quite the opposite

balikbayan cousin:  '<sister-in-law> was saying the buffet at <place> is well-known...  we should have eaten there...'

me:  'i was telling you that's where we should eat but you didn't like!'

cousin:  'because you told me it was healthy!  of course, i didn't like it anymore...'

me:  'nyeh!  that's supposed to be a bad thing?!'

: }


at the spa's hot herbal pool (40°C)...

cousin:  'don't go there...  it's too hot...  you won't have children anymore...'

me:  'haha...  at my age, i don't anymore intend to have children!'

cousin:  'but you still have eggs...  go there, you won't get pregnant anymore...'

me:  'that's not true...  anyway, i don't want to get pregnant anymore...'

should have been then...  not now...

i love myself

sister and i have me-myself-and-i-pics in facebook and i'm-not-in-there-pics in instagram...

sister:  'i like the facebook likes...'

me:  'instagram likes are better...  they don't know you and yet they liked your pic...'

sister, pointing to her face:  'but it's not me...'

: }

just my style

photography supplies store personnel advises me to disable my live view as it consumes a lot of power.

me:  'it's ok...  i have spare batts...'

another asks:  'you always use live view, ma'am?'

me:  'yes...'

he says 'twill easily drain my batteries.

me:  'that's precisely why i bring a spare...'

he points to my viewfinder and tells me it will go to waste if i don't use it.

me, pointing to my LCD:  'i prefer this...  it's bigger...'

the lady personnel who advised me to disable live view goes:  'you need that only for concerts, ma'am...  when you shoot like this...'  (she raises her arms.)

me:  'that's how i shoot...  arms up high...'

store personnel:  'oh...  you shoot concerts, ma'am?'

me:  'hehe...  no...  just our family...'


intense not

sister eating something i didn't really like...

me:  'you like it?'

sister:  'yes...'

me:  'oh...  you like it?!'

sister:  'i just like it...  i don't like it very much...'

; )


me:  'you want me to change your profile pic [in facebook]?'

friend:  'what profile pic do i have there?'

me:  '<blah-blah-blah>...'

friend:  'you don't like it anymore?'

me:  'not really...'

friend:  'what replacement do you intend to put?'

me:  'i'll check...  definitely your pic...  why on earth would i put a pic of mine there?'

friend:  'i thought that's what you were going to do...'

me:  'my notifications will go crazy if i did that...  aw, no...  my friends won't see it...  yours will...  'twill be your notifications that will go crazy if i put my pic there...'

; p


my phone rings...

me:  'i'm in the shower...  i'm wet!'

guy chuckles:  'so wet?'

me:  'wet and naked...'

bye!  \m/


rainy holiday morning (ninoy aquino day)...  reminiscences over brunch...  my dad tells me he used to earn P210 pesos as a lieutenant in 1956  ->  and that was already considered relatively high in those days...


my phone rings...

me:  'what time is it?'

caller:  '7:15...'

me:  'so early...'

caller:  'is it raining there?'

me:  'yes...  where are you?'

caller:  'in your heart...'


skip it

supposed to attend a party tomorrow...

me:  'ei, there's already suspension of classes up to college tomorrow...  in makati, in manila, they've suspended...'

friend:  'good...  we won't encounter traffic...'

me:  'huh?!  they've suspended because of the storm, you still intend to party?!'



enlisted my sister's car to help haul off the stuff my friend bought last night (yup, two-cars-full!)...  i surrendered our parking tickets in advance so we both could drive straight out...

my sister tells me, 'when i went out, i told parking, 'i'm the one with the other car...'  the guy replied, 'oh, yes...  you look alike...''

awww!!!  ewwww!!!  joke!!!  peace...  ; )


making reservations at a restaurant in robinson's galleria...

me:  '<blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah>'

restaurant staff:  '<blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah>'

me:  'okay...  thank you...  what's your name?'

restaurant staff:  'moa, ma'am...'

me:  'moa...  M, O, A?'

restaurant staff:  'yes, ma'am...'

me:  'how come you're working at galleria?'

should be at Mall of Asia...  ; )

we can have it all

on the phone with a friend re sale at galleria and sm...  she needs (uhm, 'wants') to buy something...  i was making her choose where she wants to go...  guess what, we're going to both...  \m/

meant to be

someone was going to give me leche flan (a MAJOR fave) on condition that i pick it up...  twice i was supposed to...  twice i was unable to...  guess what, the giver had it delivered to my place!  whoa!  i was thinking i was going to forfeit it already...  :'(

that's how it usually is, right?  you don't claim your prize, you forfeit it...  this one is not even a prize...  i did not join any contest...  i did not do anything special...  all i did was mention in facebook that i like leche flan...  lo and behold, someone was gonna give me leche flan!!!  : D

this morning i was awakened by a text message asking about my house number...  i though it was missent so i went back to sleep...  well, later my phone rang...  the leche flan was on its way!  the one who was going to deliver it was already in our street...  whaaattt???!!!  rush out of the house in the big shirt i slept in i did and looked for the courier...  nada...  : }

i walked to the corner...  uhm, a busy road where all sorts of vehicles, private and public, pass...  i looked around and glanced about and expectantly checked out passers-by...  well, they also checked me out...  biiigggg, loose man's shirt (given by someone that i used to love <3<3<3), just-tumbled-out-of-bed-hair, arms across my chest as, uhm, i wasn't really dressed for wandering out of the house...  : }

' turns out the courier got lost...  she was trying to find me on the opposite street...  i was standing in the corner and someone crossed and looked at me and asked whether i know any 'cynthia'...  ei, 'tis i!

she said an acquaintance of hers was looking for me and she's on the opposite street...

uh-oh...  i can't go that far as i'm still in my sleepwear...

guess what, the kind soul spotted the courier from quite afar, waved and waved and even crossed the street again to meet her...  the two then approached me and i was finally handed the leche flan...  i was sooo happy...  i was sooo thankful...  : )

the childhood reminder 'don't accept candy from strangers' actually crossed my mind...  but i was thinking, i got a message...  i received a call...  i heard the voice of someone i know...  i'm not really accepting 'candy' with reckless abandon...  (hahaha...  the justifications you make for something you like...)

anyway, the leche flan was really good...  for a while there i was worried the giver might have used jackfruit...  i don't like jackfruit...  : }

well, she did not!  : D

i've had countless leche flans and her version was definitely to my liking...  on top of that, it was free and home-delivered!  such a blessing...  : )

i was thinking, it was originally being given to me on a certain condition, i.e., i pick it up...  i wasn't able to fulfill the condition yet the sweet still ended up with me...  i thought i had lost it, still i got it...  hmmm...  'if it's meant to be, it's gonna be...'

no matter what, no matter where, if it's for you, 'twill get to you...  most sweetly applicable to love...  <3<3

as far as it goes

about to take a stroll at harbour square where there are a lot of stalls selling all sorts of stuff...

cousin 1, referring to my 2-year-old niece:  'does she ask you to buy when she sees something?'

cousin 2:  'no...  she just says 'wow' and that's it...'

ei, nice...  : )

uhm...  dunno how ' am wired but married men came to mind...  if only they could adopt the same attitude...  ; )

sorry, we're closed

my mom and my aunts were looking for a restaurant that served "all the different filipino breakfasts."  a cousin googled it and gave them agahan at san antonio village in makati.  so this morning, off they went to the place.  well, they were told it's been closed for quite a while now...  : }

similarly, just last week, i was going to pick up my best friend and she told me to just park at KFC.

ok.  drive, drive, drive.  ooops...  this is already too far...  how come i didn't see any KFC?

i call my friend:  'what KFC are you referring to, the one at shopwise?'

friend:  'no...  the one across ali mall...'

that was what i had in mind.  i drove back to where i was and again tried to find the place.  nowhere...  : }

again i called my friend:  'you sure there's still a KFC across ali mall?'

friend:  'yes...'

me:  'i saw construction sites...  you sure it hasn't closed?'

friend:  'no...'

me:  'did you see it?'

friend:  'yes...'

me:  'when was the last time you saw it?'

friend:  'just recently...'

me:  'how recent?'

friend:  'last week?  i saw it just recently...'

ok...  again i drove back and again i couldn't find it...  : }

i called my friend and told her i'm just going to park at shopwise  ->  3 hours free parking when you purchase stuff worth at least P300...  : )

so park there i did and just walked over to the department store where my friend was.

me:  'i couldn't find KFC!!!'

friend:  'yeah...  it's already closed...'

now you're telling me...  pfft!

it's all about timing

my phone rang...

caller:  'busy?'

me:  'not really...  but i'm out...'

caller:  'where are you?'

me:  'i'm at the mall...'

caller:  'and who's your date there?'

me:  'haha...  my mom, my aunts, my cousins...  my aunts, the ones you met the other night...'

hah!  what an easy question to answer...  ; p

sing alone

saw a performance of bohemian rhapsody on tv...

me:  'you really still can't beat the original...'

friend:  'of course!  that's queen...  it's one of my favorites...'

me:  'i like 'losing my religion'...'

friend:  'that's not queen...'

me:  'yup...  it's R.E.M....  how do you pronounce it, REM (one syllable) or R.E.M. (three syllables)?'

friend:  'R.E.M...'

me:  '♩ ♪  that's me in the corner...  ♫ ♬'

friend sings along and we do a duet...

'♩ ♪  that's me in the spotlight
losing my religion  ♫ ♬'

me:  'aw!  sounds awful...  we don't make beautiful music together...'

: }

1 + 1

i call a friend...

me:  'where are you now?'

friend:  'at <home>...'

me:  'good...  is it ok if you don't come over today?'

friend:  'why?'

me:  'this will make you laugh, hehe...'

friend:  'hehe...  i'm already laughing now...'

me:  'hehe...'

friend:  'so why?'

me:  'uhm, i was throwing up yesterday and then you're going to show up today, my mom might think there's something...'

; p

the price of a prize

i won a 25% discount at zalora...  : D

there was a flyer in my credit card statement...  you enter this code online and you get an insta-prize...  : )

actually, i wasn't thinking of buying anything there but since i have a 25% discount to be redeemed before september 15, i'm now checking out items at the site...

not really sure whether this is a prize or a price...  ; )

sounds good

mom:  'what time did you get home last night?'

me:  'past 12...'

uhm...  actually 'twas almost 1 a.m.  (hey, that is past 12!)...  but then 'past 12' sounds more like a good girl than 'almost 1' so i went for the former...  ; )

out of my league

leaving the SM parking lot last night, i saw a sign saying you get free parking when you have a single-receipt purchase worth P1,000.  freebie-sucker me suddenly got excited...  : D

with the widest of smiles, i handed the parking cashier my ticket and receipt saying:  'miss, free parking...'

the cashier examines my receipt...

i happily go:  'that's four thousand...'

cashier:  'you're a prestige member, ma'am?'

me:  'no...'

cashier:  'free parking is only for prestige members...'

ooops...  pay up, pay up...  : }