Thursday, June 23, 2005

mobile blogging

i may have found a solution to my i-miss-blogging problem. mobile blogging!

after several weeks of negotiations for a huge and important contract,
i convinced myself that i deserve a treat on top of my weekly
massages - a pda phone. for several days, i searched the net for
reviews and played with the pda phones of my officemates.

on saturday, i finally decided to buy a nokia 9500 communicator. i knew
that it would be cheaper if i got one from globe or smart but their
business centers in megamall didn't have a promo on the communicator.

on sunday, after our father's day lunch, we went to the cybermall in
eastwood. abenson was selling the communicator at zero interest for 6
months. i already got excited upon seeing the sample phone. but before
i purchased the phone, i went up to the smart business center to check
their requirements for a new line (the gprs functions of the phone
wouldn't work with a prepaid line. i wanted to use my old phone for my
existing globe line.) i was so happy to see that they have a promo on
the communicator! unfortunately, the idiot on the counter answered
each of my questions by saying that my paycheck is important:

abie: what are the requirements for getting a line? ganoon din ba ang
requirements if i want to avail of your promo for the communicator?

idiot: ay, maam. important and proof of financial capacity. hindi
ma-a-approve ang application niyo kung hindi niyo ma-meet ang
financial requirements.

abie: ah. ok. pwede na ba ang W2 o kailangan ba ITR?

idiot: ok na ang W2 pero maam, depende talaga sa sweldo niyo kung
ma-a-approve ang application niyo.

abie: aside from the ITR, what do i need to bring?

idiot: valid ID, proof of billing, kung ITR, dapat may kasama na
payslip. pero kailangan niyo talagang ma-meet yung minimum monthly
income requirement.

abie: i'm sure i'll meet that pero di bale na lang. di na kita feel kausapin.

so, i went to globe to bug them in giving me a discount for the
communicator. it turns out that they have a father's day promo. since
rey and i both have globe lines, i was able to get the communicator at
a good price and without need of submitting documents. and now I'm
using it to blog!


i hope this works.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Porkchop and her Opera

No more talk of hunger
Replace with well-done veal
Gruyere over my taco
Ricotta, Raclette, Romano

All I want is freedom
To scratch my itchy ears
I'm here, with you, beside you
To wake you and to kiss you

Say you'll feed me
Every waking moment,
turn my head with talk of dinnertime
Say you'll marinate it
now and always . . .
promise me my maid would feed me too -
that's all I ask of you . . .

To that steak in the freezer,
I'll wait for you tonight
You're safe, No one will find you.
Until I ask Rose to grill you.

Give me some more Ringo
To get me through the night . . .
and you always beside me
The kitchen you will guide me . . .

Then say you'll share with me
One meal, one lunch time . . .
Let me lead you to the bags of food. . .
Share the bacon with you
here, beside you . . .
anywhere we go,
let's barbecue
Feed me, that's all I ask
of you . . .

Then say you'll share with me
One meal, one lunch time . . .
Dangle meat and I will follow you . . .

Share each cake with me, each
night, each morning

Say you'll feed me . . .

(Kamote cue)

Feed me, that's all I ask
of you . . .

Thursday, June 02, 2005

in the news today - our firm's 25th anniversary

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

bits and pieces

after my long absence from blogging, i am finding it difficult to blog again. so i'll just use pictures to remind me of how i enjoyed the month of may.

Hi, I'm Abie and I am a butong-pakwan addict.

Yup, despite suffering from chinese food syndrome (i have too much salt in my body so i get dizzy), I have to admit that I am now addicted to watermelon seeds. B and I have been munching on butong pakwan everytime we watch a dvd. and we watch a dvd almost everynight (which is one reason why we haven't been blogging)! We've tried most brands available in supermarkets. We love the ones sold by Shopwise - they have a smokey flavor. Toby's is second best. Each seed tastes like a generic butong pakwan but it's easy to crack unlike that of Sid's which requires a sledgehammer to crack (I didn't wear braces for years just to ruin my teeth trying to eat a water melon seed!)

I can't believe I wrote a whole paragraph on butong pakwan.

My mom's birthday (May 12) is pretty close to Mothers' Day so when she was still alive, my siblings and I tried to make Mothers' Day extra special. Since her death a few years ago, we have toned down our Mothers' Day celebration but we always make it a point to bring our families together. This year, we all met at her grave and brought the kids (my three nieces - Nikki, Sophie and Sam) to McDonald's in Eastwood for breakfast (they really are a good excuse to have the Langgonisa meal.) We so enjoyed our little get-together that we left McDonald's only after the lunch crowd has finished eating.

Last Sunday, we attended Sophie's ballet recital at the Podium. We were all worried about Sophie having a tantrum and refusing to dance onstage (she's just 4!) But the whole time that she was performing (she was in 3 numbers) she was smiling and she seemed to be enjoying the performance (of course she had her own choreography but who cares?!) She also looked adorable in her costumes! I was such a proud aunt.

This should be in part 2 of this blog (which I'm planning to write in a couple of days) but I couldn't wait to brag about my new shoes!

This beautiful pair was given to me by G, B's daughter (I'd love to be her mom but she already has 3 moms. In any case, I also enjoy being her tita as I get to be her kikay buddy.) G spent a few weeks in the US with her maternal grandmother and this pair was what she gave me for her pasalubong when she got back last Monday. I was so excited that I wore them today. Aside from being pretty, they're pretty comfy, too. I had them on the whole day and even walked from our office in Perea to Greenbelt 3. And I didn't get a single bruise from my new shoes!

Speaking about G, she has bloomed into a pretty lady this summer. During the past 2 months, she shed a lot of weight and with her newly straightened hair, our sweet little girl has transformed into a lovely teenager. (I can't believe that she's the same baby we brought to Malabon Zoo almost a decade ago - I almost fainted when she squeezed the snake!) She'll be in first year high school this June and I am so excited for her! (I wonder if B shares my excitement - he already got stressed when a male caller asked for G. I can still hear him say, "She's not here" when his daughter was only in the next room.) I'm not too worried about her, though. With the pair of shoes that she gave me, I am convinced that she's got great taste.