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RockEd! Nov. 14th, 2006 @ 01:06 am
I just signed up in RockEd, a "volunteer group working to provide venues and events for alternative education". Seems cool.

Lol. I don't know what I'm supposed to do there, though, I'm not exactly the perky or inspirational type.

Friend caught up with me when I was vulnerable, and she sprang this on me (at this very moment, des is giving me an unrepentant smile- shameless hussy, lol), so moment of weakness and all..... *sighs* still, I guess it is time I get off my lazy ass, I've been whining about the government, the state of the country, the economy......(well you get the picture) long enough, I guess its time I do something about it.

By the way, they're asking us to spread the word, tell everybody, even amateurs like me are joining up :)

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What defines a person? Nov. 10th, 2006 @ 03:10 am
This item was posted in debate, one of my communities, it sort of blindsided me a little bit, my initial reaction was WTF!?! I started thinking about it, and I realized maybe I was wrong.....


So, Gender isn't Sex.

Sex is some physical thing you were born as.

Gender is an identity.

Right? So why is New York thinking about making the SEX on a Birth certificate equate to one's chosen GENDER?

New York Plans to Make Gender Personal Choice.

Separating anatomy from what it means to be a man or a woman, New York City is moving forward with a plan to let people alter the sex on their birth certificate even if they have not had sex-change surgery.

Under the rule being considered by the city’s Board of Health, which is likely to be adopted soon, people born in the city would be able to change the documented sex on their birth certificates by providing affidavits from a doctor and a mental health professional laying out why their patients should be considered members of the opposite sex, and asserting that their proposed change would be permanent.

Applicants would have to have changed their name and shown that they had lived in their adopted gender for at least two years, but there would be no explicit medical requirements.

“Surgery versus nonsurgery can be arbitrary,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the city’s health commissioner. “Somebody with a beard may have had breast-implant surgery. It’s the permanence of the transition that matters most.”

If approved, the new rule would put New York at the forefront of efforts to redefine gender. A handful of states do not require surgery for such birth certificate changes, but in some of those cases patients are still not allowed to make the change without showing a physiological shift to the opposite gender.

Let's review here kids: we've been drummed into believing, and rightly so, that gender and sex are not the same thing.

And so now, for gender preferences, they're supposed to allow the changing of sex on Birth Certificates? Sex isn't Gender.

So, for debate, does this plan have any legimate reason for being contemplated?

My view: Nope.

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you try to be nice...... Nov. 2nd, 2006 @ 01:52 pm
People always say, when you reject someone's offer of a drink, you try to be nice.....but at what point do you day, enough, you drunken asshole, I know you're kinda simple but can't you get it through your thick hide that I AM NOT INTERESTED!?!

I'm here at the Legenda in Subic with friends and family, we thought that it would be relatively deserted because hello, beach town in the rainy season, and the military exercises over and done with.....nothing against Americans, or men in general, but I really don't like staying here when the soldiers are free to roam around, because sad to say, poverty has forced a lot of Filipinas into selling themselves.....

Last night, as I was in the farthest corner of the lobby, as far away from the bar as I could get, setting up my notebook for a netmeeting (the wi-fi signal was so weak in our room, it was almost unusable) with a friend who migrated to the US, wearing an aquamarine, long-sleeved blouse, white lace undershirt, beige cargo pants, white flipflops, no make-up, not making eye contact with anyone, I got hit on by an American soldier who looked like he was in his late 30s or early 40s.

I kept refusing his offer to buy me a drink, and he'd go away for awhile and then offer again...

Since he seemed harmless, if a bit desperate, I stayed where I was, hoping that if I ignored him long enough he'd either pass out or lose interest.

The problem started when one of his subordinates, a guy who looked like he was in his late 20s, came over and started trying to paw me, and I tried to be nice, I swear I did (any disbelieving comments or looks from any you people, and I will kick your ass, I swear I will :P I am capable of being nice, lol, at least once in awhile )

But since it wasn't working, I stood up, deliberately stepping on his toes, "accidentally" slamming my elbow on his nose -he was crouched by my left leg (although he turned his head and I ended up elbowing the side of his lip instead, *smugly* it still hurt, though) and said, "look, I really have a deadline, I've been trying to explain that, in terms you could understand, meaning words of one syllable, so why don't you find someone who you can pay enough to be interested?"

I stormed out, of course, but my rather dramatic exit was spoiled because I had to wait for the elevator, lol.

When I got to the room, Zee, a friend from dlsu, actually laughed at me, she said, I should have accepted the drink, then left, I'm not a prude, but yes I must admit, I am slightly short-tempered, so to those men who are self-proclaimed "pushy bastards", if you want us to be nicer to you when we reject your offers, maybe you should think about accepting that rejection, and walking away, while you still have your dignity.....

here are some of the pics i've taken Nov. 8th, 2005 @ 12:35 am
Been traveling, got sick, studying for midterms (curse that tri-sem system!), running the family business, which finally, is doing okay, and just plain lazy, lol..... hence the sad un-updated state of my lj, i miss all my lj and RL friends (julls, jaja, and the rest of the weird crazy gang, and ria, whom i am hoping to have as a travel buddy, i promise as soon as i have some time i'll start replying to my emails, and thanks for the greet!)

note: i pray for the state of the nation, may we one day have a halfway-decent leader

to those who are interested, the pics were taken using canon eos 350D, and my ancient but ever-reliable 2.0 MP Sony cybershot

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Jul. 28th, 2005 @ 05:08 pm
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his name is Mig Ayesa, please, please vote for him at http://www.rockstar.msn.com/


I'm normally guilty of voting for someone, just because he or she is a Filipino, but this guy is really good, not to mention HOT! Too bad he's married, but if I can't drool over him, at least let me keep him as my one token fave rockstar!!! Help!

Er, because of all my drooling, I forgot to mention the name of the show, Rock Star: INXS It's being shown in Star World.

Am really sleepy now, but tommorow, I should get off my lazy ass and post some of the pics I've been taking......

Irish, a fellow member of Clubpetix, advanced HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
Other entries
» exam hell
*sigh* just got back from a trip, and am currently in the midst of preparing for my midterms tom. been hibernating, trying to catch up with work and studies,so i haven't been able to post or comment......i just took a few minutes off to write a short update, and ask how all my lj buds are doing, and in the process, prevent myself from going crazy (no nasty comments from you, ria, about the state of my mental health, please :P)

note to self: once midterms are over, i'm going to buy the smallest, girliest, most impractical bag i can find. lol.

(edit: er, okay, that wasn't strictly true, part of the reason why i was hibernating is because i just got ahold of the Half-Blood Prince, and i was alternating reading it and my notes for the midterms, hehe.....just finished it, and i can't wait for the last book to come out. i've always liked harry potter, but i've never really been this obsessed. i think the last three books took the series from a good read to a must read......and one last thing *curses WORSE than a sailor* i can't believe __________ is gone!)
» Waterspa madness :)
Awwwww......my head is throbbing, and I'm nursing a bad cold. Going to a waterspa, er, to be honest, it was more like, overstaying in a waterspa, lol, when I'm rushing a book report, and studying for this Wednesday's exam was most def not the best idea I've ever had. It's just we wanted to do something different for our spa night, and the hot herbal pools, lap pools and jacuzzis felt so heavenly we just sort of lost track of time, and here I am, complete with a bright pink nose and creaky-sounding cookie monster voice. *sigh* Only thing I'm looking forward to is the trip the morning after my International Security exam..... Yay!

Which reminds me, to all my lj friends, sorry I haven't been that active in commenting and all, been really busy, we'll also be gone for a few days after, might be back on the 28th, so hopefully, I'll be more active then. Don't remove me from your flist, I'm still alive, lol! I'll miss you peeps, and I promise to catch up with you guys after the 28th. :)
» Time to Beg....
Hey, guys, some friends of mine and I sort of took over this rating community, and we're trying to kick-start it, so this is me shamelessly using my lj to beg and plead, and ask all my lj friends to please, please apply at True Beauty

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We're currently working on redesigning it and creating better banners, but we're already accepting applications......help!!!!!
» guilty pleasures....
I'm so rattled right now, I couldn't concentrate on work, so I just had to post this. A friend of mine (who happens to be the bf of an acquaintance and the object of a close friend's obsession), just sent me a message through Friendster which reads like this:

Date: Friday, May 27, 2005 12:33:00 AM
Subject: Wow
Message: Hi Star,
Malaki ang pinagbago mo ah. But you'll always be
the little cutey you've always been, sorry I wasn't
able to send a message early. I was in Mindanao
and people haven't heard of computers back then.
but always take a lot of ingat beautiful.

Was he FLIRTING with me??? I used to have a huge crush on him, but when I found out that my friend was in love with him, I sort of avoided him, and generally just tried to forget about the whole thing.

Then I heard he got himself a gf (not my friend, who by the way, is still in love with him, even after all these years), and I thought that was the end of it.

Okay, *deep breath* he was probably just being nice to me. (But he never used to talk to me this way!!! and why email me out of the blue, for no apparent reason?) Sheesh. What am I trying to do here? I'm getting ready to get myself in trouble, that's what. Convincing myself that there's more to this message than there is.

And it's not good. Nope, not even a little bit, not even if he still gives me goosebumps when he sings (yep, he' a tall, dark, and handsome med student who happens to sing like an angel- boy, am I in trouble, lol...)

Bottom line: He still has a gf, and my friend is still in love with him. So, obviously, I can't pursue this. The big question is, how do I handle this? He is still a friend, and I can't just ignore him. How should I reply? How can I keep it friendly? Help!!!!

Er, now that I've decided not to pursue it, let me just take a moment and say, Wheeeee! At least now that I know I won't screw myself by messing around with the guy my friend's in love with (whether there was anything to his message or not), I can enjoy his message and treat it the way it should be treated....an unexpected, but well-appreciated email from a friend whom I haven't heard from in a long time, and nothing more.
» Why me?????
I do love my best friend, but there are times when he really sets my teeth on edge. He's always been confident, but ever since he passed the bar exams (yep, he's a lawyer now) he's taken to calling himself the "beauty of the Philippines",which would have been funny if he didn't say it with such absolute conviction, lol.

When we talk about work, he always cuts me off with an anecdote about how well he'd doing, and how much they love him. Usually, even when I get irritated at being cut off, I'd still be happy to hear that he's doing well, so I'd compliment him, and tell him how proud I am of him (and I really am). But what really gets me is that he'd usually reply, but of course, the beauty of the Philippines will always do well. Grrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!

Plus, lately he's become obsessed with a bi-curious guy who keeps leading him on, and then avoiding him. It's driving him crazy. It's driving me even crazier, since nowadays 95% of our conversations are about BC guy. And that is not an exaggeration, it might even be an understatement.

He keeps asking me if this guy is just using him to massage his ego and if he should just forget about the guy and I keep saying yes. He'll reply, okay I'm never speaking to him again. The following day he'll still text BC guy, and the whole cycle will start all over again! AAAAAAARRRRRGGHHHHHHH!

I've been trying to tell him, but it's not getting through, so last night, when he called me crying, and begging me to meet him, I was all set to confront him, but when I saw him, he looked so tired, that I just didn't have the heart. I said to myself, I'll just give him a few minutes to settle down.

But then he hugged me. I'm such a sucker for hugs. Then he gave me a copy of this local movie, Happy Together, about two best friends who've gone through all kinds of crap, and survived together. And he said, thank you for still being here.

It was then that I realized, the guy I grew up with, who defended me and never left my side all through out, was still in there. I also realized that no matter how irritated I get, or how much I want to just shake some sense in him, I will always love my vain, grumpy, intelligent, fashionable, obsessive-compulsive best friend. *sighs*

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