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Popular New Year Resolutions

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It is new year again? Did you do a resolution in 2010 for 2011? Were you able to accomplish your resolutions?  Will you consider doing another list of things that you will hope to change or improve in 2012? According to a research, here are the most popular new year resolutions:
1. Resolution to improve health. This includes losing some pounds and doing a regular exercise. 2. Resolution to quit vices such as smoking, excessive alcohol intake and gambling. 3. Resolution to pay debt or to maintain good credit standing. 4. Resolution to finding a job or a better job. 5. Resolution to save money either by depositing in a bank or investing to some business or stocks. 6. Resolution to travel. 7. Resolution to spend more quality time with family. 8. Resolution to do charity works. 9. Resolution to learn new things. 10. Resolution to keep a hobby.
Unfortunately, more often than not, only two out of the ten resolutions get to be done because of the following reasons:
1. Unclear and vague goal…

My rewards for being loyal

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Meet my new cellphone, Samsung Galaxy Y that Smart Telecom gave to me as a reward for being loyal to them. I have been their post-paid subscriber since 2008. My Samsung Monte can take a rest now.
And for being a Smart Bro subscriber for two years, I got this Nokia C1-01 as a reward.
It really pays to be loyal! Woot! Woot! I hope next time they will give me an iPhone! Haha!

Merry Christmas To You!

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Let me begin this post by saying 'Thank you!' for supporting Random Thoughts. It wouldn't have gone this far if it weren't for your visits. I hope you'll keep up with me for a longer time.

God bless you all! Merry Christmas!

Dream Interpretation: Carnival, iPhone, New Baby

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I had a series of dreams with no connection with one another last Sunday.
In my first dream, I was merrily watching people on a carnival ride. I just watched them for a few minutes and then I left.
In my second dream, I was inside a mall looking for a cellular phone to buy... particularly an iPhone 4S. Yeah, I long to have one that it even haunts me in my dreams.
In my third dream, the weirdest of the three, I gave birth to a baby girl. I was rushed to a hospital and was immediately sent to the delivery room to give birth. I was assisted by a surgeon (I could still remember his name) instead of an OB-Gyne. There were a couple of nurses and midwives who were also assisting other expectant mothers. It was not the typical delivery room, more like a delivery ward. I was in bed number 4, beside a huge window. I told the surgeon that I have had previous delivery via Cesarian Section. He said we should continue delivering the baby the normal way. I pushed and pushed until the baby girl was …

Can you guess who is the first Filipino to own an Apple iPhone 4S?

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It is none other than President Benigno Aquino III!
The most coveted phone was delivered by Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chair of Globe's parent firm, Ayala Corp., in person in Malacanang two days before Apple iPhone 4s was officially launched in the Philippines.
Globe president, Ernest Cu, clarified that it was not for anything else but to acknowledge President Noynoy's loyalty to Globe Telecom since he has been their subscriber for years now.
For techie lovers out there, you can also own an Apple iPhone 4S by clicking here and here.

Help the Typhoon Sendong Victims

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Typhoon Sendong is the "Ondoy" of Mindanao. It left the Philippine area of responsibility yesterday but it left more than 650 casualties, 800 still missing and more than 2,000 families affected from Cagayan De Oro and Iligan City.

Donations in cash or in kind are needed to help the families affected by the typhoon.

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Kim Jong Il Dead at 69

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, died today at the age of 69. The cause of his death is still unknown but media speculates that he died due to complications of diabetes and heart disease. In 2008, he had a stroke but appeared still vigorous in photos and videos.
Read more information about Kim Jong Il's lifestyle.
During his 17-year rule, North Korea suffered three-year famine which caused the lives of more than 2 million. North Korea is known to be a hermit country, so secretive, that only a few were allowed to have telephone lines, computer and television wherein there is only one channel to watch... everything is a propaganda.
Kim Jong Un, his third son, shall takeover his position.

My First Blog Award

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Thank you to A Single Mom's Blog for giving me this award. I am so flattered. Now, to pay it forward to other deserving blogs...

1. Anooke
2. Pau's Big Thoughts
3. Reflect
4. Drink It In
5. Performance Espectacular
6. They Draw and Cook
7. Steal Their Style
8. Adore Vintage
9. Little Heroine 
10. Douglas E. Walker Photography
11. All Things Fabulous
12. Everyday Sparkles
13. Melissa-Ann
14. Hottest Heels
15. ExSHOESme

Give this award to 15 other bloggers who truly deserve it. Do not forget to mention the name of the blog or blogger who gave it to you.

Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

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Meet my new baby, Canon PowerShot A3200 IS as my gift to myself this Christmas. It has 14.1 megapixel, 5x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and has video recording capability. And yes, I bought it in pink.
I'll try to post more photos in this blog.
Click. Click. Click.

Azkals vs. LA Galaxy

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I am not a football fan, heck, I do not even know the rules of the game. But, I watched the televised exhibition game of the Azkals and LA Galaxy at the Rizal Memorial Stadium and I was hooked.
So, the LA Galaxy won with a score of 6 versus the 1 goal of the Azkals, but the game brought the house down. It was one unforgettable moment in the world of sports particularly in the world of football fans in the Philippines.
Manny Pacquiao was the lucky one who took home David Beckham's jersey.

I was once a b2b telemarketer

I was once a b2b telemarketer of an Australian company back in 2007. It was a trial job after working in a government office for almost three years as a clerk. I only had vague idea on what a telemarketer is supposed to do. Years back, telemarketing is something you only get to picture in a call center company and only a few industrial companies had b2b telemarketing division. I thought calling another company to offer a product was simple. It took some time before I was able to somehow master the art of telephone communication that incorporates marketing and eventually, sales. Hearing yeses from clients was the most rewarding thing a telemarketer can experience.

Being a b2b telemarketer is not easy. You have to be tactful, assertive but not pushy and know by heart what you want to say and sell. If want to build a career in this field you have to know these:

1. Motivation - first and foremost, you have to have the passion for it, otherwise, you'll end up being frustrated for each …

Can I has cheeseburger? And 50 thousand pesos?

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I am craving for cheeseburger! And my favorite cheeseburger maker--McDonalds is giving away 50 thousand pesos every day for McDelivery orders. Too bad, McDo is too far away from home to deliver.
If you have McDonald's near you, good luck because you already qualify. If you want to know more about this promo, click on the link.
Go ahead, I know you are craving for a cheeseburger too.

Why are you still single?

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The dreaded question of all in any family gathering or school reunion is "Why are you still single?"

Why not?
To avoid being questioned, you might as well send a mail or email with a Singleton Holiday Card enclosed so the moment you visit them this Christmas, you will be asked of the more important questions other than your current relationship status.

It looks something like this...

Dream Interpretation: Building, Holding Hands, Ocean, Whirlpool

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I dreamed of being on a city, something like New Delhi, with my son and his dad. We were looking for a place to stay, an apartment or condo, but couldn't find any that suits our tastes. We headed towards a small community near the ocean and from afar I saw two tall, pink and blue buildings swaying... close to kissing the ground. I was dead scared but an old woman assured me that it was built that way. After a while, the tide began to rise and a whirlpool started to form right before my eyes. I immediately called Allan to secure Lance and to hold my hands as we grab hold of the huge wooden post. As soon as we hold our hands, the water engulfed us. The water subsided. I was frantic and afraid. I began searching for Lance. I was afraid he'd drown. And, alas, I saw him under water, grabbed his hand and took him out of the water. He's fine. Crying, but, alright. I next searched for Allan and saw him on the other side of the beach.
According to Dream Moods, the building represe…

VazquezSounds "Rolling in the Deep" Cover

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Pretty talented Mexican kids. Angie, 10 - vocals Gustavo, 13 - drums Abelardo, 15 - piano, guitar, and bass

I am still thankful...

Happy Thanksgiving!
Aside from the many blessings I have received this year, there is one thing special that I am really grateful for today... it is my son's second life.
Last Friday at around 2:30 in the afternoon while I was busy giving directions to my office staff, I received a news that my son was rushed to the Emergency Room because he was hit and run by a motorcycle. That was the most devastating news any mother could hear about her child. I was not prepared for the day. I immediately rushed to the ER to check on him and he was crying and in pain. I heard him asked the nurse "Where's my Mommy? Where's Daddy?". My heart felt like it stopped beating when I saw him drenched in blood. He had contusion and wound on his forehead, arms and left leg. His right leg was fractured and could not move. At 6:00 in the evening he was scheduled for wound debridement, suturing and casting. He cried and cried while waiting for the schedule until he felt tired. I accompanie…

Don't be rude

Don't be rude. Don't walk away if a person is still talking to you even if you already said goodbye. It is too disappointing to know that this person of known government position did it to a fellow female worker. The worst feeling is that I have known this man in position for years now and seeing him acting so unbecoming of a gentleman is so beyond words to explain.
Intimidation, threat and coercion will not earn you respect.

Coming Soon: Snow White and the Huntsman

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It seems that fairy tale characters are the target of movie producers to attract moviegoers once again. This time, Snow White gets to tell her story through Kirsten Stewart who portrays the lead role. The evil queen is played by Charlize Theron--I think she is the perfect actress for the role. Chris Hemsworth will make our hearts throb as he portrays the huntsman.
This story is completely different from the Snow White story we know as it narrates the other side of the story... Snow White's first savior--the huntsman who was summoned by the queen to kill her in the forest. Little did the queen know, he was secretly training Snow White in the art of war.


The movie will be released on June 1, 2012.

Pacquiao Won!

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Manny Pacquiao beat Juan Manuel Marquez for the last time in Welterweight division. The pound for pound boxing champ, Pacman, did not give what was expected of him but nonetheless, by majority decision, he remains the champion.
I watched the most awaited rematch on live television and saw first hand how the two fighters performed. I believe that Marquez gave his all to this fight--it was the fight of a lifetime for him, a chance to prove that he is the real champion.
Round 1 ended, 2, 3, 4 and 5... both seemed to be even. Round 6 came, 7, 8, 9, 10... it seems Marquez dominated the 5 rounds. The last two rounds were critical for Pacquiao... no knockout. It was a nerve wracking 2 minutes or so waiting for the decision. While the judges tally their scores, Jinkee Pacquiao was teary eyed, Marquez started to make his little celebration on the other side of the ring, Pacquiao knelt to pray and eventually approached Marquez as if confirming the latter's reason for celebration. And then.…

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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I bought this book last Wednesday and I was able to finish it last night. Dan Brown has taken a lot of sleeping time from me.
This book gave me the same excitement as the Angels and Demons and has intensified my interest in conspiracy theories. I have read an article before, a publication of Catholic origin, vehemently denying the allegations that Jesus Christ had a relationship with Mary Magdalene and that they actually had a child. This book, no wonder, made international buzz... it contradicts Catholic dogma.
Dan Brown is surely a great storyteller. He puts you in a position that you almost question your beliefs.

Paquiao vs. Marquez Round III

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On Sunday at MGM in Las Vegas, the world will finally witness another boxing event that will leave a mark in the world of sports and hopefully will end the question of who is the world's greatest boxer.
<a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/5660870/">Who do you think will win?</a>

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

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I finished reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown in a record breaking two days. I normally finish a book in  four to five days and that was when I was so hooked at Harry Potter.
This book is so believable. It almost made me think twice about reality. It fueled my interest in conspiracy theories, the ancient times, science and religion. Each chapter brought me, through my imagination, to Rome.
Next book that I will buy will definitely be The Da Vinci Code, also by Dan Brown.

Updates! Updates!

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It's been a while...
My younger sister gave birth to a healthy boy last October 22. He looks like my son when I gave birth to him. He is too cute for words! How I wish I could carry him. They are living in another country so we'd probably see him when he is already walking. I brought up the news to dad and he asked why I didn't name my son that starts with "J"... I broke the unwritten rule... his  name starts with "J' and so are my sisters, brothers and nieces.
A few weeks ago I have been busy going around town meeting new faces, meeting clients and taking driving lessons. I don't know if I mentioned in this blog that I promise to have a driver's license before I turn the big 3-0. Yep! I already know how to drive. I'll get my non-professional license before the end of this month. SO HAPPY!
We had a Halloween party in our grandmother's house. It was organized by my cousins. They all wore costumes, we played games, we sang and danced. I dr…

This video is so sick!

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My heart skipped beating so many times while watching this video. This is so sick! What the hell is happening to the world??? Why didn't they help the poor child???

Indifference is what slowly kills humanity. It is a plague that slowly eats the most of us. Shame on the 18 passers-by who did nothing to save the child from death. I hope it will not happen to them or to any of their loved ones. And I hope China will think a million times before they pass their law.

You can read articles about this soulless video here, here and here.

Oh, the Places You'll Actually Go! by Dr. Seuss

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I love Dr. Seuss. Click on the jump to read the contents.

Realizations

1. You will never fully understand a psycho.
2. Like minds aren't a pretty good pair... they will just bore each other nodding at each other.
3. Get out before it is too late (this applies in all situations).
4. You can say you are happy but your eyes won't lie.
5. There will come a time that you will cry about nothing, even if you are a man.

New Book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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This is the first book that made me cry.

The reason why I continue to vote for Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Imagine the Senate without her... it would be dreadfully boring.

Steve Jobs is dead

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Steve Jobs is dead. The former CEO of Apple passed away today because of pancraetic cancer. He knew his time is short so he left the chairmanship of Apple to his long-time business partner and friend, Tim Cook, last August.
The man who changed technology will be missed.

New Book: Ligo na U, Lapit na Me by Eros S. Atalia

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I was able to have a quick tour inside a book store earlier this day and I didn't waste a time searching for this book by Eros S. Atalia--Ligo na U, Lapit na Me. I first saw this book last week as I was paying for some supplies at the cashier. I thought it has a funny title. I am quite fond of reading this type of books being Bob Ong as my favorite author.
It was only a few days ago that I learned from YouTube that this book was actually made into an Indie film. I clicked on the play button to take a peek and I was quite impressed of the story.
Ligo na U, Lapit na Me is a story about a college student named Intoy who had a 'special' kind of relationship with his classmate named Jenny. They do not consider themselves as a couple but they both enjoy the benefits of being one.

 I love Intoy and Jenny.

High efficiency furnace

I am excited about Christmas. It is my most favorite holiday of them all because aside from the left and right parties and reunions and the merry air that you can see and feel, it is also the time that our air conditioning unit gets a rest. Temperature during Christmas season until February drops up to 3 degrees from the normal. It is usually during January and February that temperature drops up to 5 degrees when snow from the Northern Hemisphere starts to melt, at this point, I sometimes wish we have high efficiency furnace to warm up the room a little bit.

Basketball training for my son

My son's dad is a good basketball player, although he did not go to basketball training school and do not play in pro tournaments, he joins inter-town games with his friends. He sees basketball more as a sport rather than a possible source of income. When our son was born, he always said that someday he will teach our son to play. The thought of father and son basketball bonding excites me so much... it is a sight that I commonly see on television shows or in movies. Anyway, our son is now three years old and instead of learning how to play basketball, he learned to play volleyball--my sport. His dad wasn't actually disappointed that he is more interested in my sport than his sport, but, I could sense that he is still wishing it is his sport rather than mine. So now, I am thinking of sending our son to basketball training school when he gets a little older.

Amazing!

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Miss Philippines is Miss Universe 2011 Third Runner-Up

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Congratulations Miss Philippines, Shamcey Supsup, for bagging the Miss Universe 2011 Third Runner-up slot. We are so proud of you!
The Winners: 4th Runner-Up - Miss China, Luo Zilin 3rd Runner-Up - Miss Philippines, Shamcey Supsup 2nd Runner-Up - Miss Brazil, Priscila Machado 1st Runner-Up - Miss Ukraine, Oleysa Stefanko Miss Universe - Miss Angola, Leila Lopes

New Book: The Baker's Apprentice by Judith Ryan Hendricks

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Best if read with a cup of coffee and a slice of chocolate cake.

9/11 after 10 years

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Where were you when the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists?
I could very well remember that day. I was in my room watching E! in the afternoon when I suddenly received a text message from a college friend. She said the World Trade Center was hit by a plane. I thought it was the WTC in Manila but her message was followed by "the second tower collapsed". I immediately tuned in to the news to see what was happening in the US. The videos of the twin towers slowly collapsing and seeing people jumping out of the building were horrific.
Tomorrow, the world will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the most brutal terrorist attack man shall ever know in his life.

Receiving Compliments

When somebody compliments you about a job well done, the way you look or your beautiful shoes, how do you respond or react?
It is just recently that I have learned to accept the compliments. And there is a solid reason why I did not years back. Whenever someone would give me compliments, I would say "oh, it is nothing" or "not really". 
Find out what is the Pinoy’s Negation technique when receiving compliments!
Not all Filipinos would accept compliments without negation. And that is what I have learned to not do anymore. Accepting or receiving compliment is not being conceited or arrogant... it is in fact, acknowledging the sincerity of the person giving the words of praise and confirming that indeed you made an effort to do a great job or to look good.
So, the next time you are being complimented of something, smile and say "thank you!".

Thoughts about happiness

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I had a rare conversation with a friend. It is probably be the most memorable one we had in years. He said, he always prayed for the happiness of his ex when they were still together. His ex also prayed the same for him. They are now happily married... to a different man and woman. 
Just this afternoon, someone told me that he can make me happy. I frankly told him, "no, you can never make me happy because you don't know what will make me happy. You can only make me smile. And smiling is different from happiness."

Better Days by Dianne Reeves

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Just because I miss my best friend. This is one of her favorite songs. I think this is one of the hardest songs to sing.

Vancouver Kayaks

My mom is pushing me to pursue my migration application to Canada while waiting for my US application to be approved. It's quite confusing actually. I have already filled out the application form and is currently waiting for some supporting documents to go with it. I have little knowledge about Canada, honestly. All I know is that it is freezing cold there--which is not good for me,but, whatever--and that they have beautiful mountain ranges and rivers to go kayaking. The latter makes me ecstatic to go there. I have many relatives in Canada and  I have heard from them that Vancouver kayaks are the best. I can imagine as early as now the amazing landscape, lush greens and wild rapids that will greet me when I go there.

My First Check from Google

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Just got my first ever check from Google! Hurrah! It's not much but I least I was paid.

Paris Hilton in Manila

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Yep! The hotel heiress and socialite, Paris Hilton, arrived on Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for a 5-day business trip to promote a resort hotel and to open her fashion boutique. Despite losing two cellphones, she happily tweeted:
"Mabuhay Philippines! I just arrived, thousands of fans waiting at the airport when I walked in. I feel so welcomed here! Mahal ko kayo! :)"
She's wearing a mustard tunic with embroidered neckline and comfortable jeans. She added chunky gold rings, bangles and simple earrings to complete the look. Oh, and let us not forget about her bug-eye sunglasses for the not-so-incognito look. So chic!

First Love Never Dies

I am such an idiot.
It was a pleasure talking to this man from my past. It was a bittersweet conversation that had me wiping my tears. I was able to tell him something that I have been keeping as a secret in a long time. I just had to tell it to him because another day of hiding it and talking to him as if everything is okay is like killing myself. Or so I thought it was. I told him now and here I am, lifeless. Not literally, or else I wouldn't be here narrating my stupidity.
I feel like floating on a sea of uncertainty. I am trying to keep my head up, pretend that I am okay and yet I am drowning inside. Could it be? Yes, it is. I am still in love. I didn't tell him that I love him... I am not that stupid. It's the admission that I did something wrong in the past that confirmed the feeling and I hate it. 
I hate the fact that 'first love never dies'.
I hate the fact that after all these years, I still love him!

My Nail-A-Holics Nail Salon and Spa experience

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After my much needed whole body massage yesterday, I went to Nail-A-Holics Nail Salon and Spa to give my feet a little pampering they deserve. 
It was my first time to go to the place but the moment I walked inside, I immediately felt at-home. The ambiance is perfect for a brief relaxation experience. The walls were painted with turquoise accented by white, green and brown... pretty much like your are staying inside a house overlooking the beach. There is also a mural of the beach to complete the feel.
I chose to have Water Drift Spa Pedicure. As soon as I was seated on their couch, a lady handed me three pillows for me to comfortably sit as if the couch wasn't comfortable enough. And then I was offered fashion magazines--which I enjoyed reading--to keep me busy while waiting for the whole process to end.
I enjoyed my one hour of foot pampering so much that I am thinking of going back again in two weeks.

Random Clicks: Passion at Resort World Manila

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After a courtesy visit of my fellow Philippine Marketing Association officers in our headquarters in Ortigas, we went to Resort World Manila to have dinner at Passion restaurant where an officer's husband is working.



It wasn't my first time to eat in a Chinese restaurant but dining at Passion made me understand even more the Chinese way of eating their food and serving their meals. It was a lovely fine dining experience. I could dine there every week if I can.

Passion is located at the 2nd Floor of Maxims Tower. It is open daily from 11AM until 10PM.

Resort World Manila is a premiere relaxation, shopping, and dining destination of foreign and local tourists and just about anyone who wants to experience living a posh life every once in a while. It is located across the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 and adjacent to the Villamor Golf Course.

Aside from fine dining, you can also shop until your drop in Newport Mall that houses Rolex, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Michael A…

Favorite Video of the Day: Talented Kid Singing Outside Puregold-Clark

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This kid deserves more than just alms or a million views in Youtube.

Basketball Training

I could still very well remember how my uncles would join inter-town basketball leagues. My aunts and I, together with my other cousins would go to the gym and watch their game. In my humble opinion, my uncles were the greatest basketball players in the league. Despite the television marathon watching every NBA or PBA games with my aunts, I never really had a formal basketball training aside from when it was a requisite physical education subject back in college. I do believe that we all have different talents, as for me, basketball is not one of those. I am not considering a training in the sport because I don't like running around the court trying to shoot the ball, I just like to watch in the bleachers and cheer my favorite team.

Captain America

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Captain America is my least favorite of Marvel superheroes, but, that was before I saw the movie. Today, I was able to see the human side of Captain America--how he struggled to become a soldier and how his heart made him America's superhero. Unlike other superheroes with super powers from other planets, Captain America shows that any regular guy (skinny even) can be anyone's superhero--you just have to have the right intentions and a good heart.

I am going to spill a bit about the movie... I never heard any character said 'I love you' because they really don't need to--their feelings are too obvious. I think that Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most important characters of the movie despite his less than three minutes camera exposure and a few lines.
Cast of Characters: Chris Evans - Steve Rogers/Captain America Hayley Atwell - Peggy Carter Sebastian Stan - James Buchanan 'Bucky' Barnes Tommy Lee Jones - Colonel Chester Phillips Hugo Weaving - Johann Schmi…

Rekindling Old Friendship

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I do believe that time heals all wounds and that true friends will always find their way back into each other no matter what.



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

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TICKETS ARE ALREADY SOLD OUT! Geez!

This is going to be the most emotional Harry Potter movie because it is the last, there will be no more. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you better not miss it!

Watch the trailers here.



I am going to miss Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of the gang. *Sob*