Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Cracking the Da Vinci Code.

My brother and I watched the Discovery Channel’s (if I remember the title correctly) Cracking the Da Vinci Code and it was great!
We were un/fortunate to have not read the book (yet?) and have our faith shaken. But I doubt that that might happen if we were to read that book. Pity to those who did had their faiths shaken and toppled. I think having your faith shaken is good but loosing it is another matter.

Anyway, the documentary featured experts from around the world and they proved that the supposed "facts" were all a sham.
I would gladly ponder on this topic here but I guess I’ll be happier to just play a pc game. :D

Um… well I’ll say this much:

The Da Vinci Code, if I heard it accurately, was based on a previous book titled The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail. The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail was based on, if I remember the spelling right, the Secret Doccios from a library in France made by a certain man, whose name I forgot and was the person liable for all these.

That man made a well fabricated hoax to trace his lineage to the Merovingian Royal line and went as far as to claim that the Merovingian Royal line has Jesus and Magdalene as their ancestors. ^__^ Cute ano. He made up the "Priory of Zion" which he derived, according to the French Journalist on the documentary, from a nearby hill.

One expert from the documentary said that the person sited on Jesus’ right on Da Vinci’s The Last Supper is not Magdalene, but John the beloved, because if Da Vinci painted it that way then he would have been excommunicated, which he was not.

So there people. Smile. :D

After watching all that my brother said something which cracked me up and I was laughing maniacally but I caught myself and later I said "we should not feel that way for such ‘poor poor critturs’ according to Tom (from the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin)."


This pseudo vacation is making me both glad and uneasy. Yes, we don’t have classes for four days which started last Sunday but then that means we haven’t done much for our academic obligations: Theses, BroadJRN Project, SportsJRN Project, etc.
Well, it’s good and better enjoy it as it lasts.

Monday, August 29, 2005

My Dad's in Zamboanga.

We accompanied Dad to the airport this noon. He's to attend the funeral of my aunt Pacita.

He went to Zamboanga twice in just 3 months already. The first was to visit my Lolo Eduardo who's old and very weak before my Dad visited but suddenly got a boost of energy when he went there.

We're supposed to visit him last Summer but because of my OJT and other reasons, we weren't able to. Lolo even saved all the palay that he usually sells every summer because he anticipated our visit. I'm both glad and sorry when I learned about this.

Now auntie Pacita passed away without me seeing her for the last time. I'll do anything I can to not let that happen again.

We are now determined to visit them all, especially Lolo, this coming Christmas vacation.

Again, tell the people you love that you love them. Not only once but as many times as you want. And don't only express it in words, love can be better expressed through actions.

Friday, August 26, 2005

A Tribute To My Aunt Pacita.

I feel uncomfortable not feeling that bad right now as I think I'm naturally supposed to be.

My Dad’s elder sister, auntie Pacita, died this afternoon at around 5 p.m. I’ll not give details on all that happened except that she's been bedridden for months now after having that stroke. I’m putting this down to recognize her. I remember her as a nice gracious lady who gives a big hug every time we see her. Well, not that we saw her a lot since they live in Zamboanga. But the few times we did saw her she was always like that. I remember her kissing us with that characteristic inhale while hugging us tightly.

Don’t think for a little second that I’m putting these down because I’m part of that bandwagon who recognize people only when they’re dead, saying all the good things about them. If you do then give the dignity people deserve and stop reading this right now. Better you read other blogs.

So as I was saying…

Well, it’s… I feel uncomfortable with the way I feel.

I have another aunt, this time from my mother’s side and she’s just had two operations. She’s been transferred from the Kidney Center to East Avenue Medical Center.
I came home, my brother told me about auntie Pacita, I was too deaf to hear auntie and mistook it for ate. Then I came in the house, Dad was sitting, nagmano ako, and then he told me. At that moment I was thinking WHAT?! Then I was thinking how, or what is/was the magnitude, my father was feeling/thinking right then. Well, he told me important things.

Right now I feel, well. It’s really very discomforting.

Tell the people you love that you love them and make it more effective by expressing it in actions.

Auntie Pacita, wherever you are, I'm sorry it might be late to say this now but, we love you.

A Break From All the Serious Stuffs

Let me take a break from all the usual serious stuff and get a bit primal.

It's been raining again since yesterday. The day before that were hot days, temperatures that quite rival that of the Philippine summer season.

The heat got into me.

Well, it's not really as much as it might sound but well... I guess you got the idea.

Cheers! :D

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Watching War Movies at Home in a Row is Fun!

Day 1: Battle Royalle 2 (my friend's VDC)
Day 2: Spartacus (Star Movies)


A few minutes into BR2 and I was laughing at the rediculous display of blood and how particular characters meet their unique doom! (I'm actually smiling right now, reminiscing about it all over again... Hay.)

One of my favoritest part: (Syempre alam ko namang "most favorite" dapat diba. Just for kicks! :D )

When one female character was being shot by soldiers and was about to die I thought she was holding a hand granade so I was thinking like "IHAGIS MO! IHAGIS MO!" And indeed she was holding one and she did throw it at the soldiers' direction! When it exploded, I was ecstatic! I was laughing so hard and I was thinking if that were to happen to me then I might be more than glad to do the same.

^__^ (Now it quite freaks me out putting this emoticon here...)

Well, that's all for now!


Watch Battle Royale 2!

I dunno but I heard that it's bad. They said that it's not as good as BR 1.

I disagree with the first but I agree with the latter.

The movie is about some *BLEEP* who have been sent to a/an *BLEEP* by a/the *BLEEP* so that they can *BLEEP* some *BLEEP* who are characters from BR 1 who are now recoginized as international terrorists.

Well, it's a good movie. Sorry by the way if, how unlikely and far-fetched it may be, I've touched a nerve by mentioning the T word.

The movie also contained a bit of something like a meddling USA on foreign affairs.

Btw, if you cant stomach (quite excessive) blood and dying teenagers, I advise you not to watch this.

*Bleep* talaga yang ibang Israelis na yan! Imagine one man grabbing a firearm from a soldier then opening fire at civilians who he knows to be Palestinians who are not even the ones who are meant to take over the lands that are being vacated by his fellow Israelis. Violence naturally will result from the pullout but it doesn't have to go this far.
But of course it'll help to think from both sides if you consider yourself belonging to 1.) a nation without a territory to call it's own and 2.) a family that believes and have been taught that the very land they've built their house on is promised by God to their Biblical ancestor, Moses.
Pero yun... medyo kumbinsido parin ako na kung may mas terorista sa dalawang yan, Israel na yun.
Hay... fundamentalists... some of the most harmful kind of people on fellow human beings. Not to mention those somewhat harmful actions of people with messianic tendencies. (Wahahahah! Amerika ba ito. But dont get me wrong, I dont consider all of them as bad, to euphemize things, as you might think I do.)
Cheers! :D

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I gotta have more practice.

Haven't drank booze for quite a long time now and felt Red Horse's kick immediately after one bottle! Tsk tsk...

I dunno know if it's appropriate but I guess I lack "practice". :D (But how come I still lack practice when I get to have a few sips of the remaining rice wine that my lola made in Ifugao...)

Anyway, thank you a lahat ng pasimuno kagabi! Maria Cassanova B. and D. C. kayo diba nagpasimuno? (Yung D C nga pala kaya ko ginawang ganun eh basta.) Maraming salamat sa inyo at sa lahat ng andun!

Nga pala Mitch yung sa Tax test ay di parin ako sure. Kaya ko sinasabi yun dati is because what I can do for now that we had the test is just hope for the best but brace my self for the worst. :D Eheheheheh!
Isrealis are now being pulled out of Gaza.
It's about time that they leave the place atlast. But of course by saying/typing this one can't help but think of the people I saw on CNN who are about to leave their homes. But then, how about the Palestinians who have no territory to declare their own.
Time to play Command and Conquer Generals!
I'm glad that I get to have the feeling that most of my ideas jive with that of Ma'am Rivera, well, so far... I just dont want to think of the quite far future of us having to take her Killer Final Examination.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Sorting out Priorities. :D

I was so upset this morning that I even thought of death as a good option than what I was feeling then. It’s probably because I only had 15 minutes of sleep at past 6 am. And a minor thing happened that made me feel the way I did.
All because I decided to continue reading Harry Potter book 5 when it’s past 1 am and I had planned to sleep since I still had wake up at 7 to continue my review for the Preliminary Examination on Taxation at 11am.
But no, the temptation to read, and consequently finish, the book was too good to ignore.
And I did finish it at past 6am! Yehey! The book is, not was, marvelous! Notice the choice of term—"marvelous". That just shows how I enjoyed the book despite knowing unbidden, unwanted, not asked for, vital spoilers from the 6th book. There was one event in book 5 that I wasn’t expecting to happen but the moment I went through it I remembered that I was told about that one.
The test went well. I’ll be getting good grades, I hope. I haven’t flunked the exams, I expect.
Now I’m supposed to be feeling better that the pre exams are over but then we would have to face more…
The article for Sports JRN and the V.O. for broadcast JRN where we would have to interview a politician or a prominent personality. Well the sad this about this is that I don’t have direct contacts with these kind of people. Well, not that I know of any but I hope that my parents do. Hum… oh yeah, to my classmates, don’t try to interview Makati Mayor Binay because, according to a secretary at the City Hall, he’s too busy at the moment and I was told to well… hum… I guess I won’t delve on the details of the alternative. ;D
Basta! Good luck to all of us and may we all find that personality for our examination project.

Cheers! :D


There are particular times when you would simply want not to pretend that you’re having a bad time, or a very bad time as I had this morning, and just frown as much as you care and not make a straight face to make it look to everybody that all is going well and fine with you.
That is how I felt this morning.
I let my face show what and how much I felt inside. I had an unusually stern that morning. I was so upset that I said "idiot" with much gusto when the first tricycle that came by didn’t let me ride when I told the driver my destination.
But when I arrived at the fx queue I thought well the anger is now subsiding so what’s the use of holding on to the waning upset emotion. So after that I felt better again.
I remember Jenny telling me how happy I always am. And I know what she means. And I thank her for noticing, though to tell you the truth I’m not after a recognition that I am happy or whatever but I’m thankful nonetheless that she noticed. :D

So there!


Friday, August 12, 2005

Is it wrong to have pleasure first before business?

Well I guess I just violated what I just have learned from our Ethics class. Not that we talked about the "business before pleasure thing" but oh well... most of you guys know what I mean about the lectures from class so there go figure. :D

Hay... time to go home and review for the Taxation exam tomorrow at 11 am...

But I enjoyed defeating brutal armies anyway! So I guess it's worth it! But I hope that I'll still think this way after I take the test. Eheheheheheheh!

I can do it!


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

I'm sad. Please be mindful when puting down discreet spoilers.

I happened to read a friend's post on her blog and little did I know that by looking at the previous post she made I've done one big mistake.

I read another spoiler about a certain book.


Well, you see, most of the time I get to understand particular topics way too fast that I get to spoil things for myself. Stuffs just sometimes get too predictable that I have to pretend and stay in denial until the very moment that the part that I predicted happen in it's time. Darn...

But the info she revealed were, uh, quite carefully concealed but it's just... just... me maybe. But then I guess, it would have been nice if there were big, bold, red, in all-caps, and enclosed in double quotation marks saying "WARNING! SPOILER ALLERT! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! HARRY POTTER BOOK SIX MINI SPOILER! SPOILER STARTS NOW!".

If all spoilers had these introductions then unsuspecting readers would be given the chance to choose to proceed or to stop in their tracks and maintain their blissful naïveté.

Ako'y nalulungkot...
I'm sad...
Estoy triste...
Mudmudi hita'y punrerenuh...

Peace to all...

Monday, August 08, 2005

Present Contradictions

I feel bored right now but at the same time I wanted to say/type something because there's a lot to say about a lot of things.

I've been thinking that the heart's a traitor and that it does sometimes contradict what you wanted to happen or what you think, at present, you wanted to happen and then because of the contradiction brought up by the heart you end up wondering if what you think you want is what you really want.

I was awake until around past 5 am this early morning because I've been reading Harry Potter book 5. (Yeah, gasp and say "Huh? Book 5 palang?!" well I had many chances to read the book last year but I want able to. But then, why should I tell it here... maybe I wanted this put here.) That was a rarity because I dont even stay awake just to read reading assignments. But, for Harry Potter, I will.

Hum about politics... (skip if you want. :D)
The president chose not to say that "Yes. It is my voice on the tapes." because it'll be political suicide. Well, not that previous actions weren't but directly saying, confirming, that "it is indeed mine" might prove too much. Or maybe, just maybe, ALL the people would forgive and try to forget. But this is the real world, so what I mentioned in the previous sentence might just be blah. Then there's also one point that I was thinking. Not confirming whatever it is that people are wondering about will keep a number, maybe a significant number, of the people to just keep wondering about it. That feeling of 'not being able to quite put your finger on it'. That little percent of not being 101% sure because there's no BLATANT confirmation from the supposed sourve of all the fuss. Well, we knew she said sorry and all that blah blah we all know and previously talked about but then at present, people are already thinking about moving on and, maybe to a little degree, think that all of this were not true and that we can all move on like nothing have happened. THAT would be very very convenient not just for all of us but most af all from the person/people concerned. With more pressing personal problems on the micro level we're facing at the moment.

Like for example mine for example: I have to make a VO for my Broadcast Journalism class that would serve as my Prelimenary Examination and it's deadline would be on uh August 23, I think (better check from Yahoo! Groups). And there's that 500 word column assignment for Sports Journalism. Both courses under the same professor, Ma'am Marie Mamawal, (tongue twistery ain't it!) the uh former Executive Producer of Vice President Noli de Castro's Magandang Gabi Bayan. At least I finnished typing the 1500 word feature article this afternoon for Sports JRN. Now at least that made things feel lighter for me. :D

que sera sera
what ever will be will be.

Masarap mabuhay at lalong sumasarap kung pipiliin ang maging maligaya. Hindi lang yung mababaw at walang laman na hahaha, pero minsan mabuti rin naman yun, kundi yung may kabuluhan at may buhay na ligaya.

naalala ko tuloy sa pilosopo Tasyo...

Sorry to those who can't understand Filipino. But what am I saying sorry for anyway. There might not even be a single person as of now that might have read this and can't understand Filipino considering that most of the people who read my blog are those that I know.

Or do I?
Now I'm wondering after I put that down.


There are a lot to say about a lot things that right now I'm putting down that as a human being I'm glad that those people inside the previously trapped mini submarine are now safe but as a Filipino observer of international thingies (:D) I feel quite um... uneasy that Russia has to ask for foreign help o fix that. Well atleast 7 people are alive now unlike 5 years ago when Russia didn't ask for help when a Nuclear sub of theirs had an accident and killed 100+ submariners.

Hey people who are fond of watching Korean soaps! I think I know something that has somehow to do with the almost omnipresence of the CEO-or-President-of-the-company character of Korean soaps and the portrayal of their role as the one who, like in real life, has to do the hard decisions.
There was a tragic accident that happened in Seoul where a 5-storey mall's south wing collapsed and killed 501 people. What happened was negligence and greed by the CEO that's why he was sentenced to imprisonment for 10 years (only). Hum, think about the stigma that has to the former CEO at sa kanyang pamilya at mga kamag anak. (I chose to put that phrase in Filipino so that, far-fetched it might be, I can uh lessen[?] the effect.) In the accident btw there is a woman, who'se surname is Park, that survived for 17 days under all the rubble. One crucial factor they say is that she didnt have the correct sense of time then and thought the whole time that she was only trapped for 4-5 days only. Imagine! :D Hay... I hope more peole have watched that in the Discovery Channel.

Ooooh... Long post... And to think I'm bored... kanina! :D

Hay... a lot more can be said but then... it's 10 pm and I gotta go home now. :D (though I wasnt originally thinking about that but that will do. :D )


Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Happy Birthday Bro!

It's my bro's 15th Birthday yesterday!!!

Maligayang bati!!!

You now have four years and around 364 days left before you turn twenty!


Anyway... Cheers!!! :D

Funny Politics! :D

It's fun watching Pres Arroyo having an interview on CNN. Here are some quotes:

a line from her answer on a question regarding the issues that we all know, GMA said:
"He who have not sinned, cast the first stone."

Here's what she said, if I remeber it right, when she was asked by Veronica Pedrosa about making 'the call':
"Veronica, I disobeyed my political adviser when I did that. Now let me follow my adviser."

meaning, here on her answer when she was asked if it were really her voice on the tapes:

blah blah "I cannot answer that."

Wahahahahah! I was laughing when I heard that! I mean well... hum... now that I thought of it, I should have just put this down on Tagalog so that less people will know... hum... with all that economic stability to consider...

But oh well, I already put it down in our contemporary universal language then so be it.

I'll just make my own translation based on how an unmindful GMA might say in Tagalog.

"He who have not sinned, cast the first stone." = "Ang kakapal niyo! Parang kayong lahat walang kabulastugan nung eleksyon kahit katiting ah! High profile lang kasi ako kaya mainit sa tao at winiretap pa! Mga *BLEEP!* kayo! I dare you na maglabasan tayong lahat ng baho."

"Veronica, I disobeyed my political adviser when I did that. Now let me follow my adviser." = "Ayoko nang pag-initan lalo kaya di ko sasagutin yan. Period."

blah blah "I cannot answer that." = "Veronica and kulit mo. Di mo ba ma-gets? Read between my lines, ayoko nang pag-usapan pa. Hindi ko sasagutin yan. Quoting from my husband's brother, 'I invoke my right to privacy.'"

While I was watching GMA's latest State of the Nation Address I remembered thinking:
"Stop howling like Howler Monkeys you Baboons!"