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First future manugang act: FAIL

So it's the boyps's mother's birthday today and being my ever usual optimistic self, I told the boyps that I wanted to surprise Mommy by having a cake delivered to their house. So once I got to the office I started calling up every delivery service I know (Red Ribbon, Goldilocks, CityDelivery, Deliver2any1) and tried placing my order for a cake to be delivered to Almar. Lo and behold, apparently they don't deliver to that area. I tried negotiating, saying that they live near SM Fairview, and even offered to pay extra for it. CityDelivery and Deliver2any1 agreed to but told me that the delivery time would take up to 2 hours. 2 FREAKING HOURS. Pwede na kong pumunta ng Hong Kong in 2 hours. Lusaw na yung cake by then and they can't even guarantee that the cake would arrive in good condition. I pleaded, groveled even but to no avail. I informed the boyps about this and to add salt to the wound my burst bubble caused, he apparently informed Mommy of the "surprise".

What the f is with this skullduggery?

It's like, I don't know, like everything's working against me today at least with this matter. I was so excited pa naman with this task and it all fell through. :(

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Late Night Ramblings

Time check: 11:55pm. I told myself that I would be finishing Mein Kampf in 3 days (HAHA) but now I know it's impossible to do so given my very packed schedule.

I had a great time last night with the gang. We were invited by the good doctors from the Pulmo section of the Philippine Children's Medical Center to their annual Christmas Party as thanks for our painting of their walls earlier this year. Justin, with his awesomesauce art skills, recruited us to be a part of the team that would sketch and paint a mural on the walls of the Pulmo office of PCMC and me, being the one who's up for anything, agreed to help out et voila. Now the walls are finally done in a very colorful mural. Anyway, the party was held at Cerchio in Tomas Morato. I've been hearing good reviews about the place and last night's sojourn was not a disappointment. The whole place's aesthetically pleasing and brilliantly designed. Made me somehow wish that my dining area, kitchen, and sala in my future house would incorporate some of the elements used in Cerchio's design. We capped the night off at Amici et Cara Mia with some gelato, pizza, et pasta. PG much? :-p

I've been thinking about this guy recently. I've been seeing him around quite often (now that I'm in between jobs and destitute haha), especially during the block rosary masses that are held here in our village. I don't know much about him, just what my mum told me about his family, but I think I have a crush on him. Haha. Here we go again Issa. I'm terribly shy around guys though it doesn't initially show. Especially around the ones that I like! I remember back in college. I had this HUGE crush on Bien and everytime I'd see him, I'd be frozen in my tracks and left absolutely tongue tied and gaping like a moron. Sadly, it happens to me. :-( This situation is not an exception. Oh mind you, I have already laid out the things I want to say. I have already planned in my mind the witty remarks I would say once we do get around to talking. I'd be terribly witty and charming that he'll not know what hit him. Alas, come reality and I am left speechless, struck by the gravity of my crush-ness. It's shameful, embarrassing and just plain awful.

Well anyway, I know that I have to come to terms with dealing with this... this crush. I know that I have it in me to be this imagined pretty, witty girl that I know I am. Translating imagination to reality is just a lot of hard work and usually, the latter's just full of disappointments. But nevertheless, I will try to be more forthcoming and amiable whenever I'm around him or any other guy for that matter. I think I owe it to myself to be happy especially after the lovelife mishaps I've been having recently. :-p

On a lighter note, I'm going to be reactivating my other blog, Journey of a Make Up Noob. I miss dabbling in makeup and new products and I'm quite excited to pick up where I left off. As amends, I will be posting my first thoughts on the Neutrogena Hydroboost Line tomorrow so please keep your eyes peeled for that. :-)

So there. Buona notte everyone. Sweetest dreams. Til the next rambling. :-)

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Pre-Bopha Post

Greetings friends, Romans, countrymen. :D

Sooo... It's about a few hours before we experience the onslaught of Supertyphoon Bopha (Pablo) here in Manila and I can't help but think and pray for my countrymen who are being badly hit by the tifon in Mindanao and part of the Visayas region. Please dear dear God. Keep my countrymen safe. Christmas is already upon us and we all need to be together with our families to celebrate your coming. Please keep each and every Filipino family, regardless of their religion, intact and safe in your arms.

I have an earthshaking event due tomorrow. Well, at least it's going to shake the patch of earth I'm standing on. :p I'm pretty hyped up about it and whatever will be the outcome of tomorrow's sojourn would decide how my life's going to pan out forever. I leave everything up to God for He is the only one who knows what's good for me. If this is the path I'm meant to take, then let me take it with nothing but Your love and my family's love in my heart. Totus tuus.

Hmm I've been observing how my love life's panning out and it seems that I intimidate guys by being upfront about my interests. Well, it isn't exactly everyday that you get to meet someone who gushes over Vita Nova like it was her whole world, or talks about Aristophanes' postulate in Plato's Symposium like it was the most natural thing in the world to talk about during a first date... Yes. I am a nerd. :p I absolutely love history, philosophy, literature, and psychology. I've got tons of books on those subjects. I like the fact that each of these subjects gives me a chance to explore another facet of human behavior. My previous work (maybe future, as well? :)) also gave me a chance to study another side of human behavior. Maybe that's why I enjoyed it so intensely that I didn't initially mind the long hours and the stress it was giving me. :p I'm always intrigued by how we interact with other humans and situations that I sometimes find myself lost in the little details of what makes a person different from the rest. I want to know how people think, how their mind works, and I usually get a gist of this once I've met them for the first time. Hmm... Justin says my interests should serve as my distillation tool ad I totally agree with him. I know that I can't be with someone who doesn't, at the very least, appreciate the nuances of these topics. Oh I could go all day quoting from Alighieri, Chaucer, Virgil, Plato... the list goes on. The truth is, I am absolutely in love with the written word and I am always in the process of sharing and cultivating this love in other people.

So there. Big day tomorrow. :D I'll be leaving you with a very vague picture of Orlando Bloom. My brother snapped his picture in the SG airport last week (quite discreetly, I might add) for me. Enjoy, and stay safe folks!

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Salvare Quod Perierat

Salvare Quod Perierat. This is the inscription etched on the Holy Door at the scene depicting the Good Shepherd at the Vatican. It's Latin for "to save that which has been lost."

It's true what they say about relationships, that you do give pieces of yourself in order to make the relationship work. If your partner doesn't reciprocate, then you're left alone with chunks of yourself missing. You give and give until nothing is left for you, until all that remains is an empty shell.

I think I have already saved that which has been lost: myself. I lost so much of myself in my previous relationships and work that there came the time that I just snapped and let go. I've spent the last 2 months focusing on myself, on what I want, on what I want to do for the rest of my life. I made sure that the "me" quotient was filled to the brim. I delved into books, sang out loud to music, played with my dogs until we were all pooped, spent time with my family, and most importantly, spent time with God.

Now I can fully say that I am a better person than the shell that I was 2 months ago. I have the color back in my cheeks, a glow in my eyes, a spring in my step, and a fire burning in my heart. I am better and ready for what the world throws at me. I can handle it now. I have saved that which has been lost: me.

Now there are opportunities presenting, all concerning the MR industry. At the height of my lost-ness, I swore off this industry because I never had the strength to say "no" or "that's enough" when needed. I stretched myself to the limit, spread myself too thin that I lost so much of myself. But now that I am better and wiser (I hope haha), opportunities are here in the field that I swore off and I'm excited. :) I know, I'm a weirdo. Maybe all I needed was a break, maybe my place is here in this industry and help uncover what people want, their behavior, and their needs.

I lift everything to You, God. You alone know what's best for me and I know that You will not lead me astray. Let Your will be done in my life and I pray that You give me the strength to follow Your will. With Your grace, I have found thy which has been lost. By Your grace, let me live out Your plan.

Totus tuus, mi Dio.

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FOTD, 16 March

Snapped this pic otw to work. I'm debuting my new NYX Round Lipstick in Tea Rose! :)

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Praying for Strength

I wanna be inside your heaven
Take me to the place you cry from
Where the storm blows your way
I wanna be the earth that holds you
Every bit of air you're breathin' in
A soothin' wind
I wanna be inside your heaven


Carrie Underwood's Inside Your Heaven says it best.

Dear Lord, what have I done?

...

Give me the strength to set things right.

Another Year

 Another year down. Funny, I don't feel the least bit old. :)

I turned 24 today. 24. I should be celebrating it big-time since I'm assuming that I'll be able to live until 96 years old... so this year would be my quarter-life crisis year. :p But weirdly enough, all I wanted was to keep things simple. I didn't even know what I wanted for my birthday and I didn't ask for anything (haha). Sure I wanted the next big gadget or a new iPod Touch (since mine's barely breathing with all the abuse it has received over the years) but I found myself not wanting to part with it, nor wanting anything material intensely. All I wanted was to be with my family (check), go to the chapel of Padre Pio in Eastwood (check), get a copy of Padre Pio's novena (check), and to be able to see my darling on the day of my birthday (check). Other than that, I couldn't ask for anything more. :)

I'm in love. Haha. :) Those who have seen me the past couple of weeks can attest to that. :p Man, I can't even talk about him with other people without tearing up, that's how mushy I am. I know I'm starting to be very pathetic to be around, always hyper and smiling, but I can't help it. I am in love and happy. He makes me happy. :) He dropped by our house earlier today to give me flowers and a choco mousse cake from Red Ribbon (I'm so happy he remembered my favorite :p), loveet. He makes me dream. :)

Padre Pio's chapel in Eastwood... Have you guys ever been there? It's a very nice place to think and pray in. My family started going there early this year and we've sort of made going there a weekly / fortnightly family thing. We usually go there around 9pm to avoid the crowd and things are usually quieter din during that time so it's a very good place to meditate or muni-muni in. I love that chapel. Going and praying there always helps me feel reenergized and blessed.

I'm 24 and loving it. I know I have a lot of things in store for me, a lot of things on my plate, but I know with God's grace, I'll be able to come through. I've never felt this sure of the way my life is progressing now. It's like when the clock struck 12mn this morning, the fog hovering over my life was suddenly lifted and everything was so clear. I've never felt so blessed in my entire life. :)  Thank you God. I lift everything up to you.

Hope everyone's safe and sound. Happy birthday to me. :)
 Please don't be in love with someone else.

New Userpic

OMG OMG OMG! 

I love my new userpic! Kazu-chan is my ichiban! Thank GOD I'm the only Nino-lover in the office. The rest of the Arashi fans are in love with Aiba, Jun, Sho, and Ohno. Nino is MINE!

I've been in the MEGA fangirl mode since last week, fangirl mode before that. I'm so happy because Maita and Pat are already becoming converts to the love that is Arashi. Kakkoii!! :)

So there, so there. I'll be posting my favorite pictures of the boys in the next days. See you!

Next Week's Offerings On A Plate

Looks like I've got a lot in store for me next week.

Training on Monday
Crunch time on Tuesday (When I say crunch time, I mean MEGA crunch time)
Then Wednesday to Friday, HK with with mum, nay, and ate!

Yay! Ü

Oh, and Maita's going to be here in the QC Office starting Monday. I believe she's going to be lodging in with Pau. Yay. More impromptu TriNoma Cibo moments for us.

Can I just say how much I'm excited for next week? Haha. As in really, bloody, freaking excited. Not just about the trip, but also about work. I've been feeling a bit underused (WTF?) in work lately, or maybe I'm just used to OT-ing 24/7 that when a break comes I don't recognize nor feel it. But anyhoo, it'll be good to get back on the work horse. I'm excited for the new project that came in last night and Brix can attest to that. But I feel today's not going to be that slow. We're due to submit the final data set for one of my projects today so I think... no, scratch that, I know, we're going to be jampacked today. Yeehaa. Ü

The weather's been really cool the past few days. I love it. Ü It gives me a reason to bring out my coats, and I used one of them for the first time this year yesterday. I love coats; they make me feel so graceful and tall. More "GG winter wear", as Kenji would dub it, to come.

Hope everyone's safe and sound. Enjoy the cool weather. Ü


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