Breaking my own Illusions

Break the Illusion’s been an almost everyday read ever since I accidentally got into Dave’s “blogger land”, as he calls it. He’s a homosexual stud but it doesn’t matter for he’s not the horny type of gay who would write about male eroticism. For his readers, majority of which are from the third-sex, the main attraction in his blog’s not actually his writings but rather his videos where you can actually see him half naked. He said he did it in purpose. Why? To attract readers. Sex sells right? He said that when he was not yet doing half-naked-vlogs, nobody visits his blog, but now every post in his blog’s jam-packed with comments.

The things he writes in his blog are very rousing. Most of these are just simple facts about life which we seldom realize their importance. According to him, the purpose of his blog is to record his journey of discovery - both “geographically and spiritually”. He believes in love, and his blog is his way of sharing that love to others. Yoga which he took during his college paved way to his spirituality and a lot of his posts are inspired by the popular author Deepak Chopra.

Most of the time, his writings are like new principles to me but there’s this striking post he just made recently that complemented my own share of understanding.

In my humble opinion, truths should be discovered by one’s self through the lens of inward reflection and life experience. Truths should only be adopted when they are supported with experience and one’s better judgment. Organized religions come with a long list of doctrines - none of which fit my personal belief system.

I recognize that organized religion can be a great vehicle of self discovery for some people. I wouldn’t speak out against Mother Theresa, or belittle her association with the Catholic Church. But for me, all the “good” stuff that can come with organized religion is lost in the sauce, so to speak.

I don’t like the idea of someone telling me what to believe. If a population of people mindlessly accepts that which is dictated by espoused organizations (the Catholic Church, the United States Government, etc.) then a dangerous situation is resulted.

I don’t need the side of a church to answer any more of my questions. Perhaps turning inward is a better source of truth.

Jesus is the Answer, Break the Illusion

Religion plays a big role in our country, we can’t deny that. It’s the banana in a banana-split ice cream or worse the maggots in our rotting government. Our government is ruled by politicians but most of us are unaware that the Catholic Church influences their decisions religiously.

I believe that our FAITH guides us into our everyday lives. It’s the source of our great strength, light of our way through the darkness and gives us hope in times of despair. But should our faith be dictated by an organization or religion?

In my entire life, I was exposed to different Religious organizations, and it goes with it the revelation to their diverse beliefs. I was born as a Catholic, studied in an Adventist school, neighbored by a Baptist, and encouraged to attend the Born Again group. A classmate once told me that I am like a lost sheep primarily because I attend to organizations with contradicting mentalities. It’s like I don’t know where to go or stay; a lost sheep indeed with no home.

Leap_Of_Faith_by_BlushyHush I am actually contented happy with my spirituality. You might think I am confused but I am certainly not. These organizations have only one goal; that is to make people aware of the salvation and the means to achieving it. These organizations have different explanations on how to achieve full salvation. One organization claims that Jesus alone can save. Some assert that helping the unfortunates and reciting redundant prayers can save you. Others say that not sinning is the way to salvation. In my own observation, if you happen to attend only a single organization religiously in your entire life, your mind wouldn’t be juggled by questions and doubts which can disrupt your faith. Therefore, your faith depends on that organization. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as you are aware of your limitations. Since I was exposed to a lot of oppositions, I had my own share of struggles due to different standpoints of religious organizations. Yeah, I’ve been there! However, as I go through my life, with continuous exposure to a lot of religious contradictions, it made my faith stronger. How? That’s where personal responsibility comes into play. Since different churches have different doctrines, I only acquire the teachings from which I feel are right, humane, practical and sensible. I know that what they teach in the church are Biblical and have been studied for years with firm assistance, but we also cannot erase the fact that our religious leaders are also only human who are flawed, sinful and with own personal opinions.

Organizations shouldn’t dictate what you must believe. As David has said, truths should be discovered by one’s self through the lens of inward reflection and life experience. Truths should only be adopted when they are supported with experience and one’s better judgment.

It doesn’t matter if I should follow some mediocre practices shared by religious groups or debate an overtly abused issue regarding Mary's blessedness. I built my own faith and have my own understanding regarding salvation; Experiences made it firm, it’s still firm and I am yet to hear and openly discuss diverse beliefs, revelations and attitudes in the future.

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life ~

~ Jesus

Religion will not save you! ~

~ an excerpt

The above photo, "Leap of Faith"

was taken from http://blushyhush.deviantart.com/art/Leap-Of-Faith-13050650

Beauty is only Skin Deep

Beauty on the outside, doesn't mean there's beauty on the inside. That's the main point of Skin Deep. It’s about different people’s struggle in search for physical beauty. Vincent A. de Jesus’ Skin-Deep is a 3rd offering of the Philippine Educational Theater Association for its 40th Theater Season. It's a comedy mixed with drama and a little of action.

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Doctor Beau Batoctol, an internationally famous Filipino cosmetic surgeon opens the world's first one-stop beauty resort here in the Philippines—the Skin-Deep Beauty Sanctuary. And for its grand opening promo, seven lucky texters will win a chance to stay at Skin-Deep for a month and avail of all the beauty treatments, procedures and surgeries it has to offer—absolutely free!

The Lucky Makeover Seven—composed of an obese female call-center agent, a troubled married couple, a male wannabe model, a flamboyant florist, an abused housewife burned beyond recognition and the reigning Miss Artificial Beauty—go through different miracle procedures hoping to become more aesthetically acceptable to the cruel world.

The characters have different reasons why they want to have a make-over, and in the end they realized that physical beauty is not actually that important and that there are more essential things that they should have given focus with their lives.

My favorite character is the comical Amor de Sangre, the reigning Miss Artificial Beauty played by May Bayot de Castro. She's very amusing cracking a lot of stupid and funny/crazy lines. May Bayot de Castro deserved the praises she got after the show because she acted and sang very well in the play.

Another favorite were the singing and dancing nurses of Doctor Beau. They have a fixed and uniform smile because they claimed they had botox. They remind me of the Ooompa-Looompas. Hehehe.

The water/drowning scene was awesome. I didn't realize that one of the characters was actually drowning and being saved. It took me a few seconds before finally recognizing it was an underwater scene. Hehehe.

Again, the theater was jam-packed with noisy, talkative and annoying students. There was even an instance when the usher almost let out a CEU student (take note: CEU) because her phone rang loudly in the middle of the play.

Skin-Deep goes onstage at the PETA-Phinma Theater on all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning February 1 until March 9. The PETA Theater Center is located at #5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. Tickets are at P300 each.

For details and other inquiries, call the PETA Marketing and Public Relations Office at 725-6244, 410-0821, mobile numbers 0917-8154567 or 0918-9354166, email petampro@yahoo.com or mpr@petatheater.com. Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Picture was taken from http://www.petatheater.com/

Paranoia Virus

These are some evidences of paranoia (yes, of medical students). It's hard to live life if you know a lot, or maybe we are just plain paranoid! These are true but some are exaggerated.

My friend Hanna said she will not swim in the crater when we go to Pinatubo this coming Holy Week. She said she might acquire Naegleri fowleri. Huwaaat!

When I had a cough for 2 weeks, I thought I have a tuberculosis.

I love broccoli. Camille told me I'll have goiter because it's a goitrogen. Er? My thyroid will soon be as large as a basketball e?

I tell my relatives not to eat peanut butters, chocolates with peanuts, or just plain peanuts; and as long as it's a nut, a no-no. It contains Aflatoxins from Apergillus flavus, can cause liver cancer.

My friends don't drink light/diet sodas or take anything with aspatame; also includes some mint candies.

All my friends including me have a mini/handy-dandy alcohol bottle all the time.

When we were planning to go to Palawan, the plan includes what Malarial drug to take as prophylaxis.

I wear sunblock everyday, because I love the sun. Take note, it should be SPF30.

I don't eat preserved mangos or anything preserved. It contains nitrates.

I rarely eats tocino, it has nitrates too! Especially those which are excessively pink in color.

I consider the lavabo/sink as the land of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Currently taking 4 supplements. Multivitamins, Ascorbic Acid, Omega-3 and Ginkgo Biloba.

We remove the black tars in BBQs.

We suspect A/Cs to contain Legionella pneumophila.

Some interesting information.

Kissing can transmit: E. gingivalis and Trichomonas, Infectious mononucleosis, Herpes, etc.

Rubbing or touching your eyes is the easiest access of Adenovirus to invade your body.

Sashimi's and other uncooked foods such as Kilawin is the mode of transmission of a lot of parasites like trematods, tapeworms, and many more.

We are all exposed to TB. Filipinos love to spit anywhere they want and that's one of the reasons why the incidence of TB is high in Pinas.

Some drugs especially antibiotics can actually kill you. Heard of Steven-Johnson's Syndrome?

You can be infected with helminths through inhalation of the ovas. And same is true that you can acquire them through skin penetration and not just through swallowing infected stuffs.

TB particles can actually float in a room for 3 hours.

Oral contraceptive pills are abortifacient and condoms cannot actually guarantee protection from acquiring HIV.

These are just a few in my mind now. There are still a lot to which makes us medical students paranoid! Sad... *wink!

Why I gave up dancing

The Terpsichorean Circle had their yearly for-a-good-cause dance concert last night at the UST Medicine Auditorium entitled "Mediscene". They danced dynamically to popular hip-hop, R&B, jazz and pop songs with versatility relating it to medicine life. I have some personal favorite dance routines including the SecC dancer's special performance and the mind-boggling performance by the Terps Alumni. In essence, t'was not a bad event for a Friday night enjoyment.

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SecC dancers of batch 2010, to which I was a former (or a passive) member won last year's Freshmen Night dance contest. We were invited by the Terps to do a special performance for Mediscene. I backed out.

Many classmates and friends actually encouraged me ever since first year in medicine to join the Terps. I didn't. Will not.

There are a lot of specific explanations why I resigned from dancing, but I narrowed them down to these broad reasons.

  • To avoid the requisite hassles during practice.
  • There were already reserved commitments.
  • Currently enjoying my quality time with family and friends.
  • I am actually too busy to dance.
  • Or dancing is not my priority as of the moment.
  • To conceptualize and accomplish the solutions to my academic difficulties.
  • Not dancing feels like the best choice.
  • I think giving up dancing is the solution.

Besides, I have my own preoccupations and outlets in medicine. I am more than happy that I can actually detach myself to things I really love. Even if I am not onstage with the people of the same interest, my perceptible support is still at hand. Much kudos to SecC!

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Pictures were taken from Rheia's Multiply.

The complete album's in HERE!

Other pictures from last night's event are in HERE!

By the way, congratulations to all who passed the Nursing boards!

Death is a comma. A pause.

183478 Last Thursday, our group in Ethics class presented a movie that tackles about the end of life issues. It is entitled Wit. The movie was introduced to me by my friend Faye long before the presentation so I already have an idea what it's all about. It's directed by Mike Nichols, which stars Emma Thompson as Vivian Bearing.

Vivian Bearing is an English Literature professor suffering through Stage IV ovarian cancer. She agreed to undergo experimental treatment despite already having an advanced stage of cancer. The treatment didn't make her well but rather making her increasingly ill together with the treatment's various and intensive side effects.

She knows she's going to die. As she go towards the end of her life, she realized that kindness is something she should have exhibited to more people; because she was a hard professor before. In her time of greatest need, she learned that human compassion was of more profound importance than intellectual wit.

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Despite Vivian's stringent attitude and emotional-detachment towards her students, I pity her because she was abused by unethical doctors. At the very start of the movie, there were already a lot of violations regarding bioethics. Our professor even said

What would people think if they see this movie? They would probably think that doctors are blatantly bastos (rude)!

So let me enumerate the things that I think are unethical in the movie.

First, about her oncologist. Dr. Kalekian didn’t detail her about the numerous side effects of the experimental drug. He also didn’t give her options for treatment. She is in Stage IV ovarian cancer and I think that palliative treatment is the best management and not chemotherapy because she's already in an advanced stage. There was an informed consent but she wasn’t given the chance to read and think meticulously before entering the course. Obviously, He is more concerned with the research than his patient.

Second, the resident doctor. Dr. Posner was her former student when he was still in his pre-med. He was still bitter on how hard his professor was on him during college. She gave him an A- (I think t’was already a bad grade for him) which adds up to his perceptible resentment. He was deliberately rude while taking her history and doing the physical examination especially during the pelvic exam; he has no concern about his patient. He also lacks bedside manners and violated almost all the ethical principles; beneficence, nonmaleficence, you name it! Just like like his boss; both of them are just concerned about the research and not the patient. There's even this scene wherein he tried reviving Vivian in spite of her DNR status for the sake of their study.

Lastly, the hospital. Hospital people are impolite especially in the ER, except for the nurse Susie. She was the only one who took good care or Vivian. If they ever mentioned the hospital’s name in the movie, people will probably not go there when they need medical help because of how terrible the hospital was featured. Our professor’s right about the movie, it gives the viewers an impression of how bad doctors and medical staffs can be.

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The moral of the story? In the movie, Vivian has used her wit as a shield to carry her through life, but these are of little value in the face of death. At one point, she even feared death. So people, be kind to others. Human compassion is of more profound importance than intellectual wit.

Overall? Wit is a powerful drama about dying and death that will soften the heart of anyone who sees it.

Pictures were taken from:

http://www.hbo.com/films/wit/

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1804849838/info

You wouldn't like me

A lot of people think that this song is about long distance relationships or most commonly referred to as "internet love affairs" wherein people commit or have relationships with strangers through the internet. If you read the lyrics, it is indeed the literal meaning of the song.

For me, it's a different thing, I see it as a song about being afraid of showing one's real self because they are afraid of what others might think, say or react when people find out their real selves; afraid what if the people around them don't like "it". Did you get the point? I know it is something a lot of people worry about. It's just sad that people do hide their real selves, but it does happen, and I think this song expresses it really well.

This song by the way was featured in Grey's Anatomy Season 1. Enjoy!

There's a war inside of me
Do I cause new heartbreak to write a new broken song
Do I push it down or let it run me right into the ground
I, I feel like I wouldn't like me if I met me

Well I can't stop talking for fear of listening to unwelcome sound
and you haven't called me in weeks and honestly it's bringing me down
Oh I feel like I wouldn't like me if I met me
I feel like you wouldn't like me if you met me

And don't you worry there's still time
Don’t you worry there’s still time

There’s nothing to live for when you're sleeping alone
and I watch the windows outside in hopes that the glare will bring you around
I, I feel like I wouldn't like me if I met me
I, I feel like you wouldn't like me if you met me

So you don’t you worry there’s still time
Don’t you worry there’s still time (x3)

Sunshine is days away I won't be saved I know all the words
I can't say that I'll love you forever
Sunshine is days away I won't be saved I know all the words
I won't say that I'll love you forever

Who sang the song?

tegan and sara 8Tegan and Sara are Canadian singer-songwriters. They are identical twins. As a matter of fact they even have identical "sexualities"; they are both lesbians. Their songs are mostly indie-rock and indie-pop types which are rarely done in the music industry so if you happen to hear their songs, you'll immediately know it's Tegan & Sara through it's uniqueness of their music and voice. They are similarly involved in vocals and playing instruments. The singing of the lead melody usually goes to whichever twin wrote the particular song. The two usually do not sing together on their early albums, however, they do on their later albums and in concert.

The twins also did a cover of Rihanna's Umbrella and for me, it's the best version among the hundreds who tried. Since there was no official release of their Umbrella version, I would like to share this file to everyone! It was cropped from a recorded live performance. Click the Link below to download the mp3 file. Enjoy!

Tegan & Sara - Umbrella (Live).mp3

(Sorry guys, the file sharing's broken, I'll figure the problem out and fix it soon!)

Tegan & Sara picture above was taken from:

http://www.music-artists.org/other/tegan_and_sara.html

To be or not to be, that is the question

It's one of the famous (probably the most popular) lines from the well-known William Shakespeare's Hamlet. We watched Repertory Philippine's version of Hamlet last night at OnStage, Greenbelt 1 in Makati. The theater was almost full, t'was invaded mostly by Poveda students. We reached GB1 30 minutes before the show started because we were kind of lost due to the 4-8PM rally along Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas that occurred yesterday; we were tired after a hectic day in school and famished so we grabbed some "power-snacks" before going inside the theater.

I'm not really good in doing play reviews but I can say that the show was awesome. Although there were some technical difficulties like microphone dysfunctions and the like, the actors' performances were astounding and moving. The story is about Hamlet's attempts to seek revenge on his Uncle Claudius for poisoning his father and marrying his widowed mother, Gertrude; the story also depicted his love life with Hamlet's love interest Ophelia. It is a tale of indecision, revenge and retribution, deception, ambition, loyalty and fate which is also apparently the issues concerning our country right now.

"All is not well;
I doubt some foul play."
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1.2

Nicollo Manahan who did the Hamlet role was remarkable; great acting especially in the part where Hamlet's in a "psycho" state; and kudos for his nice accent. Cris Villonco portrayed Ophelia and I was moved by her acting in the part wherein her father was accidentally killed by Hamlet and she mourned like a mad woman.

"There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
that shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
There with fantastic garlands did she come
Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do dead men's fingers call them:
There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide,
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up;
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes..."
- William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 4.7

Their version of Hamlet's different. The costumes were not Shakespearean, instead the characters were wearing tight jeans, leather jackets, Mohawk haircuts, knee-length skirts and lots of other straps all over their bodies; it was cool though. It was like a new-generation Hamlet, very modern.

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Overall? A must watch show. Catch it until February 17, 2008 at OnStage Greenbelt 1. For more information visit Repertory Philippine's website.

I am attaching a song entitled "Cry Ophelia" by Adam Cohen. It reminds me of Ophelia but the song is not only about her but about every women's suffering in life. Enjoy!

 

Something went wrong
You are not laughing
It’s not so easy now to get your smile
You gotta be strong
To walk these streets
And keep from falling
But when you’re not, just let yourself cry

You’ve been working hard
Just trying to pay the rent
Tryin’ to draw the line between who you are
and who you invent
But if you throw a stone
Something’s gonna shatter somewhere
We’re all so fragile
We’re all so scared

You say you wanna learn how to live your life
without tears
But we’ve been trying to do that for thousands of years
So go on and cry Ophelia
It’s the only thing to do sometimes
You know I’m crying too
Right there with you
It’s alright Ophelia
Everybody cries

Thank God for my bad memory
I’ve forgotten some of the stupid things
that I’ve done
I’ve come to a little wisdom
through a whole lot of failure
So I watch more carefully what rolls off my tongue

You pray for rain
But you don’t want it from a storm
You find a rose
And cut your finger on a thorn
So go on and cry Ophelia
It’s the only thing to do sometimes
You know I’m crying too
Right there with you
It’s alright Ophelia
Everybody cries Ophelia

Our last night's pictures can be accessed HERE!

Hamlet Banner picture was taken at http://www.repertory-philippines.com/

Red Day

Today is Valentine's day and although I am half-day in school, I still can't manage to go out and have a date because I have a long quiz in Pharmacology tomorrow.

When I was still actively dating way back in college, Vday is a week of prep; Vday dinner must be well planned, flowers should be freshly ordered, must search for a gift that will surely make her faint. Those were my days...

But I am currently loving my life as a single guy! Who said singles cannot actually celebrate the Big Red Day? Here's the thing:

  • I bought a blueberry cheesecake for myself c/o the TLP sorority. They actually sell different kinds of cheesecakes, but the blueberry's my favorite. They are very popular in school because they're as good as the ones sold in Red Ribbon. They don't sell them on the spot, you have to pre-order them in about a week.

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  • Date with friends. We'll be watching the "Hamlet" tomorrow night at Greenbelt 1. Is this the start of my "culturization" process? I dunno... but I am excited! I think going on a date after the Vday is a very good idea because traffic wouldn't be that heavy already.

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    (Hamlet picture was taken from http://www.repertory-philippines.com/. Visit their website for more details about the play.)

Told you! Being single doesn't mean no valentine's celebration. It's not actually that bad to be single unless you are a schizoid, as in literally... It really depends on how you handle your "singlehood"!

Happy Red Day Earthlings! Enjoy! Hehehe...

Here's our class' recent group picture. Of course t'was taken at the popular Benavides park. The picture below is the candid shot. The complete set is in HERE. Shots were actually taken by our classmate Rhea. So can you guess where I am in this pic?

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I would like to thank Steve AKA msense for my new blog template.

Also, I would like to thank the readers and visitors of my humble blog. I'm currently very busy so updates would be posted less frequently. Thank you.

Just Another

This song is by Pete Yorn. It’s a track from his album musicforthemorningafter and was featured on the television shows Felicity, Dawson's Creek, and Smallville.

Pete-YornI like this song because it’s the kind of song that would relax me; something you can put on repeat mode and listen to over and over again. There are different interpretations for this song. First, they said, it’s a breakup song merely because the lines are all like from the past, and it tells a lot of contradictions. Second, some said it’s about a simple guy who admires a girl who is unreachable. So although he treats her as a very special girl, she’s still just “another” girl. Lastly, they said that when Pete wrote this song, he was living in his brother’s house who is a Hollywood celebrity agent. The song was about how amazing celebrities are really just normal people.

Owell, I think it’s a nice song to share. Enjoy!

Click the play button to listen. Lyrics is also provided below.

 

You and I
We’re two of a kind
I hate to say it but you’ll never relate
What makes you tick?
It makes me smile.
You said that I should get away from it all
And bury my head in the sand if I want to
I think you…should thank me now.

You were lying wide awake in the garden
Try and you'll get over your stardom
And I could never see you depart us
And you’re my baby
You’re just another girl.
Just another girl.

I never mind the way I had to see ya
My working on a day show never explains why I see you And I feel your pain.
I love to wear my work inside of my head
I can’t complain but you should never react the way you did
I feel your time.

You were lying wide awake in the garden
Try and you'll to get over your stardom
And I could never see you depart us
And you’re my baby

You were lying wide awake in the garden
Try and you'll get over your stardom
And I could never see you depart us
And you’re my baby.
You’re just another girl.
You're just another girl.
You're just another girl.

Pete Yorn photo above was taken from http://www.musik-base.de/

I met Happy Slip

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I just got home from the HappySlip Meet-&-Greet that happened at Mag:net Cafe in Bonifacio High Street in Taguig. I arrived there at around 12:30PM and everybody's eating their lunch already. Since I was already famished, I immediately scampered towards the buffet table and relieved my bodily hunger. The food was okay. It didn't matter anyway. Hahaha.

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I was still enjoying my meal when they introduced Josh Verdes (Christine's cousin) on stage. He sang his originals "Save Me" and "Home" which are my favorites from his first album. He really is a good singer and I managed to have a small talk with him and of course to have a picture!

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After his performance, Christine was introduced to us and she gave a small talk about blogging, inspiring other bloggers and vloggers, her views and purpose in blogging, and some other stuff, not to mention portraying some of the popular characters in her videos in her speech. She was really kewl!

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After that, question and answer portion followed and she was very cheerful answering every question, cracking some funny jokes making everyone inside the cafe laughing in amusement. She even revealed that in her future videos, we will see some of her video characters riding in our popular jeepneys because she said, she brought some of her costumes and shoot here in the Philippines. That's something to look forward huh?

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After the Q&A, the bloggers were given the chance to meet her personally; talk and take pictures of course.

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Another good thing that happened with this event is that I got to meet a lot of co-bloggers! I met George, Luwi, Coy, AJ, Karla, Faith, Gibbs, Fritz, Juned and Jeff. They are very polite that they even invited me to have a coffee for a moment. Thank you guys! I'm looking forward to future blogger meetings!

That's it!

To access/view all the pictures click HERE!

HappySlip Fan's Day this Friday!

happyslipLast week, I received an email from Ms. Elaine of Yehey.com informing me that I was pre-selected to attend the HappySlip Meet and Greet this coming Thursday (Tomorrow, hehehe) at Mag:Net Cafe in Fort Bonifacio. I didn't believe at first but then I replied and confirmed my attendance. After a few days, I received another email telling me that I am one of the lucky 100 bloggers to meet HappySlip.

I was like, "Are you for REAL?!"

Also attached in the email was the list of the lucky bloggers. I saw Anton and Lauren's names in the list. I am #57. Hahaha...

Yep, I will definitely go tomorrow after my Pathology class in the morning. I am really lucky because I don't have class in the afternoon. The meeting's from 11AM to 3PM so I will be late. Better to be late than never eryt?

Anyway, good news!

I just received another email from Ms. Elaine of Yehey.com informing me about an another meet and greet opportunity with Christine Gambito popularly known as HappySlip. The email goes like this:

Hi Guys,

Good news!

Due to insistent public demand, Happy Slip in cooperation with Yehey.com will hold another event entitled Happy Slip Fans’ Day this coming February 8, 2008, Friday at Mag:net Café, Bonifacio High Street from 1:00PM – 4:00PM. No pre-registration is required.

Please log on to http://happyslip.yehey.com for the event mechanics.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me anytime.

See you there!

Best Regards,

Elaine E. Uy

Yehey Marketing Manager

I am sharing the message to everyone so that for those who doesn't know yet and still want to meet her, this is your opportunity!

Aright?

Happy Ash Wednesday earthlings!

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Gawd! My weekend was huge! (Huge means: See meaning below)

Friday:

Night out with friends at Serendra and Bonifacio High Street in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig after the oh-so-tiring Pharmacology class.. We arrived there late and ate dinner at around 10 PM already! We ate at Polu Kai Grill, a Hawaiian restaurant. The waiters will immediately greet you “Aloha!” upon entering the not-so-crowded resto, cool huh? There are a lot of Tikis and scary masks hanging on the wall so kids, beware. The interior’s very cozy, they have comfortable seats and my favorite? The big aquarium with sea water fishes; they even have a clown fish. The food’s delicious but a little expensive (Owell, it’s in Serendra). I ordered their Jamaican Jerk Chicken and I was satisfied. Sorry because due to intense hunger, I wasn’t able to take a shot of it. Poor me. We were actually all very satisfied. “Mahalo!”. To "burn" some calories gained, we wandered around the Boni High Street.

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James, the Author and Carlos. It was not a beer. It's a home-made iced tea. Hehehe...

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The Author, James, Carlos, Johanna, Jac and Honey. Melds took this shot.

Fountain or Falls? Decide...

Saturday:

We went in Batangas and bought my family’s favorite cracker, the Nana Osiang’s. My cousin will bring them back to Canada. We also dropped by my Tita’s house in Laguna and unloaded some of her stuffs. It was also my first time seeing a lychee fruit hanging on its tree; and yes the lychee tree's in my Tita's backyard. They actually have a lot of fruiting trees around the house. And guess what! We ate lunch in the most popular “Bulalohan” in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. Yep, Rose and Grace! A must visit eating place.

I know you want one now e?

Lychees!

After savoring the very lipemic soup and feeling it flowing through my blood vessels, we headed back to Manila, and went straight to the Mall of Asia. Owell, my mom just wanted my cousin to see the biggest mall in the Philippines; my cousin wasn’t pleased anyway. Hahaha.

Sunday:

According to my cousin, shopping in MOA was not fun and impractical, so after Mass, we headed to Trinoma. Here's the setup: he shopped, we pigged out! Hahaha... Ate lunch at World Chicken, tripped a “few” donuts at Krispy Kreme and caffeine fixed at Starbucks.

Coffee addicts. Taken at Trinoma with my brother.

Huge: uber fun, tiring and yep expensive.

I exhausted my savings for the past month but I don’t regret it because t''was a fun weekend with my friends and family. Owell, beat that!