Friday, October 31, 2008

At Last My Twilight Paperback

At Last My Twilight PaperbackBefore the Twilight mania, I've already seen the "apple" book on several bookstores but I also had an ebook during that time so I decided to read it first to see if its as good as advertised.

And it is.

So I found myself going back and forth to National Bookstores & Powerbooks branches but the paperback version of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight is sold out! I found it ironic that I had to sign up for book reservation while weeks ago, the apple book was lying on those bookshelves flashing the apple to get my attention.

When I accompanied my sister at Trinoma last Wednesday, I thought of dropping by at National to see if a Twilight paperback is finally available. To my delight, there's a pile of it in the corner shelf, but its the movie version, no more apple. Another good thing is its discounted, it costs me 215 pesos.

A hard to find item, check!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Switch from Ipod Classic to Touch

The Switch from Ipod Classic to Touch
I bought my iPod Classic last Dec 30, 2008 and now after 10 months I finally made the switch and bought a 16gb iPod Touch. Actually, during that time the 1st generation of iPod touch was already released but it only comes in 8gb so I opted to buy the 80 gb iPod video.

Since I already have a wifi access at home, I decided that its convenient to finally switch from classic to touch. And I'm loving it!

The touch screen functionality, wifi (thus internet access), bigger screen for watching videos & gaming compensates to limited memory- compared to 80gb. And it will limit the skip in playlist because I had to really choose the songs, although 14.5 gb is still 14.5 gb.

Buying an iPod touch will not end the expenses because I had to buy a leather case, silicon and avail for a Gmask service.

I'm still in the getting to know my gadget phase and I'll have to test how long the battery will last.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Missing Spark

After winning their first two games, against Sta Lucia and Air21, Ginebra Kings is now on a 3 game losing streak. Do we need to push the panic button now? Oh well, its a great thing that they've already won 2 games, this is a better start compared to last season's 0-5 start(then they ended up as champions).

I wish Mark Caguioa can get better and heal his injuries ASAP. These days I can see MC daily because of the Top Power posters plastered in our area.

It's still early in the season and I believe in coach Jong's coaching style but it wouldn't hurt if Mark will be back ASAP. I miss his tandem with Helterbrand.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Better Ending, Right?

I'm a big fan of Asian entertainment. I've watched hundreds of movies and series combined and in between those, there's few, some are my favorites, where I want the female lead to end up with the other guy.

In the Taiwanese show that started it all - Meteor Garden. I really love Shan Cai to end up with Hua Ze Lei instead of Dao Ming Si. They have this great chemistry, plus Shan Cai's first love interest was Lei. Anyway her love story with Asi is really cute too before MG 2 were it was all sappy and messed up. Amnesia sucks!

In Why Why Love, Tong Jia Di should end up with Huo Yuan instead of Huo Da since Huo Da really liked the other girl from the start and Jia Di likes the manager.

On Japanese series
Ashiya should've ended up with Nakatsu instead of Sano in Hana Kimi(Japan). Nakatsu is too funny and he even really loved her even while knowing he's a boy.

In Hana Yori Dango, Makino and Rui should've ended together instead of Tsukasa. They're a cute couple. Matsumoto can end up with Seriously Lei and Rui's character deserves Shan Cai & Makino. But the sad thing is they both missed their chance and ended up alone in both adaptation.

Korean series - Eun Hye's series
Eun Chan and Han Seong instead of Han Kyul in Coffee Prince. Han Seong treated her well and they have those sweet but not cheesy moments with their dog.

In Princess Hours, Chae gyung and Yul instead of Shin because I wanted Yul for myself. Seriously Chae Cyung have suffered so much because of Shin, I just want him to realize how he loves her then snatch her away from Yul. Yul's character is cool in the start of the series but ended up annoying.

That's my rant but I love it all just the same.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Name Game

List ng nicknames ko 
*mei*  general nickname para sa mga kaclose, bagong kakilala, etc
*meie* emphasis on last 'e' nick kapag kausap sila angie at katie
*meimei* tawag sa kin nila jelots, matt, kayee at kada k
*mei ling* pet name sa kin nila mare, pare, ex pare at kirk
*mei rose* tawag ni andrei, kelangan buo at pasigaw
*rosa* tawag ni ismael hahaha
*memeitawag ng mga kaclose na blockmates
*mementawag ng mga pinsan na bulol
*mae/maymga badtrip na wrong spelling
*mastertawag ni runiebunnyhunie , saimon, atbp tinatamad buo-in ang mastermemei
*mastermemei* online alterego
*mits* tawag ni tita jinky
*mitch* tawag ni daddy
*ate mei* tawag ng mga kapatid, pinsan, barkada ng mga kapatid, at lower batchmates tulad ni tin, coleen, shanel, yun tuloy pati crush ko na lower year nakiki-ate
*hoy meitawag nila sarie, roxy, pam followed by the phrase musta ka na
*ma mei* tawag ng mga nangaasar
*mam mei* tawag na mga sobrang galang na trainee, mga kuya at guard
*ms. mei* sosyal! tawag ng mga kashift sa am
*rosa galang* hahaha ang pangit! tawag sa kin ni jpaopao a.k.a. keso
*nigga* wut!!! nick sa kin ni jp
*mamsie* nick sa kin ni james kase anak ko daw siya! 
*wifey* kakakilabot, may ganito, kabataan nga naman :p
*HiC* alterego ko sa aming rap group, wutttt!!!
*m - i -  e in the place to be!* another alterego sa aming rap group haha
*friend * nick namin nila marian, danne & cherry 
*gurlfriend, meanie, sissie, bessie* tawagan namin nila jessie & jonah
*mare* tawagan namin ni isler
*dearest mei* salutation ni yraz sa email
*hey, b!tch* but I ain't your bitch! tawag sa kin nung tech dati :p
*nuni* korean word for sister, nick namin ng nuni kong si yoyin
*mary rose* tawag ng mga di makabigkas ng mei rose
*me rose* tawag ng mga di makabigkas ng mei rose

edit ko na lang pag may naalala pa ako

Friday, October 17, 2008

Between being broke & having a FAT bank account

I've been broke.

I've been through tough money times when I'll just have 100 or 200 pesos on the day before the salary comes. That could've happened 4-5 times especially during the time that I have 2 credit card bills to pay. I finally came to a realization that this could not be happening since

A. I live with my parents
B. I get to keep my whole salary, I only chip in for broadband bill, which is a luxury
C. I'll end up empty handed when I suddenly get fired or something
D. My parents expect me to have a FAT bank account since they don't meddle with my money

Then I thought , where have I spent my money?

After graduating college, I opened a bank account and saved the money my parents gave me for my birthday but I ended up maxing it all. I didn't went to a shopping spree but I used it while job hunting and to survive 3 months of low paying but enjoyable training.

When I transferred to another company, my first six months is a drought. I have to contribute monthly for the car and automatic savings that I'll get after resignation – with night outs in between. By June 07, I have credit card bill for the laptop that I purchased, thank goodness my parents helped me in paying for it. By October 07, I got myself another monthly bill for my braces & broadband service. By January 2008, 2 months before I finish paying for my laptop, I got another credit card bill for my iPod. By July I finished my credit card obligations leaving me with broadband service, braces, cellphone postpaid monthly bills.

Another reason why I can't save up much is my attitude. I have the tendency to shop for little things every now and then, mostly on food, trips to salon, gimik expenses toiletries, clothes, shoes or bags. If I'll add up my daily little expenses, i could say that I splurge at least 3 grand a month on random things. It doesn't help that I had to pass Galleria or Megamall to reach my bus stop.

Then I though I should stop and save up for bigger things and uh the future. Skipping my frappe, eating lunch at home can really save me money in the long run. I want a proper balance because I don't want to deprive myself NOW for a better FUTURE. There should be a thin line that I have to avoid crossing to have a hefty savings and a pretty good lifestyle.

On the 24th month that I'm working, technically 27th but I don't count my 3 months web designer stint, I finally came into my senses and opened a new bank account.

I started REALLY saving up on August but I ended up using it for all the expenses for getting my passport. For September I saved enough for my supposedly first trip abroad but I canceled it thinking that I don't like the thought hat I'll be able to do that, splurge abroad and be broke afterwards.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

101st post - Realizations over a Mocha Frappe

A girls got to indulge on a her Mocha frappe fix right? A trip to Starbucks to read a book over a venti of coffee is also a great time to observe other people who walk in and out of the store.

Sometimes I tend to zone out myself from the surroundings, taking time to notice everything. I live a busy life with all my to do list, schedule, work, books to read, family and friends get together, basketball games or TV series to watch. Busy people like me have a tendency to do things by schedule and just realize the days or months that have passed by without getting to do what we wanted to do. We are not robots so its not a sin to breathe and notice what a lovely weather it is, scan the sea of faces as we cross the street or to simply smile to people around us.

Being monotonous and acting by a schedule is like sleepwalking through the day. I see life as a journey and every day makes up this journey so it wouldn't hurt to indulge in little delights around us and the road that we take.

It doesn't have tro be a big drastic change, it could be as simple as changing your routine to go to work, trying out different foods or ordering a different coffee

Take time today and stop and smell your frappe.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ginebra wins the Fiesta Cup Rematch

So what are you supposed to do when you're undermaned? Losing major players because of injuries? As if the loss of Caguioa, Reavis, Mamaril were not enough, Menk is back on injured list.

Coach Jong Uichico's strategy is to keep the game close and try to steal the game on the final stretch. Ginebra is playing with all heart and under a coach with a good game plan. His men followed that to a tee as the kings managed to keep within striking distance to Air21 then with three minutes remaining, Cabatu shot 2 three pointers then Tubid added another three to extend their lead to 11. They also maintained pretty good defense to limit Air21 to scoring only 2 points in the remaining 3 minutes of the game.

The best player of the game is Junjun Cabatu, who had a career high of 23 points. Basically its a team effort, Helterbrand started and finished the game hot, key contributions from Artadi, Tubid, Valenzuela, Crisano, Pacana who all chipped in for offensive contributions.

The final score is 101-92. Its fun to watch the kings without any pressure^.^

Alternative Weekend Boobtube

I'm currently saving up so aside from reading books, I spend my weekends watching TV. Yes, I'm boring indeed lol

PBA games of course!

QTV 11 (Saturday)
  • The Beat hosted by Miriam Quiambao.
  • One Proud Mama by Jaya. Behind ever successful offspring is a proud mom.
  • Proudly Filipina by Charlene Gonzales. Features inspiring Filipinas soaring high in different fields.
  • Livin it Up. What's hot or not in upper Manila
  • House life. Tessa Prieto Valzed features beautiful homes & makeovers. Wow Tristan Javellana is a segment host. My high school friends and I used to drool on him and his McDo commercial.
  • True Confections. Makes me crave for Desserts.
  • Talentadong Pinoy hosted by Ryan Agoncillo. Its hilarious and outrageous
  • Lipgloss
QTV 11 (Sunday)
  • Balikbayan. Celebrities homecoming with Drew Arellano
  • Chef to Go. I wish I can marry a chef, or husband can provide me a cook or simply just looks like Chef Rob lol

  • Love books presents.
  • Rakista.

Stephanie Meyer's Twilight

Twilight's summary from Wikipedia

Isabella "Bella" Swan moves from sunny Phoenix, Arizona to rainy Forks, Washington to live with her father, Charlie. She chooses to do this so that her mother, Renée, can travel with her new husband, Phil Dwyer, who is a minor league baseball player. In Phoenix she was a bit of an outcast, so it surprises her that she attracts much attention at her new school and is quickly befriended by several students. Much to her dismay, several boys in the school, namely Mike Newton and Eric Yorkie, compete for shy Bella's attention.

When Bella sits next to Edward Cullen in class on her first day of school, Edward seems utterly repulsed by her. He even attempts to change his schedule to avoid her,
leaving Bella completely puzzled about his attitude towards her. After tricking a family friend, Jacob Black of the Quileute tribe, into telling her the local tribal legends, Bella concludes that Edward and his family are vampires. Although she was inexplicably attracted to him even when she thought Edward drank human blood, she is much relieved to learn that the Cullens choose to abstain from drinking human blood, and drink animal blood instead. Over time, Edward and Bella fall in love. Their foremost problem is that to Edward, Bella's scent is a hundred times more potent than any other human's, making Edward struggle to resist his desire to kill her. However, despite this, Edward and Bella manage to stay together safely for a time.

The seemingly perfect state of their relationship is thrown into chaos when another vampire coven sweeps into Forks and James, a tracker vampire, decides that he wants to hunt Bella for sport. The Cullens plan to distract the tracker by splitting up Bella and Edward, and Bella is sent to hide in a hotel in Phoenix. Bella then gets a
phone call from James in which he says that he has her mother, and Bella is forced to give herself up to James at her old dance studio, where he attacks her. Edward, along with the rest of the Cullen family, rescue Bella before James can kill her. Once they realize that James has bitten Bella's hand, Edward sucks the venom out of her system before it can spread and change her into a vampire. Upon returning to Forks, Bella and Edward attend their prom and Bella expresses her desire to become a vampire, which Edward refuses to let happen.

My thoughts about Stephanie Meyer's Twilight

Reading Twilight feels like reading chick lits or those romance novels but the twist is a vampire is the male lead (Edward Cullen) while Bella Swan, the female lead is not a damsel in distress. I say this in a positive note and I can almost say that it breaks genres, I guess teenagers and the young at hearts (adults) can embrace this book.

Twilight is long but it made me excited to finish it in two sitting - by chapter 20 I realized I need to sleep because I am not like the Cullens.

The story is told from Bella's perspective so all the characters were described based on how she felt on understood them. Maybe I should rephrase my description of Bella that she is not a damsel in distress type because she's an accident magnet, but she's not a goody two shoes type. She has a lot of excess baggage, she felt different and independent because of her family background. Its interetsing how she described everyone around her.

Twilight is told in a simple way, what made it complex is the characters who got involved with Bella. Her romance with Edward is funny and sad at the same time, its funny how they fight but sad how they can't just date like other teenagers yet they wont give up on their relationship. Then because of complications of dashing Edward being a vampire, the story revolved on saving Bella's threatened life.

Twilight gives me a different excitement in every flip of the page, wondering what's next to unfold. This november a film adaptation will come out and I hope they'll give justice to what I've imagined of Bella, Edward, Charlie, the Cullens and the whole Forks.
Thumbs up! =)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Wounded Ginebra Kings upsets SLR

The wounded Brgy Ginebra Kings did it again!

Nobody expected them to win against a solid and complete Sta Lucia Realtors - I'm guilty of this too but they showed their trademark Never Say Die attitude. I was thinking they'll have a slow start in first round of KFC All Filipino cup since they have a lot of injured main players in
Caguioa, Reavis (both still recuperating in the US) and Valenzuela. Plus they haven't got any major movements in the line up, the only addition in the king's roster is Jun Jun Cabatu and reactivated Mike Holper.

The final score is 89 - 86, a come from behind win by Ginebra with Paul Artadi named as best player of the game.

Good start! I miss Chris Alexander but I'm happy for him since he recently signed a 2 year contract with Oklahoma=)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Dip into Twilight Mania

Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" book was first published four years ago but since a movie adaptation will be out soon, it has created a lot of buzz to excite old and new fans.

Twilight is based on the story of seventeen-year-old Isabella Swan who fell in love with a brooding vampire Edward Cullen.

I got myself a copy of the book and I'll start reading it later. I'm not really into bandwagon, haven't read any of the HP books but I'm interested in this series. Although I've heard comments from guys and girls that its cheesy. That's for me to find out.

Monday, October 06, 2008

PBA's 34th Season Opening Weekend

First things first, PBA is now televised on CS9 & BTV as Solar Sports acquired the rights to cover the games.

Good thing they kept the opening ceremony - even the speeches by commissioner & governor - short and sweet. Makisig Morales as the host is too cute, you'll just smile and forgive his misread spiel.

I always look forward on the customary parade of teams, its a chance to see their lineups after a grueling season break acquisitions, wondering how the old reliables will blend with new recruits. I bet guys look forward more on seeing the muses - Coke's muse Pokwang with a big tansan as head dress & Ruffa Mae Quinto as Snow White with seven dwarves stole the show from Brazilian models. For second straight season, Iwa Moto is Ginebra's muse, maybe because she's proactive. I've seen her watching the games live and was even present on the victory party – which I failed to attend because I don't have any stub :( and that's another blog entry

The first game was between Talk & Text & Coca Cola

Its always fun to watch the improved Asi go against his former team. TNT paraded their 6 recruits, the 2 rookies that I remember are Dilinger and Castro. Dilinger is a great fit to the 4 position left by Jay Washington who was traded to SMB. Castro is a great backup pointguard to Alapag.

TNT won the game via a technical FT and Asi missing to release the shot seconds earlier. It was funny how Cardona & Asi were scoffing if the shot should be counted.

Solomon overshadows Norwood

I can't see why they say Solomon and Mercado are Welcoat's version of Ginebra's Fast & the Furious tandem they should be compared to SLR's Williams & Reyes tandem. Norwood is a forward, with playing style that can be compared to Arwind Santos. Anyway they are an exciting guard – forward duo to watch out for. I'm really impressed with Solomon Mercado who scored 19 of 29 points in the first half. No wonder Welcoat, now Rain or Shine, moved mountains (read: last year's number 1 pick Joe de Vance shipped to Alaska) to get him. He was dubbed as a player in Mark Caguioa's prototype - meaning explosive player, scoring machine, can and will take over a game at will. I'm looking forward to their match up but I hope MC47 is healed by that time, he's still undergoing therapy for his injuries. Anyway, I do hope Solomon is no one game wonder – Cabagnot was also compared to MC in his rookie year but to no avail.

Meanwhile Norwood, 2008 #1 draft pick didn't show anything spectacular, maybe that's his game laid back but effective.

It was an intense game with 3 players from Air21, Santos, Arboleda & Homer Se thrown out of the game. Rain or Shine started the Philippine Cup with an impressive win or Air 21.

As for my favorite team, I'm not expecting much in the early round since most players are injured again. Here's Ginebra's game schedule:

Brgy Ginebra Kings Game Schedule

Oct 08 (Wed) 7:30pm Sta Lucia vs Ginebra Araneta Coliseum
Oct 12 (Sun) 6:30pm Ginebra vs Air21 Araneta Coliseum
Oct 19 (Sun) 6:30pm Ginebra vs Red Bull Araneta Coliseum
Oct 22 (Wed) 7:30pm San Miguel vs Ginebra Araneta Coliseum
Oct 26 (Sun) 6:30pm Purefoods vs Ginebra Araneta Coliseum
Nov 02 (Sun) 6:30pm Ginebra vs Alaska Araneta Coliseum
Nov 05 (Wed) 7:30pm Rain or Shine vs Ginebra Araneta Coliseum
Nov 08 (Sat) 2:30pm(?) Ginebra vs Coca Cola Lucena City
Nov 12 (Wed) 7:30pm Talk N Text vs Ginebra Cuneta Astrodome
Nov 16 (Sun) 4:00pm Ginebra vs Purefoods Cuneta Astrodome
Nov 21 (Fri) 7:30pm Red Bull vs Ginebra Cuneta Astrodome
Nov 27 (Thu) 3:00pm(?) Ginebra vs Coca Cola Olivarez College Gym
Nov 30 (Sun) 4:00pm San Miguel vs Ginebra Ynares Center
Dec 05 (Fri) 5:00pm Ginebra vs Air21 Ynares Center
Dec 07 (Sun) 6:30pm Sta Lucia vs Ginebra Cuneta Astrodome
Dec 13 (Sat) 5:00pm Alaska vs Ginebra Cagayan de Oro City
Dec 17 (Wed) 5:00pm Ginebra vs Rain or Shine Araneta Coliseum
Dec 25 (Thu) 5:30pm Ginebra vs Talk N Text TBA