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The Parody Has Moved! 26 January 2007

Posted by Sasha in Blogs & Blogging, Gallivanting Episodes, The Rambler.
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Hey, guys!

Sorry if I’m only making this announcement now but yea, I moved! (Like it’s not obvious, eh? Hehe)

You can find the new and hopefully permanent address of my personal blog, The Parody™, at www.The-Parody.com.

I’ve been, er, busy — too busy, if you ask me! — the past few months and I haven’t really had the time to take care of the moving bit. But you can play catch up since you didn’t miss much, really. Teehee.

That’s it.

And, oh, I’m still blogging over at Tops 2 Bottoms, Light the Torch and Dating Dames. I’ll give you updates in succeeding posts. (Yea, I’ll still be checking this blog like I have been the past few months. Heehee. I know… the blogger turned lurker — that’s me. Heh.)

Thanks much and I hope you visit me in my new home!!! 🙂

P.S. Don’t forget to change the links on your blogroll!

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Moving 6 November 2006

Posted by Sasha in The Rambler.
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Moving blog to own domain.

One Day Break 1 November 2006

Posted by Sasha in Mood Notes, The Brooder, The Rambler.
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It’s been a while since I truly felt how a holiday is treasured by normal working people, er, since I’ve been out of the corporate scene for quite a bit now. Yes. I’m once again braving this world of powersuits, meetings and endless white papers — the typical 9 to 5 job. Gah.

The past couple of weeks were a blur and all I can distinctly note is that I’m now re-learning how to commute mainly with the use of the shuttle that services Ortigas-bound Paranaque folk and basically trying to get to know this part of the metro that I’m not really familiar with. Let me tell you, it’s a real experience. Whew.

When I learned that we get to spend this day off from work, I’m a bit relieved since I’ve been swamped with work. I’m not kidding. Add that to the fact that I’m still adjusting from my former state wherein I used to own and manage my time with an already established routine. Sigh.

Today is a good day. It’s a nice break. Even when a major part of it was used to do some more work, I appreciated the fact that I got to sleep in. I got to spend my “holiday” last night anyway, which was fantastic because I needed some time away from all the things that needed to be done. I needed time to de-stress. I’m thankful for the dinner and the company. Teehee.

Now, the day’s almost over but I’m off to do more work. Gah. I’m looking forward to the weekend.

Old School Drinking Session 15 October 2006

Posted by Sasha in Coffee, Tea, Beer, Vodka..., Gallivanting Episodes, The Rambler.
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gsmWhat classifies as old school, you ask? It’s the kind of drinking session that would include individuals who aren’t your usual crowd [tambay, kanto boys, karpintero] and it’s in a place wherein there are makeshift chairs and a table filled with pulutan, i.e. adobong mani, adobong baboy, corned beef, and several bottles of quadro-kanto.

Tenants are moving in by next month, you see, and we’re fixing up a couple of units in the building. My uncle was in charge of the construction work. The week just finished and they got their week’s salary so they decided to unwind a bit by holding a drinking session last night.

I don’t drink Gin — straight. Never liked the taste. So, when my uncle invited me over, I just told him to buy me a couple of bottles of San Mig Super Dry instead. Heehee.

Hanging out with this bunch was a real experience. My uncle’s loud when he’s drunk, hailing from Batangas and all. And the conversation revolved around drinking escapades that ended up in barangay halls or the lights from the police sirens illuminating my uncle’s bedroom ceiling, finding out that they don’t have enough money to pay for the beers they had ordered, how they didn’t like drinking with men whose wives often tow them back to their respective homesteads and, my favourite bit, the best drinking combo that can guarantee you lifeless. LOL.

Want to know what the combo is? Heehee.

It’s fondly called the VIRGIN COKE. But you got to pronounce it the Filipino way — “beer-gin-coke” LOL.

    1 bottle of beer
    1 Gin bilog
    1 12 oz. of Coke

After finishing it, try standing up. You can still stand up after that, you see. But when you sit back down — you won’t be able to again. It will knock you unconscious! Hahaha.

Ah, well — that’s just second-hand information. I haven’t tried it yet. I’ve to make a mental note to only do this at home! LOL. Who dares to try it with me?

Twas a real experience. I got a glimpse of their lives as construction workers and, of course, as regular people. They have dreams. They have problems. They have families. Their lives are less extravagant than mine but, hey, they deserve the same respect I would give a person who owns his own company. After all, they’re good people who are actually making something out of their lives, which I can’t say for some.

I reckon I need more experiences of the same kind to keep my feet grounded. I almost forgot how much life can teach me if only I keep my mind and heart open. Funny — I used to do this a lot before. I guess I need to re-trace my steps.

Blogging bought me a RAZR 10 October 2006

Posted by Sasha in Blogs & Blogging, Shopping, The Rambler.
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RAZRSo, okay. My 3 year-old Nokia 7650 died a few days ago.

Que horror!

Uh — not really. I really don’t get too attached to mobile phones. In fact, most of my friends often complain how I hardly respond to their SMSes just for the reason that, sometimes, I just couldn’t be bothered esp when in the first place, there was no question asked in the message. And I’m more of the “I’ll call you type” than the“SMS type”, if you know what I mean.

But I do admit that my mobile phone is one of the gadgets that’s important to me, basically, for two reasons, [1] communication for personal and work reasons and [2] it serves as my digital pen and paper.

So, when my Nokia suddenly decided to die on me, I had to control myself from freaking out, reasoning that there’s a saner way in dealing with this sort of situation — uh, like buy a new one.

However, I can’t help but notice that most of the electronic devices I’ve been handling are throwing a fit when I as much as touch them. Like how my PC started re-starting on its own a few days ago — found out that it’s RAM and VideoCard needed to be replaced so soon after I bought the new phone. Grrr. Yes, people, I should be posting “the PowerColor 128MB|64-bit ATI Radeon 9250 that blogging bought” [update: just bought a 512MB PC333 DDRAM] alongside this post! Gah.

Anyway, with the help of the ever-reliable Rico, I found a sweet deal on a Motorola RAZR V3. I’ve always wanted to own a clamshell phone, just been waiting for a *really* good Nokia one. But I’ve been eyeing this one from Motorola eversince it came out. Now, I own one. Isn’t it great? Heehee.

Yea, I’ve finally joined the bandwagon, “the [insert item here] that bloggin bought”, and wrote about this cool new toy that I’ve got blogging to thank for. And would you believe that somebody else wrote about this experience, too? Utter coolness.

It’s fun that doing something you love can actually reward you with something like this mobile phone, a camera, a house or an almost house! And yea, you can even count that snack if you consider it as one of blogging’s perks. Heehee.

Yes. Blogging IS this much fun.

High Five on b5media 4 October 2006

Posted by Sasha in Blogs & Blogging, The Rambler.
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high 5 on b5When WP.com’s Super Admin announced the birth of the new sidebar widget, Top Posts, a few days ago, it made me think of rounding up the popular posts from the previous month in my b5media blogs.

So, getting on with it then.

There you go.

I hope you get to check them out and see what the fuss is all about. If you leave a comment, it’ll be sooo much better! Teehee. Incidentally, have you seen the popular ones in The Parody™, too? Look to your right, on the sidebar, just below the recent posts. Let me know your favourite!

Teh BlogCon is the Shizzle! 27 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Blogs & Blogging, Gallivanting Episodes, The Rambler.
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b5media BloggersThe BlogCon paved a way for us b5’ers to meet up. The ones on the photo are Cellphone9‘s Jayvee Fernandez, Simply Thrifty‘s Noel Bautista, and Cancer Commentary‘s Gloria Gamat. All blogs are part of the b5media Blog Network. That’s why we grabbed this chance to get a photo taken. Cool keepsake, isn’t it?

Sasha with Rico MossesgeldI hitched a ride with friend and The Smart PDA blogger Rico Mossesgeld to the BlogCon. Thanks, man! BTW, to all the whispered [and blatant!] speculations about “us” being on a date that night — here’s the final press statement — Twas not a date! “We’re just friends!” [Typical showbiz answer, eh? Nyahaha.]

Bimbo IsidroMa new mate, Bimbo! Major shout out to you! Wehehehe. I’m so glad that I met you. I’m hoping for more blogger meets with you in it!

Like what I already told you, I’m looking forward to seeing your Vespa in person! Teehee.

Gloria GamatGloria! Why art thou liveth in Bicol?! Waaah. I wish you live nearer so we can share more nights filled with bottles of San Mig Super Dry. [Hint! Hint!] I know I can get selfish sometimes. Hahaha.

Abe OlandresAbe, I shall call you — Teh Godfather! And we are your Yuga-minions. Heehee.

So, what do you say?

Anyway, that was some fine gig you set up for the Filipino bloggers! Woot! Tis the shizzle! We want an encore! Heehee.

Elber CruzYou’re way cool, Elber! Thanks for letting me use your Canon 350D! Twas a real treat! Had Matus let me surf properly, I wouldn’t have talked to you! I’m such a snob, aren’t I? Hahaha.

Jonas DiegoAlas! We finally meet, Mr. Jonas Diego! Heehee. I didn’t recognise you at first but the name tag helped. Hahaha. I wish you stayed a bit longer, though. And why, oh, WHY are you surrounded by women? Hahaha.

Of course, I did get to see familiar faces cuz I already met them on a different occasion like my cousin, Chris, [Wahahaha! Loved your BlogCon post, by the way!] and Markku.

And I did get to meet other bloggers

Clair – who mistook me for my sister. Heehee. Tis all good, though. Quite understandable. Eh? Is it? I always thought my sister and I don’t look alike. Ah, well. Hahaha. And there’s Jun, who graciously let us crash their table. Hehehe. And Andrei, who was kind enough to come up and talk to me that night.

Rico did a good job on his numbered list describing what happened that night. Ditto on everything except for:

    #5 – since I already know him and he’s a b5’er in my eyes.
    #6 – just 1 Super Dry for me. Sigh.
    #9 – uh, what is a flash drive? Kidding! Kidding!
    #10 – I’m a snob, eh. Nah. Got caught up on talking to Gloria! Hahaha.
    #11 – Who??? Again! I’m ONLY kidding! Teehee.
    #13 – I’m the passenger! Or the backseat driver?! Gimme the wheel, dammit! Muahahaha.
    #14 – Workaholic, aren’t we? Heh. But I did go online, though. Ahehehe.
    #15 – Ha. I slept 30 minutes earlier. Hahaha.

What I got out of it?

Weirdest thing, actually.

It’s whenever I link up, I’m now reminded of Marc. Hahaha.

See? I told you it’s weird.

Anyhoo, were you there and I failed to meet you? Did anyone else have a blast like I did? Come on, you can tell me. Heehee.

BTW, you can click on the photos [incidentally, them photos are courtesy of Elber and/or Jayvee — I just stole borrowed them. Teehee] for a larger view and some more tidbits. Heehee. AND I’m planning to post some more photos. And, oh, can people puh-leeez post some more photos?! I love photos. Heehee.

Blogs, Blogging and Bloggers 24 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Blogs & Blogging, The Rambler.
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Blogs. They have become a web phenomenon. Comes real close to them online dating sites. Heehee. Or is it the other way around? Hahaha. Anyway. If you spend a lot of time in the blogosphere, you’ll find that blogs are evolving from the usual day-to-day journalling into interest-centric sites. And a way to measure a blog’s real success is if it has become a place to hang-out for like-minded people on the web, seemingly taking on a forum-like atmosphere. People just keep coming back and not just nameless, faceless “uniques”. Heehee.

Blogging. As a past time, it will only involve writing and checking out other blogs. But if it has become one of the major reasons why you go online, it will take you 8-12 hours to finish — hopefully — whatever that is you’ve set out to do. It includes the usual blog-hopping and template designs that you busy yourselves with.

Did you know that, in blogging, about 70% – 80% of your time is spent on reading and research alone? I reckon it’s cuz you need to know more to write more. And, of course, we all know that writing plays a huge part in it. So, these things you get to find out can be used as fodders and/or content for blog posts.

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The 7Tube Tagger Game 24 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Blogs & Blogging, Music & Artists, Puzzle & Game, The Rambler.
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Rico tagged me for this 7Tube Tagger Game.

Now, I’m tasked to list 7 songs I’m listening to off-late, and 7 people I want to tag to continue the game.

Whaa–?!

It would’ve been better to ask me to list 7 albums not just songs. [grumbles]

“Myu-zik iz zee wahterr o’ mee soul.” Teehee.

Anyway.

Getting on with the game —

  1. Sweet Thing by Mary J. Blige [Chaka Khan Cover]
    “Oh, sweet thing, don’t you know you’re my everything?”
  2. Every Little Thing by Dishwalla
    “I wish I could be every little thing that you wanted all the time — sometimes.”
  3. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
    “We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl.”
  4. My Happiness by Powderfinger
    “You’re over there when I need you here.”
  5. My Skin by Natalie Merchant
    “Your face-saving promises — whispered like prayers — I don’t need them.”
  6. Under The Milky Way by The Church
    “I wish I knew what you were looking for — might have known what you would find.”
  7. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
    “If I lay here — if I just lay here — would you lie with me and just forget the world?”

And now, for the tagging part —

  1. Shai – that is if you’re not too busy. Heehee
  2. Mel – if you’re still not having your kid. Hahaha.
  3. Zoe – interesting Lomo, Zoe. Do you find inspiration in music, too?
  4. Alistair – The only photographer I know who spends a lot of time taking photos of musicians.
  5. Aaron – I noticed that you’re listening to a lot of music lately. Care to take a shot on listing 7 of them? Heehee.
  6. Neil – I’m not sure what your take on memes now but I’m hoping to find out about your current picks since the last time I saw a list you made, I was impressed.
  7. Angelo – Hi, Mr. NBA Obsessed. Hehehe.

Okay, people. Carry on then.

Coffee makes my world go *poof* 18 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Mood Notes, Photo Gadgets, Photography, The Rambler.
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Sasha This photo is a current favourite.

Rico took it with Raissa‘s cam when the three of us went out last Friday. Thanks for the Brooklyn pizza, Rico.

Wait a minute — did anybody thank me for Figaro??? Sheeesh. What ever happened to common courtesy? Hmpft! 😉

I digress.

The photo’s quite messy at the beginning but I worked on it till I was able to achieve the look that it has now. My main objective was to make it presentable enough so I can upload it to my Flickr.

So — what do you think?

A photo says a lot, don’t you agree? [Subtext. Subtext. Hahaha.]