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.