New home

I just moved to a new blogsite: http://phantomsofthepast.wordpress.com

If you don’t mind my usual rants and musings as a writer, an only child and as a slave, head over there. You’ve been warned.

I just moved to a new blogsite: http://phantomsofthepast.wordpress.com

If you don’t mind my usual rants and musings as a writer, an only child and as a slave, head over there. You’ve been warned.

Resurrection Scrolls, Resurrection Spells, and Phoenix Downs

All mentioned items have one thing in common—they bring you back to “life” or “back in action.”

In this case, it’s applicable to the rebirth of my blog.

A: Are you ready?

B: No one is ever too ready for anything.

Mobile Pilipinas 2006: Wireless Possibilities; might Anne Curtis at ATC also be a possibility?

Mobile Philippines, the magazine formerly known as m|ph, (I love saying that!) is holding another great gadget tradeshow! Drool over the latest cellphones, laptops, accessories. Learn from the seminars! Go mingle with the stars!

Anne Curtis graced the first issue of the shrunk Mobile Philippines magazine

Random Fact: Mobile Pilipinas 2005 was considered as the official launch of Mobile, then known as m|ph. It was Sarah Meier who last graced the cover of the mag and she made an appearance at the event. If our magazine was considered as the largest tech mag ever then, I’ll bet you’d scratch off the thought if you’d seen how… gargantuan the tarp had been.

The next Mobile Pilipinas (2006), we had the four rockin’ ladies of the local music scene: Lougee of Mojofly, Aia of Imago, Hannah of Session Road, and Juris of MYMP. All but Juris arrived at the event to perform.

So… will Anne Curtis grace this year’s event? Hmm. Why don’t YOU find out for yourself? Hehe. Read on…

The annual gadget (lust) tradeshow is this coming October 13 to 15 2006 at the Alabang Town Center titled Mobile Pilipinas 2006: Wireless Possibilities! Join … continue reading this entry.

The Rantings of EVA: Nothing to rant, so much to rave about

“Still Holding On” and “Infrared” by The Rantings of EVA have recently made it to the top 10 in charts in the Alternative Rock genre of Garageband.com, a site where music lovers can hang out, listen and review songs at the same time.

I recently stumbled upon this site and moi, eager to explore new sounds, promptly created my account (search for me, I’m seventhmichiko!)

The Rantings of EVA is from Atlanta, Georgia. Aside from that meager fact, I know nothing about them yet. I like Still Holding On than Infrared at the moment, and this line just keeps floating about my head: “I’m still holding on / To everything’s that gone.”

I need their lyrics and I can’t find any yet… I guess I’ll just have to listen to it more. Sigh. Help?

Champions!: UST wins UAAP Season 69 Finals basketball tournament vs Ateneo! Yay!

Quick post! (Edited)

Hear them roar!

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers finally ended the 10-year championship drought and won the UAAP Season 69 Basketball tournament, 74-76, against the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles at the deciding Game 3 match just this afternoon at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Loyola-based cagers dominated the first half of the game, until the Espana-based cagers finally managed to inch past the Eagles at 3rd quarter. The two teams tied at 64 at the last quarter and went into overtime. With around 12.5 seconds on the shot clock, Ateneo’s Chris Tiu committed a foul against the Tigers. Second stringer Dylan Ababou failed to nail the first attempt on the free throw line. His second attempt, however, finally gave the Tigers the lead, 75-74.

After JC Intal’s failed attempt to score for the Eagles, Eric Salamat fouled Jun Cortez at 3.7 seconds. Cortez buried the first shot and missed his second, giving the Tigers a two-point edge against the Eagles, 76-74. The Eagles grabbed the rebound but Jai Reyes’ attempt at a long shot missed the basket.

The Tigers were considered as underdogs of this year’s basketball season, carrying a not-so-sterling 7-6 card into the Finals. The Tigers created a huge upset during the elimination when they became the first team to halt the 8-0 winning streak of the Eagles.

Jojo Duncil of UST was given the UAAP Season 69 Finals MVP Award. He scored 8 out of his 18 points during the last three minutes in the overtime.

* Updates, corrections, comments would be very much welcome! I got the info from my dad who got to watch the game because I was in a seminar. Who scored the highest? What were the other highlights of the game? Another update would be posted after I watched the replay. :D

* Go USTE! We, Thomasians, hoped; you guys delivered! Nice! You brought the glory of ’96 back to USTe in 2006 indeed! Congratulations to everyone on the team! Wish I was there to watch and cheer you on! ^^, You made us proud!

For a more detailed account on how Game 3 went, go to www.inq7.net.

We won! Ateneo vs UST UAAP Finals – Game 2

Game 3 – Championship update here!

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A quick update:

I just got news that the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers finally grabbed a huge chunk off the Championship trophy! The UST Tigers won Game 2 of the 69th Season of the UAAP Basketball Finals, ending the match with a 87-71 score. Weeh! I am so happy!

Go USTe!!!

The Ateneo Blue Eagles won Game 1, 73-72, last September 23. The Tigers and Eagles are now tied with 1-1 card. Game 3 will surely be an interesting game.

Random Fact #1: This is the first time that ADMU and UST faced off in a UAAP Finals.

Random Fact #2: UST last won the title in 1996. Will it this year’s team bring the Glory of ’96 back to UST in 2006?

We, Thomasians, certainly hope so!

Full update next time! I’m just so happy that I had to post this! More info about Game 2 next time. Hahaha. See you in the Finals, guys! =)

Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap

“…ransom notes keep falling out your mouth
midsweet talk, newspaper word cut outs
speak no feeling
no, i don’t believe you
you don’t care a bit
 …”

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where are we?
what the hell is going on?
the dust has only just begun to form
crop circles in the carpet
sinking, feeling … continue reading this entry.

Tattoo on my mind (again) and piercings

[mood] brain-addled
[opening theme] Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap 

Brandom Boyd of Incubus - his forearm tattoo showing during one of his performancesSexy. I dunno why but I really find people with tats rather sexy. Why they hold so much appeal to my eyes, I have yet to figure out. I’ve realized my fascination with guys who have tats on their forearms two Sundays ago. I almost pulled off a steathy-ninja stalk when three guys passed by; the one on the middle had a lovely dark tribal tat on his right forearm that went up to his upper arm. I wanted to drool for some reason and my eyes just can’t help but follow his movements. I wanted to poke the guy and ask if I could take a picture of the tat. Never knew that I had it in me: you know, the stalkerish train of thoughts.

But two things held me back: (1) My father dragged me inside a store which I couldn’t remember and (2) I can’t speak Korean. Or Mandarin. The guys were foreigners, that’s for sure.

Then I remembered another incident when I can’t tear off my eyes at a guy’s forearm. My cousin Jobert and I were about to change our money to peso when another group of guys fell in line and yep, the guy had a tat on his right forearm. Gah! I was surreptitiously stealing glances at the tat design when I noticed another thing: he had ear piercings. *waterfall of tears* Darn it. Another weakness.

Not many people can pull off the tattooed and pierced look so don’t think that I’d always drool at the sight of every guy that has a forearm tat. I rather have my standards. *Sigh.* … continue reading this entry.

The Suffering – Coheed and Cambria

Is there a word or right to say
Even in this old fashioned way?
Go make your move, girl
I’m not coming home

Coheed and Cambria wallpaper

Would things have changed if I could’ve stayed?
Would you have loved me either way?
Dressed to the blues
Day to day with my collar up … continue reading this entry.

How to Save a Life – The Fray

Step one you say we need to talk
He walks you say sit down it’s just a talk
He smiles politely back at you
You stare politely right on through
Some sort of window to your right
As he goes left and you stay right
Between the lines of fear and blame
And you begin to wonder why you came

Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life … continue reading this entry.

Ateneo VS UST in the 2006 UAAP Finals? Finally!

Game 2 Update here and the Championship-Game 3 update here.

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It’s been years.

We were Seniors in the university then when we had a Sports Journalism subject. Part of our exercises were to attend the games of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, cover their games and submit the story the next day. I love basketball. I love shouting at any sports game to root for my favored team. I don’t care if I get a sore throat the next day but, well, I’m that enthusiastic.

UST Growling Tigers. Obviously.
I swear, the barkada would have enjoyed attending much of those games if the Tigers had only won. Sadly, the last time that the Tigers had a place in the Final Four was still when we were freshmen (AY 01-02). It was such a hassle to go to Araneta Coliseum (in our uniforms, no less) or Rizal Coliseum and get back to Espana just in time for the next class. It was no joke.

And then finally, two years after I had graduated from the univ, my sis Karen told me that we made it to the Finals against the Ateneo Blue Eagles! Apparently, the Tigers had defeated the University of the East Warriors (whom I was told was a twice-to-beat team) Yay! We are so going to watch. Ha!

Random Fact: The Tigers were the first team to end the winning streak of the Blue Eagles this UAAP Season. w00t!

To all Thomasians who had unluckily stumbled on this post: see you there at the Araneta Coliseum!

I’ll edit this post when I finally research the current roster of our alma mater’s basketball team. That is, after I’ve finall finished practicing my “Go, USTe!” cheer.

Note: Congrats to the University of Santo Tomas Salinggawi Dance Troupe for winning the 5th time in UAAP Cheerdance Competition! You made us proud to be Thomasians here at Hinge! Ian Fegalan and Ren Berioso, classmates, I know you’re pretty darn happy of the legacy you left. I3UST.

\m/

First Time

Hindi na mauulit ang time na to.

So this is why those first times occupy a special place in our hearts? Because the feeling is all new, you just have to take in everything in relation to the feeling.

First best friend. First fallen tooth. First 10 yards on the bike without support before falling flat on your side. First scar. First successful upperhand service in volleyball. First home run. First kick in the groin in kindergarten. First crush. First confrontation with an older sister of the kid I used to bully. First honors. First pang of jealousy. First suicidal thoughts. First thoughts to enter nunnery. First manuscript for a school play. First broken heart. First failed grade. First balut.

So many firsts in one little lifetime.

I’m being a sentimental fool over work. Another first.

Happy first anniversary to our company. And happy first year to me in this company. =)

Splurging Part II – Movies

For some unfathomable reason, my father dragged me out to bed before the clock hit noon last Sunday so we could go have lunch at a mall. It proved to be a very drastic day for my thinning wallet. I’m actually starting to get worried: am I starting to vent out my so-called angst and frustation on *gasp* shopping?

Let me enlighten you a bit. Some days ago, I was kind of sick (no–I had been sick and I still am sick with the last remnants of the coughs). Was so bummed out of my wits that I had to buy several items: seven books (three of which I haven’t finished yet, but managed to browse from time to time) and a couple of new albums just to, well, appease myself. Lift my spirits.

And now that I’m having a little “I’m-so-not-in-the-mood-that-I-want-to-be-bitchy-but-wouldn’t-because-that-would-be-really-mean-and-I-know-I’m-not-mean-so-that-leaves-me-with-a-freakin-conversation-with-myself-and-I-had-to-really-stop-doing-that-because-I’d-look-really-weird-even-though-I’m-really-weird-yet-wouldn’t-really-want-to-broadcast-said-weirdness-to-the-www-which-still-leaves-me-talking-to-self-and-I-want-to-stop-it-ahh!-how-about-doing-something-that-is-so-unMitch-like-taking-supposedly-existent-saladforabrain-off-problems-so-how-about-we-try—” [this is where you insert something random]

Shopping. Second time in a row. I splurged. Ack. I first bought really cheesy movies (fits the mood of my parallel self): Drive Me Crazy (1999) starring Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier. Took Two Weeks Notice (2002) starring Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock off the rack next. Grabbed The Replacements (2000) starring Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves next and promptly paid for the three at the cashier. I was about to go out the store when my eyes caught some oldie movies near the door and my eyes landed on The Breakfast Club (1985) starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Hall, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy; my dad was reading Saturday Night Fever‘s (1977) precis, so I promptly grabbed said movie from his hands and headed for the cashier again.

I watched four movies that night (all of which I thoroughly enjoyed; yeah, it’s a little pity party with myself, some Fita biscuits and a tomato–but for the first time in that week, I either “awww-ed” or laughed out loud alone.) I was saving Saturday Night Fever for next Saturday. Yeah, it’s so cornballs to do so, I know. So what?

Point is, they weren’t in my plans. I even bought Games Master Philippines’ last issue (Collector’s Item, by the way–cuz, yup, it’s gonna be their last issue…)

Again, they weren’t in my plans. Just like all the bracelets I have in my room. Or the notebooks that gather years of dust before I decide to use them for my rants. I never noticed it before, and the only question running through my head is why I haven’t noticed it before. I’ve thought of them as little, sinless indulgences but seriously, it’s gonna cost me something in the future.

Or maybe I’m just being hard on myself because I really hardly buy myself anything unless needed? Is that why I might be feeling a little guilty because I sort of “bought myself some happiness?”

Hay. Kay simple-simple, pinapakomplika. Kung pwede lang talaga itulog, itutulog ko na. Kung pwede nga lang.

Online Rumble: Game! Magazine September-October 2006 Issue out now!

Game! Magazine Issue 5: Online Rumble

 The September-October 2006 issue of Game! Magazine packs a lot of punch with the Online Rumble theme!

RAN OnlineNuri and Hana of Pangya

On our Walkthrough section, we have the RAN Online Episode 2: Revelations Checklist on quests, new monsters and new skills to be learned; Pangya‘s hole-by-hole guide on Sepia Wind; and a guide to Tantra‘s newest patch, Kathana 3: Epics of Avatara.

Epics of Avatara - the opening page at Game Magazine Issue 4Also previewed are online and PC games soon to hit the web and stands: Cabal Online, Huxley and Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar. Know the basics in buying a house in our Feature story “In There and Loving It!”

Hot on the Spotlight are RF Online Class Guide, ROSE Online Gamer’s Diary and Dreamville.

Edward and Alphonse of Fullmetal AlchemistFull feature also on the world-famous animé Fullmetal Alchemist and the games based on it. Turn to our Window Shopping section and learn how to spruce up your characters in Gunbound World Champion while on the budget. Know the items and accessories that you’d need to tame Ragnarok pets with our guide!

Console and handheld reviews galore on this issue: Big Brain Academy, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, Super Dragon Ball Z, Titan Quest, Prey, Tekken: Dark Ressurection and several more!

For only 80 bucks, you get a free FlyFF V6: The Ascencion installer CD and poster!

Word up, guys! I got some articles published there. Thank you so much!

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