Thursday, June 30, 2016

Let's Make the Philippines Great Again!

Today marks the inauguration of Rodrigo Duterte as the 16th president of the Philippines. No fanfare, no posh affair. Just a simple, non-extravagant ceremony. I salute you, Sir!

Mabuhay! Let's see if change is really coming.

Keep in mind this checklist:
(photocredit: CNN Philippines)

Sana hindi 'to galing sa ilong, Digong! Here's hoping for the best! Kahit hindi ikaw ang best bet ko, suportahan taka. CHEERS!

Dear Mr. President, please prove to the world that you don't deserve to be called the Donald Trump of the Philippines. Swear that your actions will speak louder than your (harsh) words. *pinky promise*

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Vertically Challenged

Does height even matter?


I wish I were tall. *sigh* It is the ultimate short girl's dream! 😃 Apparently, I have to accept the fact that this dream is definitely out of reach. Period. I had inherited the "cute" genes. Period. Not complaining; having the height is a plus tho'. I can trample on, look down and bully anybody! *just kidding*

When you're tall, it is easy to choose and shop for clothes, more so, pants. One does not have to alter the length or fold the hem up three-fold as if planting rice was so much fun. One's field of view is always panoramic/ scenic in a Standing Room Only setting. No need to tiptoe to achieve a giraffe's neck. One can reach the topmost shelf inside a store with less effort, that is, without having to empty the lowest shelf and use it as a step board. (I know this is shameful to admit, but that's what I sometimes do). These are only a few of the many reasons why I think being tall is awesome.

Being short, on the otherhand, has also its perks. I don't have to duck, scoot over or slouch when I need to do stuff. I can sneak in/out of somewhere without being noticed. I could be mistaken for a highschooler/teenager which means I look young. 😜 I could buy clothes from the youth section and it will be a tad cheaper. There's too many to mention.

I haven't had any issues with my height, err, the lack of it, not until Kimi asked me why I am short. If only I could say it's because of genes and inheritance. I simply cannot, should not. I had to think of the simplest comprehensible explanation.

So, I told him, I stopped growing because...
...I didn't eat my vegetables, I was a picky eater, I ate unhealthy snacks, drank too much soda and didn't get the right amount of sleep. Phew. Bad Mommy! *smirk* Of course, these are make-believe alibis.

So far, these reasons have become an effective, persuasive tool to alarm him. Surprisingly, he's been more cautious.

Who doesn't want to grow taller, anyway?

Geez, he's catching up! Will I pass for his big sis?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Who's on the Chopping Block?

We all are hooked on social networks. May it be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. Each is a good venue for meeting old and new friends, batchmates, teachers, former bosses and colleagues. The people whom you haven't seen for ages. You may be able to share photos, like photos and do silly stuff with the apps that could be installed along with it.

With the user friendly icons, one could post anything and everything under the sun. A post, however, is always subject to scrutiny. It can either be liked or disliked or hidden. And if the post is too cocky and overly dramatic, then that person could be unfollowed or worse, unfriended and/or blocked.

So, what triggers someone to unfriend somebody?

In a 2014 study, Christopher Sibona, a researcher at the University of Colorado at Denver,  actually pinpointed the four types of content that are most likely to prompt an unfriend:

1. Frequent/unimportant posts
2. Polarizing posts (politics and religion; liberals are, for what it’s worth, more likely to unfriend over political views)
3. Inappropriate posts (sexist, racist remarks)
4. Everyday life posts (child, spouse, eating habits, etc.)

I, personally, have pulled some weeds out of my list. My criteria includes: 
1. Ex's and Oh's
2. The "ghost" friend who is around but who's been mum. (Paramdam ka naman, teh!) 
3. Lurkers
4. Self-likers
5. Acquaintances

Let's shake hands. No hurt feelings. That's what friends are for. 😉

Since FB gives us this option, we all tend to be picky. Odd-man out. Nothing wrong tho'. Each one has his or her own reason.

We can, therefore, conclude that social media could indeed make us anti-social. Nah, just selectively social.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


It's that time of year again. READ: Eye check-up. It is the only test I comply with religiously. I don't like it.

Firstly, I already know what my result would be. My prescription increased..again. (now: -5.25/-5.00 + astigmatism)

Secondly, I will have to shell out money out-of-the-pocket 'coz my insurance will only cover one thing, either the glasses or the contact lenses. I always get both. Not because of vanity; I need it! How would you even enjoy a 3D movie with the 3D glasses on top of your specs? Or swim and snorkel?

And last but not the least, who likes to wear eyeglasses, anyway?

If there's one thing I regret, it's that. My fault. I used to think that wearing eyeglasses is uber cool and stylish. So, I intentionally abused my 20/20 vision when I was young. I was 14 then. It is my deepest secret..shh. I used to read under dim light laying down on the bed while hoping for the best. Alas! Success! I was prescribed corrective lenses with -0.25. My dream came true! It wasn't bad after all, or so I thought. It never dawned on me that it could become worse, worst. There had been days/nights when I opened my eyes and I felt like the world was spinning around. Had to go to an EENT Dr. to rule out vertigo/disequilibrium. I was fine. Next was to check on my eyesight. That was the culprit. My prescription had changed. The cycle occurred year after year after year.

The only fun part of any check-up is that I have the right to try on all the frames that are on display. All shapes and color. In my case, I always choose the angular frames 'coz my face is round and fat lol. Here are a few of the ones I had used before.

Doesn't do anything much, right? Same banana.

People who are visually challenged get to see a whole different picture--people with no faces, abstract figures and peculiar images. Our eyes have special effects. It could achieve a good "bokeh" better than any Canon or Nikon lens. ;)

* bokeh (boh-kay or sometimes boh-kə) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. -Wikipedia

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fixer Upper

Six years had passed. I left this space untouched, unscathed. Many events transpired within that span of time. Social networking was in full swing. The pioneers of social media quit. Facebook reigned. Perhaps, FB was partly to blame for my absence. *wink*

In this day and age, blogging is considered passé, i.e., DEAD. People have no more time...err..patience to read. Long or short. There is no significant difference. So, why the sudden shift? There's still a part of me that misses writing, ranting, rambling, musing. Long or short. It doesn't have to be perfectly written. Long or short.

We'll see how far could I go. Baby steps.. baby steps..

For now, I'm giving myself a pat on my back for a successful makeover. I thought my old layout looked too juvenile/rebellious. Editing the template is not as easy as before tho'. Ahh..those were the days.

Nothing will change. Just tweaking.

Goodbye, dark side!

My old layout

Friday, June 17, 2016

Testing 1,2,3

Yay! My jurassic blog is still alive! Sweet!! Just encountered a few glitches upon logging in.

It's been 6 long years since I last visited! Too rusty to write again.
"Should I stay or should I go? " (The Clash) ...that is the question.

We'll find out.. 😉

P.S. In the meantime, I will have to figure out how to alter the template/layout.