For every time I lose direction
Or whenever my eyes look away
Can you lead me back?
Until I find my gaze
Show me, please, show me the way
Since we were on the topic of writing exercises, my good friend Geleen suggested I visit this writing exercise generator. I was to reserve this for dry spells, when I want to write but do not have anything to write about.
So a few moments ago, feeling dry, I clicked the magical “Generate a Subject” and it gave me this:
Write about someone you used to love
And this, all of a sudden jolted me awake. As much as I love writing about my past lovers (as this blog is a big testimony of this), I write about them during the times of heartbreak, the times when things hurt the most. And I have even did a similar exercise back then.
As ala-500 Days of Summer, Henry Miller said, the best way to get over a woman is to “turn her into literature,” and damn, I’ve already written most, if not, all of my literature!
This will be a hard writing exercise, as I believe I have already written tons about the topic. And I shouldn’t really be writing this because I am in a wonderful relationship right now.
Well, the magic generator has spoken, and so I will just try writing a general letter.
I have always been afraid of the future. When I was a kid, I have likened the future to a monster saying, “yung future parang monster ‘yan eh. Eventually kakainin tayong lahat.”
The past 6 days since the start of March, I’ve been tweeting non-stop about me turning 25 in a month. I can’t help but be scared, because to be honest, this time I am not sure what I want my future to be like.
When I was a kid I used to plan, non-stop. In five years I will do this, and in 10 years I will do that. And honestly, as I grew older, I found out that I never followed the maps I charted for myself. I ended up creating new paths.
Will things be like that forever? Will I always make my own roads, and diverge, again, and again, and again, and again? When will I start to stabilize?
Hey you big monster, talk to me. Help me get to know you better.
Congratulations. You are thirteen years old. By this time, you would have had experienced at least one heartbreak. And that will not be the only one! More will be coming.
Endure all the heartbreaks BA. Endure your brokenness.
For my job I do a lot of web browsing while working (and yes, notworking). We’re maintaining a website that aims to deliver information near-real time, and I have to navigate through a lot of pages every now and then. But I won’t be discussing much about that because that’s not the reason for this blog entry.
Since I work through a whole lot of tabs I have trained my fingers to quickly navigate through these tabs using a few keystrokes. Rather than using the mouse to move the cursor and click on the individual tab of choice, I discovered that pressing CTRL+Page Up/Down will let you transfer to the previous or next tab instantly.
This has been working flawlessly in Firefox and Chrome (the two browsers I’ve been using) for quite some time. Until one fine day, the CTRL+Page Up/Down combo stopped working as tab-switchers for Firefox. In general, Page Up/Down became web page forward/backward instead, bringing you to the tab’s previously visited webpage. I was sure that this was a Firefox problem because the key combination was still working in Chrome.
So what happened? A quick Google search brought me to Mozilla’s Support Forum: Page-up/page-down turn into browser forward/back
Apparently it’s an Asus and mouse driver problem. I really don’t know how to tinker with drivers besides installing and removing, but they have found an easy fix for this and is outlined as follows:
Its been reported that some of users, like me, are having this problem on their Asus model laptops. Another common factor between the models could be the use of Elantech drivers for touchpad mouses.
The bugzilla.mozilla.org link provided above has a fix that has worked for me so far. It goes as following:
1. Go to about:config
2. Find ui.elantech_gesture_hacks.enabled
3. Change its value from -1 to 0
4. Restart FF
5. If you run into a bug that option was designed to fix (non-working page swipe gestures), install the latest Elantech driver (http://www.techspot.com/drivers/driver/file/information/14513/) and reboot.
I has proven to work for me. However, I did not need to install the latest driver or have not had to so far, thus I cannot confirm that part of the fix.
As I can again breeze through different tabs, I can attest that the fix is working.
In the last 2 years, I’ve had the best of most mobile operating systems, namely Blackberry OS, iOS and Android (I’ve got to get my hands on a Windows phone soon). I use my Blackberry for everyday tasks and messaging, I use my iOS for casual gaming and media playing, and I use my Android for general surfing and social media.
While playing around these three mobile operating systems I discovered that you can use a single cellphone number in 2 different phones. You just need to use Viber on one of your phones.
The steps are very simple, and you don’t really need to be a techie to do this.
So let’s say you have Phone A which has the SIM with your number, and your other phone, Phone B. Just follow these steps:
- Install Viber on Phone B.
- Register Phone A’s number in Phone B’s Viber.
- You will receive a confirmation text in Phone A. Copy the confirmation code in the registration process in Phone B.
- Voila, one number in two phones.
Or you could do it the other way around: you can have two different phone numbers in a single phone with the help of Viber. Although I could not confirm this as I haven’t tried this yet.
Do take note that you need a working data plan for Phone B so you can send and receive calls and text messages using Viber. Also, your contacts must also be on Viber so you can make the most out of this trick. :)
EDIT: Just a quick note. You CANNOT use a single number in 2 Viber registrations. Viber will detect that you are registering your number in different phones and will unregister you from the earlier registration.
I find it amazing that I’m at this point in my life where I can say “yeah, back then when we were young…”
While I am not really that old (I am only in my mid20s, by the way), I just came from my stage in life where everything was too fast: friendships have been started and ended, experiences were shared and forgotten, choices have been made and regretted, hearts have been broken and mended.
This blog is a big testimony at how fast life has been in my developmental teenage years to early adult stages. If you count the number of entries I have, they have peaked between college to graduation, and my most of them have been rants and love entries. These days, I haven’t been writing much.
While I have been absorbed in the cycle of the daily adult life, I always make it a point to stop, look back, and remember how life was when it was so, hmmm, I can’t find the proper word….
When life was bipolar.
Yes. I think that’s a good word. Bipolar.
It was back when we were young when we experienced the best of times and the worst of times.
Looking back and comparing it to what’s happening now, I always ask myself if I regret anything.
And the answer was always this: while I regret a lot of things, if these things did not happen, I would not be who I am right now.
And guess what? I am happy with who I am.
Cheers to being young. Cheers to growing up.
I wasn’t really bent on making a year end review for 2012. Heck it’s already 2013, and wouldn’t it be too late to write about the end of 2012?
But I started looking through my Facebook page and found out the Timeline’s nifty feature of letting you look through your previous updates by year and month. And I found out that while I haven’t been archiving the previous year with words (as I have been doing so when I was younger) I have been documenting the year through photos.
While taking photos would have been “cheating” (it’s easier to take photos than to write about events), I found out that it evokes more personal emotions. I guess these photos would have a stronger effect on me rather than how my (non-existent) readers would find them. Then again, this is a personal blog, and I mostly cater only for myself. :)
So here are a few photos from 2012, along with short descriptions of each. Continue Reading
I won’t talk much about 2012, for it is done and it has already happened. This was a very emotional year for me, and let’s leave it at that.
2013. Let’s make this year amazing. :)