My personal evaluation on FIBA 2014: A close look @ SMART GILAS team

It was a clear win over Croatia, with few non-calls when there should had been, was the major turning point of our loss. Then came Greece, RANK NO.5 in the world. The Greeks win by 12 points, sure. But I never was disheartened. There was regret and half-disappointment, but our boys did what they could to merit a victory. Not to mention na ilang travelling violations dapat na hindi din tinawag versus Greece. Iba siguro ang definition ng travelling sa FIBA. But, oh well…Alam ko na at the end of the day, every win counts. But I am way pass looking at where we stand as a team.

Kahit si Chot Reyes when he was interviewed pre-FIBA, tinanong siya kung ilan daw ba ang kaya nating talunin. He smiled and said, kahit isa yata wala eh, suwerte kung kahit isa meron, pero lalaban tayo, bilog ang bola. True enough, hindi man natin naipanalo ang mga nakaraang laban, hindi natin hinayaang tapak-tapakan lang tayo sa tournament. For me, that counts a lot. Imagine the shortest line up going against the best of the worlds, na kahit hindi man manalo hindi basta nagbibigay lang ng panalo sa kalaban. Aamoy muna ng dugo ang ibang bansa bago nila sabihing nanalo sila. Come on guys, when Gilas flew to Spain, I have little to no expectation whatsoever. Pero ginugulat ako ng mga bata natin, pupusta ako, sila man nagugulat sa mga sarili nila. Pati si Coach Chot siguro nagugulat din. As a result, buong mundo ang ginugulat ng Gilas.

Cheer up guys, I know may mga maling decisions sa laban kagabi. Alam kong masakit na matalo. We can’t help it as Filipinos, emotional tayo by nature eh. Pero kagabi ang nakalaban natin ay Argentina, RANK NO.3 in the world. Sa isang koponan na pinakamaliit at RANK NO.34, ini-expect ng buong mundo na yuyuko tayo but we stood proud and tall.

So cheer up, we will be up against 2 winnable teams – Senegal and Puerto Rico. Sana lang hindi bumaba ang morale ng mga players kasi may pag-asa pa talaga kapag tinalo natin ang dalawang teams na iyon. Lagi kong sinasabi, kung medyo tumaas-taas lang ang height natin, may laban talaga. Kahit hindi na nila kasingtangkad…

Lastly, I know it would have made a huge impact kung naglaro si Greg Slaughter. But his reasons are valid. Respect na lang natin iyon and leave it at that.

This is just the beginning of many great things the future Gilas line up can do. Ang mahalaga, huminto ang mundo para panoorin tayo…

Good morning! Smile mga die-hards as it isn’t the end yet for our dear Gilas team!

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The writer’s block

For those na nawawalan ng heart (gana) at “moment” na sumulat, don’t be disheartened. Lahat naman dumadaan diyan, kahit ako. We are artists kasi, hindi kasi trabaho kundi passion, vocation ang writing for us. Kung may ilan na mabilis sumulat, eh ganon talaga. Nagugulat din ako minsan sa mga local pubs na halos linggo-linggo ay may new releases.  Kaya some of them appeared as “hilaw” or recycled fro…m previous novels. Mediocre rate.

As artists, we don’t work that way. Hindi mo kahit kailan mapipilit magpinta ang isang pintor kung wala sa wisyo. Kahit 3 araw yan tumitig sa canvass, nada. As writers, ayaw natin iyong mga “instant”, kumbaga sa pagkain, gusto natin full course meal, gourmet. Hindi puwedeng de-lata lang or babanlian mo lang ng mainit na tubig, luto na. Walang sustansya ang ganon, walang laman, walang lasa.

And surely we don’t want that to happen sa mga works natin di ba? Mga anak natin yan. As mothers, kung maaari lang ayaw nating stillborn ang bata, dahil gusto natin fully developed lahat ng organs. Ilang taon kong nilabanan ang “writer’s block” na yan. May 3 years na din ata. hahaha.   Try to get as much stimuli as you can. Read books. Watch movies and series (I suggest to veer away from Asianovelas for now, ok). Kung kaya ninyo, try to watch old movies, local and foreign. Listen to music. Go out. Discover places na puwede ninyong i-incorporate sa mga gawa ninyo.

Huwag tayong maghilahan ng katamarang sumulat. Let’s lift each others up, okay sissies?

Kaya natin to! AJA!

Why I didn’t vote for Noynoy Aquino! (Wisest decision I’ve made in my life)

Costguards found at fault daw sa Taiwanese shooting sa Batanes. Ano pa bang i-e-expect ko from this Administration?

Balewalang isakripisyo buhay ng kapwa-Pilipino para sa pansariling interes. Mahirap ang apihin sa sariling bansa lalo na ang aapi sa iyo ay ang taong dapat na nagtatanggol sayo – ang Pangulo. Hindi na ako magtataka kung mas maraming mga taga-ibang bansa ang patuloy na mangisda sa loob ng Pinas. Itong mga piratang ito, unti-unting papatayin sa gutom ang mga Pilipino dahil mas marami pang huli kaysa sa mangingisdang Pilipino. Okay lang na tayo ang unti-unting mamatay. Kungsabagay, ano bang ikakatakot ng mga taga-ibang bansa kung kakampi nila ang mismong gobyerno ng Pilipinas…Imbes na ipagtanggol tayo, ipinagkakanulo at iginigisa tayo sa sariling mantika. 

This is what the President wants, I gather… Now fellow Pinoys, ito po ang Presidenteng ibinoto ninyo at sa nakaraang eleksyon, dinagdagan pa ninyo ng mga senador na hawak niya din sa leeg….

Saan na tayo pupulutin?

It Takes a Man and a Woman : MOVIE SPOILERS and HIGHLIGHTS

***SPOILER ALERT***

Done watching IT TAKES A MAN AND A WOMAN. Para sa mga tumugaygay sa movie series na ito, I say sulit na sulit naman po ang PHP200 na ibinayad ko sa SM Cinema para mapanood ang 3rd (last na kaya? Sana hindi pa…) installment ng love story nina Laida Magtalas and Miggy Montenegro….

Highlights :

1. Aabangan ninyo siyempre ang bakbakan ng mag-ex. Love ko ang mga eksena ng dalawa — bangayan, asaran, inisan, verbal clashes, pasaringan, etc…

2. I appreciate Sarah Geronimo‘s great improvement as an actress. Sure, her acting in this movie still won’t earn her an award (except for another BOX OFFICE QUEEN, I guess), but I loooove her transformation. I think Sarah G is taking her career seriously, she has improved tremendously as a performer, now as an actress naman. “Wow, big word!” line? Classic! Hahahaha

3. Naiyak ako when John Lloyd was trying to win Sarah back sa movie — kung paano siya nakiusap na patawarin siya ni Sarah. Pero naiintindihan ko din si Sarah or si Laida, simply because pareho kaming magmahal — all out and uber FAITHFUL.

4. Ang pinakagusto ko ang ZOILA and friends – ito ung TRIO tandem nina Gio Alvarez, Joross and Matet. Winner! Lalo na iyong scene na “Laro tayo ng TAGUAN….Taguan ng feelings!”.

5. I love the scene when Sarah was flipping the pages of a magazine, deny to death na nagseselos pero napilas ang isang page sa panggigigil. Funny, that one!

6. Everything about the wedding, I super love love. Save for the crappy wedding vows, lahat perfect. The frivolous set-up of the church, the wedding gown and that of the sponsors, lahat-lahat sa wedding. Bummer! Hindi pa din nagpahalik si Sarah G sa movie! I guess, maghihintay pa tayo nang matagal bago mabinyagan ang labi ni Popstar Princess on the big screen.

7. All in all, hindi ang kilig factor ang naalala ko sa movie but the hearty laughter and the falling of tears galore sa ilang eksena.

Kung panonoorin ko ba ulit? Oo naman, the problem is, wala na akong budget 😦

Sana may part 4: Iyong mag-asawa na sila…Overkill na kaya? Kung may part 4, panonoorin ko ba? SIYEMPRE!

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Caramoan Trip Tips

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1. Check with any Caramoan local if  Survivor is currently shooting. If there’s a current Survivor shoot, you won’t be able to go island hopping to nearby spots.

2. Check if island hopping will be a short trip or a long trip. (March 2012 boat prices as per Kuya Ramil – 2500 long trip, 1500 short trip; the boat I think could accommodate 6 passengers). Apart from the boat rent being high, you would sorely miss all those nearby spots, too (relative to no.1 post) . Please use this website as reference to those islands. I do not own that website. http://www.pinoytravelfreak.com/2011/11/caramoan-island-hopping-short-trip.html (short trip) and http://www.pinoytravelfreak.com/2012/03/caramoan-island-hopping-long-trip.html (long trip).

3. Ask the inn you would be staying if it’s in the town proper or in Paniman Beach. If you are to stay at inns in the town proper, you have to at least take a 30-min or less trip to Paniman beach, the jump-off point in island hopping. Being able to dip in the nearby beach is an added perk in staying at Paniman Beach.

4. There is a two-hour trip from Naga to Sabang port. Another two-hour boat ride from Sabang Port to Guijalo Port (Caramoan). At Guijalo Port, around 45-min to an hour trip to Paniman Beach. So please make neccassary travel adjustments (inline with your flight schedule).

5. Earliest boat trip from Sabang to Guijalo Port is 7AM, interval of two hours for succeeding trips. Last time we went there, last trip from Sabang to Guijalo is 1PM. From Guijalo Port to Sabang, earliest is 8AM. I forgot what time the last boat trip is from Guijalo Port. So make sure you don’t schedule your flight to Manila earlier than 1PM (assuming you will take all the earliest trips from Caramoan; CamSur’s airport is in Pili, not in Naga).

<Naga (2 hour jeep or FX van trip) — Sabang Port (2 hour boat ride) — Guijalo Port>

6. If you would be travelling in group, I suggest you don’t take any package tour. Caramoan is backpacker friendly so make it a DIY trip!

7. SUN and GLOBE don’t have signal in Caramoan, so bring a SMART sim with you. (March 2012 was the date we’re there, I am not certain if signals for Sun and Globe have already improved)

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Note : We stayed at Kuya Ramil’s house (300/pax/night) who happens to own several boats for island hopping. Contact number : 0907-4351962

 

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When was the last time you cried?

It’s when nothing seemed right, when you feel nothing but pain. It’s when the ache in your heart just won’t go away and your spirit is crushed into smithereens. It’s when everything seemed overwhelming and unbearable that you wanted to be simply mad and scream from the top of your lungs. Yet, you just couldn’t because you feel all so tired and all you could do is walk away, sit at a corner and cry…

Laughter they say is a good medicine but I much prefer to cry. I laugh a lot, I joke around, fun is the name of my game and humor becomes me. But I find some solace, some strength whenever I cry. I feel like I am being cleansed and my spirit being pumped up when I first taste that salty liquid called “tear” that flows in continuous motion like it never wanted to end. I cry…cry a lot at that. Then I would tell myself “I’ll be okay. Janis, you’ll get by…”

 

 

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