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Simbang Gabi

Christmas anticipation mass - 9 mornings

Malamig na simoy ng hangin. Parol. Belen. Christmas song. Christmas tree. Christmas lights. Christmas bazaar.

Hay... pasko na naman.

Ipag-gugunita ang pagsilang ni Jesus sa sabsaban - ang tagapagligtas ng sambayanan para sa mga katoliko at kristyano. Ang karaniwang hudyat ng pasko ay ang simbang gabi.

Ayon sa Wikipedia, ang simbang gabi ay nagsimula noong 1587 - panahon ng koloyalismong Kastila - nang pinayagan ng Santo Papa na si Diego de Soria isang prayleng Kastila sa Mexico na magdaos ng misa sa labas ng simbahan upang mapaunlakan ang malaking bilang ng mga mamamayang ibig makinig ng misang panggabi. Nagsimula naman ang simbang gabi dito sa Pilipinas noong 1669 nang magsagawa ang mga pari ng pangmadaling-araw na misa para sa mga magsasakang nais dumalo ng misa tuwing pasko ngunit hindi maiwan ang sakahan. Ito ay inihalintulad sa simba ng tandang, sapagkat sa pagtilaok ng tandang ay babangon ang mag-anak para makinig ng misa sa pinakamalapit na parokya.

Ang Pilipinas lang sa bansang Asya ang kasama sa pinayagan ng Santo Papa na magdaos ng Simbang Gabi. Dahil ang Pilipinas lamang ang nasakop ng mga Kastila sa kontinenteng Asya.

Na mi-miss ko ang pag-gising sa umaga ng alas tres para makadalo ng misa ng alas kwatro imedya. Pagkatapos makinig ng misa ay bumibili ako ng puto bumbong o ng bibingka at sasamahan ko na din ng maiinit na pandesal. Isang beses palang akong naka-buo ng simbang gabi. Dahil sa nagtatrabaho na ako ngayon sa isang "BPO", hindi na ako makadalo ng misa. Sapagkat ala una ang aking pasok at tapos na ang misa pagkatapos ng aking trabaho. Mayroon din namang misa sa gabi. Ito ay alas nuebe ng gabi. Hindi din naman ako makasimba noon dahil mahimbing pa ang aking tulog noon. Baligtad kasi ang aking oras. Gising sa madaling araw at tulog sa araw.

:( :( :(

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Taxicab

For convenience and pain

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Taxicab also known as taxi or cab (depending on which country) is a form of public transportation. It is like a normal car wherein a single or group of passengers can hire the driver to go to a specific destination. These are operational 24 hrs daily.

Here in the country there several types of taxis available. First is the metered taxi. These are usually flagged down by the passenger along the highway. The second type is the airport taxi. These are taxis for hire wherein the passenger will pay the fare on the taxi counter. The third type are the hotel taxis. They can only cater to the clients of that specific hotel.

The metered taxi is then "unofficially" classified into two groups. The metered rate and the fixed rate taxis. The metered rate taxis use their meter to calculate the distance it travelled and the corresponding fare. The fixed rate taxis suggests fixed amount of fare to the passenger before accepting to take the passenger to the destination. This is illegal. These types of taxis rarely get passengers - unless it is during peak hours where the passengers have no alternate options.

Bakit nga ba ako nagbo-blog tungkol sa taxi? Ito kasi ang sinakyan ko kaninang hating-gabi papuntang opisina. Napipilitan lang naman ako sumakay ng taxi kapag gahaman ang nasakyan kong jeep sa Ayala. Yung mga tipong nagpupuno ng pasahero hanggat maging parang sardinas na sa lata ang tao sa loob ng jeep. Ganoon kasi ang nasakyan kong jeep kahapon kaya nadala na ako kanina.

May mga nakaparadang taxi sa gasoline station doon sa may Ayala. Medyo nakinita ko na hindi alam ng taxi driver ang gusali na pupuntahan ko. Inaasahan ko kasi na dapat kabisado nya ang lugar na kanyang tinatambayan. More than 5 years na kasi nakatayo ang building ng pinapasukan ko kaya kahit papaano dapat medyo alam ng mga taxi driver ito. Katapat naman kasi ito ng fire station at ng hospital.

Dapat talaga pinapahalagahan ko ang aking pakiramdam. Doon ako bumaba sa likod ng gusali na aking pinapasukan. Mali kasi ang nilikuan ni manong driver KAHIT NA ITINURO KO NA SA KANYA ANG MISMONG GUSALI!!! Grrr... Nakakapang-gigil diba?!

Hayz... life... parang buhay... :(

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Spaghetti Factory

The first Italian Spaghetti Factory

It's my rest day again and I usually stop by the mall the amuse myself. This is my form of relaxation. I came across a quaint little restaurant on the Glorietta 1 wing named Spaghetti Factory. I have not been malling around for too long before noticing the time. It was almost 12 noon. I thought to myself that I need sustenance - my stomach growled in agreement.

Fortunately I was with an officemate at that time so I asked her if we could try out this new resto. Actually the Spaghetti Factory is not really a new restaurant in Glorietta 1. As stated in their website "http://www.spaghettifactory.com.ph", this store has been around for a few years already and the first to conceptualize a restaurant mainly about different pasta and pasta sauces.

I liked the ambiance of the resto. It's quaint, cozy, and stylish. They clearly made an effort to exude an Italian atmosphere in the decor and the furnishings. The server's are friendly and upbeat. Do you notice how some servers in other restaurants look like zombies while taking orders from the customers? This was the opposite of that. What surprised me was that the pepper grinder. It was huge! I thought it was just part of the decoration. It is actually a functional tool. After they serve your order, they would come up to you and ask how much cheese and pepper you would like in your food. This was great because somehow you could customize the taste of your food.

The menu is quite overwhelming at first because there seems to be a lot to choose from. In our Filipino custom we usually order our food as a package - main course, drinks, rice, etc. - so I was used to that. Instead I ordered Fried Calamari Rings as an appetizer and Pasta Sampler since I can't decide which pasta I would want. The pasta sampler enables you to choose three pasta sauces and your choice of pasta. I chose the sauces Alfredo, Italian Sausage Mafia Style, and Bolognese. I chose Fettuccine as my pasta.

It was pasta heaven! Since there are so many flavors to choose from - you surely will enjoy eating here.

:) :) :)

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Migratory Birds

Seasonal journey of the other species

It's only about 14 or 15 days before Christmas. The air seems cooler, the time in a day seems to go faster, and you can see the Christmas decor being put up by different establishments. On the other hand, the traffic in the Metro becomes more sluggish than the usual. However, it is not only the humans who are preparing for this occassions, let us pay attention to the other beings we share with on earth like - birds.

Tama na ang english. Nag no-nose bleed na ako.

Birds o ibon. Ito ang aking napansin habang ako ay pauwi sa aming bahay. Bago kasi ako makarating sa bahay namin, madadaanan ko ang NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport). Tuwing malapit na ang pasko, napapansin ko ang mga puting ibon sa damohan ng runway.

It's migrating season.

Ang mga ibon ay tila mga turista na bumibisita sa mga bansang mainit ang panahon. Nagkakaroon kasi ng nyebe ang mga lugar na pinagmulan nila kaya sila umaalis doon pagkatapos ng tagsibol. Noong mga nakaraang taon tila kumonti ang mga ibon na nakikita ko sa runway. Kadalasan ay nasa damo lang sila nakaupo. Natuto na ang mga ibon na ito. Noong una kasi silang napadpad doon, sila ay naging panggulo sa mga eroplano na kailangan dumaan sa runway para makalipad. Akala siguro ng mga ibon na ito ay kamag-anak nila ang mga eroplano kaya nila ito nilalapitan noon. Mayroon tuloy mga na-delay na flights ay kailangan pa silang itaboy sa tabi ng mga Airport Control Personnel. Nakakatuwa nga iyon dahil iyon ay naipakita pa sa isang lokal na istasyon sa telebisyon.

Nakakatuwang isipin na hindi lang tao ang nagiging turista natin sa bansa. Maging ang mga ibon at isda ay nagiging bisita din natin. Sana ay maalagaan natin sila at huwag gawing pagkain. Dahil sila ay kasapi sa mga nagbabalanse ng ating "Ecosystem". :) :) :)

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Twilight Saga - My POV - part II

My thoughts regarding the Twilight Saga written by Stephenie Meyer

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Twilight || New Moon || Eclipse || Breaking Dawn || Midnight Sun (partial draft)

~ New Moon ~

Ah, the next installment to the Twilight saga. This focuses more on a persons' ability to deal with depression. Bella and Edward is stressed out by each others decision. Bella, wanting to be a vampire; Edward, not wanting Bella to experience eternal damnation. Edward decides to leave Bella in the hopes that she would have a normal human life. Bella then succumbs into depression. Stephenie Meyer clearly captured how a human usually goes to the stages of moving on after experiencing downfall.

Jacobs' character is given more priority in this book. Stephenie gave more attention to Jacobs' character as a reference to the following books in the saga.

The climax of the story is when Bella jumps off the cliff and Alice Cullen saw this in her vision. She thought that Bella had died and Rosalie seeks Edward to tell him of the news. Edward, who will forever be inlove with Bella goes to Italy to seek the Volturi. For him, existing is no longer an option if Bella had passed away. This clearly was a misunderstanding. Jacob saves Bella. Alice did not see this because Jacob is a werewolf. This is the flaw in Alice gift of premonition. So Alice and Bella goes to Italy to try and save Edward from the Volturi.

The Volturi is a vampire coven that enforces the sacred rule of the vampires - secrecy. The vampire's existence must be kept secret from humans. The human is subject to death by the Volturi if he/she knows the true nature of a vampire.

The book as a whole is quite confusing. The beginning till the middle of the book was like a build up to something big about Bella and Jacob. I was worried that Edward had been cut in the story so I sneaked a peek at the last pages of the book. I felt that the third section of the book has been rushed to present the story of Edward being saved from the Volturi.

:) :) :)

~ to be continued...

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Twilight Saga - My POV - part I

My thoughts regarding the Twilight Saga written by Stephenie Meyer

What is all the buzz about? Whenever I go the mall I see the movie poster. When I am in the office I can hear my colleagues talk about IT. When I am traveling home from work I can see books in the saga being held by different people. What is it that I'm talking about? The Twilight Saga of course - written by Stephenie Meyer. Since in all my travel for the past couple of months I have seen people being bit by the Twilight bug, it's only a matter of time before it got to me. Hence, my POV (Point of View).

Twilight || New Moon || Eclipse || Breaking Dawn || Midnight Sun (partial draft)

Most humans are intrigued by the unknown. Myths and legends are the most famous topic on which the humans usually read about. So it is of no surprise that a story about vampires will capture the interest of - well - humans... and I am one of them. Before reading this I must warn those who haven't read the book that this blog might include spoilers.

~ Twilight (the book) ~

The first book in the twilight saga. The introduction of the main characters Edward Cullen (vampire) and Isabella (Bella) Swan. The story takes place in the present time where technology is at its breakthrough. Stephenie Meyer did not follow the norm regarding her vampire characters. She perceived the vampires as the most perfect immortal creature with just two flaws. They drink blood - human or animal; and the only way to kill the vampire is to incapacitate it and burn the body parts. No nonsense about garlic, silver bullet, sunlight, coffin, goth decor, and wooden stake through the heart. All the vampires seem to be derived through the character of Queen Akasha and Lestat de Lioncourt in the book of Anne Rice - Queen of the Damned. It's an evolved vampire.

Edward is strongly attracted to Bella. As it is stated in the book Bella is like Edward's exact brand of heroin. He is addicted to everything about her. He is attracted to Bella because of how her blood smells like. He is also infatuated with her because he developed strong feelings for her. They eventually fall in love with each other. There is an intense contradiction of wanting to drink her blood - that will eventually kill her, and a need to protect her because he loves her.

The highlight of the story is when a nomad vampire named James hunted Bella because she is a human and is the love interest of Edward. James gift is being a tracker. He is able to track his prey by the scent it leaves behind. James especially wanted to hunt Bella because of how protective Edward seemed on their first meeting in the meadow. Bella reminded James of a human in his past whom he was absolutely attracted to - as a human food. This human is named Alice. Which, coincidentally is Alice Cullen - the vampire sister of Edward.

~ Twilight (the movie) ~

Whenever there is a movie created based on a bestseller book - the scriptwriters usually tend to tweak the story to avoid plagiarism. Hence, it will definitely be subtly different than that of the book. This is no different. I already convinced myself not to compare the movie with the book as I watched the movie. It was interesting - to say the least. As a critic, I would say that the movie could have been better. It was interesting to see how the director and the scriptwriter perceived how the story would look like in film. The transition between scenes is not flawless. It seemed to be abruptly cut to present the next scene.

Yet, the mood was expressed surprisingly well. Vampire movies thrive on it's sexy yet dark appeal to the audience - this movie did just that. It captured the fragility and humor of human existence and the enigma of a mythical figure - vampire. You couldn't help but laugh at the mundane things that normal humans do and be intrigued on how the vampire minds work - while silently wishing that you are being turned into a vampire by Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen). That was a very memorable scene for me. He he he...

:) :) :)

~ to be continued...

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