Manny Pacquiao’s latest fight with Antonio Margarito is over. Pacquiao won, Margarito lost. So, what else is new? Did they really think they can beat Manny? Margarito would need face surgery after the beating he got.Thanks to his lucky stars, Manny still has that winning streak in him. What more can he ask for? He just won the elections, him now being the representative of Saranggani Province. Money? He’s got lots of it, overflowing really. Fame? So much that it sometimes can be a source of bad publicity of him being a womanizer.

But what does it really mean to us women? We, who just stayed in the sidelines while our husbands watched the fight with beer in their hands. Well, not much. I don’t think we would ever gamble on something like that? We’re sensible, we better use it to buy with something that we would really want, like bags or shoes, perhaps. What I mean is, if we  have the luxury of spending so much to bet on a game, then why not just use it to pamper ourselves.  Of course Manny’s victory gives us a sense of pride, but when the momentum is gone, do we still talk about the punches that landed on his opponent’s face? I don’t think so, but the exhilaration of having to use our new bag or shoes goes on for quite a while.

As we pretend to agree with the blow by blow account our husbands or male family members made during the fight, we silently wished that Manny immediately give a one quick blow that will send his opponent flat on the ground the way he did with Ricky Hatton. But that would kill the excitement so we opted to just keep our mouth shut and hope for a quick fight so we can have our peace and quiet back.

Do we really watch the punches or blows that lands on his opponents face? No, Manny is too quick. What we really see is some guy getting black and blue all over his face, swollen eyes and blood. Not a pretty sight. Brutal. We even talk about who looks better among all the boxers Manny fought with, Oscar de la Hoya and Eric Morales looked good.So we shift our attention to the people on the side of the ring, waiting when Jinky, Manny’s better half would be flashed on the screen and see what she’s wearing. We’re even a bit jealous of how much money she has in the bank! And sometimes silently wished our husbands earn that much,(haha just kidding!) Or if even Mommy D, Manny’s THE  other half (just kidding again!), Manny’s mother was there to watch his son fight live. We also like to check out if the person who sang the Lupang Hinirang (Philippine National Anthem) sang it correctly, without having to face the wrath of whatever historical commissions or institutes we have in the Philippines because the singer sang it off-key or with the wrong beat. We also check out what the singer wore. Did anybody not notice the itsy-bitsy uniform the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders wore when they sang their anthem? Oh well, they thought that it was appropriate. Different cultures, different views.Think about what issues would that stir in the Philippines. I can foresee those conservative critics ranting and raving all over the news because of what the singer wore. Maybe we are not really ready for change. But we really did care for the fight. After all, Manny managed to steal our husband’s attention and nagging for a while.

The men reading this would probably think, so that is what’s been going on inside your mind after all. Guys, you have to be thankful too. This is one rare occasion that we support whatever it is that you like without much protest.

But we women also asks the same question as the guys. When will Floyd Mayweather Jr. face Manny Pacquiao?  Too bad for him, Manny has plans of retiring from boxing.

I just started to work for an English language center and a part of my job is to blog regularly. I know I can write, I had that talent when I was still studying, but somehow after a series of childbirth, it seems like I have writer's block more often than I used to. Maybe I don't really know how to write, or maybe I just lack inspiration right now. I am thankful though that I got a job that requires me to the things that I love to do, and still get paid for it.

So what do I blog about today?Hmm.. It is a fact that the best things that you can write about are the things that are happening to you right now. Or something that comes from the heart.The only thing that crossed my mind when I was thinking about what to write was to make a list of the blessings that I had today, for things thatI should be thankful of. Life is not so perfect right now because of the financial state of most of us are in because of the recession, but it is not a reason not to be thankful for every day that we are given to live.So, let me count my blessings and be thankful for it.

1. I am thankful that today I was given the opportunity to work in a peaceful and stressless environment. And at least, I have a job.
2. I am thankful for the food delivery lady that I do not have to go out for lunch. the sun is scorching hot at noon.
3. I am thankful that we were able to close a deal for our corporate account.It means more clients, more benefits for us.
4. I am thankful that my father-in-law came to our rescue again with some problems I have at home.
5. I am thankful that this morning I was able to sit down on the Metro train. If you live in the Philippines and you're taking the train to work or to go to places, you're lucky to be able to sit down all through the ride.
6. I am thankful to wake up next to my family. Most Filipino families are separated from each other because one or two members have to go abroad to work.
7.I am thankful that my kids are still free of a cough and cold that I have since last Monday,
8. I am thankful for the free coffee in my office. Imagine if I have to buy Starbucks all the time.:)
9. I am thankful for family members who are always willing to help me out with anything and asks nothing in return.
10. Lastly, I am thankful for another opportunity to live and experience life!

Of course, I still have so many things to be thankful of. These are just a few of those things. Sometimes, I tend to be so absorbed worrying over problems that i forgot the most important thing of be thankful for the life I have because life is good. I was not born to lead a bad life.I am the captain of my life, and so it is up to me how I can live a good one

Rewritten from a blog post in Typepad in November 12, 2009.

I am a fan of Facebook.

I know a lot of people will agree with me if I’d say that I have Facebook for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s just so addicting and exciting to see how many friends you get to connect to.

Thanks Mark. Uhmm..Yeah, Marck Zuckerberg for this wonderful invention.

I recently watched the movie, The Social Network. It’s not just a silly story about Facebook but an inspiring one depicting the thrill, the complications and the big fat lawsuits Mark Zuckerberg faced during those times when he was just starting.

Not much was shown about his personal life but I guess that would cost the producers of the movie another million dollars. This movie will leave you inspired. Inspired to make something out of your life.

On the way out of the theater, I remember overhearing two guys talking about them being young billionaires someday.

Of course there’s nothing perfect in this world. As the movie’s tagline goes “You don’t get to 500 million friends without having a few enemies”, he did faced a lot of problems along the way. But that was the true test of his character.

I have nice words to say about the actors who were in this film.  It’s the first time I saw Justin Timberlake in a movie. I’m not really much of a fan. JT portrays Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and became Facebook’s president before he got arrested for drugs. I just didn’t like his make-up in the movie though.

This is one movie that makes you feel good after watching it.

I listed down some things I learned in this movie.

It is a waste of time trying to be something that you’re not. (He tried so hard to be an ass.)

Cultivate the talents that you already have, nurture it and don’t go after the skills that you know you do not possess.

Let your pain be your fuel. Let it be the drive that will push you to your limits.

Age is not a factor in becoming who you want to be. Determination is.

I’d like to give this movie a 4 out of a 5 star rating.

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