Saturday, January 24, 2009

Watched World Without Thieves last Wednesday at Shangri-La Mall as part of the 2009 Spring Film Festival. It's a terrific film, a different kind of romantic film with just the right dose of action and even philosophy.

Couldn't read the subtitles the whole time because of the white background but this only happened twice or thrice.

If you haven't seen it, you can still catch it - for only P100.

Jan 25, Sunday
2:20-4:00 World Without Thieves

Jan 26, Monday
4:25-6:05 World Without Thieves

January 27, Tuesday
6:15-7:55 World Without Thieves

They're also showing other Chinese films. For the complete schedule and other details, go here.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Watched Underworld last night... I didn't like it - maybe because the lead actress isn't Kate Beckinsale anymore or I've forgotten the first two movies or the story was just really flat and predictable. But I like the way they portray vampires - liked it a lot better than the Twilight movie's version of the bloodsucking immortals ;)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Still reading Anna Karenina... and Freakonomics and Outliers (alternating, depending on my mood). I'm afraid it's going to take me a while to finish any of the three books.
Just read: Firing Up Commitment during Organizational Change

Just watched (Friday night): The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Benjamin Button is a fantastic, amazing movie. It's about 3 hours long but I didn't notice the time fly by. The film pulls you in and makes you wonder if it could somehow be based on a true story. I won't spoil it ... go and watch.

This movie was based on a short story (of the same title) by F Scot Fitzgerald. A copy of which may be found at http://www.readbookonline.net/read/690/10628/ -- Watch the movie first before reading the text.

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There is much to be happy about and everything to be thankful for :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Below is a survey I got from Ystacey. I think it's a good New Year's post :) Welcome 2009!

Where did you begin 2008?
- at the hospital (dengue)

What was your status by Valentine's day of 2008?
- single

Did you have to go to the hospital?
- see answer to first question. Also to visit angkong, Tep.

Did you have any encounters with the police?
- nope

Where did you go on vacation?
- Ilocos, HK, US

What did you purchase over $500?
- my first ever little black dress :)

Did you know anybody who got married?
- Yup! Attended weddings of Poe, Dave and Eloi

What sporting events did you attend?
- watched the UAAP Ateneo-La Salle games, P&G Tennis clinic, and P&G Basketball games
- supported the Milo Marathon & Run with Pringles participants
- joined the Robinsons Fit & Fun Buddy Run and UNICEF Walk

What concerts/shows did you go to?
- Hairspray, West Side Story, APO Hiking Society, The Company & Mitch Valdes, Chimelong circus (Guangzhou)

Where do you live now?
- still in my grandfather's house

Describe your birthday.
- simple dinner with parents at Tony Roma's
- chocolate cake from HR officemates, roses and plate from MS, flowers and cake from CYCLE, book from Fish

What's the one thing you thought you would never do but did?
- get to watch Wicked!

Any new additions to your family?
- yup, Coby

What was your best month?
- December I think

Who was your best drinking buddy?
- I like hanging out with Tanya and Tots the most when the CBD guys go drinking

Made new friends?
- Yup

Any regrets?
- some

What do you want to change in 2009?
- my being more open to trying new things

Overall, how would you rate this year?
- 6-7 over 10
- compared to the year before (when I was 21), it's a bit pale

Get a new job?
- nope

How old did you turn this year?
- 23

Did anything embarrassing?
- sure but nothing particularly memorable

Get married or divorced?
- nope

Be honest - did you watch American Idol?
- nope

Start a new hobby?
- nope

Are you happy to see 2008 go?
- well, looking forward to 2009

Drank Starbucks in 2008?
- yup! discovered classic hot chocolate with 1 ice cube

Been naughty or nice?
- I would say...naughty

What are you wishing for in 2009?
- something extraordinary

Lost someone?
- yup, taima

Cut class?
- nope

Was involved in something you'll never forget?
- Magsaysay scholars workshop, CYCLE, SUTA

Visited a different country?
- yup

Cooked a gross meal?
- nope

Lost something important to you?
- can't remember

Got a gift you adore?
- a letter and my Ateneo jacket

Tripped over a coffee table?
- nope

Dyed your hair?
- nope

Came close to losing your life?
- nope

Went to a party?
- lots in December :|

Read a great book?
- re-read Count of Monte Cristo

Saw one of your favorite bands/artists live?
- yup

2008: ALL ABOUT YOU

Did you change at all this year?
- yup

Did you change your style?
- growing my hair

Were you in school?
- nope

Did you have a job?
- yup

Did you drive?
- haha driving school!

Did anyone close to you give birth?
- yup! Tep

Did you go on any vacations?
- yup

Would you change anything about yourself now?
- smaller eye bags ;)

2008: WRAP UP

Was 2008 a good year?
- yup

Do you think 2009 will top 2008?
- yup :) i know it will :)