Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hola, Cambodia; Hello, Ontario! :)

Dear Juliet,

Haha. The title doesn't make sense. LoL! Anyways. It's the last day of November. Rawr! We're 4 weeks away from 2011! Pretty crazy, huh? Tic, tic, tic. That's the sound of 2010 running out.

I wanted to talk about what I want to accomplish within the short time left of my 2010. But judging from my laziness, I bet I won't be able to accomplish anything din naman. LOL. Sad to say, I lost in my 25-day Hip-Hop Abs Challenge. *sob* I still haven't been eating rice, though. That's the only part I get to succeed in. Thank God my tummy still hasn't bulged out. Hayz.

Okay. Still, let me map out my plans. Four weeks. Twelve things. Good luck!
  1. Carry on with the December travel tradition. Madelaine!! :)
  2. Go out with cousins: amusement park first, liquor party afterward.
  3. Go somewhere with sissie and mama. Family bonding!
  4. Send daddy a package.
  5. Save, save, save!
  6. Try to run or at least jog in UP.
  7. Don't eat. Don't eat a lot. Yung sakto lang, okay? Rawr!
  8. Christmas shopping. Rawr. Good luck! 
  9. Catch some awesome movies during the holidays! 
  10. Christmas parties with friendssss! ♥
  11. Do something charitable. 
  12. Expect less. Aim high. Shoot low. Haha.
Ang sabaw ng utak ko. Usong-uso ang buletted thoughts. Haha. Must be because 'tis the season to be jolly. Fa la la la la... La la la la!!! LOL.
    Hoping, waiting, believing.
    ★ Happidezz

    Sunday, November 28, 2010

    Out of cohesive devices

    Dear Juliet,

    I badly want to write something that makes sense. I want to write about school, friends, and my fun weekend. However, my mind can't produce anything coherent at the moment. So here, please bear with my bulleted thoughts.
    • I can say this semester is gonna be less intimidating, less demanding, and less draining. However this one problematic course makes me think I'm not getting the most out of my investment. It's just too bad because the course is interesting. The professor, however, is always late. Like my thoughts, her discussions are oh so directionless. Her past students even give her awful reviews. It wasn't that hard to see what these bad reviews meant after two meetings with her. Sigh. Just when I have decided to be serious about school, the professor I get is not quite as serious as I am with regard the subject. I should've gotten the terror prof of last semester instead. At least I'm sure I'd learn a lot from her.
    • I renewed my passport yesterday and I was applicant number 2224. The long wait wasn't really grueling. Good thing, I brought a book with me. During times when people were no longer fun to observe, I turn to my book. And when things are getting boring between the lovers in the book, I go back to observing people. It was really interesting. Some people are just too friendly that they don't mind meddling with what his/her seatmate is doing. They ask too many questions and share uninteresting facts about themselves. LOL. There are some, however, who are just like me--introverts. They carry on with their activities silently, not bothering the one seated right next to them. I think I like those kind of people better. Hehe.
    • It was also interesting that love might actually happen in such queues. The guy and the girl from a few seats away actually exchanged numbers. In a span of a few hours, they managed to crack jokes and to flirt with each other. I wonder if they'll end up together. I think they'll make a good couple.
    • My passport picture looks like crap. Haha. Oh well, that has become the trend with my ID pictures.
    • I went out with good friends [plus some new ones] and tried out this new place in ParaƱaque. We were celebrating Shelly's birthday and she wanted to check out Resorts World Manila. It was an awesome place, filled elites and foreigners [and some jologs like us, LOL]. We had dinner in an Italian Restaurant called Parmigiano. A celebrity was actually in the same restaurant with us. We got to take stolen shots of her. Tweety de Leon is so pretty!

      • We tried our luck at the Casino, but unfortunately, the slot machine gods didn't favor us. Haha. It was a fun experience though. There were also foreign performers who did amazing dancing. There were contortionists too! Ang galing nila. 
      • I won't forget that ass of a foreigner who hit jackpot for his five-of-a-kind combination at the poker slot machine. Since the machine was playing the jackpot music, people kind of gathered around him to see and admire the big event. The jackass discontinued playing and somehow showed his disgusto of the attention. The Filipino crowd went, "Ang yabang naman nitong gagong to. Mahold-up ka sana paglabas mo! *Insert expletives*"
          • We proceeded to Shelly's place for some libations. Lol. If I weren't too sleepy and tired, I could have drank a lot more. But the booze we had was enough to get us tipsy. Nakakatuwa si Madelaine, nangyayakap kapag lasing. LOL. I really enjoyed that part when we shared stuffs before sleeping. Funny revelations and total girl bonding! :) Happy birthday, Shelly! Thanks for the treat! :)
            Hoping, waiting, believing. 
            ★ Happidezz

            Saturday, November 27, 2010

            Dear Juliet,

            Windstruck made me cry tonight.


            Hoping, waiting, believing. 
            ★ Happidezz

            Monday, November 22, 2010

            Episode 01

            Dear Juliet,

            Please allow me to air one rant. This day simply turned into a gloomy one, just like that. I cannot understand how at one point, the energy and the giddy in me earlier in the morning was sucked by an unknown happiness thief. The dark clouds and the pouring rain made the day even sadder.

            Do you experience these episodes too? When all of a sudden, without a clear reason, you get under the weather. Nothing can cheer you up, not even your favorite song or your favorite chocolate or your favorite person. Focusing on work can't even make you forget the sadness, the emptiness. 

            This is one emotion/feeling I hate the most. I know there is nothing wrong with me. I wasn't even thinking of anything that can upset me. But for some weird reasons, stupid emptiness and stubborn sadness get the best in me. RAWR!

            The good thing about episodes, though, is that they have endings naman. I ended this drama episode of mine by forcing myself to exercise. After Hiphop Abs, I ate crab and corn soup for dinner and then I felt better. This yummy yema from Pampanga also made me smile. I'm now writing this entry in an OK mood. Hayz. Lord, sana isang episode lang 'to. Ayaw ko na po madagdagan. Nakakasira po ng bait eh. LOL.

            Hoping, waiting, believing. 
            ★ Happidezz

            Saturday, November 20, 2010

            Beautiful

            Dear Juliet,

            Don't you just love it when people notice how blooming you are? Or how strangers would take a good look of you when you pass right in front of them? It's pretty flattering, right? But do you know what feels better than that? It's having people in your life who commend you for being beautiful not only on the outside, but also inside. My past two days have been great because of these people--friends who paint smiles on my face, friends who make the crazy inside me break loose, friends who make me blush by cracking overly green jokes, friends who make me look pretty in pictures, friends who appreciate me for being just plain ME, friends who are equally beautiful inside and out.

            College loves
            Yesterday, we had this hearty send-off dinner for Clarabelle who's migrating to Canada soon. It was really fun to be able to spend time with them that way. 

            After a very filling dinner at Cajun, I was able to convince them to drink my favorite cocktail at Gumbo. And so as soon as we got settled on our couch, I ordered four glasses of "pagmamahal" for us. Sadly, Madie and Clara didn't enjoy the drink. They found LOVE too bitter to the taste. [Note: The cocktail is named "I Love You." LOL!] 

            We took lots of pictures, trying hard to avoid the infamous Japan-Japan pose. I really enjoyed this part of the night, I must say. I had tons of fun posing with my head dress at Gumbo, inventing poses which were rather unflattering than sexy, exerting my all for jump shots, and tumbling for the camera. It was a goofy, fun night indeed!


            My favorite girls in the world--HALLU!
            Tonight is yet another fun and memorable night. I personally requested / pleaded / begged for this dinner date to push through. I did all the pangongonsensya and pagmamakaawa just so I'd be able to see my high school friends. Luckily, most of them came! They must really love me so much ;p

            In the middle of our chikahan, this one revelation shocked some of us and almost made us cry. But the night went on and ended with a blast.

            We HS friends aren't really camera whores, so we contented ourselves with a sumptuous dinner. [Sisig and sinigang, baby!] On the side are juicy news, cheesy sharing of love thingamajigs, and crazy laughters due to jokes and stories from our "guru." We proceeded to have some dose of caffeine for ourselves. I got to buy a tumbler for myself too. Yippee! [Oh, God! This day is a total splurge considering I also impulsively bought myself a book earlier in school. Yikes.]

            So there. It's really great to have friends who have positive effects on you. I'm just so thankful these guys are a part of my life. They've been there for me through thick and thin, heaven and hell. When you have friends like these, the world becomes a happier, more beautiful place.

            Hoping, waiting, believing.
            ★ Happidezz

            Wednesday, November 17, 2010

            Internal Monologue

            You're one thing I really, really can't give up at the moment. I need you. You are the key to make my future a better place to be in. But please, you have to work with me. You have to make it really easy for me to love you. Let's do this together, okay?

            **Just my thoughts about school. RAWR!
            **Positivity. Positivity. Positivity.
            **Motivation. Motivation. Motivation.

            Hoping, waiting, believing. 
            ★ Happidezz

            Sunday, November 14, 2010

            What's your happy thought?

            Dear Juliet,

            Even before Dexter and Gossip Girl and Glee, I've been really a fan of One Tree Hill. The latest episode of the series has this line delivered by Julian, which really struck a chord in my now-healthy heart.

            Happiness is a mood and it's a condition, not a destination. It's like being tired or hungry. It's not permanent. It comes and goes and that's okay. And I feel like if people thought of it that way, they'd find happiness a lot more often.
            [~Julian of OTH♥]
             

            Julian is right. Happiness is just like being tired and hungry. You feel it only once in a while. It passes in a blink of an eye and is never permanent. Notice how we're not happy every single day? That's because happiness is relative and sadly, seasonal too, if I may say.

            This topic is so apt, considering my blog's URL is "happidezz." It's a play on the word happiness and my nickname Dez. I've always thought of myself as a happy person until some recent experiences. But in a span of a few months, I can say I've finally pulled through. Like happiness and hunger, misery is temporary too, right? So allow me to tell you what made me realize today that I'm in a happy state. Don't expect anything grandiose, for these are just petty things. You know me, I'm easy :)

            1. The fact that people actually stop by this blog to read updates about my life. It's just surprising that my blog has now reached more than 2000 views already. [Believe me, I'm not bragging these 2000 views. It is only 0.1% of Chico Garcia's blog views. Most of the views might even probably be accounted to my narcissism. LOL!] 

            It's also overwhelming that according to Blogger's stats, people from around the world happen to come across my entries. There are visitors from the US, Singapore, Qatar, Canada, France, Italy, Sweden, and China.

            And do you know what's the most shocking of all? Brace yourself, okay? The most shocking of all is the fact that when you search "nagpapatulo ng isperma sa tubig" in Google, my blog will be one of the hits. Wow. How interesting, huh?! Well, that's because of an entry about Ronaldo Tinio's Poem, Sa Poetry. LOL!

            2. People around me has always been supportive of me. Of course, first in line are my family. Mama has been very understanding of my grumpy mood. Meagan has become a good buddy. Daddy, as always, has been a source of strength.

            And then there are friends who give me a pat on the back for doing such a great job with my life. There are people whose comforting words bring out the confidence in me. There are people who express their admiration of my strength. And people who keep me and my sanity in one piece. 

            Today, I found happiness from an exchange of short messages with one of those people~a friend named Maj. These times make me really thank God for giving them to me.

            3. Food. I hate to say this, but I've been really eating a lot lately. I guess I'm really happy now--my appetite is back to normal. Yikes! No matter how diligent I am in doing my Hiphop Abs everyday, I guess I'll really gain a lotta weight. With all the calories I'm taking in? Arrrgghh! I'll say hello to being fat again in no time =c

            Anyways, yeah. Despite the sad reality that food will make me fat, I can't help myself but eat. Food and eating make me happy. Why should I restrict myself from feeling happy, diba? I guess I'll just think it this way: If happiness passes, then my cravings [which are mainly due to the happiness I derive from eating] shall pass too. Woot!

            4. December is nearing! Wohoo! Soon, it'll be Christmas and I'm so excited! I always find the Yuletide season a happy season. [That's why I mentioned earlier that happiness is seasonal. LOL.] 

            I like the idea of spending it with my family, eating the humble "handa" we have on our table, waiting for gift-giving time, and seeing the smile on my family's faces as they open my gifts to them.

            5. My excitement to reach my destination. I don't really know what to expect, but one thing is for sure--On the day I reach my destination, when I find my perfect match, I'll have everything I deserve in life and most of my days will be filled with happiness =)

            Hoping, waiting, believing.
            ★ Happidezz

            Saturday, November 13, 2010

            Suki

            Dear Juliet,

            These are the reasons why I hate SMARTBRO:
            1. The slow connection at home makes me want to hang out in BK with my sister. BK is wi-fi heaven. We get to download tons of movies and applications there! ♥
            2. When in BK, we'll have to spend so that we won't appear pooritas in the eyes of the madlang peeps. We have to eat, of course!
            3. Burgers and fries and sodas equate to tons of calories. Eating them often makes one FAT.
            4. I eat them often. Therefore, I am getting FAT =(
            5. That's why I hate Smartbro.
            6. BOW.
            The sole reason why I love BK:
            1. Bonding with sister dear ♥

            Hoping, waiting, believing. 
            ★ Happidezz

            Wednesday, November 10, 2010

            Saranghaeyo

            Dear Juliet,

            This is the second time I'm watching Princess Hours this year. It's my all-time favorite Korean series! And this is my favorite scene.

            Hugs from the back ♥ ♥ ♥

            My most favorite scene, though, is that part when they realized they were already in love and torridly kissed. Heehee ♥ Patawarin ang mushiness. Walang mapagsidlan eh. LOL ;p

            Hoping, waiting, believing.
            ★ Happidezz

            I almost surrendered.

            The 2011 BDJ Power Planner has this page called "Habit Tracker" which, as the name suggests, is dedicated to forming habits. The goal is to learn to religiously do an activity in a span of 21 days and to continue doing it even after the 21-day duration. Upon achieving the goal, a reward awaits.

            Inspired by this, I decided to start forming certain habits, more specifically, start doing self-improvement activities. I still have two months for 2010 which equate to two challenges!

            And now, the 25-day challenge for November:
            I'll reward myself with an iPod touch 4th gen or a new cellphone IF I manage to maintain my no-rice diet and my Hip-hop Abs exercise regimen in 25 consecutive days. Yup, I decided to make it 25 days, with 4 allowable "days of neglect." LOL. I'm only on day two and God, I almost surrendered.

            I arrived home tired. I was really, really tempted to sleep first before proceeding to dance with Shaun T. However, I thought, Baka mapasarap ang tulog ko at di na magising. And so, determined to complete this challenge with flying colors [LOL], I changed to my exercise clothes [better known as pambahay, worn out clothes. LOL] and played the Hiphop Abs CD. 

            Can I just say? HALIMAW KA, Shaun T!
            I did the Hips, Buns, and  Thighs exercise of Volume 2 for 16 minutes, neglecting the part where they did the sit-ups thingy. Then, I played the Fat Burning Cardio Part 2 of Volume 3. As I saw the time allotted for that particular exercise, I thought, Kaya ko yan, ako pa! 43+ minutes lang eh!

            OMG. After 25 minutes, I gave up. Wala nang energy! But that didn't really mean that I surrendered kasi all in all, I had 41 minutes of exercise. Eh wala namang nakaspecify na number of minutes of exercise sa challenge di ba? LOL. Dinaya ko pa talaga ang sarili ko. Hahahay!  Pero seriously, good enough na yung 30 minutes a day. =)

             RAWR!! I can do this! Flat abs, I'm gonna getcha! Buti na lang I managed not to eat rice. Chicken curry pa naman yung ulam namin tonight. RAWR!!!

            Hoping, waiting, believing.
            Happidezz

            Monday, November 8, 2010

            2011 Belle de Jour Power Planner

            Dear Juliet,

            Haha. I'm just so stoked! This morning, I received a call from the logistics company that's going to deliver my 2011 BDJ Planner. So after work, I canceled my plans of getting a facial and immediately headed home.

            From our gate, I saw a package wrapped in blue plastic on top of our table. I knew right away it was mine but I still asked Mama just to make sure and she answered, "Hindi ko pinasok kasi baka may anthrax." Silly old lady. But I love her that way.

            As I was unwrapping the package, I got disappointed. The planner was not enclosed in a box, so its edges were somewhat tattered already. Sad. I wanted my planner to look perfectly new. With these edges, it's not so brand new looking at all. =(

            Since I can't do anything with the edges, I decided to just browse through the pages of my new planner. The design, the colors, the discount coupons, and the quotable quotes did not disappoint. The binding did, though. I got the book-bound type kasi. The binding isn't as sturdy and neat as my Starbucks Planner, pero keribels na lang. Next year, magbabalik-loob na lang ako dun sa spring-bound BDJ planner.

            I already tore my discount coupons from the planner. I really enjoyed tearing the perforated sheets. I'm oh so excited to use them! I hope to make good use of all these. Dati kasi, hindi ko nagamit lahat, probably around 10% of the coupons lang. This year, my goal is to use up more than 50% of these 60 coupons.

            Aside from the coupons, the planner comes with a lifestyle card din, so sulit na rin siguro yung 569Php na binayad ko. I swear, I'll make the most out of this costly planner. Yehey. Sana mag-2011 na! :)

            For more information about the BDJ Planner, you may visit http://www.belledejourpowerplanner.com/
            Hoping, waiting, believing.
            ★Happidezz

            My Confirmation :)

            Dear Juliet,

            I saw him today. He was flirting and cuddling and smooching with his new girl. I was shocked at first. I waited for the surge of pain. I braced myself. But after a while, I realized nothing came. And so, I continued moving to my destination, unaffected.

            *cue music*


            Hoping, waiting, believing.
            ★Happidezz

            Tuesday, November 2, 2010

            Goofy sisters

            video 

            Dear Juliet,

            I started doing crunches yesterday night and this morning that's why I feel a bit sore on my abdominal area. To carry on with my "exercise" regimen, I decided to dance with my sister tonight, prior to my mandatory crunches before sleep.

            Megs has been practicing their dance routine for their Christmas party in the hospital. [IKR! Excited sila much?!] So we recorded our dance moves using Austin's cam and here we are. She is the star, while I'm the backup dancer. Pataasan na ito ng energy levels. LOL.

            Laugh at us all you want, but we did have fun. Mama even had a special participation on this video. LOL.

            Hoping, waiting, believing.
            ★Happidezz

            Monday, November 1, 2010

            This is me being vain.

            Dear Juliet,

            I know this is too narcissistic, but please bear with me. I just wanted to say that today, I bade good-bye to my Mon-Confiado-like tresses. Haha! Isn't this great news? Better hair days are ahead, thanks to the buy-1-take-1 [yes, you know I'm cheap] hair treatment stuff I got from Watsons.

            At first, I wasn't really expecting good results from the said products. I initially got turned off by the ungrammatical application instructions at the back of the containers. But lo and behold, after one application, my hair tidied up and looked like hair for the first time in the last two months. Haha. I am just so glad =)

            Other random thoughts:
            ♥ Di ko mapigilan ang katakawan ko especially kapag nandito lang sa bahay. My tummy has grown big over the weekend. NOOOO! ;c

            ♥ I'm having problems with the courses I'm going to have this semester. I originally wanted to take 9 units. But then, oh well. Bahala na si Batman.

            ♥ Sana December na. I can't wait! November, please, pakibilisan lang, ha? Thanks!

            ♥ Next year will be my year. 2011, baby! :)

            ♥ Di pa rin ako inaantok! The worse part is that I'm craving for junks and San Marino Tuna Paella. Haha. I might take lambanog shots again. Para lang makatulog na at maiwasan ang pagkain ng kung anu-ano.

            ♥ Nababadtrip na ako sa 'yo ha? Pag ako nainis, isusubsob ko yang nguso mo sa nguso ko!!!


            Hoping, waiting, believing.
            ★Happidezz