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Happy New Year

Posted in Politics and Culture by juned on the December 31st, 2005

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. In the Philippines it is still Christmas till the Feast of Three Kings, although they have been removed officially from the roster of saints along with Saint Christopher, the guy who carried the baby Jesus across the river of Jordan (?).

Above you will see a picture of Sisig Pizza from Greenwich. Similar to my feelings with the Sisig bread aka the Pig Bread to my nephews I still feel that there is only one and proper way to serve sisig - on a hot plate.

Its nearly six in the evening in Cubao, Quezon City and in a few hours most of the shops will be closed. People around the Philippines will be starting to celebrate for the New Year, with Media Noche, 12 round shape fruits at the center table for luck, drinking, spreading cheer and some will celebrate with assorted pyrotechnics (including and unfortunately guns). There does not seem to be much noise this year but we shall see.

Today in Tondo they will be celebrating with a costume parties around the neighborhood. Small and short children will jump at the stroke of twelve in order to gain the proverbial increasre in their height. Some people will make sure they have money in all their wallets. And I am quite sure the mobile network will be bombarded by greetings via sms, mms and other assorted ssss.

Happy New Year to All!

Here is toast I discovered years ago and might be of use.

An Old Scottish Toast -

Here’s to you as good as you are
Here’s to me as bad as I am
But as good as you are
As bad as I am
I am as good as you are
As bad as I am

Happy New Year to All!

Additional podcasts

Tanungan: Fare is fare

The Christmas and the New Year Report

Merry Christmas

Posted in Politics and Culture by juned on the December 29th, 2005

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!

Sorry for the belated greetings. I have just finished setting up the newest member of the Harvard Street Cubao family a podcast called Radio Free Harvard Cubao.

And its all about -

Podcasting about Harvard Street, Cubao, Filipinos, Quezon City, the Republic of the Philippines, the Known Universe. Includes everything and nothing - Kasama na ang iba-ibang bagay at ang wala.

Podcasting is said to be the word of the year, check this link. Well, I might as well try it.

So how was your Christmas? Did the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future visit you?

Joyous Noel! or Joyoux Noel!

Additional Posts

Library Thing and book finds

Star Trek and A little bit of Mulawin

Happy Christmas Fish and of Tours

Podcast: A Christmas Interview

Star Trek and A little bit of Mulawin

Posted in Arts and Entertainment by juned on the December 29th, 2005

According to a survey by a UK company Star Trek is the most missed TV series. The results of the survey was reported in a BBC article entitled “Star Trek is ‘most missed’ series”. Here are the results of the survey:

1. Star Trek
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
3. Friends
4. Fawlty Towers
5. Blake’s 7
6. The X-Files
7. Babylon 5
8. Stargate
9. Seinfeld
10. The A-Team

Fawlty Towers is considered one of the top UK sitcom starring Jonathan Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs and others. The sitcom was about the mis-adventures of a proprietor of a bed and breakfast (Hotel?) his family, his guests and staff.

I remember watching Star Trek reruns with friends and enjoying. One of the shows I wish they showed more often. The A-Team?

By the way how did Mulawin get an A rating from the Cinema Classification Board? It was a so-so movie. It looked more like a TV special and suffered from a series inherent defects. First, TV sets do not translate well into film sets. Two, the number of people in a battle scene between two forces should be at least a force of people, at least two armies, otherwise the scene becomes weak. The lack of forces, people fighting, is quite apparent in the big screen. Its not a total waste of Kodak film, the kids liked it because it sort of gives closure to the characters they watched in the fantasy soap (but the use of reincarnation seed through out the film was a bit taxing on the imagination)…But it was a so-so film and does not really deserve an A rating. Maybe the film board was grading on the curve?