Sunday, February 29, 2004

currently listening to Sarah McLachlan's latest album Afterglow -- am on track 4 and am loving what am hearing ^_^

* * *

How I Spent Leap Year Day:

Bought Mike Gayle's other book, Mr. Commitment at Powerbooks, met up with J for lunch (was with bro) -- we decided to watch Something's Gotta Give, whcih I thoroughly enjoyed -- Keanu Reeves as a doctor ^^).

I liked the story -- Diane Keaton was amazing! (I hope I grow old as well as she did.)

... isn't it amazing how we can condense 5 hours of my life into 4 lines of text? ^_^

* * *

And so endeth hectic week --
Didn't realize how tired I was until I fell asleep at 730 last night.

I went to check for the results of the compre, but it seems they haven't even checked the papers -- oh well, more time to worry about it =P

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Just got back from a dinner with college friends --

one of our friends is getting married this March (the first in our group) and we are now making plans to attend his wedding in Cebu --

I like how our group can just sit down, despite not having seen each other in over 2 years, and comfortably have dinner and catch up on each other's lives. We picked up where we left off, 2 years ago and just talked and talked and talked.

We had dinner in Burgoo and then off for drinks at Elbow Room (Podium) --

(Never realized how much I missed being with this group --)

* * *

I'm currently reading Mike Gayle's My Legendary Girlfriend --

"I love you so much that when I think about how I feel about you my brain can't begin to comprehend it. It's exactly like infinity. I don't understand it, but those are the limitations of my love."

... P and C of Jawbreaker gave me their copy of this book (thank you!), but it's available at Powerbooks! (it is an excellent read -- D said it reminded him of Nick Hornby)

Wednesday, February 25, 2004


Been having internet problems for the past two days --
realized how attached I am to my daily routine of checking mail and reading blog entries --

Finally got access this morning -- yay!

* * *

Busy, busy --

Just came back from a surprise birthday party for A.
Meeting up with F and C tomorrow to watch Electile Dysfunction.
Having dinner with college friends on Friday
Tourney at the store on Saturday

... still thinking about what to do on Sunday -- it's the 29th, a day that only comes once every four years ^_^

* * *

Had coffee with G last Tuesday -- it was raining, but we didn't seem to care. We still mucked through Katipunan just to get our caffeine fix.

Had a very good conversation with her -- gained a lot of insights. ^_^

Thanks, G.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

According to this test, my IQ is 131 and that my Intellectual Type is Word Warrior.

This means you have exceptional verbal skills. You can easily make sense of complex issues and take an unusually creative approach to solving problems. Your strengths also make you a visionary. Even without trying you're able to come up with lots of new and creative ideas.

* * *

What I learned from watching Blues Clues:
Purple and Violet are two different colors. Purple is the product of mixing Blue and Red together and Violet is a Purplish Blue.

Kids are expected to know what Chartreuse is (a mix of yellow and some other color) and Vermillion (a type of Orange).


* * *

Just finished watching Il Mare. ~sigh~

Favorite lines:

"We despair not because love goes away, but because it goes on."

"There are three things we can never hide: coughing, poverty and love. The more we try to hide it, the more that people will notice."

I still have a backlog of movies to watch --
- Warriors of Heaven and Earth
- Lover's Concerto (actor from My Sassy Girl with actress from The Classic)
- Battle Royale II

etc. etc.

* * *

New happy thought:

B burned me a compilation of songs in acapella. Been listening to it the entire weekend. (Makes me smile.) Had people at the store listen to it last Saturday and everyone now wants a copy. ^_^

* * *

Can't believe February is ending -- how time flies.

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Attended the viewing of C's documentary. Dragged J along. I thought it was amazing -- (this was the first time I got to see C's work)

I don't think I could be a documentary film maker -- I don't think I could ever maintain that objective distance. (We were probably 10 minutes into the documentary and I was on the verge of crying -- when I told J about this on our way back to the store, he goes "Yes, I noticed.")

Yes, yes -- mababaw ang luha ko -- hell, I cried through Battle Royale (so tragic) and through Mickey's Christmas Carol, etc. etc.

* * *

There's a comet that's going to pass by Venus tonight --

Some people will be going to the Manila Observatory to try to look for it ^_^

* * *

And check this out -- Fuyu no Hi (A Winter's Day) is an animation project by 35 animators based on a 2-line couplet by Basho. ^_^

I want to see this! Curious! ^_^

Friday, February 20, 2004

from one of my journals:

...this was sent to me via e-mail
When you come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: there will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.

my faith lies in knowing that there will be people who will be there to catch me when i fall

-ca November 1999

... I wonder what happened between 1999 and 2003 that made me question this. (Notice I didn't include 2004 -- I think I'm slowly regaining my faith in the world. A slow, tedious and challenging process =P)

* * *

And I found a good book to read -- G had given me a lovely book on Beauty (collection of poems and essays on the topic) for my birthday. ^_^

Thursday, February 19, 2004

currently listening to narda's salaguinto't salagubang (and will be listening to suwerte after this) -- e lent me his copies of these albums.
So far, am liking what am hearing ^_^ (thanks, e -- for the cds and for the oj ^_^)

* * *

Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

M dropped by the store today and had two Neruda compilations. He pointed me to this poem -- (hehehe, left me breathless -- ganda!)

and this one:

Sonnet LXXXI

And now you're mine. Rest with your dream in my dream.
Love and pain and work should all sleep, now.
The night turns on its invisible wheels,
and you are pure beside me as a sleeping amber.

No one else, Love, will sleep in my dreams. You will go,
we will go together, over the waters of time.
No one else will travel through the shadows with me,
only you, evergreen, ever sun, ever moon.

Your hands have already opened their delicate fists
and let their soft drifting signs drop away; your eyes closed like two gray
wings, and I move

after, following the folding water you carry, that carries
me away. The night, the world, the wind spin out their destiny.
Without you, I am your dream, only that, and that is all.

and I want someone to read this to me (preferably in Spanish):

Sonnet XI

I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.
Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets.
Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day
I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.

I hunger for your sleek laugh,
your hands the color of a savage harvest,
hunger for the pale stones of your fingernails,
I want to eat your skin like a whole almond.

I want to eat the sunbeam flaring in your lovely body,
the sovereign nose of your arrogant face,
I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes,

and I pace around hungry, sniffing the twilight,
hunting for you, for your hot heart,
like a puma in the barrens of Quitratue.

* * *

am in a reading rut right now -- ~sigh~ started and stopped so many books in the past two days. Thank goodness I managed to finish reading Philip Dick's Minority Report (just Minority Report)

M pointed me to a murder mystery book and I started reading it, but I had to stop -- I don't think it's its time to be read.

i. need. a. book. to. read. now. >_<

* * *

had orange juice with E in Starbucks. It is good to just sit down and be -- the words and thoughts just flow unguarded (and laughter flows freely as well) -- and you walk away feeling strangely more at ease with the world.

i asked him if he thought i was narcissistic and self-indulgent. no daw to the first but he thinks i'm an odd mix of self-indulgent and self-flagellating. i think he's right about that. there are days when i feel the need to either apologize for or explain my existence -- i don't know why, but i do -- sometimes.

It is during these days that you will see me agonize over my life and where it is going -- major stress. =P

During those other days, when I've probably argued it out in my head (that I am here and that there is a reason for my existence), you'll see me just act out of impulse and be utterly crazy (a rare occasion).

I'd like a middle ground, please. (with a side order of fries)

* * *

Tomorrow is Friday already -- how time flies.

And I'm glad they've decided to show Lost in Translation in the theaters. A must, must-watch! ^_^

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

From M's blog:

this is apparently me ^_^


-- Personality Disorder Test - Take It! --

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Had lunch at that new Persian place (building behind Shakey's) -- loved the lamb ^_^ (and the company was excellent).

For the adventurous, they actually serve brain (and the people I had lunch with ordered it and, apparently, it's not bad -- I'm a wimp when it comes to these things. ^_^;;)

And they have this bell thingie that you can use to call your waiter -- didn't feel comfortable using it. =P

* * *

Spontaneous --

Accompanied D to Megamall to check out computers. We are a bad combination because we like going to all the stores we like to look at everything and we're impulsive buyers (is this a Capricorn trait?) -- but it was fun. Discovered that you get free photographs taken of yourself if you purchase from Gift Gate -- hahahaha, this was funny. (The background was the Hello Kitty gang in Wizard of Oz costumes)

Also hunted for the rare and elusive Meiji jellybeans (for those who haven't tried this -- go and get some from Watson's. I have several friends who are currently "addicted" ^_^) This sells out quickly daw. We went to several Watson's outlets in Megamall and were able to find it in the big Watson's (basement) -- but we were willing to walk to Podium in case we didn't find it there. (I didn't mind walking -- I was wearing my comfy new shoes ^_^)

* * *

A question I was asked:

How uncomplicated do you think you are?

(hehehe, it is very complicated to be this uncomplicated ^_^)

Monday, February 16, 2004

More Szymborska goodness--

Some Like Poetry

Some -
thus not all. Not even the majority of all but the minority.
Not counting schools, where one has to,
and the poets themselves,
there might be two people per thousand.

Like -
but one also likes chicken soup with noodles,
one likes compliments and the color blue,
one likes an old scarf,
one likes having the upper hand,
one likes stroking a dog.

Poetry -
but what is poetry.
Many shaky answers
have been given to this question.
But I don't know and don't know and hold on to it
like to a sustaining railing.

Translated by Regina Grol

* * *

Under One Small Star

My apologies to chance for calling it necessity.
My apologies to necessity if I'm mistaken, after all.
Please, don't be angry, happiness, that I take you as my due.
May my dead be patient with the way my memories fade.
My apologies to time for all the world I overlook each second.
My apologies to past loves for thinking that the latest is the first.
Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home.
Forgive me, open wounds, for pricking my finger.
I apologize for my record of minuets to those who cry from the depths.
I apologize to those who wait in railway stations for being asleep today at five a.m.
Pardon me, hounded hope, for laughing from time to time.
Pardon me, deserts, that I don't rush to you bearing a spoonful of water.
And you, falcon, unchanging year after year, always in the same cage,
your gaze always fixed on the same point in space,
forgive me, even if it turns out you were stuffed.
My apologies to the felled tree for the table's four legs.
My apologies to great questions for small answers.
Truth, please don't pay me much attention.
Dignity, please be magnanimous.
Bear with me, O mystery of existence, as I pluck the occasional thread from your train.
Soul, don't take offense that I've only got you now and then.
My apologies to everything that I can't be everywhere at once.
My apologies to everyone that I can't be each woman and each man.
I know I won't be justified as long as I live,
since I myself stand in my own way.
Don't bear me ill will, speech, that I borrow weighty words,
then labor heavily so that they may seem light.

* * *

First Love

They say
the first love is the most important.
That's very romantic
but it's not the case with me.

There was something between us yet there wasn't.
It transpired and expired.

My hands don't tremble,
when I stumble upon small mementos
or a stack of letters wrapped in twine
—not even a ribbon.

Our only meeting after all these years
is a conversation between two chairs
at a cold table.

Other loves
still breathe deeply within me.
This one lacks the breath to sigh.

But still, just the way it is,
it can do what the rest are not yet able to do:
not even dreamt of
it accustoms me to death.

- (translated by Joanna Trzeciak )

* * *

My first experience of Szymborska was in college -- she was the topic of a friend's senior thesis. He made me read One Small Star and it didn't really affect me as much back then as it does now.

* * *

With compre out of the way, I can now focus on living a life --

- Having coffee with G on Wednesday to catch up.
- Am building a new deck for VtES.
- I bought new shoes that I can walk faster in ^_^ (ah, they are a lovely and perfect pair of shoes -am glad I found them).
- Bought book 4 of the Princess Diaries series (would've gotten more, but I brought the wrong wallet and I didn't have my discount card) and a friend is lending me the Earthsea series.

There is also the videoke get-together with sina E.

And so many birthdays in the next three weeks! ^_^

Sunday, February 15, 2004

So compre is over --

I was sooo tired even before the exam started -- couldn't sleep! (Videoke marathon was happening somewhere in the building, plus I kept waking up to check if it was time to wake up =P)

I was right about the questions for this exam (trace the development of fiction, trace the development of poetry) -- the third question caught me by surprise -- it was a question on Shakespeare. (This comforted me because I love Shakespeare -- hell, spent nearly a month being immersed in his works)

Trip to the spa was amazing! Good thing my friend made reservations two weeks before -- they were booked! (Guess a lot of people thought that was a good way to spend Valentine's Day) Bumped into college friends who were also there for treatments -- realized that it's been 10 years since I was a freshman at AdMU (gads, am old). F and I are planning to meet up with our old freshman block in June (to re-live our Orsem -- hahaha)

* * *

Going to Mei-Ah in a bit -- hoping to find a copy of Takeshi Kaneshiro's Turn Right Turn Left(ohpleaseohpleaseohplease) and will meet up with sibs at Powerplant (yay! I get to buy the rest of the Princess Diaries series)

* * *

Just got back and I'm in the middle of watching Takeshi Kaneshiro in Turn Right, Turn Left -- this poem by Wislawa Szymborska is featured in the movie and I thought I'd share it here --

Love at First Sight
by Wislawa Szymborska

Both are convinced
that a sudden surge of emotion bound them together.
Beautiful is such a certainty,
but uncertainty is more beautiful.

Because they didn't know each other earlier, they suppose that
nothing was happening between them.
What of the streets, stairways and corridors
where they could have passed each other long ago?

I'd like to ask them
whether they remember--perhaps in a revolving door
ever being face to face?
an "excuse me" in a crowd
or a voice "wrong number" in the receiver.
But I know their answer:
no, they don't remember.

They'd be greatly astonished
to learn that for a long time
chance had been playing with them.

Not yet wholly ready
to transform into fate for them
it approached them, then backed off,
stood in their way
and, suppressing a giggle,
jumped to the side.

There were signs, signals:
but what of it if they were illegible.
Perhaps three years ago,
or last Tuesday
did a certain leaflet fly
from shoulder to shoulder?

There was something lost and picked up.
Who knows but what it was a ball
in the bushes of childhood.

There were doorknobs and bells
on which earlier touch piled on touch.
Bags beside each other in the luggage room.
Perhaps they had the same dream on a certain night,
suddenly erased after waking.

Every beginning
is but a continuation,
and the book of events
is never more than half open.

- (translated by Walter Whipple)

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Compre this Saturday and then am done -- my next blog entry will probably be Saturday evening or Sunday (depending on how I will feel after the exam -- ugh!)

* * *

Recently watched: Lost in Translation
Will be watching: Mona Lisa Smile (this weekend!)

Currently reading: Sloppy Firsts
Will be reading: rest of Princess Diaries this weekend ^_^ (thanks M for lending me book 3)

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

From Day's of Being Wild:

Leslie Cheung's character (LC): Look at my watch.
Maggie Cheung's character (MC): But why?
LC: For one minute?
A minute passes.
MC: Now. Speak up.
LC: What day's today?
MC: Sixteenth.
LC: Sixteenth. April the sixteenth. The one minute before 3pm on April the sixteenth, 1960, you're together with me. Because of you, I'll remember that one minute. From now on, we we were friends for one minute. This is a fact you can't change*. It's accomplished.

... I *heart* Wong Kar-Wai ^_^

*The subtitle said "retreat", but I could understand the Chinese and it meant "change".

* * *

Studio 23 is showing the last season of Buffy (every Monday at 8pm).

* * *

Watched Lost in Translation last night -- wow! (Bill Murray and Scarlet Johanssen were amazing!)

* * *

Last part of compre is this Saturday. I'm not sure if I'm ready for this one -- I don't know if I'm studying enough for it. (I'm really just going through the motions of reading, taking notes, etc. etc. -- but I don't know if I've actually comprehended (?) anything. Oh well --

* * *

And since Saturday is February 14:

Favorite love-love, feel-good movies
1. My Sassy Girl and Who Are You?
2. Breakfast at Tiffany's (Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard)
3. Come Live with Me (James Stewart and Hedy Lamarr) and Shop Around the Corner (James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan)
4. Before Sunrise (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy)
5. Bridget Jones's Diary (Colin Firth and Renee Zellweger) and If Lucy Fell (Sarah Jessica Parker and Eric Schaeffer)

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Currently listening to Lea Salonga singing "Something More" from Something More: Songs for Skeptics (JesCom)

Where are You, You whom I seek to know?
Are You the One I'm looking for?
Show Your face.
Why don't You break Your silence now?
Tame the stormy seas within me.
Name these shadows trapped inside me.
Claim this lost and frightened child you see in me.

* * *

I really enjoy my conversations with F. She has a way of looking at things and asking the right questions. And she lets me talk and I know that she's listening (and this is something because we both have really short attention spans ^_^) -- it is sooooo wonderful! And I'm glad we took our compre at the same time -- it would have been more nerve-wracking if she weren't there.

At lunch, after our compre, she shared the lyrics of Something More with me and I remembered her saying these lines and I knew I needed to hear the song.

* * *

Just came from Footloose, staged by Blue Repertory--

Mama says
Don't use a toaster while standing in the shower
Now who an argue with that?
Mama says
Don't hold your breath for longer than an hour
The woman knows where it's at!
Mama says
Don't drink hot coffee lying down in bed
Don't even give it a thought
Mama says
Never eat anything bigger than your head
Is she a whiz or what?

... I like Williard's mama ^_^

And this one --

I'm tired of feeling nothing but numb
Maybe the time has come
To finally let the world in
But how do I begin?

... "wow!", di ba?

Too bad today was the last show, would have wanted to drag more people to watch it. It was soooooo much fun! Here's hoping they restage it. ^_^

What made it even more fun was watching it with theater friends -- Mahar, Nikka, Paul and Phil. (Too bad the others didn't go --) I haven't seen these people in a bit (Phil, especially) but it was all very comfortable and pleasant. I love this bunch -- wish we could meet up and watch more plays and musicals more often...

* * *

Wow, I had a great Sunday ^_^

Saturday, February 07, 2004

One down, one to go--

Whew! That was a weird comprehensive exam -- did not expect it at all. Can you say "reductio ad absurdum"? Because that's what it felt like -- I had read up on this for six effing months and have taken down enough notes to fill 12 notebooks (well, those filler notebooks) -- and it came down to two questions.

I don't know if I answered them well enough and I don't know how those questions are going to show that I've "mastered" English Literature ... ~sigh~ I am glad that's over and I just have next weekend to worry about.

* * *

Attended first Friday mass last night in AdMU. They turned on the lights around Parade Loop and it was beautiful! And then I had my moment of grace:

I was sitting there, feeling slightly sorry for myself because I was alone (most people were there with their friends, families or significant others) -- and then ACMG sang this:

Huwag kang mangamba, 'di ka nag-iisa
Sasamahan kita, saan man magpunta
Ika'y mahalaga sa 'King mga mata
Minamahal kita, minamahal kita

-- It was strangely comforting to be reminded of this. Talk about answers! (I still find solace in religion ^_^)

And then I had a nice, quiet walk back to my brother's condo in Burgundy -- it is nice to give in to the silence and just meditate. I stood there, in the field facing Katipunan Avenue and looked up at the sky (though my bro insists it's pollution, I like the colors of the sky) and then across the field to the street (erg, because of the new traffic system) -- and I marvelled at the vastness of this world (and wondered where my place was in it ^_^)

* * *

Am reading Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries (M was reading the series and it intrigued me, so I got copies of the first two books. Now I want to get the next four. Help. ^_^)

Friday, February 06, 2004

Ah, there's the fear --

Was beginning to think I was never going to feel it for this compre --

I feel cold inside and there is no way to know if I've prepared enough for this until after the compre --


* * *

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Oh yeah, I like my horoscope today -- (
If you're into writing, dear Capricorn, this is the perfect day to sit down at the computer and churn out the words - even if it's only a letter to your mother. Your imagination is especially vivid, your expression clear and understandable, and your vocabulary skills especially acute. If this is a thesis or article, you may spend hours on it - but don't worry. It'll be that much better for it.

* * *

Pedestrians displaced/endangered --

It boggles the mind just how much havoc one man can wreak on Katipunan in a day: the MMDA has implemented a new traffic system for Katipunan Avenue and this has resulted in major inconvenience for poor pedestrians like me ~sigh~

They've closed off the intersection of Gate 3 (and I've heard they've done the same in Miriam). They've turned off the traffic lights, which means you will see cars speeding through Katipunan -- hay naku!

Pedestrians, who were having a hard enough time crossing to Gate 3 before this new system now have to run for their lives in order to get across -- or wait for those traffic officers to lead them across. The other option is to walk all the way to Starbucks so that one can cross safely through the overpass -- effing inconvenient!

Tuesday, the first day of its full implementation (Monday doesn't count -- AdMU and Miriam didn't have classes), there were so many reported cases of minor mishaps because of this new system. Erg--

I really don't see the point of it -- it has just made things more difficult and more dangerous. A friend yesterday had to take a trike (and pay PhP9) just to cross Katipunan. When I was getting ready to go to AdMU, he told me to do the same to save myself the trouble -- but I didn't even bother: if these cars can't even respect pedestrians, why would they stop for a trike? So I decided to brave the new system and crossed -- good thing there was a tanod nearby who helped me. As we were walking, we talked about the new system and he seemed as frustrated about it as I was -- the best they could do was turn on the traffic lights again (told me this was happening today, but it hasn't yet!)

Are they waiting for someone to die before they do something about this? In today's Inquirer, there was an article there regarding Katipunan Avenue and how some people actually studied the possibility of making U-turn slots there -- with Math and stuff, they've shown that it isn't practical putting these U-Turn slots in Katipunan -- something about narrow medians and turning slow = cause traffic. These people studied this for 6 months!

Oh, and they've uprooted the trees and destroyed some of the islands along Corinthians going to White Plains -- what the hell for? Didn't that area have problems with drag racing in the past? And now they're taking away the last semblance of traffic (by this I mean the flow of cars) control in that area --

Damn this country talaga ~sigh~ (I still love it, but it leaves me frustrated and disappointed talaga --)

An apt quote:
Cogsworth: If it's not Baroque, don't fix it.
- Disney's Beauty and the Beast

* * *

Overheard at the snack counter while getting drinks (before watching Last Samurai)
Girl: Paano ba natin bibilangin ang tubig?

... somehow, this question pleases me ^_^

* * *

Compre countdown --
Erm -- it's on Saturday. Have tomorrow left for this -- my fate lies in the hands of two randomly picked readers. Oh well, towel! ^_^

On the plus side -- one more week and I can stop thinking about this and proceed with all the plans I made for post-February 14. Oh joy, oh jubilation! ^_^

First thing is a trip to Mei-Ah for Asian movies fix ^_^ -- rewatched My Sassy Girl two nights ago -- love this movie!

I really have to fix up this year's datebook -- erg, my bro didn't get one from HP so I had to get one and I don't like it as much. Have to grow to like it first. (yes, i am OC about my planners =P)

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

From M and G's blogs --

1. Bakit ka nahuhuli sa pila bago mag-flag ceremony?
Was never late -- parents made sure we were in school early. Plus, traffic in Iloilo way back when was non-existent -- I could get to school in 10 minutes.

2. Anong favorite mong bilhin sa canteen?
Zest-O -- was kuripot even then. ^_^ -- splurge yung bbq ^_^

3. Na-guidance/principal's/csde office ka na ba?
Hehehe -- yes, I was a completely different person back then ^_^ (ah, the kwento about this -- hehehehe)

4. Sinong favorite teacher mo doon?
So many! I grew up surrounded by teachers and that's what made me want to be one as well -- my nana was a teacher (stayed with me for 3 years) and I remember her collecting the Ripley's Believe It or Not from the newspapers and she had a binder for it -- would spend my evenings reading through those. In HS, it was Mr. Barrera -- best thing he ever said to me in freshman year: "Go ahead and have your fun, but remember that you're a smart kid and you're wasting your talent."

5. Sinong HATEST teacher mo naman?
Speech teacher, junior year -- gave me a failing mark because she didn't like me =P Also didn't like my Chinese Math teacher, effing psycho!

6. San ka usually tumatambay? Why?
Classroom or library -- because all of my friends were there ^_^ During weekends, SEBA (St. Elizabeth Bowling Alley) for duckpin bowling!

7. What's your most unforgettable experience sa high school mo?
- Taking a trip to Bacolod to take the DLSU entrance exam.
- Grad Ball.
- Going to Guimaras with my Chinese section and having your teacher tell you: "If you're going to swear, might as well be in a language that everyone will understand."
- Taiwan for a scouting jamboree. etc. etc.

8.most unforgettable anything in high school:
- the projects for English class -- (a shadow puppet version of Princess Bride - lol!)
- proms! hehehe ^_^
- the variety shows during Foundation Day
- tango during PE
- being able to speak fluent Mandarin (lost this ~sigh~)
- Home Ec classes -- poor favorite teachers had to suffer through our yucky jams)
- general cleaning days ^_^ (only in my school --)
- my batch participating in the dinagyang!!! (fun! but exhausting -- no we did not rub ourselves with charcoal --)

8. Varsity?
Erm -- no

9. Sinong una mong nakilala sa high school mo?
I knew everyone na -- grew up with these people ^_^

10. Sinong mga kabarkada mo nung nag-graduate ka from HS?
Abbie, Cheng, Dexter, Betty, Chunleng, etc.

11. Na-mimiss mo na ba yung uniform mo?
Erm -- not really. I loved our Hok bu uniform (one day a week, the upper classmen are required to "serve" the school as monitors, etc. etc. -- you wore a different uniform from the rest)

12. Ilang beses mo nang nawawala ung ID mo?
Never ^_^ -- not that it was ever needed.

13. Favorite teacher's quotable quote?
One of the last things he said to me: "Go to Ateneo. You can thank me later." (Didn't plan on going to Ateneo. Was intending to take up Med until I discovered I was afraid of needles and blood -- ugh!)

14. Most unforgettable person? Why?
Hehehe, won't mention his name na lang. But because of what he meant to me back then. To this day, it amazes me just how well he knew me.

15. Kelan sa tingin mo dadating ang yearbook?
Hehehe -- we were responsible enough to have it out by summer time. (was associate editor -- but it was really our eic who did all the work) ^_^

16. I-describe ang mukha mo sa grad pic.
Had longer hair then -- looked younger and thinner. erg--

17. Anong binibili mo sa labas tuwing uwian?
Ice cream! Double Dutch ^_^

18. Nakakita ka na ba ng multo sa school?
No, thank God. But there are a lot of stories about my school and I've been there late at night and it does get really scary--

19. Nangarag ka ba sa updating/paghahabol sa graduation?
Don't know what "nangarag" means =(

20. Anung unang-una mong ginawa right after graduation?
Congratulated all of my batchmates. Rushed off to get ready for the Grad Ball (was one of the organizers). Took pictures with parents and friends.

21. Anong contests ang sinalihan/napanalunan mo?
Spelling! -- was school champ (naks!) Competed in the ISAAA (Interschool thingy) and won 2nd or 3rd -- don't remember na. Was emcee to a lot of school events -- lord. Had to lead the national anthem pa =P

22. Kamusta naman ang Intrams?
Bleh -- honors section. We sucked at it ^_^

23. Favorite Janitor/Janitress?
Can't remember any --

24. Kung papalitan ang color ng uniform natin, anong kulay? Baket?
The colors were okay (blue and white) -- just didn't like that the top was white and you had to wear a camisole

25. Nasa Friendster mo ba yung crush mo sa HS mo dati?
No -- ^_^

26. Did you ever regret going to ur HS?
Never -- there were so many instances when I was made to choose between my HS and some other school and I always chose my school. I loved my life there.

27. Kilala mo ba kung sino ang nag-post nito at sino siya sa school?
I know them -- but not through HS (hehehe -- golly, don't I wish I were that young ^_^)

28. Sino sa mga ka-batch natin ang dapat napasali sa STARSTRUCK?
Impok, because he had a nice voice -- but I don't think his parents would let him -- lol! Si Cris, (i still remember her singing Mary Magdalene's song from Jesus Christ Superstar) -- but she's a numerary now for Opus Dei ^_^

29. San ka na nag-aaral ngayon? Course?
Ateneo, MA EngLit

30. Sino ang peborit labs team of dem all mo?
Ma'am Bermudo and our PE teacher -- think they got married na ^_^

31. Anu-ano ang mga section mo?
erm -- Sampaguita (for 4 years! -- actually, since grade school: you "bring" your section with you)

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Compassion: You are there to share your sympathy
with others. People would consider you
affectionate and caring, and someone to look up

Which Characteristic From the Samurai Code Matches You Best? (You may find out your best trait)
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got this one from L's blog. ^_^