Saturday, December 31, 2005

2005, exit to the left

This has been a pretty good year. I think.

Between dropping, doing,
finishing, and passing the thesis, meeting my idol Neil Gaiman, looking for a job, finding a job, graduating from college, starting this blog, lamely trying to attack the church, going to Boracay for the first time, being a tennis fan, and basically maintaining my ineptitude in writing, making music and playing tennis...

Yeah, this year was better than ok. (I hope you didn't notice how narcissistic this post was)



Happy New Year everybody!
Here's to hoping that 2006 > 2005

Sunday, December 25, 2005

The Greatest Show in the World (not involving Annoying Celebrities, Maltreated Animals, and Grubby Politicians!)


This show will kick major ass for sure, so haul your family and friends over to The Esplanade(located right in front the SM Mall of Asia, inside the Bay City Central Business Park, in the City of Pasay)!!!

If you haven't figured it out yet, it's a fireworks competition between 9 countries (not including the host country Philippines), and it'll go on for five nights from Dec 26 to Dec 30. So grab some popcorn, sit back and watch the sky over Manila Bay go boom.

Click on the link above (or here) for more details =)

Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas!

Maligayang Pasko at Maligo kayo sa Bagong Taon!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

My parents left for Lucena late this morning to visit my Grandfather (my Mom's Father) who was in the hospital.

Just a few minutes ago I got a call from my Dad, and he had bad news to tell.

My Grandfather passed away earlier today.

All of us in the family fondly called him Itay. Our family holds our reunion once a year, on Holy Week every Black Saturday until Easter Sunday. The last time I saw Itay was in our last family reunion. Although he wasn't at top health back then, he was still all smiles and very much energetic. And even though he succumbed to various illnesses, I will always remember him as that energetic man who welcomed us every year as we visited his house in the middle of the ricefields.

I am writing this in honor of Itay.

You will be missed on this space.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Will calling me back next year work?

Bakit ba kung kelang di mo na pwedeng gustuhin yung dating gusto mo, bigla pa itong lalapit sayo?





Fuck naman the circumstances.



Wahahahahahaha

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

That Rant at the End of This Post

is brought to you by the Number 3, and 76, and the Letters G, R, E, E and D.

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My throat (or my tonsils or whatever it is at the back of my tounge/top of my throat) hurts. I woke up yesterday (while I was sleeping on the ride home) and it was just suddenly sore. Damn it.

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Anyone here a subscriber to Bayantel's SkyDSL? Is it good (in terms of quality of connection, technical and after-sales service, etc)? I'm looking to subscribe to a DSL service provider (the sooner the better). I've actually applied for a PLDT myDSL connection already, but it's taking them too freeking long to respond to me and I'm getting impatient so I'm looking for alternatives. Any suggestions?

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Last week, I had dinner with some college friends of mine at Fish and Co. in Greenbelt 3.

Saraaaap!

I ordered the baked salmon and it was really really tender and tasted really really good. I want to eat there again but the food is way expensive... So I did the next best thing and pimped the resto for all its fishy-seafoody goodness to my parents so that maybe, just maybe, they'll to treat me there one of these days for being an extra good boy. Hah.

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Tennis season is almost over, with only the WTA Year-End Championships (YEC) in Los Angeles left for the women and the ATP Masters Cup (AMC) in Shanghai and the Davis Cup Final for the men. The YEC and the AMC are essentially the season-ending tournament for the women's and men's tour (respectively) where only the top eight players for the whole 2005 season get to play.

The Davis Cup Final will be contested by East European underdogs Croatia and Slovakia. Croatia, led by Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic, upset the heavily-favored US team that included Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, and the top-ranked doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan in the first round early this year. The Slovakian side meanwhile will be led by Dominik Hrbaty and Karol Beck. Slovakia beat last year's Davis Cup champs Spain, also in the first round early this year.

On the men's side, Swiss Roger Federer will lead the field as the top seed and is already assured of ending the year as the top ranked player for the second year in a row even if he doesn't win a match here. A quick summary of his year would read: He won 2 of the 4 Grand Slams this year, losing in the semifinals on the other two Slams. He also won 4 of the 9 ATP Masters Series tournaments this year (Masters Series tourneys are the next biggest tournaments after the Slams) plus some smaller tournaments for 11 tournament wins in all and has only lost a whoping three out of the 70+ matches he played this year (lost to Marat Safin(RUS) at the Aussie Open semis, to Rafael Nadal(ESP) at the French Open semis, and to Richard Gasquet(FRA) at the Monte Carlo Masters quarters). All this despite having to take a break for about a month twice for an injured ankle. Talk about dominance... Enough about Federer.

The women's season ender seems to be more interesting as we have American Lindsay Davenport and Belgian Kim Clijsters fighting for the prestige of becoming the year-end No. 1 player. Lindsay has had a great year, being the runner-up at the Aussie Open (losing to Serena Williams) and Wimbledon (losing to Venus Williams) this year, and taking home 6 titles for herself. I would have to say though that Kim had the more successful year, after missing almost the whole of the 2004 season because of a career-threatening wrist injury and falling down to the No. 130's in the rankings last March, Kim quickly got back to the swing of things winning back to back Tier-1 titles (Tier-1 tournaments are the WTA's version of the ATP's Masters Series) then going on to win her very first Grand Slam title at the US Open this year. Kim has won a total of 9 titles so far this year, and a win at the YEC will seal her comeback year with the No. 1 ranking in her hands.

Maria Sharapova also briefly held the top ranking this year but several injuries have stopped her from challenging Kim and Lindsay for the top ranking and without any Grand Slam trophy to show for this year, will most likely finish at No. 3. The other three Grand Slam champs of the year, Aussie Open Champ Serena, French Open Champ Justine Henin-Hardenne, and Wimbledon Champ Venus will not be participating in the YEC because of injuries. That's just too bad because it would have been really interesting to see these 6 players play head-to-head.


And did I mention the winners for the WTA Championships and the ATP Masters Cup take home a cool $1,000,000 in prize money???

Damn. If only I was taller, moved faster, had better hand-eye coordination, was more focused, is generally in better physical condition, and had the natural talent, I would've dropped out of college and played tennis professionally until my bones broke and my ears dripped blood.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Much Has Been Said...

Bought the Bamboo album "Light Peace Love"

I have to admit it's a really good album... Not really a big fan of the band, but after hearing the whole album, I gotta say, yeah it's very impressive.

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Happy Halloween kids.

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I finally got to eat at Cibo last week. I always wanted to do that place but never got around to actually eating there. So last Sunday, we went over to my brother's house in Cainta where we had lunch, then later that night went to Gateway Mall in Araneta (site of my 7-hour Neil Gaiman Experience) because my parents have never been there and they wanted to check out the place. I treated my parents, my kuya and his wife (my sis was in Puerto Galera, where apparently, she got stung by a jellyfish) to celebrate (celebrate nga ba talaga ang tawag dun??? gagastos ka para sa kabusugan ng iba? not that I'm complaining, but....) my first paycheck. Anywayz, I highly recommend the Funghi Pizza, forgot what it's called but it's the pizza with mushrooms in it, and the La Foresta Pasta.

/end of plug

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Caught season 3 of 24 on AXN some days ago. That show is damn good.

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Pasira ng Umaga

talaga yang mga FX drivers na yan na may existential crisis...



Unsolicited Advice: Kung hindi mo alam ang dapat mong gawin sa buhay, magpakamatay ka na lang. Kawawa ang mundo sayo eh.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Hate the Player, Hate the Game.

It's easy, no instructions necessary...

In a voluntary gesture of fair play, De La Salle University is surrendering last year's University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men's senior basketball trophy and forfeiting its second place finish this season after confirming the ineligibility of a player who joined the varsity in 2003.

It's all over the sports news these past few days... Apparently, one of our Green Archers was admitted to La Salle under false pretenses, submitting fake papers to gain admission (whether he was alone in this action or was coerced or worse, backed up, is another matter.)
Uncovering the player's ineligibility came by accident, said La Salle representative to the UAAP Board Lito Tanjuatco. Tanjuatco said La Salle conducted its own investigation of students whose DECS certificates were hand-carried and found the player's papers to be spurious. The player is in his third year on the varsity team. "It is a painful admission," said Tanjuatco. "But the school has chosen to take the high moral ground on the issue."

Damn... Right now, all I hope for is that this really is a gesture of fairplay, and not a bad cover up of something filthier inside the system. Because that? Is just downright shameful. And wrong. I wouldn't want to find out that the institution where I learned my x,y,z's operates on such low levels of integrity (and extremely high levels of hypocrisy.)


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For the moment, I'm really enjoying Death Cab For Cutie's Transatlanticism.

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Fernando Alonso wins this year's F1 Driver's Championship, while his team Renault wins the Constructor's Championship after they comfortably out-pounted McLaren Mercedes in the season's last race in China. McLaren could've still won the championship since Renault only held a two-point lead coming in to the China Grand Prix. However, McLaren has this knack for screwing up in the most inopportune time, and screw up they did.
(Note: Being a McLaren fan myself, when I say they have a knack for screwing up, I do mean this in the most endearingly jaded way.)

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Almost a month now as a member of the "Employed" column. Enjoying it so far, although this enjoyment is not stopping me from plotting my career path using a hyperbolic formula.

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Monday, October 3, 2005

P7.50 Na Ang Minimum Pamasahe Ko, Officially

Last Wednesday we had our grad practice at school, and it was really great to see many of my friends and batchmates again after some time. It was nice to go back to La Salle again (last time I was there was for our MOTA defense, where things weren't exactly memorable for the right reasons. Heh)

Anywayz, alot of people probably saw the DLSU-FEU game, and even if you didn't see it, I'm sure you probably heard of the thing that happened shortly after the buzzer went off. Well, all I can say there is that ASSistant team manager got what he deserved for that stupid thing he did. I don't want to come across as someone who claims to stand on higher ground, but seriously, what he did was shameful and dragged the whole La Sallian community down on the dirt, making us look like we are a group of people who lacked integrity and respect for others. I don't know if I'm a good judge of character, but hell, that's my opinion on the matter.

Enough bout that shit. I wanna talk bout Saturday now.

Last Saturday was my College Graduation day. I can't really say I was all that excited since I had to wake up early to get to PICC (Philippine International Convention Center) by 7:30 a.m. but still, it's a nice, formal way to say goodbye to the great, good and bad times in La Salle so it really meant something to me.

Here are some pics (courtesy of Gelsen):


After the ceremony, My friends (Del, Joan, Gelsen and his gf) and I had lunch together at Italianni's because my mom gave me an Italianni's gift certificate. After that, we went our separate ways. Gelsen and his gf Rina went to a bazaar, I went to meet up with my family (for another eating session haha) while Del and Joan went to the movies... (hmmm, ano kaya pinanood nila? hehehe) Anywayz, as I said, later in the day I met up with my family and some of our close family friends and we had dinner at Gerry's Grill. Ang sarap ng Crispy Pata! sheeet... I know it's bad for the health but what the hey... Masarap eh!


I'll try to upload some pics here (I don't have my own camera so I'm counting on my camera-owning friends to send some pics over to me so I can post them here... Damn)

So now, I'm officially a graduate, and I've been employed for a little over two weeks already (wahooooo lapit na payday! payday na! wooohoooo)

List of things I want to buy on my first paycheck:
  1. The rest of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series that I still don't have, and Neil's new book Anansi Boys.
  2. CD's!!! (hindi blank cd's ha, yung may lamang kanta naman)
  3. Digicam!
  4. Music Player!!! (Ipod Nano? Zen Vision M? something else?)
  5. TV for my room!
  6. The Amazing Race Season 1 DVD!!!
  7. A new tennis racket! (Kahit hindi na ko nakakapag-tennis lately haha)
  8. A new jacket!
  9. Sapatos for office. The one I'm using right now is the same one I had since I started college hehe, kawawa na...
  10. Flash disk!

Holy sheeeet... Mabubutas yata bulsa ko sa wishlist na yan ah... I should probably rethink it hehe (or, anyone of you, baka naman gusto nyong magdonate sa Alvin's Wishlist Fund? Anyone?)

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Week One in the Rat Race

This was a pretty good week.

Hell yes it was...

Last Monday marked my first day on my first job. I arrived at the office (at the tenth floor of our building) a few minutes before 9, but I didn't get to meet my officemates until about an hour later (thanks to
Mhia for getting me out of that frikkin cold conference room hehe. No, I didn't get trapped or anything like that...)

After that I was sent to the 34th floor so I could join my fellow trainees for some SQL training. The training lasted for four days, for about 8 hours a day and was basically a crash course of what we were taught in the DBAPDEV days of college plus some new tricks too. We had free snacks in the mornings and the afternoons so that really kept me well-fed and happy, which is never not good in my book.


Anywayz, since the training didn't finish until Thursday, it was only on Friday that I spent significant time at the 10th floor, which basically explains why most of my conversations with my officemates turned out like this:

Officemate: Ikaw yung new hire? Kelan ka nagstart?
Me: Yep, first day ko nung Monday
Officemate: Talaga? Eh bakit ngayon lang kita nakita?
Me: Nagtraining kasi ako from Monday to Thursday eh, kaya ngayon lang talaga ako napunta dito hehe...

So it was only on my fifth day of work that I actually met my officemates (and I don't think I've actually met all my teammates yet) and from what I was told, I'm gonna have the duty manager role (the same role Mhia has, or used to have as she said on her blog) and training for that won't be until October so I'll have the whole of next week doing, uhm... nothing in particular really. Hmmm... Maybe I should practice my "suck up to the boss" routine next week then. When I tell people that I probably won't be doing anything next week, they basically tell me (and I paraphrase): "Enjoy it while it lasts..."

In that case, I'm gonna stretch every damn second.

We ate lunch at PBComm Tower's food court, and I think they have better food outlets there than our own building's food court.

Highlight of the day however was definitely the dinner/s15 reunion with my college friends (s15 was our original block) at Teriyaki Boy and although not everybody was there since the dinner was just short notice, it was still hell fun ("Less sense, more fun" is one of our guiding principles. Haha)

Next Wednesday should be equally interesting since most of us will meet up again for grad practice, college recognition, and the baccalaureate mass, and on Saturday night some of us will meet up again in Dandan's house in Katipunan for some after-grad celebration (Our grad will be in Saturday afternoon.) So if your a friend of ours and you are reading this, consider this an invitation to come, just contact Dandan for detaile hehe (You wouldn't want to miss Dandan and Eliza's karaoke showdown would you?)


PS: Someone told me a very amusing story last Thursday. One of the most amusing ones I've heard all year, actually. It might be disturbing to some, but I gotta admit, there's humor in it you won't find in everyday-average jokes.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

If I was more Socio-Politically Relevant...

I'd Look Like this:

Nice.

Now go and do yourself here and don't forget to show me -> hellgod_13@yahoo.com. (And if you get really bored, you can go do me there too... I mean, draw me... with the southpark thing... you can draw me there. Good)

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If your looking for good music to listen to, I'd recommend music by Badly Drawn Boy (Silent Sigh, A Peak You Reach and The Shining are some highly-recommended songs) and Death Cab for Cutie (The Sound of Settling, We Looked Like Giants and Transatlanticism) and Damien Rice (his whole O album is great) and Nick Drake. Really nice to listen to especially if your sitting in front of a computer, or a desk, or in a car, or a bus, or a jeep, or a plane plain plane (oh my fucking g, I can't spell a-i-r-p-l-a-n-e)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

A Peak You Reach

Winners this weekend: Kim, Roger, Kimi... WOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!

Belgian Kim Clijsters finally grabbed a Grand Slam title, after losing in her first four GS finals (to Jennifer Capriati(USA) at the French Open '01, then to Justine Henin-Hardenne(BEL) at the French Open '03, the US Open '03 and the Aussie Open '04.) She beat French veteran Mary Pierce 6-3, 6-1 in a match that lasted just 63 minutes (Mary's other Grand Slam final this year at the French Open lasted all of 61 minutes as she got walloped by Justine.)
^ Kim reacts after winning the match.

With the win, Kim finally gets rid of the title "The Best Player Never To Win A Grand Slam", at the same time taking home a whoppin $2.2 million in prize money (the biggest payday for an xx chromosome in sports history.) The original prize money for the winner was $1.1 million, but since Kim won the most matches(and points) at US Open series (a group of tournaments held before the US Open), she got a 100% bonus on her prize money.

A day later, Roger Federer reaffirmed his status as the best tennis player in the world (and closes in on "The Best Tennis Player Ever" title) by beating 35-year old Andre Agassi in four sets, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(7-1), 6-1. Even Agassi, who in his career has squared-off with such legends as Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl, was left in awe. Roger went home with $1.1 million prize money (He finished just fourth at the US Open series after playing in only one tournament before the US Open.) The 24 year-old Swiss has now won 6 grand slam titles in a span of three years.

Both players also won a 2006 Lexus GS 430 sedan. Not bad for two weeks work, donchathink?

In the other events, twins Bob and Mike Bryan(USA) won the Men's double's title by beating top-seeds Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Swede Jonas Bjorkman. This is the Bryans' first Grand Slam title of the year after losing the finals of the Aussie and French Opens, and Wimbledon.

Lisa Raymond(USA) and Samantha Stosur(AUS) won the women's doubles while my girlfriend Daniela Hantuchova won the mixed doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi(IND). Mahesh has now won 9 grand slam titles (all in doubles) while Daniela has now won all four Mixed Doubles Grand Slam (She won Wimbledon with Leos Friedl in 2001, the Aussie Open in 2002 with kevin Ullyet, and the French Open this year with Fabrice Santoro. Daniela also won the Hopman Cup for Slovakia with Dominik Hrbaty earlier this year) Woohoo! Now go win them singles titles Daniela.

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Kimi Raikonnen won his sixth Grand Prix this season in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, in an incident-filled race. I wasn't able to watch any part of the race, but from what I read, McLaren for the nth time, loses their chance to grab a 1-2 win as Juan Pablo Montoya crashed out on the latter part of the race while at the No. 2 position. This allowed Driver's Championsip leader Fernando Alonso to move up one spot, and maintain his lead over Kimi by 25 points, with just three races more to go. More heartbreaking was the fact that McLaren could've grabbed the lead from Renault had Montoya finished second. Instead, Renault still leads McLaren by 6 points for the Constructor's championship. Jenson Button of BAR-Honda finished third in the race.

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Move out of the house, deadweight

Quarterfinal action in the US Open begins today, with top-seed Maria Sharapova facing fellow Russian 9th seed Nadia Petrova, and Belgian 4th seed Kim Clijsters facing No. 10 Venus Williams (fresh from beating lil sis Serena in the previous round). Tomorrow's matches will feature second seed Lindsay Davenport(USA) vs last year's US Open runner-up (6)Elena Dementieva of Russia, and No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo vs Mary Pierce in an all-French match up (after Mary defeated the French Open champ, No. 7 Justine Henin-Hardenne(BEL) in the previous round.)

The men's quarterfinal line-up has yet to be completed, with No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland facing German Nicolas Kiefer, No. 11 David Nalbandian(ARG) facing Italian veteran Davide Sanguinetti, Aussie No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt vs No. 15 Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia, and the unseeded match-up of Spaniard Fernando Verdasco and Jarkko Nieminen of Finland all playing their fourth round matches later today.

Alreay through to the quarterfinals are No. 6 Andre Agassi (def Belgian Xavier Malisse in five sets), unseeded American James Blake (who defeated the second-seeded teen prodigy Rafael Nadal of Spain in the third round and the 19th seed Spaniard Tommy Robredo in the fourth round), No.8 Guillermo Coria of Argentina (who beat Chilean Nicolas Massu in a 4-hour and 30 minute (the longest match of the tournament so far), heated, controversial match), and another unseeded American, Robby Ginepri (who beat seeded players Tommy Haas of Germany (No.29) and 19 year-old Frenchman Richard Gasquet(No.13) in the 3rd and fourth round respectively)

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Another great race this weekend at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza! It was again dominated by the top two teams of the season, McLaren-Mercedes and Renault. McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya(COL) won the race despite having some tire problems towards the end of the race. Renault got a two spots at the podium with Championship Race leader Fernando Alonso(ESP) and Giancarlo Fisichella(ITA) finishing 2 and 3. McLaren's Kimi Raikonnen(FIN) saw his challenge for the Driver's Championship title derailed by tire problems and just missed out on a top three finish.

With the results, McLaren narrows Renault's lead in the Team Championships by one point (Renualt still leads by 8) while Toyota is suddenly within striking distance of Ferrari's third place standing after Toyota's Jarno Trulli(ITA) and Ralf Schumacher(GER)'s strong performances (finishing 5th and 6th) and Ferrari's Michael Schumacher(GER) and Rubens Barrichello(BRA) both failing to get any points for this race.

Woohoo! Go Montoya!

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Just signed. I'll be starting work on the 19th. =)

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I dont know what came over my father, but last week, he bought 5 videoke cd's and he's been singing loads of reeeeeeealy old songs in front of the TV every night since. Is this his way of telling me "Move out of the house, deadweight."? (He's at it right now actually, with the mic on high volume.)

Oh no....no...noooo... Not freaking Barry Manilow!!!


Damn, I think I'm gonna need to buy ear plugs.

Sunday, September 4, 2005

Do I see a pattern here?

Last Friday, I went to Navitaire's office in PhilamLife tower in Paseo de Roxas to discuss their job offer. Basically, the offer is pretty good... Associate Software Engineer, 6 months probationary status, good salary, good benefits... The only thing that bothered me was that I had to sign a 2-year bond with the company, and should I choose to leave them before two year's time, I would have to pay the company a somewhat sizeable amount of money, depending on the trainings I get from them.

I don't know bout you, but the thought of being tied down to the company for two years just makes me feel uncomfortable. My brother (who is also in the IT industry) has commented that two years isn't really that long, and his wife (who works at the HR department of another IT company) suggested that the job offer was actually a good one.

Hmmmm... but committing to a company that I'm not actually sure about, for two whole years. Let's just say it's enough to make me feel uneasy.




Do I see a pattern here?

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By the way, I also talked about my other job prospects with my brother, and he commented that he knew some friends who work there that weren't doing anything significant at all in their jobs, and he thinks that it might not be too good for me to join that company because I might happen to get the same kind of job. Makes me think twice.

And to everyone else, I'd like to hear your comments (okay, okay.... advice) about the Navitaire offer, especially since they gave me only until Monday (tomorrow, kids) to give them my decision.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

trying hard not to sound desperate here

I had my final interview with Navitaire's director for product development yesterday. She basically grilled me about my intentions of joining their company, considering that I'm also interested with joining another company. Of course I couldn't really say that the other company was ranked higher on my list since that would definitely affect their evaluation of my application (d'oh) (I haven't even recieved a job offer from the other company yet.) I had a hard time convincing her that I was really interested in joining Navitaire, and I wasn't even sure she was convinced... so in the end I just decided to tell her that I was as interested with Navitaire as I was with the other company, and I'll choose who/whichever company gives me a better job offer(that is, if I actually get a job offer from both companies).

Speaking of the other company, I just got another call from them asking me to come to their office on Monday, 11:30 am (hey, lunch time yan ah... Anyone want to treat me to lunch after??? No? No one? Anyone? No? that's okay...) for another interview, which was strange since I got a call from them last week saying that my interview last monday was my final interview... So I guess this is my final final interview? Whatever it is, I (trying hard not to sound desperate here) really hope it gets me closer to a job there.

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Day two of the US Open saw 2003 champion and No. 4 Andy Roddick(USA) get upset by No. 68 Gilles Muller(LUX) to the score of 7-6(7-4), 7-6(10-8), 7-6(7-1). Roddick was one of the favorites to challenge No. 1 Roger Federer(SUI) for the title, but was beaten by the 22 year-old Muller, who was making his US Open debut and is the first man from Luxembourg to play at the tournament. Muller is no stranger to creating upsets, he had a big win over Andre Agassi(USA) last year and was also responsible for defeating No. 2 and French Open champ Rafael Nadal(ESP) at the second round of this year's Wimbledon (on his debut as well). Incidentally, Roddick was celebrating his 23rd birthday on the day he lost.

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Navitaire just called me up some odd seconds ago, I'll be there to discuss their job offer tomorrow. Nice.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

of Road Rage, being a Professional Interviewee, and the US Open '05 Day 1

The most annoying thing about living here in Las Piñas city is that except for a short span of time between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m., traffic is always brutally heavy. It's like someone gathered the most incompetent MMDA traffic aides and made them stand up right smack in the middle of Alabang-Zapote Road, just so they could purposely congest the city's main thoroughfare.


Dumb. Fuckers.

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Just had an interview with Navitaire this afternoon. Actually, I had two interviews (right after passing the first interview, they scheduled for my second interview just a few minutes later.) I was supposed to have my third and final interview the same day too, but my interviewer was not available so I would have to come back tomorrow morning for that. Yesterday, I had my final interview with HP. To sum it all up, I have been interviewed by 6 people in the past 4 days. If being an interviewee was a career, I bet I'd make good money out of it.

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The US Open in New York is now underway. Some notable first round results:

Monday, Aug 29
Men's First Round

(2) Rafael Nadal(ESP) def. Bobby Reynolds(USA), 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
(7) Andre Agassi(USA) def. Razvan Sabau(ROM), 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
(8) Guillermo Coria(ARG) def. Felix Mantilla(ESP), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, 6-3
Brian Baker(USA) def. (9) Gaston Gaudio(ARG), 7-6 (11-9), 6-2, 6-4
(this is 20 year-old Baker's first ever win in a Grand Slam event, and only his fourth win in the pro ATP Tour)
(13) Richard Gasquet(FRA) def. Alberto Martin(ESP), 6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4
(14) Thomas Johansson(SWE) def. Mariano Zabaleta(ARG), 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
(18) Ivan Ljubicic(CRO) def. Tobias Summerer(GER), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
(19) Tommy Robredo(ESP) def. Daniele Bracciali(ITA), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
(24) Mikhail Youzhny(RUS) def. Florian Mayer(GER), 6-1, 6-0, 6-2
(29) Tommy Haas(GER) def. Peter Luczak(AUS), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Ivo Karlovic(CRO) def. Mardy Fish(USA), 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4)


Women's First Round
(1) Maria Sharapova(RUS) def. Eleni Daniilidou(GRE), 6-1, 6-1
(4) Kim Clijsters(BEL) def. Martina Muller(GER), 6-1, 6-2
Ekaterina Bychkova(RUS) def. (5) Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS), 6-3, 6-2
(the Kuz makes history by being the first ever US Open defending champion to lose in her opening match, just like Anastasia Myskina at the French Open earlier this year)

Insisting that the back injury she sustained two weeks ago in Toronto was not a factor in her loss, Kuznetsova had 45 unforced errors and only 15 winners in the 65-minute match.

(8) Serena Williams(USA) def. Yung-Jan Chan(TPE), 6-1, 6-3
(9) Nadia Petrova(RUS) def. Eva Birnerova(CZE), 6-4, 6-4
(10) Venus Williams(USA) def. Rika Fujiwara(JAP), 6-3, 6-1
Shenay Perry(USA) def. (14) Alicia Molik(AUS), 6-4, 6-4
(18) Ana Ivanovic(SCG) def. Lindsay Lee-Waters(USA), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
(20) Daniela Hantuchova(SVK) def. Camille Pin, 6-3, 6-1 (woohoo!)
Maria Camerin(ITA) def. (21) Dinara Safina(RUS), 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
(Dinara follows big bro Marat's footsteps and goes home early from the tournament)
Laura Granville(USA) def. (22) Silvia Farina Elia(ITA), 6-2, 6-1
(25) Francesca Schiavone(ITA) def. Jelena Kostanic(CRO), 6-2, 7-5
(26) Nicole Vaidisova(CZE) def. Kveta Peschke(CZE), 6-3, 6-1
Sania Mirza(IND) def. Mashona Washington(USA), 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (8-6), 6-4
Emma Laine(FIN) def. Shuai Peng(CHN), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
(there goes my unseeded pick)


More first round matches later today in the second day of the 2005 US Open. Scheduled to play are Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport, and Justine Henin-Hardenne

Friday, August 26, 2005

Take Your Fast Car and Keep on Driving

Raikkonen and Schumacher - swap deal?

This morning's Bild newspaper in Germany claims a pre-contract agreement has been signed which will see Schumacher in a McLaren-Mercedes in 2007, with Raikkonen in a Ferrari.

You will die in seven days...

What?!?!??!?!?!?!???!! Wait, let me just gather my thoughts so that I'll know what I actually have to say about that news.

...........
.......
....
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Nope, nothing... my head's still numb. The report did end by saying that even Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug himself has said that it is "rather impossible" for Schumacher to leave Ferrari.

In this weekend's F1 action in the Istanbul Grand Prix, McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen grabbed his fifth title of the season by dominating the race, taking the lead right from the start and holding on to it until the checkered flag. Raikkonen also made history by winning the inaugural F1 race in Istanbul, Turkey. Championship Race leader Fernando Alonso took second place, taking advantage of crucial mistakes by Kimi's McLaren teammate Juan Pablo Montoya. Montoya, who made a wide turn a couple of laps near the end of the race to give Alonso enough space to overtake, settled for third place. So instead of a 1-2 finish by McLaren, it's another McLaren-Renault-McLaren at the podium (Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella finished fourth).

Alonso maintains a 24-point lead over Raikkonen with McLaren narrowing Renault's lead in the Constructors Championships to just 9 points.


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I had my first interview with my future employer* awhile ago, I'm hoping it won't be my last. (Or I'm hoping it's my last and I get hired immediately after, but that's asking for too much, hehe)

* speaking in hindsight :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Tennis This Week Pt. 3

Results from the weekend:

Kim Clijsters wins another title (her sixth this year) by beating fellow Belgian and former No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne in the final of the WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada 7-5, 6-1.

In Cincinnati, No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland won his ninth title of the year by beating American Andy Roddick 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Western and Financial Group ATP Masters Series - Cincinnati. The win marked Federer's 22nd straight win on a final and improved his win-loss record this year to 64-3 (he has lost only 9 out of 147 matches in the past two years) and has been ranked No. 1 for 82 straight weeks.

It's constant pressure, when it's over, it's kind of a surprise. You can't expect to win all the time. If it keeps on going, it's incredible. -Roger Federer

With their respective wins over the weekend, I think Kim and Roger has got to be the hot favorites to win the US Open, the year's last Grand Slam. Spaniard teen-ager Rafael Nadal should post the biggest threat, as well as Russian Marat Safin (depending on the condition of his newly-operated knee, and his mental stability over the two-week competition). Justine should post a big threat to Kim, although she faded in the second set of their finals match and seems to still lack the stamina to win long matches, Justine has always beaten Kim in the big, important matches (including the first three Grand Slam finals that Justine won). Lindsay Davenport of the USA just got back from a back injury (she's playing in the Pilot Pen Tennis Open in New Haven, Conn. this week), her challenge to the title depends on how well her injured back has healed. She defeated Kim in the 4th Round of the French Open and Wimbledon, but Kim has made huge leaps in the rankings since then (she's now back to number 4) and Kim really has dominated the whole hardcourt season, so I'll still be putting my money on the Belgian to win her first ever Grand Slam title.


The draws for the US Open will be out later today, I'll talk about that on my next entry.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Tennis This Week Pt. 2

In my last post, I left off right before the semifinals of the three tournaments last week (Rogers Cup ATP Masters Series - Montreal, JPMorgan Chase Open - LA, Nordea Nordic Light Open - Stockholm)... This is what happened since then:

Semifinals
JPMorgan Chase Open, Los Angeles, California
Daniela Hantuchova (9) def. Elena Dementieva (3), 6-3, 6-4 (woohoo, nice win for Daniela over the world No. 6)
Kim Clijsters (5) def. Francesca Schiavone (13), 6-2, 6-4

Nordea Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, Sweden
(2)Anastasia Myskina(RUS) def. Emilie Loit(FRA), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
(5)Katerina Srebotnik(SLO) def. (3)Vera Douchevina(RUS) 6-0, 7-5

Rogers Cup ATP Masters Series, Montreal, Canada
(1)Rafael Nadal(ESP) def. Paul-Henri Mathieu(FRA), 6-4, 7-5 (Too bad Matheiu lost, but this is his best performance in a big tournament so far. Nice to see him doing well after being injured for most of last year)
(4)Andre Agassi(USA) def. Greg Rusedski(GBR)

Final
JPMorgan Chase Open - Los Angeles, California
(5)Kim Clijsters(BEL) def. (9)Daniela Hantuchova(SVK) 6-4, 6-1 (This is Kim's fifth title of the year, four on US Hardcourts and one on Grass, she has lost only one match on hardcourts this year, to Shuai Peng(CHN))


For this tournament,
Kim wins a punch bowl...


Nordea Nordic Light Open - Stockholm, Sweden
(5)Katerina Srebotnik(SLO) def. (2)Anastasia Myskina(RUS) 7-5, 6-2 (Srebotnik beats two higher ranked players in the semis and the finals to claim her second title of the year)

Rogers Cup - ATP Masters Montreal, Canada
(1)Rafael Nadal(ESP) def. (4)Andre Agassi(USA) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 (19 year old Nadal wins his ninth title of the year, and first on a hard court (his first eight titles came on clay), by beating 35 year old Andre Agassi)


Two big tournaments are going on this week, the ATP Masters Series - Cincinatti (www.cincytennis.com) in Cincinatti and the WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada. No. 1 and current Wimbledon and US Open champ Roger Federer(SUI) and '05 Australian Open champ Marat Safin(RUS) both make their comebacks in Cincy, joining last week's winner and '05 French Open Champ Rafael Nadal and '03 US Open Champ and former No. 1 Andy Roddick(USA) in the list of contenders. Nine-time Grabd Slam winner Andre Agassi is not playing this week because of old age...

In the WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto, 6-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams(USA) and 4-time Grand Slam winner Justine Henin-Hardenne(BEL) also make their comeback from injury, as well as world No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo(FRA) who has not played a tournament in about a month. They join Kim Clijsters and Russians Elena Dementieva and '05 US Open Champ Svetlana Kuznetsova in the tournament. Still not playing is No. 1 Lindsay Davenport(USA), '05 Wimbledon champ Venus Williams(USA), and '05 French Open Runner-up Mary Pierce(FRA) who are out with a back injury, the flu, and a thigh injury respectively. Maria Sharapova also pulled out of the tournament because of her chest muscle strain, but will take over the No. 1 ranking anyway at the end of the week (see post below). Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and Montenegro is also entered in this tournament

Second round action gets underway later today, but don't look for Rafael Nadal to be there. He's already got his ass booted of by fellow 19 year-old Tomas Berdych(CZE) yesterday, in a tight three-set match. Berdych was also one of the few players who beat Roger Federer last year, at the second round of the Athens Olympics.



My girl Daniela Hantuchova, seeded 13th for this tournament, retired from her first
round match vs Alina Jidkova(RUS) due to heat illness. Daniela has played in four tournaments in four weeks, so I guess this is good for her as she will get some much needed rest before the US Open which starts August 29.


I'll talk more about these two tournaments later in the week.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Tennis This Week

Tennis action this week is pretty lean... Considering that the US Open (the last Grand Slam event of the season) is just around the corner, most of the top players still seem to be a) Recovering from an injury or b) still finding their best games on the US Hardcourt circuit.

This week's tournaments takes us to Montreal for the Rogers Cup ATP Masters Series, and to Los Angeles, California and Stockholm, Sweden for the WTA's JPMorganChase Open and Nordea Nordic Light Open respectively.

Big names in the ATP Masters - Montreal include Rafael Nadal(ESP) who is up in the semis vs Paul-Henri Matheiu(FRA), Lleyton Hewitt(AUS) (lost in the first round with injury), Andy Roddick(USA) (lost to Matheiu in the first round), and Andre Agassi(USA) whose quarterfinal match vs 2004 French Open Champ Gaston Gaudio(ARG) was postponed due to rain. Not playing are Roger Federer(SUI) who is resting because of foot injury, and Marat Safin(RUS) who is recovering from a knee operation. Playing in the JPMorganChase Open in LA is Maria Sharapova(RUS), who would've taken the No. 1 ranking this week had she beaten Daniela Hantuchova(SVK) in their quarterfinal match (Daniela won via walkover as Masha withdrew with an inflamed right pectoral muscle) (Pectoral muscle is the muscle on the chest, as you can see on Maria right there), Kim Clijsters(BEL) who will play vs. Francesca Schiavone(ITA) in the semis and Russians Elena Dementieva(semis vs Daniela) and 2004 US Open Champ Svetlana Kuznetsova(lost to Eleni Daniilidou(GRE) in the first round). Not playing is current No. 1 Lindsay Davenport(USA), and former no. 1s and '05 Australian Open Champ Serena Williams(USA) and 05' French Open Champ Justine Henin-Hardenne(BEL). Two-time Grand Slam champ Mary Pierce(FRA) is also not playing because of a thigh injury. Despite her chest pains, Maria will still claim the No. 1 ranking next week when she joins the WTA stop in Toronto as Lindsay again skips this tournament because of her back injury.

Playing in Stockholm this week is '04 French Open champ Anastasia Myskina(RUS) and...... well, she's the only highly-ranked player in this tournament... Up-and-coming Russian teen Vera Douchevina is the next highest ranked player at No. 34. Not playing here is 05' Wimbledon champ Venus Williams(USA) who got hit by the flu and last year's champ Alicia Molik(AUS) who's also out injured.

I'll talk more about these tournaments after the finals are held and the winners have been decided over the weekend. I'll be rooting for Daniela and Matheiu to win in their respective tournaments (although it's unlikely that they actually win, hehe.)

Friday, August 12, 2005

Spitting

I'm bored and it's always raining so I'm stuck at home with nothing to do (I like rain, I just don't like travelling when it rains) and my computer is starting to give way and I can't get it fixed because I have close to no money and I can't ask my parents to give me some because I don't go to school anymore (even though the school term hasn't ended yet) but I'm not working yet either and there's nothing good to watch on tv and I don't have any interesting dvd's on stock and there's not much food to pig out on and no new books to read and most of my friends are either still in school or are already working or are also drop-dead bums with no money to spend and I've become an insomniac after just a couple of months of working on our thesis and the only times I get to eat breakfast is when I stay up until 7am and then sleep after that and I am just so bummed out that the only fucking thing that I actually get to do nowadays is complain about having nothing at all to do but complain.

Friday, August 5, 2005

R.I.P. Senator Raul Roco

This is sad news.

Former Senator Roco Passes Away

He was a good man, who would've made a good leader, had things gone differently.

I wish I could say that I proudly voted for him in the last elections, but I can't.

He will be missed by a nation that misses many things.



Flowers gathered in the morning,
Afternoon they blossom on,
Still are withered by the evening:
You can be me when I'm gone.

Michael Jackson and the Brownie Factory

Watched Charlie and the chocolate Factory yesterday. The movie was really good... Fun to watch (especially the Oompah-loompahs' musical numbers, hahaha...) I was seated beside Mela (my life in a box), who (I think) was hyperventilating when Charlie finally found the last golden ticket (don't worry, she survived the rest of the movie ;P), and behind us was a group of grandmothers, who were reacting to every fucking thing that happened in the movie
Grandmother 1: Ay, mabait kasi si Charlie eh...
Grandmother 2: Gwapong bata pa, ano?
Grandmother 3: Ay, ayan na! ayan na! Tanggalin mo na yung wrapper Charlie, bilis!
(short silence) ay... wala pa ring golden ticket?
Gotta tell you though, their reactions were as funny as they were annoying...

Johnny Depp was also really creepy as Willy Wonka. Two words: Michael Jackson.

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I used to buy these brownies in the cafe inside Aristo in La Salle. Those brownies were awesome!!! They were really fudgy, it's like you're biting into a brownie that was 90% chocolate fudge... yum... For some reason though, they stopped selling it some months ago. I probably shouldn't tell you, but I mourned that for about a week (the same way that I mourned when Tubby's raised the price of their Mocha Mud Pie to P150), and every time I pass by Aristo, I'd always come in and check if they had those brownies for sale again. They never did. Sometimes, when I think about it, I still feel kinda... sad and... empty.

Or at least until I got a taste of Sugarhouse's chocolate brownie, woohoo! Out of all the brownies I've tasted, this is the only one that comes close to the taste (and it's also like biting into a brownie that's 90% chocolate fudge. )




I gotta say, those brownie are so good it makes me want to write something in metaphors.

Monday, August 1, 2005

Pass It On

Floi(Cluelessss) tagged me (weeks ago...) to answer these music-type questions from her blog (that someone else also passed on to her for answering. Sort of like chain mail, except without all the luck stuff attached to it)

I've written (typed) down my answer for this weeks ago, just never got around to actually posting it because either I never had the time or was too lazy to log on here. Nowadays I got lots of time to do stuff(to be more accurate: I got lots of time to waste), so here goes mine...

Total volume of music files on my computer:
somewhere around 2 gb.

The last CD I bought:
Imago's Take Two... But once I get out of my prolonged "I'm broke" state, I'll buy Coldplay’s X&Y cd, The Killer's Hot Fuss cd, and all the other cd’s that I've missed out on because I have zero money (or because I can't get over the fact that if I spend the last remaining pesos in my wallet, I'll have zero money. Did I ever tell you that being a soon to be ex-student is tough?) I also dug up my brother's cd collection recently. I think he has all the Pumpkins and Pearl Jam discs in here. Good thing he didn't take them with him when he moved in to his awesome new house. Now I'm (musically) enjoying a 90's throwback.

Song playing right now:
Nine Inch Nails - The Wretched Travis – Why Does It Always Rain On Me

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me:
(There's alot... so I'll just limit this list to one song per artist)
1. Coldplay – Shiver

So I look in your direction
But you pay me no attention
And you know how much I need you
But you never even see me

2. Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
Here

3. Skunk Anansie – Hedonism
I hope you’re feeling happy now
I see you feel no pain at all it seems
I wonder what you’re doin now
I wonder if you think of me at all
Do you still play the same moves now
Or are those special moods for someone else
I hope you’re feeling happy now

4. Damien Rice – Delicate
we might kiss
when we are alone
when nobody’s watchin’
we might take it home
we might make out
when nobody's there
it's not that we're scared
it's just that it's delicate

5. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees

She looks like the real thing
She tastes like the real thing
My fake plastic love
But I can't help the feeling
I could blow through the ceiling
If I just turn and run


Five people to whom I'm passing the baton:
If you go crazy answering these kinds of questions then go right ahead and post it on your blog. Let me hear about it.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Go Fish

this little fish went to the playground

this little fish watched a movie

this little fish sang its heart out

this little fish sold its gills to a smuggler

this little fish tried to learn how to play the drums

this little fish taught itself how to speak Spanish

this little fish ate itself at a sushi restaurant

this little fish died in the hospital

this little fish thought it was smart enough

this little fish was wrong

this little fish swam to the ocean

this little fish lost its way home

the last fish stayed on its aquarium

like the good little fish it always was

it's not talking to me anymore though.






Well done last fish, and fuck you too.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Stupid Phone Number!

Tomorrow (later actually) I'll be starting my job hunting as I take the P&G test. Hope I do well. Really well. And on Monday, I'll be taking the the test for SPL WorldGroup, where my brother works in. I'm applying there coz the company seems to be in very good standing (and not because my bro's wife just so happens to conviniently be working there too, for the company's HR department, as the recruitment head (no, I am not taking advantage of that opportunity) (i think)). Anywayz, hope I do well in there too...

Last Friday there was a job fair in DLSU so I went there and passed my resume to some companies. It's been three working days since, and I haven't received a call from them yet, so I kind of start to wonder. Don't these freaking companies want my ass?? Then I see an extra copy of my resume lying around the house and I realize, wtmf!?!? The contact number I put there was wrong! My phone number read 805-2**5 instead of 805-2**4...

STUPID!

Now they're gonna call some other house in Las Piñas looking for me (assuming they do try to contact me), expecting to talk to my ass but instead get told off because they have the wrong number.


That house better be polite.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

The 7-hour Neil Gaiman Experience

Last Monday was a pretty good day.

After submitting our thesis I went straight to Gateway with two of my thesis groupmates Dandan and Becca. Dandan was gonna meet up with a friend later on, while Becca was there for the food (hahaha just kidding...).

I was there for the Neil Gaiman book signing. (woohoo!)


So anywayz, when we got there we headed down Pizza Hut Bistro to eat lunch (It was about 1pm then, book signing starts at 4 so what's the rush, right?) Food there was decent, although I only ate their bbq ribs (it was pretty good.) I gotta get back there and eat some more food so I could be a better judge hehe... Anywayz, we finished up at about 2pm and went our own ways. I headed up to the third floor to the Fully Booked store to line up, and when I got there....

WTMF?!?? hell, the line was looooooong... So I followed it... and followed it... and followed... and followed.... Damn! The line went all the way down the first floor and right outside the building along Aurora Blvd! What the fuck?!? I guess I underestimated the number of people coming huh...

So there I was just standing in line, waiting waiting waiting.... I haven't had sleep at all for the past 24 hours, but there I was just standing, waiting, standing, waiting, waiting... whew... What can I say, I'm a big fan... waiting waiting waiting... Finally, the line moves! It's 5:30 now. I'm usually a very not-patient person, but if I had to wait 10 more fuckin hours just to meet Neil Gaiman, I fucking would.

Turns out the wait was 7 hours... But honestly, I really didn't mind. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I mean, how many times would your favorite writer ever come up to a local bookstore and sign like hell for all his fans? Not very often. Seven hours is nothing compared to the high you get when you meet someone like Neil Gaiman (he really is an awesome guy, very nice too.)

Neil signs one Neil signs another one
Neil talks to the girl's friend on the phone. Heh Two peeps I got to meet in line, Sara and Mark
Hellgod while waiting in line... konti na lang! This is my favorite picture right now
The book I had signed You bet I will.
Awesome... One of the most memorable times of my life. Another story for the grandkids...

By the way, I got a little photoshop crazy with the one pic above, so might as well share it hehe.
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Thursday, July 14, 2005

The AntiNeoEstablishment of Cheese Vs You

When you hate the system, a good way to express it is to go against the system. Right?

If you hate the establishment, you don't patronize it. Right?

And for every establishment, there should exist an anti-establishment. Right?

So if you hate the establishment, you go to the anti-establishment. Right?

And if you go to the anti-establishment, what do you do then? Patronize it?

Hmmm... That's where you went wrong man.

I mean, I appreciate you sharing your views with me. But somehow your view didn't add up. Just. (Of course, I only realized this after thinking about it a day later) (Which is why I'm writing it here on my blog, and not telling it to your face.)

You talked so passionately about being "anti-establishment". About liking those kinds of shit, at least. Because the establishment is just not doing it for you. Because the establishment is full of pretentious, fake, elitist bitches and motherfuckers who patronize intelligence. You want the anti-establishment. Because it does the opposite. The 180. Hmmm...

Yet you were so willing to tell a total stranger (me, in particular) how deep an anti-establishment believer (without much proof, unfortunately and coincidentally) you really are.

Now THAT is so patronizing. Honestly. And in a blind way too.

You see, if you really were anti-establishment, you'd think differently. Your ideas would've been different. They would've made sense. Unfortunately, all I heard was pretentious and unoriginal psychotalk, the type you read in newspaper commentaries (except you made less sense, of course.) It is patronizing. It is pretentious. It is the stuff of good old, straight-up establishment. If you really were anti-establishment, there shouldn't have been any club for you to join in.

This is the problem I have with people who claim that they are anti-establishment. Too much talk of things that I am not hearing for the first time and too few actions that I have seen for the first time. Before they know it, they've built their own establishment (they think it's anti-establishment, but it's really anti-anti-establishment, or simply an establishment of a different kind but of the same skin), which makes their point of being anti-establishment sad and laughable at the same time. It's animal farm, baby, and they didn't even see it happen.

So before you start another discourse of your beliefs to another unfortunate bystander, remember. Don't.

One thing I keep in mind is to never talk tough while the tough road before me hasn't been walked on by my own feet yet. You should keep that in mind too.

Or else, you'll just end up as another random topic of a bored blog writer.

Monday, July 11, 2005

ummm.... teessis

Just a few hours more till the submission of our thesis. I told myself when I started writing in this blog that there are some things I'll never talk about here. One of them is this seemingly never-ending college thesis.

You may have noticed (if you wanted to pay attention) that I haven't posted much here in the past few weeks. Blame it on this bitch called "Thesis" (or you can thank the thesis for my absence, if that's what works); it sapped me of my time (and brain cells) and prevented me from coming up with something that's a little better than moronic. It's worse than a bad girlfriend. (Not that I'd ever had an experience with a bad girlfriend before... anywayz...)

Just a little less than five hours now until the deadline... Right now I'm talking with my groupmates online while we're trying to find some bugs in our system (our thesis is an Expert System,
google it.) Well, actually I'm not, but they are...

Anywayz... So it's finally done... Were passing it later... all those months of hard work, sleepless nights... It all comes down to this, the cornerstone of our college life..... Our ticket to becoming highly-payed corporate dummies..... The instant fake answer to the usual job interview questions (Interviewer: "What was the biggest challenge you've ever faced?" or "What was your proudest academic achievement?" Me: "ummm.... teessis." Interviewer: "How do you define success" Me: "ummm.... teessis"). The cornerstone of my college life, hmmmm....







Ah fuck it... Buti na lang tapos na pucha...

Monday, July 4, 2005

it's quiet down here.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Wimbledon 2005 Draw Previews

I was supposed to post something about coercing people to become anarchists, but since the Wimbledon draw is now out, I decided to shift topics...

First off, just a little bit of explanation. A Grand Slam tournament (there are 4 in all, the Australian Open played on rubberized "Rebound Ace" hardcourts, the French Open on clay courts, Wimbledon on grass, and the US Open on hardcourts again) is played on a single elimination format, which means that if you lose one match, then you're out of the tournament (Go home, get some sleep, and practice some more because you probably need more of it). The Draw of a tournament determines who you play in the first round, then the second round, the third round and so on until the Finals (there are seven rounds in all.) Click Here for the link to the Wimbledon 2005 Draw

Now these are just some predictions of mine so just chill if you don't agree.

The Ladies' Draw
First Quarter
Lindsay Davenport(USA) vs Svetlana Kuznetsova(RUS)
- Another 4th round match between current world number 1 Lindsay and former world number 1 Kim Clijsters(BEL), a rematch of their French Open clash, but this time it's on grass which is Lindsay's better surface. (Edited to add on 6/19: Kim just won the Eastbourne Grass tune-up tournament, which means she's in good form going in to Wimbledon. Lindsay should expect a tougher match.)

Second Quarter
Amelie Mauresmo(FRA) vs Jelena Jankovic(SCG)
- Amelie lost her first match on grass in Eastbourne a couple of days ago, but I just don't see anyone on this section having the game to challenge her (Karolina Sprem(CRO) is a potential 3rd round opponent, but she's not having a very good year so far.) Serbian Jelena Jankovic is very capable of beating #9 Anastasia Myskina(RUS) (still struggling with her current state) and #6 Elena Dementieva(RUS) (the faster grass courts won't do any favors for her serves).

Third Quarter
Justine Henin-Hardenne(BEL) vs Serena Williams(USA)
- This is the toughest section of the draw, i think, with Justine, Ana Ivanovic(SCG) (see her pic on the previous post), Mary Pierce(FRA), the Williams sisters Venus(USA) and Serena all stuck together (and how unlucky can my girl Daniela(SVK) be, she's on this part of the draw too.)

Fourth Quarter

Maria Sharapova(RUS) vs Nadia Petrova(RUS)
- This is probably the best quarter Maria could have ever dreamed of being placed in, she could have some trouble though with Anna-Lena Groenefeld(GER) in the fourth round if she's not on peak form... If she survives Groenefeld and Petrova, a meaty quarterfinal match awaits her vs either Justine or Serena.


The men's draw is always hard to predict since a big server could always drop bombs until he gets to the final, whoever his opponent may be...

So I'll cut to the chase:
Roger Federer(SUI) vs Andy Roddick(Mandy Moore's ex USA) in the finals...

The Men's Draw
1st Qtr
Roger could face Juan Carlos Ferrero(ESP) in the fourth round, and a tough quarterfinal encounter to follow vs (take your pick) Joachim Johansson(SWE), Greg Rusedski(GBR), or Fernando Gonzales(ESP) all of whom can give the Fed Express a hard time if they play their best tennis.
Roger vs ... (um... I don't know who to choose) Mikhael Youzhny(RUS) na lang para maiba, hehe (He's been to the 4th round twice).

2nd Qtr
Lleyton Hewitt(AUS) looks to have an easy draw until the quarters, where his opponent is harder to predict. It could be Aussie Open champ Marat Safin(RUS), but he'll have to beat Srichaphan(THA) in round 1, Mark Philippoussis(Anna Kournikova's ex AUS) in round 2, F.Lo (umm... Feliciano Lopez)(ESP) in round 3, and Mario Ancic(CRO) in round 4. Whew. Tough one for Marat, he could go as early as the second round. But he did take Federer to a tight three-set match last week in Halle, Germany playing in what he refers to as "his least favorite surface... "
Hewitt vs (hides behind a huge rock to avoid dagger looks from the Safinettes of PEx) Mario Ancic (but I think if Safin beats Philippoussis, he'll gain enough momentum to carry him through to the semis vs Roger)

3rd Qtr
This is the most wide open quarter of all. I think Tommy Haas(GER) has a good chance of making the quarters. So does Thomas Johansson(SWE). I really don't know how French Open champ Nadal(ESP) plays on grass but he is slated to play Richard Gasquet(FRA) in the third round (again). I think it could be Gasquet who wins this time.
Haas vs Gasquet (Edited to add on 6/19: Richard Gasquet won his first ATP title at the Nottingham Open this week, on grass, which would boost his confidence definitely. And at least we know he does play well on grass.)

4th Qtr
Tim Henman(GBR) has a good draw until he faces Sebastian Grosjean(FRA) in the 4th round... Roddick might also have a hard time vs Ivo Karlovic(CRO) in the second round, but he'll survive that match and go on to the finals(i think)...
Henman vs Roddick

Having said that, I'm still rooting fror Federer and Daniela to win... (I know, Daniela doesn't stand a chance, but damn, can you really refuse that beautiful face?)

Wimbledon kicks off Monday, June 20.