Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Jax has my telephone, so no texting for me for a couple of days. Oddly enough, I don't miss it. *shrugs*

My office is bare. It's empty. Everyone's somewhere else, so it's all quiet.
We got more work done today and yesterday than any other day. *hee*

[in my ears] It Ain't Over Til It's Over - Lenny Kravitz

Monday, September 29, 2003

Hello my little coconut petunias (Tina coined the phrase - kill her).
Got back from a hellish three-day weekend, most of which was spent inside the hospital getting tests to determine whether or not I had dengue or not.

Not. It's viral (doctors tell you this when they don't really know what's wrong with you). I am taking more medicine now than I have ever taken in any of my previous lifetimes. It isn't SARS either. But I still have funky marks on my arms from when my administered a tourniquet (sp?) test. That hurt. And I feel like a pincushion from all the needles.

They still don't know what's wrong with me.

Welcome to the club.

Anyone here on Friendster?


[in my ears] Sorta Fairytale - Tori Amos

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Was it Dante who said that there was a special place in hell for fornicators and/or polygamists? And that included here were Antony and Cleopatra etc?

Do Kris and Joey get a continent or a planet? Each?
Hell is a universe.

[in my ears] Love Don't Cost A Thing - one half of the Bennifers

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

I have an amazingly talented friend, Honey.
She's a photographer, an artist, a singer and a musician.
She and her friend Jaycie are included in Magic 89.9's Acoustic Break. Vote for them there, please. They're amazingly good.

You can also download their songs from here.

Don't disappoint me.

Change the shirt to a blue one, change the sneakers to red and this is exactly what I'm wearing today. Minus the butterflies and the blue eyes.
The doll is much, MUCH thinner of course. But the hair and the clothes are mine.

Want to make your own? Go here. It's in Korean, mind you, but it's pretty easy to figure out.

[in my ears] The Journey - Lea Salonga

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Just so we're clear on things:

Thank you to everyone who texted at 12 am to greet me.
To Tricia who stayed up late and performed bedroom acrobatics (with the help of her phone), to keep my mind of my fever.
To Kim who sent me a birthday package.

See you all online later.
MSN Messenger, please. My YM is being difficult.

[in my ears] Bliss - Alice Peacock feat. John Mayer

Monday, September 22, 2003


[in my ears] Where Is The Love? - BEP

Sunday, September 21, 2003

Today is the 31st anniversary of the day Marcos declared martial law. I wasn't alive then, neither have my parents met, so you must think it strange that I should choose to recognize it.
Because it's important to remember.
Because I know of too many parents whose sons and daughters disappeared.
Because my mom walked out of Dekada '70, saying that what was on the screen reflected the images she carries in her head about friends who were never seen again.
Because my dad was rounded up one night and didn't go home for days because he missed curfew.
Because my grandmother nearly lost both daughters in one night.

*BatJay, may kopya ka na ba ng Bakit Baligtad Magbasa ang Pinoy? Sabihin mo lang at padadalhan kita. Kasi natapos ko yung libro kanina tapos naalala ko yung mga sinusulat mo sa blog mo. Swak na swak kayo ng pananaw ni Bob Ong.*

Saturday, September 20, 2003

And I quote Samantha Jones: It's time to start drinking heavily.

Everytime, ev-ry-time I start to feel something along the vein of I'm finally getting over him, he shows up for the briefest moment and I doubt myself all over again.

I'd rather be openly hated than avoided.

[in my ears] 5566 song on TV

Friday, September 19, 2003

My plans for this month included going to my cousin's wedding (thus conveniently forgetting my birthday) in San Antonio, TX where my friend Erik also lives. He had this whole itinerary (sp?) planned.

Unfortunately, so does my job.
So here I am, working.
Did I tell you that I'll probably be here until 1am tomorrow?
Although my boss does know that I'll be ditching work to go to the mall later. Anyone want to go with me? I'm buying shoes. And a rose quartz bracelet.

And speaking of gifts, I'm putting together an I'm-Sorry-I-Screwed-Up-Your-Plans package for Erik. What's inside, you ask? Take a look:
* Cynthia Alexander CD
* the Silence CD they're selling at mag:net
* incense (because candles melt)
* glow in the dark stars
any more suggestions? I can't send food, so bagoong is out of the picture. *ha*

[in my ears] Love Doesn't Have To Hurt - Atomic Kitten

Thursday, September 18, 2003

To Where You Are- Somebody left you? Aw, it's
really coming down on you hard, isn't it?
Remember that their memory is always with you
no matter what, so they'll really never leave.

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Somebody on Peyups is claiming my Josh.

Kakonchaba ko na si Kim come December.

Oh and, I can't seem to log into my AML accounts. Can you guys get in? Bravenet is also being an asshat

[in my ears] Bring Me To Life - Evanescence

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

If he fires your sorry ass, I won't save you.
He's the channel producer and his methods aren't like Moby's.

And can I just say ick.

[in my ears] the sound of frayed nerves

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

My butt hurts from sitting too much.

I am also so tired, it's not even remotely funny.

[in my ears] Something Beautiful - Robbie Williams

Monday, September 15, 2003

This was in FLIP a few months ago.
And you wonder why she's my goddess.

> Copy This
by Jessica Zafra

Does anyone else find it funny that people who make much more money than we do are appealing to us not to deprive them of their income? You have the nerve to charge me P450 for a CD that is being sold on the street for P60 and you expect my sympathy?

The campaign against pirated software, CD's, VCD's, audio and cassettes, would have us believe that piracy is our problem. Really? How is shelling out P100 for a disc that contains P50,000 worth of software a problem for me? It would seem that the pirates are doing me, and my shrinking wallet a big favor. Why should it bother me that a movie which has not yet opened in Metro Manila theatres is being peddled on VCD on Ayala Avenue for P90? I have no fights with the pirates. They are selling me information I might otherwise not have access to because of prohibitive costs. Yes they are thieves and thieves should be punished, but they are not stealing from me. Oh sure, you can lecture me about in the long run I will pay for buying bootleg but by then I will have used the information for my benefit.

So let me make a correction. Piracy is the problem of the manufacturers, the software houses, record companies, and motion picture companies, whom I shall refer to from hereon as the corporations. By telling us not to buy pirated materials "for the good of everyone", corporations make it appear that corporate interests and the public interest are the same thing. This is unlaughably untrue. Corporations makes noise about working in the public interest but these noises are called public relations, PR. But their duty is to their owners. The anti-piracy ads, which appeals to my virtue, pass the responsibility of combating piracy to me. HELLO. They invoke the law and call on my conscience to protect their profit margin, but when I shell out P450 for a CD that turns out to be crap, I can't invoke the law, and corporations have no conscience. We may all be equal under the law, but they have the best lawyers. I guess their complaints are valid because they stand to lose more money, while I'm just a sucker who bought the promotional hype.

The anti-piracy campaign says that when we buy unauthorized copies a.k.a. bootleg we are stealing from the creators of the music, movies or computer programs. This would be the case if the proceeds of the sales went to artist themselves. We know that the artists get a small royalty; most of the money goes to the corporations. They profit from the work of the artists dry. Their excuses is for a small royalty, they can suck the artists dry. Their excuse is that they spent vast sums of money on the marketing of the artists' work.

In short, the season "originals" cost so much is because the huge marketing expenses are passed on to us. Why should we finance the ridiculous costs of hype? When you buy bootleg, you deny the artist a couple of bucks but you stick it to the corporation, which is so rich it won't even say ouch. I find it hard to summon up any sympathy for a multi-million dollar entity that does business in 100 countries. Awww, the poor corporations, their executives won't be buying personal Lear jets this quarter. Buying bootleg has a Robin Hood appeal; Rob the rich to give the poor, meaning you. It's the opposite of jueteng, in which robs the poor in order to give to the rich.

The corporations are laying a massive guilt trip on consumers when they should be working to make their products less easy to steal. With the technology we have, it is extremely to make high-quality copies of anything. In the past we worried that the bootleg goods could damage our electronic equipment; today's fake CD's are almost exactly like the originals. While the corporations are piracy-proofing their wares, maybe they should cut us a break and drop their prices. The pirates have shown that it is possible to make CD's cheaper. Take the hint, and spare us the sob stories about high marketing costs and your dwindling profits.

I don't buy pirated software not just because pirates don't usually do Mac programs but because I love my Mac. But I cannot tell PC users not to buy bootleg software when it costs one-fiftieth the price of the original. Caveat emptor, naturally, and the fake software may cause their PCs to crash but PCs do that anyway. Hey doesn't the idea of killing Bill Gates of .0000000000000000(add more zeroes)1 of his income appeal to you? Look at him, the guy's rolling in money, but he won't spend for a proper haircut. Besides, If you really want to quibble over it, didn't Bill Gates and Steve Jobs borrow information from the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center?

Cut the crap, and stop appealing in my good nature. It is not my job to protect your interests. The pirates are sleazy, but they have inadvertently raised the possibility of a future in which the artists reaches her audience directly, without a corporate middleman. Think of a future in which you profit from your ideas. Not bloody likely right but it's a good thought.


May babaeng talipandas na nilalandi ang CB ko.

At tama ba namang ipangalandakan ni lalake na lumalabas pa silang dalawa?

Gago ka, magpasalamat kang kalbo ka na kung hindiiiii. Inisa-isa ko yang nasa bumbunan mo, hayup ka.


*If you want a trasnlation, tell me and I'll e-mail it to you.
** I am so glad I speak more than one language fluently.

[ in my ears] Spin Around - Josie and the Pussycats

Friday, September 12, 2003

I've missed blogging here.

The network in my office took a four day spa retreat and just came back now, so I'm back as well :)

How is everybody?

[in my ears] Walking on Broken Glass - Annie Lennox

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

It's a sad, tragic thing, denying your nature. *nods* It really is.

When I was doing my undergraduate thesis (The Matching Process in the Local Adoption Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development - gulat kayo ano?), I realized that I wasn't a technical writer. A realization that never really bothered me before because I never thought I would need technical writing/editing skills; I wasn't sure that it was legal (read:ethical) to hire someone who was, so I made my best friend read through every revision my thesis mentor asked me to make (and there were a lot, but I got rid of that headache by changing mentors *hee*). Being undeniably fair, she made me read through hers too (Alternative Practices in Modern Medicine). Her first revision made the cut. I think my first revision made my initial mentor (Prof. Argonza), want to go to another continent far, far away from me.

I rambled again. Back to my (non-existent) technical writing skills.

I belong to the "From the Gut School of Writing." Put down what you feel; what you think NOW before it escapes you again thus preventing countless nights of you smacking yourself on the forehead while calling yourself stupid. And it seems that I am the only remaining old-timer on campus. Everyone is matriculating somewhere else. *sigh*

Do be patient with what you read here, ok? I am trying.

[in my ears] If I Am - Nine Days

Monday, September 08, 2003

I may be getting ahead of myself but...everyone who doesn't have SkyCable will be hitting themselves over the head this Thursday.

Look around. See anything different?
I wanted to change my template forever, and now I finally did. I still need some help setting up my tag-board, so we'll have to use the shout-out thing at the bottom for the time being. It'll be up soon :)

From Jonathan Canier's Zodiac Forecasts:

Patricia Garcia doesn't know the meaning of the word 'enough.' It's not that Patricia is greedy or that she lacks self-discipline - far from it. Patricia goes out of her way to share, care and be fair. That's why she never quite knows when to stop. To draw the line you have to be a little insensitive. How, precisely, should it be measured? With a magnifying glass? Or with a microscope? Patricia Garcia is extremely sensitive and keenly perceptive. She is a Libran, born under the sign of the scale. Patricia knows in her heart that no matter how meticulously you ever weigh anything in this world you can always reach a different conclusion if you apply a more refined set of measurements. Patricia knows that those refinements are infinite. Hours have minutes, minutes have seconds. Seconds have nanoseconds. No wonder Patricia Garcia is never sure what time it is!

Some people are prone to assume that Patricia has her head in the clouds. They think that she lives in a world of her own full of lofty ideas and complex theories. Other people have the temerity to watch Patricia at work in this way and to suppose that Patricia is indecisive! Where on earth do they get that idea from? Actually Patricia is one of the most decisive people on the face of the planet. she absolutely, definitely knows what she wants but she only knows it from one second to the next. To the untrained eye this appears to be an inconsistency. What they fail to see are the countless nanoseconds during which Patricia's sense of purpose is solid as a rock. Patricia, though, knows what people are thinking and so, to keep them on their toes she makes a point of declaring her intentions loudly and clearly. she makes quite sure that these brave statements never differ from day to day. That fools most of the people most of the time.

They didn't have Squirrel. tsk.

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[in my ears] Damaged - Plumb

Friday, September 05, 2003

Can we just all join hands and pray that what Jovan told me just a few minutes ago will happen?
It'll be next Thursday evening...

sana matuloy, sana matuloy, sana matuloy, sana matuloy....

[in my ears] Any Lucky Penny - Nikki Hassman

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Just in case you're interested:

Michael Buble will be at the Podium on September 14th at 6pm.
It's an autograph signing thing and he'll be performing a couple of songs there, too.

[in my ears] Spin Around - Josie and the Pussycats

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

I am listening (eavesdropping?) to JecK's collection of downloaded Pearl Jam songs. As I type, the last bits of "Jeremy" are being wailed into my ear by the luscious (nothing's better than a sweaty) Eddie Vedder, and at the same time I am sort of wishing I was back in high school. I hated that place, but I miss the afternoons spent in the Physics lab with Kiara, Dash and Gan.

Michael Buble's coming to town this month. woot! I get to see him and decide if he really does look creepy when he smiles firsthand. The presscon will be on a Thursday afternoon though, and all my Thursdays are booked until next month (you guessed it, UAAP Central), but I asked Jovan about it and he was okay with me attending as long as I get back with enough time to check all the stuff that needs to be checked. No probbers. And it's a good, solid excuse to bail on Marco at the Cheeky (Cheapy) Girls press thingie that comes after: "I can't go to the Cheapy Girls, papatayin ako sa opisina pag wala ako don ng maaga!" hehehe...

Kim started this excellent community on AML. When I get her nod to promote it, I'll point you guys over there. Speaking of AML, I have four accounts with them. hehehe. That brings my blog total to 1 Blogspot, 2 Blurty, 1 Diaryland and 4 AMLs. Saya.

There's a plagiarist in these here parts. Check her out and go see if she's pulled a Napster on you.

[in my ears] I Alone - Live

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Scroll all the way down would you?
I'm advertising myself.

[in my ears] Moonlight Over Paris - Vanessa Williams

Monday, September 01, 2003

I'm allergic to my cat and now my nose is all clogged so I sound like I could be Hilary Duff's ghost singer.
My week has just officially started to go downhill.

Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry