Saturday, June 30, 2012

Mga Larong Pinoy

1. SUNGKA- Traditional Filipino game that uses shells or marbles which is equally distributed in each holes, it also consist two players with an objective to accumulate as many pieces in your own head. Sungka.

2. TEKS. Filipino children collect these playing cards which contain comic strips and texts placed within speech balloons. They are played by tossing them to the air until the cards hit the ground. The cards are flipped upwards through the air using the thumb and the forefinger which creates a snapping sound as the nail of the thumb hits the surface of the card. The winner or gainer collect the other players' card depending on how the cards are laid out upon hitting or landing on the ground.
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3. POG Do you remember “pog”? Vividly designed circular cardboard paper popularized by a beverage company in the 90’s. The pog also comes with a plastic slammer, child’s play in time for summer. 

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4. PLASTIC BALLOON. Pinoy kids played this as they try to blow and make bigger balloons than their playmates.
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5.YO-YO. Do you still remember your different and unique tricks? :) These Coca Cola yo-yos were made in the Philippines and were distributed worldwide during the 1980's.

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Take it EASY!

"Take life one day at a time.
It's not how fast we move nor how long we live...
It's how we cherish every moment, with God in our hearts!"
-Msgr. Albert Venus

Pinoy Breakfast

Tinapang bangus (smoked milkfish), pritong talong (fried eggplant), kamatis (tomato), at nilagang itlog (boiled egg). 

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5 Things That Are More Fun In The Philippines

1. Status Updates

2. Going Upstairs

3. Commuting

4. Catching the breeze

5. Getting Lost


Living a Life of Faith

How far are you willing to step in faith? Would you still act and speak of your faith even if it seems like you’re hanging on a thread, with uncertainties lurking around you?

Ailene Tumabaga of Caloocan discovered that faith does not require the blabbing and bragging of it. It’s actually “walking” by faith that taps on heaven’s gates to bring about God’s brimming blessings and unexpected miracles.

Faith in the Unseen
Ailene, a high school teacher, is a long-time viewer of The 700 Club Asia. One of the important lessons she learned from the show is the principle of sowing and reaping.

“Watching the show really strengthens my faith, especially in times of financial testing. Giving to CBN Asia is one of my faith exercises,” she said.

Her husband is an OFW, and the money he sends home is usually just enough, or short at times, for their basic needs and expenses. Still, Ailene remains faithful in her giving.

One time, she found herself short of 16,000 pesos. The budget she allotted was way under their expenses and the bills she had to pay.

Yet despite her lack, Ailene exercised her faith and fulfilled her monthly pledge to The 700 Club.

Product of Faith
“While thinking about the deficit, I watched The 700 Club Asia. I cried so hard while praying with the hosts,” Ailene shared. “With an expectant heart, I asked God to show Himself strong in my situation. And He immediately did! ”

A few minutes after praying, Ailene’s bestfriend suddenly asked her to go online so they could talk via video chat.

“I was so surprised when she contacted me. We haven’t had a lot of communicating since she moved to Germany,” she said. “My best friend knew that I had been crying. After I confided to her, she immediately gave me the instructions on how to claim an overseas remittance!”

Ailene added, “She gave me 16,000 pesos and told me it’s a gift and not a debt. And I was not even asking financial help from her. I knew that moment that God answered my prayer. It was so amazing!”

Faith That Heals
It was also Ailene’s faith that led to her son’s miraculous healing from an ear infection. The doctor said an operation would have to be done to prevent the infection from spreading. She was told the procedure would cost her 50,000 pesos, and Ailene knew she just couldn’t afford it.

“While the doctor was explaining to me the details, I was silently praying. I know there’s nothing too difficult for God and He can heal my boy without the expensive surgery,” she said confidently.

As per her usual night routine, Ailene turned on the TV and tuned in to The 700 Club Asia. “Suddenly I heard Peter Kairuz pray for a boy with an ear infection. I claimed my son’s healing right away!”

When they returned to the hospital, they couldn’t believe the doctor’s good news. Her son’s infection was gone and there was no more need to undergo an operation.

“I was overwhelmed with joy because once again, God proved how mighty He is. Not once did my faith disappoint me. Truly, we live by faith and not by sight,” Ailene said. | by Deb Bataller, CBN Asia


The English Teacher. Stress, Inspirations, and Bloopers

Una sa lahat, itatagalog ko nalang  toh para mas comportable sa mga nagbabasa at sa akin na rin. Bakit ba?  haha

Gumising nang tanghali, maggayak at maghahabol ng oras para hindi maiwan ng shuttle. Pagdating sa office log in agad sa biometric at papasok sa mala-bulwagang opisina. Sa araw-araw na ginawa ng Diyos etoh ang lagi kong nakikita,  mga kulay blue na cubicles, blue na upuan, at blue na wall halos lahat blue.  May nasabi na ba akong blue? Hindi ko alam kung paborito yata ng mga boss kong koreano ang blue kaya pati mukha at utak nila blue na rin. Oh di ba, parang smurfs lang (joke lang).

Hindi ko naman talaga pinangarap ang maging English teacher, eh kasi naman hindi ako pinagpala sa  Math kaya no choice ako. HRM ang natapos kong kurso. Nagsawa lang ako sa kasasagot sa mga reklamo ng mga guests sa hotel. Wala na silang ibang alam kundi gawing miserable ang buhay naming mga staff.

“Any reservations Sir?”

“Yeah, under the name of Mr.  Amoyuck.”

“Alright, sir, here is the key to your Penthouse suite.”

“Ah, penthouse, saang floor yun? Ay Shunga etoh.


“Anong klaseng serbisyo meron kayo?  Hindi ako makapasok sa room ko, wala  kayong binigay na susi!!!!

“Ma’am, hawak n’yo na yung susi”

“Anong akala mo sa akin, tanga? Eh card toh.”

“Electronic key card po yan, maam i-swipe n’yo lang po.”

“Enjoy your stay, ma’am, bangungutin ka sana.” (Just kidding.)

Paano ba ako naging guro?

Eh ‘di nag-apply.  Isang taon na akong nagtatrabaho bilang ESL Teacher o mas masarap sabihing British and Standard American Accent Coach for Chinese and Koreans. Sosyal ba? Hindi ah nilagyan ko lang ng arte yan, haha. Special account ang hawak namin, we teach kids ages ranging from 4 to 18 years old. Pero sa account na to Korean lahat ang clients namin.

Masaya magturo, ang mahirap lang kung ang student mo, mas  tamad pa sa gumawa ng flag ng Japan. Nasabi ko nga, ganito pala ang pakiramdam ng mga teachers ko noon. Nakaganti na rin sila. Ang saya-saya.

The following are our burdens of, shall I say, bloopers.

Hindi lahat ng magiging estudyante mo, may alam na sa Ingles.

Teacher: How are you feeling this beautiful Friday?

Student: How are you feeling this beautiful Friday?

Teacher:  I mean, are you fine?

Student: I mean, are you fine?

Teacher: Oh honey, please do not repeat the sentence. It is a question for you.

Student:  ah… It is a question for you.

Oh di ba paulet-ulet lang, ang sakit sa brain kapag ganito yung client mo.


Teacher: Can you please make a sentence using the word book?

Student: I love reading book.

Teacher: Very good! Make another sentence.

Student: Another book.

Gusto ko na magtumbling, hahah


Teacher: The title of our lesson for tonight is, “Molly’s Victory”. Do you know what  the word ‘victory’    mean?

Student: Yes.

Teacher: Great! What does it mean?

Student: Twilight vampire.

Oh huh?   Sorry, Kilala niya si Victoria.


Teacher: What is your favorite animal?

Student: My dad.  (ang sweet naman)

bulabog, sa zoo siguro nakatira to


Expect the unexpected. Lesson n’yo is about Sports game, tapos magtatanong siya nang ganito:

Student: Teacher, why barbecue has stick?  Sobrang relevant ng tanong eh noh

Teacher: at dahil natural akong mapamaraan “Oh that is a brilliant  question, I would love to answer that, but I’m afraid our time is running out, and that will be your assignment. “

Ang akala ko, ligtas na ako. Hindi ko alam kung anong klaseng gamot ang nalunok nito at ang lakas ng ganang magtanong.

Student: Teacher, what is the world’s second anti-dandruff shampoo?

Teacher: I really don’t know.


   May iba naman talagang ayaw magsalita. Naubos lahat ng shakra powers mo sa kakarepeat after me, pero  sasagot lang sila ng ‘YES”. Ang sarap ilublob sa tubig, di ba.

Teacher: Did you go to your academy class today?

Student: Yes. Maayos ang sagot sa simula

Teacher:  What time did you finish all your classes?

Student: Yes. Sabi ko sa yo eh

Teacher:  Are you an idiot?

Student: Yes. Haha jowk lng toh naman

Kung ayaw mag.salita, pakantahin mo.

Teacher: Today, I am going to teach you a new song. The title is Ba baa black sheep.

Student: Ba baa black sheep?

Teacher: No, super bass!

try natin


Weakness nila ang R and L consonant sounds.

Student: Teacher, I have good news.

Teacher: Wonderful, may I know what the news is?

Student: I am now excellent in my R and L sounds.

Teacher: Really,  bring it on.

Student: Ludolf the led nose leindeer have vely shiny nose.

palakpakan may kasamang sigawan at ipasok sa banga.


Meron naman na  sa sobrang talino ay mahilig mamilosopo. Akala niya siguro hindi ako nag-aral ng logic and Philosophy major in stupidity.

Teacher: (lesson about email) Do you have an email?

Student: of course! What you think of me.? Aba sumasagot

Teacher:  What is letter “E” stands for in the word email?

Student:  enternational.

Hindi ko alam kung iinit ulo ko sa kanya o hahagalpak ako sa tawa.

Etoh pa.

Student: Teacher, do you eat apple?

Teacher: sure

Student: You know what, in America, only donkeys eat apple.

Teacher: Lee, do you eat banana?

Student:  Yes, teacher.

Teacher: You know what, in the Philippines, only monkeys eat banana.

Basag!  Oh sige, mgtanong ka pa haha.


Ng.aadd sila ng residual ‘e’ sound at the end of the word.

Teacher: What is your favorite fruit?

Student:  I like orangee

Teacher: How did you spend your Sunday?

Student: I went to churchee.


Sa ganitong uri ng trabaho dapat magaling ka sa puzzle. Dahil kung hindi, magkaka-epistaxis ka.

Teacher: How’s your day going so far?

Student: My mother fire my grandmother.

Teacher: Oh my! Why? What happened? (I thought there was a shooting incident)

Student: My grandma is dead that’s why my mother fire her.

Teacher:  Ah got it, you mean cremation?

Student:  oh yes my grandma cremated.

Diyos ko po.

 Eto pa.

Teacher:  What did you do last weekend?

Student: I drive my car to the pool?

Teacher: Huh? Is that how you wash your car?

Student: ah no, we had swimming not the car.


Dapat bolero ka. Icommend mo sila kahit hindi naman karapat- dapat. Para saan? Para magkalas loob silang magparticipate.

It has been 5 minutes and your client still doesn’t want to talk.

Teacher:  Can you say hello?

Student: HELLO!!! Pasigaw pa yan, very touching.

Teacher: Wow, you have beautiful voice! (Exaggerated) I love it! Why don’t you talk much so I could hear your amazing voice more. (kahit sa loob ko, gusto ko na siyang saksakin sa mata haha biro lang)

Student: Really, teacher? Thank you.

Naniwala naman siya ang shunga, kaya ayon  dumaldal bigla.


Blow, blow, blow, blow your phone, gently down the stream. Angrily, angrily, angrily, angrily, my life is a stupid  dream. Eto yung students na kapag nagsasalita ka, hinihipan nila yung microphone. Sobrang sakit sa tenga at baka lumabas ang ear drums k,o nilalayo ko na lang yung headset.

 Teacher: How’s the weather like in your country?

Student: affuuuuuuh!!! Affuuuuhhh!

Teacher: Ang sarap mag-drop call. Please, sweety, do not blow the mic, it’s very annoying.

Student: affuuuuuuh!!! Affuuuuhhh!

Teacher: Well it seems, you are not interested to study our lesson today. We will just play a game instead. (that captures her attention)

Student: What game????

Teacher: Blowing game! I want you to blow the microphone as long as you could.

Student: affuuhhh!

Teacher:  one more time!

Student: affuuhhhh……affuuuuuuuuuuhhh!!

Teacher: Harder! Release more air! Come on!

Student: affuuhhh!… affuuhhh!!!!!!!!! affuuhhh!………………………..1 minute natahimik siya.

Teacher: Are you still on the line?

Student: Wheew! I am tired.

Oh ayan, sige, magblow ka pa,’ langhiya toh.


Para sa mga students under basic level. Speak slowly. Yung  tipong mas mabagal pa sa wifi connection ng kapit bahay n’yo.

 Teacher: How……..3sec……are….5sec….you……? haha pati question mark kasama.

Student: huh?

Teacher: Are……..5sec….you….6sec…..doing……..…..10sec….good?

Student: I don’t know!

Teacher: Let us just start our lesson. Tangna neto.    


Kung akala mo lahat sila masunurin nagkakamali ka. Mareklamo din sila.

Nagamit mo na yata lahat ng commas o pauses sa speech mo, hindi ka pa rin nila maintindihan.

Student: Teacher, why do you talk so fast?

Teacher: and why do you listen so slow? Adik toh

Minsan hindi lahat ng sinabi nila ay ang gusto nilang iparating sa ‘yo.

Teacher: What did you have in your dinner?

Student: I milk myself.

Teacher: (wag kang mag-isip ng iba, icorrect mo na lang siya) It is better to say it this way, I drank milk.


 Ilang beses nang uminit ang ulo ko sa kanila. Kahit gaano kahabang pasensiya ang ibinigay mo sa kanila, hindi mo rin naiiwasan yung takasan ka ng katinuan. Sisigawan ka naman ng studyante mo tapos babagsakan ka ng telepono. Unti-unti nang natatanggalan ang buttons ng keyboard ko; di ko kasi maiwasang ihampas eh, lol. Para maibsan man lang ang init ng ulo ko sini-shake ko na lang monitor ko sabay sabing I love my job…I love my job nang paulet-ulet, parang sira lang.

 Minsan naman pumuputok na ang mga ugat ko sa pagpigil ng aking tawa, ayaw ko kasing tatawanan yung pagkakamali nila. Bagkus, mas pinapalakas ko pa ang loob nila na mas maging madaldal pa. Wag silang matakot na magkamali sa grammar nila. Dahil kung takot sila sa pagkakamali, hinding-hindi sila magkakaroon ng lakas ng loob para gumawa ng tama. Sige lang, make many sentences as you can. I’m always listening. If you commit mistakes, I will help you to make it right, make it better.

 There were some instances that you tend to experience vocabulary crisis. Paano mo ba naman kasi i-explain ang salitang “frown” sa isang 4 years old over the phone na walang alam sabihin kundi YES or No lang. Nakaka-disorient. pare.

 Gayunman hindi ko pa naman naisipang isuko toh. (Aru, may plano? Hehe) Dito kasi nasusubok yung pagging effective teacher mo. Marami pang dahilan kung bakit ang sarap magturo. Yung sa kabila ng kabulastugang ginawa ng student mo, sasabihin niya parin sa ‘yo “Teacher, I passed my English test, thank you for teaching me” ang sarap pakinggan kaya sabi ko na lang “Ulol.” haha

 Before I was transferred to this account, I used to handle adult clients ages ranging from 18 to 55 years old. I had a student. She is a watch designer in Timex.  She asked me once “Did you study in LA or in Cambridge?”

“Nope,” I said. “How come you sound like a real American? How come you speak English very well?”

I just said, ”Because I am a Filipino. I am not a product of any expensive University; I haven’t been in states or in London.”

 Perhaps one of the huge reasons why I get inspired in teaching is to see the perseverance of my students. Yun tipong kahit nagkabali-bali na yung dila nila para mapronounce lang nang maayos ang salitang  “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” ay sige tuloy pa rin tapos inom muna ng tubig.

 Sa profession na to, dito ko mas natutunan ang kahalagahan ng  education para sa mga bata. Dito ko mas na-exercise ang aking metric tons of patience. Dito ko mas naitindihan kung paano ba ang pagtuturo ng isang guro mula sa pananaw ng isang bata.  If the child is not learning the way you are teaching, then you must teach in the way the child learns. For me, teaching is not just a two-way process. It is not just about imparting knowledge. It is all about UNDERSTANDING, you have to put yourself under your student while standing beside him.

Kaya sa lahat ng mga ESL Teachers, I salute you guys! Keep rockin’.

 author:  steffano perales

Minsan may Isang Puta - Rated SPG

Tingin ng mga bobong kapitbahay ko, puta daw ako. Nagpapagamit, binabayaran. Sabi nila, ako daw ang pinakamaganda at pinakasikat sa aming lugar noon. Di ko nga alam kung sumpa ito, dahil dito naletse ang kinabukasan ko.
Tara, makinig ka muna sa kwento ko, yosi muna tayo.

Alam mo, maraming lumapit sa akin. Nagkagusto at naakit. Ang hirap pag lahat sa iyo, virgin eh. Tinanggap ko naman silang tao, bakit kaya nila ako ginago? Hindi ko maintindihan ang mga nangyari sa akin. Bukas palad ko naman silang pinakitunguhan, ni hindi ko nga itinuring na iba. Iniisip ko na nga lang na kasi di sila taga rito kaya siguro talagang ganoon.

Tatlong malilibog na foreigners ang nagpyesta sa katawan ko. Sabi nila na-rape daw ako.

Sa tatlong beses akong nagahasa, ang pinakahuli ang di ko makakalimutan.

Parang maski di ko ginusto ang mga nangyari, hinahanap-hanap ko siya. Kasi, ibang-iba ang hagod niya. Umiikot ang mundo ko sa tuwing ginagamit niya ako. May mga pagkakaton na nasusuka na ko sa mga nangyayari sa aming dalawa. Parang ‘pag humahalinghing siya, nararamdaman ko na nalalason ako.. Gusto ko mang umayaw, hindi ko makuhang humindi. Hindi ko din alam kung bakit. Ibang klase din kasi siya mag-sorry eh, lalo pa at inalagaan niya ako at ang mga naging anak ko.

Alam mo, parating ang dami naming regalo – may chocolates, yosi at ano ka! May datung pa! Nakakabaliw siya! Alam kong ginagamit niya lang ako pero pagamit naman ako nang pagamit. Sa kanya namin natutunan mag-inggles, di lang magsulat ha! Magbasa pa!

Nung kinasama ko siya, guminhawa buhay namin. Sosyal na sosyal kami! Ewan ko nga ba, akala ko napapamahal na ako sa kanya. Akala ko tuloy-tuloy na kaligayahan namin, yun pala unti-unti niya akong pinapatay.

Punyetang buhay! Sa dami ng lason na sinaksak niya sa katawan ko, muntik na akong malaspag. Ang daming nagsabi na ang tanga tanga ko. Palayasin ko na daw. Taon ang binilang bago ako natauhang makining sa payo. Iniisip ko kasi na parang di ko kakayanin na mawala siya sa akin… Sa amin! .

Sa tulong ng ilan sa mga anak ko, napalayas ko ang demonyo pero ang hirap magsimula. Hindi nga ako sigurado kung nabunutan ako ng tinik o nadagdagan pa. Masyado na kasi kaming nasanay sa sarap ng buhay na naranasan namin sa kanya, kaya eto nabaon kami sa utang. Lubog na lubog kami sa pagkakautang, kulang yata pati kaluluwa namin para ibayad sa mga inutang namin.

Nakakahiya man aminin pero hanggang ngayon, sa tuwing mabigat ang problema ko, siya ang tinatakbuhan ko. ‘Yun nga lang, kapit sa patalim sabi nga nila. Para akong isang aso na nangagat ng amo, na bumabahag ang buntot at umaamo kapag nangangailangan.

Usap-usapan ako ng mga kapitbahay ko. May nanghihinayang, namumuhi at naaawa. Puta na kasi ang isang magandang katulad ko. Ang dating hinahangaan at humahalina ay nabibili sa murang halaga. Alam mo maski ganun ang mga nangyari sa akin, nilakasan ko pa rin ang loob ko. Kailangan makita ng mga anak ko, na masasandalan nila ako maski ano pang mangyari.

Maski ano pa ang sabihin ng iba, sinisikap namin na maging maganda ang buhay namin. Nag-aambisyon kami at nangangarap. Ayun, may mga anak ako na nasa Japan, Hong Kong, Saudi. Yung iba nag-US, Canada, Europe. ‘Yung iba ayaw umalis sa akin. Halos lahat, wala naman silbi. Masaya daw sa piling ko, maski amoy pusali ako.

Sa dami ng mga anak ko na nagsisikap na tulungan ang kalagayan namin, siya din ang dami ng mga anak ko na nanamantala sa kabuhayan at kayaman na itinatabi ko para sa punyetang kinabukasan naming lahat. Eto na nga ang panahon na halos di na kami makaahon sa hirap ng buhay. Napakahirap dahil nasanay na kami sa ginhawa at sarap.

Alam mo, gusto ko na sanang tumigil sa pagpuputa kaso ang laki talaga ng letseng utang ko eh. Palaki pa ng palaki! Paano na lang ang mga anak kong naiwan sa aking puder? At paano na lang ang mga anak kong nasa abroad? Baka di na nila ako balikan o bisitahin man lang? Hindi na importante kung laspagin man ang ganda ko, madama lang ng mga anak ko ang pagmamahal ko. Malaman nila na ibibigay ko ang lahat para sa kanila.

Sa tuwing titingin ako sa salamin, alam ko maganda pa rin ako. Meron pa din ang bilib sa akin. Napapag-usapan pa din. Sa tuwing nakikita ko ang mukha ko sa salamin, nakikita ko ang mga anak ko. Tutulo na lang ang mga luha ko ng di ko namamalayan. Ang gagaling nga ng mga anak ko eh, namamayagpag kahit saan sila pumunta. Mahusay sa kahit anong gawain. Tama man o mali.

Sa dami ng mga anak ko, iilan lang ang may malasakit sa akin. May malasakit man, nahihilaw pa.

Mabigat dalahin para sa akin, ang katotohanan na ni minsan ay di kami naging isang pamilya. Halos lahat ng mga anak ko, galit sa isa’t isa. IIlan ang gusto magtulungan, naghihilahan pa. Madalas kong itinatanong sa sarili ko kung naging masama ba akong nanay para magturingan ng ganito ang mga anak ko?

Kanino bang similya ng demonyo nanggaling ang mga anak kong maituturing mong may mga pinag-aralan pero nakakadama ng saya at sarap sa paghihirap ng kapatid nila? Di ko lubos maisip kung saan impiyerno nanggaling ang kasikiman ng ilan sa mga anak kong ito. Sila pa naman ang inaasahan kong magbabangon sa amin. Nakakabaliw isipin na natitiis nila ang kalagayan ng kanilang mga kapatid na halos mamatay sa hirap ng buhay. Parang di sila magkakapatid sa tindi ng pagkaganid at walang pagmamalasakit.

Ang di ko akalain ay mismong mga anak ko, ang tuluyang sisira sa akin. Kinapital ang laspag na ganda ko. Masaya sila sa mga nabibili nila mula sa pinagputahan ko. Buong angas nilang pinagyayabang ang mga pansamantalang yaman at ang kanilang hilaw na pagkatao sa mga makakakita at makikinig. Talaga bang nakakalula ang materyal na kayamanan at mga titulong ikinakabit sa pangalan? Hindi ko maintindihan.

Minsan sa pagtingin ko sa salamin, ni hindi ko na nga kilala sarili ko.

Dadating na naman ang pasko, sana maalala naman ako ng mga anak ko. Ilang linggo pa, magbabagong taon na. Natatakot ako sa taong darating. Ngayon pa lang usap-usapan na ang susunod na pangbubugaw sa akin. Gagamitin pa nila ang kahinaan ng mga kapatid nilang alipin sa kalam ng tiyan. Sa tagal ng panahong ganito ang sitwasyon namin parang eto lang ang sulok na gagalawan ko. Sana may magtanggol naman sa akin. Ipaglaban naman nila ako. Gusto kong isigaw: “Ina ninyo ako! Pagmamahal nyo lang ang kailangan ko!”

Sensya na, ang haba na ng drama ko. Masisira na ang make up ko nito eh. Salamat ha, pinakinggan mo ako. Malaking bagay sa akin na nakausap kita. Ang tagal nating nag-usap, di man lang ako nagpapakilala.

Ay sorry, di ko nasabi pangalan ko.

Pilipinas nga pala.
by:Mike Portez-Borromeo

Thoughts on The Amazing Spider-Man

To those of you who haven’t watched it I suggest you watch it in 3D, because I can’t imagine having watched it any other way. I’m not really a 3D person myself, but this is probably the first time where watching a movie in 3D has enhanced my movie going experience.
I honestly think that The Amazing Spider-Man, was, well - amazing.
Andrew Garfield completely blew me away as Peter Parker - and no, it’s not just because I’m an Andrew Garfield fangirl. To be honest, I was one of the people who were a little worried that Andrew couldn’t deliver what the fans wanted. It was not his acting I was worried about (he had already proven his acting abilities in The Social Network), but I was more concerned if he could meet the expectations that his predecessor Tobey Maguire had left for him. Fortunately, Andrew exceeded expectations.
I had loved Tobey Maguire in the old Spiderman movies, but after seeing Andrew play the part, the old Peter Parker seemed somewhat, angsty. Andrew Garfield’s take on Spiderman seemed more genuine and real, and he seemed like an all around nice guy.. He made Peter Parker a more relatable character and unlike the old films, this time they went further into his back story to give his character more depth. Peter Parker was more intelligent and witty, and I loved how they stay true to the comics and let Peter create web-shooters, instead of the organic webshooters from the earlier films.
Emma Stone was a brilliant Gwen Stacy. She made a more interesting and much better romantic interest than Kirstyn Dunst did in the earlier movies. Emma’s sense of humor really played well with the character and unlike Dunst’s portrayal of Mary-Jane, Gwen was smart and could actually do something productive. Emma and Andrew had a lot of chemistry (well they are dating in real life), and they seem a much better pairing than Kirsten and Tobey. 
Overall, it was an awesome movie. The casting for all the characters was perfect and each character was so real. The Amazing Spider-Man was filled with more emotion than its predecessor and it was filled with brilliant action sequences and script-writing. I was a little skeptical about the reboot before I watched it, but now, I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I would put this as one of my favorite movies of the year, alongside The Avengers. I’m really looking forward to the new Spiderman installment. :D
Favorite Quote:
At the end of the movie after Gwen’s father Police Captain George Stacy dies and asks Peter to stay away from Gwen to protect her. “The ones closest to you are the ones who get hurt the most.
Peter walks in late to class and sits behind Gwen, who is still upset that she and Peter won’t be able to be together.
Peter:  I’m sorry it won’t happen again
Teacher: Don’t make promises you can’t keep Parker
Peter: *leans closer to Gwen* But those are the best kind of promises. *sly grin*
*Gwen smiles as he says this*

Rated SPG!

A town in Canton is now on trend taking baby herbal soup to increase health and sexual performance / stamina. The cost in China currency = approx $4000. A factory manager was interviewed and he testified that it is effective because he is a frequent customer. It is a delicacy whereby expensive herbs are added to boil the baby with chicken meat for 8 hours boiling / steaming. He pointed to his second wife next to him, who is 19 (he is 62), and testified that they have sex everyday. After waiting for a couple of weeks, he took this reporter to the restaurant when he was informed by restaurant manager that the spare rib soup (local code for baby soup) was now available. This time, it was a couple who have 2 daughters and this 3rd one was confirmed to be a daughter again. So the couple aborted the baby which was 5 months old. Those babies close to be born and die naturally costs 2000 in China currency. Those aborted ones cost a few hundreds in China currency. Those couples who did not want to sell dead babies, placentas can be accepted also for couple of hundreds. The reporter making comment that is this the problem arise from Chinese being taking too much attention in health or is the backfire when China introduced one child in a family policy (since majority prefers to have male babies and those poorer families need ended up selling their female babies.)