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The Parody Has Moved! 26 January 2007

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

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!


Yuga, Jayvee and WIFI in Mocha Blends BF Homes 24 October 2006

Posted by Sasha in Blogs & Blogging, Gallivanting Episodes.

Call me silly — but, hey, I’m so ecstatic that I’m on WIFI right now. LOL.

It’s courtesy of Abe. Hehehe. We’re currently at Mocha Blends in BF Paranaque, Jayvee is here, too.

Twas so timely when I saw that Jayvee had called my mobile earlier and missed it. Why timely? Cuz I was currently stuck where I was then — Ortigas! Tsssch. It’s been a while since I last commuted, you see. So, I had no idea on how I was gonna get home. Good thing he was with Abe and they agreed to pick me up. Hehehe. We stopped by Metrowalk for some Yoo Hoo pork barbeque and Lechon Manok [roasted chicken] dinner before zooming off to Paranaque. [I got to drive the AdSense Car! Woohoo!]

Anyway, Abe helped me configure my *new* laptop so I can be as geeky about the web like them two. Heehee. It’s soooo cool! I feel like a kid right now.

So, now over a slice of *waaarrrm* apple pie, and glasses of Iced Mocha and House Blend Iced Tea, we continue our conversation on keywords, deep linking and this issue about the < — more — > tag.

Go on. Take it away, boys.

Old School Drinking Session 15 October 2006

Posted by Sasha in Coffee, Tea, Beer, Vodka..., Gallivanting Episodes, The Rambler.

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.

Teh BlogCon is the Shizzle! 27 September 2006

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

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.

BlogCon, Anyone? 19 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Blogs & Blogging, Gallivanting Episodes.

Abe announced it first. Jayvee said something about it, too. A number will follow suit, I’m sure. Heehee.

What is a BlogCon, anyway?

For now, it’ll be an informal meet-and-greet type of thing for bloggers. It’s scheduled on the 25th at National Sports Grill in Greenbelt 3, Makati.

Interested? Go register here.

You’ll let me know if you’re going, right..? Please?!

Floods, Makati, and Friday Night Traffic 12 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Gallivanting Episodes, The Rambler, The Road Warrior.

The Philippines. My country. Known for it’s amazing sands, surf and *aherm* beautiful women. Heeheehee. [Tell me if I’m wrong I dareya! ;)] But since it’s a tropical country, there’s always the monsoon season. Yes. Rains. Heavy Rains. So, the water ain’t limited to beaches or pools anymore. You can experience them on the streets, too. Heehee. Yea, I’m talking about major flooding of streets, man. Let’s give it up for the DPWH people for their great upkeep of the drainage system and for all the disciplined people for their generous cooperation in waste management. 😉

Makati. The city I consider my 2nd home. It sheltered me for a time and I can always rely on it being there to be a place that I can retreat to whenever I want to lose myself in the crowd.

However, it’d been more than a month since I was there and it was just last Friday did I decide to go back [cuz I’ve been spending a lot of time in Alabang or BF] since I was just picking my friend up at Salcedo Village and drive back to hang out at BF. Wrong move. Apparently.

Major Flooding. I should have heeded the obvious signs! Rain. Friday. Makati. It’s like a recipe for disaster! Grrrr. I’d like to kick myself for not having considered the possibility of floods in Mayapis and/or Buendia [my usual route going to Salcedo Village]. A 30-minute drive turned into a 2 and a quarter-hour torture! Gah!

The situation which I found myself in tried my driving skills. Picture me in a Revo [thank God for that, too] driving through floods, manouvering through the tight traffic, made a 3-point turn on a railroad, dismissed the fact that I’m passing in a one-way street, snaked my way along Ayala Avenue — all with corresponding bursts of speed on instances that had allowed me to. Heeheehee. It was exhaustingly stressful.

Note to self: If I’m planning to go to Makati on a Friday night and it’s raining, brave the heavy Ayala traffic instead, at least it makes more sense than getting marooned [so to speak] on an elevated railroad.

Simple Things That Entertain 4 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Blogs & Blogging, Films, Gallivanting Episodes, Mood Notes, Muscle Cars, Photography, The Brooder, The Car Enthusiast, The Rambler.

I’m one of those people who live a pretty laid-back lifestyle. I don’t take everything too seriously — but that doesn’t mean that I can’t because I can. I guess I’m just saying that it would take a lot to ruffle my feathers and I take pleasure in simple things. Heehee.

I’m guilty of not posting much lately. I can’t come up with a good enough reason — sorry. Heh.

But I’d like to enumerate the things that entertained me these past couple of weeks.

Gig Night. Shared a couple of beers with Rico at 1740 Bistro to hear my friends play. Finally a gig that’s not in Tagaytay! Hahaha. Though, I would’ve enjoyed the roadtrip. Anyway, it has become a ritual that every new friend goes through — sort of like an initiation — meeting these 4 guys [Ram, Joey, Joel and Oliver] of Streamline. Don’t ask why. I’m not telling. Hehehe.

DVD Marathons. Note: emphasis on it being plural. I actually finished 2 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and 7 seasons of Sex and the City. I’m now on the first season of The OC. I’m keeping my mind off blogging for a bit. Don’t hate me. Hahaha.

Photography. I had the opportunity to do a lot of it over the weekend. It was a bit challenging since I was expected to cover an actual event — a kid’s birthday party. Heehee. But it certainly felt good getting behind the camera once again. Plus the fact that a friend said that he didn’t realise that I was actually really good at it [he got it wrong perhaps? Hahaha.] and went on to ask for pointers. I was so flattered. Hahaha.

Dicovery Channel’s RIDES. I caught the episode, Foose’s 69 where they worked on a Chip Foose-designed 1969 Camaro. I saw a lot of Mustangs like the Eleanor [seen in the movie, Gone in 60 Seconds], Shelby G.T. 350 [my dream car] and the amazing Shelby G.T. 350R [the exact car that Joe Johnson drove].

Random Quote Javascript. Adding it on one of my blogs is a cause for a small celebration. Hahaha. I’ve been wanting to do that for ages.

Driving. I’ve been driving a lot recently, ergo, I’m now NOT cooped up in my house most of the time. It always brings me comfort when I’m behind the wheel. It’ll always be one of my favourite things to do. AND getting to drive a BMW 540 Automatic was certainly a real treat! It was the highlight of my week. Hahaha.

More on cars. Getting a call from a friend [you know who you are. hehe.] to ask for my help cuz his car wouldn’t start. I wanted to laugh at the ludicrous-ness of the situation cuz never in a million years did I expect that a guy would call me about a car problem. Btw, my instructions did help start the car. So — am I good or what? Hahaha. 😉

Of course, writing will be a staple thing and will always be a source of entertainment in my book. So, what about you? What are the simple things you do that brings you pleasure and/or entertainment? 🙂

Lady In The Water 23 July 2006

Posted by Sasha in Films, Gallivanting Episodes, The Rambler.

1I think I’m turning into an M. Night Shyamalan groupie. It was only a few weeks prior the showing of his new film did I see a documentary about him and his films that my cousins and I got into talking about the theories presented in it. Then upon hearing about this brand-spanking new film, I knew I had to see it. Ha.

He’s known for his other films like Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs and The Village. People who know me, I’m such a scared-y cat. They know how the film, Sixth Sense, freaked me out. [I couldn’t sleep alone for the next three months following!] Among his popular films, it was only Signs that I haven’t seen yet. Incidentally, did you know that all these films were shot within a 30-mile radius of Philadelphia? Well, that’s a bit of trivia for you. Hehehe.

Anyway, last Friday, we headed to the Greenbelt 3 cinemas and saw Lady In The Water. I can’t say I had the grandest time scaring myself because I wasn’t at all. Go figure. [It wasn’t meant to be a scary movie, Sash. Heh.] There are some memorable lines and the one that became the favourite was, “Mr. Heep is a playa’!” And Night‘s cameo wasn’t a cameo at all! [He always does a cameo in all his films like Hitchcock.] He was actually part of the cast! He wasn’t bad — he actually did good considering. And I have to applaud him for a great story well-told. He’s uber-talented.

After that we just hung out at Temple till 3am and talked about how guys leer at girls in clubs, pointing out how they seem to ask for it. Heh. And how guys try to get the girl and fill their little black books. Hahaha.

The Long Weekend 20 July 2006

Posted by Sasha in Gallivanting Episodes.


After much bugging from a certain person [Oh, you know who you are. Heh.], I now have finished chronicling this weekend’s debauchery. Incidentally, Trini, who had no clue about blogging till that time she laboured a portion of her life mingling with bloggers, is also looking forward to this post. Read on and you’ll probably know why. Hehehe.


My friends called to tell me that we’re going out for coffee. So, I hauled my arse over to 6750 after picking my good friend, Raissa, up in Valero, meeting up with Happy and Marivic. We had pizza and pasta at A Veneto when we realised that we’re actually hungry. It was basically a night filled with a lot of girltalk.

My brother, Arnold, was hitching a ride with me in his car [I borrowed it. Hehehe.] so he joined us for coffee. Wrong move since he was tortured mercilessly about his lovelife or lack thereof — wait! — Or was it blossoming? /winks

I’ve graciously included some photos taken that night. [See image above]

1This is the longest and the most interesting night out of the lot. Hold on a sec. It’s the most interesting night in my life. Full stop. Well, alright — so far. Hahaha.

EDIT: Images on the right are courtesy of Abe‘s Yugatech.

And please don’t mind my pouty lips. No teasing! Hahaha.


First on the itinerary for the night was the Blogger Meet at Italianni’s where I met other bloggers like Abe, Anton, Noel, Angelo, Dickoy and Gail. Markku was there but I wasn’t able to talk to him at all, unfortunately. Of course, Jayvee was there and my cousin, Chris, joined in the ruckus, which was totally cool!

A few of us who stayed behind headed over to UVA for dinner for my dear friend, Trini and I and desserts for the rest. They tried UVA‘s specialty, Choc-Nut Ice Cream. It was then when Rico of Creative Weblogging‘s The Smart PDA, who came with a friend, Nana, joined us. It was a great night spent with people who shared the same passion for blogging. Coolness. And courtesy of Abe‘s new DSLR, we have mementos that you can check out.

Moving on to the most interesting part of the night. This one actually beat my first night in Melbourne!

It was like something taken out of Ian Wright’s VIP Weekends! What can you say about partying VIP style? I mean, complete with bodyguards and all? That’s right! That’s exactly what I had after the Blogger Meet. I ditched my lychee martini at UVA to party at Embassy’s VIP Lounge.

Ella came with a bodyguard and ushered us in. A bit lost at first, it being my first time at the highly discriminating club, now I find myself partying at the VIP Lounge nonetheless! Ha. It was totally weird. I wasn’t used to having the dancefloor cleared out for me so I can dance or to just hold out my cigarette and somebody will light it for me or have a security guy follow you around even if you’re just going to the toilet. Wouldn’t it freak you out? Hahaha. I remember the poor guy who tried to chat me up but got stonewalled, he didn’t stand a chance. What about those people who got shooed off the VIP booth in Embassy because we came back? Dear me.

Come to think of it, I don’t mind being chauffeured by a fully uniformed driver, complete with the hat and all, in a BMW 7-series, hopping from one club to another. Or the fact that you have this whole entourage arriving with you that the crowd over at Citrus can’t miss. Having friends like Sid definitely has its perks even if you’d be forced to move once a certain Senator, alongside a bigger set of entourage, decides to grace that particular club you’re in. Heh. Kidding Sid. Just always remember, you’re the real deal compared to him.

How can I forget this last bit? My Tequila shots and Vodka rocks were completely free! Ack! Even when you offer to pay, they wouldn’t hear it! Sheesh. The principles of the filthy rich, eh? Despicable. Hahaha.

It sucks that I don’t have photos to share.

I got home and hit the sack a little over 8 AM, Sunday. Yes. I’m a certified party animal. Yech. Can you imagine the intense hang-over I suffered when I woke up? It was a wonder I was able to drive my friend, who lives all the way to Laguna, earlier. Gah. I’m running on borrowed time me thinks.


Yes. I still went out even though I had quite a long night. I met up with Jayvee, Rico and Nana at the Old Swiss Inn at Alabang. I missed the fondue. Darnit. I wonder whose fault was it. Hmmm. Anyway, we moved to Petron Alabang, a nearby petrol station, to have some beer and conversation. I didn’t realise how much I missed San Mig Super Dry till then. Too bad they were in cans. Sigh. What did we talk about? Blogging, my crazy VIP party experience, love and cricket. Hahaha. Yea, we kept things simple.

Yes. There’s more! Teeheehee.


I just attended my cousin’s wedding and hung out at the hotel, had Champagne, chips and more food… well — basically bugged the newlyweds. Hahaha. I enjoyed the food immensely. I was just frustrated that I couldn’t eat more than I did. Grrr.

See?! I told you it was a long weekend. Hahaha. I hope you had fun reading as much as I did writing and reminscing it.

~ FIN ~

The Long Weekend

The Beach Monger: Boracay 31 May 2006

Posted by Sasha in Boracay, The Beach Monger, The Traveller.

1Boracay, Philippines

Boracay is considered the most popular beach in the Philippines. It got featured in Discovery Channel’s Lonely Planet. So, seeing a lot of tourists there wasn’t a big surprise. It’s not just the media that brings people there. It’s the reputation that the place has established for itself — the ultimate beach party place. So, word-of-mouth works just as effectively as any advert they’d come up with.

Like I said before, I wasn’t impressed. But I did appreciate the gorgeous powdery, white sand and the clear blue-green water. However, I was longing for the sun when I was there, but since it was raining during some portions of my stay, I didn’t get enough tanning time. It was during the month of December, so, yea… we were there during the Holidays. Anyway, I was able to catch a glorious afternoon and was able to watch the sunset. Woohoo. How romantic. Yech. Ahahahaha.

I did have fun. I wore my Roxy Bikinis, played frisbee, enjoyed Jonah’s shakes and built sandcastles that Demolition Cammy loved destroying. Teehee.

As much as I loved spending time with my family, I’d love to go back to Boracay but I prefer to be with friends so I can party. Hehehe. 😉

Note: I still recommend Palawan. 🙂