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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