Tuesday, February 27, 2007

THANK YOU!!!



To everyone who helped me out during my beloved Mother's wake (most especially JC, BC, JS, MS), those who sent flowers (JC, Plan International, Del Monte School, SPi), Mass cards (too many to mention), called up to send their sympathies and for friends who visited and spent the night, I thank you for sharing in my grief.

May our Heavenly Father who loves us look kindly on us all.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

UPDATES! UPDATES!

I haven’t blogged here for a long time. I, however, have blogged more in SUPERPASYAL because I had photos that I need to post before they become stale and non-current. I can only blame my PC for this because I haven’t been able to Photoshop at home since the memory went beyond capacity last year (I can only do it when I visit the farm, which makes it rather embarrassing as the staff there might think I only go visit to Photoshop. Dyahe naman) I am currently in the process of unloading photos and burning them to CDs.

How are you? I hope you are all well. I have been very sluggish lately (wait, I have always been sluggish) because it’s been two months since I decided to do night shifts so I can be home with me Mum in daytime. There really is nothing like sleeping at night, trust me. Going to bed at 6AM and waking up at 1PM is so surreal. It gives me a headache all the time. I use an eye patch but the sun just had to shine on my face on many occasions (the bed is near the window) and the bloody dog, Turnip, barks up a riot every time someone rings our doorbell, which is often. There’s this little tramp (a neighbor) who makes it her habit to ring everyone’s doorbell every morning. I can’t wait to pounce on her one day and feed her to the dog. And oh, need I tell you that she’s always accompanied by an adult? My dog won’t be eating for days, I reckon.

Lately, I’ve been finishing several books that were given me as gifts last year. Then there are the DVDs too. I haven’t bought DVD like I used to (read: h-o-a-r-d) in months, which is good. I need to save up for many, many things foremost of which is insurance, mortgage retirement, etc.

Re finances, finding my pay cheques at 40% off at all times could drive any sane hardworking person crazy, but I am not complaining. I am happy that I have made forced savings a habit and I have been doing this for over two years now since a significant portion of my salary goes to my office’s cooperative fund. Problem is I don’t patronize our store that much (if at all) and I don’t take out loans so there goes my chance of earning more through patronage points. At any rate, I can’t wait to find out by March how much I’d be earning when the Board declares this year’s dividends. And oh, I might just run for office too. Wala lang. I’m doing it to understand how the coop system works. Might just come in handy in the future.

Work has been at a feverish pace for the last two weeks. I could sense dumping going on from other facilities, but I am not privy to this information. Suffice to say that our office has declared a 24/7 job schedule so overtime pay all around. I do not know if that makes sound business practice, but paying too many people to work on irregularly flowing work might just be a major drain on finances. I have seen many people sleep on the job (I have been guilty of this once or twice) and the supervisors have beaten us to that too. Pakapalan na lang ng mukha. Matira ang matibay.

By the way, had a chance to visit M/V Doulos twice (I didn’t bother going up the 2nd time) and boy, was I disappointed. I had visions of a book heaven brimming with ├╝ber-discounted contemporary lit and classics pa naman, but it escaped me until the very last moment that this was a Christian group on a mission aboard a ship hence the variety (or lack thereof) of the selection. I, along with co-officers of the Writers Guild, also had to shepherd around 50 co-employees during two Saturdays and the heat aboard was just daunting and since I sweat easily, I was out of there in 15ish. I found comfort in bland lemonade (Php 10 bucks each) and vanilla-chocolate sundae (at Php 30 per order, this was akin to being held up), but the Manila Bay sunset, which was just too beautiful to pass up, provided comfort and assurance.

I am surprised that battalions of people came, although by my own account 6/10 went home empty handed. Personally, I found no use for cookbooks, storybooks and self-help which formed a major portion of the collection. The music CDs were expensive prompting a co-officer to comment that it was far cheaper (and far more exciting, I bet) to buy at Goodwill Bookstore albeit sans the novelty of being on the world’s oldest seagoing vessel. Sigh.

Mom is fine. We are ever thankful for your prayers. Also, we thank you for the support that you have extended to us all these time. We owe you so much already.

Ciao for now.


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CD Playing: Bandang Pinoy Lasang Hotdog (The Hotdogs Tribute Album)

SKYPE ME BABY ONE MORE TIME

I haven't blogged for a long, long time so please forgive me if I start off by posting an old chat with a co-blogger, J of Ateneo, over my music choices last year. Wala lang.


[1:51:30 PM] Daydream Believer says: IL DIVO?!
[1:51:34 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: ay, hehehe i only saw your entry about it later
[1:51:34 PM] Daydream Believer says: YAAAAK!
[1:51:42 PM] Daydream Believer says: YAAAAK!
[1:51:45 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: yah yeah, sorry na. eh i only like one song sa album eh.
[1:51:46 PM] Daydream Believer says: IL DIVO?!
[1:51:54 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: Oh, stop it. Grrrrr.
[1:52:06 PM] Daydream Believer says: IL DIVO?!
[1:52:12 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: (pissed)
[1:52:13 PM] Daydream Believer says: IL DIVO?!
[1:52:19 PM] Daydream Believer says: IL DIVO?! IL DIVO?! IL DIVO?!!!
[1:52:36 PM] Daydream Believer says: why?
[1:52:43 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: -(-(-(
[1:52:56 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: Just one song. that's it.
[1:53:08 PM] Daydream Believer says: and you had to buy the whole album?!
[1:53:18 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: i should have just downloaded that sa Limewire
[1:53:24 PM] Daydream Believer says: kaya nga
[1:53:34 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: oh well...
[1:53:39 PM] Daydream Believer says: papalitan mo yang il divo mo with something else
[1:53:43 PM] Daydream Believer says: sayang
[1:53:49 PM] Daydream Believer says: ang mahal mahal pa naman ng cd ngayon
[1:54:07 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: oo nga.
[1:54:14 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: pero the APO was worth it.
[1:54:30 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: 500 nga lang for 2 cds
[1:54:43 PM] Daydream Believer says: haaay, you dont waste money on Il Divo
[1:54:55 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: YOU are the 2nd person to tell me that.
[1:54:56 PM] Daydream Believer says: papalitan mo na lang ng CONFESSIONS ON A DANCE FLOOR
[1:55:14 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: Madonna talaga?! I dont have one Madonna album at home.
[1:55:32 PM] Daydream Believer says: what?!
[1:55:36 PM] Daydream Believer says: WHAT?!
[1:55:43 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: Paciencia na si Madge. wala eh.
[1:55:45 PM] Daydream Believer says: TAPOS YOU HAVE IL DIVO?!
[1:55:57 PM] Daydream Believer says: ano ba?
[1:56:09 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: OH, STOP IT! Cheesy ako eh.
[1:56:14 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: (pissed)
[1:56:33 PM] Daydream Believer says: it's not even chizzy
[1:56:51 PM] Daydream Believer says: it's like curd milk cheezy
[1:57:15 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: okay. last cd na yun. di na ako buy ever.
[1:57:27 PM] Daydream Believer says: bumili ka ng confessions on a dance floor
[1:57:37 PM] Daydream Believer says: let's help send lola to college
[1:57:49 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: (chuckle)
[1:57:55 PM] Daydream Believer says: kawawa naman si lola wala siyang daddy
[1:59:07 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: I already picked up Confessions, tapos binalik ko.
[1:59:24 PM] Daydream Believer says: what?!
[1:59:26 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: I was hoping id just burn a friend's copy.
[1:59:28 PM] Daydream Believer says: WHY?!
[1:59:39 PM] Daydream Believer says: and you bought Il Divo?!
[1:59:44 PM] Daydream Believer says: ano ba?
[2:00:06 PM] Daydream Believer says: get your priorities straight naman
[2:00:09 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGH! why am i being pilloried like so?!
[2:00:30 PM] Daydream Believer says: uhm, two words...
[2:00:32 PM] Daydream Believer says: IL
[2:00:36 PM] Daydream Believer says: DIVO
[2:00:42 PM] Daydream Believer says: hehehe
[2:00:45 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: (chuckle)(chuckle)(chuckle)
[2:01:03 PM] Daydream Believer says: ipagpalit ba si madonna sa il divo?
[2:01:26 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: pwede pa ba ibalik yung CD?!
[2:01:29 PM] Daydream Believer says: dapat
[2:01:42 PM] Daydream Believer says: ipagpalit mo sa confessions
[2:02:03 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: lets see what can be done about it.
[2:02:21 PM] Daydream Believer says: ayan i made a comment on il divo on your blog
[2:02:30 PM] Daydream Believer says: i agree with anonymous
[2:02:35 PM] Daydream Believer says: completely
[2:02:43 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: Hay, juice ko po.
[2:03:08 PM] Daydream Believer says: maswerte ka nga there are people who are concerned about you
[2:03:30 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: :D:D:D Sige na nga.
[2:03:46 PM] Daydream Believer says: are you about to lose it?
[2:04:06 PM] Daydream Believer says: il divo (puke)
[2:04:16 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: kairita.
[2:04:25 PM] Daydream Believer says: hahaha, napipikon ka na?
[2:04:38 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: di naman.
[2:04:43 PM] Dylan Yap Gozum says: demaciado.
[2:05:15 PM] Daydream Believer says: mejo lang?