I took a break from work today to supposedly renew my ECE license because they decided to change it to EcE, in the process effectively removing the Communications part, which I think is kind of stupid considering that the actual industries where the license means something is in telecommunications. Microelectronics companies, mine included, couldn't care less about passing a multiple-choice board exam littered with trivial questions such as nationalities of scientists and launch dates of geosynchronous satellites. Telecommunications companies, on the other hand, place weight on an ECE license because by law, there are things that only licensed engineers can execute.

But I digress. So this morning I woke up and it was incredibly incredibly hot and just the thought of going all the way to PRC which is quite literally filled with grouchy menopausal women (much like immigration) makes me want to go shoot myself. And I will never use the license anyway, so I figured to hell with PRC.

I planned to spend the entire day doing nothing, but then Yoshi (the Mighty Mouse) suddenly gave up on me. No more batteries! It shouldn't be so bad, considering that I have been using the same batteries that came with Yoshi for six months already, but it was just so abrupt. The battery meter display is always full whenever I check it; then all of a sudden it's empty. It's so annoying. I mean if it's binary (battery or no battery) then what the hell were the five bars for?

So anyway, I had to go to the mall to buy batteries (and for the airconditioning too). And I figured since I was there already, might as well buy contact lenses. I stopped using contact lenses because I figured that after the eye horror incidents my eyes could only take so much abuse. But it's the season for shades, and I love shades, only I can't really see where I'm going because I can't really wear glasses and shades at the same time, can I (unless I buy transition lenses but those are so expensive!)? And last Monday I went jogging because I need to do some damage control (20 pounds in two years - it's getting out of hand) but I can't really run as fast as I would like because I can't see the road.

To make the long story short, I ended up buying all these:

Normally (meaning during the one time I wore contacts) I use Acuvue, because everyone else is using Acuvue. But The Optical Shop didn't have them. Now, I'm a bit partial to this store because after a bazillion eye examinations, they were the only one that produced the correct prescription. All the other glasses I had made me dizzy after sometime. I know I should have checked for the dizziness part while being fitted but I hated walking around with the weird weird spectacle thing.

Anyway, I asked them if I could ask for the prescription from them anyway (because I didn't know) and they were nice enough to look it up for me. And they asked me if I wanted to try Biomedics, and I asked them about it and of course they were going to tell me it's great (which they did) but I'm a sucker like that. I even got EQ'd (meaning my EQ vanished for an indefinite amount of time) into buying the pink contact lens holder because it's cute. Anyway, I ended up buying Biomedics contact lenses, but I stuck to the Solo Care Aqua cleaning solution because it has the best reviews in the net. Besides, the other brand has an ongoing lawsuit about fungal infection or something. And then I went to another mall to look for the Strawberry and Yogurt hand wash - we had this in the office bathroom one time and I can't stop washing my hands.

I looked for Biomedics reviews on the net, and I haven't found a single negative review so it's hopefully great. I know it's a bit too late to be looking at reviews since I already bought a box, but hey, at least I looked before I wore them. Anyway, I test drive them tomorrow, so we'll find out then.

In the meantime, indulge me with another EQ failure:

Chuck Taylors in Champagne and Milk.
The material is suede-like, which means it's probably hard to clean.
So I'm probably wearing it once a month, tops.
But I love it, regardless.


Last Friday I was out with my high school barkada. In Malate, of all places. The last time I've been there was in fourth year high school, when we sneaked out after watching Miss Saigon. We got wasted, and the day after actually played hooky and cut classes and went to the mall instead. If memory serves me right it was our first ever night out.

So imagine how giddy we were when we saw this:

The bar we went to that night is still open! The place is unremarkable, really, but it was special, at least for us. The people outside must be wondering why we were so excited when we found it. It was almost like high school all over again - even the conversation picked up where we left off in high school (wink wink) - only this time we weren't sneaking out and afraid of getting our pictures taken (we were scared it might end up in some medium that our parents would eventually get hold of).

Anyway, the point is, I needed this break from the testosterone-laden office that I inhabit every single day. I'm so thankful that the friends I gained in high school are these gorgeous, smart, and successful ladies who, after all these years, are still crazy enough to go swimming at 4 in the morning just for the heck of it.


Today is officially the first day of one of my group mates' resignation. We had a despedida dinner last Friday, but somehow it never really did sink that we would never gather around his table again when we are bored and looking for someone to annoy.

The first time we met him he introduced himself using our boss's name. And when our actual manager arrived from a business trip Japan we were so confused. A couple of times he stopped speaking to us because we hid his chocolates, although one time they were at the back of his pedestal the whole time (not our fault). During one of our dinner parties he brought wine for everybody, but nobody liked it, and he ended up drinking everything and getting wasted all by himself. Ask him what a hard drive sounds like after it has been eaten away by ants and he would gladly demonstrate for you.

I hate him for leaving, but only because I know it will never be as happy in the office. Bonne chance, JB. We will see each other soon. I hope your hair is straighter then.

Taal EQ Test

Forget the marshmallow tests. Taal offers a much better EQ test. But first let me post this photo, and tell me there's something wrong. There were 11 of us who saw it and I was the only one who burst out laughing.

Anyway, back to the EQ test. To get to the Taal crater we had to cross the surrounding lake. Upon reaching the island, we had the option to trek the few kilometers to the summit or to go on horseback. Since no one was willing to shell out 500 bucks for the horse we decided to go on foot. Face it - even if you were willing to pay for the horse it would be so uncool if everyone else is on foot.

Now this is where it gets interesting. The path to the top is narrow and dusty and hot and steep. Plus, there are horses everywhere - there are horses going up, horses going down, and horse shit on the ground. And as you trudge along sweating, panting, and wanting to kill the trip organizer, you hear voices whispering "Ma'am, wala pa po kayo sa one-fourth, kuha na kayo ng kabayo, malayo pa po yan." And through gritted teeth, we say, no, thank you. And a few gallons of sweat later, it's that voice again: "Ma'am, malayo pa po, kuha na kayo ng kabayo." See? Better than a marshmallow test, and so effective it almost drove me berserk. Much as I would want to think that these 10 or so horses were just going up for some other reason other than to tempt us or drive us mad, whichever comes first, their motives were quite obvious. In the end, they were the ones who actually gave up, because we stopped so often to take pictures and they probably got bored, or figured we were really really stingy people.

Getting to the crater was anti-climactic - we stopped at some shed and we sort of figured we were halfway there, so we re-applied sunblock, took a couple of pictures, and basically tried to replenish our energy to make it all the way to the top. Which happened to be twenty steps away. Our tour guide must have been laughing his ass off.

On the way down there was this horse who suddenly made a dolphin dive to the ground, and in the process threw down this Japanese woman. Thankfully no one was hurt. This other rider approached them to help, and as he was doing so his own horse found himself free and promptly ran away. The rider tried to run after the horse, and realized after a few couple of steps that he can't possibly outrun the now happy (and free) animal.

After much pondering and insight, we have come to the conclusion that the dolphin-diving horse and the runaway horse have formed a conspiracy, in which dolphin-diver would execute said dolphin dive when soon-to-be-free horse is nearby, so that the latter's rider would be forced to help the former's passengers, in which case he would inadvertently let go of the reins, and the lucky horse can run off into the sunset. Freedom!!! Pretty smart, those horses.

Admittedly Taal was not as breathtaking as I would have wanted it to be, but the hours and hours of crazy idiotic laughter more than make up for it. More importantly I do realize that I should do this more often. Next weekend, perhaps?

Me Likey

Mimobot Happy Tree Friends USB Drives in original and gory versions. With optional hoodies! ^^

Game Over

The view from the plane window on the way home was suspiciously calm.
But who would have thought that a few days after the universe will come crashing down.
It's about time, I guess.

The Week that Was

God, work is tiring. Even if I have practically have nothing to do in the office. Regardless of how gorgeous the company's mothership is, just staying there is stressful. So for the past few days I am in my all-too-familiar narcoleptic state where I zonk out the minute I touch the bed. And the weather is sooooo... weird. It's cold but it's sunny. And the wind must be 100kph. I swear it's so strong it could have carried me off had I been my ideal weight of 102 pounds. Just going to the other building for lunch is tiring because of the gales we have to brave through.

Now I haven't posted anything for a week now, so I'm doing a recap.

Friday, 28 March 2008

Apparently, Fridays are Happy Fridays too. I think there is an effort from the government to reduce the amount of time people spend at work. Anyway, we headed to Yodobashi in Kawasaki, where I finally, finally bought a Powershot G9. It is important to note that at this point, I was already broke. Dinner was in Pepper Lunch in Azalea. This is Pepper Lunch meal number two. And we were given free drink coupons for next time. ^^

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Hanami! We went to Sendagaya park in Shinjuku for cherry-blossom viewing. Pictures here. While waiting for the train we were approached by a policeman who promptly apologized and left upon showing him our passports. It's annoying to always be looked at with suspicion, like I'm some sort of felon.

After lunch we proceeded to Ueno, Japan's sort of Divisoria (but not quite), and it was bursting with people that I seriously contemplated moving to another planet, just so I wouldn't see any more people. And then we walked, yes, walked to Akihabara, which was a station away. At this point I zoned out, I think. I don't even remember what we did; I was dead tired.

Sunday, 30 March 2008

We went to Kuji where some of our officemates (who were assigned to work here for a year) cooked lunch for us. Good thing because I'm broke, broke, broke. Afterwards we went to Kawasaki where I promptly lost all my remaining EQ upon seeing the Uniqlo hoodies on sale. I had no choice but to buy three hoodies, and I had to stop myself from getting one of each color, which is probably what I would have done if I didn't buy the G9. Hay, Uniqlo is so bad for my EQ. And finances. Every single time.

We also went to Lazona, this mall where I cannot afford anything. I managed to take a picture of a couple of shops I found interesting (at least the signs were).

Dinner was... Pepper Lunch (this is number three)!

Happy Wednesday, 02 April 2008

Today we went to Kawasaki for some last-minute shopping. I bought a few more socks, further compounding my financial problems. But they're soooo cute!!! One had the three little pigs and the big bad wolf, and the other had Snow White and two dwarfs, which is acceptable because you can't fit the seven dwarfs unless you have freak feet.

And then I saw the Tokidoki for Hello Kitty collection, which was surprisingly affordable, but not for me because I only have enough money for my meals and train fare. I consoled myself with a couple of trinkets from the 100yen shop, including Hello Kitty band-aids. I'm not really so fond of Hello Kitty, but they were pretty cheap for pink band-aids, don't you think? Now... to find a wound I could bandage...

At least I still had enough coins for Pepper Lunch number four.

Probably the last Pepper Lunch for this trip, but hey, it's opening in the Philippines so I shouldn't miss it so.

The perfect roses in our Shimo office, though, I shall miss. If only I could take them home with me.