The “tubod” of NBI clearances

Government offices have been good to me lately. Earlier, I had myself registered for Comelec in less than hour. So was yesterday with my NBI clearance. Yes, I’m starting to perform my citizenly duties.

The NBI Cebu City office is currently a jungle (in an urban jungle), a place where one can devour another once he cut the line. You have to be there the whole day for what? For a “HIT”, another schedule, and surely a long queue. That is crazy shit. But off to a town called Tuburan, 96.7kms from the city proper, and you can acquire your NBI clearance fast and easy — just like what our local fastfood chains offer —  and eat dinuguan and liempo at the nearby carenderia for lunch.

Tuburan is a good 2-hour drive from Cebu City (1.5 if you take Transcentral Highway). But it would take around 3 hours for a bus en route to the said town. Travel time is longer than the actual NBI clearance processing but it’s better than standing under the scorching sun when you’re in the city. Plus, it’s good to see such greens along the way — a breather from the city’s hustle and bustle. Continue reading


Google Pays Tribute to Master Puppeteer Jim Henson

Jim Henson Google Doodle

Today, September 24, 2011, Google‘s puppet doodle is featured to pay tribute to Jim Henson in his would-have-been 75th birthday.

Born on 1936, Henson introduced us to the wonderful world of puppetry. He created The Muppets and made Sesame Street possible. Big Bird, Elmo, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the colorful, fluffy gang have become a significant part of many children’s lives for generations. And of course, who would ever forget Kermit the Frog voiced by Henson himself. Continue reading


It’s a Smurfin’ Day!

Wednesday is the finest day of the week — less people at the mall, shorter lines at the grocery, and more available tables in restaurants. It is also the man’s day off so we have all the time in the world to play Angry Birds, watch yet another 3D animation movie, or just be plain lazy at home.

It’s the time of the month when the hub and I go out for our monthly movie and dine-out. Sounds wholesome, right? Or strange, perhaps? But gone are the days when we would drop by The Outpost thrice a week or any liquor store at the corner and get wasted along the gutter. For two people who were best beer-guzzling buddies for years, the idea of spending the night watching cartoon movies, without any drink in hand, sounds weird. We, too, find it strange. It’s the obligatory and ever compelling justification of when you have a child, expect great changes in your lifestyle that encompasses this new habit. I won’t even break it down as you might fall into the labyrinth of mundane domestication.

So, where were we? Ah, the Wednesday plus the payday. Continue reading


Because we named our son Ulan (rain)

While others find the rain a source of melancholy, of inspiration, of poetry, of songs, we find childishness. When everyone becomes poetic, we become kids. We play, we jump, we run around and sing songs together as the sky do his mambo. That’s the reason why we love the rain. (and no, not because the kid was made as the clouds are pouring)

Months after our last  acid rain bath, the hub and I braved yesterday’s heavy mizzle in Cebu and had another fun. Right then, we agreed to join our son on his first acid rain.



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Decluttering the desk

Random Fact: I’m susceptible to distractions while working

I hate working on a disorganized desk. It’s like the clutter is staring at me, telling me to stop what I’m doing and finish my Angry Birds adventure. But I always end up tinkering with the clutter.

Origami at the sight of paper;

Doodles when I get my hands on markers;

Filling the room with post-its; and 

other strange things.

The hub would just stare at me strangely. While I talk with inanimate objects, he must be asking himself, “What has gone into my head that I married this weirdo?”

I like my work. It fascinates me. I sit and look at it for hours.

That’s the reason why I declutter the desk, leaving only this flock of cranes made from Dan and Kikit’s wedding giveaways. I still have to finish the whole clan so they can cheer me on when I start working, again.


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