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Sometimes, we should do some math…

February 1, 2015
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It’s very early in the morning and the January air is cool, your bed warm and comforting. Your phone alarm goes off. You sleepily reach for it and you hit the snooze button the first time. Your brain is nagging you to wake up. Time to get up, sleepyhead. Get off your ass now or…

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Reality

January 14, 2015
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I don’t usually like consecutive music posts on my blog but this has been my earworm for the past several days. Yes, it’s your fault, Prince Turo Rudi I’ve listened to this song countless of times before but I didn’t know what its title was. Anyway, I found a Japanese translation of the song. The…

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DuplaPé – iMeg

January 9, 2015
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As I said before, I do not usually listen to rap music. But hey, rap it in Hungarian and I will be your fan. I am liking this song the more I listen to it. I like it more now that I can understand bits of it. Little by little. Baby steps. See, music is…

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Happy 2015!

January 1, 2015
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Happy 2015!

Whew! It was a whirlwind in 2014! I didn’t realise how much has happened until I narrated my entire year to my surfing sister, Desiree. Last year was big, fast and fun. I feel that 2015 will even be bigger, faster and more awesome! To start the year right, I signed up for the italki…

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Christmas wish list 2014

December 16, 2014
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Christmas wish list 2014

I am really trying to reduce the number of items on my Christmas wish list, and that means I won’t wish for the Harry Potter set with redesigned covers. But the below are the bare essentials of gift giving to me. So when you pay homage, you know what to bring 1. a Mahina mermaid…

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Language learning backlog :(

December 8, 2014
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Language learning backlog :(

I was away for a 2-week vacation (too short!) and while I did try to study a bit every day, I let things slip. Most of the time, I just sleep without cracking open the Duolingo or Memrise apps on my phone. When I checked it this weekend, I nearly had a heart attack! The…

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My first French lesson on italki!

November 24, 2014
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My first French lesson on italki!

Today, I had my very first italki session with a French teacher. I was so nervous that I actually thought of rescheduling. Plus, I have a headache since after lunch so I wasn’t feeling too well. But I thought I had to suck it up and get this over and done with. After all, the…

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My daily Hungarian battle plan

November 20, 2014
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It took me a fair amount of time but I think I found a workable study plan for Hungarian. As there are considerably less available materials, I needed all the help I could get. Compared to French, I am having a more difficult time with this language, mainly because it is so different from the languages…

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CNA Language Exchange

November 18, 2014
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WARNING:  Before watching, make sure you are alone at home (and not at work, school or any public place). Also, you need tissues. LOTS of it. This project brings the concept of language exchange to a whole new level. Why just learn a language when you can also touch lives and connect with other people?…

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Shelfie: what does your bookshelf say about you?

November 16, 2014
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Yeah, I don’t do selfies. I do shelfies and my bookshelf screams: language NERD! As if that needs any confirmation. I still have more books and stuff for languages like Spanish, German and Korean but I have them in a box in the laundry cage and I am too lazy to dig them up ^^;;…

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Former Growling Tiger Rey Evangelista’s Purefoods jersey retired

November 10, 2014
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The Purefoods franchise in the PBA has retired the jersey of former UST standout Rey Evangelista! What an honor! He joins superstars Alvin Patrimonio and Jerry Codinera as the only Purefoods players whose jerseys were retired. That means Rey is ASTIIIIIIIG, eh? Rey was part of the 90s era where UST dominated the UAAP Men’s…

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Friday Photo: Koi pond

November 7, 2014
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Friday Photo: Koi pond

My neighborhood has a pond outside the clubhouse but I never noticed these koi until recently. I did see frogs, not fish. Maybe I was merely looking, not observing, not realizing what is there in front of me, not appreciating. Note to self: stop and smell the flowers. Stop and watch the koi. Remember what…

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The Great Language Game

November 6, 2014
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The Great Language Game

Language lovers, here is a fun challenge for all of you! Can you guess which language is spoken in each item? My best score was only 600 but I was surprised at how I can easily recognize Czech — I never studied a word of it. Weird watch out for the Tagalog one! Good luck!…

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November Rain (La Pluie de Novembre) by Guns N’ Roses

November 4, 2014
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In language learning, it is important to find materials that interest you. When I was learning Japanese, I was so into Japanese rock and pop music. I still am! I used to translate Gackt and GLAY songs and frequented Music21 to sing their songs. It is not only practice for the vocal chords (ahem) but…

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Benny the Irish Polyglot speaks and sings in Tagalog!

November 3, 2014
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This is an old video of one of my most favourite polyglots, Benny Lewis — more popularly known as the Irish Polyglot. He visited the Philippines for a couple of months. He’s been to Manila, Puerto Galera and Cebu and in this video, he is speaking in Tagalog then goes on to sing the Tagalog…

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Team Xtina vs Team Pharrell

November 2, 2014
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Jesse Campbell and Anthony Evans from Team Xtina did “If I Ain’t Got You” for their Battleround pairing. This happened a few seasons ago on The Voice but it has not faded in my mind at all. For me, this has to be the most epic battle in the history of The Voice — no…

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Friday Photo: Engrish menu

October 31, 2014
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Friday Photo: Engrish menu

Yesterday, my friends and I went to U7 in Venice Piazza for something new for merienda. I happened to see something that didn’t make sense. The menu said “Source not included”. Source? Source…ah! In Tagalog, hindi daw kasama ang sawsawan!! But in fairness to them, their cream cheese pretzel is really good (especially if it…

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Manila is cool!

October 30, 2014
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Manila has always gotten a bad rap in the tourism scene: too much traffic and pollution, too many people, blah blah blah. But as someone who was born and raised in the capital, I always go on the defensive whenever someone maligns Manila (especially if one seems misinformed). A recent Lonely Planet article cited several…

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Rude – Matt Steffanina choreography

October 29, 2014
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Been listening to this song since last month. While I liked the original, I really loved Zedd’s EDM remix. Then I just had to discover this dance video by Matt Steffanina. At first, I wasn’t feeling it. I mean, a reggae song with hiphop? Then it grew on me quickly. It helps that Matt is…

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My first italki-Skype chat with a Hungarian language partner

October 22, 2014
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My italki Notebook - my first entries! See the mistakes I made?

Last month, I signed up with italki because all my favourite polygots were talking about it. But I got overwhelmed by the sheer number of people in the site so I logged out and forgot about it. But this month, I was re-evaluating my language goals and thought I needed some more structure that can…

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UST – Asia’s Oldest University: A video by Travis Kraft

October 21, 2014
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This video shows the inside of the University of Santo Tomas, where I studied from 1993. So much of the school has changed throughout the years, but I love how spacious it has become. This is one place in Manila that I will never get tired of visiting.

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The Adventure Bucket List – Philippines

October 17, 2014
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This year, I was able to cross off two items from my Adventure Bucket List: - Stand up paddle (SUP) boarding in Boracay - Mermaid swimming in Boracay – GAAAAAAD! One of the most awesome things I did this year and I will do it again and again and again! I suppose I need to…

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Congratulations, NU Bulldogs!

October 15, 2014
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Congratulations, NU Bulldogs!

The National University Bulldogs went through a helluva battle to be the champions. 1. They battled the University of the East Red Warriors for the last slot in the Final Four. 2. They beat the number 1 seed Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles twice to advance into the finals, only the second team in UAAP…

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DIY café-style tea towel curtains

October 13, 2014
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DIY café-style tea towel curtains

Peewee gave me a set of really cute tea towels as a present when I moved into my new house. It is a set of 3, a plain white one (which I now use as a fridge towel), a black striped one (very chic) and a Rome-inspired one. I particularly loved this last design so…

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The ADMU-NU Final Four playoff game

October 1, 2014
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The ADMU-NU Final Four playoff game

It was down to the last possession with 9.3 seconds left when the lights at the coliseum died. The game between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the National University Bulldogs has been delayed for over 30 minutes now. Fans are starting to chant “Luto! Luto! Luto!” and many have whipped out their phones in an…

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