Thursday, March 30, 2006

Like I was a joke! However, I managed to turn the tables from complete disaster. I explained to the management that it was just one part of a three phase project.

My boss sat quietly in the background. He might as well be absent on that fateful day!

I guess my ace was that I am in real good terms with one of the big bosses and he took me seriously on the presentation. Albeit the gruel interrogation and sneers, the management approved the proposal.

Something to consider...a friend told me that I could've earned thrice as much at another corporation. Any offers then...??

Thursday, March 23, 2006

I seemed to have found myself in a predicament. Whilst the adage Knowledge is Power, it somehow failed to mention that being knowledgable is also being proned to troubles.

My boss had decided that I prove a weak case to the top management. Being a Senior Manager and all you'd think my boss is the guy for the job. His excuse..."Oh, I've never done this before and adminstrative work is your stuff so you'll do it."

This thing he's asking me to do is stuff for the 'Big Boys', the managers & senior execs. And he's leaving me the weekend to get prepared. That son of a b*&#h! I'm not even paid enough to deal with this shit. He made a submission over something he barely knows anything about!

A colleague told me that I should look at it positively and seize the opportunity to climb up the corporate ladder. *sigh*
Any self-respecting idiot knows that. The trouble is, just a glance at the case profile you'd know it's a weak case that's hardly worth mentioning to the big bosses. I'd be a joke!!! I'm beginning to think that he does this on purpose, that sleazy bastard.

Eversince he took over, I'm at the ends of my ropes trying to make it all work out. Let me tell you this, when you have a boss who's working against you, it'll be just a matter of time before you sock one in his eye...! heheh...not a bad thought.

Ah, fuck it. Come Monday I'll have to do it anyway and we'll see...que sera...sera!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

When love beckons to you, follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

I had a conversation with this girl recently about past girl and boyfriends and it triggered a memory at the back of my head. Actually, the conversation revolves her entire love life rather than mine. I suppose, like most reserved men, like me, are uncomfortable talking about lost loves. However, considering how the girl had spent the last hour and a half spilling her guts in front of me, it was only fair yhat I showed her my belly....I know, sounds kinky. Well..

I knew this woman once. I'd like to call her Lina. We worked together at that time, part-time job which payed out well. I was 19-20 years old and still studying. Both of us got paired up in the job as guides in walking trails in the evenings. And since the only time that these trails were trekked heavily was during the weekends, it left us with alot of time to get to know each other real well.
Lina was funny, shy and kind. She was real, unlike the other girls my age at that time who were too self absorbed in trying to impress guys, loud and obnoxious. She was 7 years my senior and has 2 kids. Divorced and survived from a bad marriage, Lina allowed nothing to hold her back from living her own life. I had tremendous respect for her courage. And so it was, as days went by we became very close and we both believed, or wanted to, that we were like brother and sister. While I supplied endless ramblings of school life and ideas to keep her kids occupied after school, she ornamented me with tips and advice on my woeing relationship with my girlfriend.

I had a four-year relationship that finally turned bizarrely weird for me. My ex-girlfriend was insanely complicated. After all those years even now, when I looked back, I couldn't figure out what the hell was her problem or what she really wanted out of me. While her mom adored me at the time, it took me 2 freaking years to warm up her dad. But we were buddies once he really got to know me. We still tell each other jokes and slap our backs whenever we met nowadays.

Anyway, my ex-girlfriend cheated on me with some cop-wannabe-loser and we kinda seperated for awhile. It was one of my lowest point in my life. See, I kinda gave everything I had to my ex-girlfriend and so when she dumped me it kind of swept me off the carpet and life as I knew then ceased to exist. I know, it's pathetic but I was like a nineteen year old idiot so what do you expect?

I became withdrawn and school and work were just cycled routines. Lina sensed this change in me quickly and tried to cheer me. We went to places after work to take my mind off things. I had a really cool scrambler bike back then so going places were easy. It was this one time when we were at a lake just chilling out, she was talking to me, giving me advice when suddenly it hit me like a truck to a wall. I tuned out whatever she was saying and just like that, she was beautiful. I kissed her. And both of us just got lost in the moment.

We went out for a fair while, sometimes even taking her kids along. It was the best time I ever had although both of us never said anything. We both dared not to commit anything with words. We were in a strange dilemma. Soon people talk behind our backs at work. I heard some nasty things about Lina too. Someone even said it to my face! He lost a tooth for it though. And suddenly, my ex-girlfriend was calling me back and Lina kind of just disappeared into the background.

Anyway, it didn't work out between me and my ex-girlfriend. She was still seeing the cop loser. I only found out that her parents pressured her into calling me. D'oh!
I told Lina about everything that happened but she just smiled through it all. I was too young and I didn't know what to do. Then I got drafted into the army and lost contact with her.

When I was discharged from the army, I landed a job in a government office and everything was working out fine. That was until I went to this carnival the Office organized. It was a great carnival, crowded with colours and sounds. My fairly new colleagues tugged me along from one booth to another. I wasn't paying attention to my colleagues, rather I was fascinated by this huge candle they had in the middle of a dirt track. Then something caught my eye and time seemed to stop when I saw Lina standing by that huge candle. It was then she caught my eye too. Both of us were like suddenly connected amidst all the chaos and we both started toward each other. Few seconds later found us embracing quite passionately, I must say. I'd forgotten where we were because we were too shocked, surprised and happy that we found each other again! When I sobered up, I realized that everyone around us were gawking at us like we were some kind of circus freaks. Not to mention by the looks of my jaw-dropping colleagues, Lina and me quickly exited stage left.

We found out quickly that we worked for the same Office. And as time goes by, we went out together frequently. I was happy and older and ready this time. But strangely she wasn't. One time over dinner, she asked me if I'd dated anyone eversince. I looked at her as if she was nuts or something and as she prodded further, I had this sickening feeling in my gut.

I never knew why but Lina went away as quickly as she came. She quit her job and changed her number. She never brought me to her new place which didn't leave me the option of finding her either. But I did receive a letter not long after she was gone. There among its contents were, "You're still young, there's still hope yet."

Sunday, March 19, 2006


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Real name: Anna Marie Raven
Other aliases: Carol Danvers, Ace
Place of birth: Caldecott County, Mississippi
Marital status: Married with 2 kids
Known relatives: Mystique (foster mother), Nightcrawler
Group affiliation: (current) X-Men, (former) Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III
First appearance: AVENGERS ANNUAL #10

Rogue has been one of my favourite Marvel character eversince…I mean, she’s like so beautiful but remained untouchable. Been following her character for years and everytime I read of her exploits I keep getting hooked on deeper and deeper into her character. Anyway, to the uninitiated, forget about what you know of Rogue from the x-men movies cos it totally does her a great deal of injustice.

History: Rogue's real name and the identities of her parents still remain unknown. She grew up in Caldecott County, Mississippi near the banks of the Mississippi River. Early in her teens Rogue discovered her mutant powers when she kissed a boy named Cody Robbins. He fell unconscious and her mind was suddenly filled with his memories. She soon learned that she had the power to absorb the memories and abilities of other people by touching them, but she could not control this power.

The distraught Rogue found refuge with the mutant Mystique, who was like a second mother to her. When Rogue grew older she joined Mystique's terrorist organization, the third Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. In battle with Carol Danvers, the original Ms. Marvel, Rogue absorbed her memories and superhuman powers. But, for unknown reasons, Rogue unintentionally absorbed them permanently rather than, as usual, temporarily. Thus Rogue gained Ms. Marvel's superhuman strength and ability to fly. She also now possessed a buried alternate personality that duplicated Danvers and that, in future years, would sometimes supplant her own.

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As a member of Mystique's Brotherhood, Rogue battled the X-Men, the Avengers, the original Spider-Woman, the Dazzler, and Rom. But Rogue grew increasingly upset over her inability to control her absorption power and her fears that Danvers' psyche would overwhelm her own. Unable to find help from the Brotherhood, Rogue turned to her enemies, the X-Men, instead. Convinced of her sincerity, Professor Xavier admitted her to the team, and she quickly proved herself a loyal member.

She finally gained control of her absorption powers attributed to the powers of a telepathic aliens she absorbed. It actually did a total recall kinda thing. She was able to call upon all the powers she ever siphoned.

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Known superhuman powers: Rogue possesses the superhuman ability to absorb the memories, knowledge, talents, personality, and physical abilities (whether superhuman or not) of another human being (or members of some sentient alien races) through physical contact of her skin with the skin of the other person. (Sometimes she also duplicates in herself outward physical characteristics of her victim.) The victim's abilities and memories are absorbed for a time sixty times longer than the amount of time Rogue was in physical contact with that person. The victim loses his or her abilities and memories for exactly the length of time that Rogue possesses them. Due to unknown factors Rogue has permanently absorbed certain superhuman powers from Ms. Marvel I.

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When Rogue possessed a duplicate of Carol Danvers' psyche, her "double" consciousness gave her high resistance to telepathic probes; it is not known if she still possesses this resistance.
Special limitations: Rogue cannot touch another human being without temporarily absorbing that person's memories, abilities, and superhuman powers (if any) and rendering him or her unconscious. Remnants of the personalities of victims whose memories she has absorbed remain buried in her subconscious indefinitely. Certain powerful beings have proven resistant to Rogue's power.
How cool is that, huh? Beautiful & Untouchable!

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Rogue did get married to Gambit when she was able to control her kinesthetic powers. The pic above was just before the Age of Apocalypse saga. A time when everybody in the Marvel Universe thought the world had came to an end. A desperate Rogue decided to kiss Gambit right there and then. Anyway, the world didn't end and that kiss sent Gambit into a deep coma...!

Friday, March 17, 2006

I've seen alot of movies lately. Quite a change for me, considering that I used to hate sitting for long periods of time in the theatre. Blame it on ADD...

Anyway, I'm beginning to be able to train my focus on the screen nowadays. The only side effect...I lose awareness of my surroundings. Hahaha...funny. Just when I thought I'm able to stop zoning in and out too often, this condition comes up with a permutation.

Talking about mutations, there's one Mutant movie I've been waiting to hit the screen: X-men 3.
I've been a fan of X-men for decades although I hardly have the time to follow up anymore. I picked up a few subcriptions last month and almost had a shock to what's been going on in the MARVEL Universe. Well, I hope to blog about some of my fav characters in the near future, that is, if I got the time. Meanwhile, check out the cool site and catch the trailer.