LAOS, thank you!

I'm very proud of Team Philippines.

The biggest and much awaited sporting event in the region has concluded yesterday. Though Team Philippines was out of the Top 3 again, there are still something to crow about.

I am loath to admit this, but the handling of the training programs of our athletes has been so half-assessed; add to that, the national team lack lacks funding from this fnckin' government. But, these not became a hindrance for Team Philippines to do well in this SEA Games edition.

Our athletes were able to pulled off a modest, yet, very surprising finish in the 25th Southeast Asian Games. Behind its 38 gold medal output, Team Philippines finished fifth over-all, only trails fourth running Team Malaysia by 2 golds and 5 behind third running Team Indonesia. Ten time champion Team Thailand led the pack by amassing a total of 86 gold medals, just a mere 3 gold medals from second placer, Team Vietnam.

The RP water polo team clinches our first medal, which is a SILVER, after scoring a 13-8 win over Team Indonesia. (FACT: This is our third consecutive water polo silver medal in SEA Games)

The hot hot hot trio of Camille Alarilla, Janice Lagman and Rani Ortega gave the Philippines its first GOLD by ruling the Woman's Poomsae event. (FACT: The trio were the winner of the recent Fourth World Championship held in Cairo. Very impressive!)

Our most prolific medal earner is no other than Miguel Molina which handed us 6 medals --- 2 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze medals. Applause applause!

Also worth mentioning are Filipino double gold winners golfer Chihiro Ikeda, cue artist Rubilen Amit and tennis player Cecil Mamiit.

I want to salute ALL the athletes - who delivered a medal or not - for putting up a good fight in Vientiane. We are very very proud of you!

Maraming maraming salamat Laos for staging an excellent Games. I've got to say that you exceeded all my expectations. Kudos!

Goodbye and see you at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia on 2011.

Tomorrow until Tuesday will be an overkill for me. (No) Thanks to my make-up duties which will completely savage me. For three straight days, my duty will start from 7am to 11pm. YES, a total of 16 hours per day. Oohh! This is so haggard-ing.



R stands for RANDOM

Do I still need to reiterate that it's just nine days before Christmas? *bells ringing in the background*


The BUTC Pep Squad

I'm going to miss the 10th PNSA- Regional Congress. *sigh* Last December 3, I got to watch the PNSA PEP Squad Competition and I was on Team BUTC of course. I hate to do the story telling; all I can tell is that this was the most heated PEP squad competition I have ever witnessed! Congratulations to University of St. Anthony for winning though I think that Immaculate Conception College of Albay was more deserving of taking home the plum. Meanwhile, BUTC squad failed to penetrate the Top 3. But according to an insider (and as confirmed by Kuya Alfred), we are the 3rd runner up (again? that's also our ranking during the BU Week) WHOOAH! Not bad! At least, we were able to defeat nothing less than University of Nueva Caceres and (the so proud) Aquinas University of Legazpi among others. My salutations!

But, the thing that will be inscripted in my almanac for sometime was the Search for Ambassador and Ambassadress of Goodwill 2009 when "BU spirit" was felt all over the UNC Sports Palace. Three BU campuses (BU Tabaco Campus, BU Polangui Campus and BU Main Campus) cheered together to support our 5 candidates. I got to tell you, I almost lost my voice there. HAHA.


Last week, I submitted three title proposals to my professor in Research. And luckily for me, he approved the one I like the most: "Health Consumer's Perception on RA 9205 or Cheaper Medicines Act of 2008". YIPEE! Now, I can start making Chapters 1 to 3. But, I don't have an adviser yet. I gotta look for one first.

I think four of my batch mates are already scheduled to have their pre-oral defense on Thursday. Whatevs.


I can't vote for Villar. Uh-oh. I can't vote for Noynoy either. Or for any crap politicians for that matter. Because I cannot vote. YES! I won't be able to participate in the 2010 Elections because it will coincide with our Summer Affiliation in Manila. Holy crap! Kapag sineswerte ka nga naman.
I think, all in all, we are 130 - 140 + 3rd year nursing students and I presume 110 or so are registered voters. That will be the same number of votes that will be wasted next year. Sheeze!


I'm not a celebrity (not yet) and my love life is plain boring. But, I know some of you are eagerly waiting for the end of the "23 Days of Dark Age". Some are quite curious if it will end well for both parties. Well, the "Dark Age" ended shorter than expected. The night before I leave for the Congress, we mutually agreed to stop this whole drama. And the next day, as if nothing happened. We are seatmates on the bus going to Naga and I can say that everything seems back to normal.

Actually, she celebrated her birthday last Sunday. While our friend (her roommate) also notched another year last year. Happy birthday gals. Thank you for having both of you in my life. Hmmm... where's my treat?


I'm still ruminating if I will pursue my plan of creating a blog for the 2010 Elections. Hmp. I need co-authors of course.

God bless us and may Erap not win.


--> images courtesy of Kath N. (from her FB)


For the Fossil watch

The past week has been pretty tiring for me both physically and mentally. Folk dance competition. PNSA Regional Congress. Thesis. Classes and duties. *sigh* So, just imagine my delight when I read about the contest launched by Ate Grace as she and her blog celebrates their second year in the blogosphere in January. What a struck of good fortune? YAHOO!

The instruction is as simple as 1 2 3. All you have to do is to create a blog entry stating three of your favorite places that you have been to and three places you wish to visit someday. You may also give brief explanation as to why these are your favorite places and why you dream of going to these places. REMEMBER: they can be anywhere in the world, as in... anywhere. And, the instructions says ONLY 3 so you must stick with it. OK? *wink* Just to be safe.


It's not really hard for me to choose three of my favorite places because I don't travel a lot. HAHA. So little money to spend. I'm still a student, remember?


It's been almost 5 years since my first and last (hopefully not) visit to the City of Pines but the memories are still vivid like it was just yesterday. If I'm not mistaken, that's the first time that me and my family went out-of-town together, making it super extra special for me.

One thing I enjoyed doing most in Baguio: buying key chains. LOL.

PS. Me and my friends are planning to have a quick visit to Baguio next year during our summer affiliation in Manila.


My first trip to my grandfather's hometown was very memorable and it will always have a special place in my heart. But, what I enjoyed most about our trip there is when our relatives brought us to - hold your breath - their private beach resort facing the South China Sea. Isn't that wonderful? I apologize because I don't know the exact location of the resort. Oh, my bad!

That's also the time when I saw the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen in my entire life.


Yes, Manila. Why not? I have been going to Manila two to four times a year since I was a kid (I'm from the province, you know) but this city doesn't fail to amaze me everytime I set foot into it. The lights. The noise. Manila Bay. And not to mention its night life and its beautiful girls. Everything is just beyond the usual. Though it is nothing compared to New York, Paris or London but still, for a Filipino like me, there's no place in the world like Manila.


I'm planning that right after I earned enough money, I'll pack up my things, go ahead and see the world. And these are the three places at the top of my own "501 Places to Visit Before I Die" list. HAHA.


I'm dying to visit this lovely European city someday. I'm drooling (yucks!) everytime my mom tell me stories about her travel to Vienna few years back. I would love to see the Imperial Court Theatre, the St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Rathaus.


South Africa? Egypt? Or Kenya perhaps? Believe me, I dream of traveling to the "Black Continent" someday. It would be amazing, isn't it? Seeing wildlife at its best. Raaaar!


In my own dictionary, "traveling" is defined as a time for relaxation (take note of that) so I think Batanes suits me big time. Ever since, I perceived Batanes as a very calm and serene place. And that's the main reason why I want to experience life there.

There you go, my three favorite places I've been to and three places I dream of going to. TAKE THAT!

HELLO! Whoever is reading this who owns a blog, you can make your own post too. You got only hmmm... 4 hours to do it. So, hurry! A Fossil watch is at stake. You want that, don't you? Good luck.




I eagerly waited for this day to come - December 09, 2009. Want to know why? Because today is the day that thousands of athletes from all over the region will gather in Vientiane for the most celebrated sporting event in Southeast Asia, the 25th Southeast Asian Games.

Yes, you read it right. For the first time in the 50 year history of SEA Games, Laos will host the biennial event. But even before it has started, controversies has stirred the 2009 Laos SEA Games. Laos has been criticized for reducing the number of events and launching few Olympic sports and as a result, many thinks that this SEA Games is just for the fame of Laos.

Even basketball, where the Philippines is a powerhouse, was scrapped in the Games. Fnck! And offers from different countries to help in hosting the event were turned down by Laos officials. Double fnck! But the worst is the issue about the collaboration between Vietnam and the host country. According to reports, Team Laos have been training in Vietnam and in order to pay back debts to Vietnam, Lao judges will decide that Team Vietnam will win almost all the events in subjective sports --- like wushu, taekwondo, karate-do, judo etc. It can be noted that in the past three SEA Games, Team Vietnam gained almost half of its gold medals from subjective sports. If reports are true: Triple fnck!

Anyway, let's give Laos the benefit of the doubt. We are not unless it happens, don't we? So far, the expected contenders for the TOP 3 spots in this SEA Games are

Team THAILAND - I'm expecting that this country will still be one of the top countries in this SEA Games. Team Thailand has been doing excellent in SEA Games which I supposed is luck running for this country in 2009 Laos Games. As a matter of fact, it is Southeast Asia's strongest powerhouse country placing 2nd in the 2001, 2003 and the 2005 Games and being the over-all champ in the 2007 Games. It seems that Thais are taking sports more seriously than us, huh.

Team INDONESIA - Traditionally, this country is the strongest powerhouse country in Southeast Asia but in recent years Team Thailand has out placed them in the top spot. But still, I'm expecting that Team Indonesia will be one of the top seeds.

Team MALAYSIA - Another country to watch out for. Team Malaysia is the 2001 SEA Games all over champ and placed 2nd in the last SEA Games.

Team VIETNAM - A TOP 3 finish is not impossible for this country. They've done it in the last two SEA Games and they are 2003 SEA Games all over champ. They are considered as Southeast Asia's newest sports powerhouse.

Team PHILIPPINES - I'm hoping that my beloved country will rebound from its lowest windup in the history of SEA Games when it placed sixth overall two years ago *keeping my fingers crossed* But hey, we got the second most number of medals after Team Thailand - 42 golds, 91 silvers and 96 bronzes. Isn't that fncken good? Team Philippines is considered a powerhouse team because all of the included athletes in the list are gold and silver medalists in the 2007 SEA Games and the others are 2008 Beijing Olympians. In fact, Team Philippines is considered as the 3rd strongest powerhouse country in Southeast Asia.





I'll be gone for three days. Wanna know why? I have a choice to keep you all guessing, but what the heck. LOL.

Together with 150 nursing students from Bicol University Tabaco Campus, I'll be participating at the 10th Philippine Nursing Students Association - Regional Congress to be held at University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City starting tomorrow until the 5th of December.

We will be leaving tomorrow at around 4am, so, I have to sleep early. Pray that we can be able to put a good fight there.




23 Days of Dark Age

I was really overwhelmed by the response of my co-bloggers on my entry, "STATUS: Confuse". I was really glad to read their advices- upright advices, mind you. Somehow, it made me realize what to do --- make sure of my feelings first before jumping into any conclusions.

But, the advice that made me think is Kuya Ax's. He said "Give yourself time. We have this so-called Dark Age Era. Go back after 28 days. Then, that's the time to ask yourself if you love her or not". Surprisingly, the Dark Age Era idea was supported by Kuya Shatter. He said "You need space. Both you and your friend. You're always together... If after spending time apart, and the affection still grows then I guess you have to rethink your motto na walang taluhan". I thought about it for a night but, sad to say, I TRASHED the idea because I think it is not necessary.

A day passed. I was shocked when the close friend I was talking about left a comment on the same entry.

28 days?? I think it's the best thing to do now. I can't pretend when I'm with you. It's hard.

28 days starts now... Walang pansinan. No communication. No everything. 23 days to go before my birthday. That would be enough. 23 days only, patawad na ang 5 days kay Kuya Ax. I'll miss you. This is hard, 'tol.

S***! All this time, she was reading my blog. Uncool! I feel so naked. LOL.

10:24 PM Saturday. I was walking to the dormitory where I stay when I received a SMS from Close friend.

Close friend: Have you read my comment in your blog?

ME: Yup. Why?

Close friend: I assume you understand what I said there, don't you?

ME: Yup. Why?

Close friend: Do you agree? We BOTH need time and space.

ME: No way! haha. (And I can still laugh ha.)

Close friend: But, we need it, both of us. We're confused.

ME: Basta, it cannot be. Avoiding each other is not the solution. Let us just save the friendship. That's what we need to do - nothing MORE, nothing LESS. *wink*

Close friend: Why? I know you can do it and I know I can, I think. Let me move on please.

I arrived at the dormitory. They're watching "Jennifer's Body". (Ahh. Megan Fox made me salivate.) I sat beside her and in a low voice, I said to her "Ang drama mo". She didn't replied back. And, I realized that it isn't appropriate for me to said that. Bad jubert, bad!

After the movie, I went straight to my room and she went to hers on the next floor. As I was preparing myself to sleep, I received another SMS from her.

Close friend: Ano payag ka na?

ME: Hindi nga. bleh!

Close friend: Bakit ba kasi ayaw mo?

ME: ?

Close friend: Can you please take this seriously? Nahihirapan na din kasi ako. You're making me fall for you much deeper.

ME: Naks naman! OK. On the serious note: I'm not doing anything to make you fall for me.

Close friend: Sa tingin mo wala pero meron. So, give me a little space. Please.

ME: You're up there and I'm down here. Isn't that space, a BIG space?

I hate myself. I can still punch corny jokes in serious situations like this.

Close friend: Bahala ka nga dyan. Basta, we need to do what Kuya Ax had said.

ME: No way!

Close friend: I just want to clear everything. I need to do it and I'll do it.

ME: OK, but I will not avoid you in any means. Understood?

Close friend: You'll just embarass yourself. You said you're confused then, take a break.

September 21 (11:50 PM) - Start of my "23 days of Dark Age"

Urgh. I'm so PISSED off with myself. I said that I will not avoid her but now, I see myself taking one step away. I hate to do it but she thinks it's the best thing to do for now, to give her a little space. I do not own her. Like what Kuya Shatter said "She is single, and therefore, she can associate herself with anyone she has fancy for".

Basta, what I know is that 21 days from now, my own Dark Age ends.



BEAUTIES for a Cause

In a just a few momente, 79 stunning ladies will be sent into disappointment as the most deserving lady will walk away as Miss Earth 2009. Everyone has gotten their say, now, let me say mine. I want to apologize in advance if I will hurt others feeling in any way because of my comments.

In exact order, here are my babes (oops!), I mean, MY BETS.

SPAIN| Alejandra Echevarria

Spain will be represented by another goddess this year. A natural beauty with a perfect body with slightly shaped curves. Yummy! If this Iberian princess happens to reach Top 8, she only need to pull a great answer to secure the crown.

VENEZUELA| Jessica Barboza

I am pretty sure that she will have her place on the finals. She is such an eye-catching, resplendent figure of womanly delight. A far cry from Miss Venezuela - Universe 2009. OOPS! I shouldn't said that.

CUBA| Jamilette Gaxiola

OMG! I'm not a pageant expert but I know beautiful when I see one. She's definitely the face of Miss Earth 2009. She is such a stunner. She was a diamond that needed no polishing. I noticed that she is so comfortable with her beauty that it actually came through in all her candid photos. I hope this beauty will not be wasted. It's time to put Cuba in the beauty map.

PHILIPPINES| Sandra Seifert

Well, I'm one of those who are not in favor of having a back-to-back victory for the Philippines this year because it is soooo Miss Universe 2009. But, Sandra has an undeniably great personality that Miss Earth is looking for. She may not be the most beautiful delegate (facially speaking) but she has this extraordinary aura that makes her to stand out in a sea of equally stunning ladies.

USA| Amy Diaz

She is undeniably gorgeous. She is a gem of the west who will easily pick up one of the top 8 slots.

THAILAND| Rujinan Phansreetum

She is one of those heavenly beauties with a pre-possessing smile. She is another Asian to watch out for tonight. Remember that Thailand is doing a great job in Miss Earth.

CZECH REPUBLIC| Teresa Budkova

Tereza proved that Europe is rich with beauty this year. She bagged the Miss Photogenic award --- the first from Europe. Will she follow the footsteps of Priscilla Meirelles and Karla Henry who won the Miss Photogenic award and later crowned Miss Earth? POSSIBLE. Take note that she's from another Miss Earth powerhouse.

LATVIA| Diana Kubasova

I'm not a fan of her beauty but who cares? She's a press favorite, anyway.

COLOMBIA| Alejandra Castillo

Some says she looks old but for me, her beauty is exceptional. Leaving this girl out of the semifinals is a crime of the catwalk.

PARAGUAY| Gabriela Rejala

I am impressed by her sizzling body (hot! hot! hot!) and her strikingly beautiful face. There is something on her that cries a Top 4 material.

BRAZIL| Larissa Ramos

Larissa is pretty and has a sweet aura. I won't be surprised at all if she'll make it. I think she's also ready for the crown.

POLAND| Isabela Wilczek

Poland has been doing good in Miss Earth and I presume that 2009 is not an exception. I just hope that she will not be robbed in this year's edition.

JAMAICA| Jennae Dawn Jackson

Jennae had the exotic looks, the perfect caramel complexion and a body to die for. In other words, an exquisite force ready to compete with the rest.

MEXICO| Natalia Quinonez

I'm quite fascinated with her beauty. I don't know but it spells Miss Earth winner for me. She has the same grace and beauty typical of most Miss Mexico.

KOREA| Park Ye-Ju

First Miss Earth from Korea? Why not? She is cute as a button. I expect her to be one of the three Asians in this year's Top 16.


This country is on the right track when they send another black stunner to grace this year's edition. I know comes final night she will surprise us in a nice way.

So, there it is. My Miss Earth 2009 bets. Puh-leez, don't give me those "why is she not there?" or "why is she there?" blah blah. Remember this is MY list.



End of Days

DECEMBER 21, 2012. What does this date truly indicate? What will happen to the Earth? What will happen to all of us?

Many people, which includes some of my friends, are confused of the complexities of the 2012 prophecies --- Nibiru, Nostradamus' predictions, end of the Mayan calendar etc. According to an article I read few days back, much of these prophecies are the result of the so-called "Mayan Calendar". Phew! What the heck is this? Why some people seems so much interested in a calendar made thousand years ago?" you may ask. I'm not an expert about this "2012 thing" but I'll try to give you the very basic surrounding this.

The Mayan calendar was made by the Mayans of Central America, obviously. This civilization were extremely advanced in areas related to science-time knowledge. They developed the most advanced mathematics and astronomy of their day. The Mayans built amazing structures that is beyond the capabilities of the "modern man". At the peak of their civilization from the 5th to 9th centuries AD, Mayan cities are among the largest in the world.

The Mayans were also incredible keepers of ancient and sacred knowledge - probably originating from sources not apparent at this time - that they were able to construct calendars which charted forthcoming great world events. They forecasted that at the end of the 'Long Count' calendar which is lasting 5,125 years, the world will end. According to them, it is the end of days as we know it, nothing more and nothing less.

Looking back at history, it can be noticed that there has been major catastrophes that struck the Earth every quarter of the "Long Cycle". Such events are documented as the "Great Flood", the sinking of Atlantis etc. And, it is said that the final quarter is set on December 21, 2012.

If the destruction will be similar to the one in Noah's time, well, we can never be sure unless it happens.


In the past, there are several situations like this that sprang like mushrooms. Can you remember the rumored doomsday in 2003? Or the Y2K? I think (and I hope) that they are all the same.

But if it's true, Nibiru, Maya or whatever it is, we're going to die and perish in the end anyway. *wink* LOL. Nanakot ba?


Last Sunday, Cammille egged me to watch the movie that is stirring a lot of fuzz on the past weeks, "2012". I must say that the movie is wonderfully-crafted. Two thumbs up for Emmerich and all the people behind it.

"The moment we stop fighting for each other, that's the moment we lose our humanity."



STATUS: Confuse

S***! I can't understand myself. I told her that I don't love her, that I only see her as a close friend. But, why does I feel jealous every time she's fluttering her eyelids to this "guy-from-outer-space"... oops! I mean this "guy-from-other-course"? I can see na masyado siyang kinikilig. And it's breaking my heart.

Last Thursday night, me and Close friend's roommate, J__, were texting. I confided to her this bizaare feeling that I just felt recently towards our friend. And I can tell that she's in the mood to talk possibly evidenced by her upright answers to my questions. She even presented to me these three theories:

1. Maybe you are jealous because you were used na ikaw lang ang lalaki sa buhay niya.

2. Maybe you are jealous because you know that she loves you but now it seems that she's shifting her attention to someone else.

3. Maybe you are jealous because you also like her.

As of now, I don't know what to answer. I'm still totally confuse. Just give me enough time.

This post is shoddy for Pete's sake. What's happening to me? Can you please punt me in the head to bring myself back into consciousness?




JOY, together with thousands of Midwifery students
will be taking the Licensure Examination for Midwives this weekend. I know exactly what they're feeling right now. I remember taking the same exam seven months ago. Flashback begins...

03.19.09. I remember that we skipped the afternoon class just to climb a famous hill.

Barely three months before the examination
when we started our review classes at AQ University together with the AQ Midwifery students. Honestly speaking, I never took the review classes seriously. I remember skipping classes just to watch a movie or to have jam sessions with my friends. I attended classes just for the sake of the attendance and went to the apartment after, not to study but to have gimmicks.

But, I realized (it struck me like a lightning!) that I had enough. I mean, my parents are working very hard just to send me to school. And the best thing I can do for now is to pass the exam. At least in that way, I can repay their hard works and sacrifices.

One week before the exam when I decided to leave the apartment (whom I shared with my friends) and went home to study. I finally took the review by heart. I only had three to four hours of sleep everyday but in exchange, I successfully fed my mind with the essentials I need.

Finally, the "JUDGEMENT DAY" came. I can say that I was fully prepared when I took the examination that could dictate my future. I told myself that whether I pass the test or not, I know that I did my best.

At last, after one full week of waiting, I stood victorious. I PASSED the test.


Go JOY! Nail the exam. I know you can do it. There is no doubt in me that you'll make it. No one deserves this more than you do. Just pray and stay focus.

PS. Cammille and I are so excited for your treat. 2012 the movie will be great. *laughs*

Oh I nearly forget, here's my kiss of "good luck". smooch smooch!

I also wish "good luck" some of my batch mates who will take the exam: JANE. Jheb. Obed. Shiela 1. Shiela 2. LYN. Junessa. Moya. Sarah. Nikko. Davy. Henson. Make our school proud!

--- This is also the same piece I delivered during our oral examination in Speech Communication last semester.


Selling Southeast Asia

I was reading through some back entries of BISEAN blog one week ago and I was amused to find an article published last May 2007 regarding the tourism slogans in use around Southeast Asia. I had a lot of fun reading it that I decided to come up with a similar entry.

Those who are in charge of our tourism have don their thinking caps to create "tourist brands", slogans that aims to promote our lovely countries and to capture the attention of dollar-spending tourists. No doubt, three of Asia's most successful tourism slogans of all time are in - hold your breath - Southeast Asia, with "Malaysia, Truly Asia", "Amazing Thailand" and "Uniquely Singapore", proved by the annual flock of tourists arriving in each country.

I'm 100% sure you already heard Singapore's current slogan "Uniquely Singapore". It's been around for almost 5 years now. No offense, but what's unique about Singapore? Well, if uniqueness will be base upon safety and security, then the slogan is appropriate. I don't think I can disagree with that in any way. But heck, these tourism slogans aren't about such things right? Personally, I'll choose a destination for its cultural landscapes and cultural attractions and not for its excellent law and order. OOPS! I'm so dead to my readers from Singapore. I gotta stop. [read: pampalubag loob] Well, anyway, the slogan proved to be one heck of a success for them. HOORAY!

My dream destination came up with --- "Malaysia, Truly Asia". Does it mean that the Philippines or Laos is just 'partly Asia'? WTF or so I think. I guess they only want to imply that you can find almost the entire Asia --- in terms of the people, culture, places and things like that--- in Malaysia. If I got it right, Malaysia is the most-visited country in the region. Way to go Malaysia!

Also effective but a tad challenging is Vietnam's slogan. It seems that the Vietnamese government wants to get a piece of the pie that it conducted a nationwide contest in 2006 (or is it 2007?) to come up with a slogan and it turned out "Vietnam, The Hidden Charm" wowed the judges. I gotta tell you... when my friend first heard this, he blurted "if it's hidden, why find it?". LOL. But, I love it. Its like saying "Come here and you'll find something worthy".

Thailand's slogan is also a good model - "Amazing Thailand". Now, that's catchy. Simple yet intriguing. Who wouldn't want to travel to see that? The Thai slogan speaks for itself. It has sought to convey a simple message and to indicate to visitors that Thailand is just simply amazing.

"Cambodia, Kingdom of Wonder". It's beautiful. Who came up with this? He needs to be congratulated for a job well done. I must say people that Cambodia doesn't only have Angkor Wat. It has a rich cultural heritage, virgin beaches, sinfully tasty foods, nice and warm people (someone told me that Cambodians are really, really hospitable) and a lot more.

Myanmar made the right decision when it use "Mystical Myanmar" as its promotion slogan. When I think of Myanmar, I envision it as a very mysterious and reserve place. And, they've capitalized on it. Good!

Brunei Darussalam. This little gem of Southeast Asia has chosen "Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures" as its slogan. This country of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has sought to demonstrate that despite of its small size, there is a wonderful world to discover. By the way, do they still need money from tourists? What do you think? Brunei is so rich and you know why --- yeah, oil, oil and MORE oil.

Indonesia with almost 13,000 islands (yeah! almost twice as the number of Philippine islands) and hundreds of tribes chose a slogan that best represent their identity - "The Ultimate in Diversity". But sorry it doesn't work for me. I know Indonesia can come up with another better than that.

"Laos Jewel of the Mekong". I asked some of my friends if they know "what the hell a Mekong is?", answers include, "a Chinese boy's name", "a vegetable" and "an extinct bird". LMAO. See? I think it's a wrong move for Laotians because, obviously, not everyone knows what the Mekong is and not everyone has access to google. LOL. They should change it. NOW!

I'm not really ecstatic when my paradise came up with "WOW Philippines More Than The Usual" as its promotion slogan in 2001. But now, I'm starting to like it. We Filipinos says 'WOW' every time we see anything spectacular. The Philippines' Department of Tourism used WOW as an acronym for many phrases --- such as Warm over Winter, Wild Over Waters, Wander over Wrecks, Wacko Our Wildlife et. al.

BUT HEY! The "Pearl of the Orient Seas" title is miles way better. Long before our neighboring countries came up with their own slogans, the Philippines was already known by this title. But, Hong Kong ... err how to say this?... robbed (oops!) it in the late '80s and we didn't say anything about it. Schucks!

[P.S. Mr. Ace, you can also opt to these slogans I read from The Philippine Star Inbox section --- Philippines, Islands of Tropical Paradise or Philippines, 7, 107 Reasons To Have Fun In The Sun.]

I observed that all our neighbors have already come up with their own promotion slogans... yes, even East Timor have stepped up in the game --- "Discover the World's Newest Nation". OK. I'll let it pass. They're just beginning. Giving little considerations won't do any harm... really.

But, at least, our slogans are better than some slogans use in some parts of the world: Colombia's "The Only Risk Is Wanting To Stay" (I dunno, I just find this creepy), El Salvador's "Impressive", "Korea, Sparkling" and the state of Washington's "Say WA" - indicating that ridiculous slogans sometimes happen, even today.

There you go, promotions slogans that are used to sell Southeast Asia to tourists. I hope you enjoy reading it. So, is there any tourism slogan you love - or love to hate? Let me know.



Breaking the ♥ of a friend

11:31 PM Saturday. Confession day.
I was watching the gruesome "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" on Max last Friday night when I received a SMS from a very close friend. I thought it was just another forwarded message pulsing with cheese and corn (come on... you know what I mean) so I was surprised when I opened it...

Close friend: Still awake? Can I ask a question? You told us that you don't like [insert name here] but why is her picture in your wallet? She's in your profile pic too. Did you lie? Is she your girlfriend? I'm just asking. I just want to know.

It took me a while to reply. Questions started to flood my mind. Sheeze. Why is she asking? Is it a big deal for her? Yes, she's my friend but it's none of her business.

ME: One word "no". I'm not fond of attaching strings to my girl friends.

I lied. I once courted my high school bestfriend but it doesn't go anywhere. Maybe, I just realized that I'm not prepared to make the transition from friendship to something more.

Close friend: Sorry! I'm just asking. Good night.

ME: Ok. No problem.

Close friend: I just noticed that you like [insert name here] so much.

ME: It's just pure friendship and nothing else.

I'll admit that I had a crush on [insert name here] when we were still in first year college but I don't think that our relationship is ever going to be anything more than platonic so I stopped.

Close friend: Ok. That's good.

After a few minutes, she texted again. I wished she didn't because I'm not really comfortable in this kind of conversation evidenced by my brief replies.

Close friend: I have another question. If you're already asleep, just answer this tomorrow... you said di mo tinatalo mga girl friends mo, so, do you mean even me?!

ME: Yup.

Close friend: You knew that I like you, isn't it? Wala naman pala akong hinihintay sa'yo. But, don't worry. It's ok.

I was quite speechless. I don't know how to answer back. Yes, I already know that she has feelings for me even before she told me. I can tell because she's quite obvious. Actually, I got clues from her FB status --- she will always rant about this certain guy who is either, according to her, "numb or dumb". Now, she openly shared her feelings towards me but I don't know what to say.

ME: Sorry. (That's all I can say.)

Close friend: It's ok.


I want to comfort her like what I'm doing every time she's sad and down but now, I don't know what to do... I don't know what to say. Obviously, I'm not prepared to handle such situation. I even ain't got a clue of what she feels right now. I just know that it's really quite frustrating when you have deep feelings for someone who you're just friends with.

But, I'll assure you guys that nothing will change after this. I'll keep things good between the two of us. She's a good friend. My life would just suck without her.




It feels a bit disconsolate
when it turns out that you're not yet finish with your academic clearance, the fact that classes in your school will resume in just two days. But, despite of this, I do not plan to excrete all my 'rants' about the dog-tiring registration process I have gone through. Maybe it's karma, a bad karma.

I'll admit that I've been a bad student during the first semester. In my own dictionary, bad is defined as " not preparing homeworks, not reviewing for exams and being terribly absent minded during class". I also have a not-so-good- record with the attendance particularly in Hum 1 (a 7:30 am class). You cannot blame me. It's not easy waking up early. But shucks, Professor [name withheld] is labeled 'notorious'. HEY! Don't quote me on that. It came from the higher years. I'm just quoting them.

But don't worry, I'm going to turn everything for the better. The behavior I've shown during the first semester is not on my plan this semester. From now on, I WILL MAKE IT RIGHT. Yeah! That's a promise. Of course, I'm tired of being a failure. LOL.

Well, anyway, I'm facing pretty gung-ho subjects. I've got NP2 (Cardiology), NP2 (Fluids and Electrolytes), NP2 (ABC/DN/ER), NP2 (Onco/CD), NP2 (Ortho-EENT), Asian Civilization with TN (Soc. Sci. 5), World Literature (Lit 2), Introduction to Research (RES 1) and Community Heath Development. I'm hoping to have good grades *fingers crossed* at the end of the semester.

That's all for now.

Have a Happy Second Semester, folks!



Posted it again.

WARNING: Due to my hectic schedule, I can't update this blog until Monday next week. So, I'm leaving you with a repost.

BOYS do flirt (period)
Posted last February 13, 2009

Lower those eyebrows! Yes, boys flirt. Got a problem with that? If none, then

I don’t know why I’m annoyed every time this certain friend (let’s call her Ms. X) asked me the question “Why do boys flirt?”. Maybe because, she asked me this question a hundred times already (read as every time she see her boyfriend flirting with other girls… and this happens EVERYDAY. LOL). But, she never got a serious answer from me but if you considers “Get rid of him. Find another.” or “Do the same. Flirt with a guy.” a serious answer then OK.

I’m getting more serious so help me to work this out, ok? Ms. X uhhmm… and for the other girls too, remember that just because a boy has already a girlfriend, it doesn’t make him stop noticing other girls huh. It just happens that SOME boys are naturally born with the flirting gene. Maybe, he inherited it from is father or great great granddad. Hahaha.

Girls, don’t be too shallow, remember that like you boys wants to feel free even if they’re committed so they sometimes errr… FLIRT. I think it’s one way of fulfilling our need to be a bit naughty without actually being naughty. Come on, you know what I mean.

ANOTHER REASON WHY BOYS FLIRT. I know girls this is not new to you and you may forget about this. Sometimes boys flirt because we want to make you jealous especially if we see you fluttering your eyelids at other boys. We hate to see it, so we must do something. In that case, we're just fair.

But girls (boys too!), flirting can be sometimes meaningless... maybe sometimes your boyfriend (or girlfriend are just being TOO friendly. The stuffs that you consider flirting... can just be something else, you know.

I hope my dear Ms. X you understand all the talking blah blah blah... and PLEASE I'm begging you don't attempt to ask me that f****** question again. Do you get me?!



It's Rio!

Finally, after 120 years since the birth of the Olympic Sports movement, the Games is coming to South America in 2016.

Thanks to Rio de Janeiro!

Last Friday midnight, while the others were already in deep sleep *snoars*, I was still awake and kicking in front of the boob tube waiting for the IOC announcement of which city will get the hosting rights of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.

I channel-hopped (oops! sorry for the loss of words) from CNN to BBC, to Aljazeera. I was never been interested to the Olympics before or on any sports for that matter. In fact, I'm hopeless in every sports since I was a kid. LOL. Ok! Ok! Back to the Games...

There are four candidate cities to choose from. The four were shortlisted on June 04, 2008, becoming official candidates --- Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.

Chicago 2016

Almost as dramatic as the identity of the 2016 winner was the process of the voting which saw how Chicago crashed and burned in the first round despite the Obama's last pitch. Many didn't expected, even I, that the American city will be eliminated early in the fight. Imagine, out of the 94 who voted in the initial round, only 18 went for Chicago. *stammers* What a humiliation?

Prior to the announcement, Chicago was the bookmakers favorite and was one of the two cities perceived as favorites to win the hosting rights.

Tokyo 2016

Tokyo's dream to host the Olympics for the second time was shattered after the second round. Honestly, among the four cities, Tokyo is my least favorite. Why? Because its bidding logo doesn't work for me. LOL. Yeah, true. It doesn't strike me or my eyes either. From a country that produces state-of-the-art, super wacky or out-of-the-box designs from cars to clothes, it disappointed me.

Though Tokyo's bid stressed on an eco-friendly Games, youth involvement and solid financial guarantees *$$$*, their words just fell on the stony ground after they got 20 votes in the second round. I think, Tokyo suffered from rotation of continents philosophy.

Madrid 2016

The Spanish capital was well-beaten in the final round, getting just 32 of the 98 votes. That meant second consecutive defeat for Madrid which also had bid in vain for 2012. Madrid earned high during the application phase and being a highly recognized national capital is a plus factor. However, like in Tokyo's case, Madrid may have also suffered from rotation of continents philosophy. Take note that Europe will be the venue of the next two Olympics, the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Rio 2016

I love Rio, it's my bet after Madrid, but I still doubt if they can deliver a good Olympics. Why did I said so?

1. The Games has never been to South America before putting the Latinos' capabilities to pull a good show in question

2. Among the four candidates, Rio de Janeiro has the most infrastructure works to do

3. Rio's high crime rate

4. Financial security - Brazil will also staged the World Cup Finals just a mere two years before 2016

But, Rio de Janeiro has still 7 years to prepare. I hope they can pull a wonder and make the 2016 Olympics a big, brash and flamboyant show that the people of the world could possibly hope for.