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Saturday, November 17th, 2007
10:39 am - This is what adoption feels like
http://lifestyle.msn.com/familyandparenting/raisingkids/articlerb.aspx?cp-documentid=5686537&GT1=10619

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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
4:58 am - This was unexpected.


Your Lucky Underwear Is Red



You're confident and bold, and your lucky red underwear will only make you more sure of yourself.

You have a great zest for life, and you tend to take on impossible goals - and succeed.



When it comes to love, it's hard for you to take the time to open up. You're too busy conquering the world.

So if you're looking for a little more romance, put on your red underpants. And see where their passion takes you!



Hahaha. Red undies.



Your Slanguage Profile



Aussie Slang: 100%



Prison Slang: 75%



Canadian Slang: 50%



New England Slang: 50%



British Slang: 25%



Southern Slang: 25%





Your Theme Song is Beautiful Day by U2



"Sky falls, you feel like

It's a beautiful day

Don't let it get away"



You see the beauty in life, especially in ordinary everyday moments.

And if you're feeling down, even that seems a little beautiful too.





Your Dominant Thinking Style: Exploring



You thrive on the unknown and unpredictable. Novelty is your middle name.

You are a challenger. You tend to challenge common assumptions and beliefs.



An expert inventor and problem solver, you approach everything from new angles.

You show people how to question their models of the world.





Butterfinger



They call you sticky fingers for a reason!


Hahaha, oh, man. Yeahhh, sticky fingers...



You Should Be a Joke Writer



You're totally hilarious, and you can find the humor in any situation.

Whether you're spouting off zingers, comebacks, or jokes about life...

You usually can keep a crowd laughing, and you have plenty of material.

You have the makings of a great comedian - or comedic writer.





You Belong in Dublin



Friendly and down to earth, you want to enjoy Europe without snobbery or pretensions.

You're the perfect person to go wild on a pub crawl... or enjoy a quiet bike ride through the old part of town.





You Are 43% American



America: You don't love it or want to leave it.

But you wouldn't mind giving it an extreme make over.

On the 4th of July, you'll fly a freak flag instead...

And give Uncle Sam a sucker punch!





You Are the Very Gay Peppermint Patty!



Softball is the huge tipoff here...

As well as a "best friend" who loves to call her "sir"





You Are Crimson Red



Down to earth and warm-hearted, you instantly make everyone feel at ease around you.

And while you have an understated passion - you lack the uncontrolled passion of most other reds.

You prefer to sit back and enjoy every situation life has to offer. You put an optimistic spin on everything.

And even when things are going well, you don't get too amped up. You prefer to keep your emotions as steady as possible.



Okay, so I'm easily amused. And quite bored.

current mood: bored

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Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
4:03 am
I hate feeling so disconnected from everybody. I seem to never catch people at the right time. Curse this 13 hour time difference.

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Friday, December 29th, 2006
3:03 am - Decided to experiment with sounds, numbers, rhythms, etc.
Listen

Isa, dalawa,
Countless times
Tatlo,
I’d been feelin’ ya

One beat, two beats, three
Pressure me
No more
Yo, boy, ya heard me

One young Pinay-Am
Too many
Nights; you
Third-bred Uncle Sam

My eyes lil chinky
Dogeater
Ricers
Yo, boy, ya hurt me

Your friends- one two three
Herded fools
Laughing
Boy, better hear me

Italian, German
Irish, Scot,
So what
Don't hurt this woman.

Timed: zero, one, two
What you have
To say?
My tongue’s whippin’ you

I got the last word
Screw you, boy
Don’t tell
Me you hadn’t heard

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Thursday, December 28th, 2006
11:12 pm - One week
Until I leave for the Philippines. I'll keep LJ updated with what I'm doing.

Right now, I just showed my parents an e-mail from the woman I'll be working with. Apparently, the folks I'll be interning with are members of the opposition to the current administration (boo-yah!) The parents advised me not to participate in rallies, lest I get shot. They also told me to read the Philippine newspapers and watch TFC. Unfortunately, though there may be shreds of truth in the reports, I generally do not believe in that media, for reasons of bias, censorship, and poorly written articles. I don't know how to handle the fact that I am a US citizen. Here are a couple e-mails I received in the last month.

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12-12
I hope you read the papers or listen to TV regarding the latest development in the Philippines.

Last Friday , the House of Representatives (HOR) had a great debate about the idea of having a Constituent Assembly. Our members at PLCPD were divided some are pro Con Ass while some are against. But ultimately on that session , they were able to rigged the HOR by numbers vote. JDV and his supporters were able to pass Resolution 197 whose main objective is to change the Constitution and primarily the government system into parliamentary system and of course with this resolution majority of those who are last termers from the majority groups will remain including GMA. Our members legislators esp. the minority fought against this idea but then because of rigging using the number power.they failed. Its frustrating to think but the good thing is the progressive legislators and civil society thereafter conducted protest campaigns like noise barrage and rallies in and out of Metro Manila.

Today, JDV is supposed to start the first day of the Constituent Assembly even without the concurrence of the Senate. This is violative of a democratic system of government .The civil society is very angry and is calling for citizens arrest for JDV.That is the call of the rally today.

Cheska, how I wish you could witness this development. This is still part of policy advocacy and you will learn how political struggles in our home country is actively participated by the people. This development may continue even after the New Year and please be prepared to witness and learn from this political undertaking. Most probably the schedule for the resumption of Congress will be on the 15th of January but then political struggles will continue related to this issue up to that period of resumption probably in the streets.

12-28
Latest update: The people and progressive parliamentarians in the struggle to stop Con Ass is victorious !!! Practically the CONAss is set aside . Thats why we are celebrating Christmas with a a victory in mind. Lets see whats their next move after Christmas holidays .

It is exciting ... and on our part in the Secretariat we are consulting our Board of Trustees on what would be our position since our leaders are divided. We have the same experience during the impeachment of the former President Estrada. The Secretariat staff participated according to their commitment for good governance but then we cannot bring the name of a united PLCPD. But this is how dynamic the Philippine politics goes.





Wowowowowowow. Exciting.

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Thursday, December 21st, 2006
1:58 am - Dang it
I had a really fun night. Why do I feel bad about myself?

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Sunday, December 17th, 2006
11:14 pm - Finals
Dang it. Why do I procrastinate so much????? Nope, it wasn't necessary to dye hair last week, or to get crunk 3-4 days of last week. I have a bio exam in fewer than 10 hours. And, yeah, totally didn't notice that I have 4-5 pages to write, in French. Agahsldgjaslgd.

At least, here are some things I'm looking forward to:


Still don't know if the parents will let me go into the city for New Year's.



Stopping over in Korea.


Dah dah dah. The Central Temple.

[Edit: I took that huge picture out.]

Hooray.

current mood: anxious

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Thursday, December 14th, 2006
12:25 am - Slow Down
Bobby Valentino. Perfect song for right now, in more ways than one.

Anyway, life = finals right now. It sucks balls, but let's see if I can make it make sense.

I have not started studying for bio or chem yet. I am so screwed. I have to do four lab reports. I will be very happy if I just pass. I pray.

At the moment, editing my paper for As-Am Fiction. I have cut out several parts, so it looks like I need an additional page to make the word minimum.

Over the weekend, need also to write my French final paper. WTF? I think I'm insane.

Bao Phi's coming tomorrow. Have to pick him up, dinner, watch his show. Dang it. And probably also go to his workshop the next day.

Totally had no time to upload pics from World AIDS Day for use on the SGAC photo montage. Crap. We got 80 photos. What a waste if I don't make it.

Can't wait for next week. Thank goodness my exams end early. Tuesday at 11, come on, baby.

But on a very good note, my Shansi check got in today. I can pick it up tomorrow or Friday. Yeahhhhh. My parents got my ticket. I'm set for leaving for the Philippines on January 4th, stopping over in Alaska then Seoul, then Manila. :-D :-D

Also, holiday plans: Leaving for Jersey on the 23rd with Daniel, Andrew, and Cherelle. Woot woot!

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Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
5:44 pm
I'm excited but pensive about going back to the Philippines.

An e-mail from my cousin who has just arrived there, after not visiting for a couple years:

Well, for starters, their are naked children running the streets
taking baths. Secondly, there are 5 year olds asking for money when
you're in the taxi. Thirdly the malls are huge! I don't understand
how a country where almost half of the families are under the poverty
line has one of the biggest malls. I just hope it helps provide jobs
so we can help these kiddos out. You'll see.


My mother told me that my aunt is going to let me stay in her condo in Manila, have a car with a driver, and a maid. (A maid to do whatever I want her to do. WTF? I don't approve.) I am also expected to dress in a gown and go all out for my aunt's 40th birthday celebration.

In a way, I feel bad about the second part, being able to live comfortably, while the rest of the country suffers. What a WT project this will be!

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
3:36 pm - Ummmm....?








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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
4:58 pm - Very quick update
I'm off to the MRC social for a tea party. =) And then to cook at TWC!

-FASA Banquet's this Saturday. If you haven't gotten your ticket yet, get it now! And get your friends to come!
-Passing over SGAC to a first-year!
-Bombed last orgo exam. Too afraid to look at bio exam.
-Looking for internships this summer in NYC. If you can hook me up, well, hook me up!
-Busy like nuts
-Need sleep

But, best of all,
I GOT THE SHANSI GRANT AND I'M GOING TO THE PHILIPPINES TO DO AN INTERNSHIP WITH AN ORG THAT DOES WORK WITH POPULATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT POLICIES! I'M GOING BACK ALONE AND AFTER 9 YEARS!!

Ahem. It is insane.

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4:50 pm - Why I'm SO glad I didn't go to Willy P
FACE, which a creepy girl, who is Chinese, think it's "cute but weird that she joined", and stalked Niels on Facebook, from my high school joined, is the "Filipino American Cultural Entity" of William Paterson University of New Jersey.


FACE EVENTS Updated: 11.5.06

ASIAN CULTURAL MONTH

GRAB THE MIC: KAREOKE CHALLENGE
Monday, Nov 6th
8 PM
White Hall Lounge
First Place: New Colored IPOD NANO
Second Place: $100 Gift Card to Best Buy
Third Place: $50 in WPU Pioneer

BUBBLE TEA
Tuesday, Nov 7th
Common Hour 12:30 - 2 PM
Atrium Lobby
FREE Bubble Tea provided by FUZION TI

JAPAN DAYS
Wednesday, Nov 8th and Thursday, Nov 9th
11 AM - 3 PM
Atrium Lobby

DESSERT AND A MOVIE
Monday, Nov 13th
8 PM
Atrium Auditorium
Come watch a Bollywood film "Bride and Prejudice" and enjoy some traditional Indian dessert

ELIOT CHANG !!!!!
Tuesday, Nov 14th
9 PM
Science 200B
Comedy Central's Eliot Chang will be performing at Willy P at Science 200B. He is FUNNY AS HELLL!! You def dont want to miss this.

YELLOW RAGE
Friday, Nov 17th
7 PM
Valley Road Cafe
Def Poetry Jam Champions Yellow Rage will perform at Willy P in Valley Road. They will perform Spoken Word which won them the titles of Def Poetry Slam Champions.

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Saturday, October 28th, 2006
6:41 pm
Mmmm. Three hour nap. Perfect after doing a bunch of things all morning: went down to Medina, Nipa Hut (where we finally placed the order for the banquet!).

Lovely!

But still kind of angry about last night.

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Friday, October 20th, 2006
12:03 am - Another assertion that things don't go well at home
I'm down in Philly. Parents, mainly the father this time, have made this time not-so-fun. I got to get out of here. It was a bad idea to hang around Jersey for this long.

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
1:58 am - When Obies take over NYU...
So Fall break is half over. I'll do a run-over of what happened.

-Left Ohio Friday before 5. We stopped over several times. Twice, we stopped for considerable breaks, one of which was at the Dutch Pantry that was not Dutch at all except that the waitress wrote something in Dutch on our checks. Although it was such a long trip (if we didn't stop so often, we would have made it in about 8 hours opposed to at least 9 hours), Patience and I talked of cool things, while I glanced at Daniel dozing off in the backseat in my rearview mirror. We finally got to my house at 2 AM and got to bed at 3.

-I woke up at 6 and got ready. My mother drove us to Willowbrook to catch the 730 bus to Port Authority.

-I got to Columbia at about 830, an hour early. The building was still closed, so Sara told me to go to sleep on the concrete bench.

-The first day of the conference went from 930 AM to 645 PM. Non-stop training on working for universal AIDS treatment access by 2010. Pretty hardcore stuff. And very tiring, in addition to getting only three hours of sleep after doing the whole drive from OH.

-Confusion at Columbia. The person I was assigned to stay with didn't have a phone number, so I tried calling friends to see if I could stay with them. I ended up leaving my bags at this one girl's room, where some of the SGAC'ers were staying.

-Went exploring to Greenwich Village with some people from the Conference. I still don't know all their names, but there were four of us in total. The first shop we went into was of my choosing, which of course, was a porn shop.

-Explored some more. They really wanted to find a coffee place. We failed. I was bored- not many fun places to go when you're not 21. So I called Brendan and Andrew who were at NYU. Then Yuling called. He was at Times Square, having missed a bus by two hours to Providence.

-Ditched the other girls and took the 2 to Times Square. After a little waiting, Yuling finally found me across from Chevys. From there, we went down to 14th and 3rd to NYU.

-Met up with Brendan and Andrew in Brendan's friend John's room. Also there was a first-year Obie, who had weird eyes, that were kind of crystal-ly, not in a cool way. At some point, all of the NYU kids left, and the room was full just of Obies. It was like just being in the South quad's room back at Oberlin.

-Yuling and I went down to the deli to get beer. He got himself and me each a 40, and two packs of Rolling Rock.

-Andrew and Brendan left to meet up with Brendan's friends from Taiwan, whom he hasn't seen in many years. Yuling left the building to make a call, and I was left alone with NYU kids and the weird first-year Obie who was drunk-flirting with this other NYU dude. They looked like cousins to me (similar skin, red hair, and facial structures), so I got a little creeped out.

-Some probs with the security guard (what's up with this signing guests in?!?!) Then Yuling and I just left to find Andrew and Brendan at this pizza place. After that, we finally went to Andrew's house in Staten Island.

-The next day, I slept in and missed the last day of the Conference. I was too tired to bother. Andrew's dad took me and Yuling to the ferry, and we left each other at 42nd.

-I took the 2 up to 116th, vaguely remembering what Daniel told me about the 1 and 2. So I ended up having to go through Harlem to Columbia. I was hiding the fact that I was freaking out the whole time.

-I got my stuff and showered, and then went back down to Andrew's.

-The next day, we all went to Shibo's barbeque. Niels and his brother Kurt were already there. Daniel joined us a little later. We had a LOT of meat, played pool and ping pong, watched "Heroes", and played a lot of poker. Daniel won 9 dollars, and a piece of chocolate, that Shibo ate.

-Finally, after spending the night, Daniel and I headed home. It took me fours, and Daniel at least 2. All that commuting just makes you mad tired. It's crazy that I'm only an hour from Manhattan, while Andrew and Shibo take two hours to get there.

And, then the details to come in the next entry...

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
12:04 pm
I have to spend much less time on non-academic stuff. Geez. I'm failing at life.

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Monday, October 9th, 2006
11:03 pm
I think I've taken to writing again. It makes me really happy. I still want to play with clay though.

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Thursday, October 5th, 2006
10:36 am - I overslept
and missed As-Am lit.

But I had a dream that I smoked up, which I have never done. Ca-razy.

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Monday, October 2nd, 2006
2:16 am
I finally had fifteen minutes all to myself tonight. It was bittersweet.

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Thursday, September 21st, 2006
11:02 pm - Note to self
Next time Marianne tells me to do something... maybe it's not a good idea to do it.

We found out that raw acorns taste bad. But we know that it's okay because squirrels eat them.

And beware of eating at T Dubs.

current mood: amused

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