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41 in ’12: Intolerant

I don’t have a lot of friends.

To begin with, I’m not exactly what you would call a social person. In a wedding I recently attended, I realized just how socially retarded I was when in close proximity with people I don’t really like. But my intolerance isn’t limited to certain people’s physical presence. I am most unfriendly when I am on the phone. With people who take delivery orders (or, in this case, REFUSES to take delivery orders).

I have a friend who recently asked for advice on how to go about impressing one of my exes for a possible job, I told him, “Alam mo naman kami ni (my ex’s name), pag nakaamoy kami ng takot, nangangain kami ng buhay.” (Translation: When we smell fear, we go for the kill).

And that is nothing but the truth. When you start talking like a blundering idiot on the phone, I smell blood and I go for the jugular.

Today, while talking to an idiot working for Army Navy, it was no different.

Yes, This Means YOU.

*          *          *

(phone conversation)

Idiot:
Thank you for calling Army Navy, may I have your order, please?

Me:
Magpapadeliver. Sa Pasig.

Idiot:
Saan po sa Pasig, ma’am?

Me:
Sa may Caniogan. Riverfront Residences. Nakapagdeliver na kayo dito dati.

Idiot:
(speaking to someone in the background)
Sa may Caniogan daw. Diba malayo na yun?

(back on the phone)
Ma’am, saan po malapit yung sa inyo? Ano po yung landmark?

Me:
Sa may Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue.

Idiot:
Ano po yung landmark, ma’am?

Me:
Malapit kami sa Pasig rotonda.

Idiot:
(speaking to someone in the background)
Sa may Pasig rotonda daw!

(back on the phone)
Ma,am, mahaba po kasi yung Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue. Saan po banda dun?

Me:
Malapit kami sa Pag-Asa. Sa Riverfront Residences.

Idiot:
(speaking to someone in the background)
Sa may Pag-Asa daw. Malayo na yun! Lagpas na ng Stella yun eh.

(back on the phone)

Ay, ma’am. Hindi na po namin cover yan eh. Malayo na po sa amin yan.

Me:
Nakapagdeliver na kayo dito sa amin dati eh.

Idiot:
Malayo na po kasi yan, ma’am. Hindi po kami nagdedeliver yan.

Me:
(Aggitation Level: 1)
Pero nakapagdeliver na kayo dito sa amin dati. So bakit ngayon hindi na pwede?

Idiot:
Cut-off na po. Hanggang 8 lang po ang delivery namin.

Me:
(Aggitation Level: 2)
But it’s only 7:45 pm.

Idiot:
Oo nga po. Pero hanggang 8 lang po ang delivery namin.

Me:
(Aggitation Level: 4)
Oo nga, pero wala pang 8. So hindi na kayo magdedeliver dito ever?

Idiot:
Anung last name po?

Me:
Barron. The account is under Brian Barron.

Idiot:
Last name lang po.

Me:
(Aggitation Level: 6)
Barron. B-A-R-R-O-N. Sya kasi madalas ang tumatawag jan.

Idiot:
Ma’am, hindi na po namin kayo covered eh. And wala po yung pangalan nyo sa records namin.

Me:
(Aggitiation Level: 7)
Can’t you look for it using a phone number?

Idiot:
Ma’am, last name lang po.

Me:
(Aggitation Level: 9)
Oo nga, pero hindi ba pwedeng gamitin yung phone number para hanapin?

Idiot:
Sira po kasi yung database namin eh. And wala na po kayo sa —

Me:
(Aggitation Level: 10)
(cutting her off)
You know what, never mind! NEVER. MIND.

(line is cut)

*          *          *

Friggin’ idiot.

Yes, This Also Means YOU.

It seems like I’ve been doing nothing the whole day but sleep, munch on whatever food I could find, and fight with people. Earlier today, I was exchanged text messages with some person who I didn’t know.

*          *          *

+632 916 773 0103
hi maam

Me:
Who’s this please?

+632 916 773 0103
Marco

Me:
(Aggitation Level: 2)
Sorry, but I don’t remember where we met.

+632 916 773 0103
We met in fb.

Me:
(Aggitation Level: 4)
I doubt that.

+632 916 773 0103
Ur name is angel ryt?

Me:
(Aggitation Level: 8)
First, I don’t add people I don’t know in fb. Second, I don’t answer messages from people I don’t know in fb. And third, fb is not a place to “meet” people.

I don’t know you. Your number’s not in my directory. Stop texting.

+632 916 773 0103
Taray! Ok. Tnx! Ikaw nawalan, hndi ako.

*          *          *

Dear +632 916 773 0103,

Whatever helps you sleep at night.

Love,
Me

P.S. You’re an idiot.

 

*smirk*



Ciao Bella!

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The Book With The Silver Pages (99/100)

So Brian and I took my 11-year-old niece, Moira, out for Jamba Juice. Or at least that was the plan.

In truth, we did so much more than that. Somewhere along the way, the Universe once again proved that regardless if I had not been in Moira’s life in her early years, there is no denying that she and I are family.

Me, Brian and Moi-Moi in Jamba Juice

After Jamba Juice, we went to Fully Booked as I was in the search of art paper to use for next week’s session (first week of January and I already have 16 hours scheduled under my belt. Not baaaaaad). That was a fail, so we ended up sitting outside – Moi busy playing with Brian’s phone and me busy with taking pictures of them.

After a disastrous tweet posted by Moi – “In high street!  Just darnk jamba juice!  Of ro fridays!  I will say ir’s my bday so i’ll get free ice cream >:)” – we ended up in Riovana.  Brian, of course, had his gait checked again (as he does in every running store we ever go to).  My personal achievement was getting Moi to check her gait (she had told me earlier that there was no way that she was running).

French Onion Soup for Three

After their “workout”, we had dinner in Friday’s (Moira’s choice – which saved Brian and myself yet another conversation that revolved around, “Where do you want to eat?” “It’s up to you.”) Not feeling very hungry, I opted for a Friday’s Chicken Sandwich, which was a pretty good choice, if I do say so myself. Brian split a Rib Eye steak with Moira, while my niece decided to have a Bacon Cheeseburger for herself. And we split an order of French Onion Soup. In case you’re wondering if there were any leftovers… there weren’t. The biggest piece that was left over was about a third of my chicken (I didn’t eat the bread and I still couldn’t finish it). Then I very nicely told the manager that it was “Monica’s” birthday (yes, that’s her real name) so we could get free ice cream.

In an effort to work off all the food we ate, we dropped by Krispy Creme to pick up some donuts for Kalyx. Then we were off to return to Fully Booked to roam around. While Brian headed off to the music section, Moira and I planted ourselves somewhere on the second floor. I was wandering the aisles rather aimlessly when, suddenly… *gasp!*  There it was. The Book With The Silver Pages. It was hardbound with a purple cover, containing a silhouette of a girl. It’s title? Ghostgirl. How perfect was that?

The book begins with this:

Ever feel invisible?

Ever feel invisible? Charlotte Usher did. Teased by classmates, overlooked by teachers, beneath contempt of the popular and ignored by Damen, the guy of her dreams, she barely registered on the radar at Hawthorne High. The kind of girl no one would ever miss if she died tomorrow. And then she did…

The End?
Not exactly…

I am thoroughly convinced that the book was calling out to me – much like The Expected One did in Fully Booked Greenhills. And, really, when you look at it and look it up, you have to admit it’s a match made in heaven.



Ciao Bella!

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Of Sessions, Slippers and Replays of Idol (32/365)

Today was a good way to end the week =p  I spent the day in session in RCBC – I’ve gotten over last week, I think.  Or at least that’s what I’d like to believe.  Anyhow, as I told my class, I only really wanted two things – for them to learn, and for us to have fun.  I’d like to think that both happened 🙂  Was it a perfect grade?  Of course not.  Do I feel bad about it?  No, I don’t 🙂  I had fun today.  I had a good group and it was a great day.  The biggest challenge for me was running a 3-day session in 8 hours.  And to think, prior to this, I thought running PHS for two days was already cutting it close.  But, in the end, it was possible.  Hard, but possible.  I was exhausted at the end of the day, but I don’t think I would have exchanged it for anything else.

Today was a good day, from beginning to end – and, if you really think about it, it isn’t over yet (Chris is here and we’re watching Tangled).  I started out with 6 songs in the shower, as usual.  Here’s my list for today:

  1. Pass You By, Boyz II Men – It was really the video, not the song, that first caught my attention.  I am, however a real fan of Boyz II Men.  They have this one song entitled “Fallin'” that somehow has still manage to elude me (and it’s been nearly ten years that I’ve been looking for a copy).  Maybe this year I’ll get lucky 😉
  2. I Need You Here, Color It Red – “You gave me hope and gave me tears though I could never blame you/I’m calling out but no one hears/I wish it could be true that you would stay/Oh a love like yours would come my way…” I FINALLY got a copy of this (thanks, Iggs, for thinking of searching for it in YouTube).  I was in high school when I first heard it – can you imagine how long ago that feels?  And I never thought of asking my cousin for a copy.  To think he used to play bass for Color It Red.
  3. Knocks Me Off My Feet, Stevie Wonder – Corny as it seems, but it’s the chorus that’s stuck in my head.  “…Oh I don’t want to bore you with it/Oh but I love you/I love you/I love you…” This is such a classic love song.  The funny thing is, I almost never hear it sung whenever I go out with my friends for a night of singing.  Sometimes it makes me wonder why.  It probably has something to do with the fact that I don’t really have a lot of male friends… and most of my male friends are only biologically male and, deep in their hearts, would really rather be girls =p  But to hear this song sung to you… That must be such a treat.
  4. Just My Imagination, Babyface and Gwyneth Paltrow – Such an easy song to listen to.  Every time I hear it, I start swaying to the rhythm and, before I know it, I’m singing along.  Although it’s really about a love story that’s only a reality in someone’s head, it doesn’t really leave you feeling sad and depressed.
  5. Just the Way You Are, Bruno Mars – Bruno Mars has become a phenomenon this year.  I heard somewhere that the songs he writes are songs he would want to sing to a girl.  If I were that girl, I’d never leave him.  Have you heard his songs?  Have you really listened to the words?  It’s to die for! “…And when she smiles/The whole world stops and stares for a while…” Who wouldn’t want words like that written about them?
  6. Earth Stood Still, Lee DeWyze – Lee DeWyze, my favorite American Idol winner so far.  I’ve posted the lyrics to this song in a previous post if I’m not mistaken.  His new songs are so pretty – I’ve heard Earth Stood Still and Beautiful Like You.  They’re such sweet, feel-good songs that makes you want to fall in love all over again.

I am amused in the fact that all six of my Shower Songs seem to have a common thread (side note: Who is this guy singing in tonight’s elimination episode of American Idol?  I think he used to be contestant because Ryan Seacrest keeps saying he “came home to Idol”.  Talk about sexy.) – previous lists seem to have at least one  song that stick out like a sore thumb.  I’m amused to see that today’s list didn’t have any.  It’s all in theme this morning.

So I went off to session, spent 8 hours enjoying there and realized, by the end of the day, that I had lost all feeling in my toes.  Unfortunately, I had left my slippers in the office, thinking I was going to end at 5 pm and would have time to go back to the office, drop off my things and change my footwear.  Unfortunately, at nearly 6 pm, I was just about to leave RCBC and I really couldn’t face the thought of having to get out of the car, go inside the building, ride the lift to the 4th floor and exchange my shoes for slippers.  So, for the second time in this entry, thank you, Iggs, for waiting for me and bringing my slippers down, saving me from any further pain.  I owe you so much for today =p

Thanks to that, I didn’t have to walk to Solaris on my own (because we all know what happened the last time I tried doing that) and was able to get a ride right away.

I’m ending the day with watching a couple of American Idol replays (Top 9 Performances from yesterday were awesome, but I still think Casey Abram’s rendition of Your Song last week was the best.  Needless to say, I cried while watching.).  I still don’t know who got eliminated because I feel asleep while watching the elimination episode.  Chris and I finished watching Tangled – a film that i LOVED, by the way.  It’s theme song, I See the Light, is a previous post.  A couple of contestants are beginning to annoy me (Jason Lusk and the Stefano guy) and I wish they would just get eliminated already.  I am, on the other hand, beginning to get attached to Casey Abrams and Paul What’s-His-Name (Casey because he’s such an artist and Paul because he’s such a performer).  So all of that, plus eating comfort food (pizza and hot wings from Yellow Cab) with Brian and Chris, makes for a really, really good night.

Oh, and Fujitsu closed.  So today was a good day.  This week is a good week.

So let’s hope for another one like it next week =p


Blessed Be…

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One Good Night (11/365)

Brian and I went around Megamall yesterday and checked out the art exhibit on one of the upper floors.  It was a really, really good “stroll” – very peaceful and serene.  What I really liked about the exhibit was that taking pictures were allowed.  I went home with a lot of good shots – some of which I decided to modify, of course.  The most striking shots are shown here.

Emerge

 

Dancing Butterfly

Frozen

After getting our fill of Art-gazing, we decided to have dinner at C2.  Of course, we ordered our usual dishes – Binagoongang Lechon Kawali (with the bagoong separated from the actual dish), Ensaladang Talong and Iced Tea.  We order the same things every time and we never get tired of it.  What we did decide to change was the rice – we went with Bagoong Rice this time and it did not disappoint.  If at this point you’re wondering if there are pictures, the answer is no.  As soon as the food was served, we dug right in.

Our last stop for the night was Powerbooks.  My hobby is now to visit bookstores, go around for a couple of hours and go home with a list of books I found interesting.  The list then gets “processed” – and by processed I mean I look for e-book versions and download it.  I would still love to buy all the books I want – I am truly a collector at heart.  Unfortunately, present circumstances would not allow for extravagant spending.  And having Paddy make reading e-books a whole lot easier.

So anyway, based on yesterday’s visit, here’s my list:

  1. Insatiable, Meg Cabot 011611
  2. The Ring of Solomon, Jonathan Stroud
  3. I am Number 4, Pittacus Lore 011611
  4. The Playbook, Barney Stinson
  5. Eon, Alison Goodman
  6. Incarceron, Catherine Fisher
  7. Sapphique, Catherine Fisher
  8. The Grimm Legacy, Polly Shulman
  9. Matched, Ally Condie 011611
  10. Extraordinary, Nancy Werlin
  11. Pegasus, Robin McKinley already in collection
  12. The Hunchback Assignments, Arthur Slade
  13. Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom
  14. For One More Day, Mitch Albom already in collection
  15. The Woman with Two Navels, Nick Joaquin

I have yet to try to download any of these, but I’m sure I’ll get there one day.  Soon.

And, all in all, yesterday was a good day.  I wish to have many more of these good days.


Blessed Be…

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A Little Bit of France (10/365)

I was introduced to one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to yesterday.  Kathy, like me, has decided to leave the BPO industry and got a job with Alliance Francaise de Manille.  She’s been inviting me to have lunch at Le Couge Rouge and, after canceling on her on January 15 because of my session, we finally set aside January 22 (Saturday) and it pushed through.

And I have never been so glad for something to push through.

I’ve been needing an Art-Fix since I did my second Alveo run two weeks ago and Alliance was exactly what I needed.  I kind of foresaw the restaurant as a small bistro tucked into a little corner in Reposo – I did not expect it to be a wonderfully designed restaurant on the first floor of a French institution.  Eating in Le Couge Rouge was an EXPERIENCE.

An Authentic French Eating Experience

It wasn’t just the food, albeit, admittedly, the food was really good.  Kathy and I shared the following dishes: cut up baguettes with butter, pork chop with veggies and rattatouile, chicken with couscous and rattatouile, a slice of quiche lorraine, iced tea (with refills), chocolate croissants (for dessert), apple pie (complimentary) and a bit of white wine (complimentary as well).  Our check came to just over a thousand bucks – which, for the amount of food we ordered for the 4-hour lunch we had, was not at all bad.

But I’ve always believed a good dining experience doesn’t start nor end with what is served.  The food was good – although I would work on the plating a little – but there were so many other things that would make me want to go back:


The Venue

Part of Le Couge Rouge’s charm is that if you didn’t know about it, you’d never find it.  It’s inside Alliance Francaise de Manille, this wonderful, wonderful French school in Reposo.  Upon entering the institute, you first see their reception area – very small and welcoming – with brochures on their different services.  One brochure even lists 5 reasons why you should study french!  Walk a little further and you’ll be in a bit of open space.  Now I’m not sure if this is the real set up of Alliance, but when I was there, the space was used to house wooden sculptures (see image).  I wasn’t able to get a look at their tags, but I knew Alliance was only featuring Arturo Luz this month, so those were probably also his creations.  After that bit of space comes Le Couge Rouge.  With around 10 tables and 4 couches to sit guests, the restaurant oozes with warmth and sophistication.  A bar serves as their bridge to the kitchen as well as a display area for the various pastries and pies offered.

The Wooden Sculptures

I didn’t get to see the second floor – Kathy told me, however, that this was where the classrooms were located.

 

The Food

Needless to say, the food was delectable.  And, thanks to munchpunch.com, I can actually write down the dishes’ names.  First of all, of course, was the endless supply of bread given – baguettes sliced into inch-thick pieces with softened butter.  The it was the Quiche Lorraine (ham and cheese in cream).  This was my order originally but Kathy and I ended up sharing everything.  Then for our main dishes, we had Blancs de Poulet Couscous Aux Legumes (chicken fillet couscous with mixed vegetables) and Cotes de Pore Couscous Aux Legumes (pork chop couscous and vegetables).  Not contented with 2 main dishes and a slice of quiche, we still opted to get dessert – so Pain Au Chocolat (chocolate croissant) it was.

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