Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Roland Garros was a Fighter Pilot

Who knew spring in Paris would be so rainy?

It's the second day of the Roland Garros French Open 2007, and not even half of the first round matches have finished (or have even started!)

Anyway, my picks to win would be Justine Henin and Rafael Nadal, with Serena Williams and Roger Federer coming in at a close second.

I'm actually rooting for Federer, but I think that Nadal will take his third straight Roland Garros title. Federer's win last week over Nadal (see post below) sure made things a lot more interesting though. Justine is currently the best female tennis player on clay, but doesn't seem to be as dominant on it this year. Add to that the fact that the start of her season wasn't good, when she and her husband went through divorce. She may have a steely mental resolve on the tennis courts, but her divorce has got to take a toll, mentally and emotionally. But I still think that Justine will bring her best tennis at the French Open. Her potential quarterfinal and semifinal match against Serena and Jelena Jankovic respectively should be great.

Hopefully the weather improves the next few days (in Paris.) Right now, I'm loving the rainy Manila weather :D

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Federer beats Nadal

Federer finally beat Nadal on clay!


This is the first time Roger has beaten Rafa after five meetings on the slow clay surface! And his win (6-0 in the third set too) came totally unexpected, as Roger has been on a mini-slump lately.

For any other player, winning a Grand Slam and a smaller tournament, and making the finals of a big one would have already been enough to make a great year... But it's a whole different story when it comes to Fed. He
won the Australian Open convincingly last January, and then went on to win his next tournament in Dubai. But then, on his next tournament at the Indian Wells Masters Series, he shockingly lost his first match to a player outside the top 50 to snap a 41-match winning streak. On his next tournament, he lost to the same player again, in the fourth round of the Miami Masters Series.

Then, Fed went on to play at the Monte Carlo Masters Series and reached the final, but lost to Nadal easily. After a few weeks, at the Rome Masters Series, Federer again lost in straight sets to another player ranked outside the top 50. Needless to say, Roger hasn't been playing up to his usual greatness. Even on this week's Hamburg Masters, his matches have gone to three sets, and when he faced his clay nemesis in Nadal, a lot of people pegged his chances of winning to very slim.

And that's why Federer's a great champion.

It was a great win for Roger, he won his first clay tournament in almost two years, and in the process, stops Nadal's 81-match win streak on the clay surface.

Now, time for Federer to figure out how to beat Nadal at the French Open over five sets. The French Open suddenly turned very interesting.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Mind Over Mutter

It's all you really need sometimes.

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So what happens if everybody has laid everything on the table? What next?

Exactly.

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We're getting the puppy tomorrow... It's a girl so I can't name her Rafael Nadal. Suggestions?

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I've finally changed my blog template. I was planning on using this other one, but apparently that other one doesn't work well with Firefox because the pictures are png and not jpg. Sayang, I really really liked that other template (Sayang, I was just too lazy to convert them to png format haha). Anyway, this isn't so bad, huh? It's still green.

Speaking of Firefox, if you do use it, I have a nice little add-on to suggest: Cooliris. It's a pretty nice add-on that allows you to view the contents of a link on a page without leaving the actual page you're currently on. It's nice, and they don't pay me for advertising their product, so trust me and go get it.

Monday, May 14, 2007

The Sound is the Word

About an hour ago, I exercised my right to suffer.

If you did vote, then you'd know that aside from voting for 12 senators, we also have to vote for one house representative, one mayor, a vice mayor, and a half dozen or so city/town councilors. I had no idea which councilors to vote for, mainly because I didn't really know who the candidates were. I never saw posters or any campaign material from any candidates other than those under the current mayor's electoral ticket. And I didn't really want to vote for them just because they're there... you know?

So I did the next best thing, which was to copy off someone else's votes. Except for one... I voted for one councilor because her occupation according to the Comelec List of Candidates was sewer/dressmaker.

Hey, in a field of Businessmen/Incumbent Councilors/Attorneys, that was pretty spiffy.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

A Conundrum

Tomorrow will be the national elections, and I still don't know who I'll be voting for. So many candidates, so few choices.

It's (very) early Sunday morning. I'm in front of my computer listening to my bleak playlist. I've been thinking of some things lately (who I'll be voting for is not one of those) and I realized that I've just been confusing myself. I've been looking for answers when there were no questions to begin with. I've been, for the past few months, just going through the motions. I've been for the past few weeks just going with where the flow takes me. The only thing that has been constant with me is my erratic sleeping hours. I haven't been paddling. I've been directionless.

Goals. Objectives. Strategies. Measures. It worked back in college.

There are some things I just never learn, even if I know I should. And then, there are some things I don't want to unlearn.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

(call it a non-sexual orgasm.)

I took my family out on the night of my birthday last Friday to have dinner at Melo's in Alabang. The steak there is just insanely great! I had the Angus beef rib eye. It was soooo tender and tasted frakkin great. The best steak I've ever had, without a doubt. (It also did not come by coincidence that that dinner was the most expensive meal I ever had to pay for.) Happy 22nd birthday to me!

Thanks to my friends from the office who gave me a copy of Alisa Kwitney's The Sandman: King of Dreams in
hardcover(!) It's an annotation, if you will, of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series.

Thanks for a great great gift and Tuesday's cake, everyone!

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I remember that time when I met Neil (close kami, bakit ba?) almost two years ago at his book signing here in Manila. I blogged about it way back when (check the July '05 archives) and, man! Looking back to that experience, something that happened two years ago, when I was still in college... before I started working... when all I was stressing about was finishing our thesis (and defending it to our panel)... when I was still a lot less cynical than I am now... It still gives me a huge rush of excitement, an adrenaline rush that makes my chest feel like it will swell up and erupt (call it a non-sexual orgasm.) That. Was an amazing moment. It really was.



What? So I'm a fanboy.