the legend of ultraelectromagneticsupercuracha
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
i hate this kind of lifestyle. i don't see my Bear often. i don't develop my inner camwhore with my friends, and it's sincerely very depressing. considering it's a month and a half before i leave. i hope i could most of the days i have left in Manila before i leave on the 20th of September. i won't even be here for Moykel's birthday--and he's promised us that Flute gimik for years now. i dunno even if the place is still open.
time and time again, i keep telling myself to make the people in my life feel they're really special--because they are. to take time off from my daily routine to spend quality time with the people in my life who really matter--friends, especially the TLS parechongtoldudes, family, and the Bear. my checklist for the next month is already filled with bank appoinments, visa processing priorities, flight schedule bookings, etc.
seeing djong's pictures of the rest of the gang is bittersweet--because i wasn't able to make myself available during that time, and because it's so nice to see almost everybody in one place like old times. i really, sincerely, and painfully miss that.
goodness, how the hell will i deal with this when i finally board my flight?
basta, parechongtoldudes-- alam nyo na yun. =)
Monday, July 10, 2006
celebrity gets a degree
This is interesting.
Based on a report by the Guardian Unlimited, an increasing number of celebrities are being thrown honorary degrees for their contributions to their respective areas of expertise. Although it's one thing being recognized for a job well done, methinks its unfair to some degree to bestow educational honors and a great deal of importance on the celebrity of being educated.
Apparently the rich, famous and not that highly-educated can earn the degrees with a simple deposit.
Lookie-loo, examples are below:
- Barry Gibb Doctor in Music, University of Manchester
- Eddie Izzard Doctor of Letters, University of East Anglia
- Ronald Reagan Doctor of Laws, St John's University, New York
- Annie Lennox Doctor of Music, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
- Mother Teresa Doctor in Medicine, Sacred Heart University
- Margaret Thatcher University of Oklahoma
- Robert Carlyle Doctor of Arts, Napier University
- President JF Kennedy Doctor of Laws, University of California, Berkeley
- Kenneth Branagh Doctor of Letters, University of Birmingham
- Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Doctor of Music, Royal College of Music
- JK Rowling Doctor of Letters, University of Exeter
- Nelson Mandela Doctor of Laws, Trinity College, Dublin
- Helen Mirren Doctor of Letters, University of St Andrews
- President George W Bush Doctor of Laws, Yale University
- Joni Mitchell Doctor of Music, Faculty of Music, McGill University
- Pierce Brosnan Doctor of Laws, University College Cork, Ireland
- David Hockney Doctor of Letters, Leeds University
- Robert Alan Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan) Doctor of Music, University of St. Andrews
- Mike Tyson Doctor in Humane Letters, Central Ohio State University
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
so much for customer service
most of you may have probably heard telemarketing/customer service phone call nightmares, especially the recent report filed by a Vincent Ferrari against America Online's (AOL) customer service.
if you haven't, you can see Ferrari's interview with Matt Lauer of The Today Show here. long story short, Ferrari called up AOL to cancel his long-standing account with the Internet company. the simple phone call turned sour as the customer service representative turns the tables on Ferrari and urges him to calm down and listen to what the rep had to say. Ferrari apparently made a couple of phone calls, which he then recorded and transcribed.
although the video's nothing short of funny, it's a real horror story for most of us who have been hounded by telemarketers day in and day out regarding services that we aren't even interested in. i've made it a point not to apply for credit cards and the like, and only make those long operator/PABX-directed calls in times of urgent necessity.
AOL has issued an apology letter to Ferrari and has informed him that the rep you hear on the video has been duly penalized and is no longer with the company. more and more people in the States and around the world have started posting their own phone call terror stories on the Internet--much to the shagrin of leading service providers ranging from telecommunication companies to small-time phone-based peddlers.
i surely hope Pinoys who are in the customer service hub/call center industries don't get into this type of hassle. then again, most of the horror stories i've heard concern foreigners screaming at our talented and patient reps. maybe it's not best to retaliate through screaming at the customer, but by screwing up their records.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
guilty as charged
Take the Seven Deadly Sins Quiz
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
sick of it
does it involve how many friends you have? how much you earn every month? a simple pat on the back from your boss for a 'job well done'?
i've noticed that after every event or major undertaking i've done at work, i always ask my super "is
i'm so tired of explaining myself and the things i do to other people when they're crystal clear to me. i hate repeating myself a million times. can't i just type down my "speech" and pass them out to people who ask me the same questions? sometimes people don't understand what others are doing and they instantly want in on the action even if they're not directly affected.
i'm tired of kissing asses day in and day out. i'm tired of giving up what i want for the sake of compromise. i'm sick of sucking up to people i don't even like. and i'm not just talking about work.
enough of being a passive drone. i want my no-holds-barred guts back. i want to become the taklesa my friends were drawn to. i'm sick of making everybody happy.
time to take care of me now.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
1. Two pairs of classic black slacks that can go with anything
2. A flat iron
3. Three universal power adaptors
4. Either a 512 MB or a 1 GB thumbdrive
5. Three wool sweaters
6. An ergonomic pillow
7. Ergonomic back support for seats
8. Travel pillow
9. A Samsonite laptop backpack (large, please)
10. A Sony DSC-W30 Digital Camera or similar models with necessary memory card/s please.
11. An iPod mini case
12. iPod mini stereo dock
13. Tape recorder
14. One-way ticket to Wales.
15. Shoe Rack
16. Wooden Hangers
17. Waterproof Jacket
19. Key Organizer
20. Anne Klein wallet
21. Rustan’s gift certificates
22. Thermal wear (i.e., the works—knickers, tees, etc.)
Yun lang naman. You have 17 days left.
*evil laugh here*
Friday, May 26, 2006
I'm pretty hesitant...
Bad: Residence management. The fire alarms go off at four in the morning and the night wardens take over 10 minutes to come and switch them off. The student wardens arrive to turn off music at 10.30 on a Friday night, the local shop sells 'cheese flavoured' pizza and I have lost three important letters in the post. Not good, although I'm sure the same goes for most universities. Where Cardiff could improve is room allocation. When choosing accommodation, why not fill in a questionnaire, stating our main interests, so that we can be matched to people who we are likely to have something in common with? Doesn't sound too hard to me. Superficial maybe, but at least conversation could be kicked up over dinner.Nye! and the residences don't look so attractive pa... well here goes...
Thursday, May 25, 2006
geez, try writing via mousestroke
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Perhaps because I feel exactly the same:
Any day we wish; we can discipline ourselves to change it all. Any day we wish; we can open the book that will open our mind to new knowledge. Any day we wish; we can start a new activity. Any day we wish; we can start the process of life change. We can do it immediately, or next week, or next month, or next year.
We can also do nothing. We can pretend rather than perform. And if the idea of having to change ourselves makes us uncomfortable, we can remain as we are. We can choose rest over labor, entertainment over education, delusion over truth, and doubt over confidence. The choices are ours to make. But while we curse the effect, we continue to nourish the cause. As Shakespeare uniquely observed, "The fault is not in the stars, but in ourselves." We created our circumstances by our past choices. We have both the ability and the responsibility to make better choices beginning today. Those who are in search of the good life do not need more answers or more time to think things over to reach better conclusions. They need the truth. They need the whole truth. And they need nothing but the truth.
We cannot allow our errors in judgment, repeated every day, to lead us down the wrong path. We must keep coming back to those basics that make the biggest difference in how our life works out. And then we must make the very choices that will bring life, happiness and joy into our daily lives.
And if I may be so bold to offer my last piece of advice for someone seeking and needing to make changes in their life - If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree. You have the ability to totally transform every area in your life - and it all begins with your very own power of choice.
Hope this brings a glimmer of hope, albeit small, to those who need it the most.