Thursday Thirteen Week 8

I’m just glad that I’m now on my 8th week of having this Thursday Thirteen meme on my blog. I’m doing it a couple of minutes earlier before Thursday starts since I’m online tonight. My sister already has a new internet provider and it was installed earlier today. Well, at least I can update my blog anytime now as I wish and of course, I’ve started uploading the pictures that I have from my previous trips. I will post the links once my albums are up and running.

Incidentally, I guess most of you have heard about the oil spill over at Guimaras island in the Philippines. I have been able to watch news bits about it through TFC and it’s really a ghastly sight all together. I was sent a link to sign a petition to Petron Corporation to be responsible for the damage. It would be great to see more signatures sign the petition that you can access here. I have already signed and it would be wonderful if you will sign too.

Now, onto my Thursday Thirteen for this week. It’s not connected to the oil spill petition that I mentioned but it’s all about one of the “oils” that keep me on my toes most of the time – my love for Starbucks.

Thirteen Things That I Love About Starbucks

01. I love the gracious and friendly baristas that serve their loyal clients like me. They make it a point to know the names of their regular customers, their usual orders, make sensible coffee/tea suggestions, etc. Their customer service is reliable.
02. Starbucks locations in the Philippines are strategic and accessible. Too bad this doesn’t apply to Starbucks locations here in Swansea *sniffles*.
03. It’s a hotspot that is very good for wi-fi users.
04. I love their pastry line.
05. Their toilets are always clean.
06. Most Starbucks baristas I’ve seen are good-looking and are very neat.
07. I love the cozy atmosphere that most Starbucks locations have. You will always feel relaxed.
08. They play good music in the background all the time.
09. It is kid-friendly that’s why my son loves it there.
10. They are overflowing with tissue, sugar and cream!
11. Security people are friendly and helpful.
12. Starbucks is one of the places to go to if you want to watch people. LOL!
13. I found my perfect coffee in Starbucks (quad hazelnut soy latte – hot or cold!)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

After the Bank Holiday

I spent the summer bank holiday at home. It was chilly outside though the sun was shining on most times of the day. I was patient enough to wait for 2 hours until such time I was able to install Yahoo Messenger on the laptop that I was using.

It was a great relief for me to see YM up and running on the laptop and I was able to speak to Suzanne and Linda. Wow! It felt great to be talking to people again after such a long time.

I am still not able to upload all the photos that I have from my recent trips. I don’t think I’ll have the patience to upload hundreds of photos using the connection from Bling’s mobile network. 24 hours won’t be enough.

Work’s kinda slow today but I’m managing it well. I don’t wanna bore you with the details of the thoughts running through my mind at the moment. But I’m hanging on and I still try to smile at the fact that I’m still alive and that God loves me very much.

6 Weird Things About Me

I received this e-mail earlier in the month from my high school mailing list and I have been tagged by Cess to answer. It was hard to think about the weird things about me but here goes:

1. Just like Cess, I remember birthdays of the people I meet even though they’re insignificant in my life. I even remember the birthdays of my ex boyfriends and their parents (some of them). Also, as much as possible, I do send them birthday cards, whether it be through snail mail or the electronic one. And if I don’t, I send them a text message. I just like them to know that I remember them on their special day.

2. I don’t know if this is weird enough but I fancy wearing lingerie, lacey bras and thongs. I used to have a big collection of it. I still have the collection but I don’t wear the lingerie anymore – just the thongs and the bras.

3. I love wearing my shades/sunglasses up on my head like a headband when I don’t wear them to protect my eyes – rain or shine.

4. I can go on without sleep for 2 days.

5. I can travel, go to the movies, shop, go to the bar, eat out – ALONE and not be bothered by it at all.

6. I’ve never had a picture together with any of my ex-boyfriends and placed it in my wallet – not even with MH when he was still a boyfriend.

I am interested to know the weird things about Ate Fions, Cher, Markie, Mec and Tej.

The rain has stopped pouring and it’s almost 3am. I better go to bed now.

Bank Holiday Weekend

It’s a long weekend here in the UK because of the summer bank holiday tomorrow. Last Friday was quite busy at work but it was manageable compared to last Monday’s work.


After work, I went to meet Bling at the city centre to buy a new phone for myself as I have handed down my N70 to Bling. His vintage 5110 is already dilapidated and Papa just told me to give it to him so that he could use something. I did not buy anything fancy. In fact, I just wanted the Motorola V220 since it was out of budget for me to buy a new phone. I ended up buying the pink Motorola L6 since the V220 is already out of stock. Well, it was a cute and good buy and I just look so girly with it. It’s a very slim handset and it could serve its purpose very well for me. I would’ve wanted the V3 again but since I lost that phone in Bristol, I took that as a sign not to buy that particular model again.

I spent a couple of hours at the library yesterday and brought home a couple of books and a CD that I have already ripped onto the PC. I also went to the Candy Box to get some snacks before going home. Bling told me that he just paid a pound for a 24-hour internet connection using his network so we could use the N70 as a modem and connect to the internet on dial-up. We did try it and it’s working pretty okay. But then again, being dial-up, it’s just crappy when it comes to uploading stuff. It’s been 5 years since I last used a dial-up connection and I was just so bored trying to update my Friendster account and online photo album. Well, it’s still better than nothing.

The weather improved today. We saw sunshine for the whole day but the breeze was still cold – lovely and nice indeed! But the forecast for tomorrow said that we will be having showers again. And on Tuesday, I’m back to work.

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday Thirteen Week 7 and some more…

I went to London yesterday to have some documents notarized at the US Embassy. I took the 830am train and arrived in London at half past 11. I had some time for myself and had lunch at a Japanese restaurant inside the Paddington station. I also bought 2 dozens of Krispy Kreme donuts for me to bring home.

Although I was hesitant, I had the guts to go inside Starbucks and boldly ordered for a quad grande hazelnut soy latte. I was surprised that for a medium cup, I had to pay 2.90! Waaaah! I almost lost it but had no choice but to pay! LOL! Oh dear me!




I stayed inside Starbucks for one hour to savor and relish that moment that I was able to enter a Starbucks shop again. The feeling was actually…orgasmic!!! Hehehehe!

Anyway, it was rainy over at London and I actually felt sad that I had to walk around town by myself. I felt melancholic about the whole thing of me being alone and away from my family. Sometimes I really can’t help it. I’ve been denying it but now I admit that I am truly homesick.

Anyway, my London trip was successful in a way. It was a 4.5 hour bus ride going back home and for some weird reason, I was nauseous and dizzy during the whole trip. It was a very uncomfortable trip for me. I just couldn’t wait for me to get off the bus and get home. I was picked up from the bus station by Alan and Bling. I learned from Bling that he had an accident while painting the pipes on the roof of the warehouse. He fell down the roof and hurt his left arm. He and Alan went to the A&E after they picked me up from the station. Everyone was up ’til about 5 this morning and slept in ’til late in the morning.

I was supposed to be going to work today but decided against it because I was too sluggish and tired from yesterday. Since my sister eventually decided to cancel the Legoland trip that her family was supposed to have for this weekend, the whole family just went to Bridgend in the afternoon. It was my first time to go there and it’s a huge outlet shopping complex for branded apparel, shoes and other items. It was fun but it was tiring as well. We just had fish, chicken and chips for supper.

Before I end, here’s my Thursday Thirteen for this week. I’m on my week 7 now and I’m really having fun doing it.

Thirteen Things That Irritate Me

01. people who don’t know what they want to do in their lives and drag me into it
02. nosy beings
03. lots of noise while I’m watching the telly
04. people who don’t text back when needed
05. my bag being rummaged without my permission
06. personal mail being opened or read before I have the chance to read it
07. unpredictable weather
08. dry skin
09. crappy internet connection
10. seeing white hair strands on my head when I’m only 30
11. queue jumpers
12. crappy customer service
13. the price of Starbucks here in the UK

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!
The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Manic Monday

It was literally a Manic Monday for me as I was thrown in to the snake pit full of bigger responsibilities at the office. God must truly love me for having given me a greater challenge to face. I am still worried over the fact that the son still bears a grudge over the sudden turn of events following the “non-entity” treatment I got from him last Friday. But then again, I thought about it over the weekend and I just told myself that most probably, this is one of the things that I have to accept with the circumstances surrounding what happened.

The morning passed by like a breeze and before I knew it, it was already time for lunch. I had lunch with Bling and managed to squeeze in a little breathing time for the full afternoon ahead. I wasn’t able to get my lunch dose of fags because I was too busy catching my breath! LOL!

Anyway, His Cuteness arrived after lunch and I greeted him with a sincere “Hi!” There was a smile on my face when he acknowledged and greeted back at me. I really thought that was nice. He was wearing a faded pair of blue jeans with matching collared blue shirt that suited his good built. I noticed that he has a very clean shaven beard and head. And of course, he smelled very good. I’m just a sucker for good-smelling men! LOL!

Anyway, the afternoon was busy for everyone at the office but I welcomed it because when you’re busy, time flies so fast. His Cuteness arrived from the errands he did for his Dad and I was able to take a good look into his beautiful and clear-as-the sky bluish-grey eyes without him knowing it.

I had to initiate a little chat with him because I needed to find out information from him regarding certain matters. Silly me! I couldn’t hide the smile that kept on appearing from nowhere! I really did my best not to but it was just there! Oh dear me! I gave it away! LOL! Anyway, His Cuteness dropped us off to Morriston and as per usual, I seated in front. I did my best not to smile but silly me! I just couldn’t help but do so! LOL! I wonder why I’m infatuated with this person kahit saksakan sya ng sungit!!!.

Bling and I decided not to go with the Brady Bunch to Legoland and Stonehenge on Wednesday. I was planning to join them in Windsor from London after I finish my appointment with the US Embassy on the same day. However, I really couldn’t afford going there for now even though I very much wanted to. Legoland, Windsor Castle and Stonehenge are in my list of places to go to. But then again, budget should always come first before anything else. I might go there in September but it’s still dependent on the availability of funds and my time.

The weather here’s been quite chilly lately and today was no exception. I can feel autumn coming very soon!!! Fall colors – I can’t wait to capture them in photos.

It’s my brother’s birthday today. I hope he had a great one. He’s the real baby in the family being a special child. I do miss him though he irks me at most times.

I’m gonna have another full day tomorrow. I wish myself good luck! LOL!

Thursday Thirteen Week 6

Thirteen Things that are randomly in my mind right now…
01. I miss Basti!
02. Although I’m happy with my looks now, I would still like to lose weight but how? LOL!
03. The stubbles on my legs are irritating me! LOL!
04. Why am I doing this painting job in the first place?
05. I miss Starbucks!
06. I miss digiscrapping!
07. I miss driving my car
08. I hate my uneven skin color because of the sunburn that I had
09. Will I ever be able to buy my own laptop (read: Macbook Pro)?
10. Will I ever have another child?
11. How does it feel to have an affair?
12. I wonder how it feels like to be in outer space
13. Will I ever get the peace of mind that I’ve been wanting to have?

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!