Archive | April 2014

What a Day!


It’s a happy day at the office. April 30 is always a happy day at the office. #thankyoumoreplease

And thank You, Lord, for the blessing. Thank You for always taking care of me. 🙂


Heavenly Angel

A few weeks back, an old friend chatted me up on Facebook to say that he thought of me while listening to Menudo. Yeah, that popular boy band from the 1980s!

“Heavenly Angel” was the song that he was listening to.


Maybe this should have been posted on Thursday for the ultimate #throwbackThursday. Hahaha! 

I didn’t know this song until my friend told me. But I did love Menudo as a kid. I remember that when they came to Manila in 1986 for a concert, I begged my parents to allow me to watch it. I had a HUUGGE crush on Ricky Martin!

But my parents wouldn’t budge because I was only in first grade at that time! Hahaha! Talk about being brokenhearted. Parang Justin Bieber lang of my time. 🙂

That was a fun conversation. Lakas maka-good vibes kasi my friend shared some kilig stuff during our elementary years. 🙂


This entry was posted on April 28, 2014, in Chill.

Thankful Sunday: Happy Conversations

Some conversations are normal and they do not leave a lasting mark in your heart. But there are conversations that just make your heart flutter.

I wish to have more conversations like that. Conversations that make me smile and grin from ear to ear. Conversations that make my heart happy. Conversations that make me kilig.

And I’m grateful to be part of conversations like that. 🙂

How’s your week?

Why I Hate How How I Met Your Mother Ended

To quote my friend, Sheila, “It was never about the yellow umbrella. It has always been about the blue French horn.”

Days after the series finale of How I Met Your Mother, friends and I are still analyzing the fucking ending. It wasn’t legendary because we were all shocked (and not in a good way!).

We were all rooting for the Mother, whose name is Tracy. Sure, Ted and the Mother ended up together, getting married, having two kids, and leading a happy and perfect life. And then, the Mother died.

Six years after her death, Ted shares the story to their kids on how he met their mother. This was all a ruse because as the kids pointed out, Ted wanted to subtly say that he still loves Robin and that he wants to ask her out.

The series ended with Ted standing outside Robin’s apartment and holding the blue French horn.

Why do I hate it? Let me count the ways.

1. Ted is the friend who never wants to move on.
You know that friend. He is the one who keeps on pining for his ex even though the ex has completely moved on. He is the friend, who stalks his ex’s social media accounts, who keeps mentioning the ex every time he/ gets. He is the friend who always manages to connect every tiny detail of any story to the ex.

He is the friend you want to slap, strangle, and yell at, “Enough! Mag-move on ka na!”

2. Ted wouldn’t know the right person if his life depended on it.
Victoria was perfect. Stella was also a great gal (before she ditched Ted). Again, Ted is the friend who rants why he can’t find the right woman when two perfectly women have already passed by.

His true love is Robin, you say? Then, here’s the next argument.

3. Robin is the female Barney.
As shown in the series, Barney is asshole personified. He said it best when he argued that if he couldn’t make his marriage work with Robin, he’ll never make it work with anyone.

Robin is the female Barney. She is bitch personified (no female friends, hates Patrice, etc). If she couldn’t make his marriage work with Barney, why do you think her relationship with Ted would work?

We also need to remember that Robin has persistently broken Ted’s heart. She ended up marrying Ted’s best friend. This leads me to my next argument.

4. Past behavior is a good indicator of future behavior.
This is a valid and grounded psychological assessment. As mentioned above, Robin has broken Ted’s heart so many times. She will break Ted’s heart again and again.

And I go back to my first two arguments, you want to slap Ted and yell, “Enough!”

5. We rooted for Ted in finding his one great love.
For nine seasons, we waited for Ted to find his one great love. We saw him in his highs and lows. We saw him dump and get dumped. We saw him happy and sad. 

When the Mother died, we all felt cheated because all we wanted–all these nine seasons–was for Ted to finally find his happy ending. His ending was Mother died and he regressed and went back to Robin.

Sure, I believe that timing is everything. It has a solid Biblical reference in Ecclesiastes, “To everything, there is a season.”

Timing with the Mother makes sense, yes. But timing with Robin, no. Because Robin has a different set of priorities in life, which do not fit Ted’s priorities. And judging by Robin’s past behavior, she will break Ted’s heart again.

6. Ted is Archie.
I added this as an afterthought, two weeks after I wrote the first five items. Another reason why I hated the ending of HIMYM is because Ted reminded me a lot of Archie Andrews, the much-loved comic character.

For years, Archie chased Veronica, who broke his heart over and over again. Even when he has the perfect girl, Betty, he continued to pine for Veronica. 

Veronica is Robin, period.

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I talk about them like they’re real people. Hahahaha! You should hear me talk about The Walking Dead!

It wasn’t a legendary ending. Okay, it was legendary in a bad way. 

I am not surprised that the producers are releasing the Season 9 DVD with the alternate happy ending. Many fans felt cheated and the producers need to do damage-control. The hatred was legendary.

As MindyTV said, we were the last slap-bet in all these. I agree.

This entry was posted on April 21, 2014, in Chill.

Thankful Sunday: God’s Work

This week was a great week. My friends and I went on a five-day trip to Caramoan. Despite the rain and the big waves, the trip was epic. I couldn’t help but admire God’s work.

Here are just some of the most stunning photos of what we saw. But keep in mind that it’s still much better to see Caramoan for yourself. 🙂

 

These are all God’s work. This is why I travel, because it allows me to see how beautiful the world is and how warm the people are. I am thankful for this trip.

When Frustration Hits You

For a while, I was really happy to find out that she wants to regain her hearing. We spent all our lives shouting at each other because she couldn’t hear us properly.

I was looking forward to the day that she would finally get to hear us, hear me. And then, the news.

He said that she no longer wants to get a hearing aid. She said she hears fine daw and that she’ll get a hearing aid next time na lang daw.

This is so freaking frustrating. Why does she live in continuous denial? She really doesn’t get it. We were never close because it has always been hard to communicate with her. I always have to raise my voice so she could hear me. It’s stressful and we only get by with a few words.

I’ve always longed to talk to her like we’re two friends. I want to share with her what happens in my life. I want to tell her what’s happening with that legal process I’m going through.

I want her to be able to hear her sisters. I want her to be able to hear her other children. That freaking hearing impairment has always been the reason why we were never be able to be close to her.

And now she doesn’t want to get a hearing aid anymore. Saka na lang daw. Ma, you’re 70 years old. You’re getting old. Saka na lang may be too late. I don’t want to get to that point where we all regret what could have been.

Sigh, Lord. Please touch her heart and help her realize how her life could be more fruitful when she can hear clearly again.

A Lenten Reflection

Lent is almost always associated with sacrifice. After all, God sacrificed His only Son for us.

But hardships and sacrifice happen all throughout the year. There are days when you wish you can just stay in bed all day. There are moments when the world looks dark. There are times where too many roadblocks are in our way.

But hold on. Hang on.

Things are always darkest before the dawn. Hang on because these, too, shall pass. Hang on because after all the hardships, there will be a reward at the end.

In the meantime, just hang on to your faith that everything will be okay.


On Vacation


For the first time ever, I will be on vacation on a Holy Week. 

It has always been our family’s tradition to stay at home in observation of Holy Week. That meant braving the heat and just chill. This year, though, my friends and I are traveling. 

This will be an epic trip. 🙂


Thankful Sundays: Things Are Moving

The biggest blessing I am most grateful for this week: things are moving along.

First is a major project at work. Things are moving quite fast and it’s great that we are all involved in this.

I can’t go into the details but we’re all excited to be part of building our mother brand.

Next major item is that the legal thingie I’m involved in is moving quickly. After some major delays in finishing some documents, K is rushing a lot of things to make up for lost time. I expect more developments in the coming weeks.

For both items, I pray that God would give me the strength in accomplishing my responsibilities.

Oh, next week is Lent. Well, today is Palm Sunday. I hope we all have a quiet Holy Week.

As for me, I’ll be on vacation but I wrote a couple posts in advance. I’ll post more after the break.

How’s your week?