October 31, 2007
October 24, 2007
Thanks Chong for the pic! Send me more! =)
October 23, 2007
Family Rubbin Alcohol
Hope luxury cigarette
Negros Navigation (to counter the old Sharon superferry campaign)
Silver Swan patis
Trust anti-STD campaign
So how many Kris Aquino endorsements can you name?
Goldilocks (with James Yap)
Lux (with Khu Ledesma)
Maggi Magic Sarap (with AiAi 2x)
Pantene Glossy Shine
Pantene Age Defying shampoo
Purefood Chunky corned beef
San Miguel (with Derek Ramsey)
San Miguel (with Manny Pacquiao)
Xando (with Boy Abunda and Lorna Tolentino)
October 21, 2007
Set in 1985, in an alternative history United States where costumed adventurers are real and the country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union (the Doomsday Clock is at five minutes to midnight). It tells the story of a group of past and present superheroes and the events surrounding the mysterious murder of one of their own. Watchmen depicts superheroes as real people who must confront ethical and personal issues, who struggle with neuroses and failings, and who - with one notable exception - lack anything recognizable as super powers (Wiki).
A movie adaptation of WATCHMEN is in the works and is scheduled for release on March 6, 2009.
October 19, 2007
40 minutes would have made a difference.
If I had not been rushing to a 1pm meeting in 6750, I would have been inside Glorietta when the explosion happened. Not that I wish I were part of the scene but thinking about it now reminded me of how easily our lives can be cut short in the most unexpected occasions. I've had a couple of near-death experiences before and today's event certainly isn't one of the gravest but my morbid mind still can't help but think about the possibilities.
What if I had chosen to eat dessert after lunch? What if I had gotten to Glorietta later and took time in finishing my meal? What if I had chosen to eat in Glorietta 2 where the explosion happened? What if my meeting was at 1:30pm?
The answers don't matter now but the exercise of questioning tells me that sometimes I do forget to live for the moment. That sometimes I get too caught up about watching my favorite programs or choosing the right shirt when I haven't told my friends how much they meant to me. When I'm too busy bickering about things that I want when I already have everything that really matters.
Mimi in RENT said it all:
There is no future
There is no past
I live this moment as my last
There's only us
There's only this
Or life is yours to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today
October 12, 2007
Late in 2004, Marchan Padla emailed Hangad explaining that he was a volunteer for Ang Arko ng Pilipinas. He had written a song inspired by Raymond, an autism-stricken ward of his who had to be brought to the province every Christmas season because he couldn't stand the noise of the city. Marchan's request was for Hangad to record the song to raise funds for Arko. Marchan had never heard of Hangad, and Hangad had not heard of Arko; but the story was so moving that Hangad invited Marchan to share his song.
October 10, 2007
"By the time you reach the age of 30, your salary level should be four times your age. If not, go and check what's wrong with your career."
For someone like me who is about to turn 30, the author's opening line immediately got on my skeptical side. I wanted to know what his basis was. Was this industry standard? How achievable and realistic was this? How fair was that statement to everyone else in my batch? What did I need to do to achieve it?
I thought I'd go into career angst mode but after reading the article, it sounded like the whole salary computation thing was just based on the author's opinion and experience with a couple of clients. Wow. How factual can you get? The bold headline might even have been an attempt to attract clients(through the author's contact posted at the bottom of the article).
Another thing. Is salary the only career benchmark? What ever happened to job fulfillment, work-life balance and learning? I know they sound like a bunch of corporate HR bullshit but these are values which sometimes go beyond how much a professional's take home pay is. Would you rather work in a company which pays 4 times the salary but 5 times the stress? I've had friends who turned down offers from crappy companies who doubled their salaries. I also have friends who would much rather work for an NGO or the academe than be corporate whores with 6-digit salaries. Bottomline for me, money should not be the be all and end all of a career. A JOB IS JUST A JOB. Do what you need to do to pay the bills and run out of the office to experience life.
Read the full PDI article here.
October 9, 2007
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October 7, 2007
October 2, 2007
October 1, 2007
Check out this article from today's PDI. This is definitely something you don't see everyday. Bring it on sistahs! Round 1!
Italian archbishop closes convent after nuns come to blows Agence France-Presse Last updated 07:48am (Mla time) 10/01/2007
ROME -- A convent in southern Italy is being shut down after a quarrel among its last three remaining nuns ended in blows, press reports said Sunday.
Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista, reportedly upset about their mother superior's authoritarian ways, scratched her in the face and threw her to the ground at Santa Clara convent near Bari in an incident in July that was kept quiet until now.
Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri tried to reconcile the nuns but finally decided in late August that they had "clearly lost their religious vocation" and asked the Vatican for permission to close the convent.
Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista moved to another convent, but Sister Liliana barricaded herself inside, refusing to leave, the reports said, adding that she suspected Battista Pichierri of planning to cede the convent to another community.
Liliana has been at the convent since its founding in 1963.