Genius is as genius does.
You know how I got addicted to cocaine? I tried it. The problem with drugs is that they work. Right up until the moment they decimate your life. Try cocaine and you’ll become addicted to it. Become addicted to cocaine and you will either be dead or you will wish you were dead, but it will only be one or the other. – Aaron Sorkin (screenwriter, actor, producer)
Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world. And there are things you can do to lift the human spirit—things that are easy; things that are free; things that you can do everyday. Civility. Respect. Kindness. Character. You’re too good for Schadenfreude. You’re too good for gossip & snark. Youre too good for intolerance. And since you’re walking into the middle of a presidential election that’s worth mentioning, that you’re too good to think people who disagree with you are your enemy. – Aaron Sorkin (screenwriter, actor, producer)
You’re going to fall down but the world doesn’t care how many times you fall down as long as it’s one fewer than the number of times you get back up. – Aaron Sorkin (screenwriter, actor, producer)
I’m pretty sure you all have a list of people you care for, people you love. I just feel it’s necessary for me to thank you for being one of the people behind this guy I care so much for. You see, he’s hundreds of people rolled into one. Because of the people he grew up with, hung out with, or spent a summer with, I have this person who’s sorta like a chameleon. He enjoys different sorts of music, he’d love to try anything out, he’s sociable. Let’s just sum it up by saying: he’s not me. And I love him for that.
I love him for the experiences he has that I wish I could share. His crazy childhood moments that I wish could be played back before my very eyes. I love him for the ideas he gets from his workmates, his buddies, his family. I love the way he looks at life. At some point, he probably looked at it a certain way because you must’ve influenced him. Thank God you did.
I’m not thanking all of you in behalf of him, though. Or in a way, maybe I am. But really, I’m thanking you because I wouldn’t have a crazy, sincere, humble, annoying guy beside me had it not been for everyone else who loves him. He’s a great person because that’s what he allowed himself to be, yes. But he’s also a great person because of those who pushed him (positively or negatively) to be one.
I’d love to be able to get to know all of you in the future. I don’t know how long we’ll last, but I’m seeing a pretty decent forever in front of us. *wink* There’s so much I’d like to ask and probably, stories that I need to hear. That, though, is for the future.
All I have for now are Thank You’s, tiny wishes that everyone be loved as much as my boyfriend is loved or even more, and this one big wish that people would reach out to him today more than ever. You see, my job is to keep him happy and sane. Seeing that I can’t do anything about his (in)sanity (bwahaha), I might as well just make him happy.
So let’s go make him insanely happy, shall we? ☺
With cyberhugs & flying kisses,
*Updated as of 12/20/11, 11:25 am. Feel free to come back for new info.
“Nobody saw it coming.”
Nobody saw the deaths coming, but somebody must have known that there is a typhoon and that it will be a strong one. TIME’s Global Spin is right, we were truly unprepared for tropical storm Sendong. Then again, now is not the time for Filipinos to point fingers at each other. I truly believe that we are a nation of caring and compassionate individuals. Now is the time to extend our helping hands.
[edited] According to abs-cbnNEWS.com, the death toll from Sendong has reached 957, with hundreds still missing. Here are some ways you can help:
- PHILIPPINE RED CROSS:
Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)
Text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882
You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Bank accounts for Donations
Banco De Oro
Bank of the Philippine Islands
Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042
Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090
All Check/Cash for the account of Philippine Red Cross (Swift Codes)
Banco De Oro
Bank of the Philippine Islands
Philippine National Bank
Unionbank of the Philippines
- HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PHILIPPINES:
- MERALCO: “OneMeralco Foundation is accepting cash & in-kind donations in G\F Lopez bldg, Meralco Center, Ortigas. Call 6328301, look for Joy.”
- ROCK ED:
- SMART COMMUNICATIONS, INC: “Smart Money users can instantly transfer funds through their mobile phones to the official Baha Fund account number 5577 5130 6822 1104. Donors may also deposit cash to the same Smart Money account number in any Banco De Oro branch nationwide or through Hapinoy and Cebuana Lhuillier outlets.”
- GLOBE TELECOM: “Help via GCASH by texting DONATEMPIN REDCROSS and send to 2882.”
- ABS-CBN SAGIP KAPAMILYA:
- GMA KAPUSO FOUNDATION:
“Cash donations may be donated to any branch of UCPB, Metrobank, and Cebuana Lhuiller. Service fees will be waived if the cash proceeds are deposited to the foundation.
“Cash donations may be sent through the following accounts:
Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc.:
BDO Savings Account No. 005310-410164 and
Bank of the Philippine Islands Savings Account No. 1443-05333-2
Donations in kind like food, clothing, utensils, blankets, mats, water containers, and medicines may be sent to News5 Aksyon Center, TV5 office in San Bartlolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.
For inquiries, please call News5 Aksyon Center hotline – 938-6393.”
- AIR 21:
- PHILIPPINE AIRLINES:
“PAL flights to Cagayan de Oro and Dipolog will carry free of charge disaster relief donations coming from reputable non-government organizations (NGOs) and religious groups addressed to their designated recipients in Cagayan de Oro and Dipolog…
PAL will carry the relief goods as cargo on any of the five daily flights to Cagayan de Oro and five weekly flights to Dipolog using the Airbus A320 and A319 aircraft.
Priority will be given to lightweight and non-bulky essential items such as medicines and foodstuff.
Interested parties may contact the PAL Foundation by sending an email email@example.com.”
- 7-11 PHILIPPINES: “7-Eleven is accepting cash donations for the victims of Typhoon Sendong. No service fees will be deducted and donors will be provided an official receipt.”
- GAWAD KALINGA:
“You may send donations in kind to the following :
Today till 2 NN tomorrow then they proceed to Dumaguete for relief distribution.CEBU CITY:
Call us at 2661288
Contact Harvey Maraguinot : 0917-8888427
CP Nr. (0917)2471252
Focal Person: LTCOL ROLANDO RODIL, Opns Officer”
Coordinator of Sendong Operation,
KKP Office, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Corrales Ave.
9000 Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.Cash donations can be deposited to this account:
Account Number: 9331-0133-63
BPI MAIN BRANCH
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
Routing No: CH 005873
Xavier University Relief Center is conducting a relief operation for families affected by Bagyong Sendong.They are asking for donations in
- FOOD (noodles, canned goods, etc.)
- BOTTLED WATER and
- CLEAN CLOTHES.
You can drop them off at the
Xavier University KKP-SIO.
Volunteers also needed @DSWD (Masterson Rd, Upper Carmen).
Call 09066150095 or 858-8892. Let’s help, pleaseOther Useful Information:
SMART LIBRENG TAWAG, INTERNET and CELLPHONE CHARGING sa PHILCOM OFFICE, MAX SUNIEL ST. CARMEN (RIGHT BESIDE ACSAT GYM) for those who would like to contact their loved ones who have been affected by the recent FLASHFLOODS. Please tell your friends, family and neighbors!!!! Please repost. – T. Tamayo
For those live in Manila, you can help us :
For CASH/ CHEQUE donations…(through Simbahang Lingkod)
Direct deposits may be made online from any BPI branches, pay to:
SIMBAHANG LINGKOD NG BAYAN (Account Name/Payee)
Bank of the Philippine Islands (Loyola-Katipunan Branch)
BPI Peso Checking Account Number: 3081-1111-61
BPI Dollar Savings Account Number: 3084-0420-12″
“We are now handling 900 families at the MSU-IIT Evacuation Centers or approximately 4,500 individuals.
SPECIAL NEEDS OF THE EVACUEES: Milk, feeding bottles, diapers, habol/banig, mats, towels, soap, sleepers for children and adults, toiletries, toothpastes, toothbrushes, utensils, emergency lamps, utensils, spoon and fork, plastic cups, garbage bins, disinfectants, toilet cleaning.
MEDICINES: Cough meds- Lagundi/carbocestin, mefenamic acid, anti-diarrheal – loperamide / oresol, antypyretics- paracetamol tablets, clean gloves, sterile gloves, normal saline (washing), plaster, medicine cups, medicine dropper, anti-infectives-amoxicillin, anti-hypertensives – losartan, nifedipine, plain NSS
FOR FOOD: Please bring ready to eat food. Pack is preferred 900 if per group of (5) five or 4,500 pieces (preferably nutritious – ex. vegetables)”
“For cash donations, you may send it to Prof. Darwin Manubag, President Association of IIT Alumni Foundation, Inc., Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, MSU-IIT Iligan City. Mobile number: 09157733708. Association of IIT Alumni Foundation, Inc. Bank: BDO Iligan Quezon Avenue Branch, Account number: 003120169026″
Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental:
Panday Bulig Relief and Rehabilitaion Center
Tabang Mindanao Center
… 12th-22nd streets, Nazareth
9000 Cagayan de Oro City
T/F: +63 (88) 856 6413
(look for Ms. Beryl Tranco)
Mobile: 0905 899 7770
RCBC VELEZ BRANCH, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY
Savings Account Number: 1095029776
Swift Code: RCBCPHMM
You may go to any Gcash outlet (mostly in malls, banks etc) and send the money to you (provide your name address and gcash number). Gcash number is your 2882+10 digit number. Gcash number is 2882-926-745-9730
Thank you! :)”
- Calling All Fellow Bloggers From Different Parts of The World – Help! (socyberty.com)
- Emergency Alert: Typhoon Sendong | Donate Now and Save Lives (silentpal.wordpress.com)
- PHOTOS: Philippines Storm, Floods Wreck Havoc On Islands (huffingtonpost.com)
I’ve been a Pilot pen user since my high school days. Of course I’ve used other brands, but I feel more comfortable when I write using Pilot. They’re just absolutely better than other not-so-expensive pens we have here in the Philippines. Plus points ’cause they look better too. :)
Last year, I blogged about my Pilot pen wishlist and sadly, I was only able to cross out just one pen among the list. I think we get our Pilot pens somewhere else in Asia, which is sad ’cause that would mean we wouldn’t see all of their products (a.k.a. the products on my wishlist) in our local bookstores. Boo. Anyhow, here are the pens I currently have:
- Pilot BPS fine
- Pilot Hi Tecpoint V5
- Pilot Hi Tecpoint V5 RT
- Pilot Retractable Pen
- Pilot Super Grip
- Pilot G-Tec C3
- Pilot Hi Tec C Coleto
- Pilot Acroball
- Pilot Feed GP4
- Pilot Frixion ball
- Pilot Just Meet
I’m sad that I wasn’t able to collect as much as I wanted to. It’s all ’cause I don’t trust myself that when I go to a local bookstore, I’d buy just one pen. I know I’d go crazy. But this coming 2012, I have to buy more Pilot pens. Yes to planning and determination, ignore budget (lol). For this, I’m gonna be a little more realistic and make a Pilot pen wishlist based on what National Bookstore branches have. Here goes:
- Pilot Pen BL-G2 Gel Retractable Rollerball
- Pilot G-2EX Gel Ink Pen
- Pilot Feed White Line 3 Color Multi Pen w/ Correction Tape
- Pilot G6 Gel Retractable Roller Ball Pen
- Pilot VR Ball Fine
- Pilot VBall Grip Gel Pen
- Pilot VBall Grip Roller Ball Pen
- Pilot BX-GR5 Hi Tecpoint (Extra Fine)
- Pilot V10 Grip Hi Tecpoint Liquid Ink Rollerball Pen
There you go. Those are the only ones I could find over on NBS’s site. I’d try other bookstores, but I think it’s good to have an initial list. Once I have a good number of Pilot pens, I’d start collecting cute colored pens also from Pilot. I know I sound crazy, but of course it’s not my priority. I just have to feed my addiction. :)
For almost a month, I shied away from the Internet, from everything that would connect me to mindless babble. I had a lot of things on my mind, you see. I had plans I didn’t want to spill over Twitter, I was too nervous I’d say too much and end up not acting on my ideas. Thus, I kept quiet.
That was until I found the courage to share the result of my plans. Allow me to introduce my online store, The Accessory Haul <insert crazy grin>.
I’ve a number of friends who said they didn’t expect this from me. Hanna, a good friend of mine, even blogged about it. Ha! They probably know I’m not the kind of person who’d open an online store or anything that involves approaching people in whatever manner and half-begging them to buy from me. :P That’s why I decided to focus on selling items I also wanna have. If no one buys them, they’re mine. Bittersweet, eh? But no, positive thoughts over negative ones. ;)
I know this isn’t a big business venture. This is much different from opening up a restaurant or a bookstore (don’t ask where that came from :P), I’m not starting with millions of pesos, and I don’t have a formal business plan. This is just me trying out my luck and boy, was I shocked. I didn’t expect how stressful it was gonna be. I only had my first haul of accessories, a little knowledge about online stores (being a regular online buyer myself), a solid group of people backing me up, and a little courage. Numbers scare me the most. And pricing. And promoting my page. And making a record of all the items plus all the necessary descriptions… Fine, everything’s scary. And darn, 6 days after opening? I’m just praying that everything’s gonna get better, my emotions included.
On to what The Accessory Haul‘s all about. If you haven’t guessed it yet, we’re selling accessories! :D We have rings, wrap around bracelets, and bangles for our first haul. We’re extremely happy that barely a week into this, we’ve sold half of the haul! I’m happy, oh so happy! … Aaaand, we already have 145 likes! I’m happy, oh so happy! <flailing arms> … I’m using “we” here because I’ve been getting a lot of help from Arred, my business advisor who doubles as my boyfriend ;D. He also plays devil’s advocate, but I think he does that only so he could hear me defend my point. I’m really lucky ’cause he’s versatile and that he’s really so supportive to the point of asking his guy friends to go and like the page. Plus, I know he’s more excited to see the number of likes increase per day ’cause we planned on a little something-something once we reach 250 likes. It’s something crazy and it makes me even more nervous.
Part of what’ll make me somewhat calm is if more people visit our page (ha!). So please,
nonexistent readers, visit and like The Accessory Haul. Who knows, you might see a ring or a set of bangles that’ll look perfect on you, your mom, your sister, or your girl friends! ;)
This post is classic.
At least in my world. This is about me trying to prove to myself that maybe I still have that writing mojo, which I think I lost somewhere between being active on Twitter and having a job that requires me to stare at phrases and terms I barely understand. This is about me hoping to be able to go back.
I don’t puke words for a living. I just do so for my sanity. And now that nothing seems to be oozing from my brain, I’m scared.
It’s way easier to make your poop come out.
It’s been a month since Crazy, Stupid, Love opened in Philippine movie theaters but the Boyfriend and I watched it on the big screen just last Saturday because of two things: we normally put romantic comedy films & chick flicks in our “to download” list and our friends gave this film some solid thumbs up.
Let me get this out of my head before it eats my brain cells: it’s not the kind of romantic comedy film that can stop me from switching to another cable channel, if you know what I mean. I don’t think I’m going to be the first person to say that the film has its sluggish moments. Yes, the comedy, the romance, the crazy, and the stupid (har!) were all there. Yes, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling were pretty hilarious in their own subtle ways. Yes, I enjoyed the plotline. But the thing is, there’s a rare balance of reality and only-in-the-movies moments which creates a so-so story.
What I like about this film is—no, not Ryan Gosling’s abs. Sorry, but I don’t find him sexy at all. His abs were chiseled, no doubt about that. I gave my own share of “oh my gosh,” but I’m just not fond of him, that’s all. With that aside, let me tell you that Crazy, Stupid, Love is a film that men can really appreciate. It’s one of those films where guys are depicted as someone who can screw up, be cheated on, fool around, and eventually end up with the girl he truly wants to be with. We all know it’s not always the guy’s fault when a relationship goes haywire. A guy’s life doesn’t go all the way South when a relationship ends (hello (500) Days of Summer). I’m sounding like a guy here, yes? Well, I could be one (lol). And no, I don’t hate (500) Days of Summer.
On the other hand, what I don’t like about the movie is how it stretched out for half an hour after the chaotic twist which made me realize that the film should’ve been titled “Crazy, Stupid Love in A Small, Twisted World.” Err, my titling skills need some work. Also, there was nothing to talk about after the movie. Yes okay, the abs. Whatever.
Overall, it’s a bit dragging but I like how the story’s deeper (heavier?) than other lighthearted romantic comedy films.
*Image from moviefanatic.com