For the Love of Coffee

The horrible traffic jams in the metro has unsweetened the commute for us lowly taxpayers and it takes more than sunshine-y disposition to win in this losing battle every single day. Well, traffic jam is one equalizer and seeing an annoyed guy driving a luxury car stuck beside the van I’m in made me a little thankful that I can doze off whenever I want while he sits there hopelessly fuming behind the wheel.

But I didn’t doze off. My mind wandered off to punchlines, comebacks, coffee and how relative it is to love and attraction. ;)

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I’ve always thought that waiting for my colossal cup of brew is worth the wait. I rather wait for a fresh brew than settle for what’s left on the coffee pot. Never settle. I cannot stress that enough.

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I like how being with you perks me up like a good cup of coffee in the morning.

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Oh, you like it black?  How fitting for your  personality.

Bitter and dark.

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I like my coffee hot and strong. Like you.

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This iced coffee reminds me so much of you. Cold.

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Cold nights. Hot coffee. Warm hugs.

Just perfect.

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Stale coffee is thrown away because it leaves a bad taste in the mouth;

As you should to those toxic and negative people around you.

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Enjoy the last few hours before the daily grind begins. Cheers to a new week! :)

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That Scramble To Sydney

Three months earlier….

It’s been a crazy and lazy three months but I thought I post something on this week-long Sydney assignment because I’ll be off on vacation soon and there’ll be new places to see and photos to post. :)

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Just one week into my new project last May and I had to rush to Sydney. I’m trying to make that sound like a complaint but I was only too happy to take over the tasks that a colleague is leaving me with. Few  get to have that kind of project handover anyway. So yes, I was giddy-stressed going through all my requirements for just a week’s notice before my flight.

It only took three days to get my business visa. And I was surprised that it's just on paper and not the usual visa label on passports. If you still require it, then it will cost AUD150.

It only took three days to get my business visa. And I was surprised that it’s just on paper and not the usual visa label on passports. Australian visas are electronically recorded so you won’t need the visa label anymore. If you still require it, then it will cost AUD150.

 

Skyview of the gorgeous sunset on the way to Hong Kong.

Skyview of the gorgeous sunset on the way to Hong Kong to catch my flight to Sydney.

 

After the 2-hour flight to Hong Kong; 1.5-hour waiting time for the connecting flight; and 9-hour flight to Sydney, I was home at last.

After the 2-hour flight to Hong Kong; 1.5-hour waiting time for the connecting flight; and 9-hour flight to Sydney, I was home at last. Sitting for hours made me so tired I actually fell asleep on the couch minutes later; and completely missed a meetup with my friend.

Tips:

  • Sydney is just two hours ahead of Manila so there really is no jetlag. It’s the hours of sitting on the plane that will really tire you out.
  • Getting a cab ride from the airport to the hotel in the center will cost you about AUD50.
  • Alternately, you can take the airport shuttle which will just cost you around AUD14 I think. The concierge will advise the nearest stop to your hotel in case it’s not the shuttle’s designated stop.  You can take this option if you travel light since you will have to lug around your suitcase to your hotel. 

I woke up around 4PM and had to scramble yet again because it’s a Sunday and shops close early and my stomach is rumbling. Plus I need to check our office location because getting lost on my first day is not an option.

The Sydney Harbor is within walking distance from the apartment.

So a quick check from the reliable Google maps and I headed out on foot to check the neighborhood. Some ten minutes later, I found myself at the Sydney Harbor; completely forgetting I was hungry.

And because I’m so horrible with directions, I managed to get myself lost and took the long and winding route to the office. Had I merely turned right, I would’ve found it immediately; less than five minutes away from the apartment and housed in one of the landmark buildings in the area, 1 Martin Place.

The preserved landmark buildings makes Sydney truly charming and worth coming back to.

The iconic landmark buildings are so charming and so irresistible that you just go trigger-happy with your camera.

Between being lazy and not having enough inspiration to blog, I hope I can put up another post on places to visit in Sydney because this is a very picturesque city and even with their cold weather, I am surprised at how warm the locals are. I wasn’t able to capture that with a photo but the experience surely made this short deployment sweeter than I could possible imagine.

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How to Not Feed a Racist Troll


Google decided to take down the offensive site. http://technology.inquirer.net/37035/google-removes-singapore-hate-blog-against-filipinos

PLEASE hear me out before hitting the Share button on that blogpost on Bloodstained about Filipinos.

The troll has its five-point guide on showing displeasure to Filipinos and I thought to tap on our objectivity before our (often) overly-sensitive side get the better of us.

1.     “Your English sucks…”

Surely you do not believe this nonsense, right? Because why on earth will BPOs setup shop here if that were the case?

Our English proficiency may have dwindled but even Manong Magtataho or Manang Fruit Vendor can help a tourist who badly needs directions. That’s how good we are.

2.     Accidentally step on them or shove them.

If someone ever does this to a person regardless of race, it says nothing about the ‘victim’ but a lot on the ‘perpetrator’. Nuff said.

3.     Create an artistic mess on your plate.

“Toss food into your mouth, chew thoroughly, then spit it out….Do this till your plate is a masterpiece of regurgitated nastiness…”

If someone does this in a Filipino resto, it should offend us Filipinos? Hell, no!

Again, this does not reflect anything on us and everything on the person who will ever do this. Only someone obtuse and devoid of social graces will publicly display such a juvenile act.

4.     Never help Filipinos involved in serious traffic accidents.

After this troll’s previous statements, do we actually expect it to do something nearly humane?

5.     Pray for a flood of biblical proportions to descend upon Orchard Road on 8 June

This troll has conveniently forgotten that Orchard Road is in Singapore, therefore, they will just be as affected as we are given that this place is haven to retail stores, hotels and businesses.

All these in point, will you still share that article? I didn’t even link it here because the troll is probably enjoying the traffic on his hideous blogpost already and I’m so not giving it the satisfaction of seeing its stats go up. Regardless if there are but a very few people reading my blog, I will not care to add those numbers to its stats.

I’ve been to Singapore a number of times and I cannot recall a bad encounter with them; in another Asian country,  maybe, but not in Singapore. 

The troll is merely counting on our over-sensitivity and social media proficiency and enthusiasm to gain popularity and infamy.

So please, DO NOT SHARE that link.

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Why We Deserve to Receive Our Exact Change (or at Least Close to it)

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It is loose change; and pretty much dispensable to most but I will always argue that it is money. It is legal tender.

And one sure way to tick my sense of right and wrong is to give me a change that is less than what I should receive, with an extra shot of attitude from the cashier.

Receiving a change that is 40 cents short, it is just unacceptable. And doubly irritating when this cashier gave me the attitude that I was being deliberately difficult because of a measly 40 cents. It is not about the money. It is a simple form of integrity.

I do not get why these stores do not have loose change or these cashiers do not understand the concept of rounding off. I understand if they are one or four cents short, even  ten. Just give the customer a sort of heads up that you can’t give the exact change for whatever reason. And say it nicely.

Just imagine how much extra loose change they will accumulate if they do that on a daily basis to all their customers. How are they going to account for it? And if I pay less than 40 cents for my purchases, will they allow it?

It is unlawful and unfair practice to give inexact change or candies in place of loose change.  It says so in the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

Why I got peeved? Here’s our exchange:

Me: Miss, kulang yung change ko ng 40 cents. Kung singko o diyes, ok lang eh. Pero 40?!

Cashier: *Looking annoyed and tells her fellow cashier,* Pahingi nga ng 25cents.

Me: If you don’t have 40, you should give me 50. This is not the first time this store did this.

 Cashier: Pahingi ng piso, bigyan kita ng 50.

Me: Iyo na.”

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Siem Reap Chronicles: Day 3

I posted our Day 2 adventure on November 9, 2013 and the last leg today. (*゚ー゚)ゞ  Just how lazy is that? Tsk.

I vividly remember it was raining the night before and it has not abated the following day. We were dreading the temple-hopping we’ll be doing because it will surely be muddy and slippery and downright scary given that we’ll be traversing the Indiana Jones temple.

Prasat Beng Mealea

Translated as Lotus Pond Temple and known to tourist as the Indiana Jones temple well because the movie of the same title starring Harrison Ford was shot here.

This Hindu temple is about 800 years old and reminiscent of the sprawling Angkor Wat but in a smaller scale.

Because not even the rain can dampen our good spirits. We got ourselves a US$1 flimsy raincoat that saved us from lugging around a huge umbrella that our tour guide readied on a rainy day like this.

Because not even the rain can dampen our good spirits. We got ourselves a US$1 flimsy raincoat that saved us from lugging around a huge umbrella that our tour guide readied on a rainy day like this.

A few meters of walking along a muddy trail, we arrived at the collapsed entrance of Prasat Beng Mealea.

A few meters of walking along a muddy trail, we arrived at the collapsed entrance of Prasat Beng Mealea.

The wooden floorboards around Prasat Beng Mealea make traversing the ruins suitable for tourists but on a rainy day like this, it can get slippery so just be careful.

The wooden floorboards around Prasat Beng Mealea make traversing the ruins suitable for tourists but on a rainy day like this, it can get slippery so just be careful.

With the rain still pouring, I can hardly make any decent shot without getting rain spatters on my lens.

With the rain still pouring, I can hardly make any decent shot without getting rain spatters on my lens.

For all its seemingly wild outgrowths, Beng Mealea is a quiet temple and well worth the additional US$5 as this is not included in the Angkor pass.

For all its seemingly wild outgrowths, Beng Mealea is a quiet temple and well worth the additional US$5 as this is not included in the Angkor pass.

With the rain still pouring, it was impossible to explore Beng Mealea ala Indiana Jones; it’s too slippery to walk over the ruins so we stayed on the wooden structures. And when we have circled the entire place, we headed to our van to get on our next stop.

The sun seem to have finally talked some sense to the rain since it stopped pouring at last. Halfway to the Rolous Group, I was just so happy to see the fierce afternoon sun from the window.

Siem Reap scenes

Sitting by the window gives you a passing glimpse of the local’s way of life. It was past 12NN so I guess school day is done and it’s time to head home.

I’ve lived a sheltered life and as embarrassing as it may be, I’m putting it out here. ***tada!*** I don’t know how to bike. (-_-) But I’m planning (operative word, planning :D ) to get me one with a nifty little basket in front, just like what these kids have.

Rolous Group

The Rolous Group consist of three temples: Lolei, Preah Ko and Bakong. Unfortunately, Lolei Temple was closed when we visited last October 2013 and so we headed instead to Preah Koh.

Preah Koh (Sacred Bull) is a Hindu temple and the first to be built in the ancient city,  Hariharalaya, now known as Rolous.

Preah Koh (Sacred Bull) is a Hindu temple and the first to be built in the ancient city, Hariharalaya, now known as Rolous.

Prasat Bakong was built in the late 9th century and was considered Angkor's state temple for a few years.

Prasat Bakong was built in the late 9th century and was considered Angkor’s state temple for a few years.

View from the steps of Prasat Bakong. You will notice a modern Buddhist temple on the right side of the east entrance.

View from the first level of Prasat Bakong. You will notice a modern Buddhist temple on the right side of the east entrance.

So this is the other side of Prasat Bakong and our tour guide declared himself as our official photographer, hence my camera was with him the whole time. So I'm free to photobomb my friends. :D

So this is the other side of Prasat Bakong and our tour guide declared himself as our official photographer, hence my camera was with him the whole time. And that means, I will finally be included in the photos. :D

We have finally reached the end of our three days of temple-hopping. And so, off we trekked back to our van and passed by this part of the moat surrounding Prasat Bakong.

We have finally reached the end of our three days of temple-hopping. And so, off we trekked back to our van and passed by this part of the moat surrounding Prasat Bakong.

Souvenir shot with our humorous tour guide, Reah (the one in lilac shirt) and nice driver,Toy (yup, that's his name).

Souvenir shot with our humorous tour guide, Reah (the one in lilac shirt) and nice driver,Toy (yup, that’s his name).

We finished our tour early and as they dropped us off at our hotel, we bade Reah and Toy farewell. And of course, we can't let them go without a souvenir shot. :D

We finished our tour early and as they dropped us off at our hotel, we bade Reah and Toy farewell. And of course, we can’t let them go without a souvenir shot. :D

So, will we recommend Sam Tuktuk Tours to our friends? YES! I likewise placed my review of his tour here. It’s just crazy that Reah had a pink eye that day and he still decided to go to work. And because I know it’s contagious, I always had my hand sanitizer ready whenever I came in contact with him the whole time. But in my excitement to check the photos in our room, I completely forgot to wipe my camera. So two days later, I got more than a souvenir from our tour guide: a Khmer pink eye. ;)

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