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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!

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.

here are some learnings i got from watching the vid on how to bring the love back .

“we dont talk anymore.”

In any type of relationship, be it a romantic or a corporate relationship, communication is very vital, two-way communication, that is. both parties should both take time to listen to what the other has to say. learnings come when we listen. when we listen, we would know what the other person really wants and needs, and therefore our efforts would not be futile.

Communication and relationships become epic failures when only one does the talking and the other one fakes the listening.

“you’re not behaving like you love me, it’s not genuine.”

in any type of relationship, it is important to let your partners feel how important they are, thet their opinions are heard, that their efforts are appreciated, and that they are valued genuinely. it is important to be consistent to what we say and do so not to create confusion.

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

“i’ve changed and you haven’t.”

in any type of relationship, change is inevitable. there would be hard times when one seems to have a hard time keeping up. you should help each other mature and change for the better. you should learn to enjoy doing things together.

the key is growing together.

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for OrCom practitioners:

if there are two things we can consider as our mantra in our OrCom 152 class, these are to embrace change and to listen to what our target audience would say.

we should never assume, we must listen to our target audinece well so that we would know what platforms or types of  media we should put our efforts in.

two-way communication is the key.



That Saturday when Ms. Ingrid Cudia was discussing about SEO, Sir Barry asked me what was i thinking after the discussion. I just said “wala po. (i think that has become a reflex) so i would not have to blurt out that stupid thought running in my mind that time and i was just bugging Angge about it. Haha!

Miss Ingrid said that that Google Robot thinks like a human. The advertisements that pops everytime we browse the web varies from one person’s preferences to another.

and that made me repeatedly ask myself (and Angge), “pwede kaya mangyari yung kagaya sa movie na Eagle Eye?” In the movie, there’s this computer that’s tasked to gather information to all people all over the world and can control virtually anything, and then later starts thinking like a human instructing the lead characters to put explosives on a hall where all the officials of the executive branch of the goverment gathers (or something to that effect). Can a robot have a mind of its own? Like what happened in movies like iRobot, Stealth, and Eagle Eye? Hey blame it on the silverscreen.

I should stop watching science FICTION movies. Grr. Seriously. What was i thinking?

Here’s my group’s (with Ana, Noemi, Nancy, and Mina) interpretation on the history of communication.

Had fun editing the vid.

Enjoy watching!

When I was filling up my UPCAT form, i cannot really remember coming across the course BA Organizational Communication. I never had an idea that such course existed.

Just when i received a letter from UP Manila that i passed the exam and that i am free to choose any degree program with an available slot that i first encountered this course (that i never knew i’d actually love.)

when i was scanning the list of degree programs with available slots, i thought:

i dont want any BS course. i want my college life to be easy. (looking at the list) Pharmacy? 5 years? no. Industrial Pharmacy? WTH?! oh BA courses! wait what’s BA? Area Studies? Development Studies? Organizational Communication? hmn.

Organizational Communication? Eto na lang. ang gandang pakinggan eh.

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1st choice: BA Organizational Communication

2nd choice: Dev Stud

3rd choice: Area studies

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So there. that’s how i ended up in the degree program of BA Organizational Communication. Being in this degree program for four years now (not another year, please), i can say that this journey taught me a lot of things while making me enjoy the ride as well. what i love about this journey is that i get to learn new things that i can actually use when im already out in the new world (practical and applicable, that is. not just those things professors teach you just because). though most of the time, im struggling to keep up with all the school stuffs, i must admit, i actually learned to love Organizational Communication and the stress it brought me.

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now, from what i learned from Ms. Ingrid Cudia of Sieg Web Solutions, posts should be clear, concise, and readable for both robots and humans (or something to that effect). here’s a hopefully clear, concise, and readable description of my orcom journey:

the JOURNEY

BA Organizational Communication (OrCom) aims to provide students with a comprehensive training in communication in dynamics operating within organizations. (UP Manila, CAS)

Organizational Communication has been defined in many different ways by many scholars. The following are only a few definitions that encapsulate this four-year degree program of the University of the Philippines Manila. Organizational Communication is (continue reading)


SPEED HUMPS and BUMPS

here are the major humps and bumps i encountered (and actually enjoyed) during my orcom journey.

OrCom 101– Introduction to Organizational Communication

ahh. my very first taste of a research on a real organization. here you’d learn about the fundamentals of Organizational Communication.

OrCom 104– Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication

i did enjoy this course subject very much. theories about how we interact with other people (e.g. telling lies, interpreting signs and symbols, our perception of the “other”) really amazed me. i never thought these things, things that seem so simple and are part of our everyday lives can actually be very complex that the would be the subject of numerous studies.

OrCom 105–  Dynamics of Public Relations

OrCom 142– Communication Processess and Organizational Structures

OrCom 152– Communication Trends and Styles

toxicity mixed with fun– i guess when you have sir barry as your prof, you’ll surely have one hell of a ride. lots of hands-on activities, real-life application of theories, laughtrips, and sleepovers.

Linguistics 100– Introduction to the Study of Language

i enjoyed this class though i scored 1/10 for our very first quiz. i learned that i should review my notes because the prof might give a pop quiz! i actually enjoyed transcribing it became my hobby for quite some time. haha. seriously.

these course subjects surely made my journey bumpy. but what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger and wiser, right?

click for the entire list of humps and bumps.

ORCOM TRAVELLERS

Study hard, party harder!

During my four years in OrCom, i guess that’s the statement we, OrCom students all tried to live by. Despite all the humps and bumps we encounter, we still know how to socialize and enjoy with our friends.

During my four years in OrCom, i learned how to juggle things well. i get to pass my subjects without forgetting to spend some quality time with my friends and loved ones.

During my four years in OrCom, i met some of the most amazing people i would want to have even after i graduate.

Yes, my four years in Orcom may actually be full of drama and conflicts but it was aall worth it spending it with amazing co-travellers.

FINAL DESTINATION

Now what?

After the OrCom Journey, OrCom students may choose to have a career in:

Corporate Communications

Public Relations

Advertising

Marketing

Human Resources

Law

and other communication/media-related paths.

to end this post, i shall quote some succesful OrCom alumni:

“…in this competitive world and society, you really really have to have different skills and different capabilities and Organizational Communication would be a best course for you to be able to train yourself more and to be able to be very very equipped in the corporate society.”

Nikko Tayag

OrCom Batch ‘08

works with Meralco

“It’s the most unique comm[unication] course ever!”

“If you want real adventure, take OrCom.”

Nino Gupana

OrCom Batch ‘06

works with Leo Burnett

(source: PRHS primer)