On Survivor Samoa

February 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm (Boob Tube) (, , , )

Finished watching Survivor Samoa (this is not the latest but previous season) and I’m glad I decided to watch it.  And I’m putting this along side my fave seasons: Australia, All Stars and Fans vs. Favorites.

Basically, the entire show was ran by Russell… this small but dangerous guy was able to manipulate and turn things around… making this an interesting show to watch.  The last time I saw this great TV moment for Survivor was the season of Fans vs. Favorites where Parvati won (with Amanda as runner-up).  If you remember, the word ‘blindside’ was a common activity on the weekly tribal council, which was dominated by the girls.  Wow!

Now back to Russell… If Russell do not like you, you’re out, plain and simple.  And despite the disadvantage of his team in terms of numbers when the merge happened (Foa Foa only have 4 members vs. the 8 members of Galu), he was able to swing it and his team slowly gained advantage over the other tribe.  Thanks to his alliances who remained loyal to their team… Natalie, Mick, Jaison and Shambo and helped him overtake Galu. And thanks to his extraordinary knowledge of the game, he was able to find 3 immunity idols without any clues!

Russell is actually a very successful businessman.  He don’t need the money and as he revealed in one of those ‘interviews’ during the show, he just wanted to show the world how easy it is to win in this show.

But he was too cocky and ruthless.  And he was just way too much to handle and listen too…. Did you see the final episode where he was telling Natalie and Mick that he’ll win the show?  Too much… just too much.  It got to his head and with this, Russell also got the ire of most of the jury members who eventually decided to give the title of Sole Survivor to Natalie.  Too bad for Russell but he will remain in my book as one of the greatest player Survivor ever had.

Oh I like ‘Oh my word’ Natalie.  She actually got lucky in forming an alliance with Russell (well actually Rusell had a lot of alliances!).  But she was one of the few (together with Jaison, Shambo and Mick) who never got the ire of Russell thus she was spared in the tribal councils.  She’s been told that she got that far by serving as Russell’s coattail but coattail it is!  That’s a strategy in itself.  She was underestimated but also worked her way under the radar.  Did you watch the episode where Eric (the first jury member) was voted off?  It was Natalie who convinced the members of the other tribe to vote him off instead of her co-Foa Foa tribemate Jaison.  She was too safe but that was a strategy in itself and it worked to her advantage.  Eric’s message to her during the final episode almost made me cry hahaha….

Aside from Russell, Natalie should have been included in the latest season of Survivor, Heroes vs. Villains.  But she’ll remain as one of the fave Survivor winner.  Woot woot!

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Attending mass @ De La Strada

February 28, 2010 at 8:00 am (Everyday Living) (, , , , , )

I wish all the churches in the Philippines would have the same system as that of De La Strada Church in Katipunan.

My family attended the 1030am mass last week.  We were late since we thought that the mass starts at 11am.  Anyway, we weren’t able to get in right away because the usherettes asked us to wait and finish the homily of the priest.

Wow!

I didn’t feel bad at all.  It was just right and respectful to finish that part of the mass.  And the least I could do (as well as the other latecomers) is not to distract others.

And during communion, the usherettes asked the churchgoers to line-up per row.

Another wow!

And people listened and followed.

The last time I witnessed this kind of discipline was in the US and I was like ‘I wish we’d have the same system here.’

Very nice.

I think I’ll go back to that church.

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On Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

February 26, 2010 at 6:33 am (Movies) (, , , , , , , , , , )

While writing this, I still haven’t decided if Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief has impressed me or not. I actually didn’t know about this book until I saw the movie trailer and researched on it.

I was intrigued. Its premise is really interesting…. a teenager who finds out that he is a Demigod (half human, half Greek god) and a son of Poseidon. His life was threatened after being accused of stealing the lightning bolt of Zeus. He was then brought to Camp Half-Blood by Grover, his protector and best friend and meets Annabeth, the daughter of Athena. Then the 3 decided to go to the Underworld to talk to Hades to appeal for the life of his mother.

Interesting storyline, right. But I think the movie lacks ‘magic.’ I remember watching Harry Potter for the first time, I was enthralled! Who could forget Platform 9 3/4, the Sorting Hat, Invisibility Cloak, the moving images of frames and the Quidditch Match! This movie didn’t also have a visually magical setting as compared to that of Harry Potter’s. I guess, for me, interesting storyline should be coupled with interesting visual effects to complete the experience.

And Annabeth.. yeah the character Annabeth. A strategist and a person with great wisdom? Didn’t feel it. But what can it actually do? Lemme check the book.

I guess the movie was just okay. It could have been great but it was just okay. If the other books will be made into a movie, then the people behind it should never forget about the ‘magic’ its story brings. It can spell all the difference. But I’d still recommend this movie though.

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CWC… here I come!

February 26, 2010 at 3:54 am (Travel) (, , , , , , , )

One more week and I’ll be surfin’ again!

I’ve tried it twice (well, kneeboarding in Lago De Oro.. see picture below) but it will be my first time to do it in CWC.

I hope I get to complete the course…. I wasn’t able to in Lago… oh no! Hahahaha.

Can’t wait can’t wait!

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Desiderata

February 25, 2010 at 10:20 am (Everyday Living) ()

I just remembered DESIDERATA!

How can i forget… we were required to memorize this poem and recite in front of the class way back in high school!  I remember cursing my teacher but at the same time, thanking him for letting us know about this.

Desiderata makes you think about your life and about how you deal with others.  Desiderata makes a lot of sense!

Whoever wrote this… THANK YOU!

I like especially like italized portion of the 3rd paragraph 🙂

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Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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He’ll not win the title

February 24, 2010 at 8:33 am (Boob Tube) (, , , , )

Ayoko sya…

He’ll not win the title.

Yes he can sing and, well, yeah he can sing. Period.

I can sing… and a lot of other people…

What i’m trying to say is he doesn’t have what it takes to be the Idol winner.

It’s not just about the singing.. more than that.

He lacks charisma, he lacks star quality.. and the attitude.. the attitude!

Look at this video.

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Broadbandest

February 24, 2010 at 7:00 am (Marketing thingie) (, , , )

Saw this huge Smart Broadband billboard in Edsa.

You’ll see it if you are coming from Makati and nearing Pioneer St.

I actually like the word they coined ‘Broadbandest’

But I didn’t like the font they used.  See below (it’s not the actual billboard picture but it’s the same font used)

It’s hard to read.

It took me about a minute to figure out what it says.

And when I finally read it, I had a headache hahaha

I like the idea (using the fonts of the famous sites like youtube, google, twitter etc)

But the execution was lousy.. opps sorry agency 🙂

I think that space it occupies now used to be Enervon.

Sayang… change the font! 🙂

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She’ll win! I hope!

February 23, 2010 at 8:00 am (Boob Tube) (, , , , , , )

Wow!

She’s good.. and pretty!

And the personality… there!

I hope she wins!

Go DIDI BENAMI!

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Kailangan pareho ang damit???

February 23, 2010 at 4:03 am (Marketing thingie) (, , , , , )

Look at this! Look at this!

Same stylist??? hehehehe

There’s actually another one but couldn’t find it… Smart TVC with one actor wearing the same polo shirt.

Ayayay! Hahaha

*BTW, copied Mark’s picture on his website.. thanks thanks 🙂 (eto website nya http://markbautista.com/index2.php)


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On Megan Joy

February 22, 2010 at 7:39 am (People) (, , , , , , )

The first time I saw her and heard her sing, I said ‘Wow!  A complete package!’  Watch her audition video below and I’m sure you’ll agree.

I just wonder, whatever happened to her now?  Checked online but apparently, there’s none.  Oh well, I hope someday she’ll get to record and release her own album too!

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