Dec 15, 2009

My Favorite Escape

I like to be alone a lot.

I love to be still --- freeze --- and just live in the moment. For me, getting lost in time, space, silence and tranquility is the best thing to do on a spare time. I have this playlist on my iPod that's pure Second Moon, Yiruma and YoYo Ma. Whenever I play it, I find my self slowly closing my eyes, exiting the current hour and place, and entering a realm of calm and quiet.

Drifting between the two different worlds of imagination and reality is what I constantly do. When the world where good things happen to me suddenly fade and things are blurry and I feel choked with the madness of the real world, or when I simply want to feel the beauty of stillness and serenity and just enjoy the twinkling of the seconds, I perform this version --- my version --- of meditation. With it, I am able to gift my self with an ephemeral subconscious exodus.

Fleeing does not entirely mean wholly abandoning reality. As often as not, it's just getting yourself that pause you need for you to gather the substantial energy necessary to be able to face the everyday and its brass tracks.

When getting ourselves a much needed vacation is impossible, we can always leave the here and now and get back to it after a while. :)

Dec 12, 2009

OMG Facts

It's a beautiful day, yes?

So anyway, since I haven't any interesting personal occurrence within the last 24 hours worth enough posting here, I'd like to share little facts that I thought would make you smile. My sister and I found them at OMG Facts last night. Actually, she was the one who discovered the existence of OMG Facts, I just followed suit. We had so much fun reading all the fascinating and attention-grabbing information posted that we slept really, really, really late --- dawn!

I hope you enjoy as much as we did! :)

The kiss that is given by the bride to the groom at the end of the wedding ceremony originates from the earliest times when the couple would actually make love for the first time under the eyes of half the village!

6 December is St Nicholas’s Day – the first of the gift giving days, especially in Holland and Belgium.

Bulls are colorblind, therefore they will charge at any colored cape waved at them, be it red or neon green.

Bill Gates designed a traffic control system for Seattle when he was only 15 years old.

In a public bathroom, the stall which is closest to the door is usually the cleanest, because it's the least used.

It's illegal to own a red car in Shanghai, China.

A group of Kangaroos is called a mob.

A group of Owls is called a parliament.

Polar bears can swim 60 miles without pausing for a rest.

Dracula is the most filmed story of all time. OF ALL TIME.

Fewer divorces occur in families in which the children wake their parents before 6 a.m. on Saturdays.

Moths are unable to fly during an earthquake.

In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her husband if he cheats on her.

A snail can sleep for three years.

The first YouTube video was entitled "Me at the zoo", and shows founder Jawed Karim at San Diego Zoo.

President George W. Bush and Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner are cousins.

Walmart-mart sells more apparel a year than all the other competing department stores combined.

Crocodiles never outgrow the place they live. If you put a baby-croc in an aquarium, it would be little for the rest of it's life.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

The average life expectancy of an enemy soldier in a Chuck Norris film is 4 seconds.

Cold water helps burn calories. Your body has to heat up the water to absorb it. Heating the water up is what burns the fat.

Turtles can breathe through their butts.

"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

Beetles taste like apples, wasps taste like pine nuts, and worms taste like fried bacon.

Abraham Lincoln faces to the right on a penny while all the other presidents face to the left on US coins.

For more of these fun-filled, very informative, although seemingly useless facts, please go visit OMG Facts. You will finds tons of minute inquiries and small nothings there! 'Til next time! Blessed day everyone! Enjoy the rest of this day! :D

Dec 11, 2009

Climate change alert

I just had to reblog this. I hope we all learn something and make that change this earth and the human race severely call for. :D

Tik Tok Tik Tok


Yesterday, I attended the one of the school talks of Tik Tok Pilipinas at Ateneo. I was kind of disappointed at the small number of people that showed up, most of whom were just from Loyola Film Circle.

Even if the school has implemented a number of environmental friendly policies, such as BYOB, getting rid of styrofoam and disposable containers, the segregation of trash, it’s just within the school. I just know that my fellow Atenistas ,being the elitists bastards we are, just don’t really care about the environment, or how we are all about to die horrible deaths because of our inadequate use of resources and buttfuckery. Look upon yourselves. How many of you drive around in large SUVs by yourself or with your driver just going to school? CARPOOL DAMMIT COMMUTE! etc etc OH WE ARE SO DEAD.

I learned a number of things:

  • Because of our carelessness, we are fucked. We are seriously fucked.
  • Global Warming isn’t the main problem now. Climate Change is. We have fucked up so bad that we caused the climate to actually start changing. Instead of the old, “OH WE ARE MAKING THE EARTH WARMER, WE MIGHT CHANGE THE CLIMATE! IT WILL FUCK US UP!” The weather, literally, is changing, and will fuck us up. We have gone beyond the point of no return.
  • All the carbon emissions we make today last for over 50 years. That greenhouse gas won’t go away til we are most probably old or dead. And we are pretty much going to suffer through the drastic changes throughout our lifetimes. We are so fucked.
  • Things are worse than we think.

It scared the fuck out of me. What exactly are we doing? What the hell are we doing? Why the hell are people ignoring this? We can’t really be as carefree and ignorant with all this shit on the table!

We’ve heard this talk about Global Warming and Climate Change a lot of times before (everyone has seen An Inconvenient Truth, yes?), and yes I started segregating trash, I stopped driving my car, I walk to school mostly, but then they tell me that OKAY WE ARE FUCKED. Climate change is happening. The world is dying.

People. are. dying.

and we are going to die. WE ARE GOING TO DIE. because we are too stubborn to do anything beyond our comfort zone. You can either keep on doing what you are doing and well pretty much kill half the planet, your friends, family, fellow men, and pretty much everything you love.


so here. please, do change.

From the Tik Tok blog

1. Disengage.
This also applies to transformers and voltage regulators. When left plugged or on standby, your home appliances are still using energy – and that’s energy you pay for that benefits no one. Hitting that power button and unplugging your appliances when not in use saves you roughly P2300 a year.

2. Whip out the clothesline.
Forego the clothes dryer and hang your laundry out in the sun to dry instead. Clothes dryers average 1,600 watts of energy per hour, so if you wash and dry your clothes every two weeks, that computes to around P120 slashed off your monthly electric bill.

3. Eat everything on your plate.
Or at least just take, cook or buy only as much food as you can finish. Uneaten food that goes straight to the garbage adds to the trash you produce, and when you reduce food waste you automatically decrease your carbon emissions.

4. Check your tire pressure constantly.
Optimal tire pressure helps your car burn fuel more efficiently. If you own a car and are looking to get more mileage from your vehicle, keeping your tires inflated right hits two birds with one stone – it reduces your carbon emissions while giving you more value for money.

5. Keep a close watch on your air filter.
Score another one for the motorists: replacing or cleaning out your air filters also helps your use your fuel more efficiently. You can have this done along with your tire pressure adjustments whenever you have your oil changed.

6. Better yet, travel on two wheels, or on your own two feet.
Walking or biking beats a fuel efficient vehicle every time. Because neither mode of transport requires the burning of fossil fuels, choosing the heel over the steering wheel is the best way to cut back on carbon while still getting to your destination.

7. The matter of meat.
Most Pinoys love eating meat so much that it’s a non-negotiable, even when it comes to climate advocacy. However, the slightest reduction in meat consumption can still impact your total carbon emission, so for every week, make at least 3 to 5 meals meat-less. Remember, a little effort goes a long way!

8. Spare the pulp.
Rainforests are Mother Nature’s very own carbon dioxide regulating systems. Without their gallant stewardship, we wouldn’t be here today! We need to keep them alive and flourishing if we want to stay in the game. So be it tissue, a note pad, office documents, paper coffee cups, or store paper bags, think twice – there is always an alternative to paper!

9. Lighten up.
You’ve probably deduced by now that the more fuel or energy efficient you are, the less carbon dioxide emissions you make. The same rule stands for lighting – fluorescent bulbs trump incandescent bulbs every time, which is win-win for everyone since it’s both carbon and cost efficient.

10. Shop wisely.
On your grocery or mall run, bring a sizable canvas tote and stash everything you buy inside. This saves you and the businesses you support on plastic bags. This habit not only reduces your waste but also lessens the need for production of problematic plastic.

so please, don’t be twats.

get involved

you’d fuckin reblog about my useless shit but not about me talking about doing something about the environment?


Dec 10, 2009

scraped :(

They're much more worse than these :(

Today I scraped my knees really, REALLY BAD :(

The last time my knees were scraped was when I was still in grade school, second grade!

I'm not a clumsy person. I have good balance, strength and stamina. But why does this have to happen today?
Why today when I was just asked out on a date tonight and for a special event tomorrow?

I get paper cuts almost every time I go on duty while I prepare medications. It's okay because they're just mere paper cuts.
This would have been okay if I was not asked out.

Great. Just great :(

Dec 8, 2009


Today I am 22! Another year for me :)

A lot of things happened and they were all pretty special. First of, my parents and I heard dawn mass. The most important thing of all. Then, a big surprise came. Right after the mass, someone's mom approached and greeted me a happy birthday (with matching 'beso'), she also gave me ang pao! Shocking, surprising and really unexpected. Their family and my family have been friends, but not close. I've never seen Tita in such a long time; I think I last saw her when I was still a high schooler. Her son I last saw during our high school graduation. After that, there was no communication or anything within that scope. I really was pretty amazed at what transpired during that 10-minute event. I never expected such to happen!

Also today: after 22 years of service, the family fridge was allowed to retire. It was bought just 2 days before I was born! It has been serving the family for 22 years --- even after it was slightly damaged after the 1991 flash flood! I salute our fridge, whose brand has been faced out already. Now, it's new shelter is our dirty kitchen. I will miss thee, but I know it needs to claim the long overdue rest it sure deserves.

Mum gave me a very nice gift! I needed it badly! I've also been told that an uncle is due to give me a full volume of this book series, now TV series, I'm following. I'm pretty excited with that! I can't wait to open its package and start reading!

The nuns gave me a miniature statue of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. It may be the sign that I need to do novenas in her honor. Based on my experience, she's one of the saints that answers prayers quickly. Really.

I'm not really fond of celebrating my birthday. Hearing mass and being greeted by the people I hold close to my heart is enough for me. This year was different. My birthday celebration was more of an act of charity. I'm glad I came home for it.

I think this is all for now. I'm really not in the mood to blog at the moment, but since I was reminded that I should not neglect this 'obligation', here I am tapping away on the keyboard, trying to make as decent a post every blogger is bound.

To all those who greeted me on this very special day, THANK YOU SO MUCH! It means a lot to me! :D And to all those who are celebrating the same birthday as I am, a very happy birthday to you! :D