Thursday, November 30, 2006

Be Safe

Photo from ABS-CBN news

Another super typhoon is on its way here. 'Reming' (International codename: Durian) is estimated to hit Manila at approximately 8 PM tonight. People are trying to be more careful this time. The government suspended classes on all levels in advance. The huge billboards in major highways have been rolled. Though there is no rain now, the wind is a bit strong outside. Life still goes on because I'll still be going to work tonight (maybe a little earlier than usual) but be safe everyone!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Birthday Treat

Happy Birthday sis!!!

my sis and her birthday gift (haha!)

It's my sister's birthday and since she still hasn't left home for Cavite, she decided to make the day special and dragged me to watch Sponge Cola in 99.5 RT Sunday Sessions (6PM to 9:30PM). There was a bit of a delay but it was really fun. There were only 4 of us supporters who watched them from outside the booth and since it was my sister's birthday, Chris (drummer) also greeted her on air and dedicated their song "The Wandering" to us, Losties. Thanks Chris! I was a bit nervous at first but since they're all very friendly, we felt comfortable in no time. Thanks to Kuya Dong for taking the pictures inside the booth and for everyone for making us feel welcome.

After the show, it was a bit surreal. I can't believe that they're just eating pizza and mingling with us. I started snapping pics and since I'm at a loss for words, just look at the pics we got. Thanks Rayms! Thanks Sponge Cola! :)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Happy Feet

Fluffy, sentimental, extremely funny and cuteness galore! It's been a while since I saw a movie that made me laugh so hard I got tears in my eyes and gasped for air. The Ugly Amigos especially Ramon, voiced by Robin Williams, rock! There were even moments when I can't help but move my feet along with the beat. I wish I'd get a chance to see it in 3-D because the effects are oh-so-cool! I can watch it over and over again and I'd still gush all over the place and laugh until my cheeks hurt. The songs are beautiful and the story is meaningful. Kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy this movie!

I got to watch it with the other Hogwarts Philippines members and it was fun just cheering and clapping our hands when we saw the teaser trailer of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix". We didn't care and loved every minute of it!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

HP : OoTP HBO Sneak Peek




More behind the scenes and cast interviews. Enjoy all 3 minutes and 50 seconds of it! Multiply users can click here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Harry Potter and the OoTP Teaser Trailer

A lot of Harry Potter pictures have surfaced and my blog can't take it. So, the next best thing to post is the link to view the trailer! Oh yeah! A 57-second trailer was released by Warner Brothers and it sure makes HP fans' want more. I've uploaded it to my Multiply account.

Multiply or non-Multiply users, view the trailer here or here.

If you have a Friendster account, just view my profile. It's also currently playing there. :)

Monday, November 20, 2006

Harry's First Kiss and More

Image-heavy post




Oh my! The boy who lived really has grown up!

lucky, lucky Cho Chang!

Dumbledore at the Wizengamot

Bellatrix Lestrange

Sirius Black


These are pictures from the trailer recently released by Warner Bros. More hi-res pictures of Harry, Hermoine, Dolores Umbridge, etc. available here. A 10-second snippet of the trailer can be viewed at The Leaky Cauldron showing Harry with Snape during Occlumency lessons.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Finding Happy Thoughts

The world stopped for Filipinos watching the Pacquiao-Morales fight today. In my background the TV is blaring the delayed telecast. My family's cheering for the Filipino fighters. In all honesty, I don't really care. The world goes on especially if someone supposed to be special preferred to watch the fight than being with you. Wouldn't you feel "un-special" then? Besides, I think it's mostly media hype.

Good thing I've gathered enough happy thoughts yesterday to last me the weekend. After shift, my friends and I went to this mini market in Salcedo Village in Makati. It was wonderful! I saw food I haven't even seen or even tasted before. A lot of people were milling around. There were fruits and flowers and roasted pork, beef and fish (and they were roasting it there!) There were even more foreigners in there than locals. In the middle there was a place where one can sit down, share a table and eat heartily. Too bad I didn't have much appetite yesterday. I didn't even finish my fresh lumpia, but I love the flavored iced tea! At least I brought home a yummy chocolate mousse and another one with black and white layers of chocolate. I had difficulty finding something sugar-free for my diabetic father. Later, I ended up buying sugar free double fudge cookies for him. It was a bit pricey but it's for my father so I just had to close my eyes when I paid for them. It was worth it when I saw the look in his face. Haha! I wanna go back there next week and probably try the tiramisu, Krispy Kreme donuts and tuna pasta. Hehe!

After that we had lunch in Red Box and my throat still hurts a bit after 3 hours of videoke. It was fun though even if there were only 4 of us who sang our hearts out.

Going back to reality, I wonder when I'll be strong enough to learn to let go. It may mean giving up but on the other hand, it's like fighting the urge of wanting something (or someone) that was not meant for me. More than 3 years should be enough.

A relationship is entering a hard period. Focus on the issue and fix it fast. Prepare yourself for an indecisive phase. Such confusion could shake a lesser mortal's confidence, but you should see it as an opportunity to appreciate how difficult everyday choices can be. Instead of fighting your tendency to look at all aspects of a problem, just go with it. Enjoy how things can look different from different perspectives, and indulge in the luxury of being able to process many options before committing to one solution.

Oh well. What can a girl do?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Almost Perfect

Almost... but not quite.

You Are 76% Perfectionist

You are a true perfectionist. You are both demanding of yourself and others.
While it's great to have goals and standards, they don't need to be sky high!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

It gets darker...

Teaser poster from The Leaky Cauldron. Let's all watch "Happy Feet". It was reported that the "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" teaser trailer will be shown then. Read the transcript of the teaser trailer here. See Ya!

Second Best

I don't usually settle for second best,
But I don't know why when it comes to you,
I swallow my pride and think of it as a test.

Geez... another futile attempt to rhyme. I just hate it when you do that to me.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Sunday Celebration

I have never been to many malls in just one day! No, I didn't shop. I didn't have the finances. Hehe! We went to Glorietta to buy a cake for my sister and BTIC for my father. After that we went to Market! Market! and celebrated (in advance) the birthday of my sister (supposed to be on the 26th but she'll be leaving soon). We ate in Blackbeard's Seafood Island since she loves seafood.

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After being served by pirates, including one named Will Turner (too bad he isn't Orlando Bloom) and pigging out, my sis and I decided to watch Sponge Cola's mall show in SM City Sta. Mesa. We had to take 2 trains and passed by another mall, Gateway in Cubao, before arriving in Sta. Mesa by 5 PM. We met fellow SC supporters during the gig and it was fun seeing the band perform live again. It was even more fun talking to Chris (the drummer) again. :)

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It was exhausting but definitely worth it. I hope I can have more days like that.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Geeky Display

I have never roamed around a school campus in costume. I am used to mingling with fellow costumed people during sci-fi/fantasy conventions where I would usually feel comfortable and at home. Yesterday, my sister and I went to Mapua (Intramuros) since New Worlds was invited to "hang out" in the campus in costumes. I had second thoughts when I saw the number of people there. Mapua Intramuros is (of course) bigger than Mapua Makati and this time, the troopers were not around to troop with us. There were only 7 of us but the good thing was we only had to roam around for less than 2 hours. Oh and I also wore comfy sneakers instead of leather shoes, so I didn't mind the walking.

I felt uncomfortable knowing that strangers were looking at us and we're not really in our geeky turf. I can't help but hear mean remarks or comments from those people we passed by. It was irritating at first but in the end, I figured I didn't really care. We also saw members of the band Kamikazee who also performed that night. Despite those I enjoyed being a part of it. I got to know some people who have the same interests as I do and got to somehow "bond" with other cosplayers.

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I don't know when we can do this again-- hang out with other NWA members, but I am looking forward to it.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Wild Child?

from Yahoo! Astrology

Your latest curiosities should be indulged -- if you're tired of walking the straight and narrow, you owe it to yourself to try walking on the wild side a bit. Let some of your goody-two-shoes proclivities slide, just for today, and find out what it feels like to act in a way that's opposite from your typical behavior. This could be a very liberating experience -- or it could reaffirm for you why you choose to live your life they way you do, and help you learn to appreciate your routine.

I've always wanted to be "wild"-- untamed and rebellious. I've done some things in life that I wouldn't normally do but they're still pretty tame. I think it's really my nature to be stuck in a routine. I guess I am too much of a coward to stray away from the path I am used to. I know people who are "wild" and I admire them for their courage, or recklessness whichever way you put it. They are reckless in a way they grab any chance they get without being bothered by the results. They say it's the journey that counts and not the destination. I don't think that's me. I am a planner. I am a bit obessesive-compulsive and I want to be assured I get out of a situation with an advantage (that's the Monkey in me).

I wanna think of this moment as a calm before the storm. I am trying my best to book almost all, if not all, my days off especially now that my sister is leaving for a few weeks and will not be home. I just wanna enjoy the moments as they come. I guess that's what I need now. A little breather from the suffocating routine. So, anyone wanna go wild with me?

Monday, November 06, 2006

A Date

There's nothing more romantic than being on the beach, hearing the waves splashing, listening to acoustic music/love songs, looking at the horizon where the sea and the starry skies meet... and feeling the warmth of your beloved sitting closely beside you.

There's no need for words. Just goes to show, the best things in life are free.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Pointless Questions

In my line of work, I have encountered almost all kinds of attitudes. Last night, I just realized people also ask pointless questions. I'm sure we all have encountered these instances and some don't mind anymore but I just get annoyed whenever I get asked these. In order to get what I mean, here are a couple of examples:

How are you? ~ then person would suddenly talk without even listening to the answer or even caring to know the answer.

May I put you on hold? ~ then you suddenly hear music playing and you were on hold without even letting you decide if you want to be placed on hold or not.

Why would people even bother to ask these questions if they are not even remotely interested to know the answer? They might think it's like "asking permission" but I think it's impolite to ask and not wait for an answer. Whenever that happens to me, I feel like the person is shutting me up, taking me out of the picture or making me feel unimportant.

Any other pointless questions you wanna share?

Friday, November 03, 2006

Sweet November

A month or so more before the year ends. Time surely flies fast.

To those who are curious about my so-called lovelife, I'm sorry I already promised myself never to post revealing things about that. Unwanted eyes may read and misinterpret what I write. Let's just say right now, I don't get what I expect but am too afraid to let go thinking that there may never be another one out there for me. Like I said so many times before, I'm taking this a day at a time and being happy is what matters. I know most women my age are already married or want to get married (or at least have someone to love and be loved). That's fine. We can't fight what is in our nature. Our biological clock is ticking... but I have always believed it is better to be single than be with the wrong man. Besides, there is always family and friends. This world has so many other things to offer and life is too short.

This month is my sister's month. The thing is, she's not gonna be spending her birthday here with us. She's graduating from Nursing and the last year usually means going through rotations/internship. A few days from now, she'll be staying somewhere in the rural Cavite area and spend about 2 months there. The good thing is that she'll be home to spend Christmas with us. The bad thing is melancholy-phlegmatic* me is gonna miss sanguine-choleric* her. No more loud-mouthed partner in crime for me! Haha! That's why I'm looking forward to next week. I filed for leave for next Friday. We'll be celebrating her birthday in advance next weekend (plus some geeky appearances in Mapua, Intramuros and crowd-shoving in Myx Mo!, CCP).

my bro, my sis and me

me and my sibs

I just realized I won't have a teenage sibling anymore. We're all grown up (but still child-like and sometimes childish in so many ways). I just hope our being dreamers will now help us make these dreams realities. Besides, we're not getting any younger.

May we all have a sweet November!

* Taken from the book "Personality Plus" by Florence Littauer.You can take an online test here.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

What Matters

Thought for the day:

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
~ Dr. Seuss

Have a peaceful All Saints' Day!

Note to self:
I'm still in the middle of an inner tug-of-war.