Thursday, December 31, 2009

Adios 2009

My music: The Strokes, Keane, The Shins, Matt Nathanson, FOB and Sugarfree
My TV series: Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Weeds, Ugly Betty and Glee
My Authors: Megan McCafferty and Jessica Zafra
Destinations: Cebu and Coron
Phrase: "Choosy ka pa?"
My Blog: thedw.us


I lived for:
  • marathons
  • travels
  • Star Wars
  • geeky stuff
  • free movie screenings
  • reunions
  • getting through
  • turtles
  • job
  • warm and crazy friends
  • food trips
  • blog stalking
  • DS lite
  • biking
  • homecoming in Sorsogon
  • surprises
  • lappy
  • people I love who loves me too
There are so many things to be thankful this year. I guess 2009 was the hardest year for every Filipino. It was filled with devastating calamities, too many deaths, violence and injustices.

I was thinking that 2010 could be a possibly good year for us all but then again, it's election year so God knows what's still about to come. But for the mean time, I am sending a silent prayer of utmost gratitude to the main Man who rules the cosmo for everything that I accomplished, experienced, received and achieved this year. May you never tire of forgiving and hearing the same old stuff over and over again from me. :D

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Some Christmas Stuff I Got

Exchanged a gift for a chocolate!


A flats from Honey! So timely <3


A kick-ass red race track shoes from the Cheese.

I also got a perfume from my Tbud, a wrist rest mouse pad from the June, Jurang and Izay triumvirate, a cash from Tito Rene and Tita Edna, a Nike socks from JC's sister and a cell phone stand from Janine.

I'm still waiting for "some" gifts to arrive like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid DIY book and a Stormtrooper-y thingamajig. But I'm guessing I'll be the one who hafta get it for myself. Okay lang!

Thanks for all the gifts, they're all wonderful!

Monday, December 28, 2009

28th

Seems to me I'll be stuck here. I badly want to get away but I don't know how. Everybody is either away or happily spending time with their families. It's kinda getting boring having my everyday routine. I want something new, something that will break the monotony.

So excuse me if I don't seem to be myself lately because how can you be exactly happy when you're unemployed and filled with "i wish and I hope thoughts"?

Sorry. I am not whining cos I'm perfectly aware that it is actually in my hands, whatever it is that I want. I have to act if I don't want to stay in this rut that I am in or else there will be blood. Or not!

There is a void that must be filled. That's all.

The High School BF


They're all grown-up!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Maligayang Pasko!

That's Merry Christmas to you in my language. Wherever you are, I hope you're merrily celebrating it too with your loved ones :D

Happy Birthday Papa Jesus!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Daily Troopers

Dislike with capital D

Watching New Moon is worse than watching a really, really bad Pinoy movie. One where rolling your eyes are not enough so you add gagging. Sheesh. I just don't get these two lovesick puppies, one that is a human, a very feeble human, and a stalker vampire in my opinion. A vampire whose only words are "you are my life" and "I cannot live without you...". There is absolutely nothing to quote from the books nor the films.

I'm not a fan. Obviously. I don't get why kids all over America are going gaga over it, not to mention the guy who portrays the vampire (that I seriously does NOT get at all!). But I digress. Seriously, the guy dropped you like that without ever explaining why, saying he don't love you yadda yadda, I mean would you believe that crap if you really knew each other? Denying someone of the truth is despicable.

Everytime Bella comes to Edward's aid and I see the pain in Jacob's eyes, it breaks my heart. The boy does not deserve that. The boy kept you alive, pulled you out of your miserable wretchedness when the man you love left you without giving you the benefit of explanation, and you can't even defend him? Because Bella Swan's mind is closed to everything else not Cullen related.

Bella Swan is one character that I awfully dislike. Actually, she doesn't have much of a character unlike thousands of other fictional and literary characters out there. I often wished that her maker made her even more... I dunno, a character with a character. It does not necessarily mean she has to be strong but she shouldn't be always saved every minute. She doesn't even smile (okay, so that's a bit more of Kristen Stewart maybe), doesn't even have a life outside the vampires. Bella could have been an interesting character without being too feisty but that's the problem, she never was near being a feisty girl.

Augh. I can go on but the idea exasperates me. It's annoying. The wolf pack are the only real characters and fun ones at that in the Twilight saga. I honestly believe they do not belong in this plot at all. They could've been better in another story probably.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

They're Back!


Lately I'm seeing her a lot more often than the past few months, not that I mind though. In fact, it's quite good. So much has changed (just look at our hairs now!) but it still feels the same. I like that.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wishlist '09

1) Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-it-Yourself Book


2) Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty


3) Extra AAA rechargeable batteries (Kahit PowerBase 750 lang)
4) Shoe box or shoe rack.
5) Complete season series of Gilmore Girls whether pirated DVD or downloads, I will gladly accept. :)
6) Antivirus for my still-unnamed lappy kasi 63 days na lang mag-eexpire na yung Norton nya haha.
7) 2009 Planner.
8) Shorts, shirts (gray!), pants, plain flats. Medium, medium, 27" & 8".
9) Undergarments box/drawer (hahaha).
10) Pillow cases and bedsheets. Kahit second hand. (Sorry kung ginagawa ko nang mala- Salvation army goods 'tong listahan na 'to pero ganun talaga haha.)
11) Clinique Happy. Kahit yung peke lang heehee.
12) Centrum or Vitamin C, yung isang bote! Bawal magkasakit.



13) Anything Stormtrooper-y. :D


And for the dreamy wishes that is up to Him (and me as well)
- A job.
- Out of town New Year celebration (just like the previous couple of years). O sige na, kung dito man sa kalakhang Maynila, yung tipong kakaiba naman. Street party? Bars? Ayala? Luneta? Tagaytay? Rooftop? Someone else's backyard? You get the drift.
- A new place. No more dingy and crampy room. It adds to my depression but I know I haf no choice as of now. Pag naka-luwag-luwag na si Mariela pasasaan di't makakahanap sya ng maayos-ayos na tirahan. WANTED: housemate to help ease the house rent nyahaha.
-More travels! Within the country and outside the country. Amen.

Productive Yesterday

Dentist appointment: check.
Hunting the Soc Sci II prof to help me get my university clearance: check.
Visiting Tbud: check.

Bonus: Hanging out with a friend and her bestfriend.
It was quite a fulfilling albeit long day. Yay!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Super enjoyed this musical play with Honey! Brought to the local shores of Manila, Spelling Bee is a one-act award winning musical play with music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin (that's according to Wikipedia).

I was really excited for the surprise celebrity spellers and the audience spellers. How would they fare? Miss Weatherhead made an impressive job (she's an audience participant). The celebrity guests were Leo Martinez and Lexi Schulze. They were all great sports that night.

It was a really fun, laugh-out-loud kind of musical, something that everyone in the little theater enjoyed. My favorite speller? Hmm..probably Leaf Coneybear and his trance spelling haha. Miss Peretti and Mitch Mahoney's singing voice were astounding. Grabe galeng!

We'll be saving up for Avenue Q next year! yay. :)

Plants vs. Zombies

Played it in about 6 hours straight one night. I didn't get the hype. But I dreamt of plants shooting peas on zombies though. :))

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ka-blag!

That's the sound of my heart falling after seeing this beautiful thing. OH NOES talaga!
Two of my favoritest things in the world. Adidas + Stormtrooper = LOVE!

Ang tanong, dadating naman kaya sya sa Pilipinas? I loved the Vader hoodie too. Angas!
At kung dumating man, kamusta naman sa presyo di ba? Hwoo.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Black Hole Sun

This is just my first day off work and already I am bored to death. I keep listening to one song cover over and over again, I keep staring at other people's status and apparently I slept the whole afternoon off, even forgot eating.

I have never been good at this. Being holed up. Too many idle times in my hand was never a good thing. I know I have tons of books to pick up and keep me busy for the next 6 months but surprisingly I am not in the mood to be entertained by fictional characters. Yet. I'll change my mind soon I know. If I was probably living off someone else's monetary pity, it might've been another story.

But for the meantime, I am boredom personified.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

CNN Hero of the Year



Congrats Kuya Efren! You couldn't have said it any better. Thanks for donning a barong. You make me proud to be a Pinoy. <3

Impromptu Date

Nakipagkita ang Pamela para um-achieve ng 3 bagay:
  • Magpalinya sa Sun (failed).
  • Bumili ng contact lens (check)
  • Magpa-earpierce (nawalan na ng oras).
Nawalan na ng oras kasi pagkatagal-tagal ma-i-shoot ang contact lens sa bawat mata. Prinaktis na din ang pag-aalis. Kawawang mga mata, namula na't lahat haha. Mabuti na lang napakatyaga ng mga tao sa paligid. Salamat Dr. Steve!

Mariela, Pamela at Sarah

Dinner at Gotti's. Kahit mga walang cash, ang card ng isang bata ay hindi pa activated, para kaming mga batang nag-fi-figure out kung pano gumagana ang mga payphones. Ang saya! Namiss ko 'to. Hanggang sa muli!

After Eight. Must try Gotti's dessert!

My First Trooper


Before that fateful Friday, I was already decided to buy the Lego Stormtrooper watch. But after that, I didn't think I still could afford. I was all set to buying it after Iget my Christmas bonus but of course the Cheese offered to buy it for me seeing how I get obsessed with anything Stormtrooper related as each day passes. What an early Christmas gift!

Thanks a looot! <3

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Magtatanim Muna..

That's why it was called a surprise darling, it creeps up on you without you ever knowing what the hell just happened. :O

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Malaya na ako. Sort of. Kahapon, natanggap ko ang isa sa pinaka-nakakagulat na balita sa buhay ko: wala na daw akong trabaho. Dismissed. Redundant. Gardening leave. Backpay. December 11. Thank you. Yun na lang ang mga naaalala ko. Kasama ng apat pang kaopisina, kami'y pinapunta sa Aquarium. Akala ko may meeting lang. Byernes kasi nun. Naglitanya na naman ang boss naming mahilig sa mabulaklak na salita. Pero naramdaman ko na eh. Eto na siguro yun. Habang lumalalim pa ang pagpapaliwanag ng boss namin, hindi ko na maiwasang mapangiti.

Totoo. Nakahinga ako. Hindi ko na kailangan mag-isip ng kasinungalingan para lang may maisulat sa resignation letter sa Disyembre. Eto na, sila na mismo ang nagsabi. Para kong nabunutan ng tinik. Hindi ko na kailangang magsulat araw-araw ng tungkol sa sugal. Hindi ko na kailangang lokohin pa ang sarili ko na hindi na talaga ko masaya sa trabaho ko.

Malaya na ako.

Wala akong sama ng loob sa kahit kanino pa sa management namin. Hindi naman talaga ko yung tipo ng nagtatanim ng sama ng loob in the first place. Eto na yata ang pinaka-weird na dismissal na nangyari sa buhay ko (not that I've been dismissed before, actually first time ko 'to!). Lahat kami nakangiti. O siguro kami lang yun ng isa kong kaopisina. Hindi ko rin masasabi kung ano yung naramdaman talaga nung iba. Sana okay lang din sila.

Hindi na ko nakapag-alam sa mga kaibigan ko sa kabilang kwarto. Mabilisang exit eh.

Ngayon, gusto ko mang aminin na masayang masaya ko sa nangyari bigla syang nasapawan ng thought na ito: hindi ako pwedeng mag-slack off. Bakit? Dahil wala akong magulang na sasalo sakin kung sakali mang mawalan ako ng trabaho. Hindi ako pwedeng humiga lang maghapon sa kama at pag naisipang bumangon o kaya maramdaman ang gutom e pwedeng magpunta sa kusina at tingnan kung ano ang pagkain. Ilan lang yun sa mga eksenang hindi ko mararanasan.

Sa madaling salita, kailangan pa ring kumayod.

Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng mga kaibigan kong nagpaabot ng simpatiya. Whether nag-IM sakin, tumawag, nagtext or nag-email. Ito ay isang balitang sa iilang tao ko lang sinabi pero may pakpak talaga ang balita eh. But the general emotion was of surprise. Akala nila nagbibiro lang ako.

So kung isa ka sa hindi pa nakakaalam, ngayon alam mo na. May alam ka bang opening dyan? Hehe.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Rebel Scum

Yes, I am flooding my posts with Stormtroopers and this will not be the end of it.
I want something Stormtrooper-y this Christmas. Anything. Something. *sigh*








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see more of adorableness in Stefan's Flickr. I LOVE HIS WORKS!



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a pixal.us image I scoured somewhere.

Robin and the Stormpooper



Robin: Isn’t it time you got rid of your stupid doll?
Barney: It’s not a doll. It’s a stormtrooper.
Robin: Uh, it’s wearing a diaper.
Barney: It’s not a diaper. It’s protective armor.
Robin: Stormtrooper. More like storm pooper.
Barney: Stop it.
Robin: Pppt. Oh, it sounds like your storm pooper needs a changing!

~The Rough Patch, How I Met Your Mother

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Shameless reposting from my one of favorite Star Wars blog! I WISH I ALSO HAVE A TROOPER THAT SIZE! I SO LOVED THAT EPISODE. Scherbatsky + Stinson no more.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday LOVE


When we were introduced to each other a few years back, I fell in love at once. If I was ever born in the 80's you would be the soundtrack of my life, along with Tom Petty and Everything But The Girl, while watching Molly Ringwald movies and sporting that riot hair exclusive to the decade alone.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

And I Quote Raj..

It feels like I haven't been forgiven yet. It must have been really awful and I didn't even know it. As Raj Koothrappali of Big Bang Theory will say to his bestfriend Wolowitz, "sucky, sucky friend".

And that's how you wrap up a Tuesday.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Strike Two

Maliban sa loob ng mall, sinong tao ang nagbubukas ng Christmas tree lights ng pagka-aga-aga? Take note: nasa loob ng opisina na napakaliwanag courtesy of haring araw. May tinatawag na pagtitipid di ba?

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Tanong: kung may kaibigan kang nagsabi sayo na ayaw ka na nyang maging kaibigan, anong mararamdaman mo?

Naisip ko lang, minsan pala mas insensitibo tayo sa mga taong akala natin nandyan lang palagi. Samantalang, isip tayo ng isip sa mga taong hindi naman nga natin sigurado kung naiisip din ba tayo at ang papel natin sa buhay nila. Talagang minsan, huli mo na maiisip na may mga taong di mo pala kayang mawala sa buhay mo pero maiisip mo lang pag sila naman ang unti-unting nawawala na sa buhay mo.

Naniniwala akong may break-ups din sa friendships. Minsan kailangan. Minsan talagang bigla na lang nangyayari. Pero hindi ako makapaniwalang kamuntikan ko na palang gawin yun. Ang sama, oo.

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Moving on, sana Byernes na ulit! Looking forward to seeing the Cheese more. Haha.

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Lunes. Pagsusulat na walang kamatayan boo.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Today Is The Day


Of course, no need to ask who we're rooting for here. Go Pacman!

UPDATE: Yes. The PACMAN won. Lucky Seven. Team Pilipinas!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cheers, buddy!

It's the Binx's birthday today. And burned out that he is he decided to lift off somewhere. Ha! I wish you peace and happiness even for just a day :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Under the Sea


where it's oh so pretty! where fishes are simply adorable, content to feed on tutong rice. heehee.


where idiots like me break their peace, trying hard to catch their fins only to be slapped by their powerful tails..



thank you Papa Jesus for them fishies! Such a sight to behold. Sigh.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wednesday LOVE


Finally, my long-overdue Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans has arrived. Harry Potter fans would know what I'm talking about here. Excited! What to taste first? Booger? Dirt? Earthworm? Vomit? Rotten Egg? or Earwax? Can't wait!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Flying Solo in Iloilo

Last week, I embarked on my first solo adventure out of Luzon. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the Cheesewas not able join me in this trip nevermind how long we've waited for this. Alas, still nursing a slight fever from the past week's illness, I almost did not wake up in time for my flight. Thank goodness for unlimited calls.


And so I flew in Iloilo without the slightest idea of where I will be staying nor where I will go. Okay. So I do have a little but those notes are not sufficient enough in my opinion. So I spent the whole morning walking around Iloilo City, feeling (and figuring) my way around while looking for a place to stay. My feet and back killed me from too much walking (I had a heavy backpack), I was slowly becoming irritated. The down side of traveling alone is this: hotel rooms are always expensive because you have to shoulder everything. But of course, I did not let all that dampen my mood. I took a jeep to Jaro to also take a look of a place to stay, went to a museum before going to city proper. After finally scoring a decent enough inn, I took a nap. Yes a NAP. I was so darned tired forgive me.

So far, my favorite Iloilo Church - St. Anne of Molo


They have a really cool campus ha, with provincial effects and all!

But I have to say. My trip to Miag-ao the day after made me appreciate this whole thing of traveling alone. There's a certain kind of freedom and sense of achievement one can get when traveling alone. You know, fending for yourself and relying to strangers' kindness to get you through it all. It's all liberating for me.

Yes I admit it gets really sad knowing that you cannot share the experience with your friends or special psomeone but hey, I believe that this is one thing that everyone should do at least once in their life.

Next on my list: a trip alone outside Philippines yeah!

Monday, November 09, 2009

An Updated Lakbayan Map

Imma fill you up white spots til there's no land unconquered by maryelogs!



My Lakbayan grade is C+!
How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!
Created by Eugene Villar.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Guy Fawkes Night

"Remember, remember the fifth of November.
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot."





Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Hullo work

Malcapuya Island giving Boracay a run for their money.

And just like that I'm back. Five days went like a breeze. But I loved every single day of it. :) Who wouldn't want to be in a place like that?!?!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wednesday LOVE

What I LOVE the most. Screw the bank account, screw work, let me have my backpack and I'm on my way to the airport. This time I'm doing Coron. Yeaa. Photos and stories when I come back. Toodles!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

This one's for you Sars. :) Bibili na nga ko nung DIY book ASAP!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid photo

500 Days of Summer

Downloaded the OST after watching the movie. The Smiths is LOVE!

Movie excerpt from IMDb :

This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he'd never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total mis-reading of the movie 'The Graduate'. The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent's marriage she'd only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing. Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for. This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.

Indeed. The reverberating moral of the story (at least for me): You can get over someone, no matter how painful, how hard and how long it could be. You will, eventually. Someday, the pain will just be a faint memory from the past and it will not hurt anymore each time you think about it.

"Who doesn’t like Ringo Starr?"