5 Tips on How Not to Move On

I don’t know why you don’t want to move on. But I’m typing this anyway.

1. Do not unfriend him. Do not unfollow him.* Read his status updates and tweets then assume he’s thinking about you too, most especially when the update denotes happiness and love. You want to be updated first hand so be a good stalker. Add him to your list of Close Friends so you’ll be notified whenever he posts a photo of his meal or his new kicks. And whenever he checks in a place where you two went together, reminisce the memories.

*If he already unfriended and unfollowed you, use all your resources to get updates. Stalk your common friends’ profiles for his tagged photos and statuses, his exchange of comments with friends and/or other people. Amplify your radar coverage.

2. Do not delete his number on your phone. (Better if you can memorize his number.) Keep his number listed as your ICE. In case you decided to try stopping your breath, the paramedics can alert him. You wouldn’t like to lose the idea that maybe he still cares for you and that he’ll come rescue you and hold your hand while you’re in limbo. Keep him on speed dial. You can always “accidentally” dial him when you’re doing a game of drunk calling or when you want to send someone (him) a booty call.

3. If you’re not anymore friends on Facebook, change your privacy settings. Make/keep your profile and all your posts public. Of course, you are hoping he’s stalking you and you want him to know whatever’s happening to you, whether it be happy or sad. You want him to still be a part of your life, right?

4. Go see him (again and again and again) in person. Using your superb stalking skills, obtain a copy of his schedule. He does not need to see you; you just need to see him. What’s a better way to reminisce those memories than to see the person whom you made those memories with?

5. Never try to forget. Suppression is not for you. Always remember the details of his face — his almond-shaped deep brown eyes, the scar on his left jaw. Hug that teddy he gave you for your first February 14 together. Sniff the hanky he left in your bag. Put the dried petals of the flowers he gave you on a frame then stare at it. Stick a photo of you as a couple on the ceiling above your bed; start and end your day staring at how happy you once were.

After all these, ask yourself why are you still sulking and crying, why are you still depressed and why are you still not letting go. I may not know why but I assure you that you deserve to be happy and to feel loved. What’s done is done. Ex-lovers are like disposable undies; you cannot reuse them. Pick yourself up. Love yourself. Make sure you’re whole again for, yes, again and again, you cannot give something you do not have. You do not want to commit the same mistakes again. Forgive yourself. Earn back that self-respect which flowed away with the tears you shed. Go forth and be happy. Nobody’s responsible for your happiness but yourself. Lastly, pray. Pray that God grant you peace in your heart. As the famous word art says, “Let go and let God.”

31 Things To Do Before I Reach The Adult Diaper Stage

Few days ago, my friend, J, told me she’s trying to learn Portuguese. I laughed and asked why. She said to learn a foreign language is a part of her bucket list. (Haven’t seen her list but based on her personality, I believe her list is full of cool stuff) I wondered… how come I reached twenty-one without ever having my own bucket list? Bet almost everyone my age has their own. So, well, you guessed it. I’ll be blogging about my bucket list! Or more of things-to-do-before-I hit-the-adult-diaper-period list.

  1. Ride or at least see the interior of an armored vehicle. Is it cool with high-tech features? Is it too cold inside? Is it really bullet-proof? Is it hard to drive? Please don’t tell me to Google photos of it. I want to see it first time in person.
  2. Be a gasoline girl for a day. I don’t know why.
  3. Make a cotton candy. ‘Cos they’re cute and fluffy and sweet and fancy. Maybe I should ask one of those cotton candy vendors around my alma mater to let me try their cotton candy maker.
  4. Travel abroad. Of course.
  5. Have my own oven and learn how to bake. Because baking is precise and is more difficult than cooking.
  6. Flaunt a beach body. No. Not actually. Just have a beach body. My tummy is a big stubborn fat.
  7. Learn some bad ass contouring and highlighting! It’s like magic. Like a temporary plastic surgery. (Not that I’m a fan of cosmetic surgery.)
  8. Have a mini library. Breathing books.
  9. Drive a really long and big truck. It’s amazing how truck drivers drive in reverse and drive on narrow roads perfectly.
  10. Watch Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (again) live. I’m a loyal KatyCat.
  11. See a bus/truck-turned home in person and take a “ride” in it; or better yet, live in it.
  12. See the Eiffel Tower in person. Who doesn’t want this?
  13. Travel alone. I just think that travelling alone will benefit one so much — yknow, a lot of me time, having your self all by yourself. (What. Did I even make sense.)
  14. Visit as many science museums as I can (local and international) because science is so awesome.
  15. Send and receive postcards to and from other countries. It’s old school and it’s fun.
  16. Own not a house but a home.
  17. Ride a hot air balloon. One of my childhood fantasies.
  18. See this in person ‘cos it looks so damn cool in photos.
  19. Take a photo with one of United Kingdom’s red telephone boxes.
  20. Ride an elephant.
  21. Join a triathlon. Or just running and cycling ‘cos I am no expert swimmer. I just want to give my lungs and heart a chance to prove that they don’t suck.
  22. Visit Japan and Korea. I want to understand why Filipinos love Japanese and Korean culture so much.
  23. Go on a cruise. European, Asian, Mediterranean, wherever. I just want to be on a cruise. I checked Princess Cruises and oh. Their site told me an Asian cruise will cost me at least half a million.
  24. Adopt a kitten. I’m happy with my fish but they’re not as interactive as cats so…
  25. Visit Bali and find out the reason why Tyra Banks loves Bali so much.
  26. Learn or at least try surfing.
  27. Get lost in the city. Yknow, driving somewhere unfamiliar, wasting gas, creating my own adventure.
  28. Go to the mall and shop ’till I drop using my hard-earned, one-month salary.
  29. Own a pair of Christian Louboutin. Because every girl should have one.
  30. Learn Spanish and use it.
  31. Ride trains of different countries. Riding the train makes me happy. I wonder if there are still trains that have upholstered seats — the ones I see in the movies.

Well I guess these are all for now. I really hope I can do these all before aging hits me.

14 Things I’m Thankful For

I ended last year with a to-do list and I am very happy to let you know I’ve ticked all the check boxes on that to-do list! Yay for me!

I want to end this year not with another to-do list (because I want pretty much the same things) but with a list of little things I’m thankful for. 2013 hasn’t been really great; I just want to end it on a positive note.

  1. Mom. Despite every thing that’s happening to her, she never failed to be a mom to me and to my brother. She really is one of the strongest persons I have ever known.
  2. Medium complexion. I don’t get why people laugh at me because of my skin color. Yes, at my age, people around me still tease me — people older than me, actually. I am happy with my complexion and I’m proud of it. I’m not doing anything to lighten it. I’m not a fan of today’s society’s standards of beauty.
  3. Friends. Because they’re there when I don’t need them, when all I want is just to sit down and to have parallel play. I believe that’s a wonderful thing. Being with your friend while reading a book or playing a single-player game on your iPad is so much different compared to doing it beside a stranger.
  4. Location of our house. Our house is located in the not-so-metro part of Metro Manila. We’re actually closer to Bulacan than to Manila. It gives me so much hassle going to and from places in Manila but I’m still thankful because we’re not on the fault line and we didn’t experience the floods caused by the major typhoons that hit the Philippines these past few years.
  5. Spiritual Inspiration on Tumblr. That blog just gives me so much hope and well, of course, inspiration.
  6. Dad. I think it’s really not easy to be the one whom people depend on. He’s amazing. He’s a hero. Plus he gave me my asset — my cleft chin. *wink*
  7. Books. Why did I ever deny myself of books when I was younger? Books are like really magical. They take you to places you’ve never been or probably, wonderful places you’ll never see.
  8. That nice jeepney driver. Here’s the story: I rode the jeep with my friend. We took the front seats. While we we’re enjoying the breeze on our faces, a woman suddenly crossed the street. Earphones in her ears while looking at her phone’s screen so she didn’t notice the jeep approaching. The nice jeepney driver hit the brakes while holding my left arm, acting like a seat belt. Impact was hard that my face could have hit the windshield. End of story. Thanks to Mister Driver for saving the windshield from my sweaty face. Or I guess for saving my face from the hard glass.
  9. Big nails. I just feel like I’m getting more than what I paid for whenever I go to the salon and have my nails done — bigger nails = using more nail polish, paying the same amount. I know this is funny and shallow. Haha.
  10. Benhur Luy. Or to whoever is responsible for bringing Janet Lim-Napoles’s secrets out of the closet.
  11. Drive to a healthy diet. This drive is not really easy to maintain especially when pizza, bacon, ice cream and chocolate start to use their powers to seduce you. My friends tell me it’s amazing that I can eat every thing in moderation. Would you believe that my total junk food intake for this year can only fill a small bag of Lay’s and my total soda intake is approximately just one liter?
  12. Brother. He’s too good in cracking me up. I always look forward to weekends; I can only see my brother during weekends because he lives in an apartment near school and only goes home during weekends. I hate it when he spends weekends doing school requirements. I know I’m clingy but I really just want to spend more time with him. He’s really fun and cool and smart. (How many times did I say “weekends”?)
  13. People who walked out of my life. I appreciate them volunteering to leave. Saved me from the effort of discovering how much I do not need them.
  14. Fats. They keep me warm.

Well, I guess that’s it. Can’t think! New year vibe excites me so much. Wishing you guys a more fruitful 2014!

24 Words You Might Not Know You’ve Been Saying Incorrectly

‘Cos I’m in love with English phonetics, this deserves to be on my blog.

Thought Catalog

In a famous episode of Seinfeld, George gets upset because his girlfriend of the week calls  papier-mache hats “pah-pee-yea mah-shay,” instead of the normal Anglicized version. For George, this is an insurmountable problem and a constant source of frustration, and many of use get angry or upset when we find out we don’t know how to say a word.

However, you shouldn’t fret. The English language is constantly changing and evolving, and sometimes word deviate from their original pronunciation in their everyday use. There are just 24 examples of words you or those around you might be saying incorrectly — myself included.

1. Prescription

Doing it wrong: “Pur – scrip – shun”
Doing it right: “Pre – scrip – shun”

This is a common one where I’m from, the alternate universe between Ohio and Kentucky. It’s the land of warshing machines and cricks, where you get red of something…

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7 Types of Commuters I Hate

I know only a little about driving. I do not have a driver’s license. I do not have my own car. Hence, I am a commuter. Being a commuter for approximately nine years now, I have experienced a lot of commuter problems. Traffic, heat, flood, lack of transportation units, etc. And for nine years, I have also observed a lot of different commuter behaviors which I find annoying and disruptive to the normal flow of commuter life. Here are some of the things that I have observed:
  1. Commuters who act deaf, blind or sleeping so they would have an excuse not to pass the change. I know money’s dirty but it’s part of commuting etiquette to pass the change whether you have a habit of licking your fingers or not. Just go to a store and get yourself a small bottle of alcohol or Sterillium or Cutasept. Or better yet soak your hands in Cidex when you get home. Ugh.
  2. Commuters who don’t want to move their asses. Come on. You only paid for a pair of ass yet you want to occupy space for one and a half pair of butt cheeks. If you want to occupy a bigger space, go get yourself a cab or a coaster or a limousine. Same thing applies to those who don’t want to move towards the center of the train. It’s as if everybody wants to kiss the door.
  3. Commuters who cross their legs. I just don’t get this.
  4. Commuters who throw their trash outside the window or anywhere inside the PUV. Bus tickets, candy wrappers, tissue papers. Reflects how undisciplined people are. It won’t add up to the weight of your bag if you’ll keep your trash for a while then throw it later when you see a trash bin.
  5. Commuters who play music with loudspeakers. Please be considerate. We don’t have the same taste in music. Save yourself from criticisms based on your playlist. We’re living in an era of headphones and earphones anyway.
  6. Commuters who position all the air condition vents in a manner where all cold air will hit their face. As far as I can remember, we paid for the same amount so I believe I too must have my fair share of cold air.
  7. Commuters who bring with them things which smell irritating inside air-conditioned vehicles. Again, consideration, people. We hate the scent of fresh fish lingering on our clothes. We still have a long day ahead. Plus strongly scented whatevers may trigger an asthma attack.
See. Annoying. Have you observed other irritating commuter behaviors? Oh well, let’s just be “better commuters”. Haha! ‘Till next time for another round of ranting! Tee hee.

10 Things I hate on Facebook

Don’t get me wrong. I love Facebook. I love Mark Zuckerberg for being such a genius. But you know, some people are just ugh. You describe them.
  1. People who post a picture along with a caption that is so not related to the picture. Like there’s a picture of a mountain with a caption, “Wish you were here.”
  2. People who post their picture along with captions like, “I hate my nose” or “Look at my blackheads” or “Ugly me”. Darn. If you post something, it means you want the world to appreciate, not hate. If your face is not captured in the right angle and you think you’re ugly, then do not post that picture. Posting something that is so not pleasing to the eye provokes spread of hatred and sin.
  3. People who flood my News Feed with their faces. You know, 9823 pictures, same face, same smile, same angle. What is the sense in that?
  4. People who like their own post. Such a loner. Don’t you have friends?
  5. People who beg their friends to like their post. Pathetic. Liking should never be coerced.
  6. People who connect their Twitter account to their Facebook account. Why is there a need to post the same thing twice? Instagram to Facebook is acceptable. Yknow, not everyone has an Android or an iOS device. But seriously, Twitter to Facebook? I don’t get it. To make things worse, they are my Facebook friends and I am following them on Twitter. Hoorah.
  7. People who fight online or dares a fight online. Nothing could go cheaper than that. If you’re mature enough, you would straighten things by talking privately to that person you despise.
  8. People who use Facebook as Twitter. I mean posting status every three seconds or posting something like, “I just ate” or “I have my period” or “I wanna fart”. Ugh. TMI. Annoying.
  9. People who use overexposed pictures as their Profile Picture. Come on. A Profile Picture is there so your friends could identify you. Could we identify you if the camera flash is all over your face? All we can see are your iris and nostrils.
  10. People who greet their friends by posting “HBD”. What a great greeting. Very touching. Can we at least make that day special by putting some effort in typing, “Happy Birthday, (insert name here)”? It won’t cost you a penny anyway.

You’re probably thinking now why I am still using Facebook despite the things written here. Simple: Facebook is now one of the most important means of communication.

That’s it. ‘Till next time for another round of ranting. Tee hee.

13 Things that I learned in the Office

Sharing you the things I have learned during my Office Secretary days…

  1. The most difficult task that could be written on anyone’s job description is: “Accomplish other tasks that may be assigned from time to time.”
  2. Smile. It matters.
  3. When the phone rings, stop whatever you’re doing and answer it immediately.
  4. When things are going too familiar, step back.
  5. Gossiping about whoever is part of everyone’s job description. But it is the only part of your job description that is optional.
  6. You should be able to master the art of pretending to be doing something especially if your boss is around.
  7. Your office mates may be smiling at you but that doesn’t mean they like you.
  8. Always bring a tumbler with you. And if you want to look classy and professional, make sure it’s one of those overpriced Starbucks tumblers. Opaque one with the words, “Starbucks Coffee” engraved or printed on it.
  9. Complaining won’t do you any good. Just shut up and do your work.
  10. Drinking coffee while doing work makes you look busy, mature and professional.
  11. It isn’t really a sin to laugh with your boss and to talk with him about things not related to work. Just know your limits. He’s still your boss.
  12. Maximize the use of office supplies.
  13. Don’t mind gossips about you. So long as you do your job right, you’ll be okay.