Tuesday, October 23, 2012
This is inspired by Anna Oposa’s Date Me. I discovered her
blog a few days ago and fell in love with her words. By that, I mean, I read
every entry she ever put up in there. I came across her Date Me article, which
she probably published when Date A (insert title here) was such an in thing. If
you only have a minute to spare, ignore this. Mine is just a scattered piece of
mess. Read hers instead here. It’s sort of a perfectly written ROM-COM. Click
I wanted to write: Date an awkward mix of a nerd, a hoop
junkie, an adventure seeker, a runner (when I’m not lazy), a yogini, a perennially accused as boring CPA, a clingy friend, a baby of the
family and a lover of words, oh! and a lover of Forever 21, too. But that would
be too long. So let’s just get straight to the point, shall we? DATE ME. Yes,
Date me because I may not always be happy but I am cheerful.
I wouldn’t whine and rant in front of you. I’ll save that for our 3rd
date. Date me because I can make you laugh. I won’t do it by putting
chocolate in my two front teeth and flash you a silly smile; that’s not my
style. I’ll make you laugh with my stories, with witty jokes. And if you aren’t
ready for my comebacks, don’t ever start.
Date me because I like basketball. By 'basketball' I don’t
mean good-looking guys who can score. I am sincerely interested in the sport.
If you ever invite me to watch a game live, don’t worry about me pestering you
with questions. I know the rules, mister. But I should warn you that you would
have to endure my never-ending side comments about traveling, 8-second
violation and unnecessary fouls. I watch like a referee minus the whistle. I
curse a little, too, when the game involves La Salle.
Date me because I will fight with you. Yes, that is a good
thing. Because chances are, you won’t always be right.
Date me because I am a listener. I will ask you about your
day and I expect a long, detailed answer. You have to walk me through your most
boring day not because I am “checking on you”, but because I am interested in
what you spend your time on. On days when there’s a hot issue on the news, I
expect to hear your comments, too. I would most probably challenge your belief
if it doesn’t agree with mine. Not to convince you to take my side, though, but
to understand how your mind works. One of the best compliments I can give is tell
you your mind is amazing. That trumps ‘You look like Ryan Gosling’ in my deck
of cards. Well, maybe not Ryan Gosling.
Date me because I love words. It would only take a
well-written letter to make my day. Cheap, right? But make sure you don’t
commit grave grammatical errors when you make me one. If you aren’t confident
about your subject-verb-agreement, buy me flowers, instead. (But work on your
grammar because I couldn’t stay interested in a guy who can’t write properly.) Date
me because I will randomly send you I love yous and combinations of different
words, probably more than three, that would mean the same thing. I will string
words together, tie them up, make sure they are perfect before I send them your
way. I will let you know how much you mean to me through actions, coupled with beautiful words. On the flip side, I am warning you that if I ever
send you hate messages, don’t ever, EVER, reply with ‘OK’. You have no idea how many revisions I've done to make those sentences sound catchy and
hurtful and just, perfect! The sharpest dagger that will hit your heart spot
on. But please know that I don’t mean any of it, unless you did something to
truly deserve it.
Date me because I am not fragile. You may break my heart, but you can never break my backbone.
Date me because I will love you and I will make plans with
you and I will give you random lectures on how I outline our future. I will
shower you with affection to drown the negative voices in your head. I will
hold you on happy days, tough days- but you are not allowed to have a terrible
day because we both know that is not possible as long as we have each other.
Date me because even though I am head over heels in love with you, I am also head over heels in love with life. You won’t have to worry about my world revolving around you.
So, date me. Yes, I am asking you to. Wait, what? Nope, not
you perv! This is solely dedicated to the boy who has the unbelievable fortune
(and misfortune) of calling me HIS for the past nine years.
It’s a Saturday; I don’t have classes. And amidst all the
reasons I’ve stated above, those last two are good enough. So, movie? Dinner? If
you aren’t asking me, I’ll ask you, anyway. So, I want to date you. I want to
date you because…
Oh, don’t get me started.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Felix Baumgartner- our generation's very own Neil Armstrong.
I know nothing about this space jump before it actually happened. When some links appeared in my twitter feed, my curiosity pushed me to knowing more.
is what I found:
Baumgartner has made a name for himself with acts of daring. The former paratrooper has parachuted off buildings and mountains and once into a 600 foot deep cave. He had already done two practise freefalls in preparation for this attempt – one from 71,000 feet in March this year and a second from 97,000 feet in July. But no feat can possibly have matched his jump above the town of Roswell, a suitably chosen place famed for its connections to UFO sightings.
He was chasing five different records: the first human to ever break the sound barrier in free-fall; the highest free-fall altitude jump, the highest manned balloon flight and longest free-fall and his jump platform is believed to be the largest manned balloon in history.
The stunt, which was seven years in the planning and sponsored by Red Bull drinks, beat two of Kittinger's records: the retired US air force colonel previously held the high altitude and speed records for parachuting. Kittinger jumped from a balloon 19 miles above the planet in 1960.
Suitably, the only voice in Baumgartner's radio earpiece guiding his ascent was that of Kittinger, now 84.
The space jump sure made history. But the way these men are so generously willing to share and teach and not care about their names being permanent and unbeaten in history, this makes creating history still possible, regardless of how much we have already figure out in this lifetime.
After the final instruction was given, the mission controller said, "Our guardian angel will take care of you."
And right before Felix Baumgartner made the jump, he said:
And he sure brought a realm of possibilities with him.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
I've been on some kitchen adventures lately. For the record, I am not one of those people who find cooking therapeutic. I'm not really "in love" with the kitchen. What started this is my desire to KNOW what I eat. I want to stop living off food made up of preservatives and God-knows-what.
Fortunately, even for a newbie like me, my kitchen efforts are paying off! Here are a few of my recent lunch "baon"s:
1. Salad in a jar
The easiest thing in the world to do. Salad is known to be healthy, but not anymore when it's dressed in Mayo and other heavy dressing. The first thing I learned to do was my version of a balsamic vinaigrette. Easy breezy! Chop, pour, shake- that's it!
2. Tuna and tomatoes on whole wheat pasta
This is an EVOO based pasta. The original recipe only had tomatoes and basil, but it was too plain for my taste. I made adjustments and added spicy tuna.
3. Tofu and mushroom burger
This one I'm really proud of. I made those patties from scratch! I lasted having this as my baon for an entire week! Perfect with sweet chili sauce. :)
4. Tamarind-glazed chicken
I was bored on a Sunday morning, so I picked the easiest chicken recipe I could find and tried it. This dish tasted like sweet & sour, but more on the sour side (hello, tamarind nga!). The recipe required bell peppers and cashew nuts, too. But this was a trial so I didn't follow all the ingredients. I'll definitely cook this again.
5. Chicken pesto on vegeroni pasta
Last week's baon! I even prepared this for last Sunday's breakfast and it was a hit! :)
Obviously, I cook mostly for my sake. I'm still not that comfortable cooking for other people, since I am no expert on this yet. But, baby steps, right? From someone who had absolutely zero kitchen knowledge 2 months ago, I believe I've gone a long way. Kitchen kiliiiiiiiiiig. :))))))
Monday, October 1, 2012
One office day, over the phone:
Boy: Are you busy?
Girl: Nope. Internet lang ako.
Boy: Dinner later!
Girl. Eh. Can't.
Girl: Replay ng DLSU-FEU game tonight. Can't miss it! haha
Boy: Wow ah. Pero text mo sa kin kanina, 'I miss YOU!
*an entire minute of laughter*
This conversation: meaningless, unimportant, funny... wait, NO? Not funny for you?
Totally understandable. We always have conversations that sound so stupid only the two of us can find humor in it.
I want those conversations forever. :)
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