Friday, April 16, 2004

Books, Books, Books...All Dem Books

On our way to dinner last night my friends and I passed the Glorietta 2 Booksale outlet. And of course we couldn't resist.

Camille walked out with Anna Karenina, Syd with an architecture book, and Mark with Airframe.

I bought John Madden's One Size Doesn't Fit All (And Other Thoughts From The Road) for 45 pesos and Bridge for Bright Beginners for 5 pesos. I'll see if real bridge is as fun as the bastardized version I used to play—and cut class for—back in college.

Jason didn't get anything but reserved a huge book of Shakespeare's entire works. I wonder if he has already returned for it.

A couple of hours earlier, right after Syd and I tired of taking pictures of a Ferrari Formula 1 car inside a building along Valero, I discovered that there was a Books for Less outlet on the same street. It's very near my building, woohooo!

I think the writing's on the wall—the world is conspiring to empty my wallet.

Thursday, April 15, 2004


We dubbed our Holy Week outing in Mindoro the Buhay-Baboy Bookworms Adventure. It was a blast, but the trip got off on the wrong foot for me.

In our desire to catch the first available trip from Batangas Port to Calapan City we booked ourselves on a boat named Our Lady of Fatima. When it arrived and docked I said a quick prayer. The boat was a bathtub with a roof!

Now I've been on scary boat rides before; some years back I traveled by sea for part of the way from Bicol to Koronadal, South Cotabato. This, however, was something else—the boat barely looked seaworthy. Our Lady of Perpetual Help would have been a more apt name, or perhaps Saint Jude.

Only Syd, who was my seatmate, had an idea how apprehensive I was. We were right in front of a huge air-conditioning unit yet I sweated bullets. I kept looking around for the nearest life vest compartment. And though I was very tired, I didn't dare sleep. For a whole hour my heart was in my throat.

When the boat docked in Calapan I immediately stood up, intending to be the first person out of that boat. Syd asked why I was in such a hurry but I only said, "This is where I get off." Just being inside that boat made me nauseous!

When I got down I kissed the concrete…well, almost. But never again will I take for granted how good it is to be on solid ground.

Happy Days Are Here Again

Eddie Gil is back on the official list of candidates! He can campaign until the Supreme Court resolves his petition with finality! He can regale us with his hilarious soundbites again! I still have a chance to share his wealth! Uh, what did I eat this morning?

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Ripped From Our Muse's Blog

Grab the book nearest to you. Turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down here what it says:
"Third: Establish a definite date when you intend to possess," from Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich, a book I saw on the desk an officemate.

Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first?
An officemate.

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
WWE Smackdown on RPN 9 last Monday night.

Without looking, guess what the time it is:
5:15 p.m.

Now look at the clock, what is the actual time?
5:18 p.m. Dayum!

With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
A whirring electric fan.

When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
1:45 p.m. I bought a donut and a can of softdrink at 7-11.

Before you came to this website, what did you look at?
Y's blog.

What are you wearing?
Black shoes, black socks, black pants, white undershirt, blue longsleeves, and a silver thumb ring.

Did you dream last night? What about?
Nope. Or maybe I did but forgot.

When did you last laugh? Why?
A few minutes ago. I was watching William Hung's audition on American Idol.

What is on the walls of the room you are in?
"Fire Exit" directional signs.

Seen anything weird lately?
An officemate imitating William Hung.

What do you think of this quiz?
It's quirky.

What is the last film you saw?
The Passion of the Christ.

If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?
A billiards table or a Playstation 2.

Tell me something about you that I don't know:
I see short people.

If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
Aside from being picked as the 1999 PBA Rookie of the Year, Danny Seigle would also chosen as that year's Most Valuable Player.

Do you like to dance?
Does slam dancing qualify as a dance? If so, then yes.

George Bush: Is he a power-crazy nutcase or some one who is finally doing something that has needed to be done for years?
Power-crazy nutcase who takes after his dad.

Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?

Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?

Would you ever consider living abroad?
Only if FPJ wins the presidential elections.

Tuesday, April 6, 2004


I found an very early draft of the letter I sent when I applied for a leave of absence from law school. This was the first paragraph:
I regret to inform you that I am going on a leave of absence due to medical reasons—law school makes me sick!

Friday, April 2, 2004

Beanbag Potatoes

Yesterday after work I went to my favorite kulot's house.

When I arrived she asked what movie I wanted to watch. I picked out The Transformers: The Movie.

I knew it, she said.


Her sister arrived and joined us, and we decided to eat dinner in front of the TV.

I kept missing my mouth with the spoon and shoveling food against my cheek. That was how engrossed I was.


As usual, I teared up when Optimus Prime died.

I'm twenty-five and I've seen the movie a million times yet I was still affected. Imagine how that death rocked my world when I was ten.


After Transformers, we watched American Idol. To be honest I don't get that show. I also don't see why everyone's raving about it. But at least the two Fil-Ams acquitted themselves well.

I left when Idol ended. It was the perfect timing—the sisters were going to watch For Love or Money 2.

Artistas At The MRT

Yesterday I saw Iza Calzado and Jomari Yllana at the Shaw MRT station. The two were promoting their new soap opera on GMA 7, Te Amo Maging Sino Ka Man.

She is very pretty in person, and looked like she was having a blast signing autographs and posing for pictures with her fans. Then and there I forgave her for that blah shampoo commercial.

He, however, looked ill at ease. But considering how the commuters gawked, I guess he had reason to feel uncomfortable. Like being a fish in a bowl, I think, is how the sensation is described.