Monday, July 30, 2007

It's Monday already? :( I would much rather be at home - the rain beating down and comforting me, making me happy, washing away all that is negative - reading Harry Potter (that's right, I haven't finished it yet - I am taking my sweet time) and drinking a steaming cup of English breakfast tea.
JP and Brian each won two gold medals and one silver medal during the national taekwondo poomse (forms) competition. In the individual category, Brian got the gold, while JP got the silver. In the pairs category JP and his partner got gold and Brian and his partner got silver. JP and Brian and one other teammate bagged the gold for the team division. :D

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Guess who was one of the first to get their hands on Harry Potter book 7?

Last night, I ate in a Japanese restaurant (Omakase in Eastwood City) with my friends (from work) Jonah and April (and April's friend). Then we watched the fifth Harry Potter movie. I know a lot of people who don't like this latest cinematic adaptation of Harry Potter, but I loved it! Am I too easy to please? Maybe. But I thought the Harry Potter 5 movie was awesome. :) It was very entertaining and I believe it captured the spirit of the Harry Potter series and the spirit of the fifth Harry Potter book. That part with the Death Eaters fighting with the Order of the Phoenix - swirls of black and white mist intertwining and fighting... That was an awesome visualization of the classic good versus evil theme! And when Harry says to Voldemort, "You're the weak one. You will never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you." Woohoo! That is IT right there! For me, that is the best part of the movie. That is the number one thing that made the movie worth watching. :) There was only one disappointing thing about the movie: it did not portray Harry's anguish after losing his godfather. At the end of Harry Potter book 5 I could feel Harry's pain from losing Sirus Black. Hardly any mourning was expressed in the movie. I mean, come on, the main character loses the only family he has left to the forces of evil and the effects are not shown? That was an important part of book 5, maybe the most important part.

This morning my friend (from work) Grace called a little before 6:30 to wake me up. The bookstores opened 7 a.m. just for Harry Potter book 7. (People were also able to reserve their copies by paying part of the price ahead of time. I reserved my copy two weeks ago.) I know the bookstores open midnight in the US and UK for the book but I am in a time zone several hours ahead so woohoo! I got to the Katipunan branch (I live a 5 minute walk away) of National Bookstore a little before 7:30 and there was a very long line for Harry Potter book 7. (Grace told me through a text message that she was there 6:35 and the line was already long. People do not line up like this for other books. Hahaha.) While waiting for my turn I chatted with the other Potter fanatics in line. Complete strangers connected by Potter mania. :) We felt united. We were excited and emotional. :) (Will the world ever experience this kind of publishing phenomenon again? We are studying the publishing industry in my MA class and really, in the history of publishing the Harry Potter series really stands out.) When it was my turn, when they put my copy in my hands and I felt its weight and saw its cover, my heart fluttered. Literally my heart was flying around in my chest. What a wonderful feeling! And now I'm off to watch the Harry Potter 5 movie again. Oh happy day! :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wow, so I'm supposed to accept them the way they are (and I do, with all my heart) but they don't accept me the way I am? They like it like that because they get the good part of the deal. It's supposed to be okay that it's one sided? WOW.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Wow, I didn't know I would get this depressed. My cousins Joseph and Joselyn (and their cousin Rey) were here for around a month (visiting from the US). My brothers and I grew up with Joseph and Joselyn. But then we moved to the Philippines and they stayed in the US. We didn't see each other for more than ten years!!! So you can probably imagine what our reunion was like. (As soon as I can I will post pictures of Joseph and Joselyn.) This morning we took Joseph and Joselyn to the airport. It was time for them to go home... You know that hollow/empty feeling when you miss someone you love and your eyes get teary-eyed? That's me right now... I miss them.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Here's the recommended reading list for the graduate course I am taking this semester:

Ulysses by James Joyce

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

By the way, I like my classmates. :) One is a university lecturer and Anglo-American literature major. Two are creative writing majors - one is focusing on fiction (she's already a published author!) and the other is focusing on poetry. The poetry major is also a book buyer for a major bookstore chain. How cool is that? I want her job! Two of my classmates are high school English teachers and education majors. (It's a small class.)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

It was a wild night of and eating. Ok, so it wasn't a wild night, but it sure was fun! :) Last Friday, we (the resources department at work) had "team building." We checked into a nice hotel around 2 p.m., spent the night, and went home around noon the next day. I like to think of it as a 24 hour party. ;) We were hanging out, watching TV, relaxing, taking a much needed break, rewarding ourselves for the completion of a project at work.

We cooked and pigged out on good food.

We played parlor games. We played Cranium. (My team won!) It was my first time to play Cranium. I love it! It's now my favorite board game.

The team building was a success. We all had a good time and we are a closer, more united team now. We're ready for the next project!