If the time travel-blackhole-whitehole-wormhole theory is true...

I think a person somehow survives being 'eaten' by a black hole won't be able to travel to the future (that is, if he's not travelling at the speed of light). I think he can only travel to the past. But it will not be the same 'past' as we have. It will be a 'past' different from ours. There might be no way for him to return to OUR 'present.' Even if he is able to travel at the speed of light in that space beneath the black hole, he can only travel to the future of THAT 'past,' not to the future of OUR 'past' (that is, our 'present'). [That space beneath the black hole will have a different 'present' than ours; we will not be present in THAT 'present.'] Thus, I think, time travel only offers a one way ticket (either to the future or to the past, but not both)--that is, if a person is able to time travel, there will be no turning back to life as he knew it.

Ang gulo. Kdot.

No Panty Day

No, I didn't participate today.

Though I've had my own experience of "No Panty Day." And even a "Side-B" day.

Call me gross, or whatevs, but it's true.

There was a time when I had classes from Monday to Saturday, and whole-day extra curricular on Sundays. So during that time, I almost had no wash day. I was always out from sun up to almost midnight.

Then one unfortunate day, I just ran out of panties to wear. To think that I have more than two dozens of panties! Hah! And because the night before that, I came home so late and so tired, I wasn't able to wash even one. So that day, I just slipped on my jeans, without undies.

Then there was another day I also ran out of panties. Since the panty I used the day before wasn't THAT soiled (I use panty liners kasi), I turned to Side-B, put a panty liner, and went on to class.

I even tried the Side-B thing with socks.

And so I have learned my lesson. The semester after that, I promised to myself that never again will I get classes scheduled on Monday and Saturday. And never again will I have extra curricular on Sundays. So that I will have two rest days and one wash day.


This book made me cry

"And why not? Why don't you just think about yourself, instead? Why would you sacrifice yourself for a country that doesn't even care about you when you can just walk away?"

 Two weeks ago, I went to  National Bookstore branch to buy BO's latest book (yeah, I haven't read that one yet). But instead, I saw this one and bought it.

And I am glad.

It's really rare for me to come across books that are so beautifully written, like this one.

Yes, the way Ms. Scy Sze had written it may sound like it is a novel from the Creative Corner of But the way she described every emotion Rizal and Valentina felt will either bring you bliss or break your heart. And she took me into a journey to the Calamba and Dapitan of the past, as well as the present Ateneo.

Just how did Ms. Sze conceived the plot of this book? It is so beautiful and well-researched that I actually want it to be a true story. Haha! Anyway, this book may be able to change one's view of our National Hero. Like me, I've always wondered why in the world did Rizal want to learn 20+ different languages? Why did he become the National playboy? Why did he love Ateneo more than UST? If only this novel is a true story, it would have been a plausible explanation to my why's.

I wish this book could be turned into a movie. (Knock, knock, Star Cinema? Regal Films? Indie prods?)

P.S. Rizal's photo at the back part of the book was... uuugh! WHY WASN'T I BORN IN THE 1860's??? He's fricking hoooot!!!


Oh, hi!

I have just finished reading The Dragons of Eden by Dr. Carl Sagan. It was truly a wonderful experience to read this one. Sagan has just soooo many things to tell about our brain. Maybe when God (if there is one) gave intelligence to the world, Carl Sagan was the earliest bird. Or maybe it was just because of marijuana (he was once quoted of having incredible ideas while high). The New York Times is right, Sagan is THAT teacher that you always wish you had. Too bad, he's already left this world.

Now, I can concentrate on reading the following:

  • Cosmos - Carl Sagan
  • Delirium/Pandemonium - Lauren Oliver
  • The Mars trilogy - Kim Stanley Robinson
  • A Game of Thrones series - George RR Martin
  • The Four Laws That Drive the Universe - Peter Atkins
  •  ...and these books:

Aaargh! Might not be able to read 'em all this summer.

And oh! I still have to grab me a copy of Bob Ong's and Eros Atalia's (not-so-) new books. Haven't read them yet. Neither have I seen spoilers.


20 Reasons Why I Dislike Filipinos' Comments

So last night, the brotha! and I were watching Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho on GMA7. There was a segment featuring the controversial video "20 Reasons Why I Dislike the Philippines". Since (I suppose) my brother hasn't been able to watch it, he immediately logged in to Youtube and searched the video.

He wasn't even half a minute into the video when he shared it on Facebook and commented, "sobra naman 2..."

And I was like, SERIOIUSLY???

It's the problem with us Filipinos, eh? We react too much at something negative said to our country. We are just too defensive. But, have we done anything yet to improve our country even just a little?

If you were among the Filipinos who would throw your candy wrappers or bus tickets anywhere, you don't have the right to react to this video. (And yes, my brother is among this kind of Filipinos.)

If you were among the Filipino men who would pee anywhere you wanna pee, you don't have the right to react to this video. (And yes, my brother is among this kind.)

It's a fucking eye opener for us, fellow countrymen. Do not be too shallow.

P.S. I have to give kudos to the Cebu City mayor (was it Cebu?) for not making the Jimmy guy a persona non grata in their city. He's right, their local government should use this video as a driving force to making their city beautiful.

And oh, just read this for 20 times, just so to complete the 20 Reasons. Hehehe.


'Coz I'm SAGAN all my love for youuuuuu...

I can't believe it!!!

I just found a copy of Comet at Booksale SM North for only a hundred pesos! Hahaha!

Now, I already have Dragons of Eden, Cosmos, Contact, and this one. Still more Sagan books to go!

My checklist:
    • Intelligent Life in the Universe
    • The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective
    • Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science
    • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: A Search for Who We Are
    • Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
    • The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
    • Billions and Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium
    • The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God

I hope I can see copies of these in some Booksale (or any second-hand bookshops). I want to have a collection of books (real ones, not e-books) of Carl Sagan. 4 books as of now? Not bad, considering I only started about two months ago hunting Dr. Sagan's books.


Take It From Newton

“At the Stourbridge Fair in 1663, at age twenty, he [Isaac Newton] purchased a book on astrology, ‘out of curiosity to see what there was in it.’ He read it until he came to an illustration which he could not understand, because he was ignorant of trigonometry. So he purchased a book on trigonometry but soon found himself unable to follow the geometrical arguments. So he found a copy of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry, and began to read. Two years later he invented the differential calculus. … When asked how he accomplished his astonishing discoveries, Newton replied unhelpfully, ‘By thinking upon them.’”

-From Cosmos by Carl Sagan
So guys, when you wanna learn something, do not be disheartened when you encounter something that you don’t understand. Take extra steps to fully understand the craft. Who knows, just like Newton, you might just find the discovery of the century in the process.

(This should be a note to myself.)


I’ve made mistakes in life.

I’ve let people take advantage of me and I’ve expected way less than I deserve.

But I have learned from my bad choices and, even though there are some things I can never get back and people who will never be sorry, I know next time I will never settle for anything less than what I deserve.

That Jollibee Scene

I ordered Burger Steak Solo.

Cashier: Ano pong drinks, ma'am?
Me: Just solo.
Cashier: Drinks po?
Me: (shouts) SOLO NGA EH!

But of course, I didn't shout at him. They were just so scripted. Hahaha.



The Cagayan Getaway

Day 6: The Departure

Pretty much the same as our trip to Cagayan. Got lost in the way again(I told you everyone in our family has no sense of direction). This time though, we traveled with my aunt and nieces and with the pasalubong.

Duck meat... Napurga ako diyan.

Star apples!

Madre de Cacao

Brotha with the aunt and the niece-s (the other niece was at the back---see her hands up?).
My dad the driver
Love the sunset
Wuzz dizz?

Good girls gone bad... the nieces when they awoke from a night's sleep while on the road.
We passed by Bocaue to purchase some fireworks for the New Year.

Home at last.
So there...

The Cagayan Getaway

Days 3-5: The Stay

Food! Glorious food!

Yeah, we never ran out of something to eat when we were in Battung. We go to one house, they offer food. We go to another, they offer food. We go the another, again, they offer food. AND coffee. Yes, coffee. It's like their staple drink there. We eat breakfast, there's coffee. We eat morning snack, there's coffee. We eat lunch, there's coffee. We eat afternoon snack, there's coffee. We eat supper, there's coffee (but of course, that's a bit exaggerated). They don't make kapeng barako anymore, though, unlike when I was younger. Now they settle for instant coffee.

The Next Generation

Oh, there were soooo many kids there. I actually found it hard to have an alone time 'cause these kids kept on bugging me.


Chloe, the youngest of the Cannu clan.

JC and Ian

Sons of my cousin. I don't know their names...

Bromance: Ian x JC???
Xyril and Rema

My brotha and the "3 Ilocanos"

Kulitan with the 3 and the camera
Reymar with Mojacko
The Ariel 3D Glasses!!! Hah...
Kids in the neighborhood
This kid's dad passed away a week before Christmas. His dad's body came from Manila to Battung on the 24th. He's very aware of what happened to his dad. When we asked him, "Is your dad sleeping?" he answered "No. He's dead." I feel so sad for this kid...

Flora and Fauna

It's like "Old McDonald had a farm, e i e i o..."

Every meal, my aunt ties this cat. Para daw hindi mangulit sa lamesa. Maingay naman.

These ducks kept on bugging the person who washes the dishes. Haha.

Would a farm be complete without a carabao?
Mother hen and her chicks under her...
They looove orchids. I don't think I saw a single house without orchids there.

There you go...

Next up: The Departure.

Wanna go for a ride?


The Cagayan Getaway

Day 2: First Day in Tuao

My mom's hometown: Tuao, Cagayan.

It's a small town about 30 minutes away from Tuguegarao, the capital city of Cagayan. And our destination in Tuao: Battung, a barangay on the corner of Tuao. Battung actually seem like sooo isolated when you're there. We had to pass thru the broken bridge folks call the "Ferry" first and enjoy a 20-minute kuliglig ride before reaching it. And we found out that there were no FM radio stations whose frequency can reach there. And there were only two TV stations: ABS-CBN and GMA. And cellphone signal is so weak we had to go outside the house to pick it up. And it was sooo cold in there that I had a feeling that winter had finally fell in the Philippines, minus the snow, of course (and just my luck, I didn't bring any jacket or even long-sleeved shirts and long pants because it was hot in Bulacan when we left; I thought weather would be the same in Cagayan).

Anyway, enough of the non-sense (and probably grammatically-challenged) talk. PHOTOSPAM!!!

This is Ferry. The bridge was broken and folks there just use rocks for the bridge to be passable. This photo was taken by my brother on our third day in Cagayan. A Victory Liner bus almost got off the bridge "extension" and fell into the water. I wonder why the local government in there can't fix this bridge for good; they just settle for temporary solutions. This can be very irritating for travelers. Tsk.

Since the bridge was broken, we had to ride the banca to reach the other side of the Ferry.

Since we still had to wait for my uncle's kuliglig, we did some "photo shoots" in the Ferry.

My niece, Jam.

My brotha!

My cousin-in-law, Ate Glori.

With my cousin, Ate Meg, and niece, Jaan.

  When long wait for the kuliglig was over...

Izz the kuliglig! Ready for the ride?
Uncle Rey, the kuliglig driver.

I will always be amazed with this view of the province: coconut trees standing high in looong lines on the far ends of the fields. Wow!

We got in my uncle's house (where we stayed in) at around 9 am, Dec. 23. So that means, we spent 24 hours on the road! Wtf! Anyway, this is the house:

The front 'lawn.'
The restroom/kitchen/laundry area. The toilet's not here, though. It's at the back of the house, just a small hole on the lot covered by sacks.

We didn't rest as soon as we got in the house, though. We went straight to the river after changing our clothes.

My nephews, and my cousins (the tallest one and the one wearing pink) led the way to the river.

You'll mistake the river for a beach because of the coconut trees.

They played agawan buko while I took the photos.

Then the kids had the time of their lives...

So that was our first day. Truly tiring. I went straight to bed when we got back to my uncle's place.

So there...

Next up! How we spent the holiday.