Monday, December 27, 2010

Sloth days are over

The sad thing about today was I missed my roommate Lotlot's wedding to Jerkie. I promised that I was going to attend but the opportunity of having another job came knocking at my door about a month after I said yes. Sigh, another missed opportunity to bond with my Avoue batchmates. But I still have 3 roommates who aren't married yet so hopefully I can finally keep my promise of attending at least one Avoue wedding. :)

The day has finally arrived.  I am no longer jobless (thank heavens) and hopefully will stay that way for a long time. Even though I already accepted the job offer almost two months ago, it just started today. Yes, I waited for a long time. First training day ended and I love it when it's just a 15-minute walk to my house. I walked a part of Escario street from Diamond Suites and Residences to Capitol site. I'm glad there is something that I can do to counter my sedentary lifestyle and it's economical as well. (Seven pesos is good economics. Oh yes, it is. lol) I fear it's still going to be a difficult first few months. I don't know if my money will last till first pay day (Oh gawd but I'll make do) and I have to think about the training months in Makati too. The sloth days were killing me financially but I've discovered courtesy of Jessica Zafra's blog that bananas can save any dying stomach. Poor financial strategy I should say. The entire 2010 was bad in that aspect. I was struggling with managing my money. Impulsiveness should just die and helping someone should not come at your expense. Save! Save! Save! will be my battle cry. I've learned my lesson. I'm hopeful, as we all do, that everything will work out fine in the end. Being positive is how I should greet 2011. In five days, a new year will begin. It's a start of something new after all and a chance to improve and be better.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Malaysia vs Indonesia

Happy Christmas from the Azkals credit

I wish it is the Azkals that will play in this two-legged finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010. But alas, it's time to wake up and smell the coffee. Though I'm not discounting their historic run, there is really a lot to work on. I hope next year we will see something more from them and of course Philippine football in general.

You will not read here heart-wrenching analysis about the game (which will start tonight), the rivalry between the two nations or its history. I honestly don't know anything much just that it will be an electric first leg in Bukit Jalil Stadium. The young Tigers have some scores to settle with the Garudas. 

I just really want to have an excuse to insert Anggun's song Snow on the Sahara which is absolutely one of my favorites. I first heard it in highschool and I still love it. And she's Indonesian.



So I guess this would mean I'm rooting for Indonesia? It will further increase the Azkals stock especially if Indonesia beats Malaysia by more than two goals. It meant the Azkals were the only ones who challenged them. Anyway, whoever wins wins. For livestream, you can check it here.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas!


It's the eve before Christmas and the neighbors are so loud with their killer karaokes.
I just want to greet everyone a Happy Christmas.
Enjoy!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Web: Critical Thinking for Children

Anti-Pinoy shared this in FB (with their side comments of course but that's their thing) and I'm putting this here too for my easy reference. It won't hurt to watch these videos time and again. It can actually empower me as long as I have the sense to practice using it everyday. :) Sometimes we get contented to accept what is because it has always been like that.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chelsea FC and the Azkals

I don't know much about football before November 2006 and I don't pretend I know a lot now. Though I saw a few games back in college, I was never interested. I know some of the famous teams but that is how far my knowledge goes.

In November 2006, the Philippines hosted the qualifying games for the Tiger Cup which is now officially known as AFF Suzuki Cup. The team made a good run and I followed their games in Solar Sports. It was a wonder that they actually featured it. But of course, why wouldn't they? We were the host country.

Two of the players that caught my attention were Phil Younghusband and his brother James. I saw Phil score some of the goals. There was one goal where he bend it like Beckham and James's crosses were good. I followed the coverage and I was ecstatic that they actually qualified. When they got to the group stages, the team captain Ali Borromeo got injured. A pundit said that it was a big blow and I guess it was. They managed to nick a point out of Myanmar with a tie nil-nil. The tournament ended and I shamefully did not check what happened to them afterwards. There were no news coming from Pinoyexchange about their progress until this year where they surprised everyone.

Both the Younghusbands were still Chelsea reserves at that time. They were my first introduction to the English Premier League. I visited the website, watched a few games, read articles and forums to get to know the club. The biggest draw for me was Jose Mourinho. my labs (let me dream lol) I have collected wonderful quotations from him during his time at Chelsea. My most favorite which I text-messaged to my friends was "You have to try. If you fail, you fail but you have to try." He had countless other memorable quotes like "park the bus", "omelettes and eggs", etc. You can read more here. http://soccerlens.com/jose-mourinho/ I was always on fangirl mode whenever he was interviewed.

I can safely say that I am a follower of Chelsea FC. I checked their standings, watched their games (if I have the time and the tv hehe). Supporter would be a big word to me because that would mean I go to their match games, buy their products, really watched their games live and all the other stuff supporters do. Some people might say I joined the bandwagon. Perhaps. But it wasn't the golden peak of the club under Mourinho. I wasn't there during their back-to-back Premier League titles.

In that 2006-2007 season, they won the double, FA and Carling Cup but they lost the league to Manchester United. I still think it was a good season but most of the spoiled brats out there think it wasn't. The club or rather Jose Mourinho was under a lot of pressure from internal politics and eventually got replaced. But my heart belongs to Chelsea already. I even downloaded all their Podcast before, sent a letter and they even read it live in one of their episodes. haha. I was so happy. I couldn't believe my ears. Sadly, I don't have a copy of it anymore. I can't find my back-up cd after all those years of moving around.

As for the Azkals, they certainly surprised a lot of people including myself. I didn't expect that they would make it this far but they did. They got through the semis of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup and will be playing against Indonesia tomorrow Dec 16 as their "home" game. I hope this will open the doors for football to take hold in this country. It's going to take a while and a long time but I think the Azkals' effort in this tournament will boost that. Cheers to them for playing in the football national team. Win or lose, it's the Azkals we choose. :D I hope the livestream I'll find tomorrow will be better compared when I watched the Myanmar game.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hindi ikaw ang itinakdang bampira

Sam will learn in this episode that she isn't the prophesied vampire.
Maricar is so amazing. Yung mata talaga niya ngbibigay ng emotion. Clap! Clap!

The fight scene was bland in my opinion. Maraming masyadong mabagal na scenes.

Yung "question" nga sounded Bisaya. Natawa rin ako.Bakit kaya powerful itong si Imelda? She must be older than Magnus kasi she said once that Magnus was just one of those guys she loved.

Pwede kaya na Sam and Matteo are both fathered by Roman? Magkasame age, same birthday ba sila ni Matteo? Ang sabi lang naman sa propesiya ay meron siyang sign sa skin, then the bleeding problems, lunar eclipse birth. If she is not the "One" but her transformation is the same as Matteo's like the bleeding eyes etc. then she must be in a way related to him? Pwede kaya? Kasi she almost had the signs of the "itinakdang bampira" except of course the last test which she failed.

I could be wrong though kasi hindi ko naman tiningnan yung history episode ng Imortal.






























Matutuloy na kaya ang love angle na ito?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rafa's Career Golden Slam

Congratulations Rafa. Finally you have completed a Career Golden Slam. Vamos! I wasn't able to watch your match because I was at work but I did check the Livescores. Happy to see you lift that trophy after doggedly fought for it in the last 3 years. Vamos!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Double Fault Pova


One word: Frustration.

It was really a painful match to see. She was plagued with 36 unforced errors and 9 double faults. Some of it on crucial moments of the match like on the 2nd set 3-3. Just as I was about to say that her service game had improved, she ruined it with a double fault which eventually gave Caro a 4-3 lead. That was one expensive free point. Oh well...

There are a few positives that I would take from this match. As usual, as much as she can manage it, she doesn't want the opponent to win the match on her serve. So fiercely Pova. She really fought for it and won the game to make Caro serve it out for her win. Another was that Maria was willing to change things up a bit. She had a good net game. A statistic of 16/18 which is not what you usually see from a Sharapova game. She used whatever she got to get the points instead of just stubbornly slug it out from the baseline. She knew it will only tire her out. But the UE's and DFs cost her the match really. :(

That was the end of Maria's run for the US Open 2010. I wouldn't want to say that this was a very terrible year for her. You can say that she didn't even reach QF on Grand Slam events but was able to win and also a finalist on other tournaments. Kinda counts as a terrible year. But I'm just happy she's back playing coming back from that shoulder injury. She now had finished a full year so I guess they will work on her fitness and serve. Hopefully the shoulder will hold for more years to come.

Till next year. Vamos!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fringe Season 3

I'm so excited for Fringe to start. 21 more days to go. There are a lot of easter eggs in this picture. I did not get all of them without the help of Roco. I know Fringe will get better and better.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Paid to click


I guess a lot of you has heard about the internet craze paid-to-click websites. The trick to this is there are quite a large number of them out there and you will never know if they are legit or not. I have been a member to many of them. Some even ask for a membership fee of about $200 when you reached the required money. I said no way. But out of all of them Neobux is the first one I received money from. I joined last June 25, 2010. fairly a newbie I know. I guess this is good. I mean after two months, who would give $2 out of air. right?

I have heard about Neobux for a long time but I didn't mind them because they pay less. Or so I thought. At least I am not yet too late. But once you get the hang of this. I mean who would give you X amount of dollars out of air. It isn't even complicated. If you spend a few hours staring at your computer, how about taking a short visit to the Neobux site?





Sign up under me. Give it about 4 clicks a day. Try it. It doesn't hurt. You'll earn money too.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Where is my werewolf?



I was walking home from work when I saw this beautiful sight. Okay. The picture did not capture even a tenth of what I saw. All I had was my cameraphone which was not exactly the latest Nokia model. A thought flashed through my mind...I miss my werewolf. :) Corny!

Another shot from my Nokia Dino camera phone. How I wish I had a decent camera at that time.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Long hiatus

Yeah. It's been a month or two since I've updated something here.

A lot has change.

Lost a boyfriend.

Hopefully will do well with the job.

Cousin is visiting soon so I have company.

Until then.

Maybe if I have something worthwhile to share.

I'll be back.

Seems a bit down lately.

Don't want to post how sorry life can be sometimes.

Be positive.

Live long and Prosper. ^_^

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Maricar Reyes artwork by 24carnation

Another version of the same picture


All made by 24carnation of Maricar Reyes Pinoyexchange thread. I've always love her artworks. Fly high Maricar Reyes.

Call center: Aegis People Support

When I talked about about setting goals, I meant finding a job. As of now, I'm not going at the nursing career route but is looking at the call/contact center industry. I've heard a lot of things, both amazing and horrendous stories. I've meet a lot of people who have been at three companies in the last 3 years. I am a newbie. I didn't fully understood what they felt about this industry so I kept my mouth shut and would just have to experience it myself.

Last May 1, 2010 I was at a job fair in SM Bacolod and I applied at ClientFirst. They reviewed my resume and since I'm a "newbie" I was not scheduled to take the interview call immediately but waited for 4 days. I was happy that it was so. It gave me time to prepare and totally psych myself out for the "big" day last May 7. I passed and was penciled in for a validation call the following Tuesday. Next thing I know by Thursday evening, I was heading to Cebu to work at Aegis People Support.

This is a good opportunity for me. I intend to do well in this company. Our New Hires Orientation started yesterday and I got a brief glimpse about the company, the competitive salary and benefits and other stuff. And I'm actually going to start my graveyard shirt tonight.Woot.

I hope this will be a good experience for me.

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I'm sharing this announcement from ClientFirst Facebook page.

Client First If career growth, competitive pay, excellent training and fun job environment in the fab city of Cebu top your wish list, then join the Aegis PeopleSupport Job Fair in Bacolod on May 24 and 25 @ Client First, 304 Lacson St., Bacolod. The hiring process from interview to contract signing takes only a day. Trabaho agad! Job Fair is open to all graduates, undergraduates (with at least one full year in college), experienced call centers and practically anyone with great English communication skills who are customer-oriented and can adjust to "Twilight" schedules. Please come next week for pre-interview, resume check and orientation. For those who live in Panay and the rest of Negros Island, text 09085344042 to request for a Skype interview or call 7090562 (office hours).We will also entertain walk-ins on May 24 and 25, especially those who have resigned and can join Aegis PeopleSupport A.S.A.P. Job starts May 31, June 4, July 2, July 26 with more to come! Say hello to a great career!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Philippine Elections 2010


I am proud of my dirty finger. All for Gibo. Good thing that my precinct was a walking distance from our house. I lined up from 8 in the morning till about 1130 am. I was so happy when I finally entered the precinct room. It took me about 3 minutes to vote before I lined up to feed the ballot into the PCOS machine. There was no drama involved. The machine accepted it on the first try.
Here was my vote:

President: Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro Jr.
Vice-President: Eduardo "Edu" Manzano

Senators:
Bello, Guico, Langit, Lambino, Lapid, Defensor-Santiago, Enrile, Marcos, Palparan, Remulla, Tamano

Partylist: Aangat Tayo

Local:
Congressman: Cano, Tan
Mayor: Puentebella, Monico

I didn't vote councilors. Don't know any of them.

Now, I am finally a true Filipino because I have exercised my right to vote and I'm proud that as a first time voter, I voted for Mr. Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro. Thank you so much for making me believe in the elections again. Because of my support for you, I registered for this. Regardless of the outcome, I would always try to emulate your positivism and a dream of a united Philippines. I will always remember your words Sir. Thank you.

Fly high. Sulong. :)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Chelsea FC: Barclay's Premier League Champions 2009/2010


I'm glad we have cable connection this week. I'm able to watch the final game for the Barclay's Premier League Championship 2009/2010. I'm a bit nervous about this match. Sometimes things could go wrong in any football match but I know Chelsea has the uber talented squad to win this. It was truly a fantastic game to watch. I enjoyed it a lot.

It was such a relief when Anelka scored early, around 4 minutes, coz it got rid of the jitters. Everyone was able to relax and not afraid anymore of messing it up. I didn't expect that they would score 7 more and a hat-trick for Drogba, no less. Chelsea started a bit slow. In the first half, Wigan had a higher percentage of possession. Chelsea became serious and dominated the 2nd half. The team scored 6 more goals. What an outstanding, emphatic finish to the league. The team also set a new record of scoring 103 goals, the highest since the 1960's I guess. Finally, the trophy went back to Stamford Bridge. Cech and Drogba won the Golden Gloves and Golden Boots, respectively.

I was glad to see the owner, Roman Abramovich, smiling and seemingly enjoying the game. It was fun to see his reaction when goals were missed or hit. He even joined in a Chelsea cheer. Carlo Ancelotti, the team coach won a big event in his first year in an English league. He was brought in because of the owner's alleged desire to win the European championship in style. Chelsea wasn't successful in that front but I am more than happy that Chelsea won the Premier League instead. Looking forward to the next season. I know that elusive Champions League Cup will come one day. I hope Lampsy, JT, Drogba, Ballack, Carvalho, Mikel, Essien, Cech will win it while playing for Chelsea. They deserve it.

There is still another game to look forward to before this season ends, the FA cup final against Portsmouth on May 15 at the New Wembley. I hope we get a double this time.

So congratulations Chelsea FC. Up the chels.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Gibo's speech after the endorsement of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy



Ang misyon natin ngayon ay ang inilathala ng mahal na pastor naten kanina. It's to make a new Philippines, a progressive Philippines. A Philippines that is looked upon with pride by its citizens and citizens of other countries will look with respect, mutual respect towards all Filipinos. But we cannot get there if we do not start on the road in the right way. That is why I am happy and gratified that the conscious, ang conscious na daan na ipinili ng iyong mapaglingkod at ng kanyang mga kasamahan, siya rin ang ginamit na gabay sa pag desisyon ng ating minamahal na pastor. Ang positivism. Shunning aside of hate and division, Filipinos have an enough of that. And it should start now, not after the election, but in the campaign itself. The campaign is not for electing a person but to place in place an idea, a road-map. And That idea is that the Filipinos must be one. We must act in accordance with what God the Father taught us to do, 'Love your neighbor'.

We are already an archipelago of 7107 islands, why should we add archipelagos of the soul and archipelagos of relationships. That's why in our platform, we aim to solve the poverty of the pocket, the poverty of the mind, poverty of the environment and poverty of relationship, which has been damage because of a wrong political culture. And it can only be cured if we believe and walk the path of peace, justice, reconciliation, humility, respecting the dignity of each and every individual. Coz each and every individual is God-given, he or she is precious.

And as pastor has said earlier, our burdens, my burdens have not yet begun, they will begin when I have been elected. And I will need your prayers and your cooperation, prayers of each and every Filipino because the climb uphill will not be an easy one. It will be filled with burdens. It will be filled with potholes but there is no where else to go but for us to move forward as a country, as one, helping each other, lifting each other up. Not trying to put each other down because you help one another lift your country up, it benefits everybody, particularly the future generations. That's why I've said during Pastor's birthday, he is not merely a spiritual leader, but a leader with intense patriotism and love of country. For you cannot say perhaps that you love God if you do not love your neighbor and you do not love your country. Because your country is God-given. You're country is unlike any other in the world, different kinds of people, different languages, different races. And we must try to find the good in each other.

God didn't mix us here by accident but for a purpose and let us walk together to discover that purpose to make this place a paradise on earth and that is the start of our mission. And I will count on each and every one of you to work hand-in-hand with us to start the road, the uphill climb to attain this burden. Once again I reiterate, I am humbled. Let us all pray together everyday that our country be what it is supposed to be.


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The transcript starts at 2:09 of the video. I feel that this is where Gibo started to convey his platform and messages to the followers of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy's Kingdom of Jesus Christ. There are so many wonderful quotes from this speech. Win or lose, I am so proud that I am supporting this man.

The endorsement of the Pastor can be viewed here. I think there is no clearer copy, nevertheless, he has properly explained his choice.
Sulong Gibo.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Earthquake! Earthquake!

The last time I experienced an earthquake was when I was still 8 years old back in Cagayan de Oro city. I was a bit scared when about two hours ago, an earthquake struck Bacolod that lasted about 5 seconds. I felt the table moved and saw the curtains swayed. I immediately thought of where I should hide just in case things got worse. But then it was just short so hiding under the table didn't happen. My companion, Bading, also recounted her experience while she was walking Marshall, the family's cute dog. She heard the roof made a sound while the ground shook and she felt that she swayed too. She was confused at some people because they didn't seem to mind or didn't felt that there was an earthquake.

Anyway, this is what PHIVOLCS has to say about the incident.


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So that was what intensity 3 felt like. I don't want to think should I experienced a 6 in the scale. I've read from friends that the Ilo-ilo earthquake was a bit longer and more intense. I'm glad that no one was hurt in this incident.

I've also submitted my Felt report at the USGC website.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Goals in Mind


I kinda lost my mojo on goal-setting after I've accomplished what I wanted back then. After college graduation, I set my sights on a lot of things. First was to pass the local NLE, then focus on all the other series of exam for a US nursing license. I did all that. I set my goals, studied very hard, and was very positive and determined that I could do it. I've passed the exams I needed to take. The problem was I didn't prepare anything beyond that which resulted into a person that just goes on with the flow now. I tried working in hospitals but I didn't stay longer than my volunteer or training stint. I have the option to stay despite being on-call and for all the nurses out there you know what that means: less salary and benefits. But that is how a life of a nurse here in the philippines is and eventually after a year or so, you'll gonna be a staff nurse. I probably didn't like the set-up so I didn't fancy working that long. Oh, I'm not going to discuss here the ills of being a nurse in this country. That's for another topic and debate.

The most obvious reason that I didn't have the resolve to stick around is that I didn't have a goal in mind like I used to. Working in a Philippine hospital didn't appeal good to me because I never fix or ready myself for that kind of work. So there are negative aspects and didn't have the mindset to continue on. In life, there will always be setbacks. But if you have a goal in mind, it doesn't matter anymore. What matters is that you have a goal to reach.

I had an insightful conversation with a friend of mine about goals. I wanted to apply at a certain company but I was putting it off for quite some time because I was scared. I failed the first interview. I guess I never really lose well. But if I have dreams, I'm not just going to stop there. I need to plan. Plans need goals that are SMART. Smart, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. My friend told me that "You're a Gibo supporter right?". I was taken aback with the pressure of a sorta accusation. I am a Gibo supporter and I should say "Sulong". Not cower away but face the heat when it's not going the way I wanted it. Welcome to the pressures of being a Gibo supporter. I actually had to be very careful because my friend easily pointed out my weakness. I am a Gibo supporter and I should follow what Gibo inspire us all to be.

I got this from Gibo's airplane ad or at least some part of it and just translated it to English. Given oppurtunity I always share it but it seems I'm the one who's not truly listening.

"If I want to fly, I need to have initiative, determination, workmanship. If I want to fly, I need to have resolve, direction, a goal in mind."****

Dare to fail. But fail forwards, not backwards. Now I'm off to make my first planning and goal-setting session after 3 years.


*** Here is the full transcript of that ad: "ang pag lipad ng isang bansa ay hindi nakukuha sa panaginip at pangarap lang;
dapat may initiatibo, pagpupursige; dapat may paggawa at pag kakaisa. ang gustong lumipad kelangan may lakas - alam kung san pupunta - may sariling direksyon at di nagpapadala sa ihip ng hangin - dapat may galing at talino.
matagal na nating gustong lumipad - ready for take off na tayo. ito si gibo teodoro, dating sec of national defense, dating congressman; subok na piloto. forever filipino. handang lumipad kasama nyo - tara!"



Thursday, April 22, 2010

Jejemon Overkill


When I first saw this picture, I asked, What is Jejemon? I can't describe it exactly but it's one way of writing. I have seen this text speak for quite some time, mostly in friendster and it irritates the hell out of me. Some people think that it's cool but they are just deluding themselves. Everyone should strive to achieve good grammar, spelling. It may not be perfect sometimes but we should always strive to offer the best.

Before, I'm really annoyed that people text or post this way. Over the years, I've learned to just laugh it off but can still have that occasional eyebrow-raising instances. I so agree with Gibo Teodoro and laughed at loud when I realized what a jejemon is.






This is one example of a suicide note of a jejemon. I find it very funny indeed and frustrating at the same time coz it's quite difficult reading the letter. No more jejemons please.
dONt yAH tHiNk? LOL

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Book: From The Two Rivers (Eye of the World)


I bought this book about 5 years ago in April. I just graduated college and I was reviewing for the board exam. It is a habit of mine that whenever I go to the mall, I'll visit bookstores and look for good deals. Even though I don't have any idea about this book, I bought it anyway because it only cost 20 pesos. Very good deal. But I didn't read it immediately and I just started reading it last week.

The book started slow. I guess this is the reason I didn't instantly finish the book. After it ended, I noticed that the story was cut off abruptly and lacks a proper ending. Then it hit me that the book I bought was actually Part One of the Eye of the World novel. Yes, I saw the cover but I didn't give it much thought since Eye of the World was the first novel of the series. All I considered was just to finish the book because I've had it for so long and I got to make it significant. Not just buying and discarding it thereafter.

I was wondering the other day while I was at National Bookstore that the Eye of the World paperback edition was thick and the one I bought wasn't. That amount of pages couldn't possibly fit the book that I have. It was probably written for young adults by dividing it to parts so that they can be read easily.

I was the edge of my seat when they were chased by Trollocs, Myrddral and were almost overrun by them. Now that really caught my attention. "From the Two Rivers" chronicled their journey out of their country. It reminded me of the Lord of the Rings series, which I really, really love. Adventures, friendship, courage, magic, trust and whole lot more.

The book gave me a peak of the world of the Wheel of Time series. I was a bit disappointed when it ended with Perrin and Egwene meeting the Wolfman. Yeah yeah. I only got the part one. But it definitely gave the series my attention. Now I have to look for the complete edition of the Eye of the World so I can continue reading about the adventures of Rand al'Thor, Egwene, Perrin, Mat, Warder Lan, Mistress Moiraine, the Gleeman and Nynaeve, the Wisdom of Two Rivers.

Maricar Reyes for FHM's Sexiest 2010

Our Maricar Reyes group in Pinoyexchange decided that we will actually promote her to win a spot in this years' FHM's sexiest. So one poster made this fan art. I love it. Subtle sexiness is the win. So you can vote for her here: FHM Philippines

Monday, April 19, 2010

Quite a scare

After I have printed some documents, I went to SM Bacolod to check out the movies and eat at Mcdonalds. The movies featured still wasn't change so I just went off to Booksale and National Bookstore to check on some books. Then I went to McDonalds.

I seated after I ordered Cheeseburger, large fries, regular coke and a Monster Coke float as take out. I ate the fries and drank the coke, when I hiccuped and suddenly it went bad. I don't know what exactly happened but I felt like I can't breathe. I tried to and all I got was a weird, wheezing sound and I felt that no air was going into my lungs. I thought, Oh no, This can't be happening.

I panicked. I went over to their washing area. I started coughing. You see, coughing is our bodies' defensive reflex to prevent choking. I tried to breathe again, but still it hasn't improved. I walked out of McDonalds and went out to the hallway to prevent further claustrophobic reactions. I continued coughing on the way out, walking a few steps, until on my next breath I felt that it was back to normal. No more wheezing sound and I felt that air was going in.

"Lord, please help me" was all I could think about. I was scared because knowing the Philippines, I don't think malls are equipped with emergency devices if I really choked. And who would do a Heimlich maneuver if it really got worse? Total horror. I was glad that I was still given some chance.

I realized that I am vulnerable. My life could get snuff out of me anytime, anywhere. I am humbled and I shouldn't take my life for granted as I have been doing. I should live the best life I wanted to live. Not to just pass along without doing anything significant. From now on, I'll try my best to do the things I wanna do, pursue them to the best of my ability. No more maƱana habits. I've learned you will never know if you are still given the opportunity.

I thank the Lord God Jesus Christ for protecting me today. Despite of being a black sheep for almost a year now, my prayer was answered. I am safe.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dapat Gibo!




I really love this AVP. Fantastic editing. Amazing videos and pictures. Great song. Splendid.

DAPAT GIBO. SULONG.

Enjoy.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Meeting Gibo


I have been following Gibo since September last year and he was actually my reason why I registered for this election. I never intended to vote and I can't just believe for the first time I'm getting myself involved in political matters, albeit, in a small way. When Gibo's campaign trail hit Negros, I was so ecstatic to join. I have been dying to meet him since I failed to attend the Takbo Para Kay Gibo in Global city even though I registered for that fun run.

April 8, 2010 started well. Armed with my Green shirt and Lineage II cap, I went to the Volunteer Center near Robinsons. I didn't know anyone from there since that was my second visit. The first one was when I registered to become a volunteer. Everyone was busy preparing for his arrival. I was able to talk to Mam Bernadeth and she gave me a pen to write on the freedom wall. There was no more adequate space but I tried my best to squeeze my message. I also helped out in preparing for the posters, answering some inquiries about the motorcade, gave a few ballers and meet people who will be riding the coaster to the Old Silay airport.

There were approximately 100+ cars lined up inside and outside the airport. My companions found another group and decided that we stick together for the motorcade. We did not have a vehicle so we rode on any car that was available. So there were now six of us on the back of a small multi-cab. Gibo was supposed to arrive at 4pm but was delayed for about an hour. We do not know the reason but it's not important anymore coz our worries went out the window when the chopper landed. OMG. You don't know how excited we all become. We started preparing ourselves, our flags, the ballers, leaflets and fliers. We instantly transformed into Gibo crier mode for the rest of the journey. We shouted more strongly on traffic stops or when there are a lot of people. When some people say Noynoy or Villar, we screamed at the top of our lungs GIBO. It was really fun. Since the small multi-cab can only accommodate 4 people to stand at the back, we took turns. We waved our green flags while shouting Gibo and we did not care. The materials especially the ballers were limited and it was sad to see that we had to turn down a lot of people or tell them to ask from the following cars. We actually got separated from Gibo, switched to a bigger truck and resumed the trail in SM Bacolod till we arrived at the Sugarland Hotel.

Now this is the part where I shed any form of shyness I had in my body. When I was in the Hotel lobby, I saw Rey Langit and Edu Manzano and there were also people who want to have their photographs taken with them. After a few minutes, I saw Gibo coming out of some hallway and not everyone noticed. I immediately thought to actually meet him right there but too shy to move my feet and in a split second he was surrounded by a lot of prominent people. Then they walked over to the hotel dinner room. I scolded myself that if I do not do something now I'll never be given another chance to shake his hand. I slapped myself with some confidence, walked near the stage and didn't care that I was rubbing elbows with don and donyas of Negros. I patiently waited for my chance and there he was coming towards me. I extended my hand and said Hello sir. Gibo said Hello while looking at me straight in the eyes. He didn't disappoint me at all.

You see, I get annoyed with people when I'm shaking their hands and they're not looking at me. It's funny sometimes to see people looking at their hands or elsewhere. I always appreciate people who do eye-to-eye contact during handshakes. I see it as a sign of sincerity and good manners. For all the good and bad of Gibo, I'm glad that he didn't let me down on this one.

After Edu and Gibo made their speeches, he hastily wanted to go the people who were waiting at the Plaza for the proclamation rally. I also got the chance to meet his wife, Maam Nikki. Have no pictures tho. :(After I greeted her, she smiled and unexpectedly, she put her arm on my waist and rub my back. Now, I was like *thud*. She's amazing. I've always loved her style. It's simple, casual but she still looks effortlessly gorgeous. So imagine how I felt after that surprising gesture. Another *thud*. ^_^. But I was a bit embarrassed really because my back was a little damp from the motorcade.

I rewarded myself with a good Monster Coke Float from Mcdo before I went to the public plaza. There were quite a lot of people there, some were supporters of Mr. Monico Puentebella and Congressman Tan. I listened to Gibo talked about his programs and platforms in Hiligaynon. He spoke it well and much more better than me. Embarassing. Anyway, I hope the people who attended understood him and hopefully will vote for him come May 10, 2010.

Otso-singko tayo sa Mayo.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I went to the bank today

It did not start well. First, there was the blackout. I wasn't able to charge my phone but I already jot down my to-do list and brought the documents I need to send so off I went out of the door. The problem with no internet was I was not able to search for the location of East-West bank. But I said to myself I think I saw where the bank was located before so I can do this.

When I arrived at the plaza, the bank that I was looking for was not there. Naturally I asked around and boy it's difficult to follow lots of answers. I ended up going as far as Libertad because one manong said I have to ride this Bata jeep bcoz it'll pass by the bank. But no EastWest bank so far. So I drop myself off at UNO-R. While I was walking towards another jeepney stop, I thought of all of their answers and just made a guess on where I should go next.

You see, on the original location of EastWest bank now stood the Unionbank. I asked the guard where the former bank could be and looking back at it now, his answer was actually the only thing that's correct. Yeah, I never should have asked another opinion coz it just confused me. Anyway, he said that the bank is located near Central Bank. It's somewhere in Lacson but regular jeepneys do not pass there but you can drop by near Plaza. I did not understand what he said at first probably because the Plaza that he said I thought was the Bacolod Public Plaza. So I went near the plaza (that's a long walk btw at about 230pm heat) and ask around. Nobody seems to know where the bank is but they do know where Central Bank is located. I just have to walk down Luruziaga street till its end. And there I saw SK Plaza Divisoria and East West was just across Central Bank.

It was 3pm and I was glad that the bank closed at 4 becoz it meant I was able to make it. I was a bit annoyed, of course, because I spent about an hour walking around the Plaza, Araneta, Gonzaga streets and even went as far as Libertad but the bank was just close to the first person who gave me the right answer. But I'm still happy bcoz I was able to accomplish what I intended to do today.

I rewarded myself a nice cup of Monster Coke Float. I brought it to an internet cafe station, sent some application letter to a hospital, went to LBC to send some documents. And my love, I went home early ok? at about 6pm.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Presidential Poll

On the left sidebar, I added a presidential poll served by Vizu.com They have good configurations with their polls. You can even add pictures. I first had a poll at nuffnang ads but they only cater 5 answers. I'm glad I found Vizu through web search.

So Vote now. :)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Movie Review: Clash of the Titans (2010)

I went to SM Bacolod this afternoon and saw that Alice in Wonderland was replaced with two new screenings of Clash of the Titans. Since I was already there and wanted to watch a movie by myself, I bought a ticket anyway. I choose the 4:40 screening time at Cinema 1. I didn't know that they were also showing a 3D version. It was probably shown at Cinema 2 because I saw a long line before they were allowed to go in so that must have been special.

For me, the movie was entertaining with good action sequences and special effects. But I'm not keen on recommending this movie to my friends. It was a so-so movie for me. It is a loose adaptation of the one shown in 1981. It is a bit inconsistent with the Greek mythology and my gawd, when will I ever learn not to expect something from a remake. It is bound to give slight disappointments.

One is the story of Perseus and Andromeda. She was just indirectly saved by Perseus. Who is Io? That part of the story I didn't see coming. I didn't like the meddlesome immortal guardian angel Io who became his sorta sidekick but doesn't do anything either. Even though I wasn't able to watch the 1981 film but I am familiar with the Perseus and Andromeda mythology. This lead me to wanna watch the original. I found a link from tv-links.cc which has the movie streamed from megavideo. It is actually downloading as I write this. With this remake, I didn't like how they rewrite the story with shallow character development and dialogue.

But what I love about this film are the actors. They are my faves. Liam Neeson as Zeus, who looked weird at first. And why is Zeus wearing a shiny armor? hahaha. Or Perseus with his army buzz cut. fail. Ralph Fiennes did his Hades part well channeling Voldemort. Liam Cunningham was also there. And Sam Worthington, ♥♥♥ him. The acting was the same with Avatar but I'm not complaining since he's still eye-candy. ^_^.

My cousin and his wife are going to watch it tomorrow on 3D. But I'm not gonna join them. I don't want to have a headache. It is still enjoyable though but not something I would watch again.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Straight From The Horse's Mouth: What do they say about Gibo?

A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor but a man of understanding holds his tongue. Proverbs 11:12

FROM FELLOW PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND NOTED PERSONALITIES

1. REP. CYNTHIA VILLAR: Gibo maintains the highest form of professionalism in his campaign.
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1384925307040&ref=share

2. SEN. RALPH RECTO: Gibo is the true jewel of the cabinet. http://www.gmanews.tv/story/185858/gibo-recto-exchange-praises-in-bukidnon-festival

3. "I first got to know Gilbert when I saw him and his wife on one of those asinine TV talk shows in mid 2009. His answers to the vapid questions were sensible and well thought out. Aside from these qualities of intelligence, he exuded sincerity" - FRANCISCO SIONIL JOSE, one of the most widely-read Filipino writers in the English language. Philstar.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

People remembers good people.




I really love this picture. It's so touching that someone actually kept his SSS ID back when Gilberto Teodoro Sr. was still the administrator. He was the father of my presidential candidate, Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro Jr.. You see, the son is running for the 15th presidential seat of the Philippines and a lot of rumors hounding him and associating him with our current president Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. To me, it seems silly since Gibo did not receive anything nor is he involved in all of PGMA’s secret or alleged wrongdoing. It is just because they are in the same party, Lakas-Kampi-CMD, and some people branded him as her lapdog. There is nothing that they can throw at him legitimately so they opted to discredit him with these thin accusations.

With this picture, let us all remember that his father was an SSS administrator for the entire 20 years of the Marcos regime (1966-1986) and he did the following:

  • he was the longest to serve as head of the SSS, from January 1966 to February 1986, which was established in 1957
  • since the agency was young when Teodoro was its head, most of the programs he initiated became the blueprint for SSS’ success.
  • Under his leadership, the agency was able to launch the Educational Loan, Calamity Loan, Investment Incentive Loan Program, Small and Medium-scale Industries Program, Study-Now-Pay-Later program and the three-month salary loan program.
  • He also supervised the decentralization process of SSS operations, which speedup processing of loans and benefits, and increased registration of wage earners and employers especially in rural areas. The decentralization move had also allowed members to remit payments through authorized banks.
  • Teodoro first implemented SSS Medical Care (Medicare) program in 1972, which provided cash payments for medical, surgical and hospitalization expenses of members and their beneficiaries.
  • Three years later, he launched the Employees’ Compensation (EC) program, which gave additional funds to members who suffered from work-related illnesses, disabilities and even death.
  • Also under Teodoro’s leadership, the SSS started granting funeral and maternity benefits and survivors and dependents pension in the 1970s. In 1973, SSS coverage was extended to overseas Filipino workers and in 1980 to self-employed persons.
  • Moreover, SSS fund placements in various government banking institutions had yielded high returns, which helped spur economic growth and fund public infrastructure projects.
So be not afraid. PGMA and Gibo are not even blood-related. The true and legit association Gibo have is with his father. Others might say, we can’t assume that he would be like his father but even more so with Noynoy and Ninoy. Gibo has never used his father’s or mother’s accomplishment to boost his candidacy. He, himself, is enough.

Here are some wonderful quotes from Gibo:

Nothing is worth my reputation or my father’s reputation.

I am no one else’s facsimile. I make my own decisions and no one can dictate upon me.

I will not be running for president if I were only to be a puppet, it is not worth my family’s reputation to do so.

I am not the President. I am not Senator X, I am not Senator Y, I am not defense secretary this. I am Gilbert Teodoro, I am myself.

The picture above came also with a this description from a Green Team Volunteer:While we are busy campaigning in Lingayen, Pangasinan, may mga tricycle drivers na pumila para magpalagay ng posters ni G1BO sa mga tricycle nila, we had lost count kung ilan ang pumila at nagpalagay ng posters pero sunod sunod ang mga ito.. Then suddenly, a man across the street approached us and asked for G1BO stickers, binigyan namin at biglang binunot yung wallet niya at pinakita ito.. ^_^


To know more about Gibo, visit his official website or other sites like Green Beret, Barangay Gibo, Green Team.

Sulong Gibo. Sulong Pilipinas.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Maricar Reyes on Preview March cover


I've been a fan of Maricar Reyes or Mars as she is fondly called by friends for quite some time now. She has exceed expectations and has done well in her shows like Bud Brothers, Your Song's Gaano Kita Ka Mahal, Maalaala Mo Kaya segment and the Philippine Version of Lovers in Paris. The article asked "How Maricar Reyes remains media-elusive yet manages to be dubbed the fastest-rising star in 2009 goes against the natural laws of showbiz." Especially here in the Philippines. How indeed.

I like the clothes that she wore to this shoot. She is styled by Liz Uy. And I love this stylist too. I'm not into fashion so I would never buy this mag if Maricar Reyes is not in it. I just bought it yesterday and I immediately grab a copy coz it's the only one left. I'm happy with the interview. It describe how she is as a person, a doctor, an actor and an "athlete". Gone are those questions about her past ordeal. And may it truly continue.

So Grab your copy now.