Tuesday, February 19, 2013

An Open letter

Going back to the corner where I first saw you
Gonna camp in my sleeping bag, I'm not gonna move
Got some words on cardboard, got your picture in my hand
Saying if you see this man can you tell him where I am

Some try to hand me money, they don't understand
I'm not broke I'm just a broken hearted woman
I know it makes no sense, but what else can I do
How can I move on when I'm still in love with you

'Cause if one day you wake up and find that you're missing me
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I could be
Thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place that we'd meet
And you'd see me waiting for you on the corner of the street

So I'm not moving
I'm not moving

Policeman says you can't stay here
I said there's someone I'm waiting for if it's a day, a month, a year
Gotta stand my ground even if it rains or snows
If he changes his mind this is the first place he will go

'Cause if one day you wake up and find that you're missing me
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I could be
Thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place that we'd meet
And you see me waiting for you on the corner of the street

So I'm not moving
I'm not moving
I'm not moving
I'm not moving

People talk about the girl
Who's waiting on a boy, oh whoa
There are no holes in her shoes
But a big hole in her world

Maybe I'll get famous as the girl who can't be moved
And maybe you won't mean to but you'll see me on the news
And you'll come running to the corner
'Cause you'll know it's just for you

I'm the girl who can't be moved
I'm the girl who can't be moved

'Cause if one day you wake up and find that you're missing me
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I could be
Thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place that we meet
Oh, you see me waiting for you on a corner of the street

So I'm not moving
('Cause if one day you wake up, find that you're missing me)
I'm not moving
(And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I could be)
I'm not moving
(Thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place that we'd meet)
I'm not moving
(Oh, you see me waiting for you on a corner of the street)

Going back to the corner where I first saw you
Gonna camp in my sleeping bag, I'm not gonna move

Friday, January 13, 2012

Dubai Metro

In my 5yrs of stay in Dubai, i never really learn how to use the public transportation since my office is located in an isolated area and that not much Public Transpo are available. I was riding with my officemate back then and like two yrs ago i got a car of my own. Dubai metro opened in 09.09.09. We tried it in its first few weeks of run. At the time most of the its amenities arent built yet. As for my last bus ride, it was still the token thing. Recently I got to try it for the 2nd time and oh boy its amazing!  It is crazily over-the-top, high-tech, fully automated, clean, satisfying, all in all awesome! Something this city can be proud of and boast off to the world.

I'm gonna start with the bus. I went for a ride on the bus featured below. It was from a bus stop situated exactly behind Sahara Mall.
i guess bus as such has humor too it says "BREAK TIME"
First of all, you gotta have a NOL card. It is a SmartCard that enables you to pay for various transport services here in Dubai. Upon entering and before leaving the bus you have to tap it. A bus ride cost very little but it will give you a satisfactory experience you definitely will want to experience over and over again.    

There is monitor inside where it shows a smart advertisement about Dubai
This is a stop button when you plan to go down. By the way it is super strict here when it comes to loading and unloading of passengers. It will never pick up passengers from somewhere else except to bus stops.

There are special seats for women and children. Men are prohibited to sit on these area. 

The seats are glory! i mean it is similar to that of an airplane
going up to the train  
The Dubai Metro is driverless, fully automated and has platform edge doors.


and there you go.. my epic pic at Dubai Metro
There it shows the two lines operational at the moment, the Green and Red lines


you see there are also monitors inside
One thing i noticed is that the safety and security measures are so abundant in and out of the metro. Signs of emergency exits and emergency gadgets are everywhere. Just like the picture below where a fire extingguisher is placed inside.


At this time, i am about to get inside the train station. little do i know, it is surprisingly good awesome! it was the most amazing train station i have ever seen in my life.. and the catch is, its not even the most beautiful of stations.
Here is my cousin goin in and taping her nol card. You can also see some dubai securities at the far left


Dubai Metro Station
When i said it was the most amazing train station.. I am not kidding.. It looks like a museum.

Union Train Station in Deira Dubai near Al Ghurair Shopping Center


Falcon, Camels, Desserts and their National Dress are featured on these walls


The nol card is used as tickets to the trains. The minimum you can purchased is AED25 (Php300). It cost little for a train ride and the beauty of it is that when you maximized your ticket up to AED14 in a day the rest of your ride is free. Dubai Metro closes around 11:20pm during weekdays and 2:00am at weekends

The Ticket machines



Time to load up our Nol card


Free magazines for everyone


This lift looks like of that in Dubai Airport Terminal 3. These sure are tourists and they sure are delighted with the transport service.


another safety measure


I took a pic of this. it doesnt show much but the wall on the left is stunning upclose
When we are about to get out of a train station, there is walkalator available. Now that is a service.

This is what a train station looks on the outside. It looks like a bee to me but the concept is a "shell". It looks futuristic and it really is.

The Exterior


The Interior
Beautiful Sunset at Union Train Station
I find it interesting to watch people from a puclic area like in airports and all. I guess a found a new spot. This is weekend and not rush hour so it doesnt seem busy but according to many during weekdays, its hell crowded.



This is a RTA public bus stand. It is air conditioned. It will be of use esp. during summer.


It is one hell of an experience for me. I enjoyed it too much. In fact, im planning to do this again sometime over weekend. I feel lucky i am here now in this booming city. It is continiously making a history. In 5yrs, i saw some of the city's development and you can never underestimate Dubai. Im an avid follower of Shaikh Mohammed in twitter and I heard him say, his vision for Dubai is to be one if not the best in the world by 2020. With these over-the-top developments and all and with good governance from Shaikh Mo he sure knows where he's heading. I wish for the city continuous growth and to continue to serve the public best. Experiencing the above made me appreciate the city more.

Friday, January 6, 2012

jatapreti

have you heard about bruno mars?! how about his sistahs?! bet not.. in case you dont know he has four GORGEOUS sisters..











with mama mars (a pure filipina)
did i forget to mention they're all gorgeous??! what a good looking family! i now get it why bruno never follows them on twitter.. they should all be overly well protected!

but damn they're ridiculously beautiful!

Monday, December 19, 2011

typhoon sendong hit the south

Just before i left PI, 16 Dec 2011, Friday, Cayagan De Oro and Iligan City southern part of the Philippines  hit by the typhoon "Sendong" leaving over 650 dead and 900 missing. This happen a week before Christmas. IT struck the city over midnight. The first strong typoon the city have experience after 40yrs.
CDO and Iligan city are crying for help.

Here's how we can donate via Red Cross:

via SMS:

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Text REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)
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via bank deposit:

Bank accounts for Donations
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Monday, November 7, 2011

Justice served

I am digesting now the guilty verdict for Michael Jackson's doctor for involuntary manslaughter case. its relieving to know that at least someone can be held responsible for his death but confirming he died that way.. man he didnt deserve that. These whole verdict drama will not bring him back anyway. 3children still have no father. a mother still is grieving.. music will forever mourn for the lost of its greatest icon. he shared his extraordinary talent and charisma to the world, broke racial bounderies, helped the needy, sheltered the children, fed the hungry but just by some very malicious accusation the world has turned its back on him. it wrecked his life, career, his own person. he could have had re-gained his glory days and his life back to where it should be but no.. it'll never happen. his life was served. Justice is served. for me, he will always be that one person who set the world on fire like no other has ever done. RIP Michael Jackson. you will FOREVER be the KING. Your legacy lives on.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Steve Jobs..Thank you

call me naive but i first learned about Steve Jobs only last aug when the news of him stepping down from being apple's CEO came on fire and thats about it. 3days ago and the news break out that he has passed. news everywhere is all about him.. the blogs, net, news locally and globally. i came to know he is the man behind everything people are enjoing nowadays.. ipod, iphone, ipad, itunes.. trying to know him abit i stumble on a clip of him in Stanford University giving one if not the most memorable, heart-felt, inspiring speech i have ever heard. Interestingly, his life story is somewhat like a novel. I came to know that his biological father is Syrian. He was born out of wedlock so biological mother decided to put him for adoption, first couple refused him so the 2nd couple became his adoptive parents, met his biological sister only after 30yrs. His start is not a far cry from Facebook's founder M. Zukerberg being a college drop-out who decided to put fate in the palm of his hand creating on something where tuition fee&diploma is not a must but only his passion, a greatmind & self ideas and the next thing we know.. we have his creation right in front of our bare faces. he is a true inspiration, a genius, the graham bell of this generation. we all are lucky enough we live in his time as we are the first to enjoy the art he introduce to the world. i wouldn't know what we would be doing in this moment without his innovative creations. the world became smaller because of him..thank you sir Steve Jobs.. you have done something wonderful. mission accomplished.


Some memorable / inspiring quotes of him to live by:

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”


“you have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect in the future will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference”

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people."

“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”


“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”


"I’ve always felt that death is the greatest invention of life. I’m sure that life evolved without death at first and found that without death, life didn’t work very well because it didn’t make room for the young. It didn’t know how the world was fifty years ago. It didn’t know how the world was twenty years ago. It saw it as it is today, without any preconceptions, and dreamed how it could be based on that. We’re not satisfied based on the accomplishment of the last thirty years. We’re dissatisfied because the current state didn’t live up to their ideals. Without death there would be very little progress."

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away."

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dubai Fountain..view from TGIF Dubai mall

Talk about breath-taking moment esp when on tour, i'll have three on my list. 1st Disneyland's 4D theater 2nd is Disneyland's fireworks 3rd is Hong Kong symphony of lights. But I have to include one attraction here from Dubai. Located at the heart of the downtown Dubai, just beside the infamous world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa, lies the 902ft-long, $218 million-worth, performing every single night in front of thousand tourists and locals, the Dubai Fountain. Perfect word to describe it.. MAGICAL!

It performs every 20mis every night accompanied by Arabic & English song. I never gone tired watching it. It is just amazing every time and the feel is so romantic makes you wanna hug someone especially when it’s the 'the prayer’ and ‘time to say goodbye’ playin. Whenever we have visitors, this surely is one of the itineraries.

The developer of Dubai fountain is the same team who develop the fountain in Vegas. My aunt who has seen the Vegas’ said it made their hearts melt when they saw the fountain performing the song ‘my heart will go on’ well, I so can imagine.

TGIF is one lucky restaurant who get the perfect view of the fountain. We dined there exactly a year ago and here are some shots that will surely take your breath away..