Thursday, August 31, 2006

can anybody say "freedom of speech"

Gonzalez: UP breeds destabilizers, naked runners

of course he's entitled to his own opinion. being well-behaved and all. but then the position he holds curtails that liberty somewhat. he shouldn't be mouthing off whatever comes to mind.

hay naku. besides, what's wrong with running naked? :) in my book that's a decent thing to do. nobody gets hurt and everyone's fine. i wonder if he can say that about his actions?

the up manila student council has released a letter to sec. gonzales. i'm sure there will be more.

hay naku talaga.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

this explains a lot.

Brain Lateralization Test Results
Right Brain (54%) The right hemisphere is the visual, figurative, artistic, and intuitive side of the brain.
Left Brain (48%) The left hemisphere is the logical, articulate, assertive, and practical side of the brain

Left brain dominant individuals are more orderly, literal, articulate, and to the point. They are good at understanding directions and anything that is explicit and logical. They can have trouble comprehending emotions and abstract concepts, they can feel lost when things are not clear, doubting anything that is not stated and proven.

Right brain dominant individuals are more visual and intuitive. They are better at summarizing multiple points, picking up on what's not said, visualizing things, and making things up. They can lack attention to detail, directness, organization, and the ability to explain their ideas verbally, leaving them unable to communicate effectively.

Overall you appear to have fairly Equal Hemispheres
According to Darwinian theory, optimal evolution takes place with random variation and selective retention. The evolution savvy individual will try many different approaches when faced with a problem and select the best of those approaches. Many historical intellectuals have confessed their advantage was simply considering/exploring/trying more approaches than others. The left brain dominant type suffers from limited approaches, narrow-mindedness. The right brain dominant type suffers from too many approaches, scatterbrained. To maintain balanced hemispheres, you need to exercise both variability and selection. Just as a company will have more chance of finding a great candidate by increasing their applicant pool, an individual who considers a wider set of options is more likely to make quality decisions.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

isang tanong

may kiliti kaya ang mga butiki?

Friday, August 25, 2006

letter from gary granada

konting announcement lamang. downloadable for free po talaga. :) pati yung mga kanta tungkol sa ginebra.


My name is Gary Granada, i'm a volunteer in an
ecumenical community called Kaalagad. I also teach and
write songs. I would like to invite you to a website I
made, and if you like some of the things you see, most
of them are downloadable for free.

There's a little information there about Kaalagad as
well, and the little that we can generate out of that
all goes to the programs and projects of Kaalagad.

It would also help if you can tell others about it,
thank you. (and so sorry if im being a nuisance~~)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

last sunday i attended the funeral of my uncle, my mom's kuya. i had gone to the wake a couple of days earlier, being the lone baguio representative. my parents arrived for the burial.

i am close to my uncle's family. they're a big bunch, like us. but they're all married. the age of the kids range from 0 to 25(?) years. everybody loves to eat. and tell stories while they're at it. and they have always made me feel welcome.

i felt their loss. it was the usual rowdy crowd but i could feel it drifting in the background. i could sense it in the tiny silences that invaded the noise every once in a while. i could see it in each and every person passing by the casket who raised a hand to touch the surface. i could feel it in their hugs and kisses.

but i held my tears in check. and mingled as well as i could.

during the funeral the entire family was gathered around the casket saying their goodbyes. i stood and watched them sprinkle holy water. and i stood and watched as my aunt wiped the surface, watched her stand on tiptoe to kiss it, and watched her just slump over the glass in silent tears.

that did me in. last year they had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. now here she was saying goodbye. my tears finally gave way.

thoughts kept zipping in and out of my head. i could only imagine how she must feel, losing her constant companion of 50 years. yet i felt a certain envy. they had loved for 50 years and it still wasn't enough. my thoughts inevitably turned to my parents, who have been together for 46 years. to my sister, who was steady with her boyfriend for 17 years before they even got married. to me.

i stood there watching my aunt mourn the loss of her husband. i kept thinking i want that kind of love. she bravely faced all of us, said farewells, and moved on. i want that kind of strength.

i mourned the loss of my uncle, and mourned for those he left behind.

i left feeling melancholy. and awfully lonely. i think somehow, in a small way, i mourned for me.

Monday, August 14, 2006

bits and pieces

* the day i say i can't take public transport anymore or that i can't sit on the sidewalk anymore, kill me.

* a baby who smiles everytime he hears your voice is one of the most precious things anyone can ever have. if not the most.

* touching base with friends - sometimes you need to see the friends you made when you still had black front teeth to realize that change is good, but things that stay the same over the years are better. :)

* trying to take your own blood pressure is a major production. which is downright funny.

* sitting in front of a computer for over 10 hours with only wiwi breaks for relief is a bad thing.

* piolo pascual is yummy.

* no matter how disgusted you are with a game show on tv, you will still root for the person on deck. and rejoice when she ends up winning something.

* that condom thing with holes that they put on your head when they color your hair makes your brain shrink.

* am going to sleep now.

Monday, August 07, 2006

from emman's lj

You Are: 60% Dog, 40% Cat

You are a nice blend of cat and dog.
You're playful but not too needy. And you're friendly but careful.
And while you have your moody moments, you're too happy to stay upset for long.

Friday, August 04, 2006

a new vice

one of the gifts i received for my birthday was a set of audiobooks from rina.

it included neil gaiman and terry pratchett books. it also included the time traveler's wife by audrey niffenegger.

i've been listening to time traveler for the past 4 days. the entire thing is about 18 hours, give or take. let me put it this way. if it were a book, i wouldn't put it down.

i've been listening to it while cooking, eating, driving, riding the train, riding the bus.

i have always been a fan of the printed book. i like holding the pages. i like the feel, the weight, the smell of them. i like the way i can always flip back a few pages if something confuses me.

i resisted audiobooks for a long time. but then i tried good omens. and i was hooked.

scrolling back was easy since you can figure out the number of minutes. plus, this is something i can do while driving. reading while driving is next to impossible. least now i don't have to put off reading while i'm walking or driving. i can simply listen.

and lose myself in another world again, one that doesn't hurt as much as this one does.