Monday, October 31, 2011

Ghost Story Of 2003 Hammersmith London


Switch on the tv these days and you wil find most shows and human interest segments featuring ghost stories or halloween-ish topics. leading videocd rental stores also feature horror and suspense movies on their shelves. You can bet on my children -and hubby too - of renting those movies despite my protests.

To be very honest, I'm a teeny-weeny bit scared too of encounters like that. I never was a fan of scary movies as a child. Thank God I've never experienced seeing one - or i would really scream out loud and go nuts! I heard you can go "mental hospital -crazy" when you see one!

But I've experienced odd encounters before- only fleeting visions that resemble white light or just thin air. I won't even realize at that time until hours later that it was a spook. I usually encounter those incidents in my house or in a place I frequent - a light suddenly shuts off, a faucet turns on, a white spirit just passing by to go under the stairs, glasses moving for a toast (no, I'm not kidding , although THAT is funny). If I remember any more I'll leave it as an answer to a comment later.

My most odd experience occured when I worked as a salon receptionist in London in 2003. It happenned at the Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith where you can find Skinsense Salon.

A tired-looking lady dressed up in a scrubsuit, er, hospital gown- came in to book for a massage. I still remember her name. It was Alpa Dodia Zidane, kind of unusual. She asked for an appointment slot in two days because she says she will be needing a massage that bad.

Good that I found her a vacant hour in two days. As is required, I asked for her contact number. She just looked at me clueless so I quickly added that we need it to contact her for any cancellations or rescheduling. She went, "Okay, if that happens just call me on 5th floor South wing. They know me there." Always to please and not wanting to upset customers, I just took note of it and said "Ok, thanks, see you then..."

Her scheduled appointment came, she didn't show up. So I called on the hospital switchboard to connect me to 5th floor. Her name wasn't on their roster. The 5th floor receptionist whom I phoned asked me if I was sure she worked there, so I quoted the client's exact words "They know me there."

"That's odd." she said, "Wait, could you come up here to 5th floor south wing, please."

I went, took the lift to 5th floor. But hey, I was with two other people on the lift going to 5th but the blasted thing took us all the way up to 11th floor and back to where we wanted to go. I thought to myself, seems to be malfunctioning.

Finally met the receptionist on 5th. She was actually smiling at me. "Oh, I found her name on the roster. She doesn't work here, she was admitted last week and released two days ago" What! I frowned, impolite of her not to cancel, she must pay a cancellation fee for this. I asked, "Is that so? Where can I contact her, do you have a number?"

The lady smiled, ", you don't understand - she died two days ago when she booked with your salon" Say what? er...

Waah! I'm not taking that lift anymore! I'll just take the stairs, thank you!

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Pulled your leg, didn't I? Of course the story isn't true! I was just kidding as one of my old old pranks in 2004, but the story was close! Yet it was made up out of the salon small jokes when clients don't show up :))

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Scary Stories That Scare Our Friend

It's Halloween time soon, not that we celebrate this event. All we do is only clean-up our ancestor's grave and off we go.


I could make a wild guess that our Mikey Bustos look-a-like friend from LIWAWA CLUB- Troy De Venecia is hiding under the blanket when Halloween comes. (He's the guy in the middle, with him is my hubby on the left and our friend, Cirilo, on the right)

He is a regular fellow most times. A jolly person who cracks silly jokes and a generous man who gives his time to help others. At nighttime, however, he has his limits. He goes out at night, alright, can even stay out late until the wee hours of the morning. But there's this one thing that sends him home....

It was in December 2004 when I first found out his weakness. It was a time when we usually practiced caroling in the evenings 'til it was quite late (10:00 PM in the barrio). The third night we were done with practice and about to adjourn the meeting, his close friends Boryong and Cirilo went: "Troy,we have a very wonderful story..... listen to this... one night in a place not far away..." they would trail off.

At this juncture, without even listening to the story Troy would hurry off to go home and yell: "Bad trip naman kayo, ayoko ng kwentong ganyan!" You're bad trip, I don't like your stories!

Hurriedly he would ride on his bike and speed home faster than you can say his full name. See below, that box on the top right corner is his place, ours is the lowest box on the left. See how far he bikes with his eyes closed!

And so it has been the group's habit of teasing him about his fear of ghost stories. Sometimes they would joke that we tie Troy to a chair and tell him our medley of horror stories until we can't think of anymore! Ouch!

I once asked my hubby about that. Being the know-it-all, hubby tells me it's those goosebumps they feel that really scares people. Feels like a spirit is hovering nearby. eww, yikes!

I'd like to share some stories to Troy, just to let him know it's just one of those things you can laugh at. Oh yeah, I told him a story before and he listened - ha-ha, because it was daytime! I asked him, "Takot ka?" Scared? He even joked back, "Anong multo, haharapin ko!" What ghost, I'll face him! naks!

Anyways, here is what I would like to share with him if given a chance. Fear is a normal reaction but it is bad if it remains in your heart. Or if it keeps on coming back to you. There are two bible verses that changed my thinking of fear.

It was Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

and 2 Timothy 1:7 "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of POWER and of LOVE,and of a SOUND MIND."

Just these two verses for me to meditate on, renewed my mind. Used to be a very fearful person, fear crippled me in my daily activities. Gradually I overcame my imagined fear and moved on.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Aurora Borealis



Sunday, October 23, 2011

Is Freelance Employment The Right One For You?

Freelance employment: Do you have what it takes?

More people are finding freelance employment aside from their regular day jobs. They leave the security of their regular employment to move on to the challenges of freelance employment. Freelancing has become a career choice for many who people who enjoy the benefits that it offers. Freelancers often attribute their interest to freelance employment to the following factors:

* Wider range of job opportunities;
* Fast turnaround of projects;
* More freedom to choose projects of choice;
* More flexibility to work on different jobs on a simultaneous basis; and
* High income rates

Do you have what it takes to go freelance? Before you take the plunge and begin the journey of working at home, read through the following steps and tricks.

1. Determine the amount of money that you’ll need to earn to sustain your expenses. If you have a day job now, you will be saving a great deal of money once you make your shift to freelance employment. If you begin to work at home, you will save a lot of money from commuting, food, taxes, and more.

2. Take a self-assessment test and list all your skills and experiences. Include your hobbies and interests too, as doing this will determine what types of freelance jobs you can take on. Do you keep a personal website? Then perhaps you can on freelance web design. Do you keep a personal blog? Then you can take on writing jobs. If you know how to do searches in the internet then you can write about any topic that may be given to you.

3. Visit internet web sites offering freelance jobs to see what jobs are currently offered. Take notes and keep a list of these jobs. You should also be on the lookout for companies and organizations that use freelancers for their projects. Look at how much they pay freelancers and take note of the different rates they offer for different projects. Keep a list of these important details as they will surely help you later in estimating how much you should charge for any given project.

4. From the notes you have gathered, try to create an estimate costing of the projects you have identified should the projects be given to you. Keep in mind the number of days given to the projects you have identified. When you have done this, you will be able to see how much you could potentially earn.

5. After doing all of the above, you can now start applying for the freelance jobs that you have identified. These jobs will help you earn some amount that you can later use after quitting you day job.

6. Once you have confirmed that the projects have been awarded to you, use a table to plot specific data about them. Write down all the information about these projects such as contact persons and their contact details and number of days to complete the projects.

7. As you begin freelance work, you will start to feel the flow of freelance employment. Bear in mind that you will not get all the projects that you want so you should apply for different jobs. However, be careful when taking on several jobs. Remember that you should not take on more jobs than you could handle.

8. You are now ready to quit your day job when you have developed an effective system of doing freelance work. But since you are doing freelance work, you should be able to track your jobs and their payment schedules.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Room Wish List



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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Music Monday - Be Magnified

Time for Music Monday once again, and a time to go back doing my life's purpose. It's been quite a long while since I posted any entry nor commented on fellow bloggers' sites. But I'm back and will catch up with you all.

This song I'm contributing for this Music Monday echoes my thoughts this week in this chaotic world. This song reminds me, nothing is too difficult for the Lord. Absolutely nothing!

Happy Music Monday and blessings to you, my friends!

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