Saturday, January 14, 2006

I fell in love with Amsterdam

It must be my being compulsive that's why i soooooo love amsterdam now. Yep... you heard me right. I'm in the Drugs-state! Hahaha. I am spending my break from work here in Amsterdam before heading back to Manila. I never imagined I'll have the courage to travel alone in another country! This is my first time to do this and I think im not so bad at it. I'll definitely be doing this more often! Ang gastos! Speaking of gastos, travelling europe doesnt come cheap.

1. Plane ticket - i got mine for free because my flight from Helsinki to Manila has a stopover in amsterdam. To be able to stay overnight, or for a couple of nights here just like what I did, you need to negotiate your booking with your travel agent if it's possible not to ask you to pay additional charges for stopping over amsterdam more than 24hours. With the help of my loving employer (hehe), I was able to bargain with them 4days stopover here in Amsterdam. If you're wondering who our travel agent was, it's Baron Travel in Manila. They even gave us 30kgs baggage allowance for checkin. Yipee!

2. Hotel accommodations - This doesnt come cheap. Im paying 75euros a night. Roughly around 5000pesos for a 3star hotel. My goodness! Can you just imagine how much a 5star hotel costs here?! With the same amount, I can pay for a 5star hotel in manila! And what's worse here, my room is like a doghouse! It's so tiny! I can barely move inside my room. Hayyy... complaints! complaints! Im a such a cheapskate that's why i did not get a 5star hotel. hehe. I would rather spend my money shopping than have a very nice room which I cannot bring home to the philippines. Hahaha.

3. Shopping - Did you know that this time of the year, almost all stores here in Amsterdam are on sale? Everyday walk in the shopping district is such a challenge because there are lots of people going gaga over shopping! Im not the only shopaholic here.

4. Food - I am not so experimental with the kind of food I eat. It's just that ive had a lot of incidents of ordering the wrong food. Well it sounded delicious but came out yucky! And so I have this standard with buying food... I stick to the food ive already tasted. I have this new addiction... there's this chinese take out resto in the city center. Its name is Wok to Walk and their food is so good. Actually, it's only fried rice / rice in a box style just like in manila but i so love it. I have it for dinner every day. Hahaha!

5. Transpo - Taxi is such a no no here. It's so damn expensive. So what im doing now is to walk and walk and walk. Walking is good for the heart. And also for the pocket. hahaha.

So far im enjoying amsterdam. I like it here. Even better than helsinki. But beware... pickpockets are everywhere in amsterdam and walking in the streets is challenging because there are lots of bikers here. im thinking i wont get run over a car or bus here... but a bike maybe!

I love amsterdam. I love the architecture. I love the shopping districts. I love the canals. I love the flowers. I love this country. I will surely be coming back here!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Friendster Survey #15

1.Do you get angry easily?
- nope. but when i do... god forbid the words i can say to you.

2.What have u been doing these past few days?
- work, work, work like there's no tomorrow

3.Last movie u've watched?
- goodness! i cant even remember. that must have been 2 months ago.

4.Fave song?
- You and Me, 100 years

5. What are u planning to do this weekend?
- take a vacation in Amsterdam! Yehey! Finally!

6. Do u drink?
- occassionally. social drinking.

7. Do u smoke?
- yep. i finished 2 packs in 1 week!

8. Do you have any person in mind?
- the architect. was reading old blogs awhile ago. most of it are about him.

9. Do u prefer sms or talking on the phone?
- talking of course! im a lazy texter. kung pwede lang kabitan ng keyboard phone ko, id do that.

10. Are u missing someone right now?
- yes... HH. i need a tight hug.

11. What are u doing right now?
- in bed but thinking of working before going to sleep... workaholic talaga!

12. When was the last time u received an sms?
- awhile ago from mom. errands!

13. One word to describe u?
- quixotic

14. Name ur good friend/s
- HH, bes, ate jing, gabs, pheng, kv, roselyn

17. Who do u want to kiss right now?
- HH

18. One person u want to spend the rest of ur life with?
- HH

19. What were u doing before this?
- reading old blogs

20.What are you thinking now?
- finish work so i can sleep soundly tonight

21. What did you do last night?
- work... nothing else to do here in helsinki but to work!

23. What attracts you to the opposite sex?
- nice lips, smile, intellectually stimulating

24. What makes you happy?
- being with the important people in my life, giving my family the best of life has to offer, seeing the people i love happy

25. What are you wearing now?
- shirt and sweatpants

26. Who was the last person you exchange sms with?
- mom

27. What do you want to tell someone bout yourself?
- in time ill learn to forgive, forget, let go and move on.

28. When is your birthdate?
- 24.11.1980

29. When is the bday of your love?
- HH 0708

30. When did you last smile?
- awhile ago

31. Why did you answer this?
- im tired and would like to relax a bit

32. When will you marry?
- when im willing to give up my career na

33. When did u last receive a gift?
- last christmas

34. When did you last drink alcohol?
- last month during a night out

35. How do you picture yourself in five years?
- have a family and a working mom

36. What are you looking forward to?
- migrating somewhere

37. your favourite line?
- omg!

38. If you have one wish, what would it be?
- good health to me and my family, more blessings

39. What type of person you dislike?
- dishonest, untrustworthy, annoying

40. What do you see now?
- my laptop. sex and the city playing in my other laptop.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

20 Facts About Me

20. I hate fruits in my viand. I dont like seeing pineapples, apples or any fruit cooked with meat, fish or chicken. My chef boyfriend tried to make me eat such food but I just had a teaspoon of it and told him it was good so I wouldnt hurt his feelings but in truth I disliked it. White lies!

19. I do not eat monggo (mung beans) that's made into viand. Ginisa/ginataang monggo is a usual food in my household especially during lenten season. Even if it's the only food left in this world, I dont think I can ever eat it. The same goes for ampalaya. The reason behind this huge dislike of this food is that I had a torture experience with it when I was a kid. I will not elaborate further. I just dont like it, period!

18. I am a frustrated architect. When I was younger, I loved drawing and I had good grades in my art subject until I reached highschool. In my fourth year in highschool, I was not sure of what course to take. Since Computer science was the "in" thing that time, I put that course in my college applications. Luckily, I passed UP and got that for my course. Compsci in UP is a quota course, mind you! During the end of my first year in college, I realized how much I disliked computer science subjects because I hated programming. And so I asked my parents if i could shift to another course (architecture in diliman) but they did not allow me. They told me there's no money in architecture. And since I didnt have much choice, I was forced to finish CompSci. I didnt have high grades but I was also not failing my subjects in college even if I did not like my course. Probably that's the reason why I did not excel. Ive always thought my career would be leaning towards the arts, but seems like things do change. Could have been I finished architecture, the architect could have hired me in his company in Cebu. Hayyy... some things are just not meant to be.

17. Ive had three serious boyfriends. Ex-1 is a batchmate in UP. He is now a doctor. Ex-2 is the guy from cebu who was an architect. And then hopefully my last one is my current boyfriend, who is an aspiring chef. These are the men in my life. =) I also had a cyber boyfriend in australia. hahaha. definitely not counted!

16. I got my father's blessing to get married last christmas. Although I have no groom yet, not even an engagement ring on my finger, my father told me he wants me to get married already and have grandchildren soon. OMG, pressure! pressure!

15. I cannot stand anime. But I do love japanese, taiwanese and korean soap operas. Yup! I do watch them.

14. I am an F4 fan. I have the hugest crush on tom welling, richard geere, matt damon and Kimi Raikkonen. Yes, I watch F1.

13. I have received a couple of unserious(?) marriage proposals from different men. Including a man who was not even my boyfriend then.

12. I got addicted to chat in 1997. I was spending a LOT of money to pay for internet in cyber cafe's near UP. I even cut classes and skip eating meals just to chat. Addiction!

11. I am a shopaholic. A true blue shopping addict! May it my window shopping, speed shopping, online shopping, or any kind of shopping, i must have done it. I spend my free time going online and browsing for sales. I am a bargain hunter. If you visit finland, i can tell you where you can buy things at a cheaper price. I now think it is a skill. hehehe.

10. I had a bad experience of being chased by an admirer carrying a very big bouquet of flowers in the corridors of UP Manila on a regular semester where there were tons of students. Yes, they saw me running very fast away from that admirer. He did not even reach the suitor level because I already dumped him before he even told me his intentions. I am rude, I know!

9. I have a trauma with big trucks and buses swerving towards the vehicle im riding on. My bestfriend's car where I and my bestfriend were aboard got hit by a huge bus on our way to school in taft avenue back in college.

8. I almost got picked up by an indian guest in a hotel where my cousin used to work in Vito Cruz. I used to go to that hotel after school so that I can get a free ride home with my cousin. while waiting in the lobby, an indian guest approached me and asked me if i could come up to his room. it was scary! to think i was wearing a TIBAK outfit (read: jeans, t-shirt and rubbershoes). could have been he was goodlooking, i might have second thoughts in going to his room. hahaha.

7. I used to be a lead guitarist in my band back in highschool. I also play the piano. See... im talented! But the last time i touched the piano at home was like 3 years ago?! I never had formal education but since the instruments are just within reach, plus my uncles and aunts play these instruments, it was pretty much easy to learn.

6. I dont eat chocolates bars. They say that 99% of women loves chocolates, well I say, I do belong to the remaining 1% who doesnt like it. Well, I used to love chocolates years ago but I just woke up one morning not liking it anymore. I still have my dozes of chocolate in the form of cafe mocha, mocha frappe, nesquik cereals, etc. But no chocolate bars for me, thank you.

5. Im a sucker for love songs. hehe. I am quite picky with the music I listen to. I dont like noisy kind of music. Alternative is the most I can take.

4. When I was 5, I bumped my head in the bathroom floor and that's how I got this poknat on my head. Maybe this is the reason why i am crazy! Hahaha.

3. When I was young, I was a papa's girl. I cant even sleep without my pops beside me. Good thing I got over it as I grew older.

2. At the age 6, I knew how to light a cigarette. Early start!

1. I was already self-sustaining at the age of 20. I got my first job in 2001. I have been supporting my family for the last 4 years. My ultimate dream is to let my parents retire from work early and let them enjoy the best of their lives.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Friendster Survey #14

1) Was 2005 a good year for you?
For my career, yes it was great. For my lovelife, unfornatunately it isnt.

2) What was your favorite moment of the year?
HH hugging me and told me that everything will be alright.

3) What was your least favorite moment of the year?
third quarter of the year

4) Where were you when 2005 began?
in manila with my family

5) Who were you with?
with jay and my family

6) Where will you be when 2005 ends?
i was here in helsinki when it ended. all by myself.

7) Who will you be with when 2005 ends?
alone

8) Did you keep your new years resolution of 2005?
i did.

9) Do you have a new years resolution for 2006?
nope. not this year!

10) Did you fall in love in 2005?
yes...badly

11) If yes, with who?
i fell in love with him long before 2005

12) If yes, do they know?
yes

13) Are you still in love with them?
not any more.

14) Do you regret it?
for a time, yes

15) Did you breakup with anyone in 2005?
yes

16) Did you make any new friends in 2005?
yup!

17) Who are your favorite new friends?
my officemates... the friday gimik club!hehe

18) What was your favorite month of 2005?
may

19) Did you travel outside of the philippines in 2005?
yup

20) How many different states did you travel to in 2005?
you mean country... i was in finland, had a stop over in amsterdam

21) Did you lose anybody close to you in 2005?
yes

22) Did you miss anybody in the past year?
definitely!

23) What was your favorite movie that you saw in 2005?
probably star wars episode 3

24) What was your favorite song from 2005?
heaven is you =)

25) What was your favorite record from 2005?
d'sound

26) How many concerts did you see in 2005?
none... pathetic!

27) Did you have a favorite concert in 2005?
none

28) Did you drink alcohol in 2005?
of course!

29) Did you do drugs in 2005?
legal drugs... ive been on medication

30) How many people did you sleep with in 2005?
goodness!

31) Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?
nope

33) What was the worst lie someone told you in 2005?
a lot... too many to mention.

34) Did you treat somebody badly in 2005?
yeah i think i did

35) Did somebody treat you badly in 2005?
yes

36) How much money did you spend in 2005?
lost track!

37) What was your proudest moment of 2005?
mustve been when i got back from helsinki after last july's project

38) What was your most embarrassing moment of 2005?
cant think of any

39) If you could go back in time to any moment of 2005, what would it be?
see him

40) What are your plans for 2006?
starting redirecting my life. probably get certified this year and then migrate to some place else.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

My recent obsession

I have a new obsession... I've been watching Hanayori Dango over and over for the past 72 hours. I just can't get enough of Jun Matsumoto! hahaha.

Two years ago I was quite addicted to watching Meteor Garden. I even bought pirated(Shame on me!) cd's of the 2 seasons. I liked Dao's character most and liked the artist(Jerry Yan) so much. He's so good looking! Hahaha. Also, I think Mei Zhuo(Vaness Wu) and Xi Men(Ken Zhu) are so sexy. Fine! Im a big fan. I even resorted to downloading pictures of them and some mp3s from F4 albums. Pathetic! Hahaha. Going back to my recent obsession... Meteor Garden was based on this old Japanese drama Hanayori Dango. If my research was right, it started from a japanese cartoon and eventually made into a t.v. series.

So what's with Jun Matsumoto? His character in the drama series is like that of Jerry Yan's character in Meteor Garden. He's the leader of a rich group of brats, F4. Anyway, i think i just like the character. I like the idea of some filthy rich guy who falls in love with a poor girl and fights for their love even if it was against all odds. Hmmm.. sounds familiar. Hehehe.

Anyway, I'll just enjoy watching this drama in my winamp shoutcast. I just hope my internet wont get disconnected because I havent paid our bill for december-january yet.