April 28, 2008

*was tagged by Dwight

1. Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves.
2. Bloggers that are tagged need to write on their own blog about their ten things and post these rules.
3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose ten people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

  • It was my first time to go to a zoo when I was already in 4th year college. We went to Malabon Zoo to make a documentary for our NASC 7 class (Animal and Society?). Haha. When I was in grade school, I was not allowed by my mom to join field trips wherein the destinations were zoos and ordinary museums (maybe because she thought it would not be worth it). The X-Deal??? We just eat outside. In Jollibee, as far as I remember. And I was happy with it. Hehe.
  • I am a big basketball fan. I am hooked more to the PBA than the NBA. I started to be a bball fan in 1995 when my Kuya and I were watching the Alaska vs Sunkist finals. And because of my penchant for the sport, I also had the fondness to play bball. Mind you, I am a good three-point shooter. Hehehe.
  • I eat a lot. Right now, I am addicted to sweets (candies, chocolates, etc.) and junk foods (I’m always craving for Oishi Ridges sour cream flavor). Yeah, I know, they are bad for our health.
  • I am starting to like photography. During weekends, I always browse online forums on photography, trying to learn more about the craft. I also enjoy viewing great pictures taken by amateur photographers. Right now, I am planning to buy a camera (either Canon S5IS or Nikon D40) but I still do not have enough budget for that. If I just know which bank to rob… Hehe.
  • People who do not know me personally always think of me as someone who is serious and snob. Hehe. I do not know why. Is it because of my facial structure or what??? Hehe. I honestly do not know. I am just not into mingling with other people whom I do not really know yet. I guess I just do not want to be tagged as FC (Feeling Close). Yeah, I am always a shy (and serious?) person… at first.
  • I always get frustrated when I hang out with my friends in videoke bars or in their homes while singing in their ever-reliable Magic Sing. Why? Because I do not know how to sing. Poor me. Yeah, I always wanted to learn how to sing… not just to sing but to sing well. If God will give me the option to trade some of my talents for singing, hell yeah, I will be more than willing to accept it. Hehehe.
  • I fear that I will become a journeyman. I already had three jobs and it was just like last year when I graduated! First was with Convergys. I was not happy there though I was earning much. So I resigned. Second was with ExplorAsia where I worked as a Competitive Intelligence Researcher. All was well at first until something important came out and I had to resign. The third and current one is with Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility where I am working as a staff writer. I would like to think that well… so far, so good. I do hope I can stick it out here for a year so, but I wonder if they can do the same with me. Hehehe.
  • I love the rainy season… even if it makes me sad.
  • My bestfriend Nix and I are planning to put up a shirt business someday. We are going to sell shirts that will carry developmental messages on it. Something about climate change, being aware of the current events, or maybe as simple as recycling.
  • Aside from video games, I am also into showbiz. Hehe. Yeah. I like gossips. I like sharing it with my friends.


one: Epi
two: Nix
three: Ate Arb
four: Karen
five: Berna
six: Sir Bimbo

seven: Ate Abee
eight: Raizza
nine: Patty ni Epi
ten: Zen


Games galore!

April 27, 2008

One thing I loved about this weekend is that I got to play the games on my Nintendo DS Lite that I wanted to play before but did not have the time to. Or maybe I was just too lazy since most of them are in series so you have to spend some time to follow the story. Well, I found myself playing the same game all over again (read: Mario Kart, Mario Kart, Mario Kart). Sadly, I realized that I am getting bored with the gadget.

But do not get me wrong. The Nintendo DS game library is filled with great great great games that will definitely overwhelm you. It is just a matter of finding time out of a busy schedule to play. And with a game library like that, a new DS gamer may need a one year vacation leave to finish his/her backlogs. Hehe.

So there, to change my monotonous gaming experience, this weekend I tried to play my ‘backlogs’ and the new games that came out recently. Here are the two games among those that I tried that I got hooked on.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

This is the first installment in the Phoenix Wright series. In this game, you are a defense lawyer in a spiky-haired man named Phoenix Wright. There are many cases that you have to work on as you defend various clients. I just finished playing Episode 4 where I successfully defended actor Will Powers who was accused of killing his co-star. Hehe.

In this game, you go to the scene of the crime to find pieces of evidence, interview people who can provide vital info for your case, and of course, you get to defend your client in the court room and shout ‘OBJECTION!’ You really have to use your brain here to win.

The World Ends With You

This is anime, artwork, action, music, plot, and gameplay rolled into one interesting game. You play the character of Neku who finds himself stuck in Shibuya district of Tokyo. You receive a message telling you that you only have seven freakin’ days to live. If you want to survive. you have to clear the missions given to you by the grim reapers. You have no choice but to play their game as your survival depends on it.

What is really fun here is that you have a so-called psychic scanning system that you can use to read other character’s mind and obtain info. You can use this to uncover hidden enemies in the city that you have to defeat. You battle your enemies (mostly dinosaur look-a-likes and frogs and other weird creatures) by using different ‘pins’.

I love babies!!!

April 25, 2008

These three videos definitely made my day. Haha. I just found myself addicted to these videos of babies who are laughing crazy. Real crazy. Enjoy!

A baby named Ethan laughing so hard when his daddy (I think it’s his dad) rips a newspaper apart:

A cute baby laughing while watching his dad play golf on Nintendo Wii:

This is the best among the three videos. 🙂

Little Charlie biting his brother’s finger. I love Charlie!!!

Not again

April 24, 2008

pic courtesy of UP Multiply group

After Trace College’s deliberate effort in associating itself to my alma mater, the University of the Philippines (UP), another computer school is trying to do the same with its version of a UP-theme ad.

Just a simple remark: UP and Informatics/Trace College will never EVER be the same in terms of the quality of education they provide. That will still hold true even if all creatures in the world are buried six feet underground.

The ‘Private UP’?!

April 18, 2008

Trace College flier

pic courtesy of Eisen.

WTF does this flier mean?

TRACE College in Los Baños, Laguna is reportedly sending fliers to people stating that my dear alma mater, the University of the Philippines Los Baños, is their “sister school.” They even tagged themselves as the “private UP.” Heck, like WTF is that?!

The nerve of that school. It is pretty obvious that TRACE is using the “private UP” thing to attract more students. And as a private school driven by money above all, getting more students to enroll will instantly translate profit for them. What a marketing strategy.

Another thought, does this have the blessing of UPLB Chancellor Luis Velasco? (I have a strong feeling that Chancy knows this…) If yes, the next question should be “Is there an agreement between the two parties that would eventually benefit them?” There must be. How would this sound like: students enrolled in PE2 Swimming classes could use TRACE’s olympic-sized pool in exchange of TRACE utilizing UPLB’s idle lands to build casinos. Ephraim Genuino, Chair of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is reported to be the owner of TRACE.

Something really smells fishy.

Nominations for the 2008 Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism  (JVOAEJ) for works published in print in 2007 will be accepted until Friday, April 25, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) announced yesterday. CMFR serves as the secretariat of the 19-year-old Awards.

CMFR conducts an independent scan of Manila-based publications and the nomination process is not a requirement for consideration.

The JVOAEJ accepts investigative and explanatory articles by individual professional journalists or teams of journalists that have appeared in a Philippine newspaper, magazine or other print medium.

The best articles are recognized with plaques and cash prizes.  In addition, the Canadian and Australian Embassies will also award the Marshall McLuhan prize and the Australian Ambassador’s Award, respectively, to two of the awardees.

Nomination forms may be downloaded from the CMFR website (www.cmfr-phil.org) or may be obtained from the CMFR office.   Completed nomination forms together with copies of the nominated article/s should be sent to

The Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism
Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility
2/F Ateneo de Manila Professional Schools
130 H.V. De la Costa St., Salcedo Village
Makati City 1227
Contact information: (02) 894-1326/894-1314/840-0903/840-0889
Email: staff@cmfr-phil.org

Home made Nintendo DS

April 15, 2008

If you cannot afford to spend for a Nintendo DS, you may want to try this one. 😀

Whoever made this animation deserve some pat in the back by Nintendo. 🙂