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Blogs, Blogging and Bloggers 24 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Blogs & Blogging, The Rambler.

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.



The 7Tube Tagger Game 24 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Blogs & Blogging, Music & Artists, Puzzle & Game, The Rambler.

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.


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.


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.

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?!

Coffee makes my world go *poof* 18 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Mood Notes, Photo Gadgets, Photography, The Rambler.

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.]

Lonelygirl15 Videos, The New Soap? 17 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in The Rambler.

I got hooked! Hahaha.

If you really know me, I’m really not a big fan of watching YouTube videos. Too busy doing other things. But I noticed that there’s this buzz around the web about the said Lonelygirl15 videos so I decided to check what it was all about.

Ack. I thought I’d watch just one but I ended up watching it from beginning to the last installment [or was it?] Hahaha.

I’d like to tell you what it was all about but I just can’t find the right way to describe it without rambling on. Let me just let you in on what I think are the highlights of the “soap”. Heehee.

  • Doe-eyed Bree
  • Daniel, “the friend”
  • P. Monkey [P stands for “Purple”]
  • “Proving Science Wrong”
  • And Bree’s Dad

Of course, since the video’s are home-made and the whole thing certainly seemed like a video web diary of a young girl, the millions who have viewed them thought the videos to be “real” but in reality, it’s just an experiment done by 3 friends on a different approach in storytelling.

It was only last week when the creators announced what the videos are. It caused some negative feedback from some viewers even if the videos weren’t really intended to deceive their viewers. I reckon it just shows how the actors and the creators made everything “believable”.

If this is the new trend for soaps, it’s far better than the ones on TV since it’s interactive. [Yea, the creators incorporate viewer feedback onto the succeeding episodes. Cool, eh?]

I’ll leave you with the link to the last video I watched. [Since WordPress wouldn’t allow me to leave an embed thingie here. =P ]

Giving Compliments to Bloggers 13 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Blogging Gadgets, Blogs & Blogging, The Neo-Blogger, The Rambler.

As a blogger who started with just raw writing skills and mediocre tech skills, I’m amazed with what I’ve learned in the past 2 years. Ack. 2 years?! Who would’ve expected that I’d take blogging this seriously! Hahaha. What started out as random musings documented in my Multiply blog became a growing ripple of conundrums that stretched to a broader spectrum. I found myself plunging into the abyss of amateur blogging at Blogger with a Lifestyle blog and a Dating Blog, both taking on a personal tone on the topics. Then came my Fashion blog with it’s own domain, which fortunately became part of b5media. Catapulting me into the world of problogging.

WTF?! What do I know of HTML, blogging platforms, SEO, template designs and Technorati? But, hey, with a bucket of patience, a barrel of hardwork and with humongous help from Google, I was able to learn enough to survive. Heehee.

But I still do worry about not doing this blogging thingie effectively. [It is work, after all!] 😉

So, when I found out that I’m somewhat using Technorati tags “quite well” at Tops 2 Bottoms, I was so happy! What a compliment! It means I am doing something right. Hahaha. 🙂

And, of course, for every blogger, compliments are not just adjectives directed to physical attributes [uh, cuz we’ve only got machines connecting us?], but, more importantly, it’s the links, i.e. a link post at The Smart PDA to T2B‘s Armani-fied. However, telling us that we write well and we’ve successfully covered a useful topic for you, ranks all the same. Personally, I immensely enjoy seeing you guys leave a comment on my posts. It just shows that you want to interact with me and the rest of the readers of my blog! It’s so cool!

Bloggers are so easy to please, eh? Well, alright — at least, this blogger, that is. Hahaha. [I guess some can be such snobs. Heehee. Don’t worry. I’m one of the nice ones. :)]

So, remember — compliments are always welcome [Hint! Hint!] and keep the comments coming. 😉

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.

On Moving and other changes.. 9 September 2006

Posted by Sasha in Mood Notes, The Brooder.

I just got settled [sort of..] in a new place. It’s a place that I’d like to call my “bachelor” pad. Hehehe.

I’ve been packing and un-packing — moving my arse around — so much that it’s becoming funny. It makes me feel like I’m a nomad.

But I’m seeing this as an opportunity to be more grounded and sane. Perhaps it will do me a whole lot of good, now that I’m in a different place. I’m hoping that it’ll provide a new perspective in my life.

And oh, it comes with a perk… I’m now on ADSL. Heeheehee. 😉

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? 🙂

Philippine Top 100 Blogs on Technorati 20 August 2006

Posted by Sasha in Blogs & Blogging, The Neo-Blogger.

Reading Abe’s post on the topic, I found out that my fashion blog isn’t included on the list. Curious thought. Getting a PR6 on Tops 2 Bottoms didn’t help it one bit, eh? Oh, well. Perhaps my stats didn’t do well.

Blog ranking of the Pinoy blogs is based on how they fare on Technorati. So I went ahead and double checked my current ranking at the said site.

Lo and behold! Will you look at my stats —> Rank: 14,521 (224 links from 158 blogs)

Huh. I guess there’s an oversight, eh? I would’ve ranked 30th had they included me. I wonder how Light the Torch will do? It has twice as much links than that of my fashion blog. Hahaha. If only Technorati will let me claim it. Grrr.

So, yea — my two, not badly ranked by technorati, blogs aren’t on the list. Right. I’m griping about it. Ha. 😉

Oh, I have a theory — perhaps they think I’m not Filipino enough? Hahaha.

Go figure.

Side note: Happy for my sister for making it to #3. Utter coolness. 🙂 🙂 🙂

UPDATE: Tops 2 Bottoms is now ranked #30 on the list! Thanks, Abe! 🙂