Thursday, January 31, 2013

UP Fair 2013

UP Fair 2013
February 12 to 16, 2013 | 6pm
Sunken Garden, UP Diliman

Schedule of shows:
February 12: Bulkantahan - Unang Pagsabog Para Sa Pagbabago (Iuvenis Orbis Geological Fraternity)
Performances by: Parokya ni Edgar, Gloc-9, Spongecola, Silent Sanctuary, Ebe Dancel, Never the Strangers, General Luna, Hijo, Dong Abay and the Tanods, Join the Club, SAMARIA, Flying Ipis, Gaijin, Slapshock, Giniling Festival, Segatron, Hoodlum, Candycandy, Bad Hair Day, SUCKETSEVEN, Wasted Sopas, Dragon, Milky Summer, Naraia, Slickfinger, Jerry Something, CLandestino’s Manuscript , Kaya, From the Author, Half Way Out, Brickcity, The Squibs, Sheenola, Idioms and Disposition, Joop, Strands of Autumn, FIJ, Maxine Jarantilla

February 13: Kontrakultura II - Marked for Love, Marked for Destiny(UP Students of Destiny)

February 14: Roots - Music and Arts Festival(UP Underground Music Community)
Performances by: Up Dharma Down, Moonstar 88, Sandwich, Giniling Festival, Franco, Itchyworms, Kamikazee, Ang Bandang Shirley, Ourselves the Elves, 3x2, The Etiquettes, Joop, Anton and the Salvadors, Extrapolation, With Fingers Crossed, Specterull,Maya's Anklet, Ivan Theory, Lights in Transit, Stomachine, Hello World, Ulirat, La Passionaria.

February 15: Freedom Fair - Live More(Sigma Alpha Nu Sorority)

February 16: Speak UP - Loud, Proud and Unbound(University Student Council-UPD)

P100 - General Admission, per night

Tickets are available at Ticketworld outlets(over the counter only, not available online)
Call 891-9999 or visit



Baguio Cathedral


i only had a night to spend in kalibo so naturally, i wasn't able to travel all the way to caticlan for some me time during this trip last year. instead, i found myself in kalibo mangrove (bakhawan) ecotourism park. the nice lady from marzon hotel suggested i check out this ecotourism park and so i did. walking on its eco-trail (made of bamboo), my guide said that this is one of the most successful reforestation projects in the country. this ecopark shores up the coastal barangay against storm surges, while also providing additional income to mangrove farmers. for only 20-peso entrance fee, one can "commune" with nature. it is one of the best "eco-walks" i had.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

casa roces

we had our christmas dinner in casa roces. food was so great and the place really looked nice. i completely forgot writing about it and since i still have to transfer the food pics from my phone, i'm posting below pics from pam. (",)


English Pronunciation

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

[English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité]

Friday, January 25, 2013

5 years!

dear blog,

happy 5th anniversary!

limang taon na tayong magkasama.

5 years of musings on life, rants and hurrahs, look back on exciting trips and good to know infos.

limang taon din ito ng rebyu ng mga pelikula, mga hirit tungkol sa telebisyon, mga banat sa mga pulitiko at ukol sa relihiyon at mga katatawanan at laro.

these past 5 years also showcased food, my family and my being a tennis fanatic and sports fan. 

hanggang sa susunod pang mga limang taon! 



anong plano mo? mukhang wala pa ring naiisip para sa iyo eh. parang hirap na isingit sa kahit na anong grupo. dalawang buwan pa lang naman pero kung mayroon talagang may gusto sa iyo, dapat disyembre pa lang ay may medyo malinaw nang maaaring pagtapunan. pero matatapos na halos ang enero at tila wala pang kasiguruhan. gagawin pa rin daw ang bagay na ginagawa, kaya't walang pagbabago nitong dalawang buwan.

sabi ng marinero, wala pa nga raw. pero sa kalaunan, gusto raw niyang makialam ka sa mga may kinalaman sa pinas. wala sa kalahati ito ng kabuuang papel pero 'yung mas malaking bahagdan ng sandaang porsyento, nakasulat pa rin sa hangin. para tuloy nagiging lokohan na yata ito. lokohan kasi nagpabola ka sa saliw ng mga salita noong disyembre gayong 'yun na ang pinakamainam na panahon upang makaalpas. ngayong 2013 na, tila bokya pa rin. umariba na nga ang marami. maliban sa iyo.

baka kailangan na ngang magtanung-tanong at mag-imbestiga. mas ok pa rin ang may alternatibo. lalo na nga't mukhang ipagsisiksikan pa rin ang mga ayaw mo. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

ascott jakarta

last minute decision. yup, that was this ascott stay was all about. and i should have chosen the other option (le meridien).

i was already in bangkok when the admins asked me if staying in ascott jakarta was fine with me. since i stayed in this hotel/serviced apartment already (in september 2012), i thought that it should be ok. but to my horror, it was far from the pleasant stay that i expected. first, the front desk staff lacked that warm and welcoming attitude. when you just braved 2 hour traffic from soekarno-hatta to sudirman and you haven't had lunch yet, the last thing you want to meet is a front desk staff who would almost always give you negative lines such as, "we cannot; i don't think so; the hotel's policy is like this." at the very least, i expect her to give me some big bullshits such as "let me check or i'll see what i can do." granting that there were some mistakes in the reservation made, no front desk staff shall say that "i can't let you in." rather, make the guest feel that there are some things that can be done to rectify the problem. through this, the guest would feel wanted and that the hotel does value your presence. 

to make things worse, the phone in the room was not working. in order to request for flat iron and ironing board, you'd have to go all the way down to the main lobby. i stayed there for 3 nights and the phone was never repaired. i've given some feedback but there were zero notice from the management. the hotel itself isn't the most modern in jakarta. it has that very old feel, although they put me in the newly renovated wing. breakfast was basic but ok. 

all in all, there won't be another round for me in ascott jakarta. any hotel would do. not ascott. 

Friday, January 18, 2013


i was originally booked in asia inn but due to some funny stories (aircon not working and all) by the auntie at the counter, i was transferred to oasis inn. at first, i was really disappointed. i particularly liked asia inn because of its close proximity to and from ploenchit station and sivatel bangkok where i would transfer for the "work proper" of this trip. oasis inn is also in soi 1 but tucked away in the area of bumrungrad hospital. but when i got there, i was greeted by a very nice lady and in no time was already being ushered in its nice and comfy room. the area is a quiet sub-soi and had all the streetfood that i wanted. the room was well-lit and spacious. wifi was working to my contentment and the tv had all the channels i wanted to see. clean bathroom and there were complete toiletries (bath gel, hand soap, shampoo, conditioner). 

it was a pleasant stay and i would definitely consider staying here the next time i'm in bangkok.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

moonrise kingdom

quirky, funny and would be strange to many. that’s what moonrise kingdom is. i usually read on various sources before watching a film but i did not do such reading about moonrise kingdom. instead, i just went along the ride so to speak. the movie is about early teenage love between sam and suzy and the unusual adults in their midst. in a sense, it was that odd homage to the director’s (wes anderson) childhood.

true to anderson’s quirky style, the movie did not have overly dramatic scenes or score. saturated colors completed the feel about an island that is home to seemingly oddballs. edward norton was a standout as the scout leader who would have wanted to prove himself to his superior but didn’t fare well when sam went away with suzy and the succeeding mishits. bruce willis also did well, as tilda swinton, frances mcdormand and bill murray.

while the idea of teenagers going away and spending “quality time” alone in a deserted beach isn’t a good one, there was a sense of goodwill throughout the movie. more of a small community’s concern with each other. even when there was a touch of adults not knowing how to relate to the kids, there was an air of “good-naturedness” the whole time. frank, witty and even weird at times, the script was well-written and i liked these particular exchanges:
sam: i admit we knew we'd get in trouble. that part's true. we knew people would be worried, and we still ran away, anyway. but something also happened, which we didn't do on purpose. when we first met each other, something happened to us.

captain sharp: that's very eloquent. i can't argue against anything you're saying. but then again, i don't have to, 'cause you're 12 years old. look, let's face it, you're probably a much more intelligent person than i am. in fact, i guarantee it. but even smart kids stick they're finger in electrical sockets sometimes. it takes time to figure things out. it's been proven by history. all mankind makes mistakes. it's our job to try to protect you from making the dangerous ones, if we can. we want a slug?

sam: sometimes i stick leaves on my hair. it helps cool your head down.
suzy: hmm. that's a good idea. it might also help if you didn't wear a fur hat.

sam: why do you always use binoculars?
suzy: it helps me see things closer. even if they're not very far away. i pretend it's my magic power.
sam: that sounds like poetry. poems don't always have to rhyme, you know. they're just supposed to be creative.

enjoyable treat... last i read, moonrise kingdom was one of the producers’ guild of america’s ten nominees for outstanding picture for 2012.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

cancer prevention

while i'm not too sure if below article was indeed published by johns hopkins university, information given could well help us prevent anyone from this deadly disease. the best to-do item is summed up in number 15: 

Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. 
Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. 
Learn to relax and enjoy life.
After years of telling people chemotherapy is the only way to try to eliminate cancer, Johns Hopkins is finally starting to tell everyone that there is an alternative way.
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiple.
What cancer cells feed on:

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells will starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes t o nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.

To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water--best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.

Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

year of the snake

2013 na at year of the snake, ayon sa mga intsik.
sa pagpasok ng taon ng ahas... 
sana'y tuklawin tayong lahat ng walang tigil na suwerte. 
lingkisin tayo ng saya at ligaya.
maging simbilis sana ng kamandag ang pagkaripas ng pera't biyaya patakbo sa atin.
gapangan nawa tayong lahat ng limpak-limpak na yaman sa lahat ng aspeto ng buhay.