For the past two years, I have been bombarded by invites from friends and classmates who joined various networking companies. I could still vividly recall my first encounter. My first encounter was with some company selling multivitamins. My high school friend invited me at Ortigas. But I was not interested. Then, my second experience was with Forever Living. Back then, my friend invited me for a gimik. So, she set a place, and that was Robinsons Galleria which is five minutes away from the main office of Forever Living (located at Greenhills). I remember that the speakers were like from a Christian Fellowship and they would ask this question,

“Gusto nyo bang yumaman?”

Then the recruiters would reply in a lively voice,


Then, a big applause from the crowd would soon follow.

This particular scenario was like from the movie Feng Shui. My next experience is with the group Legacy for Life. Two of my friends texted me to join the Legacy for Life, then a classmate in College met up with me and I found myself at Starbucks Emerald Avenue listening to one of the members. Then just recently, a former classmate in College invited me at Nu Skin. He asked if I’m open into a part-time business and I haven’t had the slightest idea that he was introducing me to Nu Skin. He even said that,

“Here, you will learn to value money.”

However, my principles tell me otherwise. I believe that when I start working (not for a networking group), that is the time that I will truly learn the value of money. In networking, they all say the same things,

“Iba ito.”

Geesh. You are all the same.

Mayonnaise: Grand Champion of Red Horse Muziklaban 2004

L-R: Monty, Lee, Paga, Shan at Millenia

\Ma`yon`naise”\, n. [1] A sauce compounded of raw yolks of eggs beaten up with olive oil to the consistency of a sirup, and seasoned with vinegar, pepper, salt, etc.; — used in dressing salads, fish, etc. Also, a dish dressed with this sauce. [2] Name of the band that won the recently concluded Red Horse Muziklaban 2004. [3] Composed of Monty (guitars, vocals), Paga (guitars), Lee (bass) and Shan (drums). [4] All band members are music students. [5] Monty, Paga and Lee are students of DLSU-College of Saint Benilde while Shan studies at a Christian school in Makati. [6] The only band that has a song made and dedicated for a Sex Bomb Dancer named Jopay. [7] They have a friendster account. [8] They have streaming audio online.

L-R: Paga and Monty at the St. Scholastica’s Juniors Yeti

Congratulations to Mayonnaise and good luck to your upcoming album!

Lee at the St. Scholastica’s Juniors Yeti

How to get drunk?

When you have a low budget for beers at a certain bar and you want to get that “kick” feeling, you better order any of the following:

1. 1 Red Horse Beer
2. 1 Colt Ice
3. 1 San Miguel Strong Ice

When you want to get really wasted, just drink the following:

1. San Miguel Light or Red Horse or any kind of beer


2. Tequila or
3. Tanduay Rhum or
4. Emperador Brandy or
5. Other hard drinks

Also, when you really want to get wasted, do not go to the bathroom time to time and do not drink water in between the drinking session.

Art of War

Time flies so fast indeed. Just two weeks from now, I will be getting my academic attire (toga) and I will be attending the Bacchalaureate Mass to receive the Honorable Mention Award for keeping up with a CGPA of 3.0. All in all, 69 students from different colleges will be receiving the Honorable Mention award. Then, come October 9, I will be marching at the Philippine Internation Convention Center along with the other 897 students (PICC) to get my temporary diploma (the real diploma that will be sent via snail mail one month after the Commencement Exercises) where the Laude’s will be awarded. The total of number of students that will be receiving academic awards is 85 while the number of graduates (including graduates of different Masteral degrees and Doctorate degrees) is 898. Thus, the ratio of awardees to the total number of graduates is almost one percent. Quite a ratio huh?

Honorable Mention is not as prestigious as the awards with Laude’s because I know that only De La Salle University gives such academic award (based on my experience with my recent job interview). Also, most companies would only notice the Laude’s for it has been a standard in every College or University be it in the Philippines or the other parts of the world.

There are a lot of things that I have learned in College. In college, sometimes, hard work is not enough. Surviving college is like indulging yourself into a war. As Sun Tzu has said in his book The Art of War,

“It is a matter of life and death, a road either
to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry
which can on no account be neglected.”

As we all know, there are soldiers that have received several awards, and there are some ordinary soldiers that have managed to survive. Hence, they are the unsung heroes. Like in college, there are a few noteworthy students who have managed to excel during their academic life and there are some students who have managed to graduate even though they have been crippled by failing marks so many times. As said by a graduate in his speech that have circulated via e-mail over the Internet,

“Pero ni minsan, hindi pa ako nakakakita ng unibersidad na nagbigay ng “Hung on and managed to graduate despite nearly getting kicked-out during his academic stay” award.”

Like the soldiers who have survived the war without a medal, just the same, these graduates are the unsung heroes. And to all those who have managed to graduate despite of a “near death experience”, I commend all of you for not giving up, and for not losing hope. I’m sure that your parents are proud of you no matter what.

Fried Dumplings

If you happen to drop by at Harrison Plaza, try to go to the Rustan’s Grocery. Then, instead of going inside the grocery, turn right then go straight ahead to the Food Alley where tables are situated. At the left side, you will see the stall Paochin. There, you will find various dumplings. For just 38 Pesos, you will get to choose:

1. A dumpling of your choice (4 pieces)
2. Pandan rice
3. Sauce of your choice: sweet and sour sauce or toyo mansi sauce with or without chilli sauce

I discovered this budget meals from my former professors at DLSU. Hehe.

Feng Shui

WARNING: If you have not watched Feng Shui yet, close your eyes then skip this entry. Hehe.

I just watched Feng Shui with my friends at Robinsons Place Manila. I was annoyed of some of the people inside the moviehouse because the movie was just about to start and I already heard someone screaming.

The movie has a nice cinematography and the musical score is very effective indeed. However, I have noticed some loop-hole in the story itself. Kris Aquino could have just tried calling Lotlot de Leon or Illonah Jean. She just went straight ahead to Illonah Jean’s house without even calling her. Also, the movie has become predictable. In the movie, Lotlot is born under the Year of the Horse. Then, when she is about to close the window, a drunk man was calling her. My prediction was she was going to be killed by the man who (maybe) drank some Red Horse Beer. And yes, she was indeed killed by the drunk man. She fell of the window and her body was found over the cases and bottles of Red Horse Beer. Also, I have noticed that the film is like a rip-off of Ringu and The Eye.
But, I think that this movie is one of the best Filipino Horror movies that I have seen.

As the Muziklaban Ends

As the Red Horse Muziklaban comes to an end, another big event kicks off. The NU107 Rock Awards 2004 starts off the Rolling Polling Booth at Robinsons Place, Manila. The songs Sad Trip and Boom Desire by Boldstar (a Deadpan Society core band) are eligible for the Song of the Year Category. They are also eligible for the individual categories namely, Vocalist, Guitarist, Bassist and Drummer of the Year.

Below is the Rolling Polling Booth schedule. Polling starts at 10am and ends at 7pm. Thanks to Wolfmann for the info.
September 22 – Level 1, Adriatico Wing, Robinson’s Manila
September 30 – Robinson’s Metro East
October 2 – G/F Edsa Mall Ramp, Glorietta Center
October 13 – Level 2, Main Entrance, Robinson’s Cainta
October 15 & 16 – Level 2 Center Railing, Robinson’s Galleria
October 20 – Level 1, Adriatico Wing, Robinson’s Manila
October 27 – Alabang Town Center

Prepare yourselves on November 13 for PULP’s Freak Show (The PULP Anniversary Special) and be sure to bring ammonia with you just in case you’ll get stucked in a mosh pit. For the upcoming Freak Show, Slipknot will be playing at the Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City. Tickets are now available thru TicketNet at the following prices:

P550 – General Admission
P1,500 – VIP

Local bands that will be playing with Slipknot are still being decided. Buy your tickets at TicketNet so that you won’t have to line up on November 13.

Red Horse Muziklaban Grand Finals

The Red Horse Muziklaban Grand Finals will be held at Saturday, September 25 at the Amoranto Stadium, Quezon City. The guest bands that will be performing are:

Fuseboxx (Champion of Red Horse Muziklaban 2003)
Urban Dub
Wyld Stallions

The grand finalists for this year’s Muziklaban are:

Mayonnaise (The GMA Champion)
Rugis (The Southern Luzon Champion)
Zoom Zoom Lunacy (Central and Northern Luzon Champion)
Eye-Me and the Royal Scavengers (Visayas Champion)
Namaskar (Mindanao Champion)
Kinkyhooters (Wild Card Entry from GMA)
Join the Club (Wild Card Entry from GMA)
Playback (Wild Card Entry from GMA)

If you have not voted for the People’s Choice Award for this year’s Muziklaban, just register and vote at the Official Website of Red Horse Beer.