Thursday, August 25, 2005

The man who sold the world

Recently this song just comes popping in my head. It's like I can hear the verse over and over inside my head, though I never outwardly sing it. This verse, "...who knows, not me, we never sold the world...to face, to face, the man who sold the world..." Pardon if I got the lyrics wrong coz I never really seen the lyrics of this song. It's exactly how I hear it. I first heard this song from Nirvana (Kurt Cobain, bless his soul) who covered this song during their MTV unplugged version of it. Most recently with Jordis from Rockstar:Inxs which was actually a moving version ~ it really makes me want to hear the original but unfortunately we don't have a CD of David Bowie around.

Come rockstar:inxs, tonight's show was well, "not really a fantastic one". Except for suzie who did a nice cover of the Rolling Stone's "you step me up", the rest just didn't really step-up even MiG, Marty and Jordis ~ who by the way absolutely sucked today coz of really not reaching the note to a very difficult song and it was very obvious. For an original song, I give deanna the thumbs-up more than MiG's composition. I really would want to see Jordis do a cover of Pink's "Just like a Pill", I can really see a resemblance between the two: from the looks to the voice. I really like Ty to go next bcoz in any angle, I cannot really see him fit to front Inxs. He even sang a soul song tonight, this guy needs to get the boot.

~ With tons of new electronic gadgets around more particularly the mobile phone which is really fast becoming high-tech. I just really wonder why more and more people especially the working class would splurge a huge amount of money for such gadgets, and buy and replace their units everytime a new one arrives. I have a mobile phone and it would really take me ages to replace it when all I really care about it is to SMS and do voice calls. Does that make me a "no-techie" or "non-techie savvy" or am I just being outright practical? I just wonder how these people would invest on such gadgets at the price already of one personal computer? Hmmm.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Weird and unexplainable death

Just last week a neighbor (but really not an acquiantance-type of neighbor) happen to have passed away a day after his mother died. The death still remains a mystery. It just so happens that he and his aged mother are the only ones living together. Initially, I thought that the cause of death was really due to depression and eventually suicide brought about by the death of his aging mom the day before, rumors hounding around says that the autopsy reports was really due to shock caused by fear.

During their wake, not much relatives came. And it was really forced to have the relatives attend the last night of the wake "lamay" and the burial rites "cremation" the next day. It was really the chairman in our barangay who took care of everything. Even the ashes after cremation were not brought home by the relatives, instead was placed by the chairman in the already empty house that our neighbor and his mom shared.

God Bless the soul of Nick and his mom.

Special Installment Plans, Flat Screen TVs, and a Credit Card

Just went to the Glorietta activity center last night with 2 officemates. We were about to scout for cool new appliances and electronic gears since there is a Special Installment Madness goin'-on in there. I was salivating over the flat screen television sets on disply but I was really controlling myself from purchasing one. At the back of my mind it says, "Jiggy, it's not needed" ~ I had all the temptations to buy with a good credit standing of my current credit card. Unfortunately, my officemate purchased one riding on my credit card instead of me making that purchase.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Visa Talk

The title of this blog coincides with the thread present in Pinoyexchange about different countries requiring Visa. One of the hottest topics here is for the US Visa. Different scenarios written regarding their ordeals with getting a US Visa…from the kindest of consuls to the bitchiest (heard of the Korean?), from the anger stemming from getting denied issuance, to the joy and pleasantry (at last feeling) of being issued one. I can also remember one thread poster who shot like, “why the hell does everybody want to go to the US and would even kill to raise an amount for getting a US Visa?” Where he continues, “in reality there are other places much more pleasant to visit than the US?”. Seeing that statement made me wonder, what is it really that people would do everything just to get a US Visa?

I must admit that the US Visa bug is also biting me, but frankly speaking, I would not splurge huge amount of money just to get one. Three reasons why I want one are: (1) To visit relatives, (2) To feel snow which obviously we don’t have, (3) Experiencing the thrill of how may hours or so at the airplane (in short,
long air travels). The last two reasons maybe shallow, but they are just that.

My parents have been doing things like taking care of requirements this past week before applying for a tourist visa. Of course, I want (and I will) tag along. Just wish us luck! I’ll keep posts of progression in my blog for this one.

RockStar:INXS

I’ve just followed this show the past week and this week. I really wasn’t able to catch the pilot episode but what can I say? It really rocks! I’ve been a fan of reality TV shows especially the music inclined ones (like American Idol). The talents in this reality show are just great. Compared to American idol which is like somewhat amateurish and more concerned with hitting the notes of the song, this show has a lot of professional performers or entertainers, who would really have to get the crowd working and rock on. They know how to entertain and work the crowd. I just have a problem with the winner being the lead singer of the old, old band INXS. Hey, I have nothing about INXS but they were popular during the 80s (and my eldest bro's one of his favorite bands) but I think it would be better to have the concept of just finding a rockstar, not for a band just looking for a lead singer. I’ve read from other posts that the following contestant rockers will definitely be the ones battling out for the title: Jordis, Mig, Ty, Marty. But I think it’ll really end up to Mig, Marty, Jordis, JD. With the first two battling it out. If I could choose who among them is right, it’ll either be Mig or JD. I think it’s best for either of the two since they are just the ones belting out classic rock tunes rather than the rest I mentioned which goes for the more modern rock tunes. And their age would just blend in with the rest of INXS which are in their 50s already. I have yet to catch earlier performances of the rockers in MSN, just as to take a look at the contestant’s performances more notably, Marty, Mig, Jordis. I’ve been reading that all were good especially marty who’s showing a lot of potential to be the big winner. But am rooting more for Mig since he’s also good and he’s a pinoy, though raised in Australia. More blogs to come from me on this show.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Stormy the whole week

I never could imagine that I haven’t actually seen the sun shine for the past two weeks. Just right now, the weather’s mad and it’s raining…raining…raining. There are two storms developing and might hit Manila anytime soon.

Oh well! Life goes on the usual, with or without rain or when the weather’s stormy. The working class would still drag their **ses to work, rather than being blissful in sleep…taking advantage of the stormy cool climate.

One good thing that I like about going-out on weather like that is to wear long-sleeved upper garments. I had one, passed-on to me by my eldest bro. It’s a nautica gray sweat-shirt type but really not a sweat-shirt. It’s a long-sleeved shirt. I like wearing those coz it makes me look like I have a nice frame given that in reality, I have a very lean frame. I cannot wear this during hot or sunny days as this will make me sweat a lot if I did it.

Oh well! The usual scenarios when it rains, the hassles of traffic. It’s a Friday today and I expect that the traffic here in the business district will be hellish come day-end.

Monday, August 08, 2005

of a Stormy Sunday Afternoon and SM City San Lazaro

I just couldn't believe that tomorrow is going to be Monday again. After almost a week of not being able to report for work due to a flu that caught me, It's basically would be hard to wake up again for work tomorrow given this very unfriendly and "lazy-season" weather wherein you would just want to sleep, sleep, sleep siezing the "colder" climate opportunity. Oh well, it's gonna be hard to drag my **s to work again tomorrow.

Things that I normally do on a Sunday: wake up, do the dishes, bathe the dog, clean this messy room, get a haircut (though as of this writing, am still contemplating on whether or not I should get a haircut), go to church, then sleep. Add to that the usual everyday routine of logging into the internet at home (hep-hep-i just do this at home, ok!). In as much as I am tempted to take a nap to sieze the cool weather, I am just gonna have to reserve this one for me to be able to sleep earlier tonight.

Suddenly, our place has been cool because of a newly opened SM mall nearby . Practically, it's just a stone's throw away (that is if you are a javelin expert or an athlete that can throw a a few meters away-got ya on that one :-) . I mean you could walk for 5 minutes and you're there. Though it caused a minor traffic specially during weekends where the place basically becomes a favorite family hang-out (to shop or not-to-shop, or to just stroll around). Damn this malls more particularly SM that just sprouts like mushrooms from out of nowhere. I never realized that Mr. Henry Sy would convert a former horse racing track and stable into a mall. Well, the place is still cozy and shops aplenty. And I admire the huge grocery shop at the basement. Many activities for young kids and young adults alike. I still enjoy the place becuase it's still new but in a year or so after, I don't know. It's hard to tell when the "sawa" factor will hit. I enjoy SM City SL because some of my favorite restos and food booths are there: yellow cab, chef 'd angelo, mc donald's, go nuts donuts (which never runs out of people queueing), etc. etc. but there is no trace of starbucks coffee. Hmmm! I guess, in the future, they'll consider putting-up one.

Though they say the place has many, "magnas" and "mandus", well, am pretty familiar with that and i trust that there are tons of security guards in uniform or in civilian roaming around the vicinity. If you are not familiar with the term, I was able to get that from pinoyexchange, Magnas - magananakaws, Mandus - mandurukots...hehehe. If you happen to plan to drop by, "konting listo lang mga tsong"!

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Video Music Awards 2005, of Green Day-Gwen-Kelly

I have read somewhere in the Internet that my favorite group, Green day, is a big contender for this year's VMAs. Alongside Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson, the two blondes (so-called musician fantasies of mine...hehehe...shhhh!!!). I happen to watch the VMAs every year eversince the grunge days, but was frustrated also each year when in each show there are some years infested by hip-hop and black music. When the VMA is just full of Hip-hop and 50 cents and snoop doggs and various craps, I just didn't watch it anymore. But this coming VMA, I think am gonna catch it. The only shitty thing is that it's not simulcast with the live event, here in our area. It's gonna be way delayed when it's shown here in the PI.

Why do I like the artists that I mentioned above? Green day is just an awesome band. Eversince the first album hit it out circa '95, I liked them. I really don't give a crap about punk or cartoon pop. But Green Day is cool. There's something about Gwen Stefani that is mystifying. I like No Doubt and I think that Gwen is one of the coolest female band singers around. I don't like her solo effort and honestly I don't like her voice, but I like her image. She's like Madonna always re-inventing herself which makes her interesting, and she's cute too and sexy. Kelly Clarkson has an awesome voice. I never watched the first two seasons of american idol but given the mp3s i got of her performances in american idol (my actual fave is her rendition of Foreigner's "Without You"), this girl has the pipes plus she's a cutie. I have the album, Breakaway, and Ms. clarkson, please release "Because of You" as your next single/vid. If I was a video director, I would have created one for you already for this song. This is the best cut in your album.

2 b a Techie Writer in Taiwan?

I just happen to reply to an ad for a job vacancy for Asus (computers) for the Technical Writer post in their Taiwan office. It had me bugging google about the place for facts or other infos. I really have no friends or relatives in the place which makes me second-thought about sending my CV, but I did anyway considering that opportunity like this in this profession is very seldom or never really happens. I received an email from them the next day after sending my CV containing questionnaires that I have to answer which is an SOP to them before they could set an invitation for an interview. In the latter part, it goes like how do I feel if I would be working in China, and it goes like: 1 Very willing, 2 willing, 3 willing but with reservations, 4 not willing. Initially I thought of choosing 2 or 3, with the latter being my first choice since I mentioned the reason above. But I chose 2 instead. Haven't heard from them yet. Hopefully, I'll get a response whether I am considered or not.

X-Box

Before my brother got us one here at home which was bought in Singapore, I haven't even touched a playstation in my life prior to having this one. And what can I say, but it had me converted into a fan of gaming. The xbox is a cool gaming device. I really like the video resolution and the games (well, not really all but some only). Among my fave is an RPG game called Xmen Legends; Halo - which is actually in my opinion patterned to counter strike; Burnout - car racing, Dead or Alive - ultimate. The most played game of mine is the Xmen Legends - since am a fan of the cartoon series. At first, it's really hard to play the game but as you progress and move forward with the game, you will find it enjoying and addicting especially if you ended a course and you unlock a new character that you can add to the team. Halo is actually a simulation game that teaches you to aim and shoot, and shoot enemies or just about anything that comes in your way! :) Burnout is a typical car racing game but with different twists, Dead or Alive - which by the way is the first game I played here - is a molding of different martial arts and wrestling characters that will battle each out for the ultimate title. I really don't know much technicalities of the xbox but I think the old models are cheaper now since a new model of xbox has just been commercially released. I just wonder why the newer version is called xbox 360 (degree?)

And by the way, my nephews are way too good than me in playing these xbox games.

It's been a while since my last post

Well, welcome back to my world. What the heck is inside jiggy's mind lately? Anyway, I am sieging this opportunity for me to write down in this blog since I am free from everything...from cares, to work and what have you's....