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Monday, January 30, 2006

Tagged by Cez. 4 jobs i've had in my life ~ As a summer intern at Bosch Telecoms ~ As a student assistant at ASTI ~ A Hardware Design Engineer at a local R&D Company ~ A CAD Engineer at a semicon company 4 movies i could watch over and over ~ Pretty Woman ~ Notting Hill ~ About a Boy ~ Princess Diaries 4 places i've lived ~ Mandaluyong (kayo na ang maghusga kung sa loob o sa labas) ~ Makati ~ California (10 weeks lang naman) ~ Yan lamang. 4 tv shows i love to watch ~ CSI ~ Friends (Kahit Reruns pa, care ko) ~ House ~ Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 4 places i've been on vacation ~ Los Angeles California ~ Bangkok, Thailand ~ Bohol ~ Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur 4 websites i visit daily ~ ~ (can't get bloglines to run the rss feed) ~ (can't get bloglines to run the rss feed) ~ (enough said) 4 of my favorite foods ~ Spaghetti (my mom's style) ~ Sinigang na hipon ~ Adobo ng lola ni DP (akala ko magaling na akong mag-adobo, TALO ako!) ~ Steak 4 places i'd rather be right now ~ at home, sleeping. ~ Singapore, sleeping. ~ Boracay, sleeping ~ Epcot Center, sleeping. (obvious bang inaantok ako!?) 4 bloggers i'm tagging - you - you - you - you

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/30/2006 11:33:00 PM

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Everyday, I learn a new thing. Today, I learned that expensive is relative. I already know that but I needed a real life scenario to prove it. How did I prove it? Someone who would gladly pay Php3000 for a pair of shoes thinks that a shirt worth Php300 is expensive. I think it's just a matter of priorities. Maybe everyday I'll post something that I learned.

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/29/2006 07:21:00 PM

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Text conversation with my bespren.* me: Angie's having a boy. bespren: I thought she's having twins. me: No a boy. And she's giving birth in England. bespren: Are they getting married? me: I don't think so. Insider did not say anything. If I do receive my invitation I'll tell you. bespren: Parang si Pau lang ang pinag-uusapan natin no? *some text rephrased or edited out. Oh and by the way, we were talking about Angel1na J0l1e and Brad P1tt.

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/28/2006 07:53:00 AM

Monday, January 23, 2006

The Bomb said it best: It's too early for midlife crisis. Dadagdagan ko lang: and we're too old for teenage angst.

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/23/2006 05:46:00 PM

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Congratulations to my parents-in-law! They are celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary today. Thanks for raising such a good son. I wish that on our 29th year, kaya pa rin namin ni DA POGI na magtawanan ng tulad ninyo. :)

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/22/2006 05:42:00 PM

I've always said that if I have a kid, then I'll have a kid. It's something that I know I want, but I'm waiting and seeing what else is in store for me in life. It seems that God has some things in store for me. And if and when I have a child, it's not my choice but His will that will take precedence. And He made that clear. Now back to regular programming.

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/22/2006 04:14:00 PM

Monday, January 16, 2006

I need to blog about this. In one of my comments in Rosa's blog, I seem to have said that I have acquired a lot of shoes during the short span that I as married. No, I am not stressed about being married. I would like to believe that we are still in the honeymoon phase and everything is still rosy. I don't think stress is a factor in any of my shopping escapades. I shop because I see something nice in the stores. And maybe there are too many nice things and so little money for Jen. One of the reasons why I was not able to do this during my single days is that I often give my money to my mom. Since I stayed with them after college graduation, it's only fair that I give my share for the household expenses. Plus I knew that I need to save up for any event (like say a wedding). So I really had no extra cash to buy shoes and clothes and bags. Besides, my sister had plenty, so I can borrow all I want. When I got married, my husband got depressed with the scarcity of my belongings. I had 4 pairs of shoes and about a dozen shirts that I brought with me to our new abode. Two (or was it three) pairs of jeans that I wear alternately. Being so dependent on my fashionista sister in my single days, has yielded me with almost NOTHING to wear at the beginning of my marriage. I married a man who had a shopaholic for a mother. Yes, my mother-in-law has discount cards in shops all over Glorietta. She even knows the salespersons in Fino and CMG by name. She knows their contact numbers and can easily reserve a pair of shoes or bag that she wants. If you think I have too many pairs of shoes, wait till you see her shoe cabinet. And having a mother-in-law that is a fashionista (she knows the bag names of the Hermes brand), has been good to me. My husband believes that when I look good, he looks good. And that taking care of me (and my shopping sprees) is part of the deal when we got married. I just hope that the helmet he's wearing doesn't get loose, else he might take everything away. To be continued...** **on second thought, I don't want to continue anymore. Let's just say, I bought another pair of flats this weekend. Enough to keep me happy until the next weekend.

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/16/2006 03:14:00 PM

Sunday, January 15, 2006

My Mom wants Havaianas. Should I be a good daughter and buy her a pair?

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/15/2006 04:53:00 AM

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

20 1. I was born Friday the 13th. 2. I share the same birthday as my husband and Margaret Thatcher. 3. I don't believe in Class A branded items. It's either they are genuine or they are fakes. Being a Class A item does not make them genuine. 4. I recently found out that I love shoes. I now have 25 pairs compared to the 4 I had when I got married. So that's an additional 21 pairs in 1.5 years. 5. I think Brad P1tt and Angel1na J0l1e look better together. Sorry Team An1ston. 6. No matter how you look at it, Kr1s Aqu1n0 is a superstar. 7. E ano kung jologs? I enjoyed watching Pin0y B1g Br0ther. 8. Pretty Woman is my favorite movie. I am hoping that when DA POGI gets old, he'll resemble Richard Gere. 9. I love British Humor. I enjoyed watching About a Boy and The Full Monty. I also like reading Nick Hornby's books. 10. My patience is a size of a pea. I'm trying to work on it. 11. I believe that everything happens for a reason. I also believe in that saying that whatever does not break you will only make you stronger. 12. I've had short hair until I reached 23, then I decided to grow my hair. I had it cut to chin length again just recently. 13. I have read all of John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Amy Tan, Sophie Kinsella's books. So needless to say, when I like what I read, I try to read all of that author's books. 14. I like reading books meant for pre-teens and young adults. I have read the Artemis Fowl Series, A Series of Unfortunate Events (until book 11), all of the Princess Diaries books, and of course Harry Potpot. I would like to start reading the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. 15. I don't like Cosmopolitan Magazine. I read T3 and I buy back issues of Lucky. 16. I am a C (See DISC Profile, C means Compliance) personality. I have a need to be systematic, and I possess a strong urgency to do things. People at work often see me as a D (dominant) personality though. 17. I think pink is the new black. Pero Bomb said, it's green daw. 18. I believe that when one prays you need to ask God for something within yourself and not the end result. Example, if you are asking for a material item like an iPod, you don't tell God that you would like an iPod, you tell Him, please give me stamina so I can work harder and get that iPod I want. 19. I don't particularly believe in Old Wives tales, but I think you have nothing to lose if you follow them. 20. Some people think that I am insane.

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/10/2006 04:46:00 PM

It has always been very hard for me to buy jeans in local stores. I am one of those women who have been blessed with "lovely lady lumps, in the back" but not in the front. During those days when I was at my heaviest, I would wear my old jeans and just make do with the muffin top thing that my belly does, and jump as mightily as I could to fit in them. Yes! if you felt a small earthquake at around May of 2005, that was probably me jumping so I can fit my thighs into my jeans. Since losing a couple of pounds, nothing much has changed in that area. I don't have the muffin top thing going on anymore, but the thighs are still there. When I told my cousin what size jeans I wear, she was surprised. I used to be a size 10. A tight fitting size 10. Now, I am an 8. So translating that to Filipino Sizes, I used to be a 33 in HerBench, now, I range from 29-31 (depending on the style). I honestly think that there is something wrong with the sizing in the Philippines. I was so distraught during the time that I was heavy because, not only did I have a big waist, but even with the bigger sizes, my thighs still couldn't fit! If I had more talent, like singer-actress-designer-perfumer Jenn1fer L0p3z, I could probably give her a run for her money.

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/10/2006 03:46:00 PM

Monday, January 09, 2006

Bagong Taon, Magbago ng pangalan ng blog, Magbago ng template ng blog. :D

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/09/2006 03:49:00 PM

Thursday, January 05, 2006

I was watching an Oprah rerun last night at Studio 23. They were talking about mean girls. I thought to myself, Am I a mean girl? And I just had to nod yes. It's not that I put people down, or that I intentionally shoot down other women. It's just that I don't bother with pettiness (well sometimes I do but that's a WHOLE other story), and that I don't want my time wasted. I don't take time to talk to people, especially if I know that we will just go around in circles. And that makes me mean, because I don't try to understand them. I will only believe on what *I* know is true and I believe people who I know will tell the truth, and that is just sad. And I know that not taking time and not understanding can often lead to miscommunication. Being uninformed about how people are will leave one detached from other people and it limits your knowledge of what is true. Maybe I should slow down once in a while. -------------------- Speaking of pettiness. I think I had too much time on my hands around Christmas time. I was chatting with a couple of people and someone misunderstood what I said and started calling me UGLY. See, if someone calls me ugly and I know that it's not true (Blog ko to, Baket ba!?) don't expect me to just sit down and take it calmly. And besides, if someone said something, you don't call them Ugly. You call them by some other name, like probably b*tch or bobita. So of course I retaliated and told her that if I was ugly, I can go to the Belo Clinic and have surgery done, but I don't think brain transplant is that readily available. See, that would have been easily resolved if someone stood back and understood where the other person is coming from. If I did that and just became a bigger person, I would not have wasted 10 minutes being mean to her. The only positive thing I see out of this is that I was able to get my brain jumpstarted by spewing out witty remarks (Sabi nang blog ko to e! Bakit ba!?). I'm adding "Think Positive" to my New Year's resolutions.

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/05/2006 03:21:00 PM

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Since people are doing it and I am sheep... What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before? Drive through South Super Highway, ALONE. Also drive 4 hours non-stop. Go to Thailand. Played 8 hours of Playstation (Tekken 5 Rocks!) Changed my name in my office email (yep it took me almost a year!) Buy something in the six figures. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I kept half of it, and missed half of it. I like making new year's resolutions because I think it's my way of accepting that I am not perfect. Did anyone close to you die? Fortunately, no. What countries did you visit? Went to Thailand for the first time. Went to the US twice last year. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005? Closet space. Hehehe A heftier savings account. My own car. :D What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Going on a 14 hour car ride from Pagudpud to Manila. :D Meeting my Chinese counterpart for the first time. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Driving to and from Cavite. Yebah! :D Not having jetlag in any of my trips. Mustering the courage to take the big leap and buy a property. Losing 12 lbs :D What was your biggest failure? I said I would be more tactful and diplomatic about things. I was proven wrong by some people who just kept on giving me material to be mean to them. Lacking the patience to understand people. What was the best thing you bought? My Creative Zen Micro. Ooh, and also shelves. And of course, our house. Whose behavior merited celebration? DA POGI, for living independently in Thailand for 3 months. He cooked for himself, he did his own laundry, ironed his own clothes. And he was still alive when he came back! Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Someone in my family. Where did most of your money go? Shoes. :D And also clothes. But the biggest one was buying the house. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Buying the house! What song(s) will always remind you of 2005? Pinoy ako, Pinoy. Ipakita sa mundo.... Compared to this time last year, are you: i. happier or sadder? Happier ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner iii. richer or poorer? Poorer What do you wish you'd done more? I would've liked to travel more. What do you wish you'd done less of? Eat out. What was your favorite TV program? For 2005, I got hooked on House. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Yeahah! What was the best book you read? I can't really tell which was the best. But I enjoyed reading Artemis Fowl, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Princess Diaries and Harry Potpot. So I guess, I was into kids/pre-teen books. What was your greatest musical discovery? The BlackEyed Peas. *Gasp* What did you want and get? I wanted to find the kikay in me. I guess I got acquainted with her too much. :D What was your favorite film of this year? What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? DA POGI and I went on our Ilocandia adventure. We drove from Manila to Vigan to Laoag to Pagudpud and back to Manila. I turned 27 this year. :) What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Getting more recognition at work. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005? This year, I discovered that a girl can never have too many shoes or bags. And that skirts are very comfortable wear. But I am still your Jeans and shirt kind of girl, only with better shoes and bags. :D What kept you sane? This question does NOT apply to me. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? I was into the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston Mix up. :D What political issue stirred you the most? Was too busy with the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston Mix up. :p What was the nicest thing someone told you about yourself: Ang sarap naman nitong niluto mo - From my mother-in-law the most touching experience you've had this year My mother in law requesting me to cook something for Christmas merienda in Bulacan. That was the most awesome moment I had. What did you like most about yourself this year? I think I was more independent of DA POGI. And that I am more resilient in terms of accepting change. Was 2005 a good year for you? I always think of things that passed as good things. As they always say, that which does not break you will only make you stronger. Do you have a new years resolution for 2006? I always do. For this year, I am hoping to save more, to lose the 8 lbs I did not lose last year, and to smile more. I am more concerned about the smiling part. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005: That there is a thin line separating being forgiving and martyrdom. What are your wishes for the new year? I hope that the new year will bring us all happiness and good cheer. And that we all work together to make the Philippines a better nation rather than pointing fingers as to who's fault it was. And as always, I wish for World Peace, or if that is not possible, that all those who are hungry will be fed.

DA GANDA blogged @ 1/04/2006 05:39:00 PM

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