' there's some pain in my ring finger...  it's a little black and blue...  : }

i slipped yesterday, while walking on a rain-soaked road.  i was so thankful i was wearing shorts and not a dress.  i was so thankful i was able to get up not feeling any pain except for this numbness on my ring finger.  i was so thankful i did not at all suffer any scratches.  i was so thankful it happened behind a parked car.  i even found myself chuckling at how someone who just slipped could have so many things to be thankful for, hehe.

what i find really striking, however, is how something that seems to be a really bad fall could leave someone so unhurt.  my karate lessons came to mind.  i think they were teaching us how to fall then i just have forgotten.

well, yup, not all falls should hurt...  you can actually come out unscathed...  hmmm...

you can't see me

i have just crossed the street when a blind man asked me whether it's already ok to cross.  i said yes and told him i'll just accompany him to the other side.  i offered him my arm and as we were crossing he kept on squeezing it.  i was like, ooops, why can't he just hold on to it, why does he have to squeeze?  i looked at his face and it didn't seem like he was taking advantage or anything.  i told myself maybe i'm just too malicious, haha.

anyway, i was thinking usually it's you can look but you can't touch.  in this case, he can touch but he can't look...  ; )

be precise

on the phone...

me:  'go to your Photos...'

friend:  'ok...'

me:  'click the album...'

friend:  'ok...'

me:  'there's Edit Album on top, right?  click that...'

friend:  'ok...'

me:  'go to the picture you want to make a cover...  don't click the picture...'

friend:  'ok...'

me:  'now that's a rectangle, right?  hover on the upper right...'

friend:  'it's not a rectangle, it's a square...'

ooops...  hehe...  surgical precision in order...  ; )

cook not

sister 1: 'i'm cooking corn soup...'

sister 2: 'put carrots...'

sister 1: 'no carrots in corn soup, duh!'

sister 2: 'just to add color!'

me, in my head: 'whatever... i'd just be eating...'

; )


awakened by a voice calling out, 'bakal, bote, plastic...' ( ->  steel, bottles, plastic...)

for some reason, i got up and brought an empty 5-liter mineral water container to my balcony and asked the man below, 'manong, do you buy this?'

he said yes, fifty centavos.

hahaha...  ok.  i told him i'm going to bring down some stuff.

i gathered my empty mineral water bottles and placed them inside this plastic pail that i love but broke when it fell from my sink...  : (

guess what, manong gave me five pesos!  oh!  i had mixed feelings receiving the money.  on one hand, i was so happy seemingly worthless junk like that could cost five pesos.  on the other, my heart sank a bit thinking this pail i love i bought for how many hundred pesos is not even worth five pesos now.  i wanted to tell manong he could have my stuff for free but i was afraid he'd feel insulted.  plus, i go by the saying, 'don't give a man fish, teach him how to fish.'

i kept the money and initially i thought of adding it to what i'm giving at church collection later.  then i told myself maybe i'd just give it as alms to the first beggar i'd meet.  then i turned selfish (yuck!) and thought i'd like to get something memorable for it.  hahaha...  something special for five pesos, i wonder what it could be...


3 5-liter mineral water containers:  P1.50
4 small mineral water containers, 1 broken plastic dipper, 1 broken plastic pail:  P3.50
clearing my sink:  priceless

; )

off the hook

i wasn't sure whether i should turn right or go straight when suddenly the light turned red.  i had to stop in an awkward position.

a traffic enforcer walked over and asked for my license.  he said he was going to issue me a ticket for obstructing traffic.

i gave him my license then i started apologizing and begging and pleading over and over and over again.  the officer would not budge.  he said he has to issue me a ticket.  he showed me the licenses he has confiscated and told me it would be unfair if he let me off the hook.

apologize, apologize, apologize.  plead, plead, plead.  beg, beg, beg.  no avail.  the officer was firm.

aw!  so be it.  i just resigned myself to getting a ticket.

guess what, when i stopped pleading that's when the officer gave me back my license!  as in, he didn't issue me a ticket and just told me to be careful next time.

whoa!  what on earth was that?!

whatever, i am thankful...  whew!

easier said than done

rupert sanders and kristen stewart have both issued public apologies.

not just about them in particular but generally speaking,

     you acknowledge wrongdoing.

     you're sorry for it.

     the next step is to make things right.

not smart

me:  '...  i only saw chicken...'

guy:  'that's not chicken, those are pigeons!'

ooops...  wahaha...  sorry, globe...  ; )

memory fail

raiding my sister's chocs...  (ooops...)

me to my niece:  'what do you want, M&M's, snickers, hershey's almond?'

niece:  'any, tita...'

me:  'you choose...'

niece:  'you be the one to choose, tita...'

me:  'ok...  pick...  you win, we eat the M&M's...  i win, it's snickers...  if we're the same, hershey's almond...'

niece:  'up to three, tita...'

me:  'just one...  if three, how do we get the same?'

niece:  'oh, ok...'

rock, paper, scissors:  niece, scissors...  me, rock...

niece:  'you win!'

me:  'yey!  hmmm... so what are we going to have?'

niece:  'your choice...'

me:  'yup, what was it?'

niece:  'i don't know...'

me:  'i can't remember...'

wahaha...  senile...  : }

i love this shirt!

i receive a call from my sister telling me to walk over to my parents' place...  i initially decline because of what i'm wearing...  she, however, prevailed...

i didn't change clothes anymore and, as expected, i enter the door and my mom frowns  ->  i'm wearing a torn shirt with a BIG hole on the shoulder, wahaha...

hear ye! ; p

on the phone...

<blah, blah, blah, blah, blah>

suddenly, the line gets choppy and the caller goes:  'you're chubby...  chubby...'

me:  'hahaha...  i'm skinny!'

we change positions to get a clear signal...

<blah, blah, blah, blah, blah>

after a while, caller again goes, 'you're chubby...  chubby...'

me:  'hahaha...  i am skinny!!!'

clear signal again...

<blah, blah, blah, blah, blah>

choppy again...

caller:  'you're chubby...  chubby...'

me:  'i told you i am skinny!!!'

caller:  'you're skinny?'

me:  'uhm...  actually i'm sexy...'

nyahahahaha...  toinks!!!

healthy options

had to cancel an al fresco lunch today because of the heavy rains...  oh, ferdie*...  i've been looking forward to that crispy pata!!!  : (

oh, well...  curling up in bed on a cold rainy day instead...  healthier alternative...  ; )

= = = = =

* tropical depression


my friend gave me guava soap and tomato soap...  if i use it i'll smell fruity (tutti frutti, hehe)...  and if i use both in one shower then maybe i'd be fruit salad-y...  ; )

wrong number

phone call...

caller:  'hello...  nognog please...'

me:  'ooops, sorry...  wrong number...'

lady calls again...

caller:  'hello...  is nognog there?'

me:  'aw, sorry...  please check your number...  there's no nognog here...'

caller:  'raymond's companion...'

me:  'sorry, there's no nognog and there's no raymond here...  wrong number...'

caller:  'this is the number we were given...'

me:  'hmmm...  maybe you pressed a wrong key...'

lady calls again...

me:  'sorry, we don't know any nognog...  wrong number...'

caller:  'this is the number we've been calling...'

me:  'kindly check...  there's no one by that name here...'

caller:  'how 'bout saysay?'

me:  'there's no saysay, no nognog, no raymond here...  sorry, wrong number...'

caller:  'where are you from?'

me:  'you, from where are you?'

caller:  'masbate...'

me:  'oh, this is manila...  if you keep on calling you'll be wasting money...  you're incurring long-distance charges...  check your num--'

lady didn't wait for me to finish my sentence...  she put down the phone and did not call again...  ; )


mom going out...

me:  'don't forget your camera...'

mom:  'i have it...'

me:  'ok...  bye...  take care...'

a few minutes later i receive a text message from her telling me she forgot her batteries ...  : }


next time make it, 'check your camera and your batteries...'  ; )

cat and mouse

friend: 'which is nicer, hello kitty or mickey mouse?'

me: 'up to you, what you want...'

friend: 'if it's you?'

me: 'well, if it's me, of course, i'd choose hello kitty over a mouse... i don't like mice...'

friend: 'haha... you're right... i'll go for hello kitty...'


a better day

woke up to this text message this morning... sharing... : )

There's a reason why WINDSHIELDS are bigger than REARVIEW MIRRORS.

It's because the view AHEAD is more important than the view BEHIND.

And as far as our roadtrip in life is concerned, the PROMISE of the future is always better than the PAIN of the past.

Have a stress-free and fruitful week. GOD bless you!


on a jeepney going to the airport in tacloban yesterday...

me:  'manong, how much is the fare to the airport?'

driver:  '<inaudible> eight <inaudible>...'

me:  'ooops...  sorry, i didn't get it...  how much again, manong?'

driver:  '<inaudible> eight <inaudible>...'

me:  'aw, sorry...  what was that again?'

co-passenger:  'he said it could be eight, it could be twenty...'

me:  'oh...  when is it eight and when is it twenty?'

co-passenger:  'he's just kidding you...  it's just eight pesos...  but it could also be free, right, manong?'

ei...  that one i like...  ; )

note:  but i did pay, ok...  : )

changing course

woke up to this text message this morning...  sharing:

"nobody can go back and start a new beginning
but anyone can start today and make a new ending"

happy endings everyone...  or better yet, may the happiness never end...  : )


on the phone...

friend:  'when do we go, saturday or sunday?'

me:  'ooops...  is that this weekend already?'

friend:  'we'll still schedule...  what do you want, saturday or sunday?'

me:  'i prefer sunday, so 'twill be after mass...'

friend:  'so many people on sundays, family day...'

me:  'wahehe...  you were asking me and then you don't like my choice...'

friend:  'might be crowded on sundays...'

me:  'why did you still ask me?  turns out i don't have a choice...'

friend just chuckles...

me:  'ok...  make it a saturday then...'

friend:  'ok...  let's set it for <date>...'

me:  'ok...'

guess what, i check the calendar and find that said date falls on a friday...  oh, well, so much for sane conversations...  ; )

it's not me, it's him ; )

on the phone...

friend:  'what are the choices?'

me:  '1 Whole Crispy Pata + 15pcs Lumpiang Shanghai + Kilawin Puso ng Saging


Bulalo Soup + Sizzling Boneless Bangus + 3 pcs BBQ + Chicharon Bulaklak


Kare Kare + Inihaw na Pla-Pla + Crispy Sisig + Ensaladang Mangga'

friend:  'which do you want, crispy pata, kare kare...'

me, cutting her off:  'don't ask me, you choose...'

friend:  'oh...  i'm asking my husband...  he's beside me...'

ooops...  wahaha...  sorry, conceited...  ; p


friend:  'so you know how to wash dishes...'

me:  'of course!  it's the only housework i like, actually...'

friend:  'why?'

me:  'it involves water...  i don't like those that involve dust...  cleaning, vacuuming, i don't like those...'

friend:  'i'll give you a grade of 100...'

me:  'for?'

friend:  'for dishwashing...  you really wash so well...'

me:  'oh...  so you were observing me?'

friend:  'yes...  you really cleaned the glasses, as in all over...'

me:  'hahaha...  i wonder what grade my dad would get...  if you see a fork with food residue, you can be sure he was the one who washed it...'

peace, vats...  ; )  


friend:  'you know anyone who wants to get married?'

me:  'me!'
ahahaha...  ; p

friend:  'we have a mass wedding, free...'

me:  'will you provide the groom?'

wahaha...  toinks!!!

limited access

i was telling a friend to tighten his facebook privacy settings.

he asks me to tighten them for him.

me:  'i've tightened those settings before...  why on earth did you loosen?'

friend:  'i did not...  it was you...'

me:  'huh?!  definitely not i...  if ever i'd modify i'll restrict but i won't loosen...  i've set them to 'Friends' only before...  then suddenly you changed to 'Friends of Friends,' public even...'

guy insists he wasn't the one who modified...

hmmm...  not i, not him...  i don't think it's facebook (my own account settings are intact)...  so there's a third person accessing that account?

uh-oh...  i might have to put you on my Restricted list, guy...  it's ok  ->  around 300 of my facebook 'friends' are in that list...  : }

secure those pics

my mom is using my laptop and i'm using hers...  mine was already downstairs when she wanted to go online so my niece, instead of getting hers upstairs, told her to just use mine...

uhm...  i feel kinda uneasy with the switch...  : }

don't click around too much, mom, ok...  ; p

better forgotten

niece:  'tita, how do you type ñ?'

me:  'ooops...  i never remember so i just google las piñas and get the ñ...'
(wahaha...  pathetic!)

niece googles the alt equivalent instead:  'it's alt 241, tita...'

uhm...  given my track record, i'm going to forget that again...

some things i just have difficulty retaining, like which is evap and which is condensed milk.  no matter how many times it is repeated to me, no matter what mnemonic i use, i keep on forgetting...  : }

hmmm...  if only it's the same with some people...  ; p

savor the moment

i call my mom...

me:  'blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...'

mom:  'blah, blah...  blah, blah...  blah, blah...'

me:  'blah, blah, blah...  blah, blah, blah...  blah, blah, blah...'

mom:  'blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...'

me:  'blah, blah, blah...  blah, blah, blah...'

mom:  'blah, blah...'

me:  'it's at the back...  just check...'

mom:  'i can't...  i'm not home...  we're out having a massage...'

me:  'oh...  you should have told me right away...  this can wait...'

uhm, some calls are not that urgent, mom...  cut them off...  ; )

pay it forward

a friend was telling me someone is inviting us out as a gesture of appreciation for something that i did.  awww...  sweet...  : )

i appreciate the thought but i meant it really when i said they don't have to repay me or anything...  as stated in my reply to their earlier message:

"doing good is its own reward... just pay it forward..."

spread the goodness, guys...  more blessings...  : )))