Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Impromptu Get-Together...

May 30, 2006...

Impromptu gathering of old friends to check out Mabi's new place. Met up with the gang over at Gators where I caught up with some old friends playing badminton. Just realized how long since I last played. Must make it a point to play again. Gumagaling na nga yung mga kasabay ko at mahirap nang maiwanan. +P

Convoyed on to Shell at South Super to stopover for some food before proceeding to Mabi's place. The place is great. It's cozy and looks like Mabi is settling in quite nicely.

We started goofing off by talking about nonsensical stuff. Michelle and Kat were revelations when it came to the sensual alphabet that left us guys speechless due to shock.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Whole 8 Yards...

May 29, 2006...

Krocodile Grill

Attendees: Freddie, Ronald, Gelo, and myself

Menu of choice was sisig, tokwa't baboy, tocilog, kilawing tanigue along with 8 yards of beer. A yard of beer is just an elongated flask with enough volume to be filled by two bottles of the local brew. Two yards each was enough to cover the whole event. I also introduced the boys to pritong balut, a Krocodile delicacy, to which they seem to enjoy. Whew! :D

Nothing spectacular in terms of conversation. Each had his share of the the spotlight in terms of what's been happening at work. Ronald made mention of job assignments in India, Freddie in the middle of a national conference, Gelo in the complex workings of his job locally as well as his transactions to the East and West Coasts, and my job here in a hole somewhere in Makati just a few steps from where we were.

A short discussion on the gaming scene then followed. An equally short discussion on preparations for the upcoming Fantasy GT also came up. I'm seriously considering playing than facilitating/moderating so the in-progress rules were not discussed openly with me. I'm hopeful for a good turnout of players on June 11.

Dedicated To Someone Out There...

Dedicated to my late grandparents. This song very much reminds me of them. Love you all. :D

The Special Two
by Missy Higgins

I've hardly been outside my room in days,
'Cause I don't feel that I deserve the sunshine's rays.
The darkness helped until the whiskey wore away,
And it was then I realize the conscience never fades.
When you're young you have this image of your life:
That you'll be scrupulous and one day even make a wife.
And you make boundaries you'd never dream to cross,
And if you happen to you wake completely lost.
But I will fight for you, be sure that
I will fight until we're the special two once again.

And we will only need each other, we'll bleed together,
Our hands would not be taught to hold another's,
When we’re the special two.
And we could only see each other, we'll bleed together,
These arms will not be taught to need another,
When we’re the special two.

I remember someone old once said to me:
"Lies will lock you up with truth the only key."
But I was comfortable and warm inside my shell,
And couldn't see this place would soon become my hell.
So is it better to tell and hurt or lie to save their face?
Well I guess the answer is don't do it in the first place.
I know I'm not deserving of your trust from you right now,
But if by chance you change your mind you know I will not
Let you down 'cause we were the special two, and will be again.

And we will only need each other, we'll breathe together,
Our hands will not be taught to hold another's,
When we're the special two.
And we could only see each other we'll bleed together,
These arms will not be taught to need another
When we’re the special two.

I step outside my mind's eye's for a minute.
And I look over me like a doctor looking for disease,
Or something that could ease the pain.
But nothing cures the hurt you, you bring on by yourself,
Just remembering, just remembering how we were...

And we would only need each other, we'll breathe together,
Our hands will not be taught to hold another's,
We were the special two.
And we could only see each other we'll bleed together,
These arms will not be taught to need another
‘Cause we’re the special two.

Monday, May 29, 2006


Came across my horoscope this morning...

Memories are made one moment at a time - and often when least expected. The most wonderful thing is to be able to experience the memory as it is happening. Savor the mundane as well as the sublime.

Good morning to you all... wherever you are...

Friday, May 26, 2006

Library Build-Up...

Just to update what I've gotten in the last few weeks...


Abridged version of S. Morgenstern's The Princess Bride
The Legend of Drizzt Book VI - The Halfling's Gem by R.A. Salvatorre
The Legend of Drizzt Book VII - The Legacy by R.A. Salvatorre

Still on my wishlist would be another copy of the Dragonlance - Legends trilogy, the rest of the Drizzt books (I just love R.A. Salvatorre's Dark Elves), another copy of The LOTR trilogy, and a book on Zorro which intrigued me the first time I saw it in Sketchbooks.


Driftwood Traveling by Girl
The Breakthrough by Mary J. Blige

My music wishlist is a lot more diverse. I'm still on the search for albums of Plumb, Missy Higgins, Dishwalla, and Sara Groves (record bars are always out of stock or give some similar excuse). I think I'm going back to my Linkin Park phase soon...

My 30mins With Lito...

May 25, 2006...

Venue : Power Plant Mall

Didn't feel like going home right away. Went to check out Power Plant Mall on the conditions of the billiard tables. It's been a while since I last went there. Turns out a portion of the billiard hall is closed off for renovation. Found a quiet corner with an unoccupied table. Got my cues out of the bag and started racking up...

It didn't take long for me to pause and think about what has just transpired before I got here. I instinctively called up Lito to see if he’s nearby. True enough, he was just downstairs having dinner with some friends but could afford sneak out for a couple of minutes to have a beer with me. It was an ominous sign to why I felt like tracing my steps here after all. It didn’t take long for me and Lito to meet up. We had the opportunity to make up for lost time while playing a game of billiards. We’ve been busy in our respective careers which had to be given some priority at the expense of some playing time. Both of us were hopeful that things will turn around and more time to “play with little soldiers” in the near future.

More nuggets of wisdom from the man once we sat down for a couple of beers. His views on certain things made me think twice if a similar situation was placed before me. Suffice it to say that the man knows what’s going on as well as most knowledgeable on the most diplomatic course of action.

Time flew and it was time for him to return to meet up with his friends again. Thanks again sir for taking the time out! :D

There was still time for me to pass by Fully Booked and get me something to read. Couldn’t find a complete set of the Legends trilogy and ended up buying an abridged version of S. Morgenstern’s The Princess Bride. Hopefully this will mark the start of the reconstruction of my library.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

My Business Trip to Cebu...

May 23, 2006...

Took the first flight to Cebu. Didn't get much sleep considering all the preparations I had to do last night for the business trip (schedules, reports, etc.). I tried catching up on some sleep during the one hour flight. PAL Fiesta Class is ok considering that the flight was a short and comfortable one. It's a first flight in, last flight out affair so things were going to be hectic.

First off was meeting up with one of my bosses at the Marco Polo. After a quick breakfast, we headed straight to the the first of two projects we were supposed to visit. Not much has been done yet here but it had a view of the sea that looks promising. Its even got a 102 year old lighthouse, baby! I hope things will look as beautiful as I've seen on plan.

Next up was a quick lunch and off to the fringes of Cebu City where we were supposed to meet our clients to start-off the next project involving an extension to an existing mall. Let's just say that a lot of study and planning has to be done if this will ever be done to the client's schedule.

The flight back was delayed and uneventful. Ended up getting home late with the management's expectation that I'm early the next day as if my trip was just that ordinary. =P

Friday, May 19, 2006

Time to Unwind...

May 18, 2006...

Venue: Ñubar in Golf City, Ortigas

Usual Suspects: Ronald and Emcee

I decided to accept an out-of-the-blue invite from Ronald for a bucket of beer, sisig and tokwa't baboy before going home. I was equally glad to see the place still up and running. Saw Paul, one of the co-owners of the place, getting ready for an early start to the Texas Hold 'Em hostilities...

Nothing much to talk about, just a convenient excuse to get together and have a beer from what has been a stressful week. Was able to get Emcee to catch up after an extended meeting (so I heard). Except for the poker boys, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We had a few laughs though a bit subdued. The background music was ok, not that loud party music kind. Slightly retro but "relateable" for lack of a better term. Thinking of trying to find the opportunity to play again.

Too bad Garrick, Freddie, Raf (=P) among others that I've tried calling on short notice were not able to follow. Oh well, maybe next time when I call it shouldn't be last minute. Duh. ;)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Almost Done...

Pouring of the foundations almost done. Another 2 hours might do the trick...

Had the flu yesterday. Guess all those late nights in the office has taken its toll. Was itching to go to work despite my condition especially when my boss was in a tight spot in attending some our meetings. Good thing this particular meeting we're supposed to attend together cancelled at the last minute. So I was allowed to stay home. Such calls beyond the line of duty are all part of the job and I've lived to accept that as it comes.

Yesterday's heavy gusts of wind and rain made me worry of the work at site during my stay at home. Could not stress the importance of the foundations being done right. Can't help but call our office from time to time to check on how the boys at the site are faring just to make sure.

Monday, May 15, 2006

1,000 Silent Visits...

May 15, 2006...

1,000 Silent Visits!

Just broke the 1000 mark and still growing! Came across this milestone while maintaining my blog during a small respite at work.

Keep visiting! :D


If I Was A River...

Drama mode ON... =P

If I Was A River
by Tina Arena

If I was the sun
I would shine my light
To light your world
If I was the rain
I would wash your tears away
I'd keep your world right
Be your light in the night
If I was the sky
I would rain down love into your life

If I was a river
You would be my ocean
Every stream will lead me to your arms
And if
If I was a river
I'd flow to you forever
Love would run forever in this heart of mine
If I, if I
If I was a river

If I was the wind
I would carry you
Above the clouds
And if I was the earth
I would be your solid ground
If I could I'd be
All you ever would need
I will be your world
You're the only world there is for me

If I was a river
You would be my ocean
Every stream would lead me to your arms
And if
If I was a river
I'd flow to you forever
Love would run forever in this heart of mine
If I, if I
If I was a river

I'd run into your arms
Into your arms
Oh yeah
I'd run to you baby
Oh yeah

If I was a river
You would be my ocean
Every stream will lead me to your arms
And if
If I was a river
I'd flow to you forever
Love would run forever in this heart of mine
If I was a river
You would be my ocean
Every stream will lead me to your arms
It would lead me back...

Drama mode OFF...:D

Was able to dig up a music video of this from my video collection. Suddenly made me fantasize what I would do if this Aussie babe started singing and projecting this song to me. Le purrrr.... :D

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Went Bloghopping...

Went bloghopping while I was working on some my posts for publishing. Going through the various blogs of friends and their friends' blogs and so on, I couldn't help but wonder how diverse and interesting some of these guys are. I guess it takes a special kind of person to start a blog. It was then I decided to come up with this list.

Things I wanted to do and hope to make my life interesting:

Take wonderful pictures - Saw a few blogs with just a ton of pictures. Came across one in particular with a great eye for photography. Wish I can shoot pictures like them. Guess you'd need a good camera for that.

Go to a beach and enjoy - Although I live a sheltered life. Not much in terms of adventure. Hate getting sunburned anyways...

Expand my sports - Maybe something that would keep me in shape as well as something that's closer and more tolerable for my age. Tried golf once. Maybe I'll get back to that before the year ends. Airsoft is there too.

Fishing - Miss fishing the most. Wanna go fishing with my Dad one of these days. A little bonding thing going on here.

Read a few more books - I'm a Dragonlance fan. Still got the first trilogy (probably the fourth copy). I did intend to revive my library of Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms books sometime in my remote future.

A better means of expressing my love for music - How do you do it?

Write a little something about my friends - A scribble here, a picture there, a dedication here...

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Christina Mia...

May 13, 2006...

It was a very windy morning with the telltale scent of heavy rain in the air...

But a baby sleeps soundly...

It was in a church here in Fort Bonifacio where I became ninong to Ronald's daughter Christina Mia. That makes Ronald officially my kumpare.

Proud ninong placing the sign of the cross

GeloMan and girlfriend Flor was there to witness the event. Welcome to the Christian world Baby Christina Mia! :D

Proud ninong that I was, sadly I had to leave right after the christening to rush straight back to the office to check on the prep work for the next concrete pouring, one that's close to seven times bigger than the one last week. With the wind and threat of thunderstorms making the work more treacherous, work on the foundations were slow and for safety reasons, target concrete pouring might be pushed a couple of days to let typhoon Caloy pass.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Back To Warhammer 40k...

May 7, 2006...

Neutral Grounds Robinsons Galleria

Got to play Warhammer 40k after a looong while.

Since I'm a bit pressed for time on details check on a separate post I made in another blog here.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Slow Saturday...

Saturdays here at the site are usually slow. Work on site is proceeding at a slow pace due to the weather. Smells like rain soon...

Eventhough engineers here are busy at work on their progress reports, its on Saturday afternoons like this were we allow ourselves to relax a bit, even kick the volume of the radio a notch higher.

Cueshé's playing in the background... singing one of their songs depicting some lesson or harsh reality of life. People here take turns surrendering to its lyrics and lip sync like the tragic Pinoy rockers that we are. Yeah, I allow them to give in to this simple guilty pleasure, provided nobody else outside the office sees us of course. All work and no play makes me a dull manager. ;)

Hump Ahead
by Cueshé

a diamond ring
on your wedding day
your glowing face
just lights up the place
two hours later
he's still no show
the world just came
crashing down on you

sometimes life breaks us
sometimes life gets us
to where we are now
cause we'll never know
what lies ahead

on a sunny day
your wife gave birth
you knelt down in prayers
thanking him for our son
then suddenly
the doctor's came
she didn't make it
"lord what have i done?"

a diamond ring
on her wedding day
her glowing face
just lights up the place
as they're about
to exchange their vows
the bride then said
"i'm not ready for this."

Was able to leave the office relatively early (if you call leaving the office at 6pm on a Saturday night early). Too bad I wasn't able to catch the boys at play at UP, but they were nice enough to wait for me and head on to dinner...

Went to Bite Club. Hunger made me slow on my feet and ended up capturing a photo of just the aftermath. Splurged on a 1/3 pounder with mozarella cheese and bacon bits alongside REAL potato wedges! I felt like I could hibernate after that. I guess rushing to meet up with the boyz was worth it. Time to head on home early.

Tomorrow's gonna be a great day. Cause I said so. Peace.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Thursday Night Out...

Got stuck here in the office since the pouring of the foundations got started in earnest. Looks like things are running smoothly and hopefully we'll be able to finish by 11:30pm without a hitch. Now what to do to pass the time...

I was already able to buy dinner for me and my boss when I suddenly realized that I'm supposed to be out on a date! Doh! I quickly asked my boss to cover for me and I will be back before the concrete pouring would end. Good thing I was supposed to meet Janine at Segafredo, which was a short walk from where I was. :D

It's been a while since I last saw Janine. It was a good opportunity to update each other on what's been going on lately... She seems happy with her work (now complete with uniform too! Corporate-looking! Naks! :D) as well as with other things ;).

After dinner I was able to walk back to check on the progress of the foundations...

Just a few inches more to reach the shear bars... and we're a few trucks short. It'll take at least 15 minutes for the new batch of concrete to get here, with just a 30 minute window before the concrete already poured starts to harden. One of the many challenges in large volume concreting. This is our version of excitement. Whoopee... ;)

Things did work out in the end. Went home tired and late but with a great sense of accomplishment.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Reminiscing On A Previous Life...

It was four years to the day...

For four years I took the time out to pass by this place to recall what happened that fateful day.

It was 10 o'clock and a Friday night at that. That night I felt tired, for I lived to work and was just slaving my life away with nothing to show for it. That night I felt no respect from my peers, for I thought I had nothing to prove to anyone anymore and that none would even care if I tried. That night I felt that I was alone, for I thought nobody loved me. That night I felt young, like I had all the time in the world where I can afford to put aside all my worries and cares just to escape from it all for just a few hours. That night I felt like I can drive as fast as the speed of sound...

That night I was wrong.

I didn't see what hit me. It took a couple of seconds for me to realize that my car is already parked in the middle of the intersection, with a part of my right side door close to the stick shift. A total wreck by the looks of it. Same could be said of my face, which broke the windshield upon impact. At that instant, my whole life flashed right before me, like many pieces of glass…

Everything was a blur from thereon in. The trip to the emergency room, the long wait for my family to arrive, and the thoughts of what has happened to my face. Some still think it was a miracle that I was able to walk away from it at all. Adrenaline was probably the only thing that kept me conscious that night. That and the sense of fear that I might not wake up when I close my eyes.

The doctor said plastic surgery would be the best recourse or live the rest of my life permanently scarred. It was then that I learned the extent of my injuries. As we waited for the morning to come, we as a family prayed. As I watched my family pray and watch over me did I realize how much pain I have given them with this one act of selfishness. What have I done? It was at that point that I decided I wanted to survive.

14 hours of surgery and 220+ (!) stitches later I was officially out of danger. A second lease on life. Such blessings are rare and should not be taken for granted. It also served as a turning point in my life.

From that point on, I've come to realize a lot of things. That point on, I felt renewed, for I must strive to work to live and not live to work. That point on, I felt the respect and concern from my peers, to whom I must constantly strive to prove that I am still deserving of the respect that they have given me. That point on, I realized I was not alone, for my family still loves me and that friends are found in the most unlikely places. From that point on, I realized that life is precious, and that I must live life to its full for you can’t tell how short life can be. From that point on I had something to smile about, for there is always something to look forward to at the end of every day which could be anything at the start of the next one. This lesson I carried with me for four years running everytime I pass by that place.

From that point on, I was thankful…

888 Silent Visits...

Wala lang. Feeling lucky on triple 8's as well. =P