~~~~~ P A M c a k e s ~~~~~
Pamela Almeda

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Friday, December 31, 2004

Be-hold My Be-hind

Having a sucky evening...

I search through my fuzzy mem'ry

4 some trigger-happy thots!

Ironically, one fine day, (well almost), shot right back to me.

The scene was one of those silly trips to the mall with a good ol' pal...

Another cheap thrills of being in 4th year high was to experience, even just once, cutting classses.

So there went one of those fine school days, (wel... almost) ... We rode the bus to Megamall & alas! with all smiles as if it was my first taste of freedom, I eagerly jumped out of the bus all anxious to pierce through the thick crowd and reach the front porch until...

until...out of nowhere this man, such horrible stranger, pinched my behind... I tell you... he just grabbed my butt out of the blue... forcing me to scream my lungs out for that one millisecond (in high pitch)!... Talk about total shock & trauma! And as if that wasn't enough to satisfy him, this ill-bred or should I say lunatic, even had the guts to say, "Mmmm Sarap ng Pwet mo" (Mmm Your Butt's so good) before running away.

How offensive men get these days, huh? The funny thing is, looking back I now find it oh so funny. I hope not because I now fancy the thought of strangers touching my behind. Definitely not! (I'd give my best taekwondo routine should anyone dare? Beware you fool I'm a white belter! ... Oh gosh I am JUST a white belter!? *S%&!!)

Oh well, I guess horrible memories tend to get funny as time flies. Suddenly you can't remember the fear anymore. Suddenly it all seems but a joke (well... almost).

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Pamster Update Rundown #1


The Artiste In Moi!
Greatly inspired by Pacita Abad's "circles", I painted my own version and it turned out to be not bad at all. For a first try, I should say it was "fantastic!". I'm experimenting on cheap acrylic for now but if I find that the medium suits me I guess I won't think twice in investing on best quality materials. Any Suggestions for all ya painters out there?! yuhooo!


I miss dancing!!! ' recently got this urge to perform Janet Jackson tracks (wanna offer me a venue... heheh) ; especially "Together Again" & "All For You", the videos are superb & the moves are definitely my type of groovin'.


The Act-Now Policy
I'm lagging behind the schedule... Actually, I realized I haven't set up a solid sched yet.PLAN. FOCUS. ACT-NOW. CHANGE. These are key words I'd like to live up to all thru next year. For starters, I'd just hafta start TODAY!!! ' Start with my thesis, my precious final year project. No more putting things up to tomorrow! (a) 1 chapter a day or even 1 book a day (b) survey questions.


The use of ICTs by Filipino migrants in redefining their national identity. This will eventually serve as a feasibility study for OFW-TV's web-based community tv.


6pm exactly here in Singapore & I'm craving for Fruit Salad; Steamed Crabs; Laing; Pork BBQ; Manggang Hilaw! *Shucks*


My 1st official acrylic painting
© 2004 by Pamela Almeda

Monday, December 27, 2004

Leading Fulfilling Lives

My friend Jini and I are planning to do a presentation for IBM on the topic "Perspectives of the Young on Leading Fulfilling Lives". It is a contest but I don't think much of it as that. Honestly, I simply want to discover others' views on it and present my own definition as well.

Success is, indeed, relative to each person's values and desires. However I still believe that people leading fulfilling lives share common traits or perspectives. Some of these include: (a) valuing others and not only self (b) having a passion for life & continuous learning (c) being action-oriented (d) unafraid to make mistakes and even (e) finding the fun at work or any endeavor. This is what we can thoroughly investigate.

My own Definition of Fulfillment or Success

For me being fulfilled in life means NOT living in want. In a sense fulfillment means being contented; having fun while doing what you believe in. Hence, in my opinion, one significant ingredient to leading a fulfilling life is enjoying what you do.

Modern living has somewhat taken away laughter & cheers at work. Sadly, a lot of people live frustrated lives, which in my opinion, is the ultimate opposite of success.

Furthermore, another essential ingredient for one's fulfillment is having the heart to share whatever success or winnings you have achieved. This means sharing the blessings you received to your circle of influence, be it family, friends or the larger community. As one's fulfillment progresses and matures, one's circle also increases and you become better able to give as well as receive.

But then again, the circle of life goes on like a wheel and most often that not you realize, well, you're not always “up”. This makes the difference. Because for those who lead fulfilling lives: it is not the circumstance that define them, but it is their strong faith, determination and hope to act inspite of, that realizes their dream. Whether up, down or in the middle, they strive and continue “wheeling” along (always with a smile *wink*).

Friday, December 24, 2004

Christmas Cheers!


Posted by Hello
Merry Christmas to yall !!!

Hugs & Kisses & miracles for your Christmas! Maligayang Pasko po!

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

The Happiest People of the World (Part 1)

I've just finished dumping the first
batch of my laundry in the washing machine.
Passing through the hall's tv room to get back
to my own room (well, I did not have any better way out),
I instinctively pulled up the day's newspaper
that was all scattered on the tiny centrepiece
just below the hanging television.

The Straits Times issue wasn't that interesting,
save for the newly launched mindyourbody insert.

Yup, health is one top priority for Singaporeans,
(followed by personal safety and happiness they say).
But... what actually caught my attention was the headline:

"They're Nigerian."... and then in bold,
"They are also the happiest people in the world."

Huh?!, I muttered with a tone of skepticism.
Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against Nigerians, ok!
It's just that I thought all along
that Filipinos were the happiest bunch on earth!

Well, at least an American teacher here in school told us so
Plus, my friends said they read an article about it once.
I never saw it though.

Apparently, a worldwide resesarch on 65 countries
showed that people from Nigeria had the
highest levels of happiness in the world.
Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador and Puerto Rico followed
while Russia, Armenia and Romania had the lowest.

Maybe THE Philippines wasnt included in the research at all...
WHICH explains why we didn't make it to the top of the happiest people on this earth!!! (pampalubag loob?! hehe)
We're a happy people! Flips! Yeah...
I'd like to believe we weren't part of the study!
hapeee! happpy happpy we!

But...who said we need them to affirm that anyway!?

Monday, December 20, 2004

Final Analysis: It's between U & GOD

Heard this first in church & Rex also posted this is hotpandesal groups!

DO IT ANYWAY by Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical,
and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, People may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone
could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

3:00 pm
@ my desk

new message>


...towards Blk N1, L1 of CEE;
go through 1st block & take the lift down one level to B1.
Walk towards far end of block N1 building, then see transportation lab...

log out

3:45 pm
@ the bus stop

I'm on my way to this briefing for a Civil & Environmental Engineering Project. They need some hand to complete a survey by Jan. next year. 'think if I'd help out I can also learn how to go about the survey for my thesis. Plus, earning some dough, wouldn't hurt me much. Yipee!

So I go...just out of the shower smelling tutti fruity, all dressed in my maroon mini, criss-cross sandals and grey camisole under this sheer beige middy.

It's raining... waiting for the shuttle bus to bring me to Canteen A... @%&$! (There goes the thunder). Now the rain pours heavier than usual and still no sign of that green-&-white rickety shuttle.

All too worried of being late, I shake my right foot incessantly. The clapping sound seems to irritate this fella beside me though. But ' the heck!Across the road, bus B has arrived. Argh! I can't cross the road with this heavy downpour, not without an umbrella! Besides, I don't really wanna mess up my getup. But too late fo' that.

The rain's pouring like crazy now, say 10 times when it all started. The wind breezes past me with all the wet-wild-glory: my hair 'a mess & some drippin' drapes... Gotta stay calm and steady!

Now background sounds amplify:I hear swarms of crickets invading this tiny bus stop?! They dance and prance and ... I just gotta stop daydreaming. (rewind) The raindrops smash the hot cement as the heat seem to sizzle. I stare blankly on the wet road and I can't just help it... love drifting and imagining things...

It's as if I'm inside this painting once again. I say once again because I'm all too sure I've been here before, a year or so I guess... Each stroke is all too familiar. Relaxing beneath the comfort of this wonderful serenity.... I suddenly get cut off...

Suddenly, conscious of the rain and its nagging "you will be late" "you'll surely miss it" "you will be late" "you'll surely miss it", I catch a glimpse of the painter. Sadly, the painter decides to wash out this canvass. Pails of water pour on me but I just couldn't be erased from all this serenity.

The water drops and dances on the ground like colorless-miniatures of New Year fireworks. And I.... I stop. Finally...

Finally, shuttle bus A is fast approaching. Guess I'd still make it for CEE's Project & perhaps, make some bits o' dough.

Enough of me and my day dreams.

~ 30 ~

Sunday, December 12, 2004

"Flip"-side of Success

Please visit www.ofw-tv.com and check out:

~~~“Flip”-side of Success ~~~
An encounter with successful Filipinos here in Singapore... Hear them define ‘success’ and what it takes to get there!

The term “flip” in the dictionary means ‘to go mad’ or ‘to go crazy’. But did you know that “flip” also refers to Filipinos? Yes, Filipinos have been tagged as “flips” for years now especially in the USA.

But don’t get offended if someone calls you a “flip”. This somewhat derogatory term has evolved to simply mean ‘Filipino immigrant’. Thanks to our hardworking and successful kababayans worldwide who make us all proud.

If there is one thing we “flips” go crazy about, well, it’s the passion for life and laughter. Now, be proud to be “flip”! Be proud to be part of this happy people. Cheers to the “Flip”-side of Success!

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

IT's All 'Bout LiFe!!!

November nineteen to December 7

The day after my exam was the start of an exploration of some sorts. 'Twas my expedition into the world called "LIFE". Life, as you know it, is usually plain, simple & boring. Unlike the movies, we go through day after day seeing and doing almost the same things. But for me, these days were different: a spoonful of interesting stories, a cup of curiosity & excitement and a dash of frazzle & poop!
: a
few added reasons why I'd probably become a journalist or at least a media practitioner.

It's not all about shaking hands with success nor is it the star frenzy, for me it's more of the wide perspective you get after hearing a whole lot of issues. At the end of the day, you wonder "How on earth can I make a difference"? Inspiration, enthusiasm & passion plays a big part in both the happy & sad stories. Hard work, endurance & patience drive dreams into reality!

(pictures coming soon!)

PROMAX, Nov. 29-30, i loved the talk on "Power of Point of View"

PROMAX, in one of the conference halls, it's the old parliament of singapore, now it's the Arts House...

Jini,me & the Big Wine tasters! LoOoVElay! harhar!

Utt, after hosting promax mtv-style, gave me the lovely promax bag, yeah! WB dude! me & my harassed look! hehe!

Promax Gals on d way home, chillin' @d mrt

new day, new phone O2x phone, amazing phone sa pinas...got the latest ver. so trying the built-in cam, loOove it!

just before the encounter at Pacita Abad's home with her hubby Jack: Pasko Na!!!

Filipino artist, world-renowned painter Pacita Abad, has passed away due to cancer of the lungs last Dec. 8, but her legacy continues... & her beauty remains showcased in her magnificent works of art. Do you see that "Painted Bridge"? That's simply Pacita! She definitely inspires me to push the boundaries of what seems possible!

This is free-spirited Pacita in 1984. Jus love this pic.

Dec. 4 & 5: Another day & finally met one of the few people I admire, Lovely Donita it is! Thanks to my friends at GMA! There's her hubby Eric & Baby J.P. & the gang, Kuya Juni, ate Wella, kuya Jason, Angelo & me. It was Donita's birthday last Dec. 5 and she joined a marathon on that day.

Sir Mike Enriquez at "gulong park" in Singapore? Do you see him?

Aba! may nagpapicture din sakin! ok dito sa gulong ah! heheh!

BBC's Rico Hizon has been kind to meet us for dinner & yup he's a kind soul... he's very accomodating, I did a project & interviewed him once, no star complex! astig!

Kodak moments with Sir Mike, while waiting for another take at Orchard!

In a nutshell, all I can say is, well, that's life! In between the photos are stories more compelling than what is captured in that instant flash! Oh and...

~~~Please check out www.ofw-tv.com~~~
Watch my fuwend Whia in "Gandang Pinay"
You'll see me there next week too in "Flip"-side of Success.