Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ang shorts, bow.

Well we all know that at long last, Ferrari scored their first points at last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix thanks to Kimi Raikkonen's determined performance, and escaped what would have been the team's worst start ever. It's good but not good enough for a team like Ferrari and it would've been better if Massa finished in the top 8 as well. Big Brother Luca di Montezemolo even flew to Bahrain to watch it live... oh well. Better than none.

While looking at the Bahrain GP photos online, I couldn't help but be amused by the drivers' fashion (not passion) when not in their overalls. The shirt is a given, I think it's in their contract to wear their team shirts even in other public events away from the circuit. So it's up to them to jazz up the outfit with the shorts, shoes and other accessories.

They can wear it like a driver (literally, drayber).

Looks like Felipe baby ran out of shorts that he had to cut his jeans? Hehe... ano ba. Ganito ba sa Brazil? He has so much money but the shorts is purita. hahaha. Sorry :) And his friends, too (WDC leader Jenson Button on his left). The one on the right, hanging ang shirt. Baby tee, haha!

They can wear it like a boss...
Yebah. Cool shades + nice form + ultra confidence (coming from a 2nd place finish in Shanghai). Announcement on P.A. System: Ladies and Gentlemen, Mark Webber is in the building. I repeat, Red Bull Driver Mark Webber has arrived (complete with background music).

Or wear it like a rockstar

Black pin-striped shorts + sneakers + tribal tat. If you can't get to the chequered flag, wear it on your sneaks. Simple lang, pero fashyown. (Kimi 'I-don't-give-a-damn' Raikkonen with fellow Finn driver Heikki Kovalainen)

But this is the best yet...

O, ha! Short shorts na, flip-flops pa! Nasa desert naman nga kasi sila! Hahahahahaha! Jarno Trulli (left) and teammate Timo Glock.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The key to enjoying your time here on earth is to learn how to properly waste it.

Scenario: Just got to the office, I enter my room... turn on laptop, check and answer office e-mails, read personal e-mails, read the papers, go to Twitter, go to Facebook, Level up in Mafia Wars, log-out from Facebook and Gmail, work -- make calls/ answer e-mails/ remind people of their deliverables, back to Facebook and check renewed energy on Mafia Wars, read about Formula 1 updates, go back to Twitter, play a little Diner Dash, work --- almost same as above, eat lunch, walk around the office, return to room, check mail, fix schedule, lay-out server launch plans, talk to people who ask for help with their own work, play a little Diner Dash again, look for MS news online, check DC publicity...

It could be quite a busy day depending on how I spend it but no matter how much work I have to do (more or less), or how much surfing / online stuff I can do, I hate to admit it but I'm still utterly BORED.

I guess the only thing harder than being swamped with work to the point of giving up is actually fighting boredom. If I were home I would've forced myself to sleep till I figure out what to do with my time. But the scene here is different -- There's a lot on my to do list and I'm doing what I have to do but the sad thing about that is I'm not preoccupied. I. AM. BORED. and boredom makes people do crazy things. My life is a ROUTINE!!!


Currently listening to: Real World, Matchbox 20

I wonder what its like to be the rainmaker
I wonder what its like to know that I made the rain
I'd store it in boxes with little yellow tags on everyone
And you can come and see them when I'm...done, when I'm done

I wonder what its like to be a superhero
I wonder where I'd go if I could fly around downtown
From some other planet, I get this funky high on yellow sun
Boy I bet my friends will all be...stunned, they're stunned

Straight up, what did you hope to learn about here?
If I were someone else, would this all fall apart?
Strange, where were you when we started this gig?
I wish the real world would just stop hassling me

I wonder what its like to be the head honcho
I wonder what I'd do if they all did just what I said
I'd shout out an order, "I think were out of this man, get me some"
Boy don't make me wanna change my...tone, my tone

Please don't change, please don't break
The only thing that seems to work at all is you
Please don't change at all
From me, to you, and you to me

Monday, April 20, 2009

The power of positive thinking!

Now, this is how you give soundbites on a losing end...

Massa urges fans to stay loyal

Shanghai - Brazilian Felipe Massa urged fans to keep faith with Ferrari after the F1 champions slumped to their worst start to a season since 1981 at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday.

"I would say to our fans that they should not give up on us, as this is a difficult moment, but the championship is still long," he said.

Ferrari have now failed to score points for three races in a row, leaving the glamour team languishing in last place in the standings. Leaders Brawn GP, winners of the first two races, have scored 36.

Massa slowed with an electrical problem while in third place on Sunday while his 2007 world champion team mate Kimi Raikkonen finished 10th in the rainswept

"The great shame is that at a time when technically we are not at our best, once again we failed to capitalise on circumstances," said team principal Stefano Domenicali in a statement.

Massa, who missed out on the title by a single point last season despite winning more races than McLaren's world champion Lewis Hamilton, said motivation was not the problem.

He said the team needed to get on top of their continuing reliability problems.

"Obviously I'm very disappointed and a bit upset but my motivation is still intact," he said. "All of us must work together to get out of this situation."

"The team is united and there is a real will to turn things around as soon as possible."

Raikkonen recognised he and the team had to do better. "Clearly the championship situation looks very difficult. We have made mistakes and we are not quick enough," said the Finn. "I am sure we can be competitive enough to win again but this work will take time."

"The team is motivated, I'm sure of that, and we will all do our bit."

"Now it is easy to criticize but we know how to turn things around," added the driver who overcame a 17 point deficit in the final two races of 2007 to beat Hamilton to that year's championship.

In Tagalog, what they're saying is... "Guys, walang iwanan!"

Okay, I get it. After what I've written previously, you're saying that your motivation is intact. That's good, dude. Now, show us! I wouldn't mind a repeat of 2007, if only to make our F1 viewing lives more exciting.

On one hand, F1 2009 is turning out really great with the emergence of private teams like Brawn and Red Bull showing a lot of potential early on. This makes for a better, more exciting and unpredicatble show. On the other hand, this season sucks for Ferrari fans.

In one word: DISASTRO!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dear Kimi,

You need get your act together already! It's not too late for a comeback...

As much as I like you because you're cool... (in this photo with Kiss)

I'm saddened to say that I think you've gone too cold on the sport.

I'll even go as far as saying that it looks like you're the most undermotivated F1 driver today. You're the complete opposite of someone overworked and underpaid -- you're overpaid and underperforming. Too expensive but not delivering the results and that's really really sad!

Nobody knows what you're really going through but I hope you overcome this phase already.

The team made some changes and I hope this would translate to a podium finish in Shanghai. Go go go!


Okay, so obviously, I've imbibed the 'win or lose it's the school we choose' mantra in ALL the sports I follow. This also explains why I stuck it out with Real Madrid throughout their losing streak until they won the Primera Liga, and with the Lakers last year when it's obvious the Celtics would win. Well, of course, Ateneo also throughout their losing years (which is most of my college life).

In F1's case, I'm with the driver first, team second. I've become fascinated by F1 since 2003 and even then, I was already rooting for Kimi Raikkonen when he was with the ever struggling McLaren. This means that although I admire Schumacher, I didn't root for him or Ferrari during MSC's time. Heck, I was sick of Ferrari dominating F1, and yes I prayed for the domination to end... but not fucking noooooooow! Not noooooow! (irate fan on the loose!)
I've seen Kimi Raikkonen over the years and I believe that he can do more, be better but I also recognize that things won't happen on his own. The F60 is the poorest Ferrari car in years! Please please please, Ferrari, get back to form! It's not too late to live the dream --

"One day, itay, sana maging katulad mo rin ako!"


Sunday, April 12, 2009

3 Random Things About Me Right Now

  1. I like it when people call it as it is and don't say one thing when they mean another.
  2. I like people who are not afraid to admit their faults or acknowledge correction.
  3. I like to air out my frustrations in cyberspace and you, lurkers, are probably full of my drama. (I say lurkers and not friends because I expect my friends to be able to deal with me, haha).

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

I like you because you're cool like that.

2009 Malaysian GP - It sure is tough to pick one favorite Ferrari moment in this race.

While everyone else waited in their cars soaking wet in the rain, Kimi Raikkonen stripped off his suit, changed into shorts and shirt, ate ice cream and grabbed a Coke 5 minutes after the race was halted due to weather conditions at the Malaysian GP. And that's what you call 'acceptance'. Hahaha! Save the drama for your mama!

Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby...

Minutes earlier, Felipe Massa was the complete opposite of Kimi Raikkonen, frantically asking for a white visor. Why in heaven's name would his race engineer call him "baby"? They get a few seconds of team radio stardom and we get a gay moment. Hahahahaha

Ferrari disappoints again after making a series of mistakes, screwing the chances for both Massa and Raikkonen in Malaysia. A team bungle during qualifying ended up with Massa way down the grid and on race day, Ferrari made a mistake again when they changed Raikkonen's tyres for the wet weather 4 laps too early (for the actual rain fall). Using wet weather tyres on a dry circuit cost the cool driver a good 20s per lap. Darn it! WTF is happening? This is obviously not the Ferrari we know.

The Ferraris and McLarens have yet to make a killing at the GPs, both with zero points after two races. It would be interesting to see how Brawn fares with these two back in form... if we'll ever see them back in form.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

With great power comes great responsibility

And this great responsibility is what I kind of fear which is why I'm a little apprehensive of my acquiring some sort of power (not 'power' as in power...figure of speech). I think it's too early for me to be awarded with such a tremendous level of trust, more so when I don't think I even meet my own standards. I'd say my performance is not super fantastic; at least not enough to merit my overachiever status. I would admit that nothing ever runs smoothly under my lead. I have a lot to learn. More often than not, the team effort is just good enough to keep us afloat day-to-day. I'm happy to be working with such a dedicated group. (God bless this team! hehe)

This doesn't mean, though, that I don't want that 'tremendous trust'. I do. Any form of recognition is of course, always welcome. I really appreciate the fact that the effort and dedication that I put in to what I do are being recognized. If at all, I'm grateful for the trust and confidence being given to me even when I know I could still do better to deserve it.

See, I'm 26 years old with a professional title fit for a 35-year old. I won't be surprised if nobody believes me. I can't believe it, too.

Whuttttt. Hahaha. My pretending to "know it all" is apparently bringing me to greater heights. Geeeeeeeeee. I say this because I'm in this position knowing that I couldn't really hold my own against others who are in the same level but with a gazillion years of experience.

If I keep going at this rate, I'd probably be ruling this country in 10 years. Mga kababayan, kailangan ko pa ang boto ninyo :)


But deep inside...
I guess another factor that affects my view on this is the belief that success in career is inversely proportionate to success in love life.

Oh shucks!!! Demmmit. For love or money?! Hahaha

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Noel Gallagher is a push-over.


A man came out of nowhere and pushed Noel Gallagher on stage while Oasis was performing in Toronto, Canada in September 2008. Allegedly, that man is a Japanese fanatic racist who hates Oasis. C'mon, dude, if you don't like the band or the music, then don't go to the shows!

Oasis mode today. Been listening to the Dig Out Your Soul album.

We're on the same planet, wishing on the same stars.

Oasis is playing its first gig in Korea tonight. Liam Gallagher sent a Twitter update and guess what? He has diarrhea!

He's just human like us!!! har har har!

Just in case the image appears to be unclear on your screen, the one above Liam's update is mine (sipping a tall cup of Starbucks hot choco on a cold afternoon. wish I'm at the beach instead, having a margarita on a sunny day).