Saturday, January 31, 2004

We Called It High School

Bakit ka nahuhuli sa pila bago mag-flag ceremony? Lack of water for morning baths. Ano'ng favorite mong bilhin sa canteen? Cheeseburger with Mountain Dew. Na-Guidance o -Principal's Office ka na ba? Bakit? Never. I was well-behaved (at the time). Sino'ng favorite teacher mo doon? Ma'am Neva Bermundo, 2nd year English. Sino'ng hatest teacher mo naman? I hated subjects, not teachers: 3rd year Chemistry, 4th year Physics... Saan ka usually tumatambay? At the Assembly Hall, the times it wasn't flooded. What's your most unforgettable experience sa high school mo? Traveling to Baguio and South Cotabato to join national writing contests. Varsity? Sipa, 1st year. Just kidding. Sino'ng una mong nakilala sa high school mo? A dude named Vincent Narvaez. He's in the U.S. now. Sino'ng mga kabarkada mo 'nung nag-graduate ka from H.S.? Mao. Medax. Aki. Mike. Fugee. Toots. Leo. They were a lot. Nami-miss mo na ba yung uniform mo? No. But the blue-and-white color scheme, yes. Ilang beses mo nang nawawala yung I.D. mo? Once a year. Favorite teacher's quotable quote? "Let's pray the 'Our Father' for our last meeting." Most unforgettable person in high school? Our CAT commandant. God, he knew how to chew people out! Kelan sa tingin mo dadating ang yearbook? We got it a few months after graduation. I'm proud of that because I was on the yearbook staff. I-describe ang mukha mo sa grad pic. Totoy,with the beginnings of a bigote. Ano'ng binibili mo sa labas tuwing uwian? Piso-piso bread. Nakakita ka na ba ng multo sa school? Never. Ghosts don't waste their energies on me because I don't believe in them. Na-ngarag ka ba sa paghahabol sa graduation? Nope. It only took me a couple of days to complete my clearance. Ano'ng unang-una mong ginawa right after graduation? Went on stage and had pictures taken with friends. Ano'ng contests ang sinalihan/napanalunan mo? Division and Regional Secondary Schools Press Conferences. Kamusta naman ang Intrams? School authorities banned our class' Intrams shirt in 4th year. Favorite janitor/janitress? None. Kung papalitan ang color ng uniform ninyo, anong kulay? Baket? I wouldn't change anything. Even then blue and white were fine for me. Nasa Friendster mo ba 'yung crush mo sa HS dati? Eh yung kinagagalitan mo to the nth level? I rarely use Friendster. But this gives me an idea. Did you ever regret going to your HS? Nope. Next to college, high school was the best four years of my life. Sino sa mga ka-batch mo ang dapat napasali sa "Starstruck?" I'm not familiar with that show. Saan ka na nag-aaral ngayon? Course? I'm done with my schooling, but not with my education. Sino ang peborit labs team of dem all mo? Eric Geronimo and Wilmer Francisco. Anu-ano ang mga section mo? 1R. 2R. 3R. 4R.

Friday, January 30, 2004

Friday Five

You've just won one million dollars. Who do you call first? My lawyer. What is the first thing you buy for yourself? The latest Playstation model. What is the first thing you buy for someone else? Cell phones for everyone my immediate family! Do you give any away? If yes, to whom? Ten percent to Charity. She works at... Do you invest any? If so, how? Whatever's left after balato I'll use to put up an ad agency with my friends.

A Veritable Bomb

The government company I work for celebrated its 27th anniversary today. There was a little ceremony, and it fell to the President and CEO to deliver a parting message. He obliged—literally. Near the end of the speech he announced his surprise resignation effective at the end of the month. Which is tomorrow. He said he wanted to prioritize his family. When I looked around, tulala lahat ng tao. And right after the speech, the song that goes, "Happy/It's so nice to be happy/Sha-la-la-la" played. Nice.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

This Stumped Me Today

Here's Ray Allen of the NBA team Seattle Supersonics, on the the significance of his triple-double (22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) in a 96-82 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier today:
"We didn't win. It would have been great to celebrate if we had won the game," he said. "It's like a ship passing in the night. You just see it and it goes."
Wow, unexpected poetry. Which is the best kind.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Wednesday, January 21, 2004


A friend wrote me this awesome Friendster testimonial:
[Tibibord] and I used to trade rock cassette tapes during college. That, and black nail polish. From time to time nowadays, however we trade legal diagnoses to get me out of some serious legal shet. Thanks for the sanity check, [Tibibord]. Cheers to you! "His brilliance is effortless, his sincerity permeates."
Thanks, Deb.

Monday, January 19, 2004


[Image taken from here.]

50 First Dates is a story about a vet (Adam Sandler) who falls for a woman (Drew Barrymore) suffering from short-term memory loss. Because of her condition, theirs is a love that's always new—literally—as he has to make her fall in love with him day after day.

Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook has a similar twist, I think. But unlike the book, this movie's a comedy. I have high expectations. Who wouldn't, The Wedding Singer set such a high standard.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Underground Party

Last night was Mark and Syd's combined birthday party (I initially typed "joint party," but that would've been a misnomer). Neither guy was born January 17. Mark, the third guy from the left, was born January 22. Syd, the third from the right, was born January 12. I bet they compromised and picked a date somewhere in the middle. The two of them booked a room at the Linden Suites in Ortigas Avenue. We smuggled in food and drinks. About twenty people showed up. Getting them to the room was a production in itself. You see, hotel parties are banned in Linden. When asked, guests had to say they were going to Monsoon, which was a bar located in one of the lower floors. Wala namang nakatunog. The party broke up around 3 a.m. The birthday boys and I stayed in until noon. Later on we learned that the adjoining rooms were unoccupied. That was fortunate: we made a lot of noise. Had someone reported the ruckus, who knows what would've happened? We could've been kicked out, or made to pay a bigger room fee. It was such a fun party. Will they top it next year?

Friday, January 16, 2004


An EVP at work has a watchful eye. One time he gave me career counseling. Next he gave me fashion advice. Last week he was at it again:
EVP: Ganda n'yan, a.
Me: Sir?
EVP: (Points to my thumb ring) French lang nakikita ko na nagsusuot ng ganyan.
Me: May lahi po siguro akong French, sir.
EVP: French fries? Ha ha ha!


Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Freak Occurrence

For the first time since October, I was late for work yesterday. Traffic sa MRT, grabe. Something must have happened along the southbound line. Normally the trains make 30-second stops at each station, but yesterday we made 3-minute stops. I could see the train behind ours idling(?), waiting for its turn to load and unload at stations. Our driver kept apologizing over the intercom. Tardiness isn't usually a big issue for me, but to be late the day after your boss issues a memo extending your current contract...

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Tamad Post: Googlism For "Tiburcio"

tiburcio is cleaning the carapace
tiburcio is described as a steam ship of 5995 tons gross
tiburcio is an academic counselor and spanish iv teacher at st
tiburcio is seen at the left in his "coaching outfit"
tiburcio is seen above in his "coaching outfit"
tiburcio is the 36
tiburcio is waiting
tiburcio is instructed to incinerate his friend calf and his belongings
tiburcio is an indigenous poet
tiburcio is in prison he has his friend make a play about his life
tiburcio is very much part of the modern world
tiburcio is charged with first
tiburcio is corroborated by beatriz sorianosis
tiburcio is forced to kill him
tiburcio is a guatemalan from the province of santa rosa de lima

A Waste

According to a news bulletin last night, Gayuma—a homey little eating place along Abada Street near Ateneo—burned down yesterday. I haven't verified it, though. The Inq7 website didn't carry that news item today, and I'm too lazy to go to Abada and see for myself. It'd be sad if the news were true. I ate there a few times last year. They had affordable beer, good food, a nice ambiance... And did I mention they had affordable beer?

Monday, January 12, 2004


I've decided to add to my New Year's pwamises. I will cut back on my drinking. Because I don't like the person I become when under the influence. I do stupid things; I say stuff I wouldn't have said while sober. I get into accidents. But that additional pwamis will have to wait—at least until after Mark and Syd's joint party this Saturday night, hehe. Sigh. It feels good to have something to look forward to on a uneventful day. Especially when the last few months have been a personal hell.

Thursday, January 8, 2004

Not An Itchyworm

My neck itched after I left the house this morning. I thought it was an allergy but then I remembered what I ate last: Purefoods canned sisig and rice. Nah,I can't be allergic to that. It was only when I reached the office that I discovered I wore my undershirt wrong. Nasa harap 'yung etiketa!

Ripped From Yay's

Out of what IMDB says are Top 250 Movies, I've seen the following:
001. The Godfather (1972) 002. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 003. The Godfather: Part II (1974) 004. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) 005. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 006. Schindler’s List (1993) 007. Casablanca (1942) 008. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 009. Seven Samurai (1954) 010. Star Wars (1977) 011. Citizen Kane (1941) 012. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) 013. Dr. Strangelove (1964) 014. Rear Window (1954) 015. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 016. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 017. Memento (2000) 018. The Usual Suspects (1995) 019. Pulp Fiction (1994) 020. North by Northwest (1959) 021. Amelie (2001) 022. Psycho (1960) 023. 12 Angry Men (1957) 024. Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 025. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) 026. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 027. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) 028. Goodfellas (1990) 029. American Beauty (1999) 030. Vertigo (1958) 031. Sunset Blvd. (1950) 032. The Matrix (1999) 033. Apocalypse Now (1979) 034. The Pianist (2002) 035. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 036. Some Like It Hot (1959) 037. Taxi Driver (1976) 038. Once Upon a Time in The West (1968) 039. The Third Man (1949) 040. Paths of Glory (1957) 041. Fight Club (1999) 042. Spirited Away (2001) 043. Das Boot (1981) 044. Double Indemnity (1944) 045. L.A. Confidential (1997) 046. Chinatown (1974) 047. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) 048. Requiem for a Dream (2000) 049. The Maltese Falcon (1941) 050. M (1931) 051. All About Eve (1950) 052. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) 053. Se7en (1995) 054. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 055. Saving Private Ryan (1998) 056. Raging Bull (1980) 057. City of God (2002) 058. Rashomon (1950) 059. The Wizard of Oz (1939) 060. The Sting (1973) 061. Alien (1979) 062. American History X (1998) 063. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 064. Leon: The Professional (1994) 065. Life is Beautiful (1997) 066. Touch of Evil (1958) 067. The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 068. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 069. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) 070. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) 071. The Great Escape (1963) 072. A Clockwork Orange (1971) 073. Reservoir Dogs (1992) 074. Amadeus (1984) 075. Annie Hall (1977) 076. Jaws (1975) 077. Ran (1985) 078. On the Waterfront (1954) 079. Modern Times (1936) 080. Braveheart (1995) 081. High Noon (1952) 082. The Apartment (1960) 083. The Sixth Sense (1999) 084. Fargo (1996) 085. Aliens (1986) 086. The Shining (1980) 087. Strangers on a Train (1951) 088. Blade Runner (1982) 089. Metropolis (1927) 090. Duck Soup (1933) 091. Finding Nemo (2003) 092. Donnie Darko (2001) 093. The General (1927) 094. Toy Story 2 (1999) 095. The Princess Bride (1987) 096. City Lights (1931) 097. Run Lola Run (1998) 098. The Great Dictator (1940) 099. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) 100. The Seventh Seal (1957) 101. Notorious (1946) 102. Full Metal Jacket (1987) 103. Cinema Paradiso (1989) 104. Rebecca (1940) 105. Princess Mononoke (1997) 106. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 107. The Big Sleep (1946) 108. The Graduate (1967) 109. Manhattan (1979) 110. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) 111. It Happened One Night (1934) 112. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) 113. Patton (1970) 114. The Searchers (1956) 115. The Deer Hunter (1978) 116. Glory (1989) 117. The Bicycle Thief (1948) 118. The Philadelphia Story (1940) 119. Yojimbo (1961) 120. The African Queen (1951) 121. Bringing Up Baby (1938) 122. Forrest Gump (1994) 123. Ben-Hur (1959) 124. Cool Hand Luke (1967) 125. The Green Mile (1999) 126. Shrek (2001) 127. Talk to Her (2002) 128. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) 129. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) 130. Unforgiven (1992) 131. Stalag 17 (1953) 132. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) 133. The Grapes of Wrath (1940) 134. Gone with the Wind (1939) 135. The Night of the Hunter (1955) 136. The Wild Bunch (1969) 137. The Straight Story (1999) 138. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 139. A Christmas Story (1983) 140. The Elephant Man (1980) 141. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 142. The Hustler (1961) 143. Platoon (1986) 144. Young Frankenstein (1974) 145. Back to the Future (1985) 146. His Girl Friday (1940) 147. Die Hard (1988) 148. Grand Illusion (1937) 149. Monsters, Inc. (2001) 150. Amores Perros (2000) 151. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 152. Almost Famous (2000) 153. The Gold Rush (1925) 154. Spartacus (1960) 155. The Conversation (1974) 156. Charade (1963) 157. Life of Brian (1979) 158. Gladiator (2000) 159. The Celebration (1998) 160. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) 161. Wild Strawberries (1957) 162. Being John Malkovich (1999) 163. Battleship Potemkin (1925) 164. Magnolia (1999) 165. Sling Blade (1996) 166. Witness for the Prosecution (1957) 167. Toy Story (1995) 168. The Insider (1999) 169. Roman Holiday (1953) 170. Mulholland Dr. (2001) 171. A Night at the Opera (1935) 172. Brazil (1985) 173. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) 174. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) 175. All the President’s Men (1976) 176. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) 177. The Exorcist (1973) 178. The 400 Blows (1959) 179. To Be or Not to Be (1942) 180. Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 181. The Killing (1956) 182. Lost in Translation (2003) 183. Mystic River (2003) 184. Ed Wood (1994) 185. The Terminator (1984) 186. Red (1994) 187. Adaptation (2002) 188. Nosferatu (1922) 189. Stand by Me (1986) 190. Twelve Monkeys (1995) 191. Dog Day Afternoon (1975) 192. Harvey (1950) 193. This Is Spinal Tap (1984) 194. The Right Stuff (1983) 195. Gandhi (1982) 196. Trainspotting (1996) 197. Network (1976) 198. Midnight Cowboy (1969) 199. The Lion in Winter (1968) 200. Miller’s Crossing (1990) 201. Minority Report (2002) 202. Hero (2002) 203. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) 204. The Others (2001) 205. Rain Man (1988) 206. Laura (1944) 207. Groundhog Day (1993) 208. Stagecoach (1939) 209. 8 1/2 (1963) 210. Snatch (2000) 211. King Kong (1933) 212. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 213. The 39 Steps (1935) 214. Traffic (2000) 215. La Strada (1954) 216. The Untouchables (1987) 217. Rio Bravo (1959) 218. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) 219. Henry V (1989) 220. Whale Rider (2002) 221. The Big Lebowski (1998) 222. Beauty and the Beast (1991) 223. All About My Mother (1999) 224. Joan of Arc (1928) 225. In the Heat of the Night (1967) 226. The Thin Man (1934) 227. The Killer (1989) 228. Planet of the Apes (1968) 229. Good Will Hunting (1997) 230. Fantasia (1940) 231. Being There (1979) 232. Red River (1948) 233. Clerks (1994) 234. A Beautiful Mind (2001) 235. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 236. Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 237. M*A*S*H* (1970) 238. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 239. Road to Perdition (2002) 240. The Man Who Would Be King (1975) 241. The Quiet Man (1952) 242. Sleuth (1972) 243. X2: X-Men United (2003) 244. JFK (1991) 245. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) 246. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) 247. Heat (1995) 248. The Sweet Hereafter (1997) 249. The Birds (1963) 250. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
So that's all of the top 10, 18 of the 25, 26 of the 50, 44 of the 100, 59 of the 150, and 85 of the top 250. I still have a long way to go.

Monday, January 5, 2004

I Am Bach

Last night someone stoned the bus I was riding. The stone broke through the glass window and hit a little girl. Fortunately there was a curtain that absorbed most of the impact. To her credit, the girl didn't cry. Maybe she was in shock.

It took a while before the bus driver realized what had happened. By then we had traveled at least half a kilometer; there was no chance of apprehending the culprit.

Some passengers had to shake glass shards out of their hair, their clothes, and their luggage. All those who were asleep woke up.

Good thing there was some packaging tape on board. They put a crude, McGyver-type bandage on the hole using a piece of cardboard.

I was in college the last time something similar happened. The conductor didn't cover the hole so for the rest of the trip, every time we hit a bump or a pothole the glass cracked some more until it shattered.

Friday, January 2, 2004


This will be my 25th year on this rock. I get this nagging feeling I should start acting my age. And soon. So this year I'll attempt the following: 1. Gain weight. Or lop off a few inches to hit my ideal height-weight ratio. 2. Be organized. I'll start with making my bed every morning. 3. Get a career. I've given my friends enough head start. 4. Play more. It'll do my body a lot of good. 5. Avoid fashion don'ts. Like wearing my heart on my sleeve.