Wednesday, 25 June 2008

What's your name's hidden meaning?

Let me share with you a very interesting online quiz that I got from a friend. It's from blogthings.com and what it does is it tries to explain the meaning behind your name. Hmmm, let me give it a try.


What Ebenezer Means



You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are full of energy. You are spirited and boisterous.

You are bold and daring. You are willing to do some pretty outrageous things.

Your high energy sometimes gets you in trouble. You can have a pretty bad temper at times.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are incredibly wise and perceptive. You have a lot of life experience.

You are a natural peacemaker, and you are especially good at helping others get along.

But keeping the peace in your own life is not easy. You see things very differently, and it's hard to get you to budge.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.




Well, I must say that almost (about 90%) of what the result says is a match to my personality. I just don't think that I have tons of energy. LOL

Sunday, 22 June 2008

May bagyo kaya bumaha ng sopas

Note: Pasensya na sa code switching, trip ko lang magkwento in my own conversational manner. :p

Kakawatag ko lang sa family ko sa Pilipinas, signal number three ngayon dahil sa bagyong Frank, and as usual, baha na naman sa bahay namin. Buti at hanggang sakong lang naman, unlike dati na umaabot hanggang tuhod ang tubig baha. Maliban sa bagyo at sa bahang dulot nito, maayos naman ang kalagayan nila doon. Kasalukuyang naglilimas ang Nanay ko, yung isang kapatid ko at Tatay ko naman ay pumasok sa trabaho, yung isa pang kapatid ko ay natutulog pa kasi napuyat sa pagbabantay sa Bantay Bayan Outpost, at yung dalawang kapatid kong babae doon muna sa Tita ko nag-stay ngayon.

One thing na namimiss ko sa Pilipinas ay yung pagkain, lalo na pag lutong bahay. Tuwing tatawag ako sa family ko, palagi akong nagtatanong kung anong ulam. As if naman makakakain ako ng ulam nila, hehe. Siguro dahil namimiss ko rin yung luto ng Nanay ko, kaya kanina nagtanong ulit ako. Sopas at pritong isda daw ang ulam, tapos may meryenda pa silang ginatang mais. Nainggit tuloy ako, haha. Kaya kahit bumabagyo na, enjoy pa rin kasi busog ang tiyan ng mga masasarap na pagkain.

May naalala tuloy ako, I think that was two years ago, kasagsagan ng bagyong Milenyo. Malakas din ang ulan at hangin, tapos nag-brownout pa.Hindi ako nakapasok sa opisina kasi baha sa amin, ang Nanay ko naman ay may pinuntahan at ang Tatay ko pumasok pa rin sa trabaho nya kahit na bumabagyo. Ako ang naiwan sa bahay para asikasuhin yung mga kapatid ko. Naghahanda ako noon ng pananghalian namin, naisip kong magluto ng sopas. Nakahanda na ang lahat ng gagamitin ko sa pagluluto – lahat ng ingredients at mga kasangkapan, nang biglang maubusan kami ng LPG. Nag-gigisa pa lang ako ng bawang at sibuyas tapos nawalan ng apoy ang kalan! Buti na lang at may backup kaming kalan-de-uling. Inutusan ko ang kapatid ko na i-setup ang kalan-de-uling sa harap ng pintuan ng bahay namin. Nagparingas siya ng apoy at nang magbaga na ay inilagay ko na ang kaldero at pinagpatuloy ang naudlot na pagluluto ng sopas. Maayos naman ang mga sumunod na nangyari, halo dito halo doon, lagay ng giniling, tapos hot dog, tapos macaroni pasta, tapos pinakuluan, tapos nilagay ang repolyo at leeks, at pinaka-last yung evaporated milk. Sa wakas, maluluto na ang sopas, kailangan na lang pakuluan pa ng ilang minuto at pwede na kaming kumain. Malamig ngayon dahil sa ulan at bagyo, kaya masarap humigop ng mainit na sabaw ng sopas. Pumasok ako sandali sa loob ng bahay upang iligpit ang mga pinaggamitan ko sa pagluluto.

Nang biglang may narinig akong kumalampag na parang may nahulog, at sumunod nun ay narinig ko ang Tita ko na sumisigaw.

“Yung sopas! Yung sopas!”

Dali-dali akong bumalik sa labas kung nasaan ang kalan-de-uling, at nagulat ako sa aking nakita.

Tumapon ang sopas. Nagkalat ang pagkain at naging kulay puti ang sahig.

Sa sobrang lakas ng hangin ay nagawa nitong pagalawin ang pintuan ng bahay, hanggang sa tamaan nito ang kalan na sakto namang nasa harapan lang ng pintuan. Nagalaw ang kaldero, at tumapon ang laman nito sa sahig. Nanlumo ako. Gusto kong sisihin yung pintuan, yung hangin, pati si bagyong Milenyo. Pero wala ng magagawa kundi ang tanggapin na wala na ang sopas. Ang kaunting natira sa kaldero, pinakain ko na lang sa bunso ko ng kapatid. Oras na ng pananghalian, wala pang lutong ulam. Naisipan ko na lang na magluto ng instant noodles. Buti na lang at may tinapa pa pala kami sa ref kaya nagprito ako. This time ay nakabantay na talaga ako sa kalan, hehe.

Pagdating ng Nanay at Tatay ko, saktong kumakain na kami ng tanghalian ng mga kapatid ko. Brownout pa rin kaya naglagay na lang ng kandila sa lamesa. Kinwento ko sa kanila ang nangyari at natawa na lang sila. Pinagsaluhan namin ang noodles, tinapa, nilagang okra at bagoong isda, habang ang bunso kong kapatid ay sarap na sarap sa kaunting sopas na nag-survive sa kaldero.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Wilson

There's a scene in the movie Cast Away where Wilson, the volleyball turned best friend for four years of the lead character Chuck (Tom Hanks), was drifted far away into the middle of the ocean. The ocean was calm and the sun is at its brightest. Chuck was asleep in the raft so he didn't noticed that he's about to lose Wilson. A whale gave him a wake up call of a splash of water, so he got up, and noticed that Wilson was nowhere to be found in the raft. He calls out for his name, looking left and right, until he saw the poor ball floating in the ocean, drifted far away from the raft. Chuck dived into the water. He struggles to swim. All he could think of was to save Wilson. But he realized that he shouldn't let go of the raft, too. So he grabbed a rope from the raft in one hand, while the other he used to swim. But the weight of the raft is causing him to swim slower. He can't catch up with Wilson. It was the time when Chuck needs to decide and choose between his best friend, and the one thing that could save his life. So after all his efforts to bring back his best friend, he decided not to go on any further. Chuck chooses to save his own life. Many times he said sorry to Wilson, and then he cried.


Chuck had him for four years. Wilson was not just a ball, but someone Chuck had devised to represent a person whom he can talk to, whom he can depend on, whom he can call a friend. They were together in an escape plan, battling to surpass the great waves of the ocean. They even made it through the storms of the Pacific.


I think it's ironic, to think that after all that you've been through, it was these unexpected situations that you tend to lose someone you value the most. In situations you least expect it.

Usapang Kolehiyo

1. ANO ANG STUDENT NUMBER MO?

۞ 2K-28951-9 (naaalala ko pa!)


2. ANO ANG FIRST CHOICE MO NA COURSE?

۞ Fine Arts


3. SECOND CHOICE?

۞ Business Administration


4.0 ANO COURSE KINUHA MO?

۞ Bachelor of Science in Information Technology


5. NAGSHIFT KB?

۞ Hindi, ipinagpatuloy ko hanggang sa huli.


6. CHINITO/CHINITA KA BA?

۞ Hindi


7. NAKAPAG-DORM KA BA?

۞ Hindi. Pero naranasan ko makitulog sa dorm ng classmates ko.


8. NAKA UNO KA BA?

۞ Sa P.E. Sa table tennis class namin, pero ni minsan hindi ko na-try mag table tennis. Perfect attendance lang may uno ka na.


9. NAGKA-3?

۞ Yes. Naaalala ko sa Economics at World Literature.


10. LAGI KA BANG PUMAPASOK SA KLASE?

Oo. Takot ako umabsent (LOL parang highschool)


12. ILANG UNITS NA ANG NAIPASA MO?

۞ Lahat!


13. NANGARAP KA BA NA MAG-CUM LAUDE?

۞ Oo. Sayang lang at hindi umabot ang average ko (refer to #9)


14. BAKIT?

۞ Gusto ko lang maramdaman yung makapagtapos na may karangalan.


15. FAVE PROF:

۞ Mr. Pagalilawan (C programming), Ms. Janice Torneo (VB6) and Mrs. Aleta Fabregas (Java)


16. WORST PROF:

۞ Prof ko sa Economics na mahilig gumamit ng pandesal pag nag eexplain ng Supply at Demand,

nakakaantok kasi siya magturo. Korni pa mag-joke. LOL


17. FAVE SUBJECTS:

۞Differential Calculus, C programming, VB6


18. WORST SUBJECT:

۞ Economics, Production Management, World Literature


19. FAVE BUILDING:

۞ Main Building – East Wing!


20. PABORITONG KAINAN:

۞Mga karinderya along Teresa.


21 . MAGKANO BA ANG BINABAYAD MO SA

JEEP?

۞ Noon, 11 pesos mula Parang Marikina hanggang Stop n Shop


22. LAGI KA BA SA LIBRARY?

۞ Madalas kasi masarap matulog.


23. NAGPUNTA KA BA SA GUIDANCE?

۞ Hindi naman.


24. MAY CRUSH KA BA SA CAMPUS?

۞ Yes!


25.ANU ANO MGA NGING P.E MO?

۞ Social Dance, Table Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball


26. KAMUSTA NAMAN ANG BLOCK NYO?

۞ Nakakalungkot pero kanya kanya kami e. Mahigpit ang kumpetisyon.


27. MEMORIZE MO BA ANG ALMA MATER SONG

۞ Intro lang eh: “Sintang Paaralan tanglaw ka ng bayan, pandayan ng isip ng kabataan...”


28. MEMBER KA BA NG VARSITY TEAM?

۞ Hindi


29. NAKA-PERFECT KA NA BA NG EXAM?

۞ Hindi.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

From Home with Love

Few weeks ago, I received a package from my mom. There’s nothing much really, just some packets of dried squid and fish tocino, a bottle of deodorant, and a very nice prayer that I can hang on my bedroom wall. It’s an OFW Everyday Prayer from papemelroti. Let me share it with you:



An Overseas Worker’s Everyday Prayer


Dearest Lord,


May my heart be full of praise as I pray to You each day.

I boldly come to Your throne, for my task is like Your very own.


I know You were a loving Son, but still left home for Your mission.

As I travel far from those I love, fill me with Your grace above.


Help me to be filled with gratitude, doing each task with a positive attitude.

Stay with me in my times of loneliness

With good, true friends, all my days bless.


Thank You for this service I render

For my family and homeland from January to December.

Bless my employer and my co-workers too

May we be good ambassadors in all that we do.


Thank You for all the things I learn, and not only for the wages I earn.

In a new culture and a new way of living,

May I only adapt in my life, the good things.


For challenges I face and need to fight

Give me strength to always do what’s right.

That I be a good example, may it be so

And to deserve my country’s call to be a modern-day hero.


While I’m far away, keep safe those at home

Be my presence there, wherever I may roam.

Help us keep in touch and preserve our ties,

Guide all our decisions with Your Word so wise.


Infuse in me the joy of spirit to share –

To be a light in the places where faith is rare.


Bless my country so far away,

With peace and progress ‘till I return one day


Until that day I set foot on my land –

Keep us secure in the palm of Your hand.



I thank God for choosing my Mom and Dad to be my parents. For having a not so perfect but a happy family. For my four siblings. For blessing me with a small circle of friends that I can always depend on every time homesickness sets in. And for all the blessings He's given me through the years. Amen.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Everybody leaves

Wala nang iintindi sa sarili mo kundi sarili mo lang.

Walang makikinig.

Walang makakaramdam.

Walang makakakita.

Lahat nang-iiwan.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Of movies and music

I’m fond of listening to motion picture scores. With music, the audience can easily connect to the current mood and feel of a movie scene. Having said this, I think music is a very important element in filmmaking.

When I listen to movie soundtracks, I just close my eyes and try to remember the scene where I heard the soundtrack being played. This kind of music also helps me go to sleep, just like classical music.

From my collection of original motion picture scores, I’ve listed five of my favourites in random order:


1. Atonement / Dario Marianelli

In as much as I love the film, Darion Marianelli did a great job in composing the music for Atonement. I find it very creative to use the tapping sound of a typewriter as an additional sound accompanied together with the piano (if you’ve watched the film, you will hear this in the opening scene where Briony is typing her story. In fact, on the album, the title was named after her). Another beautiful track in the album is “Elegy for Dunkirk”. This was played during the scene where Robbie was roaming around Dunkirk after they’ve won the war. And regarding this scene, I was really impressed by the camera work! The scene was shot by only one camera, following Robbie as he walked around the area. The grandeur of the location can be seen, showing the damage caused by the war, wounded soldiers begging for help, and people singing the elegy in celebration of their victory.

2. The Fountain / Clint Mansell

I love Clint Mansell’s music. Just like “Requiem for a Dream”, the music he composed for Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain is simply beautiful. Now I know some people didn’t like the film, it was even booed during the critics screening in Cannes, but I must say that the soundtrack is a must have for soundtrack fanatics. Some notable tracks in the album are “Death is the road to awe” and “Together we will live forever”. The song “Death is the road to awe” can be heard playing during the latter part of the film where the astronaut Tommy was about to reach Xibalba while “Together we will live forever” is played during the movie’s closing credits. The use of piano and strings added to the gloomy and mystic tone of the film.

3. Kite Runner / Alberto Iglesias with Sami Yusuf for the song Supplication

I first heard about Alberto Iglesias’ works in the movie soundtrack of The Constant Gardener. For the Kite Runner, the theme is heavily influenced by Middle-Eastern music. Notable tracks include “Kite Tournament”, played while Amir and Hassan are trying to topple their competitor’s kites in the tournament, and “Supplication” sung by British singer Sami Yusuf. Listening to “Supplication”, one would agree that Islam is a religion of love and peace. It was played during the scene where Amir was searching for Sohrab in the streets of Pakistan until he reached a mosque. He wasn’t able to find Sohrab, so he prayed, and when he went back home, he was surprised to see Sohrab sitting on the stairs waiting for him.

4. Ratatouille / Michael Giachinno

By far, Ratatouille is my best soundtrack ever composed by Michael G. He is also the music composer for Speed Racer, The Incredibles and Mission Impossible. My favourite tracks in this album are “Le Festin” performed by French singer Camille played during the final scene, “100 Rat Dash” (the title reminds me of “100 Mile Dash” in The Incredibles OST) played during the rat extermination scene in the earlier part of the film, and “Dinner Rush” that can be heard during the scene where Remy and his rat people helps Linguini in preparing the food at Gusto’s kitchen.

5. The Lord of the Rings / Howard Shore

I was so happy the first time I grab hold of my copy of the LOTR: The Complete Recordings. I think this is a must have for LOTR fanatics. The music captured the magic of middle-earth. With songs sung in Sindarin, Quenya, Dwarvish, Old English among others, I think it’s just appropriate to use such language as to make the songs authentic and genuine to Middle-earth. One of my favourites is “Glamdring”. Remember the scene in The Two Towers where The Balrog and Gandalf fell from the Bridge of Khazad-dum, fighting while they’re falling into the darkest regions of the Misty Mountains? This was the song being played. A little trivia: Glamdring is the name of Gandalf’s sword; he used this sword to defeat his fellow Maiar, the Balrog.


So there you have it! Now you got an idea what’s been looping in my Zen Microphoto. By the way, after writing this entry, I just realized how boring I am. LOL