See you soon, Boracay!

August 18, 2014
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Many people, Filipinos and foreigners alike, have a love-hate relationship with Boracay. We love it for its beauty. We hate it for its crowds. But of course, the love definitely outweighs the hate. The number of people visiting the island is a testament to this. Now I make it a point to visit Boracay at…

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Photo of the day: Silhouette

August 16, 2014
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Photo of the day: Silhouette

This is a throwback to my 2013 Cambodia trip with my sister and brother-in-law. This was taken in Ta Prohm, known in popular culture as the temple in the film “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”. This was taken using my iPhone 5 and the app Tricamera. I like how this picture gives a poignant feeling. Don’t…

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90-day language challenge – update #1

August 15, 2014
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90-day language challenge – update #1

The first 10 days of my 90-day language challenge was not easy. Not surprising, of course. In the beginning, I was struggling to find the time to do all 3. Despite this, I still managed to find pockets of extra time during the day for language learning. During my commute, during my evening jog, after…

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90-day language challenge times three!

July 31, 2014
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90-day language challenge times three!

Whew! July flew by so fast and tomorrow is August 1st. Excuse the lack of updates as things have been so crazy this month. One, I moved to a new house. Yay! I am a homeowner! Two, I started teaching again. Three, things have been pretty busy at the office, but nothing the team can’t…

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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 getting kicked off the company’s secure network. I might have…

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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 work schedule. I felt that I am making great progress…

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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 Put all your fears to rest Who do I love…

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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, Alfren Lao, Kent Lo, Kim Macasaet, Jan Mariano, Aljon (co-captain)…

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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 of duty”. Time flies by so fast! The last time…

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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 great progress. Not. Somewhere along the way, someone at DMCI…

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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, grow more and make your mark wherever you go. I…

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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, some lies benefit the one being lied to. The latter…

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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 spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down What’s going…

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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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