Tuesday, September 29, 2009

For those in Manila- please help and donate to the cause.
Tabu is hosting the Sunshine Project and will be accepting donations all week.

The Sun Will Come Out

The sun made a quick appearance this morning and peeked through the fog for what must have been less than a minute. The skies have been gray and the fog- ridiculously thick for the past week. Downpour has been a constant. However, we are unaffected by the disaster that hit our country and have devastated so many lives. Over here, where the city is at peace and the calm is spread throughout the mountain, the pain and anguish experienced in the city is unthinkable. To us, it's far fetched and unreal.

Oh, but it's real. Unfortunately, this is a reality being dealt with this very second. Homes and possessions have been permanently lost, loved ones have gone missing, and thousands have been left homeless, sick, exhausted, injured, starving or dead.

But the outpour of concern, the determination to help, and the dedication people have come out with is overwhelming. Random people are volunteering to help, those better off are opening their homes to strangers in need, donations are being made, and people are coming together making that difference and showing that love.

Filipinos all over the world are doing anything they can to show support and donate to the cause. If you can't help first-hand, there's still something you can do. I'd like to think that if something, god forbid, as devastating had affected me or my family, that other people out there would be willing to extend a hand and help.

The Brent School Baguio PTA Board is organizing and accepting donations to be brought down to Manila by tomorrow. This is just one of the organizations set up here in Baguio to provide help to those affected by the storm. As i'm sure, the entire country is banding together to do whatever they can.

Reading the articles and browsing through photos were enough to bring me close to tears. I can't even begin to imagine the frustration these people are going through. How does one recover from something like this?
It will take weeks to clean up the mess, to organize the chaos and resume order. How do you rebuild a home and replace lost possessions? How do you say goodbye to a loved one taken by such a tragedy? If you've lost everything you own, how do you take care of your sick child lying on a hospital bed... when you worry that the bills will only pile up?
How does one start over?

The recovery process has barely started. Even today, people are still in need of rescue and some parts of Manila are still not open for vehicular use. More volunteers are needed. The evacuation centers are more than cramped. Supplies are running low and the donations need to keep coming.

It looks grim and people are exhausted. There's another storm heading in our direction and the damage it's looking to bring is unknown. Everyone is just hoping this one will float on by. The rain will keep coming and our people will continue to struggle. But even though the skies continue to be gray, in due time, the sun will come out... eventually.

We will get past this.

Seeing everyone involved with relief ops and volunteer work makes my heart swell. Your country is proud of you and to those, whose lives you've made a difference to, are forever grateful. Keep up the good work guys!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Typhoon Ketsana/Ondoy

With over a month's worth of rainfall in only 6 hours, Metro Manila has been declared to be in a state of calamity. So far, an estimate of 52 people have been found dead with over 20 or more still missing, and thousands have been evacuated from their homes... the numbers are still rising.

Rescuers are still trying to get to those stranded on their rooftops and thousands have been left homeless. Schools, malls, hospitals, and parking lots are being opened to serve as evacuation centers for those left with nowhere else to go.

Some roads are virtually impassable. Streets and highways were turned into rapids of flash floods in only a matter of hours as the water took with it everything in its path. Flood waters are measured at chest deep and rising in some areas while others are already completely submerged under water at 3 floors deep.

Food, water, and medical supplies are running low and relief sites are rapidly becoming overcrowded.

The city is at a standstill while water and electricity has been cut off in some areas.

Any help would be much appreciated and even from a distance, something can be done.

De La Salle University, Taft.

pedestrian underpass, Ayala Avenue, Makati



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Sunday, September 20, 2009

They See, They Do

I haven't posted a video in a while. I haven't had that much time to do a lot of browsing, either. I was cleaning out my Bookmarks and i came across a video i had saved a long time ago. I remember it hit me then. Being aware of your actions, making sure you set a good example for your kids, being the best you can be, etc.

But having lived with Dylan, and just Dylan, for the past 2 months- all of a sudden, the video just meant so much more. I have really been learning a lot. I've learned a lot about this whole "parenting" business, i've learned more about being responsible, and most of all, i've learned a lot about myself.

Watching this video again really hit home.

I've had moments i'm not very proud of.
Everyday, i have to remember, i'm always a work in progress.
For his sake and mine.

I would definitely kick it with myself.

All this Mumbo Jumbo

Because i needed to snap out of this daze that has overcome me for the past few days.

Because i was beginning to lose my point of focus, therefore, trudging forward with a wack sense of direction. No bueno.

Because i don't wanna feel like this anymore. It's taking so much out of me and i really don't need that right now. It's tiring, man.

Because being cranky leads me to hogging down mass amounts of chocolate.
No bueno.

Because feeling useless is just no way to go.

Because i needed to be reminded. Simple as that.

Positivity, Productivity, & Creativity- this is our motivation for the week.
Patience, Gratitude, & Compassion- these are the virtues we focus on.
Progress- this is what i'm looking forward to.

...and once again, life moves on.
It doesn't wait for you. Whether you're ready or not, life will forever be in motion.
You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect - you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break - her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there." -Bob Marley
The best thing in life is taking those 30 extra minutes, after waking up, and just laying in bed- then cuddling, smooching, and smothering my baby... until we're ready to get up and start our day.
Waking up to sunshine is a bonus.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Arbitrary Mind Picks #16

1) Using someone's death as some immature platform to relieve insecurities and satisfy your senseless and selfish delusions for vanity and self importance- well, it's sick. Shame on you. It's a slap in the face and a piss on the grave.

2) I can't put a finger on exactly what's going on inside here... is that weird?

3) When you have nothing nice to say- just don't say anything at all.

4) There's such a thing as second chances. It would only make sense to spend it wisely.

5) We all wear different masks. Just because you know one so well doesn't mean the other doesn't exist.

6) It took something so heartless, tragic, and brutal to change the direction of my life a long time ago... and it took something just as heartless, tragic and brutal, once again, to remind me as to why that change had to happen.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mini Us

This is what HAPPINESS looks like

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

No More Running

Another early morning phone call.
Another soul set free.

We were family once. People would come and others would go. I remember the days, that of which were memories that feel as if they belonged in a different lifetime. The road i chose lead me to a different life... but that era was a time when everything was simple and we were all happy. A lot of us will never forget.

He was a different person to different people. There were the ones that saw him in a good light... and others, well... not so good. Perhaps he felt as if he had the need to step into a character at a certain scene. Understandable. As much as we don't like to admit it, in one way or another, we all do it.
In some way, maybe he was really just an a**. I'm just being honest. He knew it too. And who knows, maybe he had his reasons. We all do that from time to time.

But he was somebody's brother. A mother's son. Someone's lover. A really good friend to a lot of people. He had undying loyalty. In a certain setting, which only a very few have experienced... for those who really knew him- he really gave a shit about a lot of people. That shit was also returned.
Does someone like that really deserve brutality?

There was just as much struggle and hustle as there were laughs and good times.
He spent a good deal of his life running away from something... just things that life threw in his direction. He dealt with it... but today, all of that comes to an end.

You don't have to run anymore.

The Krew ('02-'03)
The memories are well kept

A toast to one last dance...
Rest in P.E.A.C.E., dude.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Arbitrary Mind Picks #15

1) I laugh everyday at something that Dylan either says or does... but when i try to recall what it was that gave me utter delight... i always have a hard time remembering.

2) Ian's response to the news of my voluntary action of becoming Chapel Speaker:
"You? What the... you're the girl that laughs at me when i tell her i'm gonna pray for her"
-does that tell you how non-religious i am? Yes, i understand it's also "frowned upon".

3) It seems i am in the mood for lists today

4) The weather is ridiculous. Rain is serious business. I just paid my sister to do my groceries for me. Yes, that's how lazy i have become. She has cool rain boots though... i don't. See how that works?

5) There's a possibility i'm writing out of sheer delirium. I guess it's "Arbitrary Mind Picks" because i really do just jot down what comes to me off the top of my dome. Interesting or not, important or not, strange or not, what not.

6) I love how kids insist on doing 10 million random things when you both know they're tired... only to watch them knock out as you give in to their wishes. I never knew watching someone fall asleep could be so interesting until Dylan popped into my life. Try watching a baby fight to keep their eyes open. Then again, it's funnier seeing full grown adults attempt to fight slumber.

7) "Oh my gosh!!! You're so big! I remember you used to be this small the last time i saw you!"
A statement you always heard growing up from long lost relatives and your parents' buddies throughout the years. The minute you catch yourself saying that... what does that tell you?
Yeah... crazy, huh?

8) Something that stayed with me since the very first time i heard it. I just saw this episode again yesterday.
Chandler: You know what's weird? Donald Duck never wore pants. But whenever he's getting out of the shower, he always put a towel around his waist. I mean, what is that about?

9) Seriously though... you can learn a lot just by watching Friends.

10) I was on the verge of knocking out at 2pm this afternoon... why am i still wide awake 12 hours later??? You think the 6 cups of coffee has anything to do with it? Because i honestly think i'm immune.

11) I had THE strangest dream last night. It consisted of high school people i never even hung out with... and something to do with stairs. I know it was strange... but i don't remember what it was.

12) I saw THE most disturbing video i've seen in a while this afternoon. Somehow, the title "Not for the faint hearted. Very graphic video" always draws me in. I AM faint hearted and i can't stand graphic videos. But i always find myself clicking on these things when my friends post it up for the world to see.
It had something to do with a stupid guy jumping off a dock or something... his jump was short, he hits his face on the pavement below and literally split his face open right smack the middle.
YEAH. Not for the faint hearted.
Seriously, the things the internet can provide these days.
Apparently, this was supposed to serve as a lesson to kids not to drink and do stupid things.

13) I got my hair done in Manila when i was there for the weekend. I went to see Jing Monis of Propaganda Salon at Greenbelt 1. I don't think i have ever left a salon happier. I couldn't be more content. The best part is- i didn't even tell him what i wanted. I just let him do his thing! My heart is at peace.
Thank you to Rosario for the recommendation- i just can't believe i didn't make it there earlier, she's been talking about him forever.

14) I have the most intense craving for chocolate. Since i was introduced to this scrumptious new delight just the other day, i can't stop thinking about it! It's driving me nuts! Turns out, it's from the same makers as Ferrero Rocher. Go figure. My favorite chocolate.
I've already had 4 bars.
Must. Not. Eat. More.

15) I should really go to sleep now.
I'm so not looking forward to Monday morning. I realized that waking up early does that to people... it's not work or school or chores... it's the process of getting there. If all that started at 3pm- you know, ease us into the week, Monday Morning Blues would cease to exist. I guarantee it. (or so i'd like to think)

**Happy Birthday DAD!!! WE Love YOU! =)
- your #1 fans,
Dylan and me

Today should be well spent

  • sleeping in
  • getting lost in a good book
  • absorbing music
  • eating cake
  • doing a movie marathon
  • watching season after season of Friends/Lost/Alias/How i Met Your Mother/Big Bang Theory/The Wonder Years
  • completing old and unfinished crossword puzzles
  • catching up on celebrity gossip
  • drinking coffee
  • admiring your son as he plays in the rain
  • eating bulalo
  • editing photos
  • taking photos
  • writing friends
  • commenting on Facebook statuses
  • appreciating lazy, rainy, chilly weather
  • looking at old photos
  • reading old diary entries
  • revisiting neglected blogs
  • daydreaming about the future
  • contemplating the present
  • reminiscing about the past
  • not doing groceries
  • not doing laundry
  • not feeling guilty about the amount of chocolate i just stuffed myself silly with
  • making lists
  • cutting Dylan's nails
  • not cleaning my room
  • wondering how Jena is doing with her princess
  • remembering what life was like when Ian and I had days well spent
  • staring at Dylan in awe because he's grown up so much before my eyes
  • thinking about what the weekend will bring
  • imagining what i could possibly eat tomorrow
  • playing Text Twist on my phone... because now i can!
  • watch a cartoon of Dylan's choice 5x in a row
  • enjoying the cold while keeping snug under a blanket
  • laughing out loud at something completely random
  • wearing a hoodie
  • actually keeping my socks on all day
  • wishing my brother and my dad a Happy Birthday =)
  • listening to Aica's stories
  • laughing at the little things that Dylan does
  • eating more chocolate
  • finishing a book i just started 5 hours ago
  • loving hot, steamy showers and being forever thankful for the invention of heaters
  • realizing that i have it really good... like, really good. I'm thankful, i'm grateful, i'm loved, and i'm blessed.

...and i thought i had nothing to do today.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A One (Wo)man Team

I was walking down the hall and was greeted by a parent.
"Hello, is that your son?"
I had just dropped Dylan off to class. I was on my way off campus to have my breakfast.
I smile and brightly say, "Yup!"
With a look of shock and dismay, she says, "But... you're so young!!"
"Yeah...", while nodding my head was all i could do in response.
I get that a lot. I wanted to tell her i had Dylan when i was 14. I wanted to see what sort of reaction i would get from that. I decided to hold my tongue.

I'm sitting on a bench waiting for Dylan to get off class. I'm fidgeting with my phone when an old lady plops herself right across from me. I smile at her and she beams back. She's gonna say something any second now, i know it.
"Hi. Your son is in Kindergarten?", she asks.
"Yes...", i answer politely.
"How old are you??", she's extremely curious.
"I'm 26..."
"You married so young!!!", she's in shock.
"Oh, i'm not married...", that should give her a heart attack.
"What??? Where's his dad???"
"He lives in Manila...", i'm just praying for the bell to ring.
"Surely he comes up every weekend to visit?", she's hopeful.
"Umm... uh... well, uh...nyeah.", i lie.
Silence. She's thinking of what else to ask me. She's studying my face.
The bell rings. I get up, i smile at her and walk towards the door.

Just another day in the world of Parenthood.

As Kindergarten Parent Representative for the PTA, i was given a contact list of all the parents in my son's class. Aside from another single mom (the only other parent i kick it with), everyone else had 2 numbers listed down on their row. One for mom and another for dad.

I am a one woman team.
I'm reminded of this every single day.

It's so frowned upon. Who was the reason for breaking up the family? Why would you allow that? How do you cope? You should get help. I feel so sorry for you. Kawawa ka naman...

Well, boo-freakin-hoo. Get over it.
I've said it before, i'll say it again- it works and we're fine!

I'm not gonna lie and say that it's dandy. Of course i question my capabilities of carrying out all the responsibilities. Dylan does have the power to drive me insane sometimes, but isn't that true for every parent? Would it be easier if there were 2 of us? DUH. That's how it was designed.

The added pressure given to single parents is the facade they have to keep up in front of other parents. The thing is, there's nothing wrong with admitting that it's hard. There's no problem with feeling bad about a day gone wrong. It's normal to stress about whether you're doing everything right. Yes, it's okay to admit that you're tired beyond belief because you have to get everything, literally, everything done.
  • i wish i had gotten extra sleep this morning and someone else had taken him to school.
  • i don't wanna clean up his toys.
  • i hate slaving over a meal only to have it end up NOT being eaten.
  • i'd rather go straight to bed instead of giving him a bath. But shit...
  • i wanna watch a movie straight without any interruptions...
  • i wanna sit in a restaurant throughout the entire time without having to worry about what he's doing in the parking lot because he'd rather be out there than in here... without any supervision.
  • if i have to watch Valiant one more time...
  • i have a tendency to have auto-pilot on at times...
...and that's the truth. That's not even all of it.
Perhaps, nobody likes to admit that... but there's nothing wrong with coming to terms with reality.

Because we're more happy than we are sad.
We play more than we're tired.
We laugh more than we cry.
We have more fun together than we do argue.

Yes, it's a pain in the ass, and it gets ridiculously hard... but i see him and i know it's worth it.

Love does crazy things. It really does.
And even if i am in this alone... oh well, more love for me! =)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Arbitrary Mind Picks #14

1) There is fun in fatigue. Even with minimal sleep and the sheer chore of fighting to keep your eyes open, depending on what it is that you're doing, sometimes there's just no time to rest and absolute delirium is totally called for.

2) Nothing irritates me more than seeing some misguided youngling yell and scream at the elderly- even if it is their driver. One word- RESPECT.

3) A child can grow tremendously in 4 days.

4) Rain is serious business in the Philippines.

5) I will forever hate cab drivers. I don't care what anybody says. Especially in Manila.

6) I enjoy riding the bus solo. For me, it's the perfect time to really absorb music. Traveling, in general, that is. A "music trip" so to speak in more than one way.
(I can sleep through good music because it calms me... but as soon as a Lethal Weapon track hits my ear drums, i have to wake up to click on to the next track. f*** that!)

7) I MUST stop with the volunteering at Dylan's school. I don't know why i do it. It's like, it calls me, and then i end up raising my hand, and next thing i know, i have absolutely no idea what the heck just happened, and i'm given the responsibility for an assignment.
I'm too embarrassed to even tell you what i put myself up to now...

8) I heard the strangest rumor about myself the other day. It makes me wonder how these things come to life and what the process was like. It would be funny if it were close to something that could possibly be true and then the story was twisted somewhere around the middle.... but no, it wasn't even close.
I laughed it off, but i wish they had paired me up with someone who met my standards. *ouch* haha

9) I'm in a long distance relationship because there has to be a balance. Ian said it would have been too easy, too perfect. Perhaps it's true... because i can't imagine being in love with a better guy than the one who calls me "mine" right this very moment.

10) I am moving into a "non-smoking" apartment. *dun dun duuuuuuuuunnn*

Thursday, September 3, 2009

You've Got a Friend in Me

It wasn't on an alarm on a calendar. It wasn't on a note written to remind myself. He didn't come to me in my dream, he hasn't in so long. This year, i saw the date and i just remembered.

I walk the same halls we used to walk as young teens in high school. I see the places where we used to go and the same old roads we used to tread. I see other people who once knew you like i did. We reminisce about the "good old days". It's a painful reminder but the memories are so good.

You are constantly remembered.
I still wish i could have been there and maybe, just maybe, it would have made a difference.
It's been 7 years & i still miss you.

That day had such a huge impact on my life. I remember the gut-wrenching feeling, the way i felt numb and helpless. I cried and i cried, and i shut everyone out. I was inconsolable.
I never want to feel that way again. I do not wish that kind of pain on anyone.

It was the first time in my life i had ever felt like a complete failure as a friend.

I've always known that if there was a quality in myself that i would most want to be appreciated, it would be my loyalty and the value i put on friendship. I've always been the go-to girl. I would drop anything in a heartbeat if someone needs me. I'm here to listen and i'm always more than willing to help. I've always made it a point to be reliable and everything i do only comes from a good place. I will not leave your side until you tell me that everything is good. If i give you my word, know that my word is good. Anything that i say is said with complete sincerity- even if it hurts, i will only give you the truth. Even if i'd much rather be somewhere else, i will stick it out with you.

These attributes were only strengthened by this experience.

Such a strong characteristic trait rooted from such a tragic loss.
Perhaps a lucky few have been able to benefit from this unpleasant occurrence i once felt would be impossible to recover from. Who knew that something so painful would give me something positive in return...

It is said that time heals all wounds. I know it wasn't my fault. I know there was nothing i could have done to change the outcome. These things happen for a reason and it's not our job to figure it out. Life will continue as it always does and we take from these experiences whatever it has to offer... even if it comes in small increments over a long period of time.

Have i figured out what it all means? No.
Do i fully understand what all of this was supposed to teach me? No.
The lesson in all its glory might dawn on me one day... and then again, there's a possibility it may never. I don't know.

But one thing's for sure...
I am a damn good friend- i know that for a fact.

Thanks Dons.

Fill This Void

in my stomach, that is.

Living up here is absolutely wonderful. I love how i can put on layers of clothing without having to worry where to put it if it gets too hot. I love how i can actually go for a quiet walk if i need to be alone with my thoughts. I love how i can run outdoors as opposed to a treadmill next to 20 strangers. I love sleeping under a huge mass of fluffy comforters. I love the simplicity this small city has to offer.

But everything has its downside. In my case- i miss my food.
I don't like being left without any options. I want to know that if a craving emerges, i can go out and get it.

But alas, so much to eat and too little time.
I'll be in the Big Bad City tomorrow evening. I have to make ONE very critical choice- where do i have dinner?
Saturday, lunch and dinner will be had at home because of a hectic schedule that i have to adhere to. I leave Sunday morning before lunch because i have to take the 11am bus back up the mountain. That only leaves me with Friday dinner... *sigh*

Cibo * Cyma * John & Yoko * Hossein's * Baja * CPK * Pho Hoa * New Bombay * Market * Bola * Oyster Bar *

I'm doomed. =(

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


my Prince will come.

...or not. You never know.

Today, i watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for the first time in years. Ages. Forever. Some parts weren't even familiar to me at all. I'd say it's been about 18 or 20 years.

Anyway, at the end of the movie, it states that Snow White was so beautiful that the 7 Dwarfs didn't have the heart to bury her. Instead, they built her a coffin made of glass and brought her flowers everyday. Word spread far and wide until it reached the so-called Prince. Mounting his noble steed, he rushes to Snow White, and once by her side, he kneels down and gives her a kiss. With this kiss, Snow White awakens. She sees the Prince, stretches out her arms, and with that, she is carried onto said noble steed and they wander off into the horizon... while singing. Oh, and of course, They Lived Happily Ever After.

I gawk at the screen in awe. Bitterly, i say, "They don't even know each other!"
To which Dylan responds with, "They're classmates!"
(LOL! Kids DO say the darndest things)

I haven't watched this many cartoons since i was a kid. The more i grew up, the less television had anything to do with my life. When pirated DVDs were invented, TV was practically obsolete.
What i'm trying to get at is- what is up with all the false advertising???
No wonder there are more and more people being diagnosed with depression every year. Everyone is raised to believe that the first person you have your eyes set on will sweep you off your feet and give you the life you've always dreamed of.
This is messing with young people's minds. Standards are made and dreams will be crushed.
What happened to the ones that break your heart? What happens to the one who you love but treats you like crap? When the person you love decides to leave... does that mean you'll have another happily ever after? Then, that wasn't "happily ever after" to begin with, was it?

The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel... lies!!! At least with Beauty & The Beast, she got to know him first and actually got to see past his horrid appearance and then decided she cared about him.

Hmm... i guess there's a reason why they're called Fairy Tales.
I'm sure kids don't even see it the way i just described it. haha

I got a little carried away, but that's it. I just wanted to say that.

Speaking of Fairy Tales, check out these photos:

"Fallen Princesses"
by Vancouver based Photographer Dina Goldstein.

"These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The ‘…happily ever after’ is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues.”

I applaud her.
My personal favorite (and Ian's too)- Not So Little Red Riding Hood.

LOL. McDonald's.
Good night World.

Arbitrary Mind Picks #13

1) Living with a 5 year old requires constant tidying up. I'm wondering if that's a good enough reason to contemplate on whether or not i should have more children.

2) Just because you seek adult conversation doesn't necessarily mean that actually kickin' it with an adult will top the companionship of your toddler. If you know what i mean.

3) "Friends" (the TV Show) will just never get old to me. Every time i watch it something new comes up. It's the best background show too- you know, when you're cleaning up, working on the computer, or getting ready, etc. It's just good to have playing in the background.

4) In my experience, there isn't a better feeling in the world than seeing your kid truly happy. And sometimes, when they're sad... well, it's kind of funny. haha (They think they have problems...)

5) I can't decide on what to do with my hair. I don't want to make a drastic decision and then end up regretting it... but i also don't wanna do too little and feel as if it was just a waste. It has to be just right... only problem is- i don't know what that is.

6) Listening to good music, i mean really listening, is like being immersed in great conversation- the whole world and everything that comes along with it just melts away.... and you're rendered powerless to the point where you have no choice but to let it take you away.
Hey, it also sounds a lot like falling in love.

7) The world is not complete without really good salmon sashimi.

8) Inside jokes are only funny if you're in on it (which is the whole point, i guess. Duh). As much as possible, refrain from bringing em up when there are other people around. Unless, of course, you're willing to explain (wherein, it won't be funny to them anyway- it's always one of those "you had to be there" things) OR you want to create awkward moments... and that's just rude.

9) Would you rather have terrible company but really good music OR terrible music but really good company? (and when i say terrible music, i mean the $#!+ you really, really, absolutely cannot stand)

10) The fact that they (taxis/cabs) give change over here down to the last centavo still amazes and shocks me to this very day.

11) I'm serious when i say, "I'm so not jumping on the Twitter bandwagon". I mean, for what??