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almost 2008.

Here it is, the layout I was telling you about. It's not much actually, just one of those pictures from our Christmas party I was playing around in Photoshop that eventually turned into a header. Haha. Like what I said, this will be my new year gift to my blog. And an advanced anniversary gift too! On February, Bombastarr will be 3 years old! Can you believe it? I say blogging is much better than getting a shrink for so many reasons. It's free and you gain friends! Haha. Anyway, I hope you love it in all its pinkness.

How was your Christmas? Mine was great. We had lunch at my father's side, then we went straight home to Batangas for our Christmas dinner with the mother's side. I got pretty cool gifts from everyone, some I already had a feeling about while others were totally unexpected! I loved that most of the presents I received this year weren't default gifts -- in other words they were given much thought. It's a comforting feeling knowing that someone cares enough to give you something you want because they want to make you feel loved, rather than giving just for the sake of giving. So.. did you all get what you wished for? I most certainly did! =)

Have you heard about the merging of the UAAP and the NCAA for 2008? (Click this to read the whole article) This will be for the centennial celebration of the University of the Philippines. Since UP is one of the founding schools of NCAA (they transferred to UAAP in 1938), the administrators thought that it would probably be a good idea to join the two divisions together and have one big collegiate championship, the UAAP-NCAA Centennial Cup. If you ask me, it's quite an ambitious idea considering that both the UAAP and NCAA have been independent for a lot of years already. And imagine how long the playoffs will be. But it's still pretty terrific! If it pushes through, I'm sure it will be all the more exciting since there will be 16 schools participating! One of the things that's bothering me though is how are they going to squish the crowd from 16 different schools in the Cheerdancing Competition in one venue? Hmm, just wondering. I'm definitely going to watch out for this. Whether they push through or not, I'm still going to be the big UAAP fan that I am now. Hopefully, my first real UAAP experience will be a blast next year. Can't wait for Season 71! =)

I'm hooked on yet another book series that I've been wanting to read for sooo long but only recently have I gotten a chance to get my hands on one. The first of the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty, Sloppy Firsts, truly was a captivating read. Aside from the fact that the lead character and I both have a best friend named Hope (whom we both love dearly!), I like the familiarity it brings and the humor each page delivers. It's the answer to my hormonal teenage anxieties. I bought Second Helpings just today and I'm afraid of reading it right away because I might finish it. Nevertheless, I'm excited. =)

K and H

Anyway, speaking of books and Hope, I got her to start reading my all-time favorite series Gossip Girl and yes, she was immediately hooked! Gone are the days of ranting about how stupid Nate is for fooling around behind Blair's back or how unbelievably bitchy and nice Blair and Serena are, then realizing that my friends know nothing about the Upper East Siders. Also, at least I have someone super close to me who can relate, unlike before where I have to talk to the GG fans who watched the series first before reading, and thus have a misconceived notion about some of the characters (It can be quite a pain to explain to them the real story so I just let them do the talking, haha). Seriously. I'm dying to watch the entire first season of the show, but from what I've been hearing the plots have been twisted big time! So it's a good thing I christened Hope into the books first. Hehe. I'm going to let her borrow the third one when we go back to school again. Let's not fight like B and S, Enemy! =)

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.

-- Joey Adams

Maybe New Year's resolutions are trivial to some, but we've got nothing to lose if we at least try to become better persons for the coming year, right? Whether you decide to make one or not, I just hope the new year will bring you strength and courage to face whatever zit-causing troubles that will come your way!

Let's rock 2008!


the wait is almost over.

Let's see what's in store, shall we? In random order..

  1. One Tree Hill. On January 8, the new season shall begin. As most of you know, Season 5 will be four years into the future which means the whole gang is all grown up now. I'm so looking forward to the new season, especially for The Scotts! =) Nathan and Haley are proud parents of little Jamie -- and they are still so adorable! Nathan is still hot as ever. You have to see the sneak peeks, because I swear they make me more excited than ever! Click.

  2. College Admissions. I applied in five schools: UP, Ateneo, La Salle, UST and St. Paul Manila. As of the moment, I've only heard from SPUM, so I only have one school right now. All the others will be releasing their results sometime in January and February. There's no denying that the anxiety is building up on me -- and I'm sure on every senior in the country as well.

  3. Heels. I've waited for this day since first year high school. Fourth year students are always required to wear their heels to school as a formality towards the end of the year. On January 3rd, every senior in our school will grace the campus with their hot two-inch shoes and feel all dalaga. Haha. I have to buy a pair now.

  4. Graduation Ball. It's nearing and I still don't have a date! Haha. I already have a dress and shoes though. Just this week, another meeting was held, and as the Honorary Vice President, I attended. Mr. & Mrs. Lardizabal, Tin's parents and the HSPC heads discussed some money matters and other things regarding the occasion. I cannot wait! =)

  5. Summer Parties. I'm pretty freakin' sure that our class and/or batch will do some serious partying or something because it's our last year together! We have yet to think of the perfect summer getaway but I'm sure we will! It would be nice if both the Pullout and Regular will have one big bash since we never get to do that. Can't wait to bring out the swimsuit again! =)

  6. Starbucks Planner. Would you believe I only have one friggin' sticker left?! I cannot not get my hands on one tomorrow. I cannot wait to doodle my torments in that gorgeous journal! My Trigo notebook has always been filled with scribbles, "blog" entries, sketches and whatnots. I think it would be nice if I had a more proper place for all those spur-of-the-moment scrawlings. The doodling helps me stay awake in class though.. hmm, whatever. LOL.

  7. Upcoming concerts. I heard Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake and Incubus are coming to Manila on 2008! IMAGINE THAT! All my three hot crushes will arrive and give me a visit! Waaah. Gotta save up for all of them.

  8. My new layout. I just finished it today and i cannot wait to use it =) I'll upload it probably after I come back from Batangas. New year means new layout, right?

  9. and of course..

  10. Christmas. How can we forget? In just 3 days, the whole world will be celebrating the most anticipated holiday of the year. Little kids will be forcing themselves to stay up late just to watch out for Santa. Moms will be busy preparing their Christmas feast. Dads will be taking pictures of the whole family as they do their yearly traditions. Ninongs and ninangs will surely run out of crispy new bills. Relatives will fly home from all corners of the globe. It's the most wonderful time of the year, and what person in the right mind isn't excited about it?!

I hope you all enjoy the holidays, and the new year ahead. But of course, let us not forget that all the merrymaking isn't worth a thing if we don't remember the one person whose birthday we are celebrating -- Jesus Christ. Let's not only make Him the center of this holiday, but the center of our lives all throughout the year as well.

Merry Christmas everyone!
I hope you all get what you wish for!



According to physicians, stress is one of the leading causes of sickness and death. It has been a plague, killing us gently one by one. There a lot of ways to battle stress. Squeezing a stress ball with all your might is one. Shouting at the top of your lungs is two. Writing your thoughts in a diary or journal (like this one perhaps?) is another. And ripping the head of your doll -- well, that works for some. We all have our ways.

But I think the most popular, if not the most effective, way of taking out all the anxiety on your body is by singing your heart out to an angsty punk-rock emo song. How many nights have you spent, with the volume turned to the maximum, mouthing Dashboard Confessional's "Hands Down" while lying in bed? How many times have you and your friends crooned to Fall Out Boy's "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" all while thinking of your oh-so-tragic love affairs? How many hours have you spent doodling down Jimmy Eat World lyrics at the back of your Physics notebook as your iPod plays? I won't deny that I'm guilty of the abovementioned scenarios sometimes, but aren't we all? Some of us may not wear thick eyeliners, or sport dark-rimmed glasses with one-sided bangs but like what Peyton Sawyer said, "I’m into the music, not the uniform." There's always going to be an emo inside each of us, waiting for its angst to be unleashed, often by a hot underground band.

Being emo is usually associated with being too sensitive and tormented, all whilst wearing tight-fitting sweaters and canvas sneakers. But maybe some of us can like the music without painting our fingernails black. I'm no hardcore emo, I have my share of pop and R&B loves too. But every once in a while, in some ironic and twisted kind of way, wallowing myself in desolation through these anguished songs.. feels oh so good.

The irony of misery. It only feels good when you sing about it.

Which is why, I'm off to try and see if warbling out the Sum and Difference Formula will help ease my frustrations severely caused by Trigonometry.

Adios, dah-lings.


karla the word nerd.

It's hard enough that we have to miss a couple of days' worth of class for this, we also have to study weird words and their etymologies as well. I'm talking about the Spelling quiz bee that Cathe, Cecile and I are joining tomorrow. Don't get me wrong, it's fun to not bring notebooks and worry about homeworks but there's not much to smile about when you hear your classmates talk about addition and subtraction of sines and cosines, and you realize you're clueless. Anyhow, we're here spending a few precious minutes in the CAI Lab, supposedly researching for the most difficult words in the world but knowing me, I just have to sneak in some blogging time. =)

Our periodic test in Accounting took place this morning and practically every otherAccounting student has had his/her mind rattled. I wouldn't really say I didn't review since I memorized the formats for adjusting, reversing and closing entries. It was a mind boggling test that usually left you feeling stupid afterward. HAHA. Hopefully I get a pretty decent score. But that's just one of the many worries to face this December. Next week will be our Periodic Tests already. And I'm nervous because I've missed quite a few days due to reviews. I seriously need to photocopy Hope's notebook ASAP! I probably will this afternoon. Oh, this is such a stressful month.

Add the upcoming holidays to the tension and I think I'm going to explode. I'm saving cash so that I've got money to burn this Christmas. I mean sure, I'm going to receive gifts but I also want to scratch somethings from my wishlist on my own. HAYY. It's going to be one anxious month for me. Seriously, I wonder how I still manage to wake up and stay energized sometimes. If you ask me, I think students are the most burned out people in the world. I swear. Sure adults have to worry about bills, bosses and piled up paperwork, but what about us? We have to budget our allowances, make time for studies and social life, listen to parents' and teachers' nagging and complete all projects and assignments within deadlines quicker than you can say pronto. It's a crazy life, don't you agree? Everybody else who works hard gets special treatment, teachers have service day and employees have 13th month pays. And what do we get? Weekends spent on doing schoolwork? I think they should give us a students' day or something. They've got to give us credit somehow, right? I say, Save the Students, Save the World! LOL.

I think all the words are taking their toll on me. So before I go all Elle Woods on you and start making a bill on student rights and privileges, allow me to sign off and say adios to you all. I'll be back before you know it. Oh and btw, thanks to all those who comment and tag. I'll update my links as soon as I am flush again. Mwah. Love to all =)


I love you ADAM!



Stress is taking its toll on me. This past few weeks have been so Hectic with a capital H, I don't even know where to begin. Things-to-do have been piling up, and every time I get to accomplish one, another one comes along. I guess I should have been used to this by now, but I'm only a mere human being (even though I force myself to believe I'm some kind of superhero, LOL) and I get tired too. I just want this day, this week, this month -- this YEAR to end. I want to rest.

But the world won't stop moving if I do, so there's pretty much nothing I can do about it but just get it over with. It's easier said than done, but what the heck. I'd rather stress over these things now than later. So here I am cramming for what seems to be a week's worth of due assignments and notes (because I missed classes for quiz bee reviews) and preparations for this Friday's Youth Camp. I want to sleep like a normal human being but I can't. So I'm fighting the urge to close my eyes and doze off in wonderland. I think I'm going to be like this for the next couple of weeks.

I guess that means goodbye to perky and masipag me, and back to my real ways: stressed and procrastinating. It's nerve wracking.. but in a comforting kind of way. Because ironically, I also function better when I'm stressed. REALLY. Sa totoo lang talaga. (HAHA how many times did I say the word 'stressed' in that paragraph?!)

Indeed, I am a walking irony. I'm weird. Haha.
I have to go back and hone my cramming skills. Off to my room to fix my things and pray that there will be no quizzes tomorrow!

Adios, mi amigas.