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Home Sick

Today, I missed work. All the parties and traveling I did this December have taken its toll on me. While it's nice to sleep for as long as I want, I don't feel good about taking a sick leave. This is the first time I skipped work due to fever and colds, wah! Fever and colds are among the ailments which I do not consider as enough reason for me not to work but I have just succumbed to them. I don't really avail of sick leaves unless I am physically incapable of working. Today is such day. I woke up feeling hot, swollen tonsils, headache and a running nose. There was just no way I could work without messing up. I'd probably just spend the day sleeping on my desk and ignoring everyone so it's really not a good idea. I did take some meds and applied Katinco on myself before sleeping last night. I slept at around 8pm. I know that's pretty early and should have given me some time to recover, but I do not feel any better. Anyway, I would like to remain positive and …

A Frap from God

I’ve been trying to be frugal over the past couple of weeks and that means – refraining from spending on food, athletic gear, plane tickets, travels , my favorite coffee frap, basically anything that is not essential. I really couldn’t afford to spend anyway. But you know, God has been so good as I’ve been getting some amazing freebies – like a free trip to Bicol, a part –time job, free meals, soups, early birthday gifts, etc. My birthday is next month but I’ve been bugging/coercing some nice people in my life into giving me presents and they’ve been so understanding, thus my early birthday treats. Hehehe!
Yesterday morning, I found myself craving for an Espresso frap from Starbucks. I know I should not spend on one and so I found myself whispering to God for a free frap as I was preparing for work and guess what?! A few hours later, someone from work approached me and told me I just saved his ass. I was so surprised. I had no idea what he was talking about. I asked him what I did and…

A Time For Giving Back – SYOUT’s Jollibee Adventure

It was another Sykes Outdoor (SYOUT) activity, but instead of our usual escapade of exploring mountains, running on races or what other sweat-inducing activity our imaginative minds can conjure, we convened for a different purpose. This time around, we set off to another unfamiliar terrain to show our gratitude for a wonderful and adventure-filled year.
Our goal, just as tricky as planning for a climb - was to bring joy to the children who live in the reclamation area in Pasig city. The mechanic was to drop-by their area one morning and randomly pick-up kids ages 5-7 and surprise them with a Jollibee Kiddie party. It was what our group had unanimously agreed upon due to the limited time and conflicting schedules we had. This concept was pretty similar to what Oprah did in her show in which she performed random acts of kindness to complete strangers.
The only nagging question in our minds was – how do we go about walking into their territory and convince the little ones and their parent…

My Wishlist

If you plan to give me something for my birthday, Christmas or anything, strain your brain no more. Just check out the list of my favorite things in random order! :) Hehe! I don't like surprises anyway. Oh, I am not so materialistic, you can just give me a hug or big smile. 

Anything from Nike
Anything from Deuter
Anything green
Anything from Eagle Creek or Pacsafe
Anything football related - jersey, hanky, pillow, (don't give me the soccer ball stuffed toy, I have a lot of those na..hehehe)
Waterproof pouch
AAA Thunder batteries from Handyman in Robinson's Pioneer
Anything I can use for mountain climbing, running
Starbucks GC
Powerbooks GC
Chocolate Chip Cookies from Mrs. Field or Starbucks
Milk Chocolate Digestives from Marks and Spencer
Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
Original DVD ng Goal 2
Cristiano Ronaldo poster
Lotion - mahilig ako sa lotion! hehehe
Dark chocolates
Magnets
Ballpen - black - fine point - any brand
External Hardrive
Anything about sharks
Duct Tape - p…

Encounter with Giddy Girl

As I was about to leave the office pantry after devouring my enjoyable solo lunch, I ran into a girl who looked so excited, it sparked my curiosity. She asked the lady at the counter where I bought my food about a certain package that was left for her. At first I thought it was just an Avon product she bought from someone but she acted so excited about it, I knew it had to be more than that.
And so, I decided to stay a bit and eavesdrop.
The lady brought out this huge box wrapped in glittery red paper and handed it to the giddy girl. Ohhh, a present! Giddy girl started ripping off the paper and was giggling while doing it. I felt myself gravitate towards her huge present as I can’t stand unopened gifts. Nonchalantly, I asked giddy girl if it was her birthday and was it a present from a friend? Despite her intense enthusiasm over her present, she managed to blurt out a single word that was enough to make me feel as giddy as she felt. – “Monthsary!”, was the word that escaped her lips. I…

First Trail Run Attempt in Pico De Loro

When I told my mom I was going "jogging" in Cavite at 4:30am on a Saturday morning, she wailed. She thinks my legs are too big and muscular already for me and my 4’11 height and that I may not get a boyfriend in this lifetime because certain parts of me are bigger than that of a normal guy’s. I don’t blame her for being so concerned. Since I was in high school, she’s seen me go home with blood on my clothes, wounds on my legs, bruises everywhere. There were times that I couldn’t even walk normally due to extreme body pain brought by football and mountain climbing. I thought she would have gotten used to it by now but apparently, mothers never really get over this sort of thing.


I tried to console her by telling her that exercise is good and that I’m going to be with  friends from college who are also my backpacking and mountaineering companions. There’s something about my friend Jules that radiates a sense of responsibility that most parents would trust their children with h…