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New Office

I've been going on about "the move" for the past weeks, as well as the new project that I am working on. I am really excited about that, but will not say more about it until it's ready to launch. (Suffice it to say that I have the domain, I am looking at a free web directory, and I just need to get the technical base down.)

In the meantime, I want to share my new "office" with you guys.
Not a 100% accurate as I have been spending more time on the couch, but that is going to change. I have realized that I am more productive and more focused on work when I sit outside. I have to admit, though, that this other workstation keeps calling my name:

How can you resist that? But, yeah, can't get much done when I am there.

Thank God for the generosity of friends!

Space Life Isn't All that Fine and Dandy

Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica fans, here's a wake up call for us! If you (like me) have spent a considerable portion of your time dreaming of living in a space ship, you might want to think about it again. I came across an article called Horror Stories from Space - and boy, are they stories worth telling on Halloween!

They outlined the top 10 awful things that happen - for real - in space stations. Here are a couple that make me want to stick to fiction.

Toilet troubles

One of the peskiest recurring problems on the station is the toilet situation.

There are two toilets on the space station – one in the Russian segment, and one in the United States modules. But both have been balky, breaking and requiring on-orbit plumbing jobs to get them working again.

Then there's the issue of what happens to the waste water – as of May 2009, urine is recycled into clean drinking water, and is also recycled into water for bathing and food preparation.

"It's sort of one of those ho…

The Impossible

A decent night of sleep leads to getting up before 8 in the morning. I think that, perhaps, there is something to be said about the maxim "Early to bed, early to rise..."

I saw this on Twitter a few minutes ago: "When you start, impossible is not a problem." It reminds me of another thing I read a month or so ago: "First do what is necessary, then do what is possible. Soon, you'll be doing the impossible."

Inspirational words to end a pretty sucky month, to begin a very busy Sunday. Methinks that these words are enough to replace depression treatment!

Indeed, nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. Grow a pair. Suck it up. Do what you have to do. Different ways of saying it - but they'll get you where you want to be, one way or another.

Here's to an awesome last two months of 2010!!!

Photo via Martino!

What's With Costumes?

I've never been one to expend much effort on celebrating holidays, but I do enjoy watching others go out of their way. I appreciate Christmas and all it stands for, but I do not relish the thought of having to go look for unique and appropriate gifts (although custom usb drives are always fun to look at). This year, maybe I'll be a Scrooge again.

Halloween is perhaps more interesting, in terms of people really exerting effort. Many of those in my circle really get into coming up with the craziest costumes, and this year is no different. I saw photos all over the place (yeah photos - I have been living like a hermit this past week), and all I could say was WOW.

From gladiators (Spartacus) to witches to Top Gun characters to GI Joe - how and why do they do it??? They look awesome, that is true, but what do they get out of donning those costumes? Am I missing something here?

Every RPG Ever: Must Have Flowchart

I don't have time to play games (video games, not mind games) anymore, but here is a cool flow chart (who doesn't love flowcharts?) that can take the place of actually playing games. I don't know just how satisfying it can be, but hey, if you don't have the time, then you just have to suck it up.


Via Gameinformer

Songs about Rain

Sitting in the patio, drinking my first espresso, and just relaxing before starting the work day - it is a good way to wake up. I had planned on jogging for a bit before work, but Mother Nature has other plans.

I'm a bit bummed, because I have a hard time pushing myself to jog on a regular basis. (I would have to resort to fat burners for women soon if I don't get off my butt.) I had decided, before going to sleep, that I would run today, but it is raining like hell.

It is such a pretty afternoon, though. I know the rain can bring sadness a lot of times - hence all those songs about rain - but for some reason, today, it brings me comfort. Perhaps I am just enjoying the cool temperatures, but even the rolling thunder is making me feel good! Hah - I'll enjoy it while I can! In the meantime, I shall stick to my plan and see how it goes.

Oktobeeerfest 2010

Last year was Mexicana Thanksgiving. This year, we had our own Oktobeeerfest - why the spelling, I have no idea! Anyhow, here are some photos from that night, which ended rather early for me. ;)One cute string of "banderitas" was enough to liven up the atmosphere.
The ladies - no, the rosy cheeks are not due to rosacea natural treatment. ;)


Break out the baby keg. I know, it was supposed to be Oktoberfest, but these people just like wine and tequila too much.
Good times!

e-book Readers: Obsessing Again?

I have this bad habit of obsessing over toys. I really try to stop myself, but once it starts, it is very hard to control it. It wouldn't be so bad if the toys I end up obsessing about were mere trifles. Unfortunately, unless I had tons of cyberpowerpc coupons, I would never really be able to afford a lot of my obsessions.

Recently, I posted about the Kindle. I NEED an e-book reader. Of course, there is the Nook as well as other readers. THEN there's the iPad.

Common sense tells me that the iPad should be out of the picture since it is way beyond my budget. A girl is free to dream, right?e

Monday Pick Me Upper: Funny Pics

College Humor may not be the most proper thing in the world, but I cannot deny just how much it cracks me up at times. Here are some photos that are sure to turn that Monday frown upside down.

The hunter is now the hunted. =)) I am pretty sure this is fake, but hey, it's funny.
And, this folks, is what happens when man's best friend eats man's "herbs"
Now, this is what my friends should do for their wedding invites. I just might say yes without equivocation!

Shutter Island - Sure Way to NOT Get Some Shuteye

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time watching movies and TV series. That's one of the perks of my job - I can have stuff in the background while I work. It does mean that I have to watch movies a couple of times (or more) as I don't get to focus on the movie, but hey, it works!

So last night, as I was working on this big feature post for my favorite blog (I'll link to it tomorrow when it goes live), we put on Shutter Island. I shouldn't have chosen that movie. I have seen it before, and I should have known just how much it disturbs me.

It's a very good movie - one that has elevated my respect for Leonardo di Caprio, but it still is NOT a good movie to watch when the weather is stormy and you're just about to go to bed. Certainly NOT something a pregnant woman should watch (not me, my friend).

Anyhow, for some reason, it got me wanting to watch that documentary on snipers I saw last month. I don't remember the title, and I don't see how it is r…

Abbey Road "Cover Guy" on The Beatles

Beatles fans would know every inch of the cover of Abbey Road, and would know that there is a guy standing in the background. Who would have known that that was unintentional?

Well, unintentional it was, and that man does not really want to have anything to do with The Fab Four. Check out the funny piece below.

Poor guy. I listen to classical music but hey, The Beatles inspire!

Via Dangerous Minds

Last Night and The Distillery

Another delayed posting, brought to you by sometimes Miss Procrastinator. Just a handful of photos from my last night at the condo and the surrounding areas.

Even though I wasn't totally done packing, I just couldn't say no to Angelique, who wanted to go to the newly opened Distillery. What we didn't count on was that they were still CLOSED. Apparently, it was just a "soft opening" and they weren't letting customers in yet. Well, these two girls have been trying to get in for a couple of weeks, so guess what happened? They let us in! First customers, woot!
That's their selection of beer - not too impressive, actually, but good enough for the hour or so that we were there.
For some reason, they had mostly Belgian beer. Who were we to say no? After all those calorie-packed bottles, diet pills were on the list of conversation topics! And, we didn't stop there. On the way home, we stumbled upon this.Yup - German beer and sausage stand!
So, one more …

Visit to the Doc and Happy Thoughts

You know how much I don't like going to hospitals and seeing doctors, but if there is one doctor I do not mind seeing, it is my OB. Funny - because many people hate their OB, but my doc is really awesome. She fixed my PCOS and is a really nice person.

Anyway, I saw her again today - not for myself, but for a friend who is having a baby (yay). It felt good being able to thank her face to face for all she's done for me. Not only did she help my PCOS, she got me started on my weight loss; and boy, was she happy to see the results today!

One year later (and lots of alli diet pill reviews as well), I am a totally different person. What can I say? There's room for more improvement, but I am really happy where I am right now.

What Happens When a Programmer Goes to the Grocery

Quickie: Hobo's Update

I really wanted this to be a full blown post, but I have decided to put it off till I get my other project up and running. TEASER: A new site all about the life of a roaming freelance writer who has been bitten by the travel bug. I am really excited about it, but sadly, I haven't had the time or resources to set it up. I do have the domain, though! (That I will keep for the "unveiling.")

So anyway, I have finally left my condo of a little under two years. I was very anxious about the move and facing the unknown. So anyhow, I am now officially a hobo, albeit a nonconformist one. I may not have my own house with fireplaces, or even my own address, but I am living quite comfortably.

The traditional cloth on a stick that hobos carry has been replaced with my trusty old backpack and one daypack (plus several boxes of stuff conveniently stored at my friend's place). For the next few weeks, I have a "sure" roof above my head - a nice one, too!

As that song go…

Me Wants a Kindle 3

After Kal (my Mac), I promised myself I would not make another major purchase this year. With my other goal of traveling to far off places, I really cannot afford to spend any money other than what I need on a daily basis. However, when I was packing my books last week, I realized that I NEED an e-book reader that will allow me to take my collection with me wherever I go.

Then I saw/read/heard about the Kindle 3.

It's not like I will be buying a Sony VAIO or something that expensive. I can get a Kindle 3 for less than $200. It's not like it's not a need. I do want to read a lot again, and with my lifestyle, an e-book reader is perfect.

I will not be buying it anytime soon, but I know that it is going to be my next purchase. Who knows, if I work hard enough, I just might be able to afford it before the year ends?

And So the Adventure Begins

I was finally able to move out last Friday. That day was one of the worst and most exciting days - at the same time, yes - I have ever had. I had to see my little shoebox devoid of all the things I have accumulated over the years. I had to lug my stuff to another place where I will be staying for a while. I had to come to terms with the fact that it was the end of a chapter in my life.

So I am now officially homeless. A hobo. A nomad. A wanderer.

Well, not quite. I still have a roof above my head, thanks to good friends who welcomed me with open arms.

I do realize that there is so much uncertainty ahead of me. Still, there are some constants in my life. I do have a stable career. At least I do not have to worry about this aspect of my life, although I have to admit health care careers do sound interesting and lucrative. I do have my friends and family who support me in what I am doing.

Life is full of uncertainties, but it is good; and with uncertainties come adventure. I am…

One Last Night at 27D

It's almost done. All I have left is the bed I will be sleeping in tonight, the fridge, and some clothes.

It is starting to hit me. I REALLY am moving on. Literally and figuratively.

Starting tomorrow night, I will officially be a nomad. No more "my bed." Not even my own sheets, electric blanket, pillows, and other "my" things. Tonight and tomorrow morning, this is my designated office:

Not too bad, actually. I still have the pillows from the couch so at least my butt is not being killed by the hard floor. It's hard NOT to miss my good old comfy couch, though.

That's the view of what used to be the dining area from my current floor office. A couple pairs of shoes, the mode, and the router are all that's left. It feels weird - sad and yet exciting at the same time.

One last night.

Sausages and Beer Go Together

I am useless when it comes to goodbyes, but I have learned that I like having my friends at my place for a night of eating, drinking, and just having fun. Last night, we had the last of the "Casa 27D" nights. My only regret? We only started doing this this year.

Photos from the Beer + Sausage Party.
Some of the sausages getting ready to be toasted. The maimed baguette got forgotten in the toaster - all because of an excited discussion about air guitar.
Starting the night out with some Royce chocolate. Bliss!
Slice 'em sausages up!
So gonna miss this place and these people...
Men in black.
With enough scotch, the iPhone Pocket Karaoke was too much fun!

OC friend wanting to clean up the mess. Couldn't stop him!
On another note, I think I'm almost done packing. Practically everything is in boxes - the rest are huge items that do not need packing up. I am just glad that I do not have equipment such as 108R00723 that I need to transport.

Two more nights, and I'm out …

Spam Comments Galore

I woke up (more than 5 hours later than I had originally planned) to THAT. WTF?

It seems I can't do anything about it but to delete them one by one and to enable comment moderation. WordPress is looking good right now.

Pack Like There's No Tomorrow

That is going to be my motto for today. Monday was just awful. I really tried to make the best of it, but things would not go my way for some reason.

Packing - we got about 1/3 done the entire day. All my old clothes (yeah the big ones would fit me like hip hop clothes now - that's the good realization) have been trash-bagged and sent home. I can't believe I have accumulated so much crap over such a short period of time!

The Internet - died on my in the middle of the day. At least the technicians actually came before the end of the day and fixed it.

Work - got a lot done since I started at 6 am, but the Internet failure kinda messed things up.

Gate Pass - should have gotten one earlier but in all the frenzy, I overlooked this and had to bug people at 10:30 pm so that they would let my dad take the truck out of the building with a couple of boxes and book shelves.

Today, we are going to focus on everything else that's left in the cabinets and the kitchen. I think it was a …

Monday Pick Me Upper: Just for Today

It has been a tough week, and I dare say that this week just might even be tougher. I tried shaking up my routine by getting some sleep last night and waking up at 5 in the morning, and so far, it seems that I just can't shake off the blues. I am keeping it at bay, but boy, do I know things can come crashing down on me any time! I can't find any funny stuff to post for today's pick me upper, but here's a short poem that just might help.

Just For Today

Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all my problems at once. I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will be happy. This assumes to be true what Abraham Lincoln said, that "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."

Just for today I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires, I will take my "luck" as it comes, and fit myself to …

Packing Uggh

I have been putting this task off for the longest time, and I know I am going to regret this come Friday, but I just HATE packing. I started - well, Marlene did - the other day by putting my books in a box. THAT was sad. I really love my books, and packing them up just makes the move all the more real.

Today, I tried to pack some more stuff, but I guess the lack of sleep is simply not helping. I have to say that I am quite excited even though I am also feeling sad. For one thing, I will not have to worry about domestic stuff such as sheets, chair slipcovers, and the like. Also, with the move, I am getting more motivated to do more things such as regularly run (or walk fast, rather) - I actually went to UP this morning to do a little bit of that!

Yeah, that was a distraction more than anything else, but it was good walking for a bit and the just sitting by the field reading a Star Trek: The Next Generation comic book. I took some pictures of the campus - it really is beautiful on …

Hold On to that Feeling

I used to like watching Glee - something I would not really want to admit now, but I am not one to deny facts. The main reason I got into it was that I was really impressed by their rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing." What can I say? Music ALWAYS gets me, and that particular song just makes me feel much better.
This time last year, I was a wreck - not quite a train wreck (that was to come about a month later) but getting there.
This time last week, I was in Cloud 9. Being in Singapore to watch the Grand Prix is one of the highlights of my life (yes I am still not over that), and the fact that no Ferrari parts went flying in the track and Alonso went on to win the race just made things much much better.
Now, I am once again feeling as if life has dealt me cards that could be a LOT better. Things are not as bad as they were a year ago, but there certainly is room for improvement.
Life can easily turn. No matter how much you plan, no matter how careful you a…

My Own Frak List

The last couple of months have been the best of my life. Contrary to what I thought about a year ago, I was happy and was enjoying myself like I never thought I would. Then life reminded me of something: it's not always a party. Sometimes you have to take a step back and analyze what you have done and what you want to do.

I ran across a web site called The Unclutterer - sort of a self help site, which I am normally averse to, but this one presented the idea of "Things you won't do again lists." You know all about bucket lists - things you want to do before you die. The kind of list I am about write is of the opposite nature - things I won't do again. Since I do tend to have a potty mouth, though, I am going to use a different name - My Own Frak List. I wrote about this on Forever Geek, but with a geek slant, of course.

So here goes nothing. Welcome to my Frak List. Things I will never do again.
Drink till I get sick. This has happened to me only three time…

Not Bad for a First Time GP Experience

Words or pictures are not enough to describe the elation I felt during (and after) the Singapore Grand Prix 2010. It was definitely one of the best times of my life - it's going to be hard to top, unless I actually get to rub elbows with Mark Webber/Nico Rosberg the next time I go and watch! ;)

In the meantime, photos of that night.

Oh this was taken the night I got the ticket - the "unboxing" at McCafe.Getting ready to enter the gate. Notice my colors?No one beat this couple's get up, though.Second race of the day - Porsche Carrera Cup. This pink car's name? Road Hog.Unfortunately, the F1 cars were waaaay too fast for poor old Garcia. All I got were blurs.

It was all worth it as Ferrari and Red Bull outdid everyone else. I somehow made friends and borrowed their flags! ;)


Celebrating the victory in a Singtel Singapore GP 2010 shirt. Ooops - forgot to take the tag off in the excitement. ;)