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Payment Holiday

I can take this statement in two ways - I am on payment holiday, not getting any salary from work till the 5th of December because of my month-long unpaid leave. That's the bad part. There's the good part, though. I was granted a payment holiday from my insurance-investment policy from Sunlife Philippines! This is really a blessing for me because I have absolutely no way of paying off my quarterly bill. Thank God my fund value has increased to a point that it can cover this quarter's payment. My agent has been kind enough to explain these things to me ( annuity explanations and all that). Bottom line: I don't have to make a payment till January 2010! The more I look, the more I see positive things happening around me. As little as they may seem, the overall impact is towards a better future. Happy (Halloween) weekend to all of you!

Sparrows and Bikes

Having the luxury of going to the mall without a specific purpose is weird for me. I HATE going to the mall, but I tried just for the heck of it; and I have to say I still don't like it. It can be quite an amusing experience, though, especially if there aren't too many people and you just roam around with nothing specific in mind. I did notice, however, so many things that I hadn't taken note of before. Did you know that you can find all sorts of shops in the malls these days? You can go to the doctor at the mall! Heck, you can even have your teeth "prettified" in there (like at Plano cosmetic dentist ). You can buy a car, a condo, a townhouse, or whatever kind of house you want - right in the middle of the mall. The best thing I saw at the mall, though, were hundreds of birds (sparrows, I think) flying around. I don't know if it is a normal occurrence, but it was amazing just standing there watching them flutter around without a care in the world.

Bundles of Joy

Today is the last day of class, and I decided to go to Tiendisitas to pass some time. I found myself loitering at the Pet Village. The puppies were so cute and the vendors were more than happy to help me figure out what dog is best for my tiny condo. It's not that I am getting one now - I am just thinking about it. I wanted a pug, but I didn't see one. I did play with some really cute puppies though. A baby shitzu (spelling?) - it was so cute but these little things need a lot of grooming when they grow up. Baby Chow Chows. So cuddly! I am worried about the shedding, though. I think these are Chow Chows too. The brown one wanted to come home with me! This baby stole my heart. I think that if I get a dog, I will get a toy poodle. I played with a couple of them, and they were just so sweet! The vendors said that toy poodles are perfect for a condo and that they are low maintenance and don't shed. The only downside - the price! Since I do not have any money ri

They Are New Every Morning

I remember this song that we used to sing all the time in church..."the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning..." It's a beautiful morning, and despite everything that's going on in my life, I am reassured that all the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place in time. The pieces may be different from the ones I want (or think I want). The pieces may be the same, but may fall into slots other than the ones I desire (or think I desire). Knowing that there is a big picture and that even though I may not see it now makes it a bit better. In the meantime, I shall go about my daily business: go to school, enjoy my fat burner - walking around campus, do what I love - write, and enjoy the company of those I have been neglecting. Have a beautiful Tuesday!

Monday Pick-me-upper: Chuck Norris Facts Revisited

Photo credit: ROFL Indian It's time for Chuck Norris again! You may not be aware of it, but he is the greatest - ever! There's even a web site just for facts about him! I posted some of my favorite facts a long way back, here are some more. They will definitely pick you up on a Monday morning! Chuck Norris doesn't actually write books, the words assemble themselves out of fear . - I could use this skill! Chuck Norris can divide by zero. - I knew all along that something was not right with all those math classes I took in college! When taking the SAT, write "Chuck Norris" for every answer. You will score over 8000. - I'll do this when I take my exam in November. Maybe I'll be number one, lol. Chuck Norris can set ants on fire with a magnifying glass. At night. - Moonlight??? If at first you don't succeed, you're not Chuck Norris. - ha ha ha, I am NOT Chuck Norris! MacGyver can build an airplane out of gum and paper clips, but Chuck No