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i have developed a new and nasty habit: while the world sleeps, i click away. or read my comics like there is no tomorrow. i succumbed to sleep only when the shoulders and lower back begin to ache, or when the eyes start to close on their own accord. such is the strange sleeping habit i have now. i don’t know when it started. weird as it may sound, i am, once again, looking forward to when i crash and this somewhat insomnia-like cycle draws to a close.


G has been telling me all about the great finds, good food and perya-like amusement activities of Colon Night Market. Today, I finally had a chance to go. I had loads of fun! Everything you can think of (and even those you haven’t thought of) are for sale at bargain prices. That plus all the food that would remind you of your childhood: fish balls, squid balls, kwek kwek (quail eggs in batter), sweet corn, those cool colorful drinks with sago in big white plastic jugs, and all the fresh fruits in season like oranges, guavas and mangoes. The best part, though, is me not buying any thing! I oohed and ahhed over a lot of bags and shoes but did not make a single purchase. Too bad we didn’t bring our cameras. Well, there’s always next time.

Some tips for a much more fun experience at the Colon Night Market:

  1. If you have a tendency to be claustrophobic (like me) be sure to keep moving. Do not stay too long in one place, especially in the designated pathways. If you want to take a closer look at the merchandise, go inside the stall.
  2. Do not immediately buy the first item you like. There might be similar or like items a few stalls away that are cheaper.
  3. Haggle like crazy! That is half the fun experience at such markets.
  4. Make sure your bills are in PhP100 denominations or lesser. Makes it easier when paying and makes haggling more effective (for obvious reasons).
  5. Wear your most comfy shoes and getup. Cargo jeans or cargo shorts are preferable. All those pockets means security for all your valuables like mobile phones, wallets and currencies.
  6. Bring your own big shopping bag. It is better to put all your purchases without the standard plastic bags the items come wrapped in. Be kind to Earth. Remember what Masi Oka said: It’s time to Green Your Routine.
  7. Bring your own bottled water.
  8. Leave the arte side of yourself at home. By this I mean bear in mind that this is Colon; not uptown or Ayala Business Center. There will be sights and smells that are uniquely downtown and if that spoils it for you, better not go.

G further said that the place bustles with a different kind of energy in the early evenings than it does an hour or two toward closing time. I just might try that next time. I will hopefully have taken the cam and have some photos to share in another post.

11 am and I just rolled out of bed.

wait… I think I’ll catch a few more winks.

Tonight’s Project Review was brief but very fruitful. The boss gave quite a few pointers. I was happy to note that he really is not all bottom line. He is also very pro-employee development. The clincher: he said he had no problems with my recommendation and that he will look into it and let me know.


Yeah, it might be lame to get this giddy over such a statement. I don’t care. This is one recommendation I really would like to see approved because the person deserves it.

I thought I saw the Pisces sign on one of Jopie’s Facebook albums. When she asked me about it, I had second thoughts and looked it up. Sure enough, it was not the symbol of the twelfth sign of the western zodiac, but the Ichthys or Ichthus, the ancient and classical Greek word for fish, which the early Christians used as a symbol for identification. More popularly known as the Christian fish or the Jesus fish, it consists of two intersecting arcs tracing the outline of a fish (most commonly with the fish “swimming” to the left).

It is a little known fact to me that the Ichthus as a Christian symbol is an acronym for “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior” in ancient Greek.

I was born under the sign of Pisces and have always had a thing for fish pendants and fish designs. But now that I have discovered the Ichthus, I have a better reason, if you can call it that, for choosing to wear the symbol. (I also like butterflies, but that is another post.)

For comparison, since I already mentioned it, here are the (overlapping) symbols of Pisces:

And now that I know that I was at least half-right about the symbol I spotted on the photo, I can now sleep.

A lazy mood now, that is. If you take a peek at my planner, you’d see I have planned a busy weekend. But after going halfway through my stuff and throwing most of them out, I find that I am in no mood to continue. The nice weather–sun’s out but dark clouds loom, which makes it cool, not hot and humid–and the three new books from Fully Booked are a-calling. And then there’s the presentation for class I need to finish prep for. It’s calling me, too. No, not calling. More like wagging a finger at me. Well, there’s tomorrow morning to finish throwing all other stuff out.


This is something that someone made for arts and crafts. They are just so cute I had to steal them for a bit to play and snap a shot or two. Never fear… I returned them to the owner after I was done.

yellow things

That’s the question we may find ourselves asking people who are in costume. I, for one, sometimes don’t really bother but I do give good suggestions to friends who ask. 😉

This year, I didn’t dress up for Halloween and I don’t think I will be dressing up in something Latin-inspired for the company Christmas party as I am not even certain I will attend. The party is on a Sunday. I will, however, be in costume for the Copyediting team Christmas party on the 20th. I will be at the party as–oh wait, it’s supposed to be a secret until the day itself. The organizers are pretty strict on this matter.

I was undecided about my costume until last night. What decided it was finding the perfect thing to wear. So yes, this early, I am ready. For someone who isn’t into this kind of thing, me ready with my costume this early is a first. :mrgreen:


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