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Screw defunct-ness, I'm back.
Saturday, January 16, 2010

For a while Twitter consumed my life (it still does, actually. Just not in that level anymore) and here I am missing blogger after spending almost 3 months in tumblr.

And so.. I've decided, no more straining my brain by thinking so much of what I should write here. I shouldn't worry about the public reading about stuff I write about anymore. I have what, 2.. 3 readers? LOL. Seriously though, part of my New Year's resolution (despite my very bad track record in keeping them) is to write more.. express myself more. I feel that's one part of me that I should resurrect because it helps unleash my daily demons and stresses from everyday work life.

Speaking of work, I got a call yesterday from Thomson Reuters. I sent Karen my resume in the afternoon and I got a call before dinner. It was immediate hiring and I wasn't that adamant into getting in because I am still hoping DKS would happen. And plus, training starts in February and I would need a 30 day notice before I could actually exit.. And I am waiting for DKS to happen. :)

I am eating caesar salad in front of my laptop. Just had my braces adjusted (adjusted=tightened) yesterday and so biting into the croûtons, which are semi-crunchy from being drenched in dressing, still feels like biting into steel. In short, eating is torture but I force myself to eat because I cannot live on congee (blogger spell check tells me to type this is as "con gee") anymore. Oh and hey, don't you just hate it when people tell you they've decided to get braces because "they would like to lose weight". What a stupid waste of money. But I guess these people feel it's some kind of status symbol. It's no joke to have on. It's painful, morons. You could've saved yourselves the nagging feeling that your entire teeth structure is going to fall off anytime by hitting the gym or just eating less.

I figured I'll just jump from one topic to another (screw coherence)..

Mosh just gave birth to 6 puppies yesterday. I wasn't home when the first 4 came out but I witnessed her give birth to the 5th one! IT WAS A-MAZING! It's like watching Animal Planet live! lol. I thought it was magic. :) 2 of the puppies didn't make it out alive though but I'm glad that the 4 are looking healthy. We have to spoon feed Mosh though because she refuses to move an inch from her lot and she has to regain her strength and forcing her to eat is the only way to go. My dog is a rockstar. :)

rambled @ 5:10:00 PM


Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Posted via web from in between brain farts

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Posted via web from in between brain farts

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And now some wisdom from Calvin and Hobbes
Saturday, November 14, 2009

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What, I have a blog?
Thursday, November 12, 2009

I frequently micro-blog now, thanks to twitter and has time and again left this blog to rot.

I've been so spent in saying stuff in my head in 140 words or less and it's beginning to be new lifestyle for me because I have a chronic case of brain farts each time I sit down and try to come up with something read-worthy here.

And so.. (see there it is again those nasty nasty brain farts).

Year is almost over and I'm thinking about what lies in January when my 1 year bond expires. In the last couple of days I've been contemplating on calling it quits next year because:
(-) I feel like the liability involved in the job is too massive should I (become human and) slip
(-) There's not much room for mistake (Which in effect, limits my learning curve)
(-) The instances I feel like dragging myself to work when I wake up has doubled (that's massive!)
(-) The taxes are horrendous it's like I have one regular (day shift) employee under my payroll list

- I believe I am one of those people who's spending has grown proprtionately as my earnings, thus, I cannot imagine a payday with a 5-digit salary.
- I have more bills to pay now
- My brother has 1 year and 1 semester left before graduating and I have to see his education through until then.
- I have to save if I want to spend my birthday out of the country next year.

So that's been bugging me. My job pays well as compared to most jobs and I don't think I can easily find one should I have the urge to call it quits anytime soon. I guess I just have bouts of dissatisfaction because the taxes elude my rational thinking and plus I am in prime time shift (8-5pm ET) which exposes me in so much trading (hence liability, stress, heart attack, Shin). But that's bound to change because I got the shift I wanted in the recently concluded shift bid. How I got it versus half my team wanting the same schedule beats the crap out of me but it's okay. I'm happy. = )

Oh, did I mention that I have a tendency of being irresolute? So ask me again in 2 weeks what I want.

rambled @ 2:02:00 PM


This is where all the missing relief goods are. OUTRAGEOUS.
Friday, October 23, 2009

I got a tweet from @annecurtissmith about this blog which, by the time i was about to view, was already blocked. I found another link from Jenni Epperson's website who was able to copy and paste the entire entry before it was restricted. SPREAD THE WORD PEOPLE. THIS DESERVES ATTENTION.

Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo? (A special report from a volunteer)

Dear friends,

I’m asking your help to spread the word. Tulungan po ninyo akong ikalat ito. Beyond this, we should also demand action. I disabled a plugin so you can copy the photos of relief goods rotting in DSWD warehouses. You can link this post to your blogs, facebook, websites etc. You can also email the photos.

Philippine News (US based Philippine newspaper) will use this as its front page story this week. Every Filipino has the right to know where the tons of donations from the UN and other counties go. Kahit po nakakahiya sa mga nag-donate. Kung sa ganitong paraan, matutulungan natin ang mga nasalanta, then by all means, let’s do it.

For those who have the time, please try to volunteer sa DSWD warehouses. Getting in was not easy. A friend had to put in a word for us. Let’s see kung madali nang makapasok sa DSWD warehouse ang mga volunteers.

Please read on and good luck to us.


(This post was last edited Oct 22, 12:30 pm)

Kahapon, tinanong ng Philippine News si DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral:

Editor of Philippine News: Why are the relief goods in DSWD warehouses not moving?

DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral: Wala kasing volunteers.

This short interview was done over the phone. Philippine News wanted to hear her side pero ayaw niyang makipag-usap sa press. After four tries, pinasabi na lang niya ang maikling sagot na ito sa secretary niya - “Walang volunteers”.

I don’t want to accuse her of corruption but at the very least she is showing signs of being totally incompetent. We are in a state of calamity where every second counts. May namamatay araw-araw dahil sa sakit.

In my opinion, these deaths could have been prevented if Secretary Cabral had tried a little harder to do her job.

    Deaths from Philippine storms nears 1,000

    “Tropical Storm Ketsana left 420 dead and 37 missing when it flooded 80 percent of Manila on September 26, a disaster the government saidAFFECTED 4.35 MILLION PEOPLE.

    Some areas are still flooded three weeks later and 189,000 PEOPLE REMAIN IN EVACUATION CENTRES,

    Typhoon Parma hit the northern Philippines on October 3 and lingered as a tropical storm for a week, triggering landslides that killed 438 people and leaving 51 missing mostly in mountain communities.

    The government agency said Parma AFFECTED 4.16 MILLION PEOPLE, including more than 32,000 WHO REMAIN AT EVACUATION CENTRES.”

During the first week after the storm, lumabas ang “bayanihan spirit” ng mga Pinoy. “Makatulong lang kahi’t konti,” katwiran nila.

kung walang volunteers, ano ‘to, komiks?


    “At the offices of many civic groups and private organizations, hundreds of people showed up to volunteer in packing relief goods.

    At the Tulong Bayan center at the Expo Centro in Cubao, Most of the volunteers were adolescents as young as 10 years old, along with their kuya or ate in high school and college.

    They came in huge numbers, many of them barkadas, classmates or siblings, dressed just in their tees and shorts, wearing their Havaianas. All were just enthusiastic to do their share!
    Photos by Leah Navarro

    Even grade school kids pitched in to help!

    Youth volunteers repack detergents for distribution

    making beds
    Making beds from carton boxes

GMA asked world for donations

Our government begged the world for more donations. Sumagot ang buong mundo sa ating panawagan. In less than three weeks, dumaong ang mga barko, ibinaba mula sa mga cargo planes, i-diniliver ng mga trak at container vans ang sandamakmak na relief goods. Cash donations were in the millions of dollars.

But these donations must be coursed through DSWD

Nagpalabas ng directive ang pangulo. Individuals, private companies and other nations were ENCOURAGED to send their donations to DSWD. I blogged about it HERE and the video of her announcement HERE.

This PGMA directive sounded suspicious to me then. Now I know why. Here’s the story.

A group of eight people, your ate Ella included, went to one of DSWD warehouses to help in repacking relief goods. We know they need volunteers pero hindi namin akalaing WALANG TAO TALAGA SA LOOB NG WAREHOUSE!


Kailangang magpa-register at i-schedule ang volunteering

    1) UNICEF Registration (as a volunteer)

    The warehouse CAN ONLY TAKE AS MUCH AS 50 VOLUNTEERS at a time or per shift. Here you will find that there is a 4-hour shift, and an option for a 6-hour shift for the volunteers to indicate their availability.

What “volunteers”? Nasaan?

Aside from the 8 of us? Nope, there was nobody there. Bakit kailangan ang scheduling? Feeling hindi ba magkamayaw at nagu-unahan ang mga volunteers?

I know somebody who wanted to volunteer many times. She was always bumped off, laging nirere-schedule kasi “THERE WERE TOO MANY VOLUNTEERS” daw. At tuwing Sunday lang daw puwede. What the hell is going on here?

Nakatambak ang donations ng UNICEF sa warehouse, local and international

Mga banig na dapat ay nahihigaan ng mga nasalanta. Mga imported camp beds na hindi na yata masisilayan ng mga biktima. Mga kumot na hindi naman nakabalot sa katawan nila. At mga pagkaing hindi sumasayad sa sikmura nila.

The relief goods are not going anywhere

We arrived at about 8 am and left by midafternoon and yes, you guessed it right. Kami pa rin ang tao bukod sa isang DSWD employee sa loob ng warehouse maghapon. Walang ibang dumating.

The relief goods are not moving. By the way things look, they are not going anywhere. Hindi maglalakad mag-isa ang mga donations na ito papunta sa mga evacuation centers.


Note: Pinagbawalan kaming kumuha ng pictures sa loob ng warehouse. I wonder why.

walang tao 2
“Not a creature was moving, not even a mouse.”

walang tao
Parang haunted warehouse ang dating. May multo na yata.

pots and pans
Kahit na daig pa ang tindahan sa Divisoria sa dami ng naka-stack na kaldero

kaldero pa ulit
At walang katapusang kaldero pa ulit

delata 2
Kahit halos natakpan na ang mga bintana sa dami ng mga kahon

Kahit umabot na hanggang kisame ang stack ng mga kahon

camp pads
(Close up ng Coleman camp beds sa previous photo) Hindi ito kasama sa ni-repack naming goods. Para sa mga “special victims” kaya ito? Ire-repack kaya ang mga “imported” camp pads na ito ever?

Sabagay, may BANIG naman para sa “ordinary victims”. Ito ang kasama sa inimpake namin. Sayang ‘yung imported.

Ano kaya ang laman nito? Hindi rin pinabuksan. Pang-special victim din kaya ito? (teka, dito nga pala galing ‘yung mga kumot)

Mahiwagang mga kahon from Japan Aid.

(close up ng mahiwagang kahon) Hindi rin ito kasali, of course. Hindi namin alam kung ano ang laman nito. “Imported” are not included, we have concluded.

Marami ito, mga laruang kasinlaki ng tao. Hindi nakunan ng pic kasi nasa tabi ng sikyo.

pork and beans
PORK AND BEANS? Yup, you’d think kasama ito sa relief bag. Pork and beans lang ‘to, puwede na sigurong ipamigay,

close up pork and beans
Naaah! “Imported” pork and beans from Spain po ito. Sorry, hindi pa rin included

Now let’s take a look at what a victim will get from DSWD

sa loob ng kaldero
Look Ma, sampung lata ng sardinas! How generous! Kaldero ang unang ilalagay sa sako. Sabong panglaba (bar soap) at sampung sardinas sa ilalim. Siyam na sabon sa gilid ng kaldero. Local goods lahat syempre.

tuwalya at napkin
Tapos papatungan ng isang tuwalya at isang pack ng sanitary napkin.

Sisiksikan ng tatlong rolyo ng kumot(?) ang blue water jug tapos ipapatong sa kaldero sa loob ng sako.

Last but not the least, lalagyan ng dalawang banig.

Sabay tatahiin na ang sako. O di ba, parang asong tinapunan ng buto ang mga nasalanta? Eniwey, busog naman sila sa SAMPUNG lata ng Mega sardinas

Do not delay

do not delay

YOU THINK?? WTF is the matter with these people? Mag-iisang buwan na mula nang masalanta ang mga kababayan natin. ISANG BUWAN!! Do you mean “do not delay ang dati nang delayed”?? Shet.

Anong ginagawa ng mga donations na ito sa warehouse?? APAT na warehouseang nasa loob ng compound na ‘yon! APAT na warehouse na punong-puno ng inaalikabok na relief goods! Relief goods na ayaw yata ibigay sa mga nasalanta. Halatang-halata.

Marami pang pabubulukin

Wow! May bagong shipment na naman! At the rate DSWD is moving, next year na madi-discover kung ano ang laman ng mga kahong ito.

nutri biscuit
    “The first of two of the largest high-energy food shipments from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) arrived in the country two days ago for victims of storm “Ondoy” and typhoon “Pepeng.”

    The biscuits were fortified with essential vitamins and minerals for supplementary feeding to children, pregnant women and the elderly in evacuation camps. Another 100 tons of biscuits will arrive on Oct. 24, in a continuing effort to provide food assistance to flood victims.

Sige, ideretso ‘nyo ulit ‘yan sa DSWD warehouse. Para AMAG naman ang abutin ng biskwit… at sapot ng gagamba.


Sa maghapon namin sa warehouse,nakagawa kami ng 150 sacks of relief goods.150 bags of relief goods lang ang lumabas sa warehouse na ‘yon that day.At nandoon pa rin sa loob ang mga imported relief goods, safe, sound and packed as the day they arrived.

Nakisakay kami palabas sa isang DSWD delivery van. Gusto sana kaming ihatid ng driver hanggang Makati pero wala raw siyang sobrang gasolina. Ibinaba na lang niya kami sa gitna ng EDSA. Millions of dollars in donations, walang extrang pang-gasolina.

Susulpot din siguro ang laman ng mga mahiwagang kahon at mapapasakamay din ng mga tao…sa ARAW NG ELEKSYON. O mabibili na nila ang mga imported goods na ‘yon sa mga puwesto sa Quiapo at Divisoria.

Suggestions lang po sa DSWD:

  • Alam ‘nyo palang walang mag-volunteer sa inyo, bakit hindi kayo mag-hire ng mga tao? Bayaran ‘nyo ng arawan para mag-repack. Ang daming walang trabaho, makakatulong pa kayo. Hindi naman malaking kabawasan ‘yon sa bilyong pisong donasyon na natanggap ninyo.
  • Isa pa, gaano ba karami ang mga sundalo natin? Hindi ba puwedeng ipagawa sa kanila ‘yan? Baka isang araw lang, tapos na ang problema ‘nyo
  • Bakit hindi ‘nyo ibigay ang trabaho sa mga NGO, churches, private charities, TV stations? I’m sure they are more than willing to help. Time is of the essence. Huwag kayong suwapang. Obvious ba, hindi ‘nyo naman kaya.

  • Kung talagang gugustuhin ninyong makarating agad sa mga kawawang biktima ang mga donasyong ‘yon, nagawa ‘nyo na ‘yan. Maraming paraan…kung talagang gusto ‘nyo lang.You are the government. You have the power, the resources and the money. You just have to really care.

    You are the government. You have the power, the resources and the money. You just have to really care.

    rambled @ 1:27:00 PM


    The Hunge Games (Review)
    Monday, October 05, 2009

    The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

    To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive to read this. At the back of my
    mind, another young adult? And plus, there was always that huge poster in the "Bestsellers' section in the bookstore with Stephenie Meyer's comments about the book that plays in my head saying there's no doubt we should read it with as much enthusiasm as her books. Gahd, I dunno why they even have to do that? As if being on the bestseller's list wasn't enough publicity as it already is.

    Anyway, The Hunger Games was first and foremost very original, plot, character names and settings-wise. That, I fully found interesting. It takes little for me to get bored with a book and I found myself turning page after page, anticipating what will happen next.

    The love angle wasn't exaggerated and I found myself get kilig-ed at just the right amounts. And this is a good thing because when I picture my 7th grade cousin reading this, I'm comforted at the thought that she won't be reading something she cannot fully handle just yet. (Ahem book four of another author who disguises as a young adult novel!)

    It was a bit more graphic than I think a young adult novel should be. Imagine Survivor meets Lost. Gore factor, check, but nothing that's more than necessary to develop the story.

    And then there's the Rue side of things. Okay so I cried a little. I'm a big sister so that got me. I just wish it lasted a few more days for them y'know?

    So all in all I give The Hunger Games four and a half stars. I loved the originality as every other young adult novel that I come across with these days would borderline trite (case in point: vampires). Love story was there but was not rubbed in your face. I found myself on the lookout for the main characters while they traipsed along the arena and worried when one of them got hurt.

    Guess that's what a good book does to you, for a few fleeting moments you leave your world and find yourself within their realm --fingers crossed, that even in a twist of fate your main characters will end up heroes and that the love story will have a happy ending even if the real you knows it's least likely.

    rambled @ 6:03:00 PM


    Saturday, September 26, 2009

    Okaay, so to my 14 readers (well I'm not even sure if all of you really read this), I'm alive and drowning in reading materials. I don't even know which one to pick up first.

    So I went on a book-buying frenzy last week because there were several book sales around the metro and I got copies of 2 hardbound David Sedaris books (Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim) for only Php 99.00, around $2 for both books. I still haven't gotten around to finishing The Time Traveler's Wife because the time travelling made me tired and most times confused. I don't know when I'll have the stamina to ever pick that up again. I should've watched the movie instead. Oh and I'm halfway through Chuck Palaniuk's Rant and I hope to finish soon..

    Other than that I also got copies of books I used to have but were lost because the people who borrowed them once upon a time had no decency to return them. There's The Horse Whisperer - Nicholas Evans and A Walk To Remember - Nicholas Sparks. (Oh hey they're both Nicholas!)

    But the list doesn't end there. I have the following ebooks lined up as well:

    The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (currently reading)

    James Patterson - Maximum Ride 1 - The Angel Experiment
    James Patterson - Maximum Ride 2 - School's Out - Forever
    James Patterson - Maximum Ride 3 - Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
    James Patterson - Maximum Ride 4 - The Final Warning
    James Patterson - Maximum Ride 5 - Max

    Cassandra Clare - Mortal Instruments 01 - City of Bones
    Cassandra Clare - Mortal Instruments 02 - City of Ashes
    Cassandra Clare - Mortal Instruments 03 - The City of Glass

    The Host - Stephenie Meyer

    I am currently finding The Hunger Games very interesting. Character names alone are very original and I can't wait to turn page after page to see what happens next. No, sorry I'm not about to give you spoilers. I might review the book after though. Depends. I don't know. If I'm a good mood maybe a short one. haha.

    I'm suppose to tell you more about my boring life but my Grey's Anatomy Season 6 episode 1 and 2 download has just finished and I have to watch. NOW.

    rambled @ 3:13:00 AM


    Goodbye President Cory
    Friday, August 07, 2009

    360 view of the Filipino people saying goodbye to former President Corazon C. Aquino.

    rambled @ 8:25:00 PM


    Message found in fortune cookie:

    Your heart will always make itself known through your words.

    rambled @ 11:12:00 AM