Saturday, January 23, 2010

Survival MODE

Wilhelmina Slater (Editor-in-Chief of MODE Magazine) and Betty Suarez (the ex-assistant to Daniel Meade, just got recently promoted as Features Editor) having a conversation at the Meade Publications steam room.

Wilhelmina: Already enjoying the perks, i see?

Betty: Oh! Hello wilhelmina. It's been uh, a rough day.

Wilhelmina: I hope you're not expecting a pet dog.

Betty: No, no, Oh God, no.

Wilhelmina: Good.

Betty: Uhm, being an editor, It's more complicated than I imagined.

Wilhelmina: We're really gonna do this? Wake up and smell the aromatherapy, Betty. Being an assistant is bootcamp. Being an editor is war. You have your allies, you have your enemies. Oftentimes you can't tell which is which.

Betty: Sorta feels like I have more enemies than allies right now.

Wilhelmina: (Smiled and made a short chuckle) Yes you do. Oh and by the way, malaria? Really? Like I'd ever put disease written poor people in the pages of this magazine.

Betty: How did you know about that?

Wilhelmina: I know everything.

Betty: Oh, (paused) how does one survive?

Wilhelmina: You look after yourself. If it means screwing over everyone else, so be it. (Stands up)

Betty: What if you're not that kind of a person?

Wilhelmina: Well then, you change. Or you'll be eaten alive.

** In one way or another, we find ways on how to survive. At first, we do it our way. Other people may see it as lame, weak, or at times, blunt. With both of our ears open we have no choice but to hear them. We hear and look deep into ourselves and have a rain check. Listening is another part of the story. I mean, we could try. But when we look in front of the mirror one day, and don't like what we see because of what we became, that's the time when we fall apart.

Friday, January 15, 2010


See, Thursday is the last day of my work week (at least for the next three months), so that is also the day I could go anywhere before heading straight home. So yesterday, since it's a Thursday I decided to stay a while and eat out with friends, walk slowly, and not be pissed about anything rush. After the 20-minute MRT ride from Ayala to North Station, I thought about taking a look at some shoe stores in Trinoma, which I got a little surprised was not too crowded that day.

I headed to the tech area, which I always visit each time I go there, and hopped to the nearest escalator and went one level up. My next stop was at Powerbooks (which makes me question again why the hell there isn't a Fully Booked store in that mall) and checked if there's any new Mr. Coelho books I am not aware about.

Instead I saw a book, which picture is at the right side, and took it. I was like, "hmmmm." I was reminded about the author's very famous piece, Tuesdays with Morrie and the day that that book landed on my hands and when I started flipping on it's pages. Each chapter of Tuesdays with Morrie felt like an experienced person is reading it to me, or more like sharing his experiences with me. That's one magical piece.

Mitch Albom's latest book - Have a Little Faith - like his earlier work, is based on his own experiences. As I have already read it's first few chapters, it talks about two religious men from two different worlds, that has significantly made a huge impact on the author's life as he shares it with it's readers. His earlier work made me think about what is happening in and around me at some factors of life. This one will surely take care of the "some" that still need to be thought about.

Life needs not to be complicated much than it already is. Glad that there are some workpieces like this one, and craftsmen behind these beautiful works that did not hesitate about taking the time and effort in finding ways on how to extend the experiences that they've had.

As I enjoy my reading over a cup of black coffee.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Another Round


I never really am a fan of resolutions. I know I would not be able to follow them anyway. But here's the deal, I thought that it wouldn't necessarily mean that you're going to change something that you used to do. It can also be something that you want to start doing. So that's what i'm going to make a list of.

BLOG - Yeah. You see, I have been thinking about how to bust that damn stress off. Maybe I could try.

PHOTOGRAPHS - I've always been a fan. Also one way to relieve stress. (Am I really that stressful?)

SAVE - Surely I have had tried my very best to do so, millions of times before. Shopping is a real enemy. Everybody knows that.

PLACES - Subic and Tagaytay. Those are the only two places that I have visited (Aside from manila - where I work, and Bulacan - where I live). I don't wanna start thinking how big of a loser I look to be.

So there, I kept the list short to make it as believable as possible. It is indeed a new year for us. For most people it could be a brand new start, a new beginning. For some, the reset button has been, once again, pushed; and the hourglass turned around. Life simply goes on. And on.


I wondered, "am I being productive enough?" The question just popped out of nowhere and I started to play things in my mind. I have a job that keeps me busy most of the time, I spend my rest days mostly at home to make up with the stress of the whole week and get back to work once it is over, and..... that's it! Geez, I never realized that things are getting so much into a routine. My brain should get rusty and dusty in no time.

Then I thought of, what about making a blog? Geez, that was super. lol.

With this one, I'll try my very best for my blog entries not to be dramatic, self-centered, mysterious, and annoying. Of course I have had my blog entries on multiply, and as I re-read them, I questioned myself, "was I drunk while making these entries?" lol.

Anything under the sun. Just to keep my mind working (cos I don't feel like it is, lately).