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>> Saturday, November 27, 2004

edlyn, cerz and i headed to eastwood last night for the staging of subtext of sir niel. it was held in city walk 2 and there was no entrance fee so we decided to check it out.

mom and dad came with us because they were the ones who provided our transportation to eastwood. they also got to meet sir niel. dad was so impressed with sir that he wanted to go back on december 10 to watch another play. we also got free eastwood pens because we came in early. yey! pogi points!

after the play, i treated everyone in fazoli's. then the bonding time. mom told my whole eating history, when i ate carrot sticks and fruits for recess. that's what you get when you have friends and your parents on one table. what if mom showed them my baby pictures? horror! hahahaha...

lunch went by and we headed our separate ways. the three of us left mom and dad to have their "date" while we had our neoprint. i'll have the picture on the right as soon as edlyn scans them. we went around and bought some stuff in the tiangge. we kept on walking and stumbled before a bookstore. of course, as creative writers, we went in. oh boy, we found a lot of books. a shelf of philo books (even when we were having fun, philo was following and haunting us), non fiction books (haay.. informative essay, anyone?), children's books, and journals. i spent my money for dinner and in the tiangge that i could not buy a book. i just promised myself that i would return there and buy the book cerz showed me... titled naomi. hehe.

i sure did have a fun time, so did my parents. we're going back. i promise.

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tibok ng puso mo

>> Friday, November 26, 2004

kagabi, nanood ako (kasama si ceres at si jihan) ng opening ng lam-ang sa rizal mini theater. kasama kasi doon si ina bilang isang tandang.

nagbukas ang dula sa isang parusa sa mga estudyante dahil sa pagpapaskil ng mga poster sa kanilang paaralan. bilang parusa, inatasan sila ng prayle na gumanap sa kwento ni lam-ang. si lam-ang ay lumaki na walang kinikilalang ama. nalaman niya na napatay ang kanyang ama ng dahil sa mga igorot. nangako si lam-ang na gaganti siya para matahimik ang kaluluwa ni lam-ang. naglakbay siya patungo sa lugar ng mga igorot ang galit na pinatay ang mga igorot. doon nakilala si lam-ang bilang isang matapang na mandirigma. dahil sa kanyang katapangan, maraming babae ang nagnais na maging asawa ni lam-ang. subalit ang mata ni lam-ang ay para kay ines, isang kristyanong babae sa bayan. tumulak siya sa bayan para mabihag ang puso ni ines.

kahit na alam ng magulang ni ines na siya ay sikat dahil sa kanyang katapangan, nabigay sila ng kondisyon na dapat magpakita si lam-ang ng kayamanan para makita kung karapat-dapat na asawa si lam-ang para kay ines. hindi nagpatalo si lam-ang, at binigyan na maraming ginto at salapi ang pamilya. natuloy ang kasal ni ines at lam-ang kahit hindi kristyano ang ating bidang lalaki.

nang magtagal, natakot ang mga magulang ni ines dahil sumisikat si lam-ang. inisip nila na baka lumaki ang ulo ni lam-ang at magprisinta na maging pinuno ng bayan. o palitan ang kanilang kristo bilang si lam-ang. nag-plano sila na papuntahin si lam-ang sa disyerto ng 40 na araw para mag-fast (nye, hindi ko alam tagalog ng fast) at tumulak sa tubigan para kunin ang rarang. mapapatunayan dito ang tapang ni lam-ang at masasabing siya ay karapat-dapat na maging pinuno.

hindi pumayag si ines na umalis si lam-ang. natakot siya para sa buhay at kaluluwa ng kanyang asawa ngunit umalis parin si lam-ang. nangako siya na babalik siya at kung may mangyari mang masama ay magpapadala siya ng kulog at kidlat bilang senyales. sinabi ni ines na tumawag lamang sa diyos para sa kalakasan. hindi pinakinggan ni lam-ang si ines.

habang nasa disyerto si lam-ang, ang prayle na nagkukwento ng istorya ay naging isang ahas at pilit na sabihin kay lam-ang na ang pagpalagi niya sa disyerto ay maglilinis sa mga kasalanan ni lam-ang.

pagdating ni lam-ang sa karagatan, nakasalubong niya ang pating. binisita siya ng kaluluwa ng kanyang tatay at binigyan ng katapangan. kinalaban ni lam-ang ang pating subalit siya ay kinain nito.

ang pagkulog at pagkidlat ay ang paghudyat ng pagtangis ni ines dahil naalala niya ang sinabi ni lam-ang ulok sa panahon. ikinagalak naman ng kanyang mga magulang dahil sa wakas ay magkakaroon na ng bagong asawa si ines na isang kristyano at mayroong dugong kastila.

hindi diyan nagtatapos ang kuwento. kung inakala ng prayle na naturuan ang kanyang istudyante ng aral, iniba ni dela cruz (isang istudyante) ang huling bahagi ng kuwento. pinagpipilitan kasi ng prayle na karapat-dapat lang mamatay si lam-ang dahil hindi siya naniniwala sa diyos. sinabi ni dela cruz kay ines na ikuwento ang istorya sa kanyang pananaw at hanapin si lam-ang.

sa paghahanap ni ines kay lam-ang, natagpuan niya ang mga buto ng kanyang kasintahan. binalot niya ito sa kanyang "shawl" at umiyak papaalis.

ilang minuto pagkatapos iproklama ng kanyang ama na puwede na uling ligawan si ines, nagulat ang lahat nang ang sumagot ay si lam-ang kasama si dela cruz na nag-iba sa kwento ni lam-ang. nagkasama uli si lam-ang at si ines. si lam-ang ay ginawang lam-ang.

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manood kayo ng lam-ang sa rizal mini theater. ito ay magpapatuloy hanggang sa ika-18 ng disyembre. isa siyang "musical" at ang isa sa pinakamagandang produksyon na napanood ko mula sa tanghalang ateneo. kahit isa siyang "low-budget" na dula, dito makikita kung gaano nagamit ang imahinasyon para mapaganda ng husto ang istorya ni lam-ang. kung hindi ko sasabihin na "low-budget" ang lam-ang, hindi mo aakalain na minadali nila itong lahat dahil sa ganda ng produksyon at sa mga damit ng mga aktor. magaling.

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directing and lessons

>> Wednesday, November 24, 2004

i asked cerz if she can be the director for the play in january. she gladly accepted... and she was so excited about going back to the "stress" of directing that we spent a whole hour discussing the blocking and other stuff of the play. we even had a run-through with my lines and changed some words to make the play casual. tomorrow, we'll be rehearsing in the FA theater (just me and cerz) for the blocking and my acting. i badly need help in acting.

before going home, i passed by up abelardo to enroll in the up extension. i had mixed emotions while i was filling up the application form for piano lessons. i was excited to return to piano lessons, i sure do missed lessons, stress, and the recitals. but i was hesitant to enroll because it will be my first time to enroll in up. i had my lessons from my grade school teacher for 6 years and i'm already used to her style of teaching. she's my mentor in piano, and she was one with my excitemeny when she learned that i enrolled in up. my teacher will be a male... mr. asuncion (whoever-he-may-be) and i hope he won't be a terror teacher (like my high school piano teacher.. another reason why i stopped playing the piano after my 7th year). i'm starting next week wednesday, 330-4pm. i can't wait.

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the four witches of non fiction

>> Tuesday, November 23, 2004

ms. morrible announces that there will be no non fiction class on thursday.

[boq] sorry ma'am, for the glee on my face. it can't help it... happiness happens when all your dreams come true.

[red] hands touch, eyes meet... sudden silence, sidden heat. hearts leap in a giddy whirl.

[blue] ... he could be that boy, but i'm not that girl.

[edz] ifi can only jump up and down, dance, and clap my hands... i will. god, what is this... a lit class?!?

[blue] apparently, she thinks itis (how i hate to go and leave you lonely...)

[boq] le sigh... pointless class of the year award goes to...

[red] and it's an anonymous... mali pa. hindi na gumagana ang utak ko. unanimous decision.. jace, alam mo ba pinagbasa ako ni sir kanina ng italian text ng inferno? (loathing, undadulterated loathing... for this class, the readings, the lesson.. let's just say.. i loathe it all!)

[boq] astig! no yung word? maraming italian words sa angels and demons.. :)

[blue] mi piace l'italia. hehe. i loathe this class too. i think it's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes, and leap. it's time to try defying gravity (by flying away from this class as fast as possible)

[edz] no one mourns the.. boredom of this class! wooohh.. padala natin sa oz. or pabagsakan natin ng bahay si ma'am.

[blue] haha. wicked witch of the east pala siya (pwede rin)

[red] as in the original version ng inferno. yung book ko kasi ng inferno may italian version at english version. haha.. tayo pa yata yung wicked witches of non fiction workshop. (we mourn for this class.. bad news!)

[blue] wicked witch, aye! maybe i really am... (this weird quirk i've tried to supress or hide is a talent that could hlep me meet the wicked... if i make good)

[edz] can we zap her down? do some spell that will make her think every tth "i will let the class write today. i will let them burn all their handouts in a big bonfire with roasted hotdogs for free."

[boq] haha. :) let's throw water on her! i hear her soul is so unclean, pure water can melt her! please! someone go and melt her!

[red] elekha namen namen ah tum ah tum elekha namen... elekha namen namen ah tum ah tum elekha... elekha!

[blue] i hope all your plans work. and there isn't any trapdorr under her chair.

[edz] she'd probably just end up looking like a drowned rat.

[boq] hey! i resent that! rats are cute. ;p

[red] haha... boq turns to ron. wheehhe... we can do better without her. i have already written 1 entry in my journal which is equal to 1 non fiction essay. i'm starting a new one at hindi pa yo counted for our non fic grade. sheesh. yung diniscuss natin, 3 meetings na, pero kay delgado 30 mins lang.

[boq] totoo. oo nga pala. i'm going to be a graphic designer for a website.

[blue] congrats to jace. =) haay, nade-drain na yung energy ko dito for a much better class later.

[edz] the hills are alive with the sound of music! ala lang.. bored lang. so dati, history class. ngayon, human anatomy class..

[blue] aw raw. human anatomy class is way better than this.

[boq] true. rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top. when the wind blows the cradle will rock...

[red] eh ate... yung business trip ng tito ng friend ko. pwede kami maging graphic designer dun pagkagraduate namin. [abi] saan? [nica] sa manila.. hehe.. i would just say, boring yung joe's brain. sama ko ba?

[boq] hindi masamang magsabi ng totoo. seriously, ang morbid niya.

[edz] have i ever told you that i hated informative essays most of all in brion's class? look, dear, if i wanted a rundown of the brain's functions, i can just ask my sister.

[blue] asteeg si ina. fall in new york! ;) ok din si jace, fall sa taiwan. hehe. reminds me of that winona ryder and richard gere movie.

[boq] hahah! basta weird yon. :)

[red] ako fall sa bahay. araw-araw nahuhulog dahon ng mga puno namin. wahihi. 406 na. 15 mins to go... groan. tagal pa. pwede bang umalis na tayo dito para makatulog na ako sa lib. reflecting? yung autumn article? di ko nga tinapos eh...

[boq] nauseating...

[blue] countdown: 10 mins na lang! =) mas ok pala yung fall ni yumi eh. "in the easter part of china... easter.. where's easter? sympre nasa east!"

[edz] 6 mins! move, big hand, move!

[boq] the east is located to the west of california?

[red] in nessa's territory! 3 mins.

[boq] nessa? uh, nesa? i've got something to confess a reason why, well, why i asked you here tonight.

[blue] 2 mins!!

-end of discussion-

wait for a new one next tuesday....

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noche buena atbp.

hindi ko maisip-isip hanggang ngayon na nakamemorya ako ng isang dula. alam ko na ang mga linya ko para sa parada sa enero. pero may iba pa akong linya na nabubulol ako o nakakalimutan. pero ang galing, kaya ko pala. sana hindi siya mawala sa utak ko hanggang enero.

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i don't feel like writing in tagalog. actually, i really have nothing to say. i just want to post an entry for today. i know i want to say something, but what? oh, ok. i'll just talk about my drama class yesterday.

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we had a class activity on how to make a story. he drew two characters on the board, a girl (who looked like a mermaid) and a boy. we were tasked to give characteristics, may it be silly or embarrassing. after that, we came up with reasons on why they had those characteristics. for example, the boy had no hair because he had cancer. they did not have any sense whatsoever.

here came the fun part.

we began to connect the reasons we gave earlier to make a story. it was funny and they were going nowhere. if you would hear it, the story was so corny. but we were laughing the whole time. at the end of the activity, we were able to re-invent the history of starbucks and how the logo came to be.

that's how it is with writing. silly as it may seem, writing is not about "my idea's dumb" or "no one will like it". writers have to go through those kinds of emotional stuff. but what keeps them from jumping off the roof of burgundy is that the passion to write. the wanting to write. there will be a lot of stuff that writers would write and regret it in the end, but so what? there will come a time that a writer will mature and know his style in writing.

"paano ka matututo mag bisikleta? eh di sa pagbibisikleta."

no one makes it the first time. you just have to write and write and write and write and write. no matter what. you don't write for the palanca or the teacher, you write because it is your mind who does the talking. no one will ever put your thoughts on paper except for yourself.

say it with me.

i want to write...

i want to write...

I want to write...

I Want to write...

I WAnt to write...

I WANt to write...

I WANT to write...

I WANT TO write...

I WANT TO WRITE!!!





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>> Monday, November 22, 2004

wicked libretto


FOR GOOD (Track 18)

ELPHABA
I'm limited:
Just look at me - I'm limited
And just look at you -
You can do all I couldn't do, Glinda
So now it's up to you
(spoken) For both of us
(sung) Now it's up to you:

GLINDA
I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you:

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

ELPHABA
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend:
Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you:

GLINDA
Because I knew you:

BOTH
I have been changed for good

ELPHABA
And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I've done you blame me for

GLINDA
But then, I guess we know
There's blame to share

BOTH
And none of it seems to matter anymore

GLINDA
Like a comet pulled from orbit as it passes a sun

ELPHABA
Like a ship blown off it's mooring by a wind off the sea

GLINDA
A stream that meets a boulder

ELPHABA
Like a seed dropped by a sky bird in the wood

GLINDA
Half way through the wood

BOTH
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
I do believe I have been changed for the better?

GLINDA
And because I knew you:
ELPHABA
Because I knew you:

BOTH
Because I knew you:
I have been changed for good.


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sunday nothings

>> Sunday, November 21, 2004

after the 1030 service at crossroad, i met up with keith. he gave me a livestrong band. it's some symbolism that signifies that even if you feel hopeless and feel like giving up, just remember lance armstrong. he's the all-time champion of the tour de france and he has battled through cancer. the doctors thought that he would never live because the cancer has already spread throughout his body, from his bones to his brain. but lance pushed his body to whatever limit it could take and won the tour de france - a famous cycling race - even holding that title for many years. everyone wanted that yellow band around his or her wrist. it's similar to the baller's id but instead of the word baller inscripted on the band, the word livestrong is there. i wasn't expecting to have one, but keith gave me one this morning. yehey. thanks kit. yar the best.

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my mom and i visited crossroad's gym, planet infinity. they had a soft opening last friday and they're starting the 24-hour gym tomorrow (i think). when the lap pool's constructed, i want to enroll in planet and swim. i have fallen in love with swimming the first time i learned how to float and i want to continue swimming. i stopped doing laps when i was in 4th year high school and i have never trained that hard ever since. i just hope i have the money and the time to go crossroad and train.

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i will really kill jace. i tried to memorize my script, but everytime i am to speak out my lines, i stop after a sentence and start singing the wicked soundtrack. hehe. this is what you call LSS. right now, as i am typing each letters on my blog, i am listening to the cd. yehey! another wicked session tomorrow with jace and jihan. join the fun!

but i would like to thank jace for my blog heading. it's better than the one i made in paint. hehe.

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i need something to write in my drama journal besides contemplating on csi and connecting it to philo. yikes.

dancing through life!!!

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non fic boredom strikes again

>> Saturday, November 20, 2004

this is our second paper chat in non fiction. this would really make a good play.

[fiyero] no one mourns the wicked!

[elphaba] good news!!... pero bad news tayo ngayon sa non fiction.

[fiyero] tila nga.

[asaka] gusto ko na nga kaninang mag-cut

[cantina girl] sama ako, edlyn.

[fiyero] sabi na sa'yo, cantina girl, cut na dapat tayo.

[elphaba] kung di tayo nag-cut ed di tyayo nag-uusap ngayon. hihi. asteegin yung santa-santita. ngayon ko lang na-realize, magaling na actor pala si jericho rosales... and oz's fav'rite team.. the wizard and i!

[fiyero] wala kong pera para manood, next week siguro. and i just need a vision almost like a prophecy...

[cantina girl] sige, i'll watch. ako pa, 'pag movie. nilaban ba yon sa mmff? sa december ang mmff eh.

[asaka] kinikilabutan pa rin talaga ako sa jericho-angelica tandem haha

[cantina girl] eh crush nga ng mommy ko si jericho eh... mas kinikilabutan ako dun.

[fiyero] hindi siya lalaban. pero i'd rather not comment before i watch.

[elphaba] sabi ni ina mas malaki kita pag di kasama sa mmff :) bagay nga yung role nila angelica at jericho sa movie. saka hindi "kadiri" yung love scene nila. may symbolism ekek pa nga eh. andon si noel rayos aka dog ni ina sa directing. :)

[fiyero] haha... well. pero, mas may hype ang mmff. yip! yip! yip! oo nga pala, yumi, makabalik na si ivano from italy.

[cantina girl] who's ivano?

[asaka] yeah, who's ivano? akh! uhaw na 'ko! gonna go for coke.

[fiyero] nuod tayo spider-man 2 kina edlyn, nov 26. ;)

[elphaba] talaga? pano mo nalaman? kamusta kaya trip niya? ang saya! 1 year? asteeg!

[fiyero] nakita ko siya kahapon. nuod tayo ha? s-m2, no26, edlyn's place.

[asaka] jace, sa bahay ni edlyn? sige! edlyn, ok lang ba? hehe

[fiyero] haha! :)

[elphaba] nako... magpaalam muna kay eldyn! edlyn, punta kami! haha.. paalam? statement yon! wait lang, bakit # 26? slow ko...

[fiyero] thanks, edlyn! ;) nov 26. :)

[cantina girl] i'd have to take a rain check. have to watch my sister's play on the 26th. ;( enjoy nalang kayo :)

[asaka] hmmm.. ba't nov 26, friday uh diba? why not monday.. before drama niyo?

[fiyero] pwede rin.. :)

[elphaba] pwede rin. eh wala kasi kaming gagawin sa 26 bago manood ng subtext. gusto mo sumama? libre siya. sa eastwood. nood kayo ng lam-ang! opening sa 25 :)

[asaka] ,ay sinabi sa amin theo teacher namin. kasi, ang dami nang mondays and fridays na no classes. gagawin nila, sa nov 25 (thurs) at dec (7) mwf sched instead of tth sched. ala lang.. walang non fiction *evil*

[cantina girl] oh happy days... ;)

[boq] yey! so nov 22 tayo spider-man 2? or big fish?

[elphaba] monday sched ang ipapalit sa mga dates na binaggit ni edders. kaso may philo. 2 sides of a coin. good news and bad news. hehe. big fish nalang. di ko pa yon napapanood eh. :)

[boq] pero drama!!

[cantina girl] uy, jace, yung dvd!!

[asaka] haha.. si 3 days in a row anf philo. dunno whether matutuwa ako o magluluksa ako. what's big fish? anyway, about subtext, papaalam ako. tungkol san ba yon? details!

[cantina girl] 10 minutes nalang! ;D

[boq] wahaha.. oo nga. maganda big fish. drama!! "u" na may umlaut.

[elphaba] 3 acts. 2 tungkolsa text messaging. 1 tungkol sa dalawang matanda and a love letter. script palang mukha nang masaya. wala kang "u" na may umlaut sa cellphone mo? (sabay labas yung kinakausap ng palm pilot) hello, bulok na cel tapos may palm pilot? kakaiba ito!

[boq] well, mas may importance ang palm pilot sa isang business executive.

[cantina gurl] up nag-enjoy ako dun sa subtext! kakakilig. haha. FIVE MINUTES NALANG! :D

[asaka] so gaano katagal yon? what time at kailan uli? fazoli's tayo after! hehe.. or before.. kung papayagan ako, pwede maki-transpo?

*bell rings*

[boq] to be continued.

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feeling awards night

i just feel like thanking people today. maybe it's because of the cool, rainy weather for this morning.

i would like to thank...

...jihan and billy, for helping me memorize my lines last night for the fine arts festival. billy, you would make a good wife.. i mean husband... for "andrea". jihan, hindi ka rin galit noh? *wink*

...jihan again, for the mini concert we had in gonzaga. the waiting area in gonzaga was enough for us to think it is the stage of wicked. "popular. you're gonna be pop-yu-u-ler."

...jace, for the sound track of wicked, that left me and jihan singing the songs during the acp show.

...edlyn, for the never ending tong-its and pusoy dos in the covered courts.

...cerz, for the screams and jokes during our card games last night... "oh. di nA PWEDE YAN!!!"

...jay, for the irony you showed while drinking a pepsi and wearing a coca cola cap.

...cathy, for never letting me win in power pusoy. babawi din ako!

...liezl, for looking if ate alma has already photocopied my philo handouts.

...sir de jesus. for... for... i dunno.

...ina babes, for the text yesterday morning. hehehe.

...keith aka yayay. for raising my bill from 200-300 in a week. magaling ka rin noh? sun na kasi! wala nang text for this week and until next week.

...ichie, for promising me her grad pic. yey!

...elphaba, glinda (it's gAlinda), fiyero, boq (oh bIq, would you do that for me?), nessa, the wizard, morrible, dr. dillamond and the rest of the wicked cast, hope to see you on the actual stage. i bet i'll be singing along when i watch you guys on stage. haha, as if tunay na tao!

...and finally, for acp. first, for ruining my corregidor trip. and second, for the wonderful impromptu show by spit (you're the best guys. galing ng beauty contest niyo saka ng mga manghuhula niyo!), and for the bands.

that's it. thank you.

*music*

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anong santa? baka santasantita!

>> Wednesday, November 17, 2004

it's not your typical filipino movie. it's one heck of a movie.

what's your typical filipino movie? a love scene that shows the whole process. a shoot-out that involves a conversation. (man 1: papatayin na kita! man 2: aahh.. nabaril ako! *you get my point?*) an over-to-the-max drama. (walangya ka! then two women grabs each other's hair and have a cat fight for 5 minutes or more)

this is the first filipino movie that i have seen that did not do anything i mentioned above. it focused on the praying theme, when malen does not pray from the heart yet her prayers come true, and the beliefs of the devotees.

when malen and mike was about to have their intimate scene, they did not go to the direct thing. malen pauses and turns the images and faces them in a different direction. she knows that somehow, God is watching her sin or whatever. the writer and the director did not leave that simple detail behind. and the love scene? no yucky part. only mike's back was shown and his tatoo said everything. and it was short.

"baket pa kinakailangang magpadasal eh pwede naman ideretso sa Diyos?"

"anong napapala nila doon?"

a lot of questions that left me thinking. there a lot more, but my mind cannot store the lines.

there are a lot of scenes that almost had no cuts. it was spontaneous, the actors said their lines on one camera angle. cool. long camera shots and long lines to say. and they had to keep the emotions so flowing for a long time.

you also see the change in malen's attitude. she sacrificed her love for mike to be able to be with the people and help them with their problems. the transformation tells us that God can change people no matter how dirty your past was. "pray from your heart" that is what matters, according to fr. toni (winner! hehe...) you see the difference as malen elevates her status from a shallow person like mike to a "saint" when mike asks malen to bring back his child to life. malen steps up to the altar and leaves mike on the ground.

"ang Diyos ang nagsasabi kung ano ang dapat mangyari. hindi ako santa."

"pero malakas ka sa kanya!"

i love the movie. i hope all movies would be like that kind. not the cheezy love and corny stories.

i want to say more but i'm lazy to think right now. just watch it. and see the CLEAR difference from other filipino films.

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non-fiction

>> Tuesday, November 16, 2004

due to extreme boredom in non-fiction we were able to make a script.

*yumi gets a sheet of yellow pad from her bag and starts writing*

[yumi] wanna do something besides sitting here? tayo pa yung masama at hindi tayo nagbasa. sheesh.

[jason] nasa italy na nga yung utak ko eh. :( ciao bella!

[yumi] ako magmememorize nalang. at least i'm doing something... pag naglalakad ka diba gumagana din utak mo, kahit involuntary?

[jason] *sigh* yep, involuntary nervous ekek. i was never good with biology. pabasa ng script! :) nakakantok itong introduction...

[yumi] sureness... pass ke jihan. hi there!

[jiheyn] are we bored or are we bored? kanina nag eye-to-eye kami ni ma'am. scary. galit na yata. hihihi.

[yumi] we ARE bored. sheesh. kinuha nung girl yung kaisa-isang copy ng language of the streets.

[jason] grrr... argh. >:s

[jiheyn] ow well. patayin. joke. sila na lang mag-usap ni ma'am.

[jason] oo nga. >:s

[yumi] kakausapin ko si ma'am. sasabihin ko na mag-iwan siya ng copy sa reserve. para naman kahit papano eh maka-relate tayo sa sinasabi niya.

[jason] at sabihin niya kung nasa reserve na. >:s

[jiheyn] syempre, yellow pad pa talaga pinagpapasahan natin.

[jason] para kitang-kita.

[yumi] para malaki. sheeks man. di kasi malinaw yung mga pinagsasabi nya eh. boberts.

[jason] I KNOW! *roll eyes*

[jiheyn] haha. i can't even make out the words she's saying.

[yumi] oh gosh. this is crazy. jihan's vandalizing! wahaha...

[jason] gusto ko na umuwi. :(

[jiheyn] eheh.. things you do when you're bored. magkakaliwete muna ako.

[edz] ano ba pinag-usapan kanina? di ako nakikinig eh. zome out. hehehe.

[ina] ewan. ang sakit na ng tiyan ko. gust ko nang umutot. hehe. :)

[jiheyn] ina, maawa ka...

[jason] oo nga ina. kami yung nasa likod mo...

[yumi] inaaaa.. be nice to others. wahaha.. pero pwede narin. para dismissed kagad! wahaha. jokeez lang ina beybs.

[jason] que se hoda! :)

[jiheyn] yes, very informative.

[edz] jace, curious to death or bored to death?

[ina] tinutubuan na kasi ng kuliti tenga ni jace kaka pakinig. prrrt. pag may naamoy kayong killer ako na iyon. :)

[edz] nud ka sa phil-am theater... ganda ng accoustic. rinig ng lahat utot mo.... hehehe.

[jiheyn] oh man, gutom pa naman ako. tapos utot pinag-uusapan. ina, give a warning, ok? i don't feel well eh. :p

[jason] bored to death.

[yumi] nyahahaha... 2 mins to time! ina. magtiis ka. 2 mins nalang. be nice.

that's it. so what do you think? that's what we can do when we're bored. group work! hahaha...

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this post was supposed to be put up yesterday

i don't know what happened to blogger and i wasn't able to post my yesterday's entry. so here it goes...

there are two sides of a coin. the heads, and the tails. the good news and the bad news. the up and the down. facing the sky or the ground.

my day today has two faces. i'm happy that i don't have philo for today. last week, i was called twice. twice. for 2 consecutive meetings. i was prepared with the first time sir called me. i read the reading days before the lesson and an hour before the class started. however, i didn't read the article again last friday. but i saw it coming. i knew he would call me, yet i still did not read. that's why i was a big fat sign that said "bingo!" when sir called me last friday. what the heck. that was always the scenario whenever i entered the classroom for philo. there was always a percentage that i would be called. that's why i always had to come to class prepared. but i didn't do that last friday. good shot, i was called. bingo.

i'm taking a break from my philo handouts. i'm reading this for the nth time this semester and i still cannot understand it by heart. yes, i can get what the author was pointing out, but once sir asks a question, it seems that everything i read is thrown out of the classroom and straight into the non-biodegradable trash can. so much for reading. reading the handouts gives me a sense of security that i read the handouts and i'm 50% prepared to be called. but once i'm on the hotline and i'm standing infront of his face, i always guess and stammer for words. all i can do is smile. i don't know why, but i do. i'm trying a new style of studying, i say aloud those statements that i understand so that in case he calls me again on wednesday, i'm "kinda" prepared. hehehe.

that's why i'm happy today. i don't have philo.

the other side of the coin is that i don't have my film and design class and my drama. yep, i was able to finish my paper last night while watching band of brothers (a 10-part miniseries on war) and i'm prepared to give it away on wednesday. i'm just going to cash out a hundred or more because of the printing. we haven't bought a colored ink cartridge for our printer so i'm stuck with a dot-matrix printer that does not shell out colored ink. i'm paying the computer lab for printing my paper. i want to watch a new movie and analyze it. it has become my habit to look at the directing and listen to the script everytime i watch a movie. i rarely watch for just the sheer fact of enjoying it. after taking this class and hanging out with two directors (cerz and ina.. whee!) i became a critique myself. i began to study the style of the director on how he cuts shots and taking a different view to capture the emotions. i never enjoy watching movies. i learn from them. nyeeee. learning while enjoying a movie. hahahaha.

drama class. i can't wait to write a real play. i still can't think of a topic to write about. i guess i need tips from sir. i read almost all of sir niel's plays to get an idea on how a play would go. i browsed through jace, jihan, monette, and ana's plays 2 semesters ago. simple stories yet made into a play. i wish i could write. watching plays has been my passion since i was months old. my mom told me that i was only 2 months old when i watched my first play. i usually was a naughty kid when i was small but once i sat down in a theater to watch a play, i never squirmed in my seat. i guess i loved plays even when i was a kid. well, up to now. i would stay glued to my seat everytime i watch a play, may it be a one-act play from last semester's directing class, or an extravagant play like miss saigon or little mermaid. i have always wished to be part of a play, even if i just walk from one end of the stage to the other. hehehe. too bad we don't have drama today. but we'll be watching subtext in eastwood for sure. yeah.

ok. i have to get back to my philo. my mom's finished with the phone. i can connect to the internet again. the absurd is really nauseating. agree?

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unang ensayo

>> Friday, November 12, 2004

kaninang 630 (bahala ka na tagalugin ang 630... hehe), unang ensayo ko sa palabas ni dana para sa fine arts festival. binigay na sa amin ang script at binasa ko siya kasama ng iba pang mga aktres.

11 na pahina. buti nalang hindi masyadong mahahaba ang mga linya ko. marami, pero maiikli. mas madaling kabisaduhin pag maikli. ok lang sa akin ang marami, wag lang mahaba.

dapat nga 530 ang simula ng ensayo. kaso napadpad ako ng sm north at sa cinema 2. 4 pm, nasa loob ako ng sinehan at nakikipagtawanan kasama ang bata at matanda sa palabas na the incredibles. hindi ako magkkwento dahil baka mabatukan ako ng mga taong hindi pa napapanood ang sine. pero eto lang masasabi ko. ang ganda ng buhok ng kapatid ni dash. violet yung pangalan niya diba? nakalimutan ko na. ulyanin na yata ako. maganda ang palabas. nakakatuwa. sobrang sulit ang bayad. sana may ganon dito sa pilipinas. para talsik kaagad ang abu sayaff. tapos!

lumabas ako ng 6pm sa sm at dali-daling humarurot pabalik ng ateneo. buti nalang na-late din si dana (ang sumulat ng dula) at yung ibang mga aktres. pero ako parin ang pinakahuling dumating. wais. kasi ang traffic. nanisi pa. hehe. pero buti nalang may naabutan ako sa ensayo. nagkabulol-bulol ako sa kakabasa ng tagalog. nakakbaliw. pero masaya. nag-analyze pa nga kami ng mga karakter at mga intensyon ng dula. nakakatuwa. maganda ang dula, nakakabaliw sa tagalog. kaya ko ito. ika nga ni ana, "go for the gold!"

pero ang nakakakaba eh sa enero na ang fine arts festival. 2 buwan para kabisaduhin ang linya ko. napakarami. sana maalala ko. sana talaga. binabasa ko na nga ngayon para kahit papano, pag nagensayo uli kami sa martes, eh hindi na ako magkakabulol sa tagalog ko. konting tulak pa sa pageensayo, makakabisado ko rin ito. tulong.. sino man dyan.. hehehe..

nakakatuwa nga ang parte ko. ako si nica sa dula. tamang-tama, fine arts student siya. parang ako. pero wala akong 2 kapatid na babae. alam niyo naman, nagiisa ako sa mundo. nakakarelate ako dahil dinidiktahan si nica sa kanyang kurso. pero hindi niya sinabi sa kanyang pinakamatandang ate at tatay na lumipat siya sa fine arts. surprise baga. sa parte ko naman, pinipilit ako ng tito ko na mag duktor ako para may susunod sa yapak nya at kukuha ng klinik nya pagkatapos ko ng kolehiyo. pero hindi ko iyon sinunod. pinsan ko nalang ang nag duktor habang ako ay nag fine arts. pero masaya ako sa kurso ko.

memorize ko na yung unang linya ko..

"andito na ako! wala po ba kayong kasama?"

(mamano sa tatay)

yehey.

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something new

>> Thursday, November 11, 2004

yesterday, we finished watching "the girl with a pearl earring" for film and design. i realized how beautiful the film was made when the finished product was shown. there were a lot of symbolisms involved. and there is really a real vermeer.. hahaha.. silly me.


the girl with pearl earring from mystudios.com

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jealousy

>> Wednesday, November 10, 2004

last night, we attended a party of an 80-year old grandmother. my mother were friends with one of her daughters and we were already somewhat part of the family. that's why we were invited. 90% of the people in the up bahay kalinaw were the celebrant's relatives (she has 8 sisters and 10 children. so imagine how many grandchildren she has and how many children her sisters have.) it was a sight to see everyone so happy and so close with each other that tears began to form in my eyes. i felt jealous.

i have never really felt the love of a grandparent. my mother's parents are now both in heaven and my father's parents are separated.

when mom would tell stories on how her father would give money to his children or would tickle them everytime he would come home from work, i always wished that he lived long enough so that i would also feel that kind of joy. he died when mom was in college and i never got the chance to meet my grandfather. her mother died last year. mommy (that's what we called grandma) was there when i was small so i felt a glimpse of her love for her grandchildren. i know that i'm one of the fortunate grandchildren who experienced her "pompom" game whenever we would visit her. when she would catch me or my cousins lying on the couch, she would grab my feet with one hand, tap them with the other hand while saying "pompompom...". she would release them suddenly then shower me with tickles. but of course, time passed, i grew older, she grew weaker, and the games stopped. when i longed for a hug or kiss from her, she was there in her room staring outside the window or on her breakfast plate lying there for hours and hours. i would instead give her the hug and kiss and smell the powdery scent of a grandmother. but now that she's gone, the only memory of her are pictures and her room which was left untouched since she died. sometimes i would like to sleep there in her room but my tita would come marching down the room and screaming, "wag ka dyan hihiga! magagalit si mommy!" yeah right, mommy won't get mad. she never gets mad at her grandchildren. that's how she loves us. but i can't say that. i just stand up and leave the room.

my father's parents are separated. and i can't get any decent stories about the world war two or whatever except how lousy each one is. when i visit my grandmother (my dad's mom) she would rant and rant about my grandfather not being a good husband, that he left her for another girl, etc. etc. i have listened to such stories since i was small. i'm tired of it already, but she doesn't seem to forget. when my aunt says that she has heard that story for the nth time, my grandmother would butt in and say, "ganyan ka naman. sige, kumampi ka sa tatay mo, iniwan..." and it will go back to the same topic. no use of fighting. the best way is to shut up. but when i visit my lolo in his office, he would say nothing but "kausapin niyo nga lola niyo. wala nalang ginawa kundi siraan ako. eh sira ulo din naman siya." same topic everytime. i just amuse myself by playing games in his computer.

seeing the grandchildren close to their lola last night made me want to shout and say, "why wasn't i blessed with grandparents like them?" the grandchildren prepared presentations for their lola. no child was shy, every one participated and sang a song. each. no duets, no quartets, everyone did their solo acts.

during christmasses, the house in makati (that's were my father's side would meet up during christmas) is always quiet. my lolo would lock himself in his room while my grandmother would rant and rant about him in the living room. what christmas spirit. no one from my cousins would sing or play the piano or say a poem. they would just sit there, staring at my grandmother walking around the room criticizing everything on earth.

i tried once to ask lola bibing to tell stories of her younger days. i would ask about world war 2 or something when she was in school. she would not listen to my request but still tell the story about my lolo. from then on, i never dared to ask again.

i tried that too with lolo seyo. he would just keep quiet and smile. he's not that sociable with his grandchildren. most of the time when he's with his grandchildren, he would just sit on the sofa, say our names with a smile and ask me to play the piano. once i sit on the the family piano in makati, he would stand up and leave. he forgets that he was the one who requested me to play. sometimes he stays, sometimes he doesn't. but everytime my lolo would play the piano, i would always watch him. i know where my musical ear came from. and i appreciate that. but i never clapped for him because he would be embarrassed. he might not play anymore.

one time i saw my lolo in jolibee quezon ave. when i kissed him on the cheek, i saw a smile flash from his face. it was one of those smiles that i wish that i would see often. his eyes lit as if he earned his first dollar on earth. i wish i had a camera. but that picture of his smiling face is still etched in my mind up to today.

i wish i had grandparents like the one last night. i wish i had participative cousins like the kids there. that's why whenever i go to parties or gatherings like that and when we are close to the oldies, i always savor the moment and feel like i'm part of the family.

enough. i don't want to cry.

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drama workshop

>> Monday, November 08, 2004

i had no choice but to take this class because the poetry seminar class that i was supposed to take mysteriously had no more slots left for any creative writing major. but after the first class today with sir niel de mesa, it wasn't so bad after all. i enjoyed it actually.

with his introduction, i saw in him the potential to understand a writer wannabe. an amateur writer like me. well, drama writer to be exact. he just wanted us to write because we would learn along the way, by reading plays and watching them. he told us that he didn't expect anything great before his class, but after.. the transformation in his classes.

but our class wasn't all that serious. he was a stand-up comedian. and i mean it. he IS a good imitator. tabla si cerz sa imitation niya ni sir badong. sir niel was the best. even sir b's style of walking, his way of speaking, his manners, facial expressions, absolutely everything about sir badong. one of the best. he's good man. even xander. who would even make time to observe the deparment's secretary? hahahahaha. it was a laugh trip in his class. i'm really glad i signed up for drama.

he had a lot of pick-up lines that i could not remember them all.

"what pick-up line would work for you, miss?"

sheesh. my tummy was aching from all the laughing moment's during his class. with all his jokes, we never realized that 3 hours had passed already. look how time flies when you are having fun. 1 hour in philo is so boring and long. but 1 hour in sir niel's class? bitin. it has to be 3 hours. i didn't matter for me that we would have quizzes every week and journal entries everyday. i was having fun. first day palang yan. i hope he won't run out of jokes.

too bad that we won't have drama class for 2 mondays because of ramadan and the bonifacio day (gma moved it to 29 so that it would be a 3-day "holiday").

on saturday, we're heading to kamuning to watch one of his plays. i can't wait. i hope it'll be funny. i know it will be. but there is a story behind it. i can't tell it here, we're not supposed to tell anything shared in class. it's confidential. daw. ehehe. respect the teacher. i'm a good girl. but i can tell his jokes. when i remember them. whee...

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salbahe ang brownout

nadrama na nga ako, ipopost ko na, biglang namatay ang kuryente. salbahe. kaya lahat ng drama ko, nawala. kaya uulitin ko nalang.

kagabi, nakagat ako ng langgam. hindi lang ito bastang-basta na kagad sa kung saan mang parte ng katawan na may balat. sa eyeball ako kinagat. tama ang narinig mo. sa eyeball. ang instrumento kung paano nakakakita ang mga tao. hindi ko alam kung saan nanggaling ang langgam na yon. tapos ayon kay ina, galit ang mga langgam sa tubig eh paano niya nagawang kagatin ang mata ko. ayun. may bukol yung mata ko. napansin nga ni ina na namumula pa siya. salbaheng langgam. mula ngayon, sinusumpa ko na lahat ng langgam sa mundo. bastos.

hindi ko na alam yung sinulat ko bago nawala yung kuryente. tinatamad narin ako mag-isip. manonood nalang ako ng sine.

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2004 evsem..... and food. whaha...

>> Sunday, November 07, 2004

while the block was in ek screaming their heads off, i was in the evaluation seminar of the 3yc. well, i thought it would be like the ordinary meeting, where we would plan about projects for next semester and the days to come. but i'm glad i went. it wasn't so bad after all.

no body was in the seclec 2 when i arrived. i was sure i was in the right classroom when david and kai entered. phew, there was somebody already in the room. one by one, coursereps started to fill the room. they were talking about the latest craze, the sun cell shift. it turned out that enrico was the one who supplied almost all sun sims to the core sanggu and other coursereps. it was funny because we were all at the same room, everyone with sun sims were using their phones (since they have a promo of 24/7 call and text unlimited) and they were talking to each other.

enrico: oi! 3-way tayo!
kai: sige, sige!! game!
hazel: sandali.. ano number mo.. dali!
joms: hazel, asan ka? di kita makita (on the phone)... helu, pwidi ba makipagkilala?

they were in different parts of the classroom, but their voices were audible enough even without the phones. it was a funny sight to see them taking to each other on the fone inside the classroom.

while we were having our evaluation on the different projects last semester (arg, help desk, and internals), i learned something new. someone commented on the spelling of received. then we had a discussion on which comes first or what. joms asked what was the correct spelling of weird. he even wrote wierd and weird on the board and asked which word was the correct one. jill said a statement that silenced our debate (which had no relation on our evaluation).

"i comes before e except after c. what a weird society."

weird and society were the exceptions in the i comes before e rule. cool. i knew about the i comes before e except after c. but the statement after the first was new to me. i learned something for the day. wheee!!

after lunch (yummy lasagna of aya!! wheee!!) we had an activity. it was called make a country. we were divided into groups, then we were tasked to make a country. we had to invent:
>a flag
>costume for inhabitants
>a government
>the name of our country and a capital
we had markers, crepe paper, bond paper, and crayons for our materials. and my very good groupmates made me a model for the costume part. very nice. i was clothed in green crepe paper with fringes at the bottom of the "shirt" and "skirt", a belt made of blue crepe paper, a shawl of red crepe paper, a red head band with a yellow circle on the top of the head band. the yellow circle signifies the sun, which was our god. the green signifies the country we lived in, a rainforest. red was the fire tree in the forest, and the blue was the main attraction of the country which is the rainfall. may earrings pa ako. asteeg. galing talaga ng mga fashion designer ng group namen (go dappy and enrico!) tama ba akong gawing barbie doll?

our country name was suncelluarstan. tamang-tama, kasama namin ang businessman ng sun cellular, at ang aming diyos ay ang araw. suncellarstan because everything (as in everything) falls under the sun. oh ha! bago yon. and the capital of our country is aaaah.. because since the main attraction is the waterfalls, and when you fall, there is nothing else to shout but aaaahhh.... nyork. wais.

while we were explaining our country, i had to model in front of the united nations committee, consisted of the sanggu core. they even asked me to dance a rain dance. impromptu. kakatawa. i won't do that again infront of my courserepmates. so embarrassing.

then the serious part came (which was wasn't still serious). we had our comments on the previous semester, our complaints, and other concerns. i brought up the problem of the creative writing peeps during the reg. about the closed classes because the sophomores got them and left us with nothing except for IS courses, which we didn't like. they said they will look into that and talk to the registrar so that next time the juniors and the seniors would come first in the registration. very good. we also talked about manong sungit in escaler. 50% of the discussion about him were full of jokes. everyone imitated manong sungit and we were laughing our stomachs out. whehehe... sana naman ok na yung mga microphones diba? (remember cerz? whehehe)

i had fun during the evsem. at least i got to know more of my coursereps since i wasn't able to attend meetings last semester due to my poetry class. i just hope meetings won't be during mondays again or else.... nooo... i still have monday late afternoon classes. sheesh.

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walang meron ang pagpipilosopiya

>> Friday, November 05, 2004

walang pilosopiya ngayon. ang saya.

andito kami ni edlyn sa computer lab. unang araw ko sa foyer. sana hindi ako mahilig uli sa pagiinternet dahil baka bumaba nanaman ang mga grado ko. mamaya pang 930 ang aming klase ke bernal kaya nagpapalipas oras kami dito sa foyer. masaya talaga ang libreng internet. at masaya din dahil maganda yung napunta sa akin na kompyuter.

kahapon, habang hinihintay ko ang klase ko sa great books, tumambay muna ako sa labas ng pubroom (lagi naman eh, pag walang ginagawa). nakatawag pansin ang isang papel na nakapaskil sa corkboard ng fine arts department kaya naisipan kong tingnan ito. aba, ito pala ay ang resulta ng mga nakapasa sa audition ng fine arts festival 2005. nagulat ako nang makita ko ang pangalan na nakapasa sa parte na nica, ang bunsong anak sa isang dula. naomi. ako yon. natawa ako at dali-dali kong tinext ang nanay ko. hindi ako makapaniwala na nakuha ko ang parte. kung nagbabasa ka ng blog ko, maaalala mo na sobrang kinakabahan ako nung binasa ko yung script. at wala akong kaalam-alam sa pag-arte. tapos biglang natanggap ako? asteeg. ang galing. sa lunes daw ang unang rehearsal (ano ba ang tagalog ng rehearsal.. pageensayo? hindi eh..) at hintayin ko daw ang mga text nila. hala. paano ito, sana makayanan ko ang bago kong pakulo. ang pagaarte.

kahapon din ang unang araw ng pagkikita sa great books at sa non fiction workshop. mukha namang masaya ang great books, yun nga lang, mejo magastos dahil ikaw ang bibili ng mga libro. mas ok pang bumili nalang kaysa magpakopya sa library, dahil natutulungan mo ang tindahan kung saan mo nabili ang libro, ang sumulat nito (kahit siguro patay na yung iba sa kanila) at ang ekonomiya ng pilipinas. masyado nang maraming pirated na nangyayari. nyahaha. issue ito.

pero hindi ko nagustuhan ang non fiction workshop. unang-una, hindi alam ng guro kung ano ang pinagkaiba ng workshop at seminar. tapos binigyan pa kami ng takdang aralin na magresearch. bakit ka naman maghahanap sa library tungkol sa kasaysayan ng essay. hello, workshop ito pare. magsusulat tayo, hindi magbabsa ng kasaysayan. haay nako, mapapadpad ako nyan sa library (nyahaha.. nakakalimutan ko na ang tagalog ko!) dahil maghahanap ako ng mga libro na naglalaman ng mga essay na gawa ng pinoi at ang kasaysayan ng essay sa pilipinas. wais. ang galing. asteeg. kakainis. haay, buhay nga naman.

sige na. at iniwan na ako ni edlyn at ni jay. kukunin pa raw nila yung babsahin para sa pilosopiya sa lunes. nabasa ko na siya kagabi. boring. hindi ako nerd dahil marami pa akong kelangan basahin tulad ng isang buong libro ng beowulf na dapat tapos sa martes. galing noh? at oo nga pala, kaklase ko ang matalik na kaibigan ni edlyn na basketbolista sa great books. iisa lang yon, hindi mo na kailangang magisip. hahaha.

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i have been waiting a quarter of an eternity

>> Thursday, November 04, 2004

think about it. how will you know if it is a quarter of an eternity?

"a quarter of an eternity," he began. "it's not easy to say how long a quarter of an eternity last. first you have to find our how long a whole eternity lasts, then you have to divide it by four, but exactly how long a whole eternity lasts is very difficult to calculate. no matter which number you start with, eternity will last even longer. calculating whole of half eternities is a matter for heaven alone."

-caspar, the christmas mystery by jostien gaarder

first day of classes. i wasn't even excited about it. maybe because i saw the teacher who destroyed my grades last semester. i saw him, first thing in the morning. ina even said that she was already fed up in seeing the same classroom, and sitting in the same seat for the same teacher, the same subject, and the same classmates. the only difference is that it is another semester to start with. he made a lot of changes in the grading system. there will be only 1 long test and the percentage of the finals will increase to 40% of the final grade. this time, i will really study. i have a lot of time to study because i don't have a lot of breaks anymore. the only big break that i have is during mondays, form 1030-330pm. and i promise myself that i will not anymore have excessive internet sessions in school.

i really felt that yesterday was a long day, much like waiting for a quarter of an eternity. i was off by 1030 from sir bernal's class. i wanted to go home and sleep and wait for csi but i had to wait. mom and dad went to cap to get the check for my tuition fee. i stayed with cerz and darls and played tong-its while waiting for my parents to arrive. as soon as i got the check, i had to wait again for the cashier to open up. it was lunch time when i got the money. it took a lot of stories with darls before window 7 opened. we lined up at 1230, and the cashier opened at 1:05. 35 minutes. it seemed like an eternity waiting for it to open. my mouth was dry by the time that i was able to fully register myself. how long is an eternity anyway?

we still did not go home. mom, dad and i rushed to manila doctors to accompany my tito with his check-up with the doctor. another waiting session. we waited for our turn in the elevator. but we did not use it because the line was so long. we resorted to the stairs. so much for waiting. when we arrived at the 5th floor, we waited again for my tito's turn. wait, wait, wait. when his turn came up, mom went inside with my tito and i was left outside to do nothing. i wish i brought a book or something to do. but no, nothing else. so i just sat there and waited. good thing keith was my textmate at that time. he kept me awake. but my cellphone bill suffered. waiting is costly.

after the hospital, we met up with my 2 titas (the sisters of papa) in the family's makati house. i was dropped off at the house, while they drove off to another street to buy snacks. i waited again. at least a piano was there, it kept me busy. i played some songs and pieces while waiting for the rest of the gang to bring food. wait, wait, wait.

my waiting did not end there. sure, i was able to fill my stomach with yummy pancit (btw, the cook is from ken afford in katips... i'll try eating there before i graduate) but i had to wait again until the conversation ended. the oldies had a lot of stories to tell, gossips to share, and problems to solve. i was stuck with only two choices, to watch tv or to listen to them. spongebob was on the screen, so i resorted to laughing with patrick, spongebob, sandy, and the gang. but my other ear could hear my lola's ranting, my tita's new business, my mom's CAP problem, my dad's nods and shakes, my other tita's candle stuff. i could not concentrate with what i was watching. i just stared at the clock and watched the hands move from 5pm-630pm. waiting is really long. was it a quarter of an eternity already?

finally, after 10 million seconds of waiting, it was time to go home. but i still had to wait. one kilometer at a time until we reached home. it was traffic, it was night, it was dark. i just slept. i didn't want to wait with my eyes open.

tell me if when the quarter of the eternity will happen. so i know how long will i still wait till the end of eternity.

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so far

>> Tuesday, November 02, 2004

last week, mom gave me a piano piece that she found when she was cleaning our library... and guess what the title was? so far! here's the lyrics.. with the chords.

SO FAR
by sandi patti

c-g/b-am7-dm7-f/g

C F/C
so far it's been so good
C F/C G/B
so far, through all the joys and scars
Am Dm7 C/E F - F/G
you've won the battles in my heart
C F/C
i long for what you have in store
F/C G/B
another open door
Am Dm7 C/E F-G+
should i stay here or look for more

chorus
Am Am/G
so far, you've brought
FM7 Am/E Dm
so far, you've taught me so far
C Dm
that everything i need
C/E F-G+
you are
Am Am/G FM7
and now another turn to take
Am/E Dm
another choice to make
C Dm-F/G
i can't believe we've come
C
so far

C F/C C
you say the fight has just begun
F/C G/B
and yet the battle's won
Am Dm-C/E F-F/G
by trusting in your holy son
C F/C C
you know the plans you have for me
F/C G/B
i'm trying to believe
Am Dm C/E F-G+
but my eyes can't always see so far
(back to chorus)

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out of order for one week

wow, 1 week without any post. well, that's because my prepaid account went 0 when i was supposed to check my mail. i had a spare prepaid card in my drawer, but my mom was saving it for an "important" day (which she did not specify.. hehe) because of the promo. on the first log-in, i would be able to be online, unlimited use from 12 am-2pm. since i said i need to check my mail for sanggu reasons, she let me use it. and ok, i got 15 new messages from sanggu. waaahhhhwww....

tomorrow's the start of the second semester and i haven't paid for my tuition fee yet. my registration was last friday, and after my reg, we went straight to cap (my educational plan) to claim my check. when i was in first year, we would go there in the morning, then present my regform and assessment form. we would be able to get the check either in the afternoon or the morning after. but now, we had to wait at least a week to get the check. if i presented my regform last friday, i would get my check on the 5th of november. by that time, i would be on my 3rd day in school. my mom went crazy when she learned about it. she went straight to the branch manager and complained. i don't know how the conversation went inside the office, i was too busy watching the 3rd movie shown in the conference room (1st was mr deeds, the second was i-spy, and the third was elf.. that's how long we waited just to get the news that we would be getting our check a week after). i guess the manager took pity on my mom, and said that we would be able to get the check on the 3rd. i'll just pay the 200 fine for late registration and i'll tell all my teachers that i paid at a late date.

while i was waiting for my turn in cap, edlyn texted me. she was listening at a radio station at that time. she said that there were a lot of people complaining about cap and bouncing checks. i remembered that mom had a chit-chat with her seatmate. her son was in lasalle dasmarinas and when she presented the check, it bounced back. ohhh.. nooohhh... i just hope that my check won't bounce back. good thing that i can suffer with cap for only 3 sems more.

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so what did i do for the past week? i was able to download a screensaver before my account went zero. it's from www.corboard.com, it's a reminder screensaver that goes on when the computer is idle for 3 mins. you can customize it in any way you want it to look. here's how mine looks:



i patterned it with my bulletin board (the wall of my study table. btw, i don't want to face a blank wall when i'm studying so i made a bulletin board. my theme for this season... the universe) that's why there are stars in the side...

i'll talk about what happened last saturday and sunday next time...

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