running [an] apartment

29 03 2006

i have been looking at a couple of real estate websites since last week. im telling you, browsing for apartments is addicting. well for me it is because i have always had this inclination towards interior design and looking for apartments is in a way, reinforcing that interest. during senior year in high school, ID was the primary course i wanted to take but now it's just in my list of "things to do before i die."
i find the idea of living independently generally appealing, (except for the dishwashing and bathroom-cleaning part) because i will experience all the consequences of even the smallest decision i will make. i hope i find a decent studio with its own laundry, because i don't think i will enjoy washing my laundry in front of strangers, besides, i am anal when it comes to laundry that i need to soak the clothes 30 minutes prior to the actual washing. i don't want to make enemies out of my neighbors just because i take too long to finish my laundry.

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faye showed me something that increased the odds of this plan pushing through so now i'm writing comfortably about it.

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freedom day for me is on the 28th of April, that's less
than five weeks away.

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finding this running website made my day. the site has information on places to run all over melbourne and the schedule of road races across the country. i am floored by the number of road races they hold, some even have different events every week! i wish the philippines would have a running subculture as alive and dedicated as this.

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and now the end is near…

28 03 2006

i tendered my resignation today. while i was printing copies, i felt a mix of fear, excitement, anxiety and exhilaration.

this could either brighten or ruin my future. hopefully the odds lean toward the latter.

whatever happens, my mind is set and i truly want to leave.
i'm too young to be scared, am i not supposed to be brazen and thoughtless at this age? =P

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hahahaha. salamat faye.

i meant "the odds lean toward the former."

what am i doing, i am wishing myself bad fate.  must be the hormones.





bawal ang nakangiti rito

26 03 2006

went for an x-ray last friday in a clinic that conducts
examinations primarily for migration purposes and found out that
pictures submitted for visas should not show one's teeth. hilarious. i
laughed silently when i heard one of the staff say to a lady "ayy hindi
pwede to, labas ngipin mo" because i remembered one sign that used to
hang in my dad's office, it was a pic of a gorilla with a caption that
said "bawal ang nakasimangot dito." hehehehe. maybe migration officials
use pics as a gauge to determine how "serious" you are with your
migration plans.

anyway, if you're out of touch with what's happening to this country
and want to acquire a higher level of awareness, such a clinic would be
a good place to start. the day i went for my x-ray, there were almost a
dozen families waiting to have their
medical examination for their visas. and for most of the families,
usually only the father will be working, meaning, the rest of his
family will go there as dependents. tsk, tsk. anyway, at
least they'll all be together. one of my professors in college said
that working abroad was one of the main causes of broken families in
this country.

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afterwards i went to UP to have my diploma translated. and i had a
thought while i was lining up to pay the fees under the blistering
heat… ang pagpila (sa konteksto ng UP) ay isang "great equalizer."
dahil que se hodang may kotse ka, que se hodang mayaman ka, que se
hodang may PhD ka na, que se hodang summa cum laude ka, que se hodang
university valedictorian ka, que se hodang mamahalin ang deodorant na
gamit mo at nangangakong hindi ka magiging baskil (BASang KILikili),
que se hodang pumayat ka na at nagpa-rebond ka, kung may kailangan kang
documentitos sa peyups…PIPILA KA PA RIN! ever! hardeharhar.

and newsflash, the ikot fare now amounts to… (are you ready?)…
tan tan nanan 6.50 a pop! whew. the cheapest ikot fare i ever rode on
was
2.25, that was way back in 1998. i wonder how i would have managed with my then allowance with the fare prices now.

but it was good to be back in UP, it might be a long time before i go back there again.

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what do you know, this blog is slowly becoming an
account of the adventures i get involved in while preparing to fly to
that faraway
land. so if that plan goes awry, it'll be immediately broadcasted to
all of you. if that happens, don't feel too sorry for me 
alright? hehehe.





hold yer horses

23 03 2006

missing fuzbol really, really bad.

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experienced a very bad bout of paranoia regarding my application earlier today due to some ambiguous communication sent to me by an agent. but all's well now and will hopefully continue to be well until i get shipped off to that faraway land.





unang poste

22 03 2006

well hello there world. first post. created this blog in preparation for a life-changing event that’ll take me to another place and away from most of the important people in my existence. figured this would be cheaper than telephone calls and more convenient than sending individual emails.