Friday, September 30, 2005

survey says...

Got this from java junkie's post, you guys are "it!" enjoy! :P
1. Nervous Habits:walk around, tap fingers, bang on table
2. Are you double jointed:nope
3. Can you roll your tongue:yep! :P
4. Can you raise one eyebrow:i try, but it only goes up by 1mm /:)
5. Can you blow spit bubbles:no, but making spit bubbles...
6. Can you cross your eyes:yep! :D
7. somebody deleted this...wonder why???enh?
8. Do you make your bed daily:yeah, an OC habit
hey, #9 is missing!!
10. Which shoe goes on first:right shoe in
11. Speaking of shoes, have you ever thrown one at anyone?nope, i have big & heavy shoes, so they might cause a concussion :(
12. On the average, how much money do you carry::-$
13. What jewelry do you wear 24/7:watch & college ring during the daytime
14. Favorite piece of clothing:a good shirt w/ a good tie :>
-- FOOD --
15. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?i cut it and scoop it up
16. Have you ever eaten Spam:of course! :D
17. Favorite ice cream flavor:mint choco, and the occasional wasabe ;)
18. How many cereals in your cabinet:none, a rarity here in the republic of bagoong, bananas, and binalot
19. What's your favorite beverage:STARBUCKS COFFEE, iced tea
20. What's your favorite restaurant:Cibo, itallianis, starbucks, mongolian grills, arias, hey jude!, chef d' angelo, sushiya, yellow cab, rumpa, gerry's, dencio's, outback
21. do you cook:does toasting bread count? :P
22. How often do you brush your teeth:2-3 times (too much info...)
23. Hair drying method:wipe with towel, lather on with gel
24. Have you ever colored/highlighted your hair:nope, but i had an unfortunate incident with a fix hair washer... :-s
25. Do you swear:the hell, of course not! >:P
26.Do you ever spit:yep, but i try to limit it at the bathroom :-"
27. Animalnot really particular, but i like my pet dogs :P
28. Food:pizza!!! :D
29. Month:december, when the cash comes in (and unfortunately out too) :P
30. Day:weekends :P
31. Cartoon:the simpsons, spongebob, ranma (does that still count?)
32. Shoe Brand:i'm particular to nike, but any brand would do :P
33. Subject in school:investments (since i got a 1.0 even if i got locked out of the room)econ (i got a 1.0 even if my BA118 that same sem was a 4.0, so i wasn't a total idiot)comm1 (fr. nudas)
34. Color:dark corporate IBM blue :-B
35. Sport:a bit of golf + the gym
36. TV show:friends, west wing, carnivale
37. Thing to do in the spring:avoid allergic rhinitis :(
38. Thing to do in the summer:vacation!!!
39. Thing to do in the fall?avoid the leaves :P
39. Thing to do in the winter?:wear a sweater
41. In the CD player:old eraserheads hits
42. Person you talk most on the phone with:bambs! :P
hey where'd #43 go?
44. Do you regularly check yourself out in store windows with mirrors? honestly?of course! i'm very vain :P
45. What color is your bedroom:beigish
46. Window seat or aisle:window to see the clouds & the takeoff & landing
-- LA LA LAND --
48. What's your sleeping position:flat on my back
49. Even in hot weather do you use a blanket:yes, since i use the aircon
50's missing
51. Do you sleepwalk:nope
52. Do you talk in your sleep:yeah, dreams carryover... :P
53. Do you sleep with stuffed animals:nope
54. How about with the light on:it's hard, but it happens when i'm too tired
55. Do you fall asleep with the TV or radio on:no radio, maybe TV when i'm tired, it's on sleep mode. but i usually turn off the TV because if i leave it in sleep mode, i might end up sleeping with my glasses on :P
56. Last interesting person you met:enh? :P

Friday, September 23, 2005

notoriously neutral

How evil are you?

i'm not exactly surprised, since i am relatively bland... but in the evil scale, i'm more evil than java junkie? really now? he3x! :D

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

musical memories

From Kitty Litter’s post!: Here’s the thing: go to this site Look for the search box on the left. Fill it in with the year that you graduated high school. Click open the first search result – it will have a 100 songs. Now cut and paste that and comment on the songs from your wasted youth, and react to them one by one!

Man, I’m this old??? :(

1. Gangsta's Paradise, Coolio – from dangerous minds! Michelle pfieffer was in this video!

2. Waterfalls, TLC – they’re on the MTV classic cd now :(
3. Creep, TLC – I don’t think this is the Creep alternative song
4. Kiss From A Rose, Seal – one of the few good things that came out of the Batman Forever movie: a good soundtrack. I remember a classmate commenting on the medieval strumming at the beginning of the song could be a reference to the Dark Knight (hi ria!) :D
5. On Bended Knee, Boyz II Men – one of the better BIIM songs
6. Another Night, Real McCoy – eh?
7. Fantasy, Mariah Carey – forgot this one
8. Take A Bow, Madonna – eto ba yung “say goodbye” sa With Honors?
9. Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days), Monica – probably R&B, was more into metal/rock back in the day
10. This Is How We Do It, Montell Jordan – yep, just know the title & the beginning lyrics
11. I Know, Dionne Farris - nada
12. Water Runs Dry, Boyz II Men - nope
13. Freak Like Me, Adina Howard – hmm, there’s a song now with those lyrics in it
14. Run-Around, Blues Traveler – I vaguely remember the band
15. I Can Love You Like That, All-4-One – eh?
16. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?, Bryan Adams – don juan de marco!
17. Always, Bon Jovi – the day when bon jovi had long hair, not yet an actor, and not yet a Democrat
18. Boombastic / In The Summertime, Shaggy – Levi’s commercial!
19. Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Nicki French – turn around (na paulit-ulit)
20. You Gotta Be, Des'ree - nope
21. You Are Not Alone, Michael Jackson – the dying embers of the Michael Jackson express
22. Hold My Hand, Hootie and The Blowfish – man, I thought they were gonna be big, but only eked out 2 hits
23. One More Chance-Stay With Me, Notorious B.I.G. – eh?
24. Here Comes The Hotstepper, Ini Kamoze – wha?

25. Candy Rain, Soul For Real - nope
26. Let Her, w Hootie and The Blowfish – see 22
27. I Believe, Blessid Union Of Souls – is this the song with the black dude falls in love with the white girl?
28. Red Light Special, TLC - nope
29. Runaway, Janet Jackson – forgot this one
30. Strong Enough, Sheryl Crow – Sheryl crow was already singing then?
31. Colors Of The Wind, Vanessa Williams – Pocahontas!
32. Someone To Love, Jon B. - nope
33. Only Wanna Be With You, Hootie and The Blowfish – oops, 3 hits pala… he3x! :D
34. If You Love Me, Brownstone – brownstone? Sounds like ….
35. In The House Of Stone And Light, Martin Page - nope
36. I Got 5 On It, Luniz - nada
37. Baby, Brandy – 15 pa lang si brandy non?
38. Run Away, Real McCoy – um?
39. As I Lay Me Down, Sophie B. Hawkins – the follow-up to Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover!
40. He's Mine, Mokenstef – hmm?
41. December, Collective Soul – not September by Earth Wind & Fire?
42. I'll Be There For You-You're All I Need To Get By, Method Man-Mary J. Blige - nope
43. Shy Guy, Diana King – “have mercy mercy mercy!”
44. I'm The Only One, Melissa Etheridge - enh
45. Every Little Thing I Do, Soul For Real - nope
46. Before I Let You Go, BLACKstreet - nada
47. Big Poppa / Warning, Notorious B.I.G. - zilch
48. Sukiyaki, 4 P.M. – ah, the mutated Japanese song!!!
49. I Wanna Be Down, Brandy – eng?
50. I'll Make Love To You, Boyz II Men – like you want me to…
51. Dear Mama / Old School, 2Pac - nope
52. Hold On, Jamie Walters – hold on what?
53. Keep Their Heads Ringin', Dr. Dre – pre-slim shady
54. The Rhythm Of The Night, Corona - nope
55. Roll To Me, Del Amitri - nada
56. Scream / Childhood, Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson – ooh, a Jackson duet!
57. Freek'n You, Jodeci - forgot
58. I Wish, Skee-lo - ern
59. Believe, Elton John – sir Elton was still making songs?
60. Carnival, Natalie Merchant - nope
61. You Don't Know How It Feels, Tom Petty – I thought he was in the 80s
62. Back For Good, Take That – light song63. Tootsee Roll, 69 Boyz - hmm
64. You Want This-70's Love Groove, Janet Jackson - nope
65. Tell Me, Groove Theory – still no66. Can't You See, Total - nope
67. All I Wanna Do, Sheryl Crow - none
68. This Lil' Game We Play, Subway – nyet
69. Come And Get Your Love, Real McCoy – band sound familiar
70. This Ain't A Love Song, Bon Jovi – then what is it? :P
71. Secret, Madonna – forgot!
72. Player's Anthem, Junior M.A.F.I.A. – wha?
73. Feel Me Flow, Naughty By Nature – sounds similiar
74. Every Day Of The Week, Jade - nope
75. The Sweetest Days, Vanessa Williams - nada
76. Short Dick Man, 20 Fingers Featuring Gillette – ooh… he3x! :P
77. Brokenhearted, Brandy - nope
78. No More "I Love You's", Annie Lennox – still a bit gothic
79. You Used To Love Me, Faith Evans - hmm
80. Constantly, Immature - nope
81. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, U2 – batman forever song!
82. 100% Pure Love, Crystal Waters – I remember this beat, the lyrics would go too fast
83. Ask Of You, Raphael Saadiq - nope
84. Sugar Hill, Az - none
85. Good, Better Than Ezra - forgot
86. Brown Sugar, D'angelo - nope
87. Turn The Beat Around, Gloria Estefan – a remake?
88. 'Til You Do Me Right, After 7 - hmm
89. 1st Of Tha Month, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - none
90. Like The Way I Do If I Wanted To, Melissa Etheridge – eh?
91. I Live My Life For You, Firehouse – isn’t this from miss Saigon?
92. Dream About You-Funky Melody, Stevie B - nope
93. Cotton Eye Joe, Rednex – somewhat familiar
94. Thank You, Boyz II Men – your welcome!
95. I'll Stand By You, Pretenders - hmm96. I Miss You, N II U – eh?
97. Give It 2 You, Da Brat - nah
98. Best Friend, Brandy - nope
99. Misery, Soul Asylum – I remember runaway train
100. Can't Stop Lovin' You, Van Halen – he still made songs then?

Where’s my metallica? My guns & roses??? i was such a dork then (even more so than now, if that's friggin' possible) that i couldnt even associate a good memory from these songs... hay... :(

Monday, September 19, 2005

desperate depressing diaspora

(I hate to spoil everyone’s Monday, but here goes…)

Everyone’s leaving. This Filipino diaspora has been going on for years now, but it gets worse & worse. Personally, it hit my family when cousins & aunts & uncles began going to the US for as long as I can remember. Heck, my mother’s siblings & parents were already there before I reached the age of reason. Then, it was my father’s relatives. Then, it became weirder, since my classmates & friends were leaving. Correction: my classmates & friends are leaving. It has become too noticeable that on every get-together, a substantial number would be absent because this number was in the great califor-ni-a (or the big apple or the british isles or the land of oz or what not).

I remembered what my fellow blogger said as a reason for leaving: he wanted to leave before he learned how to steal. Then it hit me: the reason why I was so reluctant to leave in the first place. I have become part of the system we so despise. Heck, I even make excuses for it now, saying that’s how life is. But it shouldn’t be.

The ones who are leaving would’ve had a decent chance to succeed here if it weren’t for the constricting socio-economic-political conditions that resonate in this republic of bananas, bagoong, & binalot. Namely, if you don’t know anyone, you can’t make it good. Of course, everywhere else, knowing someone gives you an advantage; but here, you have to know someone to survive. Abroad, you can work hard (or not-so-hard, if you’re used to audit), and still get all the material furnishings that would take a lifetime to achieve here (plus knowing people).

In addition, living abroad is a sure-fire way to test your independence capabilities; somewhat like dumping an infant into the pool, forcing him to swim. Here, you’d still have to contend with your parents and your relatives. It takes a very strong will not to ask them for anything, and an even stronger will to refuse their offers for help. With the distance, it forces you to live on your own wits.

I’ve been putting off doing stuff, like taking my masters, living alone, and what not for the longest time. I don’t know why, then suddenly, everyone has left me behind, and I’m inching towards the 30s. I don’t know if thinking about the US is one of my impulses to do something now to my life. Of course, I realize that going abroad must be a holistic decision, not only because your significant other’s there. (If the goals meet convergent paths in the US of A, it would help though.)

What’s my point? I’m just depressed that everyone’s off for their better futures while I’m still twiddling my thumbs. I should do something, something that would make me achieve my goals. What goal, I only have a faint idea of getting rich; otherwise, I dunno. Fact is, I’m content, but i know my condition would change. I really have to prepare for what I want to achieve, but I have to know what exactly what I want first, or at least have a more specific idea of what I should become.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

driving decisions

Pare, di na mag-start yan
Buti pa kakain na lang tayo
Ah, gusto mo ng, ah, tahong?
Gusto mo ng labong?
Nilagang suso?
Tahong Chips Ahoy?
Gusto mo ng tapoy?
Peanut britul, na may pecan?
Gusto mo ng, ah, kapeng barako?
Blue marlin?
Panga? Durian?
Peanut kisses?
Buko pie?
Hot sauce?
Ox brain? (kelangan mo nun)
Leche flan?
Kalderetang kambing?
Pinatuyong itlog ng kabayo?
Silicon implant?
Ginataang manok?
Ginataang gata?
Ginataang niyog?
Sarap no?
(Di mo nasabi yung susi)
Ginataang susi

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

suddenly showbiz

i was watching the news reports this morning on p/supt michael ray aquino's capture in the US. he was accused in the killing of pr guy bubby dacer & his driver. at any rate, they were showing file footages of aquino in the US, one shot walking with his wife, the other walking with a reporter.

this reporter was the husky lar santiago, or kuya lar santiago, showbiz reporter.

what the heck??? is that how muddled the lines are between politics and showbiz??? he3x! :P

goodbye good grass

haydee yorac, 67
raymundo punongbayan, 67
raul roco, 63

juan ponce enrile, 81
ernesto maceda, 70
imelda marcos, 76

why are the good ones taken away from us so early, without having fully realized their plans to improve the country, while the not-so-good ones still linger on, extending their tentacles of decay on the republic of bagoong, binalot, & balot? :(

(the title refers to the filipino saying "Ang masamang damo, matagal mamatay." / "Bad grass does not die easily.")

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

gift glitches

i remember this old season 4 episode from Friends, where chandler is in love with kathy, joey's girlfriend. it was kathy's birthday and chandler wanted to give her this:

instead, joey wanted to give her this....

what a great episode... hehehe! :D

Friday, September 09, 2005

legislative lambasts and literacy labels

let me start off with the usual political rant unique to the republic of bagoong, bananas, & binalot: yup, she'll be politicking more than governing now. it's useless to look for economic targets, since she'll be using her powers to pay her debts to those who had supported her and will continue to support her until 2010. dang.


we keep on whining about how the 3B republic has gone to the dogs, but i'm not so sure. one indication of this is our literacy rate. it has always been trumpeted in the old days that we have the highest literacy rate, second to japan of course (it's always the 2nd best to japan in the old days). now, most of the illustrados think that the masa is a bunch of unread, money-hungry ingrates waiting for the next hakot fee.

then i take a look at our road signs.

since our leaders are desperate for attention and name-recognition, they always mark their projects with billboards containing their name and sometimes hideous visages. even for construction work, there would be a long label. consider this example (although not the real poster, it's an apporximation; makati workers passing through edsa ayala would recognize this):

Starting January 15, 2005, Makati Avenue from Ayala Avenue will be closed to traffic due to the construction of the underpass, effective from 10am to 6pm. Please take alternative routes.

now this may seem like a short sentence, but consider that this sign takes up 5-6 lines in the billboard so it can be seen by passing motorists. in other countries, a "no entry" sign or the red circle with the white dash would suffice. "No entry, construction ongoing" would be loquacious.

some may say, this is in english, no one would understand this. but consider also the signs of the MMDA:

bawal tumawid, nakamamatay

(or something to that effect).

yes, one may see it as the government expecting too much from people to read the signs. but apparently, reading the signs give a stronger message than just the symbol.

just thinking aloud :P