Because I haven't had the chance to dance along the light of day

My first ever blog post was in 2004, and it was the lyrics of Train's Drops of Jupiter. They have since moved on from love, pride, deep fried chicken to lipstick stains on the front lobe of left side brains. And me, I moved from LiveJournal to Blogger (with short-lived stints in Wordpress and Tumblr), from student to engineer, from Manila to Tokyo and back.

I'm poring over my archive of random ramblings masquerading as blog posts because I feel it's time for a major change, and I need to remind myself that I will manage just fine. And I also need to remind myself that once upon a time, I had a life outside of work, and it was pretty damn great. See, the problem with your job is, no matter how much you love it, it may not love you back. And that teeny tiny ounce of fulfillment you dream of getting after the countless hours of overtime and missed dinners with friends, you may never even get. Because, see, it happened to me. You know how everyone keeps emphasizing work-life balance? Yeah.

It's hard, realizing you worked your ass off for nothing. But I'll get over it one day. For now, it's time to rediscover myself outside the four walls of the office. And hopefully I'll come out of all of this with drops of jupiter in my hair.

Major Major

Let us all be reminded that the first time the Philippines won the Ms. Universe crown was in 1969, the year man landed on the moon (if NASA is to be believed), and it was because Gloria Diaz outsmarted the competition. And by outsmart I mean she had a ready answer to a non-textbook question - nothing spectacular, but nothing major major either.

Apparently we've run out of Gloria Diazes. After the heartbreak that was Miriam Quiambao I have resigned myself to the fact that the only way to a Miss Universe title is via a translator - which is something the countless Miss Venezuelas and Rio Mori (special mention because the Macbook is named after her) have exploited and used to their advantage.

See, if Venus Raj had the liberty of using gayspeak Filipino, I believe her answer would be something akin to:

Never pa po ako nagkamali ng bonggang-bongga.

Less cringe-worthy, and actually a bit feisty, don't you think?
I would like to believe it's what she really wanted to say before she got all flustered. Of course the next issue would be how to translate it to something less... major major, but that wouldn't be her problem anymore, would it?

And I'm blogging about this at 1 in the morning because I've been watching Miss Universe since 1992 when Miss Namibia won, and yes, this affects me deeply (a couple of days ago my cousins and I were discussing how we should watch Miss Universe live at least once before we die).

I leave you with the most touching video ever. Seriously. Dama kung dama.

Over and over again

Stuff I've purchased and will purchase over and over again. Just thought I'd share. There are things that we like, but get bored with, and there are things that we like and never let go of.

Long Weekend

Yep, we get to have a long weekend even if Monday was reinstated as a working day. Holidays should be touch-move, you know?


Mini-Eliazo (my college dorm) reunion. After five years. It's so nice to see everyone again, and find out that we haven't changed one bit. We should do this more often; hopefully with better attendance next time. And invite our Cervini batchmates, too *waves at Kerwin*.


Thanksgiving party for Jakes, who passed the board exams. As if it's a surprise or anything.


Me-time with Hainanese Chicken rice, my Moleskine, and a good book.
There was also nausea and vomiting that I am attributing to caffeine withdrawal but let's not get into that.

The only thing missing is an M04 reunion. Tsk. :p

Yep, another haul

As much as I would like to stay home and ponder the meaning of my existence, I was in dire need of moisturizer.

This is my fifth jar of MAC Lightful Deep Ultramoisture Cream. So I guess I don't have to tell you how much I love it. To be honest I would love to switch to something a bit more affordable, but my skin is just so happy with this. I actually nabbed one of the last jars in the store, and thank goodness I was able to because this morning I scraped the very last drop off the bottom of the container. I'm keeping the jars so I can Back 2 Mac them - in exchange for 6 empty MAC containers you get a free lipstick how wonderful is that? The other two jars I emptied in Japan so I had to dispose of them tsk.

I ordered a jar of Bare Minerals Matte foundation in Golden Medium from Claude of I've been off the mineral makeup bandwagon for a loooong time, but this has been getting so many raves from non-mineral makeup enthusiasts so I wanted to give it a try. I used it today and I quite like it (the color match is great); however it gets really really itchy when I sweat, and the whole swirl-tap-buff thing is quite a pain especially if I'm in a hurry.

Hence another foundation purchase. This one I got in Medium. I haven't tried Stila foundations before, and I don't know why I haven't because they're very much yellow-based which is perfect. And Stila products in the Philippines are not marked up like crazy. Case in point: A bottle of NARS sheer glow is 40USD, but here it's 2450PHP. A bottle of Stila one-step foundation is 44USD, but here they're selling it for 1850PHP. These are being sold in the same store, which is why it is so baffling to me.

Anyway, even with less mark-up it's still on the pricey side, but, well, I really wanted to try it because NARS has not been doing it for me lately. Now I've done the rounds of drugstore foundation - Revlon Colorstay, Revlon Photoready, Maybelline Clear Smooth Minerals - and while they are quite satisfactory, the undertones are off, and they broke me out. So no more drugstore foundations for me.

I got this a couple of weeks ago because they were on sale. Aren't they pretty? They're Guelain Meteorites Perles. People kept raving about them so naturally I also wanted to try. I'm still not sure how I feel about them but, well, they're nice to look at.

I have a lot of people to thank for this one - Ninch for getting a good bargain, Rocky for managing my (now depleted) funds, and Paeng for bringing it home.

I tried looking for other perfumes but I'm afraid I'm going to be stuck with this for a while. It just smells so darn good!

Yet another connector ring from Forever21 (I know, I know, I can't stay away from that damn store).

Oh look, here's another one. This, I'm particularly fond of. There are several others I so wanted, but I can't find them in my size (I blame my thin bony fingers).

And now it's Monday again. The End.

The Perfect Luggage

A Globetrotter trunk for checking in...

... and a Louis Vuitton Pegase in Damier Graphite as my carry-on.

That's for when I crap money and own a private jet. Back here in the real world where income is limited and I'm stuck in economy class (call me naive but I used to think that business trips would warrant business class tickets) I just stick to a couple of rules, all of which I've learned the hard way.

1. Luggage shopping must never ever be crammed. You're only going to need one, so it better be good, right? Buying luggage right before your trip puts you at the mercy of whatever is currently available. This is how I ended up with fugly, sub-standard luggage. Twice.

2. Pick a color that can be spotted from a mile away. On my first trip, I had dark blue luggage, and at the airport, I asked the kuya to fetch a total of four bags from the conveyor belt before I finally found mine. Needless to say, he wasn't so happy about it.

3. Two words: spinner wheels. Unless you are 100% sure you will not do any amount of walking at all. Believe me, it makes a whole world of a difference. Like, say, doing your groceries using a shopping basket as opposed to a shopping cart.

So anyway, the whole point of this post is I found my perfect luggage and it was on sale so I bought it.

Samsonite Aeris Comfort Spinner in the most awesome lime green color.
The End.

Because I Need to Vent

Me: May issues ako sa speech nung guest speaker nung anniv party
Officemate: Nakinig ka?

See that's what I get for paying attention to the guest speaker. As if the entire day Friday was not stressful enough - power outages every couple of minutes and incessant incredulous demands in between - I attend the company anniversary party in an attempt to unwind and I get even more stress.

Imagine you're a dean from a prestigious university invited to deliver a speech at a company's anniversary party. Do you:

a) Talk about how proud you are of your school's alumni who are now running the company
b) Congratulate the company for its achievements
c) Talk about the importance of college education and how your university is aiming to be at par with the best schools in Asia

I mean, seriously.