Showing posts from November, 2009

In the Company of Mayors

Two days spent in the company of two mayors. One for business, one for pleasure.

Saturday I joined my VP for a meeting with Tomas Osmena for some discussion related to opportunities for the BPO industry in Cebu. I am not at liberty to discuss details but it was an interesting experience having to listen in to ideas taking shape and form. Who was it that said realities are born from dreams? The Mayor is soft spoken but the famous wit and acerbic humor is there. I probably heard quotable quotes that would have made the day of any field reporter wanting to cash in on the latest scoop. but then again, that's the nature of a confidential conversation, it remains private.

Sunday I drove to Alcoy to meet up with my colleagues in UC. A simple get together of friends wanting to spend a day relaxing by the beach and catch up on the latest news. Reporters wouldn't have called it the latest scoop, but talking about the latest shenanigans in my old department is definitely much more interes…

Beauty Queens

tina (not her real name) leaned towards me and said "syet, her boobs are bigger than mine!". i stopped the urge to answer her "what boobs?", tina has always been flat chested. "and legs... look at those long looooong legs". at 5'3" tina is definitely not the "long legged legs" beauty of a melanie marquez. even melanie, would have a hard time competing with the ladies that sashayed in front of us. these girls had brains, really smart brains specially during the question answer portion. i guess having a jude bacalso or a vince escario doing the hosting would have helped this ladies feel more comfortable.

and these girls have something more than what a tina or melanie can offer.

dicks. oh well,some of them used to have dicks anyways.

yup, i was watching a beauty pageant for alternatives titled Queen in Waterfront Cebu and found myself willingly paying the rather expensive ticket of Php 500. tina made me accompany her together with wendy to s…

how nerds get even....

maita's trying to get even by lending me "the alchemyst - the secrets of the immortal nicholas flamel". you see i got her reading percy jackson and the olympians, and just like any bookphile, she stayed up reading the books till the wee hours of the morning. oh you should have seen her a couple of weeks back, she fit right in the ghouls celebrating halloween in the office, dark circles around her eyes that no amount of block and white can ever hide. BWA HA HA HA HA (evil laughter)

knowing how obsessive i can get (see aj? it's not just food!) with reading, i made it a point to set my timer every night to a maximum of thirty minutes (with an extra snooze or two) before settling down to read the book.

if you're looking for a great read, this one's highly recommended. young adults category but this one packs a lot of intelligent stuff mixed in with factoids that will keep you writing up notes and notes of people, places and events to search in google. interested? …

scarefest - apsylum horror

halloween is a major event in the company i work for. apparently, people look forward to october 31 or hallows eve as they get the chance to be themselves. este, to try on different personalities. apparently, this year they had a fashion show of the most ghoulish outfits and a fashion show of deathly minions. hmmm, gives an entirely different meaning to the term dead-end-career.

i got the permission of ryan araneta to post some of the pics he snapped during the event.

i think this one's influenced by the movie thirteen ghosts. is this a metaphor for a call agent's life? death in a cube or cubicle? boxed-in.

let's see, if looks can kill, this one is a sure contender.

contestant number one, sadako of "the ring"

too much of block and white can cause psychosis.

jinky and manny pacquiao after going through the skin bleaching procedure with vicky belat. in short, nakakamatay. teka, di ba yun ang rumor about a patient dying on the operating table with hayden doing the procedu…

A Slight Obsession With Food Post

okay, AJ thinks I am obsessed with food. hindi naman ano. slight lang.

in any case, since i am slightly obsessed with food, i am posting some of the food pics i got from my most recent trip to bacolod. pasensya if after you go through this post you feel any slight rumbling in the pit of your stomach. any indecent threats posted in my comments section will be dealt with slightly este severely.

deep fried soft shell crab on top of linquine with a sauce made from chopped mussel ala aoili (garlic dearie). verdict? the soft shell crab is not fresh or they used stale frying oil. to save the taste i requested for olive oil, a bit of chili flakes and parmesan - pasta alfredo, balay 21, lacson st. bacolod city.

lamb on curry rice. surprisingly tasty, soft lamb tapa pieces fried topped a bed of delicately flavored rice and accented with strips of aubergine (talong aka eggplant) fried in olive oil. - balay 21

pesto pasta in cafe bobs, bacolod. don't order this one. blaaaaand.

adobo nga green sh…

Bloody Brawl

i had a dream last night that manny pacquiao was bloody all over. a zombie out of a b-rated filipino movie it turned out, cotto got turned into minced meat. which reminds me, me kasabihan tayo na kung ang tao kino-cotto ang cotto hindi pwedeng tinatao.

kung kaya when manny was asked why he thought he had the edge over cotto, he quickly replied "aba syempre sa hidden soldiers ano! di kaya ng kuto at kung ano pang garapata yan! and reminder to all my pans, tonayt is the nayt i make history. i am the only living legend. so let's go and celebrate christmas with ginebra san miguel an if you have hangout then relax, take alaxan and drink your magnolia milk first before sleeping."


photo courtesy of Ryan Araneta

Tha-i, Tha-i Sya!

okay, you're about to read a royal bitch fit. so if you're adverse to cuss words you better stop. sabi ko stop reading.

okay here goes, mga-leche-na-taga-mae-krua-restaurant-dyan-sa-ramos-cebu-city-nakalimutan-order-ko-antay-ako-thirty-minutes-binagoongang-baboy-at-pandan-chicken-lang-yun-hindi-buong-lechon-tapos-tatanga-ng-waiter-at-waitress-tinanong-ko-sino-owner-sinagot-ako-building-o-restaurant-ano-yun?!?!-tapos-di-rin-pala-kilala-tapos-i-asked-what-is-this-"saya"-shake-ang-sagot-eh-di-ko-alam-i'll-check-tapos-pag-balik-thai-coloring-sagot-ko-why-the-hell-would-i-eat-food-coloring-buti-sana-kung-kulay-gold-e-kulay-pula-sya-pula-pula-pula-mabuti-naman-na-serve-nila-yung-spring-rolls-ko-that-tasted-like-springs-literally-bouncing-sa-tigas-ng-wrapper-talo-pa-pvc-plastic-maganda-lang-picture-ko-pero-di-sya-masaaaarap-wala-man-lang-sorry-waaallaaaaa-nung-umalis-ako-may-pa-put-your-hands-together-and-thank-you-pa-sinagot-ko-nga-oo-magdasal-kayo-kasi-walang-customer…

sunday dumplings

by the time i got through sunday church service i was feeling a bit hungry and was craving for japanese food.

red kimono was in my agenda, driven by some pretty good reviews about this new resto in ayala terrace.

pretty darn good reviews indeed. the place was packed. i contented myself by going through the menu and found the prices to be very very reasonable. perhaps next time. in contrast, teriyaki boy used to have people lining up for a seat but nowadays it looks more like a ghost town. knowing the eating habits of cebuanos, i wouldn't be surprised that majority has eaten in teri-b but wouldn't really come in for seconds. it is just too pricey for this market that's known for the "been-there-once-fad" attitude. same story that's happening to TGIF. hint to peeps, keep your price low, servings ginormous and taste fabulous: perfect criteria for the cebuano market.

since i was craving for something oriental i ended up in harbor city for some dumpling sampling. st…

a lab story - the sequence

I thought Jay's ex-girlfriend was really out of our lives. But heaven only goes that I was wrong. Kakakasal pa lang namin nun when Jay received a uninamous text. "Meet me at the clinic." I had a stinking feeling in my butt. I told him not to go. It might in danger him. Pero sabi niya, ok lang daw because life is what we make. Tumahimik lang ako. Sabi niya, "Penny for you talks." But I didn't know what to say. Beggars can't be losers. Isa pa, worried talaga ako na baka yung girl yun. Jay said, "Can't got your tongue?" I tried to smile at him. Kahit di ako nagsalita, actions speak louder than works, di ba?

Be that as is may, umalis pa rin siya. I was out of the loophole. After a few hours, I called him on his cellphone. But my calls fell on Jeff's ears. Lalo akong nag-worry kasi I didn't even know Jeff. Sabina nga ba di na dapat umalis si Jay. That's what I'm talking about it.

So I tried calling some friends who will help me fi…

a lab story

We' ve been friends for a long time ago. We come from the same alma mother.Actually, our paths crossed one time on another. But it's only now that I gave him a second look. I realized that beauty is in the eyes. The pulpbits of my heart went fast, really fast. Cute pala siya. And then, he came over with me. He said, "I hope you don't mine. Can I get your number?" Nag-worry ako. What if he doesn't give it back? He explained naman na it's so we could keep intact daw. Sabi ko, connect me if i'm wrong but are you asking me ouch? Nabigla siya. Sagot niya,


Aba ! Parang siya pa ang galit! Persona ingrata!!! Ang kapal niya! I cried buckles of tears.

Na-guilty yata siya. Sabi niya, isipin mo na lang na this is a blessing in the sky. Irregardless daw of his feelings, we'll go ouch na rin. Now, we're so in love. Mute and epidemic na ang past. Thanks God we swallowed our fried. Kasi, I'm 33 na and I'm running our time.

After 2 weeks, he plopped t…

Papi Berday

my dad's a joker. i am guessing he timed his death just before his birthday. and what a way to celebrate, his birthday falls on november 1 or otherwise known to most catholics as all saints day.

not that my dad is anything close to a saint. my lola's favorite expression when dealing with papi is an exasperated "santa santisimo!".

nevertheless, dad is well loved by everyone - his siblings, nephews, nieces, kids, grandkids, apo sa tuhod, sa siko, sa buko-buko and the "unknowns". you see, i am the youngest - legally that is. so i really don't know if there's more that got some of papi's loving.

so here's a spread of some pics that i got during the celebration. if i were to sum it up, i can classify the people as follows: people i know, people i think i know and people i really don't know - there's just too many in the family.

the oldies and the goodies. cousins, siblings, uncles and aunts in one mash up pic

group picture again. i need a wid…