Friday, October 31, 2008
"It's the scariest day of the year. Yet only one thing scares me -- that we might never have met."
Autumn in New York
“I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it. One.”
City Of Angels
"I would rather be a ghost, drifting by your side, as a condemned soul, than enter heaven without you. Because of your love, I will never be a lonely spirit."
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
"This kind of certainty comes, but once in a lifetime."
Bridges of Madison County
"Someday my is for him to hold me in his arms, in a sea of deep blue, together at last, together as two."
Can't Buy Me Love
"If I tell you I love you, can I keep you forever?"
"It doesn't matter if the guy is perfect or the girl is perfect, as long as they are perfect for each other."
Good Will Hunting
"Summer romances begin for all kinds of reasons, but when all is said and done, they have one thing in common. They're shooting stars, a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, fleeting glimpse of eternity, and in a flash they're gone."
"I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
When Harry Met Sally
"I guarantee there’ll be tough times; I guarantee that at some point, one, or both of us is gonna wanna get out of this thing; But I also guarantee, that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life... because I know in my heart, that you’re the only one for me."
"This is true love. Do you think this happens everyday?"
"I've loved you from the moment I first laid eyes on you. What would be more reasonable than to marry you?"
"I'd rather spend a lifetime with you then to live all the ages of this world alone."
Lord of the Rings
"I would rather have three minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special."
"Take love, multiply it by infinity and take it to the depths of forever...and you still have only a glimpse of how I feel for you."
Meet Joe Black
“Sometimes I wish I had never met you. Because then I could go to sleep at night not knowing there was someone like you out there.”
Good Will Hunting
"If you're not willing to sound stupid, you're not worthy of falling in love."
A Lot Like Love
"You are what I never knew I always wanted."
Fools Rush In
"It's a wonderful thing, as time goes by, to be with someone who looks into your face, when you've gotten old, and still sees what you think you look like."
“I love you without knowing how, why, or even from where.”
"What value will there be in life, if we aren't together?"
"Life is not the amount of breaths you make, it's the moments that take your breath away."
"If you can't fall in love with your best friend, then who can you fall in love with?"
I Think I Do
"If you die, I'll hold your hand. And the last person you'll see would be me. Because I love you."
"You have been trying to tell me that death is not the end...don’t back out on me, now that I finally believe...I love you."
"I was born to kiss you."
"You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That's where I'll always love you. That's where I'll be waiting."
“It is at times like this that I know what my purpose is in life. I am here to love you, to hold you in my arms, to protect you. I am here to learn from you and receive your love in return. I am here because there is no other place to be."
Message in a Bottle
“If you love someone you say it, you say it right then, out loud. Otherwise the moment just...passes you by.”
My Best Friend's Wedding
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
In just a few weeks, Christmas is here again. So I guess it's about time to start thinking of a wishlist again. I was supposed to do this next week but my friend from high school Meg recently posted her Pink Christmas Wishlist...so that got me thinking of what I want for the yuletide season.
As much as I love the "baby" laptop I have now (I have never parted with my Dell Latitude D610), I need to have a laptop for work. I'm already abusing my "baby" with late night shifts and almost full memory. I need a laptop where I can do all my workload and only that. I wish I can have a Dell XPS M1330.
I'm crazy about Banana Peel sandals! I just love their designs since I first laid eyes on them when I started working in SEAIR. Oh yes! I definitely want to collect them! Right now, I have my eyes on the Mixberry and Urban Gal designs. Every design of the Sola Collection and the Sleek Chic is just fantastic so I wouldn't mind getting any from those. Just remember: I’m a size 9.
As with any profession, I need to separate my work life from my personal life. Having only one phone to make calls with clients and family at the same time is simply taxing. So maybe by the time I become a regular in SEAIR, I can request the company to provide me with that. Will they let me have a Sony Ericsson K770i?
4. Cosmetics for my growing collection
I love make up! I especially love those which are simply classic. I don't usually buy high end products but if I was asked which one I like the best, I would most definitely say MAC. I love their blush! From the powder blush to the mineralized blush, I just adore them.
Every year, I always have to have an organizer. Preferably the kind that allows me to write everything there...and by that, I mean a day per page is a must! The Keny Organizer Perforate would suffice. I always like to have the type of organizer where it’s stylish but very practical.
6. Journal for my random thoughts
No matter what happens, no matter where I go, I always -- and I do mean always -- have a small journal with me so I can write down my thoughts...whether I feel sad or happy or inspired, I just need to have that journal to write it in. A notebook from Papemelroti is always a nice one to have.
More often than not, I drink coffee (or hot chocolate) when I work. It is a source of my energy. The thing is, I don’t like drinking in a small cup because if I do, I will keep drinking caffeine and that’s not a good thing. I like the mugs in Starbucks because it’s the right size. A tumbler is also a great gift, if I do say so myself. I can always use the tumbler for when I have cold drinks. Of course, I’ll be able to have discount (no matter how small the amount may be) whenever I order from Starbucks.
8. Digital camera for my camwhoring moments
Let’s face it...to have a digicam of my own would be better (even if I already have a Sony Ericsson Cybershot mobile phone). Truth be told, the phone wouldn’t survive if I abuse it with my camwhoring sessions. I have my eye on the Sony Cybershot T77. My favorite color is, of course, green.
Never a day goes by that I don’t listen to music. Therefore, I need to have the perfect MP3 for that. I love Creative Zen (4GB is enough to store music I can listen to all day). It’s sleek, it’s chic, it’s simply fantastic. Whoever can give me this is going to make me the happiest person in the world!
10. Ceramic hair curler and straightener for my vanity session
What have I been saying when it comes to my hair, “Guluhin n’yo na buhay ko, wag lang ang buhok ko.” I take pride in being vain with my hair. I take care of it as if I’m supposed to meet someone special so not a strand of hair must be misplaced. The Vidal Sassoon ceramic curler and straightener is definitely something I can use. I wouldn’t use it everyday but of course, where I feel like going the extra mile, that’s just the way to go.
So those are my ten Christmas wishlist. In no particular order, by the way. Yes, I do want to have some rather expensive things. But when I think about it, these things aren’t just going to make me happy then. They would satisfy me until I run out of reasons to use them and I don’t think I will.
Still thinking of what you can buy me for Christmas? Fret not, here are some more suggestions...
- Shoes or stilettos from M. Nicole (size 9 please)
- Swimsuits from Sun ‘n Sand (my RTW size is small)
- Gladiator sandals (just to say I have a pair or two)
- Necklace, bracelet or ring (silver is preferable; bead-accented are also nice)
- DKNY Women (I’ve been searching for it since I ran out of perfume)
- New books released by Visual Print Enterprises (think Jessica Zafra and Bob Ong and Robin Rivera and Manix Abrera)
- David Cook’s first album (if there’s already one)
- The Nanny Complete DVD Series (since I already have FRIENDS)
Well, for now, that’s all I can think about. Hehehe.
Till my next wishlist.
This is an entry to the Christmas Wishlist Online Contest by Manila Freelancer. Check out this site by Melo Villareal.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This has got to be the longest wait I have ever had. For most of you who don't know, I have been wearing braces since I was in second year high school. And now, on my fourth month at work, I am free...at least, partly. I am now wearing my retainers and it is absolutely fantastic! Yes, I am enjoying it. But hey, regardless of the fact that I am super happy to have my braces off, I have to admit I will be missing my braces.
It's funny. Now, I just can't seem to stop smiling. Is this normal? Hahaha! I guess it's all right. I missed seeing my teeth without braces! At least, this time, I get to take off my retainers from time to time.
Don't really have so much to say other than this very short entry. I just thought I'd share my excitement to everyone.
Friday, October 24, 2008
The trip, though it was all work for our team, was a many of firsts for me.
...to go to Boracay riding SEAIR aircraft (yeah!)
...to do a story on location (exciting!)
...staying in a hotel in Boracay that isn't beachfront...and loving it (absolutely love it)
...not seeing the beach (unfortunately)
...to wear mini skirts and denim shorts without my dad telling me "That's too short!" (Papi just had a breakthrough)
...that my boss saw my evening ritual (now she knows how vain I am)
...to receive so many compliments about my legs (apparently, I have beautiful legs)
...not being able to camwhore even for a little bit (awwwww...)
...to enjoy Mandala's ginger slush and Tropics' mango-cucumber slush (yummy!)
...not eating too much (there's something about Boracay that makes me watch what I eat)
...meeting Cris Yabes (a very nice person)
...feeling not in the Philippines because of the majority people staying in Boracay: Koreans (is this an invasion?)
...to be thought of as a Korean (do I, really?)
Despite working the long hours, I definitely had one of the best times in Boracay! Dinners are always worth looking forward to. Other than the fact that dinners meant work for the day was done, those were times I get to bond with the team. Yes, I was the quiet one in the group but there's only one explanation why...I was hungry and I don't want to do anything but eat.
No, there wasn't really a chance to go and buy some souvenirs or even stroll by the beach to relax. But that was fine. I still enjoyed the trip very much. And despite the fact I wasn't able to take a dip in the beach, at least I got to wear my bikinis...yeah! Ms. Mons was the only one who saw me wear them, though.
Now I look forward to every out of town assignments.
I wonder what's next...
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Miss Potter is absolutely one of the most wonderful movies I have ever seen. I have always loved watching movies like this. Simple. Classic. Memorable. It's heartwarming and absolutely breathtaking. Every scene of the movie was wonderfully shot. Everything about it was splendid.
Based on the life story of children's book author Beatrix Potter, the movie is more than just bunnies and ducks and other animals. Playing the title role, Renee Zellweger brings to life the story of how Beatrix fell in love with her publisher Norman Warne (portrayed by Ewan McGregor). Zellweger is perfect for the role of Beatrix Potter who was a woman of strong views and independence. She exuded the same charisma Miss Potter had and that, I believe, is more than enough to say the least.
I am simply in love with this movie. Tragic as it may have been for Miss Potter and Mister Warne, that unmistakable theme of love is still there. The story was charming and very much sweet all the way. Yes, even on the sad moments.
Watching this movie wasn't just a love story. It's also about following what your heart tells you. There are things that you need to do in life...even if it may seem wrong to the ones we love. Sometimes, there is that need for us to just do something so we could make some sense in our lives. Even if we end up hurting ourselves or other people, the important thing is that we knew that if we didn't do, we're going to spend the rest of our lives wondering if everything was really worth it.
And so I end this rather short blog with Beatrix Potter's words, "Stories don't always end where their authors intended. But there is joy in following them, wherever they take us."
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I am so going to miss blogging while I stay in Boracay.
Yes, it's true. Even if it's just for a couple of days, I will keep looking for internet just so I can blog. But alas, I won't be able to do that. You see, regardless of the fact that there are internet cafes in Boracay, I wouldn't have the time to even check my e-mail because our team is going to be so busy for our cover story coverage. So yeah, I am really going to miss logging in to my blog and "report" about what's been happening.
Haha! Look at me. As if I'm not going to have any communication with the people in Manila. I still have my cellphone so I wouldn't be greatly missed.
*Sigh* So what now? I should be working at this moment. I still have a couple of things to write about. I intend to do them until Monday so that I wouldn't be cramming for deadlines when I come back from the beach.
I guess I'm so excited about this trip, I've begun planning about what I need to bring. I keep looking at my travel checklist and see if I'm still missing anything. Crazy, huh? But I've always been like this. Especially when I went to Malaysia. Hehehe...
Anyway, I'll be back later for more blogging. I'm about to eat lunch.
Friday, October 17, 2008
For two hours, I have been working on my InTheNews articles that I have to submit by the end of the day. Not that I haven't begun writing. I've had drafts of my articles but unfortunately, following up on contact persons to give me the materials I need take up most of my time. Therefore, my articles are still a work in progress. In fairness, I've managed to write at least four articles in a day's time...thanks to a rather extensive "training" of impromptu writing. Anyway, after two hours of trying to improve my articles, I told myself I'll just continue working on this at work because no matter what I do, I can't add anything unless I contact the people I need to talk to.
So why did I opt to blog now instead of going back to sleep? Because somehow, I got the feeling that I will regret not blogging at this moment. So what should I blog about now? Hmm...I guess, for now, random things will do.
Random quotable quotes of the week...
- Tita Belen: Marge, gumaganda ka. Siguro may boyfriend ka na
- Tito Oliver: Sige Marge, turo mo lang sa 'kin kung sino type mo, ako nang bahala sa kanya
- Jan: Pasalubong ko ha...hot chicks and their numbers
- Ms. Pam: Bakit ba kasi wala ka pang boyfriend?
- Carla: Pwede ka na mag-asawa, Ms. Marge...sarap ng luto mo
- Emzi: Marge, don't forget to bring home beach hunks for me
- Ms. Mons: Wala sa itsura mo 'yung nagluluto
Random thoughts of the week...
- Will buy stuff for Boracay trip tomorrow
- Must go to ortho on Sunday
- Can't wait for my first on-loc assignment
- My vanity will be exposed to Ms. Monica once we stay in the hotel
- What will I wear to work today? (I always think about this as soon as I wake up)
- Since my friend, Faye, told me about her officemate getting proposed to in front of the whole office, I got to thinking...when will it be me?
- The hopeless romantic side has once again kicked in
- I hope there won't be any rain when we go to Boracay
- I've been listening to Jesse McCartney's Leavin' and It's Over since yesterday
- Am I still within my budget?
- I need coffee from Starbucks...soon!
- Must buy new shoes for work
- I want to buy the new bag I saw in my parents' store
- I wish it's payday again, hahahaha!
- Must. Work. Harder.
And now, I will go back to sleep.
Catch y'all later!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
October 7 – booking InFlight team for Borongan-Manila flight; interviewing celebrities (damn! I have to say, I haven’t been able to speak any Tagalog while interviewing these people)
October 8 – calling representatives from Palawan to interview them about my news article
October 9 – the interview with celebrities continues...once again, I cannot sneak even a single Tagalog word in (This was also the birthday of my bru, Euki)
October 10 – calling Spa Association of the Philippines to ask for inputs for our December-January story
**It was a rather weird (but happy) night because I had dinner with Tito Oliver, Tita Belen, Jalila and Jan at Pancake House. Weird because Tito Oliver keeps telling me he’s going to set me up with any guy I choose. All I had to do was point at someone and he’ll take care of the rest**
October 11-12 – yes, it’s the weekend but I have yet to catch a break since I have been busy taking care of ortho appointments, work and family business
October 13 – booking InFlight team to Boracay
October 14 – go-c of female models for the Boracay photo shoot
October 15 – finishing up other articles needed to be submitted
October 16 – Skype meeting with our boss to discuss InFlight website
But I have time to do it now since I didn’t have to bring any work at home today. It’s also a good thing that I’ve been able to blog now because I won’t be able to do this for another week. Why, you ask? Because next week, I’ll be in Boracay for my first ever on-location assignment!
You read it right! By next week, I’ll be going to Boracay with the entire InFlight team for our cover story coverage. I’m so happy! I know I shouldn’t be thinking about it since it’s really too soon to tell, but recently I got to thinking if I was ever going to any of our destinations. I guess this is the answer.
Praise God! Thank You, Lord for giving me this wonderful opportunity!
It came as quite a shock when my boss said I’m going to Boracay because I honestly thought that I would get to fly to a destination once I become a regular employee. So this is simply a wonderful blessing that has come upon me.
Oh my gosh! I just can’t wait to go on this trip. First time to fly on a SEAIR plane, first time to go to Boracay FOR WORK. All I can say is WOW!!!
I don’t know what else to say except...
Until my next blog entry,
Monday, October 06, 2008
So why am I in shock?
The October-November issue of InFlight Magazine was delivered today and all I can say is...wow! It's so surreal. I mentioned before that it didn't sink in to me that I was editorial assistant until I saw my name on the staff box of our August-September issue. This is more than that. Right now, seeing my name, not just on the staff box but all over the magazine...it's simply fantastic. I just can't believe it! Four by-lines in this issue and I can't help but be happy!
Yes, I think this is really something I can be so proud of. All my hard work has paid off! It's such a great feeling. Sometimes, even if I'm a hundred percent aware that I'm working in InFlight, it still comes a surprise that I have come so far from being that girl who wrote simple notes to this young lady who is able to interview a lot of people, write about them and be acknowledged. Even if readers don't look at the by-lines of the articles, who cares? They're reading what I wrote, right? It's more than enough.
This issue is something I'm really proud of! Just seeing the quality of our magazine, and knowing that people love our magazine (yes, I've heard people say that InFlight is not just any ordinary travel magazine)...it only makes me want to strive harder and produce something much better.
I am the luckiest girl in the world!
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Sunday, October 05, 2008
So, ok. The three of us arranged to meet up between 5:45 and 6:00 in the evening at Bacolod Chicken Inasal in Greenbelt 1. Good thing I was already out of the office. No, I didn't leave early. I had a meeting with InFlight and LEP for a special project in SEAIR and we decided to do the meeting at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at Greenbelt 3. The meeting started 3:30 in the afternoon and it ended 5:30. Wow! That was quite a long meeting. I didn't even notice since most of the meeting, we were all laughing. Hahaha!
With 15 minutes to spare, I decided to scout for some books in National Bookstore. Note to self: Must buy "Tikman ang Langit: An Anthology on the Eraserheads" by Robin Rivera. I got a call from Jan saying that they were near our meeting place. After ten minutes, Jan called again saying that they were already there. Great! And so, there we were at Bacolod Chicken Inasal...hahaha! This actually reminds me of the television sitcom, Three's Company -- only with us, we're not living together in an apartment and no one pretended to be gay.
Hahaha! It was kind of funny, you know, how dinner went. Although I have to apologize for the cell phone calls. Bad Margie, bad. Things have just been pretty hectic at work. Once again, sorry. Ok, back to the story. Somehow, our dinner-slash-bonding time turned into Jan's hot seat moment. Hahaha! I don't think it's so much of a hot seat since the conversation went on just fine. But definitely, if there were spotlights, every one of those would be pointed towards Jan. Let's not get into the details of the conversation. That's between the three of us.
After eating paa, pecho, atay, garlic and plain rice and a couple of glasses of iced tea, everyone was in the mood for Dairy Queen Blizzards. So from Greenbelt 1, we walked back to Glorietta 4 to order some blizzards. Mmmm...I haven't had a DQ Blizzard for the longest time so to have one at that time was simply divine! Chocolate Chip Blizzard never tasted better.
And then, picture time!
Since there wasn't so much to do next, we all decided to go home. Once again, I apologize to Ate Det and Jan for walking with me all the way to Greenbelt just so I can get into a taxi.
Thanks a lot to Ate Det and Jan for another wonderful bonding session. Till our next "meeting."
Friday, October 03, 2008
Right now, I’m much more focused on the paper works that has been neatly placed on my desk tray (thank you for being so organized instead of just leaving it on my table). Research here, phone call there, organizing this, meeting that. How great it is that I’m not rushing anything. And for that to happen on a Friday is what makes it even better. That means I’ll be having a great weekend. It’s the beginning of a much-needed R&R.
In between my composing this entry, I research events and other travel-related news for our December ’08-January ’09 issue. It’s really a fast-paced environment – working in a magazine. Nonetheless, it’s really great. I do think I’ve been meeting the expectations of my bosses. Hopefully, the longer I stay here, I will be able to exceed those expectations. I don’t want to make my being the newbie or being the youngest here in the office as an excuse that I can’t fulfill my responsibilities.
Anyway, I’ll blog later in the evening if I can. Right now, I need to get back to work.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
05:00am - Wake up call c/o my alarm clock
05:10am - Got up, fixed my bed, and washed my face
05:30am - Cooked breakfast (rice, bacon, eggs, daing na bangus)
06:00am - Woke up parents and brother
06:05am - Ironed clothes for work
06:30am - Ate breakfast with parents while Kuya Miguel is still in bed
06:50am - Brushed my teeth and took a bath
07:20am - Changed into my work clothes
07:40am - Out of the house
Funny moment as I went out...
Baby Karl was down at the parking lot with his yaya, Ate Beng. I saw Karl sitting on the pavement, crying his eyes out. The moment I approached them, Karl turned to me and started screaming, "Bad! Bad!" Ate Beng explained that Karl was having tantrums because his mom just left for work. So I tried to cheer him up. I gave him the mamon I have brought with me. As soon as he saw the food, Karl came to me and took the mamon from my hand. He waved goodbye to me and blew me a flying kiss. Awww...I tell you, I am so in love with that kid.
08:10am - Arrived at Stephen Ku's apartment (sorry guys, I can't say where he lives...hehehe) to get stuff for InMyBag photo shoot
08:20am - Took a taxi and went to the office to pick up Ms. Jen so we can go to the studio together
09:10am - Arrived at LOWE Worldwide for scheduled photo shoot
The photo shoot was more than two hours. Three people for SEAIR People and InMyBag. It was cold but that was bearable. But, oh my, was I starting to feel very sleepy. It was so tempting to sleep in a very cool room. At quarter to noon, I was out of the building of LOWE Worldwide and I went back to our office so I can fix Stephen's things and bring them back to him at his office.
12:20pm - Delivered Stephen's items to his office
01:00pm - Back in the office
01:10pm - Went out to eat lunch
Such a "lonesome" break. I was eating lunch alone at Yoshinoya. Meanwhile, I was texting a couple of my friends...just so I can have the illusion of having company. Hehehe...
From 2 o'clock until 4:30 in the afternoon, work load was pretty much what kept me going through the afternoon. I was yawning all over the place. At my workspace, in the editorial room, in the pantry...everywhere!
Tired. So tired. That's why I opted to just go home and rest. And rest, I did. When I got home at 5:30pm, I immediately proceeded to the couch and slept. No more beds...I just wanted to sleep. All right so I didn't sleep all the way. I still woke up at 6:45pm so I could cook dinner. But at least I got rest. And now, I'm going to take that much-anticipated sleep right after logging off my laptop.
And that would be now.
Till my next entry,