Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mark the Day


Are you as excited as me? Seriously, I jump out of my skin each time I read or hear something new about HP6. Gaaah can't wait.

By the way, I've officially declared July 16 to be a holiday, exclusive only to watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Sorry Bosses!

I Won, I Won!

After 4 weeks of waiting for my turn, I finally got it! I won the Fruitcake book of Eheads. Yay! Thanks Miss Zafra.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hooray for UDD!

So kyowt! :)

It Never Ends..

You've been warned. I really thought that I'd stop yapping about Greenday's 21 Guns after a while but what do you know? I went to the cinema one early Saturday morning to catch Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, to be entertained and what do I hear in the first 15 minutes of the film? Yep. You got it, 21 Guns.

Totally screamed and was so excited. The trio replaces the Goo boys as the crooner of Sam and Mikaela's theme. WOOT. Loved the acoustics.

As for the movie, I won't tell much as a lot of friends haven't seen it yet. Entertainment wise, be entertained by the amazing cars. Haha. Mudflap and Skids (the twins) were hilarious. I love you B and Prime! And Shia, of course.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Post Father's Day Stuff

Reposted this from miss JJ. I told her I won't post it here, but I did anyway. Just a reminder I guess.

See, Barack Obama and I are on the same league. Sorta. I never knew my father but then I never mourned or saw it as a loss on my part. Guess having too many people around you as a kid keeps you busy. I never mourned for the absence of a father in my life, just for the lost opportunities and the chance of being a normal kid who grew up in an otherwise normal family. Whenever I see a father and child scene, be it on the street, inside the jeepney, on the mall, etc., it always amazes me how this guy bravely took the responsibility to grow up with his child.

I am especially in awe of fathers that despite the noticeable poverty, sticks to his wife and children and strive to be a better husband and father. I guess that's all a kid could ever hope for, anywhere.

To all the fathers, I hope you continue to be good and responsible fathers. I sincerely hope and believe that 10, 20 or 30 years from now, your child will look up to you and remember you as the best guy a kid could ever have. I'm sure, for a father, that is enough to melt your heart and complete you as a person. Nothing else will matter because you have earned it already from your best fan, your child.

Fatherhood
By President Barack Obama

As the father of two young girls who have shown such poise, humor, and patience in the unconventional life into which they have been thrust, I mark this Father’s Day — our first in the White House — with a deep sense of gratitude. One of the greatest benefits of being President is that I now live right above the office. I see my girls off to school nearly every morning and have dinner with them nearly every night. It is a welcome change after so many years out on the campaign trail and commuting between Chicago and Capitol Hill.


But I observe this Father’s Day not just as a father grateful to be present in my daughters’ lives but also as a son who grew up without a father in my own life. My father left my family when I was 2 years old, and I knew him mainly from the letters he wrote and the stories my family told. And while I was lucky to have two wonderful grandparents who poured everything they had into helping my mother raise my sister and me, I still felt the weight of his absence throughout my childhood.


As an adult, working as a community organizer and later as a legislator, I would often walk through the streets of Chicago’s South Side and see boys marked by that same absence — boys without supervision or direction or anyone to help them as they struggled to grow into men. I identified with their frustration and disengagement — with their sense of having been let down.


In many ways, I came to understand the importance of fatherhood through its absence — both in my life and in the lives of others. I came to understand that the hole a man leaves when he abandons his responsibility to his children is one that no government can fill. We can do everything possible to provide good jobs and good schools and safe streets for our kids, but it will never be enough to fully make up the difference.


That is why we need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.


As fathers, we need to be involved in our children’s lives not just when it’s convenient or easy, and not just when they’re doing well — but when it’s difficult and thankless, and they’re struggling. That is when they need us most.


And it’s not enough to just be physically present. Too often, especially during tough economic times like these, we are emotionally absent: distracted, consumed by what’s happening in our own lives, worried about keeping our jobs and paying our bills, unsure if we’ll be able to give our kids the same opportunities we had.
Our children can tell. They know when we’re not fully there. And that disengagement sends a clear message — whether we mean it or not — about where among our priorities they fall.


So we need to step out of our own heads and tune in. We need to turn off the television and start talking with our kids, and listening to them, and understanding what’s going on in their lives.


We need to set limits and expectations. We need to replace that video game with a book and make sure that homework gets done. We need to say to our daughters, Don’t ever let images on TV tell you what you are worth, because I expect you to dream without limit and reach for your goals. We need to tell our sons, Those songs on the radio may glorify violence, but in our house, we find glory in achievement, self-respect, and hard work.


We need to realize that we are our children’s first and best teachers. When we are selfish or inconsiderate, when we mistreat our wives or girlfriends, when we cut corners or fail to control our tempers, our children learn from that — and it’s no surprise when we see those behaviors in our schools or on our streets.


But it also works the other way around. When we work hard, treat others with respect, spend within our means, and contribute to our communities, those are the lessons our children learn. And that is what so many fathers are doing every day — coaching soccer and Little League, going to those school assemblies and parent-teacher conferences, scrimping and saving and working that extra shift so their kids can go to college. They are fulfilling their most fundamental duty as fathers: to show their children, by example, the kind of people they want them to become.


It is rarely easy. There are plenty of days of struggle and heartache when, despite our best efforts, we fail to live up to our responsibilities. I know I have been an imperfect father. I know I have made mistakes. I have lost count of all the times, over the years, when the demands of work have taken me from the duties of fatherhood. There were many days out on the campaign trail when I felt like my family was a million miles away, and I knew I was missing moments of my daughters’ lives that I’d never get back. It is a loss I will never fully accept.


But on this Father’s Day, I think back to the day I drove Michelle and a newborn Malia home from the hospital nearly 11 years ago — crawling along, miles under the speed limit, feeling the weight of my daughter’s future resting in my hands. I think about the pledge I made to her that day: that I would give her what I never had — that if I could be anything in life, I would be a good father. I knew that day that my own life wouldn’t count for much unless she had every opportunity in hers. And I knew I had an obligation, as we all do, to help create those opportunities and leave a better world for her and all our children.


On this Father’s Day, I am recommitting myself to that work, to those duties that all parents share: to build a foundation for our children’s dreams, to give them the love and support they need to fulfill them, and to stick with them the whole way through, no matter what doubts we may feel or difficulties we may face. That is my prayer for all of us on this Father’s Day, and that is my hope for this nation in the months and years ahead.

Nothing's ever built to last..

And finally, I can hush now. There's nothing extraordinary about the vid because the song is the extraordinary one. Check out the red Chucks!

Green Day - "21 Guns" - HD

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wednesday LOVE

"Learned a new word today. Atom bomb. It was like God taking a photograph." ~Jim Hawkins



I'm not sure what year I saw this film, but I'm sure it was a long, long time ago already. Although that is the case, the film has left a lasting impression on me. I remember vividly writing down "Empire of the Sun" as my favorite movie in high school. Everytime. I am a big fan of war movies but mostly of war books. I dunno. I get a sense of history and some higher learning from reading and watching these kind.


The 12-year-old Jim Hawkins was portrayed by none other than our Dark Knight of today, Christian Bale. Even before we knew him as a notable actor, Empire of the Sun was his first critically acclaimed and praised performance. Why? You have to watch the film to find out. It was heart-tugging. Imagine being lost in a country that is foreign to you and away from your parents? I'm sure it was a terrible experience for a boy.


I will admit that I haven't finished J.G. Ballard's novel. I will admit too, that when I first got ahold of the book, it bored me. Really. Anyway, Ballard was that kind of author being "dystopian" and all. But someday I will finish this book alright, as I promise to never get tire of telling everyone why I love this film.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Rolling Stoners

Okay, swear this is the last of my Greenday rant haha. But this is not the last last, if you know what I mean. :)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Worth Listening Music

Green Day - 21 Guns


Yes. They're back again. Although many people say that their new album, 21st Century Breakdown, is like American Idiot part 2, I think it's still a good thing. Relevant at the very least. The boys are at it again despite a long time of hiatus. This is the album we've been all dying to hear of.

Presenting..

my new toy baby. Katas ng opisina. :) Thanks Kimi for accompanying me in buying the still unnamed DS last Sunday. Yay! Adik mode lang every night. I already finished one game: Mystery Files MillionHeir.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wednesday LOVE

Remember Marcus Flutie? The fictional boy of my dream? He's back!

It is only rightful that I thank Powerbooks Shang for allowing me to finish the first three books among the Jessica Darling series. Heehee. Like Twilight, I boycotted book 4 because Jessica and Marcus were not going anywhere good, like I wanted them to be. So I didn't read that one. When I found out from a friend that there'll be a book 5, I swore to myself that if ever Marcus and Jessica still end up together, I will buy all the books.

And here I am now collecting them all. Still 3 books short though haha. Thank you Megan McCafferty for giving us Jessica and Marcus.

You. Yes. You.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Can't Get Enough Of Cebu

Last June 10-June 13, we spent some 3 oh-so-fun days in the Queen City of South. One can never get enough of Cebu, you just keep on coming back. Maybe it's the beautiful beaches, cheap-oh-so-yummy food, the lechon or even the Cebuanos who won't answer you in Tagalog even if you can't understand any Bisaya in your life (I do a little haha).

But whatever it is that Cebu has inflicted on me, I will surely come back for more. Like now na? Heehee.


At least when we were there, we were still blessed with sunny days, it's only at night that it rains really hard. But it was tolerable.

Aaaah. What could anyone say about Cebu's lechon? Winner to the max. It's not everyday you get to eat one for a very affordable price! Usually, we only have lechon here in Manila if there's a banquet. Okay maybe not a banquet, say wedding. Or graduation party. Or christening. You know those special ocassions only whereas in Cebu, even the ordinary Manongs and Manangs can eat it anytime of the day.


And I'm real glad that I spent those three days with the three most amazing persons I know. Let's go baaaaack guys! :D

Monday, June 15, 2009

2009 NBA Champions

And finally, Kobe's team won. Without Shaq behind him this time. Proving that he can, they can. Congrats LA Lakers!

Ariza's two 3-pointers did it talaga eh. Oh well. Party hard later boys!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wednesday LOVE


When I lifted the first few pages of the Gunslinger, I didn't realize that will be the start of a new addiction. Yes, I talked about Roland Deschain, Dean, Jake and Susanna as if they were acquaintances, not really giving much thought that they are fictional and just a by-product of Stephen King's brilliant mind.

I will probably never get over the Dark Tower series, not even after it's been long and forgotten. Even if the ending was not the ending I expected, I still love everything about it. I miss the ka-tet and Oy. Even the Crimsong King.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Zoooooom

Been in some place for a while. Company outing. Saw tigers (RARR) and flew a kite on a pretty much stormy-like day. and it was FUN.

Photos and stories latur.

It's a shleepy day. YAWN.

Can't wait to be in the Queen City again tomahrow. YEY.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Work It Joe!

Found this link in Perez Hilton. So funny. At least Joe Jonas has the guts to don a catsuit and dance on heels. That was tough man, I believe. Have fun! :)

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Wednesday LOVE








Obviously, I have a tremendous affection for turtles. My website, if translated in English, means "runningturtle". Slowpokes but wise beyond their years. Oogway of Kung Fu Panda is a testament.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

As you can see..

I was bored to death, with nothing essential to share nor write whatsoever. Amen.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Lookit What I Found!

I was fashionably running late earlier, so I was rushing a bit and what do I find upon arriving? It was an office wonderland with all the crepe papers to make it look festive. Apparently, there's something to celebrate. Good news!

And I found this dawg on my desk. Kyowt!

For Sale: Quicksilver Boardshorts

I am currently selling a size 32 Quicksilver Boardshorts for a very affordable price. BRAND NEW! email me at maryelogs@gmail.com if you're interested. Thanks!


Front view.

Back view.