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Discovering American Idol

I never really got into American Idol. When my colleagues and friends were hurrying home - missing out on a night's drinking, eating, and chatting - to watch the latest episode of the reality TV show, I just couldn't get it.

Now I think I do.

While surfing the channels this Saturday afternoon, I came across a replay of American Idol and I have to say, it is quite entertaining to watch! Seeing these young men and women who look really good, perform great songs, and sing really well is a pleasant way to pass some time. Maybe it helped that they sang songs that I have on iTunes - Alone by Heart, Bette Davis' Eyes, If You Could Only See by Tonic, Man in the Mirror, etc.

I still don't think I would rush home to watch it at night but I wouldn't mind watching it every time I chance upon the show on TV.

Karma is SO Fast

Growing up, my mom always chided me when I made fun of other people. I had that mean streak in me but it was successfully erased by mom's guidance. Almost 3 decades later, I have come to realize that it was not totally erased.

I am not going into the details but let's just say that I broke my rule (If you don't have anything good to say, say nothing at all) the other day. Last night, karma came crashing down on me like anything.

In my last post, I was talking about people needing upgrades. I could have used some last night! Peripherals,flash memory, hard drive, turbo function - heck, maybe even a new processor! But since people can't be upgraded like computers can, I allowed myself the luxury of sleeping for 9 hours straight on a week night. Woohoo! I should be good to go for the last day of work this week.

Upgrades

Sometimes I think of how great it would be if we were able to buy upgrades for ourselves much like how we can buy upgrades for computers. For example, I only have to go to a store to get extra memory for Koryu. Just one 1G RAM module would make her go considerably faster and allow her to process more things at the same time. An external hard drive would give her more space to store my data - movies, articles, music, and photos.

If this possibility were open to us humans, we would simply have to get these add-ons and we could function much better. People who are slow to process things would merely need to get more memory. People who cannot seem to understand things because of lack of "storage space" would only need to get another hard drive.... Sigh.

Monday Pick Me Upper: Corporate Lessons

Got this in an e-mail from a colleague...It's pretty long but it's worth the read. Trust me. ;)

Lesson #1
A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. After a few seconds of arguing over which one should go and answer the doorbell, the wife gives up, quickly wraps herself up in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, "I'll give you $ 800 just to drop that towel that you have on". After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob. Bob has a close look at her for a few seconds, hands over $800 and quietly leaves. Confused, but excited about her good fortune, the woman wraps back up in the towel and goes upstairs! When she gets back to the bathroom, her husband asks from the shower "Who was that?" "It was Bob the next door neighbor," she replies. "Great," …

Sunday Afternoon @ The Block

We normally spend Sundays at home but as you may already know, Koryu got me worried Friday night so I decided to go to SM North to have her checked where I bought her. Unfortunately, the guy said that I had to take it directly to the MSI service center. The good news is that there is one right beside Eastwood. Then again, when I got home, the discoloration on Koryu's screen had disappeared. Perhaps it was due to Mark's (brother-in-law) uninstalling and re-installing of the graphics driver.

Anyhow, we also took the opportunity to spend time together as a family. Jerry wanted to eat at Gumbo so we did. It was really a pleasant experience - from the ambiance to the flavor to the service. I was quite surprised because the last time we ate at Gumbo - the Mall of Asia branch - I was not really impressed with the food. It was good, but I didn't feel the craving to go back.

The food at their branch in The Block was quite tasty, though! We ordered steamed clams for the appet…

Impatience

Patience is a virtue that I really have to develop. Even as a kid, I had never been one to sit back and wait patiently. Now that I am an adult, I think that I have learned to be more patient in certain things. But when it comes to gadgets and toys, I still find myself fidgeting a lot until I get what I want. As the girls at work say - I have no EQ when it comes to these things.

What am I fidgeting about now? Koryu. I want to find out whether or not I can get that free MSI Wind battery upgrade. Also, last night, I noticed some discoloration on the screen. It's very slight but it is bothering me so much. I need to get in touch with MSI but it's Saturday. I wish they had a 24/7 toll free number that I could call!

Anyhow, does anyone know anything about color calibration of an LCD monitor? I am hoping it's just that and nothing serious.

MSI Wind Free Upgrade to 6-Cell Battery?

I love Koryu (my MSI Wind U100) and I really have no issues with her. In fact, when my friend Lenna asked for some info on what laptop to buy last week, I had no qualms about telling her to get the Wind. When I met up with her tonight, I was thrilled to see her new Wind - Koryu's white (literally) sister.

I guess we made a funny sight at Starbucks...two women taking out their tiny netbooks from their bags...identical except for the color. Anyhow, she told me that she bought it with the standard 3-cell battery. However, MSI has a promo right now and she was able to exchange the 3-cell battery for a new 6-cell battery.

Now why would I want that? Getting a 6-cell battery would almost double Koryu's weight. Then again, getting that battery would more than double the battery life! Right now, I can use Koryu for 1 hour and a half without having to plug her in. With the 6-cell battery, I can - supposedly - use her for 5 hours! That in itself is worth the extra pound, I think. …

Busy Busy Week

I don't think that I have been this busy since...I don't remember when. On the one hand, I feel very good about it as there is nothing that can compare with the satisfaction of getting things done. On the other hand, I feel swamped and irritated because I am finding myself behind with regard to my freelance writing and personal blogging.

The sense of achievement seems to be getting the best of the feeling of being swamped, though. Sometimes, late at night (or early in the morning), I get these silly images of myself getting awards like those you see in sports - softball trophies, Michael Phelps's gold medals, etc. The funny thing is that I see myself giving myself those awards. It happens when my mind is still cloudy with the cobwebs of sleep...perhaps I am dreaming during those times.

And when I "wake up," I realize that I might have bitten off more than I could chew.

Off to chewing...hard!

MONDAY PICK ME UPPER: The Wife Translations

In keeping with the spirit of Valentine's Day, here is a post on marriage. Some of these "translations" are quite accurate, if I say so myself.

The wife says: We need
The wife means: I want

The wife says: It's your decision
The wife means: The correct decision should be obvious

The wife says: Do what you want
The wife means: You'll pay for this later

The wife says: We need to talk
The wife means: I need to complain

The wife says: Sure... go ahead
The wife means: I don't want you to

The wife says: I'n not upset
The wife means: Of course I'm upset you moron

The wife says: You're ... so manly
The wife means: You need a shave and sweat a lot

The wife says: Be romantic, turn out the lights
The wife means: I have flabby thighs.

The wife says: This kitchen is so inconvenient
The wife means: I want a new house.

The wife says: I want new curtains.
The wife means: Also carpeting, furniture, and wallpaper!

The wife says: I need wedding shoes.
The wife means: The other forty pai…

The Day of Love

Not everyone celebrates Valentines Day. I personally think that it is such a commercialized event, much like every other holiday we have these days. Just take a look online (or even offline) and you will see hordes of things on sale for Valentines. Still, it is a nice opportunity to do something special for your loved one, isn't it?

Last night Jerry and I had our own thing - separate from each other. It was a good thing, actually as we both didn't stress out. I had fun with my friends, he had fun with his. I really liked the surprise that awaited me at home. I remember wondering out loud last night whether or not I would get anything for V-Day. This girl at the other table got a huge bouquet of flowers. Well, to my pleasant surprise, I arrived at home to my own bouquet. :)

Now I am off to prepare a special lunch (although it's 3 pm) of steak and baked taties...yum!

Grumpy in the Morning

I have never been a morning person but for the past 2 weeks, I have been waking up at 6 am, even earlier. Interestingly, I have become more productive and have actually been able to write more and do more things around the house. Although I still am grumpy in the morning it hasn't been that bad - until today.

For some reason, I woke up in a foul mood. Jerry's insensitivity didn't help. He's like that most of the time.

"Oh you're mad at me. Ok." Then he walks away without a good bye. That pisses me off even more.

And then my mind starts getting inundated by other stuff that bothers me...work...credit card bill...auto insurance quotes...rent...more work...

Am I overly grumpy in the morning? Is there really such a thing as a morning person and a night person or is this all in my mind? I don't want to be grumpy. It sucks.

How You Play The Cards

"You see, things aren't sequential. Good doesn't lead to good nor bad to bad. People steal, don't get caught. Live the good life. Others lie, cheat and get elected. Some people stop to help a stranded motorist and get taken out by a speeding semi. There's no accounting for it. How you play the cards you're dealt, that's all that matters."

-- Jonathan Kramer

I saw this quote in an e-mail I received earlier today. It struck me so deeply that I could not help but think about it even as I sit here at home ready for bed.

Indeed, life can be unfair - it is unfair a lot of times. There are things beyond our control and there is nothing that we can do about those things. But then, whether or not we dwell on those things depends on us. The decision to whether or not we let our lives be derailed because of the unfairness of events lies solely in our hands. How we play the cards we're dealt - that is all that matters.

In other words - pardon my being crass …

Things I Like About Baguio

Yesterday, while I was waiting for a cab, my mind wandered to Baguio and other "provincial" places that I have been to. I couldn't help but notice the big differences that exist between Manila and those places. Baguio, for example. It is a city also but there are so many things to like - things different from the capital.

1. People are so much nicer. The sales people help you out without complaints. They actually go out of their way to help you!

2. Motorists are courteous. Generally, that is. I think that in the several hours of driving around the city, we heard a horn blown only once or twice. And the drivers actually let other drivers pass!

3. People know how to give directions. Now we only probably got lucky but each time we asked for directions - maybe a total of 5 times - we got clear instructions. Oh, and the people did not look as if they didn't want to stop and help.

4. The weather. I am not very good when it comes to cold. I was lucky that the w…

Weekend in Baguio

My weekend did not start out very well - it started out really badly, in fact. We had been planning on the weekend trip to Baguio for a month or so and we had really been looking forward to it. That morning, however, Harvey (our truck) decided not to start. I think his battery got discharged or something. Since both Jer and I had to go to work, we were not able to have him fixed during the day.

And things just got worse...let's just say that my day at work turned out to be full of "dropped bombs." 'Nuff said.

So I hurry home around 9 or 10 pm, hoping that Jer had Harvey fixed since he got off work at 6pm. BUT NO! He was not around, Harvey was sitting out front, and his mobile phone was off. You can just imagine how mad I was getting...bad day at work, dead truck, missing husband, cancelled trip?

I had given up the trip for lost. Then Jerry came home around midnight - apparently he had a beer (more like a case) with a coworker. Despite my mood and worries about…

MONDAY PICK ME UPPER: Two Sisters

Two sisters, one blonde and one brunette, inherit the family ranch. Unfortunately, after just a few years, they are in financial trouble.

In order to keep the bank from repossessing the ranch, they need to purchase a bull from the stockyard in a far town so that they can breed their own stock. They only have $600 left.

Upon leaving, the brunette tells her sister, "When I get there, if I decide to buy the bull, I'll contact you to drive out after me and haul it home."

The brunette arrives at the stockyard, inspects the bull, and decides she wants to buy it. The man tells her that he will sell it for $599, no less.

After paying him, she drives to the nearest town to send her sister a telegram to tell her the news. She walks into the telegraph office and says, "I want to send a telegram to my sister telling her that I've bought a bull for our ranch. I need her to hitch the trailer to our pickup truck and drive out here so we can haul it home."

The telegraph …

Bad Bad Day

It's not over yet - I got about an hour left for the day. But I don't know how things will turn out. I don't even have the energy to go out and get wasted. How bad is that?

Coolest Libraries in America

Now why am I writing about this?

One, because my dream is to become a practicing librarian and help children discover a love for books.

Two, because this day is not going well and I need something to make me feel better and books and libraries seem to do just that.

Three, I don't want to let my emotions run wild and writing this long post will help me salvage a potentially disastrous day (or weekend perhaps).

So, on to the coolest libraries in America. These libraries were featured on MSN and I found myself putting them on my list of places to visit before I die. There are actually 10 but I only picked those that tugged at my heaHere goes.

Seattle Central Public Library, Seattle


Glass + steel = graceful strength
This building is beautiful in a modern kind of way. I can just imagine how high tech their system inside is.

Boston Copley Public Library, Boston

Photo courtesy of Celebrate Boston

This buildingjust wows me with its appearance. Dubbed as an example of Renaissance Revival, the Bo…

Wanting My Own Business

Don't get me wrong - I have a great job and I love it. Why else would I still be here on my fourth year with the company?

However, I also know what it is like to work for yourself, on your own time, and to make your own decisions. My freelance stint has taught me much and lately, I have found myself thinking of focusing on finding ways to make a living on my own. I am sure that I am not alone in thinking this way. I have seen friends and colleagues try to start small businesses of their own to supplement their income. Here are some of the best - and easiest - ideas that I am considering:
Food franchisesBaking goodies and selling them (yeah, Vicki!)Freelance writingSo far, it is the third one that has been helping me a lot. I really want to work on one of those food franchises and set one up in my hometown but I need a bit more capital for that. Got any ideas of your own?

What's Your Carbon Footprint?

Here's your chance to make a change and to help the environment in your own little way.

I remember taking a quiz about a year ago - courtesy of Earl - which told you just how wasteful your lifestyle was. I think my results weren't that bad but I know that I could still use some better conservation habits.

In this time of crisis - financial, environmental, and other sorts (maybe emotional?) - being part of something bigger than yourself can help make your life a bit easier to handle. Check out how much energy you use and take action to reduce your carbon footprint - click on the banner below!

Monday Pick Me Upper: CRACK!!!

I couldn't help it. I just had to post this picture I saw at Jump in the Ocean.Too morbid? Nah, it's the perfect pick me upper, I think. I am still chuckling...

Family Affair

I never realize just how much I miss my family until we all get together for one reason or another. Yesterday, Jerry and I went to Los Banos for my cousin Leslie's birthday. Although I really didn't relish having to make the trip down south and back to the city within one afternoon, I don't regret doing so. It's 6 am, I am dead tired, and in a bit of pain. I would love some painkillers right now (No, I don't have vicodin addiction) - my legs and back really hurt - but am quite happy.

It was the first time I met my "new" nephew, Jet. He really looks just like our little brother Silas!
It was also the last time I would be seeing our eldest cousin, Sherwin, for a while as he's going back to Canada. Times like these, I am grateful for family more than ever.Jer with our Kuya Sherwin
The girls - plus some of the boys
The kids showing off their swimming skills

Looking over these pictures again makes me want to hit the road and pay them a visit. Despite our …