Thursday, January 12, 2012

Why I'm scared of the BlackBerry

My phone fell twice in the toilet last year so it's been dying on me. I've been asking people on Facebook what phone to get for months now. I always get very passionate answers on why I should get the phone they think I should get. I noticed that people in the creative fields (arts, publishing, etc) said, "iPhone!" and the rest of the world said, "BlackBerry!" Since I'm a magazine editor and a writer, the answer is obvious but I still hemmed and hawed.

Before I could decide on it, my office decided for me and gave me a BlackBerry. I think it was ready for pick up by November. But I only remembered to claim it last week. That's almost 2 months of forgetting I have a new phone. And now it's been an entire week since I got the phone. Finally, the Third World Nerd took it out of the box and charged the battery a few hours ago. I still haven't touched it.

It's not that I'm tech-challenged. Part of the reason is I'm really not a phone person. I have two phones--for my Globe (personal line that I've had since 2003) and for my Sun (free from my work). People who know me or work with me get exasperated with me because I seldom answer phone calls, I rarely reply to text messages and I always misplace my phones. For the entire month of November, I forgot to charge my Globe phone. Then I forgot where I kept it for the whole of December until Vince found it under a pile of papers last week.

My phones are almost always on silent so when I misplace them (which is often because my toddler plays with them!), I never could find the damn things. And I never feel the need to look for my phones when they're missing. And when they run out of battery power, I forget to charge them. On weekdays, I almost always ignore my phone after 6pm. On weekends, my phones are forgotten.

But now I have a new BlackBerry. And I am not excited to use it because everyone tells me, "You'll LOVE it! You'll be so ADDICTED to it! You CAN'T LIVE without it!" That enthusiasm makes me very apprehensive. And now I'll confess why.

Late last year, I became addicted to Twitter and Facebook. To my horror, I found that I spend 2-3 hours just refreshing for updates, replying, commenting, sharing, RTing. That's 2-3 hours every single day. That's 2-3 hours a day that I could've spent reading a book, reading the magazines (a year's subscription to Vanity Fair, Glamour and Allure!) my husband bought for me as a birthday gift, writing, blogging, cooking healthy meals, putting on lotion, deep conditioning my hair, doing my own mani-pedi, seeing friends, sleeping. Sleeping! I could use those extra 2-3 hours of sleep every day dammit! But no. I spend those precious hours on the social networks.

It would've been okay if I earned money from all the Tweeting and Facebooking. But I don't. If you noticed, I don't blog that often anymore. Blame my addiction to social networking. Blogging makes me money and I've neglected it just because I'm stalking people (really, that's what social networks are for). I have to stop. Obviously. I'm not disciplined enough and it's controlling my life.

So just as I resolved to wean myself from Tweets and FB updates, the BlackBerry arrives and everyone says I can now Tweet, update my FB, check my email anywhere and everywhere. "Isn't that so great?!" they trill. That's like giving a recovering alcoholic a free pass to a fully stocked bar.

I'm in trouble.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Happy birthday, Duchess Catherine!

And to celebrate, why don't you pick up the truly fabulous book my friend Tisha Angluben (editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping and blog author of Hey, Tishie, Tishie) and her staff created:

The gorgeous princess proves that being 30 is love! She looks so much better now than she ever did before, with her wavy locks, super svelte figure and elegant dresses. I thought she was pretty before but she looks smashing now!

A lot of people criticize her figure as too skinny. I don't think so. She looks strong and firm and toned. You can tell if a woman is too thin or just plain unhealthy by her skin and hair--if her skin is sallow and sagging and wrinkly or her hair is dull and thin, then she's obviously not eating well. This can happen to a thin person and to a fat person. Really, it's not your shape that matters, it's your health and fitness! And when you compare Kate's super slim photos now with her curvy photos before, Kate looks much healthier now--all glowy skin and shiny thick hair!

Thanks, Kate, for proving that health and the third decade are fabulous! So to those of you in your teens and 20s dreading your 30s, don't. Life is so much better!

I looked my best at 30, too. Then I got pregnant. Hahaha! And I'm pregnant again, hence the conspicuous absence of self photos lately on my blogs. I kinda don't look very good. Well, everyone says I'm a blooming pregnant woman (thanks, kind souls!) but I know objectively that I'm flabby and swollen. I swear I'll get back to fighting form when all this childbearing is done!

Hmm. I wonder how Kate would look like when she gets pregnant. The prince and his wife said that they'll enjoy a year or two adjusting to married life and royal duties. But we all know that babies are a king's No. 1 priority (especially in this age when royals don't really rule anymore). I, for one, would love to see little princes and princesses!

*photos from Zimbio

Friday, January 06, 2012

Up for air!

Yes, folks, I'm still alive! Happy New Year! Happy 2012! Happy everything!

I'm just drowning in work, motherhood and house management (new yaya!), hence the absence of updates. But I will be back soonest. I have tons of stuff to share and give away!

Meanwhile, I update regularly on Twitter and on Facebook. See you there!