what a 20-something woman would do on a Sunday while sick…





Gusto kong manood ng TV.

Makinig ng music.

Um-attend ng Sunday service.

Kaso hindi puwede. Ilang araw akong sneeze lang ng sneeze at namamaga ang mga mata. Nakakainis talaga. Hindi naman ako sakitin pero talagang madali akong sipunin. Tuloy kahit sobrang dry na ang tearducts ko, patuloy sa pagpatak ang luha ko. Hay, every fours hours, iinom ka ng anti-biotic, every 4 hours din kelangang i-monitor ang temperature. Okay lang kasi bumaba naman ang lagnat ko from a very haute 40 to 39, hay, siguro kung hindi pa sanay ang nanay ko na talagang mataas/malakas ako lagnatin, malamang naisugod ako sa Medical City nang wala sa oras. Nung bata kasi ako, OA daw ang lagnat ko, more than 40 degrees daw, pero umiiyak lang daw ako at hindi pa kinumbulsiyon. Mutant kasi ako.

 Going back to my very boring Sunday, wala akong ibang choice kundi makinig na lang ng MP3 sa cellphone ko. Paulit ulit ng 13 songs as in : Real ng Plumb, Insensitive ni Jann Arden, Landslide ng Smashing Pumpkins, As Long As It Matters ng Gin Blossoms, Kaleidoscope World ni francis M, The World I Know ng Collective Soul, Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars, 3 door’s Down’s Here Without You, Dishwalla’s Somewhere in the Middle at hindi ko na matandaan ang iba pa.

 Sana nga kaya kong magbasa kaso lang sobrang sakit ng mata ko.

Hay mabuti na lang mutant ako, haha, after two days of being sick, magaling na ako…hehehe…hindi rin tumuloy ang sumpong ng asthma ko, yehey…


It Got Me to Believe in Magic…AGAIN!

It Got Me to Believe in Magic…AGAIN!

I am a person of nuances, I hate being stationary and I abhor idleness, I have to move and do something or I might just be dead. Days off bored the hell out of me so I popped “Got to Believe in Magic” into the player. It’s been shown in theatres million of years ago, but  I still haven’t seen it until earlier today. I was surprised at how great the movie really was and how well it delivered the message it’s wanting to convey. The movie would convince people who had been heartbroken one too many times, that it’s still worth giving love another try. It’d also give those hesitant and commitment phobics hope for drool and commitment-worthy relationships.

I like it that it didn’t give us the “illusion” (disillusion) about love, that a certain kind of magic would happen, like a serendipitous coincidence would happen to meet “The One”, certain alien feeling would consume your whole being (“spark”) and you’ll be caught in the moment — MAGICAL, COSMIC. Although the title says we’ve got to believe in magic, it pretty much showed us that love is no magic, more than just a feeling, love is something that would make you realize that you won’t be complete without that “special someone” by your side,  that incompleteness doesn’t mean something’s amiss/lacking in you though, it is the fact that life will never be the same again and that it’d always feel like that someone had taken a vital part of you with him/her that you would never be able to get back. It also discussed the never ending issues between a man and a woman; and how, in pursuit of finding and fighting for true love, every man and woman would learn to compromise in order to meet halfway. And wanna know the best thing about the movie, it didn’t use the “Cinderella” plot to grab us into watching it. The characters were pretty much like everyone else – your brother, your bestfriend, college classmate, co-worker, you, me. Most male spicies I know are very much like the leading man — commitment phobe, legendary playboy and doesn’t believe in love. And all women, whether a closet romatic or obsessed bride to be are very much like the leading lady — career-driven but has faith in meeting The One and living happily-ever-after-you-and-me-against-the-world-raising-a-family life.

I laughed my heart out at the scene when Rico Yan imagined Claudine, gray-haired and bulky, lying in bed with him and when he stared at the face of Claudine, he saw the very same face he fell in love with and same eyes that were staring back at him with unconcealed love, trust and joy. I guess, that’s what true love all about, making a decision to grow old and stay in love with a person until your last breath. (Need I say more? Hopeless romantic kasi talaga ako.)

Well, practical application of the movie in my life? I have little to share about love, because I honestly don’t have a lovelife…hehehe…I guess I’m in a middle of two string ends : a too-desperate-to-be-loved and an Ice-coated-stone-who-believes that-no-man-would-be-good-enough-for-me woman, but I still can relate to Claudine’s character : I know what I want, I have a career and I believe that there is someone out there who would share the other half of my wing so we could fly together (parang kanta ng Reo Speedwagon, “we climb and climb and at the top we fly”).  I must admit that though I’ve had a couple of heartbreaks (not really super serious ones), I sometimes take love skeptically like having a thought that love works for other but for me, never mind but this movie get me to have faith in love…to believe in it’s magic…AGAIN!

Sa mga hindi pa nakapanood, ok ang movie. Hindi ito super sappy na magpapaiyak sa’yo or something you’d call corny or baduy. Mas malamang nga na comedy ito other than a love story. You’ll certain like it. Well, I did!

“Whenever I watch movies or hear love songs and see people kiss and make up, I feel happy. I know love still works, if not for me, at least for others….”


Our water, our life.

The La Mesa Dam is in danger. With the government awarding land titles to 12,000 families very close to the dam and the site being only 24 meters above the water level, the drinking water supply of 12 Million Metro Manila residents is at risk of being contaminated. A study by UP scientists warned that the housing village can contaminate the water with their garbage, toilet wastes, insecticides, etc. The pollution can reach the water in case of floods and through groundwater pollution. Unsafe drinking water can cause severe diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and deadly epidemics.
If the La Mesa Dam water becomes unclean, 12 Million Metro Manila residents will not have access to clean water. But it’s not yet too late. By getting 5 million signatures (actual signatures, text messages or emails), there’s hope that the government can change its mind about building the housing project. If it happens, the recipients of the title will be relocated to another site.

Add your voice to the campaign to preserve the La Mesa Watershed.
Join the signature campaign asking the government

By signing the petition, you are opposing the privatization of the 59- hectare portion of the La Mesa Reservoir, wherein a housing project will be built, thus endangering the integrity of Metro Manila’s water supply. Join various organization in the La Mesa Coalition in asking the government to exhaust all means to find a just solution to the rights of the awardees/ claimants of the 59-hectare land, without prejudicing the rights of 12 million Metro Manila residents to clean water.
You can send your “signature” by texting:

LM PROTECT Name, address and send to 2366 for Globe and Sun Cellular subscribers, 231 for Smart, Talk N Text, Addict Mobile subscribers (only one text per person).
Or you can use any piece of paper, write your name, address and signature and drop it off at any David’s Salon outlets, JRS Express outlets, LBC outlets, Bayad Centers in Metro Manila or fax to Bantay Kalikasan nos. 412-1382, 410-9670.
You can also sign the on-line petition by visiting www.lamesaecopark. com

12 million people in Metro Manila depend on the La Mesa reservoir for water.
Please help keep it safe and clean. God bless you!

Aileen Q. Magparangalan

Para sa Lahat ng Kaugali ni Rakhbu!

An Ode to Rakhbu:

Mukha ka namang masaya, in all honesty, noong una tayong magkita, nainggit nga ako sa’yo kasi ang saya saya mo. Everytime na mapapatingin ako sa’yo, nakikita ko ang ngala-ngala mo sa sobra mong kagalakan – humahalakhak ka na parang wala ng bukas. Hindi ni minsan kitang nakitang sumimangot. Naintriga tuloy ako sa’yo, ninais na mapasok ang mundo mo para lamang ma-surprise sa nakasusulasok at tila bangungot mong mundo. Mabaho. Pangit. Negatibo. Bulok. Kaya nga para sa’kin ang code name mo ay RHAKBU, as in reverse ng BURAK — kulay pusali, amoy pusali.

Natutuwa kang pag-usapan ang ibang tao. May sense of joy kang nararamdaman kapag may napagtawanan kang ibang tao — sa suot, so pisikal na anyo, sa paraan ng pagkilos at pagsasalita. Para sa ‘yo, walang pupuwedeng maging mas maganda pa sa iyo. Itinaas mo ang sarili mo sa pedestal, idinambanda ang sariling tila isang Diyosa. Para sa ‘yo, hindi maaaring lumipas ang isang araw ng wala kang nalalait, halos ikamatay mo ang walang mapagtawanan. Kailangan mong manglait at manghamak ng ibang tao. Iba ka, eh, di ba nga isa kang Diyosa?!

Natatandaan ko ‘nung minsan, nagkakasiyahan ka kasama ng mga alagad ng dilim, este, mga kaibigan mo pala, at ‘nong malaman ko kung bakit, naawa ako hindi sa taong pinag-uusapan ninyo, higit lalo sa mga kaluluwa ninyong sobrang inaamag at inuuod na sa kabulukan. Paano ninyo nga bang nagagawang pagtawanan ang kamalian, kakulangan at ang hindi pagiging karaniwan ng iba? At bakit ba kailangang paulit-ulit ninyong hanapan ng dahilan ang mga sarili ninyo upang tuluyang magalit o mainis sa ibang tao? At kapag nakahanap kayo ng rason para mapagtawanan ang mga inosenteng taong itinuturing ninyong kaaway ay nalulubos ang kaligayahan ninyo? Naisip ko pa na siguro, lalagnatin ka kapag naging mabait ka kahit ilang sandali lang.

Naisip ko tuloy minsan, ganiyan din ba ang nanay mo? ang tatay mo? Iyan ba ang gintong aral na ipinamana nila sa iyo? At gusto mong ipamana sa mga magiging anak mo? Ganyang uri siguro ng environment ang kinalakhan mo? No wonder! Hindi talaga kataka-takang maging maaskad din ang ugali mo! Masamang ugat naman pala ang pinagmulan mo, e! Hindi nga naman magbubunga ng sariwa ang bulok!

Minsan naiisip ko, mabuti may kaibigan ka pa, na kayang mag-tiyaga sa ugali mo. Pero naisip ko din, base sa mga nasaksihan ko, “BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHERS, FLOCK TOGETHER”. Kasi pare-parehong nagra-radiate ang negative energy at nakararamdam ang mundo ng karimlan kapag nagti-tipon tipon kayo ng mga alagad mo. At buti rin nakakatulog ka pa sa gabi (or sa umaga ‘pag night shift ka!)? Hindi ka ba binabangungot? At malamang sa hindi, hindi mo rin alam ang salitang karma, well, panonoorin ko na lang ang balik ng karma sa’yo para naman matauhan ka. At kapag dumating ang araw na ‘yon, nasa akin pa rin ang huling halakhak.

Ipinagpapasalamat ko na rin na hindi ako naging bahagi ng mundo mo. Okay na ding hindi matawag na “cool” dahil hindi tayo “close” or ituring na “outcast” dahil hindi tayo “friends”. Dahil, hindi man ako lubusang mabait, hindi ko naman kakayaning makisawsaw sa kaligayan mo, na kasing babaw ng pagkatao mo!

Sana matauhan ka bago pa mahuli ang lahat at kung sakaling kailangan mo ng tulong, lalo na ng kaibigang maaasahan at totoo, puwede mo naman akong lapitan. Ilang hakbang at ilang cubicles lang naman ang layo ko sa’yo.

Kahit gaano ka kasama, may nagmamahal pa rin sayo.

Si Lord (‘kala mo ako noh! Nananaginip ka ata!).

Ipagdarasal ko ang agaran mong paggaling.
Umaasang magbabago ka,
A.K.O *

*Footnote : About the Author.

Si Janis de Asis po ay isang karaniwang mamamayan na may hindi pangkaraniwang pag-iisip. (Wait, ano ako, BALIW???) Ang nabasa ninyong liham ay hango sa totoong buhay, isang liham na nais ipaabot ng isa sa mga malalapit niyang kaibigan laban sa kaniyang mga detractors, kailangan ng nasabing kaibigan ang “reinforcement”.

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Who’s Your Movie Star Boyfriend?


hay, wala ng iba pa!!!!  


Johnny Depp

A little Depp’ll do ya indeed, no? Rebel with a clue Johnny Depp is sexy no matter what the role he’s playing, no matter what the hair and facial fur situation and no matter what wacky ensembles he puts on his bod. In fact, his looks are often as unconventional as some of his movie roles, and thank God for that… The only thing predictable about him: that he’s likely to be unpredictable, and we’re often in awe of just how his creative mind works (the incredibly detailed creation of his Captain Jack Sparrow character from Pirates of the Caribbean, for example). On the other hand, he tempers some of that off the beaten path behavior with a devotion to his family and friends that is unshakeable; the man admits enjoys playing with Barbies with his daughter! That is so hot.


Who’s yours? Find out here : http://quiz.ivillage.com/entertainment/tests/moviestarboyfriend.htm?nlcid=et|08-01-2007|

What Major is right for you

You scored as History/Anthropology/LiberalArts, You should strongly consider majoring (or minoring) in History, Anthropology, or related majors (e.g., African and African-American Studies, Chinese, Classics, Cultural Studies, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Greek, Hebrew, International Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Women’s Studies, or other Liberal Arts majors).It is possible that the best major for you is your 2nd, 3rd, or even 5th listed category, so be sure to consider ALL majors in your OTHER high scoring categories (below). You may score high in a category you didnt think you would–it is possible that a great major for you is something you once dismissed as not for you. The right major for you will be something 1) you love and enjoy and 2) are really great at it.Consider adding a minor or double majoring to make yourself standout and to combine your interests. Please post your results in your myspace/blog/journal.


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Well, mostly true, because I love history, I love writing and I would want to learn other languages, too!