Sunday, September 30, 2007

Dive Acacia: Close Encounter With Death

September 29-30, 2007
Oli and Brad's Resort (Acacia)
Anilao, Batangas

Went with Cat and Jim to Oli's resort. We didn't do anything but we still had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun! Just chillin' seaside doing nothing is the best thing to do over a lazy weekend. We wanted to dive but the waves were too strong for boats to dock. So the whole Saturday was an official "pig lifestyle" day! The whole day just eating, sleeping, and hanging out! When we woke up on Sunday, the water was really calm, so we decided to push through with our dive. Paolo, Me, and Jim suited-up for our dive... The first dive was fine but the surface interval (rest) was the actual highlight since we went to the hot springs near Mainit divespot and cooked eggs on the actual hot spring! It was my first time to do that and it was cool! :) I thought this was the ultimate adventure of the day until we went for our second dive... it was literally a KILLER! Down current dragged us from 60 feet to 80+ feet and we had to hold on to corals for dear life! This was the scariest thing I've experienced so far underwater and it gave me such a rush!!! Actually hanging by the brink was an exhilarating experience! If we let go, we'd actually be dragged to open sea! Scary! Oh well, good thing we're still alive... on to the next underwater adventure! :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Let's Cali-Fornicate!

I was watching this new series entitled Californication starring David Duchovny (yes, he has moved on from being Mulder on the X-files). I was kinda hesitant in watching this series since I really find David Duchovny boring but I had no choice, all the other series that I was watching are all on their respective hiatus. I watched the pilot episode and it was surprised to find a really intriguing series. Just the right blend of comedy and drama. It's about coping with life and dealing with the people you love (and hate). I'm on the 7th episode already and I'm starting to get really addicted to it... I love the dialogue and I tip my hat to the writers of each episode. There's this one dialogue between David Duchovny's character and his daughter where they talked about disappointment and I love how his daughter stated her reaction to disappointment, it goes something like: "You know, its all well and good to talk about happy endings. But if the person can't deliver, if he keeps screwing up, well eventually I guess you kinda just have to say fuck you... or words to that effect."

People have disappointed us one way or another. And we have, in return, disappointed others. I think it is but human nature to disappoint and be disappointed but it's free will to CHOOSE not to do it. I've been disappointed so many times and I know it happens. I've been disappointed by the things I could not do but wanted to do. I've been disappointed by love so many times. I've been disappointed by life. The difference is that I accept what happened, say "fuck you", and move on...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

+Mark Lester Lim (XS Batch 95) RIP

I was saddened to hear of our batchmate's passing... Ven, Kirbs, Jerome, and I went to his wake last night. If I'm not mistaken, this is the first of our batch to die of natural causes... cardiac arrest.

I remember him being a batchmate also during my Days With The Lord (XS Batch #92). Rest In Peace pare!

Makes us think about how quick life can end. Enjoy life to fullest and make the most out of it people...

Oh yeah, for people who know him... the wake is at Sanctuario Forbes. I forget the room so just ask around, it's easy to find. Visit if you can. Last day is today.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Sunscreen

This is an excerpt from Mary Schmich's column entitled Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young where she wrote her own version of a graduation speech. This was later turned into a song by Baz Luhrmann, the director of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! I heard this song last night on the way home and I remembered listening to this in 1999. It has lots of nice advices on life which I really put into heart:

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Guilty?

I was saddened by the announcement of our former president Joseph Estrada's verdict. The 6-year case has now reached it's end and it has been declared: Joseph "Erap" Estrada is found guilty beyond reasonable doubt in his plunder case and is sentence to life imprisonment. He was acquitted though of his perjury case.
I'm not a lawyer or anything and I don't really care if he's guilty or not, I just really felt sad for Erap... The betrayal of his friends and the people who conspired against him. Yes, maybe he cheated millions of Filipinos with bogus funds and secret accounts. But the question is, WHO HASN'T?!? If every government official would be tried in their so called RULE OF LAW, Erap would have a big PARTY in his cell. It would be like a rave inside Muntinlupa! Well at least the government would all be united, BEHIND BARS! Imagine Jose Velarde and Jose Pidal in one cell! That would be fun! Well I guess It's just that the others had the brains to get away with it and Erap didn't. Too bad for Erap, he trusted so many people around him and didn't really think things over. I'm not sad because I'm PRO-Erap. I'm not sad because I think he's innocent. I'm sad because of the fact that he was betrayed and conspired upon. It is sad to think that you can do anything, even the most gruesome things imaginable but with money and power get away with it... JUST DON'T TRUST ANYBODY!

Ouch!

Mom went to visit Our Lady of Manaoag... The driver was the one doing the driving and on their way home, this happened to our Fortuner... Good thing she's ok! OUCH!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Manos Po!

September 8, 2007
Tagaytay City

It was gonna be a boring weekend so the NEW tripod (Ven, Jen, and I) decided to go to have a roadtrip to Tagaytay to eat at Manos Greek Tavern and maybe go up Taal Volcano cause I really haven't gone up there... Ven backed out so Jen and I decided to push through with the roadtrip.

First stop Manos Greek Tavern: I've heard so much about this place from friends and other blogs but this is actually my first time here. The place is easily accessible since it's on the side of the road and highly visible. It was raining so hard so I had fewer photos outside the place, I only had the chance to take pictures after our lunch and when the rain subsided. The ambiance is quite simple and doesn't actually resemble Greek culture. It is more adapted to the Filipino carinderia style. We tried their Tatziki (a dip composed of cucumber and yogurt) and their Greek bread. The dip was really nice and refreshing but our only comment was that the serving was a bit small. The bread was nice though, but the bread is much better with butter than with the dip. I guess if the dip was served with pita bread or something, it would have been a better appetizer.

Onto the main course: To test if the ANY cuisine is really any good, you must try the specialty of the cuisine. Like in Greek culture, they're most famous for their Gyros, Lamb, Moussaka, and Baklava. I was not in the mood for gyros so we decided to try their Grilled Lambchops and their Moussaka. The Grilled Lambchops was very tender and from our seat, you can smell it grilling in the kitchen. The lamb's actual smell was really unnoticeable, good thing since lamb has this weird smell if not marinated or cooked correctly. The lambchops were really tender and cooked just right. It was a bit dry but since it was grilled, the dryness was quite normal. The moussaka was our carbohydrate. A Moussaka is like a potato lasagna. Lasagna is one of my favorite dishes so this Moussaka had to be good. To my surprise, I liked their Moussaka. It was not dry and the cut was just exact and you can see the layers of potatoes and ground meat. It was really nice! The ground meat was flavorful and so are the potatoes. (While browsing the menu when we arrived, we decided to save the Baklava for dessert but completely forgotten to order it and left without tasting it... What a waste! Next time we come back, I'll surely be trying the Baklava.)

To conclude: I always see Manos Greek Tavern everytime I go to the Tagaytay and think of the location as a poor man's Greek resto but I was really wrong. This is a perfect example of the saying: Don't judge a book by it's cover! The facade doesn't really give credit to the food's closeness to actual Greek cuisine. I think this is the best Greek food I've ever tasted. The service is quite good. The manager/owner is very hospitable. And the price: Php 350-400 per head (Not bad for something worth it!)

Next stop on our roadtrip: Bag of Beans. We stayed there for coffee and I went a little camera crazy... check out the pictures here. Coffee and conversation is a perfect combination.

On the way home, we passed by an organic farm and looked at some of their products. There were so many herbs and I'll come back to get some for my "planned" herb garden.

That was our foodtrip slash roadtrip to Manos Greek Tavern... tune in to the next one! :)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

New Ipods Are Out

New iPods recently announced by Steve Jobs! I hate you! Now I have to save up for a new gadget AGAIN!

I think it speaks for itself... HUWAW! Next item to buy: iPod touch

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