Friday, August 31, 2007

I Heart Inday

After Ederlyn, a series of text messages have been circulating the bored-driven psychotic individuals! Hahaha. And this time, INDAY is the star. Taking it from life’s most ironic circumstance, INDAY being your not so ordinary house helper/yaya/maid or whatever you call it - who's gifted with so much vocubulary! She talks to us in a very profound manner in which I myself at times could not comprehend. Hahaha. Mataray si Inday!!!! Daig pa ang call center agents pati na ang spokesperson sa Malacanang. Pero do we really have to compare INDAY and EDERLYN??? We asked and they answered;

Inday: there is no point of comparison. i am just a helper, an ordinary parlance, a person whose faculty is edged only in the four conrners of this sumptuous dwelling.. ederlyn: do not underestimate my capacity to do work-ENERGY!


Here are some of the popular Inday quotes I gathered! Enjoy reading and be amazed!!!

"don't limit my capacity in the 4 corners of this luxurious abode. expose me to the real challenges of the outside world. i want to grow as an individual with dynamic experiences."

-inday, nagrereklamo kase ayaw sya isama sa enchanted kingdom.

"i pity u for u have degraded your very own pride and dignity by resorting to this despicable behavior just for the ssake of having something to feed your fetish appetite for wealth and i hope that one day you'll be rational enough to realize that you should not use other humans as means in the attainment of your ends. as what the great philosopher kant uttered, "treat a man as an end in himself."

- sagot ni inday sa dugu-dugu gang na tumawag sa bahay ng amo niya.

"sometimes, people choose to leave not because of selfish reasons but because they just know that things will get worse if they stay. leaving can be a tough act and it's harder when people can't understand you for doing so...."

-comment ni inday sa pag-alis ni angel locsin sa gma

"In my opinion, it is just for the legislature to hear that actual controversy. Every Filipino deserves the right to information as provided for in our Constitution. We need to know whether or not the president rigged down the prior election which can be deciphered by that alleged wire-tapped conversation of the president and that former comelec commissioner gar-zil-ya-noe..."

- comment ni inday habang nanonood ng tv patrol. mapolitika din pala ang ate mo! Haha

"Please.. It is indeed reprehensible for us to have a carnal knowledge. If you be adamant to unlawfully intercalate your limb into my citadel of pleasure I would be legally responsible to allege this juncture to your spouse."

sa tagalog: "koya wag po. magsusumbong ako kay atih. – INDAY

"La vida no es una broma actualmente. El dinero es tan duro de pasar. Puede usted bajar el precio parci mi? Soy ya su comprador avido diario. Por favor?"

- Si Inday tumatawad sa merkado nang isinama siya ng amo sa Espanya.

" Listening to d nonsense sum1s life
is a pathetic way of entertainment..
it doesn't contribute 2 d good of society..
i hate character assassinators..!"

-INDAY nagrereklamo ng machismis sya ng kapitbahay.

"I must reiterate that this career requires hard work, dedication, attention to detail, and a caring disposition. However, with perseverance and my guidance as a senior member of the workforce, you shall surely succeed."

---Kausap ni Inday ang bago nyang kasamahan na katulong

" The consistency was fine. But u see, it seems that the increased amount of sodium chloride (NaCl) affected the taste drastically and those actions are irreversible. I do apoligize.. "

-INDAY nag e-explain kung baket maalat ang ulam

"bloody hell!!!! What the fuck did just land on my cutie top? I mean i've spended all day just to make myself look fabulous. I think ill have this eewy thing removed in a whip wham of time!"

--- reaction ni Inday nung matalsikan sya ng mantika habang nagluluto ng TILAPIA...

"Stop your raucous behavior, It is bound to result in property damages and if that happens there will be corresponding punishment inflected upon you!"

-- Inday, pinagbabawalan ang mga bata na wag maglikot!

"the oil normalizing series specifically designed for my oily skin not only works physically on the skin surface, but penetrates deep into the skin layers to normalize oil secretions, for a healthy and long lasting, shine free skin,,,"

- sabi ni inday habang nag papahid ng chin chan su,,

"it's 4 AM and I need to get off from bed. If I have to change the world and make it a better place, what perfect moment than to do it now. When you just sense the need to do things you love, it won't make you feel enslaved."

~ Inday, alas-kwatro ng umaga, kinakausap ang sarili bago bumangon sa kama.

"Nurture others with positive, truthful words, not words that hurt. It doesn't cost anything to do so. But mean what you say , and say what you mean. Do it everyday. This is one of the obvious qualities of the most beloved people. If you cannot be generous financially, at least be generous with your words."

--- yan ang cinabi ni INDAY nung di cia pinautang at pinagmumura pa ng amo nya.... ahaha

"It's absurd! It was never a fact that he will inflict a fight. I can only imagine how you can handle schizophrenic kids on this educational institution Revise your policies because it sucks!"

--- INDAY kasama si Junior sa Principal's office (tulala ang principal)

"Physical stress and excessive work may result to serious damage to ones body. it is therefore essential that once in while we take a break from our usual routine to replenish d lost energy we once had..."

- sabi ni INDAY sa amo nya nung humingi sa ng DAY OFF!

"I love sleep. Its the only time I float in nothingness. No sadness to consume me. No happiness to overwhelm me. No fear to overcome. No norms to conform to. A place ehere time is but a concept. Reality is bent and will is just waiting to happen. A place where everything's twisted and in it I find peace"

-inday after ng trabaho

Dear Sir/Madam,

Attached herewith is a list of proposed acquisition in line with my proposal to upgrade your household facilities. I have already made initial survey of current market prices. Note however that prices could vary depending on the prevailing exchange rate and aggregate supply and demand which we also monitor on an hourly basis.

--- si INDAY, nagpaalam para mamalengke!

Dear Mom,

Had it not been for the smelling salt, I must have collapsed moment ago. Junior has become a little monster to me. Remember the head accident he had? As if it wasn’t enough, he was summoned by the principal of his shabbily run academe. Oh, such an erudite bunch of baboons! I never thought being a governess can be such strenuous employ. Your daughter Inday

Dear Inday,

Walang hiya ka! Magpadala ka ng pera! Nasa ospital nanay mo, dumugo ang ilong kababasa ng pesteng sulat mo!

The David Letterman Show

Don't know if you've watched David Letterman's Show when he used Filipino-American for his top ten reasons, but this certainly shows we arean emerging group in this diversified society to be featured. Happyreading.....

Top 10 Reasons Why There Couldn't Be a Filipino-American US President ByDavid Letterman

10. The White House is not big enough for in-laws and extendedrelatives.

9. There are not enough parking spaces at the White House for 2 HondaCivics, 2 Toyota Land Cruisers, 3 Toyota Corollas, a Mercedes Benz, a BMW(Big Mean Wife), and an MPV (My Pinoy Van).

8. Dignitaries generally are intimidated by eating with their fingersat State dinners.

7. There are too many dining rooms in the White House - where will they putthe picture of the Last Supper?

6. The White House walls are not big enough to hold a pair of giant woodenspoon and fork.

5. Secret Service staff won't respond to "psst... psst".

4. Secret Service staff will not be comfortable driving thepresidential car with a Holy Rosary hanging on the rear view mirror or thestatue of the Santo Nino on the dashboard.

3. No budget allocation to purchase a karaoke machine for every room in theWhite House.

2. State dinners do not allow "Take Home".


1. Air Force One does not allow overweight Balikbayan boxes!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Pagbabalik Tanaw

Today I woke up unusually early. I did my normal routine and went to work a little earlier than I normally do. On my way to work, I noticed that the sun is shining brighter than before, there’s no sign of “gloomynescence” at all. As I walk pass a few high rise buildings, I couldn’t help but notice the laughter of those call center people (whom we’d love to hate at times) as they get out from work. Their happiness is sooo affecting that I found myself smiling for no particular reason.

And then I remembered. There really is something to be happy about this day. Today is August 23, 2007. Five years. Anniversary natin.

As soon as I got out of the lift, I stared blankly at the door. Five years. Matagal yon ah! Damn! How did we get this far? In full amazement, I quietly asked myself just that. And now, still amazed and happy, I am trying to recall how it started with us.

To say that we started things right and smoothly will be a complete and utter lie. We both know that I was still committed to somebody else when I met you. We slowly got to know each other and without so much time wasted, you proposed, with an ultimatum. “What about my Paris?” I said, to which you replied, “It’s now or never”. I prayed hard for divine intervention, to help me make the right decision. Until I realized, it was worth the risk. I’ve met some of your friends and judging by them, I could see that you are nice and that we can possibly have a better future, together. Right then and there, I ended my past and looked forward to having a future with you.

Back then, you were trying to prove your worth. Not once, not twice, but most of the time. It’s like being in the courtship stage, putting your best or should I say better foot forward (kasi 2 lang ang paa na kino-compare). You’ve provided me a posh environment, over endless coffee and bottomless drinks. You’ve throwed parties over parties for me to mingle with your other friends. Eventually, our relationship became deeper. You’ve brought me to places – places that I only dreamed of going. You’ve made some of my dreams come true. You’ve let me experience flying, for the very first time, when one summer you invited me to Boracay – all expense paid, food and accommodation included. To me, you simply are generous, hands down.

But there is more to you than simply being generous. Like I said, it was not a smooth five years for us. We’ve shared some disappointments, misunderstandings, troubles, “chismis” and trials in the past. And there were quite a number of times that I certainly want to give up. I was this close to letting you go, setting us free, but then again, I just couldn’t. I didn’t have the heart to leave you like that. To abandon you just when the road seemed unruly, frustrating and unfavorable for both you and me. I didn’t have the heart to leave because you, for all these years, you believed in me. And that confidence you’ve shown has transcended from me back to you. You believed in me, more than I did believe in myself. That I can actually do better. You’ve pushed me far to the extent of my abilities and skills. Recognizing my strengths and helping me overcome my weaknesses. Eventually, I’ve learned to be tough. To be strong. To love. To be determined. To be the kind of person that I dreamed of being. You’ve taught me some of life’s precious lessons. Things that I will remember for as long as I live. Now as I look back, I couldn’t help but be thankful, for your support. For sharing your wisdom. And for simply being there, still, after five wonderful years.

A lot of things have been said about you, about me and about us. And this day, I couldn’t help but smile, really. We’ve been through a lot together, we’ve sang song after song – from the controversial “Pare Ko” to the overrated “Hopelessly Devoted”, to our current song “I Will Survive”. Yes, we did survive and I know we will still, whatever fate puts us through - for years to come. After five years, a lot of things have changed, and I expect a lot more to be different from what we used to be. I guess, we are both growing up – in ways we never really wanted to at times. We are changing. Let’s put it at that.

Now, let me take this opportunity to greet you and me, a very happy anniversary. You’ve been, by far, the longest relationship I’ve had. Hehe. And although people call you names, leave you one by one, or worse, forget about you totally. May you always remember this day and how thankful I am for having you and how grateful I am of you for welcoming me into your world. To me, our relationship is anything but fulfilling. Nothing less.

And so, let me say this once again, as I stare at you - with big white letters over a blue background. Happy Anniversary to us Navitaire. Thank you for everything and let it be known that whatever happens, wherever the road may lead us, I – romeovi – will forever be grateful!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Two Goodbyes and One Hello

Let me tell you how my week went….

Aside from the fact that it was raining pretty much all week, it had been a very busy one for me. I never thought that coming back from a vacation would be this stressful really. Di ba dapat fresh ka after taking a break? Hahaha. The thing is, I have been sappy. This week, two of my good friends actually left for different locations, all for the same reason. To get a better career.

I am bad with goodbyes. I know that for a fact and saying “au revoir” is not something that I can ever get used to – but through the years, I have come to terms with. I know for a fact that everything is temporary, but then again, somebody proved me wrong. Friendship can be constant.

I met this girl when I started working for Navitaire exactly five years ago. She was smart, funny, effortlessly nice and very active (lalo na sa shopping!). Over the years, we have come to know more of each other. Shared so many secrets and have been there for each other almost through anything. When she left the company and decided to move, I still can remember how I tried to hold back my tears. I am not good with goodbyes, I think made that clear. And when she decided to move once more - this time to another country, I thought that like most people, distance will make us eventually strangers and that I was going to lose her for good. I was wrong.

For almost two years, we’ve managed to communicate in so many ways. Emails, International SMS, Friendster even. Making the bond more solid. More in touch, and more personal. Recently, she went back home for a three week vacation and I could’ve just be happy for that. We got to hang out as often as we could and seeing her once again just made it clear how much I missed having her around. Pag kasama ko kasi siya, everything is soooo light. Puro kami kalokohan. But then like most vacations, it had to end. She went back to Bermy last Friday to fulfill her dream of becoming Bermy’s Next Top Model. Hehe. Pangga!!!! Goodluck ha, thanks for everything. You will definitely be missed.

My second sappy story is when another colleague and a very dear friend resigned last Thursday. She’s been on the company for seven glorious years and we’ve been really good friends for over a year now. Sayang no? We could’ve started hanging out on my first month pa lang before! We could’ve shared more. I can still remember how it all started, we were bonded by a common thing, yung staying late nights in the office – me doing my reports and you surfing the net kasi ayaw mong umuwi sa condo mo ng maaga for some reason! Also, yung urge to go to Baclaran pag Wednesdays. Hehehe.

She used to tell me na I am the cheerleader type kaya nahihiya siya sa akin at first. But the truth is, ikaw ang totoong cheerleader. You have cheered up so many people in the office by your funny antics and by simply being yourself. You’ve enlightened so many lives by being the good friend that you are. I know we’ll be seeing each other pa rin nman, but then again, iba pa rin yung you are a few workstations away. Hehe. Sana lang mag-install ka agad ng MSN sa lilipatan mo para tuloy-tuloy ang happenings natin. She taught me one very important lesson - Happiness is a choice. And since then, I have always lived up to that thought. Ma-mi-miss ka namin Katru! And all you descriptions. Hahaha.

Two goodbyes. I am both sad and happy for you girls. I know this is just a step towards fulfilling your individual hopes and dreams. And for that, I can only be as supportive. In the same way that you have been in some of my ‘moments’. Hehehe. I want to take this opportunity to wish you both well. Thank you din for everything you both have done to me. Like I said, families are not always biological and you two serve as good proofs for that. You’ve become more of a family to me all these years. And for that, I will forever be grateful.

And for that one hello, uhm, I also met someone this week. And this is all because of Ronald McDonald. In as much as I would like to elaborate, hindi na muna.. Masyado na tong mahaba. Hahaha. Joke. The funny thing is, we didn't know that we actually have a common friend all along. It was always nice to meet new people and gain new friends along the way. Not to replace to old ones but to be an addition to that ever growing circle.

p.s. That was the controversial Mcdo pic....

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Today, it felt like the sun shined all over me while it was raining pretty damn hard outside.

It all started two weeks ago with a simple text message.

“Please call Len/Lea to acknowledge the receipt of this message…..”

I wasn’t expecting it to happen. It’s been long since I’ve spoken to these people. Years even. And then, by some stoke of luck or fate, here they are trying to woo me over something that I have sooooooo wanted a very long time ago, but quite not sure of at present.

Truth is, I never really took anything seriously. For me, it was just one of those things, one of those random things that I’d do and go to, without really meaning or wanting it all the same. But then all that changed as soon as that day came, as soon as I arrived at the venue. Where a bunch of people, no less than 200, are trying to get their names up on the list. Trying to somehow get that particular slot, to get that specific number – any number that will allow them to be in the list. The very Elite list of 45. And as I stare as the commotion brought about by this number-hungry crowd, I found myself amazed, embarrassed and a little sleepy. I was lucky number 43.

Amazed because this was not how I usually spend my Saturdays. Mobbed by a group of people being asked if I am on the list, standing in front of a semi closed door, under the heat of the scorching sun. Embarrassed because I came there without any plans, expectations or even any preparation. Seeing people read their notes, utter words as if memorizing something, reading articles for review has made me feel a bit off already. Sleepy because I just came back in the country 24 hours ago, hosted a party about 12 hours ago and got only to sleep for a very short 4-hours. I wasn’t even done unpacking yet.

To say that I did embarrass myself even more by just standing there and wait for it to end would be quite stupid I realized. Considering how stiff the competition will be and how much people wanted it. I did what I have to do and simply did my very best – and by that I mean whatever it is that my tired body can still offer. I guess it is true what they say, if it’s due, it will really come hence, today.

I walked in all wet from the heavy downpours outside. I almost gave up, called them to cancel only to be given another extra hour to come in and see them. And for me, that was more than just a sign, or perhaps they are just being considerate. I wasn’t expecting anything for today. I remember simply being anxious. I wanted it to be done right away so that I can get on with my normal life, without having to think of anything else really. And then it happened. The moment when you walk into a room full of people, trying their best not to be intimidating. But with both of their eyes fixed on you as you enter the room, makes them all the more. In less than 10 minutes, I was able to prove myself, realized my worth and saw my future. I was handed a golden letter. Something that can change the numbers in my bank account, my career path, my social calendar and most of all my life.

I came there light hearted and empty handed. Now, I left the place confused, bothered, alarmed and dumb founded. I am still in shock. Do I really want this? Should I push through with it? I don’t know. I can’t think. I am lost.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

From My Mailbox

Once again, I found this really great story sent to me by a friend. Read on. May this inspire you in more ways than you can ever imagine! Stay happy everyone.


The Best Kind of Love
by Annette Paxman Bowen

I have a friend who is falling in love. She honestly claims the sky is bluer. Mozart moves her to tears. She has lost 15 pounds and looks like a cover girl. "I am young again!" she shouts exuberantly.

As my friend raves on about her new love, I've taken a good look at my old one. My husband of almost 20 years, Scott, has gained 15 pounds. Once a marathon runner, he now runs only down hospital halls. His hairline is receding and his body shows signs of long working hours and too many candy bars. Yet he can still give me a certain look across a restaurant table and I want to ask for the check and head home.

When my friend asked me "What will make this love last?" I ran through all the obvious reasons: commitment, shared interests, unselfishness, physical attraction, and communication.

Yet there's more. We still have fun. Spontaneous good times. Yesterday, after slipping the rubber band off the rolled newspaper, Scott flipped it playfully at me: this led to an all-out war. Last Saturday at the grocery, we split the list and raced each other to see who could make it to the checkout first. Even washing dishes can be a blast. We enjoy simply being together.

And there are surprises.

One time I came home to find a note on the front door that led me to another note, then another, until I reached the walk-in closet. I opened the door to find Scott holding a "pot of gold" (my cooking kettle) and the "treasure" of a gift package. Sometimes I leave him notes on the mirror and little presents under his pillow.

There is understanding.

I understand why he must play basketball with the guys. And he understands why, once a year, I must get away from the house, the kids - and even him - to meet my sisters for a few days of nonstop talking and laughing.

There is sharing.

Not only do we share household worries and parental burdens - we also share ideas. Scott came home from a convention last month and presented me with a thick historical novel. Though he prefers thrillers and science fiction, he had read the novel on the plane. He touched my heart when he explained it was because he wanted to be able to exchange ideas about the book after I'd read it.

There is forgiveness.

When I'm embarrassingly loud and crazy at parties, Scott forgives me. When he confessed losing some of our savings in the stock market, I gave him a hug and said, "It's okay. It's only money."

There is sensitivity.

Last week he walked through the door with that look that tells me it's been a tough day. After he spent some time with the kids, I asked him what happened. He told me about a 60-year old woman that had a stroke. He wept as he recalled the woman's husband standing beside her bed, caressing her hand. How was he going to tell this husband of 40 years that his wife would probably never recover? I shed a few tears myself.

Because of the medical crisis. Because there were still people who have been married 40 years. Because my husband is still moved and concerned after years of hospital rooms and dying patients.

There is faith.

Last Tuesday a friend came over and confessed her fear that her husband is losing his courageous battle with cancer. On Wednesday I went to lunch with a friend who is struggling to reshape her life after divorce. On Thursday a neighbor called to talk about the frightening effects of Alzheimer's disease on her father-in-law's personality. On Friday a childhood friend called long-distance to tell me her father had died. I hung up the phone and thought, This is too much heartache for one week.

Through my tears, as I went out to run some errands, I noticed the boisterous orange blossoms of the gladiolus outside my window. I heard the delighted laughter of my son and his friend as they played. I caught sight of a wedding party emerging from a neighbor's house. The bride, dressed in satin and lace, tossed her bouquet to her cheering friends. That night, I told my husband about these events. We helped each other acknowledge the cycles of life and that the joys counter the sorrows. It was enough to keep us going.

Finally, there is knowing.

I know Scott will throw his laundry just shy of the hamper every night; he'll be late to most appointments and eat the last chocolate in the box. He knows that I sleep with a pillow over my head.

I guess our love lasts because it is comfortable. No, the sky is not bluer: it's just a familiar hue. We don't feel particularly young: we've experienced too much that has contributed to our growth and wisdom, taking its toll on our bodies, and created our memories. I hope we've got what it takes to make our love last. As a bride, I had Scott's wedding band engraved with Robert Browning's line "Grow old along with me!"

We're following those instructions. "If anything is real, the heart will make it plain." There are some people who meet that somebody that they can never stop loving, no matter how hard they try. I wouldn't expect you to understand that, or even believe it, but trust me, there are some love that don't go away. And maybe that makes them crazy, but we should all be blessed to end up with that somebody who has a little of that insanity. Somebody who never lets go. Somebody who cherishes you forever.