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Top ten reasons to know if Yumi is addicted to Twitter:

>> Thursday, October 29, 2009

(or just check the Twitter feed at the left side of this blog.)

One. She tweets every day.

Two. The first program she opens when she is online: Twhirl -- a twitter application.

Three. She does not follow the one and only question of Twitter: What are you doing? Anything that can fit 140 characters will sure come out of her Twitter feed.

Four She only uses her cellphone for one reason: To tweet. She rarely replies to text messages or answer phone calls. But she has the time to tweet.
There are two ways of tweeting via cellphone:
(a) expensive yet quick tweet: twitmessage and send to 2370
(b) go inexpensive, but this tests her patience: go online via WAP, log in and wait to connect
One thing frustrates her though, she can't tweet images. Maybe she needs to change cellphones so she can tweet images.

Five. She abandons YM and chats with her friends via Twitter.

Six. Twitter is source of news.
"Oh there's a storm coming."
"You listened to the evening news?"
"No, I learned about it over Twitter."

Seven. She flails if a celebrity (mostly American Idols) replies to her via Twitter. Michael Castro, Brooke White, Chris Daughtry, Alex Wagner-Trugman, Brent Keith, Lea Salonga. She is still waiting for the following to reply to her: Jason Castro, David Cook, David Archuleta, Matt Giraud, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Johns

Eight. If a server is blocking Twitter, she knows various sites that will allow her to tweet without the use of proxies.

Nine. She worries about backreading if she is not able to open her Twitter feed for a day (even for a few hours)

Ten. When she sees/hears/feels anything, she has this urge of tweeting it. This is where phone tweeting comes in handy.


the BBC to-read list

>> Saturday, October 24, 2009

How many times have I done this?

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
(I remember making a book report out of this in high school, but I can't remember the story. AT ALL.)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (I haven't read the WHOLE thing. But I do read the Bible)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (Started on it. Never got past the 1st chapter. I still find it boring. Maybe in a few years -- or decades -- I'll give the book another chance)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (Next project: watch the movie)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (The Subtle Knife was the best among the three)
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I have read Hamlet and Taming of the Shrew)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (Love the riddles)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (Haven't watched the movie)
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (I'm reading this now)
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (T. Cris, you still have my Magician's Nephew!!)
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (Isn't this part of the Chronicles?)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini (Cried buckets over this book)
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (Just watched the movie)
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell (I'm almost done with this book.)
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Didn't finish it. Even if I wiki'd the summary, I still didn't get it.)
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy.
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel (I liked this.)
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth.
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon (David recommended this to me. I still need to look for a copy)
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I have the movie version. Haven't read it, haven't watched it.)
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (Next on my reading list. Good thing my tita has a copy in her house. I don't need to buy a copy.)
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt.
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (Watched the musical too. Can't wait for the movie this Christmas season!)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker (I have the bootleg of this musical)
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White (Cried over this too.)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom (Next on my reading list)
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Reading this too)
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (One of the best books I have read)
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (Watched the musical and the movie.)

26 over a hundred. Though I feel it should be more than 26, because the Narnia Chronicles has 7 books. Shakespeare has what... more than 10 books? The Dark Materials has 3 books in the series.


there is a time for miracles

>> Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My morning just gone from normal to hell lotta interesting and epic when the video for "Time for Miracles" premiered today. Imagine the frenzy over at my twitter feed and the AI comm when we all got to set our eyes upon a dying world and a diva singing the last song.

Time for Miracles (from the movie 2012)
sung by Adam Lambert

It's late at night and I can't sleep
Missing you just runs too deep
Oh I can't breathe thinking of your smile

Every kiss I can't forget
This aching heart ain't broken yet
Oh God I wish I could make you see
Coz I know this flame isn't dying
So nothing can stop me from trying

Baby you know that
Maybe it's time for miracles
Coz I ain't giving up on love
You know that
Maybe it's time for miracles
Coz I ain't giving up on love
No I ain't giving up on us

I just want to be with you
Coz living is so hard to do
When all I know is trapped inside your eyes

The future I cannot forget
This aching heart ain't broken yet
Oh God I wish I could make you see
Coz I know this flame isn't dying
So nothing can stop me from trying

Baby you know that
Maybe it's time for miracles
Coz I ain't giving up on love
You know that maybe it's time for miracles
Coz I ain't giving up on love
No I ain't giving up on us

Baby can you feel it
You know I can hear it
So can you feel it feel it

You know it's time

Baby you know that
Maybe it's time for miracles
Coz I ain't giving up on love
You know that
Maybe it's time for miracles
Coz I ain't giving up on love

You know I ain't giving up on us
You know I ain't giving up on
Oh I ain't giving up on us

Wooopeedooo, Adam will be singing at the AMAs. Oh, check out his very eye-popping photoshoot with Details Magazine. I won't post the photos here; I'm keeping this blog PG. hahaha Just look for them, I'm pretty much sure that there a LOT of sites with those photos.


lazy ass

>> Sunday, October 18, 2009

1. Lazy to do my homework.
2. Lazy to write a review of Spring Awakening. Hope they do a rerun because the Manila Cast did a good job. They did not disappoint. :)

Tried the overlay feature. Forgive my face, I ain't no model.

i believe
I believe there is love in heaven.

Loves her Spring Awakening shirt so much.


English? Easy peasy!

>> Friday, October 16, 2009

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he'd prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. Try them yourself.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.
Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.
Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

— B. Shaw


It’s a special time of year

>> Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's Christmas... in October!

David Archuleta's Christmas album "Christmas from the Heart" is out already! Since the Filipinos start celebrating Christmas early (the Christmas cheer starts at the -ber months), this cd is a perfect way to keep up the spirit.

Track List:
1. Joy To The World
2. Angels We Have Heard On High - Likes this so much because he inserts Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
3. O Come All Ye Faithful
4. Silent Night
5. The First Noel
6. O Holy Night
7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (feat. Charice Pempengco) - Charice didn't disappoint. Her big voice didn't overpower Archieboo. :D Good job!
8. I'll Be Home For Christmas
9. Pat-A-Pan - He sings in French. OH MY GLEE.
10. What Child Is This
11. Riu Riu Chiu - Spanish. Yowza!
12. Ave Maria
13. Melodies Of Christmas

Listen "Melodies of Christmas." He co-wrote it and it gives a very happy and dance-y melody.

There's this stanza in the song that caught my attention:

There’s something about the melodies
Of Santa Claus and Christmas Trees
Favorite songs by Nat and Bing
Elvis, Josh and Celine

Nat --> Nat King Cole
Bing --> Bing Crosby
Elvis --> Elvis Presley
Celine --> Celine Dion

Nat King Cole released a Christmas album. Bing Crosby also released a Christmas album. Elvis and Celine did too. So I'm assuming (AND I'M PRETTY SURE I'M RIGHT) that the Josh in the song is Josh Groban because Josh released a Christmas album two years ago and it was on the top of the charts for WEEKS.

Fandoms collide. Oh how lovely. :)

Get your copy now! It's a sweet deal.

Melodies of Christmas
David Archuleta

There's something in the melodies
That the Christmas season brings
Joy and laughter in the air
Smiling faces everywhere

Old familiar melodies
Bring back special memories
They remind us
They remind us

Merrily the choirs sound
Spreading Christmas joy around
Filling hearts with cheer
May it last through all the year

Happy Christmas Melodies
Bring back faded memories
They remind us
They remind us

Join us and sing
The sound of heaven and nature sing,
With family, rockin’ round the Christmas tree,
Carols of old, of the greatest story ever told,

Sing the melodies of Christmas
Sing the melodies of Christmas

There’s something about the melodies
Of Santa Claus and Christmas Trees
Favorite songs by Nat and Bing
Elvis, Josh and Celine

It’s a special time of year
Bringing friends and family near
To remind us
of love and kindness

Join us and sing
The sound of heaven and nature sing,
With family, rockin’ round the Christmas tree,
Carols of old, of the greatest story ever told,

Sing the melodies of Christmas
Sing the melodies of Christmas

There’s a message you will find
Peace and happiness to all mankind
In the melodies, an offering
Of the love that flows from the Heavenly King

Raise your voice
Let us sing
It’s the message that these songs can bring
Round the fire, round the tree
Singing carols merrily

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas

One more melody to sing at Christmas
One more memory of Christmas cheer

Old familiar melodies
Bring back special memories
Filling hearts with Christmas cheer
May it last through all the year

Something in the melodies
That the Christmas season brings
Joy and laughter in the air
Smiling faces everywhere

Happy Christmas Melodies
Bring back faded memories


For the educators

>> Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6


crazy love

>> Saturday, October 10, 2009

Michael Buble's album "Crazy Love" is out now! It has been on loop since this morning and it's making me all sorts of happy. My body just starts dancing every time a new track plays.

Oh and I didn't know that the video I posted before was just a promotional video for his single. Here is the real and official music video for "I Just Haven't Met You Yet!" According to the comments, the girl in the video is Michael's current girlfriend. Ohhhhh.


field trip

>> Friday, October 09, 2009

We were at Umagang Kay Ganda yesterday to give school supplies to the kids of Taguig.

Donita Rose is a radiant lady.

Me and Rea with a LOOOOT of paperbags.


Dying Queen

>> Thursday, October 08, 2009

dying queen

Termites are a pain in the arse, but they are nice to photograph. Dad captured the queen! Dad captured the queen!

Dad showed me the dying termite queen before killing it. Kill the queen and her minions will suffer. MUWAHAHAHAHA. Stay away from our mango tree you evil queen.



>> Tuesday, October 06, 2009



ooops. was my font too large? :))


breakfast club

Breakfast Club is awesome sauce.

I'll rewatch this over the weekend.


We’d love to share your photos! Please feel free to submit pictures you’d like to share with everyone of either Josh himself or even you with his CD! Or even your collection of his music!! Please include your name/nickname and a link to your tumblr/blog/twitter/etc. so that we can credit you!

Submit your photo at http://fuckyeahjoshgroban.tumblr.com/submit or email your photo to fuckyeahjoshgroban@tumblr.com We look forward to seeing your photos and making them a part of “FYeah, Josh Groban!”


leaf through pages

>> Saturday, October 03, 2009

Took pictures of two of my favorite books by Beverly Cleary. Hope she goes online really soon and see my tweet to her.

jump out
(Ramona the Brave) Jump out!

muggie maggie
(Muggie Maggie) When I'm in the mood, I put on color to the pages.


Ateneans, wala kayong final exams.

>> Thursday, October 01, 2009

Sana sa UP din ganito. HAHAHA Asa naman ako diba.


30 September 2009

MEMO TO: The Loyola Schools Community

FROM : Ma. Assunta C. Cuyegkeng
Vice President for the Loyola Schools

SUBJECT: After Ondoy

For the past days, we have been hearing stories of loss and devastation experienced by many members of our community. We share in their grief and hope to share, too, in the rebuilding. This aftermath of Ondoy challenges the University?s traditional learning environment; however, it allows us to learn and grow in different ways. Thus, the Deans, Associate Deans, representatives of various sectors, and I have agreed on the following:

1. Unless otherwise announced by CHED, MalacaƱan, or the Quezon City government, classes will continue until 21 October 2009, but there will be no final exams.
a.The basis of the final grade will be the current class standing of the student.
b.If a student wishes to raise his/her grade, s/he will have the option of taking the final exam or fulfilling an equivalent requirement. The deadline for completing INC or NE may be extended.

2.Classes can be used to deal with the aftermath of Ondoy, e.g., apply knowledge, skill sets, and values to understanding and managing disaster, rebuilding and rehabilitation of communities, or organizing and implementing support systems.

3.We are encouraging everyone to assist affected members of our community by volunteering and assisting in any of the following activities:

a.Collection and distribution of relief goods (c/o Ms. Mary Ann P. Manapat, Director of the Office for Social Concern and Involvement, loc. 5090, 5091, direct line: 426-1017, mmanapat@ateneo.edu)

b.Debriefing and counseling assistance (c/o Dr. Edna C. Franco, Chair of the Department of Psychology, loc. 5260, 5262, efranco@ateneo.edu)

c.Accommodation or service assistance to affected members of the LS community (e.g., community/house clean-up, food preparation, laundry, repairs, transport, babysitting, sharing IT and learning resources, etc.) (c/o Ms. Marie Joy R. Salita, Director of the Office of Administrative Services, loc. 5100-5103, msalita@ateneo.edu)

d.Medical and health assistance (c/o Dr. Raymundo S. Baquiran, Director of the Office of Health Services, loc. 5110, 5106, lshealth@admu.edu.ph)

4.We would like to get updates on members of our community who have not been accounted for. You may contact Sanggu (0928 348 1686), Office of the ADSA (0920 914 2372), or Office of the VPLS (0928 503 1248).

I wish to thank all those who have given time, resources and service to our relief operations and look forward to your involvement in the difficult period of rehabilitation.


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