Birthday Gift From 2007

It's that time of the year again. LOL. Gosh, I can't believe I'm a year older already. Anyways, I was browsing through my old, old blog and thought I'd post here a poem a former officemate (Hi Caesar!) made for me on my birthday which I posted there. Tee hee. Not everyday that someone makes a poem especially for me (I am was usually the one to make something for others when the inspiration strikes), so 2007 was a special year for me.

I know somebody
this person is not a nobody,
she is a young lady
that gets along with everybody.

People should treat her well
if you don’t want to rot in hell,
she is not your average woman
she’s only perfect for her current man.

This person can kick someone’s ass
with much fervor and class,
but this person has a soft side
there are times she just sit back and join life’s ride.

So come one and all
don’t make me do the roll calling,
Let’s celebrate this special date
it only comes once a year for MK.

New Blogger Features!

I just received a newsletter from Blogger formally announcing the handful of their recently released features. Although we have been able to see them in our Blogger dashboard and/or or Blogger In Drafts account for some time now, it's still great to see Blogger summarizing everything they have improved on since last update. I, myself, rarely log in on my Blogger In Draft account, so some of the features I am still unaware of. Anyways, here's part of the newsletter that I received, in case you haven't gotten yours in the mail already, or chose not to:

Template Designer

If you haven’t had a chance to check out our brand-new Template Designer, you’re really missing out. We laid out the full laundry list of new design features in a recent Buzz post, but we think the best way to find out what’s possible is to get your hands dirty and play around right now.

So go ahead and freshen up your template; your blog will thank you.

Blogger Stats

We’re very excited about the most recent creation from Blogger in Draft, Blogger Stats. Blogger stats makes it easier than ever to get all sorts of real-time traffic data for your blog, right from the comfort of your Blogger dashboard.

Accurate Post Preview

We understand how important it is for your blog posts to display exactly as you expect when published, so we’ve put a lot of time into improving our current preview page. The end result is an entirely revamped post preview, which now displays your drafts exactly as they will appear when published live on your blog.

New Sharing Buttons

We’re always thinking about ways to help you better promote and share your blog content with the world, and the new sharing buttons we’ve just released are great tools to help you get the word out. The buttons—which support sharing via email, Blogger, Google Buzz, Twitter, and Facebook — can be placed under each blog post where your readers will easily see them.

You can turn on the new sharing buttons right now by editing the Blog Posts widget and enabling Show Share Buttons in the Design | Page Elements tab.

Zemanta Post Gadget

Zemanta has been a partner with Blogger for over a year now, providing a browser plugin service that helps you easily add related content to your blog posts. We’ve seen so much positive feedback about the service that we recently released a gadget version of the service that easily integrates directly in your post editor.

Google Affiliate Network

With Google Affiliate Network you can access affiliate ads for top retailers. If the ad or text link you post on your blog results in a sale, you earn a commission.

Google Affiliate Network is featured in the Monetization tab in your Blogger account. You’ll need an AdSense ID to join, and once you have access to Google Affiliate Network you can apply to advertiser programs, promote ads, search for links to specific products, sign up to access product feeds, and utilize Link Subscriptions that deliver the latest links and promotions directly to you each day.

Quite a lot, huh? I'm excited to see future enhancements to Blogger as they are seriously lagging behind WordPress in terms of features. Don't get me wrong though. I still love Blogger for the simplicity that it offers to new bloggers! What do you think of the new improvements?

Happy 59th!

I was supposed to post this on the 12th but for some reason (I think that reason being I am such an amnesiac. LOL), I forgot to post this poem I made for Paulie several years back, on the day of our first anniversary. His smile was one of the reasons I fell in love with him, which inspired this poem:

Your smile…

It’s the quiet after a heavy storm

The first sun ray that touches the earth everyday

It’s the stillness of pristine forests

The soothing sound of running water

It’s the sensation of rain streaming down my face

My foothold at sanity, my saving grace

Smile for me always

It’s what my life is made of

It’s what completes my being

It’s what makes this life worth enduring.

And yes. He knows I make poems for him back then, so he's kinda braggy about the fact. Don't make the mistake of mentioning it to him, or he'll launch into one of his "how-she-wooed-me" spiels. LOL.

Five Years Already?

Next month on the twelfth, Paulie and I will be celebrating our fifth year anniversary as partners. Time flies so fast when you enjoy the company of someone, don't you think? Looking back, I cannot believe we've survived everything we've been through the way we did, and it makes me all the more appreciative of what we have now. Not a lot of people I met in the blogosphere know that Paulie and I used to keep this notebook, sort of like a shared diary. Might sound cheesy now, but during that time we were the envy of other couples, to the extent that they, too, decided to keep a shared diary. LOL.

How did that work? We would trade the notebook between ourselves every other day. We do not see each other sometimes, so it helped continue the connection between us even though we're apart. While the notebook is in my safekeeping, I would jot down my thoughts in it, everything that happened to me during the day. He will do the same when the journal is with him, and we will fill the pages until every page of the notebook is used, and then we will buy another one (same brand, same number of pages). We filled three 100-page notebooks doing that. Wow. Three hundred pages of what went on during the early stages of our relationship.

It is one of our vows that we will read all those pages when we reach ten years. How cute it would be to have a trip down the memory lane reading those notebooks. I hope it'll be ten years already, as I am very excited to read those with him.

The Perfect Mosquito Catcher

Would b e my computer monitor. Seriously. I mostly work at nights, when all the lights save for that coming from my monitor are off. Naturally, the mosquitoes are drawn to the bright light of the monitor, so they come to my computer while I'm working. And while they are being lured, I annihilate them all. Which is partly why my screen almost always has traces of the body parts of a mosquito. And sometimes, even small spots of blood, when the bloodsuckers already have fulfilled their mission in life. Oops. Did I just gross you out? I should have warned you not to read this while eating, especially on a very weak stomach. LOL.

It's hard, especially on an LCD screen. I'm afraid to wreck the LCD because of my mosquito-hunting activities.On an old model monitor, I could smack as hard as I can so that the pesky sucker won't have a chance to get away, or smack as many times as needed when the mosquito is quite quick on his wings. But on an LCD I have to be extra careful. Or I might end up with a screen like my cousins', with a big half moon on the dead center of their LCD.

How about you? What's your perfect mosquito catcher?