Tuesday, February 28

3 factories with 3 Japanese

I went with Dad to 3 plants today. Planta man!
Dad and his 3 Japanese partners were there to inspect and sell Environmental recycling Machine.
Yup, 3 Plants. First was Magnolia in Cavite. Magnolia processes cheese and butter only in the Cavite Plant. Such strict plant but friendly people. Man! I smelled of cheese!
For a late lunch, we ate in a Japanese restaurant.
Then, to Monterey. I stank there. Man! Whew! What a smell. I was so nauseous in the meeting room that slept through the meeting. I was even having some of those strange garbled dreams.
After the meeting at Monterey, we went to Purefoods Hormel. They make hotdogs only there. And man do they make hotdogs. Thousands of kilos a day!
I was there to take some pictures but we were not allowed. So I just tag along.
Back to environmental Recycling Machine. It turns solid waste (biodegradables) into feeds or fertilizers. It's a breakthough technology of Japan and it can help us with our sludge problems. Very safe and cost efficient. We should take care of our environment and here is a solution presenting itself. We just need money and government aid that do NOT ask for under the table lagay.
Hopefully, pops sells a hundred machines by the end of the year.
I saw a good sign today.

Thursday, February 23

How to Eat An Elephant

The day before the show, mom asked me:
"Maits, how do you eat an elephant?"
What? An elephant? Perhaps it was part of her Indian/Sri Lankan cooking class lesson again. I know they have elephants but I don't think they eat them. This must be a trick question! So what did I answer?
"Using cutlery. Spoon and fork or knife and fork if you will."
Well, that was my genius answer. What could you expect?
"One bite at a time."
That was mom's answer. You had to take life slowly.
Next time somebody asks me this question, my genius of a brainyard could tell you something else. Its another evidence that my brain moves in a different wave length.
Ask me again.
"How do you eat an elephant?"
my answer:
"Adobo or Sinigang. Depends on my mood."

Tuesday, February 21

Newest Craze

Mind contributing to this:
http://kevan.org/johari?name=Maity

Here's some of my results so far

Arena

(known to self and others)

able, friendly

Blind Spot

(known only to others)

proud, religious, shy

Fa├žade

(known only to self)

dependable, giving, loving, trustworthy

Unknown

(known to nobody)

accepting, adaptable, bold, brave, calm, caring, cheerful, clever, complex, confident, dignified, energetic, extroverted, happy, helpful, idealistic, independent, ingenious, intelligent, introverted, kind, knowledgeable, logical, mature, modest, nervous, observant, organised, patient, powerful, quiet, reflective, relaxed, responsive, searching, self-assertive, self-conscious, sensible, sentimental, silly, spontaneous, sympathetic, tense, warm, wise, witty


Dominant Traits

100% of people agree that Maity is able
100% of people agree that Maity is friendly
100% of people think that Maity is proud
100% of people think that Maity is religious
100% of people think that Maity is shy

All Percentages

able (100%) accepting (0%) adaptable (0%) bold (0%) brave (0%) calm (0%) caring (0%) cheerful (0%) clever (0%) complex (0%) confident (0%) dependable (0%) dignified (0%) energetic (0%) extroverted (0%) friendly (100%) giving (0%) happy (0%) helpful (0%) idealistic (0%) independent (0%) ingenious (0%) intelligent (0%) introverted (0%) kind (0%) knowledgeable (0%) logical (0%) loving (0%) mature (0%) modest (0%) nervous (0%) observant (0%) organised (0%) patient (0%) powerful (0%) proud (100%) quiet (0%) reflective (0%) relaxed (0%) religious (100%) responsive (0%) searching (0%) self-assertive (0%) self-conscious (0%) sensible (0%) sentimental (0%) shy (100%) silly (0%) spontaneous (0%) sympathetic (0%) tense (0%) trustworthy (0%) warm (0%) wise (0%) witty (0%)

Created by the Interactive Johari Window on 21.2.2006, using data from 1 respondents.
You can make your own Johari Window, or view Maity's full data.

Sunday, February 19

The Show

Today, I got up early again. Habit. I always get up early. Today is no exception because I wanted to attend early mass. Then slept most of the day away. The few hours I was awake, I went drawing.
Whew! Yesterday was a blast!
I want to take this opportunity to thak all who supoort us, all who came and all who helped. Everyone involved made a difference. I love you all!
Most especial thanks to my Family. They helped and also came to support.
Thank you to Tita Didit, Tita Ningning, Kuya Migo and Ate Glowie, Kuya Micmock and Ate Minette, Kuya Christian, Diko, Mommybecko, Achi La, Ahia Ian and everyone who came.
I want to Thank Shimizu andCompany who not only gave us the financial means to kick start and end the show but also for coming to see the even.
Thanks to Diki for being my technical director, MC and queuer. Hugs Diki! Sorry la ako mabigay sa iyo! Thanks Jade for modeling one dress. How does it feel to be on the runway?
Thanks to J.Lo for coming up with designs on the last minute. Thanks to Rita who had even shorter notice. I love you rits! Thanks for helping, showing and being part of the team!
To JA, thanks for beleiving in me and the show! Thanks for showing me the hows and why's of life and people. Without you, this show is not possible!
Thanks Vic! Thanks to Miss Savet and her class who came and did hair and make-up with L'Oreal!
Thanks to Toni, Jen jen, kim, Ziggy and everyone who came to see our show! Hope you guys like it.
I'll tell you guys when WINS is going to air the Fashion show. I still have to call them and inquire.
Big hugs to Mom and Dad who is my biggest supporter!
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I'll post the pictures when I get them!

Wednesday, February 15

Oh today

Today, Rita and I waited to fit the models. The fit was ok. Some of the clothes were big. Its ok. At least it wasn't too small. Anyways, off to the show.
I've been preparing protections. Two bottles of holy water. Not for superstitious purpose but for religious purpose. I'm not allowing anything to ruin this show. I know I've woked so hard. All those times I lined up to get my proposal in Manila Cityhall and then coordinate with the Zoo. I'm trying to convince peopl that the zoo is no longer smelly. It's a tough job considering one mention and everyone reacts at an instant. Reader, don't say no. 9 out of ten reacted. I saw it myself!
Enough of the biases. Let the show begin!
I really hope Wins come. They called and said they'd like to cover the show. I'm not expecting much but hey! a coverage is a coverage!
Now, some of the pictures form the pictorials, I've already posted. you may see them at:
or
Today, I would like to thank my family for supporting me. Mom, Dad and the Robillo Clan for backing me up not only in terms of material/financial support but also in the full support and advice. Also for beleiving that I can do anything in the world!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
So today. After fitting, vic and I chatted. He wanted to explain the reason of why he backed out. He thought we held a grudge on him for that plus he only said it in text. He didn't want to become a precedent to the others. But I know. I can't blame him either. Why does unforseen circumstances always cloud you?
So after that, I went home. Ate a big mamon na puno ng hanging and gulped down a large C2 lemon. Then, to feel good, I fed my little catties. Then, would you beleive, kunutuhan ko si Seargent Pepper. Yup. Got 4 eggs from his white belly! Man! Growse! Then, I had to wipe his muta! Unlike Fatty Catty, he doesn't know how ot groom. Sayang. Soft and white pa naman siya. I hope Fatty teaches him. You see, Fatty whippes his own nose. Make sure wala siyang muta and miraculously, wala siyang kuto.
Cute.

Tuesday, February 14

Valentines Greetings








Happy Valentines everyone!

Monday, February 13

Sneak Preview


Some of the clothes for the show. No so done but the basic structure is complete. Yey! I'm so proud of myself. I was able to stitch and cleanly!
The lighitng isn't so great here but I'll take another snap next time. I'm done with 5 dresses so far. All they need are zipper and beading.
It feels like an achievement just to finish the clothes. Perhaps last year, I wouln't beleive myslef I was able to stitch these. I would run to the nearest seamstress and have it made or hide my mistakes though beads.
Now, not anymore. Maybe it's not so perfect but it is clean and it seems to fit me fitting form just right.
Good Job, Maity. It looks great! Not meaning to flatter myself but I need a pat in the back right now.


Friday, February 10

Ultra Tragic Signs of the Time

Yes, its' about the Ultra incident. 74 dead in a stampede.
What I gathered was that people camped out in Ultra since Wednesday. Wowowee was going to give away 10,000.00 pesos worth of prizes to the first 100 people. Only 300 people were allowed to play Pera o Bayong. When the guards opened the gate just a bit, people pushed in. The front row was crushed between the barricades and rushing people resulting to death.
Million peso question: Who is to blame?
Pilipino talaga! They need to find someone to blame.
Who is to blame? Who has fault?
???
Wowowee Organizers
Maybe. They do have some faults.
1. They should have gotten a bigger venue if they invited that much people. There are millions of viewers whom they enticed to come to the anniversary celebration. Among the millions, seventy thousand people responded and came took thier chances in Ultra.
2. When they put up big screens in the football feild, they shouldn't have announced that the people in the football feild couldn't participate in the games.
In a way, it was like dangling meat to a pack of hungry wolves. Perhaps ABS didn't mean it that way but it looked like that to the other people.
The Local Government and Police
Why weren't they at the streets? Wowowee organizers can only protect and use their forces inside the Ultra compound. The police should have been at the streets. The Pasig government should ahve forseen this too.
Willie
He's just the host. Perhaps he should have had a say. Now they are blaming him because he is the one always seen. The massees listen to him. I hope the Ultra Task force don't arrest him. They would face millions of fans who would riot in the streets.
The Philippine Government
The PDI commentaries said that the Ultra Tragedy was a reflection of the state of the economy. Yes, that guy was right. No dollar rate can affect the squatters or the blue collars. Ask you yayas. Ask they now that the peso is higher, how would you gain more money? How can things become cheaper? Nope. It won't affect them. Taasan ka lang ng kilay!
People are desperate. Who were the ones who went to Ultra? Elderly women who are bread winners, street sweepers and the like. They want to get at the prizes. A house and lot, P1 Million in cash, Jeepneys, tricycles, what more can they ask for?
The People
Can we also blame the masses who came to Ultra? They were the ones who pushed and killed themselves. People who were further back wanted desperately to get some freebies or merely get inside Ultra that they pushed with all their strength towards the front.
Outside Forces
1. You can say that the land was sloped. From the street to the gate, there was a thirty degrees slope downwards so a little push, the whole mass of people would be forced forward.
2. Hunger. Mom's friend works in Ultra. He said that eversince wednessday, there were people camped outside. Friday, the streets were unpassable. There were limited portalets. The only thing to eat were peanuts sold by the vendors. Peanuts for threedays can make you nuts. Mix it with a go at the prizes and peole will surely get desperate.
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My conclusion, they all had a hand in this tragedy.

Excited for the Show.

One of the pictures we took for the pictorials.

Thursday, February 9

The situation so far...

Who even said fashion shows would be easy? Nope. I take this as a challenge.
There were a lot of negative vibes when we pushed through with the show. Why? I don't know? Are we benefitting from this? Its my duty as a citizen to do what I can to help our nation. This is what I've come up with. Eversince a child, I always see myself as patriotic. If there was some speckle of way I can find to help our ailing country, I would do it. Now, here we are. I'm using my talents to help? How can fashion help the country? Here was my solution. We promised the zoo the ticket sales for the events.
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Do I still look happy now? Not even with all the sponsors I got. Why? because all I was asking was that my group's faith in me would not faulter. Their decisions tell me what they think. Perhaps they really do believe in me. Perhaps they think I can do it no matter what so they backed away. I am just one person. I can't do everything myself. Thank God there are people helping. I'll save the thank you part after the show.
Perhaps these people who backed out have their reasons. I know I ahve to understand it. It's just, so last minute. So now I rant to let it out. I try to look professional all the time. Even if I want to break dishes, I maintain as calm sa I can.
There's nothing I can do about that blasted factory! I told her not to depend on it so much. That blasted factory didin't make a single garment for me. Not a single one! Is that fair? Not for me. Well, everyboday's saying life sucks. Deal!
I've spent on fabrics for both of them out of my personal pocket because I want a good show. In the end, I'm back to square one.
It's not easy balancing time. All my days are dedicated to the show. I have no rest day. Don't they know that? I know they are in school so I do the outside work. Ja was right. If someone really wants it, they'd do it. If they don't, there are so many reasons not to work.
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I'm going to push through with the show because everything is laid out already. So there are a few bumps on the road. There will always be bumps on the road. So the clothes didn't come out right. We are designers. We can fix it. These things are test of character and now I know I have character and the people with me who persevere have characters too.
Not attitude but character.
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Looking at eh situation, there was nothing wrong. There was only a bump on the road and I was quite upset about it. Now, I'm all better. I like this blog thing. It releases your anger.
Now, off to the zoo I go. I have to coordinate the lights and sounds.

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