Friday, December 31, 2010

EVENT | Filipino New Year Celeb is All About Food


The new year, 2011 has finally come. A new beginning for everybody and this year I hope things become better for everybody. 2010 wasn't that bad at all but I just hope the new year ushers in brighter hope.

Anyhow, for this blog let me introduce the Filipino way of celebrating the new year. For Filipinos, aside from the century old tradition on lighting firecrackers which is believed to drive away evil spirits, a much more important practice is well- to eat. Filipinos' penchant for food is really amazing and since I am a Filipino I can say I have inherited the gene. It's sinfully pleasurable to indulge if food is served in front of you. The problem is, Filipino dish is really unhealthy. But I've got tomorrow to go jogging anyway and burn those calories.

My Top Five 2010 Christmas Photos

TOP 5. Birthday celebration of my dad in Lucena City. 

(In the photo are my sister and brother) Wearing New York 101 T-shirt courtesy of Jake (이태겸)

TOP 4. StandbyEnglish Christmas party at Porkee's Quezon City.

Wearing UP Diliman Jacket. Photo by Laila Jane Vargas

TOP 3. Palaisdaan barkada Christmas celebration

Wearing Polo class A shirt. Photo by Kathrina Inciong

TOP 2. Overnight at JP Cledera's house

(In the photo is friend Mellany Plopino) Photo by Dixon Lagrama


TOP 1. Hangout with family

Wearing Bench bodyfit tee. Photo by Ayana Zahra Abdula

TRAVEL | Kamayan sa Palaisdaan, Tayabas Quezon


Celebrating the Christmas season with my friends back in the countryside we decided to hit a native restaurant located in Tayabas Quezon Province. The place is called KAMAYAN SA PALAISDAAN. I've been visiting this place ever since I was a child. My parents and I used to frequent this place and even back then, I've very good memories of this place. Before, we can even fish here for fun. The "Tilapia" (St. Peter's fish) is simply infamous in this place and I would definitely recommend this place to all who wants to experience honest to goodness Tilapia. I bring my foreign friends here once in a while and they are satisfied.

It's me on a floating bamboo cottage
 The problem though is that with so many people visiting the place, going here on a holiday is not a good idea who are patience-ly challenged. The service is truly slow it took the waiters to clean our table one hour. IMAGINE, one hour just for cleaning the table. Took TWO HOURS before food was served. We arrived in the place at 12:30 pm and we were able to eat at around 2pm. The running joke among us is that if you want to eat lunch in PALAISDAAN then you better get there at breakfast.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

TRAVEL | Porkee's, Quezon City


Still in Quezon City (seems my life has been all about this city lately), my fellow teachers decided to celebrate the company's post Christmas party in PORKEE's BAR located in Quezon City.  Anyway I realized that when going to a bar, I better equip myself with a very important weapon- complete lyrics of a song. I had to sing FAITHFULLY in this bar without knowing the exact lyrics I ended up shooting lyrics here and there. But it was fun though. Next time really I would be prepared.

Photo with band's vocalist. We had a duet singing "The Closer I Get to You" and yes I did the female part. I will upload the video later.

PORKEE's a typical bar with a live band playing updated pop music (the lead singer was singing Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are" when we entered).

TRAVEL | Starbucks, TechnoHub Philcoa; Don Antonio, and Convergy's


Starbucks Philcoa while looking at an expensive water jug

So here comes 2011, and I'm wordless. Funny I'll be sitting in front of my computer at a time like this when I'm supposed to be out and having fun. But then again, I am better off without me spending too much since I have to save money for this rainy days to come (figuratively!).

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

To write more

I've been thinking really hard how I can write more efficiently in my blogs. Lately I've been so busy with all the work here in the office I couldn't find time to sit back and write. Of course I know that writing should not be taken for granted.

Well lately I've been into posting good videos in the net and I just hope some people visiting this blog would find it worthwhile to listen to this videos as well. But seriously I am going to write more interesting topics this 2011 (hello advertisers, are you listening???) Hahaha... it's not really about earning money but the satisfaction of improving my writing skills. I feel my writing skills has declined big time.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I Just Had Sex


Couldn't help but laugh when I watched this vid. Wahahaha.. I wish sex was this simple not minding STD and HIV, whew that would have been perfect. But of course in reality these are things we have to think about. Anyway the ending was hilarious... I wonder what Katty Perry would be thinking...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Story of Growing Old


This video surely made me cry when I saw it. Somehow it touched me and made me think how my wonderful my future will be if I grow old with someone whom I can really just talk to, and have fun. Hope you enjoy this video as much as I did.

Remember When?

I just had to remove the video I posted yesterday since Youtube decided that I have infringed upon some copyright booboo.. anyhow will try to upload the video here in blogspot later.

Friday, December 17, 2010

LIFESTYLE | Extreme Fitness Gym



Ratings-

Equipment : 9 / 10
Location : 8 / 10
Personnel : 8 / 10
Clientel : 8 / 10

(My fitness trainor, Teacher Francis Chua on the left side)


This has been long overdue. I have started going to the gym since August and I only felt the urge to write this about the gym I go to.

First of all, the gym is near my office so it's very convenient for me.

I go there like thrice a week, which according to my fitness consultant is the ideal schedule since the body should not be overworked out.

Facilities wise, the equipment is good. Most of the things there are newly purchased and offers a variety of machines for different body targets.

Speaking of body target, my original target is to reduce my fattening belly and develop my abs. But lately I observed that my chest is developing too so I kinda like touching my chest when it's inflated (sounds like a balloon).

But nowadays, i have to focus on the marathon that I have to join come July 2011. So most of the time I'm just running/jogging on the treadmill.

I'm still deciding whether to change my workout plan since summer will come first and I would love to bask in the sun with superb bodies. Not exactly the muscular type but just the toned one and I know I can achieve that.

There aren't many people in the afternoon so I choose to go to the gym this time.The gym is on the third floor of  a not so big building. Just before you get to the workout area, there's a studio conducive for yoga and dancing.

In the workout area, there are four treadmills (one is dysfunctional), two bicycles, and two ellipticals.

There are also leg extension machines, weights, dumbels, barbels, etc.

There are two toilets. One locker is for the boys. There's no locker room for girls.

The gym personnel are also very nice. They are always ready to assist when you need help.



Thursday, December 16, 2010

Intraspection Again


I'm not really sure what to write for now. My mind's so blank from all the important things I have to finish this week. Well today I was able to finish my recommendation letters and that's something that made me happy despite the fact that I wasn't able to attend to my job interview. These days sleep has become so important to me that sometimes I wish I can just stay in bed as much as I want- which I can't do of course.

Things to write about in the near future:

1. My 2011 resolution in comparison with 2010 (What has been achieved- so somehow an evaluation check)... let me just remind myself that I need to put the readers in mind when I do this. I sort of get into an intra writing mode rather than inter.

2. The important things and places I have done this year. More like a top 100 of the things in my life. I should start this very soon. I only have days left before 2010 bids me goodbye.

3. Fashion.. fashion.. fashion.. although I was never updated on this. I'd like to check out what has been the trend this year and what will be the next year's.

So many things to write about, so little time.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Upside Down Cup


Last night, I dreamt about a cup. My cousin was asking for her cup which I cannot understand why because I saw in my dream that it was exactly where the cup was supposed to be.

The dream changed into something that I was so nervous about being late for some sort of appointment (which for some reason I felt was regarding a test/exam or interview). Due to time constraint, I wore my clothes clumsily and that's how my father told me to "improve" (this was the exact word he used) myself.

Interpretation:

I just searched from the net the meaning of the cup, and it says there that an empty cup meant spiritual emptiness. 

It was Sunday yesterday and I failed to go to Church and I think this is the reason why my consciousness is haunting me. The father in my dream didn't look anything like my father but I felt he was my father. This father was so calm and composed, and was sitting in my dream. 

I may have a follwo up dream about this so I'm writing this down for the record.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Been a while

First of all , let me thank the people who are reading this blogsite.
I am really honored by your positive comments and inspired by the negative ones.
It's been really a while since I posted anything from my blog.
I think I've been very caught up with my job that I couldn't find time to write my "fearless" revelations as one of the visitors would say (hahaha, love that thought, maybe I should be bolder in this site).

Anyhow, there are many things to write about for this month and some of these include my trip in China and people I met there, and many more. So better watch out for the release of my new posts.



Thanks a million to my supporters again.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ARTICLE | Pinoy Kasi


I found this very interesting article on Filipino language, and it got me into thinking WHAT IF the national language was Bisaya and not Tagalog? Would Tagalog's status in the country be like what the status of the Bisaya? Well, I can never know that but it's really interesting to ponder on  these thoughts.


The author of this article by the way is one of the professors in my university who I often see in the student cafeteria. He writes for the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Bekimon



Recently, I have started watching the videos of this guy making all the BEKIMON videos.

Bekimon by the way is the updated term for gay lingo. As explained, it came from the word "Beki" meaning gay (in Tagalog, the term for gay is "bakla" thus beki).

These videos is revolutionizing the adaptation of the Filipino language in modern times. Earlier in my post, I discussed about how Venus Raj used "major major" in her answer in the recent 2010 Ms. Universe. This "major major" term is loosely translated into "bonggang bongga" meaning too much.

In this instance, we see how the Filipino's ingenuity towards manipulating words has evolved. This is not surprising to a country where centuries of foreign colonization mixed with regional languages continue to exist.

Furthermore, there is a website on the net which can actually translate sentences into Bekimon. I tried to use it and translated the Filipino National Anthem in Filipino:

vayang magiliw perlas ng julanganan alab ng puseklavu sa dibdib metch\'y buhay
(Bayang magiliw perlas ng silanganan alab ng puso sa dibdib mo'y buhay)
source : http://jejemon.x10hosting.com/bekimon.php

It's really interesting. You can also check out these funny videos and tell me what you think about Bekimon-


Saturday, September 4, 2010

Public Pools

I'm so going to learn how to swim. For now, I need to scout nearby areas for pools. I just found these two from http://sportsmanila.com/blog/cool-off-with-these-public-pools-around-the-metro


Monday, August 30, 2010

Ling Nam

As you have guessed, I was not so delighted by the eating experience.

Yesterday I craved something new to eat. I was deciding between Korean and Vietnamese, and I ended up in a Chinese dimsum house. The place is LING NAM, located alongside Shop Wise Don Antonio. I've been passing by the place for quite a time now and I thought of trying their food. It was a dimsum house so their main specialty is noodle. I ordered Beef Wanton Noodle (P155) and Siopao Asado (P60). If you ask me, the same order of wanton noodle and siopao can be bought cheaper from Chowking and would taste better.

Ling Nam Don Antonio

Anyhow, the interior of the place has nothing new to offer: wooden tables with dirty looking covers, red cushioned sofa on the side, crowded place, missing tissues on the tables, chit chatting waiters. As you have guessed, I was not so delighted by the eating experience.

The food was not too spectacular. I felt like I was eating a noodle bought from an ordinary mami stand and the siopao had nothing new to it, except the sauce that looked so sticky you'll mistake it for a glue (except that it's brown).

Overall, I would not recommend the place.

TRAVEL | Tagaytay Outing - Part 7 MAHOGANY MARKET


MAHOGANY MARKET

With all the cheap vegetables and fruits, one cannot help but spend a lot in this market.

This is the haven for mothers and old women. With all the cheap vegetables and fruits, one cannot help but spend a lot in this market. What’s more is that you can still haggle with the price. I think as I grow up, I’m developing the art of haggling which is important for budget conscious people like me. In addition, there are medicinal/herbal plants sold in this market. One of my fellow workers was really into herbal medicines she was amazed to see all the cheap plants here.

So many fruits and vegetables, you'll just have to buy as much as you can

TIP:

Save your money so you can bring home lots of vegetables and fruits from this place. They say meat is also cheap here but I didn’t ask for the price though. I’m just not the market type of person.



TRAVEL | Tagaytay Outing - Part 6 BAG OF BEANS


BAG OF BEANS

I brewed some at home and it was great. I’m just happy we passed by the place. I’m such a coffee addict.

If I was with my girlfriend/s or some boy friends then it would have been nice to stay for a while in this coffee shop but most of the people I was with were quite disinterested in drinking coffee so we chose to buy some coffee products instead of drinking at the coffee shop. They have different kinds of coffee from Robusta to local Kapeng Barako. I brewed some at home and it was great. I’m just happy we passed by the place. I’m such a coffee addict.

Bag of Beans Coffee Shop

TIP:

If you are a coffee lover, visit the place. Price is quite high, but Starbucks is still the undisputed overpriced coffee.



TRAVEL | Tagaytay Outing - Part 5 MUSHROOM BURGER


MUSHROOM BURGER

For people who say Mushroom Burger is extraordinary, well I’d like to say that “to each his own.”

The night before the trip I was reading about Tagaytay and I was intrigued by this Mushroom Burger house they say the trip to Tagaytay won’t be complete without a visit to this special place. So after Picnic Grove we proceeded to this old house. I tried to hold my expectations down and good thing I did that.

Mushroom Burger

For people who say Mushroom Burger is extraordinary, well I’d like to say that “to each his own.” I never found the burger anything special. It did taste like real burger but I was never a fan of burgers so it wasn’t so great for me. I’m not really disappointed but I’d say it was not worth the trouble.

Do I look hungry...?
TIP:

Not exactly a place to include in your itinerary unless you’re a vegan in search of alternatives to your eating burgers.



TRAVEL | Tagaytay Outing - Part 4 PICNIC AREA


PICNIC AREA

The picnic area is quite crowded also so better get used to many people talking and chatting around.

Restaurants in Tagaytay are just overpriced so we decided to bring our own food. It was an excellent decision. We brought fried chicken, steamed fish, adobong pork, cooked rice, some rice cake, soft drinks, and water. We only had to pay P150 for the cottage. The view was spectacular minus the tall grass and garbage lying around. The picnic area is quite crowded also so better get used to many people talking and chatting around. There are delicacies sold by locals around. I didn’t ask for the price because I was not so fond of sweets. Then there are massage people offering their service for a minimum donation (usually P50). There are also souvenir shops at the exit of the picnic area so one can easily buy “pasalubong.” The prices of the items are quite reasonable.

TRAVEL | Tagaytay Outing - Part 3 ZIPLINE


ZIPLINE

Thinking it was exciting, we eagerly tried the ride... only to be disappointed

Ziplining is the act of crossing a ravine suspended in air by a zipline. The ride costs 200 (which is higher than Enchanted Kingdom’s rides). Thinking it was exciting, we eagerly tried the ride. There are two options with the ride- one way and two way. One way, you cross and don’t come back. Two way, you’ll come back. But seriously it was not worth the money. The one way is too boring enough. You won’t feel any excitement. Plus, the fact that the people there are taking photos for P100. Imagine, just one photo for a hundred bucks. Simply laughable. 

Zipline Fee - One way: P200; Two way: P400; Photo: P100 (Not worth it, charge to experience)

You'll be ziplining to the other end of the ravine and that's it.

TIP:

Don't choose the two way if you don’t want to waste money. The photographs are not worth the pay too.



TRAVEL | Tagaytay Outing - Part 2 PICNIC GROVE


PICNIC GROVE

Don’t make the tourists and visitors their main source of income as if it’s the only job that they can do in this world.

It was not difficult to find this place, although we still got lost owing to the fact that the place has no sign and all. The only way you can recognize the place is with the sign saying that iy has zipline. To me, it was like an old park needing some more renovation. Cars have to pay P35 and people P50. Inside there are so many locals offering horseback riding and boat riding, each overpriced. I wonder how the local government can tolerate this kind of business activity. People are ripping off the tourists. While sitting under the shade of a tree, one man loudly exclaims, surely to be heard by everyone-
“Tatlong araw na kaming di kumakain! (We haven’t eaten yet for three days)”
Wow, is that our fault that they have not eaten anything. As Rosanna Roces in her movie, “Ligaya ang Itawag Mo sa Akin”
“Kanya-kanya tayong gawa ng salbabida (Each of us needs to make his own way)”
Secretary Ace Durano might have been right when he said that,
“Pag may turista, may trabaho (If there are tourists, there are jobs)

But for crying out loud, don’t make the tourists and visitors their main source of income as if it’s the only job that they can do in this world. After all, they are there to help tourism and not traumatize people from visiting places like Tagaytay.

Such a majestic view. You'll forget all your problems when you see this.
TIP:


Never bite into horseback ride offers nor boat riding. Most of them are really overpriced. They charge you P1500 but you can get it for as low as 800-1000, haggle as much as you can. Don’t buy the drama of the locals.



TRAVEL | Tagaytay Outing - Part 1


On the way, I saw the Taal Lake. The view was simply majestic. I felt that surge of awe with what I have seen. I never imagined Tagaytay to be this beautiful.

For the last weekend of August, my colleagues and I decided to take our good friend Jake to Tagaytay to have a change of atmosphere. I have only been to Tagaytay once. Not until this visit did I realize that Tagaytay was a part of Cavite and not Laguna. I can still remember the pineapple in Palace in the Sky- which we deliberately avoided since there is nothing special there anymore with all the vandalisms done in the place. We decided to proceed immediately to Picnic Grove. On the way, I saw the Taal Lake. The view was simply majestic. I felt that surge of awe with what I have seen. I never imagined Tagaytay to be this beautiful. Back on my first visit, I never really appreciated Tagaytay as much as I have now. With the clear skies I saw the lake and the infamous volcano. It was just like what they say, a lake within a lake. I’m so proud of this piece of treasure the Philippines has. It’s not difficult to say that our country is such a gifted one.

Me, the Mang Gio the driver and the crosswind en route to Tagaytay
Overlooking Taal Lake with company friends and Korean friend, Jake

TIP:
You need to leave Manila or anywhere early so you can see the beauty of the Taal Lake in the morning when the sun is still shining. The sun in the afternoon is quite high and doesn’t foster basking under it. Tagaytay’s weather for the most part is hot. Traffic’s bad in the afternoon to early evening so better go back home before rush hour (4pm – 5pm) or after rush hour (9pm – 10pm).



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

PNP Picture Taking at Quirino Grandstand Bus Hostage Taking



Sense of respect is universal, 
but some people just didn't learn this value while growing up.



Is it cultural difference that could explain how some Filipinos can be so insensitive in the face of a serious international setback. The policemen could have forgotten how their action can affect the families of those who perished in this senseless bloodshed. Or maybe their brains have already been so busted from all the pressure they're facing now.

(Above) PNP in action. (Below) Naive students from Pluto!

Now the Chinese people are aggravated but this display of disrespect to those who have been involved.

Personally I think, these policemen have just crossed the line and should apologize most especially to the families of the victims. I bet if one of their kins have been a victim, they would also feel the same way as these Hong Kong people do.





Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Quirino Grandstand Bus Hostage Taking

I'm not ashamed to be a Filipino. I'm ashamed that one Rolando Mendoza happened to be a Filipino- one quote I read from Facebook.

11 hour hostage taking in Quirino Grandstand, August 23, 2010

I just don't get how some Chinese people can blow the situation out of proportion. I mean, it's not my fault that one stupid Mendoza would wake up one Monday morning and decided to get into a tourist bus and started killing passengers there. It's not my fault that the police force is nothing short of lousy policemen naive of what to do in a hostage taking crisis. It's definitely not my fault that the government officials now and public leaders are pointing fingers to each other as to who should be responsible for this horror.

The bus and the police

I just don't get it. We the innocent ones always suffer because of the lack of skills of the supposed to be pillars of our country. People in Hong Kong are now in danger maybe not of losing their lives, but losing their jobs. The hatred towards Filipinos has been etched in our neighboring countries simply because we failed to act accordingly, to protect the people.

I really just don't get it. But to the people who died in that tourist bus, to the family of all the victims, to the country dismayed at the incident- I truly understand where you all are coming from. If this happened to us then we may just be in the same shoes as you are.

What I do get is that only time can heal this. May things be well again between the Philippines and China. In requiem to the victims and the family.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Venus Raj in a "major-major" way


If only she had maintained her composure and cool, she could have nailed this one. She was this close!
Miss Philippines 2010 Venus Raj (source: http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs221.snc3/20870_133199553381072_100000730850717_201132_8360180_n.jpg)

I'm not really sure if I'm going to be happy about the Philippines winning 4th place in the recently concluded Miss Universe 2010 (well to begin with I never expected the Philippines to win anyway except perhaps for the Miss Photogenic award which was won this year by Miss Thailand). Yes it's true that the Philippines (Venus Raj, 22) proved her beauty to the world but the thought of almost being crowned just a few intellectual answers away is really killing me.

Who's she kidding when she answered William Baldwin's question, "What is your major mistake and how did you correct it?" Her answer:

You know what sir, in my 22 years of existence I can say that there is nothing major-major problem that I have done in my life because I am very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me so thank you so much that I am here. Thank you thank you so much!

Gosh, the answer didn't even hit the question. So during the coronation, i just hoped that the judges would have considered the tragic hostage taking that took place the night before and somehow give the Philippines a chance to be cast in a better light.


Make no mistake about it. I am proud of what the Philippines has achieved in this pageant. I'm just bitter at the thought that we could have done better. In any case, I salute Venus. You are such a blessing to this country.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Confused

Deciding where to go this Saturday evening, I'm halted between going to a spa and Starbucks.
The sizes that can make you dig deep in your pockets
 
Versus

24 hours of relaxation minus the so-so food

It's actually almost 7pm and as usual, I am running out of time again and later I will regret my impulsive decisions. But I am actually thinking which one would be the better option since I still have some important paper works to finish later this evening. But now that I've written this, I feel like I don't want to go to Starbucks anymore and get ripped off from their overpriced coffee and donut. I think I can just do the paper works here in my room. What I need to do is to just buy some instant coffee and borrow the kettle from the other house. I think that would be a good plan. For the meantime, I must go now and have that relaxing spa/massage, have dinner and start working on the papers. Perfect.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

EXAM TIME

Can you answer any of these mind-boggling questions???

WORLD HISTORY

Describe the history of the papacy from its origins to the present
day, concentrating especially, but not exclusively, on its social,
political, economic, religious, and philosophical impact on Europe,
Asia, America, and Africa. Be brief and concise, yet specific.

ASTRONOMY

Define the universe; give three examples.

MEDICINE

You will be provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a
bottle of Scotch. Remove your appendix. Do not suture until your work
has been inspected. You have 15 minutes.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Write a fifth-generation computer language. Using this language,
create a computer program to finish the rest of this exam for you.

PUBLIC SPEAKING
Twenty-five hundred riot-crazed aborigines are storming the classroom.
Calm them. You may use any ancient language except Latin, Hebrew, or
Greek.

CIVIL ENGINEERING

This is a practical test of your design and building skills. With the
boxes of toothpicks and glue present, build a platform that will
support your weight when you and your platform are suspended over a
vat of nitric acid.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
The disassembled parts of a howitzer have been placed in a box on your
desk. You will also find an instruction manual, printed in Swahili. In
10 minutes a hungry Bengal tiger will be admitted to the room. Take
whatever action you feel is appropriate. Be prepared to justify your
decision.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
You will be placed in a nuclear reactor and given a partial copy of
the electrical layout. The electrical system has been tampered with.
You have seventeen minutes to find the problem and correct it before
the reactor melts down.

BIOLOGY
Create life. Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture if
this form of life had developed 500,000 years earlier, with special
attention to the probable effect, if any, on the Philippine social
spectrum circa 1640. Prove your thesis.

RELIGION
Perform a miracle. Creativity will be judged.

MUSIC
Write a full piano concerto. Orchestrate and perform it with a flute
and drum. You will find a piano under your seat.

LOGIC

Take a position for or against truth. Prove the validity of your position.

CHEMISTRY
You must identify a poison sample which you will find at your lab
table. All necessary equipment has been provided. There are two
beakers at your desk, one of which holds the antidote. If the wrong
substance is used, it causes instant death. You may begin as soon as
the professor injects you with a sample of the poison.

PSYCHOLOGY
Based on your knowledge of their early works, evaluate the emotional
stability, degree of adjustment, and repressed frustrations of each of
the following: Alexander of Aphrodisias, Ramses II, Gregory of Nicea,
and Hammurabi. Support your evaluations with quotations from each
man's work, making appropriate references. Translate all quotations in
Tagalog.

SOCIOLOGY
Identify the sociological problems which might be associated with the
end of the world. Construct an experiment to test your theory.

ECONOMICS
Describe in four hundred words or less what you would have done to
prevent the Great Depression.

MATHEMATICS
You have 60 seconds to mentally solve the mathematical problem below. Begin.

8,256.091 + _________ - ________ x ________ ¸ ________ = -38.07623

(Bonus question: Why is 11 not pronounced onety one? Provide a full
numerical analysis in justifying your answer.)

POLITICAL SCIENCE
There is a red telephone on the desk beside you. Start World War III.
Report at length on its socio-political effects, if any.

ART
Given one eight-count box of crayons and three sheets of notebook
paper, recreate the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Skin tones should
be true to life.

PHYSICS
Explain the nature of matter. Include in your answer an in-depth
evaluation of the impact of the development of mathematics on science.

METAPHYSICS

Describe in detail the nature of life after death. Test your hypothesis.

PHILOSOPHY

Sketch the development of human thought. Estimate its significance.
Compare with the development of any other kind of thought.

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

Describe in detail. Be objective and specific.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

At 1am

Almost 1 am.

I am forcing myself to write something though there's really nothing to write about. But yeah there's one thing that keeps bothering me, "HOW IN THE WORLD CAN JESSICA ZAFRA SLEEP 8 HOURS A DAY?"


Jessica Zafra (someone I look up to in the field of writing)
Source: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Jessica_Zafra

Well she said it herself. She sleeps enough but she's able to write all these brilliant composition which I think would take me days to finish. How can she ever do that> It's so unfair when I can only sleep for 3-4 hours a day. Wish I can really do that. These days, that wish to sleep early has become an obsession to me. It's almost 1 am now and I intend to sleep at that time. Well the other night I slept at 1:30am so I guess half an hour earlier would really be an achievement.

Just some things to finish tonight and I can go to bed and hopefully catch that much needed zzz's. Just have to fix my schedule for tomorrow. Ahh, the agony of scheduling. I was never like this, so particular about time. I was a happy go lucky person before but I can't do that anymore. It's so expensive to be so carefree and that's one thing I can't afford.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sleepy

It's very difficult to start writing in the morning without my daily dose of coffee. I'm starting to think that it is the coffee that is talking and not me. It's definitely like intoxication. So I better head to the kitchen now.

What have I to say today? I'm trying to squeeze out something. Well there should be something worth writing. Oh yeah about claiming but that was yesterday. Couldn't find the heart and mind to enter that one.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Superpowers

Dream Sequence:

The location was in a familiar village in my childhood. If I am not mistaken, it was a combination of Zaballero, Tagkawayan and Maryhill College.

All over the place I can see pre-evolved human beings (e.g. Homo Habilis) trying to set up their houses.

I was flying in the dream sequence. For the moments that I was walking, I was with a mob. I had the ability to make my imaginations come true but only on a limited time. I had to ask one person to give me my power to make my imaginations come true.


The last thing I knew was that I made some place explode. It was a forest. All the rest had some sort of superpowers too.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

PISAY


Source: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Image:Pisay.jpg

Just can't help but write this review as thoughts from this movie kept running in my head the entire night.

The movie (directed by Aureus Solito) is divided into four sections namely: freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. Each section has its story, character and issues to resolve. As the sections insinuate, the characters playing are in relation to their high school level inside PISAY, the science school in the Philippines where the brightest students in science are studying. Each section is linked to each other, all dealing with socially relevant issues occurring during the Martial Law 1980s.


Source: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_S-ulTXagq_Y/RqukkHUeg0I/AAAAAAAAAP0/RchVLliIRmo/s400/pisay1.jpg

I guess what made this movie truly impressive to me is that I can relate to it. I applied to PISAY also when I was in high school and thank God I didn't pass. I can only imagine what could have happened to my life if I was accepted. As seen in the movie, students were pushed really hard to be on the top of their classes. However some students (which would definitely include me if I were there) were having some difficulty keeping up with the demands of the school whether academically or through principle.

All in all, I loved the movie as I learned valuable lessons from it.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

SPA REVIEW | (Defunct) City Lifestyle Spa and Fitness Center Review

As of November 17, 2011, this Spa has closed down. I have only visited this spa once, and as you will read in this review, the place was already on its brink of closure which actually did. Equipment was already dilapidated and cheaper spa's have emerged over the years. Most of the masseuses and masseurs have been transferred to some nearby Spa's.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I dreamt of an "apple on a tree"


Apple

Depending on the context of the dream, an Apple can signify love (if the apple is fresh and given to someone), guilt (only if one associates eating an apple with the biblical reference to the garden of Eden). In prophetic dreams the apple is considered to be a very good omen, but the interpretation depends primarily on what the details are. If the apples are ripe there is a promise of financial rewards but if the apples were green, bitter, or tainted in some way then you are in danger of losing something through mistake or foolishness that you would have otherwise gained.

Friday, June 25, 2010

HanCom

http://www.hancom.co.kr/hancom/eng/product/product02_01.jsp

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Alejandro addict


I just couldn'tget this out of mind. This is just too addicting. I love Lady Gaga very much. Of course I don't agree with everything I see from Gaga, but you just gotta hand it to her. She's proven herself a pop icon of our generation.


Monday, June 21, 2010

Be careful of what you wish for



A married couple in their early 60s was out celebrating their 35th
wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant. Suddenly,
a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table and said, "For
being such an
exemplary married couple and for being faithful to each other for all
this time, I will grant you each a wish." "Oh, I want to travel
around the world with my darling
husband" said the wife. The fairy waved her magic wand and -- pouf!
-- two tickets for the Queen Mary II luxury liner appeared in her
hands. Then it was the husband's turn. He thought for a moment and
said: "Well, this is all very romantic,but an opportunity like this
will never come again. I'm sorry my love, but my wish is to have a
wife 30 years younger than me."The wife, and the fairy,
were deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish..."So the fairy waved
her magic wand and -- pouf! -- the husband became 92 years old.

The moral of the story:
Men who are ungrateful idiots should remember fairies are female.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

CORPORATE | Punctuality Says a Lot About You


Just got this from one of my emails. No infringement intended. I do not own this material. Just felt like sharing it to the world. Alicia Smith (AliciaSmith. com) says punctuality says a lot about you.


1. You care. Showing up and on time is one of the best ways to show someone that you care about them.

2. You respect others. Arriving on time shows that you respect others. Respect is the foundation for creating great long-term relationships.

3. You are professional. Being on time is a fundamental tool for anyone who wants to be perceived as being the very best.

4. You are confident. When you show up on time, it’s a sign that you are confident to take on whatever might lay before you. Tardiness can imply that you aren’t confident, or that you are hesitating to deal with a person or situation.
5. You are open to others. Punctuality says, “I’m ready” -- to be involved with whatever is set before you. People who aren’t ready often show up late or not at all.

6. You have an edge. Being punctual gives you an edge in business. The early bird truly does get the worm. Timing is everything. Being punctual is great; being early is even better!

7. You’re in control. People choose to do business with those they like, know, and trust. They like doing business with people who are in control. If you always arrive early or on time, you give the impression that you are in control and manage things well.

8. You have a standard for excellence. Punctuality is but one standard of excellence. It implies that you are in control of your life and shows that you respect yourself and others.

9. You keep things in flow. Other people are affected by what you do and don’t do. If you don’t show up or deliver as promised, you adversely affect others. By showing up on time, you allow other people to get things done on time as well. Everybody wins.


Your habits are your brand. Brands take time to build. When you become known as someone who is punctual, you will enhance your brand. The common sense point here -- be punctual. You’ll enhance your brand and create a positive personal impact.



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Blonde Mortician

A man who just died is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black suit.
The female blonde mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would like the body dressed.

She points out that the man does look good in the black suit he is already wearing. The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit.

She gives the Blonde mortician a blank check and says, 'I don't care what it costs, but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.'


The woman returns the next day for the wake.

To her delight, she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe; the suit fits him perfectly.

She says to the mortician, 'Whatever this cost, I'm very satisfied. You did an excellent job and I'm very grateful. How much did you spend?'

To her astonishment, the blonde mortician presents her with the blank check.

'There's no charge,' she says.
'No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit!' she says.
'Honestly, ma'am,' the blonde says, 'it cost nothing. You see, a deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice.

So I just switched the heads.'

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