Sunday, July 31, 2011

Meet Me Halfway 1.2

I just discovered today that I can access Simply Manila from the office. See, I’ve been here for a very long time now, but I really didn’t try to visit my blog as I think it is risky, let alone access Blogger and start posting. But since I realized that I spend more time here than I do at home or anywhere else, I thought why not connect with my readers even with just a simple post like this to let them know that I’m alive and kicking. Life in the office lately sucks big time, and I realized only lately that I’m stuck in a department (to put it simply) where work ethics doesn’t exist (or almost). We don’t have regular meetings like we usually do when I was in Sales. No CFU (checking for understanding), no one’s correcting the Team Leaders’ unacceptable behaviors (tardiness, absenteeism, early log outs, negligence, etc.), and obstructive activities like backstabbing and crab-mentality exist everywhere. Even a person like me who can always pretend like I don’t really care or give a damn could not stomach it. This is just sad. I am even more saddened for our business leader, because he seemed like he’s okay with it. Didn’t he ever realize that what we are is a reflection of what he is? Maybe not entirely, but a good leader can always make things right. “Why fix something that’s not broken?” I even heard him said that once. Clearly, he lost his vision.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Reunited In Boracay

Finally, a weekend trip of mine pushed through. I went to Boracay last weekend to reunite with my friends from Nueva Ecija. The first time we bonded was also in Boracay last year. By the way, I’m not from Nueva Ecija and I met these new set of friends only through a Twitter friend of mine. I was late on my scheduled flight from Manila to Kalibo last Saturday so I went through the stressful process of getting a new ticket from Manila to Caticlan. The weather was perfect in Boracay last weekend. We didn’t go parasailing, underwater helmet diving, banana boating, among others, as we did all that last year. The only first time experience I had this visit was the Zorb Hydro stuff down the hill and a little ‘what happened in Bora, stays in Bora’ stint. There’s a new bar in the island that I highly recommend: Epic. Its name best described it. Because of this, I wasn’t able to blog last week’s top posts, keywords and visiting countries, so see all these after the jump. This is probably the lowest weekly stats I had this year.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sexy David Chua

David Chua

Random Pinoy Hotties 2.8

Let me recap my day so far: I woke up alone today—which I already expected, anyway—and since I’m transitioning to night shift again, I had the day all for myself. Choko, my yorkie, was already awake and was alarmed by my sudden movements. He seemed like he doesn’t understand yet that I’m going to be his permanent owner. I took him downstairs and poured some dog food to that ‘dog plate’ I bought for him, then I took three eggs from our fridge for my own brunch. It’s my first time to cook for myself (as far as I could remember) so it didn’t come as a surprise when I screwed up my fried eggs. I was starving so I didn’t mind. I spent the whole afternoon organizing the pictures in my FB account and my hard drive, and realized I already have thousands of un-uploaded pictures yet. For a start, let me share ten random pictures from my ‘restricted’ files. Enjoy. Ciao for now.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Meet Choko The Puppy

I brought home my first pet yesterday—a three-month old Yorkshire Terrier I named Choko due to its chocolate-like color. He’s my first pet ever, and I feel tremendously clueless on how to raise him a fine puppy. The guy from the pet shop where I bought some dog food told me that Choko was just scared when I asked why he was shaking. He doesn’t eat much, sleeps a lot, always vigilant and gets easily awaken by any unusual sound. I can’t wait to walk him out next week to the park so we could bond even more.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sexiest Male Athlete 2011

Aly Borromeo

Punla Triggered An Explosion

I think I have developed this secret desire for straight men when I was in high school and started reading newspapers on a regular basis. I remember I would normally buy The Philippine Star and both Abante and Abante Tonite with the hopes of catching a naked picture of a famous celebrity or even regular Filipino guys. The last two tabloids I mentioned would regularly feature advertisements for those glitzy male pageants that we continuously see or hear even at the present time and would normally publish promotional articles for upcoming sexy movies with matching pictures. That’s how I learned about movies like Itlog and Gigil, among others. Today, I finished downloading a movie with themes similar to the aforementioned sex flicks—lust, violence, betrayal and cheap drama. Despite all these, the movie brought back dirty fantasies from the past and roused ancient desires. It’s called Punla. While Emilio Garcia led the pack, it was the two other men that triggered an explosion. LOL. (I didn’t find any Eric Parilla pictures.)

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Better late than never!

I’m working for almost four years now with my present company, and with all those years of multi-tasking and interacting with friends and other colleagues, I have pretty much mastered my routine and experienced tasks even beyond my job description. But this week introduced me to a new discovery that could pretty much sound very basic yet refreshingly different: I was one of the lucky few who have been sent to our Recruitment department by our Senior Site Director to help out with initial phone screenings and actual interviews. In a span of around five hours earlier today, I had the opportunity to interview over twenty-five applicants. It was difficult to fail people who didn’t meet our present qualifications, and that was the only real challenge I encountered today. For the first time in my almost five years of experience in the call center industry, I was scheduled to work in normal hours—from eight in the morning to five in the afternoon. Due to this transition that started last Friday and Saturday (with Sunday being my only off), and with most of my spare time spent misbehaving, I failed to update this blog, especially with last week’s top posts, keywords and visiting countries that I would normally call my ‘thank you’ post. Better late than never! See them here after the jump. Ciao for now.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I Am Missing Jiro Shirakawa

Jiro Shirakawa

Serious Considerations

Here’s yet another random scribbling from my journal (dated March 13th, 2011): I went to The Medical City today to have my lungs checked by a radiologist. The results are perfectly normal and they found “no significant chest findings”. This means that the painful and irritating cough that I have right now is only a by-product of the city’s terrible temperature and horrid weather changes. It’s been so hot lately, and being exposed in the sunlight after hours of working in a fully air-conditioned environment could really damage one’s health, especially of those who have weaker immune systems. But at least it’s nothing serious.

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On Cinemalaya 2011: See The Unseen

Thirty-one digital films in competition, plus more than a hundred in exhibition, new sections, and a second festival venue all make Cinemalaya exciting this year. With the tagline in festival ads beckoning audiences to “See the Unseen”, Cinemalaya films this year tackle such themes as passion, memory, truth, despair, obsession, terror and splendour. Two theatres at Greenbelt 3 will be dedicated to Cinemalaya on July 16 to 24. At the CCP, the Festival will be held in seven venues. The opening ceremony is slated on July 15, 6pm followed by the festival opening film at the CCP Main Theater. The Cinemalaya Awards Night will be held on July 24, 7pm at the same venue. Contact 832-3704 and 832-1125 local 1204/05 or visit and for more details.
Excerpt from Circuit, July 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The sexy Sam Milby for Folded & Hung

Sam Milby

Hyper much?!

When it rains, it pours. Damn, right, yet another out-of-town trip of mine got cancelled because of the wet conditions the metro experienced lately. I’m supposed to spend a day in Baguio City’s Camp John Hay and spend a night at The Manor, but here I am stuck inside my room, wallowing on what could have been and trying to brush off a little hangover from last night’s cocktail mania. This is why I really feel like I need a real break, because when I’m stuck in the metro, I’d always find myself looking for something to do, spending money left and right, and even forgetting that I needed to sleep at least eight hours a day. I don’t know why I’m this hyper. Hmm. So, anyway, I would like to thank everyone for last week’s visits and page views. I have been blogging much lately and I hope you’d take time to read my other posts and share your ideas. If there’s anything you want to share, email me at simplymanila (at) hotmail (dot) com. See last week’s top posts, keywords and visiting countries after the jump. Ciao for now.

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Back In Malate: One Night Out

I was browsing one of the few surviving journals I have and found the following entry scribbled almost a year ago (dated August 30th): I went to O-Bar in Malate last Saturday with a new friend named JM. I met him through BBM and he’s from Marilao, Bulacan. O-Bar looks tidy but it is by far the smallest bar I’ve ever been to, smaller than Bed, which is also located in Malate. Their ledge dancers are all hot and sexy, and they made me feel like going to the gym again simply by looking at their toned bods. I got tipsy a little after two bottles of beer and was swallowed by the crowd whose faces looked all blurry to me. JM and I danced the night away with our cocktail drinks spilling all over. I kind of wonder how we were really able to dance as every movement one could make would certainly create a commotion like a domino effect. Or I guess that’s just the core reason why everyone’s dancing or moving.

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Sexy Mikael Daez

Mercator, headed by Jonas Antonio Gaffud, is by far the country’s premier talent agency today with an A-list of more than 50 gorgeous clients that include beauty queens, models and actors both homegrown and “imported” (the Boys from Brazil among them). One of his new finds that Jonas is proud of is Mikael Daez, 22, who graduated with a Business Administration degree from Ateneo (“True Blue,” he said, “I studied at Ateneo from grade school to college”) last March and who has appeared in a few commercials (for Jollibee Champ, Yogurt, Dole Juice, SM, etc.). Mikael formally took a bow in the fashion world at the Philippine Fashion Week in October last year (2009) and in commercials last June. Already, he’s turning heads. (This Funfare feature was published last September 24th. Read more here an/or view more pictures of him after the jump.)

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