Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Before the Month Passes Me By.

No matter what, I made it a point that I will blog today. Whether I make any sense or not, I want to post an entry today. Nothing special, I just wanted to blog about something, even if I don't make any sense in the process.

Of course, it's a good thing that I don't have to worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow was declared a regular holiday in observance of Eid L' Fitr, a Muslim feast that marks the end of Ramadan. Not only that, tomorrow, I will be saying hello to a brand new month. Oh yes, today is the last day of the month and when I wake up tomorrow, my eyes will be blinking to the beginning of another month. October has come and in a few hours it will arrive. Joyful, joyful!

Speaking of the month of October, I can't wait for the magazines to arrive! This is my most anticipated issue yet. I have a feeling this one's going to set the bar higher and that is just the motivation I need to be better at what I'm doing.

Gosh! You wouldn't believe how exhausting today was at work. I was in the office from 9:30AM until 6:45PM. Yes, it was a very busy day. From the time I got in the office till the second I went out, the only free time I had was my lunch break. Sure, I could still chat with some people but it really was a busy day. Meetings, phone calls, research, and interviews filled my day. I have to admit, it was the busiest day I've had since I started working in June. But then again, who's complaining? Not me, that's for sure. Surprising as it may be to some people, I have yet to complain about anything related to my work. I love it and I'm happy working with my company.

Despite being busy all day, I was able to see two of my former TS pals, Lei and Ian. I even ate dinner with them! It was really nice to bond with them even if it was just for a little while. If I didn't need to be home by 9:00, I would have stayed longer. We all have so much to talk about. Nonetheless, I had a lovely reunion with them.

Hmm...what else can I blog about? Oh yeah! I can't wait for Thursday! I'm going on a photo shoot for our upcoming issue (no, I'm not there to be a model or anything -- I just need to be there). The shoot is going to be at LOWE Worldwide -- a multinational advertising agency, one of the top agencies in the country, I believe. The agency created advertising campaigns for Alaska Milk, Ginebra San Miguel, and Surf. I have to be there by 9:00 in the morning. That means I have to wake up uber early so I can go out early. I still have to go to the office to go with Ms. Jen so that we'll go to the venue together. I think that means I need to leave home around 7:30 in the morning. Wow! Oh well...no problem.

Also, on Thursday, my boss, Ms. Monica is going to interview the oh-so-famous jeweler Hans Brumann. I thank God that I was able to pull this off! Thanks to the connections I've made, I knew who to talk to so we can get Hans Brumann. I am so in love with his collection! They're so simple and yet they are absolutely stunning! How I wish I could afford to buy even one of his creations.

Funny story about the Hans Brumann interview. Ms. Didi, my contact for Hans, asked my mom who is going to interview Hans. Mama told her that Ms. Monica was going to do it. Surprised, Ms. Didi said she thought I was going to interview him since I was making the arrangements. Oh how I wish I could interview someone of his caliber. But my time has yet to come. I'm still a rookie and interviewing Hans is (in my opinion) out of my league. With things like that, an expert in needed and Ms. Monica is just the person for the job! Fret not, Ms. Didi...the day will come when I'm good at my work and they'll finally let me interview big celebrities. Hehehe...

Well, it's almost midnight and I've already yawned 8 times for the past hour. I believe I'm about to fall asleep. Hahaha!

Till my next entry, I bid you all adieu!

Monday, September 29, 2008

When You Think About It, Just Blog It (also known as That Cliché Topic Again).

For the past two weeks, I have been racking my brain for something to blog about. I don’t know what it is exactly, but somehow, I can’t think of anything. It’s as if my mind is totally blank and no matter how hard I try to come up with something, or anything for that matter, I fail to even have the most general of ideas.


Come on, inspiration! I need you to knock on my head and get me typing on something that makes sense. As much as I want to do a “random-things-list” blog again, I can’t – because then, I’d be simply doing what I have been doing for the past few blog entries. And as much as possible, I want to deviate from it for a while. I don’t understand this. Blogging shouldn’t be too hard for me! I write for a living – so why am I having a difficult time doing this?!

After about an hour of constantly tapping my fingers on the keyboard, staring blankly at the blinking cursor to start a new paragraph, and listening to MYMP’s new album, Now...it finally hit me. Oh joy! I thought of something to blog about. As cliché as this may be to those who are about to read, I’m blogging about it anyway. It’s so ridiculous! It’s probably one of the most used topics in the entire universe…but I don’t care. I just want to blog about it. For all I know, this has been inside my head for who knows how long.

I guess it was because I can’t help but watch movies that make me fall in love. Just this weekend, I watched 7 movies, all of which are romantic in nature.

Runaway Bride

Pride and Prejudice

Becoming Jane

When Harry Met Sally

Sleepless in Seattle

The Notebook

While You Were Sleeping

If that wouldn’t make you wish you were going through that, then good for you. As for me, I was crying my eyes out, hoping I would go through that emotional roller coaster ride they call “falling in love’ and wondering if I was ever going to have that feeling again. Because honestly speaking, after falling in love for the first time, I must admit that I am scared to fall again. Then again, the hope of finding the “perfect” guy lives on.

If you’ve read my previous entry, you’ll see that there’s a lot of things I am “looking” for in a guy. Truth is, those things I’ve written – they’re not requirements or standards. From time to time, I would dream about the guy doing those most romantic gestures. It’s fine not to be given the most beautiful flowers or not being serenaded. But I can’t help but think, “Wouldn’t it be nice if he did?”

I recently read a blog (women should read it too – go to All Women Stalk) about finding that “perfect love.” Writer Melissa Gonzalez posed the question:
“Why were we never warned that in love…we aren’t always allowed to have what we want?”

It struck me so hard and the realization that my ideal guy may not exist. Gonzalez goes on further saying that maybe the perfect love is unattainable. No matter what choices we make, the perfect love may simply be something
“no one can ever have.” It’s a scary thought, I admit, but I believe it. We are so wrapped up with this idea of “perfection” that all we can think about is when we find that person who completes us, everything will be pure bliss.

Here’s the truth: Nothing is perfect in this world. Not even love. There will always be something wrong. There will always be a bump on the road for you and your partner. Let’s face it – we will always find a flaw in anyone’s relationship, no matter how hard you try to ignore it.

But hey, it’s not all bad. So there’s not such thing as a “perfect love.” Does that mean you can’t have a love that can make you the happiest? Of course not. If there’s anything I’ve learned from the love story of my parents, it would be this:
Two people can be the most opposite of personalities in the world. But if love, loyalty, trust, and friendship are there, both would be inseparable, and their love would resonate until the end of time.

I guess I’ll end my entry on that note.

Till then,

Monday, September 15, 2008

What I've Been Looking For.

For days, I have been trying to come up with a good topic to blog about. Somehow, I ended up with this. A list. The list, you might say. I don't know how exactly I came up with this. It's probably been buried in my subconscious for the past few days. Or maybe I've been watching way too many romantic movies that I came up with this list. Then again, maybe it's because people have been hounding on me (yet again) on why I am still single.

Whatever the reason is, here I am blogging away, just so I can get this out of my system. I never realized that it's such a long list. Some imagination I have. Hahaha! Can I help it? I'm a hopeless romantic. Always have. Everyone who knows me can attest to that. So for those of you who are curious at to what my ideal kind of guy is...here it is. The list.

A guy who...

...is close to his family
...is God-fearing
...has been my friend for a long time
...gets along with my family and my friends
...will come to my house and ask permission from my family to court me
...can make me go weak on the knees by a simple smile
...can make me smile because of his mere presence
...will surprise me at work once in a while
...does not smoke
...loves to cook
...loves to eat too
...is able to make me chat with him for hours nonstop
...has the courage to serenade me in front of a lot of people
...dances with me even if I'm too shy to do so
...will hug me, especially in my times of sadness
...texts me sweet nothings
...accepts me wholly
...helps me develop my strengths
...encourages me to face my fears
...understands my weaknesses
...stands up and fight with me when I am about to give up
...remembers the tiny details of our relationship
...doesn't even try to change me
...gives me the inspiration to do what I love doing
...can make me sing like I've never sung before
...knows when I'm serious
...makes me laugh with his sense of humor
...can tell how I feel by merely looking at me
...will give me some time alone when I ask for it
...can make my family happy
...can make me blush by a simple touch
...is a sharp-dresser
...can be vain -- but not as vain as I am
...is not so fond of signature clothings
...can take me out-of-town now and then
...doesn't need to go through all the trouble to impress me
...can share his problems with me even if he doesn't really want to
...can laugh with me when things are down
...is not afraid to say "I love you"
...takes me out to dinner after a long day at work
...holds my hand while walking
...will call me on my cellphone so early in the morning just to wake me up
...makes sure I'm always on the safe side of the road
...lets me go out with my friends without him
...trusts me
...can attend mass with me from time to time
...comes with me to watch plays that I'd love to see
...makes an effort to play an instrument (yes, I have a thing for musicians)
...I can make future plans together
...explains things I don't understand
...is frank with me
...corrects me when I'm wrong
...appreciates what I did, no matter how small or how big it may be
...laughs at my jokes, even if I'm trying hard
...likes to take care of kids
...shares my passion in life
...treats me like I'm his princess
...is a gentleman
...is confident of his own capabilities
...knows his limits
...asks for my help when he needs it
...is not too proud to not ask for directions when we get lost
...kisses me good night -- even if he just sends it through a text message
...I can talk to on the phone for hours
...knows how to handle problems
...is not afraid to take a risk
...is stable in all aspects
...won't give up on our relationship
...will protect me from harm
...visits me when I'm sick at home
...reassures me that everything will be fine
...likes taking pictures
...will sing with me even if we don't blend
...is not afraid to show people how much he loves me
...proposes to me in the most unexpected way
...will take me to the beach just to relax
...introduces me to his family
...can tell me about his past relationship/s
...plans a surprise party for me
...gives me a single red rose
...gives me yellow roses
...can give me a thornless red rose
...can give me a yellow rose with red tip
...leaves post-it notes from time to time
...shares my love for Japanese food
...knows it's my period (hahaha!)
...will take me to an event featuring my all-time favorite singer, Lea Salonga
...will take me to Christian Bautista's concert
...will let me pay for him on occasions I invited him to
...knows how to soften up my dad
...is chummy with my mom
...bonds well with my brothers
...is not scared of my other relatives
...is clean living
...is huggable like a teddy bear
...can promise he will take care of me for the rest of his life and keep it too
...can stand in front of a crowd and declare his love for me
...can make my heart skip a beat by just the thought of him
...makes me feel like I'm the most beautiful person to him
...looks me in the eye and say, "You're the one"

and most of all

...loves me -- just because.

o O o

I know, I know. It's too cheezy, too mushy...too romantic. I don't care. It is how it is. That's how I feel. That's the guy I want to be with.


Until that day comes, I'll be right here...waiting.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Vanity Confessions.

I should be sleeping by now. But this urge to blog something won't let me. I've been trying to come up with a topic to blog about and it just hit me that I have been posting my entries in a list format. I didn't intend to do that; it just happened that way.

As I ponder on what to post next, my vanity, as I suspected, has reached new levels. I didn't even notice how vainer I have become now that I'm working. Let this be a warning, my dear readers. You are about to read confessions of a narcissistic 22-year-old. If you can get through this entry without the thought of vomitting, I applaud you. If at this point, you are on the verge to saying, "It's another one of those conceited people who have nothing better to do but talk about herself," best that you leave this blog. Because your opinion is not going to stop me from publishing this entry. It's my blog. It's my prerogative. It's my decision what to post!

And so...here goes.

Every day, I have this habit of applying my obsessive-compulsiveness in almost everything I do. I tell you -- from the moment I wake up until the second I go to sleep, I have my so-called "rituals."

Mornings are expectedly the busiest time to stick to the routine. Waking up at 6:00 in the morning, I get up to wash my face (with my Eskinol Facial Cleanser) and gargle with Listerine to get rid of the morning bad breath. With my dad preparing breakfast, I have time to choose an outfit for work. As soon as I made my choice, I iron my clothes, until every bit of wrinkle on that cloth is gone. I place them on the hanger and put them in my parents' room where I'll be changing after the morning shower.

As soon as I am done with breakfast, off I go to the bathroom to brush my teeth (and gargle once again). The bathing part is too "delicate" to talk about...you know how it goes. What I can tell you is this...when washing my hair, I use conditioner everyday. Shampoo is only applied to my hair two times a week. Hahaha! Fast forward to changing to my work clothes. I make sure that I am presentable so that whoever I would bump into, I wouldn't look like I've been harrassed or something. Make up is a must but a heavy one at that is too much. Concealer to hide what needs to be hidden, a touch of blush to make my cheeks look rosy...pressed powder to make it look natural, and lip gloss so my lips would not be chappy.

Of course, the hair takes the longest time to fix. After drying my hair using my towel and the electric fan (because to blow dry it would absolutely give me split ends and I'll hate myself for it), I make sure that it's parted to the right...at the perfect position. My bangs should be going to the right, if not to be flowing straight to cover my forehead. Once I am convinced that every strand of hair is in place, out comes the Vitress hair polish for the finishing touches and voila! I'm ready to go.

My obsessive-compulsive behavior at work is not really important. In ten words or less, I like my things to be in place every time. Ask anyone at work and they'd tell you I'm a neat freak!

Fast forward again to the time before I go to sleep. After taking a quick evening shower so I feel refreshed, I now move on to facial cleansing. First, I apply Eskinol make up cleanser and moisturizer to rid me of the make up I have applied hours earlier. Massaging my face for three minutes, I wipe it off with cotton balls. Next, I wash my face with my Eskinol facial cleanser to wash away whatever is left from my first application. After rinsing, I pat, just pat, my face with a towel. Proceed with brushing my teeth and gargling. And then I apply the Eskinol whitening facial cleanser for the final touches. I tell you I feel refreshed! But wait...my hair still needs to be pampered before going to sleep. I let my hair down and comb it...not exactly for 100 times...just enough for me to know that there are no tangles in between.

And there you go. My vanity in a nutshell.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Another Blog on Random Things.

It's past four in the afternoon and I'm taking a 30-minute break from the very busy day at work. No particular subject to talk about...just random things.

  • It's the beginning of the BER months.
  • Christmas is near...but let's celebrate my dad's birthday first.
  • I realized that I'm more makulit now than I've ever been. At least, that's what I've heard from my friends.
  • Production month for October-November issue is starting and I'm already tired. Note that it's just the second day.
  • I love interviewing people. Last interview I did was with photographer Isa Lorenzo.
  • People say have noticed how more fashionista I've become than before.
  • My neighbor, Karl (who's 2 years old), wants me to bring him popcorn.
  • He also kissed me on the cheek before I went to work.
  • My dad just bought me the cutest stuffed toy. I named him Rafa.
  • I'm waiting for High School Musical 3: Senior Year to be released in theaters.
  • Damn! I have to wait for next year to watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  • There was a certain Starbucks barista who caught my attention during my lunch break.
  • I've been singing Jennifer Hudson's "Love You I Do" (from the Dreamgirls soundtrack) since Sunday.
  • I want to see Across the Universe.
  • Ms. Monica said I'm so much more organized than she is even when all my stuff are piled up on my desk.
  • After five months, I will meet some college friends after work tonight.
  • Funniest way to describe myself: I am a Filipina who's part Spanish and looks like Chinese. Hahaha!
  • I have just spoken to Lisa Macuja-Elizalde...what a thrill!
  • I am looking for someone to come with me on January 27, 2009! Hahaha! David Cook: Live in Manila!
  • I have three months to go before I can buy the Sony Ericsson P1i.
  • I want another hot white chocolate mocha from Starbucks.
  • A certain guy I've gone out with four years ago is on his way to becoming a priest...yes, it's true.
  • I wish it's 6:00PM already...I need to relax!
Break's over. Time to get back to work.