In Personal

Do You Celebrate Birthdays?

This is a last-minute blog post before I head to the North for a vacation.

Why do we celebrate birthday anniversaries anyway? Do we really have to be reminded that we're a year older? Nowadays, my own birthday just depresses me and that's about it. On the 25th, I wish that there is nothing in the house to show that said day is another milestone in my life - another year gone by. So why do I not want to celebrate my birthday? I could come up with a lot of reasons or excuses for this such as “Sorry guys, I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning” or that it is a waste of money and energy, but the following are the deeper reasons.


The reason is not because I do not want to clean up the mess or wash a pile of dishes taller than me afterwards or that I am a grumpy gentleman. It is more of a personal perception and feeling. I personally do not enjoy the psychological aspect of these days. For example, I have a tiny feeling of displeasure over few people who only make contact on birthdays. Magtetext lang minsan sa isang taon dahil birthday mo at pag ire-reply mo ng “thanks”, magrereply siya, “k”. haha nakakasakit ng bangs!

Isa pa, the brief messages on the card that had been written by someone else or forwarded text quotes about birthdays (na inipon niya sa inbox as template para i-send sa kung kanino mang may birthday) are, on few occasions, a bit irrelevant, inappropriate, NOT germane to, or perfectly reflective of the sender’s actual feelings for the celebrant. It is even worse when you know that they gave you a card or memento out of a sense of duty or social obligation. Nakakainis din minsan kung yong text na greeting sayo ay meron ka na non sa inbox mo para isend din sa ibang may birthday haha. If you are important and you mean something to these few people, this should be apparent throughout your life at hindi lang one text a year (dapat nagtitext sila ng magagandandang quotes para may pang-forward ka din sa iba, OR pinapasahan ka ng load, OR nagcocomment sila sa mga wall posts mo) haha!.....


Birthdays are meant to mark our ages. When we were young, excited tayo na i-celebrate ang ating birthday kasi we get to receive a handful of presents, mostly toys at pag pera ang regalo, kukunin ni mommy at isi-safekeep nya raw muna baka mawala until you’ll forget about it na. When we get too old for presents, birthdays are celebrated so that our relatives and friends can make fun of us for being old grrrr! Besides, I think having a birthday  party is just an excuse to eat, drink and be merry at the expense of the person whose birthday is being celebrated . Kesyo dapat ang celebrant ang mag-treat, mag painom or something else.


Birthdays are mere reminders that one is getting older and i don’t find a sane reason to celebrate aging/ageing (ano ba tamang spelling? haha). An older relative may even tell you this familiar line “you should be more serious now since you're already (insert your age here)”

Speaking of older relatives, another reason is because of the frustrating habit people have of partitioning you at certain ages. For instance, at 18 or 21 you are supposed to get the key to adulthood. At 22, “you should have a decent employment by now”. At 30, “it is time to settle down”. At 40, “why are you not married yet?” At 50, “you should have enough money for your early retirement by now” At 65, “dapat bonnga ang farmhouse mo” At 70, “pagandahan ng personal nurse”

A mentor once told me that, when you reach the age of 20, on average you will have 2,600 weekends left to experience in life. His recommendation was that you put the same number of marbles in a jar and pick one out at the end of each weekend. The goal is, when picking out the marble, you should reflect on how well you had performed during that weekend and resolve to do better during the remaining marble weeks.

Isa pa, I am not really comfortable being the center of attention. Minsan may program pa and as part of it, they would ask you to stand in front to either make a speech or tell everybody your birthday wish habang halos mabulag ka sa dami ng camera flashes haha bongga! I also am not comfy about the premise that you have to be really happy just because it's your birthday ... eh what if you had a bad day dahil halimbawa you were awakened because you fell off the bed (eh double-deck sya at sa taas ka natutulog) OR while climbing down the stairs you were reading greetings and text messages and your Iphone slipped off your hand and got smashed to pieces OR ikaw ang nadulas and you hit your head against the staircase at nabitawan mo ang phone mo?

Lastly, I am not happy to be constantly reminded that my life is not being spent efficiently or to its fullest. I’ll do better next year and make GIANT steps forward to make amends for my mistakes or for the delays brought about by procrastination and sluggishness. I know there are a lot of things to catch up on but on my birthday anniversary, I prefer to just open my eyes in the morning, thank God and my parents, and treat the day as ordinary and enjoy it for what it is and what it brings.

Thanks for your time and Happy holidays!

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In Lifehack Personal


Goosefraba.. What does it mean?

It is a soothing sound Eskimo mothers would whisper in order to sooth their young ones.

Have you seen the movie "Anger Management" with Jack Nickelson and Adam Sandler? There's a part there where one in the anger management class speaks the word "goose fra-ba" over and over (kind of like a zen thing) to bring him back down and calm his nerves. Well I've been doing my own version of goose fraba-ing.

So, when things go wrong as they sometimes will, when you're upset, depressed, when you figured in an untimely and unanticipated breakup, or simply feeling fear, anxiety, despair, guilt, apathy, grief, or what many people would describe as typical "sadness" or other negative emotions, try to relax, close your eyes, take a deep deep breath and while you slowly exhale, say "GOOOOOOOOOSE FRABA" Do this at least five times and feel differently.

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In Personal

Love is Passion

Love is passion, obsession, someone you can't live without. If you don't start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I'm not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you'll come back. Because the truth is, there is no sense living your life without going thru this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love - well, you haven't lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived. Stay open. Who knows? Lightning could strike.

-William Parrish. Excerpt from the movie Meet Joe Black

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In Mobile Phone

Globe Super-Unli

Globe has a NEW promo which they call, Globe Tattoo Super-Unli. When a globe user subscribes to this service, he'll enjoy unlimited texting AND calling to Globe/TM for only P150 for 5 days.

Now you're free to connect non-stop with friends, anytime and anyway you want to. To SUBSCRIBE to Super-Unli:

Simply text SUPER150 to 2824, and you'll enjoy unlimited texts to Globe / TM for 5 days. To make unlimited calls, change the 0 to 238 at the start of the Globe / TM number you are calling (eg 2389171234567).

This service is available for Globe Prepaid, Tattoo Prepaid and Postpaid subscriber.
According to Globe, the promo period is from September 19 - November 17, 2009.

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In Computers Personal

How Could I be Computer-less?

How could i be computerless? This is a cute and hilarious music video that i've seen at youtube few days ago. With this clip, i was teasing my brother because he lent his macbook to my sister who flew to Ireland for another echelon of scholastic endeavor. The music video illustrates how the singer's life became extremely miserable being computerless.

Funny thing is, morning of 26 October 2009, i was turning my laptop on to check my emails but it did not. I ticked the power button once again... the lights merely blinked then went off again. Thinking that it was just a RAM problem, I opened the memory modules then replaced them, checked the physique of the harddisk, power supply etc. but to no avail. Being someone educated in computer hardware, i knew right away that the motherboard is the culprit. It figured in a hardware breakdown.

While feeling weakened and depressed, i ransacked my room to find and check the warranty papers provided by HP. To my surprise the warranty has expired just a month ago. I forgot to extend it to three years. Having learned a lesson from this harrowing experience, I advise you guys not to forget getting your toys extended warranty for the obvious reason that hardware failures commence to happen when gadget reaches one year or older.

When my brother arrived home from work, I welcomed him at the door by saying, "now i can join you in singing, how could i be computerless" haha. Motherboard for laptops costs an arm and a leg and it will take a minimum of two weeks to order a replacement from HP Canada where this laptop was originally purchased. Treat your laptop well especially when it is your primary tool of trade.

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