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Tuesday, November 30, 2004
I have a lot of work to do but I'm too sleepy and lazy to do any kind of work.

So I'm delaying. Once again.

Because maybe I want to get to know you guys some more.

Or maybe hmmm...

So indulge me and let me get to know you some more.

1. What kind of music do you listen to? Why?
2. What's your number one favorite movie (of all-time)? Just one!
3. What's your favorite city? Why?
4. Where would you like to go to next? Why?
5. What is your favorite quote?
6. Describe your typical day.
7. What is your passion in life?
8. How many kids do you want? Have you named them already?
9. Do you have any addictions? To what?
10. What is your ultimate favorite book? Why?

And of course, I'll start the ball rolling.

1. I listen to anything but heavy metal and rap. But I seem to find myself listening more to musicians that cater to the jazz/easy listening genre. That's how I relax, by listening to singer from this genre, like Jamie Cullum, Stacey Kent and Norah Jones. Some people listen to chill-out music or New Age music to relax, I listen to these people and I feel like a heavy weight was lifted off my shoulders. I also listen to dance and soul music because I love to dance. ;)

2. This is hard because there are so many directors that I look up to. But I think my most favorite movie would have to Todo Sobre Mi Madre written and directed by, one of the greatest writers and directors out there, Pedro Almodovar.

3. I have three favorite cities: Nice in France, Davao in the Philippines and Stratford-upon-Avon in England. All of these cities remind me that life is not about work. It's about enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

4. I would love to go to Prague next and to Spain. I've been fascinated with these places for a long time now. It's discovering a place that I know nothing about. It's going to be fun to explore all the little things that make it what it is.

5. "Be part of the solution, not the problem."

6. I wake up, shower, eat breakfast, go out, go home, have dinner, turn on PC, surf, work, turn off PC, read a book, go to sleep.

7. Writing. That's my passion.

8. Don't laugh but I really, really want 6 kids. I've named two of them: George and Julianna.

9. I am addicted to shopping, coffee, books and videoke.

10. I read a lot and there are so many books that I love to read over and over and over. But I think my most favorite would have to be Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. It's amazing how Lahiri depicted the attempt to isolate, solve and ignore the plight of identity crisis as half-Indian and half-American living in the US. But it could always be the plight of another breed of people, whether it be half-African and half-American or half-Japanese and half-American. It deserves the Pulitzer Prize that it won.

What about you? Tell me more. Tell me more.
posted by Jax @ 3:14:00 AM   0 comments
Monday, November 29, 2004
polar express and others
Desperate for some form of relaxation, I convinced my sister to watch The Polar Express last Friday afternoon. Good thing we did. It was such a heartwarming movie that I wanted to watch it again right after it ended.


I don't get why other Filipinos are embarrassed to be Filipinos. Some of them think that there's nothing to be proud of as Filipinos. Some Filipinos think Filipinos should get out of their comfort zone to have a true and accurate idea of who Filipinos are. Some Filipinos think we should get of this country if we can.

If that's what they think, then maybe it's better this way. That they're not here. In the Philippines. Let them stay where they are. We don't need them.
posted by Jax @ 4:23:00 AM   0 comments
Thursday, November 25, 2004
news and updates
Did you guys know? He just announced his retirement from the professional basketball. It's so sad to see him go but I don't blame him. He's already achieved so much and there's no other way for him to go now.


I got to talk to a friend I met last summer at a workshop we both attended. We lost touch after the workshop and I was glad that we "found" each other again. Anyway, yeah, we talked and he wanted to team up with me and make a film.


But damn. I'm moving to Tagaytay next month and I couldn't commit.

He said it was okay though and he can wait.

He also said there was a reason behind this "getting together again" thing.

Because for no reason at all, out of the blue, my name comes up in a conversation he was having with mutual friends. Even though all of us haven't seen each other since the summer.

Because a couple of days before this, I was in the mall when I saw this guy who looked like him and immediately got me wondering, "Where is he now?".

He said there was a reason for all this.

I think so, too.
posted by Jax @ 6:26:00 AM   0 comments
Monday, November 22, 2004


I was in Fully Booked this afternoon and I went to section about different beverages and, of course, I browsed through the books about coffee. Oh goodness! I was in heaven once again!

Too bad I couldn't afford all of it. But there were really good ones. Like this one that has information about brewing and buying coffee and some recipes we could use for "any future store". And another one about the cultural history of coffee from its first conception to the philosophizing in a coffee shop. And another one that lists places to buy fine coffee and where to get a good cup of coffee and what the best espresso machine is.

But since we couldn't buy all of them, my sister and I settled on this book:

The World Encyclopedia of Coffee: The Definitive Guide to Coffee, from Simple Bean to Irresistible Beverage by Mary Banks, Christine McFadden, Catherine Atkinson

The book contains the history of coffee, where in the world the best coffee is, describes the coffee beans from different countries and even has recipes for pastries and coffee drinks. It's a really good book, very informative. It can help us when we conceptualize the products for our future store.

But we're going back and still gonna get the other books. *wink*
posted by Jax @ 7:44:00 AM   0 comments
Sunday, November 21, 2004
amazing race 6
I love watching The Amazing Race but they're putting in way too many "pretty teams". And by pretty teams, I mean models.

That's why I'm glad they're there in the show. Balances things out, don't you think?


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Friday, November 19, 2004
the now
When I was a dreamer/idealist/believer, I learned to become practical. When I became practical, I vowed to lead a double life.

But it wasn't as easy as I thought.

Did you guys know that I haven't written anything complete in almost 6 months?!

This coming from someone who wrote something new every week. This coming from someone who couldn't keep up with documenting all the ideas that came to mind every second of the day.

Of course, writing here doesn't count.

I need to become original again. Motivated. Inspired.

I need to be working again. Writing. Inventing. Composing.

I've got so many plans ignored, unattended, shelved.

I need to bring them out again. In the open.

I need to show myself again that I am and will always be a writer.
posted by Jax @ 1:41:00 AM   0 comments
Thursday, November 18, 2004
In honor of Christmas 2004 (and inspired by Tina's post), I have decided to post my Christmas Wish List.

1. The store to open and great sales for the store
2. A free trip with lots of pocket money to Europe, Mexico, the Carribeans and Japan.
3. Magic Sing with all the latest song chips
4. Apple 17-inch Powerbook G4
5. Toshiba Portege M200 Tablet PC
6. new shoes, tops and bags
7. Fully Booked, Powerbooks and Tower Records shopping spree.
8. A new government
9. World peace and lots of love to go around

But mostly, I want these DVDs. Yes, I'm real easy to please.

And definitely this one,

Do you guys remember this? It's 21 Jump Street! I loved watching this when I was a kid! It's the team-up of Johnny Depp, Peter DeLuise, Dustin Nguyen and Holly Robinson Peete!

But of course, any of these hot men will do, especially this one!

If you need to know more, check out my Amazon Wish List *hint hint*.
posted by Jax @ 6:09:00 AM   0 comments
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
answer this

1. Who are you?
2. Are we friends?
3. When and how did we meet?
4. How have I affected you?
5. What do you think of me?
6. What's the fondest memory you have of me?
7. How long do you think we will be friends?
8. Do you love me?
9. Do you have a crush on me?
10. Would you kiss me?
11. Would you hug me?
12. Physically, what stands out?
13. Emotionally, what stands out?
14. Do you wish I was cooler?
15. On a scale of 1-10, how amazing am I?
16. Give me a nickname and explain why you picked it.
17. Am I lovable?
18. How long have you known me?
19. Describe me in one word.
20. What was your first impression?
21. Do you still think that way about me now?
22. What do you think my weakness is?
23. Do you think I'll get married?
24. What makes me happy?
25. What makes me sad?
26. What reminds you of me?
27. If you could give me anything what would it be?
28. How well do you know me?
29. When's the last time you saw me?
30. Ever wanted to tell me something but couldn't (if so. do it.)?
31. Do you think I could kill someone? who?
32. Are you going to put this on your blog and see what I say about you?
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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
two days
Since I really don't have anything better to post, I will tell you what happened the past two days, on Monday and Tuesday.


8:30am - I had breakfast at the Mocha Blends store near our place with my brother and sister, still discussing the stuff we need for our store.
10:30am - My sister and I left for Powerplant to buy some tin cans for the cakes we plan to sell at our store. And, of course, I had to sneak in a visit to Fully Booked where I got three books.
12:30pm - I went to Robinson's Galleria to have lunch and buy new clothes at the Dorothy Perkins.
2:00pm - We went to my aunt's house in QC to deliver the tin cans and talk packaging.
3:30pm - We left to go to the domestic airport in Paranaque to pick up some documents that my dad sent over from Cebu to be delivered to a colleague that same day.
4:30pm - We left for SM Megamall to look at ribbons and beads and gifts for my godchildren. We were ready to leave at 6:30pm but had to wait for my dad's call because we still had to deliver the package we had at hand.
6:45pm - Still no call and my sister, already tired and about to freak out (actually, we both were), called to find no update. My sister decided we will have dinner at Megamall and wait for my dad's call. Bad judgment call, IMO, coz dinner wasn't so great.
7:30pm - We couldn't stand it anymore and we left Megamall for my aunt's house (again) to talk about the ribbons for the packaging and I also got to watch out a few minutes of Y2J's match on Taboo Tuesday.
9:00pm - I called up my dad and learned that we had to go to Roxas Boulevard, at the other side of the city, to deliver the package. We refused to do it. We couldn't do it. So we made plans to meet up the next morning in Makati. And we finally went home!

8:00am - I received a text message from my dad's colleague informing me that she couldn't meet me that day because of an emergency. Okay. Called up my dad so he could take care of it.
9:00am - I left with my brother and my sister to meet several suppliers and finally clinched the deal.
11:00am - We had lunch at home. I wanted to eat out but they wanted to save their money. Can you guess who the big spender is in the family? ;)
12:25pm - We left to attend another training that was to start at 1:00pm and end at 5:00pm. We got there around 12:50pm, started the training at 1:10pm and ended at 3:30pm.
3:30pm - We went to the Mocha Blends store near our place for snacks and talked about business (i.e., the store) as usual.
5:00pm - We went home to rest a bit before my sister and I had to leave again.
6:00pm - We left to go to Metro East so she could meet up with a friend and I could visit a friend. I went back to the Mocha Blends where I had my barista training a couple of months ago. The manager and I hadn't seen each other in months and it was great to talk to her again. We ended up having dinner there and we left a few minutes before closing time.
9:00pm - We dropped by my brother's house because of business purposes (still).
9:45pm - We finally arrived home.

Grabe. No wonder I'm so tired all the time. Not to mention, broke. Too much stuff going on. It's a good thing really that I'm scheduled for a body massage this afternoon. Happy, happy, joy, joy!
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Saturday, November 13, 2004
my friends, the store and gripes

I love my friends. They're the best thing in my life (besides my family) and I know I will never ever let go of them. They keep me sane. They keep me grounded. They keep me happy. They keep me focused. They keep me going.

These aren't all of them though. These are just my college friends. There's still my high school friends.


Speaking of high school, I ran into a high school of mine early this afternoon at G4. I haven't seen her in more than four years. She was one of those people who thought like me and talked like me. And that didn't happen often. Such a shame that we didn't get to keep in touch with each other after high school like we should have. But at least we know where we can contact each other now.


They're the cast of one of my favorite shows, Coupling. Real glad Star World has it. Too bad, Richard Coyle, who played one of my favorite characters, left early. Oh well. I still love the show anyway.
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Friday, November 12, 2004
wicker park
I caught Wicker Park yesterday mainly because of Josh Hartnett. I'd comment on his performance but I'm afraid I'll be biased. Hehe. The movie wasn't so good due to its underdeveloped plot. Editing was very brave, although I'm not sure if it was very successful. Script was also brave, if not confident, but a bit confusing and boring. Acting was good especially with Aussie actress Rose Byrne. She is a refreshing break, a comfort that there are new and good mainstream actors still. Grabe. How I hated her character. If there's one reason you have to watch this movie, watch it for her. She's so innocent and sad and deceiving all at the same time. I'd cast her in my movie!

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Thursday, November 11, 2004
The weather is making me cranky. Plus my muscles are giving me a hard time. I'm always getting headaches, my upper back and shoulders feel real tense and I'm always, always craving sleep. I want to rest but I can't. There's still so much stuff to do! Argh.

I'm so tired.
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Sunday, November 07, 2004
birthday weekend
This is the first birthday that I had a peaceful celebration. And it's all because I had my mobile phone on silent mode. Hay. That was nice. Not even the rains that appeared the whole day dampened my spirits. Only one thing ruined my mood: the service at Di Mark's near our place. It was bad. Bad, bad, bad.


Last night was different though. My college friends came over for a dinner, drinking and videoke session. Too bad, two of our friends weren't able to come. No worries. I know they wanted to but couldn't. I just wish I'll be able to see them before I really leave for Tagaytay.


We went to my lola's place for lunch earlier because she was celebrating her birthday a day earlier, where numerous food was once again served. Sometimes, no, most of the time, I don't like going to my lola's house coz I seem to gain at least two more pounds because of all the food. Hay.

Peaceful weekend. And I almost forgot about work. Almost being the keyword here because sometimes, you don't know if people are just clueless or pretending to be clueless.
posted by Jax @ 7:17:00 AM   0 comments
I'll be leaving for Tagaytay tomorrow to interview applicants for Mocha Blends. What used to be a place for relaxation is slowly turning to a place of work for me. But not yet.

But I really cannot wait to move to Tagaytay. I need a break from Manila for now.


I need new clothes and new shoes. That's why I'm looking for shoes to buy online. So far, I've seen around 3 things that I'd like to buy and they're pretty cheap, which is good.

I'm still looking at local stores but it's hard to find good ones coz everything out there seems to have one thing in common: three-inch stilettos, which I don't wear.


I find myself struggling to think for the past couple of months, ever since I started training for MB. Like I told my sister, I tried to read what was on my mind and nothing came on. My mind was completely blank. Whenever ideas come to me, I never have an idea where they come from anymore. I used to have ideas coming to me from anywhere, everywhere. I don't know what happened to me. But this has to stop. I want my old mind back!
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Friday, November 05, 2004
Got this from Mela via Friendster:

1.what does your friendster nickname mean?
it's a Hebrew name meaning Jehovah has favoured.

2. who/what's on your primary photo?
myself in costume, Halloween 2004

3. who introduced friendster to you?
several college friends

4. how many testimonials have you got?

5. what's your status? (eg:single)

6. what are you wearing right now?
red pambahay

7. what is life to you?
life is fun!

8. what is love to you?
love is uplifting.

9. what/who do you hate most?
critics in all forms. i don't hate them but i don't like them either.

10. who do you love?
family, friends, josh hartnett (hehe. i just had to sneak that one in!)

11. what makes you happy?
books, movies, music, my family, friends, coffee, peace and quiet

12. are you musically inclined?
no, i'm not.

13. what happens if you wake up one morning to find that the person you love most all the while was all a dream and never really existed?
that would be sad but life goes on

14. if you MUST be an animal for ONE day, what will you be?
i'd like to be a giraffe. so i know how it feels to be tall for one day.

15. name ONE obvious quality you have.
i talk non-stop

16. what's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now?
i don't know the title, but the song in the TVC of Lacoste Pink

17. are you happy today?
i'm relaxed today and excited coz my friends are coming over tonight. but, yeah, i'm happy.
posted by Jax @ 7:59:00 PM   0 comments
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Another year older, another year wiser.

It never gets tiring and it never grows old.

Here's to 24 more years of adventures, joys, mistakes and life!
posted by Jax @ 10:56:00 PM   0 comments
In an hour and a half, another year will be added to my life.

No matter what anyone says, birthdays can be so surreal. It's your one special day out of 365 days and you look forward to it everyday but when it comes, it feels like the day that should be but isn't. Do you know what I mean?

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Live the Life
When we sing in church of "coming back to the heart of worship," when we sing, "it's all about You, Jesus," that's what it's all about. This is our humble way of
doing what we can to make our nation a better place, our way of offering ourselves up ad majorem Dei gloriam. I pray you can join us in this endeavor by spreading the word and buying a copy of the magazine on November 27.

May God bless you in everything you do.

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Who Doesn't Know Jack? - The pros and cons of masturbation!

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Tuesday, November 02, 2004
cd, halloween and live the life
Five days before Halloween, I chanced upon what would eventually be my costume on Halloween. And guess what? The Koreans in front of our place even had their picture taken with me! Success! Haha!

I managed to scare and silence some kids though. Hehe.


After three or four years of searching, I finally found them locally. I am so happy!

It was a bit more expensive than usual. But who cares! It's Kings of Convenience!
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a survey
Got this from Joey:

[Shampoo and Conditioner]: I use Pantene conditioner and Rejoice, Lux and Head and Shoulders shampoo.
[Bags]: No favorites. I buy whatever catches my eye. I'm partial to SM bags though because they're really cheap. ;)
[T-shirts]: As long as it looks good and I have the money, I'll buy it. But I find myself having more T-shirts from Marks and Spencer.
[Pants]: I buy my dressy pants at Marks and Spencer. I love the jeans at Replay and Lee.
[Lotion]: I use Johnson and Johnson and The Body Shop.
[Shoes]: I love Nine West and B Club shoes.
[Facial cleanser]: I love St. Ives!
[Make-up]: I use M.A.C., Fashion 21, in2it and Clinique.
[Wallet]: My mom has all these never-been-used wallets in her closet and I just got one from there. It's a long, red one she bought in Italy.
[Pens]: I use Zebra pens.
[Cellphone]: I'm currently using a Nokia 7250.
[Underwear]: I buy whatever catches my fancy. That's Topshop most of the time.
[Watch]: I don't wear a watch. But my sister bought me a Rolex watch when she went to Switzerland three years ago and that's the only watch I wear when I do wear a watch.
[Pillow Case/Bed sheet]: I use whatever's here.
[Furniture]: I'm partial to chairs. I love chairs. I've got nowhere to place them here at home, though.
[Caps]: I wear caps but only when the mood strikes.
[Magazines]: I read EW and YES! Magazine.
[Books]: I am a regular customer of Powerbooks and Fully Booked. I love to read. Favorite authors include Jhumpa Lahiri, Tracy Chevalier, Jane Green, Marian Keyes, Nick Hornby and many, many more. Right now, I'm collecting the No. 1 Ladies' Private Detective Agency series and the A Series of Unfortunate Events series.
[Chocolate]: I love belgian chocolate!
[Candy]: Candy's good but I love chocolate better.
[Medicine]: I drink Vitamin C everyday.
[Popcorn]: I love cheese popcorn!
[Cologne/Perfume]: I use this cologne I bought in Grasse, France. The scent I'm using right now is called Eau Fantasque. But I love the scents of Cool Water and cK one and cK be.
[Swimwear]: I use Speedo. So worth it!
[Jewelry]: I only put on earrings and bracelets.
[Sunglasses]: I use i2i shades.
[Computer]: George is a desktop PC, Pentium 4, 2.26 GHz, 256 MB of RAM, 40 GB Hard drive. I need more hard drive space. No scratch that. I want a Powerbook!
[Drink (Alcoholic)]: Give me my beer!
[Drink (Non-alcoholic)]: Coffee and water.
[Soap]: Safeguard
[Automobile]: If I had the money, I'd buy a Jaguar. But I don't have it so...
[Fuel/Gasoline]: The car uses diesel. Good thing coz it's cheaper.
[Restaurant]: Little Asia for the sweet and sour pork, Piadina for the pasta, Bubba Gump for the shrimp, Max's for the chicken, Longrain for the white chicken and Zaifu and UCC for the curry.
[Dessert]: Bizu desserts!
[Coffee]: Mocha Blends! Hehe.
[Printer]: I use HP Deskjet 720C.


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About Me

Name: Jax
Home: San Francisco, CA, United States
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I am a freelance writer, editor and blogger.
I write from home and I write from the
coffee shop I manage. I am also a graduate
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I have never been more stressed in my life.
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