Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Project Exodus: August 2003

In a previous post I asked whether it would be good to transfer the entries from my old blog to this one. I even put up a poll to help decide the matter. Well, the people have spoken, so from hereon out I will be resurrecting my old blog entries. I will re-post them in batches, according to the months they were originally posted. For now, here are the posts from August 2003. At the time my blog was called Counting Down To Five. And though I couldn’t resist making spelling and capitalization corrections, these posts are pretty much as I originally wrote them, down to the dates and times. Enjoy.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Countdown: Three Things I Do Everyday

1. Sleep on my stomach 2. Play "Pokermillion The Masters - Texas Hold Em" on my phone 3. Hum the theme from "Hawaii Five-O"

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Project Real Mail: Light Bulb Moment

This past Wednesday there was a sudden shower at quitting time. I didn't have an umbrella so I decided to wait out the rain in SM. I ended up in Booksale; it's been a while since I adopted an orphaned book. Thirty minutes later I walked out with three: The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, Small Vices by Robert B. Parker, and Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The total damage? Sixty-five pesos. I practically skipped my way out of there. When I opened the Parker book at home I found a sticker with the previous owner's name. There was also a Benicia, California address. It gave me an idea for a small project: write the previous owner. I intend to ask how the book ended up halfway around the world. Who knows, maybe the previous owner still lives at the same address. At best, I'll get a reply. At worst, I'll have material for a blog post or two.

Five Hundred And First

Tonight's top story:
On 25 October 2008, at 2:26:10 a.m. Philippine time, The Past and the Spurious welcomed its 501st visitor.
And now, some words from our sponsors.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

411 On Legs

For the second time in two weeks, I was stopped during my morning walk to the office by people asking for directions. Last week there were three middle-aged ladies looking for the Victory Bus terminal. Yesterday it was a man looking for the way to Teachers Camp. In all likelihood it's just coincidence. Or maybe because I seem approachable. But I'd like to think that at last, I'm starting to look like I'm from around here.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Have Book, Will Read

The semester has come and gone. I had access to a library yet I didn't borrow a thing aside from textbooks. How... sad. Growing up, the reading itch was easy to scratch. My grade school had a small reading room full of folk tale books. After dismissal I'd read for a few minutes until I finished everything. At home there was an encyclopedia set waiting. I think I read that sucker from A to Z. I had access to a larger collection in high school–heavy reading like Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Bobbsey Twins. I also read some Clancy, Ludlum, and Forsythe. That's when I got my populist taste. I always made it to the library's list of top borrowers. In college I filled up a lot of library cards. Whenever I hit the maximum number a student can take home I dragged my boardmates to the Circulation Section and put the books on their cards. My eyesight went downhill from there.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mo-pho: Boy At The Rock Show

This is a mobile phone photo from the last concert I ever attended.

Photo taken with my trusty Sony Ericsson K600i.

It's not very clear, but that's The Dawn onstage. The gig was at the Marikina Riverpark way back in 2007. Or was it 2006?

I remember they put on a great show. Afterwards my companions and I spoke and took pictures with bassist Buddy Zabala backstage. Good times all around.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I See A Feeding Frenzy

When it rains, it pours.
Ateneo, UP rise in 2008 world university rankings
By Kris Danielle Suarez

Two local universities, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and the University of the Philippines (UP), saw their rankings rise in The Times Higher Education - QS (THE-QS) World University Rankings 2008, a leading global ranking of higher education institutions.

In the overall rankings released Monday, Ateneo rose from number 451 in 2007 to number 254 this year, while UP rose from 398 last year to 276.

The THE-QS World University Rankings are based on data gathered in the following categories: peer academic review, recruiter review, international faculty ratio, international student ratio, student-faculty ratio, and research citations per faculty.

Ateneo had an overall score of 48.0 out of 100, up from 30.8 last year, while UP posted a 45.9 overall score, up from 34.7 last year.

But what's this I see, Ateneo outranked UP? If that's not chum in the water, I don't know what is. Monitor the local Interwebs, people. This is going to get bloody.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Project Exodus: Toss Coin

Some of the regulars here would remember that this is my second attempt at blogging. The first blog began in late 2003. I renamed it two or three times. At first I blogged in English, switched to Filipino, then went back to English. I also tinkered with the template quite often. Finally I got bored and shut it down in mid-2006. Flash-forward to 2008. My semester's over and I have a little extra time on my hands. I'm toying with migrating the posts from the old blog to this one. Should I? Do me a solid, guys, and take the poll in the sidebar.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Countdown: Five Things I'm Afraid Of

1. Drowning 2. Palakol grades 3. Dying old 4. Snakes 5. The intro to "Silent All These Years"

Friday, October 10, 2008

Not In And Loving It*

Why is it that I can't stick my head out the window, throw a five-peso coin in the direction of the local main street, and not hit a person wearing one of these? Looks like I missed another memo. But it's all good; I can't rock the Arafat look, anyway. *Disclaimer: This was written by someone who wears camo pants to school, even if he's not a member of the Armed Forces. But at least he was able to use it for airsoft. Once.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Newspaper Trail

When reading a newspaper I go to the sports section first. After that I read the entertainment, lifestyle, and business sections. The front page I leave for last. Typical, you might think, but you would be wrong. That order has less to do with being a guy than with force of habit. I started reading newspapers in the late 80s. Ever since the 'rents had dibs on the front page; everyone else had to wait for them to finish. Thus, the ingrained back-to-front reading. The Philippine Daily Inquirer is my broadsheet of choice. If it isn't available I don't buy a paper at all. That came from the 'rents as well. And besides, PDI's blue and white have been my school colors since nursery. I'm loyal and/or Pavlovian.

Monday, October 6, 2008

UAAP Season 71: Bonfire Of The Insanities

This morning I got the surprise of my life when I opened this e-mail:
Three days ago, photos of wooden planks bearing the names of the DLSU Green Archers stuffed together with those to be used for the Victory bonfire last Tuesday, 30 September were circulated on the Internet. To set the record straight, Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, SJ sent a letter of apology to Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC of De La Salle University last Thursday, 2 October 2008 . The second letter is from Mr. Jessie Paredes, HS'54, AB'58.

- The Office of University Development & Alumni Relations

Letter of Fr. Nebres, SJ to Bro. Luistro, FSC

2 October 2008

De la Salle University System
2401 Taft Avenue

Re: Ateneo Bonfire

Dear Bro. Armin,

I would like to extend my deepest apology to you and to the La Sallian community for what some alumnus or student did at the Ateneo Bonfire, namely, write the names of the La Salle players on the wood. Unfortunately, none of us saw it ahead of time, because the wood pile was covered by a tarp against the rain until the time came to light it.

Despite our rivalries in sports, we are both committed to Christian values and what was done is certainly a violation of values we share.

Once again, my deepest apologies to you and to the La Sallian community. We are trying to find out who is responsible for the act.

Sincerely yours,


Letter of Mr. Paredes to Fr. Nebres

3 October 2008

Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, SJ
Ateneo de Manila University

Dear Fr. Nebres,

I write this letter for two reasons. The first one is to own up to producing the materials with the names of the Green Archers and placing them prominently in the woodpile before the bonfire for all to see.

Secondly, I sincerely apologize to you for the queasy situation you are in as a result of the backlash it created.

While the nature of this letter is a personal apology to you, please feel free to extend it to parties you may deem fit to receive it.


Jesse Paredes
HS'54, AB'58
Man oh man oh man. What a colossal bummer!
Ateneo apologizes over bonfire incident
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—A recent Ateneo bonfire celebration has added fuel to the varsity animosity between the Blue Eagles and the De La Salle University Green Archers, prompting an apology from top officials of the Loyola-based school.

Ateneo de Manila University president Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, SJ, recently apologized to the La Sallian community for an irreverent incident during the bonfire on the Ateneo campus last Sept. 30 to celebrate the UAAP championship won by the Eagles at the expense of the Archers.

Some of the firewood used at the bonfire had the names of the entire La Salle roster bannered by JV Casio, Rico Maierhofer and coach Franz Pumaren.

Atty. Punzi has written eloquently on the matter, and I have only one word to add: Ditto.

Countdown: Six Things I Believe In

1. Tanduay Rum 5 years 2. David Letterman 3. Friends 4. San Miguel–the beer and the PBA team 5. St. Ignatius of Loyola 6. My grammar

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Incognito No More

Has anyone else tried Google's oldest available index? According to it, as late as 2001 I didn't exist on the World Wide Web. Back then you couldn't get hits based on my full name, my nicknames, or any other handle I've used for various online stuff. That's no longer true today. I'm not incognito. Damn you, cyberspace!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Render Unto Ceasar

Last night I was outside my classroom reading the school paper when the Dean came up to me. "Mr. Tibibord," he said. Dean is one of my teachers this semester so out of habit I stood up. "Good evening, sir," I said. "You don't have a class?" "All done, sir." "You know, Mr. Tibibord, you answer well." My cheeks grew warm. "Thank you, sir," I said. "But you must improve your handwriting." "Sir? It's too late to learn new tricks. I'm old." "No, you can still change your handwriting." "Oh. Okay, sir. I'll try my best." "Devise a new handwriting," he said again, and walked off. It took me a while to process that brief exchange. Had I just been insulted, complimented, or both?

Who's Pulpol Now?

Ooops. A day after I blogged about her, Jasmin Ouschan got eliminated. And by an unfortunately-last-named Filipino, too! This is so rich.
Pulpul stuns female pool star
By Musong R. Castillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—About the only thing not going Demosthenes Pulpul’s way at the World Ten Ball Championship is how much people are trying to find negativism in his name.

But the unheralded Filipino has been nothing but a picture of brilliance—although he needed luck before toppling blonde bombshell Jasmine Ouschan to reach the last 32 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City Thursday night.

The 23-year-old from Cagayan de Oro City prevailed in a long, tense and error-filled battle with the curvy Austrian, the women’s world No. 1, needing one lucky break late in the 17th frame to pull off a 9-8 victory and send Ouschan off the television table crying.

Congratulations, Demosthenes "Plong-Plong" Pulpul. I'm almost sure the hometown crowd was cheering against you.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

[Post 50] As The Ouschan Calls Your Name

The WPA World Ten Ball Championship is ongoing at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.

Unfortunately, the Philippines' top pool players like Efren "Bata" Reyes, Francisco "Django" Bustamante, Ronato Alcano, and Alex Pagulayan skipped the event so it's not as sold out as last November's WPA World Pool Championship held at the Araneta Coliseum.

But if there's anyone who will draw the crowds, it will be Jasmin Ouschan, the only woman still in contention.

[Photo taken from The Flexi-Rest website]

In Ouschan's official website I found the following short profile:
Name: Jasmin Ouschan
Birthday/-place: 10. January 1986 in Klagenfurt/Kärnten/Österreich
Family: Evelin & Albin (parents), Albin jun. (brother)
Nickname: Jassy
Color of hair: darkblond
Color of eye's: green
Sign of zodiac: Capricorn
Favorite color: blue
Music: a little bit of everything
Favorte food: italian, chinese food and Sushi
Favorite drinks: Ice-tea, Sprite
Hobbies: Sport/Fitness, Movies, fast cars
She had me at "blue."

[4 July 2009 Edit]

I forgot, this is my 50th entry since I started this blog in July 2008.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

UP 100 On The 100

Q: How can anyone spend this?

A: Easily!


The 100-peso UP Centennial Note was launched last June but I got hold of one only recently. Isn't it cool?

Too bad there can be no commemorative note to mark Ateneo's sesquicentennial in 2009. First, it's not a state university. Second, the Philippines doesn't have a 150-peso bill. For Ateneo's bicentennial in 2059 there's the Diosdado Macapagal 200-peso bill, but I probably won't be around for it.