Monday, August 31, 2009

(Almost) Perfect Sunday

Kimi Raikkonen articulated it best when he said that in Spa (Belgium), it's always been just two things for him: Win or destruction.  In the last four Belgian GPs, whenever he finished he was first and in the only race where he wasn't first, he crashed.

And today, he went for the win! Although it could've gone in many other ways, I always felt that Spa will see Kimi and Ferrari's first victory. Hurrah!
What a great way to end the day! Ateneo also won against Adamson. It was expected but still, it was really close, only until about 3 mins to go in the 4th Q before Ateneo pulled away. It's nice that they continue the winning streak but in terms of personal satisfaction, as long as we don't lose to La Salle, it wouldn't even hurt if we lost the championship to FEU this year. Haha. 

The elements of a great Sunday were in place: Ateneo win, Ferrari win, Family time, except that we spent the past two days in the hospital after mom was confined because of intense stomach pain.  The good thing is that the doctors say it's nothing serious and that mother should be alright in a few days. 

Saturday, August 29, 2009

They will still "LIVE FOREVER"

It's unfortunate that two people who created music that affected a generation can fall apart beyond repair, but we've seen it happen many times and it's bound to happen to this group anyway.  It's just that, in this case, the worst part is they're brothers.

Apparently, Noel just can't work with Liam anymore.  Fair enough. I say no one should be obliged to live in misery.  The fans should understand.

It's the old songs I love most anyway.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gotta love free wi-fi

Just because it offers free, unsecured wifi, Manila Pen is officially my favorite hotel! and I'm blogging now via my month-old qwerty phone. It's actually pretty cool although it takes a while to get used to a full keyboard phone coming from a full touch phone without a physical keypad....

So in between blogging, I just briefed a British executive and while I was at it, he told me that the key messages were crap.  Yes, he was that straightforward and yes, that's the word he used. How about that?

It's gonna be a loooooooooong day.  Hotel food better be good.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Iceman, please stay frozen for a couple more years.

Can I just say that amid all speculation regarding the F1 driver market, I want Kimi Raikkonen to STAY! 

Doesn't matter if it's Ferrari or elsewhere (McLaren sounds good), he just has to stay for a while. Nay to the naysayers.

3rd in Monaco, 2nd in Hungary, 3rd in Valencia... Victory in Spa!

Can't wait for the weekend. I seriously need a buzz. Family time + Ateneo win + Ferrari on the podium = excellent Sunday!

Okay. Random rambling. Bear with me. This day wasn't one of the good ones.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lifted from Notes: We're missing someone on Facebook

Random facts:

- I used to vote religiously for I don't remember how long to help push "Piniritong Dalagang Bukid" up the NU Countdown. I wasn't paying my phone bills then. Haha.

- We used to talk about Formula 1 a lot, especially on race days. On 21 August 2005, Kimi Raikkonen won the Turkish Grand Prix. He will race again this Sunday :-)

He wrote this testimonial back when Friendster was trending. We were never cheesy with each other so this came as a surprise, and it's one of the reasons why I couldn't bring myself to delete the account. I want to keep the testimonials there.

It's been four years since my cousin, Wilfrid, passed away and the whole family still misses him to this day. (Click on post title...)

Have fun making noise in heaven! :)

(and oh, the real Slim Shady has stood up. If you know what I mean!)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tarvitsen merkki.

The missus needs a sign.
  1. The real slim shady is rumored to leave the mafia he belongs to this year. This mafia is the strongest, wealthiest and most popular in the world.
  2. The real slim shady has the option to join another mafia or leave the mafia world altogether. A number of mafia families are waiting on the wings should he be released from his current family. The real slim shady, although off the boil in recent years, still remains to be hot property.
  3. The real slim shady has tried another world for a short time and liked it there. He saw that he can thrive in another world while remaining under the umbrella of the same strong, wealthy and popular mafiosi.
  4. However, the other world is not as lucrative, glamorous, and followed as the immediate mafia ring, but the real slim shady is not worried. The real slim shady is never worried.
  5. The strongest, wealthiest and most popular mafia is anticipated to announce the finality on the 256th day of the year. The real slim shady awaits.

Whatever happens to the real slim shady, the missus will take as a sign.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Look at the stars, look how they shine for you and everything that you do -- it was all YELLOW.

Just got home from the first ADMU-DLSU game of the season which Ateneo won, 76-72, in overtime. The victory was made extra special by the fact that today's game was dedicated to former President Cory Aquino. In her better days, I used to see her in UAAP games and from what I remember, she wore blue. Today, Ateneans and La Sallians exhibited solidarity in paying tribute to Cory, garbed in yellow and flashing the Laban sign (which also stood for Loser towards the end of the game).

It was nice to see a sea of yellow for a change. For those of us who didn't line up in LSGH or Manila Cathedral, trooped to Ayala or SLEX to see the cortege, today was our chance to participate in celebrating her life and thanking her for everything that she has done for the country. At the beginning of the game, representatives from Ateneo and La Salle offered prayers for Cory followed by the playing of Bayan Ko while videos and images of Cory were played on the screen. It was very moving. Some of her grandchildren also came to the game and more than paying tribute to the first president I knew (80s baby), their presence reminded me of the day I also lost the only lola I ever knew. It's tough what they're are going through but it's truly comforting to know that your grandmother touched the lives of a lot of people, in their case, a whole nation, and that alone can make the grief bearable.

Well, the solidarity didn't last long. As soon as the game started, we all remembered what we were really there for. For a moment, before the first half ended, there was a moment of uncertainty (tense!). Coming to the game, I was fairly confident that we would wing it but after seeing the first half, Ateneo seemed unable to catch up with the younger DLSU team. We weren't supposed to trail them by 10 pts. They weren't supposed to be leading every quarter! But that's over. Somebody woke up and we won.

One defining moment for me during the game was the unsportsmanlike foul given to Joshua Webb of DLSU (hogad, if you have a surname like that, you better protect it. There's a reputation, you know!). When he went down after a rebound (I think), he kicked one of the Ateneo players. It was caught on camera. They were leading the game then. Kung sa soccer, may free kick, meron din pala sa basketball! But what's the price of that kick? Well, isang tajak equals 2 free throws + ball possession for Ateneo. Y0n! Yun yon eh!