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Top Ten Thursday: Things I’m Looking Forward To In The Next Few Months

1. Work (yes, work!)

Yes, I am one of those people who actually likes, no, LOVES my job and the people I work with. Our new fiscal year has just started and there are lots of changes and new plans so it really is an exciting (and tiring) next few months for our team and the whole company. But I consider it such a privilege to be a part of this company/ministry

2. Someone’s coming home!

One of my best friends who has been away working in another country for years will finally be relocating back to the Philippines with her husband. And even though it’s a few more months, I already am looking forward to the loads of coffee we will consume while having hours of non-sequitur conversations

3. The new football season this August

As much as I love the sudden popularity of football in the country, I have badly missed my English Premier League and La Liga. My EPL team Liverpool is poised for a top 4 comeback with all their brilliant new signings while my 2nd team Arsenal doesn’t seem to be signing anyone so we may yet see another car crash season. Over in Spain, Barcelona will try to fend off a resurgent Real Madrid. And what of my favorite player who plays for a team that I don’t like? I can only hope that Nando will finally be able to go back to his scoring ways.

4. Continuing this DAD110 class then looking forward to a new class next semester

While it is very frustrating at times (for reasons I cannot elaborate here but you can ask me privately), I still am excited about sharing what I know to these young minds and hopefully making an impact on them (even one or two students who will learn a thing or two from me is a success in my book). And next semester will surely be another interesting one with a new class and a new subject to teach.

5. Young Pro Forever 

This is a group (of course that’s not our final name yet!) that was started by our church (Joy Christian Fellowship) and The Church at Better Living wherein young professionals gather once a month to learn from each other and share our issues about being Christians in the workplace. It’s been a while since I have “voluntarily” met new people and this seems like an interesting bunch of people.

6. Reviving my blogs (yes, it’s plural)

While this blog is more about pop culture, I still have other more specialized blogs that I would like to revive and constantly update. I write for my job everyday, but still I know I need to write for myself too and for my other interests. What inspired me to be more active again is the Christian Bloggers Fellowship that I attended earlier this week, It’s nice to meet “young” people (relatively speaking of course. haha) who are passionate about writing and sharing their faith through blogging and social media.

7. Azkals v Kuwait, 2nd round of the World Cup Qualifiers

The win over Sri Lanka in the 1st round was historic and a dream come true for long-time Filipino football fans and new Azkals fans. But the former know that Kuwait is an altogether different opponent and the latter have to prepare themselves for heartbreak since Kuwait is ranked 50 places above us in the FIFA rankings. But through wins and losses, through scandals and smear campaigns, through crappy Ticketword selling and scalpers galore, I will support our boys no matter what

8. The new US Fall TV season 

Almost all my favorites from last season will be back this August: Fringe, The Good Wife, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Cougar Town, Modern Family, Community plus all the police/mystery/crime procedurals I devour. And of course there are new shows to fall in love with. So goodbye night time productivity!

9. Blockbuster movies that have the potential to be great movies and hopefully will not disappoint

The Immortals featuring soon to be Superman Henry Cavill playing my favorite Greek demi-god Theseus. The Dark Knight Rises featuring my current favorite director Christopher Nolan and his usual cronies. The Amazing Spiderman featuring one of my die-hard crushes Andrew Garfield and girl crush Emma Stone. Cowboys and Aliens. Raven. The new Underworld movie. Etc etc etc

10. Going through my reading backlog

I’m not even gonna tell you how many books I’ve bought that I still haven’t read (let’s just say that it’s almost half of all the books in my 2 1/2 shelves at home). But I’ve already scolded myself about wasting all those good books and so I am finally gonna go through all of them by making a scheduled reading program. And I also am finally going to continue databasing my books and putting borrowers’ cards on them because yes, I am going to share this database and allow close friends to borrow them because what good are books if they just sit idly on my shelf?


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Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Top 10 Lists, Top Ten Thursday


Top 10 Books I Bought in 2010 But I Still Haven’t Read

Everytime I enter a bookstore (OMF Lit Bookshops included),  I have to restrain myself from buying a book, even if I have the budget for it, because I still have a long list of bought-but-unread books just waiting to be picked up from my bookshelves. Here are the best of the lot that i have to read in the next few weeks or else I’ll be even more behind on my reading list

1. Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

Ever since he told me about this book when I interviewed him early in 2010 (yes, yabang moment ito), I was so excited to have my own copy. And i bought this on the last day of 2010, so I’m not too behind

2. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I know I’m late in the game already, but I wanna see what the fuss is about and thanks to Iris, I finally got the initiative to have my own copy. To read it is the next step.

3. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Again, one of those hyped books that’s apparently being turned into a movie (with Robert Pattinson *shudder*). Carnivals have always fascinated me and this seems like a good companion to Carnivale, the short-lived but brilliant TV series.

4. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

A sort of sequel to the Percy Jackson series wherein we meet new demi-gods while searching for, you guessed it, a lost hero. Hopefully can be finished in one sitting.

5. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (again)

He tackles Egyptian mythology in this first book in the Kane Chronicles series, with a brother and sister duo as lead characters. Again, easy enough to devour in one sitting, if I can just find the time.

6. Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke

Yes, that Ethan Hawke. This book came out a few years ago but I found it in a 2nd hand book shop for only 50 pesos. I liked his first novel, The Hottest State, in fairness. Fairly juvenile, but entertaining nonetheless.

7. Crave by Chris Tomlinson

Thanks to my job at OMF Literature (yes, shameless plugging ito), I’ve been discovered a whole new world of Christian authors besides Max Lucado and Philip Yancey. This book by Chris Tomlinson (not the singer, that’s Chris Tomlin) caught my attention because it’s subtitle is “Wanting so much more of God” and that is where I am right now in my spiritual journey. Again, time is my enemy so I haven’t started this yet.

8. Unchristian by Dave Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

How the world perceives Christians has always been a sort of obsession of mine, and this book is based on a lot of studies and research by the Barna Group on why a lot of Americans hate the idea of Christianity, sadly because of Christians themselves. Can’t wait to finally start on this, once I finish my current books.

9. 3 Margaret Atwood books from Misha – thanks for almost completing my Atwood collection!!!

10. A Beautiful Game by Tom Watt

This was my official Christmas gift to myself, my first ever football book. And technically, I’ve already browsed through all the pictures, but haven’t gotten around to reading the stories of players from around the world and how football changed their lives.

And this is me, trying to make sense of my library


Posted by on January 9, 2011 in Top 10 Lists


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Top 10 Things I Fell in Love with (and re-loved) in 2010

1. God – I wasn’t really a heathen for the past years, but I did put Him in a box and set Him aside for a few years now, not because I didn’t believe in Him, but because of various reasons I made myself believe. But this year, after I set aside the “youthful and immature” emotions about God that I’ve accumulated over the years, and I started re-learning and learning new things about Him, then eventually falling in love all over again, but this time (hopefully) with a deeper and more mature sense of who He really is.

2. Football (that’s soccer to Americans and Filipinos) – Okay, I have to be honest and admit that I only started watching because of the hot men, but somewhere along the way, it stopped being about that (although I still ogle them, much to my guy footie friends consternation) and became about the sport that the rest of the world is crazy about. Good luck getting me out of the house on a Saturday night when the Premiere League games are on. And yes, my sleeping hours have been considerably lessened because of a stupid thing called time difference. And I’m ecstatic that a lot of Filipinos are starting to at least be interested in the sport coz of the Azkals.

3. Being home – ever since I was in college, I’ve lived away from home, except for weekends and the occasional bout of homesickness. But ever since I’ve made the decision to move back in with my Mom, brother and Lola, I’ve been excited to come home everyday, in spite of the traffic and the commuting hassle. As Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home”

4. DIY Scrapbooking – Out of boredom and joblessness, I started to make a few scrapbook pages, and all of a sudden, I was addicted to it, sometimes doing nothing else the whole day. But since scrapbooking materials are too expensive, I made do with recycling old planners, magazines, newspapers and postcards. It is nostalgic and therapeutic and I highly recommend it if you wanna let out your creative monster.


5. The Walking Dead. Arcade Fire. Inception. Deathly Hollows. Blue Bloods. Erwin McManus. Esperanza Spalding. Toy Story 3. Sherlock. Fernando Torres. Shutter Island. Black Keys. Xavi. Justified. Beach House. Donald Miller. FC Barcelona/Spain NT – I will be doing different posts on my favorite movies, TV shows, music, books, football teams/players. Pop Culture rocks!

6. Relevant Magazine – I keep raving and reposting stuff from their website and a lot of my new musical discoveries are courtesy of their recommendations. It still is my dream to put up something like this locally, and hopefully, it will come to fruition soon.

7. Early mornings with myself – I dunno if it’s coz I’m just getting older, but suddenly I’m evolving into a morning person (although I’m still a work in progress). The mornings where I find myself alone, sipping coffee, reading a book, physically writing, or just staring into space, are very precious to me.

8. OMF Literature – I can truly say that I love everything about my job, even the most difficult, tiring, painful parts. What the movement stands for, the books, the people, the devotions, the lunch break chikka minutes, the food, the coffee, the heart, the passion – these are just some of the things that I love. Probably, this is one of the best things that happened to me in 2010.

9. My techie combo of a notebook, blackberry, ipod touch and C3 – And no, I’m not boasting that I own all these things, but I really love the fact that they’ve made my professional and personal life all the more connected and fun, whether it’s updating my social networks, answering emails on the go, playing PvZ and Angry Birds, working and writing in a coffee shop, listening to music and podcasts.

10. The Wednesday Group – you know who you are so I won’t name names. You were the ones who didn’t give up on me even though I was lost. And now you are standing with me as we all together strengthen our faith. And the food every Wednesday ain’t bad either.

What (or who) did you fall in love with in 2010?


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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in Top 10 Lists, Uncategorized


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Pop Culture Recommendations: My 10 Favorite Scary Movies

Note: Not all of them are straightforward horror movies, but these are the ones that scared the “baby cheeses” out of me, and at the same time are utterly beautiful or heartbreaking or disturbing (sometimes all at the same time)

1. The Others

When I finally found out the “twist” at the end, I re-watched the movie and was even more terrified. Not everyone was scared of the movie, but I loved how everything was so understated and even cerebral.


2. 28 Days Later

We were so used to zombies walking around slowly with arms raised outwards and they weren’t scary coz you could outrun them. Until this movie, where zombies were faster and more ravenous. And waking up in a world where almost everyone is dead is terrifying

3. Let the Right One In

This, for me, is what a vampire movie should be like: cold, mysterious, quiet, terrifying. No sparkly vampires or declarations of undying love or big dramatic action scenes. I still haven’t seen the Hollywood remake so I’ll reserve judgement after. But this, the original is all kinds of awesome

4. Pan’s Labyrinth

A “fairy tale” definitely not for children. What makes this film all the more fascinating and terrifying is that even though it is fantasy, it is still rooted in harsh reality. And the ending just about killed me


5. The Shining

This is a classic of course. I am more afraid of villains that are psychologically horrifying than those that just maim and kill. And Jack Torrance is the ultimate scariest villain for me. And those twin girls? Egads

6. Don’t Look Now

Most probably only film students or film aficionados will know this movie. The story starts out as a drama, with a couple mourning the death of their daughter but then it escalates into a ghost story, a psychic whodunnit, and it ends in one of the most terrifying chase scenes in Venice (probably the only movie where Venice becomes scary)

7. Tesis

This was Alejandro Amenabar’s (director of The Others) first film and this was where Nicolas Cage’s 8MM was loosely based. But obviously this was WAY BETTER and scarier than than Hollywood film. I still think Spain makes the best horror movies (I have 3 Spanish movies in this list)

8. The Orphanage

And the Spanish strike again. An old house. Ghost children. A woman on the verge of going insane. Perfect elements for a kick-ass tragic horror movie.

9. Identity

I probably only know 2 other people who liked this movie, but this is one of those that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole movie. And even though you could see the twist a mile away, it still had that “what the” factor when it was finally revealed

10. Dear Zachary

This film, although it is a documentary, deserves a space in my list because it makes you face a different kind of horror, one that might hit close to home. And because it was horrifying how much I cried while watching this


Posted by on October 31, 2010 in I See Movies, Top 10 Lists


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Top 10 Shows That Made Me Weep When They Ended Part 1

You know me and my TV shows: the world stops when I’ve finished downloading the latest episode or if I’m in the mood for a marathon all by myself. And I read a quote somewhere that maybe he’s really in a coma, and that his favorite TV shows were the “real world” trying to wake him up from years of unconsciousness.

I feel that way a lot of times. So when a TV show that I love ends, it really is emotionally catastrophic for me. I feel like I lost a really good friend or a family member. Weeks after the show ends, I still feel like I’m in a daze and I keep going back and watching my fave episodes, all because I’m still in a state of denial. It does get better eventually, but then another favorite TV shows and it happens all over again.

Here are 10 shows that made me weep, whether they were comedy,drama or action, when they ended. In no particular order

1. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

I spent 7 seasons telling people not to be turned off by the title because this is one of the best shows ever. Around 2 or 3 people believed me. But I didn’t care because I knew that they were missing a lot by not following Buffy Summers and her Scoobies. That final battle just about killed me, and when Sunnydale finally sunk into the ground, I knew that it was really over. Well, until the graphic novels came out. But vampires and slayers have never been the same for me

2. Lost

From the moment that Jack Shepard opened his eyes up to the last moment of the series when he…(okay I won’t spoil it coz some of you still haven’t watched), this series just captured my imagination and my brain cells. Before there was Inception, there was Lost to eff up our brains. But more than all the mysteries and plot twists, I really fell in love with each and every character, hero or villain, real or imagined. And until now, I still feel the loss very vividly

3. Friends

Yes, I’ve watched each episode of every season more than twice. Yes, I’ve also debated with myself whether I was a Monica, a Phoebe or a Rachel (in the end, I think I was more of a less funny Chandler). Yes, these “friends” got me through a real tough time in my life. And yes, the whole final episode, I was in tears and when they finally left the apartment for the last time, I bawled my eyes out.

4. Battlestar Galactica

I was never a Trekkie or a Babylon 5 or a Stargate girl. People are sometimes surprised, given my geeky nature. But Battlestar Galactica is the first sci-fi show that I followed religiously, so to speak. And for a show that is set in a different sphere than our reality, it had more insights into relevant world issues than the news and talk shows. The ending left a lot to be desired, but the journey towards that end was spectacular

5. Veronica Mars

Why can’t Americans keep intelligent teen shows like this on the air while trashy fare like 90210 and that reality show The Hills kept getting renewed? This is another one of those really good shows that were cancelled before it could resolve any of its long-standing plots and mysteries. Gone too soon, I tell you. And Kristen Bell deserves another shot at TV glory. She oozes talent from her very pores. She was the one good thing on Heroes that last season and they killed her off. Figures

To be continued….


Posted by on August 28, 2010 in Pop Goes the Culture, Top 10 Lists


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Top Ten Things That I’ve Been Learning (and re-learning) Lately

  1. Disciplining myself when it comes to viewing girly football stuff and entertainment news (during work – 15 minutes only. after work – still working on it or in other words, to my heart’s content)
  2. Cooking aka being domesticated even if I am single (spaghetti, tuna pasta, adobong baguio beans and amapalaya – check!) (sinigang, nilaga, tinola – you’re next!)
  3. Praying with other people (as opposed to me lying in bed and having conversations with God on my own turf)
  4. Tinkering on a website (html, you might just kill me)
  5. Thinking of writing for work as writing for myself too
  6. Not procrastinating (which might just kill me too)
  7. Going to a mall without actually buying anything
  8. Sleeping before 1AM (2 out of 5 times a week isn’t bad right?
  9. Riding a jeepney without smirking at the person beside me who is either speaking loudly on the phone, or whose hair is flying in my face or whose outfit is just plain weird
  10. Meeting new people (which surprisingly, terrifies me)
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Posted by on July 20, 2010 in Top 10 Lists


Top 10 Things I Wish I Could Do Right Now

1. Close my eyes and teleport our entire apartment and its contents into our new apartment so we don’t need to go through the actual pains of moving

2. Have a cup of coffee with several good friends (you know who you are)

3. Write an actual honest to goodness blog entry and not Top 10 lists or microblogging

4. Sleep. And I mean really sleep

5. Be sane

6. Finish reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Salman Rushdie’s Grimus and Good Omens

7. Finish writing pending articles without actually writing them

8. Make sense

9. Make that semi life-changing decision that I’ve been putting off the past few weeks. And actually have the balls to see it through

10. Be in a bar where Bono, Sting, Dave Matthews and Kristin Chenowith are jamming together

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Posted by on May 4, 2010 in Top 10 Lists, Uncategorized


Top 10 Things I’m Looking Forward to in 2010

Okay, I know it’s a month too late to be making Top 10 lists, but hey, I still have 11 months to go anyways

1. Challenges and Difficulties ahead in my new job – 3 days into my new job and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But for some reason, I’m looking forward to it because I feel like I’ve been stagnant for soooo long and it’s time for me to get off my butt and challenge myself. Now if only I can wake up early in the morning…

2. Weddings – 3 really good friends are getting married this year (i need not name names, you know who you are) and while I’m not marriage’s biggest fan (well, at least for myself) I am so excited for them because weddings are always fun and at least it’s proof that love still works for some

3. Upcoming movies – call me “mababaw”, but the anticipation for these movies is something i so look forward to. Percy Jackson, Clash of the Titans, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, The Last Airbender (aka the real Avatar), Toy Story 3. The list goes on and on and on

4. Concerts and Gigs – although it will make a dent in my pocket, having some of my foreign acts come here is something I don’t want to miss. Kris Allen and Paramore are the only ones confirmed so far, but I’m sure there will be more. And gigs, gosh I miss gigs: Taken by Cars, Techy Romantics, Sino Sikat, Urbandub, Up Dharma Down, Cynthia Alexander

5. Going Back

“And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” – T.S Elliot

6. Stepping Out of the Country – I’ve been making this promise to myself for five years now, and five years I’ve failed myself. Let’s try again this year okay? Now about that passport…..

7. Meeting New People – while I dearly love the friends that I have right now, I still feel like my world is too small. I’ve just been always too “shy” and, well to be honest, tamad, to go out and socialize and explore. But I am now “forced” to do so coz my new job requires me to, so I have no choice. Who knows, I might learn something along the way

8. Stepping Out of Myself – i think it’s about time i do something about all the injustices in this world. So I’m gonna put on my superhero costume and fight crime and….okay, so of course I can’t do that, but I can take small steps by volunteering and doing something, not just rant about it

9. Moving – I hate the overcrowded MRT, the never ending parking lot of EDSA and the mad dash to get to Makati from QC. So apartment hunting is the first on my list of goals for 2010. I’m gonna miss my current pad terribly, but sacrifices have to  be made

10. Meeting Bono – dreaming is free. And if I do go to Ireland for someone’s 2nd wedding, I just might be a few miles closer to him


Posted by on January 31, 2010 in Top 10 Lists


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