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Gifts Anyone???

People from all ages expects something this Christmas season. And to us Filipinos, it’s the giving and receiving of gifts that makes this season a far better celebration than fiestas and other festivities in this part of the world.

 When I was a kid, I was expectant to have the gifts from all my aunts, godparents and all…It was a time for me when counting my money and gifts an important part of my Christmas day.  And then goes the reality of growing up. The giving of gifts tend to go overnight and I end up receiving nothing at all.

 Hahaha… do I sound like a child who’s jealous at other kids getting gifts this Christmas?

 Understanding the times means knowing that my aunt’s priorities are with the little kids-my nephews and niece and my little cousins. Economic struggles tend to disclose grown-ups like me the necessity to be given gifts, knowing I’m old enough and understand the situation at hand. Hahaha, but I don’t deny the fact that I still want to receive gifts this Christmas!

 And to all those who are grown-ups and working like me, cheer-up! Life doesn’t end at Christmas and besides, you can buy stuff for ourselves which I believe is one gift not bestowed to everyone else. 🙂

EMO and UNFAIR!

I always wonder how I would look like if I become one of those “emo” guys on the street. Long sided hair, dark-lined eyes, lipsticks? (black?) How about wearing those hood jackets with stripes all over? Or perhaps wearing those tight levi’s jeans and chuck taylor boots? (I’m wondering If I look good on that though…)

A lot has been going on that You can’t expect me to become too emotional – to the extent of looking like one!

But honestly speaking, I hate people who are careless of other people’s feeling. If I could sum up everything that happened this past few days, it’s this – UNFAIR.

UNFAIR because People speaks first, BEFORE THINKING it through.

UNFAIR because PEOPLE HATES YOU for being HONEST.

UNFAIR because THEY DON’T WANT YOU to be FRIENDS.

UNFAIR because YOU CAN’T GET WHAT YOU WANT.

UNFAIR because LIFE IS NOT FAIR!

Can life be really unfair? Or is it just how we perceive things that makes it look unfair?

In all of these, I believe LIFE is unfair, not by CHANCE but by how You and me makes choices that either breaks or makes another person’s life miserable. I’m thinking that being UNFAIR is a man-made choice wherein all of us, in all walks of life chooses to do something not for others, but for what we think is fair for us regardless of what the OUTCOME may be.

But the question really is, in all of the unfairness in life, how do we make life fair not just for us, but for everyone else out there, who thinks the same? Life indeed is a mystery, because even us can’t determine such answer.

Late Night Stuff…Whew!

It’s the wee hours of the night and I’m still at the office due to some odd reasons. Whew!

I just had a talk earlier with my boss and discussed the possibilities of relocating somewhere in the Metro Manila area. The chat went something like this –

Vir: Ei, Matt, still busy?
Matt: Yes chief,it’s ok…
Vir: uhmmm…got something to tell you.
Matt: What’s that?
Vir: I’m freaking nervous…waaah!
Matt: Come on, spill it out…
Vir: Uhm,I’m planning to relocate in Manila area.

Just to clear it out, the main reason of planning to transfer there is for growth and for my Mama who is staying alone in Manila by herself. And I don’t like it to be that way forever. No one’s close enough to help her out.

Matt: So, when do you plan to move?
Vir: if ever possible, January or February…
Matt: Do you also want to relocate in any of the sites in Manila?
Vir: Yeah! That would be great!
Matt: Let’s talk this Sunday and see our options…
Vir: OK, Sunday then.


It was funny really when Matt asked me if ever I wanted to transfer to any of the sites in Manila. He maybe thought that I had other companies in mind with the transfer. And in doing so, it made it easier for me to transfer in Manila with the same interests and work awaiting.

Although I am not yet certain where I’ll be thrown for work, I’m confident that Matt knows the best area for me to grow. I know there are openings in Tarlac, and it’s quite far from Manila but definitely a good place in terms experience. Besides, I want challenge in my work and getting into a site that will soon to open is a great start!

Until here only…Bye!

Fiesta and CopyCats!

It’s Tuesday and I have no work! (hopefully!)

It’s fiesta time here in Dumaguete and people are busy buzzing either cooking or looking for a place to be full. And yes folks, good thing for those working in call centers wherein they get to be awake till lunchtime for the “chibugan” sessions somewhere out there. And of course, those who are enjoying the local holiday!

I was wondering what other activities aside from “eating” that can be exciting and interesting during fiesta time…hhhmmm, What else can I do over a day of no work and in a fiesta?

Well, to start off, I decided to wake up early and have some wifi time in McDonald’s, and was a little bit shock seeing a new construction at the side of BPI for a new Jollibee Outlet. Pinoy nga naman….

I am no business tycoon or something but in my opinion, having 3 Jollibee stores in a little city called Dumaguete can be too much. The Jollibee Perdices branch is 5 minutes away from the Cathedral church. And not to mention, it’s just Sundays when this particular area be full with a lot of people. For other days, I’d say less than a handfull will be in this area.

And not to mention, McDonald’s is also nearby wherein the market can be divided, not to mention a local resto – HiWay 10 is on the next block. Whew. ( I promise to take a pic on these 3 later on today,hopefully…)

On another note, Filipinos has this tendency to compete (whether upfront or other way), that makes me wonder where they got it? I often wonder why in one block, there are 6 sari-sari stores, in one street, 3 barber shops and 2 beauty salons and of course, wherein 5 “carinderias” are lined-up somewhere in between.

As a Filipino, it makes me ashame to say that “a lot are copycats…” and the uniqueness of the Filipino spirit is deprived from our need rather than being a trend setter. And I finally realized what the owner of the email from PinoyGuyGuide when he commented on our way of copying things. Grrr… Too bad!

Just another early melancholy…hehehehe.

Just This Saturday

My entire Saturday seems to be mundane as usual. Just to make something out of my boredom, I tried taking pictures in the downtown area, discretely as possible. Imagine myself stopping in front of Ever Mall just to get a shot of the people walking around or leaping at the glass window up in Super Lee to get a shot downward. Hehehe…

At EverMall, It was fast so it seems too blurry.

At Lee Super Plaza FoodCourt

I ate up the whole ice cream choco sundae

A view of Mart One from the Top ( Lee)

On the Left side of the window…
Taken infront of the office at exactly 11:40 something in the morning, Sat. Nov. 22,2008

Anyway, just sharing with you some amateur pics taken by me earlier…Would it be fine to say here that someone invited me supposedly to join a pictorial session for a fashion show at the Negros Convention Center but I declined? Uhm, Don’t really have the guts to go pro for now…especially, “pro bono” hehehe…

Happy Saturday Weeknight Everyone!!!