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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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I Hope You Had Nice Dreams (29/365)

6 months ago, I officially joined the corporate world – and this isn’t even 100% corporate, but I think this is as corporate as I can get.  Today was also Birthday Monday (which I was not aware about, so I probably should not have brought food.  I hope I remember to bring it home, though) so it was really a day of mixed emotions.  Birthday celebrant… 4.37… 6th month anniversary… 4.38.  Whatever.  One day, I know I will have to let it go… And, prior to the grades being poted, I actually thought that everything was okay.  But I was wrong.  So I’m wallowing a little bit more and then I’ll leave it behind.  I have another sessoin on Friday, o if I don’t give myself a break, I’ll go crazy before the week ends.

Anyway.  I’m watching Enchanted right now – yes, I know I should be working.  But I was working on Sunday morning, so give me a break, okay?  Also, I thn I seriously need a dose of happily-ever-after, so I transferred a copy of Enchanted to my laptop because I had every intention of of watching it in the office.  I planned to be completed unproductive today – which was a fail, because there’s just no escaping clients.  And your boss.

I love this movie.  I still remember the first time I watched it – this was the first and only film I ever watched in MOA (Open Season does not count beause I watched that under duress).  That was me, Neal, Peehpoe nd Kathy.  This was also the movie that made me think, “So this is it?  This is going to be my lovelife for the rest of my life?”  Obviously, comparing it to Giselle and whatever Patrick Dempsey’s character’s name’s love story was a REALLY bad idea.  I also totally did not get it that Susan Sarandon played the Evil Queen.Talk about having a Snuffleopaggus moment (How the hell do you spell his name?).  Yes, in case I haven’t shared this yet, it totally escaped me that Mr. Snuffleopaggus was an elephant.  I really thought he was just some imaginary creature that Big Bird made up.  Time like those, I really have to wonder how high my IQ really is =p

I have to admit, though, this is such a feel-good-that-it-makes-you-want-to-cry-your-heart-out movie.  I loved all the little references to previous Walk Disney fairytales, the slight absurdity of Prince Edward’s character,  Gisellle’s simplistic innocence that is a stark contrast to the profoundness of some of her words.  I loved it when they started singing “That’s How You Know” and cried my eyes out during Jon McLaughlin’s So Close.

Anyhoo.  Apologies for rather abrupt ending, but I must leave now and tomorrow’s another day =p  And, yes, the day did end on a high note.  Today, after all, was a good day 🙂


Blessed Be…

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The Anti-Anxiety Drug (28/365)

Nothing works quite like this song.

Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright

If tomorrow is Judgement Day (Sing mommy)
And I’m standing on the front line
And the Lord ask me what I did with my life
I will say I spent it with you (Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright)
It’s alright (Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright)

If I wake up in World War III (World war III)
I see destruction and poverty
And I feel like I want to go home
It’s okay if you’re comin’ with me

Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright

If I lose my fame and fortune (Really don’t matter)
And I’m homeless on the street (On street oh Lord)
And I’m sleepin’ in Grand Central Station (Okay)
It’s okay if you’re sleepin’ with me

Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright

As the years they pass us by (Years they, years they, years they)
We stay young through each other’s eyes (Each other’s eyes)
And no matter how old we get
It’s okay as long as I got you babe

Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

If I should die this very day (Very very very day)
Don’t cry, ’cause on earth we wasn’t meant to stay (Don’t cry)
And and no matter what the people say (Really don’t matter)
I’ll be waiting for you after the Judgement Day

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

‘Cause your love is my love
And my love is your love
It would take an eternity to break us
And the chains of Amistad couldn’t hold us

Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright
Clap your, clap your, clap your hands ya’ll it’s alright

My Love is Your Love

Whitney Houston

I’m watching Armageddon and it’s making me cry.


Blessed Be…

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Drama, Drama, Drama (24/365)

For the first time since last Thursday, I actually feel like I can sleep through the night without waking up at 3:00 am.  Although obsing Bing is not as stress-free as obsing most people, it still gives me a couple of days before I have to go back and run the last day of PHS with Fujitsu.  Don’t get me wrong – I love my class – but the stress is just killing me.  And when I say “killing me”, I mean it.  Last Thursday, I bought my favorite sandwich from Starbucks and couldn’t even eat half of it – I ended up giving it to Arthur.  You have to understand, though, when I’m running session, I rarely eat because I have really bad nerves, but when I can’t even appreciate a Grilled Ham and Three Cheese Sandwich, something is definitely wrong.

But today, I feel better about things – probably because so far, I think my class is going okay, I’m 75% done with the PHS final assessment, and will not have to worry about whether my participants are actually learning something from me and whether they like me or not for another two days.

Also, very recently, I realized that Lee DeWyze is releasing prettier songs than David Cook.  Remember how big of a crush I had with David Cook the year he won American Idol?  Well, he turned out to be a disappointment because one of the first things he did after winning season 7 was do an ad for Sketchers.  How poppish – talk about selling out.  Anyway, I caught Lee DeWyze in last week’s elimination episode (which I will talk about more in a while) thought the song he sang was nice.  So I ended up looking up what’s in his new album and found this.


We fell asleep under the stars
And you woke up in my arms
And the rain and the rain and the rain
Was falling down trickled off our finger tips, oh oh

Felt like the earth stood still when I kissed your lips
I get chills chills chills just thinking about this
You were melting into me
And I was melting into you
It was the kind of moment that only time could kill
It was the perfect day, the day the earth stood still
The day the earth stood still

Another night goes by
Without you by my side
Oh and I dream and I dream and I dream
That we’re back, that were back to where we were
Take me back to here we were

Felt like the earth stood still when I kissed your lips
I get chills chils chills just thinking about this
You were melting into me
And I was melting into you
It was the kind of moment that only time could kill
It was the per

Do you ever think of me when you’re lying there alone?
Do you know, do you know what I’m going through?
Cuz I cant seem to let it go, and I wonder if you know, if you know…
That a part of me is still waiting for you…

Felt like the earth stood still when I kissed your lips
I get chills chills chills just think about this
You were melted into me, and I was melting into you
It was the kind of moment only time could kill
It was the perfect day, the day the earth stood still

Earth Stood Still

Lee DeWyze

 

So anyway.  That elimination night on American Idol… I am SO glad that Brian recorded it!  We all know the contestants for this season are REALLY good and REALLY young… but as with every season, there is that one that you get attached to and root for and feel so deeply for if and when he gets eliminated.  For the Season 7, I got attached to David Cook – not because of his very popular version of Mariah Carey’s Always Be My Baby, but because of what he did during their Idol Gives Back episode.  Wearing a white jacket, singing “Innocent, he then holds his palm up to the camera as the song ends and on it are the words “give back”.  Loved that.

For Season 8, I liked Danny Gokey and Kris Allen.  I hated Adam Lambert – although, if I had to admit, if American Idol was truly based on talent, he would have won.  Danny Gokey was inspiring when he sang Rascal Flatts’ What Hurts the Most.  Kris Allen, I just really liked since the beginning.  Very simple, very different from Adam Lambert who was perpetually screaming his head off on stage.  I even remember posting “…Wants Kris Allen to win but will understand when he doesn’t.”  And then he won.  I was two for two.

Last year, I originally rooted for Crystal Bowersox because I was bowled over by her rendition of Tracy Chapman’s Give Me One Reason.  Then I heard Lee DeWyze’s version of Owl City’s Fireflies and my loyalty transferred to him.  In 2010, I was three for three.

This season, I have two favorites – Scotty McCreary, the 16-year-old with the big, deep voice, and Casey Abrams, the 20-year-old singer who is such an individual there’s no denying who he is.  Last week, I gasped when it was announced that Casey Abrams was in the bottom three.  I baffled when he was left in the bottom two.  I was appalled when Ryan Seacrest announced that it was Stefano, the boy who could not sing with his eyes open, who was safe from elimination.

As with all other eliminations, Casey was given the chance to sing for his life.  Less than a minute into what could have been his final performance on the show, the judges waves to the band, signaling that the music should be stopped.  Less than a minute after he started singing, Casey Abrams was told by the judges that they were using their one save on him.  He burst into tears.

And so did I.

Talk about drama.


Blessed Be…

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Where Have You Been… I’ve Been Waiting For You All My Life (23/365)

Those were Blaine’s words in the latest episode of Glee.  Can you tell I’m such a fan?  That one moment when Blaine finally realizes his feelings for Kurt was going beyond the borders of friendship… Then he leans over and kisses him on the lips.  In all honesty, I didn’t know if I wanted to continue watching because it such a “kilig” moment or if I wanted to look away.  Again, nothing against the whole male-male thing.  My best friend is gay and I love him to bits, but still I don’t think I want to bear witness to two guys making out.  In fact, I don’t want to bear witness to two anyones making out.

Anyway.

It’s not even 7:30 am on a Friday and I already feel out of sorts.  I’m stressing out so much about Monday’s run that I’ve dreamt about people from the office last night.  My stomach is tied up in knots and I woke up several times during the night, having anxiety attacks.  I hate this.  I feel so pressured and I can feel myself starting to crack.  And, with the looks of my schedule, I won’t even have time to destress this weekend.  All that plus the fact that Brian and I are on not-so-good terms right now.  Mr. Murphy, won’t you please go away?

So I’m trying to hold on to things that’ll help me keep my sanity… and, right now, I’m just praying that I hold it together until I leave Tektite.  I’m very, very good at compartmentalizing and generally I deal with stress pretty well, but this week… It’s been unbelievable.

I have to go now, but I’ll leave you with the words to “Hold Me Now”.

You know those things that keep me sane?  This is one of them.

 

From glass alabaster she poured out the depths of her soul

Oh, foot of Christ, would you wait if her harlotry’s known?

Falls a tear to darken the dirt

Of humblest offerings to forgive the hurt

She is strong enough to stand in your love

I can hear her say


I am weak

I am poor

I am broken, Lord, but I’m yours

Hold me now

Hold me now


Let he without sin cast the first stone if you will

To say that my bride isn’t worth half the blood that I’ve spilled

Point your finger and laugh if you choose to say

My beloved is borrowed and used

She is strong enough to stand in my love

I can hear her say

 

I am weak

I am poor

I am broken, Lord, but I’m yours

Hold me now

Hold me now

 

Hold Me Now

Jennifer Knapp

 

Another thing you should know about me… I am faithful, not religious.  I don’t go to church.  I believe in a God, but maybe not the one the Roman Catholic Church believes in.  The Church, among so many other things, were one of those that broke me.

But this song… Let me put it this way – I’m not a fan.  I haven’t worshipped for a very, very long time.  But this song, it breaks my heart every time.  And then it gives me hope.


Blessed Be…

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