Friday, May 26, 2006

How Much?


My blog is worth $23,710.68.
How much is your blog worth?



Wow. Pwede ko nang bayaran ang utang ng Pilipinas.
choz.

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[Music of the Moment: One - U2 ]
[Mood: confused ]

Idol's Final



Sa wakas, somebody I rooted for won American Idol. :)

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SM Mall of Asia is an amazing piece of infrastructure. Hiningal talaga ako (which is rare) just walking inside. Pictures to come up in a few. Di ko pa ma upload e.

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Btw, speaking of Mall of Asia, everything else is great, but the IMAX theater is a gi-normous let down. Sabi na hindi ako maniniwala sa mga chizms na 8 floors to e. Make that 1/8 of that! Siryoso. At hindi pa widescreen! Coming from a videophile, thats a huge insult. Add to the fact that the screen has this horrible viewing angle. It makes some parts of the whole picture unintentionally dark. Sobrang letdown talaga.

So I guess, the Gateway (Lazyboy cinema) and the Promenade Cinemas still top my list of the best here in the Metro.

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A.I. related:

Although, I can't say its perfect, the finale packed so much punch. From the start, I knew that my boy Taylor would be taking home the crown, however the intermissions were surprisingly good.

Let me just give my highlights:

-Al Jarreau performed with Paris! Who kidnapped the squeaky voiced kid and replaced it with this power belter? I love her in that performance.

-A humongous WTF???!! at Meatloaf! He is the personification of a HAM singer. Whats with the eerie vibrato? The histrionic? And then Katherine comes in. WTF.

-Wolfgang Puck and Kelly Pickler clicked. And for the first time, I actually laughed with Kelly (not: at) :)

-Chris had this duet with his favorite band. Classic moment: Chris and Ed Kowalczyk (the lead singer) looked at each other and sang "It's a mystery, how you turn me on." hahahahhaha. Bald (semi) hot dudes going at it.

-Toni Braxton (remember her? no? well me too...almost) trying hard to still come off as sexy. Someone should give this girl her career back.

-Brokenote Mountain montage. At the start of the season, I was rooting for this cute cowboy. Well, he got booted off early on, but he got his chance to perform. Adorable.

-Golden Idols? Its completely irrelevant. Its not even funny. Although they used it to segue to the wannabes performing onstage

-Ohmay gowd, Clay Aiken looks like KD Lang! ahahah. The look on the wannabe Clay's face was priceless. That or that wannabe is just a damn good actor.

-Clay is sooooooo gay. And whats up with his eyes? It like you cant see the orbs, because all you see is black. Creeeeeeeeeeepy!

-Group performances! The guys were damn hot in their tux and the ladies' "let's sing every god damn song with the word W-O-M-A-N in it" was, in the very least, worthwhile.

-Mandisa. Make that MANDISA. Her stylist must be really, really mad at her. Tight fitting pants? However her voice is just amazing.

-Burt Bacharach! Classic act.

-Lemme qoute my friend: Kevin Covais singing "What's New Pussycat" was almost as hysterical as Clay Aiken's hair.

-Elliot's A House Is Not A Home is fantastic. I thought Anwar would be forever my fave, but I guess E just does it better. Such control in his upper registers. I love this guy. He should have made it.

-Why was David Hasselhoff crying in the audience? That was so... random.

-Another Elliot moment: singing One (that song from U2) with Mary J Blige (who apparently would not allow anyone to upstage her). Mary, dear, its not your show, nevertheless, you hogged it. Nevertheless, I could have stopped watching and it would be complete.


-And then Ryan Seacrest comes up ready to announce the winner and that the total tally of votes, yadda yadda yadd---oh snaps! Its Prince! (he has supernaturally retained his look from 1987.) And so funny, after his performance he just strutted off the stage, immediately. Without even acknowleding Ryan. What a Divo. Hahah.

-Oh and yeah, Taylor won!

Overall, this was the best finals ever. And I mean how the show was handled, not necessarily the finalist. Useless fillers were kept at a minimum. And the pacing was good. I would have wanted Elliot to be up there, though. But Taylor is still unique and most importantly: FUN. So its ok, I guess.


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My friend Ron surprised me the other day. The bitch (as well as his posse) is in Boracay. If I didn't have work, I would have hopped on the next flight outta the city.

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Friday na naman! Wahoo!

[Music of the Moment: Do I Make You Proud? - Taylor Hicks ]
[Mood: celebrating ]

Friday, May 19, 2006

Kay Lamig

Apple just opened its ultra posh store in Manhattan. Imagine a full store of only Apple. Next to Sony, they're my favorite tech maker. Now if I only got that damn visa approved, I'd be hopping on the next flight out. Oh well, gotta wait a few more centuries.

"I don't know...its got too many windows." gahahah get it!? not funny? oh ok..suck rotten cantaloupes.


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Don't you just love it when you're snuggling in this nippy weather? I hate the rain when I'm outside because ruins any plan, but when I'm at home, give me a thousand nights of it.

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I love my mom. I love my sisters. I love Junjun (ang askal na sosyal). Thank you for giving me daily bouts of craziness.

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Speaking of Junjun (ang askal na sosyal), my mom and I had an itty bitty row the other day. I was aghast with the infestation of bubwits (mini rodents) so I wanted to buy one of those rat poisons that come in rainbow colors (dont ask). Mom cut me off because she inferred that these deadly pellets blind first before poisoning hence the teeny buggers look for the light and die. She says Junjun (the askel na sosyel) might mistake them for food and end up getting poisoned too.

To think that the digusting little rodents are there because of Junjun (A.A.N.S) to begin with! What with all his food stuff lying every single nook and cranny of the house. So frustrating.

Pero ok na kami ni ma. We compromised. We got those archaic mouse traps set up. (as if naman gagana)

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Most of my officemates are being pirated by that little known company called, ahem, Dell. And most of them are taking the bite. With offers like that? Who in their right minds wouldn't?

Hmmm...ako kaya? Evil snickers.

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Ang hindi pumunta sa opening ng SM Mall Of Asia sa Sunday liliit ang boobs. (o pututuy)

[Music of the Moment: Parce qu'on vient de loin - Coneille ]
[Mood: wishywashy ]

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Fission Mailed

May 13, 2006 Saturday

Ian and I went to Gateway in Cubao. Lemme just say that I love love love this mall.

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We had lunch at Cibo. My pasta was, in a word, meh. Its always been like this. Whenever we go out, Ian gets to choose something from the menu that is really good. While I always get something utterly meh. Maybe because I always want to go for the one that nobody has ever heard of before. hehe.

However, Cibo's Tiramisu is to die for. Well worth the price of admission.

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We saw Mission Impossible 3.

Something in me died.

And no, I'm not being sarcastic. Something in me (read: the critique) was pleasantly absent while watching. I really enjoyed the vibe of the movie. The action sequences were really tight. And for the first time, I didn't care about the glaring plotholes.

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Fully Booked now has a branch in the Gateway as well. I got these lovely additions to my collection:



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I'm enjoying Arnold Arre's take on Filipino Mythology. His collection is simply a masterpiece in its own right. Here's hoping more Pinoy artists make it out of the woodwork.

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Nysha replied to my previous post (after a century!). She didn't want to be a party pooper or anything but she said the reason why the Mall of Asia's March opening was postponed for May was that the floor of the center building dropped 10 centimeters causing the tiles to break.

It doesn't really concern me much. Broken floors or not, I'm still psyched for the opening of this mall. And besides, every single infrastructure is expected to settle.

So kita kits pa rin. :)


[Music of the Moment: All You Wanted - MIchelle Branch ]
[Mood: waiting for the weekends to come ]

Friday, May 12, 2006

Week Enders vol. 10

Climb up over the top.
Survey the state of the soul.
You\'ve got to find out for yourself whether or not you\'re truly trying.
Why not give it a shot?
Shake it. Take control and inevitably wind up
Find out for yourself all the strengths you have inside of you


~Song For A Friend
Jason Mraz

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Friday. Sheepish grin.
First time since forever that I\'ll be going straight home. Home to what? Now that\'s something better left unsaid.

Sheepish grin.

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What\'s with all the uproar about The Da Vinci Code (the movie)?

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I saw last night\'s Maalaala Mo Kaya. Vilma Santos. \'nuff said.

In real life, I don\'t even shed a tear in funerals of loved ones. Not even after I found out I have a stepbrother and Dad almost left us. Not even after one of my best buds told me he\'s leaving for Dhubai. Not even after ... oh, you get it. But ironically, mababaw ang luha ko with anything visual. Movies, tv shows, books whatever.
Heck, naiyak ako para kay Florentino sa Love In Time of Cholera ni Marquez.

And last night, I was sitting in front of the TV, fighting to keep the tears from flowing.

...When Daisy (Vilma) told her daughter to hold on because she can\'t bear losing her.
...When Rose (the daughter) sat up with all the remaining energy in her because her mom said she\'d rather have that as a gift for mother\'s day.
...When Daisy lost it.

As soon as I was lying down in my bed, I lost it.

Ewan ko ba. Its easier to cry for things farthest from our own little realities.

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\"fareI didn\'t get addicted to A.I. this season as much as last year\'s. Maybe because wala akong Fedorov this year. hehe.
Pero I was a little bit glad that Chris got the boot. I mean, all props to him - he\'s great and all- kaya lang he\'s a threat to my Taylor.

Never pa na bottom 2 si Taylor. He has this one in the bag.

(unless magmirakulo ang langit at sangkalalakihan and my lesbian friends go all out and keep Katherine in the running. Or worse. Make her win it. Le gasp!)








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Anime geeks like me out there, check out Fullmetal Alchemist. It\'s love.


\"check


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Oh, and just to keep this short:

Ladies and gentlemen, I got promoted.
Bow.

[Music of the Moment: As Lovers Go - Dashboard Confessional ]
[Mood: listless ]

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

M.O.A.

I'm actually excited about this. Hello, its just outside my door. I live, literally, within walking distance from this gi-normous mall.

Ladies and gentlewomen, the SM Mall Of Asia




Some trivia:

When the Mall of Asia opens its doors on May 21, it will offer 386,000 square meters of lease space for shopping and dining, cinemas and an Olympic-size skating rink.

About 280 meters of floor area offers a view of the majestic sunset over Manila Bay.

It is about half the size of the South China Mall in Dongguan, China -- said to be the world's biggest mall -- but about 30 percent bigger than the Mall of America, the second-biggest shopping center in the United States.

Sy said it would take three hours just to stroll through the mall and two-and-a-half days if you took a five-minute stop in each shop.

"We believe strongly that if this is accepted by the public, I think we are on to see a brighter future," Sy said.

It took two and a half years and P6.5 billion ($126 million) to build Mall of Asia but SM Prime expects its 25th shopping center to put the Philippines on the world retailing map.

SM Prime expects the project to contribute about two percent to group revenues this year, rising to 10 percent when it reaches 100 percent occupancy. Mall of Asia will open with 70 to 80 percent occupancy on May 21.

With the sheer size of its leasable space, the group expects to fully recoup its investment in Mall of Asia in eight-and-a-half years, slightly longer than the seven years in its other mall projects.

"It's something that we felt that we would sacrifice a little but would enhance not only the value of the name of SM but the whole property," Sy said.




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Kita kits on May 21.

[Music of the Moment: You Make Me Wanna - Usher ]
[Mood: gi-normous ]

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Bakasyon Grande/ Coming And Going

Can you imagine fetching $95.2 million for this?



Dora Maar with cat


Second most expensive painting sold - ever.
Picasso (1881-1973) must have been a genius, or a fool with a brush with a copious amount of luck.



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I've been on vacation since Thursday last week.
6 unadulterated days of pure R&R.
This is the life.

Oh yeah, and its paid.



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Goodbye, Candy. You will always have a special place in my heart. Our days in the office are memories worth keeping.

Goodluck in Dubai. May you find an oasis in the fair sands of the desert.

I will miss you a lot. And you better keep in touch.


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Candy had her despedida last Sunday. It was so much fun. The (almost) entire cast of my officemates were there.

When we were heading out to Candy's place in Cavite, my friend Ross decided to bring her Magic Sing just for kicks. When we got there, what do we see?

A videoke machine, rented out for the whole day.

It was a riot. Francis even managed to bang up one of the microphones.


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Welcome to the world, Alexi Dominique Abalos.
My Bestfriend Forever, Cris just gave birth to a bouncing baby.

And lucky for baby Alexi because the goodfornothing father, what he lacks in the grey matter department, he more than makes up for it in the looks.

Amazingly, Alexi is such a beautiful child.

It is in my sincerest hopes that you take after your mother's intelligence.

Shit, I can see myself as your future stage godfather, egging you on in every contest that you'll be joining. :)



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I'm back to work. Blech. hehe.


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Oh and just in case you're curious as to what is the most expensive painting ever sold, its this:



Boy with a Pipe


Sold for $104.2 million.
5 freakin billion pesosesoses!

Guess who's the artist?

Yup. Picasso.

Damn.


[Music of the Moment: Keep It Gay - Soundtrack from The Producers ]
[Mood: restless ]