Wednesday, December 28, 2005

My Christmas Gift



I haven’t given anybody anything for Christmas. Not even my beloved JCD.

But I have received so much from him, fabulous ukay clothes as well as new ones, cooking tips, cute slip-ons, books, and most of all, lots of fun memories and lots of lovin’.

Of course I still have to give him something for Christmas, and I have just the thing we both will enjoy. Hahahahaha!

Merry Christmas babe, having you is the best gift a guy like me could ever have.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Merry Christmas!!!


This may be the happiest Christmas my mother had since the death of my father 3 years ago.  My brother who’s an OFW in Saudi Arabia went home this December to celebrate Christmas with us.  This is also his first since he started working in the kingdom about 8 years ago.  My younger brother is also celebrating with us; this despite the fact that his religion is strict about the belief that Christmas is based on a pagan tradition and thus should not be celebrated.

But anyway, it is more of a family reunion, as most families celebrating Christmas would know.

In effect it is a Christmas of firsts for us, including our first Christmas celebration at our new home.  It’s also the first time I haven’t given anyone Christmas gifts, the history of which you may already know.  But forgive me for this year okay?  I promise I will make it up to you next year.  Hopefully.

A wonderful and blessed Christmas to everyone!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

What's On Your Christmas Table This Year?

I know, I know. I have been blabbering about our transfer and thus everything I write here is connected to that event. Even this one.

Anyway, because of the transfer, I have been thinking of ways to keep the Christmas spirit alive in our new home without breaking the bank.

This may probably be the simplest Christmas we will have, but will be special nonetheless since it will be our first Christmas in our new home.

So what’s on your Christmas table this year?

Monday, December 19, 2005

Empty Christmas Pocket



Six days to go ‘till Christmas and I haven’t bought a single gift for anyone. Neither have I even started with my Christmas shopping for our Noche Buena. For the 5 people who read my blog, you should know by now that this was a direct result of our transfer to our new house in Cavite. I’ve already used up half of my 13th month pay and the remaining half is slowly disappearing with me having no idea where it’s going. And don’t ask about Christmas bonus, it won’t be happening.

Suffice it to say that I will not buy anyone (except for a few ‘special’ people) gifts for this year. I will just make it up to you next year okay?

Oh, Pag-ibig fund got the bulk of my 13th month pay this Christmas, as payment for my first monthly amortization for the house. So you can go blame or sue them if you’re sour about not getting any from me.

Merry Christmas everyone! Next year na lang hane?

Friday, December 16, 2005

Dying alone


We received shocking news today.  My paternal aunt, who lived just below us at our former house in Tondo, was discovered dead and has been decomposing for about a week now.  My brother who slept one night at our old house recalled the tell-tale smell of decay, which he thought was from a dead rat.  He screamed and cried upon realizing that it was our aunt after all.

We were never particularly close to her.  My paternal relatives are a weird lot. They’re not very close to each other, and are a bunch of recluse, one way or another.  

It is such a sad thing to happen, dying alone.  I am saddened by the fact that her death remained undiscovered if not for the smell that gave it all away.  People’s lives should not end this way.

I pray that she finds peace, wherever her spirit may be.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Queer Podcasts


Podcasting is relatively new in the Philippines. I have yet to hear a Philippine-based podcast which will interest me. For all you ignoramuses (ignoramusi?) out there, a podcast is pre-recorded 'radio show' in mp3 form which you can download and play on your computer or any mp3 player. Podcasting is mostly identified with using an iPod but since most files are in mp3 form any player would do (I use a Creative Zen Micro). There are a lot of podcasts available to suit your taste: sex, housekeeping, politics, science, celebrity, etc.


Anyway, in the queer podcasting world (queercasting as coined by these podcast divas), 3 podcasters reign supreme: Ragan Fox of Fox in the City, Madge Weinstein of Yeast Radio, and Wanda Wisdom of Lucky Bitch Radio. They also have a weekly podcast collaboration called Eat This Hot Show, which is a wonderfully gay blend of wit, humor, sarcasm, sex and everything else.

My favorite of the three is Ragan Fox. He is a performance poet and and a professor and doctorate student at the Arizona State University and a proud and certified power bottom version 2.0. The first time I listened to his podcast I laughed my ass off. His show is very campy, he does tons of 'persona' acts, where he lampoons and makes fun of anyone and everyone. Even his listeners are not spared. Not even his dead father.

I really wish local podcasts will have queer counterparts like these. I know some of the Philippine podcasters are gay but they bore the shit out of me.

Anyway if you are interested to listen to any of these fine queercasts, just click on the links on or at the side of this page. Believe me, these queens are worth listening to.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Drinking Tea May Cut Ovarian Cancer

Reposted From Times UK Online
By Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor

DRINKING two cups of tea a day may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, research in Sweden suggests.

A study involving more than 60,000 women indicates that women who drank two cups or more of tea a day had an almost 50 per cent lower risk of ovarian cancer than women who did not drink tea. The research comes after studies that have suggested that green and black tea may provide protection from several cancers.

A team from the Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, said that few epidemiological studies had examined the specific relationship between tea consumption and the risk of ovarian cancer. The results of the study are published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

Each year ovarian cancer is diagnosed in about 6,900 women in Britain, where it is the fourth most common cause of cancer death in women; more than 4,600 deaths a year are attributed to the disease.

The researchers examined the link between drinking tea and ovarian cancer risk in 61,057 women aged 40 to 76.

The women completed questionnaires about their eating and drinking habits between 1987 and 1990 and were followed up until December 2004.

During the study a total of 301 women were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Susanna Larsson and Alicja Wolk said they saw a 46 per cent lower risk of ovarian cancer in women who drank two or more cups of tea a day compared with those who did not drink tea. “Each additional cup of tea per day was associated with an 18 per cent lower risk of ovarian cancer.” They concluded: “Because prospective data on this relationship are scarce, our findings need confirmation by future studies.”

Transfer complete


Finally we have already transferred to our new home in Imus, Cavite. Not too prestigious for some but from someone who lived in Tondo for 31 years of his life, the place is pretty decent.

Now the task of paying the monthly amortization has begun...

Friday, December 09, 2005

Finally...


Pinoy Big Brother (the 1st season, at least) is ending. I've just had it with this show. I've had enough of the kaartehan, the pagpapanggap of Uma that he's straight, the pseudo-love stories, the very fake good deed ek ek. C'mon! All of these are for ratings. The hell with the psychological/human dynamics crap. I mean, gawd! The product placements! ABS has tried every trick in the book to milk this cash cow to its last drop. Enough already.

I miss the old ( I mean post EDSA revolution) ABS-CBN, with shows like Ryan Ryan Musikahan, Tatak Pilipino, the old TV Patrol format, Palibhasa Lalake, Abangan ang mga Susunod na Kabanata, the original Mel and Jay, and Pangako Sa Iyo. What happened to the people and think-tanks behind these shows? Did they all transfer to GMA?

Thursday, December 08, 2005

20 Random Things About Me


I read this at Ajay’s Writings on the Wall blog and since she encourages people to do the same I might as well do mine…

  1. I wore contact lenses/eyeglasses since I was in the 4th grade.
  2. My contest piece for a singing contest where I won was a Laura Branigan song (which is forgettable thus I forgot the title).
  3. I have straight hair up to my 6th grade but mysteriously turned curly when I got to high school.
  4. I was an honor student in my elementary years but zero honors from high school and beyond.
  5. I’m addicted to Pond’s skin whitening vitamin cream. (Don’t ask why)
  6. I love sinigang na baboy.
  7. I owe HSBC Php 41,000++ in credit card debt.
  8. Now I owe Pag-Ibig fund 500,000 for a housing loan.
  9. I’m in a blissful 1 year relationship (cross my fingers).
  10. I’m a silent Sharonian.
  11. I secretly wish I’m a contestant in “The Swan” (now it’s no longer a secret. Duh)
  12. I love watching cooking shows but I barely cook.
  13. I’m an Encantadik.
  14. I still love Mariah despite of her many kagagahans.
  15. I think I will be one of those naked wandering people when I become insane.
  16. I stopped going to the gym for a month now (and counting).
  17. I secretly cast spells/hexes to people I despise (which sometimes work, creepy).
  18. I’m a kuripot.
  19. I’m masungit.
  20. I love singing, wired or wireless mic included (wink).
Rules dictate I have to tag 5 people so…

…if your last name begins with a vowel, you’re tagged!
…if you like sardines, you’re tagged!
…if you’re a kapuso, you’re tagged!
…if you have a credit card you’re tagged!
…if you love eating Sunflower crackers, you’re tagged!

Keep this moving will you?

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Just watched...



Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros

Critics have been raving about this movie which was rated A by the Cinema Evaluation Board. And since I promised myself that I will not do a film review (since I don't have the K to do it) I will just leave it up to you to see how wonderfully crafted this movie is.

You can also see Maxi's Blog and find out what he's been up to lately.

Visit the movie's official website for pics, bios and soundtrack clips.

The movie also made it to the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. And you should know how difficult it is to make it to this event.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

From Tondo to Cavite



I never realized that I will be uprooted from my place of birth. My father was born in Tondo and I believe his father was also born there as well. Now I'm leaving the place I called home for 31 years.

I am looking forward to our transfer to our new home in Cavite. I wish my father is still alive to witness this. But I am sure that he is happy.

Monday, December 05, 2005

2005 SEA Games: Champions At Last!!!


It's fun to be on top for a change. And no sour-graping thai prime minister can take away the victory we rightfully deserve.

Congratulations to our Filipino Athletes!!! Mabuhay tayong lahat!!!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Party with the Senior Citizens


Today, my boss and I attended the Christmas party of our project partners from the Alternative Learning Services of Manila. This is extra special for them because they are doing this for the 1st time with senior citizens from the 6 districts of Manila in partnership with the “Mahal ko si Lolo, Mahal ko si Lola” Foundation. It is very heartwarming to see our lolos and lolas still having the grandest time despite their old age and waning energies.

Of course the ever energetic Teacher Community Coordinators of the ALS-Manila should be commended for their selfless and wholehearted service to our senior citizens.

Makes me think about what my future brings, 30 - 40 years from now. Will I be lucky enough to even live that long and attend activities like these? Will there be people like the ALS teachers left to make me happy in the twilight years of my life?



Thursday, December 01, 2005

World Aids Day Today


This year's theme is: "Stop AIDS, keep the promise."

Important links:

UNAIDS
World AIDS Campaign
WHO

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