Saturday, January 31

Groovin' to the music of Earth, Wind and Fire

We just celebrated Expo '09 on school yesterday. And my schoolmates danced "Let's Groove"... and It reminded me of the famous band who sang it: Earth, Wind and Fire.

Earth, Wind and Fire, led by Maurice White is an American R&B band. They are known for their hit singles: Shining Star and September. They have won six Grammy awards, nominated for 20 times and have over 50 albums that reached platinum.

Their music just makes feel like groovin...... it actually made me think that their genre was Disco...... Hahahaha! I really don't know how to determine a song's genre......

My Earth, Wind and Fire faves:


-Let's Groove

Tuesday, January 27

It will be a beautiful, happy world when we all cease from envying our brother and strive, instead, to make ourselves just as beautiful and useful as we ourselves can ever be.

-Joseph Burke Egan

let's talk about LOVE

I can't remember how me and my friends got to this topic while talking a while ago........ I've always wondered how you'd be able to know that you're already in love and not just feeling infatuation...... And I really wonder if there's really the someONE that's really meant you and how you and that ONE be able to find each other among the billions of people around the world. If it's true, I guess destiny's just really good in letting hearts find its partner.

do you really believe that there's really ONE destined for you?
Practice makes perfect. But then,

Nobody's perfect. So why practice?! ;)


Monday, January 26

Hola! Spanish Classes are back!

MANILA, Philippines—If the Department of Education (DepEd) had its way, more and more Filipinos may soon appreciate the literary works of Pablo Neruda, Don Quixote, or Gabriel Garcia Marquez in their original Spanish text.

Starting this coming school year, Spanish will be taught in selected public high schools around the country to better prepare students “in communicating a widely used second language,” according to Education Secretary Jesli Lapus.

“(This will) prepare the students for meaningful interaction in a linguistically diverse global workplace. It will also develop understanding and appreciation of other people's culture," Lapus said on Monday.

Spanish, once an official language of the Philippines, would be reintroduced in high school through a “Special Program in Foreign Language,” which is aimed at schools whose students “have demonstrated competence in English and are also capable of learning another foreign language.”

Lapus said the program would develop students' skills in “listening, reading, writing, speaking and viewing which are necessary for the students to acquire communication skills using a second foreign language.”

The program would initially offer Spanish in one school per region with two classes of 35 students each per school, Lapus said.

The pilot schools and their teachers would be selected by the DepEd Regional Office based on the criteria for selection, he added.

In the selection of the pilot schools, only secondary schools with the highest Mean Percentage Score (MPS) in English in the whole region will be selected.

The school should also be able to provide substitute teachers who will take over the classes of the foreign language teachers while on training.

Lapus added that the pilot schools would be selected based on the availability of classrooms and support facilities and equipment like “computer laboratory with at least 10 computers and headsets to support speech lessons.”

"One of the criteria in selecting the teachers who will handle the teaching of the foreign language is that they must be willing to finish the crash course and participate in teaching Spanish," Lapus said.

The teachers who will be selected to undergo the three-month training will earn units under the continuing education program.

Lapus said the department wanted to make sure there would be enough teachers to handle the subjects in selected pilot schools upon the start of the program in June 2009.

An estimated 320 million people speak Spanish as a native language around the globe today, making it the world's fourth most spoken language in terms of native speakers.

The language reached these shores with the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century and it remained an official language of the country despite the American occupation of the Philippines in the early 20th century.

It lost its status as an official language only in 1973 during the administration of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

After Marcos was toppled in 1986, the mandatory teaching of Spanish in colleges and universities was also stopped, and thus, younger generations of Filipinos have little or no knowledge of Spanish as compared to the older generations.

However, the Spanish language retains a large influence in local dialects---like Chabacano---with many words coming from or being derived from Spanish.

And besides enriching the country’s Hispanic heritage, learning Spanish would also be a practical help for those hoping to land a job in the booming call center industry, where Spanish-speakers are sought after and are paid higher salaries.

credit to:

Sunday, January 25

a letter to the future

write yourself in the future!


Saturday, January 24

Japanese Doll

Mom bought a cute Japanese doll....... How I wish there was another doll in Hanbok......

My 별, the brightest is now also accessible through

Friday, January 23

Living on Air by Anna Shapiro

It's 1966 and Maude Pugh live in Levitown in a house painted black on the inside to better showcase the paintings of her unsuccessful artist father. She secures herself a scholarship to a prestigious prep school and quickly falls in love with it and the world of social privelege, but the family tensions and financial problems threaten her foothold on happiness.

I actually started few pages before Christmas break started..... but I really have a tight schedule that I can't find time to continue reading......

Busy. Very Busy

It's really busy on school today. There's always remaining work to do at home.... Homework. But if lucky, no quizzes for tomorrow. I always do letters, encoding and stuff for our yearbook..... almost everyday. I do some of the work at school then some still at home. What's the next big event: Semi-finals. Gosh. It's really exhausting.

Thursday, January 22 gets a personalized look for the first time

At last. After 4 months of blogging, I finally got to personalize the layout of my blog. I'm too busy [and as well lazy ;)] to study html that's why it took me this long to get the look that I want for my blog. Since I've been addicted in making my own layouts at friendster...... I got a little familiarized with CSS codes...... it was a little [very little actually] same with the pre-made html layouts here on blogger. I just tried changing the background image and the color values....... and thank God, it worked. Woooot!

Wednesday, January 21

L-O-V-E, Rakuwa! Rakuwa!

So I was looking into this cabinet last night and found a picture of Rukawa and Hanamichi. I bought that picture when I was on the sixth grade..... it was during that time was SLAMDUNK was a hit among the elementary students.....

Though he's just an anime character.... I had a crush on him before....... HAHAHAHAHA! weird!

He's full name is Kaede Rukawa, member of his school's basketball varsity. I found his "varsity I.D." on the net:

I won't forget those three girls who used to cheer during his games. Their cheer goes like this: L-O-V-E Rukawa! Rukawa!

here's a better photo of Kaede

Sunday, January 18

what does HALLYU mean?

Hallyu is a new term which some Korean marketing genius probably came up with in a boardroom somewhere. Hallyu was invented to increase tourism and raise the profile of Korea in the world.The term 'Hallyu' means the love for Korean pop culture, or the appreciation of all things Korean. Hallyu began roughly 5 years ago when the rest of Asia discovered Korean soap operas. One of the breakthrough dramas was a series called Winter Sonata starring Choi Ji Woo and Bae Young-Joon. After that, more Korean dramas saw their way to foreign shores and Korean films and music started to follow suit. Korean marketing people started to see a Korea-centric trend flowing throughout Asia Hawaii and even in parts of Russia. They dubbed this flow "The Korean Wave" or Hallyu.

credit to:

now i know......... I'm suffering of Hallyu..... No. No. Not suffering.

It isn't bad to say that I'm suffering from it.......I mean........ experiencing Hallyu. Hee hee ;)

Saturday, January 17

Hanbok Souvenirs

Don't forget to buy these souvenirs before leaving Korea! Check the Tourist Souvenir Shop next to the Insadong’s Tourist Information Center.

These miniature Hanbok items come in all types of Hanbok including royal court Hanboks, Daejanggeum (Korean drama, Jewel in the Palace) -type Hanboks, and ceremonial Hanboks. Also, the dolls in Hanbok range from moderate to top quality high-priced dolls for doll-collectors.

Dolls in Hanbok: ₩20,000~40,000
Framed Hanbok: ₩35,000~45,000

Or if you want to buy a Hanbok for you to wear, check this places:
(동대문) Dongdaemun Market:
Doosan Tower, located at Seoul Dongdaemun Market, has a marriage-essentials complex on the 7th floor, offering not only Hanboks, but bedding, decorative ornaments, and more. You can also take care of your shopping for trendy fashion-wear all at Doosan Tower. Business hours begin at 10am and end at 2am, so it allows you to shop late at night if you are busy during the day.

Take Subway Line #2, 4, or 5 to Dongdaemun Stadium Station, and go out of Exit #14. Walk toward Dongdaemun for about 200m; located to the left of Doosan Tower.

(광장) Gwangjang Market:
Gwangjang Market is well known for its long tradition and history in the Hanbok-making business, and as it is a traditional type of market, it might not be the most convenient place to shop, but you can get the best deals Seoul has to offer in terms of Hanboks. You can also see what a traditional Korean market is like, and have fun bargaining for items you want to buy.
About 600 Hanbok shops line the first and second floors, with a wide range of prices depending on the material, embroidery and design. If you are looking for the best deal, then Gwangjang Market is the place for you. Each shop has its own business hours, but most shops usually open sometime between 6~8am and close somewhere around 7pm. All shops are closed on Sundays.

Take Seoul Subway Line #1 to Jongno 5-ga Station and go out of Exit #8; it’s a 2 to 3-minute walk from the station exit.

Currency exchange rates as of January 17 2009 (Yahoo! Finance):
1US$ - 1351.8₩
1Php - 28.6854₩

text and photos from:
sa school:

hindi lahat ng tahimik ay nakikinig.


Chingu (Stained Glass OST) - Lee Dong Gun

paraman bwado nuni bu-syeot-do
noye ku nunbit naneun kiokhae
aju kinagin shigani hullogatjiman
occhom irohke hanado byeonhamomnunji

kugungori-neun nae ma-meun non algo-issulkka
amuronmaldo mothago utgimanha-neun no
ojing noma-neul kanchor-hi kidaryowatda-myeon
no-neun midulsu optketji ku seworul

otton insado osae-khagetji
kumankum uri koborin-golkka
uri hamkkehan ku shijoldo nae-bo-myeonso
nodo kakku-meun nae saenggak hae-ju-om-neunji

shijakhalsuman itda-myeon olmana choh-ulkka
hanado namkiji-anhko modu da jultende
kuttaen nomuna oryoso hae-julsu opsotdon
no-reul wihae chonbihae-un nae sara-ngeul

sesange tae-ona cho-um saranghaetdon
arumdaun gu so-nyeo-rul nan kiokhae
otton mosuburo otton saranguro
sarawatdon goni…

shijakhalsuman itda-myeon olmana choh-ulkka
hanado namkiji-anhko modu da jultende
kuttaen nomuna oryoso hae-julsu opsotdon
no-reul wihae chonbihae-un nae sara-ngeul

download this song!

*to download, right click the link then click "save link as"

credit to:,

if anyone knows the English translation, feel free to comment it here! :D thanks!

Thursday, January 15

Aanhin mo ang lalakeng gwapo, kung mas malandi naman sa 'yo.


the BANANA diet

As elsewhere, people in Japan who are trying to lose weight gather together on internet forums and social networking sites to pick up diet tips and give each other support. Recently on Mixi, one of the most popular social networking sites in Japan, the diet musings of one of the members and the enthusiastic contributions of others in the community coalesced to produce a new and simple diet program that has jumped into the mainstream Japanese media and resulted in three books and many magazine articles. This diet was dubbed the Asa Banana Diet. Japan is known for kaizen, the gradual refinement and improvement of manufacturing and other processes, and the Asa Banana Diet is in effect Japan’s kaizen of a diet classic, the Banana Diet.

Learn the diet:
Rule #1: Eat 1-2 bananas before each meal... minimum of 3 times a day.

Very simple, huh? Not much to think about. If you eat, you're going to eat 1-2 bananas before your meal. Practical, easy, healthy, and not much to remember.

Before breakfast, eat 2 bananas. Before lunch, eat 2 bananas. Before dinner, eat 1 banana. So you eat 5 total bananas a day.

Rule #2: Eat whatever you want for meals.

This rule is simple... eat whatever you want, just as long as you eat 2 bananas before breakfast, 2 bananas before lunch, and 1 banana before dinner. Obviously eating healthier than normal would help your weight loss efforts even more, but it's not 100% necessary.

Bonus Rule: You can replace 1 banana with an apple before breakfast and lunch.

As mentioned, you can replace a banana with an apple before breakfast and lunch. This is to help relieve possible boredom. Nothing more.

*I think it's an expensive diet for Japan. My betsfriend's dad works with a Japanese and he mentioned that bananas are sold in high price in Japan.....

text from:, ezine articles

to know how much weight, you'd be able to loose, check this article from TIME.

Monday, January 12

light of the world

A small boy forgot his lines in the Sunday school presentation. His mother sat in the front row and tried to prompt him by gesturing and silently forming words with her lips. It was no use. The boy's memory went blank.

Finally she leaned forward and whispered his cue: "I am the light of the world."

With broad smile and beaming confidence, the child sad in a loud, clear voice: "My mother is the light of the world."

from: kerygma

Lipstick basics

General guidelines on wearing lipstick:

Cooler tones, those on the bluer end of the spectrum, work better for fairer skin. Warmer tones, those closer to the red and orange, work best for people with darker skins.

Use warm and creamy shades (more pink, less red) for office. Evening light is more forgiving so you can wear sheer fuchsias for fair skin or brick reds for those with olive skin.

You can try on shades that professionals say look beautiful on early everyone: a sheer berry,subtle pink, or light brown or nude spiked with gold bronze or red.

Generally, the wetter the texture, the less long-wearing but more goof-proof a lipstick is.

Save the heavy gloss and the shimmery stuff for night.


Saturday, January 10



Gache is a big wig in braids.

It usually weighs 3 - 4 kilograms.

It takes 6-7 years to make a Gache.

To Koreans, wearing these big and heavy wigs makes them look more beautiful and elegant.

At first (I'm talking about the first time korean drama was aired in the Philippines - I think that was 2003) I found it awkward....

Friday, January 9

UPCAT 2009 results (for the August 2008 exam)

...and the moment of truth has come.

Congratulations to all UPCAT passers!!!

why can't I see the list of passers??? is it really out??? I checked the site again but the date (January 9) disappeared... have they moved the releasing of results.....?

Thursday, January 8


I just can't imagine how other ladies could manage to wear very high stilettos............

It seems that it really hurts to hear them..........

Monday, January 5

What is a friend?

What is a friend? I'll tell you.
It is a person with whom you dare to be
Yourself- your soul can go naked with him.
He seems to ask you to put on nothing.
Appreciating you for who you truthfully are.

When you are with him, you do not have to be
on your guard. You can say what you think,
so long as it is genuinely you.

He understands the contradictions in your
nature which cause others to
misjudge you. with him you breathe freely...
you can profess your little vanities, envies
and absurdities - and in opening
them up to him, they are vanished
onto the white ocean of his loyalty.

He understands. You can weep with him.
laugh with him, pray with him...
through it all, he sees, know and LOVES you.

these were written on the present that my best friend gave me for Christmas.... i thought it was cute... so... i wrote it here... :)

학생 is back to school

I'm back to school today.

And and maybe I'm currently standing under the heat of the sun, singing the national anthem or sitting on my chair listening to whatever is being discussed right now.

I just wish this is how our uniform looked like:

I am Sam cast

Sunday, January 4

Park Shin Yang

Hmmm.... I've seen this man already....... when I was young..... and that was during the Lovers in Paris hit...... but..... I didn't find him attractive that time. until.......

Money War (War of Money) was aired the Philippines. And now, I realized how deadly his smile is. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA It makes smile when I him smiling... There's really something when he smiles....

i guess taste does change over time...

his wife must be really lucky to have him. ;)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I'm safe with you, Harry"-> omg. that line makes cry...... :'(

I've been too busy watching Korean drama, searching the net about anything Korean, and school of course, that I already forgot about Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. I good thing I saw it on the newspaper yesterday....... It said that it was supposed to be released last November 2008 but was then moved to July 17 2009. The news paper also said that Raplh Fiennes' nephew, Hero Fiennes Tiffin would be playing as the young Voldemort.

I cried when I was on the chapter where Harry had to make Dumbledore drink that liquid from the basin to get that "fake" Horcrux, as well on his burial and I think I'd be crying a lot more when I see it on the movie.

I've been waiting for the Deadly Hallows paperback since school started, back in July '08 and until now, I still can't find one. I guess It would be available in the Philippines only by Summer. idk......... I haven't checked bookstores since last last month........

*visit the official site for the trailer and pictures

Friday, January 2

Did you know that?

Etiquette dictates that at dinner parties, a man should always talk to the woman on his left during the first course, and right during the main course.

Carrots used to be purple.

Swedes have a word for a man who visits prostitutes - torsk.

Brain tumours can be diagnosed by a handshake.

Short men are more likely to be jealous.

The most frequently used term of abuse in schools is "gay".

The Olympic torch is designed to withstand winds of up to 65km an hour and stay alight in rain up to 50mm an hour.

About 86% of fathers attend the birth of their children.

The language of space is English.

Sloths aren't lazy.

You can lessen jet lag by not eating.

Syria has the world's largest restaurant, seating 6,014 diners.

Pigs can suffer from mysophobia, a fear of dirt.

Pears sink while apples float.

White Americans are 14% more likely than other ethnic groups to survive cancer.

Faking one's death is known as pseudocide.

Pet dogs can catch human yawns.

A rooftop luggage carrier increases fuel consumption by 20%.

Misheard song lyrics are known as mondegreens.

Twenty-three wedding cakes were made for the nuptials of Charles and Diana.

E-mail addresses beginning with "A", "M" or "S" get more spam than those starting with "Q" or "Z".

Texting impairs drivers more than alcohol.

Kenyan women eat stones.

Henry V invented passports.

Stars make noise.

Police use curry to hasten the re-emergence of swallowed drugs.


Thursday, January 1

good taste has no price tag myspace graphic comments

Have a SAFE and HAPPY new year!!