Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Shall I wave my hand now?

I can't believe this.

Today, May 23rd, 2006, is the last day of my 200-hour internship here in marvelous/monstrous Manila.

After one plane ride, two new pairs of shoes, three "exciting experiences", and a million LRT/MRT rides, I'm about to end my training to be a future media practitioner.

I'm so thrilled of the stories I'm going to share with my family, friends, and everybody else back home. It's so great to experience things I might never ever experience again, eat food that might never touch my lips again, go to places I might never set foot in again, and meet people I might never come across ever again.

I wish to elaborate more on the things I have gotten involved in in the past 50 days or so, but I just don't have the time and the necessary pictures as back-up. Plus, I'm just really lazy. See, I'm currently in the Inquirer office and I don't wanna spend my "last hours" reminiscing the past weeks. Instead, I just want to deal with what's now, and what I'm gonna do to have a grand exit. Kidding.

Ugh. I hate goodbyes. Not because I'm emotional, but because I just don't know how to do it. Shall I give hugs? Wave my hands while smiling? Shake their hands? I'm bad at those things. I find it awkward (therefore hard) uttering a simple "Hi" or "Goodbye" to people I'm not exactly that close to.

By the way, this is a boring post. So I guess I'm gonna end it here. Period.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Man... ila

This is amazing.

In case you don't know (of course you don't know!), the rest of my blog entries here are either done at home or an internet shop. BUT, this one makes the difference. I'm cuurently here at the Lifestyle depertment of the Philippines' most read daily pub. Can you believe that? Just meters away from me are professional journalists, photojournalists, news reporters, fashion writers and other masters in the field. *These* are the peope who are in the mainstream media, looked up to by aspirants just like moi.

You might ask what the hell am I doing blogging when I'm in the work place? Well, yours truly is done writing articles. I'm just waiting for my images to get scanned. :)

Anyway, this is so hot. Tomorrow, I might go to this fashion shoot at *the* Shangri-La Hotel to "observe". Too bad I can't write about it because that would be stealing somebody else's job. Oh well, good enough for me. Those models better be nice though.

Three hours ago, I picked up my ticket at the PAL office. Ugh. I can't believe I'm leaving in a week. It's nice to see again the people back home but I just *lurve* the fast-paced lifetsyle here. By the way, thank God I haven't been robbed YET. Never, I hope. Damn those crooks. They always make me worry everytime I'm in a jeepney or in a bus, or even in a taxi.

Speaking of taxi, my God, you will not believe how money-hungry some cabbies here are. Those assholes will take you to unwanted tours around the metro before they bring you to your target destination. And they get their tips without even asking you. And they easily get irritated once you complain/ask for your change. Ugh. The nerve, eh? It makes me wanna plant a bomb in their cars before I step out, and explode their guts to chunks for poor stray dogs to munch on.

Anyway, I'll try to post some more Manila hullaballoo soon. Byebye.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Internship Update

Yeah, I know. It's been a lifetime since I last put an entry here. Anyway, that last time was when I was being all worried regarding my summer internship here in Manille.

However, today's (or this month's?) entry might exactly be the opposite. A little over a month thru my internship, here I am training under the country's number one daily.

Ugh. I should've been with the Lifestyle section ever since I started my second hundred hour (I have to accomplish 200 hours). What with all the fabulous events and nice freebies, who wouldn't want that?

Today for instance, I was at Greenbelt 2, at this Italian restaurant that serves food with 'bon appetit' all over the menu--Segafredo-Zanetti. My, my, did I have a good time there. I met these people from a PR Agency. I don't know if they were just doing their job, but they were very nice to me.

Anyway, just to give an idea on what I've been through during this whole OJT, well I met THE Tim Yap last week, too bad I won't be able to work with him. Then, I also rubbbed elbows with media personalities from different media outfits, attended press conferences, "explored" Quezon City, and wrote news stories and recently, lifestyle articles, and dined Italian style-al fresco!I know it's shallow but whatever. There's just so many stories to tell i don't know where to start. Ugh.

I hope I can post a longer entry with all the details regarding my stay here in Manila. And if I could just tell all, man that would be one hell of an entry, believe me. Ciao for now.