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The name Ardythe:good war (Anglo-saxon); flowering field (Hebrew); spiritual prosperity (Swedish); Norwegian goddess.

Monday, January 31, 2005

Abusing Friendster

Yesterday, I read in last week's newspaper Today that Bishop Socrates Villegas has a lot of friendster accounts. The bishop was deeply emabrrassed by this. Pope John Paul II also has friendster accounts, and Gloria Arroyo has 88 accounts!

Be responsible. I am reporting the abuse of these accounts. One by one. I don't care who you are but you have to respect these people too.

Saturday, January 29, 2005


Vivian and Carlo Posted by Hello

i got this from SBS even if I cannot understand a word. hahaha.

I missed the ending. But then, what are replays for? And of course, the presence of cds. I wonder if there are legal copies available...

Added Burden

The Value added tax is now a whooping twelve percent from ten percent. Only 11 congressmen disagreed with this raise. Now the bill is in the Senate.

More tax...to be shouldered by the common people and SMEs will be greatly affected. The IPPs have nothing to be worried about, so are the big corporations.

My parents have been paying taxes. I am paying taxes, and this increase is a very heavy load, to think that the economy is not doing good, and there is no increase in wages and salaries.

More tax...more money from the people that can be used for corruption. Let us hope that this will not be approved by the Senate.

President Arroyo is an economist and she should be more than knowledgeable about this. It seems that she is thinking less of an economist and more of a capitalist.

After the Disaster

I have been taught by Haribon-UPLB that coral reefs and mangroves are essential for the coastlines because they minimize (with buffering effect) the impact of waves that greets our coastlines.

Yet we do not apply this in our lives. We continue to destroy the shorelines, some for reclamation purposes and what not. But still we continue to educate school children, our fellow school mates and the citizens.

The WWF supports this:

Green reconstruction vital in tsunami aftermath

10 Jan 2005

Gland, Switzerland - In the aftermath of the tsunami disaster, WWF is calling on governments to support the devastated communities by ensuring that efforts to rebuild their livelihoods are environmentally sustainable.

The call comes as a UN conference on the vulnerability of small island developing states gets underway in Mauritius in the Indian Ocean Ñ the geographical area severely impacted by the tsunami.

"Healthy ecosystems can save lives," said Isabelle Louis, Director of the WWF Asia Pacific Programme.

"Places that had healthy coral reefs and intact mangroves, which act as natural buffers, were less badly hit by the tsunami than those where the reefs had been damaged and mangroves ripped out and replaced by prawn farms and poorly planned beachfront hotels."

For example, in the Maldives, it is estimated that the damage from the tsunami could have been much worse if the government's policy of protecting the network of coral reefs that shield the islands from the open sea had not been so diligent.

As humanitarian needs for food and shelter are met, WWF calls for long-term green reconstruction efforts. They should capitalise on natural defence mechanisms, appropriate coastal zone planning, rehabilitation of habitats, and restoration of sustainable livelihoods.

"Poorly planned coastal development has compounded the impact of the tsunami,Ó said Mubariq Ahmad, Head of WWF Indonesia. "It is vital that we don't make the mistakes of the past. We need to rebuild in a sustainable and safe way."

WWF is recommending that coastal developments are in the future not built within a safety zone from the high-tide mark, and is calling for strong coastal zone management policies, planning and/or better implementation within the region.

WWF also supports steps to undertake the tsunami impact and natural disaster risk assessments. These are vital so that coastal ecosystems, such as coral reefs, mangroves, marshes, and forests that buffer the impact of tsunamis are appropriately rehabilitated and restored.

While WWF recognises the immediate need for timber for emergency housing and workplace needs, it is strongly advocating that timber for long-term reconstruction efforts should be harvested from responsibly managed forests. Indiscriminate logging could contribute towards other calamities in the future, such as landslides and flooding.

In the short term, it is also imperative that the fisheries sector is reconstructed responsibly as it is the primary source of livelihood for the thousands of communities affected by the tsunami.

WWF warns that if devastated communities are not adequately resourced to regain immediate access to fishing, there is a real risk that opportunistic fishing fleets will move into the region, and further compound their current plight.


¥ 37 island nations are attending the UN conference on Small Island Developing States from 10-14 January in Mauritius to discuss challenges from natural disasters to climate change and threats from HIV/AIDS. It will discuss as a matter of priority the need for better preparedness in small islands against natural disasters such as tsunamis and cyclones.

¥ WWF is sending an open letter to key participants at the UN conference, offering assistance and support for a green reconstruction for all nations affected by the tsunami.

¥ Coral reefs and mangroves are biologically rich ecosystems that can provide a significant source of income for local communities to rebuild their lives.

For further information:

Claire Doole, Head of Press

WWF International

Tel: +41 79 477 3564

E-Mail: cdoole@wwfint.org

Olivier van Bogaert, Senior Press Officer

WWF International

Tel: +41 79 477 3572

E-Mail: ovanbogaert@wwfint.org

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Hating Asia Agcaoili

Last night on the news, Asia Agacaoili formally launched her video Sex Guru. This has been circulating for months.

If before I hate her, now I hate her more and despise her more. She is one of the reasons why Filipinas get exploited. Narrow-minded foreginers would think that all Filipinas are like her, when in fact most of us are still conservative and tend to think more of values that carnal desires. Times may have changed, but the morals that have been indoctrinated in some of the people remain the same, even if the media and other means are so strong, that is is the individual itself who has the power over his own self. And going back to Asia, yes she has changed physically. She does not look like that when I saw the ad for a tv show Single. Though she has been described there as wild (and look at her now...still wild) and she won! Grrr.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Spending Time

Last Christmas break, this was the schedule of government employees:

on or before 7am: Log in (using the fingerprint scanner)
Hang around/talk talk talk

7:45 eat breakfast (I was in Jollibee until 8:20 am) and more employees are still coming in

Perhaps by 9:10 they will go back to the office which is a few minutes away

9:15 work for some, chikka for others, sideline work

10:00 break

10:30 work for some, chikka for others, sideline work

11:30 lunch

1:00 work for some, chikka for others, sideline work

3:00 break

3:30 continue work or prepare because they will be going home

4:00 out

Don't ask me what they do now. Visit them and know who are working.

Part of the Problem

Corruption, primarily in government, has become a major issue in poor countries including the Philippines.

One of the reasons is that it?s there, like Mount Everest, having been around for decades in these countries, and having grown into proportions so monstrous it?s evident in every arena of public life.

Another reason is the international finance institutions??for example the World Bank?s and the Asian Development Bank?s?relatively recent focus on it.

It?s logical enough. Corruption has so metastasized that these institutions now see it as a hindrance to foreign investments, which in their view is the key to economic development in the former colonies and present neo-colonies. (A neo-colony is a country that has the formal trappings of independence, but whose economic policies and governance are actually under foreign control.)

Bureaucratic extortion and irregularities in the awarding of government contracts?meaning the non-implementation of such rules as bids and bidding conditions, for example?not only add to the cost of doing business in the Philippines. They also mean unpredictable results in one?s ventures.

When a foreign investor stays away for these reasons, goes the argument, the result is that the employment that could otherwise have been generated doesn?t happen. The production of goods people can use or consume doesn?t take place. Economic growth suffers as a result.

Progressive economists like Alejandro Lichauco take exception to the argument that assigns a crucial role to foreign investments as a factor in economic development. They point out that the amount of employment generated by foreign ventures is often exaggerated, that foreign investors put in much less capital than conventional economists claim, and that they in fact make use of domestic credit facilities.

In any event, the World Bank and the ADB look at corruption primarily as a hindrance to foreign investments. Characteristically, the most recent ADB report on corruption in the Philippines is entitled ?Improving the Investment Climate in the Philippines.?

And yet the most critical consequence of corruption is not its impact on the confidence of foreign investors, but on the citizenry in terms of inadequate social services, and even on the country?s prospects for the future. Corruption also kills. And as we have seen in the Philippines, corruption compromises the country?s future.

Filipinos are familiar with roads that wash away with the first rain, bridges that collapse, and buildings without fire exits?all made possible via the inspectors of these constructions? looking the other way in consideration of the usual SOP ("Standard Operating Procedure": a previously respectable term that in the bureaucracy now means bribery).

When the inevitable comes?when a bridge collapses under less than the load it was built for, or when a fire breaks out?hundreds die and are injured. But not only kickback-built structures maim and kill. In November of 2004, Filipinos also learned that the medical services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines also administer expired drugs to soldier-patients. Such drugs are given away free by the drug companies. Using them instead of purchasing their still potent counterparts means that the funds thus ?saved? can go into the bank accounts of the responsible officials. No one knows how many soldiers or the dependents of soldiers have died as a result.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education, one of the most corrupt government departments in the Philippines together with Public Works and Finance, has dumbed-down who knows how many people by making error-filled textbooks available to millions of school children.

The same department has also made sure that there will be more than the usual number of dolts among the citizenry in the future by hiring unqualified but politically-connected teachers. It also has a classroom shortage so severe thousands of children can?t attend school for weeks at a time every rainy season because their ?classrooms? are actually the shade of the nearest mango tree.

The ADB report correctly observes that corruption is now ?systemic and widespread across all levels of the bureaucracy". But Tom Crouch, ADB Country Director for the Philippines, told a press conference that the will to implement reforms is not at issue in the Philippines, but rather ?the pace of reform.?

Crouch said he was convinced of the Arroyo government?s commitment to reform, but said in the same breath that what is missing is ?firm political will and commitment to implement the required policies and civil service reform.?

One can understand Crouch?s dilemma. The ADB report identifies the culprit as the bureaucracy?but the ADB nevertheless has to rely on the big bureaucrats who control the bureaucracy to reform it.

The biggest bureaucrat in the Philippines is the President, who occupies a post so powerful he or she can influence what laws Congress will pass and even how the Supreme Court will interpret them, on the basis of his or her domestic and foreign policies?or what pass for policies.

If she wishes, the President can also summarily dismiss corrupt officials in both the military and civilian bureaucracies. The President can convince the bureaucracy that she is truly committed to rooting out corruption by seeing to it that her associates and relatives as well as she herself are above suspicion for the same offenses.

Despite the vast powers available to the Presidency, no one who has occupied that post has used them to combat corruption. On the contrary. Cronyism?favoring one?s associates over others?has become a principal hallmark of the Presidency, as have the prosperity of relatives, and in most instances, the President?s own. The biggest and most corrupt officials are tolerated, their remaining in office assured by their closeness to the chief executive and by the excuse that nothing can be proven in court, while apprehending small-time crooks are held up as proof of government sincerity in combating corruption.

Why this happens is rooted in the elite monopoly over political power, which itself is assured by fraudulent elections in which who has the most money decides victory. Once elected, the official must pay off the debts, political or otherwise, he or she has incurred?and one of the modes of repayment is appointment to posts lucrative in the opportunities for corruption they provide.

What?s part of the problem cannot be part of the solution. The dominance of the political and economic elite over the Philippine state being at the root of corruption in government, it stands to reason that the crooks cannot be their own prosecutors.

Only the participation of the poor and the powerless in governance can address corruption. Growing public awareness of its disempowerment as a critical factor in government corruption has thus led to vigorous efforts at broadening political participation.

But the elite that benefits from its monopoly of power, and which uses that power to rob the citizenry of public funds to the detriment of the social services to which it is entitled, will not be a party to the eradication of the very conditions that enable it to abuse public power in behalf of its private interests.

Every effort to broaden political participation, whether through authentic party- list groups representing marginalized sectors, or through mass movements and sectoral organizations like women?s and labor groups, is thus being met with police refusal to grant permits and/or violent police dispersals?and in extreme cases, with harassment, threats and assassinations.

It?s logical enough from the elite standpoint. The democratization of political power is the first condition for ending its monopoly over power and one of its consequences, ?widespread and systemic? corruption. For the democracy to which it pays lip service to actually happen would be the worst of disasters for it.


We have improved during the past few years?we have been gaining more methods and increasing the rating of corruption. Doom is looping over our country. Greed is what makes men live by this. He wants to have more than his neighbor. Honest people have been tempted too, yet only a few are strong enough.

I have been writing about corruption since highschool and yes it has changed. Before, small cities do not engage in this activity but perhaps they see themselves and compare their lowly selves to those that they see on tv and the papers. When they attend activities, they can see that they do not have the grandeur that the corrupt has. As a result, they desire for more and it is really easy to accomplish these. Just make sure that the accomplice will not sing. How? Give him his share. And the share should not be a measly amount , otherwise when another is offered, and definitely higher, he is more likely to be a connivance to that.

We pay our taxes as an ordinary citizen. Aside from that we also pay for VAT and real estate property tax. Where do they go? Yes they go the our beloved country's projects for the welfare of the people. They go somewhere else too..To the pockets of our leaders, our engineers, our police, and other servants. Yes we do have the hospitals, roads, bridges and more, but we could have more than that,.and better ones too. Our education is already suffering because of the lack of teachers and classrooms. Books that have been provided for free are for sale. Remember the time that wrong books are used? This is a History book and the facts are false. If you think that the teacher is safe from corruption, think again. She (or he) is likely to fail a poor student but the rich, though not that smart, can easily breeze his way through the academe. Our researches are not that supported that is why the Filipino inventors seek patents and royalty outside the country. What about shortchanging? This is also a sign. Imagine the department store or supermarket shortchanging every customer 10 centavos and they cater to 1 customer every two minutes and there are 50 cashiers. Multiply the product to eleven shopping hours = 165,000 centavos or 16,500 pesos! The drivers also do that. When you take home the company's supply of paper...what do you think? The military has a lot of expenditures but still we do not have the latest gadgets for defending our country against terrorism.

Corruption starts young. This activity has been as old as civilization.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

The Good, The Bad, and The Evil

You scored as Neutral Good. A Neutral Good person tries to do the
'goodest' thing possible. These people are willing to work with
the law to accomplish their goal, but if the law is corrupt they are just as willing to tear it down. To these people, doing what's right is the most important thing, regardless of rules, customs, or laws.

Neutral Good


Lawful Good


Chaotic Good


True Neutral


Lawful Neutral


Lawful Evil


Neutral Evil


Chaotic Neutral


Chaotic Evil


What is your Alignment?
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You Are 17 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.
13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.
20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.
30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!
40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

You Have A Type B+ Personality


You're a pro at going with the flow
You love to kick back and take in everything life has to offer
A total joy to be around, people crave your stability.

While you're totally laid back, you can have bouts of hyperactivity.
Get into a project you love, and you won't stop until it's done
You're passionate - just selective about your passions

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

You Are a Bright Star Soul

Like a shining star, you have no trouble being the center of attention
In fact, you often feel a bit hurt when all eyes aren't on you
You need to be number one in everything, no matter how trivial
And it's this ego that both hurts your confidence and helps you acheive

You're dramatic and a powerhouse of pure energy
You posess a divine quality or uniqueness that's hard to define
A natural performer, it's likely you'll become famous in some circles.
Just learn not to take everyone's reaction to you so personally!

Souls you are most compatible with: Newborn Soul and Prophet Soul

Your Element Is Air

You dislike conflict, and you've been able to rise above the angst of the world.
And when things don't go your way, you know they'll blow over quickly.

Easygoing, you tend to find joy from the simple things in life.
You roll with the punches, and as a result, your life is light and cheerful.

You find it easy to adapt to most situations, and you're an open person.
With you, what you see is what you get... and people love that!

You Are a Pundit Blogger!

Your blog is smart, insightful, and always a quality read.
Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few

Friday, January 21, 2005

It Ain't Over

The new lay-out for the ground floor of our workplace has been approved.

I'm at the center. It means I have to limit my chatting to YM and MSN. I cannot chat in ICQ anymore, at least durong weekdays at the office. Checking my email and bulletin board posts? Blog posts? I will not stop these. These are the necessities of my life.

One thing I really hate. I'm seated beside a person that I do not like. Ugh. She has such a bad attitide. Chismosa, inggitera, manlalait, masiba, nagmumura... Pardon me but she will be getting her fifthe memo for being late (since last year, our company issued that all memos are to be carried over). I wish...

Bad Ardythe.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

The Battle for Consumers 2


Jollibee has a greater impact on the Filipinos. I'm not a burger fanatic so let us talk about their other products. Their burgersteak tastes so delicious. So is their Spaghetti. I love their pocketpies and it is definitely a plus for them that they offer a newspaper (Philippines Star or Inquirer) during the breakfast whenever one buys a value meal with a pocket pie.

Mcdonald's fries are more firm and their Mcflurry is the thing I want every meal.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005


I will be taking up French in March at Alliance Francaise. I just knew about this last week and the classes are already on the first session as I inquired. I have been wanting to take this up since 2001 because French is the language of the UN.

I also want to learn other languages. I planned to take Spanish at Instituto de Cervantes but my dad says they are not that good. Why Spanish? Because it is the most romantic language (and another guy have the same reason when he was asked).

Nihonggo? There is a Nihonggo Center in Morayta subsidized by the Japansese embassy. Primarily I want to be knowledgeable about this language so that I can understand the animes. Hehehe.

Lastly, I want to learn the language that most people speak. It is Mandarin Chinese. No school yet.


I have been saying this for weeks and my sisters have been calling me jologs. At least I am real. Besides this is the only kababawan that I watch (and I did not watch Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka and Happy Together, unlike Alexandra. nyahahaha).

I do not know that a lot of people have been saying this too. I never heard anyone when I started. I was just surprised last week when ABS-CBN had a promotion (read: commercial) of Lovers in Paris.

I hate it last night that they moved its timeslot to after SCQ. Matter of fact, I think SCQ is pure kajologan that I sleep right after Lovers (8:40 to 9:20pm) which comes before Hiram (30 minutes) and after that is SCQ (I surmise this show lasts for an hour). So think how late it is! Funny thing is that last night, I fell asleep during Hiram (around 8:45 pm) and I woke up when Vivian and Carlo were shouting. My mom was laughing at me.

I felt sorry for Carlo, not for Vivian. I know how this story will end. I have been told last month. But I do not care. I like Carlo very much.


Saturday, January 15, 2005

The Battle for Consumers

It never ends...

There is this beautiful Coca-cola advertisement wherein the girl sings Sana...I do not know her but I think she is Nina. Pepsi's ads are good worldwide, but they do not advertise that much. Hah! (Except of course for their commercial with Jericho Rosales.)

Globe is trying to tie up with Smart as the former has a new ad. Really nice. One problem, the voice over was Sharon and she does not sound good. Well sure she sang beautifully. but now as she talks...Smart's ad was very good! Although I hate Heart and Jasmin Trias.

ABS-CBN and GMA is the real war. Here are the facts:
GMA-Eat Bulaga has no equal. I like the Sex Bomb dancers when they dance, not when they act. So lame.
Endless Love Series did make it high in the ratings, but they just got the idea of chinovelas from ABS-CBN
Starstruck is just an idea from ABS-CBN.
Mike Enriquez is hateful, and so is the obesity of Jessica Soho, though I like her. I despise Love A–over. Exag.
Anime here are the best.
Their stars are pinagswaan na.
Reality shows suck.

ABS-CBN has more beautiful buildings and has a chopper (they are rich!)
In Chinovelas, they started it with Meteor Garden. It really was a top-grosser, even the actors there made a lot of appearances here and made a lot of money too from their endorsement (Mexican telenovelas? RPN did the best than both these networks.)
ABS-CBN was the original in the search for stars using Star Circle, way back in the early 1990's. They just did not televise it before.
The anchors and hosts here have more etiquette.
They can really make you shine if you have the potential.

Wishes: I wish they'd stop dubbing the english cartoons into Filipino. It's okay to dub Nihonggo into Filipino.
I wish they would move the late night shows like Pipol to an earlier timeslot like 10.
I wish they would lessen the teleseryes.

(to be continued...)

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Monday, January 10, 2005

Ode to the Nice Guys

(I got this from Jem)

Written for the Wharton Undergraduate Journal

This is a tribute to the nice guys. The nice guys that finish last, that never become more than friends, that endure hours of whining and bitching about what assholes guys are, while disproving the very point. This is dedicated to those guys who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs, those guys who hold open doors and give reassuring pats on the back and sit patiently outside the changing room at department stores. This is in honor of the guys that obligingly reiterate how cute/beautiful/smart/funny/sexy their female friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most girls need that litany of support. This is in honor of the guys with open minds, with laid-back attitudes, with honest concern. This is in honor of the guys who respect a girlÕs every facet, from her privacy to her theology to her clothing style.

This is for the guys who escort their drunk, bewildered female friends back from parties and never take advantage once theyÕre at her door, for the guys who accompany girls to bars as buffers against the rest of the creepy male population, for the guys who know a girl is fishing for compliments but give them out anyway, for the guys who always play by the rules in a game where the rules favor cheaters, for the guys who are accredited as boyfriend material but somehow donÕt end up being boyfriends, for all the nice guys who are overlooked, underestimated, and unappreciated, for all the nice guys who are manipulated, misled, and unjustly abandoned, this is for you.

This is for that time she left 40 urgent messages on your cell phone, and when you called her back, she spent three hours painstakingly dissecting two sentences her boyfriend said to her over dinner. And even though you thought her boyfriend was a chump and a jerk, you assured her that it was all ok and she shouldnÕt worry about it. This is for that time she interrupted the best killing spree youÕd ever orchestrated in GTA3 to rant about a rumor that romantically linked her and the guy she thinks is the most repulsive person in the world. And even though you thought it was immature and you had nothing against the guy, you paused the game for two hours and helped her concoct a counter-rumor to spread around the floor. This is also for that time she didnÕt have a date, so after numerous vows that there was nothing ÒseriousÓ between the two of you, she dragged you to a party where you knew nobody, the beer was awful, and she flirted shamelessly with you, justifying each fit of reckless teasing by announcing to everyone: Òoh, but weÕre just friends!Ó And even though you were invited purely as a symbolic warm body for her ego, you went anyways. Because youÕre nice like that.

The nice guys donÕt often get credit where credit is due. And perhaps more disturbing, the nice guys donÕt seem to get laid as often as they should. And I wish I could logically explain this trend, but I canÕt. From what I have observed on campus and what I have learned from talking to friends at other schools and in the workplace, the only conclusion I can form is that many girls are just illogical, manipulative bitches. Many of them claim they just want to date a nice guy, but when presented with such a specimen, they say irrational, confusing things such as Òoh, heÕs too nice to dateÓ or Òhe would be a good boyfriend but heÕs not for meÓ or Òhe already puts up with so much from me, I couldnÕt possibly ask him out!Ó or the most frustrating of all: Òno, it would ruin our friendship.Ó Yet, they continue to lament the lack of datable men in the world, and they expect their too-nice-to-date male friends to sympathize and apologize for the men that are jerks. Sorry, guys, girls like that are beyond my ability to fathom. I canÕt figure out why the connection breaks down between what they say (I want a nice guy!) and what they do (IÕm going to sleep with this complete ass now!). But one thing I can do, is say that the nice-guy-finishes-last phenomenon doesnÕt last forever. There are definitely many girls who grow out of that train of thought and realize they should be dating the nice guys, not taking them for granted. The tricky part is finding those girls, and even trickier, finding the ones that are single.

So, until those girls are found, I propose a toast to all the nice guys. You know who you are, and I know youÕre sick of hearing yourself described as ubiquitously nice. But the truth of the matter is, the world needs your patience in the department store, your holding open of doors, your party escorting services, your propensity to be a sucker for a pretty smile. For all the crazy, inane, absurd things you tolerate, for all the situations where you are the faceless, nameless hero, my accolades, my acknowledgement, and my gratitude go out to you. You do have credibility in this society, and your well deserved vindication is coming.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Meet Them

Last December 10, we had an EB/Christmas party...I already met some of them before.

around Green Belt

At the Banana Leaf
Aikinoodles, ^dyther^, cristy, goodguyblue

and Curry House
Richard, Kath, Rose857, ^Bratinella^


Marvz Posted by Hello

I am having a hard time using flickr so I reverted to Hello.

Aiki treated us for dinner. How good of her. Well, we had to remind her that this is the Philippines and that she should be careful with her things. =)

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Another Year, Another Start

The entry of the year has been good. Contrary to what I have been expecting, I was not pressured. It seems that I have been doing a lot more work than just surfing the web or chatting. I have made up my mind to get a passport this Friday. I am also learning a lot of new things. Everyday. I am also learning to appreciate the existence of my parents more. I have no idea why, but I feel like I am more sweet and responsible. On friends, there is no problem with that.

Speaking of chatting, I have been using just one nick these past few weeks. I had a fight with a Singaporean chatter who was bad mouthing me and the rest of the Filipinos. Naturally, I asked one of the operators to kick him.

Plans? I should pursue an MBA. I also though of taking up Nihonggo and/or French, as in take up, not just think about. I have yet to find a good French language school. Chinese could help me more with my work when I talk to Chinese shippers but it is such a pain to understand their English. I am yet to learn taekwondo, and I am going to have my teeth braces next week! Really! (When I was in college, I wore retainers.)