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terra cotta tennis

>> Saturday, August 30, 2008

You may have been wondering, it's already the 6th day of the US Open and I haven't blogged about anything tennis-related.

Actually I have. It's just in the matter of finding which blog I'm doing the Chronicles of teh US Open.

The men's singles tournament is still on a high note for me; all the top seeders are still in the draw. But for the womens, there's one player down. Actually two. Lindsay Davenport and top seeder Ana Ivanovic have been eliminated by non-seeders. Ivanovic's game is more ego-shattering because the lady who defeated her is at the 188 spot. Ah well, there's still the Williams sisters, Safin and Jankovic. I was surprised to see Sharapova missing in action. I wonder why she dropped out of the tournament.

Anyway, I won't talk about the games for now. I'll get excited when the quarter finals are up. I want Federer to win! GO FEDDY BEAR!

For the past two weeks, my office computer's wallpaper is a mascot from the Beijing Olympics. The website provides very cute layouts, so I grabbed one and placed it on my computer. But now that the Olympics is over and we're back to tennis addiction, I decided to search the internet for photos that I can include in my new wallpaper.

Originally, I wanted a Federer wallpaper. I temporarily used a Federer-Nike one, which I grabbed from a random search at Google. Theeeeen. I saw high res photos of the top seeders with their terra cotta counterparts.

Last year, the ATP Shanghai spiced things up by creating terra cotta likes of tennis players. It was on display in the duration of the tournament and a few weeks after the games. Federer's photo beside it is so cute. I think I posted it before. He looks so amused at seeing himself as a statue.



So I took the hi res photos and made myself a wallpaper. I do hope I got the names correctly. I only know Gonzales, Federer (of course), Nadal (duh), Djokovic (oh bb), Andy Muray, and Davydenko. I'm not sure if those are really Berdych and Baghdatis. Please tell me if I made a mistake. :P hehehehe I'll consider it my tennis education. I had a feeling I made a mistake. I searched for it online and I got my answers. It's Ferrer and Gasquet. Now I know.


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Photos by Quentin Shih from the ATP Shanghai website.


OMG GENIUS:



GO FEDERER! Rock on!

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15 Standing

>> Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Beijing Olympics is over. In 4 years' time, we will be sending another batch of athletes to the 2012 London Olympics.

Will we face the same fate as what we went through on the 2008 Summer Olympics?

We shouldn't despair at the results of our medal tally (or lack of one). Our 15 athletes gave their best.

We must remember that the Olympics is a culmination of the best of the best. The top players from each country are sent to one venue to showcase what they have. All of our athletes have rankings and they are part of the elite. If Olympics would just provide 100 medals for each sport, the Philippines would surely accept one. But the Olympics doesn't act that way. There are only 3 medals given to every sport, every category. Chances are really slim for tens of thousands of athletes competing. It's a will to finish, to win, to be better than what they are capable of.

We had high hopes for our taekwondo team. If my memory serves me right, we were close to having a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics at Greece. Toni Rivero was up against Greece. It was a judged game, and we can't just protest against the judges. They know better and it's best to respect it. We can say that it was biased. But if you look at it, both were great players. It's really a 50-50 chance. Both wanted the medal. They both gave their best kicks. Being 4th in Taekwondo ranking isn't that bad. It was a learning experience for Toni.

This year, we didn't even make it past the first round. According to Taekwondo analyzers, Toni's opponent was really strong. In the world rankings, the opponent had a higher ranking than Toni. But Toni is still part of the top 100 Taekwondo players in the world. She works on her sport with passion and she's driven for every kick she does.

The same way with our athletes. They have trained hard, they are our best players. Miguel Molina broke his own ASEAN record.

So what should we do in order to get a medal? I'm not sure if this is feasible in the short run, but we could start right now, right? One small step at a time and in 10 years, we might be able to work on our first gold medal. It's never too late to start.

1. The Sports Commission should build a sports training center. I'm not expecting an Olympic village where all facilities are high tech. What our athletes need are usable facilities, facilities that aren't ready to be buried 6 feet under. Clean facilities, strong and sturdy equipment, and strong building foundations. There should also be a livable quarters for the athletes coming from the provinces. Clean restrooms and soft beds.

2. Sponsors should work together to provide the nutritional needs of our athletes. If you read my previous entry, you should see how much Michael Phelps eats per day. Our athletes need nutrition and vitamins. There was news about a triathlete who committed suicide because of his poor condition. He sleeps in a small dusty room and he only eats one can of sardines a day. How will you expect him to finish strong if you don't feed his body? There are companies who do support athletes. If they support a group of athletes, there will be an equal distribution of support.

3. Train athletes at a young age. China breeds a set of gymnasts starting at age 5. Start young, finish strong. If you train them when they're still kids, their body will adjust to the rigorous training needed to compete in the Olympics.

4. This is for the parents. Let your child suffer. The problem with parents is that they don't want to see their children pushing their bodies to the limit. if you instill the value of excellence, they will understand that life is not a piece of cake. Training will not make them weaklings, it'll make them stronger and better. Exercising and training prepares the body for bigger obstacles. In order to get that gold, they should work hard for it. Of course, the children would need support from their parents. That is also important.

5. Look for a sport that will fit the physical features of the Filipinos. We've been trying to tap the basketball scene. We're a race of small people. How many pure Filipinos have heights like the NBA players? Face it, we weren't really meant for basketball. Gymnastics does not require height. We're artistic and we can channel it through gymnastics. We are light, so we can lift our own bodies on beams and on the mat. Synchronized swimming does not have a height requirement. It's an artistic sport, which we can pull off. There is an advantage for tall players in Tennis, but not a necessity. Tennis needs agility and quick reflexes. We can tap a lot of sports, all we need to do is to find our own niche.

6. Spend on coaches. We need excellent world-class coaches. Invest on coaches who will push the limit of our athletes and bring out the best in them.

7. For the government. Giving Php 15M for gold medallists is crap. It's not motivation, no matter how flowery you phrase it. They need the 15M for training, not after they have won. I think that the government is bold to provide such proposal because they know that it's a slim chance that all 15 will win a gold medal. If they provided the 15M before, the chances of winning a gold medal will be higher. Stupid motivation. Give it during training, nitwits. Sports is an expensive investment. If they want athletes to win, they should give provide the best opportunity and support.


This is a shout out to the Sports Commission and the government. Instead of focusing on the ZTE crap, the government should start investing on education and sports. How many Filipinos care about the ZTE? Honestly, I turn off the television when it's the evening news. The bickering of the lawmakers on making GMA resign or some nuisance in laws is nonsense. They're just wasting the taxes from my salary. If I had an option, I'd be willing to give my taxes to fund for a sports complex exclusive for athletes, or books for public schools.

So congratulations to the Philippine Team for representing our country. You proved yourselves worthy. Till next Olympics. Training starts today and in 4 years, we will be counting on you again. You're worth watching and cheering for, than the politicians seated in those comfortable rooms and making useless laws that aren't implemented.

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trying hard to be emo

>> Monday, August 25, 2008

... and failing hard.

I was supposed to be an emo girl at the photoshoot, but I ended up goofing around.


The feet can speak. And emote. (photo by Cerz, edited by me)


Toldyah I can't be emo. (photo by Jace)


There was another model at the scene, Kat. She posed as an elf. A very beautiful elf.

Check out the photos at these links!
The Elf and the Emo

Dress: Jihan Estrella
Make up and some photos: Ceres Barrios
2nd photo by: Jason Lim
More photos by: Jason Lim, Jihan Estrella and Rj Condecino

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a random update

>> Friday, August 22, 2008

A BOOK ON VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES AND HUMANS

With the hype of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, I gave in to the bandwagon. Romance/fantasy books are not really my type, but I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I borrowed from my boss, Ann, who bought the four books plus The Host.

The Host is not related to the Twilight series, but you could see the similarity of the characters to the Twilight characters. Melanie/Wanda is like Bella, while there are two other guys: Ian and Jared. I do like the gist of the story. The Host is about a soul from another planet being inserted in a host body, a human. Usually, the personality or being of the host body is shut out from its own body, and the soul takes over. However for the case of Wanderer (the soul), she finds that her host has a mind of its own. Melanie (the body) is strong enough to influence the decisions of Wanderer/Wanda.

In simpler terms, it's actually two people with two minds in one body. Kinda bipolar, but both make sense.

Wanda falls in love with Ian, but Melanie loves Jared. There's the first conflict.

I like the decision-making at the end of the book. Melanie has grown fond of Wanda being inside her, and their state has saved the rest of the humans who haven't been captured by the aliens to be host bodies. So when the decision came to split them, Melanie hesitates. At one end, it would be great because Wanda would be free to love Ian and Melanie to be with Jared. At the other end, it was too risky to separate them because it might kill the other. Besides, Wanda did not want to invade another host body.

Back to the Twilight Series. The characters of The Host are similar to Twilight. If you have read the series, you'll probably relate. If not, I wanred you. There may have spoilers to it.

We know that there are two guys: Edward the Vampire and Jacob the Warewolf. They both love a human, Bella. Bella loves both guys, but to different extents. I clearly remember a line when Bella was contemplating on her feelings for both guys. There's a Bella for Edward and a Bella for Jacob.

See the similarities now with The Host? One girl, two boys.

On to Breaking Dawn, because the story is still fresh in my mind. I'll give the book a 6/10. I found the first part unnecessary when Bella and Edward had toooooo (and I mean too many) much sex. Stephenie should've anticipated that the book had an appeal to the teens. I skipped all the sex parts. And I mean in earth years, they're friggin' 18 years old. I know they're married, but still. 18.

The best part of the book is the 2nd part, where the story was narrated in Jacob's point of view. He's the hero for me, not Edward, not Bella. You'll sense his sacrifice because he loves Bella, even if she did not choose him.

The ending was bleh. I feel that the ending was rushed. The sex should've been lessened at the start of the book and action scenes were added at the end. Just like how Twilight happened. Among the four books, I give the highest score to Twilight. Everything was done in a balanced sequence. Nothing was rushed and the conflict build up had a smooth flow.


A PHOTOSHOOT

I allowed myself to be a canvas for my friend, Cerz. She's building a portfolio of mer make-up creations. I was game with it, even if I'm not a model. She needs the practice and I was a willing guinea pig.

Last Monday, Cerz, Jace, Jihan and RJ went to my house to do a shoot. It was weird posing. It was like having a monologue skit for an audience of four. I kept on telling Cerz, "kausapin mo ako, nacconscious ako." haahahha

Cerz did a good job of hiding my pimples with a blob of foundation and concealer. The pimples were the fault of staying up late to watch tennis. I had to photoshop some bumps that were visible. ehehehe. Promise, in preparation for the next shoot, I'll sleep early and drink lots of water.

Jihan posted her set of photos at her multiply. I'll post two of my favorites.


I see you!


ay ang drama.




TODAY

Today is a lazy day. I want to stay home and do nothing.


OLYMPICS

One man standing. Our taekwondo bets lost at the first round. Rexel Ryan Fabriga is the only athlete left. He'll be competing at the men's 10m preliminary round of diving. 30 divers will be diving tonight. Rexel must make it to the top 18 to be able to move to the semifinals. Then out of the 18, he must make it to the 11th cut to be able to compete for the gold.

Go Philippines parin!

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the swimmer's diet

>> Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I saw this on Vittorio's blog.

This is the diet of an Olympic swimmer:



When my friend Marga and I saw this, we only had one conclusion.

TO HELL WITH DIETING.

If Michael Phelps can consume 12,000 calories a day and still have that great body, then we are all starving ourselves with salad and a measly amount of rice per meal.

I remember Drew Barrymore saying in an interview before that exercise helps her eat all the carbs she wants. It was her secret to getting a slim body. She'd exercise like crazy and eat pasta like crazy.

I noticed that in order to get a healthy-looking body, one must exercise. Exercise is always the key. You'd really lose weight if you don't eat, but you're not healthy. Your body would look like skin attached to the bones. Muscle provides the lean structure. It's the cushion between your bones and your skin. Have some muscle, eat something for heaven's sake.

Follow Michael Phelps' example. Eat everything. Burn it all by exercising. Food was made for the body's intake. Don't worry about the fat and calories. Eat then exercise. Find a sport that will suit you.

But I recommend swimming. It tones every part of your body.

I'd love to try Phelps' diet, but I can't devour the same amount of food. My stomach can't have 6 slices of pizza. Oh camon, the height difference is huuuuge. He's 6'3", i'm only 5' flat. I can try to eat half of what of what he eats, as long as I do his training routine of 5 hours in the pool and 3 hours in the gym. Every. Single. Day.

It all boils down to discipline. You can eat all you want, as long as you work hard to burn em all.

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math geekiness

A man wanted to get into his work building, but he had forgotten his pin-code. However, he did remember five clues.

These are what those clues were:

§ The fifth number plus the third number equals 14.
§ The fourth number is one more than the second number.
§ The first number is one less than twice the second number.
§ The second number plus the third number equals 10.
§ The sum of all five numbers is 30.

What were the five numbers and in what order?

The answer unlocks the attachment below!

get the file here: http://www.mediafire.com/?pyquzhima5z



Ailen: naalala nung guy yung 5 clues pero di niya naalala yung 5 nos? laboooo.

HAHAHAHAHAHA! ehhh. he's geeky that way. :))







ps. If you manage to open the file, write your name on the list inside, and send this email to your friends & let them solve it. Give it a shot. When you solve the puzzle bellow you'll feel good about yourself.

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tennis finals

>> Sunday, August 17, 2008


photo by Philippe Huguen


Men's tennis singles
Gold: Rafael Nadal (Spain)
Silver: Fernando Gonzales (Chile)
Bronze: Novak Djokovic (Serbia)


photo by Philippe Huguen


Men's tennis doubles
Gold: Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland)
Silver: Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson (Sweden)
Bronze: Bob and Mike Bryan (USA)


I love the Olympics being held at the Eastern part of the world. The time is the same as Manila's, which means I can watch games live or via satellite without staying up in the wee hours of the night.

I love C/S, 2nd avenue and ETC. I don't need cable to be able to watch the sports that I want to watch, such as tennis, swimming, gymnastics, and diving. I get to watch them after work. I'm updated at the latest scores and player standings, thanks to the Beijing Olympics website.

I was able to watch the finals for both the doubles and singles matches. It's a first for me to watch a doubles match, just because Federer is in it. He was eliminated in the singles draw, but he got to the finals at the doubles draw, along with his partner, 10th seeder Stanislas Wawrinka.

Getty images is now my friend (even if they have sucky watermarks on the hi-res photos) because they post photos at the duration of the game. So while I'm keeping track of the scores, I get to open my photoshop and make icons.

I'm on an icon-making spree for the past two days. If you do take them, please leave a comment and do credit. I can be a meanie if you say you made those icons. :P

Photos courtesy of Getty Images.

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5. 6. 7. 8.

9. 10.

Btw, Nadal takes the number 1 spot today, ending Federer's 4-year reign.


FEDDY BEAR AND RAFFY BB FTW!

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It's possible for Cinderella!

>> Saturday, August 16, 2008


Lea Salonga is full of awesomeness.

It's possible to wish for the impossible. I thought I won't be able to watch Cinderella because of the ridiculous prices (7k for friggin center orchestra seats?!), but the magical world is so good, the other seats were affordable enough. I still wanted to sit at the orchestra. Less expensive seats or never get to see Lea on stage?

It was a deal, I chose the less expensive seats. We got good seats anyway.

I was fidgety until the play started. My insides were soooo excited, I kept on checking dad's watch to see if it was 8 pm. The last time I saw Lea on stage was at Miss Saigon (we got good effin' orchestra seats for that. KEWL STUFF) and I was 1,000,000% sure she'll be great as her Miss Saigon role as Kim. I wanted to jump and squeal when the curtain rose at exactly 8 pm.

I was trying hard to stop myself from singing along. The musical is from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. If you remember, they made a film version of this starring Brandy and Paolo Montalban (yes, the Mortal Combat Filipino star hahaha). Jace gave me the soundtrack way back in college and the melody, at least, is still fresh in my mind. I don't need to give any spoilers on the plot. Oh camon, who doesn't know the story of Cinderella?

The kids in the audience were wonderful. They were so amused at the set, the dancing, the costumes, they were giggling even at the start of the play. When the prince asked for Cinderella's name, the kid beside us piped up before Lea could answer. "HER NAME'S CINDERELLA!!" It was audible to the whole theater. Sooo cute, the audience laughed at the little boy's answer. A kiss is always present during fairy tales. This didn't appeal to the kids. Another kid groaned "eewwwwwwww..." out loud during the smack scene (heavens, it wasn't even a Legally Blonde the Musical kind of kiss!) Ahhh kids, they are the real magic to fairy tales.

The magic transformations from the pumpkin to the coach, the rag dress to a gown were AMAZING. I was trying to do a replay in my mind on how they do it. I could only come with guesses with a lot of loop holes. Even the group of oldies behind us exclaimed, "OH PANO NANGYARI YON??" Holy fark, seriously, how did that happen? Cheter mind, camon start thinking!!

Do I want you because you're wonderful,
or are you wonderful because I want you?


On to the technical stuff. I'll give 4.75 to the set. The most amazing prop was the coach. The lighting to the travel scene was the most amazing technical direction to the musical. I too, like the kid beside me, wanted to have a go on the coach. It looked so comfy and dreamy. Second thumbs up goes to Cinderella's house. I love the fire place and the door. If I have a house of my own, I'll make my door similar to the door on the set. My only set problem was the palace garden. Red walls oh camon. I know it's trying to increase the love mood, but it looked... gay. Red wall and huge flowers. I would've preferred gold and white to make it look like royalty.

I give 5 out of 5 for the costumes. I want the wedding dresses. It'll be the colors for my own wedding. Even Mom loved the costumes.

Dad on the other hand paid attention to the orchestra. He was looking for a Filipino face from the musicians. My dad, the sound engineer, had his ears open for the theater's acoustics. CCP still has it. It's an awesome place for musicals. I still can't imagine how they were able to fit the helicopter during Miss Saigon. Imelda Marcos rawked the house for building CCP. Ok, I digress.

Go and watch it. They sell binoculars for 50 pesos for those who are seated at the heavenly balcony. Even if our seats had the good view of the stage and was reasonably close enough to see the expressions of the actors, Mom still bought a pair because she was curious with it. Kinda helpful to see the stage up close, I think.

Programs were sold out. EFFFIN' BOO. I bought the CD instead. Lalalalala!

Cinderella: And remember how very very hard I am wishing!
Fairy Godmother: Impossible for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage..
Impossible for a plain country bumpkin and a prince to join in marriage.
And four white mice will never be four white horses..
Cinderella: They will!!


IT DID HAPPEN!

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team standing

What is the standing of our athletes at the Beijing Olympics? Let's have a quick review.

WEIGHTLIFTING
1. Hidilyn Diaz
August 11 - 330 pm - weightlifing women's 58 group A
She finished 11 out of 12 competitors. I was only able to watch clips of her round at the sports news because I didn't know what time Solar Sports airs the said sport. According to Adi, Hidilyn was able to lift at the first try. At the second try, she was able to lift the weights on her shoulders, but wasn't able to have a full lift. I'm not sure what happened at the third lift.

SHOOTING
1. Eric Ang
August 8 - 9 am - men's trap qualifications (rank: 30)
August 10 - 9 am - men's trap qualifications (rank: 35)
He uh.. ranked 35 out of 35. Excitement got the hold of him. Too much excitement.

ARCHERY
1. Mark Javier
August 9 - 330 - men's individual ranking round (rank: 36)
August 13 - 330 - men's individual 1/32 eliminations
This was a close fight. He was up against Kuo Cheng Wei of Chinese Taipei. He scored 102, Kuo Cheng Wei scored 106. 5 targets short of winning the match.

SWIMMING (it's so difficult to make it to the next round because a millisecond makes a HUGE difference. 1 second seems like an eternity when it comes to swimming)
1. Daniel Cockley
August 14 - 650 pm - men's 50 freestyle (heat 9)
Cockley finished 6th in his heat (time: 22.69), 39 out of 97 overall.

2. Ryan Paolo Arabejo
August 15 - 655 pm - men's 1500m freestyle (heat 1)
Arabejo finished 6th in his heat (time: 15:42:27), 32 out of 25 overall.

3. James Walsh
August 11 - 705 pm - men's 200m butterfly (heat 2)
Walsh finished 1st in his heat (YAY! time: 1:59.39), but wasn't enough to qualify for the next round. Overall, his rank is 29 out of 44.

4. Joan Christel Simms
August 13 - 635 - women's 100m freestyle (heat 2)
Simms finished 7 out of 7 (time: 57.17), 41 out of 48 overall.
August 15 - 640 pm - women's 50m freestyle (heat 6)
5 out of 8 in heat (time: 26.31), 47 over 90 overall

5. Miguel Molina
August 12 - 730 pm - men's 200 m breakstroke (heat 2)
Finished 2nd in heat (YAY! time: 2:16.62), 47 out of 52 overall
August 13 - 745 pm - men's 200m individual medley (heat 2)
3 out of 8 (YAY! time: 2:03.22), 27 out of 46 overall

BOXING
1. Henry Tanamor
August 13 - 10pm - men's light fly (48 kg)
Manyo Plange of Ghana won by points, 6-3. pfft.


We still can hope for our athletes in three sports. Here's the updated schedule of their competitions.

TAEKWONDO
1. Toni Rivero
no sched yet - women's taekwondo 67 kg

2. Tshomlee Go
no sched yet - men's taekwondo 58 kg


ATHLETICS
1. Marestella Torres
August 19 - women's long jump

2. Henry Dagmil
August 16 - 8 pm - men's long jump (group A)

DIVING
1. Sheila Mae Perez
August 15 - 130 pm - women's 3m springboard preliminaries

2. Rexel Fabriga
August 22 - 7pm - men's 10m platform preliminaries

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ai icons!

>> Friday, August 15, 2008

I'm on a vacation leave today. No work is on my mind and I finally got a hold on photoshop again. Photoshop for personal uses; not for work, mind you.

I was in the mood for some serious photoshopping, I made four AI7 icons. YAY!

1. 2. 3. 4.


My personal favorites are two and three. Photos are mostly taken from the AI tour program. The last one is from a shoot they did for Guitar Hero (they were dressed in 70s wear. hahaha) Some of the photos from the first icon came from fans during meet and greets.

I'm still in love with this season of American Idol. And yay to David Cook for choosing the Philippines as his first solo tour place! Start to save up for this big concert!

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Best Quote of the Day

>> Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Ricky Berens, Peter Vanderkaay, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps
(photo courtesy of Nick Laham)


"I got 80 text messages today. One of my friends said to me, 'Dude, how many times a day do I have to see your ugly face?'"
-- Michael Phelps (USA)

courtesy of the Beijing Olympics Website

HAHAHAHAHAHA His face is everywhere. Pati ako nagsasawa na. =)) I'm gonna be so relieved if he finally gets his 8 gold medals, so we can all start seeing other athletes' faces. =)) He's just breaking his own world and olympic records.

And guess what, he's only 23.

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SUPPORT TEAM PHILIPPINES!!

>> Monday, August 11, 2008

The medal count (or rather, wish-medal-count) for the Philippines will be a far cry from Team China. But of course, they'll still need our support.

Since most of us can't go to China to cheer for our athletes, let's show our support by watching their events on television.


taken from Philippines Fun Wall


TURN ON THOSE TELEVISION SETS NOW AND SUPPORT TEAM PHILIPPINES!

WEIGHTLIFTING
1. Hidilyn Diaz
August 11
330 pm - weightlifing women's 58 group A

SHOOTING
1. Eric Ang
August 8 - 9 am - men's trap qualifications (rank: 30)
August 10 - 9 am - men's trap qualifications (rank: 35)

ARCHERY
1. Mark Javier
August 9 - 330 - men's individual ranking round (rank: 36)
August 13 - 330 - men's individual 1/32 eliminations
GO TEAM PHILIPPINES!! he'll be up against kuo cheng wei of Chinese Taipei

TAEKWONDO
1. Toni Rivero
no sched yet - women's taekwondo 67 kg

2. Tshomlee Go
no sched yet - men's taekwondo 58 kg

SWIMMING (ang pipinoy ng mga surnames ng mga swimmers natin ha. HAHAHAHA)
1. Daniel Cockley
August 14 - 650 pm - men's 50 freestyle (heat 9)

2. Ryan Paolo Arabejo
August 15 - 655 pm - men's 1500m freestyle (heat 1)

3. James Walsh
August 11 - 705 pm - men's 200m butterfly (heat 2)

4. Joan Christel Simms
August 13 - 635 - women's 100m freestyle (heat 2)
August 15 - 640 pm - women's 50m freestyle (heat 6)

5. Miguel Molina
August 12 - 730 pm - men's 200 m breakstroke (heat 2)
Auguest 13 - 745 pm - men's 200m individual medley (heat 2)

ATHLETICS
1. Marestella Torres
August 19 - women's long jump

2. Henry Dagmil
August 16 - 8 pm - men's long jump (group A)

BOXING
1. Henry Tanamor
August 13 - 10pm - men's light fly (48 kg)
he'll be up against Manyo Plange of Ghana. GO TEAM PHILIPPINES!

DIVING
1. Sheila Mae Perez
August 15 - 130 pm - women's 3m springboard preliminaries

2. Rexel Fabriga
August 22 - 7pm - men's 10m platform preliminaries

Solar Sports schedule: click here!

I don't care if Michael Phelps wins 8 gold medals. He won't join all events naman eh. Let our swimmers win the other events!

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water

>> Saturday, August 09, 2008

I miss swimming.



I miss the water passing through my body as I glide through it.
I miss the bubbles forming from my nostrils as I exhale a final breath before taking a new set of oxygen molecules for my strokes.
I miss turning my head to the side for a breath intake.
I miss counting the laps I need to do before I hit the jacuzzi.
I miss the solitude of the pool area.
I miss the pin lights reflecting on the water surface, like stars floating on water.
I miss the gasping of air, after pushing myself to take extra laps.
I miss the hot showers after an hour of swimming.
I miss the time I make so that I can swim.
I miss the exercise.

I miss swimming.

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yearbook update

>> Wednesday, August 06, 2008

OI BATCH 2006! WE'RE GONNA HAVE A YEARBOOK! FOR REALZ!

DATE : August 4, 2008
TO : The Ateneo Class of 2006
FROM : The 2006 Ateneo Aegis Editorial Board
RE : Release of the Aegis 2006 Yearbook

This is to update all regarding the status of the 2006 Ateneo Aegis Yearbook production.

The final soft copy of the yearbook has been handed over to the printers (Cover & Pages) earlier this year. The final proofing stage has been completed last July, and the printers are currently in the process of setting the plates for final printing. With this, we are pleased to announce that the expected date of release of the Aegis 2006 Yearbook is on 17 November 2008. The exact date, venue, and procedures for claiming the 2006 Ateneo Aegis Yearbook will be communicated closer to the release date.

Thank you for your support and understanding of the delay in the yearbook production and release. This is also to extend our sincerest apologies to those whose requirements were misplaced in the process. Rest assured that the group remains committed to the effort of releasing the yearbook at the earliest possible date, without compromising its quality and completeness.

Best regards,
The 2006 Ateneo Aegis

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Shrug

>> Sunday, August 03, 2008

A page from Cindy's diary:

I will never get along with those guys. It's the lifestyle and the values that they have. I can't do what they enjoy doing, it's not my attitude. I don't really care when they go out or they invite me. I think it's just a matter of courtesy when they invite me. I don't even want to go; because if I do, I'd make ways to be present.

I don't even bother to make excuses anymore.

Sayang lang panahon ko. I don't think I can learn from them.

It's like it's an obligation to be like them, which I can't. The best way to deal with this issue is to stay away. That way I don't get involved in any issue, any story, or any possible consequence.

It's not they they're bad company. I just can't relate to their "gatherings."

I write alone. I am not lonely, I enjoy the silence and solitude of the night.

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Crush

>> Saturday, August 02, 2008

DAVID ARCHULETA IS THE CUTEST THING EVVAAAAR.







I seriously cannot comprehend how he can give me all the giggly attitude. I really want to meet him and hug him so bad. It's not the kind of crush that you'd want him as a boyfriend or a rawr factor. It's the kind of crush that you'd want to pinch his cheeks. He's so friggin' adorable. His voice is great, his personality is great (sooo nice and soo humble), his face is cute. CUTE. I SAY, CUTE!!!

The term cute is copyrighted now to David Archuleta.

He just released his single, Crush. Listen to the whole interview and the single at Elvis Duran. Watch the video too, see his reaction while listening to himself at the world premier of "Crush." Ho daym, what a cute kid.

You now can tally how many times I type "cute"

Anyway, back the cute-- oops single. What was I supposed to do? Oh, yeah, pimp the link!



Crush

I hung up the phone tonight, something happened for the first time, deep inside
It was a rush, what a rush
Cause the possibility that you would ever feel the same way about me
It's just too much, just too much
Why do I keep running from the truth, all I ever think about is you
You got me hypnotized, so mesmerized, and I just got to know

Do you ever think, when you're all alone, all that we can be, where this thing can go
Am I crazy or falling in love, is it really just another crush
Do you catch a breath, when I look at you, are you holding back, like the way I do
Cause I'm tryin', tryin' to walk away
But I know this crush ain't goin' away, goin' away

Has it ever crossed your mind when we're hanging, spending time girl, are we just friends
Is there more, is there more
See, it's just a chance we've gotta take, cause I believe that we can make this into something that will last, last forever, forever

Do you ever think, when you're all alone, all that we can be, where this thing can go
Am I crazy or falling in love, is it really just another crush
Do you catch a breath, when I look at you, are you holding back, like the way I do
Cause I'm tryin', tryin' to walk away
But I know this crush ain't goin' away, goin' away

Why do I keep running from the truth, all I ever think about is you
You got me hypnotized, so mesmerized, all I just got to know

Do you ever think, when you're all alone, all that we can be, where this thing can go
Am I crazy or falling in love, is it really just another crush
Do you catch a breath, when I look at you, are you holding back, like the way I do
Cause I'm tryin', tryin' to walk away
But I know this crush ain't goin' away, goin' away

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