You, Me, and English

I work for an E-learning company where I am an English Corporate Trainer. I will be posting interactions with learners that I (emphasis on whose perspective) find funny, witty, catty, or just interesting.

Spanish Learner: Spanish people are like that. They cheat.
Me: Ahh. Aren’t you Spanish?
SL: No. I am from Catalan.
Me: Oh okay.

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Consent: Not actually that complicated

What are the chances that I’m actually having tea right now. 🙂

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A short one today as my life is currently very complicated and conspiring against my preference to spend all of my days working out what to blog. But do you know what isn’t complicated?

Consent.

It’s been much discussed recently; what with college campuses bringing in Affirmative Consent rules, and with the film of the book that managed to make lack of consent look sexy raking it in at the box office. You may not know this, but in the UK we more or less have something similar to ‘affirmative consent’ already. It’s how Ched Evans was convicted while his co-defendant was not – and is along the lines of whether the defendant had a reasonable belief that the alleged victim consented. From the court documents it appears that while the jury felt that it was reasonable to believe that the victim had consented to intercourse with the co-defendant, it…

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Storyline

I should be working right now, but admittedly my mind is elsewhere, therefore, I am writing this instead.

I actually don’t know where to begin – if I should blame myself for expecting, or you for making me believe or the circumstances for changing us, making us different persons.

ACT 1

We met through a person we know in common and eventually got together. We had issues yes, but on my part I thought they were negligible (on hindsight I am not sure if your issues about me were of the same lines). I could generally say we were happy and those were good times.

ACT 2

We had a major setback. I would like to think I have a pragmatic approach when dealing with problems. I, in all honesty, thought I’m completely over it. I did my best to forgive you and forget about it.

ACT 3

We have another setback, this time it’s my doing. I made a choice, and at that time, it seemed to be the right one. Looking back though, I’m not so sure, but it’s already a done deal and we cannot pass judgement now.

I know it was my decision, and I take all the responsibility for it. I wonder though (and this is not to pass the blame) if I would have decided that way, if ACT 2 never happened.

ACT 4

We had separate lives, somehow they intertwined but still separate. I was ok with it, and I thought you were, too. There was no expectation on my part, and I thought neither did you. I never thought there would be resentment on how I handled things.

ACT 5

We could have stopped and stayed in ACT 4, but stubborn as we are, we persisted and continued to write our story. I thought you were leaning towards a pragmatic approach, since you agreed to move forward.

Another setback. We are getting so good at this. [:sarcasm:]

Ironically, you blame the previous ACTs  let’s just say, think the previous ACTs played a factor in this. I completely agree, our personality and values are shaped not by genetics, but by socio-cultural factors.

Sadly, you were not as forgiving when that was my reason on ACT 3.

Again, I wonder on hindsight how it would have worked if we stayed on ACT 4. We may have been happy and already oblivious to each other’s existence.

I guess we are on ACT 4 redux.

May we stay in this until the curtain closes.

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Flying Solo

I’m not quite sure what prompted it, but I found myself re-reading old blog entries (by old, I mean a few months old). These were my form of therapy to get my mind off you, but obviously they didn’t work at all. And to make matters worse, I was already listening to Adele without really realizing it. A very WRONG combination, to say the very least.

Earlier, while waiting for the doctor with my lola, I chanced upon an article shared on facebook advising guys to date girls who travel. Quoting a few lines (read the full article here):

“…If she says she loves you, she must have seen something in you, something that can always call her back from her travels, something that can anchor her to the world in the way that she wants to after weeks and months of being on the road…
…Find a girl who travels. Date her, love her, and marry her, and your world will never be the same again.”

I also came across this photo shared by Patty. One of my favorite lines was:

“if you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.”

The Universe is reminding me to strengthen my resolve; loneliness is not enough reason to be with someone.

But if someone is listening/reading, ehem I like to travel; I also read (from here); and I dabble on writing, too. LOL

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Hidden Paradise

It is just the start of the year, I know, and it’s totally unreasonable to be moping this early. However, to be fair, the last few months of the previous year were a little tumultuous to say the least, thus the need for a reprieve this soon.

I wanted to go somewhere – not necessarily far, but a place where I can be alone but not really lonely. I was still undecided where to head, until I saw this place on facebook. (I actually had to deliberate in my head if I should post about this place lest everyone would find out about it and it would lose its charm. Selfish much, I know). It reminded me of the surfing movie blue crush – this place where everyone was free spirited and the place they stayed in was pretty d@mn cool.

I planned the trip Sunday to Monday, wherein I hoped there wouldn’t be a lot of people; not that I am anti-social or anything but I was traveling alone and I didn’t want to feel left out especially around the weekend crowd.

I boarded the bus to Iba, Zambales (one could take the Olongapo-bound bus, too and then transfer for the one towards Iba). This is one of the longest trips I have made alone, discounting plane rides of course. I felt like I was donkey in the movie Shrek, and I had this urge to ask “are we there yet?” every ten minutes but I caught myself. I actually transferred twice and thankfully too, my seatmates got off the bus before me, allowing different people to seat beside me, thus I can ask all five them (at least once), and of course the bus conductor (twice), “are we there yet?”

After three hours (which by the way felt like eternity to me, lol exag, sige yung totoo, it felt like five hours lang) I arrived at the town of San Felipe. I took the tricycle to The Circle Hostel and was welcomed by Ate Vangie with the bedsheet, blanket and pillow cover for my bunk bed. I just checked out the bed and put down my bag and searched for somewhere to eat.

Not really hungry because of the cheeseburger earlier and then the quail eggs, I settled for a banana shake. I also met some of the guests of the hostel at Mommy Phoebe’s place. Unfortunately for me, there was a birthday celebration across the street, rendering guests comatose due to karaoke songs overdose. Despite this bump though, the night was cool and I just stayed in the common area, drowning in my own thoughts amidst the bikini mong itim rendition wafting in the air, lol. I also got to chat with a few of the guests about mundane stuff and life in general.

After a while I went back to my bunk bed to retire for the night (the area was almost empty save for the two guys at one side and me on the other side of the guest house). Sleep though, was a little elusive; maybe because I was in a strange place, or maybe because I had too many things on my mind, or maybe it’s just because of the ongoing (still) videoke across the street.

The next day, nature wanted to make up for last night’s disaster; it was just gorgeous. What started as an overcast morning became a bright sunshiny day. :cue music: Haha! The waves were just to die for! Literally for me, ‘coz I had to hang on to my board for dear life. I got to surf in the morning, enjoyed a good siesta, and had another trip to the surf in the afternoon before I hit the road home.

All in all it was a fun experience, and I am quite surprised this is the first time I have travelled alone. It is pretty liberating – with no definite itinerary for the day and countless opportunity to meet new people, especially if you let yourself. I would definitely go back to the Circle Hostel, and bring friends on my next trip. And like I promised to myself, this is just the first of the many solo travels I hope to make!

Expenses:

  • Bus from San Fernando, Pampanga to San Felipe, Zambales – P185
  • Tricycle (San Felipe bayan to Circle Hostel) – P60
  • Overnight (bunk bed) – P350
  • Cheeseburger and Water (Double Happiness Stopover) – P50
  • Quail Eggs (Victory Olongapo Station Stopover) – P20
  • Banana Shake (Mommy Phoebe) – P35
  • Two (2) cups of instant coffee – P20
  • Morning Surf (could have saved if I knew how to swim) – P350
  • Bottled Water – P30
  • Brunch (Baconsilog) – P80
  • Coke – P15 (?) can’t remember
  • Popsicle stick (which I didn’t get to eat because it broke and fell to the ground) – P20
  • Bottled Water – P40
  • Late lunch (Hotsilog) – 80
  • Afternoon Surf – P350
  • Tricycle (to bayan) – P50
  • Bus (San Felipe to Olongapo) this was a non-air conditioned bus as I was already tired and wanted to go home the soonest possible time – P61
  • Bus (Olongapo to San Fernando) – P105
  • TOTAL : P1901

*Bus fare from San Fernando, Pampanga to Cubao is P102; probably the total bus fare from Cubao to San Felipe will be around P250 – P300 per person

*If travelling in groups, the place has a grill for barbecues. Or maybe a bonfire would be nice too.

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It’s more fun in the Philippines

This is the latest tagline for the Department of Tourism’s campaign to market the Philippines to local and foreign travelers alike. However, one begs to know that this promise could be truly delivered in terms of better infrastructure like airports and hotels/accommodation.

I am a budget traveler like many Pinoys; I don’t really care about grand rooms which I would only sleep in at the end of the day. And of course, I would want to get my hard-earned money’s worth for everything I have to pay for. I think it ultimately boils down to service. The room might be a nipa hut, but if the service is excellent, it would be up to par with a room in Shangri-la or Hyatt, at least in my book.

I read somewhere that we should scrap New Year’s resolutions and start a Bucket List instead. I haven’t done any of the two, but I want to be able to travel alone for a change. And I am looking forward to my first solo travel – the first of many. Time to explore the Philippines!

To quote a tourism campaign from the past: Tara na, Biyahe tayo!

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Andrei aka Baby Butete

You make the house a little more happier (yes on the redundancy) each passing day. We love you to bits, babe! ♥

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One Word

Goosebumps

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Samsung Galaxy Y unboxing and review

I have previously posted about getting a Samsung Galaxy Y for myself via Globe postpaid. Received my package in the mail last November 21, 2011.

I applied via Globe hotline (02-7301010) and if I have it correctly, all hotline applications are delivered via post. This would have been nicer though if it were available for pick-up so I don’t have to wait. Also there was a little trouble along the way because I received a call on Monday, Novemeber 14, that it would be delivered on Friday, 18th. On Friday, however, I received a call that there were some technical crap difficulty and would not be delivered until Monday, the 21st. Come Monday though, the delivery guy told me that he went to our area but was not able to find me nor our address. I thought, how strange was that? I later found out that the encoder typed my name wrong, thus when he asked around, nobody knew who I was.

Anyways, despite all these delays and mishaps, I finally got my package.

Opening the packet, it has the Samsung Galaxy Y box; it even has a Globe paper bag. lol

The box contains the following:

  • globe postpaid sim (which went to my sister)
  • phone and battery and manual
  • charger
  • usb adapter and pc installer
  • 2gig micro sd and sd adapter
  • earphones

After almost two weeks of using this phone, it is safe to say that I can now make an objective review. (five ★s is the highest)

  • form – ★★★ – the shape is typical, although the weight (it’s a little light especially if one is used to an iPhone) might surprise new users. I have dropped it three time since I got it since I keep forgetting it is in my hands. also since it is smaller than an iPhone, i needed a little adjustment on the keypad. i tend to hit the wrong letters often. also, the keyboard setting button could have been place elsewhere aside from where it is now. i keep pressing that instead of the enter key.
  • battery – ★★★ – typical too, of smartphones, they don’t last that long especially if wifi and 3G are on most of the time.
  • features – ★★★★ – despite being entry level, it is an android phone after all. it has the basic email, and social networking apps and games are available in the market. a little warning though, do not to open too many apps at the same time and end those you wont use, to conserve RAM.
  • price – ★★★★ – well i got mine for free, but regular price is between 5,800 to 6,000 pesos therefore pretty reasonable.
  • overall rating – ★★★ and a half stars – i say not bad at all.
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