Archive for June, 2011

June 29, 2011

Inday Goes To The Big City: Day 1

Yesterday was day one, but after that long day, I was knocked out last night, as early as 9 pm-ish!!

Anyway, it has been 6 years since I boarded a plane and flew out of my mountains. Enough for total ignorance to set in! Enough for a certain country girl to check out what the city looks like after all that time.

With a flight schedule from Dumaguete leaving at 8:45 am, somebody woke up at 4:30 am and was already dressed to go by 5:30 am! LOL since the airport is approximately 20 minutes away, I was definitely early. I blame it on the fact that I barely slept that night. Nerves.

When the plane taxied along the strip, my nerves hummed with anticipation that I wasn’t really able to take a lot of shots!

While I was seated at the very last row of the plane, I was sadly not seated by the window. Though I was able to see the white fluffy clouds once the plane was off the ground, I could not fully enjoy it because I was seated next to some dude who snored all the way through the trip.

After the plane landed in NAIA, I was not able to observe everything because my companions moved at the speed of light. I wished we were slower so I could take in the feel of the airport! LOL think: The Terminal. Besides, the van that was supposed to pick us up arrived almost an hour after we went out to Bay 9.

Off we went then to our hotel in Makati, and since I was with some big wigs, I was not able to shoot around cause I was just trying to appear cool. LOL

Ahhh the hotel. The biggest perk so far. Its not really THAT posh… Okay, maybe it is posh, and I have enjoyed one of the best night’s rest in this hotel yet. The view is okay… And I will make another review when I get back.

Yesterday was a loooong day. And I hope it gets better today! I also hope we can actually get out of the hotel and take a look around the city… Or wherever.

That’s all for now. Updates and pictures later!!!


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June 26, 2011

Something Borrowed: A Review

So yeah, I may not have updated my 100 books for 2011 list, but I am making headway. I am going to update the list after I make this post, okay? Besides, this is bound to be a short one.

I do not believe in spoiling things for people so I will make this review short and sweet – as short as I can make a review! Maybe.

So… I thought about reading this book despite the fact that it was released a few years ago. I chose to read it now because of the release of the movie Something Borrowed. I have read some reviews about the movie, and although most of the reviews have been negative, I was curious because I happen to like romantic comedies, and its Kate Hudson and the cute John Krasinski.

I was warned by Pebbles that the book was forgettable. Her words, not mine. Still, I think books tend to be better than movies, so I chose to power on and read the book.

Suffice it to say that… I found Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin quite painful to read. 

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June 25, 2011

Farewell, dear friend

After almost 5 years of friendship, I managed to say goodbye to a confidant who has stood by me through storm and sunshine.

I used to have a blog over at but as of a few days ago, the website has finally folded.

I guess you could chalk that up to the fact that I no longer had money to support it, but then again the absence of any post at all for the past 6 months should be an indication enough that I have let it go and let it be.

Sure, there are a lot of memories that the blog had, but then again, why should I wallow in those memories when I could make new ones? In fact, I’ve been trying to make new ones here.

But I do miss my blog.

Born on October 2006, my blog was everything to me. It got me into enough trouble, that’s for sure, but the comfort and endless supply of space for me to fill was always there. Until I stopped putting things up because I was being censored so much. Ironically, I have been able to express myself here more than I have ever expressed anything in my life.

Oh, no, wait, there was this other blog where I ranted my socks off as well. Hmmm…

There’s this minute pain that has crept into my heart, knowing that I will no longer be able to enjoy that blog. And for the life of me, I have failed to make a backup of the blog posts that I have kept for so long.

I will live.

But before I continue living, here’s a toast to WWW.PENCILPUSHIN.COM! For being a wonderful friend, and for listening to me especially when nobody else listened.

June 21, 2011

Marina, Pepita, and Kordapya

This is the saga of the three sisters, Marina, Pepita, and Kordapya.

Marina, the eldest, set out to the world to get away from the troubles at home, while Pepita and Kordapya tagged along. While life was hard for Marina, it was even harder knowing that her sisters counted so much on her and her earnings.

One day, Pepita came across an elderly couple waiting by a shed. She smiled at the couple and sat by

… Well typing using my phone is hard. I will finish tomorrow morning (hopefully).

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June 21, 2011

Today I don’t feel like doing anything

… I just wanna stay in my bed.

Okay, so maybe that was totally Bruno Mars’ words, but it could easily be anybody else, too. Who says you’re not allowed to state those words? 🙂

I have come to a realization that perhaps I keep too much conversations in my brain. And of course if ideas get stuck in my brain, I tend to talk to people about what I think and what happened, which I realize is a total waste of time, especially if it is not a story but a complaint.

I think stories are more interesting that complaints or rants, so why not turn those evil bad vibes and thinking into something positive like writing a story?

Going to sleep with an angry mind makes me wake up angry at the world as well. And I guess this is also the reason why I am brooding for the past few days.

Okay, so I had a relatively tiring week. It was so tiring that I couldn’t care less if I swiped my makeup off or left it there to make me age while I was asleep. To hell with wrinkles! I will snore!!! Well, at least my husband said I snored like drunk passed out on the lawn. Yay!! My first drunk analogy? comparison? what?

I kept replaying my awful, awful, awful week in my head, and then I realized that I was dwelling in the past! Oh, no, no, no!

I shall not dwell in the past. So if information bothers me, I should just convert it into a story, yes? Let’s try that exercise this week and see where I go.

GOOD MORNING by the way!!

Happy to have talked to you early this fine day.


June 20, 2011

Every day, I rush

Rushing through life seems to be one of my talents. I used to excel in the task but lately, I have been dragging my feet.

I cannot say that this is all just a figment of my exhausted mind, and perhaps that may be so. I think that this exhaustion is also a result of my constant need to think. Think, think, think. I think in the morning, I think in the afternoon, and I think at night.

I constantly worry about this and that and this and that, which leads me to forgetting the things that I need to remember the most. Also, I rush to and fro. It is not healthy, I am aware, but this is how my life is currently.

I think it was so much better when I used to blog a lot. That way, I did my best thinking or at least most of my non-productive thinking when I write about blah blah blah. Then came the minding.

When I start to mind about what people think, or what they would say about what I have written, then I have lost my nerve or the drive to write. This unfortunately escalates to my day-to-day activities because I think I have this tendency to be a crowd pleaser. It is exhausting, and as much as I would like to thump my “caring side” on the head, I cannot. This is because as what Popeye said, “I am what I am, and that’s all that I am…” So yeah.

I thought about writing in another blog, but that is just soooo damn exhausting too. So why not take a stand and just write? For my sanity and for the clearing of my mind.

I just need to type type type and let it all out so that I can forget about thinking this way, and THAT way, I would be able to write about other things.

Write to unwind. Write to be happy. And of course, write to tell stories.

So I guess this is where I say… I am back!

June 5, 2011

Does the Noise In My Head Bother You?

Right now, I am few chapters away from reading Steven Tyler’s memoir “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?”

As much as I want to claim that I blazed through the book and finished it in a couple of days, I must admit that I have not yet finished it but I am cherishing it. Does that make sense?

Right from the first few lines of the Semiprologue, Steven Tyler and his co-writer have caught me hook, line, and sinker.

I am not sure if I am ready to declare that the book is profound nor am I equipped to make a review. But I just want to say that the book is quite entertaining, creative, inspiring, and funny!

Somebody told me that it is not Steven Tyler who wrote the book, but you have to admit, it is quite convincing. The words and the “voice” that the book has literally screams Steven Tyler, and his wackiness, loose-cannonball ideas and what-not are evident as well. I do not mind it at all. I guess I can relate.. my head is as noisy as his head.

My brain spouts gazillion ideas in one hour, making it hard for me to zone in on one idea and just FOCUS! So.. Steven and I have noisy minds.. but unlike his mind, my thoughts are not getting published. Not even on the web! 😛

For some reason, it is taking me the same amount of time to get through the book as I would a book written by Robert Fulghum. I take in all the things that Steven Tyler is talking about, and all these philosophies that he just throws at you.

It is truly a delight so far.

Suffice it to say that I feel stirrings of inspiration despite the current writing stump, and I tip my hat to Steven Tyler for making me happy.

Now… where do I get a paperback version of this book?

June 5, 2011


Here’s to spending countless hours staring at a blank WordPad on your computer screen.

Your soul screams the need for you to release something into the wild, yet for some reason, no words come out.

It is a b!tch, this thing called Writer’s Block, but like what one friend said, the cure to anything you find difficult is to just keep going.

It makes sense if you think about it that way, and MY OH MY, do I envy the Energizer Bunny right now.

It is a curse. An obstacle. A miserable little hurdle that seems to grow higher no matter how high you attempt to jump.

Then again. a friend once said that if hurdles grow higher no matter how high you try to leap, there is always crawling underneath the hurdle or going around it.

But as clever as that may sound, don’t you think that would be a sissy’s way of doing things?

Think about it…

A hurdle is meant to be a hurdle, which means that if you get pass it, you move on to the next hurdle in life. If you go around your hurdle, then you really cheated and you will not have the satisfaction of calling out and say “I OVERCAME THAT HURDLE!” or something along those lines.

So, yes. Hopefully I will finally get over this hurdle. Hopefully, I will be inspired to write again.

The question for me is this: What on Earth are you looking for?