stick to the basics?

i wish i could afford to start this “spoil-day friday” idea on my head.
and, no, it’s not about which leftovers spoiled over the week. plan is to starve myself to death but spoil myself on a friday. πŸ˜€ hahaha…

anyway, i got a large SBC Banana Caramel Javakula today. took it out for a spin on my way to work and it perked me up from the moment the wonderful concoction hit my lips after passing through the long scarlet cylindrical apparatus we fondly call a straw. LOL. (nagpapanggap na sosyal at henyo)

anyway, i tasted it and it was fine. it tasted a bit too artificial for me. i know how a banana should taste but that wasn’t the point of this beverage in my case. it was there to make me happy. [but i did expect the ‘twist’ because of the banana.]

so, did it make me happy?

it might not be the coffee. i think i should’ve added an extra shot. it wasn’t the ice. it wasn’t the non-existent banana (then why mention the banana at al!! pft!). it was the shredded chocolate and the sugar and the cream with caramel — looks like the basic things that are already good in the first place.

lesson for the first spoil-day friday — stick to the basics. i guess. i’m happy now. πŸ™‚

for all you apathetic UP students and alumni

But how much more are you, [UP students and alumni] Harvard graduates of 2008, likely to touch other people’s lives? Your intelligence, your capacity for hard work, the education you have earned and received, give you unique status, and unique responsibilities. Even your [university] nationality sets you apart. The great majority of you belong to the world’s only remaining superpower. The way you vote, the way you live, the way you protest, the pressure you bring to bear on your government, has an impact way beyond your borders. That is your privilege, and your burden.

If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped transform for the better. We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.

-J.K. Rowling, Harvard 2008

read the full Commencement Address here. You can find it in youtube, too.

I just see how one from UP could be given the privilege and burden of having such a big influence on the government and how it could overflow to affect policies that could very well reach the people whom they owe their education to. (please correct my grammar). remember the oblation. mahiya ka kung hindi mo alam ibig sabihin ng Oblation — or ni Oble —Β  kung tiga-UP ka.

i hope we don’t stop at imagination. let’s transform these ‘dreams’ and imagined things into action. stop the apathy, UP.

babalik ako sa bahay namin!

as in bahay ng capampangan! πŸ˜€ hehehe..

nung linggo, nabinyagan na finally ang anak ng pinsan kong si ate daisy. πŸ™‚ di ko alam ang pangalan talaga pero sa mga naririnig ko eh “the 3rd” na daw siya… so malamang Emmanuel pangalan niya. di ko pa din alam apelyido. LOL

anyway, pumunta kami sa Bale Capampangan in Dolores, City of San Fernando after the christening sa parish church sa amin. sayang di ako nakapag-picture picture ng madami sa loob pero the place was really nice. i loved the lighting, the arrangement of the furniture, the interiors, how the main restaurant is separate from the function rooms/halls they had, and the food — distinctly kapampangan! they served betuteng tugak (stuffed frog) and camaru at the restaurant… but not at the reception! awwww… 😦

sa reception, a safer menu was had. sort of lemon chicken (maasim kasi) and hamonado and lumpiang ubod and somesort of vegetable salad with shrimp. di ko na natanong kung ano yun. basta cute ung lalagyan niya kasi heart-shaped. πŸ™‚ at siyempre, to cap-off the meal, leche flan!!! haaay.. ang sarap kumain!!!

with a sampling of the food they serve, and yung tuksong kumain ulit ng native kapamapangan food, i will want to bring A there one time for an evening affair.


i dunno what’s actually wrong with me today. actually, it’s been since yesterday. i have tasks to do. i have things to finish and perform but can’t seem to organize anything. i tried sleeping earlier last night but i still woke up with a brain floating on air. tried to make up for it by coming early to work and still found myself nowhere near productive. opened, excel, opened word, opened the net, went online… nothing. tried chatting it up to get me going, got my cup of coffee… NOTHING!!!

and now, using opera instead of firefox, my post is going haywire. whenever i press “enter” it goes back to the top of the paragraph and inserts the space there!!! arrrrrggghhh…

i need to accopmlish at least one thing today. i was hoping it would be this post. but it’s just given me another reason to have a headache…

it’s friday the 13th. no wonder.


di lang ako naka-post nung bday ko kasi… wala lang. ayaw ko mag-post sa bday ko. πŸ™‚ pero na-excite at natuwa talaga ako sa mga natanggap ko.

the day didn’t start off as well as i had hoped. nevertheless, i didn’t take it as foreboding of what was to happen the rest of the day. and i’m happy to say that it wasn’t! πŸ™‚

i arrived at work late. and kuya henry handed me this package. expecting it was from our davao station, i was surprised to see it came from a different sender. it came from a certain “maritoni platon tiu” and it was just from manila. i scratched my head as i took the package and went upstairs to the office. but carrying the contents, i thought i felt a metal spiral of some sort. and instantly i realized who maritoni tiu was, what was inside and why i received a package from a complete “stranger”!!!

it was just one surprise that instantly brightened up my birthday. πŸ™‚ i told miss toni that i got the gift and her timing was impeccable ‘coz i got my prize on my birthday! how cool was that?! πŸ™‚ (and the card was cute, too, miss toni. *sniffle*)

and so, after the excitement of opening an unexpected gift went down a bit, i went back to work. and just waited for 530 to come so i could attend class at 6PM. but another surprise was just around the corner. or, rather, next-door — literally!

the Airheads of MO have always planned ‘surprise’ parties for birthday celebrants. i was actually expecting this ‘surprise’ already but not on my birthday simply because june 9 was a holiday and i assumed they didn’t have the chance to plot and connive to get stuff for my birthday on the day itself. but it was a pleasant surprise that the ordinary coffee break we always had at RCS had turned into my birthday surprise! as an added bonus, i even had Doc Estoque no less, play the guitar for me and sing to me “happy birthday to you”!

simple lang ang handa. pansit bihon from goldilocks, espasol courtesy of soli, and mango float courtesy of mama melle and niΓ±o (labor of love ito! πŸ™‚ ). have some Coke or coffee with those, add a lot of stories, conversations and jokes, and you have a great party! πŸ™‚

minsan lang ako mag-birthday ng ganun. maybe because i didn’t expect stuff and they just came in shovels! na-overwhelm ako and na-touch talaga… from the unintentional to the intentional gifts, material and immaterial gifts. maybe it’s another gift din… from Him. πŸ™‚

i just love surprises. πŸ™‚