Friday, November 30, 2007

Birthdays and Murphy's Law

The ultimately pessimistic Murphy's Law says
"Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong at the most inopportune time."
So, when is the most inopportune time for all of hell to break out of the proverbial Pandora's box? I suppose, for a lot of people, it would be their birthdays. Yeah, you know, that one day in the year that you firmly believe is yours despite the fact that you probably share it with, like, 19,125,683 other people in the world.

But really, that's not my point.

On November 22, my brother celebrated his 26th birthday and Murphy's Law decided to pay him its usual birthday visit. There was a typhoon, the car he was using broke down and had to be towed, and my mom and I came home late with his birthday dinner cause of horrendously heavy traffic in Makati. You'd think that despite his birthday track record, he'd be used to bad luck on his birthday. His birthday mishaps has ranged from not getting picked up from school (he was in kinder) to falling off a horse (Tagaytay, when he turned 11) to having an infected ingrown toenail that needed to be operated on(when he turned 21). But, I guess, having a lousy birthday never gets old.

Yesterday, Ivan celebrated his birthday amidst the national crisis of coup d'etat and lousy gray weather. He left the house right before it started raining and got soaked. The people whom he was supposed to celebrate with couldn't come because of the coup and to top everything off, we couldn't stay out too late because of the curfew. Again, despite the fact that he had lousy birthdays before because of storms and such, I suppose it must have sucked to be ODed on Murphy's Law.

But, when things go infuriatingly wrong, there's also a saying that when you've hit rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up (and what's more "rock bottom" than becoming the poster child for Murphy's Law on your birthday?) My dad came home from Cagayan Valley and the family had a luxurious lunch at the Manila Penn to celebrate my brother's birthday on November 25. He got money to construct enough fishtanks to make our house look like a mini version of Ocean Park, Hong Kong and he seems to be doing much better now.

On the other hand, today, Ivan and I went out on a date. We went for a dip in the condo, we had lunch at Fazoli's, his favorite restaurant, and we had his favorite frappe from McCafe. It was a long afternoon date that I hope made him feel better about the birthday gift Trillanes gave him.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Sexy Test: I Scored 46

I swear, the birthday of the person who made this falls on September, but I still scored pretty well, so here ya go! ^_^ I put an (x) beside my answers. Oh, I didn't make the two minutes, though. I wonder if I'll still have good luck. LOL.

GET A PIECE OF PAPER AND PENCIL NUMBER IT 1-11 (NO CHEATING) SEE YOUR RESULTS AT THE END OF THE TEST.

1 .WHAT SHADE OF HAIR DO YOU HAVE?
a) dark (x)
b) light
c) middle

2. OUT ON A DATE WOULD YOU WANT TO:

a) go to a party
b) go out to eat (x)


3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR OUT OF:

a) pink
b) yellow
c) blue
d) turquoise (x)

4. PICK YOUR FAVOURITE HOBBY OUT OF:

a) talking
b) dancing
c) taking long walks (x)

5. IF YOU COULD PICK A STORE OUT OF THE FOLLOWING, WHICH WOULD IT BE?

a) Hollister
b) Old Navy (x)
c) Abercrombie

6 . WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE OUT OF THE FOLLOWING?

a) Hawaii
b) London (x)
c) Florida

7 . IN THE SUMMER WOULD YOU RATHER GO...

a) to the beach
b) somewhere cooler (x)

8. WHAT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY MONTH?

a) January
b) February
c) March
d) April
e) May
f) June
g) July
h) August
i) September
j) October
k) November (x)
l) December

9. WOULD YOU RATHER:

a) chill at home (x)
b) go out with friends

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE INSTRUMENT OUT OF:

a) guitar (x)
b) bass guitar
c) drums
d) the triangle

11. NAME A PERSON OF THE OPPOSITE SEX
Ivan


* *ANSWERS** ^_^

1 .
a) dark= sexy [5points]
b) light = sweet [2 points]
c) in the middle=hot hot hot[5 points]

2.
a) go to a party = playful [2 points]
b) go out to eat = romantic [5 points]

3.
a) pink = cute [2]
b) yellow = loud [3]
c) baby-blue = cool [5]
d) turquoise = sexy [5]

4.
a) Talking = active [2]
b) Dancing = determined [2]
c) Taking Long Walks = daring [5]

5.
a) Hollister = tasteful [7]
b) Old Navy= laid back [9]
c) Abercrombie= stylish [5]

6.
a) hawaii = you like being around people [2]
b) London = You are quiet, and like the cold [2]
c) florida = You like to party! [5]

7.
a) beach = tan, likes the sun [5]
b) somewhere cooler = pale and original [2]

8.
a) January = popular [5]
b) February = lovely [2]
c) March = rebellious [5]
d) April = playful [5]
e) May = happy [5]
f) june = chills a lot [2]
g) July = smooth [3]
h) August = fun [5]
i) September = lovein that heat [10]
j) October = out-going [3]
k) November = pimpin' it [5]
l) December = warm [3]

9.
a) home = quiet, romantic [3]
b) go out with friends =crazy [5]

10.
a) guitar = eye-catching [5]
b) bass-guitar = mellow [2]
c) Drums = crazy [5]
d) Triangle = simple [2]

11. This person will fall in LOVE with you!

SCORES!!!!

UP TO 17= LOUSY GET A LIFE MAN

18-20=OKAY

21-35 = Rather SEXY!

36+=REA AAAAAAALLLLLLY HOTT... SEXY !!

NOW REPOST THIS IN THE NEXT 2 MINUTES AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK WITH
YOUR ANSWER FOR NUMBER 11.

REPOST AS: " SEXY TEST I SCORED ___

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Contradiction?

I was forcing myself to get through my last two minutes on the stepper at the gym yesterday when I remembered something the priest said during his Sunday homily. In so many words, he criticized people for being afraid of death as death is currently the only way for a Christian to go to Heaven (that and the second coming, but we don't know when that's happening, do we?). He surmised that people tried to "stay young" because they were afraid of facing the idea of death. He then said that concepts like anti-aging, age-defying and going to the gym were testaments of how people are afraid of death. He said that doing such things were signs that people did not want to die because their desire for Heaven is not strong enough.

But, to be honest, I think the priest missed the point of the "theme" of Sunday's readings (2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:16 - 3:5) and Gospel (Luke 20:27-38). I think the message of the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time is that enduring suffering and dying in the name of faith, martyrdom, is glorious. Paul encourages the faithful to endure and pray and look forward to the day that they are delivered from those who persecute them. Suffering and dying for your faith as the seven brothers and mother in the first reading did is glorious and would take one to Heaven; purposelessly dying does not do that. To stress my point, I quote Paul from the second reading.

"Brothers and sisters, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may speed forward and be glorified, as it did among you, and that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people, for not all have faith."

If God wanted us to suffer, if we were meant to suffer, why would Paul ask for deliverance from the unfaithful persecutors? Even Jesus asked for deliverance as he agonized in Gethsemane, thinking about his oncoming sacrifice. As for "staying young" and seeking death, it's also in the Bible that our bodies are temples of the Spirit. I believe we have the responsibility to take care of this temple, both physically and spiritually.

To end this, I will quote what Jesus said in the gospel.

"Even Moses made known in the passage about the bush, when he called 'Lord' the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive."


That said, while it is not wrong to die for Christ, we should not seek for death. So long as it is not yet our intended time and day to return to him, we should strive to LIVE for Christ. We should take care of ourselves so we are able to fulfill our mission given to us during the "Great Commission". We were not born simply to die, we are born to glorify our Creator.

At least, these are the things I believe.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Workplace related Sevens

I got these from the November issue of Readers' Digest and thought they were interesting. While I'm not sure how applicable they are to the Filipino workplace, I thought it would be good to share the tips anyway.

7 Rules to live by when using your work computer

Know your company's computer use policy and comply with it.

Assume that you're being monitored and behave accordingly.

Never bad-mouth your company online.

Don't use personal email accounts or post to a blog.

Avoid transmitting any message that could embarrass you or others if made public

Don't think instant messaging is less permanent than email.

When surfing the Web, never click on something flagged NSFW (not safe for work).

I only know of two or three companies that monitor the online habits of their staff. The article this list came with cited examples of people getting fired for their seemingly "harmless" activity. It's a fun read. While Filipino bosses are generally more tolerant, it's always a good idea to be safe and informed.

The ironic thing about this is that half of the people who will read this post will be doing so at work. LOL.

Okay, onto the next seven. Well, seven days to be exact. It's from the RDYou section of the same issue. The title of the article is "Which is the best day..." and relays which days are most suitable for which office activity.

Monday - Delegating, organizing, and setting goals

Tuesday - Online job hunting

Wednesday - Brainstorming sessions and projection of future plans

Thursday - Ask co-workers for things, ask for a raise

Friday - Confrontation of colleagues with grievances, be more cautious

weekend - well... rest.

That said, I will wait for Tuesday to resume looking for a job.

Note: Above are merely key points in the RD articles they came from. I suggest you read the actual article from the magazine. ^_^