Month: November 2013

Bucketlist #34: Get A Tattoo

I’ve always been fascinated with tattoos. Back in college, I thought yeah, I’ll have a tattoo one day. The plan got shelved when I got old and priorities started piling up. It was only recently when I found time to write my bucketlist again. Today, I am crossing out #34 on my list — Have a tattoo. My dream of having a tattoo was rekindled after I met Carol in September 2010. She’s the long time partner of the popular tattoo artist of P&P Tattoo, Myke Sambajon. Yep, you guessed it right, she’s a walking canvas of her partner’s art.  We met through a common friend, Shiela, when we joined the Ondoy No More Run in Thunderbird Resorts.  She only has this tattoo on her leg when we met. Now, her whole lower right leg is full of tattoo! I’ve always liked the Ichtus. It’s the Jesus fish. I thought for a time that I’ll have that tattooed on my nape, but then it became a trend in 2006-ish, so I changed plans. (It may …

The Bucketlist

Everyone has their own set of things that they’d like to accomplish before they die. This list gave me an idea to have a bucketlist series on my blog. This is going to be fun! Have a Jollibee children’s party. Ride an airplane. Go to Disneyland. Preferably Tokyo Disneyland, but Hongkong is good too. Be on TV. Eat dirty ice cream under the rain. Fall in love. Get engaged. Get married. Get pregnant. Wear bikini on the beach while pregnant. Visit Boracay. Go to an obscure beach. Go scuba diving.  Own a house.  Own a red car.  Own a pair of Nike’s. Read a book in one sitting. Volunteer at a hospice. Learn how to drive. Go abroad. Go to New York City. Meet Ray Allen. Hold someone’s hand inside the plane. Watch a live Purefoods basketball game. Meet and have a picture with Alvin Patrimonio. Go to Batanes. Skydive. Visit El Nido. Ride a hot air balloon.  Buy a nice TV. Go to the Eiffel Tower. Own a Louis Vuitton See snow. Have a …

Operation Sunshine: What to Donate for Typhoon Yolanda Victims

With all the support and monetary help that we are getting from other countries, let us not think that our help are not needed anymore in Visayas. We all have that responsibility to extend a hand to our countrymen. Let me just say that we are so used to giving old clothes whenever there are relief operations like this, but please let’s not limit ourselves to old clothes. They also need a few things that you might be forgetting. Here’s a list that you can include to your donations. 1. Food Let’s try not to give instant noodles because hot water is needed in preparing this. Try instant food in a can like sardines, corned beef, and even meat loafs! Pick the cans that are easy to open so they don’t have to think where to get a can opener. Give a pack of rice that could last a family for at least one day. Three kilograms would be great! Photo from monstermarketplace.com Photo from wisegeek.com 2. Water Make that clean drinking water. You can send small …

Operation Sunshine: Bringing the Sunshine Back to Visayas

I have stopped watching the news three days ago because I cry uncontrollably everytime I see how bad the situation is. Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) pounded Visayas really bad. I cry everytime I read personal accounts of people. I cry everytime I read news about millions of dollars being sent by foreign countries. I cry when I read that there are foreigners coming over to help. I cry because my heart is so broken. I decided to stop crying (although I still cry most of the time) and start acting. Back in 2011, my sisters and I had a donation drive for the victims of Sendong in Cagayan de Oro. This year, we’re doing it again! It is now bigger (naks!) as we are working with my Tita Pilar and my cousins. We are calling this OPERATION SUNSHINE! Yay! My friend, Farah who has a printing business, pledged to print tarpaulins for the drive so we can put it up our stores in Antipolo. Yay ulet! I have the photo at the bottom of this post …

One Devastating Weekend

November 9, 2013 was a very sad day for the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan also known as Yolanda hit the central part of the Philippines and it did hit hard. So hard. The typhoon made a landfall at 4AM of Friday and left the Philippines on Saturday afternoon. It was the worst 24 hours that I know. I sat in front of the TV and my laptop. I kept on checking the news for updates, and checking live satellite views of the typhoon’s movement. It was unbelievable. I felt so bad sitting inside the house and sitting on a comfortable couch while a lot of people are fighting for their lives. Here are a few screenshots of the typhoon that I made and their time stamps.  November 7, 2013. 12:11 PM.  November 8, 2013. 12:21 PM. November 8, 2013. 4:08 PM. Where’s the Philippines?!? The extent of the damage was not known until the next day. The water from the sea was gone and all that’s left were the pieces of houses, cars, and dead bodies. …

Why Marry?

A few months before I married Jeff, my bestfriend Sarah asked me why I am getting married. It was a surprising question. I had two things in mind — 1. maybe she’s worried that we won’t have so much time to hang out anymore and 2. why do people get married?  My college professor once told us that marriage is just a ‘license to fvck”. She said it’s just a piece of paper that makes everything official — couples can have sex whenever they want, they can live together, buy things and call it theirs, etc. But in today’s world, people still do this even without that piece of paper. So what makes marriage different? As Christians, our parents taught us that before the man can take you away from them, he must marry you. They also believed that God must bless your union, hence we marry inside the church. That wasn’t really my reason why I married Jeff. The other night, I asked Jeff why he asked me to marry him. He just said …