Music to Graduate to

This meme was nabbed from Ganns and slightly modified because, the site he recommended for getting the list of songs, doesn’t go beyond 2001.

    Meme Rules

  1. Enter the year you graduated from college and search for the top 100 songs of that year.
  2. If you like the song, put it in boldface.
  3. If you hate the song, strike it out.
  4. If you don’t care about the song, leave it alone.
    Top 100 Songs of 2002

  1. Complicated – Avril Lavigne
  2. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
  3. Love At First Sight – Kylie Minogue
  4. All You Wanted – Michelle Branch
  5. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head – Kylie Minogue
  6. The Middle – Jimmy Eat World
  7. Don’t Let Me Get Me – Pink
  8. Just Like A Pill – Pink
  9. Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
  10. Whenever, Wherever – Shakira
  11. Hands Clean, Alanis Morissette
  12. Dilemma – Nelly f/ Kelly Rowland
  13. Without Me – Eminem
  14. Hella Good – No Doubt
  15. Hero – Chad Kroeger
  16. In The End – Linkin Park
  17. Blurry – Puddle Of Mudd
  18. Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
  19. Heaven – DJ Sammy & Yanou f/ Do
  20. Ain’t It Funny – Jennifer Lopez
  21. Underneath Your Clothes – Shakira
  22. Hey Baby – No Doubt
  23. Get The Party Started – Pink
  24. No Such Thing – John Mayer
  25. By The Way – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  26. Hot In Herre – Nelly
  27. How You Remind Me – Nickelback
  28. Escape – Enrique Iglesias
  29. In My Place – Coldplay
  30. Foolish – Ashanti
  31. A New Day Has Come – Celine Dion
  32. Wrong Impression – Natalie Imbruglia
  33. One Last Breath – Creed
  34. Gangsta Lovin’ – Eve f/ Alicia Keys
  35. Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
  36. Standing Still – Jewel
  37. Underneath It All – No Doubt f/ Lady Saw
  38. Too Bad – Nickelback
  39. More Than A Woman – Aaliyah
  40. My Sacrifice – Creed
  41. What’s Luv? – Fat Joe f/ Ashanti
  42. No More Drama – Mary J. Blige
  43. Goodbye To You – Michelle Branch
  44. Somewhere Out There – Our Lady Peace
  45. Ordinary Day – Vanessa Carlton
  46. Objection (Tango) – Shakira
  47. Here Is Gone – Goo Goo Dolls
  48. I’m Gonna Be Alright – Jennifer Lopez
  49. Wasting My Time – Default
  50. Girlfriend – ‘N Sync
  51. Gotta Get Through This – Daniel Bedingfield
  52. What About Us? – Brandy
  53. Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World
  54. Always On Time – Ja Rule f/ Ashanti
  55. Youth Of The Nation – P.O.D.
  56. Days Go By – Dirty Vegas
  57. One Day In Your Life – Anastacia
  58. Overprotected – Britney Spears
  59. In Your Eyes – Kylie Minogue
  60. Running Away – Hoobastank
  61. We Are All Made Of Stars – Moby
  62. I’m Alive – Celine Dion
  63. Seein’ Red – Unwritten Law
  64. Cleanin’ Out My Closet – Eminem
  65. Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
  66. Just A Little – Liberty X
  67. Little Less Conversation – Elvis vs. JXL
  68. A Woman’s Worth – Alicia Keys
  69. Spin – Lifehouse
  70. Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman – Britney Spears
  71. I Need A Girl (Part One) – P. Diddy
  72. Full Moon – Brandy
  73. Oops (Oh My) – Tweet
  74. Rapture – Iio
  75. Can’t Fight The Moonlight – LeAnn Rimes
  76. Hero – Enrique Iglesias
  77. Happy – Ashanti
  78. Boys – Britney Spears
  79. U Don’t Have To Call – Usher
  80. U Got It Bad – Usher
  81. 7 Days – Craig David
  82. Out Of My Heart (Into Your Head) – BBMak
  83. (This Is A) Song For The Lonely – Cher
  84. Insatiable – Darren Hayes
  85. Precious Illusions – Alanis Morissette
  86. Get Over You – Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  87. Your Body Is A Wonderland – John Mayer
  88. Round Round – Sugababes
  89. Caught In The Middle – A1
  90. Where Are You Going – Dave Matthews Band
  91. Don’t Say Goodbye – Paulina Rubio
  92. Starry Eyed Surprise – Paul Oakenfold
  93. Addictive – Truth Hurts
  94. Rock The Boat -Aaliyah
  95. Walking Away – Craig David
  96. Toxicity – System Of A Down
  97. Rainy Dayz – Mary J. Blige
  98. The Whole World -Outkast
  99. …On The Radio (Remember The Days) – Nelly Furtado
  100. Family Affair – Mary J. Blige

I Hate Buses and Jeepneys

I was driving to the gym at 5:45am yesterday with my sister. Now, since the sun was still hiding under the horizon, it was dark on the roads. I was trying to merge into the inner lane as the road climbed over a small hill, but a Gasat Lines bus just accelerated on my left side, and I was stuck in my lane. At the same time, a jeepney pinned me on my right side. I stepped on the brake to slow down a bit.

And then, at the crest of the hill, I saw it. A huge gaping round “O” in the road right in front of me. AN OPEN MANHOLE!

With the bus bearing down on my left side and the jeepney swerving in on my right side, I couldn’t swerve either way to avoid the hole. I stomped on the brake as the bus and jeepney zoomed past, and as soon as the bus had cleared me I swung my steering wheel sharply to the left.

BAM! went my front right wheel, into the manhole as I screeched to a halt. When I say I screeced, I mean the car’s wheels screeched, and so did I. A flood of thoughts flashed in my head. “Did I break an axle? Is the front of my car crumpled in? Am I wearing good underwear in case I have to be brought to the hospital?”

I revved the car and got my front right wheel out of the manhole, then drove slowly to the shoulder of the road. With legs still shaky, I got out and checked the front and right side of my car. NOT A SCRATCH ON IT.

As I got back in the car, my sister asked me, “Did you really have to scream?”

I absolutely despise buses and jeepneys, but I wish those people who steal manhole covers could be hung by their feet over those manholes they leave open with their pilfering.

Well, actually, that’s a little bit harsh. I do wish I knew whether those who steal equipment from public roads (manhole covers, drain grates, signs, and the like) are ever apprehended and punished.

Healing Hurts

It’s always easy to say “I’m sorry.” What’s hard is what comes after. If a person really mean the apology, it means they’re going to make the effort to restore what has been lost.

Healing hurts, whether we’re talking about the body knitting back together a physical wound or the mind and heart trying to seal an emotional wound. Sometimes a physical injury is so severe it needs surgery, which would be painful if not for anesthesia and painkillers afterwards. Emotional injury? There isn’t an anesthetic in the world to stop the pain while the healing process starts. All one can do is pray to God and ask Him to help them through this.

Swiping a Meme

I’m taking this from Pam. Names can be very tricky because you make valuable first impressions with them.

(Name of first pet + Street you live in)
Popsie Venicia. Aiyah…

(Name of your favorite snack food + Grandfather’s first name)
Peanuts Sabas. Boo.

(First word you see on your left + Favorite restaurant)
List Saisaki. Maker of sushi-inspired clothing.

(Favorite Spice + Last Vacation Spot Visited)
Cinnamon Laguna. Exotique, no?

(Silliest Childhood Nickname + Town Where You First Partied)
*null and void where partying does not exist and nicknames are not given*

“FLY GIRL” ALIAS (a la J. Lo):
(First Initial + First Two or Three Letters of your Last Name)
N. De. Of course this means NO!

(Something Sweet Within Sight + Any Liquid in Kitchen)
Soda Water. Also good for mosquito bites.

(Favorite Baby Animal + Where You Went to High School)
Puppy Harvest. Ripe for the taking.

(Last Snack Food You Ate + Your Favorite Alcoholic Drink)
Pizza Margarita. Hic!

(Middle Name + First Word you see on your Right)
Page. I don’t want to give out my middle name!

(Favorite Candy/Dessert + Last Name Of Favorite Musician)
Mercedes Mayer. I love my Brazo and my John.

Back in the Saddle–er, Pocket

So, hello everyone! Welcome to my newly redesigned and renamed online journal named “In My Pocket.” I picked this title as I was looking at a pair of new jeans I recently bought, admiring the roominess in the front and rear pockets.

I love pockets and have always tried to make use of them whenever they appeared on my clothes. Back in high school, I had all sorts of things in my skirt pockets: aside from the requisite wallet, I had a handkerchief, a hair clip, and an inhaler for the rare asthma emergency. Alas, these days pockets are merely design elements use to make people’s butts/hips/chest look bigger or smaller depending on their preference. Besides, when was the last time you saw a (useable) pocket on a trendy skirt?

Still, I can always pull a random pen and piece of paper out of my pocket and start scribbling–so long as I had them in there in the first place. Alternatively, I can just pull out my cellphone from my pocket and snap pictures with it. This journal will be the outlet for any and all creative endeavors of those sorts from me. Hopefully I can write about daily events here as well as the more serious essays I had the tendency to write.