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This Christmas is going to be Saab’s first one. Her first birthday is also nearly just two weeks from now. Since all that’s coming from her mouth are “tata”, “mama”, “dad”, and other things with meanings unknown to everyone around her, I will be the one making her a wishlist. Yes, a wishlist is indeed needed these times. First of all, for you people to not anymore stress over what to give her on Christmas and on her birthday (yes, I meant that separately, one for Christmas and one for her birthday. HAHAHA!). And second, so that SAAB would not be disappointed once she opens your gifts. :)) alright, without further ado, here’s Saab’s 2 occasions-in-1 wishlist:

1. Clothes– Although she doesn’t have enough room for more clothes, It’s great to have cute dresses, body suits, and other fashionable clothes for Saab here. Admit it, clothes look cuter and more adorable when they’re smaller. I love shopping for Saab’s clothes and so will you. Perhaps, you can buy her another closet or storage for her clothes, too. :))

Size: Small, 12-18 mos.

2. Shoes– Of course, to match those cute clothes, there should be cute shoes, too.

Size: 5 inches/13cm

3. Swimsuits– We are planning to go to the beach in the summer. Since I cannot wear a bikini for myself, thanks to all the stretchmarks and the flabs on my tummy, I would let Saab wear all those nice bikinis instead. HAHAHA!

Size: Small/Medium

4. Toys– Saab prefers educational toys, musical toys (is that the term used for toys that produce sounds?), toys that she can ride on. No stuffed toys please.

5. Play tents– I remember when I was a kid that I always want to have a fortress, so I always built one with blankets and pillows. I know almost everyone of us did that when we’re kids. I would like to spare Saab the energy and the effort and settle with play tents instead. Hah!

6. CDs or DVDs of nursery songs and ‘educational’ cartoons– I need this so that once in a while, Saab would sit in one corner, would not want to play at all, just sit there and watch, or listen to music. Besides, to those who watched, you know how the Twinkle Twinkle video affects her and I kind of like it when she’s almost hypnotized just like that.

7. Huggies Dry Comfort Large– Well, if you cannot find any of the above, if you are too lazy to to find one, or if you have read this too late and you do not have time left to find the perfect gift for Saab, then you can settle with this:

Well, I hope you find this list useful. Actually, it really is useful, right? Okay, guys, make me a happy mommy and let’s make Saab a happy baby this Christmas and on her birthday! 🙂

Now that Christmas is fast-approaching, and so is Saab’s first birthday, I am having my Christmas wish list posted for everyone, including strangers, to see. Why? Because my priority now is to save for Saab’s first birthday ballerina-themed party, ergo, I cannot or I should not buy things for myself. So I am leaving all my wants and needs for you guys to buy if you ever feel like sharing your blessings this coming Christmas…NOT! No, I am not asking, I am mandating you to give me gifts! Haha!

So here’s the list:

1. Eye glasses: NEED

Because I spend more than 12 hours of my day, 6 days of my week in front of the computer I don’t have the 20/20 vision I had just 2 years ago. Now, I my eyesight is so poor, I probably won’t recognize you if you are walking towards me from 3 or more meters away. I am also having severe headaches in which I attribute to my poor eyesight as well. You see, eye glasses (check-up, lens, frame) cost P4k or more and I cannot simply afford to buy one. Yes, I am just being stingy. And because New Girl is my new favorite show, I want glasses like that of hers.

UPDATE: FOR THOSE WHO ARE PLANNING TO GIVE ME NUMBER 1, YOU CAN CHOOSE AMONG THE OTHERS BECAUSE THIS HAS JUST BEEN BOUGHT (A BIG THANK YOU TO THE ONE WHO GAVE ME THIS!). Well, not exactly like Jessica Day’s because it did not look good on me because one, I have a small face, and two, I have like the worst nose ever. So I opted for this:

2. HP Pavilion G6 Luminous Rose Laptop or Karim Rashid Asus 1008P Pink 10.1-inch Netbook: NEED and WANT

Okay. So maybe, 70% need and 30% want because the laptop I am using now for work is working perfectly fine. And I know nothing about laptop specifications and whatever technical features these laptops have. I only want them for their color, obviously. A regular black laptop looks too boring to look at, especially if you have to look at it for more than half a day. Seriously, I need one of these laptops, you guys!

HP Pavilion G6 Luminous Rose Laptop

Karim Rashid Asus 1008P Pink 10.1-inch Netbook

3. Rompers, Cardigans, and Dresses: WANT

Again, I love New Girl and I love Jessica Day’s style. It is quirky and fun. I know I wont really look like Jessica Day nor Zooey Deschanel but I still want to have that kind of style. Besides, I know it is weird but I feel guilty now whenever I buy things for myself especially if those things are just ‘wants’ and not ‘needs’ so I am letting you do the job.

4. Flats: WANT

I know I do not have a social life. I know I don’t go out that much because of work. I know I don’t need this much of flats but heck, they are all adorable. And I don’t wear heels, at all. So, I think flats are kind of a need for me, too.

5. High-Waist Shorts: WANT

Again, I just need a closet revamp and I want this new closet to be Jessica Day inspired. So, yeah, high-waist shorts would be perfect! They are ultra-comfy and they would definitely hide those unwanted fats on my tummy. Or not? I don’t know but they look really cute.

6. UP Shirts: WANT

I am into UP t-shirts now, too for I think I didn’t buy UP shirts when I was still at the University. I don’t know. I just thought that going to school everyday and then wearing UP shirts is a bit OA. But now that I graduated already, I would like to remind myself where I came from, once in a while. And I really think UP shirts now are more badass than those released before. UP pride! HAHA!

Shirts and Jacket From Diliman Republic

7. Harry Potter Books: WANT

I know you would not call me a Harry Potter fan anymore if I would tell you that I have not read any of the books yet. Believe me, I want to! But, the old lazy me just didn’t want to. As anybody of you may know, I am not such a fan of reading books but for Harry Potter, I am willing to do it. So, for this Christmas I would really like to have a complete set of Harry Potter books for me to read (or for Saab to read when she grows up so she could relay the story to me).

I really want the hardcover set in a chest...

...but the paperback set will do, too.

8. Harry Potter Complete DVD Collection: NEED

Yes, this, definitely I need. I need the original DVDs so I can be able to watch the special features and documentaries included in the DVDs. But if you can find pirated ones with those included, I would definitely appreciate them as well. I need these. Seriously, I have been asking stores at least once a week if they already have a complete set but they still don’t. Please find a set for me!

9. DVDs of Movies and TV Series

As you may know now, I am more of a TV-person than a book-person (Harry Potter books and Mitch Albom books would be the only exception). And I really hate waiting for an episode a week of TV series. So you can really make me happy by giving me (pirated or original) DVDs of movies and the TV series that I watch and I want to watch. In terms of movies, any genre would do except horror films that involve ghosts and exorcism. As for TV series, I would be a really happy and hoppy bunny if you would give me House M.D. seasons 6 and 7, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. seasons 1-10, How I Met Your Mother seasons 1-7, and One Tree Hill seasons 7-9. I’ve got the complete seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and I have been watching the latest seasons of Gossip Girl and New Girl online so you don’t have to get me those.

10. Make-up: WANT

Specifically, lipsticks of these shades (pink, brown, and  bright red), POWERFUL concealer, and blushes. Apparently, I gave up on the eye make-ups when I realized there is no way I am going to learn how to use them. Just a waste of money, so I am opting for these instead.
11. Chocolate: NEED

These are my favorite chocolates, Lindt pure white chocolate, Toblerone white chocolate, Galaxy pure milk chocolate, and Ferrero Rocher. You can give me these for these are a need to my life right now but other brands of chocolates will be welcome, too.

A heartfelt letter on a greeting card, a picture and a greeting posted on Facebook, a phone call

UPDATE: THESE ARE FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE JOBS LIKE CHILDREN, BABIES, AND THE ELDERLY.

Of course I am not at all that materialistic so these three above would also do (Hi, Paula! I want one of these 3 + one of the other 9 from you :))

So friends and family, you know what you have to do. Besides greeting Jesus a happy birthday, you have to make this happen. Yes, I am putting the pressure on you guys. HAHAHA!

You were on your way home when you died.

It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.

And that’s when you met me.

“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”

“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.

“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”

“Yup,” I said.

“I… I died?”

“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said.

You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”

“More or less,” I said.

“Are you god?” You asked.

“Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.”

“My kids… my wife,” you said.

“What about them?”

“Will they be all right?”

“That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.”

You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure, maybe. More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty.

“Don’t worry,” I said. “They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.”

“Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?”

“Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.”

“Ah,” you said. “So the Hindus were right,”

“All religions are right in their own way,” I said. “Walk with me.”

You followed along as we strode through the void. “Where are we going?”

“Nowhere in particular,” I said. “It’s just nice to walk while we talk.”

“So what’s the point, then?” You asked. “When I get reborn, I’ll just be a blank slate, right? A baby. So all my experiences and everything I did in this life won’t matter.”

“Not so!” I said. “You have within you all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don’t remember them right now.”

I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you’ve gained all the experiences it had.

“You’ve been in a human for the last 48 years, so you haven’t stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for long enough, you’d start remembering everything. But there’s no point to doing that between each life.”

“How many times have I been reincarnated, then?”

“Oh lots. Lots and lots. An in to lots of different lives.” I said. “This time around, you’ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 AD.”

“Wait, what?” You stammered. “You’re sending me back in time?”

“Well, I guess technically. Time, as you know it, only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from.”

“Where you come from?” You said.

“Oh sure,” I explained “I come from somewhere. Somewhere else. And there are others like me. I know you’ll want to know what it’s like there, but honestly you wouldn’t understand.”

“Oh,” you said, a little let down. “But wait. If I get reincarnated to other places in time, I could have interacted with myself at some point.”

“Sure. Happens all the time. And with both lives only aware of their own lifespan you don’t even know it’s happening.”

“So what’s the point of it all?”

“Seriously?” I asked. “Seriously? You’re asking me for the meaning of life? Isn’t that a little stereotypical?”

“Well it’s a reasonable question,” you persisted.

I looked you in the eye. “The meaning of life, the reason I made this whole universe, is for you to mature.”

“You mean mankind? You want us to mature?”

“No, just you. I made this whole universe for you. With each new life you grow and mature and become a larger and greater intellect.”

“Just me? What about everyone else?”

“There is no one else,” I said. “In this universe, there’s just you and me.”

You stared blankly at me. “But all the people on earth…”

“All you. Different incarnations of you.”

“Wait. I’m everyone!?”

“Now you’re getting it,” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back.

“I’m every human being who ever lived?”

“Or who will ever live, yes.”

“I’m Abraham Lincoln?”

“And you’re John Wilkes Booth, too,” I added.

“I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled.

“And you’re the millions he killed.”

“I’m Jesus?”

“And you’re everyone who followed him.”

You fell silent.

“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”

You thought for a long time.

“Why?” You asked me. “Why do all this?”

“Because someday, you will become like me. Because that’s what you are. You’re one of my kind. You’re my child.”

“Whoa,” you said, incredulous. “You mean I’m a god?”

“No. Not yet. You’re a fetus. You’re still growing. Once you’ve lived every human life throughout all time, you will have grown enough to be born.”

“So the whole universe,” you said, “it’s just…”

“An egg.” I answered. “Now it’s time for you to move on to your next life.”

And I sent you on your way.

It was eleven years ago when I watched the first installment of the Harry Potter films, the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and it was a week ago when I watched its final installment, the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Up until now, the whole movie, and the whole series, perhaps, still lingers in my brain. When I remember bits of the scenes in the Harry Potter 7.2, I cannot help but still feel sad, not only because the scenes were basically depressing, heavy, and quite really unbearable, but secondly, because I thought that it will be the last Harry Potter movie that I am going to watch inside a movie theater. I even cried lots when the epilogue was showing because I know there will not be another scene next to it, nor another film to be shown the next year that I can patiently anticipate. For me, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was not just an end of an epic book and movie series but also marks the end of my childhood.

The IMAX Experience

I booked tickets from IMAX MOA just a week before the date I intended to watch the movie. I even ordered a Gryffindor shirt online just so I can have something to wear that day and well, to show my support to Harry and all the other casts and tell them that I am indeed with them until the very end. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 is the only HP film to be shown in 3d so I want to watch it in not any theater but the best theater there is. I haven’t tried watching anything in 3d yet so I was kind of hesitant to watch it in digital 3d so I opted for IMAX. Yes, I spent P450 worth of ticket for a movie only to be shown once and without any teaser trailers before it actually starts (I was really hoping for the movie trailers, actually. It’s my most favorite part when I am watching movies in movie theaters).

The IMAX experience was superb. It is really eyegasmic and thought, Avatar would really fun to watch here. I thought I was going to wear those glasses with blue and red colors on them. I would say that the P450-worth of ticket was all worth it. The movie started on time, the seats were ultra-comfortable, you feel like you’re in a VIP movie theater or something. However, I felt that it was very unnecessary for the Harry Potter producers to make the final movie shown in 3d. I don’t think there were lots of scenes that called for a 3d effect. In fact, I can only remember three–the Warner Brothers logo shown at the beginning, the trio’s ride together with the two goblins to Bellatrix Lestrange’s vault, and the scene when Voldemort’s face was breaking into pieces when Nagini was finally killed by Neville Longbottom. With the exception of the showing the Warner Brothers’ logo, I thought that those two other scenes weren’t really important at all. Or were they? Enlighten me, please.

The Performance

As for the artists’ performances, I thought they really improved so much since the first film. Over all, all the cast showed their greatest performances yet. They all gave their all, I suppose knowing it will be the last time that they would portray those roles. There were not a lot of speaking lines for a lot of characters but you can see it on their faces that what they are doing were way beyond just acting.

For one, the last scene of Fred and George when they’re both still alive was just heart-breaking. You can see them smiling, trying to be cool, pretty much being their usual self but you can really see it in their eyes–the fear that anytime something terrible might happen to any of them or any of their family and friends, yet they have to stay strong, or look strong, at the very least, for each other.

Another scene that brought me to almost-crying and whole-body-goosebumps was this duel scene between Minerva Mcgonagall and Severus Snape. This was the very first scene when I first felt my heart was growing its own tear ducts. I was not crying yet but I know my heart was already.

This scene was just heart-pounding and heart-breaking at the same time. You can clearly see from this two that they don’t want to hurt each other because they are friends but they cannot just let their guard down because they are both protecting something or someone. Snape was hiding and protecting the truth because he knows it was not the time yet to spill it all. Mcgonagall, on the other hand was just fed up with all these dark forces on Hogwarts and she was not holding back anymore. I cannot stress enough how impressed I am with Maggie Smith, the actress who played Professor Mcgonagall. She was undergoing chemotherapy while filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and two yet she was able to deliver her role perfectly. well, I honestly thought she was not really acting, she and Mcgonagall are both very brave and battling cancer and death-eaters feel pretty much the same, I guess.

Of course all the other casts did well, too. They all deserved to be part of the movie, lead by the trio, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe, who played Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Harry Potter, respectively, but describing their performances one by one won’t be that thrilling for me and won’t be that good-to-read for the others. And no, I didn’t forget about Alan Rickman who played Severus Snape, he deserves a whole section of this post.

“Look at me. You have your mother’s eyes.”

This was Severus Snape’s, played by Alan Rickman, last words before he died. That was exactly when my eyes decided to start acting like waterfalls. Snape’s last scenes became the end of the calm me. Although it was not directly shown, Snape being bitten by Nagini, I don’t know, three to four times was just so hard to bear. I cried so hard during that scene even more with his last scene and all the other scenes after this (actually, I did not stop crying since then until I was walking out of the theater already).

Alan Rickman’s acting was just so moving, it still breaks my heart when I remember all his scenes from this movie, including that of when Harry was viewing his past through the Pensieve. It made me cry buckets and I think he truly overshadowed the main characters. I think he was the true hero of the entire film. I absolutely love his character and the way it was portrayed was just great. The movie staff and most especially, Alan Rickman did justice to his character. Alan Rickman deserves all the awards!

The Deaths

After Snape’s death, all the other deaths of characters were shown. It was just too devastating and too hard for me to handle when Tonks’ and Lupin’s dead bodies were shown and then Fred’s. I was just crying so hard and hoping the one on my left does not hear a thing at the same time. Thank goodness for the director and the writers not showing how they died because that would just be unbearable.

And then there was Lavander’s death. I hate her so much during Harry Potter and the Half-blood prince when she all just did was basically kiss Ron Weasley, and well, make Hermione Granger vomit. But seeing her being eaten by a werewolf was a shocker. It was just so…morbid.

The Kissing Scenes

There were just two, Ron/Hermione’s and Harry/Ginny’s.

Of the two, of course, I would definitely go with the Ron/Hermione kiss. Well, for an obvious reason that I have a huge crush on Harry Potter and seeing him kiss other girls just makes me cringe and wants to vomit, just like what Hermione felt when Lavander kissed Ron all the time at HP 6. And another thing, the kiss between Harry and Ginny, speaking as a completely third party objective with absolutely no personal interest in the matter, was really awkward. Ginny was kissing Harry’s upper lip, which if you are keenly observing, is almost non-existent. It was just wrong and awkward.

But Ron and Hermione’s kiss was just romantic. It quite gave me a shock and as Ron said it, it was like a now-or-never kiss. It was something, I think they both waited for that all their lives (your fans anticipated for that too, as much as those two did). That was a total pick-up-er for all those depressing scenes of death and war, actually.

The Comic Reliefs

For those who have been watching Harry Potter movies starting from its very first installment, you would probably observe that all the movies, no matter how dark and depressing the whole movies are, there are still scenes that will absolutely make you laugh. Well, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 is no exception to that.

I loved how these scenes and others more were able to be great icebreakers. It did not stop me from crying (yes, I was crying and laughing at the same time) but they were really funny and witty.

And yes, all those minutes Harry Potter pretended to be dead seemed like a big joke for me. I mean, I get it, Neville Longbottom’s speech is supposed to touch your feelings and it was supposed to be his ‘moment’ but that just seemed to be just like Allan’s (Zach Galifinakis) speech from The Hangover Part 1. When I heard Neville spoke those mushy lines I was just “this is like The Hangover all over again!”. And Voldemort’s laugh when Neville stepped forward was just hilarious!

Until the Very End

Yes, finally all was well at the wizarding world as the good defeated the evil but seeing them after nineteen years, with their children boarding the Hogwarts train almost became the death of me. I refuse to leave the theater as I was not done crying yet. It was just seeing the movie that you anticipated every year come to an end. It was just hard seeing them age and then reflecting on how much your life has changed as well.

But I guess, it was not the end yet. I mean, I can re-watch my DVDs when I feel the need to. I can still let Saab and my other children in the future to know Harry Potter and all the other characters and creatures that made my childhood mystical and magical. And hopefully, it would make theirs mystical and magical, too. After all, as J.K. Rowling, author of the books said, “Hogwarts is always there to welcome you home”.

Mischief managed.

DISCLAIMER: Well, I know those people would condemn me for feeling like this, as I have not read any Harry Potter book yet, and you might feel that I am exaggerating. But hey, at least I still have books to look forward to read still. I definitely will, when the lazy person inside me would allow me, soon. :)) And oh, the GIFs are not mine.

 “This is the story of the last time two different species of man share this planet. Only one of them would survive.  ” 

The plot, solely, would drive you to watch it until its very end. I mean, it’s like watching an action-packed movie, only it happened in real life, about hundred thousands of years ago. I admit there were less interesting parts, scenes that are a little dragging which made me yawn and stretched my arms, but those were only tiny bit of parts that still didn’t stop me from watching the whole thing. The scenes were powerful and thrilling, the 3d animation added spice to the documentary that’s already superb in its own. All in all, it was a great documentary to watch, very informative and educational, at the same time, heart-pounding and exciting.

Neanderthal was the story of the rise and fall of one of the most successful human species that ever lived. A species that survived for over a quarter of a million years, living through and adapting to the most violent extremes of climate. A species that thrived – until modern man came along. All aspects of Neanderthal clan life are examined, including tool- and weapon-making, hunting and gathering, health and healing, childbirth, rituals, and making fire.

All throughout the documentary, even after the film showing was finished, with this plot in mind, I can’t help but compare the Neanderthals’ lives and ways to what we humans in this era do to survive. First, is coping with the climate. Before, at the time when Neanderthals were still dominating the planet, the weather was extremely cold and it was increasingly getting colder every single day. The Neanderthals coped by killing animals and making them into fur mantle clothing, something that will keep them warm all throughout their day. Now, this is just amazing, because nowadays, you won’t really have to hunt and kill a furry animal to have thick clothing that will keep you warm. You just have to go to the mall, buy a jacket, and that’s it. In fact, in the Philippines, you do not need to have a jacket at all, at worst of times, the hot weather here will just drive you insane.

Next is the Neanderthals’ way of getting food. Hunting and gathering for them is very important. Basically, they start their day really early just to hunt and gather food, and this means, again, looking out for animals in the wild or wild plants for that matter, that they can eat in order to survive. Driven by their instinct, they hunt and they gather for food, a mother and a daughter at a scene in the documentary, and I remember the narrator telling that they were actually good, no, I mean, better than good, they’re great in hunting and gathering. My morning starts with me waking up a bit late for work and someone prepares my breakfast. All that’s left for me to do is to open my mouth and chew what’s in front of me—worry and hassle-free.

In regard to fire-making, as told in the documentary, they weren’t the first specie to use fire. Fire-making has been known for over half a million years before they existed. But what makes them special is that their skills in fire-making are unmatched. They consider the skill in fire-making very important as they will depend on this in order to survive in the freezing continents where they settle. The caves, where they live, don’t give as much protection as they need it, therefore, they rely so much in fire to keep them warm and alive. Fire also serves as their protection against animals that could kill them in a snap. These animals can also be a prey to animals like leopards and bears. Nowadays, thanks to modern engineering, homes can have warmers and fireplaces to keep people warm; people can have air-conditioners to keep them cold if they want to. People, nowadays, don’t need fire to protect themselves from animals like leopards and bears, because more often than not, people only see them caged in zoos.

Female Neanderthals were then transited from tribes to tribes, both involuntarily or voluntarily in order for these tribes to breed and have higher chances of survival. They are more often than not, kidnapped from their clan so that this other tribe could breed. I think it is just sick to treat women like that, but I am not in a position to judge since people then, were driven by instinct to survive. All their actions point to one thing—thrive to live.

And then these Cro-Magnons emerged. Their appearance looked better than that of the Neanderthals, more alike with the humans of today. They require a lot more food than the Neanderthals and they seem better at coping to the fast and harsh changing environment at that time. The Neanderthals were slowly falling apart because their coping mechanisms don’t seem enough in order for them to survive. The documentary ends with the first scene, a Cro-Magnon and a Neanderthal face-to-face, with a question, ‘is it possible for them to co-exist?’ Now, this question is a great transition from part 1 of the documentary to its second part. This creates anticipation.

To end this reflection paper, I have a question in mind. It is said that human species undergo evolution. Our physical features, skills, and other characteristics change over time in order for us to adapt with the changes of the environment. However, this boggles me most, how come the Cro-magnons and Neanderthals existed at overlapped times? Aren’t these Cro-magnons a species that came from or the evolved versions of the Neanderthals?

You can watch the Discovery Channel’s Neanderthal Episode 1  here.

Dahil sa trending topic na #tipsforUPfreshies sa Twitter at dahil na rin sa recent post ni Ryo kaya ako magsusulat ng sarili kong version. Bukod sa wala akong Twitter account, sa tingin ko hindi kasya ang 160-characters(?) para masabi ko lahat ng gusto kong ibilin sa mga bagong estudyante ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas lalong-lalo na yung mga taga UP Manila.

Isang babala lang, itong mga tips na ito eh hindi universal at sa malamang-lamang eh mag-apply lang sa mga estudyanteng kumuha o kumukuha ng kurso na kagaya nang akin: BA Procrastinating Major in Cramming. 

1. Mahirap ang Math 11 pero maipapasa mo ito. Hindi ako agree sa sinabi ni Ryo na madali lang ang Math 11. Kung madali lang ang Math 11 bakit may mga taong nakakaabot ng Math 88 (ibig sabihin 8 times niya nang tine-take ang Math 11 at di pa din nakakapasa.) Kahit ako, naka Math 33 pero laking pasalamat ko na naipasa ko ito after ng pangatlong try. Pag kasi hindi pa, taga mo sa bato, nabaliw na siguro ako. Pero totoo, nakukuha sa aral ang subject na ito. Matindi lang talagang concentration at practice ang kailangan. Yung tipong masasagutan mo na yung buong module bago pa man mangalahati yung sem. At eto ang tip na sadly ay di ko ginawa, totoo, may points kang makukuha sa effort kaya kahit di mo alam ang sagot sa exam, maganda pa din yung makita ng prof mong nag-try kang mag-solve.

2. Hindi natutuwa ang mga prof sa mga teacher’s pet at yung mga sobrang G.C. (grade conscious) na naghahabl ng grade. Ayaw ng mga prof yung naghahabol ng correction sa grade dahil feeling ko, iniisip nila, “anong akala mo, hindi ako marunong mag-compute ng grade? na mali ang judgement ko?” Wag na wag ipamumuka sa mga prof na mali sila lalong-lalo na kung hindi ka sure na mali talaga sila, matatalo ka lang. Meron akong prof dati na nagalit sa mga classmate kong naghabol sa grade. Sa huli, yun pa din ang grade nila. Hindi na nga tumaas ang grade nila, chinismis pa sila ng prof sa amin.

3. Walang UP Professor na bobo. Sure, merong ineffective magturo, meron yung tipong makakatulugan mo na at magkakasala ka talaga sa sobrang boring magturo, pero lahat sila matalino at marunong. Hindi mo sila mabobola at hindi mo mapapaikot ang ulo nila. Wag nang subukang mangopya dahil wala kang ligtas. Or at the very least, mahiya ka naman. Pinaghirapan mo ang UPCAT tapos mangongopya ka lang pag nakapasok ka na?

4. When all else fails, take a nap. Kapag may MGA paper kang due na kinabukasan o ilang oras mula sa kasalukuyan, kung may MGA exam kang cover to cover ang scope, kung may MGA project kang sabay-sabay ang pasahan, kung may MGA report kang kailangang pag-aralan, kung pasahan na ng thesis mo mamaya, o kung thesis defense mo na kinabukasan, at dumudugo na ang utak mo kakaisip kung pano o kelan o kung matatapos mo pa ba lahat ng dapat mong gawin, mag POWER NAP ka. Totoo, malaking tulong yan. Kasi naku-cultivate ang mga ideas pag tulog ka at napapanaginian mo ang mga dapat mong gawin at isagot sa mga tanong na di mo masagot pag gising ka. Kung talagang maswerte ka, mapapanaginipan mo pa ang mga sagot sa mga mind-boggling questions na ito. Isa pa, hindi advisable na aralin mo ang buong libro. Ginawa ko na ito isang beses, bumagsak lang ako. Di ko na inulit ulit.

5. Hindi sa lahat ng oras, aral lang ang aatupagin mo. College days ang pinaka-liberating sa lahat at talagang mararamdaman mo ang kalayaan mo bilang isang tao. Hawak mo sarili mong schedule at pwede mong gawin ang gusto mo basta ikaw din ang bahala sa consequences nito. Hindi maganda yung puro ka lang aral kasi pag-graduate mo, you’ll spend the rest of your life working. I-balance lang ang oras sa pag-aaral, mga 30% aral tapos 70% yung gimik at spending time with friends.Yan ang talagang ideal percentage ng school at fun. Promise, pag sinunod mo yan, ga-graduate ka on time! 🙂

Confessions of a Facebook Addict

I’ve only had my Facebook account come my senior year, thanks to my officemates in Euro RSCG-Agatep (where i had my ojt). They told me that Facebook would be the easiest way to keep in touch. Ms. Sheila told me that she would upload our pictures and would just “tag” (i didn’t even know what tagging was back then i had no idea what she was talking about!)  me so i could see those pictures. So at my last day at work, i made a Facebook account at the office and add them up.

And that day started my addiction.

Well, here are some of the signs that I truly am addicted to this social networking site:

1. I rarely open my Friendster account.

2. My first thoughts in the morning are “Oh no, my employees must have died already.” or “ï should harvest my plants before someone steals them” or “i should serve the food now or it would rot.” or “i should harvest my plants or it would wither”.

3. My daily conversations involve a lot of Facebook-related topics. ican’t remember a day in  my life since i had my Facebook account that i didn’t talk about it with other people.

4. When there’s nothing else to talk about, i don’t talk about the weather, i converse about Facebook.

5. I encourage other people to have their Facebook account because it’s so much fun.

6. I check  all my game apps in Facebook before  i go to bed.

7.  I get into fights because of Facebook. I remember selling all of Puroy’s horses in Farmville because i was mad at him. it’s kind of the way i’m getting even.

8. I got really sad when my fishes in fishworld died.

9. i sometimes get affected in the results of some quizzes or advice i get from the applications. it affects my mood. really.

10. Despite all the school works i have to finish, i cannot not open my Facebook. So I multitask. (80% Facebook, 20% school stuff)

there, i am officially addicted to Facebook. I love/hate Facebook. Grr.