Avenue Q made my day! <3

It started out to be very harassing and taxing because of the two exams that came my unlucky way – Public Administration 131 and 151 (Public Fiscal Administration and Local Governance). I used up 4 whole yellow pad papers for 131 and almost the whole of a blue book for 151. Both were 4 essay questions. Ick!

I was really exhausted after the exams that came after each other. (10-11:30 and 11:30-1) I totally hated the fact that I feel I didn’t do good in the exams, at least for 151. I really do not like essay questions that would require you to write everything you know about a topic or concept. It really ticks me off.

Asked BFFL Reg and Tenai out to lunch after the exams. We ate at the grandstand. Janel joined us afterwards. I was surprised to see Richard Ong (XS’05) in UP; apparently he went with his friends to watch the Oblation Run.

Something came up in the afternoon; Tiff had two extra 500 pesos balcony tickets to Avenue Q! Don got one, while I got the other one. At that moment, I was a bit hesitant to go because it was a sudden change in my schedule, but I really wanted to know what the fuss was all about because of the good reviews over the internet, and since Tiffy’s been raving about it all week now. I texted my parents about the change of plans. They didn’t say I can’t go, so I decided to give it a go.

Tiff and I rode with Renz and Patrick to Robinsons’ Equitable Tower for the Outblaze Christmas Party. We arrived there fashionably early (so to speak). The new office is LOVE! It’s really spacious and overlooking Poveda! “Yikee!” (Sorry, may I borrow your expression again? haha)

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Since we were “fashionably early”, Achi Michelle asked us to buy some gifts in Robinson’s Galleria. Tiff and I literally went to every store possible (nook and cranny) to find gifts. Exercise! While looking for gifts, and having found nothing at all, we side tripped to buy these cupcakes – Smore (Php 50) and Truffles (Php 70). Smore is chocolate based with caramel core, while Truffles was wine based cupcake with nuts sprinkled all over. I loved both of it. Haven’t had cupcakes that good in ages.

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After finally buying gifts, we headed back to the new office (yes, it sounds really cool to have a new office!) and played Wii! Wario Ware! 3rd Rule: Leave all your inhibitions behind; and so I did. It was a funny/ emo-ish game, I had to do hula-hoops! Yeahboy!

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Picture picture! Buffet dinner! Lots of laughter! Vodka Tiff wanted to drink but didn’t! (i didn’t know you….hahaha) Too bad Tiffy, I must admit, Ali outwitted you! ;)

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We had to cut the party short, because we were watching Avenue Q. We rushed to RCBC plaza via MRT and a cab. We weren’t that late as I feared we would be. The best part, well everything was great! It was all worth it! I would love to see the show again, even if I go alone!

I almost forgot, they ran out of the “schadenfreude” and “it sucks to be you” shirts they were selling! That was sad! (sayang talaga!)

Hitched a ride with Don to Q.Ave Banawe – had a nice talk on the way from Makati via super traffic Nagtahan. O_O :P

“The internet is really really great…FOR PORN! The internet is for porn! The internet is for porn. The Internet, the internet, the internet is for…PORN!”

These were simple things that really lighten up my day from an exam-induced deranged one.

More pictures here (clicky!).

I am glad that today happened. It was my simple escape from all the hassle that I will go through this week. In the next few days, I’ll be seen less (I think) and will hibernate in my public administration cave to study for PA 131 and PA 151 exams this Friday. That means you won’t see me online starting tomorrow until Friday.

Had lunch at Gerry’s grill with Austin, Patrick, Clea, Wu, Carlson, Merryan and Rica.

Played bridge (At first, Austin and I were winning against Merryan and Patrick, but after Merryan and Clea switched, it marked our downfall) Boo! I knew that I had no match will my original bridge lucky partner. HAHA (Naks..we can’t compete with each other Clea..) …and drank rum coke ;) yeahboy!

Harrell and Alvene appeared after we ate. Went to National Bookstore after. Wu, Pat and I were hogging the cook books. That was fun - identifying where we have eaten in “2007 Best Restaurants in the Philippines” book.

After everyone else went home, Pat and I roamed around the entire mall until I was fetched. He actually had the idea to see if I have a shoe size there. (Just in case?) We went inside Adidas and luckily, and thankfully, I found SIZE 15 SNEAKERS that I would want to wear! I’ll go back there soon to buy that! YEHEY! XD

Been to YMCA and Little Sandbox last Wednesday for CWTS. We planned some sort of a Christmas party for the little kids. YMCA is sponsoring this place wherein poor kids can go and learn. It wasn’t any formal school, but they’re helping by teaching them. Little Sandbox, on the other hand, is a day-care/ learning-center where parents could leave their toddlers.

In YMCA, we told them a story that Phimie made. It was about this not-so-well-off little boy who wanted lots of toys and food for Christmas. He later discovered that it’s not what you receive during Christmas that’s important, but it is by spending it with your family and your loved ones. After the story, we taught them how to make Christmas cards for their parents. It was all sweet.

In Little Sandbox, we just technically played with the 2 year old kids, and taught them to make Christmas cards after. It was really awesome.

The kids were cute, and adorable! Spending the day with them was all worth it. It was all a getaway from all the busy complicated stuff in the real world. It made my day. :)

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Pebbles, Barbie, Little Gabby, Me, Dianne

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Teacher and Cute Little Daniel

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The kids practicing their piece :)

Last Wednesday, I was amazed to find our friend, Hello Kitty, in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, one of the leading broadsheets in the Philippines.

It appears that the writer was giving her readers perfect Hello Kitty gifts to give this Christmas.

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More often than not, I enjoy my Public Administration subjects. I enjoy it not because of 12-inch loads of papers and readings to read and understand, but because of the learnings from experiences shared in class by classmates, and most especially by my teachers.

One professor that I find really okay is my PA 131 (Public Fiscal Adminsitration) professor, Ma’am Cuaresma.

Initially, you would think that she’s very much similar to Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago in many aspects, but once you get to know her more in class, you’ll find that she’s really smart with a great sense of humor.

One day BFFL Reg and I decided to just jot down lines that she says during class discussions, which we find originally/very “her”. Well, enjoy… :P

PA 131 Quotes:

12/04/07 - “UP is government. You don’t tax yourself.”

12/04/07 - “By nature, people are tax evaders. Filipinos have very low tax ethics.”

12/07/07 - “They call successful coup de etat People Power, while they call the unsuccessful ones rebellion, or siege, or mutiny.”

MEMORANDUM NO. SSC-07-41

TO : Deans, Directors, Head of Units, Faculty and Students

SUBJECT : Student Convocation on the selection of the next Student Regent

The University Student Council (USC) is holding a student convocation on the selection of nominees to represent UP Diliman in the selection of the next student regent on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the Bulwagang Claro M. Recto. Classes are hereby suspended from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on this day to enable maximum participation of students in this convocation. Students who will attend this convocation will be excused from their classes. The USC will issue attendance slips to the students to be presented to their respective professors afterwards.

Thank you.

(SGD) SERGIO S. CAO
Chancellor

I got this from:

http://liknayan.blogspot.com/2007/12/class-suspension-on-11-dec.html

Can anyone confirm it? :P Thanks!

Except for commuting from home all the way to Cubao, everything was a blast! It was that rare moment where you don’t care about anything, but to pour your lungs out, jumping, shouting, cheering for your team/s. To top it all, I was with my friends, who were as crazy as I was! Woot!

Earlier that day, we watched a movie at Gateway. I arrived a little bit late for Hitman. Tiff, Harrell, Harroun, and Chris were already inside. Good thing I didn’t miss a lot. I actually liked the movie, despite what other people’s reviews were. :P

Had merienda at Burger King after the movie. Then we all went to Timezone, where we met Patrick. After Timezone, we were headed to the main event at the Araneta Coliseum.

No it wasn’t a PBA championship game of San Miguel or Ginebra or Red Bull. It was something better, much much more cooler and more awesome! It was the Skechers Streetdance Battle III! It was our first ever, actually. And I was really excited because I had 2 teams to cheer for - Xavier School and UP Diliman!

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UP Diliman’s UP Street WOWED about 10,000 in attendance at the Araneta last night. They really deserve the win for the 3rd straight time now! :D Our fellow CSA member, Ayna Salazar, is included in the competition team of UP Street. She really deserves to be part of the team! You ROCK! :) Congrats!

Although the judges didn’t think that Xavier had something to say, ARANETA thought otherwise. It was really crazy yesterday as people cheered for my high school! Yes, they didn’t bag the title this time around, but I really thought they did great! You deserve the recognition! Luceat Lux! :)

My palms were numb, my throat was sore, but it was all worth it! Until next year? ;)

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Clockwise from Top: Patrick, Harroun, Me, Chris, Raein, Harrell

Photos: http://superbong.multiply.com/photos/album/80

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