are my top three picks:  Marrying Buddha by Wei Hui, The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, and Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt.


I already bought the PSP for my daughter but of course I’d still want her to open gifts on Christmas Eve so I would get her small gifts to unwrap.  I ordered books on clearance sale and I think she’d love them.  Her dad specifically asked for a pair of pingpong gold fish, which we bought over the weekend.  So I’d only have to worry about what to give to friends.  And there are a lot of them.  Sheesh.


Yesterday, my friend asked me what our menu for Christmas eve is.  I told her i don’t have the specific recipes yet, but I would definitely have some soup and pasta.  I’m thinking of pumpkin soup and pesto pasta with grilled or roasted chicken.  And of course the staples — Purefoods Fiesta ham and quezo de bola.  Oh, that made my stomach grumble.


Few more weeks to go before the big day.  I feel so unprepared for it.  I should start shopping now.  Calling Santa…

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Wants Vs. Needs

How do you distinguish wants from needs?

Just when I have decided which phone to buy, my old phone started working again, albeit not perfectly.  Besides the keys on the left that need to be pushed hard to function and the number 1 key that keeps on falling out, the phone is uhm… useable.

This was what I was supposed to buy: (more…)

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Ageing Gracefully

So we were back in the kitchen last sunday.  I swear I’m still suffering from carpal tunnel due to the lengthy midterms last week.  Or it could also be that I am getting old.  This year is the last of my “twenties” and eight months from now, I would be taking on a new chapter of my life.  At least, that’s what the numbers say. (more…)

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