This Site's Ratified

April 28th, 2007 § 7

I wouldn’t have known this if Jayvee didn’t holler me about it. This site, Guitarchic Dot Net, ranks number 4 over at Ratified.Org, a local site that acknowleges the Philippines’ TOP 100 blogs.

I had to laugh. How could that be? I mean, there’s simply no way I could have gotten ahead of Macalua.Com! (Haha, yun eh.) Joni and I were laughing about it coz apparently, she ranks 6th. Curious, we searched the website to find out how Ratified.Org ranks blogs.

Ratified.org is a new directory featuring the best Filipino blogs in the blogosphere. Using data from Technorati.com, each blog’s statistics such as rank, links and other information are gathered and stored, therefore “ratifying” it. The data is then used as the basis for ranking Ratified.org’s top 100 Philippine blogs. (From Ratified.Org.)

I guess that’s why Joni and I are up on top. *insert evil laugh* Backlinks, yepyep. Thanks, WP. :P

Anyway, what made me smile even more was when I saw that this girl, Me-anne, of Enchantedlilypad.blogspot.com, made it to number 5. Three years ago, when I was still creating blogger templates (for a cause), Me-anne was actually one of those people who contacted me to redesign her blog, and it’s heartwarming to see that up to now, the design’s still up! Thanks, girl.

Sigh. Simple joys. Wala lang. :)

Missing the Hamsters

April 25th, 2007 § 9

You know what who I really miss right now? The hamsters. (Yup, missing them at 3 in the morning — something’s seriously wrong about this, I know.)

It was a difficult decision to part with them, since I’ve gotten used to having them in the apartment and being able to feed them and play with them after work. But since I’ve been spending more time in Caloocan the past few days, I decided to leave the hamsters in my Mom’s care (which turned out good because Mom’s so aliw naman of them.) Sorry kiddos, mommy has to work for your future. You have to stay with Grandmom for the meantime. :P

I wonder what they’re doing now. Sleeping probably. Or rattling their cage because they can’t sleep. Oddly, it has become a hobby of mine to take pictures of them in their most candid sleeping positions.

At one point, while in the car, Chuchu fell asleep on my hand, and I was able to preserve the moment in pixels. So cute. :) Chichi loves squeezing herself in the tube with her head in the opening, while Chu wants it inside the wheel. These creatures are most adorable when they’re asleep!! (Er, don’t we all? :P Hehe.)

Hay. Can’t wait to be with them na. More so, I can’t wait for this week to be over. :(

Badminton Updates

April 24th, 2007 § 6

We interrupt our regular programming for this groundbreaking news. Riz got herself injured from her previous badminton escapade, because of a friggin badminton racket.

But fear not, she’s okay, and is reported to be getting ready for the next match. Any takers? :P (LOL)

(Enter Riz) Ok, ok, fine. It’s just a minor cut on my right index finger. Hehe. What can I say, anything can be blogworthy these days. :)

Taking a Breather

April 20th, 2007 § 8

Last Friday, I got a breather from all SEM and admin-related stuff at work and found myself decorating the department’s bulletin board with Camz for a change. So there we were, sprawled on the office floor, with scraps of colored papers and yarns and star-shaped pushpins scattered on the floor with us. Some officemates were actually envious because we were doing something FUN. :P

The “diversion” brought me back to those scrapbooking days when I’d mesh together torn papers, magazines, stickers, and sentimental junk (in the form of movie tickets, receipts, dried flower petals, chocolate and candy wrappers, butterfly wings!!, etc), on my Starbucks journal, just to satisfy my need for a creative outlet. Exactly what I needed — forget Photoshop and be as far away from technology as possible, even for a day. :P

Consequently, I’ve been taking a lot of “breathers” and doing stuff that are beyond my usual routine because I need to (1) be preoccupied and (2) be around people. So I started playing badminton again last week with three lovely lovely ladies who I happen to be sharing this revived pro-active approach to the prevalent singlehood and quarter-life syndrome with. And since our two consecutive badminton sessions last week turned out to be fun, we all decided to declare Tuesdays and Thursdays “badminton nights” (our version). :D What can I say? Nothing beats girl bonding over badminton sessions that have NO RULES.


With Tel, Min, Aster and Moi. More pics over there.
(Not that they’re worth looking at, haha.)

Meanwhile, I also started teaching basic piano lessons to this adorable little girl, Koreen (check out her multiply account, gah, kids these days are sooo technologically advanced!), and with her contagious eagerness to learn, I had to sacrifice my Friday night gimiks (if any) to give way to a weekly summer-long piano session with her. Last Friday was fun. More than me teaching her something, I actually think I learned more from her. By the end of the night, she was able to play “Seek Ye First” and “As the Deer” in Key of D (duh, parang sonata) full well. As for me, I got self-fulfillment at its best. The kid’s a breath of fresh air.

Right now, I’m at home in Caloocan, enjoying the day off with my Mom. I miss my Dad. I’ll miss him always. Mondays used to be our family day. It was a Monday when he passed away. It was a Monday when I last saw him smile, last spent time with him. Mondays will never be the same again. I’ll never be the same.

But well, life goes on, and you can expect that it will take you to a roller coaster ride of emotions, and heartbreaks, and victories, and defining moments and experiences that will change your life forever. No one knows what the tides will bring. Best you can do is to keep breathing and go with the flow, seize the day, take risks, live life to the fullest, carpe diem, you know the drill: Make the most out of every opportunity; Take your chance whenever you can, and while you still can — coz you’d never know when it’s the last chance you’d get.

I'm on Twitter

April 15th, 2007 § 5

I’ve been hearing about Twitter for a while but it was only the other day that I actually signed up, and now, I’m loving it. So far, I’ve got three converts: Joni, Sharm, and Toni, (thanks for responding to my invites hehe) and I’m hoping to get more. Jozzua just signed up too.

Kudos to the developers of Twitter for creating something grand out of something non-sense. I like how Jayvee put it:

It can be so useless to the point that its engaging. I remember my old literature professor talking about how useless literature and the arts can be — but then he added that “in the most useless of things can you find the most profound lessons.”

Oh, and Mikey, (surprisingly) said something profound about it too (congrats dude, you managed to write a whole sentence without the curse words):

..in a vastly tech-driven, socially dysfunctional world where people would rather touch plastic keys than converse with other people, Twitter’s value proposition is a rather attractive one.

Twitter brought me back to those mIRC days in highschool when you would login anytime within the day just to see if your friends were online and to let them know what you’re doing. Social-networking wise, Twitter’s just like YM, and Gtalk, difference is, you won’t have to rely on chat logs and message archives to recall conversations, plus, there’s no flooding too (in a sense).

And it’s much like blogging, only you blog one-liners at a time — something that works for me coz I usually get a lot of thoughts within the day, which I don’t get to blog about anymore ‘coz I’m too lazy to string them all together.

Ultimately, it’s just nice to announce to the world (and to no one in particular most of the time) what you’re doing and/or what you’re thinking about any given time. For me, it helps me preserve moments as they come — I love freezing moments. Like scribbling non-sense at the back of my math notebook when I wasn’t in the mood to listen to the lecture. Or doodling snippets on my planner for easier recall of what happened when. Or sketching sunsets and guitars and swirls and little hearts and flowers on my notebook in the middle of a meeting with the boss. A bit far off already but, well, yeah, something to that effect. :P

So hey, if you’re on Twitter, add me, add me. If you don’t have a Twitter yet, what are you waiting for? Sign up and ADD ME. :D

Thanks, Everyone

April 13th, 2007 § 5

I’ve said a lot, but they’re not enough:

And then there are people who helped me by sharing their own testimonies/stories too:

Thanks, everyone. Reading your blogs brought me (and my family) enormous amount of comfort and joy. Thank you. I’m sure, somewhere up there, Dad’s smiling and reading your blogs too.

P.S. You posted something about my Daddy too but it’s not here? Let me know so I can send you some link love. ♥

Feldene Flash

April 12th, 2007 § 5

Yesterday was my first day back in the office since Dad passed away, and I wasn’t feeling well. On top of the emotional struggles I was going through, I had tummy cramps (what I first thought was dysmenorrhea lang) and back aches that were so painful I started to worry.

Halfway through the day, I contacted a doctor-friend, told him how I was feeling, and asked him to prescribe me anything that would give me immediate relief. I was desperate.

“Take Feldene Flash, 1 tablet, dissolve under tongue. If pain persists, punta ka na sa ER,” he simply texted. And so, to the nearest drug store, I went.

Amazingly, ten minutes after taking Feldene Flash, the pain was gone. All of it. (That fast? That easy?)

I don’t know how it happened, and what Feldene Flash has that made the pain go away. I didn’t bother trying to find out either. What mattered was suddenly, the day was easier to bear.

Now if only there’s a medicine that could take away that other form of pain — the one that comes with change; and letting go of something you’re not ready to let go of yet; and missing someone you can’t anymore have — please, let me know.

I need an overdose.

The Humping Hamsters

April 8th, 2007 § 17

On to the lighter side of things, I found out that the hamsters learned humping on each other while I was away!! Gah. Imagine my surprise when, the moment we got back from a 4-day Batangas getaway, I caught Chuchu humping on Chichi! (I took pictures of the “act”, by the way, but I haven’t uploaded them yet).

Is that normal? I was told that they were only 2 weeks old when I got them from the pet shop, so that makes them less than 2 months old right now. When do hamsters learn humping on each other anyway? Are they just playing, or is there really a chance for Chichi to get pregnant at this early stage of her life? I noticed too that they’re not fighting that much anymore, unlike before. But they’re still babies! Aren’t they too young for um, hamster sex? :(

Exhausted Hamsters
The hamsters, exhausted from all the humping :P

I don’t think I’m ready to become a grandmom just yet. Grr.

I Love You, Daddy

April 4th, 2007 § 55

It was a Monday, and as always, Mom and Dad drove my brother and I to ABS-CBN where he work, and to the apartment (in Ortigas) where I stay on weekdays, respectively.

I had my laptop on in the car that time, and was excitedly explaining to Dad how I can now access the net anywhere through Globe Visibility. I’m sure Dad didn’t understand a bit of what I was saying but he nodded as if he did, and teased me about how her little girl has turned into an “anti-social geek.” At some point he even joked, “Nak bili mo rin ako ng laptop,” and in my head I was already considering the possibility. » Read the rest of this entry «

On the Philippine Blog Awards 2007

April 4th, 2007 § 5

It was my first step into trying to go back to normal. I know it’s fairly acceptable for me to NOT be there, but a part of me wanted to find out if being around people would somehow help me cope and move on.

Besides, it was the very first Philippine Blog Awards. And two of my (online and offline-also) friends, Joni and Marc, were nominated, and I somehow wanted to be there for moral support. And I was rooting for Ely, Markku (congrats dude!), Mae, and Liz (congrats girl!) also. And even though I was missing-in-action towards the end of the preparations, I figured the least I could do was to be on the sidelines, cheering on Tina and Jomar and the whole Stage and Deco Committee, as well as the rest of the wonderful wonderful volunteers of PBA07.

Plus Josiah’s Catering was there, and I sortof deem myself accountable to Tita Jet and Tito Boyet Versoza (owners of Josiah’s Catering) since I was the one who asked them for sponsorship to begin with. And then there’s Jayvee (whom I seem to be accidentally-on-purpose bumping a lot into lately) and Gail (who was very understanding when I had to excuse myself from my assignments). I know my presence there that night didn’t really equate to any significant difference, but I had a lot of reasons to want to be there.

In spite of a lot of things, and although I didn’t think being there helped me to feel normal again, I’m still glad I came. I know it’s a tad too late to be posting this, but just the same, congratulations to the organizers, winners, and volunteers of the Philippine Blog Awards 2007. Looking forward to next year’s big event. c”,)

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