Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Birthday month 30-day writing challenge: Day 21...

What a long day!

Since it was the eve of a public holiday, our office was on half-day today. I decided to take the morning off as well since I wanted to take care of some OFW- and personal-related errands.

First on my original list of things-to-do was to go for my annual health screening. However, I think there's a bug going around these past few days and I may have caught it. I've got the sniffles. Hence, I decided to postpone my medical screening.

It turned out that postponing the screening was good as well since it gave me time to do more things. Haha!

By the end of the day, I was able to fix my PhilHealth, SSS and PAGIBIG records. I was able to go for fingerprinting which was a requirement for the NBI clearance. I got to collect my OEC docus. I was able to verify that I am eligible to vote in the 2016 elections. Yay!

Afterwards, it was some jalan jalan time before heading to dinner and drinks with two of my closest friends. We decided to call it a night by 1030PM. Haha! That was fine because I got home not too long ago. Hehe!

Going to today's challenge, I am supposed to write about my turn ons and turn offs. Hmm, I'm not really in the mood to write about this topic. I'll just do a quick reply with the first things that come to mind.

Turn on - smart, funny, has compassion for others, can laugh at himself, thoughtful.

Turn off - anyone who's rude, arrogant, apathetic, and has no respect for the elderly.

Lol! Yes, it's so obvious I'm not keen to give a long reply.

Birthday month 30-day writing challenge: Day 20...

These past few years that I've been living in Singapore, I was able to attend concerts by a few of the most popular artists

In 2011, it was Kylie Minogue. The following year, I was also able to watch concerts by Lady Gaga and JLo.

Hmm, I think my favourite concert would still be Kylie Minogue's. Haha!

I wonder if I'll ever get to watch a Madonna concert...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Birthday month 30-day writing challenge: Day 19...

The topic for today is a bit bleh.

A list of all the places I've lived at.

This is very easy since I've only lived in two places these past 34... soon, 35... years of my life. Haha!

For three decades, I lived in Metro Manila. To be specific, in Quezon City. To be even more specific, our house is in Quezon City but if I crossed the main street, that's already the City of Manila. Haha!

Since 2011, I have been living in Singapore. Almost everyone knows how much I love Singapore. Almost everyone knows that if it were up to me, I'd choose to live in Singapore. However, things aren't how they used to be. It's becoming more and more difficult for foreigners to get a permanent resident status. I've even heard of stories of PR holders not having their PR status renewed.

This is the main reason why I need to consider moving to somewhere more permanent. Where that place is, I've yet to finalise.

If I could do so, I would love to live in Brussels, Amsterdam, Auckland or Melbourne (maybe because I've heard good stories about the QoL in both cities). If in the Philippines, I would love to live in Iloilo or maybe, Palawan. I'm quite certain I'd like to skip Manila. I'm a true-blue Manileño, born and raised in Metro Manila, but I feel the QoL is better outside of Manila.

Anyway, this is another topic. Haha!

Where do you want to live?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Birthday month 30-day writing challenge: Day 18...

I'm following a few TV series right now. Downton Abbey. Scandal. Gotham. How to Get Away with Murder. The Walking Dead. Arrow. Looking.

Of these, the two shows I'm really addicted to are Downton Abbey and Scandal.

Yup, that's what I'm supposed to write about tonight. Which TV shows am I addicted to at the moment?

Scandal. Though I really am not a big fan of Fitz, I can't seem to let go of the series. The main reasons are the protagonist and the writing. Kerry Washington's character Olivia Pope is someone I've fallen in love with. I love everything about her. I love how she can be a powerful woman at one point and then, she becomes this needy, lonely girl the next moment. Haha! And as I have just mentioned, the writing is just plain awesome! Seriously, I am a fan of the episode writers of the series! They're brilliant, whoever they are!

Downton Abbey. The way I feel towards Scandal is the same way I feel towards Downton Abbey. I am a huge fan of the show! I love everything about it - from the characters to the storyline to the writing (again!) to the location to the costumes (!!!). Season 5 has just started and a lot of changes are happening at Downton. I'm curious to find out how much more life the series has.

Thankfully, these are the only series that I follow. I don't know how other people are able to follow more than 5 series. Haha! Earlier, HB Boy and I were talking about shows we follow. He shared that at one point, he would start watching series on a Friday night and finish by Saturday night. WTF?! Lol! I can't do that. I can never do that. Even if I could do it, I would never do it. Hahaha!

Anyway, back to watching my other new episodes...

Friday, October 17, 2014

Birthday month 30-day writing challenge: Day 17...

Just got back a few minutes ago.

With no firm plans for tonight, I just messaged Richie and Mon if they were free for dinner tonight. As I expected, both were game to meet up.

I didn't want to go to Orchard since we've been going there the past few times that we met up. Marina Square was an option although it is also quite a frequented place. I suggested we have dinner somewhere at City Hall. Richie then suggested we go to the somewhat newly renov'd Chijmes for drinks and chit chat post-dinner.

The three of us met around 730 and had dinner at Comnam, which was right beside Nam Nam at the basement of Raffles City. I had a curry chicken on broken rice. Hmmm, it was so so. I think I'll try something else next time.

What I enjoyed most about tonight was the chillax time at Chijmes. We settled for one of the wine bars in the inner courtyard. Richie and Mon shared a bottle of wine. I'm staying away from alcohol, given that I'm going for a health screening next week. I will admit that I miss drinking. Haha! I miss having that tipsy feeling. I don't miss waking up with excruciating pain on my left ankle. Haha!

Anyway, while Richie and Mon enjoyed their wine, I went for ice cream and a glass of non-alcoholic mojito. The mojito was actually enjoyable. I think I'll have it again next time.

HB Boy had a company event at Marina Bay Sands. We didn't make any plans tonight, but we did agree to touch base with each other in case both our commitments finish early. That way, we can take the train heading back together. However, I was ready to head back a little past 10. He was still at his company event. Ergo, I went ahead of him. Hopefully, he and I can catch up this weekend.

It's an enjoyable Friday night. Mon and I agreed that it was great we were out on a Friday night, instead of being at home doing laundry. That was both our plans for tonight. Lol!


To end this post, I'm going to give a brief answer to today's writing assignment: What do you want to be when you get older?

Hmm, given that I already feel old, I guess I have to write about me 30 or 40 years from now. Hmm, I want to be a happily retired man, preferably partnered, who spent the last 4 decades of his life working hard, seeing different parts of the world, doing good deeds to the people around him and the society he belongs to, and just enjoying the last few years of life on earth. Lol! How about that?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Birthday month 30-day writing challenge: Day 16...

The world is going to end tomorrow. What are you going to do with the remaining time on earth?

Hmm, a bit of a morbid question, isn't it? Haha! It would probably be more interesting if the question was raised among a group of people. I would be curious to hear the responses of other people.

Since that is not possible in the current scenario, I will just answer the question myself. Haha!

If the world were to end tomorrow at 11:59PM, these are the things that I will do:

1. Fly back to Manila via Singapore Airlines Business Class. It's on my bucket list to fly SQ and experience how awesome the airline is. If the world were to end tomorrow, when else would I do that? Haha! Besides, what else will I do with my savings?! Haha!

2. Upon arrival in Manila, I will visit my closest friends. That is if the jam will allow me to do that. I would visit a few people in particular to tell them that I love them and to thank them for being a significant part of my life.

3. I will meet up with my Mom and my two brothers. I will take them shopping. If we're going to go, we are going to go in style. Haha! We'll head to Greenbelt or Rustan's and buy ourselves some nice clothes.

4. After shopping, I'll bring my fam to one of the nice buffet places in Manila. Sofitel perhaps? Or Circles? We'll have a good meal.

5. Our final stop would be the church. In particular, we will go to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in QC. That church is dear to our entire family. It makes sense that we spedn the last few hours in that sanctuary. I would go for confession. And after that, we would attend the Mass. (Surely, there will be a Mass.) The last few hours will then be spent reminiscing about the good life and praying the rosary.

Well, that wasn't too difficult. Hahaha!

What would you do?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Birthday month 30-day writing challenge: Day 15...

Today, I'm supposed to post a photo of someone I fancy at the moment.

Haha! How timely!

But nope, sorry. I'm not going to post a photo of HB Boy. Maybe some other time, but certainly not today.

I will, however, paint a picture of him using words and using the very little information I know about him since we started chatting several weeks ago.

His initials are WR. I call him by a Western name he has adopted. He chose to adopt this name because it was the closest pinyin translation to his Chinese name, if I'm not mistaken. He was named by his grandmother. His name has a beautiful meaning - the rising sun or something like that. (I've been very vocal about how I love the sunrise. And now, I meet a guy whose name means the rising sun. MFEO?! Just kidding.)

He's a total newbie in Singapore. He moved here two months ago. He stays a few MRT stations away from me. His workplace is on the other side of the island though. The only reason he chose his current place is that he only had two days to find a place to move in to.

Things that I've been liking about him, so far. I like it that we can talk for hours. On the first meetup, we hung out for about five hours. There was not a single moment that I felt bored. I find it cute how he gets surprised about how things are done in Singapore. Recently, we watched a movie. He saw some people bringing in food. He then told me about some funny anecdote involving him and a noodle-slurping moviegoer back in his hometown. I like the honesty and the thoughtfulness. I like how he waits and just as the train doors start to close, he will quickly look inside the train and wave at me before walking towards the escalator.

I was so excited when he told me that he loves to read! I got even more excited when he told me that he has a Kindle and that he brings his Kindle with him so he can read during his commute to work! I like it that he's also a Mac user. Lol!

I like it that he remembers to say good night and that, even if he's already sleepy, he would be thoughtful to ask how far I was from home and that he'd wait until I reach home. Hehe!

Just like tonight.

Again, I'm not exactly sure what's going on. All I know is that I'm enjoying and that I'm having a great time. Whether this leads to something or not, just see how. Haha!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Birthday month 30-day writing challenge: Day 14...

Five celebrity crushes.

Alright, so these are my top 5. Haha!

Angelina Jolie. I admire her for her compassion and belief in the need to do something for others.

Gisele Bundchen. Even before she was Mrs. Brady, I have already been a major Gisele fan!

David Duchovny. He's a Princeton graduate. Sexy and brains. Enough said.

Kerr Smith. I had a crush on his character Jack McPhee rather than Kerr Smith. Haha!

Nicole Kidman. I want to be best friends with her and Angie.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Birthday month 30-day writing challenge: Day 13...

Tonight's writing assignment is something that will meet MkSurf8's comment in my previous post. Haha!

Three confessions of my choice. That's what I'm supposed to write about tonight.

First confession: I almost entered the seminary after secondary school. Being an altar boy for six years, I really felt that I had a calling to the religious vocation. It was just a matter of choosing the religious order to join. First option was the Franciscan Capuchins. It would have been the obvious choice since I was educated and heavily influenced by the Franciscan order. The other option I considered was to join the Benedictines. I seriously believed I could live behind a life of ora et labora, of prayer and work. The third option, and the one that I almost joined, was the Claretian order. A Tita knew someone from the Claretians, I think, and linked me up with the vocation director. I went for an interview. I went for the three-day search-in seminar. I got accepted to the Claretian seminary.

What happened? UP happened. The university entrance examination I only took was the UPCAT. No other university. It sounds stupid, I guess. But at that time, I was decided and I have accepted that if I didn't pass the UPCAT, I was meant to be part of the religious world. It seems like the Big Guy had other plans for me. I passed UP. My Dad put down his foot. I was to go to the country's best university. The rest was history. Sort of.

Second confession: I go to confession every time I commit a mortal sin. Blame it on 7 years of Catholic education, 6 years of being an altar boy, 3 years of attending activities at an Opus Dei study centre. All these experiences have made me into a practicing (and I guess, devout) Catholic. Hmm, I'm not a fanatic though. Lol! I'm far from being one. Haha! I do believe in a lot of the Catholic doctrine and I'm ready to defend my faith (if needed), but I still choose which arguments to get into. Lol! I still think that the church needs some reformation. But despite all the faults of the clergy/religious, I will continue to keep my Catholic faith.

Third confession: I went on a date yesterday afternoon. It was completely unplanned. After my museum guiding duties, my plan was just to head back, rest for a bit then head to church. Since the train ride heading back will pass by one particular station, I thought I'd message this guy I've been chatting with for a few weeks now to see if he's free for late lunch. We've been trying to set a meet up for a few times, but it had to take a third time before we finally got a chance to meet in person.

It turned out to be a good date, a very good date. We met up for dessert followed by a walk around the mall. He suggested we watch a movie, but there was nothing good showing at the mall where we were. I asked him whether he wanted to go to another mall. He was up for it. We took the train closer to my territory and ended up going to a bigger mall. Haha! We checked if there was a movie that we liked. Fail again. We walked around again. We went to the neighbouring library. The whole time we just talked and talked and talked. Conversation flowed naturally as if we already knew each other for some time.

Come 5PM, I told him that I needed to go to Mass. Yes, I'm not going to skip Mass for a guy. Baka bawiin ni Lordy. Charot. So I told him he can either already go home if he wanted to or if he wanted to have dinner, he could wait. I was hoping he would choose the latter. He did. Haha! I left him at the library and I went to church. After fulfilling my Catholic obligations, I went back to the library. We had dinner, followed by coffee and dessert.

It was getting late so I told him it was time to head back. Since he waited for me, I thought I'd ride with him back to his MRT station and then I can take the train going back to my place. Yeah, I'm sweet like that. LOL! Kidding.

When my train arrived, it was quite packed. I went in to the middle section and found a spot. I thought he'd left already. Just as the doors were closing, I saw him peek inside the train and waved at me and smiled before walking away. That was the last image I had. It was quite nice. It felt good.

I'll call him HB Boy. The reason behind the name is he hails from the country which currently has a sour relationship with my own country. Haha! HB = Hunnan/Beijing. Well, I guess we just have to skip any talk on politics. Haha!

Okay, to be honest, I have no expectations on where this would go. The guy's a total newbie and me being me, I'm already thinking about why it won't work. Haha! However, I must say I had a goooood time! It was an awesome date! Whether this leads to something or not, I am just happy to have been able to experience another good date. Yay!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Birthday month 30-day writing challenge: Day 12...

Thankfully, the writing challenge for today is easy - a screenshot of my desktop.

So, above is the current wallpaper I have. I know, I know. It's from an ad campaign a million years ago. Haha! But I really, really loved this ad campaign of Dolce & Gabbana. Amazing photography. Amazing styling.

The other layouts from this campaign are also just as brilliant and edgy. Haha!

On another note, I just got home. What was going to be a routine Sunday afternoon/evening turned into an awesome afternoon/evening thanks to a Whatsapp message.

Too tired to write about it. Plus, it's way past my bedtime. Haha!

For now, I'll just say it was worth missing my 1030PM Sunday night sleep time. Haha!