notorious

i’ve become the “lazada guy” in the office.
it’s official coz the delivery guys know me already! LOL

aside from the usual delivery stuff (i.e. diapers), there are other stuff i seem to find online and want to try out. di naman lahat. yung iba talaga kailangan naman. pero di ko mapigilan minsan yung ibang bagay… coz they’re so freakin’ cheap!

kaya minsan masyadong nakaka-engganyo ang online shopping. as much as possible, i try to stick to stuff that are useful and things that i actually need.

for example: first aid kit.

who really bothers with one? then i remembered we have a little pumpkin running around all the time. so i bought one. would it be cheaper to just buy individual items? not really… and then you have to keep going to the store to buy more stuff when you forget one item. at least with one kit, you have almost everything already in one neat package.

then there’s this latest one: a wifi repeater.

we have the wifi router on the first floor. di na umaabot yung signal sa kwarto sa taas. naghanap ako sa CDR King pero i found one cheaper on lazada. so far, since this morning, it was working! sana lang magtagal.

these small stuff get delivered pa-isa-isa at times at work. and sometimes, some people ask me to order something for them. my sister had me buy her external HDD on lazada. an officemate naman nakisabay ng delivery ng paper shredder and earphones. syempre, they’re delivered under my name but they aren’t actually mine!

iniisip ko tuloy na akala nila mayaman na ako. far from it! juice colored… kung yung sweldo dito… anyway, ayun. i have this reputation now sa office and sa lazada delivery guys. and i kinda feel uncomfortable. ayoko ng ganitong recognition… i mean i prefer to just be a wallflower. ewan ko. i think i’m happier to be anonymous.

#dramangteenager 😛

11,000 Pesos for 25,000 km oil change?! Shell Service Center to the rescue! :D

Percy was due for another oil change as we reached the 25,000 km reading on the odometer. I don’t know if Toyota has some GPS or something connected to the car but about a week after, the casa called in and told us we were due for an oil change (but come to think of it, it’s pretty much a regular thing now. from daily driving, it takes about 6 months before we need an oil change. i guess that’s where they got it? 😀 )

A asked for a quote for everything and this is what they came up with: 5,000 for the oil change and 6,100 for the aircon cleaning. we were like: WUUUUUUTTT???!

since the aircon is still doing well, even in this summer heat, we thought of dropping the cleaning. that’s 6,100 off… but then, there’s the oil change estimated at 5,000… which is still a pretty big amount for a little task. so after asking around the office, A was told that gas stations can do the same thing at an immensely cheaper price! Magpatuloy sa pagbasa

ano’ng kaba…

hep, wag muna sabayan si Tootsie Guevara at pakinggan mo kuwento ko. jowk! 😛

k fine. sige na, kakantahin mo naman kahit sabihin kong huwag. LOL!

anyway, medyo kabado lang kaninang umaga. A had to get to work by 6AM. woke up at 430 to get baon ready. di puwede ang medyo komplikadong ulam kaya corned beef lang ang kinaya.

medyo late nagising yung ihahatid ko kaya medyo nag-aalangan na ako. at kinakabahan… bakit? dahil coding ang sasakyan. LOL!

medyo hindi naman photo-finish yung pagkahatid ko kay A or pagdating ko sa opisina (late siya ng 7 mins, maaga ako ng 10 mins), pero andaming pumapasok sa utak ko habang nagmamaneho: paano kung may aksidente? trapik yun. tapos masa-stuck ako along EDSA. what if mag-C5 na lang ako? eh paano kukng doon naman yung aksidente?

i had that thing in my mind since an ominous accident occurred at Makati cor. Ayala Ave. just before we passed it. malas nila. good thing i was on the right lane (figuratively and literally speaking).

all is well that ends well na ba after i got to work? well, maybe… kaso ang kalaban ko naman ngayon ay antok… and dahil coding nga, 8pm pa ako makaka-labas ng opisina mamaya. awuuhuuu…

discovered Moana a bit late, but I’m hooked! So is my son!

LOL!!!

Juice Colored, sa tanda kong ito, nakikinig pa ako sa YouTube ng mga kanta ng Moana! Ewan ko kelan ako magsasawa… and mukhang nahawa lang ako sa anak ko. heheh…

Just watched Moana yesterday and last night again, to get my son to sit still. We were at the part where Moana discovers (semi-SPOILER ALERT!) her voyager heritage and this song, “We Know The Way” starts playing and he’d start singing along. We kinda had it on repeat for some time and I found myself singing to it in the shower! Haha…

Tapos, there were things about navigating using stars. I’m a sort of amateur astronomer too so I was curious if the sky and the stars were actual stars or constellations. A little google and I found this article from the Conversation. Ang galing lang at nakakatuwa! 🙂 Maui’s fish hook in the movie is actually Scorpio! Cool!!!

I wondered if our local balangay knew the same thing. I bet they did. I wonder how they were if and when balangays met the polynesian voyagers at sea! amazeballs…

Kung gusto niyo  ma-LSS, play niyo yung nasa baba. Di ko gaano feel yung sa bida although catchy pa din yung “You’re Welcome!” ni ‘The Rock’. LOL! and that trippy song “Shiny” nung crab! hehe

airing dirty laundry

why can’t i do it again?

siguro dahil dati, single ako, kaya ok lang. siguro dahil dati bata pa ako. walang mawawala sa akin kung sabihin ko mga problema ko sa ibang tao.

and probably that’s what kept me sane! hahaha!

pero iba na ngayon. nag-mature na nga ba ako talaga kaya naiisip ko yung “self-preservation”? hindi na lang kasi ako ang iniisip ko. hay….

siguro mabuti pang mag-diary na lang ulit. uso pa ba yun ngayon?

(big) family day

it’s not often that my side of the family get to visit us here in manila. so after we had our minor house renovation done and had it blessed last saturday, we had the opportunity to tour my two sisters’ families at Venice Grand Canal Mall.

i’ve been to Venice a couple of years back, thanks to a sponsored training-workshop, and i jokingly told them that “this is obviously an immitation of Venice. it’s too clean!”

but it does have that feel… my sisters’ friends ask on facebook, after posting the pictures, “are you in Macau?” mistaking it for The Venetian Macao hotel. 😀

i’m actually more happy for my parents, who are in their 70s now. they would find it hard to travel and see other parts of the world as i already have. well, it’s just 5 other countries (India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Italy) but it’s still more than their trip score: 0. even if it’s not the real deal, i’m pretty sure they were entertained how different it is to the common buildings and architecture they’ve seen around pampanga and manila.

after an hour of just lounging around, we head back to pampanga. (i have violin practice the next day)

it was fun having a family day that didn’t involve just the three of us. and as i get older, i wish more and more that these bonding moments we have as siblings will become more frequent. 🙂

 

musings standing in a bus

matagal-tagal na akong hindi sumasakay ng bus pa-probinsya. simula nung nagkaroon kami ng sasakyan, iyon at iyon ang dala namin tuwing lumuluwas pa-Pampanga. it was probably last year that i did the same. pero weird na di ko maalala.

anyway, dahil (normal na) mahirap sumakay paluwas ng maynila tuwing linggo, pinagkasya ko na ang aking [malaking] katawan sa tayuang bus pa-Pasay. ginagawa ko na yon noong college… (which was over 10 years ago, imagine that! wow!) dahil no-choice at gusto mo na din makapag-settle down sa dorm for school the next day.

na-isip ko, having a good view of most of the seated passengers dahil nga nakatayo ako, may kanya-kanyang mundo talaga sa commute dahil sa cellphone. i didn’t get that impression in the morning trip going to Pampanga because i was comfortably seated beside a window. at that time, mas iniisip ko na na-a-appreciate ko yung view paluwas ng Pampanga because i wasn’t busy minding the road and the other cars. laid-back, chill lang… even if i was running a bit late. heheh…

in that evening trip nga, i saw how much of everything revolved around devices. the girl seated in front of me had a bunch of selfies in her Gallery app. another one was texting her boyfriend she was already on her way. (i wasn’t snooping around. you can’t help but be distracted by bright screens in a dimly-lit bus, OK? #defensivemuch) another girl standing along the isle with me had her Friends episode playing on her phone, while another movie (Nine Lives?) was in the bus’ entertainment system. (well, thank goodness it wasn’t karaoke!)

andami pang may kanya-kanyang bubble sa loob ng bus. most of the young people were the ones who held on to their devices while those who kept them in their pockets, save the occasional loud conversations on a Cherry Mobile feature phone. sabagay, ano ba naman makikita mo sa labas ng bintana kung gabi naman diba?

but then, how about interactions with other people? minsan nawawala pagka-sensitive naten sa mga tao dahil wala na tayong meaningful conversations because we have FB messenger as an excuse…

“nagcha-chat naman kami eh!”

pero i don’t think nothing will replace actual physical interaction. kahit gaano pa kagaling na VR yan o hologram. we’re in a tangible world for a reason. hindi sa The Matrix.