week enders: change reaction

“About week enders, I’ll give you snippets of the highs and lows of my week.”

09.19.2011 monday

– Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down…Another manic one as well, but wait, there’s this  Hugh Jackman look-alike sitting right in front of me at the train while we’re heading to Geneva. It’s a good morning view, how pleasing for my eyes.

– I’m not going to eat kafta anymore. I’m not going to eat kafta anymore. Not anymore, not anymore. (Repeat)

– The geeks from the heavens above heard my plea. At last, we found the culprit! It’s up and running now. *woot*

09.20.2011 tuesday

– Summer must have been over. It should’ve been autumn first, but the weather’s like winter. Ayayay. I guess I should start reshuffling my clothes in my cabinet. Out with the summer, in with the autumn/winter clothes. I’ll enjoy wearing scarves and boots once more.

– That’s bizarre. I’m not that interested anymore. I don’t care, care bear! Hehe.

– I’m wondering if I have a chance to get a post-graduate or MBA scholarship. Hmm, why not? How to start? Where to go?

@perkyperps: “I’m a little nutty. Chicken satay and kare-kare for lunch. #lunchtime“. And when my period is over, I crave for sweets. Mövenpick’s Gruyère double cream cheese and meringues is my current favorite.

– That was quick to finish, A Glimpse of Annecy.

09.21.2011 wednesday

– It’s amusing to see how people react to change. I’d silently snicker again once we do another big change and it’s my job to appease most of them, if not all. The best statement I would ever say: Blame Bill.

"Nagbago lang si (ulit)Facebook, nagkakagulo na tayo?" Facebook just changed (again), we're already in chaos. ...Blame Mark.

@perkyperps: “Kinikilig sa office. Not only once, but many times! #secretcrush He’s another brunette. *drop dead* [I wonder now, what is in English the Tagalog word, “kilig”?]

– So many things to do over the weekend, big changes in my blog will happen anytime soon. And I’m almost about to complete the freelance project I’m working on. I’ve gotta get that extra dough.

– I had Cheese Appreciation 101 over dinner. Lesson number 1, serve cheeses with grapes and/or wine (walnuts are good, too).  Number 2, the most traditional way of enjoying cheese is from a platter that contains different kinds of cheese (combinations of hard, soft, strong, or mild cheeses). Number 3, if there are leftovers, store them separately; don’t combine them together in a single container.

Reminisce the good times with GTM.com. Hacked and destroyed by Marian R. Oops, I might go next.

09.22.2011 thursday

– At last, Google+ has opened its doors (and Windows).

Find and add me: perps.poblador at plus.google.com

– How gullible are you? I got 80. I’m a free thinker.

Free Thinker

Welcome to the top 5%. You’re a true free thinker and a person who is well informed about the reality in which you live. Although you may have been easily manipulated earlier in life, you eventually gained lucidity and developed a healthy sense of skepticism that you now automatically apply to your observations and experiences. You are endlessly curious about human behavior and the nature of the universe, and you have one or more lifestyle habits that most people would consider odd or unusual. You are not only of very high intelligence, you are also extremely creative in one or more areas (music, art, software development, inventing, etc.)

If you were in The Matrix, you would have taken the red pill, completed the combat training, and started fighting (and beating) agents from day one.

Your architects: You have cast off reality distortions taught to you by your parents, schooling, corporate advertising and government propaganda. You create your own beliefs based on what serves you best, without much regard for what the rest of the crowd is doing. You are guided by your own internal code of ethics (which may or may not agree with politically-correct ethical codes) rather than any pre-set system of ethics (such as from any one religion).

I’m being duped by this gullible factor test. Well, nice marketing it is. If you want to try, go here.

Another cute Swiss souvenir I'll bring home.

– There’s a second wave. The first change was just a teaser. Prepare ourselves, Facebook to be profoundly changed.

– I really don’t understand why most people don’t like the changes made in Facebook. So far for me, it’s all good! Maybe it depends on how you use Facebook or I’m just a quick learner that I adapted well with the change and appreciated it.

09.23.2011 friday

@perkyperps: “Continue this quietness, please? I want to keep my sanity intact. It’s Friday, duh! #tgif

When you’re single, people ask about boyfriend. When you have a fiance, they ask about wedding? When you get married, they ask when will you have baby? When you already have one, they ask when is little brother or sister coming? When you get divorced, they ask why? If you move on, they ask why so quickly? People will never stop asking. Well it is your life and you should decide how to LIVE YOUR LIFE.. ♥

– Again, Friday’s been busy. Good thing, JR came to the rescue. JP’s down, over. I repeat, JP’s down! Copy that.

BEST DIVORCE LETTER EVER!
Dear Wife,
I’m writing you this letter to tell you that I’m leaving you forever. I’ve been a good man to you for 7 years & I have nothing to show for it.
These last 2 weeks have been hell.
Your boss called to tell me that you quit your job today & that was the last straw. Last week, you came home & didn’t even notice I had a new haircut, had cooked your favorite meal & even wore a brand new pair of silk boxers. You ate in 2 minutes, & went straight to sleep after watching all of your soaps. You don’t tell me you love me anymore; you don’t want sex or anything that connects us as wife. Either you’re cheating on me or you don’t love me anymore; whatever the case, I’m gone.
… … … Your EX-Husband
P.S. don’t try to find me. Your SISTER & I are moving away to West Virginia together! Have a great life!
———-
Dear Ex-Husband
Nothing has made my day more than receiving your letter.
It’s true you & I have been married for 7 years, although a good man is a far cry from what you’ve been. I watch my soaps so much because they drown out your constant whining & griping Too bad that doesn’t work. I DID notice when you got a hair cut last week, but the 1st thing that came to mind was ‘You look just like a girl!’ Since my mother raised me not to say anything if you can’t say something nice, I didn’t comment. And when you cooked my favorite meal, you must have gotten me confused with MY SISTER, because I stopped eating pork 7 years ago. About those new silk boxers: I turned away from you because the $49.99 price tag was still on them, & I prayed it was a coincidence that my sister had just borrowed $50 from me that morning.
After all of this, I still loved you & felt we could work it out. So when I hit the lotto for 10 million dollars, I quit my job & bought us 2 tickets to Jamaica But when I got home you were gone.. Everything happens for a reason, I guess.
I hope you have the fulfilling life you always wanted. My lawyer said that the letter you wrote ensures you won’t get a dime from me.
So take care.
Signed,
Your Ex-Wife, Rich As Hell & Free!
P.S. I don’t know if I ever told you this, but my sister Carla was born Carlos. I hope that’s not a problem.

– I’m recently getting hooked on Koh-Lanta, a Survivor-like reality TV series produced by TF1 in France. Since I understand a little bit of their French, I’d just stay around only to watch the challenges and leave after the immunity game. Whatever their issues to each other are, it’s a good thing that I don’t know!

I wanted him to stay on the game (and somewhat, win it as well) because he reminded me of Dad. Unfortunately his being overly persistent - to prove that he is physically able he can still deliver - hadn't helped the team much on most of the challenges, they had to let him go.

Reality competitions or reality game shows, as they term it, have always been my favorite. I’ve always enjoyed Survivor, Amazing Race, Fear Factor, The Biggest Loser; and talent-based shows like The Apprentice, Iron Chef, Rockstar: Inxs, American Idol. Channeling my Martha Stewart side, I also like reality shows for home makeovers.

09.24.2011 saturday

– I was able to sleep longer than usual so I had a nice morning jog, bringing a pocket-full of walnuts on my way home.

– L is totally gifted when it comes to cooking, I swear. Waging-wagi ang kanyang pancit (Her pancit is a big hit). It has rice noodles typically used for palabok, ginger and saffron. Ibang-iba! (Totally different!) For dessert, I had coupe Denmark. I found out something new, and again, I can’t say no to great-tasting food.

I'm bargaining my face for good (Swiss) food.

– I like my ME time today. It’s just me, my laptop and cups of coffee and tea.

L gave me a handful bunch of red maple leaves. She's just like a lady in the forest somewhat welcoming me as the autumn starts.

– The old folks can say whatever they can say. What is it for me to comment back? It’d just fall on their deaf ears because they’ve been there and that and the smell of teen spirit is gone.  So there’s no point to explain myself. Because, on this day, God wants me to know…

… that you are commanded to love everyone, not condemn those who don’t agree with you. Your opinions are just that, – opinions, regardless of where you got them from. They are tiny, a speck compared to the immensity of God. You cannot possibly have even the faintest idea of what God commands to other people, to other lifeforms. Your only possible intelligent choice is to continuously open in love and acceptance. Today more than yesterday.

– After jejemon, what’s new? It’s the super dooper long hashtag conversations!

The world is changing, my dearest, and apparently, technology is taking a huge part of it.

#blametwitterforthiskindofconversation

09.25.2011 sunday

– I, L and her sister-in-law went to Divonne to buy some nice food stuff and goodies. I always enjoy shopping at the Sunday market in Divonne, cozy and easy. I bought a bottle of bee pollen (8.30 euros), a quilt-designed duvet  for a double-sized bed with 2 pieces of pillow covers (50 euros), spicy green olives (5 euros), and a shabby chic tin decor (8 euros). It’s a shopping Sunday indeed.

– There’s this gelato store that’s pretty popular for visitors in Nyon. The place is jam-packed as we went inside to have our share. It’s my first try and I ordered chocolat noir sans sucre. I’m not impressed. The Belgian cone wasn’t even yummy. Sorry.

– We passed by an old kiddie horse ride machine and I remember when I was young, I wanted to bring this home. So was the Barbie doll house, I recall I cried over it. Now I remember why I’m not buying them yet. I’m waiting for the right time. It’s gonna be for my kiddo.

– On the side, I found series of She-ra and of The Adventures of Tintin. Uhm, they’re just in French. So the question here is, to buy or not to buy?

@perkyperps: “I’ve got the best buys at the grand market in Nyon on a sunny Sunday. An old Swiss cow bell pegged at 80chf, but haggled at 70chf. A new one can cost you hundreds. And, an Italian-made leather bag for only freaking 10chf! Such a happy shopper I was.”

Note to Self – 12 Things Happy People Do Differently

Source: marcandangel.com by Jacob Sokol of Sensophy

“I’d always believed that a life of quality, enjoyment, and wisdom were my human birthright and would be automatically bestowed upon me as time passed.  I never suspected that I would have to learn how to live – that there were specific disciplines and ways of seeing the world I had to master before I could awaken to a simple, happy, uncomplicated life.”
-Dan Millman

Studies conducted by positivity psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky point to 12 things happy people do differently to increase their levels of happiness.  These are things that we can start doing today to feel the effects of more happiness in our lives.  (Check out her book The How of Happiness.)

I want to honor and discuss each of these 12 points, because no matter what part of life’s path we’re currently traveling on, these ‘happiness habits’ will always be applicable.

  1. Express gratitude. – When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value.  Kinda cool right?  So basically, being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness.  And that’s without having to go out and buy anything.  It makes sense.  We’re gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren’t thankful for what we already have.
  2. Cultivate optimism. – Winners have the ability to manufacture their own optimism.  No matter what the situation, the successful diva is the chick who will always find a way to put an optimistic spin on it.  She knows failure only as an opportunity to grow and learn a new lesson from life.  People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times.
  3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison. – Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous.  If we’re somehow ‘better’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, it gives us an unhealthy sense of superiority.  Our ego inflates – KABOOM – our inner Kanye West comes out!  If we’re ‘worse’ than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, we usually discredit the hard work that we’ve done and dismiss all the progress that we’ve made.  What I’ve found is that the majority of the time this type of social comparison doesn’t stem from a healthy place.  If you feel called to compare yourself to something, compare yourself to an older version of yourself.
  4. Practice acts of kindness. – Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain.  (Serotonin is a substance that has TREMENDOUS health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.)  Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside.  What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better, but so will people watching the act of kindness.  How extraordinary is that?  Bystanders will be blessed with a release of serotonin just by watching what’s going on.  A side note is that the job of most anti-depressants is to release more serotonin.  Move over Pfizer, kindness is kicking ass and taking names.
  5. Nurture social relationships. – The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships.  Did you know studies show that people’s mortality rates are DOUBLED when they’re lonely?  WHOA!  There’s a warm fuzzy feeling that comes from having an active circle of good friends who you can share your experiences with.  We feel connected and a part of something more meaningful than our lonesome existence.
  6. Develop strategies for coping. – How you respond to the ‘craptastic’ moments is what shapes your character.  Sometimes crap happens – it’s inevitable.  Forrest Gump knows the deal.  It can be hard to come up with creative solutions in the moment when manure is making its way up toward the fan.  It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call, and in your arsenal at your disposal.
  7. Learn to forgive. – Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being.  You see, your mind doesn’t know the difference between past and present emotion.  When you ‘hate’ someone, and you’re continuously thinking about it, those negative emotions are eating away at your immune system.  You put yourself in a state of suckerism (technical term) and it stays with you throughout your day.
  8. Increase flow experiences. – Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still.  It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task.  Action and awareness are merged.  You’re not hungry, sleepy, or emotional.  You’re just completely engaged in the activity that you’re doing.  Nothing is distracting you or competing for your focus.
  9. Savor life’s joys. – Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy.  It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli and omnipresent movement to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences.  When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic.  It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them.
  10. Commit to your goals. – Being wholeheartedly dedicated to doing something comes fully-equipped with an ineffable force.  Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere.  When you’re fully committed to doing something, you have no choice but to do that thing.  Counter-intuitively, having no option – where you can’t change your mind – subconsciously makes humans happier because they know part of their purpose.
  11. Practice spirituality. – When we practice spirituality or religion, we recognize that life is bigger than us.  We surrender the silly idea that we are the mightiest thing ever.  It enables us to connect to the source of all creation and embrace a connectedness with everything that exists.  Some of the most accomplished people I know feel that they’re here doing work they’re “called to do.”
  12. Take care of your body. – Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be.  If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings), and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected.  Did you know that studies conducted on people who were clinically depressed showed that consistent exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft?  Not only that, but here’s the double whammy… Six months later, the people who participated in exercise were less likely to relapse because they had a higher sense of self-accomplishment and self-worth.

 

Spend a Friday Night with Apl.de.ap’s “Take U to the Philippines”

A Glimpse of Annecy

Annecy is one of the villages at the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France and it is known for its lake, Lac d’Annecy. Together with our very own Taal Lake in the Philippines, Lake Annecy has also been featured as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world at Budget Travel magazine.

Tell me, who would ever contend?

From the city proper, there’s a beautiful green park and a very charming canal, alluring us to walk a few steps more; and there you will find where the water is coming from. At the foot of a majestic mountain lies the equally bewitching lake of Annecy.

We found ourselves very lucky, since the weather turned out to be warmer than we expected. The bright, sunny day added to the beauty of the lake. The water’s captivatingly clear that I really felt like going for a good plunge, just like the ducks here that were not shy to show off their butts!

I'm standing here at the picturesque Bridge of Love (Pont des Amours). Where's my Romeo? He might be there, sinking.

There’s a cruise that gives tourists a wonderful way to appreciate the lake.  There’s lunch and dinner options for a 2-hour cruise ride. For short tour, say thirty minutes, there are also small wooden boats around.

Annecy is a nice place to walk around. As you pass by the European Gardens, there’s a bigger canal that somewhat welcomes you to the old town of Annecy.

The most recognizable landmark in this part of Annecy is the Palais de I’lle that sits on a small island in the middle of the river canal. It’s also known to be a prison-castle because it was originally built as a home to a lord until it was used as a prison at later time. Now it serves as a museum showing the history of the building and the city.

I got caught up by the little castle in the middle that I didn’t realize that we went inside the Church of St Maurice, which is apparently known for a 15th century mural of a decomposing corpse for a noble, which is also thought to be a reflection of the anxieties over the 100 years war.

If only I knew, I wouldn't miss that creepy mural.

Along the emerald green Thiou River you’ll find the rustic establishments with traditional architecture in the old town. It’s a rather nice stroll at a cobblestone street on a bright, sunny Friday. As my colleague’s mom summed up this quick, fancy tour, “what else can you complain, iha?”

week enders: miss u

“About week enders, I’ll give you snippets of the highs and lows of my week.”

09.12.2011 monday

– The “In the Mood for Love” tea that I drank with cheese fondue for dinner didn’t put me to sleep last Sunday night. Sorry, I was not even in that mood. My system shuts down, gala kasi nang gala!

– The Swiss adaptor didn’t adjust well with the eccentric current at the place we stayed in Paris. So, I bought a new one.

09.13.2011 tuesday

– Just because I’m back, I got 3 morning kisses.

Philippines won third-runner up from Miss Universe. Happy and proud!

Presenting, Ms Shamcey Supsup!

– There’s The Kite Runner book mystery going on.

– After dinner, I reminisced the life I had during my early days of stay in Switzerland and talked about the good-hearted people I met along the way. I feel grateful.

09.14.2011 wednesday

@perkyperps Facebook Wall: “Uhm, puwede pa kaya ako humirit? Roma? *grin* Isa itong malaking joke.”

– Finally, I’m done with my last week’s week enders! Super @___@.

– I enjoyed the last batch of fresh basil pesto from L’s garden, which I poured over my pasta for dinner last night. Pork spareribs are sweet and tasty! Busog na naman!

– And speaking of the garden, it’s been totally wiped out. You couldn’t find it anymore in Gland’s (Google) map. See it again next year.

09.15.2011 thursday

– After those hefty long walks in Paris (walked with heels on the second day, mind you), it seems to be that my legs are conditioned much better than it used to. I’ve been enjoying my jogging for two days in a row now.

– It’s been sent to everyone this morning. We are winers. Ano daw?!? *giggles*

– “Mr. Trump, if you could change one of your physical characteristics, which one would it be and why? I’m still waiting for his answer.”  Read on.

The World’s Best Cities list is worth to follow. So far, I’ve been to Paris and I admit, despite being quite disenchanted, it’s still a dream come true. If things go well, Istanbul, Barcelona and Rome will be my targets next year. If I get back home, I’ll definitely visit Bangkok, Siem Reap among others in Asia. Florence and Sydney could be interesting. It’s going to be a dream come true if I conquer Cape Town and New York. Bonne chance!

My gal liked our photo so much that she cropped me off from it and placed it as her FB profile pic. How sweet! Hehe. :b

– Next cooking assignment, it’s gonna be kare-kare. This is actually a “dry-run” cooking task, in preparation for the upcoming rendez-vous I’m about to set up. We’ve just bought stuff from the Asian store and la boucherie en France. I’m ready for the challenge in the kitchen once more.

09.16.2011 friday

– Yey, Friday! But then again, @perkyperps – “moi, relearning tolerance. haist!”

Let the tea time begin.

– I like the improved feature of Facebook and they called it Smart List. Now you can filter your news feeds according to friends group. So if I want to be entertained, I’d just go to ‘Drama Queens and Kings’ list.

In English, "Jean, the hairdresser who charges the delay of its customers" Time is gold!

– Bro’s seeking help and I replied (channeling the nerd in me):

if else statement. if B1 = 0, lock c1.

or do this:
if B1=0 or B1=””, or LEN(B1)>0, then lock c1.

i haven’t used LEN function.

– I was getting too annoyed at someone I needed something to perk me up. I didn’t like my usual coffee. Nice to find Mövenpick at the cafeteria so I bought Gruyère double cream and meringues. I got happy, in the meantime.

The silent sufferings of a newbie, I feel you, Brad. Now I smell blood.

– I just had a fascinating dinner tonight. I terribly miss Korea’s shabu-shabu or Japanese’s teppanyaki and this one’s such a great alternative! What a very nice TGIF.

La Charbonnade, it's a kind of Swiss indoor grill cuisine.

09.17.2011 saturday

– Four days of jogging in a row, I feel my legs are getting a bit tired.  One more weekend to go and I can finally switch to my jog’s regular programming.

– Happy to report that I finally cook kare-kare. Happy also to hear my dad, mom and bro over the phone. I didn’t call them, they called me! Yes.

– Mahal ko ang wikang Filipino (Tagalog), kahit gusto ko matuto mag-Pranses.  Ngunit para maintindihan ako ng nakararami, gagamitin ko ang wikang Ingles sa blog ko. Kung hindi ko man kayang pilitin ang sarili na maipahayag ang damdamin sa Tagalog, ipapaintindi ko ito sa’yo sa wika na alam mo.

In English…

I love the Filipino (Tagalog) language, even though I want to learn French. For everyone to understand, as a universal language I will use English. I must refrain from expressing in Tagalog in my blog but in case I couldn’t help it, let me translate for you then.

Read this article, How My Sons Lost Their Tagalog: Sulat kay James Soriano, interesting insights from journalist, Benjamin Pimentel.

– I’m glad that I installed instant wordpress at last. I find this tool pretty helpful so far. I’ve just got a web host and a domain name, too. The move out is getting near. I’m excited.

– AARGH.  I’m waiting for help from the Geek Council.

Parser Error Message: Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.Web.Infrastructure’ or one of its dependencies. This assembly is built by a runtime newer than the currently loaded runtime and cannot be loaded.

– We had our dinner outside the house and there, a heavy gush of rain kept pouring in. I’m not a big fan of rain, but this night, the pitterpatter sound of the rain and thunderstorm reminded me of home. Anyhow, we had Brunello di Montalcino, L’s favorite, to keep us company. We got pathetically poetic.

9.18.2011 sunday

– Rainy Sunday but we still went out for jogging. Thanks to the wind last night, we got lots of walnuts from the ground. I think we took more than a kilo, so we ended up walking on the way home instead.

I'm glad to see Dai and her big belly.

– I’m under the spirit of wine. Zzzz. I went for wine tasting at Tartegnin Pays du Bon Vin and bought wines for the upcoming fiesta.

RT via the cool hunter:
Someone asked the Dalai Lama what surprises him most. This was his response.

“Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; He lives as if he’s never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived”

– I’ve just found my Italian wine. It tastes like butter! Oh gee, it must be me. I’m not claiming this, but they said that my wine tasting skill is just getting better and better (not weirder).