Wednesday, February 29, 2012


 Can you believe it? February went by just like that. And before we head to the month of graduation (referring to the Philippine's calendar), March, let me look back on what happened in my month of love, yes, February or Feb-Ibig (February + Pag-ibig (Love in Filipino).

I enjoyed this month for so many reasons. All of the aspects of my life were just fantabulous as you can read below. Apparently, I may have been cursed to not experience "special love" for the month of love as I was "date-less" (virtual or real) on Valentine's day. Then again, it's not a big deal for me. As long as I'm happy with what I have- family, friends and lot of blessings, I should be very grateful.

Again, I am using a grading system for evaluating my life this February or Feb-ibig. I may have worked well in some areas but there are some which I was just on a plateau and some with a bit of improvement.

Wanna know the chika? Read on.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Yesterday night, together with other UP CB officers and members, I attended the “AID Mindanao” at the Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong. The Filipino Association Brunei organized the event in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy and other organizations.

Primarily, the main goal in putting up the dinner concert was to help the people of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, which were highly affected by the typhoon Sendong (Washi). Priced at BND50 per ticket, Philippine’s Big Band Crooner, Richard Poon, delighted the audience with an unforgettable musical treat.

There are two major topics that I want to share in this blog entry. First, I would like to talk about my sentiment on what I felt when I was informed last Saturday night, a night before the event, that I won’t be hosting the event. And secondly, I would like to talk about the amazing performances at the Charity Event, which of course, were well delivered by the other Filipino front-act performers and Richard Poon.

Read on to know more.

Friday, February 24, 2012


I want to loose weight. I want to loose weight. I want to loose weight. This is what repetitively play in my mind whenever I exercise - by either doing Taichi or walking for 45 minutes. Apparently, a food fest in Brunei is inevitable. Since most of my friends love to mingle with plates full of irresistible dish, my way on losing weight has always been progressing at its slowest. Of course, I'm tempted to not only talk in meet-ups, but also let my taste buds enjoy what's served.

Apart from feasting on meal during meet-ups with my friends, one of the things that I love is the exchange of stories. From the odd, off and up to the sensual topics, we're just ready to take things happily. Of course, it's also a form of relaxation, especially on pampering our tired cells from a whole day of work.

So just recently, I had an unusual feeling over a night out with my friends. As usual, I was unstoppable in talking. Yet, on the side, there was something that I felt inside me. Oo, natatae ako.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


I haven't talked about my recent and unusual night out. Normally, I go out with my friends and cap off the evening with huge, witty and unforgettable stories. But last Tuesday night, together with UP Circle Brunei officers and Filipino Professors in Universiti Brunei Darussalam, I had the chance to spend an evening with Dr. Gisela Concepcion, the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Apart from enjoying the scrumptious food at Tarindak De Seni, I was delighted to hear the good news from Dr. Concepcion with regards to the recent developments at the University of the Philippines ranging from administrative up to scholarly projects.

Dr. Concepcion was in Brunei for a conference, "Curriculum Innovation International Network Meeting: Curriculum Reform - Looking to the future" which was held from 20 and 21 of February.

Read on to find out more of our intellectually stimulating and inspiring meet-up with Dr. Concepcion.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


To all my friends in Brunei who want to help the Victims of Typhoon Sendong (Washi) in the Philippines, please do come in the AID Mindanao Charity Event happening on 26 February, Centrepoint Hotel, Gadong, Brunei Darussalam. Thank you very much!


Last Thursday, I attended the B: Read meet-up at Aulait Café in Kiulap Mall. Although I was a bit hesistant to drop by and check on the people and activities because I'm feeling shy (insert: Thunder! Like me? shy? me?), still, I joined and surprisingly enjoyed the evening.

Since I finished work at around 6, I decided to drop by at the mall to get some DVDs. As I planned, I’ll just put on a movie when I reach home, right after the meet-up. I was expecting that we will finish at an early time. I was wrong.

Read on to know more.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


I've always been "blessed" with a phenomenal (colossal perhaps) weight. In highschool, I weighed more than 180 pounds. In college, I shed 20 pounds (because of stress) and I hit 160. And when I started to worked, I weighed 140 pounds but eventually ballooned back to 160. Despite the decelerating numbers ( at some point) of my weight, ideally, in a 5'4 height, my weight should be 117 - 143.

I've never attempted to weigh in for the past months. By merely checking on my tummy area, I can say that I'm more than 143 pounds.  Plus, my lifestyle change just last year was fattening. I was invited in various parties and I lost track of my exercise routines. I suddenly stopped Taichi-ing but just opted to engage in afternoon dance sessions in my room.Still, the endless eating (at times) didn't stop especially at night.

So just when I thought I'm doing good with dancing and some sit-ups, I felt that I'm not really feeling the kind of energy and positivity which I used to have when I was doing Taichi. With this, I put back my morning exercise routines. I'm back to doing Taichi.

Monday, February 13, 2012


There's nothing special that's happening and worth-raving about in my life right now. Aside from the usual pagsusunog ng kilay to get a PhD and win a scholarship, I'm busy with working on my new goal: to win someone's heart (insert special effects: Thunder). But seriously, I'm preparing myself on opening a new chapter in my life. Yes, I'm getting married (insert special effects, again: Thunder). I'll just keep you posted, sooon.

But I have one story which I've been so itchy to tell you about, my dear readers. It's a dream that I had yesterday. As vivid as what may happen in real life, I dreamed of a snake attack. So, out of curiosity on what does my dream mean, I googled.

Guess what I found out. Seriously, my dream reflects what I'm currently feeling for the past days.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


I've been driving in Brunei for more than two years now. Apart from the accident I had in a restaurant in Bandar, which gate hit my car during the rage of a sudden onset of a strong wind, I never had any serious (and I don't wish) on-the-road accident.

But last Saturday, although there was no physical casualty on what I encountered, I was traumatized. Yours truly was (probably) bullied on the road, on my way home.

Wanna know the detail of my horrifying experience? Read on.

Monday, February 6, 2012


Last Saturday afternoon, after devouring a chicken and spaghetti meal at Jollibee, I went to one of Brunei’s Museum located in Kota Batu. Since I thought that the last time I waltzed into an educational hub was when I was in college, which was a requirement in our history class, I decided to (why not and for a change) visit Brunei’s MUZIUM.

To my surprise, I enjoyed my visit in the museum. Indeed, it was a refreshing experience to at least know more about Brunei, my home for more than 3 years now.

Read on to know more.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Last night, I attended the Fab event called Brunei Tweet Up at Each A Cup in the Airport Mall. Organized by Delwin Keasberry, the man behind and @BruneiTweet, the FAB February Brunei Tweet Up gathered bloggers, twitterers and social media enthusiasts in Brunei. And yes, I was invited.

Wanna know more about the exciting meet and greet? Read on.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


When I was in college, ako na siguro ang "nerd" sa grupo namin. Aminado naman ako. I wore specs. I always stayed in the library during class breaks. I did advance reading. And I dreaded any kind of sports. I would rather stay in the library or in a nearby restaurant just to study.

For a time, I was teased by one of my blockmates as a 'Book Anaconda' for I always bring a lot of books. Ako daw ang "Book Anaconda," bilang higanteng version ng isang book worm. Paano, lulong daw ako sa pagbabasa ng sangkaterbang libro. Little did my blockmate knew, some books were untouched, at yung iba ay halos props lang. Hindi ko pa nababasa ang mga yon. Dinadala ko lang at minsan ay kailangan ng ibalik sa library dahil overdue na. Of course, I prefer not to pay overdue fees. Pang-Jollibee ko rin yon noh.