Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Blade Runner

Harrison Ford

Its too bad she won't live; but then again, who does? - Gaff

After months of not having been able to watch this video lent by my boss, I was finally able to - and I liked it. Although there were much to be desired in terms of effects, I love the sets, the story,  the dialogue, the acting, the dark atmosphere of the film, and of course, Harrison Ford. The movie looked like something straight out of the web pages of Web Urbanist, an art/design website which I frequent.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Books, nails and Conan at home

I always tell my friends to go to bookstores that are away from academic and financial areas. People in the know haven’t gone to these bookstores, and one is bound to find a good buy in these hard-to-reach places. I happen to be close to such a bookstore, a branch of National Bookstore right behind our neighbourhood. They have a bargain rack, and I got a pretty neat stack of sale books! Lately I’ve been particularly interested in craft books with colourful pictures, (a relaxing change from all the words I got exposed to in law school), and these are the books that I got:

From the top: Wedding Flowers (50 pesos), Holistic Herbs (50 pesos), Decorative Frames (30 pesos), Painting Ceramics (30 pesos), Painting Glass (30 pesos)

Cheap, aren’t they? I had to come back to the bookstore because they charged me 127.50 for a 50-peso book. At least they corrected themselves.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Frisbee Afternoon and Morning Jog

Spent my Saturday afternoon playing ultimate frisbee with my high school friends! I've tried this sport before, with my office mates, but never really took interest in it. This time, with my friends, I got to know it better! Although I went home with my right arm bruised from catching frisbees all afternoon, I had a great time! I wanna learn this sport a lot better.

Jacky, Pam and Jocen practicing catching and throwing the frisbee disk

Monday, November 30, 2009

Tracy's Birthday and My New Nephew!

A while back, I posted something about going to the aquarium and eating at a seafood restaurant by the bay. Well, I found out from a reliable source that an aquarium trip wouldn't be worth it: its expensive ticket would allow a visitor only an hour of sightseeing, it is dinghy and uncompleted, and its far. So we decided instead to eat out and walk around to celebrate Tracy's birthday! It was a steak-and-sushi day spent by the beach. I took a lot of pictures, and some of them have already been posted on my Flickr photo stream. The highlight of the trip was the steakhouse, pretty pricey but satisfying. Maybe I'll blog about this restaurant one of these days, but for sure, I'd love to come back to the Highlands Steakhouse.

In other news, my new baby nephew has finally arrived! My sister River reports that our sister Naikee is doing well with her new baby. No further news yet, just some bits and pieces of information and a few pictures posted on Facebook. Here's my sister with Baby Jared:

Sunday, November 29, 2009

WTF Items

Apparently, people used to think:

Some people think it a nifty idea to have their German shepherds chew on this dog toy:

Read the sources here and here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger

Speaking of banned classics, I have a (hard) copy of Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Truth is, I never thought much of this book. I read this when I was already in law school, and seeing as how I've encountered plenty of controversial pieces of literature in the past, this was something mild. Not that I think bad of it.


I could've taken my own photo of the book cover, but I was lazy :P

I found it cute how the blogger who wrote the article on the banned classics depicted this novel:

Audio Book Craze

apparently the novel has a movie version

 Apart from photography, I have found another distraction: audio books. This is an offshoot of law school, when I had to listed to audio codals in my iPod during commute, to remind me of lessons for the evening's class. I think I am beginning to prefer listening rather than reading books, especially that it enables me to use productively the time I spend commuting to and from work and other chores, which I use a considerable amount of time for. I am also looking at getting classical music for my iPod: just music with no words, most probably made with violin and piano. My boyfriend listens to gaming pod casts and all sorts of popular music. I guess this illustrates how different our tastes are, even when we have a lot of things in common. =)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Life and Times of Ronald Mc Donald

I think it was a year ago when I saw an article in a men's website compiling pictures of the clown unrelated to the famous fast food chain. Too bad I lost the link! Here's a pic that I found to which I couldn't resist putting a caption:

Ronald meets Lilliputians.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Attempt at Artsy Photos

Sunday found me and my boyfriend walking around at The Fort, each with their own goal in tow: him, to browse through sports stores looking at running shoes and I, testing my new camera.

I haven't read up much about digital photography, but since most of it is creativity I just decided to merely point and click for a day. Below are two photos I'm sort of proud about.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

New Cam!

My boyfriend has decided to get my my Christmas present early this year, and after what seemed like forever I finally got a camera! Its a Kodak Easy Share C14 with an 8.2 megapixel resolution! I can't wait to use it on events and post my pictures on Geek Sugar's Cool Capture, Flickr or Picasa... I am not a very good photographer (yet) but I am planning to be one! Right after blogging this I am definitely Google-ing stuff about digital photography!

Friday, November 13, 2009


We sometimes eat lunch at the Promenade, usually pasta from Xocolat. Yesterday I was at Promenade again, eating pesto pasta and leafing through a magazine. I read an article about a woman who battled schizophrenia. She is now in her thirties, but she was diagnosed with the mental illness sometime in college, when she had been nineteen, a budding writer working with the University paper and with a bright future ahead of her. Somehow things went to a downward spiral when the disease took control of her life. She had parents, friends, and a community who accepts her, but when the voices became insistent, they all left and she was left alone.

Today at Digg I again saw an article on Schizophrenia. It described the same symptoms, and a woman who has battled the disease, albeit not the same woman described in the magazine article. The experience was likewise the same: a person who seemingly has everything and who loses everything all because of the voices in their heads.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Death and Life

I practice a very morbid exercise whenever I feel down. I learned the idea from a class in college, even though back then, it had a different purpose. In Social Science, our professor made us write our own epitaph and compose a story of how we are going to die. It's supposed to make us comfortable with the idea of death and dying and how both are linked to life. I sometimes use this activity to make me realize how life can still be beautiful, despite its flaws.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


My boyfriend and I have recently taken up jogging as a hobby. Yesterday, we went to the University to jog around the academic oval, some 2 kilometers per lap. When I was finished running around a third of my first lap, I suddenly felt pain in my lower abs.

I reached our meeting place, at the peak of the oval in front of a certain building. I found a bench and sat down. By this time, I believe my lips were already turning white with pain. My knees were buckling under me and sweat was pouring down my temples. It felt like my uterus was being torn to pieces from inside of me and the residue wanted to get out of my mouth and my other parts!  Seriously, it was that painful. My head was throbbing and tears were forming in my eyes in pain!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dia on GeekSugar

I posted this summer's vacation pictures which I took at Puerto Princesa City in Palawan on Geek Sugar, my favorite blog at Sugar. I'm sort of proud that my not-so-techie phone was able to take such nice photos as a testament to a wonderful time I had in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Here's a link:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ten Reasons Why I Simply Love Gmail

  1. Faster loading time.
  2. Cool appearance.
  3. Bigger allowable size of attached files.
  4. "Download All" button.
  5. Google Calendar.
  6. Google Docs.
  7. Colored Labels.
  8. Colored Flags/Stars (mine's pink!)
  9. Archive Folder.
  10. Task Window.
<3 Eyelovet!! <3

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ferocious what?

After a year, I rediscovered the avatar I created for Facebook Wrestling. Here's her bio:
Basic Information
Favorite Saying:
Nineteen-year-old American wrestler Dolores Jackson, of Hispanic-African descent, or "Ferocious D" as she calls herself in the local wrestling circles, grew up in a predominantly Spanish area of New York City raised singly by her mother Flor Vega, sister of the late and great Mexican luchador Pedro Vega. A stunning turn of events led her into the lair of Ambrose "The Big Brose" Jackson, strongman of notorious NYC gang The Bloods, who introduced himself to her as her father. Fueled by revenge, Dolores vows to destroy her father for his abandonment and the death of Flor Vega when Dolores was nine. She combines trained moves from her luchador uncle and street-smart brawl-style fighting that comes natural to this NYC-bred wrestler.
Heel: Mastermind
Always scheming behind the scenes to get others to do their dirty work.
I got more losses than wins and eventually lost interest in the game. I basically lost interest in all Facebook games. But still, Ferocious D. lol. =D

Saturday, October 3, 2009


For the truly lazy and somewhat resourceful student, this website can be helpful for papers, home works and what nots: CheatHouse. It provides a bank of uploaded researches, paper outlines and essays from various students and writers everywhere.

The only problem is that membership to this website is paid. So not for students. And parents: will you pay for a Cheat House account for your tiny tots to cheat at school? Still, payment can be made via Visa, Amex, Master Card, Discover Card and Paypal. Three days access is9.90 USD while six months unlimited access is 69.95 USD.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

OnlineVerdict.com helps out U.S. jurors

One of my favorite blogs is GeekSugar.com. In a slide show, I found out that U.S. citizens over eighteen can actually participate at providing opinion for cases that are going to trial - and earn money for it.
The caption reads: "If you're over the age of 18 and are a US citizen, you can make money at home by giving your opinion online with Online Verdict about cases that are going to trial. Way better than jury duty."

I checked out the website and here's how they make their people work:

Friday, September 4, 2009

Bits and Pieces - Food and Such

I love Chowking's hot naicha! This hot, milky goodness can be had for only twenty six bucks per cup! I think hot naicha tastes like tea gelatin, the one that comes with a Terriyaki Boy chibi meal. So good! I always order a chibi meal at Terriyaki Boy just to eat the tea gelatin that comes with it. I don't drink tea, however.

I discovered a new treat - flour tortilla sandwiches. The best filing for me so far is cream cheese spread. Tortilla is so good;

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Laughter isn't always the same

I read an informative article on How Stuff Works. Incidentally, I feel as though I get to know the other kinds of laughter more as I grow older. Don't we all laugh honest laughter as children?

The author named 5 different types of laughter.

How To Make Any Food

Browsing through the net one day, I came across this useful website. Its called "Recipe Puppy" and allows the user to search for recipes to make any food:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Daycare Nightmare

I must confess that I am a compulsive shopper, especially when it comes to books. I like to buy whatever I can, for the thrill of a getting a good book out of a pile of seemingly worthless ones. In the words of my better half, I find one "diamond in the rough" for every three books I buy. No wonder our bookshelves easily get filled by second hand books, only a small percentage of which I actually get to finish.

Zombie Wars

I've seen very little Indie films in my lifetime, and maybe, for good reason: they are very weird. Here's another Indie film I've watched, out of boredom and frugality. It's a zombie flick (hence the title), set in an apocalyptic present-time when zombies and humans have been engaged in war for fifty years already. The narrator in the opening scene describes that zombies appeared from under the earth and started eating humans they could get their hands on. Those who managed to survive formed tiny groups of resistance against the zombies. From an early age, these humans train in fighting and live in military-like fashion, to equip themselves against the zombies.

The film focuses on a sort of platoon of humans, lead by a female general.

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

I've been making a conscious effort in reading classic novels, and for the longest time, waiting for when I'd finally get my hands on a copy of 1984 by George Orwell in a second-hand bookstore. No such luck, so far, but I managed to find A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess in a stall near the grocery.

I've never seen the film, but the novel was quite interesting. It tells of Alex, a teenager living in a presumably futuristic setting. At fifteen, he and his teen aged friends go around at night mugging people on the streets and generally being rascals.