Monthly Archives: January 2007

accidentally yours

Congratulations to Grey’s Anatomy for winning the Best Drama at the Golden Globes! Yippee! You guys deserve it, seriously 🙂

I guess the victory has sparked a new frenzy among the show’s fans. My usually so-so blog stats are now made a little more interesting, informing me that two people using the search phrases “grey’s anatomy wallpaper” and “mcDREAMY wallpaper” ended up viewing my “catch my disease” entry. I’m sorry fellow fans, that entry was my personal homage to the show, and it does contain one cast wallpaper, but it’s not in any way a comprehensive resource. I AM fully up-to-date, though, I have watched the latest episode (Season 3 Episode 11), but I’m not about to give out any spoilers here.

Come to think of it, it’s an amazing feature of WordPress that it tells you the search engine terms people used to find your blog, but sometimes I feel guilty over the search terms I get, because I know that my posts completely did not help the person on the information that he or she is looking for. Because of my occasional habit of ranting about current events, I get search terms like state of the nation analysis, mt mayon eruption, rosing typhoon; you know, serious stuff. And then people would click the link to my blog and just find some inanity, I feel sorry for them. My travel notes entries have also attracted hits from people searching for terms like napoleones, or Kuppa, Bacolod. In that, at least, I might have been of some help for people looking for pasalubong and what kinds of pastries are available in their travel destinations. I did laugh out loud when I once saw that someone searched for the term “tumaba ka” and found my blog. It feels great to be validated, really.

Anyway, for those accidental readers of mine, I do apologize for the inconvenience. And don’t despair, my Grey’s fellow fans, there are plenty of resources out there about our favorite show.


not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon

January 7, 2005, 5:30 P.M.


MV Doulos, as proclaimed by a welcome streamer by Gate 1 of the Manila South Pier, was the “world’s oldest-going passenger ship,” which puzzled us for a while until we thankfully saw a flier which revealed that it was actually the world’s oldest ocean-going ship. Ocean-going or oldest-going, what we were certain of was that it was a ship full of books, and the ship was going to be docked in Manila for almost a month, and we weren’t going to miss it.

Amazingly, thousands of other people also had the same idea. Our cab brought us within sight of Pier 13 where the ship was docked, but some distance from the pier gate we saw the queue of people waiting to get in. We had to check to make sure that the queue did indeed lead to the ship. It was a long queue too, snaking from outside the gate and going on several loops and turns before finally arriving at the ticket booth near the stairs leading up to the ship. We queued up for at least 40 minutes, which I never I would ever have to do to get into a bookshop. For those of you who think that nobody ever reads anymore, the sight of the line to MV Doulos that late Sunday afternoon would cheer your heart. I especially loved the sight of the little girl walking out of the ship with her nose already buried in her book (Ship officials Iater said that 10,094 people stepped on board that Sunday).

It also cheered our hearts that it was already evening by time we went onboard, because the heat would have been intolerable otherwise. The ship’s bookshop area was crammed to the gills with people milling about that we were afraid to separate for fear we might never find each other again. The lines to the cashiers were also quite long, which really made sense. If I waited that long to get into the bookshop, I’m not leaving until I’ve bought some books.

The collection, at least for that particular Sunday, consisted largely of books on inspirational/Christian living, children’s literature, cooking, and some general reference books. After more than an hour of browsing, I came up with five purchases:

  • Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat book and tape (yes, cassette tape. Mas mahal ang CD e) – P150
  • The  penguin who wanted to fly, or something like  that, for my nieces  – P50
  • More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell – P150. The book discusses historical, archeological, and scientific debates on the divinity and character of Jesus Christ, and so has the right mix of analytical geekiness and Christian principles to appeal to me.
  • Devotional Commentary Series discussing Philippians and Colossians (P200) – there was a whole shelf of commentaries on various books of the Bible, but of course I picked Philippians because it’s my favorite. So cheery (“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Talagang ulitin pa daw ba?)
  • Two Bibles – a small NIV translation for attending church (P150), and a pretty sizable Life Application Study Bible in New Living Translation. Hard-bound, all wrapped-up, and sold with a CD of the iLumina digital Bible, it was a bargain at P800. The NLT translation might throw me at first because I’m more used to NIV, but what snagged me was the extensive discussions and commentary, taking up as much as a third of each page. This means that I now have three Bibles, but of course, all the Bibles in the world won’t do me any good if I’m not going to sit down and actually read. My old Bible has long been gathering dust on my bedside table, but let’s hope I’ll get to do something about that soon.

As for my companions, Abby collected several inspirational books before dropping them all to be able to afford a P1,500 Quest Study Bible. It’s the Book, after all, you’re hardly going to need the others. Like my Bible, it also had extensive commentaries; the difference was that Quest’s commentaries focus more on the historical aspect and mine focuses on the life application. No matter. We’re just going to switch every three years or so, he he. Don got three John C. Maxwell books for P400 each (As usual, I am amazed at his discipline. At the Powerbooks warehouse sale last year he just got three-book sci-fi series and then smilingly watched us sort through our baskets during the painful elimination process of deciding which of our picks we’ll really purchase). Lastly, Jaypee got several of the Cat in the Hat package to be given to various inaanaks and relatives, and “The Ultimate Cookbook,” a pretty ambitious title even for a pretty hefty book. Goodness knows how can any cookbook claim to be the ultimate, but apparently she’s happy with her purchase.

The ship’s crew, a United Nations of volunteers from around the world, seemed quite surprised by the heavy turn out, but cheerfully rallied just the same, repeatedly pleading over the speaker system to please help keep the books in their proper place. I like to think that they’ve never experienced this level of enthusiasm before, not in the fifty-odd years of the ship’s ocean-going existence.

MV Doulos will be docked at the Manila South Harbor until January 23, after which it will sail to Cebu City.

january lists

Staying away from making a New Year’s resolutions list that I won’t be able to fulfill anyway, instead I made other lists that can serve as retrospective for the past year as well as my way of looking forward to the coming year.

Things I lost in 2006

  • Cellphone – got snatched in March. I haven’t lost the replacement yet, thank goodness
  • The receipt to my laptop, preventing me from taking it back to the shop to have the DVD drive checked (hopefully I just misplaced it)
  • At least one umbrella (2 got broken, and I might have lost another one, I don’t remember)
  • Contact lenses – just disappeared from their case (read: inadvertently dropped to the floor or washed down the drain). I did not lose any eyeglasses this year. Technically. The pair that I dropped on the street and got run over by a jeepney does not count
  • The use of a lot of clothes that don’t fit me anymore
  • Countless pens
  • Thousands and thousands of hair. I shed like a cat on chemo, it’s scary
  • My sanity (but then it can also be argued that I kinda lost that a long time ago)

(A good year considering. There was time when this list would have included wallets, watches, dozens of handkerchiefs, eyeglasses, important files…you get the drift)

Firsts in 2006

  • Jogging in the rain – saya!
  • Experiencing spectacular losses at fooz ball (though revenge came before the year ended, hah!)
  • Anniversary with the love of my life (forgive the momentary mushiness, okay?)
  • Trip to China (exhausting tours and shopping, great photo-ops, lousy language barriers) and Dumaguete (bitin! Non-work trip naman dapat next time!)
  • Purchase of laptop (my baby!)
  • Having long hair (before this year, my hair has never reached past shoulder-length in my life)
  • Consistently good punctuality record at work – a miracle, believe me

Shopping list for 2007

  • Digital camera (handy point-and-shoot or SLR? Hhmm…) – no cellphones or ipods in my list – I’m a techie-low maintenance person. Shopping-low maintenance person for that matter.
  • More shoes, good ones – last year’s sandal-strap-snapping incident should never be allowed to happen again (acquiring the habit of using the rest of girly accoutrements – make up, skirts, whatever – are still under very careful consideration)
  • TV for my rented room in Makati (so I won’t feel so out of the mass media loop anymore – but still under consideration because I might not be able to accomplish anything anymore)

Things to look forward to in 2007

  • Resumption of new Grey’s Anatomy episodes this January 11 – go torrent downloads! (short-term, shallow wants first, ha ha)
  • Prospect of more travel at work (yes!)
  • A raise (I wish!)
  • Batanes trip this summer – more non-work travel, whee! (pending successful completion of the travel-requiring project – if not, forget it)
  • Maximizing the use of my cute Starbucks planner
  • Process of attaining some sort of financial maturity – partly comes from recently-acquired obligations for insurance payments (wow, that sounds so adult. And I sound so juvenile for thinking that it sounds so adult)
  • Graduate school developments – whether I get in or not, I can handle it, but dammit, either way, I have to know (oh, but yeah, first I actually have to file those applications, and time’s running out)

Things that will stay

  • My terrible, terrible habit of procrastination
  • My struggle with weight gain
  • Don
  • Friends
  • This blog
  • Coffee addiction

This is the last year that I’m going to be in my twenties (well, a year and 10 months since my birthday’s in October – tumawad pa daw ba?). I definitely have a lot of growing up to do.