Clearing out messages from my cellphone today and saw the 09-Oct-2007 text from Ted's girlfriend Judy. She was thanking me for texting her that Ted forgot to bring his cellphone that day (he brought something else which he thought was his cellphone). Made me chuckle. See, when Ted asked me that favor that morning, his first question was if I know his girlfriend's cellphone number. Ofcourse I immediately joked: how come he's asking me what his girlfriend's number is? He he he.
What's funnier is the attached memory. On that same night, I was in the MART/ACI/TOAP/IHAP General Assembly and saw Henry from another bank. He asked me if I have his wife's cellphone number. Ofcourse, I had to remark that he was the second man that day who asked me for his girlfriend/wife's phone number. Turns out his phone ran out of battery and so I called Cris up and told her Henry's looking for her.
Got to the office yesterday half an hour earlier. Could only mean lighter traffic. So, I guess most people are on extended vacation (because of the holidays, there are only 2 working days this week) and students are on sem break. Was hoping to eat breakfast at the office canteen ... but didn't like any of the food there. Went to the co-op to see if the Mr. Donut stand has bagels or muffins. Since only a few people (that includes me) buy bagels and muffins from them, they were not available yesteray. I could probably get a muffin from Figaro but I didn't feel like spending twice the amount so I settled for a donut. Probably due to not finding anything I like to eat, I was in a destructive mood as I walked through the canteen ... I wanted to rip out those stupid dangling decorations they have on the ceiling. I didn't do it though. He he he.
Speaking of Decorations
Went to the mall lunch break to pay a credit card bill. Every salesperson in the department store was wearing a halloween costume. Some areas even have "themes"... like the place where the chocolates are have salesmen wearing grim reaper robes. Freaky. Annoying too. There was a time when people viewed Halloween costumes and treat or treating as American tradition confined mostly to what is seen in tv or movies. Then some villages decided to observe treat or treating and the commercialism caught on. It's now an adopted tradition without meaning. When I was younger, people were more pre-occupied with preparing to go to the cemeteries to pay respect to their dead. And yes, I still remember the time when it was unusual to camp out in a cemetery. The camping fad startted in the 90s ... and I actually think it's disrespectful (I remember being a bit horrified to hear a classmate say she plans to bring her electronic keyboard to their family mausoleum and play music all night).
New 7-year high for the Peso vs. USD yesterday. We didn't think it will crack the 43.90 level but it did. Someone from Dow Jones called saying she's surveying the banks... then asked my estimate on how much dollars the central bank bought to protect the dollar. One amusing thing about the question was that there was no "Do you think the central bank is intervening?" asked beforehand ... it was already a given. Told her I don't think I even want to answer her question. I jokingly asked her if she has access to view the PDEX deals. She said yes. Then I said she could just count the number of times a certain bank appeared. When she asked what bank, I decided not to answer. She asked if the estimates of the other traders were probable and gave me a figure. Told her yes. No chance of being quoted there even anonymously. Ha ha ha! Traders in our desk don't like to be quoted. Boss Dan would only speak to them if he remains anonymous in the report. Actually, I usually pass those reporters to Boss Dan, but since he is on vacation, I had no choice but speak to her.
- Rey was ruffling through the directory yesterday and had no idea how to contact the Registry of Deeds office with jurisdiction over his property. It didn't occur to him to use the internet. I helped him out. We realized today that the Department of Justice is handling Land Registration Authority (LRA), which in turn oversees the Registers. Unfortunately, the list of Registers on the site does not include his place. I suggested he go back to the government directory and call a LRA number. After being passed around several departments, he found himself talking to someone from LRA's public information desk... who also couldn't find the number and address Rey was looking for. What was funny was that he was referred to LRA's personnel department as a last resort. Later, he was back to the phone directory and asking me if a certain company falls under insurance or health care. I begged off from helping him a second time.
- After seeing a new entry on Lucas Grabeel's website's filmography list but never hearing about the movie beforehand, I ended up digging info about Lucas Grabeel's new film called Oreskaband in a roundabout way.
Realized I published this early morning of October 31. Meant to publish it October 30. Since copies have been automatically published in facebook and multiply, I've edited the words "today" to "yesterday" instead of changing the publish date. If you blog a lot, you'd know what I mean. :-)