Tuesday, March 30, 2010


It's my first time not to sleep on a weekdaywith work. Well not no-sleep per se since I slept after my OT shift for 2 hours. Then, husband and I went to SM met around 10am to buy some groceries for my "penance;" tuna diet for the week and plastic boxes for the rest of my things to put in.

We're slowly removing "clutters" in our room, one, because the LCDTV is taking too much space and two, so that our move to our new abode is easier. We dismantled my computer and brought the 2 computer tables and one cabinet downstairs, and I thought, no wonder I feel claustrophobic whenever I'm in the room, now we have lots of space, my lips generated a smile, nose generated a feeling of relief, and my eyes not sore anymore. I then teased husband (don't ask how, its way too gross for you) and cornered him near the cabinet, then, from his movements trying to prevent me from getting near; the AVR fell from the top of the cabinet, trying to catch it, he got hurt.

You know how heavy an AVR is, you know how painful it is for the corner to hit your wrist. His facial expression for 3 seconds is enough for me to understand it's very painful. Here's the catch; for some reason, I find his "in pain" facial expressions funny, but this time, it's not.

I felt it; his pain, not physically but emotionally. I hugged him, I apologized, when we parted, I saw tears; its that painful. I asked him to sit down, I massaged it a bit, no more, I massaged it more and more and what hurts more? He told me if I was in his place, I would've walked out, packed my things and won't be speaking for him for a week. Partially true. I grew up in a house of anger, what can I do?

Anyway, while waiting for mom and dad, we laid down and the hum of tha A/C lulled him to sleep while still massaging his wrist. I really felt bad, I hurt the most wonderful person in front of me; and he didn't get mad.

After that, we were both back again, like two child hood sweethearts cuddling like kids. I turned on the water heater for my shower, I ought to stay a little longer in his arms. I tried to fight the urge; can't. I stayed a little longer...

Monday, March 22, 2010

what's better than make up sex? Make-uP SHOPPIng!

Yes, not known to everyone husband and I got into a mini microchip fight last week that forced me not to go home for a whole week, mother-in-law texting me, and most of my friends was worried; of course he was the most.

Anyway, I went back there last Saturday after my brother "kidnapped" me since we have "family emergency reunion"; apparently he just proposed to his 7, or 8-ish year girlfriend and they need to announce that back home at my hometown; Los Baños. Too bad brother's friend at Los banos slipped from his mouth and tsaraaan! Mom already knew about it.

Back to the topic, Last Sunday, after I went to the gym, we attended mass at Greenbelt and then spent the rest of the afternoon;shopping.

I have money handling problem so he serves as my financial adviser; allowance based, deciding on what I can and can't buy. Last Sunday, we were able to do our shopping since it was sale at Glorietta and SM and since there were lots of promotions that time, husband can't stop himself from buying a 32in LCD TV, with free DVD, and since they have a promotion on their Home Theatre System, (7k discount) plus another free DVD; he just have to buy one.

One of the highlight of that day is that he asked to visit Maldita to check some clothes; I'm not a fan of "high end" clothing, rather go to Ukay and get those unique clothes without having to worry that someone out there might actually have the same clothes you have. Anyway, one of the things I check or go through the clothes are those on sale. Apparently, they were selling this big longsleeve for only 250, I could just ask my mom's friend to alter it and presto! It's mine. Oh, I also hunt for those "unusual" designs.

*Not bad for a 250 worth of clothing.

*look at those smiles!

and the rest of the shopping list.

We then watched "The Box" after the tiresome shopping, was still hoping that I bought that pants, but moving on... I'm happy that I didn't encounter pathetic sales persons last night, everybody was well informed and won't kiss ass just to sell.

Then came Monday, was sick. Probably my body got shopping/sale allergy.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Casual Conversations; Movie Edition- Love of Siam

2 weeks ago, I stayed the whole week in the office (kojie vs vondraye mode) and so during my lunchtime I usually call him, but since we're not speaking; I just watched a couple of movies. Unknown to everyone, we actually call each other Tong and Mew because of the Love of Siam movie. He watched it (after I did) and fell in love with it. I watched it again so I could learn to cover up the anger with love (cheeesy!) So here goes my favourite parts of the movie.

Casual Conversation 1

Mew:If we can love someone so much, how will we be able to handle it the day when we are separated?and if being separated is a part of life,and you know about the separation that well, is it possible, tong, that we can love someone and never be afraid of losing them?

At the same time i was also wondering is it possible that we can live our entire life without loving anyone at all?

That's my Loneliness.

I have lived with it now for 5 years, I know just how bad loneliness feels. I fear it will continue to get worse.

Tong: Mew...


This is where Tong slept over Mew's place when they were grown up, too bad there weren't any jurjur moments. nyahahaha!! However, it was sweet and I appreciated the cinematography when Tong's mom was looking for him while Mew was talking about his lonliness.

Casual Conversation 2

Yin: It means "As long as you love, you will still have hope."
Mew: So are are you still hoping?
Yin: And should I hope?
Mew: Ying you are a good friend of mine...

This part is where I wanna go inside the screen and join the scene and scold Yin and shook her and say "haller!? Mew is one of us!? Duh?!" and tell Mew "and you heartbreaker!"

Casual Conversation 3

Mew: I'm not in the mood for singing anymore you wouldn't understand
Aex: Even though I may not understand, you are still my best friend, why do you always think that no one cares about you?

Another part where I want to enter the scene, and tell Mew "Oo na maganda ka na may Tong ka, pero tama na ang pagmomoda mo!" (Yes, you're beautiful because you have Tong, but stop acting like a star!)

Casual Conversation 4

Tong: Are you tired mom?
Sunee: of what?
Tong: Of everything.
Sunee: of course im tired what can i do? What about you how's everything?
Tong: Good I guess, I don't know it seems fine mom.
Sunee: Could you turn on the lights? Tong, can you help me put the ornaments on the tree?
Tong: Is this one good in here?
Sunee: Just put it around.
Tong: What about this one here instead mom?
Sunee: Just put it around.
Tong: What about the two of these together?
Sunee: Just put it around
Tong: Ok, what if I choose and you don't like it, will you get mad?
Sunee: Choose what you think is best for yourself.
Tong: Chooses guy ornament

This one is one of my favourite as well as this scene depicts the question if the mother is okay if her son chooses to be gay, and just like testing the waters, Tong still chose to be a guy; straight guy. This is when those gay stories ended up sad, but still good.

Almost everyone who watched this movie loved Mario Maurer aka Tong, but for me, for some reason, I like Aex better. I also like Yin for her strength and courage and her dedication for Mew, especially the 99 thornless roses, when she let go of Tong for Mew, when she comforted Tong when they were in a confrontation, when she got the "nose" part of the toy for Tong. I really think they should be together instead. I also love their OST, for some reason, their songs are really good (for me) since their songs are one of those sets that has been in my mp3 player since last year; never replaced never removed.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Love is a Fallacy by Max Shulman

Love is a Fallacy

by Max Shulman

Cool was I and logical. Keen, calculating, perspicacious, acute and astute—I was all of these. My brain was as powerful as a dynamo, precise as a chemist’s scales, as penetrating as a scalpel. And—think of it!—I only eighteen.

It is not often that one so young has such a giant intellect. Take, for example, Petey Bellows, my roommate at the university. Same age, same background, but dumb as an ox. A nice enough fellow, you understand, but nothing upstairs. Emotional type. Unstable. Impressionable. Worst of all, a faddist. Fads, I submit, are the very negation of reason. To be swept up in every new craze that comes along, to surrender oneself to idiocy just because everybody else is doing it—this, to me, is the acme of mindlessness. Not, however, to Petey.

One afternoon I found Petey lying on his bed with an expression of such distress on his face that I immediately diagnosed appendicitis. “Don’t move,” I said, “Don’t take a laxative. I’ll get a doctor.”

“Raccoon,” he mumbled thickly.

“Raccoon?” I said, pausing in my flight.

“I want a raccoon coat,” he wailed.

I perceived that his trouble was not physical, but mental. “Why do you want a raccoon coat?”

“I should have known it,” he cried, pounding his temples. “I should have known they’d come back when the Charleston came back. Like a fool I spent all my money for textbooks, and now I can’t get a raccoon coat.”

“Can you mean,” I said incredulously, “that people are actually wearing raccoon coats again?”

“All the Big Men on Campus are wearing them. Where’ve you been?”

“In the library,” I said, naming a place not frequented by Big Men on Campus.

He leaped from the bed and paced the room. “I’ve got to have a raccoon coat,” he said passionately. “I’ve got to!”

“Petey, why? Look at it rationally. Raccoon coats are unsanitary. They shed. They smell bad. They weigh too much. They’re unsightly. They—”

“You don’t understand,” he interrupted impatiently. “It’s the thing to do. Don’t you want to be in the swim?”

“No,” I said truthfully.

“Well, I do,” he declared. “I’d give anything for a raccoon coat. Anything!”

My brain, that precision instrument, slipped into high gear. “Anything?” I asked, looking at him narrowly.

“Anything,” he affirmed in ringing tones.

I stroked my chin thoughtfully. It so happened that I knew where to get my hands on a raccoon coat. My father had had one in his undergraduate days; it lay now in a trunk in the attic back home. It also happened that Petey had something I wanted. He didn’t have it exactly, but at least he had first rights on it. I refer to his girl, Polly Espy.

I had long coveted Polly Espy. Let me emphasize that my desire for this young woman was not emotional in nature. She was, to be sure, a girl who excited the emotions, but I was not one to let my heart rule my head. I wanted Polly for a shrewdly calculated, entirely cerebral reason.

I was a freshman in law school. In a few years I would be out in practice. I was well aware of the importance of the right kind of wife in furthering a lawyer’s career. The successful lawyers I had observed were, almost without exception, married to beautiful, gracious, intelligent women. With one omission, Polly fitted these specifications perfectly.

Beautiful she was. She was not yet of pin-up proportions, but I felt that time would supply the lack. She already had the makings.

Gracious she was. By gracious I mean full of graces. She had an erectness of carriage, an ease of bearing, a poise that clearly indicated the best of breeding. At table her manners were exquisite. I had seen her at the Kozy Kampus Korner eating the specialty of the house—a sandwich that contained scraps of pot roast, gravy, chopped nuts, and a dipper of sauerkraut—without even getting her fingers moist.

Intelligent she was not. In fact, she veered in the opposite direction. But I believed that under my guidance she would smarten up. At any rate, it was worth a try. It is, after all, easier to make a beautiful dumb girl smart than to make an ugly smart girl beautiful.

“Petey,” I said, “are you in love with Polly Espy?”

“I think she’s a keen kid,” he replied, “but I don’t know if you’d call it love. Why?”

“Do you,” I asked, “have any kind of formal arrangement with her? I mean are you going steady or anything like that?”

“No. We see each other quite a bit, but we both have other dates. Why?”

“Is there,” I asked, “any other man for whom she has a particular fondness?”

“Not that I know of. Why?”

I nodded with satisfaction. “In other words, if you were out of the picture, the field would be open. Is that right?”

“I guess so. What are you getting at?”

“Nothing , nothing,” I said innocently, and took my suitcase out the closet.

“Where are you going?” asked Petey.

“Home for weekend.” I threw a few things into the bag.

“Listen,” he said, clutching my arm eagerly, “while you’re home, you couldn’t get some money from your old man, could you, and lend it to me so I can buy a raccoon coat?”

“I may do better than that,” I said with a mysterious wink and closed my bag and left.

“Look,” I said to Petey when I got back Monday morning. I threw open the suitcase and revealed the huge, hairy, gamy object that my father had worn in his Stutz Bearcat in 1925.

“Holy Toledo!” said Petey reverently. He plunged his hands into the raccoon coat and then his face. “Holy Toledo!” he repeated fifteen or twenty times.

“Would you like it?” I asked.

“Oh yes!” he cried, clutching the greasy pelt to him. Then a canny look came into his eyes. “What do you want for it?”

“Your girl.” I said, mincing no words.

“Polly?” he said in a horrified whisper. “You want Polly?”

“That’s right.”

He flung the coat from him. “Never,” he said stoutly.

I shrugged. “Okay. If you don’t want to be in the swim, I guess it’s your business.”

I sat down in a chair and pretended to read a book, but out of the corner of my eye I kept watching Petey. He was a torn man. First he looked at the coat with the expression of a waif at a bakery window. Then he turned away and set his jaw resolutely. Then he looked back at the coat, with even more longing in his face. Then he turned away, but with not so much resolution this time. Back and forth his head swiveled, desire waxing, resolution waning. Finally he didn’t turn away at all; he just stood and stared with mad lust at the coat.

“It isn’t as though I was in love with Polly,” he said thickly. “Or going steady or anything like that.”

“That’s right,” I murmured.

“What’s Polly to me, or me to Polly?”

“Not a thing,” said I.

“It’s just been a casual kick—just a few laughs, that’s all.”

“Try on the coat,” said I.

He complied. The coat bunched high over his ears and dropped all the way down to his shoe tops. He looked like a mound of dead raccoons. “Fits fine,” he said happily.

I rose from my chair. “Is it a deal?” I asked, extending my hand.

He swallowed. “It’s a deal,” he said and shook my hand.

I had my first date with Polly the following evening. This was in the nature of a survey; I wanted to find out just how much work I had to do to get her mind up to the standard I required. I took her first to dinner. “Gee, that was a delish dinner,” she said as we left the restaurant. Then I took her to a movie. “Gee, that was a marvy movie,” she said as we left the theatre. And then I took her home. “Gee, I had a sensaysh time,” she said as she bade me good night.

I went back to my room with a heavy heart. I had gravely underestimated the size of my task. This girl’s lack of information was terrifying. Nor would it be enough merely to supply her with information. First she had to be taught to think. This loomed as a project of no small dimensions, and at first I was tempted to give her back to Petey. But then I got to thinking about her abundant physical charms and about the way she entered a room and the way she handled a knife and fork, and I decided to make an effort.

I went about it, as in all things, systematically. I gave her a course in logic. It happened that I, as a law student, was taking a course in logic myself, so I had all the facts at my fingertips. “Poll’,” I said to her when I picked her up on our next date, “tonight we are going over to the Knoll and talk.”

“Oo, terrif,” she replied. One thing I will say for this girl: you would go far to find another so agreeable.

We went to the Knoll, the campus trysting place, and we sat down under an old oak, and she looked at me expectantly. “What are we going to talk about?” she asked.


She thought this over for a minute and decided she liked it. “Magnif,” she said.

“Logic,” I said, clearing my throat, “is the science of thinking. Before we can think correctly, we must first learn to recognize the common fallacies of logic. These we will take up tonight.”

“Wow-dow!” she cried, clapping her hands delightedly.

I winced, but went bravely on. “First let us examine the fallacy called Dicto Simpliciter.”

“By all means,” she urged, batting her lashes eagerly.

“Dicto Simpliciter means an argument based on an unqualified generalization. For example: Exercise is good. Therefore everybody should exercise.”

“I agree,” said Polly earnestly. “I mean exercise is wonderful. I mean it builds the body and everything.”

“Polly,” I said gently, “the argument is a fallacy. Exercise is good is an unqualified generalization. For instance, if you have heart disease, exercise is bad, not good. Many people are ordered by their doctors not to exercise. You must qualify the generalization. You must say exercise is usually good, or exercise is good for most people. Otherwise you have committed a Dicto Simpliciter. Do you see?”

“No,” she confessed. “But this is marvy. Do more! Do more!”

“It will be better if you stop tugging at my sleeve,” I told her, and when she desisted, I continued. “Next we take up a fallacy called Hasty Generalization. Listen carefully: You can’t speak French. Petey Bellows can’t speak French. I must therefore conclude that nobody at the University of Minnesota can speak French.”

“Really?” said Polly, amazed. “Nobody?”

I hid my exasperation. “Polly, it’s a fallacy. The generalization is reached too hastily. There are too few instances to support such a conclusion.”

“Know any more fallacies?” she asked breathlessly. “This is more fun than dancing even.”

I fought off a wave of despair. I was getting nowhere with this girl, absolutely nowhere. Still, I am nothing if not persistent. I continued. “Next comes Post Hoc. Listen to this: Let’s not take Bill on our picnic. Every time we take him out with us, it rains.”

“I know somebody just like that,” she exclaimed. “A girl back home—Eula Becker, her name is. It never fails. Every single time we take her on a picnic—”

“Polly,” I said sharply, “it’s a fallacy. Eula Becker doesn’t cause the rain. She has no connection with the rain. You are guilty of Post Hoc if you blame Eula Becker.”

“I’ll never do it again,” she promised contritely. “Are you mad at me?”

I sighed. “No, Polly, I’m not mad.”

“Then tell me some more fallacies.”

“All right. Let’s try Contradictory Premises.”

“Yes, let’s,” she chirped, blinking her eyes happily.

I frowned, but plunged ahead. “Here’s an example of Contradictory Premises: If God can do anything, can He make a stone so heavy that He won’t be able to lift it?”

“Of course,” she replied promptly.

“But if He can do anything, He can lift the stone,” I pointed out.

“Yeah,” she said thoughtfully. “Well, then I guess He can’t make the stone.”

“But He can do anything,” I reminded her.

She scratched her pretty, empty head. “I’m all confused,” she admitted.

“Of course you are. Because when the premises of an argument contradict each other, there can be no argument. If there is an irresistible force, there can be no immovable object. If there is an immovable object, there can be no irresistible force. Get it?”

“Tell me more of this keen stuff,” she said eagerly.

I consulted my watch. “I think we’d better call it a night. I’ll take you home now, and you go over all the things you’ve learned. We’ll have another session tomorrow night.”

I deposited her at the girls’ dormitory, where she assured me that she had had a perfectly terrif evening, and I went glumly home to my room. Petey lay snoring in his bed, the raccoon coat huddled like a great hairy beast at his feet. For a moment I considered waking him and telling him that he could have his girl back. It seemed clear that my project was doomed to failure. The girl simply had a logic-proof head.

But then I reconsidered. I had wasted one evening; I might as well waste another. Who knew? Maybe somewhere in the extinct crater of her mind a few members still smoldered. Maybe somehow I could fan them into flame. Admittedly it was not a prospect fraught with hope, but I decided to give it one more try.

Seated under the oak the next evening I said, “Our first fallacy tonight is called Ad Misericordiam.”

She quivered with delight.

“Listen closely,” I said. “A man applies for a job. When the boss asks him what his qualifications are, he replies that he has a wife and six children at home, the wife is a helpless cripple, the children have nothing to eat, no clothes to wear, no shoes on their feet, there are no beds in the house, no coal in the cellar, and winter is coming.”

A tear rolled down each of Polly’s pink cheeks. “Oh, this is awful, awful,” she sobbed.

“Yes, it’s awful,” I agreed, “but it’s no argument. The man never answered the boss’s question about his qualifications. Instead he appealed to the boss’s sympathy. He committed the fallacy of Ad Misericordiam. Do you understand?”

“Have you got a handkerchief?” she blubbered.

I handed her a handkerchief and tried to keep from screaming while she wiped her eyes. “Next,” I said in a carefully controlled tone, “we will discuss False Analogy. Here is an example: Students should be allowed to look at their textbooks during examinations. After all, surgeons have X-rays to guide them during an operation, lawyers have briefs to guide them during a trial, carpenters have blueprints to guide them when they are building a house. Why, then, shouldn’t students be allowed to look at their textbooks during an examination?”

“There now,” she said enthusiastically, “is the most marvy idea I’ve heard in years.”

“Polly,” I said testily, “the argument is all wrong. Doctors, lawyers, and carpenters aren’t taking a test to see how much they have learned, but students are. The situations are altogether different, and you can’t make an analogy between them.”

“I still think it’s a good idea,” said Polly.

“Nuts,” I muttered. Doggedly I pressed on. “Next we’ll try Hypothesis Contrary to Fact.”

“Sounds yummy,” was Polly’s reaction.

“Listen: If Madame Curie had not happened to leave a photographic plate in a drawer with a chunk of pitchblende, the world today would not know about radium.”

“True, true,” said Polly, nodding her head “Did you see the movie? Oh, it just knocked me out. That Walter Pidgeon is so dreamy. I mean he fractures me.”

“If you can forget Mr. Pidgeon for a moment,” I said coldly, “I would like to point out that statement is a fallacy. Maybe Madame Curie would have discovered radium at some later date. Maybe somebody else would have discovered it. Maybe any number of things would have happened. You can’t start with a hypothesis that is not true and then draw any supportable conclusions from it.”

“They ought to put Walter Pidgeon in more pictures,” said Polly, “I hardly ever see him any more.”

One more chance, I decided. But just one more. There is a limit to what flesh and blood can bear. “The next fallacy is called Poisoning the Well.”

“How cute!” she gurgled.

“Two men are having a debate. The first one gets up and says, ‘My opponent is a notorious liar. You can’t believe a word that he is going to say.’ ... Now, Polly, think. Think hard. What’s wrong?”

I watched her closely as she knit her creamy brow in concentration. Suddenly a glimmer of intelligence—the first I had seen—came into her eyes. “It’s not fair,” she said with indignation. “It’s not a bit fair. What chance has the second man got if the first man calls him a liar before he even begins talking?”

“Right!” I cried exultantly. “One hundred per cent right. It’s not fair. The first man has poisoned the well before anybody could drink from it. He has hamstrung his opponent before he could even start ... Polly, I’m proud of you.”

“Pshaws,” she murmured, blushing with pleasure.

“You see, my dear, these things aren’t so hard. All you have to do is concentrate. Think—examine—evaluate. Come now, let’s review everything we have learned.”

“Fire away,” she said with an airy wave of her hand.

Heartened by the knowledge that Polly was not altogether a cretin, I began a long, patient review of all I had told her. Over and over and over again I cited instances, pointed out flaws, kept hammering away without letup. It was like digging a tunnel. At first, everything was work, sweat, and darkness. I had no idea when I would reach the light, or even if I would. But I persisted. I pounded and clawed and scraped, and finally I was rewarded. I saw a chink of light. And then the chink got bigger and the sun came pouring in and all was bright.

Five grueling nights with this took, but it was worth it. I had made a logician out of Polly; I had taught her to think. My job was done. She was worthy of me, at last. She was a fit wife for me, a proper hostess for my many mansions, a suitable mother for my well-heeled children.

It must not be thought that I was without love for this girl. Quite the contrary. Just as Pygmalion loved the perfect woman he had fashioned, so I loved mine. I decided to acquaint her with my feelings at our very next meeting. The time had come to change our relationship from academic to romantic.

“Polly,” I said when next we sat beneath our oak, “tonight we will not discuss fallacies.”

“Aw, gee,” she said, disappointed.

“My dear,” I said, favoring her with a smile, “we have now spent five evenings together. We have gotten along splendidly. It is clear that we are well matched.”

“Hasty Generalization,” said Polly brightly.

“I beg your pardon,” said I.

“Hasty Generalization,” she repeated. “How can you say that we are well matched on the basis of only five dates?”

I chuckled with amusement. The dear child had learned her lessons well. “My dear,” I said, patting her hand in a tolerant manner, “five dates is plenty. After all, you don’t have to eat a whole cake to know that it’s good.”

“False Analogy,” said Polly promptly. “I’m not a cake. I’m a girl.”

I chuckled with somewhat less amusement. The dear child had learned her lessons perhaps too well. I decided to change tactics. Obviously the best approach was a simple, strong, direct declaration of love. I paused for a moment while my massive brain chose the proper word. Then I began:

“Polly, I love you. You are the whole world to me, the moon and the stars and the constellations of outer space. Please, my darling, say that you will go steady with me, for if you will not, life will be meaningless. I will languish. I will refuse my meals. I will wander the face of the earth, a shambling, hollow-eyed hulk.”

There, I thought, folding my arms, that ought to do it.

“Ad Misericordiam,” said Polly.

I ground my teeth. I was not Pygmalion; I was Frankenstein, and my monster had me by the throat. Frantically I fought back the tide of panic surging through me; at all costs I had to keep cool.

“Well, Polly,” I said, forcing a smile, “you certainly have learned your fallacies.”

“You’re darn right,” she said with a vigorous nod.

“And who taught them to you, Polly?”

“You did.”

“That’s right. So you do owe me something, don’t you, my dear? If I hadn’t come along you never would have learned about fallacies.”

“Hypothesis Contrary to Fact,” she said instantly.

I dashed perspiration from my brow. “Polly,” I croaked, “you mustn’t take all these things so literally. I mean this is just classroom stuff. You know that the things you learn in school don’t have anything to do with life.”

“Dicto Simpliciter,” she said, wagging her finger at me playfully.

That did it. I leaped to my feet, bellowing like a bull. “Will you or will you not go steady with me?”

“I will not,” she replied.

“Why not?” I demanded.

“Because this afternoon I promised Petey Bellows that I would go steady with him.”

I reeled back, overcome with the infamy of it. After he promised, after he made a deal, after he shook my hand! “The rat!” I shrieked, kicking up great chunks of turf. “You can’t go with him, Polly. He’s a liar. He’s a cheat. He’s a rat.”

“Poisoning the Well ,” said Polly, “and stop shouting. I think shouting must be a fallacy too.”

With an immense effort of will, I modulated my voice. “All right,” I said. “You’re a logician. Let’s look at this thing logically. How could you choose Petey Bellows over me? Look at me—a brilliant student, a tremendous intellectual, a man with an assured future. Look at Petey—a knothead, a jitterbug, a guy who’ll never know where his next meal is coming from. Can you give me one logical reason why you should go steady with Petey Bellows?”

“I certainly can,” declared Polly. “He’s got a raccoon coat.”

*story posted for my Classmate in Masters, but since I love this story, I ought to share it with you guys... enjoy!

Friday, March 12, 2010

VISA ni Lolo (Lolo's VISA)

This is a true story taken from one of the most read newspaper in the Philippines .

A 70-year old 'lolo' from the province was accompanied by a grandson to the US Embassy in Manila for his VISA interview.
The lolo spoke not a word of English so the grandson translated for him. The Consul told the young man to ask his grandfather why he wanted to go to the States.

"Bakit daw ho ninyo gustong pumunta sa Amerika?" The grandson translated.

"Sabihin mo gusto kong makita yung mga anak ko doon."
"He said he wants to see his children there."
Fair enough, that's what the lolo's application indicated.

The Consul had another question. "Ask him why does he have to go there? Why can't his children just come and visit him here?"

The grandson translated this in Tagalog.

Lolo replied: "Sabihin mo kasi dito pinanganak yung mga anak ko.
Nakita na nila ang Pilipinas. Gusto ko namang makita ang Amerika bago ako mamatay."
(Translation: "Tell him, my children were born here. They've seen the
Philippines already. I just want to see America before I die.")

The HEARTLESS Consul was unimpressed as he declared, devoid of any emotion, that he was rejecting the visa application "because the applicant was unable to speak any word of English."

"Reject daw yung visa ninyo kasi hindi daw kayo marunong mag-Ingles."

The lolo was equally unimpressed. "Sabihin mo ito sa kanya at huwag na huwag mong papalitan ang sasabihin ko: "Putang ina niya, bakit siya nandidito eh hindi naman siya marunong mag
Tagalog! ?"

Translated, "He said: You son of a bitch, how come you are here... you do not know how to speak in Tagalog!?"

Taken aback, sense of humor still intact, the consul relented and approved lolo's visa application in pronto.

(Taken from The Philippine Star (newspaper), written by Boo Chanco)

Go LoLo...Mabuhay ang Pinoy!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

taymferst... casual conversations; comment on blog edition

Need a breather from my report, I'm browsing the blogspot dashboard and found Sheenah's new post-Our Baby: Boy or Girl.

If you're too tired, too gay, too sleepy, too lazy, too *tooooot* to click on the link, she basically talks about her baby and betting whether the baby is a boy or a girl from the preggy signs.

She then formulated two names for her baby; Chad Cedric and Danah Louise, if its a boy or a girl respectively.

I just smiled with what I posted on her comment:

ayaw mo ng Phiper? or Leo? (from the hit tv series CHARMED; for the benefit of those who are unfamiliar)
Andrea or Jim?(the Corrs; my favorite band)
Naruto? Sakura? (obviously!)
Kurama? Mikaela? (Sige nga, tingnan natin mga anime freaks kung kilala nila...)
Pikachu? Charmander? (we both love Pokemon!)


However, I’d wish its a girl. tapos girl, tapos boy, tapos boy ulit, tapos twins na girl boy, tapos twins na girl girl then twins na boy boy….
i was thinking of quadruplets but im thinking kung pwede lahat ng combinations..

Of procrastination and of projects; commercial from school mode

I’m still here in the office, an hour after my shift ended. During my shift, I was supposed to do my report since there weren’t too many stuff to do, however, “I” won’t work; with my report I mean. I was trying to do my report but it just paved way to think of ideas what to blog; about my grandmother, about work, etc. I don’t have the”creative” juice to do my report.

My project is actually chapter 1 of a thesis report, our professor just wants us to see if we learned something from the communication theories and models we discussed. Waiting for a laptop, verrrrrrrrrry slow computer at home, and a heated argument with husband doesn’t help at all.

Procrastination was and has been my problem since college, for some reason, even if I try working on my project days, weeks, or even months doesn’t work. My brain will just start “chug-chug chooo chooo” either the day before, hours before, and worse (last week) minutes before the deadline.
After doing the first part, my brain needs a chill, so blog hopped some sites and checked the news. For some reason, my brain needs to be pumped (*grins*) before it works. Now, I’ll get back to my report, will make my brain works smoothly as if I’m working someone in bed.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I-shoes Issues

Pa, please, buy me a new pair of shoes! Mine’s already (just bought last week) old! There are stains already, so I won’t be able to use it anymore! Pa, please! Buy me a new one!
DAD: nods an “NO.”

DAD: Son, please, buy a new pair of shoes, yours is already torn, old and the soles are already saying “hi!,” you shouldn’t be using that anymore! Son please! Buy a new one!
ME: nods a “NO.”

For some reason, I’m not fond of shoes, and I’m not sure if my parents were blessed to have me as their kid, because instead of getting irritated of sons asking their parents to buy them new shoes, my parents (and siblings) actually are the ones getting embarrassed with my shoes.

I like my shoes, the older the better, my feet loves getting used to old shoes. I don’t like the feeling of walking new shoes, and I definitely don’t like the feeling of people looking at my foot because of the new shoes (Haller!? May mukha ako!?)

My MMK moment was with my sister when she was about to get married and because during that time I love my big titanic-like shoes, but it was old enough to be thrown in the garbage, she said, “Mamili ka, bibili ka ng sapatos o hindi ka pupunta sa kasal ko!” (“You choose, you will buy a new pair of shoes or you will not attend my wedding!”) I love my sister; so my dad and I went to the nearest town mall (Olivarez Plaza) and bought the simplest, most inexpensive leather I-will-only-wear-for-my-sister’s-wedding-shoes.

During high school until college, I maintain at least 2-3 shoes; rubber and leather, other than that, I don’t really think of the need to have more shoes since I don’t care what to wear, as long as I have something to wear, am good.

Another issue I have with shoes is that people tend to envy my shoes; for one, I don’t buy them, they’re all hand me downs of my cousins, and since they’re the one who owns the cool, up to date, fashionable shoes, I get some of their blessings.

However, for some reason, last December, there were a couple of shoes in Girbaud that caught my attention, but since 1)I don’t have the budget, 2)I don’t see the use of the (casual)shoes , I didn’t buy it.

Right now, husband and I get into arguments because of that; he wants me to buy new shoes, but since I don’t have the budget, I don’t. The crocodile pair of leather shoes is already saying “let me rest in peace.”

Not right now, I still have 3 reserved shoes at my rack; the zombie shoes, the titanic shoes, and the rock shoes. Try to imagine why I described those as such.

*images captured from oddee.com

Let's sing!

Procastionation singing

Gusto kong mag blog pero di ko magawa ...

Gusto kong mag blog pero di ko magawa...

May report pa'kong ipapass kailangang magawa....


Friday, March 5, 2010

Best bride’s maidman

Because she’s in Baguio right now…

Yun pala feeling… (So that’s how it feels like..)
*Zhe finished product! (No, not the cake, the newlyweds!)

Sheenah, my ex gelpren turned brestpren just got married last February 28, 2010 2pm at Café Makiling at Los Banos, Laguna. I had a class the day before and since I came from my Friday shift, being awake for 24 hours, I have the rights to get at least 8 hours of sleep last Saturday night. I was awakened by husband Sunday morning to prepare for the wedding, however, since we’re living in the Philippines and specifically in Makati; for some odd reason; it was brown out. Hailing from Laguna, we were used to hot baths; even on summer, so I asked him to boil a pot of water. However, I didn’t get the chance to take a bath- the pot he used still stinks Paksiw from our landlady’s paksiw from last night. I don’t want to smell paksiw during her wedding. *TING!* I then got an idea; we went to Glorietta and went to uh.. “the competitor gym” to take a bath and since I was eyeing a polo shirt as well, I bought it on my way to the gym.

I left my mobile phone back in Makati, since I started the day rough. So when I came to the Café Makiling, she asked me if I received her text message, I told her I forgot my mobile phone and told me that I will be the best man, my chinito eyes widened, I smiled inside; because at the back of my mind, I was already expecting that. Okay, so I told husband (Jeff) to stand by and left him on one of the tables and went to talk to their pastor and asked what to do. Her sister was the bride’s maid, her dress was nice, and again, my chinito eyes widened, I smiled inside; because at the back of my mind, I wish I was wearing that dress.. Haha! Kiddin!

She invited of course, her family, her husband’s family their officemates and us, high school friends (and me the ex boyfriend turned gay! Haha!). It was romantic and simple in a hot afternoon, but we’re all happy. I am happy.

After the ceremony, it was lunch and I went to introduce husband to high school friends, and they finally got introduced. Jeff loves them and (I hope) they loved him as well. We enjoyed each other's company and I miss our bonding.

The plan was to continue eating the cake at their home, however, since Jeff’s mum was expecting us, we weren’t able to go with them.

To Sheenah and Dave, all the happiness in the World be with you!

Just remember, I’ll be and always be here…

Love you brestpren!

*The newly weds, and their bestman in the background trying to be goofy again.

*The Bride's Maid, the Wife, the Husband and the Bride's Maid wanna be aka Best GAY MAN.

Their uber cute wedding cake!

More pics here!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Yoga Boy in me

I pride myself being a nonconformist.

I don’ go with the flow; I battle with the flow, I create my own flow; my own bandwagon.

I hate Nokia phones and those I-everything; those have become the status symbol, which I don’t like being “status-ed as” nor associated with.

Running was one of my passion, especially during my high school days, given the height and limbs like that of a horse, and my quick speed, I was one of the runners of our batch. Come college, no more physical sports. Too bad I left that university with the big oval, and with the fertility trees beside the oval, anyway, so it was bye bye physical fitness. Right now, everyone is running fun runs, marathons pops here and there. Another reason why I won’t join is that I hate events with lots of people; I hate peopleish places.

After graduation, I was lucky (or because of the Secret) that I was able to enroll in one of the prominent gyms here in Makati. During those times, it didn’t occur to me to join the classes because I thought there’s addition fee; apparently not.

I then chose Yoga; Hatha Yoga to be exact.

I started the last quarter of 2008 and boy I loved it! I love pushing myself to its limits and little did I know, and just realized a year after,(when Jeff joined me, he pointed at me that the levels of the class) that the first class I joined; was actually a class for Level 3-Expert. No wonder I was in LITERAL pain the day after. I love flexing and stretching and balancing; and no! I haven’t tried sucking myself! For those who are green and pervs who keeps on asking me. Hehehehe.
I stopped doing hatha yoga since I started back to school; I don’t want to attend other yoga classes since my favorite is Pio during the Saturday morning class. You’ll be amazed on what things he can do, and he was the firs one who taught me headstand; which for me was the peak of my yoga career. Hehehe.

It’s funny why Yoga now evolved; bikram yoga, hatha yoga, Raja yoga, laughter yoga, and all those yoga yoga…

Yesterday, out of curiosity, I tried the Yogafit class with Bam during the Wednesday morning class. Bam, middle aged, her smile brighter than sun, overflowing with positive vibes, and loud bubbly voice. I was surprised that she welcomed me and being preggy and all, I was challenged since she can do lots of poses (which require core and shoulder work) she’s nothing but a body of paper. When she do planks, she does it with straight body, and when she do some stances, she CAN REALLY do the stance. After the class I went to change and when I was returning the towels, she was there, she still is in her bright sunny smile and asked for my name, I thanked her for that nice (body aching) class, and told her I’ll be back next week.

I love her, and now I have to bring back my yoga mat from Laguna and will be looking forward to yoga every Wednesday!