Monthly Archives: September 2007

office email exchanges

The following is a series of emails among officemates who obviously have a bit of time to spare, or else a great need to seek distraction from numerous impending deadlines. Names may or may not have been changed to protect (or not) the dignities and depravities of the persons concerned.

Email Series 1: The Birth of a Methodology

From: Vikki

Hello! ^_^

I placed some songs here (links to folder location). Just copy whatever you want ha. You have until 6pm, then I’ll delete them na.

1. Colbie Caillat – Coco Album (happy happy joy joy album)
2. Paolo Nutini (the irish lad)
3. Ari Hest – Strangers Again (para sa mga bigo sa pag-ibig. Haha)
4. Josh Groban – So She Dances (para sa mga fans ni Josh Groban. sweet song)
5. Peter Gabriel – The Book of Love (narinig niyo na to eh)
6. Zero 7 – Destiny (Make-out song… hahahahaha)

Enjoy! J

(Vikki, you see, is this quiet, demure kind of person, who (as far as we all know) is still single and unspoiled. So the make-out song kinda threw us.)

Reply from: Rina

“Zero 7 – Destiny (Make-out song…)”

– and you know this becaaauuse??? J

Reply from: Ronn

Becaaaauuuusse… nagdadalaga na si vikkilu!

Meroon bang available album un vikks? Hehe… J

(Ronn, in the meantime, is the guy whose sexuality we even wondered about for a while when he first joined the company, but his, em, preferences were established beyond any reasonable doubt during the Boracay company outing. But as they say, what happens in Boracay stays in Boracay, so let’s not go into that).

Reply from: Vikki

Hahahahaha.. ano baaaaaa. Hindi ko pa nagagamit ang kantang yan. 😛

Wala akong album pero sige hanap ako. (bkit whole album?? Nakuuuuu RONNN!!!)

Reply from: Ronn

Hay naku vikks, matagal na akong nagdalaga… haha…

But mas maganda kasi pag ready ka with the album in case a friend asks for one… hehe

From this, a measurement scale emerges in which a person may be rated on a make-out scale according to the appropriate number of make-out songs. Is this guy/girl worth one song? Three? An album? 8GB?

Anyway, a few days later Vikki sent off another make-out song, prompting Mika to ask, “What is it with Vikki and make-out songs?” I guess there’s nothing wrong with being prepared 🙂

Email series 2: A Picture Worth a Thousand Jokes

From (UP alumna): Mika

[emails link to photo of La Salle cheerdance squad misspelling the name of the school during the UAAP competition. Let’s not add fuel to the fire by putting the link here, ok?]

Ho ho ho!

Reply from La Salle alumnus: Josh

It was a way of protesting against societal norms. Har har. I don’t think the formation was done yet but the picture was hastily taken. Hehe.

Reply from: Mika

To crush your defense, the main point of the picture is that there’s a spotter facing the letter formations but they still did not correct themselves. Kulang talaga sa practice, tsk tsk.

Reply from: Josh (burying himself deeper)

Exactly, the spotter seems to be giving the signal that the letters were misplaced and one of the lifters seem to be sending an inquiring face to the spotter. The formation wasn’t done yet. I could be wrong. Hehe.

Reply from (UP alumna): Rina

Oo nga naman no, the spotter was still trying to decide kung wrong spelling nga ba, give him some time! 🙂

Reply from: Mika

And in between the time the spotter was trying to figure out if there’s something wrong and the reaction time of the cheerdancer to make the necessary corrections, time’s up na for the DLSU Pep Squad’s 6-minute routine!

Reply from: Josh

GIF file yan, gagalaw pa yan to correct the formation. Hehe. =)

Help finally came from, ironically, an Atenean.

Reply from: Rondell

Actually I was there and the guy in black really gave the wrong card to the person. Kawawa nga e, after that they slipped and fell like heck. The crowd wasn’t helping because every time something bad happened, there was happy hooting and jeering from the crowd. Mahirap talgang sumikat.

Reply from: Mika

Onga eh, that was very noticeable on the television broadcast. We were looking at amateur videos taken nung CDC, hindi ko alam if matatawa or maaawa ako dun sa mga hindi makakumpleto ng flips and landed on their necks.

Anyway, all’s well that ends well. And it’s not like the UP alumni can afford to be totally smug, what with the 0-14 record of the men’s basketball team. You’ve got to admit, though, that picture was really worth a thousand jokes 🙂


They’re here, among us

Where does it come from, this quest? This need to solve life’s mysteries when the simplest of questions can never be answered? Why are we here? What is the soul? Why do we dream? Perhaps we’d be better off not looking at all. Not delving, not yearning.

But that’s not human nature. Not the human heart. And that is not why we are here.

Yet still we struggle to make a difference, to change the world, to dream of hope, never knowing for certain who we will meet along the way. Who among the world of strangers will hold our hand, touch our hearts, and share the pain and triumph?”

After months of waiting, I’ll finally get to spend time with “Heroes” again.

The musings of Suresh have really grown on me. They lend just the right amount of gravity to set the tone for the episode, or end it with a certain elegance, neatly wrapping things up, even as it asks the hard questions.

We dream of hope, we dream of change, of fire, of love, of death. And then it happens; the dream becomes real, and the answer to this quest, this need to solve life’s mysteries finally shows itself like the glowing light of the new dawn.

So much struggle for meaning, for purpose. And in the end, we find it only in each other. Our shared experience of the fantastic and the mundane. The simple human need to find a kindred. To connect. And to know in our hearts… that we are not alone.

Elliot Yamin at Glorietta

This is the reason why I spent tense long minutes last Saturday night rushing from an event in Manila back to Makati, stressing over whether I was going to lose my seat because I arrived late:

Elliot Yamin grew sweatier and more dishevelled as the show went on, which was ok. He was still amazing.

And the best thing about this is that I didn’t have to stand in line or butter someone up to get tickets. They just came to me, courtesy of a text from Mika offering her spare tickets (which she also didn’t have to wait in line to get, courtesy of a hoard of Ayala discount cards). It was all good, and I made it in time. Not a bad Saturday night at all.

keeps me coming back for more

I am so crushing on the Dave Matthews Band these days. So, just because I can’t resist, I’m posting some of my favorites here.

“Crush” makes me swoon, “Warehouse” makes me dance, and “The Space Between” gives me the chills.


It’s crazy, I’m thinking just as long as you’re around
I’m here I’ll be dancing on the ground
Am I right side up or upside down?

Check out the acoustic version too. Wow.


This I admit
Seems so good
Hard to believe an end to it

The Space Between

The space between
What’s wrong and right
Is where you’ll find me hiding, waiting for you

Sigh. Please tell me when these guys are going to get around to doing a concert in Manila because I am so going to be there.

How to organize a down-to-earth, impromptu beach party

Wake up to a leisurely morning and put together the basics: marinated liempo, fish, cooked rice, fruit, potato chips, softdrinks, your liquor of choice.

Commandeer the friendly neighborhood jeepney along with the friendly neighbors as homegrown guides (notice that this is not your average urban passenger jeepney, but rather hardier, closer to its army type predecessors, with big wheels capable of plowing through rough roads and great puddles.


If the dog wants to come, let him, and let him figure out how he’s supposed to fit.


Go past the resorts where you have to pay to come in and find a remote, isolated strip of beach, a beach that’s actually not lined with cottages and strolling tourists, so untouched that it’s actually forested.

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Punong Pinoy

I’ve posted this over at Samu’t-Saring Buhay, but I thought I’d post it here for good measure. It illustrates the message of using trees that are indigenous to the country in doing tree-planting/reforestation activities. Makes a lot of sense, really, but you’d be surprised how many alien trees have been planted here just because they grow faster. They do grow faster, and would do fine if what you want is a plantation or a tree-lined avenue, but if the intent is forest restoration you’re much better off using the kind of trees that naturally thrive in those forests in the first place.

These videos were commissioned by the Trees for Life campaign. If you’re interested in knowing more or in helping Trees for Life, call Clean and Green Foundation at 63-2-5276376 or 78 or email, or share these videos to your friends.