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Viva Espana!

In On Headlines, Size: Grande on June 30, 2008 at 7:36 am

Today in Vienna, Austria, Germany and Spain faced each other again for the European Championship. Looking back at some numbers and history, they odds were against Espana. During the penalty shootout between Italy and Spain, the latter had a horrible record. The day was June 22. On 3 different occasions, Spain lost in PKs. First, Jun 22 1988. In a World Cup match against Belgium, the Spaniards lost 5-4 during the quarterfinals. Second, on Jun 22 1996, they lost again on PK. Finally, in 2002, South Korea defeated Spain again, 5-3. It was also a quarterfinal match. I somehow expected for a 4th this year. But they surpassed that.

Looking at Spain’s success in the Euros, they managed to grab the trophy only once in the entire 48-year history of the competition (13th this year) whereas Germany had already won it 3 times. Hence, another challenge for the team. But after 2 hours of play, 1 unanswered goal from Fernando Torres, and 100% hard work, all I can say is, OLE OLE OLE OLE! Viva Espana! Spain have been crowned the new European champions. It was a good decision on my side to have woken up early (915am) and head for a British pub, taking an hour bus ride.

What I always loved about watching a match in a pub was the atmosphere of the crowd. Countless times did we all shout, Es-pan-ya! Es-pan-ya! Es-pan-ya! It truly didn’t suffice we had to cheer the classic, OLE, OLE, OLE OLE OLE OLE! The pub surely had more Spanish fans than the Germans did but both sides were eagerly waiting for our respective teams to score. But in the 32nd minute, Fernando Torres became Espana’s hero when he kicked the ball past keeper Lehman. That proved enough for the country to gain the victory. Honestly, I was hoping for a much more tensed game. 2-2 by the end of 90 or even ET then PK victory for Spain. That woulda been AWESOME.

Gotta love the day still. Sweet victory. Sweet experience. Sweet everything.

The victory is ours.

7.3 or 7-3?

In Interesting, Size: Venti on June 25, 2008 at 9:23 am

Following is an article by Dr. Cielito Habito, former NEDA Director (and professor) published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer 3 months ago regarding some concerns expressed over the reported 7.3% GDP increase for the year 2007, which was one of the highest in the Asia Pacific region. This is a bit long but it’s worth a read.

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Is our GDP growth overstated?

First Posted 03/16/2008

A GOOD NUMBER OF ECONOMISTS AND financial analysts I know continue to scratch their heads over the reported 7.3-percent GDP growth of our economy in 2007, which made us the fastest growing economy in our neighborhood last year. Have we Filipinos become so unaccustomed to success that we find it hard to believe it when it comes? Or is it that we Filipinos have become so accustomed to deceit and lies from the government that it’s hard to believe information coming from their direction anymore—statistical data included?

Well, in the case of the recent data on the growth of the Philippine economy, there appear to be compelling reasons to question the reliability of the numbers we have been getting lately. I have mentioned in past columns the continuing work being done by former Neda chief Felipe Medalla to analyze data on our gross domestic product (GDP) over time. A key finding he makes is that the trends in these data have been in direct contradiction to the data that actually feed into it. I will cite just two instances here.

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Expired.

In Size: One Shot on June 23, 2008 at 5:56 pm

No more junk food. That’s what happens when you have too much.

God forgive me. No more hogging.

My Sacred Place

In Size: Venti on June 23, 2008 at 9:44 am

I used to fear being alone. The notion that I wasn’t liked or that I wasn’t likable enough kept running in my mind. I tried to change myself, perhaps even unnecessarily. The issue of being socially detached, of being in my own world concerned me deeply. Many times in the past, I ate alone. I shopped alone. I even went to movies alone. I couldn’t care less before, until I thought I was being too “detached”. It was the notion that being alone is a taboo that got the best of me. I always clung to the idea that one always has to be with somebody else.

However lately, I see myself in the same situation yet again. I eat by myself. I work by myself. I do stuff by myself. But things seem to have changed. The issues that I had to fight with in the past have been replaced by some level of understanding, of ease, of complacency. Hours and hours I spend reading, sipping what looks like a bottomless cup of iced coffee, staring at different people, listening to (and silently following) songs that randomly play in my iPod, even playing racquetball and working out – all of them give me a new sense of ‘me’. Of being by one’s self and of being ‘free’.

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Gossip.

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2008 at 10:02 am

Fat. Ugly. Old. Smelly. Lesbian. Gay. Bitch. Drunkard. Asshole. Trash. Stupid. Horrible. Annoying. Halitosis. Flirty. Slutty. Dark. Short. Ridiculous. Unworthy. Cocky. Famous. Boring. Strange. Disgusting. Shady. Irresponsible. Late. Mad. Fake this. Fake that. Fake all. Serious. Airhead.

Spaces

In Size: Tall on June 21, 2008 at 4:13 am

For being born. For breathing. For living. For aging. For dying.

For looking. For greeting. For speaking. For listening.

For touching. For holding. For feeling.

For cuddling. For spooning. For kissing. For making love.

For breaking up. For crying. For making up.

For thinking. For knowing. For wondering.

For confusing. For questioning.

For agreeing. For disagreeing.

For having. For losing. For winning. For defeating. For loving. For hating.

For becoming close. And for drifting apart.

Ethics?

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2008 at 9:02 am

My evenings are slowly being taken over by movies. The Devil Wears Prada, Meet the Spartans, In Bruges, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, There Will Be Blood, and then Die Falscher (The Counterfeiters). And I thought I wasn’t a movie buff. I’m slowly realizing I might be after all. And foreign flicks, I believe, are occasionally more interesting.

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The winner of an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Die Falscher brings us back to more than 50 years ago when the Nazis were still pronouncing hatred to the world and the Jews were still being eradicated.


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Amore Nel Paradiso.

In Flicks, Size: Grande on June 17, 2008 at 8:53 am

Alfredo said, “Life is not like the movies. It is much harder.” And this is the very story that Cinema Paradiso presented. A man helplessly in love with a woman fails to witness a fairy-tale ending to their love story. It was one that wasn’t lacking nor in excess of romanticism. The secret meetings, the waiting and hoping, and even the traditional writing of letters were all there. This could only cover one of the many themes Cinema Paradiso was able to encapsulate throughout the 3-hour running time of the movie. If there was one prominent theme here, it was that of love. But it wasn’t just about love for a woman.

Amante. The romantic love that lingered between two characters until their old age is one of the strongest proofs that even as time passes by, despite the number of people we meet, the heart surely never forgets.

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Holland, Hollander, Hollands.

In Interesting, Size: Grande on June 16, 2008 at 8:44 am

Due to the currently ongoing Euro 2008, watching Netherlands play aroused my curiosity as to why they are oftentimes also referred to as Holland. In the case of the UK, it was kind of understandable that they were called Great Britain. But Holland and Netherlands when put together do not make up one whole name as is the case with the UK. Netherlands of Holland or Holland of Netherlands? No, although the latter is a bit more appropriate. Find out why, after the jump.

(This picture is a perfect representation. Well, sort of. You have the flag, the people, and who knows maybe they’re speaking the language too!)

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#2: Kids at heart.

In Life Matters, Randomness, Size: Grande on June 16, 2008 at 3:31 am

1. I’d like to think that I’m generally not mean, but if there’s really one thing I can’t tolerate, it’s the stench that emanates from, well, smelly people. I need not identify who they are for the sake of not having to state the obvious.

2. Proposals to seek alternative forms of energy as the price of oil continues to skyrocket point out to the use of corn as a potent source. Yet issues arise with regard to possible scarcity if this particular commodity is used. It is a valid point. I’d like to think it is part of social responsibility. Therefore, any proposal to push through with this plan for the sake of profitability and with utter disregard for possible starvation is just plain ridiculous.

3. I’m slowly realizing, late is at might be, that no matter how difficult something is, it still becomes enjoyable as long as our interest lies in it. The level of difficulty is surpassed by the amount of effort we put into it. Because our heart is in it.

4. I wish comforting someone to easily get over the grief of losing a family member is as simple as regular people enjoying the beautiful positive words of a considerably comforting song.

5. And he says, “Dad, I love you. Can you hear me? I promise I’ll be good. So don’t worry about me and [our] family. You’ll always be with me wherever I go.” It sounded as if it came from a kid. Perhaps grief and sadness reminds us humans that no matter how old or tough we seem, when things like this strike us, we are indeed still kids- vulnerable to the forces of the world to which we don’t have control.