Wednesday, February 24, 2010

sa mga kaiban kong sosyal

malamang napanuod niyo na ang valentine's day. malamang din madami kayong balak panuorin na mga sine sa susunod na mga araw, linggo, at buwan. ako nga, excited na sa SATC2. nakita ko yung trailer kagabi, ang ganda.

pero hindi yun ang pag-uusapan natin. gusto ko sana kayo imbitahin manuod ng sine, tagalog nga lang. oo, alam ko, hindi kayo mahilig manuod ng tagalog. siguro dahil baduy, o dahil yung kwento, ginaya lang sa sineng napanuod mo na dati. may mga dahilan ka, at naiintindihan ko yun. pero, pramis, ibang sine 'to. pramis, hindi ka mahihiya panuorin. pramis din, sulit ang ibabayad mo. kasi, john lloyd - bea kaya na sine 'to.

malamang kinilig ka sa rain dance at sa power hug. sa pagkakaalam ko, madaming nawindang sa tambalang john lloyd - sarah. mahal ko man si john lloyd at mahal ko man si sarah, mahal ko silang hindi magkasama. nasabi ko na nga dati, parang hindi kasi totoo, masyadong pantasya para sa akin. at siguro, biased lang ako sa tambalang john lloyd at bea. bagay sila eh.

kaya kung isa lamang ang balak mong panuoring pelikulang tagalog ngayong taon na to, panuorin mo na ang Miss You Like Crazy. (kung gusto mo naman dagdagan, panuorin mo na rin ang dvd ng Now That I Have You, Close to You, at One More Chance. oo, fan ako ng john lloyd - bea, may reklamo? *peace*) kasi, kung gusto mong kiligin AT maniwala sa pag-ibig na wagas, sa pag-ibig na tatagal, sa pag-ibig na gusto mong mangyari sa sarili mo, eto ang sineng dapat mong panuorin.

simula pa lang, unang tingin pa lang ni john lloyd kay bea, lahat ng pagka-cynical ko nawawala. isang ngiti lang ni bea kay john lloyd, bumabalik ang pag-asa na isang araw din, may ngingitian akong mahal na mahal ko. siguro, yun ang misteryo ng tambalan nila. lahat posible, lahat may laban.

sabi nila may mga bagay na sa sine lang pwede mangyari. ganun din dito. may mga panahon na mapapailing ka, sasabihin mo sa sarili mo, pwede ba naman yun? pero dahil si john llody ang bidang lalaki at si bea ang bidang babae, maniniwala ka. at aasa ka sa kasibihang life imitates art (o, art imitates life ba? naku, di ko maalala). aasa ka na kung nangyayari ito sa dalawang taong tulad nila, siguro, pwede din mangyari sa isang mortal na tulad mo, na tulad ko. maniniwala ka na habang may buhay, may pag-asa.

ang galing ng sine, kasi yung mga linya, mga bagay na naiisip mong nasabi mo minsan sa buhay mo. yung mga nangyayari, mga bagay din na pwede mong pag-daanan. kasi, sino ba namang hindi nagmahal sa maling panahon? sino ba naman ang bigla na lang napalayo sa isang taong akala mo, pwede sana sa buhay mo? hindi ba't naranasan mo na din makasama ang isang tao na parang kulang ang isang gabi dahil swak na swak kayo?

bago pa may masabi ako na hindi mo dapat malaman, manuod ka na lang. february 24, 2010 ngayon, today's the day, panuorin mo na.

at malay mo, mahanap mo din ang august ng buhay mo.

p.s. napakaganda ng pelikula. salamat vanessa, magaling ka talaga mag-kwento. salamat, direk cathy, pinakilig mo ulit ako. at salamat john lloyd at bea, ngayon, gusto ko na ulit umibig.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

mortification is good for the soul

a post on twitter written by a friend reminded me that lent officially begins tomorrow. for several years now (three, i think), i've given up on buying footwear for forty days (hard especially since it's almost always sale season, not to mention my birthday sometime during the forty day abstinence). and, there was one good year where i was able to go to mass almost every single day of lent.

this year, i want to aim big, not because i'm a goody two shoes (which, most of you know by now, i am not) but simply because a little mortification (or a lot) does the soul more than a little good. and, i'm thinking of not just giving up something, but also by attempting to do something which, sometimes is harder. i think i'm going to do a list of ten and, God-willing, i will be able to achieve my list of ten.

1. no shopping unless absolutely necessary
okay, this is going to be hard. shopping, for me, is a form of "rest". i jokingly text a friend that when i'm tired beyond words, i go to the mall to "rest" a bit before going home. and, more often than not, rest comes with a paper bag with a bit of a treat for myself. i think there were times i've run out of occasions to "celebrate" with "a little gift for me." and when i say shopping, i mean everything, including unnecessary grocery shopping (puregold, as i've discovered, has stuff beyond grocery items).

2. set aside P50 a day
admittedly, fifty pesos isn't much. at the end of lent, however, i'll have P2,000 free and clear. imagine if i do that for an entire year --> Php18,250. that's serious money. maybe this exercise will teach me that every time i tell myself, "P50 lang naman, mura lang" that money, if not spent, can actually send a little kid to school already.

3. no more oversleeping
i have my ipod on alarm every day, except weekends, at 4:50 a.m. and, save for days when i have hearing or when i'm coding, i almost always turn it off, set my cellphone to go off at 6 am, and go right back to sleep. what's worse, there are days when, i even turn the cellphone off and sleep until i feel i ought to actually wake up. horrible, i tell you. so, beginning tonight, i shall set my ipod to go off at a more reasonable time (like 5:30 am?) and to actually get up before i turn it off.

4. go to mass every day
if i actually (and i should!) wake up at 5:30, this means that i'll be more or less done getting ready for work at 6:30 am, meaning, save for hearing days and coding days, i can actually attend the 6:45 am mass at my parish. hmmm... this means i should wake up early on weekends too. no problem :) this, however, translates to...

5. no more staying up/staying out too late at night
i think the primary reason why i don't wake up early is cause i don't sleep early. so i'm giving up late night television/reading/gimmicks/phone calls/computer games.

6. attend action group/prayer meetings/tuloy tutorials religiously
i've always maintained that one has a schedule so as to avoid canceling unnecessarily. i mean, if you know that you have to be in alabang for an activity at 8 pm and it's that way every single friday of your life, shouldn't you have made sure that nothing goes in the way of you being there? i mean, come on, if it were a first date with the man of my dreams, they'd probably have to restrain me from leaving the office come going home time. and so, no more canceling at all. (unless super absolutely necessary that unless i cancel, i'll lose my job or something like that)

7. no more canceling means no more rushing to beat deadlines, no more procrastinating, no more last minute finishes
okay, i'll admit it now -- sometimes i cancel because i've left off for last minute something that i ought to have done earlier. that said, the planner exists so you can be reminded of deadlines and figure out how long it'll take to finish things. i've gotten into trouble just this month because of my super-mega-rush-to-beat-the-deadline tactic. it's a good thing i've got goodwill stored up. otherwise, i might be out looking for a new job right now.

8. be genuinely nice
i'm sunshiny. i'm friendly (sometimes). i'm sweet. but what i am not is genuinely nice. well, nice, probably to a select few. but i'm not the person whose name comes up when someone ask, sino ba ang nice dito? and so, i've got 40 days to acquire the "nice-ness" gene.

9. be a neater person
aside from the fact that i'm selectively nice, i'm also selectively neat. i am organized with my money, but that's just about it. case in point: i had totally forgotten i owned certain things simply because they've gotten lost underneath piles of things. so not a good characteristic for a future (yessss! pangarap!) mother and wife to have. (plus, uuwi na si theo, baka may party ulit, kailangan malinis na ang bahay ulit! wahehehe) so what if i've made this my goal since forever. this time, i'm going to do it!

10. not give up even if there are days when i stumble on any of the foregoing goals
sometimes, it's easy to say, no more na, just cause i wasn't able to do any of the things. so, the plan is, what's important is that every single day is a fresh day to be the best person i can be. so, i just have to try and try and try, all the stumbling shouldn't really matter, right?

so there, my list of ten.

p.s. today's mardi gras - fat tuesday! i hope to be heading home early so i can do last minute things before lent officially starts!

i'll take a john lloyd - bea movie over a john lloyd - sarah movie on any given day

first things first - i like sarah geronimo. heck, i think i must've even sang forever's not enough in my head and dedicated it to my crush once upon a time. i like how she's like a young sharon cuneta who, it must be said, is one of my ultimate idols. she's nice, she's talented, and she's done so much for someone so young.

that said, i can never go for the john lloyd - sarah tandem. it just feels so ... wrong. rain dance and power hug aside, it's so un-real, so pinapaasa lang ang madla na mangyayari ang mirakulo sa totoong buhay kind of tandem. i remember buying the dvd of their first movie together simply because my friends said it was a must watch. needless to say, i think i lent it or gave it away or just lost track of where it was after i first watched it. there were no fireworks, no sizzle, and walking-in-the-rain-in-luneta notwithstanding, no i'm-so-kilig-i-could-die-single moment.

now, a john lloyd bea movie, well, that's another thing entirely. because i LOVE john lloyd bea movies. i love how they look together. i love how they're perfect for each other. and, if i believed in reincarnation, pretty please make me bea alonzo and make *him* john lloyd cruz and i'll be in nirvana forever.

(let me say that it doesn't hurt that if you waited till the very end of the credits of one more chance, you'll see my name there.)

when we first got to bohol and i was waiting for the others to get ready, i turned on the television and saw that "now that i have you" was showing. gah! i was so excited that i almost said, go on without me, i've been around bohol before, i don't need to see it again, but i NEED to see this movie. of course, rationality prevailed and i left the movie (note to self: buy DVD) to go do the entire loboc-chocolate hills-bohol bee farm trip.

now, this post has no real point except to say that, guess what - there's another john lloyd bea movie out this coming week, and my friend vanessa is the writer once more and that IF YOU'RE AN HONEST TO GOODNESS FAN, you should watch. not once, not twice, but at least three times to make sure you absorb all the love out there :)

p.s. and if you must know, i am watching 3 times - premiere night, with college roommates on the 28th and on the eve of my birthday. =P

Monday, February 15, 2010

purchasing power

sometimes, i hate it when i make extra money.

because, more often than not, the mere thought a money makes me want to shop (okay, i ALWAYS want to shop, but the urge just gets worse). and, usually, i actually DO shop. case in point: right before i left for bohol on that working trip, i sort of asked how much the compensation would be and right after the amount was mentioned, all hesitations in buying those aldo shoes on sale flew out the window. and, in a snap, i decided, why buy one when you can buy two?

of course you know what happened next.

sometimes, i hate it when i see those gorgeous, gigantic signs which tell me things are on sale. because, even with very little cash in my wallet, sale + ability to charge it to my bancnet ATM = guaranteed paper bag. case in point: this weekend, all those bright red signs saying things were 50% off at robinson's place manila meant i got to take home two gorgeous tops.

and let's not even get into surplus goodies. once in a while, you'll find a real gem in those places, like these two pairs of gorgeous jeans that fit like a dream. when i spot things such as those, i don't think anymore, i just buy, buy, buy.

has shopping become an addiction? am i, at the ripe old age of almost 33 spending more than what i should be? should i do a bo sanchez and save 40% of my income so i can retire peacefully by the time i reach 50?

i was computing the money i earned from my "sideline" and i realized, that, hey, yung pa-konti-konti pala na yun would've been enough for me to buy my dream television na pala. and where did i spend it on? (in case you don't know: shoes. and bags. and clothes.)

but then again, i almost always tell myself, i am single, and (still) young, and i have savings and investments. am i not allowed to enjoy my money too, as no one can really take her money to heaven?

aristotle's answer would be the golden mean - to enjoy and yet to save money. to enjoy the money so as not to make one a slave to her finances, and still to save, for that proverbial rainy day. and i agree. saving is good, i always tell annsley.

but it being el nino season and all, for now, i guess it wouldn't be so bad if i drop by my favorite store (ehem, sm!) before heading home to exercise my purchasing power a wee bit more :)
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