Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Nothing much these past few days. Work still exhausts me. Last Sunday, we watched the 23rd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on TV. I didn't miss it coz Rivermaya performed in the opening ceremonies together with Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra. They sang Awit ng Kabataan, Alab ng Puso and Posible. Imagine rock-pop music fused with a full-piece orchestra. It was awesome! Well, that was the highlight for me, including the fireworks during their performance. But there were other artists who performed as well and the whole program itself was elegant and colorful it made me feel proud to be a Filipino. :)

Philippines is currently first in team standing, followed by Vietnam then Thailand.

The SEA Games are being held in several locations throughout the country until December 5, 2005. I have to admit I am not the athletic type, though I really wish I were, but I love watching sports being played. There are also several touching stories behind the athletes who dreamed and won their gold medals. One example is Shiela Mae Perez's story. She won her first gold with partner diver Ceseil Domenios in the 3-meters synchronized springboard. About 10 years ago she was discovered in Davao when she, as a little girl, dove for coins being thrown by tourists from ships and boats. At age 9, she started competing and this year, she finally won her gold. It is truly inspiring.

To all Philippine athletes, you are all heroes! To the other countries who participate in this event, I hope you are enjoying your stay in our country.

Why can't we just stay united like this all the time, not just during athletic competition such as the SEAG? *sigh*

Posible kayang labanan ang agos ng paghamon.
Mabuwal at madapa man sabay tayong aahon.
Posible kayang mabura ang alinlangan sa sarili. Ang tapang sa loob makikita.
Taglay mo ang dugong bayani
Sulong, laban, 'wag uurong. Pakinggan sa 'yong puso ang sigaw na dati'y bulong.
Posible kayang matikmantamis ng gintong mi-nimithi.
Sa kagat ng bawat laban magtatagumpay kang muli.
Basta Pilipino.
(by Rivermaya)

It's already December tomorrow. Aaaah!!! Deck the halls with boughs of holly...

Saturday, November 26, 2005


Happy 19th Birthday
to my dearest sister,
Ava Sharra!

Treated the whole family for lunch. Here are some pics:

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poke at Harry cake

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Harry Potter cake

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birthday celebrant

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posing with my sis

More pictures of my family in my Multiply album. Check it out! :)

Friday, November 25, 2005


I like your voice... so preciousss...

No, it wasn't Gollum. It was a nice old lady I spoke to last night. I can't believe she said that to me. But that felt nice. I was speechless at first but I had a smile on my face. It was a change from all those jerks who just flirt on the phone. At least I know it was a real compliment. I guess she was in a good mood because it's Thanksgiving. We don't celebrate it in this part of the globe (and I don't really like eating turkey without stuffings) but well, I'm still thankful for all the blessings in my life. So...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

skipping today

Long ago and oh so far away
I fell in love with you...

It's the middle of the week, but I feel so tired I swear it could have been Friday. Oh I wish it's Friday already. It's payday tomorrow and it's my sister's birthday on Saturday. Looking forward to it! Due to my attachment with the internet, I sacrifice my sleeping time for internet hours. I even read a couple of chapters from this current book I'm rereading befoe I go to bed. All that, after 9 hours in front of the monitor at work. Oh my poor eyes! If I can only fast forward the weekdays and make the weekends pass in slow motion, I would! I am soo tired... I can rant all I want but I know that it is my fault. I bestow this upon myself. Haha!

Loneliness is such a sad affair
And I cant hardly wait...

Been missing him. That's probably one of the reasons why I would prefer to keep myself busy. Since my eyes have been probably one of the overused and abused part of my body, they are also busy sneaking glances at other somehow attractive members of the opposite sex in my surroundings. Too bad there aren't many (any?) to choose from. Oh yeah, I got a crush on somebody right now (heehee!), but it will remain at that. My heart is still quite occupied, thank you.

Don't you remember you told me you loved me baby?
You said you'd be coming back this way again...

So, what's with these italicized lines in between my entry? Is it related to this post? Nothing really. It's just this song "Superstar" (by Ruben Studdard and revived by Usher) that is stuck in my head for hours now. :)

Baby baby baby baby oh baby I love you I really do...

I wish I could just skip today and go to tomorrow. They say it's the journey that counts, not the destination. It's the longing that makes the goal or dream worthwhile. Probably, but I have to say, this anticipation for the future isn't all that jazz.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Dean Thomas?

Ex ni Ginny... Hehehe!

[i'm dean thomas]

...and which lesser Harry Potter character are you?


Para maiba naman, magta-Tagalog muna ako. Wala lang, gusto ko eh. Kahit na English ang entry title at ang kanta. Wala kasi akong magawa. Alam kong kulang ako sa tulog pero gusto ko lang magsulat. Para pala 'to sa mga taong heartbroken. Yung may mga "untouchables" sa kanilang buhay-- yung di mo man lang mahawakan at hanggang tingin na lang yung paghanga mo. Yung iniisip mo kung malalaman pa ba nya yung nararamdaman mo. Parang high school 'no? Kahit pala sa mga ka-edad ko nangyayari pa rin 'to. Sige, kumanta na lang tayo. ('Di ba Ronan?) :)

You're Beautiful
~*James Blunt*~

My life is brilliant.
My love is pure.
I saw an angel.
Of that I'm sure.
She smiled at me on the subway.
She was with another man.
But I won't lose no sleep on that,
'Cause I've got a plan.

You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
I saw you face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
'Cause I'll never be with you.

Yeah, she caught my eye,
As we walked on by.
She could see from my face that I was,
F*cking high,
And I don't think that I'll see her again,
But we shared a moment that will last till the end.

You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
I saw you face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
'Cause I'll never be with you.
You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
There must be an angel with a smile on her face,
When she thought up that I should be with you.
But it's time to face the truth,
I will never be with you.

Now I know one of the reasons why I prefer to blog in English. It's so cheesy if I write in Tagalog. Hahaha!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

in robes!

This is what I didn't have. A pic of us in robes! Here we are in front of the "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" stand by the Cinemas in Shangri-La EDSA Mall. Yes, we were all dressed up for the occasion! :)

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PHP peeps from Left to Right:
Ravenclaw student Lady Finduilas
Gryffindor student PadawanHobbitWitch
Gryffindor head-of-house Prof. Skywalker
Ravenclaw student Galenlondeien

*Photo courtesy of Gryffindor student VJBeejay.

Monday, November 21, 2005

meeting other Potter-holics

Christmas is in the air!
Shangri-La Mall EDSA view from 5th floor

We went to our second official PHP EB yesterday in Shangri-La Mall EDSA. We finally got our Hogwarts robes (mine's Ravenclaw and my sister's Gryffindor) and spent a few hours with other Hogwarts Philippines students roaming around the mall with costumes on. It was funny coz after being an inactive member for years now, yes I was a lurker, I never thought I'd be an active member of the organization. It was nice seeing faces behind forum usernames. I guess since Lord of the Rings won't have any movies anymore, unless Peter Jackson decides to make "The Hobbit", there aren't a lot of things to look forward to, except maybe the annual New Worlds Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention that may take place early next year in time for the Narnia movie. Speaking of Narnia, I was tempted to buy the boxed set worth P1,700+ since it was on sale at 20% off last Saturday. Since it's not yet payday, I didn't want to take money from my savings account (again). Now, I'm just crossing my fingers and hope they go on sale again before the movie comes out. *sigh*

Ravenclaw and Gryffindor robes

Friday, November 18, 2005


Thought for the day:

Never underestimate your potential and never be ashamed of what you are. Do your best especially when people expect the least from you. It's because the greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can't.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

after take two

*May contain some SPOILERS*

I watched "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" for the second time last night with my sister and Ma. Good thing my Ma and I are now in good terms. Yes, I tried my best not to cry in the graveyard scene again and a couple of tears still slid down my right eye. Sheesh. Call me weepy but yes, indeed I am. I can't make a decent movie review coz I know I'll just be a biased fan writing ramblings about how I like the fact that Mike Newell decided to keep Cuaron's Hogwarts, but added his own touches and made it all-in-all a fast-paced flick that even non-HP book readers will be kept on the edge of their seats.

I know a couple of people, my mother included, who did not appreciate the too many deviations in this movie. I have to admit, after rereading the book, there are indeed a lot of changes. Well, you have to think they had to cram hundreds of pages in a 2 hour and 20 minute movie. I believe they did a pretty good job with that.

One more reason why I can't make a decent review about it is because I have become a Viktor Krum fangirl and I never expected to be one when I first read the book. I guess Stanislav Ianevski's charms worked on me and like one avatar said...


Stanislav Ianevski

Oh yes, I was even dreaming about Stan last night, it was sweet when I was asleep and scary when I woke up. I thought I was delusional. I guess I just needed the sleep after being awake for 25 straight hours yesterday. Pathetic. I think the couple of days vacation leaves are taking their toll on me now. I feel lazy to go to work. But then I just have to think that Christmas is just lurking around the corner waiting to pounce on any unsuspecting penniless victim. I gotta earn.

Back to the topic, the second viewing made me realize there are indeed a lot of funny quips distributed within the film. Even Mad-Eye Moody contributed to the humor that usually Hagrid, Neville and Ron would provide. It's general dark background made me ignore that during the first viewing. I found myself laughing most of the time and I like it. There was also one scene when I finally understood the unexpectedly early death of Bartemius Crouch. Remember "the tongue" Moody showed him? That's one of the reasons why I like to watch it again. Who knows what other "clues" I may notice?

The challege for the next HP movie directors now would be how to continue with the story the past 4 movies have provided, without ruining the original story JK Rowling has told us in her books. I can't wait! :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

long distance 2

November 14 has come and gone. I think this post ought to have a continuation.

What happened?

He did not pass the final interview. I know he tried his best but I guess it was not meant to be. He was depressed and I tried to make him realize that it's over and that he has to move on. There are more things, and probably greater things, in store for him. Things happen for a reason, right? Easy for me to say but I know he must feel terrible right now. I know how he had pressured himself to pass that interview. I'm just by his side. Last night when he told me that I inspire him and that he is grateful I believe in him, I can't help but shed some tears of my own.

What will happen now?

I just learned earlier today that he is going to Tarlac tomorrow. I asked him if we could at least see each other tomorrow before he leaves. He agreed. Somehow, a part in me has accepted this situation. Worst-case scenario for me would be if (or when?) he leaves directly for Dapitan from Tarlac and we'll never get to see each other for a long time (or ever again?). He doesn't know how long he will stay there because he needs to ask his sister in Dapitan first if he surely can get a job there. I don't even know what wil happen to us. Can we just leave it all to fate?

take two

I'm gonna watch this movie again tomorrow, November 16. It's one of those things that makes life more bearable. I'm glad I am on leave (again). :)

Saturday, November 12, 2005


11 November 2006 8PM SM Megamall Cinema 2

Ok, I promised myself I won't post any spoilers after my first viewing. I am nearly finished with the book and I'm enjoying every page, especially after watching the movie and seeing the actors behind the characters. I want to finish reading before my second viewing on the 16th.

proud Potter fans!!!

All I can say (as of now):

  • quoting Miao (translated from Tagalog to English), "Harry Potter fans shed tears starting from this movie and the next and the next... come movie 7, we won't have any tears to shed." Bring some tissues when you watch this film.

  • more and better magic on screen means more and better special effects! When I say "better", I really mean better!

  • two-thumbs up to Ralph Feinnes!!! He is the perfect Voldemort!

  • I wish there could have been more time for each scene, but I guess they couldn't cram everything in just one movie.

  • see a better-acting Daniel Radcliffe compared to the previous movies... Rupert and Emma are still perfect for Ron and Hermione

  • they're all grown up!!! :)

  • it is the darkest of all four movies

  • more goodlooking actors to drool on (Robert and Stan for the fangirls and Clemence and the actresses who played the Patil sisters for the fanboys!)

  • I have accepted Katie Leung as Cho Chang (I'm not sure with my my sis though...)

  • hope the other champions and Ginny had more lines to say

  • it's worth watching over and over again

That's all I can think of as of the moment. Aside from Miao, also met Beejay and some new faces from Pinoy Harry Potter in their cool costumes!!! I can't wait for the 16th to watch it again. I also can't wait for the 20th so we can finally get our Hogwarts robes! By the way, there is a Harry Potter event at Shangri-La EDSA on November 19 and 20 and I might see you there! :)

advance screening tickets and sureseats tickets

Sorry pics only taken by my poor Nokia 6610i camphone (mostly in the night mode) so they're are not pretty shots. More pics in this Multiply album.

Friday, November 11, 2005


I can't stay online for long coz I'm off to watch "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" today!!! Wahoo!!! No sleep for more than 24 hours again but I don't care! Bye! :)

Thursday, November 10, 2005

canine friend

I miss having a pet dog who would always be there for me, who would be my friend without any reservations and no hidden agenda and who would constantly ask for my attention. Since my brother was bitten by a dog several times before, he has developed a phobia. I think having a pet puppy will help him overcome that fear. I am more of a dog person than a cat lover. Yes, we had pet dogs before but now, my parents don't want to have another pet (we currently have a red-eared turtle) coz it is an added expense. I understand, that's why I have declined opportunities of adopting a puppy.

Last night, I was walking a few blocks from the house towards the main road where I can hail a cab for work. That was about 10:30PM. I have been in the graveyard shift for almost 3 years now and I'm used to commuting alone. I've had my own scary moments and last night was an addition. I was about 2 blocks away from the house when this drunkard was walking opposite my direction. He tried to catch my attention by making psst! sounds and mumbling words at me. I walked faster and didn't show him that I heard. Suddenly, this dog was barking at him. There are lots of dogs on our street (also the reason why my brother is not accompanying me on my way to work), but they always ignore me. I was surpised when this dog was barking madly and I was relieved when I saw that the bark was for the drunk person who was, at that time, made a u-turn and tried to follow me. Good thing the huge dog was barking and it was on his path, so I was able to "get away". It was really scary.

I miss having a canine friend.

Finally, we had this civil exchange of words and now, my Ma and I are in speaking terms. Thank God it happened before the 16th. I don't like to watch a movie with her and sulk the whole time. Something (someone?) pissed me off at work last night, but I am not in the mood to expound on it. Then there's this girl who is in my Friendster account who likes to plagiarize me when I post answers to surveys. I know some of us like to answer surveys to show our friends who we really are and to share our experiences, but then we are two different people and puhleez... if you can't help but copy me, don't just copy and paste my words. Learn how to rephrase for pity's sake!

I hope this feeling just disappears. Don't want to ruin my "vacation leave" tomorrow. Looking forward to it! :)

greetings Mr. Gaiman!

Happy Birthday Mr. Neil Gaiman!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Have you read my post yesterday?

Well... well... well... after all is said and done, I just want to take this opportunity to thank my graveyard shift supervisors and our operations OIC for giving me this opportunity... TO WATCH THE PREMIERE OF HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE! Woohoo!!! :D

Yes, you guessed it. It was approved. So, I'll get to watch on Friday and my second viewing will be on the 16th, next Wednesday. Let's all raise our hands and sing...

There's a blue sky waiting tomorrow... waiting tomorrow... shining and shimmering... A blue sky waiting tomorrow... waiting tomorrow... maybe it's all we need!*

I am crazy. I know. ;p

*"Blue Sky" by Hale.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

short notice?

Remember this post when my sister won premiere tickets for "Kingdom of Heaven" by joining a radio station contest? I had work then so she watched with Mama instead. Now, she did it again!

I was at work and I got a message from her last night that she got two premiere tickets for "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" this coming Friday (November 11)!!! My sister couldn't sleep after knowing that she won. My head was spinning and I immediately crossed my fingers. You see, I already filed for a vacation leave on the 16th when we (my sis, Ma and I) planned to watch the first day of regular screening and we already have tickets reserved in Sureseats. I actually filed it last month since we have this policy of filing for leave at least 2 weeks before the leave date. So, you can see my dilemma. Sometimes, supervisors allow leaves even short-noticed ones if and only if there is still a VL slot available for that day. I learned last night that there is still one slot available for Friday. Ohmygodohmygodohmygod!

I will know tonight if it is approved or not. If not, then I guess I'll have to stick to the original plan and wait for the 16th... but then I'll be very, very, very disappointed.

Mother hen is still cold towards me. Will the Harry Potter movie bring us closer or tear us apart?

Edited today 10 November 2006 | 11:06 AM:
Check out my sister's blog entry to read the full story. :)

Monday, November 07, 2005

Goblet of Fire World Premiere in London

See your favorite Harry Potter stars (some of them in VELVET)!

trio: Rupert, Emma and Daniel

my favorite Weasley twins

my eyecandy: Stanislav Ianevski (as Viktor Krum)

More pics here, here, here and here. Then there's a long video here.

Enjoy! :)

laugh it off!

Got to visit Liza's blog and she posted something that made me really laugh out loud in public ('coz I'm surfing the net in a rental place now). That's something I haven't done in a while. Now, open your speakers and prepare to exercise those facial muscles!

Chinese version of the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way":

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Mime interpretation of Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn":

click to view the video

Sunday, November 06, 2005

ah... weekend!

I promise myself to lessen my stresses by staying at home for the remaining hours of my weekend. Watched a movie and got to talk to him yesterday. He said he will pass the interview and on my end, I think I've made up my mind if the worst case scenario occurs. I don't want to blog it yet coz I told myself I'll cross the bridge when I get there. Then again, we have to wait what happens.

Oh and I have to get this off my chest...

Surfing online is a great past time for me. But once I become a bug in the world wide web, a spider couldn't wait to pounce on me. I don't want to take away your throne as the queen of know-it-all's. I still have a good grip on my reality. If you find me irritating and stupid, then that's your problem, not mine.

There. That will make me a little bit more relaxed...

Friday, November 04, 2005

long distance

Here's the first possible situation:

If he passes the job interview on November 14, he will live in Tarlac until February 2006 until his work starts. So, that means 2 to 3 months without him-- no Christmas, New Year or maybe even Valentine's Day. It's fine as long as he has a job to come back to and as long as he comes back.

The second possible situation:

He doesn't pass his job interview on November 14. He goes back to his home province in Dapitan where his sister can give him a job position for a government agency. Then he stays there for good. God knows when or if he comes back here.

So, what's the deal?

I am not a firm believer of long distance relationships.

So, what do I do?

I don't want to pressure him anymore 'coz God knows how much he is already pressuring himself. Maybe I should wait and hope for the best on November 14 before contemplating about this. Everything happens for a reason, right?

Togetherness for 2 years and 8 months, and friendship for almost 4 years is not that easy to dispose of. Damn...

Really. Damn it.

Nobody knows
Just why we're here
Could it be fate
Or random circumstance
At the right place
At the right time
Two roads intertwine

And if the universe conspired
To meld our lives
To make us
Fuel and fire
Then know
Where ever you will be
So too shall I be

Close your eyes
Dry your tears
'coz when nothing seems clear
You'll be safe here
From the sheer weight
Of your doubts and fears
Weary heart
You'll be safe here

Remember how we laughed
Until we cried
At the most stupid things
Like we were so high
But love was all that we were on
We belong

And though the world would
Never understand
This unlikely union
And why it still stands
Someday we will be set free.
Pray and believe

Save your eyes
From your tears
When everything's unclear
You'll be safe here
From the sheer weight
Of your doubts and fears
Wounded heart

When the light disappears
And when this world's insincere
You'll be safe here
When nobody hears you scream
I'll scream with you
You'll be safe here

In my arms
Through the long cold night
Sleep tight
You'll be safe here
When no one understands
I'll believe
You'll be safe,
You'll be safe
You'll be safe here
Put your heart in my hands
You'll be safe here

~*"You'll Be Safe Here" by Rivermaya*~

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

moments caught!

On camera, that is! Remember that Baybreak gimmick we had? Pictures already available in this Multiply album. Look at this! More pics!

walking around People's Park

scared of the snake (with Faye)

on the bridge

water girl

More team building pictures in this Multiply photo album (courtesy of Faye's digital cam). :)