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Goodbye 2011.

As the image above says, I will be giving away a Starbucks planner for free. These are the few moments in life when I feel really generous. Haha. So if you think you're the only one reading my blog, good for you then. Hahaha. Of course, there is the possibility that no one reads my blog, so if no one else wants the planner, it goes automatically to my bestfriend, Cy. If you want the freebie, just comment below with your name and e-mail address. (I will be posting the lucky person on January 1, 2012 January 2, 2012. And if you're a random person from the internetz, don't worry i'll be handling the shipping of the planner.)

So yes, it's that time of the year again to do some looking back or a recap, I thought it would be more convenient to just answer this and hopefully, I can get a good look on how my 2011 was. I think 2010 was the most rocky year of my life though 2011 is definitely a runner up.

2012: a new year, a fresh start. Now that I feel I'm getting somewhere, maybe I should set priorities and goals. Maybe I'll make a separate list for that. Let's all hope for 2012 to be kind and may He always give us wisdom in every decision we make in life.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Shifted careers. My previous work and current work are probably on the opposite ends of the spectrum.

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
The most consistent thing I want to do each year is to lose weight, and for a certain time I achieve it. But then I do not have the will power to keep it. I don't really make New Year's resolutions, I just have some things at the top of my head I know I need to improve.

Things I Like Wednesday... Not.

Good Evening, world.

What's keeping me busy? Disney movies. I don't know why but I kept on watching Disney movies the past few days. Started with A Little Mermaid, then Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, and now Peter Pan. I have yet to watch James and the giant peach, Ponyo, Spirited Away (again), and 101 Dalmatians. Seriously, I love to watch these movies though when you watch:

1. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White, you kind of get this pattern of how they wish for someone to love them and then shit happens and then the happily ever after happens.
2. Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, you can see that Malificent and The Queen look a lot alike.
3. Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White, the movie starts with a book.

So far, next to Alice, Ariel is my favorite Disney princess. Hahaha.

On the other hand, today is supposed to be Things I Like Wednesday but... meh.

Well, this day turned out a little but different than the past few days. I finally got to go out! Yes, Tagaytay was cancelled again. We spent the whole afternoon rummaging through the stores at our local mall, taking advantage of the post holiday sale.

What am I thinking

Out of extreme boredom, I used up all my films that I reserved for the plans I had before. I'm not mad or anything, it's just that I want to do something and the universe tells me to stay at home. I only had 7 films on my Instax camera. Here are the random shots I made today. I apologize i…

Hi. Good Morning. Is it?

It's one of those days when nothing interesting has been happening in my life. And a big void is beginning to appear on this blog. I hate it when I don't do anything new. But I guess, sometimes, that's just the way it is. Nothing unusual. Just the daily routine. Nothing extraordinary.

Favorite Things #4

First, let me greet you a very Merry Christmas! For the longest time, this is how I spend my Christmas: Hear mass on Christmas eve, eat Noche Buena with my family, drink a little with my bestfriend, go to Tagaytay on Christmas Day with my whole extended family (mother's side). But none of those will happen this year. This time, I'll be spending the turn of the clock to December 25 at work. Yes, this is the first time it'll happen after 24 years of tradition. Changes, changes. We just need to embrace it.

Traffic's worse today, it took me two and a half hours to get home. I can just imagine how it will be later when I go to work. And it's raining! I'm now home alone, about to sleep, and here are the little things that made me happy this Christmas Eve:

Favorite Things #3

Mogu-Mogu Fruit Juice
Real Mango fruit juice with nata de coco! Yum yum! My quick fix for mango juice. If you don't like mango, then I don't like you too. Haha!

Spam Who doesn't like Spam, right? I love Spam as much as I love Ma Ling and breakfast food. I love it like the internet and th…

Patricia The Spender

We all know that during December, we all got extra money because of the different bonuses (Christmas bonus, 13th month pay and/or annual tax refund). I told myself I'm gonna save money this time around so I can pursue the Web Design course next year but it seems the universe conspires once again, and now I am powerless over the things I spent my money on. I could just slap myself hard on the face for all the unnecessary purchases I made, a couple of thousand pesos could've been saved. But oh well, the damage has already been done.

Here's the list of the things I shouldn't have bought but sadly, I gave in and I did:

1. A new pair of Chuck Taylors (Degree of needlessness: 1/5)

Well, maybe I've been meaning to buy a new pair but definitely not now. When I went to the Converse sale, I thought I could avail a pair for around PhP700. Lol. Yes, I was expecting that much discount. I'm only half guilty for purchasing the shoes because in the long run, I know I will need this.

2. Fuji Instax Cheki Mini 20 (Degree of needlessness: 3/5)

I love anything instant, that's what I say over and over. I have no plans whatsoever of acquiring this analog camera until I came across a certain post in Tumblr. And the impulsiveness washed over me, after a few minutes of finding this is Ebay, I clicked 'Buy Now'. I was thinking now on how I shouldn't have bought this but paying around PhP3,000 for a package that includes the camera, 2 batteries, snap on close-up lens and 8 films seems like such a good deal that I, unfortunately, didn't resist.

Converse Mega Sale

Unplanned trips sure are the best! Went to SM Megamall today with some of my friends from work because of the 'Up to 70% off sale' at Converse. It's been ages since I last wore one and of course, the cheapskate in me cannot resist!

I've been wanting a new pair of sneaks for the longest time and the timing is just perfect. We were there around 10 am, went to MegaTrade Hall A and found this crowd waiting outside, waiting for the doors to open.

The competition! Haha.
A few friends arrived there earlier so we squeezed ourselves through the crowd and joined them in waiting. And finally, the doors were opened!

Goodbye, big hair!

After waiting for so long, my favorite salon here in Cavite finally had a promo for Hair Rebonding. It's been a year since I had my hair treated for a relax. I had to wait for December too because I will be paying for it this time. Hahaha. Say hello to my chemical-infused hair!
You don't s…

Update: Planners for the end of the world

For those who come here via Google search of Lego Planner or Galison Fun Plan, I've got an update.

(12/31/11- Want to get a FREE Starbucks 2012 Planner? Click here!)

I don't really know if there are other branches of Fully Booked/National Bookstore that has actual stocks of these (because I've tried looking but failed), but for those who don't want to go out anymore, I've got a list of online stores that are currently selling these planners.

1. Pretty In Fairness
This online shop is selling Lego Planners in many colors. Click here to view their Multiply site.

Multiply account screenshot
What's inside
2. Beau Monde and Co.
From what I've read, they've got one stock of this adorable planner left. Click here to check their Multiply site.
Multiply account screenshot

Now, if ever you read this too late and all those sites ran out of stock, I've got other suggestions for you.

Not quite major fail

Lesson learned: Never get too excited. Hahaha.

We already had a plan on how we're gonna maximize our time yesterday as Cy still has to go to work later in the evening. It's a good thing I was able to shop for clothes last Friday, otherwise, everything would have been a disaster from the start.

Last Thursday, I sent an e-mail to this Digital Arts school to inquire on how much would it be to take up a course on Web Design. And I got a response and an invitation for a free 3-hour workshop on their school. I happily agreed! I do not usually resist anything that's free. Hehe. I got Cy to tag along with me since malls are not yet open after our shifts. Since it was just the same street as our office, we went there after a coffee fix.

Patricia through the looking glass

You see, I have this affinity with mirrors. Or maybe, I like myself better when I see myself in some mirrors. I have this habit of taking pictures of myself/my reflection especially on those convex mirrors on the corners of convenience stores. Hahaha. And now I just realized I have a building collection of mirror shots.


Currently thinking about

1. Tax Due. Most people will be receiving tax refund this December but I'm worrying that things will be the opposite for me. I get the computations as per one of our Team Leaders showed us but they all say it'll be a different scenario if you are previously employed this year. To think that…

My Top 5 Girl Crushes!

image from flimsythekitten.blogspot.com
Image from flimsythekitten.blogspot.com
Let this post add fuel to the fire. Hahaha.

First, let me define 'girl crush':
According to CNN, "A girl crush is by no means a physical or sexual attraction. It's part jealousy, part admiration. This is someone you admire from some kind of distance, like a co-worker, classmate, or old friend that you haven't seen or spoken to in years. Girl crushes fulfill certain voids, like your want for a new wardrobe or that auburn hair color that no hair colorist could ever duplicate."

(Read rest of the article here.)

Now that we've got that out of the way, here's my list:

1. Megan Fox

Never mind the squeaky voice and mediocre acting skills. Never mind the boob job, nose job and other jobs she's done to herself. Never mind all the crazy news before that she was actually a man (when you actually type 'Megan Fox is" on Google, the first suggestion is 'Megan Fox is a man'). What she looks like now actually compensates for everything that I've just mentioned.

Megan in her Armani ad

December ♥ v.2

I was looking forward to a very happy December because of all the plans I had to go to different places. But now it sucks because everything seems to be wrong and plans are, one by one, cancelled. [Insert the saddest smiley here]
  • Our wave's plan of having a Christmas party at Puerto Galera will forever be a plan since all the vacation leaves we applied were disapproved. That and my scheduled rest days for the month are Tuesdays and Wednesdays as opposed to Wednesday and Thursday trip. I have this dilemma of trading shifts because after the longest time, I was able to get the 10 pm shift. Goodbye, drinking Tanduay Ice while sitting on the seashore. Goodbye sceneries. Goodbye photos.
  • The trip to Silverbox Cafe in Divisoria was a failure. 
  • I haven't been to Serenitea yet to try the Mango Yakult Tea and Mango Frost.
  • We were not able to pursue the supposed trip to La Mesa Eco Park due to some unavoidable circumstances.

Planners for the end of the world.

(12/31/11- Want to get a FREE Starbucks 2012 Planner? Click here!)

(12/11/11 - Lego Planner/Galison Fun Plan Update: click here)

We all want to be organized/prepared/reminded of the things important to us, which led to a necessity for a thing called a Planner.

Now, honestly, I don't get to consistently use these things throughout the year but it would be nice to find one that can make you actually organize your life everyday for 365 (or 366) days. Haha. If you know someone who could use one, it could be the right gift just before the new year starts!

So this December, let's start the game of searching for the perfect planner!

Here are some I found on the world wide web:

1. Papemelroti Planners (♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥)

Cheap but pretty and functional. 19.75PhP at Papemelroti branches.

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The scariest movies I've seen

Today started out the usual way: got out of bed, few minutes at the bathroom, prepared food and sat in front of the computer. While my brother is snoozing the morning away, I found myself looking at some photo stills of Silent Hill and I began to think about all the movies that scared the shit out of me. I'm not a fan of horror/macabre and all those that include intense blood and gore, I can only tolerate so much. But sometimes, due to my brother's insistence, I challenge myself to sit through a whole movie (as long as he's there to watch with me, hahaha). You see, my brother has this strange fascination with movies like this, except the fact that he's scared to watch Paranormal Activity alone. Hahaha.

Here's my very short and limited list:

1. The Strangers (2008)

If I saw the other poster before, it would have spoiled the whole movie for me. This movie scared me because most of the time, the scenes were so creepy silent. It's like that paranoid feeling you have when it get's too silent, something might jump out somewhere out of the blue. I was always holding my breath for a long time during parts of the movie. I'm a very easy person to scare, so this movie has done it's job pretty well.

Bestfriendship Chronicles

Time indeed flies so fast. Here we are, at the first day of the last month of the year.

Spent the entire morning with the bestfriend, Cy just hanging around and talking about our lives in general.

The morning in a photo:

Man, we're all grown up. Matured, in away. We talk about things we've never talked about before in the history of our life long friendship. Of course, it feels good to be sharing things and having intellectual conversations with your best friend. But on thing is for sure, we're still at that point in our lives where nothing is set in stone and everything is still dependent on other factors in our lives.

Now, the big question.

This has got to be the question most asked by my current colleagues.

I remember the first day of our training day, our trainer asked us how our other colleagues would remember us by, and I answered I was the engineering graduate turned call center agent.

I know most people perceive this as kind of lowering my standard or something to that effect but I honestly think, no. Not at all. TBH, I really didn't know what lead me to quit my chemical engineering ways (maybe I was burnt out, maybe it was not really what I wanted, and other excuses I have) but I knew that it wasn't for me anymore (I wish I was this brave in other aspects of my life). I find myself always looking forward to the weekend, and slowly, this certain feeling of dissatisfaction builds up until I wake up one morning and I've given up on work once again.

Giligan's + Baja Mexican Cantina

I was watching this movie yesterday and giggled when I saw this line. I wanted to make it my new blog header (I tried) but it looked awkward so I ended using it as a post header. Lol. Troy Dyer is like the wittiest fictional person and the biggest jerk at the same time and this movie is the one I can watch everyday for the rest of my life. Haha.


Finally made ends meet and met up with college friends! Hurrah! We made a promise to see each other once a month but we all learned it was quite impossible because of our schedules. (Wow, saying all of that made me feel like an adult!)

Since I am out of words right now, let me just bomb you with photos.

Late Post: John's Birthday

Just some pictures from the celebration.

We had John's pre-birthday celebration at Pasig at Daddy Jojo's house. Daddy Jojo's house is uber cute! He has this Marilyn Monroe poster on his living room and a lot of cutesy, collectible stuff! It totally reminded me of my grandmother's house in Manila.

Other random pictures:

December ♥

Forgive me for being too excited as this is my first time going to the place. I've never really liked going out that much because I'm lazy and all but this trip really got me excited! I can just picture it in my mind. White beach. Drinking session with friends. Never mind the ocean. Haha.

Favorite Things #2

Since I am still waiting for photos to be uploaded from John's birthday celebration yesterday, I came up with a list of some random things that are my absolute favorite and I thank the God above that have become a part of my life. Heehee.

1. SR Thai Cuisine
I did a "review" back then about this little restaurant in the area of Dapitan. After our time spent on that cute transient room we had, we never had the opportunity of eating there again. I didn't know that they were able to read my little feedback and posted it on their Facebook page until now.

Whilst We Wait

Here's another list.

I got this from Helga's blog.

10 REALLY RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME I love mustard. I can always find something interesting to waste time on the internets. I am both organized and disorganized. I like making lists. I have this funny facial expression when I'm extremely nervous. I have never endin…

To Do List: Done!

With my last payout, I was quite satisfied to be able to cross out a lot on my To Do/To Buy list. It's a habit I had to keep track on all the things I need to prioritize come pay days.

I was so happy I was able to get my eyeglasses frames last week though I didn't buy any of those two from my wishlist. So in short, things were bought, bills were paid but the top 3 things I needed to do was still left undone. 

Me and You and Everyone We Know

From what I know, this is the directorial debut of Miranda July. I was curious about the movie and I decided to download it. I liked the movie. I like Christine's persistence and most of the time, strangeness. I liked how each of the characters' stories are related to one another. I liked the story of Ellen and Michael, too. Though, some parts were too strong for me. Overall, I liked it.

More screen caps.

Quirky little place called Subspace

My bestfriend has been raving about this placing she saw on the internet (which I saw once or twice as well through tumblr) called Subspace. So we quickly added it to our (places) bucket list. This coffee shop is located in Ortigas (we live in Cavite, work in Makati) and our schedule limits us from going to places quite far so it took us quite a while before we decided to go there.

We decided a few weeks back that we would go today which almost didn't happen because she didn't almost want to wait for me because I went to our team breakfast.

We were almost complete! (With TL Chris and Che)
We met up, hailed a cab to go to Ortigas. Hello Subspace!

I'm (trying to be) a responsible adult

The one thing people seem to miss is being young. I certainly feel the same way. And the one thing that separates being a child from an adult is responsibility. Most of the time the future's still a blur for me and it scares me. I'm 25 and I feel like I'm just starting my life right now. But I know I'm on the right foot now and I just need to keep things up. But since I'm a late bloomer in all the ways you can imagine, here I am contemplating on things I need to improve on because I AM NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER.

Things Keeping Me Busy

Two entries for today! A lot sure is going on right now.

With this type of work, I rarely go out and when I do it's usually when I file for 2 days leave because I cannot keep up and I end up yawning and yearning for my bed. But I do occasionally go out with friends for a caffeine fix and some last minute shopping. Aside from TL Toni's birthday bash, I met up with former colleagues so I could celebrate my birthday with them and I was supposed to post it as well but my camera's battery died so I had no pictures of the event.

Here's a quick list of the thing's I'm up to right now:

1. The Sims 3
Say hello to my Sims 3 character, Morgan Witter!

I spend so much time playing The Sims 3 recently that I only get 3 hours of sleep most of the time. I'm actually trying to lessen it now as I don't want to get so addicted because I don't want to be sleepy when I go to work. And when I'm sleepy, I fail my QA scores. Hahaha. Bad.