Monday, October 29, 2007

Buhay UP

I got this from Cha's bulletin on my friendster account. And I think this is quite cool when I repost this on my blog. Check this out! =]

1.) Anong student number?

- 2007-69959 - ba't puro six and nine (don't bother number 5)??

2.) Anong first choice course mo?

- Actually, my first choice of course and campus should be in UP Manila, BS Biochemistry. But then again, my parents became a hindrance on my dreams to pursue my college years in Manila. Hay naku. Ouch. =(

3.) Second choice?
- BS Biology, UP Mindanao

4.) Anong course mo ngayon? Why?
- BS Biology. Because I love life sciences. Haahaa.

5.)Nag shift ka ba?

- I love my course, so why shift?? Or pwede shift ng ibang campus?? Sa UP Manila?? Yes!!! Definitely.

6.) Naka Dorm ka ba?

- Nope. I just lived 10 minutes away from UP. Hahaha. Tagabukid!

7.) Gusto mo ba mag-Dorm?

-YES and NO. Yes because enjoy, you have a chance to mingle with others, and I'm away from my parents and through this, it would surely test or train my independence. No because pangit ang dorm ng UP (no offense). Mainit, clogged toilet bowls (eew..), and yeah, super strict ng dorm. Pasaway kasi ako eh =p. Pasaway dude with a big heart naman din. =p

8.) Naka UNO ka na ba?

- Uhm, yah almost. 1.25 Bio-1 Lab/Lec (General Biology 1) ko! Ayyy. ba't di pa kasi yan na-UNO! Hmmm.

9.) Eh, naka TRES?....

- So far, lowest grade ko is 2.25. And hopefully that would be my lowest grade 'til I graduate. Haay. Sana. This would be the greatest challenge for me. Kaya ko toh!

10.) Eh SINGKO?

- Gusto mo akong patayin ng nanay at tatay ko?? Besides, I don't want to have a dreadful five(s) on my transcript of records. So humiliating sa family ko kaya! I've made a promise so I shouldn't break it.

11.) Ilang units ka ngayon?

- 19 units this second semester.

12.) May Scholarship ka ba?

- Nope!

13.) Nangarap ka bang maging Cum-Laude?

-Sana! Haha. If I can maintain my GWA of 1.75 from 1st year to 4th year second sem, then cum laude na ako! I strongly believe that when you have an ambition, you must work with it! Nothing's impossible in this entropic world naman. Every darkness has a tinge of light, and that's HOPE. (Sosyal!)

14.) Fave prof mo ngayon?

- Any profs basta they can give me a grade of flat one. Haahaa.

15.) Worst prof?

- Kung sinong prof ang bumigay ng tres or singko na grade sa akin even if I worked too hard sa kanyang either interesting or lame subject. Haay. Why should they exist in this lovely planet?? I hate those type of profs ba naman. Huhuhuh =(. Unfair.

16.) Fave subjects mo?

- Bio 1, Chem16, uhhm, yun lang ata for the 1st semester.

17.) Worst Subjects?

- Philo 1 or SSP5 and Math 1 or MST3, lowest ko eh, 2.25! Arrgghh. Ay pati chem16 ko, lowest ko rin, 2.25. But FYI, it's very difficult to have a grade of at least 1.75 in chem16, ang hirap kaya!

18.) Paboritong kainan?

- Sabing's A-K-A 1108 cafe! Haahaa. At 15 pesos, you're already full! Yumyum.

19.) Mag kano pamasahe mo sa taxi?

- 200 siguro. Di kaya uso ang taxi doon! HH or Jeep may replace this damn question.

20.) Lagi ka ba sa library?

- Yap! Kasi air conditioned and it's quite peaceful, hahaha (except during FINALS where students flocked in this room, doing some last minute cramming on certain subjects.)

21.) May crush ka ba sa campus?


22.) Anu-ano ang mga nagging PE mo?

- PE1. Arrghh. Hit-Mary Sucks.

23.) Pinaka paborito mong PE nyo?

- Ewan. I don't like PE subjects and baka NSTP! waaa.

24.)Kamusta naman ang Block nyo?

- Masaya. Enjoy kasama mga blockmates ko (except sa block leader namin). S/He sucks!

25.) Memorize mo ba ang Alma Mater song niyo?

- First and last line ng song. Haahaa. I still have 7 semesters to memorize it naman eh! Yikes! Baka sa graduation ko, di ko pa rin memorize and alma mater song namin. Nakakahiya. Degrading. Humiliating.

26.) Varsity member ka ba?

- Nope! I'm not a sporty dude.

27.) Naka-perfect ka na ba ng exam?

- Of course! It's an utopian feeling to have a perfect score on long exams, and when your name's posted on the common bulletin board, announcing that you got a perfect score. Also, it adds the glory when somebody makes a vandal on the paper and puro compliments ang nakasulat. Haahaa.

28.) Naka itlog ka na ba sa quiz nyo?

- Of course! Sa chem16 pa yun! 0 over 44. Bwahaha! I didn't study because long exam ng Bio and Math 1 namin. I can't blame myself. The lesson was given just yesterday. And take note, I didn't cry nor become upset, I just laughed the whole thing.

29.) Anu ka mas nag enjoy? High school o

- Is that a question?? Of course! Highschool!

30.) Sino pinaka close mo sa block nyo?

- All of them except one - you already knew that if you really internalize this post. =p

31.) Sino best buddies mo?

- Of course. My friends in highschool. Though, seldom nalang kami nagkikita because we don't have the same courses in UP.

32.) May ayaw ka ba sa block nyo?

- MERON! And he's already scaring me! Nightmare on the loose.

33.) Sino?

- SECRET baka maspread. You ask nalang my blockmates and goodluck if they'll answer your lame question =p.

34.) Sino pinakamagulo sa klase nyo?

- LAHAT kami, magugulo! Bwhahaha. Mga Pasaway. But enjoy silang kasama!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

De Prende des Décisions

what's on my mind right now??

I felt terrible (it's only me who knew this and not everyone else, of course except for those who read this blog post). Anyways, I attended Kissa's Eighteenth Birthday !! Haha. Happy Birthday Kissa!!

Well, Kissa's debut is not really a big problem or issue to me. Guess what?? It's my damn stupid long sleeve. That's right. MY ATTIRE'S FAULT. Alright. I have so many casual shirts and pants in my closet (like I need another closet to accommodate my other clothes and pants) but once again, scarcity ruled me when it comes to formal attires. I don't have much formal attires, thus I only had limited choices. Arrggghh. I was screwed before I went to the Apo View Hotel. Damn. First, I wore a blue long sleeved polo, and it was large - pretty large that it didn't accommodate my chiseled-toothpick-like-body. Damn. Then I went to my second choice, an olive green long sleeve - the long sleeve that I wore last year's prom. The size was small, but I didn't liked it. So I'm screwed for the second time around. Next, I decided to borrow my dad's long or short sleeves. He had many of these but the problem is, IT'S TOO DAMN BIG FOR ME!! Arrghh. Nothing happened. Then, nauwi nalang ako sa short sleeved brown polo ko, which was right and the fit was good. The only problem was, it looked like neither semi-casual nor semi-formal. 50-50. But I had no choice. So I hailed a jeepney, then went to SM, then hailed a taxi until I arrived in my destination.

The feeling was awkward. I was quite nervous. I got lost a bit in the hotel, found the elevator, saw my two former classmates, Eeva and Liz and finally pressed the 9 button on the elevator.

The moment the elevator door opened, everybody was surprised (well, primarily because of Eeva and Liz), but then they were all surprised to see my face again.

And you guessed it right, we did the "kamustahan stuffs" - how's my life in UP and everything. We waited for so long. The party should have started around six, but as what we all knew about Filipino Time, the party started around 7.30pm. An hour and a half late. I had some minor regrets regarding my attire. I should have worn a long sleeve rather than this. I should have worn slacks instead of maong pants. But I look decent though, with my black leather shoes. I don't know, I felt really awkward. But as time goes by, everything went on a smooth pace.

Everything was on a state of nirvana when my pesky dad called me. He was at the lobby already. It was eight in the evening and the party had just started. I just told (or texted) him to wait. Then after 15 minutes, he called and texted me again. Then, the horrible cycle repeats until I decided to leave the party. It was quarter to ten. The reason?? He's already sleepy. He can't take it anymore. Damn. Damn. Damn.

Back then, during dinner, my friend Luigi told or shall we say "convinced" me to transfer in Diliman or in UP Manila, with of course, the same course in UP Mindanao - BS BIOLOGY. But I tell you, if I opened this topic to my parents, they would certainly not allow me to shift any campuses outside Davao. Eh keshyo raw malayo, mahal (I understand this excuse) mahirap, hindi ko raw kaya ang buhay sa Manila.. WHATEVER. I don't had any problems with UP Mindanao, but what I really wanted was independence. As if, I'm their only child, their youngest child, or a fragile child with a heart ailment or leukemia and the list goes on and on and on.

Alright. If they will stick to their decisions, I would take the second option. Continue my stay at UP Min, then I'll take Medicine in UP Manila. By that time, I'm 21. But then, If they will not pursue my medicine proper in UP Manila, ay naku, does this means rebellion? Naah. I'm not a rebellious child. But the thought that I'm just wasting something precious within myself. I could excel if I'm in Manila if I wanted too. I wanted to have an opportunity to feel how to make decisions in LIFE.

But I realize, even making simple decisions could be a tough one, like what I did on choosing the right polo or long sleeve that I'll wear in the party.

But then, when I make decisions, I stand for it. It's my own fault if I made a wrong turn in life and I should deal with its consequences. Please. Give me a chance to prove myself that I could do such things like these. I'm old enough, biologically, physically, socially, psychologically and mentally.

Oh please, oh please, have mercy, give me independence. I hunger for Independence.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Reasons why we love KIDS

I just really adore kids. They're so cute, innocent and most of all, FUNNY. Here are some collection of anecdotes about children's innocence in different situations.

1) NUDITY I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat,

"Mom! That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!"

2) OPINIONS On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."

3) KETCHUP A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone.

"Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle."

4) MORE NUDITY A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked,

"What's the matter, haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"

5) POLICE # 1 While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, "Are you a cop?" "Yes," I answered and continued writing the report. "My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?" "Yes, that's right," I told her.

"Well, then," she said as she extended her foot toward me, "would you please tie my shoe?"

6) POLICE # 2 It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me "Is that a dog you got back there?" he asked.

"It sure is," I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van. Finally he said,

"What'd he do?"

7) ELDERLY While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered,

"The tooth fairy will never believe this!"

8) DRESS-UP A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, "Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit." "And why not, darling?" She said,

"You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning. "

9) DEATH While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said:

"Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn, and
into the hole he goooes."

10) SCHOOL A little girl had just finished her first week of school.

"I'm just wasting my time," she said to her mother.
"I can't read, I can't write and they won't let me talk!"

11) BIBLE A little boy opened the big family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages.

"Mama, look what I found," the boy called out.

"What have you got there, dear?"

With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered,

"I think it's Adam's underwear."


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Questions and Inquiries

Call me makulit, but I had so many questions and inquiries about LIFE. Of the following, here are some questions which really intrigued me:

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be famous before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to "put your two cents in".. but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going to?

Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity came from the word electrons, does morality derived from morons?

Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the atmosphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your butt?

Did you ever notice that when you blow (not the punch or suntok thing..) in a dog's face, he gets mad or annoyed at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Some questions that were raised are quite stupid. But I can't help it. Ang kulit ko talaga. =]

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Inevitable gemstone - CHRYSOLITE

Tomorrow, it's my day.
I'm going out to see the civilized world.
The outside world. Nyahaha. Just kiddin'!

Me and my barkada will have a party! Yeah! A SLUMBER party, just the four of us. Yes. We decided to meet at a certain rally point, our school, STELLA MARIS ACADEMY of DAVAO. It's my one and only alma mater, in fact, it's my second home! Everyday, I woke up early to eat my yummy breakfast, catch the early flight (cge na nga, jeep! haha), or if I'm fortunate, ride at my dad's car and got home at around 5-6pm. I did this all over, again and again for like almost 13 years. Imagine, thirteen wonderful years of joyful memories, tears, laughters, pain-in-the-ass-because-of-tedious-homeworks and a whole lot more.

The feeling is yet nostalgic.

Thus, my last year in SMAD was truly a memorable one.



It was summer. As usual. I slept late, and woke up at around lunch time. It was 10am when my mom woke me in an urgent manner. I thought something happened bad, really bad. But then, she announced the greatest news of my life - I belong to CHRYSOLITE. And what's the greatest deal of it? Almost classmate ko lahat ng kabarkada ko! Weeee. I'm so happy at that certain moment of my life.


Well, it's the first day of school and I arrived at school quite early. Maybe I was uber excited at that time. Yeay. I did the usual kamustahan stuffs with my friends and things alike. Then after an hour of announcements, recognitions (that's the thing what I've hated during first days, I mean, we need to clap, stand for a long period of time), and flag ceremonies, we went inside the classroom. I can still remember that Ma'am Bello got angry with us. Eh kasi naman, ang pasaway na si Kate Rojas, didn't followed what ma'am instructed to her. I think, if not mistaken, it's the chair arrangement. Haay. First day pa lang, sermon na. And of course who would never forget when Rafael "Chucky" Palma Gil discovered that his name was nowhere to be found out of the four sections posted. Haay kawawa. A clerical error from the registrar could cause pandemonium. Another thing was, when Harry Palileo mistakenly thought he belonged to our section, so he went inside our classroom, but he later discovered that he belonged to Diamond. Haay. What a goofy first day.

After that, we met on our different subject teachers like in Math (Mrs. Melita "Dooby" Buladaco), Physics (Ms. Shella "Shengy" Cascaro), English (Mrs. Juvy S. Palo) CL (Mr. Ronald Añong), Filipino (Mrs. Arlen Lasay) and our adviser as our Economics teacher.

Back then, the usual thing that a teacher will do is to have a "getting to know stuffs." It's like you'll introduce your name to your class (for the gazilionth time) and sometimes the teacher would interrogate some intriguing questions to us like:

"Are you the brother/ sister of this and that?"
"Are you related to this and that?"
"Are you new in this school?"


In Physics, we just introduced our names, then we defined Physics in our own words. Too elementary.

In English, we had an extemporaneous speech. We stood in a broom box, hold the microphone, speak until you have a nervous breakdown, literally. Who could never forget when Helen Guy-uyco cried when she recounted her worst experience of her life - last year's JS promenade. Of course, I could still remember when Therese Yucamco showed her prowess on taekwondo to Nicolo Munda when Nixmo revealed that she's a b**** b****r. You'll figure this out okay? Also, when it was Louie "Cocok" Vergara's turn, he said that our former english teacher was one "HELL" of a kind. We laughed at him since he was, again, exaggerating. Sheesh.

I remembered that, during our first meeting on math, the surroundings changed abruptly and the aura felt in a gypsy manner. Okay. Ma'am Dooby chanted a spell (or a prayer to God =p) in an eerie-freaky voice. It goes like this:


Ah ewan ko bah! I think I jumbled the lyrics, basta that's the song. It's a prayer. Harr. During lunch break, we couldn't forget that chant.

Time flies so fast until we realized that it was already July.

We started to practice on our Mo. Candida Song Composition. Lyrics and melody was composed by yours truly =]. As usual, Alvin Paulin showed to us the real meaning of perfection. But hey, because of determination and hardwork, we grabbed the first place and lambasted other gemstones. =]

As days went by, friendship grew inside the classroom. CTJ squared was established and here are the original members:

Yours Truly, Daniel Fortades, Jaimelynn Cabrera, Meiko Suzuki, Camille Uy, Beatrice Padilla, Kate Rojas, Paul Colendres, Patrice Tan, Louie Vergara, Christie Cruz (pasensya na sa mga hindi ko nasali, I OWE YOU.)

And we will not tell kung ano ang meaning ng CTJ squared. SECRET.

We had our mangrove planting and that was truly amazing. In fact, it's an undiscovered Boracay-like haven situated at the southern tip of Matina Aplaya.

By September, we had our Retreat, and mind you! It was really a memorable one. Before our retreat proper, flocks and millions of letters from friends and even from the lower years came and we totally appreciated it. One thing for sure, I remembered when Romeo "Bolbito" Fernandez taunted Kissa Atabug about her **toot. Censored. Haay.

When I was in the upper garden, I called one of my classmate, but then, shouting is prohibited, I just did some goofy posing of superman until everyone noticed me. Kesa naman I'll make some noise dibah? Haay.

Also, Alvin and Alden reputedly said that Chokie Inumerables fell and tumbled down in the hills but when they discovered it, Chokie was found walking and communing with nature, as if nothing happened!

At night, we shared our ups and downs in our lives and we had an open forum. Then we shifted to only one topic: Bullying to Robin Bongas. Haay. At least some of the dilemmas in the classroom were solved because of that activity.

It turns out that our retreat went into a totally different way, that is puro GHOST STORIES ang pinag-uusapan. First, we were only 5 of us in a room when Alvin Paulin started to tell some ghastly haunted stories. Mind you. It was until almost everyone flocked inside the common room. Masikip yet we felt cold. Dead serious.

Then everyone shouted, gasped and held their respective breaths. Haha. And we all got frightened. Nikki Eser ran and even wounded herself, I think in her arm, good thing, Paul Colendres helped her. I retired at 2.30 am but others didn't slept at all! Yikes, but that retreat was truly a memorable one.

[:x:] Pee.Es: [:x:]

Haaay. I think this is too long but hey! This isn't the end. May part two pa of course. Hehehe. Well, may part two pa.. and expect the following memories to be reopened by me, nnyahaha:

-FUNNY memories on GREEK MYTHOLOGY presentation =]
-Christmas Party
-Stress and Hardwork
-Graduation Practice
-Goofy moments on career talk
-kabuangan sa classroom

and a whole lot more!

Sayonara! Abangan. Tune in to the next episode! Hehehe =]

Sunday, October 21, 2007

An Ode to Innocence

Dear Friend,

Good day!
I ask myself:

How can I determine If one is in love with someone?
Is it from one's deep embossed smile?
Does one's heart beats so fast?
Does the ATP production of one's body doubled? Uhhm. Maybe tripled.
Does one can't get his smile on his face?
I'm sorry but Im ignorant.
Teach me, my dear friend.
I know you knew these things.

Can I feel the searing pain of cupid's arrow?
Is it really painful?
Does one regret his arrow?
Does Cupid experience inaccuracy?
Do we call it as a disaster?
An accident?
Yes. It's Destiny. Isn't it?
Or does it feels oh-so-lovely?
Or is cupid just my vague imagination?
Or imaginary friend?

Is it true that LOVE makes you crazy? or maybe crazier.
Can love be the primary cause of death?
Is it dangerous? Is it toxic? Is it poisonous?
Does love hurt?
Why do people cry?
Is it correct to blame LOVE?
Why do people always do that?
Why is it hard to mend a broken heart?
I could suggests any heart transplants, right?
Am I right?
I'll call a cardiologist to do that for them.

Do some people REALLY love each other?
Or they just pity with each other.
Can I consider that as LOVE?
I don't know. Teach me.
For I am still ignorant.

Why do bruises and cuts heal so fast but love leaves a lifetime scar??
What's the remedy for heartache?
Does science explains all this?
Do Biologists, Doctors and Psychologists mastered this?
Do they also get hurt with this?
Why is it hard to let go?
Why are you crying?
Does love hurt you too?

Why do some people consider this thing as LOVE
if they're attracted to good looking men?
or perhaps to sexy beach bums??

Why not look for qualities?
I mean, it really counts than the looks.
Do we still call that as LOVE?
Does it differ with infatuation??

How can I feel it?
Am I just numb?
Please my dear Friend.
Answer my inquiries.
I may be young but I'm curious.
I may not have experience this
up to this moment.
I know you can answer these.

I can't say anything about this.
I can't judge this immediately.
Time would only tell,
when I experience this.

Maybe tomorrow,
next week,
Next month,
Next year,
Next decade,
Next century,
next millenium
'til I froze to death.

When would I tell this to myself.
That LOVE is still a mystery?

Am I right?
Or wrong?
Am I insane?

[PS: I'm not in love okay? I'm just curious. REALLY CURIOUS]

Saturday, October 20, 2007

What If...

A news broke out this afternoon and it was a terrible one.

Here's an excerpt of this dreadful news taken from a reliable source:

"Eight people were killed while at least 129 others were injured after an explosion ripped through an upscale mall in Makati City Friday afternoon.

"As of 8:00 this evening, we have accounted for eight casualties and 129 injured. They are scattered I think in three hospitals in Makati," National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director General Geary Barias said in an interview with ANC’s Crossroads.

Officials also reported that ten persons were reported missing. Fire and rescue authorities were still searching for bodies they suspect may be trapped under the debris thrown by the powerful blast.

A report said among those injured were two South Koreans and a Chinese citizen...."

Several shoppers said the blast was heard from a nearby baby store in the mall. Liana Navarro, sister of Black and White Movement’s Leah Navarro and who was in the mall with her mother, said several people including children were seen with "obvious injuries."

Another witness, Arel Vertucio, said the explosion was so strong that it was felt up to the third level of the mall. Vertucio said he saw some people lying on the ground.

Eyewitness Icy Marinas was only 15 meters away from the Glorietta explosion when it occurred. She said the blast felt like an "intense earthquake."

She said she saw a pregnant woman crying after the blast while other women started rushing out of the mall with their families. She added that she saw "three bloodied men" near the blast site while the security guards just stood around with no reaction.

Charlie Nepomuceno, an employee at the Glorietta mall, said the powerful explosion appeared to have centered on an escalator.

"It left a deep crater at the foot of the escalator," he said. "It also ripped open the roof of the building. I saw a man thrown on to the roof who had lost a leg."

He said a badly mangled body of a woman was near the escalator.

[x] What if I was there?

Nakatatakot na sitwasyon. It's the same eerie feeling that I've felt when a bomb exploded at the old Davao International Airport.

Lives weren't spared during these explosions.

[x]: decapitated head flew during this incident
[x]: a woman found dead with her torso missing
[x]: a baby crying beside her already dead mother
[x]: a teenager desperately tries uncover himself from the rubble
[x]: unclaimed victims at the morgue


What's happening ???

O ano ngayon?


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

QUIT it, but I can't, I just really CAN'T

Okay. Today's our sembreak. Yeah right. Who cares?? But I really do care about this crappy thing. Sembreak is like an isolated cellar located in a remote island somewhere in the vast area of Pacific Ocean.

Naaah just kidding!

Seriously, sembreaks make me feel bad. It made me colder than the ice, turning me into a stupid goofball lying all around in the corner waiting for somebody. Whatever. In short, sembreak means NO MONEY!

-no baon or daily allowance-

Arrghh. Crap.

I can't escape the isolated cellar. I would go deranged.

So my mom had a solution. An idea which at first, perfect to me - to be her assistant tutor. Okay, my mom had a tutorial center, of course nasa bahay lang and currently she had eight students, ranging from preschool to grade six. Initially, she assigned me to teach her grade five and six pupils and she only told me to teach them math. So I've made a decision, I want to be her assistant since I really need money, desperately. Initial salary is 800 pesos. I told myself that I could do those easy task.

Okay. Day one.

I was quite excited at that time.
Everything went on a smooth pace.
The lesson that I've taught was about fraction. Adding similar, dissimilar, multiplying, dividing, getting the reciprocal of blahblah.. PERIOD. DONE. I just remembered during my elementary days, that I find fractions as a difficult lesson. But today?? JUST A PIECE OF CAKE.

Originally I only had two students ..


My mom asked me a to do a LITTLE favor, that is, to teach another grade five student and the subject is still Math. Initially, I declined since that specific student was indeed a slow learner (sorry to be harsh but that's true). I was quite shock because he hasn't still memorize the multiplication table even if he's already a fifth grader! My God! I remember that I memorized the whole multiplication table as early as grade two! (Maybe, it's because of our umbridge-like math teacher when I was still in my second grade heehee =]). Okay, but what can I do? Eventually I agreed.

Day two.

My third student arrived early. Damn early.
Anyhow, he's quite confused (or he just didn't listen to his teacher) about adding and subtracting dissimilar fractions. Mind you, a person like me with limited patience could burst into flames if he still didn't got it, literally. As I discussed the lesson, he just blankly replied to me, with his eerie voice of an undetermined YES. It's just easy, you just get the LCD of the denominators. But what's the problem?? He didn't mastered the multiplication table!

Oooohhh. I just counted 1 to 10, bit my tongue, controlled by impatience.

I'm losing my religion. I'm losing my patience to him. I'm losing my sanity. I'm crazy. I'm vain (naaks, saag!)

I made some facial signs to my mom, but she just replied with a facial remarks as if she wanted me to "go with the flow."

But, as human nature goes, I didn't really care about his grades, what I really care if he understood me. Arrghh. Maybe he's just not listening to me. Whatever.

Day Three

Mom asked me another 'little favor' - to teach my other grade five student about science (photosynthesis and simple biodiversity) and my grade six student about Civics and Culture. Okay. I agreed again, since Science and Social Science was my forte way back on elementary and highschool and even now. =]

Things began to feel heavier than usual. I draw some figures on one of my student's homework, answered their assignments, tutored them about math, answered their problem sets again. These continued until today.

But hey, tihngs weren't on smooth pace because my mom asked me to teach my slow-learner 5th grader about Filipino. I understand the lesson but I don't know how to explain it! Crap. My mom saw my face, pouting and she just told me to teach my students about math and she would took care about my 'other student's' dilemma on Filipino. Haay. **SIGH**.

Today is day seven. And I'm tired. REALLY REALLY TIRED!

Also, my study table became entropic and messy. Crap! I hate seeing books and notebooks disarranged. And it's quite annoying because one of my mom's students began to sing Jojo's "BEAUTIFUL GIRL". For me it's okay if he sings if he possess a voice like Christian Bautista, Andrea Boccelli and the list goes on and on and on.

But hell, he sang in an out-of-tune manner and his voice was quite similar to KOKEY'S. Arrghhh! Fuck Up! Shut Up! But I can't say to my mom's annoying students. That's verbal abused.

I wanna quit but I can't. It's not the money that I've been through all along, it's just I want to experience this kind of profession. Asst tutor pa lang, mejo bumigay na ako. But, it was a funny experience that I did this sembreak. At least, it's a unique thing, not a common one.

I'm amazed with my mom because she could handle her students from time to time. Maybe, teaching is a talent. I don't have a talent for it! I don't have patience!

Kaya para sa mga teachers jan, kahit tutor ng isang center hanggan professor ng UP, saludo ako sa inyo! Ang hirap pala ng profession niyo! You deserved it!

Monday, October 15, 2007

YOU already knew WHAT I DID this sembreak

just to compensate the intense boredom of this crappy semestral break, here are some ways that I could actually make this sembreak an enjoyable one:

--> DIVE, SWIM, RUN and SURF the NET, all day, all night.

well, after two grueling years of waiting, finally we already had an internet connection in our home, thanks to PLDT (since our house was strategically located at least 15km away from the city proper and our village was roughly three years old, so bago lang talaga ang PLDT sa amin). With their promo, the landline-DSL budget bundle, we hurriedly call the PLDT to have our house hooked to the world wide web! Yes. But hell, computers are like human beings too! They do have feelings - napapagod and mind you, one dilemma for this technology is the surging electric bill, yikes!

--> Text and call all day, all night, all dawn, WHATEVER

my dad gave me another cellphone, a nokia 1112 and it's a GLOBE postpaid line, plan 500 nga lng. Yes, it answers all my needs since almost all of my classmates are Globe and Smart (only 6 of them are SUN), so I don't have any problem when I text my non-SUN classmate. At least dibah? But lo and behold, my bill would reach with this range: 600-800 pesos! Oh no!

--> Be a TEACHER for a month

yes, you've heard it right! I'm gonna be a teacher (or asst. tutor of my mom) for one whole month. With this, I should have a reasonable salary and thank God, I wouldn't be penniless this sembreak. I know teaching is not my passion for I don't possess patience. But, what can I say is, iba talaga kung ang tinuturuan mo ay ibang tao and not your family. I can be rude when I teach my brother about algebra but to others, I SHOULDN'T. 850 pesos din to 'tol!

--> Have a quality time with your friends

I usually get bored when I see those same faces (my mom, dad and my pesky brother) at my home for a whole week. Usually, I unwind myself by strolling at the mall together with my classmates, friends and my lovely barkada. So far, my barkada and I had plans this sembreak. And of course, the usual 'bonding moments' for a barkada is to spend a night on one of the mob's house. Haay. I'm quite excited because we will have a sleepover on my best friend's house next week. Yes!

But If I don't have a money, tinutulugan ko nalang yan. =)

--> EAT and EAT and EAT and SLEEP, SLEEP and SLEEP

Having an adequate rest is vital for our health. Well, Health is Wealth. After all, it serves as a pambawi to me since I do have irregular and inadequate rests during the first sem. And for the first time, I missed dinner three times because I need to sleep and sometimes I don't have the appetite to eat! Also, I should EAT constantly since I need to gain weight (I usually weigh a good 105-lb and hindi na to tataas). Humph. What's important is, I'm healthy.

--> BLOW thyself on dvd's

until the dvd player burst into flames, literally. bwahahaha =).

--> play SUDOKU

and you'll never know that you've actually wasted 6 hours in just solving one problem. A perfect time waster, indeed. I still have 93 puzzles more to complete the sudoku puzzle book that July gave me last September. Actually, birthday gift yun eh. Thanks July!

--> PLAY the PIANO all day, ALL night 'til my fingers mutate

Playing the piano is my passion since seven. Usually I play songs through piano by ear (oido) and not by notes. Whenever I get bored, I usually play the piano with the songs that I like. Of the following videos, these are the songs that I've learned during this semestral Break:

This is HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by the FRAY

And this is Justin Timberlake's What Goes Around Comes Around


Sembreak wouldn't be that boring as long as you did something productive (also not destructive.. hehehe=])

A month long break would occur only four times on my whole college life. I should make out the most of it.


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Give me a BREAK!

Classcards are up and here are the results:

Bio 1 Lec/Lab (General Biology I)
- 3 units --> 1.25

Math 11 (College Algebra) - 3 units --> 2.00

AH 1 (Communication and Arts I) - 3 units -->

Chem 16 Lec/Lab(General Chemistry I) - 5 units --> 2.25

MST 3 (Mathematics for General Education) - 3 units --> 2.25

SSP 5 (Philosophy I) - 3 units --> 2.25

others (not included in calculating the GWA) PE 1 - 1.75 (2 units)


GWA (General Weighted Average) --> 2.025

Arrgghh! just because of that crappy decimal number (0.025), I can't make it to the Honor's List! (cut-off is 2.00). Hmph. At least, my lowest grade is 2.25 and it's my challenge to maintain it as the lowest grade until I graduate in UP. Haay. At least, my major subject, which is the Bio-1 got the highest score, 1.25. When will I get an UNO grade??? Maybe next semester? or will I dream this grade forever?? Oh dear!

And will you look at my philosophy grade, nakaabot pa ng 2.25, I thought I would get a grade of three. Yikes! And I don't really know why I got that grade. I was really surprised though. Hehehe.

I'll do my best to be on the honor's list or better, to the DEAN'S List this second semester. Why not??

Let's wait and see. =)

Saturday, October 06, 2007


.. and I really thought that my chem16 would have a grade below 2.5..

but wait! he erased it.. it was just a simple mistake.. and he encircled 2.25 on my class card!


What a great relief.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Rest thy brain cells




At long last! Today marks the day of my most awaited school activity (actually it's not an activity), but, the HELL I CARE! It's our month-long celebration of freedom! - semestral break!

Yeah! Okay. So I don't expect that my grades would be that high. It's on an average level. Well, so far I got my grades from my two subjects: (1.00 is the highest, 5.00 is the lowest)

MATH 11 - College Algebra = 2.00
MATH 1 - Mathematics for General Education = 2.25

So far, I really feel that my Chem16 would not be that high compared to my "high school chemistry." Duh. During the last two weeks of this semester, I really felt the intense pressure on my back (literally), waking up early just to study for TWO STRAIGHT WEEKS due to long exams and this week's finals, and cramming for two scientific papers. Somehow, I realized that I survived these tremendous workloads.

Perhaps, as early as first year, we are trained to be confident when it comes to oral defense. Yikes! We had our oral defense last Tuesday and mind you, it was quite scary since the panel of judges were the seniors of bs bio. One thing for sure, the most important thing that I've learned from this activity was, I must be prepared in my report, the experiment must be carefully analyzed and most of all, I must have confidence. Luckily, I was not that nervous since I'm used with such things like this. Haay.

Well, if I didn't make it to the LIST, that's totally okay for me since I'm still adjusting with my college life and had some few experiments on when and where will I have an effective study period. Somehow, I observed some behaviors of the professors and their type of tests. Now, that I had tasted all of them,

Here are the list of my REALIZATIONS during the first semester:

-Study, study and study. Constant reading would lead you to flat one.

-If you didn't study for just ONE DAY, you're DEAD literally.

-cramming really never helps. It would give a grade of 5.0 (how dreadful..)

-taking pictures with oble's wonderful statue, you'll never graduate (how true is this??)

-you can STILL survive the UP system even if you didn't have any frats, but when somebody invites you (especially if it's the frat of conyos/ dean's lister hehe.. where paddle initiation doesn't exist), grab it! Feel flattered dude!

-finals ng ibang school, quiz lang namin (yes, this is true)

-students of UP don't really care about your fashion, but they really care about your ATTITUDE!

-READING A BOOK is not enough. If you have great analyical skills, then you'll graduate on time.

-Expect the unexpected when it comes to exam questions.

-DON'T EVER underestimate GE subjects. Sometimes, they really help to pull your grades higher if your major subjects are quite low.

-If you had time to laugh with your friends, cherish that moment. The next thing you'll know, you'll cry because of academic pressure.

-Intelligence is not the REAL MEASUREMENT for INTELLIGENCE.

-FRUITS are abundant everywhere in the campus. GRAB IT!


For the second semester, I could apply my realizations and hopefully make it to the DEAN'S List (or better, to the CHANCELLOR'S LIST).

It's my first birthday on blogging (i think this october 28). Time flies so fast.