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Halleloo, people!

Sorry that it’s been a while since I posted. My life has been SUUUPPPEEERRR crazy lately.

For one thing, I have realized that for the past few years, I’ve been… not really myself when I’m blogging. There was a time when I was able to post more about my thoughts, the things I see around me… you know, posting as… well… me.

But ever since I’ve gotten in a pay-per-post website, the things I write always seem so forced. No offense to my blogging master, raredog, as I am every grateful to him for introducing me to the concept. However, I’ve decided that I’m going to start posting a bit more content about my life. I’m not going to let go of the whole pay-per-post thing though, but I’ll try to keep it at least a 30:70 minimum.

SO! Activities! Well, I’ll be happy to tell you that I have since enrolled in a local college to take my Masters. WHOOHOOO! Yeah, I’m studying again. Which is pretty cool, considering I’ll probably hate it in a few years. But it is quite an achievement, specially since I’m not using my parents’money for it. I actually didn’t realize how much I’ve missed studying. I know there are, like, collective groans from students reading this about how much they positively HATE school, but trust me, when you get to my age, you’re going to miss it too.

It’s also probably the reason why I’ve been pretty down lately, last year in particular. It’s like my mind was looking for something to make it active again (which is why I took up the ukulele). I’ve read somewhere that depression sets in when your brain feels stagnant… when you don’t do anything to stimulate your brain cells like exercise or read or do adrenaline-junkie-like stunts like my blogging master. I know I’ve been into video games too, but something still felt off. Like I wanted to learn new stuff, so here I am! I’m just praying that I’ll be able to finish it. I must admit that I wasn’t a model student back in my college days, but I really do realize my mistake now, and I’ll be damned if I do it again.

And of course, since I’m studying again, I haven’t really had any time for video games, (which kinda sucks… I miss Garrus Vakarian). There are SOOOOO many great video games coming out soon (I’m looking at you, Mass Effect: Andromeda!), but I’m hoping I can save up and buy a next gen console. I had to use some of my money for a brand-spanking-new laptop since my classes required it, but yeah, I need to save up again. Besides, according to my official-pasted-on-my-wall bucket list, I still need to learn guitar to play Breezy from Final Fantasy VIII and Spanish Romance before I should play video games(priorities, people!).

Anyway, stay tuned for a bit more! Because I saw a video from YouTube that made me envious again. T_T

Tolle lege! (I should make this a thing from now on… it means ‘take up and read’).

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - December 5, 2016 at 10:10 pm

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Flak for Ankh

Really interesting thing happened to me today.

I was on my way to work this morning (in a jeepney, of course), and I sat in front of a nun, who seem to be heading for Antipolo Church. I took my seat and smiled at her (because honestly, I admire the devotion of nuns and priests).

Anyway, I was sitting there, smiling at her… but she took a look at my neck, and scowled. I followed her gaze and saw that she was looking at this black and pewter necklace of mine of an ankh. It kind of looks like this one, but it’s black with a thin rope cord instead of a silver necklace.

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Which is pretty weird to me. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. It just so happens that I like it as a symbol of eternal (or enduring) life. I even researched that in Catholicism, it’s called the ‘crux ansata’, the symbol for eternal life.

So… why is this nun scowling at my ankh? It was adopted by early Christians from the Egyptians, so it really shouldn’t bother anyone. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m turning back to my Catholic roots and start praising Amun Ra (though Egyptian religion/ mythology does interest me). It’s like my version of wearing something like a sterling silver cross at joyjewelers.com.

Besides, it reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s character, “Death” from The Sandman Series:

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All I have to do is wear my eyeliner like that and I’d be good… except for the fact that I’m fat and she’s… proportionate. XD

Anyway, I still like my Ankh necklace. I don’t know why that nun frowned at it, but I’m still going to wear it. I’m still a 95% Catholic… although 5% of me is kind of like a Philosopher… I still study other religious philosophies to solve problems. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - June 25, 2013 at 9:27 am

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A New Journey Begins: Zenkx’s YRG

Okay here we go…

I know I recently posted a video about this guy, who did Diamond Dallas Page’s YRG (or Yoga for Regular Guys):

Well, I’m about to embark on the same journey.

Yep, I recently purchased a set of DDP’s YRG Workout DVDs, and I am pretty excited. XD

I used to do yoga (back when I was obssessed with bellydancing), but often times I end up stopping when I’m tired from work, or just plain lazy. Hopefully, I won’t do the same with this. Honestly, I need someone who has a stick to hit me up the head when I say I’m too lazy to workout. XD

So let’s see… I think I should post stuff about my motivations and stuff. I’m at work (it’s my lunch break XD) so I can’t post all of my stats yet. I’ll get to that once I get a tape measure. XD

Current weight: 180 pounds or 81 kg(I rounded it off a bit, the weighting scale in my office says it’s 177, but that’s when I’m hungry XD)… yep, I’m 20 pounds shy of 200 pounds. T_T

Height: 5 feet, 2 inches (5’5 in my work heels XD)
Current age: 28
BMI (Body Mass Index): 32.9 (Obese) (gosh darnit ~_~)

Recommended Weight: 104 – 131 pounds (I’ll aim for at least 115)
Recommended BMI: 19 – 24 (Middle Ground again, around 20)
Total pounds to lose: 65 pounds

Aw dang… that’s a lot of weight to lose ~_~.

Anyway, I started doing it last night… or rather, the introduction of it, called The Diamond Dozen. It’s a tutorial of sorts, showing you the basic moves. And I sweated throughout doing it. XD

But I guess, that’s a good sign right?

The yoga felt great though, kind of like Rachel Brice’s Yoga DVD that I used to do, but it focuses more on flexibility. YRG became kind of like a strength training/ cardio for me, which is probably why I sweated so much. XD

Also I’ve decided to lower my serving of rice. This lunch I had half a cup of rice instead. The problem now is my serving at night XD. Maybe I should consider buying a cup measure just to be fair. A co-worker of mine suggested that I don’t eat dinner, but I don’t want to do that. I might end up getting hyperacidity, or worse, ulcer. ~_~

But I think I still need to do some major changes, like increasing my water intake for example. I only end up drinking around 5 to 6 cups a day (ouch), so I need to step that up a bit. Also I have to make sure that I do this like, every night before I go to bed. Maybe I should consider getting a calendar to mark it.

Hmm, so I guess I could consider this a Day 1 entry? Anyway, tonight should be my day 2, but I’m still going to do the Diamond Dozen for tonight, just to familiarize myself with the moves. Maybe by Wednesday night, I can one of the other sequences…

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - February 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm

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Lessons from a Broadband Technician

Whew! I’m finally back!

Sorry for the delay in posting, I’ve had some recent issues with my broadband provider lately.

My connection hasn’t been functioning right, and I had to literally CALL them, like, 15 times in a month. It took me a lot of patience and anger management control to not shout profanities at the phone because they were taking too long to fix it.

And when they finally sent a technician, it was actually quite a humbling experience.

The technician was a chatty, rather energetic guy, who stopped at nothing to get our line fixed. I asked him a lot of questions about our connection, and why they took so long to send him… all the while holding in my anger which was about to explode any minute.

The technician told me that there were a lot of repairs to do, and that there were so few hardworking technicians like him to do the job. He said that sometimes the case gets handed to a “slacker” (which is kind of part of any corporate staff… you know the kind that lounges around all day and not do anything productive). The technicians don’t really have a choice as to which case goes to whom. But when the case gets handed from a slacker tech to a more hard-working tech, the owner gets mad and berates and belittles the hard-working tech.

Which is actually quite unfair.

Anyway, so we were talking about my line again, and it turns out that the garbage trucks passing through my street accidentally passed through our line, causing the wires to become frayed. He said it was the reason for my intermittent connection.

He fixed it rather well, and when he came back into the house, I set him up with some snacks as a thanks (since you don’t really have to pay them for the repairs).

As he sat down, he said he was really happy and thankful for the snack and my nice demeanor. He said he has encountered so many clients who cursed at him, shouted at him, and let him starve if the repair took a while. He said that technicians like him ARE doing their job, it’s just that it’s really hard to focus on a job when they are getting belittled by the owners. It’s one of the main reasons why sometimes they don’t repair a connection. Their call centers record the calls, and if the complainant is very verbally abusive, the company doesn’t send a technician right away, as a safety precaution to their staff. He also said that when nice people call and they don’t lose their cool, and can still talk about their complaints in a civilized manner, then the company sends them, making sure that they are prioritized from other cases.

I thought about all my calls to them, and sure enough, I realized that though I was pissed during the time I would call them, I still had enough manners to say “thank you” and “please” to the call center agent. I guess the company heard all of my calls and decided I was a “safe” and civil client, and sent one of their men early in the morning, since in the ticket the technician was holding, I became a “priority” client.

As he left, my anger deflated, and I felt pity for him. I realized that it really is unfair for people to belittle technicians like him. They are just doing their job, just as we are. Sometimes people get so pissed at the little things and shout in anger, without even realizing that the person they are shouting at have feelings too. That’s why some people avoid them.

Since then, I’ve decided to talk nicer to call center agents and technicians of my Broadband connection, and I have made a list of things to do next time I have a complaint on my DSL Provider:

1. Be nice. The people behind the other side of the phone is human too.

2. The company you are calling (whether it’s the DSL/ Electricity/etc.) have a big number of staff, but also a HUGE number of clients. Be patient and wait.

3. There are other alternatives when your DSL is down. There are computer shops around that could probably cater to your needs.

4. Check if the problem lies with your connection, or with your computer. After the guy left, I recently found out that one of the other reasons why my internet was so slow was because of my computer. ~_~

5. Control your anger. Anger just turns you into a beast, and makes people (technicians included) want to avoid you.

Anyway, I am just happy that my line is back. It’s just too bad that I forgot the guy’s name. I would have given him a glowing recommendation from his boss about the job he did.

1 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - September 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

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I Need a “Drag Queen’s Guide to Life” Book XD

Yes, seriously.

A professional Drag Queen should start making her own book about the things she learned in life, the best designers for drag queen looks, hair and make-up tips, buying sterling silver bracelets at ZuluMoon.com…. EVERYTHING!

I don’t know if RuPaul has done this… but I am hoping someone like Raja Gemini would do something like this. I’ve been watching reruns of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 (damn you, stupid cable TV), and like many of her fans, I believe that Raja is an awesome drag queen, and that she deserved to win. She’s awesome because she looked like such a beautiful woman on her face, but then you look down at her costume sometimes, and you can immediately know he’s a man. It’s like she’s…. he’s….

What was the term….? “Gender fuck”?

Anyway, as it turns out, he’s also a make-up artist and a performer. Also she’s had several years under her belt in the drag industry, so it should be easier for her to tell her story and teach women with low self-esteem (like me ~_~) or give fashion tips. She should write a book about it.

Oh! Especially about how she became a drag queen, and how she was able to deal with all her negative comments and her past experiences to haters.

Hmm… “Raja Gemini’s ‘A Drag Queen’s Guide to Life'”… kind of catchy, don’t you think?

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - April 28, 2012 at 11:10 pm

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Haaaaaayyy School Life (An Entry for the 2010 Humor Me Makoy Contest)

(Before anything else, please note that in this post I will temporarily deviate from my normal posting of “Tales from the Isle of Marinduque [although it’s still related… a bit XD]. This post shall serve as my official entry for the Humor Me Makoy Contest… and I hope that Sir Makoy and other bloggers will enjoy it ^_^v)

Though I was sort of stuck in Marinduque for the Holy Week, I was able to surf the Net one time, when I accompanied my mom to the computer shop. While checking my inbox, I realized that one Facebook message repeated over and over again. The “blah-blah-blah commented on a picture of you on Facebook” message. And I opened it, and, et viola! It was actually a picture of my classmates back in high school during our third year HS recollection!!

* And yes, that is me… the one inside the red circle. Sheeesh, if looks could kill… ~_~ *

Seeing this picture reminds me of the High School Revisited post I read from the The Certified Pinoy Blogger (aka Sir Makoy). He said that during his high school days, he was “very ugly, very dark and meek”. I found it very amusing because I had often said the exact same thing whenever I saw my HS pictures, and it makes you realize that no matter who or what or where you are, all people cringe at the sight of their teenage pictures. Hahaha! I mean, just look at me in this picture! I look like like some emo kid minus the eyeliner. Forget about putting pictures like these in a vault… I say lock ’em up in a treasure chest, chain it all up and throw the frickin’ thing in the ocean until future geologists unearth it. My teenager pictures are EVIL!!! >_<

This picture is actually posted in my classmate’s album, and it has over 92 comments (and counting) about it. They’re, like, trying to remember the exact day this picture in particular happened, and what other stuff we have done in high school. I couldn’t tell them that I remember some of the weird moments of that day. Like how we did this weird game of Baka-la-baka, how one of my male classmates took a naked picture of my female classmate while she was changing, how none of us could take a bath because there was no frickin’ water (testosterone-filled male teenagers – bath water = Evil!!! :)) ), and how one of my classmates named Queeny freaked because she saw me sleeping like a dead corpse brought out of her casket (you know… straight body, hands over the chest, wearing a white nightgown and pale under the dark light, that kind of creepy stuff XD).

Then, like Makoy, I thought about what I missed about my high school days. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there are only 6 people I miss during my HS days… everything else, not really. Hahaha! Personally, I learned a lot and miss my college days more than my HS days. In college, I actually learned a lot of real life stuff, like how to come to school while managing a hang-over (harhar!), doing your research properly, how to commute, and specially, how to handle peer pressure… although, I did learn how to sleep in class without my teacher noticing me way back in high school. :))

Unfortunately, my high school pictures were ruined because of Typhoon Ketsana (aka Ondoy), but I guess it’s okay, since I really don’t want to look back at the old Zenkx. Like Makoy, I rather thought that the HS Zenkx was a bit ugly, a bit dark and meek, because she got bullied a lot (Oh! I learned how to dodge flying books, paper balls and chairs during high school too XD). I think the present Zenkx is still more awesome. I mean yeah, I’m fat (or should I say fluffy XD) and all, but I feel like I’m more independent now, emotionally stronger, and definitely more wiser.

I just wish that I could meet with my 6 best friends again. Especially my sister-from-another-mother and equally-insane-as-I-am partner, Joyce. Harhar. Maybe I should try to contact her again… God knows what sort of crazy stuff she’s been into. XD

And as an added bonus, here’s a little picture of my 4th year class, with my 4 friends (the other 2 were boys so we were separated from them, since there was a gender segregation by my fourth year). My BFF, Joyce, is the tall, Chinese-looking girl in the far right.

Sheeeesh… I was so skinny then. And to think I thought I was such a chubby girl back then. Hmm… I wonder what decade I’ll get that same figure back. XD

3 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - April 9, 2010 at 12:42 am

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