Sunday, May 30, 2004

Toy Story

Aljay, a buddy since my high school days, told me to go check out Warhammer models since I was into scale models. Taking his advice, I dropped by several hobby/toy stores in Greenhills, but only one sell Warhammer products. I was a little disappointed when the sales clerk told me that they didn't have any of the resin kits I want available.

Here's what I had my heart set on...


Front View (Picture from Forge World)

Rear View (Picture from Forge World)

An idea of how big the model is. (Picture from Forge World)

Friday, May 28, 2004

Exciting Debate Turns Into Monologue


'How long is this speech, anyway? I'm getting really sleepy.' - (Photo from Philstar.com)

Kindred Spirits


This picture reminds me of the time I was begging for sex. (Photo from 'Shrek 2')

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Shut up, just shut up, shut up.

Female spectator tells Dilangalen to 'shut up' - May 26, 2004

Finally, someone had the balls (ironic, isn't it?) to tell our 'honorable' congressmen and senators to stop wasting our time and money fighting over useless details and get on with what's important.

Note: Here's an update. He said it ten times. That's pretty decent of him. Plugging in for the Black Eyed Peas, which will be having their concert here this 29th of May.

Getting Out of Hand.


Prices of petroleum products are way too high nowadays.


Thursday, May 20, 2004

A Story Fit for CSI

Isn't this something? This guy should have taken cues from CSI as well as the forensic science shows being aired on the Discovery Channel.

At any rate, I think he'll get an episode in Medical Detectives, or something similar.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

The 4J Blog site is up!

Finally, after months and months of deliberation... (off stage: Yeah! More like two days!)

Moving on... The 4J '93 Blog is finally up, alive and kickin'. We have five contributors already and more are on the way. So guys, check your mailboxes!

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Happy Anniversary

It's amazing how time flies when you're having fun. On this day, I've been married to the same lovely woman for a year. It did not even seem that it has been a year, and so far so good. Of course, I was a bit apprehensive when she told me that I can't return her to her parents anymore and I can't exchange her since she's the only girl in her family. I could, but I don't swing that way. All in all, it's all good, I've got no complaints. She's still the same charming and kind woman I fell in love with in college.

We spent the evening window shopping and buying stuff. And we had dinner at a quiet little place where the food was quite excellent but surprisingly affordable.

Finally, we received quite a number of greetings from friends and relatives; and we are grateful as well as mildly surprised that they remembered. Thanks guys.

Friday, May 14, 2004

Escape From Monkey Island

My wife, Micki, and I just got back from a four-day long stay in Boracay. We left the day after the elections, May 11. It was the best time I had since the first few weeks of our wedding.

In my line of work, I have to be always alert about every aspect of the business. I had to worry about the plumbing, the marketing, the labor and the customers. And for the past four days, I didn't have to worry about all those things. I had all the time in the world to relax and be with my wife.

On the boat ride from Caticlan, I saw the island of Boracay for the first time. The vibrant colors of the buildings, the huts, the coconut trees all reminded me of Monkey Island, a game published by LucasArts. I half expected to see a pirate ship sail past us and dock at the nearest port in search of some grog and wenches.



We spent most of our time in a cabana; we watched people walked by, cheered every time either team playing beach volleyball scored and laughed as the occasional banana boat filled with screaming riders flip over off in the distance.



Of course, what would a trip to Boracay be if we didn't get to see any celebrities. Ms. Joyce Jimenez and a girlfriend were staying in the same hotel, although I doubt they spent much time in their room. They'd rather spend their entire stay getting a tan. As for Micki and I, we'd rather stay in our hammocks.



When we were not bumming around in our cabana, we took walks to 'D' Mall' where everyone seems to be, from the charming hippie/beachbum selling snake bone necklaces to the unusually quiet Italian chef of 'Aria', from the tattoo artists to the Fire Dancers. The place is indeed a mixing pot of cultures, both Filipinos and foreigners. People came in all shapes, sizes and colors. It truly was a sight to see.

Sadly, Micki and I had to go back home. But we made a promise to each other that we'll try to return here next year.

Now that we're back, it's time to face the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, back to all the chaos that is Metro Manila. The same political jungle, the same congested roads, the same hectic work schedules. Home sweet home.

Come to think of it, we were fools to leave Monkey Island.

My wife and I would like to thank the excellent and patient staff of Waling-waling for making our vacation as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Conspiracy Theory: Redux

"For I stared into the eyes of the Raingod and said, 'Stay thy hand, lest ye face mine wrath!' Alas, it is not mine he should fear, but politicians'." - Chris Brown

It rained yesterday, it rained today. Thank God it rained. The scorching summer heat has become unbearable, and we needed a break. But, hey, it sure gives 'Don't rain on my parade!' a new meaning.

Friday, May 07, 2004

My Wife the Blogger.

I've finally convinced my wife, Micki, to write a blog. She has changed the url several times, the link I've added is the latest one.

"I'll buy that for a dollar!"

I'd rather take the money. I may not be the most culturally inclined person, but I do know one thing about art. It's all subjective.

When I visited the Getty Museum, I was amazed at the number of exhibits on display. But what really held my awe was the building itself. It was one of the most beautiful constructions I have ever seen. I was more interested with the fossils embedded in the travertine slabs they used in the construction than with Van Gogh's "Iris". When I saw the "Iris", it left me a little bit underwhelmed.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Another Wedding in the Gang

This coming Sunday, my buddy since high school, AA Albano, will get married. Perhaps it is a sign of the times, with most of us only a few years away from that dreaded barrier, 30.

We wish AA and Molly all the best.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Little Things

One of my hobbies is building scale models. It's relaxing, I slip into a trance-like state where everything becomes clear. You'd never guess how many problems I was able to solve while I was painting. And lucky for me, the solutions that popped in my head were more or less the correct ones.

When I was six, my father gave me my first model airplane. I was able to finish that just by using a nail-clipper and the tube of glue that came with the kit in one afternoon. My father forgot to buy the paint, or maybe he thought it wouldn't be a wise move. In any case, I ended up playing with the kit, and by nightfall, I was the proud owner of a wing.

As the years passed, I started buying kits by myself with whatever savings I had from my weekly allowance. The place to buy model kits back then was Nova Fontana over at Greenhills Shopping Center. Now, it's Lil's Hobby Center in Megamall. Incidentally, Lil's is the official distributor of Tamiya products in the Philippines.

My current projects: 1/35 Challenger I(Mk.3), 1/35 Merkava Mk.3, and 1/35 JS3 Stalin

There are a number of helpful sites to visit if you're interested.

My personal favorites:
- Squadron.com
- FineScale Modeler
- HobbyTalk

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Another l33t h4x0r on the prowl.

Great, idle hands are the devil's playground. Don't these people have anything better to do? Oh well, just make sure you guys have your virus definitions updated, AGAIN.

Get this, "Unlike e-mail worms that are launched only when the recipient opens an e-mail attachment containing a virus, Sasser spreads to vulnerable computers without any action by the victim. Sasser wriggles into computers through a software hole in the Windows security program that decides who can gain access to a computer."

For those with broadband connections, I'd suggest you start using a firewall, if you haven't already. Better yet, get a router or some type of hardware that will stand between your DSL/cable modem and your computer. You might as well get updates for your operating system here.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Hand in Hand, Shoulder to Shoulder

Congratulations are in order.

There are still a lot of things to iron out, like a common and equitable economic standard for each member nation. But there is no doubt in my mind about the determination of the Union to make it work. As can be expected, not everyone is happy about the Union; fears of losing their cultural identity and independence are valid concerns.

But do the benefits outweigh the disadvantages?

A single unit of currency would do wonders for the economy, having removed the difficult and tedious task of conversions between differing currencies. When they first introduced the Euro, people had a hard time converting their local currencies into Euros and back again, made especially laborious because of the mandate that all inter-nation transactions be done using the new money. There are also subtle inequities with regards to trade. I remember reading an article before about some Germans going to another E.U.-member nation to buy German-made cars because they are cheaper there. Indeed, steps are being taken to equalize, or at least, stabilize the problems encountered.

But I think people do not have to worry about losing their cultural identity, they only need to look across the Atlantic for guidance. For each state retains it's own culture and identity, but they also accept that they are part of a union. Californians, New Yorkers, or Texans; they all are distinct societies and cultures joined under one flag.

In matters of security, nothing beats a united front, shared resources and intelligence. And in this day and age, one can never have too much security. Already, there are Belgian fighter planes guarding the airspace of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia; it is an appropriate show of force and solidarity, of one nation's pledge to defend all member nations.

Perhaps it is a dream, but can Asia be united as well?

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Trouble in Paradise

It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.