Random Pics Ulit

October 28, 2006

This is just one lazy Saturday morning in my In-Laws’ house (Masile Island, Malolos City). We were watching V for Vendetta, and, if I remember it correctly, we followed it up with Moments of Love. Yupyup! We were kinda bored that day. Relaxed, though, after a very tiring week.
Lovin’ the SYKES logo hanging on the elevator hall of OSMA’s 19th floor. It wasn’t there last year, though. Might have been added there when they renovated HR’s receiving area for Sykes Manila applicants.

Me and my honey in SM City’s The Block. We were going up on an escalator. I pulled out my phonecam and took a quick snapshot.

Turned out to be one of the cutest pics we’ve ever had in years. Look at that sweet sweet smile. And look at me… no chubby cheeks! Yihee!

Still in SM City’s The Block. This was taken inside one of the mall’s newest cinema places. T’was my birthday, by the way. Weird, I was the one who insisted on watching "Till I Met You". Even more odd, I liked the movie. (Although I specifically hated Robin Padilla’s acting in this movie.)

Me and Jameela in OSMA’s Ministop. This was taken weeks before Halloween 2006. We were surprised to see that they are actually selling Halloween stuff, so we said we might as well play around with it.

We liked the witch hats, obviously.

MRT Shaw Station, Southbound rail.

I hear voices whenever I stay in this place: "Ingat!" "Next train na lang, puno na kasi…" "I’m so tired and sleepy." "Ang layo pa ng pupuntahan mo ah…" "Naikwento ko na ba sa ‘yo…" Sigh. Such sweet memories.

This is King. A colleague, a friend and one of my most favorite buddies at work. No matter how low you are feeling on a given day, he can surely make you laugh. Such a jolly person.

We made a caption for this pic: "Good morning! I’m so happy today! F**k you!" HAHAHA!

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Thank You

October 13, 2006

The nicest things in the world come in simple packages. Today, October 13, is my 28th birthday, and I thought it’d be like any other since my day always start at night while the rest of the world is sleeping. I’m no special guy, and I’m not really expecting gifts and big greetings, as those things come while you are young and just go as you grow older. Sadly, a kid’s magical sense of Christmas and birthdays wither away as years go by. But, as the day unravels, I’m beginning to receive lots of things and signs that really makes me a bit happier than I already am. And I’m most grateful everytime it happens.

This time here, though, I’m thanking who I consider my “greatest pal in the office”- Jenyfer. Today, in the middle of a training class, she brought here a little cake with a lit candle on it and led everyone in class to sing “Happy Birthday”. Although a little embarrassed with probably my face turning red all over, I felt really really special. A little-kid-kinda-special feeling… something that I’ve never had for a very long time.

Friend, it’s a little cake, but I know there’s a big chubby kind sincere heart in it. You know, for someone with whom I’ve been spending a few days like cats and dogs do, you have a knack for making my day brighter. I may not be able to express it more deeply whenever we’re around, but here is where I really mean it: “Thank you so very much.”

Yup, some things do never change. 🙂

Dull Moments

October 11, 2006

Nakabato. Naiinip na ako. Buggy ang sistemang ginagamit namin sa opisina. Lagi na lang may problema. Lagi na lang kailangang may kompromiso. Nakakainis na. Sana mabalik na lang sa dati, nang wala na lang problema. Oo, ito ang gusto ko: Ibalik ang dating sistema.

Inaantok na ako. Kung bakit kasi pinanganak ang tao na kailangang matulog ng halos walong oras, eh hindi naman pwede talaga kung nightshifter ka. Sana me exempted. Sana pag pinanganak kang destined maging call center agent, pwede mo na lang i-turn off yung feature na “needs at least 8 hours of sleep everyday”. Feature mo bang matatawag yun? O kaya naman sana may turn-off switch ang araw. Hindi naman talaga kasi built ang tao para matulog sa araw. Kahit kurtinahan mo pa ang kwarto mo ng galvanized na yero, malalaman pa rin ng utak mo na me araw pa rin sa labas. Di pwedeng dayain. Walang cheat mode kahit na puyat na puyat. Oo, kasalanan ko: Hindi kasi ako natulog nang maaga.

Birthday kasi ng isa sa mga kaibigan kong matalik. Happy Birthday, Katie! Hanggang ngayon, naaalala ko pa ang pagpapalipas oras natin dyan sa may Baywalk habang pinagmamasdan ang paglubog ng araw kanina. Masaya kahit na napuyat ako ngayon. Salamat sa iyo, hanggang ngayon, naaamoy ko pa rin ang dagat. Masaya ba ako, tanong mo sa akin. Oo naman. Bukod sa yo na nagpapasaya sa akin, lubhang kumpleto na yata ang buhay ko. Nandiyan ka parati upang sagutin ang mga katanungan ko tungkol sa buhay, kahit limitado lang ang scope ng ating mga pananaw. Paminsan, mas gumugulo nga pag kausap kita, pero okay lang- mahalaga’y kasama kita sa oras na magulo ang isip ko. Oo, masaya na ako ngunit kailangan na lang ayusin ang ilang maliliit na detalye. Oo, inaamin ko: hindi ako perpekto, at ayos lang sa akin yun.

Gusto ko nang umuwi. Gusto ko nang maglaro ng Kingdom Hearts II kasama si Lukas bago matulog. Bakit ba naman kasi di ko tinapos yung isang boss. ‘Yan tuloy, nakasabit sa diwa ko ang mga tactics na gagawin ko para lang matalo yung kalaban. Hindi ko pa alam kung gagana yung estratehiyang naisip kow. Oo, tama ka: Adik ako sa larong pambata.

Ano kaya kung sumakay na lamang ako sa aking maliit na model ng DeLorean time machine at subukang ibahin ang pagtahak ng landas ng tadhana? Kaya ko kayang baguhin ang ilang mga bagay na parati ko na lamang pinanghihinayangan? Ano kaya ang idudulot nito sa aking pagbabalik sa kasalukuyan? Mas maganda kaya ang kalabasan? Mas maaayon ba ito sa aking kagustuhan? Papayagan kaya ako ng Bosing ng lahat na nasa Itaas? Oo, tama ka: Ang dami-dami kong tanong.

Sadyang ang daming pwedeng hayaang dumaan sa kaisipan para sa isang taong nakatunganga lang sa monitor habang naghihintay ng trabaho. Wala kasing bagong kantang dapat kantahin. Wala ring makausap dahil lahat ay abala rin- sa pagmumunimuni din. Marahil.

Birthday Mood

October 11, 2006

Hindi ko alam kung bakit, pero napansin ba ninyo na pag buwan ng Oktubre, ang daming nagdiriwang ng kanilang kaarawan? Sadya bang ang sipag gumawa ng sanggol ng mga nakatatanda sa tuwing sasapit ang buwan ng (… uh…. magbilang muna tayo ng siyam na buwan pabalik… ) … Pebrero? Pebrero… hmm… tinatanong pa ba yun? Buwan nga pala yun ng mga puso. Puno halos lahat ng mga motel. Teka, balik tayo sa Oktubre.

Halos lahat ng fastfood chains sa Bulacan ay may nakatokang birthday party sa kahit anong araw ng buwang ito. Noong Martes, ika-10 ng Oktubre 2006, matapos ang pamamasyal at window shopping sa mall na paratian naman naming ginagawa, naisipan lang (kunyari) ng aking mahal na maybahay na kumain sa pinakamalapit na fastfood chain sa may amin sa Malolos bago tuluyang umuwi. Tuwa naman si Lukas. Saan pa kung di sa Jollibee, syempre, since lahat yata ng bayan sa Luzon ngayon ay mayroong isa o dalawang branch nito. Anyway, hindi na surpresa sa amin na isang bahagi ng lugar ay nakalaan para sa isang birthday party. Mga lobo, tables na nakaayos, mga regalo, masasayang mga bata, maiingay na palaro at syempre pa, hindi mawawala ang pinakahihintay ng lahat: ang paglabas ng mascot na si Jollibee bilang panghuling parte ng selebrasyon. Sa mesa namin, simpleng dinner lang. Nothing special, kumbaga.

Bago matapos ang aming simpleng hapunang Chickenjoy, Jolli Spaghetti, Coke at Fudge Brownie Sundae, nag-request si Ethel na maghintay muna ako sandali. Tinanong ko sya kung bakit, ang tugon nya’y “Teka lang, magpatunaw ka muna ng kinain mo dyan.” Matapos ang malambing na kurot sa pisngi, dali-dali syang tumayo at pawang nagpunta sa kung saan may party. Hindi ko naman inalintana dahil ang akala ko’y pumunta lamang sya sa pinakamalapit na restroom.

Laking gulat ko nang maya-maya’y may kumakalabit na isang malaking kamay na naka-gloves na puti sa aking balikat. Napatayo ako bigla, at muntik nang atakihin sa puso nang aking natagpuan na nakatayo sa tabi ko’t nakangiti (as usual) ang isang malaking nilalang na kulay pula, may malaking bilugang puwet, nakasuot ng toque, may matambok na pisngi at plastic na mukha. Kinamayan nya ako’t nakipag-high five sa akin habang tawa nang tawa si Ethel sa kanyang likuran. Oo, starstruck ako kasi binati ako ni Jollibee!

Iyon pala’y may usapan na pala ang magaling kong misis at ng manager ng branch na iyon (na kaibigan din nya) na sa paglabas ni Jollibee ay dadalaw siya sa aming mesa upang batiin ako ng “Happy Birthday!” kahit sandali lang. Nakakahiya sa una, ngunit heartwarming dahil kahit kailan naman nung ako’y bata, hindi pa naman ako nababati ng isang mascot. Para bagang tuwang-tuwa ang batang-isip sa kaibuturan ng aking puso sa mga sandaling iyon. Heto pa’t datapwa’t nakakahiya’t marami din namang tao sa lugar na iyon, nakapag-picturetaking pa kami ng konti kasama ang masayang mascot. Tuwang-tuwa din, syempre, si Luke dahil di naman madalas na makita nya nang malapitan ang higanteng tutubi. Of course, dahil may isang batang tunay na pinaghandaan para sa araw na iyon, dali-dali ding inakay ng manager si Jollibee pabalik sa kung saan may tunay na party. Kahit sandali lang, feeling ko’y tuwang-tuwa ako’t abot pisngi ang ngiti. Nakaka-inggit nga si Luke, sya lang ang may karapatang matuwa nang higit pa sa inaasahan sa ganitong sitwasyon: tumatalon, tuwang-tuwa at papisil-pisil kay Jollibee na parang ito’y pinanggigigilan.

Oo, ‘sang-ayon ako kung sasabihin mong ang sweet-sweet naman. Sa totoo lang, tuwing ipagdiriwang ko ang kaarawan ko’y parang Valentine’s Day na rin ang pakiramdam ko. Ang sarap-sarap kasi pag feeling mo, special ka, kahit sa pinaka-simpleng paraan lang.

Next year, honey, fireworks display naman, ha! Hehehe… Salamat. Mwah. 🙂

Some things about moi.

October 10, 2006

These are some things that I hope you’d find interesting about yours truly…

1. I graduated in highschool as class valedictorian and I owe it all to one great teacher of mine whom I had a big crush on. Somehow, being inspired to go to class everyday and have her impressed by aiming high on every aspect of acads helped. We were such good friends, I miss hours of chatting with her about lots of stuff. Last time I saw her was a year ago, in a mall. She seemed to be a lot happier than the last time we met. I’m glad she’s alright.

2. I remember someone telling me that the most sensitive part of me is my heart, and it’s true. If you really want to make me sad, ignore me. I get to question my worth so easily whenever it is compromised. However, if you want to get me really pissed off, you can’t. Somehow, I have this skill of easily shaking off whatever is bugging me for the moment.

3. I’m a big fan of RPG games, but I only play them on Playstation 2. This started with Final Fantasy VIII. I play console games not only for the sake of the game itself, but for the story, too. I think RPGs Japan-made are much more artistic and surreal than those from the US. Currently, I’m juggling playtime between Final Fantasy XII and Kingdom Hearts II. Imagine someone reading two novels of entirely different plots at the same time!

4. There are only three days I always really look forward to every year: Christmas, Valentine’s Day and my birthday. Christmas always remind me of my Dad and how a child stays in us even as we get older every year. The happiest day of my life was October 13, 2001. My wifey, then my girlfriend, gave me a surprise birthday party on a nearby resort. I shed tears of joy for the first time and felt like the king of the world that night.

5. This may sound so sissy, but it’s true: The first time I heard The Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World”, I cried. Hahaha!

6. I only say thanks whenever I pray. I rarely ask for something. I believe that whatever happens is what God has willed it to be. We can’t really ask for anything, since God has provided everything that we need in this world. We may see things as good or bad for us, but really, there is no good or bad for anyone- every person receives what God really knows is necessary. This is why whenever I say my prayer, it’s always is about being grateful for what I have in life. If I do ask for something, I don’t pray as if God has to comply to it. It’s just to tell God that this is what I would like to have, but if it isn’t part of His grand plan, then it’s okay. I think I began adapting this concept of prayers after reading “Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsch. Too bad I wasn’t able to finish the book because of some reason I can’t remember. (Can anyone tell me where to get the Book 1?)

7. Although I have a few of them, friends are who I treasure more than anything else in the world. Their sincerity gives color to my life. I’d give everything that I have whenever needed. I’m the happiest whenever they are by my side in the most cruel of times. My sincerity towards them, though, are sometimes misinterpreted. But I don’t mind as long as they understand who and what they are to me in the end. Although I consider a lot of people as my friends- my brothers, my close friends at work, my friends from highschool and college and many others- my bestest of best friends is my beloved, Ethel. She knows me more than anyone else in the world, and knows how to deal with every aspect of it.

8. I’ve had my share of crime and illegal stuff in my early teen years. Dared by peers, I once shoplifted in one of those big malls in QC. I was also a professional hacker during my early college days. Those were the days when unlimited dialup internet access was made available to the public for the first time. We went searching for unlimited access using users’ accounts using our online tools and we make sure we don’t get caught by using them when we know they’re not in the office or at home. Oh we were bad then, but it felt good… until we felt guilty one day, of course, and decided to just quit it.

9. I love to travel, may it be with friends or just alone with a bag filled with things that I need. Somehow, riding my car, a train, or a speeding bus on it’s way to a very far place brings calmness to my soul. The first time I did a serious meditation and soul-searching was in Baguio- I was looking at the horizon on top of a very high place during sunrise. It felt like God was greeting me “Good morning, son!” that moment.

10. I finished AB Philosophy in college, but I’m more into IT. I should have taken BS Computer Engineering, although this does not qualify as a big regret for me. I thought Rizal and most Social Sciences subjects in Bulacan State University, where I realized I have a passion to teaching. I have always looked forward to a chance to teach again someday after my BSU days. Being a teacher is the most rewarding profession of all- the benefits go beyond the financial, indeed.

11. I may have already mentioned this- I dream of living in New York City. Although I have not been there yet, to me, NYC is the greatest city in the world. However, if I do get passed 60, I’d like to spend my dying days with Ethel either in any of the following places: New Zealand, Canada or just at home with my closest friends and relatives.

12. They say I’m a man of many talents, and I find many are amazed by what I can do but most are not aware of. Actually, those talents I learned not by necessity, but because I love to make the world know whatever it is on my mind and in my soul. You can take a look at my deviantart site and you’ll see that most of what I’ve drawn are actually things and persons closest to me. Hear the songs I play on the piano, and all of them are songs sang by my heart. I write about things that only cover much about my life. I’m blessed with many means of expressing myself, and I’m always thankful to God for these rare gifts.

With these in mind, I greet myself HAPPY BIRTHDAY (on Friday, that is.)

Blog Hazard

October 5, 2006

It was too late when I realized blogging is bad for my health. Hehehe… :-p

What’SAP?!

October 4, 2006

Happy Birthday, Miker!

Since these days have been filled by mostly dull moments due to problems after integrating big changes in our system, early shifters in the office are able to find enough time to do some things that we don’t usually do in the office… fun stuff. Today, we get to celebrate Miker’s birthday, on his desk. Jenyfer brought the cake, the rest brought…uh… their hungry selves to indulge. Here are interesting quotes taken from this quick moment:

“Sige na, papa… blow mo na yung candle…”

“Papa, gently blow the candle, please…”

“Mainit-init pa, Miker” (sabay kagat sa labi)

“Itusok mo ng kaunti hangga’t matigas pa…”

“Mukhang disente nga, bastus din naman.”

A picture of a Bonzai tree. Taken in an exhibit in the Shang last June 2006. Everyday, my short walk to work is initiated by a quick tour in the mall. Usually, I’m seen with a glass of my favorite red iced tea from Tokyo Tokyo as I continue my path to One San Miguel Avenue (OSMA) building, since that’s the only thing that I need or can buy most of the time. Come to think of it, I have never bought anything yet but food from the Shang. Well, Katie once bought me a big Pooh Bear, but that was as a present. Anyway, due to always dealing with issues related to budget, I’m contented just spending a couple of minutes enjoying the cool breeze while in the mall. Most people do, if you’ll notice.

Strings of different colors. Taken in one of those souvenir shops in Divisoria. With this always come memories of me and a good friend with whom I spent the most enjoyable afterwork times. I miss her, our conversations, our trips. We used to talk for hours without minding that time has already passed by. We used to go places and plan on going to places that we thought would be fun visiting. She used to teach and show me things that someone like me have not learned and seen before (and I do hope I had the same effect on her then). I used to make her smile, even in her loneliest times and that gave me quite a jumpstart in a daily basis, and a fulfilling sense of contentment in my heart as her friend. I am not sure what happened, and neither does my good friend, I think- but due to choices we had to make and embrace, we started drifting apart. I have no regrets though, for I have always trusted what she told me before we started falling away… that this choice was the best for us. From where she stands, eventhough faded since we have almost lost touch by now, even though we always end up now like cats and dogs fighting almost all the time, even though she has already found people with whom she finds happiness the same way she did when with me in the past, I’m happy for her. Perhaps she doesn’t know that I’ve been watching after her eversince the wall that was built between us… checking up on her from once in a while just to see if she’s ok. I’m proud of her accomplishments and how she deals with life and life’s hardships. This, even if I often feel I’m lightyears away from her. Nice things never last, but the memories do. Good thing I’m sure she’s not reading this, but I hope she feels the same way for me, as well.

Colored cars outside my Tita Tessie’s place in Sampaloc, Manila. This was taken on the day we accompanied our grandma Inang and my cousin Lyle to the airport after a couple of weeks spent in the Philippines. They’re back now in California. This picture is quite amazing- it shows three loyal cars owned by the Sarmiento clan. Yellow, red and spuce green. We, cousins, are not really particular with cars, details and all, but I guess it has become a necessity for every family to have a means of transport of some sort to get by. This is a big change, since I remember the 80s when the streets were not yet that crowded because most think that having a car in your garage is leisure, to simply put it.

The acacia trees beside Beachhouse, located on the side of the Sunken Garden in UP Diliman. Taken one time when I took Ethel and Luke for a quick tour of the campus. The Beachhouse provide simple food services, but known to serve the best barbeques in the university. The picture also brings lots of memories about my college days: lying on the grass on the side of Sunken Garden, waiting for the next class, with my barkada. Those days seem to have taken away all worries of the outside world, which you’ll notice only when you get your first salary and realize that life is not really as simple as it was in campus. College life seem to be filled with innocent fun and simplicity compared to how you’d be after graduation. Do I miss those days? Hell yeah! You may ask my friends Natalie, Pocholo, Leslie, Yin, Kate and Mommy Cathy about it, too!

The sunrise in the skyline of Ortigas Center. Again, from the 44th floor of OSMA. There’s only one word to describe this daily wonder: breathtaking.

Lazy Oct. 1 Afternoon

October 3, 2006

October’s my favorite month. Aside from a lot of my friends/kamag-anaks celebrate their birthdays this month, a lot of good memories were brought by this happy month. A big surprise party organized by Ethel in 2000 tops them all. Remember that day, honey?

However, this year’s October started out kinda lazy. Luke’s out with his grandparents, so there was practically nothing to do at home. Already finished the Star Trek: Voyager DVD marathon, and I’m in a transition of some sort- still deciding on which one is next, Smallville or Aly Mcbeal?

Anyway, there’s no better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than to have a stroll around town. It’s quite weird because that day, there were not a lot of people and vehicles on the streets of Malolos City. Maybe because everyone’s in the mood to just stay at home after a hectic week.

It was just days after a big storm hit the country, and since I brought the car through flooded streets just to get to work almost all week, I felt the need to take the car to a nearby carwash joint. Well, it’s a twice-a-month activity that I just gotta do. Besides, it pains me to see her paint and innards all covered with mud, and it’s always a unique delight to see the car all bright and shiny after taking a bath.

After browsing for DVDs and PS2 titles in a nearby shopping mall, I decided on going to the hospital. Nurse Ethel was on duty that day, so I thought visiting her in her workstation would be a good idea. Brought her food, too. I always love seeing her smile everytime I bring her something to eat at work. May kasama pang hug and kiss yun, of course!


After her shift, we went to Mass and then went straight to a nearby Chowking. We got the usual Lumpia Lauriat meal… no breakfast meals, our favorite. Bummer. Anyway, even if it’s not an eventful weekend yet again, it’s nice to have spent it all doing things that I have not done yet for a month or two. So much for changing my sched.

Bored

October 3, 2006

Pag walang magawa’t bored sa opisina, ano ang kadalasang gawain ng mga Pinoy?

Magpa-kyut sa camera.

:-p