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"I can be your best friend but never your worst enemy because why bother making enemies when you can ditch them off, go on with what you do best and have an amazing life..."


Loving Someone Across the Miles
First Posted on 1st April 2009

Between juggling schedules to challenges in communication, anyone who’s ever in a Long distance relationship can certainly tell you how hard it can be to make LDR works.
Well, I really don’t think anyone – at least any woman – intends to end up in a long distance relationship, but sometimes, it just happens. You fall in love with someone IN town, and then he moves OUT of town. Or maybe you hooked up with a scrumptious guy having his vacation from the next block, but who can afford to fly to Bicol, or Davao every weekend just to see him? Or maybe, you fall in love with a person, in which from the very start; you know that it’s going to be a challenging long-distance-relationship scenario.

It is understandably difficult and hard-to-fathom commitment to honor if you and your partner decide to keep the relationship going while you are apart. Yes, it is very difficult… BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE.

I must admit that I have had few relationships and not all of them turned out so well. But through those experiences, I have learned that when you made a decision to be a “long-distance-relationship-newest-candidate”, you have also decided to become a “long-distance-relationship-worst-villain”. In what way?

Insecurity is always on top. Once you or your partner started to feel this, everything will begin to emerge as well – jealousy, miscommunication, lack of time, and other mortal sins in terms of not-being-together case. But we can take these things out of our way if we really know how to handle our commitment.

One of the first things that we should think of is to agree on what relationship will be going forward. Ask yourself – are we going to be just friends? Or continue the solid and real love affair? Or just intimately connected when it is convenient? Knowing your limits is very important. It will also help shun bunch of heartaches because you will know where you stand.

Honesty and loyalty always go together. This engages the willingness to share and converse some stuffs, from petty things, to the most sensitive and personal part of your life. Technically speaking, communicating openly with your partner about intimacy will allow you to find out if that person is truly committed to you with all his heart, or just plain physical attraction.

Patience is another one. Do not (NOTE: never!) do conversations with whining, suspicions, any unrealistic demands or any non sense and useless stuffs that will piss your partner’s brain off, just because you are bored, or missing that person too much, or you just want to get her attention.

I should say that this is my gift – giving encouragement. Make it a habit to always ask how things are going – with school, work, family, and then ensue to encourage her where her interests are in. Always make her FEEL BETTER. Avoid blaming one another, even if the issue was just as simple as “BAKIT WALA KANG TEXT KAGABE?!?!” Make him happy, and relax, that’s important. And most of all, Try to be always on the good mood, even if it’s really hard to do, cuz’ a good mood from you on days when your partner may be feeling especially needy make both of you feel fine.

Stay out from the negative comments about long distance relationships. Don’t believe that LDR will not work, because the negative impression that falls within your mind will automatically eat you out. Once you have decided to enter a long distance relationship, you must learn to believe that your relationship will sit perfectly. Have faith.

Waking up each day away from someone you dear most is one of the most painful things you can ever think of. You don’t know when you can feel his touch again. You have no idea when you can hear his breath to sleep. But somehow, by just truly believing, being miles away from him could also be the happiest moment of your life. That despite the fact that you’re not together, and the wind is the only thing that sends love and affection across the miles, you know that inside his heart, you’re still there, and forever, will be there…

This Poem is for All of Us...
First Posted on 26th May 2009

This is not an original thought of mine. A colleague of mine just sent this earlier and I was so amazed with the message. It made me realized that in all aspects of life, we need and we must be ready in everything that will come our way. Some statement on the poem looks too difficult to do, but somehow, by truly believing in ourselves, we can conquer and overcome anything even if it is close to impossible.

Just always believe in your heart. As the Group Spice Girls once said:

Enough money within her control to move out and rent a place other own,
even if she never wants to or needs to…

Something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams
wants to see her in an hour…

a youth she’s content to leave behind….

a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old age….

a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

one friend who always makes her laugh.. and one who lets her cry…

a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family…

Eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored…

a feeling of control over her destiny..

how to fall in love without losing herself..

how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship…

when to try harder.. and WHEN TO WALK AWAY…

that she can’t change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..

that her childhood may not have been perfect…but it’s over…

what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more…

how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…

whom she can trust,
whom she can’t,
and why she shouldn’t take it personally…

where to go…
be it to her best friend’s kitchen table..
or a charming Inn in the woods….
when her soul needs soothing…

What she can and can’t accomplish in a day…
a month…and a year…

This poem is considered as the best poem ever written by Maya Angelou.
This poem is for all of us.
Truth Behind Loving Someone
First Posted on 24th May 2009

The best part of being in love is when you just love SOMEONE and be happy about it even if we know that it will never last forever.

That is the true essence of love.
It is not winning someone.
It is not about owning a relationship.
It just being happy because you know you have loved SOMEONE.
It is about being about guiltless because you know you did not taken away SOMEONE from Anybody.
You just love unselfishly…

10 Reasons to Date an Engineer
First Posted on 24th June 2009

Sa mga naghahanap ng GG jan, itatayo lang namin ang flag namin ha.
Agree na lang kayo…

10. The World revolves around us… and we choose the coordinate system.

9. No “couple” enjoy a better “moment”.
8. We know how to handle the stress and strain in a relationship.
7. We have significant figures.
6. We have taken a course on the motion of rigid bodies.
5. Projectile Motion… need to say more?
4. Engineers do it according to specification.
3. According to Newton, if two bodies interact, their forces are equal and opposite.
2. We know it’s not the length of the vector that counts, but how you apply the force.
1. We know the Right hand Rule.

Sakto diba? =
Go Engineers!

Mula Saming Magaganda, Eto'ng Sa Inyo!
First Posted on 9th June 2009

Before Hinahabol kita pero di moko pinapansin. Tapos isang araw nawala ako at hinanap mok at tinanong :Bakit ka nagsawa?” Ngumiti ako, ” hindi ako nagsawa, natauhan lang.” Pwede mokong lokohin pero wag kang magpapahuli saken. Pwede mokong palitan pero siguraduhin mong mas mahal mo sya kesa saken. Pwede mokong iwan pero siguraduhin mong kaya mo. Kasi pag ako ang nasaktan, wala ka ng babalikan.

Ang boys, pag trip ka, magpapakilala. kaibigan kuno hanggang sa pormahan ka na. At pag nahulog ka na, Goodbye na dahil sawa na sila. Pero dapat walang iiyak at smile lang tayo ng bonggang bongga, diba. F*ck! Ano pat nagkaroon ng karma? Ano, tama ba ko o mali ka?

Nito lang, I fell in love and got hurt so bad, But I didn’t shed too much tears nor did I ask him to love me again. Instead, I stoo up proudly in fron of my full size mirror and said “Ganyan talaga ang magaganda, hindi bagay sa tanga!”

Simple lng para hindi ka masyadong masaktan. Kapag minahal ka, mahalin mo din. pag sinaktan ka, saktan mo din. Pero kapag umiyak ka, tanga ka! Ginago ka na nga, iiyakan mo pa? Sino ang talo pag ginawa mo un?!

Pag iniwan ka ng mahal mo, wag mo syang sisihin. Kausapin mo sya ng harap harapan at sabihin, “ingat ka sa pag alis, tanga ka pa naman.”

Masakit pag iniwan ka ng mahal mo. Pero wag kang magagalit ng husto sa kahit na sino. Kasi kahit pano, meron pa din kayong pinagsamahan. kaya for the last time yakapin mo sya at ibulong mo, “Gago ka! Kukulamin Kita!”

Girls talo daw tayo sa boys? Papayag kayo? Sige lang, pag niligawan kayo at gusto nyo, sagot agad. Pag iniwan tyo? Okay lang. Pero kapag sinabi nilang “uy ex ko!” alam nyo na isasagot jan - “Ay amibisyoso ang lolo mo!”

If the one doesn’t love you back, don’t get depressed. just think it for a while. Maybe cry a bit then wipe your tears and say “ang weird naman nya, ayaw nya sa maganda.” You only got one life so live it well. We only have One heart take good care of it, and One Soul so keep it pure and safe. One boyfriend? Hina naman non!

Sayang ang ganda natin. Pag sinabi sayo ng mahal mo na ayaw na nya sayo, hayaan mo lang, wag magpakagago ng sobra! Imbis na umiyak, subukan mong ngitian sya sabay sabing “so pano, edi goodbye na?! naghihintay na ang kapalit mo eh.”

Who cares about breakups?! OO nga, tama, masakit sa puso. Pero tandaan mo - Break up isn’t only an end to a relationship. It’s also a beginning of a new one and leaving your personal hell on earth called “EX”.

The Right Person
First Posted on 7th June 2009

Nakakatawa how one falls in love then falls out of it… It’s funny rin how one would die looking for it, while one would just let it die… It’s ridiculous how each and everyone of us is very much affected by love… And it’s a wonder how everyone lives because of  LOVE…
Well, here is a story…

In a dream, GOD told me, that I could pick up any man I like from His field.  BUT I have to choose only one. Once na nakapili na ako, I have to raise my hand as a signal that I finally found him, then go back to GOD for praise. But NO!!!  May isa pang kondisyon: – I could never turn back. Once nalampasan ko, I should move on. So sabi ko, GOD surely  won’t give me rotten crops of men. I have been a good daughter and I deserve to be with a good man.  I was confident I’ll get the best pick. 

So my journey began.  As I went through the field, nakita ko ang iba’t ibang klase ng lalake. Some were tempting me to pick them up.  And some were indeed tempting to pick up. Pero sabi ko, baka may mas gwapo, mas mabait, mas responsible, mas matalino, mas masipag, mas mahal ako sa dulo ng field na ito. So I let go.  Once.  Twice.  Thrice.  I believed fervently that in the end of the field is my prince, waiting for me with open arms.

Then I saw a man.  He looked at me straight in the eye and blew a  kiss. Our gazes met and I don’t know why, pero there was something in him that longed for. I felt  as if something was drawing me to him. Pero di pwede. I have to make it to the end of the field. Baka sabihin ni God, atat ako chaka wala akong patience. Naisip ko..If habang lumalayo ako, nakakakita ako ng ganitong klase ng lalake, baka as I move further eh may mas hihigit pa sa kanya.

Until, I reached the end of the field.  And wala akong nakita!!!  Oh Jeez……… GOD asked me, “Di ba napakakulit mo, araw-araw na ginawa ng Diyos…( ay, ako pala yun…) eh nagdadasal ka na  magkaroon ng perfect partner in  life, bakit  ngayon wala kang dala? My crops are all fresh and good. There is nothing there not ready and good for picking.” I answered, “I thought I would see someone at the end of the field. Eh dyuskupo, wala na pala.. dismayado lang ako. I thought that each step I took brought me closer to perfection
when infact, each step brought me closer to nothingness.

I remembered that man who was looking  at me.
I know he’s the one but I let him go,
believing na there’s someone better at the end of the field.  Oh, darn it!”
God said, “I’m sorry my child, but I have given you enough time to choose.
You should face reality and its consequences.”
With my head bowed down  I said, “I’m sorry…
Sorry  I wasn’t brave enough to raise my hand in the middle of the field and commit myself to someone.
I was not ready to face the challenges of life with someone I thought was of lesser value than me…I’m sorry.” 

Nagising akong umiiyak, saying sorry to GOD and feeling sorry for my self and my life. Then I realized that GOD is giving me another chance to choose but not in His field but in the field of uncertainty. Now, I’m thinking about that man in the field, the man I felt was for me, wondering what might have been if I raised my hand the moment I saw him. Then……… What is the meaning of all my hardship to be successful and wealthy?

I may become the most powerful and successful person on earth but if I don’t have that someone whom will I share my love and happiness with, then it will not be worth anything.

Para sa ating lahat ‘to. Think about it.
We are not getting any younger.
Explore GOD’s field.
I’m sure nanjan lang sha sa tabi-tabi. Maaring in the beginning, in the middle or in the end. It’s for you to find out. But most importantly, it’s for you to choose. It’s a part of the whole concept of love. It’s a risk you have to take, a decision you have to make. And once you have decided on it, there’s no turning back. Bear in mind that with this comes the courage to raise your hand and declare that you’ve found your match, whether you’re at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of your journey. Or else, you’ll regret it. At ang huling phase ng lahat ng yan eh ito lang – once you’ve raised your hand, go back to God and thank Him. Thank God.
In short, maging kuntento ka sa napili mo.
Ikaw  naman ang pumili nyan eh…
Love her/him with all your heart.
Be sincere and true to your feelings.
Don’ fool around, baka in the end pagsisihan mo, you’ll realized his/her worth pag wala na sya sayo…
All He did was to give you options.
And since He gave you that privilege,
consider it a blessing…

The Meantime Girl
First Posted on 23rd August 2009

Just wanna share this to you, a mail from a friend. The author is unknown, or maybe it was intentionally stricken out. Either way, this one is quite popular online and the message is quite true. So to all meantime girls, this one is for you.
She’s the one you call when you’re bored because she makes you laugh. She’s the one you talk to when you’re feeling down because she’s willing to lend an ear and be a friend. She's the one you call when you need a date to your company’s Christmas party, or to go dancing with on a Saturday night.

She’s the one you spend time with between girlfriends, before you find “The One”. You know, the one who you keep around in the meantime. She’s one of the guys, not a tomboy, but you don’t look at her as a “real” woman, either. She’s bitchy enough, moody enough, or sexy enough to be seen in that light

She’s too laid-back, too easily amused by the same things your male buddies are amused by. She’s too understanding, too comfortable – she doesn’t make you feel nervous or excited the way a “real” woman does. But she’s cool, and nice, and funny, and attractive enough that when you’re lonely or horny and need intimate female companionship, she’ll do just fine.

You don’t have to wine and dine her because she knows the real you already, and you don’t have any facades to keep up, no pretenses to preserve. You’re not trying to get anything of substance out of her. She’s easy, but you know that she cares about you and is attracted to you, and that she’ll give you the intimacy you need. And you know you don’t have to explain yourself or the situation, that she’ll be able to cope with the fact that this isn’t the beginning of a relationship or that there’s any possibility that you have any real romantic feelings for her.

It won’t bother her that you’ll get up in the morning, put on your pants, say goodbye, and go on a date with the woman you’ve been mooning over for weeks who finally agreed to go out with you. She’ll settle for a goodbye hug and a promise to call her and tell her how the date went. She’s just so cool . . . why can’t all women be like that?!

But deep down, if you really think about it (which you probably don’t because to you, the situation between the two of you isn’t important enough to merit any real thought), you know that it’s really not fair. You know that although she would never say it, it hurts her to know that despite all her good points and all the fun you two have, you don’t think she’s good enough to spend any real time with. Sure, it’s mostly her fault, because she doesn’t have to give in to your needs – she could play the hard-to-get bitch like the rest of them do, if she really wanted to.

But you and she both know that she probably couldn’t pull it off. Maybe she’s too short, or a little overweight, or has a big birthmark on her forehead, or works at Taco Bell. Whatever the reason, somehow life has given her a lot of really great qualities but has left out the ones that men want (or think they want) in a woman. So she remains forever the funny friend, the steadfast companion, the secret lover, and you go on searching for your goddess who will somehow be everything you ever wanted in a woman.

She doesn’t captivate you with her beauty, or open doors with her smile. Mainly she blends in with the crowd. She’s safe. She doesn’t want to be the center of attention and turn the heads of everyone in the room. But she wants to turn someone’s head. She wants to be special to someone, too. We all do.

She has feelings. She has a heart. In fact, she probably has a bigger and better heart than any woman you’ve ever known because she’s had a front-row seat to The Mess That Is Your Life, and she likes you anyway. She obviously sees something worthwhile and redeeming in you because although you’ve given her nothing, absolutely no reason to still be around, she is.

Anyway, yeah. I’m a Meantime Girl. Been one more times than I care to admit. I don’t know the reason, really, and at this point I don’t even care. I just want to let every guy know who’s ever had the good fortune to have a Meantime Girl that we may be a lot of fun, but we cry, too. A lot. And someday we won’t be around. 

Love VS. Lust
First Posted on 22nd August 2009

Lust and Love were in a pool.
Lust: look at that woman, gorgeous, isn’t she?
Love: don’t know, I can’t feel it.
Lust: After seeing all, you can’t still feel anything? oh comon!
Love: Why? do I really have to see everything just to feel something?

In real love, we don’t have to see everything, we don’t have to know every details… we just have to be true and real… we just have to be understanding, so that we can feel and experience something precious, something that LOVE can only give…
So true…

Thank ate mariel for helping me with this “short conversation”.

Love with life, Live with Love
First Posted on 20th August 2009

For some bizarre reasons, I haven’t slept for days… lemme think… 2days? 2 and a half days to be exact. I was absent last Monday and Tuesday (my reasons are personal so don’t ask :D). I didn’t go to office, I just stayed on our flat, and think whatever there is to think. Eat, movie marathon, eat, movie marathon… I dunno, I just don’t feel anything. Or maybe I just don’t wanna feel anything. I was numb, but not so numb. I wasn’t under prohibited drugs either. Perhaps I just didn’t want to miss something, which I haven’t figured it out until now. For 2days, the longest nap that I’ve got was 30minutes. It was like a routine for the past 2days.It wasn’t hard when you have so much to think about what’s happening around you. But of course, I need to cut it off and go to work.

A lot of things happened these past few days of my life. Some are terrible, but most of them brought happiness in me, then some conveyed mixed emotions. But I am standing still. I chose to be in road of happiness because that is our real goal, to become happy with what we had, what we have and what we will have in the future. But generally speaking, last week was an amazing week to me. I realized things that I have never seen and feel in my 27 years. I realized some important things about my 2 favorite games: LIFE and LOVE.

I discerned that LIFE is too precious to waste. That most people on earth doesn’t realize the real meaning of their existence, yet they continue on waking up each morning, and do whatever they need to do, finish whatever they have to finish. They are just like dry leaves which go with the flow of river. When the flow is laminar, they will just stand wherever they are and wait what will happen next. Once the turbulence hits them, people will just follow the stream where it leads. They are not aware whose behind them and who’s ahead of them. They don’t know if they hurt somebody from their past, or they will leave someone else in the future. They just think of themselves. And now they are in hurry. Trying so hard to figure out what went wrong.

I discovered that LOVE is not really love until you share it with someone who doesn’t understands it, yet chose to be with you just because he wants to be with you. Someone who always wanted to be with you more than any other person. Someone who will make you feel secure and safe despite chaos and dilemma, someone who will treat you as their precious princess, someone who will wake you up every morning and who will watch over you until you fell asleep. I discovered that LOVE isn’t really love until you share it with someone you really don’t know, but willing to offer you all the happiness in the world…

Myers - Briggs Personality Assessment
First posted on 13th August 2009

Just wanna share the result personality test I took online. Its called Myers-Briggs personality Assessment Test. This personality-assessment tool was developed by Isabel Myers and her mother, Katharine Briggs, more than 60 years ago. It is based on the theories of Carl Jung and rates people’s preferred ways of dealing with the world on four scales. Another way to look at this is which side of each scale energizes someone:

EXTROVERT - INTROVERT(drawing energy from outside or within)
INTUITIVE - SENSING (drawing energy from a “sixth sense” or from the five other senses)
FEELING - THINKING (basing decisions on personal information or on logic/rules)PERCEIVING - JUDGING (prefering spontaneity or organization)

Below is a chart showing the 16 personality types and some famous people who had them. Much of this information came from the web site for the Kiersey Temperament Sorter. There is an abundance of information on the web. See the right side of this page for links to sites that offer free personality tests.

You’re personality type is Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling, Perceiving (ENFP)
Warmly enthusiastic, high-spirited, ingenious, imaginative,. Able to do almost anything that interests them. Quick with a solution for any difficulty and ready to help anyone with a problem. Often rely on their ability to improvise instead of [preparing on advance. Can usually find compelling reasons for whatever they want.
Detailed Result
ENFPs direct their energy towards the outer world of actions and spoken words. They seek to develop new potential, explore new possibilities and create new situations that yield the expectation of something better. They often enjoy work that involves experimentation and variety.
What makes an ENFP tick?
The Dominant function is the perceptive one of iNtuition. Characteristics associated with this function include:
  • Likes looking at information from a global viewpoint, spotting patterns and relationships, that lead to an understanding of the key issues
  • Focuses more on possibilities for the future than the here-and-now
  • Enjoys change, challenge, and variety
The perceptive iNtuition function is extraverted. That is, iNtuition is used primarily to govern the outer world of actions and spoken words. The ENFP will therefore:
  • Try ideas out, to explore new possibilities and discover, by experience, which ones work
  • Change procedures to see if any improvement can be made, rather than just operate them
  • Be interested in evolutionary development, but with an eye on the strategy.
  • Be more interested in exploring ideas than bringing them to closure
The iNtuition function is primarily supported by introverted Feeling judgement, That is, Feeling judgement is used primarily to manage the inner world of thoughts and emotions. This will modify the way that the iNtuition is directed, by:
  • focusing the (outer world) iNtuition on ideas and possibilities that relate to people
  • inwardly appreciating the contributions of others, though not expressing it that often.
  • internally rejecting any options that clearly conflict with the ENFP’s values - though the rejection might not be expressed or seen to others
The classic temperament of an ENFP is Apollonian, or Choleric, for whom a basic driving force is the search for meaning or purpose.
Contributions to the team of an ENFP
In a team environment, the ENFP can contribute by:
  • acting as a catalyst for change, and encouraging the team to change together
  • focusing on areas of agreement and building on others’ proposals
  • where there are areas of disagreement, exploring a wide range of options to see if a point of agreement can be found.
  • contributing creative ideas, particularly those involving people
  • including others in the process of developing ideas and vision, and being very accepting of contributions, even of varying quality
  • generating team spirit though the ENFP’s own energy and enthusiasm
The potential ways in which an ENFP can irritate others include:
  • losing sight of the main purpose of the discussion and going off at tangents
  • initiating too many projects, and not being able to deliver on all of them
  • talking too much
  • introducing too much change, and not leaving well-established, workable routines alone.
  • making errors of fact
  • wanting to pursue ideas without fully thinking through the consequences in, say, cost terms
Personal Growth
As with all types, the ENFP can achieve personal growth by developing all functions that are not fully developed, through actions such as:
  • being selective about starting projects, and producing plans to help identify which ones can be delivered
  • pausing and thinking, and recognising that others will accept the ENFP and his/her ideas more if given sufficient time to make their own contribution
  • being more accepting of existing routines that work well
  • investigating the facts, and documenting them, before interpreting what they mean
  • listing options and undertaking a formal process of evaluation against criteria, including a cost benefit analysis
  • changing his/her vision to fit more closely with what is possible
  • expressing the appreciation that is felt towards others
Recognising Stress
As stress increases, ‘learned behaviour’ tends to give way to the natural style, so the ENFP will behave more according to type when under greater stress. For example, in a crisis, the ENFP might:
  • involve people in brainstorming ideas
  • be democratic about choosing the solution to use
  • provide a lot of drive, but try to do too much
  • make errors of fact, or ignore routine matters that might nevertheless be essential
ENFP’s careers
Counsellor, Trainer, Designer, Writer/editor
(now i realized, despite Im an Engineer by profession, who depends on objective structural analysis and design, i still love to write and do things according to my ideas… )

Try to take the test as well, it'll be fun. :) 

Dubai Metro to the 9th Power!

First Posted on 09th September 2009

Date of Inauguration: 09 / 09 / 09 (09 September 2009)
Time of Inauguration: 9:00 in the Evening
Duration of Video: 9 minutes Opening Video

W/ our Proj Mngr & Safety Engr - Taken last Dec’08 during site inspection @ Jebel Ali Station

Today is the official Launching Day of the first automated metro in the Middle East, the Dubai Metro - Redline stations. With 4 underground stations and 24 Overground stations, with different themes and motifs - Red (for fire), Blue (for water), Green(for Air) and Brown (for Earth). I just compiled in here some of the important facts about this project. Check’em:

  1. en Lines) is being built by Dubai Rapid Link Consortium (DURL), which comprises Japanese Companies including Mitsubishi Corporation, Obayashi Corporation, Kajima Corporation and Turkish Company Yapi Merkezi, hence they are called JTMJV (Japan-Turkey Metro joint Venture).
  2. The trains were built in Japan.
  3. Rashidiya to JAFZA (Jebel Ali Free Zone Area) will take 69minutes (Such a long journey…)
  4. During Ramadan, train service starts from 6am-12mn Saturday to Thursday. After Ramadan, 6am-11pm Saturday to Thursday, 2pm-12mn during Fridays.
  5. The trains are Mitsubishi and they are built by a company called Kinki Sharyo.
  6. Each of the first and last cars of the rain is 17.55meters in length, while the middle 3 cars measure 16.8meters in length. The total length of the train is 85.5meters.
  7. The elder, injured, special needs people and pregnant women will have the choice of priority seating. Compartments will be equipped with audio and visual devices, passenger information display and public address system in Arabic and English. Closed circuit television in all trains will ensure a safe journey. There is also wireless internet coverage inside train.
  8. There will be 2200 staffs for the Redline and it will build up to 3000 when both Redline and Green line are operational.
  9. It is estimated that the Metro will be used by about 1.2Million commuters a day, 27000 commuters an hour and 355Million a year, accounting for 12% of the total mobility in Dubai.
  10. Fares for the Dubai Metro and public buses range from 1.80AED to 5.80AED for a single journey, and 2AED to 6.50AED for paper ticket users.
  11. There are 3 Cabins for the Dubai metro – (a) Gold Class Cabin or somewhat First Class which composed of only 18seats, (b) Silver Cabin, and (c) Women and Children Cabin.
  12. Police have already installed 3000 surveillance cameras just for the official launching day today 090909.
  13. In all, there will be a total of 47 stations including 2 transfer stations situated underground – one at Union Square in Deira (this is where our office is located hehehe) which is the largest in terms of size and the Burjuman Station in Bur Dubai, which is the deepest at 0 meters below ground level (Haist! Ive been there and I almost faint when I reached the ground level. There were no elevators / escalators that time, we need to take the stairs, whew!)
  14. The NOL card is a unified Electronicfare card and the only accepted method for paying transportation tariffs throughout Dubai. It is similar to London’s Oyster Card (Xoxal! :D)
  15. Dubai Metro construction started last February of 2006.
  16. The original cost of construction was 16Billion AED but was hot up to 28Billion AED. (Geez! That’s over budgeting! Now I understand the delays of your payment to subcontractors :D)
  17. Partially opening today, 090909, Dubai Metro will be the 2nd longest fully automated rail system in the world. But once the 20Km Green line opens in June 2010, it will overtake the title of the longest automated metro network from the Vancouver Skytrain, surpassing it by kilometers.
  18. The total number of trains the Dubai Metro has is 60. All destinations can be reached within 20minutes.
  19. The trains will operate every 3minutes and 45seconds during peak hours.
  20. 660 police have been recruited and given special training for 090909.
Source: Khaleej Times 

Don't Stop Believing
First Posted on 29th November 2009

I attended this SWR1 last week and one of the topics that the powerful speaker (Tita Millie) tackled was “Living Differently by Living Being You”. I agree with that.

I’m not a conceited person, but I am sure to myself that I’m living a life without a shadow of anyone else. I don’t want to be like that. It was like they will recognize you just because they remember someone connected to you. And most of the time, people will compare you to that person connected to you, worse, that person is ALWAYS better than you. I hate these things to happen. As if I have no life at all. Or, I have a life but belong to someone else.

I smiled to myself secretly when Tita Millie looked me and asked “You young lady sitting on the couch. Do you think you’re life is about you and not about other people?” I uttered no word. Silence means yes. I am so grateful my Mom had taught me how to fight and live in this cruel world. Stand when you fall. Fight when there is a battle. But you have to do these things by yourself, by believing in yourself. We have a life of our own. Everyone has a life of his own. We just need to open our eyes and see them, uncovered by anyone Else’s shadows.

I remember this film entitled Rocky Balboa, a 2006 American film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone who also stars as underdog boxer Rocky Balboa. It was shown 3 years ago, became a box office with an earning of more than 155M USD, (allotted budget was only 24M USD). A great movie indeed. I was impressed with it, in fact the storyline is something we will all appreciate. And there are two speeches Rocky gives in the movie, that gave me chills. One was to the commission, when he tries to get his boxing license, and the other to his son. But his words to his only son Rocky Jr (played by Heroes’ Milo Ventimiglia) really moved me, leaving me watery eyes. I was touched. I hope it will touch you too. :)
Happy reading!

“I’d hold you up to say to your mother, “this kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.” And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you, every day was like a privilege. Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life.
Don’t forget to visit your mother…”

Love and Passion

First Posted on 29th November 2009

One day, someone comes along the way, and started to believe that he is different, only to find out in the end, that he is just like the rest.

Letting go is just a good as holding on, though you will get hurt both ways. But we must learn how to hold on and never let go, squeeze tighter, to continue believe in love…
Love is something we always wish to be perfect, for it is not. It is something that is refined through time-polished, through trilas and rejections, and enjoyed through continuous companionship…

As magnets are always composed of two poles, each attracting the other, and so is relationship. Don't forget that it takes two to tango, and takes two to fall in love…

Unseen Chances
First posted on 01st December 2009

Everyday, I go about doing the things I usually do, but everytime, All I see out there is you, and you alone. My inside feeling is so hollow, a feeling that is not easy to share because it is futile and trifling, and yes, it’s very difficult to bare. Is there no way we’ll meet again, even if by chance?Will I be left to wonder if you shared that “knowing” glance with me again? You’re always on my mind since then and yes, in my heart. But, it just seemed to be that way right from the very start. I’m sorry I can’t reveal to you, just who I really am. I’d never want to hurt you, or get you in a jam. This message comes from deep within me. If only I could see you again, here or anywhere…

Life - Book Agenda for Twenty-Ten!
First posted on 30th Decemner 2009

Happy Holidays peeps! I got this message from my High school friends and I really loved it :). But since my friends all wacky, and witty and smart and funny (whoo!), they added opinions and some flavor on this. It makes sense anyway. (Just missin’ James, Shadz, Neil, and Nix… I will be in Manila anytime this year, See you soon Guys!)


1.    Drink plenty of water - (yeah, mahal daw kasi pag softdrinks!)
2.    Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar -
3.    Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less  food
that is manufactured in plants (factory) - (kaya simulan nyo nang magtanim sa yard)
4.    Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy -
5.    Make time for prayer - (amen! )
6.    Play more games - (tama na ang paglalaro sa fire hehe!)
7.    Read more books than you did in 2009 - (readin books are much better that reading someone’s mind)
8.    Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day - (kinda diffiuclt for us, pero we’ll give it a shot!!)
9.    Sleep for 7 hours - ( i thought 8?!?!)
10.  Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day —- and while you walk, Smile! - (Pag walang taxi and bus, more than 30mins pa!)


11.  Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about. - (sabi nga sa science research during HS days, dont compare 2 things which are not really comparable)
12.  Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. - (ang hirap naman!!!)
13.  Don’t over do; keep your limits
14.  Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does - (even my boyfriend??? hmm just wondering…)
15.  Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip - (in short, bawal ang mosa heheh!)
16.  Dream more while you are awake - (mangarap daw ng gising. :D)
17.  Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.. - (we do!)
18.  Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness. - (past is past. bury them)
19.  Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others. (yeah right, they dont deserve our attention anyway)
20.  Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present -
21.  No one is in charge of your happiness except you
22.  Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.  Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime. - (algebra again?! I am so done with engineering subjects!)
23.  Smile and Laugh more - ( we do!)
24.  You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. - (were all part of the debate team in CLSU, so what should we do?! nahasa na kami sa pagkontra :P)

25.  Call your family often -( yeah, im a family oriented woman, even if I work in manila and my family is in prov, we always find time to talk)
26.  Each day give something good to others - (in cash or in kind?! :P)
27.  Forgive everyone for everything - (pwede din namang forget him hehehe)
28.  Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the  age of 6 - (i wonder why…)
29.  Try to make at least three people smile each day
30.  What other people think of you is none of your business
31.  Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch. - (we know, that’s why we all want to resign this year hahahaha!)

32.  Do the right things
33.  Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful
34.  GOD heals everything -
35.  However good or bad a situation is, it will change - (change is the only contsta thing in the world)
36.  No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up! - right! cause life is like a party you need to spread happiness and be happy with other people!
37.  The best is yet to come -
38.  When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it. - we do!
39.  Your Inner most is always Happy. So, be Happy!! - we are! we have supportive family, special someone and best friends! My high school friends!
and the last thing?:
40. Its up to you what will be your own agenda for 2010. :)- Bonus?! :D


Birthday Bash in Burj Al Arab
First Posted on 02nd December 2009

My 28th birthday @ Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Ever since I started as Civil Engineer in this company, I never had a chance to “celebrate” my  birthday. If you’re familiar with the song “its a holiday coz its my birthday!”, well literally speaking, its really a holiday, a special non-working holiday in Philippines (though sometimes Arroyo administration makes some adjustments depends on the day).

For the past 4 birthdays of my life, I spent my entire day in the office, working with this not-so-famous-plans and drawings from clients all over Asia and Africa. The first one, GMA moved November30 holiday into December 01 (kasi daw ipit and friday:P). Then the following year, I was in Hanoi Vietnam working as Head(ache) QS. Definitely, they don’t have Bonifacio Day :D. Then last year, I was already here in Dubai assigned as  SQS (Sagot sa Questionmark ng Sowa! :P) . I celebrated my great day in Atlantis with my friends and sister. That day was so amazing! Aquaventure, Atlantis Hotel is the one of the most famous hotel and waterpark in the World. My friends called it “Bonggang-Birthday-Bash-ni-Bakla!” And it’s true. But last night is much much better! I guess yesterday is the best birthday bash for a single lady like me. We had a dinner on the most luxurious, most famous, most expensive hotel in the world, rated with 7 stars - Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Dubai. It’s a surprise party from my managers. They arranged everything - booking, pick up and drop off, food. All I have to do is to get dress. :D

Our booking was from 8 until 12midnight. foods, foods, and drinks were on the table. I even got my 3rd and 4th birthday cake on the same day! One from my officemates (chocolate cake), the other one’s from my sister (Ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins). Majlis Al Bahar (thats the name of the restaurant) gave 2 cakes for me, it’s their way of saying “thank you” to those foreigners who spend the great day with the hotel, an extra cake :P.

We went home at 1:30 in the morning. I didn’t have enough sleep last night but it’s okay (I guess this is the first I didnt’ complains heheheh). And even if I worked the whole day, puyat and pagod, rolled into one, sulit naman! I had a wonderful time of my life last night. It’s a great experience. :)

Special Thanks to the following:
(Nax parang artista hehehe)
To our First Lady -  thank you for the gift! I haven’t open it yet, pagdating na po sa flat later.
To my Managers - Thank you for the surprise. Nasurprise po ako talaga! Kailangan ko pang humanap ng dress na available, shoo hada! hehehe (they informed us about the dinner at 6 in the evening by the way!)
(Majlis Al Bahar is the name of the exotic fine dining restaurant, situated on this famous man-made island)
To my one and only Ate - thank you sooo much sa cake and sa shoes :)
To my co-Engineers - thank you for the flowers.

Wala Ka Bang Date sa V-Day?
First Poster on 12th February 2010

Pareho tayo, hahah!
But don’t worry, pwede naman maging masaya at maging busy kahit walang ka-date sa Valentine’s Day. 2 options lang ang pamimilian mo:

Dahil Sunday at may pasok (Workers on Middle East), magpakitang gilas sa boss, pumasok ng maaga. Kung kaya mong mag sideline as security guard para ikaw ang magbukas ng pinto pagdating ng amo, mas mainam. Magbisibisihan, maging abala maghapon. Ikalat lahat ng documents sa table para isipin nilang isa kang huwarang (makalat) na empleyado, at least huwaran. Sa gabi, Libangin ang sarili sa bahay. Manood ng movie na hindi romantic film para hindi ma inlove maxado. Wag ding suspense thriller o horror dahil walang yayakap sayo pag nagulat ka. Cartoons or comedy lang ang advisable, at kapag may nakakatawang scene, lakasan ang tawa para akala ng kabilang flat, meron kang kasama. Magprepare ng Popcorn at drinks. Sa Westzone, Al Maya o Al Madina (nag plug pa ako) lng bumili at wag sa malls at shopping centers para iwas inggit sa mga makikitang HHWWPSSP (holding hands while walking pasway sway pa.) Maglinis ng buong flat, kung di pa masaya, idamay mo na ang kabilang flat. Maging pre occupied para di maisip na single ka at walang nag yaya ng date. Magdumi ng mdaming pinggan at baso saka linisin. Pag hindi pa makuntento, basagin lahat saka buuin isa isa hanggang sa antukin. Pag buo na lahat at hindi pa dinadalaw ng antok, bumili ng elmer’s glue at ipahid sa arms at legs. Pag natuyo, saka mo i peel off. Siguro naman sa dami nang pwede mong gawin, aantukin ka na.

Stick to #1 hahahhaahhaah!

Valentine’s day are not just for lovers and people that are involve in a romantic relationships. Valentine’s day is for everyone - family, friends, flatmates, officemates, even strangers on the streets, you can share this day by giving them a genuine smile showing them that you are happy on this special day. And just because you dont have a girlfriend or a boyfriend, doesn’t mean you have to be lonely and spend the whole day long alone. Everyone in this world is IN A RELATIONSHIP, with GOD. And we must always remember that everyday can be a valentine’s day if we celebrate this with Jesus Christ.

Thank you for reading and Advance Happy Heart’s Day to everyone! 

My First pain for 2010
First Posted on 10th January 2010

Hmmm catchy title? :)
Well it’s not about LOVE and GET HURT. It’s about my braces…
It hurts so much, whew! Baba pa lang ang engaged, pero feeling ko hinihila na buong bungo ko :)… Next month, my upper set of teeth will be fixed.
Hmmm, need to go out and buy some lugaw or mashed potato. :)

2009 is all About...
First Posted on 25th January 2010

Year 2009 was shaped by movers, shakers, and major events from different parts of the world. From the first African-American President of the US of A, Worldwide recession, and Global Summit. natural calamities and controversies, the year had it all.
I tried to look back and now I’m bringing you the lowdown and the highlights of each month:
Happy New Year Fellahs!

JANUARY 20 - Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th and first African-American president of the United States.
FEBRUARY 22 - Low budgeted film Slumdog Millionaire won 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture
MARCH 9 - Barbie celebrated 50 years as the World’s Best Selling Doll
APRIL 28 - Swine Flu, detected first in Mexico quickly spread worldwide. By year’s end the pandemic had claimed almost 10,000 lives.
MAY 18 - Sri Lanka’s 26 year civil war with the Tamil Tigers came to a violent end.
JUNE 25 - Pop superstar MICHAEL JACKSON died from cardiac Arrest brought on by powerful cocktail of sleeping drugs, aged 50
JULY 5 - Tennis star Roger Federer won a record of 15th major title at Wimbledon, a month after completing a career grandslam with victory at Roland garrios
AUGUST 17 - The Global Crisis showed signs of easing, with Japan, France and germany the first major economies to pull out of recession
SEPTEMBER 23-30 - The Philippines was hit by two devastating typhoons which killed over 900 people.
OCTOBER 5 - Greece’s Socialist PASOK Party scored a landslide election victory, as voters ousted the ruling conservatives over the faltering economy
NOVEMBER 2 - As allied casualties mounted in Afghanistan HAMID KARZAI won another term as president after a drawn-out election marred by widespread fraud
DECEMBER 7 - The Copenhagen Climate Change Summit failed to secure a new global agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

Alexander the Great
First posted on 5th February 2010

a Great man, indeed...