Finally

After weeks of betting numbers for the 6/55 Grand Lotto, somebody won the now whopping P741 million! The lucky chap. Many Filipinos were gripped with hope as the excitement mounted when nobody managed to land the jackpot yet. Long queues were often found in betting stations all over the Metro, which I’m sure is replicated all over the country.

I know it’s really a suntok sa buwan thing but I couldn’t help myself. I just had to bet my own set of numbers. I was thinking of the what ifs if I do actually won. For one, I could finally extricate myself from this trapped feeling in my job because I could start my own business. Hubby and I could build our dream house so that we can finally get off a relative’s property. Mischa’s future could be really secured. Stuff like that. Oh well, it was fun dreaming. Back to reality. Matitigil na rin ang kahibangan ko kakataya.

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2011 Starbucks Planner

Ever since I became a mommy, I get behind many of the things that I am usually on top of. Hehe. So despite the annual quest to complete stickers for the Starbucks planner starting in early November, it is only recently that I managed to buy my first cup so I could start filling my own card. As always, I am excited by the designs Starbucks is offering. For 2011, one can choose from among a velvety red; a clean, stainless silver; and a woody brown, planner. I want the brown!

Last year, I got this, which I am still using right now. Super love it!

Out with the old

I just want to jump on the bandwagon albeit late. This campaign really cracked up Filipinos although DOT has immediately rectified its mistake by pulling the stops after the tourism campaign received a lot of flak from the public.

I think something like this has been happening all over government agencies who were given new secretaries or heads of offices, ours included. Seems like many are out to change the old, bring in the new, without reviewing what’s been working. My take: why fix something when it ain’t broke? Some keep forgetting that we are client-serving agencies, not merely policy-making bodies, and our top priority should be the public, not personal interests of individuals. Seems that many are out to eradicate traces of the previous administrations, even if these mean getting rid of practices that are effective and working well. Like the WOW! Philippines slogan. Sigh! In our case, while we have mainly shied away from the public in the three decades of our office’s existence, I believe it has been performing really well. Although little is known about us since our clients are mostly immigrants or bound for other countries, we have more done what is expected of our mandate. Drastic changes in our operations may prove to be more harmful than beneficial if not studied carefully. I hope someone applies emergency breaks soon. We are headed for gloom.

The Deathly Hallows

What can I say?

Bitin!!!

I’ve been a Harry Potter fan ever since forever. I have read and re-read every book until I have memorized each line and lived every character. I signed up for advanced copies each time each book came out, and then went on devouring every word J.K. Rowling has churned out. I then immersed myself in wizard-land, and went to school with Harry, Herminone, Ron and their friends. It was great watching them grow, mature and basically live their adventure and have fun.

The movies progressed on in almost the same way. During the first few in the series, there was little disappointment about how the adaptations lived up to the book. This did not surprise me at all since there was usually a great hype before the showing of a movie tie-in, especially if the book is a bestseller, and then, pffft! Of course, you cannot compress all the details of an entire 500 or so pager in a two-hour film. Always, always, we would seek details that would often be excluded as the prerogative of the producer or director deems it prudent.

But as the series went on, the characters and the script bravely pushed on, climaxing into this 2-part HP7. I love how the lead stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint really grew into their characters. Now, I am not an expert on movie reviews but their acting moved me in this particular film. I almost couldn’t differentiate them from the characters in the book. It was as if they were really them!

Plus the movie is more detailed than all the others put together. Of course, this may also be due to the film being split into two parts to accommodate all the fine parts of the book. One thing I noticed though is that they didn’t give importance to the trio’s use of Harry’s Invisibility Cloak as they apparated from place to place. I feel that this should have been highlighted given the fact that, in the end, it would be shown that Harry would be the one to unite all three Hallows after centuries of them being separated.

Also, I was looking for these:

  • Ron and Hermione’s blossoming romance
  • Phineas Nigellus Black’s pivotal role as the link between the trio and Hogwarts
  • Greyback and the werewolves
  • The story of Regulus Black and his part in destroying the necklace.

Aside from that, I got affected by the deaths of Hedwig and Dobby. They were just heartbreaking to say the least–the death of Harry’s loyal soldiers.

But in all, this is one pretty satisfied customer. I couldn’t wait for the second part.

Tree or no tree?

I have been mulling over the past few weeks whether I would put up the Christmas tree this year. My great consideration–the toddler in the house and her insatiable need to touch and pull anything that fancies her! And with all the lights and the shiny bells on the tree, there is no way she can ignore that big thing in the living room where she spends her days patrolling! While I know we can do with just the capiz lantern, wreaths and Christmas lights of all colors, it’s just not the same without a tree. And I know she would love one. Yes, I know she would. I’ve seen how her eyes went huge when she saw trees in her Ninong’s and Tita’s house when we visited.

Now, I wonder how…

Give it a rest (or at least a chance)

Have you ever thought it possible that you can be put out of place in your own home? That despite inhabiting it for years and decades, you can be shunted to one side in the blink of an eye?

I have been trying to compose my thoughts over the past few days on this thing, which I can’t even describe. But there is mutiny growing. I think. People will always be unhappy when trodden on their own turf. I have always thought that my colleagues (or most anyway) are the easiest people to please. They will always welcome you with a smile. To the best of their abilities, they would accommodate even the most difficult of clients. We were all brought up that way. Hindi naman kami mahirap pakisamahan. So I can’t fathom how we are being treated now like strangers at our house. Di ko talaga ma-gets how 60 people can be dominated by 7 newly-arrived immigrants. We have of course, managed to shut ourselves up. I don’t even know why. Pero malapit ng pumutok ang dibdib ng iba. Who wouldn’t when you are all being treated like new graduates who couldn’t draft a freakin’ letter. Like we couldn’t pick up a piece of common sense on the streets. Like they could boss around established people. Did they think it’s our first day on the job? C’mon!

Maybe, just maybe, we’re like old people who are averse to change. Maybe we need to shut up for a little longer more. Maybe if we give them a chance, they will us too. Or is it wishful thinking?

At Mix and Match

I so missed doing videoke. It’s one of the regular things we do so as not to get drunk out of our wits. lol. In a very rare gimik, we trusted that nothing would go wrong at home, and gave ourselves a chance to enjoy the night. (I am so a mom. Really.)

We used to do the rounds in the Malate area before. Sigh, I miss my old friends. But I had fun with the younger ones (goodness, I feel old!).