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merry christmas-thon

so highschool musical has been on disney channel all christmas
then it hit me.

whatever video/movie/musical/project/powerpoint presentation people will make from now on,
nothing will ever be so bad as to be worse than high school musical 1, 2, 3

it all gets better from here.


He's back.

It is some happy happenstance that Doctor Who Season 5 premiered right when my finals streak finished. &hearts Ahhh, Doctor. You will fill up my summer. (In between studying and other things, I'm sure.)

Ps. I think I need to grow up regenerate. :p There's irony there somewhere.
After four years and ten months, I think I'm finally ready to retire my livejournal.
Nothing dramatic, really. I won't be deleting it, seeing that a habit of almost 5 years is very hard to kill, so I'll still be checking time and again. The people that I've grown up with in LJ has moved on to greener, erm, more populated interfaces *coughfacebookcough*. But I'm thankful. I've been wondering when I could break the habit of lamely condensing the more salient points of life into just blogging noise.

So Ciao. Arrivederci. I'm opening another chapter. Naturally, this one had to close.

Oh look what they do with strings

This is a cover of Bari Improv, a Kaki King original which appeared on the soundtrack of August Rush (2007). I think I may have stumbled on my favorite soundtrack since Across the Universe (2007) and since I discovered The Magnetic Fields (circa 2006). &hearts

Now, once more with feelings:

with the SAGADANS
(L-R Sir, Kenneth, Macri, Tita Mary, Nicolo, Jowee and Biboy)
(June 2008)


Happy Birthday, Karl Castro!!!
(your birth date makes it impossible to forget that you turn a year older)


And homay, 1 year now. This cycle is ready to close. ;) (a.k.a. pwede na ako magresign. :P)
following plans to go to sagada one rainy weekend of may, and the heartbreaking cancellation that followed (because of cosme), i'm not sure if the last weekend of summer will be accomodating to a few kind souls who want to see sunny skies 13 hours away from the city.

but tenacity isn't without its virtues. and packing, i think i've gotten the hang of it.
now i just need to tell boss.

sagada, you will be my last summer hurrah. i have stopped expecting, but im hoping you're as beautiful as i saw you in my dreams.

mid-year meme

This is my version of the year-ender meme. This is traditionally done on dec 31st for all. For me however, I'll soon be celebrating the end of my 1st year post-college. This meme celebrates the cycle of May 2007 - June 2008. It was a crazy year. Insane year. Long year. But it was the best year.

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
Graduate? Work. Earn money. Save. Refuse love. Wait. :P

2. Did you keep your faith goals, and will you make more for next year?
Oh yes. Some, I didn't push for. Some simply weren't meant. But some, some worked out beautifully.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Why is this a relevant question?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
I thank God there wasn't.

5. What countries did you visit?
None. I'm working on it.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
Travel. Rest. Reading time. Less commute time. A place closer to where I (will) work, wherever that is.

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I don't really mark dates. I remember whole chunks of memories. November 2007, February and May 2008 had all been awesome. Roadtrips and roads going home had been pleasant.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Graduate with honors? Saving my first 6 figures...and second. Being happy though, consistenly. That tops that.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being able to save more. Not deciding sooner.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Every three months, if I remember. But I'm healthy now. :)

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My parents bought Klaus, my macbook so that doesn't count. I bought my books though. And my clothes.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Oh my gosh, so many. My Ate Mutya, for being everything excellent. Adrian, for being Adrian. My mom. My team, my boss. My kids. For everyday and every smile.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
So many too. Mga tanga.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Oh oh oh. *sheepish* Clothes :P Books. Cab rides. Dinners and lunches and movie dates. But they were all worth it.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Everyday. Work, as crazy as that sounds. Tomorrow. My hair growing. Giving out outstanding work.

16. What song will always remind you of the past year?
Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier. In many many ways.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner. (maybe?)
iii. richer or poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Travel. Traipsed around.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Remaining undecided.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Hopefully not in this country.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
J. As crazy as that sounds.

22. Did you fall in love this past year?

23. How many one-night stands?
Er. None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
So many. Doctor Who, of course. Gossip girl too. Coffee Prince, though. That made me fall in love. :P

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't think of it that way.

26. What was the best book you read?
Best? I read, but none can have the dubious distinction of being the best. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, because that's the last one I finished.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The Magnetic Fields!

28. What did you want and get?
Graduating with honors. The CMMA bid. Ateneo law. 6 figures. Peace of mind?

29. What did you want and not get?
Not yet. A gig outside the country.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Across the Universe.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 21. I took my family to dinner, my friends to dinner. Boss treated the team.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Hm. More money? :P

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept the past year?
DRESSES! Big shades. Short shorts. Long hair. Black baby dolls.

34. What kept you sane?

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Shia. Always. :P

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Ineffective urban planning. I mean, clearly.

37. Who did you miss?
L. Very much. And Adrian soon.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Oh gosh so many. Mostly at work. My bosses. My kids.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Jai Guru Deva Om. 'nuff said. :P
There's something disconcerting about finding one's self in the office on a saturday afternoon.

cootie and the blowfish

These days all I've been doing is read. And read and read. And work in between. And dream of unlikely hikes and pray for clear skies. But read, mostly.

I've finished Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (finally!)...cried over The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; finished Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins (so self-indulgent, Mr. Perkins); and just finished Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture.

I'm getting scared...I running out of books at home.


These days too, remove misplaced typhoons in the middle of summer, and my thoughts have been drifting far towards the north. Up north. Steep and undulating north. Throw in a measure of watching Into the Wild (2007). Ay sus. :)

dreaming of the blue and green (again)

Hay. I'm tired as hell Barack Obama. :P Work has been eating at me lately.
eating eating

thank god for retreats.

things i'm looking forward to:
-this weekend's retreat (for single professionals *wink* :P) in tagaytay
-next weekend's sagada/la union thing
-Pahiyas on the 15th

i command the universe to make them materialize.

yun lang. :) *lovelove*

And Jason Castro? is my man. :P