August 19th, 2004

emma; only girl in the world

Encounters with Voodoo Dolls, Mango Chutney and Shrek

Today was my first free day. I woke up at 6:22 am. Yes, on the day with no classes, I had to wake up early again. So much for sleeping in. There's no such thing as sleeping in anymore. There's always something to hurry too. The Talaban survey didn't go so bad. In fact, the process was kind of... fun. There were the weird parts where Paola walked in on a family doing some sort of voodoo incantation, but that was just one incident.

I'm not saying that I like what I'm doing, because if I had a choice, I still wouldn't want to do this, but I guess the company made it worth it. I was with the Hetians: Kimi, MonAng, Julie, Nan, Lexi, Sam, Krystle, Jo, and Paola. Thanks for the punctuality and the cooperation. Hopefully, we'll get through this alive. The place was actually pretty good to us. They were very accommodating and despite the little troubles (like getting lost and having a bit of rude people), the entire thing went smoothly. I'm wishing the entire process could be like this. Unfortunately, we have to implement something.

How am I expected to change a community when I can't even improve my own self?

Of course, our very productive Trig group met at MonAng's posh crib (worthy of an MTV Cribs tour and it would definitely blow Kimora Lee Simmon's humble abode away!) so that we could finish our Shrek-themed gameboard with questions on logarithimic equations, exponential equations, inverse equations, and sequences and series. Wow! Kids will really want to play this board game. A shout out to my super productve Trig group: MonAng, Fen-Fenita, Lexi, Yvina, Monesca, Raia, Janna, Haddie, and Txyla. So what if we weren't able to finish it? At least we got to eat the scrumptious chicken curry with delicious mango chutney.

Then Gab, Marty, and Raymond dropped by to record Txyla, MonAng, Raia, and Janna for some media project they had. It was certainly entertaining to see Txy crying in front of a camera with the matching tearing of the letter. I can see the success of their public service ad on being happy. Simple but straight to the point. Everyone needs a little happiness.

The sweetest part of all was after they had already left, they actually came back and gave snacks. There were the Oreos with the Shrek theme and the Ruffles. That was really nice of them. It makes me wish I had guy friends who were that nice. Sigh. At least they made me give guys a second chance. It was nice to know that great guys still exist.

The funny part of my day was at Starbucks Katipunan. Haddie> can't get enough of their coffee. She has to have one everyday. So today as we went for her daily fix, she steps in with a normal name and comes out with a totally new one. I guess the barista was just a little deaf, but now, Hani --> Haddie. How did that happen? I understand if they thought it was Anna or even Dana. But Haddie? Is anyone even named that?

Today was not a free day for me, but I'm glad it wasn't that bad.
emma; only girl in the world

Naïve Bookshop Owner

William Thacker

Hugh Grant
so sexy/sweet you'll want to:
spill juice all over yourself so he can help you clean up over at his place
It took me forever to decide which Hugh Grant character I would choose for this list because there are just too many cute ones to choose from. However, I decided on William Thacker, the naïve bloke from Notting Hill was the sweetest of all. He was just so out of touch with the entire Hollywood scene that Anna Scott couldn't help but get drawn to him.

Still, he was a tad gullible and I guess that was what made him even more endearing to the audience. The way he was so unfazed by who she was and what she was worth back in the US. To him, she was just a girl who was standing in front of a guy, asking him to love her.

And I have a weakness for characters with accents. He had the stiff British upper lip right on and I was just gasping for breath the entire time. Beside Julia Roberts' American twang, his sexy accent was accentuated even more.

This conversation was said the morning after and William looked breathtakingly deadly with the blanket carelessly thrown over his torso. Honestly, he should have just put the blanket down. He looked so adorable with the tousled hair and the wide-eyed look. He was even more sweet when he told Anna:

Anna Scott: Rita Hayworth used to say, "They go to bed with Gilda; they wake up with me."
William: Who's Gilda?
Anna Scott: Her most famous part. Men went to bed with the dream; they didn't like it when they would wake up with the reality. Do you feel that way?
William: You are lovelier this morning than you have ever been.

Then again, she was a movie star. How can she not be lovely? She works hard to be that beautiful. I doubt a night of loving could make her a tad ugly. She should even be more radiant. But the way William said that was perfect. With that sexy Brit accent of course.

All the scenes he spent in the bookshop were just worth it. He looked so at ease in his environment with all those travel books that I wondered why Anna never got tempted to just walk over to him and jump him. Seriously, how could she resist someone like him? The blue and pink polo shirts he wore were always so crisp and hugged him so perfectly. The costumers knew what flattered him and they milked his good looks for all they were worth.

But of course, William could only be get sweeter and sexier as the movie went on. It was a continuous rise to the peak of sweet/sexy meter. By the time he said this, he was way past the boiling point:

Anna Scott: Can I stay for a while?
William: You can stay forever.

William, I am going to be right here waiting for you to come around (the corner so you can bump into me).
emma; only girl in the world

An Unexpected Hiatus for the Girl who Loves Her School (it's not me!)

Paola has typhoid fever. The hospital finally returned her test results and apparently she has this. I don't even know how she got it. I don't know how anyone can get it. Still, they said that the medicines they gave her have to take effect in a few days or they'll have to confine her in the hospital.

Hopefully, it's the former rather than the latter. I know that I get annoyed at her a lot of the time, but I'm really worried for her. In fact, I was so worried that I gave her the Oreos Shrek-style I got this afternoon. That's a big thing, because I really wanted to eat those Oreos.

I think I better stop teasing her. She looks really sick right now. Pray for her when you have the time. I think she really needs it. She's been missing so much school work and she hates that. A weird kid indeed. Get well soon, Pao.

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