Speak It Out

Work is my commitment. Learning is my passion. Faith is my strength. Love is my life.

My Photo
Location: Manila, Philippines

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

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Top Three

(ano ba yan sa friendster ako sumasagot ng survey eh, pero sige na nga ate Mich, as you requested.)

three names you go by:
1. dyther
3. ardythe

three screen names you have had:
2. nicegirl
3. via vanessa (actually yan ang gusto ng nanay ko kaso ayaw ng tatay ko hehehe)

three physical things you like about yourself:
1. eyes
3. dimples

three physical things you don't like about yourself:
2. body frame (i am thin)
3. eyeglasses

three parts of your heritage:
1. filipino
2. spanish
3. malay

three things that scare you:
1. dying
2. parents dying
3. thinking of hell

three of your everyday essentials:
2. lip balm
3. powder

three of your favorite musical artists:
1.the corrs
2. peter tchaikovsky
3. freestyle

three of your favorite songs:
1. lean on me
2. one sweet day
3. out of reach

three things you want in a relationship:
1. faithfulness
2. surprises
3. God

three lies and truths in no particular order:
1. the Philippines can be better by Concon or conass (hole hahaha)
2. Drilon is not with Gloria anymore
3. i like my work

1. nothing is free
2. not all politicians and civil servants are corrupt
3. Sen Pimentel has the biggest ears.

three physical things about the opposite sex that appeals to you:
1. eyes
2. smile
3. hair

three of your favorite hobbies:
1. blogging/reading blogs
2. sleeping
3. eating

three things you want to do really badly now:
1. travel
2. earn more
3. study study study

three careers you're considering/you've considered:
1UN representative
2. fso
3. dietitian

three places you want to go on vacation:
1. japan
2. singapore
3. france

three kid's names you like:
1jesse james
2. emengarde
3. sarah

three things you want to do before you die:
1 write a book
2. meet my idols (sen. santiago because Marcos is already dead)
3.host a tv show

three ways that you are stereotypically a boy:
1. sometimes i dress like a guy
2. i like blue
3. i write like a guy (printed not script)

three ways that you are stereotypically a girl:
1. i like mushy movies
2. i have guy crushes
3. i put on make-up

three celeb crushes:
1. paolo bediones
2. cogie domingo
3. gilbert remulla

my turn to tag...
three people that i would like to see take this quiz:
2. someone
3. ????

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

A Streak of Silver in My Life

My Family

Although we have some, not all dysfunctional relatives, I am proud to say that my family is the best. I cannot wish for another one. I have a faithful and diligent father who is often ill-spoken by other people because of envy. I have a patient and caring mother. My sisters are my closest and true friends, in terms of lifestyle, values, a lot more things, even if we have our differences. They have been supportive of me in my endeavours. When I fail, they discourage me so that I can rise up. Pretty weird huh? But it works.

As a child, I have been taught discipline. No jaywalking, no littering, follow the rules. Simple things that I carry on till now. The importance of being punctual is deeply inculcated in me. They used to tell me that for every unkind word or deed, they are the ones to be blamed. In time I have molded my own character. They allowed me to assume my individuality.


I have had lots of jobs. There were some I enjoyed for what I did, and some for friendships. Still most of them for both reasons. Some of them brought me tears and taught me lessons...Some brought injustice upon my innocent self, as I am surrounded by dishonest and unscrupulous officemates. Still I held on to my principles.

There are only a few things that I want in a career: share my passion for continuous learning, provide ample time for other activities, and bring me a sense of fulfillment.

I have my target companies...my ultimate dreams: United Nations, Department of Science and Technology, San Miguel Corporation, and Nestlé. Recently I have decided to take the FSO so I better improve my French. I plan to pursue my graduate studies and get degrees in MBA(Masters in Business Administration), MPA (Masters in Public Health), or MPH (Masters in Public Health).

Love and Relationship

I am smart, beautiful, and kind-hearted. It's just that sometimes I do not care how I look. What is deep within is more important.

Like any normal person, I get a lot of crushes, I fell in and out of love. There are a lot of differences and hindrances between two people, and when things do not work outm then it is time to move on. I have been asking God for this almost every day if I do not forget...yet I believe that He has plans for me.

Aside from Congressman Gilbert Remulla (I have had a crush on him for more than five years), Cogie Domingo, Paolo Bediones, I admire someone. After all, it is not hard for me. What attracts me first are the eyes, the scent, the fragrance, and most of all the good character of a person...

Insight on the Country's Situation

These are merely glances. Otherwise I have no idea when I will be finished.

We have more than enough dishonest leaders. Definitely we do not need more. They have their own schemes to be where they are now-terrosism, vote-buying, etc. Then they just idle their time away, spend the tax-payer's money, and have a very convenient lifestyle.

Only a handful have been true to their calling. Yes they still exist. It makes me wonder how they won. Yet I see them doing their duties, They do not waste their tenure and our money. They are our civil servants and serving the people is what they do best.

As a private citizen, I pay my taxes since it is deducted from my payroll I hate to see infrastructures which are not fully utilized or utterly useless. I do not want to see a waiting shed constructed through the efforts of a senator. Disgraceful, since it should be a project of the barangay captain or mayor. I despise the excessive use of beautification and lights. What also pisses me is that the Coastal road has been servicing us for more than two decades yet those who started this project used the people's money. Now the toll fees have been increasing exorbitantly.

It is not that I hate to see the poor. I hate to help those who do not help themselves. All they do is beg or steal. No difference from those in the higher classes who steal from the poor or from their same kind. That is why we are advocates of Gawad Kalinga.

I am not into any form of activism and demonstrations, even if I came from a school notorious for such. I believe that both sides should broaden their knowledge and understanding, and widen their perspectives. The adminsitration wants the best for the majority, and criticisms are needed to weight things out.

I hate litterbugs, cheaters, pollutants, religious folks who feast on other people's lives (I have been involved in this for so long and I am thankful that I am not like some of them. Self-righteous?). I hate pretenders.

When I was a child, I told my classmate that I will not leave the Philippines. She reminded me not to say unfinished words. Now I find myself longing for a foreign land, away from the corrupt and undisciplined people. A land wherein talents and abilities merit what they should. If martyrs like me will stay here only two things can happen: be role models and others will emulate us, or be crushed by this rotten society as we are unable to rise up from injustice.


I have spent 25 years already. I know I have left a few imprints, but I can make more. As a matter of fact I know how my death rites will be, but how will I die, that I leave to the Creator although I do not want to die violently or bloodily. Hahaha.

When I die, I wish for a building, school, hospital, or main road to be named after me. A foundation will do. Crazy? I just want a legacy.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Eve of my Natal Day

I went to Evan's house at past 5 pm. We would be getting my favorite pancit canton in an hour. She asked if he would not come, will I still be happy? I said yes, because you were there. But I would be happier if he is there.

Before 6 we went out and it began to rain hard. Gee my shoes and lower torso was soaked. We went to the Food Corner and my pancit canton was not yet cooked though Evan ordered for it at 4 pm. She was getting impatient so I entertained her. We took a tricycle instead of walking back to her house. I waited while she bought ice cream and Coke.

Some friends arrived. I saw my crush on tv (Gilbert Remulla) then more came. Marose gave a a huge, and I mean huge bouquet of roses. She said she wanted him to hand it to me but she was not able to text him. Still a few people followed. Others who came were Jean, Cathy, Jowa, Joe, Alvin, Melvyn, Third, and Cacai.

We ate, we drank a little, we feasted on the cake and the pancit good for 18 persons were devoured. Cacai was the dishwasher, because we were to attend a facilitators' training for SAGIP and SIGA at Sto. Domingo.

He asked who's gonna ride with him on his motorbike. They pointed at me. He drove slowly, because he has only one helmet and I was holding the bouquet and an umbrella because it was drizzling. I liked it that we were slow. Hahahaha.

I left my bag with Evan so I was not able to comb my hair and he offered his. I declined because my hair is still fine (thanks to his slow driving hehehe and my shampoo Rejoice Complete and Johnson's baby shampoo with gentle conditioning formula.) Besides I am not into borrowing things.

Sometimes I wish his smile will be with me forever, as he gave me more than a million reasons to do so.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Pilipinas, Game ka na ba?

Initial Screening:

I got a call Saturday night (July 9) that I have an initial screening for GKNB the following day. I have to bring two to three ids and I only had one, my PRC license since my office ID and passport is in Manila. So I woke up the following day at 5 am, discovered that there was no cooked breakfast yet so I prepared, left at past 6, made a long wait for a tricycle, then another long wait for an FX which was so slow. I got my office id and a ride to Quezon Ave. but the FX stopped every now and then. I arrived at ABS-CBN at 8:30 and noticed that the person beside me had a photocopy of his NBI clearance so I asked him and I went to a photocopy center in front of the National Bookstore. It was entertained at once but two photocopy machines broke down. What a mishap and after 15 minutes I asked the girl if it will take longer even if she tried to fix them and she apologized (take note that there were around 6 machines). Finally she was able to make copies of ids and I went back to the studio and my co-participants were relaxing inside. We had the screening at past 10, just filling up an info sheet and a quiz. Those who were qualified will be called or texted.

The Day
I got the call Thursday afternoon and I was cold hahaha. Anyway I went there the following day. The make-up artists attended to us. I could not believe my eyes. I know I am beautiful (and cute) but I could not believe I was that beautiful. In fact, I had a resemblance to Heart Evangelista (of all the people), take note Jam.

As we waited for the briefing to start, Angelo Ilagan (Edison of Mga Anghel na Walang Langit )passed by. He is sooooooooo handsome I could not speak. I hope my mouth was not hanging open. The others greeted him and he waved and smiled back. Laurent Dyogi was tall and we greeted him and he did the same. Bentong made a quick talk with us. We saw Willie Revillame too.

Practices were held. When to walk, how to buzz, how to greet each other and steps for the pyramid round, and even on the main stage with Kris. We had fun, really. Then retouch. We Then we loitered in the Tarantarium, mikes were fitted and we were positiioned. Then we prayed.

The Game
I was the first contestant. It was a little tiring to smile and wave while you were being introduced since it is not natural for me even if I smile a lot. Then the game proceeded. I was not nervous. Two were eliminated on one-on-one. For the next round, we were fast, that it was a matter of milliseconds. There were already four of them so we exited (awwww too bad, but still I am more beautiful heheeh). The questions were easy. I wish I was among them because they did not want to sing. Tobal, the guy beside me during the first round defeated the defending champion. We left before the million peso was asked...

I have my name tag as a souvenir and a consolation prize. We were very lucky because there were 964,000+ texters who want to be contestants and through electronic raffle they come up with only a thousand names for the qualifiers of the initial screening.

How did I feel? I felt happy and excited but not nervous.

Watch it on July 21, 2005. I have been on national television lots of times but this is the first that I will be seen globally, thanks to The Filipino Channel.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Philippine Academic Book Fair

I'm sorry that I announced this just today even if I have been seeing the streamers last June.

It is not yet too late...

The Philippine Academic Book Fair takes place from July 11-15, 2005, 9am-7pm at Clamshell 1, Gen. Luna, Intramuros, Manila. (The other clamshell has WOW Philippines presenting Region 4 CALABARZON).

Get a load of thousands of books from different publishers, distributors, and book stores.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Unfair Fair

LTFRB allowed fare increase last month, after being postponed, provided that drivers and operators paid their tariffs. Those who did are easily recognized: they should post the original fare matrixin their vehicles. The original is printed on a yellow paper.

What is making me furious is that some drivers are arrogant enought to charge the commuters the increase even if they do not have the original posted, only the photocopy. What could make me argue with them is they also cheat these photocopies. Look closely at the plate number, and then you would see that these are not theirs, and they just pasted or taped their plate number!



What really happened? Yesterday I took a jeep ride from the office to UST. I paid PHP10 and the driver handed out PHP12. I asked the other passengers who has change and none answered even if I repeated it. The driver asked how much my money was so I replied PHP10. He gave me PHP2. I told him I need 50 centavos more and he said I lacked 50 centavos because the fare was PHP8.50. I said it's only PHP7.50 then he claimed he has no 50 centavos. My co-passengers joked that I should have not returned the excess now I lack 50 centavos and I said PHP12 is too much. One remarked that the original fare matrix should be posted and I was affirmative but I added his matrix is fake because it is very visible that he only taped his plate number. Of course the driver heard it all.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

First Gentleman Exiled

First Gentleman Miguel Arroyo was "exiled" two weeks ago to Hong Kong and returned Monday July 4, 2005. An expense of the Filipino people.

Now he is in San Francisco, California, USA for the real exile...

If President Arroyo wants his husband exiled so that she can either perform her duties well or to make him free from other isseus, then she should send him to a place wherein there is no technology, no electricity. Okay I am too harsh. He should have been to a place where he is not enjoying a VIP treatment. Simple as that. Say send him to Mozambique or Somalia. That is the true exile. Remember that Mr. Arroyo has jueteng and Jose Pidal issues, costing the country more money and greater clamor than his wife...

Monday, July 11, 2005

Different Stands of the Nation

The Nation has been in turmoil. A lot of speeches has been given by President Arroyo. Some people have been asking her to resign, including Former President Aquino. People from Cebu said Metro Manila does not reflect the position of the country. Barely. Those who rallied at Ayala Avenue only caused heavy traffic. so what if some business clubs want her to step down? She still has a lot more supporters. Times of crises are really the basis of who your real friends are. Yet, Former President Ramos does not want her to. She has been elected the President. Sure Philippine elections have never been fraud-free, and it is not new to us. We did our job, we exercised our right to vote, and we have been cheated. Others may have filed the recount and so forth. Other people are urging for a re-election, but this is another expense of PHP4M. Besides, will there be no cheating involved here? The Church is clamoring for a peaceful means. The military is just feeling the nation's voice. GMA has asked her cabinet members to resign Thurday night, and some of them did. I say those who did are incapable of doing their job. If they love it, they should be performing their duties well even if the nation is on the streets. Take note that we are not talking of the entire nation. The country is divided into four: those who are urging her to resign, those who do not want her to resign, those who do not care, and those who are praying for a peaceful and calm country. If GMA resigns, will her successor be able to fulfill the duties of the President? Some people can be so shallow, that if they do not want a leader, they decide to overthrow him or her. If this would always happen, then there can be no political stability. The people are not ALWAYS the one who is right. Sure GMA has been a leader by the second People Power, then elected as President. She has the capability to lead this nation, to make this nation great again, as Former President Marcos did.

Surprisingly I found myself in tears when I am in the mass last Friday and yesterday. I have been praying for national recovery, even before CBCP called for it. I wish...

I am not necessarily pro-GMA. I did not vote for her, but she is our President and she weighs things before making a judgment.

When I was a child, I told my classmate that I am not going to leave this country. Things change. I do not want to live in a country that is not fair, whose leaders are ultimate failures, where my talents and service is not given the proper compensation and utilization. However I still have faith and hope.

What I hate now is that some citizens are waiting for the weakening of the peso. See how selfish they can be? Even if my friend is one of them, although we were speaking about the yen. So I told her I despise people like you who are speculators, who want the downfall rather than the strengthening of our currency. And she fell silent.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Keys to the Heart

I got this from Armi.

The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who have a split personality - cold as ice on the outside but hot as fire in the heart.(schizo din ako eh. hehehe)

In love, you feel the most alive when things are straight-forward, and you're told that you're loved.

You'd like to your lover to think you are stylish and alluring.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was insecure and in constant need of reassurance.(definitely because this is annoying)

Your ideal relationship is lasting. You want a relationship that looks to the future... one you can grow with.

Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.

You think of marriage as something that will confine you. You are afraid of marriage.(this is so not true)

In this moment, you think of love as commitment. Love only works when both people are totally devoted.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Rise UP

Lately I have realized that I am a UP graduate and I am only earning the minumum wage, while my classmates in highschool who did not go to UP are earning twice or thrice...To top that my college schoolmates also earn bigger bucks (and they are not in call centers). Even if I want to go back to the call center, I am now picky about the shifts, since I am having Saturday morning classes. Je adorer Samedi.)

That said, I am entertaining any opportunity to get me out of this workplace. I love my job, I like my co-workers and even my superiors. (I think that I am one of the favorites here.) Yet the financial reward is not that nice.

I also found out that my dietetic abilities are deteriorating that I have forgotten what cholecystectomy means ( if I recall right, it is removing gall stones).


On the other hand I am close to pursuing my Master's degree.

President Evil

Susan Roces was so angry. I heard her, although I did not see (because I was sick with fever I could not watch tv). They claim she is the spark for another revolution so that GMA will step down. So what if the President has decided to exile her husband? Real exile means being deprived of all the rights that a normal person could have, including communication and the comforts of a lifestyle. I am 100% sure that Miguel Arroyo will not be able to attain that. Besides he's back today, after using the people's money to travel to and from Hong Kong. He must had a grand time since July 1 was a holiday there. Besides he should have not that luxury, as I call it, because he still has a case with jueteng, and that is like trying to escape, as what his son did, taking a congressional leave.

Friends are now enemies. I heard Loren say "magiging katawa-tawa siya" referring to Vice President de Castro. A lot of people believe he is not capable of running the country, and I am definitely one of them. I have not even heard him speak in English. They say that the constitutional rule that the VP will be promoted to President can be an exemption for this case. I strongly disagree with this. In fact, both of them should step down if that would be the case, because I am sure that De Castro admits he is not the one who can run this country.

Demonstrations are sprouting like mushrooms. Yet these are falling on deaf ears. The economy is the one which is suffering, especially the peso. In this time of crises, the investors are afraid.

Everyone has something to say about what is happening. But the decision only falls on her.

The title is not mine, I saw this poster along Morayta last Thursday on the way to my doctor,, and GMA had snakes on her head, like Medusa. It has been lifted from the computer game Resident Evil. Funny, even if I am sick, I still think of our country's status. I know it needs people like me...