Sunday, February 20, 2011

Babble. Babble. Babble.

As I’ve correctly predicted, I got somehow emotional last February 14. Screw Valentine’s Day, my being a hopeless romantic side has kicked in again. I guess until I have a special someone come one Valentine’s Day, I’ll always be like that on that day.
But then, I’m emotional as always, no doubt about that. I may be okay outside, smiling and laughing and stuff, but there are thousand things running in my mind, clashing one another. Thoughts that I want to write down, but whenever I am ready to write or type away, they suddenly are gone. Screw those thoughts that walk out on me. And because of that, I change my blog name from “Memories Worth Sharing” to “Me and My Babbling Mind”. As I was pondering on this, I figured that “Memories Worth Sharing” isn’t applicable to my journals anymore as I mostly rant or talk about basically anything. Go through my previous posts and you’ll see that it’s more or less confirmed that it’s a better name for my blog, right? Haha.
So, anyway, back to reality. The school year is coming to its end faster than I thought. There’s only about a month left and still a lot of stuff to study. Come summer, I still think I’m going to take summer classes just to keep up with the subjects I haven’t taken back in my first course.
Onto another topic, my elder sister has decided to marry her boyfriend of few years when he proposed to her late last year. I had no knowledge of this until Dad told me the following morning after Achi told him about it. I know I had this mixed emotions as I had told a friend about it and I guess I have already accepted this some time early this year as I don’t feel any grudge about it anymore. They are to be married one Saturday of June this year (I actually don’t pay attention so I don’t know when exactly is the wedding date), and gown measurements were already taken about 2-3 weeks ago. I would be very happy not to take any part on the wedding since I do not want to wear gown (hahaha), but she gave me a role, the bridesmaid. Uh, I actually have no any idea what’s that really suppose to be.
Anyway, I have researched on what is the role and stuff of a bridesmaid, and gave me answers. Haha. First of all, what is a bridesmaid?

A Bridesmaid is usually a close friend or sister who takes more of an active part in the wedding experience. Many times there are multiple bridesmaids that the bride chooses. In history, the bridesmaid would protect the bride against evil by wearing similar clothing to the bride's attire. This would confuse any "evil spirit" as to who the bride was. Being a bridesmaid has some important and fun tasks such as helping with the Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Party. Your support for the bride as well as being a great listener will help keep your friend focused and relaxed while having a great time.
What in the world is a duty of a bridesmaid? Again, they have the answer!
As a Bridesmaid you have a strong supportive role you must play during the entire wedding experience. Although the Maid of Honor may be there for the bride, your friend will also need your comfort and opinions as well (in most cases). Below, bridesmaid101 lists some of the top Bridesmaid's duties:

       If the bride asks about helping her with ideas on where to have the wedding, help her with scouting around and going to the different places. It may be a great idea to drive so she can focus on each location.
       If you have great penmanship it is always nice to volunteer to address at least some the invitations if the bride agrees. Many times a bride may outsource her invitations but if they need to be addressed by the family, your help will be key in reducing the load of tasks to complete.
       Your friend may need help in ordering and choosing decorations and favors, your opinions may be helpful in making decisions for narrowing down choices and making sure the decorations are in on time for the wedding, shower and bachelorette parties.
       It is a major treat to go with the bride when she is shopping for her wedding dress. She may even invite you to be involved in picking out the Bridesmaid Dresses. It is very important to help make sure the dresses are ordered and arrive in enough time for alterations!
       Make sure to pick up your bridesmaid dress in a "reasonable" amount of time in case of additional fittings. Underneath your bridesmaid dress you might consider bridal lingerie to compliment the beauty of the dress.
       Many times the groom does not want to go to register with his bride-to-be. You can be very supportive by going with your friend to register for her wedding gifts as well as letting other guests know where the bride and groom are registered. This is a very fun experience so take part in the choosing if she needs help.
       Help the bride in the seating arrangement. This can be a very difficult process with the more people coming to the wedding. Many times it makes it easier to draw out the tables and move people around until you have a close to perfect fit. Note: It is very helpful to bring this drawing to the wedding just in case there are any mix-ups, you will save the day!
       Help Plan the Bridal Shower with the Maid of Honor as well as the Bachelorette Party!
       Be a good communicator with information. Many times information prior to a wedding does not reach everyone. Friends will appreciate confirming plans of each shower and party as well as wedding day information.
       Attend and help out during the rehearsal dinner. Many times the bride, groom and their families are pre-occupied and forget about things which is where you can save the day by being supportive.

Wedding Day
       Assist the bride in getting into her dress and makeup
       Ask if the bride needs anything (food, water, etc) all the way up till the time she is walking down the aisle. She will really appreciate it!
       Assist the other bridesmaids on where to go and timing, especially if they show up late.
       Help make sure the bride has privacy if she needs some quiet time before the ceremony.
       Be the witness in the signing of the marriage license which is an honor!
       Assist the guests to their seats and be social prior to the wedding. The guests love to see the bridesmaids and groomsmen out and about.
       Take some deep breaths and walk slowly when you walk down the aisle since it is common to speed up. If a groomsman walks down the aisle with you, make him refrain from talking or fooling around.
       Always look for the unexpected since it is common for the most uncommon things to happen (i.e., something falling down at the altar). If you are close enough, fix what needs to be fixing so the bride, groom and their families can focus on the ceremony.
       If you are single, make sure to mingle and have a great time at the party! It is mandatory to catch the bridal bouquet :)
       If you are with your partner, make sure to dance and socialize since it means a lot to the bride and groom (when they have time to sit down) to see their friends having and creating a good time for themselves and the other guests.
       Last, but not least, provide moral support and be a great listener throughout the process since it is a very wonderful and "positively" stressful time for your friend. You can really make the difference!
       Make sure to take lots of pictures at the reception, wedding procession and afterwards. Many forget to take pictures and the bride and groom will appreciate them!
What do you know! There may be expanses as well! Wah.
Many bridesmaids have asked what are their obligations to pay for things during the pre wedding and wedding process. Below we have listed the traditional bridesmaid responsibilities to help you prepare for how much the wedding process will be. Again, these are only traditional expenses as some are covered by the bride and her family if she has the money and wants to chip in:
1- Bridesmaid Dress.2- Bridesmaid shoes.3- Jewelry to accent the dress.
4- Bridesmaid Hair for the wedding day.
5- Help cover to pay for the bride's hair on her big day.
6- Wedding shower gift.
7- The bachelorette party planning (invitations, venue, airfare, food and drink for you).
8- The bachelorette party supplies and entertainment.
9- Gift for bride and groom on wedding day.
10- If traveling, any and all travel expenses including gas, parking fees, airfare and accommodations.
These are the main expenses that a bridesmaid may incur for the wedding. If you plan ahead, you can save money in this soft economy as weddings can be expensive. Just make sure to have a great time and to communicate to the bride if you have some issues paying for all of the expenses. Many times, another bridesmaid or wedding party member will chip in as the important thing is that you attend the bachelorette party, bridal shower and wedding for a memorable time!
Okay. So after reading all these, I have concluded that bridesmaid have a big role. But. I am not doing anything. There’s another bridesmaid anyway. Heh. And, Achi has a lot of connection from work that she has already contracted for her big day such as the venue, the gowns, floral stuff, etc. The thing that I think I could not do for this one is to communicate with other people. Let’s face it, I AM ONE SHY PERSON WHO DOESN’T HAVE THE COURAGE TO TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE FIRST. THEREFORE, I AM NOT AN EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR!! One thing I sure can do is to take lots of pictures! Hahaha!
Okay, this is one lengthy post. Forgive me. But see, I told you, I babble. Too many topics in one post.

Monday, February 14, 2011

He's Just Not That Into You

Girls are taught a lot of stuff growing up. If a guy punches you he likes you. Never try to trim your own bangs. And someday you will meet a wonderful guy and get your very own happy ending. Every movie we see - every story we’re told - implores us to wait for it: the third act twist, the unexpected declaration of love, the exception to the rule. But sometimes we’re so focused on finding our happy ending we don’t learn how to read the signs. How to tell from the ones who want us and the ones who don’t, the ones who will stay and the ones who will leave. And maybe a happy ending doesn’t include a guy, maybe… it’s you, on your own, picking up the pieces and starting over, freeing yourself up for something better in the future. Maybe the happy ending is… just… moving on. Or maybe the happy ending is this: knowing after all the unreturned phone calls, broken hearts, through the blunders and misread signals, through all the pain and embarrassment you never ever gave up hope. 
- Gigi Phillips (He’s Just Not That Into You, 2009)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Find Yourself

Find Yourself
Brad Paisley
Cars OST

When you find yourself
In some far off place
And it causes you to rethink some things
You start to sense that slowly 
You're becoming someone else
And then you find yourself

When you make new friends in a brand new town
And you start to think about settlin' down
The things that would have been lost on you 
Are now clear as a bell
And you find yourself 
Yeah that's when you find yourself

Where you go through life
So sure of where you’re headin'
And you wind up lost and it's 
The best thing that could have happened
‘Cause sometimes when you lose your way it's really just as well
Because you find yourself
Yeah that’s when you find yourself

When you meet the one
That you've been waitin' for
And she's everything that you want and more
You look at her and you finally start to live for some one else
And then you find yourself
That’s when you find yourself

When we go through life
So sure of where we're headin'
And we wind up lost and it's 
The best thing that could have happened
‘Cause sometimes when you lose your way it's really just as well
Because you find yourself
Yeah that's when you find yourself

Friday, February 04, 2011

Boyfriend Potential Suvery, papasa ka ba?

Since it's the love month, naalala ko itong survey na ito that I answered over a year ago on my Facebook notes. I wonder if nagbago ang aking criteria? We'll see. All my current answers will be in bold face. Just so you know, I won't look at my previous answer as I type my new answers, para hindi pareho. =)


1.Dapat ba gwapo?

-doesn't really matter. bonus point na lang kumbaga kung gwapo. *doesn't matter, basta maganda ang loob niya.*

2. matalino?

-yes, para share-an naman ako ng konting knowledge. hahaha *why not! hahaha! seriously, basta may laman ang utak naman.*

3. preferred age?

-siguro basta hindi more than 5 years older saken. *same age or a little older will do*

4. preferred height?

-dapat mas matangkad saken! *same height or taller please!*

5. How about sense of humor?

-oo naman! mababaw kaligayahan ko kasi so dapat mabilis niya akong mapatawa *definitely!!*

6. How about piercings?

-AYAW. *ayaw.*

7. Accepts you for who you are?

-OF COURSE! dapat lang noh!! *DAPAT LANG NOH!!!*

8. Pink hair?

-NO! *no waaaaaaaaay!!*

9. mushy or no?

-ok lang, basta nasa lugar ang pagiging mushy, hehe *basta sa akin lang mushy ha? :D*

10. Thin or fat?

-in between *average*

11. Moreno or chinito or mestizo?

-ewan. kahit ano na lang. haha *morenong chinitong mestizo... may ganun ba? hahaha*

12. Long hair or short hair?

-short? *short hair para he looks neat. :)*

13. Plastic or metal?

-ha? *i still don't get this, hehe*

14. Smells good?

-dapat! *oo naman!*

15. Smoker?


16. Drinker?

-ayaw pero siguro ok na rin ung paminsan-minsan lang siguro uminom? *occasional drinker lang pleasE?*

17. Boy-next-door type?

-ye *oh sure!*

18. Musically inclined?

-pwede rin! *yes please!!*

19. Plays piano?

-sure. para turuan niya ako ulit. *yes, tas tuturuan ulit ako magpiano. :D*

20. Plays bass and/or acoustic guitar?

-sure. para pwedeng mangharana =p *sureeeeeeee, tas haranahan ako ha!*

21. Plays violin?

-sure, why not! hihihi *why not diba!*

22. Sings very good?

-ok lang, kahit hindi rin ok lang din :D *kahit na hindi ok lang, basta kinakantahan ako :)*

23. Vain?

-huwag masyado...  *ok lang, basta wag akong sasapawan sa pagiging vain hahaha*

24. With glasses?

-k lang *ok lang*

25. With braces?

-k lang, basta bagay sa knya :P *as long as bagay sa kanya :)*

26. Shy type?

-may mangyayari ba samin kapag pareho kaming shy? haha. medyo shy na lang siya dapat haha *pwede bang hindi siya shy or just a little shy na lang, baka super tahimik lang kami kapag shy din siya*

27. Rebel or good boy?

-good boy na may pagkarebel *syempre good boy! na may konting rebelde in him :D*

28. Active or passive?

-in between *so-so*

29. tight or bomb?

-eh? *?*

30. Singer or dancer?

-kahit ano *kahit ano, basta ineentertain niya ako, hihihi*

31. Suplado?

-sa akin dapat hindi suplado, sa iba dapat suplado. bwahaha. joke. *basta hindi siya suplado sa akin.*

32. Hiphop?

-nah *ayaw*

33. Earrings?

-ayaw. *ayaw*

35. Torpe?

-ewan? *may mangyayari ba sa amin kung torpe siya?*

36. Mr. count-my-ex-girlfriends-until-you-drop?

-NO!!! *AYAW.*

37. Dimples?

-sureeeeee para same kami kapag magsmile :D *sure!!! para same kami pag nagsmile :D*

38. Bookworm?

-sure *awesome*

39. Mr. love letter?

-yes please!!! *yes please!!!*

40. Makulit?

-yes, pero dapat asa lugar ang kakulitan *sure basta nilulugar niya ang kakulitan niya*

41. Flirt?

-sakin lang dapat flirt :P *sa akin lang siya dapat flirt!*

42. Poem writer?

-oh sure!! *yes pleaseeeeee*

43. Serious?

-basta marunong magseryoso *nilulugar niya kung saan magseseryoso*

44. Campus crush?

-wag na. *ayaw.*

45. Painter ..?

-ok lang *pwede na*

46. Religious?

-basta God-fearing. *basta God-fearing*

47. Alaskador?

-ayaw. *no.*

48. Computer games geek? Or internet freak?

-wag masyado *a little. basta hindi niya binubuhos lahat ng oras niya dun.*

49. Speaks 20 languages?

-may ganitong tao pa ba?! kahit hindi na. kahit 5 lang. hahaha. joke. *why not! hahaha! basta may common language kami ha!*

50. Loyal o faithful?

-loyal na faithful! may ganun ba? haha *loyal na faithful.*

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


Once in a while, my friend and I would reminisce our respective childhood memories, since we have a close age gap, just 2 years apart. We think about how things were back in our generation, in contrast to the generation now. There are a lot of things that we used to do or have that the kids now most likely have no idea what they are.

Back in around Grade 2, I think, us girls were making a big fuss about stationery; who has better designs, who has a lot to exchange, stuff like that. And if a plastic envelope full of stationery of a classmate's would be missing, it would even be reported to the class adviser and, in turn, the adviser would check our bags to look who's the "culprit" who "took the envelope". Just recently, when I was fixing my some from the old house, I found my own plastic envelope with stationery. With this technology now, I seriously wonder if kids nowadays even know what a stationary is. I'm also wondering if they know how snail mail works? I mean, of course e-mailing is easier and more convenient for them to reach out to friends and loved ones here and those in other countries; just a click and their letters are sent already, whereas for those who experienced sending snail mails we know how long or short the day/s before our letters reach the recipient, and how the letters would arrive-- either as neat as you mailed them or the other way around.

This definitely was not experienced by children nowadays-- how things were cheaper back then. And things were cheaper before my generation was born. Just last week, my grandmother was telling me that back in the 70s, a tricycle ride here on our area was 20cents and 30cents is expensive already. I believe when I was in elementary, you can buy few pieces of candy already with 50cents, some junk foods (those in small packs) and juices were worth a peso. You can even travel in less than 7 pesos. But now... Well, you can still travel with 6 pesos, if you're a student riding a jeep that is. Jeepney fare increased as of today to a minimum of 8 pesos for a regular passenger! Minimum MRT ticket is 10 pesos while LRT has a minimum of 12 pesos. And come March this year, the prices will drastically increase (boo them!).

Back in the days, every children play physical games to spend their free time, especially before cable channels came. Patintero, Langit-lupa, Garter, Chinese Garter, Agawang Base and Tagu-taguan were the usual games played during recess at school. There was also the jackstone, pog, tex and dampa. Now, with the ever-so changing technology, kids may be seen seated in a corner with their noses buried not in their books, but in their PSPs. There may be a few children I see playing habulan during their breaks/dismissals at school, but a lot are still seen holding their PSPs.

Lastly, we usually are amused by the kids' stroller bags whenever we pass by them after eating lunch with them racing through the hallway dragging their bags along the way. I remember years ago when strollers first came out, I kept nagging my parents to buy me one but they kept saying no since stroller bags were expensive back then. Are they still expensive now? I guess not anymore since they are being used by kids everywhere. One time, while we were eating, we saw bunch of stroller bags lined up and all of them were color pink.

Times have changed, what was once famous in my generation may no longer be known by the generation now. What may be famous now may not suite the taste of the generation I've been. But all I can say now is that I'm happy on what I have experienced back then that this generation won't be able to appreciate. But who knows, those things might "resurrect" and they will also love them the way we once did.