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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Of Foiled Plans and Late-night Chats

12.30.09 | Wednesday

As if I'm not extremely bummed out at home, me and my friend Donna had to cancel our night-out at Eastwood to watch The Bloomfields' first performance at that venue with their new member Dino Pascual. (Just to clarify things up, the members' line-up are: Rocky, Louie, Lakan and Dino).

So I had no choice but to spend my night baking two batches of brownies, fix some stuff (because it's bad karma DAW if you welcome the year ahead with an untidy home), and wash an endless pile of dishes.

How nice. O_______o

But good great things always come at the end, surprisingly. Let's enumerate again, shall we?
  1. I was able to make the microphone work on my PC for Skype conferences.
  2. Shared some good hearty laughs with my two closest pals, Caren and Haeja. (Yes Haeja, you win... again. Caren, thou shall not make fun of others... haha!)
  3. Hmm. I think I'd love to keep this a secret (kill joy ako, I know!)
Okay, that's all for now because I'm in the mood to help out in the kitchen today. It's my brother's birthday today! Hooray to our forever love-hate relationship! Hahaha!

I'm not so sure if I can still make another post before 2009 ends so I'd like to great ya'll...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
See you all in 2010!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Hope and Faith, baby!

FINALLY, I'm happy.

Didn't I tell you from my last post that I truly believe this season is that of perpetual hope? And I'm glad I'm right! It only took one particular e-mail to put a lasting smile on my face.

Merci beaucoup.
(You know who you are~ ^^,)

Next stop, BLOOMFIELDS GIG! Weee!

Friday, December 25, 2009

'Tis the Season, But I'm not Jolly!

Hello world!

Uh-huh, let's see... I haven't updated for more than a month already. The past month has LITERALLY been a whirlwind of events --- and I can't think of a more appropriate way of saying it.

Honestly:
  • I've been physically unhealthy. I was on antibiotics for 3 weeks, then a week on cough meds. And now I'm back on antibiotics again. Bummer!
  • I've been physically- and mentally-drained from school.
  • I've been to one-too-many events in school. Either attended or performed.
  • I've been going home late by saying "Please fetch me at 9 or 9:30 or 10:00 pm. My class ends at 5 (which is true), and my choir practice ends late (which is not always true). After that I'll be eating dinner with my friends (which is, again, not always true. We drink booze or hang out for coffee)" - that kind of excuse.
  • I've cut classes one-too-many times. I'm either working for my various school orgs or just stays somewhere. Class is boring, I'd rather let my books do the talking!
  • I've been stalked at, looked at, checked out and so on. I DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE IT. (PS: I don't bite! Haha!)
  • I've been saddened by the sudden 'break-up' of one of my favorite local band. And no, I don't think there's any more room for reconciliation.

And lately:
  • I'm PMS-ing on Christmas day... hooray!
  • I can't drink booze at home (and can't even blurt out my frustration verbally).
  • Earlier this day, I watched a horror movie. Ironic.
  • I miss someone BADLY, and I don't know why.
  • ... and I currently hate watching cheesy chic flicks/love stories just 'coz it makes me miss that person more. AND NO, IT'S NOT SOMEONE YOU KNOW (whoever's reading this - ask my friend Caren, okay?)

Sorry, ma-drama. ANYWAY.

Despite all the craziness I've been doing lately, I feel good. HELL YEAH, I'M GOOD!!!

Looking back, I never thought I'd be where I am now: stronger than ever in all aspects, resilient, forgiving BUT never-ever forgetting. And yes people, I think I somehow shed that nonsense "good girl image" I've donned since Freshman year.

Yes, I drink booze.
No, I don't get hella drunk.
No, I don't smoke.
No, I don't do drugs.
CLEAR?

But there's just one problem I'm facing now: I AM BORED out of my wits at home. I feel like I'm locked up in an unhappy place. All I ever did since the 20th was sleep for 12 hours a day, go online, watch TV shows, and go on a last-minute Christmas shopping which wasn't that tiring considering that I only have less than 20 people on my list.

For the first time in the last 4 years, I never thought I'd say that my Christmas right now just doesn't feel right. It doesn't, really. I may not know why, but something's really different. Even the simple "Noche Buena" felt ritualistic to me; no fun at all.

What is happening?!? Ugggghh.

But to all those out there, HAPPY CHRISTMAS! I'm still hoping for a sudden turn of events. Anyway it's the season of perpetual hope, right?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Words of Wisdom Whilst Drunk

From my good friend Toby Peralta (via text):

"It's not the load that breaks you down,
it's the way you carry it."

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Social Interview 101

Last Monday, I answered three questions from Facebook's Social Interview app.

I ought to post them here, just in case they got 'flushed out' of my wall updates.

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Question #1:
SocialInterview.com asked me "What age in your life would you return to if you had the choice?"

I answered: "The day I turned sixteen, and a few months after that. Just to re-do some stupid decisions I made."

Question #2:
SocialInterview.com asked me "What do you wish for this Christmas?"

I answered: "Love, peace, rest and relaxation, and a new iPod (still mourning over the one I lost more than a year ago)."

Question #3:
SocialInterview.com asked me "What do you look for in a partner?"

I answered: "Tall, dark, handsome, musically-inclined, genuinely nice, smart, analytical, understanding, spontaneous, FUN, practical, loyal."

(Oh yea. ^______^)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Good Vibes on a Tuesday

Align Center
I'm definitely not a morning person, but...
FREE COFFEE!!!
Thanks Telly~

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Hooray to my first meal of the day:
Mushroom Linguine + Cosmopolitan


P.S.: Caren, we should do these more often. ^^,

*Stupid Picnik won't edit my photos well. Darn.*
*Picnik finally edited my photos. Picasa is the one being dumb.*

Monday, November 2, 2009

You're Always Remembered

Align CenterA moment of silence for our dearly departed loved ones.
May they find peace and joy in the Eternal Life.
Amen.

Photo Credit: SanibelRoo of deviantART

Sunday, November 1, 2009

My Mom Rocks

Before I forget, I have to mention my utmost gratitude to my dearest mom who:
  • Stood by me during the long cue for enrollment;
  • Went with me to Vito Cruz to have my thesis binded;
  • Waited with me for 4 hours;
  • Hung out with me at SM Manila while waiting for the binding job to be done;
  • Went back with me to Vito Cruz to get the finished thesis copies;
  • Payed for the cab fees;
  • Treated me to our usual 'movie weekends' as a reward for a job well done (MJ's This Is It and 500 Days of Summer);
  • Treated me to dinner at the Old Spaghetti House on Saturday night;
  • Put up with my not-so-good behavior during thesis days (I'm sorry, mom)
  • In spite of it all, loves me as always.
I love you mom!

Thesis: Getting the Job Done, for Good

After an exceedingly fun night, the succeeding days were marked with sleepless nights, nonstop typing, excessive thinking, and everything else in between.

Let's just call it by the name THESIS.

'My' thesis is nearing its completion - just a few more revisions, inputting the thesis template, final printing, and book-binding. But the usual happened: I HAD TO line up outside the Research Center for 3 days. To cut things short, I was really grateful of the people whom I've spent time with while patiently waiting for my turn. It's because of them that I knew what I needed to edit in my paper; some new institutional format shit stuff and all. On the contrary, I just hate some people. Thanks, but no thanks.

Finally, a miracle happened. On Wednesday night (the 3rd day that I lined up outside the RC), our Research Coordinator was kind enough to accommodate 6-7 groups at one time. So on Thursday, I just stayed at home and pulled an all-nighter to finish revising the paper for the nth time.

The next day, a few more corrections were noted. But it was all good, 3/4 of the corrections were format changes. So --- book-bind, anyone?

On Friday, after enrolling for my last term in College (yey, thank God!) me and mom went to Vito Cruz to have 'my' thesis binded. After 4 hours of waiting, it's finished! I was so happy that it felt like seeing my baby work for the first time in all its glory. I was extremely fulfilled that it didn't even bother me when me and my mom had to literally chase our adviser from SMX to CCP to have his signature affixed on the approval sheet.

Crazy days. Really. But some good times in between, too!

Finally, the job is done. Last term to go. Good times~!

I really do hope that my batch mates are sharing the same sentiments as I do.

Here Comes The Sun

Wow. It took me this long to put up this post.

Anyway, last October 22 was our last day of final exams for 1st term. Uh-huh, I wasn't able to chose not to study despite... whatever. It didn't really matter, I'd only be repeating things I already know if I studied.

After finishing in second in our last exam, I hurriedly went out of school to meet up with my friend Donna at Mall of Asia for our evening rendezvous. Unexpectedly, a lot of things happened in between making me late (again) for our appointment schedule. So around 6:30pm, I was able to meet up with her and her friends Meg and Andre. We headed to her house for dinner and some rest before we went to Bagaberde in Roxas Blvd. for the benefit concert that she was invited in by Jayjay Lozano (yes, of The Bloomfields).

After some yada-yada, walking, weaving through crazy night traffic and some more walking we arrived at Bagaberde at half past 8pm. The place was good, though a little bit thrown off by the indoor smoking... but it was all good. An hour and a half later, Marie (Donna's school friend) arrived just as the first few songs were being performed by the first band.

I just wanted to have some fun. And fun I DID have.

The sets were really really fun and hyped-up. The band Take Note was the first to perform before The Bloomfields. And that night, despite myself - I became a groupie fan.

We grooved to old school tunes like it's a 70's promenade. And after a few vodkas or so (just 2 bottles, promise), I found myself dragged on the dance floor by Donna.

Good times, seriously. There was even a time that Pepe (Lozano) danced the twist with me. Donna was shocked, so am I! That was a really fun night. Case in point: Jayjay's Uptown Girls (secret na lang 'yon!).

It was too bad though 'coz I have to end the fun at 12:30am. Dad was calling me nonstop. It was really sad that I wasn't able to meet the guys after their set.

But anyway, there's still next time right?

Congratulations to The Bloomfields for a very successful benefit concert (and to everyone else involved, this goes out to ya'll!).

Click THIS LINK to view a short article on this event from The Bloomfields' website.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I Am Finally A Student

I remember my Caren saying to me the other day that for once in my college life, I am becoming a STUDENT (because I am more of an employee/slave for extra-curriculars before).

Haha.

Finals week just ended, and I am fervently hoping, wishing, and praying that I passed my exams. It would be a great bonus if I aced it, too.

Anyway, me and Caren ate out after the 1st day. And I just had the most random at-the-spur-of-the-moment thing by dragging her with me to Bench Fix Salon so I can have my haircut. After that, I thought I was having a panic attack over my hair. IT'S SO SHORT! Click HERE to see my new hair. But after a few hours, I got used to it. So, no worries.

When I went home, I just slept -- like I've never had any in my entire life. I woke up the next day AND I ran late again for my exams. Thankfully, our Chorale moderator Sir Jeff was our proctor so he let me take the exams despite being 30 minutes late. I owe you, Sir!

Exams verdict: Everything was EASY! Well ego aside, it wasn't as complex as I imagined it so I was relieved while answering the questions (on top speed). Yey!

And, true to the title of this post: I am FINALLY a student because during the last exam day I went to Bagaberde with my BFF Donna and her friends Meg, Andre and Marie because Jayjay of The Bloomfields invited her to watch their gig/benefit concert. Details on the next post!

Of Storms Passing, Thesis Meltdown, Bumming and Vodka

The past month was a whirlwind of events. I can't even find a better statement for it.

26th of September
It was a rainy night. Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana was enveloping the city with gloom. I was still up until 3am preparing for my 8am thesis defense; from Power Point slides to cue card notes. The thesis defense was all good, but as the hours went by the storm was really hitting Manila like hell. Thankfully, dad fetched me in school because I was wearing 3-inch heels and the water outside of school was about 6-8 inches (it wasn't that high, but I swear I wouldn't walk through muddy waters -- on heels). Needless to say, me and my dad were stuck on the road for a total of 13 hours. We were all over the place trying to find an accessible way to our place in Makati; from Edsa, to Coastal, to Manila. All roads were blocked by traffic. It was a sad day, even though we're thankful for not being 'victims' of the calamity. But rather, seeing people on the streets with their houses and other belongings being flooded. And yes, there's this guy who approached us on the street saying he walked from his work place for a couple of hours already and told us we should head back to another direction, or else our car will get stuck in a traffic mess around SLEX -- bless him.

1st of October
After days of revising 'our' paper amidst the no-electricity mode in our place, I went to school to volunteer for the repacking of relief goods for the victims of the typhoon. It was quite a job because the surge of volunteers died down during the afternoon and there were basically only 8-10 of us who worked until 5pm. Nevertheless, it was job well done.

And yes, my friends Caren and Ali -- classic as ever -- made me (willingly, of course) have my first Vodka Mudshake. And they've 'extorted' me by telling the guy at Subway to prepare a 12-inch sub, instead of the 6-inch I ordered, so that they can share it with me.

2nd of October
This day, I went to school again to meet up with the other volunteers for our Medical Mission in Pasay. It was the craziest thing I ever encountered -- worst than my ER experience. Hmm, 150+ people on the mission area? And most of them had colds and coughs (and we weren't wearing any masks). Good thing we didn't catch the flu!

And because we are crazy-ass volunteers, the day wrapped up with some really REALLY funny stuff. One that involves a guy hitting on me, pretending to be a Sophomore student. After which, they got bullied on the van by my friends. PWNED!

Then on regular days...
We resumed our ward duty, and it got extended for a week! Ugh, I hate night duties. And then there were the seemingly endless lectures. And then I got the shock of my life when I was nearly marked FA (failure due to absences) on my exceedingly boring class. And then, the thesis meltdown that never seemed to end.

Until now, I am still revising my paper. This is sad.


P.S. This post is for Haeja Franca, who is demanding for an update. Don't kill me after you read this, you know why! ^^,

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Gray Matter-Pulverizing Moments

Have you ever felt like you want to rush at Starbucks and hurriedly tell the Barista that:

I would like to have 4 cups of
Venti Hot Caramel Latte
with 2 shots of Espresso
to go

OR

Please give me 1 cup of your strongest coffee,
I want it hot, venti
to go

And just as you go home, you transfer the lovely concoction into a sterile IV container (or any makeshift one), attach it to an IV tubing and regulate it on KVO to bring you that 'jolt of energy' you so desperately needed as you do your paperworks and presentations... all due in less than 7 days?


Oh how I'd love hate when that day comes~
Btw, the latter one happened before... believe me, it can get ugly~

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Some Friendly Reminders

A couple of days back, I've received a text message that says...

Top 10 Biggest Brain-Damaging Habits
by World Health Organization

  1. No breakfast
  2. Overeating
  3. Smoking
  4. High sugar consumption
  5. Air pollution
  6. Sleep deprivation
  7. Head covered while sleeping
  8. Working your brain during illness
  9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts
  10. Talking rarely
I actually don't know if this actually came from W.H.O. But, it doesn't hurt to be aware of these things... right?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Day of Mildly Confusing Films

Movie #1

Yesterday, I had a movie date with my good friend Donna. As much as I'd absolutely and indefinitely love to watch Pixar's UP, we ended up watching Peter Jackson's 'District 9'.

I've seen the trailer a month before and I thought it would be one of those crappy low budget films that oddly surface on theaters these days, but to my surprise it's a decently good film. It's not typically the type of movie I'd go-see in a heartbeat, but it was nicely done based on the over-all concept of the film.

Usually, sci-fi or "alien/non-human" concepts for that matter are usually shot with hi-end gadgets to give the audience a feel that it's surreal and out-of-this world. But with District 9, they made it look somewhat a cross between a reality-based documentary and Cloverfield minus the horrible screaming and wobbly camera shots so a lot of things actually ran through my head. Like what if the movie's storyline was real? What if the government acts the same way as MNU did? What if we have been living with non-humans all these time since the Roswell incident, and somehow, by some strange combination of cover-ups we ended up co-existing without us and them knowing? Or something like that.

I've always fancied watching science fiction-based genres from a very young age (and once dreamed of working for NASA), so it's nice to see something of that genre be bought to life through film in a manner quite unlike anything else that has been marketed for the last few decades or so. Also, it dealt with the subject of non-humans BUT with actions and principles just like humans is quite remarkable; especially at a particular scene where Christopher (non-human) convinces his son that if their plan of leaving Earth fails, the concept of living in an alien concentration camp it just as close to home (or something like that). Plus, it's a concept that transcends not only as something that questions our very existence or of other life-form's existence but as well as how we deal with others.

Human or non-human... I think it doesn't even matter. As long as there is life, both have the right to live... and to live means to have freedom, and to be free gives you the right to nurture your life conditions.

And oh yea, before I forget. Until now, I can't shake the thought of the 'prawns'. It's a mix of mild interest and confusion. I don't know why~!

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Movie #2

When I got home, I've already had my phone set to a 9 o' clock showing of Nicole Kidman's movie 'Birth'. I was intrigued by the concept of the movie; reincarnation and eternal love. Especially because I've seen the trailer of Kidman kissing (gulps) a 10-year-old boy (Sean) played by Cameron Bright.

So there.

I really hate it when a film involves a lot of chit-chat, downplayed with hints of subtle mystery concept. But 'Birth' builds up the screenplay by doing so all throughout the film. It was beautifully made and the actors portrayed their characters really well, particularly Cameron Bright who had to be well-convinced that his character Sean is the re-incarnation of Anna's (Kidman) dead husband (or so he thinks).

But I think the tiny flaw of the movie came near the end, when it's quite vague whether or not Sean really was the re-incarnation of Anna's dead husband or he was just in a kind of trance. The ending can just throw off anyone at a certain point.

Or was it just a terrible fate? To be given a certain moment in time to get in touch with strong emotions that you thought you'd never feel, but just when you start believing in the possibility you realize that it will never be the same and it can never come back.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

每日劑量Will Pan保持遠離醫生

I'm sorry, I just have to post this. I... CAN'T... HELP... IT~! 哈哈!

LOL scene from 不良笑花 [Miss No Good] where 小花 told 唐門 about her being the cause of 江蜜's misfortunes/'bad luck', but 唐門 just scoffed at the sheer stupidity of the idea.

Well, he asked for it~!

Bridging the Gap = Changing Lives

"The human contribution is the essential ingredient.
It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live."
— Ethel Percy Andrus
Today, I went home feeling extremely tired and my head spinning... yet my heart feels lighter than air.

Earlier this day, I volunteered for Manila Doctors Hospital's annual cleft lip, alveolus and palate surgical mission. Honestly, it was my first time to assist in a major operation so I was terribly anxious before starting the first operation scheduled at 7am. But thankfully, I was paired up with a really kind OR staff nurse who was able to guide me all throughout. Everything went smooth sailing, so they gave me a challenge by letting me be the Scrub (Nurse) 1st assist during the second operation with the same procedure to be performed. Everything was great... really! Although the surgical instruments used were just minor set, it was still a great experience because I was able to carry out my tasks well. The operations assigned in my OR suite wrapped up around quarter to 4pm.

Btw, the procedure done to my 2 patients is: Palatoplasty with Myringotomy with Ventilation Tube (VT) insertion.

It was indeed a fulfilling way of spending my usually 'lazy' Sunday... too bad I won't be able to join the last day of medical mission next week.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bossa Nova Ain't For Me

剛才我認識到, Bossa Nova 不是我的類型的音樂。它永遠不會適合我〜 !


我是聽著新專輯的 Khalil 方大同: Timeless(2009年)。有完善的歌曲,演唱過。我不知道為什麼我不能忍受聽。

這使我感到悲傷。 Bossa Nova 並不真正是我喜歡的音樂風格。

但我仍然建議相冊〜 !

良好的工作〜 ! ^_____^

I've Been Everywhere... Almost

Thursday.

It's been a week since my midterm exams, and I don't know why it seemed so distant - like far out in deep space. I obviously knew that we'll have a new professor for our first class and yet I dared to sleep at 3am, wake up late at 8am cramming in my remaining hours to catch up the time. To no surprise, I arrived half an hour late. 啊,有什么新功能? Oh, the usual~!

Anyway, that class was the only one I attended for the day 'coz I was excused together with other Chorale members for a last set of rehearsals for the Testimonial Dinner later that day. So again, even though I looked stoned already, I lunched out with Caren & Mae.

When I came back, I still looked stoned when I took my midterm grade for Psych Class. At least it was all good -- an A-level... woohoo~! I heaved a sigh of relief when I came back to rehearsals, but then Gen asked me to accompany her home to get her Kimona.

While cruising not-so-comfortably through the Manila traffic, I think I just spouted nonsense and conversed monotonously and was only able to take a nap as we drove back to school.

So after a lot of ya-da-ya-da, here's a list of what we sang for the Testimonial Dinner:

National Anthem
Forevermore
MDC Hymn (Alma Mater)
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Speme Amorosa
Someone Like You
Flying Free (Erika, Janie, Tin)

[Photo inset: Me and my Chorale-mate Philip]

I was so tired that when I got home, I just slept... like I've never slept in 3 days!

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雖然我已經看到許多卑鄙的人,那天晚上,我只是不加理會。誰在乎呢?他們不值得我的寶貴時間。

Friday, August 21, 2009

One Fine Day

我正在下载007张专辑的 Will Pan 。所以,我等待,我前往提出的 internet。

我是浏览一些网站,我偶然在网页上的 Tyler Knott Gregson 。他真的有一些不错的报价,象这样:

“If all we can have
is forever then I think
we should start right now.”
— Daily Haiku on Love by Tyler Knott Gregson

“Summer is fading.
I will miss the way the sun
paints your skin with light.”
— Daily Haiku on Love by Tyler Knott Gregson

此外,他是一个非常好的摄影师! :)
So I suggest you visit his site.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Travel In Photographs

我想我連接了很多與 Dean Fujioka...

因为我们有相同的愿景,探索世界...通过“photographic adventure”.

我希望我可以做同样的...

http://www.alivenotdead.com/deanfujioka

Monday, August 3, 2009

Feisty Princess Fighting for Life

Found this little girl's blog via Van Ness Wu's blog.

Right now, I would just like to quote his post:

Feisty Princess Charmaine
"Do what ever it is in your heart to do...

Every little bit helps... donations, prayers... anything... everyone of us deserves a chance."

http://ourfeistyprincess.blogspot.com/
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You can also go to this site to know more about it:

http://ourfeistyprincess.com/

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If you want to more about little Charmaine's condition, just google it up or visit Wikipedia. Her condition's Neuroblastoma, a malignant tumor (almost like cancer). Her cancer's currently at Stage 4 and is receiving treatment in New York, but she is still in need of donors in order to complete her treatment.

If you know someone who can, please do...

Everyone has the right to live... especially this little girl who is still fighting amidst her illness.

Sorry for the Desperation, but...

I have officially relapsed (I think)... after almost 4 years.

You see, I do have crazy issues over my weight. And now, it's back to haunt me.

Right now, I am so desperate to shred off pounds.. and I mean a lot!

I wanna go back to this:

... and probably more fitter or whatever they call it.

Uuuggghhh~ Thinking about it just makes my head spin!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Of Stampedes & Stressors

Right now, I just realized it's the end of the month... and I'm not mostly ecstatic~!

First, I'll be officially waving hello to my stressors for the next few weeks or months: Thesis Final Draft and Grand Case Presentation. They're clearly NOT something to look forward to.

Second, I haven't published my HP6 review yet again. I promise to do it tomorrow, really.

Third, I just saw a very despicable figure. It ruined my day.

Fourth, I nearly got caught in a stampede at MRT Taft Station earlier this day. Just as I was walking towards the other end of the station, someone shouted and next thing I knew I was running for my dear life towards the path I just crossed and found "safety" in front of an empty stall just across the bigger entrance of the station. Until now I'm still questioning myself what had happened there. No one knows; only those who were up front knew what happened. What the bloody hell happened anyway?

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On a positive note, here are things to be happy about just before the month officially ends:

First, I am starting to like Psychiatric Nursing - and I don't know why either. It probably ranks first out of my three course subjects for this semester.

Second, the thesis data is ready and I just sent it to our statistician.

Third, I just made a new friend. Turns out we came from the same school, same batch, and he often see me there and at a mall near my place. So here it goes: "Hey Jelo!" ^___^

Monday, July 27, 2009

Just A Friendly Reminder

Just read this off from today's paper, and thought of sharing it here.

It may not have happened to you yet, but reality is - it MIGHT happen to you, or to your loved ones, one of these days.

Take caution. It's the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones away from vehicular accidents.

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Reality Bites by Jerry Liao

Texting While Driving Is More Dangerous Than Driving Drunk

Almost always, if you tuned into TV news program or if you ready newspapers, there will be news involving vehicular accidents.

The difference only of the news are the number of casualties, and how the accident transpired. And despite repetitive warnings not to drive when drunk, drivers seems to ignore them and regrets will set in later after they met the unfortunate accident.

Aside from cellular phone use, other distractions that led to vehicle crashes include:
  • Reaching for moving objects inside the vehicle;
  • Looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle ;
  • Reading while driving;
  • Applying makeup.
If you think driving while drunk is bad, texting while driving is even worse. Drivers who send text messages while driving are more impaired than those who drive drunk, even at the minimum legal limit for alcohol.

The New York Times recently reported that federal researchers withheld warnings and data about the dangers of driving while on a cell phone to avoid angering Congress.

Researchers with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that cellphone use by drivers caused 955 fatalities and 240,000 accidents over all in 2002. The research was conducted in 2002-2003.

The studies found that:
  • Risk of all accidents and of accidents with injuries increases by 38% for cellphone users, and heavy cellphone users are exposed to more than twice the risk as normal users, taking into account age, exposure to risk and driving habits.
  • While some crashes during the telephone use are expected based on exposure to driving alone, the actual number of crashes is about 72% higher than the expected number, as estimated by the method of induced exposure.
  • Increased risk is likely the consequence of telephone use per se and is not attributable to differences in risk-related behavior between users and non-users of mobile telephones.
  • Talking more than 50 minutes per month of cellular phones in a vehicle was associated with an increase of more than 5 times the risk of traffic collision.
  • It cannot be concluded from the data that hand-held phone lead to higher risk than hands-free phone.
The rule of thumb here is if you drink, don’t drive; if you drive, do not text. If you don’t care about your life, please consider the life of others. If you really need to answer a phone call or text someone important, park your car for a while.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

My Weekly Ruminations

... lead my to nowhere, obviously.

I haven't posted yet the HP6 review I promised.

Earlier this week, I've underwent a non-formal self-awareness program that led me to a semi-insane conclusion that I have been suffering from severe depression for the last few days, weeks, months, year, or years. A day after which, I first talked to my Schizophrenic patient in the Forensics. Go figure!

Then there were my pretty good attempts at studying one minute, then sleeping soundly by the next minute.

Then there were those endless pop quizzes.

Then less than 48 hours ago, I carried my 4-kg sling bag on my left shoulder; three 4-inch Nursing books, one of which is hardbound, on my right arm whilst riding a shuttle - then the train - then the bus - then walked home.

And 'our' a.k.a 'my' thesis is still undergoing data-gathering procedures. The deadline is barely 3 weeks from now.

And until now I am still awake, at the wee hours of a Saturday morning.

What a lovely week... I am dead-pan tired.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

For My 'Lack of Blogging' Habits

... I know, it has become a bad habit after I discovered other activities online (Facebook, TW series episode downloads, fan-girling in silence...) So I just have to blog to make up for it.

For the last 2 weeks or so that I have been away from blogging, I've long since finished my Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit rotations. Also, I just finished our lecture series on Emergency Disaster Nursing and First Aid. I reckon I no longer have to elaborate on these stuff; they make me remember of painful things (e.g. getting extremely bored and having to endure crazy no-sleep days) - LOL. But it was a great learning experience albeit all that. Our lecture modules weren't helping much either. Every class seemed dull (or was I just plain sleepy?), and it gets gradually challenging day by day. Nevertheless, I always see to it that I perform very satisfactorily on exams; it's more goal-oriented that way. It was strange enough that I spend 70% of my lunch times hurrying to our next classroom to study even if we have a 1-hour free time.

Aside from that, I have been sleeping like crazy on weekends since it has been 2 weeks after I finished downloading and watching every episode of 痞子英雄 (Black & White) and 美味關係 (Delicious Relationship). Several times I have slept for 15 hours, or 8 hours at a time - wake up for 3 hours - then go back to sleep again for 8 hours. Mind you, I felt like floating in mid-air during these period --- a testament of which is my Starbucks planner which has not been updated for a month already.

AND after MJ's death, I've added a few things to my collection - apart from my highly treasured DVD copy of his 1992 Bucharest concert. I've bought The Essentials: Michael Jackson and The Number Ones (a DVD collection of 15 music videos). And I am yet to get myself that coveted DVD copy of The Wiz. I saw it the other day, but I promised myself not to empty my pockets just yet in case of other emergencies. And oh, I bought Time Magazine's Special Commemorative Edition of him!

AND just yesterday, I watched Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (HP6) at IMAX with Donna. I'll be posting a separate entry for this, so hold your horses for the meantime!

After a month's worth of no blog entries, whatsoever, I now realize that time really has a sense of humor. At times, I thought I was away for 2 weeks or 2 months. I, for one, disdain investigating through this matter. It got me quite curious if I was just too forgetful, or was I really somewhat like floating in mid-air inside a bubble case for the last one month that I failed to remember a certain memory that stands out. Or that I treat everyday as mediocre. Whatever.

AND yes, I still haven't gone back to the hospital for a tad bit continuation of my physical exam. It has been a month since the last time.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

He Changed the Face of Music Industry, Forever

R.I.P Michael Joseph Jackson
1958 - 2009

Around 8:30 am (Manila Time), I woke up after a good night's sleep only to find out that one of my greatest idols lost his life at the age of 50 after suffering a massive cardiac arrest.

Click here to view article on his death @ CNN.

I remember when I was 3, my first favorite song was "I'll Be There". It's the only song I requested to my parents whenever they turn on the radio, and I would get mesmerized by it. I didn't know it was him at first. As the years went by and I discovered MTV, I saw this artist who was so good in dancing that I can't help but watch his videos over and over again. His name is Michael Jackson --- and he does crazy moonwalk~!

As I grew up, I found out that he literally crossed borders with his music. Personally, he changed the way I view music. He truly comes only once in a lifetime.

Until now, after more than 24 hours upon hearing the sad news --- I'm still at a loss for words. I never expected it to be this way. Nevertheless, I do hope that people will respect his passing not just of him as an artist but as a person with dignity. During the past hours, I've been reading various things off from other sites and some of them were really rude...

For me, he will always be remembered greatly. I sure am gonna miss him big time...

We love you Michael (Mikaeel), and Allah loves you too.

For those of you who might want to share your memory of Michael Jackson, you may post it on his website @ MichaelJackson.com.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I Heart Pi Zi~!

Mood: uber happy

Today, I won't write about my 2-week Emergency Room exposure...

but instead I'll write about something that just completed my day by 85%...

It's about an online news article about my fave Taiwanese series "Black & White" / 痞子英雄.

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"Drama: Black & White Hits the Home Run"


The drama , starring “Zai Zai” Zhou Yu Min and Mark Zhao You Ting, has become a bit hit with its Internet popularity and good ratings. Director Cai Yue Xun is set to make a movie version of it. He plans to begin shooting with the same cast and crew again this fall. As Black & White makes its jump to the big screen, it will have an even bigger ending. Cai Yue Xun claims they will splurge more money this time with a budget of 100 million!

Turning Kaohsiung into Miami raises Tourism interests

The drama contains 24 episodes with 60 minutes each. The production has been through 5 typhoons and floods. It took over 8 months for director Cai Yue Xun to complete this project. Despite of all the obstacles, this drama has proved to be a fine piece of work. Since its debut on PTS, last week’s ratings averaged at 1.66 and its highest was up to 2. It has become a hot topic among netizens, even posters of Zai Zai and Mark Zhao have been stolen from retail stores. Other souvenirs like photo albums, mugs, and police badges are also sought after items. In the drama, Cai Yue Xun impressed many by turning Kaohsiung into Miami. Locations like Kaohsiung Ai He, Dream Mall, and the subway are now popular attractions. The fever over has helped push ahead plans for a movie version.

Bigger movie scenes with International locations

Cai Yue Xun states that they had always planned to do a movie version of Black & White. He had to wait until the drama became truly popular before pushing this project ahead. The movie script is currently in its first draft. The ending and sets will be bigger, and the hamburger place from the TV version will be blown up. Cai Yue Xun said: “The weapons and lethality are going to be 4 to 5 times greater than the TV version.” With a budget topping 100 million (NT), there are also plans for international casts and shooting locations, in addition to bringing back Zai Zai, Mark Zhao and the original crew.

Original cast and crew brings familiarity to the set

In what is said to be the movie sequel of , how will it conclude for the relationship between Zai Zai, Mark Zhao, Ivy Chen and Janine Zhang? According to Cai Yue Xun, their relationship is the core of the drama. The action and explosion sequences are just to prove that the Taiwanese entertainment industry can measure up to Hollywood. Zai Zai and Mark Zhao have already made themselves available for this movie, they are prepared to take on this thrilling challenge.

Source: afufu.net

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One word: HAPPINESS!!!

It would really be lovely if they introduce the drama first in the Philippines so that it will gain a bigger market. But it would be strange to watch AND hear a Tagalog-dubbed version, since I've watched most episodes in Mandarin with English subtitles.

But what the heck~! Exaggeratedly-viewed or not, it's still 100x better than watching those love-sick dramas.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

My Last First Lecture Day

Mood: inexplicably tired... and sleepy

I'll make this one really quick so that I can sleep at least 3 hours before studying. And I still need to finish covering my new books. And I need to re-write some notes. And fix some stuff...

Earlier this day, I had my first lecture @ 10AM. First up --- Gerontologic Nursing. I was quite in a daze since I didn't get much sleep after last night's ER duty. But it wasn't that bad, it was just... mediocre. Not too boring, not too fun either. I reckon our lecturer's just new in school, but I also have a feeling that he does know what he's teaching. That I can be sure of~! It's a good thing that he reiterated that the course subject may not be interesting for us most of the time, hence we should always motivate ourselves every now and then. Note: Always sit in front of the class, to avoid being called upon for an oral recitation. Haha~!

After lunch, we had 4 hours of NCM 104 lecture with a 30-minute break in-between. Our lecturer for the first 2 hours will be Prof. Ysla. It's quite a striking name for me; easy to remember, and I'll be damned if I forget it! It's a plus factor that she's really cool and hyper, considering that she'll be teaching us Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing.

For the next half of NCM 104, Dra. Asilo will be teaching us the rest of the course subject, consisting of subtopics such as Communicable Diseases, Oncology, Orthopedic Nursing, and Neurological Nursing. Although I'm pretty sure that she's the sister of one of my beloved Clinical Instructors, I saw with my own eyes how strict she was. She has such good command in the class that I can feel all eyes were fixed on her the whole time! She also laid out her "house rules" for the whole semester. I re-wrote it in an orange index card and pasted it on the front divider of my notebook so as not to forget it... ever~!

I'm really hoping that this semester will become a great learning experience not just for me, but for my blockmates as well. I've made one too many mental notes throughout my first lecture day to make room for some changes that need to be implemented so that I can improve my academic performance for this semester.

Shall I reveal one now?
---- DON'T BE LATE! ^____________^

And yeah, before I forget... As if this day couldn't get much more unbearable due to my lack of sleep, I literally "hunted down" one of the required books for one of my course subjects. The publishing house hasn't set up in our school yet, so I have no choice but to do so. After classes, I constantly asked my mom to make phone calls to different National Bookstore branches so that I can get a reservation of that book. Literally speaking, most of the bookstores my mom called within the vicinity of our home (and to where I may pass on my way home) had all stocks sold out. But here's the really great part that gave me an "energy boost"...

When I went to the mall near our home, I sheepishly walked in and asked the customer service if they still have a stock left. Odd enough, the lady said they don't have that book. But I wasn't ready to give up. So, I went for the shelves on the other side of the room --- the one where they keep all the stocks, and keep some books on glass-paned shelves. To my delight, there she was --- that insanely elusive Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing book by Videbeck~! Although it looked like it narrowly survived a bashing, I didn't hesite to buy it.

Therefore, tonight... I just feel like I've been lucky ten times over.

God is good~!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Running & Plotting Fashion

Mood: pissy over seemingly dull ailment

I'm still contemplating on what I feel about today --- and words failed me yet again.

I woke up after 14 hours of blissful, and not so blissful, sleep. It was half bad 'coz I obviously overslept, lay on bed with an awful posture and ended up giving myself a nasty stiff neck. Oh the agony!

Then I had to go to school for our choir practice. We rehearsed a new piece re-arranged on piano by our moderator --- Running by Sarah Brightman (click over the title to go to its YouTube video).

It was a nice song, really. Except for the chorus part that I found on YouTube; it was quite overwhelming for me. After 3 1/2 hours of practice, we were sent home (finally) --- but the song wasn't finished yet. So we'll lay it down for another day.

After having a late lunch of my favorite Taiwanese instant noodles and some junkfood, I went online for some drama downloads. A few hours after, I started cursing myself --- I missed to watch Metro Station's live performance at Glorietta!!! Dang. No turning back - it was already 2 hours past. So much for me writing it on my so-called planner.

Good thing the internet's on the rescue once again~! Earlier this day, I watched a morning show and they featured a new trend on fashion that they dubbed the "Boyfriend Jacket". The way I remember it they described it as a loose type of jacket that's really sharp-looking, bordering to semi-formal or smart casual that has the look of a guy's jacket --- sometimes even really guy's apparel --- that women wear nowadays. So I searched some more, and found out that those things are actually a trend even on Hollywood.

Then as I was flipping through some sites, I asked my mom if she can still find the red jacket that she offered me a few months ago. It was a jacket that my dad bought for her in the US back in the 80s that she never wore... and to my delight, it looked exactly like the jackets I mentioned earlier~!

(Note: Jacket on the inset photo's just a pic I found on the net~!)

So I asked mom if dad still has a lot of clothes that he discarded long ago. Knowing my dad, he has a good eye when it comes to clothing and usually stops wearing them even though they're not that old (i.e. 'coz he's outgrown them... haha). And my mom affirmed it.

In a few days time, I am so messing up with my dad's old stock of clothes. Yes, I fell in love with the trend. No, I don't think that it will ever run out of style. Yes, I love shopping... but to shop for clothes nowadays can be a bit of a drag. So, in short... I hope I can "catch" good finds when I ransack the stuffs later this week before school starts.

Yipee!

Kawaii Asian Deli

Yesterday, I was searching the net for some really cute Asian foods... and these are probably the cutest ones I came across:


Hmm, if any food looked like these... I would never second-guess eating them! Haha~!

Photo Credits: Deviant Art

Monday, June 8, 2009

This Is Just Crazy

Mood: confused, in a good way

How did this happen?!?

I haven't updated my alivenotdead account for the past #!$#@!% months, nor have I made attempts to direct people to it...

(click on the pic to access the blog)

BUT - as of now, it has 390++ hits!

That is just... weird.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Metro Station in Manila



No, it's not just my imagination.

Yes, they are coming to Manila for free performances c/o the Ayala Malls.

Where/When:

Glorietta
June 10, 2009
6:00 pm, Activity Center

TriNoma
June 11, 2009
7:00 pm, Activity Center

Pint To Happiness

Mood: #$@#$@$ (me on thoughts about tonight's internet service)

This Sunday was a blast... unlike any other Sundays I've had this summer.

1 - I woke up early and got dressed asap for the morning Mass. Didn't get scolded this time.
2- First time in weeks that I, metaphorically speaking, heard Mass - as opposed to merely listening.
3 - Even though it's going to be my Senior year this coming term, mom still got me a new pair of black flats a.k.a my alternate school shoes. No more footaches for me! Plus, we had a partition over this purple handbag that was on sale. I love my mom~!
4 - Food coma (again) during lunch time. Took over dad's sour Sinigang soup that I really like and fell in love all-over-again with fried dimsum.
5 - Last minute additional grocery with mom for our dessert: Choco Cookie Mallow-flavored and Strawberry-flavored ice cream. It was delish! Plus, the strawberry's from the Selecta Gold Label Series that me and my mom were hunting down for weeks... aaaaahhhhh, the pint to happiness!


Feeling hungry much?

Why Twitter Is Love

Mood: really sleepy

.... just one of the reasons:


Gotta sleep now~!

After So Long

Mood: triumphant... wee~!

After the so-called "internal debate" whether to keep this blog and switch to LJ or not, I've decided. Thus, this layout.

AND I LOVE IT~~!

Last night's highlight: FOOD COMA at its finest

Evidences: Mom's extremely skillful cooking of Fried Chicken with fried potatoes & root crops on the side, and natural chicken broth (I swear it takes like the chicken that Max's Restaurant serve!). Dad's take-out muffins from Kenny Rogers.

I think I've gone to heaven and back!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

July Never Seemed Too Far

Mood: bored, as usual

A few days have passed since me and mom arrived in our cozy city home after spending Holy Week in the province. Given that I only joined her there so I can visit my grandma, time seemed to have passed by quite fast. And now, it seems to me that it was just yesterday that I spent some leisurely time reading HP5 while staring out a few feet from the beach shoreline.

Anyhow, I'm through reading it and have progressed to finishing off the remaining chapters of HP6 and am tiptoeing my way through the remaining week when I shall be able to watch it in the theatre... and I'm starting to think that I'd prefer watching it on 3-D (if it need be) - and not that I'm unwilling to shell out my school allowance for it anyway. God, the state of euphoria I enter every time I think of July...

... only to be dampened by the looming prospect of final thesis defense scheduled for the whole month of it. Damn!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Random Thoughts

Mood: sleepy

Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer.

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In this world, you can never be too sure... trust only yourself.

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You broke my heart, ten times the magnitude
And it still lingers on, much more than it should
Just when I'm on the brink of letting go
You're giving me reasons not to
So should I still stay, or should I just let you go?

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There is such as thing as good karma and bad karma.
I hope they get the 2nd one.

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My God, forgive them (if I cannot do so myself)
for they do not know what they are doing... and saying.

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I can always forget what you did to me,
but I can never forgive you for doing it.
I'll let a higher power above all mankind
save your soul before Eternity ends.

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THANK YOU LORD,
FOR YOU NEVER LEFT ME.
In your hands, I commend my spirit.
Amen.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Changes In My Life

Mood: getting "in the zone" for study mode

It's amazingly odd, and somewhat refreshing, how things can change in just a snap.

Just like what one of my good friends said, "You won't even miss me too much in the span of 8 months... everything will happen that fast."

Oh well.

At least it's a good thing that starting this week, I've been able to go home after school before or during lunch time (which rarely happened since who-knows-when). AND I am able to get power naps in the afternoons.

I'm just forgetting all the negative vibes around me.

NOW, I'm starting to actually take care of myself... for the first time - after graduating from high school.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Reality Bites

Mood: neutral-to-sad

LIFE, is an extremely complicated rollercoaster.
- No matter how crazily happy you'd feel when you're riding it, at one point you get a dose of reality that with the thrill it has comes a reality that the feeling can just go away in an instant.

This is exactly what happened to me from February 21 (Saturday) until February 22 (Sunday).

Our Student Council-organized benefit concert entitled, "MDC Gives 2009: Rock for a Cause" featuring local bands such as: Bamboo, Sandwich, and Sugarfree was a success - in terms of execution. But on other terms, it ain't - and I refuse to disclose it in public for reasons of confidentiality.

I was hyped-up then because I was jumping to one of my favorite songs ("Sugod" by Sandwich) as I held in my hands 40K. Then at one point, I shook hands with Bamboo's road manager; even being complimented at as "being pretty". And being able to share a piece of conversation with Ira Cruz and Nathan Azarcon of the band Bamboo - getting their autographs for our posters and getting them to autograph our shirts. Then, talking to the man of the hour: BAMBOO!

It was exhilarating, alright. It was even one of the greatest moments of my life to be there listening to some of their feel-good music. But still, I think I'm lost. Amidst the fact that someone was actually encouraging me to still run for the next Council elections; and getting my new "lucky penny" on the concert grounds; there was something... wrong. And I can feel it.

Then, when we went home my mom said it all. She is planning to go to our province to visit my bed-ridden lola during Holy Week, and she asked me if I wanted to come. It drove me to tears because I knew for a fact that lola won't live that long. And I remember my mom saying that my lola was looking for me after she was discharged from the hospital, after suffering from stroke. She said, "Where is Nadine? Has she graduated already?". I cried because I didn't know that she still cares long enough to ask that question.

And the next news was tragic. Last night, around 8 in the evening I was browsing through my multiply account when I opened an intriguing online news article. It was about one of my school mates back in highschool whom I've worked with in theater. Her name is Mary Beatrice Saludares. The news just gave me a shock! She was in the US to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a renowed ballerina, and yet her dreams were crushed by one stupid guy who ran her over with his car as she crossed Route 24 of Edgewood Road at Maryland. She was then on tour with her ballet company, "The Washington Ballet Company".

It was really sad. And I'm mourning over the loss of a fine person. The way I remember her, she was very friendly, radiant, and sincere person. And whenever she dances, it just takes your breath away, and you get captivated by her. She is a woman full of potential, and destined to become a great ballerina.

I hope that those who are also mourning her passing, let's just pray for her. I'm sure that wherever Mary is right now she's in a good place, and she will forever be dancing in that better place.

Rest in peace, Mary Saludares. And may Eternal Light shine upon you.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

How Sweet... Your Lies Are!

Mood: disheartened

It's ironic how your life changes in a matter of 10 seconds.

Words hold the great power of being indelible, that you can lose yourself when it hits you right in the face... especially when it comes from the person you least expect.

But nonetheless, I'm nearly as thankful as hell. Because if it wasn't for it, I'd still be standing in the middle of nowhere... trying to figure out the right path.

To that someone who spilled things out: thank you for being as honest as possible.

To that someone who'll get slapped on the face by this post: I don't need you, I want you to realize that. Like I said, "I don't need a lesser person to complete me."

Sunday, February 1, 2009

You've Got To Be Kidding

Mood: mentally-drained

What the freaking hell has befallen upon me?

First, our thesis group was dissolved; just when I finished most of Chapter 1 and ready for a 2nd meeting with our adviser. What a waste of good thesis material... and topic.

Second, I was transferred to another thesis group. Enough said.

Third, I flunked a quiz for the Cardiovascular System. That's going to pull my grade one way or another. Arrrrggghh!

Fourth, we sat down for a meeting with Dr. Fausto (Research Coordinator). It was... a bit enlightening... yet, depressing.

Fifth, our RLE group (as well as the others in school) had a skills role play. Ohmygod, humiliation!

Sixth, me & Arvic presented our concept map for Myocardial Infarction during RLE. It was okay, so-so. At least it resulted to a good learning experience!

Seventh, why is it so hard to find related studies online regarding body mechanics? Damn.

Eighth, our RLE group is yet to have case topics for our upcoming grand case presentation on the 14th. We are so dead!

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I am very much aware that I shouldn't complain, since it becomes a hindrance to God's blessings in our lives. But this is just ridiculous!

I just wish things will start turning up for the better this coming week.

*sigh*

Monday, January 26, 2009

Oh yea!

Mood: Hyped-up; trying to sleep

After 6++ hours of engaging myself to finish "our" group thesis, I've finally managed to finish most parts of it just a couple of minutes ago.

Next move - - Make our adviser read Chapter One's draft. *big smile*

And yes, I pulled those off while baking a fresh batch of Chocolate Fudge brownies in-between. Yum, yum!!

In the meantime, I'll be rewarding myself with an hour's worth of internet browsing before hitting the sack. *pats self on the back*

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Greenpeace Statement on Executive Order 774

'Executive Order 774 ridiculous and confused'
Manila, PHILIPPINES — Yesterday, Malacañang announced that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has issued Executive Order 774 which reorganizes the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change which she now heads.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia Climate and Energy Campaigner Amalie Obusan said:

"Although the intent of the Executive Order 774 to step up environmental protection may seem sincere and creditable, the Executive Order is itself ridiculous and confused. Greenpeace believes that this casts serious doubt on the effectiveness of such a body and calls on the President to instead implement real and tangible climate change solutions.

"The reorganized Task Force, now headed by the President, basically mandates all government agencies and local governments to comply with laws and responsibilities that the said agencies should already be doing in the first place:
  • it tasks all government agencies to follow the Solid Waste Act, which by law should actually be already be implemented;
  • it tasks the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to survey, map and protect watershed areas, which is already one of the responsibilities of the DENR;
  • it mandates that waterways and riverbanks should be cleared of obstructions—already directed under the Clean Water Act;
  • it orders a compliance audit of the Fisheries Code—a task that is already the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture; and
  • it directs a Task Group on Renewable Energy for the Energy Department to lead the swift implementation the Renewable Energy Law--precisely already the duty of the DOE.
"Additionally, EO 774 attempts to make the PTFCC a body that comprehensively addresses as many climate mitigation and adaptation strategies as possible--including it seems, strategies on promoting traditional medicine. While commendable on its own, clauses such as this and the above in the EO betray the government's lack of seriousness on getting down to business on the real causes of climate change.

"Climate change is the greatest environmental threat the world faces today, any Climate Change Task Force should focus on wide-reaching and lasting solutions, beginning with phasing out coal and nuclear plants, and initiating a massive shift to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

"The President is already head of the government. To appoint herself as chair of a body which mandates government agencies to fulfill what are already their responsibilities--and to put aside budget for that purpose--is absurd. If, in mandating this reorganization, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wants to fashion herself as a 'climate change czar,' she could do a lot more by personally ensuring the effective implementation of the RE Law and guaranteeing that dirty coal and nuclear energy will not override the mainstreaming of clean, renewable energy sources in the country."

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Well, what do you think?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Yes, Man!

Mood: Tired + crappy stomach spasms

At last, a new blog site!

Well, I temporarily shut down my old one since I just flinch at the thought of reading about my "mushy" old self.

Anyway. This afternoon, me & mom went to see Jim Carrey's flick "Yes, Man!" in lieu of my former attempt to go to my Alma Mater for the Annual School Fair.


In Yes Man, Carl Allen (played by Jim Carrey) is a guy who signs up for a self-help program in which the idea is to say 'yes' to everything and anything. At first, things are just peachy for our little 'yes man' until he realizes how much of a chore the whole thing really is.

For me, this movie is quite a mellow take on Carrey's comedic prowess. It wasn't the laugh-a-thon type; rather, it gives you an option of what you can actually do with your life. Yeah sure, there are some pretty hilarious moments in the film, but there are times that make you ponder on the plot.

The way I see it - before the self-help program, he was a plain, old, boring guy who hasn't had a single promotion in a loan & savings company that he's been working at for years, add to that his wife having broken up with him in the last 6 months. And yet, just by saying YES to what life has in store for him; it turned his life around - and for good.

Just by taking in what the movie has to offer, it made me wonder if I am a 'yes-man' or a 'no-man'. Maybe; maybe not; or probably I'm a mix of both. But whatever I may be, at this point on... I'll say yes to what life has in store for me - - "only when I really want to."