Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tribute to the Triad

These three self-proclaimed literati met in Summer 2004 in UPLB...Working together on a number of research papers brought about the best grades a group could ever get. Think of it as utilitarian, but don't drop genuine friendship from the case.
Though quite separated by work and law school, the Triad still remains a triangle-- a shape of incisiveness, strength and balance.

Incisiveness - Eugen (batch 2003 valedictorian, cum laude)
Strength - Jaja (is surviving in law school)
Balance - Horeb (what? hehehe)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Be Smart, Register to Smorty

I never really believed that the Internet is a literal goldmine—until I tried blogging myself. It was a bit tasking in the first week: inviting people for an exchange link, joining blogospheres and making acquaintances with co-bloggers, updating blog contents everyday, and of course learning the learning curve of blogging. In my second month of blogging, I have learned what PR is and how important those two letters are in the blogworld especially if you want to turn your blog into a definitive money raking machine. I still don’t have a PR till now but I’m registering in various “middle-men”, so to speak, in the blogosphere like payu2blog, sponsored reviews, blogrolled, smorty, and blogvertise. I am thinking of which among these sites would be lenient enough to give a PR0 blog with a task. I found out from what best way to earn small sums for a PR0 blog. She also shouts to the world how smorty has helped her become not just a blogger—but an earning blogger.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thesis Acknowledgments

Four months in the making. 10-month hiatus in the Land of Kimchi. I never thought that I would still have the courage and the skill to accomplish this feat. This is my crown. And the crown is only as beautiful as its gems. The gems are those people who helped me push through. I want to thank them even in this very little space, though I know this will never be enough.

I thank the Department of Social Sciences, which has helped hone my sociological imagination. It’s one very abstract concept I thought I wouldn’t realize until now. There were good and bad memories, being a part of DSS, but they’re my gems all the same. After four years, I can say that it was a joy to have been under its auspices. I thank Sir Arlegue, who appreciated my ability even as a freshperson (he taught me this politically correct term too); Ma’am Winnie Medina, for her untiring encouragements and for giving me my first “uno” in SocSci 1; Ma’am V of ACCI reading room who accommodates me every time I need an air-conditioned room to study in; Sir Ben, Sir Oliver, Ma’am Chrys, Ma’am YB, Ma’am Janice, and Ma’am Jinky—the instructors I respect so much for believing in me. All of you are brilliant. To my other teachers, thank you for passionately sharing your knowledge. Your lessons might be forgotten but your names are etched in my heart.

I thank S.A.R.S. Bloc, my first family in UPLB. Thanks to Khai who gave S.A.R.S. its meaning: Students’ Association Representing Sociology. Eunica, your sweet singing voice will forever resonate inside my head. Thanks to Claire, Nina, Leah and Jabez for giving me the best friendship I could ever wish for. Your rooms are more than just places where I stay at night writing group papers and all that jazz—they’re my home in LB. Thanks to Ej and Jaja who shared with me things that are beyond words to describe. You are the reason why I survived in the course, the reason why I excelled in papers; you are my treasures, the reason for my singlehood. You two always make me feel valued in times when detractors are there to catch me. You are my refuge in times of depression. You two are the source of happiness and strength. Thank you for sailing with me all these years. To the S.A.R.S. members, our bloc meetings, our Indio’s dinners, our Christmas exchange gifts, the classes we attend together—they have a special place in my memory. It will take all the powers of amnesia to rid them off my brain.

I thank the UPLB Sociology Society for the “challenge” during the application process. You made me realize that the “process” is not a meaningless tradition. Being a part of the organization is one of my laurels. All the projects that we did were conceived with passion and excellence. I take pride in our name and in our preamble. Brods and sises, thank you for sending me off to Korea, and thank you for welcoming me back. You are one heck of a bunch! Love sociosoc tudu-tudu!

I thank UPLB Campus Crusade for Christ for bringing me closer to God. I thank my batchmates TJ, Anna, Dong, Pam, Aina, Kaye-anne, Aaron, Jaren, Ilia, and Al. Thank you bros and sises for the encouragements and for the welcome party for me. I thank my Kuyas and Ates in the movement, and my disciplers kuya Adam, kuya Moi, and kuya Reggie for mentoring me to become more Christ-like.

I thank ASEAN University Network, Daejeon University, Daejeon City, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Korea, and KONICOF for an experience of a lifetime. The Exchange Student Program 2007 has taught me lessons that I could never have learned had I not been in Korea. It has given me the most wonderful opportunity for friendship, enjoyment, learning, and living. Thank you for caring for me when I was there. Because of your genuine love for the exchange students, we have never experienced even a single problem during our stay. Who could have thought that life can be so worry-free? I thank the Chinese students for the distinctly Chinese friendship; Christian and Jiahua, and all the Chinese girls, I miss your cute voices. I will treasure our group picture youngwonhi. Xie-xie. I thank the Japanese students for bringing me nearer to the anime and manga I love. Thank you Kasumi, Mami and Yuki for coming with me to Bubi-bubi Hip hop club. That very cold night, that all-nighter, won’t be forgotten. Domo arigato gozaimasu. I thank Jinhyoung, my 1st semester Korean buddy, who taught me a lot of things about independence and hard work. Thank you, buddy, for going with me to a lot of places. You have given more than enough to me—driving for 6 hours without shift to Mt. Sorak, occasional food treats, the unforgettable home stay in Seoul and touring us there… I miss those days. I thank Seung-bo, my 2nd semester buddy, for introducing me to his wonderful family in Taean. Thanks for sharing with me Chuseok celebration. Thanks for bringing me to the West Sea, for the bowling games, for the soju and mekju, for the tears you shed when I said farewell. I thank Hyun Gyu for inviting me to his house for samgyeopsal and fooling me to taste the dried pepper. I won’t forget how it burnt my tongue. Your ability to appreciate even the smallest things I admire. For all the help and friendship, cheers. I thank Nate Cooke for his just being there. I admire you as a brother in Christ. Thank you for the gift of friendship. I hope you enjoyed the “Nate Cake” Tanya and I baked. Thanks to Bong-kyu for helping me out learning Korean, for lending a hand in times of need, for giving me fashion advice. Thanks to Hyun-il for his unparalleled generosity. Thanks for bringing me to your place to witness traditional Korea ancestral worship, for dragging me along to the most famous fortune-teller in Daejeon city , for the extravagant food treats, for the noraebang. Thanks to Kevin, Chaehun, Jaehun and Noel for the kindness and thoughtfulness. Our friendship means to me a lot. Thanks to Tae-jin, who helped us prepare Baked Mussels during the International Food Festival. It was there where we first met but you unreservedly helped us out. I remember our lunch together with Hye-jin and Seung-bo. I thank Eun-jin nuna, Mr. Pyo, the International Office and AUN staff, and all my professors. You are 최고! I thank my students in Korea: The Bae family who always prepares snack and dinner whenever Tanya and I teach at their place. Thank you for your love. You are our family there; thanks Lee family, Andy and Harry, for appreciating me as your teacher. Thanks to Sajangnim and Samonim for their hospitality. I miss walking the long walk to your house; thanks Prof. Lee for taking interest in learning Tagalog; thanks to Yongun-dong Church, my Christian community in Korea; thanks to Techmoa, Inc. employees for making me feel a part of the company during my internship. Special thanks to sonsaengnim Kim for taking good care of me at work, Kim Ae nuna for the chitchats and driving me to the bank, and sonsaengnim Seol for giving me a 1 gigabyte pen drive where I store my thesis files.

I thank my fellow ASEAN scholars: Siti, Hazizah, Lyn, Kine and Ken (Malaysia), Nadine and Jelyn (Thailand), Nana and Icha (Indonesia), Ngan and Len (Vietnam), Joe (Laos), Izza (Brunei), Nary (Cambodia), Freda (Singapore), Dave (New Zealand), and Tanya (Philippines). Special thanks to my fellow Filipino Tanya Quijano. You are a beautiful person inside out. I’ve learned so much from you, we’ve shared so many trips together, and writing all of them demands another book to be written. You know that you’re special to me now as a fellow scholar and as a sister in Christ. Thanks to Lia and Ana for the Pizza Hut, Natur, and for touring us in Hannam University.
Yorobun, there are things that, try as you may, remain as a distant ember that even the slightest touch of wind can extinguish. To all my friends all over the world, this is my tribute to you. I promise that the memories we’ve had I’ll always try to remember. Kamsahamnida. Bogoshipoyo.

I thank Dr. Corazon B. Lamug for accepting me as her advisee. It’s a great honor to have been guided by her able mind. Thanks for the patience and the valuable comments that have shaped my thesis to something that I could be proud of. Thank you for appreciating my trivial contribution to sociological knowledge; I will try harder in my future endeavors.

I thank my FAMILY. Papa Nilo, Mama Aidyn, Zarah, and Julia. Thank you for being so patient with me for the last few months that I rarely go out of my room except to eat. Thank you the emotional and financial support. I wouldn’t wish that I was born to a different family. I can’t thank you enough. I love you. I thank my grandparents, my aunts and my uncles who are always there to say “ang galing mo”. It means much to me. Also, thanks to my dogs Kris, Gunther, Heart, and Blue who know they have to keep silent when I’m concentrating doing the write-up.

Lastly, I give back all the glory and power to GOD ALMIGHTY. He gave me all the things that I cherish now. Thank you for keeping me in Your palm all these years. I pray that you continue to guide me in my decisions, and that I’ll become a better Christian, a kind of person that you want me to be.

Consummatum Est!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Almost there!

Thank God I'm done with the thesis write-up! I can't explain how relieved I was knowing that something quite good resulted from my 3-month toil. I wanna thank my parents and my sisters for not complaining about my laziness; for a long time I rarely come out of my room to help and even socialize. Now that I'm only awaiting for Thursday--the big day of my thesis defense--to come, I'll make it up to them. I'll make myself more visible in the house. haha.
Anyhow, despite March 14, 2007, another momentous period in my life is May 18, 2008 at 10:57pm where I typed in the last period (.) on the whole project. It was such a joyous accomplishment. ^^;

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


To all my blogger friends, I'll be back on the 23rd of May after my thesis has been furnished. I will return to yah all with sweet revenge, comments, edrops, and the usual. And yeah, I'll be graduating this summer too. With honors? Hahaha. I don't want to jump the gun. ^^;

Friday, May 9, 2008

Myanmar: Seiged from Within, a survey

Please answer the survey located at the sidebar.

1 - Confiscation of relief goods by the Myanmar junta calls for stronger intervention by the international community. Military rulers should be brought before the International Court of Justice for God knows why.

2 - Myanmar should be left by itself.

3 - The junta should be toppled down. This situation provides the perfect impetus to undertake such drastic measure.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Stumble Upon Meme

Tagged by Blanne. Another one of the linky love memes, let's give this one a try.

I read that it is possible to increase the traffic of your blog through StumbleUpon. So I have decided to try it out, with your help ofcourse. Here is the concept:

Stumble the pages that link to you. In this way you drive more traffic to the page containing your link and thus you hope that some of that traffic comes back to you via the link on that page.

Supposedly, we are to link ourselves to Stumbled sites to generate the traffic that we want. But what if we could just Stumble on each other's sites/blogs?

Let's modify things a bit and make our very own StumbleWorthy list. Why have a list, you say? A list is necessary for the participants to StumbleUpon. And also, it's needed to check whether the participants are really Stumble-ing. Plus, it helps your Technorati authority soar high! Neat, huh? Idea of having a list is actually because of The Big Bang. Click on the link to join.


Here are the rules:
2. Add your site(s) to the list. Just be sure to post the "StumbleWorthy List" at each site you add.
3. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving me a comment HERE. I will add you to the master list.
4. Come back and copy the master list back to your site, often. This will allow the new comers to achieve equal benefit as the late comers do.
5. Register in StumbleUpon and install the toolbar.
6. Go to the sites found on the list and give them a thumb up (I like it!).
7. Add me as your friend in StumbleUpon: Blanne.

Note: Your url will be deleted in the Master List if you do not comply to the given rules.


~StumbleWorthy List~

1. Hit-or-Miss
2. Mommy’s Little Corner

3. A Simple Life
4. moms…check nyo
5. Everything Kimchi
6. Include yourself here! ^^;


I am tagging the following Stumble-worthy blogs:

My Subconscious Talks
Life in Korea
Silent Sage
Poignant Existence

Monday, May 5, 2008

Expressions Express

Dedication Post
I created this blogger account with only one thing in mind--to help me remember year 2007 I and my friends spent in Korea.
Precious Wound
I wrote this piece when I was in drama mode, few days after I arrived home.
Frozen in Time
This poem is about the aftershock of disengaging from a life I've known for 10 months. Rebounding phase.
Hope for Joy
At this point, I can say that I have overcome the longing of going back in time. This poem is about Spring in Korea and how I wanted to experience it again [in the future, so as not to be self-contradictory. ; )]. Oh, the cherry blossoms!
Still Single
The reason for my singlehood.
Creature of Habit
Post-partum depression hits again. It's about how I wanted to live in past and never move on. I know it's crazy. -_- But I think I expressed it here quite elegantly.

If there are any readers of my blog out there, I'm sorry because I can't really update the contents everyday...I'm preparing for my undergrad defense this month so, yeah, you know why I just can't afford to spend much time online.