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Thursday, July 27, 2006

DragonForce

"While most bands want to be bigger than Metallica, DragonForce has the capability to be bigger than Star Wars." - Metal Hammer

I finally got my Dragonforce mp3s (Inhuman Rampage, Sonic Firestorm, Valley of the Damned Albums). This is so far my new love in Metal music. I first heard of them when I got Headbangers Ball: The Revenge. The track “Through the Fire and Flames” just blew me off. I even had it included in my “Jogging” playlist.

All of the instruments were skillfully integrated and I just love the feel of it. The vocals just reminds me of the 80s metal. This is really great.

I'm even recharged from blue hell fever and flu.

To check them out, visit DrangonForce

...back from fever and flu

Finally, I’m back from fever and flu. It was really a blue hell since Tuesday afternoon. My body has finally surrendered from all my activities. Imagine, for the last 6 weeks, I only have an average of 5 hours of sleep a day. *sigh. I just have to mellow out.

Tuesday was fine until I got shivers all over my body. My body ached like I was in a boxing match. I can’t lift my body and my eyes were teary devilish red.

The worst, I was tasked to get the Frisbees to Agro since our buddies with rides just can’t get early. *sigh. It was an agonizing walk from my office to Cesar’s place. No taxis available, just my shoes to help. What used to be a 5 min. walk, turned out to be 18 min.. I’m just glad that it’s easier to get available taxis at Cesar’s place.

I arrived early at Agro (4:50 PM), dragging the crate from the parking lot to the bamboo bleachers. Since everyone would be arriving late, I just slept comfortably on hard bamboo with my bag as a pillow. *sigh.

It was 5:30 PM when Jenny arrived. It was an answered prayer. I hurriedly went home to regenerate.

I also had a time out from office yesterday.

Thank God, I’m back.

Monday, July 24, 2006

...30 min ...yehey!!!

I finally got my 30 min mark. Instead of adding a song from Devil Driver (all of their songs didn’t meet 5 min which should be added to my 25.1 min mark), I added Metallica’s Battery on my “Jogging” playlist which ran 6 min plus *sigh. This is really getting into me and I hope to get the 1 hour mark soonies.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

...jogging

My "Jogging" Playlist


As we try to build up our endurance for the Spirits, the STDs are jogging every training day, slowly adding more minutes to the program.

With the program that we had, I decided to be somewhat minutes ahead. At first, I jogged straight without stopping with Green Day’s Jesus of Suburbia. I almost didn’t finish the song as it was agonizing. I easily ran out of breath and my legs were getting the pains. But with consistency and the inspiration to the Spirits, I gradually built my endurance.

From Green Day’s 9:08 min. mark, I stepped up by making a “Jogging” playlist, adding a song every week. I started with an 18 min metal marathon. With songs from In Flames, Trivium, Spineshank, and Dragonforce, jogging has become a fun activity. I slowly built the endurance that I need. My lungs started to accommodate more air and my legs gaining some strength. I’m just happy getting through the process.

After a week, I added Disturbed’s Liberate and the following week, Lacuna Coil’s Our Truth…totting up to 25.1 min. Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll add another song. Maybe a song from Devil Driver would do.

As our training program’s objective to have a 45 min. jog straight without stopping, I hope I could get the 1 hour mark. Of course, with God’s guidance and mercy.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Japanese English Class

Very funny.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

...ego go go go!!!

I just don’t get the thing about people aged 30 plus who still struggles to have their egos satisfied.

Having attended a business matching event with SMEs for IT solutions, my colleagues were given a chance to showcase each other’s company. We also had some petty talks along the way while waiting for our turns and that made rooms within the group of isolating the threats from the insecure.

I really don’t know if we were there as an ego ready to be drained by someone else’s ego or just a plain threat. I just can’t believe the smirk and the immaturity he had and I’m just glad I had the presence of mind to slap with funny and streetwise answers ready to smudge their grin. hehe

Well, it’s nice to have them… my source of entertainment. At least, they’re not extinct.

Monday, July 17, 2006

OMG!!!

Training for the Spirits is hard yet fun. We do some things beyond our skills but still find ways to laugh and enjoy. The STDs are slowly catching up to the things that we have discussed and we hope to do more on the following days.

We have to master our throws, catches, plays and defense. We also have to build up our endurance as we are going to face seasoned Frisbee addicts. (*sigh…It’s against 2 year plus veterans to the 3 month old struggling viruses) I just can’t imagine the messages that we got from Luan about the players she played with on the hat tournament at Fort. They are cross trained specimen ready to die for the disc. *sigh

OMG!!!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

...luan

Ultimate South Team Durian (Ultimate STD) has been one of the greatest things in my life. I have met friends whom I could say so honest, kind, fun and very down to earth. We have always been together in all of our things... the pickup games, beach tourney, hat tournament, gimiks, videoke, after pickup game movies, tossings, celebrating birthdays on the field and some beyond of our capacity activities just to find fun and sanity.

Since I joined last April 2, 2006, when I was invited by my high school friend Shercy to play with them, we have made an unwritten law of being there for each other. We just made things so effortless that it has become our life.



Some of our friends have left for studies or work but Roxanne is the one whom I’ll miss most. The office visits, jeepney rides, sensible non-sense conversations or corny knock-knock jokes would be marked in my memories…with backups.

So Roxanne, we’ll see each other at the “Spirits”. Be fine.

Monday, July 10, 2006

...water

I had a great time going around Samal Island with my officemates. It was really fun doing some kayaking and snorkeling. I hope to be back soonies.



Wednesday, July 05, 2006

...wow legs

Last night’s game was great until I felt something bad on my legs. I’m somewhat tired that I accidentally slipped while we had this jog around our turf. I don’t know but it was a challenge for me to play the game.

I’m just glad I woke up feeling better. I hope my legs would feel better.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

...through the never

I’m somewhat done to almost anything in the office. I’m just here, pretending to be busy. With the laptop facing opposite to anybody, I can now browse and do something that might get my boredom out my way.

I had my iPod switched to Pinoy Rock… (Yes, I’m back to those days where I used to go on free concerts (thanks to NU 107). I have Wolfgang’s complete discography and some of Razorback’s tunes)…and established a face that would equate to a “Do Not Disturb” sign. So far, no one has tried getting through all the hell of me.

*sigh

Its still 1:24 PM and 5:00 PM is light years away. I can’t wait to have my cleats on to Frisbee. I missed some and I hope I could catch up. This is what I call “waits” (as for the gym term…taking “weights”)

Anyway, I just have to check some downloads. hehe

Monday, July 03, 2006

...from a Korean

I just got this one from a friend. (Never mind the grammar)

MY SHORT ESSAY ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES
Jaeyoun Kim

Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines. Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines? I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines.

Let me first talk about my country, Korea. It might help you understand my point. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Koreans had to start from scratch because entire country was destroyed after the Korean War, and we had no natural resources.

Koreans used to talk about the Philippines, for Filipinos were very rich in Asia. We envy Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father & brother also died because of famine. Korean government was very corrupt and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination, but Korea was able to develop dramatically because Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heart burning with patriotism.

Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighborhood and country. Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism. 40 years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea. He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economic situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had
only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so that they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through horrible experience.

In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money. Hundred of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park. They asked to him, \"President, when can we be well off?\" That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone works hard for Korea, and the President of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea. So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea. He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart.

Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA came back to Korea to help developing country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salary, they did their best for Korea. They always hoped that their children would live in well off country. My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people live. They wanted me to understand their life and help them. I also worked for Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And, I have loved my neighborhood. Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many
poor people. I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to mass and work for Church. They pray everyday.

However, they do not love the Philippines. I talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines.

Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that we were able to share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factory and company were distributed their profit to their employees fairly so that employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the
future and their children.

When I was in Korea, I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines, I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I see them everyday. The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia, but there are too many poor people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed.

My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there are so many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pasangjan,
I forced my parents to take a boat because it would fun. However, they were not happy after taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they were sympathized the boatmen, for the boatmen were very poor and had a small frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But, my parents did not enjoy it because of love for them.

My mother who has been working for Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just go to mass without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things
for them because all of us are same and have received a great love from God. I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off.

I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from person. Love must start in everybody, in a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love. Let's put away
our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes.

I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world. Please love your neighborhood and country.

Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines, there is God for people who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love. If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines. Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country. You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others.
That's all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

...arghhhh

It's been a tedious pursuit of switching between identities. Being son, a
brother to my siblings, a substitute father to my family, a Frisbee player
or a lab rat, just made my life somewhat complicated.

For the past days, I really had a hard time juggling between tasks. I did
some workarounds for the inventory, I did the grocery and I had the training
that we have formulated for the spirits (though I missed some). I also paid
the tuition and took my mother for a date. All of them just required my
100% attention.

But anyway, I'm slowly getting to the idea of being reactive and things are
somewhat getting into its places. I know this week would again be busy and
I hope everything would be alright.