Sunday, November 29, 2009

Birthday Wishlist

It's less than a week away so (to make your lives easier... XP) I came up with this teeny wishlist:

- shoes (dark blue or dark red)
- cologne
- new Bible (preferably THE MESSAGE)
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Veronika decides to die by Paulo Coelho
- For one more day by Mitch Albom
- Kurapica
- The Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory
- Notes from a Coma (book)
- Uglies series (book... DUH)

Okay. That's all, I guess.

number eight... Ahem. Ahem. Ahem

Friday, November 20, 2009

CRAZY post


Lemme post this for a while...


Oookay. My Kas 2 room is PH 414 and my class ends in 11:30am. Clarence's room is PH 420 (Philo 10 - hurrah for the CRS search engine) and his class starts at 11:30am. I am sooooooooooooo HAPPEEEEEEEEE! XD

I actually got to meet him (no talk XP) coming up the stairs to-day. <3

Review of the Week

November 17, 2009

Ooookay. This is crazy. My P.E. is Scrabble and we're still required to buy P.E. uniforms? Like WTH... On the other hand, I still get the consolation of getting another U.P. souvenir. :)

November 18, 2009

Lingg 1 was fun today. We had a lot of laughs. Mr. Hernandez is a nicety nice teacher. :)) No, really. The subject is interesting, in particular. Why? Because language is unconscious and we never really think about what happens inside our mouth when we utter a particular sound. It's just so amazing, nee? Maybe you'll understand if you take the course. ;)

Kas 2 is... Okay, I guess. It isn't as boring as Kas 1 but whatever... It's history and it's not very likeable. XD

We had no classes for Eng 11 because Ms. Mata was sick.

November 19, 2009 is a very baaaaad day for me. Ged.

I had my first day of the thing-that-only-happens-to-women-once-a-month. My abdomen hurts so much and it chanced that it was the day for our major subject, Journ 100, which lasts for three hours (because we meet once a week). I was so shaking with pain that I can't really concentrate to what Ms. Tangi was saying. Thankfully, though, after going to the bathroom once to do who-knows-what I felt better. Haha.

Journ 100 was okay but it's history so I'm not that giddy... And the requirements... Book review with a minimum of 5 pages... An essay with a minimum of 7 pages for a final paper... First long quiz on December 17, day before the Lantern Parade... Reporting... GAH!! And the person who reported our topic last semester was the one who got the highest grade of 1.50, I think... 1.50! Highest grade! I am SHOCKed. XP

Anyway, life still goes on. I'm feeling good about Math 1 and Scrabble. Dunno why. XD

November 20, 2009

Lingg 1 is reaaaaaaally fun! Mr. Hernandez is a great teacher and the stuff he says is really interesting. I'm looking forward to more of Lingg 1 in the future. Also, Sharmaine and Fabz are two people I really enjoy talking to. We could talk about almost anything (mostly anime, though). Lingg 1 really got me thinking about language and all that shizz.

Okay. Kas 2 is boring. Like always.

We don't have Eng 11 to-day because Ms. Mata is sick... Which is probably because I prayed for it last Wednesday. XP

Anyway, because of that, I got to go home early. Yaaaaay! Buh-bye, dorm!

Book review - The Food of the Gods by H.G. Wells

Rating: 8/10

Okay. It was a great novel, but it had the tendency of dropping off all of a sudden and leaving the reader in mid-air (in my case, that is). It doesn't use a lot of scientific language which probably makes it such a great read for non-scientific people. Haha! Anyway, H.G. Wells created a realistic universe and I agree with what the Children of the Food decided in the end 'cause it remains true, to this day. Over all, it's a nice book but probably not one I'd recommend to "new" readers.

Monday, November 16, 2009

My Omoi-chan

... And because there's nothing really worthwhile to write about, I'll just blog about my laptop a.k.a. Omoi-chan.

My laptop's brand is Fujitsu Siemens. It's screen is roughly 14 x 10 inches and the resolution is 1280 x 800 pixels. It's pretty large and I carry it around using my dad's backpack which has a specific place for storing huge laptops.

The name "Omoi-chan" stuck because, as you can see, it's quite large. The word omoi in Japanese means "heavy."

I bring my laptop to school every week and store it inside my trusty cabinet. I currently have no fear of Omoi-chan's being stolen because my corridor mates have arguably better laptops (Acer, Apple, Vaio, etc.). But I still love my Omoi-chan because it carries all the stuff that I need and hold dear.

Even if you'll give me a brand new Apple laptop in exchange for my laptop, I don't think I'll give it to you.

(... on second thought ...)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sad sad sad

November 11, 2009 is a veeeeery sad day for me. A lot of things happened that were not suited to my taste. First of all, my English 12 class (which I was looking forward to) was dissolved. I arrived at CAL a little before 6:30 in the morning (class was supposed to start at 7am) and waited for the guard to open the entrance door. I waited for a few minutes and was soon inside. I looked for my classroom, CAL 311. No one was there when I arrived so I read my copy of the "Food of the gods" by H.G. Wells. Moments later, a girl arrived and asked if the class was English 11. I replied in the negative and said that mine was English 12. She took out her Change Mat form and asked if that English 12 was the English 12 that got dissolved. I said I didn't know. She nodded and went out. I kept the cool exterior but deep in my heart, I was really nervous. A dissolved class meant Change of Matriculation which is a process I don't want to undergo. :P A little later, I discovered that what the girl said was true. English 12 WFQ was really dissolved. I went to my next class (Lingg 1) dejected.

Lingg 1 was fun. Our professor's name is Tuting Hernandez and he's the makulit type of professor, if you know what I mean. Anyway, the class was nice and I'm expecting it to be interactive because of the number of students in the class (30, I think). The only thing I didn't especially like was the grading system. Grades were dictated by only two factors: the first and second long exam which consists of 100 points (not necessarily 100 items, ahem.) each, for a total of 200 points. In order to get a 1.00, I have to get 196-200 points in the exams. 3.00 is given with scores ranging from 120-129. Not that I'm aiming for just a passing grade but it's kind of hard to get to the top. He also said that he hasn't decided yet on what type of exam he'll give. He said that either it could all be objective or a one question exam, which meant that you'll have to reproduce a really good essay. I'm not good at that so I'm praying real hard that Mr. Hernandez would decided on objective. :)

My last class for November 11 was Kasaysayan 2 on the fourth floor of Palma Hall. Our professor was Mr. Gil Gotiango, Jr. II. He speaks in fluent Tagalog. He said a lot of things about the subject but the most striking was when he said that he's not very popular with students because he sets a high standard. Also, he'll give us three exams with two essay questions each. He says he'll give us two hours to answer them but sometimes students ask for extension in the time limit. That made me real nervous. :( But then, he said that he'll try to make the subject easier to understand. I was like, "How'd you that? It's history!!" =( Then he said that there were two people in the class who were his students before in Kasaysayan 1. His words were, "Hindi ko alam kung masohista sila..." and something else. I was like, "Whoaa!! This professor must really be hard."

I never really intended to get Kasaysayan 2. I was actually pre-enlisting for Sociology 10. However, there were no more slots left (they told us this after 5 hours of waiting in line) so I had no choice but to take another subject. Too tired and too disappointed to go to the Department of Archaeology, I took Kas 2 instead since it's located in the same building. Now I know that I should have taken Arkiyoloji 1 instead of this crap. =X

What's done is done though... But one can't help regretting past actions. As soon as I arrived at my room, I flung myself at the bed and cried really badly. I figured that there was a chance that I'd fail Kas 2, or even Lingg 1. It was so frustrating, especially to someone like me who achieved high grades all throughout these past years. Also, the pressure of being a university scholar last semester is driving me like crazy. What would my parents, relatives, and friends think of me if I failed to meet their expectation and got a GWA of 3.0 or something like that? It's just so distressing that until now I'm getting teary-eyed. :'(

I asked Kuya Kelvin if I'll have to take up Kas 2 again in summer if I failed. He said no. I was sorta relieved but the thoughts in the previous paragraphs lingered. I know what I have to do: prove Mr. Gotiangco wrong. But could I? I was not even sure if I'd be able to do that. I'm not even sure if I still want to study here in U.P. But that meant bringing down a lot of people, including my parents and I don't want to let people down. Even if they say it's alright, I know deep inside that it's not.

Maybe I'm just exaggerating everything but I can't help it, you know?

So I made a deal with God. If I don't pass the first exam in Kas 2, I'll drop it. Totally. I haven't told my parents yet but I know they'll be awful sad but I'm so sorry.

Right now (6:10PM in my cellphone), I just want to go home to Pampanga and forget everything. I know God is with me all the way but I just can't help feeling this way. It's so antagonizing...

Can the world please end... Now?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Book review - The Lost World by Michael Crichton

Rating: 9/10

Frankly speaking, I think the first novel was way better. What I liked about this novel, though, was the fact that it wasn't using too scientific terms and that the suspense is really alive. While reading it, I felt like I was really there, hearing the giant steps and feeling the ground shake. All together, its a pretty nice novel.

I'm looking forward to reading more of Crichton's works in the future.