Monthly Archives: December 2013

Goodbye 2013: A Summary

1 more day and the year is over. 2013 – finito! It has been a leap year for me. Leaps and bounds.

Screen Shot 2013-12-30 at 7.32.34 PMI finally found her (Mitch). I have decided to learn to drive. And bought a 2014 Kia Sportage then named her Basha.
My 2013 travels were more flights but less destinations: South Korea, Armenia and Kenya. I also went back home and met Ambet Ocampo (only one of my favorite authors).
Friends entered into a relationship, some even got married while some friends had children. Our very own family welcomed another bundle of joy named Rafael Bundalian, my 2nd nephew.
Work has been great. Got promoted to Assistant Manager post at work while my choir won the 2013 Score’s UAE Choir of the Year.

It was a year of love and achievements.

As the year draws to a close, let me summarize 2013’s funnier posts. I promise 2014 will have more than the lackluster number of posts of 2013. Enjoy:

15. Wasak with Fries on the Side
14. Thor sa Kenya
13. Ronald’s Gift 2013 
12. Unfollow Atong
11. Karol’s Profile Pic
10. Mimi’s Chanel Bag
09. Tem: Manggagantso
08. Capiznon Joke
07. Focus Runs in the Family
06. Doon Kayo
05. CVC 8th Anniversary Party: Arrange Yourself by Age
04. Vice Nanay
03. Real Estate and a Baby
02. Pambugaw sa Multo TV
01. Sonya’s Garden Incident

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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Lists



DFC Performance

1461218_10152063382075067_41543715_nFor four days we sang twenty minutes every hour during the last weekend before Christmas.

During the final set of the final day, I told the guys, “Pano ba yan? Last set na… It has been nice working with you guys.”
“Oa lang kuya?” Mat asked.

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Posted by on December 28, 2013 in Choirboy


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Christmas Drama 2013

Christmas Eve 2013 at our house in the Philippines…

Nanay to herself outloud, “Wala lahat ng anak ko ngayong Pasko…”
Tem answered, “Nay, di ho ba ako anak?”
“Wala akong nareceive na Christmas card.”
“Di bali bibilhan ko kayo. Bukas na bukas. Ilan ho ba gusto n’yo?”
“HUWAG NA!” Nanay screamed.



Tem and Nanay

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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in It's All Relative


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Appliance Greeting

Tahill, a colleague seated across me, tried to call me. Since I knew it was him, I answered, “Moshi Moshi!” The Japanese greeting for hello.
“Fridge,” he answered.
“Huh?” I asked.
“You said Washing Machine so I thought were naming random appliances.”
“Not Washing Machine. Moshi Moshi. It’s Japanese.”


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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Work Anecdotes



Rudolph, Orlee and Rollie

Last weekend, our group was tasked to perform at the Dubai Festival City every hour from 6PM tip 10PM to spread the holiday cheer.
Rollie was late for the first show while I was assigned to sing the solo part of the first lines for “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”.


After the first set, Rollie arrived. He was bashed big time by everyone. He forgot the call time.
After that, Joy came up to me and said, “Orlee! Nawala ka nanaman sa Rudolph.” I was aware I might have lost a couple of notes and Joy confirmed it.
“Oo nga eh. Bawi ako sa next set,” I answered, “OH LATE SI ROLLIE OH.” I pointed back at Rollie.
“Magpakain ka Rollie! Late ka!” Everyone screamed.
That’s one way of taking the heat off of you. 

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Posted by on December 20, 2013 in Choirboy, Dubai Friends


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TBT #11: Christmas Memo

Christmas 2008:

This memo came from Admin Dept yesterday morning:

Dear All,

As we do this every year please may I request all to wear something REDtomorrow (24 Dec 2008)  to celebrate the festive season.  I shall reiterate that wear something that can been seen without you making an effort to show it !!  hence undergarments, socks and vest and not counted for.

Let’s all be a good sport.  There will be photo sessions as well so you can bring your cameras.  I am trying to arrange some goodies, if I succeed then we will meet in the pantry at 9.30am and enjoy the same, else we will have to be satisfied with our red clothes and load of laughs.



Why point out?


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Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Work Anecdotes



My Soundcloud

Having an active SoundCloud account means you are confident enough to record songs and share it online.

Two weekends ago, I had the courage to record, Mahal na Mahal Kita by Sam Concepcion and the reviews were pretty… Pretty rude.
I shared it to them while we were at a Japanese restaurant in Deira, we were all laughing at their sarcasm.
“Ok naman… kaya lang nag-o-off minsan.”
“Sana wala nang kulot-kulot.”
Trying hard yung boses mo.”

“Kaya pala andaming nag-view, pero konti lang nag-like,” I told them.

While they were listening to the recording, the restaurant purposely cranked up the volume of the Christmas music.


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Posted by on December 16, 2013 in Dubai Friends