Monday, December 31, 2007

Manic Monday: In The Key Of Rock

Felice anno nuovo! Akimashite omedetto gozaimasu! Blwyddyn newydd dda! Bliadhna mhath ur! Sun leen fai lok! Chuc mung tan nien! Prosit neujahr! Selamat tahun baru! Kiortame pivdluaritlo! Onnellista uutta vuotta! Feliz ano novo! Bonne annee! Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit! Hauoli makahiki hou! Kenourios chronos! Godt nytår! S novim godom! Gelukkig nieuwjaar! Saehae bock mani ba deu sei yo! Boldog ooy ayvet! Sawadee pee mai! Sretna nova godina! Feliz ano nuevo!

Manigong bagong taon, Pilipinas!

Happy new year, world!!!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Unconscious Mutterings 26

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Memorable :: Gramps...
  2. Resolution :: No more resolutions; just actions.
  3. Goal :: A really cool movie about football (soccer, that is).
  4. 2008 :: 365 more days in the life of [put name here].
  5. Sensational :: Moulin Rouge.
  6. Popular demand :: Spice Girls? Ha ha
  7. Old :: Just as good as the New one -- as long as it works.
  8. Music :: Without it, I am hollow.
  9. Intense :: Love.
  10. 2007 :: Thank God that's almost over.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Unconscious Mutterings 25

First off, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I was away on exile mountain this week, so I wasn't able to send emails or go online on Christmas. Thank God for cellphones and strong signals though. Here are my unconscious albeit late mutterings for this week...

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Health :: IS wealth.
  2. Tacky :: Way too short shorts and knee high boots.
  3. Heels :: Pumps, stilettos, kitten -- can't have enough of them.
  4. Yay! :: This crappy year is almost over!!!
  5. Model :: Zoolander. A model AND a humanitarian -- haha!!!
  6. Gather :: Christmas gathering up in the mountains with relatives. That, and 'gather ye rosebuds while ye may.'
  7. Best gift ever :: the gift of Self.
  8. Clients :: Not really on my to-do list these holidays.
  9. Stomp :: Like a stamp, but not.
  10. Clothing :: I would love to go shopping for MYSELF soon.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Acts Of Kindness: The Aftermath

It was a successful Bloggers Unite day, I'd say. Lots of heart-warming and inspiring posts about bloggers' first-hand experiences with kindness. I haven't had the time to read them all, but I'm definitely going to -- or at least try. Here are some that really hit home for me:

These are just 8 people who reflected on their own stories of kindness and shared those of others. I promise you there are more! Inspiration and initiative do make a difference. I encourage you to go to the Bloggers Unite Discussion page to read other posts and true stories of kindness.

If kindness was a virus, I would happily bathe in it and spread it to you all.

Pass it on. Pay it forward. Blog. Act.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Starlight: Acts Of Kindness

Whether they be random or planned, acts of kindness happen rarely. However, when they're thrown out there, they really make a difference in people's lives, no matter how little or monumental these selfless acts are.

Today, blogcatalog is hosting yet another Blog Action Day campaign that aims to highlight our human potential for kindness. That we are more than capable of actual human connection and the words we write are only as powerful and affecting as our innate tendencies toward kindness. Bloggers all around the world unite once again under one banner, one purpose -- to touch, change lives, and write about the experience.

I remember attending an event in preparation for the World Youth Day a few years back. It was held in the middle of Plaza Miranda in Old Manila. If you know where that is or if you've seen it in pictures, you'd also know how crazy that place can be. I'll never forget this beggar/leper who had himself propped up on one of the church landings. He looked like he hadn't eaten in days. When I was about to give him money, a friend of mine stopped me and said something like, "I wouldn't do that if I were you." She wasn't being mean or heartless, I knew that. She was just concerned that I might "catch" something. Of course, I ignored her and reached out my hand to give him some money anyway. I thought, OK, he had an empty cup, I should just aim for that at least. With my luck though, of course something had to happen, right? As I put my money into the cup, my hand grazed, nay, SLID against his entire foot. I was stunned. I saw my friend laughing, you know, in a sort of I-told-you-so manner, but I just stood there in sheer panic. There I was in the middle of hundreds of people with dirt and germs and God-knows-what-else in my hands off of the leper's foot. And looking back, I realize I overreacted. I had a dirty hand for less than a minute. That man had whatever he had way longer than I have.

My friends and I still talk about that incident up to this day. We laugh about it, sure, because it WAS funny. But underneath the humor there was a reality that even I overlooked. Ignored, even.

Kindness has its rewards, but it certainly has its downside, too. The thing about kindness though is that you do it REGARDLESS. You give without expecting anything good in return. You invest your time and money on something or someone without any promises of worldly gratification. Whatever you get from these experiences is something you will always have though. Priceless moments that charge the spirit and give hope to other people.

Last night, we had some very special carolers over at our house. They weren't dressed in frilly clothes nor did they have fancy instruments and props with them. Most of them were in wheelchairs and some probably didn't even understand what they were singing. They came from a place called Sinagtala -- a rehabilitation facility for physically handicapped individuals who are orphaned or have nowhere else to go. Sinagtala holds a special place in my heart because when my grandfather passed away, I decided to donate his wheelchair in his name to the Sinagtala Home. And last night, when I heard their Christmas carols, it was like my Gramps was there, too, singing along with them.

Incidentally, Sinagtala is a Filipino compound word which literally translates into "shining star" or "starlight." Just imagine how great the world can be if each and every one of us just shined...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Unconscious Mutterings 24

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Interview:: Job interviews. I just had one not too long ago and thank my lucky stars I got it.
  2. Army :: My Abercrombie & Fitch fatigue pants.
  3. Unwrap :: Presents I might/will receive on Christmas.
  4. Evolve :: Relationships do so everyday.
  5. Bus :: Not really my favorite form of city transportation. Provincial buses are alright though.
  6. The real thing :: That Gwen Stefani/No Doubt song I like. Especially the slower version.
  7. Streak :: Never did it. And I probably never will.
  8. Gorge :: Delicious buffet.
  9. Spicy :: Thai food -- yummmmmmm. Now I'm getting hungry.
  10. Course :: 7-course meal. Great, it's official. I'm STARVING.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

Manic Monday: Ornamentalizationism

OK, OK, I just made up another word. Excuse my alien-speak.

We used to have everything -- the tree, decorations, ornaments, wreaths, stuffed Santas -- up by SEPTEMBER (we take the -ber months really serious around here). It's a miracle we were able to get the house ready, merely days away from Christmas.

We thought we'd change it up a little this year though. Aside from spending Christmas AWAY from home, we also decided to move the tree elsewhere. Check it out:

Then there's the main door, which might as well be the entrance to THE NORTH POLE. Why, with all the little Santa outfits hanging on an embellished clothes line. It's amazing how creative people can get.

Here's a close up:

And the pièce de résistance, but definitely not the last Christmasy thing you'll see around my house, are the crazy Santas running (err, hanging?) around the place. Here you'll see one on the window grill entangled in Christmas lights and the other, who I assume is Santa's estranged brother Fred, dangling from the side of the roof, desperately trying to hang on for dear life. There are still a bunch of them, as I've mentioned earlier, but you get the idea.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Unconscious Mutterings 23

LunaNina says ... and I think ... ?

  1. Master:: Yoda -- oh so wise, he is.
  2. Tour :: When is U2 ever coming to town?!?
  3. Input :: 220 volts.
  4. Downtown :: Montreal. I used to go to this website where you can see images of downtown Montreal close to real-time. Very pretty this time of year, I reckon.
  5. Pricey :: Uh, designer bags, gas, ass, everything!!! The US$ exchange rate is so shitty these days. Grrrr.
  6. Acceptable :: Anything is if you're easily amused. I can be sometimes, I must admit. Easily amused, that is.
  7. Terrace :: Boracay Terraces...a little piece of sandy heaven on Earth.
  8. Sunday :: Sound of the alarm!!! I start work tomorrow!!! Yeowza!!!
  9. Payoff :: Bribe.
  10. Jack and Jill :: The nursery rhyme. It shows Jack's incompetence and how stupid Jill is for following suit. It's quite a catchy tune though.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

So This Is Christmas...

There are like 18 more days (pardon my math) until Christmas, but somehow I think I'm still so unprepared for it -- mentally, financially, SPIRITUALLY.

I'm a mess. A beautiful one nonetheless -- ha ha. Add crazy to the list while we're at it.

I start work for a big telecommunications company on Monday. People are actually filing for vacation leaves and I am just getting my work-groove on. God knows I need the money, but it would be nice to drive north and spend Christmas eve with my brother and the rest of the Soriano clan who, I just found out, are all set for the 5-hour road trip.

I've been shopping all week, all month. Everywhere I go, I end up spending a wad of cash (and a lot of credit) for gift items and personal splurges. But after checking off my list, I realize I still need to get a few more things; for my Godson, one of my bestest friends who's going back to Toronto right after Christmas, one of the maids, and...I know I'm forgetting one more. Crap.

My mom just had minor eye surgery -- if it's even considered that -- this afternoon. The doctor said it wouldn't take more than a minute to administer the injection (yep, straight through the eye ball. Yeowza!), but she must've been in the operating room for two whole hours. Then it took more than an hour for her to recover from all the stuff they put in her eye. 125K for one simple procedure. The next session is in Feb, so we have a couple of months to prepare for THAT one. But, wow, that much money for a 0.5 mL injection (plus incidentals)...

Merry Christmas, yeah?

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

100% Charged

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If this is true, I could light up to 3 light bulbs, power 79 iPods (that's crazy!!!), and 2 Xbox 360's. 2 more of me and I'd have enough power to keep a fridge running.

I wonder if eating all the contents of the fridge would speed things up...

Save energy.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Manic Monday Mix Tape: Ship

Title: Sailing
Artist: Christopher Cross
Album: Christopher Cross (1980)
Dedication: "This is for all you Planet-K inhabitants...those that survived the shipwreck, that is. Can I get an Amen?!?"

It's not far down to paradise
At least it's not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away
And find tranquility
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

It's not far to never never land
No reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy
Of innocence again
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

Takes me away
To where I've always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

It gets the best of me
When I'm sailing
All caught up in the reverie
Every word is a symphony
Won't you believe me

It's not far back to sanity
At least it's not for me
And when the wind is right you can sail away
And find serenity
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me