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It’s been even longer than the last lul in posting, but I just wanted to say that I’m still alive, and this blog is still alive. Redundant, much? A lot has happened since I last posted, so I’ll do a quick recap instead of a long and winding post that’ll take ages to write(and read..)..

  • I went to the e-heads reunion concert with my cousins and my parents(papa was kind of our ticket in…)
  • I finished the Florante at Laura project, a video of half the book. My part: Director/Editor.. garr..
  • I practically ran our fashion show. I chose the music, got everyone together and coordinated everything.
  • I got a new iPod! A 4th Generation Nano in orange.. And I got a new digital SLR!
  • It’s sem break, so we went to Binondo..
  • I’ve been lazing around the house, surfing and doing nothing, guilt-free.
  • A lot of new albums from my favorite artists have been released! The Sugababes, The Saturdays, Girls Aloud, Leon Jackson, Craig David and Agnes Carlsson!
  • I’ve read Legacy and Revelation already and I can’t wait for Paradise Lost!
  • 7,334 songs and my iTunes library is still growing everyday!
  • I made some cool new ringtones on Audacity!
  • Patty’s almost coming home! Another two weeks, I think..
  • I wanna watch HSM3, but I’m waiting for Patty to come back, Kurama and I have to see her suffer!(or will she?)
  • I changed layouts! Isn’t it cute? haha.. But now I can’t find my old banner.. I’ll have to look for it later.
  • So far, I’ve been to Megamall, SM North, Trinoma, Greenhills(again, after we went with Tita Len and Ate De and Ate Cissy and Kuya Neil..) and Binondo since exams wrapped up. That plus a week’s worth of Cherubim rehearsals, maybe a total of about 1 day in the UP Press marketing office and a visit to a doctor who stuck a tube down my nose into my throat(that hurt!).

I guess that’s it. If I missed something, it’ll follow later, or next time.

I knew I missed something! Edit time!

  • I’m loving Britannia High. Now I know it’s another desperate attempt to relive the days of I Dream, but it’s actually not that bad! I’m loving the song Lauren and Claudine sang when Lauren was in the studio..
  • The X Factor live shows started three weeks ago, and so far, so good. Although Daniel should’ve gone earlier, he doesn’t have the personality or special qualities to carry his not so spectacular/less than average voice.
  • My Multiply has been undergoing numerous makeovers. I’ve rapidly changed layouts and I’ve finally made it network-only(after weeks of telling myself I’d work on it..). Wanna see? Go here and add me up if I know you in person!

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Sorry for not posting in the longest time, I’M SORRY! Anyway, since I haven’t posted, here’s a list of stuff I have to do before school starts and Ate De COMES HOME!!!! YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

1. Have my hair straightened. Seriously, it’s getting on my last nerves. Imagine waking up everyday with half of your hair curly and the other half OK. Murder. I’m gonna go have it done tomorrow.

2. Surf ’till my eyes fall out. In short, enjoy all the internet I can before I hit the books again for the eight grade(and possibly die..).

3. Download everything I’ve ever wanted to download over the summer. And seed every torrent from that I can, ratio must be 0.8 and above!

4. Do my last bits of shopping, get that book I’ve been eyeing all summer and eat whatever I want to.

5. Invite pat over here for our annual pre-school bash. We’ll surf and eat ’till we drop.

6. Blog about my summer and what I expect this coming school year. I’ve seriously got to get back to blogging on a daily basis.

7. Clean up my hard disk and fix up the homework manager, they need to be in tip top shape for this school year.

8. Get all hyped up about Ate De and Kuya Neil coming home after a looooong time in Louisiana..

I guess that’s it! Will think of more in the coming days..


Posted on: May 8, 2008

So my best friend just started a new blog today and what she said was kinda true for me as well. The fact that we both miss a certain part of our lives(haha, corny, I know.). For her it’s the 90’s, for me, it’s sixth grade. 

Seriously, everything was perfect back then, my grades were stellar, I was surrounded by my closest friends, friends who I could tell anything to, I was happy, no getting depressed and then getting low grades. And to think back then I couldn’t wait to get to high school. Rawr.

My closest friends know that I wasn’t happy last school year, especially with what happened during the first day of classes for 2008. My two real friends in school obviously helped me a hell of a lot but I was kinda shutting people out. For the first month or so, I wrote a lot, almost cried every time and found a song that would make me even more sad(the live version of Do’s ‘Heaven’ with Westlife.. ‘coz of the sound, not the lyrics, I’m not a lyrics person..) and eventually cried in front of all the girls in my class and my guidance councilor(yeah..). But that still didn’t make me feel better, nothing did, until the last guidance session.

Ever since I was in kinder, I was made to think that people outside my closest group of friends didn’t like me, because of all the teasing I was getting. It made me feel even worse when that incident happened. I thought I lost all my friends when I lost her, but it turned out the other way. I’ll tell you why in a minute.

The last day of guidance was fun, we were given pieces of paper and told to take off one shoe. Then we had to write stuff to people we wanted to thank of just say hi to. So, we all did. When I read what my classmates said, I almost cried, seriously.

As I said, I thought I lost all my friends, it turned out that I was the one shutting them out, I was in denial because I was so sad. I never knew I had friends like them, I never even knew they considered me as a friend. I was genuinely touched. And I ended seventh grade putting everything behind me.

Grade eight is a new year, new classmates, new everything. I just wish it’s as good as sixth grade and I wanna put seventh grade behind me. For real.


Ok, for those who don’t know what UP is, it stands for the University of the Philippines and it was founded when the Americans invaded the Philippines (CENTENNIAL, PEOPLE!). OK? OK.

I was born into a family of teachers and doctors who are the occasional musicians(family thing, alright?) and I’ve got two sets of aunts and uncles. My uncle and my aunt(who are married to each other, DUH.) are doctors and my aunt is a professor at the UP college of Medicine while my Uncle is a practicing Orthopedic. My other Aunt is a professor at the Department of Arts and letters, and so are my parents. My other uncle is an executive for Mitsubish electric, but that’s a bit off topic. My cousins have all studied in UP from kinder all the way up to college and the eldest is coming home this May to start teaching molecular biology. So I guess we’re a dynasty here in UP, the Rivera-Mirano dynasty.

Why will I be in UP forever? Well, maybe not forever but until I graduate, at least. I got into the elementary/high school of UP, which gives me an 80% chance of getting into UP, not that I wouldn’t want to, I mean it is the best school in the country.

I practically live in the school. During summer, I’m always crashing at my parents’ office because it’s air conditioned and UP internet is not so bad(OK, I’m under reacting, IT’S HORRIBLE.).

My only complaint with UP is the crappy food. OK, you’ve got the college canteen and all and then you’ve got Casaa and Chocolate Kiss and those other home-cooked places, but after spending the first thirteen years of my life eating that for lunch about 75% of the time, I get sick of it, wouldn’t you?

People may think that UP is about academics and quality and expressing yourself and freedom but it’s the opposite. After a year of sitting in the back seat of my parents’ car listening to my mom ranting about her post as the curator of the Vargas Museum, I saw UP in a different light. Politics and power-hungry people are behind that impression that UP gives. My mom has had to deal with bosses and unsavory people who get on her last nerve, we haven’t been able to have a family dinner 100% of the time because she’s in front of the computer and/or on the phone fixing some big problem or shouting at someone. The UP I saw when I first saw it back when I was three was just a cover-up.

Even with that firmly implanted on my mind, UP is still the best in the country and I wouldn’t trade the opportunity I’ve been given, the opportunity to get the best education possible, for the world. Let’s just hope sophomore year in UP high school isn’t as traumatic as freshman year.

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