What I Miss about Highschool

When my friend asked me about the most memorable years of my life, highschool is one of them.  I miss my highschool. Every bit of it. I can still remember the excitement to wake up at 5:30 in the morning to come early to school for the flag ceremony. I can even smell the morning dews of the city while walking to school carrying my blue Adidas backpack full of books, notebooks and pens that I missed to put in my school locker. The guard who always remind me to wear my I.D. and the corridors of the school towards the classroom.

I still remember the lyrics of my alma mater hymn that we made fun all the time. We do change the lyrics and make fool out of it because we are forced to sing it. And now, I miss singing it with my buddies and classmates. How ironic!

It is crappy that I reminisce the happenings in my highschool. Yet it is funny to look back on our immaturities, the latest fad back then, crushes, our firsts and of course the barkada I have. I have listed here what I miss during those years that I cannot forget. Today, I find it cheesy and embarrasing in a way. But it ‘s still funny to think that I became corny at some point. Well, its life. Probably, you can also relate to it.

1. Signing autographs. I cannot remember how many times I signed autograpg books during those times. I experienced signing after the other. That’s crap. I only wrote there MTM, which means MANY TO MENTION.

2. TITANIC. Yes, the movie Titanic. It is the only movie I watched 5 times in the cinema. And man, I even watched it on SRO. It runs for months.

3. Nokia 5110 and 3210. These cellphones are big time. Mind you. And text messaging was a craze. No autoload back then so prepaid cards are golds.

4. It Might Be You. “Time, I’ve been passing time, watching trains go by, all of my life” are the most famous lines. I think I’m ready to puke. It is so cheesy. But i admit, it became my song to a girl. Its coming (PUKE)

5. Pimple Breakout. All the redness, ugliness, oiliness, dirtiness are in my face. That sucks. I tried all the medications my mother could find. Self-esteem? Very low. Its killing me. At last they’re history for me.

6. POrn! Porn! Porn! The very first time I watched an x-rated movie . It was supposed to be stimulating but hell no. That’s not what happened. I’m with my barkada. So it is a riot. And we all just laugh. I think the title of the movie was “Tarzan X”. Lolz. We shared cds of porn too.

7. First girlfriend. How can I forget my first ex? I didn’t even courted her. At least we were happy for five days.

8. Tambay at Inuman Sessions. Ginpomelo was famous back the so it was our favorite. We even tried drinking lambanog – bubblegum flavor.

9. JS PROM. How can you forget the JS Prom. The only night I can say that my classmates are pretty. Hahaha. Peace. I remember, I danced all night. I was never tired. It was the first time I wore a coat. So handsome.

10. Barkadang Malupit. We fourteen in the group. But we were never complete during gimicks, outings and parties. I wonder why. It was nice to feel that I belong to a group. And they are my my best buddies until today. Cheers guys.

No matter what happened to me in highschool, lows and highs, it was one of the best years of my life. If were given a chance to go back on those days, I will. And I will be wilder and smarter. I miss highschool. I wonder what happened to my classmates. Or how they looked like today.

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Chocolate Hills and Subterranean River Park

I thought that the Tubbataha reef is the sole nominee of the Philippines in the “New Seven Natural Wonders of Nature“. There are other two nominees.

Another nominee is Bohol’s Chocolate Hills. It is reminiscent on my part to come across with this tourist spot again from my HEKASI subject during my grade school years. And I thought it exists only on books now and  already faced destruction today. But hey, chocolate hills are still standing and nominated as one of the wonders of nature.

Meanwhile, there is another entry from the Philippines. It is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean RIver National Park. I am not familiar with this one. I am thrilled.
 

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave. – New Seven Wonders of Nature

It is needless to say how rich our country in terms of beauty and prestige in nature. Tubbataha Reef ranks eigth. Chocolate HIlls is in the ninth spot while the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is 33rd. And only seven will make it. So fellow Pinoys, please vote our own.

To vote, please click “The New Seven Wonders of Nature“.

Pasay not at the Fort

As I wrote from my previous post, the first Hooters bar and restaurant here in the Philippines will be opened at the Fort. But it is a mistake. Sorry, guys. I will not believe on hearsays anymore.

Hooters bar and Restaurant is now open in Pasay city. It is located at HK Sun PLaza along Macapagal Avenue. One thing I am sure of, I will dine there this weekend. Bon apetit!

Survivor Philippines this August on GMA 7

The reality show that started it all. After Pinoy Idol, another TV reality franchise will be launched by GMA 7 this coming August 2008. And that is, Survivor Philippines.

I heard that in this Philippine version, there will be 16 castaways divided into two tribes. And all of the castaways must outwit, outlast and outplay themselves for 39 days in a remote place. Just like its original version and its counterparts, during the game, the castaways will face different challenges consisting of endurance, problem solving, teamwork, dexterity, and/or willpower. The challenges may be a reward or immunity. In the immunity challenge, tribes or individual castaways compete in order not to be voted off from the game. And rewards will be won during the reward challenge. Who the heck didn’t know the game?

As I expected, Paolo Bediones is tapped as the host.

The big question now is, where in the Philippines would they possibly isolate these castaways? Hmmm, guessing starts right now…

Where to enter college?

Two months from now, you will be entering college, another chapter in life that needs to get serious (probably a little serious than highschool). Don’t worry. College life is not bland, hence it is exciting.

Probably, you are already firm with your chosen course. Whatever course you will take, you must choose the best school or university to go to. It is an edge for you when you apply for a job in the future if you finished a degree in a reputable and best university. Your chosen university is a stepping stone and the start of having a stable life financially.

In choosing the best university for you. Try to consider its affordability (well of course, its your parents money and you must spend it wisely), stability (the university is offering for decades and decades of excellent education and produced fine alumni), reputability (good image, and at least one of the best), and your heart.

Here are some of the best schools and unversities (in no particular order) in the Metro you can choose from. At least I can name four. Guaranteed. I hope it could help.

University of the Philippines (UP) established in 1908

Diliman, Manila or Los Baños (outside Metro Manila) is one of the best universities in the whole Philippines. In fact, it ranked number one as the the country’s best school according to the study done by PRC and CHED and 299th in the world. It produced many alumni including Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Benigno Aquino, Loren Legarda, Juan Flavier, Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, Pia Guanio, Karen Davila, Yeng Guiao, Bejie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc and a lot lot more. It is government-owned so the tuition is not that affordable. Quality is here, guys.

University of Santo Tomas (UST) established in 1611

The oldest university in Asia is UST and older than Harvard of the US. If we are to complete the title, UST is the pontifical and royal catholic university of the Philippines. Yeah that HEAVY!! But they do accept other religion too. And hey, they are already preparing for its 400th foundation, an event to look for. The campus is located in España, Manila. Being a tiger means being an achiever. So GO USTE!

Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) established in 1859

“Lux in Domino” (Light in the Lord) is its motto. The university boasts its greatest alumni, none other than the great Dr. Jose Rizal. Certainly, if you study here, rest assured that you are in great hands, and worthy of the big bucks you pay.

De La Salle University (DLSU) established in 1911

Facilities are at par from the rest? DLSU boasts of its new facilities to achieve its mission, “to become the leading research university in Southeast Asia”. If you want to go green, DLSU is for you.

No matter what school you choose, be proud of it. And it is not your school that will make you successful, but success depends on you. So make the best out of your college life and good luck.

Pinoys ready for HOOTERS

 

Sexy girls dressed in orange shorts and a white tank top is now ready to serve you.

 

Yes. That’s right fellow Pinoys. It is not an Adam Sandler movie but it is reality. Hooters will soon be ready to serve the Pinoy’s hungry tummies and, ehem, hungrier eyes? As it will launch its first restaurant in the country this year at the Fort in Taguig City. Some say it was already delayed for it was scheduled to open last February.

 

“HOOTERS makes you happy.” Definitely.

Vote Tubbataha Reef as one of the New 7 Natural Wonders

Please vote for the Tubataha Reef which is located at the southern tip of Philippines.  

Tubbataha is a reef made up of two atolls, north and south, located in the middle of the Sulu Sea. It is rich ecosystem and a sanctuary for marine life.

“The reefs lie on the Cagayan Ridge, a line of extinct underwater volcanoes which starts from the north at the Sultana Shoal and it ends in the south at the San Miguel Islands. It is located 92 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan and 80 nautical miles southwest of Cagayancillo, the municipality that exercises political jurisdiction over it.” – http://tubbatahareef.org/index/?id=3

The beauty and serenity of Tubbataha is a marvelous sight that deserves to be included  in the new 7 Wonders of Nature.To vote, please visit http://www.new7wonders.com/nature/en/liveranking/.

And to know more about Tubbataha and how to get there, please visit http://tubbatahareef.org/index/?id=3.