Last Monday, somebody on Twitter said that some crocodiles are missing from the Pasig Nature Park. The city was one of the worst hit by the flooding.
I was then joking about how the crocodiles must be swimming around in the floodwaters and for everyone to be careful in wading through it.
I didn't realise that how true that was. Crocodiles spotted in the flood at Cainta Greenpark by a guy named Michael Lambert. These photos are lifted from his album. Click to enlarge!
It's during the night, so the photos are that clear. But it's still creepy to think that crocodiles are swimming alongside you while walking. Scarefull!!!
Megatent volunteers and NU 107 present
RAISE THE ROOF
A benefit concert for Typhoon Ondoy victims.
Featuring Urbandub, Spongecola, Chicosci, Hale, Imago, Mayonnaise, Taken By Cars, Zach Lucero+Action Pact, Duster, Stonefree, Angulo, plus more! Whole day concert starts at 3pm, THURSDAY, 1st Oct, Megatent, Meralco Ave, Ortigas.
Php100 or a survival pack to enter.
*Thanks to Denise Mallabo for this info.
I won't be posting any FS Picks this week, there are much more important matters to attend to than writing about which movies are coming out or what concerts to see or where the great sales are.
I would like to implore everyone to make your donations to the Philippine Red Cross in aid of Typhoon Ondoy victims. They are still in need of the following:
Canned or packed foodstuffs
Mats or mattresses
Toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc)
For information on which roads are safe to take in Manila, follow Manila Flood on Twitter.
Here's a draft list of possible missing people. Kindly help update.
Yesterday, I had meant to go home to my parent's house in Marikina. But the weather was so bad because Typhoon Ondoy was chucking it down since Friday afternoon and thought that the areas I would have to pass would've been flooded by then. So I changed my mind, because I was too lazy to deal with traffic, getting soaked and wading through floodwaters.
This was the extent of my experience yesterday.
Little did I know just how lucky I was, because everywhere else in the city was like this --
You'd think this wasn't in a subdivision in QC, but a river.
Some think there's no point worrying, so might as well drink Red Horse Beer. Tsk.
Loads of cars got submerged, as well as whole houses.
This video sent chills up my spine, as that was supposed to be a 19-seater van!
If you have Facebook, this video is a lot worse.
I count myself as one of the very lucky people who did not get too affected from yesterday's floods... lazyness really saved my ass. It does make me feel a bit guilty, though, because many of my friends would need a lot of help in the next few days.
I texted my family and was relieved that our house is fine. Unfortunately, I could not get hold of them today and wonder if they are okay. =(
UPDATE: If you are interested in helping, please send your donations through the Philippine Red Cross.
Ha! Just when you thought they're over, here I am again with my Guam trip photos! Mwahahahah!!!
I've been sifting through my photos and completely forgot about one of Guam's main tourist attraction -- Two Lovers Point.
If you've read my Ipao Beach entry, you would've actually seen Two Lovers Point in one of the photos.
It's that tip of the cliff.
Legend has it that two native lovers jumped from this cliff because a Spaniard wanted to marry the woman.
I know, cheesy story. Hehe! It's the place to get the best view of the island, though.
Despite the tragic story, hundreds of couples decide to get marry here. A little morbid, if you ask me -- but whatever floats your boat, right?
The sea is amazingly blue on that day. Quite nice, actually. ^_^
And there's this wall that sort of tells the short story... like a Stations of the Cross. hehehe
The highlight of the trip up to Two Lovers Point is this fence. You apparently hang a little padlock here with your boyfriend or girlfriend and your love will last forever (apparently).
We didn't do that, though.
It would've been a good idea, but I noticed that the locks were all the same. They were sold in the shop downstairs. I've also noticed that someone must be taking off of the locks on a regular basis. Otherwise, the fence would've gotten too crowded by now... but wasn't that the idea? For all I know, those used locks have been recycled and sold again in the shop downstairs. Tsk.
I was browsing around the British Vogue website the other day and have come across the Burberry ads featuring Emma Watson.
Somebody please tell me when this child had become so stunning???
I can only dream of pulling off that smokey eye makeup without looking like I hadn't slept for a month.
I better go practice my mad makeup skillz. Hehe!
I love Pink (the singer)!!! She's got attitude and she hasn't changed much from the time she became popular... but I guess that's also why she's not as successful. But I still admire her, because she's got B-A-L-L-S.
Enough of balls do this during the recently concluded VMA's. Yeah yeah, it wasn't just Taylor Swift/Kanye West's night, folks.
I just wish the photographer picked a better angle. Eep.
I don't mean to slack off from posting, honest. I'm just a bit tied up recently. I actually miss visiting people's blogs and updating my own stuff.
I hope I'll have more time this week. I really should think about drafting posts in advance. Pfttt.
I'm looking forward to watching the Surrogates. The trailer had been so interesting and it's really weird to see Bruce Willis with hair again. Horsemen, on the other hand, sports a really creepy poster -- that one's a no-go for me. *grimace*
Starring: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike
Synopsis: FBI agents (Willis and Mitchell) investigate the mysterious murder of a college student linked to the man who helped create a high-tech surrogate phenomenon that allows people to purchase unflawed robotic versions of themselves – fit, good looking remotely controlled machines that ultimately assume their life roles – enabling people to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes. The murder spawns a quest for answers: in a world of masks, who’s real and who can you trust? --© Touchstone Pictures
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Zhang Ziyi
Synopsis: At home, hardened police detective Aidan Breslin (Dennis Quaid) has grown increasingly distant from his two young sons Alex (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Sean (Liam James) since the death of his wife. At work, he finds himself thrust into an investigation of perverse serial killings rooted in the Biblical prophecy of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The White Horsemen, a master of deception and the unexpected leader hell-bent on conquest; The Red Horsemen, a sharp-witted warrior intent on turning man against man, with an innocence that hides a burning rage within; The Black Horsemen, a manipulative and dark tyrant, unbalanced but always one step ahead; and The Pale Horsemen, an executioner with disarming strength, determined to spread death through surgical precision. As Breslin grapples with each new revelation in the case, he slowly discovers a shocking connection between himself and the four suspects. --© Lionsgate
On the shuttle bus to work last week, I was sitting behind this girl with nice shiny hair. Halfway through the journey, I see something peeking out from the top of her head...
A single strand of white hair.
I was mesmerised like a moth to candlelight -- I can't take my eyes off it. I know it's rude to stare, but I can't look away for some reason.
I had wanted very much to reach into my purse and get that pair of tweezers that I always bring with me, for some inane reason.
I stared at the friggin thing until she got off.
Which makes me wonder --
If I start getting more than a handful of white hair in my head, maybe I'll just dye everything white.
I just hope I can pull it off like this girl (no chance).
I'm frustrated (a little more than usual) because there's a chance I won't be able to go on that much-looked-forward to trip to the US next month -- it's a long story. Not all hope is lost, though... maybe.
I've also just learned last night that a cousin of mine was stabbed to death a couple of months ago and nobody's bothered to tell me. He was a dead-beat (pardon the pun), but nobody in the family would have wanted that to happen to him, so it's very sad. It's also creepy because my sisters and I have just seen him just a few days before he went missing (and we rarely go home to the province). His last words to us:
"Where's my money?"
Anyway, new movies out this week -- not sure how good they are. I've put In My Life on my list because my mum's a big Vilma Santos fan. Hehe!
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta
Synopsis: Two agents tasked with dealing with immigration cases in Los Angeles deal with people of various ethnicities, getting involved in their struggles in finding a way to stay in America and have a better life.
Starring: Kate Beckinsale
Synopsis: In a remote research station in Antarctica, a lone U.S. is tasked with finding the culprit in a grisly murder. But she must do so in three days, before the sun sets on Antarctica for six entire months, leaving everything frozen in its wake.
In My Life
Starring: Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano & John Lloyd Cruz
Synopsis: An aging librarian, feeling abandoned by her children who've all moved abroad, travels to New York to spend time with her gay son. There, she tries to start a new life while reconnecting with her son and his new lover. But just as things turn around, she finds out that her son has been keeping a secret from her.
As 1 Martin Nievera & Gary Valenciano
Mall of Asia Open Grounds
Ticket prices between Php312 to Php6,240 (via Ticketworld).
I've these two tiny bug bites on my wrist at the moment and they're itchy as hell. Reminds me of the time the cousin stayed over in the flat and she got bites all over. When we switched beds, I didn't get any and she said still got new ones.
Wonder if bugs prefer fairer skin?
I better get the bedbug spray out.
After I waded my intermittently barefoot ass around Ortigas to get to the shuttle bus service stop, I asked around where my specific queue was at. There were so many people at that stop and I wanted to make sure that I take the right one, or I would end up on the other side of the city.
At times like these, I wish I had bought myself a car instead of a lousy condo unit that I couldn't live in yet because the building's not up yet. The messes I get myself into! Being wet, stuck in commuter wasteland and hungry makes me want to get that nice Honday Jazz or Suzuki Swift IMMEDIATELY. But I'm as poor as a rat, so I'm gonna have to stick with this.
Anyway, I couldn't find my queue, so I asked around. After asking about 3 people, I managed to get the right one. It was loooooooong. I saw this other girl doing the same thing I did, asking around and then finally asked me about which queue I was in. When I said *bleep*, she sighed in relief.... and then I proceeded to chat to her about how I couldn't find it myself a while before and how everything was confusing and shit...
Me! Chat a complete stranger! I'm supposed to be terribly shy, but here I was, doing the monologue of my life with a complete, utter stranger! Somebody I DO NOT KNOW. I must've creeped the hell out of that woman.
Maybe stress really screws your brain up.
As I went out the office building last night, I realised that the sky was chucking buckets -- I didn't have a clue that there was a typhoon. I couldn't wait for it to let up, so I braved the rain and wind with my flimsy umbrella. If I waited any longer, I may not make it to the last shuttle bus home. Besides, I was wearing flipflops.
So it was pouring relentlessly, my bottom half was drenched in rain and just when I turned the corner I suddenly felt that my left foot is barefoot on the pavement -- my left flipflop was a couple of feet behind me. Grosssssss!!!
I hurriedly went back for it, miffed, and went off again.
And then, when I just about crossed the street, it happened again! This time with my right foot!
The whole annoying incident made me think.
What do people wear to walk in floods and extremely wet weather anyway? I know wellies or galoshes are the most practical choice, but you won't catch me packing a pair of them into my bag. I mean, they're UGLY, right???
You can apparently get fashionable wellies now --
... in paisley print.
... or in leopard print.
But still, I don't think I can wear them.
So would I rather lose my flipflops on the sidewalk again? It's not something I'd look forward to, but has anyone out there got more alternatives???
My knowledge of card games is limited to Texas No-Limit Hold ‘em poker and I can finish a game of Solitaire on the computer. As long as it did not involve too much thinking, I will be okay. Well, maybe except for poker, but I was kind of forced to learn that one as I need to keep up with my friends every Saturday.
Just recently, I had come across a card game called Spades. I am not entirely sure how it is played, but from what I understand, there are three ways to play it: Individual (four players), Cutthroat (three players) and Partnership (two pairs against each other). You can learn how to play online spades on Spadester.com.
Spades is an all-American card game invented in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1930’s and had grown in popularity during the 1940’s. The game rose in popularity during World War II because the soldiers from Cincinnati had introduced the game to other soldiers in various military stations worldwide. Veterans brought the game back home to the US after the war, and eventually also became popular among college students and as home games, as an alternative to poker.
Spades is a trick-taking card game in which the partnerships’ objective is to take the lowest amount of tricks they bid on before the game began. Spades, along with Bridge, Hearts and Oh Hell, are all parts of the Whist family of card games. In spades rules, the trump suit is always the spade, unlike in the other games where the trump is decided randomly or by the highest bidder.
The most common game of spades is the Partnership, which is the kind featured in Yahoo Spades. In Spades Partnership, partners sit across each other on the table. A standard 52-card deck is dealt and the suits are ranked from highest to lowest: spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds. The cards are ranked from highest to lowest as follows: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. The players are dealt the same number of cards at the beginning of the game and each player is asked to make a bid. The player to the dealer’s left leads the game with any card except a spade and this continues in a clockwise manner. If a spade or the highest card of a common suit is played, that means that a trick is taken.
It is possible to play free spades online and Spadester.com offers a wide range of possibilities for you to enjoy this. Playing online spades there is far better than doing so at Yahoo Spades, MSN Spades or Pogo Spades, if only because you can customize how you want to experience your game of spades. All you need to do to get started is download a simple software, like you do with online poker sites, and then take it from there. For beginners, it is better to start playing the free games first, before moving on to the real money games.
I find it quite odd that there's nothing that I can suggest you guys do this week.
It's most strange. There are new movies out, sure, but RottenTomatoes.com had rated I Love You, Beth Cooper at 13% and Gamer is at 21%. I don't want to tell people to go see those when they're most likely a waste of time, so I won't.
Maybe you'd be better off just seeing this photo of a pet shop near my place --
The last couple of weeks went by in a whirlwind of... nothing? I had been so busy with work, that I had trouble posting here.
If there's one thing I learned from what I had been doing, it's that I'm a very boring writer! Hehe! Give me time pressure and a lot of material and you get a boring piece. Maybe I'm just being too self-critical, but that's how artists are, right?
An artist? Me? Perish the thought!
Actually the root of the problem is time management and forward planning. Once I get the kinks out of my distracting schedule, I'm sure I'll get the hang of all this work.
On other news!
Bono had taken off his sunglasses, wtf.
You NEVER see the U2 front-man without his shades.
This time though, he takes his shirt off as well. Yikes.
I've decided to sell my DKNY watch. It's really nice, but I've only worn it a handful of times.
I don't know why posting these photos, as I'm parting with it anyway. I guess it's because this watch was just one of the very few luxuries I had bought for myself, but had regretted buying it because I don't even wear it.
For some reason, I don't think it suits me or my personality. Looks like major bling ain't my thing (it rhymes!!!).
So I'm slowly discovering what my style is and it's not designer-driven. My mama would be so proud.
I've been getting terribly sleepy by midnight. That's not me! I usually stay awake until 2am. I have restless legs and get real Z's by 3am. So midnight lights out is NOT NORMAL.
Lately though, I had been waking up very early as I there are extra things I have to do before I get to work. I couldn't do them at night because I'm usually quite tired by then and it involved a lot of thinking (dangerous, I know!).
So, maybe that's it. My body clock is adjusting because I'm getting up early, so now I need to sleep earlier to compensate for the sleep debt.
OMG. I HAVE TURNED INTO A MORNING PERSON.