Friday, December 14, 2007

Top Problogger, Me?




Got a nice surprise a few days ago when Michael of Basapa.com included me in his list of Top Pinoy Probloggers of 2007. My thoughts? Hmm, I'm not a problogger. I earn pennies from blogging. But it's things like these that make you feel good about yourself. Being among the likes of Abe, Janette, Jayvee, Noemi, Anton, Rico and Sasha is reason enough.

My site, Ratified.org, also ranks Filipino bloggers. As I write this Leyte blogger Sustines Laplana is ranked first. While Michael ranks his list according to blog juice, I rank mine using PageRank, Feedburner and Technorati stats. Which gives me an idea... I might do a wrap-up post for Ratified.org before the year ends.

Oh yeah, I was about to make an excuse for not posting for a long time. But it's gonna be lame so I just cut to the chase. Hehehe.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

My Dad Doesn't Get It

I just had the most annoying conversation with my dad. See, we rarely talk to each other because I'm here in Davao and he lives in Manila. Now, we're having this big family reunion in December and he wants me to design a souvenir program for the affair. Problem is, I simply do not have time to do it. Apparently, he still looks at me as his bum-son who spends the whole day playing games on the computer. It sucks because I never spent the whole day playing computer games. Sure, I bummed around a bit, but that was a long, long time ago. He found it so hard to believe that I have an honest-to-goodness career going on. I worked so hard to get to where I am today. It's depressing that he can't see that. He even asked me how much I'm making. I gave him a scaled-down figure, but he didn't look convinced. As if he didn't hear a thing, he said he'll pay me a measly P5000 to do the souvenir program. I turned him down, not because of the ridiculously low pay, but because I have responsibilities left and right that I cannot abandon. The discussion ended abruptly when my brother stood up and motioned that we were leaving. Next time we talk, I'm pretty sure he'll still be the same condescending father all over again.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Workout Progress Report

It's been about 4 months since I started hitting the gym again and I'm happy to report that I am seeing some progress. Not that you'd care though. Haha.

When I started, I weighed 68 kilos or 149 pounds. That's slightly overweight for someone of my height. My body mass index was at 24 and my waist was 34 inches.

Now, I'm down to 63 kilos or 138 pounds. That now makes me slightly underweight. What gives? But anyway, my BMI's improved to 18 and my waist is now 31 inches. My BMI is still not within the "Fit" range. But it shouldn't be too difficult coz to be "fit" my BMI has to be 17, which is only a point away.

I still find it hard to diet. But I've managed to cut down my intake of rice by half. I consume only a cup of rice per day, a half for lunch and a half for dinner. I reward myself in the weekends with a hefty meal at a favorite restaurant. I don't know why but lately I'm always craving for pizza, particularly the Manager's Choice pizza at Shakey's.

I find it sad that now at my age I can't eat all the foods that I want and I actually have to work out to speed up my metabolism and lose weight. Oh well. Anyway, here's something that'll make you laugh. Upon enrollment this girl who evaluated me wrote some funny stuff on my card:



Too bad it's kinda blurry. But notice that she checked Female under Sex. Beside Goal she wrote: Loss Weight, Tunning. Could help but snicker every time I start my workout

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Where Ya From? The Di-Prom!!



So I came from a quick trip to Manila recently and all I can say is I'm a certified promdi!! Hehehe. Although I spent a mere 3 days there, it was fantastic because I got to meet up with many of my friends. On my first day, I went to Glorietta mall in Makati to eat a late lunch at Friday's with Miss Google Earth Aileen Apolo. I also met Jay of TitikPilipino.com. I had to apologize to the both of them because I haven't taken a shower for more than a day. I smelled like crap. Hehehe.

Next, I met up with the DotaStrategy.com crew, this time clean and showered and dressed in fresh clothing. We munched on delicious Italian food at the Sicilian Express, located in front of the Metro Walk in Ortigas. It was extra special because it was the first time the mod team were complete! I promised them we'd do another round come December.



(L-R Alvin aka quickbrownfox, Ronie aka nidoking, Marx aka yukino_silvermaine, Andrew aka drew and RJ aka orochi)

We did a little road trip from Ortigas to UP Diliman and Philcoa to play Dota. I had a lot of fun!!

As if that weren't enough, I headed to my friend K's house for a small barkada reunion. Besides K (yes, that's her only name), my other lawyer-friends Paolo, Vanessa and Eric (K's hubby) were there. I wonder why I didn't become a lawyer. I am quite good at lying. Anyway, Eric offered me some wonderful salmon sashimi that I gobbled up in less than a minute. Having no sleep at all since my flight, I was already groggy when suddenly it rained pretty hard. I had to wait 3 hours before I can leave. My friends were chatting about legal mumbo-jumbo while I lay on a chair half asleep. Oh my, what a way to start a vacation in Manila!!



Next day, Saturday, it was my cute nieces' birthday party at the Grand Terrace in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. That was the main reason I came to Manila since my father paid for my ticket and I was dying to see my nieces. I didn't realize how spoiled they were until I saw the place. It probably cost my father a good 25,000 pesos to rent the place just for the party. Back when I was 3, the best birthday party I can get would be a small spaghetti and coca-cola affair in our backyard. Still, I'm quite happy for my nieces especially the older one named Mavis. She said after the party: I'm sooo happy! That in itself was worth the price. On a side note, that shirt I'm wearing is the same shirt I wore the night before because I was required to wear something white! Gross!!

To be continued :)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Adonis Needing Delights and Rapturous, Erotic Worship


Adonis Needing Delights and Rapturous, Erotic Worship



Yeah, who doesn't need rapturous, erotic worship?

Hehe. Kidding. Actually, you too can have your Sexy Name Decoded. It's genius. You enter your name and gender, then it churns out an acronym you find only in sleazy romantic novels. Give it a try! If you wanna gross yourselves out, try your parents' names! Ewwww.

My dad Dion:

Dreamboat Imparting Orgasms and Necking

My mom Baby:

Babe Adeptly Bestowing Yeses

Again, EWWW!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Beggars Can't Be Choosers

More often that not, when I help someone WITHOUT asking anything in return, they think I owe them something for helping them out. They even have the guts to make me wait and tell me, ok, you can help me now. This applies to many people close to me. If it hits you, too bad.

One person whom I'm trying to convince to blog thought the same thing .. that s/he was doing me a favor by starting a blog. My, my, whatever happened to gratitude? Has it died a sudden death? I attend an event and is asked to take photographs. So I take pictures, but the ones who asked tell me to stop and do it later. What?? Sadly, this happens to me. I'm Mr. Dependable, Mr. Driver, Mr. CD Burner, Mr. Photographer, Mr. Fix-it-all -- all in one. And yet, on my birthdays, I get nothing from these vermins that I've helped. Not even one lousy gift. They'd rather spend it on their cellphone credits. But like I said, I don't expect anything in return. But any little token of appreciation would be great you know!! One cousin of mine calls me his/her favorite cousin only when s/he needs something from me. Sorry, again, if this gets to you, I hope you choke on what you're eating right now!

Fortunately, it's my friends who assure me there's hope in the world. Too bad though that many of them aren't here. But I do know they appreciate me for what I am, and for me, that's a thought good enough to get me through the day.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bwiiii-Zit




There's a freakin' giant zit sittin on my right cheek. Actually, it started as something small and slightly painful. That's until I began touching and squeezing it in my attempts to get rid of the pus. Naturally, it got irritated and infected. It's grown 3X its original size. I suddenly remember all those stories about people who die just from squeezing their pimples. I'm restraining myself from doing so! But I'm vain! Ahhhh!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Abs-olutely Difficult

For the past few days I've become very serious about my diet and workout regimen. Basically, I'm trying to get rid of my belly and yes, get one of those elusive 6-pack abs. My friends and cousins are telling me that I didn't need to workout since I'm very slender-looking. Well, yeah, with my clothes on! But don't get me wrong, you won't see me posing naked in a porn magazine anytime soon. It's just that I'm not getting any younger and the thought of inheriting my dad's basketball-belly freaks me out! (Love you dad) My dad was thinner than me at my age, so my future doesn't look too good.

My ab routine takes longer than everything else during my workout. I do 150 declined crunches, 150 ball crunches, 150 more for obliques on the same ball, 100 reclined leg raises and 100 side cable bends. It's pure torture, I'm telling you. But I'm going to ask my trainer to include a couple more to really push me to the limit. So far, I'm seeing some progress. My cargo shorts fit me better and I do notice that my tummy's becoming leaner. All my boxer shorts are also looser. But for me to make my abs popout I have to get rid of all the fat around my waist. Yikes.

For my diet, I've been binging on a combination of pasta and tuna. I'm cutting down on my rice intake drastically. For the pasta I only eat a little of that since that is still carbohydrates just like rice. I try to avoid beef and pork altogether. If my mom serves chicken I only eat the breast part, which I'm learning to enjoy. I'm a big fish eater, so I can live with my cans of Century Tuna if I run out of options.

I usually like to hit the gym with my gym buddies, Christine and Gil. Either one of them will do, as long as I have someone to talk to when I'm bored. But when I'm alone, I just go about my business and do the deed as fast as I can. One old guy is harassing my friend Christine by saying hi's and hello's at her whenever he can. He better not do anything crazy or else ... well, he's bigger than me so let's cross the bridge when we get there lol :) I heard that he's a lawyer too but that doesn't scare me. I usually don't pay attention to anyone I don't know but there's a couple of chubby girls who seem to have a peculiar interest in me. Lol. Unfortunately, my groupies don't stop there and I'd rather not talk about the rest of them. *goosebumps* As for me, like I said, I have the attention span of a dumbbell so anyone who's attractive should slap me in the face for me to notice them.

When I do get those abs I'll take some pictures and post them here, God forbid. :D

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Hitting the Courts Again



Ahhh. Yesterday I finally got to play my favorite sport again, Badminton! It's been more than 2 months I think since I last played. Good thing I bumped into my friend Tom while I was working out. I was actually resting from my ab exercises that time. The workout area is at the second floor and as I looked down at the courts, I saw him! So I came down to chat. He invited me to join his group.

My performance was so-so. Well, blame my two-month hiatus. I also have this problem of getting tired easily, albeit only initially. I get all my energy back after a few minutes of rest and I'm like the Energizer bunny all throughout. I'm still a bit rusty on my smashes. I think I charge at the shuttlecock too late or too low. I dunno. Most of my attempts do not end up going over the net. I think I have to analyze the situation to know when a smash is or isn't a good decision. Today I'm hitting the gym with a friend of mine. I'm trying to achieve my lifelong goal of having abs. Meh.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

What Sells More? Salable or Bestseller?



There's a new byword in sales pitching: SALABLE.

I've been hearing this aplenty here in Davao City. When I ask for recommendations from baristas, waiters, salesladies, managers or chefs, they say, "Sir, this is salable po". From what I know, the word simply means "it can be sold" or "available for purchase", not necessarily selling like hotcakes.

Whatever happened to BESTSELLER? Has that become an obsolete word? I cringe when I think of bookstores labeling books as salable.

On a side note, I also find it off-putting when someone says "For a while" when I'm asked to wait on the phone. Who invents these phrases??

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Meme Again?

Ria tagged me.

What makes your blog unique?

Are we talking about this blog? Well, it's unique because it's Andrew dela Serna's one and only personal blog. No one else can say that, unless we have the same name.

When did you start blogging?

I started about 3 years ago, albeit on and off. This blog is only 3 weeks old.

What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?

I hope to be able to rant all I want and practice my blogging skills.

What are your feelings on the “blog popularity” issue?

Who doesn't want to be popular? I think everyone who says they don't care about it are lying to themselves. Although it shouldn't be the primary reason to blog, popularity is the ultimate measure of your blog's success. What good is your blog if nobody reads it, right?

What’s your favorite childhood memory?

My favorite childhood memory was when I peed my pants in class when I was in second grade. Imagine the looks on my classmates sitting beside me. I also peed while waiting in line at Universal Studios, so say my brothers.

Are you a spiritual person?

No. But I believe in what Jesus said about doing unto others as you would have them do to you. I can be confrontational sometimes, so if someone smacks me in the face maybe it's what I deserve.

Do your moral values affect the way that you blog, and if yes, how?

I haven't been paying attention if they do. But I guess when it comes to political issues, a few moral values come to play. I've stopped blogging about politics already, thank goodness!

Monday, July 16, 2007

8 Secrets!

Aileen tagged for this meme wherein I have to reveal 8 secrets about me. Hmm, this shouldn't be that difficult.

First, here are the rules:

- Each player must post these rules first.
- Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
- People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
- At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
- Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Ok, now brace yourselves!!

1. I'm vain. Actually, I was vainer when I was in college. But now with all the crazy things that keep me busy, I don't have the luxury to be, which makes me not vain anymore! Hahaha. But I still like taking pictures of myself sometimes, or staring at the mirror. Oh, and I dry my hair with a fan. I just don't like leaving the house with a sponge on my head.

2. I take 5 different multivitamins: GNC for Men, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Saw Palmetto, MSM and B-Complex.

3. I'm a hypochondriac (proof in #2). When I feel something slightly wrong with my body, I feel like I'm gonna die. Worse, I'm afraid of taking medications.

4. I use a for-kids toothbrush, with a Mickey Mouse design at that! Adult toothbrushes freak me out. I imagine steel brushes grinding in my mouth.

5. I am the family PC technician. I have about 20 cousins living in the same village as I am. If something goes wrong with their computers, I am at their beck and call.

6. I love sneakers and rubber shoes. I bought a new pair a few days ago. Leather shoes aren't my thing.

7. I love playing practical jokes! I also like making up stories and asking obvious questions to dupe people.

8. Call me a modern-day Peter Pan. I just don't grow up!

I can only think of a few people who'll do this: Kim, Ria, Jehz and Winston.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Becoming a Godfather



A while ago I attended the baptism of my niece, Gabrielle Martina Abella Limpin, the first daughter of my close cousin Ina and husband Greggy. She is my 4th goddaughter and I'm happy that I was among those chosen to be her ninong. I don't know a lot about the godfather's role in a child's life except that I'm obliged to give them gifts on their birthday, the holidays and important milestones in their lives. I have to say that it ain't cheap being a godfather. But if the child needs anything from me, I'll provide it as long as she doesn't ask for a house, a car or my soul. Notice the "she". I'd love to have a godson too. I think the whole "godparent" deal has lost all its real purpose other than giving away material things. But if that's the only way I can help, why not?



I have a few godmothers who now tell me that it's time for me to return the favor, meaning I should give them gifts now because I have a job. What? Do yours tell you that too? When I become ancient, I'll NEVER oblige Danielle, Maxene, Maddi or Gabby to give me gifts. Even if they become millionaires!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Trio Loco

Ahh, the beauty of this personal blog is I can talk nonstop about utter nonsense. And I'm free to do all these cool meme's. I was tagged by Sir Blogie for this one.

Three Things That Scare Me

1. Rats
2. Lizards
3. Cats

Three People Who Make Me Laugh

1. Jay Leno
2. Conan O'Brien
3. Michael V.

*Unfortunately I don't know anyone with a sense of humor kaya celebrities na lang :D

Three Things I Love

1. My websites
2. My laptop
3. Food

Three Things I Hate

1. Bagoong
2. Bulad
3. Stupidity

Three Things I Don’t Understand

1. Physics
2. Philosophy
3. People who understand #1 and #2.

Three Things On My Desk

1. Cellphone
2. TV Remote
3. My wrists

Three Things I Am Doing Right Now

1. Doing this damn meme
2. Listening to Jason Mraz
3. Smelling my new pair of shoes

Three Things I Want To Do Before I Die

1. Travel the whole world
2. Sing with an orchestra
3. Have enough money to be called a billionaire

Three Things I Can Do

1. Play the piano
2. Crack my knuckles on my pinkie fingers for like, forever
3. Beat anyone in a game of Dynomite

Three Things I Can’t Do

1. Sleep early
2. Have abs (at least not yet)
3. Get my own pad (at least not yet)

Three Things I Think You Should Listen To

1. Yourself
2. Maroon 5
3. Your mom calling you for supper

Three Things You Should Never Listen To

1. Kris Aquino
2. President Arroyo
3. Stupid people

Three Things I Would Like To Learn

1. Sing opera
2. Spanish or French
3. Juggle

Three Favorite Foods

1. Chicken Mami
2. Cheese
3. Prime Rib Steak

Three Shows I Watched As A Kid

1. Transformers
2. G.I. Joe
3. The Smurfs

Let me tag Marc, Jun and Kim for this one.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

My Workout

It's going to be a month since I began working out here at the Smashville gym. What is nice about this place is it's not that crowded. When I came in this afternoon, it was just me and my friend on the treadmill machines! Cool! But shortly thereafter, one person entered. Meh. But still, 3 people ain't a crowd.

Yes, I am actually at the gym waiting for my friend to finish freshening up. She has the penchant for saunas, which gives me plenty of time to write this post. It's cool here because there's an Internet station with 6 PC's that only us gym members can use anytime we want. I usually check my emails after a 20-minute run on the treadmill, then head up to the gym for my stretching and weightlifting program. When I'm done I quickly get into my clothes and go back to recheck my emails and approve blog comments. I don't like taking showers in public baths by the way and I hate saunas!

I've been on and off on my workout routine since college. I'm definitely not the muscle-bound type as you'd imagine. I'm still very slim. But since I reactivated my so-called healthy lifestyle last June, I did gain about 12 pounds. Before that I was just pathetically underweight and lanky. Anyway, I stopped again in April when the new gym I went to became too claustrophobic. I hate it when people go to the gym only to socialize. You know, those types who take their sweet time on exercise machines chatting without really giving a damn that others are waiting on them. That gym is Holiday Spa. And I got the worst gym instructor in the whole world.

By the time my birthday arrived (June 5), I had wanted to go back working out. Out of the 12 pounds I previously gained, it's gone down to 7. Since I haven't seen my friends in a while, I decided to treat them out a few days later and one of them said she and another friend of ours (who wasn't there) had recently become members of the Smashville gym. Excited, I immediately tagged along with them the following day and got a free trial workout. Impressed with the facilities and the *sweet* absence of people, I signed up right then and there.

Since I didn't want to bulk up too much and look like Popeye, my gym instructor Eric gave me a "toning" program. The program is focused on a lot of stretching and abdominal exercises. Boy, I didn't know stretching could be so tiresome! I freakin' failed the stretching test during my pre-workout checkup! At the beginning, I had such a difficult time stretching my legs up straight. Clearly I'm not gonna win the Mr. Flexible title anytime soon. But after a month, I'm much more comfortable now. Eric even gave me more difficult exercises, which is fine by me. After stretching, I have to do a few weightlifting stuff for different parts of my body.

I've become addicted to my new "healthy lifestyle" that I recently bought a box of cereal to replace my fat-infused midnight snacks! Funny though that I'm already halfway through the box! My diet hasn't exactly changed yet. But I am trying to eat more fish in place of beef and pork. I'm going to renew my membership this weekend. Hopefully that is a good sign of things to come.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Panic at the Kitchen




Last night was a nightmare.

Let's back up a bit. Yesterday afternoon, our help cleaned my fish aquarium without my supervision. I thought that they wouldn't have such a difficult time because they've cleaned it several times before. Only then I realized that they were new. Our maid turnover rate is pretty high, you see.

Fast forward to last night. It was about 11PM. I came down to check on the aquarium. Something was wrong with the filter. The water that it was spewing out was flowing erratically. It wasn't installed correctly after the aquarium was cleaned. So I removed the top covering to check it out. That's when all hell broke loose. Since it wasn't correctly installed, the hose connected to it was not fitted tightly enough. When I took off the cover the water was gushing out like crazy!! It was one of those moments in life when I screamed like a little girl. What really scared me was the outlet was right behind the darned thing and the water was going right at it. Good thing I lived to tell the tale! I immediately unplugged the filter and the water quickly subsided. It was a total mess. The kitchen counter was flooded with water. The medicine rack beside it wasn't spared. I shamefully woke up my mom to help me do some damage control. Damn, obviously I didn't know how to clean up after myself. Ah, the sheltered life.

Good thing my mom didn't get pissed off that much. After the ordeal I had to take another shower coz I stunk like fish. Speaking off, I have four socially inept parrot fishes. They like burrowing their own holes and hide. That's why I don't like them. But they're there. I wish they'd just die so I can buy a new set of fish. Before them, I had two parrot fishes too, but they were bigger, more attractive and didn't hide too much. Unfortunately, our maid's idea of feeding them was filling the whole aquarium with pellets. So they died almost instantly. I rarely get attached to pet animals, but that incident really left me depressed and angry.

I'm thinking of riding the Flowerhorn craze going on here. My cousin has one. At first I didn't understand what was so special about it when I first saw it at their home. It was small and looked like any other fish I'd see at a pet store. But after a few months it grew quite big and colorful. Ahh, now I get it. The Flowerhorn is quite the looker. I warn you though. It's a carnivorous fish like the Arowana. My cousin put a smaller Flowerhorn in the same aquarium thinking they'd get along. The next day they were shocked to see the poor little thing impaled with only 75% of its body left dangling.

Here at home we also have a black Labrador named Temi. He's very friendly. Initially, I was frightened by him. But he's grown on me. I still won't pet/touch him though.

Monday, July 2, 2007

At The Malagos Garden Resort



Yesterday, Me and fellow bloggers Aileen, Migs and Blogie drove down to the Malagos Garden Resort here in Davao City for some nature tripping. We were supposed to visit Eden Nature Park, but we figured since Aileen had been there before, it would be nice to see something different. It was my first time there too, and Migs'.

The entrance fee cost us P100 each. I wasn't expecting much, thankfully, because the place was not well maintained. It reminded me of the Eagle Park. A shame. But I enjoyed it nonetheless, because of the company I had (teehee) and all the interesting wildlife we encountered. I was surprised to see obese chickens as we walked toward the Butterfly Sanctuary. I'm not kidding. They're fat as hell!

Here's one of them:



And another:



Some of the butterflies we saw:



Although most of them were black and white, they were still a great shot!



As my friends began to notice, I was afraid to go near the ostriches. For me, they're modern-day velociraptors!



Look at how ferocious they can get!! Rawr!



I loved this bird because it had a mohawk:



And this bird was funny. Whenever we walk past it, it seems to stand frozen in time. That's why it's the easiest one to photograph!



This is the gang cooling off at the Roofdeck Cafe:


(L-R: Migs, Andrew, Blogie, Aileen)

I ordered a Club Sandwich that was pretty good. Aileen had a Ham Pizza while Blog had Empanadas and Migs a Chicken Sandwich. Let's just say that Migs and I were the only ones who enjoyed our food. ;)

Saturday, June 30, 2007

I'm Feeling Lucky

Remember that story of me nervous about something? Ha! I've crossed that hurdle this morning. I'm as happy as I could be. I dunno why I've been extremely lucky lately.

But this month didn't start the way I'd like, though. See, on my birthday on June 5, three of my websites were hacked. Good thing the hacker didn't do major damage, but he was able to access my servers via FTP and inserted malicious code into many important files. As a result, one blog that I manage was labeled by Google as a site that "may harm your computer". That's like a death sentence right there. When I fixed everything up, I had to write StopBadWare.org a love letter to remove that site from their list. After a few days, they did. Whew! To stop it from happening again, my webhost advised us to change our Cpanel and FTP passwords, which I did. My webhost by the way is Dreamhost.com. Imagine that someone was able to steal all our passwords by hacking into their system. How dumb was that? Anyway, I'm done ranting about them already. All I can say is they SUCK.

After that ordeal, my luck took a major turn. My website earnings shot up significantly and got a new exciting gig to boot. My mom's business that I'm handling is improving too. I don't know if luck had anything to do with it, but if you're reading this Lady Luck, thank you!

I think luck only comes when you work hard for it. I'm not a typically hardworking person though. I'm one of the laziest people I know. But I did work hard nevertheless, so maybe that's why.

Off-topic: I'm gonna see the Transformers movie again. I totally messed up yesterday -- I entered the wrong cinema!! But the movie's still by far the best movie I've ever seen in my whole life!! It's even better than Citizen Kane!!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Transformers, Here I Come!

So right after lunch I dropped by the mall and bought 10 tickets for the Transformers movie. The movie is showing in two cinemas. Cinema 1's last full show is at 7:10PM -- too early for me and my co-movie watchers. So I settled for cinema 2, where it had a 7:40 and 10:30PM show. Damn, that means the movie is at least 2 hours long!

I was supposed to go to the gym right after work today with one of my friends, whom I also got a ticket for tonight. She sent me a text message saying that we might as well run half an hour on the treadmill and split so we'd have enought time to freshen up and not miss the movie.

Speaking of working out, I haven't played badminton in a while. My cousin whom I usually play with is leaving for Dubai for good next month, meaning I won't be able to get enough people each week to play coz we're down to 3. Even though I'd like to hit the courts twice or thrice a week, it's impossible! Argh! Do you play badminton here in Davao City? I'd gladly join any group of strangers just to play. Don't worry, I'm a decent smasher but I'm kinda weak at drop shots. But overall I'm average. Meh.

Nerves and Transformers

Ok, I admit. I'm nervous about something that the suspense is almost killing me. There is no where else for me to rant but here. So far, this year has been kind to me. I mean VERY kind. At the start of 2007 I promised myself that I would become more serious and really push the envelope. Six months after, I can actually say that I'm on my way. Of course, there are some unexpected bumps on the road, but all in all, it's been pretty darn good. Back to that thing I'm nervous about. I can't say yet what it is, but hopefully come Friday (now's Thursday), everything will turn out alright. Sometimes I wish I never took that chance, because the agony is almost unbearable. I planned to drown myself playing computer games tonight, but I chose not to. Here I am, munching a ham sandwich, talking nonsense.

Later, the Transformers movie will be showing! Before I go to work, I'm gonna hit the mall and try to get tickets for tonight. My brother and a few cousins of mine are watching it with me. I've been looking forward to the movie since last year, so this is a very welcome distraction in light of what's going on with me right now. I grew up playing and collecting Transformers toys. I had every single Dinobot, Constructicon, Insecticon, Aerobot and Combaticon. Had I known their potential value back then, I would've not passed them down to my younger cousins whose idea of fun was mutilating helpless robots.

The news of the upcoming movie really brought back those memories and I can honestly say that I'm now a certified junkie. The trailers look awesome, so naturally I would like to see that translated to the actual movie. I'll be posting a review right after. And then mope till tomorrow.

See ya!

Intro

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Ooh yeah! I'm Andrew "Drew" dela Serna, coming from the happenin' Southside of the Philippines -- Davao City! Here's my new personal blog where I talk about a bit about myself and mostly about the interesting things I run into. This is my first time to ever setup a blog here at Blogger, so you and I can consider this a blogging experiment.

The first thing I wanna do is change my theme. I find my current theme a little drab and I bet a million others are using it. I do know where to find themes, but I have no idea how to go about changing it. So, I'm holding this out till tomorrow. Ok, off to my next post. Don't forget to welcome me here! :D