Mini Magyar update: Starting over again

July 22, 2014
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Mini Magyar update: Starting over again

This is a long overdue update on my Hungarian lessons. Update? What update? For weeks, I put Hungarian (and Japanese) on the back burner while I concentrated on French. I must admit that I am struggling a bit with the language because: 1) it is so different from the languages I know. The vocabulary and…

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2014 birthday wish list – work in progress

July 16, 2014
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Typhoon Glenda (International name: Rammasun) is currently lashing at Metro Manila and we are under signal number 3. I cannot sleep because of the strong wind and rain so I tried to get some work done but the power’s on and off and I kept…

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French progress: week of 7-13 July 2014

July 14, 2014
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French progress: week of 7-13 July 2014

Earlier this month, I decided to intensify studying French and scale back on Japanese and Hungarian. I used to spend an equal amount of time and effort in all 3 languages. But the divide-and-conquer strategy wasn’t working too well for me, especially with my busy…

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You Got It All – The Jets

July 7, 2014
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きょうは変な電話がもらった。でも、わたしの心は変わらない。もう終わりだから。ずっと前から。あの人とのストリーは全部終わった。 今は大切な人がいるから。遠くても、彼はいつも心の中にいる。彼のことはいつも考えている。。。この歌を彼のために歌いたい。。。 I, I was a game he would play He brought the clouds to my day Then like a ray of light You came my way one night Just one look and I knew You would make everything clear Make all the clouds disappear…

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UST Men’s Basketball Team gears up for UAAP Season 77

July 3, 2014
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UST Men’s Basketball Team gears up for UAAP Season 77

Tigers, ready? Season 77 of the UAAP is almost upon us and we Thomasians are ready to cheer “Go USTe!” again. Here is our lineup for this season: Abdul, Karim (co-captain) Basibas, Reggie Daquioag, Ed Dela Cruz, Levi Faundo, Jeepy Ferrer, Kevin Garrido, Janrey Gayosa,…

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Japanese potato salad and a reunion of “crazies”

June 30, 2014
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Japanese potato salad and a reunion of “crazies”

Guess who’s back in Manila? Ate Bel and family! We last saw each other over 5 years ago, then the Masaki family moves back to Japan so the children can experience a normal Japanese life. Now they are back in Manila for Masaki-san’s 2-year “call…

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So near yet so far

June 26, 2014
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My sister and I initially thought we’d be moving into a new house in April. Nope. OK, May then. Not quite. June, it is. Again, no. We went to visit the condo on Sunday to check the progress. Wow, they removed the front door. What…

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Happy birthday, Endre!

June 19, 2014
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Happy birthday, Endre!

Today is also the birthday of one of the greatest Filipinos who ever lived, Dr. Jose Rizal. Like Rizal, this cute little boy (who looks a bit like a cute little girl) is also destined for his own greatness. May you travel more, learn more,…

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Conversations with myself: Liar liar pants on fire

June 17, 2014
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Everybody lies. – House, MD So goes Gregory House’s immortal line. The show ended years ago, and if you can’t remember anything else about it, I am sure you can still remember that line. People have different reasons for lying. Some lies benefit the liar,…

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All Of Me – Josh Kaufman version

June 16, 2014
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Haunting melody. Unforgettable lyrics. John Legend’s song as sung by The Voice champ Josh Kaufman. I love, love, love this song. The song of real love. What would I do without your smart mouth Drawing me in, and you kicking me out Got my head…

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Remembering Papa

June 15, 2014
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Remembering Papa

All that I am and all that I will become, I owe to my father — the most loving, most selfless person in the world. I love you and I miss you, Papa.

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Batanes yellow rice – my newest guilty pleasure

May 31, 2014
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Batanes yellow rice – my newest guilty pleasure

I am a big rice lover; I tried to live without it for an extended period of time but I kept going back to it. I do try to keep it healthy by buying only the healthier brown variety and controlling intake. But my trip…

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Trip diary: Bolinao, Pangasinan

May 22, 2014
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Can you imagine surfing in this kind of water? @_@

Note: Company trip, 15-16 March 2014 I always love going up north, especially during the summer months. Aside from a huge variety of things to do, the beaches are less crowded than in the south. As Manila is becoming hotter and more humid by the…

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Language learning update – 8 May 2014

May 8, 2014
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Language learning update – 8 May 2014

A rundown of my language learning activities for the past few days: 1. Filipino – my boss will be back in Manila next week and I have a few more days to prepare for lessons. I’ve been meaning to make some more Brainscape decks for…

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Finding the stoke in Bagasbas Beach

May 6, 2014
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With wahine extraordinaire, Mocha Vargas, pride of Daet. Hello Mocha, I am Caramel! ;)
Photo credit: Dhon Abril

After a very relaxing time at Calaguas, our group headed back to the mainland and we’re off to Bagasbas. Bagasbas Beach is only 4km away from Vinzons Port and should not take you more than a half hour drive. Dozens of commercial establishments line the…

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