Happy New Year 2009!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009
A year from now
Where will you be a year from now? Where would you most like to be?
There is so much you've learned and experienced on your journey to this day. Imagine what you can now do with it all.

This new year is a grand opportunity, filled with promise and possibilities. Choose now the very best of those possibilities, and know that you have the power to bring them to life.

You will spend this coming year moving in one direction or another. Commit now to making that direction the one that will take you toward what you sincerely desire.

Life in each moment is influenced by your presence and participation. As this new year unfolds, continue to make that influence a positive and fulfilling one.

Consider today where you would like to be a year from now. For now is the beginning of the year in which you can truly make it happen.

-- Ralph Marston
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    Sheryl Nome - Shinkuu no Diamond Crevasse
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Unenthused and uninspired

There are days when I am utterly uninspired... and the past two days were just that. I couldn't scrape together even an ounce of enthusiasm for my work. I just stared mindlessly at my P&IDs, marking up and away without really making any deeper effort at analyzing the system. I spent nights just watching various shows on my laptop, ignoring the fact that, even though I had just thoroughly cleaned my house the past week, clutter was again accummulating in haywire amounts everywhere. I bought a Christmas tree, but up to now I've yet to put it up. Gifts still remain unwrapped, with me preferring to sleep over taking care of fixing them up. I'm not even interested in starting up conversations with my project teammates at work, reverting back to my usual aloof and withdrawn self.

But I'm hoping that this cycle of "unentusiasm" is finally over, and tomorrow I can become the driven, interested, and happy person I'm envisioning right now.

Anyway, a little update on today. Had a birthday lunch (disguised as a farewell get-together) for Tin2 today at the Hard Rock Cafe. We got together for lunch, under the pretense that it was a send-off party for Joms, who's leaving tomorrow for a short vacation back home. But we surprised Tin2 by springing the "Hard Rock Happy-Birthday-clap-your-hands-sing-while-the-staff-serve-that-delicious-dessert-with-a-sparkler-on-top" number reserved by Hard Rock for birthday celebrant customers. It was nice =)

Cleaned up my cluttered desk, since I had the most disheveled desk in our project area hehe. Did some quick Christmas shopping with yukiaime. And what else? I think that's all..

Maybe tomorrow will be more interesting... hopefully.

October the 1st!

Yep, I like to mark the months like that... Today is October the 1st! (Don't worry if you don't get me. I'm weird like that.)

Anyway, I like how this day turned out. It's all gray and drizzly here in Yokohama today, but strangely I felt perky and cheery all day. I guess it helped that almost everyone in our project is a little crazy. Hahaha.

Although being chatty all the time in the office doesn't help my productivity at all. Hehe. But pareho lang din naman, kung wala naman akong kadaldalan malamang malaki pa rin yung lost efficiency sa pagiging antukin ko hehe. But okay, okay, I'll do my best to be more focused tomorrow. But I'm planning on wearing a skirt tomorrow, and it's not my usual attire to the office (shaving legs takes too much trouble!), so probably that won't be helping my focus much hahaha. I'll just do my best to pretend that I wear skirts all the time, no biggie hahaha.

This will be my last month in my current project, though. I'm being transferred to another project by November. I'll definitely miss my current project team mates. I've never had a crazier group to work with hahaha.

Most of us will be demobilized by end of December (One already left. I consider him already gone from the PJ, even though he supposedly just went on a short site assignment. He himself isn't sure he'll be able to come back lol!). It's been a blast working with all of them (naks! parang nagpapaalam na), and definitely, I learned a lot. I'll be looking forward to my farewell party... hahahah! Joke! Joke! Pero hindi rin masama kung meron nga hehe ;)
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    chipper chipper
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Current Fave Song...

by Five for Fighting

Got a package full of Wishes
A Time machine,
a Magic Wand
A Globe made out of Gold
No Instructions or Commandments
Laws of Gravity or Indecisions to uphold
Printed on the box I see
A.C.M.E.'s Build-a-World-to-be
Take a chance - Grab a piece
Help me to believe it

What kind of world do you want? Think Anything
Let's start at the start Build a masterpiece
Be careful what you wish for
History starts now...

Should there be people or peoples
Money, Funny pedestals for Fools who never pay
Raise your Army - Choose your Steeple
Don't be shy, the satellites can look the other way

Lose the Earthquakes - Keep the Faults
Fill the oceans without the salt
Let every Man own his own Hand

What kind of world do you want
Think Anything
Let's start at the start
Build a masterpiece
Be careful what you wish for
History starts now...

Sunlight's on the Bridge
Sunlight's on the Way
Tomorrow's Calling There's more to this than Love

What Kind of world do you want
What Kind of world do you want
What Kind of world do you want
Think Anything
Let's start at the start
Build a masterpiece
History Starts Now

Be careful what you wish for
Start Now
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Staying Informed

I just got back from a dinner-chat session with a fellow Pinay who lives in the same apartment building as me. And during the course of the evening, we got to talking about Japan and World War II, which eventually led to the United States and Bush, and Blair and China and all that.

And all the discussion got me to thinking that maybe I've been avoiding reading news and current events too much. I think I stopped reading the newspapers maybe 2 or 3 years ago. Only the occasional Internet news links would make it to my reading list.

But that somewhat lively discussion with my friend this evening made me realize how much I've been shielding myself from all that's happening in the world. There's so much transpiring all around me right now that I'm not even aware of. And the degree to which I've successfully implemented a "news blackout" on myself... it somewhat alarmed me today haha.

So I'm thinking.. okay... I should really make an effort to read at least some current events from now on. It wouldn't hurt to keep pace with world events, esp. when everything seems already well down the path toward going global. It wouldn't hurt to keep myself informed. It would be less alarming for me, at the least hehe.

Geeking before Work

Yes, I'm supposed to be getting ready for work right now. And yes, I'm doing just exactly the opposite of that. I'm sitting here in front of my laptop, blogging. The issues I have to deal with today are turning themselves around in my head. I guess I'm just trying to gather up the momentum to surge ahead through my today and deal with all of them.

Anyway, some inane blabbering before I sign off. Has anyone heard of the Standard theory? I've heard it described as the most accurate/precise scientific theory around. Being described thus, I wonder why I never learned of it in any of my science classes. The theory seeks to understand the concept of mass... why photons are virtually massless but neutrons and protons are so heavy. It presents the concept of the Higgs field, which is made up of Higgs bosons, to explain the why's and how's of mass. I won't explain it here anymore cause I don't feel I know enough to be able to tell you about it clearly.

But really, it puzzles me why I just heard about this theory yesterday. It's one of the more fundamental theories, isn't it?

Haha... okay.. no, I'm not drunk. I'm just writing down one of the things wandering around in my head. Anyway, okay, time to get ready for work..

Wanting Miyazaki

It being one of those rare days I got to leave the office early, I took the time to do some quick window-shopping. And I came upon this shop in Landmark, which I hadn't seen before. Upfront it looked like it sold toys and stuff for little children. But to my delight I found that it carried various and numerous Ghibli paraphernalia... from Totoro furoshikis, puzzles, key chains, bento bags, pendulum wall clocks, towels, bedroom slippers,... to delicate Totoro tea cups, that famous Laputa necklace, glow-in-the-dark Kodamas, Kiki wind chimes, Ghibli art books, everything!

The art books especially reminded me of the wonderful times I had watching Miyazaki's creations. Crying while watching Nausicaa of the Valley of the Lost, caught in the whirlwind adventures in The Return of the Cat, spellbound by the Oscar award-winning movie, Sprited Away, enchanted by the simple happiness felt while watching My Neighbor Totoro, and caught in the magic of Howl's Moving Castle.

I also realized, however, that I'd forgotten some of the parts from Miyazaki's movies; can't remember anymore how some of the storylines went.

So now I'm feeling the want to experience all the Miyazaki goodness again. Gimme Totoro, Laputa, Mimi wo Sumaseba... Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Return of the Cat! I wanna watch them all again! (^_^)
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    Something About You - Five for Fighting
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Quote of the Day

"All that the salvation of the world requires is the intelligent pursuit of our own self-interests..."

That one's from Robert Wright. I like the way it nudges me to lean back and look at things from a different perspective.

Be selfish and save the world. That's a new one. Or maybe not. With a little bit of thinking, I suppose some of us could arrive at the same conclusion.

If you want to know what I'm talking about, check out this talk he gave at TED.