Friday, October 05, 2012

Currently Reading: Out of the Blue

Great news (for someone very dear to me) got me devastated. I asked some friends to go drinking but our conflicting schedules are bitches. And so like so many years ago, when I needed some listening ears but I didn't have friends, I turned to books. There's a little library at work, thank God. This one seemed like good company. I totally get her.

"TV weather presenter Faith is very good at forecasting the weather, yet can't predict the big cold snap in her own life that's heading her way as her husband Peter starts to stray. Faith's two teenage children are behaving very oddly, Faith's best friend, the brilliant but bitchy magazine editor, Lily Jago, is seemingly supportive, but is following her own selfish agenda. Only the family dog, Graham, offers Faith the fidelity and reassurance that she craves. But then Faith meets Jos, a handsome theatre designer, but is he all that he seems to be...?" Buy it here...

Author: Isabel Wolff (
Published by: HarperCollins 2001
ISBN: 0-00-651341-7

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Feels funny in my mouth

While reading articles about the controversial Cybercrime Law, I encountered this word for the first time - HACKTIVIST.

I had to say it (out loud) five times because it tickled my soft palate, hard palate and uvula. Try it...


Ok, 10 tries for me now. Sarap.

I can't help but connect the word to the mystery person (from the men's restroom near our work area) who does self-induced expectoration (is that a word?) almost thrice a week, every afternoon.

That guy... DAHAKTIVIST.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Off the list - The Five Love Languages

I can't believe it took me a month, but I did! Finally finished reading "The Five Love Languages."

I work with two straight guys who are in the male spectrum extremes. Guy#1 is known for his almost-female tendencies yet roguish demeanor. Guy#2 is the King of Calm and pragmatism. Both are smart and funny. Why are they in this post?

Towards the end of 2011, I shared the concept of "Love Languages" with my team mates. Over smokes and  horseplay, I braved the geek spotlight. Guy#1's reaction wast - duh... I don't buy it. Guy#2 shrugged it off with a polite smile.

The concept of "Love Languages" gave me all the answers that I needed about my romantic relationship. The book presented itself to me, several years ago, when I was about to crack. The book showcased testimonials from couples who went through seminars and counselling sessions. They became successful in their quest to deepen their relationships through a basic understanding and profound appreciation of the concepts presented --- all translated to hard work, time and effort. Secret of success? Both husband and wife were into communicating effectively using the language/s that their partners preferred.

With Guy#1 and Guy#2's reactions to the concept, I'm beginning to see how things will end. For me.

My husband's primary love language is "Acts of Service." My little girl's showing signs of preference for "Touch." Knowing what I know now, I'll have to strive to communicate through service and touch - at home. Meanwhile, I love "Words" and nobody seems to give a freaking flying fuck about it.

Did I just curse? Yep. What else is left for me to do? Nobody said love's fun.

Disappoint MEANT

Yes. I'm extremely disappointed. I regained all the pounds I lost. Yoga classes can't/won't seem to fit in my schedules. I'm still fat. I still smoke. I still work during my rest days.

September ends in a couple of hours. I need to turn things around real quick.