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Octoberfest

I wouldn't dream of ending this month without posting about Octoberfest.
This year's event came in the guise of a charity work.


Our ticket says, "Beer for a cause".   For Php300, you get unlimited beer, watch a bikini open contest, spend some bonding time with friends and donate to charity.

My officemates and I drank and celebrated like there's no tomorrow.


Then we decided to have some coffee in Tagaytay. 

Note:  Please don't try it at home.  I do not recommend driving after drinking.

The English Patient

There are movie lines...

And then, there are "the movie lines"


The English Patient is one of my all time favorite movie.  It stars the oh-so-mysterious Ralph Fiennes as Count Almasy (who incidentally is also a real person).

It is based on a novel of the same title by Michael Ondaatje (which is also one of my fave writers).

Michael's writing can be described as "imaginative and whimsical."  He likes to write stories about the ravages of war and the interesting people living it.

He also writes about relationships and betrayal.
 "Betrayals in war are childlike compared with our betrayals during peace. New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything. For the heart is an organ of fire." And of course, love.

This movie has "the movie lines" to die for.


Almasy to Katherine:  "Swoon, I'll catch you"
If only this statement can be trusted. If only guys are all like this in real life.

I'm a Writer, not a Lover

#whyiwrite is currently trending on twitter because apparently, October 20 is the National Writers Day.

I would like to share this quote from one of my favorite author, Paulo Coelho:


A writer lives in the heart of his/her readers. It is a love story without sex.
For me, I write because I need an outlet to express and explore my ideas.  I cannot keep silent on a lot of things and since I can't always find someone to talk to, I'd rather write.

Writing for me is not passive.  It moves people to act, to feel and to think.  This is my goal in writing.

How about you, why do you write?

House that Flies

If you're a fan of the movie 'Up", then you should line up for a trip to Herriman, Utah.


This house was designed by Blair Bangerter who got inspired by the 2009 film.


For $10, you can explore the house with the majority of the proceeds going to charity.


Oh, and don't forget that this house is for sale at $400,000.

Interested?

Listen: Ako na Lang by Zia Quizon

Love her raspy voice.  Can't believe this is Dolphy's daughter.
And the video ain't that bad.
OPM rocks!

Steve Jobs Icon Controversy

The spirit of Steve Jobs still lives on.


I have posted earlier the apple logo designed by Jonathan Mak, a 19 yr old graphics designer from Hongkong.  In days, he has turned from being a celebrated artist to a controversial copier.

Apparently, it closely matched one produced earlier this year by Chris Thornley, a British graphic artist.

The sad part is that Mr. Thornley, who is currently suffering from a rare form on lymphoma,  has created his design in May as opposed to Jonathan’s August.


In his statement, Mr. Thornley said he had first developed his design in May
“because I wanted to celebrate the fact that someone who had cancer was still working, still driving forward and still thinking positively about the future.”
 I admire Mr. Thornley for his positive attitude and drive to continue.

And while I celebrate all kinds of creativity, it’s just so sad that technology has slowly eroded our sense of originality and inspiration. 
I think it was Pablo Picasso who said: “Bad artists copy. …

Toxic Bubble Finally Rips

Audit’s finally over and I’m back in the real world!

Been floating around in my personal bubble for a while there.


I hate to complain but stress has been my constant companion the past weeks.

Thank God that it’s over and with good results.

1 NC ain’t that bad.

And while people continue to congratulate me for this, I have always maintained that I was not the one audited (OK, for some part, yes) so it’s not really to my credit.

I’ll return the thanks to the rest of my colleagues.
Thanks, Congratulations and Keep it Up!

Thank You, Steve Jobs

Its hard to imagine a world without the visionary Steve Jobs who revolutionized our world as we know it.

He has battled cancer for so many years but still continued to come up with ideas that rocked our world.  He was a survivor and to many of us - an idol, an icon and a superhero.

He was best known for his "Think Different" slogan which says:
Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes ... the ones who see things differently... and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."He died at 56.  So young for someone so brilliant.  Had he lived for 10 or 20 more years, I don't think any of us can imagine what he could have still invented.  An icar perhaps (one that would take you where you want to go and plays music depending on your mood)?


 I like this quote from him about death:
"Reme…

Watch: Friends with Benefits

I maybe a little biased because it stars my ultimate girl crush Mila Kunis, but what-the-hell...

I. Like.This.Movie.

Though the plot of friends turning to lovers is too cliche (When Harry Met Sally, and more recently, No Strings Attached), this one would probably rank as one of my fave rom-com for this year.

Mila is so relatable and charming, you want to take her home.  And JT? Well what he lacks in talent, he more than makes up for by being adorable.

But no matter how cliche the story is, it is still way too far from reality. 

As I mentioned in my FB status:

If only my male friends look like JT...sigh!  I'd be willing to give more than benefits.

Friendship Blues

I woke up this Sunday with some reflective personal thoughts...


Yes, on women, friendship and heartbreaks.


I love my friends.  And I don't want them to get hurt.  But I guess, it's their life.


With friends, giving advise on love, puts one in a risky territory. I am not an expert on relationships, and though I may not give very good advise, I at least tell the truth.  


I know what it feels like to want to save a relationship.  But staying with the wrong person only reinforces the wrong self concept we have for ourselves.  I have always believed that our choices define us.  The quality of our relationships show what we feel we deserve and can expect to be treated by others.


The issue with this is that in the end, we get hurt.  No matter how hard and long we tried. And then we get hurt so much we become afraid to try again.  


For years I have tried to convince myself that men can't be trusted only to realize that its me I don't trust.  I made an error in judgement once, got hur…

Commercial Super Heroes

Can you believe that this guy is the founder of Toms?

Blake got the idea for Toms while vacationing in South America in 2006. He discovered the Alpargata, a traditional rope-soled shoe that has been worn by Argentina farmers for the last 100 years.


While there, Blake was struck by the terrible poverty that he saw:  children too poor to afford shoes.

Blake returned to Los Angeles with 200 pairs of shoes in his duffel bag and the idea for a new company, TOMS Shoes.


The motto for TOMS is “Make life more comfortable.” And for each pair sold, the company donates a pair to a child in need.
And not only is he easy on the eyes, he's a social entrepreneur too.

According to http://www.ashoka.org/social_entrepreneur:

Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.
And a writer to boot!



Hmmm, clearly some guys do have it all.