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Sunday, December 26, 2010
I've moved

Moved my blog to my original blog address- www.ivyjelly.blogspot.com. Bye Blogdrive!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I miss blogging

Today marks our 5th year of living in Singapore, and it made me a little bit nostalgic. I was looking for a picture we took at the airport when we first arrived here and I know I posted it here. Well, it's no longer here, but I ended up reading some of my entries. I miss blogging, and I miss blogdrive. I'll try to get back to this again, maybe tomorrow because I don't have to work on Friday. In the meantime, I better find a better layout, this brown theme is ugly!

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Monday, December 21, 2009
Where have my friends gone?

I want to go somewhere outside Manila when I go home next month. There are a lot of places that I can think of going to but the problem is I do not know who I can ask to go with me. Whenever I run through my head the friends that I have that are still in Manila, most are married, the others, I donít know. Most of my single friends are here in Singapore and not one of them can join me.

It saddens me a bit to realize that Iím slowly losing the life I left behind in Manila and my friends along with it. Sad that I canít think of any close friends there that I would like to travel with. 

Now Iím considering travelling alone. I havenít done it and I donít know if I ever could.


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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Family

My Mama is sleeping in the bed next to me. Here in Singapore! Never thought the day would come when Iíd have family visiting me.  Too bad Mike, Ysa and Lexie canít stay longer... I miss Lexie! I like having a baby in the house.

I am comfortable in my own skin and I like living independently, but I can say that being around my family brings me to a totally different level of comfort and ease.  I feel and act differently when I am interacting with family than with other people, I get this sense of peace and of lightness. I wish I can be more articulate but that is the best I can describe it.

There are times that I get aggravated with some members of my crazy family but the older I get, the more I realize how important they are to me. I realize that my siblings and I were lucky that we were brought up well by our parents. Growing up, we saw how they had concern for their own parent (only Lola, my fatherís mom was alive then) and siblings or even cousins.  I am fortunate that my siblings and I have not quarrelled to the point of completely cutting off one of us from our lives. Despite occasional quarrels I can honestly say that we are a close knit family- something that I always thank God for. I also pray that it will be so until we all get old.

Thursday morning Mama will go back to Manila and I will go back to my life here.  Good thing I have the trip home in January to look forward toJ.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
*Sigh*

I donít know if it is just me, but when I have negative thoughts in my head I feel in my chest. It gets  a bit harder to breathe, it feels like my chest is constricted. This is probably what they call a heavy heart.

I am a very patient person and I always try to see the good in people.  I try not to hold grudges and I always forgive. I do this mostly for selfish reasons, because I donít like having a troubled mind and and a heavy heart. Why suffer when I have the choice not to right?

But lately my patience and goodwill is being tried. I feel that sooner or later Iím going to snap and I am going to give up on someone. And I donít want that to happen.

And that heavy heart that I mentioned? I feel it now. If I just give up I will feel it too. Iím damned either way. What should I do?

Sometimes I wish that I am not the person that I am. My life would be easier if I am more tough.


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Friday, May 29, 2009
What a waste!

I've just written a very long rant, pressed the wrong key on my laptop and lost it all. Fu****k!!!!!

Maybe it's a sign that I shouldn't rant at all. Okay since it's late and I don't want to rewrite that again, let's just say I've been having a lot of bad days lately and mostly it is because of work. I'm tired, disheartened and frustrated. I'm smoking again, not exercising and I've no routine in my life. I need to find something that will motivate me and help me get back to my happy, positive self.

Help!


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Thursday, February 26, 2009
EDSA

I am so out of touch with the world today and I seldom get the chance to read or watch news. I managed to catch TV Patrol two nights ago and saw Gloria Arroyo saying this (condescendingly):

ďThe world embraced EDSA in 1986. The world tolerated EDSA II in 2001. The world will not forgive an EDSA III, but it will instead condemn the Philippines as a country whose political system is hopelessly unstable.Ē

WHAT A FREAKING HYPOCRITE!

She belittled the event just by her saying that. How dare she say it, when she only became the President because of EDSA 2? How can she say it when she participated in it herself, even if she only supported it at the last hour?

Fine, it does seem that Filipinos like to go out to the streets whenever they are dissatisfied with the government like what happened with the two EDSAs, but I still think that those two events happened because they needed to happen. EDSA 2 happened because the people were already tired of being lied and the Senators then had the nerve to do it on National TV. Whatís worst, we were mocked by Senator Aquino-Oreta when she did that sort of victory jig. That was the last straw, and that was what brought the people to EDSA, so they can let out their frustration and ask for change.

I was a young girl during EDSA 1 but from what I read about it, what brought it about were somewhat similar to what happened to EDSA 2 only more grave and more monumental. It started from the killing of Ninoy Aquino, followed by a rigged election, Enrile and Ramos broke away from the government and EDSA 2 was born.

The first one was indeed embraced for being the first bloodless coup ever. EDSA II may have evoked a different reaction from the world, but who the hell cares what they say?! They are not the ones who had to endure the stupid and corrupt politicians we have. They are not the ones who has to listen to almost daily news of politicians misusing the country's funds or doing things that their not supposed to do. They are not to ones who has sit and watch AND feel stupid while the President admits to talking to an election officer during elections and hearing her apologize and expect to be forgiven. It frustrates me how the politicians of my country gets away with a lot of things (legal or otherwise) and be given lame explanations whenever caught.

I heard that they did not put it as one of the holidays for 2009 and only declared it as one a week before February 25. I also read that she did not attend the commemoration of EDSA 1. What she is doing and what she said only shows that she is desperate to remain in power and that she is threatened by  the thought of another EDSA.

Well, she should be. Keep doing what your doing and you will probably end up pissing off Filipinos enough to march out on the streets again.


Currently listening to:
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
By Red Hot Chili Peppers


Currently reading:
Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
By Stephenie Meyer


Just read:
The Graveyard Book
By Neil Gaiman



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Monday, January 12, 2009
2008 Year ender

I've been doing this year ender entry for at least three years now and I am bit late this time since it's already 2009. Let's just pretend it's still 31Dec2008. Here's my 2008 year ender entry!

1. What did you do this year that you've never done before?  I've been thinking about this and I'm coming up empty. Isn't that sad?! I didn't do anything new this year!

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't think I had any for 2008 and I don't want to make new ones. Those that I didn't keep from years before are the same ones that I would put on my list now :). Let's just say I have goals; one is to totally quit smoking (again!) and 2. to save money.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth this year?  Nope, but my sister in law is giving birth in a few days. I will have a new niece!

4. Did anyone close to you die? Thankfully none.

5. What countries did you visit this year? Thailand again.

6. What would you like to have in the next year that you lacked this year?  A savings account, a partner, a camera- in no particular order. Same ones I wrote last year except the laptop because I got one now :).

7. What date from this year will remain etched upon your memory - and why? No memorable date this year. The only date that is etched in my mind is my hiring date in Starwood, 16Jan2008. Lame isn't it?

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? It's not that big, but I guess doing good at work. 2008 is all about my work.

9. What was your biggest failure of the year? Same as the past two years, still not paying off all my bills.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nope, but I've been getting headaches a lot and my eyesight is not as good as it was last year.

11. What was the best thing you bought this year? My laptop.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration (a public or private personality)?  can't think of anyone.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Some people :)

14. Where did most of your money go this year? To the dentist, my trip home, laptop, and things I needed for work.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about this year? Going home to Manila. The Eheads reunion concert.

16. What song will always remind you of this year? No song again.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
- happier or sadder?
Not sadder or happier. Steady.
- richer or poorer?
Richer, in a way.
- thinner or fatter?
thinner

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? I wish I'd travelled more!

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? Work. I wish I managed my time better so I didn't have to work long hours.

20. How did you spend the holidays? Christmas at our place with our friends; New Year's Eve at Clearwater. Both times I was sober and slept early. Man, I am getting old!

21. Did you fall in love this year? No but I wish I had.

22. How many one-night stands did you have this year? None. and I don't think

23. What was your favorite TV program for the year? Grey's Anatomy, Lobo, Ellen, Oprah, Run's House.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? Nope. I don't hold grudges.

25. What was the best book you read this year? A Thousand Splendid Suns. Twilight was also good.

26. What was your favorite film of the year? Nothing stands out! Although I didn't watch a lot of movies this year.

27. How would you describe your personal fashion concept this year? More corporate due to the dress code in the office.

28. Whom did you miss this year? My family back home, my father still. My friends in Manila. I seldom talk to them now.

29. Who was the best new person you met this year? :)

30. What have you learned this year? I've been thinking about this for the past three days but I still don't have an answer. I guess 2008 wasn't much of a year for me!



Just saw:
Milk [Theatrical Release]
Staring Sean Penn


Currently listening to:
We Started Nothing
By The Ting Tings


Currently reading:
Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
By Stephenie Meyer



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Tuesday, January 06, 2009
The Grinch stuck around for the new year

I hope the first five days of 2009 will not be an indication of how this year will be for me. I have had a hellish start to the year! It's just actually a carry over of how I was feeling for the latter part of 2008.  I'm just so demotivated, uninspired, unappreciated, discontented, pissed, frustrated and very very very very tired. I am so freaking tired!

Last year my life pretty much revolved around my work. It was already stressful from the start, but the last quarter of 2008 got so busy it was crazy! There were major changes to the team, to how things are done and just the dynamics of the group. There were also fewer people working because they were clearing their leaves but there were more work to do. My office feels like a place of business, serious business, but you can still find some bits of fun. Now fun nonexistent.

I've done this kind of work for 6 years now and I know it can get tedious. Whenever it did before I always manage to get over it and I still find something to be happy about or just something to hang on to when it gets too much. Not this time.  

It's  sad that I am so busy with something that is tedious. I've tried to vary things a bit, to change the routine but there's really nothing that I can do to make me feel better about what I do. I take calls when there are calls and answer e-mails when I am not on the phone. At the same time I need to figure out which case I need to prioritize and put off those that  can be put off. When that happens I end up with a lot of unfinished work that I will only have the time to do when I am not required to be available to take calls. And the only time that I am not required to take calls is when my shift has ended. So I stay back and finish what I can and do the same thing the next day.

When I am not thinking of work (which seldom happens now) I think of the things that want to do, need to do or haven't done. I am just constantly thinking and it tires me. I want time to just sit still, or read or just do nothing. I want to find the time to just relax and recharge.

I know that I should just be thankful that I have a job, and I am. I do feel guilty about feeling this way and I have tried my very best to be content and happy. I avoided complaining or whining even when there is a reason to do so. I find happiness in the littlest things and use that to cover those that I am dissatisfied with. I guess I've just reached my limit and I've run out of optimism.

After everything that I wrote here I still feel that I have not articulated correctly the way
I am feeling now. My mind is just a jumble of thoughts, my mouth is itching to rant to someone with willing ears. I want peace of mind, happy thoughts, to be inspired. I want to wake up in the morning excited about the coming day and not the end of that day. It doesn't take much to make me happy and I want to be happy.

I guess that says it all. I JUST WANT TO BE HAPPY AGAIN. 





Currently reading:
Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)
By Stephenie Meyer



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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
life as live it year 5

Whenever I try to update my blog I end up just not doing so because I will write about the same thing. I start with trying to think what I've been up to, realize that I've been up to nothing, get bored with myself and end up spending hours in Facebook looking at nothing in particular. Not very productive.

My blog turned five last October, and I felt that it's a waste for me to neglect it now. Sooo even if I find myself boring, I will start writing. Maybe I can get the old habit back. Here goes.

Work's still keeping me busy- busier in fact. I've been staying back at least an hour or two a day when I never had to it before, at least not daily. There was a time that it really got so stressful that I went back to smoking. Anything just to de-stress! It's gotten a bit better now. Just a wee tiny bit. 

However stressful the job is I still want to do well because times are hard now and I can't afford not to have work. I thank God daily that I still have a job and I try to shush all the negative thoughts I have with work just to make it easier for myself to get up in the morning to work. I am once again on autopilot mode- I take it one day at a time. My rest days are what I look forward to every week, and counting down the days to it makes days past quickly somehow.

Aside from work there were also a lot of things going on with my friends. I've been to two weddings (and 2 bridal showers) just in the last quarter of this year; October was Em's and Pipay's just last Thursday. We helped out Pipay with her wedding and I now know how much work it takes to have a good one. If I am ever to get married I will hire a wedding planner :).  I hope my husband to be can afford one haha!

Next week it'll be Christmas and I haven't started shopping for gifts. No rest for the weary indeed! I hope January will be a quiet month for me, I need a breather! 



Just read:
New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
By Meyer Stephenie


Currently reading:
Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)
By Stephenie Meyer



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