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Are you married?

September 25th, 2011 No comments


Nasa office kitchen ako when this (kinda snobbish) woman talked to me. Di naman sa nanghuhusga tayo ah pero snobbish lang s'ya kasi dati di namamansin kahit hanggang tenga ang smile ko pag nagkikita kami...kitchen kasi, so masaya ako sa break ko. ahehe. Di naman sa high ako or anything.
Moving on, so nilagay ko sa microwave ang aking lunch. I usually nuke my lunch for 1 minute on High para initin. She talked first. Small talk muna. Weather, check. Food, check. Family, check. Cute este mabait daw ako, check. ahehe.
Ang kakaiba, out of the blue tinanong n'ya ako kung kasal na ako. I was held back. . I mean she wasn't hitting on me or anything (feelingero, ano!) - she's older than my mum, hanep naman pero still that's crossing a line. We weren't close. Oh what I forgot to mention is she's Italian (I learned later) and maybe she was just curious. I heard that Italians can be a little bit forward - especially their men, asking any moving object, out for a date. ahehe. She said that they (Italians) usually marry early. She jest/said that if you're Italian, single and 20 - It's a problem. I'm betting my arse off that's an exaggeration - pero that's beside the point. I'm way past 20 and I don't think it's a big deal. May nagaasawa nga 40's or later. You get married when you get married. Plain. Simple. Some don't even get married. Co-habitation (live-in) it's not as big of a deal as most people think.
So began one of the most awkward minute in the kitchen. Sinasagot ko naman tanong n'ya di ako snob ah. Pero yung inaasahan kong kalahating oras ng quiet lunch eh naging showbiz linggo. Mukhang nagpepreach kasi si manang eh. It wasn't offensive pero I shouldn't have to explain myself. So what if I'm not married yet? So what if mas malaki ang percentage ng tax na binabayaran ko. I'm happy naman, ah. Di ba PNoy?! bwahaha.
I said, I don't really see the reason why people marry early. She seemed satisfied with this. She said she married at 16 or 19, Is that even possible? legal? - bolahan na lang ata 'to, naisip ko. She added that she's  divorced from her husband. kitams. She added that her ex-husband hitched a younger...pinay. Awkward.
Hay, I went to the other room after that. As I ate my lunch in peace, I thought...nasa phase na ba ako na tatanungin na ako ng mga tao, 'Why aren't you married yet?'
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Are you married?

September 25th, 2011 No comments


Nasa office kitchen ako when this (kinda snobbish) woman talked to me. Di naman sa nanghuhusga tayo ah pero snobbish lang s'ya kasi dati di namamansin kahit hanggang tenga ang smile ko pag nagkikita kami...kitchen kasi, so masaya ako sa break ko. ahehe. Di naman sa high ako or anything.
Moving on, so nilagay ko sa microwave ang aking lunch. I usually nuke my lunch for 1 minute on High para initin. She talked first. Small talk muna. Weather, check. Food, check. Family, check. Cute este mabait daw ako, check. ahehe.
Ang kakaiba, out of the blue tinanong n'ya ako kung kasal na ako. I was held back. . I mean she wasn't hitting on me or anything (feelingero, ano!) - she's older than my mum, hanep naman pero still that's crossing a line. We weren't close. Oh what I forgot to mention is she's Italian (I learned later) and maybe she was just curious. I heard that Italians can be a little bit forward - especially their men, asking any moving object, out for a date. ahehe. She said that they (Italians) usually marry early. She jest/said that if you're Italian, single and 20 - It's a problem. I'm betting my arse off that's an exaggeration - pero that's beside the point. I'm way past 20 and I don't think it's a big deal. May nagaasawa nga 40's or later. You get married when you get married. Plain. Simple. Some don't even get married. Co-habitation (live-in) it's not as big of a deal as most people think.
So began one of the most awkward minute in the kitchen. Sinasagot ko naman tanong n'ya di ako snob ah. Pero yung inaasahan kong kalahating oras ng quiet lunch eh naging showbiz linggo. Mukhang nagpepreach kasi si manang eh. It wasn't offensive pero I shouldn't have to explain myself. So what if I'm not married yet? So what if mas malaki ang percentage ng tax na binabayaran ko. I'm happy naman, ah. Di ba PNoy?! bwahaha.
I said, I don't really see the reason why people marry early. She seemed satisfied with this. She said she married at 16 or 19, Is that even possible? legal? - bolahan na lang ata 'to, naisip ko. She added that she's  divorced from her husband. kitams. She added that her ex-husband hitched a younger...pinay. Awkward.
Hay, I went to the other room after that. As I ate my lunch in peace, I thought...nasa phase na ba ako na tatanungin na ako ng mga tao, 'Why aren't you married yet?'
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Holiday 2011

September 25th, 2011 No comments
Spain. I'm sorry I can't make it this year. bwahaha... We wanted to try something new. So hello Marrakech. I'm quite surprised that I sorted the stuff I needed to in such a short period. Travel bookings; check. Travel insurance; check. Money scraped in the past few months; check. ahehe..Thank heavens we didn't need a visa..ganyan tayong mga pinoy, special sa Morocco.
I'm going for a week! This is so awesome - well at least I hope it's gonna be. I'm going with a couple of friends. And they're (well.,we are) excited to see the humongous Djemaa el-Fnaa market and although we have a smaller version a.k.a. Naga City Public Market;  I assume it is every bit as exciting; may quota kasi ata ung sa Naga na masunog kaya medyo exciting din yung sato.
Kung ang ibang pinoy ginigibong playground ang Singapore and HK.. well this is my version and I think I freakin' deserve it. Ilang fiesta na ang na miss ko sa work. So here's to a new country and hopefully meet new people..




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Sucker Punch

September 19th, 2011 1 comment

A “Sucker punch” defined as a blow made without warning, allowing no time for preparation or defense on the part of the recipient. The term is generally reserved for situations where the way in which the blow has been delivered is considered unfair or unethical. In practice this often includes blows delivered from close range or from behind.

Was it? The Mayweather’s alibi on Ruiz 4th round final seconds stoppage “to protect yourself at all times” (even referee Cortez was caught flat footed) but for the unsatisfied millions thought otherwise –  for sportsmanship sake could have been (at least) an interesting 12 rounds fist fight if not for  his decision to earn mega million purse the easy way.  The real loser?  All those who shelled dollars expecting a good fight.


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Let us pray for Ronnie

September 19th, 2011 No comments
Our dear batchmate Ronnie Albeus suffered a stroke, was rushed and operated for about three hours to remove a clot on his head.  While waiting for prognosis, the last message I received (two days ago from his nephew) is the operation was successful and he is now at ICU being cared of by his family […]
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John & Anne

September 19th, 2011 No comments

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Fiesta 2011: Wait for me…..

September 16th, 2011 No comments
I'm beginning to like Septembers in Naga. A lot of my friends have gone home (some from Manila, some Middle East)...and reunions are always nice. It would have been awesome if I was with them. Sana itagay at ikain na lang nila ako sa dudumanan nila. Hanep, kasi di na okay ang leave ko.
When I was working in Naga, nakikifiesta din ako sa ibang bahay kahit fiesta din samin. ahehe...I remember trying to catch a jeep home but I didn't want to squeeze in (punuan di ba an, eh napaka arte ko pa - kasi naman pinapabayad pa ng buo eh only half of your ass is sitting and worst minsan pa nga sabit lang. bwahaha) so I ended up taking the long way home - seated properly.
So, sa mga nangiinggit. Stop it..,Don't send me 'Wish you were here postcard' and I'll stop wishing nasty things happen to you.ahehe. Enjoy. I hipo n'yo na rin ako sa imahe if you can...if you can lang. No pressure.

P.S.  If I were in Naga I would have also asked my friends to go to Mr Pilar's with me. I know events like that should be solemn but his family might wish to know we feel their lost.  I didn't know the man but he sounded like I should have. Honest to the core. A true son and follower of the Penafrancia. Unlike, people whose initials and emblem crawl through CamSur but would be put so shame by Mr Pilar's tombstone.
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I and I and I

September 16th, 2011 No comments
[Last part of "The Messiahs" series] IT IS TRUE: there is no freedom behind walls of concrete and curtains of iron. The taste of liberty can never be had in that melting pot of sin and crime, only...

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My Niner Experience

September 13th, 2011 No comments

Sandee N. Flores, Naga City 2nd Batch Niners Student
In some countries, the number of people who choose to live alone is increasing, what do you think are the reasons? In this phenomenon positive or negative to the development of the society?
“Leave me alone”, “Mind your own business”, “I can do it my own’, and among others are commonly be heard to people who would want to be alone. They preferred to be living alone because they find or feel it more comfortable. This concept is inevitable to happen mostly in some progressive countries, the reasons are first, conflicts. Conflict is a situation where two individuals coincides ideas, likes, beliefs, and among others. This is a situation sometimes ends up misunderstanding and mostly end up with breaking up with friends or even a relationship. So, better be not committed to anyone.
Second, to prove something to yourself or someone related to you that you can live without any help from them. Third, living independently seems like a core to mold your personality as an individual ready to face any challenges you may encounter in the future. Lastly, a very important advantage is also fact that you learn independence and responsibility paying your bills on time or doing shopping and taking care of yourself without others to count on.
These advantages are phenomenon positive in the development of a society. Why? Because the society itself will not worry about those people, who are diligent, and can’t to take care of themselves to become a good member. Also, I believe that living alone also implies that a person lives without a partner or children. Yes, societal advantage is “over populated” is not a big deal to the society and more workforce will be produce since children is a big obstacle to work. So, workforce, employment, and population will be in a great advantage.
However, despite of all advantages, living alone has phenomenon negative result to the success of the society. In fact with things considering our preexistence is still dominant and put into risk. In the long run, who would replace the old ones or those retirees, your workers, employers, or even the president or our leaders? Remember that we are made not tend to live alone we need company and family to take care of us. Also, having a family or children you will learn to become unselfish, and it enriched your life, it teaches you on how to apply development, discipline, and education. Mostly, a society is formed and composed of families and when people have happy, abundant, progressive, and well-disciplined families it carries the development of the society as well.
Introduce yourself:
My name is Sandee Flores, my first name is spelled out S-a-n-d-e-e. About my name it came from a song. My parents told me that it was Sunday morning of April 6, 1975 when I was given birth and at the same time the song “Sunday Morning” was played in the radio. They have decided to write on my birth certificate “Sandee” with a double “e” after the letter “d” instead of “y”.
My home town is Naga City, Camarines Sur, merely located at the eastern part of Luzon were the Mount Isarog is situated. Naga City, Camarines Sur is accessible by means of transportation by plane, and bus. If you are in Manila it will only took you 30mins travel time by plane and approximately 8 hours by bus.
Roughly, Naga City, Camarines Sur has a population of 160,516 with 27 barangays and a 2nd class independent city. Naga City is the center of education in Bicol due to the presence of numerous academic institutions including three universities, namely: the Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU), the University of Nueva Caceres (UNC), and the Universidad de Santa Isabel (USI).
In 2006, Naga won the Philippines' Most Business-Friendly City award for three consecutive years, thus being elevated to the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries' Hall of Fame.
Currently I worked as a web-developer and systems administrator at the same time of one of the prestigious university here in Bicol. In my work I spend my working hours in front of computers. These computers are configured to be a “Servers” distributing applications and internet services to all computers connected the network of the school.
During past time or free time I used to play basketball and watch NBA Live. My favorite team is Lakers and Kobe Bryant as the reigning MVP in 2008 and Lebron James. To enhance my computer programming skills I used to download from the Internet or watch lectures and training modules.
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One year on. Quarter midlife crisis to follow

September 7th, 2011 No comments
It's been a year since I've really been standing on my own. It's a choice I made for myself. Dai naman pag agom lang ang primerong rason ta masuway ka sa pamilya, di ba? I believe everyone sooner or later do realize there just comes a time when we all have to grow up. You have to establish your own mark in the world. Wash your own clothes. Prepare your meal. Budget your ever shrinking paycheck. Make your own mistakes. Just live life, really.
Ito na ang walang kamatayang disclaimer: staying with your family is, they say ideal (our culture expects it) and practical, no rent to pay, but there is a certain feeling you get when you're on your own. Granted I still feel like I'm a kid most of the time. Me and my friends have loads of fun...but I work hard as well.
What now then? I don't think I want to settle down just yet. Parang yun kasi ginagawa ng ibang kasama ko. Either they're saving up for marriage or just bored to their teeth and posting pictures of their growing babies on Facebook. Proud parents? Yeah right, nang-iinggit lang ata.If I have a son, papatarp ko an sa plaza. bwahaha.
For now, I just have take it in one day at a time and hope everything pans out. And I found the perfect poster for it: Keep calm and carry on. Repeat 6x.


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September 4th, 2011 No comments

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