Apple iPhone 5S

I finally gave in! A little over six months after it was released, I bought a 32G Gold version of the Apple iPhone 5S. It was a two-day old second-hand unit. The original owner got it from Globe for her recontracting postpaid plan after she accidentally dropped her Samsung Galaxy S4. According to her, she prefers Android over iOS so she planned to sell the iPhone 5S to buy an Xperia Z1.

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Friday, March 28, 2014
On my way to work, I browsed through TipidCP.com, a local online marketplace for mobile phones, searching for a Sony Xperia Z2. I was this close of buying one. I even considered getting a regular postpaid plan from Smart since they advertised that they carry the smartphone exclusively. Then I saw some posts on iPhone 5S and stumbled upon a gold one with 32G memory. I checked the price and it’s only Php27,500! It’s a steal, considering that she only got the unit two days ago! So I texted her and reserved the unit. The problem is, she wanted to meet me up in Quezon City but I could only leave the office at around 10:00 PM. So I called her and offered her an additional Php500 just for her to go to McKinley Hill and meet me there. She agreed.

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I couldn’t be happier. I initially planned to skip this 5S version and just wait for the iPhone 6 to be released. But I’m an Apple fanboy… Okay, I admit, I am that impulsive. LOL!

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Quick Post: Shih Tzu

This afternoon, my sister and her boyfriend brought one of our puppies to its new owner. I already saw it coming but it’s really difficult to see the pup leaving.

Back story: She is the youngest of three puppies of Camcam. Camcam had a hard time whelping. According to my friend, who’s a breeder of shih tzus, bitches (mother dogs) normally deliver their puppies with 15 minutes interval. But in Camcam’s case, she let out the first puppy at 1:00 AM, then the next one came out after 2 hours, then the last one at 4:00 AM. And when she came out, she wasn’t moving, so my mom and I thought that she’s dead already. But my mom tried to massage her until she started breathing.

She’s the sweetest among the three of them. She likes resting on my lap and wants her tummy to be tickled. I’m a bit sad since she’s no longer with us, and I hoping that her new owner would love her and take good care of her.

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She’s the one on the right side. Taken this afternoon before they take a bath.

A Business Trip To Cebu City

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I was asked to go to the Queen City of the South for a 12-day business trip. I was unprepared since they only advised me four days before my flight. The flight, airport-to-hotel transfer and the accommodation had been set. Not complaining. In fact, I like going to Cebu. It’s like home away from home.

I left the house at three in the morning of February 24th for my 0700H flight via Philippine Airlines. But I arrived at NAIA Terminal 2 an hour after. When I was checking in, the officer offered me a 0500H and 0600H flights. I declined since the car service in my destination will pick me up at 7-ish. So I stayed for too long waiting. Unfortunately for me, the flight was delayed, but it was just for about half an hour.

NAIA Terminal 2
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I was excited and a bit scared at the same time since it was my first time to fly alone.

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I tried hard to sleep but I can’t. I was awed by the beautiful soft clouds that surround my country.

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I checked-in to my hotel, had a quick bath and went straight to the office where the Cebu team was waiting for my arrival.

Diamond Suites & Residences
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I spent two weeks working there and was even extended for two additional days for some company event.

Cebu IT Park
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The Walk
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This block is just across the office. It houses several local restaurants where I mostly spent my time for lunch and dinner. It has Casa Verde which is known for its humongous back ribs, and Zubuchon with the best lechon ever according to Anthony Bourdain. I don’t eat pork though so I wouldn’t know.

Dolce Grill and Bar
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This venue is one of the perfect spots for chilling out while enjoying desserts and tea.
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Maya Mexican Restaurant
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The place is located in Crossroads, just a few blocks away from IT Park and it offers good Mexican food and has a Greenbelt vibe.
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Anzani Mediterranean Restaurant
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For some fine dining experience, Anzani is the best place in Cebu. It was named as the Philippines’ Best Restaurant of 2013 by the Philippine Tatler.
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They also have an underground cellar room filled with different wines from around the world.
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Ayala Center Cebu
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This is the first Ayala Shopping Center located outside Metro Manila. I could have gone to this place if only I didn’t do overtime work. It’s just a few steps away from the hotel.
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Most of the time, I get to have realizations when I’m alone and far from my comfort zone.
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“Over time, I learn to let go of what I once thought of life going to be. We should keep striving to make worthwhile decisions in life that will add value to who we are. Think less about the past and more about the future.”

I enjoyed my stay in Cebu! If given a chance, I would like to go back and take that opportunity to travel around and discover what the province of Cebu has to offer.

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Quick Post: Cebu Trip

I was asked to go to Cebu for a 2-week business trip for one urgent business need that was just approved and discussed last Thursday. I’m excited and a bit worried at the same time since it’s my first time to fly and travel alone. I have no idea on hotel check-ins even if it has been arranged already. The hotel that I will be staying in for two weeks has a mix of bad and good reviews. I’m hoping for the latter.

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Photo taken last Sept 27 2013 at Mactan International Airport

UPDATE:
Feb 24th, 1:16 AM – Awake for 14 hours now and my long day hasn’t started yet. A taxi will pick me up at 0300H going to NAIA Terminal 2. My flight is at 0700H and we’re expected to land in Cebu at 0815H. Work will start at 1000H and it will end until God knows when. I’m leaving my hiring to my team members in Manila and I hope that it will be smooth sailing so I could rest early. Special thanks to my team mate who will take over the onshore interview until 0000H of Tuesday.

I’m looking forward to a successful and productive trip! :)

Sleep Paralysis

Yesterday, I watched the season finale of American Horror Story: Coven where the witches had to perform the Seven Wonders where the winner will become the next Supreme. One of the Seven Wonders performed was the “going to hell” test where Misty Day was stucked and never went back to life. It happened to me! Well, sort of.

Just a few minutes after falling asleep, I experienced sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon in which people, either when falling asleep or wakening, temporarily experience an inability to move (being paralyzed). Wikipedia.

All I can remember was, in my dream, I was on the floor and I couldn’t move my body, I couldn’t utter a single word. I was paralyzed. Slowly I was getting half awake and I still couldn’t move nor talk. I felt that my body was very weak. I remember my friend telling me to try very hard to move my fingers if I experience that, and so I did. I was trying to use the nails of my right hand in pinching the index and middle fingers of my left hand. I can feel it but not the pain. Until I was able to open my right eye, and then the left, and closed them again; and I slowly moved my body while keeping my eyes closed. I continued moving and slowly opened my eyes.

I grabbed my phone and checked the time. Then I tweeted my experience for the sake of documenting it to remind myself that I have experienced it again. Yes, it wasn’t the first time. If my memory serves me right, it’s my fifth time I was sleep paralyzed.