The Coming of the Storm

Oh, yes! It’s another storm. I was checking out CNN Weather when I arrived in the office at around 9:30 in the morning and this wasn’t posted yet. Now, at around 12:30 in the afternoon, it seems that CNN has noticed the intensity of this storm.

Typhoon Durian, named after a fruit with a pungent odor, is currently hovering over the Bicol province of Catanduanes right and is on its way to Manila. Forecast for this storm include winds of up to 120 kph with gusts of up to 225 kph! Manila is bracing itself for any type of disaster caused by the storm, and that includes flash floods, storm surges, maybe even power outages due to toppled power lines (just like last time). Classes in all levels have already been suspended.

It’s a good thing that there’s no work tomorrow. The government moved the national holiday celebrating Andres Bonifacio’s heroism to Friday, Dec. 1, instead of the actual day itself, which happens to be today.

Well, I don’t mind staying at home. But bummer! We’re suppose to practice for our office Christmas party presentation on Friday. But it seems it may be cancelled because of the storm.

Christmas is coming!!!

Hey, peepz! Christmas is just around the next corner! it’s only 26 days before Christmas! For that, I’ll post a good Christmas song here so that you’ll start feeling the holidays.

The Christmas Song

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yule-tide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight.

They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother’s child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly.

And so I’m offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it’s been said, many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you.

I’m excited to just feel the chill in the air. Christmas is my second most favorite time of the year. Of course, my favorite month is January because that’s when my birthday is, it also happens to be the chilliest month! Hehe

Gimik at that start of the week

Yeah, I may not had anything to do over the weekend. But come Monday night and my officemates and I were chilling out at one of the restos in the Glorietta area. The plan was just one beer but it actually became 5 rounds of beer! Hahaha!

Oh, yes… Start the week right! Drink and be happy!

Right now I’m so sleepy, I’d probably fall asleep on my desk while doing work. Hehe. The culprit?

And what time did I wake up? Well, it wasn’t really late… But I opted to lie in bed for another 15 mins which turned out to be a full hour!

Oh, well. At least I got here before 9:30 AM. Not so late as before. And to think that in the middle of that four- or five-hour sleep, I woke up because I got hungry and I was looking for something to eat!

Anyways, there was talk of making it a habit… Of something like starting the week right. Hehe. Can’t say I’m complaining. =)

We’ll see…

Brain Drain and Migraine

Oh, yes…

I have nothing exactly to put here today. And to think that it’s suppose to be the first day of the week!

The thing is… I had no gimik last weekend. I just stayed at home. And except for the fact that I rendered overtime last Saturday, and that I did hang out with my friends at Starbucks afterwards, there was nothing significant about my weekend. Basically, my friends and I just reminisced on our collective experiences. Yeah, it was a laugh trip once again but still… *sigh*

On top of that, I’m starting to feel the beginnings of a migraine. Tsk tsk… I need something to take this headache away before it renders me incapacitated for the rest of the day. Hehe.

Maybe I’ll just be listening to some music to pass the time away while reviewing my work. Hehehe…

 

It’s a quiet Friday…

I know it’s a Friday, unfortunately, there’s nowhere to go tonight. So for those of you who are going to be partyin’… well, just party for me, ayt?

I’m just going to continue with the tradition of posting the lyrics of a dance song here. This time it’s from Justin Timberlake.

Sexy Back

[Verse 1]
I’m bringing sexy back
Them other boys don’t know how to act
I think your special whats behind your back
So turn around and ill pick up the slack.

Take em’ to the bridge

[Bridge]
Dirty babe
You see these shackles
Baby I’m your slave
I’ll let you whip me if I misbehave
It’s just that no one makes me feel this way

Take em’ to the chorus

[Chorus]
Come here girl
Go ahead, be gone with it
Come to the back
Go ahead, be gone with it
VIP
Go ahead, be gone with it
Drinks on me
Go ahead, be gone with it
Let me see what you’re working with
Go ahead, be gone with it
Look at those hips
Go ahead, be gone with it
You make me smile
Go ahead, be gone with it
Go ahead child
Go ahead, be gone with it
And get your sexy on
Go ahead, be gone with it
Get your sexy on
Go ahead, be gone with it

[X6]

Get your sexy on

[Verse 2]
I’m bringing sexy back
Them other fuckers don’t know how to act
Come let me make up for the things you lack
Cause your burning up I gotta get it fast

Take em’ to the bridge

[Bridge]

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
I’m bringing sexy back
Them other fuckers wait till I attack
If that’s your girl you better watch your back
Cause she’ll burn it up for me and that’s a fact

Take em’ to the chorus

[Chorus]

On the blue corner

Superb Fairy-wren, Malurus cyaneus, juvenile

Yes! At last, we are back to our two antagonists!

Several weeks ago, I featured an article about the unobtrusive but very helpful worm. Now it’s time to take a look at one of its natural predators – the bird!

Birds come in all forms and sizes, in diffrent colors and different habitats… but one things connects them all as members of the avian family – they are “bipedal, warm-blooded, oviparous vertebrate animals characterized primarily by feathers, forelimbs modified as wings, and (in most) hollow bones.” I suppose you already know what bipedal and warm-blooded mean? But does it mean to be an oviparous animal? “Oviparous animals are animals that lay eggs,” that means, egg-head, that after reproduction, the egg is laid in the nest or any other substitute for it. The egg is the zygote, which helps the embryo grow.

What are other characteristics of birds? Most birds are active during the day, but a few like the famous owl are active during the night. Many birds also travel longs distance. The familiar phrase “to go down south for the winter” came from people observing migratory birds who travel to the tropics when it is winter in the northern hemisphere.

Birds also have bony beaks, often with no teeth. Their bones are light but strong and also happen to be hollow. This unique bone feature allows the bird to fly at ease, otherwise, they’d be too weighed upon, they’d have trouble lifting off the ground – or even soaring through the skies.

Anatomy of a typical bird

       

Also, “there are over 10,000 species of birds in the world. About 925 have been seen in the U.S. and Canada, 1,000 have been seen in Europe. By far the largest concentration of bird species are found in South America – over 3,200 species have been seen there, particularly in Colombia, Bolivia and Peru where the species count for each country tops 1,700.”

Below are some general figures for the species count for each continent:

     3,200  South America
     2,900  Asia
     2,300  Africa
     2,000  North America (from Panama north + Caribbean)
     1,700  Australia + surrounding islands
     1,000  Europe
     65  Antarctica

Did you know?

Unlike mammals, birds don’t urinate. Their kidneys extract nitrogenous wastes from the bloodstream, but instead of excreting it as urea dissolved in urine as we do, they excrete it in the form of uric acid. Uric acid has a very low solubility in water, so it emerges as a white paste. This material, as well as the output of the intestines, emerges from the bird’s cloaca. The cloaca is a multi-purpose hole for birds: their wastes come out of it, they have sex by putting their cloacas together, and females lay eggs out of it.

For more information about birds, click any of my sources below. 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird#Trivia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oviparous
http://www.birding.com/Species.asp

By iamjoe Posted in A v A

Do you really care?

A letter of complaint from my sister to PAL’s customer service after experiencing yet another pleasant representative at PAL’s Greenbelt office last Saturday, November 18. Poor, poor sister… Tsk, tsk. You seem to be always getting very bad customer service from PAL. Maybe you should change airlines – Mabuhay Miles be damned!

“To Whom It May Concern: PAL CSRs have a lot to learn about social graces and the right way to handle a customer. This is not to say that I am asking for VIP treatment (and this goes to the countless times I have been rudely attended to and the many other customers who went through the same predicament). All I’m asking is to be treated accordingly, i.e., “pleasantly.” A smile does not cost anything and more importantly, a sunny disposition would go a long way.

“I had a good day which just turned bad.I’m looking forward to the next unpleasant service I will get. This is beginning to sound not like déjà vu but SOP.

“I seem to be forgetting my manners — pardon me, but I’m tired of the not-so-good service.” 

Ironic isn’t it? If you go to their website, Philippine Airlines, and click on “Contact”, you’ll actually find out that their Customer Relations email address is “wecare@pal.com.ph.” Now tell me if that’s just appropriate, huh?

My sister also told me a story of a columnist who was so pissed off with PAL’s service a few years back that he decided to write it on his column. What did PAL do? Sent him a free ticket to anywhere he desires! Which pissed off the writer even more. And you know what? A lot of people actually wrote to him and told him of their similar experiences with PAL that he was “overwhelmed” at the number. So he decided to do a follow up column. Both articles were published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

I certainly wouldn’t want to experience things like this especially since I’ve had good experiences with PAL so far. They’ll rue the day they even think of messing up my day. Hehehe.

Well, PAL, I think you should open your eyes and actually look and listen at how your employees are behaving. I haven’t experienced any unpleasantness so far but apparently a lot of people have already. Just because your the country’s flag carrier airline doesn’t mean that you can be high-handed and snobbish to ordinary customers – the common tao. As my sister wrote above, it seems to be becoming SOP for PAL reps to act rudely.

Yet when searching for comments about this airline, I found a lot of mixed opinions. Here’s the link to that one site I visited: Passenger Opinion about PAL. Most of those who commented were actually talking about their in-flight experiences, and a lot were international flights. Well, no wonder!

Well, anyways, enough ranting. Want to know more about this airline and its direct competitor? Head on over here for PAL and there for its competition. You can also visit and read the articles in Wikipedia. They’re quite reliable.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Airlines

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cebu_Pacific

It’s a Wild World out there!

Arriving late at a party is in nowadays… At least, I know it is. That’s life. Hahaha. But there’s no escaping the truth that, instead of arriving at around 10 PM, we were late for Mac’s birthday party @ the Tonic Bar in Esquinita near ABS-CBN (we got there at around 11 in the evening – quite late already, I know). Sorry, Mac, but at least we were there. You know what they say – better late than never.

That’s a picture of us at the entrance to the place. We were still respectable then, or at least we looked respectable. Hehehe. You disagree? Well, can’t help but shrug it off. You see, it’s a free country and we do have this so-called “Freedom of Expression”. And I do know that I was still respectable and looked respectable when we got to the place. So bug off! Lay off the criticisms until later!

Anyways, I won’t tell you the details of the evening. For one thing, I’ve already forgotten some of the things that happened (but not the juicy tidbits, of course, hehehe).

 

Still happy, still sober… still lucid!

But what always happens when you mix alcohol and music? See pix below…

Oh, yeah… It’s a wild world out there! Go, Mac, give her a lap dance!

Of course, not everthing’s wild. Others aren’t show offs and they do control themselves. Some are still below the extreme…

But still happy (G3 and his gf). =)

As for the rest? Well, let’s just say that one of my friends just told us that “Nakakahiya pala…” Well, if you think about it for a second, it is a little bit embarrassing but what’s the point of having a good time without a little bit of the wild thing? You may be ashamed of the things you did but take note that, for most of the time, this always happens when you’re out there… chillin’, dancin’, groovin’, partyin’! And you weren’t the only one.  That’s life! C’est la vie.

 

You can see more pix at my Flickr page, just click on the lil’ image icons at the left side.

If you still think it’s embarrassing, remember this – people were drunk or at least tipsy that time. There’s a lot of chance that they’ve already forgotten what you did last weekend (heck, I think they’ve forgotten what you looked like already)!

Still think it’s safe out there? Think again! Here, you’ve just seen some candid shots of a breed of creatures which are known as Nocturnus parti animalis at their natural habitat. These creatures thrive by consuming simple things – alcohol (or any alternative to alcohol) and a little bit of pulutan. They’ve also got rituals of dancing and singing!

It’s a good thing that I know how to control myself most of the time. I like to dance and listen to some party and trance music but I don’t let myself be carried a way all the time… Sometimes…

Only when I know it’s safe to be wild!

There you go…

It’s Friday again

Do you know what this means?

It’s Friday again! Gimik day! And our officemate happens to be celebrating his 21st birthday tonight – free drinks, music, dancing, party! Wohoo!

I love Fridays. You’ve probably read all about it in my special article about Friday the 13th. If not, you should head over there right now and see for yourself why I love Fridays. It’s got to be the best day of the week. Or second best (after Saturday – depends on your preferrence, of course).

But anyways, you should just read my article instead of me repeating myself. Just click on the links above. Since I’m gonna be partyin’ tonight, I’d like you to do the same as well. And just like last time, I’ll post something here to get your party juices start flowing!

Don’t Cha

[Busta Rhymes]
Ok (ahh)
Yeahh (ahh)
Oh, we about to get it just a lil hot and sweaty in this mu’fucka (oh, baby)
Ladies let’s go (uhh)
Soldiers let’s go (dolls)
Let me talk to y’all and just you know
Give you a little situation… listen (fellas)

[Buster Rhymes]
Pussycat Dolls
Ya see this shit get hot
Everytime I come through when I step up in the spot (are you ready)
Make the place sizzle like a summertime cookout
Prowl for the best chick
Yes I’m on the lookout (lets dance)
Slow bangin shorty like a belly dancer with it
Smell good, pretty skin, so gangsta with it (oh, baby)
No tricks only diamonds under my sleeve
Gimme tha number
But make sure you call before you leave

[Pussycat Dolls]
I know you like me (I know you like me)
I know you do (I know you do)
Thats why whenever I come around
She’s all over you (she’s all over you)
I know you want it (I know you want it)
It’s easy to see (it’s easy to see)
And in the back of your mind
I know you should be on with me (babe)

[Chorus:]
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?
Don’t cha
Don’t cha
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was raw like me?
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was fun like me?
Don’t cha
Don’t cha

Fight the feeling (fight the feeling)
Leave it alone (leave it alone)
Cause if it ain’t love
It just aint enough to leave my happy home (my happy home)
Let’s keep it friendly (let’s keep it friendly)
You have to play fair (you have to play fair)
See I dont care
But I know She ain’t gonna wanna share

[Chorus:]
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?
Don’t cha
Don’t cha
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was raw like me?
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was fun like me?
Don’t cha
Don’t cha

[Busta Rhymes]
Ok, I see how it’s goin’ down (ahh, don’t cha)
Seems like shorty wanna little menage pop off or somethin, let’s go
Well let me get straight to it
Every broad wan watch a nigga when I come through it
It’s the god almighty, lookin all brand new
If shorty wanna jump in my ass then vanjewish
Lookin at me all like she really wanna do it
Tryna put it on me till my balls black an blueish
Ya wanna play wit ah playa girl then play on
Strip out the channel
And leave the lingerie on
Watch me and I’mma watch you at the same time
Lookin at ya wan break my back
You the very reason why I keep a pack ah the Magnum
An wit the wagon hit chu in the back of tha magnum
For the record, don’t think it was somethin you did
Shorty all on me cuz it’s hard to resist the kid
I got a idea that’s dope for y’all
As y’all could get so I could hit the both of y’all

[Pussycat Dolls]
I know she loves you (I know she loves you)
So I understand (I understand)
I’d probably be just as crazy about you
If you were my own man
Maybe next lifetime (maybe next lifetime)
Possibly (possibly)
Until then old friend
Your secret is safe with me

[Chorus:]
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?
Don’t cha
Don’t cha
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was raw like me?
Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was fun like me?
Don’t cha
Don’t cha