uaap finals 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Ateneo Blue Eagles captured the UAAP crown yesterday, but not without controversy on the officiating and Rico Maierhofer's finger.

First, congratulations to the "Hail Mary Squad" from Katipunan. I may be disappointed that my Green Archers didn't win this year, but I think it was a deserved win. It was a good game and I think the Ateneans were ripe for the win, as evidenced by their record starting from the Elimination Round to the Final Four and finally during the short-lived Championship series.

I guess it was time for them to capture the crown. I mean look at the Special Awardees, pinakyaw nila. Hehehe.

I might be burned at the stake for saying this being a La Sallian & all, hehe. but i don't agree with Coach Franz's observation that it was the worst officiating ever. There may have been lapses in officiating and it affected not only DLSU's game but ADMUs as well. In my humble opinion, it was just the breaks of the game. (Eh? tama ba yung term? you know what I meant right? ^_^)

We can't be champions every year (no matter how we wish and pray :p). Isa pa, sayang yung second chance points coz they don't rebound. My gah. I kept screaming at the tv. They didn't box out like they used to. Maybe because this year's DLSU team was relatively young. They have a lot of rookies and for a Championship squad, they need more time to gel. But hey, we must look at it this way, even with a relatively young squad, we reached the finals. It just shows how good the DLSU system is.

On Rico's behavior, I cannot give an opinion coz I didn't see that part. If it was true that he flashed a dirty finger then it's very disappointing. It doesn't leave a good impression. If it was not true that he did it, malas na lang.

Oh well, as disappointed as I am that my team didn't win this year, there's always next year. :)

Sana lang, the team went and got their trophy and medals. I understand that they are disappointed, devastated even. But I believe that a person's greatness is evidenced by their actions during defeat. It would have been nice to see them holding their heads up high instead of being thought of as spoiled brats or sore losers. Sayang. They would have been magnanimous in defeat.


a bus story i'll never forget

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I never run out of bus stories.

I have a new one.

And out of all my bus stories this is one story I will never forget.

Last Friday as usual after work, I rode the bus from Shaw to the corner of Roxas Blvd. & Coastal Mall. It started out like an ordinary day. I logged out at 9:30am, walked the short distance from the World Wide Corporate Center to the bus stop in front of StarMall and waited for the NAIA bound bus. I was already sleepy coz I only had 4 hours of sleep before going to work the previous night. It was a good thing I didn't have to wait long for a bus and the bus I rode had a lot of free seats. Yipee! I really hate riding a packed bus, with just half my butt on the seat (hehe!).

I sat on the right side, near the window. I didn't have a seatmate until Guadalupe when a guy sat beside me. I minded my own business at first and tried to watch the film being shown on the bus (it was Resident Evil 3, if you're curious :p).

After a while, I noticed that the guy beside me kept bumping me whenever the bus driver hit the brakes. I thought to myself, "Ang OA naman nito, di naman ganun kalakas yung pagbrake." Because I was so sleepy, while we were stuck in traffic at EDSA, I closed my eyes a bit. The sun was also hurting my eyes (vampire?).

I woke up when I felt someone breathing on my neck. PUNYETA! Maniac yung katabi ko! Eeew! Kadiri!

It was a good thing I had fast reflexes coz the moment I felt his breath on my neck I sat up straight and hit him in the face with my elbow and screamed, "kuya manong, may maniac sa tabi ko!". The guy was surprised coz 1, he didn't think I would react like I did and 2, I think I broke his nose when I hit him with my elbow. Wahaha! Vengeance is mine!

He got up as soon as I screamed and he was able run out coz unfortunately, someone just got out of the bus. The conductor and some of the other passengers tried to run after him but they weren't able to catch him. Too bad! I would have loved to see that guy in jail. But I guess it was okay coz I broke his nose. How could I be sure? Hehehe.. nagdudugo ilong nya nung tumakbo sha palabas eh. ^_^

Meanwhile, back in the bus I felt weird coz everyone was looking at me, talking to me (or should I say, interviewing me?), or was talking about me. I've never liked the spotlight and I felt really uncomfortable.

I think my adrenalin was on overdrive that time coz I didn't cry like any normal girl would if something like this happens to them. I didn't feel helpless. I felt furious. Then I felt like laughing coz I remembered my reaction. My gah. Palengkera mode. But hey, at least I was able to defend myself, right?

While I was laughing at my reaction, I texted my friends about what happened. They were worried but they laughed at my reaction, as well.

Moral of the story: Always be aware of your surroundings. Always be on guard and don't close your eyes for even a second if you're commuting alone. Having fast reflexes is a must :) Wag ka na mahiya mag-eskandalo, if it will save you.

Do I still ride the bus home? Yup

Am I scared? Not really. Hmm.. Maybe a little bit. But I'm comforted by the thought that I was able to defend myself.

Do I still close my eyes while on the bus ride home? Hell, no!

Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Saturday Night Live's 34th Season started last night and the opening was hilarious. It's good to see that Tina Fey had a cameo. :)

I just love Tina Fey & Amy Poehler. Their parodies of Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin & U.S. Senator Hilary Clinton was spot on. Hehehe! Kamukhang-kamukha ni Sarah Palin si Tina Fey ^_^


twilight saga

Monday, September 08, 2008

I finished reading all four books from the Twilight saga in 5 days. Yup, you read that right, 5 days.


5 days na puyat ako kasi pagkauwi ko ng bahay babasahin ko yung ebooks, tapos sasabihin ko sa sarili ko na, "one chapter na lang, promise." hehe, yung one chapter naging 10 chapters hanggang matapos ko na.

I believe I got eyestrain, but it's worth it. :)

I loved Twilight and Breaking Dawn (many fans didn't like it, but I really did). I didn't like New Moon and Eclipse was okay.

My favorite character is still Edward Cullen. He can't seem to do anything wrong for me. Hahaha! Kahit pa sabihing, "Ang martir mo, kakainis ka!" Di ko magawang mainis. Ahaha! affected.

I liked Bella in Twilight but by the time I read New Moon, until I finished Eclipse, she annoyed the hell out of me. "Make up your mind, Isabella Swan!" She turned out all right by Breaking Dawn, though. :)

I'm not going to attempt to write a book review, I'm not an expert in that. But I can honestly say that even if there were scenes and characters that annoyed me, or there were cheesy parts, I loved it. I mean, c'mon. Who doesn't like cheesy scenes? ^_^

I can't wait to watch the movie. Sana Nov. 21 na.

Stand up to cancer telethon

Saturday, September 06, 2008

I am currently watching the Stand Up to Cancer telethon on StarWorld and I couldn't stop myself from writing about it.

It's no secret that I lost my mom to cancer 3 years ago and my family and I know first hand how devastating it is. Cancer is "the incurable" disease and people diagnosed with it, always feel like it is like having a death sentence. I'm sorry if that sounds morbid, but it is a reality.

For now.

And I believe that. I have to be optimistic. I want to see in my lifetime a cure for cancer. I want to able to say someday that it is a disease that we can all defeat, not just by early detection.

I think its noble that they've put up a fundraiser like this, with big name stars in the entertainment, sports and medical field. Admit it, having celebrities involved generates more interest. And I hope they raise a large amount for cancer research.

My mom was a fighter. She battled the disease for 9 years. In that span of years she lived life to the fullest. She went to work, we had our parties, our family vacations and roadtrips. She had 2 surgeries, 4 rounds of chemotherapy, 2 rounds of radiation therapy and she never gave up. Yes it was hard for all of us. Most especially her. And although there were bouts of sadness, she didn't let the disease define her. And I admire her strength. If I had a third of her strength, I'd be happy. She lost the battle but it didn't defeat her spirit.

Oo, iyakin ako. Umiiyak ako habang nanonood ng telethon. Hehe.

So, if you have something to spare, you can donate online, just go the the Stand up to cancer website: http://www.standup2cancer.org/

hard to believe

Monday, September 01, 2008

"...I wanted life to be this way
Just a little bit of love could mean so much

Oh please don't take it all away
But with you heaven is still close enough to touch

Because your love is still the only thing
That matters in this world

The only thing I can believe..."

- Hard to Believe, Eraserheads


Hard to Believe. My ulitmate, favorite Eraserheads song. That's why when Cueshe did a cover of that song, I was livid. I thought to myself, "What a sacrilege!" Hehe. but that's another story. ;)

There's quite a lot of Eraserheads' songs to choose from and picking just one favorite is really hard. At some point of my existence, there's a different Eraserheads song that would fit any phase I was in. That's how universal their songs are to me (and probably most of the Ehead's fans).

So what brought on this nostalgia? As if you didn't know. Hehe. Of course it's because of the much awaited Reunion Concert.

I wanted to watch it the moment I heard that they were going to have a reunion. Sadly it wasn't meant to be for me. But through the power of camphones and youtube, I was able to watch the Eraserheads perform together again after several years. And they sang the songs of my generation.

It was electrifying.

Even if I wasn't there to watch it live, I felt the energy of the crowd. Kiniliabutan ako pagkapanood ko ng opening. Grabe. I was so envious of the people who were able to watch Ely, Raimund, Buddy & Marcus play together as a band once again.

I felt like I was in high school once again . Hehehe, oo na, my age is showing. I don't care. Before the Eraserheads, I didn't listen to OPM. Call me elitist or whatever, but I was so into American & Brit Pop, Rock & Alternative music then that I didn't listen to OPM. Back then, the OPM scene was not thriving like it is now. I think the only OPM I listened to was The Dawn, and I was influenced by my older, more music savvy kuyas. Thank God. :)

As we all know, the concert was cut short when Ely was rushed to the hospital. Yes, it was bitin, but I echo the sentiments of the people who were there. The 15 songs were worth it. There weren't any boos or shouts of refund, or bottle throwing, like expected, when they announced that it was the end of the show. I guess the crowd matured already and they understood the situation. I'm glad Ely is okay.

Whoever thought of the reunion concert, thank you. And to the people who made it happen, bless you. I hope there's gonna be a part 2.

Is it too early for me to ask for another reunion concert? :)