Thursday, April 16, 2009

Extramurals

I was at UP Diliman (University of the Philippines) a couple of days ago to register myself for their summer French1 classes. It was a long commute from my place but I think I can handle it. In fact, I can commute anywhere within the Metro as long as it doesn't take me more than two rides to get there, otherwise, I take a cab. I'm that lazy or you can also call it road/route ignorance?! Whatevs.

Going to UP alone is totally alien to me even though I've been to the Campus a few times before. I remember I was with my college friends visiting one of the yearly festivities held in the park. There were rides, games, tiangge's and a lot street food to go around with. My other memories include movie screenings and some more festivals. All of which are done at night and I always came with friends, along with their cars or sundo's. So learning now that I had to go there myself and commute rattled me a bit. I was never a QC person, hell, I'm not even a Makati person because I still get lost from time to time.




That day in UP I learned to appreciate the campus. It's big gardens, huge shady trees, old but magnificent buildings, aging college Professors and noisy students; whom I heard talk about classes, assignments, hanging out, where to eat, etc. Probably the one thing I miss the most in life, so I'm glad I can be one again - at least for a little while. The campus was dreamy, compared to Benilde's four cornered buildings, warping floor levels and implanted palm trees, UP's was a breath of fresh air, literally.



I've known beforehand that the campus was big but I never realized that it was big-BIG that you have to take a jeepney to get from point A to B or say point A to A.a! Lol. How funny when I blankly stared at a Professor from the Department of European languages after he told me where to pay my fees. Creep'd out by my gaze he awkwardly dashed to his table, handed me a photocopy of UP's map and pointed to PNB, he said that's where I needed to go. "HuwatDaPakingSyet?" I sighed. How stupid of me to think that the Accounting office was just a flight of stairs away or in another corner (like in most Universities!) when in UP it was really like - a few blocks, no, a few kilometers away! Naloka ako.

UP - Ikot route


Amidst the torturous heat that day I eventually got to PNB, a bit sweaty but still in one piece. Extramural fees were paid on the second floor and I guess regular tuition fees were paid on the ground level because it was El Shaddai packed full of people. The upstairs line was manageable but the heat in there was intense. I felt it was better to cook slowly downstairs than be baked instantly up in there. I baked for about 25mins, still a little raw on one side but I was just ecstatic I was out of there. Took out a cig (after asking the guards if it was allowed) and smoked away to the waiting shed. I even made friends with the two tambays while I waited for a jeepney ride back to the Department of European languages.

UP Campus - Katipunan was the jeepney route I needed to take or else I'd be taken further away. I don't want to get lost that's for sure. I made my way back and presented my receipt and talked to Eva. She was in-charge of the whole Extramural classes. We talked for almost an hour, which I did on purpose because she had air-conditioning and I'm sooo desparate to cool myself off. Hahaha. No really, we had a fun conversation, the air-conditioning was a plus. =) I was back home before the night fell and God, I felt so dirty and sticky. I showered for an hour until my fingers were all pruned up. Fresh.

This will be my first ever class in 5 years and it starts on Monday. I'm already anxious to learn. =)

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Coffee Prince

During the course of the Holy week I had re-watched the Korean TV soap, Coffee Prince. I'm not a big soap-opera person, even when Coffee Prince was being shown on GMA it was nowhere near my interest. But when my sister bought the DVD copy and persuaded me to watch, that's when I got hooked.

Yoon Eun-Hye (Eun Chan) L & Gong Yoo (Han Kyul) R

Coffee Prince takes place in Seoul, South Korea. It's a story about a girl (Eun Chan) who was mistaken as a boy. She falls in-love with a man (Han Kyul) which in turn falls in-love with her - not knowing she was actually female, he became confused and that's when things got complicated and such and such...

Besides the really good acting it has lots of funny, sweet and very touching 'crayola' moments. But what's most interesting in the story is it's unprejudiced view to homosexuality. The story doesn't condemn homosexual tendencies but sees it as a norm. That life is evolving and that change is OK, it is acceptable. That's why this soap-opera is so likeable to me because it celebrates love without any boundaries.

Watch the clip below for a song and for a quick preview of Coffee Prince. I really love this song from the Soundtrack - White Love Story by As One.



*Cute*

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Ideas

Before I even moved back to Manila I've been thinking how I can improve my room. When they were still renovating the place my sister had an idea for her room. She filled her wall (the one separating our rooms) with pages from fashion magazines. Her idea actually turned out pretty nice. My room on the other hand was left bare and white, so color is definitely my first priority.

Jazz's wall

My side of the wall
(those aren't my butterflies btw)

I wanted my wall painted and not just put stuff on it. But because I don't know how to paint I suppose wallpaper will do?? Hmmn...

I did have a few ideas for my wall but it all involves paint. Here are a couple of them.

I think this is the easiest one to paint

Needs a lot of effort

and lastly, a combination of the two

Hmmn... humfanget! LOL

If you know someone whose good at painting please send him over! =)

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