Monthly Archives: December 2008

It’s only few hours before the traditional gift opening, it’s usually done after the noche buena, and if you’re a parent it would be best not to deprive you kids of Santa’s whim because it’s a tradition that would soon be gone, the remaining for the few hours I decided to make up my 5 outrageous Christmas wish list.

  1. Digital SLR with Lenses + Quad Core Notebook + 500GB External HDD – it’s my attraction with beauty and pomp, a must have if you can afford.
  2. Kymco UXV 500 – if the Suzuki Swift is insanely intense in the pocket, perhaps a 4×4 utility vehicle would be the best substitute
  3. Sony Bravia 52” LCD TV + Home Theatre + PS2 – my ultimate home entertainment package
  4. iPhone 3G – the best among the best, Apple designers really knows how to tease your mobile thirst.
  5. Lotto Jackpot – damn, I fancy those 10 winners of recent PCSO’s 160-Million jackpot, it would have solved my ridiculous 1 to 4 Christmas wish list.

uxv500One of my pleasurable slothful activity besides surfing the net is watching movies, nor am I a film buff but I get much pleasure from it than reading, 2008 may have been the year of sequel from the much-hyped Indiana Jones to the expectant box-office bomb of Scully and Mulder but most interesting films this year was the 4 animated family movie I was able to watch with gusto:

  1. Kung Fu Panda – best 3D animation
  2. Wall-E – best love story
  3. Iron Man – best superhero
  4. Mamma Mia! – best musical
  5. Quantum of Solace – best action
  6. Rambo – most violent Rambo series
  7. The Incredible Hulk – much better than the 2003 Ang Lee’s helmed version
  8. Dark Knight – darkiest Batman film yet, if not for Heath Ledger untimely death it would not have been this big
  9. Appleseed Ex-Machina – best 2D/cell animation
  10. Slumdog Millionaire – best drama
  11. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – the return of Alex and the gang

The two local box-office hit I was able to watched this year was the Sharon Cuneta starrer Caregiver and Cathy Garcia Molina’s  A Very Special Love.  Both were good and expected.



HAJJ, the shepherd, his cameo act during their nativity play at school.  A non speaking role, more like a passive by-stander.  The only available media to document was an all-in-one (video cam, mp3 player, digicam, ebook, etc.) gadget, china-made, and cheap (as in, always on sale).  Little tweaking done using Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom.

Saturday. December 13, 2008.

Our annual trek to Albay proceeded early as we (me, wife, and Hajj) normally sked it just after Christmas by taking the common route via Tuburan, Ligao City,  sightseeing after twelve months the lahar damaged highway stand as is … slight improvement except for the road asphalt overlay.

It was a needed family time-out and soul food at churches we vowed to visit, a mini visita altares — particularly Nuestra Señora de Salvacion in the picturesque town of Joroan, Tiwi.  We likewise dropped by old churches at  Tiwi and Tabaco City on our way back, townfolks suggested that our next visit at their locale we should try the Tigaon, Cam. Sur route — a much shorter trip, perhaps lot cheaper, and better road compared to Tuburan highway.

Arrived Naga City in time for the 6:30 p.m. anticipated mass topping the day with four churches.