Saturday, May 30, 2009
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A hint...

Hello! It's been a while.

What have I been up to since this blog-blackout? Still cannot say much because the "situation" is not over. So the blog-blackout still stands.

But I'll give you a hint:



Have a great weekend! Until I can blog regularly again...

Sunday, May 24, 2009
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I Can't Make You Love Me



I Can't Make You Love Me
written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin
as sung by George Michael

Turn down the lights, turn down the bed
Turn down these voices inside my head
Lay down with me, tell me no lies
Just hold me close, don't patronize
Don't patronize me

'cause I can't make you love me if you don't
You can't make your heart feel something it won't
Here in the dark in these final hours
I will lay down my heart, and I'll feel the power
But you won't, no you won't
And I can't make you love me
If you don't

I'll close my eyes and then I won't see
The love you do not feel, when you're holding me
Morning will come, and I'll do whats right
Just give me 'till then, to give up this fight
And I will give up this fight

And I can't make you love me if you don't
You can't make your heart feel something it won't
And here in the dark in these final hours
I will lay down my heart and I'll feel the power
But you won't, no, you won't
And I can't make you love me
If you don't

Ain't no use in you trying
It's no good for me baby without love
All my tears, all these years, everything I believed in
Baby
Oh yeah
Someone's gonna love me

Friday, May 22, 2009
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Careless Whisper...





Careless Whisper
(by Wham!)

Time can never mend the careless whispers of a good friend
To the heart and mind, ignorance is kind
there's no comfort in the truth
pain is all you'll find

Should've known better

I feel so unsure
as I take your hand and lead you to the dance floor
as the music dies, something in your eyes
calls to mind the silver screen
and all its sad good-byes

I'm never gonna dance again
guilty feet have got no rhythm
though it's easy to pretend
I know you're not a fool

Should've known better than to cheat a friend
and waste the chance that I've been given
so I'm never gonna dance again
the way I danced with you

Time can never mend
the careless whispers of a good friend
to the heart and mind
ignorance is kind
there's no comfort in the truth
pain is all you'll find

I'm never gonna dance again
guilty feet have got no rhythm
though it's easy to pretend
I know you're not a fool

Should've known better than to cheat a friend
and waste this chance that I've been given
so I'm never gonna dance again
the way I danced with you

Never without your love

Tonight the music seems so loud
I wish that we could lose this crowd
Maybe it's better this way
We'd hurt each other with the things we'd want to say

We could have been so good together
We could have lived this dance forever
But noone's gonna dance with me
Please stay

And I'm never gonna dance again
guilty feet have got no rhythm
though it's easy to pretend
I know you're not a fool

Should've known better than to cheat a friend
and waste the chance that I've been given
so I'm never gonna dance again
the way I danced with you

(Now that you're gone) Now that you're gone
(Now that you're gone) What I did's so wrong
that you had to leave me alone

Monday, May 18, 2009
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I Can See Clearly Now




I Can See Clearly Now
(Johnny Nash)

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin' for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Look all around, there’s nothin' but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin' but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Saturday, May 16, 2009
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45th Anniversary


Time for another blog blackout break.

Just want to greet my parents on their 45th wedding anniversary today. They may not be rich (or not THAT rich...) but they have a rare commodity more precious than gold, diamonds or platinum: a lasting marriage.

My gift to them: a sortie at Sofitel Philippine Plaza, with an overnight stay for my mom, Bea, Nico and my two other nieces.

Happy 45th anniversary Mom and Dad!

(And now... back to blog silence...)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
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Great Lawyering

As I embark anew in a solo career, considering what has happened during the past few weeks, I have come to a realization:

Great lawyering should not be an end unto itself. Great lawyering, however, should end in great goals.

Great lawyering is only a means to an end. Great lawyering should merely pave the way to human greatness.


Enough said for now. Back to blog blackout.

Saturday, May 09, 2009
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Moonshots

Saw the full moon last night and I figured, this is a learning opportunity.

After much experimentation and a little help from the web, these are the best shots I got. These have been cropped for dramatic effect.

(Technical details: f/10, 1/250", 250mm, ISO 100, evaluative metering. Taken with a Canon EOD 450 with a 55-250mm lens, no tripod. Except for cropping, the pictures received no image enhancement or any other post-processing.)







Friday, May 08, 2009
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My Autobiography... you know...

I'm miss blogging so much. But I still can't.

So just to get my blogging fix, I'm reposting another chain note going around in Facebook. Take it in your own account, or in your own blogs if you want to. No tags here:

Rules: Once you've been tagged, Fill this out IN YOUR OWN WORDS and repost as, "My Autobiography" ...

And use your own answers, not anyone else's.

1. Where did you take your profile pic?
EDSA Mall

2. What exactly are you wearing right now?
the usual (t-shirt, jeans and crocs)

3. What is your current problem?
you know...

4. What makes you happy most?
my kids... my family... choir...

5. What's the name of the song that you're listening to?
Alison Iraheta's rendition of "Cry Baby" (bad thing she got eliminated today...)

6. Any celeb you would marry?
not getting married (though I am known to eat my own words... you know...)

7. Name someone with the same birthday as you?
I don't know... you know...

8. Ever sang in front of a large audience?
with groups... way back in grade school or was it high school?

9. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity?
yes, JV Ejercito raw

10. Do you still watch kiddy movies or kiddie TV shows?
I have kids, remember?... but I still enjoy them myself

11. Do you speak any languages?
Native Filipino, English, some Spanish and some Japanese

12. Has anyone you've been really close with passed away?
of course

13. Do you ever watch MTV?
yes when I channel surf... but I don't stick around for long...

14. What's something that really annoys you?
betrayal and arrogance

Chapter 1:
===============

1. Middle name:
E--------

2. Nickname(s):
Punzi

3. Current location
QC

4. Eye color:
dark brown

Chapter 2:
===============

1. Do you get along with your parent(s):
yes

2.Are your parents married/separated/divorced?
no


Chapter 3: Favorites
===============

1. Ice Cream:
chocolate marble (meron pa ba non?). kung wala na vanilla with chocolate syrup lang ayos na

2. Season:
Rainy

3. Shampoo/conditioner
Johnson's Baby Shampoo since my age was is single digits

4.Favorite Thing?
my flute(s) and my computer(s)

Chapter 4: Do You..
===============

1. Dance in the shower?
no. accident prone

2. Do you write on your hand?
no

3. Call people back?
yes, part of my job

4. Believe in love:
yes, but not for me

5.Believe in God?
of course

6. Any bad habits?
meron naman. wag na lang nating pag-usapan

7. Any mental health issues:
none that I know

Chapter 5: Have You..
===============

1. Sprained stuff:
my ankles

2. Had physical therapy:
no

3. Gotten stitches?
yes... don't ask where

4. Taken painkillers:
yes

5. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling:
no

6. Thrown up at the dentist:
no

7. Sworn in front of your parents?
I try not to. But I think I slip sometimes.

8. Had detention?
never

Chaper 6: Who/What was the last
===============

1. Movie(s):
Monsters vs. Aliens

2. Three people to text you:
BJ and two other clients

3. Person you called:
BJ

4. Person you hugged:
Nico and Bea

5. Person you tackled?
Nico, I think, in a playful manner, of course

6. Person you talked to on MSN/YM?
an officemate

7. Thing you touched?
my computer

8. Thing you ate?
dinner (rice and fish)

9. Thing you drank:
water

10. Thing you said:
"Nico! NO!"

11. Person you kissed
Nico (Bea's with her aunt and cousins right now...)

12. Place you went
Tagaytay

Sunday, May 03, 2009
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Persona Ingrata

Another blog blackout break...

Did you see that Pacquiao-Hatton fight? Manny and Freddy Roach were simply brilliant and really shut the mouths of Hatton and Mayweather, Sr.

A total failure of intelligence on the part of the Hatton camp. And a total lack thereof.

They were preparing for Manny's left but did not anticipate Manny developing a devastating right hook? They better just shut their mouths up from now on.

And if ever Mayweather, Jr. decides to fight Manny in the future, he better get a new trainer and dump his smart-aleck-but-cannot-deliver father quickly.

In another aspect of the event, I believe Martin Nievera should be banned from the Philippines for being persona non grata.

He has no right to re-arrange the Philippine National Anthem and sing it as he did. That's sacrilege. That's just as, or even worse than forgetting the lyrics like Christian Bautista. And I even think it's now illegal do that. And I'm pretty sure he did not clear that version with the Historical Commission because they would have disapproved that in a heartbeat.

I can't believe how he repays the country that has been good to him, that has given him much fame and fortune. He repays that country by screwing up with the Anthem.

He should return the money he got for that. He should even pay a penalty.

He's more than persona non grata. He's persona ingrata!

With a little research, I found out Martin Nievera violated Section 37 of Republic Act 8491 (known as the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines) that states:

SEC. 37. The rendition of the National Anthem, whether played or sung, shall be in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe.

And the penalty is stated in Section 50 of the same law:

SEC. 50. Any person or juridical entity which violates any of the provisions of this Act shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than Five thousand pesos (P5,000) nor more than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000), or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court: Provided, That for any second and additional offenses, both fine and imprisonment shall always be imposed: Provided, further, That in case the violation is committed by a juridical person, its President or Chief Executive Officer thereof shall be liable.

Now back to blog-blackout...

Friday, May 01, 2009
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Swine Flu in Las Vegas?

We interrupt this blog blackout for some news:

There are reports that Nevada has its first confirmed case of swine flu, albeit mild.

So there may be a possibility that there may be swine flu in time for the Pacquiao-Hatton fight.

All I can say is: "Serves you right!"

Let's end this blog-blackout interruption with a video from the CDC on the symptoms of swine-flu:




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PRAYER FOR GENEROSITY
Lord Jesus,
Teach me to be generous,
Teach me to serve You as You deserve
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labor and not to ask for reward,
except that of knowing
That I do Your Holy Will. Amen

THE LAWYER'S PRAYER
May every word I speak be from Your Truth...
I ask come from Your Wisdom...
May every case I handle receive Your Guidance...
May every heart, every life I touch, feel Your Love.

THE JABEZ PRAYER
And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying,
"Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that Your Hand be with me,
that You would keep me from evil,
that I may not cause pain."

So God granted him what he requested.

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I will maintain allegiance to
the Republic of the Philippines,
I will support its Constitution
and obey the laws as well as
the legal orders of the
duly constituted authorities therein;
I will do no falsehood,
nor consent to the doing of any in court;
I will not wittingly or willingly
promote or sue any groundless,
false or unlawful suit,
nor give aid nor consent to the same;
I will delay no man for money or malice,
and will conduct myself as a lawyer
according to the best of my knowledge
and discretion with all good fidelity
as well to the courts as to my clients;
and I impose upon myself this voluntary obligation
without any mental reservation
or purpose of evasion.
So help me God.

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