The number 5

Thanks to Chrissy, here is yet another meme for you to read (and participate in) πŸ™‚

INSTRUCTIONS: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so.

1) Pointless Drivel
2) Shelli’s Sentiments
3) Curiosity Killer
4) Chrissy
5) PJ

Next select five people to tag: (if you haven’t done it already)
1) Conne
2) Berne
3) Mark
4) Kimmie
5) Maan

What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was still in college picking my nose and taking up Computer Engineering. πŸ˜€

What were you doing 1 year ago?
I was based in Clark, Pampanga, working for Wallem Innovative Solutions as the Technical Services Group Manager. I remember that I was really having a hard time then trying to adjust to living away from my family and coming home only during weekends. CJ was only a few months old then and I had some trouble bonding with him since he’d usually cry every time I tried to carry him. Being a new dad, who misses his family, it was really devastating for me. I’m glad we were able to get through it.

Five snacks you enjoy
1) Instant Noodles – the spicier the better!
2) Goto
3) French fries
4) “isaw” and other Filipino barbecued snacks.
5) fish balls, squid balls, “kikiam” (que-kiam) and one-day-old chicks.

Five songs to which you know all the lyrics:
1) More Than Words by Extreme – the first complete guitar piece I learned.
2) Only You by the Side A Band – one of my favorite local bands
3) The Alphabet Song (A, B, C, D, lah-dee-dah)
4) Nursery rhymes (Hey, you gotta learn these things if you’re a parent!)
5) Some religious songs (This was from singing class at school when I was a kid)

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
1) Give some of my money to my parents and brothers
2) Donate to the church and other charities
3) Go on a trip around the world with my family
4) Put up several businesses
5) Build my dream house

Five bad habits:
1) I sometimes don’t think before I talk
2) I sometimes don’t put things back where I got them from
3) I am a terrible procrastinator
4) I sometimes forget to remove my contact lenses
5) I have a terrible temper

Five things you like doing:
1) spending time with family
2) cooking (yes, I do know how to cook, thank you)
3) reading
4) blogging
5) watching TV

Five things you would never wear again:
1) a dress and makeup – I had to wear these in a contest I entered (and unfortunately won), ha!
2) adult diapers – My teammates and I wore these as part of a gimmick for our college intramural opening rites.
3) dirty contact lenses – I had a terrible eye infection the last time I did this stupid stunt.
4) my lucky shirt – because I don’t have a lucky shirt πŸ˜‰
5) my pride – really hard, but hey, I’m trying.

Five favorite toys:
1) my laptop
2) my cell phone
3) my car (yeah, it’s a toy)
4) my old Lego set
5) CJ’s toys! (A dad’s gotta do some quality control, if you know what I mean.. ;-p)


Thank God it’s Friday!

The work week’s almost over and I can’t wait. We’ll be leaving for my mom’s place in Subic tonight to spend the weekend. We’re really looking forward to some rest and relaxation. But before that, I’d better get ready for my haircut in a few minutes (that’s me in the drawing up there!). πŸ™‚

So how are you going to spend your weekend guys? Happy weekend everybody!


That caffeine longing

My caffeine habit’s back, no thanks to the chilly, arctic-like conditions at work.

I desperately tried a lot of things to keep warm, until I finally resorted to a long forgotten remedy – coffee!

I’ve been successful at staving off my coffee cravings for quite some time now, until yesterday, that is. My fingers would’ve surely succumbed to frostbite had it not been for the warming effects of that first sip. I realized that I missed the warm, rejuvenating feeling that a hot cup of coffee provides.

I even did some online research about coffee before going to sleep and even spent this morning’s drive with Conne talking about it. I was explaining to her the difference between the Arabica and Robusta coffee species, as well as the Philippine-grown “Barako” coffee, or “Kapeng Barako”.

It’s too bad that she had to drop me off at work first. I could have gone the entire morning zealously yakking about it. ;-P

All work and no play…

Today’s another long day for me at work since Conne has another one of them so-called girls’ night out with her buddies, Kimmie and Mitch. She promised me that they’ll be done around sevenish, which means it’s bound to end up no earlier than eightish or nineish. (Too many “ishes” there, huh?) :-p

Anyhow, this gives me ample time to catch up on my blogging, besides, too much work can kill you. And I plan to live long enough to see my great grand kids scurrying about, wreaking havoc at home.

Oh, and speaking of work, I’m glad that Conne’s getting a well deserved break from her hectic workload. And I’m so proud of her knowing that that she’s up for a lateral transfer and a promotion come July! I believe that a management role suits her mighty fine. πŸ™‚ Congrats mahal!

I love you! God and love po.. God and love…

On baby sitting

I was able to spend the entire day with CJ yesterday, as I was on leave from work. I soon learned that babysitting a hyperactive toddler can be a totally harrowing and exhausting experience!

We watched cartoons together and we played “mess-up-your-room-with-your-toys-and-let-dad-do-the-cleanup”!

And it was also fun seeing him finally being able to interact over the phone, like when Conne called up to check on us. He was really eager to pick up the phone and yak it up with his mom. πŸ™‚

The only time I was able to get a temporary respite, and some telecommute work done, was when he had his midday nap. You can tell that these are signs that he’s soon reaching the so-called “Terrible Twos” stage of childhood.

All in all, the aggravation was worth it though, no matter how wasted I may be. πŸ™‚

Don Bosco Academy website

Don Bosco Academy in Pampanga, my grade school/high school Alma Mater, finally has a website.

The school, which was founded in 1958 (but efforts began as early as 1956), was formerly located at Bacolor, Pampanga from 1958 to 1995. It was subsequently transferred to Mabalacat, Pampanga in 1996 after being completely buried by “lahar” on October 1st, 1995, in the aftermath of the devastating Mount Pinatubo volcanic eruption which occurred a few years earlier (1991).

Website URL:

Sucat Interchange traffic problem

Vehicle traffic has been a nightmare for the past few days over at the South Superhighway Sucat Interchange due to an ongoing bridge renovation (west-bound lane) which began last Saturday, June 2nd.

At present, it takes one entry point or entry lane (there are about 9 or 10 points of entry in the interchange) an average waiting period of more than 30 minutes (!) to switch from a stop signal to a go signal, due to the ongoing construction work. This is compounded by the fact that: 1) you can’t see any semblance of discipline and patience among drivers, and 2) the traffic aides are really incompetent! You’d see them all clumped in one area of the interchange and neglect the other areas – these unchecked areas are the cause of the traffic jams due to the influx of undisciplined drivers. (In fairness, the guys managing the traffic during the day shift are better than their evening shift counterparts, who totally suck!)

The timing of the renovation is awful. The new school year starts next week, which means traffic density at the vicinity of the Sucat Interchange is expected balloon. And from the looks of it, it’ll take at least a month to complete. If this was a planned activity, then they should have started this mid-summer.

And what really pisses me is the fact that you can hardly see anyone working on the construction area at all! Since the area is such a critical traffic bottleneck, then the contractors and government officials should have anticipated the major traffic problems associated with it. They should have at least deployed construction workers on rotating 24 x 7 shifts and should have provided adequate equipment. I mean, where are the men and machines? You can’t expect to finish the work in time with just half a dozen men armed with pick axes and shovels, can you?

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Our simple house blessing

We finally had a simple house blessing last Sunday afternoon, June 3rd. The guests were mostly Conne’s relatives.

It was a really tiring day, since we spent the previous day and the entire morning fixing and cleaning the place up plus preparing food – Although I didn’t mind the work at all, since I was able to sneak in a few bites every now and then. πŸ™‚

We fetched the priest at around 5:00 PM and the blessing rites began shortly thereafter. The ceremony was simple – some of us carried lighted candles, there were a few verse readings and short prayers invoked, and holy water was sprinkled by the priest on every nook and cranny of the house.

We would like to thank all of those who pitched in for the preparations. It was a real success. πŸ™‚

NBA Update : Eastern Conference finals

The NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers has turned out to be very interesting. And I was deeply impressed by Lebron James’ memorable performance.

Cleveland is now leading the Best-of-Seven series, 3 games to 2. Although the Pistons are one of my favorite teams, I think that the Cavs could put off a major upset here.

The winner of the series will take on Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs, the reigning Western Conference champs, for the NBA Finals championship series.