While writing this entry, the volume of my music player is pumped while playing Kylie Minogue’s new single entitled Wow. For several years, I have always admired Kylie, her music and reinvention. Some call it a guilty pleasure – Kylie that is. I was able to catch the video of Wow while scanning through some channels one Friday morning. The rhythm is very fit for the summer season. When I first heard it, I was thumping my fingers over my lap. The video, on the other hand, was another signature video by Kylie. The dash of neon fluorescent lights with disco colors complemented her sexy moves. Launched formally during the beginning of this year, Wow already made it to the top twenty of the charts. The song makes me groove and the video is very enticing.

Corporate Summer
Mastering the art of corporate summer requires a lot of adjustments. After graduation, I was employed by a local corporation as an Integrated Communications Assistant. At first I had no idea what it was, aside from the fact that the HR department told me that it involves a lot of writing (which I certainly love doing). I took the job and here I am being paid for editing the company newsletter, making ad copies, grammar-checking brochures and making business cards for the 30+ companies of a known conglomerate here in Central Luzon. I find my office mates very interesting. Most of them boys, they are all very creative in their own crafts. Instead of spending my summer wearing board shorts, I am obliged to be in corporate attire – long sleeves and slacks. Well, although I find it amusing at times, I honestly enjoy it here in our office. Good thing I am not experiencing the scourging heat of the sun out in the open, but instead, I am enjoying the freezing air-conditioning system in our office.

Choir Boy
I found a group of people very similar to the group I left in Manila. These people love to sing and consider their colleague as family. I’m glad I am now one of them – a member of the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir of the Archdiocese of San Fernando. Aside from having a motivating drive when it comes to attending Sunday services, I found a new set of friends here in my hometown.

Summer for me has been very exhausting not because of the excursions and heat, but because of the new things I’m now serious about – work and church. Well, the tedious pre-employment was really tiring as well. For a week I had to visit several offices for my NBI Clearance, Community Tax Cetificate, etc. During those times cursed and hated government services for their low quality service and apathy. Well, all is done and I’m now employed. I just realized that with my new singing commitment plus my Monday to Saturday job, I have no more break. Good thing I still manage to get enough sleep and unwind at home. This is far better than college days and all I can say is… WOW!

Frustrated Pig

While watching a noontime game show hosted by a high-pitched, thirty-something showbiz figure, the thought of reviving my online diary popped in my head. After almost five months of rest, here I am again, tapping the black keys of my friend Toshiba. Once in a while, it feels good to share something online. Actually, I never really stopped writing. My collection of unedited works already piled up on my desktop. But I missed posting life discoveries and blabbing stuff which are significant for me and actually nonsense for others.

Recently, I found time pulling myself together after being torn apart by studies and responsibilities. For me, this year’s vacation has been the ‘king of all summers.’ I did a lot of things and I hardly gained weight. Before summer officially started, I made a promise to myself. I’m not underweight but I would love to see my body buff a little bit so I promised to try what my pals suggested – just eat, sleep and live like a pig. Sad to say, like many other promises, my ‘live-like-a-pig pledge’ was broken, and this was how it happened:

I spent two hours of April Fools Day morning with my family inside a plane. I was busy reading scary Neil Gaiman stories when I heard the monotonous voice of a cabin crew announcing that our plane has landed. It was the start of my four-day stay in Hong Kong. I considered this trip as a chance to eat a lot. I spent the first day munching KFC chickens while I left my brother running around Toys ‘R Us. Of course, this trip wouldn’t be complete without having our family picture taken together with the most recognizable mouse in the world – Mickey. Every time I ate Mickey-shaped popsicles and Goofy-cooked fries, I was waiting for my body to bloat right away. “When will I get fat?” I frequently asked myself. We spent the last days touring, and every time we walk, I felt that I was getting lighter again.

Gaining weight doesn’t happen in a snap. One other way was to get plenty of sleep. By the second week of April, I was hopeless. How can I get some sleep if I was scheduled to get a Henna tattoo in Puerto Galera, do some church work during Holy Week, and attend a leadership seminar in Laguna? Before Labor Day arrived, I faced the fact that I will never ever get to live the life of a pig.

May arrived and I decided to have a month-long self-pampering. First, I found this wooden foot massage thingy and I gave my feet some rest. I blocked the next two days of the week for a facial and a dental check-up. Then, I found time to catch up with my hometown friends. I spent nights watching a primetime fantasy TV series where my high school classmate plays the role of a magician’s dancing assistant who wears a skimpy yellow-green dress. No more pig dreams.

As of now, my hair grew similar to that of Darna’s leading man, my skin was protected from UV with the help of Coppertone, my body grew several centimeters taller, my American Idol bet Katharine didn’t win, my cell phone beeped a thousand times since Globe launched unlimited texting, and my body built stayed the same. What if I was fat and I needed to trim down? Oh, the vanity! I guess I should start focusing on other things which are more important than trying to be a pig. Maybe next time, I’ll try to become a dog. Like reality, it bites!

Summer + Boredom = Blogging

Posting my daily experiences through a web log hasn’t turned on my interest since it first started. Not until todaySummer Sunshine, a hot, sunny, boring morning that something inside of me insisted: “Hey, why not give it a try?” So here I am facing a computer, typing, and feeling engrossed; not to mention the eerie picture of Sarah Jessica Parker’s spirit entering mine!

How ironic! I have always told my friends that I wouldn’t have time for posting yet now, I’m starting a blog site myself. Anyway, I am not here to please any reader. In fact, I may be the only person reading this page over and over again, turning it into my personal diary online. I may not even care if someday I will not be able to add entries.

This is another ”first” for me.

Have fun readers!