Monday, April 30, 2007

I always watch TV when I was a kid. But my family did not want me to watch tagalog movies. The most tagalog I watched was Batibot. It became a habit and I kinda liked watching series with my brothers. Series like A Team, Mission: Impossible, and my all-time favourite, Macgyver.

We often joked about him, saying that he can get out of anything. I remember this episode where he stopped a chemical leak from a tank by sealing it with a bar of Nestle Crunch. My brother always said "Pwede kang magkape kahit na nasusunog na bahay nyo basta kasama mo si Macgyver." Yeah, I think he would get out of that situation with his eyes closed and hands tied behind his back.

I was browsing through YouTube and I saw this link. It's a video of a guy playing the theme song of Macgyver using his acoustic guitar. The thing that blew my mind was the accuracy of the whole thing. I mean, it was really really close to the actual song. Here check it out yourselves.


Saturday, April 28, 2007

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.
Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)

I had a TL back when I was an agent that said one thing is needed to succeed in his team, BALANCE. He thought us to balance our metrics, making sure that we do not leave out other metrics while we try to improve on the critical ones. I use this ideology in all the teams i have handled.

Every time someone from work rants about stuff, I always say " God is a God of Balance, he will balance things out. Balance is also the reason why Albert Einstein believes in life after death. He said that the energy in the universe is constant, one energy will constantly transform in another form of energy. That is why he believes that when we die, we just transform in another form of energy, our souls. Balance. Even the Yin and Yang is about two opposing forces that compliment each other. Again, balance...

So what does that have to do with me. Well, the reason why I believe so much in balance is because everyday I feel that God is balancing me out. If I have a very shitty day at work, I will have a great day at home. If I feel great at work, something would go wrong at home.

Today was a good example. I had a great day at work. Friday, last shift. I was able to do all of the things I needed to do. I had a great time, extra ordinary day, people are in high spirits and stuff. After a great day, I went home to my wife, talked and ate my baon ( it really defies the term "baon" if you can't eat at work ), and my wife slept while I opened my PC to dust the parts. After putting them back together, NO POST NO VIDEO. Meaning, the thing has power but nothing on the screen but beeps. I tried to troubleshoot it, but to no avail. I decided to bring it to a computer shop. I carried the case under the blistering heat of the 12 o'clock sun. and then there was no trike, they had a meeting. So I walked out of the subdivision, and walked some more to the shop, carrying my PC, at 12 0'clock noon. Great. The damn thing was fixed and that is why I am now blogging.



Friday, April 27, 2007

I remember this "thing" sometime back during my freshman year in college. It was Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody Wears Sunscreen". This is one of my favourite songs. The thing I like about it is that I can relate to this song. I mean, after 10 years since last I heard it, I can relate a lot to some of the lines. Here I'll show you:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '97... wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be IT.
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my
own meandering experience.
I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Never mind. You will
not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of
yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much
possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
You are NOT as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective
as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles
in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind
that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people
who are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead,
sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only
with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing
this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most
interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their
lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of calcium.
Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have children, maybe you
won't, maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your
75th wedding anniversary.
Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much
or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it, or what other
people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.
Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.
Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings; they are your best link to your past and the people most
likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on.
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get,
the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern
California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too
will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young prices
were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe
you'll have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is
a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal,
wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.

Super Duper Mario

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I am a gaming addict. From the time I hung out on computer rental shops ( not a cyber cafe coz they were only renting console games ), to the time I got my first gaming console, a fabulous Family Computer ( costs around P800 that time ), I was spending hours on games like Contra, Adventure Island, Robocop, etc.... If there was one game that I am sure that all of us played, it has to be Super Mario Brothers 1. Not the other versions, the original one.

I received this link through a friend. This guy is amazing. He took the game in 5 minutes. The sheer acrobatic moves he made during the game, the way he jumped over the Hammer Brothers, the flying ducks, the cacti in the tubes, how he managed to jump and jump from the holes, and he did all of this without dying nor without any special item ( no mushroom, no star, no flower power ), it's amazing. I wonder how long he practiced. Talk about too much time on their hands.....

Sorta of a rest day

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Well another set of weekend is over. If you're working the night shift like I do, you know that you 2 days off is just like one whole day.

After my shift, I went straight to STUH (UST hospital) to meet my baby. She is getting an OGCT. Medical students know what this is, for us normal people, it's a more intensive blood test where you have to fast for 6 hours and then they will get blood samples every hour for the next 3 hours. Talk about torment. My wife hates needles, and she loves eating so I will leave it at that.

After that we went to my sister's place to rest. But we weren't able to rest coz my mom "missed" us so much she went on and on about things going on in my family. Boy Abunda could make one full year of stories for the Buzz with my family's issues. Good thing my brother will fetch my mom going back to the hospital so we had a ride back.

We knew the doctor would be late. She normally comes in 12 noon on Saturdays, but she had a family thing so she came around 3 pm. We waited a good 3 hours for her, but we already knew that. My body has the ability to rest just by resting my head on anything that can hold it up so I kinda dozed off while waiting. Also, this weekly wait time is a good QT for me and my wife.

After that we went home. Figured what to eat and I started playing with my PC. Then we slept. Woke up. Played with my PC again and my wife played with our dogs. I switched to playing PS2 and my wife switched playing with PC. Then it's Monday again. Have to work tonight.

Rest day?....Well I was able to rest for a day. Right.

Really not a blogger

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

If some of my friends are checking this blog now and then, they already know that I am really not a blogger.

Well, now I think I will be able to update this blog more often. For the first time in all the places I moved to, I already have a DSL line installed. So, expect some changes in the things I blog. Mostly, it will be about my baby and my UPCOMING baby boy! Yeah!