March 25, 2013

The Midnight Owl

3:28 am

I just got back here in my dormitory together with my two roommates from studying at a snack cafe in Maginhawa. It was my first time to study and eat there. I can say that I was productive when I was at The Midngiht Owl for 9 consecutive hours, although I wasn't able to finish studying all the topics to be covered by my exam tomorrow. I like the place. I would love to come back there again. Here are the reasons why:

1.) The taxi fare from there to my dorm is just P75 compared to Katipunan to here which usually costs around P100. 

2.) They have free Wi-fi. But I didn't use it when I was there because I didn't need to.

3.) They serve rice meals, sandwich, milkshake, tea, coffee, popcorn, mojo, fries and a lot more.

4.) The place is conducive for studying. :)

5.) They close much later than Starbucks in Katipunan.


  • They give a P20/hour charge when you need to plug your devices or gadgets.
  •  You are not allowed to bring food which are bought from the outside. My friends bought tea from Moonleaf and after several minutes, someone approached us and we were informed about that rule. My friends had to go outside and had to finish drinking their tea there. 
But the buts are okay, I still like to go back there and study. Yet, it is really expensive to study outside. Although it drains money from my pocket, I'd still choose to study somewhere apart from my dorm.

So how much did I spend? Here's the list.hoho.

Chicken ala king: P99
Kropeck and Mojo: P30 (one order of kropeck as well as mojo for a total of 113. four of us shared so we paid 30 each. :p)
oreo milk shake: P89
brewed coffee: P35 (a buy one take one coffee which costs P69)
ikot fare: P7
tricycle fare: P9
taxi fare: P20
Total:  Php299.00

Nowadays, almost every thing you do has a price tag.

Good luck to my exam tomorrow. I can do this. ^_^

March 15, 2013


It is papa's birthday today. He turns 58! Yeah, he is the oldest in the family. I texted him in the morning saying, "Hi pa, happy happy birthday. Love you. God bless." He then replied few minutes after, "thank you God is good all the times." hahaha.. Papa doesn't like using punctuation marks that much.

Yesterday, it was mama's birthday. She just turned 50! When we were kids, we were fascinated by how close their birthdays were. Papa would tell us that it showed how much destined they were for each other.hahaha. Papa was cheesy. 

Speaking of cheesy, one time papa told me that he saw a young couple in the market acting mushy with each other. When he was about to pass by them, he said, "CHEESY!". He then asked me, "Yan, what is cheesy?" Together with my mother, we laughed our hearts out. We told him how he could possibly say such thing when he didn't know the meaning in the first place. He said that he just heard it from the television. I think he was referring to the Greenwich commercial.

Hahaha. My papa is such a funny guy without even trying.

Another year has added to their ages, I wish them these three important things: good health, happiness and love.

March 12, 2013

Almost There

I opened my journal today. I bought it last 2010 in the month of June. Almost three years have gone by but around 75% of its pages are still blank. I thought it would be filled with words before it reached its first year. But here it is, rarely written by its owner, always being ignored by me.

So I was telling that I opened it today. I saw a written page dated last November 14, 2012. Funny because it even has a title which I usually do not do. And funny because I didn't remember scribbling the entire thing.

ALMOST THERE! I was talking about college graduation. I told myself and my imaginary readers that one more semester is left and I’m going to get a diploma from my childhood dream university. I was talking about studying hard because it’s not going to be easy. I was encouraging myself with words like 'Aja!, 'Fighting!' and 'You can do it'. I told myself to be still because our God is a God of grace. 

Today, our teacher gave back our second-exam blue book. When I found out that I passed the exam, I wanted to hug him right there and say, "Sir, thank you talaga Sir. Sobra. T_T" Our second exam was difficult and long. It (the exam) was really depressing, overly depressing. I even said this to my classmate after I took the exam, "Gusto ko ng magpakamatay" (I wanted to die). I even tweeted this:
That moment when you forgot how to be happy because of that exam.

But lo and behold, our teacher became extra kind. Our exam which was supposed to be over 150 had become over 100! He made the essay part just a bonus. Then he was very considerate slash generous on giving partial points. And he gave 5 points bonus to the students who were present during the checking of that said exam. Also last week, we had a 20-point surprise quiz and whatever score we got would be added to our second exam score! WOW! I got 15 points, so I have a total of 20 points additional. Thus, on my second exam, I got 101%. It really made my day. I am so happy na shinare ko pa talaga dito. Buti na lang hindi ako nagpakamatay, naging mabait pala si Sir. :)

Right now, I've got higher percentage of graduating.

Dear God, please let me graduate this very semester, pretty, pretty please.


March 10, 2013

Anak of Fredie Aguilar on Running Man

There's more to music than its lyrics.

I was watching the 26th episode of Running Man when Anak of Fredie Aguilar was mentioned and sang by one of its guests and one of its mainstay cast. Running Man is a popular Korean show which already has 135 episodes as of this day, which started in 2010. Recently, I've become a fan of this show because it has never failed to make me laugh. The show has become my main source of laughter. Oh, you just don't know how much I love to laugh.hehehe.

On its 26th episode, one of the challenges was to sing a foreign song that was popular in Korea in the past. The team who can sing it closest to the original would win. The Korean actor guest, Jin Young, was asked if he listened a lot of popular foreign songs in the past. So here are the screenshots of how the conversation went.

Wow! A lot! I wonder how many that 'a lot' meant. ^_^ 

That was Ajhussi (uncle in Korean) Suk Jin asking. He is the oldest cast of Running Man. 
Jin Young replied yes. Then they asked him to sing a part of it.

He did sing and this was his lyrics: Nung ishilang ka sa mundong ito NAKARAMDAMDAM...

Then Suk Jin sang too!
Suk Jin's lyrics: Nung ishilang ka sa mundong ito laking tuwa ng NAY MULAN MO..

I learned one thing, Anak was super duper popular in the 70's not just in my country but even in foreign lands like my beloved South Korea. I wasn't born in the 70's but I know this song by heart. Growing up, I heard the song on the radio, my father had a cassette tape of it and he even has a VCD of it which is still functioning. 

Although I was so young when I first listened to the song, I felt the sadness of how unconditional love was never returned, it was even paid with pain and hurt. :(  Songs pertaining to families or more specifically to parents, could really stir my emotions.

Yet those who didn't understand Tagalog loved the song even before they knew about its message. They sang it, uttered nung, tuwa, mundong, isilang and etc without even knowing what they meant. More often than not, they even sang the wrong lyrics. But that didn't stop them to love a song because after all, there's a lot more to music than its lyrics. :D

Here's a good English translation of Anak (source):

When you were born into this world
It was your Parent’s happiest time
And their hands became your light
And your Mother and Father didn’t know what to do,
Observing you, even in your sleep
At every night your Mother stays awake just to prepare
your milk
And every morning you’re with your Father,
Who's very proud of you

Now you got older, and you want to be free
They may not agree but there isn't anything they
could do
Then you suddenly changed, you became hard-headed
And you disobeyed everything they've said
Didn’t you even think that what they're doing was
for you?
Because you want to do everything you want
You don't mind them anymore

More days passed and your path went astray
And you got involved in bad habits
And the first person who you ran to,
was your mother who was crying
And she asked "Child, why are you like that?"
And your eyes was tearing without you noticing
With regret you learned, that you were wrong
With regret you learned, that you were wrong

Afterwards you forgot even your bad habits
A Big thanks came from your parents
Then you completely changed
You found yourself and who you are
Your mind was now straight
The days continued to go by, and you learned 
How to love
Not long after, you settled down

After your teenage years was done,
You’re close to being a Father
So you strived and worked harder
The day you awaited came,
Your eldest child was born
Like heaven is what you felt

Now my son, you know how it feels
To be a father
That's the same feeling of what your
Mother and Father felt when they saw you

Now you felt, now you experienced,
Now you understood
Your Mother was right all along
Your Father was right all along
Now you won't wonder anymore

It's no joke to be a parent, now you've experienced
It's no joke to be a parent, now you've experienced


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