Tuesday, August 31, 2004

It's all Greek to me, or French, or Japanese...

I took up French for my foreign language class back in college. And after earning my certificate for finishing both French 1 and 2, my knowledge of the language is still severely limited.

I've been addicted to the game 'City of Heroes' of late, which is why I haven't been able to update the blog much whenever I'm online. Anyway, I was expecting to meet mostly English speaking players, but that was not the case. Actually, it depends on the time I spend online. During mornings, English is the predominant language spoken. In the afternoons, French and German. There's also a sprinkling of Japanese and a bit of Korean.

But that will soon change, for the developers of the game are going to release a regionalized version for the Asian and European markets. Some cosmetic changes will be applied. In Asia, for example, buildings and heroes will be geared towards the anime style both in appearance and in storytelling. At least, that's the plan.

And in other news, the cops in my area are becoming more visible, especially at night. Must be because of the new directives they have been given by their chief. That's wonderful and I hope they keep it up. Already, drunks walking the streets around my neighborhood are becoming less common. Streetgangs are becoming less active, and hookers are searching safer zones. So to the men in blue: "keep up the good work, guys!"

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Learning to fly on my own.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

In a city filled with heroes...

The blue guy, that's me: "The Horny BlueDevil" Click to view bigger picture.

The other day, I got a call from Datablitz telling me that my order was already at the shop. And that is the online game: "City of Heroes". A pretty addictive game, even made more so by the fact that most of the players are willing to help out a newbie. Even the superhero costumes are fun to make. And with a soon-to-be-released update, capes can now be added, among other things; the site says that it's a high level perk.

While playing, I saw player-characters ranging from Johnny Bravo to The Shadow, even a few Catholic school girls. There was also a bunch of players dressed up as Cobra soldiers (from G.I. Joe).

Thursday, August 19, 2004


Dual Income No Kids. My wife and I fit into that category quite nicely.

My friends, my wife's friends, co-workers and relatives eventually end up asking us one question. "So, any plans on having a baby yet?" We would just smile and say, "Nope, maybe in two years."

Maybe it's just me, but most of them seem to think that we can afford to have kids. Of course not, I keep thinking. Money? Not much left after bills and other expenses. Time? Nope, my wife's working and so am I.

Running a restaurant is very demanding, and I already have my hands full keeping those little cry babies I call employees disciplined.

There's also the need to have time alone with each other. I enjoy spending time with her. Watching TV together, little things like that. And quite frankly, I'm still not sold on the idea of kids; even with reassurances from friends and relatives that life would be better for us if we have children. In the future, yes. But not right now.

And if you'll excuse me, I think it's time for round three. ;)

Wednesday, August 18, 2004


Our household has been without a cook for the past two months, so I have been using my cooks from the Brown Villa to prepare lunch and dinner for us.

One of my cooks seems to have problems following the recipes I have given him. And last night was a confirmation of that. I gave him a recipe for salted fish fried rice, which was a fairly easy dish to prepare. Anyone who knows how to make fried rice can do it. Imagine my surprise when I saw a chaffing dish filled with omelet. I asked the maids where the dish came from and they said that it was from the Villa. I sliced one open and, surprise surprise, it was filled with fried rice.

It's difficult to explain how I felt at that time. I guess it's a mixture of frustration and anger, with a dash of confusion thrown in for good measure. Here I am, just finished writing a scathing memo to the kitchen staff.

Monday, August 16, 2004

"Haven't reached your quota, huh?"

It's about time! The MMDA has finally changed the way they apprehend traffic violators. Instead of confiscating the driver's license, the traffic enforcer issues a citation to the offending driver. The driver then has to pay the fine within seven days in any Metrobank branch.

And as added incentive for traffic enforcers to strictly implement road rules, they are given a percentage of the fine.

Boys, give those damned FX, bus and jeepney drivers a good fuck-over work-over!

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

"Just cuddle"

There's a new fad that's slowly gaining popularity among New York's single people.
An introduction to cuddling ensues, first by hugging three people. People then get in a circle on their hands and knees, rub shoulders and moo like cows. After a bit of swaying, everyone falls to their side, which puts them into an easy cuddling position.
That's all well and good, but mooing like a cow just isn't my bag, baby.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Cutting Edge - Highs and Lows

Thanks to Doom3, I now have an excuse to upgrade my computer once again. And to think, a year ago, this computer was considered high-end. Now it can't even properly run the games that were released a month ago. This leads me to believe that there's a conspiracy to force people like me to spend money on hardware.

Recently, PLDT doubled the download speed of their residential DSL packages. It was a long time coming, considering the price of bandwidth is falling steadily and the number of converts to broadband is increasing. My connection at home is at 768 kbps and so far, I have no complaints. But after reading some of the postings on egroups for the company's DSL service, I am considered lucky.

Some subscribers complain of being unable to access totally legitimate sites. I admit that I had some of those problems before; I wasn't able to access Google using DSL, for example. After a bit of fooling around with the settings, I was able to determine that the problem lay in PLDT's DNS servers. A simple change in my settings resolved the problem instantly.

In my case, I have some experience in troubleshooting network connections, blah, blah. But that is not the case for most of their subscribers, and last I heard, people are still experiencing troubles with their Internet connections.

Monday, August 02, 2004

My wife and I... (comic strip is from "Rose is Rose")