Friday, December 31, 2010

Tibibord In A.D. 2010

What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?
I got a fauxhawk.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
To R+K a little star was born.

Did anyone close to you die?
Close close, none (knock on wood). Distant close (you know what I mean), author Robert B. Parker.

What countries did you visit?
None in real life.

What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
Speed reading and/or touch typing skills.

What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
10 May – For the first time in a long while, our immediate family was complete.

18 June – The Los Angeles Lakers won their second straight NBA championship.

21-22 August – My best weekend in 2010. Starting this year I will remember August 21 for a happy event and not as "the day Ninoy died." August 22 was a dope "Bang! Bang!" Sunday.

30 September – The Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles won their third straight UAAP championship.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Making it past 11:59:59 PM of 31 December 2010 with life and limb intact.

What was your biggest failure?
I couldn't make the schedules work.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, and I have scars to prove it.

What was the best thing you bought?
A pre-loved (pre-loved daw, o) hardcover first edition of A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking.

Whose behavior merited celebration?
My family.

Whose behavior appalled you and made you depressed?
I can't think of anyone who appalled me and made me depressed. But change that and to an or

Where did most of your money go?
Medicine. Public transport.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The handful of times family and friends went up the mountain.

What song/s will always remind you of 2010?
"Ang Huling El Bimbo." NU 107 signed off for good this year, and that E-Heads song was the FM station's (second to the) last song.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
a. Happier or sadder? Happier, kasi mababaw ang kaligayahan ko.
b. Thinner or fatter? I now need to wear a belt with my jeans so yeah, thinner.
c. Richer or poorer? It's a push.

What do you wish you'd done more of?
Sports or fitness activities.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Getting sick.

Did you fall in love in 2010?
No.

What was your favorite TV program?
It's a toss-up between NCIS and the UAAP Season 73 basketball telecasts.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope. That being said, there were things in the news that made me go, "Hmm, Chapter Eight, Title Ten, Book Two of the Revised Penal Code would be good right now."

What was the best book you read?
Edith Hamilton's Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. Prior to 2010 I've only read parts of it, and that was way back in college.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Katy Perry and her hook-filled songs. That may or may not be so sad.

What did you want and get?
Bragging rights courtesy of my favorite sports teams.

What did you want and not get?
More trips to Bicol and/or Metro Manila. Also, black leather shoes.

Favorite film of this year?
If that means "film that came out in 2010," it would be an easy choice since I only saw two, and I'm not not picking Iron Man 2.

If that means "film that I saw in 2010," it would be Star Trek.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I ate my own weight in spaghetti and fried chicken ('Lamat, TnB). And I'm still on the calendar.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If I had been able to make the schedules fit.

What/who kept you sane?
Out of necessity, me, myself, and I. Of course, it would've also been me, myself, and I who was responsible for any insanity in the first place.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I will only mention three or we'll be here all day: Kat Dennings in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Kristen Stewart in Adventureland, and Kaley Cuoco in The Big Bang Theory.

Who did you miss?
Family and friends in the lowlands.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Being ill sucks balls.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star…"

The most touching experience you’ve had this year?
I was asked to be a godparent, which fulfilled a half-forgotten—and most likely, drunken—college promise.

What did you hate most about yourself this year?
My maƱana habit.

What did you like most about yourself this year?
In early November I quit one of my oldest vices. No relapse so far.

Was 2010 a good year for you?
It wasn't bad, ergo it must have been good.

[Hat tip to The Transplant.]

Thursday, December 30, 2010

My 2010 In Books

These are the books I finished this year:
  • Paper Doll by Robert B. Parker
  • Inside the Cage: A Season at West 4th Street's Legendary Tournament by Wight Martindale Jr.
  • Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief by Bill Mason with Lee Gruenfeld
  • A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  • Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney
  • Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
  • Hundred-Dollar Baby by Robert B. Parker
  • Rough Weather by Robert B. Parker
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  • The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
  • The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  • Now & Then by Robert B. Parker
  • Hitting the Jackpot: The Inside Story of the Richest Indian Tribe in History by Brett D. Fromson
  • Live from Middle America: Rants from a Red-State Comedian by Brad Stine
  • Who Let the Blogs Out?: A Hyperconnected Peek at the World of Weblogs by Biz Stone
  • Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever by Don Haskins with Daniel Wetzel
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell
  • Widow's Walk by Robert B. Parker
  • Echo Park by Michael Connelly
  • The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
  • Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
  • The Choice by Bob Woodward
I beat last year's tally in quantity but not in quality—I didn't read a book that was deemed "classic." Also, there are no Filipino authors on my list this year. Those should be my points for improvement in 2011.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My 2010 In Movies

This year I saw the following films:
  • Kimmy Dora (Kambal sa Kiyeme) (2009)
  • Bedtime Stories (2008)
  • Forrest Gump (1994)
  • Avatar (2009)
  • The Invincible Iron Man (2007) (V)
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
  • As Good as It Gets (1997)
  • Notting Hill (1999)
  • Juno (2007)
  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Sex and the City (2008)
  • Burn After Reading (2008)
  • The House Bunny (2008)
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
  • Yes Man (2008)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
  • New Moon (2009)
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
  • The Hurt Locker (2008)
  • Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009)
  • National Treasure (2004)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • The Pianist (2002)
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
  • The Good German (2006)
  • Step Up 2: The Streets (2008)
  • Lost in Translation (2003)
  • Big Stan (2007)
  • When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Good Will Hunting (1997)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008)
  • Adventureland (2009)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • Taken (2008)
  • The Rocker (2008)
  • Angels & Demons (2009)
  • The Proposal (2009)
  • Funny People (2009)
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
  • White Men Can't Jump (1992)
  • Fever Pitch (2005)
  • Up (2009)
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
  • Watchmen (2009)
  • Big Daddy (1999)
  • The Hangover (2009)
  • Semi-Pro (2008)
Yes, of all the movies that were released in 2010 I was only able to catch two—and just one at a cinema.

Forgive me, Fr. Nick, for I have sinned.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fug Me: Christmas Choices Edition

This is how my hair looked like at 6:30 PM yesterday:

[Photo credit: E. Canale]

Half an hour or so later…bam!

[Photo credit: D. Cayabyab]

I'm excited to see how it will look like gelled.

Monday, December 20, 2010

There's A Picture, So It happened

It's always jarring to see players from other collegiate squads wearing Blue Eagle uniforms. In the recent Hong Kong tournament where the Ateneo-Adamson selection finished fourth, for instance, Alex Nuyles of the Soaring Falcons wore jersey No. 6, which has belonged to Ateneo's Emman Monfort for the past two years:

[Image grabbed from here.]

Similarly, Lester Alvarez wore Tonino Gonzaga's No. 7 while Eric Camson used Ryan Buenafe's No. 13. Jan Colina wore jersey No. 9, which no Blue Eagle has used in the past three UAAP seasons and perhaps even longer.

I wonder whose last names were actually written on the backs of those jerseys.

The last time I saw something similar was in 2004. In that year's UAAP-NCAA All-Star Showdown, DLSU Green Archer Mark Cardona donned an Ateneo warm-up jersey while Blue Eagle JC Intal wore a DLSU shirt.

Nice, Adamson

I may have been too harsh in a previous post. That's because Adamson, after losing to Ateneo in the PCCL finals, loaned some of its best players to reinforce the Blue Eagles in the recently-concluded 18th 3-D Gold Super Kung Sheung Cup.

With the PCCL win Ateneo earned the right to play in the Hong Kong tournament. But when some Blue Eagles weren't able to make the trip, head coach Norman Black drafted Alex Nuyles, Lester Alvarez, Jan Colina, and Eric Camson from rival Adamson. It was a nice gesture, yet inspired, too: Black, who will form a team of college players to represent the Philippines in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games, got a chance to evaluate those Falcons up close for possible inclusion in the national team.

Dubbed the "Blue Birds," the Ateneo-Adamson selection beat the Thai national team and Chinese team GCC Group before losing to Xin Cheng Holdings, another Chinese team. In the semifinals they lost to US team SCFA, the eventual tournament winner, then dropped their match for third place against the Hong Kong national team.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's All About The, Um, Ninoys

A few days ago the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas unveiled the new Philippine banknotes that will be circulated beginning this month.

[Image grabbed from here.]

I can't wait to get my hands on them. The 100-peso bill is easily my favorite since its reverse features Mayon Volcano and a butanding (whale shark). Go Bicol, ha ha!


[20 December Edit]

Whoa, it seems the new bills are error-filled. I wonder how that will affect the planned December rollout.


[21 December 2010 Edit]

Here is the BSP's official statement regarding the perceived errors. A BSP deputy governor has also been quoted as saying that the bills should be publicly available by Christmas. Their primer says as much.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Nice Try, Adamson

I see what you did there, Falcons.

PCCL 2010 Finals Game 3: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, Dec. 6, 2010
[Photo credit: Joseph Nebrida for Inboundpass.]

But there are things you just don't do. You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger, and you don't mess around with Slim.

You also don't show up the defending champs with statement shirts you can't back up. For that you get a Kirk Long-Nico Salva-Eric Salamat bitch slap and a Sandy Arespacochaga slow clap.

UAAP Season 73 Semi-finals: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, Sept. 19, 2010
[Photo credit: Diana Moraleda for Inboundpass.]

Now go enjoy the other meaning of "bluer than blue."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I'll Never Tire Of Seeing This

PCCL 2010 Finals Game 3: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs. Adamson Falcons, Dec. 6, 2010
[Photo credit: Joseph Nebrida for Inboundpass.]

The Ateneo Blue Eagles lost the University Games crown two months ago, but they bounced back and repeated as Philippine Collegiate Champions League champs. What a way to end another banner year for Ateneo basketball.
Ateneo Eagles keep soaring, cop PCCL title
Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—One more crown to cap another stellar season.

Kirk Long’s hot shooting kept Ateneo’s offensive machine humming in the second half and the Blue Eagles went on to down the Adamson Falcons, 73-67, yesterday to capture their second straight Philippine Collegiate Champions League title.

Near-perfect from three-point range, Long produced a game-high 25 points while tournament MVP Nico Salva also came up with big numbers in the winner-take-all Game 3 at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

“Maybe people are tired already of seeing us win, but we’re not,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black, after his three-time UAAP champions wrapped up the best-of-three title series with a second straight win.

Full story…
Thanks to DLSU the much-anticipated duel of 2010 UAAP and NCAA titlists Ateneo and San Beda didn't materialize in the PCCL, but a win is a win. The Manuel V. Pangilinan perpetual trophy will stay in Loyola Heights for a second straight year.

With their third PCCL win in four years the Blue Eagles extended the UAAP's domination of this tournament. All eight stagings have been won by UAAP squads. More importantly, the Blue Eagles are now the winningest team in PCCL history, just ahead of UE and FEU who each have two titles.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Yes, He Did

Huli ako sa balita as usual, but holy cow, ST won! That sonovagun's going to get his own TV cooking show, woo-hoo!



Of all the photos from that November 30 showdown I've seen so far, I like this candid shot of ST best. If in that picture he's doing what I think he's doing, the Jesuits of Xavier School will be mighty pleased.


[8 December 2010 Edit]

Here is a PEP.ph (!) account of how the November 30 showdown went. Shit just got real, ha ha!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Project Exodus: August 2005

Moses saw red and threw the stone tablets containing the Commandments at the idol that these posts from August 2005 made.