Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world...

One of the things I like about eh movie LOVE ACTUALLY is the beginning of this film: Hugh Grant's monologue.

Watch below to find out:

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world,

I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport.

General opinion makes out that we live in a world of hatred and greed

I don't see that.

Seems to me that love is everywhere.

Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy but it's always there.

Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives,

boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends.

When the planes hit the Twin Towers,

none of the phone calls from people on board were messages of hate or revenge,

they were all messages of love.

lf you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually...

...is all around.


Rice Reduction

Percy, one of the engineers here at the office, has stopped eating rice for over 2 years now. He replaces the missing carbo by munching on bread, white or whole-wheat.

"Di mo ba namimiss ang kanin?"

"Hindi po," he replied.

He had lost 20-30lbs from this change of lifestyle.

Ayie, one of my staff, was a hefty 160 pounder before he started dieting via portioning his rice from his dish and refraining from softdrinks. He is now 140lbs.

No diet pills, no magic gadgets, none of that crap being sold at Home-TV-Shopping.

Just old-fashioned self-control.

So how do these stories relate to me?

Well, I hope I'll be able to give you good news after 2 months.



You're damn right I'm going to watch this movie!


Hero ng Bayan

The missus always had the upperhand when our discussion led to which university/college was the best. She would boast, "Bakit ba laging taga-UP ang kinukuha pag guest sociologist/psychologist, etc. when it comes to local talk shows? Wala na bang iba?"

A graduate of UP, the manner with which she says it is as if a patch of cloud went underneath her feet to levitate her a few inches up, a feeling that I observed similarly from Chico and Del who finished from the same university as well.

My life was going to be endless "UP is the best" cheers ringing in my ears until, finally, my day of reckoning arrived.

It was a Wed morning so I tuned our radio to 89.9WTM for the weekly "Forbidden Questions" talk show by DJ Mo. His guest, Hero Angeles, reported to have been a product of UP. His manner of speaking was very humble, likewise his English so much so that about 10-12 callers to the radio station requested (read: PLEADED) that Hero talk in Tagalog "kase di namen maintindihan ang pag-English nya."

But Hero, tried as he might, fell repeatedly into the English death-trap ---much to the embarassed giggling of the missus. You should've seen me teasing the missus relentlessly as Hero tried sentence after sentence to make sense, much like my Chinese vendors whom I always asked to draw on the whiteboard what they were desperately trying to say.

All I can say is, thank you Hero. For the missus has felt the ground again (and hard). :)


Pop! Goes My Heart

I can't seem to get over this song from the movie, "Music And Lyrics." A nice film in case you haven't watched it.

Doesn't Hugh Grant in this video remind you of Mig Ayesa?



I'm currently reading this book, "The 1st Time Manager" and came across the EQ chapter. I never knew the specific definition of EQ until I came across it in this book. Here's how it was explained:



The missus and I were able to renovate the bathroom a couple of weeks back. Choosing and buying each and every detail was a very meticulous process, much to the satisfaction of Home Depot and Handyman.

But our "efforts" were paid handsomely in the end: a bathroom which is better than that of any hotel (that the missus has ever been into).

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