Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I've been a pink fan since high school. Not too much, though. But how can I resist when it is this kind of pink?

1) Nokia C3

I stumbled upon a new nokia phone which come in a lovely, unforgettable hot pink! *drooling already.

It sports a full QWERTY keyboard plus an Ovi mail (for easy emails) and Ovi chat. Called the Nokia C3, it boasts conversational SMS chat, so you can keep on top of your text dialogue and you’ll find your favourite contacts right there on the homescreen, where you’ll also see news and alerts. It also boasts wi-fi connectivity, tw0-mega pixel camera, 2.4-inch screen and support for up to 8GB of storage on a microSD card. Other colors inlcude golden white and slate gray. (nokia connectivity).. 

So, basically, I went to the mall to inquire about this nokia phone and well, I was quite surprised that it's not something too expensive with retail price of at most P8,000. How cool is that? Plus the most important feature that got me was this: "Get live Facebook and Twitter feeds right in your home screen" ~ ahaha. XD

I'm planning to buy one within this week. I hope this will push through. I uberly dig this. (oh please, money come to me already. Friday, why must you be sooo far? ***exag)

2) Pink Blazer

Blazers-slash-outerwears are my favorite clothing piece/s. Ergo, this Vanessa Bruno blazer would definitely make me wanna scream  "LOVE". iHEART. definitely. (although, I don't think i'll be able to buy this brand. but hey, i'll look for a perfect alternative).

3) Make Up Laptop

I'm a self-cconfessed net junkie. I spend hours everyday surfing the net doing anything. I live for facebook and twitter and online streaming. I update myself through reading online news. This definitely would want me to just stay online for more hours a day. *yes, there's a real make up, and a nail-art printer. plus the screen/monitor can turn into a mirror, literally. girly and HOT!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

We went to Dahilayan, Bukidnon to try their ziplines having experienced the ziplines of Camp Sabros in Digos City. Dahilayan has fewer ziplines so I guess it was kind of "bitin". I like the ziplines in Camp Sabros better. But Dahilayan has Zorbits, ATV's, Horseback riding and wall climbing, too.. I'll skip the comparison and contrast between the two since both have their unique attractions (i'll leave the Camp Sabros thing in another entry).

So here are some pictures from the trip.

The Pyramid Church, as I like to call it.
We attended the mass here before proceeding to Dahilayan.

Dahilayan Adventure Park boasts a 840-meter zipline!

The must-have Jumpshot!

MAIS (Corn) overload
We saw hectares of corn fields on the way.
 Ergo, these mais snacks while waiting for our rides.

Waiting for the others

The Harness Counter. Safety is a must! and well, we need them.

All geared up. Bring it on!

Ready for take off

And zzzooom we fly. =D

Kids' area. Playing around.
There's also a course around and above this area. 

They have ATVs, too! 
Such a shame we didn't have enough time.

The family minus papa

Next stop: CDO for White Water Rafting
Sem Break, can't wait! yipee!


Thursday, August 26, 2010

A day after what seemed to be the worst hostage-taking crisis in the country, the Philippines once again was plunged into controversy embodied in the controversial Q&A portion of Miss Universe 2010 wherein Miss Universe Philippine candidate, Venus Raj, a favorite to win the crown, gave a surprisingly unconvincing answer when asked by judge William Blake the question: "What is the biggest mistake that you made in your life and what did you do to make it right?" in which she replied: "You know what, sir, in my 22 years of existence, I can say that there's nothing major, major, I mean problem that I've done in my life because I'm very confident with my family, with the love that they are giving to me. So thank you so much that I'm here. Thank you, thank you so much".

Just right after the Q&A, Venus RAj and her famous "major, major" answer were already separately trending worldwide in Twitter, and became a very hot topic that I think people would not remember and discuss the Miss Universe 2010 pageant without additionally referring to Raj's "major,major" answer. In the Philippines, "major, major" is said to be the english version of the Tagalog term "bonggang bongga".  

Well, hey, YOU GO GIrl! It's such a waste that Venus did not win the crown, but really, people should give her a break. She's in the top five, and she ended the 11-year Miss U drought of the country. That alone should give her the leeway, right? So what if she's fourth runner-up? and so what that was her answer? The most simple questions always have the most difficult answer. 

Raj, who was dethroned by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc., citing the alleged inconsistencies between her birth certificate and personal account of her birth, holds the record as the first-ever dethroned Binibining Pilipinas to have successfully attempted for a reinstatement of a Binibining Pilipinas crown. In addition, Venus ended the 11-year drought of the Philippines by winning fourth runner-up in the prestigious Miss Universe Pageant. 

WELL DONE Venus Raj for finishing as Miss Universe 4th Runner-Up! 
A Beauty Queen in a major major way. =D

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August 23, 2010. Monday. I arrived at home around 9 o’clock in the evening. I was tired from school and was supposed to go directly to my room to rest, but I was stopped by my brother who was watching the television. He was quite anxious while telling what he was watching. I didn’t know it was that big of a deal. I thought it was just a simple hostage taking. But still, I got a little bit curious and sat down while browsing my twitter account for updates. Even those who I followed were talking about this particular incident so it got me totally hooked. I watched everything even the news after the coverage. I watched both the ABS-CBN and GMA coverages, even in Studio 21 and QTV. Everyone’s talking about it. The news, in Facebook, and people even tweet every single change in the hostage crisis. I was even more convinced that this incident will take a big toll on the Philippines when I learned that the bus that was hijacked was a tour bus with Hongkong nationals as passengers. It’s already a big deal that a former police officer was the named to be the hostage taker, how much more when such happening involves foreign nationals.  

Seven (7) people were dead and nine (9) were saved to what was considered to be as the most disastrous hostage taking crisis in history of the country. People were furious, Filipinos and Hong Kong nationals alike. People blamed the police force, the Government and even the media. Hateful Facebook fan pages against the Filipinos popped out of nowhere. People cursing, pointing fingers on whose fault was it and who should take the responsibility on the major FAILURE that put the Philippines in shame in front of the whole international community. A day after, high ranking police officer who were in charge of the rescue operation resigned from post. The others were terminated. Hong Kong was devastated and furious. Its government even warned its people to refrain from going to the Philippines. The Department of Tourism announced that this incident has greatly affected the tourism in the country. Even travel agencies admitted that many had already cancelled their flights. The Philippines has once again lost its face. And sadly, this time, it was done by one of those who were once trusted to give security and peace to society.  One man’s fault had to become a whole nation’s responsibility. It is a saddening moment, indeed.  

I’m sure a lot had watched and read the news regarding this hostage taking incident so there’s no need for me to reiterate the facts because until at this very moment, everything is still under investigation. No one can still ascertain the real truth behind what happened. All we know is this incident will or has created scars not just to the families of the victims but as well as to us, Filipinos, to our country, the Philippines as a nation.

I admit, I was also one of those who criticized on how lame our police officers were during the hostage taking, and how terrible they handled the whole situation. I was totally irritated on how badly they were performing and how embarrassing it was even for us who were watching them. They were the PNP and SWAT for heaven’s sake! They were supposed to be trained especially for these kinds of tricky and dangerous situations. How dare them waste people’s money! At the very least, I was annoyed. But I know I’m just one of the millions who feel the same way.

 I wouldn’t say the Police and the SWAT are not to be blamed. No, they should take responsibility. But, blaming them won’t change a thing. What happened had already happened. No one can change that no matter how many Facebook hate pages are made, no matter how long people keep on bickering, no matter how many officials resign or are terminated. The damage had been done. People’s lives were taken. And the consequences were enormous. At this point, what the Government and the Police Force can do is to make sure they will carry out their jobs properly and meticulously. Us, who are not directly involved, can always pray for the best. For now, it’s all we can do and all we are capable of.

As a person, I pray for the lives of those who were taken hostages and their families whose lives will never be the same after this dreadful incident.

As a Filipino, I appeal to the Hong Kong nationals and to the rest of the world. This incident is an isolated case. It can happen everywhere. The only unfortunate thing is that it happened in our country. Please, do not condemn the whole nation, with more than 90 million inhabitants, for a single man’s fault. We, just like anyone of you who witnessed the tragedy, were also appalled by such unpleasant occurrence. We hope that forgiveness is possible.   

Here are some pictures taken during and after the incident. I took them from several sites I found online. I do not claim ownership of such pictures.

 Many criticized the use of this axe. 
I'm not sure myself why they only had one axe 
and it looked like they can't even use it properly.

Mendoza earlier that day. He seems to be not in a foul mood.
 And was willing to negotiate. His mood started to change when he saw
his brother forcibly being taken into custody by the authorities.

The driver of the said bus was able to escape, 
and it was him who told the police 
that all the people inside the bus were dead.

Mendoza was shot dead in the 
head and some part in the body. 
A tragic end.

Victims were one by one taken out from the bus.
The police encountered some problems, though
when they entered the bus without gas masks
after they threw a canister of strong tear gas inside the bus.

Pres. Noynoy Aquino visited the site where the incident took place.

Families of the victims offered their prayers 
during a Buddhist Ceremony held the day after the incident.

Friday, August 13, 2010

I just finished watching a taiwanese drama starring Vic Zhou of Meteor Garden-fame and newcomer Mark Chow. Basically, the whole series revolved around the two male protagonists and their action-packed journey in solving crimes and saving the world. LOL. Honestly, I was interested in this because I wanted to see the other side of Vic. I am not his fan, nor I like his previous acting stints. But I'd like to believe that I'm a very open-minded person. I don't have anything against Vic that's why I was curious. And well, he didn't disappoint me. I think it's very refreshing to see the other side of Vic. Unlike his former Mr. Cool/Mysterious guy, this time, he shred off that image and went for a more risky character- he became a ruffian cop! I should say, he's quite convincing and I love him here. Mark wasn't bad either. I was taken aback by the fact that this is his first tv drama and very first project. He's quite promising even winning the Best Actor category for this drama during the 44th Golden Bell Award. Not bad-looking either. In fact, I'm quite taken by this eyes. lol. He does look so manly and strong. I'm not drooling, really! ahaha.

Anyhow, I tried making a summary of the drama but I kind of find it difficult. I want to like shorten it but I just can't without leaving some important aspects. There's only one thing I can say. There're a lot of twists and the clues will keep everyone guessing. Although, I very much like the story and all, I think the writers' or the director went overboard with the twists especially regarding the life of the two protagonists. I thought Vic's life here was quite interesting but turned out to be disappointing. Not because I like Vic here more than I like Mark, but I honestly think when the truth behind the truth was revealed, I was bored for the first time since I started watching this drama. I just can't just seem to see anymore the significance of Vic's character. I think it's too much for a character to have such unfortunate state. I really empathize with him. Living a  pitiful life  worse than dogs. A life he doesn't want. Having someone control his life and then throwing him like a toy after using him just like that. Having thought that a former flame was killed but turned out the other way around and finally finding that she's with the enemy. How come his life is so f*cked up?! And here I am, thinking Song Seung Yun's character in East of Eden had the worst state ever. To sum it all, Black and White is a really must-see Taiwanese drama. And I tell you, this one has made it to my list of favorites. I'm quite the Asian drama addict myself. I've seen more than 50 dramas all in all coming from different Asian countries- Filipino telenovelas, Japanese, Taiwanese, Mainland, Korean. This is the first time I'm writing about something, though. I wanted to make a review but it turned out this way. Well, watch it! It's never boring and you'll love both Vic and Mark here. Yes, the uberly-charming Tsan-Tien Chen and yummy hottie Hero Wu. 

Ah, yeah. In addition to that, there are plans for a movie sequel which will start shooting this late 2010. The original casts and crew will be there and I read that it'll be a big budget movie- around 100million. Hmmm.. everything just popping out of my mind. Wait. Yes, there's a short video somewhere before the start of one of the episodes in this drama about the making of Black and White. The producer basically said that this drama was originally made for F4 but didn't push through because many said this kind of drama is really impossible to make at the time. So, it was set aside and several projects were made including "Mars" which starred Vic Zhou and Barbie Xu. But the director's desire to make Black and White a reality was really strong. They started revising the script and especially requested Vic Zhou to play the easy-going ruffian role even though it was so much different from the roles he played before. It was also said that such role was made specifically for Vic. Mark, on the other hand, had to go through several auditions before obtaining his Hero's role. We should thank the producer and director's motivation!
1) This is the first drama ever for Mark. and he won his first acting award! he's quite good, isn't he?
2) Mark's real-life dad is also in this drama- the SDPD's Chief.

i'm just bored and thinking of a lot of things right now.
so i made this idiosyncratic memoir.
i'm za5m and i am a self-confessed wannabe.