Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Oh Shit I Did It Again

I have a problem. I acknowledge that. How am I suppose to get into a serious relationship if I keep involving myself in fleeting worldly exploits?

I know, I know. My last post is exactly about the same thing. Self control is something I don't have most of the time obviously.


This is why I should never be bored.

In a dressing room? That's a first for me.

Probably the best part about this rendezvous though is I was able to see THE Imelda fucking Marcos at the hotel's lounge. Yup, I saw her in the flesh. Amazing.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


It has been almost a month and I've been a bitch in heat. I never learned my lesson so I wasted no time and WhaBamGoodbyeSam!

There goes another meaningless ... I don't even know what to call it.


This kind of thing used to perk me up and put me in a good mood but apparently this formula is no longer working.

July isn't a blank month after all. But I somehow wish I should' have passed.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Nasty Cabbies and Slight Shopping

Time is indeed the ultimate luxury. And what better way to spend it than to literally spend some hard-earned money, right? Fine, not really but today, since I was free the entire afternoon, I went to the mall (Mall of Asia) to do a little shopping.

First, I need to vent.

I hate, no, I loathe opportunistic, ill-mannered cab drivers. I understand the economy is sinking and life is rough but there's no need to be an asshole about it. I know fuel costs are skyrocketing and rice, or rather everything, is more expensive than ever. I know all that. I live in this country too.

Unfortunately, we happen to share the same president and the same economy. So don't don't tell me that you have to charge an extra P10 because fuel cost is as at an all-time high. I'm fully aware of that dammit. It's not even the money that's the issue but the way you ask for it. Your attitude is as nasty as the stench of cigarette encapsulated within your vehicle. If you'd like a tip, at least be polite enough when asking for it. Otherwise, just forget it and take what ever the amount is indicated on the goddamn meter (until of course the most-awaited automatic P10 addition regulation takes effect which I know for a fact is still 3 days away).

Don't let my pathetically ambitious and frivolous li
festyle fool you. I happen to think taking cabs instead of the bus, LRT/MRT, or jeepneys is a luxury. Just like you, I also pay ridiculous amounts for taxes that seem to go nowhere but to the bank accounts of our lovely politicians. This crisis is affecting all of us here so don't use it as a reason to take advantage of another person who also works his ass off just to get whatever shit is in these shopping bags. That's all.

Alright, now that it's all out of my system, let's move on shall we?

The number one thing I needed was a basic brown belt--something versatile and durable for daily wear and also great style-wise. I found this at Topman and I think it fits the bill. It's basic, it seems durable and it's not that expensive for a leather belt.

Then I got these shorts for swimming. I know, summer is over but this is not some regular piece of swim wear. Board shorts are fine but this is a great alternative for times when you want to be more adventurous. They're short enough to expose my gams and long enough to cover my balls. Perfect!

I intended to buy a shirt but nothing was really worth it so I bought a book instead. April Timbol Yap first came up with The Incredible Lightness of Being Burgis, which I like so much, and now here's Stressed in the City-- an ideal read for some light and fun literary fix.

Before going home, I had coffee and a forgettable carrot cake at Figaro and bought a roasted chicken for me and my sister. The chicken is still untouched at the table and which is why I have to go. I'm starvation central like a Somalian kid.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Four Years of Friendster

Bored? Here's an idea; check out your Friendster comments (formerly called testimonials) and start from the very first. I just did, and man did I have a grand time revisiting the past. It's entertaining, funny, touching and embarrassing.

It amazes me how these seemingly banal accounts of my personality can bring back so much memories. It's actually very awkward but quite humbling as well.

This is why I don't like how people confuse the comments function with private messaging. And don't even get me started about those meaningless graphics or pictures. I personally prefer personalized messages. I'm not a fan of having so many widgets or applications either which is the same reason I hate Facebook. I rarely check my account there because of the confusing applications and growing gifts, and hugs and shit. Ugh. It's too complicated. techno-phobe much? Let's keep it simple people.

Anyway, based on the testimonials people say about me, a lot of them agree that I am good with clothes, I love the beach, I like to take pictures--mostly of myself, I can write and I am actually warm and fun despite the stiff exterior. Not bad huh? Although, I think the comments have evolved over the four years. I'm not sure if it's for the better but what's important is the same people who were there four years ago, are still around (for me) to this very day.

Our laptop is fixed. Thanks to my sister, who by the way, gave me my very first testimonial here. God bless her heart. Whew.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Random Rants


I’m doomed. This is the end of an era. After 7 years of use and abuse, I think our old school, clunky laptop has given up on me and my sister. I have no idea how I’m going to live with this.

I want to get a new one but I’m totally out of cash. Besides, I should be saving up for something. It doesn’t help either that Citibank disapproved my credit card application. Ugh. HSBC, you’re my only hope.

Pump It!

How the hell do I lose weight pronto? Or at least just lose my gut. Jeezus, it’s so hard to lose weight and tone my body. Seriously, I have been working out lately, and while I can see some improvement, I can’t seem to get rid of my disgusting tummy.

Yes, no matter how tedious, I’ve been hitting the gym lately whenever I have free time. So far, I have endured the smell of sweat mixed with glass cleaner/shiner and almost vomited on one occasion. I’ve also had short conversations with 2 grown foreign men who obviously have been working out a lot.

I honestly, don’t like going to the gym. It’s like studying; something you have to do but don’t necessarily enjoy. It’s too boring. My brother used to work out every single day. I also have a cousin who misses school because of minor reasons (i.e. headaches, oversleeping) but doesn’t have any problem spending 3 hours at the gym every single day, rain or shine. Now that’s dedication. I can barely last an hour.

Meet-up #5640254

I met up with Mr. Lawyer the other day. It was fun. We just had coffee at Kopi Roti. He’s cute, very intelligent and well-travelled. I was actually a little intimidated. But I think I was decent enough since he sent me a text message right after we parted. “I’m sorry I had to run. Do I get to see you again?”

Monday, July 07, 2008

RIP: Chikatime

Yun lang pow?!

What?! Oh my god. I don’t believe this. Chikatime is officially gone? That’s it? It hasn’t even been half a year yet.

The more scandalous real-life, Filipino version of Gossip Girl authored by a couple of girls and a gay guy has been missing for a couple of days. It has been an invitation-only website lately until today when they posted a farewell entry and even apologizing to those they have offended. The blog has been notorious among the high-brow society figures and the fashion set of Manila because of the juicy contents exposing the alleged skeletons of everyone from fashion designers to famed social butterflies. For three deliciously controversial months, no one was spared as each blog entry exposed Manila society’s dirt in full vulgarity.

I wonder which powers that be is behind this. Is that Tim Yap I hear laughing his ass off?

Despite the occasional distasteful bashing and the unnecessary hate towards Bryanboy, I have to admit I was hooked. Boy did we indulge on that one didn’t we? The dirt was good. I bet even the “featured” celebrities enjoyed it themselves. Or not.

Great. Where do we get our daily dose of local society gossip now? I’m having withdrawals already.

Update: Apparently, it's Jenni Epperson that had the website shut down. Ooh...

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Lip Balm Review

Six months ago, I started taking Isotretinoin for my skin. It's very effective and I swear by it. It works by reducing the sweat glands which leads to severe skin drying as a side effect. The worst happens in the lips though.

While my skin gets better, my lips get extremely chapped to the point of bleeding. I am not kidding. Seriously, it's like Sahara desert dry and I have witnesses to prove that.

This is when I realized the importance of lip balms. These things are a godsend. Over the past 6 months I've tried four brands of these pucker lubes and here's a rundown of my hunt.

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (Beauty Bar)- My first one is quite a splurge I suppose. At P250 a pop, this may be a little pricey for some. It's an 8.5 G little canister though as oppose to the usual 4.2 G sticks.

I like the minty smell and feel it leaves on the lips and it's also not very greasy. It doesn't stay that very long so you might want to re-apply from time to time. It comes in sticks too but I like this kind better as it is easier to carry around and also very durable.

The Body Shop Lip Care SPF 15 (The Body Shop) - Probably the only good thing about this one is the strong smell of vanilla. I got mine on sale at P199 but it originally goes for a hundred pesos more which is pretty steep for only 4.2 grams of balm thatleaves white residues on the corner of the lips. I'm not crazy about the container either. The knob, or whatever that thing you twist to let the contents out got broken way before I finish the entire stick so I had to use of my finger nails to scoop it out since then. As you can see, the print wears off easily too which makes it look like you just found it in the middle of the street or something.

Avalon Organics Soothing Lip Balm (Healthy Options) - I "discovered" this during a trip to Pampanga when I badly, badly needed to moisturize as my lips were literally bleeding with dryness.

This one is a steal at only P99, and not only that, it goes in a 7 G stick. The smell is a rich citrus scent which is great. It also does taste very orange-y but in a more subtle way and that's fine because it's not meant for eating anyway--great for kissing though.

The problem I have with this one is the consistency and the texture. It tends to be a little too greasy/shiny. I also had the same problem with the twister thing at the bottom of the container but I still love this one because I'd put it on before I sleep and I'd wake up with soft, supple lips. No really.

Thee Savannah Bee Mint Julep (Beauty Bar) - The minty 4.2 G stick sells for P199. I like the packaging but the content is quite forgettable. It's minty and it leaves the same white residue on the lips. Same thing happened to the rotating thing at the bottom.

The verdict?

I'm back to Burt's Bees because I love the soothing minty feel it leaves on the lips. Although I may have to re-apply every other minute or so, it's fine because the container looks nice and it easily fits inside the smallest pockets. I'd buy the one from Healthy Options again but I probably won't bring it around too much since it's just too bulky.

There you go. So pucker up STAT! Pout it and pout it good.

Is my life exciting or what? I think I'll sleep now.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Random Rants

Disappointment #9891238

I am upset because I really had a good time last Friday and I thought I'll experience that again last night. But no. You vanished. You didn't even have the decency to cancel. "Huh" says it all I guess. I should have been more discerning. Fuck. Enjoy Paris.

Moving on.

The Holiday

It's on HBO and I'm currently watching this for the second time only. This is one romantic movie I really like. It's a film that totally makes sense. It touches each complication of romance with such accuracy. I love how I can actually relate to each character; the vulnerability of Iris, the impulsiveness and confusion of Amanda, the sensitivity of Graham and silliness and charm of Miles. The writers truly know what they're dealing with. Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black are perfect. The musical scoring is also commendable. The Christmas songs in particular pinch me so sweetly.

Watch it, or watch it again. It's funny, romantic, sweet and entertaining.

Work Worries

It's July and I haven't got a new job yet. It sucks. Is there something wrong with job-hunting online? Isn't that the only way to go? I mean, it's 2008.

I cannot wait to have a vacay. Gawd. I need it so badly.