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Planner cited as a reason to defect to Emacs

You point is well taken. I find myself living in an application more and more. At work, it's my editor and I'd like it to handle the G.T.D. tasks and my schedule. I never set out to do this, I've just seen it happening.

Tyler will probably love being able to create hyperlinked tasks from anywhere. =)

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Geeks and birthday parties

Twelve hours' time difference didn't stop my friends from a proper birthday party for me. What can you expect when your friends are geeks? They pulled out all the stops: cellphones for quick setup and communication, Yahoo Messenger for text and video, and moblogs for pictures of the celebration. Too bad a firewall stopped us from chatting via Skype!

It was slightly weird because there were six people chatting around one computer in a coffee shop in Manila, one person connecting from U.P. Baguio (Mario), and of course me, connecting from my dorm. Six people! One keyboard! Still, through the valiant efforts of Dominique and Charo, Mario and I "heard" enough of the conversation to laugh ourselves to bits. Mario was the only one who could see my webcam, but he took a screenshot just so that the others could see me with my cute hat! =)

To commemorate my birth, my friends dug into a tub of dulce de leche ice cream. Knowing what kind of ice cream they had (and how quickly it was disappearing) reminded me of the ice cream parties we had when I was there. =) I remember our quest for dulce de leche, too! Oooooh... yummy... Not to be left out, I told them I'm going to cook lasagna later. Marcelle and Dominique remember what my lasagna tastes like. =)

They even called up long-distance and passed around the phone for quick birthday greetings!

_That's_ how you throw a geek birthday party.

Thanks, everyone. You really made my day special. That warm and fuzzy feeling you gave me this morning is what's getting me through the rest of this quiet day...


It's so great to have such friends! =D

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Flowers! =)

I received a beautiful bunch of red, orange, purple and white flowers in the mail, from Mom, Dad, Ching and John, Kathy, Neko, Ollie, Lucas, Patch, Picco, Mali, and the Adphoto staff! =) The bouquet came with a vase (handy!) and a birthday balloon. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww... I feel really warm and fuzzy!

Yes, yes, flowers are flowers and they'll wilt after a while, but they're very pretty, and it was such a great surprise to receive them. Besides, flowers tell other people that Something Special is Up, and This Girl is Special. =)

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Not alone

I really do live here - perhaps not permanently, but I do. I know because I have friends who know that I am less than perfect and not always happy, but who are my friends anyway. Deep thanks go to Calum, who joined me for dinner even though he doesn't like Indian food, Steve, who scolded me for not calling him earlier, and many, many others who would have undoubtedly picked me up, dusted me off and set me on my feet, had I just asked (or perhaps even just looked a little unhappy).

In particular, thanks to Calum for reminding me that the more I learn, the more I can share with others. This is not the time for me to worry about what to do for the world. This is the time for me to absorb as much as I can from it, and do whatever goodness I can along the way.

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Random Japanese sentence: 私は猫が嫌いだし私の兄もそうだ。 I do not like cats and my brother does not, either.

I love my life!

Life takes _very_ good care of me. Also, my mom is psychic. =) This weekend has been a bit mixed, but the weird thing about it is that instead of feeling terrible, I feel so _loved._

I checked my mailbox last Friday and saw a note telling me to pick up a package during office hours. It was past 5 already, so I didn't get to pick it up until today. Perfect, perfect timing. =) My mom sent me a wonderful little heart pillow signed by my friends at the Skype party they held a few weeks ago. She also included a smiley sign, similarly dedicated. And just because my mom's the kind of ultrathoughtful mom who anticipates everything, she also sent me a set of contacts. =)

It was the perfect pick-me-up, and I feel very, very, very much loved.

On one side of the heart:

11 Mar 06: Hey! I'm first to sign here! Best of luck and ganbatte kudasai! =) Carl
Homesick? We're here! => Marcelle
Hi Sacha, hope you're enjoying your stay there. Wish you were here. =) Ranulf
Big heart for a good friend =) Roy
2006.03.11 Heya! We miss you! Enjoy below zero! zakame =)
11 March 206 Sacha dear, WE MISS YOU! Glad that you're a happy domestic goddess... M-x chef-mode! (heart) Clair
Can't really think of anything so... Peppy

And on the other side of the heart:

Dear Sacha! I will also be on the other side to make you happy. Papa
Dearest Sacha, we love you and we are very proud of you. You have a good heart. Keep up the good work. Love you lots, (heart) Mom

I hung the smiley sign on the tackboard in my cubicle. It reads:

\(^^)/ Carl
Enjoy your stay =) Ranulf
Dropped in to say Hi!!! Roy
Hiya! Ki o tsukete! =) Clair
Chocolate and ice cream =) Peppy
Don't segfault! Zak
We love you lots and lots from Mom and Papa

Life will work out. It always does. =)

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Random Japanese sentence: 私は何匹かのかわいそうな猫が追い出されるのを見た。 I saw some poor cats kicked out. Watashi wa nanbiki ka no kawaiisou na neko ga oidasareru no o mita.

Happy girl

Did lots of fun things at IBM. Being there more than once a week definitely changes the dynamic. Blogging becomes more of a conversation. Things stay fresh. And I don't fall off the front page that quickly... =)

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Random Japanese sentence: 虎を大きな猫というなら、同じように猫を小さな虎といってもよい。 You may as well call a cat a small tiger as call a tiger a big cat.