Friday, February 27, 2009

PhotoHunt #8: Thankful

Posted by The Queen Bee at Friday, February 27, 2009 30 comments


I thought this week's theme is difficult to define in photos. But I found this suitable pick for this week's theme. It really pays to have a lot of stocks that come in handy when you need them. Below is the wedding token that my newly wed friends, Joemari and Leah gave to their guests as a sign of gratitude for taking part on the most important milestone in their lives as a couple.




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Monday, February 23, 2009

The Most Searched How To's in the Internet

Posted by The Queen Bee at Monday, February 23, 2009 6 comments
The top ten countdown of anything "Ang pinaka" on QTV 11 is one of my favorite shows to watch on Sundays. Here, host Rovilson Fernandez reveals the top ten of the hottest whatever topic for the week is as voted by a group of experts or as validated by a statistical body.

For last week's episode, they featured a countdown on the top ten most searched " how to" in the internet (of course, by filipinos) according to Google. Undisputably, the internet is a vast resource of knowledge on almost everything and if there is one thing that you want to learn about, you just type it in the search box and in a snap, the information that you need is right in front you.

Going back to the show, I was a bit surprised to learn that the lesson that most filipinos search is (you might be surprised too!) "How to Kiss". That sounded insanely funny to me because personally, with all honesty, I can say that I have never researched about kissing nor do I know somebody who does. I just don't want to spoil the thrill maybe. But, not until now when I got sort of curious about having an instruction manual on something as personal as kissing. Hehehe...

Anyways, here's the top five most searched lessons on the internet:

5. How to Drive - I guess there's no need to explain this since almost everyone probably has the desire to learn how to drive save for those who have fear running an automobile. It is also common for guys to have a natural love for cars.

4. How to Overclock - I am not a techie person so this word is so new to me. I learned that this term means making your PC work faster. According to Abe Olandres, a resource person for the show and yes, a pro-blogger (his blog is one of my favorites), Overclocking is basically about tinkering your computer to make it work faster than its normal speed. Oh so that's what it means.

3. How to Sing - It's no secret that we filipinos love to sing our hearts out, whether it be in our shower or during family gatherings. The videoke is always present in every special occassion so this explains why most of us would want to know the proper way of singing.

2. How to Draw - If there's one talent that I would want to acquire, that would be learning how to draw. Sadly, I don't have any talent for this so there's nothing more I could add to that. hehehe..

But did you ever wonder why kissing topped that list, it still didn't sink in to me. Nevertheless, I learned something new, hope you did too.


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Threats of Internet Use

Posted by The Queen Bee at Saturday, February 21, 2009 1 comments
The worldwide web amazes me that the minute you log on, anyone can virtually see your every move. Simply by tracking one's IP address, anyone knows from what part of the world you are. The most terrifying thing about this is that hackers are lurking around cyberspace waiting for their next victim. I heard though that now, there is something called vpn which actually protects internet users from these threats. It sounds interesting but I still have to find out more about it though.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Great Bob is Causing me Dilemma

Posted by The Queen Bee at Friday, February 20, 2009 4 comments
For several years now, I have been wearing my hair long. The last time I donned a really short haircut was probably a decade ago when I was still fresh out of college. Part of the reason why I had grown my hair long again is the fact that I have been steadily gaining weight and when I do, my face just gets its share of flabs making it appear rounder than it already is.

About a few weeks ago, a colleague in the office had a new bob hairstyle and I was envious that it really looked good on her. Short hair is really getting back into trend these days. Several celebrities are joining the bandwagon but among the first few who really caught my attention with their gorgeous bobs is Katie Holmes. Just look at this photo of Katie, don't you just love her new look?

I am giving this bold step much thought until now as I don't wanna end up looking horrible and regret having my mane cut after so many years of caring for it. I realize that it is actually much harder to maintain a shorter hair because one has to deal with strands that doesn't stay in place. Surely, I've had problems with fly-aways(pardon! is that how you call them?) before when my hair was really short and it can really be frustrating. But on second thought, a short hair means less shampoo which in turn means less cost. I dunno, I still can't decide.





Photo Hunt #7: Warm

Posted by The Queen Bee at Friday, February 20, 2009 24 comments




I was a bit worried where to look for an entry to this week's theme of Photo Hunt. Luckily, as I checked my files, I found this perfect interpretation of warm. Above is a photo of my blankets which I only happen to snap a shot of one boring night when I still can't get myself to sleep.

Blankets and socks are very important fixtures during bedtime for me as I easily catch colds on a chilly night. I use two blankets to warm me on a typical night plus a thick jacket on a cold, rainy night. This is my entry for this week's Photo Hunt.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day is for Everyone

Posted by The Queen Bee at Saturday, February 14, 2009 6 comments
I see love...
when my lola makes coffee for lolo every morning..
when my mom wakes up early in the morning to cook us breakfast...
when my uncle fetches his pamangkin from school...
when my siblings call or text to check if I'm okay...
when people eat lunch together despite the busy schedules...
when my cousin kisses the hurting finger of her baby...
and when good friends hang out despite the distance...
see?...
now who said love was just for couples?

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TRANSLATION:

lola - grandma
lolo - grandpa
pamangkin - niece/nephew


Photo Hunt #6: Nautical

Posted by The Queen Bee at Saturday, February 14, 2009 14 comments





This week's theme for Photo Hunters is nautical and the first thing that came to my mind is the sea. The photo above is a shot of the boats that drove tourists to the dolphin site in Bohol. There were several boats that time but we weren't that fortunate that day because the dolphins were not in the mood to have a show that day. We ended up having sun burns that really hurt a lot. The sunblock and sunscreen that we bought were useless.

Mathematically speaking, ship captains and seamen studied in school to learn the theories behind navigating a sea craft. Hence, it really amazes me how these bangkeros know which way to go from islands to islands because they haven't learned those calculations of nautical miles. Wonderful! This is my entry to Photohunt this week. Check them out and see what other photohunters have.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Triple Awards

Posted by The Queen Bee at Thursday, February 12, 2009 1 comments
My friend Abby gave me this Triple Award that's truly heartwarming. Lots of thanks to you girl.




Here are the rules for the recipients:

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Now I want to share and give this Triple Awards to:

* Boyet's Private Notes
* Mel's Merry Creations
* Benchiegrace's So Called Life
* Tes' Manuroy Ta
* Abby's Way of Life
* Shieryl's Favorite Hangout
* Joxylil's Place
* Claire by Heart
* Issa's a Pocketful of Happiness
* Oswald's Life in Abstract




Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Relish Spring/Summer '09 Ads

Posted by The Queen Bee at Wednesday, February 11, 2009 1 comments



I was going about my usual routine today to check out my daily dose of beauty and fashion tips at Shine from Yahoo! when I caught sight of these pictures that depict violence and sexual assault against women. The pictures are actually ad campaigns for the 2009 Spring and Summer Collection of the Italian clothing company, Relish. This is the same ad that spurred negative reactions from a lot of people who have seen the ads. Rio de Janeiro Mayor is also said to be unhappy about the pictures depicting two uniformed police officers assaulting two women in a beach in Rio de Janeiro as written in this article at Ohlala Mag.

Whoever conceptualized this Relish ad campaign is so out of his mind. Sure controversy attracts attention but it is a major turn-off to be seeing things like this. This is definitely done in bad taste and I don't think they will ever persuade women in their sane minds to buy clothes that promote this crap!


Monday, February 9, 2009

Rated Chick Flick: He's Just Not That Into You

Posted by The Queen Bee at Monday, February 09, 2009 3 comments

Here's another rated chick flick from Newline Cinema, "he's just not that into you" which includes an all-star ensemble of Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Long and my favorite Drew Barrymore and a lot more. I read the news at Yahoo earlier this evening that the movie has already raked in $27M in it's debut, proof that moviegoers are just so into this flick.

The title of the movie itself is as a come-on for curious movie fans. I guess every girl would be curious enough to know the signs whether their guy is or is not that into them. So what are the signs? I guess, this one doesn't need a lot of analysis, let's go for the obvious. I admit that I am no expert in decoding the male species but these things are pretty obvious signs that the guy is just not that into you.

1. He never calls when he says he will.
2. Doesn't seem to talk about future plans with you.
3. Doesn't listen to what you have to say.
4. Never texts you back.
5. He's not interested in the things that you do.
Anything else in mind?



Sunday, February 8, 2009

Which Gift to give on Valentine's Day

Posted by The Queen Bee at Sunday, February 08, 2009 2 comments
It's the love month and with barely a week left before Valentine's day, a lot of guys are surely thinking about what stuff to give their honey on the big day. The girls are equally giddy with anticipation about what gift they'll be getting on Valentine's day. Over the years, the month of February is considered to be a peak season for flower shops and other gift and novelty shops. I believe that the most traditional expression of love is through a beautiful bouquet of roses still remains to be the best and sell-out this Valentine's day. You can ask any girl and they'll tell you that receiving flowers makes them really feel special. Oh gosh!

Interestingly though, a lot of businesses are getting more creative these days as balloons, champagne and chocolates are also becoming more popular gifts to give. It's also a surprise that even with the recent economic crunch, a lot of people still don't mind spending on pricey gifts just to show their affection. Surprisingly, girls aren't the only ones who are getting flowers and chocolates these days huh! It probably is because we are on this day and age when women aren't anymore afraid to make the first move. I actually know a guy who got a basket of roses and champagne on Valentine's day. I wonder if that also makes guys feel kilig too.

Anyhow, with or without these gifts, we can always have the best Valentine if we give the gift of time to our loved one because the things that matter the most are those that are unseen but are only felt in our hearts. But if you ask me, I'd love to have all three, Belgian chocolates from chocolate.com, Gund teddy bear from Table and Home and a beautiful bouquet of white roses. from Manila blooms. Those would surely send me skyrocketing to dreamland. Whoooaah!...Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Photo Hunt #5:Bridge

Posted by The Queen Bee at Saturday, February 07, 2009 23 comments
I had a hard time looking for a perfect entry for this week's theme. I managed to find this one, a pose at the Loboc Hanging Bridge in Bohol. I remember being so scared to death doing this as the bridge sways from side to siasde. Imagine my fright when somebody went jumping up and down while trying to get to the other side. It was a terrible experience and surely, this is the bridge with a troubled crosser at the time.


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Friday, February 6, 2009

Partners and Marriage

Posted by The Queen Bee at Friday, February 06, 2009 1 comments
Scoured through my inbox and found one interesting article this morning that I consider to be in time for this month's love atmosphere. As what was shared by Miguel, I am posting this article by Eduardo Jose E. Calasanz. The title in the email I got reads " To my single, single-not-available, single-available, no-lovelife, etc. friends" but I guess this will also provide answers to those in a "where did I go wrong?" phase in their lives. Coincidentally, it's funny how "single ladies" plays on the radio while I am reading the whole thing. Brain itch big time. Here it is:

PARTNERS AND MARRIAGE
By Eduardo Jose E. Calasanz

I have never met a man who didn't want to be loved. But I have seldom met a man who didn't fear marriage. Something about the closure seems constricting, not enabling. Marriage seems easier to understand for what it cuts out of our lives than for what it makes possible within our lives.

When I was younger this fear immobilized me. I did not want to make a mistake. I saw my friends get married for reasons of social acceptability,or sexual fever, or just because they thought it was the logical thing to do. Then I watched, as they and their partners became embittered and petty in their dealings with each other. I looked at older couples and saw, at best, mutual toleration of each other. I imagined a lifetime of loveless nights and bickering and could not imagine subjecting myself or someone else to such a fate.

And yet, on rare occasions, I would see old couples who somehow seemed to glow in each other's presence. They seemed really in love, not just dependent upon each other and tolerant of each other's foibles. It was an astounding sight, and it seemed impossible. How, I asked myself, can they have survived so many years of sameness, so much irritation at the other's habits? What keeps love alive in them, when most of us seem unable to even stay together, much less love each other?

The central secret seems to be in choosing well. There is something to the claim of fundamental compatibility. Good people can create a bad relationship, even though they both dearly want the relationship to succeed. It is important to find someone with whom you can create a good relationship from the outset. Unfortunately, it is hard to see clearly in the early stages.

Sexual hunger draws you to each other and colors the way you see yourselves together. It blinds you to the thousands of little things by which relationships eventually survive or fail. You need to
find a way to see beyond this initial overwhelming sexual fascination. Some people choose to involve themselves sexually and ride out the most heated period of sexual attraction in order to see what is on the other side.

This can work, but it can also leave a trail of wounded hearts. Others deny the sexual side altogether in an attempt to get to know each other apart from their sexuality. But they cannot see clearly because the presence of unfulfilled sexual desire looms so large that it keeps them from having any normal perception of what life would be like together.

The truly lucky people are the ones who manage to become long-time friends before they realize they are attracted to each other. They get to know each other's laughs, passions, sadness, and fears. They see each other at their worst and at their best. They share time together before they get swept into the entangling intimacy of their sexuality. This is the ideal, but not often possible. If you fall under the spell of your sexual attraction immediately, you need to look beyond it for other keys to compatibility. One of these is laughter. Laughter tells you how much you will enjoy each other's company over the long term.

If your laughter together is good and healthy, and not at the expense of others, then you have a healthy relationship to the world. Laughter is the child of surprise. If you can make each other laugh, you can always surprise each other. And if you can always surprise each other, you can always keep the world around you new.

Beware of a relationship in which there is no laughter. Even the most intimate relationships based only on seriousness have a tendency to turn sour. Over time, sharing a common serious viewpoint on the world tends to turn you against those who do not share the same viewpoint, and your relationship can become based on being critical together.

After laughter, look for a partner who deals with the world in a way you respect. When two people first get together, they tend to see their relationship as existing only in the space between
the two of them. They find each other endlessly fascinating, and the overwhelming power of the emotions they are sharing obscures the outside world. As the relationship ages and grows, the outside world becomes important again. If your partner treats people or circumstances in a way you can't accept, you will inevitably come to grief. Look at the way she cares for others and deals with the daily affairs of life. If that makes you love her more, your love will grow. If it does not, be careful. If you do not respect the way you each deal with the world around you, eventually the two of you will not respect each other.

Look also at how your partner confronts the mysteries of life. We live on the cusp of poetry and practicality, and the real life of the heart resides in the poetic. If one of you is deeply affected by
the mystery of the unseen in life and relationships, while the other is drawn only to the literal and the practical, you must take care that the distance doesn't become an unbridgeable gap that leaves you each feeling isolated and misunderstood.

There are many other keys, but you must find them by yourself. We all have unchangeable parts of our hearts that we will not betray and private commitments to a vision of life that we will not deny. If you fall in love with someone who cannot nourish those inviolable parts of you, or if you
cannot nourish them in her, you will find yourselves growing further apart until you live in separate worlds where you share the business of life, but never touch each other where the heart lives and dreams. From there it is only a small leap to the cataloging of petty hurts and daily failures that leaves so many couples bitter and unsatisfied with their mates.

So choose carefully and well. If you do, you will have chosen a partner with whom you can grow, and then the real miracle of marriage can take place in your hearts. I pick my words carefully when I speak of a miracle. But I think it is not too strong a word. There is a miracle in marriage. It is called transformation. Transformation is one of the most common events of nature. The seed becomes the flower. The cocoon becomes the butterfly. Winter becomes spring and love becomes a child. We never question these, because we see them around us every day. To us they
are not miracles, though if we did not know them they would be impossible to believe.

Marriage is a transformation we choose to make. Our love is planted like a seed, and in time it begins to flower. We cannot know the flower that will blossom, but we can be sure that a bloom will come.

If you have chosen carefully and wisely, the bloom will be good. If you have chosen poorly or for the wrong reason, the bloom will be flawed. We are quite willing to accept the reality of negative
transformation in a marriage. It was negative transformation that always had me terrified of the bitter marriages that I feared when I was younger. It never occurred to me to question the dark miracle that transformed love into harshness and bitterness. Yet I was unable to accept the possibility that the first heat of love could be transformed into something positive that was actually deeper and more meaningful than the heat of fresh passion. All I could believe in was the power of this passion and the fear that when it cooled I would be left with something lesser and bitter. But there is positive transformation as well. Like negative transformation, it results from a slow accretion of little things. But instead of death by a thousand blows, it is growth by a thousand touches of love. Two histories intermingle. Two separate beings, two separate presence, two separate consciousnesses come together and share a view of life that passes before
them. They remain separate, but they also become one. There is an expansion of awareness, not a closure and a constriction, as I had once feared. This is not to say that there is not tension and there are not traps. Tension and traps are part of every choice of life, from celibate to monogamous to having multiple lovers. Each choice contains within it the lingering doubt that the road not taken somehow more fruitful and exciting, and each becomes dulled to the richness that it alone contains.

But only marriage allows life to deepen and expand and be leavened by the knowledge that two have chosen, against all odds, to become one. Those who live together without marriage can know the pleasure of shared company, but there is a specific gravity in the marriage commitment that deepens that experience into something richer and more complex.

So do not fear marriage, just as you should not rush into it for the wrong reasons. It is an act of faith and it contains within it the power of transformation. If you believe in your heart that you
have found someone with whom you are able to grow, if you have sufficient faith that you can resist the endless attraction of the road not taken and the partner not chosen, if you have the strength of heart to embrace the cycles and seasons that your love will experience, then you may be ready to seek the miracle that marriage offers. If not, then wait. The easy grace of a marriage well-made is worth your patience. When the time comes, a thousand flowers will bloom...endlessly.


Monday, February 2, 2009

The World on His Shoulders

Posted by The Queen Bee at Monday, February 02, 2009 2 comments
Just about this minute, I am reminded of my co-worker who is restless nowadays because of the recent realignment of jobs in our department. He is now designated to head one of the sections and that meant increased responsibilities for him. No matter how hard we try to encourage and reassure him that everything is going to be alright and that the tasks he'll be doing is fairly easy, still he is filled with so much anxiety.

Yet again, this morning I saw him as if he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and I was already tempted to tell him that there's way much bigger problems in the world like addiction recovery than what he is experiencing right now.

So what reminded me of him? I accidentally bit my tongue and like the old filipino folktale says, somebody is talking about you when you do bite your tongue. So I ask my sister to give me a number and that number corresponds to its equivalent letter in the alphabet in which the name of the person talking about you starts. In this case, he's the first person to cross my mind.

NTC to require license to blog?

Posted by The Queen Bee at Monday, February 02, 2009 1 comments
Shocked, baffled and agitated with raised eyebrows to match my demeanor is how I would describe my formerly calm and collected self when I caught sight of this article that read "Do you have a license to blog?" under the Technews section of the Manila Bulletin Online in its January 27, 2009 issue.

Late last year when blogging has slowly found its way to the consciousness of filipinos as an additional source of income, I already had my mind open to the possibility of government intervention since issues such as taxes are also being brought up. It's fine if they tax people who earn online just like any regular worker who pays taxes. However, blogging is not only for those who want to earn online. There are also people who blog just for the fun and freedom of being able to express themselves through this avenue. I have a few friends who actually blog just so they could keep a daily journal.

My take on this? Well, if this is just another way for the agency to get additional income , I suggest they try blogging. It will surely reap them more rewards than getting people to pay just so they could blog.


 

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