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There is something about the witching hour of three in the morning that puts my writing senses on hyperdrive.  There is something about the obvious silence of the house disturbed solely by the whirring of a nearby fan.  There is something in the fact that you are the only one awake and everybody else is sleeping.  There is something in all these and more–this is the time of the day when the writer in me takes over, splits myself into two like Tyler Durden in Fight Club, conversing with each other even if they’re one and the same.

I need coffee makers.  I need drugs.  I need stress!  I need something that could get me into this trance every once in a while.

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I have renewed my long-forgotten addiction to Facebook lately, thanks to encouraging friends who did nothing but influence my life decisions lately.  And because this time is simply a “transitional period” in the school year (those difficult two months sandwiched by two long and lazy vacations), we’re not on our toes and would haphazardly skip classes in the name of thesis (yeah, right), among other things.

So sue me.  I promise I’d get back on my feet come January. Read the rest of this entry »

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Citizen Journalism is at its peak these days, thanks to the power of blogging and the steady increase of broadband subscribers in the country.  If you’re new to the medium and want to find out ways on how to effectively put it to good use, you might want to attend the Pinoy Citizen Journalism Seminar entitled “May Kwenta ba kamo?  E-Kuwento mo!” organized by Pinoy Weekly, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, Computer Professionals Union and Agham-Youth, in cooperation with PhilippineReader.com. Read the rest of this entry »

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WORK.  It has been catching up with me lately.  And sometimes, a little bit too swiftly.

So ano ang latest chismis?! *hagikgik*

We had our overnight press work last Friday over at Repro printers, the first of a series of all-nighters we’d have to pull if we plan on releasing VOX, our college yearbook, in time for graduation. Read the rest of this entry »

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If you’ve watched the cinemas lately, you might have come across this hilariously-made trailer of Brad Pitt and George Clooney about an ordinary guy who finds a stash of confidential CIA files and deals on what to do with them.  I saw this trailer once during High School Musical and I promised myself I’d watch it once it came out.

Burn After Reading looks like a really good comedy spy movie without all the slapstick antics.  For one, I think Brad Pitt’s really done a good job on this one.  Just watching the trailer made laugh so hard.  Add George Clooney to the picture and what do you get?  An Ocean’s Eleven reunion no less!  And I know everyone loved that star-studded movie.  I think this one’s gonna be just as cool and helluva funnier, that’s why I want to see it!

In any case, Nuffnang, an asian advertising network, is sponsoring the preem of this movie next week, and I thought, “Hey, I want in!”  Haha.  I do hope I can get in.  It’s a great way to start this oh-so-stressful sem.  😛

Disclosure:  I serve nuffnang ads on this blog.  =)

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The most hotly contested seat in the world has finally gained the man who will sit on its throne as Barack Obama, the first ever African-American President of the United States of America, sweeps the Presidential elections with a staggering landslide.

Many have projected an Obama win early on in the presidential race but McCain fought ’til the end.  Now that the US has decided the fate of its country, it’s time for us, Filipinos, to ruminate on our own. Read the rest of this entry »

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That was my wish approximately four years ago, on my 16th birthday.  I don’t know why, or maybe it’s just because of the camwhore in me, but I really wanted a webcam to go and take pictures of myself with.  On that birthday, two of my closest friends, Ron and Friday, granted my wish and gifted me with my very own Creative Webcam Vista.  That was one of my most memorable birthdays ever!

Photo courtesy of Yuga

Right now, there are a lot of webcams for sale, and most of them come very, very cheap.  And I don’t know by what gravitational pull of the universe it is again, but I want a new webcam!  (I sold the Creative webcam several years ago, because, well, I grew tired of taking photos of myself.  Hahaha yeah, that’s possible)  I’ve been thinking of buying one for weeks (while another friend craves a pop up tv for Christmas) and have actually saved a few bucks for it.

In any case, Yuga‘s sponsoring a contest right now, and he’ll be giving away webcams to four lucky readers who answers his question and four other readers who blogs about the contest.  Yebah!  His contest came in a time when I’m thinking of buying my own webcam.  Now let’s see if I’ll win! XD

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Registration in the University of the Philippines is an obvious hell.  The queues are very long (a clear understatement!), the registration assistants always run out of patience, and if you’re not lucky enough, the people you wait in line with are the last ones you’d want to spend five quality hours with.  It’s bad enough that our university’s faltering on facilities and equipment; our registration system is simply the cherry on top of our very worthwhile stay in UP.

Every sem, the CRS (Computerized Registration System) tries to implement new methods to purportedly “ease up” the tension during registration period.  We have all but graduated from the manual enlistment process three semesters ago, but I still couldn’t make up my mind if the change was for the better or for the worse. Read the rest of this entry »

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I know, right? It’s the last emotion you’d expect to feel watching a teeny-bopper film that’s not even a least bit emotional to begin with. But I did. I cried. At the last scenes when everyone was wearing their toga, and Ms. Darbus was calling out their names and telling the whole world the paths they chose for themselves.

The slow rhythm of “We’re All In This Together” was playing in the background. The sight of everyone wearing their red togas made a faucet out of my eyes. I was confused. I didn’t know why I was crying.  I tried to hold it back, thinking that people nearby would think I’m such a dork, crying over a teen movie.  But I couldn’t fight the tears. It could be the sentimentality of the scene making me imagine the scene of my own graduation. But it could also be tears welled up by pent-up emotions that have been meaning to find release. Whatever the reason was, I didn’t care. That scene would forever be etched in my memory. Read the rest of this entry »

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The past semester has been nothing but stress.  Papers, exams, requirements and whatnot.  Typical student preoccupations but stressful nonetheless.  Anything that can be attributed to Masscomm or UP instantly becomes toxic thoughts.

That’s why we try hard as we could to find little ‘sanctuaries’ where we can all study, minus all the stressful and toxic thoughts.  Coffee shops are the easy getaways, but some places–like Starbucks Matalino–get too crowded sometimes that it isn’t conducive for studying anymore.

Weeks ago, we hit gold.  As in, gold.  Finally, we found our perfect abode in ‘Kourtyard Caffe’. Read the rest of this entry »

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I just woke up from a short sleep after pulling an all-nighter encoding data for my Computer-Assisted Reporting class.  Yes, encoding data, like those things you do in BS Statistics. When I took this course I thought I knew what I was getting into.  Apparently not.  Haha.

We were tasked to analyze the “agenda” of newspapers by looking at its front-page articles and analyzing the methods behind their decision-making.  It sounds easy at first but when you learn that you’d have to analyze 14 front pages containing around 7 to 8 articles each which amouns to more or less 110 to 120 cases–well, you tend to get overwhelmed. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Wake me up / when September ends…” or so the famous Green Day song goes.  Let me alter it a bit and say “Let me sleep / when September ends…”  Yes, please, I want to sleep. In a student’s life, the month of October poses a relief from all the academic stress that have just passed by.

In other words, Sem Break is here again.

And because vacation is already rearing its very beautiful head, I’m starting to lose interest in my academics.  I know that ordinarily, I should give my best during the last stretch of school.  But the thought of being able to relax and unwind soon is just too tempting to ignore.  No more acne-inducing all-nighters, no more crammed papers, no more rushed reports, no more requirements, readings, library hours… all gone!  (For a week or two, at least)

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They say that the hardest part in writing is in thinking of what to write.  I say the topic is not a problem, for if one is really a writer he could write about a lot of things, no matter how boring or navel-gazing these topics may be.

For me the real challenge is putting that pen to paper–or, in our vastly digital world, stroking the first letters on that keyboard.  Topics come around once in a while; in fact, I can even write about having a hard time thinking of a topic.  But thinking of words to open these things up?  That’s when I usually meet a brick wall. Read the rest of this entry »

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So here’s the game plan: go through five more months of schooling, excel in everything and dabble in anything, work on The Great Thesis, pass all requirements, finish the yearbook and graduate, hopefully with flying, shining, shimmering rainbow colors.

Easier said than done, of course. Easier said objectively as well, sans all the melodramatic necessities of a change of phase (or is it pace?). Such is the life of a journalist: almost completely devoid of emotions, distant from any situation that may compromise the output.

But real life is not a news article. Far from it, actually. Real life has overnights, drinking sessions and partying in between. It has crying sessions, farewell letters, group hugs and bonding moments that seem like eulogies for the dead. It has all the sentimentality that goes with a Kimerald movie, no matter how cheesy or corny it may be. It has all these and more, not just a few one-paragraph sentences capped with the dreaded “30” or a sharp sharp in the end.

After this, everything changes. Change that doesn’t begin with Meanwhile, a 20-year old student of Mass Communication decides to leave school—for good. It is a change that shall prove pivotal to The Big Plan, that one that sets the course of one’s lifetime. Read the rest of this entry »

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For a college student like myself, the months of September and March become peak moments in our lives as students.  To most, this is a duration often dubbed as “crunch time.”  Requirements are hurriedly done, studying for exams crammed in one nights, missed classes and a lot of other academic complications that just pile up one after the other.

There wouldn’t be much of a problem if a day has around 48 to 72 hours in it.  But no, things have to be squeezed into a 24-hour schedule that sometimes, even the most basic needs such as sleep and food are being sacrificed in order to complete one’s task for the day.  Suddenly, talking watches become a necessity to wake one up from a deep slumber in order to–once again–do more work. Read the rest of this entry »

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Recently I met up with a friend whom I haven’t seen for quite a long time.  He just broke-up with his girlfriend of more than a year and suffice to say, he was a bit depressed about it.  We willingly joined him as he talked about what happened in their relationship and all the realizations he’s made because of their bitter break-up.

While trying to explain the nature of her ex-girlfriend’s attitude, he ventured a guess and told me that she has a very painful childhood that’s why she’s acting the way she does.  Upon hearing this, I immediately grew angry because it reminded me of a “friend” I had back then who always made an excuse out of her painful experiences in the past.

I don’t know if I’m alone in my perception that we shouldn’t be dwelling on our past and making it an excuse to act lousilly in the present.  People who dwell in their bad experiences in the past are hopeless.  They’re not going to be understood by people if they continue to slap their painful experiences to justify their present shortcomings.  I am just enraged because there are a lot of people who suffer a bigger deal of pain and yet they don’t perceive life negatively and instead use their painful experiences as stepping stones to turn their lives around.

People like my friend’s ex-girlfriend and this “friend” of mine is hopeless.  They need medical attention.  But I don’t think even that can save them.  Only they can help themselves.

Sorry for this little rant, kailangang maipagpag eh.  Hehehe.

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