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.”

week enders: start reading on

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

08.29.2011 monday

– I came across this photo and realized that a friend of mine shared it before, wishing she could visit a library like this someday. I just found out that this library is just at St. Gallen in Switzerland. To visit or not to visit, that is the question.

– I had a very nice lunch and it is the best lengua estofado I have eaten so far.

– I am thinking of visiting Luzerne and Zurich this coming October. Wanna join?

– I came to see my client for a freelance work. I hope this time her card will work!

08.30.2011 tuesday

– It’s going to take awhile before I eat kafta again. What a heavy lunch!

– Network is down, network is down! ala counterstrike ang drama. Echos.

– I removed my profile photo at Facebook to take part in the International Day of the Disappeared. I also felt like I wanted to disappear, too. Abrakadabra.

08.31.2011 wednesday

– It might be official. I am going to jog everyday for the sake of a morning express. It’s weird, but good and healthy motivation.

– Weather’s been nice for the lunch picnic at Jardin Boutanique with work colleagues at WTO.

– With the food we served, we were able to feed everyone alright. G, L and I had halo-halo for dessert and it was sooo good! Boondat nga lang, so it’s up for green tea before L and I slept.

Humba, humba! Ubos na po.

09.01.2011 thursday

Christmas is starting in the Philippines, at this early time. Their shoutouts and tweets said it so. Onli in the Pilipins.

– “At last, I’m done with you, Genève et moi.”

@perkyperps: “Di maitago ang excitement, “Yehey!” I awkwardly followed through, “Happy for you that you’re on vacation!” Haha.”

– I bought 2 asado siopaos, bow.

– Conrado de Quiros writes/orates in Tagalog again through his article entitled, “Dumating na ang araw n’yo.

– I spent dinner with a friend at Wasabi. We also took our favorite Movenpick ice cream, the flavor is Cognac VSOP!

Smooth Swiss ice cream is infused with the fruity and floral notes of a fine VSOP Cognac and paired with Cognac-marinated Granny Smith apple pieces.

09.02.2011 friday

@perkyperps: “I bought 3 rarely used books from our library for a whopping 5 swiss francs! That’s only 250 pesos.” #tgif http://pic.twitter.com/RrZ3Uih

– Steamed fish in banana leaf is gonna be my third favorite lunch from the Thai lady. Tonight’s dinner is apparently another Thai dish, it’s pork satay!

09.03.2011 saturday

– My padala boxes were picked up already. Ready to be shipped on September and delivered by December. My family will love it.

– A batchmate of mine who works in Singapore and is now touring around Europa, couldn’t make it to Geneva on Sunday. Something came up. Sayang, excited pa naman ako maging tour guide niya.No longer a tourist here! *wink*

– @perkyperps: “Not necessarily my cooking assignment, but I’ll be sitting in to observe.” http://pic.twitter.com/gHAdPEK

– I learned another recipe again, this time, how to cook a couscous meal.

– I just downloaded BitNami stacks. Now where do I begin?

– @perkyperps: “Chips don’t come cheap, but it’s cheaper now. It’s salt & vinegar!”  http://pic.twitter.com/JWhu1hV

@perkyperps: “Just lost my appetite. A reminder to self, it’s not only cultural, but a generational gap, too. Tada!” http://flic.kr/p/GdyPv

09.04.2011 sunday

– I had an interesting jog this morning. It’s another way for me to speak openly sans the wine. Hehe.

– “It’s a compliment. Welcome to the family!” “Waah.”

– Quick notes on cooking before I forget. One way to clean the veggies and to keep them a bit more colorful is by blanching them in boiled water with salt. Two, palabok noodles add a bit of pizzazz on pancit.

– “Coast is clear! Roger that.”

– My folks haven’t had enough me yesterday that they wanted me to call them up again today! If only there’s someone who can help them with Skype, gawd, I just might become a millionaire. Bro?

– Uh oh. There goes the usual weekend snooze. Arret, I’ve got lots of things to do!

What the Shrek Just Happened?

It took me another month before I formally blog something here again.  Call it another writer’s block moment, distractions are everywhere!  Believe me, I would already be in the flow until something (or someone, a cute kind!) gets my attention. Just like that, the words and ideas would take a back seat over and over I’d end up posting something quick instead, like for my mini-series, Spend-a-Friday-NightI-Super-Want-to-WatchCoffee Reads, Apprendre la langue francaise, etc. UPDATE: Plinky might help.

After my birthday, I felt like days passed right through me I just wasn’t bothered, except now.  May be the year added to my age hasn’t sinked in yet, that’s why.

But how can I ever forget it of course?  The trip to Mindoro was indeed a break away from everything in the city. It was another chance for me and Nature to become one (yeah, the drama).

And finally, I was able to visit the much talked about island situated in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, the Apo Reef Natural Park, which is acclaimed as “the best in Asia and second largest in the world, a diving mecca in the Philippines.” Yeah, another marketing spiel.

Welcome to Apo Reef Island in Mindoro

It's another summer view to enjoy.

Perfectly blue, it is!

Top view of the island, you can see how far and wide we snorkeled around this island. Ehem, well not entirely. Though on our way back, we passed by an area where the dead corals are, which were brought by illegal fishing. Call it another dead place under the sea. This explains why they closed this island to public for many years until recently.

And this is what you see when you go deep under, say, 20 to 30 feet? This is not from the aquarium of Manila Ocean Park, mind you. But yeah, you'd feel you are in it. But still, this is a much closer encounter, a real one! So, boo to Manila Ocean Park! Hehe.

Nemo and his kinds are just cute! These fishes were just being watchful because I heard they can really strike back when they feel threatened. Enlighten me, can they? They just look so harmless!

I hope you can see it from this photo a camera-shy reef shark we just passed by. Truth is, I got quite scared. Apparently, he got scared from us.

It wasn’t really tough to get there as I had imagined when we decided to travel by bus and boat. Just expect the long hours of travel, of course. You can take the Dimple Star bus stationed at Cubao in Quezon City and bound to San Jose. It will take 2 to 3 hours until you reach Batangas Pier. The bus will be loaded on the Roro boat headed to Abra de Ilog at Occidental Mindoro and another 2 to 3 hours will be spent at sea. From Abra de Ilog, the bus will travel again on the way to Sablayan for 3 hours. If you cannot endure this long travel, take by plane via Cebu Pacific or PAL Express bound to San Jose and from San Jose, take a bus ride that will only take an hour until you reach Sablayan.

Remember the dessert treat-out at Gelatone I blogged about several weeks back? Just for fun, I sent this blog post as an entry to Gelatone‘s anniversary photo contest and lucky me, our entry won the top treat. Yey!  Since Dylan and Janet seemed to be that unavailable, and Mahros eventually begged off because it’s a Sunday and she didn’t wish to travel that far, and the anniversary treat was a one-day affair despite asking the favor to have ours re-scheduled, I then decided to tag my family along instead.  As usual, we enjoyed our bonding moment together with loads of pasta and lots of Italian ice cream in store for us.

Perps, Mahros, Janet & Dylan, congratulations!

Mom, dad, brother and I are spending time together at Gelatone.

Our photo-op with the owners of Gelatone. Many thanks and congratulations!

I cannot withstand this ice cream stand. I can't!

Temperature’s rising up to 38 degrees and so was the election fever in the Philippines. It’s a hot, hawt national event of the year because this is the country’s first attempt to dish out a mano-mano (manual) electoral process and speed it up by placing counting machines named PCOS that speak to you the now-famous catchphrase popularized by another masa’s noon delight, “Congratulations!”, upon successful casting of your vote.  I could have voted (for the first time, ironically) because I was curious over the new process as I’d imagine this seemed to be a lot easier now for a regular voter like me. It turned out not that easy, again.

Apart from this curiosity, the strong influence of social media today has been so contagious that the election campaign joined the bandwagon.  Even though I ended up not registering (again), I placed my bet on Gordon and somewhat campaigned for him personally over Facebook, Twitter, etc. What was even more interesting, on the election day itself, local TV stations had gone sci-fi’d  with their coverage that they got their viewers amazed with the touch screens, iPads, and holy-mother-of-pearl, a Star Wars alike hologram! Add to that is the million votes per millisecond speed that we had witnessed as soon as they began processing the electoral returns. Yes, we were bombarded with everything techie that this time people left clueless on whether they got cheated (again) or not. We’re so accustomed to the usual tallying and it’s easier then to point fingers. Now, well, point your finger to a PCOS and it won’t bark back. Isn’t it that easy? Not.

By the end of the summer month, I caught myself hitting the gym again. This time, I joined Fitness First. Yeah, I belong to the fag circuitry now, I’m such a fag hag now.

Kidding aside, I can say that I’m more focused and determined than the last time I was in the same endeavor, er, two years ago?  It’s even coming to the point now that I set manageable but pretty challenging diet and fitness goals.  As a matter of fact, I keep track of the calories I consumed and burned through Livestrong.com. It is a rather helpful, interesting site. It does not only provide you useful tools like food/fitness diaries, BMI calculator, recipe logs etc., but it also provides good tips on all aspects in health and fitness. Admittedly, I’m hooked!

So in case you are interested to see what I have eaten and what I have suffered myself from just to burn them away, check out my Livestrong.com profile.  It’s an open diary.

Wish me luck. I hope I can lose 10 pebble stones off my weight, easy and fast! Liar.

Did you watch? I didn't but it could be worth watching, right?

Coffee Reads of the Week – today’s women on marriage, family and economy

Some of the articles I enjoyed reading over the net are worth sharing, too. Check out my weekly posts via the Coffee Reads series. I’ve got my google reader to back me up so do also check out my shared reads. Enjoy!

Three special topics focusing on women featured in NYTimes.com’s segment, “Room for Debate: A Running Commentary on the News.” Here are some interesting tidbits.

Oh, and to all my fellow females, Happy Women’s Day! As what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remarks, “For this International Women’s Day, let us pledge our renewed determination for a future of equal rights, equal opportunities and progress for all.

For Women, Redefining Marriage Material
“In this new model, which I have called “hedonic marriage,” couples who have similar preferences and desires for balancing work, fun, and family are well-suited. This new model of marriage thrives when households have the resources to enjoy their lives.” – Betsey Stevenson

“The best predictors of a man’s marital satisfaction are how much sex he gets and how little criticism he gets. And numerous studies show that women feel more intimacy and more sexual attraction toward — and are less critical of — husbands who participate in childcare and housework.” – Stephanie Coontz

Miranda and Steve from Sex and the City

Alpha Wives: The Trend and the Truth
“More educated women are healthier, live longer, have healthier children, more stable marriages and higher incomes. Wives with more education and employment opportunities have greater bargaining power in the home (yes, men are doing a lot more at home). In the first half of the previous century women were more educated than were men but they did not have equality in the marketplace. Now they have both (or nearly so). Hurrah.” – Claudia Goldin

“Initially, we will see some husbands with bruised egos, some wives who are anxious about their new status, and some marriages that cannot survive the reversal of roles. But the adjustment is likely to be easier and quicker than you might think.

The result will be marriages in which wives and husbands share decision-making power rather than ones in which wives dominate. To be sure, our marriage culture needs to catch up to this change, but most men will eventually adapt to families in which father and mother jointly know best.” – Andrew J. Cherlin

“Our now dominant model of marriage makes a priority of friendship, intimacy and a more equal exchange of domestic labor and, crucially, respect. Research indicates that equality in a number of areas is associated with today’s successful relationships: background, social class and educational level among them. Respect for each other easily flows when these things roughly match.

As the powerful woman becomes more common, she may be alluring to some men, but to other men this is a problem if it leads to an inequality of respect. Indeed, the decline in the number of marriages in some countries, the still high number of divorces, and the acceptability of serial cohabitations and singlehood (to a lesser extent, as both sexes still wish for committed relationships) have arisen in part because these can seem better choices for some women than picking men for whom respect will erode.” – Janet Reibstein

A New Trend in Motherhood
“A tremendous change is occurring. It used to be that the family created one or more children; today it is the child who creates the family. It’s by the arrival of a child that adults find themselves in familial roles. Furthermore, the product of a couple has become more important than the couple itself, which is weakened by contrast.” – Corinne Maier

“Western societies’ lengthy economic prosperity has brought about a scenario in which men and women alike are losing the motivation to marry. To many it just doesn’t make sense anymore. Only cultural motivations seem to resonate, and those only modestly.” – Mark Regnerus

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My Top Everything of 2009 – In High Profile

1. The Queen

Thank you for being patient, loving, (super) attentive, caring, supportive, and tough (super).