Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Bad news
I was watching TV Patrol earlier and sad to say, the same stories, those news that would make me want to stay at abroad longer.

1. The price of one LPG gas tank would go up as high as 500 pesos.
- As of now, I think the price for a tank is 400pesos. And because of the increase in the rate of the importation of oil, there’s no question that the price of LPG gas would also increase.

2. The price of one pandesal now is 2pesos each.
- Pandesal is one of my favourites. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think before, the price of one pandesal is only 50cents. And it went up to 1peso and now 2pesos! And the size, take note of the size. Sa pagkakakita ko sa TV kanina, the size of the one peso pandesal is only the size of a golf ball and the size of a 2peso- pandesal is about the size of a dalanghita. And they’re thinking of removing the 1peso pandesal in the market kasi wala na daw nakukuhang sustansya dito.

3. Crimes
- Sa araw-araw na lang ng panonood ko ng news, anjan yung mga crimes. Especially, snatching, robbery, and holdapping. Nakakatakot ng mamamalagi lalo na sa Manila.

4. Fares of taxi, jeepney and FX
- It was told earlier na maglalagay na ng metro sa FX at hindi na per head ang rate. I was thinking, pano nilala marerate yung fare, kung madaming nakasakay sa kanila tapos iba’t-iba ang destinations? Pano hahatiin yun? E di parang nagtaxi ka na rin… With the same rate and meter. That’s why a lot of people are not in favour of this. But the jeepney business is happy to hear that kasi mababalik na naman sa kanila ang passengers dahil sa mas mura ang rate nila..

Kaya nasabi na lang ng mother ko kanina, “Dito na lang tayo, wag na tayong umuwi.”

I'm speaking as a young Filipino girl working abroad.

Is there any hope for Philippines to rise up again to its feet? Or will it continue to sink, driving the hearts of the people away from its own native land…

Monday, September 27, 2004
If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn't want You, nothing can make him stay. Stop making excuses for a man and his behavior. If you have ANY doubt in your mind about a man's character, leave him alone. Allow your intuition (or spirit) to save you from heartache.
Stop trying to change yourself for a relationship that's not meant to be. Don't force an attraction. Slower is better. Never live your life for a man before you find what makes you truly happy.
If a relationship ends because the man was not treating you
as you deserve then heck no you can't "be friends."
A friend wouldn’t mistreat a friend.
Have faith in God regarding your relationship, but don't let faith make you stupid.
God does things decent and in order. If you feel like he is stringing you along, then he probably is.
If he keeps changing his mind about the relationship--take that as a BIG sign that he is unstable. Don't stay because you think "it will get better."
You'll be mad at yourself a year later for staying when things are not better.
Honorable men take care of their business
and aren't involved in a whole lot of mess.
The only person you can control in a relationship is you.
You really do have to kiss a few frogs before finding the prince.
Always put yourself and your happiness first.
Always have your own set of friends separate from his. Maintain boundaries in how a guy treats you.
If something bothers you, speak up.
Be honest and upfront. Know when to cut the cord, don't be strung along. Don't fall for the "I'm confused role".
Remove yourself from the situation to let him figure things out (but don't wait for him, move on).
If you want to have a clue as to how he will treat you, watch how he treats the WOMEN in his family (not just mom). There's more than physical abuse, there's emotional and mental abuse. If he causes any of them...flee.
You cannot change a man's behaviors. Change comes from within.
Don't let him place rules on you that he is not willing to follow himself -- double-standard.
Do not make him into a quasi-god.
He is a man, nothing more nothing less. Demand respect and if he can't give it, he can't have you! Don't compete with other woman, but be aware that men are attracted to what they see.
If you think he is cheating, he probably is.
Confront him right away and if you feel he's lying, let him go. Never let a man define who you are. Never rely on a man for compliments, look to yourself for that. Never borrow someone else's man. If he cheated with you, he'll cheat on you. Just because he says he loves you, doesn't mean that he won't hurt you and it doesn't mean that you are meant to be with him. To use painful hard-won wisdom -- 'get it right' the next time. Know that you deserve to be the number one person in the life of the #1person in your life. Love is a verb ...
Learn to give up your lifelong task of trying to make someone unavailable-available, someone ungiving-giving, and someone unloving-loving. A man will only treat you the way you ALLOW him to treat you. All men are NOT dogs. You should not be the one doing all the bending...compromise is a two way street. If you don't love can't love anyone else. You cannot mend someone else's broken heart. You need time to heal between relationships...there is nothing Cute about with your issues before pursuing a new relationship. You should never look for someone to COMPLETE you...a relationship consists of two WHOLE individuals...look for someone complementary...not supplementary.
Never become your man's "therapist".
When actions and words conflict, believe the actions. Respond to the actions. A real healthy relationship requires two people. One person can end it - but it takes two to make it work. Don't fall for the "I'm not the loving type"...when a man loves you there is nothing in this world (within reason) that he wouldn't do for you.
Don't fully commit to a man who doesn't give you everything that You deserve.

What’s your stand on these things?

Friday, September 24, 2004
Alright guys, here are some updates. :o)

Got a bad cold – again. It started last Saturday and up to now, I still have it. I don’t why it won’t go. Tawag na nga sakin sa office ng mga drivers e “leakage” coz my nose is always leaking. Nyorks! Hehehe… I hate this, there’s no taste on foods, I can’t breathe properly and my nose is running. Garsh! Hope na i-let go na ako ng sipon na to. It stayed in me for quiet some time now and I think it’s time for it to go.

I still got the pop-ups! Can’t remove the parasites on my computer! Aaarrrrggghhhh!!! But I removed the automated links.

Work was so boring. Basta bored ako. Kainis.

This is good news. The weather here in Doha is getting cooler already… The water’s getting lukewarm na unlike nung kainitan ng summer, it’s as if the water from the faucet has been boiled. I can use my shower na! yahoo! Yoko na magtabo e… hirap… hehehe…

Okay, for the fourth time, my pet Chicky gave birth to 5 kittens. Monday morning, gulat na lang kami kasi liit na ng tiyan nya, meaning she gave birth na! But the babies were not in the box that we made for them. Tuesday morning, my tita found the kittens under one of the staircase in the house, and placed them on the box. Sadly, my dad had to throw the 3 black ones kasi ang dami ng pusa dito sa bahay! Check out the pics!

One friend of ours who is working in a car showroom in the same building where we work invited us to take a peek on the launching of their latest car. So we went, expecting for the foods, but unfortunately, the foods were not served yet. So, we turned our attention to the cars! And managed to take some pics. (we love pictures!)

Ok. This is wala lang. hehehe… I took this pic kanina lang during our music practice. In the middle is Ate Elvie, on the right is my bestfriend Jeh, and on the left is the blogista. ;o)

While checking out the sale at a home decor store, my mom saw pretty things na pandisplay sa bahay. We checked out the tag to see how much and to our surprise, it says in the tag na it’s made in the Philippines! Magagaling talaga gumawa ang mga pinoy, hanggang disyerto naaabot nito ang magaganda nyang mga likha.

I found a design i would like na mangyari sa room ko. i love pink and purple, so there! I feel like a princess here!

‘twas my Dad’s bday last Wednesday. My Tay just cooked palabok. Yummy! Syempre, dami ko na naman nakain. Got him a cake, he got two cakes by the way. One from us and one from a friend of the family. Got him an ice cream, he got three ice cream flavors! So you can picture our fridge full of ice cream and cakes. Harharhar! And today, I treated him at Bennigans. Of course, naubos ko naman ang 12oz na steak! Waaaahhh!! It was fun…

Monday, September 20, 2004
Syempre, feel ko magtagalog ngayon.

Last week, nagulat na lang ako sa nangyayari sa computer ako. Laging may nagpopop-up na mga ad, lalo na yung 180 search assistant na yun at kung ano-ano pa. At nakikita ko sa mga webpages ko na kusang nagkakaron ng mga links dun sa mga words by Eto pa, dun sa blogger template ko, dun sa code ko for my background music, may lumalabas na code by searchmiracle na hindi ko naman nilagay, automatic syang napupunta dun. And, laging naghahang ang computer at web browser ko na dati namang hindi. Kaya, nagtataka talaga ako. Then I remember one article I read sa Gulf Times (it pays off to read) about mga spyware at mga adware na kusang pumapasok sa computer mo without your consent. So I did more research about these and this is what I found out:

Spyware: ito’y mga programs na automatic na nailalagay sa computer mo gathering your personal information.
Adware: from advertising, these are programs downloaded free from the web that will send marketing information online.

At yan ang reasons kung bakit nagloloko computer ko. At syempre, habang nagreresearch ako, may pumasok na naman sa search engine na naglalagay ng links sa mga words sa webpage. (bwiset!)

Manually ko tuloy inaalis ang mga ito dahil hindi ako pwede magdownload ng mga spy removal software dito kasi hindi daw ako administrator ng computer. So manually ko tinatanggal sa run through regedit. Natanggal ko na yung 180 assistant at search miracle, isa na lang hahanapin ko. Wish ko lang mahanap ko na sya at masakit ang nakatitig sa computer. Buti na lang may filter yung screen (thanks te malaine!)

Kaya kayo dyan, wag kayong download ng download ng kung ano-ano at tiyak ang dami nyo na ring adware, spyware at mga keyloggers jan sa computer system ninyo.

Here are some signs na may worms ang computer ninyo
1. Popup windows
2. Frequent computer crashes
3. Strange hard drive/modem behavior
4. Unusually slow computer and/or Internet connection
5. Stolen credit card numbers, identity theft, or phone charges to 1-900 numbers
buti naman at hindi pa nangyayari sakin yung number 5. at wag naman sana. Pero yung first four, manifested na talaga.
Reminder lang po ito based from my experience sa computer at internet.

Saturday, September 18, 2004
ABS-CBN has premiered a new program last night, called Y Speak. It’s a show that caters to the youth, to let their voices be heard and their opinions be recognized. It’s hosted by two good people, Ryan Agoncillo and Karen Davila. Their topic last night was “Ma, mag-aaral na ako. Ma, mag-aartista na ako.” Good topic I think. (Didn’t you notice that most of my topics are somewhat inspired by shows I see in television? You’ll be reading more of it, so get used to it. Hehehe.)

Education. Should it be stopped or be continued during your career in show business?

The pro side said that education should be continued even if you have a career in showbiz coz it will give you a fallback. Show business is not permanent. You may be famous today and be forgotten tomorrow. Another good point is that they said that they should be good models, being in that powerful position in the media that can easily influence the lives of the youth, good models that they are educated. That even though they are in that business, they are educated and are holding a diploma.

The con side said that they have to stop schooling because of some instances in their lives. Like they desperately needed money, they are the breadwinner of their family, so they have to stop attending school. Another one said that he’s just focusing on his career right now, but she will still go back to finish his course in college.

As for my side, I agree with what Karen Davila said at the end of the show. Education should not be a choice, but a must. It’s the only thing that can keep us going in our lives. And I know this is redundant, but education is the only wealth we can treasure that no one could ever give.

As the saying goes, you give man a fish, and he will eat for today. But teach a man how to fish and he will be eating fish for the rest of his life.

What’s your point?

Striking quotes that were thrown last night.

** A student from the audience questioned Arnel Ignacio about being a good role model in the youth despite of him being gay. Arnel’s feedback: “You know why my daughter understands this? Because she is educated.”
** Mystica was telling last night that she had to tell his son to stop attending school. Hero’s response: “Kung ako ang anak nyo, magagalit ako sa inyo” That made Mystica cry.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004
“Home alone again. Can’t wait till my mom and dad comes home.”

I’ve been a latchkey kid since I was ten, since I got here in Qatar. My parents are out the whole day for hard work. I was in-charge of the house and my little brother when my parents are out especially in the evening coz during the morning, we’re in the school. I would cook our dinner, which only consisted of canned and instant goods. Television was our companion for the whole night. This continued until I was 15 until I left for college, thus, leaving my brother alone by himself.

It’s not just me who had experience this and are continually experiencing being left alone while their parents work. A lot of kids around the world are into this situation.

 Two kids were left alone while their single mother works. But when their mother came home, she found police cars and fire trucks on her backyard, and found out that one of her kid died. Her older child had tried to cook dinner for him and his little brother, but the result, fire broke out. The older one managed to escape, but the younger one was failed to be saved.
 While left alone, two teenagers were attacked by a burglar. Luckily, they managed to be still and called 911. The next day, they were still left alone by their parents.

In connection, how young is too young to talk to your kids about sex? When parents are more consumed at their work, communications with their children are lessening. Television has now become their source of information regarding sexuality. And I heard that as young as 11, children are already engaged in oral sex. And they think that it’s casual, just like a kiss. Just like a kiss??!! Can u imagine? And they do that in the back of their school bus, in wherever they would like do that. And they reason out that oral sex is not sex. Think about that. Kids with that kind of reason need proper communication. And where else they will get it? Of course, from their parents. But their parents are out, so what to do?

These are serious problems our families are facing right now. We should do something about it. I may sound campaigning, but I am.

But thanks be to God, those things didn’t happen when I was a latchkey kid myself.

But think about other kids, yeah?

Monday, September 13, 2004
I don’t know why, but I had a good sleep last night. Even though it was only 5hours, I felt like I had enough. And while riding in the car for work, good music was playing on the radio. But unfortunately, there was too much traffic.

Anyway, I love what my tatay did this morning. Right after I got out of the shower, I asked him if he could prepare a sandwich baon for me (specifically bacon and cheese, hehehe.) But when its time to go na, I asked him where is my baon, and he told me he forgot daw and he don’t know what he will prepare. I reminded him na I told him that I would like bacon for baon. So he was getting out of the car na, and I said na it’s already 7:00 am and we will be late coz of the traffic. And he just said, “Hindi, kawawa ka naman e.” And he got out of the car to prepare a baon for me.

Isn’t that just sweet and so kind of my tay? Hehehe… I know I can be bratty sometimes but my dad has been patient with me, with that kind of attitude. He’s funny and comical but at the same time he won’t let my bad behaviours go on. He’s so full of gentleness, patience and self control. I don’t know, I guess he’s just living the fruit of the Spirit and the Word of God in his life. So no wonder, I’m looking for a man who has at least the same ugali of my father.

So Tay, I salute you! You are one of a kind dad! :o)

That was a wonderful morning start for me.

Thursday, September 09, 2004
on love
“Love shows up in all forms, even very small and cheeky forms, it has never been a model, it could be the most dull and boring form.. . Flowers, and romantic moments are only used and appear on the surface of the relationship. Under all this, the pillar of true love stands... and that's our life... Love, not words win arguments... “ **

Love doesn’t just show in you giving flowers, chocolates, gifts and whatever material things there are to your partner. There’s never really a pattern or like a permanent recipe on how to show your affection. With just simple actions and moments, you can. Like being patient with her/his annoying attitude or giving your utmost care and concern when he/she is not feeling ok. Sometimes, he or she being a nagger, nagging you about your faults and mistakes is one way he’s/she’s showing his/her concern for you. Giving you the best asikaso in all the chores sa bahay coz he/she knows that your body is weak and can’t move around that much. (Like my dad – he’s the best dad and husband to my mom :o]).

The true test of love can be seen when you are in your weakness and in your down side of life. Just remember that physical things whither. Don’t judge his/her being insensitive or the lack of giving you your desired romantic moment. Look at the simplest and the smallest things he/she is doing for both of you and you’ll be surprised on what you will get. ;O)

Hmmm…makes sense, right?

**I got that quote from an email; I might as well share it to you. **


Last monday, we attended a my inaanak's first birthday at Rydges Plaza Hotel. The party was alright. The great thing about it is seeing my co-workers again. If you don't know, i've worked there before. They only said one thing about me. "Tumaba ka ata ah." What else? I just laughed that out. hahaha! Coz it's true, what can i do? (hey, that ryhmes!). Food was wonderful.

We gave lovebirds as a gift, hope they liked it. Aren't they nice?


We had our first exchanges of gifts today. We have a small box in the accounting office where we will place our regalos to our babies. And guess what i've got for this month? At first, I didn't know what it is, but when I opened the gift wrap, great! My mom finds it cute.

Can u guess what it is? harharhar... ;o)

Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Whew! I’m back at my place again. Back to my wonderful pc! This means I can now edit my postings and template correctly. :o)

Hmmm…so far, for the past two weeks I sat inside the Administration, I was busy, but not that quiet. Did some few bookings for our vendors, assignees, visitors and employees, updated all the business visa extensions, validity of resident permits and driving licenses. It was fun, but it can be annoying. Especially, kapag sabay-sabay na yang mga yan, sobrang kalat at gulo ng table mo. That’s why I kept myself alert at hindi pairalin ang pagkauliyanin ko. Heheh… I can’t trust my memory. Kaya nga sagana ako sa mga post it notes. ;O) Dahil kapag may nalimutan ka, lalo na sa mga extensions, you are so dead.

By the way, you may want to check out my officemates’ blogs, namely, kat,malaine,yen and jeng. You can find their links in my side items. Na-impluwensyahan ko na sila sa blogging, and the result? They are more addicted to it than me. Hahaha! Anyway, enjoy my friends!

Ber is here! Advance merry Christmas sa lahat! Here in Qatar, wala lang yang “ber” na yan. Unlike satin, they’re starting to play Christmas carols na, tapos dami ng taong gumagawa ng Christmas lanterns. Haaayyy, I miss Philippines talaga. I’m supposed to go for vacation ngayong November, o diba, sakto sana sa pasko. Kaya lang, my parents wanted us to go together next year, so I have to wait for 8-9 months pa. Di bale, bilis lang naman ng panahon. Can’t wait!

Speaking of Christmas, we’re having our Kris Kringle (did I spell it right?!) here sa office. Can’t wait for December 25 kasi may lunch date kami, tapos dun na marereveal kung sino-sino. Hehehe…

Friday, September 03, 2004
Hey! My last post was when, Saturday? Blame it on the computer at my office. I don’t know what’s up with that pc! Whenever I do some editing or posting, it just messes up my blog! Tapos, kapag open ko, hindi latest yung lumalabas na articles. So here I am now, updating my links and my posts. Hehehe…

(So sorry i have to delete my entry "hay!" coz its just wrecking up my lay-out! hindi na nga ako mag-uupdate ng blog ko sa office! so expect to have my updation weekly lang. hehehe..)

So like I said, I was really bored that Saturday, I’m quite fed up with my work. :o(
I don’t know… I’m just fed up!

So the week was really weary. Did nothing.

But something perked me up! It’s the Independence Day of Qatar this 3rd of September so we don’t have any work for Saturday. Actually, September 3 falls on a Friday, which is a regular holiday for us, kinda like our day-off, so they moved it to Saturday to compensate! Giving us 2 and half day-offs! Wohoo!

Speaking of Qatar, this place is really getting crowded. Super traffic na rin. Can u see the bumper to bumper traffic below?

So they made some flyovers and underpasses to relieve the traffic a bit…

I’m sorry, got really nothing to blog about. .. Am I boring you now?

I hope not. :o(