It’s been a while since I did a write up on the year that was. The past couple of years offered nothing much to write home about especially with me having been in a perpetuated state of limbo since I got let go from my previous job and none of my goals, from establishing a freelance business to studying a foreign language, didn’t materialise. Doesn’t help that the people I thought I could count on, especially my dad, couldn’t support me in my endeavours.
Sometimes, one’s past has a way of resurfacing itself as paths overlap in the crossroads of fate. Such was the case a couple of weeks ago when I passed by someone I thought I would never expect myself to see ever again.
Back in the day, I had an argument with someone who I once trusted and regarded to as a friend. The argument came as a result of a line being crossed of which I could never forgive him for. While it’s not the kind of argument where we would yell at each other, it was more of “You crossed me so you’re dead to me!” kind of argument. I simply approached him, gave him a piece of my mind in a whisper and then…
BAM! Friendship’s over.
I never meant to do the way that I did but the circumstances left me with no other choice. And the person in question, it seems to me, did not get the message. Basically, there’s always a time and place for everything but when you do or say something that is, not just ill-timed but also out of line, then you shouldn’t even wonder why we’re in this situation in the first place.
Fast forward to today: I was at an overpass on my way to the nearest bus stop. And out of the blue, I saw a familiar figure, carrying a heavy handbag on one hand. Inside my mind, was panicking and hyperventilating at the sight of the last person I’d expect to see. But on the surface, I was calm, cool and collected.
I took a quick glance to make sure that who I’m seeing is exactly who I’m seeing. I was wearing my contacts at the time so I was hoping I wouldn’t get recognised. Eventually, our paths crossed and I’m not exactly what happened but I could have sworn he also stole a quick glance, probably thinking if I was a familiar person to him as well. I was also wearing earphones connected to my phone so my face really looked occupied but I was concentrated to that chanced sight.
That moment triggered all the memories coming back into the forefront, both the good and the bad. People around me may think I’m simply holding a grudge to a senseless issue but the issue itself is a very personal one, of which I have made it clear to the people I know.
Me and the one I once considered a friend left each other on bad terms and I don’t think we would ever resolve it anytime soon.
They say that time will heal old wounds, but I don’t think it would be the case for this now.
(Editor’s note: Written last October 25, 2015)
Since I learned about this thing called high definition, I have dreamed for the day that our household would finally be able to have access to this wonderful-wonderful world where everything is crystal clear, every detail is on point, and letterboxes are nothing but a thing of the past (only to be replaced by pillarboxes). Today, we finally made that dream come true.
Our cable operator has had HD available to its subscribers for years now but it’s only until recently that I considered convincing my family to have our existing digital cable box upgraded to something that maximises our HDTV’s full potential in terms of picture quality. But to do that, I have to do a ton of research into what I’m getting myself into.
First off, I snagged a copy of a brochure containing our cable company’s line-up of channels, both in standard and high definition, their availability in either format, line-up packs as well as their respective rates per channel. Afterwards, I called their customer service hotline at different times to learn more and further confirm about their HD service.
Originally, I was kinda hoping I could be able to avail our household of a DVR (digital video recorder) that comes with the HD upgrade so that we may be able to record shows that we may have missed. But unfortunately, that additional feature is not available in our area so yeah…That was quite the setback.
In the end, I did went through with it ONCE I’ve learned less than a week ago that one of the local TV networks have finally launched its own HD channel that is now available to all subscribers of our cable operator. That alone is reason enough to push through with availing that HD upgrade even though we will only get to have just two free channels in high definition after getting to preview every other HD channel there is available for a limited one-week period.
The new remote and the control panel from the HD digital box will take a little getting used to although, by the looks of it, I may not be able to pillarbox any SD channel anytime soon.
The local HD channel, ABS-CBN HD, currently has a limited number of shows currently in high definition, majority of which are all of their daily soap operas, plus one live variety show, a few recent cartoons and live action series.
Hopefully in the near future, we’ll be able to afford more channels into our current cable package as it seems like my dad is enjoying the heck out of our preview high definition channels. Of course, I guess I may have to give my fair share of subsidising our monthly cable bill to make it all worth it.
As the saying goes, “To pretty colors, and high definition!”
The first month back to full-employment status have been tiring yet fulfilling. I still feel a bit rough around the edges but for the most part, I think I’m finally getting my groove in my new environment.
Naranasan mo bang mainis dahil lamang sa isang maliit na bagay kagaya ng siopao? May kasaysayan ako sa pagkain iyon simula noong una ko silang nakilala noong grade school ako.
Ngayong matanda na ako’t nagagawang makabili na ng siopao, hindi pa rin ako makapaniwala na mararanasan ko ulit ang isang problem na may kinalaman sa isang munting pangmerienda.
At dahil lang hindi masagot ang isang simpleng tanong.
What’s worse than having cheerful and supportive parents acting as your job agents? Well, encountering an HR department who actually refuses resumes for one.
After more than 2 years of being in the population of the unemployed, I finally landed myself a steady job.
Sa mga Papasok na Housemates,
Habang binabasa niyo ito, marahil kayo ay nasa kalagitnaan ng pagsesequester sa kanya-kanyang hotel room sa Maynila (at maaring hindi mo ‘to mabasa kaagad), kung saan ay naghihintay na lamang kayong lumipas ang isang linggo bago kayo pumasok sa bahay ni Kuya para sa makasaysayang nitong ikaanim na regular season (ikalabing dalawa sa pangkalahatan) at ikasampung anibersaryo.
Sa inyong pagpasok, magiging bahagi na kayo ng isang naatatanging pangkat ng mga tao mula sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng mundo na binigyan ng pagkakataong manirahan kasama ang mga kapwa estranghero sa loob ng higit-kumulang na 15 linggo na walang contact mula sa labas. Para maglaro sa isang palabas na may mga hindi-inaasahang twists at turns, magawang lagpasan ang bawat nominasyon at evictions, maging ang pagpipintas ng publiko hanggang sa ikaw na lang ang natatanging natitira.
Dear Incoming Housemates,
As you read this, you might be in the process of being sequestered to your assigned hotel room in Manila (and probably won’t be reading this in time), waiting less than a week from now before entering the Pinoy Big Brother house, which is now on its landmark 6th regular season (12th over-all) and tenth anniversary.
Upon entering the house, you will officially become part of an elite global group of people who were bestowed with a one of a kind experience to live with fellow strangers in isolation for 15 weeks or less, to play a game filled with unexpected twists and turns as you survive nominations and evictions, as well as public scrutiny, until only one housemate is left standing to claim the grand prize on finale day.
I woke up bruised on the side of some airstrip with a few injured people lying on the ground next to me. Behind me is a bus that has been turned over with people still inside. I don’t know what happened, there was chaos and mayhem. But one thing for sure, there’s no real urgency to call for help for some reason as we actually had the luxury of time to make chitchat before doing anything.