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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Ah, it's so nice to dream. Too bad, with the setup that I want (DVD drive & graphics software), the thinnest notebook would cost more than 2K =o(

If you want the song featured in this commercial, listen to the full version in my cassette player to your right. It's "New Soul" by Yael Naim.


Almost Doesn't Count

I arrived at Kirkpatrick's around 9:30. I looked for the familiar bartender and asked if I could still sign up for the next game. She said yes and asked for my name. Instead of waiting and inhaling all the smoke inside the bar, I left and battled the cold weather. I walked towards Giant, a supermarket in the Ashburn Village.

After checking out some magazines (a good way to kill time), I went back to the bar. The 7:00 game was still ongoing. I got myself some Yuengling (only 2 bucks on Tuesdays). At 10:30, the next game began. I saw some familiar players but they're not seated in my table. I positioned myself in the corner and waited quietly.

I started slow. I kept getting not-so-good cards. There were times when I fold, I realize that it was a stupid move. If I held on, I would've won. Oh well.

I didn't win till like after the 10th deal. It felt really good to win. I won two consecutive deals too. Yay! A straight and a flush. There was a time when I surrendered my cards feeling lost. Good thing my opponent was honest enough to point out my winning. Teehee. I should be extra careful and focused next time.

Slowly, the crowd began to thin. I just didn't wanna leave early. My wish is to be included in the top 10 players. The blinds have built up too from 100-200 to 8000-16000. Oh my gosh!

Did I win any gift cards tonight? Unforch, I only finished 4th (out of 24 players). Not bad really. But I wanna get those gift cards as a consolation prize. Maybe next time. I'm still proud of myself.

Oh, by the way, Friday is karaoke night at Kirkpatrick's. I might check it out ;oP Humanda sila!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Back in Ashburn

Sooo happy to be back working in Ashburn again. Excited to see my old friends here.

If I consider a day important, I like dressing up for it. Today, I wore my new A&F polo shirt with my Banana Rep pin-striped pants and Kenneth Cole boots.

I "lost" my old ID so I requested for a new one. It only takes 3 minutes to get your ID here. I'm happy that I look good in my picture too ;oP

I have two goals today: one is to submit my, along with Ogz's, security policy forms and the other is to get back my VPN connection. I did the first one easily. As for the second task, still no luck. Bummer-bum-bum!

Gave Linda & Brenda my pasalubongs from Boracay, an accessory with small magnets which can be worn like a bracelet or a necklace. I'm happy they liked it a lot. Emily is still at a client site so I can't give her my gift.

One thing that I missed doing in Ashburn is watching Tyra during lunchtime. Oh, tomorrow is poker night at Kirkpatrick's. Wish me luck!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Wii is Back!

Bought a new Wii sensor bar yesterday at Fair Oaks mall. The one that we got from the Philippines eats battery like cookie monster chomping on cookies. I found one that only needs 4 AA ones.

So I set it up and Ogz and I played Wii this afternoon. We shot some rabbids (Rayman), racked our brains on silly look-like-easy games (Big Brain Academy) and played some billiards & ping-pong (Wii Play). It sucks that my Wii Sports doesn't work anymore. If you know where I can buy it, it would be super!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Fair Oaks Mall

Been to this place last year but I don't remember anymore how to get there. So I checked Google maps for directions. Ogz and I got there via Sully road (28) then right on Lee Jackson Memorial (50 east). It's like after 5-7 intersections.

The mall looks small compared to Dulles Town Center but when you enter each shop, it has a big floor space. You can find shops like A&F, Hollister, Banana Rep, Gap, and Victoria's Secret. No Old Navy here, guys. The Apple store will be open soon too.

Ever since I was assigned to this project that brought me to Greenville, I've been wearing polos from Monday to Friday. You'd think my t-shirt shopping would be put on the back burner but noooo. When I see a good design (and a good deal), I'd still buy it. I can't explain it. There has to be at least 3 new things in my closet or I'd be super depressed. Is it a disorder?

Oh, I visited H&M and dis-CUH-vered their wonderful socks. I bought three. They are pretty cheap too.

From Kendz

Tagged by my friend, Kendz, to do this list. Hmmm... Let's see if I could answer everything before my plane arrives.

1. Can you name one person who made you laugh last night? Not a person but a tv show, "Make Me a Supermodel".
2. What were you doing at 0800? Rinsing off soap suds.
3. What happened to you in 2006? Click on the links to your left. It's all listed down from January to December. Knock yourself out.
4. What was the last thing you said out loud? That's "My All". Ogz and I are here at GSP airport and the PA system is playing some instrumental music.
5. How many beverages did you have today? I had tea this morning. I had Pepsi at noon. I had another Pepsi at 4. And a bottle of water. That makes it 4.
6. What color is your hairbrush? I don't own one. Instead, I have a light blue Ouchless comb.
7. What was the last thing you paid for? Cab fare on the way here to the airport. 12 bucks each for Ogz and I.
8. Where were you last night? At Residence Inn in Greenville, South Carolina.
9. What color is your front door? Brown. What a silly question.
10. Where do you keep your change? In a sachet.
11. What’s the weather like today? Cold. 35 degrees here in SC.
12. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? Gimme Magnolia "Chocolate Marble" anytime.
13. What excites you? Traveling to a place I haven't been to. Bahamas!
14. Do you want to cut your hair? I have no plans yet. I'm still enjoying my long, wavy hair.
15. Are you over the age of 25? Are you effing kidding me?
16. Do you talk a lot? I can keep my mouth shut, if that is what you want.
17. Do you watch the O.C.? Who watches O.C.? Stupid show.
18. Do you know anyone named Steven? I know a lot. Let me see. There's Steven Wonder. Steven Dorff. Steven McQueen. Steven Armstrong.
19. Do you make up your own words? All the time.
20. Are you a jealous person? Jealousy is my middle name.
21. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. Augusto "JR" Quijano.
22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter K. Kaye Iñigo. Katherine Miller.
23. What does the last text message you received say? Unforch, I didn't apply for roaming so I can't use my cellphone here in the US.
24. Do you chew on your straw? Never. You chew food. Straw is not food.
25. Do you have curly hair? Down there.
26. Where’s the next place you’re going to? Office tomorrow.
27. Who’s the rudest person in your life? Don't know any rude person.
28. What was the last thing you ate? I cooked tinola.
29. Will you get married in the future? Soon, I hope.
30. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? So far, I've seen "I am Legend", "Cloverfield" and "Saw IV".
31. Is there anyone you like right now? I like.
32. When was the last time you did the dishes? My dishwasher does it for me.
33. Are you currently depressed? Nobody loves me.
34. Did you cry today? No. *sob*
35. Why did you answer and post this? Got nuthin' to post.
36. 5 people you tag next? Why is it that every time you have to complete a list like this, you have to pass the bucket?

Friday, January 25, 2008

Geocaching with Brian

Say what? Remember during easter when your parents used to hide eggs and you're super excited to search every nook and cranny in your house just to find those damn white eggs? Well, geocaching (pronounced as "gee-yo-cash-ing") is like that. This time though, you're searching for items hidden by different peeps. And it won't be inside a house anymore. It's scattered all over the world. Yep, it's like a big-time treasure hunt.

Brian introduced us to this sport (yep, it's a sport!). With his cellphone that has a GPS software, he can track down where the nearest cache is. When he visited us in the Philippines last time, he did some geocaching and found a cache in Luneta Park. Cool!

Oh, when you do find the geocache box, you can take an item but you have to leave something behind too. Plus, you have to sign your name on a piece of paper and state what you're leaving behind. Then you have to go to their website, Geocaching.com, and tell your story (you have to be a member to do that). Normally, a geocache item has a dogtag and you have to indicate the serial number for identification purposes too.

Sometimes, you will find a travel bug. This is interesting because the one who left this item behind wants the item to travel. For example, if I found a travel bug in the Philippines, I could take it to Ashburn and hide it somewhere in the village. It reminds me of the wandering gnome.

People can be very clever when hiding their items so it's not that easy. Even though you gotta GPS gizmo, you have to do the search manually. Brian hid one of his items inside an old sprinkler box. Shhh! Don't tell him I said that ;oP

And so, after work today, Ogz & I had our baptism of fire. Brian got his cellphone and it pointed us somewhere about 10-15 miles from our hotel. It looks like Marauder's Map in Harry Potter.

We drove over to a park named Gary L. Pittman Park. We started walking and Brian used his cellphone as a compass. The first item we're looking for is surrounded by roots (according to the clue given in the website). Unforch, after digging and getting my hands dirty, we still couldn't find it. It was cold too so we decided to find another cache. A group of boys were playing soccer nearby.
We had more luck with the second hidden item. We found an opened canister hidden under a tree, containing various thingamajigs. Brian left an action figure and wrote down his name (along with ours). By the way, a non-geocacher is called a Muggle. I found out later that he didn't take any item.
On to the third cache. We continued walking and found a fenced-in area with a concrete drainage. Brian suspects that the item is hidden down there or around the area. It's too risky to jump over the fence and it's pretty cold so we didn't pursue it anymore.
Before we went back to our hotel, we inspected once more the surrounding area where the first cache is hidden. Unforch, we still couldn't find it. Oh well, at least, we got one. I enjoyed my first geocaching experience. It would've been more fun if it's summertime though. I couldn't feel my face afterwards. It felt like chicken breast straight out of the freezer.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Shadow of the Day

This is my latest favorite song from Linkin Park. Nice melody. Let's sing along....

I close both locks below the window.
I close both blinds and turn away.
Sometimes solutions aren't so simple.
Sometimes goodbye's the only way.

And the sun will set for you,
The sun will set for you.
And the shadow of the day,
Will embrace the world in grey,
And the sun will set for you.

Pink cards and flowers on your window,
Your friends all plead for you to stay.
Sometimes beginnings aren't so simple.
Sometimes goodbye's the only way.

And the sun will set for you,
The sun will set for you.
And the shadow of the day,
Will embrace the world in grey,
And the sun will set for you.

And the shadow of the day,
Will embrace the world in grey,
And the sun will set for you.

[Guitar solo]

And the shadow of the day,
Will embrace the world in grey,
And the sun will set for you.

Best Greenville Dinner to Date

Before we left the office yesterday, Paul asked us where we wanna have dinner. He suggested Ruby Tuesdays but we already had that last week. Ogz suggested to go to a Thai resto. Paul gave in to the request. Sweet!

"Bangkok Thai" is located near our hotel in Pelham Road. 'twas already around 8ish when we entered the resto. I thought nobody was eating there 'cause it was pretty quiet from the outside. I was wrong. Inside, there were many peeps eating. That's a good sign, right?

Paul ordered some spring rolls & we had some soup. We waited quite some time for our meals but it was well worth it. Oh my god! It was super delish! We had some red snapper, scallops, and seafood in a spicy broth. And the best Phad Thai noodles I've ever tasted in my life... even better than the authentic noodles I had on Khao San Road. We were so stuffed after dinner. I told Paul that it's the best dinner EVER in Greenville ;oP

Monday, January 21, 2008

Blogging = Money

I found out about getting paid for blogging from my friend, Weng. She advised me to try it out. She knows that I love to blog. Been doing it since Oh-Five.

Normally, you have to submit the link of your website and then the website admin would review your blog if it meets their criteria. Often times, the blog has to be in existence for at least 6 months. For whatever reason, mine didn't pass. I don't know why.

Then came Smorty. Funny name, I know. But I got an approval e-mail from them. So for the first time, I'm excited to get paid for blogging. Hopefully, the promise to get 6 bucks for this entry alone sounds exciting. I'll keep you posted ;oP


I trust JJ Abrams to give me a good movie. I've been a fan of his works, "Alias" and "Lost", so I have high hopes for this film that he produced.

The movie started like "The Blair Witch Project". They found this video and it documented what happened on that night. I assumed that the owner of the vid didn't survive (just like the BWP). Throughout the film, you get this shaky camera shots. Not for those who are nausea prone.

For those of you who wanna see the monster right away, you have to wait for a long time. They spent too much time in the going-away party. I wanted to shout, "Where's the freakin' monster?!" You will only get a glimpse of the creature every now and then. As a bonus, it comes with these little tykes of mini-monsters. The subway scene was cool.

Filming the destruction through a video cam (with 7-hour battery!) added realism. It will remind you of 911 especially the smoke, the fire, and the debris.

To tell you frankly, there's no character here that I would like to see breathing at the end of the movie. I don't buy that Rob loves his girlfriend, Beth, so much that he'd do the stupid rescue thing. As for Beth, the actress reminds me of that chick in "Transformers". Very pretty. Also very strong. After getting pinned down by a long rod of steel, she's able to run as quickly as Rob later on. Hud was funny. Also, he's got the most memorable death scene.

When Godzilla died, I cried. When King Kong died, I cried too. As for this latest ginormous monster, I couldn't care less.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

You Win Some, You Lose Some

After brunch, I went to the bank and deposited my check. I also brought my coins with me. I went to the machine that counts coins. While the machine was counting them, I was hoping that, at least, I'd make 30 bucks out of them. When it stopped making sounds, the display says, "31.92" bucks. Sweet!

Next stop was Best Buy where I bought my router last year. I had their tech support checked it but unforch, it was way past its return policy date range. Crap!

I then went to Leesburg Premium Outlets. I dragged my luggage and entered the Samsonite shop. The repair is free but I still have to pay 15 bucks for the shipping. I found out that they repair these bags in New York. They will return my luggage back in Ashburn though. Well, they should ;oP

Am planning to watch "Cloverfield" tomorrow. I heard it's good.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Goin' Back to VA

Helmut, our cab driver, along with Gabby, picked us up around 5 pm. Going to the GSP airport takes about 10-15 minoots. Not that far. I really like the view going there 'cause when you look to your left or right, there are trees everywhere. Ogz & I saw a man-made lake nearby too. Nice.

GSP airport is small. So after checking in our luggages, we walked up the escalator, passed by restos, and then there's security check right away. The lines are never long. Afterwards, you go up another escalator and there's the gates. Normally, it's A5 for us. Totally stress free.

We board before 7 pm. Then we see Dulles airport an hour later. We take a cab going to Ashburn. Shortly after, we're home.

Friday, January 18, 2008


Woke up to this sight. It's my first snowy day in Greenville. Last Sunday when I was stuffing my small luggage, I forgot to check the weather report in South Carolina. I thought it would be bright and sunny as always. But noooo.... I didn't bring any jacket with me. Good thing, the snow melted in the early evening so it wasn't that cold anymore when we went back to our hotel.

Actually, the peeps here were expecting ice not snow to fall down. In one of our chit-chats, Paul mentioned that they once had a hailstorm in Texas where the hail is the size of soft balls. It wreaked havoc on the houses, cars, trees, etc.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Techy Smetzy

40% of my day today was spent configuring my lappy. With my current OS, Vista, and browser, IE7.0, I'm having lotsa problems with our software. I need to do some code changes and testing soon.

So I researched on virtual environment and came across Microsoft Virtual PC. It says that I could run IE 6.0 on a virtual Windows XP environment with it. That's ultra cool. I just hope my 2 GB of memory will not conk out on me.

After installing VPC, I was pretty excited to work. I feel like I achieved something. But a big problem came when I couldn't go online. Did lotsa Googling and found out that I wasn't the only one who had a hard time getting internet connectivity in VPC. Oh, mannnnnn!!!! I was tempted to use VMware instead but I didn't give up. I finally got it to work after tinkering with the settings.

Next task was to install Eclipse and make sure that I get to run our application with it. A problem came when I got an error on resource not being found. Ugh! I really tried to follow the documentation that Ogz gave me but I was still getting problems. I've already memorized the steps. It's very frustrating.

I plan to check my files if I got everything from Ogz. I will do some more Googling.

Before I hit the sack, I filmed this short vid on my first snow in Greenville.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

National Treasure: The Mind of Gonyea

I remember before when I used to have a weekly meeting with an AC partner over free dinner (and wine). You get to listen to things that would help you grow.

I'm having the same experience now with Paul being here
with us in Greenville. He really likes to tell stories. Some are funny, some are personal ones and some are actually educational. It makes going to SC more enjoyable.

Oh, tonight he gave us a "lecture" on how he classifies each client and how he makes project estimates.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dinner with Paul

It's Monday and it's Greenville time once more. Our cab normally picks us up at 6 am. So when I heard a knock on my bedroom door and looked at my alarm clock and it says, "5:44", I thought, "Oh my god!" I immediately got up and took a very quick shower, dressed up and was ready in 16 minoots.

It's a routine already. Ogz would print our boarding passes at the check-in counter. We'll leave our luggages to be checked in. We'll go through security. Head to Gate C and look for C20. Buy some brekky at Starbucks and wait to get boarded.

Good thing our flight wasn't delayed this time. We landed an hour later at GSP airport. Helmut picked us up and dropped us off at the client site. Am glad to see his dog, Gabriella, once again.
Paul joined us in our meeting with the client. It's my first time to be physically working with him.

Before we left the office, Ogz & I helped a client with his problem. I was at my element so I enjoyed helping him.

At the Residence Inn, Ogz & I checked in. I got 118 this time. Around 6, Paul, Ogz and I had some wine at the lobby. Paul had some interesting stories to tell and I enjoyed listening to him.

After finishing our drinks, we walked towards Ruby Tuesdays. This is the highlight of the day for me. Getting to know Paul over a very tasty steak with portabella mushrooms and White Zinfandel. I can't wait to learn more from his 25 years of work experience.

Monday, January 14, 2008

I ♥ Bose

After lunch today, Ogz and I went to Leesburg Premium Outlets. I needed to have my Bose speakers checked 'cause it ain't turning on. My friend, Allen, has plugged it in 220 volts. Ugh!

I went inside the Bose store and told them that my speakers don't work. One associate tested the speakers and it worked with their adapter. It emitted a sound. Then they tested mine. Nuthin'. The guy then went back inside their office and got me a new one. As quickly as that, my Bose speakers are back to norm. If only all stores are like Bose.... I luv them so much now.

Before I left the store, the associate noticed my Zumanity bag and he asked me if I watched the show. I told him that I watched it in Vegas. Chatted a bit.

Continued my shopping. I visited Kenneth Cole and found a pair of boots on sale. Normally I stay away from this store 'cause of the price. But this time, I got a super nice pair of shoes for half of its original selling price. I grabbed it right away.

Next stop was the Samsonite shop. I asked about my luggage's zipper that got destroyed during my trip back to Virginia. The lady associate informed me that I could bring my luggage to their shop and they will repair it for free. I can't believe it! The heavens must be smiling down upon me ;oP

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Work & Play in Ashburn

After spending 5 days in Greenville, I'm so happy to be back in Ashburn. Got two days to enjoy the beauty of the place. Also, Ogz and I got things on our list that we should do before we go back to South Carolina.

The first in our list is to get our checks from the office. I dropped off my stuff there too 'cause I'll be back later to work.

Then we went to Chevy Chase to encash our checks. Unforch, the bank closes at 1 pm on Saturdays. Bummer!

Brunch at Dulles Town Center. I had Chinese.

I visited Victoria's Secret to take off the security device that was left on the panty that I got for Nikks. Am delighted it's all taken care of.

Found out that Bath & Body Works has a sale. I don't have lotion anymore so I got myself my favorite lotion scent, Black Currant Vanilla. 2 for 10 dollars. Yay!

Got a new pair of boxers from Abercrombie & Fitch.

Around 4, I went back to the office to do some work. Having music while working helps. Nobody's around so I could sing too while doing some flows. Finished my task 3 hours later.

Ogz and I then went to Chantilly to buy some food at the Filipino store. We got some diniguan, paksiw na bangus, boneless bangus and laing for our food this weekend. In order not to spend all our per diem on food & cab fare in South Carolina, we bought some Century Tuna Hot & Spicy and some spicy sardines. I think this will be a better week for us.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Yay, It's Friday!

Had lunch at a place called "Lemon grass" in downtown, Greenville. Soma drove us there. We had difficulty finding a parking space. Good thing we found one a block from the resto.
The resto is sprinkled with decorations such as this huge wooden carving of men rowing, intricate carving of a scaly creature, lovely dancers, and dolls.
I love Thai food. It brings back fond memories of my visit in Thailand some years ago. I wish that the Spicy Garlic Beef that I ordered was spicier though. Each meal comes with a spring roll. Sweet!

In the photo (clockwise from left to right) are the Knottydon, Ogz, Arun, Krishnan, Jyoti and Soma.
Before we left the place, I went to the restroom. I was surprised to see this sign near the sink. They weren't kidding. I was wrong to assume that the water would turn from warm to hot. The water coming out of this faucet is sonofabitch HOT! You could boil an egg with it. I wonder how they expect their customers to wash their hands before or after eating?

Friday, January 11, 2008

G-ville, Day Four

I can't believe I still have jetlag. I get sleepy around 11. Then I wake up for some reason around 1ish. I go back to sleep. Then my eyes open at 5. And that's it. Crappy-crap-crap!

Cough is getting worse too. I bark like a dog now. I need my Robitussin. Unforch, I left it back in Ashburn. As soon as I arrive in Virginia, I'm gonna gulp it down. It's hard to work coughing every minoot. I drink as much etch-two-oh as I could. The drawback is, I pee every minoot too.

Our network password expired at work. Bummer. I couldn't go online anymore. It's hard to live without the internet.

We normally go home at 5 pm. We eat snacks (with red & white wine) at the lobby of Residence Inn. Tonight, they had tuna and chicken sandwiches. Had two before working again. Attended a conference call meeting. Then worked some more.

The nice thing is that, I got to talk to my family back home in Boracay. We did a video conference. Heard and saw Fiong-Fiong singing "Tomorrow". Lance followed up on the Wii Sports. I told him I haven't replaced it yet. They miss playing boxing already.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

G-ville, Day Three

Halfway there. Unforch, we don't have our own car here in Greenville so we can't check out the area. We heard there's a beautiful waterfalls downtown. We can only imagine, at this point. Next week, our boss would come over and he'll bring a car. Maybe we can use it for gimmick nights. Teehee....

Speaking of gimmicks, I think my social life will be affected by my working at night. I'm doing some work for another project and I can only do it from 8 till 11 pm. Busy super.

Hopefully on Friday, I will finally get to see downtown.

No pictures here. Unless, you wanna see a photo of a supermarket or our hotel.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

G-ville, Day Two

Got 6 hours of sleep today. A fair improvement from yesterday. My eyes opened at the sight of my alarm clock stating it's already 5:18 am. I thought I needed to wake up at 5 so I quickly got up. I remembered a second after that I should be waking up at 8 am. Bummer! My wakeup call would be useless.

Had my sausage, eggs, and waffle brekky. Four more days of this breakfast meal.

It takes about 10-15 minutes to get to work so leaving at 8:45 is just fine. Helmut, our cab driver, drove us off to the client site. I greeted him and his dog, Gabby.

'twas warm here yesterday in G-ville but today it's a bit chilly. In fact, this morning, the whole place looks like a scene from "The Fog".

Aside from this project in Greenville, I found out today that i'll be doing some workflow development for another client in Florida. Unforch, I can only do this extra task after work. This will be a very busy month for me. The good news is, I get to work with Brenda and Jan again ;oP

My throat started to itch today. It's not a good sign 'cause this will most likely lead to cough and cold. Hopefully, my sickness would go away pretty soon. It's hard to work like this.

For dinner, Ogz cooked some corned beef. Wasn't feeling too well so my appetite suffered. Bought some lozenges to cure my sore throat.

Monday, January 07, 2008

I See Trees of Green...ville

My day started super early today. A cab picked me and Ogz up at 6 and we headed to Dulles airport. Checked in our luggage and waited at Gate 20 for our plane. While waiting we bought some Starbucks coffee to keep us awake.

Our flight got delayed so we didn't reach Greenville, South Carolina, till like 10:07 am. A cab was already waiting for us. This is the same cab that regularly takes Ogz to and from work. So happy to see a poodle in front of the car. Her name is Gabriella.
The office of the new client project I'll be working on is just 10 minoots from the airport. The place is huge and the cube where I'll be working at is on the second floor. Dragging my luggage and getting on the lift feels like I'm going to a hotel ;oP

Ogz introduced me to the peeps that I'll be working with. They're all friendly and accommodating. Sweet!

We then prepared my machine for the applications that I'll be seeing each day.

For lunch, we went downstairs to their cafeteria. Got some pizza, salad and chicken noodle soup. Not much food selection but the place is huge. It's like your typical food court at the mall. They also have a gym nearby.

Had a meeting at 3 pm and it lasted for about an hour. I recreated some defects seen by the client before heading to the hotel.

We're staying at Residence Inn. When I saw my room number, I almost sang, "Good evening, ma'am. Don't turn the bed yet. I'm not the maid. What do you want then? They must've written the room number wrong..." If you know Miss Saigon, you know what I'm talking about.

Got a nice hotel room with full kitchen, a dining table, a spacious living room, a small desk for my office/blogging needs (free wi-fi, yay!), clean bathroom, and a queen-sized bed.
The free snacks at the lobby only lasted till 7 so we headed downstairs and got some crackers, cheese, tuna salad, green salad, and wine. Ogz also planned to cook some porkchops for dinner so we walked towards the nearest grocery called Super Bi-Lo (their local version of Walmart probably). After getting what we needed, we went to Ogz's hotel room and had a sumptuous dinner.

I am Legend

*contains spoilers

Tried to get as much sleep as I could. Unforch, I only had 5 hours of sleep last night, from 8ish to 1 am. Hunger struck so I had to go to Harris Teeter and bought some bread. I brought some condensed milk & cheese from the Philippines so that made my tummy happy.

Around 3 pm, Ogz and I went to Tyson's Corner to watch Will Smith's "I am Legend". Unlike Regal theaters in Sterling, AMC is more of the Greenbelt posh-type of a cinema. You can purchase your tickets from their counters or if you have a credit card, you can do it a la ATM style.

Before the movie started, we had our late brunch & dinner in one.

Two months ago, when I saw the trailer for this latest Smith movie, I was like, "I'm soooo gonna watch that film!" The idea of being the "last" man on earth with a German Shepherd as a company really peaked my interest.

Seeing a very silent NYC with overgrown weeds everywhere is quite a view. If you watch closely, you could even see a movie billboard with Batman & Superman logos in them. A future plan perhaps?

I love the bonding of Robert Neville, Will's character, and Sam, the dog. You'll see them eating together, shooting wild animals together, and "shopping" together. The reaction of Sam when Will mentioned that it's his birthday was priceless. I cried buckets during Sam's final scene. As expected.

Watch out for the bacon scene.

Willow, the daughter of Will, also stars in the movie. They must've watched "Shrek" many times at home 'cause they included a scene where Will stated a long dialogue between Shrek & Donkey. That was funny.

One last thing, when the movie ends, you might end up singing to Bob Marley's songs especially, "don't worry about a thing 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright" ;oP

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