Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Jolly Good Fellows

For He's A Jolly Good Fellow: To my supervisor, Rhaleigh. HE will be leaving our company, and will be living abroad, in Australia. Good luck boss!
For He's A Jolly Good Fellow: To Jowell, good luck sir. We will miss your horse playing at the office.
For She's A Jolly Good Fellow: To KJ, I really don't know you that well, but hey, good luck!
Which Nobody Can't Deny.

3 people will be leaving our group. And no one will replace them. I mean, their job will be given to another person. Sooner or later, that other person will leave.

So how will you guys deal with these lost? Yes, our company will survive without them. But there's a problem that you're not solving. Sooner or later, more people will leave our group. Sooner or later, everyone will be burnt out. We already lost 8 people just this year. And i promise you this, a couple more will leave before the year ends. I'm sad that this is happening in our company. Our company that I once loved. A teambuilding activity will not solve this problem. People will say that this is just reality, that an employee resigns. The question is how do you keep them. How do you make them happy as much as you can?

Friday, October 27, 2006

Monday, October 23, 2006

Happy Pill

[SMS Exchanges, not exactly what was written.]

D: Hey! What are you doing tonight?
B: Doing the AVP. Won’t go to Cavite tomorrow. I might watch this indie movie tonight

D: I love indie films. Do you have extra tickets?
B: My friend said that I can bring my friends.

D: I’ll text you later if I can go. What time does the movie start?
B: Starts at 8pm. I’ll get the tickets by 730.
After 2 hours

D: Hey. I decided to go. I mean, is it okay? I think I’m inviting myself in this movie gimmick.
B: No it’s okay. See you around 730

Okay. So I decided to meet B. Unplanned. Main objective is just to watch that indie film. Group hang. Gimmick with friends. Not a date. Just movie and late night coffee.

I met B at the mall at 8pm. People are lining up already. B asked me if I still want to watch the indie film. I said we should just watch another film. Departed will start at 930pm. So that’s 1.5 hrs before the movie starts. I asked if we can have dinner. Well, B already had dinner. Anyway, we decided to go to Teriyaki Boy. I ordered tofu and bacon-wrapped asparugus while B ordered some Maki. Both of us were quiet. Really freakishly quiet. After a while, we begun talking, and talking. We left Teriyaki Boy around 930pm, decided to skip the movie and just get some coffee at SBC.

B bought us frappe (double choco mint!!!!). I asked if we can hang-out outside because I have to smoke (B does not smoke so I was a bit shy when I asked if we can just sit outside). We began talking, staring at each other, having a very nice time. At one point, B discovered my imperfections that no one ever noticed. My bowling-pins-like fingers and my lisp abnormality. The whole time, B kept on impersonating my lisp. I was not offended at all, it was actually funny. We talked about work, about college, about my fingers, etc.

B started to massage my hands. I was a bit hesitant because my hands were getting sweaty (sorry, pasmado… or was it tensyonado?). We talked some more. I was puffing smoke, B was burning the plant leaves. Talk. Stare. Talk. Stare. I was staring at B's eyes, B was staring.... at my neck. Hahaha... "Nice neck," said B. Then B pulled my dog tag. I thought... thought that B will pull me really close to kiss me. No... B was just playing with my dog tag, like it was a dog leash.

After a while, I took B’s hand and played thumb-wrestling. I lost! Darn it! My hands were too relaxed after the hand massage. Cheat! I demand for a rematch!

I never let go of B’s hand, massaged it, held it, took it and rested on it. Then, I dunno what came to me, I kissed B’s hand. It was an MTV-like moment (or a Videoke background movie skit).

It was almost 1am when we decided to head home. B lives in Mandaluyong, I live in Cavite. I got home around 2am. B was still awake when i sent an SMS.

D: Thank you B. I dunno what I felt. It was nice. Really nice.
B: Thank you D. Yeah, I dunno what we have back there. It felt good. It felt right.

B, you’re my happy pill! Thank you!

Let down your guard just a little
I keep you safe in these arms of mine
Hold on to me - pretty baby
You will see I can be all you need

John Legend – Save Room MP3
or go to MrDJ's Multiply (Music> Faves)

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Prison Break Escape from prison (based on the TV show).

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Call for Help

Chris Pirillo

Chris Pirillo

Chris Pirillo

Just testing....

I'll run another test




And another one




Okay, another...

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

And finally...

There's No Place Like Home

There's No Place Like Home

There's No Place Like Home

Let's just wait and see...

Monday, October 16, 2006


MrDJ is a PIMP. Hahaha!

I was at the mall last Saturday. Too many "Jumping Jollogs" at the mall. 3-day sale.

Bought a pair of nice gray striped slacks, black semi-formal leather shoes, black long-sleeved polo, and dark aviators. Nice... I decided to have a week long "yuppie" get-up at the office. Most of the people here at the office waer plain shirts and jeans. Wearing a "yuppie" get-up might help me feel more professional (and more mature) than others.

Another form of therapy on my part.

I was looking at my college yearbook last night. I borrowed a quote from Dr. Seuss... I guess this quote best explains whatever's written in this blog. So...

IF YOU ARE READING THIS... This is MY blog. Get your own. It's free.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.


I know that I’ve been blogging a lot about my work and how do not not hate it. About my colleagues, about my tasks, about management changes. I’ve been dragging this negativity for the past year or so. The only good thing about ranting about work is that I don’t need to get fired up at the office and start to become unprofessional. I blog, I rant, I publish my posts, and I move on until the next office drama.

For a change, I’ll write about 2 positive things that my employer gave me...

Career Development. I already lead teams (locally and globally) that made positive changes in our business process and saved millions of capital based from our productivity projects. I learned how to adapt to different cultures. I learned that to be able to get what you want, you must communicate effectively. My career went through rough cycles but as I look at myself right now, I can proudly say that I’m successful with what I do.

Business Travels. Trip in Arizona last 2005 for a business meeting face-to-face and some benchmarking projects with the fabrication factory. After a year, I went back to the US, this time in San Diego for a business conference. Those trips were very memorable and helped me in my career. I know I earn those business travels. It’s how you can position yourself to get those business travels abroad.

I will be forever thankful for these things. This helped me boost my resume. Harhar! I still plan to move out but I’m not sure when to be exact. What will make me stay? If they move me to marketing.

Positive. Positive. Positive.

So while waiting for a new job to come, I think I need to make some positive changes as well. I’ll TRY to stop blogging about work and about my colleagues. I’ll let them rest in peace. I know that by now, all of them have been reading my blog. ALL OF THEM. That includes the managers. Am I worried? A little. But let’s go back to the concept of a blog. It’s an online journal, your personal online journal that you want to share to anyone out there. Looking for a feedback from an outsider. A blog can also be a group site, a download site, a pic blog. Type BLOG in Google and you’ll have a million hits. So, leave my blog alone if you’re not prepared to read my personal thoughts. I tell you, they are harsh because it’s true and it’s real.

Positive. Positive. Positive.

I need to buy new sets of clothes. I know that the clothes doesn’t make a person but you know what, I feel really good and empowered when I wear long sleeved shirts, slacks (or khakis) and leather shoes (don’t wear brown leather with black/gray pants… please). I’ve been doing my “power dressing” every time I have to present my analysis. I guess I just need to suit up more often. So Van, you’ll see me combing my hair more often. Harhar!

Lastly, I’ll increase my professional maturity 2 notches up. Silent treatment for a couple of people. I am not obliged to befriend all of my officemates. I don’t even need to like them. I just need to work with them so as long as they can provide me with what I need (vice versa), we’re okay.

So less office drama in this blog. More personal stuff which I think is better than work related posts. More MP3s!!! Yay!

This is my blog. My free space. If you do not like reading my posts then click the button in the upper right side of the screen which says “NEXT BLOG” or you can just close your web browser. Or better yet, get yourself your own blog and write about how you hate me. For all I care. Seriously.

Positive. Positive. Positive.

...maybe until next week...

Friday, October 13, 2006

Last Night... I Dyed

I dyed my hair back to black. The hair dye carton box said that it will make my hair look dark brown but my hair turned out black. BLACK!

I was unable to write anything yesterday. I was really busy (and bitchy) this week due to the pseudo merge of 2 factories in our company. My work will not change (I’ll give it 1 month, there might be another change). Actually, 2 weeks from now, I’ll have 1 additional role as the New Product IE for Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile (Extreme?). But I will still be handling this temp role as resource requirement planning IE analyst.

Speaking of temp and new roles, no updates yet from K and P. I already emailed P and asked for updates after I passed their exam a month ago. As for K, I called their HR and they told me that the shortlist will be released this week. Note to self: Call K and P by Friday or Monday. Now… temp jobs? I was also looking for temp jobs just in case I fuck my brains out here at work. I asked my uncle if they have job openings at D and he told me to visit their website. So much for networking. He also mentioned that by January, M will have an office in Makati. Maybe I’ll apply there as well.

It’s been a year since we were looking for new jobs. I told T yesterday that she should consider the following:

(1) Get paid by being a surrogate.
(2) Apply for a maternity leave. While on leave, look for a new job.
(3) After the leave expires, apply for a terminal leave.
(4) During terminal leave, look for a job.
(5) If job search fails, go back to step 1.

T, you should consider this.

I’m looking forward on Saturday. I’ll be half-finishing my room design in the morning, house warming lunch party at noon, possible date in the evening (date or group hang or whatever).

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Guess That Song Uno

I love this song. Been playing in my head the whole day....

Raul Midon feat Jason Mraz - Keep On Holding MP3

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

MrDJ - Priceless

Pleasure and Pain

The fantasy is simple. Pleasure is good, and twice as much pleasure is better. That pain is bad, and no pain is better. But the reality is different. The reality is that pain is there to tell us something, and there's only so much pleasure we can take without getting a stomach ache. And maybe that's okay. Maybe some fantasies are only supposed to live in our dreams.

Meredith Grey
Grey's Anatomy Season 3
Episode 3: Sometimes a Fantasy

Prisonbreak Break

No Prisonbreak tonight... Baseball... Darn it!
Prisonbreak returns 2 weeks from now...

Dark and Twisty 2

I don’t know what’s been happening to me these days.

Phone calls from…
SMS from…
YM chats from…

When did it all started?
Couple of weeks ago.
Almost a month.

I’m so fucked up to think
Some people were already asking who I talk to in my mobile…
Who I chat with everyday

It’s not singular
Let me count….
My magic number – One, Two, Three.

Someone even asked if I’m already in a relationship…
No I’m not.
I think not.

I‘m a flirt
I flirt when I want to
I’ll be whoever you want me to be.
But am I flirting too much…

Think. I need to think.
I don’t want to think.
I told myself that I’ll just go with it
Whatever happens.
No more overanalyzing.

But no promises.
I don’t want to promise anything that I cannot fully commit

Oh my…
Am I that dark and twisty?

Friday, October 06, 2006

Crazy Patty

Unofficial Mexican Patty Mascots! MrDJ and Awimawek!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Ugly Betty, 6 Degrees and Heroes

"Ugly Betty" stars America Ferrera as Betty Suarez, Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade, Alan Dale as Bradford Meade, Tony Plana as Ignacio, Ana Ortiz as Hilda, Ashley Jensen as Christina, Becki Newton as Amanda, Mark Indelicato as Justin and Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater. Recurring guest stars are Michael Urie as Marc and Kevin Sussman as Walter.

Based on "Yo Soy Betty La Fea," the groundbreaking Colombian telenovela that became an international phenomenon, "Ugly Betty" is from Touchstone Television. Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Salma Hayek is executive producer, along with Silvio Horta ("Urban Legends"), Ben Silverman, ("The Office"), Jose Tamez ("The Maldonado Miracle"), James Parriott ("Grey's Anatomy") and James Hayman ("Joan of Arcadia").

They say that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person through a chain of six people, which means that no one is a stranger... for long.

"Six Degrees" stars Jay Hernandez ("Friday Night Lights") as Carlos, Bridget Moynahan ("Sex and the City") as Whitney, Erika Christensen ("Flightplan") as Mae, Dorian Missick ("Lucky Number Slevin") as Damian, with Campbell Scott ("The Secret Lives of Dentists") as Steven and Hope Davis ("About Schmidt") as Laura.

Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc. MP3

As a total eclipse casts its shadow across the globe, a genetics professor (Sendhil Ramamurthy, "Blind Guy Driving") in India is led by father's disappearance to uncover a secret theory -- there are people with super powers living among us. A young dreamer (Milo Ventimiglia, "Gilmore Girls") tries to convince his politician brother (Adrian Pasdar, "Judging Amy") that he can fly. A high school cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere, "Ice Princess") learns that she is totally indestructible. A Las Vegas stripper (Ali Larter, "Final Destination"), struggling to make ends meet to support her young son (Noah Gray-Cabey, "My Wife & Kids"), discovers that her mirror image has a secret. A fugitive from justice (Leonard Roberts, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") continues to baffle authorities who twice have been unable to contain him. A gifted artist (Santiago Cabrera, "Empire"), whose drug addiction is destroying his life and relationship with his girlfriend (Tawny Cypress, NBC's "Third Watch"), can paint the future. A down-on-his-luck Los Angeles beat cop (Greg Grunberg, "Alias") can hear people's thoughts, which puts him on the trail of an elusive serial killer. In Japan, a young man (Masi Oka, NBC's "Scrubs") develops a way to stop time through sheer will power. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world… Heroes

Rogue Wave - Eyes MP3

TV Shows Music Guide

With the absence of Rockstar and American Idol, I’m gonna post mp3s from MY favorite shows. Let’ start with Grey’s Anatomy! Later on, I’ll be posting music from The OC, One Tree Hill, Brothers & Sisters, etc.

All mp3s will be uploaded in my multiply account. You don’t need an account to access it. Just go and click the music page. BUT if you decide to have a multiply account (where you can upload UNLIMITED photos (without any size restrictions), UNLIMITED mp3s, etc, add me up okay!

Grey’s Anatomy: Time Has Come Today
Dixie Chicks - Lullaby
Emiliana Torrini - Nothing Brings Me Down
Gnarls Barkley - Gone Daddy Gone
Grant Lee Phillips - Under the Milky Way
Mat Kearney - All I Need *highly recommended
Sleeping At Last - Quicksand
Tegan and Sara - Take Me Anywhere

Grey’s Anatomy: I Am A Tree
Jesus Jackson - Running on Sunshine
Mat Kearney - Crashing Down
Moloko - The Time Is Now
Bitter:Sweet - The Mating Game *highly recommended
Snow Patrol - Open Your Eyes
The Chalets - Theme From Chalets

Brothers and Sisters: Patriarchy
Eliane Elias - Running *highly recommended
KT Tunstall - Under the Weather
Rachel Yamagata - Be Be Your Love

One Tree Hill: The Same Water As You
Dashboard Confessional - Don't Wait

How I Met Your Mother: Where Were We?
Grant Lee Philips - Boys Don't Cry

Monday, October 02, 2006

The Fray - Over My Head

The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car) MP3

3 days with no posts

Yeah, 3 days. Let me tell you why…

Thursday. Actually, I posted an entry in my blog last Thursday. Around noon, the electricity went out. The Luzon area of the Philippines was under the typhoon named “Milenyo.” Around 4pm, water started rising. Around 430pm, my room was flooded with dark (and twisty) murky waters. Around 5pm, it was already waste deep. See pic below. Sad really, that was my room for the last 24 years.

Friday. We stayed at my lola’s place. Still, no electricity. Damn it! Thank God my laptop was fully charged. But my celfone’s dead. No phone lines. Disaster really.

Saturday. Electricity went back around 6pm. Phone was back as well! YAY! Anyway, in the morning, we were cleaning up our new place. (Blogger’s personal note: Need to change my home address). My room was smaller though. I’ve been sketching about my room’s internal design. Minimalist metrosexual look. No leather though.

Sunday. Still cleaning up “Milenyo’s mess.”

Monday. Back to work. Checked my 150++ emails (since Thursday). But there’s this one email, sent around 9:20am, in which he needs a response by 12noon. Errrr….