What’s Your Time ?

Yesterday I was at a large mall in the most multi-cultural part of the city. You’d think you’re in Guyana if you come to this place on a Friday night I tell you πŸ™‚ The place was packed with Christmas shoppers as well as parents who were lining up to get their kids a Christmas photo with Santa in his makeshift castle. Frankly, I disdain going to packed malls but had to go with the wifey and the daughter for our usual Friday night dine out . As I was sitting at a bench idling my time away as my wife and daughter were busy shopping, I noticed a woman approached the middle-aged African-Canadian man seated a bench away from me, politely ask ” what’s your time ?” The man spoke to her for a bit, surely more than telling the time so I guess, perhaps he just wanted to socialize πŸ˜‰ Then about 15 minutes a young lad approached the man again asking the time and he spoke to the lad for a bit as if he was explaining something. Out of curiosity, I moved closer to the next bench, broke the ice and told the man ” tsk, tsk, some people are just too lazy to carry a watch eh ?” He replied “ I know but the time in my watch is African time and I don’t know what time it is here “ πŸ™‚ LOL, no wonder. He then told me he was from Nigeria, visiting with his wife for 2 weeks and staying with her wife’s family in the city.

I don’t know about you but I change the time on my watch the moment to go to a place in a different time zone. I need to know the darn time where I am not where I came from ! I know some people abhor wearing watches. My former boss never carried a watch. He relied on his cell phone for the time. He was just uncomfortable wrapping some leather or metal around his wrist. But he wasn’t the type of guy who would go around asking people for the time. It’s one thing if you can’t afford a watch and another thing if you’re lazy to carry one. Being a watch freak myself – I have 21 clocks in my house – I am always tempted to answer a person asking for the time with the proverbial reply – “ it’s time to buy your own frigging watch pal ” πŸ˜†


This issue seems to have died down a bit after the Pacman and his wife appeared to have patched up. The unbelievable part of it is how the Pacman was able to withstand the personal stress and come out winning a spectacular victory against a stellar opponent. Now I am not suggesting the outcome of the fight has something to do with the veracity of the rumor. At the end of the day, how silly the Pacman looked kneeling at his corner imploring for divine favors prior to the fight if he’s been balling out with another woman, cheating on his wife. The man from upstairs would have said ” you’re an asshole. Cotto will whip your butt in 1 round you jerk” πŸ™‚

Pacman’s tight lip, his strange silence on the controversy may have helped him. Both he and his wife’s reluctance to feed the media sharks with even the tiniest morsel of information by way of impromtu interviews may have done them a favor. I can’t help notice the comical if not hypocritical turn of events – the Pac’s mom defends him, Pac’s in-laws diss him and the wifey comes to his rescue, and they kiss and make up – sounds familiar ? When in-laws get into the fray and become adversarial with their divided loyalties it is major trouble. Jinkee was wise enough to compromise and use her trump card to normalize the situation and lift the boat to sail again. The matter was entirely up to the Pacman and his wife to mutally resolve in the first place. We can only speculate whether the allegations were true or not and no one owes the public an explanation.

The Pacman was the only fighter in history to have booked a concert after a boxing match. Hello Guiness Book of Records ! Are you listening ? πŸ™‚ Here’s my suggestion to the Pacman to add to his musical repertoire. It’s a song by the Barenaked Ladies ( Alternative Girlfriend) sang by an ordinary dude πŸ™‚ The Pacman can probably do more justice to the song πŸ˜†


My pathetic run with raffles and lotteries continued last Thursday. I was invited to a presentation where Blackberry phones, IPODs and Bluetooth headsets were given I away and I failed to win a darn prize. Mind you, we were only 30 people in the room and there were 12 prizes being given away so the odds were pretty good. When our business cards were drawn from the box, I murmured to myself with a glint of apprehension – “here we go again” 😯 True to my expectation, my card wasn’t picked – what else is new, duh. 😦 But you know what, I guess my luck isn’t in lotteries and raffles because of my intense belief that nothing in life comes free so I better shut up πŸ™‚


38 Responses

  1. If I forget my watch, I still have my cell phone with me so I can check the time.

    Pacquiao was on the cover of TIME magazine. He is a world wide celebrity now.

    I have a friend who wins in raffles all the time. I never win any like you 😦

    • I am very uncomfortable asking people for the time so I try my best to bring my cell and watch at all times.

      Yep, the Wall Street Journal covered him too which is most surprising πŸ˜‰

      Ahh, I guess our luck is with better and nobler things πŸ™‚

  2. dapat maging masaya si Jinkee. Dahil sooner or later, magiging congresman si Pacquiao.

    At least alam nya na si Pacman is a man and di tulad ng sinasabi noong isang commisioner ng election na marami na daw alanganin sa both houses kaya denied ang acreditation ng Ang Ladlad partylist.

    If ever the the rumors were true, being famous like the hubby, she is afforded the chance to have famous friends as well and so she could go for Loi’s expert advice on how she handled the bigote. For a better perspective, she could ask Kris, she went both sides, then and now.

    • I guess concerned si Jinkee doon sa statement ng tatay niya who said that all his relatives are galit with the Pacman and he will lose in the election LOL. Kaya nag patch up kaagad sila ni Pacman πŸ˜‰

      hahaha.. pasado na siya sa qualification ng tunay na lalake πŸ˜‰ As for advice from Loi and Kris, LOL, baka lalo pang lumala πŸ˜†

  3. No problem with time. I got one of those watches where you can turn the face to know whats the time in all the major cities in the world. The problem is the letters are so small that I don’t bother using it.

    Remember that other woman where pacman supposed to have a son? That one also died down. Natapalan din ata ng milyones ni pacman.

    I once made bets here in an illegal lottery called “thai lottery”. They get the last three digits of the winning lotto in thailand. Using some some provability and stats, I won on my 3rd and 4th try. I then stop. Better quit while ahead. >: D

    • We have many time zones here so it is confusing if you don’t change your time to where you actually are. Actually I once crossed a time zone between Pacific standard time PST ( Nevada) and MST Mountain Standard ( Arizona). When you walk across the boundary ( street) your watch changes by an hour πŸ˜‰

      Well, the Pac won P 1 billion in his fight with Cotto. I guess you can do lots of things with that kind of money πŸ˜‰

      That’s smart thinking – quit while you’re ahead. I do that when I go to casinos .

  4. If a person doesn’t bother to get himself a watch it means he doesn’t have much to do .

    Having your own concert after a boxing match is really something. Pacquiao should be in the Guiness Book for this feat πŸ˜‰

    I have only won in a raffle once and there were many prizes too πŸ™‚

    • same here – if you aren’t sensitive to time then you must not be doing anything at all !

      LOL. he sings really bad . Methinks fans are totally captivated by the smell of his jockstrap if they dig his music πŸ˜†

  5. Whenever I travel, I always have a watch hanging on my purse. I keep that watch and my laptop clock on Manila time. Then, I adjust my wristwatch and cellphone clock on the time of the place where I go to.

    LOL at your luck… I think we’re on the same level on this one. I don’t think I would have won anything even if there were only 13 people and 12 prizes to give away. πŸ™‚

    • a watch hanging on your purse.. that’s a neat idea πŸ˜‰

      If you can’t win with the odds of 13 out of 12, you probably left the place when your name was called haha πŸ™‚

  6. I leave the time on my watch to that from where I came from. I rely on my cellphone to provide me with the time at the place I’m in.

    Pacquiao-Cotto was a good fight, wasn’t it? A lot more action than his previous fight with Ricky Hatton. πŸ˜€

    • I change everything to the local time coz I don’t have the sharpest memory πŸ™‚

      The fight IMO is candidate for fight of the year. That’s what makes the Pacman such a hit. Not too sure about his concerts and movies though hehe πŸ™‚

  7. Will we see your picture with the Santa in your blog?

    I agree on your vision of time ! πŸ™‚

    • hahaha… yep, and I’m sitting on Santa’s lap :mrgreen: It’s amazing how these people are making money with the photos which come in different sizes and frames. Santa is darn good business ! πŸ™‚

  8. Not a jewelry or watch freak so rarely wear a watch although have three somewhere. Rely mostly on my new cellphone which adjust itself automatically like when I was in UK/Europe, real awesome.

    Money talks. Look at Dolphy, kung walang pera tu, walang young chicks din, hehe.. Mga iba na mapera, kahit pueding magtago ang langgam o kaya lamok sa mga mukha, daming chicks pa rin.

    I’ve attended so many small noypi organizations in my lifetime with raffles, di man lang ako nanalo. Si Pakyaw lang ata ang peborit ni Lord.

    • It always boggles my mind to think how Dolphy could have snatched Zsa Zsa Padilla hahaha.. I was on a plane with Pidol once – just a coincidence- from HKG to Manila. He’s a pretty serious looking dude in real life πŸ˜‰

      Cell phones auto adjust when they sense they’re roaming. That’s a real cool feature.

      I’ve given up hope in winning raffles nor lotteries man, I have accepted that my luck is somewhere else and it involves some effort on my part πŸ˜‰

  9. Thanks to you, I now know who Krista Ranillo is. I was so way out of the loop when it comes to Philippine showbiz. πŸ™‚


    I love watches and clocks as well. I can’t imagine myself asking someone else for the time. When traveling, I usually have my wristwatch and another watch in my handbag. That way, I get to know the local time of my destination as well as the time in Switzerland or RP.

    A Swiss watch designer here once showed to my Mom a nice two-sided watch with a flexible leather strap showing two different designs. You just turn it the other way if you want to know the time in another country of your choice. It’s like having two watches in one. Cool!

    I’m usually ‘lucky’ when it comes to raffles. Hope you’ll win next time.

    • I’m way out of the loop too except that every dinner I get an update from the wifey hehe πŸ™‚ She spends time to sagap the tismis in cyberspace every day.

      The Swiss are still king in watchmaking in my opinion. No country has the profession of watchmakers except Switzerland I think πŸ˜‰

      Lucky you … unlucky me πŸ™‚

  10. I’m very utilitarian. Since my cellphone already has a clock, I haven’t worn a watch since. πŸ™‚ Like you, I adjust my clock as soon as I arrive in a new time zone.

    • hmm… you’ve optimized your resources very well. In my case, my cell’s battery die on me every now and then coz I forget to charge it 😯 I used to wear watches with alarms but shifted that function to the cell phone πŸ˜‰

  11. I’d always prefer the late Chiquito over Dolfi as a comedian, I’m biased here, hehe….but this line of Dolfi really cracked me up even just thinking about it: “pag tumakbo akong Senador at panalo, ano na ang gagawin ko?” , maybe not exactly how I prefaced it yet so funny nonetheless. He’s got to be smarter than Lito Lapid though.

    • LOL.. I guess Pidol is just being damn honest with it πŸ™‚ Pidol is one who doesn’t want to capitalize on his fame to seek fortune in politics. Methinks that’s the secret to his long life – avoiding undue stress hehe πŸ˜‰ Lapid is what we can call the ultimate travesty. The man is just all blanks – no charge at all πŸ˜‰

  12. Like you, I was once a watch freak myself owning several watches at one time. Nowadays, I rely on my cellphone for the time. And it’s even a better alternative because with just a few pindot on the keypad I can change time zones, hehe. πŸ˜€

    As for that Pacquiao-Krista brouhaha, well… where there’s smoke, there’s fire, haha.

    No luck on lotteries or raffles for this man either. πŸ˜€

    • I have also noticed that when I roam, esp in the States, my cell notifies me I am in another carrier’s territory and it adjusts the time. But you’re right, more sophisticated phones have great features. Mine is office issued so I get the basic features – no camera, no GPS- but as long as I don’t pay, I’m quite happy πŸ˜‰

      For luckless guys like us, a major jackpot win is coming hehe πŸ˜‰

  13. I’m a watch person. I don’t leave the house without a wrist watch. When I’m traveling to another country, I immediately synchronize my watch’s time to my destination. While I keep one of my cellphone’s time with UAE’s, the other with Manila’s.

    Krista-Pacman controversy is now outshined by the Maguindanao massacre. So heartbreaking.

    • Darn, I even wear a sports watch when ‘m playing tennis so I have constant knowledge of the time πŸ˜‰

      When you’re famous, your life is an open book ugh.

  14. not really into wearing watches. i feel uncomfortable.

    well, we can only speculate about pacquiao and krista. the only difference between us and them is that they’re popular so people get to talk that much. it’s a private matter and nobody should resolve it but them. it’s not even a national issue but people really love to talk about the whole thing. and people tend to bloat issues. am not saying pacquiao and krista do (did) not have an affair but hey… it’s their problem and not the whole country’s problem.

    • To each his own eh ? I know of people who can’t stand something gripping their wrist πŸ˜‰ When I was in grade school, I won’t wear any watch unless it is Seiko or Citizen. When I came to this country people don’t care about the watch, clothes, jewelry you wear or cell phone you carry hehe.

      The media back home thrives on gossips. And man, the kind of questions they ask people are so darn personal – like below the belt.

  15. ” β€œhere we go again” True to my expectation, my card wasn’t picked – what else is new, duh. But you know what, I guess my luck isn’t in lotteries and raffles because of my intense belief that nothing in life comes free so I better shut up”

    – ako din, sobrang malas sa bunutan. however, if I do win, I win big time. I remember like when I was in college, I won a complete desktop PC set in a PLDT party for students. πŸ™‚

    • good for you, that lady luck smiled at least for once in your life. In my case, Someone I know here won a 500 cc motor bike in a raffle. Just plain lucky ! I’m still waiting for lady luck to smile big time in a raffle or lotter for me πŸ˜‰

  16. If I have my way, I don’t want to adjust my watch to the time where I am. I always want to know what time it is back home. Weird!

    PACMAN having something on the side is nothing unusual. I think it comes with the territory; it doesn’t make it right, it does make it commonplace among those with fame and power.

    How have you been?

    • I guess some people have some sense of complete attachment with home that when they travel to other places, the time on their watch reminds them of what’s happening home πŸ˜‰

      So true – look at what happened to Tiger Woods this past weekend !

      I’m swell – just busy with work. The blogging blues is slowly creeping in πŸ™‚ How was your time off ?

  17. I dont have a wristwatch for so many years now because my mobile phones serve the purpose for giving me the time! I have 2 mobiles while travelling abroad to have both times of the places of origin and the destination.

    • that’s what I call optimization of your resources πŸ˜‰ One good thing these days is watches can be darn cheap unlike the old days, that almost any one can afford it. Slinging it around your wrist is a drag for some people though 😯

  18. i’m like your former boss. i also rely on my cellphones πŸ˜›

    • can I say now that the cellphone is killing the watch industry ? πŸ˜†

      • Well maybe yes, but I think now watch is just an hand accessory (like friendship bands) because of its present design (cloor, band, etc.) or for rich people, it becomes a jewerly to wear during special occasions. Because of multiplicity functions, it is more convenient to depend on mobiles…to be connected and to be on time!

        • so true… time had been added to jewelry but I think it has changed when it got added to mobile phones cum internet-based personal information gadgets

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