Saturday, December 30, 2006


I think New Year's celebration is one of the most highlighted events in a year (the fact that Christmas is only celebrated mostly in Christian countries). This is one event where everybody gets busy, trying to rush and get done with year-end reports, brushing elbows at grocery stores to get hold of those must-have-at-the-dining-table-before-midnight-comes, scrubbing dirt at every corner to welcome the new year with a "clean" start, rushing to come back home to their families or hometowns, and getting that needed sleep before the year ends to try to stay awake when the new year comes. I think for most of the countries around the world, this is one event that shouldn't be missed.

For some countries like Japan, New Year's celebration is not just a celebration of welcoming a brand new year; it is actually a practice of century old traditions. From preparing new-year-only delicacies to mailing of postcards (nengajo)that must be received by January 1st. Japanese are also required to visit a temple (for Buddhists) and/or a shrine (for Shintoists) to pray and receive blessings.

In the Philippines, this is the time where family reunions are normally held. A time where you meet relatives you thought never existed. Meeting a distant cousin who has gone to the same school as you, a Tita (aunt) who is the girlfriend of your classmates's brother, a Lolo (grandfather) who you've only heard from stories, and maybe a Tito (uncle) who has the same age as you. I think I've only been to one or maybe two reunions. Normally, my family stays home and celebrate New Year together. I remember the time when my mom asked my tita to fetch me from my grandmother's house. We welcome the year with a rosary at 10pm and by the time we're done it is almost 12midnight after which me and my siblings together with other kids and teens goes from house to house to feast on their Media Noche.

But most of the countries (if not all) celebrate the New Year with a bang and I literally mean a BANG! This is the day, the night of all nights where you see fireworks, dancing lights in the sky. From houses in one's neighbourhood to firework displays organized by the government. It is totally a feast for the eye. Colors, hundreds of them. Colors that glitters, trully a grand spectacular view to see.

I guess we owe this wonderful celebration when Earth welcomed the new century that is the year 2000. This is one event where every nation around the world celebrated a new year like never before. Countries that don’t usually celebrate the New Year have joined others in celebrating it with spectacles. And still 7 years have passed that tradition never stop. Now everyone is looking forward to that grand welcome.

In a few more hours we bid goodbye to 2006 and welcome the dawn of a new age, that is 2007. As we ponder and think about what transpired in 2006, let us keep happy memories alive and make our failures lessons to live by. Like everyone else we hope for a better future, better health, better career, a better life, and most of all WORLD PEACE!

Monday, December 25, 2006

Life begins at 30!

29..30! Four months from now life, for me, will make a different turn. Growing older (a bit wiser I guess) but still having fun just like a child. For the next few months of my life before I go near the edge and join the bandwagon of calendar lookers, I would like to do things that have been pressing in my mind. Things I think I should focus on, after all life is too short why not enjoy it while you can. So here it goes, my 30 to do things before I turn 30:

1. get to read a book, a nice book
2. go clubbing in Roppongi
3. go back to Ikaho and go skinny dipping in the hotspring
4. learn to skii
5. travel to Kyoto and see the place during winter
6. be good at Nihongo (as in fluently)
7. get all A's from my classes (hopefully!)
8. have my VISA upgraded to multiple-entry
9. get a massage
10. ride a shinkansen to anywhere
11. go to Disney Sea
12. make a draft of my thesis
13. take nice pictures of the great outdoor
14. finally see and climb Mt. Fuji
15. get myself an iPod Shuffle
16. change my mobile phone service provider
17. spend one whole day travelling...ALONE!
18. have a trip to Hokkaido
19. have more money to finance all these trips
20. finally get to see Tokyo tower before they tear it down
21. make up my mind whether I will move in the dorm or not
22. host a party at my place
23. play badminton or tennis after 12yrs
24. buy my first set of suit and trousers
25. build my own snowman...hehehe
26. go back and see TMG at Shinjuku
27. stay in the tub and relax
28. see south Honjo (Kodama)
29. get an A in Shimamoto Sensei's class (have I mentioned this already?)
30. happy!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Lost and FOUND!!

In our university, we gain access to every facility using our student ID cards. Even the security panels holding the keys for key-type locks can be accessed if one is authorized using his ID. Yesterday, as I was returning my ID to my wallet after returning our lab key, I noticed that my Alien Registration Card was missing. What a deep sh**! Of all the things that could be loss I have lost my Alien Card. One can't go out without it, they'll jail you for not bringing one.

I back tracked where I came from to check if I may have dropped it while pulling out my student ID but there were no sign of it. Then I hurried home as I have remembered that I was using my Alien Card while filling up some forms. So I checked around the house but still no sign of it.

Then it hit me! I photocopied it last Monday at the grocery shop. The f*ck! It must have been gone by now. Anyways, I hurried to the shop and checked the copier I used. Still no sign. The machine must have been used several times, who knows what happened from that day till Friday.

As a last resort I went to the customer service counter and asked if there were any returned items specifically an Alien Card. The guy at the counter said that there's none. Stupid guy! Didn't even look around the counter. So finally I went to the Koban (police box) to report it. I need a police report if I plan to get a copy (Well I sure need it!).

Today I went back again to the grocery shop to check the machine. I was thinking that maybe just maybe someone must have used the machine after me and then throw my ARC near the copier. Well bad luck! No trace of it. Anyways, my stupid intuition tells me to go back at the service counter and ask again. True enough, my hunch was right. Another stuff from the counter got a box out and there inside was my ACR. FINALLY!! Someone with a right mind tought of something. Well the stupid guy was still there and he was searching at the log book. No help really.

I am just thankful that I finally got it back and that I don't have to worry anymore.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Olympus E-500

Yesterday I finally got my Olympus E-500 from Amazon and I thought I couldn't have it after they have had problems with verifying my credit card. Last Wednesday I got this email from the site stating that they have finally verified my card and that they are processing the order now. I really want to have this camera. Why? It's an SLR, a good professional camera for novice users like me, weighs less than other cameras and the quality of the shots are superb. More specs at read all about it and you decide. For now I am off to the street to get some shots!

HP B1900

Finally sold my VAIO VGN-FJ57GP and got me a new laptop (though not litterally new), an HP B1900 Notebook PC. Got this last Wednesday at Akihabara. I actually saw a brandnew unit at Yodobashii, same specs, they sell it for about 129,800 Yen. Was really into it but still want to look out for something cheaper. Then I went to a shop I've gone to before and saw exactly the same model selling for 117,800 (secondhand though). The body looks superb, I mean you wouldn't tell that it's second hand. The keys still looks great, no signs of keys been overuse and I got it in a much much cheaper price, 112,00Yen.

Why did I have to make a switch? Well my old laptop is heavy and less powerfull. I am looking for something light and yet powerfull. And I say, this HP B1900 gives it all.

Specs? Check it out:
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 (2MB L2 Cash, 1.66GHz, 667MHz FSB)
  • Chipset: ATI Radeon Xpress 200M
  • Memory: 1024MB (512MB x 2) PC2-5300 DDR2-SDRAM
  • HDD: 100GB (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)
  • Drives: 8x Super Multi-drive
  • Modem: Built-in 56Kbps Fax 14.4 kbps
  • Network: 10/100 Integrated LAN
  • WLAN: Broadcom (IEEE 802.11 b/g, WiFi)
  • Wireless capability: Integrated BlueTooth
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon Xpress 200M
  • Graphics Memory: 128MB Video Memory
  • Display Size: 12.1 inch WXGA High Definition BrightView Widescreen DisplayExternal
  • Display Resolution: 1280 x 800 resolution
  • I/O ports: 1 VGA, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 IEEE-1394, 1 RJ-11, 1 RJ -45, S-video TV out, 1 headphone jack, 1 microphone jack, AC Adapter, SPDIF (supported via adapter connected through headphone out)
  • Expansion slots: ExpressCard/54 slot (supports both 34 and 54 form factors)
  • Dimension: 22.4 cm (W) 28.7 cm (D) x 2.8 cm - 3.4 cm (H)
  • Weight: 1.79kg