Monday, August 31, 2009


i know this is not the ultimate brand, but certainly one of the most famous and easily accessible belgian chocolates around.

i luv eating chocolates! i know that if there is one thing i'm gonna miss jeddah when i finally decide to exit, it's C H O C O L A T E S ! read my lips cho-co-lates!

i am also aware of possible ill-effects of eating so much. but let's not get started with this.

but what is this? i opened a small box of guylian choco (not that i am endorsing the brand, btw), and look what i found...

a small brochure talking about 'project seahorse'. this is guylian's commitment to conservation of marine animals especially the seahorses. that everytime, you buy a box of the brand, you are guaranteed of participation in this conservation effort by contributing to the cause.

kitams, another reason why we should all go gaga about chocolates.

kaya naman pala ang gaan-gaan ng loob ko sa chocolates na eto. :>

to me, chocolates is one of life's greatest equalizers. life maybe hard. challenges maybe tough. but with sweet and mucho delicioso chocolates around, i can hang on.

' me eat these babies. cheers!

dancing and travelling

you wanna dance and travel the world? do it matt's way. his videos took more than 14months in the making; traversed 42 countries;and, casted thousands. beat that!

i wonder how and when will i start doing the same?


just when i am trying to psyche myself up to write part 2 of the book 'Kapeng Arabo', this horoscope found me today:

Monday, August 31:

"When all else fails, break out a pen and paper and start writing it down. Before you know it, you'll see an interesting story begin to unfold -- and it's all about you! If you haven't considered writing a memoir before, try it. You have lots of great experience to share."

coincidence, i guess : )

Sunday, August 30, 2009

at natuwa ang bata

it's ramadan and people here in the middle east are practically like vampires creeping out of their shelters and partying at night. and while there's really nothing productive else to do (aside from blogging, of course) i and my friends decided to hit the streets once again.

we passed by the same street where i got those water crystals. and i just couldn't resist the urge. just like in the play 'Oliver', i was like that little boy asking and begging "i want to some more."

i don't really know what, but there's something engaging with seeing a thing growing before your very eyes. oh oh! not sleaze bug!

look! they are this small at the start. and then you put some amount of water, wait at least 30 minutes, and...

dyaraan!you can tell, i use old coffee glass jars. i even had to empty half-full of coffee just to accomodate them all.
i swear they keep on growing. this morning, i picked gel crystals on the floor, one by one, since the jars couldn't contain them. it was like picking 'alatiris', philippine version of cherries.

if only i could eat them. i swear they look so yummy.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Nobody Dance Tutorial

i've always wanted to learn the new trends. syempre, dapat nasa uso parati, para cool. so, this video is so fitting coz it's kind a slowmo in a way, mas madali ma-follow yung steps.

after watching, you probably realize that the people in the video are but one and the same person... additional coolness, huh!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Meow Song

in no.6 of my things to do before i die, i said i'd like to watch a full broadway production play. i welcome the idea of watching 'the cats' as it is the longest running broadway production onstage. to me, it must have that charming and powerful effect to be able to last that long.

it is about cats if i am not mistaken ;). but if i am to find out is similar to this video, i guess i'd better skip no.6 on my list.

Astroboy trailer

damn! that kid in me really surged in once again. my eyes were wide open and i was almost holding my breathe the whole time i was watching this trailer. i really wish they'd release the dvd soon.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

gallup strengths finder survey

this is my clifton strengthsfinder certificate. i got this after taking an online exam in gallup website. accordingly, your instantenous answers to posted questions within the allowable time reveals your inner and true characters.

just like any personality tests, there is no right or wrong answers. gallup however prefer to use the term strengths instead, since the purpose of which is for you to find out how well you can cope to the different demands of a job.

conversely, by knowing the strengths of an employee, the company or the manager maybe able to use well employee's talents and maximize his potentials. well, that's the idea :>

the exam is not free though. i am lucky i represented our group to gallup engagement survey conducted at that time. and as a pre-requisite, i had to know my own strengths by taking the exam.

the good news however is by purchasing the wonderful book entitled "Know Your Strengths" by Marcus Buckingham, or its audiotape version, you will be given access to the site. the code is inserted somewhere, so be careful not lose it.

now, here' s the tricky part: I had no idea of my strengths until the results were presented to me. apparently, more than 90% of takers had the same experience. unwittingly so. this is because our employement fails to see who we really are; our managers were not able to tap our potentials.

talking about mismatch between talents and nature of job.

water gel crystals

this thing amazed me. i saw this from one of those street vendors in jeddah. what really caught my attention is the label 'water gel crystals', which if you are into gardening, you'd know that this is one those expensive water substitute sold along the walkways of big malls.

could it be?

so i got two pouches, orange and green, and paid two riyals. the size a pouch is even smaller than a half of sachet of shampoo. i thought then that if this is really water gel crystals that i knew, then i got myself a good deal. but if not, it is as if i threw roughy 25 pesos.

i did not read the instruction, and soaked all the stuffs in cool water. anyhow, it's made in china. for all i know, i might get even more confused.

after more than 30 mins in water...whalla! it really is!

it's like 'sago' to make an analogy. but more shiny and and if i couldn't help myself, i guess, more gummy and chewy.

and since i was right, what else to do but put them to where they can fulfill their purpose. cheers!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Into part 2 of Kapeng Arabo

I'm on it again.

I just hope i find that much needed inspiration.

I'm just thinking just how can one happy soul try hard to get along with the bitter ones. Yaiks! Hmm...emo conditioning mode eto!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Things to Do Before I die

List of things I want to accomplish before I die. The list is not exclusive though...

1. Meet "the one," marry and have a happy family
2. Visit Japan
3. Roll and throw a snowball
4. Be a teacher even for a day and inspire at least two souls
5. Swim with dolphins
6. Watch a nice broadway play
7. Write another title (apart from KAPENG ARABO)
8. Patrol a forest reserve
9. A live concert performance(and beat Martin Nievarra who still holds the seat of having been accompanied by 81-piece orchestra)
10.Experience Slurpy brain freeze with that "special someone"
11.Exhange lives with someone for a day
12.Compose a song
13.Go on a safari tour
14.Cry over (as in)a really good movie
15.Milk goats
16.Stay in a 'duyan' with nothing on but undies
17.Interview someone famous
18.Count stars till I doze off
19.Sign books at Powerbooks Makati or Fullybooked the Fort