Japinoy 5th Anniversary Celebration

Posted On July 5, 2011

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Sabi nga nila, “huli man daw at magaling, naihahabol din”. Kaya kahit na huli na ang pagse-celebrate ng aming mahal na online community ng ikalimang taon nito sa Internet (June 8 ang talagang petsa nito) noong Sabado, ayos lang kasi nairaos ito ng maayos at nag-enjoy ang mga nakapunta ng todo.

Nagsimula ang diskusyon at pag-oorganisa nito noong June 13, pagkatapos i-offer ni Dan (aka hirodayuy, isa sa mga founding members) ang lugar nila bilang pagdarausan ng event. Nagamit na rin naman yung lugar na yun previously, noong “unofficial” anniversary celebration last year. Medyo mahirap kasing maghanap ng lugar na paggaganapan ng mga ganung uri ng aktibidades. Noong naayos na ang isyu ng venue, nagsimula na ang pagtatanong at pag-iimbita sa mga miyembro kung makakasama sila. Marami naman ang nagkumpirma agad na sasama sila, pero medyo marami din ang hindi nakapunta.

At dumating na nga ang araw na pinakahihintay namin. Nagkita-kita kami sa Trinoma para pumunta na kina Dan. Umulan pa nun kaya medyo nahirapan din kami. Pero nasulit din dahil sa magaling na pagho-host nina Jam (Jam_Kuradoberi) at MJ (ryuchi). Nagkaroon din ng mga games at heto ang mga nagwagi;

Karaoke Contest: Jay (Cloud_Strife)

Japinoy Henyo: ang inyong lingkod at si Gene Michael aka lisyaoran

Blanket Game: Group 2–Mitch (yamapi_michiko), Ayra (YuyaNoHime) , Jay, Hannah (mynameisEyn), Jed, Mike (oasis), Ronnel (arashi), Kuya Carlo (aka Bismarque), at Leo (siyata)

Kendama: Kuya Bismarque

Human Bingo: Lara aka Lady-Rinoa

Nagkaroon din ng munting salu-salo ng chicken afritada, kanin, pancit at maja blanca bilang dessert. Sa bandang dulo ng programa ay may ipinalabas na clip para sa okasyon at paraffle kung saan karamihan ng miyembro eh nakakuha ng isang premyo na hinaluan ng munting kalokohan (karamihan dahil hindi inasahan ng mga sponsors na mas marami ang pupunta). Ang nakuha ko doon ay isang issue ng Otakuzine’s The Otaku Vault. Kinailangan na nga lang na madaliin ang parteng yun dahil may mga dapat nang makauwi para hindi gabihin. Meron namang mga nagpaiwan para sa “post-party celebration“, which is another term para sa inuman, kantahan at paglalaro ng X-Box. XD Linggo ng umaga ng magsialis kaming mga nagpaiwan kina Dan.

Positive naman ang naging feedback mula sa mga miyembro. Sana naman ay maulit, kundi man mahigitan, itong event na ito next year, kung hindi man sa Christmas Party.

Salamat nga pala sa mga sumusunod:

kay Dan sa pagpapatuloy niya sa amin sa kanilang tahanan,

kina Ate Cat (aka Maneki Neko) at Kuya Elvin (aka Wigent–mga founders at administrators ng forum) sa pagbibigay ng “official seal” sa planong ito, pati na rin sa pagbibigay ng mga premyo sa raffle. Kahit wala kayo eh nandun naman kayo in spirit.

kina Maan (aka kumi-chan) at Jam sa pagbibigay din ng premyo sa raffle at sa mga palaro,

kina Lara, Jobelle (aka jayeannev) at Maan sa pagbabalot ng mga premyo. Kahit na hindi sa gift wrapper yun, effort pa rin.

kina Kuya Carlo F. (aka naglalakad), Jed, at Arzen (aka Arzenator) sa inyong paghabol sa event,

sa mga newbies na sina Matt (aka Crusnik), Vincent A. (aka Jizenka), Ronnel, Hannah, at Gessella (aka houseki) dahil hindi kayo nahiyang makihalubilo sa amin.

kina Jam at MJ sa super panalong pagho-host,

at kina Fei (feihaley), Dave (takeru_mikami), Kei (kei30), Mitch, Ayra, Li, Jay, Kuya Bis, Mike, Aya (chaos), Cande (nightwing), at Leo sa pagdalo at pagsuporta sa event na naganap.

Hanggang sa muli!

Iyun lamang po.

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Working Man Blues

Posted On July 14, 2010

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“People choose the paths that grant them the greatest rewards for the least amount of effort”–Dr. Gregory House

I have a confession to make.

My family and most of my friends know that I am still working in a call center. The reality is that I have severed my links to the industry. Since last May. However, I still hold my part-time job as a proofreader, so I still have money at times.

I know some of my friends would ask, “Bakit? Malaki ang sweldo sa call center, ah. Bakit mo binitawan yun sa hindi naman ganun kalaki ang kita?” I think I can answer it through this post.

First, I think I got bored stiff by working in a call center. Sure, you get to speak with other people, but it’s mostly about business. Another thing, you don’t get informed about things around you, since most of the centers I have worked for ban the use of the Internet on the work terminals, and I am too tired at the end of the day to even surf. For a person that is an information addict, it is like being a smoker being without cigars. Lastly, I felt na pumurol ang utak ko since I entered the industry. I haven’t been able to write as spontaneously as before, and I am still trying to get my groove back.

Second, money no longer motivates me as much as before. It’s not that money ruled my life, but it became enough motivation for me to accept my first call center assignment, even though I lived in Marikina and the office was in Market! Market!, Fort Bonifacio. Right now, I don’t think I can bring myself to work for one.

Third, I don’t think that my body can handle the schedule of the industry, at least for now. I know that I am a night person, and years of working in the industry has ensured that it will be that way for a long time, but even night persons have times that they have to sleep at night. You can’t have those nights if you are in a call center.

Fourth, I wanted to have a life. Hindi yung bahay-pasok na lang ang ginagawa ko. During these past few months, I have been somewhat making up for lost time. For instance, last week I was finally able to attend the screenings of Eiga Sai (Japanese film festival), and I was able to watch all 10 of the features. I have also been to Enchanted Kingdom twice this year (and a third is in the works), as compared to the period between 2006-2009 (zero).

Lastly, it might sound absurd, but I am satisfied with my part-time job. Sure, it pays per essay that I edit, but I found some things in this job that I never found in any of the companies that I have worked before. Malcolm Gladwell wrote in a book that to be satisfied with your job, you need three things. Those are Autonomy (you get to have a say on what you do everyday, at least on how you will do your job), Complexity (as the book says, it should “engage both your mind and imagination”), and Connection between Effort and Reward (the harder you work, the greater your income). Let me compare my present and past gigs based on these three things.

Autonomy:

Past (call center): Almost everything is by the book. You need to follow scripts, you can’t eat at your workstation, you can’t browse the Net, you can’t bring your phone, etc. Maraming bawal.

Present (proofreading): Sure, there is a deadline for me to finish my corrections, but I can decide on which time of day or where I can do it. Since it’s Web-based, I can do it at home, or in an Internet cafe, or at a Burger King (I have a netbook, but it’s currently “indisposed”). I can take my lunch or dinner while working, I can play music, hell, I can even drink while working (I just make sure that I do the corrections well).

Huge Advantage: Present.

Complexity:

Past: Okay, I do get varied calls from time to time, but I have to do it according to a certain “call flow”.

Present: Although the job is mind-numbing, in some instances it gives the opportunity to do research, and that is where I can stumble into some new knowledge or information.

Slight Advantage: Present.

Connection Between Effort and Reward:

Past: After all the deductions on your salary, can you still appreciate the hours that you put up? The holidays that you missed? The risk that you take each day while travelling? ‘Nuff said.

Present: Since this is a part-time gig, there are no deductions. Also, you know when it is lean times or fat times ahead of you. To be quite honest, the salary that I will be receiving this month will be less than the electric bill for our house. But it’s okay, because there are few essays to correct. The netbook that I was mentioning earlier?  I was able to buy that during one of those “fat times”.

Considerable Advantage: Present

Despite all of these, wala naman akong masamang tinapay sa call center industry. In fact, I would like to thank all those years, because I earned enough from all the backpay I have received to tide me over (somewhat) during these lean times. In fact, I used to love the industry, mainly because the first call center that I worked for was as flexible as it could be allowed. We can bring food to our stations, we can listen to music, we can surf the Internet. But as they say, some good things never last. Gradually, some rules were imposed. However, I still was able to stay for two years, until I was cut when the account downsized. Last April, I was given the opportunity to come back to that same account. However, as much as the team leaders said that nothing has changed, I saw otherwise. The bright, cheery atmosphere was gone. Sure, some of the guys that I worked with before were still there, but it seemed that they were strangers to me. Also, the aura of the workplace was still and quiet. Para akong nasa sementeryo. So, I used the elections last May to leave, and I have never came back since then.

The only thing remaining is how to break the news to my family. I know someone who will freak out when she learns about this.

Tagged! 15 Random Things about Myself (Part 3)

Posted On July 1, 2010

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Ang katuluyan ng mga bagay na tungkol sa akin…

8.I am a night person.

I accomplish more when I work on things during the night than during the day, specifically from 10 pm onwards. Sometimes, I stay awake until 8 in the morning. However, that doesn’t mean that I just lie around on my ass when the sun is up. May mga nagagawa at ginagawa din naman ako sa araw, pero mas gumagana ang utak ko kapag gabi. I do my job (proofreading essays) better, as well as concentrate more. In fact I am doing this entry at 2 am. The only exception is when I am dead tired from doing something during the day, or when I am blitzed after a drinking spree.

9. I think I am jinxed when it comes to planning.

Seriously, the moment I plan about something, from vacations to stuff like setting up a business, sooner or later something will happen that will force me to postpone or completely scrap it. Things like friends backing out from going on a trip we have planned, money not reaching me in time, and others just puts the breaks on my plans. That is why I do not talk or think much about the stuff I want to do in the near future. Baka mapurnada na naman.

10. I once dreamed to be the President of the Philippines.

Of course, as kids, we all had dreams on what we want to be in the future. I think this happened when I was between 5-8 years old (5 because that was the time of the coups against the late President Cory Aquino, 8 because that was the time when former President Fidel Ramos was campaigning. Either way, I don’t remember which of those really sparked that dream, so then). During that time, I thought that being President was cool; people follow whatever you say, you are always on TV, you get to live in a nice “palace.” It was when my age and wisdom advanced (I don’t want to say the word “older”, kalabaw lang ang tumatanda) that I saw the realities behind being a President and I concluded that it is a thankless bitch of a job, and it is more so today. However, I did not totally junk that dream. Malay natin, maging Presidente nga ako. Isa pa, libre lang ang mangarap. Pero mas gusto kong maging ordinaryong tao.

Other things that I dreamed about when I was a kid included being a basketball player (hindi tayo pinalad sa height), a spy, a sports analyst (those guys who call basketball games on TV), and a journalist (was actually planning to take up Journalism in college, but my parents stepped in, telling me, “ayaw naming magkabutas-butas ang katawan mo”).

11. I used to drink a lot of softdrinks and coffee.

When I say a lot, I mean a lot. As in nakaka-isang litro ako ng Coke sa isang araw. Sa kape naman, may mug dati ang tiyuhin ko na parang makakapuno na ng tabo sa laki, at nakaka-dalawang tasa ako nun sa isang araw. However, since my mother passed away from complications resulting from diabetes, I have cut down on my soda and coffee intake. Hindi na rin naman kasi gumagana as pampagising. Lalo lang akong inaantok. Nowadays, I just drink coffee when I want to, and I would most likely drink pineapple juice or water than cola. However, if I would drink cola, I want it to be rootbeer.

12. I once stopped from schooling just for the heck of it…

Yup, before my recent “academic leave” (which is already, according to my calendar, running for 4 years, 8 months and change), I did take a leave from my college studies. I told my parents that I was stopping for a semester to help my older sister (which was in college too), which was true. The other reason, which I did not tell them, was I wanted to take a breather. Medyo na-burnout din kasi ako nung mga panahong yun. Siguro dahil sa environment ng eskwelahan (a school known for its business courses somewhere in Quezon City). I mean, I had few friends, and you need friends to help you from the tedium. I did come back after a semester, but our financial situation was still fucked up, so we moved to the province, where I continued my studies, until it was interrupted again, this time not of my will.

Which leads me to…

13. …but I still want to finish my studies.

Though I have learned more things outside the walls of the school than inside it, I still want to finish it, and at the last college that I attended. Of course, iba pa rin ang may natapos na kurso. Isa pa, sayang naman kasi isang taon na lang ang bubunuin ko.

As for the “last college that I attended” part, you might ask, “Bakit doon pa? Marami namang magagandang eskwelahan dito sa Manila?” Well, I just consider it as an unfinished business, and I think it would be great if I finished what I started in the college where I studied the longest. Another thing, college here in Manila can be very stressful. Traffic pa lang, uubusin na ang enerhiya mo. At least my former college is just a walking distance away from our place in the province. Really.

Did I mention that this is one of the things that I can use as an example for Random Thing about Me #9?

14. I am currently making a “Bucket List.”

I am in the process of making a compilation of the things that I want to do before I kick the bucket (which could be anytime, anywhere). However, I intend to make it more organized, and some would have numbers (e.g. I want to go to this place X number of times), like an “achievement list” in games.

Baka i-post ko siya dito kapag nagawa ko na siya.

15. I had a really difficult time filling this up.

Honestly, it was hard to think about things that are random and interesting at the same time. Marami pa kasi akong hindi napupuntahan, hindi nagagawa, hindi nararanasan. There are also things that I’d rather keep to myself, or with the people really close to me. That’s why I took a long time finishing this.

Malapit na pala akong mag-time. Salamat sa pagbabasa!



Tagged! 15 Random Things about Me (Part 2)

Posted On June 29, 2010

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Napahaba iyung naisulat ko noong una, kaya naisip ko na ring i-divide ang post na ito into sections para hindi gaanong matrabaho basahin. Anyway, eto na yung katuluyan ng “15 Random Things About Me…”

15 Random Things about Me

3. I express myself better through writing than speaking.

That is right most of the time. I tend to stammer and forget things whenever I talk, but I can give more ideas if I put it in paper. Isa pa, ang isinusulat, pwede mo pang baguhin. Ang nasabi mo na, hindi mo na mababawi. Maybe that’s the reason why I don’t talk too much. The only exception is when I am drunk.

4. I read a lot, and I plan to have a personal mini-library.

I like reading stuff. Newspapers, magazines, books. Kahit siguro pambalot ng tinapa, basta interesante ang nakasulat, papatusin ko. However, I have my preferences. For non-fiction books, I like history books, as well as autobiographies (official or unofficial) and those that discuss a specific event or topic that I’m interested in (The Last Season: A Team In Search of Its Soul is a good example). For fiction, that would be a toss-up, though I like the Thomas Harris series (The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, Hannibal and Hannibal Rising) and the works of Tom Clancy and Dan Brown.

As for the mini-library, I think I can pull that off whenever I have the money and the right place. XD

5. I am afraid of heights and depth.

Oo, takot ako sa matataas na lugar at sa malalim na parte ng dagat.  Mahihirapan kang mapasakay ako sa Wheel of Fate (yung Ferris Wheel sa Enchanted Kingdom) at may oras na mamumutla ako kapag sumasakay ako sa Anchors Away. Curiously, nakaya ko namang magtrabaho sa 26th floor ng isang building sa Eastwood at ang dalawa sa pinakagusto kong destinasyon ay Baguio at Antipolo.

Ayoko naman sa malalim na parte ng dagat dahil hindi ako marunong lumangoy. Kinda ironic, kasi nanirahan ako sa Pangasinan, at may kalapitan ang beach sa amin.

6. I like taking walks.

Sabi nga nila, walking is great exercise. Para sa akin, magandang paraan din ito para matuto tungkol sa paligid. Kung maglalakad ka kasi, mas madali mong mahahanap ang isang lugar kumpara sa kung sasakay ka ng jeep o bus. Makikita mo rin ang mga bagay na mami-miss out mo kung nakasakay ka sa umaandar na behikulo. Nakaya ko nang maglakad mula sa Ortigas hanggang sa bahay namin sa Marikina, as well as mula sa Ayala hanggang sa SM Megamall, mula sa bahay hanggang sa Crossing-Shaw, at mula sa bahay hanggang sa Antipolo. Iyung unang tatlong instances, kinailangan dahil wala akong pamasahe. Iyung huli, eh trip lang.

7. I have a love-hate relationship with the rain.

Just as it says, I love the rain at times, but I hate it most of the time. I love it because it helps me sleep, and it’s a good time to drink with friends. I hate it because it makes travel (whether to work, home or somewhere else) hard. Sa taong hiyang sa paglalakad, nakakainis ang tag-ulan. Another reason why it makes travel harder, aside from the usual aftereffects of a shower, like floods and traffic, is that it makes public transport stuffy. Nakukulob ang body heat sa loob ng jeep. Hindi naman ako biniyayaan ng kotse, kaya kung walang mahanap na FX o taxi, o kaya naman walang pamasahe para dun, eh magtitiis ka talaga.

Oops, may gagawin pa pala ako. Pero pagbalik ko eh tatapusin ko na ito. Pramis.



A “Literary” Break…

Posted On September 4, 2009

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(Blogger’s Note: Well, the past few blog posts have been about serious topics, and the next few posts would be more of the same, since I want to cover some of those topics I wasn’t able to (like the FIBA-Asia Championships final stages, the Japeth Aguilar fiasco, and Mar Roxas’ withdrawal from the presidential race, to name a few). So, I decided to post a couple of my attempts at poetry here, just to break the tedium. Pagpasensiyahan nyo na po. Thanks.)


Beyond Words


I try to explain it, but could not

I try to ignore it, but can not

I try to run from it, but would not

I try to fight it, but dare not.

You seem to come out of the sky

To take me out of my dream

And place me under your spell

Binding me with your charm.

You peeled away at my facade

And showed that I needed care

You tore away at my walls

And showed that I wanted love.

I don’t know how you did it

But you had me long for you

Way beyond I had expected

Or what I planned for…

The Japinoy 3rd Year Anniversary Recap!

Posted On May 29, 2009

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(Note: *– Japinoy.com usernames are given)

I was blessed with the good fortune to be able to attend the 3rd Year Anniversary of Japinoy.com (one of the online communities that I am connected with) last Sunday in Quezon City. I have only been a member there for less than two months but the forum administrators, as well as the senior members, have been so friendly and accommodating online during those times. I saw that meeting them in person would be a great way of saying “thank you” to them.

On the day itself, I was already in the Cubao area around 12:15 pm. I bought some stuff first before killing time at an Internet cafe. Then I proceeded to the Gateway to meet with Shijie* and chakuma-chan*.  After having a bite, we went on to the MRT Cubao station where we were to meet the other Japinoy members. There, we met Xemis*, Jed* and Ryuchi*. We also met feihaley* and emperorcaius* a little later. Afterwards, we went back to Gateway, meeting the others along the way.

We arrived at the place at around 3 pm, so we were quite late for the event. However, the festivities started a little after we arrived. The administrators, Wigent* and Maneki Neko*, were the emcees for the anniversary. The first event was the Karaoke Singing Contest, where contestants showed their talent singing J-Pop songs. Next was the Wario Challenge, where players have to follow steps using the Nintendo Wii controller. Everyone was able to participate, and I scored 6 points on that one (which sucked compared to the 54 points of the winner). While the Wario Challenge was ongoing, the food (yakisoba and maki) was served. It was tasty and filling. Afterwards, the first Japinoy Super Quiz Challenge was started. Everyone in attendance was split in groups of three, which faced off in a best-of-5 questions competition until a winner was declared. I had aoi-san* and jen-chan* as my teammates. Unfortunately, we got eliminated in a first-round thriller. The final activity for the night was the Human Bingo. Afterwards, the awarding ceremonies for the winners were held, as well as the announcement of some of the future plans. The winners were the following;

-Karaoke singing contest winner: murasaki-san
-Nintendo Wii Wario Smooth Moves challenge winners: maakusutipen-san and chakumachan
-Japinoy.com Super Quiz winners: Team #6: Jed-san, emperorcaius-san, YuyaNoHime-san
-Human bingo winner: moeru-san
-King of shorts winner: jurusu-san

Although some went home early, most of who saw the close of the festivities lingered to see a short movie made by fellow Japinoy members. We decided to go home sometime past 9 pm. Although we were tired, we enjoyed every bit of the 3rd Year Anniversary.

To the following people; Wigent-san, Maneki Neko-san, murasaki-san (the hostess for the event), Shijie-san, chakumachan, Ayakashi-san, ryuchi-san, siyata-san, jurusu-san, jen-san, aoi-san, Jed-san, feihaley-san, emperorcaius-san, Joe Sanzou-san, Xemis-san, yamapi_michiko-san, naglalakad-san, YuyaNoHime-san, nightwing-san, mihawk-san, Lady-Rinoa-san, jayeannev-san, spitz-san, hirodayuy-san, kogomaro-san (did I get this correct?), moeru-san, mutley-san, ashte-san, renji14-san, van allen-san, maakusutipen-san, and to all those I forgot to mention, it’s a pleasure to meet you all! I hope to see you in the next events!

Anime Review, anyone?

Posted On May 7, 2009

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I was thinking about this for some time now, and for the sake of my anime-loving friends, I want to post a little more entries about anime here on this blog.

Trouble is, I don’t know where to start. So I’m asking everyone to help me out and suggest anime titles that I could watch, and perhaps have my reactions about those posted here?

Details about the review will be posted later.

Suggest na!

My Jobapalooza Experience

I was not really thinking about going to that specific job fair. Mas gusto ko pang mag-solo flight kapag naga-apply ako ng trabaho. However, my father asked me to go take a look at it and my sister, already pressured by the bills that were shifted to her shoulders ever since I decided to leave my previous job, seconded the motion.

May 1, 2009

Okay, it’s the day. Actually, I was not able to get some sleep (I was up all night watching Detective Conan on the Internet), but it did not matter. F*** it, I told myself, when you applied from your previous job, you also did not get sleep because you were at work. I ate my breakfast of pandesal and coffee, then set up the media player on my sister’s PC and the speakers to full volume, and played my favorite anime songs. Pampagana, so to speak. After I prepared myself, I left the house at 8:30 am, going first to a friend’s house in Cainta to ask about something and to have a copy of my resume printed. Then I proceeded to the SMX Convention Center, where the job fair is held.

When I arrived there sometime before 12 noon, I was taken aback. What the f—ang daming tao! I mean, I expected that it will be crowded, but not that crowded. There were two lines, one for those going abroad, and one for those seeking local jobs (or it could be one for those who pre-registered online and the other for those walking in…I’m not sure. Whatever.), and one line sneaked from one entrance of SMX to the parking lot at the back. The other line stretched from the other entrance, followed the driveway on the front, and into the parking lot in front of SMX. And it was also quite chaotic, as impatient jobseekers (the vast majority are youngsters like me) took to jeering and heckling the security personnel who were trying to keep order. I looked around first, and saw some applicants taking videos and pictures of the event, as well as the media. Finally I decided to take my chances and fell in line.

One, two hours passed but we have barely moved from our places. For a short while, there was a light drizzle. I thought that I would have to make a run for the mall in case it became a downpour. Fortunately, it did not. The organizers, seeing that there might not be enough time to accommodate everyone, offered free transportation to those who want to attend the parallel job fair in SM San Lazaro. I did not take it, knowing that SM San Lazaro would be too far from my house.

Then, at around 4:15 pm, with me getting really, really sleepy and hungry, I decided to say “Damn it, I’m going”. I’ll just try my luck some other time. At that time, the lines are astill almost as long as it were almost 4 hours ago.

The biggest blunder here was that it was not properly explained that there are other parallel job fairs happening at other SM Malls. The organizers just emphazised the SMX Convention Center as the venue. Hence, the jobseekers trooped to that place.

So, after being up for 25 hours, falling in line for 4 hours, seeing a street urchin flip the bird on my fellow passengers, and not having lunch, I had finally arrived home. My search continues…

Top 10 Recent Events that I wish I was a part of…

Last night (April 5), I watched two events on TV that gave me goosebumps, because I felt that I missed a lot by not being there in person. So I thought  “Why not make a list of those events that I wished I was a part of?” I just included the events of the last 3-4 years, since that’s the time I really cared about those stuff and realized that I love being in crowds to “feel the energy”. So, here it is…

10. All editions of Hataw! Hanep! Hero!–Being an anime fan, I am really committing a grave sin by missing this and the other anime events (check below). But I can’t help it, it’s either I don’t have a budget for it or I’m just too pooped up to go (as is the case on the others on this list).

9. Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar dela Hoya theater screenings–It must have been good to “soak in” the collective elation of the crowds upon seeing Manny Pacquiao ascend one more step towards boxing greatness (though I had money on Dela Hoya).

8. Talk and Text vs. Purefoods, July 9, 2008–I wanted to be in this game because that was the game where James Yap kicked Talk ‘n Text import Terrence Leather and scampered away when Leather chased him on the court. That should have been fun to watch in person.

7. Any Ozine Fest before 2009–Another annual anime event that I missed the past few editions…

6. Any Ateneo-La Salle game the past 2 years–For a basketball fan, any Ateneo-La Salle game is a treat, because of the rivalry. But I loved the games the past 2 years (They met 5 times in 2007 and in the UAAP Finals in 2008) because of the sheer excitement. Rico Maierhofer’s finger. Nonoy Baclao’s rejection of Rico. The expectation of a shootout between Chris Tiu and JV Casio. All those made the past two years’ games really a must-watch.

5.  Game 7, Ginebra vs. Air21, 2008 Fiesta Conference–The crowd favorite versus the young upstarts. Battle-tested veterans (Caguioa, Helterbrand, Menk) against young guns (Arwind Santos, Gary David, JC Intal). And it went the distance. Must have been a loud Araneta Coliseum.

4. Team Pilipinas vs. Hoopdreamz Australia (April 5, 2009)–I watched this on TV (rather, listened because of poor TV reception). The first time that the new Team Pilipinas under coach Yeng Guiao played in preparation for this year’s FIBA-Asia championships, which is a qualifier for the 2010 World Basketball Championships in Turkey, and it went into overtime. Okay, I know that the team that they faced is not exactly world-class, but it still makes for good viewing. And I support our National Team. So then.

3. Panagbenga 2009–I heard from my Baguio-based friend that this Panagbenga is different from all the others. Not to mention that it was in February, and Baguio is still cold during those times. Well, for the record, I haven’t been to any Panagbenga festival, but I intend to be in one soon.

2. One Night with Journey (March 14, 2009)–Growing up with their famous songs “Open Arms” and “Don’t Stop Believin”, my interest with Journey just heightened when Arnel Pineda became their new vocalist. I’m wondering about the atmosphere during that time, when Arnel Pineda is performing on his home turf, in front of his countrymen. I’m sure that it was a wonderful moment for every Filipino music fan.

1. The Eraserheads: The Final Set (March 7, 2009)–The OPM band that I grew up listening to had its reunion concert last March. I really, really wanted to go but there was no budget for it. By the way, I watched it last Sunday on TV and I really missed a lot. From the first song to the tributes for Francis Magalona (who passed away a few days prior) to the confetti shower and the fireworks. It was wonderful and poignant at the same time.

If there are any events that you wish to add, please do so.