Sunday, August 31, 2008

Computer Gone Berserk

I don't know what is happening to my computer. It has a powerful Quad processor and an incredible 6 GB RAM but it is slower than my laptop which only has a single Intel Celeron processor.

Oh well, at least I was able to do something for it like bringing it to the Geek Squad so that it will be fixed. Who wants a very slow computer right? Well I have done everything to fix the problem by myself including reformatting it and restoring the factory image but to no avail it is as slow as a snail.

I really hate it when technology fails... because i then feel helpless...

Well at least I still have my old and trusty laptop to keep myself company as my PC will be staying at the Geek Squad shop for a week or so. I just hope it gets fixed soon.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My Bike Was Stolen

One of the reasons that sparked my desire to quit was when my bike was stolen. Yup it was stolen and I blame Tim Hortons for it. It was because of them that I forgot my bike chain that's why it was stolen. Well I know that it was actually my fault for being so forgetful but Tim Hortons played a factor in the loss of my bike chain.

Anyway, what's stolen can't be reclaimed so I've bought a new bike since I really need it to go to work fast and effortless. Anyway, I was able to buy a new bike that is better than my old one in many ways for exactly the same price.

So this proves that some bad things do happen to make way for better things.

I Stayed...

Well, I did plan to make yesterday the official start of my jobless life but guess what? I'm still have my job because they still need me. They finally agreed to go with my demands of placing me back to the evening shift (3 pm to 11 pm) and I don't have to work night shift (11 pm to 7 am) when I threatened them that I was quitting.

Well I'm quite happy with this outcome really because I never really wanted to leave Tim Hortons because I was paid well. I should have also asked for a raise while we were bargaining for my employment.

Oh well. At least I have now learned to say NO and I am now able to protect my happiness and be selfish and mean once in a while. I will not be pushed around any longer. I have learned to say NO!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Angels on Earth

Some may think of angels as a transcendental being or those beings with white wings and who fights of evil and serves as God's messengers...

But to me, the real angels are the real human beings here on earth who help other people when they are in need. But one does not have to do extreme acts to be called an angel. By simply being courteous or nice to someone could make that person an angel.

Angels for me are people who makes each passing day worthwhile. These are the people who make the world a better place.

So who are the devils? Well the people who are opposite of the angels. They're rude, self-absorbed, selfish and destroy everything around them. They are infectious as they tend to make other people evil to as one will be evil to protect one's self from evil because if your good, these evil people will team up against you. It's a never ending vicious cycle... but we can really break this cycle. Be an angel... don't transfer your hate to other people and always be kind and patient to people. Being calm and forgiving makes things better rather than being hot headed and rude.

Hair Color? Black and Proud of It!

What is up with people these days but I've noticed the people I know here in Canada dyeing their hair. There's my co-workers at work Tina and Lindsey, my brother, my father...

Well I actually tried dyeing my hair red too but the hair dye my brother bought was only made to compliment one's natural hair color so obviously red didn't compliment my hair so instead of having a stunning red hair I still have my wonderfully black hair which I find great and I won't be dyeing my hair anytime soon.

For one reason i think that black is a very good hair color and I'm proud of being Asian so hiding that fact is beyond me. And besides I don't want myself to turn out like this in this STORY.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Roadmap to the Internet

I guess almost everyone in the world knows what the internet is and many are so hooked to the use of the internet that if one can't access the internet one would probably die of boredom or frustration. We do everything on the internet, not just for finding information, but also for entertainment, paying the bills, buying stuff online, or simply to communicate with the rest of the world.

As I said most of us knows what the internet is, but there are others who have absolutely no idea what the internet is. Well for starters, if you really want to know what the internet is you have to experience what the internet is so you need an internet service provider. There are actually so many types of internet service providers that offers DSL, dial up, and cable internet services.

But if you really want a super fast internet connection and that you are far flung from civilization that no local internet service providers can reach you, you better get a Satellite Internet Service Provider.

But of course, getting a satellite connection is not that affordable really that is why if your looking for great internet speeds at much more affordable prices, you can check out getisp.info. As the name shows, it's a great resource about finding cheap and reliable internet service providers plus it offers many great helpful articles like wireless security and avoiding online scams.

I know that to some the internet may be pretty intimidating (to think learning to use the computer is hard enough) but you don't have to worry because getisp.info is there to serve as your roadmap to the internet.

Finding My Happiness

My managers know that I hate working night shift (11 pm to 7 am) but they still made a schedule for m saying that I'll be working 11 pm to 7 am for 4 straight days!

I am quite unhappy with this situation and I know why this has happened to me... I don't know how to say NO! to people. That is why they take advantage of me. They think I'm the kind Filipino guy who they can boss around well they have another thing coming.

They must not know that I am not a contract worker and I can quit anytime I want. There are less stressful jobs out there and I am very unhappy with my job.

A saying goes once said that if you're unhappy with what you're doing then don't it. It's counterproductive to the job, it's counterproductive to yourself, and it's counterproductive to everyone else involved.

I believe that my employers are abusing me. Imagine, today they're sending me to another store location just like last week. But the thing is why only ME?! Why can't they send anyone else? Well the answer may be because others don't want to be sent to other stores and they refused. Well I will refuse too... I will say NO!

And if they don't respect me and my wants, and they don't give me my happiness back... I will QUIT! No regrets at all... just a sense of relief that my stress from my job is finally over.

Gaming a Waste of Time

As much as it hurts me to say this but I have found playing PC games and PS3 games a complete waste of time... well the thing is I actually don't have time to play games and stuff. This is pretty hard to believe from someone who don't study for midterm exams just to play gameboy games hehehe.

Oh well, maybe I'm just saying this because I'm frustrated that Playstation 3 can't play Playstation 2 games. I'm mad at Sony for being such a money hungry corporation. I know that their reason for not allowing the PS3 to play PS2 games is that it would cause their PS2 to be outdated and no one would buy them anymore and they didn't want this because they still have a surplus on PS2 consoles. I also hated it when I have to pay them to upgrade my Sony Ericsson media manager in order for me to transfer videos to my Sony Ericsson W960i. Like that is completely robing me of my money, of course I didn't pay them. I'd rathe buy a new phone like Nokia whose phones are more user friendly and they won't have to make me pay extra to transfer videos to my phone.

But my love for games has not completely vanished. As soon as I quit my job there will be plenty of time for me to play games hehehe.





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Friday, August 22, 2008

Why Can't I See My Website?!

Is it me or am I the only one who can't see my own freaking website? The whole world can see it but I can't! I can't open www.EdgarVincentBautista.com. But my friends can and so can my hosting company Technographx. But I can't seem to open my website as well as my web hosting company's website.

If anyone else in this world can't open my website please do tell me, that would really be such a help. Thanks!

Oh yeah, in case you're wondering, I can't access my control panel either. If any one can help me with this problem it would really be appreciated. I've tried flushing the DNS, tampered with the MTU, refreshed, cleared the cache, checked the security settings, but nothing seems to work.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Oh well this topic seems to be so redundant and I have kept saying that I will lose weight and exercise and all of that but I seem to get so many convenient excuses at my disposal like this one HERE.

Well I'm now here in Canada and my promise to lose weight in the Philippines seems to be forgotten. I actually did lose some weight back when I was in the Philippines but when I recently checked my waistline and weight, well you can guess what happened.

Hey! I work at a donut shop for crying out loud! It's so darn hard to fight the temptations. And to think that the food here is so cheap that we literally have a full fridge. I could have ice cream everyday and since we don't have time to cook we usually just order pizza at Pizza Hut or get some yummy food at the Filipino store. But they're not that healthy.

I can barely remember when I last had "pinakbet" or any food that has lots of veggies in it. Oh well guess I have to start counting calories right now... that won't be hard since everything I eat has labels on it...

This is one cons with everyone in the family is working, no one is left to cook food hehehe.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock

If you haven't guessed what I will be writing about then you may have missed a lot from your childhood. I'm going to be writing about clocks, but not just about any ordinary old boring clocks, I'm going to write about grandfather clocks.

You see I've been over to a friend's house and I couldn't help but notice their grandfather clock. I was sitting alone in their living room (I forgot why I was waiting in the first place) and I couldn't help but notice their Howard Miller grandfather clock. Yup I asked where they bought their clock and I was amazed to find out that their clock was actually brand new. But I didn't notice this immediately because I couldn't help myself but appreciate the beautiful design and what I loved most about it is it's tick-tock sound and the sound it makes every hour.

I couldn't help myself but imagine the many stories and fairy tales that includes a grandfather clock. Who would have guessed that a grandfather clock could evoke so many memories of stories of fantasy. But I guess that grandfather clocks are not only merely for bringing up memories huh? Because a grandfather clock could be a great decorative item in my home that's for sure! I'm sure that our visitors would always notice the grandfather clock and this could be a great ice breaker and conversation starter.

I've never realized that I really like clocks this much. I just noticed that I'm a clock lover because I was the one who insisted of having clocks in every room of our house. Oh well, I might as well start collecting clocks starting with buying my very own grandfather clock!




Homework: Learn How to Drive

I've been dying to learn to drive for years. I was going to learn driving with a friend at a driving school but my mom said that it would be best to learn how to drive here because the rules and traffic signs were completely different. But guess what? Wrong assumption.

Sure rules and some signs are different but driving like learning when to shift gears and stuff and how to make a car move can be learned with out those fancy traffic rules and laws. Sure I could learn how to drive here but we don't have a car yet and enrolling in a driving school is pretty damn expensive. I should have learned how to drive back in the Philippines.

But anyway let's just take it slow. Since I know that my dad will never get his permit because he doesn't seem to care and relies that my mom will do everything for him, I will have to take things into my own hands.

I will study the Alberta Basic License Driver's Handbook, take the test, get a learners license, then in one year I could drive a car on my own... that is if we have a car by that time.

Male Breast Reduction

Yup you heard me right! Male breast reduction! Now why would any male in their right mind would want a surgical procedure that would reduce the size of their breasts when males have not much of a breast to remove in the first place?

Well you're partly wrong and right. All though males don't have big breasts like women do but when you're fat or obese you tend to have fat build up under your breasts thus having the impression that you have man boobs. The enlargement of the breasts is medically called gynecomastia and gaining a few weight is not the only cause for breasts to implode like that especially in the case of males.

Excessive weight training can cause the hypertrophy or excessive enlargement of the pectoralis muscles (chest muscles) or it could also be caused by hormonal imbalances, especially if a man has more female sex hormones in his system than male sex hormones.

But what ever the cause maybe male breast reduction is really needed as man boobs are not good to look at and this could greatly cause psychological problems for men.

So my dear students have you learned anything from my topic? If not well you can go directly to the source of this info. And if you need any surgical procedures of any nature and you want to know why you have to have such a procedure onlinesurgery.com is a great source of information.

Nasty People

I don't know why some people could be so nasty. Why can't people be more civilized and be more human when they deal with other people. What is it with people who live in western countries that they stop thinking of other people and be very selfish and only think about what they want every single day.

I have dealt with rude and disrespectful customers at my work and I showed them that they can't step on me. Don't they think that I'm just some poor Filipino contract worker who will take their crap because I'm afraid to lose my job. Because I will really take them on!

But there are also very nice customers who are kind, understanding, and patient so I'm not always on the guard putting up my I'll-Kill-You face. As I have gained experience with dealing with people I have learned not to displace my frustrations to my kind customers.

I've learned to treat people the way they treat me in a case-to-case basis. If you treat me with respect, I will respect you. if you don't, then go to hell, I won't take your crap.

Imagine a world where people will think of other people's feelings before their own... if they have feelings to begin with that is.

Web Hosting

A lot of people were asking me how I was able to make my own website. Well making a website and designing it and stuff is pretty darn simple. There are thousands of free website templates that anyone can download on the internet. But if you really want to make your very own personal website then the very first thing you must do is find the right web host!

But the thing is there are thousands of web hosts out there and it so hard to find the right one that is really worth your money. And as I have told my friends, I highly recommend web hosting choice.

Unlike any website that reviews and rates web hosting sites, web hosting choice is totally unique as it is a great resource for total newbies and beginners in the world of blogging and website building. So if you have no idea what a host is and you don't understand a thing I'm saying, well web hosting choice is definitely perfect for you! They will give you information to start out and help you find the right web hosting site for you and give you tips on how to check if a site is a scam or not.

M.I.A. & Work

After annoying a certain someone to tell me what she meant by M.I.A. I finally am able to blog again after being Missing In Action (MIA) for so long.

Well not that long, I was able to make the pathetic I'm so depressed and want to kill myself post. Finally, after being given two straight days of vacation (thanks to a co-worker who wanted more hours of work) I am now able to take a break and appreciate the beauty of life with work out of my mind.

After thinking things through I now realize why I had such a nasty breakdown. Well as the saying goes, "If you're too nice, people will step on you", this is true in my case. I don't know why I am able to say no and be awful to my family who I love yet I am able to allow complete strangers to take advantage of me and to step on me. You see I had the power to say NO to my manager but she was nice to me and she needed someone to work at 11 pm to 7 am because no one in their right mind would agree to work alone at night doing everything.

But because of my stupidity I worked 11 pm to 7 am even if it was my day-off and the following day I had to go home at 7 am and go back to work later on at 3 pm to 11 pm. I was truly pissed at myself for being Mr. Kindy Ass. I should have let the answering machine take her call but when she (my manager) called for the second time I picked up thinking it was important, now I truly learned my lesson. I will not pick up the phone if my work is calling for me when I'm on day-off. And if they ask me to work at night the answer would be a definite NO! No more Mr. Nicey Pants.

If you think that I'm over reacting well you are definitely wrong. Did you know that even in my sleep I still dream that I'm still working. And I totally get no rest at all because in my mind I outside my bed room is the store where I work in. I have to remind myself that I am in my bedroom and I am sleeping.

I have sacrificed enough for my work, I don't want to give up my sanity too.




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Monday, August 18, 2008

The Cycle of Depression

How do I feel now? Well let's just say that I'm feeling down. I feel as if I'm not going anywhere and that I'm stuck. A sense of impending doom if you may say. I'm afraid that I may not reach my full potentials. I want to find the next nearest tall building and jump off from it.

I don't want to work at a low-paying job anymore. I know that I am lucky to get a job that pays $9.50 an hour but this is not what I envisioned myself to be. I'm so sick and tired waiting for my college to evaluate my transcripts. I want to study right now so that I could finish my degree earlier.

Sure I can afford to buy the things I want with my present job and survive but the problem is this is not what I want to be for the rest of my life. I know that I could do more and be more than who I am right now.

My whole integrity is being challenged and I can't stop thinking that moving to Canada was a huge mistake, for my part at least. I should have finished my studies back in the Philippines.

My job is no bundle of joy either. I hate my job. I am asked again to work tonight at 11 pm to 7 am and next Sunday they're sending me to another Tim Hortons and I have absolutely no idea where that is.

I'm tired... I'm losing hope. To others this may be such a simple problem with such a simple solution but it isn't that easy believe me.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Madonna

I was watching a documentary of Madonna (Yup she has a documentary! She's a Legend of Pop!) when it said something about the controversial American Dream of Madonna. Well of course, my curiosity got the best of me and I searched for the said video. Well I didn't have to search to far thanks to Youtube:


The music video combined with the song brings out an explosive message of how US supremacy is affecting third world countries. If the US wants to wage wars on other countries then they can. But I think that the deeper message is not really being anti-US but rather being an anti-war.

War brings so much death and violence. There is nothing that war can solve. Period.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Losing Weight: Fast & Easy

Let's face it... food is very good. There are times that we try to eat right but the temptations of eating to satisfy our cravings always get the better of us so we always break our promises of continuing our diet or exercise thus even if we do lose weight we quickly regain that lost weight since we go back to our old bad eating habits.

Losing weight is no easy task. If it was then every one would be very thin and healthy. But it's a good thing that among the several resources on the internet, weight-loss-diet-help.com sheds light on the secrets of a successful diet plan and routine.

Weight Loss Diet Help is a good resource to find reviews on several effective online diet programs, weight loss articles, plus coupons and deals like save on Medifast shakes, bars, pudding, soups and drinks.

Wouldn't it be great to just live life and eat food that you love like chocolates, pasta, cakes and still lose weight?! Don't believe me? Just check out the amazing weight loss programs that weight Loss Diet Help is sharing to the public.

But the thing that separates Weight Loss Diet Help from other websites on the internet is that the main goal of Weight Loss Diet Help is healthy weight loss. You can't lose a lot of weight in just a short span of time, because if you do you are only doing more damage to your body than good.

With many diet fads and weight loss myths it is imperative that one is well informed so that one can lose weight and successfully retain that lost weight. I sure would like to lose weight but I can never do this if I just sit around and do nothing. We have to do simple steps to reduce calories and then proceed to bigger actions to reduce our weight. The process may be slow but at least we are getting somewhere.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Get A Job You BUM!

Just this afternoon, several of our customers called our attention and asked us to shoo away a woman outside our store who was asking every one who comes in (or out) the store door for money. Many of the customers unanimously agreed that people like her should just take a hike and get lost.

I honestly have to agree with them because I too have been asked once or twice by these able bodied people for money. And like any people here in Canada would do, I would refuse to give them money. I don't want to give them money because I'm working hard for my money and they just ask for it and wait for the government to give them money?! Yes the government gives them compensation and living expenses because they are unemployed. But the thing is Alberta has so many job openings so it's impossible for them not to get a job.

Heck even my 16 year old brother has a job and is earning his own money so how could they not be able to find a job and just rely on other people's hard earned money to survive?

These people, ladies and gentlemen, are the scum of society. I know it's too harsh of a word but it's the only word that gives justice to them. You see there are more people that deserves funding from the government. Who are these deserving people? Well the people who are unable to work because they are disabled and or maybe just because they are dead. If they are dead then who will support their family right?

Since many are claiming that they need welfare, less is being given to those who truly need it. So I highly recommend people to refrain from giving your money to these beggars who might be using these money for drugs or some illegal activities. If you really want to help the needy, you're better off donating your money to charity organizations or for good causes like funds for cure of HIV or something like that.

Being A Good Man

One thing that I like about Canadians is their ability to express themselves. If they hate you they can really be nasty but if they like you they can say the darnest nice things. There are already several times that I have been called a good man. I was quite touched by what they said and of course I had a bit of hepatomegaly episode (in other words "bukad atay").

I am quite thankful that I am able to give this impression to other people but the truth is there is nothing good in me. I'm very selfish and self-centered. I'm just like any other man on this planet. The only reason that I was respectful and nice to them (as I said HERE) is because they showed me the same thing. So I was only mirroring what they were showing me.

So the truth is, they are the good people because I was only showing them what they showed me. If they were nasty, I can show them the proper way of being nasty and hostile.

But hearing those words were very rewarding indeed. I really like it when people know how to appreciate rather than just seeing the bad things from other people. So it's better to see the best in everyone right rather than lingering on people's imperfections because in this world no one is perfect (except me, JOKE!).

Back to School Tips

As they say time passes so fast... and indeed it does! Because in just a few weeks classes will once again open and my little brother will once again be going to school. I'm actually quite worried that he won't be able to cope with the stress of high school life so I was glad to read some useful back to school tips from DYMO.



I sure did wish that I had heard of DYMO Label Makers sooner when I was in college because I could have used DYMO to file folders which as a nursing student have tons of. I have lots of paper works and photocopied materials that I tend to have a room filled with a bunch of papers and I end up not finding anything because of the mess and clutter. But with a label maker like DYMO, organizing my life would have been so easy and manageable.

Both my brother and me are klutz and we tend to lose stuff easily so labeling our stuff would truly prevent us from losing them and getting them mixed up with other people's belonging.

Well there are other several ways to use a DYMO label maker so why don't you check out their helpful tips and tricks so that you could also organize your life and keep your possessions safe.


Last August 12

Last August 12 was actually my birthday... but due to my very busy and tight schedule of my career in the food industry (char!), I wasn't able to blog about it that much. Well my birthday was plain and simple. Just spent my whole morning alone in the house and waited to be picked up later in the afternoon by a family friend so that I could set-up their wireless internet connection in their brand new gorgeous mansion. The word house doesn't give justice to their extravagant home.

Anyway, I was still touched by the actions of my mom when I arrived home. Even if she didn't know how to cook and she didn't have much time on her hands she was still able to prepare a feast for me. We had a wonderful chocolate-strawberry cake, freshly-delivered pizza (yup all we do is take-out since we don't have time to cook), chicken, and ice-cream.

I didn't have a party or a huge gathering but being at home with my family was enough for me to be happy.

I also gave myself a gift. An HP m9350f desktop computer with an AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (2.50 GHz), 6 GB RAM, 750 GB Hard Disk, and it comes with a 24 inch LCD screen for only $1900. This is the computer of my dreams. What i like about this baby is not only is it good for extreme gaming, it comes with a remote control so that I can watch TV on it and listen to the radio. Heck I even use this baby to play with my PlayStation 3. I'm happy that my hard work as a lowly donut shop employee who cleans the bathroom and serve customers and all of that is able to afford a desktop like this. If I worked in the Philippines, I would never afford this.
The bottom line is. We may be living a simple life here in Canada but we are still lucky because many of our relatives and friends back in the Philippines are really working so hard just to get by. I just wished that we didn't have to leave our home in the Philippines just to get a better life and a better future.

Anyway... damn it I'm old! I can'tr believe that I'm already 20 years old. I'm still edgy about my future because until now MacEwan hasn't finished evaluating my transcripts and I've checked my application status and it still shows there "Acknowledged". I wish they'd change it to "Documents Lacking" or something so that I can do something about the things I lack.

Anyway, on with my life.

Monday, August 11, 2008

RESPECT: A Two Way Process

I really don't appreciate it when customers raise their voice or try to belittle me thinking that I'm inferior to them because they are the customer and I am the lowly servant. Well they should think again. I don't anymore bother calling them "ma'am or sir" because here in Canada only a few does. Why? Because every one here are equal. No one is above the other.

People like me who work in the customer service department are here to help them and we are not here to be trash talked to or abused. So if they want respect from me then they should give it too.

But the kind of customers that really bug me are the Indians. They don't speak clearly and they get mad when you ask them to repeat what they said because their English is not only bad but their pronunciation of the words are all wrong. But I don't say that all Indians are arrogant and self-absorbed. It's just that there are these people who think that Filipinos are inferior to them and that we are only here in Canada as contract workers. Excuse me but I happen to be a permanent resident here in Canada and in 3 to 5 years time a CITIZEN of CANADA. Besides, even if I was a contract worker, I still deserve respect.

There are some rude and nasty customers who come into our store each day but I don't let them get their way because I always show them that I am not the person they should mess with. But there are also times that I'm tired and I just don't care anymore. But when I am in the heat of the moment and ready to fight back, well... they should watch themselves.

Oh well. We can't really say that the world is a perfect place. But we should also remember not all other people are as rotten as some people out there. The point is even if a nasty customers try to ruin my day, I still smile and treat the next customer with respect. But if that customer is like the previous nasty one then I switch the way I relate to them appropriately too.

Oh my... why am I ranting again? Sorry about that guys, just releasing some steam.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Money Doesn't Make You Happy

Next Monday is already payday and I was planning what I should buy with my money. I had so many wants but then it hits me... After I buy everything that I desire what next? I suddenly felt some kind of empty.

I realized that it is true that money couldn't buy happiness and contentment. I then went into my special moment where I contemplate and reflect on things... Why do people continue on living? Why do they live out each day? What purpose or goal do they wish to accomplish?

I then ask my self what is my goal? Well... I haven't quite figured that out yet. But what I figured out is that even if I haven't found out my reason for living but I get through each day because of people around me who makes each of my passing days more memorable and worthwhile... these people are my friends and family... or some of the anonymous angels you meet along the way.

The Dustbuster!

Guess what the very first item I've bought when I received my credit card? A vacuum cleaner! Yup call me a clean freak but I loved this vacuum cleaner that I've bought. This was not any other vacuum cleaner people, it was a Black & Decker dustbuster!

I've seen this baby at the hardware store near us and I've been wanting to buy it ever since. What I liked about it is it's very compact design. Unlike any other bulky and heavy vacuum cleaner the dustbuster is small and lightweight. And when I used it I was totally blown away, how could a tiny little thing have so much suction power? Technology is truly amazing.

I used to hate vacuuming but with the dustbuster cleaning has never been easier. I vacuum almost everyday so our house has never been cleaner.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

I'm Tired of Being a Parent

I have written an entry somewhere in this blog or my other blog about me trying to teach my brother to be responsible and independent. My brother is 16 years old and yet he is very irresponsible and care free. I wasn't like that when I was young.

I'm trying to teach him to clean up after himself. I mean pick up his tissue or clothes from the living room and sometimes even share and help with the house chores. But all of these are in vain because I seem to get no support from my parents.

Hell. My parents spoil him that's for sure. Just this day my mom told me to wash the dishes during lunchtime and I did. I told my brother that he should also have a share in the dish washing chores and do the dishes later after dinner. But guess who washed the dishes? My mom. I told my self that they should do something about this. I'm tired of doing all the cleaning in this house and looking after my brother who is old enough. If he's old enough to use drugs and have a girlfriend surely he's old enough to help around in the house or at least be responsible enough to clean up his own mess.

I don't know what is wrong with my parents... especially my mom. My dad doesn't care about rearing us and being our role model ever since so there is no need for him to do anything. But my mom on the other hand is doing more damage than harm. I mean please! Do you really want your own son growing up dependent and a dysfunctional individual?

I mean before she had lots of excuses why I had to do all the work. One, he's asthmatic so he shouldn't do any work. Two, he's still too young. And three he won't do it anyway. So my counter would be, one: if he's asthmatic why do you allow him to smoke? Two: Too young? Please he leaves home during the middle of the night ad come homes at the break of dawn... you call that young? Three: That's why do something about it so he will be responsible enough.

Why aren't you doing anything about him being a good for nothing slob? Why don't you do to him what you did to me? Like I still remember asking you what the meaning of a word is when I was in grade school and you told me to check the dictionary. My brother? You spoon feed him. You even do his own freaking assignments when he was in high school! Me? Well you sent me away to study when I was in high school and I had to feed myself and learn to budget my measly allowance. My brother? You give him what ever he wants! You even allow him to drink to think he's a minor too.

I'm tired of doing anything to help him. And you know what my brother told me that really irritated me? He said why don't I clean up his mess when I already see it. I should clean it because I see it already. Like what?!

But I'm tired of trying to help my brother. From now on I will stop cleaning after him and I won't do his laundry. Let him do his own laundry once in a while. I won't pick up his mess in the living room. Let's see how this will affect my mom. If she tells me that I should clean the mess up I am going to go insane!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Rubber Stamp

How easy life would be if I had a rubber stamp. Like I could stamp my name on everything I owned because my brother can't seem to distinguish what belongs to him and what belongs to me.

There could be so many ways that I could use a rubber stamp. How nice it would be if I had my own personalized signature stamp which I could use on my letters and stuff.

Anyway at least I'm happy to discover that I found a place where I can order self-inking stamps here in Canada online. Yup we have our very own VistaPrint here where you can create and design your own stamps for very low prices.

Plus other than stamps they also make business cards, calendars, brochures, and anything else you can print or not print like your own website! Isn't that cool?

So next time I have any projects or if I need anything for work I'll be sure to check out VistaPrint.ca.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Soda Machine

My mom, brother, and me went to IKEA, a local furniture and home furnishing store, at Edmonton South Common. We were bringing the items we bought to the home delivery counter when my brother and I spotted this neat looking vending machine. Well because there aren't any sophisticated vending machines like this ones in the Philippines we were definitely curious and ignorant too hehehe.
So like any curious people we wanted to try using it and guess what? We were successful and got our selves some iced tea. And here we are looking happy and content because instead of getting one iced tea we got two for the price of one.

I guess that there is something wrong with the machine because the note in front of it warns that the machine sometimes eats money and doesn't drop any drink. Guess we were lucky today.

Anyway while I'm already posting pictures I just want to share this picture of my henna tattoo that my co-worker made for me. Isn't it cool?

David Archuleta's Crush

After a long time of waiting I can't believe that David Archuleta's first single is out and it is already rocking. Once again the singing sensation has captured the hearts of many fans with his amazing voice and the catchy tune of his single "Crush".

Once my credit card arrives I'll be sure to use it on iTunes to download David's song. Or why not the whole album instead. Anyway, here us David Archuleta's Crush. Hope you enjoy it as I did.



I hung up the phone tonight,
something happened for the first time, deep inside
It was a rush, what a rush
Cause the possibility that you would ever
Feel the same way about me
It's just too much, just too much
Why do I keep running from the truth
All I ever think about is you
You got me hypnotized, so mesmerized, and I just got to know


Do you ever think, when you're all alone
All that we could be, Where this thing could go
Am I crazy or falling in love
Is it really just another crush
Do you catch a breath, when I look at you
Are you holding back, like the way I do
Cause I'm tryin, try to walk away
But I know this crush ain't goin away, goin away


Has it ever crossed your mind when we were hanging
Spending time girl, are we just friends
Is there more, is there more
See it's a chance we've gotta take
Cause I believe we can make this into
Something that will last, last forever, forever


Do you ever think, when you're all alone
All that we could be, Where this thing could go
Am I crazy or falling in love
Is it really just another crush
Do you catch a breath, when I look at you
Are you holding back, like the way I do
Cause I'm tryin, try to walk away
But I know this crush ain't goin away, goin away


Why do I keep running from the truth
All I ever think about is you
You got me hypnotized, so mesmerized
And I just got to know


Do you ever think, when you're all alone
All that we could be, Where this thing could go
Am I crazy or falling in love
Is it really just another crush
Do you catch a breath, when I look at you
Are you holding back, like the way I do
Cause I'm tryin, try to walk away
But I know this crush ain't goin away, goin away

Monday, August 4, 2008

The World is Full of Crazy People

I know that the world is full of crazy people. But I haven't really grasped this fact until I started working and seeing so many different people everyday. Just yesterday, I was happily serving an old man who was a regular at our store when he was approached by this old lady. I was shocked because all of the sudden they were fighting and the old man almost hit the lady because she hit him and she made him spill some of his coffee. The old man was already saying "You saw that right? Call the police!" and I was like oh my I need to hide. I really don't like these things when fights happen.

What's more awkward is that the old lady was also a regular so I'm going to see them every single day... awkward...

But I don't know if the old lady is mentally disturbed or what (or she could be just genuinely nice...) because she always brings cups and plates from the tables to our store front and cleans up the tables. And guess what? She asked for a broom and she swept! I should have given her the mop so that she could mop too! Hehehe. Well I did try getting the broom from her and she suddenly said "Do you think I'm some sort of cream or something? I can do this." When she said I suddenly backed off because she has a broom people and she's not afraid to use it.

I have seen her with a fight before with another customer and this time the police did come. But seems like she's friends with the police so no charges were made against her.

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For the next crazy person, this is a girl in her twenties this time and she would come to the customers and say, "Hi! Can I give you my name and number?". Some customers would obviously say, "No thank you." The girl would then reply, "So you don't want any new friends?". She must be a "special child" with autism or something.

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The last crazy person would be this lady who goes in line but when you ask her if you could help her she would just glare at you then leave. There's also this time when she ordered a donut she just gobbled it all up upon giving it to her making such a mess on her face and on the counter. She then slept on the tables for the whole afternoon. I was about to call the police but I'm not really sure if she's crazy or if she's having some emotional problems...

The thing is there are a lot of crazy people in the world doing crazy things. You might be crazy. I might be crazy. We all might be crazy! What is normal anyway? Who defined what is normal? Society does right?

There are so many crazy people in the world. And most are very good in acting normal...


Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Attack of the Talk-a-ter!

I have shared an incident HERE about a customer who was always yapping on and on with his life and work. Guess what? He attacked me again with his very long autobiography of his life and work. I was shocked when I saw him at the counter because I thought that he would start again with his Talk-a-thon (my new word for talking marathon) but he didn't. I was already excited to go home from a day of hard work when all of the sudden someone approached me when I was about to ride my bike. I turned around and it was HIM!

Oh my God, I cursed so much in my head but I still was courteous and flashed a little fake smile (evil little me). This time he showed me his certificates and cards of all the construction courses he took and he once again repeated everything he talked about the other night and I was like "Hehehe... wow... that's nice..."

Aah! I swear! If I see him again tonight I'm going to sneak out the back door so that I won't have to stay out late out there in the cold listening to him yap and yap. Oh my... my dilemma. Guess I can categorize this person to the irritating customers list.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Getting a Good Night's Sleep

I have been on duty in hospitals and I have also been admitted to a hospital myself and I have to say that I love the adjustable beds in hospitals. What am I talking about? Well take a look at this picture:



These are the beds that could improve circulation, makes us breath easier (raising the head part of the bed increases lung capacity), and it's just well darn so comfortable to sleep in because it's goodbye to back pains! And I love these beds because you can watch TV and read a book with out hurting your back because you could just raise the head of the bed to support your back.

Well it's too bad that we can't always admit ourselves in the hospital to enjoy a good bed right? Well with GoldenRest Adjustable Beds you can enjoy your very own adjustable bed for the same price as a regular mattress.

But do you think that an ordinary mattress could give you so many health benefits? Plus you can get luxurious options like a heater, massager, and remote control with your GoldenRest Adjustable Beds.

Sleeping is a luxury for most of us so don't waste your precious sleeping time and just end up waking in the morning sore all over and feeling so tired as if you didn't sleep at all. You deserve a good nights sleep so you should deserve your very own GoldenRest Adjustable Beds.

Why Make Plans?

Oh my God. I thought that all my worries were already over and solved but then all of the sudden I'm suddenly having the blues again... I'm thinking that making plans is not worth it because they won't happen anyway. Do you know how frustrating it is to make plans but they don't happen?

Oh well... but maybe my fears is not about being able to accomplish my plans... maybe my fears is that I won't be able to accomplish my goals. Sure plans could be altered and changed to reach a goal, but what if I don't reach my goal?

I'm afraid that by the time I finish my studies the demand for nurses would be low then what would happen to me? But I guess that my worries are a bit uncalled for because Alberta is big and it's not like everyone is taking up nursing right? WRONG!!! Did you know that some of my co-workers are taking up nursing? Well they are going to be Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) and I'm going to be a Registered Nurse (RN) so I'm kind of insecure because nursing is a competitive field.

But let's just wait and see what happens.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Ah... Ok... Yah That's Good

That was all I could say to this customer last night when he kept talking and talking on and on about his life. It's not that I don't want to listen but I didn't want to listen for 30 minutes! Like I have work to do. I wished I had never said "How are you today?" to him because he wouldn't have started talking.

I had a hard time saying no to him and that I didn't want to listen because I wasn't really interested in his life autobiography but I didn't want to be rude. And he didn't give me a chance to say "Sorry, I need to go" because he kept on talking on and on without any pauses.

My co-workers said they pitied me for being in that situation and my other co-worker was sly enough to leave my side when the customer started talking about construction work and stuff so she wasn't stuck to listen.

And you think that my predicament couldn't get any worst well it did. Because the customer actually waited outside for me and he continued yapping about his life once again and he made me listen to his voicemail which said that his construction worker union was once again needing people. He was going to show me his construction tools and stuff but when he turned around to walk to his car I got on my bike and said that I had to go already so I was home free. I arrived home at 12:30 am because of him and to think that I went out of the store at 11 am.

The next time I see that customer I'm going to play hide and seek... I won't let him find me at all cost...

I know that we should lend an ear to people who have no one else to talk to so that they could express anything that they are keeping inside but that was just ridiculous. Well maybe next time I'll set up an office and people could talk to me on and on about their life and I'll charge by the hour. I'll just pretend to listen but I'll still earn. But that would be mean right? Well i guess so.

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