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21 September 2007 @ 10:35 am

The new UAAP FINAL FOUR DOUGHNUTS --- Enjoy a rich chocolate dipped doughnut, topped with sprinkles of your favorite team's color – UE Red Warriors, DLSU Green Archers, ADMU Blue Eagles and UST Growling Tigers.

Who do you think will win? --- Join our "Pick the winner" activity! Buy the colored doughnut of your favorite team to "vote". Check out the tally that will be posted in our stores - Bonifacio High Street, SM Megamall and Greenhills! The Team that gets the most "votes" (which color sells best) until October 4, 2007 gets a Krispy Kreme doughnut party!  

This offer is available from September 20 to October 4 only.


21 September 2007 @ 10:22 am
This was written by Miguel Antonio Lizada and was taken from www.animoateneo.com

"This started as three separate entries in my blog I must be honest and say that this was nothing but a mere product of boredom. I wrote this after re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and after asking myself "What would Ateneo be like if it was attacked by Voldemort and his dark creatures".

Friends who read my blog forwarded this to their friends who in turn forwarded it to their friends. At the request of my colleagues here in AnimoAteneo. com and people who have enjoyed this, I have edited and polished this story as well as added a few new elements to it.

Just a few pre-reading reminders:

This, in essence is a parody of Ateneo life. Yes, there are of course anti-school and UAAP-based jokes here and there but this mainly satirizes Ateneo life - the people, the language, the culture etc.

This is also a parody of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Its ending resembles the ending of the Harry Potter book. So if you have not yet read the book and you do not wish to be spoiled, I must warn you to read at your own risk.

My thanks to those who have enjoyed what-used-to- be-just-a- time-filler and to those who contributed several suggestions."

Chapter One: Before the Storm

Fr. Bienvenido Nebres SJ was just finishing the day's work when Harry Potter, a senior of the Ateneo de Manila, burst into his office.

"Fr Nebres!" Harry shouted

"Harry!" a surprised Nebres said. "I thought you were out of school destroying the horcruxes to kill Lord Voldemort."

"That's what I wanted to tell you. I discovered that there are two horcruxes here in Ateneo itself. Voldemort has enlisted the help of the De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas. They are coming."

25 August 2007 @ 10:12 am

I am a writer. I like being able to express myself with words, and being able to somehow share what I learn and educate other people in the process. With each assignment, I am inducted into unfamiliar terrain – a whole new world, if you will – and I love that I am allowed (and even paid) to share my thoughts and fascinations with other people.

I love how writing is an intellectual pursuit. Though the tough assignments drain the heck out of me, I love that I am able to exercise the dormant neurons in my head. I imagine them crackling to life when an idea or a realization about something I’m analyzing occurs, like a weak light bulb that hasn’t felt the surge of electricity for quite some time now pulsing to life.

I like words too, and there is a certain delight that comes with finding the right word or phrase that only writers will understand. Language is a beautiful thing, and the fact that the English language is alive – therefore, changing constantly – gives me a bit of relief, knowing it will always provide me with something new to learn.

I like that my work is something that is both creative and scientific. The methods we employ in gathering data and structuring our ideas sort of border into the scientific, but expressing these data and ideas on paper is always a creative exercise. This is what differentiates us from academics writing in journals and fiction writers; the former is highly technical, while the latter is purely creative. Journalism/reportage is both.

I also love learning new things. The school of life is something I will never graduate from. I seek challenges always, and while conquering them is a goal I ardently pursue, it is something I fear too because mastering something inevitably brings about a sense of boredom. And so I constantly search for the next lesson, the next challenge.

I fear that one day, writing will no longer present enough challenges to keep me interested and fulfilled. That writing will someday be a job and no longer a passion. That, no different from the suited workers who trudge to their office everyday, I will also someday be writing because I need to; not because I want to. 

So yes, I am a writer, but I am not only a writer. I am not defined by the career I choose for now. It is an expression of who I am through a talent I have been given. I am a student of life, with boundless curiosity, seeking a creative outlet. I can be a photographer, substituting words with images. I can be an advertising creative, dealing with market research data instead of journalism research. I can be someone else; something else. I can be anything I choose to be.

24 August 2007 @ 11:10 am
If I didn't have credit card debts, and household expenses to pay, and planned savings/investments, I would buy:

1. A Nikon D40x with Nikon AFS 18-135 Zoom-Nikkor

Nikon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

P41,000 from www.jerry.ph, with free Tamrac Velocity 6x SlingBag

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

3. Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

 Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras
$108 (or the f/1.4 version for $289)

Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras


TOTAL: P86,724 (at $1=P46)

22 August 2007 @ 05:13 pm
09 August 2007 @ 01:18 am
Came across the Freelance Switch while blog hopping, and this is by far the most  helpful website I've found for freelancers. Posts like 8 Simple Online Time Management Tools for Freelancers and 46 Must-Read Productivity Tips for Freelancers are winners.

I've been thinking for some time now that there should be a blog or website like this - sort of a "homebase" for freelancers that posts both freelance jobs and tips on how to survive as a freelancer.

Hmmm, maybe I should turn this blog, which has so far been a personal one, to something like freelance switch... only I'll localize the content as much as possible since, of course, there are no boundaries to freelance work. I recently met yugatech and he offered to turn my moolahmatters blog into a problog. Maybe I can turn this one into a problog too?
01 August 2007 @ 01:03 am
I call myself a professional hobbyist, but now I want a hobby that's not a job! No pressures, no deadlines, no worrying about how much to charge... just plain fun!

Holga 120CFN

21 July 2007 @ 11:14 am
Look at what the owl delivered to my doorstep:

02 July 2007 @ 07:34 pm
June 27 was a particularly memorable day for three very good reasons:

1. Yvonne Mallion-Samson was born - the first baby among us friends

2. We found out that a second baby was on its way (yikes, they say these things come it three's. wonder who the third one will come from?)

3. The entire group, sans those abroad and those who just gave birth, watched the midnight showing of the uber-cool Transformers!!!
17 June 2007 @ 11:16 am
No, I am not several weeks late, nor do I not know what the world should be celebrating this day. I know it's father's day, but we've never really celebrated it as such.

See, my two sisters and I didn't grow up under the care of a father. Our mom raised the three of us all by herself - helping us with assignments, talking us through problems and issues with boys and friends, and guiding us to finding and pursuing our own individual paths in life. She did all this while working to provide for all of our needs.

And so on this day, we celebrate the person who fulfilled all those fatherly duties in our family by honoring our Mom. Incidentally, today is also her birthday.

Happy Birthday and Happy Mum's Day! We can't thank you enough for everything.