3.18.2006

packings sheets


today was a day of packing stuff for our move. it's exciting to get ready for our new place. some old stuff (i.e.2 refs, airconditioner, the large printer) are to be sold.

there really are a lot of things to do. there's packing, sorting out stuff to bring, stuff to toss away, packing, and more packing. oh, did i mention packing? er...i'm such a packer. *lame joke*

in the midst of this craziness, ipe and eddie was able to get me some funtime over chicken wings and ginpo as we watched another sunset over manila bay.

we texted faith and got no response so we figured she must be asleep. we giggled, gossipped, planned a few stuff for nelson's wedding party this july. we also planned loosely to have the house warming party by july. by then, eddie and i figured we should be able to loose a few pounds not to look funny in swimsuits.

so back to packing.

3.17.2006

finally catching good zzzz's


last week march 10th, jerome checked into medical city to get his sleep apnoea corrected. the procedure required a 5 hour surgery and a 5-day stay in the hospital. as promised, i stayed in the hospital with him during this time and tried my best to take care of him.

post operation, i noticed the obvious absence of snoring, and his gasping for breath at night has significantly decreased to about 3 or 4 times a night (noticeable enough to wake me up).

he's still in some pain and can only eat soft and cold food, but things look very good for him. he feels better rested nowadays. he's recuperating nicely.

3.06.2006

new home


yesterday after noon, my sister and i decided to get the unit at el jardin across abs-cbn.

it's a one bedroom, 1 t&b 65-sq.m. condo unit with a garage, a tiny pool and tiny clubhouse. the ambience reminds me of a singaporean condo complex.

when we went to view it, despite the painters and carpenters still hard at work, along with the owner's stuff in boxes still lying around...the place had me at "hello".

the unit is a cheery pistachio colored, darling little place. we love it. but until we sign the dotted line for the lease, i still feel antsy.

new work, new place. soon new lifestyle if i quit smoking. really.

as for our budget, we crunched some numbers and got a bit wary. i NEED to get plenty of projects to make our monthly expenses. but figured if i'm so conveniently near (i can walk to work!!!) i may be able to snag a whole lot of plenty. heeheehee.

i'm keeping my fingers crossed.

3.04.2006

forwarded email

An email making the rounds that articulated my sentiments. From Mr.Bong Austero. Shoray!

"Dear Tita Cory, senators, congressmen, businessmen, media people, leftists, and all bleeding hearts out there,

I am angry. And I know that there are many out there who are angrier than I am for the same reason. And that reason is simple. I am sick and tired of all you guys claiming to speak for me and many Filipinos.

I feel like screaming every time you mouth words about fighting for my freedom and my rights, when you obviously are just thinking about yours. You tell me that the essence of democracy is providing every citizen the right to speak his or her mind and make his or her own informed judgments, but you yourselves do not respect my silence and the choices I and many others have made. In other words, your concept of democracy is limited to having your rights and your freedoms respected, at the expense of ours.

I am utterly flabbergasted that you still do not get it: we already responded to your calls, and our response has been very clear —we chose not to heed your calls to go to Edsa or to Fort Bonifacio not because we do not love our country or our freedoms or our rights, but precisely because we love our country even more. Because quite frankly, we are prepared to lose our freedoms and our rights just to move this country forward. You may think that is not correct, you can tell me all the dire warnings about the evils of authoritarian rule, but quite frankly all we see is your pathetic efforts to prop up your cause. You tell me that you are simply protecting my freedoms and my rights, but who told you to do that? I assure you that when I feel that my rights and my freedoms are at a peril, I will stand up and fight for them myself.

You tell us that GMA is not the right person to lead this country because she has done immoral acts. As someone who sees immorality being committed wantonly in many ways every day and by everyone (yes, including you), I may have become jaded. But you have not been able to offer me any viable alternative, while GMA has bent over backwards many times to accommodate you while continuing to work hard despite all the obstacles and the brickbats you have thrown her way. From where I sit, she is the one who has been working really hard to move this country forward while all of you have been so busy with one and only one thing: to make sure she does not succeed. So forgive me if I do not want to join you in your moral pissing contest. Forgive me if I have chosen to see things from another perspective.

You say she is the problem. I say, we are the problem; more to the point, I think you are a bigger problem than she is. Taking her out may solve part of the problem, but that leaves us with a bigger problem: you. That is right, you!

While I felt outraged that she called a Comelec official during the elections and that she may have rigged the elections, I have since then taken the higher moral ground and forgiven her. Yes, my dear bishops, I have done what you have told me to do since I was a child, which you say is the Christian and moral thing to do: forgive. Especially since she has asked for forgiveness and has tried to make amends for it. Erap certainly has not apologized and continues to be defiant, continuing to insult us every day with his protestations. Cory has not apologized for her incompetence but we have forgiven her just the same because like GMA, she has worked hard, after all.

I know you think that GMA's apology was not enough, or that she was insincere, or that that apology should not be the end of it, but please spare me the hypocrisy of telling me that you do so for the sake of protecting the moral fiber of society. The real reason is because you smell blood and want to go for the kill.

Well, I have news for you. I do not like her, too. I did not even vote for her. I voted for Raul Roco. But as much as I do not like her, I do not like you even more. I may not trust her, but guess what: I do not trust you even more.

You know why? Because all you do is whine and sabotage this country. You belittle every little progress we make; conveniently forgetting that it is not just GMA who has been working so hard to achieve them.

Every single day, we keep the faith burning in our hearts that this country will finally pull itself out of the mess and we work so hard to do that. Every little progress is the result of our collective effort, we who toil hard every day in our jobs. Yet, you persist in one and only thing: making GMA look bad in the eyes of the world and making sure that this country continues to suffer to prove your sorry point. In the process, you continue to destroy what we painstakingly try to build. So please do not be surprised that I do not share your cause. Do not be surprised that we have become contemptuous of your antics. You have moved heaven and earth to destroy her credibility, you have convened all kinds of fora and hearings and all you have done is test our patience to the core. For all your effort, you have only succeeded in dragging us further down. I say enough.

Don't get me wrong. I am not asking that we take immorality lying down, or that we let the President get away with anything illegal. But you have tried to prove your accusations all this time and you have not succeeded, so it is time to let things be. Besides, you are doing something immoral as well if not utterly unforgivable. The Magdalo soldiers are consorting with the communists—the same people who have been trying to kill democracy for years. Cory has been consorting with Erap and the Marcoses.

So please wake up and take a reality check. In the absence of true and genuine moral leadership, many of us have decided to cast our lot with the President, even if we do not like her. A flawed leader is better than scheming power-hungry fools who cannot even stand up for their convictions in the face of an impending arrest.

Your coup attempts and the denials that you have consequently made only underscored what we think is true: you are spineless and unreliable people whose only defense is to cry suppression when your ruse does not work. You are like bullies who taunt and provoke, but cry oppression when taken to task for your cruelty.

I would have respected you if you took the consequences of your actions like real heroes: calmly and responsibly instead of kicking and screaming and making lame excuses. You say you are willing to die for us, that you do all these things for the country and the Filipino, but you are not even willing to go to jail for us.

Come on, you really think we believe that you did not want to bring down the government when that is the one and only thing you have been trying to do in the last many months?

We love this country and we want peace and progress. Many among us do not give a f—k who sits at Malacañang because we will work hard and do our share to make things work. If you only do your jobs, the ones that we elected you to do, things would be a lot simpler and easier for every one.

The events during the weekend only proved one thing. You are more dangerous and a serious threat to this country than GMA is. We have seen what you are capable of doing—you are ready to burn this country and reduce everything to ashes just to prove your point. If there is something that we need protection from, it is protection from you."