May
27

www.surnamesdb.com I’ve always considered myself more Gonzalez than Pinlac. I am closer to my mother’s side than my father’s. I also got my physical features from my mom. My cousins from my mother side look more like my sisters! Anyway, so here’s where the family name came from:

This famous surname recorded in the spellings of Gonzales, Gonzalez, Gonzalvo, Gozalo, Gonzalvez, Gosalvez, Goncaves, and Gonzalo, is usually accepted as being of Spanish or Portuguese origin. However in truth like so many Iberian surnames, its origins are Germanic. In the 5th century the Visigoths from Eastern Germany conquered the whole region, sweeping down from the Baltic and across the Pyrenean mountains into the Spanish Peninsula. Their legacy today is often found in the surnames, and these surnames themselves have crossed the ocean to the American continent. In this case the development is from the early German baptismal name ‘Gundisalvus’, which loosely translates as ‘the battle field or battle place’, a typical example of a warlike name so popular in the period. Examples of the surname recordings taken from early church registers include Maria Gonzales who married Alonzo Moreno at Villapalcio, San Sebastian, Spain, on October 3rd 1568, and Catharina Martin Gonzalo, christened at Agusal, Valladolid, Spain, on May 7th 1618. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Marcos Gonzales de Junguito, which was dated July 1st 1556, christened at Segovia, Spain, during the reign of King Philip 11 of Spain, 1554 – 1590.

Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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May
27

This is nice.. A reminder to all single ladies out there.. 

” No man will ever claim you unless
he claims you from me for I reserved
a man for you who has my heart and loves me even more than he will for you
for I wont give you unless he asks you from me.

He’s asleep dont wake him. He’s busy for me, my kingdom. SOON you will know him but i have the PERFECT TIME.
You’er my PRINCESS, my daughter. Let no prince claim you unless he asks from my hand. For I am your father, the king of kings. YOU, my princess, is WORTH loving..” a message from GOD

May
27

REACTIONS… type what comes to your mind first whenever you hear these 50 words. Don’t think and don’t go back and change. Doesn’t matter how random just type it!

1. Beer: beer belly
2. Food: chicken
3. Relationships: love
4. Your CRUSH: heart beat
5. Power Rangers: pink 5!
6. Life: God’s gift
7. LOVE: Purpose of existence.
8. Multiply: Math.
9. The President: Gloria.
10. Yummy: food.
11. Cars: getaway.
12. Movie: blades of glory!!
13. Halloween: costume party
14. Sex: eros
15. Religion: catholic
16. Myspace: phished!
17. Fear: no fear
18. Marriage: happily ever after.. hehe
19. Blondes: reese
20. Slippers: comfy
21. Shoes: manolo blahniks
22. Asians: my race
23: Pass the time: pray
24. One night stands: fun for others, but not for me.
25: Cell Phone: phone ringing
27: Smoke: I’ve quit!!! 
28: Fantasy: is good sometimes
29: College: animo lasalle!
30: Highschool Life: identity crisis hehe
31. Pajamas: pink and silky
32. stars: the song by lifehouse
33. Fitness Center: a place I am resolved to visit everyday
34. Alcohol: should be taken in moderation
35. The word love: an action verb.
36. Friends: people I treasure and love dearly
37. Money: a resource.
38. Heartache: something to get over with quickly but surely?
39. Time: A scarce resource that should be valued, something not to be wasted.
40. Divorce: should be the last option.
41. Dogs: Samantha, my great Labrador. Fun to hang out with.
42. Undies: should be pretty and sexy all the time. And definitely clean!
43. Parents: my parents are my guardians, the people God has entrusted me to. My family.
44. Babies: angels. Something (?) I’d have someday,,
45. Stripper: ME hahaha.
46. Blogs: diary.
47. News: north east west south ^^
48. Weddings: celebration of love. It is sacred.
49. Pizza: my favorite food.
50. Kleenex: Americans call tissue/napkin “Kleenex”. Its like calling a detergent “tide”.

May
17

I am a dreamer – literally and figuratively. I only dream at night every once in a while but when I do, I usually remember them vividly. And I dream in color most of the time. I believe that dreams are tools to help us learn about outselves. Last night I slept at about 11pm and woke up at 11am! wow, that was a full turn on the clock! Anyway, i dreamt of a lightning during the first part of my dream.

I and my friends were gonna play at the sea. But I told them not to cause the weather looked bad. The lightning struck the sea twice or more I think. I remember I was at the shore, the waves were touching my feet as the lightning struck with all its might. The sky was dark, the lightning looked so powerful. Even in my dream, i was surprised that I wasn’t electrocuted to death! Now I wonder, if the lightning strikes the ocean, why don’t all the fish die?

Psychological Meaning: Lightning can suggest the emotional shock that we experience from sudden and unexpected events. Lightning can be destructive yet it can also show the illuminating brilliance of inspiration. We talk of being ‘struck’ by a great idea or insight. Lightning also reminds us of the awesome power of nature and how many of the forces that govern our lives remain beyond our control.

Moving to a foreign land was a sudden and unexpected event for me. I haven’t even packed my things on the day of my flight. I did a last-minute packing which was why my mom was so pissed. I was so enjoying my job as as tutor in the Philippines. I loved my Korean students, my Korean bosses, my Filipino co-tutors. I have never met such a wonderful and down-to-earth bunch (Randy, Joanne, Mamu and Quia). I wouldnt leave if i didnt have to. But being the adventurous and risk-taker me, I finished packing and took off. Now, I’m in Singapore – the land of the Merlion. Same time as Manila, same 24 hours in a day. But lifestyle is so different. Anyway, back to the dream.

The lightning could mean emotional shock. Yes, I left all my loved ones in the Philippines. My family, my relatives, my bestfriends (especially AJ who’s coming home from Australia on June 20). I left without saying goodbye (except for the impromptu despedida party at central with gillian, mel and gil’s college friends the night before my flight). My college barkada, my highschool friends, my cousins, my suitors, my chinabank friends, my co-workers at the tutorial center, my sisters, my brothers and so on and so forth. I am in a foreign land where no one knows me. It is indeed an emotional shock. I’m still in an Asian country. But Asian definitely doesnt translate to Filipino and vice-versa. My culture is just a lot more hospitable. But I found it repulsive that Filipinos here are kind of snobbish. I see them at MRTs, at the malls, at the condo amenities like at the pool, at the gym – everywhere. But they wouldn’t smile at me nor give a nod at the very least to recogize a kababayan’s presence. Anyway, it’s the way it is, why bother? Well, I’m bothered by it. I am going to say ‘”Hi” first from now on. It’s just weird that what bothers me is the Filipino people not the locals or Singaporeans. In fact, Singaporeans are quite friendly. Even the Indians. There were quite a few instances when Chinese-speaking ladies spoke to me all of a sudden and told me how pretty I was (One was the lady at the MRT, second was the Ice Cream vendor). They asked me if I were Singaporean, of course I told them I’m Filipina. They said Filipinas are really pretty. Another instance was at International Plaza, the Singaporean owner of a consultancy firm said that he could tell that I was Filipina because I had nice hair and that I have attractive physical features. Really now? hehe. And of course, how could I forget my encounter with a local artiste asking me if i would be interested in joining UAN, an artiste management company. Haha, that’s absurd. An artiste? In Singapore? Now that’s a good one! Hehe.

Lightning can be destructive yet it can also show the illuminating brilliance of inspiration. Inspiration. My dreams are my inspiration. My brother Jino, my mother, studying law in the Philippines, being in a happy relationship, enjoying what I do while earning, being wonderfully fit, being able to do the things that I love to do. I think I am actually living my dreams. But of course, not all of them and not all at the same time. Patience is a virtue. It will come. Even miracles take a little time, right? How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. That’s why I want to spend each day meaningfully and wonderfully. It is inspiring to live each day with passion, with zest, with enthusiasm, with the desire to do more, to reach our dreams and goals, and to look fabulous while doing it. We should live HERE and NOW. Now is the time to be happy. Here is the place to be happy.

Lightning = Emotions. I am so full of emotions. Both positive and negative. I should throw away all negative emotions of the past, of the present and of the future. Emotions like fear, worry, insecurity, self-doubt. I am in control of my emotions. I choose what to feel and how to react. I choose life. I always choose happiness.

Mythical Meaning: Like many of the archaic myths, lightning may be a sexual symbol. When lightning strikes the ground, it represents mother earth being impegnated by the sky-god.

Haha, okay. So it’s a sexual symbol. If so, then I am the lightning. Lol.

I also dreamt that my brother Evan died of cancer. I sobbed and cried so hard. In my dream, I have the same memories. I am myself. I was trying to recall when was the last time I’ve seen him and heard his voice. I remember the phone call, our last phone conversation before my flight. Apparently, my brother’s death in the dream signifies that I have changed inwardly due to a lack of purpose in my thinking. Change is most beneficial when it is chosen and directed by us. Then we are in control. To become more purposeful, identify how you are benefitting from and adding to yourself in all you do. Point taken. We are in control of our lives. If we let other people control our lives, then that too is our own doing because we let them. We have the power to control our lives. Correlating the above dreams, the lighting reminds me of the awesome power of nature and how many of the forces that govern our lives remain beyond our control. So, there’s Steven Covey’s lecture of Circle of Influence and Circle of Concern. I choose to work on my Circle of Influence.

I am proactive. I focus my daily efforts on things I can do something about. The nature of my energy is positive, enlarging and magnifying, causing my Circle of Influence to increase. I share in the spirit embodied in the Alcoholics Anonymous prayer, “Lord, give me the courage to change the things which can and ought to be changed, the serenity to accept the things which cannot be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Whether a problem is direct, indirect, or no control, I have in my hands the first step to the solution. Changing my habits, changing my methods of influence and changing the way I see the no control problems are all within my Circle of Influence.

Tidbit:
If you were to ask 10 people what dreams are made of, you’d probably get 10 different answers. That’s because scientists are still unraveling this mystery. One possibility: Dreaming exercises brain by stimulating the trafficking of synapses between brain cells. Another theory is that people dream about tasks and emotions that they didn’t take care of during the day, and that the process can help solidify thoughts and memories. In general, scientists agree that dreaming happens during your deepest sleep, called Rapid Eye Movement (REM).

May
11

May
10

1. The heart has its reasons which reason knows not of.
– Blaise Pascal

2. It is more shameful to distrust one’s friends than to be deceived by them.
-Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

3. No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wished that she were not.
– H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

4. I don’t know whether this is the best of times or the worst of times, but i assure you it’s the only time you’ve got.
-Art Buchwald

5. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
– Theodore Roosevelt

6. If a boy gives a girl a rose a day for twelve days rather than a dozen roses all at once it will surely have greater impact.
– Frances Hemerston

7. Wisdom is knowing what’s right. Understanding is knowing what’s right. Wisdom is knowing what to do. Understanding is knowing why to do it. ‘With all your getting, get understanding.’
– Roy H. Williams

8. Curiosity, especially intellectual inquisitiveness, is what separates the truly alive from those who are merely going through the motions.
-Tom Robbins

9. It is when you’re safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.
– Thomson Wilder

10. Without order nothing can exist – without chaos, nothing can evolve.

May
08

Who Was Your Last?
I got this from Multiply.

Rules:
Rule #1: If you open this you GOTTA take it.

Rule # 2: You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages you and asks

Rule #3: Only answer True or False

Survey:
Q: Been arrested? A: false.
Q: Kissed someone you didn’t like? A: true
Q: You like someone? A: true
Q: Held a snake? A: false.
Q: Been suspended from school? A: false.
Q: Been fired from a job? A: false
Q: Sang karaoke? A: true
Q: Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t? A: false
Q: Laughed until you started crying? A: true
Q: Caught a snowflake on your tongue? A: false
Q: Kissed in the rain? A: false
Q: Sang in the shower? A: true
Q: Sat on a roof top? A: true
Q: Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? A: false
Q: Broken a bone? A: false
Q: Shaved your head? A: false
Q: Played a prank on someone? A: true
Q: Had/have a gym membership? A: true
Q: Made a girlfriend/boyfriend cry? A: true
Q: Shot a gun? A: false
Q: Donated Blood? A: false
Q: Had your heart broken? A: true
Q: Broken someone’s heart? A: true
“Who was your last?” just be 100% truthful LAST PERSON.

1. You hung out with? A: Bon

2. You had a crush on? A: R.T.
3. You were in a car with? A: My family.

4. Went to the movies with? A: Bon again

5. Went to the mall with? A: Bon again!!!!:0

6. You talked on the phone? A: Bon also! (im gonna cry)

7. Made you laugh? A: geri..(phew what a relief.)

8. You hugged? A: little sam

9. You said i love you to? A: kyt (what a relief)

10. You cried with? A: myself (watching spidey3)

WOULD YOU RATHER…?

1. Pierce your nose or tongue? A: tongue

2. Be serious or be funny? A: funny

3. Drink whole or skim milk? A: whole

4. Die in a fire or get shot? A: get shot

ANSWER TRUTHFULLY…

1. Sun or moon? A: sun

2. Winter or Fall? A: winter

3. Left or right? A: right

4. Sunny or rainy? A: sunny

5. Skinny or muscular? A: skinny

6. Where do you live? A: now in singapore

7. Fair or Tan? A: Fair

8. Do you want to get married? A: yes.

9. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it? A: twirl.

10. Sing or dance? A: Dance

11. Sweet or sour? A: Sweet

12. Formal or Casual? A: Casual

13. Do You Cook? A: No.

IN THE LAST 48 HOURS HAVE YOU…

1. Kissed someone? A: yes (beso)

.2. Sang? A: yes

.3. Been hugged? A: yes.

4. said i love you? A: yes

5. Danced Crazy? A: no

6. Cried? A: yes

.7. Liked someone you can’t have? A: No. I CAN, I CAN!

May
08

The Uncomfortable Survey

lets see if you can get through it.if not, you’re too scared about yourpast:

1. Longest relationship:>> few months and i mean, F-E-W.

2. Shortest relationship:>> 2 weeks.

3. How many boyfriends/girlfriends didyou have?>> technically, 2. both in highschool. well, what can i say? its highschool. never really been in a relationship. 🙂

4.you said “I Love You” to _____ andmeant it?:>> haven’t told it to a guy straight to his face.

5. Have you ever loved someone somuch?>> yes, i think so. i dnt ever wanna forget how it felt like. missing someone, wanting so bad to hear his voice, wanting to see his face, etc.

6. Have you ever made a boyfriend orgirlfriend cry?:>> yeah.. i broke the first one’s heart. the second one tried doing so.

6. Are you happier single or in arelationship?:>> im happy now, what more if i have someone to share it with?. =)

7. Have you ever been cheated on?>> yes, last boyfriend.

8. Have you ever broken someone’sheart?>> yeah, a lot. something not to be proud of.

9. Talk to any of your exes?:>> i talk to lucky all the time.

10. If you could go back in time andchange things so you could still bewith one of your exes, would you?:>> no.:)

11. Think any of your exes feel thesame way?>> there’s nothing to feel the same about.

12. Have you dated someone older thanyou?>> all the time. i dated only one guy who’s a few months younger.

12. Do you regret anything that youhave done with a boyfriend orgirlfriend?:>> nope.

13. Do you believe everyone deserves a second chance?:>> yup, everyone deserves a second chance. but its not mandatory that they be given it.

14. Believe in love at first sight?:>> always have, always will.

15. Ever dated two people at the sametime?>> yup, not just two hehe, just friends anyway 🙂

16. Ever been given an engagementring?>> haha, no.

17. Do you want to get married at thismoment?>> yes, that would be weird and fun i guess.. one hell of an experience 🙂

18. Do you have something to say to any of your exes?>> nothin.

19. Ever stolen someone’s boyfriend orgirlfriend?:>> wanted to. but didnt attempt to.

20. Ever liked someone else’sboyfriend or girlfriend?:>> yeah, trish’s. see question numbr 19.

21. Does heartbreak really feel as bad as it sounds?:>> YES, i’m trying to recall how it felt. but i’m healed. i forgot how it felt. well, i guess, i really can’t call it a heartbreak. just disappoinment, falling flat on the ground. being ignored by someone. having feelings for someone that weren’t reciprocated. liking someone sooo much. yeah, it felt bad. but nothing i couldnt handle..

May
08

1. Do you still talk with the firstperson you loved?***yes, i sure do.

2. Have you ever seen your best friend naked?***yeah, all the time..hehe, its no biggie/

3. Are you obsessed with someone?***no. never been obsessed with someone.

4. What is the best thing about yourjob?***i don’t have a job yet. if i take the dfs job, the best thing is the pay. 🙂 and it’s stress-free. 🙂

5. Do you keep promises? yes i do.

6. What was the last thing you ate?***chocolate

7. Did you get any compliments today?***just now, hehe, that i must be smart cause i’m planning on taking up law. haha, i think taking up law doesnt mean im smart.

8. Where are you going on your nextvacation?***philippines haha.

9. When was the last time you kissedsomeone?***january 18, my birthday 🙂

10. Are most of your friends guys orgirls?***there’s a fair ratio of girl friends to boys.

11. do you own furniture from IKEa?***nope.

12.What kind of a car do you drive?***dont drive one that i own yet, but i plan to drive a honda, or toyota. dream car would be an audi. or something big, like a land rover or fortuner, a white one.

13. If you could have one superpowerwhat would it be?***to see the future. 🙂 wait, i dont think so. i like fun and excitement. predicability is boring. then i guess it would be the power to fly!

14. Fave hollywood actress? rachel bilson.

15. Fave hollywood actor? james franco.

16. When was the last time you took along drive?***laguna.

17. What’s your favorite smell?***elizabeth arden’s green tea

18. What is your least favorite sound?***rock metal

19. Are you moody?***no.

20. What’s your favorite movie of alltime?***my bestfriend’s wedding

23. Have you ever toilet paperedsomeone’s house?***yes

24. Have you ever liked someone butnever told them?***i always tell them (directly or indirectly hehe)

25. Have you ever had a crush on yourbrother/sister’s friend?***never.

26. Have you ever gone to a nude beach?***no, not interested.

27. Have you ever gone streaking?***no

28. Have you ever had a stalker?***yes, a lot hehe

30. How many hours a day do you watchTV?***im not a TV person

31. Have you ever gone to a party?***all the time

32. Have you ever been in love?***once i believe

33. Have you ever thrown up fromworking out?***no

34. Have you ever gotten a haircut sobad that you wore a hat?***no

35. Have you ever eaten 3 meals from 3different fast food restaurants in oneday?***a lota times back when i used to stay in the dorm

36. What was the last song youlistened to?***ni yao de ai

37. Have you ever slept with one ofyour coworkers?***nah

38. What one item do you never leavehome without?***cellphone

39. Who was the last person who calledyou?***boni

40. Who was the last person who textedyou?***geez, boni again

41. When was the last time you sleptfor 12 hours straight?***last night i guess

42. What did you do yesterday?***showed up for an interview, went to the gym, talked to friends, etc.

43. What are your plans for tonight?***run in the treadmill!

44. What are your plans for theweekend?***nothin much

May
08

[x] You have sung on karaoke
[x] You have bought clothes from ukay-ukay
[x] You have eaten pancit
[x] You have danced a traditionalPinoy dance in front of people
[x] You have been to a free concert
[ ] You have never worn contact lenses
[x] You can speak tagalog fluently
[x] You have bought AutoloadMax/E-Load
[x] You like to eat Sky Flakes
[x] You have put oil in your hair (gross!)
[x] You have washed your/other people’sclothes in a palanggana
10 out of 11

[x] You know the pinoy ako dance steps
[x] You have been to Divisoria
[x] You have been to Quiapo
[x] You have been to Baclaran
[x] You have ridden on a public Jeepney
[x] You have been to mass at BaclaranChurch
[x] You have drank taho
[x] You have eaten halo-halo
[x] You have hung-out outside a sari-sari store and enjoyed it
[x] You have Jay-Walked
10 out of 10

[x] You have eaten sorbetes
[x] You have eaten lechon
[x] You love watching Pinoy Novelas
[x] You have almost been attacked by amonster (yup,a monster kid from highshool!)
[x] You have went to the province bybus
[x] You have slept on a banig
[x] You have faked your age
[x] You have swam in a public pool
[ ] You have peed in a pool (this is so gross)
[x] You have been to a PARLOR and gotsomething done
9 out of 10

[x] You have been obsessed with a purepinoy actor/actress
[x] You have been to a public basketball game\
[x] You have eaten ISAW/DUGO
[] You own a Magic Sing
[x] You have played Patintero
[x] You have played sipa
[ ] You have bought a dog/cat from thedivisoria
[x] You have played Bingo
[x] You have eaten balot
7 out of 9

[x] You have been to Pasay
[x] You have taken a road trip by car
[ ] You have thought of using someonefor their money
[ ]You have used someone for theirmoney
[x] You have owned/own a black andwhite phone before
[x] You have slept at around 5am or so
[ ] You have gone a week withoutbathing
[x] You have gotten drunk
[x] You respect your elders
[x] You like to gimmick
7 out of 10

Now add the numbers up and multiply by2. Thentitle your post as “I’m 86% Filipino!”