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Friday, April 7, 2006

Hey guys! Last week sure was a bit eventful. I graduate in high school with top honors, I deliver a funny speech, and I get a party.

Now it's my summer vacation. And with school out of the picture for a couple of months, I'm starting to wonder what to post!

Let's see...hmm....oh yeah! Last Monday, I finally got my diploma. *Yippee!* Kinda irritated though 'coz my photo (which comes with the diploma) didn't look good. Now, I didn't really care if my face in the photo looked as if I underwent cosmetic surgery. I didn't even mind if my shaved moustache had to appear in the pic. The only thing that bothered me is that despite my "cosmetically-modified" face, I still looked bad because the moustache in the left side of my face was darker than the other side. Oh well....

Then last Tuesday, me and my classmates went to the Portofino beach resort to have our batch farewell party and a going-away party for ryosuke (who's gonna leave for Switzerland). It was kinda fun to play with the sand, get wet in the beach, and mercilessly dissecting our lechon baboy by hand (Lechon baboy is sort of a roast pig dish in the Philippines known for its crunchy skin.)

Last but not the least, I have written a new article in theOtaku. It's entitled, "Top Ten Signs That An Otaku Is Going Insane". Basically, it's a top ten list of signs of an insane anime fan. The inspiration to this work was the "Top Ten List" segment in "The Late Show with David Letterman". I originally entitled it as "The Unofficial Theotaku.com Top Ten List", but I guess the editors chose a more catchy title.

Anyway, here's the link to the article:

From my classmate Bouviere:
“It is better to get zero than to cheat, but it is better to cheat than to repeat!E/font>

That's all I can say. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Saturday, April 1, 2006

Hey there guys! Technically, it's already Sunday here since it's 2:00 AM. It took me quite a while to post since we had to entertain our guests.

Anyway, I've finally graduated from high school. *throws confetti* After 4 years of sweat, tears, and blood (well, maybe not in the blood part), we've finally ended our high school journey.

Aside from graduating in high school, I also received the Best in English award, Best in Filipino, Most Virtuous Student award, Best in Deportment award, Don Sergio Osmeña Academic Excellence Award, and the Valedictorian Award. (A lot, huh?)

There's only one missing thing to make me really happy today. That's the diploma. The school peeps told us that we will officially get our diplomas by Monday. Oh well...

Anyway, since I was the valedictorian, I had to make a valedictory speech. Like I said before, I'm not into very inspiring and respectable speeches and prefer speeches with a twist of humor. And since I like funny speeches (and since it's April Fools Day), I can't help but add this in my speech:
"Now let me take this time to look back at our journey in these past years. Well, our little journey wasn’t that hard at all. Everything, from assignments to projects to exams, was as easy as A-B-C. We were as good as little angels and all of us became the teachersEpets. We stood out to become the best students in the campus. Ain’t that right, classmates?

Well, actually, that 'easy journey' was just a joke. Anyway, today is April Fools Day!"

I've been getting some positive feedback from the audience for my speech. So, do you think I have what it takes to be the next host of "The Late Show" or "The Daily Show"?

Going back to the graduation. After the graduation, we had a relatives-only party at my house. (I didn't invite any classmates 'coz I know they're having their own celebration.) We ate, we sang, and we talked. You know, just a regular graduation party. (Oh yeah, I also got PHP 800 as a graduation gift from my relatives.)

Now, let's go to TODAY'S SPECIAL
If I had a chance to speak out, I would have chosen the song, "Next In Line", as our graduation song. It's because the lyrics of this song somehow narrate a coming-of-age scenario. Anyway, here's the lyrics for "Next in Line" (click the button at the top for the music):

After Image

What has life to offer me when I grow old?
What's there to look forward to beyond the biting cold
('Cause) They say it's difficult, yes, stereotypical.
What's there beyond sleep, eat, work in this cruel life
Ain't there nothin' else 'round here but human strife
'Cause they say it's difficult, yes, stereotypical
Gotta be conventional, you can't be so radical.


(So I'll/And) sing this song to all of (my/our) age
For these are the questions we've got to face
For in this cycle that we call life
We are the ones who are next in line
We are next in line.
Gotta be conventional, you can't be so radical.

We are next in line
Oh-hoh, we are next in line.


And we gotta work, we gotta feel (we gotta feel)
Let's open our eyes and do whatever it takes
We gotta work, we gotta feel (we gotta feel)
Let's open our eyes, oh-woh.


Sing this song for me
Sing this song for me.

From: http://www.angelfire.com/la/jemdez/nextinline.html

That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Friday, March 31, 2006

Hey there guys! Nothing much to post right now 'coz I already posted last Wednesday.

Anyway, tomorrow will be my high school graduation day. And yes, I'm the valedictorian. Speaking of being the valedictorian, I would like to clarify something here, especially to takeshi takumi. I was not the valedictorian in my grade school years. Kinda nice to hear, but there's only one truth, and that one truth is that I wasn't the top student in elementary.

Going back with the graduation day tomorrow. Coincidentally, tomorrow is also April Fools Day. So what do you get if you combine graduation day with April Fools Day? Maybe something like this:
At the graduation ceremony
School Official: Congratulations, Mask. You have graduated from high school. Here is your diploma.
The Mask: Thank you, sir! Thank you very much.
The Mask: NOOOOOO!!!!!!

Hopefully, none of them would be stupid enough to do that tomorrow.

Anyway, what are your plans for April Fools? Since I'm busy with my graduation, I can't think of any pranks to pull tomorrow. (Although me and ryosuke did think about putting a fart bag on one of the chairs on that day. But, then again, the school heads might not let us graduate because of it.) Well, any ideas for your pranks tomorrow?

Well, let's go to TODAY'S SPECIAL
In my previous post, the special was a video clip entitled, "Shinichi Speaks English". It was a Detective Conan video that featured Shinichi (a.k.a. Jimmy) speaking English in the original Japanese dub. (click here to view it).

This time, we're gonna have "Conan Speaks English". In this video, you'll see Conan talking English to a soccer player. However, it's only in the first part of the video that Conan speaks English. His accent wasn't really funny. But his words are quite hard to understand.

Here's the video. Let's see if you can understand Conan's English:

Tired of trying to understand what he said? Highlight the next text to know the words: stop, stop it, ray. even if you are facing a bitter aspect of life, drugs and murder are foul without any excuse... deserve a red card for a loser...

That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Hey there guys! I know, it's a Wednesday, and I don't normally post on weekdays (that is, if you consider Friday as a weekend). But since I'm all alone in my house, bored and thinking what to do, I decided to post here. Right now, I'm eating my cup noodles (It's bulalo flavor. I don't really know what bulalo really is, but I'm guessing that it's some sort of beef soup.)

Anyway, this Saturday will be my high school graduation day. And guess who became the valedictorian.... ME! I guess I can't really help it, I am the valedictorian. I mean, after being the top guy in the class in these past years, it would really be a very big surprise if I didn't make it.

There's just one thing that I hate about being a valedictorian. And that's the compulsory valedictory speech. I'm not really the kind of guy who enjoys making those inspiring, respectable speeches. I prefer adding humor to my speech. But I don't know if my parents would allow me to do that, knowing that sometimes they don't really like my "uncontrollable" sense of humor. But we'll just have to see what happens on the day itself.

On other stuff, I've finally finished producing our class newspaper, The Senior News. Yup, I encoded it, had it printed and photocopied with my own money, and stapled it together by hand. (By hand I mean, getting some staple wire, punching small holes at the middle of the paper, attaching the wire to the holes, and then push the wires flat.) But hey, I've done that before in my grade school life (although I didn't really encode it and I only produced one copy).

Now, let's go to TODAY'S SPECIAL
For today, we're gonna have a short anime clip. And it's from my one of my fave anime series, Detective Conan (a.k.a. Case Closed).

The video is titled, "Shinichi Speaks English". The clip was taken from the original Japanese dub of the show. Here you'll see Shinichi speaking English with a guy in an airplane. What I find amusing here is the way he pronounced those words. It really made me laugh. But, on the bright side, at least he spoke good English! Anyway here it is:

On the next TODAY'S SPECIAL, I might post a clip similar to this one. Watch out for it!

That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Hey guys! No practice for me today 'coz the Grade 6 pupils have to go to a recollection, which means a rest day for us seniors.

Anyway, our graduation practices this week was fine. Although at times I get irritated by the sudden changes in the practices, it was okay. At least I didn't have to make reports and stuff.

Aside from the graduation practices, however, I somehow became the "Dr. Love" for my female classmate who's having problems with her relationship with her boyfriend (who's also my classmate). I was planning to share the story to you, but I guess I need to protect their privacy. I did promise her that I wouldn't tell anyone about it. Although I just said that they're having problems, at least I didn't tell the story and their names here.

Now let's review some stuff that I posted last Sunday. First, Philfoula's e-mail address. No one gave me the e-mail, so I decided to look for it myself. My tool: the Net. While searching for his e-mail, I actually felt that what I was doing was like Naruto trying to get Sasuke back for the teary-eyed Sakura. (In this case, Number 5 is Sakura!)

I searched for Philfoula thru Google, and thanks to an accidental encounter with "Cache" (a link that lets you see an archived version of the site), I successfully found Philfoula's e-mail, as well as an archived version of his myOtaku site before he deleted it. By the way, this is his e-mail address: phil_foula45@hotmail.com

Then there was the thing with the box-shaped instrument that was used during the concert. Thanks to takeshi takumi, I learned that it was called a "Kahon" (more research told me that it was also called a "Cahon", "Cajon", or a "K-hon".) The name was quite interesting 'coz it's actually the Filipino term for "box".

Okay, now it's time for TODAY'S SPECIAL.

"Yakitate! Japan" is an anime series about Azuma Kazuma, a boy gifted with the "Solar Hands" that makes him a very good bread baker.

Okay, now why am I saying all of this? You see, today's episode of "Yakitate! Japan" in our country featured a REAL bread recipe. What's more amazing is that they didn't use an oven but instead A RICE COOKER.

The bread was called "Japan #2". I was able to find 2 copies of the recipe through the Net. Here it is:

Making Bread using a Rice Cooker (Japan #2)
Let's Make Japan #2!
NOTE: The sites are in Indonesian and English. The English instructions are the ones in blue font.

P.S. I haven't performed the recipe yet, so I can't really say how it tastes like. But the guys behind the site claimed that they did! Plus they said it was good!

That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Hey guys! Yesterday, I went to our school concert. It was fun and the music was quite cool.

The thing that kinda caught my eyes in the concert was this box-shaped instrument that one of the band members played. They used the instrument by simply tapping on the box. Does anybody know what that instrument is called? 'Coz I'm starting to get interested in learning to play it.

I can't really say that the event was as successful as last year, though, since less people attended the concert.

Anyway, you might have known already that our good friend Philfoula has left myOtaku. *cries* And, if you visited his site before, he gave us his e-mail address so that we can keep in touch with him as he leaves this place. Now Number 5 would like to ask for that e-mail address. If you know it, please give me a comment. (Not to Number 5's site 'coz she doesn't update as often as before). She'll really appreciate it.

On more stuff, I'll be having my graduation practices in the next two weeks. And, while I'm at it, I'll be making a yearend newspaaper for my class. So I'll still be busy, but not as busy as I used to be (which is cool!).

For today, we're gonna have some silly quotes. Enjoy!
"I tried sniffing coke once, but the ice cubes stuck in my nose"

"Roses are red, violets are blue, please flush the toilet, after you."

"They say the truth will set you free. But then why is it that every time I tell the truth I get sent to my room?"

"Birdie, birdie, in the sky, why'd you do that in my eye? Looks like sugar, tastes like sap. OMG! IT'S BIRDIE CRAP!"

"When they put unknown at the end of a quote, that means they probably don't know how to spell anonymous" -unknown

"Look up for inspiration, down for concentration but don’t look side to side for information".

"To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research."

"Careful with that light at the end of the tunnel, it might be another train coming."

Source: http://www.goodquotes.com/sillyquotes.htm

That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Hey guys! Today was the final day of classes. Yippee!!! Finally, I can rest my mind from reading books, taking notes, and studying lessons.

Everything didn't end that well, though. In the morning, we had to answer our final periodical test in Math and Filipino. Now Filipino was quite easy, but Math was like a killer. The problem was that I didn't study 100% in Math 'coz I was busy making my scrapbook project for Home Economics. Now I'm just hoping that all of my answers were correct and I can pass that test. If I don't pass, then I just hope my final grade is not a failing grade.

After the big test, we had our farewell party. Since our class didn't bring any food for the party, we followed the "Way of Kaito Kid". And that is stealing the delicious food that the lower levels prepared. (Although I can't say it's stealing 'coz they were okay with it anyway.)

Prior to the party, however, we spent our time cleaning our chairs. And if it wasn't for me bringing the powdered soap and the heavy duty Scotch-Brite, our clearance for the school chairs wouldn't have a chance at getting signed. ("What's a clearance?", SunfallE asks. Well, it's a sheet of paper where teachers and staff sign to clear us of all school responsibilities so that we can be promoted to the next year level.)

And then, there's the scrapbook signing, t-shirt signing, cartolina signing, and other types of signing. Then I had a deal with a junior stude that we were gonna have a fun wrestling match by the end of the day (Yeah, I'm such a WWE otaku.). He agreed to do so, but he didn't show up in our meeting place. Maybe he got scared about me defeating him. Hehehehe!!!

Anyway, tomorrow we're gonna go to a school concert. And on the next 2 weeks, we have to go back to school, this time for our graduation practices.

There's this funny guy in Fruits Basket named Ayame Sohma. He is quite a carefree person who is good at making funny excuses. Here's one of those excuses:

Teacher: "I don't care about your hair color, but long hair definatly violates school rules. Cut it before you come to class tomorrow."
Aya: "I'm...actually, I'm a super-magical human. I have been hiding this fact for a long time. But I have this precious kingdom to go back to. The reason why us super humans have long hair is that our great king Rubalru had a miracle vision when he was about to die. The person who gave him this vision is called Great Kandora! When Kandora used his super magic power, King Rulbaru's Super-Ultra-Magical-Force was freed like a bird and made him grow Ultra-Strong-Magical white long hair from his head! Just then, what happened was when King Rulbaru was resting, an emeny kingdom suddenly attacked him. He was in such a terrible situation! He thin asked Kandora for power! And then-!"
Teacher: "He-Hey, Ayame, I have a meeting this afternoon...."
Aya: "I haven't explained about the Great Kandora yet."
Teacher: "Long hair is ok! Long hair is allowed!"~14

Taken from:http://moonglow.nu/nikkichan/aya/splashy.html.

That's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Finally, the week has ended. And it was certainly, no doubt, one of the busiest weeks I've ever had in entire high school life.

What made me busy in this week? Well first, it was the projects. There was our research on death penalty, (that's a bit incomplete), a Math report (which kinda sucked), and our novel review. The novel review was the one that really gave me a headache. It was supposed to be passed next Friday, but since the deadline for our clearance was today, the deadline was instead moved to...well, today! Since I'm not really an avid reader of novels, I decided to use a short novel entitled, "The Fox" by D.H. Lawrence. I just finished reading it yesterday, thus making me finish the review at 3 AM! (I tried searching for a summary in the Net to save time, but it seems no one has ever dared to do it.)

Speaking of clearance, this week was full of panic-stricken students trying to complete their requirements for their clearance. And since I'm one of the top students in the class, I was the target of many of my classmates who wants to have a copy of the notes that they lack, a little help in some easy projects, and in copying some of the answers to their lacking activities. It really gave me a headache.

Then I was assigned to handle the summary of scores of me and my classmates for Math. This assignment led me to hearing endless calls of my name from my classmates who are a bit confused about doing the summary. At that point, I actually thought I was evolving into the GTM, or Great Teacher Mask!

And then, my biggest nightmare came. MY CLEARANCE WAS LOST! NOOOOO!!!!! That event really, REALLY pissed me off. It really made me wanna smash something. Thankfully, the clearance was found hours later. Thank goodness!

So yeah, my week was definitely tiring. It's times like this that I would really wanna say T.G.I.F.!

For today, we're gonna have a Bushism, or a funny George W. Bush quote. Here it goes:
"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' —Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

That's all I can say. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Friday, March 3, 2006

Hey there guys. The Prom last Monday was great. It was full of laughter, craziness, dancing, and classy food. I also got to meet new people. The one I remember was Abraham, who was the Tagalog-speaking guest of my dancing partner Jacky J. Good thing I was good at Tagalog also, and we had a very nice conversation with each other.

After we lost our hangover from the Prom, then came the one word that gives me stress: PROJECTS!!! And, if I'm correct, I need to make SIX projects within the next weeks. There's a graph illustration in Physics, a report in Math, bookbinding in Home Economics, research in Filipino and Computer, and a movie & novel review in English. Crap! The next weeks might be the LONGEST weeks in my entire senior life. (Did I forget to mention that in the next weeks, we'll have a diagnostic test, the final quarterly test, and the 2-week graduation practice? Oh boy....)

On the lighter side, I'm happy to announce to all of you that my myOtaku site reached 3000 hits last Thursday. Don't believe me? Here's the picture of that memorable event:

So, I'd like to say thank you to all of you for visiting my site, or rather my cafe, for more than 2 years already. Thank you very, very much!
Quote from my classmate: "From your mistake you can cook a better steak!"

That's all I can say. HAVE A NICE DAY!

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Since February is gonna end already, I thought it would be fitting to make a month-end special for February, seeing how crazy it was for me. But instead of doing it the old-fashioned way, I decided to do it in a poem. Now, I'm not really good at poetry, so forgive me for my work. Here it goes:


February, oh February
A month I can describe as crazy
Full of events that I will remember
For a long time, or even forever

First off was the great melee
That involved the game show, "Wowowee".
Who would've thought that so much excitement would lead
To a disastrous and tragic stampede.

Later on, a more catastrophic tragedy
Occured on the island of Southern Leyte.
Heavy rains and earthquakes led to a landslide
That buried thousands of people alive.

Then on the People Power anniversary
Madame President declared a state of emergency.
Coup attempts and rallies were widespread,
All of them aiming to oust the nation's head.

With all of these events I fervently pray
That everything will soon turn out okay.
For now, that's all I can say.
May all of you have a nice day!

On other stuff, I'm gonna have my final JS Prom tomorrow. Right now, I'm making our batch history for tomorrow.

And since we're the Seniors, our polo shirts will have shades of blue. Oh, if only I had the chance I would dress up like the "Phantom Thief" Kaito Kid. Oh well, I sure hope tomorrow's gonna be fun.

My poem at the top will serve as today's special.

Again, that's all for today. HAVE A NICE DAY

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