Sunday, July 29, 2007

Silence please



Due to allergic conjuctivitis last weekend, I wasn't able to join my friends for a reading and coffee session of the final Harry Potter book.

Prior to that, and just for curiosity's sake, I checked the links of various electronic copies of the book, read reviews (which came out in advance), and inquired about raves about this opus of our time.

Despite all, I-haven't-read-this-yet. I can't go incommunicado - like what other friends' did - and most likely millions of Harry Potter fans out there - just to read this (or the other half-read, and most unread, books I bought the past weeks). My HP7 which I got the next day after it's worldwide release is still neatly wrapped (my little brother is supposed to start this, but he's always dead tired from his contact center work).

I may cutely react to those spoilers bullying me for not reading this yet, but I will not give in to their bashes (like how my "mahal" bashed me by saying Harry Potter died an agonizing death - mahal!!!) I resolve to read this as a "reward" - after I take and pass my candidacy exams this September (and read too the rest of the untouched books I have here).

So, please - shh...

Or else, I'm gonna strangle you all!!!

Catch them or else ...

Just came from a photo shoot (and we have another tomorrow and in the next days to come), so, unwinding a bit here:



Yesterday had an interview, and planned to watch Ratatouille after, but decided against it since I had to wait for more than an hour for the next screening. I thought of strolling at the mall but my feet were hurting with my 3 1/2 heels.

So, since I wasn't able watch it, I just played Ratatouille games last night - kiddie stuff, but they're fun! Disney Pixar (Pixar specifically) is truly genius, crafting this another endearing product - I'm not sure though how will I react if I get to see a rat cooking my food.



Simpsons Movie is also showing - I didn't really follow this 20-year-old successful show, but this 2D cartoon is a good study (more when I post about my graduate studies these days). While 3D maybe raking in more profits, this satirical cartoon ala sitcom, to put loosely, is the best Fox has to offer (coming maybe from the network's critics, that is).

Why am I vaguely blogging about these flicks? To remind myself I "need" to see them (hopefully this week) before I go insane again with deadlines. Argh.

Monday, July 23, 2007

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Don't know what to do now....

The above blogthing kind of describes what I'm now - although now I'm working hard to straighten things out, after my getting-tired-of-writing-episodes (which flooded most of the June 2007 entries).

And before my mind gets totally cluttered, I took a break and answered more blogthings.

Disclaimer - what follows may be true or not true about me (depending how this "invention" produce results for your reply to their every quiz) - and so with you if you try any of them (there are a lot). Just to unwind, so here goes:

Descovrir in a nutshell:


What Lynda Means

L is for Lively

Y is for Young

N is for Neat

D is for Dedicated

A is for Alert


Wow, so true, haha

Your Birthdate: November 12


You're a dynamic, charismatic person who's possibly headed for fame.
You tend to charm strangers easily. And you usually can get what you want from them.
Verbally talented, you tend to persuade people with your speaking and writing.
You are affectionate and loving, but it's hard for you to commit to any one relationship.

Your strength: Your charm

Your weakness: Your extreme manipulation tactics

Your power color: Indigo

Your power symbol: Four leaf clover

Your power month: December


Now, I'm reminded I'll be a year older about four months from now - sheesh

Your Personality Is


Guardian (SJ)


You are sensible, down to earth, and goal oriented.
Bottom line, you are good at playing by the rules.

You tend to be dominant - and you are a natural leader.
You are interested in rules and order. Morals are important to you.

A hard worker, you give your all at whatever you do.
You're very serious, and people often tell you to lighten up.

In love, you tend to take things carefully and slowly.

At work, you are suited to almost any career - but you excel in leadership positions.

With others, you tend to be polite and formal.

As far as looks go, you are traditionally attractive. You take good care of yourself.

On weekends, you tend to like to do organized activities. In fact, you often organize them!


Looks like I have a "nice" personality - ehem, ehem

You Are 32% Control Freak


You have achieved the perfect balance of control and letting go.
You tend to roll with whatever life brings, but you never get complacent.


Maybe trying to be in control most of the time - but not a control freak (but they're just the same, right? Anyway)

Your Worry Factor is 55%


While you're not a worrywart, you worry more than you should.
Maybe you don't have enough to keep your mind occupied at times...
Or perhaps you've trapped yourself into some bad thinking patterns.
Try to worry less and enjoy life more. There's no point thinking about things you can't change!


Yeah, right

You Are Somewhat Like Your Mom


Believe it or not, you and your mom are pretty darn similar.
It may not seem like it at times, but you and your mom have a lot of common ground.
Over time, you'll probably get closer ... especially if you emphasize the things you like about each other.


Oh? Sure my Mom will beg to disagree, hehe

You Are 83% Feminist


You are a total feminist. This doesn't mean you're a man hater (in fact, you may be a man).
You just think that men and women should be treated equally. It's a simple idea but somehow complicated for the world to put into action.


And I'm not even sure about my stand/s on Feminist theories/issues/causes as we discuss them in class (well, in the class where I'm a seat-in now)

You Are 65% Real


You know who you are, and you're pretty darn comfortable with yourself.
Like everyone, you struggle with the parts of yourself that aren't so great...
But you're good at accepting who you are and not dwelling on your faults.
As a result, you're confident, optimistic, and very real.


Yeah, I believe I'm real enough

People Envy Your Compassion


You have a kind heart and an unusual empathy for all living creatures. You tend to absorb others' happiness and pain.
People envy your compassion, and more importantly, the connections it helps you build. And compassionate as you are, you feel for them.


Me? Compassionate? Ah...


"Whatever" stuff about Descovrir:





This creation adds visual appeal to any blog - mine included

What Your Sleeping Position Says


You are secretly sensitive, but you often put up a front.
Shy and private, you yearn for security.
You take relationships slowly.
You need lots of reassurances before you can trust.

If you don't get enough sleep, you are: Cranky and a big baby

It's hard to sleep next to you because: You are a light sleeper


Yeppers, in an hour or so, I'll sleep - well and sound, I hope

You Are a Boston Creme Donut


You have a tough exterior. No one wants to mess with you.
But on the inside, you're a total pushover and completely soft.
You're a traditionalist, and you don't change easily.
You're likely to eat the same doughnut every morning, and pout if it's sold out.


Now, I want a Boston Creme donut (and Bavarian, Peanut Butter Frost - yum, yum)

Who Should Paint You: Pablo Picasso


Your an expressive soul who shows many emotions, with many subtleties
Only a master painter could represent your glorious contradictions


Wish Picasso's still around to do my portrait - sigh



My Lakbayan grade is C-!
How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out atLakbayan!
Created by Eugene Villar.

I bet most who honestly answer this will realize they're foreigners in their own country of 7,100+ islands


On Descovrir's career and studies:


You Should Be a Film Writer


You don't just create compelling stories, you see them as clearly as a movie in your mind.
You have a knack for details and dialogue. You can really make a character come to life.
Chances are, you enjoy creating all types of stories. The joy is in the storytelling.
And nothing would please you more than millions of people seeing your story on the big screen!


Right - wish this was around when I was contemplating to take up Journalism (which I did, by the way)

You Should Maybe Go to Grad School


Grad school may be the right choice for you, but you need to investigate further.
So put those studying skill to use, and pick a program that's perfect for you.
And make sure you're going for the right reasons - not just to avoid getting a job.


Now you're telling me (and candidacy exam is just two months away, sheesh)

You Are 58% Burned Out


You're fairly burned out, and it shows.
You probably have been feeling a little rundown and irritable lately.
If you can, drop a few of your minor responsibilities and focus on what's really important.
You have too much on your plate, and it's catching up with you.


Tsk, tsk, tsk....

Your Depression Level: 68%


You seem to have moderate depression.
Your symptoms are bad enough that they're effecting your everyday life.
You would benefit greatly from professional help.


I guess I need "help" regarding my career - and I'm seriously considering it...

Your Emoticon is Sad


You're feeling a tad depressed right now. It will likely pass soon, but for now, you need some major cheering up!


Well, I got happy this Saturday with my friends (who I haven't seen for a long time) - and seeing my friend's cute, little angel (another post)


Descovrir's take on date/romance/love (aww, I answered a lot here):


You Are More Mild Than Wild


You're confident, and you really aren't concerned with how "hot" you are.
Other people's ideas of what's sexy don't concern you. And this is exactly what makes you attractive.


Cool - I mean I'm "hot" to know, hehe

Men See You As Choosy


Men notice you light years before you notice them
You take a selective approach to dating, and you can afford to be picky
You aren't looking for a quick flirt - but a memorable encounter
It may take men a while to ask you out, but it's worth the wait


Hmm... OK...

You're a Romantic Kisser


For you, kissing is all about feeling the romance
You love to kiss under the stars or by the sea
The perfect kiss involves the perfect mood
It's pretty common for kisses to sweep you off your feet


Aww, I'm romantic, hehe



You Are A Realistic Romantic




It's easy for you to get swept away by romance...

But you've done a pretty good job keeping perspective.

You're still taken in by love poems and sunsets

You just don't fall for every dreamy pick up line!



I'm a Realistic Romantic? Ohh?

How You Are In Love


You take a while to fall in love with someone. Trust takes time.

You give and take equally in relationships.

You tend to get very attached when you're with someone. You want to see your love all the time.

You love your partner unconditionally and don't try to make them change.

You stay in love for a long time, even if you aren't loved back. When you fall, you fall hard.


Oh, I'm romantic, really, hehe

Your Love Life Secrets Are


Looking back on your life, you will have a few true loves.

Although you may have been hurt before, you tend to bring very little scars into new relationships.

You expect a lot from your lover - you want the full package. You tend to be very picky.

In fights, you love to debate and defend yourself. You logic prevails - or at least you'd like to think so.

You have a hard time ending relationships, even if the other person says it's over.


Looks like true of me, hehe

You Can Make 69% of Your Crushes Fall in Love With You


Your seduction skills are practically legendary. You know how to close the deal.
Just don't let someone you're really into get the better of you!
As long as you keep up your end of the flirting game, you'll get the prize at the end.


I believe I already have my "prize" (right, sweetie?)



You Would Do Most Things For Love




You are willing to go pretty far for love - but not far enough to compromise your core values.

Love is a priority for you, and you'll go further than most people to hold on to someone you love.

But killing for love? Or even taking a bullet? Probably out of the question.

No matter what, you love yourself the most!



Shocks - I think I'm in love (the thing that makes me fulfilled now - despite happenings on the other things in my life)

You Are 65% Passionate, 35% Compassionate


You are very passionate, especially when it comes to love.
In fact, it's sometimes difficult for you to tell between love and lust.
You jump in head first, and figure things out later... usually when it's all over!


Guess my sweetie can attest to this, haha

Your Love Life is Like Pretty Woman


"I want the fairy tale"

You believe that love is truly blind, unpredictable, and surprising. Two very different people can easily find true love.
At least, that is how it will happen when you marry a gorgeous billionaire someday ;-)

Your love style: Sensual and flirty

Your Hollywood Ending Will Be: Surprisingly happy


Wow, I now feel like Julia Roberts, haha

Your Dream Engagement Ring Has a Pear Diamond!


You're personal style is a mix of classic and contemporary, reseved and outgoing.
A pear diamond matches your charming personality - and is perfect to show off.
You've also got an elegant side, which is complemented a tear dropped shaped pear.
It's the perfect mix of Liz Taylor and Jessica Simposon - both wearers of this ring!


No, I don't think I'll have this ring just to show off - talk about being robbed here...(and an engagement talk is not on at the moment :->)

There goes my blogthings - bow.