Friday, December 28, 2007

2007

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
First time to apply for a US visa. Moved out of my parents' house to work in the US. Learned how to drive Pinoy style and survived the streets of Manila... now the US freeways. My first Asian vacation outside the philippines... Hong Kong! Had my longest vacation (that's 2 months!) eversince I started working almost 7years ago.

2. Where did you study/ work?
Worked in our Makati office. Worked from home. Worked from my Aunt's home in SFO and Temecula. Worked in Glendale, AZ.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes! My travel buddy/kumare/shock-absorber Phengtot.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
None! Thank God!

5. What countries did you visit?
Hong Kong, US

6. Did you move anywhere?
Moved out of my parents home to work here in the US. Moved to SFO and stayed there for more than 2 weeks. Moved to Temecula and stayed there for almost a month.

7. What sporting events did you go to?
OMG... none!

8. What concerts did you go to?
Gary V concert in Pechanga.

9. Who was your Valentine in 2007?
HH

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
The cyst on my left eye. My still polycystic left ovary. Hala puro na lang cyst!

11. What was your best month?
December

12. Where did most of your money go?
shopping for clothes and shoes

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
When I started working again after 2 months of vacationing. My move to the US. My first drive home from Makati to QC.

14. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Beautiful Girls. Frisco Anthem. Chris Daughtry's music.

15. What did you do on the 4th of July?
My usual busy day at work.

16. What were the best...

* books you read?
Uh-oh... never finished a book this year

* movies you saw?
300
Transformers
Rush Hour 3
Ratatouille
Enchanted

* CDs you listened to?
Chris Daughtry

17. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Went around Pinas more

18. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Work!

19. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent christmas alone but went on a roadtrip with Marc and Kuya Billy from Glendale to Grand Canyon to Las Vegas and back few days before Christmas.

20. Did you fall in love in 2007?
yes... but with the wrong man.

21. How many one-night stands?
ummm... hmmmm... two-nights stands with a single man. dont judge me... I am lonely.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Heroes, Grey's anatomy, Prison Break

23. Compared to this time last year, are you:

* happier or sadder?
happier

* thinner or fatter?
same

* richer or poorer?
poorer

24. What was your favorite summer memory of 2007?
Hong Kong vacation with my friends

25. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 27. I was at Temecula taking my vacation. Me and my Aunt's family went to SeaWorld San Diego and had dinner at Buca di Beppo in Diego.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Ipod speakers and the cute Ipod touch

27. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Tom Welling. Wentworth Miller.

28. Who was the best new person you met?
I've met a lot of new people this year especially because I moved to another country. This is probably the one of the better things in being a consultant and living in a suitcase.

29. Where were you when 2007 began and who were you with?
I was in Manila with my family.

30. What are your plans for 2008?
Travel:
Jan-April : Stay here in Glendale, AZ. Probably visit Riverside and LA in some weekends.
May : I should be in Santa Clara working for a new client.
Jun : Visit Chicago, Florida or NJ
Sept : Go back to Manila
Nov : Thanksgiving in SFO

Get an apartment in CA.
Buy a car.
Save more and shop less.
If budget permits, visit Barcelona.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

First Christmas in USA

My first Christmas here in the US was spent here in Arizona... alone and boring! But a few days before Christmas, my friends from LA (Marc and Kuya Billy), came over for a roadtrip. We went around Phoenix downtown, Grand Canyon and finally to our original destination, Las Vegas! I am a lazy blogger so I'll just post pictures of our recent trip.

I have something to confess... I am liking someone again but that someone isn't interested in having a relationship right now. Hayyy... Always the wrong men. Nakaka-sad tong pictures na to pag tinitingnan ko...







Don't ask me why we have so many pictures together. Nagkataon lang or sinadya? I honestly don't know.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Phoenix, AZ

Oh my gosh... I am such a lazy blogger! It's been a hella busy week. I've been here in Glendale, Arizona for more than a week now. Stayed at a hotel near my client's office for 5 days and then I transferred here in an apartment at a posh location last monday. I'll be staying in this apartment for a month and then I have to find myself another apartment.

New updates about me...

- work is like everyday hell. Been doing my all-time most disliked project... SAP Enterprise Portal. Uh-oh!
- I drive myself to office everyday. Been renting a car for the last week.
- Drove on the freeway! Woohoo!
- Independent way of life... cook, do laundry, clean the house... no more maids for me!

I am looking forward to my friends from LA coming over tomorrow to visit me. We're all going to Vegas to spend christmas there. This is something new for me... spending christmas with friends instead of my family. Well at least not spending it alone! =) I guess that is something I should already be thankful for.

Oh, as far as settling here in Glendale is concerned, I am not really convinced to live here. Not just yet. Let's see if I survive the 120degrees summer here.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

My birth month is November

November: has a lot of ideas. difficult to fathom. thinks forward. unique and brilliant. extraordinary ideas. sharp thinking. fine and strong clairvoyance. can become good doctors. dynamic in personality. secretive. inquisitive. knows how to dig secrets. always thinking. less talkative but amiable. brave and generous. patient. stubborn and hard-hearted. if there is a will, there is a way. determined. never give up. hardly becomes angry unless provoked. loves to be alone. thinks differently from others. sharp-minded. motivates oneself. does not appreciate praises. high-spirited. well-built and tough. deep love and emotions. romantic. uncertain in relationships. homely. hardworking. high abilities. trustworthy. honest and keeps secrets. not able to control emotions. unpredictable.

I was nodding my head when I was reading this from a friend's blog. Most of the descriptions are so me especially the part "uncertain in relationship". Hahaha. I know! I am not getting any younger and I should be thinking of settling down. Somehow I feel affected whenever I hear my friends getting engaged, getting married or having their first born. I feel affected in such a way that I ask myself why don't I ever think of myself getting into those situations very soon or am I abnormal or something? Most of my friends are either married or engaged. Whenever people ask me when I am getting married, I just brush off the topic and tell them dont ask me that question in like 10years from now. Hahaha.

Friday, December 07, 2007

The Twelve Months

Got this from a friend's blog.

january: stubborn and hard-hearted. ambitious and serious. loves to teach and be taught. always looking at people’s flaws and weaknesses. likes to criticize. hardworking and productive. smart, neat and organized. sensitive and has deep thoughts. knows how to make others happy. quiet unless excited or tensed. rather reserved. highly attentive. resistant to illnesses but prone to colds. romantic but has difficulties expressing love. loves children. loyal. has great social abilities yet easily jealous. very stubborn and money cautious.

february: abstract thoughts. loves reality and abstract. intelligent and clever. changing personality. attractive. sexy. temperamental. quiet, shy and humble. honest and loyal. determined to reach goals. loves freedom. rebellious when restricted. loves aggressiveness. too sensitive and easily hurt. gets angry really easily but does not show it. dislikes unnecessary things. loves making friends but rarely shows it. daring and stubborn. ambitious. realizes dreams and hopes. sharp. loves entertainment and leisure. romantic on the inside not outside. superstitious and ludicrous. spendthrift. tries to learn to show emotions.

march: attractive personality. sexy. affectionate. shy and reserved. secretive. naturally honest, generous and sympathetic. loves peace and serenity. sensitive to others. loves to serve others. easily angered. trustworthy. appreciative and returns kindness. observant and assesses others. revengeful. loves to dream and fantasize. loves traveling. loves attention. hasty decisions in choosing partners. loves home decors. musically talented. loves special things. moody.

april: active and dynamic. decisive and hasty but tends to regret. attractive and affectionate to oneself. strong mentality. loves attention. diplomatic. consoling, friendly and solves people’s problems. brave and fearless. adventurous. loving and caring. suave and generous. emotional. aggressive. hasty. good memory. moving. motivates oneself and others. sickness usually of the head and chest. sexy in a way that only their lover can see.

may: stubborn and hard-hearted. strong-willed and highly motivated. sharp thoughts. easily angered. attracts others and loves attention. deep feelings. beautiful physically and mentally. firm standpoint. needs no motivation. easily consoled. systematic (left brain). loves to dream. strong clairvoyance. understanding. sickness usually in the ear and neck. good imagination. good physical. weak breathing. loves literature and the arts. loves traveling. dislike being at home. restless. not having many children. hardworking. high spirited. spendthrift.

june: thinks far with vision. easily influenced by kindness. polite and soft-spoken. having ideas. sensitive. active mind. hesitating, tends to delay. choosy and always wants the best. temperamental. funny and humorous. loves to joke. good debating skills. talkative. daydreamer. friendly. knows how to make friends. able to show character. easily hurt. prone to getting colds. loves to dress up. easily bored. fussy. seldom shows emotions. takes time to recover when hurt. brand conscious. executive. stubborn.

july: fun to be with. secretive. difficult to fathom and to be understood. quiet unless excited or tensed. takes pride in oneself. has reputation. easily consoled. honest. concerned about people’s feelings. tactful. friendly. approachable. emotional temperamental and unpredictable. moody and easily hurt. witty and sparkly. not revengeful. forgiving but never forgets. dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. guides others physically and mentally. sensitive and forms impressions carefully. caring and loving. treats others equally. strong sense of sympathy. wary and sharp. judges people through observations. hardworking. no difficulties in studying. loves to be alone. always broods about the past and the old friends. likes to be quiet. homely person. waits for friends. never looks for friends. not aggressive unless provoked. prone to having stomach and dieting problems. loves to be loved. easily hurt but takes long to recover.

august: loves to joke. attractive. suave and caring. brave and fearless. firm and has leadership qualities. knows how to console others. too generous and egoistic. takes high pride in oneself. thirsty for praises. extraordinary spirit. easily angered. angry when provoked. easily jealous. observant. careful and cautious. thinks quickly. independent thoughts. loves to lead and to be led. loves to dream. talented in the arts, music and defense. sensitive but not petty. poor resistance against illnesses. learns to relax. hasty and trusty. romantic. loving and caring. loves to make friends.

september: suave and compromising. careful, cautious and organized. likes to point out people’s mistakes. likes to criticize. stubborn. quiet but able to talk well. calm and cool. kind and sympathetic. concerned and detailed. loyal but not always honest. does work well. very confident. sensitive. good memory. clever and knowledgeable. loves to look for information. must control oneself when criticizing. able to motivate oneself. understanding. fun to be around. secretive. loves leisure and traveling. hardly shows emotions. tends to bottle up feelings. very choosy, especially in relationships. systematic.

october: loves to chat. loves those who loves them. loves to take things at the center. inner and physical beauty. lies but doesn’t pretend. gets angry often. treats friends importantly. always making friends. easily hurt but recovers easily. daydreamer. opinionated. does not care of what others think. emotional. decisive. strong clairvoyance. loves to travel, the arts and literature. touchy and easily jealous. concerned. loves outdoors. just and fair. spendthrift. easily influenced. easily loses confidence. loves children.

november: has a lot of ideas. difficult to fathom. thinks forward. unique and brilliant. extraordinary ideas. sharp thinking. fine and strong clairvoyance. can become good doctors. dynamic in personality. secretive. inquisitive. knows how to dig secrets. always thinking. less talkative but amiable. brave and generous. patient. stubborn and hard-hearted. if there is a will, there is a way. determined. never give up. hardly becomes angry unless provoked. loves to be alone. thinks differently from others. sharp-minded. motivates oneself. does not appreciate praises. high-spirited. well-built and tough. deep love and emotions. romantic. uncertain in relationships. homely. hardworking. high abilities. trustworthy. honest and keeps secrets. not able to control emotions. unpredictable.

december: loyal and generous. sexy. patriotic. active in games and interactions. impatient and hasty. ambitious. influential in organizations. fun to be with. loves to socialize. loves praises. loves attention. loves to be loved. honest and trustworthy. not pretending. short tempered. changing personality. not egotistic. take high pride in oneself. hates restrictions. loves to joke. good sense of humor. logical.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Stigmatized

I was too lazy to change my template but I did make an effort to change my header image. Hehe. I have been also too lazy to blog here but my multiply site always gets updated with new pictures from my recent trips. It's easier to post pictures than to write something noh! Anyway, here are some updates about me...

- Went to SeaWorld San Diego twice. That's two consecutive Saturdays in November!
- Went to Disneyland California last weekend with Marc and his SFC friends
- Ate Jollibee chickenjoy again! Woohoo!
- For some odd reason, I like rollercoaster rides. It's on top of my should-ride-list whenever we go to a theme park. Fine! Kinakareer ko ang mga theme parks dito sa Amerika. Hahaha
- I filled a whole balikbayan box with stuff to send to my family and friends in Manila in just 3 days! Yes, you read it right! Some people need a month to get the balikbayan box filled with goodies. I did it in three days! Oh yeah, it's supposed to be a Christmas present for my family and friends but too bad the box won't arrive until after new year because of the too many holidays in Manila.
- I bought a new digicam and 2GB SD card. Katas ng after Thanksgiving sale! I don't understand why stuff are hella cheap here in the US when most of the products sold here are made in Asia.

I don't think I've ever mentioned here that I already have a project which will start on December 13. I will be flying to Glendale, Arizona next week to work. This is it! My vacation episode will be ending pretty soon. Just so you know, I don't know anyone in AZ besides a colleague whom I will be replacing at the client site and he is leaving too. Although I've done this a lot of times, I still feel nervous about going to a place that's unknown to me. I am sure it will be an adventure but knowing that life here in the US is way different from the life I got used to in Manila and Finland, I still get pretty scared. Please wish me luck!

Oh and by the way, the crush thing... it's pretty much over. I am trying to avoid him although he is absolutely flirting with me. Haha. I need to refocus myself on the things that should matter more here. No room for mistakes! No more unnecessary risks to take! Focus! Focus!