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Friday, April 30, 2004
Being an Atenean
I am an Atenean and I am damn proud of it. It has taught me a lot of good things and has made me experience a lot of stuff that I believe I would never have gone through otherwise. I strongly believe that it has made me the person that I am today.

That is why I am always glad to meet fellow Ateneans. Even though we may have never met before, I consider them family, simply because they're from the "good old blue and white". And if there's anything I can help out fellow alums in need, I'd do it in an instant.

And it really saddens me when I come across Ateneans who have taken their Ateneo education for granted and it seems have "sold out" by compromising their principles and ideals, principles and ideals that Ateneo helped them form. It's really just sad.

And I do hope they realize that what they're doing is not going to do them any good.
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Thursday, April 29, 2004
In the words of my five-year-old nephew

I'm so so tired.

Ack! My three-week vacation has left me really, really tired. My whole body hurts. My mind still doesn't work too well. And I'm just begging for sleep every hour of the day.

Ack. I hope to get out of this soon because work is calling.

Pictures and details about the three week vacation that took me to Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo and Bacolod to follow soon.
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Friday, April 23, 2004
Live the Life
I'm still in Cebu but I just had to post this great piece of news!

Ganns has the most wonderful idea. He's starting a new magazine, a magazine that envisions itself as "the ultimate interdenomination teen lifestyle magazine for Filipino-Christians". It's called Live the Life. How cool is that?!

It's still in its planning stages but he expects to have it up by July 2004. Are you up for it? Know more when you go to SuperBlessed.

I cannot wait!
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Sunday, April 11, 2004
Bye, everyone! I'm about to start enjoying my "summer vacation" and I'm off for Cebu tomorrow morning and Bohol on Tuesday. I'll probably see you all when I get back at the end of April.

Take care y'all!
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Saturday, April 10, 2004
Off to Cebu
Happy Easter, everyone!

I'm off to Cebu. Will be back end of April.

I'm going to the beach in Bohol on Tuesday! I'm so excited!
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Tilting Car

It's the new Tilting Car! According to BBC News, "it aims to combine the safety of a car with the manoeuvrability of a motorbike, and a top speed of 50mph." And they also say it's fuel-efficient and less

Frankly speaking, it's a cute and nice car. I saw this featured one time on BBC's Top Gear and it was wow!

You can read more about it here.
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The Laramie Project
The Laramie Project
Director: Moises Kaufman

I have never heard of The Laramie Project before. I only found out about it a couple of days ago when they showed the preview on HBO. I love films like that. Films that almost seem like a documentary but are actually films. I can't say too much about how it was made since it appears to be a documentary based on a play about it. How can it go wrong, right? All the time I was watching this, however, all I kept thinking was that this was so similar to an earlier movie called And The Band Played On. This is one of the movies where it's more important to know the issue than to criticize the technical aspects of the movie. This is one of the movies that seek to inspire people to be more aware and speak up when they notice something's not right.

I love people and why people kill people is something I truly cannot understand even when they have explained their motives. And in this case, Matthew Shepard was killed because he was gay and because his murdered thought Shepard was going to make a pass at him. Even if this particular incident didn't exactly happen, it does happen in real life. And if we don't speak up, then this will continue to happen everyday.

The Laramie Movie Scope's Review
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Friday, April 09, 2004
The Namesake
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

I was looking forward to reading this after I read her first book, Interpreter of Maladies. But I was disappointed when I finished the book. Lahiri's so good at developing and describing her characters. That it almost felt like I grew up with them. But in the quest to develop her characters, she somehow forgot to develop her story. And when I finished the book, I was still confused about the story.

But don't get me wrong. I still love the book. I love Lahiri's writing style. It makes me feel part of the story and this book is no exception. She wrote the characters of the Ganguli family and their friends so well that they all felt like real people. That when I go to Boston or to New York or to India, I will meet the same people. And if you like that or you're a fan of Lahiri, then give this book a try.

Other reviews:
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An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along a first-generation path strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves. The New York Times has praised Lahiri as "a writer of uncommon elegance and poise." The Namesake is a fine-tuned, intimate, and deeply felt novel of identity.

From the New York Times
Jhumpa Lahiri's quietly dazzling new novel, The Namesake, is that rare thing: an intimate, closely observed family portrait that effortlessly and discreetly unfolds to disclose a capacious social vision. … In chronicling more than three decades in the Gangulis' lives, Ms. Lahiri has not only given us a wonderfully intimate and knowing family portrait, she has also taken the haunting chamber music of her first collection of stories and reorchestrated its themes of exile and identity to create a symphonic work, a debut novel that is as assured and eloquent as the work of a longtime master of the craft. — Michiku Kakutani

Other book reviews for The Namesake
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Thursday, April 08, 2004
Farewell to my Friends
For as long as I can remember, I have been watching Friends for the longest time. I grew up with them!

I caught their first farewell interview on Oprah and I was getting teary-eyed actually. Yes, I know. It's a bit over the top but I can't help it. It's my favorite show. And it's going to be so sad when it finally ends this season.

It's just a good thing I still have Joey to look forward to.

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Church of the Gesu
Every chance I get, I go to my university's church. For some strange reason, being here makes me feel like I'm really home, like I'm where I really belong. The fact that it's located inside my second home, my university, makes it more special.

It may not look really spectacular from the outside. In fact, when you think about it, if not for the cross at the top, you wouldn't really think it was a church.

But when you go inside, it's just wow. It feels like another world, a world that makes the real world seem like it's in another planet in another galaxy. Or maybe it's because I know the people who go there are also fellow Ateneans.

I don't know.

But it's just an amazing place.

I did the Way of the Cross this afternoon and this is how the Jesuits depicted it at the Church of the Gesu. The rock in the middle actually works as a fountain and always has a constant supply of holy water for the churchgoers.
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Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Got this from Cha:

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says:
...roar their heads off between five-thirty and six every...

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first?
printer paper

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?

4. What are you wearing?

5. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
some framed pictures, a framed birthday letter from two of my friends

6. Seen anything weird lately?
none than i can remember

7. Last movie you saw?
The Passion of the Christ

8. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?
a lot of DVDs

9. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
make sure everybody gets to go and stay in school. education will be a must. people can't stop until they finished college.

10. George Bush: is he a power-crazy nutcase, or someone who is finally doing something that has needed to be done for years?
i think he's too busy trying to look like a man who's always in control but actually fails to do that.

11. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
Angela Bituin or probably named after my favorite celebrities like Keira Knightley or Reese Witherspoon.

12. [Same question for a boy]
I want to name his name to have George in it, probably George Emmanuel.

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Monday, April 05, 2004
Colin Firth and Bond
So apparently, Colin Firth is being wooed as the next to replace Pierce Brosnan as the next James Bond. Any thoughts?

I'm guessing this is just a rumor since I haven't seen any news about this on Google.
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Sunday, April 04, 2004
Food Fight
Ina's proposing a FOOD FIGHT. You wanna join?
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Saturday, April 03, 2004
Holy Trinity
I've been taking a class called Aesthetics and the Renaissance. So far, out of the all the paintings we've discussed, this is my favorite.

Holy Trinity by Masacchio

*If you want to view a bigger version of this, click here.
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Friday, April 02, 2004
Impossible is Nothing
From the new Adidas adverts:

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is pontential. Impossible is temporary.

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The Passion of the Christ
Passion of the Christ

Directed by: Mel Gibson, Starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ

It's been five hours since I left the theater. I've just watched The Passion of the Christ.

How can I even start to describe the emotions that I experienced during the whole time I was watching it?

It was a powerful movie. Mel Gibson was able to move me to tears. I would have probably broke down right then and there inside the movie theater if I was alone.


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