Tuesday, September 27, 2005

┬┐Hablas Espa├▒ol?

It happened again... and for the *nth time at that. I missed my bus by a minute as I watched it drive away before my very eyes. Soooo annoying. At least it's not so bad cos we've been getting warmer days lately. But this post isn't about missing my bus.

I had an interesting experience while waiting for the next bus to come. This latino guy mistook me for a South American and asked if I can speak Spanish. I was so tempted to say no and just end the conversation but I thought it would be good to put my Spanish skills to the test. And so I replied with the usual "un poquito". Apparently he was lost and he needed some directions. I suddenly felt hesitant to say anything. I don't know if it's pity for the guy and not wanting to confuse him even more or fear of embarrassment (for saying that I can speak Spanish and failing the simple task of giving him the right directions). The thing is I can listen, read and write without much problem. I just always get caught offguard and panic when a native speaker talks to me in Spanish. I know I shouldn't get intimidated but that's just how it is.

I gave it a go anyway. It turns out he's just after another bus stop that's not too far from mine. Hah! Too easy. ;) Or maybe I just got lucky. I would've felt bad if he got even more lost because of me. But all is good because he happily went on his way and my bus came not long after. Now I only have to worry about my certification exam. *shudder* I'm still having second thoughts as to whether I should take it or not. Maybe I'll wait another year... or maybe I won't. You'll know when it happens.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Goodbye Doink

I believe that my laptop has been on a self-destructing mode for a while now. It's literally breaking into pieces for reasons that I don't understand. I've never dropped it nor have I scratched it and yet you can see cracks around the monitor multiplying by the day. Oh and the character "A" on the keyboard has stopped working as well. I have more than enough reason to get a new one, actually. And this might be weird to some but I've been through so much with that computer that I've become bloody attached to it.

Four years, a degree's worth of CS projects, hundreds of mp3's and too many photos later, it's dead. It's terribly frustrating and I'm hoping against hope to at least recover my files in the hard drive. I probably won't buy a new one until after my Amazing Race next year (unless I win the lottery and suddenly have the means to plan the big holiday and splurge on that VAIO at the same time). Argh! I might as well take a leave of absence from blogging and whatever else.