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15 Funny Thoughts on Marriage

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Heck, about 4 months from now and I'm getting married. What do you think is marriage? Here are some humorous thoughts to blow your mind away!

1. Marriage is not a word. It's a sentence (a life sentence).

2. Marriage is love. Love is blind. Therefore marriage is an institution for the blind.

3. Marriage is a three-ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering.

4. Getting married is very much like going to a restaurant with friends. You order what you want, and when you see what the other person has, you wish you had ordered that instead.

5. Son: "How much does it cost to get married, Dad?" Father: "I don't know son, I'm still paying for it!"

6. Love is one long sweet dream. Marriage is the alarm clock.

7. They say that when a man holds a woman's hand before marriage, it's love; after marriage, it's self-defense.

8. There was this lover who said that he would go through hell for her. They got married, and now he is going through HELL.

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First Recipient of the Twilight Ebooks!

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Congratulations to you. Hope you enjoy them, and continue reading The Blue Speckled Diary!


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My Own List of Blogging Tools

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Every blogger now is a-buzzing regarding lists and posts and tools and widgets... And of course, I won't be an outcast. Here's my very own list of those too.

1. My Journal/Planner. This is the planner I got from a marketing stint here in the Philippines wherein the publisher itself gave out these stylish planners October of last year.

2. Laptop. Well, actually, my laptop's really old and just about ready to retire. I not only use this for blogging, but also for my day job as an internal auditor. This laptop has served me well, and maybe, just maybe any kind soul working in Sony or HP, Dell or Asus, can wholeheartedly give me a freebie. I'll blog about it for the rest of the year, I promise!

3. Next, My pens and thumb drives - of course for taking down notes and copying files from everywhere. Most of the contents of my thumb drives are ebooks, pictures, music files and word documents.

4. Glasses. Don't get me wrong, I can blog without my glasses, but there are just ce…

Weird Tasting Pasta

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From yesterday's lunch.

What Would Judas Do?

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2000 years ago, Jesus Christ became human, got crucified and was resurrected, all due to the contribution of a Judas, who betrayed Him. Nowadays, no company has yet succeeded in ridding itself of its own Judas.

Our company has of course its own thorn in the flesh - there's always at least one in each property (we use the term property instead of branch).

Here in the mothership, as we term it, we have this annoying Judas we'll just hide under the name of Judas-A (convenient, eh?). Judas-A has been plaguing the company with nonsense decisions made half-heartedly. The most recent incident is when an old lady accidentally tripped over the staircase step and rolled all the way down about 3-4 steps more to the landing. Fortunately for her, her husband is a lawyer - they went after our company for the hospital bills. As of latest tally, we have already paid about $2,300 if converted to USD. Judas-A, in my opinion, didn't actually think about the company before he got convinced that…

2,433 New Criminologists Announced!

2,433 out of 7,702 passed the Criminologist Licensure Examination, PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) announced Friday, April 24, 2009...

The complete list of all passers can be viewed ---> HERE <---- CONGRATULATIONS!



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161 Pass the Chemical Engineering Board Exams of 2009

161 out of 369 pass the Chemical Engineering Board Exam, PRC (Professional Regulation Commission)announced Friday, April 24, 2009...

(Complete List in Alphabetical Order can be viewed ---> HERE... <--- ) CONGRATULATIONS!



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Reminiscing my BATIK Childhood

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It's been a long time since I last heard the term "batik".

Batik is, for those who haven't heard of it since birth, a method of dyeing a fabric by which the parts of the fabric not intended to be dyed are covered with removable wax, a design that is created by this method or in other words the fabric dyed using this method (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/).

The first time I heard the word "batik" was when I was about 3 years old, Dad just came back from Zamboanga and brought home a box of goodies. Among the loot were lots of chocolates (for me, of course!) and silk bathrobes, umbrellas, and this funny looking cloth with lots of colorful patterns printed on it. Mom said that was batik, and would have cost a lot if bought in the metro area. Among the batik items where sun dresses, malongs (cylindrical cloths sometimes used as traveller's blankets or even costumes in native dances!), and shawls - now the most common accessory available in the market. If I …

8 Things to Do When YOU are BORED.

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When you're feeling blue...

All you have to do is read my blog! Or not. Nonetheless, if you're bored and have nothing else to do and you happen to stumble uponThe Blue Speckled Diary and into this very post, I suggest you go ahead and read the 8 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU'RE BORED.

1. Eat Coffee.
- Yes my beloved readers, eat - not drink - eat coffee. Get a teaspoonful of coffee and slowly put several granules into your mouth and eat it as if it was yummy strawberry ice cream. Hmmm.

2. Measure the actual perimeter of your lot (or the lot where your apartment or condo is) by the span between the tip of your thumb to the tip of the pinkie finger with your hand spread widely. Something like that on the image to the right. We call that "dangkal" in Filipino.
- This is crucial. If you don't get it right, you have to do it all over again. Definitely beats boredom. lol.

3. Fill your toilet bowl with water.
- Without accidentally flushing all of it down. Cool.

4. Separate the ing…

Ted Failon's Eulogy before Wife's Cremation

So heartbreaking.



video credits: abs-cbn.com


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Sometimes Ted Failon Looks like my Dad...

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Photo Credits: inquirer.net

I was quite intently watching the interview of Ted Failon in Bandila last night when it dawned on me - he looks a lot like my dad!

Yeah. Fortunately or unfortunately, a lot of Ted Failon's features, especially on this photo and in the interview video, are similar to my dad's. Hmmmm. Were they separated at birth? Nah, I don't think so.

Anyway, isn't it tragic? The thing that happened to his wife? There a lot of speculations and a lot of fuss about it since last night. Even the rival news program has their own report, a longer and more detailed one at that!

But for those who missed a lot of the news programs last night, here's a link to the latest web buzz for your quick reference:

ABS-CBN Website - Failon Says Financial Woes behind Wife's Suicide Attempt

Inquirer.net - Ted Failon Arrested

ABS-CBN Website - Vital Signs of Ted Failon's Wife are Unstable

And just a quick update: Ted Failon's paraffin test resulted negative according to…

Free Copies of the Twilight Saga Ebooks!

I've recently launched a campaign to "educate" everybody about the most talked about vampire movie in Hollywood history - Twilight! And to be able to understand what we're talking about, I'm going to give away copies of the Twilight saga in pdf format, in other words, free ebooks!

Here are the three easy steps:

STEP 1:Re-tweet this message:


RT @BrazenLass is giving away ebook copies of the Twilight Saga. Go to http://bit.ly/oD1iL find out how to get your copy!


STEP 2:Follow@BrazenLass in Twitter by clicking on the "follow" button right under my profile picture in my twitter profile page. - This is so I can see clearly who re-tweeted the message in STEP 1. lol!

STEP 3:Subscribe to The Blue Speckled Diary Email Updates, see the link just before this post ends, so you can get the updates in my diary (blog). And once you've done all three steps, it's heaven from here. I'll send all five, not four, but 5 Twilight Saga ebooks to your email (The email a…

ODesk Took my Morning Away!

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I have been pretty busy with my email the whole morning - just imagine 200+ emails for the span of 4 days! (okay, so I was exaggeratedly surprised since it's really not THAT many...) Most of these were from Twitter and SocialToo.

Anyway, I noticed some intriguing emails, and the from section said it came from ODesk. I was supposedly due for an interview last April 9, but since it was the holidays, I wasn't able to send a reply. The next email that came in was still from ODesk, and it was directly from John, the buyer, saying that I have been hired already, and that I can start as soon as possible. Cool, huh?

Speaking of ODesk, or blogging of ODesk (harhar!), I have received a comment/question about it several weeks ago and I think it's about time to post an answer that, but first, here's the comment:

"Sharkbytes said...

I'm curious to hear how ODesk goes. I signed up, but haven't taken any assignements yet.
"


To answer some basic questions,

WHAT IS ODESK?
O…

Cute Brutes at MyBrute.Com

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Because of Tweetgrid, I stumbled upon Batang Yagit's tweet about his "brute" and about settling things in the arena, online "suntukan" or fistfight, I decided to follow the link...

Surprise! These cutesy little avatars appeared before me, and a word blinked arrogantly - "challenge". Hmmmm.. Let me see.

So I created my "brute" of course, I used my name cathy-laine. I didn't customize her anymore, she's cute already!

After that I fought 6 fights, and now cathy-laine's resting. But it doesn't end there! I have become a brute master by accepting pupils and you can too! How?

First, you have to challenge me to a fight. Better win, it's more fun that way.

Next, protect your brute with a password, so no one else can use your cute brute.

Finally, ENJOY and promote your brute to get pupils by the hundreds!

And oh, this is not an affiliate program of any type, it's just one heck of a cute game! :)

Again, challenge my brute first, find …

Top 5 Mistakes Travelers Make

It's no surprise that during long weekends and holidays, people go on vacation - out of town or out of the country, on a plane, bus or boat. But time and time again, travelers do these Top 5 Mistakes.

Packing too much. Many times, people who travel - like me - just brings too many things with them resulting in a back-breaking trunk that we end up despising. We bring too many clothes thinking that we need all of it, too many shoes, to match the clothes of course, and sometimes, too many unnecessary things like magazines to "pass the time" while traveling, too many accessories (why do you need to many when you're just sitting there on the plane or in the bus?). Packing too little. Yes. Packing too little. This results from over-thinking and generally over-reacting to number 1 up there. Here the mistake is that we brought too little shirts when we knew out trip was going to make up all sweaty and sticky; too little underwear (eeewww!) when we knew we really had to bring …

Kaleidoscope World

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Had lunch out today and fascinatingly, when I passed by the hall going back to the Office, this song was playing in the background and a small group of people relaxing after lunch was also singing with the radio. The song? Kaleidoscope World by Francis Magalona.

For all of us who liked this song, even before he died, here are the lyrics and the MP3, so enjoy.

Kaleidoscope World - Francis Magalona

Kaleidoscope World by Francis M.

So many faces, so many races
Different voices, different choices
Some are mad, while others laugh
Some live alone with no better half
Others grieve while others curse
And others mourn behind a big black hearse
Some are pure and some half-bred
Some are sober and some are wasted
Some are rich because of fate and
Some are poor with no food on their plate
Some stand out while others blend
Some are fat and stout while some are thin

Some are friends and some are foes
Some have some while some have most, yeah

Every color and every hue
Is represented by me and you
Take a slide in the slo…

Scheduling to Move to the New House

We're now starting to pack our things and find other lose ends to knot so we can transfer to our new house worry-free.

So far, what we've finished are most of the books and other stuff from the living room, and then maybe we'll go to the bedrooms and organize everything in nifty boxes and label them of course so we won't freeze hell over just to go looking for a piece of document. Right?

I'm getting kinda hungry now, it's about noon time here in the Philippines, with much a buzz about the September 2008 Bar Exam Results just going public. Whew! Pretty stressful for some, and glorious for others.

By the way, have to go now, need to finish reviewing a report. And updating my twitter.


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September 2008 bar Exam Results Out NOW!

After several agonizing months and stressful hours of waiting outside the Supreme Court, at last! Here are the results of the September 2008 Bar Examinations where a total of 1,310 passed:

The Top 10 are as follows:

1st placeLardizabal, Judy A.San Sebastian College85.70%2nd placeAmerol-Macumbal, Mylene I.Mindanao State University85.65%3rd placeBaclay, Jr., Oliver P.Ateneo de Manila University85.60%4th placeJala, Majesty Eve L.Ateneo de Manila University85.55%5th placeLiceralde, Ma. Elizabeth L.University of the Philippines85.40%6th placeMacapagal, Micael T.University of the Philippines84.15%7th placeDy, Denise S.Regis, April Love C.Ateneo de Manila University
Ateneo de Manila University84.00%8th placeTan, Christine Joy K..Ateneo de Manila University83.80%9th placeJacob, Jihan A.
Velasquez, Shirley G.San Beda College
University of the Philippines83.75%10th placeRaymundo, Vanessa C.San Beda College83.70%

for the rest of the list, you can get them from these so…